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Alvechurch 1sts
J Curtis (2'), N Shariff (68')
Stratford Town 2-0 Alvechurch

Stratford Town 2-0 Alvechurch

By Lewis Glennon
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Church fail to take chances

Alvechurch's inability to take their chances saw them slip to a defeat to Stratford Town in an entertaining game.

Having blown a two goal lead to drop points to Peterborough Sports on Saturday, Darren Byfield's men were looking for three points against a Stratford side on the same amount of points as them.

However, they made the worse possible start falling behind after two minutes. Kurtis Revan's strike from outside the box was tipped onto the bar by Llyod Ransome; but Joe Curtis was on hand to poke the re-bound into the net.

Despite this setback, Church re-covered and should have equalised through Javia Roberts; who despite being a few yards out with an empty goal to aim at managed to put the ball over the crossbar. Ben Usher-Shipway and Jordan Goddard then fired off target as Alvechurch pushed for the equaliser.

Stratford created chances themselves however, with Ransome denying Nabil Shariff after a stunning passing move from the home side; while Curtis fired wide of goal from 25 yards out.

In the second half Church again to dominate long spells of the game but were unable to find their ruthless edge. Jamie Willets saw a header saved by Elliot Taylor, while Danico Johnson hit the post after a pull-back by Peter Till.

This miss proved crucial as a few minutes later Shariff was allowed a free header from a corner to double Stratford's lead. Ransome was then on hand to deny Luke Rowe a goal, while Taylor denied Goddard to end the game.

Another disappointing result for Alvechurch, especially as they now enter a run of tough games starting on Saturday away to Nuneaton Borough.

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Match details

Match date

Tue 17, Sep 2019




Premier Division Central

League position

Stratford Town