15th Dec, 2017

Town boss purring after fine results

Liam Moakes 30th Nov, 2017

CARL ADAMS could not be happier with Stratford Town’s form but he warned they cannot afford to ease up.

Town chalked up a third Southern Premier in a row after goals from Charlie Evans and Will Grocott plus a Darren Locke own goal secured a 3-1 win at Chesham United on Tuesday night.

It followed Saturday’s 3-0 victory at home to St Ives Town and the results have left Adams’ men in 15th place, four points off the top ten, as they face two games in 72 hours.

After meeting Farnborough in their first visit to the MoodChimp on Saturday, Town head to Dorchester Town on Monday night and the test, says Adams, is to maintain their standards.

“Consistency in non-League is key,” said Adams. “If you get that you will have a good season.

“But football is never predictable. Who would have said two weeks ago, that we would be 12 points better off after the next five games?

“We are scoring a lot of goals, we have got flair in the team and we’ve got hard work and determination too.”

Adams has been frustrated at times this season with Town’s performances but he says that emotion comes from a belief that he has the players to do better than their results have suggested.

The last few matches have proved they can match and better the teams around them and both Farnborough and Dorchester lie below Stratford. Not that Adams will be taking anything for granted – and he will be warning his players to think exactly the same.

“Winning three out of three, and four out of five, is a nice feeling,” said Adams. “It gives everybody a lift but I’ve kept telling people that for the previous month that I thought we were in a false position in the table.

“I didn’t feel we were a bottom six side and the last few results have proved the case.

“It was a really good performance on Tuesday at Chesham and the pleasing thing was that they didn’t do the double over us. We avenged our home defeat to them earlier in the season.

“It’s a real focus for me – that we show we can take points off every team in the league. The only team to win both games against us was Chippenham – and they went on to win the league.”

On Tuesday, Evans, one of three changes to Saturday’s XI, tucked home the opener on six minutes from Eli Bako’s pull back but Chesham were level on 37 minutes through Benji Crilley.

Stratford regained the lead through Grocott’s volley on 62 minutes after Mike Taylor hustled and bustled before a third goal came a minute from time when Locke could only turn Lee Thomas’s cross into his own net.

Saturday’s 3-0 win against St Ives Town had been another team performance to delight Adams, with Ben Stephens, Jazz Luckie and Edwin Ahenkorah on target.

Stephens notched his 11th goal of the season with a 25-yard shot which found the bottom corner to give Town the lead on 25 minutes and Luckie doubled the advantage four minutes later after racing clear.

Ahenkorah wrapped up the points ten minutes from time with a penalty after Grocott’s shot had been handled.

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