West End Put the Pedal to the Metal
AFC West End’s unbeaten start to the season continued with a comprehensive victory over Metalhead Town on the West Common. An unfamiliar side that was half West End, half 4th team old boys and friends despatched a Metalhead side who in their first fixture of the season created more problems for The Beers than the score suggests. Indeed West End were almost forced to start with ten men, but a calculated match ball related delay was enough to allow the returning Glen Wilson to don a shirt and take up a place in the back four. Continue Reading
Goals Fail to Evolve
AFC West End were held in their first home friendly of the summer, drawing 0-0 with Evolution FC. After an embarrassment of players at Dunston last week West End were back to the bare bones for this game including a surprise cameo return from Jamie Lawrence who replaced a hungover/still drunk Dan Hill in the starting line-up. Lawrence though was a shadow of last season’s top scorer missing a couple of good chances to put West End ahead. Thankfully though the Beers were solid at the other end with two good Christian Sales saves helping ensure the match did not end in defeat.
Dunston Done For
AFC West End continue their winning pre-season form with an emphatic win at Red Lion Dunston in which the damage was done in the first half. After struggling o round-up eleven players last weekend West End typically had sixteen available for this trip to Dunston and took control from the start. New signing Dan Vines opened the scoring as his volley somehow crept in following a corner and the forward went on toa dd two further goals in the first half. Dave Capps grabbed the second whilst the fourth came from a great finish from Jack McDonnell, although Dunston did pull a goal back before half time. Continue Reading
New Start at Newtoft
AFC West End took to the field in sweltering conditions today asthey opened their pre-season campaign with a respectable 3-2 victory over Division Six champions Newtoft Terriers. As is synonymous with pre-season campaigns, West End’s line-up was a mystery even to the manager and players until shortly before kick off. The biggest surprise was the return of Adam Bierton in goal, making his first appearance for the club in over three years. Joe Harper slotted into defence alongside Rich Brown, with James Dewhurst and Martin Robinson as full-backs. The midfield saw a short and tall combination of Dan Hill and David Capps in the middle with Jack McDonnell and Rob Davies on the wings. Partnering Sam McDonnell in attack was Dan Vines, who manager Stephen Pearce openly admitted was a transfer target ahead of the new season. Continue Reading