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Stratford Town
Slough Town
Full time
P Coles (35')
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 314

The Blues edged out by the Rebels in tight encounter at the MoodChimp Stadium


Town go toe to toe against Slough but again come up short to a play off bound Slough

Match Report Kevin Hand, Photographs Granty

Stratford Town v Slough Town, Saturday 07 April 2018 3.00pm Evo-Stik Southern Premier League at the MoodChimp stadium.

Stratford 0 Slough 1 2 (0-1 HT)

Stratford Town vs Slough Town photos by Granty
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Attendance: 314

Match sponsored by Ian Thomas

* A Daniel come to judgement.

Town must have feared the worst when high-flying Slough arrived fresh from a mid-week 4-0 victory at Frome. Town were weakened by the absence of Grocott, and with Stephens on the bench. In fact the Town boys gave a good account of them selves in a raw and uncultured contest and could easily have grabbed all 3 points.

With ‘Rebel’ fans in a restrained mood Stratford held their own in the opening exchanges and on 5 minutes Bako found Marsden whose fierce drive was safely held by keeper, Turner. Much of the game was being played in mid-field with defences well in control. Smart and Nisbet were impressive for Slough with Fry, Francis and Gallinagh matching them for Stratford.

Evans was lively on the right for Town and on 25 minutes his shot from the edge of the penalty area was blocked and as Luckie tried to force home the rebound he was adjudged ‘off side.’ Five minutes later and a curling cross from Evans again nearly found Bako as he closed in on goal. Next it was Slough’s turn with a clear-cut chance for Coles. With Town’s defence at sixes and sevens he shot on a barely guarded Town goal from 10 yards but somehow the shot was deflected for a corner.

The decisive moment of the game was on 35 minutes when Marsden missed a tackle in mid-field. The town defence was ripped apart and, this time, Coles made no mistake. There was a quick response from Town and Bako forced a save from Turner and just before the half ended he also dealt with a speculative lob from Ahenkorah.

At the beginning of the second half Town threatened twice. First Evans found Bako whose shot was scrambled for a corner and then Evans ‘skinned’ Wells on the outside. The obvious ball was a right footed cut back but favouring his trusty left boot Evans shot straight at the keeper at his near post.

Slough’s response was immediate and out of nothing they nearly doubled their advantage. Another ‘comedy of errors’ between Connor and Francis (reminiscent of the Hitchin fixture) saw an innocuous through ball not being dealt with by either player and Connor finally making a complete ‘air shot’ of his clearance and lucky only to concede a corner. There was still not much between the teams and Slough’s Matthew Lench was proving dangerous from set-piece deliveries. Equally magnificent was Andy Gallinagh at the heart of the Town defence in averting danger.

Substitutions were made and Taylor livened up Town’s attack and Stephens made a belated appearance on 77 minutes. It was this combination that nearly recovered the game for Stratford. On 87 minutes a neat chipped ball from Stephens found both Taylor and Evans close in on goal but neither could muster a shot worthy of the name. And just before the final whistle with the Slough defence for once unsure Taylor lifted a shot high wide as Turner scrambled back to cover his goal.

So this was another chastening but not disheartening loss for Town. It was a game played in good spirit that was well managed by the officials. It was 2 years ago that referee, Sarah Garratt, took charge of the FA Women’s Cup Final at Wembley. She was equally impressive here establishing a good rapport with the players, calm, decisive and undemonstrative.

Banbury next at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium Thursday 12 April 7.45 pm for this rearranged fixture.

Man of the Match: Andy Gallinagh

* A Daniel come to judgement! O wise young judge! The Merchant of Venice Act 4 Scene 1 – Shylock to Portia

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Key moments

Goal Perry Coles scores for Slough Town

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84:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Lench is yellow carded for Slough Town
82:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Hancocks is yellow carded for Stratford Town
81:00 Yellow Card
Mikey Taylor is yellow carded for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub Off
Edwin Ahenkorah is substituted off for Stratford Town
77:00 Sub On
Ben Stephens is substituted on for Stratford Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Edwin Ahenkorah is yellow carded for Stratford Town
69:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Summerfield is yellow carded for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub Off
James Fry is substituted off for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub Off
Jaz Luckie is substituted off for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub On
Mikey Taylor is substituted on for Stratford Town
62:00 Sub On
Daniel Summerfield is substituted on for Stratford Town
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 0 - 1
Perry Coles scores for Slough Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Slough Town
  • 0
  • Perry Coles Goal 35:00'
  • James Fry Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jaz Luckie Sub Off 62:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Sub On 62:00'
  • Daniel Summerfield Sub On 62:00'
  • Daniel Summerfield Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Sub Off 77:00'
  • Ben Stephens Sub On 77:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Matthew Lench Yellow Card 84:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Fry, James Fry, James
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlie
Bako, Eli Bako, Eli
Luckie, Jaz Luckie, Jaz
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Stratford Town
Slough Town
  • 1. Jack Turner
  • 2. Josh Jackman
  • 3. George Wells
  • 4. Nathan Smart
  • 5. Mark Nisbet
  • 6. Scott Davies
  • 7. James Dobson
  • 8. Matthew Lench
  • 9. Perry Coles
  • 10. Manny Williams
  • 11. Warren Harris
  • 12. Sean Fraser
  • 13. .
  • 14. Guy Hollis
  • 15. Matt Day
  • 16. Lee Togwell
  • 17. Chris Flood

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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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