26th Feb, 2021

FC squander two points

Stratford Editorial 18th Mar, 2020

MANAGER Dave Poulson was left frustrated after FC Stratford had to settle for a point against ten-man Barnt Green Spartak.

Petar Tonchev marked his debut with a goal for the hosts in Saturday’s Midland League Division Two contest at the Arden Garages Stadium but it ended 1-1.

The sides were evenly matched but Stratford went ahead before half-time when Luis Sone and Tom Wilkes began the attack and Tom Parnaby headed back for Tonchev to fire home from the edge of the penalty area.

Stratford continued to create chances and do did Barnt Green but it seemed the hosts were in charge when Spartak were reduced to ten men.

Marcus Malcom was sent off for two bookings with 15 minutes left.

However, Barnt Green continued to press and levelled when Darren Green slotted home with a precise left-footed finish after his first effort had been blocked.

The result leaves FC Stratford seventh in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Coton Green with five games in hand, but the season has now been put on hold due to the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, FC have bid farewell to youngster Sacha Everard who has stepped up two leagues to join Racing Club Warwick.

Manager Poulson agreed to waive the seven-day notice of approach from the Midland Premier side to allow defender Everard the chance to test himself at a higher level. He said the player departed with the club’s best wishes.

Everard, who picked up the Player of the Season award for last season, had been a key figure this year having featured 20 times and scooping the opposition man of the match award twice.

Everard made his debut last week for the Racers, who have appointed Jason Pyott as their new manager after Scott Easterlow departed earlier this month.

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