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St Ives Town
Sat 2 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Full time Attendance 285

Stalemate vs The Saints at the Arden


Defences on top as The Blues rise to 3rd spot on the back of a goalless draw

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

Stratford Town v St.Ives Town Saturday 02 February, 2019 3.00 pm EvoStik Premier Division Central

Stratford 0 St. Ives 0
HT (0-0)

Match Sponsored – Stratford Town Patrons

• To the business we love we rise betime…

With Stratford fielding an unchanged team for the 4th successive game the enthusiastic crowd of 285 might have desired a more entertaining spectacle than the one that was dished up. But clear blue skies greeted a good-humoured Saints’ following and everyone was appreciative of the Herculean efforts made by volunteers to ensure the match went ahead. Just five fixtures survived in the EvoStik Premier Division Central League and the draw saw Stratford return to third place.

Two of the meanest defences in the division meant much of the first half action took place in mid-field. Chances were few at either end. The Saints were first to threaten on 12 minutes when stout defending by Jordan Williams prevented a goal-scoring opportunity leading to a corner. Good Town play set up Oulton on 16 minutes but his shot from just outside the area was wide. By the break neither keeper had been seriously troubled.

There was more action in the second period but still defences reigned supreme. Stratford was cut apart down the right on 51 minutes but George Bailey’s shot was easily gathered by Ross Etheridge. Good play by Oulton and Skendi nearly had Lewis Wilson in on 59 minutes but keeper Conway was smartly off his line to avert the danger.

Stratford was then to go on to have the best two chances of the half. On 64 minutes a Ross Oulton shot was deflected onto the St. Ives’ crossbar causing panic in the visitors’ defence. With no-one able to force it home the chance was lost. On 80 minutes substitute Will Grocott found the hard-working Nabil Sharrif deep in the St. Ives’ area only to be denied by a brave dive from keeper Conway.

And so the game meandered to the seemingly inevitable 0-0 conclusion. After the game Manager, Thomas Baillie, talked of the high expectations for the club following a wonderful run of form (7 undefeated in current run) but rued a lack of creativity on the day.

The game was well managed by the match officials in a physical but fair contest. Praise to for the visitors in the bar after the game who sang their hearts out with a rousing rendition of Presley’s ‘The Wonder of You.’ It was a wonder that the game went ahead, so thanks again to Director, Mark Bickley, and team for presenting such a good playing surface.

• To the business that we love we rise betime…. Antony and Cleopatra Act 4 Scene

Man of the Match: Jamie McAteer

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

Stratford       St Ives
             8Goal Attempts            11
            1On Target             4
            0Blocked Shots             0
            1Hit Woodwork             0
            2Corners Won             3
            9Crosses into Box             6
          10Fouls Conceded             9
            0Off Side             1
            1Yellow Cards             1
           0Red Cards            0

Stratford Yellow Cards   –    Skendi
St Ives Yellow Cards        –     Coulson

Attendance: 285

Next up:

Saturday 09 February 3.00pm Leiston (A) EvoStik PDC
Tuesday 12 February 7.45pm Coalville (H) EvoStil PDC


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Jamie McAteer is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
88:00 Yellow Card
Albi Skendi is yellow carded for Stratford Town
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  • Albi Skendi Yellow Card 88:00'

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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# 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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