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Stafford Town edge home win over RC Warwick

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Jack Langston on the ball for Stafford Town

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Stafford Town 1 Racing Club Warwick 0

THE Reds made it three wins in a row after a hard fought victory over their visitors.

After a minutes silence to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy the opening period of the game was very scrappy.

Spencer Gunnell opened the scoring after nine minutes when he cut inside from the left wing and drilled a powerful shot into the far side of the goal.

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Town were dominating the game and created several chances to increase their lead but the closest they came was in the 30th minute when Gunnell hit the foot of the post with visiting keeper Conal Dowling beaten.

Just before half time the visitors had a goal disallowed for a push on home keeper Richard Stone.

With the strong wind behind them in the second half the visitors began to push Town back and an equaliser looked likely but Mat Dockerty and James Price stood firm at the heart of the home defence.

Substitute Jacob Snape almost scored a second for Town but his deflected shot was well saved by Dowling after 63 minutes and the keeper saved again from Snape five minutes later following a pass from Gunnell.

Ten minutes from time Warwick almost grabbed an equaliser but Stone saved well from Ryan Langmead and James Cresswell scrambled the ball clear.

Another three points moved Town up to seventh in the Midland Combination Premier as they look to finish high enough to qualify again for next season’s FA Cup.

On Saturday, Town are at home to Earlswood Town in a league fixture, kick off at Evans Park is 3pm.

Town are also in action at home on Thursday, April 24 when Studley visit the county town venue with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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