FOOTBALL - Stratford hold high-flying Alvechurch to goalless draw - The Stratford Observer

FOOTBALL - Stratford hold high-flying Alvechurch to goalless draw

Stratford Editorial 21st Dec, 2021   0

STRATFORD TOWN were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Alvechurch to extend their unbeaten run to three matches.


Stratford’s backline of Dan Vann, Jordan Williams, Lewis Wilson, Kynan Isaac and Joe Magunda were outstanding throughout as they limited the visitors to few chances.


Alvechurch hit the bar in the second period before having Zak Brown sent off late on as Stratford were unable to make their advantage count.


And the stalemate means Stratford are 10th in the Southern League Premier Central after a fine defensive display at the Arden Garages Stadium.


The Bards started brightly when Jack Storer shot straight at Alvechurch goalkeeper Dan Jezeph before Ash Sammons fired over.


Stratford goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney made a smart save to deny Waldron before then keeping out the striker again shortly after.


The home side responded with a chance of their own only for William Dawes’ effort to be comfortably saved by Jezeph.


Alvechurch came closest to breaking the deadlock when Waldron’s header was cleared off the line after Mahoney misjudged the flight of a corner.


And Mahoney then saved from former Stratford man Claudio Dias before Storer’s free-kick from the edge of the penalty area was pushed behind by a flying Jezeph.


Tim Flowers side impressed after the break with Harry Wakefield surging through the Alvechurch defence until he was eventually hauled down.


Just past the hour mark, William Grocott saw a rasping drive blocked by some last-ditch Alvechurch defending.


However, the visitors spurned the best chance of the half when another Waldron header hit the crossbar.


Stratford were given a boost on 83 minutes when Alvechurch’s Brown received a second yellow for a foul on Isaac.


And the Bards almost nicked the points when substitute Ahmed Obeng’s exquisite strike clipped the top of the crossbar.


Stratford are next in action away at high-flying Banbury United on Monday, December 27 with kick-off at 1pm at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.


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