Stone Old Alleynians break new ground with FA Cup victory over Rugby Town


Stone Old Alleynians reached the FA Cup first qualifying round for the first time in their history with an impressive 4-2 victory over Rugby Town at King’s Park.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring in the sixth minute.

David Kolodynski laid the ball off to Dylan Parker and he fired the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Stone hit the bar before drawing level in the 35th minute when a cut back saw Jack Tomlinson steer the ball home.

Five minutes later Stone were in front when Tomlinson crossed into the box and Lucas Baker turned and scored with a low shot from 12 yards.

It got even better on the stroke of half-time when Sam Wilson burst through to make it 3-1.

Rugby pulled a goal back in the 60th minute when Mel Mpande’s shot was parried by Andrew Walklate and Parker netted from the rebound.

Walklate made a good save to preserve Stone’s lead, but they had the comfort of a fourth goal in the 81st minute.

Sam Bowater burst into the box and had a shot parried but was on hand to score from the rebound.

Matt Thomas hit the post as Stone finished strongly and they also receive a welcome £1,444 in prize money.

Hanley Town breezed into the next round with a 5-0 victory over Haughmond at the Shrewsbury Sports Village.

Hanley opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a corner by Louis Dodds was headed into the net by player-manager Carl Dickinson.

They doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute when Ben Rowley cut inside and fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Hanley, with former Port Vale manager Danny Pugh in their line-up, were firmly in control when Dickinson headed another corner into the net in the 64th minute and two minutes later Rowley also scored his second of the game by converting a rebound.

It was all over in the 75th minute when Lucas Green-Birch played a good through ball to Reece Jones and he made it 5-0.



Danny Pugh was in Hanley Town's side as they beat Haughmond 5-0 in the FA Cup.
Danny Pugh was in Hanley Town’s side as they beat Haughmond 5-0 in the FA Cup.

Leek Town also reached the next round with a 2-0 win at Gresley Rovers.

Danny Munday had a goal disallowed for Gresley, but Leek settled and took the lead four minutes before the interval.

A corner was swung over and Olly Harrison headed the Blues in front. Right on the stroke of half-time there was a bizarre incident.

Leek were awarded a penalty for handball and Dan Trickett-Smith drove it into the roof of the net but the referee disallowed it and gave Gresley a free-kick.

After the break Gresley hit the post but Trickett-Smith was not to be denied as he curled a free-kick directly into the net in the 76th minute to make it 2-0.

Kidsgrove Athletic bowed out of the competition after a 2-1 defeat at Bedworth United.

Grove were awarded a penalty two minutes into the second half. Kyle Diskin scored it to put them ahead with what was Kidsgrove’s 100 th goal in the competition.

Bedworth levelled in the 56th minute when an Olly Mulders free-kick was headed home by Elliot Parrott.

The home side then clinched a place in the next round with the winner in the 71st minute.

Reece Blackmore laid the ball off to Eesa Sawyers and he steered it past Kieran Harrison. Grove were just left with the £481 losers’ prize.

Newcastle Town suffered a shock home defeat losing 1-0 to Leicester Road, a team from a lower league.

Dom Brennan went close early on for Leicester, forcing a good save out of Town’s loan keeper Owen Mooney, but then Newcastle were awarded a 17th-minute penalty.

James Askey took it, but Will Highland tipped it round the post.

Just as a replay seemed likely the visitors won it with a goal in the 89th minute. Callum Earls played a one two with Liam Read on the left before hitting a low shot past Mooney.

Uttoxeter Town’s FA Cup dreams came to a shuddering halt as they were blown away by higher division opposition in Chasetown to the tune of 7-0.

Joey Butlin curled a free kick into the net in the seventh minute and Liam Kirton made it 2-0 on the quarter-hour mark.

It was effectively all over by the 23rd minute as Ryan Winter headed a third goal from a corner. Butlin and Jack Langston added further goals before Harry Crook made it 6-0 with a penalty in the 69th minute.

Jack Tolley made a string of good saves to keep the score down, but Langston added a seventh in the last minute.





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