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AFC Hayes
Horley Town
N Mensah (54'), D McDonnell (73' Pen)
Full time
Sat 25 Feb 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 45

Brook fight back from 2-0 down to win a point at home to Horley Town

An improved 2nd half performance saw the Brook gain a point after going 2 -0 behind to Horley Town.

The match was played under a grey overcast sky against a side who like the Brook were struggling to earn points.

Horley seemed determined to turn round their recent run of bad results as they immediately set about pressing the Brook & making lt very difficult for the home side to gain possession of the ball.

The Brook had cause to be grateful that keeper Cameron Kennedy was in good form as several times in the early stages of the half his reactions & bravery kept the score at 0-0.

The home sides opportunities were limited but on 30 minutes Mitchell Findlay found himself one on one with the Horley keeper but his shot was well saved by George Hyde the visiting keeper.Horley had several other scoring opportunities in the half but some indifferent finishing & solid defending kept them out.

Gradually the Brook started to see more possession & worked themselves into the match & the last few minutes of the half forced 3 consecutive corners.However just as the referee was looking to end the half Horley played a long ball upfield catching the home defence all over the place.Unfortunately Harry Bishop found himself on the wrong side of Richard Wetton who shot past Cameron Kennedy to open the scoring on 44 mins.H-T 1-0

As has happened too many times this season the Brook were not at the races at the start of the 2nd half & on 47 mins Horley increased their lead as the Brook failed to clear their lines allowing Kieran Bowlan to score.

The goal seemed to wake the Brook up & they increased their efforts to get back in the game with Rhys Rabess & Sekani McCalmon working hard to reduce the arrears.

On 54 minutes NAT MENSAH received the ball on the left cut inside the defender & as the Horley keeper Hyde came out to narrow the angle he shot under the keeper into the goal an excellent finish.-
he game much more even the Brook continued to strive for the equalizer & felt a little aggrieved when on
minutes Rabess appeared to be felled in the box only for referee Wynter to wave away the home appeals.

With Carter & Ahmadi replacing Findlay & Charles the Brook renewed their attempts to level the game.On minutes Sekani McCalmon received the ball on the edge of the area & as he turned the defender was brought down leaving the referee in no doubt in awarding a penalty.

DAN McDONNELL stepped up to take the kick & although Hyde the Horley keeper got a hand to the ball he was unable to prevent it nestling in the net.2-2

To their credit both sides continued to look for the winner & once again it was Kennedy in the home goal who made several good stops to deny the visitors,ably assisted by the two home center backs Lawrence Artik & Austin Schofield.

On 81 minutes the Brook were awarded a free kick about 25 yards out but Dan McDonnell's kick was well saved by Hyde.

However with only a couple of minutes left of the game controversy reigned as Sekani McCalmon ran onto a through ball in the penalty area where he was clearly pushed over by the Horley captain Smith,with both the Referee & the Assistant clearly having an uninterrupted view they turned the inevitable appeal down,only they will know why!!!!!! F-T 2-2

A good point for the Brook & a much improved 2nd half performance but we desperately need to win 3/4 of our next games to banish the spectre of relegation,we have proved we can play much better & battle when needed but now with 10 games remaining we need to prove it.

Team: Kennedy,Robson,Bishop,Artik(Capt),Schofield,McDonnell,Rabess,Charles(Ahmadi),McCalmon,Findlay(Carter)(Sillah),Mensah

Unused Sub: Tesfu

Goalscorers: Mensah 54 mins & McDonnell Pen 73 mins

Yellow Card: Rabess

Man of Match: Austin Schofield

Referee: Dominic Wynter
Assistants: Matthew Swinburn & Wayne Ingram

Match Sponsors: Uxbridge Amblers

Attendance: 45

Austin Schofield

Player of the Match

Austin Schofield

Key moments

Goal Nathaniel Mensah scores for AFC Hayes
Scored Penalty Daniel McDonnell scores a penalty for AFC Hayes


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89:00 Player of the Match
Austin Schofield is awarded player of the match for AFC Hayes
81:00 Saved Shot
Daniel McDonnell has a shot saved for AFC Hayes
79:00 Sub On
Samuel Sillah is substituted on for AFC Hayes
79:00 Sub Off
Harry Carter is substituted off for AFC Hayes
73:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Daniel McDonnell scores a penalty for AFC Hayes
65:00 Sub Off
James Charles is substituted off for AFC Hayes
65:00 Sub On
Mohammed Ahmadi is substituted on for AFC Hayes
58:00 Sub Off
Mitchell Findlay is substituted off for AFC Hayes
58:00 Sub On
Harry Carter is substituted on for AFC Hayes
56:00 Yellow Card
Rhys Rabess is yellow carded for AFC Hayes
54:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nathaniel Mensah scores for AFC Hayes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Hayes
  • Horley Town
  • 0
  • Nathaniel Mensah Goal 54:00'
  • Rhys Rabess Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Mitchell Findlay Sub Off 58:00'
  • Harry Carter Sub On 58:00'
  • James Charles Sub Off 65:00'
  • Mohammed Ahmadi Sub On 65:00'
  • Daniel McDonnell Scored Penalty 73:00'
  • Harry Carter Sub Off 79:00'
  • Samuel Sillah Sub On 79:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
15. Colliers Wood United 44 56
16. Guildford City 44 53
17. AFC Hayes 44 51
18. Farnham Town 44 49
19. Chertsey Town 44 49
20. CB Hounslow United 44 47
21. Badshot Lea 44 39

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