Cradley Town 1-3 Stone Old Alleynians Stone Old Alleynians picked up their first away win of the season, battling to victory at a wet Cradley Town, with a performance that pleased manager Matt Smith, after watching his side play 240 minutes of football in the past week.
“It was a really important win following a tough week with both FA Vase games going to extra time, some of the lads will obviously have been a bit tired but we got the job done, and it was great to see Jack come off the bench and score two.”
Smith made a couple of changes from the team that exited the FA Vase on penalties in midweek, and was rewarded by a lively start from his men that saw the home side forced onto the back foot.
The forward pairing of Danny Heard and Matt Thomas tested out Richard Kennedy in the Cradley goal early on, but it was teenager Dan Bolton who broke the deadlock midway through the half, when he reacted fastest to a loose ball after Heard had been clumsily bundled over in the box, and the full-back rifled his shot low into the far corner.
Cradley’s Jovan Blake-Walker came closest to levelling the scores shortly before half-time when he peeled off his marker at the far post, but Brandon McEleny tipped his effort over the bar.
Blake-Walker did bring the scores level after the break however when he swivelled inside the box and volleyed home Aaron Lloyd’s knockdown.
But it wasn’t long before the visitors were back in front, Sam Wilson intercepted a pass on the halfway line and made a jinking run before sliding in substitute Jack Tomlinson, the youngster then showed tremendous composure to cut back inside his man before finishing coolly.
Tomlinson then doubled his tally and made sure of the points when he headed home Cameron Sinclair’s cross.
Stone OA: McEleny, Bolton, Heath, Wilson, Davies, Sinclair, Griffiths (c)(Pope), Norford, Chilvers, Thomas (Tomlinson), Heard Unused: Kay