Since then, those involved behind-the-scenes at Goole AFC have somewhat steadied the ship.
After a difficult 2018/19 season, Goole AFC now has a feel of unity and stability going into the new season. Alan Wilson remains Chairman, and Matty Bloor and Terry Barwick remain in the managerial hotseat. The Joint-Managers have created an ethos of having players at the club who particularly want to play for the club and are keen that everyone connected with the club look forwards, not backwards. New season, new start!
Match Report: Lee Jamison
As for opponents Athersley Rec, they too were looking to rebuild after a difficult last season which saw them finish just one place above Goole AFC. Their pre-season had been disrupted with several fixtures being postponed due to the inclement weather. They may have felt under-prepared ahead of today’s fixture although they would be buoyed by the knowledge that last season saw them do the double over Goole AFC with a 3-0 win at the VPG, and a 1-0 win in the return fixture. Of course, Athersley would be hoping for a repeat of either result today.
On a beautifully sunny day at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds, it didn’t take long for the game to burst to life; in just the 2nd minute Goole’s Reggie Waud was clipped in the opponent’s box and the referee awarded the penalty. Archie Brown stepped up and slotted home with aplomb making it 1-0 to Goole. Little did the fans know this would just be the beginning of a landslide victory!
In the 7th minute good play from the Athersley Rec front men forced Goole goalkeeper Sam Riches into a good save which kept the lead intact. The next big moment saw Reggie Waud break the offside trap. He was clean through on goal when the Athersley’s goalkeeper and central defender converged, chopping him down just outside the area. There were calls for a red card, however the referee only produced a yellow.
Archie Brown was celebrating his 2nd of the afternoon just six minutes later, when he started and finished the same move. Good play by Josh Schofield and Dev Newman-Morton on each wing saw the ball make its way back to Brown just outside the penalty area, he took a touch to set himself, and then bent a right-footed shot around a defender and low into the opposition goal, leaving the keeper completely stranded.
Goole’s third of the afternoon was almost a carbon copy, when, in the 33rd minute a sumptuous pass by Archie Brown released Josh Schofield down Goole’s right wing whose low cross into the box found Dev Newman-Morton who subsequently tucked home making it 3-0 to Goole. The excitement was plain to see in the stands as spectators were thrilled with the performance so far.
The goals just kept on coming. Archie Brown’s hattrick and Goole’s fourth was scored in the 41st minute. Again, Dev Newman-Morton looked lively down the left-wing and played a ball across the Athersley box which was well controlled by Reggie Waud. Waud held off a defender and played it back to Archie Brown who managed to deal with a bobbling ball by smashing his shot into the top corner.
There was still time for a fifth before the break, this time Waud was the provider, clipping a cross to Dev Newman-Morton who’s skilful first touch took the defender out of the game. Newman-Morton then coolly rounded the ‘keeper and slotted past the defender on the line. Despite Athersley Rec hitting the Goole crossbar just before the break it remained 5-0 to Goole AFC at half-time.
The damage had been done in the first half and although Goole continued to push forward there was only the one goal in the second half.
The 57th minute saw Reggie Waud get a well-deserved goal when he picked the ball up just inside the Athersley half, dribbled past two defenders before taking aim with a low, well driven shot from 25 yards which nestled just inside the post making it 6-0. Several minutes later a scuffle broke out after a poor challenge, and Reggie Waud went down after an Athersley player was deemed to have headbutted him. The referee gave a straight red to Kai Hancock.
The match continued to produce chance after chance, however 6-0 is how it ended up, a result which puts Goole AFC top of the NCEL Premier Division after one game. A fantastic start to the new season for Bloor and Barwick’s boys.
Goole AFC: 1. Sam Riches, 2. Ben Greasley, 3. Ashley Cooper, 4. Javan Benjamin, 5. Sam Colbear, 6. Adama Ambo, 7. Archie Brown, 8, James Faulkner (c), 9. Reggie Waud, 10. Devonte Newman-Morton, 11. Josh Schofield.
Substitutes: Kieran Mortimer, Billy Lumsden, Sebastian Mpoussa, Arne Donne, Aidan Smith.
Highlights of the fixture can be found here.
Up next for Goole AFC is an FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round match away to the team they relegated on the final day last season; Hall Road Rangers. The match takes place at Haworth Park on Saturday 10th August at 3.00pm.
The next Goole AFC home fixture is on Tuesday 20th August vs Bottesford Town, 7.45pm Kick Off.