AFC’S week of highs and lows

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

ASH­BOURNE FC’S mixed week saw them pro­duce their best and worst per­for­mances of the sea­son in the space of four days, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Adam Lo­mas.

They went through in the Leek Cup in mid­week, win­ning 3-2 at home to high-fly­ing Fo­ley Meir.

But Satur­day’s 2-0 home de­feat to Br­ere­ton So­cial in the Staffordshire County Se­nior League Premier Di­vi­sion brought them back to earth.

“From start to fin­ish against Fo­ley, we were im­pec­ca­ble in ev­ery­thing we did,” said Lo­mas.

“Our first goal came from a Ge­orge Tay­lor run which re­sulted in the Fo­ley cen­tre-half turn­ing the ball into his own net.

“That brought us level and de­spite go­ing be­hind again, we never stopped.

“We got our just re­ward from Rob Austin, who smashed home the equaliser in the six-yard box after a scuf­fle from a corner.

“We then felt we could go on to win the game – and we did.

“Craig Startin picked the ball up from 25 yards out, danced past three Fo­ley de­fend­ers and rounded the keeper to slot home.

“It’s such a hard task to play at this level when the ma­jor­ity of clubs have fi­nan­cial back­ing and play­ers are paid to play.

“My lads turn up, give their all and we com­pete along­side the best on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

It was dif­fer­ent on Satur­day, as lit­tle went right against Br­ere­ton, a side they had not played be­fore, who started the game below them in the ta­ble, al­beit with three games in hand.

“After the per­for­mance of the sea­son on Wed­nes­day night, we then pro­duced the worst per­for­mance of the sea­son,” said Lo­mas.

“From start to fin­ish, we never got go­ing and ev­ery­one was hugely dis­ap­pointed in their own per­for­mances com­ing off the pitch.

“You can’t win them all, I sup­pose. “That would have been a nice game for us to win to climb the ta­ble but we’ve got to for­get about that now and move on.”

AFC were due in ac­tion again last night, in the sec­ond round of the Der­byshire Se­nior Cup, away to Clay Cross Town and are back in league ac­tion again on Satur­day away to Wol­stan­ton United.

Jack Carter, Sam War­ing, Rob Austin, Liam Gib­son, Sam Parker, Nick Par­tridge, Jor­dan Camp­bell, Sam Twigg, Ge­orge Tay­lor, Craig Startin, Richard Coates. Subs: Jack Mur­phy, Dec Ba­con, Liam Scott, Dan Greatorex, Josh Greasley.

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