Bromyard Town 4-2 Stone Old Alleynians
The Old Boys became the latest victims of runaway leaders Bromyard Town, despite a spirited second half comeback.
The visitors had trailed two-nil at the break, but levelled the scores early in the second half thanks to goals from Matt Thomas and Adam Tomkinson, before Bromyard struck twice late on to seal the points.
Despite the result, manager Matt Smith was pleased with his side’s performance.
“Last week we blew a two-goal lead, so it was really good to see that we have the spirit to reverse that. At half-time we knew that if we did the right things then we could get back into the game, and that proved to be the case.
“We had a lot of chances before we got level, but when we did equalise we seemed to take our foot off the gas a little bit and that let them back in.
“One of the disappointments was the manner in which we conceded a couple of the goals off set plays. I was pleased with our shape which stopped them playing but then to let them score from two corners kills us, especially when we are normally so strong in the air.” said Smith afterwards.
Bromyard took the lead just after the half hour mark through leading scorer Jamie Insall, who was the first to react to a loose ball in the six-yard box when Alleynians failed to deal with a right-wing corner.
Alleynians could have hit back instantly when clever play saw winger Adam Tomkinson put the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled out for offside.
And then just before the break the home side doubled their lead, midfielder Paul Smith, picked up a loose ball twenty-five yards from goal, and drilled his effort powerfully into the top corner.
But it was a resurgent Stone that emerged for the second half, striker Carl Dibden beat the offside trap only to see his lob go agonisingly over the bar, before Cameron Sinclair reacted fastest to a loose ball in the box, but his effort came back off the post.
However Matt Thomas was able to reduce the deficit when he raced clear and calmly slotted the ball past the Bromyard keeper. Before Adam Tomkinson levelled, getting onto the end of a Sinclair cross to steer the ball home.
Thomas then had a glorious chance to put Stone ahead, but saw his effort from the edge of the box deflected onto the post.
The hosts then made the Old Boys pay for their wasted opportunities, as the visitors again failed to deal with a corner, allowing striker Richard Smith to nod home from two-yards.
With the visitors chasing the game, Bromyard added extra gloss to the scoreline when a late break saw Richard Smith finish emphatically from just inside the box.
Up next for the Old Boys are Sporting Khalsa at home in the semi-final of the Staffordshire Vase.
Stone OA: Ratcliffe, Thorley, Askey, Whalley, Taylor (Hagi), Sinclair (Hodgkinson), Griffiths(c), C Heard (Renshaw), Tomkinson, Thomas, Dibden