AFC overcame a poor first half performance to beat Battersea Ironsides and remain top of the table.
Goalkeeper Ally Marsh made his first start of the season, with Matt Scola out after breaking a finger in the previous week’s abandoned fixture against Sporting 50. He was called in to action early on, making a fine one handed save to tip a rising shot over the bar. However, Battersea took the lead soon after when a long ball over the top put their centre forward through on goal and he made no mistake from just inside the box.
The Counts’ couldn’t get in to the game at all in the opening period on a bobbly surface, and found themselves further behind when they failed to clear and the ball was powered in from the edge of the area on the half hour mark. Counts then grew in to the game as half time approached, with Harry and Steve Scola both going close with headers from set pieces, but it remained 2-0 at the break.
The second half was a completely different story, with AFC dominating from start to finish. Within five minutes Dale Burrett reduced the deficit, whipping home a free kick from 20 yards after George Harrington was chopped down when through on goal. The equaliser soon followed from another free kick – Sam Grosser curled a shot against the bar, and the rebound fell at Harry Scola’s head for him to nod in his first of the season. AFC continued to create numerous chances, with substitutes George Harding and Zuko Akwuba dangerous down the wings, and Sam Grosser duly put us 3-2 up with 15 minutes left when he dribbled his way through the defence and superbly lobbed the goalkeeper.
Grosser added another with five minutes to play, tapping in from six yards after a long Dale Burrett throw was flicked on at the near post, to round off an excellent second half performance from Walcountians. A second broken bone in as many weeks – Dan Haines fracturing a nose when challenging for a header – was the only blemish on a result that keeps AFC in the hunt for the league title with five games left to play.
A.Marsh; D.Haines, H.Scola (c), D.Burrett; M.Eglon, L.Rodgers, S.Scola, C.Baptiste, R.McMorrow; S.Grosser, G.Harrington
Subs used: Z.Akwuba, G.Harding, B.Macey, T.Melvin, B.Hoskins
Man of the Match: H.Scola