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|November 13, 2021||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2021-22|
Midland Football League
Saturday 13th November 2021
Stone Cold Alleynians 4-1 Tividale
Stone Cold Alleynians
Sometimes you must just take performances like this on the chin. Admit things are not going great, get back on the training ground and try and put it right.
Once again Boss Dave King had to make changes to the previous away fixture. In came the fit again Niall Maher for Peter Hawk. With Brad Welding, Cameron Milne, and Luke Carter all unavailable and Adam Garmson suspended. Jason Wood came in for his debut along with Ethan Muckley, Curtis Cocking and Elliott Hartley returning from suspension. With the number of players out, coach TJ Munthali came in for his third start in a row.
There was little goalmouth action in the opening minutes, and it was the 10th minute when Tividale’s Wood fired over the bar. Stone went ahead in bizarre fashion when Maher seemed to have a ball across the box covered but he only managed to push it against the post and Luke Askey was first to react prodding the ball home via Maher’s arm.
The game then went into a lull with both sides cancelling each out and the game turning into a midfield battle. Until the 38th minute when Dan Bryson lofted a long ball behind the Stone Defence and Hartley headed over the advancing Stone keeper, Adam Alcock to level the scores. Stone were denied a second when a Dave Ablewhite free kick was blocked by the Tividale wall it came back to him and he fired home, but it was ruled offside
Half time: Stone Old Alleynians 1-1 Tividale
The game was still any bodies as both teams pressed for an advantage but the only effort on target in this period was a Maher save to deny Matt Thomas. Stone went ahead on 50 minutes when a deep cross was slammed back across Maher and in by right back Sam Bradbury.
In a game of robust challenges from both sides. How the out of control two footed tackle from behind on Hartley in the 56th minute only warranted a yellow card. Only the lenient referee can tell us.
Stone were the more threatening of the two sides and were denied a couple of goals by the offside flag. But with the lead only a goal Tividale were still in it but they just could not find that final pass to create a scoring chance.
It was Stone who got the third and vital goal in the 80th minutes when Ablewhite latched onto a neat pass and slotted the ball past Maher. Stone rounded off the scoring in the 85th minutes with a fourth against a by now well beaten Tividale when from a free kick, Ablewhite headed home.
This was a chastening defeat for Tividale and after the game the squad as a man admitted that our last two performances have not been up to the standard that they set themselves as individuals, or a squad and it is something they are determined to sort and put right together.
Full Time: Stone Old Alleynians 4-1 Tividale
1. Niall Maher, 2. Tom Hurdman, 3. TJ Munthali ( Lewis McPike 80),4. Jason Wood (14. Tom Cole 73), 5. Dan Bryson,6. Matt Hunt, 7. Darragh Bustin, 8. Curtis Cocking, 9. Eshan Greer 10. Ethan Muckley (15. Daniel Greatrex 75), 11. Elliott Hartley
Unused Subs: – 13. Peter Hawk