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WIFC secure gritty draw

WIFC battled to a well-earned 2-2 draw against Bury B last weekend, extending the unbeaten run since the start of the season to 3 games for the first time since 2005/06. The home side got off to a dream start when a visting defender put through his own net under pressure from Ally Hill.

Goalmouth action from the draw against Bury B

Goalmouth action from the draw against Bury B

The visitors levelled through Jamie Sanders, who then doubled the lead before the break as both sides worked hard in warm conditions. After the break, WIFC worked for the equaliser and defended stoutly, getting their rewards when Richard Murphy finished from close range after some great work by Stuart Nicholls. There was still time for the Internet ‘Orns to almost snatch the win, when Ross Connor fed Ally Hill, who was denied at point blank range as the final whistle blew.

More goalmouth action

More goalmouth action

The new season continues at the weekend, as WIFC travel to Gillingham before moving onto Charlton for the Watford game.

2 out of 2 for the Internet ‘Orns

WIFC made it two wins out of two for the season so far, following up last week’s 4-2 win against Stevengae with a 5-1 win against a spirited Northampton side at the Met Police. Having gone behind early last week, the home side were indebted to ‘keeper Tom Beck for a fine save in the first minute, and it was WIFC who took an early lead when Richard Wenham headed Rob Stone’s wayward shot in at the far post.

Moz Clarke, Rob Sterry, Ally Hill and Richard Wenham prepare to attack a corner

Moz Clarke, Rob Sterry, Ally Hill and Richard Wenham prepare to attack a corner

Following a scrappy period of play where chances were at a premium, apart from a gilt-edged chance which went begging for Dave Soloway, manager Richard Walker shuffled his pack and sub Rob Sterry doubled the lead on 35 mins, when he converted a pin-point first time cross from brother Ed, who nicely made amends for a comedy fall when he lost his footing in the previious attack.

Sterry slots home the second WIFC goal

Sterry, R slots home the second WIFC goal

WIFC improved after the break and got early rewards when Ally Hill’s blocked shot fell nicely for Joel Moody to finish tidily. Ross Connor soon added a 4th when he acrobatically tunrned home a Soloway cross. At the other end, Northmapton got some rewards for a hard-working display when they converted a penalty, but man of the match Connor added his second and WIFC’s fifth to complete the scoring/

Ross Connor capped a man of the match display with WIFC's 5th goal

Ross Connor capped a man of the match display with WIFC’s 5th goal

WIFC’s season continues at a pace, with Bury B visting next weekend and first away game of the season at Gillingham the following week before the big boys take on Charlton.

 

New season kick-off approaches

WIFC begin their 18th full season of IFA action this weekend, with a home London Cup/League fixture against Hertfordshire neighbours Stevenage. Keith Bell’s side provided the opposition in the last game of the 2013/14 season, and new WIFC boss Richard Walker will be hoping his side can emulate the 3-1 win.

The game will count for league points and is the first of two group games in the London Cup. Finalists in all 3 years since the cup’s inception, and winners against Stevenage themselves in 2013, WIFC have also been drawn with the only other team to feature in the final, two times winners West Ham.

The game this weekend also sees the first visit to Watford for the Stevenage team, as all previous fixtures have either been played in the North Herts town or on neutral venues. To check out the full playing record against Stevenage, and other IFA opponents, click on the link below.

WIFC complete playing record

For updates from the game, follow @watford_ifc on twitter.

2013/14

All the results from 2013/14..

Overall record

WIFC 13/14 Pld W D L GS GA GD
League 20 11 3 6 65 36 29
Friendlies 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
Cup Games 5 1 2 2 3 5 -2
TOTAL 27 12 7 8 69 42 27
Goals Per Game         2.56 1.56  
Final League Position
9th
Final English League Position
8th
IFA Cup
First Round
London Cup
Runners-Up
Worldnet
Did not enter
Worldnet Vets
Quarter-Finals

Results

Date  Comp Opposition   Score Scorers
07-Sep-13 LGE1/LCGRP Dagenham & Redbridge H W 8-1 Holdham, Copeland, J Davis 2, Moody 2, OG, Farnfield
14-Sep-13 LGE2 Barnet H L 1-4 Nicholls
21-Sep-13 LGE3 Barnsley A L 2-5 B Clarke, Moody
28-Sep-13 LGE4/LCGRP AFC Wimbledon A H W 3-0 R Sterry, Wenham, Dundon
19-Oct-13 LGE5/LCGRP Cambridge A D 3-3 Hinds, Jenkins, J Davis
26-Oct-13 LGE6 Northampton A W 5-1 Nicholls, Moody, J Davis, Pollard 2
16-Nov-13 LGE7 Wycombe A W 10-1 Dundon, Jenkins 2, Hill 2, J Davis 2, Moody 2, M Clarke
30-Nov-13 LGE8/IFAC1 West Ham A L 0-1  
21-Dec-13 LGE9 Ipswich A W 4-1 R Sterry, Murphy, Kos, Flanagan
08-Feb-14 LGE10 Coventry A D 1-1 Soloway
15-Mar-14 FR WIFC Yellows v Whites H D 1-1 J Davis – Moody
05-Apr-14 LGE11/LCSF Gillingham A W 3-2 Hill, R Sterry 2 (2 pens)
12-Apr-14 LGE12 Dagenham & Redbridge A W 3-2 R Sterry 3
18-Apr-14 LGE13 Oxford A D 1-1 OG
19-Apr-14 LGE14 Ipswich H W 2-1 Hill, Brennan
10-May-14 LGE15 MK Dons H L 1-2 Fellas
18-May-14 LGE16/LCF West Ham N L 2-4 Hill, Jenkins
24-May-14 LGE17 Coventry H L 2-3 J Davis 2
07-Jun-14 LGE18 Gillingham H W 5-2 Hill 3 (1pen), Moody, Dew
14-Jun-14 LGE19 Southampton A W 6-0 Roy, J Davis 2, Lambe, Connor 2
28-Jun-14 LGE20 Stevenage A W 3-1 Hill, J Davis, De-Crescenzo
26-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets Leeds N D 0-0  
26-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets AFC Halifax Vets N L 0-2  
26-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets Exeter Vets N D 1-1 OG
27-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets West Brom Vets N W 2-0 Nicholls, Spender
27-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets Bradford Vets N L 0-2  

Appearances

Name 13/14 Apps
Joel Moody 19
Richard Murphy 18
Richard Walker 15
Maurice Clarke 13
Brad Simmons 12
Ally Hill 12
John Sitkowski 12
Ed Sterry 12
Jimmy Davis 12
Tom Beck 11
James Jenkins 11
Stuart Nicholls 11
Phil McBride 10
Matt Ladell 10
Dave Soloway 9
Matt Ainsley 9
Rob Stone 9
Andy Myall 9
Dave Messenger 9
Jeremy Hinds 8
David Morren 8
Richard Wenham 8
Ben Bateman 7
Jamie Parkins 6
Steve Eustice 6
Mat Ball 6
Martin Pollard 6
Laurence Wells 6
Paul Labbett 6
Paul Withey 6
Matt Wells 5
Martin Owen 5
Ben Pegram 5
Aidy Spender 5
Jerker Kjellander 5
Julian Carrera 5
Darren Sear 4
Chris Dundon 4
Stuart Holdham 4
Rob Sterry 4
Micky Eales 4
Mark Brennan 4
Jon Parry 4
Craig Harrison 4
Sam Copeland 4
Ben Morrison 4
Jerry Ladell 4
Dan Willis 3
Paul Watt 3
Ben Clarke 3
Lee Stiles 3
Paul Whittenbury 2
Pete Fincham 2
Dan Butterick 2
James Farnfield 2
George Spencer 2
Michael De Crescenzo 2
Ross Connor 2
Warren Flanagan 1
Alex Prentice 1
Chris Dew 1
Panos Fellas 1
Leigh Harrington 1
Stuart Waggett 1
Liam McGarry 1
David Sitkowski 1
Dan Norris 1
Dave Kos 1
Ross Andrews 1
Dan Maher 1
Roy 1
Darren Lambe 1

Goalscorers

Name 13/14 Gls
Jimmy Davis 12
Ally Hill 9
Joel Moody 8
Rob Sterry 7
James Jenkins 4
Stuart Nicholls 3
Own Goals 3
Martin Pollard 2
Chris Dundon 2
Ross Connor 2
Richard Murphy 1
Maurice Clarke 1
Dave Soloway 1
Jeremy Hinds 1
Richard Wenham 1
Aidy Spender 1
Stuart Holdham 1
Mark Brennan 1
Sam Copeland 1
Ben Clarke 1
James Farnfield 1
Michael De Crescenzo 1
Warren Flanagan 1
Chris Dew 1
Panos Fellas 1
Dave Kos 1
Roy 1
Darren Lambe 1

Three-sy does it in season finale

WIFC closed off their IFA league season with a hard-working 3-1 win at Stevenage this weekend. It was the first league win WIFC have recorded against their Hertfordshire neighbours, the only other win coming in last season’s London Cup Final.

Richard Murphy beats a Stevenage player, watched by old-timer Paul Watt.

Richard Murphy beats a Stevenage player, watched by old-timer Paul Watt.

The Internet ‘Orns raced out of the blocks, and centre-half turned striker for the day Ally Hill bundled in his 9th goal of the season from close range after good work from Paul Watt after just 5 minutes. With some good lively forward play, WIFC continued to create chances with Ross Connor and Stuart Holdham both going close to double the lead. Stevenage always threatened at the other end though, and got an equaliser through an unfortunate Ben Morrison own goal. WIFC restored their lead shortly before the break when a through ball from player-manager Richard Walker was finished well by leading scorer Jimmy Davis.

After the break, the lead was extended when Mike De-Crescenzo slotted home his first goal for the club, while Davis could and should have extended the lead and Ross Connor hit the bar. Chances came at the other end too, but a mixture of good saves from Tom Beck, resolute defending from the whole team combined with WIFC’s better finishing led to a deserved third win on the bounce to close the campaign.

Team. 4-4-2, R to L. Tom Beck; Ed Sterry, Ben Morrison, Moz Clarke, Paul Watt; Ross Connor, Stuart Holdham, John Sitkowski, Richard Murphy; Mike De Crescenzo, Ally Hill. Subs Matt Ainsley, Matt Wells, Richard Walker, Jimmy Davis, Dave Messenger

Patchwork side take the spoils

A cobbled together WIFC side traveled down to Southampton yesterday and came away with the spoils, after a hard-working and committed display saw the Internet ‘Orns run out 6-0 winners. The current focus on getting to 20 games for the tenth season in a row was of paramount importance, and a week of hard work from Dave Messenger and Pete Fincham scraped together 14 players from various sources, with the result and performance being the icing on the cake.

Despite having a bare XI at KO thanks to traffic issues, WIFC raced out of the traps. Korean loanee Roy opened the scoring to his obvious delight, as the English student who is taught by Pete’s better half took control of a loose ball on the edge of the area and smashed it home. The lead was doubled within 5 minutes, as leading scorer Jimmy Davis went to double figures for the season when he finished coolly. The lead could and should have been extended when a great Davis cross picked out Pompey IFC loanee Daz Lambe, whose bullet header was controversially ruled out for offside, though it appeared Davis had pulled his cross back.

The second half saw WIFC continue to play some great football going forward, while a resolute defensive performance from skipper for the day Brad Simmons, Ben Morrison, Matt Ball, debutant Michael De Crescenzo, and Dan Norris (Jimmy’s mate) kept the Saints at bay. Lambe got his name on the scoresheet when he tapped home a goal-bound Davis cross, and Ross Connor, also making his debut, stroked home the 4th from the edge of the box. Davis added number 5 when he shot through the keeper’s legs, and Connor completed the scoring with another neat strike from the edge of the box.

The allsorts celebrate a hard earned with after the game.

The allsorts celebrate a hard earned with after the game.

Team; Dan Norris; Dave Messenger, Ben Morrison, Matt Ball, Brad Simmons; Roy, Dan Maher, Moz Clarke, Lozza Wells; Jimmy Davis, Daz Lambe. Subs Richard Murphy, Micheal De Crescenzo, Ross Connor.

Hill helps WIFC to first win in 4

WIFC’s new management team finally got their first win since taking over from Chris Davis this weekend, as the Internet ‘Orns overcame Gillingham at a soggy Parmiters School. With the words of assistant manager Maurice Clarke ringing in their ears, encouraging the team to take more shots, a chance packed match could have seen even more goals for the home side. Centre half Ally Hill started the scoring when he tapped home a Mark Brennan cross, and he doubled the lead when rising highest to head home a Richard Murphy corner. Dave Soloway and Murphy both missed great chances, before Joel Moody added a third with a powerful strike from the edge of the area, and Gills reduced the arrears just before the break.

It was the visitors who got the first goal after the restart to pull within 1, but the reaction from WIFC was exactly as you would hope, and when a visiting defender handled a Moody cross, Hill stepped up to rifle home the resulting penalty for a hat-trick and 8th of the season, a great return from centre half. Stand-in keeper Leigh Harrington then showed his form with a stunning stop to protect the two goal advantage, and shortly afterwards Chris Dew capped a man of the match display in central midfield by rifling home from close range after a half cleared cross. Soloway, Brennan and Matt Ainsley all then missed great chances to extend the lead, but job done and a fine win.

Team. 4-4-2, R to L. Leigh Harrington; Ed Sterry, Ally Hill, Julian Carrera, Paul Labbett; Richard Murphy, Chris Dew, Stuart Holdham, Andy Myall; Dave Soloway, Mark Brennan. Subs Joel Moody, Ben Morrison, Paul Watt, James Jenkins, Matt Ainsley.

London Cup run ended, but not without a fight

Watford IFC came away from the London Cup final empty handed, losing 4-2 to a strong West Ham side. New manager Richard Walker named a 3-4-3 formation for the Hornet’s third consecutive appearance in this competition’s final, bringing in Ben Pegram to lead the line and giving Brad Simmons a starting role in midfield.

The cup final squad pre kick-off

The cup final squad pre kick-off

With the build-up focused on a high energy and committed performance WIFC started slowly and went behind in the opening minute, West Ham breaking quickly and their pacey forward slotted home. With the pitch on the narrow side both teams struggled for possession in a frantic opening to the game and the heat certainly played a factor. With the Internet ‘Orns starting to get hold of the ball they were hit again down the left as a long throw found an unmarked Hammer and he guided the ball into the corner.

At 2-0 it looked, quite literally thanks to the slope, an uphill battle for the holders however a repeat of the 2012 final looked on the cards as WIFC hit back with two fine goals either side of the break. First Ally Hill hit a forceful free kick into the bottom corner, after it initially looked as if Joel Moody would strike it, and then James Jenkins produced a stunning long range strike that’s helped on its way by the keeper. A deserved equaliser for WIFC and several of the substitutes found their way onto the pitch to celebrate.

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With the heat reaching the mid-twenties, and the pitch getting harder by the minute, Walker made good use of those on the bench and the quartet of Paul Whittenbury, Matt Ladell, Andy Myall, and Ed Sterry were bought into the tight game throughout the second half. Unfortunately with the clock ticking down it was West Ham who would strike the killer blow and this time from the spot after their forward was pulled back in the box. Walker could do nothing about the resulting penalty as it was confidently struck down the middle. 3-2 quickly became 4-2 as West Ham found space at the back and once through finished well.

With the trophy heading back to East London, WIFC battled on and Walker, who had been replaced by Tom Beck after the fourth goal, stressed the need to keep the teams focus and work rate up. As WIFC pushed forward in the hope of another comeback, sub keeper Beck did well to keep out two efforts in quick succession, whilst up the other end Ally Hill almost forced his second goal of the game but headed wide.

Ultimately, WIFC didn’t do enough to retain the trophy but left with their heads held high and you wouldn’t bet against them meeting West Ham again in the final next May.

Team. Richard Walker; Moz Clarke, Richard Wenham, Ally Hill; Rob Stone, James Jenkins, John Sitkowski, Brad Simmons; Jimmy Davis, Joel Moody, Ben Pegram. Subs Ed Sterry, Paul Whittenbury, Andy Myall, Matt Ladell and Tom Beck.

Hard work the key, as London Cup Final berth secured

A memorable rearguard performance saw WIFC secure a third successive IFA London Cup Final berth, as they edged past a very hard working Gillingham side with a 3-2 win in Kent on Saturday.

The Internet ‘Orns took the lead after ten minutes, when Ally Hill’s near post glancing header made sure a goal-bound Rob Sterry corner crossed the line. The lead was extended against the run of play midway through the half, when Ally Hill again headed towards goal only for the ball to strike the upper arm of a defender. Rob Sterry blasted home from the spot to double the lead.

Rob Sterry dispatches the first of his two penalties.

Rob Sterry dispatches the first of his two penalties.

Neither side were creating much but Gillingham were making far more of their possession in midfield and they pulled a goal back with a soft penalty given by the referee with no claims from the Gillingham lads. Richard Walker nearly kept the ball out diving the right way but the placement was too good and it was 2-1 at half time.

Gillingham made the most of the wind and slope in the second half and threw everything at the WIFC back line. The visitors defended doggedly, but with ten minutes to play, one bounce too many allowed Gillingham to pull level with a close range header.

A panoramic view of the action

A panoramic view of the action

Gillingham had the best chance to take the game when they finally got the best of the WIFC back line to break through, but drove the ball wide of the far post. With 5 minutes to play, WIFC sent a free kick deep towards the Gillingham box and Martin Pollard was pushed in the back for a hotly disputed penalty. Sterry again send the keeper the wrong way, for his second. The Gills fans pushed hard in the last few minutes but resolute defending from WIFC kept any chances to a minimum and sent them through to a repeat of the 2012 final against West Ham.

Manager Chris Davis was delighted at the final whistle. “Very hard work was the order of the day and to come through shows the massive steps we have taken. A particular mention to the subs, 2 of whom didn’t get on, your support on the sideline was great and makes it easy when you can see bigger picture”. John Sitkowski was named man of the match, on a day when any of the defenders could also have scooped the award.

Team. Richard Walker; Richard Wenham, Ally Hill, Martin Pollard, Sam Copeland; Richard Murphy, Rob Stone, John Sitkowski, Jimmy Davis, Joel Moody; Rob Sterry. Subs Andy Myall, Phil McBride, Matt Ainsley, David Sitkowski, Tom Beck.

Double figure delight for WIFC

WIFC recorded their first double figures league win since 2011 yesterday, as they came away 10-1 winners from the visit to Wycombe. With the home side struggling for numbers, WIFC provided loaness for the day Andy Myall and Dave Soloway to bring them to a full compliment. WIFC were always comfortable, but the scoreline was unduly heavy on the Buckinghamshire side and it wasn’t until the last 20 minutes that the floodgates opened.

Midfield action from Saturday's game

Midfield action from Saturday’s game

It was Chris Dundon that gave WIFC the perfect start, but Wycombe got back on terms when their lively forward beat Mickey Eales and finished. The Internet ‘Orns regained the lead though James Jenkins, while Ally Hill opened his account for the club with two goals, and almost completed a rare centre-half hat-trick when another header rapped the home side’s crossbar.

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The second half saw more goals for the visitors. Jimmy Davis curled home from the edge of the box, while Moz Clarke tapped in his 1st goal of the season from a half cleared corner. Joel Moody rounded the keeper for his 5th of the season, and later added a 6th and WIFC’s 9th. Moody’s brace was sandwiched by another Jenkins strike, while it was Davis who completed the scoring from close range.

MOM Chris Dundon rocks the 'man of the match Watford FC onesie', donated by WFC, after the game

MOM Chris Dundon rocks the ‘man of the match Watford FC onesie’, donated by WFC, after the game

Team;
Tom Beck; Matt Wells, Mickey Eales, Ally Hill, Jimmy Davis; Richard Murphy, Richard Walker, Rob Stone, James Jenkins; Joel Moody, Chris Dundon. Subs Moz Clarke, Dave Messenger.

Thanks again to Andy Myall and Dave Soloway, who volunteered to play 90 minutes for Wycombe.