On a cold and very windy Saturday afternoon Stoke welcomed Dartmouth for a local Derby County Cup tie with the early 2pm kick off.
Dartmouth started quickly out of the blocks and an early shot brought a save from Dom Aplin as he tipped round the post.
Stoke responded and Dave Worthington had a speculative effort come back off the bar after ten minutes.
Tackles were flying in as the game became a very feisty affair and the referee’s book started to fill with the yellow card count.
The hosts opened the scoring on sixteen minutes with Shaun Bowden outpacing a defender down the right before pulling the ball back for Ollie Critchlow who delivered a sublime chip from twenty yards over the keeper into the net.
Stoke continued to play the more attractive football and the different league levels of the two sides began to show.
Stoke extended the lead on thirty four minutes when a loose ball fell to Dean Stevens who fired home from thirty five yards past a hapless keeper.
The third followed soon after when Critchlow cut inside a defender and found the corner from eighteen yards with his left foot for his second of the game.
On the stroke of half time the visitors pulled one back when in a crowded area Dom Aplin spilled the bal under seemingly harsh attention from a front player and was poked in. The Referee waved away protects and the goal stood.
The teams came out for the second half with the windy conditions perhaps even stronger than in the first, it was certainly cold watching from the balcony.
On the hour mark Frazer Clark headed strongly at the visiting keeper who spilled straight to Ollie Aplin who put it away with his first contribution after coming off the bench.
The game then drifted on with neither side seeming capable of any further scoring until just before the final whistle Dean Stevens got his second and Stoke’s fifth when Shaun Bowden pulled back for Stevens to blast home from twenty yards.
All in all a fairly routine performance for Stoke with a few of the fringe players getting some game time.
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