Blidworth Welfare FC 5 vs 0 AOFC
Cranmers hammered at Blidworth.
AOFC travelled to Blidworth with a much changed squad with 6 players unavailable from last week's squad. The away side were missing Josh Asuman, Tommy Nesteruk, James Leach, Nathan Woolley, Sam Smith, Joe Fryer. The Cranmers welcomed back Ryan Evans and Matt James who had previously been missing through injury. George McCartney also returned after a month away in Spain.
Blidworth have written a great match report so I have copied and pasted below:
The home side were able to take an early lead through defender Jonathan Jenkinson. The move started when Lewis Weaver was able to win a corner after racing onto a through ball down the left channel from Aidy Harris. Jonathon Drake swung the set-piece in from the left side and it was met by Jenkinson at the back post who happily tapped the ball home.
Weaver was able to cause problems with his pace down the wing all game. It helped his side create a couple of good chances early in the first half. First, he was able to race from the half way line and managed to whip a ball across which was narrowly knocked wide by Josh Brentnall before minutes later attempting another driving run which ended as his cross-cum-shot flew out past the back post.
Just before the half hour point, Aslockton managed a couple of chances from set-pieces. George McCartney saw his free-kick from just outside the box curl inches over the top of the crossbar before a corner from captain James Hallam was cleared by counterpart captain Aidy Harris at the front post.
In the 33rd minute, Blidworth were able to double their lead through Tony Edwards. Goalkeeper Josh Hollis was able to start the move by playing a short free-kick to Jason Dawson, the defender took a touch before pinging a long range ball over the top of the defence which was raced onto by Edwards. The number nine was able to bring it down as he drove at goal before calmly slotting it past Kain Hill in the Aslockton net.
Callum Thorpe had a good chance of getting a goal back just before the break but he saw his free kick from 35 yard curl the wrong side of the post. Soon after, teammate McCartney forced Hollis into action as he held off the challenge of the Blidworth defence to get a shot away but could only fire his effort straight at the keeper.
Another Jonathon Drake set-piece nearly garnered another goal early in the second half. A free kick was chipped into the box where it was narrowly flicked wide by Dawson at the front post.
Lewis Weaver was able to open his account for the match in the 66th minute. A Josh Brentnall ball from the right side of the pitch evaded the swinging leg of a defender to land at Weaver’s feet in the middle where the attacker controlled the ball before firing home.
Josh Hollis had to show his strength to leap up and beat the challenge of James Hallam to the ball in the air after substitute Ryan Evans was able to launch a long, looping ball into the box from distance.
The home side’s fourth goal came at the expense of a goalkeeping error which led to Weaver getting his second of the game. The winger saw his corner creep in at the front post after a slight touch from Hill in the Aslockton goal as the keeper seemed to run towards the ball.
Ryan Evans’ 78th minute effort was the closest the away side got to a consolation goal. The midfielder saw another looping effort from distance drop down at the last minute which left the ball rattling off the crossbar.
Things were wrapped up for Blidworth in the 82nd minute thanks to Weaver’s fifth goal in eight games. The man of the match sealed his hat-trick by receiving the ball outside the box before firing his shot into the top corner.