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1st Team - Match centre

St Neots Town
Stratford Town
D Williams (27'), N Shariff (88')
Full time
E Ahenkorah (15'), B Stephens (33')
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 233

Lively Town denied victory by two controversial offside decisons

Tangerine Town earn a well deserved point in Cambridgeshire

St Neots Town 2 v 2 Stratford Town
(Half Time 1 v 2)
(Williams 27, Shariff 86) (Ahenkorah 15, Stephens 33)
Attendance 233

Town's vivid Tangerine away strip brightened up a bitterly cold day in Cambridgeshire and with two first half goals from Edwin Ahenkorah, and hot shot Ben Stephens Town looked to have secured the points but were then on the receiving end of two controversial offside decisions and had to settle for a point in an entertaining encounter at the Premier Plus Stadium.

Despite a the setback of a New Years day defeat Town were looking to continue their impressive run of form that had seen them climb the Southern Premier league table in recent weeks. They signalled their intentions early when Justin Marsden volleyed straight at Saints keeper Emery in the opening exchanges.

St Neots 2 v 2 Stratford Town photos by Granty
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With Recci, Francis and Fry looking in commanding form at the back well guarded by Hancocks in his midfield anchor role Town comfortably repelled the hosts early attacks. Town deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes when Will Grocott jinked his way down the left and crossed for Edwin Ahenkorah to bundle the ball over the line for the opener. Ben Stephens was a constant thorn in the hosts side and along with Ahenkorah worked the Saints back four hard in the opening 20 minutes.

In an open, attacking game the hosts drew level with an excellent goal from Williams on 27 minutes after some neat one touch passing with Williams comprehensively dispatching ball past Connor from 15 yards.

Town hit back immediately with a Loyiso Recci rocket then went ahead when live wire Ben Stephens took advantage of some hesitation in the St Neots defence to steal in and head the visitors back in front after 33 minutes a lead which was taken into the interval.

The second half saw great workrate from Town which was exemplified by both Stephens and Ahenkorah busting their lungs to help the side defend and with Recci, Francis and Fry competently dealing with the Saints attacks. 15 minutes from time Town thought they had wrapped up victory until a linesmans offside flag denied Justin Marsden a goal to put the Tangerines 3-1 ahead even though it appeared that Will Grocott had pulled the ball back across goal for Marsden to run on to, but Town's protests were in vain.

This good fortune appeared to stimulate the hosts who mounted a series of attacks which Town defended well however the visitors defence was penetrated in the 86th minute when Nabill Shariff tapped home the equaliser on the goal line from what looked to be a clear offside position so much so that referee Andrew Humphries consulted his assistant however the goal stood and the points were shared which on the balance of play was a fair reflection of the game however Townites sense of injustice arose from the manner in which it occurred.

All in all a fair result after an open and attractive game of football from two attack minded teams.
Town were left rueing their luck with the officials but also looking ahead to a huge week of home fixtures to come at the MoodChimp Stadium starting with non league giants Hereford on Tuesday evening followed by fellow title chasers Weymouth on Saturday.

Man of the Match Loyiso Recci A powerful and commanding display at the centre of Town's defence.

Match Stats by Rod Abrahams
      Stratford    St Neots
             14Goal Attempts           18
               9On Target             6
               0Blocked Shots             0
               0Hit Woodwork              2
               5Corners Won            10
               8Crosses into Box             9
               8Fouls Conceded           12
               4Off Side             1
               4Yellow Cards             2
               0Red Cards             0
 Stratford Yellow Cards           –          Evans, Fry, Hamcocks & Stephens
St Neots Yellow Cards            –           Broccoli & Knight

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Loyiso Recci

Player of the Match

Loyiso Recci

Key moments

15:00
Goal Edwin Ahenkorah scores for Stratford Town
27:00
Goal Dylan Williams scores for St Neots Town
33:00
Goal Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
88:00
Goal Nabil Shariff scores for St Neots Town

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90:00 Yellow Card
Ben Stephens is yellow carded for Stratford Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Loyiso Recci is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
88:00 Goal 2 - 2
Nabil Shariff scores for St Neots Town
82:00 Sub On
George Dawson is substituted on for Stratford Town
82:00 Sub Off
Eli Bako is substituted off for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub On
Andy Gallinagh is substituted on for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub Off
Edwin Ahenkorah is substituted off for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub Off
Charlie Evans is substituted off for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub On
Christian Tudorache is substituted on for Stratford Town
58:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Hancocks is yellow carded for Stratford Town
47:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Evans is yellow carded for Stratford Town
45:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 1 - 2
Ben Stephens scores for Stratford Town
27:00 Goal 1 - 1
Dylan Williams scores for St Neots Town
15:00 Goal 0 - 1
Edwin Ahenkorah scores for Stratford Town
15:00 Assist
Will Grocott makes an assist for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • St Neots Town
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Goal 15:00'
  • Will Grocott Assist 15:00'
  • Dylan Williams Goal 27:00'
  • Ben Stephens Goal 33:00'
  • James Fry Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Charlie Evans Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Charlie Evans Sub Off 62:00'
  • Christian Tudorache Sub On 62:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Sub Off 77:00'
  • Andy Gallinagh Sub On 77:00'
  • Eli Bako Sub Off 82:00'
  • George Dawson Sub On 82:00'
  • Nabil Shariff Goal 88:00'
  • Ben Stephens Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Fry, James Fry, James
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlie
Bako, Eli Bako, Eli
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Stratford Town
St Neots Town
  • 1. Mike Emery
  • 2. Tom Wood
  • 3. Johnny Herd
  • 4. Luke Knight
  • 5. Liam McDevitt
  • 6. Taylor Parr
  • 7. Dion Sembie-Ferris
  • 8. Kyran Wiltshire
  • 9. Nabil Shariff
  • 10. Dylan Williams
  • 11. Steffan Broccoli
  • 12. Scott Sinclair
  • 13. .
  • 14. Dave Bridges
  • 15. Harry O'Malley
  • 16. Jack Bradshaw
  • 17. Ronayne Marsh-Brown

League round up

Other Premier results

Basingstoke Town
3
2
Kettering Town
1
2
Frome Town
King's Lynn Town
3
0
Dorchester Town
Kings Langley
0
3
St Ives Town
Merthyr Town
P
P
Redditch United
7
1
Farnborough
Royston Town
5
0
Slough Town
2
2
Hereford
1
2
Chesham United
Weymouth
1
1
Bishop's Stortford

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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