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Title challenge continues for Whelan’s men

STRATFORD CC continued their pursuit of the Birmingham League Third Division title with a two-wicket victory at bottom club Penn on Saturday. Their lead at the top of the table is now five points following second-placed Sutton Coldfield’s 77-run win at Hawkins C&R which gave them 24 points. Stratford gained 20 from Saturday’s success at Penn. …

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Halsall injury rocks Town

A KNEE injury to Joe Halsall overshadowed Stratford Town’s 2-1 defeat at home to Stourbridge on Saturday in their latest pre-season friendly game. The influential midfielder landed awkwardly 14 minutes into the game after rising to head home Jamie Sheldon’s left-wing corner for Town’s equaliser, after Sean Geddes had given the Glassboys an eighth-minute lead. Halsall was taken to hospital immediately after the incident. The winning goal also came in the first-half when Ben Bellingham…

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Honours even on derby day

Stratford Town 2 Leamington 2 STRATFORD Town came from behind twice to force a draw with Conference North neighbours Leamington on Tuesday night. It was an impressive friendly performance against a team two leagues above the home side, with new signings and academy boys stepping up in the absence of some first-team players. …

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Conference challenge continues

STRATFORD Town continue their tough pre-season programme on Tuesday evening when they host near-neighbours Leamington in a 7.45pm kick-off. The game will be their third against Conference opposition, the latest being Worcester City who ran out 2-0 winners in an entertaining affair at the DCS Stadium on Saturday. …

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Home start for Town

STRATFORD Town will kick off their second season in the Southern League with two successive home games, The season gets under way on Saturday 9th August when Bishops Cleeve will be the visitors to the DCS Stadium. On Tuesday 12th August, Town will entertain Didcot Town. The club’s first away game is on Saturday 16th August when they visit league newcomers Sholing United. Sholing were FA Carlsberg Vase winners last season. …

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Panthers go nine points clear at the top

STRATFORD CC stretched their lead at the top of the Birmingham League Third Division to nine points following a five-wicket win at Hawkins C&R on Saturday. After bowling out their hosts for 242, the Panthers replied with 246-5 from 43 overs to clinch victory and a vital 20 points in their quest for promotion back to the Second Division at the first attempt.…

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Honours even in pre-season opener

STRATFORD Town began their pre-season programme with a 1-1 draw against Conference outfit Kidderminster Harriers at a sun-drenched DCS Stadium on Saturday. Tyrone Fagan gave Town a half-time lead, stylishly converting a 35th minute penalty after the big front man himself had been brought down in the box by Kidderminster keeper Dan Lewis. Early in the second-half, Harriers grabbed a deserved equaliser when Chey Dunkley headed home a cross past Town stand-in keeper Dominic Roggero. Earlier i…

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Delightful dozen for champions

STRATFORD have been crowned champions of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League for the 12th year in succession after their 4-0 win over Claverdon gave them an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier Division with 42 points. Their nearest challengers Evesham, despite also chalking up a 4-0 victory over mid-table Alcester, have only 25 points with only 12 more on offer this season.…

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Kiddy kick off pre-season

STRATFORD Town begin their pre-season friendly programme on Saturday when Kidderminster Harriers are the visitors to the DCS Stadium in a 3pm kick-off. The players reported back for training just over a fortnight ago and the Kidderminster game is the first of eight matches scheduled ahead of the start of the Southern League season on Saturday 9th August. …

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Local cyclists beat the elements

SOME 92 cyclists recently braved the potential downpours to ride the Warwickshire RC 10-mile open individual time-trial (TT) out of Salford Priors. This number included four Stratford Cycle Club members who regularly compete in the numerous TT races around the Midlands. …

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