A DIFFICULT START FOR NEW YELTZ BOSS SMITH
ROB Smith and his assistant Larry Chambers took up Halesowen's management reins, but there was no respite for his struggling new team as Stratford cruised to victory.
Young home goalkeeper Kieran Boucher parried the ball away from Jamie McAteer after three minutes.
He went on to make a fine reflex save to fingertip a 20-yard shot from Albi Skendi onto the crossbar in the 25th minute.
A 39th minute freekick from William Grocott curled just wide and Boucher made another great save with his legs to deny Wilson Carvalho at the end of the first-half.
After the interval, McAteer went close by heading Grocott's freekick just over the Halesowen bar.
But, with Halesowen now having scored just once in seven league games, Stratford went on to take their second-half chances and win the game with ease.
Carvalho converted from the penalty spot in the 59th minute after young Joab Wheatley clipped the legs of visiting centre-forward Michael Taylor.
Grocutt then lifted a loose ball into the net to deservedly double Stratford's lead after Boucher spilled a low cross.
The Yeltz provided little in response in a disappointing afternoon.