Stone Dominoes 4 Wolverhampton Sporting Community U21 0
SCSL Division One
Saturday 4th February 2017
Stone Dominoes picked up their first victory of 2017 on Saturday, taking advantage of rival sides not playing, to move back to the top of league table. Despite missing a penalty Ash Thompson struck a first half hat-trick and Lewis Adams added a fourth late on before also missing from the spot himself.
Joint manager Kyle Adams was relieved to finally get back to winning ways. “We know we haven’t been at our best since Christmas, although we maybe didn’t get what we deserved from the previous couple of games but that’s football,” he said. “Again today we’ve missed two penalties and a few chances which we need to put right quickly but the most important thing is we’ve won the game and can hopefully kick on from here.”
Dominoes were without Endon Adams, Ryan Mayer, Joss Myatt and Mark James but welcomed back captain Jake Hughes and Jules Paterson returned from injury. Both sides created chances in the opening 10 minutes as Ryan Stewart fired wide for the visitors before Jules Paterson missed with just goalkeeper Thomas Greenhouse to beat. Thompson broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when he took aim from 25 yards out and a slight nick off the defender saw the ball loop over Greenhouse into the far corner.
Sporting were denied by the woodwork 3 minutes later as Connor Asbury’s long range effort struck the outside of the post before rebounding away to safety. Thompson doubled the lead midway through the half when he latched on to a Keeylin Thomas through-ball before drilling the ball low past Greenhouse at his near post. The home side increased their advantage just before the break when Thompson’s effort took a big deflection off Stefan Cameron to beat Greenhouse and although it was unclear whether the ball was heading for target Thompson was credited with the goal.
There was still time in the half for Thomas to be upended in the area but Thompson’s spot-kick was saved well by Greenhouse down to his right. Dominoes had chance to put the game well and truly beyond doubt a minute into the second period but Thompson slid his effort wide of the post with just the goalkeeper to beat. Paterson scuffed his effort at Greenhouse minutes later before the heavy pitch started to take it’s toll on both teams as the game slowed down.
Midway through the half Ryan Parkes kept the hosts’ clean sheet in tact as he produced a last ditch tackle to deny Asbury 8 yards out. Lewis Adams thumped home a fourth in stoppage time after good work from Tom Broadhurst and Israel Amponsah before Adams saw Greenhouse save another penalty that he himself had won.
Dominoes travel to face Redgate Clayton Reserves on Saturday where they will be hoping to maintain top spot for another week.
Stone Dominoes: Marsh,, Nellis, Steele, Parkes, Thorp, Glover, Hughes (Smith 67), Thomas, Thompson (Amponsah 72), Broadhurst, Paterson (L.Adams 63); Subs not used: Bould, Fox
Goals: Thompson 15, 24, 45, L.Adams 90+4 (Stone Dominoes)