From a season crammed full of intrigue, drama and excitement – pride of place went to Stratford Town who secured back-to-back promotions thanks to a thrilling win in front of a record crowd.
The Warwickshire side is just one of the dozens covered by Write Angle Media for a swathe of newspapers up and down the country. The following report appeared in the Coventry Telegraph newspaper …
Stratford Town gave Larkhall a lesson in finishing as they secured a second promotion in two years in front of a record crowd of 1,054 at the DCS Stadium.
There was little to choose between the sides in a tense Evo-Stik Southern South & West play-off final but goals from Aaron Moses-Garvey, Joe Halsall and Tyrone Fagan booked a place in non-League’s third tier for the first time in the club’s history.
Town, who has finished 12 points ahead of the Bath-based visitors, had led 3-0 after 61 minutes before conceding two late goals to bring a nerve-racking finale.
Carl Adams’ men had a dream start when they went ahead after three minutes. A brilliant pass with the inside of his right foot from Rob Thompson-Brown switched play to the right-wing and Moses-Garvey raced past his marker to slot home into the far corner.
Chances were scarce but Stratford doubled the lead on 40 minutes. Again they were rewarded for slick passing with Halsall winning possession and then receiving a reverse pass from Kevin Charley to drill a low shot between the legs of keeper Josh Barrington from 10 yards.
It was 3-0 just past the hour mark when sub Aaron Stringfellow skipped past two defenders to find Charley and though the striker’s low shot struck the inside of the post Fagan shimmied past the keeper and defender for a cool finish.
It should have been game over but Larkhall set up a tense finale when Joe Tumelty netted direct from a corner on 77 minutes and then top scorer Tyler Sibbick was left unmarked to head home four minutes later.