Asfordby FC U17s put five past battling Netherhall

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A month after their opening league game, Asfordby U17s were back in action and maintained their 100 per cent record against a Netherhall team bolstered by recruits from the Premier Division.

Asfordby struggled to get a grip of the game early on and it was against the run of play when they went ahead. Reed played in Green who broke down the right before delivering the ball to Richards whose shot was blocked, but Atherley poked home the rebound from close range.

Netherhall pushed forward, and Callow set Asfordby on a swift counter with a fine ball to Curtis. He drove into the opposition half and released Atherley who crossed for man-of-the-match Richards to net.

Two shots were cleared off the Netherhall line, but when Herbert’s goalbound header was also stopped on the line, the referee had no choice but to show a red card for deliberate handball. But Herbert could not convert the penalty.

This seemed to spur on Netherhall’s 10 men and they quickly pulled one back with a strike which gave keeper Leatherland no chance.

Nearing half-time, Asfordby were given a free-kick 25 yards out after great work from Cochrane, which Callow curled all the way through the box and into the net untouched.

The second half was played at a much more controlled tempo with Sharp putting in a calming performance.

But Asfordby were never in control and only Callow’s brilliant solo effort and Green’s strike, following sustained pressure, saw the hosts prevail.

The play was punctuated by two further goals from Netherhall’s outstanding centre-forward, but as the 10 men tired, the defence of Wesson, O’Neil and Skinner saw off any remaining threat.

Asfordby: Atherley, Leatherland, Reed, Wesson, A. Herbert, Sharp, Callow, Green, Cochrane, Curtis, Richards, Skinner, O’Neil.