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Stratford Town
Redditch United
Mon 28 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Full time Attendance 312

Local Derby ends all Square

Undefeated Town held to goalless draw in closely fought local derby at the MoodChimp Stadium

Match report by Kevin Hand, stats by Rod Abrahams, photographs by Granty

On a glorious late summer afternoon Town put on a performance in front of a crowd of 312 fitting of the day. No goals but no lack of quality with Stratford unlucky not to take all 3 points.

Redditch riding high after 3 wins out of 4 games and a 4-0 victory at home to Dorchester on Saturday was looking to continue this good start. With Justin Marsden in the Town starting 11 and Recci rested it was the home side kicking towards the Knight’s Lane End who had the better of the opening exchanges.

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But it was the Reds who threatened in the 9th and 11th with the outstanding Lee Thomas and Andy Gallinagh called on to clear Town’s lines. Town was desperately close to taking the lead when Fry’s pass inside the full back was taken in Ahenkorah’s stride and his cross was nearly turned in by lucky from no more than 5 yards. As town took control Luckie took too many touches in the box and then found the side netting from another Thomas break.

As the half came to its end Thomas appeared to be fouled in the box but the decision went against the wing back. Redditch replied with a break by ex Town player, Dior Angus, who was brought down by James Fry earning himself a booking.

The second half saw Town take charge against a lethargic Redditch 11 and it was no surprise when the visitors made early substitutions. Taylor and Hancocks replaced Marsden and Luckie and despite having the better of the exhanges clear cut chances were few and far between. Fry was denied from close range and Francis booked when he collided with Ethan Ross, United’s goalkeeper in the ensuing scramble.

Mikey Taylor went down in the box but again the referee saw it differently. It is fair to say the home crowd felt the officiating had not helped them on this afternoon. The last minutes saw both sides nearly grab 3 points. First Danico Johnson found himself free in the inside right position for the Reds and he saw his fierce drive clatter of Town’s bar and back to safety. At the other end Grocutt smashed a drive from near the penalty spot towards the top corner only to see it blocked.

This was a great team performances with outstanding contributions all over the over the pitch. Captain, James Fry, won Marston man of the match but in truth there were at least half a dozen other worthy candidates including crowd favourite Lee Thomas and Dan Summerfield playing out of position at centre half.

Next up the FA Cup First Qualifying round at home Saturday 02 September when the visitors will be Newcastle Town.

James Fry

Player of the Match

James Fry

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90:00 Player of the Match
James Fry is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Louis Connor keeps a clean sheet for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub Off
Jaz Luckie is substituted off for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub On
Jamie Hancocks is substituted on for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub Off
Justin Marsden is substituted off for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub On
Michael Taylor is substituted on for Stratford Town
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Redditch United
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  • James Fry Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub Off 62:00'
  • Michael Taylor Sub On 62:00'
  • Jaz Luckie Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Sub On 77:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Summerfield, Daniel Summerfield, Daniel
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlie
Fry, James Fry, James
Luckie, Jaz Luckie, Jaz
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Redditch United
  • 1. Ethan Ross
  • 2. Keenah Rosser
  • 3. NAthan Fox
  • 4. Danny Jackman
  • 5. Guiyoulouwe Mailancol
  • 6. Orrin Pendley
  • 7. Kevin Da Veiga Monteiro
  • 8. Pauly Aspostolopoulos
  • 9. Dior Angus
  • 10. Andi Thanoj
  • 11. Spencer Wier-Daley
  • 12. Danico Johnson
  • 13. Kaylum Mitchell
  • 14. McKauley Manning
  • 15. Arjun Jung
  • 16. Marcek Simpson

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Frome Town 46 61
14. Redditch United 46 55
15. Stratford Town 46 55
16. Biggleswade Town 46 53
17. Merthyr Town 46 53
18. Bishop's Stortford 46 52
19. Dorchester Town 46 51

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