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Stratford Town
Halesowen Town
D Creaney (18'), C Cox (77')
Full time
Unknown (64')
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 353

Baillie rings the changes as the Blues beat Halesown

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A debut goal from Dan Creaney & a winner from Chris Cox seals seasonal double wins against the Yeltz

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photographs by GRANTY

Despite The Blues long run of excellent form the recent well reported lack of goal threat was addressed by Town boss Thomas Baillie as he made three significant changes to promote a more potent threat in the final third of the pitch. Ross Oulton came in as skipper, Cody Fisher came in at left back to release Kynan Isaac into a more advance role and new loan signing Dan Creaney made his debut in attack. That meant club captain Jimmy Fry, Striker Wilson Carvalho & utility player Lewis Wilson were all relegated to the bench after playing in nearly all of our games this season and along with the returned Mo Sebbeh and live wire winger Kian Williams Town had one of the strongest looking Stratford benches in memory.

The changes paid immediate dividends when a surging run and precise early cross from Kynan Isaac presented Dan Creaney with a gilt edged opportunity to cooly tap home a debut goal from close range on 18 minutes.

In an entertaining encounter with both sets of supporters creating a lively but friendly atmosphere as both sides continued to play attacking football. The nearest to second goal came on the stroke of half time when the ever determined Cox got to the byline to cross to Creaney who's shot on the turn hit the side netting and Stratford went into the interval leading 1-0.

The second half saw injuries for Cody Fisher and Ross Oulton which forced both to be helped off the pitch and be replaced Kian Willaims and Mo Sebbeh. The Yeltz pulled level on 64 minutes when Mendez-Jones headed home a Kelly cross and it was 1-1. Stratford struck back 13 minutes later when the impressive Creaney turned smartly to chip a perfectly judged cross straight onto Chris Cox's head to convert for what turned out to be the winner on 77 minutes.

Halesowen showed great spirit but could not penetrate the defensive wall presented by Jordan Williams and Jamie McAteer and the Blues went on to deservedly claim the victory.

Marston's Man of the Match "Stratford's Cafu" Chris Cox as selected by Mike Barber MD of Match Sponsors Barbers Flooring.

next up 3 away trips starting with Rushden & Diamonds this Tuesday KO 7.45pm

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

Stratford   Halesowen
          10Goal Attempts              8
            9On Target              4
            0Blocked Shots              0
            0Hit Woodwork              0
            8Corners Won              5
           7Crosses into Box              6
        10Fouls Conceded            10
           1Off Side               0
           1Yellow Cards               2
           0Red Cards              0

Stratford Yellow Cards           –     Skendi
Halesowen Yellow Cards      –      Mendez-Jones &Till

Chris Cox

Player of the Match

Chris Cox

Key moments

18:00
Goal Dan Creaney scores for Stratford Town
64:00
Goal Goal for Halesowen Town
77:00
Goal Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Chris Cox is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
77:00 Goal 2 - 1
Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
73:00 Yellow Card
Albi Skendi is yellow carded for Stratford Town
64:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Halesowen Town
End of period 1
18:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dan Creaney scores for Stratford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Halesowen Town
  • 0
  • Dan Creaney Goal 18:00'
  • Goal 64:00'
  • Albi Skendi Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Chris Cox Goal 77:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Fisher, Cody Fisher, Cody
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Oulton, Ross Oulton, Ross
Creaney, Dan Creaney, Dan
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Stratford Town

League round up

Other Premier Division Central results

AFC Rushden & Diamonds
1
1
0
1
Hitchin Town
1
2
Tamworth
King's Lynn Town
2
0
0
2
Royston Town
Rushall Olympic
0
0
St Ives Town
1
2
Kettering Town
1
0
St Neots 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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