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Stone OA reserves enjoying excellent league spell

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STONE Old Alleynians reserves extended their good form this year when completing a league double over sixth place Whittington in the Staffs County league division two.

In 2014, the Yarnfield side have only suffered one defeat in eight, winning six of those, including a double over Whittington in the space of a week.

Saturday saw the Old Boys travel to Lichfield for a reverse fixture and they ran out impressive 5-3 victors, taking an early lead as Sam Fares beat the full back and crossed low for Billy Thorley to finish from close range.

Thorley then doubled his tally as he latched onto a 40-yard pass from Jimmy Lee to lob the goalkeeper from just outside the box.

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Despite Stone’s two-goal lead, Whittington continued to have the larger share of possession and reduced the deficit from a corner.

Alleynians did not allow themselves to be fazed, however, and another Fares run and cross was steered home by Dan Farrelly to make it 3-1 at the break.

Whittington started the second half more brightly and quickly pulled level with two well-taken goals.

With the home team dominating play, Stone were indebted to Tom Morgan and Jack Scott who were at the heart of their defensive work.

With Lee and Adam Tomkinson starting to regain control of the midfield, Alleynians forced several saves from the Whittington goalkeeper. From a resulting corner, Farrelly claimed his second goal of the game with an expertly taken header to put Alleynians back in front.

Stone’s hard work was rewarded with a fifth in the dying minutes as Fares capped a man-of-the-match display with a well-deserved goal as he followed up a blocked shot from Farrelly to slot home.

Steve Slater’s side, who have now won six of their last seven matches, remain in ninth place but have games in hand on teams above them as they look to continue their rise up the table.

Stone OA first team are away to Hereford Lads Club on Saturday, with the reserves entertaining Longton FC with a 2pm kick-off.

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