Date of Game


May 14th 2011
Dudley Hill 1 - 6 AFC Emley Reserves

A great 6 - 1 win making it 19 goals from our last 3 games. Bay won at Tyersal which means that they will finish in second place but we are now assured of 3rd place. We obviously just need to wait for the league to confirm that we will be promoted now.

This is a great achievement for Bram, Ray, Murph and the lads.

Daz obviously brought some of the reserve teamers into the first team squad (Joe Washington, Curtis Roberts, etc) which rendered them inelligible for the final games of the season. Tom Bucknall has been missing through injury and we were also without Richard Hirst, Ryan Dennis and Ben Dunne on Saturday so its fantastic to come away with such a convincing win.

Next season (league permitting) is going to be a tough one but lots of local derbies (Bay, Storthes Hall, Marsden, Golcar) to look forward to!


May 11th 2011 Some interesting results in the WRCL tonight:

Eastmoor 3 - 1 Bay Res
Heckmondwike 2 - 2 Bronte
Littletown 4 - 0 Dudley Hill
Ventus 3 - 1 Salts (Thanks Martin for keeping me posted from the game).

What this means is Littletown are definitely promoted (with 2 games left to play).
Bay are 4 points behind (with 2 games left to play). Bay can't go up as their first team are already in the prem.
The 3 placed side are therefore likely to take the second promotion spot.
We are currently in second place (with 1 game to play) and a point above Bay.
Salts have now completed all their games and are a point behind us in 3rd.
Sneaking up however are Ventus who are 3 points behind us (with 1 game left to play). Their Goal difference is 19 and ours is 32.

So promotion is not confirmed but looking a more likely prospect, barring a heavy defeat on saturday and an equally heavy win for Ventus we should be ok. Who knows - we might even sneak 2 place if Bay don't win both of their games. Still important that we get a win on Saturday. Kick off by the way is at 1pm to avoid clashing with the cup final.

May 10th

Dudley Hill v AFC Emley Reserves Saturday 14th May 2011.

The reserves final game of the season at Dudley Hill will kick off at 1.00 pm due to the FA Cup final. Tremendous results in the last few games has resulted in 13 goals scored from Bram and Ray's team. Bay Athletic comprehensively beat salts 4 -1 in their last game. Leaving the future of which league the reserves will be playing in next season in their own hands. Bay Athletic have 3 games to play, but as the club already have a team in the Premier Division they would not be allowed to progress. Ventus /Yeadon Celtic have 2 games to play, but with 2 wins can only amass 51 points, the same tally as Emley as they approach their last game.

Emley will know what they have to do by Saturday to secure promotion, as Salts who sit 1 point behind Emley from the same number of games face Ventus / Yeadon Celtic on Wednesday evening at Dam Lane in Yeadon. Hopefully I can make that game so will let Rob have the updates for facebook.

Regardless of the Salts result, Emley will know that 3 points on Saturday will secure a second successive promotion. If you can make the game on Saturday I am sure that the team would welcome your support.


May 3rd 2011
The reserves beat Tysersal Res last night by 7 - 1. This means they are still in a position to go above Salts in the table. (2 points behind)

Remaining fixtures are:

AFCE v Eastmoor (14th - bottom) Friday May 6th 7.30pm
Dudley Hill (10th) v AFCE Saturday May 14th 2.30pm

Salts v Bay Athletic Res (4th) Saturday May 7th
Ventus/Yeadon Celtic (5th) v Salts Wednesday May 11th 6.15pm
Mar 25th 2011
Reserves 4-0 Ventus Yeadon Celtic

Great win for the reserves last night over Celtic who were 3rd in the table last night. Curtis Roberts scored two well taken goals either side of a belting free kick by Max Joice and Ash Brothers wrapped up the scoring with the 4th.

This was a really strong performance and keeps them on track for their second consecutive promotion.

There is still a long way to go and Littletown and Bay reserves could both catch us as they have plenty games in hand.

Mar 11th 2011 Reserves Beat Westbrook YMCA 2 - 1.

Goals from Scott Hargreaves and Ashley Brothers secure 3 points that keep the reserves top of the division - well done to Bram, Ray and the lads on an excellent Result.

Feb 25th 2011
AFC Emley Reserves 7 - 1 Wakefield City

Another high scoring game at the Welfare Ground last night as the reserves went one goal better than the first team.

This was a really impressive performance from the reserves who controlled the game throughout.

Curtis Roberts bagged a fine hat trick before being subbed on 5o mins... think that he might have equalled Kenny's 6 goals if he'd played the whole game but i think that Daz wanted him fresh for the first team at Askern this afternoon.

Ashley Brothers scored 2 (one from the penalty spot) and forced an own goal with a great cross.

Scott Hargreaves capped a good display upfront with the other goal. He created plenty of openings and was unlucky not to score a couple more.

Well done to all the team.

Nov 13th 2010

  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.
Nov 12th 2010    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 5th 2010 The reserve team will be looking to preserve their position at the top of the WRCL Division one when they visit Wakefield City on Saturday at 2.00pm.  Sandal based Wakefield are currently 8th in the table.

Max Joice is still struggling with a  groin strain but is likely to get a run out to assess his fitness ahead of the big FA Vase tie at Dunston on Saturday.  Captain Tom Bucknall returns to the side after impressing for the first XI in midweek and striker Mick Amos is also set to figure after breaking his hand a month ago.

Squad (Second Team):
Allen, Washington, Dunne, Reid, Joice, Riley, Dennis, Cyrus, Amos, Bucknall, Simpkins, Keenan, Van Leeuwen

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  
S&H website shows draw for 2nd Rd. Reserves away to Bramley Sunnyside (nominally arranged for November 13th - when 1st team are at Dunston)

They play in Sheffield County Senior League Div 1 (2nd level). I believe they play at Whickesley, just off the M18.
Oct 10th 2010

Reserves win

Darren Hepworths reserves progressed in the cup with an impressive 4 - 2 win over Crofton Sports of Wakefield, 2 Goals from Teo Ringrose, with John Cyrus and Jake Sanderson getting the others.


Oct 2nd 2010 Tyersal Reserves v AFC Emley Reserves
Emley's reserves were left to reflect two dropped points after being held to a 3 - 3 draw at Tyersal. David Cutts was sent off for Emley at which point they were drawing 1-1 courtesy of a Tyersal own goal. Teo Ringrose and Ben Dunne responded for Emley to put them 3-1 up. The home side however fought back with two goals in the last 10 minutes to level the scores up.

The result puts Emley to the top of the table, 1 point above Littletown but Littletown do have a game in hand on us.
Sep 25th 2010 Salts v AFC Emley Reserves
Emley's second string recorded an excellent 3-2 victory over Salts FC which puts them level on points at the top of the table with Littletown. Littletown hold top spot on account of their superior goal difference.

Emley's goals came from David Cutts, Ben Dunne and Tom Bucknall.
Sep 18th 2010 Bronte Wanderers 0 - 1 AFC Emley Reserves.

The scoreline does not reflect the dominance that Emley enjoyed in this fixture Nathan Ryans first save came on 70 minutes when a cross drifted towards the top corner, which he easily collected. Emley although were nearly punished in the 96th minute when a deep cross went across the face of goal.

The game started with Joe Washington in midfield, I'm a big fan of Joe and the last time I saw him was suffering a further horrendous injury at Brighouse 2 seasons ago. Unfortunately the referee didn't share my delight and taking an instant dislike to him gave him absolutely nothing all game. I'd be very surprised if he didn't check his boots at the end of the game to make sure he wasn't taking any mud with him off the pitch.

Kieron Donaldson has done much to impress this season and his hard running brought the first chance of the game. His run, hold up and centre for Jake Sanderson's shot was comfortably held by the home keeper.

Emley continued to press, John Cyrus working hard in midfield was enabling the deep runs from both Donaldson and Sanderson.

Emley's goal came on 31 minutes. A left wing corner was flicked onto the back post by John Cyrus, where Danny Riley calmly side footed the ball into the net. The management team were looking forward to re-living the goal on the luxury coach back home.

Emley were at the end of a poor refereeing decision just prior to half time. A defensive slip, and then a challenge on the edge of the box saw the ball break to a Bronte player within the box. Totally unharrassed the attacker lifted the ball over the bar from a a good position. The official decided to bring the ball back for the freeKick for the challenge on the dege of the box - Bronte got everything - the advantage and then the freekick when they didn't score. The free kick didn't come to anything.

Following the break Emley continued to press Nicky Ried beat a number of defenders with a deep run and pull back from the deadball line. Donaldson lifted the ball over from a good position. Donaldson soon after showed great promise with a run whereby he beat 3 players with his pace and trickery. Unfortunately the final ball was just behind the onrushing atttackers.

Dowling and Sanderson then made way for Brothers and Lewis Sykes.

An Emley corner saw tow good headers that failed to bulge the net. John Cyrus rose well to meet the first. The ball was cleared and Riley put a lovely cross back into the same spot. This time Donaldson rose and his header was well saved by the home keeper.

Danny Riley when given time on the ball was spraying some excellent cross field passes with his left foot. Washington had a left foot shot go narrowly wide of teh right hand upright following a good hold up from Donaldson.

As the referee became liberal with his timings Bronte Wanderers could have spoilt the result. Into the last minutes a deep free kick floated into the 6 yard box was cleared off the line from Riley. Minutes later a ball to the back post was headed across the goal line which was only inches of evading a lunging dive at the back post.

Emley Mom: Donaldson

Emley: Ryan, Mwale, Riley, Cyrus, Lavery, Robinso (c), Washington, Ried, Sanderson, Donaldson, Dowling. Subs Brothers, Sykes, Marshall.

Sep 8th 2010 AFC Emley Reserves v Littletown

Despite opening the scoring against Littletown, through Tom Bucknall, the reserves went down to a 1 - 6 defeat at the Welfare Ground on Wednesday evening. At times Littletown made the AFCE defence look ragged


Ryan, Reid, Mwale, Cyrus, Lavery, Paul Robinson, Bucknall, Roberts, Rouse, Kenworthy, Dowling

Subs: 12 Riley 14 Sanderson (for Kenworthy) 15 Sykes 16 Donaldson (for Cyrus) 17 Brothers (for Roberts)

Was the Jordan Malpas who played for Littletown the same player who featured for Emley Juniors a few years ago?
Sep 4th 2010 Ventus Yeadon v AFC Emley Reserves

Emley Reserves made it 2 wins out of 2 in the West Riding County Amateur League Division 1. A Curtis Roberts second half goal in a hardworking performance overcame a dogged Ventus performance.

I know that we are spoiled at Emley with the playing surface prepared by Mr Chappell. But the pitch at Yeadon was poor by anyones standards.

Emley started the game brightly and despite the surface knocked the ball about very well. The pace of Roberts and Donaldson were excellent outlets for Bucknall in midfield.

Emley's first opportunity came within 10 minutes, Roberts with his back to goal held up the long ball well, turning his man he played Sanderson in with a lovely ball. His low shot beat the advancing keeper only to rebound off the right hand upright.

Yeadon did have their moments and throughout the game tested Ryan in the Emley goal. His first test came on 15 minutes getting across the goal to his left he parried a goal bound shot out for a corner. Shortly after Emley were caught defending too deep leaving a Ventus attacker the room to turn on the edge of the box and hit an half volley which should have tested Ryan rather than going wide of the post. Ryan again made a further good block from a poorly cleared corner at the feet of the attacker.

Playing up the slope in the second half Emley were able to find more space as Ventus pushed for the goal. Brad Dowling fresh from his debut with the first team, on the left wing was increasingly influencing the game with plenty of ball going through his position.

On 53 minutes it was a Dowling shot from a left wing run that had the keeper beaten at his far post. The ball hit the upright and came back into play. Roberts picked up the ball at the edge of the box, controlled the ball well and smashed a left foot shot into the top right corner of the net.

Ventus did lose a little discipline with their number 6 receieving the only caution of the game from the official who controlled the game very well. As the game reached its conclusion Ventus were really pushing for an equaliser, John Cyrus was excellent in the air and made a number of very important interceptions. Ryan again made the save of the day from Ventus number 10. From the edge of the box the ball was struck and heading for the top right hand corner. Ryan diving managed to get both hands to the ball to palm around the post.

The last meaningful action of the game camefrom Ventus which also resulted in an excellent low save from a skidding and bouncing shot by Ryan, following a good move involving 2 dummy runs at the edge of the box.

This was an excellent result from the second team.

Aug 27th 2010 AFC Emley Res 7 - 2 Heckmondwike
Emley's second team got the season off to a flying start with a 7-2 victory over Heckmondwike at the Welfare Ground .

The scoreline was even more remarkable as the scores were tied 1-1 at half time after Emley had missed a penalty.

New signing Craig Rouse bagged a hat trick whilst Emley's other goals came from Max Joice, Brad Dowling, Ashley Brothers and Curtis Roberts.

Well done to Daz and the lads... a great way to start the season. Lets hope the first team can do the job on Sunday now.
Jul 24th 2010
AFC Emley Reserves 2 - 3 v Lepton Highlanders Friendly

Good workout for the reserves last night as Daz brought in a lot of young players. Jake Sanderson got both Emley's goals set up by Dean Sidebottom who made a welcome return from injury.