AFC Stoneham came away with all three points and their 100% record intact with an away win in a heated encounter with New Milton Town in the Sydenhams Wessex League on Saturday. 

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It was Tom Cotillard who settled the match in the 54th minute of a cagey second half after a corner from Stoneham wide man Josh Clark deflected inside the box and was headed by Cotillard into an almost empty net. 

A feisty second half almost boiled over when Linnets captain Ethan Maddocks pushed Stoneham full back Merl Atteney-Wright, and it appeared as though Maddocks had been sent off for a second bookable offence, only for the referee to rescind the red card and show a yellow instead after realising the skipper had not been carded prior to the incident. 

New Milton were down to ten men, however, when Lewis Brailey was pulled back for a foul on the far side of the pitch with ten minutes of the game left to play. 

The home side could have equalised in the 73rd minute when Steve Flynn set up substitute Luke Scrimshaw, who rounded goalkeeper Scott Williams, and his shot was only just stopped on the line to keep Stoneham’s lead. 

Both sides started brightly as they looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck. First, Thomas Hogan was released by a long route one ball into the New Milton box, before he cut inside and found his curling shot skimming just wide of the post. It was then the turn of New Milton man Dom Falco to shoot just wide, his first attempt on goal hit his standing leg, then his second missed its mark by inches. 

New Milton could feel unlucky not to have come away with all three points last weekend against Tadley Calleva, and Shane Sheridan’s side looked up for the fight as Flynn was set loose in the Stoneham box, skipping past one defender and setting himself up to shoot, only to see his shot go wide of keeper Williams’ post.  

26th August 2017 - Alex Barnes, Paul Rutland (video); Josh Sims (words)