AOFC 2 vs 2 Mickleover RBL
Cranmers come from 2 down to earn a point
Today was a great event for Aslockton & Orston FC as they played their first ever home game in the Central Midlands League. A lot of hard work and preparation went in to make sure that everything was set up and ready to go on the day. We thank everyone who helped both today, and previous. We also thank everyone who came to show their support today.
AOFC had a strong squad of 14, despite several squad players unavailable, and welcomed new signing Danny Wright. The home side made two changes to last week's lineup as Ryan Campbell replaced Sam Smith and James Hallam resumed his captaincy after being away on holiday, replacing the injured Nick Fry. Callum Thorpe, Ryan Evans and newcomer Danny Wright on the bench.
The home side never really got out of the blocks and it was Mickleover who dominated early play, taking the lead within 5 minutes when an accurate long ball found Daniel Minto on the right who burst in to the area and squared for Brad Foley to tap in to the empty net from a yard out. The game was pretty even then during the first half. The away side played a direct game, but the defensive trio of Luke Haxby, Ryan Campbell and Nico Devivo dealt well with it despite the lack of height. Oliver Warner had to be on top of his game as Mickleover looked a real threat with Minto's pace down the right hand side, whilst Matt James did his job on the opposite flank. The were few chances for either side. Mickleover thought they had doubled their lead from a free kick around 25 yards out but Kain Hill did brilliantly well to turn the ball around the post. James Hallam found himself in the opposition area for the Cranmers after mistakes at the back but his effort was deflected wide. Mickleover did double their lead though after James Hallam lost possession in the middle of the park, Brad Foley picked up the ball 30 yards out and fired a wonder strike in to the top corner, leaving Hill no chance.
The home side took a bit of a rollocking at half time due to their lack lustre performance in the first half and changes were made which saw Callum Thorpe and Danny Wright replaced George McCartney and Luke Haxby. The second half was mainly dominated by Aslockton & Orston as they came out fired up, showing better energy and desire to get something out of the game. Danny Wright slotted in brilliantly at centre-half, winning everything both in the air and on the floor, whilst Devivo and Campbell both looked solid beside him. The centre midfield of Pierce Hallam, James Hallam and Tommy Nesteruk began to take control as their side worked their way back in to the game. Straight from kick off Josh Asuman flicked on to Callum Thorpe who lifted the ball over the defender and volleyed over the cross bar. The two strikers for the home side now began to cause problems for the Mickleover back three. On 57 minutes Aslockton got on the scoresheet as the ball bounced in to Asuman's path and he half volleyed a long range effort brilliantly in to the corner of the net. A deserved goal for the striker who had worked his socks off for his team. Soon after, Thorpe crossed from the left and Asuman almost managed to get on the end of it only 6 yards out as the ball flashed across goal. Aslockton got a deserved equaliser on 68 minutes as a long throw was headed out to Callum Thorpe who whipped in a cross. Danny Wright flicked the ball on and James Hallam sent a looping header in to the top corner of the net. After that Aslockton seemed in control of possession but with chances for both teams the game could have gone either way. Brad Foley was keen to get his hat-trick but he was unable to convert two chances from close range. Kain Hill made a couple of excellent saves to keep his side level whilst at the other end Ryan Evans, who replaced Josh Asuman late on, could have settled it, but he was unable to get a clean shot away in the opposition area.
A spirited come back from Aslockton & Orston who certainly deserved a point in their first home game.
Goals from Josh Asuman and James Hallam
Kain Hill had an excellent game in goal but it was Josh Asuman who was MOTM with a quality forward display.