Stone Old Alleynians 1-1 Dudley Sports

The Old Boys were left to rue an inept performance in front of goal as they were held at home by lowly Dudley Sports, despite taking an early lead through Sam Wilson.

Alleynians were guilty of missing several clear-cut chances before the visitors struck midway through the second half to earn a share of the points, leaving manager Matt Smith frustrated with his side’s ability to see teams off, “It was a disappointing result considering how well we have played recently, but we have a chance next week to sign off the year in style and make sure that we have some momentum to take into 2017.”

The hosts could not have wished for a better start when Wilson was sent clear by Jack Tomlinson inside the first five minutes, and the midfielder kept his nerve to roll the ball past the onrushing keeper Joseph Sidaway.

Sidaway had to be alert to deal with Matt Thomas’s left foot strike, before Josh Taylor managed to toe the ball out of the path of Paul Griffiths who looked set to meet Cameron Sinclair’s cross ten-yards out.

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Matt Thomas tries to battle his way through the Dudley defence

And Tomlinson was just unable to reach Richard Hewitt’s right-wing cross, as the Dudley goal lived a charmed life.

It was more of the same after the break, with the Old Boys unable to find a way to extend their lead, and they were soon made to pay.

Jake Fairhurst intercepted a pass between the Stone defenders and played in Jason Wood, who made no mistake from the edge of the box.

Alleynians set about trying to restore their lead. Skipper Griffiths saw his curled effort go agonisingly wide of the post, before Sinclair volleyed over from close range, and Tomlinson was unable to guide two headers on target from six-yards out.

Stone OA: McEleney, Hewitt (Lee), Pope (Heath), Whalley, Davies, Sinclair, Wilson, Griffiths (c) (Heard), Jones, Thomas, Tomlinson

Attendance: 44