STONE Old Alleynians managed to hold out in a tense finish to Saturday’s Staffs FA Vase first round tie against visiting Wyrley.
The outcome was an excellent 3-1 triumph for the Old Boys, who have reached the second round of this competition for the first time in a number of years.
Home keeper Heath kept his side in the match early on, bringing off one particular stop to thwart Heath.
On 20 minutes, Stone OA striker Nick Buckley danced through the Wyrley defence and was tripped in the area. Adam Tomkinson stepped up and coolly beat the Wyrley keeper.
But five minutes later, Wyrley were level. The visitors carved open the Stone defence and Nathaniel Hare slotted home.
The remainder of the first period saw both sides creating chances, but the scoreline stayed the same.
While Wyrley struck an upright, Heath pulled off one excecllent stop to keep the scores level. Danny Heard and Buckley went close for the Old Boys.
The second half saw Wyrley come flying out of the blocks and Heath was again brought into action to deny the visitors.
Eventually the Old Boys got back in the tie and
they restored the lead on 65 minutes when a move involving Tomkinson and defender Sam Hodgkinson ended with Buckley slotting home.
Wyrley turned up the pressure, but from one counter attack, Stone OA increased the lead through Buckley, who beat the advancing keeper, after good work by Tomkinson and Heard.
The visitors were not finished and they cut the deficit when awarded a late penalty, despatched by McMahon, but Stone OA held out for the win.
This Saturday, Stone OA return to league action with a home fixture against fourth place Wem Town (3pm).