A Stour taste to a deserved cup win
WHAT a refreshing change it was to hear Stourbridge manager Gary Hackett admit that the sending off of Alfreton’s Bradley Wood was harsh during their FA Cup tie last week. The only thing was, the dismissal of his team-mate Tom Allen beforehand was equally so.
Allen did have hold of Jordan Archer near the halfway line on 19 minutes but, leading up to it, Archer looked to be pulling Allen back to gain an advantage.
Wood was then sent off for sliding in on Stourbridge’s Matt Dodd but, from where we were sat, the ball was rolling diagonally towards the corner flag and cannoned harmlessly in the opposite direction towards Chris Elliott in the Alfreton goal.
Unless Dodd can make a ball turn 90 degrees better than Messi or Ronaldo, then Wood must have got a touch on the ball. To make matters worse, referee Scott Simpson later gave Alfreton a 64th-minute penalty for a handball by Darryl Westlake which denied a goalscoring opportunity, so why wasn’t he sent off too?
Mr Simpson hardly showered himself in glory but well done to Stourbridge nevertheless.