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Stratford Town
Needham Market
N Shariff (40', 56'), J Williams (45')
Full time
Unknown (78')
Sat 19 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 201

Blues Blitz the Marketmen in battle of the play off contenders


A brace of goals from Nabil Shariff and one from Jordan Williams see Town maintain their red hot play off form

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

Stratford Town v Needham Market Saturday 19 January, 2019 3.00 pm

EvoStik Premier Division Central

Stratford 3 Needham Market 1
HT (2-0)

* O wonderful, wonderful…….

With a playing record in all matches under Head of Football, Thomas Baillie, of 20 wins, 7 draws and just 3 losses this victory over a classy Needham Market team was impressive. The purr of appreciation from the stands was only matched by that of the ‘gaffer’s’ He concluded it was the best 70 minutes of football in his reign as manager. He identified the return of Chris Cox and the mid-field hub of Fry, Oulton and Skendi as part of that dynamic.

It was Town who were first to threaten. Wilson Carvalho, who had an outstanding game, drifted in from the left in the first minute. His fierce shot was spilled by keeper Jessup, who reacted quickly as Shariff and Lewis Wilson were close by to pounce.

The mid-field triangle of Fry, Oulton and Skendi were bossing the middle of the park, allowing Cox to roam free down the right. On 22 minutes Oulton fired wide following good play but it was Needham Market who came closest to scoring on 25 and 33 minutes. First, Reece Dobson, was in on goal after a Town slip in mid-field which saw the excellent Etheridge turn away the striker’s shot for a corner. Then Luke Ingram slipped in the act of shooting when well placed.

This was to come back to bite Needham. First Albi Skendi drove into the heart of visitors’ defence before releasing Nabil Shariif in the inside right channel. His shot was dispatched with a minimum of fuss. Then on 45 minutes a Ross Oulton corner found Jordan Williams at the far post and it was 2-0 with the simplest of headers.

On 50 minutes Etheridge mad an outstanding, sprawling save from a Marsden header from an excellent Dobson cross. But the game was effectively sealed on 56 minutes when Carvalho found room on the left before putting in a telling cross where, man of the match Nabil Shariff, headed home in style.

As the half progressed Grocott, Barcelos and Kian Williams replaced Cox, Carvalho and Oulton and each was keen to impress with their running and progressive play. The one jolt was a penalty conceded on 78 minutes by Jordan Williams for a pull back. Joseph Marsden scored emphatically.

Deep in stoppage time James Baker saw a header strike the bar but game management by Stratford was once again impressive. So Town remain in 5th place and now look very likely play-off contenders. Heady stuff, indeed!

* O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful… As You Like It Act 3 Scene 2

Attendance: 201

Man of the Match: Nabil Shariff

Match Stas by ROD ABRAHAMS

Stratford     Needham
           12Goal Attempts              6
            7On Target              3
            1Blocked Shots              0
            0Hit Woodwork             1
            5Corners Won             3
          11Crosses into Box             4
         12Fouls Conceded             7
           0Off Side             0
           2Yellow Cards             1
           0Red Cards             0

Stratford Yellow Cards         –         Oulton & J Williams
Needham Yellow Cards         –         Kamanzi

Next up:

Tuesday 22 January 7.45pm Alvechurch (A) EvoStik PDC

Saturday 26 January 3.00 pm Redditch (A) EvoStik PDC

Nabil Shariff

Player of the Match

Nabil Shariff

Key moments

Goal Nabil Shariff scores for Stratford Town
Goal Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town
Goal Nabil Shariff scores for Stratford Town
Goal Goal for Needham Market


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Nabil Shariff is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
78:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Needham Market
77:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Williams is yellow carded for Stratford Town
57:00 Yellow Card
Ross Oulton is yellow carded for Stratford Town
56:00 Goal 3 - 0
Nabil Shariff scores for Stratford Town
End of period 1
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town
40:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nabil Shariff scores for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Needham Market
  • 0
  • Nabil Shariff Goal 40:00'
  • Jordan Williams Goal 45:00'
  • Nabil Shariff Goal 56:00'
  • Ross Oulton Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Jordan Williams Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Goal 78:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
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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