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.
The home side met this decision with a look of disappointment whilst AFC were motivated and excited, the game followed this pattern almost exclusively. West End’s determination and work rate meant they dominated the game from beginning to end, securing their first win in five games with a dominant performance.
John Purdy shuffled his pack with changes to the lineup and formation, Christian Sales returned in goal replacing Mike O’Keeffe who was unlucky to be dropped to the bench, he was joined by Lee Matsell whose place was taken by James Smith. Smith linked up with Joe Harper and Dave Capps to form a three man midfield. Harry Rickels was pushed to the left hand side with Jack McDonnell on the right both supporting Sam McDonnell in the central striker role.
AFC got about their work quickly and were ahead inside the first ten minutes, Ady Gray adding to his impressive goal scoring run with a header from a corner.
0-1 quickly became 0-2 when Jack McDonnell took on an early shot from outside the area, his dipping half-volley skewed away from the and over the goalkeeper into the net. The goal appeared part spectacular part speculative with a clear divide evident between his teammates classing it as classy or flukey.
The third goal came shortly after, Sam McDonnell nodded home his brothers corner for his sixth goal of the season. Harry Rickels then got in on the act scoring either side of halftime, his neat footwork and finishing proving too much for the shed on two occasions after both times latching onto clever passes from Sam McDonnell.
McDonnell himself added his own second goal in the final few minutes as Rickels returned the favour, McDonnell got ahead of substitute Lee Matsell and gave the keeper no chance from the edge of the box.
0-6 was a true reflection of a game which AFC never looked like losing. The Shed were limited to very occasional breaks beyond the West End midfield, and when faced with an attack Ady Gray and Tom Cole were in confident mood and weren’t to be beaten. A confidence building win for West End that had been coming for a few weeks.
AFC West End – Christian Sales, Stephen Pearce, Pally Dhindsa (James Whittingham), Tom Cole, Ady Gray, Joe Harper, Dave Capps (Mike O’Keeffe), James Smith, Jack McDonnell (Lee Matsell), Harry Rickels, Sam McDonnell
Man of the Match – Jack McDonnell
Dick of the Day – Dave Capps