Match Report,& photos Stratford Town 1 v 3 Lowestoft Town 3
By Andy Chilton
Toothless Town fall to defeat at home to the TrawlerBoys
Match Report by Kevin Hand, Match Stats by Rod Abrahams, Photos by Granty
Stratford Town v Lowestoft Town Saturday 25 August, 2018 3.00pm Evo-Stik Premier Division Central League at the Arden Garages Stadium..
Stratford 1 Lowestoft 3 (1-1) HT
* A plague o’ these pickle-herring!
The message from the ‘gaffer’ was “must do better.” In truth there were a number of good Town performances on the day but ‘weight of pass’ and ‘final ball’ doomed the home side to a disappointing defeat.
Town made three changes from the Royston draw with Wilson, Skendi and Mike Taylor replacing Westwood, Cox and Bradley Maslen-Jones. This left Claudio Dias as leftt wing back.
The game was delayed for 2 minutes when a hail storm pelted the ground just as the players were about to take the field. Town kicked off towards the golf course end and was quickly on the front foot. Taylor surged forward but a poor pass quickly ended the play. Taylor then caused panic in the Lowestoft area when he rounded keeper Elvijs Putnins but had his shot blocked on the line. Lowestoft came straight back and were ahead on 4 minutes. A pass found Shaun Bammant deep in the Town area and in a flash he turned and fired home.
Town responded with a deep cross from Carvalho that was fumbled by Putnins but no Town player close enough or quick enough to respond. In the following exchanges Lowestoft dominated down the left with Kieran Higgs a constant threat pulling Lewis Wilson out of central defence to deal with it. Town worked themselves back into the game with home debutant, Albi Skendi, taking control of midfield. But time and time again good approach work was spoilt by a poor final pass or badly executed cross.
On 39 minutes good play between Grocott, Shariff and Dias saw the latter’s shot turned away for a corner. Town kept possession after the corner with Lowestoft unable to clear their lines and Dias fired home a wonderful strike from fully 35 yards. As the half ended Town pressed forward. Significantly, Lowestoft keeper, Putnins, was seen to limp away having sustained a muscle injury earlier in the half sliding to collect a through ball.
The second half saw out field player Andrew Reynolds replace Putnins in the Lowestoft goal. Town started brightly but not convincingly and was slow to test keeper Reynolds. The home fans got excited when on 55 minutes Taylor strode forward on goal seemingly having the beating of Lowestoft defender Ross Jarvis. Jarvis pulled back Taylor and was perhaps lucky to receive only a yellow card. Grocott’s free kick was fired straight at keeper Reynolds who dealt with it effectively.
As the game seemingly petered out in a dull mid field battle it was Lowestoft who produced two clinical finishes to bag the points. On 75 minutes Bammant doubled his tally with a fine strike and with Stratford stretched up field Jacek Zielonka made it 3-1. There was a late flurry from Town but it was all too little, too late. With tough games at Banbury and Kettering to come improvement is needed and some signs that we’ll see a settled side and formation. There’s definite quality in the squad but a team ethos is yet to crystallise
Marston’s Man of the Match (as chosen by Martin King Stratford Herald) – Albi Skendi.
* A plague o’ these pickle-herring! They upset my stomach. Twelfth Night Act 1 Scene 5
Match Stats by Rod Abrahams
| 15||Goal Attempts|| 6|
| 9||On Target|| 3|
| 0||Blocked Shots|| 0|
| 0||Hit Woodwork|| 0|
| 4||Corners Won|| 1|
| 12||Crosses into Box|| 7|
| 10||Fouls Conceded|| 14|
| 0||Off Side|| 3|
| 1||Yellow Cards|| 3|
| 0||Red Cards|| 0|
Stratford Yellow Cards – Fry
Lowestoft Yellow Cards – Deeks, Higgs & Zielonka
Monday 27 August Banbury (A) 3.00pm
Saturday 01 September Kettering (H) 3.00pm