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Alvechurch 1sts - Match centre

Alvechurch
Stratford Town
R Nabi (41'), L Chilton (71')
Full time
C Cox (66'), J McAteer (82')
Tue 22 Jan 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 160

Alvechurch 2-2 Stratford Town

Church concede late to draw

Alvechurch extended their unbeaten run to four games, but conceded a late goal to draw an entertaining game with Stratford Town.

In the side's sixth meeting of the season, Ian Long's side looked to have earnt a fourth win in a row through Lee Chilton's fifth goal for the club, but Stratford captain James Fry struck with eight minutes remaining to earn Stratford a point.

Alvechurch started off quickly and soon created chances. The returning Mitch Botfield made a strong driving run which ended with his shot hitting the post, before Stratford keeper Ross Etheridge scrambled the ball away from the lurking Kieran Cook.

Botfield was looking lively and got on the end of Rahis Nabi's free-kick, but headed just wide of the post, while Josh March had his shot blocked on the line following a corner. Stratford responded with Kynan Isaac's free-kick stinging the hands of Dan Crane; with the re-bound hitting off Nabil Shariff and going wide of the post.

With the half coming to a close Botfield again headed wide off the post before Alvechurch took the lead. Just as he did in Church's last home game against Halesowen Town; Nabi stepped up to curl in a free-kick and give Alvechurch a half-time lead.

In the second half however, it was the visitors turn to create chances. Isaac did well to pull the ball back to Lewis Wilson who fired wide, while Wilson Carvalho's free-kick was easily dealt with by Crane.

The visitors did equalise though. A long free-kick into the box reached defender Chris Cox who rose highest to header past Crane. However, they were not level for long with Church soon retaking the lead.

Josh Ezwele went on a strong run and found March who used good skill to beat his man before his low cross across the face of goal found Chilton who fired Alvechurch in front.

Stratford continued to push forward but couldn't get a shot away until the ball fell to Fry in the box, and he slotted it past Crane. Stratford then had two late chances to win it with Cox heading wide off the post and Shariff being denied by Crane.


The draw was a fair result and means that the club's battles from the season remains' a stalemate with two draws, and two win's each for both side's. The point moves Alvechurch up to sixth in the league table just two points outside the play-off places, ahead of Saturday's game with Rushall Olympic.

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Key moments

41:00
Goal Rahis Nabi scores for Alvechurch
66:00
Goal Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
71:00
Goal Lee Chilton scores for Alvechurch
82:00
Goal Jamie McAteer scores for Stratford Town

Highlights

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90:00 Sub On
Jamie Willets is substituted on for Alvechurch
90:00 Sub Off
Lee Chilton is substituted off for Alvechurch
88:00 Yellow Card
Kynan Isaac is yellow carded for Stratford Town
82:00 Goal 2 - 2
Jamie McAteer scores for Stratford Town
79:00 Sub On
Cody Fisher is substituted on for Stratford Town
79:00 Sub Off
Ross Oulton is substituted off for Stratford Town
76:00 Sub On
Theo Llewellyn is substituted on for Alvechurch
76:00 Sub Off
Mitch Botfield is substituted off for Alvechurch
72:00 Sub On
Felipe Barcelos is substituted on for Stratford Town
72:00 Sub Off
Wilson Carvalho is substituted off for Stratford Town
71:00 Goal 2 - 1
Lee Chilton scores for Alvechurch
66:00 Goal 1 - 1
Chris Cox scores for Stratford Town
64:00 Sub On
Aaron Lloyd is substituted on for Alvechurch
64:00 Sub Off
Kieran Cook is substituted off for Alvechurch
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rahis Nabi scores for Alvechurch
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Alvechurch
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Rahis Nabi Goal 41:00'
  • Aaron Lloyd Sub On 64:00'
  • Kieran Cook Sub Off 64:00'
  • Chris Cox Goal 66:00'
  • Lee Chilton Goal 71:00'
  • Felipe Barcelos Sub On 72:00'
  • Wilson Carvalho Sub Off 72:00'
  • Theo Llewellyn Sub On 76:00'
  • Mitch Botfield Sub Off 76:00'
  • Cody Fisher Sub On 79:00'
  • Ross Oulton Sub Off 79:00'
  • Jamie McAteer Goal 82:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Jamie Willets Sub On 90:00'
  • Lee Chilton Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Stratford Town
  • 1. Ross Etheridge
  • 2. Chris Cox
  • 3. Kynan Isaac
  • 4. James Fry
  • 5. Jamie McAteer
  • 6. Jordan Williams
  • 7. Lewis Wilson
  • 8. Albi Skendi
  • 9. Nabil Shariff
  • 10. Ross Oulton
  • 11. Wilson Carvalho
  • 12. Felipe Barcelos
  • 13. James Behan
  • 15. Kian Williams
  • 16. Cody Fisher
  • 17. Daniel Preston

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 29 67
2. Stourbridge 31 62
3. Stratford Town 27 50
4. King's Lynn Town 29 49
5. Alvechurch 28 49
6. Biggleswade Town 29 48
7. AFC Rushden & Diamonds 28 46

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