Stone Old Alleynians 1-0 Smethwick
The Old Boys picked up their first win in seven games thanks to a late winner from Sam Wilson. The hosts, who dominated for large periods of the game, were guilty of missing chances until midfielder Wilson popped up in the 88th minute to secure the points for his side.
Alleynians manager Matt Smith was left impressed by his side’s efforts: “It was a big win for us, but what was more pleasing was the performance, I thought we were excellent. We changed the formation after last weekend and have had two good performances and addressed some of the issues that were holding us back. Hopefully we can follow this up with another good performance on Wednesday night.”
Wilson came close to opening the scoring early in the first half when he met Cameron Sinclair’s corner at the near post but saw his effort flash agonisingly wide of the far post.
Matt Thomas then drew an acrobatic save from keeper Terry Shaw after he had cut inside onto his left foot and curled an effort towards the top corner, but Shaw somehow managed to fingertip the ball behind to safety.
The visitors best chance came from a cleverly worked corner that found Ricky Hayer on the edge of the six-yard box but Ian Whalley managed to block the effort on the line.
Ollie Davies nearly produced the opener early in the second half but his cross-come-shot managed to elude both the goal and the onrushing attackers following a surging run from deep from the left back.
Alex Kay did manage to put the ball in the Smethwick net when he latched onto a Danny Heard flick-on but looked up to see the linesman flagging for offside.
It looked like it was going to be a case of two points dropped for the hosts when Wilson was unable to turn the ball home late on when it dropped for him in the six-yard box.
But with the visitors tiring, a long ball from Heath was flicked on by Heard into the path of Wilson, who calmly rolled the ball into the far corner.
Stone OA: McEleny, Hewitt (Creswell), Dibden, Whalley, Heath, Davies, Wilson, Sinclair (c), Kay (Griffiths), Thomas, Chilvers (Heard) Unused: Pope, Plimmer