Team Dudley 3-1 Stone Old Alleynians

Stone Old Alleynians missed the opportunity to close the gap on their promotion rivals, going down three-one away at Team Dudley.

Hoping to see his side make it six straight wins, manager Matt Smith was far from impressed by the performance against the lowly hosts.

“They wanted it more than us, and fair play deserved the win. We conceded two soft goals, and then one late on when we were chasing the game. And with the other results going the way they did, it’s extra frustrating.” Said Smith

“At one-nil up against a team second bottom in the league we should be winning the game comfortably. We wasted some good chances after we had scored and then showed some naivety in letting them back into it. But we didn’t look like scoring in the second half.”

“We have a big game on Tuesday night at Wrens Nest, and I am expecting a big response from the lads.” He added.

Striker Matt Thomas came close to scoring in the first minute, when a clever bit of trickery on the touchline left his marker stranded, allowing him to race into the box, only to see his shot strike the post.

But the visitors didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough, as Thomas hurried the Dudley keeper into a poor clearance that fell to midfielder Sam Wilson who finished superbly from 25 yards for his third goal in four games.

Thomas then twice came close to doubling the lead; as the youngster went through on goal but under pressure from the recovering centre-half dragged his shot wide, and then in near identical circumstances the retreating defender managed to poke the ball behind for a corner.

The hosts then punished the visitors for their wastefulness, as right winger Myles Nettleford ran down the wing unchallenged before cutting the ball back from the byline to give Ryan Spittle the easiest of finishes.

Dudley capitalised on a moment of good fortune to take the lead midway through the second half. Centre back Ian Whalley failed to deal with a long ball and James Messnger pounced to finish past Chris heard.

The Old Boys did have the ball in the back of the net but Luke Askey was adjudged to have unfairly unchallenged the host’s keeper from Paul Griffiths free kick.

The game was settled late on, with Stone chasing the game, a break away saw Dudley’s Alex Pinches get to the byline and swing in a deep cross which was met at the far post by Nettleford.

Danny Heard nearly made for an interesting last few minutes but saw his curling effort come back off the post.

Stone OA: C Heard, Sinclair, Askey (c), Whalley, Taylor, B Thorley, Matthews, Wilson, Tomkinson, Thomas, D Heard 

Next match: v Wrens Nest (a) 14/4/15 – 7.45pm kick-off