Rochford Town 2-3 Old Southendian Reserves
Old Southendian Reserves picked up three priceless ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Division Two points on the road despite playing the second half a man light following the dismissal of Chris Leonard.
It had all so well for the Old Boys against a Rochford Town side, themselves in a bit of form.
Nico Dubouchet had given the visitors the lead following a neat exchange with David Stubbs and soon after it was 2-0 – Lewis Bickford on hand from close-range.
Luke Stillwell added a third on the half-hour mark after Stubbs had again been the provider. However, Rochford’s response, coupled with Leonard’s sending-off ensured an uncomfortable second period.
“We knew this was going to be a battle against a Rochford side that have started the season well,” Old Boys boss, Dave Manley, told Yellow Sport.
“We started the game with good intensity and created some great chances, especially with Nico and Stubbsy linking together.
“But after going three-up, we had a mad ten minutes and found ourselves hanging on at half-time.
Manley continued: “The second half was down to sheer grit and work rate that got us through. You wouldn’t have known which team was a man down.
“A special mention to our winger, George Borley, who went in the sticks and made a couple of world-class saves to keep us in the game.”