Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 2009-10: Running to Stand Still.

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HFFC 2009-10.
Back - Adam Foss, Matt Smith, Kev Ferguson, Richard Horton, Simon Banoub, Andy Merifield, Jon Vernon, Simon Hinkins, Jamie Bell, Woody.
Front - Sam Goodall, Chris Jones, Lee Monaghan, Barry Armstrong, Danny Murphy, Anthony Bell, John Newsome. 
Crossflatts, September 2009.

Back: Adam Foss, Matt Smith, Kev Ferguson, Richard Horton, Simon Banoub, Andy Merifield, Jon Vernon, Simon Hinkins, Jamie Bell, Woody. Front: Sam Goodall, Chris Jones, Lee Monaghan, Barry Armstrong, Danny Murphy, Anthony Bell, John Newsome.

  Probably the club's most disappointing season for over a decade, but one which ended far more brightly than it had begun. The start of December found Horsforth propping up the table with not a point on the board, and our Premier Division survival threatened like it had never been before. Shocking heavy defeats at Rawdon and - especially - at home to Malt Shovel were low points of a sequence of results where we had been genuinely unlucky on occasions to earn a result, and an isolated but nevertheless quite astonishing District Cup win over Soccer City remained the only high spot of a dismal autumn. Launching a brave comeback away to AC Victoria but still going down 4-3, we finally earned a draw against St Margarets in a tense 0-0 affair, and then continued the season in our traditional hit-and-miss manner. With only nine clubs starting the campaign, and one of those dropping out (AC Victoria, ironically the week after our game against them), there was to be no relegation this year, but the indignity of finding ourselves in the bottom two will linger forever as a stain upon the proud record we enjoyed in the Wharfedale Triangle Premier Division.

  Among the many problems we faced and finally overcame, not the least was the increasingly high turnover rate in players. Mark Duce, such a key figure in so many of the great HFFC teams over the previous 13 years, had left to further his career elsewhere, Steve Sedgwick's appearances would be few and far between, and Phil Ridsdale's stint as goalkeeper had come to an end. Jermaine Ranger and Danny Murphy went down with long-term injuries at the start of the campaign; great things had been expected of both of them and indeed from a handful of others who never figured in the side at all. Kevin Ferguson suffered the double indignity of being beaten up and sent off against Wykebeck in the District Cup, a game that also featured the last appearance of Adam Foss for another season. Even club captain Lee Monaghan had a rare lengthy spell out injured after the Victoria game.

  Horsforth turned to Andy Merifield to solve the goalkeeping question, and the big striker adapted superbly to his new role. Between the previous season's survivors Barry Armstrong, Simon Banoub, Jon Vernon, Fergy, Dean Herron and a large and varied supporting cast, we muddled through in defence, until the arrival of Andy Gough for the Maggies game finally gave us the stability we had been lacking. Richard Horton and Lee Mon dominated the midfield in the autumn, with Fossy also turning in some impressive displays, but Lee's injury opened the door for Chris Markham to take over a holding role and allow the others more freedom to join the attack. Simon Hinkins was again the most consistent performer down the left, while the right sided midfield spot changed hands many times before in the New Year Jamie Bell was redeployed there from attack and accredited himself well. Sam Goodall and Chris Jones were also regular contributors in various positions, their versatility and ability to grab the odd goal very much part of what success the team enjoyed. Anthony Bell was again top scorer, with John Newsome an able accomplice though the unavailability of Alex Goodall hit us hard again. At the back end of the season, several new midfield players were added to the roster, including Oliver Frei, Mike Sinnott, Chris Buttery and Jake Harvey, at least some of whom, it was hoped, would come into their own in 2010-11.

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League Table.

Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division, 2009-10.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Malt Shovel 14 12 2 0 76 22 38
Crossflatts FC 14 12 0 2 65 22 36
Rawdon OB 14 8 1 5 41 34 25
Yeadon Westfield 14 5 4 5 32 33 19
Crossflatts Village 14 5 1 8 32 41 16
Clothiers 14 3 1 10 29 59 10
Horsforth Fairweather 14 2 3 9 17 44 9
Horsforth St Margs 14 2 2 10 22 59 8

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Results 2009-10.

September 6th

Crossflatts Village (A)

League

0-2

 

September 20th

Malt Shovel (A)

League

1-5

S.Goodall.

September 27th

Yeadon Westfield (A)

League Cup Round 1

2-3

A.Bell, Own Goal.

October 4th

Mill Lane (A)

County Sunday Cup Round 1

2-3

A.Bell, Herron.

October 11th

Rawdon OB (A)

League

0-8

 

October 18th

Soccer City (H)

Sunday District Cup Round 2

8-1

Foss 2, Newsome, Jones, Monaghan, J.Bell, S.Goodall, A.Bell.

October 25th

Horsforth St Margarets (H)

League

1-3

A.Goodall.

November 1st

Malt Shovel (H)

League

4-12

Foss, A.Bell, Parker, Monaghan.

November 8th

Clothiers (H)

League

2-3

Horton, Ferguson.

November 15th

Wykebeck Arms (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 3

1-3

Ferguson.

November 22nd

AC Victoria (A)

League

3-4

Jones, Newsome, A.Bell.

(Above game null and void - AC Victoria resigned from league.)

December 13th

Horsforth St Margarets (A)

League

0-0

 

January 24th

Clothiers (A)

League

3-0

Newsome, A.Bell, J.Bell.

February 7th

Crossflatts FC (H)

League

2-3

A.Bell, Newsome.

February 14th

Yeadon Westfield (H)

League

1-1

Horton.

March 14th

Yeadon Westfield (A)

League

1-0

A.Bell.

March 28th

Crossflatts FC (A)

League

0-4

 

April 11th

Crossflatts Village (H)

League

1-2

Own Goal.

April 15th

Rawdon OB (H)

League

1-1

Monaghan.

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Appearances 2009-10.

Name

Games Sub Goals

Armstrong, Baz

14

 

 

Banoub, Simon

14

1

 

Bell, Anthony

18

1

8

Bell, Jamie

11

6

2

Butcher, Callum

1

 

 

Buttery, Chris

 

3

 

Ferguson, Kevin

8

2

2

Foss, Adam

6

1

3

Frei, Oliver

 

1

 

Goodall, Alex

3

3

1

Goodall, Sam

7

7

2

Gough, Andy

8

 

 

Herron, Dean

11

3

1

Hinkins, Simon

13

2

 

Horton, Richard

15

1

2

Jones, Chris

6

4

2

Markham, Chris

12

 

 

Merifield, Andy

16

 

 

Monaghan, Lee

16

 

3

Murphy, Danny

1

 

 

Newsome, John

12

6

4

Parker, Simon

1

1

1

Ranger, Jermaine

1

 

 

Rayner, Marc

1

1

 

Ridsdale, Phil

3

 

 

Sedgwick, Steve

6

1

 

Sinnott, Mike

 

3

 

Smith, Matt

1

1

 

Vernon, Jon

4

2

 

Own Goals

 

 

2

Also signed - Mark Bonner, Mark Duce, Joe Edge, Jake Harvey, Ben Hinchliffe, Rupert Hilton, Tom Kaye, Matthew Ridsdale, Joe Rolfe, Tom Wriglesworth.

Games as captain - Monaghan 16, Horton 2, Sedgwick 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Merifield 15, P.Ridsdale 3, Sedgwick 1.

Cautions - Monaghan, Banoub 2 each; Armstrong, Rayner, Foss, Sedgwick 1 each.

Sent off - Ferguson 1.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Barry Armstong.

Goal of the Season - Anthony Bell (v. Yeadon Westfield away in the league).

Top Goal Scorer - Anthony Bell (8).




Club Colours.

First choice - Green shirt with single black stripe, black shorts and socks .

Change - Yellow shirts, green shorts and socks,
worn in the away matches with Mill Lane and Clothiers.




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