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Coalville Town
Stratford Town
Full time
W Grocott (50'), M Taylor (66'), K Williams (90' Sent Off)
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central

Blues storm back to stun the Ravens


Two superb second half strikes from Will Grocott & Mikey Taylor sees a spirited Stratford steal the points at Coalville

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

Coalville 1 Stratford 2 HT (1-0)

Saturday 16 March, 2019 3.00pm EvoStik Premier Division Central

• There is a tide in the affairs of men……………

This was another ‘crunch’ fixture in the scramble for play off places at the season’s conclusion. Having inflicted a 2-0 home defeat on Town back in February a close encounter was to be expected and so it proved.

With Jamie McAteer unavailable and Isaac suspended, Lewis Wilson dropped into the back four and Cody Fisher continued left wing back. The Injured Oulton and ineligible Creaney meant that Fry and Shariff also started. Despite these set backs this was to be a superb team effort from the Town boys.

A swirling cross wind meant this game was never going to be a classic but it was one full of incident. Early on Skendi drove forward and his pass found Shariff on the right. Shariff’s shot caught on the wind sailed dramatically wide. Almost immediately Skendi was adjudged to have fouled Kyle Perry. Wright’s free kick found McManus’s head but caught on the same capricious breeze it sailed over.

There were chances at both ends but it seemed as those the elements were winning. But on 23 minutes Taylor and Shariff combined with Cox and his stinging shot was well saved by ex-Town keeper, Richard Walton, with Grocott ‘sniffing’ for any possible rebound.

As Town began to take charge there were a succession of corners on the left taken by dead-ball expert, Will Grocott. From one of these Lewis Wilson had a header touched onto the post and behind. From the next Jordan Williams rose highest to head home but a foul for ‘climbing’ was called.

The last 5 minutes of the half belonged to the home side and they took the lead on 42 minutes. A corner from Dean on the right found its way to Tom McGlinchey
who fired across the area in to the bottom left corner of the net. As the Ravens pressed Bilboe uncharacteristically spilled a long ball and Cairo Mitchell struck the bar with the goal gaping.

At the start of the second half the game was nearly wrapped up for the home side. Almost immediately Alex Dean was given too much room on the right and Perry’s diving header seemed to have doubled the home side’s advantage. “Offside’ was the immediate response from the officials.

Town’s response was prompt as Taylor and Shariff began to pressurise the Coalville back line. On 50 minutes their collective harassment saw the ball break to Grocott just inside the area. Will flicked it up and nonchantly volleyed beyond the statuesque Walton. Rehearsed on the training ground I understand!

There was still little to choose between the two sides as play ebbed and flowed. Town’s winner came route one on 66 minutes. With Town’s back line under pressure Jordan Williams pumped a speculative ball out of his own half where Mike Taylor outstripped the Coalville defence to finish in style.

This seemed to unsettle the home side’s momentum and with a flurry of substitutions Town began to assert. On 81 minutes substitute Kai Williams won a foul on the left. Grocott’s free kick was met by Taylor’s header which thumped against the cross bar. Shariff’s follow up was wildly over.

The excitement continued into the final added minutes. Kai Williams who had impressed in his brief role as substitute earned a red when he over enthusiastically clattered a Coalville player with a high challenge. Williams was clearly devastated as this was over-enthusiasm rather than malice.

After the game Thomas Baillie, Head of Football, praised the whole team ethic of high work rate as the team faces a daunting trip to Suffolk mid-week. Barring injuries expect a similar squad as the battle to ensure a play-off spot continues.

• There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to great fortune. Julius Caesar Act4 Scene3

Man of the Match Lewis Wilson

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS


Stratford      Coalville
           11Goal Attempts            15
             9On Target              6
             0Blocked Shots              2
             2Hit Woodwork             1
            4Corners Won             6
            7Crosses into Box             6
          16Fouls Conceded             5
             3Off Side             3
             1Yellow Cards             0
             1Red Cards             0

Next up:

Tuesday 19 March Leiston (Away) 7.45pm EvoStik PDC

Saturday 23 March Kings Lynn (Home) 3.00pm EvoStik PDC

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Lewis Wilson

Player of the Match

Lewis Wilson

Key moments

Goal Goal for Coalville Town
Goal Will Grocott scores for Stratford Town
Goal Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
Red Card Kai Williams is sent off for Stratford Town


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Lewis Wilson is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
90:00 Red Card 1 - 2
Kai Williams is sent off for Stratford Town
71:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Williams is yellow carded for Stratford Town
66:00 Goal 1 - 2
Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
50:00 Goal 1 - 1
Will Grocott scores for Stratford Town
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Coalville Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Coalville Town
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Goal 42:00'
  • Will Grocott Goal 50:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Goal 66:00'
  • Jordan Williams Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Kai Williams Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

Bilboe, Laurence Bilboe, Laurence
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
Fisher, Cody Fisher, Cody
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Fry, James Fry, James
Taylor, Mikey Taylor, Mikey
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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