AMESBURY moved back to the top of the Wessex League Division One as they beat title rivals AFC Stoneham 4-2

New signings McCauley Stubbs from Andover New Street and returning Jordan Matthews from Bemerton came straight into the starting lineup.

The game started quite feisty with an altercation when the Amesbury striker Connor Millar went down and it looked like a clear stamp from the Stoneham defender somehow the referee booked the defender when he should of been given his marching orders.

Some great defending from the Blues in the first half stopped Stoneham having any sniff at goal and Matthews was sent through to give them the lead.

Two minutes before the interval, Kieran Stephens doubled the advantage with a shot from outside the box.

Just after the hour mark, sub Danny Finnigan released Stephens for his second of the game.

Clearly Stephens has been watching Jesse Lingard after seeing his choice of celebration.

Lee Weeks then replace Stubbs who had an impressive debut for the Blues.

Sub Weeks then a fourth goal for the Blues with 10 minutes left and they could have added to their tally.

However, instead, Stoneham scored two late consolation goals.

Joint manager Chris Raymond said: "That’s the best performance I’ve seen from us all season every single player was battling for each other and left everything on that pitch.

"That performance is for everyone at our football club who has put so much work in and lads owed it to everyone after last week to give them a performance and they did."

He added: "I am extremely pleased to get some new faces into the side Jordan Matthews from Bemerton return is huge for us his goals before he left us were so important and he has slotted back in like he’s never been away.

"Stubbs was expecting to be on the bench and ease him in but with a late injury to Greenway he stepped up and put in a class performance in the middle of the park for us today."

"Stephens also returned for us and he was brilliant two goals for him today from out wide which isn’t his natural position."

Next for Amesbury is a trip to Folland Sports on Saturday.