Stones defeated by Stotfold
REVAMPED Stotfold are finally on the march up the UCL Premier Division table. They picked up a deserved three points in a 2-1 win against a team that were fifth in the table at the start of play, Blackstones. The first goal of the afternoon almost came a
REVAMPED Stotfold are finally on the march up the UCL Premier Division table.
They picked up a deserved three points in a 2-1 win against a team that were fifth in the table at the start of play, Blackstones.
The first goal of the afternoon almost came a quarter of an hour in when Richard Jones' header from a free-kick nearly looped into his own goal and Wes Byrne almost turned the rebound in off the crossbar.
Louis Lee volleyed into the ground and over the bar from a corner five minutes later.
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Then a good ball forward from Callum Donnelly set Byrne off towards goal but keeper Ian Flavell was quickly off his line to clear the danger.
Stotfold's first goal came when Byrne picked out Donnelly in space on the right and he ran towards goal and shot low towards the far post.
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The keeper got down well but could only parry the shot into the path of the oncoming Ricky Case (pictured above) who turned the ball in on 51 minutes.
Blackstones manager Tony Lowther was sent from the dugout seven minutes after the goal for abusing the assistant referee.
Dan Cotton had a good strike deflected wide from outside the box on 76 minutes.
Three minutes later, the cushion of a second goal came when Bobby Dance's cross from the right was flicked in at the near post by Case.
The home team's consolation goal came five minutes before time.
Sub Phil Stebbing turned and fired a shot past Steve Young.
Young, recently ousted as the manager of league rivals St Neots, was returning in the number one shirt for the unavailable Nigel Blower.
A second yellow card for kicking the ball away - his first caution was for dissent earlier in the half - meant Case did not play the last few minutes of the game. The win means Stotfold are now fifth from bottom in the table.
Rokermen: Young, Nicholl, Philbin, Kennoy, Juneja, Case, Lee, Hull, Dance, Byrne, Donnelly (Taylor).
Langford were severely depleted in going down 3-1 at Holmer Green in the SML Premier Division.
Despite Robert Groves firing them ahead after quarter of an hour, the Reds conceded three goals in a five-minute spell just before the hour mark to suffer defeat.
Arlesey Athletic were beaten by an even more emphatic scoreline in SML Division One, losing 5-1 at Hoddesdon.
* Langford returned to winning ways on Tuesday night as they beat Colney Heath 4-1.