Match Report by KEVIN HAND Photographs by WOODY & GRANTY
Stratford Town 3 Kings Langley 3 HT (2-2)
Saturday 17 August 2019 3.00pm
BetVictor Southern League PDC at the Arden Garages Stadium.
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This was an entertaining encounter with Town ‘getting out of gaol’ courtesy of a 90th minute strike from ‘super sub’ Chris Wreh. For most of the match Stratford was second best with the midfield outgunned by Kings Langley leaving an uncertain back four dangerously exposed.
It started well. Ivor Lawton returned to the starting eleven and Kynan Isaac also joined the fray. On 6 minutes Town earned a free kick on the right. Mitchell Glover delivered perfectly to Luis Morrison whose header across goal was bundled in from close range by Callum Ball.
Barely a further minute elapsed before the simplest of long balls by-passed the Town defence and with Lomax slow to react Matthew Campbell-Mhlope slotted home. A feature of the game was the simple way the Langos so easily caught the Town defence ‘on the hop’ vainly searching for an offside flag that never came. It was no surprise when on 19 minutes the visitors went head. A simple long ball deceived Ivor Lawton whose weak back header failed to reach Sam Lomax who was slow to react and Eoin McKeown nipped in to give Kings Langley the lead.
The game became scrappy and it was a surprise when on 26 minutes when Glover’s cross from a free kick saw Lewis Wilson steal in at the far post to equalise. Just 3 minutes later and Town might have been ahead. Joel Gyasi got to the byline and fired in a cross to the waiting Shariiff whose shot was deflected onto the far post by the keeper and then to safety.
At half time Rod Abraham’s ‘stats’ showed the visitors dominating the corner and count and shots on target and by the end of this game Lango had set a record for a visiting team recording 23 goal attempts vs Town's 12 and if anything Kings Langley were even more dominant in the second half as Fishwick and Fisher valiantly tried to turn the tide.
Lomax made a brilliant double save on 60 minutes but Eoin McKeown was in again a minute later to restore the lead for the visitors. Revan came on for Gyasi and Wreh for the limping Isaac as Dovey replaced Morrison. It seemed there could only be one winner when Town won a free kick on right as we entered the final minute. Glover crossed and Chris Wreh thumped the ball home with a close range diving header. Relief for the home fans and a testimony to the enduring fascination and unpredictability of this glorious game!
Town manager, Tommy Wright, described the performance as a ‘work in progress.’ He hoped to see Liam Hughes in the starting eleven next week with Ross Oulton pressing for a place on the bench. He could not rule out that the squad might need reinforcements.
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Marstons Man of the Match: Lewis Wilson
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