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Stratford Town
Hereford
M Taylor (88')
Full time
J Mills (57' Pen, 58'), D O'Shea (62' Sent Off)
Tue 9 Jan 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 707

Town battle the Bulls in close encounter of an entertaining kind!

The Blues put on a great performance but are edged out by title favourites Hereford in front of a packed MoodChimp Stadium

Match Report by Kevin Hands Photographs by Granty

Stratford Town v Hereford FC Tuesday 08 January 2018 7.45 pm Evo-Stik Southern Premier League at the Mood Chimp Stadium.

Stratford 1 Hereford 2 (half time 0-0)

Stratford Town v Hereford
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Attendance: 707

Game sponsored by: Arden Garages Your local Ford dealers

*…and doth not Hereford live?

Delayed from before Christmas this fixture against the “Bulls’ of Hereford FC had been the most eagerly anticipated of the 2017/2018 Evo-Stik Southern Premier calendar for the home Town fans. And as an occasion and evening of football it did not disappoint. 707 packed the Mood Chimp and the many early arrivals meant a most congenial atmosphere prevailed before kick off. Praise here for the excellent organization of the club offering additional catering outlets, both turnstiles open and an army of efficient and good humoured stewards.

Hereford was on a run of 50+ league away fixtures without defeat stretching back to August 2015. This record was sorely tested at Slough this weekend when goals in the 92nd and 96th minutes for the Bulls preserved this record.

Town welcomed back Lee Thomas to the starting eleven and Edwin Ahenkorah started up front with Mike Taylor and Ben Stephens. A flat back four saw Francis and Recci at the heart of defence. The opening exchanges quickly revealed the strengths of this Hereford outfit; fast, athletic with good passing skills. Murphy and Green strong in defence, Keyon Refell silky smooth with a lovely touch on the right and the ever-present danger of John Mills.

Despite this Town matched them in every department. Fry, Recci and Francis were brilliant in defence and midfield and the attacking trio of Stephens, Taylor and Ahenkorah kept the Hereford defence busy. It was Town, arguably, who had the best opportunities in the goalless first half. On 30 minutes Grocott’s cross nearly saw Taylor in and neat passing between Taylor, Ahenkorah and Stephens saw Grocott shoot over. 41 minutes saw Stephens go close following good work by Fry. The half ended with Hancocks hobbling off following a contentious challenge and he was not to reappear for the second half.

Summerfield replaced Hancocks and opening second half exchanges saw Town continuing to match the Bulls. This all changed in the 57th and 58th minutes when Hereford struck twice. First Connor was adjudged to have brought down an Hereford attacker. It seemed soft but John Mills’s crashing penalty wasn’t! Immediately, from the kick Stratford lost possession and Mills again had the presence of mind to stride forward and smash home a second goal. Game over you might think but there were twists and turns yet.

On 63 minutes Dara O’Shea felled Mikey Taylor as he headed for the penalty area. Red for O’Shea and Stephens’s free kick crashed against the underside of the crossbar before bouncing to safety. Hereford’s instinct was to attack and this made for an exciting conclusion. Town was finally back in the game on 88 minutes when Grocott’s swirling cross was met emphatically by Taylor (1-2). Town pressed with Connor up for corners, Hereford broke and nearly added a third before referee, Richard Cattell, blew for full time. Time to breathe at last and reflect on a thoroughly absorbing and good-natured encounter. There was strong evidence of why Herford may progress this season but also of the quality of Carl Adams’s squad. It recent weeks the lads have played out of their skins!

Weymouth at home on Saturday (13th January) and the players, manager and club deserve another bumper crowd to show appreciation for some great football at the Mood Chimp and on our travels.

Man of the Match: Liam Francis

• and doth not Hereford live? Richard 11 Act 2 Scene 1 [Definitively, yes!]

Henry Bolingbroke, later Henry1V, was also known as the Duke of Hereford.

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Liam Francis

Player of the Match

Liam Francis

Key moments

57:00
Scored Penalty John Mills scores a penalty for Hereford
58:00
Goal John Mills scores for Hereford
62:00
Red Card Dara O'Shea is sent off for Hereford
88:00
Goal Michael Taylor scores for Stratford Town

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Stratford Town v Hereford
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Stratford Town v Hereford

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Liam Francis is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
88:00 Assist
Will Grocott makes an assist for Stratford Town
88:00 Goal 1 - 2
Michael Taylor scores for Stratford Town
79:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Bird is yellow carded for Hereford
74:00 Sub Off
Justin Marsden is substituted off for Stratford Town
74:00 Sub On
Charlie Evans is substituted on for Stratford Town
68:00 Yellow Card
Liam Francis is yellow carded for Stratford Town
62:00 Red Card 0 - 2
Dara O'Shea is sent off for Hereford
58:00 Goal 0 - 2
John Mills scores for Hereford
57:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
John Mills scores a penalty for Hereford
57:00 Yellow Card
Louis Connor is yellow carded for Stratford Town
55:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
47:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Green is yellow carded for Hereford
45:00 Sub Off
Jamie Hancocks is substituted off for Stratford Town
45:00 Sub On
Daniel Summerfield is substituted on for Stratford Town
45:00 Yellow Card
Lance Smith is yellow carded for Hereford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Hereford
  • 0
  • Jamie Hancocks Sub Off 45:00'
  • Daniel Summerfield Sub On 45:00'
  • Lance Smith Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Ryan Green Yellow Card 47:00'
  • James Fry Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Louis Connor Yellow Card 57:00'
  • John Mills Scored Penalty 57:00'
  • John Mills Goal 58:00'
  • Dara O'Shea Red Card 62:00'
  • Liam Francis Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Justin Marsden Sub Off 74:00'
  • Charlie Evans Sub On 74:00'
  • Jamie Bird Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Michael Taylor Goal 88:00'
  • Will Grocott Assist 88:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Fry, James Fry, James
Recci, Loyiso Recci, Loyiso
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Stephens, Ben Stephens, Ben
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Stratford Town
Hereford
  • 1. Martin Horsell
  • 2. Jimmy Oates
  • 3. Cameron Pring
  • 4. Billy Murphy
  • 5. Ryan Green
  • 6. Dara O'Shea
  • 7. Keyon Reffell
  • 8. Jamie Bird
  • 9. John Mills
  • 10. Pablo Haysham
  • 11. Lance Smith
  • 12. Rob Purdie
  • 13. .
  • 14. Mike Symons
  • 15. Gary Preen
  • 16. Alex Harris

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# 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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