CARL Adams says Stratford Town need to show they fear nobody as they bid to climb the Southern Premier table.
The Town manager described the midweek 3-1 home victory against Kings Langley as a ‘big win’, ending a run of three successive league and cup defeats.
However, the challenge is to build a winning momentum – to make the MoodChimp Stadium a home fortress and to turn positive away performances into points.
Town entertain St Ives Town on Saturday and then head to Chesham United on Tuesday night.
Goals from Will Grocott, Dan Summerfield and Ben Stephens sealed the points against Kings Langley, despite late drama when Town defender Liam Francis’ sending-off enabled the visitors to stage a grandstand finish.
“It was a big win for us,” said Adams. “They didn’t look like a bottom four team and we were having a real battle until we scored which seemed to take a lot out of them.
“From then on we could have had a few more but their keeper made some fantastic saves as did Louis Connor when it all got a bit frantic towards the end.
“But this result shows that we are well capable of beating the teams around us in the table.
“It’s really only the top six or so that are in a class of their own which is why I am always emphasising that our away record is not as bad as the bare figures suggest, given that we have already travelled to most of them already.
“I’m sure we will start to pick up more points on the road as the fixtures become less challenging. Meantime, we will look to bolster our home record with another win against St Ives at the weekend.”
Two goals with a three-minute spell just after the half hour mark gave Stratford the initiative on Tuesday.
Stephens raced down the left after Francis headed clear and Grocott converted his cross from six yards for the opener on 30 minutes before Summerfield slotted home after charging down the inside right channel.
An own goal from Loyiso Recci, the ball ricocheting off the defender from Brendan Ocran’s cross, cut the deficit on 53 minutes but ten minutes later it was 3-1. Mike Taylor powered away and, after keeper Martin Bennett advanced, he set up Stephens for his tenth goal of the season.
Stephens had also been on target on Saturday as Town were edged out 2-1 at play-off contenders Tiverton Town.
The front-runner again combined with centre-forward Taylor, taking the latter’s flick-on and Stephens finished smartly without too much fuss to put Town ahead after five minutes.
Chances were few and far between but Tivvy levelled on 72 minutes through Tom Bath’s close-range finish before Levi Landricombe bagged the decider from 20 yards nine minutes from time.