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Manager Adams praises Town’s efforts

Liam Moakes 19th Jan, 2017

CARL ADAMS praised his Stratford Town side’s character for proving they are more than good enough to be considered a ’proper’ Southern League Premier Division side.

Successive away fixtures brought 1-1 draws at Weymouth on Saturday and Chesham United on Tuesday.

Manager Adams admits Town’s inconsistency has been frustrating at times but he hailed the last two displays.

“Another terrific effort from everyone,” said Adams. “I’m so proud of them all.

“In three tough away games at Hitchin, Weymouth and Chesham we showed tremendous reserves of character and we’ve not looked out of place in any of those matches.

“Chesham were the form side going into Tuesday’s game but we were well worth our draw and the point we’ve come away with will be vital at the end of the season.”

Stratford have become the Premier Division’s draw specialists with 14 to their name.

On Tuesday, promotion-chasing Chesham took the lead before Guy Clark bagged the Town equaliser.

Sam Youngs put the Generals ahead in the final moments of the first half, smashing a right-footer into the net past keeper Niall Cooper from 25 yards.

However, Stratford were on level terms on 52 minutes when Guy Clark’s shot looped over Ashlee Jones via a deflection.

On Saturday, Stratford were rewarded for their endeavours at Weymouth.

Edwin Ahenkorah fired them ahead after just six minutes, the striker converting a penalty by sending keeper Tom McHale the wrong way from the spot after he had been tripped by home skipper Stephane Zubar.

Stratford went close to doubling the lead, but the Terras levelled through Jake Wannell on 17 minutes.

Town’s Justin Marsden had an effort clip the bar but the Terras had the better chances and Cooper excelled to deny Mark Molesley.

Town now have a week’s break from fixtures before they return to action on Tuesday with a home game against St Ives Town.

The break will help striker Mike Taylor’s recovery from the hamstring problem he picked up at Weymouth.

As the Observer went to press, Adams was closing in on the addition of former Kidderminster Harriers and Redditch United striker Jamie Spencer from Midland League Premier Division leaders Alvechurch.

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