Football
Forde and Fagan lead fine fightback

Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 10:37

Bridgnorth Town 1 Stratford Town 2

SECOND half goals from Tyrone Fagan and Aaron Forde helped leaders Town overcome Baker Joiner Midland Alliance title rivals Bridgnorth on Saturday.

Injuries and unavailability left Town depleted but the impressive success kept them six points clear at the top of the table and firmly on course for the championship.

Among the players missing were Aaron Stringfellow and Josh O’Grady who sustained injuries in a car accident on their way to training on Thursday.

The home side had first adfvantage of the pronounced slope and Anwar Olugbon quickly tested keeper Chris Jay with a well struck effort, while Jamie Price was only just off target with a long range shot.

Town, who were forced to withstand plenty of pressure, took the best part of 30 minutes before fashioning their first chance which saw Simeon Tulloch deliver a dangerous cross which Fagan headed straight at keeper Chris Cook.

Bridgnorth eventually broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when the fleet-footed Olugbon evaded a challenge from Melvin Gourlay to burst clear and clinically finish.

Town responded instantly with Joe Halsall heading home Mark Fauld’s cross but the effort was disallowed for offside.

The visitors certainoy made full use of the slope to dominate proceedings in the second half with Tulloch and Halsall setting up Ricky Baker for an early effort which flashed inches wide of the post.

Town continued to pile on the pressure and they deservedly got back on level terms on the hour when Tulloch won possession and busrt into the area where the ball fell kindly for Fagan who fired home.

The joy almost proved short-lived as Bridgnorth should have regained the lead 60 seconds later when the visitors defence failed to deal with a routine cross from Price but, thankfully, Tom Whitney blazed over from close range.

It was an isolated threat from the Shropshire hosts and Town took the lead in the 76th minute through Aaron Forde who ended a purposeful run by combining with Tony Robinson before slotting home what proved the winner.

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