JACK STORER’s second-half stunner helped Stratford Town to a 2-0 win at home to Barwell.
Storer curled a stunning effort into the top corner on 81 minutes to seal the points after Ashley Sammons opened the scoring on 62 minutes at the Arden Garages Stadium.
The result means Stratford sit 11th in the Southern League Premier Central table and now sit 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
Chances were few and far between in the first half with former Stratford man Ben Stephens twice denied by Bards goalkeeper Liam O’Brien.
The home side’s best chance of the first half fell to Jack Turner who saw his header pushed over the bar from Will Grocott’s corner.
And the Bards made the breakthrough just past the hour mark when Sammons finished off an excellent team move after Storer committed several defenders before feeding Grocott who in turn back heeled the ball into the goalscorer’s path.
Stratford thought they had sealed the points when Grocott chipped the ball into the net after Sammons’ shot was saved into his path only for the referee to disallow the goal after deeming the Canaries goalkeeper to have been in control of the ball.
And having shot narrowly over the bar earlier in the half, Storer then produced a sensational effort after cutting in from the right before turning the full back inside out and curling the ball, with pace, into the top corner to confirm Stratford’s victory.
Keeping Barwell scoreless also ensured the Bards kept their first clean sheet in seven matches.
Stratford are next in action at home to Needham Market on Tuesday, April 5 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the Arden Garages Stadium.