Alton Town 0 AFC Stoneham 3
By Mark Stupple
October 4th 2016
Following the victory over Longlevens in the FA Vase we disappointingly lost 3-2 at home to Downton who undoubtedly had the better of the first half when we were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of Ben Clarke.
We were fortunate to go in only one down at half time however played a lot better in the second half with 10 men following a brace from top scorer Andy Turner which unfortunately was not enough to give us a share of the points.
The boys did bounce back the following Saturday beating United Services Portsmouth 3-2 at home with goals from Caballero, Ledger and an own goal in a rather scrappy game after playing very well in the first half and taking a 2-0 half time lead.
We then travelled to Alton last Tuesday on their 3G pitch missing Dexter, Manning,Mcgee,New and Turner.
We were probably second best in the first 15 minutes, whilst losing Alex Welch after 10 minutes, and Alton had a lot more of the ball but lacked a cutting edge.
Altons record on their new 3g astro surface is very good and they soon took the game to us having early efforts missed and saved by keeper Sam Whieldon not to mention some excellent defending in this early part of the game from Stupple, Palmer, Clarke and Wright.
After this initial stage we soon started to find our feet and build our passing game to the point where some of our football was excellent allowing Alton to only having 2 opportunities in the last 70 minutes of the game.The quality of our passing led to goals from Caballero, Forbes and Bray to give us a great 3-0 away win.
Manager Tim Cole said " I was delighted with tonight and thought we were quality throughout the team in every position. Whilst we scored three excellent goals we must not forget that our defence stood very strong all night especially in the first 20 minutes and were very good as a unit. Our Spanish boy, Sergio, also had conditions to suit on a lovely 3G surface and pulled the strings all night".
FA Vase : AFC Stoneham 3 Longlevens 1
By Mark Stupple
September 24th 2016
Having beaten Malmesbury Victoria from the Western League in the previous round we were drawn against Longlevens from the Hellenic Premier league for a place in the first round proper.
We started the game at a slightly faster tempo that our higher league opposition and were soon missing chances through Liam Mcgee and Luke Cron. Our dominance paid off on 19 minutes when skipper Chris Manning scored from close range to give us a very well deserved lead . Longlevens did start to come into the game as the half progressed however we entered half time with a comfortable 1-0 lead that in honesty should have been more.
We started the 2nd half against the wind and on 54 minutes Liam Mcgee executed an excellent shot which looped over the keeper and into the far corner. The scoreline reflected the play however we allowed our opposition the opportunity to come back into the game 2 minutes later when Bray made a challenge in the box after we failed to clear our lines giving the referee the opportunity to give a penalty which he duly did. This was converted and gave us 30 mins to hold onto our 1 goal lead.
Our opposition continually used the wind to their advantage with long balls and throw ins giving our defence an aerial bombardment to deal with however both centre halfs, Dexter and Clarke, were outstanding all game.
Undoubtedly the last 30 minutes were tense and we were holding on well, despite the sending off of Matt Palmer, when with 2 minutes left Forbes broke away slotting a pass into Bray who after taking a couple of touches slotted the ball under the advancing keeper to the huge relief of everyone supporting AFC Stoneham to give us the biggest win in our history. Only 8 more wins and we are at Wembley !!
Team : Whieldon, Palmer, Bray, Stupple, Dexter, Clarke, Mcgee, Welch,Ledger, Manning(capt), Cron.
Subs: Anterney-Wright, Hogan, Morris, Forbes and Turner
Scorers : Manning,Mcgee,Bray
FA Vase First Qualifying Round
AFC Stoneham 3 Malmesbury Victoria 0
By Mark Stupple
September 11th 2016
AFC Stoneham cruised into the next round of the FA Vase with a 3-0 victory over Western League Division One side Malmesbury Victoria in their competition debut. Goals from Sergio Caballero, Chris Manning and Liam Magee set up a second qualifying round game with Longlevens AFC.
Vics started the game brightly, boosted by their rowdy following who were enjoying their Vase away day in the Hampshire rain.
Shane Bumphrey had a great chance in the opening ten minutes when he fired a shot straight at ‘keeper Sam Whieldon. Vics were enjoying most of the play as Stoneham took a while to get into the game.
Bumphrey went down minutes later in the box looking for a penalty but the referee deemed Ben Clarke’s challenge fair and play carried on.
Stoneham’s first real chance of the game fell to Terry New after some good interplay with Manning but the winger couldn’t direct his effort towards goal.
Andy Baker could have put the away side ahead when he fluffed his shot into virtually an open net.
Vics were then forced into an early change when ‘keeper Josh Langley went off injured midway through the first half with a back injury and was replaced by Joe Snell.
Stoneham did manage to take the lead against the run of play, but Sergio Caballero nearly messed up the chance. Duncan Bray had switched to the right wing and swung in a cross which found the forward in the box who lifted it over the ‘keeper but he needed to head the ball into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
Stoneham shot stopper Whieldon was unbelievable to keep his side ahead when he produced a fine double save that some of the best goalkeepers in the world would have been impressed with. He did brilliantly to deny Bumphrey before scrambling down low into the corner to keep out Jamie Parker’s rebound.
Ashley Ledger thought he had doubled the lead for the Purples just before the break but his long-range effort clipped the top of the cross bar.
Malmesbury Vics couldn’t have wished for a worse start to the second half when they found themselves 2-0 down within minutes of the restart. Chris Manning broke away on the left wing and moved at pace into the box before chipping the ball over the onrushing Snell.
Both teams struggled for quality in the final third in the wet conditions but Malmesbury did manage to cause a few problems when Clarke had to be alert to clear off the line from Bumphrey’s effort.
Vics sub Jon Clarke then blazed one over the bar as the away side looked to be letting the game slip away from them. Both sides were in desperate need of some shooting practice as Manning put one wide for the home side before Baker failed to get a touch to convert Dan Cole’s effort.
Whieldon was on hand again to keep his clean sheet intact when he got down low at the post to deny Bumphrey. The big number nine then completely missed the ball in the box from Parker’s cross as the game wound down to the final minutes.
Stoneham substitute Liam Magee put the game to bed in the last minute with a lovely taken lob on the half volley catching the ‘keeper too far off his line. Whieldon had taken a free kick deep in the defensive half for Andy Turner to flick on to Magee in acres of space to complete the scoring and put the Purples in the next round.
Sydenhams Wessex League cup : East Cowes Victoria 0 AFC Stoneham 4
By Mark Stupple
September 7th 2016
We travelled to the Island for the second consecutive wednesday to play East Cowes Victoria in the league cup having beaten them in the league the week before 2-0.
With Sam Whieldon suspended Scott Williams took over the no.1 spot and as usual proved to be a very capable understudy as he had been during the first game of the season at Weymouth. We were quickly creating early chances before Sergio Caballero and Ashley Ledger gave us a comfortable 2-0 half time lead.
Young Tom Hogan,promoted from the reserves, came off the bench at half time and scored two more goals in the second half to give us a very creditable 4-0 win considering it is always difficult to beat the same team , especially away from home, two weeks running.
We now look forward to hosting Ringwood Town in the next round.
Team: Williams,Stupple, Anteney-wright, Bird, Clarke, Manning,Morris,New,Ledger,Caballero, Magee,
Subs: Hogan , Cron.
Scorers : Hogan (2), Caballero, Ledger
Reserve match report : Downton res 1 AFC Stoneham res 5
By Mark Stupple
Wyvern Combination Div 1 : Downton Res 1 AFC Stoneham 5
Our reserves travelled to Downton last Saturday for their 2nd league game after a disappointing midweek defeat at Alton Town in the Wyvern Shield Group stage.
With Hogan and Frisby missing through injury and others being sent back to first team duty the team had many changes including new signing Sam Phillips playing at centre half and four 16 year olds being included in the squad.
The boys started extremely well and were playing at a much faster tempo than our opposition allowing us to move into a two goal lead within 14 minutes through Ollie Forbes and Luke Cron. With Forbes leading the line very well and wide men Cron and Cattle creating various chances the second Forbes goal soon followed.
We finished the half well on top and scored a fourth on the stroke of half time with a 10 pass move finishing with a great strike from captain Ryan Sanger inside the box.
With a four goal lead at half time it was always going to be challenging to repeat the performance in the 2nd half and Downton started the half the much quicker and stronger team with Scott Williams in goal having to pull off two fine saves . However he was beaten on the 52nd minute from a fine 30 yard shot which was pretty unstoppable.
Having ridden the storm we started to re-assert ourselves with our three young subs Conor Humphries, Adam Brooks and Elliott Purkiss all making strong contributions and it was no surprise when Ollie Forbes completed his hat trick from the penalty spot on 71 minutes to complete a very good 5-1 away win.
Team: Williams, Botcherby,Hammond,Sanger,Rogers,Phillips,Cattle,Spreadbury,Forbes,Bannister,Cron
Subs: Purkiss, Humphries and Brooks
Scorers: Forbes 3, Cron and Sanger.
East Cowes Vic 0 AFC Stoneham 2
By Mark Stupple
September 1st 2016
AFC Stoneham moved into 5th place in Wessex Div 1 on Wednesday with a deserved 2-0 away win at East Cowes Vic.
Our opponents, who are currently bottom of the league and conceded 14 goals on Saturday, were determined to not concede as many goals during this game. They set up with a back five with four players accross midfield in an attempt to break down any attacking play from us. To a large degree this worked with Stoneham limited to few opportunities despite having 80% of the possession and consequently growing in frustration as we went into half time scoreless.
The second half continued in the same manner and the deadlock was broken when a free kick on the edge of the box was handled by a player in the defensive wall inside the penalty box. Matt Palmer calmly converted the penalty sending the keeper the wrong way.
This was soon followed by a second goal from Jamie Bentley who converted after a goalmouth scramble following an Andy Turner cross.
As captain Chris Manning said after the game "a win is a win" which we will hope to repeat when we travel to the island again on Wednesday against the same opponents in the Wessex League Cup.
Team : Whieldon, Palmer, Anteney-Wright,Morris,Dexter,Clarke,Turner,Manning,Caballero,Welch,New
Scorers :Palmer (pen) and Bentley.
AFC Stoneham 1. Ringwood Town 0
By Mark Stupple
August 28th 2016
After only collecting 1 point from the previous 3 games a win against Ringwood Town was fairly important.
We had the better of the first half and had a strong penalty appeal after a foul on Manning turned down.
Despite good opportunities from set pieces the score remained 0-0 at half time
The second half continued in the same pattern although Ringwood had an excellent opportunity from a corner to take the lead with the central defender heading over the bar from 2 yards out.
The game was decided in the 87 th minute with a goal from substitute Oliver Forbes. Forbes was put through by Magee and took one touch before firing into the bottom left hand corner leaving the Ringwood keeper stranded.
A rather scrappy and edgy game where the result was far more important than the performance .
Team: Whieldon,Palmer,Anteney-Wright,Morris,Dexter,Clarke,New,Welch,Manning,Caballero,Magee Subs:Bray,Ledger,Forbes
First team narrowly lose out at Shaftesbury
By Mark Stupple
August 28th 2016
Our first team lost 3-2 at Shaftesbury on Tuesday night having made the very long midweek journey which for some players took 3 hours due to bad traffic conditions.
First half goals from Turner and New gave us a 2-1 half time lead . Unfortunately the second half went rapidly downhill conceding 2 penalties and 8 bookings resulting in a very frustrating and possibly undeserved defeat .
Team: Whieldon, Egerton, Anteney-Wright, Welch, Bentley, Bird, New, Palmer,Turner,Caballero,Magee
Subs : Manning, Clarke, Forbes
Reserves make a great start to their new season
By Mark Stupple
August 28th 2016
Our reserves made a very good start to their Wyvern League campaign on Wednesday beating a good Brockenhurst side 6-1 at home having to play the last hour with only 10 men following the dismissal of Dan Spreadbury.
The boys were 3-0 up at half time with goals from Cron, Magee and Hogan . The second half with a man down was excellent particularly in terms of ball retention and further goals from Forbes and a brace from young Liam Hammond sealed a great win.
Team : Williams, Botcherby, Hammond, Sanger, Frisby, Rogers, Hogan, Spreadbury, Forbes, Magee, Cron
Subs: Bannister, Humphries, Brooks, Knox
AFC Stoneham 0 - 2 Eastleigh FC
By South Coast Journalism
Sheridan Sparkes (words); Alex Barnes, Kyle Dixon (video); Talia Jones (narration)
July 7th 2016
AFC Stoneham began their pre-season schedule on Tuesday night with defeat against National League Premier rivals Eastleigh.
The higher-ranked opponents, based just around the corner from Stoneham's own Elliots Arena home, took the lead in the 22nd minute as Scott Wilson chased down a loose pass, before cutting back inside and curling an effort into the bottom-right corner.
Just 15 minutes later, Tony Lee could have doubled the advantage, but he was denied by a goal-line clearance having pounced on some overly casual defending.
Within 60 seconds, Lee again found himself with goal in sight, but was denied once more, Sam Whieldon diving to his right to push away a weak spot kick from the former Gosport Borough and Poole Town forward.
Both sides made a host of changes after the break, but it was to be one of the many Eastleigh substitutions to ultimately double the lead, Yemi Obubade slotting an effort beneath the helpless Whieldon after some excellent individual work.
The home side put up a valiant fight throughout the 90 minutes, and almost found a way back into the game when Callum Doyle's looping effort from 30 yards crashed against the top of the crossbar.
The same player was fouled in the area just moments later, but John Cole's effort from 12 yards was parried away, with Dan Spreadbury unable to poke home the rebound.
The game filtered out somewhat after that, with Eastleigh holding out comfortably to earn local bragging rights, at least for the time being.