Stone Old Alleynians 3-0 Dudley Town

Stone Old Alleynians ended their streak of six successive defeats with a hard-fought win at home to Dudley Town. It was a battling performance from the Old Boys, who were put under pressure for long periods by the visitors in a game that was much tighter than the result suggests.

Matt Smith was delighted with his side’s display: “It was an enormous result on the back of our recent form, and it was a much better team performance with everyone playing their part. We defended really well and the goals came at a key time. Hopefully this will kick us on to have a strong finish.” He said.

Dudley dominated much of the opening exchanges, striker Lee Smith coming closest to opening the scoring when he pounced on a poor clearance to go clean through on goal, but Matt Burslem did enough to hold him up and allow the recovering defenders to clear the ball to safety.

A rare foray forward from the Old Boys mid-way through the half saw Ben Lewis’s shot deflected behind and it was from the resulting corner that Danny Heard rose to head home Adam Tomkinson’s cross.

The duo combined minutes later to double the lead, after Alex Kay had been fouled, this time Heard emphatically heading home Tomkinson’s free-kick at the far post.

Matt Thomas then secured the points for the home side just before half time. The midfielder found himself in space from a throw in, and his 25-yard volley gave Matthew Watt no chance in the Dudley goal.

The visitors rallied in the second half, and should have scored when Alex Perry found himself unmarked at the far post from a free-kick, but he dragged his effort wide.

But Matt Burslem remained relatively untroubled as the Old Boys defence held firm.

Stone OA: Burslem, Heath, Whalley, Dibden, Sinclair, Thomas (Matthews), Griffiths (c), Tomkinson (Renshaw), Lewis, Kay (Kocyigit)

Alleynians have two home fixtures this weekend Sat 26th 3pm v Smethwick Rangers & Mon 28th 3pm v Pegasus Juniors