Long Eaton Sunday League
Inham Celtic 1
AFC Kimberley 5
KIMBERLEY demolished Chilwell side Inham Celtic to keep their promotion hopes well intact.
Things got off to a great start as just three minutes in midfielder Ant Watkinson picked the ball up 30 yards out and lofted over a very deliberate effort which beat the Inham keeper all ends up.
A minute later Gary Pickering fired wide and on eight minutes Phil Wright, bursting forward from a right-back position after neat build up play, also missed the target.
Vaughen Crompton thought he’d added another goal on 14 minutes but was ruled offside, before captain Ant Harwood found Mike Jones whose header was straight at the keeper.
On 25 minutes Inham attacked on the counter and it took a smart save from Rhys Watkinson to prevent an equaliser.
From Watkinson’s resultant clearance, Pickering fired over after being set up by Crompton.
The second arrived on 29 minutes and it was leading scorer Pickering who got it when Crompton again set him up and he finished well.
The thir came just five minutes later after neat play down the left. Christian Holmes played the ball to Crompton who then fed Pickering and his reverse ball found Holmes in space who somehow managed to karate kick the ball into the net.
It was 4-0 eight minutes into the second-half when Ant Watkinson again tried his luck from the edge of the area and found the net for his second goal.
Celtic then had a barrage of chances but Rhys Watkinson was in great form to keep the hosts out with two excellent saves in particular.
A big slice of luck brought about AFC’s fifth goal.
Ant Watkinson picked up the ball in a central position and played a ball through to Holmes who seemed to touch the ball with a hand. The referee waved play on and Holmes scored his second of the game.
Celtic pulled one back from a free-kick with ten minutes to go and Rhys Watkinson again saved well to prevent a second, but 5-1 was how it finished.
Man-of-the-match: Ant Watkinson.
This Sunday is AFC’s final away game of the season at Shardlow St James Reserves, kick-off 10:30am. Depending on Tuesday night’s results, a win on Sunday could see AFC needing just a point from their final two games to clinch promotion.