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W Carvalho (49')
Sat 12 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 537

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
HT (0-0)

* 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As the second half started Fisher was withdrawn, Kynan Isaac move to left wing back and Dan Preston came into mid-field.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


             10Goal Attempts             4
               2On Target             3
               0Blocked Shots             0
               0Hit Woodwork             0
               3Corners Won             2
              8Crosses into Box             5
            12Fouls Conceded            11
               0Off Side              0
              1Yellow Cards             3
             0Red Cards             0

Attendance: 537

Man of the Match: Jordan Williams

Next up:

Tuesday 15 January KO 7.45 pm Hitchin (HOME) EvoStik PDC

Saturday 19 January KO 3.00 pm Needham Market (HOME) EvoStik PDC

Jordan Williams

Player of the Match

Jordan Williams

Key moments

Goal Wilson Carvalho scores for Stratford Town


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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
Kynan Isaac is yellow carded for Stratford Town
70:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
49:00 Goal 0 - 1
Wilson Carvalho scores for Stratford Town
End of period 1
32:00 Yellow Card
Cody Fisher is yellow carded for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tamworth
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Cody Fisher Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Wilson Carvalho Goal 49:00'
  • James Fry Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Sarkic, Matija Sarkic, Matija
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Williams, Kian Williams, Kian
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Fisher, Cody Fisher, Cody
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
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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