Leek Town Reserves 1-4 Stone Old Alleynians
The Old Boys shrugged off last week’s FA Vase defeat to progress through to the second round of the Staffs Vase at the expense of Leek Town, despite going behind early on.
A Paul Griffiths brace, and goals from Adam Heath and Matt Bradbury saw Stone home.
Manager Matt Smith was delighted with the way that his side responded to the disappointing result the week before: “We dominated throughout and on another day we could have scored six or seven, but the important thing is to get into the next round, especially after the disappointment of last week.”
“We’re back into a run of league games now, and after losing in the Vase last week there was a danger that these two cup games could have rocked our good league run of late, but hopefully that won’t be the case now.” Smith added.
Leek took an early lead when a ball bounced off Alleynians centre-back Ian Whalley inside the penalty area and fell to the Leek number 10, who calmly rolled the ball beyond Matt Burslem.
The Old Boys should have levelled immediately afterwards when Ben Lewis met Carl Dibden’s right-wing cross, but was unable to keep his header on target.
The equaliser came courtesy of Adam Heath, when a corner was cleared back out to Paul Griffiths, and his return cross found the centre back unmarked, as he powerfully headed home.
Lewis then atoned for his earlier miss when his cross come shot fell into the path of skipper Griffiths in the box, his initial shot was blocked but he reacted fastest to turn the ball home shortly before the break.
Stone should have extended their lead in the second half as they upped the pressure on the hosts defence, but lacked the killer touch as Matt Thomas, Ollie Davies and Dibden all came close.
The Old Boys did eventually score a third when Griffiths was on hand to score his second from close range after great work down the left by Davies. And he was then denied a hat-trick by a superb save to tip his curling effort onto the post.
Matt Bradbury then scored a fourth when he cut in from the left hand side and fired a cross into the box that eluded everyone and crept in at the far post.
Stone OA: Burslem, Sinclair, Heath, Whalley, Davies, Griffiths (c), Heard, Wilson, Lewis (Bradbury), Kay (Thomas), Dibden