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Stratford Town
Rushall Olympic
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Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 295

Blues downed by 10 man Pics


"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)

Stratford Town v Rushall Olympic pics by Granty
20 photos

• 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

Attendance: 295

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

Own the grind together in adidas Teamwear

Chris Cox

Player of the Match

Chris Cox

Key moments

Goal Goal for Rushall Olympic

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80:00 Yellow Card
Kynan Isaac is yellow carded for Stratford Town
71:00 Yellow Card
Thomas Fishwick is yellow carded for Stratford Town
56:00 Yellow Card
Kynan Isaac is yellow carded for Stratford Town
End of period 1
45:00 +50:00 Player of the Match
Chris Cox is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
22:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Rushall Olympic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Rushall Olympic
  • 0
  • Goal 22:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Thomas Fishwick Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Yellow Card 80:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Fisher, Cody Fisher, Cody
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
Fry, James Fry, James
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Sebbeh-Njie, Mo Sebbeh-Njie, Mo
Creaney, Dan Creaney, Dan
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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