Credit to everyone connected to Asfordby Football Club who treated the visiting Ellistown Committee and Team like royalty.
Off the pitch, Asfordby have a set-up that Ellistown need and can reach.
On the pitch, with both teams desperate for the 3 points, it was Ellistown who came out on top in a close game that ended 3-2 to the away team.
The victory secured another season in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier League, while Asfordby need to win their remaining 3 games to stay up. On this evidence, that's possible.
Ellistown raced into a 2 goal lead within 12 minutes through a rare Adam Poxon goal on 4 mins and an Ethan Hulley pile driver on 12 mins.
AFC 0-2 EFC 12 mins
Everyone knows Ellistown can't defend a 2 goal lead but with Ethan and Kai Smalley playing like they have played together upfront for years we knew Town had a real threat up front. Have Town found a future striking partnership has good as legends Keegan\Toshack, Dixon\Speedie or Cole and Yorke. We hope so and we can see why Kai has been picked for a scholarship in the states.
With Captain marvel Chris Nettles marshalling the midfield and Aaron Windram at full back winning his battle against the Asfordby winger, Ellistown were able to keep Asfordby at bay.
Ashfordby would have been frustrated by 2 disallowed goals in the 1st first. The 1st for offside and 2nd for a foul on Goalkeeper Sam Boschi who was having one of his best games for the club.
Ashfordby finally got back into the game on 42 mins when from a corner, big Defender Aaron Ridout powered in a bullet header.
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With defending set pieces becoming an issue for Town, you could sense it was vital we reached half-time at 1-2. That was not possible, as on the stoke of half-time Kai Smalley broke through the defence, waltzed around the keeper to make the half-time score.
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The second half was about game management and taking the sting out of the game. That plan lasted 2 mins as Ben Ladworth from another set piece headed in to make it.
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With both sides keeping an eye on the Hathern v Friar Lane & Epworth score, the tension was filling the ground and got to the point where our Chairman Andy Roach had to seek comfort of his van, while committee member Dave Banner ordered another lager.
Asfordby were now knocking on the door but Ellistown would not open it and themselves were dangerous on the break.
A crunching but fair challenge involving Brendon Lee resulted in a dislocated finger for Brendon who summed up our spirit by carrying on playing.
As the clock ticked over to 90 mins, Asfordby hit the crossbar and you sensed at that point, this was going to be Ellistown's day.
The final whistle blew soon after with Ellistown's future secured for another season and based on this performance, Asfordby ready to pull off the great escape.
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Everyone connected to today's game can be proud of their teams. Football has been under the spotlight for wrong reasons and today two teams and match officials played the game in the right way. Well Done.