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Stratford Town 2-4 Wolves 4

By Tom Bason
October 16 2014

On Tuesday night a Wolves under-21 side beat Stratford Town 4-2 to progress to the next round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Wolves took lead after a good ball from centre-back Ashley Carter was pinged across the pitch to trialist Jordan Graham. Graham drove the ball low and hard to the far post where it was stabbed home by lone-striker Bradley Reid.

Stratford equalised with a stunning free kick. Carter gave away an unnecessary free kick on outside the area, just to the right of goal. Richard Gregory stepped up and hit a right-footed effort that started miles outside the near post. But he got so much dip and swerve on the ball, that it went beyond the diving Jon Flatt and into the top corner. It was genuinely Beckhamesque, a super goal.

Wolves retook the lead, again provided by Graham on the right. From my angle, I couldn’t see if it was brilliance or a fluke that saw him get past the Stratford left-back, and while his cut back just evaded Reid, Connor Hunte poked it home past the goalkeeper. Wolves made it 3-1 when Hunte’s inswinging corner found Reid all by himself in the area, and it was a simple task to nod past the keeper.

But the game wasn’t over at this point, and Gregory hit another terrific free kick that was almost a carbon copy of the first. This one didn’t seem to be right in the top corner though, and I did wonder whether Flatt should have done slightly better, although it was difficult to see from my angle.

Wolves wrapped the game up at the death, when Jordi Ortega played a fine ball to Graham, who had switched to the left. The right back got right underneath the ball, and could only it straight up in the air. Graham collected the ball, drove into the area, cut onto his right foot and fired past goalkeeper Andy Kemp



1. Jon Flatt: goalkeeper | Flatt made one good save when he tipped over from a corner. He seems to have worked on his kicking since I last saw him, but it is still poor. He fumbled a high cross late on that he should have gathered comfortably. Would be concerned if he’s forced to play in the Championship anytime soon.

2. Dominic Iorfa: right back | The pick of the bunch. Made the game look easy for him. He’s big, powerful and pacy and looked to get forward well. When he did get forward, he didn’t just hoof aimlessly into the box, but looked up and often picked out a teammate. Cautioned for a tackle from behind when chasing back from a forward run.

3. Ben O’Hanlon: left back | Had a poor start, and was caught underneath a cross that could have given Stratford the lead. Got forward well, looked to get down the outside of Hunte, who can’t be the easiest player to develop a relationship with.

4. Declan Week: centre midfield | Very tidy on the ball, playing short passes. Also hit a couple of really nice long balls to the flanks. He generally sat deeper, and dropped between the centre backs to get the ball. Cautioned for pulling back his opponent when he got caught the wrong side of the ball.

5. George Swan: right sided centre back:  | I didn’t notice him a huge amount which probably means he had a decent game. Very tall, he almost lurches. He wasn’t scared to make a challenge, but was cautioned late on for a silly tackle that infuriated Scott Sellars. Seemed to lose his head a little at this point, at which point Sellars instructed Ryan Rainey to warm-up, but regained his composure.

6. Ashley Carter: left sided centre back | Jumps very well, gets up extremely early to win headers. Has a lovely left foot, two or three times hit 50-yard balls straight to Graham on the right. Conceded the free kick for Stratford’s equaliser unnecessarily. Had chance to score himself after a Connor Hunte corner; it was a difficult chance, full on the volley but he’ll be disappointed not to have hit the target.

7. Jordan Graham: right winger | Electric pace, full of tricks on the wing. On trial from Aston Villa, and on the basis of that one performance, I’d have thought the club would look at trying to keep him. Plays crosses hard and low to the far post; Reid touched the first home, the second missed everyone. Two assists and a goal, but missed a sitter when blasted over from 8-yards. Has a tendency to keep the ball for too long and waste opportunities.

8. Jordi Ortega: centre midfield | Had slightly more license to get forward than Weeks, but didn’t influence the game in the way he could have. Looked tidy, but didn’t really create anything. Left footed. Subbed for Connor Ronan.

9. Bradley Reid: striker | Scored twice, but couldn’t really miss either. Always looking for the run in behind the defence, but Stratford goalkeeper Kemp was very quick off his line to thwart him on a couple of occasions. Subbed for Ibrahim Keita.

10. Carlo Erdei: second striker | Drifted from flank to flank without really getting involved enough for a number 10 – the focus of the many of the attacks were down the flanks or balls over the top for Reid. This is possibly a problem for the senior team as well. Right footed. Subbed for Albert Torras

11. Connor Hunte: left winger | Tricky left winger with extremely quick feet. Seems to use skill to go past defenders rather than pace. He’s tall for a winger, but won’t get pushed off the ball too often. Like Graham, held on to the ball for too long, needs to learn when to release it. Moved past Stratford defenders like they weren’t there at times.


14. Albert Torras: centre midfield | brought on after 61 minutes. Struggled with the physicality and was pushed off the ball to easily. Was unlucky not to score from an Iorfa pass, as his shot was blocked on the line.

15. Ibrahim Keita: striker | No real opportunity to do anything, but immediately put himself about, crashing into a defender when challenging for a header.

16. Connor Ronan: centre midfield | No time to make any impact

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Bradmore Wolf
20/10/2014 16:18
Thanks for this I think Kj has said Iorfa is the nearest to getting in the first team.

Sounds like he might be ready.

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