Season 02-03 Results

Sept '02

Sept 01st 2002 v Woodlands 4-2 League DC Kicked off the new season in terrific style after overcoming a stern test by defeating Woodlands 4-2. Despite missing several players, the Steamers were still able to field a strong side which included a debut for Mark Berriman. Both teams started well although DC took the lead when Steve Bell sent a delightful defense splitting pass through for Nick to run onto. Nick took advantage of the keepers hesitancy and knocked the ball around him before rolling the ball into the net. Woodlands equalised after some slack marking before Paul Allen put Steve Bell clear to score sending the home side in at half time with a 2-1 lead. Both teams continued to play good football and as time ticked down, Woodlands were awarded a dubious penalty. Darren went to ground closing down the attacker and with the ball going out of play and away from the goal, the attacker went to ground claiming to have been caught by Darren. The resulting penalty was converted. In response to this setback, DC promptly went up the other end and restored their lead. Paul Allen sent a deceiving shot towards goal which the keeper managed to get a hand to, unfortunately for him, he palmed it into his own net. Finally with only minutes remaining, Danny burst clear and had his shot well saved by the keeper but at the expense of a corner. Again Paul put a wicked cross in towards the goal and despite claims the ball had crossed the line, the defender on the back post handled the ball onto the bar. A goal was awarded to save sending the defender off. A good start to the season...Lets hope it continues. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Andy Holt, Ray Townsend, Mark Berriman, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Steve Bell, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Nick, Steve B, Paul, OG Subs: None

Sept 8th 2002 v Abbey Rangers Res 1-4 League DC came back down to earth with a bump this morning as Abbey Rangers won 4-1 at Lower Whitley Rec. With Darren away, Rory deputised in goal whilst Howard and Richard Scaldwell turned up to warm the bench. The home side started the better of the two teams and soon started to take advantage of sloppy passing by DC. They scored their first goal after some bad defensive play before a 35 yarder rocketed into the roof of the net with Rory helpless to make it 2-0. DC created little in the first half. Jensen struck a 30 yarder over the bar and Steve Bell probably had DC's best effort having his shot well saved by the keeper. Abbey added to their tally before half time when Mark Berriman was caught out with a bounce allowing the striker to scoop the ball the ball past Rory. Jensen replaced Paul Allen at half time with Richard Scaldwell although DC still found themselves playing too deep and the passing had not really improved. Howard replaced Andy at right back. As the game progressed, the Steamers used the wings a lot more and started carving out chances. JJ, Danny, Howard and Nick all had opportunities but just could not find the target. Abbey scored a fourth, again with a long range screamer that Rory could not do much about. In the end, it was left to Nick to grab a late consolation goal for the Steamers in a game that is best forgotton. The starting line-up was as follows: Rory O'Neill; Andy Holt, Ray Townsend, Mark Berriman, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Steve Bell, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Nick Subs: Richard S for Paul A, Howard for Andy H

Sept 15th 2002 v 116 Exiles 0-1 League A 25 yard piledriver was enough to condemn DC to a second straight defeat in a game they dominated. DC started brightly, knocking the ball around but failed to take or create many chances. Darren was a spectator for a lot of the game although he could not do anything about the rocket that flew past him midway through the first half. The ball broke from the Steamers defensive are to where the Exiles player controlled it before unleashing a thunderous shot past Darren. Playing against a side that contained a 61 yr old, DC just could not penetrate the defence and went in at half time losing 1-0. The second half continued in a similar vein although the wings were being used more instead of going through the middle. Chris replaced Nick on the hour mark with JJ and DM coming on minutes later although the chances created were few and far between. This was increasingly frustrating as DC had the majority of the possession. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder, Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Mark Berriman, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Paul Allen, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Subs: Chris for Nick, JJ for Paul A, Andy H for Ray (?)

Sept 22nd 2002 v Earley Retreat 4-0 League DC put in a hard fought effort this morning as they beat the Earley side 4-0 with all the goals coming in the second half all thanks to Howard. He has yet to play on a winning side this season and the general consensus was that it was because he wasn't playing that we won (just kidding H). DC started brightly and took the game to the opposition. Lots of goalscoring opportunities were created with Steve Bell and Danny both having good chances either saved or going just wide. It was the second half when everything got interesting. Steve Bell opened the scoring early on when an offside appeal was turned down enabling him to fire home from 10 yards. A penalty was awarded to DC soon after for a 'push' in the area. No-one appeared to know though who was pushed although Nick didn't worry about it and put the ball past the keeper. With the referee spoiling the game for blowing up for the slightest thing the home side did, the Earley sides heads started to drop and the Steamers took advantage of this. Nick made way for Jordy whilst a little later on JJ came off for Rory. DC continued to win the midfield battles and things eventually paid off when a nicely weighted through ball found Richard Scaldwell in a bit of space. He took it in his stride, looked up and casually stroked the ball into the corner of the net. Earley threw more people forward and created a few chances of their own. Their best effort was cleared off the line by Paul Allen in a manner most people would have headed away, Paul though seemed to get his foot up level with his head and clear it. The rout was left to Danny to finish off as he he tucked away his effort after Rory's bizarre cross/shot/wild kick bounced back off the bar. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Chris Taylor, Ray Townsend, Mark Berriman, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Richard Scaldwell, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen, Steve Bell, Danny Feasey Scorers: Steve B, Nick, Richard, Danny Subs: Jordy for Nick, Rory for JJ

Sept 29th 2002 v Associated Asphalt 2-1 Berks & Bucks 1st Rnd A last minute winner from the right-back Chris Taylor was enough to see the Wargrave side through to the second round of the Berks and Bucks Cup. DC started very well, stroking the ball around the pitch and took the lead within the first 10 minutes when Steve Bell took advantage of a failed clearance and put the ball past the dive of the keeper into the corner of the net. The game then seemed to start going to pot. Bad passes, lots of continuous moaning and eventually an equalizer from Asphalt. Darren took a goal kick which was met by the head of an unmarked Asphalt midfielder. The direction and weight of the ball was perfect for the Asphalt striker to latch onto and despite Howard trying to get a last ditch tackle in, the ball was thumped home, leaving Darren holding his head. As the game progressed, Jordy hit the crossbar with a firm header after a good cross from Nick but in the end both teams trudged off even at half time. Midway through the second half Jordy was replaced by Danny whilst Asphalt changed their formation. Steve Bell was twice unlucky not to add to his tally as two lobbed efforts flew over the bar. As time ticked down, extra-time looming and Jensen needing to get away on time to see the Spiderman film, DC started to throw more people forward in search of a late goal. Chance after chance was created and wasted until Paul Allen received the ball in the last minute. He cut inside and knocked a low cross into the six yard box to where Chris had arrived at. Despite many sarcastic comments, he managed to get a foot / shin / leg to it to steer it into the far corner of the net and send the Steamers into the next round. Asphalt gave it one more go after the kick-off and could have scored. Fortunately, the shot was weak and Darren cleared to high pitched shrill of the final whistle. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Nick Smith, Richard Scaldwell, Paul Allen, Steve Bell, Jensen Langford Scorers: Steve B, Chris Subs: Danny for Jordy

Oct '02

Oct 06th 2002 v Abbey Rangers Res 4-3 League A manic final 15 minutes ended with DC taking all three points this morning and taking revenge from a 4-1 beating at the start of the season. Steve Danby put the the home side into the lead with a glorious header after Nick Smith had cut the defence open with a cross field ball to Jordy. His pinpoint cross landed straight onto the head of Steve, who'd leapt like a Salmon to guide a powerful header into the top corner of the net. Whilst both teams created chances neither could convert them and both teams wandered in at half time with the score at 1-0 to DC. Early on in the second half, Steve Bell forgot which way he should have been shooting and accidentally mis-directed a clearance that caught Darren unawares. Fortunately, his goal bound effort hit the crossbar and was cleared to safety. Darren was then called into action when he got down quick and saved a well struck effort. It was the 75th minute when the game suddenly burst into life. A frantic last quarter of an hour producing 6 goals. First, Abbey equalised. DC re-grouped and a minute later, went straight down the other end with Jensen finishing a lovely passing move. Minutes later, Abbey equalised for a second time and then took the lead with 8 minutes remaining. DC refused to lie down and accept defeat and Danny equalised when the keeper mis-judged a bounce allowing Danny to head into the empty net. Time was nearly up when Steve Bell scored the winner. He lobbed the keeper whilst under pressure must to the relief of his teammates. This was a game that DC deserved to win although were pushed all the way to achieve it. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Chris Taylor, Ray Townsend, Howard Cooke, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Nick Smith, Steve Bell, Paul Allen, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Steve Danby, Jensen, Danny, Steve B Subs: None

Oct 20th 2002 v Bulmershe OB's 4-2 League DC dug deep this morning to sweep aside a Bulmershe side that took the lead and equalised before succumbing to a strong Steamers side. The home side started well although went behind against the run of play when a dubious penalty was awarded to the Bulmershe side. A high ball was played into the Steamers penalty area, Howard and the opposing striker were jostling for positions and the referee felt that Howard had impeded the striker. The penalty was converted. Despite feeling unjustly penalized, DC kept up the pressure and eventually got there deserved equaliser when Howard broke forward and sent a long range effort looping over the keeper into the top corner from 20 yards out. Danny made it 2-1 soon after when Howard won an important tackle in DC's last third and found Richard Scaldwell in space. Richard, reading Danny's run, laid a perfectly weighted through ball into his path leaving Danny to round the keeper and pass the ball into the empty net. With no changes at half time, DC continued from where they left off but eventually found themselves back on level terms when an expected offside decision was over-ruled by the referee. Despite the acute angle, the striker was able to guide the ball past Darren into the corner of the goal. With this setback, DC refused to let their heads drop and after a ten minute period where they lost their shape, DC regrouped and carved out a chance that resulted in Jordi winning a penalty. Paul Allen, who'd replaced Danny Feasey minutes before, laid a pass inside to Nick whose flick found Jordi in the penalty area. As Jordi was shaping up to shoot, he was cynically hacked down. Nick added to his goal tally for the season by converting the penalty. Jordi did get himself on the scoresheet when a cross field ball was well dummied by Nick allowing the ball to roll through to Jordi. Unmarked and unchallenged, Jordi coolly stroked the ball past the keeper. Duncan and Paul Smithson replaced Jensen and Steve Bell respectively and created a chance late on. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Mark Berriman, Andy Holt, Richard Jordan, Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell, Nick Smith, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Howard, Danny, Nick, Jordi Subs: Paul Allen for Danny Feasey, Duncan Glen for Jensen Langford and Paul Smithson for Steve Bell

Oct 27th 2002 v Sunninghill Carpenters Arms 5-2 Berks and Bucks Cup DC moved into the third round of the Berks and Bucks Cup for the first time* this morning after pushing aside the Carpenters Arms of the Bracknell league. The Steamers took full advantage of the gale force winds and played with the wind in the first half. With this advantage, DC sawed through the Carpenters defense and Jensen should have had two goals to his name after only 20 minutes. It was down to Danny to settle their nerves though as he nailed two more goals to his seasons tally with two calmly taken goals, the latter coming from a great cross from Jensen. The player-manager turned from provider to scorer early on in the second half when he received a through ball and slotted neatly past the keeper. The Carpenters started to take more advantage on the wind and eventually pulled one back after a goalmouth scramble ended with Rory clawing the ball back from over the line. They threatened soon after and nearly scored again when a rasping shot thundered off the cross bar and out to safety. This did not dampen DC spirits though and they regained their 3 goal cushion when Danny rapped up his hat trick. Jensen then made it 5-1 before the Carpenters were allowed to score a late consolation goal. It was the opposition keeper who kept the score down to single numbers. He denied Danny a first half hat trick and also made important saves from Steve B late on. The starting line-up was as follows: Rory O'Neill; Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Andy Holt, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell, Mark Berriman, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey *As far as I can recall (as far back as 1993-94) DC have not been past round 2 of this cup Scorers: Danny (3), Jensen (2) Subs: Paul Allen for Steve Danby, Richard Jordan for Jensen Langford and Chris Taylor for Danny Feasey

Nov '02

Nov 03rd 2002 v Bulmershe OB's 3-5 League DC's unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt in a game marred by injuries to Steamers players. Despite missing some key players through unavailability and injury, the Wargrave side welcomed Jason and Dunc back into the squad and started well creating a couple of good early chances. Their pressure soon paid off when Richard Scaldwell latched onto a decent through ball and drilled a low shot home to put the visitors ahead. From this moment on the game started to slowly drift away from DC, evidence of this when the Bulmershe striker got goal-side of Paul Allen and scored the equalizer midway through the first half. A triple tragedy then hit DC before the half was finished. Firstly, Howard had to be replaced by Jason as the DC right back injured his back and then within a matter of minutes late in the first half. Darren charged from his goal and saved at the feet of the onrushing striker only to get up with a broken little finger. Paul Allen replaced him temporarily in goal whilst Rory got changed although within a minute of the restart Bulmershe scored a second when they capitalized on a slip by the keeper. Two-One down at half time and DC had everything to do in the second half. Things only got worse !! Bulmershe charged into a commanding 5-1 lead with Nick Smith missing a penalty between goals and Rory, who'd replaced Darren at half-time, having to go off after a collision with an opposing striker left him with a bad swelling on his knee. Up stepped DC's 4th goalkeeper of the day...Jason Knight. Unfortunately he could do nothing to prevent the home teams fifth goal. The Steamers had a mountain to climb and with Paul Smithson replacing Rory, DC pushed everyone forward apart from Paul Allen and JJ in search of a goal. This eventually came when Steve Bell side footed home from close range. He then reduced the deficit to two goals minutes later when he thumped a loose ball home after a goalmouth scramble. Unfortunately this was not enough for DC who now have to hope that injuries clear up for the visit of high flying Whitley Tavern Res in the league in two weeks time. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Howard Cooke, Duncan Glen, Mark Jarman, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Nick Smith, Richard Scaldwell, Paul Allen, Steve Bell, Danny Feasey Scorers: Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell (2) Subs: Jason for Howard, Rory for Darren, Paul S for Rory

Nov 03rd 2002 v Bulmershe OB's 3-5 League DC's unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt in a game marred by injuries to Steamers players. Despite missing some key players through unavailability and injury, the Wargrave side welcomed Jason and Dunc back into the squad and started well creating a couple of good early chances. Their pressure soon paid off when Richard Scaldwell latched onto a decent through ball and drilled a low shot home to put the visitors ahead. From this moment on the game started to slowly drift away from DC, evidence of this when the Bulmershe striker got goal-side of Paul Allen and scored the equalizer midway through the first half. A triple tragedy then hit DC before the half was finished. Firstly, Howard had to be replaced by Jason as the DC right back injured his back and then within a matter of minutes late in the first half. Darren charged from his goal and saved at the feet of the onrushing striker only to get up with a broken little finger. Paul Allen replaced him temporarily in goal whilst Rory got changed although within a minute of the restart Bulmershe scored a second when they capitalized on a slip by the keeper. Two-One down at half time and DC had everything to do in the second half. Things only got worse !! Bulmershe charged into a commanding 5-1 lead with Nick Smith missing a penalty between goals and Rory, who'd replaced Darren at half-time, having to go off after a collision with an opposing striker left him with a bad swelling on his knee. Up stepped DC's 4th goalkeeper of the day...Jason Knight. Unfortunately he could do nothing to prevent the home teams fifth goal. The Steamers had a mountain to climb and with Paul Smithson replacing Rory, DC pushed everyone forward apart from Paul Allen and JJ in search of a goal. This eventually came when Steve Bell side footed home from close range. He then reduced the deficit to two goals minutes later when he thumped a loose ball home after a goalmouth scramble. Unfortunately this was not enough for DC who now have to hope that injuries clear up for the visit of high flying Whitley Tavern Res in the league in two weeks time. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Howard Cooke, Duncan Glen, Mark Jarman, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Nick Smith, Richard Scaldwell, Paul Allen, Steve Bell, Danny Feasey Scorers: Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell (2) Subs: Jason for Howard, Rory for Darren, Paul S for Rory

Nov 17th 2002 v AFC Victory 1-3 Ted Cambridge Cup DC crashed out of the Ted Cambridge cup this morning with a poor display. Having fielded a strong starting 11, DC found themselves 2-0 down within 5minutes. Victory took control of the early stages of the game making the best of very muddy conditions. DC eventually came into the game with a number of attacks with the best of the action culminating in and attack where Danny, Steve and Jensen all failed to beat the goal keeper. Further attacks failed to produce a goal for DC even though Victory did look weak at the back. The second half started with the score 2-0, DC failed to apply any concerted pressure, and a lack of quality particularly with possession, and passing led to a further goal for Victory. The game which was quite bad tempered and reach a flash point when the Victory goal-keeper was dismissed for handling the ball outside the area after a collision with JJ. The goal-keeper proceeded to launch a volley of abuse at the referee and was eventually sheparded from the pitch. DC eventually got a goal back with a cool finish in a one-on-one with the keeper after the offside trap was beaten. DC will have to do better otherwise their season will quickly turn into a very mediocre one. The starting line-up was as follows: Nick Smith, Duncan Glen, Ray Townsend, Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Richard Jordan, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Paul Allen, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Danny Subs: Jason for Dunc

Dec '02

Dec 01st 2002 v Crown Royals 4-0 Berks and Bucks 3rd Round The hardest part of this fixture was getting to the ground. Losing half the team in a convoy and traveling around the Bracknell ring road was not enough though to deter the Steamers from marching into the fourth round of the Berks and Bucks Cup for the first time in the clubs history. The Wargrave side, who dominated the game from start to finish, limited the home side to a handful of chances and took the lead within the first fifteen minutes when Danny took advantage of a hefty clearance and the goalkeepers hesitancy to calmly slot the ball past the keeper. Danny should have made it 2-0 minutes later after some skillful play but could only watch as his shot crept over the bar. DC maintained their unrelenting attack on the Royals goal in the second half and Jensen made it 3-0 with two well taken goals. As soon as the third went in, Rory made two inspired substitutions bring Duncan and Howard on for Danny and Jensen respectively as a straight swap and within minutes the 4th goal went in. The ball found itself at Duncan's feet and with only Howard in support, he pushed on. Howard charged forward with him yelling 'Play me in' although Duncan had one thing in mind. He scuffed the ball sending the opponent the way way before letting rip with a thunderous toe punt into the near post true Duncan style. Finally, as the match drew to a close, Rory's inspirational substitution nearly added a 5th goal when Howard had a great header well saved by the keeper (How does that sound H) The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Mark Jarman, Ray Townsend, Mark Berriman, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Nick Smith Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Danny, Jensen (2), Dunc Subs: Paul A for Nick, Duncan for Danny, Howard for Jensen

Dec 08th 2002 v Embrook Sports 4-0 League A great well fought battle against Embrook gave DC their 3rd consecutive win over their opponents. Missing three first teamers, DC managed to field a strong starting eleven which included Rory in goal and Duncan up front alongside Steve Bell; and it was Duncan who setup Nick for the first goal of the game. A cross to the back post was headed back into the middle by Duncan who found Nick in space to score after a deflected initial shot. Ten minutes later Ray Townsend opened his account for the season when he smacked home a close range shot high into the roof of the net. The half time teamtalk was, for once, a positive one and inspired DC further in the second half. Steve Bell scored the 3rd after a superb turn and shot midway through the second period before Nick grabbed his second during a goalmouth scramble. Chris Taylor replaced Mark Berriman for a brief run out late on in the game as the Steamers grabbed another well earned and much needed 3 points. The starting line-up was as follows: Rory O'Neill; Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Mark Berriman, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Mark Jarman, Richard Scaldwell, Paul Allen, Steve Bell, Duncan Glen Scorers: Nick (2), Ray, Steve B Subs: Chris for Mark

Jan '03

Jan 04th 2003 v 116 Exiles 1-0 League Another long range effort from Jensen secured three well deserved points for DC this morning against a well organised 116 Exiles side. Despite having the game delayed by 30 minutes due to a heavy frost, both teams played out an even first half and created few chances; eventually going in at half-time at 0-0. It looked likely that one goal would settle the tie and that eventually came when Jensen took advantage of seeing the goalkeeper off his line and and chipped it in from a good 30 yards out. DC then gave Saleh 'Sammy' Azeb his debut replacing Jordi before Chris replaced Nick on the left of midfield ten minutes later. 116 threw all they had at the Steamers in the last 10 minutes although DC absorbed it and held on to win the match. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen, Nick Smith, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Richard Jordan, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Jensen Subs: Saleh for Jordi, Chris for Nick

Jan 26th 2003 v Reading Irish Res 4-0 League A Danny Feasey hat-trick in the last 10 minutes pushed DC into joint 3rd place and beat a previously unbeaten Irish side. DC started well and opened the scoring early on when Steve Bell shrugged off a challenge and knocked the ball past the keeper into the net via a post. DC maintained their pressure and should have made it 3-0 by half-time but failed to do so due to poor finishing. Back at the other end, the only way DC were going to concede was from set pieces, Chris cleared one effort off the line whilst Jordi kept the Irish 6 foot striker at bay with a couple of important headed clearances. Darren's injury hit season then seemed to go from bad to worse when he landed awkwardly after claiming the ball and twisted his knee. He managed to play on though with JJ taking the goal kicks. The second half continued in the same vein, DC pressing forward and missing chance after chance. Danny, Nick, Chris, Steve D, to name but a few people who should have extended the Steamers lead. As time dwindled down, Reading Irish applied more pressure in search of an equaliser, sending more players forward but left themselves exposed at the back especially against the pace of Danny. After a number of dodgy offside calls and a linesman replacement, Danny finally broke away to increase DC's lead and then with Reading Irish's heads down, he proceeded to score two more in the dying minutes. For the record, he did not get a jug in after the game. The starting line-up was as follows: Darren Holder; Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell, Paul Allen, Nick Smith, Danny Feasey Scorers: Steve Bell, Danny Feasey (3) Subs: Duncan for Paul Allen

Feb '03

Feb 02nd 2003 v Embrook Sports 2-1 League DC continued their impressive winning start to 2003 with a hard fought win against Embrook Sports. Playing on a boggy, cut up pitch, control of the ball was difficult and a defensive error from Mark Jarman allowed Embrook to take the lead within the first 15 minutes of the game. A big hoof downfield was misjudged by the veteran Steamer and a failed desperate dive for the ball allowed the Embrook player to rush in and calmly place the ball beyond Rory. DC failed to create much in the first half and went in at half time a goal down. An upbeat half time team talk seemed to do the trick and DC started the second half in good fashion knocking the ball around. The breakthrough eventually arrived from a throw-in on the right hand side. Jordi found JJ in space and the Steamers centre-back surged forward and put a cross into the area. The cross seemed to evade everyone though and soon found itself nicely nestled in the corner of the opposition net. DC continued to surge forward and create chances which Paul Allen and Danny Feasey failed to convert. It was the latter though who won the game for DC when he connected with a deflected cross. The keeper came to claim the ball although Danny managed to head the ball over him before he could react. DC could have found themselves walking away with only a point though as Embrook created one last chance late on in the game. The striker found himself alone in the area but decided to place the ball instead of welt it past the keeper. Rory managed to get a strong arm behind the ball and deflected it away for a corner. As the corner was swung in and cleared by DC, the final whistle went. If man of the match awards were handed out, today's winner would be Richard Scaldwell who put himself about and won all the headers he went for. It was also nice to see Mickey Sheehan start his comeback from injury, adding himself to subs bench even though he wasn't used. The starting lineup was as follows: Rory O'Neill, Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell, Paul Allen, Nick Smith, Danny Feasey Scorers: JJ, Danny Subs: Duncan for Jordi

Feb 09th 2003 v Shepherds House Woodley 6-0 League The summit of Division Two East has finally been reached with a 6-0 thumping of Shepherds House Woodley. The Wargrave outfit required a win and hoped two other sides managed a draw, in both instances this happened. After an initial period of pressure, DC got into the game and started to create chances. Danny opened the scoring and then got a second midway through the first half with two well placed shots. He nearly scored a third only for the keeper to parry the shot. Fortunately Steve Bell was on hand to knock the ball across the line to make the score 3-0. The half time score could have been 5-0 but for a couple of efforts from Danny and Nick going agonisingly wide. The second half continued in the same vein as the first and with the match already won, DC made some changes. Ray replaced Chris, Duncan replaced Paul whilst Mickey finally made his comeback replacing Richard Scaldwell. Howard scored the 4th from 20 yards before Nick finished off some great work from Steve Bell whose shot looked to be going wide. Steve Bell did get his second though, calmly placing the ball past the keeper after beating the offside trap. Danny's hat-trick eluded him yet again when a pinpoint cross landed literally in his lap a yard from the line. Unfortunately the ball was recovered. So a good win and the Steamers highest ever placing was achieved. Well Done Fellas The starting lineup was as follows: Rory O'Neill, Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell, Paul Allen, Nick Smith, Danny Feasey Scorers: Danny (2), Steve B (2), Howard, Nick Subs: Ray for Chris, Duncan for Paul, Mickey for Richard S

Feb 16th 2003 v Salisbury Club 1-2 League Pitiful !!! DC played hosts to a Salisbury side who obviously wanted to win more than the Steamers did this morning and it was the opposition who took the lead. Howard battled with the Salisbury player and as soon as they both entered the penalty area, the Salisbury player went down. The penalty was duly converted. They scored a second and DC were facing defeat and what would have been Salisburys first win of the season. Nick Smith scored what looked to be a legitimate equalising goal after some great run down the left from Paul Allen, only for the opposition linesman to flag it offside. (A crap decision as Nick had run from deep to connect with the cross and they had a man on the line) The referee, without consulting his linesman changed his mind and awarded a goal-kick. Nick did eventually get on the scoresheet when he connected with a header from a decent corner. As time whittled its way down DC tried to push more players forward only to find the ball coming back at them after losing possession with bad passing. Eventually the whistle blew, the Salisbury players celebrated and the DC players wandered back to the dressing room heads bowed and very angry with themselves. The starting lineup was as follows: Darren Holder; Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Duncan Glen, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell, Paul Allen, Nick Smith, Danny Feasey Scorers: Nick Subs: Andy H for Duncan, Rory for Paul A

Mar '03

Mar 02nd 2003 v Shepherds House Woodley 1-3 League DC made hard work of this game. Shepherds House, bottom of the table without a point and only managing to muster 9 players for the kick-off promptly took the lead in the fifth minute when Howard and Rory failed to communicate resulting in the former heading the ball over the stand-in keepers head, leaving both stranded to watch the home team striker score and surprise opening goal. DC plugged away but still went through the middle of the park instead of using the width and their two man advantage. As the wider men were brought into the game more and more, DC started to carve out more and more chances and it was Jensen who eventually scored DC's equaliser. Despite it being constant Steamers pressure they could only manage to create a handful of goalscoring chances in the rest of the first half with several players squandering half decent efforts. Shepherds House were back to full strength in the second half as a player injured in the first half went in goal and late arrivals got kitted up. DC continued the apply the pressure and created more chances on goal only for the keeper to thwart or narrowly fly past the post. Danny Feasey eventually calmed DC's nerves a little when he scored a great goal from a near impossible angle. Jensen, recently out with a back injury was replaced by Andy Holt whilst ten minutes later Danny was swapped for super sub Duncan. I call him super sub as it's not for the first time this season he has come off the bench and planted the ball in the net. He scored DC's third late on in the match with what can only be described as a fluke, a crap cross, or a general 'AV IT' hoof. It doesn't matter what you call it, as long as it hits the net, that's all that matters. Dunc was out on the right and put the ball high into the box, the keeper back peddled and couldn't do anything as it flew over his head into the corner of the net. Wild celebrations followed with Duncan having his shorts pulled down by a over-ecstatic manager whilst running across the pitch, arms aloft. Finally getting the points, DC are back on top of the league but time will tell for how long. A tough month is to follow. The starting lineup was as follows: Rory O'Neill, Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Steve Bell, Mark Jarman, Nick Smith, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Jensen, Danny, Duncan Subs: Andy H for Jensen, Duncan for Danny

Mar 09th 2003 v Whitley Tavern Res 1-1 League A hard fought draw against Whitley Tavern was not good enough to remain in top spot but the performance was much needed in light of recent weeks. Tavern tried to intimidate DC but failed miserably conceding free kick after freekick. Unfortunately, the referee was not tough enough to take control of the game early on and let a lot go which most refs would have dealt with. After absorbing early pressure, DC fought back and created the odd chance here and there before Nick Smith latched onto Jensen's cross to steer DC into the lead. Whitley were soon denied a blatant penalty when Howard handled the ball, surprisingly the referee did not award a penalty much to Tavern's disgust and the Steamers cleared. Tavern eventually got their equaliser when a cross to the back post was headed in by an unmarked player. The second half was much the same. Innocuous challenges on most of the DC players, surprisingly a lot going without notice. Chances were few and far between but Tavern possibly had the best two efforts of the second half. The first one just going wide after Rory had narrowed the angle and the second resulting in a fantastic reaction save by the stand-in DC keeper. At the end of the day DC felt it was two points dropped but were happy to come away with one point. The starting lineup was as follows: Rory O'Neill, Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Steve Danby, Richard Jordan, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Nick Smith, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Nick Subs: None

Mar 16th 2003 v Woodley Saints 3-2 League A fantastic hat-trick from Danny Feasey handed DC top spot for another week at least as the Steamers edged a hard fought game against fellow title challengers, Woodley Saints. Danny, personally knowing the majority of the Woodley side, made up a T-Shirt with 'King Feasey #12' on it for his goal scoring celebrations. He certainly needed it as he gave DC an early lead when he capitalised on Stuart's huge goalkick and the opposition keepers hesitancy before lobbing the ball over the keepers head. Woodley came close to equalising soon after but found Stuart Harris, another stand-in keeper in sparkling form turning the ball over for a corner. Jordy took a knock midway through the half and was replaced by a hung-over JJ. This change was altered at half time with Chris moving to right midfield and JJ slotting into the back four. Ten minutes into the second half Danny gave DC a 2-0 lead with a powerful run and thunderous shot past the helpless keeper. But this lead was cut short moments later when Woodley's version of Franny 'Greg Luganis' Jeffers fell in the area with a pike turn to finish with to award his team a penalty. The spot-kick was converted and Woodley were back in it until Danny completed his treble, nutmegging the keeper and rolling the ball into the net with 15 minutes to go. Woodley were not finished though and after Rory replaced Nick on the left of midfield he played Saints onside and the resulting cross was well converted by the Woodley striker. Three points worked hard for hopefully to be continued into next weeks clash with Reading Irish. The starting lineup was as follows: Stuart Harris, Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Paul Allen, Richard Jordan, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Nick Smith, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Danny (3) Subs: JJ for Jordi, Rory for Nick

Mar 23rd 2003 v Reading Irish Res 3-3 League After a good first half display where DC ran to a 2-0 lead, the Steamers then threw it all away and managed to hold on for a 3-3 draw. Danny Feasey opened the scoring inside 25 minutes before Steve Bell made it 2-0 on 35 minutes. The passing and movement from DC was good and Reading Irish were finding it difficult to create many chances but as half time approached a corner was floated in and Darren looked to have safely gathered it but an Irish foot took advantage of a handling error and poked the ball out of his hands and into the net. The Steamers were furious but the goal stood. Reading Irish were the stronger of the two teams in the second half. They made a tactical change and flooded our midfield which DC could not handle. Within 10 minutes of the restart both teams were back level. A very well taken volley flew past Darren and it was 2-2. Maybe against the run of play Danny Feasey put the Steamers back in the lead after some nice play by Nick on the right. His first attempt on goal was saved but he found the corner of the net with his rebound. This lead did hold stand for long a cross from the left was converted by the Irish striker to leave the game at 3-3. The starting lineup was as follows: Darren Holder, Chris Taylor, Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Steve Bell, Mark Jarman, Paul Allen, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Danny (2) Steve B Subs: Jordi for Jensen

Mar 30th 2003 v Woodley Saints 0-3 League DC received a huge setback in their title challenge today when they were outplayed and beaten 3-0 by a well organised Woodley Saints side. Berkshire County Sports has not been kind to the Steamers this season having lost there 5-3 earlier in the campaign and losing two keepers to injuries and today was no different. Darren limped off within the first twenty minutes when he landed awkwardly trying to prevent Saints from going a goal up direct from a free kick. He failed, twisted his knee and they were one up. Chris then received an accidental elbow to the side of his head leaving him groggy. He only lasted another 15 minutes before being replaced by Jordi. DC seemed to be at sixes and sevens and in the second half found themselves overrun by Saints who are also challenging for top spot. They scored two more goals in the second half and left DC wondering what had hit them. Duncan replaced Nick late on in the game but even his gangly presence failed to help DC create any chances. The starting lineup was as follows: Darren Holder, Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Ray Townsend, Steve Danby, Chris Taylor, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Nick Smith, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Subs: Rory for Darren, Jordi for Chris, Duncan for Nick

Apr '03

Mar 02nd 2003 v Salisbury Club 1-1 League DC's title challenging season came to end at Palmer Park tonight where the Steamers required win to keep up with the rest of the challenging pack. On a hard surface on a Tuesday night, DC failed to take control against the only team who could do the double over them this season. DC fell behind midway through the first half, Darren failing to hold onto a cross which landed at the feet of the arriving striker. DC did eventually get back into the game when Jensen caught Salisbury club on the counter attack before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net. Rory and Chris replaced Paul and Duncan respectively although failed to help DC grab a winner. The starting lineup was as follows: Darren Holder, Howard Cooke, Ray Townsend, Duncan Glen, Steve Danby, Nick Smith, Steve Bell, Richard Scaldwell, Paul Allen, Jensen Langford, Danny Feasey Scorers: Jensen Subs: Rory for Paul, Chris for Duncan

Apr 14th 2003 v Woodlands 2-4 League A vastly improved performance was given by DC this morning as they fought from 2-0 down to even it up at 2-2 before they succumbed to some crap refereeing and two late goals. The Steamers packed their midfield leaving Danny alone up front and this ploy worked well as DC had a lot of the play in the first half. It wasn't until they conceded a corner in the 44th minute that Woodlands had their first real effort and scored from it. The team were still positive when they came out for the second half but went 2-0 down again from a corner leaving their left midfielder (who, for the record was having a shite game) to out-jump his marker to score. Steamers battled on and were eventually awarded a free-kick just outside the area. Step up Steve Danby !! Goal !!! There was a deflection somewhere en route and the linesman stuck his flag up. After consultation with the linesman, the ref awarded the goal. DC were back in it; and were soon on level terms when Steve Danby put over a corner only for it to be headed into his own net by a Woodlands player Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink style. This scoreline didn't last long as Woodlands went straight up DC's end, and, despite Rory flagging and the Woodlands player being yards offside, the ref played on and allowed the striker to make the score 3-2 in favour of the home side. DC then threw the kitchen sink at Woodlands, Even Darren came up for a corner leaving the most defensive Steamers player on the centre circle in the opposition half. Nothing came of the corner and Woodlands went up and scored a fourth in the dying minutes. The Steamers played well and ref was crap. The starting lineup was as follows: Darren Holder, Howard Cooke, Mark Jarman, Andy Holt, Steve Danby, Chris Taylor, Richard Scaldwell, Steve Bell, Jensen Langford, Nick Smith, Danny Feasey Scorers: Steve D, OG Subs: Duncan for Jens