West Midland Regional League Premier Division
Wellington Amateurs 0-4 Stone Old Alleynians
The Old Boys registered their first points of the season with a comfortable win away at Wellington on Saturday, courtesy of a brace apiece for strikers Danny Heard and Jack Tomlinson.
The forwards each struck either side of half-time to ensure the result reflected a dominant performance in which the Alleynians were never really troubled, barring a glaring miss in the opening moments for the home side.
“We could have been behind very early on,” said Old Boys manager Matt Smith. “They blazed over the bar from close range after just a couple of minutes, but it seemed to wake us up and we were excellent from then on. We took our goals very well, it’s always nice for the forwards to get on the scoresheet, and in the end we could have had a couple more.”
It took nine minutes for the Old Boys to open the scoring, as Heard met a pinpoint set-piece from Adam Tomkinson to head powerfully past the Wellington goalkeeper from ten yards out. Tomlinson soon added the second, reacting quickly to a loose ball in the box following another Tomkinson dead ball and placing his shot neatly in the corner to double the visitors’ advantage.
The Old Boys could have had three points wrapped up by the interval, but Heard and the impressive Tor Mana’o squandered excellent chances by each firing wide from identical positions following good runs through the Wellington defence.
Mana’o continued to impress on the wing in the second half, and a brilliant dribble past his opposing full-back allowed him the space to pick out Tomlinson, who would have found it harder to miss as he rounded off the move with a simple tap-in. Tomlinson then turned provider, flicking on a lofted pass for the onrushing Heard. The Old Boys’ striker’s deft chip looked immediately goal-bound, only to rebound off the upright. He made no mistake at the second attempt, reacting quickly to hammer home the Alleynians’ fourth from a tight angle.
“It was really important we came here and got something today,” added Smith. “It gives us a boost following two home defeats, and we will be looking to carry this momentum into our rearranged midweek fixture against Wolverhampton Casual.”
Stone OA: Bliss, Heath, Whalley (Bull), Mason, Taylor, Pope (Arnold), Renshaw, Mana’o (Leek), Tomkinson, Heard ©, Tomlinson.
Subs unused: Fellows.