FC Stratford boss Ballinger looks to add experience to squad

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NICK Ballinger is hoping to add some experienced heads to ensure the youngsters of FC Stratford can continue their football progress.

Stratford will be seeking a third win in a row on Saturday when they entertain Northfield Town in Midland League Division Two.

The visitors, however, lie third and boss Ballinger admits it will be a real examination of how Stratford’s group of teenagers can cope. To that end, he is working on bringing two experienced players to enhance the squad.

“Northfield are a good side, they are a good footballing side and strong physically,” said Ballinger. “It will be a big test for our young lads.

“They’re 16, 17, 18 and it was always going to be a challenge stepping into men’s football, physically, tactically and mentally.

“But we’ve played some good football and grown in confidence and clarity. It’s good to see how we are progressing.”

With a twist of the fixture list, Stratford will face Northfield again at Knights Lane next Saturday in a Presidents Cup tie.