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26th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Stratford Town endure mixed week with Hednesford victory followed by Stourbridge collapse

STRATFORD Town endured a mixed week on the pitch after beating Hednesford Town before then letting a two-goal lead slip away at Stourbridge.

The Bards completed a league double over Hednesford in the space of 12 days with a 2-1 victory at Keys Park.

However, Stratford suffered an extraordinary collapse in their fixture at Stourbridge, conceding four goals in the space of 13 second-half minutes to slump to a 4-2 defeat.

The results leave Stratford in 11th place in the Southern League Premier Central table, still a healthy 12 points clear of the relegation zone.

Tim Flowers’ side raced into a two-goal lead against Hednesford when Dan Lafferty opening the scoring with a fine volley on 14 minutes before Leroy Lita doubled the advantage with an exquisite lob on 29 minutes,

Bards goalkeeper Liam O’Brien made a number of saves to keep the lad intact before Lewis Ludford-Ison scored an 89th minute consolation for the home side.

And Stratford looked on course for back-to-back victories on the road when Ashley Sammons long range effort on 18 minutes crept in at the War Memorial Athletic Ground.

Lita then struck again in the 29th minute to double the visitors lead with a simple goal from 10-yards out.

However, Reece Styche nodded home on 69 minutes to start the Stourbridge fightback before Jason Cowley charged down O’Brien’s clearance one minute later to bring the home side level.

The turnaround was complete when Joseph Hull smashed home from close range on 75 minutes before an own goal from Jordan Williams on 82 minutes extended the hosts lead when he turned Cowley’s cross into his own net.

Stratford have a weekend off before returning to action at home to Leiston on Saturday, March 19 with kick-off at 3pm at the Arden Garages Stadium.

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