AFC’s County Cup run ended at the Quarter Final stage as they succumbed to Royal Holloway Old Boys of the Surrey Elite League, losing by the odd goal in five in what was a well fought encounter.
The home side controlled the early period of the game, dominating possession and holding their shape well when Walcountians did get on the ball. They took the lead when they pounced on a through ball and finished confidently past Jack Farthing in the AFC goal. After the goal Farthing turned a Royal Holloway shot from 20 yards round the post, before AFC began to grow in to the game, retaining the ball better and asking questions of the Royal Holloway defence. They were rewarded just before the 40 minute mark when Sam Grosser’s fine run from the left hand side led to him being bundled over in the box, and a penalty awarded. The same player confidently dispatched the spot kick.
Just minutes later the Counts were ahead when Ryan Thomas’ early shot when put through by Sam Grosser caught the keeper unaware and nestled in the bottom corner. However, there was to be a further goal before half time as some slack defending gave Royal Holloway’s striker the chance to equalise with under a minute of the 45 left, and he made no mistake.
The second half was a scrappier affair in which chances were limited for both sides. Royal Holloway regained the lead on the hour mark when a well worked free kick routine from the edge of the box saw the ball laid off to be fired home from 12 yards. Chances for AFC continued to be few and far between as Royal Holloway maintained their shape and discipline. A curling Luke Rodgers shot from outside the area seemed destined for the top corner but was well tipped wide by the Royal Holloway keeper, and some excellent defending from a cross diverted the ball away from a waiting Steve Scola in the six yard box.
The game ended without further additions to the scoreline, meaning it was a valiant effort but defeat against an established and very well organised team. Best of luck to Royal Holloway in the semi-finals and for the rest of their season.
League action returns for Walcountians next Saturday, 23rd February, with a trip to third-placed AFC Ewell.
J.Farthing; G.Wilkshire, H.Scola, D.Burrett, A.Hawkins; S.Scola, R.McMorrow, L.Rodgers; G.Harrington, S.Grosser (c), R.Thomas
Subs used: D.Obakin, N.Leonard, B.Macey
Subs not used: C.Baptiste, J.Johnson
Man of the Match: S.Grosser