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FC Stratford raring to go

Stratford Editorial 4th Jan, 2018 Updated: 4th Jan, 2018

FC STRATFORD will be looking to get rid of the frustrations of a weather-hit month when they return to action on Saturday.

Wednesday night’s planned Birmingham Vase tie at home to Bustleholme was called off because of a waterlogged pitch and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 16.

It means Dave Poulson’s men have played just once since December 2 when they suffered their only league defeat of the season.

They hammered Coventrians 6-0 on the Saturday before Christmas, with two goals apiece from Dan Stokes and Ashley Wilkes with further strikes from Jay Tilbury and an own goal, but last weekend’s trip to Warwick side Central Ajax was postponed.

Stratford kick off 2018 in sixth place in Midland League Division Three but six points behind second placed Bartestree with seven games in hand.

But their attention will turn to the Challenge Vase when they visit table-toppers GNP Sports in the semi-finals on Saturday (1.45pm). The Coventry side are unbeaten in the league.

Poulson has added to his squad by welcoming back 2016/17 player of the season Reece Staley.

The defender had trained with Stratford Town in pre-season but Carl Adams pointed him in the direction of Midland Premier side Highgate United. He played eight matches for the Gate before suffering a broken hand.

Poulson said: “We’re delighted to bring Reece back. I said when he left what a good player he was and how he showed a level of maturity in dealing with his move. It’s a big plus to welcome Reece back to FC Stratford.”

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