Stone Old Alleynians 1-1 Willenhall Town A last minute equaliser from the visitors denied the Old Boys all three points after a gritty display at Wellbeing Park.
Malaki Norford had looked to have secured the win for his side when he scored from a tight angle midway through the second half, but substitute Chad Birch latched onto a long ball in the dying moments of the game to earn his side a point.
But Stone manager Matt Smith was keen to take the positives from his side’s efforts: “It was a really good performance, we looked strong at the back, and there were some good individual performances.
It was cruel to concede the goal at the end but we can only blame ourselves for not seeing the game out.”
It was a tight opening half with neither side able to break the deadlock. Matt Thomas forced Jake Smith into action in the Willenhall goal with a free-kick from 25-yards, whilst Ben Perks saw his curled effort go inches over the bar at the other end.
Alex Kay had looked to have opened the scoring early in the second half when he was sent through by Thomas and rolled the ball through Smith’s legs but was denied by the linesman’s flag for offside.
Norford came close when he surged through the Willenhall defence but fired his shot into the side netting, but he then atoned for his miss and finished in style after he had been picked out by a Cameron Sinclair through ball.
Alleynians had looked like they had done enough to see out the game, but a slip when attempting to clear their lines was punished by Birch.
Stone OA: McEleny, Bolton (Cresswell), Whalley, Heath, Davies, Sinclair, Griffiths (C), Fox, Kay (Pope), Norford, Thomas