Apr 23 2012 By Edd Paul
Met Police 1 Wealdstone 2
IT WAS a game of police and thieves at Imber Court on Saturday as Wealdstone nicked three points aginst the Met.
Despite being pegged back for much of a scrappy encounter, goals from Richard Jolly and Alex Dyer saw the Stones leave with a win and further boost to their play-off ambitions.
The travelling side had keeper Ashlee Jones to thank, as he kept the Met at bay for most of the 90 minutes with a string of good saves and solid keeping.
The first half started at a quick pace with both sides looking to strike the first blow.
And the Stones had a glorious opportunity to do so on 10 minutes when Jolly picked up on a long-ball and raced through one-on-one, only for his usually prolific right foot to balloon a shot over the bar.
The home side wasted an equally good chance two minutes later when, following a mazy dribble, Jack MacLeod dragged his effort wide.
Strike partner Stafforde Palmer fluffed an even better opportunity a minute later when Stones keeper Jones, 25-yards off his line, directed his free-kick straight at the forward.
However the Met number nine failed to capitalise on the empty net and powered his shot wide of the mark.
The game soon descended into fight club territory after a poor challenge from Tyron Smith on Tom Pett left the two sides at each other’s necks.
After various players involved in the scuffle had been issued with a stern telling off the game resumed, and Wealdstone’s Peter Dean quickly saw his goalbound header saved brilliantly at point-blank range by Jamie Butler.
On 28 minutes the Met went ahead when Sam Hurrell picked up the ball 25-yards out and let fly with an unstoppable left-foot drive that flew past Jones into the bottom corner.
The home side soon gained momentum and the two Stones centre-backs were kept busy, having to throw themselves in front of a few goalbound efforts.
Wealdstone soaked up the pressure and were back on level terms seven minutes later when Dyer finished coolly past Butler following a Messi-esque jinking run from midway inside the Police half.
The hosts nearly responded instantly, but a fingertip save from Jones kept the scores level.
The end-to-end nature of the game continued when Pett flew past several challenges down the left and fired a shot at goal, only for Butler to save well down to his right.
After a cagey opening to the second half the Stones took the lead in the 54th minute, when a hoof downfield from Jones found its way through to an onrushing Jolly who calmly slotted past Butler to take his season tally to 47.
The home side could have been level six minutes later when the ball fell to an unmarked Craig Brown on the edge of the area, but his shot was kept out by a combination of post and Jones.
The Met tried hard to get back into the game, but Jones was in fine form as he consistently neutralised any threat from the home side and helped the Stones see out the game to bag a third win on the bounce.