Town included new signing and former skipper Joe Halsall in their line-up but left out his fellow newcomer Harvey Headley who has a hamstring strain. Full-back Aaron Stringfellow was on the bench following his return to the club.

Stratford manager Carl Adams was delighted with his side’s performance in their first competitive game. He said: “I thought that we did brilliantly against top opposition who were a game ahead of us having played in midweek. Last year we lost 5-0 in this fixture when we had virtually a new team.

“But this squad have had a full season together and I think that showed in the way they played together as a team. Everybody knew their job and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance in that heat.

“But as I said before we are not getting carried away with anything. We achieved our objective in this game and we move on to the next one.”

That next game is on Wednesday when Walsall Under 21s visit the DCS Stadium in a 7.45pm kick-off. Town then host Worcester City on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

In the Red Insure League Cup 1st Round, Town have been handed a home tie against near-neighbours Evesham United. That game will take place on Tuesday 14th October.