AFC Cubo 3 – Reigate Priory 2

Date: Saturday 17th October

Venue: Barn Elms

Starting line-up: Luke Arnold, Alan Clarke, Tom Golding, Pete Woodhead, Marcus Torr, Jonny Patterson, Ian Clarke, Ben McGeown, Ryan Shedwick, Martin Ansell, Harry Tulip

Subs: Oli Perkins, Oli Watkins

A mad 10 minute spell towards the end of the game saw Cubo beat Reigate Priory for the first-time at home in 5 seasons of Surrey Elite football.

1-0 down at the half the boys knew that they needed to keep the ball better and in doing so they gained a foothold in proceedings. The baby blue army rightly equalised when substitute Oli Perkins, fresh off the physio’s table, arrived late at the back post to knock in a sumptuous McGeown cross from the left. Cubo thought they had game won when, ten minutes from the end, Perkins jinked past his marker to slot home again, this time from the edge of the box.

An ankle injury to Alan Clarke meant Oli Wats was required to surrender the lino’s flag as a late replacement at CB. It would be fair to say that the Club chairman was caught cold (having already played 90 for the 2’s) when a misplaced pass found it’s way behind the defensive line. Oli not being known for a turn of pace at the best of times was easily beaten to the ball allowing the Reigate player to slide home. 2-2.

A draw seemed the likely outcome until the dying minutes when Harry, who had been a menace to the Reigate defence all day, collected the ball on the left, dropped his shoulder for the obligatory step-over and coolly slotted into the GK’s left-hand corner from a tight angle.

Cubo’s third win in a row pushes them towards the middle of the table with a game in hand over most sides around them.

Goals: Oli Perkins 2, Harry Tulip

MOTM: Harry Tulip