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Stratford Town
Full time
J March (91')
Sat 5 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central

Stratford Town 0-1 Alvechurch


March secures win in stoppage time

Josh March came off the bench to score a stoppage time winner for Alvechurch at Stratford Town.

Both sides came into the game looking for three points to boost their play-off places, as well as to end current bad runs with Stratford winless in two and Alvechurch on a three-game losing run.

It was also the fifth meeting between the side’s this season; with both side’s battling out four cup games this season producing two wins for Stratford, one win for Alvechurch and a draw. This familiarity showed as both teams cancelled each other out in a first half of little chances.
For the home side Will Grocott fired over and Nabil Shariff forced a save from Alvechurch goalkeeper Dan Crane. For the visitors meanwhile, Lee Chilton fired over the bar and Andre Landell was unable to make contact from a superb low Chilton cross.

The second half continued to be a very even affair with little chances. Tom Turton curled well wide of the goal, Shariff also fired wide from inside the box.

With the clock ticking down Ian Long's side looked to have blown their golden chance of winning the game. Chilton showed good skill in the box, but fired over the bar with two minutes remaining.

Luckily this miss did not prove crucial as a minute later Church took the lead and won the game. Good build-up play led to Josh Ezwele putting a low cross into the box and March was on hand to score his seventh goal of the season.

Manager Long described the win as 'fantastic' and praised the character of his players after their current sticky patch. He will be hoping his team can build on this win when they entertain local rivals Halesowen Town on Saturday.

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Key moments

90:00 +0:03
Goal Josh March scores for Alvechurch


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90:00 +0:04 Sub On
Rahis Nabi is substituted on for Alvechurch
90:00 +0:04 Sub Off
Lee Chilton is substituted off for Alvechurch
90:00 +0:03 Goal 0 - 1
Josh March scores for Alvechurch
89:00 Yellow Card
Ashley Carter is yellow carded for Alvechurch
82:00 Sub On
Taylor Morrison is substituted on for Alvechurch
82:00 Sub Off
Andre Carvalho-Landell is substituted off for Alvechurch
79:00 Sub Off
James Fry is substituted off for Stratford Town
79:00 Sub On
Dan Preston is substituted on for Stratford Town
75:00 Yellow Card
Lee Chilton is yellow carded for Alvechurch
67:00 Sub Off
Mitch Botfield is substituted off for Alvechurch
67:00 Sub On
Josh March is substituted on for Alvechurch
67:00 Sub On
Claudio Dias is substituted on for Stratford Town
67:00 Sub Off
Cody Fisher is substituted off for Stratford Town
60:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Williams is yellow carded for Stratford Town
57:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Alvechurch
  • 0
  • James Fry Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Jordan Williams Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Mitch Botfield Sub Off 67:00'
  • Josh March Sub On 67:00'
  • Claudio Dias Sub On 67:00'
  • Cody Fisher Sub Off 67:00'
  • Lee Chilton Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Dan Preston Sub On 79:00'
  • James Fry Sub Off 79:00'
  • Andre Carvalho-Landell Sub Off 82:00'
  • Taylor Morrison Sub On 82:00'
  • Ashley Carter Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Josh March Goal 90:00 +0:03'
  • Lee Chilton Sub Off 90:00 +0:04'
  • Rahis Nabi Sub On 90:00 +0:04'

Team selection

Stratford Town
  • 1. Matija Sarkic
  • 2. Kynan Isaac
  • 3. Cody Fisher
  • 4. James Fry
  • 5. Jamie McAteer
  • 6. Jordan Williams
  • 7. Kian Williams
  • 8. Ross Oulton
  • 9. Nabil Shariff
  • 10. Will Grocott
  • 11. Lewis Wilson
  • 12. Claudio Dias
  • 13. Ross Etheridge
  • 14. Dan Preston
  • 15. Kieren Westwood
  • 16. Dan Summerfield

League round up

Other Premier Division Central results

St Ives Town
Halesowen Town
Hitchin Town
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Kettering Town
King's Lynn Town
Rushall Olympic
St Neots Town
Royston 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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