Following West Ends difficult start to the new season, a manager Dan Hill has made a move to restructure the clubs management. With Dan away from Lincoln on the majority of Sundays, Matt Newton has been brought in to manage the team on match days. Dan and AFCWestEnd.com sat down with Matt to learn a bit more about the man tasked with making West End a force on Sundays this season.
Tell us about yourself, Matt. What’s your background? Continue Reading
AFC West End began their eighth competitive season with a hard fought win over league newcomers FC Vodafone. AFC started with a bold experimental lineup with Dave Capps in charge for the first time enforcing the tactical master plan of co-manager Dan Hill. West End gave debuts to Michael Bartley in defence, Danny Mountcastle in midfield and Matt Hardwicke in attack.
The opening exchanges of the game put AFC on the back foot, Vodafone hitting the post before the home side had even worked out their positions. As the half went on West End grew into the game and began to find themselves with more time and space, confidence was growing on the ball and Vodafone were finding it increasingly difficult to create anything against a disciplined West End back line. The breakthrough came halfway through the half, Paul Crampton found himself with room to place a shot past the Vodafone keeper and his finish was perfect. West End went in ahead at the break, knowing that despite their good performance 1-0 was the slenderest of leads. Continue Reading
In anticipation of the new season, West End’s new manager Dan Hill sat down to explain the reasoning behind his decision to return to Sunday League management.
AFCWestEnd.com – What persuaded you to take on the role of manager again?
DH – With John Purdy moving home after university and no candidates stepping forward to fill the vacant manager’s spot, it seemed like AFC was at a crossroads. It was clear there was a strong squad and plenty to work with and, as someone who’s witnessed the team’s development for several years, I thought it would be a shame if that was allowed to drift into nothing.
Have yourself and Dave Capps come to an agreement on how your managerial structure will be put into action?
Not as yet. But Capps has been a good friend for nearly ten years now. I don’t see any problem in us finalising a working system that’s benficial for AFC. Continue Reading
AFC West End are delighted to announce the appointment of Daniel Hill and David Capps as the new joint managers of the club.
West End have been without a manager since John Purdy left at the end of the 2011/12 season, with Dan Hill taking charge of the team in an interim capacity over the summer. Following negotiations it can now be confirmed that Hill will take on the manager’s role working alongside friend and long-time colleague David Capps.
Competitive Debut For New Look West End
AFC began the preparations for their sixth competitive season by taking on division five newcomers Varsity City, in a competitive friendly at Sturton-by-Stow.
Managerial duo Sam McDonnell and Joe Harper implemented a new 4-2-3-1 formation giving West End debuts to three new players during the game. 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
West End Reap What They Sow at Plough
A welcome start to pre-season preparations for AFC West End as they recorded a 3-2 win away at fellow Division 5 side Plough Inn Sturton. A record away following of four followed ‘the beers’ squad north were rewarded with a hard fought victory in which West End twice came from behind. The Beers came close to taking the lead in spectacular fashion with only the crossbar denying new assistant manager Dave Capps a volleyed opening goal. Sam McDonnell also came close with a well struck shot from the edge of the box that flew millimetres wide, while the returning Jamie Lawrence was also proving a handful for the home defence, but the Plough keeper was doing well to keep the scores at bay. At the other end new West End keeper Liam Tonks made a number of fine saves but could do nothing about the opening goal as a quickly taken throw caught the unfamiliar West End back line napping and the hosts took full advantage with a far post header. Continue Reading
Defeat with Added Beef at Brown Cow
Shades of the infamous Battle of Birchwood against Swan Athletic as West End lost out in a particularly frustrating game at Sudbrooke Drive. Not only were West End up against particularly physical opponents but they had to do so with one of their opponents refereeing as well. Never has the phrase “the ref gave us nothing” been more apt, than today as the home official spent the entire game on one touchline and rarely up with play.
Despite this West End took the lead as a Ben Sheehan clearance downfield was headed past his own keeper by a Brown Cow defender. West End were on the back foot for much of the rest of the game, and were indebted to Ben who made some fantastic saves to keep the home side at bay. Eventually Brown Cow found the net, not once, but twice to take the points, but the match ended in controversial circumstances. A horrific late and high challenge on Joe Harper went unpunished by the referee and sparked a confrontation amongst the players. With Joe unable to play-on and his team-mates unwilling to face anything more from their opponents West End persuaded the referee to blow for time. Another one of those why do we bother days.
Line-up: Ben Sheehan; Stephen Pearce, Adrian Gray, Glen Wilson, Jez Ashberry; Dave Capps, Sam Boothman (Jay Dann), Gav Sumner (James Dewurst), Dan Hill; Joe Harper (Dale Annous), Sam McDonnell
Man of the Match and Dick of the Day: no votes taken
Opening Day Delight
The season starts in typical West End fashion on the morning after a frantic search for players. Founder member Benny Gane headed north to take the gloves, whilst Adam Anderson and Steve Nurse made impressive debuts. It was Nurse who opened the scoring for West End, with an own goal helping to double West End’s first half tally, but not before the hosts had equalised. Before the break Sam McDonnell was fouled, suffering what would later turn out to be ankle ligament damage, but with no West End substitutes he remained on the field for the second half. Continue Reading