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Stratford Town
Gosport Borough
L Francis (5'), W Grocott (11')
Full time
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 150

Town secure first home league win with 2-0 victory over Gosport Borough

Town fail to build on early lead

Match photos by Granty, stats by Rod Abrahams

Town secured their first home league win against a lowly Gosport Borough side who will hope not to have a repeat of the last 7 days.
Having parted company with long standing manager Alex Pike on Monday they endured a nightmare journey from the south coast, when they were caught up in the M3 chaos only arriving at the Moodchimp stadium at 2:35. The game eventually kicking off at 3:15.

Town manager Carl Adams rotated his squad in advance of the 3 scheduled games in 7 days. Their were starts for Charlie Evans and Mike Taylor with Dan Summerfield and Edwin Ahenkorah on the bench.

Stratford Town v Gosport Borough pics by Granty
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This didn't seem to cause Town any problems as they raced into a 2 goal lead in the first 11 minutes. In the fifth minute Taylor fed the ball through to Charlie Evans but his shot was pushed away by Cafer. However, from the resulting Grocott corner Liam Francis stooped to head in from 6 yards out.

Town swarmed forward playing some flowing football and it could have been two after 9 minutes when Ben Stephens thumped a shot against the foot of the post. But this was only a temporary respite for an overstretched Gosport defence when a quick interchange of passes down the left by Marsden and Stephens saw the ball laid back to Grocott who fired home from 20 yards.

The town supporters sensed another goal as Town dominated proceedings but the home side become too casual in their play and were lucky not to concede in the 23rd minute when a Gosport header hit the bar.

Whereas the previous week Town's finishing had been clinical against Redditch they squandered several chances to put the result beyond doubt with Ben Stephens wasting some good chances and Town became really sloppy giving the ball away too easily as the half time interval approached.

The second became a scrappy affair and the visitors sensed a chance to get back in the game and certainly a goal for them would have caused some nervousness as Town failed to play with the authority they had shown in the first 20 minutes. Connor was called into action to block a couple fierce attempts and manager Carl Adams made some changes to liven things up.

Ben Stephens picked up an injury and was replaced by Jaz Luckie after 52 minutes followed by Eli Bako who replaced Justin Marsden after 64 minutes. This being his first start after recovering from an ankle injury picked up pre-season. It nearly became a memorable one on 77 minutes when he raced clear but his shot hit the crossbar and was cleared .

With Lee Thomas replacing Mike Taylor Town started to control midfield and nearly made it 3 when a ball from James Fry put Jaz Luckie clear but his shot was saved by Cafer in the Gosport goal.

So an important 3 points and first home league win for Town against the basement club and they are at home again on Tuesday evening against Chesham United kick off 7:45pm, before travelling to Scarborough Athletic for next Saturday's FA Cup 3rd Qualifying round match.

Stratford    Gosport
    17Goal Attempts          15
      9On Target            6
      0Blocked Shots            0
      2Hit Woodwork            1
      6Corners Won           9
     5Crosses into Box           6
    11Fouls Conceded         13
      5Off Side            1
      2Yellow Cards           2
      0Red Cards           0
 Town Yellow Cards              –       Connor & Bako
Gosport Yellow Cards        –         Medway & Onwuachu

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Andy Gallinagh

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Liam Francis scores for Stratford Town
Goal Will Grocott scores for Stratford Town

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90:00 Yellow Card
Eli Bako is yellow carded for Stratford Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Andy Gallinagh is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
75:00 Sub On
Sam Woodward is substituted on for Gosport Borough
75:00 Sub Off
Kurt Watts is substituted off for Gosport Borough
74:00 Sub Off
Michael Taylor is substituted off for Stratford Town
74:00 Sub On
Lee Thomas is substituted on for Stratford Town
67:00 Yellow Card
Louis Connor is yellow carded for Stratford Town
65:00 Sub On
Liam Kimber is substituted on for Gosport Borough
65:00 Sub Off
Matt Buse is substituted off for Gosport Borough
64:00 Sub Off
Justin Marsden is substituted off for Stratford Town
64:00 Sub On
Eli Bako is substituted on for Stratford Town
59:00 Sub Off
Ashton Leigh is substituted off for Gosport Borough
59:00 Sub On
Jack Breed is substituted on for Gosport Borough
51:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephens is substituted off for Stratford Town
51:00 Sub On
Jaz Luckie is substituted on for Stratford Town
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Harry Medway is yellow carded for Gosport Borough
11:00 Goal 2 - 0
Will Grocott scores for Stratford Town
11:00 Assist
Ben Stephens makes an assist for Stratford Town
5:00 Assist
Will Grocott makes an assist for Stratford Town
5:00 Goal 1 - 0
Liam Francis scores for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Gosport Borough
  • 0
  • Liam Francis Goal 5:00'
  • Will Grocott Assist 5:00'
  • Will Grocott Goal 11:00'
  • Ben Stephens Assist 11:00'
  • Harry Medway Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Ben Stephens Sub Off 51:00'
  • Jaz Luckie Sub On 51:00'
  • Ashton Leigh Sub Off 59:00'
  • Jack Breed Sub On 59:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub Off 64:00'
  • Eli Bako Sub On 64:00'
  • Matt Buse Sub Off 65:00'
  • Liam Kimber Sub On 65:00'
  • Louis Connor Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Michael Taylor Sub Off 74:00'
  • Lee Thomas Sub On 74:00'
  • Kurt Watts Sub Off 75:00'
  • Sam Woodward Sub On 75:00'
  • Eli Bako Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlie
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Fry, James Fry, James
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Stratford Town
Gosport Borough
  • 1. Matt Cafer
  • 2. Obi Saidy
  • 3. Ashton Leigh
  • 4. Aaron Dawson
  • 5. Harry Medway
  • 6. Ed Saunders
  • 7. Matt Buse
  • 8. Jamie Granger
  • 9. Declan McCarthy
  • 10. Iffy Onwuachu
  • 11. Kurt Watts
  • 12. Alfie Lis
  • 13. .
  • 14. Jack Breed
  • 15. Liam Kimber
  • 16. Max Smith
  • 17. Sam Woodward

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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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