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Stratford Town
Coalville Town
J McAteer (85' Sent Off), J Williams (91' Sent Off)
Full time
Unknown (59', 89')
Tue 12 Feb 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 221

Blues undone by the Ravens

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Two second half strikes by Coalville see the Ravens claim victory against 9 man Stratford

Match Report by CALLUM WALKER , Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAM, Photos by GRANTY

Stratford suffered a fourth home defeat of the season in the Premier Division Central on a cold Tuesday night under the floodlights at the Arden Garages Stadium. It was all in all a frustrating night for the Blues in what turned out to be a hotly contested affair in front of the Stratford faithful.

The best first-half chance came to Coalville Town’s Doyle-Charles, who smashed a right-footed drive at Stratford’s near post, but Stratford’s goalkeeper Ross Etheridge was resolute, producing a marvellous fingertip save down to his left-hand post to deny the visitors an early first-half lead.

The first-half breezed by and with no discernible outcome in sight, the second-half commenced. It was Coalville that seized the game when they struck 15 minutes into the restart.

After a battling frenzy at the edge of the penalty area, Coalville Town skipper Steve Towers chested a wayward lob from a Coalville free kick and fired smartly past Etheridge in goal.

Referee Daniel Robinson was called into action when Coalville twice demanded a penalty in the first-half, and he was called again, when things became worse for Stratford as Jamie McAteer was sent off for a second yellow card after his foul against Kairo Mitchell.

It was all getting a bit heated down on the touchline between the Coalville bench and the Referee, with harsh words being exchanged on both sides of the football pitch.
With the Blues pushing for an equaliser and a man down, space opened up for the opposing visitors, and with 5 minutes left of normal play, Andrew Wright, Coalville’s number 8, slotted past Etheridge from a close angle, sealing an important win for the travelling Ravens. To add insult to injury, Jordan Williams was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the closing minutes for the Blues, leaving them with only nine men on the field at full time.

Just before the final whistle was blown, Tolani Omotola, Coalville’s last substitute late in the game, missed the chance to wrap up the result once and for all for his side, his shot flying wayward of Stratford’s goal. In the end it did not matter though, as the final score ended 0-2.
The result now moves Coalville within two points of Stratford, leaving them in close contention with the latter and certainly vying with them for a place in the play-offs.

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

 Stratford      Coalville
           10Goal Attempts              10
              3On Target                2
              0Blocked Shots                0
              0Hit Woodwork               1
              6Corners Won               8
              6Crosses into Box               8
            15Fouls Conceded            10
              3Off Side                2
              3Yellow Cards               2
             2Red Cards               0

Stratford Yellow Cards – Cox, McAteer & J Williams Red Cards – McAteer & J Williams
Coalville Yellow Cards – Dean & McGlinchey

The Blues next outing is against Halesowen at the Arden Garages Stadium at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

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Nabil Shariff

Player of the Match

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Key moments

59:00
Goal Goal for Coalville Town
85:00
Red Card Jamie McAteer is sent off for Stratford Town
89:00
Goal Goal for Coalville Town
90:00 +1:00
Red Card Jordan Williams is sent off for Stratford Town

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Nabil Shariff is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
90:00 +1:00 Red Card 0 - 2
Jordan Williams is sent off for Stratford Town
89:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Coalville Town
85:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Jamie McAteer is sent off for Stratford Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Chris Cox is yellow carded for Stratford Town
59:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Coalville Town
58:00 Yellow Card
Jamie McAteer is yellow carded for Stratford Town
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Coalville Town
  • 0
  • Jamie McAteer Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Goal 59:00'
  • Chris Cox Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Jamie McAteer Red Card 85:00'
  • Goal 89:00'
  • Jordan Williams Red Card 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 39 88
2. Stourbridge 39 76
3. King's Lynn Town 39 73
4. Alvechurch 39 71
5. Stratford Town 39 69
6. Biggleswade Town 39 63
7. Coalville Town 39 61

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