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AFC win the Association Cup final 5-0 against Denaby Main on 25th May at Hillsborough
A crowd of over 300 watched a game that started fairly evenly, but fell apart for Denaby Main in a ten minute spell after half an hour.
Both teams looked evenly matched until Tim Council pressed Denaby’s defender into a mistake, the clearance about 5 yards out from the right-hand post, rebounded off Tim who had skillfully positioned himself perfectly to ensure a goal would result. Brad Kemp then got in on the goal scoring, only a minute later, with a jinking run and low shot from the right of goal. 5 minutes later Tim Council was on the end of a cross, nodding the ball clinically into the right hand corner of the goal. At 44 minutes, Reece High raced onto a through-ball from the halfway line, he calmly finished with the Denaby defender snapping at his heels. At 4-0 Denaby were stunned and heads dropped just before half time.
Denaby came out for the second half with more spirit and missed a couple of clear chances. AFC Church exploited the space, this time on the left to create a chance for Reece High who met the diagonal ball into the box cleanly, with a crisp finish to the goalie’s right. After 72 minutes and at 5-0 the game was all but finished. Credit to Denaby for their persistence and doggeness as both teams continued to entertain and press creating chances at both ends.
AFC Church finish the season on a high note and we close the 2018-19 season with fond memories of a great set of achievements for the club.
Scorer for Penistone Jordan Coduri 26, 65, 77
Attendance - 264
Church men of the Match Tom Brennan & Jordan Coduri
A fitting end to a great season, Penistone Church played a very good Yorkshire Amateur team. Amateurs had mobile and skillful players all across the park, with the main attacking threat coming from Ashley Flynn (once of AFC Emley) and Fernando Moke. Tom Cadzow was given the free role in defence to double mark the fast moving strikers. He was also able to provide the outlet from defense to midfield. The pitch was still hard and uneven, despite the recent rain and constant care and attention from the 12 volunteers groundsmen and women. The match ebbed and flowed and Amateurs hit the bar in the first 15 minutes. Church varied their attacking approach and a looped ball over midfield landed beyond the Amateurs’ defence; Jordan Coduri was on side but the defense froze looking for offside and he took the ball from near the halfway line to score the first of his hat trick. 1-0 at half time and the game was still in the balance.
Both teams hit the woodwork in the second half but Penistone Church’s high pressing game snuffed out many of the Amateur attacks. Jordan Coduri scored 2 almost identical goals with low shots to the goalkeeper’s right. 3-0 to Church was a fair result from an entertaining game. The crowd of 264 had seen a good forth placed team, play a thoroughly organised and expressive 2nd place team, to finish the season in great style. Penistone Church have NEVER BEEN HIGHER in the football league structure. The Church are looking forward to next season and the desire for promotion is strong especially based on this season’s results.
NCELP PENISTONE CHURCH 3 STAVELEY MINERS WELFARE 1
Scorers for Penistone James Young 34, Jordan Coduri 64, Andy Ring 75
Scorers for Staveley MW - Kurtis Morley 29
Attendance - 204
Congratulations to Penistone Church this win confirms Penistone in second place. With Worksop winning 4-0 means they are champions.
A tricky game for Penistone as Staveley showed all the credentials of a top half side. Staveley had the best of the game for the first hour, Church conceded a penalty as the mobile Staveley forwards out maneuvered the defense. Tom Brennan was exposed by a ball in, and the attacker cut across him twice before going down in the box, the penalty was not disputed. However, Chris Snaith made an excellent save low to his right to keep the penalty out and the score stayed at 0-0. At 29 minutes a ball to the far post was headed into the air but then got tangled under Brett Lovell’s feet, in the ensuing pingpong in the box the ball eventually fell to Kurtis Morley, who slammed the ball into the net for a well deserved lead.
Penistone pushed the ball long and wide on numerous occasions to little effect as the well marshalled Staveley defense coped with that tactic. A ball from midfield diagonally across the pitch caught out the MIners’ left back. The ensuing free kick from 20 yards out was slammed into the left hand bottom corner of the Staveley net by James Young on the 34th minute. Going in 1-1 at Half time was a good outcome for Penistone.
The second half started in similar vein but after 10 minutes a slight change in Church’s formation caused a shuffle in Staveley’s midfield, but the result was a complete shift in who had the upper hand. Jordon Coduri exploited the space created and scored in the 64th minute. Andy Ring rounded the scoring off with a strong run, slight turn and low shot after 75 minutes.
Ash Ellis was awarded the Man of the match for his passing, pressing and midfield work.
NCELP ECCLESHILL UNITED 3 PENISTONE CHURCH 7
Scorers for Eccleshill United Christopher Lever 12, Adam Shaw 67, 79
Scorers for Penistone Jordan Coduri 9, Kieran Ryan 35, 52, 82, Sam Scrivens 45, 83 Conor Glavin 90
A goal-fest with some high quality goals, finished with aplomb. Church went in at half time 3-1 up and then the 4th seemed to relax the team, so Eccleshill came back to 4-3. Great credit to the team to dig in and go on to win 7-3 in this final away game of the season. A Kieran Ryan hat-trick made the difference and the front line players made a great job of clinically finishing their chances. Sam Scrivens moves ahead of Nathan Keightley as top scorer with 27 goals this season so far.
With 2 home games left Church have now scored 106 goals this season and a win on Saturday will secure second place at worst. That would be the highest Penistone Church have ever been in the football pyramid. Mathematically it is possible for Penistone to be champions by winning the last 2 matches (82 points), but that relies on a change in form for Worksop Town who also won last night. Worksop need one more win or 2 draws from their last 2 games to be crowned champions and to gain promotion.
NCELP BOTTESFORD TOWN 2 PENISTONE CHURCH 2
Scorers for Bottesford Wayne Graves 52, Steve McCarron 86
Scorers for Penistone Nathan Keightley 31, 36
At 36 minutes and a brace of Nathan Keightley goals all was looking good….Worksop had just conceded and were at 2 - 1. The match got away from Church in the second half despite some promising moments and Steve McCarron’s late equaliser surely puts promotion out of Church’s reach. However, it is not over until after the very last kick of the season. Church have scored 99 goals so far this season, how far past the 100 will they get? It’s a race between Nathan Keoghtley and Sam Scrivens to be Church’s top scorer… each having scored 25 so far this season.
Scorers for Penistone Nathan Keighley 7, 19, 45 pen, Ash Ellis 9, Elliot Firth 23, Sam Scrivens 40, Kieran Ryan 61.
Scorers for Hall Road Rangers - James Nichols 25
Attendance - 155
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Nathan Keightley
The match started with a flurry of 5 goals in the first 25 minutes and at 4-1 up Penistone Church settled into the game scoring a further 3 goals in a convincing win over Hall Road Rangers. Nathan scoring first with a flicked header at the near post from a fast break by Sam Scrivens who cross the ball. His second was one of his trademark break away goals and completing his hat-trick with a penalty on half time. He continued his pressing game and helped create further chances throughout the match. Ash Ellis scored from an indirect free kick given for a backpass that the goalie had picked up. Ash smashed the ball across the goalkeeper into the right of the net from about 15 yards out. Keiran Ryan completed the scoring with a shot from a tight angle to the right of the goal. There were a series of good moves and the goals at each end came under threat, but no further goals materialised. The majority of the 155 crowd went away happy having had yet another good evening at the DSM Memorial Ground.
SCORERS FOR CHURCH NATHAN KEIGHTLEY 25, 87 BRETT LOVELL 65, SAM SCRIVENS 85
Church had the best of the first half - Nathan scoring one of his trademark goals, a swift run and low shot to beat the goalie. The Rec. equalised through a hotly disputed penalty, given as a corner came across. The Athersley attacker who was blocking Chris Snaith fell and the ref. gave the penalty. Not many in the crowd from Penistone agreed with that decision. Church were thwarted a couple of times by excellent saves and the framework of the goal. The first half ended with the ball again in the back of the Rec. net, but this time the linesman spotted a foul on the Rec. goalie so after discussion the ‘goal’ was ruled out.
Church bossed the rest of the match and Brett Lovell diverted the ball past the Rec. goalie from about 15 yards out. It was hard to tell which part of his sizeable body was used to achieve this well deserved goal. Church continued to dominate possession and Sam Scrivens and then Nathan Keightley each exploited space created by the midfield against a tiring Rec. defence. Church’s supporters left happy with the result.
Scorers for Penistone Church SAM SCRIVENS 2, BRETT LOVELL 38, TOM BRENNAN 71, ASHLEY ELLIS 88 Scorers for Albion Sports LUKE ALDRICH 36, LAMIN JANNEH 53, 63
ATTENDANCE - 201
A see-sawing game that had Albion Sports on top most of the match, belying their current low league position. Albion Sports midfield held the ring for most of the match and it looked unlikely that Church were going to get all three points. The video shows all seven goals in detail, Albion’s third goal was a break away with 4 attackers in the centre marked by 2 defenders, the ball was played in perfectly and Lamin Janneh scored to Snaithy’s left with a clean header. Penistone’s the last gasp goal showed Brett Lovell in a remarkable centre forward position, dribbling the ball in on the goalie, shooting low to the goalie’s right. The rebound came out to Ash Ellis who nearly broke the net with his match winning goal. An entertaining match with some excellent goals.
Scorers for Worksop Town CRAIG MITCHELL 6, MATT SYKES 14 Scorer for Penistone ANDY RING 80
ATTENDANCE - 1628 A new record for this league and we believe for this level of English football
Church started briskly pressing hard onto Worksop Town in the first few minutes. However, a long ball over the top and Worksop were in, with the ball falling nicely to Mitchell for a long range shot to Snaithy’s right. creating the first goal at 6 minutes. The second goal came when Jordan Codhuri was disorientated by a pass and turned his back momentarily, the shot was a crisp and powerful one to Snaithy’s right. At 2 nil down it looked over but late in the first half, Sam Scrivens broke free and with just the goalie to beat laid the ball off to Andy Ring. The referee’s assistant gave offside against Andy Ring so the although the ball nestled in the net the gaol, did not stand.
Penistone Church had several half chances during the second half and Brett Lovell pushed forward more often. Church began to dominate spells, however, it was not until the 80th minute that they got a well deserved breakthrough with the ball falling to Andy Ring in the box with a shot past the goalie. The match ended 2-1 to Worksop who move 9 points clear of Church but Church have a game in hand.
NCELP Maltby Main 0 Penistone Church 1
Scorer for Penistone Tom Cadzow (50 mins)
The pitch was particularly hard but with an uneven bounce. The teams set off at a frenetic pace with the gusty wind playing havoc and affecting the quality of passing. In the 15 minute the ball went for a throw- in, but there was a keen challenge, which one of the Maltby players was sure deserved a free kick. He then got a shove, but took his frustration out on a Penistone player and then the ref with some ‘afters’ following the red card. Maltby with 10 men were a destructive force and Penistone were restricted to one clear chance in the first half, the header was tipped onto the bar by the goalie.
Penistone came out with a different approach in the second half and scored 5 minutes in from a flicked header across the box to Tom Cadzow who rose like a salmon and chested the ball into the back of the net. Both teams battled through respective full presses in mid field with Church having slightly the better of the rest of the match. Maltby were restricted to one clear chance and Church hit the post late on with the rebound being acrobatically tipped over by the goalie. As ever a great turn out by Church suppporters and some good banter with our Maltby friends.
Scorer for Bottesford (Wayne Graves 22)
Attendance - 249
The Nick Firth Man of the Match - Tom Cadzow
A slow start with a scrappy first 15 minutes then Church conceded. The teams were well matched throughout the rest of the 90 minutes and Church only created 2 really clear chances. Bottesford had clearly done their homework. Penistone Church stay top for now, but Worksop Town have a game in hand and others are able to catch Church. However, like Penistone all of those at the top need to play each other. So it’s not over until the end of the last game of the season.
Scorers for Penistone Nathan Keightley 40 pen, 52, 90, Andrew Ring 47) Scorer for Goole Carl Stewart 75
Attendance - 291
A slow start with a scrappy first 30 minutes then Church started to consistently exert pressure down the flanks. A session of pinball in the Goole box resulted in a penalty converted by Nathan Keightley low to the goalies right. The second half started with a mazy run by Andy Ring who cooly slotted the ball away. Nathan Keightley followed Andrew Ring’s lead 5 minutes later with a (much faster) mazy run and low shot scoring to the goalies left. The rest of match was entertaining end to end fare with Goole scoring a goal direct from a free kick and Nathan Keightley completing his second home hat trick in row with a late goal low to the goalies right.
Penistone Church stay top and Worksop remain second with a game in hand also winning a 4-1 win over Knaresborough. We play Bottesford Town, on Wednesday night, who were on the wrong end of a 4-1 score at Eccleshill ( theme around 4-1 scores?)
Video footage courtesy of Goole AFC TV
Scorers for Bridlington Nathan Modest 46, Jake Day pen 66 Scorers for Penistone Church Andy Ring 5 Nathan Keightley 89
Massive point away for Church at Bridlington to keep Bridlington 8 points behind, but Brid have 2 games in hand. Church managed this result despite 4 injuries. Knaresborough are beginning to fall away but Yorkshire Amateurs win 4-0 away at Albion Sports to reduce the gap to 3 points behind PCFC.
Scorers for Liversedge Aaron Fell 4pen, Joe Walton 20, 28, 82 Scorers for Penistone Nathan Keightley 64pen
Scorers for Church - Nathan Keightley 7, 12, 40, Sam Scrivens 8, 23, Andrew Ring 50, Jordan Coduri 74, Conor Glavin 81)
Attendance - 203
PCFC Man of the Match against Harrogate Railway chosen by our VIP sponsors for the day “the Jolly Boys”
A thoroughly professional performance from both teams who played the game in a good spirit. Despite the one-sided final scoreline, Harrogate Railway had a few good spells managing to hit the post in the second half. Penistone Church were able to move the ball at pace and Nathan Keightley scored a first half hat-trick.The last of the hat-trick was an extraordinary shot that climbed into the net from a seemingly impossibly narrow angle. Nathan had squeezed the ball in from about 10 yards out, close to the goal line, on the left of the goal. Sam Scrivens was awarded man of the match for his ability to create chances for others, and converting 2 difficult chances. Andy Ring scored with a deft touch, a swerve around 2 defenders and a well struck shot that beat the goalie low to his left from about 8 yards out. Jordan Coduri and Conor Glavin scored later on in the second half showing Railway the respect of playing the match right up to the final whistle.
Scorer for Church Kieran Ryan 88
Attendance - 57 (around 40 from PCFC)
A close call in the first half with Andy (Babbling) Brooke marshalling the defence and pulling off a remarkable reflex save. Penistone Church struggled with conditions and Albion Sports put up a solid performance restricting PCFC to 2 shots in the first half, one hitting the near post. The second half continued to be close, but as the rain pelted down, Church started to exert concerted pressure. With 15 minutes to go, Church again hit a post and finally after a session of pinball in the crowded Albion box Keiran Ryan scored at 88 minutes on the watch, with a header (or was it a firm volley? hard to tell whilst leaping about!!) from about 5 yards. The Church fans went wild, sheer relief and the realisation that the goal took Church 2 points clear at the top. A nice touch at the end as many stayed behind to applaud both teams from the pitch.
No videos for the Albion Sports match but Ian has some interesting thoughts here
Scorers for Hemsworth MW – Sam Jones 1, Nash Connolly 41 Scorer for Church – Edward Cass OG 55, Andy ring 57, Brett Lovell 90
Attendance - 176
A cracking game today with 50+ Church fans there to watch a 90’+2 minute winner from Brett Lovell. Brett famous for his aerial work blasts a low hard free kick past the statuesque goalie (who had played exceptionally well throughout the game). After going a goal down in 30 seconds and 2 down at half time no one anticipated what was a fantastic second half comeback. See Brett’s goal here. Just look at his face and marvel at the pace!
Scorers for Church – Sam Scrivens 36, 80, Jordan Coduri 39 Scorer for Garforth – Curtly Martin-Wyatt 26
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match – Sam Scrivens, Sponsored by JH Tile Consultancy Attendance – 183
Credit should go to both team for producing a game of football for the spectators on such windy day. Take a look at the table to see how close it is at the top. The results have gone Penistone Church’s way this week with leaders Yorkshire Amateurs losing so we have closed the gap to 1 point and others are falling by the wayside. However, Bridlington are able to catch us if they win their games in hand and others around us will surely keep the pressure on. Come along to support us home and away