STONE Old Alleynians took on in-form War-stones Wanderers at Yarnfield on Saturday - and hit them for eight!
This was an impressive performance by the Old Boys against opponents who had won their previous seven matches.
The Old Boys struck four times in each half, taking the lead after just four minutes. A right wing corner was miscued by Danny Heard to Matt Newman who fired home.
Minutes later, Nick Buckley’s cross was dropped by the Warstones keeper and Heard tapped in the first of his five-goal return.
The Old Boys continued to press and on 15 minutes they made it 3-0 when Heard sent Buckley clear and he rounded the visiting keeper to net. On the half hour, Alleynians were well
and truly in the driving seat when Warstones keeper Aston slipped at a goal kick and the ball went straight to Buckley who fed in Heard for his second of the match.
It was much the same story in the second period as the Old Boys grabbed a fifth goal on 47 minutes when Adam Tomkinson crossed for Heard to complete his treble.
With the hosts now rampant and the trio of Luke Askey, Sam Wilson and Dave Latham running the midfield, the Old Boys made it six of the best through Heard.
With 15 minutes to go, Heard struck his fifth and the Old Boys’ seventh, before Latham rounded off the scoring in the closing stages.
It was a superb performance by the Old Boys who completely dominated the match, as the
scoreline suggests, and debutant keeper Tom Hissey was never troubled. Star of the show was Heard, but he will be the first to admit that this was an excellent all-round performance from the Stone side.
Eighth place Stone OA are sure to be tested this Saturday when entertaining second place Wem (3pm).
The Yarnfield-based side will go into the match with confidence after putting together a run of three straight victories and scoring no fewer than 16 goals.
On Saturday week the Old Boys visit basement outfit Blackheath Town before taking in successive home fixtures against unbeaten leaders Bilston Town (Feb 6) and lowly Wolverhampton United (Feb 9).