6th Dec, 2016

Town's Trophy form sets the standard

Liam Moakes 5th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CARL Adams saluted Stratford Town’s slick FA Trophy progress – and demanded more of the same in the league.

A sensational six-minute hat-trick from Jamie Sheldon and a smartly taken Richard Gregory strike blew away Histon in Tuesday’s home replay to help Town win 4-1, their biggest victory of the season.

It sets up a second qualifying round trip to Greater Manchester side Ashton United on November 14, but the more immediate concern is to follow up one of the most sparkling performances of the season so far with a positive result at Cambridge City on Saturday.

The trip to Cambridge’s ground-sharing home at St Ives Town will be only the second league game in Stratford’s last six fixtures and manager Adams is conscious all the cup action has left them hovering above the danger zone in the Southern League Premier Division.

Town lie sixth from bottom but, such is the closeness of the division, they are only four points behind tenth placed Cambridge.

“We’ve had so many cup games in the last few weeks and because we have not played in the league we have slipped down the table,” said Adams.

“We don’t want to keep dropping so we’ve got to perform in the league.

“I keep hammering home the message that we need to be consistent.

“In those two Trophy games (0-0 draw on Saturday), we’ve done well. Now we need to turn those good performances into three, four, five good performances.”

Adams says Stratford’s squad will need to be fully utilised in the next few weeks.

They face a midweek game every week until December 12, including two games in 72 hours this weekend by following the Cambridge fixture with a trip to Hitchin Town on Monday in the Red Insure League Cup second round.

Although Marcel Simpson and Alex Price will not feature on Saturday, they could return on Monday. Defender Simpson has been on compassionate leave after his wife gave birth, while midfielder Price is expected to be fit after an ankle injury.

Town are still without Scott Hadland and Tyrone Fagan through work commitments, plus injured trio Emmitt Delfouneso, Guy Clark and Kevin Charley.