Lights go out on Stotfold
The lights went out for the Rokermen in a 1-0 defeat at Cogenhoe on Tuesday night. There was a 20-minute interruption just a couple of minutes into the game when the home side s floodlights went out. But after they had cooled down and been turned back on,
The lights went out for the Rokermen in a 1-0 defeat at Cogenhoe on Tuesday night.
There was a 20-minute interruption just a couple of minutes into the game when the home side's floodlights went out.
But after they had cooled down and been turned back on, the game resumed at around 8.10pm.
Brad Gillham had to parry two powerful shots from Darren Frost and Paul Cassidy in the first 15 minutes. Callum Donnelly struck Freddie Morris' cut back at the keeper, and Ryan Aldrin volleying over Donnelly's cross from the right at the far post before the half hour.
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Cogenhoe looked to have taken the lead shortly after when Tim Wooding's free-kick came off the underside of the bar and bounced on the line twice before being cleared to safety.
Stuart Lochhead had the best chance of the half for Stotfold when his free-kick, after coming back to him when it hit the wall, was superbly struck but equally well palmed away by keeper Darren Watts.
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Steve Cook was unlucky not to open the scoring in the second half after Donnelly had broken down the right and cut the ball back into the box for Cook to shoot at the Cogenhoe player still standing in the box.
Believing he was denied a goal in the first half, Wooding got another chance with a free-kick in the D on 62 minutes.
After some players thought the referee had said to wait for the whistle, Wooding took the free-kick quickly and placed the ball into the back of the net.
A poor challenge and reaction saw Cogenhoe substitute Luke Pritchard get his marching orders on 72 minutes but Stotfold were unable to capitalise having the extra man.
Stotfold sub Neil Smith came closest to equalising two minutes from the end, putting Lochhead's free-kick over the bar with his outstretched boot.
Rokermen: Gillham, Bryant, Philbin (Smith), Rennie (Beckwith), Taylor, Morris, Mitchell, Lochhead, Cook, C Donnelly, Aldrin.
* Ryan Aldrin's hat-trick powered Stotfold to a 4-1 home win over Northampton Spencer on Saturday.
Both sides could have had early goals in the game with the visitors' Kevin Slinn putting a low ball into the box over the bar two minutes in.
Then, after Adam Randall brought down Callum Donnelly for a penalty, Morris dragged a spot-kick wide on six minutes. Aldrin opened the scoring after a good cross from Morris on the left was superbly volleyed into the far top corner on 25 minutes.
The visitors responded immediately with a shot from distance which hit the bar a minute later, and an equaliser on 32 minutes when Slinn slid in to put Alfie Taylor's ball across the face of goal into the back of the net.
The scoreline was a fair reflection of the first 45 minutes but the visitors had every right to feel aggrieved at the referee's decision to blow for the end of the half as they fired a shot beyond Gillham.
The second half was dominated by Stotfold with Aldrin getting his second after receiving the ball from Cook, taking a touch and firing an unstoppable shot from the edge of the D past Craig Neighbour on 55 minutes.
Three minutes later, Aldrin completed his hat-trick by squeezing the ball under the keeper and picking up a booking for his enthusiastic goal celebration!
Callum Donnelly had a shot come back off the bottom of the upright after twisting and turning to make himself some space on the edge of the box.
The last goal came for Ryan Mitchell on 90 minutes after Ashley Fitton took the ball wide past the keeper and cut it back for Mitchell to shoot into the roof of the net from the middle of the box.
Rokermen: Gillham, Rennie, Philbin, Taylor, Cottenden (Penny), Bryant, Morris, Mitchell, Cook (Fitton), C Donnelly (Beckwith), Aldrin.