FOOTBALL - Bards held in six-goal thriller with St Ives - The Stratford Observer

FOOTBALL - Bards held in six-goal thriller with St Ives

Stratford Editorial 17th Feb, 2023   0

STRATFORD Town twice surrendered the lead as the Bards were held to a 3-3 draw against St Ives Town on Valentine’s Day.

Paul McCone’s early goal put the home side ahead before Andre Wright restored Stratford’s lead just before the break after Jonathan Edwards had equalised for St Ives.

However, despite James Dadge’s own goal increasing Stratford’s lead, strikes from Nabil Shariff and Jordan Williams rescued a point for the visitors at the Arden Garages Stadium.

The result means Stratford remain in the Southern League Premier Central relegation zone in 20th place, six points from safety with two games in hand on Kings Langley.

Stratford took the lead on 14 minutes when McCone forced the ball home from a tight angle from Lewis Ludford-Ison’s long throw on his home debut.

However, St Ives equalised on 25 minutes when Edwards was afforded too much space and time to pick his spot from 25-yards out.

The Bards reclaimed the lead on 44 minutes as Wright thumped the ball home from close range from Jamie Molyneux’s low cross from the right.

And Stratford looked good for the points on 52 minutes when St Ives goalkeeper Dadge bizarrely helped the ball into his own net from Molyneux’s cross.

However, the visitors reduced the deficit just two minutes later when Shariff scored from distance before Williams levelled on 80 minutes with an expert header.

Stratford are next in action away at Rushall Olympic on Saturday, February 18 with kick-off at 3pm at Dales Lane.

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