AFC Emley 8-0 Bottesford Town
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Match Photos are HERE
Non-League football legend Mark ‘Willy’ Wilson made his 900th career appearance as Darren Hepworth’s side thrashed helpless Bottesford Town at the Welfare Ground.
Wilson came on as a second half substitute for Emley who could now finish fourth in the Northern Counties East League Division One table, if they win at promoted Athersley Recreation and Louth Town fail to beat Dinnington Town on Saturday.
With kick-off delayed by nearly ten minutes because of the late arrival of two Bottesford players, Emley looked far more determined to win and the three points were never in doubt.
Experienced forward Steven Kenworthy headed Emley ahead in the ninth minute after latching onto a cross from the left and that set the tone.
Leading scorer Ashley Flynn nearly scored their second goal before Aaron Joseph did just that in the 33rd minute. Flynn got his name on the score-sheet four minutes before half-time after breaking through on goal.
Joseph added his second soon after to give Emley a resounding 4-0 lead at the break.
Emley continued to create chances and probably should have scored more than the eight they got. Bottesford were poor and looked like a side that probably wished the season had ended a week ago.
Joseph got his hat-trick just after the hour mark to put Emley 5-0 up. 42-year-old Wilson then made his entrance and almost scored when his goal-bound long range strike was deflected over the crossbar.
Wilson couldn’t score, but Reuben Jerome, Kenworthy and Jordan Townsend completed the rout which moves Emley up to fifth.
AFC Emley: Day, McIntosh, Schofield, Leech, Cyrus, Sykes, Joseph, Ingham (Wilson 69), Flynn (Jerome 41), Kenworthy, Irving (Townend 61). Sub not used: Cooke.
Bottesford Town: Barker, Hipkins, Smith, Morrill, C LaRocca, Sharp, Martin, Pembleton, Bolton, M LaRocca, Thompson. Sub: Chris Robinson
Referee: S Holroyd
Man of the match – Aaron Joseph
There will be more coverage on ‘Willy’s’ 900th game over the weekend.