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S Richards (25'), C Cox (65'), K Isaac (31' Sent Off)
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Tue 11 Dec 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 243

Ten Man Town take down Tamworth in epic victory


The unstoppable Blue bandwagon keeps on rolling as the Lambs are silenced!

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

Stratford Town v Tamworth Tuesday 11 December, 2018 7.45 pm
THE Arden Garages Stadium, EvoStik Premier Central Division.

Stratford 2 Tamworth 1 (HT 1-1)

Fair is foul, and foul is fair:

This was an evening to set hearts racing and pulses beating in a quite superb evening of football at the Arden Garages Stadium. Simply, one up after 25 minutes, reduced to 10 men nine minutes later and Stratford then producing their best performance of the season to earn a 2-1 victory and in doing so, propelled to 5th place in the EvoStik Premier Division Central. The mood after the game was euphoric.

It is no wonder that after the game Head of Football, Thomas Baillie, was so bullish not just about the evening’s performance but the season ahead and, in particular, the FA trophy and our visit to AFC Fylde on Saturday. This was no mere hubris but a growing confidence in a talented and hard working team with a strong sense of togetherness.

In truth the opening minutes were dull with both sides feeling the other out. Cox, Carvalho and Isaac were showing great pace stretching the strong Tamworth back line. On 21 minutes Oulton conceded a free kick some 25 yards out. Aman Verma’s shot was collected at 2nd attempt by Ross Etheridge.

Four minutes later and Town was ahead. The home side was beginning to press and the corner count was decidedly in their favour. The goal, however, came from open play on 25 minutes, Cox sped down the right, cut inside and his low cross was neatly converted by Shawn Richards. Town now took charge and might have been two up on 31 minutes. There was another rampaging run from Cox with his cross eluding everyone including the perfectly positioned Lewis Wilson.

The game turned topsy turvy on 34 minutes when Isaac was sent off following a flying challenge that referee, Richard Walker, deemed dangerous. From the resulting free kick Zak Lilly was first to the bouncing ball and fired home from close range to level matters.

Kieran Westwood replaced Shawn Richards and was to have an outstanding 60 minutes. On 40 minutes Town nearly went in front again. Cox fed Grocott. Grocott’s fierce shot was fumbled by Jas Singh and Wilson inexplicably fired over from a central position 6 yards out. At the other end Gregg Smith bullied his way through bit Etheridge was equal to the task saving bravely from close range.

Half time saw the rested Mike Taylor join the fray replacing Jamie McAteer, Lewis Wilson dropping into the back four. This change was to prove transformative as Town’s striker ran Tamworth’s back line ragged.

The main drama was immediate. Taylor chased a long ball and as he arrived at the edge of the area goalkeeper, Jas Singh seemed to take the striker out. The referee awarded a foul and a yellow card. The relieved Singh bounced back to his goal very much aware that he might have got away with one. This was to prove an evening of contentious decisions that both bemused and confused. Ten menTown then began to dominate, full of pacey running. On 54 minutes in broken play following a corner Taylor smashed in a shot that was beaten away by Singh. Taylor collected the rebound and seemed to be tripped in the act of shooting. Outraged home fans couldn’t believe it wasn’t a penalty.

As Town continued to dominate Town took the lead on 65 minutes. A Grocott free kick and the outstanding Chris Cox ghosted in at the far post before planting his header firmly home. Town now began to play a fine expansive style of football that stretched and pressed the eleven of Tamworth back. Among many noteworthy moments was Ross Oulton bursting through midfield before releasing Taylor to attack the stretched Tamworth back line. Taylor and Grocott had shots saved and Carvalho went close. Tamworth could muster little.

Attendance: 243

Man of the Match – Chris Cox

Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

12Goal Attempts9
5On Target6
0Hit Woodwork0
8Corners Won4
9Crosses into Box6
16Fouls Conceded17
1Off Side3
1Yellow Cards2
1Red Cards0

Next up:

Saturday 15 December 3.00pm AFC Fylde (A) Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round Proper

Tuesday 18 December Coalville (H) EvoStik PDC

Chris Cox

Player of the Match

Chris Cox

Key moments

Goal Shawn Richards scores for Stratford Town
Red Card Kynan Isaac is sent off for Stratford Town
Goal Goal for Tamworth
Goal Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town


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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Chris Cox is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
65:00 Goal 2 - 1
Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
53:00 Yellow Card
Ross Oulton is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Tamworth
31:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Kynan Isaac is sent off for Stratford Town
25:00 Goal 1 - 0
Shawn Richards scores for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Tamworth
  • 0
  • Shawn Richards Goal 25:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Red Card 31:00'
  • Goal 36:00'
  • Ross Oulton Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Chris Cox Goal 65:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Richards, Shawn Richards, Shawn
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Oulton, Ross Oulton, Ross
Stratford Town

League round up

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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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