A depleted AFC side – eight regulars were missing through absence, injury and suspension – kept themselves in hunt for the league title with a hard-fought victory over Doverhouse Lions.
AFC started well and their early dominance paid dividends when Ben Macey drove the ball in to the bottom corner from 20 yards. The lead was short-lived, though, as the Doverhouse centre forward curled a superb shot from 25 yards past the outstretched Ally Marsh and in to the top corner. Three quick goals followed – Sam Grosser curled in a free kick to restore AFC’s lead, before Doverhouse underlined their attacking prowess with two well-taken goals, and AFC went in at the break 3-2 down.
Walcountians came out of the block quick in the second half in pursuit of an equaliser, and got their reward on the 70 minute mark when Harry Scola rose well to head home from a Sam Grosser free kick. AFC went ahead five minutes later when substitute Dara Obakin powered home a half volley from 12 yards. The remaining 15 minutes saw the Counts defend their slender lead resolutely, until a second goal from Dara Obakin in the final moments secured the three points.
Overall, a superb performance from the side in difficult circumstances that demonstrated the strength of the squad. In particular, it was great to see two of our Under 18’s – Joe Baldwin and James Duff – perform so well on the step up to adult football.
A.Marsh; M.Eglon, H.Scola (c), D. Haines; G.Harrington, A.Borg; L.Rodgers, C.Baptiste, T.Melvin; S.Grosser, B.Macey
Subs used: J.Baldwin, D.Obakin, J.Duff
Subs not used: B.Hoskins, M.Pridding
Man of the Match: Mike Eglon