FULL-TIME: Stratford Town 2-1 Halesowen Town

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STRATFORD Town welcome lowly Halesowen Town to the Arden Garages Stadium today, Saturday, as they seek to get back to winning ways in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Central.

Thomas Baillie’s men suffered just their third league defeat since September on Tuesday in a 2-0 reverse to fellow play-off hopefuls Coalville Town.

For live updates of today’s game, follow the feed below.


4.56pm: Full-time! Town win 2-1. Report online soon.


4.50pm: Into stoppage time now.


4.45pm: End to end stuff here, but Town are 2-1 to the good.


4.38pm: GGGGOOOALLLL COX! Town take the lead! Creaney with the cross and Cox heads home at the back post. 2-1!


4.33pm: Wright now heads straight at Etheridge at the back post following a good delivery from the far side.


4.28pm: Chance for Yeltz as Coyle gets in down the left but Etheridge saves with his feet. Corner comes in but it;s a goal kick. Halesowen so much more confident now.


4.25pm: Goal Mendez-Jones. Kelly delivers, Etheridge in no man’s land and Mendez-Jones heads in the equaliser.


4.23pm: SAVE! Platt parries away a stinging shot from Creany after the ball is passed to him by Shariff. Free-kick for Halesowen up the other end as Gilpin is fouled.


4.21pm: Now a corner but McAteer glances it on the stretch. Chance gone and it’s a goal kick.


4.15pm: Town could be forced to make another sub as Oulton is down injured. And it is a sub as Sebbeh-Njie comes on.


4.13pm: CHANCE! Grocott sends in Kian Williams but he cannot quite get his feet sorted. Defenders crowd him out but he still gets the toe-poke off, but its straight at Platt.


4.06pm: We’re back under way at the Arden Garages Stadium for the second half.


4.05pm: And the teams are back out. Double sub for Halesowen with Gilpin and Coyle coming on for Fitzpatrick and Curley respectively.


3.49pm: CHANCE! Isaac with a superb pass picks out Cox on the right side, he crosses into the box but Creaney volleys just wide of the near post. And that’s half-time too!


3.47pm: Fisher off injured after a collision with Till. Town’s No.11 unable to even use his left-foot to walk. Sub for Blues as Kian Williams replaces Fisher.


3.45pm: Approaching half-time and Town remain 1-0 to the good.


3.40pm: SAVE! Grocott plays in Isaac, who runs and runs before his right-footed shot is tipped away by Platt.


3.38pm: Town looking more confident since the goal. Hosts utilising the wings very well, something which Halesowen just don’t know how to deal with.


3.34pm: Fitzpatrick delivers a free-kick, Griffiths gets in behind at the back post but his header back across goal is saved by Etheridge.

Attendance of 353.


3.29pm: Good move from Town but Oulton miscues the cross and it goes out for a goal kick.


3.27pm: Halesowen still pressing since going behind but Town looking very resolute in defence.


3.19pm: Great start for Town. Oulton plays in Isaac down the left, he squares it to Creany and he taps it in from close range. 1-0!


3.18pm: GOAL TOWN! Creany scores on his debut!


3.11pm: Cox crosses into the box but Shariff handles in trying to control the delivery.


3.07pm: Grocott takes the corner but it’s straight into the hands of Platt in the Halesowen goal.


3.05pm: Wright gets a shot off after some hesitancy in the back but the effort is blocked.


3.01pm: Yeltz seeing more of the ball in the opening stages. Dangerous ball in dealt with by Cox.


3.00pm: And we’re off! Yeltz get this game under way.


2.50pm: Teams are just waiting to come out in the tunnel. Match is just moments away.


2.31pm: Thomas Baillie has made three changes to the team which lost 2-0 at home to Coalville Town on Tuesday night, with Ross Oulton, Dan Fisher and new striker Dan Creany drafted into the starting line-up.

James Fry, Lewis Wilson and Wilson Carvalho were dropped to the bench.

We will back shortly for kick-off at 3pm.


2.30pm: HALESOWEN: Daniel Platt, Mathias Curley, Jack Kelly, Callum Mendez-Jones, Kieran Morris, Samuel Griffiths, Jack Rea, Joe Fitzpatrick, Andre Wright, Jack Till, William Murphy. Subs: Lee Hughes, Tyler Weir, Aaron Gilpin, Callum Coyle, Enock Ekongo.


2.29pm: TOWN: Ross Etheridge, Chris Cox, Kynan Isaac, Ross Oulton, Jamie McAteer, Jordan Williams, Dan Creany, Albi Skendi, Nabil Shariff, Will Grocott, Cody Fisher. Subs: James Fry, Muhammed Sebbeh-Njie, Wilson Carvalho, Lewis Wilson, Kian Williams.


2.28pm: Good afternoon and welcome from the Arden Garages Stadium. Town have a good chance to get back to winning ways this afternoon against second-bottom Halesowen Town. Three points would be a good result to take forward into Tuesday’s trip to play-off hopefuls AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Team news to come shortly.