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25th May, 2022

FOOTBALL - Stratford Town finish season with draw at Sporting

STRATFORD Town finished the season with a 1-1 draw away at Bromsgrove Sporting having suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to St Ives Town in their final home game of the campaign.

The Bards battled back to secure a point against Bromsgrove thanks to Brennan Denness-Barrett’s 37th minute strike after Matthew Barnes-Homer’s penalty had opened the scoring at the Victoria Ground on Easter Monday.

That result came after goals from Dylan Williams, Liam Cross and Nabil Shariff condemned the Bards to a disappointing end to their home campaign at the Arden Garages Stadium last weekend.

And Stratford have now played all of their league matches this season which leaves them in 13th place in the Southern League Premier Central table and could drop to 15th should the two teams below them win on the final day.

Stratford finish the season winless in four games under caretaker boss Ian King who has won two of his eight matches in charge.

The Bards began the season under the stewardship of Paul Davies who won six of 15 league games before he was replaced by Tim Flowers in November last year.

And Flowers helped steady the ship with five wins and seven draws from 17 matches before his surprise departure in March.

However, despite remaining managerless, the club have tied down goalkeeper Liam O’Brien and striker Jack Storer to new contracts for next term.

O’Brien won the club’s Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Year awards and impressed between the sticks in his 41 appearances this season.

Storer made his first Stratford appearance at Tamworth in November and went on to score eight goals including a goal of the season contender against Barwell.

The club will now turn their attentions to next season and the appointment of a new manager.


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