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Stratford Town
Dorchester Town
E Ahenkorah (44'), W Grocott (45'), M Taylor (90' Sent Off)
Full time
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 214

The Blues do the double over Dorchester

An excellent team performance and a clean sheet sees the Blues win back to back

Match Report by Kevin Hand, photographs by Granty

Stratford Town v Dorchester Town, Saturday 17 February 2018 3.00pm Evo-Stik Southern Premier League at the MoodChimp stadium..

Stratford 2 Dorchester 0 (2-0 HT)

Stratford Town 2 v 0 Dorchester Town pics by Granty
16 photos

Attendance: 214

Match sponsored by: Jed Edgington, Club Patron

* A hit, a very palpable hit.

This was game was settled in the last two minutes of the first half when Town took a 2 goal lead through Ahenkorah and Grocott. They never looked likely to surrender the advantage in a robust and well-contested encounter.

Stephens was back in Town’s starting eleven replacing the injured Summerfield with Evans, Marsden and Dawson on the substitutes’ bench. The opening exchanges were mainly played out in mid-field with the only early excitement being a ‘yellow’ for Dorchester’s Ashley Pope on 3 minutes as he interfered with a kick from hand from Town keeper, Louis Connor.

As we approached the half-way point in the first half the game sprang to life. Town began to boss mid-field with Eli Bako having his best game in a Town shirt. But it was Grocott who found his way into the Dorchester area crossing unselfishly to Stephens at the far post. Stephens’ shot was smothered at close range and as the ball fell at the feet of Ahenkorah his shot was deflected for a corner.

The ever willing Taylor won the ball in the inside left channel on 30 minutes and his pass found Bako in space just outside the area. Bako’s fierce drive was tipped over the bar by Dorchester keeper, Chris Weale.

The main drama of the game was played out in the last two minutes of the half. First a long ball from Francis found Ahenkorah galloping onto it as the Dorchester defenders appealed for offside. Ahenkorah finished in the style of an experienced striker as his left-footed strike found the corner of the net.

From the kick off Town was at Dorchester again. Great play from Stephens saw Ahenkorah cut in from the left. His shot was deflected away from goal by the Dorchester keeper but Grocott was on hand to finish emphatically. Not to be outdone the Magpies piled up field and with the Town defence in disarray Archie Collins struck a ‘screamer’ that was brilliantly turned aside by Louis Connor.

The second half saw Dorchester make two substitutions with Ollie Griggs and Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist replacing Billy Lowes and David Jerrard. The Magpies started the better pressing forward but were nearly caught out on 53 minutes Stephens broke from deep. As he closed in on goal he was unable to find the onrushing Taylor as his cross was cut out. This cued the departure of Stephens to be replaced by Marsden as Town once more took control. Later Evans replaced Bako and Dawson, Ahenkorah.

Dorchester’s number 9 Ashley Pope threatened on a number of occasions but he seemed to have left his shooting boots back in Dorset. The only disappointment for Town was Taylor picking up a second yellow deep into stoppage time. A ‘red’ seemed a poor reward for a whole-hearted effort by the Town front man.

Consecutive victories saw the Stratford boys climb to 13th place in the league with strong performances all over the pitch. Hancocks edged man of the match ahead of Recci, Gallinagh, Francis and Grocott.

Man of the Match James Hancocks

A hit, a very palpable hit. Hamlet Act 5 Scene 2

‘On this occasion two hits!’

Jamie Hancocks

Player of the Match

Jamie Hancocks

Key moments

Goal Edwin Ahenkorah scores for Stratford Town
Goal Will Grocott scores for Stratford Town
Red Card Michael Taylor is sent off for Stratford Town

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90:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Michael Taylor is sent off for Stratford Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Jamie Hancocks is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
88:00 Sub Off
Edwin Ahenkorah is substituted off for Stratford Town
88:00 Sub On
George Dawson is substituted on for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub Off
Eli Bako is substituted off for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub On
Charlie Evans is substituted on for Stratford Town
74:00 Yellow Card
Michael Taylor is yellow carded for Stratford Town
74:00 Yellow Card
Ollie Griggs is yellow carded for Dorchester Town
55:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephens is substituted off for Stratford Town
55:00 Sub On
Justin Marsden is substituted on for Stratford Town
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Will Grocott scores for Stratford Town
45:00 Assist
Edwin Ahenkorah makes an assist for Stratford Town
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 1 - 0
Edwin Ahenkorah scores for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Dorchester Town
  • 0
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Goal 44:00'
  • Will Grocott Goal 45:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Assist 45:00'
  • Ben Stephens Sub Off 55:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub On 55:00'
  • Michael Taylor Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Ollie Griggs Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Eli Bako Sub Off 77:00'
  • Charlie Evans Sub On 77:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Sub Off 88:00'
  • George Dawson Sub On 88:00'
  • Michael Taylor Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Bako, Eli Bako, Eli
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Dorchester Town
  • 1. Chris Weale
  • 2. Kyle Egan
  • 3. Neil Martin
  • 4. Luke Winsper
  • 5. Ross Carmichael
  • 6. Archie Collins
  • 7. Tom Blair
  • 8. Billy Lowes
  • 9. Ashley Pope
  • 10. Sam Lanahan
  • 11. David Jerrard
  • 12. Lweis Leigh-Gilchrist
  • 13. .
  • 14. Ollie Griggs
  • 15. Solomon Ayunga

League round up

Other Premier results

Frome Town
Chesham United
Hitchin Town
Kettering Town
Bishop's Stortford
King's Lynn Town
Kings Langley
Slough Town
Merthyr Town
St Ives Town
Basingstoke Town
St Neots Town
Tiverton Town
Royston Town

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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