Date of Game
Jun 5th 2011
Clubs Future Secured - Award
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
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
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
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
Supporters Player of the Year: Judd Colley
Players Player of the Year: Sean Hazelden
Chairmans Player of the Year: Steven Kenworthy
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The first chance of the
second half fell to Emley's Dean Wharam but the striker fired into the
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Clarke, Ingham, Tayo, Stuart, Colley (c), Hazelden, Townsend (Reid),
Ringrose (Roberts), Kenworthy, Wharam, Dowling. Subs (not used):
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
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
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
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
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
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),
Man of the Match: Steve
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Clark, Leech, Tayo, Ingham (Washington), Colley (C), Hazelden, Stuart,
Townsend (Roberts), Kenworthy, Wharam, Joice (Dowling).
Man of the Match: Judd
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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”.
Clark, Westney, Tayo, Ingham, Leech, Hazelden, Stuart (c), Townsend (Bucknall),
Kenworthy, Wharam (Dowling), Ringrose (Barnes)
Man of the Match: Josh
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
Clark, Joice, Leech, Washington, Colley (C), Hazelden, Stuart, Townsend (Westney),
Kenworthy, Simpkins (Ingham), Dowling (Roberts).
Subs not used:
Tayo, Ryan (GK).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Clark, Joice, Leech, Washington (Ingham), Hazelden, Colley (C), Stuart,
Townsend, Kenworthy (Simpkins), Tevendale, Ringrose (Dowling).
Subs not used: Tayo, Broadbent.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
bring myself to write the scoreline in the subject line. 8-1 Emley's
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
In the second half we just weren't in it. Haven't ever seen us defend so
We are going to need to be so much better against Ponte on Saturday.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
Kearney, Westney, Leech (Ringrose), Broadbent, Hazelden, Townsend, Smith,
Kenworthy (Flanagan), Matt Thorpe (c), Goff (Dowling). Sub not used:
Emley Man of the Match: Sean Hazelden.
Nov 14th 2010
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
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
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
“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
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
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:
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
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
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.
Kearney, Westney (Flanagan), Leech, Broadbent, Colley, Hazelden, Townsend,
Thorpe, Tevendale (Ringrose), Rouse (Kenworthy), Goff.
Man of the Match: Spencer
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Emley: Poulter, Joice (Ringrose),
Leech, Flanagan, Colley, Hazelden, Townsend, Thorpe (Broadbent), Kenworthy,
Toronczak (Tevendale), Goff. Subs not used: Smith, Westney.
Oct 9th 2010
Teversal FC 0 - 1 AFC Emley - from Teversal website
KOOLSPORT NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE - DIVISION ONE
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
will see this as a work in progress performance, but more positives were
demonstrated than negatives.
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.
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.
Martin Watts, South Yorkshire. ATTENDANCE – 105
None. AFC Emley: Spencer Goff 70min.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Kearney, Westney, Downing, Broadbent, Hazelden, Brownrigg, Townsend,
Smith, Kenworthy, Toronczak, Thorpe. Subs: Leech (for Downing), Rouse,
Colley, Flanagan, Goff.
Man of the Match: Sean
Sep 21st 2010
Pontefract Collieries 0 – 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Emley had their first shot
on target when Pearce crossed for Tevendale, who brought a good save out
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
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
Northallerton made their
first sub in the 59th minute with Stephen Allison replacing Richard
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
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
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
The final score was AFC
Emley 0 Northallerton Town 1
AFC Emley: Kearney, Westney,
Swan, Broadbent, Hazelden, Thorpe, Hunter, Smith, Kenworthy, Tevendale,
Subs: Amos (not used), Townsend (73 mins for Hazelden), Rouse (80 mins for
Tevendale), Brownrigg (not used), Stuart (67 for Pearce), Flanagan (not
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Man of the match:
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
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
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
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 –
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
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
Jul 27th 2010
Brighouse Town 1 - 2 AFC
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
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
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
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
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.
Emley MOM - Matt Thorpe.
Jul 9th 2010
AFC Emley v Huddersfield
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
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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
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
“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 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
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.