Cottenden's clincher

Stotfold won by the odd goal in three at Wellingborough on Tuesday night. Despite Stotfold starting the brighter of the two teams, the home team took the lead on 12 minutes when Jon Mitchell was fouled in the box on the byline. Nick Mason stepped up to ta

Stotfold won by the odd goal in three at Wellingborough on Tuesday night.

Despite Stotfold starting the brighter of the two teams, the home team took the lead on 12 minutes when Jon Mitchell was fouled in the box on the byline.

Nick Mason stepped up to take the penalty kick with Brad Gillham guessing the right way and parrying but Mason was closest to react and knock in the rebound.

A good strike through the box from Paul Garrett was parried wide before Stuart Lochhead was held down by Leon Morgan forcing referee Parkins to point to the spot for the second time in half an hour.


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But Garrett's kick was parried by Matt Finlay and cleared by Wellingborough who reacted first.

Stotfold did not have to wait much longer for the equaliser when a nice flick on from Callum Donnelly set Ryan Aldrin through the middle. He lifted the ball over the last defender and then jumped to beat the onrushing keeper to the ball, chip it over him, and follow it into the back of the net on 34 minutes.

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Stotfold again had a good start to the half but found themselves under a lot of pressure for most of the second 45 minutes until the 81st minute.

Sean Penny's long throw into the box was flicked on for Gareth Cottenden to steal his first goal since returning from injury at the start of the season.

A good save from Gillham kept Mitchell's shot out and as the home side pushed for an equaliser chances started to open up at the back for both Callum and Brett Donnelly, neither able to extend the lead.

Rokermen: Gillham, Beckwith, P Donnelly, Penny, Cottenden, Aldrin, Mitchell, Lochhead (Smith), B Donnelly, C Donnelly, Garrett.

# Stotfold shared the points in a 2-2 draw at Boston on Saturday.

An early substitution was forced on the home team as Lewis Blakey was taken off with a suspected broken cheekbone after a clash with Cottenden.

Matt Kennedy had the first chance of the afternoon lobbing the ball over Gillham but well over the bar on 10 minutes.

The first goal came about when Boston's Shaun Baker slid in to take the ball from Garrett as he ran into the box but slid over the ball allowing Garrett to step over Baker as he was on the floor and square the ball to Brett Donnelly who was well placed to fire the ball in on 22 minutes.

This lead was shortlived as the home team responded immediately when Laszlo Lovas broke down the left and crossed for Kennedy to get the slightest of touches and head the ball into the net three minutes later.

The rest of the half was dominated by Boston with Kennedy heading on to the underside of the bar, Gary Bull forcing a good low save from Gillham and Kennedy having his shot cleared from the line by Jamie Taylor.

After the break, the game evened out a bit with Lochhead shooting into the side netting, then heading down Garrett's corner which could only be parried by keeper Gareth Jones as far as Ryan Mitchell who stabbed the ball in from close range on 58 minutes.

A great stop from Gillham again denied Kennedy as he was clean through on goal, with Aldrin in a similar opportunity at the other end kept off the scoresheet by Gillham's opposite number.

The equaliser, which at the time must have felt like a killer blow for Stotfold but in hindsight is an acceptable result, came when Taylor pulled back Bull for a penalty which he converted himself in the 85th minute.

Rokermen: Gillham, Rennie, P Donnelly, Taylor, Cottenden, Aldrin, Mitchell, Lochhead, B Donnelly, C Donnelly, Garrett.

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