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