Stone Old Alleynians 0-1 AFC Bridgnorth
Stone Old Alleynians lost their second game in succession as they went down by a single goal in a drab affair at Flip-Out Park. Liam Bood’s first-half strike was enough to separate the sides in a game of few chances.
Old Boys manager Matt Smith felt that his side were naïve in their defeat: “There are things that we have got to learn in order to win games. We were probably the better side for the opening half hour but didn’t create enough chances, which is when we need to capitalise. And once they went ahead they killed the game off, which is something we haven’t done this season and it has cost us.”
Stone controlled the opening exchanges, but all they had to show for their efforts was a shot from Jimmy Lee that flew agonisingly over the bar.
The game changed on the half-hour mark, Bridgnorth’s Charlie Edwards sending Liam Bood through after a poor clearing header from the Stone defence, and the frontman saw his volley dip over Cameron Bliss.
Bood nearly doubled his side’s lead minutes later too, but couldn’t keep his shot down after good link up play down the visitors’ right wing.
Alleynians best chance for an equaliser fell to Carl Dibden midway through the second half, but the forward was unable to beat Stephen Groome with his initial effort from a Lee corner, before firing the rebound wide. Cameron Sinclair and Sam Wilson also missed good chances to earn their side a point.
Stone OA: Bliss, Pope, Whalley, Heard, Davies, Griffiths (c) (Tomlinson), Sinclair, Fox (Tomkinson), Lee, Wilson, Dibden