STRATFORD Town welcome Royston Town to the Arden Garages Stadium today, Saturday, in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Central.
Thomas Baillie’s men are looking to get their play-off push back on track following last Saturday’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Rushall Olympic, but go into the game full of confidence following Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over Lowestoft Town in the CSS League Challenge Cup semi-final.
Town will entertain Cinderford Town, of Evo-Stik Division One South, on Tuesday in the final and the Herald will be providing live updates on the website throughout the match.
Before then though, we are taking in today’s league game and you can follow all the key action below.
4.51pm: Full-time! Town run out 2-0 winners. Report online soon.
4.45pm: Good effort from distance by Castiglione is well-taken by Etheridge.
4.40pm: Seven minutes to go and Town are looking comfortable.
4.35pm: Cross from Stanley glanced on by Joseph but the ball goes straight into the hands of Etheridge.
4.31pm: Sub for Town as Shariff comes on Isaac.
4.26pm: Speculative effort from Newman drifts well wide. 20 minutes to go.
4.19pm: SAVE!!! Etheridge, just like on Tuesday, pull off a fantastic save to his right!!! It remains 2-0.
4.19pm: Penalty Royston as Wilson brings down Knowles.
4.14pm: Official attendance of 245.
4.13pm: SAVE! Mayhem in the Town area as Stanely gets in behind Williams, the cross causes a ping-pong situation before Scott-Morris effort is well saved by Etheridge. Offside given, though.
4.10pm: GOOOOOALLLLL TAYLOR!!! Fry with the cross, Taylor is in, he controls and volleys home!! 2-0!!
4.08pm: CHANCE! Great ball in by Grocott, but Taylor can only head over at the back post.
4.06pm: Well, that figure is how many have come through the gate we have been told. Official attendance yet to be confirmed.
4.05pm: No changes made at the break either. Town have started the second half well. Attendance of 194.
4.02pm: And we’re back under way.
4.00pm: And the teams are making their way back out. Second half to come very shortly.
3.48pm: HALF-TIME! Town go into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to Wilson’s 13th-minute strike.
3.44pm: Kinali goes for goal from 30 yards and the ball flies out the ground.
3.39pm: Royston have taken their time to get into the game, but they’re starting to see more of the ball as we get close to the end of the first half.
3.34pm: Good break by Royston ends with Knowles dragged a shot well wide of Etheridge’s goal.
3.33pm: Well half an hour has gone here at the Arden Garages Stadium and Wilson’s 13th-minute goal is the difference at the moment.
3.27pm: First real chance for the visitors as Scott-Morris slices an effort harmlessly wide from some 25 yards out.
3.26pm: Grocott tees up Wilson from around 20 yards out but the effort is low and Smart makes an easy save.
3.24pm: CHANCE! Royston stop as they think there has been a foul in the middle of the park, Carvalho plays on, delivers to Grocott who plays the ball back into Taylor but the effort is tame and Smart saves with ease.
3.20pm: Scott-Morris in the book for a rash challenge on Sebbeh-Njie.
3.19pm: Royston make a hash of clearing the ball and Town remain on the attack as Isaac heads over from Carvalho’s cross. Good stuff from Town.
3.14pm: GOAL WILSON!!!!! Grocott’s deep corner comes to Skendi, he passes it to Fry who delivers into the box who guides it into the far corner! 1-0!
3.09pm: Early sub for Town as the injured McAteer is replaced by Sebbeh-Njie.
3.08pm: CLOSE! Taylor outmuscles his marker (Joseph) and goes for the lobbed effort and it goes just wide.
3.07pm: Deep free-kick from Grocott evades Williams and it’s a goal kick.
3.04pm: Lively start to this game as Grocott nearly plays in Isaac but Royston defend in numbers and get the ball clear.
3.01pm: And we’re off. Royston get this game under way.
2.54pm: And the teams are just about to make their way out. Kick-off is just moments away.
2.42pm: Late change for Town as Cox is replaced by Wilson. Cox in some discomfort.
2.31pm: Those are your teams for today’s game. We shall be back very shortly to bring you all the key updates from today’s game. Kick-off at 3pm.
2.30pm: ROYSTON – Harry Smart, Gus Scott-Morris, Harold Joseph, Joe Newton, Taylor Parr, Dan Braithwaite, Eren Kinali, Luke Knight, Devante Stanley, Joe Neal, Tom Knowles.
Subs: Tom Newman, Aaron Benstead, Josh Castiglione, Adam Murray.
2.28pm: Town – Ross Etheridge, Chris Cox, Cody Fisher, James Fry, Jamie McAteer, Jordan Williams, Wilson Carvalho, Albi Skendi, Mike Taylor, Will Grocott, Kynan Isaac.
Subs: Dan Creaney, Nabil Shariff, Tom Fishwick, Mo Sebbeh-Njie, Lewis Wilson.
Three changes to the team from Tuesday’s semi-final victory, with McAteer, Williams and Taylor coming in for Fishwick, Sebbeh-Njie and Creaney, who all drop to the bench.
2.27pm: Good afternoon and welcome from a rather chilly Arden Garages Stadium for today’s league game between Stratford Town and Royston Town.
Team news to follow.