Willenhall Town 0-2 Stone Old Alleynians
First-half goals from Sam Chilvers and Ben Lewis were enough to secure the Old Boys an important win on the road in their quest to gain a top-half finish.
It was a performance that delighted Alleynians manager Matt Smith: “It was a really good win for us, especially away from home. We were pretty comfortable throughout, I don’t think they really tested Bursley (Matt Burslem), although we could have added a couple more ourselves.” said Smith.
Stone started quickly, with Sam Chilvers and Danny Heard both going close early on, but it was Chilvers who made the break through, when he latched onto Heard’s through ball in the left channel before cutting onto his right foot and finishing powerfully past Ben Holden.
The visitors were afforded yet more space and time on the ball as Ben Lewis went close, his surging run and shot going narrowly wide of the far post. It was a lesson that the Willenhall didn’t learn from as Lewis repeated the trick minutes later, this time finding the bottom corner to extend his side’s lead.
Alleynians were unfortunate not to go into the break three-up, when Adam Heath’s header crashed into the crossbar before being cleared to safety.
The host’s best chance came via Simon Lanmoun, as the left winger got to the byline and drilled a cross low into the six yard-box, with Matt Burslem able to grab the ball at the second attempt.
Willenhall began the second half as the better side, with the lively Lanmoun and Jason Hewitt looking the most likely to create a chance, but Burslem remained relatively untroubled.
The home side had a stroke of good fortune, as a recovering defender headed Heath’s cross against his own bar with the ball dropping down onto the line before being cleared.
And George Askey came close to wrapping up the win in style late on. The midfielder’s late run into the box was picked out by Heard, but his shot went just over the bar.
Stone OA: Burslem, Heath, Whalley, Davies, Bigham, G Askey, Sinclair (c), Lewis, Chilvers (Tomkinson), Heard, Kay