Stow overcame a red card and a serious injury to make it through to the next round of the Beveridge Cup, writes Kenny Paterson.
The Villagers had to play almost half an hour with 10 men after Johnny Crawford saw red and then Martin Gibson was taken to hospital by ambulance with a knee injury.
Midfielder Paul Young scored his side’s second goal in their sixth straight victory in all competitions, and he is aiming to pick up as many trophies as possible this season with Stow still in four competitions.
“Of the four, I would say the South Cup is the big one for us, as Stow have never won it. But while we are in the four competitions, we will try to win them all,” he told The Southern.
“It was a professional performance. We had a lot of chances in the first half but couldn’t take them. But in the second half we were excellent and even with 10 men we managed to get a third goal to finish the game.”
Ancrum had caused problems for Stow this season in a previous league game, and despite being dead last in Division A, the young side showed plenty of spirit and hard work throughout this tie.
Their efforts were rewarded when Gregor Taylor’s long throw found Stuart Spence, who fired the ball into the left-hand corner on 40 minutes.
But Stow were on the attack straight after the break, and James Runciman bagged an equaliser before Young capitalised on a mix-up between Ancrum goalkeeper Stuart Tuddenham and defender Keith Chapman to score.
Crawford picked up a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, but Hagen Steele sealed victory thanks in part to a fine pass by his older brother Jordan.