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Thursday 21 February 2013 Updated: 21/02 16:38
Stratford Town 7 Causeway United 0
SOME top class finishing helped runaway leaders Town strengthen their vice-like grip at the top of the Baker Joiner Midland Alliance by crushing Causeway at the DCS Stadium on Saturday.
Striker Tony Robinson led the rout with a well taken hat-trick to which Richard Robinson, Tyrone Fagan, Lei Brown and substitute Jamie Bailey added as Town stormed 19 points clear of their title rivals.
Stourport Swifts closed the gap to 16 points following a 4-1 success at Coleshill Town on Tuesday night but fifth placed Gornal Athletic, who triumphed 3-1 at Kirby Muxloe in midweek, appear to be the most realistic challengers as they could move to within four points of table-topping Town if they win all seven of their games in hand.
Town continued their relentless charge towards the championship by taking the lead inside two minutes when Simeon Tulloch’s cross found Tony Robinson who cleverly worked himself space in the penalty area and curled a delightful shot into the top corner.
Tony Robinson then turned provider in the 19th minute by returning Tulloch’s corner into the area and Richard Robinson expertly volleyed home.
Causeway recovered from the setback and almost reduced the arrears midway through the first half when Aaron Lloyd flicked on Craig Gregg’s cross but Chris Field’s header was superbly saved at full stretch by home keeper Chris Jay.
Town heeded the warning and as good as wrapped up the points with two further goals in a ten minute spell before the break.
Another fine cross from Tulloch in the 35th minute was fired home from 16 yards by Tyrone Fagan who then outmuscled Scott Devlin during a purposeful down the right before delivering an inviting cross which Tony Robinson swept home on the volley.
Causeway looked for a way back in the second half and Lloyd was unlucky with a fierce shot which was smartly tipped over the bar by Jay.
But Town, helped by the industrious midfield duo of Joe Halsall and Lei Brown, remained on top although they had to wait until the 78th minute before increasing their advantage.
Tony Robinson latched onto a long clearance from Jay and, despite being surrounded by three defenders, found the time and space to lift an effort into the top corner and complete his treble.
Town struck again two minutes later when Brown climbed well to powerfully head home a well flighted cross from substitute Harry Donaghey.
The impressive haul was completed in stoppage time as Causeway failed to clear a corner and Tony Robinson turned the ball across the face of goal to leave substitute Jamie Bailey with a simple of tap-in.
It was a fifth straight victory, during which they have scored no fewer than 27 goals, for Town who visit Rocester this Saturday before making the journey to Stourport Swifts on Tuesday.
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