Ellistown FC 1 Asfordby FC 2
A professional performance from the Division one table toppers was to much for Town to manage as two Brandon Hand goals give Asfordby a 2-1 victory at a cold and windy Terrace Road.
It was good to welcome a number of villagers to their 1st game at Terrace Road. While we never gave you the result, we hope you enjoyed the day.
With our spies telling us that Asfordby were a physical side who liked a battle, it was key that we were ready.
Ready we were not as Asfordby bossed the initial stages as Town struggled to find any rhythm and on 8 mins Brandon Hands make us pay as he tapped in from close range after a shot had hit the crossbar.
EFC 0-1 AFC 8 mins
You could see why Asfordby are top of division one and favorites for promotion as they kept a determined Town side driven forward by Ollie Coe at bay.
This game was the classic cup tie as it went into arm wrestle mode with battles all over the place. Town were not helped by playing into the wind; therefore, it was crucial we made most of set plays when they came around.
This we did on 31 minutes when Captain, Leader, Legend Chris Nettles rose like Mark Hughes to head home a corner.
EFC 1-1 AFC 31 mins
The goal saw the arm wrestle fall into Town's favour as we started to boss the game, but we could not create the chances that would change the game.
Our Achilles heel this season is conceding goals on the stroke of half-time and today was no different as on 45 mins, a defensive slip let in Brandon Hands who coolly finished.
EFC 1-2 AFC 45 mins and HT
The second half was all about 100% commitment from both sides that keep the officials busy, and that commitment ensured chances were at a premium with town having the majority of them. Asfordby were content to see the game out and say to Ellistown it's up to you to break us down and we could not find that vital touch.
Asfordby went down to 10 mins on 82 minutes and that allowed Town to throw the kitchen sink at them. Even then Asfordby had a great chance to seal the win with a 3rd only to see Kelby Tyers make an excellent save when faced with an one on one.
The final whistle went with Asfordby celebrating a win their hard work just about deserved and town knowing they had let a great chance of silverware slip through their fingers.
EFC 1-2 AFC FT
Asfordby are a premier league team playing in Division one and out fought a town side who struggled to find any rhythm. Not our day today and we wish Asfordby well for the remainder of the competition.
Final word goes to the Ref who commented this was the best game he had refed this season and he enjoyed the hospitality.
Our attention turns to next Saturday's away game at Hathern where we are looking forward to seeing what Mason has up his sleeve.