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Stafford Town settle for draw after leading three times

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Town were involved in a see-saw league encounter away to strugglers RC Warwick this week.

The Reds managed to take the lead three times, fall behind once and returned home with just one point after an entertaining match.

After early pressure from the visitors they took the lead on 15 minutes when Will Whieldon's cross was turned into his own net by Warwick captain Mark Turton.

Further chances were created and missed before the home side equalised on 26 minutes when Ryan Langmead headed into the bottom corner of the net.

Five minutes later, Warwick went ahead when Leigh Phillips' shot went under Town keeper Richard Stone.

The second half was three minutes old when Francis Dacres hit a post following a cross from Joe Woodward. Two minutes later, Jacob Snape equalised following a pass from Matt Berkeley.

Town regained the lead after 57 minutes following great play from Whieldon, as Morgan Hurley finished for his 11th goal of the season.

But the visitors again failed to hold onto their lead and substitute Rory Curtis made the score 3-3 on 69 minutes.

The Reds led again with 14 minutes to go when James Price smashed the ball home for his first goal of the season, and just when it looked as though Town would take all three points, James Dyke levelled again with three minutes remaining.

After taking the lead three times Town were disappointed not to have picked up maximum points against the bottom side in the league.

On Saturday, Town travel to Studley for a league fixture (3pm), while on Boxing Day the Reds entertain local rivals Brocton at Evans Park (11.30am).

Town will be looking for revenge after losing the early season clash between these local rivals 4-1 in August.

In the latest round of matches for Town Dragons disability squad, at St Georges Park, the Reds won one and lost two.

Their victory came in a thrilling fixture against Hamil Road that saw them hit back twice to take the game 3-2.

On the day, Tom Binns netted three goals for Town, while Jonathan Buckless and Joshua Griffiths also found the net for the Dragons, who lost to Burton Able Too A and B teams.

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