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Stratford Town
King's Lynn Town
Full time
 (3', 87')
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 402

Blues edged out by classy Linnets

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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

• This was the most unkindest cut of all

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.

• This was the most unkindest cut of all. Julius Caesar Act3 Scene2

Match Stats

Stratford     K/Lynn
            8Goal Attempts            15
            4On Target              6
            0Blocked Shots              0
            0Hit Woodwork              0
            4Corners Won              9
            9Crosses into Box              6
          13Fouls Conceded            14
             2Off Side              2
             2Yellow Cards              1
            0Red Cards              0

Stratford Yellow Cards       –      Fry & Williams
K/Lynn Yellow Cards            –      Gash

Attendance: 402

Man of the Match: Wilson Carvalho

Saturday 30 March Bedworth (A) 3.00pm EvoStik PDC

Own the grind together in adidas Teamwear

Wilson Carvalho

Player of the Match

Wilson Carvalho

Key moments

3:00
Goal Goal for King's Lynn Town
87:00
Goal Goal for King's Lynn Town

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Wilson Carvalho is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
87:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for King's Lynn Town
83:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Will Grocott is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for King's Lynn Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • King's Lynn Town
  • 0
  • Goal 3:00'
  • Will Grocott Yellow Card 72:00'
  • James Fry Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Goal 87:00'

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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