Bolehall Swifts 3 Stafford Town 1
STAFFORD Town conceded two late goals as tired legs let them down in the final six minutes of their second game in three days.
On Thursday the Reds had pulled off a fine 2-1 home win against Studley with goals from Joe Woodward (penalty) and Judd Ellis, in the fifth minute of injury time after Studley had levelled.
With Bolehall looking for a win to try and finish fourth they attacked Town from the start of Saturday's fixture and Simeon Smith’s shot looped over the bar after five minutes.
Hwoever the Town defenders were playing well and Bolehall created few other chances. In the 19th minute Jordan Bloor was tripped on the edge of the Bolehall penalty area but Mat Dockerty’s powerful free kick was straight at Thomas McNulty.
Four minutes later Jacob Snape’s drive was tipped over the bar by McNulty. Just before half time Reds defender James Cresswell was controversially shown a red card by the referee reducing Town to ten players.
As both sides looked to win the game in the second half Town played with three defenders.
Dave Yonwin shot just wide of Town’s goal on 59 minutes before Smith opened the scoring after 68 minutes, Steven Day’s cross was headed back across the goal and Smith beat Stone with a header.
Town were level in the 78th minute when substitute Morgan Hurley won the ball from McNulty and after rounding the keeper scored his 22nd goal of the season.
In the final ten minutes the effect of two games in three days, and playing the second half with ten men, finally told on Town and Chris Cowley regained the lead for the home side in the 84th minute before Yonwin clinched the win three minutes later.
On Saturday, Town play their final League fixture at home to Alvis Sporting Club, kick off at Evans Park is 3pm.
Then,on Wednesday, May 7, the Reds are in the final of the Les James Challenge Cup at Walsall FC’s Banks’ Stadium against Atherstone Town (7.30pm). Admission is £5 and £2 concessions.