AFC Kilburn 2 vs 1 AOFC
Cranmers drop points away from home
AOFC travelled to fellow newcomers AFC Kilburn who hadn't picked up a point so far in the CMFL South Division. Martin Hallam named the same side that started the second half in last week's fixture, after coming back from 2-0 down against Mickleover RBL. James Leach, James Hackett and Lewis Bonham returned to go on the bench.
Kilburn came out of the blocks with real intent. They clearly wanted to get points on the board, and were right in the faces of the away side. They had a team start when after only 8 minutes the centre midfielder smashed an outstanding strike in to the back of the net from the edge of the box on the volley. A real wonder strike. This gave the home side a buzz and they continued to press. Aslockton stood firm though and settled in to the game after around 20 minutes. They started to push forward and looked dangerous through Josh Asuman and Callum Thorpe up front. Thorpe had the Cranmers' best chance to get back in to the game when a corner dropped to him on the edge of the six yard box, but he was unable to keep his effort down. Aslockton finished the half the brighter side as Kilburn began to tire after their quick start. Kilburn had a solid game plan, but the Aslockton & Orston defence were defending well, especially in the air, to ensure that they could not extend their lead. It was the away side who managed to level the score before half time. James Hallam made a bursting run in to the Kilburn area and was tripped by the defender. A penalty was awarded and Hallam converted it himself, coolly striking the ball in to the bottom corner despite the keeper guessing the right way.
The equaliser made for a better half time team talk for Aslockton and they came out looking positive in the second half, with Kilburn looking nervous. Despite having most of the possession though, the away side struggled to create any clear cut chances. The game then took a turn after a mix up for Aslockton led to a Kilburn goal. A ball in to the area looked to be amounting to nothing, however a mix up led to the ball falling to the Kilburn winger who tapped the ball home, putting his side back in the lead. This goal gave Kilburn something to hang on to, and deflated Aslockton. The away side threw everything they could at Kilburn for the remainder of the game but Kilburn defended for their lives and held out. Kilburn could have extended their lead on a few occasions, with the Cranmers pushing for an equaliser, but keeper Kain Hill made some outstanding saves to keep the game alive.
A disappointing result on the road for Aslockton & Orston, who will feel that they should have come away with something.
Fair play to AFC Kilburn, who gave everything they had to earn their first points of the season.
Goal from James Hallam
MOTM: James Hallam