AFC EMLEY delivered a blistering second half display at Yorkshire Amateur, coming back from a goal down to overwhelm their hosts 8-1.
Striker Ashley Flynn grabbed the limelight in the Northern Counties East League Division I clash with four goals in Emley’s seventh consecutive away league win.
The victory lifts Emley to fifth in the table, but the visitors were made to labour for the first 45 minutes by the Ammers who initially restricted Emley’s chances at Bracken Edge.
The home keeper Ben Danby had made a good low save from an Aaron Joseph effort before the home side took the lead on 16 minutes with Craig Heard the scorer after he capitalised on some poor defensive work before dribbling past Emley keeper Luke Herriott who was out of position.
Flynn put Emley back on level terms in the 21st minute racing onto a Doran Jordan through ball before slotting past Danby from 15 yards out.
The home team rallied with Adam Shaw looking lively for them down the right flank, he made a brilliant run through the Emley defence before laying off for Heard, but Herriott saved his shot well.
Brad Riley hit an ambitious effort off target for Emley before combining well with Josh Ingham to set up Anthony Haigh, but his shot went wide.
The second half was a different matter and Emley came out with a much greater sense of purpose.
Haigh and Flynn both went close with the latter producing a chipped effort which clipped the post with Danby well beaten.
Emley made the pressure count on 59 minutes as Haigh swept an excellent ball across the face of goal into the path of Flynn who stole in behind his marker to slot home.
Flynn put the game out of sight five minutes later with his hat trick goal following a fine move which started with an excellent tackle by Joseph in his own half.
The challenge unleashed Riley who drove into the penalty area, before pulling the ball back unselfishly for Flynn who drove a powerful shot into the bottom left hand corner.
Manager Darren Hepworth refreshed the frontline with 20 minutes to go and the introduction of Steven Kenworthy and Levi Maturine for Riley and Jordan.
The fourth goal came on 76 minutes and it started with Ingham who rode two heavy challenges before releasing the ball to Haigh who crossed to Kenworthy who smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Two minutes later it was 5-1 and once again it came from a Haigh cross from the right hand side and Josh Cooke, who had just come on as a substitute nodded the ball down to Kenworthy to force in despite the efforts of Danby.
Emley had yet another Haigh assist to thank for their sixth goal as he delivered an intelligent free kick into the feet of Kenworthy, who with his back to goal turned and scuffed his shot, but Maturine was close at hand however to stab in from close range.
Haigh claimed a well earned goal for Emley’s seventh on 85 minutes Maturine fed through a well-timed ball into his path and his finish from the edge of the box was perfectly placed and even Danby at full stretch was powerless to keep it out.
Flynn wrapped up the scoring in the 88th minute with his fourth of the game and 25th of the season.
Joseph’s through ball saw Danby come out but he kicked at fresh air allowing Flynn the simplest of tap-ins.
It was impossible to predict such a one-sided scoreline at half-time as the home team were certainly the better side at that stage, but the second half was an entirely different matter as Emley showed what qualities they possess going forward.
Emley now go into Saturday’s clash with fourth placed Louth Town looking to keep this fine run of form going.
Emley: Herriot, Leech, Schofield, Ingham, Sykes (Cooke 77), Cyrus, Joseph, Jordan (Maturine 77), Flynn, Haigh, Riley (Kenworthy 72).