AOFC 2 vs 3 Linby CW FC
Cranmers disappointed to get nothing from the match!
AOFC welcomed Linby CW FC to Orston as the Cranmers resumed league action after last week's cup game. Aslockton had a strong squad of 16 with several players disappointed to be left out of the squad. The home side started with the same 4-5-1 formation as last week however Josh Asuman replaced George McCartney and the pack reshuffled as he started up top with James Hallam starting in centre midfield and Nick Fry out on the right hand side.
Linby came out of the blocks with great pace and enthusiasm and were immediately on the front foot. They should have scored within minutes and would have but for great goalkeeping from Joe Fryer and heroic defending. Linby will still be wondering how the ball didn't reach the back of the net. To counter Linby's threat James Hallam was moved to centre-half as Aslockton changed to a 5-4-1. This made a big difference and Linby began to grow tired as they struggled to break the home side down. Aslockton & Orston grew in to the game and got themselves in the lead from a corner. Matt James' delivery was brilliantly headed in by Pierce Hallam at the back post. An outstanding header from the youngster. Both sides pretty much cancelled each other out until half time, with neither keeper having much to do. This was except for Joe Fryer being clattered by the Linby defender who challenged for the ball in the Aslockton area. Fryer then had to be substituted at half time and with no keeper on the bench this week, Nico Devivo stepped up and went in goal.
1 - 0 at half time then and just the one change with Luke Haxby coming on at right back and Devivo taking the gloves. Linby clearly wanted to get back in to the game but still they struggled to break down the back 5 of the Cranmers. Matt James had a chance to extend the home side's lead but a heavy touch meant that the keeper could clear the ball as he was through one-on-one. The game turned though as Linby got back in it with an excellent strike from Chris Hall. A poor clearance saw the ball fall to the winger's feet 25 yards out and he smashed to ball in to the top corner, leaving Devivo no chance at full stretch. A great goal to equalise for the away side. Minutes later Linby went ahead. A long throw in to the area was headed by James Hackett, but he couldn't have been more unlucky as the ball rebounded off the back of the Linby striker's head and past Devivo in to the back of the net. Kye Pilmore will be thanking his lucky stars after that goal. This led to another change of formation for Aslockton as James Hallam went up front. Aslockton began to attack to get back in to the game, and now with two up top started to threaten the Linby goal. Josh Asuman thought he was away one-on-one but he was adjudged to be offside. However, the home side found an equaliser after some great work by Nick Fry down the right. He drilled a cross which Matt James hit home with his opposite left foot for his second goal in two weeks. With both sides now going for a winner it really could have gone either way, but it was to be the away side's day away from home. Another long throw was flicked on at the near post by Pilmore, and Will Horton reacted first in the area to head the ball in to the bottom corner.
A disappointing result for Aslockton, after working so hard in the game, without a natural keeper for the second half!
Great goals from young players Pierce Hallam and Matt James and despite Matt James' excellent performance it was Pierce Hallam and James Hackett who were awarded the MOTM award.