Worcester Raiders 1-3 Stone Old Alleynians
Stone Old Alleynians manager Matt smith was disappointed with his sides performance despite seeing them go third following a three-one victory away at lowly Worcester raiders.
Youngster Matt Thomas saved the day, showing the finishing touch that eluded his teammates, scoring all three of the visitor’s goals.
“We should have scored a lot more goals with the positions we got ourselves in so that was disappointing but the main thing was to get the win and keep the pressure on at the top.” said Smith.
“We were a much better side than them, but we didn’t always show it, and that was the frustrating thing but fortunately Matt has stepped up and grabbed us the three points, which didn’t always look the case when they nicked the equaliser.”
The Old Boys started brightly, and came close early on through Carl Dibden, but the striker was unable to get his lob on target as the Worcester keeper closed him down.
But the bright start slowly fizzled out, as Alleynians failed to show the cutting edge to convert any number of chances that came from crosses courtesy of skipper Paul Griffiths and full-back Billy Thorley.
Matt Thomas then benefited from a moment of good fortune to open the scoring, the midfielders powerful left-foot strike taking a deflection that carried it over the stranded Worcester keeper.
Alleynians started brightly again after the break, but were denied the opportunity of extending their lead by a combination of good defending and poor finishing. And were then punished by the hosts, a rare counter attack was finished by the Raiders forward who bundled the ball past the unfortunate Lewis Ratcliffe following indecision in the Stone defence.
But the equaliser spurred the visitors into life, a change of shape worked almost immediately, when the lively Thomas picked the ball up on the edge of the box, and calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner to restore the lead.
A lead which was then doubled, as Thomas secured himself the match-ball, when he found himself unmarked in the penalty area, and showed excellent composure to find the back of the net.
Sam Wilson should have made the game safe when a ball from Luke Askey sent him through but his effort went the wrong side of the post when one-on-one with the host’s goalkeeper. And then Wilson was unable to control a diving header in the six-yard box, before substitute Ben Lewis found the side netting late on.
Stone OA: Ratcliffe, Thorley (Bigham), Askey, Whalley, Taylor, Griffiths (c) (Sinclair), Thomas, Wilson, Hodgkinson, D Heard, Dibden (Lewis)
Next game: v Wem Town (a) kick off 7.45pm 7/4/15