Pre match write-up AFCW v Faringdon Town
Sat 15th September 2012, NBFL Div 1, 2:30pm KO
News on the injury front: Neal Carrington (Groin) and Carl Fisher (back) both return to the squad this weekend but James Purdue has been sidelined having aggravated a hernia problem. Skipper Chris Allum has undergone knee surgery and is going to be off crutches soon with any luck but remains likely to miss the majority of the season. Meantime Chris Orr is making good progress following his ankle op and hopes to be back training with 2 to 3 weeks.
CJ Tonna and Ashley Searle have both been brought in from Hampshire County League side AFC Aldermaston and have been added to the squad this weekend. Young centre back John Crawford also added to the squad for the first time.
Saturday 15th September 2012
AFC Wallingford 3-1 Faringdon Town by Chris Allum
On a lovely and warm late summer’s day, Wally took 3 points off a much fancied Faringdon side at the Hithercroft.
Wally again started with a back three and two deep lying centre midfielders, which in theory would give Jamie Newport the space to get on the ball and feed the strike force of Michael Littleworth and the returning Cezar Grozu.
Wally started slow and found ourselves on the back foot during a 1st half dominated by Faringdon, we were finding ourselves second to most things in our own box as players were switching off. A combination of poor finishing, a lot of lady luck which included Faringdon striking the upright and a decent save from the confident James Gesner in goal meant that we approached the half goalless. Our only chance of note was when Gibbo found himself with the ball at his feet with grass to run into on the edge of the Faringdon box but he powered it over the bar. Then in around the 44th minute when with probably our second attack of the half, Gibbo fed Connor Mattimore out on the right, who delivered a dangerous low cross towards the edge of six yard box, where a Faringdon defender took an almighty swing to clear but missed and it bounced up and hit him on the arm for a clear penalty, which Newps dispatched with aplomb.
The second half was far more eventful as Faringdon searched for an equaliser which meant we could counter attack and hit them on the break and as the half wore on we found that our dangerous players in Newps and Cezar were finding a lot more joy with the ball at their feet. It looked for a long time second half that the game was going to end 1-0 to us, with the back three of Carl Fisher, Richard Eyres and impressive young Tim Bowler standing firm with Neal Carrington getting through his usual marathon to protect in front of them. Faringdon huffed and puffed but couldn’t create many chances of note, until they got a corner with around 20 minutes to go and the big Faringdon centre back and skipper was left unmarked at the far post to head it back towards goal, where prolific Garry Sutton was lurking to nod it past Ges. It was at this time that most of the crowd thought that Faringdon would go on and pick up the 3 points but they didn’t quite expect what we know of this Wallingford side, that there is a fantastic togetherness and this came to the fore in those last 20 minutes to pull a remarkable result out of the bag. Within seconds of conceding the ever dangerous Newps got on the ball again and began to weave his way towards goal as the Faringdon defence crumbled around him, his left footed shot from within the 18 yard box was too strong for the Faringdon goalkeeper who saw the ball hit the back of the net to wild Wallingford celebrations! Of course the game was still not done but Duncan made some clever changes bringing on young legs and in particular the two new lads showed that they can be a great asset to us this season. We didn’t sit back and went in hunt of more goals which in the end meant we got one….with minutes remaining Neal made another tireless run down towards the Faringdon touchline and with the club captain shouting ‘hold it in the corner’, Neal proceeded to deliver a pin point cross to the back post where Ash was waiting to head clinically into the net.
Duncan put’s a fantastic amount of hard work into attempting to get this club to succeed and seeing his fists pumping and roaring of delight at the end of the game was something that we all want to see more of this season. There’s no doubt that this was a brilliant result, the performance wasn’t great though and as mentioned we rode our luck at times but this win will make others in the league sit up and take note of us now.
We have tougher tasks ahead with a trip to last years runners-up next Saturday, Didcot Casuals who had a really good 3-1 win over Berinsfield this weekend, and we follow that with a big local derby at Benson on 29th September. But for now, we will savour the victory……..
Wally team line up – 1. James Gesner, 2. Richard Eyres, 3. Tim Bowler, 4. Neal Carrington, 5. Carl Fisher, 6. Alexandru Stanila, 7. Connor Mattimore, 8. Cezar Grozu, 9. Michael Littleworth, 10. Jamie Newport, 11.Daniel Marks
Subs – 12. Callum Driscoll, 14. CJ Tonna, 15. Ashley Searle, 16. John Crawford.
Pre match write-up AFCW v Turnpike Sports
Sat 06th October 2012, North Berks Cup, 2:30pm KO
The first team are in Cup action for the first time this season when they entertain Division 4 newcomers Turnpike Sports from Thatcham (Saturday 2.30 KO at Hithercroft) in the first round of the North Berks Cup.
Full back Danny Marks is the latest addition to a growing injury list having pulled a hamstring against Benson last week. Callum Driscoll is unavailable and Alex Stanila looks doubtful having been laid low with flu. Neal Carrington remains sidelined with ankle ligament damage. On the comeback trail though are Carl Fisher, who judging from an outstanding second half display last week to keep the Benson strikers at bay, looks to have overcome his early season back problem while Richard Eyres is making progress from a foot problem and is added to the squad along with James Purdue. Full back Nathan Larking is set to be named in the squad having completed a move from AFC Aldermaston in the week.
[Wallingford won the game beating Turnpike Sports 4-2]
Saturday 13th October 2012
Pre match write-up AFCW v East Hendred B&B CIC
The first team are back in Cup action tomorrow when they host East Hendred in the 1st round of the Berks and Bucks County Intermediate Cup (2.30 KO). The squad is nearing full strength for the first time this season; Alex Stanila has recovered from flu, Callum Driscoll is available having been away last week, Michael Littleworth has also recovered from illness while Neal Carrington returned to training in the week following ankle ligament damage and is nearing full fitness. Danny Marks is still out with a hamstring problem and keeper James Gesner is away so Carl Fisher is set to deputise. New signing Elliott Westwood is unavailable as his transfer didn’t complete in time to meet County Cup competition rules.
On a more sombre note, it is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Roy Seddon after a long illness. Roy was a Bolton man and was on the playing staff at Bolton Wanderers prior to a successful spell as a player with Derry City in Ireland where he also represented the League of Ireland side twice as an outside left in the mid 1960s. Roy became involved with Wallingford Town FC when he moved to the town in the 1980s. He was coach under John Blackmore and Charlie Allum and indeed was coaching the side that current manager Duncan Mitchell played in. He briefly did a stint as caretaker manager before helping run the reserve side during the early 1990s. He was a hugely enthusiastic and motivational presence, an absolute gent and he loved his football. Everyone involved with the club extends our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
[Wallingford won the game beating East Hendred 7-0!]
Saturday 20th October 2012
Pre match write-up AFCW v Childrey D1
The First team return to league action tomorrow following 2 weeks of cup exploits, when they entertain Childrey United at Hithercroft, 2.30 KO.
Duncan looks set to name something close to an unchanged side following last week’s impressive display against East Hendred. Elliott Westwood is added to the squad for the first time and Nathan Larking returns while Callum Driscoll and Jamie Newport, both subs last week, are unavailable.
[Wallingford won the game beating Childrey 2-1]
Saturday 2nd February 2013
Pre match write-up Kintbury Rangers v AFCW D1
After yet another postponement last week everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that the weather will hold overnight and we can finally get our season back on track. The first team are due to travel to Kintbury Rangers (KO 2pm) for a fixture that was initially postponed back in November before the worst of the winter weather, so with the latest wet spell conditions promise to be pretty sticky underfoot.
Chris Allum makes a welcome return to competitive action having been out since the start of the season following knee surgery. Having come through the friendly games over Christmas and been back in training for a good couple of months now Chris is starting to look set to nail down a regular place in the side despite a minor setback last month. Danny Marks is added to the side having missed the trip to Blewbury in our previous outing and Cezar Grosu makes a welcome return. The absence of Alex Stanila and Neal Carrington will be felt while Christian Orr is also a doubt.
Gesner, Larking, Marks, Fisher, Knight, Parish, Fellows, Tonna, Grosu, Allum, Searle, Mattimore, Czyz, Orr
[Wallingford lost the game 2-0]
Saturday 9th February 2013
Pre match write-up Westminster v AFCW Charity Shield QF
AFC travel to Westminster tomorrow (KO 1.45) in the 3rdh round of the North Berks Charity Shield to do battle for a place in the semi-finals. Following an off-key performance last week at Kintbury which saw us slip further down the Division 1 table, a brighter display will be needed to get past a Westminster side who have already seen off Division 1 opposition earlier in the competition by dumping Long Wittenham out in the 1st round.
Elliott Westwood makes a long-awaited return from a suspension that has dragged on because of the various postponements throughout December and January and last year’s player of the season Neal Carrington is back in the squad having returned from a few months away travelling. Alex Stanila returns too, giving the squad a stronger look than last week. Danny Marks has recovered from an ankle injury picked up last week but James Gesner starts a 2 match ban.
Squad from: Fisher, Larking, Marks, Orr, Allum, Parish, Knight, Stanila, Carrington, Fellows, Tonna, Grosu, Westwood, Searle, Mattimore
Come on Wally!!
[Wallingford Won the game 2-3 with penalties after it was 0-0 at full time!]
Saturday 9th March 2013
Pre match write-up East Hendred v AFCW D1
The first team are back on the road tomorrow with an away fixture at bottom club East Hendred (KO 2.30). Despite 2 convincing cup wins against them earlier in the season, Hendred are always a tough nut to crack on their tight home ground. Wally have a few injury niggles with Joe Parish nursing an ongoing groin problem, Chris Allum carrying knee and calf niggles and Cezar Grosu also took a knock last week. All three lads are set to travel with the squad but Danny Marks is rested having picked up an ankle problem.
Christian Orr is recalled and young Mickey Bone is included in the squad for the first time.
Congratulations to skipper Chris Allum and his wife who gave birth last week to young Charlie Allum – of course a name synonymous with our club; Chris’ Dad Charlie having served the club with great distinction over a 25 year period. One for the future maybe……it would certainly be special to see another Charlie Allum grace the Hithercroft turf one day!
The 1st XI also have a friendly scheduled for Tuesday evening against RAF High Wycombe (7.45 KO at Hithercroft) ahead of next weeks’ North Berks Charity Shield semi-final against Wootton which will take place at Abingdon United’s Northcourt Road ground.
Gesner, Larking, Orr, Stanila, Knight, Parish, Tonna, Westwood, Searle, Fellows, Mattimore, Grosu, Fisher, Bone, Allum
[ The game was actually postponed and was played on Wed 24th April. Wallingford Won the game 2-4 ]
Saturday 24th March 2013
Pre match write-up East Hendred v AFCW D1
With more rain forecast tonight and the possibility of snow in the morning the trip to East Hendred (KO 2.30 Sat 23 March) must be in some doubt. This is a rescheduled fixture, the original game was postponed 2 weeks ago due to a waterlogged pitch and having done little but rain since prospects look pretty bleak. The weather really has disrupted our season with just 11 league games played to date (was 12 but Benson’s records have all been expunged following their withdrawal from the league – and with hit our biggest league win of the season!). We have in fact played only 3 league games since December 8th and sustaining any kind of momentum has been impossible.
Hopefully Hendred will give the go ahead. Games have to be played now so if we are ankle deep in mud then so be it. The side is missing one or two regulars; Chris Allum is still nursing calf and knee problems and also has the flu while Christian Orr, Carl Fisher and Neal Carrington are all absent, so Alex Ferguson is added to the squad.
With the demise of Benson we are pleased to have been able to capture the signatures of Max and Zach Gallagher from our local rivals. Max played in our youth side last year and will continue to play Allied Counties youth football with Wantage Town for the remainder of the season – alongside some of our other young prospects, Joe Parish and Mickey Bone, in what is his final season in youth football but we hope to be able to bring him into the fold gradually before the end of the season. Zach will be a real bonus for us either out wide or at full-back and having missed out on signing him in the summer we are pleased to have finally got him to Wallingford. Both Max and Zach are cup tied so won’t feature in Tuesdays semi final clash against Wootton but we hope to see them both in the red and black Wally stripes before long.
Squad v East Hendred: Gesner, Larking, Marks, Stanila, Knight, Parish, Fellows, Tonna, Mattimore, Grosu, Westwood, Searle, Ferguson, Bone
[ As stated above the game was re-schedualled from the 9th March. Wallingford Won the game 2-4 ]
Tuesday 26th March 2013
Pre match write-up Wootton & Dry Sandford v AFCW
North Berks Charity Shield Semi-Final
At the third time of asking the North Berks Charity Shield semi-final clash against Wootton is set to go ahead tonight (Tues 26th March) at Abingdon United’s Northcourt Road ground (KO 7.45).
There is a pitch inspection scheduled for 3.00 PM but hopefully the three days we have had without rain will allow us to get the game on at long last. If there is a late postponement we will post a message on the website.
We go into the game at full strength with a near full squad to pick from, the only absentees being Christian Orr (away) and Chris Allum (knee and calf injuries).
Why not come and give the boys some support in what is a huge game for the club as we continue our efforts to push the side back in the right direction after a few lean years.
Squad: Gesner, Larking, Marks, Knight, Parish, Fisher, Stanila, Carrington, Fellows, Tonna, Mattimore, Grosu, Westwood, Searle, Bone, Ferguson
Saturdays intended fixture at Faringdon has also been rescheduled and we are now set to face East Hendred at home provided the rain stays away ( Sat 30 March KO 2.30), followed by Berinsfield next Tuesday, again at Hithercroft (7.45 KO).
Come on Wally!!
[Wallingford made it to the Final beating Wootton 2-3]
Wednesday 10th April 2013
Long Wittenham Athletic v AFCW D1
A good win last night (Weds 10 April) for the First XI at in form Long Wittenham Athletic with an altogether more determined display than of late. Despite edging the early exchanges Wally were 2-0 down after 25 mins but a quick response got us back in the game following a good turn and fierce strike from Ashley Searle. Christian Orr then popped up from a set piece to finish from close range to level the score at half time. Within 15 minutes of the re-start Wally were in front through another effort from Searle before Wittenham squared the game with a stunning 25 yard effort that gave Carl Fisher no hope in goal. But Wally had the bit between their teeth and had played some terrific football as well as been quick to hassle and harry and with 15 minutes on the clock and light fading fast, Connor Mattimore grabbed the winner at Wittenham for the second successive season with a lobbed effort as he cut in from the left to latch on to a through ball.
The boys are in the middle of a run of away games at present and travel to Harwell International on Saturday (KO 2.30).
Sat 13 April v Harwell International (A) 2.30 KO
Weds 17 April v Berinsfield (A) 6.30 KO
Sat 20 April v Saxton Rovers (A) 4.30 KO
Weds 24 April v East Hendred (A) 6.30 KO
Sat 27 April CHARITY SHIELD CUP FINAL v Kintbury Rangers or Berinsfield (At Abingdon Town FC) KO 7.00