AFC 2015 won the battle of the two AFC’s, with no love lost as they played out a bruising encounter on Valentines evening at Culver Road.
The 2-0 victory over their AFC Aymer counterparts, thanks to goals from Gary Rook and Max Jeffery, means AFC 2015 keep the Sussex Sunday Challenge Cup, sponsored by Gardner & Scardifield, in their possession for another season.
AFC Aymer’s Gary Anderson picked up a caution with barely ten minutes on the clock for kicking the ball away in frustration, as the game went from end to end without either side really breaking the other down.
There were notable solid displays from AFC 2015’s Sam Hodgkins and Aymer captain Nathan Bowen as both defences looked to be on top.
The opening goal came from the penalty spot on twenty minutes, after the lively Jeffery was scythed down in the box. Rook stepped up and calmly sent AFC Aymer goalkeeper Tom Bradford the wrong way, as he dispatched the spot-kick into the left corner of the net.
Rook was in on the action again on the half-hour mark as he tried his luck from distance with a speculative half-volley that was well dealt with by Bradford in the Aymer goal.
Aymer had their first notable chance of the game five minutes before the break, when an in-swinging corner caused confusion in the six-yard box, and lead to Jeffery heading clear off the line to preserve his sides lead.