BARTESTREE 0 - STONE OLD ALLEYNIANS 2
STONE Old Alleynians are enjoying their trips to Herefordshire, as the picked up their second win in eight days, thanks to two superb second half goals, against the division's second place team.
After an initial decent ten minutes, with Kev Warrilow going close, it was the home side, playing down the slope, who began pushing the Old Boys back, for the next 25 minutes.
Stone's back four of Cameron Sinclair, Dave Latham, Brynn Cooper and Grant Bigham, aided by the rest of the team, stood firm and Adam Heath was rarely troubled as Bartestree were restricted to long range shots and high balls into the box.
The game was to change, five minutes before the break, with Kiea Cowley being sent off for the hosts, for foul and abusive language to a linesman.
In fact only a good save by Jon Hopkins, in the home goal, prevented Warrilow giving Stone the lead and it was goalless at the break.
With Old Alleynians now having the slope to their advantage and the extra man, it was they now in charge of the match and if they had taken their chances, the score-line would have been more emphatic.
Luke Matthews set up Mike Meszaros whose shot was scrambled around the post. The corner was cut back for Matt Thomas to crack a volley straight at the keeper.
Thomas was then put through and although he beat the keeper, the ball went the wrong side of the post, before Alleynians took the lead with 25 minutes to go.
Meszaros on the left, cut inside and swung a curling cross to the far post, where Thomas, at full stretch, spectacularly headed the ball home. Thomas went through again and it took an excellent save by Hopkins, with his feet, to stop the lively Stone forward.
Good link up between Sinclair, Matthews and Danny Heard saw the latter's shot go just wide. The Old Boys had an escape when a Bartestree's best chance was scrambled away from the post, with Heath beaten.
Shortly after, however, the Old Boys sealed the game, with another cracking goal. Sinclair advanced down the right before hitting the ball from fully 30 yards and seeing it nestle in the back of the net, in the angle between post and crossbar.
A mention should also be made of 17 year old midfielder, Josh Renshaw, who worked tirelessly for 90 minutes in the Old Alleynians engine room and barely putting a foot wrong.
In the Staffs County League, Stone OA won 4-1 at Hilton Harriers, goals from Adam Tomkinson two, Sam Fares and Jimmy Lee.
Next Saturday the Old Alleynians are at home to Wolverhampton United (3pm). The reserves are at home to Whittington (2pm) in the Staffs County League.