STRATFORD Town slumped to a second successive defeat when they went down 2-1 at home to Bridgwater Town on Saturday.
In a game dominated by a strong wind blowing down the pitch, Town failed to make the most of their first-half advantage and the teams went in all-square at 1-1 at the break.
And the Somerset men made them pay with a strong second-half performance that saw them make the most of the elements and score what turned out to be the winning goal. Town were dealt a further blow when forward Jamie Bailey was sent off after a second yellow card.
Bridgwater took the lead through Karin Randall on 41 minutes but Town leveled with a Richard Gregory penalty on the stroke of half-time. Joe Bushin scored the winner for the Robins just after the hour-mark.
Town boss Carl Adams returned to the dugout following his serious lung and rib injury sustained at Taunton a fortnight earlier. He said: “It was a poor game ruined by the wind, and we never really got into our stride.
“Their first goal was a bad one to concede, and then we had to play the last 30 or so minutes with only 10 men with in those conditions was always going to be difficult.
“What is particularly disappointing is that we have followed probably our best performance of the season against a classy Merthyr side with one of our worst, and until we can manage to play with more consistency our results will inevitably be up and down as well.”
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