A Stour taste to a de­served cup win

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - GLYN BRAD­SHAW East­wood, Notts

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.

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