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.
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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.