STRATFORD Town welcome Biggleswade Town to the Arden Garages Stadium today, Monday, for an eagerly anticipated Evo-Stik Southern Premier Central clash.
The target for Town to reach the play-offs is simple – three points and they’re guaranteed at least fifth place.
A draw would keep Town in the play-off places, but they’d need to match Biggleswade’s result on the final day of the season to stay there. Town make the trip to champions Kettering on 27th April, with Biggleswade at home to Rushall Olympic.
Defeat for the Blues today would hand the initiative to the Waders.
Follow all the key moments from today’s game below.
4.56pm: Waders score a penalty in the sixth minute of stoppage time for 3-2 but it’s the last kick of the game and Town are in the play-offs!!!! Report online soon.
4.50pm: Five minutes of stoppage time to come. We’ve had two.
4.49pm: Into stoppage time now.
4.44pm: Grocott’s corner not dealt with and Creaney volleys home at the far post!!!! 3-1!!!!!
4.43pm: Town have shown some great spirit and character to turn this game around. Not long to hold out but there’s always the counter-attack available as Waders push forward.
4.41pm: Around seven minutes to go plus stoppage time.
4.38pm: Waders now forced to come forward and looking vulnerable on the counter.
4.31pm: GGGGOOOOOALLLLLL CARVALHOO!!!!!! 2-1 TOWN!!!! He sends the keeper the wrong way and in a flash Town are ahead!!
4.28pm: Long boot by Etheridge missed by Forbes and Taylor heads home at the near post! 1-1!!!
4.26pm: Great move from Town as Etheridge picks out Cox with the long throw, he passes it to Taylor who returns the favour and the Town right-back fires just wide. Brilliant move.
4.24pm: Entering the final 25 minutes and Lucian’s first-half strike still separates the two sides.
4.19pm: CHANCE! Long ball chested down by Taylor, Grocott hammers it from 20 yards out, but Walster gets down low to make the save.
4.17pm: Grocott with a beautiful delivery and Taylor is inches away from get a glancing header on it but it goes just over him and it’s a goal kick.
4.15pm: Yellow card for Draper for a foul on Carvalho.
4.11pm: CLOSE! Cox delivers a dangerous ball across the face of goal and nobody gambles on it. Taylor nowhere near it at the back post.
4.08pm: Grocott delivers, it falls to Cox over the other side of the pitch and he crosses into the box where Wilson fires over the bar.
4.04pm: And we’re back under way.
3.48pm: Half-time! Waders go into the break 1-0 to the good courtesy of Lucian’s 41st-minute strike.
3.42pm: Goal Waders! Ball cross to Lucian and drills it into the far corner.
3.40pm: Long punt upfield by Donkin falls to Ball, he cuts inside onto his right foot and the curling effort is saved by Etheridge. Best chance for the visitors so far.
3.38pm: Half of very little action on goal, plenty of it happening in the middle of the park.
3.34pm: Attendance of 415.
3.33pm: Free-kick from Biggleswade cleared by Williams.
3.29pm: Grocott delivers Town’s first corner of the game and Waders clear.
3.22pm: Skendi so close to getting in behind the Waders defence, but the pass has slightly too much weight on it and it runs through to Donkin.
3.19pm: Approaching the 20-minute mark and it remains 0-0.
3.16pm: CHANCE! Cox with the long throw, it falls to Shariff, he’s unmarked, leaning back and fires over! Huge chance.
3.13pm: Grocott free-kick nodded back across goal by Williams, but Waders clears the danger.
3.10pm: Nwaboukei with a turn and shot from Perry’s long throw, but Wilson makes a crucial block.
3.08pm: Perry’s long throws causing Town some problems in defence.
3.06pm: Bit of mayhem in the Town defence and luckily the ball goes out for a goal kick.
3.03pm: Cross from Grocott missed by the Biggleswade defence and Carvalho cannot quite get on the end of it.
3.01pm: And we’re off!
2.51pm: Those are your team’s for this afternoon’s game. Kick-off is just under ten minutes away.
2.49pm: Waders – Sam Donkin, Ben Walster, Lucas Perry, Kieran Forbes, Jordan Gent, David Long-Kinge, Sean Lucian, Peter Clark, Harry Draper, Matt Ball, Soloman Nwaboukei.
Subs: Brett Bonnelly, Luca Allinson, Bradley Bell, Jack Bradshaw, Claudio Ofesu.
Three changes to the Town team from Saturday as Cox, Grocott and Taylor replace Creaney, Fisher and Sebbeh-Njie.
2.48pm: Town – Ross Etheridge, Chris Cox, Kynan Isaac, James Fry, Lewis Wilson, Jordan Williams, Nabil Shariff, Albi Skendi, Mike Taylor, Will Grocott, Wilson Carvalho.
Subs: Kai Williams, Rajan Shergill, Dan Creaney, Mo Sebbeh-Njie, Cody Fisher.
2.28pm: Good afternoon and welcome from the Arden Garages Stadium for today’s crunch Southern Premier Central clash between two play-off hopefuls Stratford Town and Biggleswade Town.
The two sides drew 0-0 earlier in the season, but Town wouldn’t want a repeat of that is it takes the play-off race down to the final day of the season when the Blues visit table-toppers Kettering Town.
A win today for Town confirms their play-off place. Team news to follow shortly.