AFC Bridgnorth 3-3 Stone Old Alleynians
A spirited fightback from Stone Old Alleynians saw the Old Boys leave Shropshire with a share of the points despite an opening half hour that saw them ship three goals, but a late brace from substitute Matt Thomas was enough to secure a draw.
Matt Smith was brutal in his assessment of his side’s first half display: “It was a great fightback but we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that position in the first place, we have a had a few sloppy starts recently and it is something we need to address. I know we were three down early on, but I think we have missed out on three points here because we have created enough chances to win that game, which is a positive moving forward.”
The hosts took the lead when a corner was recycled back out to Jason Pike, and his drilled cross was deflected home by Tom Grainger.
That lead was doubled by Karl Griffiths shortly after when he poked the ball home at the near post following a surging run from Anwar Olugbon.
And Bridgnorth looked firmly in control of the game when Dan Taylor’s cross eluded everyone and crept in at the far post.
Alleynians had created a handful of chances themselves with Danny Heard in particular proving a handful for the host’s defence, and it was Heard who played in Ollie Davies just before the break as the left-back drilled the ball home.
A tactical reshuffle at the interval saw Alleynians begin the half in the ascendency, but were unable to reduce the deficit as Sam Wilson and Paul Griffiths came close.
It wasn’t until the final ten minutes that the Old Boys found the breakthrough. Young full-back Dan Bolton was bundled over in the box, and substitute Matt Thomas calmly despatched the penalty.
Thomas then drew the scores level when his left-foot volley flew in via the inside of the post.
Stone OA: McEleny, Bolton, Heath, Pope, Sinclair (Whalley), Davies, Fox, Griffiths (c), Wilson, Lee (Thomas), Heard