Asfordby FC 3-1 AFC Barwell

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Asfordby finally got back to winning ways against tough opponents after a difficult few weeks.

The hosts enjoyed plenty of possession, but were always at risk of conceding a speculative goal in the windy conditions. Coy stamped his authority on the game with some fearsome challenges and good control, while Booth also competed well, and Marchington had his best game of the season in defence.

Asfordby soon took total control and went ahead from a fine passing movement between Coy and Ward who beat his man and gave Ablewhite a simple tap-in.

Further chances fell to Ward (twice) and Morjaria, but a man-of-the-match performance from Barwell’s keeper prevented further damage.

The second half saw Barwell tighten up in defence and compete much better in midfield, forcing Coy to spend more time defending than creating chances. Barwell sneaked an equaliser out of nothing with a quick raid through the centre of the Asfordby defence.

Hyde was recalled in a defensive role to provide reassurance and pace. Asfordby quickly replied when Ablewhite’s free kick eluded Barwell’s defence and was headed in well by Heathcote.

The visitors looked a spent force and Asfordby wrapped up the win with a fine goal. Quinn beat his man and sent a fine through ball into the box where Heathcote outpaced his marker and held off a defender to place a superb low finish past the keeper.

A welcome, comfortable and spirited win against opponents who competed well but were no match for a talented Asfordby team.

Asfordby: M. Evison, H. Marchington, D. Farnsworth, H. Challis, C. Read, C. Ward, E. Coy, J. Booth, L. Hyde, C. Ablewhite, A. Morjaria, D. Homewood, C. Quinn, F. Heathcote.