Stone Old Alleynians 0-4 Racing Club Warwick

Stone Old Alleynians exited the FA Vase at the Second Qualifying after they slumped to a four-nil defeat at home to Racing Club Warwick.

With a result and a performance that didn’t impress manager Matt Smith: ” We were poor throughout, we never competed or got ourselves going and were well beaten in the end which is very disappointing.” He said.

“It was a bit of a surprise as our performances and results have improved of late, maybe not playing for ten days was a factor. We did start the game well, and had a perfectly good goal ruled out, so you never know how the game changes if that was given, but we only have ourselves to blame.” Added Smith.

The Old Boys did start the game brightly, with much of the opening exchanges played in or around the visitors box, without really creating any clear-cut chances.

But it was Warwick who had the first chance, as their number nine was played through in the inside left channel, but his shot struck the post. There was a case of deja-vu as the same man was allowed to escape in the same position again, as keeper Matt Burslem was called into action to turn the shot behind, before it happened once more, only for Adam Heath to make a last ditch block.

The Old Boys were then punished for their sloppiness as the Warwick left-winger popped up on the right flank, cut inside and fired low past Burslem from the edge of the box.

Alleynians thought that they had levelled early in the second half when George Askey rose to meet an Adam Tonkinson free-kick and Paul Griffiths turned home the loose ball, but Askey was ruled to have pushed his defender.

As the hosts chased the equaliser they were punished with three late goals on the break, as the Midlands Football League side progressed through to the First Round.

Burslem, Bigham, Whalley, Heath, Davies, Griffiths (c), Askey, Heard, Tonkinson, Bradbury (Sinclair), Thomas (Kay) 

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