FULL-TIME: Stratford Town 1-0 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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STRATFORD Town welcome AFC Rushden & Diamonds to the Arden Garages Stadium today, Saturday, as the Blues seek to turn their Evo-Stik Southern Premier Central form around.

After a goalless opening half, James Fry’s stunning strike with 15 minutes to go proved to be the difference for Town, who brought an end to three games without a win.

Thomas Baillie’s men have won just one of their last six league outings and have failed to score in five of their last six outings.

Town have dropped out of the play-off spots after Coalville Town secured a 3-2 victory over league leaders Kettering Town on Tuesday night.

For updates of today’s game against AFC Rushden & Diamonds, follow the live blog below.


5.00pm: FULL-TIME! Town back to winning ways with a 1-0 success over Diamonds. Report online very soon.


4.56pm: Not long left now as we enter stoppage time. Town remain 1-0 up.


4.46pm: SAVE! Grocott has the chance to kill the game off but his effort is saved by Heath, who stands big to make the block.


4.39pm: Taylor tries to hold the ball up, it’s cleared only as far as Fry who absolutely smashes the ball into the bottom corner from about 25 yards out! 1-0 Town.


4.37pm: Entering the final 15 minutes and it remains 0-0.


4.33pm: So close to an own-goal as Carvalho’s cross comes off a defender and Heath manages to gather.


4.28pm: Game becoming very scrappy. Not much quality in possession.


4.25pm: Rogers goes for goal and it flies horribly over the bar.


4.24pm: Free-kick for Diamonds about 25 yards out as Rogers is hauled down.


4.22pm: Good break from Diamonds as Diamond leads the charge, but he opts against shooting and the chance disappears. Let-off for Town.


4.17pm: GOAL….NO! Cox’s cross catches Heath out, it hits the underside of the bar and bounces down, but the ref says the ball did not cross the line!


4.15pm: Williams well in to deny Johnson getting a shot off.


4.14pm: Carvalho twists and turns, twist and turns some more, but the cross is blocked by Dolman. Skendi then has a shot which goes for a throw-in.


4.12pm: Dangerous cross from Johnson, but nobody is in the box for Diamonds and Town clear.


4.07pm: And we are back under way here at the Arden Garages Stadium.


3.50pm: HALF-TIME! Goalless here at the Arden Garages Stadium. We will be back shortly for the second period.


3.48pm: Westbrook in the book for a cynical foul on Carvalho on the halfway line as the Town man looked to make a break.


3.46pm: Four minutes of additional time signalled.


3.41pm: Break for Town sees Grocott bearing down on goal, but Dolman does well to track back and stop the Town man getting a shot off.


3.37pm: Nothing came of the earlier corner.


3.36pm: Sub for Town as the injured Oulton is replaced by Fry.


3.33pm: SAVE! Counter-attack from Town after Oulton wins the ball and Taylor’s effort is saved. Corner to Town.


3.30pm: Hicks goes for goal from distance but the effort flies wide of Bilboe’s near post.

Attendance of 449.


3.29pm: Good run from Fisher down the left but his cross towards the near post is cut out.


3.26pm: Header from Diamond straight at Bilboe after free-kick from Rogers.


3.23pm: Turn and shot from Johnson easily saved by Bilboe.


3.22pm: Attack from Diamonds breaks down after a loose pass on the right-hand side. Halfway through the half and it’s goalless.


3.19pm: Delivery from Rogers well dealt with by the Town defence.


3.14pm: Town will be happy with how they have started this game. Visitors yet to really threaten.


3.11pm: Good ball in by Grocott, but Diamonds head it clear. SAVE! Carvalho with a curling effort which needs pushing away by Heath.


3.10pm: Town started brightly, but it remains 0-0. Free-kick now for the hosts just inside the Diamonds half as Wilson is brought down.


3.07pm: CHANCE! Low and hard delivery from Grocott, Wilson connects and the man on the post forces another corner which is cleared.


3.05pm: Skendi tries to play in Grocott, but the pass is over-hit and it’s a goal kick.


3.03pm: 4′ Grocott delivers the corner, ball falls to Outlon whose cross is plucked out of the air by Diamonds keeper Heath.


3.01pm: First shot on goal for Diamonds, but Diamond sees his effort blocked.


3.00pm: And we are under way. Diamonds kick us off at the Arden Garages Stadium.


2.57pm: And the teams are out! Kick-off is just moments away.


2.35pm: Those are your teams for this afternoon’s game. We will be back very shortly for the kick-off at 3pm.


2.33pm: Diamonds – Ben Heath, Zac Reynolds, Jack Ashton, Jack Westbrook, Liam Dolman, Alex Collard, Sam Johnson, Declan Rogers, Tom Lorraine, Ben Diamond, Nathan Hicks.

Subs: Joe Curtis, Ben Farrell, Jack Bowen, Sam Brown.


2.32pm: Stratford – Laurence Bilboe, Chris Cox, Cody Fisher, Ross Oulton, Jamie McAteer, Jordan Williams, Lewis Wilson, Albi Skendi, Mike Taylor, Will Grocott, Wilson Carvalho.

Subs: James Fry, Ross Etheridge, Dan Creaney, Nabil Shariff, Kai Williams.


2.38pm: Good afternoon and welcome to the Arden Garages Stadium for today’s game. Team news to come next.