14th Dec, 2019

Boss seeking some fresh impetus

Stratford Editorial 5th Sep, 2019

TOMMY WRIGHT has a ‘couple of new signings on the horizon’ as he looks to rally Stratford Town for the start of their FA Cup campaign on Saturday.

The Town manager is keen to add to his squad after admitting the last two performances in losing to Rushall Olympic on bank holiday Monday and then Biggleswade Town last Saturday have not been good enough.

The need to bolster the numbers increased when Cody Fisher, who had been an ever present this term, decided to move to Southern League Premier Division rivals Stourbridge.

Wright hopes to complete some signings ahead of Saturday’s home Cup first qualifying round against Midland League Premier Division side Boldmere St Michaels at the Arden Garages Stadium.

The Mikes progressed after defeating Stourport Swifts in their replay on Monday.

“A couple of new signings are on the horizon,” Wright told the Stratford Town Independent Supporters Association. “We’ve made a couple of approaches and had a couple of conversations but nothing is definite yet.

“Maybe I’ve been too loyal to one or two but we’ve got Luis Morrison and Linden Dovey coming back this week which will help us at the back and give us a bit of experience as something’s missing at the moment.

“We mustn’t be too glum. We’ve got more points than at this time last year but we are too inconsistent and we need to remedy that quickly.”

Stratford were well below par as they stuttered to a 2-1 home defeat to Biggleswade last weekend but they still grabbed the breakthrough goal.

Lewis Wilson was flattened by Waders keeper Sam Donkin a minute before half-time for an obvious penalty and Nabil Shariff tucked home his spot-kick.

There was still time before the interval for Biggleswade to equalise with Joe White firing home and the visitors always looked the more likely winners before Liam Brookes finished from close-range six minutes from time.

“Ultimately the performances which we put in on Monday and again on Saturday weren’t good enough,” said Wright. “We work on things in our training sessions and I keep expecting an improvement but nothing’s happening so I have to take responsibility for it.

“The previous week we beat Rushden so I know we’re capable but last Monday we huffed and puffed and didn’t defend and it was the same on Saturday. Three or four of us weren’t at the races and I can’t remember us testing their keeper at all.

“The penalty gave us a lifeline that we didn’t deserve and we then gifted them the equaliser inside a minute.

“That’s poor game management, lack of concentration and leadership and really sloppy.”

Providing there is no FA Cup replay, Stratford kick off the defence of their Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday when Halesowen Town head to the Arden Garages Stadium.

Meanwhile, Stratford can look forward to the visit of Premier League club Wolves in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup (date to be confirmed).

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