Baillie puts Town focus firmly on Alvechurch test

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Stratford Town head of football Thomas Baillie.

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STRATFORD Town will put aside their hopes of an FA Trophy giantkilling to concentrate on stepping up their climb up the Evo-Stik South Premier Central table tonight (Tuesday).
Town’s dramatic 2-1 win against South Shields on Saturday booked a place in the Trophy first round for the first time and yesterday’s draw at Wembley handed them a trip to National League side AFC Fylde.
The tie at Mill Farm will be played on Saturday, 15th December but boss Thomas Baillie stressed the focus between now and then will be to keep chalking up the points.
Tonight, they head to Alvechurch – for the sides’ fifth meeting of the season.
Alvechurch, who won the sides’ FA Cup encounter but have been knocked out of the League Cup and FA Trophy by Town, lie third in the table and while Stratford occupy 15th place they are only six points behind.
Baillie said: “The Trophy means we are slipping behind in our league games which is a bit of a concern. Getting to the first round means we are going to postpone the match against AFC Rushden & Diamonds so it’s another game to rearrange.
“But it is what it is. You have to play one game at a time and all our attention will be on Alvechurch.”