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1st Team - Match centre

Stratford Town
G Preen (28', 34'), M McGrath (32'), G Hill (39'), M Symons (85')
Full time
B Stephens (79'), J Luckie (81')
Tue 12 Sep 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 2,005

Town beaten at Hereford

First half nightmare as Town go down at Edgar Street

Town's first visit to the famous Edgar Street ground of Hereford proved to be a stormy affair as they were hit with 4 goals in a crazy 10 minute spell in the first half.

Town made one change from the team defeated at Kings Lynn with Guy Clark replacing Liam Francis at the back. Playing 3-4-3 with forwards Taylor, Luckie and Ahenkorah up front.

Town playing into a fierce wind and driving rain the home side dominated the opening exchanges. Hereford were always on the front foot and Town's rearguard struggled to clear the ball any distance and the majority of the game was being played in Town's half. The home side were winning all the challenges in midfield where Town just couldn't get hold of the ball and little was seen of Town as an attacking threat.

Hereford continued to press and some last ditch tackles by Recci and Summerfield kept the scores level. It only seemed a matter of time that the deadlock would be broken but it took until the 28th minute for the home side to go ahead and that then the floodgates opened.

It came when Gary Preen cut in from the left and let fly from 20 yards, it went straight at Connor in the Town goal but somehow went clean through the keeper into the net much to the delight of the massed home supporters behind the goal.

Town responded when good work by Ahenkorah and Luckie fed the ball to Summerfield but he couldn't keep his volley down it flew over the bar. With the wind clearly a major factor in the game Town needed to try and get to half time without conceding again but it wasn't to be.

Just four minutes later former Town player McGrath picked the ball up wide on the right and seemed to too easily evade a couple of challenges and he cut inside and with his left foot fired into the far corner beyond the dive of Connor.

The home support roared their side on and 2 minutes later Preen picked up the ball 30 yards out and was allowed plenty of time to let fly again and it flew in off the damp surface to make it three.

Town's players were struggling to keep the home side at bay and they gifted a fourth when two Town defenders left it for each other and the grateful Gethyn Hill nipped in to force the ball in from 10 yards. It nearly got worse when on the stroke of half time leading scorer Mills cut into the box but his shot hit the foot of the post and was hacked clear.

HT Hereford 4 Stratford Town 0

Manager Carl Adams no doubt had some stern words at half time with his players and at least Town started the second half with the benefit of the wind and rain behind them.

It proved to be the case as Hereford didn't control the game as they had in the first half and apart from a smart save by Connor in the 52nd minute Town came into the game more. A more aggressive approach saw Fry and Clark pick up bookings and on 55 minutes Town nearly got one back when Ahenkorah cut in from the left and Horsell in the Hereford goal tipped his shot over the crossbar.

A double substitution followed on 76 minutes with Fry and Taylor replaced by Stephens and Marsden, followed by Hancocks for Clark. The effect was immediate as Town started to get the ball down and pass their way through midfield and after an exchange of passes a delightful pass from Grocott put Stephens through and he finished with ease.

Two minutes later Town scored again as another well worked passing move down the left saw the ball strike the post and Jaz Luckie had the easiest of Tap ins to make it 4-2. The sense of anxiety was felt all over the ground by the home supporters as Town started to show real signs they might get another. But as much as they tried Hereford held firm and with Town pushing forward a long ball was held up in the wind to deceive Towns defence and substitute Symons ended with the easiest chances to make it 5-2.

So two disappointing away performances against sides expected to challenge for the title at the end of the season. A chance to bounce back on Saturday when Town take on Redditch United at the MoodChimp Stadium this Saturday in The Emirates FA Cup.

Key moments

Goal Garyn Preen scores for Hereford
Goal Mike McGrath scores for Hereford
Goal Garyn Preen scores for Hereford
Goal Gethyn Hill scores for Hereford
Goal Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
Goal Jaz Luckie scores for Stratford Town
Goal Mike Symons scores for Hereford


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85:00 Goal 5 - 2
Mike Symons scores for Hereford
81:00 Goal 4 - 2
Jaz Luckie scores for Stratford Town
79:00 Goal 4 - 1
Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
73:00 Sub Off
Guy Clark is substituted off for Stratford Town
73:00 Sub On
Jamie Hancocks is substituted on for Stratford Town
64:00 Yellow Card
Guy Clark is yellow carded for Stratford Town
58:00 Sub Off
James Fry is substituted off for Stratford Town
58:00 Sub Off
Michael Taylor is substituted off for Stratford Town
58:00 Sub On
Justin Marsden is substituted on for Stratford Town
58:00 Sub On
Ben Stephens is substituted on for Stratford Town
53:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 4 - 0
Gethyn Hill scores for Hereford
34:00 Goal 3 - 0
Garyn Preen scores for Hereford
32:00 Goal 2 - 0
Mike McGrath scores for Hereford
28:00 Goal 1 - 0
Garyn Preen scores for Hereford
13:00 Yellow Card
Loyiso Recci is yellow carded for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hereford
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Loyiso Recci Yellow Card 13:00'
  • Garyn Preen Goal 28:00'
  • Mike McGrath Goal 32:00'
  • Garyn Preen Goal 34:00'
  • Gethyn Hill Goal 39:00'
  • James Fry Yellow Card 53:00'
  • James Fry Sub Off 58:00'
  • Michael Taylor Sub Off 58:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub On 58:00'
  • Ben Stephens Sub On 58:00'
  • Guy Clark Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Guy Clark Sub Off 73:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Sub On 73:00'
  • Ben Stephens Goal 79:00'
  • Jaz Luckie Goal 81:00'
  • Mike Symons Goal 85:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Clark, Guy Clark, Guy
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Fry, James Fry, James
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Summerfield, Daniel Summerfield, Daniel
Luckie, Jaz Luckie, Jaz
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
  • 1. Martin Horsell
  • 2. Jimmy Oates
  • 3. James Bowen
  • 4. Calvin Dinsley
  • 5. Ryan Green
  • 6. Dara O'Shea
  • 7. Garyn Preen
  • 8. Mike McGrath
  • 9. John Mills
  • 10. Keyon Reffell
  • 11. Gethyn Hill
  • 12. Rob Purdie
  • 13. .
  • 14. Mike Symons
  • 15. Dan Preston
  • 16. Pablo Haysham
  • 17. Max Harris

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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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