AFC bounced back from their defeat against Dover House with a comfortable victory against a Rygas side who failed to maintain their discipline.
A strong wind meant it took AFC ten minutes to feel their way in to the game, after which they remained the stronger side throughout. They took the lead when a Steve Scola header was saved and Dale Burrett drilled in the rebound to score his first of the season. The goal also led to Rygas’ first red card of the day as one of their players lashed out in the celebrations that followed.
AFC’s ascendancy continued and they were 4-0 up before the break. Ryan Thomas doubled the lead before Dara Obakin latched on to a superb Jack Allen pass and finished well across the keeper. Dale Burrett grabbed his second on the stroke of half time when he curled an excellent free kick in to the top corner.
The second half took much the same pattern. Sam Grosser added a fifth when he hammered a shot in to the bottom corner from 20 yards. Other chances followed but were denied by the goalkeeper and woodwork, before with 15 minutes to play Rygas saw a further two red cards in the space of a few minutes. First for some very choice words to the referee, and another for kicking out off the ball.
AFC added a further two in the remaining period, as Chris Baptiste bagged his first for the club and Ryan Thomas doubling his tally for the afternoon. A much needed win in what remains a very open title race.
League action returns on the 23rd February with a trip to third-placed AFC Ewell, after a Surrey Cup Quarter Final against Royal Holloway Old Boys on the 16th.
J.Farthing; G.Wilkshire, H.Scola, D.Burrett, A.Hawkins; S.Scola, R.McMorrow, J.Allen; R.Thomas, S.Grosser (c), D.Obakin
Subs used: C.Baptiste, J.Johnson
Subs not used: L.Rodgers, M.Scola
Man of the Match: D.Burrett