Complete with new kit, St Paul’s kick off the new season playing in Division 1 of the Yorkshire Christian Football League with a home fixture on the 2nd September versus Mowbray CCFC. This season’s sponsor St Paul’s Church!
We will bring you weekly match reports and you can follow their progress in the league click ‘here’.
Oct 7th: Away – New Life Hull United
Oct 14th: Away – Morley BSC FC
Oct 21st: Home – Acomb Gateway
Oct 28th: Away – Bowling Eagles FC
Home pitch is Energise in Acomb, kick off 10:00 unless otherwise stated.
30th Sept 2017
FC St Paul’s Holgate 4
Relentless FC Bradford 2
St Paul’s went back to winning ways with victory over bottom of the table Relentless.
Looking to build on the performance of the previous week they went ahead with Andy Monk poking home after Rich Kendall had headed onto the bar from a corner. However, Relentless soon pegged them back with one of their own as St Paul’s failed to deal with a chipped free-kick into the box and the striker stroked the ball home.
St Paul’s retook the lead after Kieran Ward’s early distribution released Liam Holmes. His ball through to Matt Herbert was finished with ease and St Paul’s went in at the break 2-1 up.
Shortly after the break Relentless were back on level terms. After beating the offside trap, the ball into the centre was smashed home. Again St Paul’s went ahead after a cross-field ball found Holmes in space on the edge of the area. He only needed one touch before firing past the beleaguered goalkeeper and into the back on the net.
But St Paul’s were not going to be pegged back a third time and a lovely passing move was finished off by Herbert to make the points safe.
23rd Sept 2017
Christchurch FC 4
FC St Paul’s Holgate 4
A great performance by ten man St Paul’s saw them twice come from behind to draw with top of the table Christchurch after a fine hat-trick by captain Tom Patrickson.
Looking to make up from a disappointing performance last time out, St Paul’s started strongly but fell behind after failing to deal with a Christchurch cross. Not losing hope St Paul’s were soon back on level terms, albeit it a cost. Will Gardiner finished confidently with his weaker foot from Dom Johnson’s perfectly weighted through ball, but in the process injured himself and was unable to continue. This left St Paul’s a man short due to having no subs available!
However, despite the man advantage, Christchurch were powerless to stop Tom Patrickson from guiding a header into the top corner to make it 2-1 at half time. Johnson once again the provider.
Into the second half and calamity struck, as for the second time in three games St Paul’s conceded two quick goals after the break – two finishes low to the left hand corner of the goal following crosses from the right. With a man and a goal disadvantage St Paul’s kept pushing, but a breakaway goal saw Christchurch extend their lead even further.
But St Paul’s were not going to go down without a fight. They set about reducing the deficit as Patrickson got his second after the keeper failed to deal with his flicked header from a Dan Gunnell free kick. But centre-back Patrickson was not done there as he completed his treble and the St Paul’s comeback, guiding the ball home at the back post from Gunnell’s corner.
And the drama was not over as a goal line clearance by the hat-trick hero kept the scores level and secured a deserved point for St Paul’s.
16th Sept 2017
FC St Paul’s Holgate 0
Oulton Torchbearers FC 3
St Paul’s unbeaten start to the season ended with poor performance in a defeat to Oulton Torchbearers.
Oulton took the lead in the first half after breaking clear, the shot taking a deflection off a covering defender to wrong-foot Kieran Ward in goal and nestle in the bottom corner.
St Paul’s had a good chance to equalise early in the second half after Will Gardiner was brought down in the area. However Matt Herbert put the resulting penalty wide of the post meaning the home side were behind going in at the break.
Not long in to the second half and the lead was doubled after a long throw in to the area wasn’t dealt with. It fell to the feet of an attacker who struck the ball in of the inside of the far post.
And the misery was complete as Oulton scored their third after being awarded a penalty – Dan Gunnell the culprit after St Paul’s had failed to deal with a short corner. Ward thought he had got enough on it but the effort crossed the line none-the-less.
9th Sept 2017
FC St Paul’s Holgate 5
York ELIM FC 2
St Paul’s made it two wins from two with a hard fought 5-2 victory over York rivals Elim.
Both sides had chances in the opening stages of the game and some good goalkeeping from Kieran Ward kept stopped St Paul’s from falling behind. Ultimately though it was St Paul’s who took the lead through Will Gardiner after good link up play with Matt Herbert and Herbert was provider again as he squared for Liam Holmes to slot home. Herbert deservedly got his goal to make it three at half time with an outstanding turn and finish from the edge of the area.
St Paul’s switched off after the break and conceded two quick goals within the first five minutes before they settled. From then on they kept it tight until they extended their lead once more with Rich Kendall slotting in from just inside the area following a short corner. Will Gardiner made sure of the three points with a well taken finish on the break.
2nd Sept 2017
FC St Paul’s Holgate 4
Mowbray CCFC 2
After just missing out on promotion last year St Paul’s opened the season with a well deserved win against the team who finished one place below them.
Matt Herbert opened the scoring for St Paul’s early in the first half with a first time lob over the keeper and shortly after the lead was double with a back post finish from Rich Kendall. Will Gardiner finished well from the edge of the area to make it 3-0 before Mowbray pulled a goal back after beating the offside trap.
Into the second half and Matt Herbert restored the three goal cushion after good work from Will Gardiner on the flank. Mowbray scored their second with 10 minutes to go but it was too little too late as St Paul’s held out for the win and three points.