Roker boys stop the rot

Saturday round-up Stotfold stopped the rot by winning a seven-goal thriller at fellow strugglers Long Buckby. With only a point out of the last seven league games, this was a vital three points for the Rokermen. Ian Thorne opened the scoring on 16 minutes

Saturday round-up

Stotfold stopped the rot by winning a seven-goal thriller at fellow strugglers Long Buckby.

With only a point out of the last seven league games, this was a vital three points for the Rokermen.

Ian Thorne opened the scoring on 16 minutes after a good run down the right and into the box before drilling the ball low into the far corner.

Adam Furness volleyed Tommy Hull's ball into the side netting before he did find the back of the net from Callum Donnelly's cross on 33 minutes.

The home side pulled one back a minute before the break when a free-kick from the right was headed down to Lee Botterill whose shot deflected off Ricky Geraghty and over Steven Graham.

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Stotfold's two-goal cushion was restored on 57 minutes when a free-kick in the corner saw Ryan Nichol play it short to Joe Philbin who superbly lobbed Paul Warnecki, one of the biggest keepers in the league, from the edge of the box.

Only three minutes later, a failure to close down Kevin Slinn on the edge of the box allowed him to dig a shot into the top corner.

A good run down the right and cut back from Philbin made it 4-2 as Furness fired into the top corner on 74 minutes.

A rush of blood to Graham's head three minutes later, when he wrestled Slinn as he was going away from goal, gave Slinn the opportunity to get his side back into the game from the penalty spot.

But Graham redeemed himself by palming the spot-kick away and Simon Drury cleared the danger before Slinn got to the rebound.

The last goal came with four minutes to go when Long Buckby's Danny Duggan flicked in a corner through a crowded box.

Rokermen: Graham, Smith, Philbin, Hull, Geraghty, Drury, Nichol, Mitchell, Furness (Mitchell), Thorne, Donnelly.

Langford went down 5-1 at Oxhey Jets in the SML Premier Division.

Lee Pateman equalised in the 16th minute following a controversial opening goal by the home side a minute earlier.

It was all downhill for the Reds after Rob Groves had struck a post.

Oxhey went ahead just before the break and added three more with keeper Ed Rhodes-Winsor culpable for all of the goals in the second half.

Arlesey Athletic were beaten 2-0 at home by Stony Stratford in SML Division One after falling behind in the first minute and then conceding a second a quarter of an hour from time.