AFC progressed to the second round of the Surrey Intermediate Cup after overcoming Chiddingfold in a penalty shootout. Walcountians were the superior side over 90 minutes, but failed to make their dominance pay to prevent the game being decided by kicks from the penalty spot.
A slow start to the game burst in to life when Ben Macey put AFC in to the lead with a goal of the season contender. Picking up the ball on the right hand side 30 yards from goal, he struck it with the outside of his boot and saw it swerve in to the top left corner past the hand of the outstretched keeper. Despite not being at their best Walcountians had further opportunities to score but could not capitalise on, and a scrappy equaliser from Chiddingfold was the punishment.
An improved performance after the break meant Walcountians dominated possession and re-took the lead when Luke Rodgers curled home a beauty from just over 20 yards with the Chiddingfold keeper rooted to the spot. Again, though, the lead did not last long. A defensive lapse in concentration gave the Chiddingfold striker a chance to bend one in to the far corner from just inside the box. AFC hit the woodwork twice – Ben Macey hitting the post and substitute Dara Obakin crashing a shot against the bar – and had various other opportunities to put the tie to bed. They could not be taken, though, and the game headed to penalties.
Jack Farthing made his debut one to remember by saving two kicks in the shootout as a relieved Walcountians emerged 4-3 winners. Sam Grosser, Luke Rodgers, Ryan Thomas and Dara Obakin scored the successful penalties to send the Counts through to the next round.
J.Farthing; D.Haines, H.Scola (c), T.Melvin; R.Thomas, G.Harrington, S.Scola, R.McMorrow, L.Rodgers; S.Grosser, B.Macey
Subs used: J.Johnson, D.Obakin
Subs not used: C.Baptiste, M.Scola