AFC Dronfield U9s played in the Trophy at Middlewood Rovers, in a close and hard fought match. Jay Nicholson scored the first goal only to be pegged back by Rovers; the first match ending in a 1-1 draw.
In the second game James Taylor scored the first and Luke Copley-Dunn converted a penalty after Taylor was upended in the box but it wasn’t enough to see them win the game.
Final score: Middlewood Rovers 4 - AFC Dronfield 3.
In contrast Dronfield U10s bounced back from last week’s cup defeat, with a match against Hallam Rangers at home.
Despite conceding an early deflected goal, AFC were back their best and were soon rewarded with an equaliser from Nathan Bower. A further brace from Tim Clark, followed by an Oliver Marshall fourth, consolidated AFC’s dominance.
In the second match, AFC continued to play well and to the delight of everyone Callum Holland scored his first goal of the season with a fine strike and regular, Jack Parish, adding him name to the scoresheet. A late consolation goal from the visitors did nothing to dampen the crowds joy at a good solid performance. Man of the match awards went to Thomas Clay and Callum Holland respectively.
AFC Dronfield U11s booked a place in the quarter final of the cup with a powerful display against Greasborough Youth.
The boys started fast and were a goal up by the second minute through Joe Banfield, who soon doubled AFC’s tally with another to leave them with a clear advantage. Keeper Adam Dilly was on top form , keeping Greasborough at bay and stretching his run without conceding into it’s fifth hour on the back of 3 clean sheets. Will Rowbotham added a further two goals in a 5 minute spell, and Rowan Spinks rounded off the first half with one of his own. The second half saw chances at both ends, Lewis Copley-Dunn, making good and adding to AFC’s unattainable lead.
A consolation goal for Greasborough however left AFC unbowed, adding two more: from Lewis again and Curtis Fairest to close the match on a high. Man of the match went to Harvey Baxter.
Final score: AFC Dronfield 8 - Greasborough Youth 1.
AFC U12’s were unlucky against Division B, Crosspool Juniors in the second round of the Cup away. Despite a strong Crosspool, AFC keeper, Jack Wilson, kept the home side at bay in the first half and a wonder goal from Jack Roy claimed an early lead for the visitors. Crosspool grabbed one back before the close of the first half to leave things all square. In the second half, despite the lion’s share of the possession and a great deal of determination, AFC couldn’t make good on their chances and a late deflected goal for Croosspool stole the prize. Man of the match went to club captain, Ross Martin.
Crosspool Juniors 2 - AFC Dronfield 1.