CARL ADAMS says the next challenge for in-form Stratford Town is to transfer the excellent home form to their away fixtures.
Last weekend’s 1-0 win at home to Biggleswade Town, courtesy of Mike Taylor’s finish, sealed a fifth win in seven matches and pushed them into 13th place in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier table.
At the MoodChimp Stadium, Town have chalked up 13 points from a possible 15 but they head into the Christmas games with back-to-back away trips.
They head to play-off chasing Slough Town tomorrow (Saturday) and then head to neighbours Redditch United on Boxing Day (3pm).
“Our home form is very strong,” said Adams.
“But we have to remember that so far we’ve played none of the big boys like Hereford or Kings Lynn here while away we’ve yet to play any of the struggling sides, so the difference between our home and away records will probably change during the second half of the season.
“But I’m certainly pleased with our current position.
“There is a good atmosphere in the dressing room, and all along I’ve said that I’ve had every confidence in the squad I’ve got.
“I felt that we totally dominated the first half against Biggleswade without scoring and they only came into it after we went ahead.
“But it was pleasing that this time we were able to hang on to a lead and see a game out successfully which should give us the confidence to do the same again.”
The only goal came on 58 minutes when Taylor pounced from close range after keeper Liam Gooch pushed a Ben Stephens’ shot onto the bar.
Meanwhile, a second Town youth player has earned the chance to impress in the full-time game.
After Dylan Parker’s recent dream move to Walsall, Dan Purvin will join League Two Mansfield Town on a full time YTS Scholarship in January.
Having started at Town aged just 11, Purvin has featured for the Academy and Youth teams this season as well as being involved with the first team training sessions and being named on the subs bench for the match at Dorchester earlier this month.