Season 99-00 Reports

Sept 99

Away v Loxwood Park

12th Sept Loxwood Park 2 DC Steamers 2 The Steamers drew their first match for two seasons with a 2-2 draw away to Loxwood Park. Jenson Langford opened the scoring midway through the first half with a close range header after Nick Smith headed back across goal. Minutes from half time Loxwood equalised after a good break. Micky Sheehan replaced Paul Allen and then with the second half minutes old, Steve Bell thundered the ball into the net from a somewhat impossible angle. Andy Bryant replaced Jenson Langford up front and caused the Loxwood defence some difficulties. But no-one, even Jason Knight, who was accused of committing the foul could do anything to prevent Loxwood scoring a penalty after Jason was supposed to have pushed the Loxwood player whilst challenging for a ball in the penalty area. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Chris Taylor, Jason Knight, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen; Ray Townsend, Nick Smith, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Micky Sheehan for Paul Allen, Andy Bryant for Jenson Langford. Not Used: Paul Smithson, Nigel Smith and Nigel Giles

Home v Shinfield Borough Rangers

19th Sept DC Steamers 0 Shinfield Borough Rangers 2 After drawing the first match 2-2, the Steamers were confident going into their first home game of the season at their new ground. The home team started well went close on several occasions through Jenson Lanford and Steve Bell, but it was the opponents who took the lead not long before half time with their first attack of the game; a free header inside the six yard box. Andy Holt replaced Jason Knight early on the first half as he pulled his hamstring. With the rain pouring down, the Steamers went in search of an equaliser but mid way through the second half, Paul Allen was dipossessed 30 yards out. The attacker moved forward, saw Tony Dempster of his line and chipped the ball over him. Paul Allen was replaced by Rory O'Neill and Chris Taylor made way for Micky Sheehan as the Steamers went looking to pull a goal back. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Chris Taylor, Jason Knight, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen; Ray Townsend, Nick Smith, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Micky Sheehan for Chis Taylor, Rory O'Neill for Paul Allen, Andy Holt for Jason Knight.

Away v Zeneca (Jealotts Hill)

26th Sept Zeneca (Jealotts Hill) 2 DC Steamers 3 The Steamers travelled to Jealotts Hill in an attempt to get through to the Berks and Bucks Cup 2nd Round for the first time in a number of years. Although the Steamers looked the better side it was the Brackell side who took the lead after Tony Dempster was accused of handling outside the area whilst taking a drop kick. The Zeneca player then hit the direct freekick over the Steamers wall past Tony's despairing dive. Chris Taylor was replaced by Stuart Brown, who was making his first appearance of the season after Chris strained stomach muscles. It was not until minutes before half time when the Seamers found themselves back on level terms. A wicked cross from Paul Allen found the head of an unfortunate defender whilst challenging for the ball with Rory O'Neill. The ball looped over the keeper and into the top right hand corner. The second half proved to kill Zeneca off. Shots from Steve Bell, Jenson Langford and Stuart Brown kept the Zeneca Keeper on his toes but he could not stop a great curling effort from Rory O'Neill midway through the second half. Jenson Langford then made it 3-1 when his shot rolled under the dive of the Zeneca keeper. Steve Danby was then caught late and from behind and injured his knee. He was then replaced by Micheal Sheehan. Duncan Glen replaced Andy Holt and with the game looking won, the Steamers then gave Zeneca a hope of getting back into the game when they pulled a goal back late on in the game. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Chris Taylor, Andy Holt, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen; Ray Townsend Rory O'Neill, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Stuart Brown for Chris Taylor, Mickey Sheehan for Steve Danby, Duncan Glen for Andy Holt. Not Used: Nigel Giles

Oct '99

Home v Nat West Strollers

03rd Oct 1999 DC Steamers 3 Nat West Strollers 1 The day started without a referee, who we later found out did not realise he had a game to ref. With the injured Steve Danby taking the job, the Steamers found themselves a goal down mid way through the first half wheb their winger's grasscutter found its way under Tony Dempsters body. Mark Jarman managed to equalise late on in the first half when his flick header managed to find the far post through a crowd of players. Both teams squandered plenty of chances to score although through bad finishing and good goal keeping the score reamined 1-1 until mid way throught the second half. A good Steamers break found Rory O'Neill in acres of space in the area and his blistering shot took the Steamers into the lead. Steve Bell made it 3-1 with minutes to go. A great shot in off the crossbar after some good build up play from the Steamers man of the match, Jenson Langford. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Andy Holt, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen; Ray Townsend, Stuart Brown, Nick Smith, Rory O'Neill; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Duncan Glen for Rory O'Neill, Micky Sheehan for Stuart Brown. Not Used: N\A

Away v Sandhurst New Inn

16th Oct 1999 Sandhurst New Inn 4 DC Steamers 0 After a week off from action, the Steamers travelled to Sandhurst in search of reaching the third round of the Berks and Bucks Junior Cup for the first time in a long time. The side was depleated with injuries to Steve Danby (Knee), Chris Taylor (Back) and Tony Dempster (Ribs). Also unavailable was Paul Allen. Jason Knight returned and filled Tony's position in goal whilst Mickey Sheehan started for the first time this season in a left wing back role. Things did not look to go the Steamers way when the Sandhurst side went into the lead early on and then added two more before half time. The second half saw a change in formation, reverting to a 4-4-2 formation although this did not change the course of the game as Sandhurst added another to the tally. Jason Knight was singled out for his extraordinary goalkeeping tactics. He called for the ball in a crowded penalty and ended up throwing his arse at it. The man of the match was Ray Townsend. The starting lineup was as follows: Jason Knight; Neil Wilson, Andy Holt, Mark Jarman, Mickey Sheehan; Ray Townsend, Stuart Brown, Nick Smith, Rory O'Neill; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs Not Used: Nigel Giles, Chris Taylor, Steve Danby

Away v Woodley Hammers Res

24th Oct 1999 Woodley Hammers Res 6 DC Steamers 0 On the back of the 4-0 defeat in the Berks and Bucks Cup, the Steamers travelled to Woodley Hammers looking to bounce back. Paul Allen and Chris Taylor were back and Richard Jordan arrived to make his return after a year out. The home team took the lead early on when the Steamer failed to play the offside. Tony Dempster then felled a Woodley attacker to concede a penalty which was converted. Two more goals followed in the first half as the Steamers were swept aside. The score remained 4-0 mid way through the second half, Chris Taylor replaced Andy Bryant up front whilst Richard Jordan replaced Nick Smith on the right hand side of midfield although both substitutions could not prevent Tony Dempster conceding another penalty, again by felling an attacker. The resulting penalty was again converted. Mickey Sheehan replaced Stuart Brown, Woodley completed the rout with a 6th and that was that. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Andy Holt, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen; Ray Townsend, Stuart Brown, Nick Smith, Rory O'Neill; Andy Bryant, Steve Bell. Subs: Chris Taylor for Andy Bryant, Richard Jordan for Nick Smith, Micky Sheehan for Stuart Brown. Subs Not Used: Nigel Giles

Away v Bulmershe Old Boys

31st Oct 1999 Bulmershe Old Boys 6 DC Steamers 3 For the second week running the Steamers conceded 6 goals although showed some fighting spirit that has been missing over the last few weeks. DC fell a goal behind when Neil Wilson was judged to have fouled a Bulmershe player in the box. The penalty that followed was converted. Minutes later came the second when a bad pass in midfield let the home side in to score.The third and fourth goals came mid way through the first half. The Steamers pulled one back close to half time through Jenson Langford. The Old Boys keeper threw the ball out to a defender although he miscontrolled it. Jenson, seing the opportunity, hit the ball first time into the empty net. Steve Bell then made the score 4-2 when he slotted the ball past the keeper after a goal mouth scramble. Jason Knight replaced Paul Allen at left back as the Steamers went looking for further goals. Jenson then pulled another goal back as the Steamers continued their fightback. At 4-3 Chris Taylor replaced Steve Danby and Mickey Sheehan replaced Stuart Brown. With 15 mins or so left from full time, everything went wrong for DC as they conceded two goals. There was no further comeback from the Steamers. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Andy Holt, Ray Townsend, Paul Allen; Steve Danby, Stuart Brown, Nick Smith, Rory O'Neill; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Chris Taylor for Steve Danby, Jason Knight for Paul Allen, Micky Sheehan for Stuart Brown.

Nov '99

Home v Emmbrook Sports

28th Nov Thames Conservancy 5 DC Steamers 1 Duncan Glen scored his first goal of the season as the Steamers were brushed aside in the Ted Cambridge Cup. The game was more or less already over within the first 20 minutes as Thames went into a 3-0 lead. The first being down to bad defending and the second a complete fluke but oportunist shot. A 30 yard lob which just fell in under the bar beyond Jason Knight. Two more followed through bad defensive errors before Duncan Glen followed up a Steamers corner by side footing into the net. Wayne Makepeace replaced Mark Jarman during the first half as Mark injured himself. The second half saw Richard Jordan and Mickey Sheehan replace Paul Allen and Nick Smith and both managed to help the side look for a comeback. Unfortunately Thames managed to gain a fifth goal and a place in the third round of the Ted Cambridge Cup. The starting lineup was as follows: Jason Knight; Neil Wilson, Andy Holt, Paul Allen, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Mark Jarman, Nick Smith, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Rory O'Neill. Subs: Wayne Makepeace for Mark Jarman, Richard Jordan for Jenson Langford, Mickey Sheehan for Nick Smith.

Away v Nat West Strollers

21st Nov DC Steamers 0 Woodley Hammers Res 2 The Steamers lost their return leg with the table topping team but went down with a determined fight. Paul Allen found himself back in the first team after a few weeks on the bench because Chris Taylor had been called to work earlier that morning. Rory O'Neill was moved from midfield up to forward in the absence of Steve Bell as JJ moved into the midfield. The first half saw the Steamers go behind from a back post header but they still pummeled away trying to get an equaliser. Woodley shaded the second half with possession and eventually doubled their lead when a shot found its way through a crowded area, made Tony pull off a spectacular flying save only to put the ball onto the head of oncoming Woodley striker. Wayne Makepeace, Richard Jordan and Mickey Sheehan all made appearances but could not help the Steamers crash to another defeat. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Andy Holt, Paul Allen, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Mark Jarman, Nick Smith, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Rory O'Neill. Subs: Wayne Makepeace for Duncan Glen, Richard Jordan for Jenson Langford, Mickey Sheehan for Rory O'Neill.

Away v Woodley Hammers Res

14th Nov Nat West Strollers 1 DC Steamers 3 Eventually, after a referee deciding not to want to referee and the league double booking Nat West' pitch, the game got underway at DC 's home ground with a Nat West Player refereeing. Nat West had just come off the back of a 14-1 win against the Sportsman and were certainly up for the game. It was Chris Taylor though who gave the the 'visitors' the lead. Jenson Langford dummied the ball and let Chris race into the area and drill a low shot into the near post from an acute angle. Ray Townsend then scored an own goal as a ball was hammered into a crowd of players. Ray stuck out a boot in the attempt to clear it and unfortunately deflected it into the far corner, past Tony Dempster. The early period of the second half saw Steamers pile on the pressure looking to add to their tally. Jenson Langford took that responsibility on by chasing down a Nat West defender whilst he waited fo the ball to drop. Jenson took advantage of the mistake that followed and rifled the ball past the stranded keeper. Steve Danby then took a corner mid way throught the second half and scored directly from it. Duncan Glen and Chris Taylor were later replaced by Paul Allen and Richard Jordan respectively both due to being completely knackered. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Jason Knight, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Chris Taylor, Mark Jarman, Nick Smith, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Paul Allen for Duncan Glen and Richard Jordan or Chris Taylor. Not Used: Mickey Sheehan

Away v Thames Conservancy (TC Cup)

7th Nov DC Steamers 0 Emmbrook Sports 0 DC gained a valuable point when playing host to Emmbrook Sports. The Wargrave side could have gained all three points by half time. Nick Smith hit the crossbar after 10 mins and then Steve Bell hit it after 40 mins. The visitors also hit the crossbar during the second half. During the second half, the stand in management of Paul Allen and Stuart Brown rang the changes and brought on fresh legs. Chris Taylor was replaced by Mark Jarman, Paul Allen replaced Ray Townsend and Andy Bryant came on for Nick Smith. Both teams went in search of a goal but none came. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Neil Wilson, Jason Knight, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Chris Taylor, Rory O'Neill, Nick Smith, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Paul Allen for Ray Townsend, Andy Bryant for Nick Smith, Mark Jarman for Chris Taylor. Not Used: Stuart Brown and Mickey Sheehan

Dec '99

Home v ECMWF

05th Dec DC Steamers 7 ECMWF 1 Three valuable points were won today as the Steamers rained goals on the weathermen. The boys went a goal down before Rory O'Neill scored with a great back header. Jenson Langford then made it 2-1 going in at half time. Steve Bell then came on in the second half and promptly scored to make the score 3-1. Chris Taylor entered the fray followed by Mickey Sheehan. Duncan Glen scored his second in succesive weeks and then Chris Taylor ran from the halfway line to connect with a through ball from Steve Danby. His low shot beat the despairing dive of the keeper to make the score 5-1. Steve Bell then scored his second of the game before Nick Smith rapped up the game with a seventh goal. The starting lineup was as follows: Jason Knight; Wayne Makepeace, Andy Holt, Paul Allen, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Richard Jordan, Nick Smith, Steve Danby; Jenson Langford, Rory O'Neill. Subs: Steve Bell for Jenson Langford, Chris Taylor for Richard Jordan, Mickey Sheehan for Paul Allen.

Jan '00

Home v Sportsman

09th Jan DC Steamers 7 Sportsman 2 The boys came back from the festive period and without a match for a month and banged 7 goals past our old rivals, Sportsman. The visitots took the lead early on the first half, only for Duncan Glen to level the game at 1-1 with a blistering shot from 6 yards out which went in off the post. Chris Taylor then hit the crossbar with a fine shot after beating two defenders. Steve Bell then made the score 2-1 in favour of the Steamers when he pounced on bad some bad defending. With an injury to Ray Townsend, Andy Holt replaced him and the formation was changed to 5-3-2 at the start of the second half. The pressure was then piled on and the goals started to flow in. Jenson Langford weighed in with two well placed shots before Paul Allen blasted one home from the edge of the area. Steve Danby then thundered one in after a great break by Jenson Langford and a cross field pass to Steve. Jenson then rapped up his hatrick from the penalty spot after a handball. The starting lineup was as follows: Nick Smith; Wayne Makepeace, Paul Allen, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Richard Jordan, Chris Taylor, Steve Danby, Mickey Sheehan; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Andy Holt for Ray Townsend, Rory O'Neill for Richard Jodan, Stuart Brown for Mickey Sheehan.

Away v ECMWF

16th Jan ECMWF 1 DC Steamers 3 DC won their third successive match and maintained their 100% record this millenium. This week we were without a few first team regulars, Ray, Jenson and Andy Holt couldn't make it, Paul Allen went to watch Man City and Wayne..well we do not know what happened to him. This meant Neil Wilson had to be brought out of retirement (which he announced last week) and we welcomed back Tony Dempster from injury. The home team scored early on in the first half although eye winesses claim the player was offside when the ball was played. Steve Bell then levelled the scores when he chipped the keeper from just inside the area. Rory O'Neill then put the Steamers up when Richard Jordan put a ball through the defence as Chris Taylor was running back. This caused confusion amongst the defenders as they all stopped expecting an offside flag, Rory burst through though and knocked it past the keeper. Steve Danby finally rapped up the scoring and the match when his long range drive found the top corner of the net. Unfortunately for Richard Jordan though, he had to be carried off after a challenge and was replaced by Jason Knight. The second half did not produce anything to write about apart from the failed attempts on goal from the Steamers. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Chris Taylor, Neil Wilson, Duncan Glen, Stuart Brown, Mickey Sheehan; Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Richard Jordan; Rory O'Neill, Steve Bell. Subs: Jason Knight for Richard Jordan.

Feb '00

Home v Whitley Tavern

13th Feb DC Steamers 1 Whitley Tavern 5 After a month without a game due to Sportsman withdrawing from the league and no games being scheduled, the Steamers crumbled to Whitley Tavern. The Steamers held out until 25 mins into the game when the ball was lost in midfield and a up and over ball found the opposing striker in acres of space. His drive found the back of the net and already the boys were facing an uphill battle. Whitley went 2-0 up when a long and high cross looped over Chris Taylor's head (that's not hard) into the path of the advancing striker. After a fracas between team mates (Chris and Tony), Steamers conceeded another goal before half time. Steve Bell pulled a goal back from the penalty spot early in the second half but Whitley scored two more midway through the second half including one from the penalty spot. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Wayne Makepeace, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen, Stuart Brown. Chris Taylor, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Rory O'Neill; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Richard Jordan for Chris Taylor, Mickey Sheehan for Rory O'Neill. Subs Not Used: Nigel Giles, Mark Jarman

Home v Bulmershe Old Boys

20th Feb DC Steamers 2 Bulmershe Old Boys 3 An injury time winner gave Bulmershe the points in a hard fought match. Steamers found themselves 2-0 down midway through the first half and did not make to many opportunities in front of goal. They evenytually pulled one back through Jenson Langford. He passed the ball passed the keeper after a goalmouth scramble. With minutes remaining in the first half, Rory O'Neill scored with a well placed lob from 30 yards out. The second half showed the Steamers spirit and they dominated large amounts of the second half. With seconds remaining, a corner was conceeded by DC. With a well placed corner, the Bulmershe player pounced to add a third to his teams tally. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Wayne Makepeace, Andy Holt, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Nick Smith, Stuart Brown, Steve Danby, Rory O'Neill; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Richard Jordan for Steve Danby Subs Not Used: Chris Taylor, Mickey Sheehan

Away v Emmbrook Sports

27th Feb DC Steamers Emmbrook Sports Another last minute goal sank the Steamers this morning after a very hard fought game in the wind. Emmbrook had a lot of the possession throughout the game and eventually scored the winner during a goal mouth scramble. Nick Smith won the Steamers Man of the Match as he kept DC in it with a outstanding performance in goal in place of Tony Dempster. The starting lineup was as follows: Nick Smith; Wayne Makepeace, Andy Holt, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Chris Taylor, Stuart Brown, Mark Jarman, Mickey Sheehan; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs Not Used: Nigel Giles

Mar '00

Home v Loxwood Park Rangers

05th March DC Steamers 0 Loxwood Park Rangers 1 For the third consecutive week, DC lost a hard fought match in the 90th minute. Steve Danby returned from holiday and filled in at left back whilst Chris Taylor was dropped to the bench due to illness during the week. Steve Danby didn't last too long in the game as he received a hard challenge and was eventually substituted for Mark Jarman. Loxwood had a lot of the posession in the first half but were unable to break the deadlock. The second half saw Chris Taylor replace Jenson Langford and Nigel Giles make his first appearance of the season for the injured Richard Jordan. The game looked to heading for a draw until the Steamers found themselves short at the back with a man over. The ball found its way into the path of the opposing striker who passed the ball into the net in the 90th minute. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Wayne Makepeace, Steve Danby, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Nick Smith, Stuart Brown, Richard Jordan, Mickey Sheehan; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Mark Jarman for Steve Danby, Chris Taylor for Jenson Langford and Nigel Giles for Richard Jordan

Away v Whitley Tavern

19th March Whitley Tavern 7 DC Steamers 0 The Steamers visited Abourfield for their clash with Whitley Tavern and left battered and bruised after losing by 7-0. The home side rushed into a half-time 4-0 lead and with two more in the second half and an own goal from Steve Bell, the Tavern won with ease. DC had few efforts on goal. Jenson Langford had a shot well saved by the keeper whilst Chris Taylor and Nick Smith saw their efforts just go wide of the target. The starting lineup was as follows: Tony Dempster; Wayne Makepeace, Andy Holt, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Nick Smith, Mark Jarman, Chris Taylor, Mickey Sheehan; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs Not Used: Stuart Brown, Nigel Giles, Steve Danby

Away v Shinfield Borough Rangers

26th March Shinfield Borough Rangers 1 DC Steamers 1 A Steve Bell goal was not enough for the Steamers to leap over Shinfield in the league. This being the final game for both teams saw the Steamers make a great start and attacked the Shinfield goal in the first minute. The first half half saw a lot of efforts go begging from the Steamers although Shinfield had more of the play. Steve Bell notched up his 9th goal of the season when he ran onto a defence-splitting through ball from Stuart Brown to slot the ball passed the despairing dive of the Shinfield keeper. Shinfield drew level midway through the second half. A corner was conceeded by DC and the cross found the head of their tallest player. The starting lineup was as follows: Nick Smith; Wayne Makepeace, Andy Holt, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen; Chris Taylor, Stuart Brown, Mickey Sheehan, Richard Jordan; Jenson Langford, Steve Bell. Subs: Mark Jarman for Richard Jordan Subs Not Used: Nigel Giles, Neil Wilson