Date of Game


Jun 5th 2011

Clubs Future Secured - Award Winners.

An announcement by AFC Emley secretary John Whitehead kicked off a night of celebrations at the club’s end of season presentation evening.

The club’s future had been at threat as its lease at the Welfare Ground had come to an end. Due to the charitable status of the ground, the trustees of the former Emley Moor colliery ground were obliged to open negotiations with other interested parties to ensure that an open market rent had been set.

Rumours had been circulating that the club was set to fold with another club making an offer for the facilities but the relieved secretary announced that the clubs bid had been accepted on Friday morning, much to the delight of the players, management and supporters at the event.

He stated: “We are delighted to have come to a deal with the trustees for use of the Welfare Ground and look forward to working with them as they aim to develop the facilities for the benefit of the people of Emley.”

Whitehead also paid tribute to fellow committee member Richard Hazelden and chairman Graham Roys who are both stepping down from their roles at the club, before announcing that it was his intention to stand for position of Chairman at the end of Roys’ tenure.

The club enjoyed a turnaround in fortunes in the second half of the season after the appointment of Darren Hepworth as manager leading them from 17th to an 8th place finish in the NCEL first division. Nicky Bramald and Ray Dennis’s reserve team secured a second successive promotion and will be in the WRCL Premier Division next season.

Club captain Judd Colley was the recipient of the coveted Supporters Player of the Year whilst fellow centre half Sean Hazelden picked up the Players award and 29 goal striker Steven Kenworthy received the chairman’s award.

The reserve team’s Players Player of the year was won by long serving centre half Paul Robinson with captain Tom Bucknall getting the Managers Player of the year.

Manager Hepworth ended the evening’s formalities with a stirring speech paying tribute to both squads of players and also to the clubs fans.

“I can’t wait to get cracking next season and we are aiming to bring some silverware back to the Welfare Ground. Anybody who thinks that we have achieved some success this season is wrong. The hard work starts again now and must continue with the form that we showed at the end of last season if we are going to progress.”

Meanwhile the club will continue to be sponsored by Wm. Sykes & Son Estate Agents for the 7th season since the clubs formation.

The club’s pre season campaign is now only a few weeks away with training commencing on Tuesday 21st June at Scissett playing fields whilst the pre season friendlies are set to be announced later in the week.


Jun 5th 2011
Lots of rumours have been going around for good reason and I'm sorry for the lack of comment here on the website about what's been going on.

The truth is that our agreement to lease the ground ended on the 12th May. At this point we were required to hand our keys back to the trustees of the club who were duty bound (as the ground is a miners welfare it has charitable status) to get the best open market rent for the ground.

As a result we were required to go into negotiations with the trustees to make an offer to rent the ground which has now been accepted so we will once again be playing our football at the Welfare Ground.

We haven't made a fuss about this of course as we didn't want to draw other clubs attention to fact that the ground may be available so I hope that any of the fans who have felt that we have kept you in the dark will understand our stance upon this.

Anyway... looking forward to seeing you all up at The Welfare Ground again next season. Full details of pre-season friendlies will be posted as soon as we have them.


Jun 5th 2011
The end of season presentation evening was held at The Grange last night with the winners as follows:

First Team
Supporters Player of the Year: Judd Colley
Players Player of the Year: Sean Hazelden
Chairmans Player of the Year: Steven Kenworthy

Second Team
Players Player of the Year: Paul Robinson
Managers Player of the Year: Tom Bucknall

Really enjoyable evening and a big thanks to all who attended. Also many thanks everybody at The Grange for their kind hospitality and to Pam, Sue and Kaz for their help in arranging the event and catering.


May 30th 2011

Darren Hepworths Program Notes.

Below featured in the programme prior to the game with Louth. For the information of all Supporters here is what Darren had to say.

Today's game brings to a close what has been a memorable season for all sorts of reasons. Going into this game we have an opportunity of securing a top 8 finish and considering we were 17th in the league at the end of November that is a fantastic achievement by the players and everyone associated with the running of this fantastic football club. In my mind that's almost up there with winning a cup. Anything higher than 8th would be a record for us so we have everything to play for this afternoon. Put simply that has been my mentality since taking over at the end of November.

Some of you will remember that I came in with the intention of putting out teams that were committed and those loyal supporters (yes you!) paying their hard earned cash would see that in our performances. I also impressed upon the importance of working hard to create the right environment and enjoying our football. The reality is that if we got those elements right then the results would come. Of course that is far easier to say and it takes considerable effort collectively to make that happen. But that's what we have done and believe me this is just the start.

I could pick so many games that have been memorable for me this season -beating Ponty at home, Barton (home and away!), Yorkshire Ammers away and strangely although we lost both games against Staveley I thought our performances against them were outstanding. Beating Eccleshill was a decent result and one with an edge with the return of Banger and Grant. Ian Banks was a true professional in every sense - an excellent footballer and manager and someone whom I respect greatly - he did a great job here and I know many of you still appreciate what he has done for this football club both on and off the field. Banger and I still converse regularly and I know he is desperate to finish above us in the league (they are 3 points behind us going into the final game with a slightly better goal difference!!). Of course the one I won't forget is my first game back in middle of December when we beat Shirebrook Town 2-1 after extra time in the cup - a brilliant night - especially getting one over on the highly regarded Rudy Funk (who is now at Scarborough).

You may recall the bad weather we had through the end of November and most of December - in fact it was the 3rd January before I took charge of my first league game - literally five weeks into the job. Those five weeks were a blessing in disguise as I was able to sort out our squad and spend some time working with the players - it was almost like a pseudo preseason. I fundamentally believe it was those hours of training and working hard to build a collective spirit that laid the foundation for our surge up the league.

Believe me we have a very special and talented group of players at this football club who I can proudly say wear the AFC Emley shirt on a consistent basis. Yes we have our off days but the level of commitment that these guys have shown on and off the field have transformed this football club in half a season - they are a real credit to themselves. I'm already deep into our plans for preseason and what we need for next season so watch this space - although my first priority is looking after those we want to keep here. I'm certainly not planning any holiday (although don't tell my wife!!). My priority will be to continue to attract the best local talent -players who really understand the DNA of this football club.

Clearly AFC Emley is steeped in history and tradition and whilst you can fall into the trap of collapsing under the expectation I'd rather focus on writing new chapters.....and that is what we have started to do. It will take time however I've seen enough from the performances this season to know we are on the right track and with the right additions we will be a real challenger for promotion next season.

I mentioned earlier that it takes considerable effort collectively to be successful. We have a fantastic committee (Graeme Dodgson, Rob Dixon, Allan Hird, Richard Hazelden, John Mason & Nicky Bramald) who together with Chairman Graham Roys and Secretary John Whitehead have given everything to this football club over the past few years. I hope we can add to this hard working group over the summer to help share some of the responsibility and of course enjoy our future success!

Our committee is backed by so many wonderful volunteers without whom we just would not be able to function. These people give up their own time to wash the kit,  work the turnstiles, help out in the bar, make tea and coffee....the list goes on. At the risk of genuinely missing off someone take it from me even if it was just for one game - thank you. One person who just keeps going is Ray Chappell. One of the reasons that we are respected widely as a football club is the facilities and playing surface - that is a testimony to Ray's continuing effort and that is truly appreciated. I have promised Ray that we will warm up in different parts of the pitch next season!!!

A special thanks to Martin Wharam & Rob Dixon who provide such graphic summaries of our performances and I have to add take a very balanced view - even if sometimes I'd rather not be reminded!!

Someone once said to me that you are judged by the company you keep. Well I'm privileged to work with an excellent management team and they have been outstanding in their support of me and their contribution to this football club. Micky Reid is a class act, a top player in his day, he is a first class coach and we are fortunate to have his knowledge and experience here. John Mason is an AFC Emley man through and through. Despite his allegiance to Leeds United (!) he is someone I trust implicitly and his football insight and observation is priceless to me. Annette Tindsley is a first class physio - the lads absolutely love "Janet" and she is destined for a great career in sports therapy. Nicky Bramald, Ray Dennis & Danny Murphy have done a superb job with the Reserves this season and at the time of writing still have a real chance of promotion up to the West Riding County Premier Division. I could not have taken this opportunity running the first team without their support and I for one will not forget that.

So when you put all these pieces together at the core are you - our very loyal supporters. You have no idea how proud it makes me feel to see such fantastic support both home and away. I would like to personally thank you for your wonderful support since day one and even on the rare occasions where we have fallen short you have been considerate. I speak to many of you and I hope you will continue to let me know your thoughts and opinions and most importantly keep supporting the players. Your support and encouragement have been a major factor in the players understanding what playing for this football club means - more of that next season and I'm confident we will deliver real success in terms of promotions and cups.

I have saved my final word for my predecessor Darren Bland. Darren is a true gentleman and someone who really impressed me during the relatively short time I worked with him - he has an excellent football brain which is why he was offered the position at Sheffield United Academy. He worked tirelessly and take it from me he deeply wanted to succeed - and he wasn't far away. Darren and I have stayed in touch - he remains a true follower of this football club and I very much hope we will see him up at the Welfare Ground next season.

So after reading all of that you have probably missed most of what I hope is an absorbing and exciting game with us coming away with another great win.....the way this season has gone I wouldn't rule out 6-5!

Thank you again for your fantastic support and look forward to seeing you all next season.




Apr 30th 2011

AFC Emley 5 - 2 Louth Town. NCEL Division One

Emley finished the season in style as they strolled to a comfortable 5-2 victory over Louth.  The final outcome was never in doubt after the home team raced to a 3 goal lead within the opening quarter of an hour.

Fittingly the opening goal went to leading scorer Steven Kenworthy 5 minutes into the game.  Emley keeper Mick Clark punted a long ball deep into the Louth half, the visitors Bobby McSpadden failed to deal with and Kenworthy latched onto it chipping keeper Tom Andrews from the edge of the box. 

Two minutes later Kenworthy’s strike partner Dean Wharam did well to control a bobbling ball as he found a route through the Louth defence and smashed the ball past Andrews to make it 2-0.  Soon after Wharam nearly had another showing some clever footwork but was denied by Andrews.

Marc Townsend did make it 3 however on 14 minutes after being set free by Kenworthy driving home after getting the better of Andrews. 

Emley were at times guilty of some casual defending allowing  Louth a couple of clear cut chances that could have got them back in the game  First Bruno Holden chipped Clark but the keeper was relieved to see the ball drift over the bar.  Then a misplaced pass by Nathan Tayo allowed Jamie Coulson a free shot at goal but he failed to the target.

Brad Dowling delivered a couple of testing corners for Emley as they asserted their dominance once again.  The first dropped onto the bar and the second a deep effort found Sean Hazelden who directed a decent header destined for the top corner which was cleared of the line by McSpadden making amends for his earlier error.

Wharam, who had a terrific first half did well to deliver a cross right into the danger zone for Kenworthy who’s well struck effort beat Andrews but was again cleared off the line with a last ditch clearance.  Then he sent a cross field ball right into the path of Mick Amos who in turn delivered a pin point cross to Mark Stuart who forced a decent save from Andrews. 

Kenworthy thought that he notched his second of the game with a lovely dinked finish over Andrews  but was ruled offside.  He then almost turned provider delivering a fine cross onto the head of Mick Amos who was denied by a fine one handed save by Andrews.

Against the run of play Louth grabbed a goal back just before half time when Jamie Coulson took advantage of some slack marking to stab the ball past Clark from close range. 

Emley started the second half as strongly as they did the first as they looked to snuff out any hope that Louth’s goal had given them as Kenworthy saw a shot from a tight angle drift just across the face of goal in the open stages of the half.

Wharam made it 4-1 on 55 minutes showing lightening pace from inside his own half to latch onto a Dowling through ball, one on one with the oncoming Andrews outside the area he did well to outwit the keeper and slot the ball home.

Louth took another consolation goal on 71 minutes when Elliot Broughton hooked a speculative clearance over the Emley defence into the path of Holden who delivered a confident finish past Clark from the edge of the box.

A good spell of play between Wharam and Dowling played in Nicky Reid who pushing up from full back unleashed a cracking long range effort which surely stung the hands of Andrews.  Minutes later Kenworthy got into a good position to stab in an angled shot from close range to notch his 29 of the season. 

Following the goal, Emley manager Darren Hepworth brought on more pace in the shape of widemen Teo Ringrose and Curtis Roberts for Mick Amos and Dean Wharam who both received warm applause from the crowd for their efforts. 

The story of the final quarter of an hour was really one of was whether Kenworthy would be able to notch a 30th goal of the season and the strike threw everything left in his arsenal to try achieve this.  His best effort was a spectacular dipping effort which caught Andrews of his line but clipped the bar before falling to safety. 

Kenworthy adopted a shoot on sight policy for the remainder of the game and could be forgiven for not laying the ball off to his colleagues and who could blame him for wanting to finish his best season for the club in style.  He did register 4 decent efforts at goal in this short time but blasted over from close range Arran Horton had delivered a well timed cross. 

In between all of this Dowling saw a long range effort well saved whilst Andrews somehow clawed Roberts’ close range touch back off the line to restrict the scoreline to 5-2.  On the whole this was a scoreline which could easily have been double and would have moved Emley ahead of their visitors in the table but ultimately it is a result that Darren Hepworth would have gladly taken before kick off. 

Whilst Emley’s defending was at times a little bit suspect there were plenty of stand out performances.  Brad Dowling had a superb game and has really become a vital member of the squad in the final stages of the season.  Up front Steve Kenworthy and Dean Wharam are now building a partnership which is capable of striking fear into any defence in the division and the Emley support will be looking forward to next season with baited breath to see what the two can achieve next season. 

Emley Team:
Clark, Reid, Tayo, Dowling, Colley (c), Hazelden, Townsend, Amos (Roberts), Kenworthy, Wharam (Ringrose), Stuart (Horton).

Man of the match: Steven Kenworthy.                       Att:  115


Apr 23rd 2011

Barton Town Old Boys 1 - 3 AFC Emley. NCEL 1.

A hat-trick by Dean Wharam put a massive dent in Barton Town OB’s promotion chances as AFC Emley ran out 3-1 winners over the 3 placed side.

After falling to a lacklustre 4-0 defeat last week at Rossington, Emley delivered a performance full of passion which ranked among their best of the season.

Emley started the first half brightly but then found themselves under pressure as Mick Clark had to be at his best to deny Gareth Barlow from close range, then soon after Richard Medcalf smashed a shot at the angle of the post and bar.

The visitors battled their way back into the game with Wharam and strike partnerKenworthy combining well to lead their challenge.  Kenworthy played Wharam in only for the Barton keeper Dave Bramley to make a vital block at his feet.  Soon after Bramley parried a goal bound Judd Colley header from a corner.

Wharam finally made the breakthrough on 33 minutes flicking on a header from a free kick past Bramley into the far corner.

Six minutes later Wharam doubled Emley’s lead with another header, this time from a pinpoint Nathan Tayo cross.

At half time Emley expected the hosts to come out at them to force their way back into the game but stood firm to the their challenge before killing the game off in the 51st minute. 

Kenworthy again sent Wharam through one on one with the keeper but this time Wharam delivered a cool finish past Bramley notch his second hat trick of the season.

In a desperate bid to get something out of a game fast running away from them, Town reverted to a back three, substitute, Mark Griffin coming on to make what amounted to a five-man attack. And the bold move almost paid immediate dividends, Clark acrobatically denying Lee Shilleto, whose header looked destined for the top corner.

The home side were offered a lifeline in the 65th minute, when the referee, somewhat harshly, awarding a penalty for handball against Colley who had his arms at his side which also earned him a booking. Medcalf sent Clark the wrong way from the spot, but failed to hit the target adding more misery to their day.

With Barton more exposed at the back Kenworthy was unlucky not to make it four for Emley when his chipped effort landed on the roof of the net with Bramley well beaten.
Barton did manage a consolation goal on 77 minutes through their leading scorer Barlow. Medcalf picked out Garth whose fierce drive came off the bar for the predatory Barlow to head home despite the presence of a number of Emley defenders on the line.

Clark parried another Barlow effort onto the post whilst at the other end of the field substitute Curtis Roberts had a couple of good chances but the final score remained at 3-1 to Emley.

The result leaves Emley in 8th place in the table whilst Barton were relieved to find out the that second placed Yorkshire Amateur had fallen to a last minute home defeat to Askern which means that 4 points from their next two games will assure them promotion to the NCEL Premier.

Emley’s final game of the season is at home to 6th placed Louth on Saturday (3pm kick off). 

Emley Team: Clark, Reid, Tayo, Ingham, Hazelden, Colley, Dowling, Townsend, Kenworthy, Wharam, Amos. Subs: Roberts

Man of the Match: Dean Wharam                  Att: 97.

Apr 16th 2011

Rossington Main 4 - 0 AFC Emley. NCEL 1.  Report By Libby Leech.

A depleted AFC Emley team suffered their heaviest defeat under Darren Hepworth as they lost 4-0 at Rossington Main. Hepworth was without leading scorer Steven Kenworthy and influential midfielder Mark Stuart. Anthony Leech and Joe Washington were both included on the bench but both were carrying injuries and remained mere spectators.

Emley had their first shot within a minute of the kick off as Curtis Roberts brought a good save out of Rossington keeper Lee Appleby, who pushed the shot onto the post.
Two minutes later however, Emley found themselves a goal down. A short corner was played into the box and Lee Holmes sliced his shot, but it found its way past Mick Clark via his left hand post.

It was nearly two after 12 minutes as Lee Holmes put in a cross for Liam Charlton who ran into the 6 yard box with Clark saving well at his feet. Other than this neither side produced much quality and the home side went in at half time with a 1-0 lead.

The first chance of the second half fell to Emley's Dean Wharam but the striker fired into the side netting
Good build up work from Nathan Tayo and Curtis Roberts brought Emley their first free kick of the second half after Tayo was fouled.  From the resulting kick Josh Ingham release Wharam only for the striker to fire just wide of the target.
Rossington's Jason Stokes saw a shot at Mick Clark, before former Emley man Zeph Thomas doubled the home side's advantage on 53 minutes with a shot from just inside the area into the bottom left corner.

Emley captain Judd Colley made vital tackle to deny Charlton when he was through on goal allowing the ball ran through to Clark safely.

Rossington were 3-0 up on 73 when Will McGhie put a shot out of Mick Clark's reach into the top corner.  Then, in injury time Thomas made it 4-0 with a well taken goal from the edge of the area.

Rossington are without a doubt a resurgent force from the side that Emley defeated comfortably back in September.  They have improved massively under new manager Steve Lodge and he seems to be able to get the best out of Zeph Thomas who was unable to find the scoresheet during his spell at Emley under Ian Banks.

Final Score - Rossington Main 4-0 AFC Emley

Team: Clark, Horton, Tayo, Ingham, Colley ©, Hazelden, Townsend, Dowling, Wharam, Ringrose, Roberts Subs Barnes (for Ringrose 75) not used Leech, Washington

Man of the match: Brad Dowling.

Match Photo's.

Apr 9th 2011
Bottesford Town  0 - 2 AFC Emley NCEL Division One

Emley returned to winning ways with a solid 2-0 win at Bottesford Town which moves them back into 8th place in the league.  The victory was achieved through strikes by frontmen Dean Wharam and Steven Kenworthy.

Darren Hepworth’s side had the better of the play in the first half with Dean Wharam providing an attacking outlet up front. The hard working Wharam has been on sparklin g form recently and it was him with a 15 minutes of the match played struck the upright, his pace beating the Bottesford off side trap. Not long later the same player had another strong effort blocked by the home keeper.

Wharam did get reward for his efforts in the 25th minute driving home from just outside the penalty following the keepers clearence from a corner kick. Taking a touch and finding space his angled shot found the bottom corner of the net.

Bottesford responded with Dominic Stones having a strike at goal which was pushed away for a corner by Mick Clarke.  Carl La Rocca sent home a strong header from a corner but the ball finished wide of the target as the home team tried to claw back an equaliser.

As play swung from end to end as the half drew to a close Gareth Campion did well to block an Emley attack whilst at the other end Karl Slack’s strike beat Clarke but was denied by the woodwork.

The Birch Park team dominated the early stages of the second half as they sensed the opportunity to cancel out Emley’s narrow lead.  Slack provided a great ball for Stones to head into an open net but the youngster squandered the chance and headed wide of the target.

Stones once again tested keeper Mick Clark with a fierce strike with the home side pushing hard for an equaliser and Bradbury should have done better with his attempt at a goal.  The elusive goal however came at the opposite end of the field with just 3 minutes left on the clock as Steven Kenworthy delivered a cool finish chipping over Ward from close range to notch his 27th goal of the season.

Emley have another away fixture next Saturday when they travel to Rossington.

Apr 6th 2011

AFC Emley 1-3 Glasshoughton Welfare. NCEL Division One

Emley’s nine game unbeaten run came to an end at a windswept Welfare Ground as visitors Glasshoughton Welfare adapted better to the conditions to record a 3-1 victory.  Away captain Paul Banton won the toss and it was a crucial one as he opted to play down the slope with the wind at his sides back. 

The home side did start the game brightly as Dean Wharam used his pace to get round the Glasshoughton defence and unleash a well struck shot which brought a fine save from goalkeeper Simon Kemp.  The resulting corner was only cleared as far as Mark Stuart who fired just wide of the left hand upright.

Glasshoughton found their way back into the game and took the lead on 12 minutes with their first decent effort.  Alex Booth looped a header over Mick Clark in the Emley goal and the ball caught in the wind and bounced back off the bar right into the path of Carl Fothergill who had a simple tap in.  The experienced striker caused no end of problems for Emley defence and moments later popped up to spring the offside trap but his chipped effort sailed wide of the target. 

Wharam and Steve Kenworthy combined well on a couple of occasions and they looked to drag Emley back on level terms.  First Kenworthy broke down the right wing and played a delightful ball in round the back of the defence, Wharam connected well with the ball but it curled over the bar.  Soon after determined play by Kenworthy won the ball back on the edge of the Welfare box but Wharam screwed his shot across the face of goal.

Fothergill had a good chance to add to his opener but hooked a decent cross from Joshua Corbett over the bar.   Alex Booth did make the score 2-0 as he looped a header from a deep Lee Stratford free kick over Clarke and into the net. 

Kenworthy tried a long range chip but this was dealt with well by Kemp before his side scored their 3rd goal.  The Emley defence were guilty of leaving Alex Robinson unmarked as he directed a well taken header in at the near post from a corner. 

Teo Ringrose saw a decent effort go wide with Kemp beaten.  Then, Wharam volleyed off target as Brad Dowling’s cross came to him at a difficult height.  Emley were left to rue missed opportunities and sloppy defending as the half time whistle went with a 3 goal deficit.

Glasshoughton were forced into a change at half time with the injured Fothergill replaced by Damion Liddle.  Liddle was well known to Emley from his time at Hemsworth and is a player equally capable of tormenting defences.

Playing with the wind advantage in the second half Emley did have considerably more of the ball but found Glasshoughton’s defence more stubborn to break down as they defended their lead.  Mark Stuart set up Wharam on the edge of the box but his angled effort was parried to safety by Kemp.  A short free kick by Stuart also allowed Dowling a crack at goal from 25 yards out but again his effort was just off target.

Glasshoughton’s Booth picked up a booking for raising his hands at Marc Townsend (who was also booked for retaliation) and was lucky not to pick up a second yellow card after a 2 footed lunge on Stuart but referee Martin Birley ruled that he had blown his whistle for an earlier offence.  Kenworthy was also booked as his frustrations boiled over. 

Townsend created a good chance for Ringrose but Kemp was in the right place to make a reaction save.  Paul Sykes, the former Wakefield and Emley man also went close with a header for Glasshoughton but they looked in the main satisfied to hold onto their lead. 

Emley did manage to get a goal back which could only be described as wind assisted. Sean Hazelden punted a long ball up front from just inside his own half.  The ball bounced over the flapping Kemp unassisted into the net with Wharam bearing down on him.

With the clock ticking down Wharam almost forced a second goal as his cross again caught the wind and almost looped into the net.  This time Kemp did well to tip the ball over the bar to safety.  A goal here might have set up an enthralling finale but it was not to be as Liddle had the final chance of the game robbing Judd Colley of the ball and delivering a decent angled drive which forced a good save from Clarke.

So Emley were unable to make it 10 games unbeaten and missed out on their chance to jump up to 6th in the table.  Instead Glasshoughton leapfrog them and Emley drop back down to 9th.   On this showing its obvious how they have made such great sides this season under manager Craig Elliott.  They have a strong fit side who appear to have the right mix between experience and youth.  On this showing I would expect them to put in another strong showing next season.

Clarke, Ingham, Tayo, Stuart, Colley (c), Hazelden, Townsend (Reid), Ringrose (Roberts), Kenworthy, Wharam, Dowling.  Subs (not used):  Cyrus, Washington.

Man of the Match:  The Wind                  Att: 85

Apr 2nd 2011

AFC Emley 7-0 Brodsworth Welfare. NCEL Division One

Emley dispatched bottom club Brodsworth with a comfortable 7-0 victory to extend their unbeaten run to 9 games.  The result moved them up to a magnificent 7th in the league table. 

Once again Steven Kenworthy lead the way for Emley as he grabbed his 3rd hat trick of the season and 26th in all competitions. 

Emley started the game in a confident fashion following manager Darren Hepworth’s orders to play a high tempo attacking game.  Brad Dowling, playing down the left flank created an early opportunity for Teo Ringrose with a searching cross which found the other wideman at the far post but he was unable to turn it home.

Josh Ingham threaded a great ball through to Ringrose who made some space for himself but rather than going for goal with just the keeper Ross Adamson to beat he slotted the ball across the 6 yard box to Steve Kenworthy to tap home only to be ruled offside.  Minutes later Ringrose got round Haydan Tomlinson and found himself in a similar position, this time opting to go for goal but his well struck curling effort was saved by Adamson. 

Nathan Tayo pushing forward from left back had a long range drive blocked to safety by Brodsworth’s centre half Lee Drobac.  Meanwhile at the other end of the pitch there was little to threaten Mick Clarke’s goal. Joe Gornel’s speculative effort being and a well struck 25 yard free kick by Nathan Hall were the only visitors only efforts on target in the first half. 

Brodsworth did however seem a better organised outfit than the one that Emley defeated by 4-0 for the first half at least and what they lacked in quality they made up for in enthusiasm. 

Just when Emley appeared to be getting frustrated for not making their chances count however they opened the scoring with 27 minutes on the clock.  Josh Ingham sprung the Brodsworth offside trap with a fine through ball to Kenworthy who spotted the keeper moving off his line and delivered a fine chip beyond his reach. 

This settled the Emley teams nerves and the pressed hard to increase their tally.  Ringrose was felled on edge of the box by Broddy captain Josh Copeland after he had beaten two defenders and was bearing down on the goal.  The resultant free kick by Dowling pulled of a good save from Adamson. 
Ringrose, who had a lively first half saw a dipping effort fly just over the bar and Mark Stuart also went close before half time as Emley were unable to build on their lead.

Ringrose was rewarded for his efforts on 55 minutes after Kenworthy outstripped the Brodsworth defence, his shot was saved by Adamson but fell into the path of Ringrose who smashed it home from the edge of the 6 yard box.

From this point forward it was pretty much one way traffic as Brodsworth heads dropped and Emley’s superior fitness showed. 

The best move (and goal) of the game was again started by Ingham and finished by Kenworthy on 62 minutes.  Ingham found Dean Wharam with a beautifully weighted 40 yard ball, Wharam then beat his marker to deliver a great cross to Marc Townsend who’s volleyed effort was blocked but only into the path of Kenworthy who slid in to fire it into the top right hand corner. 

Kenworthy then turned provider for Emley’s fourth on 77 minutes, racing onto a long ball and centring it for Townsend to slot past Adamson.  Moments later they almost repeated the combination with a carbon copy but Townsend shot just wide of the upright.

Emley’s fifth goal came on 84 with Kenworthy brimming with confidence securing his hat trick with an angled drive.  Then, 2 minutes later good work by Mark Stuart set up Ringrose with a simple tap in from close range.

Kenworthy nearly had his fourth goal of the afternoon as Adamson’s defence left him exposed but the in-form strikers chip caught out the keeper once again but went wide of the mark.  Substitute Curtis Roberts carved out a great chance racing from the half way line and beating the last Brodsworth defender but with just the keeper to beat he shot just wide of the target.

Roberts made up for this miss seconds later and curled a well taken effort into the back of the net after Kenworthy was once again the provider to make the scores 7-0.  Townsend might even have a scored an eighth goal in injury time but his shot bounced back off the inside of the post into the arms of the beleaguered Adamson.

Whilst Brodsworth are a youthful inexperienced side lacking in quality Darren Hepworth will be happy with the manner in which his Emley side went about their business today.  This was a fine display of attacking football with Steven Kenworthy scoring 3 and setting up 2 of the goals. 

At the back Emley dealt with everything that was thrown at them comfortably making it 5 clean sheets and just one conceded in the last 6 games.  This is the kind of consistent form that is required to win promotion but unfortunately Emley only have 5 more games to play and wins in all of them would still leave them short of the promotion places.

Clarke, Ingham, Tayo (Barnes), Stuart, Colley (c), Hazelden, Townsend, Ringrose, Kenworthy, Wharam (Roberts), Dowling.
Subs (not used):  Washington, Leech

Adamson, Cooke, Tomlinson, Copeland, Drobac, Bedford, Verneleen (Hughsman), Gornel (Hart), Hall, Kirk, Sharp,
Sub (not used) Setterfield.

Bookings:  Tayo, Warham (Emley), Copeland (Brodsworth).

Man of the Match:  Steve Kenworthy.


Mar 26th 2011

Yorkshire Amateur 0 – 2 AFC Emley. NCEL 1.

Steven Kenworthy brought smiles to the majority of the crowd at Bracken Edge, with 2 well taken goals. The second of which will live long in the memory, being sufficient to take all 3 points from high flying Yorkshire Amateur.

Darren Hepworth was without influential club captain Judd Colley for this fixture, John Cyrus who had played 90 minutes the previous evening in the reserves win over Ventus Yeadon stepped in at centre half.

Within the opening minute Emley conceded a needless freekick on the edge of the 18 yard box. The Ammers club captain Chris Hitchens stepped up and drove a dipping effort over the wall and brought a full length save from Mick Clark, pushing the ball wide of his left hand post.

The next 30 minutes were fairly uneventful, the pitch although well grassed was typically very firm and well rutted making close control difficult. Credit to both keepers who didn’t fluff a single clearance all game, despite the unpredictable bounce of the ball. Emley’s strikers, Steven Kenworthy and Dean Wharam presented threats with their speed, but were far too often judged offside. Wharam had got himself into a good position and his cut inside saw him bear down on the keeper, only for defenders to get back and clear the ball.

Yorkshire Amateur were very quick on the break and relied heavily on the pace of Danny Forrest and Curtis Bernard and it was easy to see why Bernard sits near the top of the goal scoring charts. He was ever willing to cut across the face of the defence and try the speculative shot. John Douglas came closest to scoring when his strong shot from within the box was blocked on the line by Sean Hazelden.

Just before the break Wharam worked hard to block the full backs clearance, nipping in on the loose ball he played in Teo Ringrose down the left flank, bearing down on the last defender attempted to play in Kenworthy. The ball was too strong and went dead.

The half ended with Clark making a good low save from Justin Bowler who had made ground on the left wing before cutting inside.

Within 5 minutes of the restart Emley took the lead, Mark Stuart, Emley’s stand in captain won a hard fought ball in midfield and squirted a pass down the left wing for Ringrose. His centre was dummied by Wharam letting the ball run from Kenworthy. Taking a touch to bring him just inside the box he fired a low shot to beat Danny Trueman to his right and nestle in the corner of the net.

With an hour elapsed Kenworthy scored the best of the season so far, with Amateur pushing forward the ball was cleared to Kenworthy centrally, allowing the ball to bounce and spotting the keeper off his line his half volley looped over the keeper before dipping under the bar.

As tends to happen all too often, Emley started to sit back somewhat and invited the home side to try and salvage something from the game.  Leroy McIntosh playing centrally for the home team stood out all game and he was unlucky not to score on 65 minutes. Emley failed to clear the ball on the edge of the 6 yard box. McIntosh swivelled and hooked his foot around the high bouncing ball. With Clark beaten the shot went inches wide of the right hand post. Danny Frost then saw his long range strike easily gathered by Clark.

Bernard then saw his shot saved by Clark who managed to push the ball onto the post and out for a corner. Tom Marsden again brought a smart low save from Clark at the foot of his post, picking the ball up in central midfield. His maisy run out to the wing before cutting back in and shooting was great individual effort.

2 minutes in to the 4 of injury time played Clark was again called into action, Forrest picked up the ball at the right hand edge of the box. Bursting into the box his drilled shot was blocked over the bar by the Emley Keeper.

An excellent team performance from Emley, with some standout individual performances. John Cyrus having played only the night before made the step up really well. The back four in particular did very little wrong all game. Mick Clark kept Emley in the game from start to finish. Mark Stuart had a good match centrally and did well to keep his head despite all the niggling that went on. Dean Wharam worked tremendously hard all game and caused lots of problems. With 2 finishes that changed the game, Steven Kenworthy rightly gets my MoM for Emley.

Emley Man of Match: Kenworthy..

Emley: Clark, Ingham, Dowling, Washington, Cyrus, Hazelden, Stuart ©, Townsend, Kenworthy, Wharam (Barnes 84), Ringrose (92 Irving). Sub Not Used Roberts.


Mar 20th 2011

New Disabled Access Officially Opened.

AFC Emley are proud to announce the completion of the disabled access to the Sports Bar. Chairman Graham Roys is pictured below with Jack Taylor, and pictures also show other loyal supporters and established members of the mining community that the Welfare Ground was built to support. The club for a long time has been able to allow access to the main stand and all the other viewing areas in the ground for supporters with disabilities. Importantly the new ramp will allow access to the sports bar and facilities outside of match days.

Graham stated "We are very proud of the new ramp and also the addition of the 3 disabled parking bays near to the entrance to the ground. A great deal of time and effort and club funds have been invested into making the ground and its facilities more accessible." He also wished to thank committee member Richard Hazelden for his tireless effort into ensuring that the project went ahead and was completed to a very high standard.


Mar 19th 2011

AFC Emley 1 - 0 Teversal. NCEL 1.

Darren Hepworth saw his Emley side go 7 games without defeat, a Steven Kenworthy goal just before the half time break was enough to secure all three points against Teversal.
The Emley manager again had to shuffle the pack with Max Joice being unavailable, Josh Ingham slotted in at left back. Brad Dowling retained his place on the other wing in place of the still injured Leech.

Impact player Curtis Roberts also featured in the starting line up playing on the right wing. It was his drilled cross in the opening 2 minutes that dissected both Dean Wharam and Steven Kenworthy who were well placed in the 6 yard box.

Emley continued to have the better of the opening exchanges; a Dowling right wing corner was met by the head of Wharam who was unable to direct the ball within the posts.Teversal’s Dockinson brought a smart if not regulation save from the Emley keeper Mick Clark on 12 minutes. Finding space on the edge of the box his drilled low shot was well held.

Teversal found themselves down to 10 men after only 16 minutes, Gregory was lucky not to be penalised in the opening minutes when Wharam was required to go aerial to avoid a lunging challenge out on the wing from the same player. Wharam facing his own goal was then subject to a shocking 2 footed tackle from behind, and referee Mr Sullivan produced a straight red card.

Just 60 seconds later the Teversal bench were incandescent screaming for Emley’s Joe Washington to be punished similarly for his challenge on Teversal’s Henshaw. Although a little late the foul had little in common with Gregory’s dismissal, with Washington receiving a yellow card.Thee image below shows that Washington had one foot on the ground, so much so, the Teversal player never went to ground. How the Teversal bench and supporters could make a comparison was incredulous!

Emley although were enjoying plenty of possession, they were not creating any clear cut opportunities. It was not until Wharam who came close on 32 minutes did Emley create a chance, a clever inside ball from Washington played in the pacey frontman. His shot from within the 6 yard box was well blocked by a lunging defender.

Teversal came very close to taking the lead through Henshaw, his left wing run and cut inside saw Clark scrambling across the goal only to see Henshaw’s shot strike to the foot of the post and squirt clear.

Emley did take the lead as a result of a very composed finish from Kenworthy. With the half time break just a minute away Washington picked up the ball in the attacking third of the pitch. Showing close control and great strength he weaved past 3 defenders  and found Kenworthy at the edge of the 6 yard box. Taking a touch he turned his defender and finding space calmly slotted the ball in the left hand corner of the net.

The second half started with Josh Ingham receiving a caution for an innocuous challenge whilst tracking back. Teversal were unlucky not to level when a long and deep ball which looked all but dead was headed back across the goal line, requiring  Sean Hazelden to make a smart clearance off the line.

Dean Wharam, although visibly frustrated at times was an ever willing outlet, with his pace causing defensive problems.  Taking a fiercely hit pass with a delightful touch he beat two defenders and floated a lovely cross onto the head of Kenworthy who was unable to direct the header on goal.

Teversal having the majority of both possession and territory in the second half were gifted a terrible ball out of defence, Robert Orton should have done so much better from a precision ball from Henshaw. Orton’s week shot was easily collected by Clark in front of goal. In the space of 60 seconds both teams had very credible penalty shouts declined by Mr Sullivan, arms raised above the head to block in both cases were fortunate not to be spotted.

Mark Stuart running hard at the defence lifted a delicate lift over the last defender for Kenworthy to run onto. His half volley was well saved by Wilson in the visitor’s goal. Wharam saw his own half volley go agonisingly wide of the left hand upright.

With the clock running down Teversal to their credit were increasingly searching for the equaliser that their second half performance deserved. As a result they were prone to breaks on the counter attack. Wharam had another shot struck from the edge of the box well saved. The same player was denied by the legs of the keeper after Kenworthy had unselfishly squared the ball across the face of the box from a good position.

Teversal at times played some sublime football, one move in the first half went from deep in their own half to deep into the Emley half, with 9 one touch passes that brought appreciation from all around.  On the other hand Emley won a game that earlier in the season we would have drawn or lost.

Teo Ringrose looked very good when running at the defence, the back four all had decent games and marshalled the attack well. Joe Washington is maturing, he was only one rash tackle away from a second yellow for 74 minutes yesterday, and played the full 90. Despite this he battled all game and got my man of the match.

Emley Man of Match: Washington.

Emley: Clark, Ingham, Dowling, Washington, Colley ©, Hazelden, Stuart (85, Reid), Roberts (61 Townsend), Kenworthy, Wharam, Ringrose (75 Barnes).


Mar 12th 2011

Worsbrough Bridge 1 - 2 AFC Emley. NCEL Division One

Emley extended their unbeaten run to 6 games with a well earned 2-1 victory at Worsbrough.  A commanding first half performance saw Darren Hepworth’s side take a 2-0 lead at half time before the home side fought back in the second half.

Hepworth was forced to make a couple of changes to his squad with Max Joice and Brad Dowling occupying the full back berths due to injuries to Anthony Leech and Nathan Tayo. Marc Townsend was suspended and Teo Ringrose returned to the starting line up.  Worsbrough included former Emley men Craig Marsh and Josh Wright in their line up.

Worsbrough did have the first chance of the half when Lee Snodin fired a well struck shot just wide of the target.  This would be their best effort of the half however as Emley put in a dominant performance.

Dean Wharam put them in front with his 4th goal in 5 games.  The pacy striker did well to hold off the attentions of the Worsbrough defenders and made himself some space on the edge of the shot before slotting home a well placed effort past Richard Stainthorpe into the bottom right hand corner of his goal.

Minutes later Wharam should have doubled the lead after a good move involving Mark Stuart and Josh Ingham set him free with just the keeper to beat.  His shot didn’t match the build up play however and he blasted the ball over the bar. 

Teo Ringrose, back in the squad after missing the last three games went close after battling past the Worsbrough defence but Stainthorpe made a good reaction save with his feet from close range. 

Wharam made amends for his early miss by setting up Emley’s second. He raced onto a ball down the right wing and delivered a fine first time ball from the goal line right into the path of Mark Stuart who made no mistake in slotting it home.

Worsbrough showed little in response and there was little to trouble Mick Clark in the Emley goal.  A long range effort from Rob Ward was comfortably dealt with by Clark and Lee Garside headed wide of the target after some good build up play. Overall another solid defensive display by Sean Hazelden and Judd Colley kept the threat of Ward and his strike partner Adam Podmore to a minimum.

Brad Dowling responded for Emley with a speculative long range effort which Stainthorpe had to be alert enough to save at the second attempt with Hazelden bearing down on him.  Stuart also went close in the final stages of the half with a well hit shot which went just wide of the post.

Stuart had a great chance to put the game out of reach at the start of the second half but his chipped effort went over both the keeper and the bar.  Ringrose also went close with a long range shot after a corner was cleared into his path.

Bridge responded and began to have a greater influence on the game.  Former Emley centre half Craig Marsh went close with a header but injured himself in the process and was substituted not long after with Ward moving back into defence to fill his role.

Snodin hit a free kick straight at Emley’s wall and despite their dominance in possession they showed created few clear cut opportunities.  Stainthorpe made a confident claim for Worsbrough after Dowling hit a testing free kick deep into the box with Wharam bearing down on him. 

The home team did get back into the game as Ward directed the ball home cleanly from a corner on 75 minutes to make it 2-1. 

Wharam had a decent chance to get another for Emley as he outpaced Ward to race onto a hooked clearance but Stainthorpe came out well to block his shot.

Worsbrough thought that they had scored an unlikely equaliser with 5 minutes left on the clock.  Former Emley man Josh Wright, who had signed for Bridge on the eve of the game delivered a free kick into the box for Garside to head down into the path of Adam Podmore who stabbed it home.  This was ruled out however as the referee had already blown his whistle for a foul by Garside. 

So, another well earned 3 points for Emley.  The first half performance was particularly impressive and Emley could easily have gone in ahead by a greater margin.  Worsbrough looked much better in the second half playing down the slope but their efforts were dealt with well by the Emley defence.  Judd Colley and Sean Hazelden lead by example once again and Brad Dowling slotted in really well at left back. Up front Steve Kenworthy got little change out of the Worsbrough defence and was singled out for some rough treatment from his opponents. Dean Wharam again impressed up front and was outstanding for the first 45 minutes. 

The result moves Emley up to 10th in the table and in the top half for the first time this season.  They will have another tough test on their hands on Wednesday evening when they entertain 4th placed Glasshoughton at the Welfare Ground. 

Emley: Clark, Joice, Dowling, Ingham (Roberts), Colley (c), Hazelden, Stuart, Washington, Kenworthy, Wharam, Ringrose (Barnes).  Sub not used: Irving              

Emley Man of the Match:            Judd Colley                    Att: 95


Mar 8th 2011
Grimsby Borough 0 - 0 AFC Emley. NCEL 1.

Emley went came away from their first visit to Grimsby’s new stadium feeling aggrieved not to have taken all three points.  The talking point of the game came towards the end of the first half when Steven Kenworthy appeared to have scored a perfectly good goal for the visitors only to be ruled offside.

Emley were comfortably the better side in a fast paced first half.  Kenworthy had a couple of good chances early on, firstly getting round the back of the Grimsby defence but unable to force the ball past the keeper Richard Creer.  Then after good work by his strike partner Dean Wharam he fired a shot at the keeper.

Kenworthy then turned creator after latching onto a long ball then displaying a neat bit of skill to set up Wharam but he flashed his effort across the face of goal. Josh Ingham set Max Joice up with a neat header and he hooked a shot goalbound which was well saved by Creer. 

Grimsby showed little in response at the other end of the field and didn’t register many efforts of note.  Andrew Taylor had their best chance as the ball fell to him in space with just Clark to beat but he took a moment too long and his shot was deflected out for a corner. 

With the half drawing to a close Emley won a free kick approximately 25 yards from goal.  Brad Dowling hit a well struck shot round the wall which Creer could only parry down in front of him.  Kenworthy reacted quickest to the loose ball and slotted it into the net only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.  The Emley players were incensed at the decision as it appeared that Kenworthy had started his run from behind the wall and the consensus from fans of both sides was that the goal should have stood. 

To make matters worse for Emley, Anthony Leech was forced to leave the field just before half time due to suspected cracked ribs after a heavy challenge by Grimsby’s Luke Maskall.  Maskall received a yellow card for the offence, following a string of other fouls throughout the half.  Max Joice reverted to full back in place of Leech with Mark Stuart coming in on the right side of midfield. 

Emley started the second half once again in the ascendancy.  Dowling tested Creer with a dipping effort before Wharam lashed a ball across the face of goal but nobody was there to apply the finishing touch.  Nathan Tayo pulled the ball back for Stuart but his effort went straight at Creer. 

Kenworthy played a cute backheel to set up Wharam who used his pace to get behind the defence but saw has shot well blocked by Creer.  Soon after Kenworthy had the ball in the net once after latching onto a blocked shot from Ingham.  This time the decision was less controversial as the ball had clipped Kenworthy’s hand on its way through. 

With 20 minutes left of the clock Grimsby finally found their way into the game with the left sided Maskall their most dangerous outlet.  The winger played in Taylor but Clark made a simple save.  Soon after it was Maskall again who squared the ball to Lee Stephenson and the striker should have done better with the goal at his mercy. 

Manager Darren Hepworth introduced Curtis Roberts in place of Dowling in the hope that he might inspire a winner for Emley as he has done so frequently of late.  He did muster a teasing cross which almost found its way into the top corner but fell just the wrong side of the crossbar.  Wharam had a shot blocked after connecting with a cross from Stuart, Joe Washington latched onto the loose ball and blasted a fine strike just wide of the target.

At the other end of the field Taylor had another effort comfortably saved by Clark.  Finally Clark punched an effort clear and Max Joice made a vital block in the final minutes of the game as it looked like the hosts might claim an unlikely winner. 

Whilst on most occasions coming away from a long away journey in midweek with a draw would seem like a decent result Emley will feel hard done by not to have taken all three points.  Had it not been for the disallowed goal in the first half the result could quite easily have gone Emley’s way. 

Kenworthy and Wharam, whilst looking dangerous for spells up front were unable to carve out the elusive winner. Joe Washington stood out in midfield with a typical hard working performance.  At the back Emley looked solid throughout and were well worth their second consecutive clean sheet.

Emley Team:
Clarke, Leech (Stuart 44mins), Tayo, Ingham, Colley, Hazelden, Joice, Washington, Kenworthy, Wharam, Dowling (Roberts 75mins).
Sub not used: Townsend

Emley Man of the Match:       Joe Washington.

Mar 5th 2011

AFC Emley 1-0 Eccleshill United. NCEL Division One

Dean Wharam notched his third goal in as many games for Emley as they overcame Ian Banks’ Eccleshill side by a solitary goal.  After a scrappy first 45 minutes Emley boss Darren Hepworth inspired a much better second half from his side to ensure that Banks’ return to the Welfare Ground was not a happy one.

The visitors made the better start to the game with 24 goal striker Marcus Edwards getting into some good positions and causing problems with his strength and pace.  Scott Price hit a good free kick which deflected off an Emley head and over the bar to safety. 

At the other end of the field Josh Ingham’s through ball unleashed Dean Wharam who displayed a fine first touch to round full back Adam Bowler before shooting past Tahj Bell in the Eccleshill goal but just wide of the target. 

Mick Clark pushed an effort round the post from Declan Corby after the winger had latched onto a punched clearance from a corner.  Clarke’s opposite  number Bell used this height to great effect to deal with cross from Kenworthy as Wharam closed in, he was also on hand to deal with a decent headed effort by Wharam from a Townsend cross.

Wharam remained Emley’s most dangerous outlet as Sean Hazelden and Judd Colley got to grips with Edwards as the half went on and whilst Emley were by no means at their best much of Eccleshill’s play was limited to long balls over the top.  A well struck shot by Christopher Hastings which pinged wide off an Emley defender was all that the visitors had to shout about in the later stages of the game.

Kenworthy got himself into a decent position just inside the box but Bell made a comfortable save.  Bell made a couple of other notable saves from deflected efforts by Max Joice and Mark Stuart. 

Emley started the second half playing more composed football with Wharam again at the heart of the attacking play. The pacy frontman headed just over from a Townsend cross and volley into the side netting before finally getting what turned out to be the winner as the game reached the hour mark.

It was fitting that the best spell of play would result in the winning goal. Joice showed grit to win the ball in midfield and played a long ball to Kenworthy who’s cross was headed out as far as Mark Stuart.  Stuart pulled the ball back for Townsend who delivered a fine cross into the penalty area for Wharam to head home into the bottom corner with Bell at full stretch. 

Minutes later the lead was nearly doubled as Wharam chased down a lost ball and set up Kenworthy who hit a curling effort which Bell had to be at full stretch to keep out.  Wharam played a neat 1-2 with Stuart but couldn’t find a finish at the near post.

Eccleshill showed little of the attacking threat that their early play promised and the threat of Edwards was nullified.  Hastings did see an angled effort zip across the face of goal for the visitors whilst Corby’s long range effort was held comfortably by Clark.  

A delightful flick by Wharam set Kenworthy free and the striker crossed unselfishly to Joice who saw his well struck shot blocked and substitute Curtis Roberts lofted a cross onto the roof of the net before Emley looked to shut up shop for the final 5 minutes of the game with much of the play taking place round the corner flags at Eccleshill end of the pitch. 

This was once again not a classic Emley performance, the first half in particular was lacking in quality.  The second half was much improved however and the margin of victory could have been greater.  Dean Wharam shone up front and was at the heart of literally every Emley attack.

Eccleshill were disappointing in view of their league position and failed to play the kind of entertaining football which was the hallmark of Ian Banks’ coaching skills whilst he was at Emley.  They seem to rely heavily upon the goals of Edwards and after a good early spell he was played out of the game by Sean Hazelden and particularly Judd Colley who was outstanding at the back.

Emley Team:
Clark, Leech, Tayo, Ingham (Washington), Colley (C), Hazelden, Stuart, Townsend (Roberts), Kenworthy, Wharam, Joice (Dowling).

Man of the Match:  Judd Colley              Att:110.

Mar 2nd 2011

AFC Emley 3-3 Appleby Frodingham. NCEL  Division One

Emley were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by a spirited Appleby side as they were unable to extend their winning run.  Darren Hepworth will rue a string of good chances created early in the game which should have seen his side out of sight within the first 25 minutes of the game.

The home team started in a typically vibrant fashion as they looked to establish an early advantage over their Lincolnshire visitors.  Brad Dowling was an immediate threat down the left wing creating a couple of great chances for Steven Kenworthy with some precise crosses.  Kenworthy was inches away from connecting with the first, then a headed effort forced a block from Samir Own in the Appleby goal.

From the resultant corner Sean Hazelden headed the ball down to Kenworthy who in turn laid it off to Judd Colley but the Emley skipper screwed his effort wide of the post.  Not long after Curtis Roberts, getting a well earned start down the right flank latched onto a great ball by Mark Stuart and drilled a fine ball across the face of goal which just evaded Dean Wharam and Kenworthy as it went past the post to safety. 

Wharam, meanwhile was at the heart of much of Emley’s good playing some intelligent flicks with both his head and feet to strike partner Kenworthy.  He was unable to get his first chance on target however hooking a cross from Colley over the bar. 

Kenworthy hit the side netting and fired wide as Emley looked comfortably in control of the game.  This was all to change however half an hour in as Frodingham took the lead with their first attempt of the game.

An innocuous looking shot bobbled in front of Mick Clark in the Emley goal as he went to gather it, forcing him to spill the ball into the path of Stephen McCarron who prodded it home.  Moments later with Emley shellshocked from the opener they nearly went a further goal down.  McCarron again found himself in space but found his effort blocked with a fine challenge from Nathan Tayo.

Emley were back in the game and on level terms soon after as Anthony Leech delivered a cross from the left wing for Dean Wharam to head home.

Appleby, however finished the half confidently and might have restored their lead.  Firstly midfielder Matthew Robinson got a clean strike in on goal but the effort was at the right height for Clark to deal with comfortably.  Then, after Emley gave the ball away in midfield the visitors played in McCarron who saw his swerving effort pushed round the post by Clark.

The visitors regained their lead 5 minutes into the second half as Thomas Spall hooked a speculative first time effort from a good 30 yards out into the top left hand corner of the goal giving Clark no chance. 

Their lead didn’t last long however as Roberts was brought down on the edge of the penalty area.  Dowling stepped up to take the free kick and drilled a curling effort round the post into the bottom left hand corner. 

Emley were unable to build upon this as the game again see-sawed in the favour of the visitors.  McCarron was guilty of failing to hit the target from close range before James Hare hit a rocket of a shot from the edge of the box to restore his sides lead.

Once again Emley responded with Wharam heading just off target before Own made a great block at the feet of Kenworthy with him and Wharam bearing down on the goal.  An intelligent lofted cross by Wharam almost set up Dowling before Emley finally got back on level terms.

Mark Stuart went round 2 defenders before delivering a perfect cross for Kenworthy to head home his 20th goal of the season. 

Kenworthy nearly had his second of the night soon after a good spell of play with Stuart chipping the ball over to Roberts who fed Kenworthy but the strikers first touch let him down as keeper Own was relieved to gather the ball. 

Shaun Dalton forced a smart save from Clark with a drive from the edge of the box and Tayo made another denying challenge on McCarron but the visitors looked on the whole content to hold on for a point. 

Max Joice who was on as a substitute for Joe Washington saw his first effort at goal almost deflect in off a defender into the arms of the keeper with the ever threatening Wharam bearing down on him.  Then Townsend (a replacement for Dowling) chased down a lost ball and put in a good cross for Stuart who’s shot let him down. 

Wharam raced onto a long ball over the top but was shielded out by two defenders allowing Own to gather the ball.  Soon after, his determination then saw him win the ball, hold off the defence and lay it off to Townsend to cross.  The ball was cleared but only into the path of Joice who cracked a vicious dipping shot just over the bar. 

Spall clipped the Emley bar with a cross in a rare foray into the Emley half whilst Kenworthy went close for Emley in the dying stages of the game but the scores remained 3-3.

This was Emley’s first draw since Darren Hepworth took over as manager in November and whilst he will be disappointed that his side didn’t take all 3 points from there was precious little his side could have done to defend the two of the visitor’s goals.  After Emley had won so convincingly in the away fixture back in January full credit must be given to the way the way in which the visitors battled hard for their point.  A performance that certainly didn’t reflect their lowly 19th position in the table.

Dean Wharam once again put in a great performance up front for Emley causing problems with both his pace and intelligent link up play.  Brad Dowling impressed in a rare start and fully deserved his goal.  At the back Nathan Tayo yet again stood out with some great tackling and through balls.   Overall this was a performance that can be built upon and Emley must look to capitalise better on the chances that they create if they are to continue their push up the table.

Emley Team:
Clark, Leech, Tayo, Washington (Joice), Colley (c), Hazelden, Stuart, Roberts (Hargreaves), Kenworthy, Wharam, Dowling (Townsend).
Subs not used:  Ringrose, Ingham

Man of the Match:               Dean Wharam                      Att:  89

Former Emley manager Ian Banks returns to the Welfare Ground on Saturday (3.00pm) as he looks to plot a victory with his Eccleshill team.  This will be Banks' first game at Emley since he parted company with the club at the end of last season.  Eccleshill are currently 8th in the table, 4 points above 12th placed Emley.

Feb 24th 2011

Your Club Needs You.

It is with great disappointment that I have to announce that our Chairman Graham Roys will be stepping down from his role at the end of the season.  Graham has been forced into this decision by in order to fulfil his work commitments. 

Graham, along with Adrian Wright was instrumental in the formation of the club 5 years ago and without out him it’s doubtful that we’d all be standing here today.  Along with his wife Pamela and daughter Salina, the Roys family put in countless hours of work at the club to ensure that things run smoothly.

It is also the intention of club Secretary John Whitehead and Richard Hazelden to take a less involved role so there are obviously going to be some large holes to fill next season.

Sustaining a club at our level takes an amazing amount of hard work, money and when money is not easy to come by, more and more hard work.  Being on the committee for the last two years has been a real eye-opener for me seeing the efforts put in by my colleagues to ensure we get to enjoy 90 minutes of football on a Saturday afternoon.

So without wanting to scare everybody off with the last couple of paragraphs we are appealing for more people to get involved in the club at all levels.  Whether it be at committee level, helping out around the ground on maintenance, in the tea bar, sponsorship or even just as a ball boy we need your help. 

Look around you at the ground, this was in danger of becoming derelict before the club was formed, now it’s once again a facility that other clubs envy and relish coming to play at.  We have a great manager who is brimming with enthusiasm and desire to take us forward and a squad of players who appear willing to run through walls for the club.

It’s not all hard work of course and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the ground buzzing with fans... seeing the reaction of fellow supporters at the end of the game as the team leaves the field... going away to far flung places like Morpeth and Dunston in the cup on the coach and that great feeling of being part of a club that has a special place in all of our hearts.

So if anybody is interested in lending a hand and getting involved for a few hours every week please feel free to speak to Graham, John, Richard, myself or any of our committee members.  We would also appreciate any feedback and take on board suggestions on how to improve the club.

Thanks for listening


Feb 23rd 2011

AFC Emley 6 - 1 Handsworth NCEL Division One

Steven Kenworthy scored all 6 of Emley’s goals on another unbelievable night of football at the Welfare Ground.  The manner of Emley’s result was even more impressive as they bounced back from an opening goal scored within the first 10 seconds of play.

Handsworth had the ball in the Emley net before one of their players had even touched the ball.  A fine move straight from the kick off saw David Cockerill burst down the right flank and deliver a ball right into the path of Alex Torr who fired home past Mick Clark from 8 yards out.

Emley looked shell shocked by the goal and it looked like a repeat of Handsworth’s 4-0 victory back in August could have been on the cards.  The visitors looked to get men forward with the pace of Torr being backed up by veteran striker Mick Godber, Matthew Outram and Cockerill to good effect.

The nature of this play allowed Emley to find their way back into things with opportunity to hit them on the break.  A testing corner by Nathan Tayo found Kenworthy a yard from goal but the striker was unable to turn the ball home.  Soon after Dean Wharam had a great opportunity on his return to the side with the keeper Rob Poulter well off his line he was unable to slot the ball past him when a chip might have been a better option.

At the other end of the pitch Clark needed to be at his best to tip a curling effort by Outram over the bar.  Godber then squandered a couple of good chances when he failed to connect with a fine ball across the face of goal and then mistimed a free header from close range.  The visitors will look back and regret not making better of these chances as Emley began to assert a better grip on the game.

Teo Ringrose showed great control to hold off two Handsworth defenders before delivering a fine ball to Townsend who shot just wide of the target.  Then Nathan Tayo, who had an excellent game at left back delivered a ball to Ringrose who forced a decent save from Poulter.  Dean Wharam had a goal bound volley blocked from close range after a fine chip over the defence by Josh Ingham.

Just as it was looking like their efforts would be frustrated Kenworthy popped up with an equaliser on 44 minutes.  Max Joice played a short free kick to Ingham who clipped the ball through to Kenworthy to lash in from 15 yards out.

Handsworth almost regained their lead in the opening stages of the second half when Godber played in Torr but the livewire striker was denied well by the alert Clark.  Godber’s indiscipline let him down on 50 minutes as he got his marching orders from referee Jane Simms for a second yellow card for dissent (his first had been for kicking the ball away in the first half). 

Emley took immediate advantage of their numerical advantage as Judd Colley delivered a deep free kick which was flicked on by Sean Hazelden for Kenworthy to nod home. 

Handsworth looked to get back into the game with a more direct style with long balls over the top to the front men. Emley’s defenders dealt with this efficiently whilst the pace of Kenworthy and Wharam exposed the visitor’s offside trap to good effect.

Ringrose blasted a shot over the bar after good work by Kenworthy, then Kenworthy fired over the bar after a great ball over the top by Townsend found him in space. 

Joice was replaced by Joe Washington on the hour mark with Ingham dropping to right back and  Washington adding new fire to the Emley midfield.  Ingham, who also put in a fine performance made a vital last ditch block to deny Torr from close range to preserve Emley’s lead.

With quarter of an hour remaining Darren Hepworth replaced Ringrose and Alex Barnes with the fresh legs of Curtis Roberts and Brad Dowling.  Not long after Emley put the game out of reach when Kenworthy converted a cross from Dean Wharam at the second attempt from close range.

Minutes later Wharam played in Kenworthy who curled a low shot just wide of the goal when he might have been better playing the ball back to his strike partner, Kenworthy did make amends soon after with his fourth goal. This time Tayo was the architect after springing the offside trap with Poulter unable to hold onto his effort the ball fell into the path of Kenworthy who smashed it home.

On 87 minutes Kenworthy had his fifth goal latching onto a chipped free kick over the top which he controlled and fired past Poulter.  Two minutes later he had his sixth heading home from close range after Wharam had rattled the post with a stinging shot. 

Townsend could almost made it seven in injury time whilst Handsworth’s efforts were limited to a long range effort from Torr which was comfortably dealt with by Clark.

After a disastrous opening from which Emley could easily have been 3 goals down a great team effort saw them respond with their biggest victory of the season.  Whilst Steven Kenworthy will take all of the headlines for an unbelievable 6 goal haul there were some fine performances on all areas  of the park.  Dean Wharam caused countless problems for the Handsworth defence and was unlucky not to snatch a couple of goals himself, his presence certainly made a difference and took pressure off Kenworthy. 

Nathan Tayo put in his best shift so far in an Emley shirt, Josh Ingham put in a typically hard working performance and Teo Ringrose caused plenty of problems for the Handsworth defence.

Emley will look to build upon this fine result on Saturday when they travel to 6th placed Askern Villa (3.00pm Kick Off).

Clark, Joice (Washington 62mins), Tayo, Ingham, Colley (c), Hazelden, Townsend, Ringrose (Roberts 75mins), Kenworthy, Wharam, Barnes (Dowling 75mins).

Man of the Match:  Steven Kenworthy                       Att: 136


What a game eh?

Behind to what was one of the quickest goals you will ever see. Alex Torr netted for Handsworth before a single Emley player had touched the ball. Unconfirmed reports say it was after 6 seconds... i hadn't even checked my watch.

Handsworth had a couple of decent chances and could really have been 3 up before we got going. As it happened Emley got an equaliser on 44 minutes through Steve Kenworthy.

The game turned on 50 minutes as Mick Godber got sent off for a second yellow card before Kenny put us 2-1 up.

Handsworth to their credit battled to try and force a way back into the game but were caught out by the pace of Kenworthy and Wharam again with Kenworthy netting on 76, 84, 87 and 89 minutes.

Unbelievable stuff really. Handsworth are not a bad team by any means and will be gutted about this result. Take nothing away from Kenny tonight though a fine display of finishing and being in the right place at the right time.

Well done to Daz and all the team... never a dull moment with him in charge.

Phew... now i've got write up the proper match report for the examiner so they've got it first thing in the morning... its never a dull 0-0 draw on a Wednesday night.

Kennys goal just before half time turned the game for us. Handsworth were so much the better the side in the first half, realistically they should have been 3 up before Kenny's goal.

The goal put us back in it for the second half, no one can ignore the fact that the sending off destroyed them. As my mate said, it really only should have meant that they went to one up front, and not changed their shape all that much. Their bench was the most good humoured we had met all season. Despite that, the abuse that the visitors players gave the ref was inexcusable. I predicted it would happen, there were a couple of candidates that looked likely to be booked for the tirade they sent the refs way.

That said I thought that our performance ranked amongst the best we have shown so far. Nathan Tayo had a brilliant first half (caught out of position a couple of times), but on the main showed tremendous dedication at winning the ball. Kenny was at his brilliant best, but at the un-glamorous end of the field Tayo was just as good. A supporter who watches at higher level commented that we should not be suprised if someone doesn't come in for him. He didn't have that much to do second half.

Handsworth murdered us on the break down the wings in the first half, that was snuffed out second half as they looked to the more direct central ball, both Hazelden and Colley really came into their own into the second half. Sean is really coming into his own, I do feel that this is assisted by those alongside him, he has many qualities that make him an exceptional centre half. Judd colley has had a massive influence as captain, his performances in central defence in talking and reading the situation is spot on.

Kenny rightly gets all the plaudits for his goals, but I feel that Dean Wharam should be recognised for making lots of space up front. He put in alot of excellent runs to drag the defenders away. That said I thought Haigh who played against Pontey was an excellent foil with his height and flick ons to bring the best out of Kenny.

A marvellous achievement for Kenny, a double hatrick as Richard H righty pointed out.

Handsworth have resources behind them, and some truly excellent and honest supporters behind them, be nice to play them again both and home away.

Feb 16th 2011

AFC Emley 0 - 1 Staveley Miners Welfare. NCEL Division 1

Emley fell to a narrow defeat to league leaders Staveley for the second time in 8 days.  Once again Darren Hepworth’s men ran their illustrious rivals close but were eventually undone by a fine strike by Chris Fawcus.

As at Staveley last week the game started at a frenetic pace with both sides fully committed to the cause.  Joe Thornton who was Emley’s nemesis a week previously started well for the visitors using his pace to good effect.

Steven Kenworthy played a lone role up front for the home team as Hepworth again opted for a 5 man midfield to contain Staveley’s free scoring frontline.  It was Kenworthy who carved out the first opportunity of the game but fired his shot from just inside the box wide of the target.

As Emley took a grip on the game, Kenworthy delivered a good cross for Marc Townsend who couldn’t keep his header under the bar.  Anthony Leech also went close with a header after a decent Emley move.

The visitors had the ball in the Emley net 20 minutes into the game with their first decent effort.  Mick Clark could only parry a well struck shot from Chris Coy into the path of Thornton who slotted home from close range only to be ruled offside by the linesman.

Thornton almost repeated his opening goal from the previous encounter after Staveley were awarded a free kick 25 yards out.  This time Clark was equal to his effort and turned a well hit strike round the post to safety. 

At the other end of the field Max Joice hit a free kick from similar range bending the ball round the Staveley wall but also just wide of the goal.

Whilst play swung from end to end the proceedings were mostly dominated by the two defences.  Sean Hazelden and Judd Colley were called upon countless times to intervene with tackles and charge down crosses.

Ex-Emley man Callum Westney also made a strong showing at centre half for the visitors after being drafted into the side at the last minute for the injured Tom Jones.  Midfield playmaker Ahmen Tahar also caught the eye for Staveley making a good chance for himself by getting round the Emley defence but screwed his shot wide. 

Emley finished the half with a good move started by Alex Barnes who played the ball through to Kenworthy who teed up Leech who again fired over the bar.

The second half commenced with a similar pace to the first.  Kenworthy delivered a hard and low ball across the face of goal but the onrushing Townsend couldn’t convert the opportunity. 

Jordan Eagers almost broke the deadlock for Staveley as his cleanly hit strike curled just wide of the top left hand corner whilst Coy saw an effort palmed down comfortably by Clark. 

Colley won a header from an Emley corner directing the ball towards Barnes who saw his flick on deflect wide off a Staveley defender on the line.  Nathan Tayo saw a chipped effort gathered easily by Scott Dinnigan in the Staveley goal.

Despite both sides knocking the ball around well clear cut opportunities were at a premium and it was clear that it would take a special moment to win the game.  That happened on 70 minutes when Staveley’s left back Chris Fawcus delivered a wicked curling effort that flew into the top left hand corner of the goal with Clark rooted to his line. 

Emley responded with Barnes clipping a shot just over the bar after a good pull back by Townsend.  Josh Ingham also went close after latching onto a headed clearance from a Kenworthy cross and Mark Stuart hit a floated effort again the wrong side of the bar as Emley tried to sniff out an equaliser.

Staveley were content to cling on to their single goal lead deploying a number of tactics to run the clock down holding on the ball in the corners and using up their allocation of substitutes. 

Emley’s frustrations bubbled over in the final stages with boss Hepworth receiving his marching orders and Marc Townsend picking up a second yellow card for a seemingly harsh handball.  A string of bookings followed for both sides as referee Martin Birley seemed to lose his grip on a game which had been throughout been played in the right spirits by both sides.

Darren Hepworth will be disappointed that his side have matched the league leaders in two consecutive games but come away with no points to show from it.  Ultimately Emley’s undoing has been a failure to convert their chances which were limited by playing Kenworthy as a lone striker.  Defensively, however there have been plenty of positives and they have limited a side that have plundered over a 100 goals already this season largely at bay.

Full credit to Staveley though who look to have achieved the winning formula that looks set to take them to promotion that they have craved for so long.  They have quality and strength in depth in all areas of the field and that all important ability to carve a victory out of a game that looks set for a draw. 

Clark, Leech, Tayo, Ingham, Colley (c), Hazelden, Stuart, Joice, Kenworthy, Townsend, Barnes (Roberts).
Subs (not used):  Ringrose, Dowling, Washington, Roberts, Hewitt.

Emley Man of the Match:  Sean Hazelden             Att: 104

Feb 15 2011

Emley Make Permanent Appointment - Staveley Match Preview.

Emley have moved to appoint caretaker manager Darren Hepworth in the role on a permanent basis after an impressive run of results since taking over from Darren Bland in November.  Hepworth has a quick opportunity to avenge a 2-0 defeat inflicted on his side by Staveley Miners Welfare last week when they entertain the league leaders on Wednesday (7.45pm).

The charismatic Hepworth has lead his side to 6 wins from 10 league games since being appointed in the caretaker role and in doing so dragged his side out of the bottom three of the NCEL First Division table.  These victories included impressive wins over promotion hopefuls Pontefract Collieries and Barton Town OB. 

After a 3 year spell with District league side Cumberworth,  Hepworth made the step up to manage Emley’s newly formed reserve side and won them promotion to the WRCL First Division at their first attempt. 

Club secretary John Whitehead declared:  “We are delighted that Darren has accepted the post on a full time basis.  He has brought stability and belief back to the side starting from the training sessions right through to matchday.”

“Darren has a good knowledge of players in the local area and we feel that he can harness this talent and bring the players through to a higher standard.  He has worked on a tight budget and got the results. The turnaround in form is no coincidence and we believe that we have the right man to take us forward.”


Feb 8th 2011

Staveley MW 2 - 0 AFC Emley. NCEL League Division One

Emley fell to a closely competed 2-0 defeat at league leaders Staveley.  Whilst the home side are 15 places above Emley in the table there was little to separate the two sides over the 90 minutes and Darren Hepworth will draw plenty of positives from his team’s performance.

The game started at a frenetic pace as Staveley looked to get the ball over the top to frontmen Ryan Damms and Andrew Fox keeping Emley’s back four busy from the off.  Sean Hazelden and Judd Colley both dealt with this threat efficiently.

As they settled into the pace of the game Emley took more control and carved out the better of the opportunities.  Firstly Steven Kenworthy latched onto a decent ball over the top by Nathan Tayo but his shot was dealt with comfortably by Scott Dinnigan in the Staveley goals.

Minute later Kenworthy again carved out a great opportunity after being put through by Mark Stuart pulling off a good save by Dinnigan at his near post. 

Teo Ringrose, up against his former side for the first time since signing in the summer caused plenty of problems with his pace and skill and flashed a shot wide of the target.  Ringrose then turned provider for Anthony Leech, who was given licence to get forward down the flank saw his volleyed effort blocked on the edge of the six yard box. 

Emley’s dominance in the opening stages was such that Mick Clark (back from suspension in the Emley goals) didn’t have his first touch until 10 minutes into the game – a goal kick which was the result of a speculative long range shot from Damms. 

This good work was undone however on the half hour mark when Staveley took the lead with their first effort on target.  Whilst Hazelden will feel unlucky to have given away a free kick after appearing to have been fouled himself in the run up there was no disputing the quality of the resulting free kick.  Joe Thornton hit a bullet of a free kick from a full 30 yards out and whilst Clarke managed to get his fingertips to the ball there was no stopping it from hitting the top left hand corner of his net.

The home side took inspiration from this and proceeded to dominate the remainder of the half.  Minutes later Emley breathed a sigh of relief as a terrific interception from Josh Ingham denied the lurking Damms a certain goal.

Staveley did dominate the possession but their goal remained their only shot on target as they failed to carve out any real chances of note.  Emley also found their options limited as defences came out on top all round. 

Emley came out of the blocks quickest in the second half.  First Kenworthy hit a curling effort towards the top right hand corner which was saved by Dinnigan.  In a decent spell of play the keeper also made good saves from Leech and Ringrose.
Hepworth introduced Striker Anthony Haigh in place of Max Joice who was playing a more defensive role as he tried to set his side up to chase a goal.  Alex Barnes was also replaced by Brad Dowling and whilst it gave Emley more options up front they began to look more exposed at the back. 

Staveley substitute Chris Fawcus delivered a great cross to Damms who’s header pulled off a great reaction save from Clark.  Seconds later however after a tangle of players in the box referee Peter Sporne awarded Staveley a penalty.

Damms hit a well struck shot from the spot to keeper’s right which was met by a fine save from Clark who tipped the ball round his post.   Soon after Clark made an easy claim from a dipping effort by Tom Jones. 

With a final throw of the dice Hepworth introduced Curtis Roberts in place of the tiring Ringrose.  Whilst forcing a string of corners Emley found their efforts frustrated by more strong defensive play before again being hit on the break. Damms, the league’s leading scorer thought that he had finally added to his 24 goal tally, but with Clark beaten his well struck effort crashed back off the bar. 

In the final minute of the game a slip up by Clark eventually lead to Staveley’s second goal.  A poor clearance by the keeper went straight to Thornton who chipped the ball back over Clark’s head and whilst he again got his fingertips to the ball he was again powerless to stop it hitting the back of the net.

After some promising play in the early stages of both halves this was the first time that Emley have produced a goalless return since Darren Hepworth took over as manager.  Whilst the manner in which the second goal was conceded was disappointing the all-round defensive play was more solid than in recent weeks against higher profile opposition. 

Anthony Leech takes my man of the match award after a typically hard working display both at the back and pushing forward.  He made countless defensive tackles and headed clearances whilst still finding the time to get up the field to create chances for himself and others.

Emley Team:
Clark, Leech, Tayo, Ingham, Colley (c), Hazelden, Stuart, Joice, Kenworthy, Ringrose, Barnes.
Subs:  Haigh (for Joice 58 mins), Washington, Dowling (for Barnes 75 mins), Roberts (for Ringrose 80 mins), Ryan.

Man of the Match:  Anthony Leech                Att: 78

Feb 5th 2011

AFC Emley 3 - 2 Pontefract Collieries. NCEL Division One

A confident performance with saw Emley defeat promotion chasing Pontefract 3-2 at a wet and windy Welfare Ground.  Two goals from in-form Steven Kenworthy and a cracker from Alex Barnes saw off a Ponte side who had gone undefeated in the league since August and sealed a 3rd consecutive league win for Emley.

Manager Darren Hepworth was without goalkeeper Mick Clark and key midfielder Josh Ingham through suspension but Martin Kearney and Mark Townsend returned to the side.  Anthony Haigh made his first start for the club up front in place of Dean Wharam partnering Kenworthy.  The visitors had a familiar look about their side having ex-Emley trio Andy Broadbent, Duncan Bray and Nick Handley in the starting line up with Josh Wright and Craig Rouse on the bench.

Emley made a dream start to the game after a cagey opening as Alex Barnes found himself in space outside the area to unleash a unstoppable shot past Sam Dobbs in the Pontefract goal on 5 minutes.

“The Colls” responded at the other end of the park and Bray had a great chance to level the scores but took a touch too many and fired wide from a narrow angle. 

Dobbs was on hand to save a Kenworthy effort after he made life difficult for the Pontefract defence and Max Joice also pulled off a good save from the keeper with a curling free kick. 

Kenworthy, who looks to have discovered the form which has brought him so many goals in a claret and blue shirt was again denied from doubling the lead when through on goal by a fine challenge from Johnny Forsyth.  The striker was rewarded for his efforts on the half hour mark however. 

Emley broke as Kearney punched out a corner kick to Kenworthy who flicked on to Haigh who raced through the opposition playing the ball through to Barnes whose half hit shot ran into the path of Kenworthy who converted from close range. 

Ryan Poskitt was booked for the visitors after a 2 footed lunge on Nathan Tayo whilst the home team finished the half in a dominant fashion but were unable to notch a further goal.  Kenworthy did go close with a dipping effort  whilst Teo Ringrose played in Haigh who saw his shot saved when one on one with Dobbs. 

Pontefract brought on Wright at half time and played with a greater sense of purpose.  Haigh did go close for Emley in the early stages of the half with Ringrose again the provider but other this the home fans had little to shout about. 

Ponte captain Handley got his side back in the game on 55 minutes with a sweetly struck first time volley from a looping corner kick.  Then minutes later Craig Stephens nearly got them back on level terms but flashed a shot across the face of goal after Bray had turned the Emley defence inside out. 

Bray had a couple of good chances to make a scoring return to the Welfare Ground where he had started his career as a junior and was inches away with connecting with a fine cross from Poskitt.  He also brought a good point blank block from Kearney after the Emley defence had allowed him too much space before being replaced by Ponte’s veteran striker Carl Fothergill.

Emley found their opportunities limited and a prolonged spell of pressure only resulted in blocked shots from Kenworthy, Ringrose and Joice.  Referee Jane Simms cautioned Kenworthy after an innocuous challenge. 

With 10 minutes left on the clock Ponte manager Simon Houghton threw on Craig Rouse as a sub in search of an equaliser whilst Hepworth replaced widemen Barnes and Ringrose with the fresh legs of Brad Dowling and Curtis Roberts.

5 minutes later Fothergill slid in to level the scores after Kearney had been left exposed by his defence and with the momentum behind the visitors they looked most likely to snatch a winning goal. 

Roberts had other ideas however and a moment of pure class would eventually settle the game.  With his first touch of the game he broke down the right wing  before looking up to deliver a superb cross round the back of the Ponte defence into the path of Kenworthy who dived in with a bullet header into the back of the net. 

This set up a frenetic finale to the game as Sean Hazelden made a great challenge to keep out Ponte as they went straight back down the field to snatch a goal back. 

Emley finished with the better chances however and had two great chances to grab a fourth goal.  Firstly Kenworthy sprung the Pontefract offside trap and unselfishly centred the ball to Townsend who couldn’t get a shot off and overhit a backheel to the onrushing Roberts.  Then Tayo played a great through ball to Haigh who was again unable to find the quality to beat Dobbs. 

Tempers frayed in the final minutes of the game as Joice was booked for Emley then soon after Stephens and Paul Haigh following him into the book for the visitors.  Craig Rouse made an unhappy return to his former club receiving a straight red card for his part in the altercation as his side ran out of steam.

Much like when the two sides met back in September Emley dominated the first half of the game with Pontefract on top in the second half.  This time the difference was seen in Emley’s prowess in front of goal.  Stand out performances came from Max Joice in midfield and Steven Kenworthy up front for Emley.  Kenworthy is looking closer to his best and took both his goals well whilst providing a threat throughout the game and his haul of 6 goals in 4 games is vital to the progress that the side is making under Darren Hepworth.

Kearney, Leech, Tayo, Joice, Hazelden, Colley (c), Townsend, Ringrose (Roberts), Kenworthy, Haigh, Barnes (Dowling).
Sub (not used): Hewitt (GK)

Emley Man of the Match: Steven Kenworthy                                 Att:         111

Emley face a tough task when they travel to table toppers Staveley on Tuesday (7.45pm Kick Off).  This is followed by another away trip to Grimsby Borough's new stadium on Saturday (3.00pm).

Feb 1st 2011

Farsley  AFC 5 - 2  AFC Emley Presidents Cup Rd 2

Although the scoreline suggests a thumping Emley were competitive for the majority of the game. A hugely entertaining first half saw Emley get back into the game, and then immediately gave away the ball in disastrous fashion for Farsley to extend their lead.

Farsley put out a very strong team with many of the names that were present in the Conference North Teams. Emley were without Townsend but nonetheless put in a performance that again showed 100% commitment.

On an excellent playing surface Farsley started well knocking the ball about from one side of the pitch to the other. When Emley got the ball the excellent Teo Ringrose was the go to man on the right wing.

Farsley took the lead in the 7th minute Ben Jones popped up at the back post to side foot home a low cross from former Emley AFC favourite Simeon Bambrook.

Only two minutes after taking the lead Farsley were pegged back, Kenworthy was the provider following good close control  he found Ringrose at the far post whose shot was well struck and found the back of the net.

Within seconds of the restart a cross come shot from Driscoll saw the Emley Keeper helpless as the ball sailed over his head and hit the inside of the post only to bounce away to safely. Only minutes after drawing level Farsley did restore their lead. A right wing cross was only palmed to the edge of the 18 yard box by Clark. Taking a touch and hitting the ball on the half volley Bambrook found the top right hand corner of the goal.

Virtually from the restart Kenworthy created himself an opportunity, the Farsley keeper failed to deal with the ball and succeeded in laying the ball tight towards the dead ball line. From an increasingly tight angle Kenworthy’s shot fizzed across the face of goal and wide.

With only quarter of an hour gone Gareth Grant got the first of his two goals. Grant found the ball at his feet and was allowed him far too much time and space on the edge of the box, his sharp turn and powerful shot was well directed leaving Clark no chance.

Josh Ingham then brought a very smart save from the Farsley keeper Tom Morgan following an Emley corner routine. At the other end Clark made a good low save from Grant who had picked the ball up in midfield.

On the half hour mark Antony Leech gave the travelling Emley supporters some hope, if only for just a minute. Kenworthy was again the provider his strong central run and shot was only palmed across the face of goal for the onrushing Leech to slot home.

Emley were half asleep at the kick off allowing Farsley to make good ground. The Emley defence having won the ball decided to play a number of short balls at the edge of their own 18 yard box subsequently losing the ball on the right wing. A whipped cross again found Grant who again made no mistake with his shot on the turn.

Emley were still pressing a Ringrose cross was spilled at the back post, but neither Kenworthy or Wharam were able to convert the chance. Ringrose then had a good shot well held following excellent  work on the wing from Nathan Tayo.

On the restart Stuart was unable to shake off a knock and was replaced by Max Joice. Dean Wharam then brought a regulation save from Morgan in a half when Emley rarely troubled the Farsley keeper.

Dominic Krief the Farsley captain scored the final goal just before the hour mark. His deflected shot looped over the Emley keeper into the far corner of the goal.

Emley’s only other notable chance of the half came in the last 7 minutes, Kenworthy was denied with a late block in the penalty area after some good build up play.

Farsley are a very strong side, but defensively they also have their frailties which over the last month stronger sides have been exposing. Even the most optimistic Emley supporter would not have been expecting a result from an encounter with a side equipped to cope at Evostik level. Defensively we were poor again, but the heart shown again throughout the pitch was encouraging.

Judd Colley again had a very good game in central defence. For his first half performance Teo Ringrose gets the Emley MOM.

Emley MoM : Teo Ringrose.

Emley: Clark, Leech, Tayo, Ingham, Hazelden, Colley©, Stuart, Ringrose, Kenworthy, Wharam, Barnes Subs  Haigh (66 Mins for Wharam) Ryan, Dowling (73 mins for Barnes)Roberts, Joice (47 mins for Stuart).

Jan 26th 2011

AFC Emley 4 – 5 Barton Town. NCEL League Cup 1st Round

Emley lost out to the odd goal in nine in this thrilling league cup encounter after battling back from a 1-4 half time deficit.  A four goal salvo from the prolific Gareth Barlow had put visitors firmly in control but Emley came back with a rare three penalty hat trick from Steven Kenworthy to set up a thrilling end the game.

Darren Hepworth drafted in Ryan Dennis from the reserve team to replace Staveley bound Callum Westney at right back and with Max Joice and Judd Colley also out the backline Barton punished some poor defensive play.  Barton had strengthened their line up since Emley defeated them in the league 3 weeks prior bringing in full back Tom Matthews from Selby and striker Rob Northern who returned to the club after a spell at Scarborough.

Emley did start the half brightly with a good move started by a Josh Ingham through ball to Mark Stuart who chipped the ball out to Marc Townsend but Darren Wharam was unable to convert the wideman’s cross.  Soon after Kenworthy cracked a shot against the upright from a tight angle.

Minutes later, referee Adam Smith awarded a penalty to Barton after Nathan Tayo handled a blasted shot at close range.   Northern was successful with the resulting spot kick but Smith pulled him back for a double movement before striking the shot and ordered the kick to be retaken.  Mick Clark made a fine save from the retaken and penalty and Emley had a brief reprieve.

Barton piled on more pressure after the resultant corner and were soon rewarded when Barlow grabbed his first goal of the night 7 minutes in tucking away the rebound after Clark had pulled of a great reaction save at close range. 

Emley fought their way back into the game and made up for their defensive frailties with some good attacking play of their own and soon had a penalty of their own.  Dean Wharam showed great commitment chasing down a loose ball out on the touchline and made a direct run for the Barton goal before being taken out as he teed a shot up.  His strike partner Steven Kenworthy obliged with a coolly taken spot kick sending Barton keeper the wrong way drawing the scores level on 17 minutes.

Lee Shilleto got on the end of a deep free kick for Barton with a free header but failed to put it on target as the play swung from end to end.  Barton regained the lead on 24 minutes with Barlow firing home from his second from 12 yards out after Josh Ingham could only play the ball back into his path after making a brave tackle when tracking back following a shot of his own.

Wharam missed a good chance to even things out again after being played in by Townsend before play swung back up the other end of the pitch and more slack defending allowed Barlow to take his 3rd of the game slotting home after Clark could only parry a Northern shot into his path.  Mark Griffin forced another save out of Clark as Emley failed to close down Bartons attacking threat.

In a rare moment of quality from Emley Wharam carved out a good opportunity with a cheeky back header catching out the Barton defence before carving out a run into the penalty area before turning and cracking a shot which was pushed out by Bramley into the path of Kenworthy who was flagged offside. 

The pairing of Northern and Barlow undid Emley’s defence once again on 39 minutes with Barlow this time the provider with a simple cross to allow Northern to slot home from close range. 

Emley did respond well in the final stages of the half and Bramley made a brave save from close range in a move which was started and finished by Stuart.  Wharam also went close with a curling shot just wide of the target after latching onto a neat chip by Tayo and beating two defenders.

A 1-4 deficit was harsh on Emley as they had created plenty of chances but a fair reflection on how poorly they had dealt with Barton’s own attacking threat.  Hepworth no doubt had some strong words to say to his team at half time and they came out with greater sense of purpose in the second period with Kenworthy and Wharam linking up well up front.

Ten minutes into the half referee Smith awarded his 3rd penalty of the game after Wharam was tripped in front of goal after Kenworthy and Stuart had caused problems for the Barton defence.  Kenworthy again stepped up and confidently struck the ball to the Bramley’s right.  The keeper got his fingertips to the ball but was no match for the power and accuracy.

Hepworth brought on fresh legs with a double substitution shortly after with Curtis Roberts and Alex Barnes replacing Townsend and Ringrose on the flanks as he looked to continue the fightback.  This however was shortlived when a poor clearance from Clark fell into the path of Barlow who didn’t hesitate in slamming home his fourth of the game.

At 5-2 down it would have been quite easy for Emley to roll over and give up but testament to the influence of Hepworth since taking over as manager his team fought back and showed some real spirit.    Bramley pulled off a terrific triple save after a Roberts cross had played Kenworthy in to shoot from a tight angle, the keeper had to be at his very best to block to two further shots from Stuart and Barnes. 

Dean Wharam played with real purpose in the second half and the Barton defence struggled to cope with his pace and the striker was bundled over in the penalty area for the 3rd time on 69 minutes.  Kenworthy delivered another well taken penalty this time more centrally as Bramley dived to his right to bring the scoreline back to 3-5. 

As Emley pushed forward hungrily they inevitably left more holes at the back and Griffin crashed a fine shot against the bar and Stuart received a caution after letting his frustrations boil over.  Barnes hit a low swerving free kick just shy of the target for Emley after Kenworthy had been brought down breaking through by Matthews who also picked up a yellow card for the offence. 

With the clock ticking down Emley threw everything forward for the final ten minutes reverting to 3 men at the back with a third striker in the shape of Karl Simpkins who replaced Dennis.  Wharam delivered a great turn and shot which Bramley was again on hand to save.  Stuart also fired just over after picking up the pieces from a good break by Wharam which was eventually snuffed out by the Barton defence. 

Anthony Leech got Emley’s fourth on 90 minutes connecting to a Wharam cross with a diving header to loop the ball over Bramley.  Try as they might Emley couldn’t muster an equaliser in injury time as Barton hung on making a couple of late substitutions to break up the play.

This was a fine game for the neutral and a great display of attacking football by both sides.  Barlow was always a threat for the visitors and good value for the visitors whilst Northern and Griffin also showed great pace and proved a real handful for an out of sorts Emley defence.   

Whilst Darren Hepworth will be upset with the way his side conceded goals he will take heart from the way they fought their way back into a game in which they were dead and buried at half time.  Josh Ingham stood out for Emley in the first half of the game before the Barton side tightened up on him.  Steven Kenworthy dispatched all three of his penalties with great confidence and varied his technique to keep the goalkeeper guessing.  Dean Wharam again showed some great pace and skill.  After missing a couple of good chances in the first half he responded with some determined direct play and with assists in all 4 Emley goals he just edges the man of the match award.

Emley Team:
Clark, Dennis (Simpkins), Tayo, Ingham, Leech, Hazelden, Stuart (c), Townsend (Roberts), Kenworthy, Wharam, Ringrose (Barnes).
Subs (not used):   Dowling, Cyrus.
Man of the Match:               Dean Wharam                      Att: 82.

Jan 22nd 2011

Appleby Frodingham 0 – 2 AFC Emley. NCEL Division One

Emley recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory at strugglers Appleby Frodingham, taking a welcome 3 points which moves them out of the bottom four for the first time this season. 

Manager Darren Hepworth was again without key defenders Max Joice and Judd Colley so Anthony Leech filled in at centre half.  Steven Kenworthy and Dean Wharam continued their partnership up front. 

Emley took the game to their hosts from the first whistle and created much of the play but were guilty of a couple of misses early on in the game whilst the home side found their own chances restricted.

Midway through the half Jack Siddall rattled the Emley crossbar with a long range screamer with Mick Clarke rooted to his line. 

Teo Ringrose ensured that Emley went in a goal to the good at half time.  The talented young winger took advantage of some hesitant defending to fire home from close range on 43 minutes.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Emley playing the better football and Frodingham battling hard to keep them at bay.  Josh Ingham once again caught the eye and was the architect of much of Emley’s good play.

Emley got a second goal on 66 minutes and it was a well worked team goal involving 5 players.  Ringrose made a good burst down the wing playing a 1-2 with Marc Townsend before laying the ball off to Mark Stuart who crossed the ball to Wharam.  The striker was unable to get a clean touch but Steven Kenworthy was on hand to fire home.

Ingham might have notched a third goal for Emley after doing all the hard work breaking through the defence but dragged his shot wide. 

To summarise this was a confident and confident performance from Emley who were rarely troubled by a hard working Frodingham side who played with lots of spirit but little end result.

Manager Darren Hepworth was delighted with his team’s victory, his fourth in the league since taking over in a spell which has seen his side grow in confidence and move up the league.

He commented:  “This was a solid team performance and a well deserved win.  It was great to keep a clean sheet and whilst they grafted hard I don’t think that they really troubled us at the back.” 

“The team spirit is definitely back there with the lads and they are playing well as a unit.  We must now build on this and continue to notch up some more points and get ourselves to a more respectable place in the league”.

Emley team:
Clark, Westney, Tayo, Ingham, Leech, Hazelden, Stuart (c), Townsend (Bucknall), Kenworthy, Wharam (Dowling), Ringrose (Barnes)

Man of the Match:  Josh Ingham           

Emley are back in action on Wednesday night when they entertain Barton Town OB in the NCEL League Cup.

Jan 19th 2011

AFC Emley 3 - 2 Shirebrook Town. NCEL Division One

Emley got back to winning ways after 3 straight defeats courtesy of a hat trick from Dean Wharam.  This was Emley’s 3rd meeting with Shirebrook in the space of a month and whilst the two teams were now more than familiar with one another the game was no less entertaining.

Darren Hepworth rested Nathan Tayo to the bench moving Josh Ingham to left back and brought in Joe Washington into the midfield.  Dean Wharam regained his place in the starting line up with Alex Barnes making way. 

The visitors took the game to Emley in the early stages with Simon Johnson, Michael Lyall and Dean Cropper having the beating of the Emley backline for pace but lacked the end product to capitalise on their dominance.  Cropper had a great chance to put them in the lead after being put through by Johnson but stumbled when teeing up his shot.

They were eventually rewarded however and took the lead on 17 minutes when Michael Lyall curled a sweet free kick from the edge of the box into the far left hand corner leaving Mick Clark rooted to his line. 

Emley responded with a curling shot from Teo Ringrose going just wide of the upright and Wharam sent a tame effort also off target.  Shirebrook however looked most likely to get a goal and continued to press Emley.

Cropper got round Ingham and cut back from the bye line to supply Lyall who shot wide of the target whilst Mark Robinson hit a well struck shot straight at Clarke. Then, Ingham then denied Johnson with a fine tackle just as the frontman was teeing up a shot at goal.

Against the run of play Emley grabbed an equaliser on 38 minutes as Wharam seized the ball on the edge of the box and whipped in a hard low shot which skimmed across the surface and into the back of the net despite the efforts of Shirebrook ‘keeper Ed Eley.

The half ended with both sides creating chances.  Lyall struck a free kick from the exact same spot as his opening goal, this time it deflected off the Emley wall and Clark saved comfortably. 

At the other end of the pitch Wharam with his back to goal spun and crashed an unstoppable shot past Eley to give his side an unlikely lead.  His side might even have gone in 3-1 up as Mark Townsend smashed a shot goalbound which was turned round the post superbly by Eley.

The second half was a more even affair and more entertaining than the one that had gone before.  Hepworth brought on Nathan Tayo for Joe Washington with Ingham reverting to midfield. 

Ringrose went close with a lofted effort from a tight angle nestling on the roof of the net.  A surging run by Anthony Leech through the heart of the Shirebrook midfield was cut out in the final third of the field and a long ball out found Cropper who beat his marker and forced a fine save from Clark.

Soon after Shirebrook claimed an equaliser as speculative looping effort from Cropper outwitted Clark who was left stranded on his line as the ball sailed into the top corner. 

As Emley looked to regain their lead Townsend picked up a booking after sliding in on a 50-50 ball with Shirebrook keeper Eley who made a good claim but overdid it on the theatricals afterwards.  Cropper and Jay Whalley were also cautioned for the visitors either side of Townsends booking. 

Emley began to play more composed football as the half progressed whilst the visitors looked dangerous on the break.  Clark was called upon to make another good save tipping an effort from Johnson over the bar and Cropper screwed a free kick wide. 

At the other end Steven Kenworthy played a delicate lob over to Wharam who was unable to convert the opportunity.  Wharam again went close beating the keeper to a loose ball but was unable to divert it home from a tight angle.  There were also calls for a handball as Kenworthy turned the Shirebrook defence inside out and blasted a cross across goal which appeared to hit the arm of Whalley. 

Emley finished the game the much stronger side and Mark Stuart showed great desire in the centre of the park making two fine tackles before surging through and chipping a fine ball to Wharam who pulled off another fine save from Eley.

Wharam finally claimed his winner as the game drew to a close.  Josh Ingham hit a deep free kick into the penalty area which was chested down by Sean Hazelden then laid off to Wharam who made no mistake with his finish from 15 yards out. 

Darren Hepworth will be relieved to see his side get back to winning ways after 3 straight defeats.  Whilst Shirebrook looked the better side during the first third of the game Emley showed great strength of character to come back from a goal down and win the game.

Dean Wharam linked up well with his strike partner Steven Kenworthy and fully earned his place back in the team.  Hopefully he will take confidence from this well taken hat trick and add some more goals to his tally before long. 

Emley Team:
Clark, Westney, Ingham, Washington (Tayo), Hazelden, Leech, Stuart (c), Townsend (Barnes), Kenworthy, Wharam, Ringrose.

Subs (not used): Simpkins, Reid, Dowling.                        Att: 80

Emley Man of the Match:  Dean Wharam.

Emley will look to build upon this victory when they travel to Scunthorpe based Appleby Froddingham on Saturday (3.00pm). Their hosts are currently second to bottom in the table with Emley sitting 3 places above in 16th.

Nicky Bramald’s second string entertain Halifax Irish at The Welfare Ground in the WRCL first division on Friday evening with a 7.00pm kick off. 

Jan 15th 2011

AFC Emley 1 - 2 Leeds Carnegie NCEL Division One

Emley slipped to their 3rd defeat in 7 days against a talented Leeds Carnegie side.  Darren Hepworth’s side put in a performance filled with more character than their last two but were eventually undone by two contentious refereeing decisions.

Hepworth welcomed back Steven Kenworthy and Josh Ingham into the side with Dean Wharam and Karl Simpkins making way for the pair.  Alex Barnes started on the left wing whilst Marc Townsend played a supporting role playing off Kenworthy.

The first half saw the two sides well matched.  Despite rain and swirling winds both sides attempted to play a good passing football.  Emley had a great opportunity to take the lead in the early exchanges as Teo Ringrose delivered a terrific cross for stand in captain Mark Stuart who headed just over the bar. 

The Students’ centre forward Greg McRory was a constant threat to Emley and hit a hard shot which zipped across the wet surface and bouncing in front of Mick Clark who did well to hold onto the strike.  Clark was again called upon to pull off a good save from the equally dangerous Chris Youldon who’s curling effort was destined for the top corner of the goal.

Ingham made his presence pulling the strings in midfield and Kenworthy saw plenty of the ball as Emley settled down to play some decent attacking football.  A good move resulted in Kenworthy playing in Ringrose who shot agonisingly across the face of goal. 

Kenworthy then burst through the defence playing in Marc Townsend who was denied by the quick thinking Lucasz Wiacek.  Then Kenworthy himself might have grabbed a goal after being played in by Nathan Tayo but his final touch let him down.

The two sides went in on level terms at half time and whilst Emley probably just edged it on chances the visiting always looked dangerous with the pace of Paul Harrison and ex-Emley man Kyle Hawthorne down the flanks and McGrory’s brother Scott a driving force in midfield.

Greg McGrory went close for Carnegie in the early stages of the second half heading against the post after Harrison had delivered in inch perfect cross into his path.  Youldon also saw a shot whistle past the post.

With little presence in the final third of the field Hepworth brought on Dean Wharam for Barnes as he looked to bring some more pace into Emley’s game.  Ingham again continued to put in a hard working performance and was harshly shown a yellow card for persistent fouling on the back of a couple of first half fouls. 

At the back Sean Hazelden was forced into making a number of timely blocks and challenges as the visitors took a firm grip of the games.  Clark made fine fingertip save from Joe Rossiter as the Leeds centre half came up for a corner.

Leeds were finally rewarded for their persistence and it was the younger of the McGrory brothers Greg who made the breakthrough on 70 minutes.  He sprung Emley’s offside trap and latched onto the ball out wide, keeper Clark raced out to narrow his angle but slipped in the process losing ground and allowing the striker to fire home.

Emley responded straight away and good work by Wharam forced a corner.  Whilst the initial corner was cleared Emley had many men committed up front and Nathan Tayo delivered a cross which was diverted home by Stuart from close range. 

As both sides sensed the opportunity to grab a winner chances followed at both ends of the field.  Tayo went within a fraction of giving Emley the lead with a close range header whilst Hawthorne had a couple of efforts that were comfortably dealt with by Clark. 

Then two decisions by referee Hristo Karaivanov incensed the Emley team and the home crowd.  Firstly Josh Ingham was dismissed for a second yellow card after it appeared that he had won the ball cleanly.

Then minutes later a Carnegie shot deflected past Clarke clearly hitting the arm of Greg McGrory on its way in.  Karaivanov awarded the goal following a discussion with his assistant who was well placed to see the incident much to the protests of the Emley team. 

Despite being down to 10 men for the second time in as many games Emley rallied in the final stages of the game Hazelden and Anthony Leech moved forward for Emley with Townsend covering as a last line of defence. 

Kenworthy went close for Emley and with Leech pressurising a Carnegie player into a dangerous sliced clearance the ball almost looped over his keeper Wiacek.  Finally Wiacek was again called upon to make a brave save at Leech’s feet to deny him an equaliser.

Despite the defeat Emley’s performance was a vast improvement.  As always Carnegie played an attractive brand of football in the right spirit and this allowed Emley the space to play their own strengths.  Whilst Carnegie played the better football in the second half Emley will feel hard done by not to come away with a point from this game.

Josh Ingham was played an influential role on his return to the side and was unfortunate to be sent off.  At the back Sean Hazelden had a typically solid game and up front Steven Kenworthy battled hard with little reward. 

Clark, Westney, Tayo, Ingham, Leech, Hazelden, Stuart (c), Townsend, Kenworthy, Ringrose, Barnes (Wharam).
Subs (not used):  Simpkins, Dowling, Wheelton.

Meanwhile Emley's second string exited the Sheffield Cup after a 3-1 defeat at High Green Villa.


Jan 12th 2011

AFC Emley 1 - 3 Worsborough Bridge Athletic. NCEL Division One

An under-strength Emley side fell to a second consecutive defeat at home to local rivals Worsborough.  Whilst Adam Podmore put in an impressive two goal performance for the visitors most present at the game will remember it for the influence of referee Nigel Haycock.

Emley started the game without key quartet Judd Colley, Max Joice, Josh Ingham and Steven Kenworthy.  Callum Westney started at right back with Anthony Leech moving into the centre of defence, Brad Dowling replaced Ingham in midfield and Dean Wharam was paired with Karl Simpkins up front. 

Emley were also without manager Darren Hepworth due to work commitments with Micky Reid and Nicky Bramald taking charge for the night.  The pair will have little positive to report back to Hepworth after their side delivered a performance lacking in fluidity and delivery to the front men.

The open stages of the game saw wayward shots Emley captain Mark Stuart and Worsborough’s Darren Handisides and little of any quality until the 8th minute of the game when a moment of when the visitors took the lead.

Ex-Emley man Martyn Scully lofted a tremendous 50 yard ball over the Emley midfield right into the path of Dean Shirt who had made space for himself on the right wing before delivering a fine cross for Podmore who made no mistake with a header 8 yards from goal.

Podmore continued to look Worsboroughs most dangerous outlet whilst his team mates showed a greater desire to pick up the loose ball in midfield.  Stuart had a couple of long range efforts which didn’t trouble the goalmouth and Simpkins headed just wide of the mark from a Dowling cross. 

As Emley became frustrated with their inability to find a way past Worsborough and with some questionable refereeing decisions they let their frustrations boil over with Anthony Leech the first of a long list to pick up a booking for dissent. 

Leech was then adjudged to have fouled Podmore as both players went shoulder to shoulder in the penalty area.  Liam McFadyen dispatched the resultant penalty into the bottom right hand corner past Mick Clark who had picked up a booking for standing off his line before the kick was taken.

With the second goal coming five minutes before half time Emley finally settled down to playing some decent football and a good move involving Dowling, Tayo and Wharam played in Simpkins who couldn’t quite deliver the vital finish.  They did finally claw a goal back on 44 minutes however as Teo Ringrose got his second goal in as many games finishing from close range from a great cross by Marc Townsend.

Stuart was the third Emley player to be booked in the early stages of the second half before he went close with a dipping shot after linking up well with Wharam.  Warham also went close when his speculative overhead hook clipped the bar.

At the other end of the field Danny Cawley hit a curling shot which was parried to safety by Clark and a long range effort from Scully sailed over the bar. 

Emley started to claw their way back into the game with 25 minutes to go as the visitors appeared to tire.  Stuart volleyed over the bar from 20 yards out after a Ringrose corner.  Ringrose then went close with a well hit half volley from a Wharam cross which flew across the face of goal. 

These better spells of play were punctuated by a flurry of yellow cards.  Bridge’s Jimmy Birkenshaw was cautioned for kicking the ball away before Wharam received a booking for the same offence.  Dowling and Simpkins also entered Haycock’s notebook.  Substitute Shane Kelsey was booked for Worsborough after bringing down Townsend on the edge of the box

Dowling was replaced by Alex Barnes and Curtis Roberts came on for Simpkins for the final quarter of an hour as Emley pushed to salvage a point.  Barnes in particular had some good chances and brought a little more directness into Emley’s play.

Wharam used his pace to full effect as he beat the offside trap but flashed a vicious shot across the face of goal.  With 10 minutes to go Barnes had a well hit curling shot from the edge of the box saved by Worsborough keeper Richard Stainthorpe. 

Just as it looked like Emley might be on their way to forcing an equaliser Stainthorpe launched a long punt downfield which was then directed to Podmore who unleashed an unstoppable volley from 25 yards out. 

As Emley pushed forward they were caught by a long ball out from deep.  Goalkeeper Clark went out to clear the danger tackling Kelsey on the touchline to put the ball to safety.  Referee Haycock brandished a second yellow card to Clark leaving the keeper bemused by the decision after similar challenges had gone unpunished at other points in the game.

Emley left to play the final stages of the game with ten men.  Mark Townsend deputised in goals for an amazing fourth time this season but was relatively untroubled by the opposition.

Stainthorpe pulled of the save of the game from a shot by Barnes following a cross from fellow sub Roberts late on, then Barnes teed up Stuart who also tested the keeper but this was too little too late for Emley. 

Another scrappy game in which it’s fair to say the only difference between the two sides was two moments of pure quality resulting in Podmore’s goals.  Whilst Emley were missing 4 key players they are more than capable of playing better than this. 

Once again few players came stood out, Teo Ringrose took his goal well and showed some good touches but was let down by not being supplied with enough ammunition.  The same can be said for Dean Wharam who was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet – Emley need to find a way to play to his amazing natural burst of pace and harness his full potential.  Callum Westney slotted back into the side well and appeared more composed than in previous outings. 

Clark, Westney, Tayo, Dowling (Barnes), Leech, Hazelden, Townsend, Stuart (C), Wharam, Simpkins (Roberts), Ringrose.

Subs (not used):  Cyrus, Ryan.  Att: 95
Man of the Match:  Callum Westney

Emley are back in league action when they entertain Leeds Carnegie up at the Welfare Ground on Saturday.  Kick off is at 3.00pm


Jan 8th 2011 Shirebrook Town 2 - 1 AFC Emley NCEL Division One

Emley fell to their first defeat under Darren Hepworth after being outplayed by a strong Shirebrook team.  Shirebrook, who reversed the 2-1 defeat inflicted on them by Emley back in December have boosted their squad with a string of signings under their new manager Rudy Funk.

Emley on the other hand looked fatigued playing their third game in 6 days and were unable to find the quick attacking football that saw them defeat Hemsworth and Barton during the week. 

The visitors did have the brighter start to the game and had the better of the early possession.  An early free kick by Mark Stuart was dealt with competently by Ed Eley in the Shirebrook goal and Karl Simpkins went close with a header from a Teo Ringrose cross. 

The home side played to their physical strengths with defence snuffing out most of Emley’s attacking threat. Ringrose and Stuart were restricted to long range efforts which went wide of the mark. 

Matthew Varley had Shirebrook’s best chance of the early stages and connected with a deep cross but his header was dealt with well at the near post by Mick Clark.  Varley continued to be a threat to Emley with his throw ins – he regularly hit the Emley penalty area from inside his own half relieving the pressure on his defence and putting the pressure on Emley’s in the process.

Meanwhile, Clark made a good claim from a Simon Johnson cross with Michael Lyall lurking in the box and at the other end of the field Steven Kenworthy went close with a flick from an Anthony Leech corner.

Emley finally breached the Shirebrook defence on the half hour mark and it was Ringrose who started and finished the move.  The talented winger flicked the ball past his marker with back heel playing in Kenworthy who then delivered a perfectly weighted through ball to allow Ringrose to slot the ball past Eley. 

The visitors were unable to build on their lead as Shirebrook responded well.  Mark Robinson played in Johnson who hit a well struck shot on the half volley which was blocked by Emley captain Judd Colley.

Minutes later Johnson did grab an equaliser firing home through a crowded penalty area after the ball was cleared from a corner.  Ringrose got a touch to the ball on the goal line but was unable to keep it out.

Shirebrook might have gone in front before half time as they broke when Emley gave the ball away in midfield.   Johnson played in Lyall who held of Hazelden with his back to the goal before turning and unleashing a cracking shot which smashed against the post. 

Emley started the second half more positively with Eley being tested by a Stuart free kick and a long range effort from Townsend but it was to be Shirebrook who took the lead on 50 minutes.

The dangerous Lyall won his side a penalty after his cross caught Josh Ingham on the arm.  Strike partner Johnson grabbed his second goal of the game after wrong footing Clark from the spot.

Emley got little change out of Shirebrook backline and as Kenworthy limped off to be replaced by Wharam.  Whilst Clark was called upon to save at Lyall’s feet then later from a curling effort from Darren Bettison.

The game progressed to a scrappy ending with neither side creating many chances of note.  Johnson, Bettison and Jay Whalley were all booked by referee Nicholas Mason for the home side.  Shirebrook manager Rudy Funk replaced Johnson soon after - perhaps to prevent the player from picking up a second yellow card and opting for a more defensive 4-5-1 formation which served to frustrate Emley further.

Hepworth brought on Max Joice and Brad Dowling down the flanks but neither could inspire an Emley revival as the game petered out.  Ugly scenes followed as players from both sides clashed heading to the dressing room after the final whistle this stemmed from Whalley shamelessly feigning an injury and attempting to get Leech booked late on in the game. 

Emley can have no complaints about the result from today’s game.  Shirebrook were well equipped at the back to deal with Emley’s front men as Simpkins and Kenworthy got little reward.   At the other end of the field the pairing of Johnson and Lyall always looked more likely to get on the scoresheet.

Few Emley players came out of the game with much credit... all too often the ball was given away in the middle of the park as passes fell short.  Judd Colley made some decent blocks at the back and Mick Clark pulled off some important saves.  Teo Ringrose was Emley’s most positive player and took his first half goal well. 

Clark, Leech, Tayo, Ingham, Colley (c), Hazelden, Stuart, Townsend (Joice), Kenworthy (Wharam), Simpkins (Dowling), Ringrose.
Subs (not used):  Westney, Washington.

Man of the Match:      Teo Ringrose


Jan 5th 2011

AFC Emley 3 – 1 Barton Town Old Boys NCEL Division One

Emley’s resurgence under manager Darren Hepworth continued with a tremendous 3-1 victory of Barton Town OB.  Before the kick off Barton were second in the table, having lost just once this season and looking to go top whilst Emley were languishing in 17th place. 

The home team however turned the tables and dispatched Barton courtesy of a performance full of energy and self belief, made even more impressive by the fact that they had defeated Hemsworth just over 48 hours before.

Hepworth shuffled his squad giving a debut to Nathan Tayo at full back in place of Max Joice whilst Josh Ingham and Teo Ringrose were straight swaps for Joe Washington and Brad Dowling with all three delivering stand-out performances.

The game started at a fast pace but with surprisingly little action in front of goal.  Ringrose had the first chance of note when he curled a shot wide of the target whilst Mark Griffiths shot high over the bar for the visitors.

Emley had a strong shout for a goal when a Ringrose corner appeared to be deflected over the line but referee Stephen Mercer waived away their appeals.  Mark Stuart saw a tricky shot well held by Barton keeper Dave Bramley whilst Scott Phillips headed just wide of the target at the other end of the field.

Emley finally got their breakthrough on 31 minutes when the ball fell to Sean Hazelden on the edge of the 6 yard box with his back to goal he managed to shield off the Barton defence before slipping the ball to Judd Colley who made no mistake with an unstoppable finish.

Moments later Emley nearly double their advantage when Steven Kenworthy turned the Barton defence inside out but his lofted shot from a tight angle landed on the roof of the net.

Tempers spilled over briefly on the field after Mark Townsend and Barton’s James Atkinson tussled with both player’s receiving a yellow card.  Bramley was also booked after needlessly getting involved in the fracas.

Barton’s best spell of the half resulted in an equalising goal 5 minutes before half time.  Mark Griffiths took the ball of Ingham in midfield and released Gareth Barlow who rounded Mick Clark in the Emley goal but Hazelden made a fine recovery to block the ball on the line.  The threat wasn’t over however as Ringrose was well placed to block another shot on the line before Phillips finally force the ball home. 

Ringrose and Kenworthy both went close for Emley before the half time whistle but the score remained 1-1 and whilst the home side had edged it on possession on opportunities the game could easily swing either way.

Emley started the second half positively and good work by Kenworthy and Ringrose set up Stuart whose effort was dealt with comfortably by Bramley. 

On fifty minutes they regained the lead after Karl Simpkins held the ball up well before bending a pass into the path of Josh Ingham who dispatched a cool finish from the edge of the box past Bramley.

Buoyed by this Emley pushed forward in search of more goals and were soon rewarded.  Stuart won a free kick after being tripped on the edge of the box and then delivered a well hit strike which was helped into the net by a deflection off the Barton wall. 

As Emley looked set to run away with the game Barton’s frustrations spilled over and Adam Crane received a straight red card for his questioning of the assistant referee’s decision to award a throw in Emley’s favour.  The same official had done little to endear himself to the Barton management after continually telling them to stay within the technical area of the dugouts.

Barton didn’t really recover from this decision and Emley pressed hard to widen their margin of victory.  Stuart and Kenworthy both had decent efforts before the manager Hepworth brought on some fresh legs in the shape of debutant Dean Wharam in place of Karl Simpkins and Max Joice for Townsend.

Wharam looked keen to impress on his debut and showed some real bursts of pace, with his first touch he rounded Bramley before dragging the ball back to Stuart who just couldn’t convert the chance. 

Kenworthy hit a well struck shot from 20 yards out which was dealt with well by Bramley before a series of 5 passes in the penalty area involving Kenworthy, Wharam, Joice and Stuart ended with the midfielder firing over the bar.

Curtis Roberts replaced Ringrose and with literally his first touch hit a stinging shot which Bramley parried down.  Stuart and Roberts again both had decent chances but Bartons night was summed up with a long range shot from substitute Matty Mckay which sailed high over the bar late on. 

In summary this was another really strong performance from an Emley side that appear to be growing in confidence with every game and once again every player played his part.  Josh Ingham stood out driving the team forward from midfield and providing great cover for his defence, capping it all off with well taken goal at exactly the right time.

Mark Stuart and Steven Kenworthy were both full of running and enterprise and Teo Ringrose whilst not at his most prolific down the wing got stuck in with some great tackles and a willingness to fight for his team. Yet again the back line was virtually faultless and Nathan Tayo looked more than comfortable.

Emley Team:
Clark, Leech, Tayo, Ingham, Colley (c), Hazelden, Colley, Stuart, Townsend (Joice), Kenworthy, Simpkins (Wharam), Ringrose (Roberts).
Subs (Not Used):  Joe Washington, Nathan Ryan (GK)

Man of the Match:  Josh Ingham.

Emley have two days off and are then back in action on Saturday at Mansfield based Shirebrook Town (Kick off 3.00pm).  Their second string visit High Green Villa in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Association Cup (1.00pm) with a quarter final home tie with Kirkburton at stake for the winners.


Jan 3rd 2011

AFC Emley 2 – 1 Hemsworth MW. NCEL Division One

An injury time strike courtesy of Steven Kenworthy sealed a narrow 2-1 victory for Emley and gave them the perfect start to the new year.  Emley went a goal behind in the opening stages but completed a hard fought comeback for the second time in as many games for new manager Darren Hepworth.

After a scrappy opening to the game Hemsworth went a goal up through ex Emley man Craig Wilkinson on nine minutes.  With goalkeeper Mick Clark committed off his line Wilkinson got a touch on the ball which deflected in off and Emley defender.

Emley responded by finally settling down to playing some passing football and went close with a shot from Kenworthy before Judd Colley headed just wide from a set piece.Kenworthy who was partnered up front by Karl Simpkins was subject to a couple of heavy challenges from Lee Swift which earned the Hemsworth midfielder an early booking.  Simpkins too was subject to a disciplinary from the referee Malcolm Graham after an altercation with Ross Hayward.
Sean Hazelden was denied by a smart save by the Hemsworth keeper Andy Brooke after the tall centre half slid in to connect with an intelligent lofted free kick by Brad Dowling.

As Emley took a firm grip on the game good work between Kenworthy and Marc Townsend played in Mark Stuart who slotted home but Townsend was ruled offside.  More good build up play by Kenworthy saw the striker release Joe Washington who chipped the ball to Townsend only for the midfielder to fire across the face of goal. 

Simpkins hit the side netting and Hazelden headed over before Emley finally made their breakthrough.  Kenworthy played the ball out wide to Townsend who delivered a terrific cross to Simpkins who made no mistake with a well placed header.  Minutes later Kenworthy played in Townsend who squandered a great chance to take the lead when he fired over from close range.
Then an amazing spell of play followed which saw them hit both the upper and lower side of the bar in quick succession.  Brad Dowling hooked over another testing ball which dropped onto the crossbar and back into play, the loose ball fell to Kenworthy who clattered the ball against the underside of the bar when it looked easier to score.

Emley were almost made to pay for squandering these opportunities as the momentum swung into the favour of Hemsworth who almost snatched a goal in a frantic end to the half.  Firstly Max Joice was in the right place at the right time to block a shot on the line before the loose ball was hammered against the angle of the post and bar.  Colin Williamson was denied by Clark after being played in well by Robert Crapper. 

The home team had two chances early on in the second half but none of the front men could connect with a great cross from Stuart before Simpkins was denied by a fine reflex block from Brooke on the edge of the D. 

Scott Collins replaced Lee Swift in the centre of midfield for the visitors as they seized the initiative.  Collins almost made his impact felt with his first touch – a terrific angled shot from just inside the box which forced an equally impressive one handed save at full stretch from Clark.  If the keeper was at fault for the opening goal then he more than made up for it with this.

Wilkinson had two decent chances for the visitors as Emley were pinned back in their half for long spells.  Clark was called upon to make saves from Williamson and long range effort from Tom Myers did little to trouble the keeper.

The turning point of the game came 20 minutes from time when both sides were reduced to 10 men.  Washington scythed down Gary Welka with a poorly timed high challenge before the Hemsworth wide man retaliated by punching the Emley player.  Both players received straight red cards as the match officials did well to diffuse a flare up between the players of both sides.

It was Emley who dealt better with the loss of personnel however.  Manager Hepworth took off Simpkins and filled the hole in midfield with Josh Ingham, leaving Kenworthy as a lone striker.  Curtis Roberts was a straight swap for Brad Dowling on the left wing and Callum Westney replaced Townsend with Max Joice pushed up onto the wing.

Ingham brought fresh legs to the midfield and Roberts impressed firstly delivering a delicious cross that Stuart was inches away from connecting with, then he made some space on the edge of the box but fired wide.  Joice combined well with Kenworthy and hit a curling shot just wide of the target before a dipping effort from Stuart went just over the bar. 

Then for the second time in as many games Kenworthy was Emley’s hero with a goal in injury time. 

The industrious Ingham burst through the middle of the park with Hemsworth pushing forward looking for their own winner.  He played the ball through to Kenworthy who cut inside and slipped a precise shot past Brooke to the delight of his teammates, manager and the crowd who mobbed him on the touchline. 
This was an entertaining contest which could have gone the way of either side with some better finishing.  It was apt however that Kenworthy was the man to get the winner making amends for his miss earlier. 

Encouragingly Townsend, Stuart, Kenworthy and Simpkins worked well together and created a string of goalscoring opportunities.  After gifting Hemsworth with an early goal the back four made amends with a solid performance with Judd Colley standing out with a fine captain’s performance.  The side will have little time to rest and are back in action again on Wednesday evening (7.45pm) as they entertain second placed Barton Town OB.

Emley Team:
Clark, Joice, Leech, Washington, Colley (C), Hazelden, Stuart, Townsend (Westney), Kenworthy, Simpkins (Ingham), Dowling (Roberts).
Subs not used:
Tayo, Ryan (GK).
Att:  148  
Emley Man of the Match: Judd Colley.


Dec 15th 2010

AFC Emley 2 - 1 (AET) Shirebrook Town. Wilkinson Sword Trophy 2nd Round

Darren Hepworth got off to a winning start in his first match in charge of AFC Emley as his side fought back to secure an extra time victory over Shirebrook at the Welfare Ground. Although it could be argued that Emley should have wrapped the game up comfortably within the first 90 minutes there could be few complaints about the manner in which the victory was achieved.

Emley took the game to their opponents from the first whistle with Marc Townsend and Teo Ringrose both looking sharp down the flanks.  Townsend had an early effort pushed round the post by Shirebrook keeper Edward Eley and Ringrose hit a half volley just wide of the target after good work by Anthony Leech. 

The visitors found themselves pinned back in their own half during the opening stages and their cause wasn’t helped after losing captain Pete Stubley within the first 10 minutes after an innocuous looking challenge from Joe Washington.   Emley’s dominance was illustrated by the fact that it was quarter of an hour in before Mick Clark had his first touch of the ball in the Emley goal as he comfortably collected a loose ball.

Steve Kenworthy put in a teasing cross for his strike partner James Tevendale who’s header just inside the six yard box pulled off a terrific reaction save from Eley.  Minutes later the same players combined as Kenworthy fed Tevendale who slotted past Eley into the back of the net but he was adjudged to be offside.

Townsend, Tevendale and Mark Stuart all went close for Emley who for all their dominance were unable to make their chances count but by the end of the half they were thankful for the contribution of Clark for keeping the scores level. 

Firstly he pushed a close range effort from Lee Rhodes round the post after the winger latched onto a long throw.  Then Michael Lyall got round Sean Hazelden and Clark had to be at full stretch to hold onto his goalbound effort.

Emley also had chances later on in the half as Tevendale’s looping effort was held onto well by Eley. Max Joice hit the bar with a speculative cross, then moments later the right back combined well with Townsend only to shoot wide as the half time mark was reached goalless.

Shirebrook started the second half with more purpose looking dangerous on the break and early on Lyall was again thwarted by Clark who palmed his effort round the post. 

At the other end of the field a deep cross from Joice found Tevendale at the far post who cushioned a header down into the path of Kenworthy only for his shot to be denied by a last ditch clearance off the line.

Shirebrook broke straight from this move with Emley overcommitted up the field and Lyall finally got a breakthrough for his efforts.  His shot from just inside the box took a deflection off Hazelden and past Clark to give the visitors the lead on 51 minutes.

Soon after, a crude lunge on Stuart by Shirebrook’s Gareth Campion resulted in the right back being shown a straight red card.  It was a needless foul and ultimately a key factor in Shirebrook’s downfall as Emley fought back and pressed home their man advantage. 

Stuart who was instrumental in much of Emley’s best movement took the resulting free kick, finding Tevendale who in turn laid off to Kenworthy only for the striker to be denied once again by Eley. Soon after, a short free kick teed up the unmarked Joice who hit a fizzing shot from 30 yards out which Eley needed two attempts to gather.

Emley piled on the pressure but were guilty at times of wasteful shots when other options were available.  Eley dealt well with crosses from Stuart, Kenworthy and Townsend as his sides efforts were restricted mostly to hitting Emley on the break. 

Steve McGurk wasted a good chance for the visitors when the ball fell to him in space from a free kick but his close range shot sailed over the bar.  Lyall put a dangerous ball across the 6 yard box but the sliding Rhodes was unable to connect.

Kenworthy, Tevendale and Ringrose all came close to grabbing an equaliser as Hepworth replaced Washington with Josh Ingham and gave Judd Colley the licence to push further forward from defence. 

Saves from Eley and some wayward finishing looked to have frustrated Emley but finally on 90 minutes Emley forced an equaliser. A great run by the tireless Leech played Kenworthy in and despite pressure from the Shirebrook defence he kept his balance and composure to slot the ball home to take a deserved equaliser. 

With five minutes of injury time on the clock Emley went all out to take the game.  Kenworthy had two good chances, both created by Joice, Townsend hit the post and a dipping effort from Stuart was held onto well by Eley as his side forced extra time.

In extra time it was one way traffic as the superior fitness and man advantage of the Emley side showed.  Substitutes Brad Dowling and Karl Simpkins had provided fresh legs for Emley in place of Ringrose and Kenworthy.  Dowling hit a vicious shot just wide and the powerful Simpkins was unfortunate not to score after bursting into the box being denied by the ever busy Eley.

Simpkins did have a hand in the winner in the first period of extra time, laying the ball off to Stuart on the edge of the box after some great approach play with the midfielder’s precise shot hitting the top right hand corner with Eley rooted to his line. 

In the second period of extra time Emley’s victory margin could easily have been increased but Tevendale was denied no less than 3 times by Eley.  Leech played a great one-two with Tevndale but the keeper blocked his shot with his feet.  Townsend hit the post from close range and moments later the side netting. Simpkins looked lively throughout his brief spell on the pitch but Eley was again there to keep him at bay.

 Rhodes had a great chance to grab an unlikely equaliser from 6 yards out in the final stages but this would have been harsh on Emley who thoroughly deserved their victory.

In summary this was a sound all round team performance from Emley.  The return of goalkeeper Mick Clark added solidity and the back four hardly put a foot wrong all night.  Mark Stuart and Joe Washington worked tirelessly in midfield with Ringrose and Townsend a real threat out wide.  Kenworthy and Tevendale might have got more reward for their efforts on another day, whilst all three substitutes showed their hunger to stake a claim for a place in the starting line up. 

Darren Hepworth should be proud of his team’s performance in his first match as manager.  The hunger and belief appears to be back in the side and the whole team kept battling to the end.  With so many strong performances throughout the team it would be unfair to single out an individual so on this occasion the man who motivated them picks up the honours.  Well done Daz!

Emley Team:
Clark, Joice, Leech, Washington (Ingham), Hazelden, Colley (C), Stuart, Townsend, Kenworthy (Simpkins), Tevendale, Ringrose (Dowling).
Subs not used:  Tayo, Broadbent.
Att:  78                         
Man(ager) of the Match:  Daz Hepworth

Emley are back in action on Saturday when they have a tough trip to 3rd placed Staveley MW in the League (Kick Off 3pm).  Big spending Staveley are many punters tip to take the title this season and have just signed former Emley man Lee Hill from Eccleshill. 

The second XI travel to Chapeltown based High Green Villa in the Rosehill Press Association Challenge Cup 3rd Round.  Kick off is at 1.00pm.


Dec 15th 2010

Darrens Comments Prior To His First Game In Charge.

Darren Hepworth

If you'd have suggested 5 years ago that I'd be running the first team at AFC Emley then I'd have replied that you'd get better odds winning the lottery. Perhaps I should buy a ticket. From running a local district league side to stepping into what is probably the biggest amateur football coaching job locally is a dream come true. And I fully intend to make the most of it. I am not here keeping the seat warm - I believe wholeheartedly that I can harness the fantastic ability that's already here, add a few new (and old) faces, then create something very special. This club is screaming out for success. It has the facilities, wonderful and loyal support and a very hard working group of people behind the scenes who don't get anywhere near the appreciation they deserve.

So what would success mean this season? I'm sure you would expect the new guy coming in to promise promotion, cups and maybe a trip to Wembley (unfortunately that has been postponed until next season!). As tempting as that is I will spell out very simply what you can expect this season.

Firstly a committed group of players that will work like their lives depend on it to improve individually and collectively. That absolutely starts by working hard on the training pitch and then carries through into performances on a Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon. The final piece which relates to commitment is then spending time together off the field with each other, our supporters and the people who work so hard to run the club and provide the players with everything they need.

Secondly, by creating the right environment we will ensure the football club is run as one. By that I mean we have two teams but they will be run together. The players will rotate as performances and the need for match practice dictates. We will train together, we will socialise together and we will win, lose and draw together. I'm convinced we have the ammunition here to be successful. We will add as necessary but in doing so we will form stronger links with our local leagues, university and other semi-pro and pro clubs to attract the best local talent.

Thirdly, we will take everything on without fear. If we have the right environment you will see a real togetherness and the players enjoying their football. Generally if you enjoy something you tend to be good at it. Then come the results. We have 72 points to play for in the league and we are still in 3 cups. This season has a long way to go.

I can hear you thinking what book did he read that in?! Believe me its simple to say but harder to execute!

The reality is that's the same philosophy that I have applied over the past five years and it has worked. I'm committed, I have belief and I know how to build teams that win. I'm also hungry for knowledge - I certainly don't think you ever stop learning in this game.
Over the past couple of years I have worked closely with two terrific managers in Ian Banks and Darren Bland. Although different in styles they were winners and very passionate and knowledgeable about their football. Both helped me then....and both are helping me now.

The past 3 weeks although frustrating with the bad weather have at least allowed me some breathing space. I have been able to organise the management team and I'm delighted to be joined by Mick Reid as my right hand man. Mick has been brilliant in his time at AFC Emley and was a big part of the success we had together with the reserves last season. His coaching knowledge is second to none and with his contacts at Huddersfield Town an added bonus. Mick is highly respected locally and I hold him with the highest regard. Also joining me is the very popular John Mason. Mase will not only help on the physio side of things (when Annette isn't around) but he is someone I respect from a pure footballing standpoint. He has a very calm style about him - vital in football!

Supported by Nicky Bramald and Ray Dennis with their experience leading the second team we will not have any issues working together as we get on fantastically well. Both have been extremely supportive of me - given their background and experience I'm privileged to have their backing.

We have worked very hard in training during our lay-off and the attitude of the lads has been first class. As you would expect with any kind of change in football it usually results in players (whether that be through their choice or mine). We have let three lads go at the time of writing but in doing so have welcomed back three old faces and signed on three more (with more in the pipeline). The lads know what is expected (as I set out above). Time will tell whether we will deliver.

Turning to tonight we welcome Shirebrook Town under the new leadership of Rudy Funk. Rudy has a proven track record stretching back over 10 years at this level. Perhaps best well known for his time at Rainworth MW where he worked miracles over 5 and half years to gain three promotions. Rudy will have his new side fired up for tonight's cup tie. So we have the proven master versus the new kid on the block. So although I respect Rudy we will both want to get the best possible start. Believe me our lads are very much up for this - it promises to be a real xmas cracker.

Last point. I'm an approachable person. If anyone wants to chat, make their opinions known, has ideas they want to share - just come and talk to me.

Wishing you and your families a happy holiday season and here is to a very prosperous new year (both on and off the field!). Enjoy the game.



Dec 14th 2010 Darren Hepworth has rung the changes ahead of his first game in charge of AFC Emley when the entertain Shirebrook Town on Wednesday evening (7.45pm) in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy. 

Hepworth has stepped up from his role as assistant manager after the resignation of Darren Bland and faces a battle to turn the clubs season around after as string of disappointing performances.  Despite a good run in the FA Vase Emley have struggled for league form and found goals difficult to come by.

With a string of fixtures cancelled due to the recent cold snap Hepworth has spent the last 3 weeks putting the players through their paces in a series of extra training sessions and working on leads to bring in new faces to bolster his squad. 

Goalkeeper Mick Clark and midfielder Josh Ingham come back into the fold after playing for WRCL sides Upper Hopton and Kirkburton earlier on in the season.  Also returning is midfielder Mark Stuart who followed his former manager Ian Banks to Eccleshill in September.  Hepworth has also signed ex-Curzon Ashton player Nathan Tayo – a left back – from Marsden.

Captain Matt Thorpe however has left to sign for Evo-stik Divsion One side Belper after being the subject of a series of other approaches throughout the season.  Hepworth commented: “I’m sad to lose Matt as his attitude has been great over the last few weeks but I would never want to get in the way of a player who wants to better himself”.  Hepworth has also released fellow midfielder Carl Smith.

Hepworth has named Huddersfield Town Academy coach Mick Reid as his right hand man and is looking to continue an impressive start to his managerial career.  The New Mill based manager took Cumberworth from the 3rd to 1st division of the Huddersfield district league in 3 seasons before being appointed as the manager of Emley’s second team guiding them to promotion and the league cup in his first year in charge and is keen to make the position permanent.

“From running a local district league side to stepping into what is probably the biggest amateur football coaching job locally is a dream come true. And I fully intend to make the most of it. I am not here keeping the seat warm - I believe wholeheartedly that I can harness the fantastic ability that's already here, add a few new
(and old) faces, then create something very special. This club is screaming out for success. It has the facilities, wonderful and loyal support and a very hard working group of people behind the scenes who don't get anywhere near the appreciation they deserve.”
Intriguingly Emley’s opponents Shirebrook also have a new man at the helm in the shape of Rudy Funk. The flamboyant Funk steered Emley’s former league rivals Rainworth MW to promotion to the Evo Stik First Division before returning NCEL Division One football to manage Shirebrook and Hepworth is full of respect for his rival.

“Rudy has a proven track record stretching back over 10 years at this level. Perhaps best well known for his time at Rainworth MW where he worked miracles over 5 and half years to gain three promotions. Rudy will have his new side fired up for the tie. So we have the proven master versus the new kid on the block. So although I respect Rudy we will both want to get the best possible start. Believe me our lads are very much up for this - it promises to be a real xmas cracker.”

Squad From:
Clarke, Joice, Leech, Colley, Hazelden, Washington, Ingham, Bucknall, Townsend, Kenworthy, Tevendale, Dowling, Stuart, Broadbent, Simpkins, Ringrose, Wheelton, Tayo


Nov 25th 2010

Response from Darren Bland.

Well firstly I would like to thank everyone at the club for the backing they have given me during my time there and I can honestly say that this has been a very tough decision for me.

Regardless of rumours that are circulating I have not been sacked nor have I been pushed by the club to leave, the decision is purely a selfish one as I have been offered a role working at the Sheffield United academy. The role at the academy demands a commitment of time, this coupled with the fact that I have my own business to run and a young growing family I felt it best to make the decision to step down from my job at AFC Emley.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute at the club regardless of results and the people involved in the running of the club have been fantastic to me from day one.

I would like to pay a special thank you to Darren Hepworth who I honestly believe will be a big success in the non league management game, his enthusiasm is second to none and knowledge of the game is of a very high level. He has been there to pick me up when I have felt down and always kept me going and I now regard Daz as a true friend.

Lastly the players’, I genuinely believe that the players there are good enough to finish in the top 8 at least, anyone who has seen the performances this season will know that we have not had the best of luck in front of goal, the league game at home against Rossington in particular is a stand out, they are a good bunch and if given chance to stick together and the younger lads in Ringrose and Westney chance to continue to develop I am convinced the results will come.


Nov 25th 2010

Darren Bland Resigns.

AFC Emley manager Darren Bland has resigned from the club following on from their heavy 8-1 defeat against Sheffield FC in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Cup on Wednesday evening.

Bland, leaves the club to take up a coaching position with Sheffield United’s academy alongside running his own business.

Emley secretary John Whitehead announced “ Darren  has resigned with immediate effect, we would wish him well for the future and every success at this higher level of football.”

Bland took over the reigns at the club during the summer and has seen mixed fortunes during his tenure.  His side struggled to score goals in the league going the first 5 games without a goal but following this they did put together a run of 12 games without a defeat.  Bland also oversaw the clubs best run in the FA Vase since its formation 5 years ago but ultimately the club have struggled in the league and remained in the bottom 5 throughout the season.  

In the interim the Bland’s assistant manager Darren Hepworth who recently stepped up from the reserve team will take over managerial duties.  Hepworth has a tough task on his hands with his first game in charge being against new league leaders Pontefract Collieries on Saturday. 

Nov 24th 2010

AFC Emley 1 - 8 Sheffield FC . Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup 2nd Round

Emley fell to a record 8-1 defeat as they failed to cope with a rampant Sheffield FC in the Sheffield Cup Second Round.  Sheffield, the current holders of the trophy were in no mood to surrender their title and punished some woeful Emley defending.

Manager Darren Bland welcomed Steven Kenworthy back into the side up front and Teo Ringrose started out wide as the home side employed a more attacking formation than in recent weeks.  Tom Bucknall replaced captain Matt Thorpe in midfield and Carl Smith dropped to right back in place of Callum Westney. 

Emley started more positively than their Evo Stik league opponents and a good passing movement in the opening exchanges ended with a well struck shot by Bucknall being saved by Dan Whatsize at full stretch.  Moments later Whatsize was called upon to make a reaction with his feet from James Tevendale after the striker had been played in by Ringrose. 

Townsend fired just over the bar and Kenworthy and Ringrose both got in teasing crosses but without the height of Craig Rouse there was nobody there to apply a finishing touch. 

Sheffield took the lead on 8 minutes from their first effort of the game.  Emley’s defence allowed centre forward Andrew Gascoigne too much space and his shot was deflected into the net by Sean Hazelden as he tried to hook it clear.

Two minutes later the scores were level as Ringrose broke away down the left wing playing in Kenworthy who pulled off a terrific save from Whatsize.  Kenworthy was alert enough however to keep the ball in play and lofted it over the Sheffield defenders into the path of Marc Townsend who made no mistake with his header.

Ringrose curled a shot in which was comfortably held by Whatsize before another Sheffield breakaway and another Emley defensive error gifted them another goal. Gascoigne outmuscled Judd Colley as the Emley centre half tried to shield the ball out of play, Colley inadvertently kept the ball in play and Gascoigne applied a cracking finish from the tightest of angles.

Townsend tried to drag Emley back into the game with a typical rampaging run into the box but was guilty of firing a shot over the bar instead of playing in Kenworthy who was up in support. Back up the other end of the field Gascoigne was at the heart of most of Sheffield’s attacks and Sheffield’s 3rd goal as Emley goalkeeper Matt Wheelton blocked is shot only for it to fall straight into the path of his strike partner Brian Cusworth who was unmarked with an open goal to slot into. 

Wheelton kept the scores at 3-1 with a fine one handed save from Matt Rooney whilst Tevendales curling effort was kept out by the Sheffield defence to complete an enjoyable and by no means one sided first half.  Had it not been for 3 moments of wayward defending Emley could quite easily have lead the tie. 

The second half was in total contrast as Emley lost all shape conceding 4 goals in a 12 minute spell.  Judd Colley was replaced by David Cutts? at half time with the reserve teamer slotting in at right back as Anthony Leech moved to centre half.  It was a slip by Leech that let in Gascoigne to slot his second goal of the night with only Wheelton to beat.

Emley responded by going straight back up the field as Tom Bucknall played Kenworthy in only for Whatsize to deny him again with a good reaction save.  Gascoigne created the 5th goal for the visitors setting up Darryl Winter with an easy finish.

Five minutes later Matt Outram made it 6 with a great first time hit on the half volley after Emley could only clear a corner as far as him on the edge of the box.  Substitute Kirk Jackson quickly added the 7th goal from close range on 62 minutes as the Emley defence failed to clear to safety. 

Wheelton, who was playing his second game of the day after representing Huddersfield University in their 11-2 victory over Leeds pulled off a fine save from Ashley Burbearry who had latched onto a lofted ball over the Emley defence.  Then from the resultant corner he made a more unconventional almost Cantona style clearance from corner.  His goal was breached for a final time on 79 minutes by Outram as the Emley defence once again gave their opponents too much space. 

Darren Bland will take few positives from his side’s performance.  Whilst there was an obvious difference in class with the Sheffield team who operate 2 divisions higher than Emley the home team were severely lacking in discipline at the back and creativity at the other end of the field.  What might have been a respectable battling defeat was turned into an embarrassing scoreline. 

Emley will need to improve massively if they are to get anything out of their next fixture at home to NCEL Division One league leaders Pontefract Collieries  on Saturday (Kick Off 3.00pm).

1. Couldn't bring myself to write the scoreline in the subject line. 8-1 Emley's record defeat.

What can i say? We started the game well putting some decent attacking football together but then gifted Sheffield with 3 goals against the run of play.

In the second half we just weren't in it. Haven't ever seen us defend so badly.

We are going to need to be so much better against Ponte on Saturday.


2. We need to employ somebody who has a nucleus of players who are not has-beens. Bland destroyed our squad of the better players to bring in his own who have just not been good enough. We lost good players to rival teams and they have not been replaced. The "influential" signings we all got excited about of "unibond quality footballers" have been terribly disappointing. Perhaps they were "unibond quality footballers" 3 or 4 years ago but as a squad we look old, tired and unfamiliar. The goalkeeper and centre halfs we have signed are +30 and have since left or are making the odd appearance every now and again. There commitment has been disappointing, if we were up at the top would they only be making the odd cameo?

Our reserves are top of the league, why not give them a go? At least they will run about and show some energy!

To be beat 8-1 and record our biggest ever defeat is unforgivable.

It is not too late to resurrect our season. Staveley were doing shocking a few seasons ago and came with a late run, Brighouse did it last season and ended up in the top 2. If we act quickly then we can perhaps have a good second half to the season!

3. I didn't think much of the guy at the start I gave him a chance and I slowly saw the team falling a part, I still feel through the guys he brought in we lost a lot of Loyal regulars and now I no you have to give everyone a chance but I knew he wouldn't last the season and its left us in a difficult situation.

I no where gonna struggle to get a team out saturday and I cant see any of the players Bland brought in staying for much longer, at the moment I feel Daz the reserve manager will be a good replacement manager he seems very loyal and commited to the club, just unsure if he'll be able to get players in.

We can only go forward from here.


4. Such a shame alot of you guys didn't want Bland to be succesful, its beyond me how so called fans of the club can say they wanted Bland out along time ago when truth be told he never really had chance to prove himself. Personally as 1 of the players under Bland's reign i can truly say the players were behind our manager 100% and strived to improve our performance and results. if the "so called supporters" of the club wanted to see success then getting behind a manager whoever it may be would make sense. From a personal point of view i would like to say thanks to "Blandy" for his time invested in myself and i hope for future reference the supporters will back the manager the chairman wishes to appoint.
5. I would take a few of these comments with a pinch of salt. There appear to be a few people out their holding a grudge against Blandy. One of whom was flagged up for me to moderate which normally happens when a person has also posted in another alias from the same IP address.

Hopefully that the fans will now get behind the club and give whoever takes over the reigns their full backing. Too many people don't appreciate what it takes to put a winning side together and we can't expect our club to achieve success overnight based on the reputations of the old Emley.

I also hope that the players will stand up and be counted. I hope that they will stick with club and prove their critics wrong.

Lets be proud of our club again, we have got so many things right behind the scenes lets just take things forward that step further.


6. I get fed up with people whingeing and whingeing all the blessed time about the manager. It's puerile. Especially when he hasn't been here above 5 minutes. And it's far too simplistic - there's a hell of a lot more behind a team's performace than just the blessed manager. It was the same with Banger, it was the same with Ray & Bram, it was the same with the old club, even with Ronnie G - there was always some loon belly-aching. The fact is, we've played some good football this season - some not so good, too. We've won some good matches against good teams. Also we've still got games in hand, so there's plenty of potential to move up the table. There's only room for two teams in the top two places - presumably every other team in every division in every league has to put up with this sort of moaning from the habitually discontented (or possibly people with an agenda which has nothing to do with AFC Emley - and if that applies to you - please **** off!). Someone, (I forget who, it really doesn't matter, - the view is totally insignificant) said they knew he wouldn't last the season. Well, bully for you! With your sort of support it's not that surprising. Or perhaps you knew he'd get the offer from Sheffield Utd. Fortunately most of the supporters I know are more interested in getting behind the team and the manager - and also, just enjoying the football, whatever happens. I always enjoy every match - tho some more than others...

As it happens I had a really good time on Wednesday evening. Mind you - I was at the Contemporary Music Festival, having booked it before I knew there was a match...
Nov 20th 2010
Louth Town 1 - 0 AFC Emley

Emley lost out to an agonising late goal away at Louth Town on Saturday after being put on the rack for long periods of the game.

Manager Darren Bland was without 5 key players with Steven Kenworthy, Craig Rouse, Judd Colley and Max Joice all injured and goalkeeper Martin Kearney suspended. Bland drafted in reserve team striker Karl Simpkins to partner James Tevendale up front and switched Anthony Leech to centre half. Brad Dowling came into the side at right back and Matt Whealton made his second appearance of the season as goalkeeper.

Louth were the better side in the first half and Emley were thankful for a solid performance from Leech and and Sean Hazelden to go in with the scores tied at half time. At the other end of the field Simpkins showed some promissing touches on his debut but was forced to be substituted after 20 minutes with a pulled muscle.

Whealton pulled off a good save from Danny Killmore in the second half before Emley found their feet and started to put their hosts under some pressure. Matt Thorpe rattled the crossbar and Mark Townsend, but just when it looked like the visitors might scrape a victory Louth caught them on the break with Matt Kennedy snatching an 87th minute winner.

Emley will aim to bounce back from this defeat when they face Sheffield FC in the Sheffield Cup on Wednesday evening. Kick off is at 7.45pm.

Wheelton, Westney, Hazelden, Leech, Dowling, Townsend, Flanagan, Thorpe, Smith, Broadbent, Ringrose, Goff, Tevendale, Simpkins.

Nov 13th 2010

Dunston UTS 4 - 0 AFC Emley FA Vase 2nd Round. By Rob Dixon

Emley’s best ever run in the FA Vase came to an abrupt halt as they were outclassed at Northern League side Dunston.  The home side took the game to Emley straight from the kick off and took an unassailable 3-0 lead at half time from which there was no coming back from.

Darren Bland was without Craig Rouse and James Tevendale up front leaving Steven Kenworthy as a sole striker with 5 men across the middle of the park.  Tactically Emley aimed to block the wide threat from Dunston and hit them on the break as they had done successfully against Winterton 2 weeks ago but quite simply the higher level opponents showed their class with a composed performance.

Dunston created all the early running with winger Lee McAndrew providing front men Steve Preen and Andrew Bulford with plenty of ammunition.  Emley were reliant on Sean Hazelden, Judd Colley and goalkeeper Martin Kearney to snub out the threat.  Kearney saved well from Bulford on 10 minutes, before gathering well at Bulfords feet. 

Just as Emley looked to be settling down into the rhythm of the game they were hit by Preen finally making the breakthrough for Dunston on 19 minutes when he pulled away from his marker and headed home a corner at the near post.

At the other end of the field most of Emley’s threat came from Marc Townsend made a rare burst through the Dunston defence racing through but his shot from just inside the penalty area went just wide of target. Spencer Goff and Matt Thorpe also pushed forward in spells to link up with Kenworthy but without the support of strike partner lone frontman got little out of a well marshalled back line.

Bulford had another good chance for Dunston after evading Colley only to put his shot wide of the post.  Soon after, on 41 minutes the home team were rewarded for their pressure when the impressive McAndrew hit a deep through ball which ended up being on target at the Emley goal.  Kearney was only able to parry the ball down into the path of Fergal Harkin stabbed home from close range. 

Michael Dixon made certain of a Dunston victory on the stroke of half time when he slid in to test Kearney from close range.  The keeper did well to keep his first effort out but had no chance when the ball fell straight back to the midfielder to force home.

To their credit Emley continued to battle hard in the second half but found their options limited.  Townsend, normally a threat down the left flank found his options limited as he found himself dropping down to cover Callum Westney at full back as Dunston’s number 3 Terry Galbraith overlapped with McAndrew to great effect.

Kenworthy and Thorpe both had chances for Emley but both fired wide and it wasn’t until the 64th minute of the game that Brad Dowling (on as substitute for Goff) registered the first shot on target – a fierce shot from the edge of the box which was well saved by Liam Connell. 

Dunston created plenty of chances to increase their lead with Preen and Bulford a constant threat.  Bulford had a number of chances and was at times guilty of some wayward finishing. He did put a couple of decent shots on target only to be met by equally good saves by Kearney. Kearney was also on hand to palm a speculative effort from Galbraith over the bar.

Teo Ringrose (a late substitute for Leech) almost grabbed a consolation goal for Emley beating Dunston’s defence for pace but curling his shot wide of the goal.

Dunston finally got their fourth goal on 90 minutes. Kearney blocked a shot from Bulford when the striker was through one on one only for the loose ball to fall to Michael Hepplewhite and the substitute applied a cool finish from outside the box.  For all his efforts Bulford did finally get the ball in the net injury time but was adjudge to be offside by the referees assistant.

So all in all no complaints about the result, Dunston will without a doubt be one of the strongest well disciplined sides that we will meet this season.  They had the beating of Emley in every department and their game plan of getting the ball out wide and using McAndrews pace at every opportunity worked a treat.  Without Rouse up front Emley struggled to hold the ball up and there was nobody there to take the pressure off Kenworthy.

Sean Hazelden by general consensus was Emley’s man of the match, he was colossal at the back but his efforts alone could not keep Dunston at bay.  Judd Colley and Martin Kearney were also responsible for restricting Dunston’s relentless attacking force and keeping the deficit to just 4 although it could be argued that the pair could have been better positioned for two of the goals.  Mark Townsend and Anthony Leech both grafted as tirelessly as always but both found their normal forays up the field severely restricted.

Finally a mention should be made to the hospitality shown by Dunston.  Their fans, officials and players were without exception all a credit to their club making us welcome before, during and after the game. We wish them all the best for the remainder of the season and of course success in the vase. 

Emley Team:
Kearney, Westney, Leech (Ringrose), Broadbent, Hazelden, Townsend, Smith, Kenworthy (Flanagan), Matt Thorpe (c), Goff (Dowling).  Sub not used: Whealton (GK).
Att: 188
Emley Man of the Match:     Sean Hazelden.

Nov 14th 2010

M.U.G.A Opening.

You are probably thinking as I did when I opened the email - what the heck is a MUGA - well it stands for Multi Use Games Area. The eagle eyed amongst us (which is most of us, as we can spot a foul against an Emley player from 50 yards), will have seen the excellent development to the back of the car park. The enclosed area will allow for lots of different uses including quick cricket and basketball.

The Grand opening is on Sunday the 14th of November 2010 and AFC Emley are proud to support the opening which will include live music and lot's of other activities. There is a promotional poster that can be downloaded here that explains everything taking place. AFC Emley will be providing food for the event. If the Cafe Girls are involved then that alone should provide incentive enough to turn up.

It all kicks off at 1.00 pm on the 14th of November with food and live bands from 4.00 pm onwards. This is a fantastic initiative which is provided for the Emley community.

As always your support is greatly appreciated.


Nov 13th 2010 Dunston UTS 4 - 0 AFC Emley  FA Vase 2nd Round

The first team were resoundly beaten at Dunston this afternoon in a game that they really did not get a foothold in the game. The reserves continue to perform with a 2 - 1 win at Bramley Sunnyside in the Sheffield Cup. The impressive Tom Bucknall providing both goals, well done to Bram and Ray.

AFC Emley have a tough trip to Northern League 1st Division side Dunston UTS on Saturday (Kick off 3.00pm) in the FA Vase second round.  The home team are currently in 6th place in the league (a division higher than Emley in the footballing pyramid) and hoping to improve on their 4th place last season.

The Gateshead based club’s ground is situated just of the A1 in the shadows of the Metro Shopping centre. Emley supporters travelling to the game are advised to keep their eye on the clubs website, forum and facebook page as their home fixture on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

Competition rules state that should the fixture be in any doubt a pitch inspection should be made before the travelling team’s coach departs.  Emley are due to depart from the village at 10am.

Emley meanwhile have struggled for form in the league this season and fell to a 3-2 defeat at Hemsworth on Saturdays.  They will howevever be heartened by a good run in the cup competitions having earned their place in this round of the vase by defeating NWCL Premier side Runcorn Linnets after previously seeing off Hemsworth and Rossington. 

Manager Darren Bland has been hit by the withdrawal of key players Max Joice, James Tevendale and Craig Rouse from the squad.  Full back Joice has a groin tear whilst the two strikers are both unavailable due to work commitments.  Coming back into the side are Judd Colley and Spencer Goff after missing Saturday’s game.  Reserve team striker Karl Simpkins also steps up into the squad after scoring 4 goals in the last two games for the second string.

Bland paid full respect to his opponents: 

“Dunston like to get the ball down, play football and use their wide men to good effect.  They have a great record in the vase over recent years and I’m expecting them to put us under a lot of pressure on Saturday.

“We are going to be up against it with the players who are out but have plenty of quality in our squad.  We will need to work hard as a defensive unit and take our chances when we get them.” 

Emley Squad (From):
Kearney, Westney, Hazelden, Colley, Leech, Dowling, Flanagan, Townsend, Broadbent, Thorpe, Goff, Ringrose, Smith, Kenworthy, Simpkins, Whealton.

Meanwhile Emley’s second XI travel to Rotherham based Bramley Sunnyside (Kick Off 1.30pm) in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Challenge Cup.  Nicky Bramald’s men will be looking to build on last Saturday’s 4-1 victory league win over Wakefield City which kept them at the top of the WRCL Division one table. 


Nov 6th 2010 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 3 – 2  AFC Emley NCEL 1

Emley found themselves on equal terms at half time, Matt Thorpe restored parity with a low shot following Ross Hayward’s excellent screamer from the edge of the box. The reality was that Emley were outplayed in all areas of the field and for the first 25 minutes hardly touched the ball.

The second half was much more enjoyable and evenly contested. Hemsworth took the lead and extended it further with two goals, that looked almost identical. Emley were guilty of not controlling their penalty area from set pieces. Craig Rouse grabbed a goal back to make the last 15 minutes interesting. It could have been so much more had Emley taken the chances created.

Emley were forced into playing full back Antony Leech in central defence with injuries to both Brownrigg and the in form Colley. Brad Dowling filled the position left by Leech, a position he is looking very much comfortable in. The opening exchanges were dominated by Hemsworth who took the lead deservedly on 12 minutes through Hayward, a long ball was poorly cleared to the edge of the left hand penalty area. Taking a touch his right foot shot was drilled into the far corner past stand in keeper Matt Whealton who had no chance.

Emley were frustrated with Hemsworth closing down the ball quickly and giving the Emley players no time on the ball. Whealton made an excellent reaction save from Mike Spencer as the ball headed towards the top right hand corner of the net.

Emley’s first attempt on target came from the head of Teo Ringrose, his header was easily collected by Dale Walstow in the Hemsworth goal.

On the half hour the Referee Mr Fields incensed the home support with a poor decision. James Tevendale got the wrong side of the home defence following a Craig Rouse flick. With just the keeper in front of him, Tevendale was subject to a perfect tackle from the Hemsworth Captain Foley from behind. It looked like the referee would compound a poor decision when he reached for his cards. Fortunately Foley was adjudged to not be the last man and received a yellow. He was although very fortunate to stay on the pitch for the remainder of the game having been spoken to twice for dissent and a poor tackle on Kenworthy.

Craig Rouse hit the post on 35 minutes, a deep left wing cross was met by Rouse on his head, the ball dropped favourably, the bounce didn’t and squirted wide. Rouse managed to get the outside of his boot on the ball and with the keeper rooted the ball deflected of the right hand post and wide.

Just minutes later Emley did draw level, again a right wing cross found Rouse on the penalty spot. His header found the feet of Tevendale who calmly back flicked the ball into the path of the onrushing Matt Thorpe whose low strike beat the diving Walstow into the net.

The second half opened with a massive onslaught of Hemsworth pressure, the ball spending all its time exclusively in the Emley half. Hemsworth restored the lead within 5 minutes a deep left wing cross under the Emley crossbar was cleared and after a scramble in the goal mouth Mike Spencer popped up to prod the ball home. The Welfare continued to create chances and were unlucky not to extend their lead further.  Ringrose who had seen little of the ball was replaced by Flanagan shortly after. He quickly got into the game and brought an excellent save from Walstow, with Tevendale laying and excellent ball off to him within the penalty area.

Emley won a corner and a Rouse shot was subject to a diving block with the goal beckoning. The tackle appeared to have caused him an injury leaving him limping for the remainder of the game.

Kenworthy replaced Townsend and his excellent turn and pass found Tevendale who was through again on the keeper. Unselfishingly he squared the ball to Thorpe who missed his hot on goal and the ball went wide. Tevendale then had a shot come cross deflect off the top of the crossbar following a corner.

Hemsworth looked to have put the game out of reach. A corner again under the Emley crossbar wasn’t cleared, with a sense of déjà vu Colin Williamson popped up amongst the scramble to poke the ball home.

Just 5 minutes later Emley made the game interesting, a Tevendale cross found Rouse in the 6 yard box and his header was directed into the right hand corner of the goal. The same player was guilty of missing a good chance. Kenworthy did well in beating his marker his pin perfect cross was headed over the bar by Rouse at the back post. Kenworthy then had a credible penalty shout turned down having been barged over within the box.

This was a Jekyll and Hyde performance from Emley. At times they played some good football. But against an average side they really didn’t impress that much. The goal keeping situation is a real concern. The defensive line which has been solid looked fragile with players missing. Nobody impressed a great deal today amongst the Emley players. Brad Dowling did very little wrong and got man of the match from me. 

Emley MoM : Brad Dowling.

Emley: Whealton, Westney, Dowling, Broadbent, Leech, Hazelden, Townsend, Thorpe ©, Tevendale, Rouse, Ringrose Subs:  Kenworthy, (58 Mins for Townsend)  Flanagan (54 mins for Ringrose) Smith (not used).


Nov 4th 2010

AFC Emley 2 - 1 Winterton Rangers. NCEL Presidents Cup First Round

Emley defeated Presidents Cup holders Winterton Rangers at the first hurdle of this season’s competition.  Teo Ringrose and Steven Kenworthy scored the goals as Darren Bland’s men scored their second scalp of the season over higher level opposition. 

Bland shuffled his pack with one eye on Saturdays league fixture with Hemsworth and began the game with an entirely different midfield four to those who had started the victory over Bottesford on Saturday.  Matt Thorpe, Andy Broadbent and Marc Townsend were on the bench with Kenworthy as reserve team captain Tom Bucknall was given a first team outing for the first time. 

Winterton had the better of the opening exchanges playing some slick passing football with Danny Frost and Liam Wilkin combining well for the visitors keeping Emley’s goal keeper Martin Kearney on his toes right from the outset.  The visitors had the ball in the net on 15 minutes when James O’Neil played Frost in, Kearney saved Frost’s effort and the ball fell loose to Liam Slack who poked it into the net only to be adjudged offside when the original pass was made. 

Minutes later Wilkin then cut inside the box past Anthony Leech but his shot hit the clipped the wrong side of the post with Kearney beaten.  Emley then responded back down the pitch with their first effort of note, Ringrose broke away down the wing and crossed the ball to James Tevendale who forced Karl Crossland into making a fine double save from him and strike partner Craig Rouse.  

As Emley crept back into the game Ringrose fired just over the bar after a good move with Rouse and Tevendale involved.  On the half hour mark Winterton rattled the Emley woodwork again as tricky set piece by Jack Cross evaded both his own strikers and the home defenders bounced back off the post into the arms of the relieved Kearney.  With play moving from end to end Crossland did well to hold onto a dangerous ball by Callum Flanagan which threatened to sneak in under the bar.

Emley finally made their breakthrough on 32 minutes when a neat interchange between Rouse and Tevendale played Ringrose in, the talented winger rounded Crossland and displayed a cool finish to give the home side the lead. 

Winterton tried to fight their way back into the game but found their efforts snuffed out by some disciplined defending from the Emley back line.  Frost, Wilkin and Slack posed plenty of threat but Frost was perhaps guilty of trying to do too much on his own.  Emley went in at half time delighted to be a goal to the good but probably a little relieved not to have conceded.

The opening play of the second half saw Kearney make the save of the game somehow getting down to make a reaction save after a Winterton player had connected to a corner from close range. Emley responded with Ringrose using his pace to cause problems for the Winterton defence then pulling the ball back for Tevendal on the edge of the box with the striker unleashing a fine strike from the edge of the box which deflected fortuitously to safety off the shoulder of Crossland as he failed to get his body behind the ball.

Winterton’s defence at times seemed to have the beating of the Emley forwards for pace and perhaps with this in mind Bland introduced Kenworthy in place of Rouse.  He was rewarded almost immediately as the striker scored his 5th of the season on 58 minutes.  Carl Smith picked the ball up in the centre of the field after it had bounced off the referee Martin Birley.  He then played the ball out wide to Ringrose who crossed to Tevendale, his first time shot was blocked by Crossland only for Kenworthy to tuck the ball away from 10 yards out.

Winterton made a quick response and with Andy Walkden finishing well from close range after latching onto a ball across the face of goal on 62 minutes.  Wilkin then had two good chances to grab an equaliser within the following 5 minutes.  Firstly the ball fell to him just 6 yards out in front of goal but he inexplicably blasted over with Kearney already committed after making an earlier save.  Then the striker chipped a shot into the side netting. 

As the clock ticked down Emley had their fair share of chances and could have extended their lead with good interplay between Kenworthy and Tevendale feeding the ball out wide to Flanagan who delivered a great cross with Kenworthy just unable to force the ball over the line.  Then Townsend, on as sub for the final 15 minutes (as Emley tried to consolidate and flood the midfield) hit a 20 yard shot which tested Crossland bouncing in front of the keeper and off his chest into the path of Kenworthy but the keeper made amends blocking the striker from a certain goal.

Winterton had one final chance as they tried to take the game to extra time but the ref Birley was well placed to spot Scott Pickles palm the ball down into his path before he struck it into the roof of the net. 

This was a characterful performance by Emley who had Martin Kearney to thank for some vital saves and for this he takes my man of the match award just ahead of Anthony Leech who had an equally solid game. At the other end of the field we did appear to play with more confidence in front of goal.  James Tevendale was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet and Steven Kenworthy put in a good display after coming on in the second half.  Tom Bucknell produced a competent display and didn’t appear out of his depth in midfield whilst out wide Teo Ringrose caused plenty of problems for the visitors defence.

Kearney, Westney, Leech, Bucknell, Colley (Thorpe), Hazelden, Flanagan, Smith, Tevendale (Townsend), Rouse (Kenworthy), Ringrose.  Subs not used: Ryan, Broadbent.

Man of the match Martin Kearney.  Att: 87


Oct 31st 2010

AFC Emley 2 - 1 Bottesford Town. NCEL Division One

Emley got back on track with hard fought victory against Bottesford on Saturday at the Welfare Ground.  After taking the lead in the 4th minute of the game Emley were made to work hard for the 3 points and for the third time in 4 games ended the match with midfielder Marc Townsend standing in as the goalkeeper.

Manager Darren Bland made three changes to the side that lost to Askern in midweek with Martin Kearney coming in for the injured Tom Hewitt, Callum Westney replacing Max Joice who was struggling with a groin injury and James Tevendale preferred to Steven Kenworthy up front.

The visitors had the first chance of the game in the opening minute when Jason Pembleton got his head to a free kick but Kearney was well placed to make a save.  The balance of play then shifted to the other end of the field and a good move saw Craig Rouse tee up Matt Thorpe who hit a great first time shot which was parried by the Bottesford keeper Leigh Herrick but the ball fell to Spencer Goff who lashed it home from close range. 

Emley then excerpted some pressure on the visitors with efforts from Rouse and Thorpe both failing to hit the target.  Thorpe then nearly double the league after an Anthony Leech free kick was headed down by Rouse into his path, a vicious curling shot was destined for the top corner of the goals but Herrick tipped it over the bar. 

At the other end of the field Bottesford’s chances were limited with the lively Karl Slack looking the most dangerous but Kearney dealt easily with his first effort on target.  Townsend responded at the other end of the field with a trademark run through the Bottesford back line before unleashing a through ball with both Rouse and Thorpe agonisingly close to diverting it into the net. 

On the half hour mark Bottesford levelled the scores as captain Philip Doyle took advantage of some slack Emley defending, playing Slack in to slot the ball past Kearney from the edge of the box.  Minutes later Slack nearly had another goal in a similar fashion but in this case Kearney made a decent save diving to his right to keep the shot out.

With half time looming Andy Broadbent went close for Emley before Slack chased down a loose ball on the touchline which the Emley defence thought was destined to go out of play.  Josh Nicol latched onto his through ball but was denied by a excellent save from Kearney.

Bottesford started the second half more brightly than Emley creating a string of chances.  First Kirk Shrimpton wasted a good chance, then Slack chipped just over the bar and Lee Nellows broke through the backline only to see his cross well dealt with by Judd Colley.   Emley found their chances limited but Tevendale slid on to a quick Broadbent free kick only to be denied by Herrick.

The game became disjointed as referee David Godwin saw fit to hand out a number of yellow cards to players from both sides including Kearney.  The players and supporters of both sides were getting increasingly bemused and frustrated with his decisions. 

Another quick free kick this time by Thorpe played in to Rouse who hit a vicious shot from the edge of the box grazing the wrong side of the bar with Herrick well beaten.  Townsend latched onto an intelligent ball from Goff and his angled shot brought out a great reaction save from Herrick. 

Substitute Danny Ellerby’s speculative effort landed on the roof of the net for visitors and Teo Ringrose, also on as substitute for Emley whipped a curling shot just wide of the upright.  Then, out of the blue after being alerted by his linesman Godwin called Kearney over to him and brandished a second yellow card to him leaving the stunned keeper to hand over his gloves and shirt to Townsend  for the final ten minutes. 

Unlike against Askern the Emley players did not drop their heads after the loss of their keeper – if anything the decision galvanised them.  Bottesford did little to trouble Townsend with a long range effort sailing well over and Colley and Hazelden snuffing out any aerial threat. 

Goff secured the three points for Emley latching onto a poor crossfield pass from a Bottesford defender the wide man broke clear and with just Herrick to beat he dispatched a cool finish through the keepers legs.  Recognising the injustice done to his own keeper Goff raced straight to Kearney watching the game from the terraces and celebrated with him. 

Whilst this was by no means a classic Emley performance, Blands team showed great character to grind out their victory and it was a big improvement from the last game.  Although most spectators will remember the game for the referees input my man of the match goes to Spencer Goff.  He worked tirelessly throughout the game and put away both of his goals with great confidence.  Craig Rouse was again at the heart of the action in the opposition’s penalty area and was unlucky not to grab one himself, Matt Thorpe excerpted his influence to good effect in the centre of the park and at the back Anthony Leech was as hard working as ever.

Emley Team:
Kearney, Westney (Flanagan), Leech, Broadbent, Colley, Hazelden, Townsend, Thorpe, Tevendale (Ringrose), Rouse (Kenworthy), Goff.
Att: 94

Man of the Match:  Spencer Goff


Oct 27th 2010

AFC Emley 0 – 2 Askern Villa NCEL Division One  Report by Rob Dixon.

With Halloween looming Emley fell victim to the unlucky number 13.  Darren Bland’s side had put together a run of 12 games without defeat over the space of two months but slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Askern. 

The writing was on the wall for Emley within the first 3 minutes as ‘keeper Tom Hewitt (wearing the number 13 shirt) stayed down injured after making a routine save.  After receiving a long period of treatment it was obvious that Hewitt was struggling with an injury to his right knee.

Despite this Emley started the game brightly and put together and delivered some entertaining fluid football.  They will once again however be left to rue not taking their chances early on having created more than enough chances in the opening 25 minutes to win the game.

Craig Rouse had Emley’s first chance after Steven Kenworthy had played a clever dummy on the edge of the box, Rouse pinged the ball out wide to Marc Townsend who then responded back with a teasing cross for Rouse but the big striker was unable to make his contact count and the Steve Hernandez cleared for the visitors.  Andy Broadbent picked the clearance up and played the ball straight back in for Steven Kenworthy who’s shot was destined for the top right hand corner of the goal only to be palmed away by Hernandez.

Minutes later Rouse turned provider for Marc Townsend who’s header went just wide of the target.  Soon after Spencer Goff whipped in an intelligent ball from the touchline for Kenworthy who turned his marker magnificently only to be let down by his final touch scuffing the ball into the hands of Hernandez.

At the other end of the pitch Hewitt made a brave point blank save from Askern’s lively midfielder Lee Wilkinson.  Then midway through the half Askern centre forward Mel Cotton went in heavily on Hewitt appearing to target the keepers knee when he clearly had the ball in his hands – leading to another spell of treatment. 

The visitors took the lead on 26 minutes, hitting Emley on the break Tom McLaughlin’s well struck shot was well saved by Hewitt but the keeper will have been disappointed that his defenders were not on hand to clear the danger allowing Askern captain Mark Vickerage to slam the ball home.

The goal coupled with the deteriating condition of their keeper seemed to knock the confidence of the home side as their early threat fizzled out.

Matt Thorpe did go close for Emley hitting a shot from the edge of the box after Rouse had cushioned down an Anthony Leech free kick.  Rouse also hit a viciously bending shot destined for the top corner which Hernandez tipped onto the bar but Askern were encouraged by their goal started to push up looking to extend their lead.

Hewitt battled on for Emley and made a couple of vital saves despite his injury.  Firstly he kept out Wilkinson making a reflex save with his good leg then he parried a well hit strike by Vickerage round the post. With the ref’s watch well into injury time Vickerage should have doubled his tally after wrong footing the Emley defence but fired wide and across the face of goal.

With Martin Kearney unavailable and Rob Poulter suspended Bland had no substitute keeper on the bench to replace Hewitt so Mark Townsend stepped in to replace him with Callum Westney coming on to fill the right back role and Max Joice moving up to the right wing.

The second half was pretty uneventful in comparison to the first with the most entertaining moment of the first 15 minutes being ref Paul McDean telling Max Joice and McLaughlin to “put their handbags down” after an altercation between the two leaving both players with a smile on their face. 

Emley’s frontline struggled against an Askern defence who seemed content to defend their lead and concentrate on hitting Emley on the break.  Rouse drilled a couple of decent balls across the face of goal but overall the side lacked the killer instinct to convert the chances.

At the other end of the pitch Townsend came out well to deny Vickerage who was through on goal but minutes later he was powerless to prevent a well worked second Askern goal as Mclaughlin played Cotton in with a sharp angled ball. 

Bland responded by going three up front for the final 20 minutes with the introduction of James Tevendale.  The striker hit an ambitious shot high over the bar with his first touch and was denied after springing the offside trap with a double save when one on one with Hernandez. Rouse also had a couple of decent chances, firstly lofting a cross onto the roof of the net.  Then, after Kenworthy was brought down on the edge of the box he took a decent free kick which was dealt with by the safe hands of Hernandez. 

Askern should have grabbed another goal late on as Brad Johnston combined well with Ian Farmery on the break but the latter fired wide of target.  Another goal would have flattered Askern who did as much as they needed to do to win this game.  Emley will be disappointed not to have made the most of early chances and whilst the odds were stacked against them with Hewitt’s injury this once again a case of points dropped in a game which could have been won. 

It was difficult to pick out a man of the match today.  Hewitt deserves praise for the way he battled on after injury and Townsend once again put in a tremendous amount of workrate in the first half.  Rouse was at the heart of most of Emley’s best chances but like his teammates was unable to put the ball in the back of the net.  At the back Judd Colley had another solid game at centre half after having his work cut out protecting his goalkeeper.

Hewitt (Westney), Joice, Leech, Broadbent, Colley, Hazelden (Tevendale), Townsend, Thorpe, Kenworthy, Rouse, Goff (Ringrose).  Subs not used: Flanagan, Dowling.

Att: 90

Oct 23rd 2010 Brodsworth Welfare 0 – 4 AFC Emley NCEL 1

This was a comfortable win for manager Darren Bland with his new assistant Darren Hepworth alongside him for the first time. A brace from both Steven Kenworthy and second half substitute James Tevendale were enough to secure much needed points in the league.

Craig Rouse partnered Steven Kenworthy up front and it was the former who had the first clear cut opportunity of the half. Andy Broadbent who was to complete an impressive first half display put the forward through one on one with the keeper. Unfortunately the weak shot did not justify the excellent opportunity and the ball was collected easily by Ross Adamson in the Brodsworth goal

Emley despite the majority of possession in the first 10 minutes it was Brodsworth who came closest to scoring. A deep throw in was swept across the field to the right hand side of the box. A sharp low shot brought a fine save from Thomas Hewitt making his debut between the sticks.

Emley’s first goal arrived on 24 minutes, a right wing throw in was drilled into the box and picked up by Kenworthy, feinting to turn he drew the ball into a yard of space and his shot, which I am sure he will admit was not his sweetest, beat the keeper to his right.

Just 3 minutes later Emley doubled their lead. Mark Townsend won an excellent ball in midfield and he played a central ball through the middle that Kenworthy always looked likely to lose out in the chase. Showing the pace of last season Kenworthy beat the defender to the ball, took one touch and curled a lovely right foot shot around the advancing keeper into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Brodsworth had a further opportunity to score following a left wing corner, the ball was allowed to bounce and on the half volley from the edge of the 6 yard box, a Brodsworth attacker lifted the ball over the bar.

Callum Flanagan had a header ricochet off the crossbar from a Broadbent corner as the half came to an end. Kenworthy could have completed his hat trick before the break; a sublime ball from Broadbent was inch perfect for the run of Townsend down the right flank. Beating a defender on the inside, Townsend drilled the ball across the 6 yard box to find Kenworthy who inexplicably lifted the ball over the bar.

It was Broadbent again who played Rouse through one on one with the keeper, yet again caught in two minds his shot failed to trouble the home keeper.

At the restart Teo Ringrose and Matt Thorpe started the half for Spencer Goff and Callum Flanagan. Thorpe instantly became the centre of everything that went through midfield. In particular he was finding the hard working Townsend on the right wing, who time after time got the behind the home defence to drill the ball across the face of goal.

With an hour gone Sean Hazelden up for a corner saw a sweet half volley from the edge of the box beat the home keeper only to bounce off the outside of the left hand upright. Matt Thorpe brought an excellent one handed diving save from Adamson as goal looked likely.
On 65 minutes Rouse made way for James Tevendale.  Shortly afterwards Thorpe again was frustrated by yet another excellent block by the Brodsworth keeper on his goal line.

James Tevendale ghosted into the near post to a Max Joice corner to head a low header to extend Emley’s lead to 3. Only 3 minutes later the same player scored on the volley inside the 6 yard box following good work and a cross from Antony Leech.

This was a regulation win from Emley, who in reality could have had a few more with the luck of the bounce. Andy Broadbent had a brilliant first half; Steven Kenworthy showed just what we know he can do. His second goal was back to his clinical best. Tevendale took his 2 goals equally well, but the performance of the match for me was Townsend. There is never any surprises in a Townsend performance, yesterday he again ran his socks off, was committed in every challenge and created opportunity after opportunity.

Emley MoM : Marc Townsend.

Emley: Hewitt, Leech, Colley©, Hazelden, Flanagan, Joice, Townsend, Kenworthy, Rouse, Goff,  Subs:  Westney, Tevendale (65 Mins for Rouse) Dowling, Thorpe (45 mins for Flanagan), Ringrose (45 mins for  Goff).

Oct 20th 2010
Emley manager Darren Bland has been rocked by the resignation of his assistant manager John Hayden who has stepped down due to work commitments. Filling his role is another Darren - the reserve team manager Darren Hepworth who steps up after winning promotion and the league cup for the second string in his first season at the club.

The manager commented “I’m sad to see Irish leave as we go a long way back and have formed a decent partnership. At the same time I’m absolutely delighted that Daz has agreed to make the step up to the first team. He has been supportive from day one at the club and has the full respect of all of the players.”

On behalf of everyone at the club we thank "Irish" for all of his hard work whilst at the club and wish him all the best for the future.
Ray Dennis returns to the club after a spell at Wakefield FC as goal keeping coach to work alongside Nicky Bramald in charge of the reserve team. The duo’s first game in charge is a local derby against Bay Athletic Reserves at the Welfare Ground on Saturday (Kick off 2.30pm) – note that this fixture has been moved to Saturday after originally being scheduled for Friday evening. Bay inflicted a 2-0 victory over Emley last Saturday in a reversal of this week’s fixture.
Oct 15th 2010 AFC Emley 1 - 1 Rossington Main. NCEL 1

Emley manager Darren Bland will be left wondering just how his team were unable to break down a resolute Rossington defence and take victory in what was surely one of the most one-sided second halves of football that the Welfare Ground has ever seen.

The first half was a fairly dour affair with Rossington defending deep and in numbers but continually frustrating Emley with a well drilled offside trap.  Emley still managed to carve out a number of chances with Spencer Goff at the heart of the action.  The wideman linked up well with Danny Toronczak who scuffed a shot into the side netting on 15 minutes, then soon after Goff himself shot wide of the mark.

Andrew Culshaw and Carl Hastie had decent efforts for the visitors but Rob Poulter making his first appearance for the club in place of the unavailable Martin Kearney dealt with them competently. 

Mark Townsend, who had a tireless game on the right hand side provided Steven Kenworthy with precise shot but the striker found his shot blocked.  Toronczak then had Emley’s two best chances of the half. 

Matt Thorpe played him in with well weighted ball over the back line which Toronczak latched onto, bursting into the box only to be denied by the legs of Rossington ‘keeper Neil Murray.  Then, in the best move of the game Thorpe sprayed a ball a ball out wide to Townsend who then produced a terrific cross into the path of Toronczak who made a decent contact with the ball heading it down past Murray but just wide of the upright.

Rossington caught Emley on the break with the impressive Hastie flashing a shot across the face of goal before Townsend fired a shot high and wide for home side.  Kenworthy had the final chance of the half when Toronczak headed down a cross from Callum Flanagan only to see his strike partner muscled off the ball.

Bland was forced to make a change at half time with Andy Broadbent replacing Thorpe who was struggling with a shoulder injury.  Despite this his team came out with a sense of purpose about them.  Kenworthy cracked a shot from the edge of the box going just the side of the upright before Murray saved a shot from Goff once again with his legs. 

The visiting keeper appeared to be struggling with an injury but his defenders dug in around him leaving nippy striker Lewis Hilton to plough a lone furrow up front.  Their tactics paid off on 49 minutes as Hilton latched onto a long ball from defence and made space for himself before slotting the ball past Poulton. 

Emley hit back in search of an equaliser with Kenworthy and Anthony Leech both having shots blocked in the same passage of play.  Townsend had an effort headed off the line and Goff went close twice first from close range then from distance with Murray pushing the ball wide to safety.

Before the mid point of the half Emley had a further 3 chances all of which fell to Townsend.  Firstly, being played in with a backheel from Kenworthy only to find his fierce shot blocked.  Then a chip over the unrushing keeper went agonisingly wide before a less accurate lob also failed to hit the target.

As Emley went all out to snatch a goal back Bland brought on James Tevendale for the tiring Toronczak after a break in the play when Max Joice was brought down on the edge of the box.  Joice hit the resulting free kick at the Rossington wall and with vociferous claims for handball ringing out he whipped an intelligent ball back into the box.  Tevendale connected well but Murray was equal to his shot.  The ball was cleared as far as Flanagan who rifled a shot from outside the box which clipped the wrong side of the post.

With the clock running down Bland brought on Teo Ringrose for Max Joice and reverted to a 3-5-2 formation and Emley piled on the pressure.  Tevendale hit a well struck shot from 30 yards out spilled by the keeper but the ball was cleared to safety.  Townsend had yet another decent effort blocked before Spencer Goff finally grabbed an equaliser for Emley.  He notched his second goal in as many games from close range after Tevendale had seen his original effort blocked by more last ditch defending.

Ringrose curled in a teasing cross right into the path of Townsend who will be disappointed not to have hit the target with his attempt.  Kenworthy flicked on a deep cross from Leech which Murray somehow kept out with his upper body before Tevendales shot went wide. 

With all this pressure most observers would have felt that Emley were sure to grab a winner before the final whistle but as in all true thrillers there was a sting in the tail.  Poulter who until then had performed solidly went upfield to launch a free kick from the half way line.   His distribution had been first class up to this point but the ball fell short and was punted upfield by a Rossington defender to Hilton. 

With Poulter rushing back into the box Hilton attempted to chip the ball home but the keeper parried the ball away from 5 yards outside the penalty area.  The referee Stephen Mercer brandished a straight red card for the offence leaving Emley with 10 men on the field and Townsend to don the green jersey for the final minutes of the game.  The resulting free kick was fired straight at the Emley wall as the home fans breathed a big sigh of relief. 

In summary the second half saw some of the best attacking football we have seen this season but lacking the clinical final touch or occasional bit of luck that is required to win a game.  Each and every Emley player worked hard and I finding it hard to single out a single one.  The whole back four grafted hard and gave Rossington little sight of the ball.  The workrate from Townsend and Goff was outstanding down the flanks with both players creating as well as getting on the end of various chances.  I’m sure that we will play worse than this and win a game but it can only be seen as 2 points dropped.

Emley: Poulter, Joice (Ringrose), Leech, Flanagan, Colley, Hazelden, Townsend, Thorpe (Broadbent), Kenworthy, Toronczak (Tevendale), Goff.  Subs not used:  Smith, Westney.

ATT:  77.

Oct 9th 2010

Teversal FC 0 - 1 AFC Emley - from Teversal website


“Emley Edge It, But Only Just”

AFC Emley arrived at Carnarvon Street being the side that have scored the least amount of goals, but also kept the most clean-sheets in their opening six games, so we didn’t expect to see a goal rush, but a good open entertaining game was expected and delivered.

The Tevie Boys could have gone 1-0 down in the opening minute when a neat passing move saw Joice with the time and space to pick out a cross that picked out Kenworthy who powerfully headed goalwards, but it went marginally wide of the mark.

Five minutes later the home defence was tested again when they was forced into desperate measures to block Kenworthy and Rouse efforts and earned the luck that saw Goff’s powerfully struck effort smash against the bar.

After the early dominance from the visitors, Teversal started to have the lion’s share of the play, and created an excellent opening when Dave Cockerill played a well weighted ball into the path of Henshaw who took the ball in his stride to fire across the visitor’s goal, with Kearney equal to it with a routine save.

The game was now end to end with both Keepers having to be alert and on their toes to keep their defenders switched on and to do their own jobs. Goff had another of those fierce strikes of his go wide of the mark on 24 minutes, which turned out to be last effort of note for Emley in the first period.

The last 20 minutes of the first slot, saw Teversal become the dominant force, which on the balance of play of the first period made for an even outcome at the break which was about fair.

The Tevie Boys did try their best though to prevent that with numerous opportunities created, on 27 minutes Colin Cockerill played Henshaw in with a great through ball, but Colley made an excellently timed challenged to stop the teenager from opening the score. Five minutes later, Richard Giles nearly marked his debut back at Carnarvon Street with an excellent strike from 20 yards that forced Kearney into an equally impressive save tipping it over the bar.

An excellent passing move from the Tevie Teenagers saw Tobin play a ball down the right flank for Henshaw to pick up before picking out a cross to find Joel Smith who got up above the visitors defenders to head marginally wide of the mark with Kearney stranded. Kearney though was aware when Tobin crossed to the near post, which was met by Dave Cockerill’s glancing header that had the Visitors Custodian again tipping the effort over the bar and maintain the 0-0 equilibrium at the break.

The second half continued with the excellent spectacle and the 105 crowd continued to be entertained by both side showing both end of the their spectrum, good passing moves or misplaced passes that would hand back possession to their opponents, may be a symbol of why these two clubs are not in the top half of the table as yet, but the level of football played warrants a much higher position than they both currently hold.

It was to be one of the moments of pure quality that was going to settle this game though, Kenworthy picked up a ball out on the right wing and produced a far post cross that saw Goff powerfully out jump Harcourt to head home on 70 minutes to make it 1-0.

Both sides continued to try and get the next goal, but Simpson in the Teversal goal and Kearney for Emley showed their worth in marshalling their back lines to keep the opponents at bay. Teversal did cause the visitors some problems from set pieces when the delivery was good and it was frustrating when they failed to put the Emley defense under more pressure with two free kicks in the dying moments of the game, with Emley clearly pleased to pick up the result they hope will see kick start their climb up the table.

Teversal will see this as a work in progress performance, but more positives were demonstrated than negatives.

Teversal hope to pick up the points at home when they entertain Yorkshire Amateur on Tuesday 12th October 2010 with a 7:45pm. That is followed by a trip to Askern Villa on Saturday 16th October in a League game, kick off 3:00pm.

TEVERSAL – Jake Simpson, Will Harcourt, Jamie Goodacre, Liam Wild, Daniel Pearson, Joel Smith (Gary Atkins 79), Colin Cockerill (Oliver Trigg 79), Richard Giles, Greg Tobin (Ryan Atkins 60), Dave Cockerill, Ross Henshaw. Subs Not Used – Chris Kiddy, Kev Smith.

AFC EMLEY – Martin Kearney, Callum Westney (Marc Townsend 45), Anthony Leech, Callum Flanagan, Judd Colley, Sean Hazelden, Max Joice, Matt Thorpe (Andy Broadbent 72), Steve Kenworthy, Craig Rouse (James Tevendale 82), Spencer Goff. Subs Not Used – Danny Toronczak, Carl Smith.

REFEREE – Martin Watts, South Yorkshire. ATTENDANCE – 105

SCORERS –Teversal: None. AFC Emley: Spencer Goff 70min.

MAN OF MATCH; Teversal: Danny Pearson. AFC Emley: Steve Kenworthy.


Oct 6th 2010 AFC Emley 2 - 0 Yorkshire Main.  Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup R1.

Darren Bland showed faith with the team that beat Runcorn in the Vase at the weekend; the only change was Spencer Goff for the injured Brad Dowling. A tough uncompromising performance from the visitors, in a repeat of last season’s match they gave a strong Emley team a good workout.  A second consecutive brace from Craig Rouse was enough to secure passage into the next round.

Craig Rouse created the first opportunity, gambling on a back pass to the keeper he forced a good block from the Main Keeper Carmer with just minutes on the clock. At the opposite end a Main corner brought a smart reaction save from Martin Kearney, who did well to tip the ball onto the bar and over.
Emley’s first goal came on 25 minutes a Max Joice left wing corner was flicked on at the near post, Kenworthy picked up the ball, turned his defender and lifted the ball over the keeper to Rouse who headed home at the back post.

Emley had dominated the midfield, Matt Thorpe again running everything and spraying the ball round well. At the break the game was very much still alive.

Main came out for the second half and had much of the possession, but was marshalled very well by Hazelden and Colley in the heart of defence. Both full backs Leech and Westney were working hard with overlapping runs into the opposition half.

An Emley corner was only half cleared by the Main keeper, the ball broke to Goff who lifted his shot over from a good position. Leech had a goal bound effort cleared off the line having lifted the ball over the keeper.

Main also had a shot cleared off the line by Colley following a stiff challenge on Kearney who lost the ball in the mix.

Spencer Goff found Rouse in the 6 yard box with a drilled ball, poor contact saw his side foot shot drift wide. Rouse then brought the best save of the night from Carmer. Taking the ball on his chest at the edge of the box, his turn and shot on the volley saw the visitor’s keeper spring to his right to palm the ball around the post.

Main was unlucky not to level the score with 7 minutes of the game remaining. Turner picked up the ball and smacked a 35 yard shot that hit the inside of the left hand post. On another day it would have gone in, as it happened the ball rebounded across the goal and cleared to safety.

Craig Rouse topped another good performance with his second goal of the game on 88 minutes. A ball was drilled to his feet centrally at the edge of the box. He did well to get the ball out from under his feet, made a yard and with little back lift found the bottom left corner of the net.

MOM: Craig Rouse.

Emley: Kearney, Westney,  Leech, Flanagan, Colley, Hazelden, Joice, Thorpe, Kenworthy, Rouse, Goff.  Subs : Toronczak  (68 mins for Kenworthy), Broadbent,  Smith (56 mins for Thorpe), Townsend (56 mins for Westney ), Tevendale.


Oct 2nd 2010 AFC Emley 3 - 1 Runcorn Linnets. FA Vase Round 1.

Runcorn Linnets came into the game with a very strong following and high expectations of a place in the next round.  Steven Kenworthy did what he does best when he opened the scoring with a well-placed drive beyond the keeper. Runcorn pulled a goal back on the cusp of half time when Jake Ellis beat the offside trap. Craig Rouse restored the lead only 30 seconds into the second half.  Kenworthy then  won a deserved penalty which Rouse confidently put away.

Darren Bland was forced into changes without both Marc Townsend and Danny Toronczak who were both influential in the midweek draw with Grimsby. Max Joice was welcomed back into the squad, last year’s supporters player of the year will surely be like a new signing having missed the start of the season due to cricketing commitments.

The opening exchanges were fairly even, Kenworthy came in for some very close attention from the kick off. Runcorn had the first chance when a deep cross was intercepted in the 6 yard box by Antony Leech. The ball got stuck under his feet and in the end did well to clear for a corner.

Emley’s first chance came after a quarter of an hour; Craig Rouse had unsettled the visitors defence and was holding the ball up well and finding his striking partner Kenworthy with regularity. One such glancing header found Kenworthy whose shot from the edge of the box had Priestly in the visiting goal scrambling as the ball went wide of the post.

Referee Meredith went to his cards for the first time booking Runcorn’s Bain and Emley's Rouse on the half hour mark following a push and shove whilst waiting for a free kick to be taken.

Steven Kenworthy found himself the benefactor when Runcorn took a deep defensive throw in to their keeper Priestly. Pressured by the Emley front man his clearance only just made it out of the box. Runcorn then played the ball back to him, which Kenworthy snatched upon. With the keeper to beat and a defender breathing down his neck, he calmly drilled the ball around the frame of Priestly and into the right hand corner of the net.
Jake Ellis looked dangerous on the few breaks that Runcorn created. His run down the right wing and subsequent run to the edge of the 6 yard box saw him lift his lob narrowly wide of the far post.

Steven Kenworthy was subject of a really poor challenge by Matthew Jones, after the whistle had already been blown at the edge of the box. The visitor’s keeper was roundly derided when he suggested to the home supporters, that such a challenge on Kenworthy was the best way of dealing with tricky players.

Runcorn did get back into the game just before the break. With Emley players stood with their hands up claiming offside. Ellis took his shot early into the right hand corner of the net, beating the advancing Kearney.In almost the last action of the half, Kenworthy charged down the keepers attempted clearance, the ball fell kindly for him and despite the home keeper trying to molest him he got a shot away that rebounded back off the bottom of the post.

Emley's second half could not have started better. A long clearance caught the Runcorn defence half asleep. Rouse on the left hand corner of the area hit the ball on the half volley over the stranded keeper who could do nothing other than pick the ball out of the net.

For the next 10 minutes Runcorn dominated the possession without looking likely to score. Judd Colley in for the injured Brownrigg had an excellent game in central defence and swept up the majority of the long balls played deep into the Emley half. Runcorn’s best chance of the half came following a spirited run from their captain Dempsey. His deep cross was met at the back post by Barlow who could not control the direction of his header despite being well placed. Barlow then shortly afterwards forced a good block by Kearney at his near post after a lovely slided pass behind the Emley defence.

With 65 minutes gone Kenworthy was brought down in the box following a crude challenge in the box whilst shaping to shoot. Rouse confidently placed the ball on the spot and beat Priestly, slotting the ball low into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Runcorn then somewhat lost their discipline; the referee had been very generous in his warnings for serious foul play.  Runcorn had 6 players booked during the game, with both Barlow and captain Dempsey receiving second yellows earning them an early shower. Disappointingly the Runcorn Manager having already been warned whilst on the side lines, came on as a substitute. From the first moment on the pitch he looked destined to be booked for rash challenges and general pushing and shoving. He did feature in the referee’s book by the end of the game.

This was an excellent performance against higher league opposition. Judd Colley was outstanding; Brad Dowling had yet another good game. Steven Kenworthy worked really hard and took a load of stick for his troubles, he was a handful all game.  Craig Rouse did really well and for his performance but more importantly his goals he gets my Man of the Match.

MOM: Craig Rouse.

Emley: Kearney, Westney,  Leech, Flanagan, Colley, Hazelden, Joice, Thorpe, Kenworthy, Rouse, Dowling.  Subs : Smith (83 mins for Thorpe), Broadbent, Goff (77 mins for Rouse ), Tevendale (77 mins for Dowling).


Sep 29th 2010 AFC Emley 1 – 1 Grimsby Borough. NCEL 1 Wednesday 29.09.10

Emley manager I fear will come under more criticism in the morning following another overall disappointing performance. Emley started brightly enough but conceded a poor goal after only 2 minutes. A better second half performance and a goal from Danny Toronczak salvaged a point.

Anthony Leech came back into the squad, with Brad Dowling dropping to the bench. Right from the kick off Emley linked up well with Kenworthy feeding Toronczak who laid a lovely ball to Townsend on the wing. An excellent defensive tackle ended the move. A further attack in the opening minute broke down and Grimsby broke with speed with a through ball to the left wing and a cross to the back post found Luke Mascall unmarked at the back post. His intelligent header back across the face of goal found the far corner of the net.

The effect on Emley was immediately noticeable as the team lost all shape. Grimsby’s Freeman unmarked centrally had a half volley that went wide from a good position. Emley’s best chance of the half came on the quarter hour mark. Townsend beat the well marshaled offside trap, his run looked to be frustrated as the visitor’s captain and keeper Steer spilled the ball. Townsend picked up the ball and from a tight angle saw his shot go wide of the far post.

Grimsby still looked the favorite to score again, Freeman brought a good low save from Kearney. Emley were very fortunate on 29 minutes when a delightful ball over the top caught Emley totally flatfooted. Lee Stephenson had a clear run at goal, Kearney did well to narrow the angle and Stephenson’s shot went inches wide of the right hand upright.

Danny Toronczak was unable to make meaningful contact with yet another excellent delivery from Townsend down the right wing. Emley took a quick freekick, Townsend did well to get to the dead ball line and whipped in a low cross. Toronczak at the edge of the 6 yard box attempted to side foot the ball home but was unable to get enough purchase on the ball and his shot went wide of the goal.

At the break Judd Colley replaced Andy Brownrigg in central defense. Grimsby continued to impress playing well organised football, allowing the Emley players no time on the ball whatsoever. Callum Westney cleared a shot off the line following a Grimsby corner on 52 minutes.

Bland introduced Brad Dowling and Callum Flanagan replacing Carl Smith and Broadbent respectively. Despite this it was Grimsby who continued to show more flair in attack. Freeman saw his rasping shot from the edge of the box dip narrowly over the angle where post and crossbar meet.

Emley did finally find their feet and start playing the football we know the team is capable of. Matt Thorpe ran hard all game and showed the spirit needed and put in another captains performance. His ball fed Leech on the wing, beating a defender his run to the byline and drilled cross beat the dives of 3 Emley attackers who lunged at the ball as it flew across the face of goal

A minute later Toronczak flicked a lovely ball to Townsend on the right wing, his run and deep cross to the back post was met by Dowling on the volley. Unable to direct the ball it flew wide of the goal. On 82 minutes Emley were rewarded for their persistence. Thorpe won the ball in midfield with an excellent tackle, he fed the run of Townsend on the right wing, beating a defender he again crossed the ball to the back post. Leech timed his run into the box and his header was brilliantly saved on the line one handed by Steer. He managed to push the ball upwards and it was met by the head of Toronczak to head home.

Both teams created further opportunities to score, a Dowling run and cross again beat 3 Emley attackers as it fizzed across the face of goal. The referee Jane Smith turned down what appeared to be a credible Grimsby penalty shout with 3 minutes to go. Into injury time Kearney made another excellent low stop from a shot at the edge of the box.

Emley MoM ; Marc Townsend.

Emley: Kearney, Westney, Leech, Broadbent, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Townsend, Smith, Kenworthy, Toronczak, Thorpe©. Subs Flanagan (53 minutes for Smith), Dowling (53 minutes for Broadbent), Rouse, Colley (45 minutes for Brownrigg). Goff.


Sep 25th 2010  Eccleshill United 0 - 0 AFC Emley. NCEL1

Emley shared the spoils in a battling 0-0 draw against their former manager Ian Banks’ new club Eccleshill United.  The result means that Emley have now drawn their last 3 games by the same scoreline and more worryingly they have yet to find the net in the league this season.

Darren Bland kept faith with the side that had earned a draw at Pontefract on Tuesday with the exception of Mick Clarke who has opted to stay with Lower Hopton with Martin Kearney reclaiming the goalkeepers jersey. 

Emley shot out of blocks from the first whistle but were unable to carve out a decent chance until 10 minutes into the game when Andy Broadbent fired over from the edge of the box after good build up play by Danny Toronczak and Steven Kenworthy. 

Minutes later ex Emley striker Lee Hill, who followed Banks to Eccleshill and now captains the side went close, bursting into the 6 yard box but firing over.  Mark Stuart then had an opportunity to score against his former club after picking up a misplaced cross field pass the midfielder skewed his shot way wide.

Marc Townsend hit a shot over the bar after good approach play by Carl Smith before Toronczak fired just wide of the upright after a good lay off by Kenworthy.  Midway through the half Matt Thorpe headed the ball into the net for Emley but Toronczak who provided him with an intelligent flick on was ruled offside.

The home side had their fair share of possession and were inspired by New Jersey born midfielder Joey Spivak and despite some good build up play their efforts on goal were dealt with comfortably by Kearney.  Hill had their best chance of the game on 38 minutes with a superb angled run leaving the Emley defence in his wake but was unable to match his run as his finish went wide of the target.

Two minutes later Matt Thorpe carved out Emley’s best effort of the half as turned to hit a curling shot from 25 yards out which was well held by the Eccleshill keeper Tahj Bell.   The towering 6’5” Bermudan had the last touch as he comfortably gathered at his near post from a Toronczak effort after he had been played in by strike partner Kenworthy.

Early on in the second half an altercation between Emley centre half Andy Brownrigg and Hill led to both players picking up a booking.  After this Hill seemed to drift out of the game and lose his influence eventually leading to him being substituted. 

On 60 minutes Bell once again thwarted Toronczak parrying his shot wide as the striker was once again played in by Kenworthy.  

Stuart also picked up a yellow card after his second heavy challenge of the game.  From the resulting free kick Carl Smith delivered a free kick right into the path of Sean Hazelden who’s header was destined for the top corner of the net but Bell was at full stretch to deny him.  Eccleshill immediately broke away and the keepers long kick out was chased down by centre forward Marcus Edwards only to be denied by some last ditch defending by Kearney and Brad Downing.

With the clock running down both sides had good chances to snatch a victory.  Brownrigg punted a long free kick up the field which found Matt Thorpe in enough space slide in and hit a first time cross over the heads of the Eccleshill defence to Hazelden who once again connected well to be denied by Bell. 

Then at the other end of the Matt Dempsey got on the end of a deep free kick only to see his header loop over the reach of Kearney before dropping onto the wrong side of the bar and out of play. 

Whilst Darren Bland will be delighted that his side have now kept 4 consecutive clean sheets he will be frustrated with his side’s lack of success in front of goal.  Kenworthy and Toronczak again showed signs of forming a good understanding and I’m sure that they will gain confidence once that elusive goal arrives. 

Andy Broadbent had his best game for us so far with some tough tackling in the centre of the midfield.  Townsend grafted as hard as ever and Callum Westney looks more and more confident with every game, but my man of the match goes to Sean Hazelden.  Sean has put in some really consistent performances this season and didn’t put a foot wrong today.   With a lesser keeper between the sticks today he would had a couple of goals too. 

Onwards to our first home league game of the season on Wednesday against Grimsby Borough and surely some goals...

Kearney, Westney, Downing, Broadbent, Hazelden, Brownrigg, Townsend, Smith, Kenworthy, Toronczak, Thorpe.  Subs:  Leech (for Downing), Rouse, Colley, Flanagan, Goff.

Man of the Match:  Sean Hazelden.

Sep 21st 2010 Pontefract Collieries 0 – 0 AFC Emley.

New signing Danny Toronczak came into the starting line-up and did enough to impress his new manager in a hard fought game at near neighbours Pontefract. Emley created numerous chances in the opening half, and again failed to take their opportunities. Simon Houghton changed the setup of his Pontefract Team in the second half and dominated possession and looked the more likely to score.

Within minutes the new partnership of Toronczak and Steven Kenworthy appeared to be the one that could see Emley prosper. Kenworthy playing a little deeper feeding the tall striker signed from Brighouse. Who held the ball up well for Kenworthy’s subsequent run.  Brad Dowling, retained his place despite the return of Antony Leech in to the squad and continued his good form from the weekend. It was his throw in that fed Kenworthy, who despite the hard and bobbly pitch (a first for Pontefract) laid the ball off to Matt Thorpe whose thunderous half volley zipped narrowly over the bar.

Toronczak then did well by getting to the right hand by-line, whipped in a ball across the face of goal beating the despairing lunges of two Emley attackers. It had been a breathless opening 5 minutes.

Pontefract did finally get a foot hold in the game and on 11 minutes had a long range effort from a tight angle fizz across the face of the Emley goal from Stevens.

Emley continued to look quick on the break, and Kenworthy picking up the ball in the last third made the most of a flat Pontefract defence to break through one on one with the keeper. Aiming for the far corner Joburns in the goal got down well with his legs to block the shot away.

Pontefract were forced into early changes losing Josh Wright, who played at Emley last season to injury. Ryan Poskitt playing on the Pontefract right looked dangerous and on 24 minutes provided a right wing cross to Fothergill who then fed Sykes in the 6 yard box. His scuffed shot was collected on the second attempt by Mick Clarke who had retained his place in goal. The same player broke down the left wing following a poor Emley deep free kick. Poskitt delivered a deep searching ball from right to left to find Fothergill.  His shot again wide of the right hand post, but this time much closer to taking the lead.

Toronczak then had a couple of good opportunities, a long ball out of defence and a kindly bounce of the ball saw him with just the keeper to beat. The bouncing ball wouldn’t come down and when it did it allowed the defenders time to close down and clear. Again finding space on the edge of the box was he was subject to heavy challenge that the referee allowed.

The healthy travelling support was left wondering whether the same Emley team had taken the field for the second half. In the opening 10 minutes the visitors hardly touched the ball. A Fothergill cross from the right wing was allowed to bounce in the 6 yard box. Stevens faced with an open net headed the ball wide when a goal appeared more likely.

Just before the hour mark Emley had a very credible penalty shout turned down. A free kick was floated to the back post was headed towards goal by Toronczak, a defensive hand shot up to block the ball. The referee well placed turned down the appeals.

Emley created very little else, despite the introduction of Spencer Goff and Craig Rouse from the bench. Pontefract had two further opportunities to score. A Stevens shot on the break again went across the face of goal, whilst in the 93rd minute Clarke blocked a well struck shot at his near post to keep the scores level.

Defensively Emley played very well, Pontefract piled the pressure on with the long high ball into the box, which as the game went on appeared to be there only means of attack. Brownrigg and Hazelden coped very well. Carl Smith played well in midfield whilst Toronczak who despite tiring towards the end, looks an excellent signing. Pontefract have come on leaps and bounds and Houghton has got them very disciplined.

Emley MoM – Carl Smith.

Emley:  Clarke, Westney, Dowling, Broadbent, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Townsend, Smith, Kenworthy, Toronczak, Thorpe ©  Subs: Rouse ( 76 mins for Kenworthy), Goff (64 mins for Smith) Flanagan, Leech.

Sep 19th 2010 AFC Emley 3 - 0 Rossington Main. FA Vase

Emley manager Darren Bland will not only be pleased with the result, but also the manner in which Emley worked right up to the final whistle. Matt Thorpe had another standout performance, scoring 2 excellent goals in the process. Marc Townsend completed the scoring, whilst Mick Clarke returned between the posts for the absent Kearney. His performance will give the Welfare Ground boss a selection headache, keeping Emley in the game and in the lead at crucial points in the game.

Brad Dowling came in for Leech who was unavailable at left back, having played 90 minutes for the reserves on Saturday at Bronte Wanderers. Andy Broadbent started in midfield replacing Callum Flanagan.

Mick Clarke displayed what a brilliant shot stopper he is on 5 minutes with an instinctive low save forcing the ball onto the post from a Lee Holmes half volley. Emley replied immediately Carl Smith floated a right wing corner deep into the box. The ball fell for Marc Townsend whose shot from 8 yards was well blocked by the Rossington keeper Griffiths.

Emley didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal; Matt Thorpe whose influence was missing at Glasshoughton picked the ball up centrally at the edge of the box. Following a good interchange between Smith, Westney and Broadbent. Shielding the ball well he made half a yard and fired a low shot below the dive of Griffiths.

Rossington did although create opportunities to level, Andrew Culshaw looked dangerous throughout and when not breaking onto through balls was holding the ball up well and feeding others. A poor defensive clearance saw his shot go wide of the left hand post when in a good position mid-way through the half.

Steven Kenworthy again subject of a lot of attention from the visiting defenders saw his shot go just wide of the left hand post having timed his run perfectly from Thorpe through ball. Thorpe created a great opportunity for James Tevendale to score, his deep run to the dead ball line and centre. Brought a goal denying challenge from Daniel Lodge on the penalty spot with the goal wide open.

Mick Clarke without a doubt changed the game completely only 2 minutes from half time. Emley were caught out defensively to a right wing break, Clarke found himself facing two attackers with defenders struggling to make up the ground. Andrew Gatenby hit a low shot and Clarke managed to block the shot with both legs to clear.
With half time beckoning Thorpe again found himself at the edge of the box with the ball at his feet. With defenders closing he dropped a shoulder and turned to find space. His right foot shot again gave the visiting keeper no chance whatsoever.

The second half started just as brightly for Emley, Tevendale found himself unmarked at the back post, but failed to direct his header on target. Into the last half hour Clarke made yet another fantastic reaction save, a deep cross into the 6 yard box was headed for the top corner before Clarke palmed the ball onto the bar and over. The referee did spoil the save somewhat by awarding a free kick for a push as the attacker rose.

Rossington’s Culshaw was guilty of wasting a free header from a central position into the last quarter of the game. At the other end Spencer Goff on a substitute hit the post from a tight angle after the visitor’s keeper spilled the ball.

Emley sealed the win on 85 minutes, Marc Townsend had consistently found space on the break down the right wing. A typical run found him moving towards the dead ball line, entering the box he smacked a shot across the face of the keeper with the ball nestling in the top left corner of the goal.

A much better performance which sees Emley through to the first round proper of the FA Vase. They will entertain Runcorn Linnets at the Welfare Ground on the 2nd of October 2010.

Emley MoM : Matt Thorpe.

Emley: Clarke, Dowling, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Townsend, Broadbent, Smith,  Kenworthy, Tevendale, Thorpe. Subs : Pearce (not used), Goff (65 mins for Thorpe), Rouse (61 minutes for Tevendale).

Sep 11th 2010  Glasshoughton 0 – 0 AFC Emley

Emley manager Darren Bland had predicted an ugly battle against a hard working Glasshoughton team. I hope that he had a pound on the lottery on Saturday night as that was exactly how the fixture turned out. Emley shaded the first half and created a number of opportunities. The second half with the advantage of the sloping pitch, and a change to a 3 man attack did very little to enhance the chance of a goal. Had the Glasshoughton attackers shown more steel in front of goal they could have had all 3 points.

Emley started the game without the influential Matt Thorpe absent at a family wedding. Carl Smith came back into the team, with new signing Judd Colley taking a seat on the bench.

Glasshoughton’s Dell Pollock had the first chance of the game on 2 minutes and it would prove to be the home side’s only credible chance of scoring in the first half. He was picked out by a deep diagonal ball into the edge of the box. Stretching he made good contact and Kearney had to be sharp to save the low skidding ball.

Emley’s first opportunity fell to Steven Kenworthy; a deep free kick was deflected out to the left wing.  Picked up by Lewis Pearce, his low centre was met in the 6 yard box by Kenworthy. His shot looked set for the bottom corner before a defenders leg popped out and deflected the ball over the bar.

Emley continued to press and James Tevendale was fortunate to find himself with the ball bearing down on the keeper following a defensive slip. With the keeper advancing his goal bound lob was collected on the stretch by Herchall - Smith.

Steven Kenworthy had an excellent first half and had a hand in all the promising attacking moves. On 35 minutes he held the ball up well and threaded a pass through for Marc Townsend.  With Glasshoughton’s Mark Newton in close attendance his shot on goal was again well saved by Herchall - Smith.

With the half closing James Tevendale drilled an inch perfect pass 40 yard pass to Pearce on the wing. He played the ball to the edge of the box where Kenworthy held the ball up well. On the turn he fed the run of Antony Leech into the box. His shot forced the home keeper into an excellent block to concede a corner.
On the stroke of half time Emley lost Andy Brownrigg to injury, with Judd Colley coming on to take his place and on debut for Emley.
Glasshoughton also started the half with a substitution Craig Fradgley, making way for Robinson. The home sides Darrell Young who had largely been anonymous in the first half forced an excellent low save from Kearney on 54 minutes.

Darren Bland made a double substitution only 10 minutes into the second half. Pearce and Smith made way for Rouse and Broadbent respectively. Rouse went up front to form a 3 man attack with Tevendale and Kenworthy. In reality it did very little for Emley, other than totally ignoring the midfield players who constantly saw the long ball fly over their heads to the 3 up front.

Emley were restricted to 2 long range efforts from Kenworthy and  Tevendale, both of which went high and wide. In contrast Glasshoughton had a number of good opportunities. Darrell Young’s turn and shot from a deep free kick went just wide of the post. Mark Newton saw his half volley go narrowly wide. Young into the last 10 minutes of the half forced Kearney into a long diving save to his right.

Into the last minute Glasshoughton fizzed a ball across the face of goal, 2 despairing lunges failed to make contact and Emley were lucky not to have lost the game. Emley were awarded a free lick at the edge of the box. The free kick was blocked and Glasshoughton’s Newton fed a deep ball to Bird, his deep cross to the back post found Pollock unmarked  and his shot although dipping flew over the bar.

Emley were punished for not taking any of their chances in the first half, and were lucky to get the point. Glasshoughton were dogged and hardworking, much like many other teams in this league. Judd Colley played very well in the second, he has lots of pace and reads the game well. Kenny’s first half performance got him my MOM.

Glasshoughton's center half Jack Nodder who is dual signed with Frickley Athletic was the standout out performer. He never put a foot wrong and wone everything in the air.

Emley MoM – Steven Kenworthy.

Emley:  Kearney ©, Westney, Leech, Smith, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Flanagan, Townsend, Kenworthy, Tevendale, Pearce. Subs: Broadbent ( 55 mins for Smith), Broadbent (55 mins for Pearce) Colley (43 mins for Brownrigg).

Sep 3rd 2010 AFC Emley 4 - 2 Hemsworth Miners Welfare. FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round

The criticism levelled at Emley manager Darren Bland after their exit from the FA Cup appeared to galvanise the squad into putting together a performance that answered all of the managers critics. Matt Thorpe scored a pair, the same as Mark Stuart unfortunately one for either side. Callum Flanagan chipped in with a well taken low drive.

With both sides probing it was Hemsworth who had the best of the opening exchanges, the dangerous Damion Liddle brought a smart low save from Emley’s Kearney, whilst the Hemsworth Captain Foley saw his header from a corner rattle the crossbar and go over.

Emley did silence the travelling supporters, who continually berated the referee Mr Tomes throughout the game on 6 Minutes. Winning an attacking free kick, the placement of the ball was poor and partially cleared. Mark Stuart did really well controlling a bouncing ball well, he turned the ball out deep to Marc Townsend who drove the  ball into the near post. Matt Thorpe timed his run perfectly steeling in at the near post to lift the ball into the roof of the net.  The Hemsworth Keeper Tasker took a knock during the goal which would later see him retire from the game.

Matt Thorpe found himself through one on one with the keeper who made an excellent block at his feet. Emley were creating plenty of opportunities, Callum Flanagan operating down the right wing providing tantalising crosses into the 6 yard box.  A deep Stuart corner was met on the volley by Callum Westney at the back post which went narrowly wide of the post.

Emley’s second goal did arrive on the half hour; a dangerous corner was only partly cleared drifting back across the goal. Sean Hazelden struck the ball that was cleared off the line, Flanagan picked up the loose ball on the edge of the box and his low right foot shot zipped into the left hand corner of the net.
Hemsworth had persisted with the long ball all half, and it finally paid dividend into the last 13 minutes of the half. A deep cross was floated to the back post, with 2 Emley players in acres of space. Mark Stuart in the 6 yard box was wrong footed jumped for the ball and his header beat Kearney’s despairing dive into the net.

At the other of the pitch Hazelden up for a dead ball kick saw his looping header strike the bar and the falling ball was almost put across the goal line by the disorientated keeper. It was the Hemsworth keeper who will go down with an assist for the equalising goal. His long kick was allowed to bounce and the ball ran free for Williamson to lift it over the advancing keeper into the empty net. Hemsworth’s Lee Swift had the remaining chance of the half with a shot that was narrowly deflected wide of the right hand post.

The goal of the game saw the impressive Thorpe get his second. He picked the ball up deep in the Hemsworth half, surrounded by defenders he advanced to the left hand edge of the box. Jinking and twisting he made himself half a yard and struck a fierce shot beating the keeper low into the left hand corner of the net.

Hemsworth had reverted to playing passing football which was generally impotent against the strong Emley defence. Hemsworth only had two shots on goal in the half, Kearney in response made 2 regulation saves.

Mark Stuart got onto the score sheet for a second time on 66 minutes. He stepped up to take a deep free kick from a tight angle. The ball headed directly at the keeper at the near post, the ball hit the tips of his upright hands and into the top of the net.

Marc Townsend did bring a smart save from the visitor’s keeper in the last ten minutes, when his rising shot from the edge of the box was palmed over the bar. Mark Stuart was unlucky not to get a third with a lob which landed on the roof of the goal with the keeper off his line.

This was a much improved performance and will see the Pewits’ meet Rossington Main in the next round. Matt Thorpe put in his best performance so far this season, not only scoring two goals but running the midfield. Callum Flanagan delivered some excellent balls into the box and looked threatening on the wing. Callum Westney had without doubt his best game so far in defence. Antony Leech was ever willing and made some excellent tackles.

Emley MoM
– Matt Thorpe.

Emley:  Kearney ©, Westney, Leech, Thorpe, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Flanagan, Townsend, Kenworthy, Tevendale, Stuart. Subs: Broadbent (not used), Smith (not used), Lewis Pearce (80 mins for Tevendale), Dowling (70 mins for Flanagan).

Aug 29th 2010 AFC Emley 0 - 1 Northallerton Town FA Cup Preliminary Round

So the FA Cup arrived at the sunny but blustery Welfare ground for this second round clash between AFC Emley and Northallerton Town.

Northallerton started the brightest and received the first corner of the game after 3 minutes which was swung in from the right hand side and headed clear by Sean Hazelden. Gavin Hunter, starting on the right hand side for Emley won the first corner for the home team in the 4th minute, which didn't trouble Craggs in the away goal. 2 minutes later Northallerton got another corner, which was then cleared for a second corner, which was finally cleared by the Emley defence.

Emley had their first shot on target when Pearce crossed for Tevendale, who brought a good save out of Craggs.

A minute later a long ball into the box brought a shot from Northallerton's Hardy which was straight at Martin Kearney in the AFC goal. It was end to end as another cross from Pearce and a shot from Kenworthy brought another save out of Craggs. 5 minutes later, the ball was back down in the Emley box as Jason Newall had a shot which went over the bar.

The first free-kick came on 27 minutes, but as it was sent over from the left, Sean Hazelden was penalised for pushing the defender.

The referee gave the first yellow card of the afternoon to Northallerton's Anthony Verity for a foul on Gavin Hunter after 32 minutes, from the resulting free kick which was taken by Carl Smith the ball was cleared as far as Pearce who crossed for Thorpe to have a shot, which went just over the cross bar.

5 minutes before the end of the 1st half and Northallerton won a corner on the left, it was played over and Newall had the ball in the back of the net, which was ruled out for offside.

Emley should have been heading into the break with a 1-0 lead, when Hunter running onto a loose ball saw the keeper fall on the edge of the box, and miss kicked completely to send the ball wide into the stand.

Half time AFC Emley 0 Northallerton Town 0

Emley began the stronger in the second half and within two minutes had a corner from the left, but again Sean Hazelden was penalised for holding. Emley were keeping the pressure on and forced another corner, which was put into the mix but Craggs picked it out of the air.

8 minutes into the second half the second booking of the game came as Northallerton's Grant Hickman was shown the yellow card, and there was a few moments for Richard Thompson to receive treatment.

Again more Emley pressure brought another corner, which was headed straight at the goalkeeper by Thorpe.

Northallerton made their first sub in the 59th minute with Stephen Allison replacing Richard Thompson

Carl Smith was next to have a shot for Emley, which was sent out for a corner. The corner was crossed in and went back out for a goal-kick

Steven Kenworthy then made space for himself before pulling the ball back to Hunter who had a shot at Craggs.

With the wind now becoming stronger, the next cross from Hunter didn't trouble the goalkeeper and went straight out. Lewis Pearce was the next one to try and find a way past Craggs.

With about 22 minutes left to play Darren Bland made his first Emley change, replacing Lewis Pearce with Mark Stuart.

2 minutes later, a cross from the right was only half cleared by Martin Kearney and Northallerton captain Martin Butterworth, struck a shot into the top corner of the net.

Each team made a sub on 73 minutes Northallerton replaced Stuart Hardy with Mattew Chilton and Emley replaced Sean Hazelden with Marc Townsend. On 77 minutes a corner from the left hand side for Northallerton was crossed in and Hunter stood on the line cleared it, with the rebound being put wide. Bland made his final sub replacing James Tevendale with Craig Rouse on 80 minutes and 6 minutes later Northallerton made their final sub replacing Adam Gilroy with Aaron Ramsbotton. A minute later and Anthony Verity had a shot that was well palmed over by Martin Kearney for another Northallerton corner. With two minutes remaining Rouse had a shot against the side netting for AFC Emley.

The referee announced 5 minutes of added time and Northallerton got double corners. In a final flurry down at the Northallerton end, AFC Emley won a free-kick on the edge of the box, which was struck by Rouse and deflected wide for a corner. The corner was drifted across and put out for another corner. Kearney came up for this final corner, but there was no way through for AFC Emley. In the final minute of added time Hunter was shown a yellow card.

The final score was AFC Emley 0 Northallerton Town 1

AFC Emley: Kearney, Westney, Swan, Broadbent, Hazelden, Thorpe, Hunter, Smith, Kenworthy, Tevendale, Pearce
Subs: Amos (not used), Townsend (73 mins for Hazelden), Rouse (80 mins for Tevendale), Brownrigg (not used), Stuart (67 for Pearce), Flanagan (not used)

Aug 25th 2010 Handsworth FC 4 – 0 AFC Emley.

Emley fell to a very disappointing defeat at Handsworth, following a dismal first half performance they were trailing by three. The introduction of new signings for the second half did little to Improve Emley’s attacking menace, who went on to concede a fourth.

In a very start stop opening ten minutes the exchanges were fairly even, Matt Thorpe coming close  with a shot comfortably saved by Naylor following a quick Emley break.  It was Handsworth who took full opportunity of a deep free kick on 11 minutes to open the scoring. A deep ball floated across the box and to the back post was met by Andrew Battersby to head in unopposed.

Virtually from the kick off the Sheffield based club could have extended their lead, a deflected Tyrone Crapper shot from the edge of the box had the Emley Keeper scrambling as the ball went narrowly wide of the upright.

On 20 minutes the 2nd goal did arrive. Emley yet again failed to clear their lines following a right wing corner. Crappers shot from within the box took a heavy deflection and nestled in the left hand corner of the net.

Emley finally realised that hoofing long ball to Kenworthy, marked closely by 2 central defenders was never going to work. Playing the ball through midfield found Thorpe on the edge of the box, dancing round 3 defenders his centred ball  was cleared with Townsend threatening.

At the other end poor communication lead to yet another defensive slip, Kearney produced an excellent save at his right hand post at the cost of a corner kick.

Emley did create a further 2 chances in the half, Gavin Hunter menacing throughout with his pace, got down the right wing and his deep cross was met by Townsend whose shot on the volley went narrowly wide of the post. Hunter then had a shot well saved by Naylor following a good interchange between Kenworthy and Townsend.

Handsworth best goal of the game came 2 minutes from the break, Ryan Johnson picked up the ball at the right hand corner of the box. Allowed far too much time and space he picked out the far corner of the net with a low shot leaving Kearney with no chance.

At the half time break, Stuart and Broadbent made way for new signing Lewis Pearce and Mick Amos.

Handsworth started the half brightly again and were unlucky not to score from a classic goal mouth scramble following a corner. At the opposing end and good run and centre by Townsend was met by Amos at the near post. He watched as his slight touch saw the ball run along the goal mouth before being cleared.

Emley always looked likely to concede again, and the move when it came down the left wing could have seen any number of Handsworth players scoring with the visitors defence all at sea. The cross when it came in was slotted home from the penalty spot by Tom Roebuck with Kearney again left exposed at the back.

Close season signing James Tevendale replaced Kenworthy for the last quarter of the game; he was later to force a regulation tip over from Taylor from a centrally placed free kick. A poorly directed defensive header which  hit the angle of bar and upright was the only other chance Emley had in the game.

Emley got exactly what they deserved from this performance and will have to perform significantly better on Sunday against Northallerton. The only Emley players who can take any credit from the game was Gavin Hunter who’s pace, control and crossing was excellent. Antony Leech also had an exceptional game at left back. Some excellent last ditch challenges saved Emley from a real drubbing.

Emley: Kearney, Smith, Leech, Broadbent, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Hunter, Thorpe, Kenworthy, Townsend, Stuart. Subs: Flannagan, (not used) Westney, (not used), Pearce (45 mins for Stuart), Amos (45 mins for Broadbent), Tevendale (63 mins for Kenworthy).

Emley Mom: Gavin Hunter

Aug 17th 2010 Morpeth Town 1 - 2 AFC Emley. FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Emley progressed to the 1st preliminary round of the FA Cup with a hard fought 2-1 victory against Northern League side Morpeth Town. 

The game had been rearranged from Saturday when the home sides Craik Park pitch was waterlogged leaving Emley with a long evening trip to the North East.  Indeed Emley were left wondering if they would ever get to the game as the players coach broke down on the A1 heading just South of Scotch Corner.  Fortunately manager Darren Bland travelling up to the game in his car and one of the Emley committee members were on hand to get the starting eleven to the game in time for the kick off. 

The remaining substitutes arrived half an hour into the first half on a replacement coach by which point they had missed their side create a hat full of chances without reward.

Just 2 minutes into the game Steven Kenworthy got on the end of a Gav Hunter cross but his header was well saved by the home keeper Craig Pickering.  Soon after Carl Smith put in another great cross and Teo Ringrose headed just the wrong side of the post. 

On 12 minutes Pickering again kept his side in the game saving at full stretch from a Matt Thorpe header, once again supplied by a cross from the impressive Hunter.

As the game went on Morpeth dragged themselves into things with little reward with their first meaningful strike going high and wide on 29 minutes.  Towards the end of the half winger Ashley McAlpine latched onto a long ball but was denied well by the Emley keeper Martin Kearney. 

Emley started the second half brightly with Carl Smith once again the provider, crossing the ball for Marc Townsend who headed just wide of target.  Morpeth went straight back down to the opposite end of the park and took the lead with a well taken strike from 15 yards out from the impressive Dave Hooper. 

They then had a number of chances to increase their lead with Connor Andrews and Sean Cowell both missed clear cut chances when through on goal as the Emley defence allowed their opponents too much space.

Emley then dug in hard and dragged themselves back into the game and centre half Andy Brownrigg notched an equaliser with a well placed header from a Smith corner on 55 minutes. 

Mark Stuart then replaced Ringrose and put in a good performance on the right wing and almost scored on 65 minutes after Kenworthy and Thorpe both had their efforts blocked but his shot deflected wide.  Five minutes later Stuart got what turned out to be Emley’s winner firing home from 15 yards out after Sean Hazelden had nodded down a Smith cross. 

Then Townsend nearly put the game out of sight after Kenworthy had played Matt Thorpe in with neat ball before the midfielder unselfishly crossed the ball when he might have had a shot himself.  Mick Amos replaced Kenworthy for the final quarter of an hour as Emley looked to consolidate their victory. 

Emley keeper Kearney was forced to pull off a smart save after a shot deflected off Hazelden’s boot as the home side went in search of an equaliser and deep in injury time he kept the ball out despite the home side piling nine men (goalkeeper included) up into the box for a corner.

An entertaining game and whilst Emley manager Darren Bland will be disappointed that his side failed to capitalise on their early dominance he will be pleased with the character that his side showed to come back and claim victory.

Kearney, C. Smith, Leech, Townsend, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Hunter, Broadbent, Thorpe, Kenworthy (Amos), Ringrose (Stuart).
Subs (unused):  Goff, Flanagan, Westney

Att:  85

Man of the match:  Carl Smith.

Aug 8th 2010 Leeds Carnegie 1 – 0 AFC Emley

Missed Chances and Great Saves.

Emley’s opening game against Leeds Carnegie ended in defeat, Emley dominated the first 25 minutes of the second half after a dour first. Despite creating plentiful chances they could not get the ball in the net. Carnegie made the most of a poor clearance leaving Hilton to poke home a weak shot at the far post.

Martin Kearney in goal was given the Captains armband, whilst the Mick Amos and Steven Kenworthy resumed their partnership up front. Sean Hazelden and Andy Brownrigg played centrally in defence whilst assistant manager John Hayden played at left back, with Antony Leech switching to right back. Across the centre of midfield saw Curtis Roberts starting on the left wing with Teo Ringrose on the right. Matt Thorpe and Andy Broadbent occupied the central positions.

The referee set the tone for his performance by booking Amos early for kicking the ball against the advertising hoardings in frustration, the ball travelling a matter of feet from where it was kicked from. His performance didn’t get much better wanting to lecture every player regardless of the seriousness of the offence. This disrupted  the game badly with both teams struggling to find any rhythm.

Carnegie were getting the better of the space down the right wing with the dangerous Greg McCory making searching runs. On 15 minutes he created the first opportunity with a shot that went high and wide despite being in a good position.

The visitors first chances came midway through the half, a strong run form Amos lead to a corner, a poor clearance saw the ball whipped back in from the left wing. Kenworthy swung a foot at the ball and missed, Amos coming in at the back post saw his sidefoot shot rise over the bar.

Kearney was required to make his only significant save of the first half moments later.  Gary Challinor was allowed far too much time and space on the ball and his shot from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar.

Kenworthy will feel he should have done better from a deep free kick, the ball drilled across the box saw him deflect the ball directly at Giles in the Carnegie goal – a yard either side of the centrally placed keeper would have been a certain goal.

The referee then chose to book Emley’s Leech for an innocuous defensive challenge. Emley also lost Curtis Roberts to a groin injury – Gavin Hunter coming on his place.

A short Emley corner was met by Thorpe who flicked the ball over his head, Carnegies Brice Tiani clearing the ball off the line with goal keeper beaten.

The last chance of the half fell again to Carnegie’s Greg McGory. Finding space on the wing his shot across face of goal slid wide of the post.

Following the break Emley dominated possession with Carnegie severely restricted in their forays in the Emley half of the field. Gavin Hunter on the wing looked dangerous and his skill in crossing the ball from the deadball line excellent. One such cross found Ringrose at the far post whose shot went narrowly wide. Hunter provided the ball to Thorpe who again saw his shot go just wide. A left wing corner found Hazelden unmarked at the edge of the 6 yard box. His header was directed wide of the target.

With 65 minutes gone, Hunter picked up on a poor defensive ball, on his weaker left foot he lifted the ball over the bar from a good central position. Hunter again pulled a deep cross from the right wing to Ringrose whose shot on the half volley was brilliantly saved by Giles, with the ball heading for the top left hand corner. Just one minute later Andy Brownrigg forced another goal line clearance following yet another left wing corner.

Kyle Hawthorne came on as sub for Carnegie and the ex Emley player had an immediate impact on the game. His ability to hold the ball up in midfield combined with his explosive pace was difficult to handle.

The only goal of the game came on 71 minutes a right wing corner wasn’t cleared effectively, it fell to Hilton at the back post, and his shot from 6 yards avoided a number of Emley defenders and lodged in the bottom left corner of the goal.
The game then changed, Emley chasing the game were vulnerable to the counter attack. Tiani rattled the Emley crossbar whilst Hawthorne in a good position saw his shot go wide of the right hand upright.

Emley’s only remaining chance brought yet another excellent save low down at his right post by Carnegie’s Giles. Ringrose picked the ball up on the left wing, beating a defender his low shot looked goal bound before Giles’s intervention.
Antony Leech was harshly sent off for a second yellow card into the last minute. Caught in possession in midfield he was adjudged to have pulled the attackers shirt. This despite being left for dead by the Carnegie player. Leech did run hard and make a crucial interception. The referee having played the advantage decided nevertheless to send Leech from the pitch.

Overall Emley cannot blame the referee, his over officious attitude did little to enhance the game and frustrated the visiting supporters who formed the majority of the sparse crowd. Carnegie on this showing are not the team from the previous season. Emley were fairly impotent in the first half, and in the second failed to take any of the chances they created.

Emley’s MoM – Gavin Hunter.

Emley: Kearney, Leech, Hatden, Broadbent, Brownrigg, Hazelden, Ringrose, Roberts, Kenworthy, Amos, Thorpe, Subs: Flanaghan, Hunter, Smith, Westney, Morris.

Aug 4th 2010

04/08/2010 AFC Emley 1 - 1 Stocksbridge Park Steels. Pre Season Friendly

Emley wrapped up their pre season campaign with a 1-1 draw with Stocksbridge.  Both sides went in goalless at halftime as Emley Martin Kearney kept the Stocksbridge strikers at bay with some great saves. 

The visitors took the lead on 55 minutes with a well taken goal from Jack Muldoon.  Mick Amos however levelled things up 10 minutes later for Emley from a tight angle after good work by Curtis Roberts. 

Steels were denied a winner in the final seconds of the game as Mark Ward blasted a penalty high over the bar.


Jul 30th 2010
AFC Emley 5 - 3 AFC Emley Reserves

Great work out for both teams and managers and a thoroughly entertaining game. Goals from Gavin Hunter, Micky Amos, Spencer Goff, Jamie Smith and Marc Townend scoring for the 1st team with replies Nicky Reid, Tom Bucknell and Curtis Roberts.
Jul 27th 2010
Brighouse Town 1 - 2 AFC Emley friendly

Another encouraging pre- season performance, after going behind just before half time and despite changes from both managers AFC battled back in the second half with Marc Stuart converting a penalty after debutant Jamie Smith had been up ended. The winner coming ten minutes from time with a stunning volley from Matt Thorpe.
Jul 24th 2010 Maltby Main 1 - 1 AFC Emley friendly

Another good performance by all accounts with Maltby's keeper keeping them in the game. Teo Ringrose scored Emley's goal with a long range effort but the home side equalised late on.

July 22nd 2010 Ossett Albion 1 – 2 AFC Emley. Pre Season Friendly

Emley registered their first win under new manager Darren Bland with an impressive and commanding performance at near neighbours Ossett Albion. Emley playing only 24 hours after a battling defeat at Worksop utilised the squad, all eager to impress the manager with the opening game of the season a little over 2 weeks away. The visitors dominated the opening proceedings with the home team testing the patience of the lenient referee with foul after foul.

Emley appeared to have taken the lead after only 4 minutes. From one of the above free kicks David Knaggs floated in a lovely cross to the edge of the 6 yard box. Marc Townsend was adjudged offside despite coming from very deep.

Mick Amos impressed at the front, benefiting from the vision of the yet again excellent Matt Thorpe. His shot on 25 minutes brought an excellent low save from the home keeper Luke Herriot. The block fell for Teo Ringrose whose goal bound shot was also saved by the legs of the keeper.

Gavin Hunter came in for a fair bit of stick on the right wing, linking up well out of midfield he looked dangerous and was unlucky from distance to see a shot go narrowly over. Ossett did have the occasional attack; Mark Piper saw his shot scream across the face of goal following a good run down the right wing.

Darren Barrick who made a brief appearance for Emley last season was rightly booked for a terrible sliding challenge on Gavin Hunter who could take no further part in the game. Spencer Goff replaced him off the bench. With minutes in the first half to go Kyle Cook saw his free kick rattle the Emley cross bar, whilst at the other end Matt Thorpe really should have scored for the visitors. Putting a defender under pressure he took possession of the bar after the home player stumbled. Picking the ball up centrally he turned another defender but blasted his powerful shot at the legs of the advancing keeper.

The second half saw much more possession from the home team, but Emley were still looking good on the ball from defence through the midfield. Ossett introduced Gareth Hamlet who made the most of an excellent left wing squared ball from a run behind the Emley defence for a tap in.

Emley were level on 72 minutes, Teo Ringrose stretched out a leg to a looped cross to poke the ball home, The Ossett keeper having come for the cross was left stranded.

Ossett did have the opportunity to restore their lead, a deep ball to the back post saw a tap go just the wrong side of the post. Into the last 2 minutes Emley did get the goal that their overall performance deserved. Steve Kenworthy pressured the home defence in their own box and they failed to clear the ball. Matt Thorpe picked up the loose ball and drove a low shot into the net leaving the keeper no chance.

A really hard working and solid performance from Emley.  Hunter impressed prior to injury as did Amos whose touch in the last third created problems. Knaggs also did very well for me, his dead ball ability really stood out. I am not sure that Thorpe played in his strongest position, but still had a very good game. The Assistant Manager also had a very good second half at left back.

Emley: Clarke, Knaggs, Leech, Broadbent, Westney, Hazelden, Ringrose, Townsend, Amos, Hunter, Thorpe. Subs: Kenworthy, Eaton, Goff, Hayden.


July 15th 2010

AFC Emley 1 - 3 Farsley AFC  Pre Season Friendly

Emley welcomed the newly formed Farsley AFC to the welfare ground, old foes from many years ago the visitors won their first ever game with a fairly comfortable win at the Welfare Ground.

Darren Bland continued to try out a number of new squad members, many of which did not feature in the previous fixture against Huddersfield Town. The visitors team featured many players who played with the old Farsley in the Conference North, dominating the opening exchanges.

The very impressive and speedy Gareth Grant caused the Emley back line problems all game, created the first opportunity. From a quickly taken free kick his shot on the turn was well held by Martin Kearney Against the run of play.

Emley took the lead. Carl Smith took a wide free kick from the left to the far post. Matt Thorpe was able to knock the ball down which was squared into the 6 yard box for Andy Brownrigg to confidently strike home. Within 5 minutes the visitors were level, Grant outpaced the Emley defence on the left wing his cross across the box was met by Andy Cooper at the far post giving Kearney no chance.

Farsley extended the lead on 17 minutes, A Roy Stamer right wing corner was caught in the wind as it rose above the stand. getting in each others way, neither the Emley keeper or defenders could stop the ball going in the top corner of the goal at the near post.

Steve Kenworthy had a shot rifle into the side netting with a quarter of the game gone. The game was then interrupted with an unfortunate injury to Farsley's Nathan Kamara, who landed awkwardly and appeared to have damaged his knee. Best wishes go to him from all at Emley.

Emley did start to have more the possession in the remainder of the half but failed to threaten the Farsley goal. Emley's Matt Thorpe again impressed in midfield before being substituted at the break.

Darren Bland utilised all his substitutes at the start of the second half. Rather than disrupt, the Emley players probably just edged the first ten minutes of the half. Farsley inevitably did find their pace again, on 65 minutes a goal bound header was cleared off the Emley goal line by Callum Westney.

Teo Ringrose who played the majority of the game was denied by an excellent save from Tom Taylor, Kenworthy and Marc Townsend linked up well resulting in a deep cross to the head of Ringrose. His downward header was well blocked away by the young Farsley stopper.

Emley did look vulnerable to the counterattack, the Farsley pace causing problems. Grant breaking out of midfield rounded Kearney and only a desperate goal line lunge from Westney saw the ball cleared. Into the last 10 minutes Farsley did extend their lead. It was Grant who did get the goal his performance deserved with a tap in following excellent work from Dave Stead on the left wing. Kearney got down well to get a hand to the ball, but was unable to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Townsend through on goal in the last minute saw his powerful shot blocked away by Taylor as the game ended.

Emley: Kearney, Knaggs, Leech, Thorpe, Brownrigg, Westney, Ringrose, Smith, Kenworthy, Morris, Goff. subs: Townsend, Flanagan, Broadbent, Eaton, Hunter

Farsley AFC: Taylor, Mallery, Jackson, Driscoll, Jackson, Kamara, Cooper, Krief, Bambrook, Grant, Stamer. Subs: Stead, Procter, Collins, Longfellow, Strodder.

Attendence 99.
Emley MOM
- Matt Thorpe.


Jul 9th 2010
AFC Emley v Huddersfield Town
Friday 9th July - Kick off 7.00pm

Both Emley and Town are set to parade a number of new signings in the first pre season friendly. Town boss Lee Clarke has stated that he will be bringing his full squad to the Welfare Ground on Friday night with all six of his new signings (including Joey Gudjonssen) likely to feature.

New Emley manager Darren Bland has named a squad which adds 11 new signings to the backbone of last seasons first team squad. Bland his hoping that his players will impress Town fans in the game in the hope that they will pay further visits to the Welfare Ground next season.

“I know there’s a great relationship between the two clubs, and it’s great to have Huddersfield Town visiting us. Obviously it provides a fantastic financial boost for us, but it’s also a chance to show Town fans what we’re all about."

“I know football in Emley has had its ups and down over the last 10 years, but it remains a big, big name in Yorkshire non-league football circles. I can recall the old days when the original Emley used to get two or three thousand up for big cup games. If, on the days Town are playing away, we could get an extra hundred or so watching us, that would be a real bonus."

“The committee up here and hard-working and determined to push the club forward, and there is so much potential here. I would love to be the man who gets the club up to the level they should be playing at, and one things for sure – I’ll give it a real go.”

Emley Squad:
Clarke, Kearney, Joice, Leech, Knaggs, Westney, Hazelden, Swann, Brownrigg, Thorpe, Stuart, Townsend, Smith, Gough, Amos, Morris, Ringrose, Bates, Kenworthy.

I have put together a special match programme for the game with some great articles from Martin, Statto and Libby so i hope that you all enjoy it.
See you there

Excellent programme, Rob! Good game too. Also, despite losing 2-0 to Town's 1st team and then 3-0 to their 2nd team, it was encouraging to see that Lee Clark didn't feel able to trust a single member of his squad to last more than 45 mionutes against us.

Really enjoyed the game, and was really impressed at the number of supporters of Town who turned up. I can imagine that their support will make a massive difference to the clubs finances.

Town totally dominated the game from start to finish. The brand new team at half time really did for us. Stand out for me were Kearney, his performance between the posts in the first half was exemplary. Saying that Clarky made two excellent saves in the second half. Matt Thorpe playing the in number 4 shirt was exceptional, my Emley MOM, hard working and looked good alongside Marc Townsend.

Teo Ringrose showed masses of confidence, those dismissing him on the NCEL forum should have seen him last night - I am sure he will cause defences problem at our level. He passed 3 pro defenders on one occassion last night easily on the break. A very exciting player, time will tell, I hope he makes the naysayers eat their words.

I am really optimistic, hoping that these players sign. Good to see the team from last year still there fighting for their places.

Thanks again to Lee Clark and Town, he played a very strong team despite the Wakefield club saying in their local paper that they would likely to play an Academy side last night. If I was malicious I might have spread the rumour that Town were sending the Ladies side down this afternoon - best wishes to you all at Wakefield.

Biggest thanks for me go to all the fans from Town who turned up.


May 29th 2010 Really saddened to hear about the sad and early loss of Charlie Bradshaw. Brings back many memories. Condolences to his family

What a player. Can remember him playing up for Emley when i was about 15, charging down the wing all legs and dreadlocks flying. He was the kind of player who had the ability to utterly dominate a game and win it single handed on his day. Some teams just didn't know what to do with him.

Rare for a big lad he could run down the flanks or play at centre forward or centre half. I remember him playing up at Emley for Droylsden at centre half and scoring an own goal with a cracking header from a corner - think that proved he was a proper Emley man!

My favourite Charlie story though comes after he had followed Gerry Quinn to Altrincham. He scored 4 goals against Slough in a Conference game and Alty were pretty much immediately offered a £100,000 deal to sign him by Spurs. The deal famously fell through when Spurs found out that he was 27 years old.

Charlies Funeral will be held at 10.30 am on Friday 4th June 2010 at Woodhouse Christ Church, Woodhouse Hill, HD2 1DH.

Charlie will be laid to rest at Almondbury Cemetery, with the wake to be held at the Deighton Centre.
From James Small (former W&E Kit man) I was shocked and saddened to learn that former player Charlie Bradshaw passed away this week at the age of 43. Charlie made his debut for Emley in 1991 and had several spells with the club over the years. Firstly as a striker before moving back to central defence, where in his last stint at the club he made 7 appearances in Wakefield FC's inaugral season at College Grove in 2006/7. Charlie started 122 games for the club with a further 28 coming from the bench and scoring 42 goals. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time


From Statto

Very sad news. Charlie was down at a game at College Grove early last season and I had a good chat with him.

Will never forget him scoring the only goal of the SHSC final against Frickley in the 1991/92 Final at Stocksbridge - ran away from the Frickley defence from the 1/2 way line.

RIP Charlie



May 25th 2010
Bantams connection takes over at Eccleshill

1:36pm Thursday 20th May 2010

* By Ian Whiting »

Former City number two Ian Banks is the new manager of Eccleshill.

Banks, who has been in charge at Emley, and his assistant Grant Crookes have come on board to work alongside former Bantams winger Mark Ellis.

Banks, assistant to Nicky Law at Valley Parade, takes over from Mark Senior.

Ellis has been persuaded to take on the role as the club’s director of football in a new management structure announced yesterday.

Ellis is a highly qualified coach with a wealth of experience and contacts in football both in England and America.

He has worked with Guiseley and the City youth set-up recently and even had a spell in caretaker-charge at Nethermoor when Terry Dolan left.

Eagles secretary Brian Bell said: “Mark Senior has left the club but we owe him a huge debt of gratitude and he goes with our best wishes. I’m sure he will be back at another club very soon because he is a bright young manager and an excellent and innovative coach.”

Senior turned the fortunes of the club around and hauled them out of the relegation places in the Kool Sport NCEL Division One. When Senior became the Eagles’ fourth manager in a disastrous season the club were adrift at the foot. But with limited games remaining he led them to safety.

“When we got the opportunity to get in someone of Mark Ellis’s pedigree as a director of football it was hoped that he would be someone Mark Senior could work with and learn even more from,” said Bell.

“Mark Senior didn’t see it that way and he felt he was being asked to be the underling and so decided to leave the club. That meant we had to look elsewhere for a manager and we have been very fortunate to land the services of Ian Banks and his assistant.

“They both have a huge amount of experience as players in the Football League and the coaching and management credentials we were looking for. They were in charge at Emley, who were in our division but at the top end, last season but left by mutual consent when the campaign ended.

“There are ongoing developments on the non-playing side and the club has had some good news in that outline planning permission has been granted which may help us sell the top field. If things go through, it could mean we have funds to invest in the club and the facilities that are used by the local community.”

Source (Telegraph & Argus)
May 15th 2010
Bland is the Man for Emley

Emley have today appointed Darren Bland as their new first team manager. Bland spent last season as assistant manager at Unibond League club Worksop Town but was keen to get back into the managers seat after previously holding that role at Maltby and Emley's league rivals Staveley.

Emley comittee member Graeme Dodgson who chaired the selection panel was delighted with the appointment. "We had some excellent applicants for the post and in the end selected Darren from a very strong shortlist of 6. The club is delighted that Darren accepted the position and are confident that he is the man who can steer us to our ultimate goal of promotion to the NCEL Premier Division. "

"Darren really impressed us with his appetite for success and his knowledge and experience of the game at our level. We are all looking forward to working with him and can't wait for the new season to begin".

Bland has called a meeting with all the current squad for 7.30pm on Monday as he looks to make an early start to his plans for next season.