Guest preview from 16 year old William Burch
Stourbridge FC season so far and their good run in the FA cup qualifying rounds.
The Glassboys, playing in the Southern League Premier Division Central and sitting in 4th position on 19 points, it would only be fair to say they have started the season well after unfortunately missing out on promotion through play offs last year. It clearly shows they have started as they mean to go on. In their only two losses of the season. they have fallen to some heavy defeats, losing 3-0 to Hednesford Town on Matchday 3, and another big defeat which finished 4-0 to Nuneaton FC who currently sit 8th in the table.
The players and Ian Long’s coaching staff, deserve an immense amount of credit, showing the Glassboys faithful, they aren’t going to settle for bad results again like these two, both games following those defeats showed them come out on top with the three points in one and progressing to the next round in the other, beating St Ives Town 2-0 and after the other heavy defeat of the season, Stourbridge progressed to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup after beating the Leicestershire based side Coalville Town FC 2-1 (and we all know how much Stourbridge love the magic of FA Cup)
This Saturday’s game in the FA Cup third qualifying round is a good opportunity, for the Glassboys to progress further in the competition as they look to overcome their opponents Stafford Rangers. Stourbridge will stand a good chance as Stafford haven’t started their season well at all, sitting 21st and only on 4 points after 8 games.
Stourbridge will look to continue their good run in the league as they play Banbury United on their home turf on the 12th October. Banbury sit 7th on 16 points, playing one more game and having 3 less points. Banbury will come to play football, but this is a game Stourbridge will be looking to come out on top if they want to keep advancing up the table and keep promotion in their eyeline during the season.
Stourbridge’s great start to this season. has of course been a team effort but there’s been two stand out performers personally, that I believe everyone can agree on, first is two-time player of the month winner; James Wren. Between the sticks this man has been in incredible form, he joined the Glassboys from Hednesford Town in July 2018. He started his Career at Walsall FC before joining Burton Albion on a free transfer in September 2011. The other stand out performer and top scorer now, that Mike Taylor has left for Bromsgrove on 4 goals, is 27-year-old Jordaan Brown who has scored 3 goals so far this season. He has bags of experience playing in the Europa league in the 2014-2015 season; making 2 appearances and has certainly helped Stourbridge on their excellent start.
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