CALLUM Ebanks scored his first Stratford Town goal as the Bards secured an impressive 2-0 win against Alvechurch to move out of the relegation zone.
Ebanks opened the scoring after just 10 minutes before veteran midfielder Kyle Bennett doubled Stratford’s lead later in the first half at the Arden Garages Stadium.
The result means the Bards sit 18th in the Southern League Premier Central table, outside of the relegation zone on goal difference with a game in hand on the teams below them.
And Stratford were rewarded for a strong start when Ebanks forced the ball home from close range after Alvechurch failed to deal with Lewis Ludford-Ison’s long throw.
The visitors spurned a glorious chance to draw level when Tyrell Skeen-Hamilton was fouled by Paul McCone in the box only for Liam O’Brien to superbly save Jed Abbey’s casual penalty low down to his right.
And the Bards doubled their lead on 36 minutes when Bennett produced a stylish finish from Charlie Williams’s perfect pass.
Gavin Hurren’s side had chances to add to their lead after the break as Ebanks hit the post and later fired over when in a promising position.
O’Brien made a great save to keep Stratford’s clean sheet intact as the Bards extended their unbeaten run to six matches.
Stratford are next in action at home to Leiston TONIGHT (Tuesday, March 21) with kick-off at 7.45pm at the Arden Garages Stadium.