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St Ives Town
Stratford Town
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C Cox (1'), M Taylor (32')
Sat 3 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 181

Tangerine Town go Ten Unbeaten!


Goals from Chris Cox & Mikey Taylor seal the deal at St Ives

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

St Ives v Stratford Town
Saturday 03 November, 2018 3.00 pm at Westwood Road
EvoStik League Southern Premier Division Central.

St. Ives 0 Stratford 2 (HT 0-0)

St Ives Town 0 v 2 Stratford Town pics by Granty
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• He is well paid who is well satisfied……………..

This was to be Town’s 10th game undefeated in a remarkable turnaround from the early seasons travails. And after Chris Cox’s opener on 52 seconds (his first for the club) the winning run seemed never in doubt.

On a bumpy, well-grassed pitch, Town kicked off with a light breeze behind them. Crucially, St Ives was playing facing the low November setting sun and this was to prove troublesome for the cap-less keeper, Sam Wilson, throughout the first 45 minutes.

St. Ives came into the fixture on the back of some poor results and lacking goal power and a crowd of 181 was noticeably subdued. Their mood was not enhanced when conceding a free kick directly from the kick off. ‘Assist King’, Will Grocott, floated a delightful ball curling towards to the far post and Chis Cox ghosted in to glance it past the floundering Sam Wilson.

The only worry for Town was the mysterious Mike Taylor injury following the goal celebration. When play resumed the game developed into a difficult mid-field battle as both sides battled to combat the conditions.

On an afternoon when Town keeper, Richard Walton, was barely tested he did observe Charlie D’eath blast over from a good position on 16 minutes. Town then ramped up the pressure and on 22 minutes following a second corner in quick succession Grocott’s expert delivery found Mike Taylor unmarked at the far post and he nodded home with the minimum of fuss.

The momentum was now with Stratford although on 31 minutes although Ben Seymour- Shoves corner for St. Ives did find the head of Owen Wallis but it ballooned harmlessly over the bar.

Town continued to have the better of the exchanges till half time with Oulton, Skendi, Grocott and Carvalho running the game.

There was a flurry of substitutions in the second half with the most significant being Jimmy Fry for captain for the day, Jamie McAteer. Jamie was struggling with flu-like symptoms but had put in his usual impeccable shift.

Despite great endeavours by the St. Ives lads they never threatened the Town goal until deep into stoppage time when Richard Walton grabbed the ball from the feet of hesitant home strikers. Taylor continued to threaten for Town but it was Grocott who came closest to adding to Town’s tally. On 80 minutes his beautifully delivered free kick from 25 yards was turned round the post by Sam Wilson. And on 84 minutes Albi Skendi strode through mid-field to set up Grocott in the inside left position. Will’s strike was blocked and went behind for a corner. The only downside to an extremely well-managed performance was three unnecessary bookings for Isaac, Skeldi and Williams.

Town’s dug out now exudes a calm, confident assurance and this has been communicated to the players on the pitch.

Man of the Match: Will Grocott

• He is well paid who is well satisfied - The Merchant of Venice Act 4 Scene 1

Next up:

Tuesday 06 November Redditch (H) League Cup
Saturday 10 November Mickleover (H) FA Trophy

Match Stats by Rod Abrahams

 St Ives Town  Stratford Town
             6Goal Attempts            8
             3On Target            4
             0Blocked Shots           0
             0Hit Woodwork           0
             2Corners Won           3
             5Crosses into Box        11
          11Fouls Conceded        14
            1Off Side          3
            0Yellow Cards         3
            0Red Cards         0

Will Grocott

Player of the Match

Will Grocott

Key moments

Goal Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
Goal Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town

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90:00 Player of the Match
Will Grocott is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
89:00 Yellow Card
Kynan Isaac is yellow carded for Stratford Town
85:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Williams is yellow carded for Stratford Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Albi Skendi is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
32:00 Goal 0 - 2
Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
1:00 Goal 0 - 1
Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
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As it happened

  • St Ives Town
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Chris Cox Goal 1:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Goal 32:00'
  • Albi Skendi Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Jordan Williams Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

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

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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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