September 28th, 2016

Floodlight failure causes abandonment in Wales

Floodlight failure causes abandonment in Wales Floodlight failure causes abandonment in Wales

THE LIGHTS went out on Stratford Town on Tuesday when their Southern League Premier Division encounter at Merthyr Town was abandoned at half time due to floodlight failure.

The Welsh side were leading 1-0 at the time through a 44th-minute Kayne McLaggon goal.

A date for the rearranged game will be announced when known.

On Saturday Town contested an entertaining 2-2 draw at Dorchester Town as Carl Adams’ side clinched a hard earned point despite playing almost two thirds of the game with ten men following the 34th-minute dismissal of winger Dior Angus in his first appearance of the season following an injury lay-off.

At that stage Town were 2-1 up after Edwin Ahenkorah had cancelled out Dorchester’s 15th-minute lead given to them when player-manager Mark Jermyn’s cross-shot floated over Niall Cooper into the visitors’ net.

Jamie Sheldon then fired home one of his trademark specials to put Adams’ side ahead, but from then on Dorchester inevitably had the majority of the possession and after they had equalised two minutes into the second half keeper Niall Cooper pulled off a series of top class saves as Town dug deep to secure a hard earned point.

After falling behind, Stratford were level within a minute when Ahenkorah pounced on a mistake by Nathan Walker to surge into the penalty area and coolly slot the ball past advancing keeper Shane Murphy.

In the 29th minute Sheldon then crashed home a superb 20-yard volley to put the visitors ahead, but the momentum changed when Angus was dismissed after tangling with Jermyn, with referee Ryan Hilliar-Smith deeming the Stratford man to have kicked out.

Two minutes into the second half Dorchester levelled when Matt Oldring’s cross from the right rebounded off Tony Lee and was fired home by Chris Dillon from eight yards.

Stratford, in 16th place, host fifth placed Frome Town on Saturday.