Trysull 0-1 Stone Old Alleynians
Stone Old Alleynians manager Matt Smith believes that his side’s last gasp victory can inspire them to great things this season.
The Old Boys snatched the win in the 94th minute courtesy of a composed finish from captain Paul Griffiths, and Smith feels that this fighting spirit is key to any success this season.
“To win a game in that manner gives you a great feeling. Especially after we have come here against a good, well-organised Trysull side and really given them a game.
“We know that the pitches and the weather at the minute aren’t going to help us, so the minimum we must do is compete and that’s exactly what we have done today.
“If we can keep doing that then I don’t see why we can’t be up there at the end of the season.”
Alleynians started brightly and came close in the opening minutes through a Carl Dibden effort, but the in form striker was unable to get his shot on target.
The Trysull keeper had to be alert to keep out shots from Dibden, Chris Heard, Danny Heard and Sam Hodgkinson, but the Old Boys lacked the conviction to get the reward for their early pressure.
And they were nearly made to pay for their wastefulness, as Matt Burslem was called into action at the opposite end, to make a brilliant low save to deny a powerful strike from the Trysull skipper.
The Old Boys best attacks of the first half came from the industry of full-back Grant Bigham. Hodgkinson was unable to keep his volley down after a fantastic run and cross from Bigham. Danny Heard was then denied by a last-ditch header from another cross from the right back.
Then Bigham himself was denied after a jinking run into the box, but was unable to provide the finish, as his tame effort was easily saved by the keeper.
The break did nothing for the finishing of the visitors as yet more chances were wasted, with Dibden coming closest as he dragged his effort narrowly wide of the far post after finding himself unmarked in the box.
But deep into injury-time, Ben Lewis found himself on the edge of the box, and his perfectly weighted through ball allowed Griffiths to slot the ball under the onrushing keeper to give Alleynians their seventh win in eight games.
Stone OA: Burslem, Bigham, Askey, Whalley, Hodgkinson (Matthews), Sinclair, Griffiths (c), C Heard, Lewis, D Heard, Dibden (Thomas)