Unbeaten Town ‘facing biggest test yet’

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Ben Stephens netted an exquisite finish for Stratford. Photo: Mark Williamson

MIDFIELDER Ben Stephens will add another talented option for Stratford Town’s trip to third-placed King’s Lynn Town today Saturday after he completed a three-match ban.

But Carl Adams will be without Eli Bako and George Washbourne, with both still sidelined.

Adams has warned his players that they cannot afford to rest on their laurels after admitting back-to-back trips to two promotion contenders will be the biggest test to their unbeaten start to the season.

Last Saturday’s 4-0 victory at home to Newcastle Town — Adams’ first FA Cup win as Town boss and their first since 2011 — extended their undefeated run to six games.

Redditch United will be opposition in a second qualifying round derby next Saturday at the MoodChimp Stadium, but before then Town head to King’s Lynn in the Southern Premier, followed by a trip to Hereford, who lie tenth, on Tuesday.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” said Adams.

“We had to go to Weymouth and then played Redditch over Bank Holiday, then Newcastle and now we’ve got to go to King’s Lynn and Hereford. We must have upset whoever does the fixtures! I don’t think anybody has had a tougher start to the season.

“They are two big games against clubs who will be up there, but we will go out there full of confidence.

“If anybody had said at the start of the season we would be unbeaten after five games I would have been delighted. Even if we lose the next two — and we will be the underdogs — it won’t cloud what we’ve achieved so far.

“We’ve looked a strong team and we have to keep improving. That’s all I ask and the players haven’t let me down.”