Stotfold crash to bottom side

Saturday round-up Stotfold were beaten 3-1 at fellow strugglers Ford Sports. The first half started well enough for them with Ian Thorne and Callum Donnelly getting into good positions but shooting over in the first couple of minutes. Ford Sports Johnath

Saturday round-up

Stotfold were beaten 3-1 at fellow strugglers Ford Sports.

The first half started well enough for them with Ian Thorne and Callum Donnelly getting into good positions but shooting over in the first couple of minutes.

Ford Sports' Johnathan Crockett hit the upright on four minutes in an explosive opening.

The first goal on nine minutes came from a free-kick on the edge of the area. After the referee spoke to Tim Clack, he hopped out of the way to allow Clack to fire into the top corner while the wall was still being arranged.

Both sides could have scored either side of the break, Frank Maher's shot from distance coming off the Stotfold crossbar.

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Then Joe Philbin's twisting run into the box and low shot was cleared off the line by Rob Morgan.

Stotfold's equaliser came after a penetrating run and ball in from the right by Jamie Taylor allowed an unmarked Lee Downham to slot the ball in from close range on 58 minutes.

A good penalty shout fell on deaf ears when Thorne had his legs taken away.

This was followed 15 minutes later by a penalty at the other end that saw Maher's low kick saved by Steven Graham. This save proved to be in vain as three minutes later, sub Simeon Nembhard directed a ball in from the left into the roof of the net.

Any hopes of getting something from the game were laid to rest when another ball from the left was sidefooted in by the other sub, Sigitas Kazemekas, unmarked in the middle of the box.

Stotfold tried for a second when Ryan Nichol's free-kick was played square to Tommy Hull who drove a shot over.

Rokermen: Graham, Taylor, Philbin (J Mitchell), R Mitchell, Geraghty, Drury, Nichol, Hull, Donnelly, Thorne, Downham (Smith).

Two goals from Rob Groves, including a penalty, were in vain as Langford went down 4-2 at home to Holmer Green in the SML Premier Division.

The Reds capitulated in the last 15 minutes to concede three times after Groves had given them a 2-1 lead at half time.

Arlesey Athletic took the SML Division One points at Brimsdown Rovers courtesy of a 2-1 win. Shaun Turner and Danny Lane scored either side of Brimsdown's goal on the hour.