Tangerine Town net twice in 44 seconds to win after gruelling trek to Suffolk
By Andy Chilton
Town's 10 hour mid week round trip was rewarded with a comeback win at Leiston
Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photographs by GRANTY
Leiston 1 Stratford Town 2 HT (1-1)
Tuesday 19 March, 2019 7.45pm EvoStik Premier Division Central
• We few, we happy few
The 5 hour journey from Stratford was well rewarded with another excellent win over a tough Leiston team. The Stratford starting eleven and squad showed no changes from Saturday’s game against Coalville.
At the smart Victory Road Ground on a balmy evening and with an excellent playing surface it was the home side that were first into their stride. On 2 minutes a corner was won on the left. Kyle Hammond swung in a dangerous in-swinger that eventually fell to Harry Knights. His shot smashed against the bar before rebounding to safety.
Town in their changed old-gold strip got in the game on 5 minutes when Carvalho, Cox and Grocott combined to play Taylor in only for the striker to be caught off side. On 13 minutes Taylor had a shot blocked with Skendi’s follow up high and wide.
The game changed on 27 minutes when Leiston deservedly took the lead. As Town pressed forward they were caught on the break and with Cox caught forward star man Matt Blake strode ahead brushing aside Wilson before firing past Bilboe. In truth Leiston continued to look dangerous in broken play and set-pieces, especially corners, as the Town boys huffed and puffed for an answer.
On the stroke of half time the game completely changed. A good passage of play saw Shariff receive the ball deep in the Leiston area. Inexplicably Christy Finch dived in and conceded a penalty. Wilson Carvalho made no mistake
The second half was barely underway than Stratford grabbed control of the game. Carvalho popped up on the right and found Shariff. His beautiful cross found Taylor at the far post and his header was firm and true past the despairing Garnham .
This seemed to deflate the home side and Town had the better of the second half. A rare blemish was when skipper, Jimmy Fry, lost the ball on 56 minutes and collected a yellow in trying to retrieve the situation. Carvalho forced a good save from Garnham on 60 minutes and Shariff hit the bar on 79. By this time Jimmy Fry had left the fray and the stylish Mo Sebbeth sent on to calm things down.
The game was played out with a minimum of fuss. With McAteer and Isaaac available for selection for Saturday’s game against King Lynn and Mo Sebbeh pressing for a starting place Head of Football, Thomas Baillie, has some difficult team selection issues to resolve. The gaffer’s usually right!
• We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. Henry V Act4 Scene3
Man of the Match Nabil Shariff
Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS
| 9||Goal Attempts|| 17|
| 3||On Target|| 7|
| 0||Blocked Shots|| 0|
| 2||Hit Woodwork|| 1|
| 6||Corners Won|| 10|
| 5||Crosses into Box|| 5|
| 13||Fouls Conceded|| 10|
| 2||Off Side|| 1|
| 2||Yellow Cards|| 2|
| 0||Red Cards|| 0|
Saturday 23 March Kings Lynn (H) 3pm EvoStik PDC