Stone Old Alleynians 1-2 Ellesmere Rangers

Danny Heard’s fifth goal in four games was not enough to help the Old Boys to a third straight win, as they slumped at home to Ellesmere Rangers with a lacklustre performance.

The visitors, who found the net eleven times in their last outing, opened the scoring early in the first half, when slack marking allowed an Ellesmere head to power home a right-side corner.

Ellesmere capitalised on more defensive frailties to double their lead, when Louie Irvine ghosted in behind the Old Boys backline before cleverly finishing past Matt Burslem.

Alleynians had a great opportunity to get themselves back into the game, but skipper Paul Griffiths was inches away from meeting Alex Kay’s cross at the far post.

A resurgent Stone got themselves back into the game at the start of the second period, Adam Heath’s precision cross was headed home by Heard, but that was as good as it got for the Old Boys.

Burslem saved well when he found himself one-on-one with Josh Brown, before a last-ditch clearance from Heath turned behind a dangerous cross, as the visitors held on to the points that saw them overtake their hosts in the table.

Stone OA: Burslem, Bigham, Heath, Whalley, Davies, Griffiths (c), Sinclair (Thomas), L Askey, Dibden (Wood), Heard,  Kay (Chilvers)