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Quartet Commit To Linnets

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Runcorn Linnets fans will be bouyed by the news that Zac Aley, Stuart Wellstead, Chris Lawton and Tom Hardwick are to remain with the Hallmark Security League Premier Division club for next season. All four have made impressive contributions to the Linnets’ late season surge, not only with the quality of their performances but also their versatility. Front runner Wellstead joined the club from 1874 Northwich in October but it was after Christmas that he really came into his own. Be it as a central striker or playing out wide, he regularly chipped in with some important goals, both as a starter or off the bench. Manager Michael Ellison said: “I played alongside Stu earlier in my career when we were at Winsford United together so I knew full well what a very good player I had brought in. “It took him a little while to settle in and he wasn’t helped by picking up an injury soon after joining us, but as the season has progressed, he has shown everybody just what he can do. “He has really influenced games and found the net on a regular basis and will, I am sure, continue to have a big input as we move forward.” Aley, 25, came to the club in November with a good pedigree but looking to rebuild his career after a long-term injury and was handed a place in the squad after a brief trial. Having initially come to prominence at Southport, progressing through their youth system to make the first-team, he signed for then Premier League club Blackburn Rovers. While never making the first-team at Ewood Park, Aley later played in League Two with Morecambe. “Zac gives us very good options down the left where he has done well for us as a full back or pushing forward in support of the front men,” added Ellison. “He is another player who has improved game by game as his match fitness and confidence have grown. “He has a lot of ability, setting up goals with his crosses or scoring them himself. “He was chosen by the fans as our player of the month in April and I have to say it was thoroughly deserved.” Central defenders Lawton and Hardwick brought a lot of know-how to the Millbank Linnets Stadium ranks. In Lawton’s case, however, his major influence could from now on be brought to bear more on the coaching side than as a player. The veteran centre-half’s playing involvement has been scaled down since the turn of the year with Hardwick getting most if the action alongside ever-present, Aaron Morris. Lawton has, however, shown that he can still do a job on the field and his man-of-the-match performance as an emergency replacement ‘keeper, after a sending off in the Boxing Day derby against Runcorn Town, means that the 2016/17 season is one he will never forget. Ellison said: “Lawty returned to the club in pre-season when we were in real turmoil and his experience helped us to get through those early months when we were re-building. “He is still more than capable of playing but will now be just as vital to us in the backroom. He has previously been assistant manager at Barnton. “With Danny Salt no longer able to commit to his coaching role, this is a perfect time for Chris to get more involved behind the scenes. He will still be registered for us as a player.” Hardwick came back to Linnets in January of this year after serving Colwyn Bay in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. His involvement at the higher level – Hardwick also played NPL football with Warrington Town – has been invaluable in establishing Linnets as one of the most difficult teams to beat in The Hallmark Security League. “Tom has bags of experience and is a commanding figure at the heart of our defence, next to Aaron,” added Ellison. “They have played a big part in us having one of the best goals-against records in the Premier Division – bettered only by the champions, Atherton Colls. “Tom has been in and around football at our level for several years now and it is reassuring to have someone of his stature heading up our defensive unit”. The post Quartet Commit To Linnets appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Fan Power! Supporters Get Their Hands On Bath City

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Vanarama National League South club Bath City are now in the hands of the club’s loyal supporters. Two years after launching their Big Bath City Bid to buy the club, the fans’ patience and hard work has finally been rewarded. Supporters Society have become majority shareholders and a new board has been installed at Twerton Park. Chairman Nick Blofeld said: “We’re delighted that after over two years of hard work, fund-raising and negotiation we’ve completed this refinancing and that the people of Bath and wider community now hold a majority stake in Bath City Football Club. “With a firm financial footing and citywide engagement, we’re already seeing a burst of creative energy that is invigorating the club. The possibilities are huge for this football club at the heart of our community and we’re excited to get things moving.” Paul Williams, Chairman of Football, added: “I’m really pleased to reach this stage of the process that gives us the stability to plan for success on the pitch, while new resources and finance enable us to build the business off the pitch and make it sustainable for the long run. “One of the most tangible things fans can see is that we’ve approved an enhanced playing budget for next season that will enable Manager Gary Owers to plan and recruit for a serious tilt at promotion.” Having raised over £350,000 in the autumn and following extensive legal process, the Society has bought £300,000 of new shares issued by the Club, lent a further £50,000 and opened a new line of credit for working capital to underwrite operations for the next three-five years. The post Fan Power! Supporters Get Their Hands On Bath City appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Latest Moves….

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Summer Signings – ongoing….. Toby Adekunle Team Solent to AFC Totton Nyal Bell Gateshead to Chester FC (6-Month Loan) Ben Bridle-Card Whyteleafe to Greenwich Borough Danny Lloyd Stockport Co to Peterborough Utd Ricky Miller Dover Ath to Peterborough Utd Shane Murphy Dorchester T to AFC Totton Jack Sammoutis Walton Casuals to Greenwich Borough Harry White Solihull Moors to Chester FC Alfie Whittingham Havant & Waterlooville to AFC Totton (Season`s Loan) Courtney Wildin Boston Utd to Nuneaton T Luther Wildin Notts Co to Nuneaton T The post Latest Moves…. appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

July’s Pre-Season Fixtures

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Below is a list of July’s pre-season fixtures for the 2017-18 season. Keep checking back as we’ll be regularly updating this list as fixtures are announced: July 1st Bedford Town v Luton Town Bedfont Sports v Lyne FC Chessington & Hook v Westfield Colliers Wood United v Southall Salisbury FC vs Portsmouth Wattsville v Whiteheads Wick vs Tunbridge Wells July 7th Aldershot Town v Brentford (7.30) Fawley AFC v AFC Totton Newport Pagnell Town v MK Dons (7.30) Winchester City v Gosport Borough July 8 Andover Town v Highworth Town Aylesbury FC v MK Dons Eversley & California v Guildford City Folkestone Invicta v Hythe Town Fordingbridge Turks v Totton & Eling Frimley Green v Knaphill (at Frimley Lodge 3G) Galmpton Utd v Bideford Hamworthy Utd v Bridport Roman Glass St George v Bristol Manor Farm St Albans City v Peterborough United Tadley Calleva v Badshot Lea July 9th Folkestone Invicta v Hythe Town (2pm) 10th July Runcorn Town v Chester FC (7.30) July 11th AFC Totton v Aldershot Town Colliers Wood United v Kensington Borough Eastbourne Borough v Tunbridge Wells Faversham Town v Gillingham (7.30) Flint Town United v Chester FC (7.30) Folkestone Invicta v Millwall Folland Sports v Andover Town Lyne FC v Chertsey Town (7pm) Slough Town v Wealdstone St Albans City v Billericay Town Street v Bristol Manor Farm Weston-super-Mare v Bristol Rovers Winchester City v Hungerford Town July 14th Colliers Wood United v FC Deportivo Galicia (7.30) Taff’s Well v Cardiff City (7pm) Team Solent v Totton & Eling July 15th AFC Wimbledon v Watford Albion Rovers v Whiteheads Andover Town v Oxford City Nomads Bala Town v Caernarfon Town Bedfont Sports v Staines Town Bedford Town v Dagenham & Redbridge Bristol Manor Farm v Plymouth Parkway Ebbsfleet United v Tottenham Hotspur (Paul McCarthy Memorial) Eversley & California v Tooting Bec (2.00) Frimley Green v Egham Town (at Bisham Abbey) Galmpton United v Cadbury Heath Gloucester City v Bristol Rovers XI Hampton & Richmond Borough v Aldershot Town ( Hamworthy Utd v Balti Sports (3pm) Hythe Town v Tilbury (3pm) (p) Larkhall Athletic v Roman Glass St George Lyne FC v Walton & Hersham (2pm) Milton United v Badshot Lea Peterborough United v Queens Park Rangers Salisbury FC vs Bristol Rovers XI (1pm) Scarborough Athletic v Sheffield United XI (All Ticket – SOLD OUT) Weston-super-Mare v Plymouth Argyle Winchester City v Hanwell Town Wick v AFC Varndeanians 17th July AFC Tavistock v Cardiff City (7.00) Bala Town v Chester FC July 18th AFC Totton v Havant & Waterlooville Altrincham v Chester FC Bristol Manor Farm v Bridgewater Town Chessington & Hook v Guildford City Colliers Wood United v Edgware Town Ebbsfleet United v Cambridge United Frimley Green v Hartley Wintney FC Stratford v Cadbury Athletic Hamworthy Utd v Ringwood Town Shortwood Utd v Highworth Town (7.30) Tring Athletic v AFC Dunstable Winchester City v Sholing July 19th Bodmin Town v Cardiff City (7pm) Herne Bay v Folkestone Invicta Knaphill v Badshot Lea Roman Glass St George v Little Stoke July 21st Hythe & Dibden v Brockenhurst July 22nd Andover Town v Basingstoke Town Bashley FC v Winchester City Bideford AFC v Cardiff City XI Bournemouth Electric v Hedge End Rangers Caldicot Town v Roman Glass St George Chester FC v Walsall Colden Common v Totton & Eling Crawley Down Gatwick v Tunbridge Wells Eversley & California v Godalming Town Fleet Town FC v Winchester City Hailsham Town v Badshot Lea Hamworthy Utd v New Milton Town Kettering Town v Northampton Town Maunsell Cup Final Moreton Rangers FC v FC Barometrics Peterborough North Star v Frimley Green Saltash United v Bristol Manor Farm Shortwood United v Westfields July 25th Ashford United v Folkestone Invicta Blackfield & Langley FC v Winchester City Fordingbridge Turks v Alresford Town (7.30) Hailsham Town v Rusthall (7.30) FC Stratford v Paget Rangers Hamworthy Utd v Christchurch Heybridge Swifts v Billericay Town Horndean United v Havant & Waterlooville Kettering Town v Barwell MK Dons v Brentford (7.30) Shortwood United Reserves v Gala Walton South Park v East Thurrock Utd Sun Sports v Watford Under 18’s (7.30) Wells City v Bristol Manor Farm Wycombe Wanderers v AFC Wimbledon July 26th Bath City v Bristol Rovers Bradford Town v Shortwood United July 27th Bemerton Heath Harlequins v AFC Totton ( Coalville Town v Kettering Town Colliers Wood United v Westside (7.30) Salisbury FC vs Weston-super-Mare July 28th Aldershot Town v AFC Wimbledon (7.30) July 29th Abbey Rangers v Badshot Lea Andover Town v Hedge End Rangers Bournemouth Electric v Winchester City (2pm) Bristol Rovers vs West Bromwich Albion Caldicot Town v Hallen Chessington & Hook v Ripley Village Colliers Wood United v Oxhey Jets Concord Rangers v Billericay Town Eaton Socon v Bedford Town Ebbsfleet United v AFC Wimbledon Eversley & California v Alton Town Exmouth Town v Bristol Manor Farm Frimley Green v Camberley Town Hailsham Town v Folland Sports Hitchin Town v Wealdstone Hythe & Dibden v Lymington Town Kings Hill FC v Folkestone Invicta Lyne FC v Westfield (Woking) (2pm) Newport Civil Service v Whiteheads Roman Glass St George v Sea Mills Royal Wootton Bassett v Shortwood United Staines Town v Horsham (12:30) Stockbridge v Totton & Eling Tunbridge Wells v Eastbourne Town Winchester City v Marlow Dorking Wanderers v Havant & Waterlooville Merstham v Hampton & Richmond Borough (5:30) July 31st Folkestone Invicta v Dagenham & Redbridge The post July’s Pre-Season Fixtures appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Pears Is New Barnstaple Boss

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Richard Pears will be at the helm of Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club Barnstaple Town next season after being named as the successor to Barry Yeo. Pears stood down as the manager of South West Peninsula League Premier Division outfit Exmouth Town to take charge of Barum for their 2017/18 campaign. The new Barum boss has big shoes to fill after Yeo and Karl Baggaley won back-to-back promotions from Division One of the Toolstation Western League to the Southern League in three and half years at the helm before standing down at the end of the season. Pears is no stranger to success either though having steered Exmouth to the last sixteen of the Buildbase FA Vase as well as the finals of the Devon St Luke’s Bowl and the Walter C Parsons Cup. Barnstaple chairman Jasmine Chesters backed the former Barum player to build on the success of Yeo and his number two Baggaley in a statement announcing his appointment. She said: “Barnstaple Town Football Club are pleased to announce they have secured the services of Richard Pears as their new manager. Whilst we are sad to see Barry and Karl leaving us Richard comes to us with a wealth of qualities, from leading a very successful club at Exmouth. “Richard has been involved with football for some twenty-five years and has played at all levels of the game, and that includes playing for Barnstaple. He has been in manager at Exmouth for three years and is looking forward to the challenge of taking our team forward. “I am sure that the players, supporters and committee will welcome Richard to Barnstaple to take us higher up the league table in the coming seasons”. The post Pears Is New Barnstaple Boss appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Adeniyi: It Was An Easy Decision To Commit To Carshalton

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Carshalton Athletic manager Peter Adeniyi had no doubts at all about committing himself to the club for another season as he gets down to work on trying to go one stage further next year. The former Dulwich Hamlet and Eastleigh midfielder has had an impressive first season in charge after just missing out on the playoffs. The Ryman South Robins have rewarded Adeniyi with a new 12-month deal and he was delighted to accept. “Despite the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs, I’ve really enjoyed my first experience of management,” said the 37-year old in an interview with the club’s official website. “It’s been a privilege to work with an exciting group of young players and they deserve all the credit for taking our season right up to the final game. “I’ve got the full support from both the board and all the staff so, all in all, it was an easy decision to continue this adventure.” Adeniyi has already made a move in the transfer market. 16-goal Chipstead attacker Raheem Sterling-Parker has joined and 31-goal top scorer Tommy Bradford has already put pen to paper. “We scored over 100 goals last season but we should’ve had even more,” he added. “When we lost games it was mainly down to our own wastefulness in front of goal, so someone like Raheem will give us a slightly more direct route in that sense. “Everyone knows how talented our young players are however and they can now back that up with experience of being in a promotion battle.” The post Adeniyi: It Was An Easy Decision To Commit To Carshalton appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Not Again! Another League Title Could Be Won…After The Season Has Finished!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Another club could be cruelly stripped of their league title following a Football Association investigation, it has been claimed today. It appeared Southern Combination League winners Haywards Heath have questions to answer following the news they have been charged by the FA. It is said that the champions fielded a player who was suspended earlier in the season – but no clues have been given about how many games he played, and how many point could be docked. Heath won the league by four points and concerns are that the sine die player, who has not been named, may have played more than once for their team. If that is the case, the title could be awarded to second place Shoreham should Heath be found guilty. The FA have confirmed charges have been made and that they are awaiting the response of the club before making another further statement. This could be the second time a league is won in a Football Association boardroom. Angry Moneyfields had to hand back the Wessex League championship they won after having three points taken from their total after the season had finished. The post Not Again! Another League Title Could Be Won…After The Season Has Finished! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Trio Commit To Gingerbreads

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Adam Stevens, manager of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Grantham Town, has been busy already securing three of last season`s squad for next season. Top scorer Lee Shaw, who netted 28 times last season, has committed to the club by signing a new one-year contract. Lee Shaw Shaw joined the club from ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League neighbours Harrowby United in the summer of 2015 and has made over 100 appearances for the club, netting 38 goals in the process. He is joined by ever-present goalkeeper Kieran Preston, who joined the club in October from league rivals Stafford Rangers. Preston, who made his debut at Stratford Town in the Buildbase FA Trophy, played every game for the rest of the season, keeping eleven clean sheets in thirty-seven appearances. Kieran Preston Captain Stefan Galinski joins the duo as he agreed to a new one-year deal with the Gingerbreads. Galinski missed just one game during the 2016/17 season through suspension. He joined the club in February 2016 from Vanarama National league Nortyh side Alfreton Town and scored twice last season. Stevens said: “I’m delighted to have secured the trio, they all played a major part in our season last time out and I hope to add to those names in the coming days”. The post Trio Commit To Gingerbreads appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Deal Done for Delano

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Delano Sam-Yorke has become Vanarama National League club Maidstone United boss Jay Saunders’ first signing of summer 2017. He is, of course, a familiar face to Stones fans having played on loan for the club between January and March. During that time he made eight appearances and chipped in with 3 goals. The 28-year-old striker began his career at former club Woking. He has Football League experience with Cambridge United and in recent seasons has spent time at Lincoln City, Forest Green Rovers and Boreham Wood. Saunders said: “I am very pleased to get this deal done. After the season ended we made contact and he was keen to come back. At the time the loan ended, we were keen to keep him but he went back to Woking and carried on his good form with them. “He was a big part of turning us round when we started out on that run and it was disappointing to lose him at that time. “I am looking forward to having him here for pre-season and getting a full season out of him too.” Sam-Yorke added: “After my loan finished this was always a club I wanted to come to back to. I enjoyed my time here – all the lads, management and fans were great and I am happy to be back”. (Ian Tucker) The post Deal Done for Delano appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Lloyd Says He Could Not Turn Down Move To Peterborough United

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Former Stockport County winger Danny Lloyd says he could not pass up on the chance to play in League One after leaving the Vanarama National League North side for Peterborough United. The 25 year old joins on a three year deal after his contract expired at Edgeley Park. Speaking to the club’s official website Lloyd explained about the interest he had received. “I was aware that a number of scouts were coming to watch me. Peterborough had been regular visitors to the ground. “They got in touch with my agent last week and it all moved pretty quickly after that. I went for a chat with them and agreed a deal. I didn’t expect anything to happen as quickly as this, but that’s football for you.” Despite County narrowly missing out on a play-off place, it was an impressive season for Lloyd who scored 29 goals and assisted 19 during the campaign. He said he enjoyed his time with the club. “I’m leaving with a heavy heart because I love County and always will. The gaffer had faith in me, and the best thing he did was to keep playing me. With each opportunity I grew in confidence, something I had lost at my previous club. “Everyone has been brilliant, and I can’t thank them enough everyone has been superb. I could go on all day about the players, they’ve been the best group of people that I’ve ever come across. The club can be very proud of them all.” In a previous interview Lloyd said the fans had been helping him perform so well and he once again issued a thank you message to them. “I want to thank the supporters, who took me to their hearts so quickly. I’ve had a great relationship with the fans and I got goose bumps when they sang my name. I really felt wanted at Stockport County.” PHOTO BY MIKE PETCH PHOTOGRAPHY  The post Lloyd Says He Could Not Turn Down Move To Peterborough United appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Wrexham Release Nine Players

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wrexham have announced their retained list after what has been a disappointing season for the Vanarama National League club. Goalkeeper Chris Dunn and experienced midfielder Russell Penn have been retained with new contracts offered Mark Carrington, has signed new contract, while Paul Rutherford has accepted the offer of a new contract. Nine players, however, have not been retained. They are Iffy Allen, Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls, Anthony Barry, skipper Robbie Evans (above), Shwan Jalal, Izale McLeod, Callum Powell, Martin Riley and Jordan White. Iffy Allen Curtis Tilt, Hamza Bencherif and John Rooney are still out on loan for the moment, but have indicated that they will not be back at the club for next season. In addition, the club would like to speak further with James Jennings over extending his stay at the Racecourse Ground, but recognise that he is currently under contract with his parent club, Cheltenham Town. With the youth team having one more league match to play, at home to Bury next Saturday morning, details concerning the scholars will be held over until the start of next week. However, the club have confirmed that Olly Marx has joined Leo Smith in being offered a professional deal for 2017/18 after playing in seven of the last eight games this season. The post Wrexham Release Nine Players appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Championship Clubs Looking To Sign Chester’s Captain

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

At least three Championship clubs are looking to sign Chester defender Sam Hughes. The 20-year-old centre-back has impressed despite the Blues struggling towards the end of the season in the Vanarama National League. Wolves, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday have all registered their interest in the player. Hughes is out of contract in the summer. Though Chester can still command compensation as they have offered him a new deal. It remains to be seen if Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley who have taken a number of non-league players in the last season will look at him again after having a bid of £75,000 rejected back in January. It is believed if a tribunal does happen then Jon McCarthy’s side will be trying to gain closer to £150,000. Wolves, Swansea City, Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace were all linked with a move in January, although it remains to be seen if any of those clubs will come back for the youngster. Hughes became Chester’s youngest ever captain this season when he took the armband for game against Tranmere Rovers. The post Championship Clubs Looking To Sign Chester’s Captain appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Poole Boss Tom Knows Squad Size Matters

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Poole Town manager Tom Killick knows the depth of his squad will have to run deeper next season. Although Poole finished 5th in the National League South – “a big achievement” according to their manager – the club cannot take their place in Wednesday’s playoffs. The Dolphins will have to stand back and watch as Hampton, who ended the season two places below them, welcome Ebbsfleet United tomorrow knowing it should instead be them. Killick is aware there is little point raking up the club’s ground grading issues. Instead he lavished praise on his players despite Dartford’s inspired late showing bringing about a 3-2 defeat. “It wasn’t the way we wanted to finished the season,” said the manager, who last year took the club to title winning glory in the Southern Premier Division. “What people have to understand is that it’s hard and that’s where the players deserve real credit for finishing 5th and defying the odds. “We have inadequate strength in the depth,” Killick told the Bournemouth Echo after the Darts defeat. “The numbers really affect you. At this stage of the season you really need people. “There are dips in form, injuries and fatigue and we’re not in a position to change things around and make changes.” Killick says his squad, although small in number, have had big heart during their excellent campaign. He added: “If you reflect on the season then the players can be incredibly proud of what they have done.” The post Poole Boss Tom Knows Squad Size Matters appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Wright Proud Of Youngsters` Performances

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nuneaton Town ended the Vanarama National League North season with an entertaining 3-3 draw at Alfreton Town in a game which saw academy youngsters Michael Tweed, Ryan Richmond and Elliott Taylor all make their mark. “I was extremely proud of the way in which all three of them acquitted themselves,” said manager, Tommy Wright. “Each of them gave a good account of themselves and can be pleased with their performances. “They have all progressed well and deserved the opportunity. Sometimes you have to be prepared to give young lads their chance and see what they are all about on this kind of stage. “I felt that there were plenty of positives to come from each of them; they tired a little towards the end, but that is to be expected. “What they did do, though, is prove that they are comfortable at this level and that stands us in good stead as we look towards next season.” Wright is now in discussions with players as he looks to build his squad for 2017/18. The post Wright Proud Of Youngsters` Performances appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Shaw Promoted By Chester

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

As part of a significant review of operations at Chester FC, the Vanarama National League club have announced the appointment of Tom Shaw as player/assistant-manager for the 2017/18 season. Shaw, who has also extended his playing contract at the club, will assist Jon McCarthy as part of a re-shaped backroom team. Shaw has considerable coaching experience already and is highly regarded in coaching circles. He also brings a knowledge of Chester FC where – of course – he was recently voted football writers player of the season. Chris Iwelumo, who has made an invaluable contribution to the development of players like James Alabi, is considering an offer made to him for the role of strikers` coach, which would more effectively combine with his media commitments. In addition, the club hopes that Dave Felgate, who is a UEFA A licensed coach, will adopt additional responsibilities for the coming season. In a detailed review of last season, the club will leave no stone unturned in looking at where it can progress and how it can become more competitive. The post Shaw Promoted By Chester appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Heath Announces Decision To Leave Worthing

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Defender Corey Heath has informed Worthing he will not be renewing his contract this summer and intends to leave the Ryman League Premier Division club. Heath informed manager Gary Elphick before taking to Twitter to explain his decision: “I’d just like to thank everyone at Worthing FC for the past three years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club, met some great people along the way and I’ll leaving with many memories. I just feel now is the right time to move on.” He also thanked the club’s supporters: “Also, special thanks to the away boys and all the fans, they’ve been superb since day one. Best of luck for the future.” The defender joined the Rebels from Chichester City and made his debut at home to Leatherhead in January 2014. He enjoyed a marvellous campaign in 2015/16, helping the club to promotion from Ryman Division One South, in the process picking up both players’ and managers` player of the season awards as reward for his commanding displays. He also scored in winning penalty shoot-outs over Whitehawk (Sussex Senior Cup semi-final) and more dramatically, the winning kick in an Emirates FA Cup replay with St Neots Town, but only scored a single goal in his three years at Woodside Road. He leaves the club with over 150 appearances to his name. (Worthing FC) The post Heath Announces Decision To Leave Worthing appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Baldock To Groundshare At Arlesey Next Season

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spartan South Midlands League Division One club Baldock Town will play at Arlesey Town’s New Lamb Meadow stadium next season after agreeing an initial two-year groundshare with the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club. Baldock`s 4-0 victory over local rivals Codicote on April 15th in their final league match of the 2016/17 season brought to an end a two-year stint at Stotfold’s Roker Park ground. They finished third on 92 points in SSML Division One this year, just one point behind Harpenden Town in the second promotion place following Harps’ 1-1 draw with Brimsdown on Saturday. Baldock were denied promotion to the Spartan League in 2012 as their home ground, the Arena on Norton Road, was not suitable for SSML football. They went up the following year after they had agreed a groundshare at Hitchin Town’s Top Field. They then moved on to share SSML Premier Division side Stotfold’s ground in 2015 until the end of the current campaign. Arlesey Town’s committee released a statement saying: “We hope this association will be beneficial to both clubs in the long-term and we ask the supporters of Arlesey to support this new venture and take our new house guests into our club and support them in the years to come whilst the first team are away”. The post Baldock To Groundshare At Arlesey Next Season appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Bravo Bognor! But Proud Manager Howell Says ‘We Always Do It The Hard Way!’

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bognor Regis Town’s emotional manager Jamie Howell paid tribute to his players’ courage as they got over the loss of the Ryman Premier title to seal promotion. The Rocks are rocking! Bognor beat Dulwich Hamlet 2-1 in Bank Holiday Monday’s playoff final to secure their place in the Vanarama National League South next season. In front of Nyewood Lane’s biggest crowd for over 30 years, Howell’s team held their nerve to secure promotion. After nearly a decade outside of the Conference divisions, Regis return and their manager was a very proud man. Maybe he thought they couldn’t do it after losing out of automatic promotion, and the league championship, when they could only draw at home to Met Police. That allowed Havant the chance to take it off them despite only drawing with Kingstonian on the last day. Howell praised his players after winning both playoff games and can’t wait to kick off again come August. “It’s a fantastic victory – but we always seem to do things the hard way!” he joked. “We have shown tremendous character in these playoffs and I couldn’t have wished for a more genuine bunch on lads. “The last couple of weeks have been very difficult so I’m really pleased for all of them. “It means so much to everyone, especially the fans – we’ve come close a few times but we’ve done it now,” Howell told Back of The Net moment after the full time whistle. “The hard work starts straight away going in the National League South but we’ll enjoy the moment that’s for sure.” To watch highlights of the game, make sure you give Back Of The Net a follow @OfficialBOTN  The post Bravo Bognor! But Proud Manager Howell Says ‘We Always Do It The Hard Way!’ appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Chelmsford City ‘May Lose Home Advantage In Playoff Final’

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Chelmsford City could lose home advantage in the final of the Vanarama National League South playoffs, it has been reported. If the Essex club beat Dartford over two legs then they were due to be at home if Hampton and Richmond beat runners up Ebbsfleet United. But there is a problem with scheduling and they may have to be away if both they and the Beavers progress. That’s because it has been revealed Chelmsford’s Melbourne Stadium is doubled booked on the day of the final. An athletics meeting means there is a clash and the league are said to have already told City that they will be away from home if they are at home to Hampton. The National League say they cannot comment on the speculation but did say the club were aware of the situation. Manager Rod Stringer has put the club in a strong position this season and the two legs with Dartford are expected to be very entertaining games. He has told his players to ignore what is going on and focus on the job in hand as they look to seal promotion. The post Chelmsford City ‘May Lose Home Advantage In Playoff Final’ appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

From The Playoffs To Relegation, Braintree’s Tortuous 12 Months Ends In The Dreaded Drop

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hakan Hayrettin says relegation from the National League has already sunk in. The Braintree manager says the club’s stay in the top flight of the Non-League game come to an end at the weekend because of the whole season, not just a poor final month. A 2-0 defeat to Aldershot Town ended what was an awful year for the club and Hayrettin couldn’t save the team from going down after taking over from Jamie Day in late September. It is a far cry from last season when Danny Cowley’s Braintree side were preparing themselves for a playoff double header with Grimsby Town. Now the Essex club are preparing for their return to the Vanarama National League South after winning the league, then called the Blue Square South, in 2010/11. “We came up a bit short,” accepted the manager Hayrettin. “I’m really sad about the whole situation. I can’t fault the players, it sunk it pretty quickly but we are a part time club in a full time league. It was always going to be difficult.” He added: “I’ve given it my best go but it’s not been quite enough. I’m really disappointed I couldn’t keep the team in the league.” The post From The Playoffs To Relegation, Braintree’s Tortuous 12 Months Ends In The Dreaded Drop appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

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