Aldrin saves the day
A last-gasp Ryan Aldrin strike completed a remarkable comeback by Stotfold as the Rokermen came from two goals down to take all three points at Northampton Spencer. The hosts stormed into a two-goal lead before Kane Dougherty started the fightback in the
A last-gasp Ryan Aldrin strike completed a remarkable comeback by Stotfold as the Rokermen came from two goals down to take all three points at Northampton Spencer.
The hosts stormed into a two-goal lead before Kane Dougherty started the fightback in the second period. Nathan Moulton restored parity before Aldrin made himself a hero.
There was certainly no sign of a five-goal thriller in the first half with both sides cancelling each other out. Dougherty volleyed over early on and headed a free kick from the left at keeper Sean Markie.
The best chance for Stotfold to open the scoring came on 39 minutes when Aldrin controlled a ball across the box from the left and fired it just wide of the far post.
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The home team finished the half stronger and had Adam Hancock's goal disallowed for offside while Alfie Taylor forced two good low saves from Clive Weatherall in for the unavailable Nigel Blower.
Spencers' good end to the first half continued into the second with Dan Surridge opening the scoring one minute into the second half tapping in a loose ball from a free kick.
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Aldrin's strike was well held by the 'keeper at the other end shortly after but, similarly to the first goal, the home team scored a second when a free kick wasn't cleared properly and, after coming down off the crossbar, Adam Hancock knocked the ball over the line from inside the six-yard box on 54 minutes.
Paul Garrett's shot on the turn was well stopped by Markie as the game opened up with Clive Weatherall making a vital save to deny Hancock making it 3-0.
Good work down the right and a ball across the box from Aldrin allowed Dougherty to turn the ball in and pull one back just before the hour-mark.
After Kane had headed wide, the equaliser came from Paul Garrett's high ball into the box being flicked on towards goal and Moulton nipped in to knock the ball past the 'keeper and in off the inside of the post.
From here the game could have gone either way with chances aplenty for both sides. Gregson shot over from distance, Hancock had an effort parried and a goalmouth scramble in the Spencer box resulted in Jason Grey heading against the crossbar.
But the best was saved for last when Gregson won the ball on the left and played it forward for Garrett, whose ball into the middle for Ryan Aldrin was sweetly struck past the keeper on 89 minutes for the winner.