Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 2008-09: Home and Away.

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HFFC 2008-09.
Back - Steve Sedgwick, Mark Duce, Kevin Ferguson, Andy Merifield, Simon Banoub, Tom Kaye, Phil Ridsdale, 
Richard Horton, Simon Hinkins, Jon Vernon.

Front - Lee Monaghan, Anthony Bell, Barry Armstrong, Sam Goodall, Alex Goodall, John Newsome, Woody. 
Bedquilts, Autumn 2008.

Back: Steve Sedgwick, Mark Duce, Kevin Ferguson, Andy Merifield, Simon Banoub, Tom Kaye, Phil Ridsdale, Richard Horton, Simon Hinkins, Jon Vernon. Front: Lee Monaghan, Anthony Bell, Barry Armstrong, Sam Goodall, Alex Goodall, John Newsome, Woody.

  With great things expected during the summer of 2008, the disappointment of the ensuing autumn was hard to measure. Opening with a couple of indifferent draws, Horsforth then embarked on a sequence of six consecutive defeats, scoring only two goals in that run, which saw our hopes of building on our achievements of the previous season dashed.

  James Hunt had sadly called it a day, but Phil Ridsdale was a shoe-in as his replacement in goal, and rookie Tom Kaye arrived as his understudy. In defence, Barry Armstrong, Steve Sedgwick, Mark Duce and Simon Banoub were back for more, while Kevin Ferguson put together a run of games in the centre, Jon Vernon, son of HFFC legend Dave, joined at right-back, and Matt Smith added to our left-sided options. Nor was continuity an issue in the midfield, with Joel Graves, Lee Monaghan, Richard Horton and Simon Hinkins all resuming where they had left off, Sam Goodall again a force on the wings or up front, and Joel's brother Jordan an early contender for a regular place. Up front, Simon Parker had more or less retired, appearing only occasionally, and though young Anthony Bell, who inherited the no 9 shirt, was top scorer as had been hoped, there simply weren't enough goals from others to make up for the loss of such a prolific striker. John Newsome and Andy Merifield vied for a starting berth, as did newcomer Chris Riley and Sam's brother Alex, but the early season form suggested that changes were necessary.

  A win against Westfield did much to restore confidence, and the sensational comeback from 3-0 down against the Regent to win 4-3 is unlikely to be forgotten for a long while, Sam's winning goal in particular the stuff of which legends are made. The key factor in this mini-revival was the switch to using just one central striker, Alex Goodall, with (usually) Sam and Ant on the wings, and Ducey playing as one of five midfielders, his role in defence generally going to Fergy. The New Year found us having to replace Joel Graves, departed to the Channel Islands, but there were also some splendid new recruits in Dean Herron and Chris Jones, plus the awesome winger Jermaine Ranger, while Marc Rayner figured in many of the games in the latter part of the season.

  A run of sorts in the League Cup gave us something to aim for, though beating lower division clubs Milford, on penalties, and Commercial, with goals in the dying minutes, hardly forced the bookmakers to reduce the odds on our winning it. Some decent performances away from home in the league were cancelled out by our increasingly worrying failure to make home advantage pay at Bedquilts. This was never more evident than during the shocking eight-goal demolition at the hands of newcomers Keighley's AC Victoria, though even that result was overshadowed by the ten we conceded at home to eventual champions Crossflatts on a Thursday evening. Again, we were forced to play a season-defining game less than three days after an unwanted midweek fixture, and, if we had gone into the Crossflatts game wanting to avoid injury for the upcoming League Cup Semi-Final against Rawdon, we had surely wanted even more to avoid the humiliation of losing by double figures for the first time since joining the Wharfedale Triangle.

  The Semi-Final ended in a narrow defeat, the performance on the day as hot and cold as the season as a whole, and we were left to scrap for minor places in the league. A smattering of wins, such as a dazzling performance away to Clothiers and a superb result from a more dour display at Westfield, helped us to scrape into the top half of the table, Jermaine especially shining in these fixtures, but overall it has to be admitted we had expected 2008-09 to be far more successful than it had turned out to be.

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League Table.

Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division, 2008-09.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Crossflatts 18 16 1 1 88 30 49
AC Victoria 18 13 2 3 61 31 41
Yeadon Westfield 18 12 1 5 55 32 37
Rawdon 18 11 2 5 63 28 35
Horsforth Fairweather 18 8 2 8 37 44 26
Horsforth St Margarets 18 7 2 9 29 55 23
Clothiers 18 5 5 8 52 52 20
Horsforth Rangers 18 4 3 11 35 56 15
Baildon New Inn 18 4 0 14 34 74 12
Regent 18 1 0 17 40 92 3

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Results 2008-09.

September 7th

Horsforth Rangers (H)

League

1-1

Hinkins.

September 14th

Horsforth St Margarets (A)

League

3-3

Smith, Hinkins, Jordan Graves.

September 21st

Rothwell Town (H)

Sunday District Cup Round 1

0-2

 

October 5th

Thornton (A)

County Sunday Cup Round 2

1-2

A.Bell.

October 12th

Crossflatts (A)

League

0-3

 

October 19th

Horsforth St Margarets (H)

League

0-2

 

October 26th

Clothiers (H)

League

1-2

S.Goodall.

November 2nd

Rawdon (A)

League

0-2

 

November 9th

Yeadon Westfield (H)

League

3-1

Monaghan, A.Goodall, S.Goodall.

November 16th

Regent (A)

League

4-3

A.Goodall 2, Monaghan, S.Goodall.

December 14th

Baildon New Inn (H)

League

4-1

Monaghan (pen), S.Goodall, A.Goodall, Hinkins.

January 11th

AC Victoria (H)

League

1-8

Parker.

January 18th

Milford (H)

League Cup Round 2

1-1

Monaghan.

Horsforth won 6-5 on penalties

February 1st

Baildon New Inn (A)

League

4-0

A.Bell, Duce, A.Goodall, Banoub.

February 22nd

AC Victoria (A)

League

0-2

 

March 1st

Horsforth Rangers (A)

League

2-1

Merifield, A.Bell.

March 8th

Commercial (H)

League Cup Quarter-Final

6-3

Monaghan, A.Bell, Parker 2, Ranger, S.Goodall.

March 22nd

Rawdon (H)

League

1-2

Ranger.

March 29th

Clothiers (A)

League

5-1

Monaghan (pen), Ranger 2, A.Bell 2.

April 2nd

Crossflatts (H)

League

2-10

Parker, Newsome.

April 5th

Rawdon (H)

League Cup Semi-Final

3-4

Duce, Banoub, S.Goodall.

April 19th

Regent (H)

League

2-1

A.Bell, Own Goal.

May 3rd

Yeadon Westfield (A)

League

4-1

A.Goodall, Merifield, A.Bell, Newsome.

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Appearances 2008-09.

Name

Games Sub Goals

Armstrong, Baz

15

 

 

Banoub, Simon

18

1

2

Bell, Anthony

17

1

8

Duce, Mark

19

 

2

Ferguson, Kevin

10

 

 

Goodall, Alex

6

4

6

Goodall, Sam

13

4

6

Graves, Joel

9

1

 

Graves, Jordan

1

3

1

Herron, Dean

5

1

 

Hinkins, Simon

17

1

3

Horton, Richard

21

 

 

Hunt, James

 

1

 

Jones, Chris

2

4

 

Kaye, Tom

3

 

 

Martin, Jamie

 

1

 

Merifield, Andy

5

11

2

Monaghan, Lee

23

 

6

Newsome, John

9

9

2

Parker, Simon

3

4

4

Ranger, Jermaine

8

 

4

Rayner, Marc

3

3

 

Ridsdale, Matt

 

1

 

Ridsdale, Phil

18

 

 

Riley, Chris

2

6

 

Sedgwick, Steve

12

 

 

Smith, Matt

4

 

1

Vernon, Jon

10

3

 

Own Goals

 

 

1

Also signed - Ben Avison, Ed Banham, Jamie Bell, Alex Graves, Sean Keenan, Kieran Tate, Marcus Tutin (transferred to Horsforth Town), Adam Wilson, Richard Yarnold.

Games as captain - Monaghan 23.

Games as goalkeeper - P.Ridsdale 18, Kaye 3, Joel Graves 2.

Cautions - Duce 4; Joel Graves, A.Bell 2 each; Monaghan, Armstrong, Horton, Banoub, Newsome 1 each.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Lee Monaghan.

Goal of the Season - Sam Goodall (v. Regent away).

Top Goal Scorer - Anthony Bell (8).




Club Colours.

First choice - Green and black striped shirts, black shorts and socks .

Change - Yellow shirts, green shorts and socks,
worn in the away match with AC Victoria.




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