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Stafford Town bounce back to complete fine double

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 22, 2013

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STAFFORD TOWN bounced back from their Vase defeat with a good home team performance to beat title-chasing Nuneaton Griff 4-1 and so complete a league double.

The opening 20 minutes were very scrappy with both sides giving the ball away in midfield and neither goalkeeper being troubled.

Eventually, both sides settled down and the visitors had a chance but Josh Ruff fired wide of Richard Stone’s goal.

The outstanding Spencer Gunnell had a couple of chances before giving Town the lead after 27 minutes when his cross from the right wing was headed past Andy Wheeler by Paul McMahon for his 23rd goal of the season.

Play switched from end to end for the remainder of the half with Stone rarely troubled. The home side doubled their lead in first half stoppage time when Gunnell cut in from the right wing and fired a low shot at goal which hit a divot and bounced over the hand of Wheeler and into the net.

The visitors were fired up after the restart as the rain poured down and they pushed Stafford back on the defensive.

Ruff curled in a free-kick, two minutes into the half, and Tom Lillicrapp got his head on it and Ryan Millerchip knocked it in from close range.

The visitors looked likely to level the scores as they had several chances but a combination of good defending and goal keeping kept them at bay.

Town began to regain control and won a corner in the 65th minute. The corner was headed out of the area but it fell to Chris Morris who controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed the ball past Wheeler from 20 yards giving the keeper no chance.

The goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of the visitors and Town clinched the points on 82 minutes when McMahon’s right wing cross was headed into the net by Gunnell for his 18th goal of the season and his fifth in two matches against Nuneaton! On Saturday, Town travel to bottom club Racing Club Warwick (3pm).

On the junior front, Town Lionesses triumphed 1-0 over Penkridge Juniors in a league cup fixture, the all important goal scored by Maia Till and created by Lucy Butler.

It was a positive performance by the Lionesses who face the Pumas this weekend.

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