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Green for go as FC Stratford reach cup semi-final

Ash Wilkes was on target for FC Stratford against Coton Green. Photo: Mark Williamson.
Ash Wilkes was on target for FC Stratford against Coton Green. Photo: Mark Williamson.


FC STRATFORD booked their place in the Presidents Cup semi-final after an impressive performance overcame visitors Coton Green on Saturday.

Goals from Tyrike Richards-Burke, captain Ash Wilkes and Reece Staley accounted for Coton Green 3-1 in the Arden Garages Stadium.

It had been 1-1 at half-time but Coton Green could not cope with Nick Ballinger’s side after the break.

They will face Coventry Alvis in the last four.

Earlswood Town rued their missed chances as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at Bolehall Swifts in Midland League Division Two.

Michael Payne scored both goals for the hosts but Ade Luxton’s side had more than enough opportunities to return with something tangible from Rene Road.

Danny Carter is quickly proving why he is a former golden boot winner after grabbing five goals in Alcester Town’s 8-0 demolition of visitors Leamington Hibernian in Midland League Division Three.

Carter, who joined recently from Paget Rangers where he was league top scorer two seasons ago, smashed four goals in the first half as the Red and Blacks led 5-0.

Despite having captain Luke Dugmore sent off along with a Hibs player, Alcester added three more goals in the second period, with one more for Carter and a hat-trick for Callum Burston-Keeley.

Central Ajax reached the final of the Challenge Vase after defeating nine-men Shipston Excelsior 3-1 at Ajax Park.

Adam Miles headed home a Lewis Fathers’ corner to give Ajax the lead on ten minutes and eight minutes later Shipston were reduced to ten men after Alex Seys picked up a second booking but the battling visitors still managed to level through Connor Grant.

Another Fathers’ set-piece led to Miles nodding in a second on the stroke of half-time but Shipston’s task got tougher when they had Chris Miles sent off for an off-the-ball incident with eight minutes left.

Sub Jake Montgomery then rattled in Ajax’s third to seal their progress.

Central Ajax will meet either Bartestree or Continental Star in the final, with the other semi taking place next Saturday.

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