Non-League News & Archive

Prolific Moore Makes Brakes Return

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Paul Holleran, manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division promotion-chasers Leamington, has made a timely boost to his striking options by bringing Stefan Moore back to the club for a third time. “Having spent time this season playing in both the National League North and the Northern Premier League, Stefan was already registered with us as potential cover,” said the Brakes boss. “However, his circumstances have slightly changed, which has enabled us to add him to our squad. I am delighted to be able to bring him back to the football club.” Brakes fans will be well aware of the former Aston Villa striker’s abilities, with 35 goals in 73 appearances over his last two spells with the Brakes. The post Prolific Moore Makes Brakes Return appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

International Call-Ups For Seagulls Pair

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Vanarama National League South club Weston-super-Mare have announced that both goalkeeper Liam Kingston and midfielder Tommy Anderson will be featured in the upcoming match between England Colleges and Wales Colleges next month. Seventeen-year-old Kingston explained: “I trailed back at that start of the college year. I progressed through the first trial and also made it to the second phase and managed to secure a reserve place in the squad last week. I received an email informing me that I was called up to the squad in a game facing Welsh Colleges team on the 5th April.” Seagulls head coach Scott Bartlett commented on the pair`s call up: “Liam has come on in leaps and bounds, he is destined to have a great future. Ian Harris, our ‘keeper coach loves him, and he knows a thing about goalkeepers!” Anderson’s (below) call up came alongside Kingston`s and Bartlett was equally as thrilled for him: “Tommy, 18, has been with me since he was 14 years old and is an extremely gifted footballer. He has done brilliantly and fully deserves his international recognition. “It’s rare that a player so young is able to command such respect from a senior squad but our lads love him, they recognise he is going to be an outstanding footballer with a great attitude. “Aden Baldwin and Brad Ash also played for ECFA, so the club are well represented at the moment.” Ian Harris, Weston’s goalkeeping coach added: “First and foremost I would like to offer my congratulations to both Liam and Tom on their selection. “With regards to Liam it is a well-deserved reward for the hard work he puts in. I’ve told him that it was never going to be easy playing, I mean this with no disrespect to Bridgwater Town this season as they’re obviously having a difficult time, but it was ideal for his learning, to go there and to keep his head down, to play and be selfish and think of himself. He’s a pleasure to work with and has a great future ahead of him”. The post International Call-Ups For Seagulls Pair appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Man Who Tried To ‘End’ Two Devon Clubs Admits Fraud

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A former football advisor has admitted defrauding two of Devon’s football clubs out of thousands of pounds. David Weeks, 47, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court on Monday and entered guilty pleas to four offences of fraud by false representation. Weeks, from Stoke Gabriel in South Devon, is a former committee member and advisor to Stoke Gabriel Football Club, reports Devon Live. The offences relate to his dealings with the amateur football club and three other local sports teams between 2006 and 2011. The other clubs are the former Brixham Villa FC, the Paignton Rifle and Pistol Club and Brixham Archers. The South West Peninsular League took to Twitter to relay the news. They league’s account tweeted: “It’s taken 6 years, but the truth finally out today as he changed plea to GUILTY- Yes GUILTY of very nearly ending 2 local football clubs!” The case was adjourned for sentence until 24th of April. The post Man Who Tried To ‘End’ Two Devon Clubs Admits Fraud appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Chippenham Giving Hardenhuish Park A Facelift

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chippenham Town is intending to update the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club’s facilities by replacing the present office/Boardroom structure with a multi-purpose facility building. The proposed new building will have a variety of uses, including being available for community hire and a classroom. It will also house dedicated disabled spectator facilities. On match days, the accommodation will be used as a Boardroom, entertainment area and match day offices. To help make way for the new accommodation, it is also planned to replace the existing rainwater storage tank with an underground facility and to re-locate the club shop elsewhere within the ground. The cost of the project is estimated to be around £160,000. The club is pursuing various grant avenues as well as looking for sponsorship from the business community. The club would also like to involve supporters and, to these end, intend to create a ‘Wonder Wall’ of supporters’ messages. Fans are being asked to purchase a white ceramic tile (provided by the club) on which they will be able to write their name and/or a message. The club are not putting a specific price on a tile but suggest a minimum of £5, although fans are free to donate an amount with which they feel comfortable. The post Chippenham Giving Hardenhuish Park A Facelift appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

K’s Turn To Edwards In Their Hour Of Need

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ryman League Premier Division club Kingstonian have announced the appointment of former Billericay Town boss Craig Edwards as their new manager. A UEFA A-License holder, Edwards is a highly experienced and successful manager, who most recently led Billericay for six seasons, leading them to the Ryman League championship in 2012 and an Essex Senior Cup victory a season earlier, breaking a 35-year barren spell for the club. He has also had spells with Barkingside, Barking, Grays Athletic, Redbridge, Chelmsford City and Dulwich Hamlet before his move to the New Lodge, plus he worked for five years with Southend United as head youth coach. Kingstonian co-chairman Mark Anderson said: “Craig comes with a wealth of experience at this level of football, we are delighted that he was available to come to Kingstonian at this time. “His approach, enthusiasm and football ethos Impressed us all and we are confident that we have made an excellent appointment. On behalf of the Board, I urge all K’s fans to get behind Craig and the team starting on Saturday”. The post K’s Turn To Edwards In Their Hour Of Need appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Jack Higgins Says Next Few Weeks Crucial For Southport

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jack Higgins says the next few weeks are crucial as he aims to help keep Southport in the Vanarama National League, writes Tom Feaheny. Southport remain in the relegation zone but have two homes games coming up after a 1-0 victory over Boreham Wood, which defender Higgins says could be significant at the end of the season. “It was a crucial win, we needed it for a while, the new boss has come in and we’ve played well, but we just haven’t been able to get the three points, I really think we’ve been unlucky, I think we’ve got a bit of momentum now and that sets us up for the next two matches. I’m a defender and getting a clean sheet helps with my confidence and the rest of our defence as well, Boreham Wood had a couple of chances during that win, so that shows we did not give them much, we just know how crucial the game against Guiseley is for us. We just have to take it one game at a time, but we know we have to pick up victories and not get carried away with it.” At the start of February, manager Andy Preece joined the club and Higgins says he has brought change to the way they play. “I think we play a little more direct now, under Steve Burr there were games where we were finishing 4-3, 5-4, we now are a bit more solid, we are reflecting that in our play, we’ve looked more difficult to beat, a bit more compact and I just feel luck has played a part for some of our loses recently.” Just under a year ago, Higgins left semi-professional football and a job as a teacher to join York City and while he is now at Southport on loan, he explained the main differences that have happened. “The change was bigger than I thought it would be, when I was semi-pro, I took a lot of pride in my fitness, now I’m full-time, training everyday, I would be a bit more tired than before, I would train in the morning not at night and there is more travelling involved in the National League, I think mentally there is a lot more pressure, lads are playing for their careers, I’m lucky that I can go back into a different job to fall back on. I’m want to continue in this league and play as high as I can next season, whether that is at York City where I have another year left on my contract, I respect that, if Gary Mills wants me to stay, I’d be happy to stay, I’d enjoy being there but if that doesn’t work out, I want to stay professional, I turned down loan moves to National League North sides as I want to stay at this level.” The post Jack Higgins Says Next Few Weeks Crucial For Southport appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Nantwich And Stafford Rally Around To Ensure Whitby Town Radio Returns Home

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Whitby Town enjoyed their win at Promotion rivals Nantwich Town so much that the radio team from the club’s own station, Whitby Town Radio forgot to bring the radio equipment home with them. The kit which enables the station to bring live coverage of the Blues home and away fixtures was left at the Weaver Stadium on Saturday and is needed for tonight’s game at home to Stafford Rangers. Struggling to find a way of getting it from Cheshire to North Yorkshire a plea was put out by the station’s lead commentator Andrew Snaith on the Northern Premier League fans facebook page. Dabbers supporter Ian Garnett contacted his team’s sectary Carl Thorpe, who spoke to his counterpart at Stafford Rangers in Robbie Mullen and former Dabber Mat Bailey who is now turning out for the Boro. Between them, they managed to arrange for Thorpe to met Jack Sherratt at the Little Chef just off the M6 at Junction 16 for him to take the vital equipment to Whitby with him on the coach. It’s gesture like that which makes us love non-league football. The post Nantwich And Stafford Rally Around To Ensure Whitby Town Radio Returns Home appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Mullings Blow For Beavers

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hampton & Richmond Borough`s play-off hopes in the Vanarama National League South have taken a blow with the loss of Shamir Mullings. Mullings has returned to National League side Forest Green Rovers at the end of his month`s loan having made six appearances and scoring one goal. The Beavers enquired to the possibility of extending the arrangement until the end of the season, but with Forest Green in the thick of the promotion shake-up, the request was politely rejected. Hampton manager Alan Dowson said: “It`s a shame we couldn’t extend Shamir for the last month, and with Duncan Culley missing Saturday after last weekend’s red card, it leaves our options up front limited. We thank Forest Green and Shamir for their support over the last month and wish them well for the run in”. The post Mullings Blow For Beavers appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Culverhouse Happy With King’s Lynn’s Kids

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New King’s Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse believes he will get the best out of the club’s up and coming young players. Famous for his work with youth players at Norwich and Aston Villa, Lynn’s boss has shown if you’re good enough then age is no problem at the Walks already. He has recently given a senior debut to Ryan Harnwell, 18, and on-loan defender Sam Cartwright is just 16. Culverhouse played the pair in the weekend home defeat to Dunstable and told the Eastern Daily Press that bringing through bright young players is vitally important. “I thought young Sam was excellent,” he told the EDP. “He showed good composure on the ball and wasn’t bullied. If he keeps playing like that, he’s going to have a bright future ahead of him. “Ryan is going to be a handful but he’s raw at the moment. It’s up to me to slow him down and develop him. “He’s got development in him. He had a couple of half-chances today but showed his youthfulness by snatching at them.” On the weekend defeat, Culverhouse was frustrated to see his team come up short, even if the 1-0 defeat was harsh on Lynn. “They worked their socks off and I was gutted for them to concede such a sloppy goal right at the end as they didn’t deserve that,” he said. “We’re lacking that little bit of composure and quality in both boxes at the moment.” The post Culverhouse Happy With King’s Lynn’s Kids appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Moone Sits It Out But Bognor Have Goals Aplenty

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Charlie Moone has confirmed he will sit out the rest of the season and make a decision about his future in the summer. Moone left Bognor Regis yesterday, the Ryman Premier club said. The former Hampton and Richmond Borough favourite doesn’t know what is around the corner for him but he confirmed he will take a break from football. Bognor are going for the title and on Saturday they beat Canvey Island 4-0 and Moone wasn’t involved. The Rocks manager Jamie Howell praised the performance of attackers Jimmy Wild and James Fraser as the Sussex club gear up for their game with Leiston this evening. “They’ve been excellent for us,” said Howell. “Fraser’s first goal was fantastic and Jimmy did well too. “I’m really pleased for Fraser in particular as he deserved his hat-trick. He’s had a good season.” Their title rivals Havant and Waterlooville play at home to Harrow Borough. The post Moone Sits It Out But Bognor Have Goals Aplenty appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

It Won’t Be A Wake! Chester-le-Street Want To Bow Out With Pride

Monday, March 27, 2017

Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake wants his team to go down with dignity if they are to be relegated in the coming weeks. They lost 2-1 at West Auckland on Saturday and despite having all four of their final fixtures at home, survival is a long shot. Bottom of the table, one more defeat will officially consign them to relegation from the Northern League. Wake knows the odds are not in his side’s favour but wants to get back to winning ways regardless of what is around the corner. “We battled hard all afternoon and gave everything that we had, but lacked the quality required to break down a big strong solid side,” he reflected following their loss to West. “I feel we deserved at least a point and they never really tested our keeper as we conceded an own goal and a penalty. “In fact both goals were from set plays, so another disappointing day.” The post It Won’t Be A Wake! Chester-le-Street Want To Bow Out With Pride appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Scholars Return For Striker

Monday, March 27, 2017

Chasetown re-signed striker Matt Gardner from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South rivals Loughborough Dynamo ahead of the deadline. Originally on the books at Oldbury United, Causeway United, Alvechurch, Stratford Town and Bedworth United. He was the Midland Alliance `golden boot` winner for 2009/10 whilst with Coalville Town. He then had spells with Gresley FC, Causeway United, Hinckley AFC and Loughborough Dynamo, who signed him from the Scholars at the start of the season. The post Scholars Return For Striker appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Danylyk Ponders `Terrible` Result

Monday, March 27, 2017

Leek Town crashed to their fifth successive defeat when they lost to third-placed Spalding United in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South at Harrison Park on Saturday. The New Year has been a disastrous one for Ant Danylyk’s side, who hit third spot in mid-January but since then they have won only three times and picked up just 12 points from a dozen games. Danylyk said: “That was a terrible result against what should have been our rivals for a play-off place. “We started well and might have taken the lead but they opened the scoring against the run of play and our mistakes led to them netting two more whilst on the stroke of half-time Darren Chadwick was unable to clear due to injury and that led to their fourth. “After the break, they just sat back on their lead and we enjoyed the lions` share of possession moving the ball around well. “However, we only had four shots throughout the 90 minutes and that was disappointing” he added. Danylyk is still wrestling with a growing injury list after Chadwick limped out of the Spalding game on the stroke of half-time with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Danylyk enjoyed limited success when he issued three seven-day notices of approach ahead of the transfer deadline. The Blues’ boss missed out on Loughborough Dynamo striker Karl Demidh, who decided to remain at the Nanpantan Sports Ground and Chasetown midfielder Nathan Rooney, who opted for NPL Premier Division Sutton Coldfield Town. However, he did manage to secure the services of 29-year-old former Kidsgrove Athletic, Stafford Rangers, Eccleshall and Rocester keeper Adam Alcock as cover for Ben Chapman. Stevie Reynolds The post Danylyk Ponders `Terrible` Result appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Royals In Hot Water Over Ground Lease

Monday, March 27, 2017

THE FUTURE of Windsor Football Club is being placed on the line after its landlord, The Crown Estate, has precluded The Royalists from a long-term lease. After six years of waiting for the Estate to fulfil both its side of the agreement and moral obligations, the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League club is now seeking to take whatever action it needs to in relation to what it claims is a dereliction of duty. Chairman Kevin Stott, who founded Windsor FC in 2011 following the demise of its spiritual predecessor Windsor & Eton FC, is now ready to tell the true story that could potentially bring The Crown Estate and, by association, HM Treasury into disrepute for malpractice. Despite the football club having adhered to the full terms required for a long-term lease at The Stag Meadow Ground back in 2011, the Estate has still only provided the club with an interim tenancy at will, which either party can terminate with just one month’s notice. Secure Tenancy The existing arrangement does not provide security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, which is required by both the Combined Counties Football League and the FA for the club to play its matches at step six and above of the football Pyramid. More disconcertingly, Stott has since learned that The Crown Estate has knowingly double-leased parts of the club’s Stag Meadow ground in order to make a financial gain, which he believes is, at best, highly unethical and at worst unlawful. He said: “When you’re dealing with a sovereign government body like The Crown Estate, you expect it to conduct itself with the utmost professionalism and integrity and have an absolute consideration for the people it serves within the local community. “For the club [Windsor FC] to be able to play at Stag Meadow, the Estate asked us to produce a business plan to show that we had the necessary financial backing and could meet a number of criteria that they had stipulated to be granted a suitable long-term lease. We provided them with everything they asked for six years ago, yet still no long-term lease has been forthcoming. “One of the prerequisites was for the football club to be sustainable, which begs the question; how can we be sustainable when we can be thrown out with just one month’s notice in the absence of a long-term lease? At the same time we have to assume all of the financial responsibility [est. £40k – £60k each year) for maintaining the ground. “The current situation also prevents us from obtaining any grants or long-term investment, it’s totally unreasonable,” he added. Unsustainable As part of the fraught negotiations, The Royalists’ chairman claims that the Estate has continually moved the goalposts, which has created the current stalemate. It’s a position that is untenable and threatens the very existence of the football club. Stott, who is the sole director of WFC Football Community Development Ltd., the company that runs Windsor FC, was also shocked to discover that the Estate has profiteered to the tune of over £100,000 from three mobile phone masts that sit on the floodlight pylons that Stott owns – having purchased them from the Liquidator of the old club back in 2011. Whilst the evidence appears to support the football club’s position regarding the double leasing of Stag Meadow and floodlight pylons’ ownership, The Crown Estate claims it has done its utmost to support the football club and continues to act in the best interest of the local community. A spokesperson for the Estate, who did not wish to be named, said: “We have been trying to agree a new lease with the football club’s owner [Mr. Stott] unsuccessfully since 2011. We have twice agreed heads of terms [regarding a new lease]on two separate occasions, but no formal lease has been signed. “The Crown Estate recognises the importance of Windsor Football Club to the local community and the club will not be asked to leave; although, the tenant has now been in rent arrears for over a year, so we are not currently able to offer a longer-term lease. “We have also asked Mr Stott to provide evidence that he owns the floodlight pylons. We will consider any documentation as evidence of this,” they added. Stott, however, claims that Paul Sedgwick, Head of The Crown Estate in Windsor, has refused to accept any kind of evidence as proof of ownership, which contradicts the Estate’s position. The rent arrears purportedly owing to The Crown Estate are just shy of £6,500 (£5,330 per annum), which Stott says will be paid once a long-term lease is forthcoming. He is adamant that this should be offset against half of the revenue (£50,000) that the Estate has unlawfully, and without his consent, profiteered from rental income of the telecoms masts on his floodlight pylons. Currently, Stott is still waiting for The Crown Estate to commit itself to date to meet around the table to discuss the ongoing debacle of the lease and commercial arrangements at Stag Meadow. (Andy Fitzsimons) The post Royals In Hot Water Over Ground Lease appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Doran Strengthens Bootle Squad Ahead Of Run-In

Monday, March 27, 2017

Joe Doran, manager of Hallmark Security League club Bootle, has strengthened the squad. Drew Lewis has signed on dual registration from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Warrington Town. Lewis recently featured in Warrington`s first-team squad and returned this season from a spell in the League of Ireland with Bray Wanderers. Cameron Dalton has joined on loan from NPL First Division South outfit Witton Albion. Doran said: “Cameron can give us something a little different to what we have got. He’s big powerful and links the play and has an eye for goal. I think he will further enhance our attacking options.” The club have also confirmed the signing of Daniel Griffiths and Liam Parkinson. Parkinson is a former Motherwell trainee, whilst Griffiths scored 17 goals in eighteen appearances for Ashton Town in the NWCL last season. Doran has also signed several players on dual registrations as cover for the current squad in case of any injuries. “We have a lot of games in a short space of time due to our progression in the Macron and Senior cup,” said Doran. “Our current squad is more than capable of achieving our targets, but I would hate to be left short due to a few injuries or work commitments as we enter a period of at least thirteen very important games in six weeks. We hope never to call these clubs and thank them for their assistance.” Those brought in on dual registrations as well as Drew Lewis are, Kenny Strickland, Peter Wylie and Callum Mahoney from NPL Premier Division neigbours Marine AFC, Alex Woodcock and Gary Pollard from West Cheshire League side South Liverpool and Aigburth People Hall`s Connor Millington. The post Doran Strengthens Bootle Squad Ahead Of Run-In appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Boro Boss Full Of Praise For His Players

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nuneaton Town manager Tommy Wright, was gushing in his praise of his side following our emphatic 4-1 victory over Vanarama National League North leaders AFC Fylde on Saturday. “It was fantastic stuff,” he said with a smile. “I could not have asked for more from the lads, they were superb throughout. “That first half performance was as good as I have seen from a team; there were so many positives to come out of it and gives us something to really build upon. “Everyone played their part; each of the lads knew their role and responsibility and carried out our instructions to the letter. “We caused a very good side some real problems out there and they simply had no answer to us. “We’ve had some frustrating times recently, but this shows exactly what we are capable of. There is plenty of spirit and determination in this team as we look to end the season on a high”. The post Boro Boss Full Of Praise For His Players appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Altrincham Invite Managerial Applicants

Monday, March 27, 2017

The job of Altrincham manager is up for grabs after the Vanarama National League North club invited applications to take charge of the team from the end of this season. The decision followed a Board meeting at the J.Davidson Stadium to consider the claims of current manager Matt Doughty and his assistant Robbie Lawton, who replaced the sacked Jim Harvey on a caretaker basis in December and were appointed for the rest of the season on New Year’s Day. Despite a discernible improvement in performances that led to two wins and two draws in the last five weeks, Alty remain bottom of the table and on the verge of relegation to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. It was felt prudent, therefore, to test the market for a manager capable of instigating a significant and lasting revival in the club’s fortunes, though Doughty and Lawton have not been discounted and will be interviewed along with other candidates in the next few weeks. Explaining their stance and underlining their eagerness to make an early and positive start to preparations for next season, Alty’s Board issued a statement, saying: “The position of Altrincham manager beyond this season was discussed by the Board of Directors at their monthly meeting. The matter was given careful thought and consideration, and it was noted there has been an upturn in performances and, more recently, results since Matt Doughty and Robbie Lawton took charge. “Compared to the first half of the season, there have been welcome signs of greater organisation, spirit and endeavour on the pitch. However, it was felt by the Board that this in itself did not justify the automatic re-appointment of Matt and Robbie for next season and that to give us the optimum opportunity of recruiting the best possible candidate to take the club forward, the position should be advertised. “Applications are therefore invited for the post of manager of Altrincham Football Club. We are looking for driven and ambitious candidates with a proven track record of building and sustaining a team that delivers success. This is an exciting opportunity to restore the fortunes of one of non-League football’s best-known names, and the successful applicant will be given a more than competitive budget, commensurate with our objectives for next season. “It is hoped a shortlist will be drawn up from those who apply in time for interviews to be held early next month. That shortlist will include the current incumbents. “Applications, with full cv, must be received by Monday, April 3rd and can either be posted to Altrincham Football Club, Moss Lane, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 8AP or emailed to office@altrinchamfootballclub.co.uk”. The post Altrincham Invite Managerial Applicants appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Special Feature: Hyde United Have Genuine Hope Again As Kelly Gets His Teeth Into The Tigers

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hyde manager Darren Kelly has today revealed every one of the club’s players have pledged to stay with the club next season as things finally start to come together for a club who have been heading the wrong way in recent years. The Tigers have enjoyed what the Irish boss says is a “productive season geared for the future” but fears the EvoStik South playoff may be just out of reach this time around. Nevertheless, Kelly knows it’s been a positive first year at the helm and he has confidence of a title challenge next season. He knows where he needs to strengthen but doesn’t have a big fear about players jumping ship. Kelly confirmed: “We’ve had a chat about next season already and I’m delighted by the response. “It seems like everyone is onside and wants to say which is incredible news really.” He puts a lot of that down to the club’s ground and what’s on offer for players. “We’re the club to play for in the area,” he said. “They know they’ve got a good thing at Hyde and they respect this is a club heading back in the right direction again. “I speak to other managers all the time and they are scrabbling around for a training pitch but here we’ve got the best facilities for miles around. That’s a big thing. “It’s a good squad, their reaction to what we’re trying to do has been first class and if we can tweak here and there I do think we give ourselves a chance of being successful.” It won’t be a big overhaul ahead. Kelly will give his squad a lick of paint and not major summer surgery. He added: “I think we’re about two, maybe three, players short of giving it a good go next season. “We’ve got a great blend of experience and youth and that counts for a lot because it’s what all good teams have. I’m pleased with them, and I’m pleased with how the supporters have responded too. “It’s not easy seeing your team suffer like they have for the past few years but with a bit of luck they can see we’re trying to get things right and that can only be a good thing.”   The post Special Feature: Hyde United Have Genuine Hope Again As Kelly Gets His Teeth Into The Tigers appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Park Steels Won’t Make The PlayOffs According to Boss Hilton

Monday, March 27, 2017

Chris Hilton doesn’t believe his Stocksbridge Park Steels side can make the playoffs. The club who set Jamie Vardy on the way to stardom haven’t really clicked this season. Their EvoStik Northern Premier League South campaign has been stop-start. Hilton doesn’t think promotion is achievable – despite that being their number one goal at the start. He can’t put his finger on why Steels haven’t challenged but knows it’s not to do with a lack of talent at his disposal. “I think that’s it if I’m being honest,” Hilton said, whose side sit 9th but are now 8 points adrift of fifth place. “You have to say realistically the playoffs are gone for us this season. “It’s disappointing because our target this year was to finish in the top five. “We’re good enough but for one reason or another, it’s just not happened for us. “The season isn’t over, though. It’s important we keep going and make sure we finish as high as possible within the top ten,” he told the Star. “It’s something we’ll be making clear to the players, although, in fairness, they’re not the sort for giving up. They want to go out and win football matches.” The post Park Steels Won’t Make The PlayOffs According to Boss Hilton appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Dover Boss Relishing Tranmere Clash

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear says the upcoming match against fellow play-off hopefuls Tranmere, shows how far the side have come, writes Tom Feaheny. The Whites are just two points off fifth and have games in hand after an impressive 4-0 victory over Guiseley, they next face Micky Mellon’s side who are currently third, Kinnear is looking forward to that match. “We are facing a great club, if you told me a few years ago we would be facing Tranmere in such an important game, I would not have believed it, we know that club has such great history and are one of the favorites to go up, so it is another tough match. We believe in ourselves and what we do and we will go there play in front of a lot of fans and hopefully we can deliver the right result.” Dover are also boosted with Ricky Miller getting another two goals at the weekend, moving his tally to 32 for the season so far and the manager knows just how important he is, he said. “He’s always at the end of the good play by us, he is doing so well and he puts the icing on the cake for us in matches and I just hope that can continue, we know when he gets a chance, he has the ability and confidence to score and take the opportunities.” The race for a play-off place looks like it will go to the wire with Gateshead, Aldershot, Dover and Barrow only separated by three points in the Vanarama National League and Kinnear says consistency will be key. “Compared to us we are facing so many ex Football League clubs, we are preparing for the games the right way, we know if we keep playing like we did against Guiseley then we will win more than we lose, that puts us in a good position and we will hopefully end up in the top five places.” The post Dover Boss Relishing Tranmere Clash appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

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