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Poulson to quit as FC Stratford boss but he wants promotion sealed first

Stratford Editorial 29th Mar, 2018

DAVE POULSON promised to do his utmost to get FC Stratford promoted in what will be his final season in charge.

Poulson has announced he will stand down as manager at the end of the campaign.

Poulson, in charge of his second season at the Midland League Division Three club, has decided he cannot give the time needed to continue as boss.

“After much consideration I have decided that I will be standing down as manager of FC Stratford at the end of this season,” said Poulson.

“The main reason for this is that I have recently started my own business and have been unable to dedicate the time the players deserve.

“I will now give everything until the end of the season to try and get us promoted in what will be a very tough run-in.”

FC Stratford lie seventh in the Midland League Division Three table, but, after Wednesday’s postponement against Alcester Town, they still have 15 – half a season – league games to play. They face playing four times a week between now and the final game on May 5.

They lie 14 points behind second-placed Bartestree but with eight games in hand and six behind third-placed AFC Solihull with eight games in hand.

FC Stratford head to unbeaten champions-elect GNP Sports on Saturday before home games against Castle Vale Town on Monday and Enville Athletic on Wednesday.

On Saturday, James Gifford and Matt Pemberton had been the FC Stratford goalscorers as they earned a 2-0 win at home to CT Shush.

There was no doubting the hosts deserved the points and they created plenty of chances but it also needed the vital intervention of goalkeeper Archie Donaldson at key times to thwart Shush’s most dangerous moments.

The opening goal came from a swift counter-attack, led by Dean Poulson breaking up the opposition foray and then setting up Ashley Wilkes on the left. Wilkes’ pass picked out Gifford who controlled the ball to finish wih a low shot.

Stratford had to wait until late in the second period to clinch the points when Wilkes’ free-kick was punched clear and Pemberton smacked home a fierce volley with the aid of a deflection.

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