Mosaic continued their strong start to the season on Saturday with a 6-1 win over Wanderers, but contrary to what the scoreline would suggest, it wasn't plain sailing for the recently relegated team.
With a few notable absences at both ends of the pitch (not least Jack Kovacs, AMFC's golden boot winning striker), the game got off to a shaky start on what went on to be a very warm September morning. Both teams looked to test each other's defences early with both keepers getting involved in the opening minutes of the game.
The first clear chance of the game fell to AMFC as their centre back Craig Betteridge played a ball over the back of the Wanderers defence, which centre forward Joe Grayson ran on to and somehow managed to put over the bar on the volley from 2 yards out.
The first half continued and AMFC looked to keep the pressure on getting the majority of possession and continuing to create chances in and around the box. However, around the 40 minute mark Wanderers midfielder Phil Kerry hoofed the ball into the air from just inside the Mosaic half, aiming for somewhere in the box for one of his team mates to follow up. The ball looked to be heading over the bar and the Mosaic keeper looked content to see it over, however it dipped just under and Wanderers were 1-0 up with only a few minutes until half time.
Mosaic knew they needed to rally together for a final push to equalise before the whistle came and they did just that, winning a penalty after a penetrating run into the box from Angelo Ofori-Kissi who was fouled inside the box. Brad Williams stepped forward and converted from the penalty spot to draw both teams level going into the second half.
The second half was a different story.
Andy Anderton dropped back into Centre Back alongside rock at the back Kyle Madden (returning after a 2 year sabbatical) allowing Craig Betteridge to come out onto the right wing. Sure enough a few minutes later and Mosaic were 4-1 up after a blistering Hat-trick of chances all neatly tucked into the net by the right mid.
Mosaic continued to create chance after chance with Adam "Wazza" Wawrzyniak scoring from a wide angle and Aidan Barnes adding another from midfield.
The score finished 6-1 with both teams congratulating each other on their performances and leaving the pitch to begin preparations for the following week's fixtures.