MANAGER Carl Adams has accused Stratford Town of “shooting themselves in the foot” in the 2-0 defeat to Kettering Town on Saturday.
The title-chasing Poppies Kettering ended Town’s five-game unbeaten run by scoring early and late at a bitterly cold Latimer Park.
Adams was left frustrated as early as the second minute as Town failed to clear the ball after a corner, allowing Matt Stevens the chance to bundle home the controversial opener.
Rene Howe wrapped up the win with two minutes to go and Adams said: “We shot ourselves in the foot in the first two minutes. We could have cleared it after a corner, but we didn’t and they’ve scored from it.
“It was definitely a foul on Louis (Connor), but in fairness we never looked like we were in the game.
“We never got to grips with Rene Howe and I felt he was the difference between the teams.
“The defeat doesn’t really concern me as it comes off the back of a very good spell for us.”
Stratford return to action on Saturday when they welcome Biggleswade Town to the MoodChimp Stadium (3pm).