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1st Team - Match centre

Redditch United
Stratford Town
Full time
B Stephens (33', 45'), M Taylor (83' Sent Off)
Tue 26 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 345

Ben's twin strikes sees Town win boxing day derby at Redditch

Unstoppable Blues take all 3 points with another great team performance and rise to 10th spot in the table

Match report by Kevin Hand , Stats by Rod Abrahams , Photographs by Granty

Redditch United v Stratford Town Tuesday, 27 December 2017 3.00 pm Evo-Stik Southern Premier League at the Trico Stadium.

Redditch 0 Stratford 2 (half time 0-2)

Redditch Utd 0 v 2 Stratford Town
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Attendance 345

*Now all the youth of England are on fire….

Stratford’s magnificent run of form continued with a convincing 2-0 victory over local rivals Redditch. On a grim, grey Boxing Day there was strong support from Town fans and they were not disappointed.

With the departure of Darren Byfield, the Reds welcomed Tim Harris as their new manager and ex-Town players, Dior Angus and Marcel Simpson started for the home side. Town were short of Andy Gallinagh and in his absence Carl Adams reverted to a flat back four with Liam Francis joining Recci at the heart of the defence and Summerfield moving to midfield.

The opening exchanges and half were dominated by Stratford. Francis and Recci were magnificent at the heart of the defence and Grocott was once again running midfield. Aided by Hancocks, Marsden and Summerfield they constantly taunted the Redditch defence giving Stephens acres of space to weave his personal magic.

As early as 3 minutes Fry found Summerfield whose flying volley was just wide. In the space of 2 minutes Marsden turned on the penalty spot and fired over the bar and Stephens shot and saw it clip the top of the Redditch bar with goalkeeper, Ethan Ross, clutching thin air. It was no surprise when on 34 minutes Town took the lead. Fry found Stephen’s in the inside right channel who turned and fired home in one movement.

Redditch found a response from a corner and a goal-bound header was cleared by Fry. Town were quickly back up the other end and when Stephens was upended (not for the first time) he took the free kick himself from all of 30 yards. He fizzed in a fierce, low drive that bounced in front of Ross and on the greasy surface it squeezed into the Redditch net for 2-0 interval lead.

There was a quick response from the Redditch boys at the start of the second half when Spencer Weir- Daley brought out a magnificent save from Town’s Connor diving full length to his left to turn a goal-bound shot away to safety.

Town weathered this brief storm and remained in control for most of the second half. There was still time for a Stephens’ free kick special that had Ross desperately clawing over the bar. On the down side Thomas and Hancocks picked up yellows for unnecessary trips and Taylor conceded two soft yellows, making a red, and departed on 84 minutes to ironic and good-humored banter from the Redditch fans. Taylor, ever the gentleman, responded with good grace.

Town fans showed their appreciation of another fine performance by their team. And it was good to see, and hear, Redditch fans enthusiastically supporting their team’s efforts and that of new manager, Tim Harris.

We now await our New Year’s Day fixture at the Mood Chimp against Banbury which will be another test of Carl’s tight knit determined and talented squad. 10th now in the Southern League Premiership is a fine testimony to a breathtaking first half of the season.

• Now all the youth of England are on fire. King Henry V Act 1 Scene 2

A tribute to Carl’s fine squad of players

Man of the Match: Mike Taylor

• A snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. Describes our Man of the Match
The Winter’s Tale Act 4 Scene 3

Match Stats by Rod Abrahams
    Stratford     Redditch
          13Goal Attempts             16
            6On Target               7
           0Blocked Shots              0
           0Hit Woodwork              1
           3Corners Won             4
           8Crosses into Box           10
         12Fouls Conceded          14
           1Off Side            3
           3Yellow Cards            2
          1Red Cards            0
 Stratford Yellow Cards        –        Hancocks, Taylor & Thomas         Red Card     –       Taylor
Redditch Yellow Cards        –        Simpson & Stares

Key moments

Goal Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
Goal Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
Red Card Michael Taylor is sent off for Stratford Town

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Redditch Utd 0 v 2 Stratford Town
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84:00 Sub On
Eli Bako is substituted on for Stratford Town
84:00 Sub Off
Daniel Summerfield is substituted off for Stratford Town
83:00 Red Card 0 - 2
Michael Taylor is sent off for Stratford Town
76:00 Yellow Card
Michael Taylor is yellow carded for Stratford Town
73:00 Yellow Card
Lee Thomas is yellow carded for Stratford Town
72:00 Sub Off
Justin Marsden is substituted off for Stratford Town
72:00 Sub On
Edwin Ahenkorah is substituted on for Stratford Town
66:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Hancocks is yellow carded for Stratford Town
45:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Redditch United
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Ben Stephens Goal 33:00'
  • Ben Stephens Goal 45:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub Off 72:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Sub On 72:00'
  • Lee Thomas Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Michael Taylor Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Michael Taylor Red Card 83:00'
  • Daniel Summerfield Sub Off 84:00'
  • Eli Bako Sub On 84:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Fry, James Fry, James
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Summerfield, Daniel Summerfield, Daniel
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Redditch United
  • 1. Ethan Ross
  • 2. Keenam Rosser
  • 3. Nathan Fox
  • 4. Danny Jackman
  • 5. Marcel Simpson
  • 6. Orrin Pendley
  • 7. Lewis Wright
  • 8. Ashley Sammons
  • 9. Dior Angus
  • 10. Tristian Dunkley
  • 11. Spencer Weir-Daley
  • 12. Gowan Stores
  • 13. Zaqib Hussain
  • 14. Pauly Apostolopoules
  • 15. Kyle Belmonte
  • 16. Jack Cole

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. St Neots Town 38 50
14. Redditch United 37 48
15. Stratford Town 36 48
16. Merthyr Town 38 47
17. Farnborough 38 47
18. Bishop's Stortford 37 44
19. Biggleswade Town 35 43

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