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FC Stratford manager Dave Poulson.
FC Stratford manager Dave Poulson.

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FC STRATFORD manager Dave Poulson blamed himself for the heaviest defeat of the season as they were hammered 4-0 by hosts Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons in Midland League Division Three.

“As managers you often ask players to assess their performance and hope that they can give an honest answer, well today I have ask myself that question and the answer is that I just wasn’t good enough,” said Poulson.

Boldmere struck seconds before half-time but there was little sign of Stratford finding a way back.

The Falcons’ goals came from Matty Lewis (2), Pete Bannister and Chad Duggan.

FC Stratford will have little time to mope as they face table-toppers GNP Sports tomorrow night in a much-rearranged Challenge Vase semi-final at the MoodChimp Stadium.

Shipston Excelsior made it five wins from the last six matches with a 4-0 victory at Yardley side Birmingham Tigers in Midland League Division Three.

Bouncing back from their 8-0 drubbing to title-chasing GNP Sports last time out, Shipston’s win pushed them to fifth in the table, level on points with third-placed Central Ajax.

James Drinkwater netted twice, with Neil Wilson and substitute Ed Caswell also on target.

Sam Smith bagged a hat-trick, with a 25-yard free-kick the highlight, as Central Ajax eased to a 7-2 win at basement side Leamington Hibernian.

George Hunt, Jake Montgomery, Stephen Nurse were also among the scorers.

Alcester Town’s hopes of reaching their Birmingham Vase semi-finals were wrecked by a second-half goal against Northfield Town.

Alcester had the better of the first half but a single strike following a corner was enough to seal a 1-0 verdict for Division Two top-six Northfield at Stratford Road.



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