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Stratford Town
Bishop's Stortford
W Grocott (34' Pen), E Bako (70'), B Stephens (75')
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C Taylor (86')
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Match Report & photographs Stratford Town 3 - 1 Bishop's Stortford

Town coast to victory after a committed and focused performance at the MoodChimp Stadium

Match report Kevin Hand photographs by Granty

*Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to Heaven

Match Report: Stratford Town v Bishop’s Stortford Saturday 04 November 3.00pm 2017 EvoStik Southern Premier League

Stratford Town v Bishop's Stortford photos by Granty
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Stratford 3 Bishop’s Stortford 1 (1-0 HT)

What a difference a game makes! From dull to poor and then sublime and all in the space of 7 days.

Following the mid-week defeat at Frome, Taylor came in up front to replace the suspended Luckie while Marsden slotted into midfield.

The game opened with crisp Town passing as Summerfield twice made progress down the right attacking the golf course end. With the opening exchanges even there was excitement in the 18th minute when the Town defence was opened up and only a brilliant block from Recci prevented a goal. This was to prove an outstanding afternoon for the Town defender.

At the other end Taylor intercepted a back pass and laid it back to Marsden who was robbed in the act of shooting. The game was proving to be an exceptionally open contest with Stephens and Grocott impressing for Stratford.

On 34 minutes Town pressure saw Marsden heading for goal in the inside right position only for a clumsy challenge by the Stortford defender, Marvel Ekipteta, to halt his progress. Grocott despatched the resulting penalty with a minimum of fuss.

By half time Town were well on top and deserving of their lead.

The second half saw Bako replace Taylor and later Fry and Marsden left the fray to be replaced by Evans and Hancocks. These proved to be important substitutions as Bako scored his first goal of the season and Evans and Hancocks contributed greatly to the fluid passing game Town were employing. There were regular murmurs of approval from the crowd at this style of play.

Town dominated much of the second half as Grocott ran midfield and Stephens caused panic in the Stortford back line. At the back Gallinagh, Recci and Francis were at their imperious best.

On 70 minutes Francis strode forward whose pass to Bako was turned onto Grocott. Grocott’s shot was heading for the top left hand corner before Tyler McCarthy turned it aside for a corner. Grocott’s corner was met with a firm header from Recci and as it headed for the net Bako helped it on its way via his chest.

Grocott and Stephens were cutting through the Bishop’s Stortford’s back line at will and it was no surprise that these pair fashioned a third on 75 minutes. Put through by Grocott, Stephens finished with aplomb in a one on one with the visitor’s keeper.

There was a late consolation for Stortford on 86 minutes when substitute Callum Taylor converted following some neat passing. Town saw the game out with no other alarms to a ‘purr of satisfaction’ from the home crowd. Man of the match, Will Grocott, but, in truth, 14 great performances right throughout the starting eleven and three substitutes.

Whether Carl used ‘carrot’ or ‘stick’ today’s turnaround of form was remarkable.
The change not lying in Heaven but in ourselves!

* All’s Well that Ends Well Act 1 Scene 1

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Will Grocott

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Scored Penalty Will Grocott scores a penalty for Stratford Town
Goal Eli Bako scores for Stratford Town
Goal Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
Goal Callum Taylor scores for Bishop's Stortford

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90:00 Player of the Match
Will Grocott is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
86:00 Goal 3 - 1
Callum Taylor scores for Bishop's Stortford
77:00 Sub On
Jamie Hancocks is substituted on for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub Off
James Fry is substituted off for Stratford Town
75:00 Assist
Will Grocott makes an assist for Stratford Town
75:00 Goal 3 - 0
Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Loyiso Recci is yellow carded for Stratford Town
70:00 Goal 2 - 0
Eli Bako scores for Stratford Town
70:00 Assist
Loyiso Recci makes an assist for Stratford Town
59:00 Sub Off
Justin Marsden is substituted off for Stratford Town
59:00 Sub On
Charlie Evans is substituted on for Stratford Town
46:00 Sub Off
Michael Taylor is substituted off for Stratford Town
46:00 Sub On
Eli Bako is substituted on for Stratford Town
End of period 1
34:00 Assist
Justin Marsden makes an assist for Stratford Town
34:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Will Grocott scores a penalty for Stratford Town
28:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Summerfield is yellow carded for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Bishop's Stortford
  • 0
  • Daniel Summerfield Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Will Grocott Scored Penalty 34:00'
  • Justin Marsden Assist 34:00'
  • Michael Taylor Sub Off 46:00'
  • Eli Bako Sub On 46:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub Off 59:00'
  • Charlie Evans Sub On 59:00'
  • Eli Bako Goal 70:00'
  • Loyiso Recci Assist 70:00'
  • Loyiso Recci Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Ben Stephens Goal 75:00'
  • Will Grocott Assist 75:00'
  • James Fry Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Sub On 77:00'
  • Callum Taylor Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Summerfield, Daniel Summerfield, Daniel
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Fry, James Fry, James
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Stratford Town
  • 1. Louis Connor
  • 2. Liam Francis
  • 3. Andy Gallinagh
  • 4. Loyiso Recci
  • 5. Daniel Summerfield
  • 6. Lee Thomas
  • 7. Justin Marsden
  • 8. James Fry
  • 9. Will Grocott
  • 10. Ben Stephens
  • 11. Michael Taylor
  • 12. Jamie Hancocks
  • 13. Christian Tudorache
  • 14. Eli Bako
  • 15. Edwin Ahenkorah
  • 16. Charlie Evans
Bishop's Stortford
  • 1. Tyler McCarthy
  • 2. George Casey
  • 3. Darren Foxley
  • 4. Ryan Richefond
  • 5. Marvel Ekipteta
  • 6. Joe Robinson
  • 7. Freddy Moncur
  • 8. Jordan Westcott
  • 9. Christian Owusu
  • 10. Tyrique Hyde-Skerritt
  • 11. Afolabi Akinyemi
  • 12. Jack Thomas
  • 13. Alex Rogers
  • 14. Callum Taylor
  • 15. Marcus Crowther

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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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