AFC’s unbeaten league run came to an end with a narrow defeat to Shaftesbury Town. The Counts were under early pressure, playing in to a strong wind and rain on a difficult surface. A rising Shaftesbury shot was well turned over the bar but they took the lead when the resulting corner was flicked on and tapped in at the far post. Aside from that, though, Dale Burrett, Harry Scola and Dan Haines defended resolutely to limit Shaftesbury’s attack and AFC created some good chances before the break to equalise. Mike Eglon almost drew us level when he struck a powerful shot from 30 yards that seemed destined for the far corner, but a top save from the Shaftesbury keeper kept them ahead at half-time.
AFC were the better side in the second half, but almost went two behind when their striker was denied by Matt Scola when through one-on-one. However, Shaftesbury doubled their lead shortly after when they struck on the counter again. Thereafter followed wave after wave of AFC attacks as the home side tried to sit on their lead. Sam Grosser, Ryan Thomas and George Harding all looked dangerous going forward, but it was looking set to be ‘one of those days’ as every chance was whiskers away from being converted. The Counts did grab one back with ten minutes remaining when the ball was scrambled in from a corner, but the all important equaliser didn’t arrive before the full-time whistle despite the Counts’ best efforts.
M.Scola; D.Haines, H.Scola (c), D.Burrett; M.Eglon, Z.Akwuba, S.Scola, R.McMorrow, L.Rodgers; S.Grosser, R.Thomas
Subs used: C.Baptiste, G.Harding, B.Macey
Man of the Match: D.Burrett