FOOTBALL - Williams nets late winner as Stratford Town come from behind to beat Alvechurch - The Stratford Observer

FOOTBALL - Williams nets late winner as Stratford Town come from behind to beat Alvechurch

Stratford Editorial 18th Dec, 2023 Updated: 19th Dec, 2023   0

CHARLIE Williams’ late goal helped Stratford Town to a 3-2 win against struggling Alvechurch as the Bards secured a fourth straight home victory in the league.

The Bards came from behind to secure the points as Callum Ebanks drew the home side level before Jack Storer completed the turnaround in first-half injury time.

And after Alvechurch equalised in the second period, Williams struck three minutes from time to secure the points at the Arden Garages Stadium.

The result means Stratford sit fifth in the Southern League Premier Central table, one point inside the play-off places.

Alvechurch went close to an opener when Jaanai Gordon headed narrowly wide at a corner before Nick Clayton-Phillips broke the deadlock on 28 minutes after rounding Liam O’Brien before firing home.

Stratford drew level eight minutes later as Ebanks outmuscled his marker before taking the ball around the goalkeeper and smashing the ball home from a tight angle.

And the Bards completed the turnaround in first-half injury time when Storer’s first time shot from 20-yards out found the net after good work from Ebanks.

Stratford were fortunate not to lose Chris Hussey to a red card just past the hour mark after he brought down Ben Cassidy with the Alvechurch man bearing down on the Bards goal.

However, the referee opted to book Hussey only for Clayton-Phillips to score a sensational equaliser from the resulting free-kick from 30-yards out.

The Bards clinched the points with three minutes left to play as substitute Williams stepped inside of his marker before firing home a superb winner from 20-yards out.

Stratford are next in action away at Leiston on Saturday, December 23 with kick-off at 3pm at Victory Road.


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