STRATFORD Town stunned previously unbeaten Calor League Division One South & West leaders Paulton Rovers when they pulled off a superb 4-3 away victory on Saturday.
Carl Adams’ side were held up by motorway delays and didn’t arrive at Paulton until 35 minutes before kick-off. But they wasted no time in getting into the game and cruised to a 4-0 lead by half-time.
They lost inspirational midfielder Joe Halsall with a broken nose after 15 minutes before striker Matt West headed them in front on 22 minutes.
West doubled the lead seven minutes later and leading scorer Richard Gregory made it 3-0 immediately after. In a sensational period for Town, Stuart Hendrie scored a fourth just five minutes later.
In the second-half, Brandon Barnes reduced the arrears for Rovers with a 52nd minute penalty before Gregory missed from the spot for Stratford after West had been fouled in the box.
Town keeper Sam Brady made a couple of fine saves as Rovers rallied, but they had to wait until stoppage-time to find the net when both Scott Brice and Nick McCootie scored for the home side.
The performance delighted Town boss Adams who said: “What an outstanding result. We were magnificent in the first-half with some superb attacking play and clinical finishing.
“We knew that it would be difficult after the break as they were bound to come at us hard, but we defended well and got bodies behind the ball at crucial times.
“As I keep emphasising we are a young and developing team, and we certainly showed our potential. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Town are in action again on Tuesday night when Didcot Town are the visitors to the DCS Stadium in a 7.45pm kick-off.
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