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Blame me, says Poulson after FC Stratford defeat

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


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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