The first round of the AFA cup was a trip to Old Vaughanians on a very wet & very cold Saturday afternoon (just ask Jack just how cold it was).
The pitch was tucked away behind a David Lloyd fitness centre and attracted 2 spectators who looked like they had to be there and not by choice. The game had to be played and we wanted to get into the next round but it was far from enjoyable. Even the David Lloyd members turned their bikes away from the window view to avoid the scrappy game.
At half time it was 5 -1 which should have been more, with goals from Matt Roles (Penalty),Gavin Suddell, another one from goal a game James Bex, Jake Lawrence and Alfie Lloyd.
Unfortunately we conceded again so we still have not managed a clean sheet, although to be fair the shot was a miss hit & went in off the post.
The second half was just as wet and cold so we made a substitute every 5 minutes to stop players getting frostbite on the side line. This only stopped when James Bex got injured whilst driving into the opponents box from a run from his own box.
We had it arranged so maybe he will remember he is a centre half in future! Our left back Anton Johnson also went on a few runs, which led him to scoring the 2 goals in the second half making the final result 7 -1. It could of and should have been more if we could shoot straight and maybe, swapping the defenders with the forwards, possibly next week.
The highlight was definitely finding a goalkeeper that can keep a clean sheet which happened by chance. Alfie Lloyd feeling sorry for Jack Robery swapped the goalkeepers jersey for the last 20 minutes. Alfie was outstanding, using all his height and presence to command his area plus an extra 5yds that he wasn’t supposed to.
The man of the match goes to Anton Johnson with 2 goals and an accomplished performance despite the cold. This should give him the impetus to get forward and create and score more goals in the following games. The other highlight was to see Alfie's little brother Archie playing again, Archie will add an extra dimension to the team for the rest of the season once he gets himself fit.