Stone Old Alleynians 2-2 Wem Town

Luke Askey in full flight as he heads Alleynians in front
Luke Askey in full flight as he heads Alleynians in front

An injury-time equaliser denied Alleynians all three points from a muddy encounter at Wellbeing Park.

The Old Boys, who had trailed at the break, fought back to lead two-one, but a late free kick that eluded everyone and snuck in at the far post snatched a point for the visitors.

It was a result which disappointed Matt Smith, “I think we definitely see that as two points dropped, even though we were behind at half time.” Said the Alleynians manager.

“We were a bit unfortunate to go in one down at the break, having had the better chances, but we fought back well to get in front, and we had some excellent chances to kill the game off at two-one, but we have been made to pay for missing them.”

“We play Wem again next weekend, and hopefully we can use this disappointment as motivation for then.” He added.

Stone enjoyed the best chances of the first half, centre-back Luke Askey forcing a good save from the Wem keeper when he met an Adam Tomkinson corner early on.

And then good wing-play from Grant Bigham saw him set up captain Paul Griffiths, who also forced a save from the keeper before Carl Dibden was unable to convert the rebound.

But it was the visitors who took the lead, when a poor pass from Grant Bigham surrendered possession on the half-way line, allowing the Wem left-winger to race clear and slide home the opener past Lewis Paglia.

A despairing Lewis Paglia cannot stop Wem taking the lead
A despairing Lewis Paglia cannot stop Wem taking the lead

The Old Boys returned the break resurgent, and got their reward midway through the half, when Bigham got to the by-line and his cross was bravely met by Sam Wilson, who headed home.

The hosts then took the lead when Askey made amends for his earlier miss by powerfully heading home from another Tomkinson corner.

Carl Dibden should have made it three when Tomkinson broke clear down the right and crossed superbly for the frontman, but he was only able to put his effort over the bar from six yards.

Carl Dibden misses a glorious opportunity to put Stone three-one up
Carl Dibden misses a glorious opportunity to put Stone three-one up

And then Hodgkinson found himself in a similar position to Tomkinson, but his cross was just out of the reach of the stretching Dibden.

And the visitors made Stone pay for their misses. A speculative free-kick was launched into the home side’s box, and crept past a melee of defenders and attackers, into the back of the net.

Stone did have a chance to restore their lead late on, but the impressive Tomkinson was unable to beat the keeper when we went clear.

Stone OA: Paglia, Bigham, Askey, Whalley, Taylor, Hodgkinson (Sinclair), Wilson, Griffiths (c), Tomkinson, D Heard, Dibden (Farrelly)

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