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Glassboys Return To Winning Ways Against Ten-Man Barwell

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Stourbridge got back to winning ways against Barwell at the War Memorial Ground in the Evo-Stik League Premier on Monday night.

Ryan Rowe’s early 5th minute penalty, given for a trip on Matt Dodd, put Stourbridge ahead.

But they survived a scare midway through the half when Matt Gould dived to his left to save Ryan Robbins’ penalty, and then spurned a chance to double the advantage close to the break when Jordan Archer broke clear but shot over the bar, whilst Kyle Perry was close to putting Barwell in front as his attempted lob was only just off target.

The visitors were awarded another penalty 12 minutes into the second half and this time Perry made no mistake to level things up.

Barwell`s Owen Story hit the post shortly afterwards, and then Gould saved well from Tom Bates, but it was Stour who found what turned out to be the winner after 73 minutes when the returning Tom Tonks – on as substitute – hurled in one of his trademark long throws which the Canaries defence could not deal with, allowing another substitute, Josh Cooke, to hammer home.

Stuart Pierpoint was forced into a last-ditch tackle to deny ex-Glassboy Jake Heath 3 minutes from time, and then visiting captain Michael Townsend collected a second yellow card as he tugged back Dodd as Stourbridge saw the game out to move up to second in the fledgling table.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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