Amateur Football Combination vs Yorkshire Old Boys 2005
Amateur Football Combination 3 Yorkshire Old Boys 1
Saturday 16th April 2005 at Old Minchendenians FC
Match Report (from Stewart Minors).
Finally the end of season Representative game between the northern raiders from Yorkshire, coming down to the smoke to challenge London's finest. The game started at 100mph, with Yorkshire pressing and challenging every ball. The Yorkshire side looked more up for the game and played some more effective football, exposing the AFC on the break, with three chances going begging as Yorkshire couldn't take advantage of one on one situations, a combination of their strikers having left their shooting boots on the mini bus and also some good goalkeeping from James Holdsworth.
Meanwhile, the AFC had three set piece chances, two headers well missed and one well saved. With the half coming to an end a 45 yard chip was just saved by Holdsworth. Referee Steve Bodell had tried to keep the game flowing and had a few quiet words after over zealous challenges - but this is what's expected against Yorkshire.
In the second half the AFC changed their shape from 4-3-2-1 to a Sven-like 4-4-2 and it paid dividends as they started to take control of the game, with some fine moves just breaking down with the final pass. After 55 minutes Colin Hawkins latched onto a fine ball from Lenny Wapshott and smashed a half volley from the angle of the box into the far corner. Within 10 minutes a quickly taken free kick, following a foul on a fine run by James Concannon, was converted by Jack Costello. Yorkshire were furious that the kick was taken so quickly but the referee allowed it and the lead was 2-0.
Yorkshire pushed more men forward and were rewarded with a goal on 80 minutess. The game again stepped up a gear with some end to end action but with 5 minutes to go a good pass by Concannon set Costello up in the box to score with a fine cross shot and the game was won only leaving the cameo appearance of the AFC manager to rub a little salt in the Yorkshire wounds!!
Man of the Match went to Lee Summers, with other good performances by Len Wapshott, Tom Pearce, Alan O'Driscoll, Jack Costello and James Concannon.
A fine evening of hospitality was provided by Old Minchendenians going on until 10pm. Len Wapshott, the AFC captain was presented with the trophy we have now held for 11 years. James Holdsworth won AFC player of the year, and Will Andrews won young player of the year, with Jack Costello getting the golden boot as top goalscorer.