Non-League News & Archive

Karl Rose Delighted To Be Back As Frickley Athletic Boss

Monday, March 27, 2017

Karl Rose says he did not think twice about returning to Frickley Athletic, writes Tom Feaheny. After four seasons in charge, which ended in taking the side to seventh last season, Rose left after five league games. Explaining how the return came about, Rose said: “I got a phone-call from the chairman last Sunday night saying they were considering making a change and asked would I be interested, It was a difficult decision to leave the club when I did. I love the club, love the people that are here. When it came calling it was too much of a pull not to go back, now I just want to finish the season strong and stay in the division. Once we have done that. I want to take this club forward. I’ve shown if given time to build, I can develop players.” His second spell got off to a losing start as they were defeated 1-0 away at Ilkeston, which leaves the side 22nd in the division. Rose has admitted for the first time that his departure was down to the loss of players from the previous campaign. “You have to rebuild a squad at the start of nearly every season, normally you lose two or three,” he said. “This time because of how well we did last season, it meant we lost seven or eight and the players that were coming in were from the league below. It ripped the heart of the team and the club. I needed a break from it and now I’ve had it.” Rose also spared a thought for his successor and now predecessor Lee Morris. “He’s done a good job, hats off to him, the board made the decision to make the change,” he added. “Now I’ve got to finish on Frickley’s behalf.” The post Karl Rose Delighted To Be Back As Frickley Athletic Boss appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Ping! In off the bar…

Monday, March 27, 2017

Prescot Cables’s Dominic Reid scored this cracker at the weekend. There are loads more goals like this on our Facebook and Twitter pages, check them out!   The post Ping! In off the bar… appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Stonehouse Gain Permission To Install Floodlights

Monday, March 27, 2017

Stonehouse Town have been given planning permission to install floodlights at their Oldends Lane ground. The ambitious Gloucestershire County League leaders are keen to make the step up to Uhlsport Hellenic League level. Stonehouse joined the Western League in 1947 and won the Division Two title in 1950/51, finishing sixth in their first season in Division One. The club was known as Stonehouse Freeway until 2007. They entered the FA Cup every season between 1947 and 1975, reaching the second qualifying round on seven occasions. Subject to having floodlights installed at their Oldends Lane Ground, and passing the FA’s Ground G Grading, it is hoped that Stonehouse Town will be confirmed as members of the Hellenic League at the AGM on July 2nd The post Stonehouse Gain Permission To Install Floodlights appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Mickleover Chance For Abalimba

Monday, March 27, 2017

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Mickleover Sports have signed handed a chance to controversial midfielder Medi Abalimba and he made his debut in Saturday`s defeat against Stafford Rangers. Abalimba, was born in the Congo and began his career as a midfielder in the youth teams of Crystal Palace and Fulham, before moving to Southend United. He attracted attention from several Premier League clubs early in his career and was given trials at Manchester United and Manchester City. At Liverpool, he played for the reserves while the then manager Rafa Benitez watched from the stands and eventually signed for Derby County in 2009 for £1.2million. But his career was curtailed by injury and he was sent to Oldham Athletic on a free transfer in January 2011 having failed to make a competitive appearance for the Rams. In August 2012, he was signed by Farnborough and was forced to supplement his income with part-time work as a taxi firm controller. Spells with Corby Town and French sides Perpignan Canet and Canet Roussillon followed before he spent time in jail for fraud offences, including falsely claiming to be Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta to get credit. The post Mickleover Chance For Abalimba appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Chester`s Hughes Courting Plenty Of Attention

Monday, March 27, 2017

A whole host of clubs have expressed interest in Vanarama National League club Chester FC`s Sam Hughes. Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Burnley and several Championship sides have been alerted to Hughes` form as he has impressed immensely in the National League this season and he is expected to leave this summer when his contract expires, despite being offered a new deal by Chester. Championship side Barnsley failed with an offer for the central defender earlier in the season and are expected to re-ignite their interest in the player. The likes of Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough are also thought to be interested in the player. It’s been a record-breaking campaign for Hughes, who became Chester’s youngest ever club captain when he took the armband for game against Tranmere Rovers earlier in the season. The post Chester`s Hughes Courting Plenty Of Attention appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Lincoln Prove They Can Cope With The Pressure, Now For Sutton’s 3G

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lincoln City’s performance under pressure on Saturday was enough to convince manager Danny Cowley that his side have the mental toughness to not let their fantastic season go to waste. Questions were asked of his team’s ability to get results when the heat was on them because the Imps’ form has not been good ever since the club lost at Arsenal. Their stumble let Forest Green in and they took back the lead of the division before the weekend. Cowley called for a reaction and he certainly got one. Not only beating Mark Cooper’s Rovers 3-1, they came from behind to do it as well. The Sincil Bank manager says the message was sent out by how they dug deep to get a result which took them back to the top of the National League. They are big title favourites now and start the first of their three games in hand at Sutton United on Tuesday night. Cowley said: “We were so determined to get the win and the players really showed why I have got such belief in them all. “Unfortunately you don’t get anything more than 3 points for a win, but it was a big three points for us. We’ve come in for some criticism lately, and this season we haven’t been used to that. “It was the response I wanted from the players. Character wins leagues and that’s what I have always told them.” On their trip to Sutton, he added: “It’s the meeting of the two FA Cup giantkillers so it will be a really good occasion, but we need the points.” The post Lincoln Prove They Can Cope With The Pressure, Now For Sutton’s 3G appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Buxton Latest To Go 3G

Monday, March 27, 2017

Buxton could be playing on the latest artificial at the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club’s Tarmac Silverlands Stadium when the 2018/19 season kicks off. The Bucks – 6-0 winners at Skelmersdale United on Saturday – have revealed ground-breaking plans to install a new state-of-the-art 3G pitch and pavilion with the facility able to offer educational programmes, including BTEC and A Levels courses, in a classroom environment. Bucks chairman David Hopkins believes past bids to strengthen their links with the community have been frustrated by having to preserve the Silverlands surface for the first team and is looking forward to seeing players of all ages and abilities using their home and facilities. The NPL Premier Division club’s officials are presenting their plans to fans at open event on Wednesday, 5th April and Hopkins said: “With such a well-positioned facility in the town it is so frustrating to us all at the club that for the vast majority of the time our main asset, the pitch, cannot be used as we have to work hard to protect the surface for the first team, which of course is not always easy in Buxton. “As the leading football club in the immediate area we should do more to engage with the town, and during my time at the club it has been a constant frustration that we have been unable to offer our facilities to the broader wider community including girls’ and boys’ football right through to veterans and even walking football. “We were delighted recently to be able to team up with a local disabled football group, but these opportunities are restricted with the limitations of only having a single grass pitch. With the advancement in quality of artificial pitches in recent years we now feel that the time is right to replace the current grass pitch at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium with an artificial 3G surface.” The Bucks chairman added: “The new 3G surface will also benefit our first-team, as there will be much less chance of games having to be postponed due to adverse weather as has recently happened with scheduled matches against Frickley and Ilkeston. However, the big win will be that Buxton will at last have an accessible stadium environment for all ages and abilities wishing to play football”. The post Buxton Latest To Go 3G appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Cooper Fumes At Merstham Defeat

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jim Cooper, manager of Ryman League Premier Division club Metropolitan Police, gave his thoughts on Saturday’s defeat to Merstham Cooper said: “It was yet another inept, lacklustre display from us which led to another home defeat. “We were absolutely awful from the first minute through to the 90th and although we were missing players, that is no excuse for way we performed (or didn’t). “If I am honest, we were lucky to have only been beaten by the two-goal margin. Merstham yet again defied their lowly league position and showed that they are in Gav MacPherson’s and my opinion a top eight or nine team. The work that their players put into the game in comparison to ours was light years ahead. This was my main gripe, regardless if players are having an off day in possession of the ball, the very least that players should offer is work rate and that should at the very least match the opposition. We were also out battled and clearly the game meant much more to their players than our own. “We still need three points and to be honest, I cannot see where they are going to come from. The past four games have shown that we are very light, especially going forward and strangely we`re gifting goals to the opposition. “Both goals on Saturday were avoidable. For the first goal, we lost possession in central midfield too cheaply and then Brannon Daly spills the ball into the path of Tom Kavanagh to slot home. The second goal from a corner was smashed home by Will Salmon for an own goal but the marking at the corner was very poor. “We may bring one or two players in the next couple of days to freshen things up a bit. It was good to see Ryan James play again though and there may be another returnee in time for this coming Saturday’s game at Folkestone Invicta”. The post Cooper Fumes At Merstham Defeat appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Bossman Brothers Re-Unite at Marlow

Monday, March 27, 2017

Winger Kelvin Bossman has re-joined brother Allen at Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Marlow. A former Ghana under-17 international, he started in the youth system at Reading and also spent time in Dutch football with Helmond Sport, SC Camburr and FC Groningen. He had a very successful 2014/15 season with Biggleswade Town, scoring 17 goals having also played for Arlesey Town. He also played for Hayes & Yeading United in the 2013/14 season and Havant & Waterlooville in the 2012/13 season, while his other clubs include Cambridge City and Maidenhead United. Bossman joined Chesham United in October 2015 following a spell at Hungerford Town, whom he joined in the summer of 2015. He switched to Enfield Town last August and then moved to Southern Premier Division outfit Dunstable Town, with whom he has made thirty-five appearances, scoring 2 goals. The post Bossman Brothers Re-Unite at Marlow appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Rebels Borrow Young Seagull

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ryman League Premier Division club Worthing signed young defender Tom Cadman on loan from Sky Bet Championship neighbours Brighton & Hove Albion. Eighteen-year-old Cadman has gained experience in Brighton’s under-23 team this season. He has also spent time out on loan with the Rebels` league rivals Bognor Regis Town and, more recently, Ryman Division One South outfit East Grinstead Town. Good news for Worthing was that Saturday saw striker Ben Pope return to the squad for the game against Leiston – 239 days after breaking his ankle. He came off the bench against Leiston. The post Rebels Borrow Young Seagull appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Uhlsport Hellenic League Round-Up

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thame United remain Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division leaders, despite not kicking a ball on Saturday. The race is on for the title. If Thame win both their games, then they will be champions. One slip and Bracknell Town could pip then at the post. With two games to go Burnham are finally off the foot of the table. A young and inexperienced Ascot United team were out played and out muscled, 5-1 by a strong Highworth Town side that looked full of confidence from their midweek victory over Southern League Salisbury. The score could have been more but for a fine display by the home keeper who even saved a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time. Goals, Ascot Luke Wilson 41, Highworth OG 19 Ash Edenborough 26 Aaron Ferris 39 Nathan Gambiling 70 Aysa Corrick 74. The largest crowd of the day saw second-placed Bracknell at home to mid-table Longlevens AFC. The result was three points for Bracknell who should have won more comfortably but were denied by an excellent performance by the visiting keeper. Goals, Bracknell Adam Cornell 33 35 71 and an own goal 90+2, Longlevens Dave Merrick 41. Three goals in the first half saw Brimscombe & Thrupp send Henley Town to the foot of the table. Goals Ollie Pitt 14 Ed Mayor 21 33. A massive win home for Burnham against Royal Wootton Bassett moving them off the foot of the table. Goals, Burnham Adrian Sear 32 38, Bassett Dan Bailey 49 . With 2 minutes to go Tuffley Rovers must have thought the points were theirs. However, two goals in the dying minutes kept all three points at home with Flackwell Heath in their final game of the season. Goals, Flackwell Sheridan Campbell 25 Dan Brapley 88 Joe Blount 90, Rovers Sam Hill 11 Ben Tunnicliff 43. Two first half goals saw the points shared at Thatcham Town who hosted Lydney Town. Goals, Thatcham Alec Smith 18, Lydney Jordan Joss 28. (Bob Dalling) The post Uhlsport Hellenic League Round-Up appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Ray Simpson’s Northern League Review….

Monday, March 27, 2017

Shildon manager Bobby Moore reckoned that his team produced their best display in his spell in charge when they beat Ebac Northern League First Division leaders North Shields 2-0 at Dean Street on Saturday, and in doing so opened the door for South Shields and Morpeth Town in the race for the title. Shildon haven’t found their top form often enough this season, but they produced their best display for some time and end Shields’ fifteen-match winning run. “We were superb,” said Moore. “We dominated the game and deserved the win but fair play to Shields and Jon McDonald their manager they have set the pace and possibly have done enough to win the league. “We have performed well in recent weeks and maybe haven’t got the right results, but after Wednesday’s defeat in the league cup, the lads were bang at it.” Shields went closest to scoring with an effort by Dan Wilson that hit the post, but Shildon took the lead when Shields’ Michael McKeown was shown his second yellow for a foul in the area, and Matty Robson scored from the spot. Shildon dominated the game after that, and after Micky Rae, Billy Greulich-Smith and Adam Burnicle all went close, Burnicle fired the goal that settled the game with a shot into the bottom corner. North Shields are still 14 points clear, but South Shields have five games in hand. North Shields manager Jon McDonald said; “Conceding a penalty and going to ten men in the first half was the turning point. Credit to Shildon who played well. We now look forward to our final four fixtures and I know the players will respond positively.” South Shields, meanwhile, won 2-1 at Ryhope CW with a superb late goal by Andrew Stephenson. Shields took the lead through a Carl Finnigan penalty on 11 minutes after he was brought down in the area, but Ryhope levelled on 28 minutes with a 25 yarder by Josh Home-Jackson. Shields hit the post through Jon Shaw in the second half, while Shields’ new keeper, Peter Jameson also made a good stop. Shields won it on 71 minutes, with a 25-yard thunderbolt by Andrew Stephenson, that gave the Ryhope keeper literally no chance. Ryhope manager Gary Pearson said; “The game went very much how I expected it to, with Shields having the lion’s share of possession and being the more offensive side. We stuck to our gameplan, squandered a couple of chances but also rode our luck at times. I believe our lads more than held their own which I’m really proud of.” Morpeth have still got hopes of gatecrashing the top two after they won 4-1 at fourth-bottom Washington. Michael Turner put Morpeth into an 8th minute lead from a Keith Graydon free-kick, then former Washington player Mark Davison scored the second from the edge of the box. It was 3-0 when Joe Walton crossed for Davison to head home, then just after half-time Graydon made it 4-0 from 25 yards. Washington, who are looking nervously over their shoulders now at Guisborough Town’s progress, pulled a goal back through Jake Pickard. Morpeth manager Nick Gray said; “We started the game really well and after the first 20 minutes the game as a contest was over, although credit to Washington as they kept going right to the end.” West Auckland Town are just about safe now after they scraped home 2-1 against bottom club Chester-le-Street. West got the start they wanted when Chester defender Lee Mole headed a right-wing cross into his own net, and they paid the penalty for missed chances when Michael Hepplewhite scored from the spot after David Latham was brought down. But West got a penalty themselves on 64 minutes when Craig Ruddy fouled and he scored from the spot. It was end to end after that, but West held on. Chester are now just one defeat away from relegation with four games remaining, and are now nine points away from safety. West Auckland manager Steve Skinner said; “It was hard, hard match to watch and frustrating at times. We were down to the bare bones with the lads not there because of work. They put a good shift in and overall deserved the three points that were massive for us. I was very happy with the effort the players put in today.” Guisborough still have a chance of getting out of the bottom three, and they gave themselves a big boost by beating Penrith 3-1 at the King George to go four points behind fourth-bottom Washington, but they’ve played a game more. Guisborough took the lead on 33 minutes when veteran striker Dave Onions scored from a Steve Roberts pass, then Connor Smith scored the second just before half-time. Smith hit the bar just after the break and they got the third just on the hour-mark when Louis Goldsack scored after the ball came back to him off the post. Penrith pulled a goal back through Will Paul 9 minutes from the end, but that didn’t stop Guisborough securing their first home win since November. Guisborough manager Gary Forster said; “We were delighted to get the win, it was a really good performance. We can’t get ahead of ourselves though, we have two really big games coming up over the next fortnight.” Bishop Auckland drew 2-2 with Jarrow Roofing at Heritage Park. Bishops went a goal behind on 8 minutes when a corner by Jarrow’s Dennis Knight was fumbled into his own goal by Bishops keeper Tom Dawson, but Roofing levelled when Steve Fairley made a good run and fired past Roofing keeper Lewis Brass. Bishops thought they’d done enough when Fairley scored with a deflected shot 10 minutes from the end, but a mistake by Dan Madden allowed Knight to run through and although his shot was blocked by sub keeper Scott Pocklington, Michael Mackay followed up and scored to stretch Roofing’s unbeaten run to eight league matches. Bishops remain in sixth place with three games remaining. Jarrow Roofing manager Richie McLoughlin said; “We’ve come to a top six team and are disappointed not to leave with all three points, but that’s eight unbeaten now.” Bishop Auckland manager Steve Riley said; “I really feel for the lads as two individual errors have cost us all three points. The lads put in a spirited performance and controlled the game, restricting Jarrow to only a couple of long range efforts, but despite having a host of unexpected injuries on the morning of the game and a further injury in warm up, we managed to take a point and on another day could and should have had all three. The lads who played can take heart from a decent performance.” Newton Aycliffe had a good 2-1 away win at Ashington to keep them in ninth place. Jamie Owens put Aycliffe into the lead from a free-kick, but Ashington equalised through Ryan McGorrigan from a Lee McMahon pass. But Aycliffe recovered, and Owens made it 2-1 from a Stuart Banks free-kick at the start of the second half. After that, Ashington piled on the pressure, but the Aycliffe defence did well, with keeper James Winter pulling off a couple of good saves. Newton Aycliffe manager Deano Browne said; “We started the game really well and both teams created a couple of early chances. We were 1-1 at half time and started the second half better and deservedly took the lead. We dominated the next 20 minutes and could have been out of sight. Ashington dominated the last 15 minutes and our keeper and defence had to work hard to keep them at bay. I thought we deserved the three points and dealt with Ashington’s direct approach.” Marske United are looking good for a top five finish by beating Newcastle Benfield 4-1 at Mount Pleasant. Marske took the lead after 2 minutes when Adam Wheatley scored from close range off a corner, and they went 2-0 up on 13 minutes when Danny Earl scored from a through ball. Marske missed chances to increase the lead until just on half time, when Earl curled the ball home from 20 yards, for his 25th league goal of the season. Aaron Ramsbottom made it 4-0 from an Earl assist just after half-time, but the league’s top scorer Paul Brayson pulled one back. Lewis Scorgie was sent-off for Benfield for two yellows late in the game. Marske manager Carl Jarrett said; “The result was great and the lads were fantastic after losing midweek to bounce back against a good team. We defended really well against two top forwards. I’m so proud of the lads especially as we only had 12 fit players. Sunderland RCA won 2-0 at Seaham Red Star. After a goalless first half, James Cassidy put the RCA in front with a low shot, then Colin Larkin made it 2-0 from a rebound. Sunderland RCA manager Marty Swales said; “I asked for a reaction from the players after our defeat on Wednesday and got one. We played an in-form side and were always the better side. I’m very happy with three points and a clean sheet.” Dunston UTS lost 1-0 at home to Whitley Bay, even though the visitors had their keeper sent-off. Dunston keeper Jack Norton pulled off a couple of good saves before Whitley took the lead when Norton could only parry a shot by Thibault Charmey, and Alex Kempster was on hand to score. Whitley keeper Thomas Flynn was dismissed for a foul on Dunston striker Stephen Richardson outside the box just before half-time, and was replaced by striker Callum Patton, who pulled off two good saves in the second half. Dunston manager Chris Swailes said; “That was the poorest we’ve been all season. We deserved nothing, and got nothing from the game.” In the Second Division, leaders Team Northumbria were held to a 2-2 draw at Northallerton Town. Jack Proctor headed Northallerton in front on 8 minutes, but Andrei Ardelean levelled for Team North off the underside of the bar. Ardelean put Team North in front from close range, but Nicky Martin equalised from the penalty spot. Northallerton manager Darren Trotter said; “We’re disappointed. I thought we had done enough to win the game and maybe should have with the last kick of the game.” Stockton Town are now just three points behind Team North with a game in hand, thanks to a good 3-0 home win over Bedlington Terriers. Kevin Hayes fired them ahead on 15 minutes, and he got a second straight after half-time. Sonni Coleman finished Bedlington off 4 minutes from the end. Stockton manager Micky Dunwell said; “It’s another step closer to promotion. Bedlington caused us a lot of problems in the first half but we came out second half and managed the game a lot better. It was a very solid performance.” Third-placed Billingham Synthonia could only draw 0-0 at bottom club Esh Winning, and the closest they came to scoring was a shot by Macauley Langstaff that hit the bar. Esh Winning manager Tony Boakes said; “Once again against top quality opposition we are pleased to get a point in a hard-fought game, but overall it was another great team performance.” Synners` slip wasn’t too costly, because neighbours Billingham Town lost 1-0 at home to Durham City to drop from fourth to fifth. They had defender Jamie Davis dismissed for a last man foul midway through the first half, and then Dan O’Reilly scored the only goal of the game on 38 minutes. Town threw everything at Durham in the second half, but couldn’t break through. Billingham manager Barry Oliver said; “We were the better side for 90 minutes, even with ten men. I have to give credit for my layers for still taking the game to Durham after our sending-off, everything seems to be going against us at the most important time of the season and we are now looking for Lady Luck to give us a break. Football can be cruel at times and we will learn from it and be stronger as a group.” Durham manager Olly Hotchkiss said; “I was proud of the players as they worked hard after a bad run of form. Sometimes ait was hard work and we had to be resilient but we got our rewards. It was a terrific team effort against an excellent Billingham side.” The main threat to the top three now looks as if it is coming from Heaton Stannington, who won 3-1 at Crook Town for their ninth straight win. The home side took the lead with a goal by Chris Emms, but Heaton hit back through Lee Johnson, Josh Holland and Dan Robinson, all in the space of 7 minutes in the second half. Jonathan Wright also missed a penalty for Heaton, who are now fourth, eight points behind Billingham Synthonia with two games in hand. Crook have now conceded a century of goals for the season. At the bottom, Thornaby won their first game since December when they won 1-0 at Tow Law Town to put them fifth from bottom. Gary Mitchell scored a first half penalty. Thornaby manager Paul Burton said; “It was a great result for us today. They had a couple of chances in the first half but other than that, we kept them quiet. I thought we worked extremely hard and deserved the three points.” Tow Law manager Steve Murray said; “It was a poor display in a game we dominated.” Darlington RA picked up a good point in a 1-1 home draw with Alnwick Town. David Harrison gave RA a first half lead, but Danny Lowes equalised for Alnwick. The RA are now third bottom, five points above the bottom two. Darlington RA manager Peter Mulcaster said; “A poor second half cost us the win, but I thought a draw was a fair result.” Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, who are second-bottom, lost 3-0 at Easington Colliery, and they are now two points off the bottom. Jack Pounder put Easington into the lead, and David Paul got the second on 64 minutes. Michael Bulmer made sure 10 minutes from the end. Brandon United are out of any danger after they beat Hebburn Town 2-1. Hebburn led with a goal by Chris Feasey, but Brandon hit back to win with goals by Ben Clarke and Niall Fingleton. Hebburn manager Scott Oliver said; “Two bad mistakes cost us the match. We went from being comfortable to chasing the game.” Willington lost 5-2 at home to Blyth Town and are now fourth bottom. Malky Morien put Blyth ahead, and after Willington levelled through Graham Stephenson, Blyth moved up a gear and went 4-1 up through Morien, Liam Gillesphey and Jack Errington. Willington pulled a goal back though Tom Lazonby, but recent signing David Dormand made sure for Blyth. Willington manager Rob Lee said; Mistakes cost us the game against a very strong Blyth side. At present we are playing with no luck at all. We aren’t finishing our chances and getting punished for our mistakes. I thought we played well in the second half”. (Ray Simpson) The post Ray Simpson’s Northern League Review…. appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

There’s A Whole Loza Love For Maidstone’s Jamar!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Maidstone United boss Jay Saunders was delighted with Jamar Loza’s hat-trick yesterday but revealed afterwards that he might have to fine the tricky winger! The 22-year-old struck three times to turnaround a 2-0 deficit at relegation rivals Woking, before Yemi Odubade added a fourth late on. That win has stretched the Stones’ unbeaten run to seven games and lifted them four points above the drop with two games in hand. With a testing run-in to come, featuring fixtures against Barrow, Gateshead, Forest Green, Lincoln and Tranmere, Saunders knew just how important a win on Saturday would be. “We’ve shown mental toughness that we didn’t have earlier on in the season. If we went 2-0 down that was game over,” he said. “Last time we played Woking, we were having a good spell in the game and then we went behind at it was game over. “Now when we’ve gone behind we don’t seem to crumble as much, that’s full credit to the lads, I’m delighted for them. “In the first half we weren’t really at it but second half we stepped and our work rate was better. “There’s still a long way to go and there will be plenty of twists and turns I’m sure. It’s a good result.” In the aftermath of Loza’s third goal, he bundled into the dugout and celebrated with teammates and staff, but his actions seem to have landed him in hot water with his manager! “He caught me with an elbow in the celebration so I’ll have to fine him for that!” jested Saunders. “He was my man of the match. They’re big goals for us in a big game. I think you could see the emotions and at the end with our supporters, who were great.” The post There’s A Whole Loza Love For Maidstone’s Jamar! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Round-Up…

Monday, March 27, 2017

A sunny Saturday proved a good day for Moneyfields with the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division leaders being the only one of the top three sides to record a victory, 3-1 at Hamworthy. Blackfield & Langley went down four one at Gang Warily to the ever dangerous Horndean, with Connor Duffin scoring two for the winners, while Portland’s long winning run ended at Fareham Town where they had to come from behind to claim a 2-2 draw. Dave Diaper recorded his 900th game in charge of Sholing and his side marked the occasion in the best possible manner with a 5-0 defeat of Bournemouth FC, Micky Hubbard scoring twice. AFC Portchester, with ex-Winchester City boss Ian Saunders in temporary charge, beat Andover Town 2-0 as the visitors suffered a fourth consecutive defeat. A lone second half goal gave Bashley victory over Lymington Town and Newport (IoW), despite conceding two penalties converted by Tyler Brockway, won 3-2 at Amesbury and left the hosts perhaps looking over their shoulders at the relegation battle below them. On the day, nothing changed in that area as not one the five sides in danger gained as much as a point. Bottom place Verwood Town went down 5-1 at home to Alresford Town – two goals for Geoff Dunn – while Fawley, despite scoring first, lost 3-1 to Bemerton Heath Harlequins on their own ground. Bournemouth have already been mentioned but to complete a quartet of home defeats Cowes Sports were beaten 2-0 by Team Solent and two goals from Mitchell Speechley-Price helped Brockenhurst to a 3-1 victory at Whitchurch United. The post Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Round-Up… appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Toolstation Northern Counties East League Round-Up

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division title race swung further in Cleethorpes Town’s direction after they were the only side in the top three to win on Saturday. A 2-0 home victory over Handsworth Parramore means they are now two points clear of Pickering Town and five ahead of Bridlington Town with four and three games in hand over their rivals, respectively. Brody Robertson opened the scoring for the Owls on 18 minutes before the win was assured with an injury-time second from Andrew Taylor. The Pikes lost ground as they had to come back from 2-0 down at home to bottom side Retford United to draw 2-2 after Cameron Dear and Brad Kilner had seemingly put the visitors on their way to a vital victory. But, Ryan Blott and Joe Dale netted to snatch a point for the hosts, leaving Retford now nine points from safety. Bridlington, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw at Maltby Main. A 4-0 home win for Thackley over Armthorpe Welfare, thanks to a brace from Daniel Broadbent and goals from Mike Garrod and Luke Robinson, strengthens their grip on fourth as they are now four points in front of Handsworth. And, Albion Sports moved four points clear of AFC Mansfield in sixth spot, Daniel Facey, Alex Cusack, Karl Hall and Ferdinand Amor with their goals in a 4-1 victory at Bottesford Town. Mansfield went down 2-1 at Parkgate having taken the lead on 78 minutes through Philip Buxton as Alex Lill equalised and then an injury-time Kieran Hirst penalty grabbed a win for the hosts. Parkgate, however, remain in the relegation zone alongside Retford and Armthorpe, two points behind Barton Town Old Boys who won 2-0 at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare, Thomas Waudby’s penalty and an Ed Rogerson goal doing the damage in the opening half hour. That means Rainworth, who are eighteenth, will now be looking nervously over their shoulder at the bottom three as the gap between them has closed to seven points. Top scorers of the day were Hemsworth Miners Welfare who, thanks in part to two goals each from Nash Connolly and Richard Collier, won 8-1 at home to Harrogate Railway Athletic after the visitors had scored the first goal of the afternoon through Stephen Bromley. Elsewhere in the top flight, Athersley Recreation won 3-1 at Garforth Town, whilst it finished 1-1 in the match between near neighbours Worksop Town and Staveley Miners Welfare. AFC Emley return to the top of Division One as they took advantage of no game for Pontefract Collieries to leap-frog them at the summit with a 5-0 victory at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Ashley Flynn, Tpm Brennan, Tom Robinson, Sam Jerome and Callum Charlton all finding the net for the Pewits. Third-placed Hall Road Rangers remain five points behind Emley with two games in hand after their 4-0 home win over Brigg Town, Ashley Dexter’s late brace confirming the win after Joe Cooper and Chris Spinks had put them in control. Grimsby Borough are up to fourth and have virtually sealed a play-off place as they won 2-1 at Campion, Jack Debnam and Paul Ashton finding the net for them in the opening four minutes. They go above Penistone Church who drew 1-1 at Knaresborough Town, Daniel Barlow putting them ahead on 20 before Colin Heath quickly restored parity, but the result was ideal for Penistone as it means their hosts can no longer catch them in the race for the play-offs. Hallam also boosted their ambitions of a play-off spot as they won 5-0 at Winterton Rangers to move eight points clear of seventh-placed Knaresborough, a Tom Roebuck hat-trick helping them to a comfortable victory. Basement side Nostell Miners Welfare who were confirmed as relegated in midweek, were beaten 1-0 at Dronfield Town, thanks to a 78th minute Daniel Wood strike. Westella & Willerby, who occupy the other relegation place, were unable to ease their worries as they went down 4-0 at Glasshoughton Welfare, Nathan Keightley with two of the home side’s goals, to leave them twelve points away from survival with seven matches remaining. Yorkshire Amateur won 3-0 at Teversal to move up into thirteenth, whilst there were draws in the other two games, ending goalless for Ollerton Town at Selby Town and 1-1 in Shirebrook Town’s home clash with Eccleshill United. (Jason Harrison) The post Toolstation Northern Counties East League Round-Up appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Bridgwater Part Company With Manager

Monday, March 27, 2017

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West basement club Bridgwater Town have parted company with manager Phil Hucker by mutual consent. Hucker only accepted the post in January. He is a UEFA B qualified coach with wide ranging experience in football management over the past thirty years and was working at Vanarama National League South side Weston-super-Mare before moving down the M5. Dave Pearse will take the side for Tuesday’s trip to Salisbury FC. The post Bridgwater Part Company With Manager appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Fine Lines For The Iron, But Hakan Accepts Braintree Still Need Points

Monday, March 27, 2017

Braintree Town manager Hakan Hayrettin put defeat to Tranmere on Saturday down to fine margins. The Iron lost 1-0 at Prenton Park, but their manager was pleased enough with the club’s performance in the North West of England. Braintree have a five point cushion over the bottom four in the National League but Hayrettin refuses to accept the club are safe from relegation. “It was a case of fine lines really when you look back,” he said. “We made an error for Cook’s goal, one or two players did. We let the man come inside and he took his goal well. “We had a few chances and it didn’t go in for us, it did for them and that’s the way it goes some weeks, especially when you are up against a club up the top of the league. I’m proud of the boys for their efforts though, they did well. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us in the next few weeks, we know it’s not a case of having the job done yet.” Braintree have a a big game next – against York City who are a team also battling to stay in the league like them. “If you look at the fixtures list, you will see that every one of our final few games are against clubs either fighting for their lives or those like Dover and Aldershot who want to get into the playoffs. “That means every game is big, there’s something riding on it. Sides have games in hands on us and we have to start winning again.”   The post Fine Lines For The Iron, But Hakan Accepts Braintree Still Need Points appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

K’s Part With Williams As They Hit Relegation Trouble

Monday, March 27, 2017

Following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat away to Burgess Hill Town in the Ryman League Premier Division, Kingstonian’s Board of Directors have decided to part company with manager Tommy Williams and assistant-manager Graham Harper with immediate effect. The club have slipped into the relegation trouble and the Ks have made an important decision as they fight for their lives at the bottom. The Board have placed on record their thanks to Williams and Harper for their work since their appointments in 2014 – a period that included winning the 2016 Alan Turvey Trophy and finishing just outside the play-offs in the same season. “The next six games are the most important matches for Kingstonian Football Club in a decade, and it is important that everyone at the club, from players to supporters, are united and stick together in the fight against relegation,” the club said. “The club will make an announcement regarding the managerial post as soon as possible.” The post K’s Part With Williams As They Hit Relegation Trouble appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Goodbye To Grass! Now Buxton Are Planning 3G

Monday, March 27, 2017

Buxton have become the latest Non-League club to confirm their future is 3G after announcing they will no longer play on grass. After Southern League Dorchester, who are based on the south coast, said last week that they are to put down an artificial pitch in the summer, Martin McIntosh’s team have released information explaining why they are to follow suit. 3G is a growing trend. Sutton United’s FA Cup adventure has highlighted further the benefits, while Hyde, Eastbourne Borough, Tamworth, Durham, Maidstone, Harrogate Town, Merthyr Town and Slough Town have all installed the plastic. But it’s not for everyone. Last week York City manager Gary Mills because the latest manager to say it allows home clubs an advantage. However, Buxton believe it is for them and the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium will be transformed. Their chairman David Hopkins says it’s the right move. “With such a well-positioned facility in the town it is so frustrating to us all at the club that for the vast majority of the time our main asset, the pitch, cannot be used as we have to work hard to protect the surface for the first team, which of course is not always easy in Buxton,” he said. “With the advancement in quality of artificial pitches in recent years we now feel that the time is right to replace the current grass pitch at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium with an artificial 3G surface.” “The new 3G surface will also benefit our first team, as there will be much less chance of games having to be postponed due to adverse weather as has recently happened with scheduled matches against Frickley and Ilkeston. “However, the big win will be that Buxton will at last have an accessible stadium environment for all ages and abilities wishing to play football.” The post Goodbye To Grass! Now Buxton Are Planning 3G appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Things Will Get Better. Rogers Comforts Skem Fans Following Relegation

Monday, March 27, 2017

Skelmersdale United manager Alan Rogers has vowed that next season will be better for the Blues, writes Richard Scott. The Lancashire club suffered relegation from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division bringing an end to a four year spell in Step 3. Rogers said: “If I’m here next season then it will be a different scenario I can guarantee you right now. “There are some top players who I can get for this level and they want to play at a higher level. But the problem we have had is that they want money which we haven’t got, which I knew about that when I came in so I’m not having a pop at anyone. “I fully knew the situation before I came in and I keep saying we are building for next season but I need to see what happens as I don’t want to say anything for definite.” The Stormy Corner side saw their fate sealed on Saturday when they were beaten 6-0 at home to Buxton. It’s a result that comes just days after a 10-1 defeat at the hands of Ashton United meaning the young side have conceded 16 goals in just one week. However the former Nottingham Forest man was pleased with his sides first half efforts with the score being 0-1 to the Bucks. He told the club’s YouTube account: “After the performance on Tuesday I think the first half was decent. The lads showed commitment and worked really hard and had a couple of chances. “But in the second half you want to go and do the same thing, but the sending off changes the game. After that with the things that have being going on and amount of defeats our heads dropped a little bit and there is not much more we can do. “We have got what we have got and tried to get players in on deadline day, but the people wanted money, which we haven’t got.” The post Things Will Get Better. Rogers Comforts Skem Fans Following Relegation appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

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