Adams not thinking of play-offs despite Town’s rapid rise


STRATFORD Town boss Carl Adams is refusing to think about an Evo-Stik South Premier play-off push after the Boxing Day victory at Redditch.

With Town widely perceived to be punching above their weight at this level, it was almost unthinkable the club could launch a play-off bid this season.

But having picked up 20 points from their last 27 available to them, Adams’ men have rocketed up to tenth in the table.

An impressive 2-0 success at Redditch saw Town go to within ten points of the play-off zone and while Adams is not considering the play-offs just yet, he admits their recent run of form has handed them a “small chance” of finishing fifth.

“Looking at it, there is still one play-off place to play for,” said the Town boss.

“I don’t see anyone other than Tiverton dropping out of the play-off places. There’s still one up for grabs, although I would guess that’ll probably be taken by Slough.

“The play-offs, for us, would be a massive ask, but it’s just brilliant that we can even think about it.

“I always felt we were in a false position, but I didn’t think we’d break into the top ten.

“Just to be merely mentioning the play-offs is fantastic for the club. It’s obviously going to be very difficult, but we have a small chance and we’ll give it our best shot.”

The win at Redditch capped an excellent Christmas for Stratford, which also saw them pick up a point from a 1-1 draw at Slough on Saturday.

Town looked set for all three points after Mike Taylor had put them ahead, but Alan Inns’ last-gasp header rescued a point for the Rebels.

“That’s four points from two tough away games on artificial pitches,” beamed Adams.

“We rode our luck against Slough. They would have been gutted not to get a point, but it was just the sheer fact we conceded in the 93rd minute.

“Against Redditch, Loyiso Recci and Liam Francis were both absolutely immense and I never thought that Redditch really hurt us in the second half.

“We controlled the game throughout and I felt that we were convincing winners.”

Town return to action on New Year’s Day when they welcome an out-of-sorts Banbury United to the MoodChimp Stadium.