Stone Old Alleynians 2-1 Bilston Town Community
Alleynians made it three games unbeaten, with a hard-fought victory at home to Bilston.
Left back Ollie Davies’s winner mid-way through the second half was enough to decide the game, but not before the visitors laid siege to the goal late on in search of an equaliser.
Manager Matt Smith felt his side deserved the win: “I was really pleased with the win, that’s seven points from our last three games. We have cup games for the next two weeks now, so it was nice to end this little period with a win.”
“The first half we played some really good football, and should have been two or three up. The second half wasn’t as good, but the main thing was to get the win. We have recovered from our poor start, so hopefully we can kick on from there.” He added.
Alleynians started brightly, with the midfield pairing of Luke Askey and Danny Heard controlling possession. And it was the latter who played in striker Carl Dibden with a clever through ball, that allowed the front-man to get to the by-line and cut the ball back for the waiting Paul Griffiths, who slotted the ball past the Bilston keeper.
But as in recent games for Stone, their scoring has often proved the catalyst for an opposition revival. This time it came courtesy of a poorly cleared Bilston corner, which fell to the visitor’s left-winger, and his deep cross was headed home at the far post by the Bilston number nine.
The second half began in the same fashion as the first, as Matt Thomas was played in down the right channel before being brought down on the edge of the box. And from the resulting free-kick Davies reacted first to turn the ball home after Griffiths’s cross had glanced off a Bilston defender.
Thomas then raced clear of the visiting defence, but was unable to extend the Stone lead as his deft lob went narrowly wide of the far post.
Bilston began to get a foothold in the game as Alleynians proved unable to retain possession as easily as they had done, but the visitors were unable to create any clear cut chances, as Stone held on.
Stone OA: Burslem, Sinclair, Heath, Whalley, Davies, Griffiths (c), Askey, Heard, Maloney (Chilvers), Thomas, Dibden