Blues edged out by classy Linnets
By Andy Chilton
An enthralling game between play off contenders ends in defeat for Stratford
Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photographs by GRANTY
Stratford 0 King’s Lynn 2 HT (0-1)
Saturday 23 March, 2019 3.00pm EvoStik Premier Division Central
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This game was defined by the softest of soft goals for the Linnets on 3 minutes. An innocuous ball was lofted into the Town area where it was flicked on by the man of the match, Michael Gash. The ball fell to Adam Marriot who scored an easy goal from close range as the home defence dithered.
Stratford was fielding an unchanged eleven with Kynan Isaac on the bench in place of the suspended Kian Williams. There was an expectant crowd of over 400 with conditions ideal for a good afternoon of football. We were not to be disappointed.
The Linnets oozed class in Christopher Henderson and Jordan Richards with the duo of Gash and Marriot a constant goal threat. Ryan Fryatt and Rory McAuley made sure that Mike Taylor had barely a ‘sniff’ all afternoon. That said there was much to admire in Town’s play. Jordan Williams was outstanding at the back; Cox threatened on the right; Skendi was a menace through the middle; and Carvalho and Shariff gave a good account.
It was Grocott on 9 minutes who found Cox who switched inside and saw his left footed shot saved low down by the outstanding Alexander Street. Town was to have the better of the first half chances and won the ‘corner count.’ On 35 minutes Fry found Carvalho who crossed from the by line. The waiting Grocott side-footed narrowly wide. Just 3 minutes later and Skendi and Shariff combined with the latter’s shot saved low to the keeper’s left.
As the second half unfolded both teams upped the tempo with Town edging the exchanges. On 56 minutes a long ball from Cox found Carvalho on the left. he accelerated forward and his speculative shot was only narrowly wide with keeper, Street, scrambling to cover his near post. The closest Town came to an equaliser was on 76 minutes. Cox crossed from the right and substitute Creaney was first denied and Shariff following up saw his shot cleared off the line.
At the other end Bilboe had to tip over a fierce drive from Jordan Richards. The game was wrapped up on 87 minutes with Gash driving home from the edge of the area following a partially cleared corner.
There was no disguising the disappointment at the end of the match of Head of football, Thomas Baillie. He’s identified a minimum of three wins in the last 6 matches to secure a play-off spot.
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| 8||Goal Attempts|| 15|
| 4||On Target|| 6|
| 0||Blocked Shots|| 0|
| 0||Hit Woodwork|| 0|
| 4||Corners Won|| 9|
| 9||Crosses into Box|| 6|
| 13||Fouls Conceded|| 14|
| 2||Off Side|| 2|
| 2||Yellow Cards|| 1|
| 0||Red Cards|| 0|
Stratford Yellow Cards – Fry & Williams
K/Lynn Yellow Cards – Gash
Man of the Match: Wilson Carvalho
Saturday 30 March Bedworth (A) 3.00pm EvoStik PDC