Malvern Town 4-3 Stone Old Alleynians

Stone Old Alleynians went down to their first defeat since early December, as they threw away a three-two lead inside the last five minutes at high-flying Malvern Town

Old Boys manager Matt Smith said that his side only had themselves to blame for the defeat: “We played really well for long periods of the game, but the goals we gave away were so poor. Lacks of concentration have led to the errors that have cost us the win. I feel like we are close to brining it all together, but the small details need addressing if we are to move forward.”

Stone opened the scoring inside five minutes when Sam Wilson was alert enough at the near post to bundle home Adam Heath’s effort from Jimmy Lee’s corner.

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Sam Wilson (10) heads Stone level

And Carl Dibden came close to doubling the lead when he pounced on indecision in the Malvern backline, but was denied by goalkeeper Charlie Weaver when he went through.

The hosts got themselves back on level terms when Dave Reynolds was left unmarked at the far post to head home Lewis Platt’s free-kick, and could have been ahead but Cameron Bliss saved superbly to deny Matt Pinder when he found space in the box following a good Malvern move.

However Reynolds did put his side in front at the start of the second half when he again turned home another Malvern free-kick.

Weaver had to be alert to keep his side in front, as he raced out to save when Matt Thomas had been sent clean through, and the referee adjudged his save to have been made inside the box despite protests from the Old Boys.

But there was nothing the keeper could do minutes later when Wilson doubled his tally, heading home Paul Griffiths’s cross after clever play down the Stone left.

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Matt Thomas (9) chips Stone back into the lead

Alleynians then put themselves back ahead. Ollie Davies’ pass freed substitute George Askey down the right before he picked out Thomas, who chipped Weaver from the edge of the box.

There was to be a sting in the tail for the visitors however when in the final five minutes Harry Wicket found space down the left before crossing for Josh Weatherby to volley home from five-yards.

And Malvern then snatched all three points when Wicket turned home the rebound after a scramble to clear the ball from the Old Boys box.

Stone OA: Bliss, Hewitt, Whalley, Heath, Davies, Sinclair, Griffiths (c), Dibden (Askey), Wilson, Lee, Thomas