It will be reduced to the 16 man squad on Wednesday 21 March.
The following preliminary squad has been named ahead of Saturday's FA Inter-League Cup Semi-Final which takes place at Uxbridge F.C., Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton UB7 8HX. kick-off 2.00pm. (tel 01895 -443557)
It will be reduced to the 16 man squad on Wednesday 21 March.
The semi final draw sees the AFC at home to the North Riding League (who defeated Isle of Man 5-2 in the QF) on Saturday 24th March @ Uxbridge FC ko 2pm. More details will be made available once known.
The 2nd semi final sees York Football League play Kent County League on Saturday 17th March @ Harrowgate Town FC.
It goes without saying that it would be great to see as many faces old and new at Uxbridge to try and cheer the team on to a historic final appearance. Tense it will be and goals a plenty having scored 5 or more in all three previous rounds.
Marks including all games played up to 28th February are now available in the link Monthly Awards (or under Spirit of Football Tab). Rob Roy Reds (Aberdeen Supporters Club) now move to the summit of the SoF table followed by Dorkinians & the ever dependable Old Pauline.
Rob Roy Reds also feature in second place behind perenial top team Heathrow Seniors in the Organisation table and it is indeed refreshing for a new team to be a success both on and off the pitch. Facilities table shows yet again that the five top teams do indeed possess excellence pitches and changing rooms by their continued high marks. Its good to see some new names high up in the hospitality table, Parkfield & Southgate County being two.
Mayfield continue to struggle in the absence of any real club leader, home pitch and hospitality venue, with very little signs of the need or will to improve.
It should also be noted that individual teams will be targeted to improve their marks significantly and currently there are two causing issues with very low SoF marks and despite a very small improvement since December are both still below the level required and are on the radar for interview in due course: -
Mickleham Old Boxhillians 1sts 6.20
Old Tenisonians 3rds 6.36
A full match report is below - congratulations to David Cross and his superb Rep Team who defeated the Thames Valley Premier League 5-4 yesterday (3rd Feb) in another absolutely thrilling match played in appalling wet conditions but watched by a crowd of 100+. The semi Final draw sees us with a home tie against the winners of North Riding vs Isle of Man (playing Sunday 18th Feb).
The game kicked off and the first 10 minutes or so were even with perhaps the TVPL having the slight advantage of possession. This all changed in the 10th minute following the award of a free kick on the edge of the TVPL box after a heavy challenge. Up steps Stuart Holt of Meads to curl a beauty into the bottom corner 1-0. It was all AFC we were now controlling the midfield, our passing stretching the TVPL side and an almost identical free kick saw another Holt cracker fly inches wide. It was one way traffic and two more good chances went begging – would the AFC rue this, you bet they would – with TVPL making a telling and decisive break which led to Charlie Cain of Meads bringing down an opponent as he raced into the box…….Penalty……. 1-1.
Would this affect the AFC, not likely as the ever impressive Chris Heritage of Hampton and Ryan Bright of Meads began to boss the midfield and three great chances fell to Holt & Heritage but neither were able to apply that finishing touch. The pressure had to tell and so it did when after 30 minutes, a magnificent twenty yard pile-driver from Ellis McLennon of Sutts flew past the TVPL keeper before he could move 2-1.
This spurred TVPL into almost non-stop pressure and keeper Parlett came to the rescue on a number of occasions pushing one against the post and clear, before with a flying save. thwarting another effort for a corner. It was one-way traffic and Parlett again managed to tip another long range effort round the post. The AFC then give away a needless foul 30 yards out and up steps TVPL’s No 11, Donegan who fires the free kick over Parlett, the effort crashing off then cross bar, where the lurking McKie gratefully bundled the ball over the line. 2-2. Only three minutes to the half time whistle and were both teams going to settle for the draw, not the AFC, following yet another free kick, about 30 yards out the towering Holt smashes his header home 3-2.
HALF – TIME.
Manager Cross must have again worked his magic at half time as the team emerged in rampaging form and left back Charlie Cain of Meads fizzes a great shot past the keeper only for a defender to somehow clear it off the goal line, the AFC crowd are very vocal indeed!! The game settles into an end to end battle and the AFC unfortunately keep running offside, tiredness is now affecting both teams and changes are afoot. TVPL make a couple of key changes which seems to install new life into the tired limbs of their team mates. After 67 minutes a sudden break sees Heritage embark on yet another mazy dribble and a superb cross sees McLennon’s goal bound drive somehow tipped over by the TVPL keeper.
Time is creeping past, sub Walsh of Clapham replaces club mate Wakeford in defence, can the AFC hold onto to their slender lead – you bet they can and increase it they did, as on 75 minutes that man Heritage again in a replica dribble, torments the TVPL defence before crossing for McLennon to fire home 4-2. Surely with so many heavy legs the AFC had to hold that two gaol cushion. But this competition has already shown it has goals a plenty and once again a needless foul in the box results in another penalty to TVPL, which is dispatched 4-3. Now the pressure mounts and manager Cross makes his first change bringing on George Proctor of Sutts to replace the tiring Holt as TVPL make their third and final change, they have chanced it by adding a forward at the expense of a defender.
We move into the last 10 minutes and the TVPL pressure is relentless but skipper Aidan Chapman of Meads holds his defensive group together but the AFC supporters are getting frustrated and worried that their team won’t hold out………………..well cometh the hour cometh that man Heritage again, as a rare AFC attack sees the TVPL keeper hack the ball clear well out of his area, but only to Chris Heritage 40 yards out, one step to the left and one to the right, shoot we scream, with the keeper well out of position, he fires a dipping shot which crashes against the cross bar and falls agonisingly on the line………….but super sub Proctor manages to win the race and taps home from 6 inches 5-3. The AFC contingent go absolutely wild, what a game, the excitement is unbelievable. Two minutes plus stoppages to hold out – surely Aidan and his colleagues can cope. In an instant the AFC crowd are silenced as Langford of TVPL went on a heritage like run, evading tackle after tackle before planting a cracker past Parlett. 5-4.
Please not extra time – let’s just hold out, 5 minutes of added time seems like 15 as TVPL attack and attack and the AFC make their last change, Jones of Meads for Bright to eat up a few seconds. Chances fly inches wide and Parlett again smothers a close range effort. The support from the crowd is deafening, blow that whistle ref, we cry and finally he does, Yet another absolute classic sees the AFC team march into the semi-finals were they have been drawn at home to the winners of North Riding vs Isle of Man, which is being played on Sunday 18th February. A very set of tired players and jubilant supporters then ate and drank in the Casuals bar, who had put on an excellent day for both teams and need to receive huge thanks for allowing us to use their facilities.
The squad for Saturday's FA Inter-League Cup quarter-final against the Thames Valley Premier League has been announced. The game will take place at Corinthian-Casuals F.C. with a 3.00pm kick-off. The following players have been selected:
AFC 2 - Josh Boorn (56) Calum Lenard Dywer (66) vs Oxford University 1
Played at Parmiters School, Garston, Watford, 17th January 2018
The two teams lined up for this “preparation” fixture on cold January evening. The AFC used the fixture to begin preparations for the FA Inter League Cup quarter final tie against Thames Valey Premier League on the 3rd February. Oxford used the fixture for their forthcoming Varsity match against Cambridge.
On a new 3g pitch, The AFC settled into the game quickly knocking the ball about with ease but without creating any clearcut chances to test the Oxford keeper. Oxford picked up the pace towards the end of the first half and were unfortunate to not take the lead in forcing Piesy to pull off a great save from close range.
The second half began with instructions to press higher. Parmiter’s school pupi Josh Boorn who only turned 16 in December replaced Chris Heritage at half time, broke free down the left and went on a mazy dribble. Through on goal, his effort hit the post and into the path of Lenard Dywer who had to score. His shot went wide, back to the feet of Boorn who finished off this time to put the AFC one up.
Taking control of the game, the AFC created more space and started to enjoy more possession. This resulted a number of chances going their way and saw another debutant Callum Lenard Dwyer of Old Tenisonians finish, again from close range.Inevitably Oxford increased the pressure on a resolute AFC but without breaching our defence.
With 5 to go, the Oxford left winger sent over an aimless cross which we didn’t clear with the first header and was slow to react with the ball just outside the area. The Oxford player took a shot which somehow evaded the oncoming defence and beat Keeper Parlett and loop into the corner of the net. That set the tone of mild panic (Ok....maybe that was just me!! for the last 5 minutes but we successfully saw out time to collect our 3rd win out of 4 this season.
In closing my thanks to former Minchendinians and Rep team legend Aaron de Silva, forced into retirement last season and now acting as a coach for the team. Thanks also to Parmiters School for the use of their wonderful facilites and also to my club Old Parmiterians for funding the game. Finally to our three match officials Referee Mark Jacob and AR's Chad Chaudhuri & Seb Fraser.
David Cross AFC Rep Team Manager
The Rep team fixtures are as follows:-
17th January AFC v Oxford University (Friendly)
@ Parmiters School, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford WD25 0UU KO 7.30pm
24th January Arthurian League v AFC (Argonaut Trophy)
3rd February AFC v winners of Cambridgeshire County League or Thames Valley League (FA Inter League QF)
@ Corinthian Casuals FC. King George's Field, Queen Mary's Close, Tolworth, Surrey KT6 7NA ,
3rd March AFC v Hertfordshire County League (Argonaut Trophy)
The Amateur Football Combination is one of the biggest Leagues in Europe with around 100 clubs and 350 teams playing football from September through to May. Our football is true grass roots football. Players pay to play on local grounds. At the end of each season over 60 trophies of the League and London Old Boys' Cup Competitions are presented at the AFC Annual Dinner.
The 2018 event will once more be held at The Oval cricket ground, and will take place on Friday 25 May. To order your tickets visit the dedicated AFC Dinner website.
Tony Cottee to speak at AFC Dinner
Former England striker Tony Cottee has been named as the 2018 AFC Dinner speaker. Cottee, who played seven times for his country, played scored 226 goals in 579 games for West Ham United, Everton and Leicester City in a career which lasted fro 1982 to 2001. Named the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1985/86, Cottee was one of the most prolific scorers in English football during the 1980s and 1990s.
Due to continuing issues with player availability Citigroup have withdrawn from the AFC with immediate effect. Their results for season 17-18 have been expunged from Senior Three South and that division is now one of just 10 teams.