Blues downed by 10 man Pics
By Andy Chilton
"Men at some time are masters of their fates" - Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene2
Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Photographs by GRANTY
Saturday 06 April, 2019
3pm EvoStik Premier Division Central
Stratford Town 0 v 1 Rushall Olympic (HT 0-1)
• Men at some time are masters of their fates…..
The late withdrawal of Jordan Williams saw a late reshuffle of the Town back line with Chris Cox drafted into central defence and Kynan Isaac at right wing back. Carvalho returned at the expense of Grocott. Whether it was these changes or a surprisingly lively pitch but Town were distinctly second best in the first half. Town were neat and intricate but hardly progressive and the ‘Pics’ more direct and incisive.
It was Rushall who were first to threaten on 8 but Ashley Sammons was well marshaled by Chris Cox as the ball ran through to Etherington. Town responded on 12 from an Isaac free kick. Creaney headed on and Mo Sebbeh shot wide from a good position.
With Fry, Skendi and Sebbeh patrolling mid field it was hard to fathom why there was so little good ball for Creaney, Shariff and Carvalho up front. Consequently, Matthew Sargeant was not to be troubled again until the second half. Meanwhile it was the ‘Pics’ who looked the more threatening and opened the scoring on 20 minutes. AJ Adelekan found space behind the Town defence on the left and his precise cross as he drove to the by line was turned in with ease by Simeon Maye at the far post.
It was a different Town approach and performance in the second half. Straight out of the starting blocks led by Fry, Rushall was pushed back. On 50 minutes Carvalho cut in from the left and his shot was blocked but looped up to the onrushing Fry whose header was firm and true but failed to beat the outstanding Sargeant as he clawed the ball behind for a corner.
The game took a dramatic shift on 55 minutes when Rushall’s Joseph Hull was shown a straight red for a two-footed tackle on Mo Sebbeh. Town then took charge and the feeling was if we score one, we’d score two or three. That goal was not to come! Shariff was denied at close range, he also struck the post and Skendi came down in the area with cries for a penalty.
As Town’s corner count reached double figures and the free kick tally mounted there was a discernible lack of quality and thought in delivery. Tired minds and tired legs the problem perhaps at the close of a long season. Taylor and Fishwick came on for Shariff and Sebbeh allowing Cox to exploit the right. Although Town pressed to the final whistle there was no conviction that this game might be salvaged.
The CSS Semi Final and the Royston game (Saturday 13/09) now loom large in defining Town’s season. A small push for glory!
• Men at some time are masters of their fates. Julius Caesar Act1 Scene2
Marstons Man of the Match: Chris Cox
Next up 2 massive Home Games this week;
Tuesday 09 April 7.45pm Lowestoft (H) CSS League Cup Semi Final
Saturday 13 April 3.00pm Royston (H) EvoStik PDC