Sunday, 10 March 2013

Social edge out Noisy Neighbours

Welton S&SC silenced noisy neighbours Welton Sports AFC with an efficient 4-0 win in the first ever Social Club derby. Two goals a piece for star duo Scott Coupland and Jason Tinkler did the damage for the Socialites.

After last Weekends ugly scenes in the A46 derby against Scothern United a bumper crowd at Social Park could have been expecting more of the same in the highly anticipated showdown that according to one Welton Sports AFC star had been 5 years in the making.

Both sides started brightly but it was the Socialites who appeared to be in the assendancy and almost took the lead in the 5th minute when Scott Coupland rattled Matt Wilkinsons right hand post,

Weltons talisman didn’t have to wait to long to get his name on the score sheet though after Luke Clifford was brought down by Matt Wilkinson to earn the Socialites a penalty much to the annoyance of the Welton Sports faithful. Upstepped Coupland though to calmly send Wilkinson the wrong way and give the Socialites the lead.

Coupland added a brilliant second on twenty minutes  when Matt Wilkinson raced from his goal to head away a ball over the top by Paul Green, unfortunately for the Sportsmans keeper Coupland was able to brilliantly control and arrow a perfect half volley into the empty net from the touchline infornt of the packed John Stanham stand.

This seemed to spur the Sportsman into life though as they continued to try and play there football on a very difficult surface, A fierce drive from Jason Barrat was saved well by Stubbs in the Socialites goal only for the ball to fall to Alex Munn who forced Stubbs into a stunning save tipping the ball onto the top of the cross bar.

The cross bar again thwarted the Sports man 5 minutes later when Jason Barrat powerfully met full back Matt Wards right wing cross thundering a header onto the cross bar before the Socialites cleared to safety.

With half time looming Luke Clifford contrived to miss an unbelievable chance failing to tap into an empty net from 18 yards out after the bobbly pitch got the better of Matt Wilkinson.

HALF TIME: Welton S&SC 2-0 Welton Sports AFC

As with most games the next goal would prove to be crucial and after being in the ascendancy in the latter stages of the first The Sportsman’s supporters were expecting a barn storming second half from their heroes in purple but it was the men in Blue that started the second half the brightest and their early dominance was rewarded when Jason Tinkler jinked his way into the box and coolly side footed through Wilkinsons legs to give the Socialites a comfortable lead.

The Purples through caution to the wind now and started to throw men forward leaving huge gaps at the back allowing Tinkler to grab his second from almost exactly the same position rattling the ball in off the left hand post after a swift counter attack to make it 4-0.

Seemingly needing a miracle now Welton Sports Manager James Mulhall opted to bring Matt Wilkinson out pitch bringing on Steve Barron in goal but without co manager Mark Daly who was mysteriously not by his colleagues side Mulhall forgot that someone had to be withdrawn and James Demberey was eventually picked at random to be withdrawn.

The Sportsman kept pressing on for a consolation goal and a neat finish by Steve Smith appeared to have got them there goal until name sake Connor Smith miraculously cleared off the line.

Smith who acrimoniously made the cross Club switch in the Summer nearly compounded the Sportsman’s worst fears when he almost capped off an impressive display by rounding off a flowing move down the left hand side but much to the relief of the away support Smiths right footed effort drifted  wide.

Despite the comfortable scoreline both sides deserve credit for producing an entertaining game with some lovely spells of football on a terrible surface, The game was also played in a surprisingly good spirit but there is no doubt that local bragging rights for now are firmly with Big Al’s Welton S&SC.

FINAL SCORE: Welton S&SC 4-0 Welton Sports AFC

Friday, 11 January 2013

Ron his way?

Welton S&SC Manager Al Taylor has hinted that the Kelly Read Cup holders will listen to offers for Journeyman centre forward James “Ronnie” Drabble in the January transfer window.

Despite banging in 12 goals for crocked Welton star Will Carter’s GOO-Ners six a side team Drabble has been relegated to Goalkeeper by Carter in recent Weeks having managed just one goal for the Village giants after his controversial cross village switch from Welton Sports AFC, that goal coming in a pre season friendly and sources close to the Village Club say that Manager Taylor has also lost patience with the fan favourite.

Taylor has become increasingly frustrated with the one time Premier league golden boot winner and despite the striker receiving a rowsing round of applause from the travelling Welton faithful in last weekends County Cup quarter final victory at Hykeham, Manager Taylor may be prepared to cut his losses on the striker adding fuel to rumours on Social networking sites that Drabble could unite with close friend and former Welton team mate Andrew Huckett by signing for Hucketts ambitious Rileys FC side.

Rileys FC are believed to be at the front of a queue of lower League sides prepared to take a gamble on the erratic striker seeing him as a valuable commercial asset even if he proves to be no use to them on the pitch.

The Welton S&SC club shop reported a 57 percent increase in sales of their new home shirt when Drabble re-signed for the Socialites in August with his famous number 14 shirt flying off the rails quicker than the Club shop could churn them out and many Clubs believe signing Drabble would represent a real commercial coup as sides in the lower echelons of the Sills and Betteridge League continue to struggle in the tough economic climate.

Privately Drabble is known to be a huge fan of Rileys and has hinted to friends that being reunited with close friend Huckett could reignite his fledgling career even if the move was on loan until the end of the season, a move that would benefit all concerned with Welton being able to get at least half of Drabbles monsterous wages off the wage Bill.

No official statement has been made by either the striker nor Welton S&SC but despite Drabble saying his journey had come to an end when he arrived back on the blue side of Social Park it appears likely that his journey may not yet be complete.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Jay leads the way for five star Social

Welton S&SC stormed into the semi finals of the County Cup for the third time in 5 seasons with an entertaining 5-2 win against Premier League rivals Hykeham Athletic. Goals from Jamie Chesman, Olly Furness, Scott Coupland and 2 for the returning Jason Tinkler gave Welton safe passage to the semis.

Welton started brightly and were soon in front when Jamie Chesman bundled home a scrappy goal as the Hykeham defence struggled to clear Matt O Hallorans left wing corner.

This goal seemed to galvanise the Hykeham players though and they put Welton under the cosh for much of the first half with Welton relying on a couple of goal line clearances from Joe Snookes amongst others.

Welton absorbed the pressure well though and looked lethal on the break with Will Carter holding the ball up well to release Scott Coupland who unselfishly squared the ball to Furness to finish well from just inside the area past former Welton maverick Michael Jones.

2 soon became 3 when more great link up play between Weltons attacking trio lead to Jason Tinkler cutting in from the left hand side to smash home a right footed strike from the edge of the area past Jones.

With ten minutes to go to half time Welton appeared to be in complete control but a customary switch off from the whole team unbelievably allowed Hykeham to score 2 goals before half time and leave Welton grateful for the half time whistle

Half Time: Hykeham Athletic 2-3 Welton S&SC

Hykeham really finished the first half with their tails up and Weltons pocket of visiting supporters may have been concerned that more of the same was to come in the second half but Welton controlled the second half from the outset if truth be told.

However it wasn’t until midway through the second half that Welton made the game safe though and it was Tinkler who was sent racing into the area by the impressive Carter to dink the ball perfectly over the advancing Jones to give Welton breathing space.

Scott Coupland grabbed his customary goal when Weltons front three conbined again this time to send Weltons ponytailed skipper through to dink the ball over Jones to make it five.

Hykeham had their moments but some excellent defending ensured that it was the Socialites who were back in the Semi Finals where a resurgent Cleethorpes Town, The Ropsley Fox and Ivy Tavern await in todays draw.

Full Time: Hykeham Athletic 2-5 Welton S&SC

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Socialites friendly cancelled

Welton S&SC's torrid pre season preperations took another turn for the worse as tomorrows firendly against Real Liberal from Gainsborough has been cancelled due to the Gainsborough side pulling out last minute leaving Welton with no time to arrange another opponent.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Smith hopes Drabbles career goes in one direction!

Welton Sports AFC lothario Steve Smith has slammed former team mate James Drabble branding him “Judas” for his cross village switch to Kelly Read Cup holders Welton S&SC drawing an angry response from the journeyman centre forward.

“It’s not the fact that he has moved that has riled me.” Said Smith

“If a player wants to leave then that’s fine, If he wants to go and sign for your local rivals then so be it.”

“But to celebrate in the manner he did on Sunday when he scored for them against Market Rasen is unforgivable!” ranted the Harry Styles look alike

“He is a judas!”

The Young Welton Sports starlet was referring to Drabbles over zealous goal celebration in front of the John Stanham stand after the powerful striker slammed home a trademark strike from the edge of the area at the start of the second half of Sundays dower pre season friendly with George Market Rasen.

Drabble was mobbed by his new team mates before he appeared to kiss the badge on his blue and white shirt a reaction that Smith felt was uncalled for.

“It was uncalled for!” concluded Smith

Smith’s rant drew an angry response from Drabble.

“The gall of the man!”

“What’s it got to do with him how I celebrate my goals?”

“I intended no disrespect towards Welton Sports AFC it was just an out pouring of emotion, I was relieved to get a goal on my return to my boyhood Club especially after I had already missed a sack full of chances in the first half.”

“I wanted to show the supporters that I was happy to be back and hopefully that goal will be the first of many.”

“We all get a bit carried away when we score, He (Smith) should know that more than anyone shouldn’t he!”

Drabble was of course referring to an incident when Smith famously nearly sparked a riot with his over the top goal celebration at Newton United two seasons ago revealing a message saying “GET IN THE HOLE” A message that landed Smith in hot water as Newton fans mis interpreted it as a Nazi sympathetic slur against the Newton fans ancestors.

Drabble is unlikely to face any sort of FA investigation but the bad blood between the two former team mates is likely to rumble on.

Drabble "Choice was easy"

James Drabble listened to "the little boy inside him" when deciding to rejoin Welton S&SC - the club he calls his "perfect match".

Drabble signed a week to week contract with the Social Park outfit and scored on his pre season debut against the George Market Rasen in a routine win for the Kelly Read Cup holders.

Once the 28-year-old had made it clear he saw his future away from Welton sports AFC, Trent Valley were quick to make their interest known but Drabble knew that a move across the Social Club was what he wanted.

He said: "In these situations, when you have to make a hard decision in your life, I always listen to that little boy inside me. What does he want? That boy was screaming for Sports and social.

"Everyone knows me by now. I love football. I am quite principled in that perspective.

"It is always difficult to find the perfect match but I do feel this is the perfect match for me.

"Welton S&SC breathes football. If you look at all the players from S&SC, I have some great friends in this team and my choice was made very soon."

"I enjoyed a great season with Welton Sports last Year and I have some great memories from my time with them but my heart told me the time was right to leave."

Drabble becomes the second player of the summer to move across the Social club joining Connor Smith who both face an angry backlash from Welton Sports fans when the two sides meet in January.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Social media!

As Welton S&SC kick off their pre season campaign this Sunday at home to The George Market Rasen we here at are pleased to announce that Welton supporters will be able to follow all the action live via twitter by following @WeltonSSCFC

This will be the only place you can get live match commentary from the hallowed pitches of the Lincoln Sunday Premier League and beyond with live videos and pictures as the socialites battle it out on four fronts once again in the upcoming 2012/13 season.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Fixtures update

The fixtures for both Welton S&SC and Welton Sports AFC have been released and are available to view on the right hand side of the screen.

As is stands both sides are set to kick off their league campaigns on the 2nd of September with a tasty local derby for Welton S&SC against Scothern United at the SCG while Welton Sports AFC take their Premier League bow at Social Park against FVA Jerusalem.

This could change for both sides when the preliminary round for the County Cup is drawn in the coming weeks.

Welton S&SC have been drawn at home to AFC West End in the Ron Eaglen Cup as they bid to return to their third consecutive Ron Eaglen Cup Final. Last years Semi finalists Welton Sports have been drawn at home to Bassingham FC. Both games are scheduled for the 11th November and with both games to be played at Social Park one game will be played in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Off & Running!!

Welton Sports Afc continued their rich vein of form from last year in their first pre-season outing against a good Woodhall Spa side.

Welton started well, but were caught with a sucker punch when the woodhall forward finished from around 20 yards with a cheeky lob. One soon became two and three as Woodhall began to move up through the gears with some of their new signings clearly fitting straight in. However it was Welton who were dominating possession and it was only a matter of time until the Woodhall Keeper was going to conceed. It came in the form of a bullet header just before half time by the some what hungover Dave Kirkbride. With the score at 3-1 Welton could feel a little agreived, but were not getting too concerned as it was more about getting the match fitness from the game.

A few changes were made at half time and Welton burst into life with some scentilating football between the new youngsters luke and lewis. The tables were soon turned with Jason helping himself to two goals and former florist Alex Munn also adding two to his pre-season account. With the score at 5-3 it was only right that Welton stalwart James Mulhall stepped up to add the final nail in the Woodhall Coffin with a neat left footed finish from 12 yards to make it 6-3.

New management duo Mark Daly & James Mulhall were really impressed with the lads display over 90 mins and it would appear the gruelling pre-season training is starting to pay off. Welton Sports are still looking to add a couple more signings before the transfer deadline, but appear to of added some very promising youngsters along with one or two experienced heads.

Further friendlies now confirmed

August 5th - Dynamo Varsity - Home - 11am Kick Off

August 9th - Hykeham Town (saturday league) - Home - 18.30pm Kick Off

August 12th - Hykeham Tigers - Home - 11am Kick Off

August 19th - tbc

August 26th - Wragby Away - 11am kick off

Carter speaks out

Welton S&SC have announced two pre season friendlies both at home on the 12th and 26th of August. Sadly One Man that will definatley not be involved in those games is Welton stalwart Will Carter who has finally broken his silence on the horror injury that marred the pulsating County Cup final little over two months ago.

In a candid and open interview with Carter spoke of the challenge that left him with clean breaks of his right tibia and fibia and also commented on the shambolic treatment he received in the immediate aftermath of the challenge.

“I can’t really remember much about it.” (The challenge)

“I know I won the ball and the lad was late, whether he’s gone in trying to hurt me I don’t know and I guess he’s the only one that knows that.”

“It hadn’t been a dirty game and I’d like to think it was just unfortunate although I do think that there’s players out there that are of a mindset that they just play on Sunday mornings to hurt people but I don’t think that was the case but you’ll have to ask the other Guy about that.”

“I’d like to think that if I had done that to someone even if it was an accident I would have made efforts to get in touch with him though.”

“The delay in getting the ambulance there was an absolute joke and the fact that there wasn’t an ambulance there after what happened to the Jerusalem player the Year before is a disgrace.”

““Phil Teale from the Lincs FA has been a great help over the last two months and I’ve thanked Matt Wilkinson and awarding him the Mack Sawyer award is the very least he deserves for the help he gave me that night, I also want to thank the Seven Seas physio for his help and I probably owe him a beer if we ever get drawn against them again, If those two hadn’t been there it would have been a lot worse as the medical staff on the sidelines didn’t have a clue what they were doing!”

“The messages I received from Welton S&SC team mates, supporters and even players from other teams including Welton Sports AFC, FSC Victory and Scothern was really nice and really was appreciated.

“The Doctor says I should eventually make a full recovery but I’ve got a lot of physio sessions coming up but hopefully the worst is over.”

Carter went onto say that it was to early to earmark a date when he hoped to be playing again or indeed if he did think he would play again but the Welton fullback hinted that he hoped that he would eventually pull on his famous number 2 shirt again and that he would be staying involved with the team this season.”

Connor S&SC

Connor Smith has sensationally made a cross Village switch from Premier League newboys Welton Sports AFC to Kelly Read Cup holders Welton S&SC.

Smith becomes the first player to transfer between the Welton sides since Welton Sports AFC left the S&SC franchise and the 20 Year old local lad’s move is sure to add extra spice to the local derby’s that are scheduled for early 2013.

Supporters of the purple side of Welton were mystified at their teams decision to sell Smith but a Sports AFC spokesman moved to reassure fans that their hands were tied.

“When a player want’s to leave there is no point trying to make him stay, It is in the best interest of the team to deal with the situation as quickly as possible.”

“Connor has been an integral part of our rise to the premier League and we would like to thank him for all he has done for the Club.”

One teams loss is certainly another teams gain though as news of Smith’s transfer was greeted with happiness by Welton S&SC supporters.

Head of the Welton S&SC supporters club David Taylor said it was a real coup for his team to sign such a promising young player.

“The supporters are delighted to have a good local player like Smith to sign on.”

“I saw him play a couple of times last year for the other Welton side and was really impressed with him so hopefully he can have a big season for us.”

Connor Smith was unavailable for comment but is expected to be unveiled in early August.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Welton step into the light

Welton S&SC have announced a new multi hundred pound sponsorship deal with AURA lighting for the coming season.

The Long life light specialist are set to take over previous sponsors Greene King brewery as the teams main shirt sponsor and a new kit is set to be unveiled at the start of the season supplied once again by kit supplier Nike.

Speaking on behalf of AURA, company employee Ross Taylor said that his company are delighted to start their association with Welton S&SC.

“It’s win win for both parties, we will be pumping money into the Club starting with the new kit.”

“Welton are a massive club and we hope that our financial input can help Welton S&SC continue to be successful both on and off the pitch.”

Monday, 11 June 2012

Sky Sports News confirmed late last night, that after their incredible unbeaten season in Division Two Welton Sports AFC have been rewarded with a place in the Lincolnshire Sunday Premier League.

They will battle it out with the following other 11 teams

CW Golden Eagle
Fox & Hounds Hykeham
FSC Victory
FVA Jerusalem
Ivy Tavern
Scothern Utd
Shakespeare Athletic
Victory Athletic
Welton S&SC FC
Welton Sports AFC

Club Secretary/welton sports afc joint manager James Mulhall expressed his delight with the news " I am delighted to see the lads rewarded for their hard work last season, but I am well aware off the task ahead. This years premier league is as strong as I have seen for many years and after the farce last year with four teams pulling out, the league have taken steps to bolster the top league with some more reliable quality clubs. I am relishing both playing and managing alongside mark at the top level in what promises to be an great experience for our set of lads which started a new team four years ago in division 5 and have progressed to the prem in record time"

There will be some great local derby's also with Nettleham, Scothern and of course the plum tie being aginst Welton Sports & Social which is sure to be a sell out crowd. Stay tuned for more reaction as the news filters through.

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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Annual General Meeting 21st June

The Welton Sports and Social and Welton Sports AFC Annual General Meeting will be held at 8pm on Thursday 21st June at the social club.All players, coaches and back room staff are invited to discuss the past season and the forthcoming season.

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Get Well Soon Carter

On behalf of all the players, managers, coaching staff and fans I would like to wish a speedy recovery to Will Carter as he begins his recovery from a broken leg.

The incident marred a pulsating County Cup final last tuesday at Sincil bank between Welton Sports & Social FC and Seven Seas. In around the 70th minute a hard 50/50 with the seven seas midfielder left carter writhing in pain. Thankfully welton sports goalkeeper Matt Wilkinson who is a paramedic was onto the pitch in a flash to begin treating will while the on site medical assistance seemed a little shell shocked. An ambulance was called, but seemed to take an eternity to arrive, but finally will was whisked off to Lincoln County and had a successful operation last wednesday to pin a broken tibia and fibula.

The lads had a tough decision to make after seeing their buddie badly hurt wether to play on. After around 15 minutes it was agreed they would go on and try and win it for their team mate, with the score at 2-1 and time running out this was an uphill battle. However a rash challenge from the seven seas defender brought about the second penalty of the game and Welton's talisman Scott Coupland stepped up and confidently stroked the ball home.

Unfortunately with the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes the dreaded penalties were the fine margin that lead to Seven Seas retaining the cup by winning the shoot out 7-6. It was great performance from the lads and on balance they deserved the win over the 90 minutes.

This game marked the end of an incredible season for the club with sports and social reaching three finals of which they retained the Kelly Read cup. Unfortunately it was not to be in the Ron Eaglen and County cup and only victory stood in their way as they finished second in the Premier Division.

Welton Sports Afc also had a fantastic season winning division two by 11 clear points and going unbeaten all season winning 19/20 with one draw. They will be hoping to build on their cup runs also next year having fallen at the first round in the county cup, but progressed to the quarter final in the kelly read and semi final in the Ron Eaglen losing to eventual winners Fox and Hounds.

Rumours are rife that they could be promoted two divisions into the premier division which would be an incredible story for a team that was set up four years ago and began life in division 5. The management team will not find out until after the league agm on the 7th June, but are already starting to turn their eye to next seasons preperations regardless of which league they find themselves in.

Thank you to all the loyal supporters of the club both on the pitchside and behind the scenes as I firmly believe we are building the best club in Lincolnshire which could boast two teams in Lincolns sunday premier division come september which to my knowledge would be a first.

Look forward to seeing you again next season which is due to kick off on September 2nd.

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