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Adam Murray, manager of Vanarama National League North club Boston United, has started shaping his squad for next season by informing four players that they will not be offered new contracts. Goalkeeper Michael Emery, wingers Marcus Marshall and Jason St Juste and striker Waide Fairhurst are all free to find new clubs. Emery has made only four first-team appearances since joining his home-town club last summer following spells with Heanor Town, Skegness Town and Gainsborough Trinity. The experienced former Blackburn, Rotherham, Bury and Grimsby Town man Marshall has made thirty-one appearances but only managed one goal. St Kitts & Nevis international St Juste leaves the Jakemans Stadium after appearing twenty-four times this season, also scoring just the once, having arrived in June 2016 following spells with AFC Fylde and North Ferriby United. Fairhurst arrived as the Pilgrims star summer signing after spells with Torquay United and FC Halifax Town. But he managed just eighteen games for Boston, scoring once, and had a spell out on loan with Frickley Athletic in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division. The post Murray Begins Pilgrims Clearout appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
With niggling injuries affecting the squad, Paul Holleran, manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Leamington, has added Richard Batchelor to his play off squad ahead of Wednesday evening’s semi-final against Slough Town at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium. The experienced 28-year-old former Brackley Town and Hednesford Town midfielder will need no introduction to Brakes fans, as he became a highly popular member of the squad after becoming one of Holleran’s first signings back in 2009. “Richard was one of a number of players we signed on as cover towards the end of the season,” said the Leamington boss. “He will link up with the squad for training tonight. I’d like to pass on my thanks to Stafford Rangers` boss Neil Kitching for his assistance with this”. The post Brakes Bring In Former Favourite For Play-Off Semi-Final appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Weymouth have announced that Ashley Wells has agreed terms for next season. Wells is a local boy and can play anywhere across the back line. A skilful defender with plenty of pace and enthusiasm, he joined from Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division neighbours Portland United in February 2012. Wells joins skipper Stephane Zubar on the list of retained players under new boss Mark Molesley. The post Wells Agrees To Stay A Terra appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Atherton Collieries clinched the Hallmark Security League Premier Division title with a 1-0 win over Abbey Hey at the Kensite Stadium on Monday night. Founder members of the league in 1982, Colls have experienced some tough times over the years, and only won promotion back to the Premier Division two years ago after a six-year spell in Division One, but now they can look forward to competing in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North next season. Before the game began, Colls knew that they needed two points from their last two games to top the table, and in the end they picked up the trophy with one game to spare. In front of an expectant crowd of 545, Colls had to work for their victory against a stubborn and determined Abbey Hey side, who proved to be tough opponents, but in the end a delightful flighted Mark Truffas free-kick on 28 minutes, which curled over the Abbey Hey defensive wall and into the near side corner of the net, proved to be decisive. Clear-cut chances were generally few and far between over the course of the 90 minutes, but as the game wore on, it always looked like Colls, with the best defensive record in the division, would hold out for victory and so it proved. After the final whistle, Colls captain Brad Cooke was presented with the Premier Division trophy by league chairman Paul Lawler, and players, management and club officials began the celebrations. Colls manager Michael Clegg said: “It’s what we’ve been working for since June 15th last year. In pre-season, we set out to have the best defence in the league, we really worked on that, and that is what has seen us through. Massive credit goes to everyone involved and it’s a mega special moment. “It’s unbelievable to do this with all your mates and with so many people who have put so much work in. “A lot of people have compared us to Andy Johnson and Bernard Morley`s Ramsbottom United, who won the league title in 2012. They did similar to what we did in terms of team spirit and people who want to play for you, and that’s the great thing about this team. I’ve got a group of lads who I believe in, and they believe in me, and our fans are like our family. “We are all in this together, and we all want to play for one another. “When people around the league talk about our team, some lads don’t really get mentioned, but we are solid as a group and we don’t have special individuals. They all buy into what we are about, and that’s why we are where we are.” Colls captain Brad Cooke added: “It’s been a long hard year, and to get to 100 points is brilliant. Fair play to Bootle, Joe Doran is a top manager, they’ve got some great lads and they have pushed us all the way. “We have had a few lows at various points in the season, and there have been questions asked about us, but if I was to pick one performance it would probably be Bootle at home (when Colls won 1-0). That really gave us confidence, it got our noses in front, and I think that was the day where we felt we were probably favourites to win it. “The belief in the changing room is unbelievable. We have a very close knit group, and when you get a bond like that, you are going to do well. “Last year we fell short, but I never thought we’d be going up into the Evo-Stik League just three years after Cleggy took over in the First Division.” Colls secretary Emil Anderson said: “I’m gobsmacked, I don’t know what to say. What a three years it’s been. “You have to respect Bootle and the other teams around us, but we have won seven on the spin and twenty-one of our last twenty-four games. That’s championship form, and we’ve won with a game to spare. “I just can’t believe it – the way the lads have played all season, a crowd of over 500 here to watch Atherton Collieries win the league, it’s unbelievable”. (Ian Templeman) The post Colls Clinch Hallmark Security League Premier Division Title appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Captain Alex Peterson believes Ossett Town deserve their place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North play-offs, especially after beating then league leaders Farsley Celtic on Easter Monday. However, with this season continuing its form of twist and turns it meant Town still needed a point from their last game of the season, at home against Trafford. Peterson said: “As ever we went into the game full of confidence, going for all three points, determined not to let the occasion or the importance of the game affect us. “We knew Trafford, a well organised stacking team, would throw everything at us. But with one of the best defences in the league we knew we could weather anything that came our way, all the while having full confidence that we would create chances and score a vital goal. “After Tyrone Gay’s goal and conceding a late header in stoppage time, the ref blew up and we had secured a place in the play-offs! “People and teams have tried to belittle the achievement and have said how we may have over done the celebrations, but we were just enjoying the moment and are proud at what we have achieved so far. “The commitment and team spirit showed in that game epitomised everything we have done this season and is the reason why have been able to achieve what we have so far in this season. And the lads will be carrying all that and more into the next and our biggest game of the season against Scarborough Athletic. “Scarborough have finished the season on a great run of form and we are fully aware of the task we are up against. But we have been the underdog all year and it’s something that motivates us greatly, nobody wanted/expected us to get in the play offs and we have proved many people wrong, we will be doing our very best to do the same on Tuesday as we have done all season against the ‘bigger’ clubs in this league. “What we have achieved so far would not have been possible without the support of the backslappers and all members of staff around the club, most noticeably in the last two games and it’s something the boys and I appreciate greatly. And in order for us to take this season past Tuesday night we will need as many Ossett Town Fans at the game as possible”. (Neil Spofforth) The post Skipper Says Ossett Town Deserve Their Play-Off Spot appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Dover Athletic’s Ricky Miller has been voted the Vanarama National League player of the year for the 2016/17 season. The striker has scored 36 times in league matches this campaign, currently five short of the all-time fifth tier record. Votes were cast in mid-April from each National League club, with Miller claiming the award by a landslide. The 28-year-old’s goals have helped steer Chris Kinnear’s side in with a chance of securing a play-off spot for a second successive season. The award will be presented before tonight’s crucial National League match where The Whites host Macclesfield Town at Crabble Athletic Ground. The post Miller Crowned National League Player of the Year appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Manager Phil Hadland has announced that long-serving defender Luke Denson has left Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club Colwyn Bay after making 222 appearances for the Seagulls and scoring 14 goals. The former Tranmere Rovers apprentice first signed in 2009 and was part of the Bay squad that won back-to-back promotions to the Conference North under Neil Young and then Dave Challinor in 2010 and 2011, and he returned to the club in 2015 after spells with Chester and AFC Fylde, where he also helped win promotion. He made thirty-six appearances this season, scoring 4 goals, but had lost his regular place in the side over the last couple of months. Hadland commented: “Luke has been a great servant to Colwyn Bay FC and we appreciate everything he has done for the club. “Luke wants regular football which is quite understandable and we have parted on good terms. “Everyone wishes him the best of luck for the future and he is always welcome back at the club”. The post Long-Serving Denson Leaves Bay appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Tonight sees the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South playoffs semi-final take centre stage. Newcomers to the league AFC Rushden and Diamonds will be looking to upset the odds in Cheshire while Spalding United welcome Stocksbridge Park Steel to Lincolnshire. Witton Albion vs. AFC Rushden and Diamonds Date: Tuesday 25th April 2017 7:45 pm kickoff Venue: Wincham Park Form Witton Albion (Last Six League Games): WWWLWD AFC Rushden and Diamonds (Last Six League Games): WDWLWL Key Player Witton Albion: Bradley Bauress AFC Rushden and Diamonds: Nabil Shariff Witton Albion are hoping to follow Shaw Lane up from the Evo-Stik First Division South, having ran the Ducks close in the title chase they lost out thanks to having three points deducted from fielding an illegible player which handed the Barnsley side the title. It’s the Albion’s first season in the 1st Division South having being moved from the 1st Division North at the start of the season and in their ranks, they boost Bradley Brauess. The young and upcoming player scored 20 goals this season and snapped up the young player of the year for the division recently. While for AFC Rushden and Diamonds this their first season in the Northern Premier League, having been formed in 2011 the Diamonds were playing in the United Counties Football League before moving into the Southern Football League where they made the playoffs before losing to St.Ives before moving North. This season the Northamptonshire side have enjoyed a decent season mainly thanks to Nabil Shariff, the former Stamford AFC man has scored 19 goals for the club to lead them into the playoffs. In the league this season Witton Albion have the advantage having won both fixtures by two goals to nil. Spalding United vs. Stocksbridge Park Steel Date: Tuesday 25th April 2017 7:45 pm kickoff Venue: Sir Halley Steward Field. Form: Spalding United (Last six league games): WWLDWD Stocksbridge Park Steel (Last six league games): DWWWWW Key Players: Spalding United: Bradley Wells Stocksbridge Park Steel: Harrison Biggins The other semi-final sees Spalding United play host to Stocksbridge Park Steel. Spalding United finished 3rd in the league table some 23 points behind the Ducks but was comfortable in making the playoffs finishing nine points ahead of Basford who just missed out of the playoffs. The Tulips had suffered the loss of manager Dave Freckington who moved to join Gainsborough Trinity midway through the season but despite the departure of their boss and the appointment of Assistant Manager Chris Rawlinson to the hotseat the club have continued to enjoy the push for promotion and will compete in the playoffs. They play host to Stocksbridge Park Steel who finished 4th in the league table who have charged into the playoffs. The Steels looked out of the playoff picture a month ago but eight straight wins took the Yorkshire side into the playoffs that run included beating the likes of local rivals Sheffield FC, playoff rivals AFC Rushden and Diamonds and Lincoln United. Chris Hilton’s side will be looking to take inspiration from former player Jamie Vardy and his current side Leicester City following their Premier League success last season In the league games, this season Stocksbridge Park Steels claim home and away victories over the Tulips. They won 3-2 and 2-0 in the two games. http://nonleague.pitchero.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/npl_iden_1280_720.mp4 The post Diamonds Hoping To Sparkle In Cheshire As The Tulips Hope To Come Up Against The Steels appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
One of Vanarama National League North club Gloucester City’s top performers this season has been given a chance to impress at a Championship club. Right-back Keiran Thomas is spending this week at Derby County and will play for their under-23s at Luton Town this afternoon. Thomas, 20, is still under contract with the Tigers until the end of the 2017/18 season and manager Tim Harris says that the former Cinderford Town captain deserves his chance. “Keiran has been outstanding for us this season and he’s caught the eye of Derby County as well as a whole number of other Football League clubs. “He’s still under contract with us for next season so obviously if Derby take the option to sign him there will be a fee involved”. The post Tigers Defender Trials With Rams appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West club Easington Sports have announced the appointment of Darren Beckett as first-team manager for the 2017/18 season. Beckett has played for a number of years in the Hellenic Premier Division for Brackley Town and more recently Ardley United and so has been a very successful player at this level of semi-professional football. He was initially brought in to add some much-needed quality to the first-team squad this season. However, after taking on further coaching responsibilities during the course of the season, and then eventually becoming an assistant to Phil Lines, the club are really pleased that he has decided to step up again to take on the main role. The club have no doubt that Beckett will prove to be a very successful manager at this level next season and the committee believe this is a terrific appointment as the club looks to progress further in the future. Meanwhile, the club have promoted Lewis Travers to assist Beckett. Travers also brings a wealth of experience to the management team, having played Southern League football for Woodford United and Banbury United as well as Hellenic football for a whole host of clubs locally. Travers has been keen to develop his coaching responsibilities and next season will provide an excellent opportunity for him to do this, whilst also making decisions alongside the management team. Finally, Lines has also been appointed general manager of the adult section and will oversee the running of first and reserve teams to ensure they work effectively together to support each other. Ali Whitrow is all set to remain physio whilst Pete Woodland will be involved in a scouting capacity and will work with the goalkeepers in the early stages of the season. The post Beckett Appointed New Boss At Easington Sports appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Although the top end of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division was sorted out on Easter Monday, issues at the bottom go into a nerve-tingling last day scenario. Champions Chippenham Town topped the 100-point mark after winning 1-0 at Frome Town, thanks to a Jake Andrews goal 8 minutes into the second half in front of 552 fans. Banbury United’s play-off hopes disappeared as Leamington gained a deserved 1-0 win at the New Windmill Ground in front of a crowd of 846 and assure themselves of a second-placed finish. The only goal came on 20 minutes when a free-kick from the right was put into the penalty area and not cleared with Jamie Hood the hooking the ball home from six yards. The remaining play-off places go to Merthyr Town, Hitchin Town and Slough Town. The Martyrs were already assured of their spot in the top five ahead of Monday`s 1-0 win at Redditch United, courtesy of Ashley Evans` 65th minute goal. Hitchin were held to a 1-1 Top Field draw by neighbours Biggleswade Town in front of 766 but had also secured their place ahead of kick-off. Matt Lench gave the Canaries an early 2nd minute lead that Connor Vincent cancelled out right on half-time for the Waders. Slough`s 1-1 draw at The Meadow against Chesham United ensured that Banbury couldn`t catch them. The Rebels had to come back from the shock of going a Dave Pearce goal down inside the opening minute, but recovered to equalise 9 minutes later through Liam Enver-Marum. At the opposite end of the table, only Cinderford Town are technically down, although Hayes & Yeading United need a miraculous last-day turn-around if they are not to suffer back-to-back relegations after losing 2-0 at Uxbridge`s Honeycroft to a Kings Langley side who climbed out of the drop zone as a consequence. Ryan Plowright opened Kings` account right on half-time and Jeremiah Amoo`s goal 10 minutes after the break killed Hayes & Yeading off. Kings Langley moved to fifth-bottom on goal difference and Cambridge City slipped back into the relegation places after sharing a goalless draw at Latimer Park against mid-table Kettering Town in front of 548. Dorchester Town are still not safe after being held to a 1-1 draw at the Avenue Stadium by Basingstoke Town, whose Nana Owusu opened their account from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark. Nathan Walker levelled, also from the spot, after 65 minutes, but the Magpies need a point on Saturday to ensure another Premier Division campaign. Cirencester Town will need to win this coming weekend to have any chance of avoiding the drop. They gave themselves that chance after beating mid-table Weymouth 3-0 at the Corinium Stadium, thanks to goals from Danny Gudger after 6 and 75 minutes, sandwiched by an Ellis Dunton effort on 69 minutes. St Neots Town ensured they stayed up after beating Dunstable Town 2-0 at home with goals from the experienced Lee Clarke after 35 minutes and a spot-kick from Jevani Brown 5 minutes from time. Elsewhere on Easter Monday, St Ives Town won 2-0 at the ProEdge against King`s Lynn Town with Liam McDevitt after 67 minutes and Danny Kelly on 80 minutes both on target, while already-doomed Cinderford gave their fans a bit of cheer with a final home game win over Stratford Town in which Lewis Bamford and Craig Norman cancelled out loanee George Forsyth`s 24th minute opener in the final 7 minutes. The post Southern Premier Relegation Battle Goes To The Wire appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
What about this for a strike! Newcastle Town’s Tom Urwin smashes the ball top bins! There are loads more goals like this on our Facebook and Twitter pages, check them out! The post GOAL OF THE WEEK – What a hit! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
There was a promotion party at Brightlingsea Regent on Easter Monday as the Ryman League Division One North champions won 3-1 at home to Dereham Town. The club were presented with their championship silverware afterwards and, to cap a glorious afternoon, they took their points tally for the season past the 100-mark. Tom Richardson gave them a dream start with a header past Josh Glover after just 5 minutes. Aaron Condon netted the second from the penalty spot after 33 minutes after a foul on Ricky Griggs. Adam Smith halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time, but Regent confirmed victory when Russell Malton`s cross-shot beat Glover on 61 minutes to make it 3-1. Maldon & Tiptree confirmed second spot and at the same time sent Essex neighbours Heybridge Swifts into deep trouble at the bottom end of the table following a 2-1 win at the Wallace Binder Group Stadium. Sam Newson gave the Jammers a 19th minute lead that Lewis Godbold cancelled out 10 minutes into the second half. But Swifts were denied a vital point when Liam Nash popped up to win it for the hosts in stoppage time. Swifts are now fourth-bottom, two points behind Soham Town Rangers heading into the final round of fixtures on Saturday. To make matters worse for Heybridge, fellow strugglers Ware romped to a 4-1 victory at home to Cheshunt and Soham earned a point from a 1-1 draw at Bury Town. Murat Karagul gave Ware a 4th minute lead at Wodson Park, but Jason Hallett`s 50th minute equaliser pulled the Ambers level. Two goals in 3 minutes from Josh Oyibo and Ahmed Mohammed just past the hour-mark took the gave away from Cheshunt, with sub Brian Haule adding a fourth in the 86th minute. Soham led at Ram Meadow, courtesy of Sam Mulready`s goal on 31 minutes. Josh Mayhew equalised just shy of the hour mark to leave Rangers two points in front of Heybridge. Waltham Abbey are the other side who will come into the final day scenario as they are level on points with Ware and three in front of Swifts. But there is very little between the sides on goal difference so a tense last day of the season beckons. The Abbots find themselves dragged into `squeaky bum Saturday` after losing 2-0 at Capershotts by a Haringey Borough side who are virtually assured of a play-off place barring a mathematical miracle. Ralston Gabriel bagged both of Boro`s goals in the 22nd and 37th minutes. Thurrock and AFC Hornchurch complete the play-off places, although the Urchins lost on Easter Monday to an Aveley side who look destined to finish sixth or seventh, despite Jeremiah Maja`s 36th minute winner at the final game at their Mill Field home in front of a crowd of 413. Thurrock maintained their form with a 2-0 Ship Lane victory over neighbours Romford with goals from Michael Pindy after just 3 minutes and Mark Onyemah on 65 minutes. Phoenix Sports had a chance to go into the final day with hopes of a top five spot when they entertained Thamesmead Town. However, a 2-0 defeat, thanks to goals from Ellis Green from the spot on 67 minutes and then Alex Teniola 3 minutes from time leaves them frustratingly close. Norwich United were 2-0 Plantation Park victors over doomed Wroxham with goals from Shaun Wones and Adam Hipperson in the final 16 minutes, while Brentwood Town beat Witham Town 1-0 – Harrison Georgiou scored the only goal of the game after 17 minutes. Tilbury went nap at Chadfields against VCD Athletic, taking a 3-0 lead through Ryan Melaugh and an Emiel Aiken brace before Victor Zapata Caicedo replied on 54 minutes. Danny Norton restored the Dockers` three-goal cushion 2 minutes later, and although Zapata Caicedo scored again on the hour-mark, Conor Mead made it 5-2 in the 86th minute. The post Party Time At Brightlingsea Regent appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
It`s all set up on Saturday for a thrilling climax to the Ryman League Division One South title race. Leaders Tooting & Mitcham United hold the ace card as they possess a three-point lead and a better goal difference. To overhaul them, second-placed Dorking Wanderers must win 5-0 at their own Westhumble home against the Terrors to go up as champions! They couldn`t could they? It`s one of those `stick or twist` scenarios for Tooting, who beat Carshalton Athletic 1-0 at the Imperial Fields on Easter Monday. Jordan Wilson`s 84th minute goal not only kept the Terrors on top spot, but it also ensured the Robins couldn`t make the top five themselves following Hastings United`s amazing 4-4 draw at Lewes. Dorking sealed a 4-2 success at Footes Lane against Guernsey FC, who found themselves 4-0 down by the 62nd minute before scoring twice through Sam Cochrane and Ross Allen from the penalty spot. Gareth Chendlik, Matty Briggs with two and James McShane were the Wanderers` marksmen. Lewes and Hastings met at the Dripping Pan with both sides still harbouring top five hopes. A terrific crowd of 771 saw a thriller in which Shomari Barnwell gave United an early 3rd minute lead, only for Jonte Smith to put the Rooks back on terms just 6 minutes later. Jack Dixon then gave the hosts a 19th minute lead that Barnwell levelled on 35 minutes. The see-saw game had Alex Malins putting Lewes back in the lead 5 minutes before the break, only for Kiernan Hughes-Mason to equalise 10 minutes after half-time. Dixon scored his second to make it 4-3 to the Rooks on 66 minutes, but Ollie Rowe restored parity 10 minutes from time to earn a draw and end Lewes` hopes. Greenwich Borough and Corinthian-Casuals were already assured of their places in the play-offs ahead of Monday`s games in which Boro shared a 0-0 draw at Cray Wanderers and Casuals earned bragging rights over the other Casuals from Walton with a 3-0 win at Church Road with second half goals from Max Oldham, Shaun Brown and Reyon Dillon. It must have been frustrating for Hythe Town as they entered their home match against already-doomed Chatham Town knowing not even a big win would help them into the top five. But they achieved one anyway – hammering the Chats 6-1 at Reachfields with Dean Grant helping himself to a hat-trick, Sam Adams, Alex Mulrooney-Skinner and Kenny Pogue singles – all after Leo Mazzone had given the visitors a 2nd minute lead! South Park`s weary players have just one more game to go and won 3-1 at Molesey on Monday with goals from Keiran Lavery with two – the second from the spot – and Jake Gill, with Joe Grant replying. Elsewhere, Sam Clayton and Scott Day`s last-gasp effort sealed Whyteleafe`s 2-1 win at Chipstead (Jason Henry), while George Branford also left it late to score Horsham`s winner by the same margin at already-relegated Godalming Town. Also doomed Three Bridges won 2-1 at East Grinstead Town, courtesy of Tony Garrod and Tim Cook – Tashi Kwayie`s last penalty all the Wasps could respond with – and another late effort from Keanu Williams won the game 2-1 for Sittingbourne at Woodstock Park against Faversham Town. Herne Bay had five players booked and Gary Sayer dismissed as they shared a 2-2 draw with neighbours Ramsgate at Winch`s Field in front of 371. Liam Quinn and Billy Lewis had Bay two-up by the 73rd minute before Jake McKenzie and Aaron Millbank`s 90th minute spot-kick earned a draw. The post All Set For Thrilling Climax appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
It`s been an incredible season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North. The teams head into Saturday`s final games of the season with only the relegation issues settled. That was due to Goole AFC being confirmed as joining Burscough in bowing out of the division following a 2-1 defeat at Brighouse Town on Easter Monday. Michael Fish`s brace in the 15th and 20th minutes proved enough, despite Bobby Johnson`s 82nd minute reply for the Vikings. The title race swung in Lancaster City`s favour after overnight leaders Farsley Celtic were beaten 2-0 at Throstle Nest by an Ossett Town side who are now favourites to grab a top five spot. In front of a crowd of 356, a Martin Pembleton double in the 51st and 89th minutes sealed Town`s crucial win. The Dolly Blues are now a point ahead of Farsley after Jordan Connerton`s hat-trick in the 7th, 51st and 63rd minutes earned a 3-0 Giant Axe win over Kendal Town in front of 369. Who joins either Lancaster or Farsley in the play-offs, however, is going right to Saturday`s final matches, with seven sides still in with a chance, albeit a slim one in Clitheroe`s case. Ossett Town are joined by Colne and Scarborough Athletic as holding a top five spot at the moment. Colne probably ended Clitheroe`s realistic hopes with a 2-1 win on Monday in front of a crowd of 578, with goals from Chris Lynch and Michael Morrison at either end of the game after Dimitri Tuanzebe had levelled. Scarborough had 700 at Queensgate for the derby with Tadcaster Albion and Benny Igiehon`s last-gasp stoppage time goal won it for Boro. Trafford and Glossop North End are just a point behind Scarborough, but the latter were beaten 2-1 at Seel Park by a Mossley AFC whose win relegated Goole as well as dented the Hillians` play-off hopes. Elliott Harrison after 43 minutes and Liam Ellis 5 minutes from time won it for the Lilywhites after Max Leonard`s 14th minute opener for Glossop. Trafford won 2-1 at home to Colwyn Bay to go above Glossop on goal difference. An Aaron Burns penalty and Jack Dorney on 68 minutes sealed the hosts` win, with Sam Barnes having equalised on the half-hour mark. Brighouse are a point further back, so, like Clitheroe, will need favours as well as victory themselves on Saturday. Elsewhere, Ramsbottom United`s Ryan Salmon bagged a brace to help them beat Radcliffe Borough 4-0 at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, while Ossett Albion beat already-doomed Burscough by the same scoreline at Dimple Wells in which Connor Brunt scored twice. Paddy Miller and Peter Boyle were on target for Hyde United at Ewen Fields against Tameside neighbours Droylsden in front of 549, and Prescot Cables and Bamber Bridge shared a 1-1 Valerie Park draw in which Ali Waddecar cancelled out Josh Dolling`s 34th minute opener 11 minutes from time. The post Title & Play-Off Race Goes Right To The Wire appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
A tremendous battle for the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South title has ultimately been decided by the FA after it was revealed that Witton Albion will be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Stocksbridge Park Steels on February 11th. Shaw Lane AFC virtually sealed the title anyway on Easter Monday when their 2-0 win at Kidsgrove Athletic lifted them three points in front of Albion with a plus-8 goal advantage. However, this news means they can celebrate ahead of the final games on Saturday. Witton`s penalty relates to the club’s failure to re-register Tolani Omatola in time for this fixture. The player has been on loan from Vanarama National League side Tranmere Rovers, which requires the player to be re-registered with both the Football Association and Northern Premier League every month. Shaw Lane`s goals on Monday came from Spencer Harris in the 2nd minute from the penalty spot and then top scorer Gavin Allott 8 minutes from time. Witton`s players weren`t told of their fate until after they had beaten town neighbours and already-doomed Northwich Victoria. A crowd of 427 at Wincham Park saw goals from Will Jones with two, Steven Tames, a Bradley Bauress spot-kick and Rob Hopley in a 5-0 romp. Stocksbridge Park Steels sealed their top five spot alongside Spalding United after winning 2-1 at Chasetown, thanks to a Harrison Biggins brace inside the opening 6 minutes – Jack Langston replying from the spot. Spalding ended Lincoln United`s hopes of a top five finish with a 2-0 Ashby Avenue victory, courtesy of goals in the final 4 minutes from Bradley Wells and Conor Higginson from the spot. Basford United could not find that all elusive goal that would have propelled them into the play-off places going into the last week of the season. It wasn’t to be though as neither Basford or Carlton Town failed to find a goal between them in the Nottinghamshire derby at Stoke Lane. The outcome is now clear. Basford can get into the play-offs by bettering AFC Rushden & Diamonds` result on Saturday at home to Newcastle Town. Newcastle will be in exactly the same position as Basford sitting on the same points, albeit with an inferior goal difference, so it will be a tense affair. Diamonds currently occupy the final slot but had to make do with a share of the spoils at the Zeeco Stadium against Stamford AFC in front of 632. Top scorer Nabil Shariff`s goal right on half-time for Diamonds was eventually cancelled out by Jordan Smith 8 minutes from time. Meanwhile, Tom Unwin`s 36th minute goal sealed Castle`s home win over Leek Town. At the bottom, Loughborough Dynamo and Rugby Town will have to endure a nervy final day with just a point separating them following Monday`s results that saw Dynamo win 1-0 at Gresley FC with a Karl Demidh goal in stoppage time, while Valley were held to a 1-1 draw at the Oval by neighbours Bedworth United, whose Jack Jeys` 63rd minute goal cancelled out Chris Sterling`s 50th minute opener. Elsewhere, Ruben Wiggins-Thomas` 22nd minute goal proved enough for Belper Town at Sheffield FC, and Jud Ellis bagged a brace to help Market Drayton Town to a 3-1 home success against Romulus. The post Points Deduction Hands Shaw Lane The Title appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Scarborough Athletic’s first game back in the town will see the side face a Sheffield Untied XI. The Seadogs will take on the recently promoted team who will be in the Championship next season at the new Scarborough Leisure Village on Saturday 15th July with a 3pm kick-off. Older fans will be well aware of the close ties between Scarborough FC and Sheffield United. Steve Kittrick’s squad may be in either the Evo-Stik Division One North or the Premier division. As they are currently in the play-off places with just one more match to go in the regular league season. Speaking about the friendly Scarborough Athletic Commercial Director Nick Finch said: “I would like to thank everybody who has helped make this happen. Scott McCabe and Carl Shieber have been fantastic at Sheffield United and we look forward to welcoming them to Scarborough in July.” For those who want to get tickets for this historic game for the side you can visit Athletic’s official website or visit Geoff Osguthorpe, M. Wasley Chapman, 8a Pavilion Square, Scarborough. YO12 2JT (Between 9:30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday) The post Scarborough Athletic To Face Sheffield United In First Game Back Home appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Is there a bigger game anywhere in the country today? Well two sets of fans on England’s south coast certainly don’t think so. Bognor travel Havant & Waterlooville this afternoon and there is so much riding on it. With two games to go the Rocks are a point ahead after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Harlow. Havant, with home advantage, will know they need to win – but a point will mean it will go to the final day. Should Bognor win, then the title is theirs – at the home of their championship rivals! It’s a game of critical importance. Havant manager Lee Bradbury says he has “total confidence” in his players ahead of the match. The Hawks can put themselves in pole position with victory. They travel to Kingstonian on the last day of the season, a side who may need points to survive. Bognor have an easier task, at home to a Met Police side with nothing to play for. Don’t forget to check back here tonight as Steve Witney will cover every kick from a huge day in the Ryman Premier at both ends. The post It’s An Almighty South Coast Showdown! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
AFC Fylde could be crowned Vanarama National League North champions later today – but they need a little bit of help! First the long term leaders need to beat Bradford Park Avenue in front of what is expected to be a big Mill Farm crowd. Then they need a favour from bottom club Altrincham. Alty play host to Kidderminster and if they take something from the game – and Fylde beat Avenue – will will have the National League’s first champions of the season. Dave Challinor wants his players to focus on just themselves. Challinor told the club’s website after the Coasters sealed a crucial win at Halifax: “The players in that dressing room continually prove people wrong. They’ve done it all season. They’ve put in a monumental effort to win that game. “It was backs to the wall in the second half but we’ve got ourselves a goal and defended manfully. We really were all hands on deck and people have taken responsibility and got us a fantastic result to put us on the brink. “It’s scary the way things can work out. We spoke last week about our 100th goal of the season and saying that Rowey deserves to score it for what he’s done this season. And then yesterday morning my missus said that she had a dream that we won 1-0 and Rowey scored.” The post Fylde On The Brink…But Need A Bit Of Help! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
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