Bromyard Town 0-1 Stone Old Alleynians
The Old Boys battled to a hard-fought win at fellow promoted side Bromyard Town, with Danny Heard’s first half strike enough to secure the points.
A resolute defensive performance after the break was enough to repel the hosts, who returned after a lengthy half-time interval, due to a suspected broken ankle for striker Tom Hobbs, in the ascendancy, but were unable to seriously threaten Matt Burslem’s goal.
George Askey had the game’s first chance when he reacted quickest to a rebound after Aaron Thomasson had saved Grant Bigham’s shot, but the young winger’s effort was turned behind on the line by the recovering Bromyard defender.
And Alex Kay was thwarted by an acrobatic clearance from Darren Critcher, as he beat the onrushing Thomasson to a through ball, but his clipped shot was headed behind for a corner.
Danny Heard then opened the scoring, his pass freed Carl Dibden down the right, and it was his cut back to Alex Kay that allowed him to square the ball to strike partner Heard, who drove the ball beyond Thomasson from just inside the box.
The game had an extended, thirty minute half-time, as right on the interval Bromyard striker Hobbs landed awkwardly after attempting to charge down a Burslem clearance.
The home side changed their shape at the break and enjoyed large spells of possession, but the closest they came to an equaliser was through Daniel Scheppel’s curled effort which went narrowly wide of the far post.
Sam Wilson had a great chance to seal the win late on when he struck the post from a tight angle following Bigham’s jinking run into the box.
And Alleynians held firm in the face of a late siege of long balls to take home the points.
Stone OA: Burslem, Bigham, Whalley, Heath, Davies, Dibden (Griffiths), Sinclair (c), Wilson, G Askey (Lewis), Heard, Kay (Thomas)