West Midlands Regional Premier Division
Stone Old Alleynians 2-1 Wolverhampton Casuals
Stone Old Alleynians picked up their second victory in five days thanks to first half goals from Connor Leek and Adam Tomkinson on Wednesday night, but had to withstand serious second-half pressure to come away with all three points.
“We did fantastically well to lead 2-0 at half-time,” said Old Boys manager Matt Smith. “In the second period we found ourselves under sustained pressure, but managed to hang on and show some character to see out what is a huge win for us.”
The Alleynians were off to a barnstorming start when Leek, on his first start for the club, showed tremendous pace to latch on to Tomkinson’s perfectly weighted pass beyond the Casuals back line. The forward took full advantage of his early opportunity and calmly slotted the ball underneath the visiting goalkeeper with just four minutes on the clock.
The Old Boys own goalkeeper Cameron Bliss then displayed terrific reflexes to deny a Casuals attacker who fired goal-bound after good work down the left. Casuals continued to press in search of an equaliser, but it was Tomkinson who instead extended the lead for the hosts on the stroke of half-time. A neatly worked counter attack resulted in the wide-man steering Joe Devaney’s centre into the far corner from 12 yards, adding a touch of gloss to the scoreline at the break.
The Old Boys lost Leek early in the second half to a foot injury, and struggled to get out of their own half for the remainder of the contest. Bliss was again on hand to deny Casuals at close range, and pulled off a terrific fingertip save onto the crossbar and over as the minutes went on.
A clumsy Karl Mason challenge provided the visitors with an opportunity to halve the deficit when a penalty was awarded shortly after the hour mark, and the resulting spot-kick was dispatched via the underside of the bar. Further resolute defending and spurned chances followed as the Casuals pushed for an equaliser, but the Old Boys clung on and took all three points.
Stone OA: Bliss, Heath, Mason (Bull), Whalley, Taylor, Renshaw, Devaney, Mana’o (Smith), Heard ©, Tomkinson, Leek (B Thorley)
Subs unused: Arnold, Fellows