CARL ADAMS says being hailed in the Pride of Stratford awards is a huge sign of Stratford Town’s progress into the town’s conscious.
Town manager Adams admitted he was surprised to be named Educator of the Year at the awards, in front of 1,000 people at the Holiday Inn in Stratford.
The award recognised Adams’s leadership, determination and unstinting work in guiding the club to two promotions in three years since taking over and taking Town to the third level of non-League football for the first time.
“Personally, I feel so proud to be recognised beyond football,” said Adams. “It’s a huge honour and I’m delighted for the football club to be recognised by the town.
“The club had been trying to win promotion for 20 years and it’s been a fantastic effort to win two promotions in three years since I came to the club.
“We’ve taken great strides forward and we want to keep progressing.”
Adams had been on the shortlist of three with Jayne Caithness and In2 Cultures creative arts workshops.
Football action, however, has been in short supply, with Town’s home matches against Dorchester Town and Poole Town both falling victim to a waterlogged pitch at the DCS Stadium.
Town hope to return to action tomorrow (Saturday) when they head to Biggleswade and then return to the DCS on Tuesday to face King’s Lynn Town.
Adams admits the stop-start nature of playing games is becoming a real frustration.
“The dream is to get into the top ten but it’s becoming tougher and tougher. It’s a big ask to play so many games between now and the end of the season,” said Adams.
“Inevitably, you can’t keep a settled side, you have to make changes to keep players fresh and you just want the chance to get some momentum.”
Striker Edwin Ahenkorah and skipper Gary Moran are both ruled out through injury for the trip to Biggleswade, who lie immediately above 12th placed Town.
Midfielder Jack Roberts also starts a three-match suspension.
The fixture against Dorchester has been rearranged for April 5 and the Poole game for seven days later.
It now means Town have a Saturday-midweek-Saturday run until the final week of the season and they still have to fit in a Birmingham Senior Cup quarter-final at home to Rushall Olympic.
The Pics upset West Bromwich Albion in their last 16 tie on Tuesday, with the winners of Town versus Rushall playing Solihull Moors or Wolves in the semis.