AFC storm into cup final with fine win

AFC Kimberley booked their place in the Junior Cup final with victory against West Park.

Long Eaton Sunday League Junior Cup Semi-Final

West Park 1

AFC Kimberley 4

AFC Kimberley booked their place in the Junior Cup final with victory against West Park.

A first-half blitz from the dragons was enough to give them a 3-0 lead at half time, and despite a spirited fightback in the second-half from the hosts, AFC managed to keep West Park at bay and advance to the first final in their history.

AFC were without all three of their possible goakeepers meaning defender Sam Brewster, who has appeared in goal for other clubs, was chosen to deputise.

est defensive record in the league.

The opening exchanges were quite scrappy and both sides were struggling to get settled but AFC took the lead on seven minutes when Vaughen Crompton’s long-range free-kick was fumbled over the line by the West Park keeper.

Seven minutes later a corner from Reece Crompton was cleared to the edge of the box from where Sam Groves lashed a half volley from 22 yards into the back of the net.

West Park hit the bar from a free-kick but it was soon 3-0 when Reilly Marshall and Vaughen Crompton combined to set up Matt Newton whose shot was deflected home.

James Else saw an effort hit the bar before the break, but 19 minutes into the second-half West Park pulled a goal back from a free-kick.

Brewster made a fine stop from point-blank range as West Park threatened a second, but it didn’t materialise and the game was settled in injury-time when Vaughen Crompton curled in a fine effort to seal the win.

Man-of-the-match: Mike Jones.

Kimberley: Brewster, R Crompton (Ryan 70), Newton, Harwood, Jones, Groves (Holmes 82), Harmer, Else, Pickering, V Crompton, Marshall