Stone Old Alleynians 3-1 Wellington Amateurs
The Old Boys went into Christmas on the back of three wins, thanks to a dominant performance over lowly Wellington Amateurs.
Goals from Luke Askey and Danny Heard had given the home side a comfortable lead, before a reply from the visitors midway through the second half offered an opportunity back into the game. But a late Sam Chilvers goal secured the points.
Stone’s recent run of good form has delighted manager Matt Smith who has seen his side rise up the table in recent weeks: “It was important to get the three points today, that’s three wins in a row now in the league and has moved within a point of eighth place as its a very tight league.”
“I felt we controlled the majority of the game, we went 2-0 up and then seemed to stop playing for 15 minutes, but we got back on track and got the third. We could have scored more, especially in the second half, so I was pleased with the chances we created.”
“It’s nice to go into Christmas on the back of some good form, we will look to kick on now in the New Year.” He added.
Alleynians dominated the game from the start, with Alex Kay coming closest to opening the scoring following Ollie Davies’s surging run and cross down the left.
Grant Bigham also came close, as his left foot shot fizzed across the face of goal after he and Josh Brown had linked up well down the right.
There were warning signs for the hosts though to not spurn too many chances when the visitors hit the bar from a corner.
But Stone took heed of this warning and opened the scoring through Luke Askey. Alex Kay gained possession high up the pitch and squared the ball for Askey, whose shot was deflected over Kelvin Roverson in the Wellington goal.
Alleynians doubled their lead early in the second half when the ball dropped to Josh Brown on the edge of the box, and his cross-come shot was headed home by Danny Heard.
Stone relaxed with their two-goal cushion, but were made to pay for this lapse, when Joe Bullock found space in the box and curled the ball beyond Matt Burslem to give the visitors hope of an equaliser.
Hope that was quickly extinguished when substitute Sam Chilvers latched onto a ball from Kay, and snuck the ball past Roverson, to restore the lead. Fellow substitute George Askey then had a great chance to put the angel on top of the tree, when he broke clear but his shot went narrowly wide of the far post.
Stone OA: Burslem, Bigham, Heath, Whalley, Davies, Sinclair, L Askey (c), Brown, Lewis (Chilvers), Kay (G Askey), Heard