The Blues complete a seasonal double over the Lambs
A Wilson Carvalho strike seals all 3 points for Town as the Play off race hots up
Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photographs by GRANTY
Stratford Town v Tamworth Saturday 12 January, 2019 3.00 pm EvoStik Premier Division Central
Tamworth 0 Stratford 1
* For nothing can seem foul to those that win.
After the excitement of Tuesday’s win in the CSS League Cup it was back to business as usual at the CR MOT Centre Community Stadium in this EvoStik fixture. With Tamworth coming into the game in indifferent form there was a chance for Town to complete the double over their lofty rivals. The game had added spice with ex-Town talisman, Mike Taylor, pitted against Town’s star defenders Jordan Williams and Jamie McAteer. Town made 4 changes from Tuesday’s starting eleven and the Lambs were forced into playing striker Greg Smith as an emergency centre half following a raft of injuries.
There was a quiet opening on Tamworth’s 3G surface on 9 minutes Jordan Clement shot over for Tamworth and as Stratford replied Kian Williams was too easily dispossessed from a promising position. The first significant action occurred on 13. Cody Fisher was late on Kristian Green and the Tamworth fans were incensed when referee, Mr Samuel Kane, gave a lecture but no yellow. This was significant because Fisher did pick up a yellow on 32 minutes for a high foot. It was no surprise when Fisher failed to appear for the second half.
In a game of no discernible pattern Tamworth shaded possession but Stratford showed flashes of neat creative passing. There was danger for Town on 30 minutes when Jordan Gough drove forward only to see his dangerous cross effectively cut out. At the other end Kian Williams ‘skinned’ Gough and saw his cross elude everyone.
As the second half started Fisher was withdrawn, Kynan Isaac move to left wing back and Dan Preston came into mid-field. The impact was immediate as Town achieved parity and more in mid-field. It was to take just 4 minutes for Town to take a decisive advantage. “Assist king’, Will Grocott, released Wilson Carvalho down the left. He showed Shaw the outside before cutting inside and arrowing home a low drive from just inside the post from 18 yards.
As the game progressed it was Town who looked more likely to add to their tally. Tamworth were restricted to long-range shots and you could sense the unease in the home crowd. A strangely subdued Mikey Taylor was anonymous firmly in the pocket of young maestro, Jordan Williams.
On 62 minutes neat play between Shariff and Kian Williams saw the latter fire narrowly wide. On 74 minutes Shariff was one on one with keeper, Luke Simpson, who made a brave save and quickly gathered up the loose ball from onrushing Town forwards. There was an important block by Isaac on 80 minutes from Kristian Green but the introduction of Dan Summerfield and Curvin Ellis saw Town wind down the clock with a minimum of fuss.
So job done and a beaming Head of Football, Thomas Baillie, was clearly delighted by this double over tough opponents. He was pleased with the team’s passing and movement and stressed the importance of the Hitchin fixture and the possibility of moving into third place in the league.
* For nothing can seem foul to those that win. Henry 1V Part 1 Act 5 Scene 1
Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS
| 10||Goal Attempts|| 4|
| 2||On Target|| 3|
| 0||Blocked Shots|| 0|
| 0||Hit Woodwork|| 0|
| 3||Corners Won|| 2|
| 8||Crosses into Box|| 5|
| 12||Fouls Conceded|| 11|
| 0||Off Side|| 0|
| 1||Yellow Cards|| 3|
| 0||Red Cards|| 0|
Man of the Match: Jordan Williams
Tuesday 15 January KO 7.45 pm Hitchin (HOME) EvoStik PDC
Saturday 19 January KO 3.00 pm Needham Market (HOME) EvoStik PDC