Stratford 1-0 Biggleswade Town: Waders lose to bogey side

PUBLISHED: 17:20 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 18 December 2017

Biggleswade Town manager Chris Nunn and assistant Craig Bull. Picture: Danny Loo

Biggleswade Town manager Chris Nunn and assistant Craig Bull. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Biggleswade Town couldn’t extend their four-game unbeaten run on Saturday, losing 1-0 away to bogey side Stratford Town.

Mike Taylor’s 58th minute header was the decider in a tight battle between two closely matched sides in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier league.

It was the Waders’ third straight loss to Stratford, after losing to them home and away last season, 2-1 and 1-0.

Manager Chris Nunn said: “It’s not a shock result. Their team are men while we’re probably the youngest team in the league. That showed in some areas.

“We didn’t play badly, we just lost to a good side away from home. We had some good chances but you couldn’t say we deserved to win. It was a game where, if either side nicked it, the other couldn’t complain.”

With the sides going into the break goalless, the goal came after Ben Stephen’s strike in the second half was parried onto the crossbar by Gooch. The ball bounced behind the Waders’ keeper, Taylor rushed in to finish the chance off after 58 minutes.

Stratford saw out a feisty end to the match and took the win against the young Biggleswade side.

Nunn said: “Physically we can get bullied but I don’t regret having a young squad, I like our youth and energy.”

The Waders have conceded more than three only twice in the league this season, shipping one in their previous four games in all competitions, despite four of their back five being teenagers.

Nunn added: “We want to be hard to break down. The way we set up sometimes means it’s hard for us to score but that’s how a team like us must play in this league.”

Biggleswade host Banbury United on Saturday before a clash with Bishops Stortford on Boxing Day.

Nunn said: “I’m surprised Banbury aren’t higher in the table, they’re a good side.

“We’ve only got a squad of 15 at the moment. We’ll try and put our strongest team out but we’ll have to be careful.”

“We’re promoting 17-year-old Sam Patton from the U18s to the first team and hopefully he’ll get minutes on Saturday. I think he’ll go far.”

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