AFC Lanes 3 - 1 Selhurst United - Charity Football Match
On Saturday 26th August saw two rivals go head to head in their first competitive game against each other. There has been years of hype surrounding the fixture; due to the many friendships coming face to face. Stephen Tipton had organised the event between his two football teams (Saturday and Sunday teams) and had decided to represent AFC Lanes because it is the team he manages. It was a very hot day which saw many friends and families attend to support the charity and their loved ones. The game was played in a great spirit and finished 3 - 1 to AFC Lanes after goals from N. Allen and S. Tipton (2). To find out more about the match please read the match report below.
Throughout the day saw two other fundraisers taking place: 1) Pick a football team (scratch card) 2) Penalty shootout. The winner of the scratch card was Sam Laflain with Manchester City and the penalty shootout was won by Daniel Murray after he had defeated several other opponents.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event and helped to raise money for the Summers Trust. We have manged to raise just over £400.
A special thank you goes to Becky Walker, David Tipton, Andrew Cook, Phil and Tandridge Council for helping to organise and run this event for the Summers Trust.
The game started at a fast pace with Selhurst United having a lot of possession and building early pressure. Selhurst put many crosses and long throws into the Lanes box but resolute defending ensured Selhurst did not score. Having been penned in their half for long periods, AFC Lanes looked dangerous on the counter-attack and won a free-kick in Selhurst’s half midway through the first half. Mike McNally delivered a dangerous cross into the box which Selhurst failed to clear. Nick Allen was first to pounce on the ball and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal to see Lanes lead 1-0. Selhurst’s clearest opportunity of the half came when they won a free-kick on the edge of Lanes’ 18-yard box. Mike Whelan stepped up to get the ball up and over the wall and it looked to be heading in until Dan Murray turned the ball over his cross-bar.
HT – AFC Lanes 1 - 0 Selhurst United. Half-time saw one of the best players of the first half (Jake Endersby) replaced by Rich Bennett who slotted straight into the Lanes’ defence.
The start of the second half saw Selhurst United come out strongly but again came up against a determined Lanes defence. Selhurst’s pressure did not pay off and Asher Mitilinakis nipped in to steal possession on his own half and immediately played a through ball to Stephen Tipton. This then saw Stephen Tipton beat the centre back, turn past the outrushing goalkeeper and slot the ball into an empty net. Selhurst United were now 2-0 up with 30 minutes to play. In the 80th minute saw Selhurst win a penalty for the ball striking Nick Allen’s arm as he tried to stop a cross. Mike Whelan stepped up to take the penalty and confidently slotted the ball past Dan Murray into his bottom left hand corner. As the game moved into the last 5 minutes Selhurst United were pushing forward for an equaliser and were leaving gaps in their defence. AFC Lanes capitalised on this and counter-attacked their opposition. The ball eventually made its way to Stephen Tipton in the box who calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to claim his second goal of the game. This was to be the last opportunity of the match and the game finished 3 - 1 to AFC Lanes.
FT – AFC Lanes 3 - 1 Selhurst United.
AFC Lanes Line Up: D. Murray, T. Hunt (c), N. Allen, A. Mitilinakis, R. Bennett, J. Endersby, S. Crabb, M.McNally, J. Cooks, C. Claydon, J. Sinclair, S. Tipton.
AFC Lanes Goal Scorers: N. Allen and S. Tipton x2
Selhurst United Line Up: Steve, T. Haig (c), Nathan, Mullins, G. Bucks, M. Whelan, Billy, B. Ramdas, C. Smith, I. Johnson, D. Jupe.
Selhurst United Goal Scorers: M.Whelan
Referee: A. Cook