Stone Dominoes 4 Abbey Hulton United Reserves 0: Staffordshire County Senior League Div One, Saturday 5th September – Stone Dominoes recorded their second successive victory at Yarnfield with a 4-0 victory over Abbey Hulton Reserves.
Ash Thompson’s strike had given them a half time lead, before second half goals from debutant Ben Roberts and Joss Myatt gave the scoreline a more convincing look. A red card saw Abbey reduced to 10 men before Thompson completed the scoring late on with his second.
Joint manager Dom Ryder was satisfied with the team’s display. “It was a very good performance from the lads,” he commented afterwards. “I thought our defensive shape was excellent. The clean sheet was especially pleasing.”
Dominoes were nearly behind after 15 minutes, though, when a back pass saw the ball caught under Craig Bould’s feet, but although the Abbey Hulton forward managed to dispossess the home goalkeeper with the goal gaping, Bould recovered just in time to poke the ball away for a corner.
The home side took the lead on 35 minutes as Jake Hughes took advantage of a high Abbey Hulton back line to release Ash Thompson, who raced through and calmly rounded the goalkeeper to finish. It could have been 2-0 five minutes before the break in near identical fashion, as Thompson was again released on goal but a poor second touch gave the visiting goalkeeper the chance to reach the ball and clear.
Although Stone started the second period in a lacklustre manner, they doubled their lead with their first attack of the half when they won a corner. As the ball was cleared to the edge of the box, Thompson’s attempted shot fell kindly to centre back Ben Roberts, who superbly swivelled on the ball before firing past the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
A free kick on the edge of the home penalty area almost led to an immediate response, as a delicate clipped cross into the middle was headed just over by the visitors.
The hosts were starting to pile on the pressure and were further ahead on the hour mark as Thompson was again the architect, crossing from the right hand side for Joss Myatt to head into the bottom corner to open his account for the club.
Having gone 3-0 ahead Dominoes appeared to lose their intensity, with Abbey beginning to see more of the ball and creating chances. They thought they were back in the game when a header from a corner looked to be nestling into the bottom corner, but Craig Bould somehow managed to brilliantly claw the ball off the line at full stretch, with Endon Adams clearing the ball to safety.
Ash Thompson came close to his second of the afternoon on 82 minutes as he gained a yard on the Abbey Hulton centre back just outside the area to unleash a fierce shot that rattled the crossbar and rebounded to safety.
Any chance of the away side getting back into the game seemed to completely disappear five minutes from time, as after already being booked, Chris Stevenson’s reckless challenge on Antony Byles saw him dismissed for a second caution.
Dominoes put the finishing touch to the game in the last minute when Tom Broadhurst’s pinpoint pass released the energetic Byles down the right, his well timed cross picking out the unmarked Thompson to slide the ball underneath the goalkeeper for the fourth.
Ashbourne are the visitors Saturday to Wellbeing Park as Stone will look for home comforts once again, attempting to record a third win on the bounce at Yarnfield.