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Alcester hit back to deny FC Stratford in thriller

FC Stratford's James Gifford was on target against Alcester.
FC Stratford's James Gifford was on target against Alcester.

ALCESTER Town fought back from two goals down to claim a point in a thrilling derby clash with FC Stratford at the MoodChimp Stadium on Tuesday night.

Stratford led 2-0 at half-time thanks to an own goal and James Gifford’s strike, before Alcester came storming back with goals from Ryan Watson and Louis Bridges to claim a 2-2 draw.

Stratford had a golden chance to win it in added time when they were awarded a penalty, only for Ashley Wilkes to fire the spot-kick over the bar.

“I’m still happy with the point,” said FC Stratford boss Dave Poulson, who is hoping to crown his final season in football management with promotion.

“When we were 2-0 up we allowed them to get right back on top of us. We just sat off them a little bit too much.

“But I have to give credit to Alcester. In the second half they played probably the best 30 minutes of football we’ve played against this season.

“On the balance of play, it was probably a fair result.”

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