10th Dec, 2016

Weymouth clash is a true test of Town’s credentials says boss

Liam Moakes 3rd Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CARL Adams hailed two outstanding victories but warned Saturday’s home fixture with high-flying Weymouth will be a true measure of Stratford Town’s progress.

Back-to-back 4-0 victories against bottom two sides Paulton Rovers and Bedworth United made it four wins in a row for Town, who have climbed to 12th in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier with games in hand to push for the play-off places.

Adams regards Weymouth, who occupy sixth place, five points ahead of Stratford, as one of the likely promotion contenders but added: We fear no-one at the DCS.

“The results in the last couple of games have been brilliant but the performances have deserved them “ said Adams.

“I’ve always said the team is good enough. We’ve got a good squad but the main problem has been that we have been inconsistent.

“At this moment in time, I’ve got 11 players that are clicking and playing really well.

“Playing Weymouth will be a test of how far we’ve come. They are a top side but I fancy us against anybody at home, I really do.”

Town will have top scorer Edwin Ahenkorah back after a hamstring injury, Richard Gregory fit after an ankle problem and Rob Thompson-Brown available after suspension.

However, Adams admits that will present him with a selection headache after the quality of the last few displays.

“We are having a purple patch and long may it continue,” he added.

Adams confirmed midfielder Jack Roberts has extended his loan from AFC Telford United for a second month and the Town boss admitted the recent arrivals of Roberts, defender Anthony Charles, midfielder Michael McGrath and full back Kieren Westwood has sparked the best out of the squad.

“They have all settled in quickly and really pushed the rest of the squad,” said Adams. “I had made a point to the players that they had to step up and the new lads have shown what’s required.

“You look at the team now and see how the likes of Jamie Sheldon and Dior Angus have responded.”

Sheldon netted in both victories against Bedworth and Paulton as Stratford had effectively sealed the points within half an hour.

Aaron Moses-Garvey opened the scoring at Bedworth on Tuesday night after just two minutes, scoring direct from a corner, before Sheldon volleyed his eighth goal of the season from a McGrath pass on nine minutes.

Simeon Tulloch charged through from the halfway line after collecting a wayward clearance to make it 3-0 on 29 minutes.

The one-way traffic continued in the second period with Angus finishing a flowing move by taking a Tulloch pass and chipping the Greenbacks keeper.

A goal of the season contender from Moses-Garvey had wrapped up victory against visitors Paulton on Saturday.

McGrath’s glancing header from Moses-Garvey’s free-kick opened the scoring on ten minutes and Sheldon added a second seven minutes later from 25 yards.

Angus converted a Sheldon cross to add to the tally on 31 minutes before Moses-Garvey’s stunner on 67 minutes, collecting a headed clearance from keeper Ben John and sending a perfect volley into the net from 40 yards.