AFC Phoenix Match Preview

AFC Phoenix Match Preview

By Jonathan Wilson
3 December 2021
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Match preview ahead of tomorrows home game V AFC Phoenix by Chris Forsyth


On Saturday we welcome AFC Phoenix to the Jones & Co Recreational Ground in Central Midlands League action. We wish a warm welcome to all the players, officials, and supporters of AFC Phoenix.

As always entry for the game is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and free for members. Toms Tea Room will be open for refreshments and the Pavilion will be open for pre and post-match drinks. Also, the Shaft Side Bar will be open throughout the game for alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. The club’s raffle will also be up for grabs so please remember to purchase your tickets. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

We currently sit in 10th position in the league table, with 24 points after 17 fixtures. Our fixture away at Glapwell on Saturday was postponed due to the weather. Prior to that on Tuesday 23rd November we drew 1-1 with Staveley Miners Welfare Reserves in the Abacus Lighting Floodlit Cup, with Colliery going on to win the game 5-4 on penalties. Bayley Lowe scored our goal. On Tuesday 16th November we drew 3-3 at home to Dearne & District with the Colliery goals coming from Sam Foulds, Bayley Lowe and Ash McEwan. On Tuesday 9th November we beat Heanor Town Reserves 2-0, with Sam Foulds and Bayley Lowe scoring. Prior to that on Friday 5th November we were beaten 5-1 at home to St Joseph’s Rockware of Worksop, with Ash McEwan getting the Colliery goal.

Moving on to our visitors and little is known of Phoenix FC origins, it is believed that what is now the complex of the Phoenix Sports & Recreation started with a football pitch and a wooden hut in the early years of the last century and that humble set up was the origins of the sports section of the local steel works. What is known is that football was played at Phoenix in the early 1920's as reports of games can be read in original copies of the steel works newspapers held by a local resident. When forming the Central Midlands League, administration problems resulted in the side having to adopt the title Phoenix Sports & Social Club FC. In 2010 those problems were overcome allowing the side to revert to its roots as Phoenix FC. Last season in the Central Midlands League Phoenix finished in 14th position, with one win, one draw and six losses from their eight fixtures.

They currently sit in 17th place in the table, with eight points from 17 matches. On Saturday they won 1-0 away at Crowle Colts, with Tom Sowden getting the winner. Prior to that on Saturday 20th September they beat Dinnington Town 2-1 at home, Ross Coates and Max Stocchi getting the Phoenix goals. On Saturday 6th November they were beaten 7-2 away at Kiveton Miners Welfare. George Armitage and Ildephonse Hussein scored for Phoenix.

One to watch for AFC Phoenix will be Ildephonse Hussein. So far this season he has scored five times in 12 appearances.

The sides have previously met on 18 occasions, with Colliery winning eight, drawing four and losing six of those meetings. The last time that the sides met was earlier this season, with the fixture at AFC Phoenix ending as a 3-3 draw on Saturday 2nd October. Ainsley Finney scored twice, with Sam Flower getting the other Colliery goal. For AFC Phoenix Ildephonse Hussein scored twice and Sam Hadfield scored their other goal.

Next up after this fixture we face Clay Cross Town at home on Saturday 11th December. Previous results at home to Clay Cross Town:

Saturday 23rd September 2017 – Colliery 2-3 Clay Cross Town – Lewis Francis, Lee Holmes – Lee Clay X3

Saturday 20th August 2016 – Colliery 0-3 Clay Cross Town – Ant Lynam, Tomas Poole X2

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – Colliery 3-3 Clay Cross Town – Dean Burrows, David Cornthwaite, Thomas Walker – Luke Hatcroft, Benjamin Townsend, Own Goal

As ever if you can make it to the game your support is always greatly appreciated. Also, our Ladies team are away to Eckington FC in the County Cup on Sunday with a 1PM kick off and all teams greatly appreciate any support.

Viva Colliery

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