Ballinger looks for consistency from FC Stratford

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Alfie Boylin in action for FC Stratford in last week's win against Coton Green. Photo: Mark Williamson (F54,8/12/8543)

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FC STRATFORD boss Nick Ballinger hailed his youngsters’ growing maturity but warned Saturday’s Midland League Division Three trip to Feckenham will be another part of the learning process.
FC Stratford are on a high after reaching the Presidents Cup semi-final but the visit to the bottom-of-the-table Millers will be another challenge in approach and mentality.
Ballinger’s side will be favourites against a side which has only won twice in the league, but that will mean they will have the pressure to deliver.
“I think last week, beating a strong side like Coton Green, showed we are not a bad side but it’s a question of being consistent. The youngsters are learning quickly,” said Ballinger.
“They are young players with a lot of technical ability but they are learning how to win games in men’s football.”
FC Stratford, who lie 11th in the table in their first season in Division Two, hope to have frontrunner Jimmy Macmillan back in contention against Feckenham.
But defender Dan Atkins has been ruled out until Christmas with a back injury.
With so many players also part of Stratford Town’s youth squad, their postponement against Coventry Sphinx will also allow them a chance to rest bumps and niggles.
Thursday’s Midland Floodlit Youth League Cup tie was called off because of a waterlogged pitch at the Arden Garages Stadium.
Elsewhere, Earlswood Town will look to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Bolehall Swifts by returning to winning ways when they entertain Moors Academy at The Pavilions.