13th Dec, 2019

Town looking to end their away troubles in St Ives test

STRATFORD Town will be seeking to end their away-day woes – and open a gap from the danger zone – when they visit St Ives Town on Saturday.

Despite a gusty performance on Tuesday at Royston Town and two late goals from Kyle Rowley, Town slipped to a 3-2 defeat.

They have collected just one point from their seven away games in Southern Premier Central this season.

But Paul Davis’ side will be looking to improve that statistic when they visit a St Ives side who have lost five league games in a row and who lost won on October 5. St Ives sit third from bottom, six points behind 17th-placed Town.

After the trip to Bedfordshire, Stratford are back on home soil on Tuesday when Barwell, who sit 11th, head to the Arden Garages Stadium.

On Tuesday, Royston had the early initiative but they had to wait until the 36th minute to go ahead. Matthew Bateman nudged a cross from Gus Scott-Morriss into the feet of Claudio Ofosu who smashed the ball past keeper Harvey White.

Royston had never beaten Stratford at their Garden Walk home in the previous four matches but they seemed to be well in control when Watkins lashed home a second goal from a scramble following a corner.

Stratford, however, grabbed a goal back 13 minutes from time when Rowley poked home from a Ravi Shamsi free kick.

Town sensed a comeback but the Crows struck next when Brandon Adams converted a Scott-Morriss corner at the near post with six minutes left.

Skipper Rowley ensured a few anxious moments, however, when he netted Stratford’s second with a fierce header from Shamsi’s corner.

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