STRATFORD Town were unable to continue their recent resurgence despite a spirited performance in a 1-0 defeat at title-chasing Nuneaton Borough.
The Bards were undone by Kyle Storer’s goal on the stroke of half time as the veteran midfielder punished Stratford on the counter attack at Liberty Way.
And the result means Stratford remain 20th in the Southern League Premier Central relegation zone, six points from safety.
Stratford asserted themselves well in the first half and limited Nuneaton to shots from distance with Bards goalkeeper Liam O’Brien rarely troubled.
At the other end, Callum Ebanks and Andre Wright combined well on several occasions before the latter had a goalbound shot blocked behind for a corner.
However, the home side scored the game’s only goal on 45 minutes when Storer headed in at the back post after quick break down the right wing following a Stratford free-kick in the Nuneaton half.
Bards substitute and new signing Lewis Ison impressed following his introduction just past the hour mark and saw his dipping effort tipped over the crossbar by Nuneaton goalkeeper Tony Breeden.
The visitors pushed for an equaliser but their afternoon was summed up when Will Grocott’s corner sailed over everyone and out for a goal kick in injury time.
Stratford are next in action at home to St Ives Town TONIGHT (Tuesday, February 14) with kick-off at 7.45pm at the Arden Garages Stadium.