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Sat 29 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Full time Attendance 620

The Blues and Glassboys in engrossing stalemate


Engrossing encounter at the Arden Garages Stadium ends scoreless

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

Stratford v Stourbridge Saturday 29 December2018 3.00 pm, EvoStik Premier Division Central.

Stratford 0 Stourbridge HT 0-0)

• I pray you, Sir, is it your will to make a stale of me amongst these mates?

If football was a game of chess this was a game played between two Grand Masters resulting in an honourable stale mate. Table toppers, Stourbridge, included strikers Greg Mills and Luke Benbow with 23 EvoStik goals between them already this season. Stratford featured debutants, Dan Preston and Nabil Sharif.

If there were nerves in the Stratford ranks it didn’t show and it was a cohesive performance from the start. On 8 minutes Fry found Wilson on the right whose cross was cut out. This led to a Town free kick and from broken play McAteer had a fierce drive blocked. Stourbridge replied and Grocott and Sarkic nearly got themselves in trouble from a long through ball.

Defence and mid-field dominated and it was difficult for either side to fashion a clear opening. The game was fierce but fair and well managed by the officials but that didn’t stop Preston and McAteer picking up ‘yellows.’

The best chance of the half fell on 44 minutes to Stratford from a Grocott free kick. McAteer was on the end of it at the far post and his header seemed to be deflected by keeper, Niall Maher, onto the post before being scrambled away.

There was a quiet start to the second half with defences dominating again. On 54 minutes Fry linked with Richards who played Carvalho in on the left but his shot was blocked at the near post by Maher. Greg Mills began to work Lewis Wilson hard who was booked on 90 minutes for a foul too many. Luke Benbow had a goal bound effort turned aside for a corner by Sarkic.

At the other end on 69 minutes Wilson and Carvalho combined to play in Jimmy Fry whose shot was blocked leading to a corner. Preston and Grocott gave way for Dias and Benjamin and although the Glassboys may have shaded possession in the later stages of the game a goalless draw looked likely from a long way out.

There were murmurs of approval from both sets of fans as the gladiators left the pitch from a good natured and appreciative crowd of 620. Head of Football, Thomas Baillie, said, ‘the team fears no-one, We’re a good team and in the play-off mix.’ There was speculation about returning players, Isaac and Skendi, but in their absence this Town side remain an impressive unit.

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

Stratford Stourbridge
9Goal Attempts 11
2On Target 5
0Blocked Shots 0
1Hit Woodwork 0
3Corners Won 4
7Crosses into Box 5
20Fouls Conceded 11
2Off Side 1
4Yellow Cards 1
0Red Cards 0

Stratford Yellow Cards – Preston, McAteer, Wilson & Williams
Stourbridge Yellow Cards – Pierpoint

Attendance: 620

Man of the Match: Jordan Williams

• I pray you, Sir, is it your will to make stale of me amongst these mates? The Taming of the Shrew Act1 Scene1

Next up:

Biggleswade (A) Tuesday 01 January 3.00pm EvoStik PDC

Alvechurch (H) Saturday 05 January 3.00pm EvoStik PDC


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Jordan Williams is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Wilson is yellow carded for Stratford Town
89:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Williams is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Jamie McAteer is yellow carded for Stratford Town
31:00 Yellow Card
Dan Preston is yellow carded for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Stourbridge
  • 0
  • Dan Preston Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Jamie McAteer Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Jordan Williams Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Lewis Wilson Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Sarkic, Matija Sarkic, Matija
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Fisher, Cody Fisher, Cody
Richards, Shawn Richards, Shawn
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Preston, Dan Preston, Dan
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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