We hosted Mayford Athletic who we haven't played for a few years so we were unsure what to expect, especially with their results being up and down.
Today was all about using the size of the 3G pitch and playing a slightly different style than we have relied on over the last few weeks, by using the width of the pitch and perfect surface to ping the ball around on.
The game got underway and Abbey were on top from the off. Within minutes we thought we had taken the lead when a perfectly timed through ball from Rocco Carbery put in Antwone Brown who slot it pass the keeper only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. Only a few minutes later in the 7th minute we did then take the lead when George Masters put through Antwone again to make it 1-0 to the home side. This pressure didn't ease up there when on 9 minutes debutant Thomas Dainty collected the ball on the left side of the 18 yard box, swiveled it onto his right and floated a cross in for Antwone to head home. However another offside decision ruled the goal out, shame as it was a lovely goal.
The game started to even out a bit after this and Mayford looked dangerous in attack with their physicality being key, however James Lawson (pictured) managed to cope with the best they had to offer.
On 26 minutes Abbey did get another goal when Sammy Stetner took the ball down the left, collided with their player, while Antwone came in too and the ball spinned across goal to the keeper who spilled it for Luca Sorce to score his first goal of the season. We came in at half time 2-0 up.
It was all positive during the break and we went out knowing we needed to perform at the same level and push for another goal as the next goal was crucial.
Throughout the second half Abbey didn't really create any clear cut chances and Mayford did look dangerous with a few awarded free kicks and breaks. Abbey battled well and were always dominating the play in the middle of the park.
On 55 minutes Mayford did have a good shot on goal but it was expertly saved being palmed away to the right.
By that time Mayford were piling on the pressure, pushing their players forward in the search for a goal. This pressure paid off when on the 69th minute a ball was crossed into the box and it was bundled over the line for a consolation goal for the visitors. It finished 2-1 and a great 3 points for Abbey knowing that this is probably our last game for a month.
MOM- James Lawson, again had a tough game up against some physical strikers, but he matched them for strength and pace every time. A very classy performance and took the captains armband for the last 15 minutes.