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Sat 20 Oct 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central

Bouyant Blues win five goal thriller


Blues put on a show for the Town faithful and go unbeaten in the last 7 games

Stratford Town Football Club

Match Report by Kevin Hand

Stratford 3 Leiston 2 (HT 2-2)

Stratford Town vs Leiston photos by Granty
16 photos

Saturday 20 October, 2018 3.00 pm at the Arden Garage Stadium.

EvoStik Central Premier League.

• For now sits Expectation in the air

An impressive 7 game undefeated run and 10th in the league completed a wonderful transition from the ‘tricky’ start to the season. Thomas Baillie, Manager, has clear ambitions to be pushing for a ‘play-off’ spot come February/March. By contrast Leiston was in turmoil with manager Glen Driver leaving the club earlier in the week. A 5-1 thrashing to Kings Lynn on Tuesday was hardly an ideal preparation together with a long journey from Suffolk for today’s match.

Undaunted Leiston was much the faster out of the blocks and on 22 seconds took the lead without a single Town player touching the ball. From the kick off Leiston sliced through Town’s mid-field and the ball found its way out on the right. Byron Lawrence crossed and Christy Finch headed home from 6 yards with not a Stratford player him. Richard Walton got a hand to the ball diving low to his left but the ball trickled over the line.

The Town crowd was silenced but back on their feet after 7 minutes when Wilson Carvalho replied. Kieran Westwood worked the ball to Carvalho who wriggled his way into the area. His first shot was blocked but he quickly recovered to drill a low shot past keeper, Marcus Garnham.

From that moment the Boys in Blue took charge. There was neat passing between Wilson, Grocott and Taylor as the Leiston defence was constantly probed. The inevitable goal came on 23 minutes from a Grocott corner when Skendi was on hand to fire home from close range; his first club goal and received with popular acclamation.

As Town continued to dominate, Skendi again, Grocott and Cox threatened the Leiston goal. Then out of nothing on 36 minutes Leiston was level. A ‘nothing ball’ arrived at the feet of striker Jake Reid who turned the usually immaculate Jordan Williams. Reid’s shot deflected off Williams beyond Walton’s despairing grasp.

The second half saw Town make the faster start. Carvalho, Grocott and Fry combined to send Westwood clear on the left hand side op the area. His shot was turned aside for a corner.

The game slackened from the high tempo football of the first half and the Town defence had to be wary of a rugged and persistent Leiston side. Still Town pressed and on 61 minutes the wonderful Albi Skendi powered through the middle before delivering a rasping left footed drive. Garnham saved spectacularly high to his left. Then Taylor found himself alone 6 yards out but couldn’t connect with Cox’s floated cross from the right.
It was Wilson Carvalho on 68 minutes who made the decisive breakthrough. Persistent on the left again he worked the ball onto his right foot before scoring with a low drive..

Not that Leiston was finished. Jordan Williams had to make a wonderful recovery tackle as Jake Reid threatened. While in added time substitute Kynan Isaac might have wrapped the game up for Town. Cox showed wonderful touch on the right bringing down a long cross-field ball and then playing Isaac in. Isaac delayed a fraction and Garnham smothered his shot.

Thomas Baillie declared himself pleased with the developing shape of the team, fitness levels and growing team confidence. He also reported that the Club was close to adding an additional striker to the squad to support Mike Taylor.

Man of the Match: Wilson Carvalho

Attendance: 227

Next up: Alvechurch (A) Saturday 27 October FA Trophy

• Now sits Expectation in the air – Henry V The Prologue

Wilson Carvalho

Player of the Match

Wilson Carvalho

Key moments

Goal Goal for Leiston
Goal Wilson Carvalho scores for Stratford Town
Goal Albi Skendi scores for Stratford Town
Goal Goal for Leiston
Goal Wilson Carvalho scores for Stratford Town

Videos and photos

Stratford Town vs Leiston photos by Granty
16 photos


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90:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Wilson Carvalho is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
68:00 Goal 3 - 2
Wilson Carvalho scores for Stratford Town
66:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Leiston
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Leiston
40:00 Yellow Card
Mikey Taylor is yellow carded for Stratford Town
36:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Leiston
23:00 Goal 2 - 1
Albi Skendi scores for Stratford Town
16:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Leiston
7:00 Goal 1 - 1
Wilson Carvalho scores for Stratford Town
1:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Leiston
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Leiston
  • 0
  • Goal 1:00'
  • Wilson Carvalho Goal 7:00'
  • Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Albi Skendi Goal 23:00'
  • Goal 36:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Wilson Carvalho Goal 68:00'

Team selection

Walton, Richard Walton, Richard
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Westwood, Kieren Westwood, Kieren
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Taylor, Mikey Taylor, Mikey
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Fry, James Fry, James
Stratford Town

League round up

Other Premier Division Central results

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Halesowen Town
King's Lynn Town
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Rushall Olympic
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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