Tag: Stourbridge

Match Of The Week 2: Stourbridge 0-3 Stevenage

Southern League Premier Division side Stourbridge finally ended their greatest ever FA Cup run at the hands of League One Stevenage at the War Memorial Athletic Ground earlier today, thanks to two goals from Chris Beardsley and a late third from Robin Shroot. Stourbridge started with the same eleven that defeated Plymouth Argyle in the First Round, with the exception of influential midfielder Sean Geddes who missed the game through suspension – his place taken by Drew Canavan. The game started slowly, with both sides favouring a feeling out process, with the first real chance of the game not arriving until the fifteenth minute. Good work by Stevenage’s Lawrie Wilson down the right hand side, his cross reaching Ben May who cut inside, only for his shot to be cleared off the line by Stourbridge’s Nathan Bennett. Ten minutes later, Stourbridge created their first chance, with Paul McCone delivering a through ball for Ryan Rowe to chase, powering past Jon Ashton, only for Boro keeper Chris Day to collect the ball at the striker’s feet. The only other real chance of the first half saw Arsenal loanee Luke Freeman produce a great save from Stourbridge keeper Lewis Solly, making his 300th appearance for the club. That doesn’t stop Stevenage applying a lot of pressure in the latter moments of the first half, and a mistake from Paul McCone almost...

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Match Of The Week 4: Stourbridge 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle’s season goes from bad to worse, as they were knocked out of the FA Cup First Round by Southern League Premier Division side Stourbridge. Goals from Paul McCone and Sean Evans gave the Glassboys a well deserved victory, and the chance to face League One Stevenage in eleven days time. Unlike the game at Home Park ten days ago, the replay was a much quieter affair, with the first twenty minutes being an exercise in both teams finding their feet. The Pilgrims controlled most of the possession, with player-manager Carl Fletcher and Onismor Bhasera being Plymouth’s standout players, however, they created little. However, when Stourbridge had possession, playmaker Sean Geddes used the time and space he was given by Argyle to find his range with left-winger Sean Evans and centre-forward Ryan Rowe his favoured targets – and it would be these three players that have the Argyle defence the most problems. However, in the 21st minute saw the game’s first chance, with a centre from Evans finding Rowe who forced an excellent save from Plymouth keeper Jake Cole. Twelve minutes later came the biggest talking point, and possibly the most pivotal moment of the game. Plymouth right-back Paul Bignot had his right leg kicked from under him by Evans, and with Bignot on the ground, Evans stood over the Pilgrim, and Bignot lashed out weakly with his...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-season Predictions: The Southern Premier League

The Southern Premier League has a new sponsor this year, the same one as its northern counterpart so make sure you don’t confuse the two. Helpful. Anyway, teamwise the biggest relief for those footballers who get car sick is that Truro have been promoted, so that’s one afternoon spent on the M5 looking at the back of caravans which teams and fans alike won’t have to endure. Salisbury are also gone, climbing back from whence they came with their giant budget and full-time players. Joining the league are AFC Totton and Frome, both know the league well and both have impressive squads for the coming season. Frome can even boast a current England captain among their ranks, speedy winger Luke Ballinger is also the skipper of the national Futsal team. He’s had experience in the Southern Prem and a brief outing in the Blue Square North with Gloucester City, like his teammate, defender Tom Evans. The little Somerset side have an experienced squad and a decent manager in the form of Darren Perrin. AFC Totton, with free scoring striker Mike Gosney, could power their way through the Southern Prem, along with the other new boys, Hitchin,  they are likely to be goal hungry and eyeing up the top end of the table. Cambridge City have been lurking around the top of the Southern Prem for a while now and are the favourites...

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