Stow 2-1 Aylesbury United

Stow continued their revival with a last-gasp winner against managerless Aylesbury United. It was a game which Stow dominated from start to finish, but some wasteful finishing almost cost them two points. There was a return to the squad for Josh Urquhart, while George Yianni and Yannick Kissi made their full debuts.

The first real chance of the game came about a quarter of an hour in, when a loose ball fell to Callum Ibe at the back post, but he was quickly closed down by an Aylesbury defender and his shot was deflected narrowly wide. Stow continued to cause problems for the visitors, and Jordan Watson headed just over with a flick-on from a near-post corner soon after.

The deadlock was broken midway through the half when Ibe picked up the ball in midfield, turned and threaded a perfect through ball for Watson, who rounded Jack Hopwood and finished into an empty net.

Aylesbury did manage to carve out one effort when Tom McElroy found room in the box, but Brad Robinson was equal to his shot, turning it around the post.

It was the only chance the visitors had in the first half as Stow continued to dominate. Ibe should have scored when breaking through one-on-one, but Hopwood saved well with his feet, and Carl Mensah headed the resulting corner over. Jack Green and Kissi both also went close before the half was up.

The second period continued in the same fashion, though with a little less intensity from Stow. Watson was denied twice; one a superb save from Hopwood, and Mensah headed over again.

It looked like Stow would see out the game for a 1-0 victory, but a speculative long-range effort from McElroy found the bottom corner of the net, seemingly giving the visitors an unlikely point.

But Stow continued to press, and deep into injury time, scored a deserved winner. Callum Ibe turned his defender out wide, and crossed to the back post where Demaray Anyadike was unmarked to head home, sparking wild celebrations on and off the field.

Stow will be frustrated about the manner of the victory, but will be happy with how many chances they created, and that they showed great character to take the victory.

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