Internet ‘Orns back at the races

WATFORD IFC marked the official resumption of Internet FA action for the 2020/21 season with a 6-3 come-from-behind win at home to AFC Wimbledon.

The Wombles raced into an early two-goal advantage with the Hornets seemingly still emerging from footballing hibernation – despite a midweek Powerleague get-together.

It took 16 minutes for the arrears to be halved during the first half of the 12-a-side match on the giant playing surface inside Watford FC’s training ground inflatable dome. Ben Kelly drove down the left flank and stabbed low across the face of goal for Alex Newman – arriving at the far post – to poke home.

Kelly then levelled the scores himself, breaking free of two challenges to drill the ball low past the Dons’ keeper.

Adam Gallichan put the Golden Boys 3-2 ahead shortly before half-time, but the goal of the game – as the momentum edged back in the host’s favour – came eight minutes into the second 45 when a sweeping passing move through the thirds ended with a neat low finish by Charlie Wood.

The Wombles re-pressed their claims and found a third goal to set up the potential of a nervy finish to the game for WIFC. But two Mark O’Connor goals, separated by just two minutes, put some added gloss on the final scoreline with just over ten minutes left for play.

Hornets: Mesiano; T Brandy, J Sitkowski, D Sitkowsi, Ainsley; A Newman, T Labbett, Stone, Anderson, St-Cyr; Gallichan, Kelly. Subs used: O’Connor, C Brandy, Viney, Church, Wood, Hill.
Goals: A Newman, Kelly, Gallichan, Wood, O’Connor x 2

Newman treble seals Cup Final berth for Internet ‘Orns

Watford Internet FC reached the final of the Covid-delayed 2019/20 South East Cup with a spirited come-from-behind 3-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

Teenager Alex Newman will rightly take the lion’s share of the headlines with a second-half hat-trick which saw the Hornets recover from the set-back of going a goal down on the hour after a goalless and somewhat attritional first 45 minutes – albeit goalkeeper Matt Mesiano having to make two fine stops.

Newman wasn’t alone in his second-half heroics, however, with centre-half Ben Bateman turning in a particularly impressive display against a barrage of free-kicks and long throws launched into Watford’s box on an uneven Raynes Park pitch which proved tricky going for both sides.

A masterful tactical switch from manager Richard Walker saw the Hornets deploy the pace of Cleveland Brandy as sweeper as well as pushing the livewire Newman up alongside first Ally Hill and then stand-in striker Tom Anderson.

Wimbledon struck first with a fierce cross-shot, and they were ahead until the 72nd minute when Newman raced clear, rounded the goalie and coolly slotted home from a diminishing angle. This was evidence of the visitors taking the aerial route after the break, preferring to avoid the pitfalls of trying to play through the thirds. 

Cleveland Brandy – whose cousin Tyrone Brandy made an impressive debut at right-back – picked out Newman for the first and then, with eight minutes to go and penalties looming, Hill flicked on for Newman to slot home.

It was 3-1 and game over in injury-time when Newman was felled for a penalty which he eventually took himself; despite the best efforts to grab the ball of Lamar St-Cyr whose 50-yard run from the left flank sought to deny the youngster his treble.

So an evenly-matched and good-spirited contest finally went the way of the Hornets, who go through to meet long-time rivals and friends West Ham IFC in a final yet to be arranged.

Hornets: Mesiano; T Brandy, Bateman, D Sitkowski, St-Cyr; Anderson, Moss (c), T Labbett; C Brandy, Hill, A Newman.Sub used: Kelly. Sub not used: P Labbett.

Brave Hatters deflated by late winner

HAVING enjoyed more comfortable wins over this spirited opposition from Bedfordshire, it was a different story inside Watford FC training ground’s inflatable dome as Watford IFC laboured to an ill-deserved 2-1 victory over Hatters Fans FC.
This 12-a-side encounter (agreed due to dome pitch size) was by far the closest of the recent contests – played once again in true IFA spirit, and refereed well by Jez Hinds.
Luton’s containment policy had failed them on previous occasions, but this time the Hornets got frustrated with their own below-par passing game combined with indecision in the final third.
It took a mix-up between visiting goalkeeper and defender to grant the Internet ‘Orns a 1-0 interval lead with an own-goal from a Ben Kelly header moments before the half-time whistle.
Watford improved marginally after the break, but there could be no denying Town’s claim to a deserved equaliser when a long ball forward from a free-kick was meant with a firm header to restore parity.
Despite many personnel changes in the search for a magic formula, the Hornets continued to look unlikely to take the game by the scruff of the neck. It took a rare moment of quality 12 minutes from time – a turn and emphatic finish by Adam Gallichan – to finally break the stubborn opposition resistance.
WIFC: Matt Mesiano; Matt Ainsley, Ben Bateman, Michael Viney, David Sitkowski; Rob Stone, John Sitkowski, Tom Labbett; Alex Newman, Adam Gallichan, Richard Murphy, Stuart Nicholls (c).
Subs used: Lamar St-Cyr, Charlie Wood, Connor Church, Dean Maloney, Ben Kelly.

2019/20

The overall playing record for 2019/20.

The season was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The IFA league positions as at March 14th stood and Worldnet was cancelled.

Cup competitions were completed in season 2020/21.

WIFC 19/20PldWDLGSGAGD
League8710381424
Friendlies110011011
Cup Games0000000
TOTAL9810491435
Goals Per Game5.441.56
Leading Scorer
Adam Gallichan – 10
Leading Appearances
Stuart Nicholls, John Sitkowski, David Sitkowski and Charlie Wood – 8
Final League Position
8th
Final English League Position
3rd

Results and scorers

Date CompOppositionScoreScorers
20-Sep-19FRS & Co XIHW 11-0Gallichan 2,
O’Connor 2,
Mesiano 2,
Church,
Moss,
St Cyr,
Nicholls,
Anderson
28-Sep-20LGE1Shrewsbury AD 4-4Wood
Murphy
Tomlinson 2
5-Oct-19LGE2/SECQFCambridgeHW 6-4Gallichan 3
Jenkins
O’Connor
OG
2-Nov-19LGE3Shrewsbury HW 3-1Hill 3
4-Jan-20LGE4HalifaxHW 8-1Wood 2
Gallichan 2
Kelly 2
Jenkins
Anderson
25-Jan-20LGE5LutonAW 6-0Wood 3
Nicholls
Murphy
Kelly
1-Feb-20LGE6/IFACQFDunfermlineHW 3-1Gallichan 2
Wood
15-Feb-20LGE7MK DonsAW 6-2T Labbett 3
Wood 2
St Cyr
6-Mar-20LGE8LutonHW 2-1OG
Gallichan

Appearances

Name19/20 Apps
Stuart Nicholls8
John Sitkowski8
David Sitkowski8
Charlie Wood8
Adam Gallichan7
Rob Stone6
Matt Mesiano6
Richard Walker5
Richard Murphy5
Ally Hill5
Ben Kelly5
Tom Anderson5
Stuart Sperinck5
Mike Viney4
Dan Moss4
Tom Labbett4
Matt Ainsley3
James Jenkins3
Lamar St Cyr3
Connor Church3
Sol Tomlinson3
Alex Newman3
Ben Pegram2
Mark O’Connor2
Ben Bateman2
Paul Labbett2
Dean Maloney2
Kevin Newman2
Matt Ladell1
Dave Messenger1
Scott Mathers1
Sam Elvery1
Paul Carrington1
Lewis Koch1
Simon Wood1
Luke Gardner1
Owen Arnold1
Jamie Thomas1

Goalscorers

Name19/20 Goals
Adam Gallichan10
Charlie Wood9
Ally Hill3
Ben Kelly3
Tom Labbett3
Lamar St Cyr3
Mark O’Connor3
Stuart Nicholls2
Matt Mesiano2
Richard Murphy2
Tom Anderson2
James Jenkins2
Sol Tomlinson2
Dan Moss1
Connor Church1

2018/19

The overall playing record for 2018/19

WIFC 18/19 Pld W D L GS GA GD
League 10 7 0 3 38 21 17
Friendlies 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
Cup Games 5 2 1 2 10 8 2
TOTAL 16 10 1 5 52 30 22
Goals Per Game 3.25 1.88
Leading Scorer
Charlie Wood – 16
Leading Appearances
Charlie Wood – 8
Final League Position
18th
Final English League Position
9th
IFA Cup
Quarter Finals
South East Cup
Semi Finals
Worldnet
Quarter Finals
Worldnet Vets
Did Not Enter

All of the results and scorers from 2018/19

Date Comp Opposition Score Scorers
06-Oct-18 LGE1 Stevenage H L 2-6 Wood
Gallichan
13-Oct-18 LGE2/SECQF Northampton A W 4-0 Soloway 3
J Sitkowski
27-Oct-18 LGE3 Coventry H W 6-1 Nicholls (Pen)
O’Connor 2
Wood
Gallichan
Elvery
10-Nov-18 LGE4 Portsmouth A W 5-1 OG
Hopkins 2
Walker
Anderson
17-Nov-18 LGE5 Luton A W 4-2 B Bateman
Walter
Gallichan 2
19-Jan-19 LGE6 Hampton & Richmond H W 5-0 Wood 2
Church
O’Connor
C Bateman
09-Feb-19 LGE7 Luton H W 5-0 Wood 2
Gallichan 2
B Bateman
23-Feb-19 LGE8 MK Dons A W 4-2 Gallichan
Kelly 2
Wood
02-Mar-19 LGE9/SECSF Stevenage A L 2-3 Wood
Kelly
09-Mar-19 LGE10/IFACQF Rochdale A L 1-6 Church
01-Jul-18 Worldnet A’s Manchester City N W 6-0 OG
O’Connor 3
Kelly
R Sterry
01-Jul-18 Worldnet Friendly Livingston GS N W 4-1 Viney
Nicholls
Kelly 2
01-Jul-18 Worldnet A’s Barnsley N D 1-1 R Sterry
01-Jul-18 Worldnet A’s Aberdeen N L 0-3
02-Jul-18 Worldnet Last 16 Hull N W 3-1 Anderson
R Sterry 2
02-Jul-18 Worldnet QF Preston N L 0-3

Appearances

Name 18/19 Apps
Charlie Wood 16
Mark O’Connor 13
Tom Anderson 12
Connor Church 11
Matt Ladell 11
Ben Kelly 10
Stuart Nicholls 10
Mike Viney 10
Lamar St Cyr 10
Ally Hill 9
Adam Gallichan 8
Rob Stone 8
Richard Murphy 8
Matt Mesiano 8
Rob Sterry 6
John Sitkowski 6
Ben Bateman 6
Sam Elvery 5
Matt Ainsley 5
David Sitkowski 5
Mat Ball 5
Ciaran Bateman 5
Richard Walker 4
Dave Soloway 3
Stuart Holdham 3
Jeremy Hinds 3
Max Walters 2
John Machin 2
Paul Shelock 2
Stuart Sperinck 2
Dan Moss 2
Harry Hopkins 1
James Jenkins 1
Dave Messenger 1
Jamie Parkins 1
Laurence Wells 1
Mark Brennan 1
Tommy Twelves 1
Dean Mitchell 1
Rob Booth 1
Reece Gohil 1
Liam Martin 1
George Pennington 1
Jake Elvery 1
David Walter 1

Goalscorers

Name 18/19 Goals
Charlie Wood 8
Adam Gallichan 7
Mark O’Connor 6
Ben Kelly 6
Rob Sterry 4
Dave Soloway 3
Tom Anderson 2
Stuart Nicholls 2
Own Goals 2
Harry Hopkins 2
Connor Church 2
Ben Bateman 2
Sam Elvery 1
Richard Walker 1
Mike Viney 1
John Sitkowski 1
David Walter 1
Ciaran Bateman 1

2017/18

The overall playing record for 2017/18

WIFC 17/18 Pld W D L GS GA GD
League 11 4 5 2 41 32 9
Friendlies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup Games 4 1 1 2 0 0 0
TOTAL 15 5 6 4 41 32 9
Goals Per Game 2.73 2.13
Leading Scorer
Ally Hill – 8
Leading Appearances
Matt Ainsley/Stuart Nicholls – 12
Final League Position
23rd
Final English League Position
13th
IFA Cup
Withdrew
South East Cup
Semi-Finals
Worldnet
Last 16
Worldnet Vets
Did Not Enter

All of the results and scorers from 2017/18

Date Comp Opposition Score Scorers
05-Aug-17 LGE1 Stevenage H D 4-4 O’Connor, Hill 2, Mesiano
26-Aug-17 LGE2 Hampton & Richmond H W 7-3 Viney, O’Connor 2, Wood, Beck, Nicholls, Hill
09-Sep-17 LGE3 Portsmouth A D 0-0
16-Sep-17 LGE4 Northampton H W 8-1 Holdham, Kelly 2, O’Connor, Wood, Murphy, Gallichan, Walker
30-Sep-17 LGE5 Coventry A L 3-7 Viney, Payne, Wood
28-Oct-17 LGE6 Millwall H D 5-5 Wood 2, Mesiano, Hill, Murphy (Pen)
04-Nov-17 LGE7 MK Dons A D 1-1 Soloway
12-Feb-18 LGE8 West Ham A D 3-3 Hill 2, O’Connor (Pen)
24-Feb-18 LGE9 Leyton Orient A W 5-2 Nicholls (Pen), Smithson, Waller, Hill 2
24-Mar-18 LGE10/SECQF Gillingham H W 5-4 St Cyr, Gallichan 2, O’Connor, B Bateman
07-Apr-18 LGE11/SECSF Maidstone H L 0-1
01-Jul-18 Worldnet A’s Bury A N W 1-0 Twelves
01-Jul-18 Worldnet A’s Runcorn N D 1-1 Twelves
01-Jul-18 Worldnet A’s AFC Wimbledon N L 0-1
02-Jul-18 Worldnet A’s Ayr N L 0-1

Appearances

Name 17/18 Apps
Matt Ainsley 12
Stuart Nicholls 12
Adam Gallichan 11
Richard Walker 10
Ally Hill 10
Charlie Wood 10
Richard Murphy 8
Mark O’Connor 8
Lamar St Cyr 6
Ben Bateman 6
Matt Mesiano 6
Ben Kelly 5
Connor Church 5
Rob Stone 4
Dave Soloway 4
Tom Davison 4
John Sitkowski 4
Jeremy Hinds 4
Max Walters 4
John Machin 4
Dean Mitchell 4
Sol Tomlinson 4
Phil McBride 3
Stuart Holdham 3
Rob Sterry 3
Tommy Twelves 3
Vince Machin 3
Paul Shelock 3
Kye Simons 3
Mike Viney 3
Ciaran Bateman 3
Joel Moody 2
James Jenkins 2
Andy Myall 2
Cleveland Brandy 2
Derek Payne 2
Ryan Viduka 2
Kevin Affleck 2
Andrew Ibbott 1
Steve Eustice 1
Ben Pegram 1
Matt Ladell 1
Tom Beck 1
Dave Messenger 1
Paul Labbett 1
Neil Hall 1
Josh Freedman 1
Tom Smithson 1
Stuart Sperinck 1
Sam Walller 1
Reece Gohil 1
Liam Martin 1
Chris Marsh 1
Dayle Littlejoin 1
Ali Cameron 1
Thomas Payne 1
Tom Curson 1
Lewis Bentham 1

Goascorers

Name 17/18 Goals
Ally Hill 8
Mark O’Connor 6
Charlie Wood 5
Adam Gallichan 3
Ben Kelly 2
Matt Mesiano 2
Mike Viney 2
Richard Murphy 2
Stuart Nicholls 2
Tommy Twelves 2
Ben Bateman 1
Dave Soloway 1
Derek Payne 1
Lamar St Cyr 1
Richard Walker 1
Sam Walller 1
Stuart Holdham 1
Tom Beck 1
Tom Smithson 1

2020/21 in progress…

Overall Record

WIFC 20/21PldWDLGSGAGD
League2200945
Friendlies100103-3
Cup Games0000000
TOTAL3201972
Goals Per Game3.002.33

Results and scorers

Date CompOppositionScoreScorers
26-Sep-20FRLutonHL 0-3
17-Oct-20LGE1/SECSFAFC WimbledonAW 3-1A Newman 3
3-Apr-21LGE2AFC WimbledonHW 6-3A Newman
Kelly
Gallichan
Wood
O’Connor 2

Appearances

Name20/21 Apps
Tom Labbett3
Matt Mesiano3
Lamar St Cyr3
Cleveland Brandy3
Matt Ainsley2
Dan Moss2
Ben Kelly2
Adam Gallichan2
Ally Hill2
Charlie Wood2
Tom Anderson2
David Sitkowski2
Alex Newman2
Mark O’Connor2
Ben Bateman2
Mike Viney2
Tyrone Brandy2
Rob Stone1
Stuart Nicholls1
Connor Church1
Stuart Sperinck1
John Sitkowski1
Kevin Newman1
Dean Maloney1

Goalscorers

Name20/21 Goals
Alex Newman4
Mark O’Connor2
Ben Kelly1
Adam Gallichan1
Charlie Wood1

Heartbreak defeat for the Internet ‘Orns

AN agonisingly late goal for Maidstone United’s fans team denied Watford IFC at least the shot at a cup final from the penalty spot at the end of an attritional but absorbing South-East Cup semi-final.

The Stones scored with just a minute of injury-time left on the watch, breaking clear from a Hornets’ corner to convert from a low cross.

It was harsh on Watford, who matched the defensive solidity shown by the visitors with a steely resolve to give few chances away on a decent morning for football at Parmiter’s School.

Unusually for IFA football, defensive quality was very much to the fore as neither side managed to fashion anything more than fleeting glimpses of goal.

Hornets’ player-manager Richard Walker plunged smartly to his left to push away Maidstone’s only meaningful first-half effort at goal, then easily repelled a 15-yard shot 10 minutes from time as the visitors looked to make the most of a rare second-half opening.

Lamar St-Cyr scuffed Watford’s best early chance and striker Adam Gallichan hit a post with a side-footed effort as he bore down on the United goal. And debutant Dean Mitchell impressed at left-back, sending in some teasing centres as the game wore on.

John Sitkowski was outstanding at the heart of the Golden Boys’ rear-guard effort, taking an inadvertent pummelling to the ribs at the hands of Maidstone’s giant centre-forward mid-way through the second 45, while the determination of Rob Stone and Max Walters in midfield was impressive.

But it was the visitors who prevailed and, with Watford IFC’s best wishes, will now advance to the final to meet Millwall – who beat West Ham United 3-1 in the day’s other semi-final.

Hornets: Richard Walker; Matt Ainsley, Ally Hill, John Sitkowski, Max Walters; Lamar St-Cyr, Rob Stone, Stuart Nicholls (C), Richard Murphy; Adam Gallichan, Charlie Wood.
Subs used: Dean Mitchell, Ben Bateman, Ciaran Bateman.

Internet ‘Orns progress in the South East Cup

WATFORD IFC will face Maidstone United’s fans team in the semi-final of the South East Cup this weekend, after a win by the odd goal in nine at home to their Kentish rivals Gillingham on March 24th.

The team, managed by Moz Clarke with Richard Walker having to referee, was grateful to two debutants in accomplished centre-halves Tom Curson and Lewis Brentham; Stuart Nicholls disobeying the golden rule of never introducing new players to the squad that are better than you.

The Gills’ persistence notwithstanding, it was more Hornets’ errors that kept the visitors in this tie, with Gillingham’s third and fourth goals of a 5-4 scoreline coming from a clumsily-conceded penalty kick and a comedy own-goal one minute from full-time.

In between the goalscoring action, Watford settled into a decent passing rhythm at times, with central midfield duo James Jenkins and Ben Kelly at the heart of much of the host’s progressive play.

That said, the first goal was 34 minutes in coming. ‘Kenbele’ slotted striker Adam Gallichan through; he lunged at the loose ball which broke off the outrushing Gills’ keeper for Lamar St-Cyr to expertly sweep it home off the underside of the crossbar from the corner of the penalty area.

Gills replied with a tidy leveller to restore parity going into the break, but just three second-half minutes had elapsed when Gallichan was rewarded for an ambitious 25-yard strike when it dipped under the goalkeeper’s grasp.

Two more Watford goals around the hour mark appear to have put the tie to bed. First a Jenkins centre flew across the face of goal and was turned in at close-range by Gallichan, then Mark O’Connor produced the game’s best piece of skill to flick a through-ball over his marker before half-volleying home to make it 4-1.

But Gillingham wouldn’t lie down and hit a second mid-way through the second 45, knocking Watford off their stride somewhat. The home team found a fifth, though, when with 12 minutes remaining sub Ben Bateman slammed home into the side of the net from 12 yards – a well-taken first-time shot after a set-piece broke his way.

Then came two late visitor’s goals and some nervy late set-piece defending by Watford to eventually close out the game as winners by five goals to four.

TEAM: Ben Pegram; Matt Ainsley, Tom Curson, Lewis Bentham, Stuart Nicholls (c); Lamar St-Cyr, James Jenkins, Ben Kelly, Richard Murphy; Adam Gallichan, Mark O’Connor.
Subs used: Tom Davison, Ben Bateman. Sub not used: Martin Pollard.