Baillie's masterplan followed to perfection to gain a first ever point at Kings Lynn
By Andy Chilton
A compact, disciplined and hard working Town frustrate the Linnets
Kings Lynn Town 0 v 0 Stratford Town
Saturday 14th October 2018
The Walks Stadium, Kings Lynn
In his pre match comments new Town boss Thomas Baillie said "We know Kings Lynn will be a big test which will tell me a lot about the individuals & the team".
On the back of this scoreless draw he did learn a great deal about the depth of character and resilience of the players and the overall discipline the team which was on display as Town gained our first ever point at the The Walks.
At the same time the Town faithful also learned a lot about their new boss , someone who is not afraid to make big decisions as seen when he surprised many by leaving skipper and talisman Jimmy Fry and midfield maestro Will Grocott on the bench with the hard working Ross Oulton and Guillame Taty coming into the Town midfield.
Baillie and the Town coaching staff had done their home work on our opponents and set up the team to be compact and very disciplined all designed to frustrate the Linnet’s and it worked to perfection.
The team resplendent in their new MT Finance sponsored away shirts frustrated the hosts so much that on loan keeper Richard Walton did not have one shot to save all afternoon.
Town soaked up the hosts predictably early flourishes with the midfield trio of Oulton, Skendi and Taty working incredibly hard to protect a magnificent back four of Jordan Williams, Kieren Westwood and Chris Cox who were supremely led by captain for the day, the commanding Jamie McAteer.
So tenacious was Taty that he picked up an a yellow card on 15 minutes and following some further robust challenges Baillie sensibly substituted him on 25 minutes bringing on Fry to prevent a likely and imminent red card for the Frenchman.
Stratford made it to the break having stifled the Linnets early fire and the second half continued in a similar vein with every Town player working their socks off to close down the hosts at every opportunity.
The biggest scare came on 10 minutes from time when the ball fell to Linnets new signing Adam Marriott 10 yards out but the striker blasted the ball wide and Baillie’s masterplan had been followed to perfection by his players in a display of great discipline, determination and growing belief.
Now unbeaten in the last 5 games with 3 clean sheets in the last 4 games this Town side are showing great promise for the games to come.
Man of the Match Jamie McAteer – A commanding display at the heart of the defence.
Referee – J. Crofts
Assistant Referees – S. Gregory & L. Hartley
Attendance – 681
Match Stats by Rod Abrahams
| 6||Goal Attempts|| 8|
| 0||On Target|| 1|
| 0||Blocked Shots|| 1|
| 0||Hit Woodwork|| 0|
| 2||Corners Won|| 3|
| 5||Crosses into Box|| 7|
| 14||Fouls Conceded|| 4|
| 3||Off Side|| 1|
| 2||Yellow Cards|| 1|
| 0||Red Cards|| 0|
Stratford Yellow Cards – Fry & Taty
Kings Lynn Yellow Cards – McAuley