Stone Old Alleynians 3-5 AFC Bridgnorth
The Old Boys tasted defeat for the third time in seven days on Saturday, shipping five goals in the process to leave them 18th in the table after seven games.
“It was extremely disappointing to once again find ourselves in a position whereby the game had almost gone by half-time,” said Alleynians manager Matt Smith. “We simply can’t continue to ship goals as we have done, particularly in the first-half of games. We will take what positives we can from the way we played in the second period, train hard in the week, and look to come back stronger in the FA Vase next weekend.”
The Old Boys had found themselves slow to react when the Bridgnorth number nine found a yard of space on the edge of the box in the opening minutes of the match. Cameron Bliss could do little to stop the resulting effort, which curled around his outstretched arm into the goal.
Moments later the Alleynians gained a reprieve following confusion in the Bridgnorth box, the ball eventually ending up in the net courtesy of a visiting defender, levelling the scores. The lead didn’t last long though, and the away side re-established their lead following a slick passing move around an all too static Alleynians midfield.
Bridgnorth made it three following a corner, and a fourth followed before half-time to virtually kill off the game. Old Boys captain Danny Heard did attempt to drag the hosts back into the game in the second half, expertly guiding a lobbed effort into the net on the hour mark, only to see his side concede again shortly after.
Ian Whalley did grab a late consolation with his first goal in four years, but it was too little too late for the Alleynians.
“We travel to Hereford next in the cup,” said Smith. “Hopefully the break from the league will do us good and we can look to tighten up defensively and give ourselves a platform to win the game.”
Stone OA: Bliss, Taylor, Whalley, Smith, Heath, Renshaw, Mason (Pope/Bull), Tomkinson, Heard, Fellows (Mana’o), Tomlinson.