Bad-tempered encounter sees AFC lose ground

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The game started brightly with AFC pushing forward but the size of the pitch, which was on the small side, was clearly affecting AFC’s play.

As the half wore on AFC’s patience looked to be wearing thin and they had opportunities to take the lead, most notably Vaughen Crompton’s effort that sruck the bar and Mike Jones having a header cleared off the line from a corner.

Erewash were growing into the game and had their own opportunities but all from range.

The half remained scrappy and uneventful and the game was goalless at the break.

The second-half kicked off with Erewash looking to attack and they seemed like a different side.

Kimberley’s patience was starting to disappear and with the frustration grew anger.

The referee played his part with some poor decisions and even allowed Erewash players to goad AFC players without caution.

Eventually the first goal came and it was Erewash who got it. Arguing between two players lead to Erewash attacking and the bobbling ball was prodded past the despondent Rich Kelley in goal.

AFC substituted Watkinson and Holmes due to their parts in the arguments and replaced the pair with Barber and Groves.

But things didnt get better for Kimberley and a second goal was conceded shortly afterwards.

A long ball which should have been easily picked up by Kelley somehow wasn’t and after catching the ball, he dropped it at the feet of an Erewash striker who swept home.

Manager Alan Peck brought off Reece Crompton and went with three at the back, replacing Crompton with James Kingswood.

The change didnt work and a third goal was conceded. Again a long ball down AFC’s right was not dealt with and the Erewash attacker made no mistake.

AFC did get the ball in the net late on only for it to be chalked off for offside.

The final chance of note fell to Gary Pickering who one-on-one scooped his shot high and over.

Man of the match - Mike Jones