Promotion hopes in the balance - The Stratford Observer

Promotion hopes in the balance

Stratford Editorial 9th May, 2018   0

FC STRATFORD will have to wait until Saturday to learn whether they will finish in the Midland League Division Three top three.

Stratford ended an exhausting run of fixtures by defeating Enville Athletic 4-0 on Monday to give departing boss Dave Poulson a winning send-off.

His side lie third but Alcester Town, three points behind and with an inferior goal difference, have two games in hand. They play AFC Solihull on Thursday and then finish the season with a home game against Leamington Hibernian on Saturday.

The Enville match at the MoodChimp Stadium signalled the finale to a run of 16 games in a month for Stratford.

Nick Cox nodded home his tenth goal of the season from an Ash Wilkes assist to give the hosts the lead in the first half and Stratford needed to play some smart football to break down a well-organised Enville.

Wilkes volleyed home Stratford’s second from Dan Stokes’ cross before Nick Priest and Cox combined for top-scorer Jamie Gifford to drive a low shot into the net for his 27th goal of the season. Joe Taylor completed the scoring with another well-worked finish.

On Saturday, Tom Daccus netted twice as Stratford recorded a 5-3 win at Warwick side Central Ajax. Adam Dipple, Nick Dyde and Wilkes were also on target, with Charlie Fitzmaurice, Stephen Nurse and Joe Wright replying.

Last Thursday, Ben Pattison, converting a far-post header from a Dean Poulson corner, was the Stratford scorer as they drew 1-1 away to Coventrians at Holbrooks Park.

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