Line-up: Hutchinson, Tierney, Laing, Seymour, Frost, Cooper, Cross, Peel (Brooks), Chadwick, Perkins (Golding), Guttridge
Goals: Guttridge x 2, Peel x 2, Tierney x 2, Chadwick, Cross
On a blustery day in South West London, AFC Cubo faced a buoyant Farleigh side who had come into some excellent form. A narrow win for the Cubans in the fixture earlier in the year meant the boys in baby blue had to be at their very best to keep their title hopes alive.
Cubo started brightly, pressing the shaky looking Farleigh defence into some early errors. Perkins had already breezed past their ageing full back a couple of times and Guttridge was looking dangerous. However it was Chadwick who set the hosts on their merry way with thumping header from a sumptuous Peel delivery.
Cubo continued to play aggressive, attacking football and Barney Tierney’s endless energetic bursts from right back were finally rewarded. Perkins skipped past labouring full back and pulled the ball back to Tierney with plenty of pace. Tierney controlled the ball effortlessly into the corner to put Cubo 2 up.
With 30 minutes gone in the second half it was 3. Peel picked the ball up well inside his own half and drove at the back 4. Leaving 2 defenders for dead including the infamous full back he bared down on goal. With a deft flick of his right foot he lifted the ball over the on rushing keeper with an audacious arrogance and wheeled away in celebration.
A thumping finish from Guttridge made it 4 just before the half and Cubo went in at the break, cheerful, yet determined to continue the visitors punishment.
More of the same in the 2nd half as a ricochet fell to Peel just inside the box who proceeded to slam home Cubo’s 5th. Cross then latched onto the Perkins through ball and rounded the keeper to make it 6 and Guttridge grabbed his 2nd to keep in the hunt for the leagues Golden boot award.
The 8th and final goal came courtesy of an inviting Ryan Frost delivery with Tierney at the back post to round off a wonderful performance at the Aspire.
With Cubo’s title hopes still very much alive, this result added to the momentum generated from the previous weeks last gasp win at Hollaway. All to play for going into the final 3 games.
MoM – Harry Peel. Two great goals, he first in particular, and an assist means that not only does he edge closer to winning the bet with Torr but he also takes home the man of the match award.