SSMFL,D2: Mursley Utd 4 AFC Southgate 3

By Justin Daley

Mursley United hosted AFC Southgate, just above them in Spartan South Midlands Division Two, and ended the afternoon level on points with them, in third place, as they won an exciting encounter 4-3.

The home side struck early as a long ball from defence set Peter McAnaspie free and his low shot from eighteen yards beat Owen in the visitors’ net. Mursley continued to look dangerous and were rewarded just before the half hour as McAnaspie added his second following a good move through the midfield.

Just before the break, Southgate pulled a goal back through Bernard-Morgan and the visitors looked to have the momentum going into the second half. A good battle ensued with both sides trying to play decent football on a pitch that was getting increasingly heavy and it was Southgate who equalised with just under twenty minutes remaining when, from a corner, a header looped off Lewis Delahaye and into the Mursley net. Mursley struck back within five minutes when McAnaspie caused panic in the visitors’ defence and, with the ball bouncing around, Luke Williamson was on hand to poke the ball home.

Back came Southgate to equalise with just under ten minutes remaining through Klosi before an Adam Bone free kick was headed back across goal by Simon Hodges. The defence again failed to deal with the bouncing ball and Delahaye redeemed his earlier own goal by scrambling the ball home off neck and shoulder.

This Saturday, Mursley travel to Old Bradwell United, kick-off 3 pm

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