Stone Old Alleynians 3-1 Malvern Town
The Old Boys bounced back from their disappointing defeat to Wellington last time out to beat third placed Malvern Town, with a spirited display at Wellbeing Park.
Second half strikes from Jack Tomlinson and Matt Thomas were enough to see off the visitors, who had levelled the scores on the brink of half-time after Sam Wilson’s opener.
Malvern had started the brightest, and controlled possession without creating any clear-cut chances, although Brandon McEleny did have to be alert to deal with a couple of efforts from Bryan Craven and the lively Lewis Platt.
McEleney was then very grateful for a stroke of good fortune, the keeper came out to deal with an effort from Craven but in the process received a knock, however the ball broke to Matt Turner, yet the Malvern front-man was only able to fire his shot against the keeper, who was lying prone in the six-yard box.
The home side opened the scoring shortly before half-time when Sam Wilson latched onto Adam Pope’s long pass and headed the ball over the onrushing Charlie Weaver in the Malvern goal.
That lead wasn’t to remain intact for long however, Lewis Platt managed to get to the by-line and saw his cross turned home by Mason Mansfield as the side’s went in level at the break.
It was a similar story at the start of the second half with the visitors on top, but that changed on the hour mark when Stone broke quickly and Jack Tomlinson was sent clear, and the teenager made no mistake in putting his side ahead.
The visitors pushed on in search of an equaliser but were nearly caught out once more as substitute Malaki Norford broke clear, only to be thwarted by a recovering defender.
Alleynians then had Ian Whalley to thank for keeping them ahead, a Max Kontic-Coveney cross dropped to Craven in the six-yard box, but Whalley threw himself in the way to deflect the effort over the bar.
Tomlinson then had another chance to seal the points for his side from another Old Boys counter attack but Weaver easily saved his attempted chip.
The points were made safe in the dying moments however. Tomlinson played in striker partner Matt Thomas who was bundled over in the box by George Corbett, and Thomas made no mistake from the spot.
Stone OA: McEleny, Pope, Whalley, Davies, Creswell, Hewitt (Jones), Wilson, Sinclair, Griffiths(c) (Norford), Thomas, Tomlinson