AOFC 9 vs 0 Teversal FC Reserves
Hallam and Asuman run wild for Cranmers!
AOFC made two changes from last week as Oliver Warner replaced Luke Haxby at wing back and Kain Hill replaced Joe Fryer in goal. The Cranmers had a strong 17 man squad available, still with good players missing! The home side had put in a solid performance last week to earn their first home win of the season against South Normanton FC.
It was the away side who started the brightest, as they spread the ball nicely, keeping their width and getting the ball forward. Aslockton took time to adapt to the Teversal style of play, as they played a different formation to that which South Normanton had the week before. Teversal though were clear in their objectives and had a good spell of pressure in the early minutes, however the Cranmers' back line stood strong and ensure the away side were unable to capitalise. Somewhat against the run of play it was Aslockton & Orston who took the lead. A ball over the top from Tommy Nesteruk was left for the keeper by the defender, however James Hallam quickly raced through and lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net. Only minutes later, with the home side more settled after their opener, a mistake at the back led to James Hallam being handed the ball in the middle of the Teversal half. He beat the defender for pace and hammered the ball past the keeper for his second in quick succession. The home side were now in full control and were playing with great confidence. AOFC looked very dangerous going forward and they began to create more and more chances for their front two of goalscorer Hallam and Josh Asuman. Midway through the half a reverse pass from James Hallam found Asuman after a great run to beat the offside trap and he cooly finished to make it 3 - 0. Asuman then joined Hallam on two goals each as Hallam turned in the area and before he could get his shot away, Asuman was there to hammer home. Josh Asuman will feel very unlucky to not have scored a first half hat-trick as he pounced upon a header back towards goal by a Teversal player, but was ruled out for offside. He also had a penalty shout earlier in the half after being taken out by two Teversal defenders in the area, but the referee waved away his protests. None of this mattered though as the home side went in 4 - 0 up at half time.
Aslockton & Orston were told more of the same in the second half and they certainly delivered. James Hallam settled his hat-trick in style as straight from kick off his shot lobbed the Teversal keeper who was off his line. Josh Asuman then netted his hat-trick as the two strikers competed for the match ball. Hallam added his fourth of the game when Nico Devivo made a great run in to the opposition area on the right and delivered an excellent cross which Hallam headed straight at the keeper, but he bundled in the rebound. Asuman struck again himself as a long kick from keeper Kain Hill flew over the Teversal back line and Asuman produced one of the best touch and finish you will see at this level of football. He controlled with his right foot and finished with his left in what was a superb bit of skill. Subs were made for the home side with legs becoming tired. Danny Wright replaced Ryan Campbell who picked up a knock, Lewis Bonham replaced Tommy Nesteruk and Callum Thorpe came on for Josh Asuman who was happy with his four goals and called it a day. There was still time for more action though as James Hallam secured the match ball with his fifth of the match. A long throw from Callum Thorpe was attacked well at the front post by Pierce Hallam, and James Hallam was on hand to finish at the back post. Hallam thought he had grabbed a sixth as his cross seemed to hit the back bar of the goal and bounce out, but the officials were unmoved and said no goal. James Hackett almost got in on the action as he brilliantly attacked an in swinging corner, but his effort went just wide. In the dying minutes sublime effort by Teversal's most creative player of the match almost grabbed him a consolation goal. A wayward cross seemed to be out of the danger zone but the player produced a bicycle kick that smashed the crossbar.
9 - 0 is a great result at this level, especially as Teversal were by no means pushovers. Aslockton were on fire and scored almost every chance they created. Martin Hallam and Dave Warner were clearly thrilled with their side's performance, especially with Kain Hill, Oliver Warner, Pierce Hallam and James Leach all 18 years or under in the starting 11 and playing with great confidence. Defensively the Cranmers were solid as Nathan Woolley, James Hackett and Ryan Campbell have formed a solid back three, with Danny Wright pushing them all the way for a place in the starting lineup.
Goals from James Hallam (5) and Josh Asuman (4).
MOTM: James Hallam and Josh Asuman.