Peterborough Sports 6 Stratford Town 0
The miserable have no other medicine
This was a game where there were expectations that Town’s season would at last ‘kick start.’ The reality is that the club lie in 17th place in the BetVictor Premier Division Central just 3 places from a relegation spot. The last 8 games in all competitions have seen 7 defeats.
The Bee Stadium is a small ground in the middle of redevelopment. The Turbines, Champions of Division 1 Central last season, are considerably further on in their own personal development. They are a team that is strong at the back, creative in midfield and with a lethal striking force as this game demonstrated.
For Stratford, Elliot Taylor returned in goal in place of the suspended Harvey White. Kyle Ambris returned after suspension, with Kairo Edwards-John on the bench. Town was in a new all-white away strip and winning the toss elected to kick down the slope on a heavy pitch. Sports had the better of the opening exchanges and on 7 minutes danger man Sembie-Ferris tested Taylor with a shot from the right.
It took only 13 minutes for Peterborough to take the lead. A long ball caught Town out on the left and Sembie-Ferris’s cross found Josh Moreman in acres of space. His finish was assured. Town were finding it hard to get a foothold in the game and Ravi Shamsi cut a lonely figure up front with service from midfield and fellow forwards Wilson and Shariff rarely good enough.
Town came close to replying on 18 minutes when Kai Woollard-Innocent broke on the left. His tantalising cross was mis-headed by Paul Malone and keeper Lewis Moat had to paw clear. Lewis Wilson’s follow up was bravely blocked by a Peterborough defender. 28 minutes saw Shamsi work a neat pass to Wilson but a complete air shot left the small band of Town supporters frustrated again. In between The Turbines threatened at will and were good value for their lead at half time.
The game was over on 52 minutes when Sembie-Ferris forced a smart save from Taylor but Mark Jones was first to respond to smash home from a tight angle. Goals 3,4 and 5 were scored by Sembie-Ferris, Jones again and Moreman. Josh McCammon added a 6th goal in stoppage time. The 24 shots the home side mustered was evidence of their superiority.
For Stratford, Taylor was brave in goal, Oulton battled and showed good leadership and Wreh’s introduction added a little fizz to attack. Overall though this was another very disappointing performance and it is hard to see where improvement might come.
The miserable have no other medicine but only hope! Measure for Measure Act3 Scene1