STONE Old Alleynians continued their mixed start to the West Midlands Division One season when they fell to a 3-1 home defeat against Ledbury.
Ledbury had both the height and strength advantage over the Old Boys and with a very effective offside trap, they made it pay with three first half goals at Yarnfield.
The home side were just starting to apply some pressure of their own with Adam Tomkinson going close when the visitors struck after12 minutes with a quick break, that left them clear on goal to score the opener
Again the Old Alleynians were beginning to apply some pressure and some good inter-passing football ended with a Seydou Sow shot being deflected for the first of two successive corners which they were unlucky not to equalize with when centre-back Mike Davies's overhead kick could only find the crossbar.
Danny Heard also went close when he turned and shot from the corner of the area but his effort was tipped over by the full stretched Ledbury goalkeeper.
The visitors always looked dangerous and increased their lead after 40 minutes when the referee unfortunately deflected a Stone pass to put the visitors through on goal and with the Stone defenders outnumbered they scored with ease.
A hesitant home defence let Ledbury get their third right on half-time and the Old Boys found themselves going in at halftime three goals down.
The second half started off as a bit of an anti-climax but gradually the Alleynians started to force Ledbury deeper and they should have pulled a goal back but Grant Bigham's shot lacked power, with just the keeper to beat as he latched onto a Heard pass.
Substitute, Carl Dibden, returned from injury and made an immediate impact after a one-two with Tomkinson let him shoot from distance which was blocked but his follow up rocketed into the back of the net, off Danny Heard, before the keeper could move.
This gave the hosts more encouragement and Heard sent Bigham clear on goal but his attempted lob cleared the crossbar.
All the pressure for the last 15 minutes was now from the Old Alleynians and half chances came and went before they ran out of time.
On Saturday the Old Alleynians are at away to Gornall Athletic, kick off 3.00 pm.