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Stratford Town
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C Cox (68'), J Fry (82')
Tue 22 Jan 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 160

The Blues grab a point at Church & move up to 3rd!


Goals from Chris Cox & Jimmy Fry see Town finish our 6 game series vs Church with a draw after a storming 2nd half rally

Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Photographs by GRANTY, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

Alvechurch v Stratford Town Tuesday 22 January, 2019 7.45 pm
EvoStik Premier Division Central

Alvechurch 2 Stratford 2

HT (1-0)

* If this was a play on the stage…..

This mini-box set of 6 footballing dramas has now concluded and, perplexingly, we’re none the wiser! The denouement came as late as the 83rd minute when captain Jimmy Fry coolly slotted the home the equaliser in this fascinating, hard-fought and well-managed game. So, played 2, won 2, drew 2, lost 2 with a 10-7 goal advantage to Town.

This result left Stratford 3rd in the league with a play-off position now looking a strong possibility. It was a bitterly cold evening and there were flakes of snow to greet players and the sparse crowd alike. For the first time this season the Stratford eleven was unchanged. The indisposed Will Grocott did not make the bench.

On a greasy, heavy surface it was Stratford who was first to threaten on 3 minutes. Wilson Carvalho skipped around Josh Ezewhele and delivered a flashing low cross across the 6 yards box that eluded everyone. Lewis Wilson came closest to converting at the far post. As the game settled it was Alvechurch who marginally edged possession and threat with Chilton, Ezwhele and Tom Turley catching the eye. The passing from the back was impressive and this left the Town mid-field struggling to get a grip on the game and striker, Nabil Shariff, cut a lonely figure up front.

Alvechurch was close to taking the lead on 12 minutes when a Mitch Botfield shot diverted onto the post and Ross Etheridge was quick to respond to smother a follow-up chance. Town’s first shot didn’t arrive until 28 minutes. Isaac won a free kick just outside the area. Carvalho’s fierce drive was beaten away by keeper, Dan Crane, striking the shin of the on-rushing Shariff only to roll wide of the Alvechurch goal. Alvechurch continued to have the better of things and took the lead on 40 minutes. Isaac conceded a foul central, on the edge of the Town area and Rahis Nabi scored empatically with a low drive to the bottom left hand corner of Etheridge’s goal.

Playing with the slope in the second half Town was first into their stride. Albi Skendi was seeing more of the ball and began to threaten the ‘Church’ back line. Town might have been level on 47 minutes when Carvalho found Lewis Wilson just 6 yards out. A hasty shot from Wilson flew over the bar. It took until 66 minutes for before Town could level. Town earned a free kick at distance on the right. Ross Oulton delivered the cross and from out of a crowd of players Chris Cox rose highest to glance home.

With Isaac and Cox now getting forward to press ‘Church’ back it was a surprise when the home side was back in front on 72. “Church’ pressed on the right and a precision cross found Lee Chilton unmarked at the far post and he made no mistake.

Town’s response was to bring on Cody Fisher at left wing back and push Isaac further forward to support Shariff. Oulton made way and Carvalho was also replaced by Barcelos. Town now began to dominate with Isaac pressurising the Alvechurch back line. And so it was that James Fry levelled on 83 minute following good work by Man of the Match, Kynan Isaac.

Town fashioned 2 more chances in stoppage time with Chris Cox heading narrowly over from a free kick and Shariff having a low drive turned away for a corner. This has been an impressive few weeks for Manager, Thomas Baillie, and this fit, hard working and well-knit Town unit. There are now two successive Tuesdays to recuperate and plan the final stages of this impressive campaign.

A word of praise for the officials and, in particular, Scott Tallis for their handling of the game. We barely noticed them which is always a good sign!

* If this was a play on the stage now, I would condemn it as an improbable fiction. Twelfth Night Act 3 Scene 4

Man of the Match: Kynan Isaac

Next up:

Saturday 26 January 3.00 pm Redditch (A) EvoStik PDC

Next Home game Saturday 02 February 3.00pm St Ives (H) EvoStik PDC
Lets get our ground full and buzzing as befitting a team in 3rd place!

Kynan Isaac

Player of the Match

Kynan Isaac

Key moments

Goal Goal for Alvechurch
Goal Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
Goal Goal for Alvechurch
Goal James Fry scores for Stratford Town


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Kynan Isaac is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
87:00 Yellow Card
Kynan Isaac is yellow carded for Stratford Town
82:00 Goal 2 - 2
James Fry scores for Stratford Town
72:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Alvechurch
68:00 Goal 1 - 1
Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Alvechurch
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Alvechurch
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Goal 41:00'
  • Chris Cox Goal 68:00'
  • Goal 72:00'
  • James Fry Goal 82:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Oulton, Ross Oulton, Ross
Stratford Town

League round up

Other Premier Division Central results

St Ives Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 42 94
2. King's Lynn Town 42 80
3. Stourbridge 42 78
4. Alvechurch 42 73
5. Stratford Town 42 72
6. Coalville Town 42 67
7. Biggleswade Town 42 66

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