NCEL: Rossington Main stun league leaders AFC Emley

Action from Rossington Main v AFC Emley. Bradley Billam scores for Rossington.
Action from Rossington Main v AFC Emley. Bradley Billam scores for Rossington.

After picking up just one point from the last three games, Rossington Main bounced back to form in style by beating Division One leaders AFC Emley 4-2 at Oxford Street.

Steve Brennan’s side showed real determination and character to withstand a fight back early in the second half when the visitors came from 2-0 down to draw level before two goals in quick succession sealed a tremendous Rossington victory.

Brad Billam gave Main a 10th minute lead with an excellent angled drive into the top corner.

Cameron Johnson, who was making his debut for Rossington up front, doubled the lead with a deflected shot on the stroke of half time.

Emley came out for the second half on the front foot, pulling one back on 51 minutes as Josh Ingham reacted quickest by nodding home after a free-kick had rebounded off the post.

It was all square on 67 minutes when from another free kick into the box Sam Jerome netted with glancing header.

Stuart Fielding made a crucial goal line clearance to prevent the visitors taking the lead.

Then it was Emley’s turn to clear off the goal line from a Lee Holmes 75th minute lob.

However, just three minutes later Rossington had the lead once more with Johnson scoring his second of the game with a near post header from Holmes’ cross.

Sixty seconds later Main grabbed a fourth to wrap up the points when Holmes beat the offside trap to place his shot wide of the keeper for his 30th goal of the season.

Rossington will be expected to come away with all three points this weekend when they visit rock bottom Grimsby Borough.

Main won the reverse fixture 4-0 in October with goals from Billam, Holmes, Nathan Fraser and Jordan Hatton.

A similar outcome should be on the cards against a Grimsby side without a win in 21 games and having conceded 70 goals in 17 matches on home soil.