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Match preview: Stratford Town

7 November 2021

Match Previews

Match preview: Stratford Town

7 November 2021

Take a look at the stats and facts ahead of Town's Emirates FA Cup fixture with Stratford Town.

In a similar fashion to Steve Cotterill's first game in charge of Salop against Oxford City in November 2020, Town start this year's Emirates FA Cup journey against non-league opposition having drawn Southern League Premier Division Central outfit Stratford Town.

However, the magic of the cup and the famous first-round draw decided that Town will tackle their first fixture away from Montgomery Waters Meadow. This afternoon Salop make the trip to the Ardren Garages Stadium in the hope of progressing past the home side in style live on ITV 4.

Despite battling with Boston United, the favourites to progress in the last round, the Bards were able to secure their spot in the first round of the competition for the first time in their history thanks to a late winner in the 77th minute to cap off a 3-2 win having forced a home replay against the Pilgrims. With a sold-out crowd and cup fever hitting the Town, many are describing today's attraction as the biggest fixture of Stratford Town's history.

The last five Bards fixtures have seen the home side pick up two wins, two losses and one draw in all competitions. With 11 games played, the Stratford-upon-Avon outfit currently sit 10th in the league table with 15 points on the board.

Name: Stratford Town Football Club

Nickname: The Bards

Founded: 1941 (as Stratford Rangers)

Chairman: Jed McCroy

Manager: Paul Davis

Stadium: Ardren Garages Stadium, Knights Lane.

Referee: Ben Toner
Assistant Referees: Paul Stonier & Ravel Cheosiaua
Fourth Official: James Bell


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