TADLEY Calleva were beaten at AFC Stoneham 4-3 last Saturday in the only game of the Wessex League to survive Storm Dennis, thanks to being played on 3G.

The home side took just six minutes to open the scoring as Edu Jimenez scored.

The visitors hit back immediately in the following minute when a Jordan Goater corner was scrambled off the line but Nick Bignall was left with an easy tap in.

The goal continued to come thick and fast as this Scott Hills made it 2-1 to the home side

Both sides then had chances in the following period with Callum Sweeney firing over for Tadley and Hills shooting just wide for Stoneham.

However the nearest either side came to scoring was when Nathan Clements raced clear but he was thwarted by the feet of Tadley keeper Jack Martin.

Stoneham were to regret this missed chance as Tadley were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. The kick was taken by Goater and his low shot found the corner.

Back came Stoneham to take a lead for a third time on 34 minutes from Hills again.

However, on the stroke of half time Tadley got a third equaliser as a cross by Tom Walsh was sweetly struck first time by Sweeney.

After the interval, the early chances fell to Stoneham, before Tadley’s Sweeney fired wide as both sides looked for a fourth goal.

Stoneham’s Clements then hit the outside of a post from a narrow angle.

On 85 minutes, Stoneham scored the winner as Jimenez was released down the inside left channel and scored.

There was just time for one final chance for Tadley to equalise as Adam Bartlett fed Bignall whose shot flashed across goal.

The 4-3 victory sent the home side to the top of the Wessex Premier

Despite seeing his side beaten Tadley manager Adam Clark said: “It was another good performance and a draw would have been a fair result.

“ The conditions were really testing we were unable to play the ball in the air because of the wind, so we tried to play the ball on the deck and it stopped because of the surface water.”

This Saturday, Tadley have a trip to Christchurch and on Tuesday night are at home to Fareham, both games are in the league.

Tadley Calleva Reserves have a big game this Saturday when they take on South Wonston Swifts in the semi-final of the North Hants Intermediate Cup.the other semi-final will see Kingsclere take on Broughton.