Harsh defeat for Waders at Stratford

Craig Daniel
Craig Daniel

Biggleswade Town’s second away trip in four days ended in a harsh 3-0 defeat at Stratford Town on Tuesday.

It was the hosts’ biggest win of their Southern League Premier campaign, achieved on a pitch that had weathered heavy downpours during the day.

But the scoreline was hard on the Waders who racked up more goal attempts than Stratford and were denied a goal by some excellent keeping.

Stratford went ahead in the fourth minute when Kieren Westwood passed for striker Edwin Ahenkorah to convert.

Sam Merson fired over from the edge of the penalty area with Waders’ first real chance, then Craig Daniel put wide after meeting Lewis Hilliard’s cross.

Biggleswade thought they had equalised midway through the first half when Mark Coulson’s cross was turned in by Daniel but it was disallowed for offside.

Instead with half an hour played they found themsewlves two beind with a rare mistake by keeper Ian Brown. He was unable to hang on to Michael McGrath’s shot from 20 yards out and Ahenkorah was on hand to stab home the loose ball.

The Waders ended the first half on top, Hilliard’s low drive was turned round the post by Andy Kemp while Daniel went close with a couple of efforts.

They continued in command into the second period, Michael King’s header denied by a great save and Max York’s lob had to be tipped on to the bar.

However Stratford had their chances too and they sealed the game just past the hour mark. Michael McGrath struck from 25 yards out and Brown was unable to keep it out.

Although the result looked all but a certainty the Waders pressed, Daniel’s long range shot was tipped over and Merson forced a save. At the other end Brown pulled off a tremedous double stop from Ahenkorah and Delfouneso to deny the hosts what would have been a flattering fourth.

Next up for Biggleswade is a home match against Poole.

Biggleswade Town: Ian Brown, Max York, Mark Coulson, Michael King (Tony Burnett), Gavin Hoyte, Ryan Frater, Craig Daniel (c), Ian Rees, Lewis Hilliard (Jerome Djibidu), Sam Merson, Chris Marsh (Shane Hill).