After five games without a victory AFC West End returned to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Lincoln Green on the West Common. AFC made three changes with Sam McDonnell, Joe Harper and Lee Matsell coming in for Dave Capps, James Dewhurst and Jack McDonnell. Continue Reading
AFC West End slipped to a third consecutive defeat after being beaten 2-1 in a tight game against Evolution at Yarborough. West End were forced into changing their back line again with Stephen Pearce making his first start of the season in the center of defense alongside Joe Harper. James Dewhurst also made his season debut partnering Dave Capps in the middle of midfield. The game was very even early on with AFC far more inventive than the opposition whose percentage football was dealt with fairly well by the unfamiliar West End defense. Whilst having the majority of the attacking play West End created little in the way of clear cut chances, Paul Crampton forced a corner with their best effort. With the game goalless at half time it was up to West End to push harder for the win without leaving themselves vulnerable. Continue Reading
AFC West End failed to extend their unbeaten run past five games as they were beaten 3-1 by Evolution FC in an enthralling encounter at Sobraon.
AFC started reasonably well attempting on occasion to play out from the back, it was obvious from early on though that Evolution posed a more serious threat than other recent opposition. The games first real moment of contention came when West End’s Pally Dhindsa was cynically taken down well after playing a pass in from the left wing. The guilty player was booked for the challenge, a verdict many of the West End team struggled to accept as the challenge could easily have led to a serious injury for Dhindsa. The booked player had also dragged back Lee Matsell only minutes previous. Continue Reading
AFC West End claimed their fourth victory in a row with a convincing defeat of Newtoft Terriers. From the moment Dave Capps’ shot hit the back of the net in the early stages the game was never really in doubt. Two more West End goals were to follow before half-time with Lee Matsell and Jack McDonnell getting in the score sheet. In the second half the dominance continued with Harry Rickels, James Smith, Sam McDonnell and substitute player/manager John Purdy all scoring. Seven different West End scorers became eight late on as Joe Harper found the net, sadly his effort was a deceiving back-pass that eluded AFC goalkeeper Christian Sales, Harper’s own goal was Newtoft’s only real plus point and they compounded their own problems late on after a high tackle on Sam McDonnell led to a heated altercation where the two sets of players were separated. Nothing could dampen AFC’s mood though, another three points saw them rise to sixth in the table.
AFC West End recorded a welcome victory, their first in five weeks, since they beat the same opposition Red Lion Dunston in the cup. Dunston arguably gave a better account of themselves than the did in the cup but fell to the same scoreline as the previous fixture 2-0, both West End goals coming from Rich Dungworth. Continue Reading
Impressive West End Complete Burtons Double
AFC West End produced arguably their best performance of the season to see off a Burtons Reserves side who for the first twenty minutes of their clash at Sobroan, wouldn’t have believed it possible that they would end the game without all three points. An early goal put West End on the ropes and the game was in danger of passing them by, a couple of breaks that exploited Dan Hill’s pace were all AFC could offer with Burtons taking control of the game.
Debut – 4/9/2005 vs Red Lion Dunston Res
Appearances - 133 (2nd Highest Appearance Maker)
Goals – 34 (5th Highest Goalscorer)
Players Player of the Season (2005/2006) & (2009/2010)
Man of the Season (2005/2006) & (2009/2010)
Clubman Award (2011/2012)
Central midfielder and occasional casual central defender Joe is one of only two remaining founder AFC West End members still playing for ‘The Beers’.
The plastic Australian would have an outside chance for the club’s record appearance honour had it not been for work commitments and a succession of injuries during the clubs first three seasons. After recovering from knee surgery Joe famously missed much of the 2006-2007 season with a broken hand… sustained punching the floor in frustration during a 1-0 defeat at Branston Reserves. However, when in action Joe contributes significantly to everything good that West End does. A hard-working ball-winning midfielder Joe can also be relied on to get himself on the score-sheet and sits in fourth place on the club’s all-time list with an impressive 32 goals from midfield.
Joe has been at the forefront of the clubs business development working in conjunction with Scream, Walkabout and InterSport to secure impressive sponsorship deals for the club. He has also contributed as assistant manager and captain in his time with the club.
West End Fail to Defeat Dunston
Complacency got the better of AFC West End as they tried to do the double over Red Lion Dunston Reserves at home. Dunston frustrated West End and the home side never got into their rhythm, especially after Dunston took the lead with a soft goal in the opening minutes. It soon became obvious that the game wasn’t going to be a repeat of the 7-1 drubbing West End gave out on the opening day. Continue Reading
West End Raid Rose & Crown
West End made the long trip to face Rose & Crown hoping to avenge their home defeat from early on in the season. The Raiders were sitting pretty in second position before the game although West End had games in hand. The game was a very close affair, fought mainly in the midfield however the visitors made a handful of promising early chances with Marcus Tester and Sam McDonnell both testing the goalkeeper. Continue Reading
West End Haul in the Plough
AFC West End finally got back to winning ways after a dramatic win away at Hykeham Plough. Despite far from ideal preparation arriving late after visiting two other venues before eventually finding Hykeham’s ground West End began well on a small pitch and went ahead when captain Joe Harper got on the end of Chris Dewey’s corner, powering a header past the helpless keeper. West End remained comfortably in control until early in the second half when they imploded and conceded two soft goals in as many minutes. Continue Reading