Stone Old Alleynians manager Matt Smith was happy with side’s “efficient performance”, as his team saw off basement side Wyrley 2-0 at Long Lane, to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.
“I was very pleased with the performance today, we could have won by more but I thought we looked very comfortable and didn’t think that they troubled us too much.
Before the game we spoke about making the most of our height as we hadn’t really taken advantage of many set-pieces this season, so it was pleasing to see us capitalise on two set-pieces today,” said Smith.
Alleynians opened the scoring when striker Ben Lewis pulled away from his marker and rose to head home captain Paul Griffiths’ left side corner, inside the opening twenty minutes.
And another set piece nearly saw the Old Boys double their lead, when a cleverly worked free-kick between Griffiths and Luke Askey saw Askey find space inside the box, but he was unable to provide the finish, as his effort was turned goalwards by Cameron Sinclair, only for the Wyrley keeper to save the winger’s tame effort.
The lively Lewis was a constant menace to the Wyrley back four, and he came close to doubling his tally after a powerful left wing run, but was only able to fire his shot into the side netting.
Wyrley chances were few and far between, but full-back Grant Bigham had to be alert when a cross from the hosts found an unmarked striker in the box, but the defender was able to turn the effort behind for a corner.
Alleynians did eventually find a second when midfielder Chris Heard leapt highest to powerfully head home another Griffiths corner for his second goal of the season.
Lewis briefly thought he had his second of the day, after he powerfully drove his shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner following a clever run and pass from Matt Thomas, only for the linesman to cruelly rule out the goal for offside.
Then Bigham came close to scoring a rare goal, after a long foraging run, deep into the opposition half, and clever link-up play with striker Danny Heard saw him put through on goal. However his first effort was blocked by the Wyrley defence, and he was unable to do enough with the rebound to beat the home side’s keeper.
The host’s began to commit numbers forward but were unable to create any chances of note, with Old Boys keeper Matt Burslem easily dealing with a handful of crosses late on.
“I thought it was a solid display today”, said Smith.
“Whilst we didn’t get the number of goals that matched the number of chances we created, I was very pleased with the solid shape, the clean sheet and that we have again proven hard to beat.”
Stone OA: Burslem, Bigham, Askey, I Whalley, Hodgkinson, Sinclair, Griffiths, C Heard, Thomas, D Heard, Lewis