Stone Old Alleynians 1 Hereford Lads Club 2
STONE Old Alleynians will look to bounce back this weekend at Wyrley, after suffering a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Hereford Lads Club.
Against a physical side the Alleynians, without leading scorers Danny Heard and Nick Buckley, can look back on missed chances, which cost them the points.
Stone went behind after only five mins when a defensive blunder let in Richie Matury for an easy finish.
Although both sides approach work was good, there were few chances to trouble the goalkeepers. The closest the Old Alleynians went to an equaliser was a rocket by Matt Thomas over the bar and a Cameron Sinclair header saved by the keeper.
With the half drawing to a close, Carl Dibden found Russ DeMatteo, on the left, with an excellent ball, he cut outside his marker to crack in a rocket that found the top corner of the goal.
In the second half it was the Old Boys on top and Tomkinson had an early chance but his shot lacked power and Steve Bell made a good save.
DeMatteo, coming in from the right, was brought down has he cut in from the right, but the referee inexplicably gave the free-kick on the edge of the area. Tomkinson pulled the kick back to Dibden but his powerful shot hit the side netting.
As so often happens with the Alleynians still seaching for their second, they were hit on the break and with their defenders outnumbered, they went behind again to an excellent Matt Evans goal, which proved to be the winner.
In the Staffs County League the Old Alleynians beat LA FC 4-2, with all four goals from Jordan Graham who has now scored six goals in his first two games for the club.
This Saturday the Old Boys are away to Wyrley (3pm). The reserves have a reverse fixture at LA FC (2pm)in the Staffs County League.