AFC West End continued their promising league form in 2012 with a 3-2 victory away at Red Lion Dunston. The game was the fourth between the two sides this season, AFC winning two previously and losing one via a penalty shootout. After keeping the same team line-up a week previously John Purdy was forced into shuffling his pack with Harry Rickels, Tom Cole, Sam McDonnell and James Smith all absent from the team that beat AFC Harpars. This gave opportunities to Lee Matsell, Mike O’Keeffe, Dan Arden and James Whittingham who all came into the side.
Following last week’s dominant victory over The Shed, AFC West End would have to work harder to secure victory against an AFC Harpars side fancied by some for a title challenge. Manager John Purdy stuck with the same team and formation that won the previous week with the only change seeing Dan Arden come in for James Whittingham on the subs bench. Continue Reading
A harsh frost overnight in Lincoln meant that AFC would travel to Bracebridge Heath knowing there was only a very slim chance of their game against The Shed FC taking place. Following a walk around the pitch both teams seemed very confident they would soon be retruning downhill in anticipation of the pubs open, the referee though thought different. Despite treacherous conditions that made changing direction difficult and controlling the ball whilst moving nigh on impossible Mr Keane was happy to get the game on, one of only two games in the whole league to survive the freeze.
AFC’s cup involvement ended for another year after defeat on penalties to fellow Division Five side Red Lion Dunston, in the third of four games between the two sides this season. Harry Rickels returned to the side in place of James Smith whilst Mike O’Keeffe took over emergency goalkeeping duty from player-manager John Purdy.