AFC Walcountians moved up to third in the table with a comfortable victory against AC Malden. AFC controlled the game from the off but found their chances limited in the opening 15 minutes. However, like the previous encounter between the two sides a goal just before the half hour mark saw the floodgates open.
A foul by the AC Malden goalkeeper on George Harrington was punished with a penalty dispatched by Sam Grosser, and two minutes later some neat interchange saw Ryan Thomas through on goal to easily slot pass the keeper.
There were three further AFC goals and a red card before half time. Ryan McMorrow saw red after some choice words to the referee, before Sam Grosser scored his second penalty of the game after a handball from the defender. Ryan Thomas added a further two to complete his hat-trick before the break and extend the lead to five goals without return.
The game became somewhat pedestrian in the second half. Dara Obakin added a sixth before a second red card of the game, this time for an AC Malden midfielder. A superb Aidan Hawkins through ball presented a perfect chance for Ryan Thomas to add his fourth, and he duly obliged.
A comfortable victory that leaves AFC well placed in a congested title race. They return to league action on 26 January after a Surrey Cup tie next weekend.
J.Farthing; G.Wilkshire, D.Haines, A.Hawkins, D.Burrett; R.McMorrow, N.Leonard, C.Baptiste; G.Harrington, S.Grosser (c), R.Thomas
Subs used: S.Scola, D.Obakin
Sub not used: M.Scola
Man of the Match: C.Baptiste