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Easington Sports manager Phil Lines has ended the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West campaign on a high. Easington ended the season in fourth spot, equalling their previous best season of 2014/15. Reflecting on the season, this was a terrific effort given the disruption to the first-team squad in the latter stages of the season. A maximum return from the last three matches made the difference and showed just how committed the squad were to ending the season as high as possible. The experienced Lines will be stepping down now, leaving behind good foundations to allow the club to progress again next season. Plans are already underway and there is every reason to be positive about future seasons with the ground grading in place and the club throughout going from strength to strength. Easington Sports committee and supporters congratulated Phil Lines, the management and the players for a job well done this year. A short presentation followed the last home match against Tytherington Rocks on Saturday. The post Lines Ends Managerial Spell On A High appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Tom Parkinson will be a Tonbridge Angels player in the Ryman League Premier Division next season. The popular club captain signed a contract immediately after the home game with AFC Sudbury. This will be his fourth full season with the Longmead outfit having been one of manager’s Steve McKimm’s first signings. McKimm said: “Tom’s signing his huge for us and thats no disrespect to the other three players who had already signed up. As we all know he is leader both on and off the pitch and we’ve missed him at times this season because of a couple of injuries. He will come back stronger next season”. The post Skipper Commits To Angels appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
It was another another late, late show for Lincoln City as they moved to within two points of the Vanarama National League title on Easter Monday following a 2-1 win at Gateshead. In front of a crowd of 3,770 which included almost 2,500 Imps fans – the biggest league crowd at the International Stadium – it was the home side who drew first blood on the half-hour mark when Sean Raggett`s challenge on Luke Hannant was adjudged to have been illegal by the referee and Pat McLaughlin beat Paul Farman from the resulting penalty. And it looked as though the Tynesiders, looking for a win that would keep their outside play-off hopes alive, would hold on to that lead. However, in the final minute of normal time, a Sean Long cross was handled in the box by Jamal Fyfield and Matt Rhead drilled home the spot-kick equaliser. Three minutes into stoppage time, the Imps turned one point into a crucial three when Rhead knocked down a Farman free-kick and Nathan Arnold controlled it and volleyed past Dan Hanford much to the glee of visiting players and fans alike – too much so by Arnold, who was booked for `over celebrating! Just how vital that Arnold goal was to Lincoln came when they returned to the dressing room to discover that second-placed Tranmere Rovers had also won 2-1 at Nethermoor against relegation-threatened Guiseley AFC. In front of a crowd of 2,148, just as at Gateshead, it was the home side who went ahead after 33 minutes when Derek Asamoah smashed the ball home past Scott Davies from 25 yards. It was 1-0 at the break, but just 4 minutes into the second period, Tranmere levelled when Jeff Hughes` corner was headed home by James Norwood. Then on 58 minutes, Rovers took the lead when Liam Ridehalgh crossed from the left for Andy Cook to make it 15 goals for him this season to date from close range. And the visitors held on to that lead to keep Lincoln having to go for those two other points to secure promotion back to the Football League. Third-placed Forest Green Rovers` run of three consecutive wins came to a surprising end at the Merseyrail Community Stadium against already-relegated Southport. A game lacking in any real quality, especially in the opening 45 minutes, suddenly came to life around the hour-mark when the relaxed home side broke the deadlock when the ball dropped to Rob Cundy following a corner and the defender hammered in past Sam Russell. And on 71 minutes it was game over when Port doubled their lead as Rory McKeown found a way past Russell as he got on the end of a cross. The battle for the other play-off places is between Forest Green, Dagenham & Redbridge and either Aldershot Town, Dover Athletic or, as outsiders, Barrow AFC, who are back in the frame – just – after condemning North Ferriby United to the drop. The Bluebirds won 3-1 at the Furness Building Society Stadium to send Steve Housham`s side straight back down to the National League North after just one season in the top flight of non-League football. It was the visitors who took the lead after just 4 minutes through Reece Thompson. But 7 minutes later, Richie Bennett restored parity and Barrow virtually killed the Villagers off with two goals in the final 5 minutes of the first half from Shaun Beeley and Jordan Williams. Six minutes from time, North Ferriby missed the chance to get a second when Connor Oliver`s penalty beat the keeper but not the post as it bounced out to safety. Aldershot were involved in a nerve-jangling match with fellow contenders Dover at the EBB Stadium. And their 1-0 win, which came courtesy of a 73rd minute penalty from Matt McClure awarded after Jake Gallagher had been floored in the box, moved them into fifth spot, a point in front of Dover, who have a game in hand. The Shots had to play for the final 3 minutes of normal time and 6 of added time with ten-men when half-time sub Idris Kanu received a second yellow card. The Daggers are almost there, but would have virtually clinched their top fove spot had they won at home against a now safe Sutton United instead of being held to a 2-2 draw. And the U`s came back from being 2-0 down to earn a precious point. The hosts took a 28th minute lead when a cross to the far post found the unmarked Luke Guttridge, who side-footed home past Will Puddy. And then 5 minutes before half-time, Jordan Maguire-Drew pounced on a long kick from keeper Elliot Justham and fired home from 25 yards. The visitors were back in the game 7 minutes into the second half when Maxime Biamou picked up a through ball, twisted past a defender and then hit a low shot that Justham seemed to have covered but let it slither past him. Just 2 minutes later and it was all-square when a corner was powerfully headed in by Biamou at the far post. With North Ferriby now joining Southport in being confirmed as dropping out of the National League, who joins them is still extremely tight. Two goals from Brett Williams and a 90th minute winner by loanee Jordan Lee kept Torquay United’s hopes of staying up alive after a tense ‘six-pointer’ against fellow strugglers Braintree Town at Plainmoor. The visitors took a shock lead through defender Manny Parry after only 8 minutes. But top marksman Brett Williams struck again in the 41st and 52nd minutes to put the Gulls in charge and take his goal tally for the season to 9. And after several missed chances, the hosts finally confirmed victory when AFC Bournemouth`s Lee scored his first senior goal with an opportunist effort in stoppage time. Results elsewhere on Monday mean that Torquay and Braintree still have a good chance of still avoiding the drop. Guiseley`s loss at home to Tranmere and York City`s Bootham Crescent defeat by mid-table Wrexham keep them in the frame. A goal after just 80 seconds from Jon Parkin gave York the perfect start, but two strikes from Jordan White on 30 and 58 minutes saw the Dragons take command. And then sub Leo Smith fired home Wrexham`s third in the first minute of stoppage time to make it a first win in eight games for them and left their former boss Gary Mills` side only outside the relegation places on goal difference. A six-game run without a win has dropped Solihull Moors right into the relegation dog fight. However, Liam McDonald`s side gained a crucial 3-1 win at the Moss Rose against Macclesfield Town to lift the West Midlands side three points clear of the drop zone. However, it didn`t look good for Moors as they trailed the Silkmen until 12 minutes from time after Chris Holroyd`s goal from Danny Whitehead`s free-kick 3 minutes into the second half. But George Carline equalised 12 minutes from time with a powerful header from Connor Franklin’s cross. And on 85 minutes Jack Byrne headed in a free-kick from Ashley Sammons to put Moors in front in and Regan Charles-Cook latched on to an Andy Brown flick in stoppage time to make the points safe. Woking are also in the frame for a nervy final two matches, and the Cards pulled Chester FC into the mix after they won 3-2 at the Deva Stadium. Brian Saah’s close range finish had given Woking a 54th minute lead before Liam Davies headed home an equaliser a minute later. Chester thought they had won it when Elliott Durrell fired them 2-1 ahead with 8 minutes left but they conceded twice in the final 5 minutes, as goals from Connor Hall and Gozie Ugwu’s penalty sealed a vital away success for the Cards. But Chester threw it away at the death and have now lost seven successive home games, and remain without a win at The Deva since mid-December. Maidstone United guaranteed themselves another season at the top level of non-League football after a 1-0 victory over Boreham Wood in a disappointing game at the Gallagher Stadium. Both sides struggled to create many chances and many of the 2,880 crowd had made their way out of the stadium when Yemi Odubade struck in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to secure the points for the Stones. And Eastleigh secured a 2-1 win at the Silverlake Stadium against Bromley in the day`s other game. Scott Wilson gave the Spitfires an early 9th minute lead that Sam Matthews eventually doubled 9 minutes from time. Jordan Higgs reduced the deficit 3 minutes later, but the home side held firm for the Easter spoils. The post Another Late, Late Show For Imps appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Vanarama National League North leaders AFC Fylde are keeping second-placed Kidderminster Harriers interested in the title after the Coasters dropped two home points on Easter Monday to Bradford Park Avenue, whose fourth successive game without defeat has taken them to safety. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock right on the stroke of half-time when Fylde keeper Rhys Taylor saved well from Chris Sharp, but Danny Boshell was on hand to tap in the rebound. The hosts` chances of getting back into the game late on were bolstered when Avenue were reduced to ten-men 4 minutes from the end of normal time when Jake Hibbs received a second yellow card in quick succession. An amazing 11 minutes of stoppage time was shown on the board and with 3 of them left, the Coasters equalised when Andy Bond sent in a cross for Matty Blinkhorn to head powerfully into the bottom corner past Jon Worsnop. Kidderminster secured their place in the play-offs as they won 4-1 at already-relegated Altrincham. The visitors had taken an early 6th minute lead thanks to a spectacular free-kick from James McQuilkin, but were pegged back by Damian Reeves as he fired low into the bottom corner after 38 minutes. Joe Ironside put Harriers back in front 6 minutes into the second half, before Andre Brown’s fine strike eased one or two nerves with 14 minutes left to play, and Manny Sonupe added an 86th minute fourth. Third-placed FC Halifax Town earned three points at The CNG Stadium with a 3-0 victory against Yorkshire rivals Harrogate Town. The Shaymen raced into a 10-minute lead through Dion Charles low finish on the counter attack, before Matty Kosylo’s near post finish saw the hosts trail by two at the interval. The home side`s Jon-Paul Pittman had struck the woodwork in the first 45 minutes and Marcus Day did the same in the second half, but the Shaymen sealed all three points with a third goal 12 minutes from time as Kosylo claimed his second of the afternoon. Darlington 1883 put their off-field woes behind them to secure a 4-2 win over mid-table FC United of Manchester at Blackwell Meadows. The Quakers just have to keep winning and maintain a top five spot and allow their appeal to take its course. This win – their fifth in succession at home – came courtesy of goals from Davie Ferguson after 5 minutes, Mark Beck 9 minutes later, a Terry Galbraith penalty after Beck had been tripped by Jake Williams and Gary Brown 10 minutes from time. FC United`s goals came from Tom Brown after 34 minutes and Tomi Adeloye a minute from time. With Darlington`s hopes clinging by a thread, Chorley, Salford City and Stockport County are still harbouring hopes of a play-off place. Chorley hammered another nail in second-bottom Stalybridge Celtic`s relegation coffin after a 1-0 win at Bower Fold, thanks to a 31st minute Andy Teague effort. The Ammies also won by the only goal at Moor Lane against neighbours Curzon Ashton, with Sam Walker`s goal coming just 5 minutes from time. Stockport, however, were held to a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground by relegation-threatened Worcester City, leaving the Hatters the outsiders, being four points behind Chorley and two of Salford. As for City, with two games left, only goal difference keeps them out of the drop zone as they are level on points with third-bottom Gainsborough Trinity, who also drew a blank at St James`s Park against a Brackley Town side who would have been level on points with Stockport had they won. Trinity have now taken four points from their last two fixtures but were still unable to climb out of the relegation places, despite their hard-earned point. Alfreton Town are still in danger, although it would need them to lose their final two matches and Gainsborough or Worcester to win both of theirs. The Reds were 4-1 losers at The Lamb against Tamworth, who found themselves two-up at the break through a Danny Newton penalty after 21 minutes and a second from him from open play 8 minutes before half-time. Reece Styche eventually added the Lambs` third 11 minutes from time, and after Andy Monkhouse`s 88th minute consolation for the visitors, Jed Davies made it 4-1 in stoppage time. Relegation still remains a slim possibility also for AFC Telford United following a 4-2 defeat at the New Bucks Head against mid-table Nuneaton Town. The Bucks had hoped to confirm survival but a brace from former Buck came Greg Mills in the 19th and 46th minutes and another double from Jordan Nicholson on 36 and 78 minutes, rendered Ben Bailey and Lee Hughes` replies as just consolations in the end. Elsewhere on Monday, Boston United and Gloucester City shared a 2-2 Jakemans Stadium draw. Zack Kotwica gave the Tigers an 11th minute lead that Adam Chapman`s 29th minute penalty cancelled out. But Joe Hanks restored the visitors` lead 3 minutes later. However, with 5 minutes to go, Tom Batchelor had beaten keeper Jasbir Singh to Chapman’s free-kick, allowing Josh Robinson to fire home from close range. The post Coasters Drop Points To Keep Harriers Interested appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
The Vanarama National League South title race will go to the final week of the season after Ebbsfleet United beat already-relegated Margate to keep up their pursuit of leaders Maidenhead United, who also won on Easter Monday. Fleet are five points behind the Magpies with just two games left and must win Saturday’s mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash at York Road to have any chance of winning automatic promotion. Maidenhead won 3-0 at relegation-threatened Truro City, thanks to a Sean Marks brace after 4 and 24 minutes and a third from Jordan Cox 18 minutes from time. Magpies` keeper Carl Pentney saved a second half Niall Thompson penalty. The defeat leaves the White Tigers just two points above the drop zone, but the three points out the title almost within touching distance for the visitors. Alan Devonshire`s side have done superbly to keep ahead of an Ebbsfleet side who remain unbeaten in the division this year – a run of eighteen games. Bradley Bubb`s early 3rd minute effort eventually proved enough for Fleet at Hartsdown Park against a Gate side whose relegation was confirmed on Good Friday. Ground-grading issues also cloud the play-off race in the National League South, but both Chelmsford City and Dartford both booked their places. The Clarets were 3-1 winners at Melbourne Stadium against a now safe Welling United side. The Wings led at half-time through Rickie Hayles` 26th minute goal, but a disastrous start to the second half saw Chelmsford score two quickfire goals from Chris Dickson and Michael Spillane to turn the game on its head, with Shaun Jeffers adding a third in the 88th minute. Goals from Elliot Bradbrook after 7 minutes, Alex Brown on the half-hour mark and Ronnie Vint 14 minutes from time did the damage for Dartford against injury-hit Hampton & Richmond Borough, for whom Nathan Collier responded after 54 minutes at Princes Park. The teams could yet meet in the play-offs as ground grading issues concerning Poole Town and Hungerford Town mean that seventh place – which Hampton currently occupy – could be good enough to claim the final place. Those doubts look to be affecting on-field performances as both the Dolphins and the Crusaders were beaten on Monday. Poole lost 3-0 at Twerton Park to Bath City, foe whom Marvin Morgan after 14 minutes and then Shaun McCoulsky 5 minutes into the second half and Chas Hemmings 4 minutes from time, sealed victory. Hungerford, meanwhile, lost 2-0 at Vauxhall Road to Hemel Hempstead Town. Tony Diagne gave the Tudors the breakthrough 6 minutes after half-time and winger Ben Greenhalgh sealed the points 5 minutes from time. Wealdstone ensured they could also be in the mix for the play-offs after hammering already-doomed Bishop`s Stortford 5-0 at Grosvenor Vale. Two goals at either end of the contest sealed the Stones` win, with Eddie Oshodi after 2 minutes and Dan Fitchett 3 minutes later giving them a great start and, after Jonny Wright had made it 3-0 in the 56th minute, Danny Green and Elliott Benyon added two more in the last 2 minutes to make it a nap hand. At the other end of the table, with Bishop`s Stortford and Margate already down, who joins them looks to be between Gosport Borough, who currently occupy the final spot, Truro and Whitehawk after they were beaten by a now safe Concord Rangers outfit. The Beachboys got off to a great start when Steve Cawley put them in front from the penalty spot in the 2nd minute after Jordan Chiedozie had been brought down in the box. Cawley added a second from open play after 32 minutes and Dion Sembie-Ferris ensured safety for another season with a third in the 69th minute. Oxford City headed to the South Coast where they took on a Gosport side urgently in need of three points to stand a chance of avoiding the drop. City started well and Kaiman Anderson had already had a shot saved before giving the visitors the lead on 10 minutes. The Hoops continued to have the better of the chances after the restart, but were grateful to Craig Hill in goal on a couple of occasions for frustrating the home side’s attempts to get back on terms, and good defending stopped them adding to their tally as Gosport pushed forward in numbers late on. Elsewhere, Weston-super-Mare are secure, despite a 3-0 loss at Clarence Park to St Albans City. Two goals in 4 minutes midway through the first half from Charlie Walker and Shaun Lucien killed the Seagulls off, with Zane Banton`s 31st minute spot-kick making the second half a stroll for the Saints. East Thurrock United slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Priory Lane by Eastbourne Borough. The visitors were awarded a penalty, but Reece Harris saw his kick saved by Jordan Holmes. Jamie Taylor smashed an effort off the woodwork as the home side continued to dominate and a purple patch shortly before the break saw them take control. In the 35th minute a corner dropped to centre-back Stuart Hobson who fired into the net. And then Taylor added a second from long range past Lukas Lidakevicius 3 m minutes later. Borough stretched their lead on the hour-mark when Taylor set up Mark Hughes to score in off the far post. Gavin McCallum put added gloss on the scoreline in the final 5 minutes as Boro secured the points. The post All Set Up For Saturday`s Top Clash appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
It’s always said that it doesn’t matter where you are in March, it’s where you end up at the end of April that counts, and Havant & Waterlooville finally overhauled long-time leaders Bognor Regis Town to lead the Ryman League Premier Division table by two points with just one game remaining. Lee Bradbury’s Hawks faced an Easter Monday `six-pointer` against the Rocks in front of a record league crowd of 2,307 fans at Westleigh Park. And it was Wes Fogden`s goal 10 minutes into the second half that sealed all three points for Havant and knocked Bognor off top spot. The Hawks face Kingstonian in their final game at Kingsmeadow next Saturday, while Bognor must now win at home to Metropolitan Police and hope that Havant lose to K`s to take the title. Who goes up with either of them via the play-offs is still really tight, but it looks as though it`s down to three from Dulwich Hamlet, Enfield Town, Wingate & Finchley and Leiston, with seventh-placed Needham Market requiring some weird final day results to have any chance. Dulwich are assured of their place, despite going down to a 1-0 Champion Hill defeat to already-relegated Grays Athletic. In front of a crowd of 1,874, Kieran Bishop`s goal in stoppage time won it for the Essex visitors, leaving Hamlet boss Gavin Rose hoping for a final day win to raise spirits ahead of the play-offs. Enfield were 3-0 winners at a Harlow Town side who were in contention themselves until a week or so back. It was goalless at the Arena until 9 minutes into the second half when Harry Ottaway put the visitors in front. Ottaway netted his and Enfield`s second after 76 minutes and Karl Oliyide made sure with a third in stoppage time, although there was still time for the Hawks to go down to ten-men with a second yellow card for Craig Pope. Leiston lost the derby at Victory Road against Lowestoft Town and now need Wingate to lose to make the top five. It looked like ending goalless until the Trawlerboys broke the deadlock 4 minutes from time through Jake Reed. Nico Cotton added a second for the visitors in the last minute from the penalty spot, rendering sub Conor Hubble`s stoppage time reply as just a consolation. Staines Town played out their final home game of the season going down 1-0 to Wingate, the visitors fighting hard to secure a play-off place. Sean Cronin’s 65th minute header sealed the end of an eleven-match unbeaten run for Johnson Hippolyte’s side and sees the Swans firmly in mid-table. At the other end of the table, AFC Sudbury went into their home game with neighbours Needham Market knowing that they were relegated after Burgess Hill Town had gained a point at Worthing in an earlier kick-off. The visitors took the lead just before the break when ex-Sudbury man Luke Ingram was allowed to run through and fire passed Marcus Garnham. In the 76th minute, James Baker scored from close range, but the draw sees Sudbury destined to play Division One North football next term after one season at the higher level. The Hillians are from from safe themselves, despite the point at Woodside Road in front of 602. Tyrell Richardson-Brown had given the visitors a 61st minute lead, but sub Jack Newhouse rescued a point for the hosts in stoppage time. Burgess Hill go into the final day of the season a point behind the safety-mark – as are Canvey Island, who plummeted back into the relegation zone after losing 3-1 away to local rivals Billericay Town. A crowd of 1,970 saw Billy Bricknell`s brace on 26 minutes – from the spot – and 69 minutes and a Jake Robinson goal in the final seconds, outgun George Sykes` 55th minute reply for the Gulls. But it`s going to be squeaky bum time next Saturday as four other sides from seventeenth-placed Harlow Town down are not yet mathematically safe. Folkestone Invicta are a point ahead of the bottom four after a crucial 1-0 Fullicks Stadium win over Kent rivals Tonbridge Angels, thanks to Nathan Blanks` goal 5 minutes before the break. Hendon, Met Police and Harrow are all two points in front of Burgess Hill and Canvey with better goal differences. The Greens pulled Harrow back towards trouble after winning 2-0 at Earlsmead, courtesy of goals from Matt Ball after 26 minutes and Khale Da Costa 2 minutes after half-time. Leatherhead are all-but secure after winning 1-0 at Imber Court against the Met, with Luke Moore`s goal on the half-hour mark proving decisive. Ryan Moss scored a penalty and Rob Tolfrey saved one as Kingstonian also all-but guaranteed Premier Division football for next season. Barring a ridiculous set of results, K`s are, like the Tanners, secure after a 1-0 victory at the Moatside against Merstham, with Tom Derry being felled in the area for Moss to score what proved to be the winning goal in the 17th minute. The game became intensely nerve-wracking the longer it went on and Merstham won a penalty of their own in the 79th minute, but Dan Bennett`s kick was magnificently saved by Tolfrey. The post Hawks Take Top Spot At Vital Time appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
With Blyth Spartans already crowned champions of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division, all Easter Monday eyes were focused on who would go up alongside them in the play-offs. Second-placed Spennymoor Town and third-placed Stourbridge are now assured of their end-of-season games, while the remaining two spots are between Nantwich Town, Workington AFC and Buxton, with Grantham Town as outsiders. Spennymoor look like finishing as runners-up after a 2-0 win at Westfield Lane against a Frickley Athletic side whose relegation was confirmed as a consequence. Andy Johnson after 10 minutes and then Nathan Fisher 8 minutes from time condemned the Blues to join Skelmersdale United and Ilkeston FC in dropping down a division. Stourbridge secured a play-off place with an ultimately comfortable win against Black Country neighbours Rushall Olympic. A first half penalty from Luke Benbow and a well-taken goal from Ethan Jones shortly after the break sealed the win that means Stourbridge moved up to third, above Nantwich, and are assured of their play-off spot with a game still to play. Defeats for Whitby Town and Grantham mean that they can no longer catch the Glassboys. However, there is still much to play for in the final league game of the season at home to fourth-placed Nantwich. The Dabbers could return to third with a win in the game in hand on Thursday night at Halesowen Town, but if Stourbridge win next Saturday it would guarantee a third-place finish at the very least, and with it a home semi-final. It is still possible for Stourbridge to finish anywhere between second and fifth, depending on the outcome of the remaining fixtures. Nantwich are now all-but there, despite their 1-0 Weaver Stadium defeat to Workington, for whom Jack Ryan scored 5 minutes before the break. Buxton are two points behind Workington in sixth, but a 2-1 home win against neighbours Matlock Town kept them in with a shout going into the final game. Bradley Grayson proved to be the Bucks hero, bagging a brace in the 15th and 29th minutes. Gladiators` top marksman Marcus Dinanga replied just shy of the hour-mark, but it wasn`t enough. Starting the day in fifth place, Grantham`s play-off hopes took a big blow against relegation-threatened Corby Town. On 21 minutes Corby were in front when Aaron Brown headed home at the back post from a corner. On the hour-mark Corby doubled their lead when Steve Leslie converted a penalty. Leslie’s goal… #ItsYourKeepersFault pic.twitter.com/9mgkQZ2GIy — Corby Town FC (@corbytownfc) April 17, 2017 And the Steelmen got a third on 71 minutes from a long free-kick on the edge of the pitch which evaded everyone. The Gingerbreads could still make the play-offs, but Workington only need a point from their final two matches. With Frickley becoming the third side to be relegated, it`s now down to a straight battle between fourth-bottom Sutton Coldfield and fifth-bottom Corby as to who joins them. Nathaniel Kelly notched a vital goal for the Royals 7 minutes from time in the derby at Coles Lane against Halesowen Town and they are level on points with the Steelmen, who have a much better goal difference. Elsewhere on Easter Monday, a crown of 772 saw Hednesford Town go down 2-0 at Keys Park to neighbouring Stafford Rangers, whose Jack Sherratt after 40 minutes and Izak Reid 8 minutes from time were on target. Brady Hickey scored the only goal 12 minutes from time that secured Barwell Leicestershire bragging rights at Kirkby Road against Coalville Town, while Ilkeston`s Max Thornberry`s 25th minute own goal sealed Mickleover Sports` win at the New Manor Ground. Marine AFC won the derby at Stormy Corner against Skelmersdale with a brace from Danny Mitchley in the 3rd and 64th minutes, sandwiched by a 37th minute Matt Hamilton effort, and Warrington Town and Ashton United shared a 1-1 Cantilever Park draw in which Matty Chadwick`s 12th minute opener for the visitors was eventually cancelled out by Michael Bakare 2 minutes from the end. And champions Blyth`s penultimate game ended up being a 5-1 hammering of north east rivals Whitby Town at Croft Park in front of a crowd of 772. Luke Armstrong bagged a brace, Daniel Maguire, Dave McTiernan and Matty Pattison singles, while Dale Hopson netted a late consolation for the Seasiders. The post Final Day Still Has Issues To Settle appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
The Bradford Park Avenue management team of Mark Bower and Danny Boshell have signed contracts keeping them at the Vanarama National League North club until January 2019. The pair, who took over the reins with Bradford rock-bottom in September, have guided the club to safety with an impressive record of twelve wins and four draws from their twenty-eight league games in charge. Contracts were signed immediately after Avenue’s dramatic draw with champions-elect AFC Fylde, a result which secured the club’s National League North status for next term. “We want to go on and finish what we’ve started, and not have the club in the position it’s been in this season,” Bower said. “Danny and I are confident that we will have the resources to improve on the squad and build on the results we’ve achieved. “If the season had started when we got our first win of the season at Altrincham, we’d be well inside the top half of the table. “We’ve already started recruiting for next season and that will continue, and now we’re safe that just allows us to put a lot more concentrated effort into that. “I’m not here to be in a relegation battle, I’m here to compete with the best in the league, and that’s what we’re going to do.” The management team joined the club from Guiseley AFC in September last year, after an impressive three years in charge at Nethermoor. They earned promotion to the National League before even more impressively keeping Guiseley in non-league’s top flight last term. Bower, a former Bradford City defender, first took charge of Guiseley in September 2013, leading the club to two successive fifth-placed finishes in the National League North. Boshell, who scored in Avenue’s 1-1 draw with Fylde, joined with Bower as player-assistant, having held the same role at Nethermoor. The central midfielder had been at Guiseley for six years prior to the move to Avenue, and has featured in the Football League for Grimsby Town and Oldham Athletic among others. The post Avenue Management Team Sign New Contracts appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
West Auckland Town caretaker-manager Mark Hudson admitted that he was very pleased after his side picked up a vital three points with a 1-0 win at Newcastle Benfield in the Ebac Northern League First Division on Saturday. West have slipped back into the fight to avoid the bottom three in recent weeks, and this much-needed win gives them breathing space over Guisborough and Washington, although the team finishing third bottom might yet be reprieved because of South Shields’ promotion. “The lads wanted to win the game more than Benfield and it showed,” said Hudson, who took over from Steve Skinner a fortnight ago. “It was a wonderful goal from Zak Boagey. We had to dig deep in the last 20 minutes , as we came under pressure, but the win was well deserved. “We need one more win to make sure. Guisborough have two tough games left but are on a great run of form. Washington need to get something now we’ve overtaken them.” West started the game well, and Darren Richardson hit the post before Zak Boagey scored a great goal with the outside of his right from 25 yards. Ross Gardner hit the bar with a free kick on the half hour, and Richardson again went close just on half time. Tommy Marron missed another chance after the break, but when Benfield improved in the last twenty minutes, West defended well. South Shields were within minutes of lifting the title in front of a 2,054 crowd, when they led 1-0 against Morpeth, but the visitors levelled late in the game, which means that Shields need one more win from their two remaining matches. They got off to a great start when Carl Finnigan scored from a Wayne Phillips free kick, but they couldn’t add a second goal to make the game safe. Morpeth missed a couple of chances themselves, before Mark Davison headed in a Sean Taylor corner for the equaliser. Morpeth manager Nick Gray said; “The lads kept going right to the end after a very tough week and earned our draw.” Guisborough won their fifth successive game with a great 4-0 away win at Penrith, but are still third bottom, a point below Washington. They took control after half time. Connor Smith crossed for David Onions to open the scoring, then Onions missed a penalty awarded for a foul.. Steve Roberts hit the bar for Guisborough, before Penrith’s Adam Main was red carded. Roberts then succeeded with a second penalty for handball on 74 minutes, and on 80 minutes Louis Goldsack chipped the keeper for the third. Goldsack fired another in the dying minutes. Guisborough play neighbours Marske on Monday morning, and league leaders South Shields on Saturday. Guisborough manager Gary Forster said; “It was a great second half performance, and the season is probably going to end too soon for us. Massive game on Monday. I think it will be very hard for us to escape with the fixtures we have but you never say never. You know what football is like.” Shildon had the best win of the day, thumping Consett 6-3 at Dean Street. They took the lead when Matty Robson sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot, then Boro-bound Lewis Wing curled a speciality free kick home for the second. Consett pulled a goal back through Jordan Lavery, but Shildon went 3-1 up with a powerful shot by Sam Hodgson. Danny Craggs pulled another back with a header, but Wing scored the fourth from a rebound. Adam Burnicle charged through the middle and made it 5-2, and after Lewis Teasdale pulled a late goal back, Micky Rae made it 6-3 from the edge of the box. Shildon manager Danny Moore said; “It was a good three points. Some good team goals built a good platform for next season.” Consett manager Mark Eccles said; “I can’t say anything except that I feel let down by the players. Shildon deserved their win although every time we got back into the game, we gave away soft goals immediately. We didn’t work hard enough or show any passion which I think should always be a given. I can take getting beat by a better team but when we don’t show any passion or effort, I just feel let down.” Marske United still need one win for fifth place after they were held to a 1-1 home draw with Ashington. Ben Harmison headed Ashington into the lead, but Marske levelled in the second half through Peter Bulmer after Marske failed to clear a corner. Ashington had Paul Antony sent off, but despite their late pressure, Marske couldn’t get a winner. Marske manager Carl Jarrett said; “It was very frustrating to watch and to be involved in. It wasn’t one of our better team performances. Ashington came looking for a point and they basically made it very hard and we couldn’t break them down due to our lack of quality.” Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland drew 1-1 in their local derby at Moore Lane. Ben Wood gave Aycliffe a sixth minute lead when he scored from the edge of the box but John Jury equalised on the half hour from a few yards out. Both teams had chances after that, but had to settle for a draw. Newton Aycliffe manager Deano Browne said; “It was quite an even first half, Bishop kept the ball better than us but 1-1 at half time was fair. Second half we were better, missed chances and poor decision making meant that we didn’t take all three points. Bishop finished strongly and some good defending meant a draw was a fair result.” Bishop Auckland manager Steve Riley said; “It was a great game for the neutral, I thought we were very good in the first half but conceded against the run of play. We pressed really hard for the winner in the last 15 minutes and despite going close several times, we just missed that finishing touch that normally Andy Johnson gives us.” Chester-le-Street lifted themselves off the bottom with a good 2-1 home win over Dunston, only their second home win of the season. Dunston took the lead through a Dan Capewell header on 30 minutes, but Chester levelled ten minutes later through Alex White’s free kick. Chester keeper Jack Wilson pulled off a good save from a penalty, and Kieran Megran took advantage to score the winner at the other end five minutes from the end. Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake said; “It was a typical end of season game on a hard bumpy pitch, but I feel that we had a little more to play for than Dunston. A draw was possibly a fair result on chances, but I think we shaded it slightly on desire. So off the bottom for the minute and one game to go.” Dunston manager Chris Swailes said; “We didn’t take our chances and we fell for the sucker punch.” Stockton Town won the Second Division title by winning 2-1 at their nearest challengers Team Northumbria, just a year after winning the Wearside League title. Max Craggs gave Stockton the lead on 21 minutes although Team North claimed the ball didn’t cross the line, but the students levelled through Andre Ardelean on 70 minutes. Adam Nicholson got the winner with a looping header to give Stockton the title. Stockton Town manager Micky Dunwell said; “It was a massive achievement by everyone. Promotion last week was special but the players wanted the title and thoroughly deserved it. There were some great scenes at the end. I can’t believe what we have achieved as a club in such a short space of time.” Billingham Synthonia said farewell to Central Avenue by clinching the third promotion spot with a 2-0 home win over Willington. After a nervous first half, Synners took the lead when Chay Liddle scored from a Steve Huggins pass, and Nathan Steel scored the second to become the last player to score at Central Avenue in a competitive league game. Synners have now returned to the first division after a two year absence. Willington manager Rob Lee said; “We had three key players missing. We gave them a good game in the first half, but second half we tired and Billingham took advantage. Well done to them, it’s a shame they’re leaving, a lot of history and memories.” Billingham Town could have caught Synners, but they dropped points in a 2-2 draw at Esh Winning after being 2-0 up at one stage. They led with goals by Craig Hutchinson and Conor Dunlavy, but Esh hit back through Michael Soulsby and Kai Hewitson. Billingham Town manager Barry Oliver said; “I was very disappointed to be 2-0 up and so comfortable in a game, then to throw it away like we did is hard to take. I saw things today that weren’t nice to take, but credit to Esh Winning for taking the game to us and showing if you have the desire and determination your rewards will come and that’s what they did.” Esh Winning manager Tony Boakes said; “It was another great result for us against top quality opposition under hard conditions and with seven or eight players missing.” Heaton Stannington will probably finish fourth after a 2-1 away win at Blyth Town, with Gary Yates scoring both goals for Heaton, with Gary Day scoring in between. That point for Esh means that they are a point above bottom club Ryton and Crawcrook, who won 1-0 at Hebburn thanks to a goal by Phil Hodges. Hebburn were without a recognised keeper, so midfielder Callum Smith went in goal. Hebburn manager Scott Oliver said; “Having my right winger in goal didn’t help with the goal we let in, but we were horrendous. Ryton deserved to win.” Tow Law easily beat Darlington RA 5-1 at Ironworks Road. Lawyers were 3-0 up by half time through Kelvin Thear, Jordan Lee and Matty Moffat, and they added another two through Thear and Dean Thexton, before David Harrison replied. Tow Law manager Steve Murray said; “Too little too late, but still pleasing.” Darlington RA manager Peter Mulcaster said; “It was a poor show today, especially in the second half when we had a gale force wind behind us.” Northallerton drew 1-1 at Whickham. They took the lead through Daniel Jones, but Mark Fitzpatrick equalised with a penalty. Northallerton manager Darren Trotter said; “It was a very poor game. I thought we should have seen the game out after taking the lead though that has been an issue all season and needs addressing for the next campaign.” Thornaby lost 1-0 at Alnwick, for whom Sammy Perez scored. Thornaby manager Paul Burton said; “It was a poor game, poor performance and poor result.” Crook drew 4-4 at Bedlington, with Danny Pigg, Christian Holliday (2) and Callum Johnston scoring their goals. Lee Scott (2), Sam Norris and Chris Armstrong scored for Bedlington, who were ahead three times. Easington best Brandon 3-2 at Welfare Park. Dylan Elliott put Easington into the lead, but Kieran Duffy-Weekes and Dan Quine put Brandon in front by the hour. But Jack Pounder hit back with two for Easington. (Ray Simpson) The post Ray Simpson`s Northern League Review appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Farsley Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Division One North despite only drawing 2-2 at Colwyn Bay, after Lancaster City lost at Droylsden. Adam Clayton got both goals for the Yorkshire side and they looked to be on their way to securing the three points, but Daniel Andrews and Jamie Rainford ensured the scores ended level. Lancaster missed their chance to take advantage after they conceded late with Dylan Smith poking home, it means there are two points between the teams, with Celtic also having a better goal difference. In the race for the play-offs, Ossett Town rose to third thanks to a 3-1 win against Prescott Cables with Danny Frost sealing the victory with an added time strike. Glossop North End inflicted Colne’s first defeat since February with Ben Richardson scoring a late winner with ten minutes to go. Scarborough Athletic made it six wins in a row after beating Bamber Bridge 3-0. The Seadogs are now a point off the play-off places. Clitheroe are a place behind Athletic after beating Ossett Albion 2-0. Brighouse Town are now unbeaten in eleven games. They remain with a chance of breaking into the top five after defeating Radcliffe Borough 3-0. Elsewhere Kendal Town defeated Mossley 3-0, Matt Poole and a double from Matthew Dudley helped the hosts to all three points. While Hyde United’s Matthew Beadle scored twice in a 2-1 victory away at Tadcaster Albion. Goole kept alive their chances of staying up after beating Ramsbottom United 4-2 at home, Dave Taylor and Derry Robson’s team know they must win all their remaining games and hope results elsewhere go their way if they are to remain in the division next season. The post Top Two In Evo-Stik North Come Unstuck appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Nine of the top ten teams won in the Evo-Stik Southern League with champions Royston Town thumping Aylesbury United 5-2. On the day Royston were lifting the trophy, Lea Coulter’s brace gave the away side a shock lead at half-time. But just eight minutes after half-time the Crows had turned it around to lead 3-2. Kaan Fehmi went on to score his 99th goal for the club and then had a penalty saved for his 100th. Adam Murray netted a fifth and his second to round off a another fine day. Arlesey Town were the only team in the bottom half to win as they beat Chalfont St Peter 3-2. Aylesbury were the only other team at the wrong end of the table to avoid defeat with a 2-2 draw at home to Ashford Town (Mx). Max Herbert equalised five minutes from time but as a result of second-placed Farnborough’s 2-1 win over second bottom Histon, Aylesbury’s place in the division next season was confirmed. Third-placed Barton Rovers earned a routine 2-0 win over Hanwell Town while Marlow, a place below them, won by the same scoreline at Northwood, who are four points above the drop in 20th. Egham Town kept their play-off hopes alive, winning 2-0 against Hanwell Town with goals from Bajram Pashaj and a late goal of the season contender from Brendan Matthew. Egham capitalised on AFC Dunstable’s 3-0 defeat at Kidlington, where all the goals came in the second half, to move up into sixth. However, Kempston Rovers, just above them, showed few signs of budging from fifth place, scoring twice in the second half to see off Fleet Town 3-1. Elsewhere Bedford Town stayed in eighth with a 4-1 win over Beaconsfield SYCOB in front of a crowd of 174 while hapless Petersfield Town’s point total is still to hit double figures after they lost 2-1 at Potters Bar Town. The post Royston’s Title Party Booms As The Top Six All Win appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Last weekend was all about Brightlingsea Regent, but Saturday the clubs in the play-off places had a day to enjoy. The sides who couldn’t catch James Webster’s champions went goal crazy after Regent themselves won 5-0 at Witham on Good Friday. AFC Hornchurch, pictured, damaged Phoenix Sports’ chances of joining them in the drop five with a smashing 4-1 win. Abs Seymour put the Urchins ahead but Sports’ Theo Fairweather-Johnson on 18 minutes. Leon McKenzie within seconds made it 2-1 to the hosts before Kenzar Lee got two more. Maldon & Tipree are desperate to hold on to second place and claim home advantage in the play-offs. They thrashed 10 man Romford 6-2 with with Sam Newson burying a classy hat-trick. In fourth are Thurrock and Mark Stimson as delighted with his side’s second half performance as they came are from Dereham with a 3-1 victory. Richard Halle, on 53, Jack Barham and Ronnie Winn ten minutes from time means they are sure to finish inside the top five. Haringey Borough are in fifth and in a thriller they beat Bowers & Pitsea 5-4. Chris Benjamin got what turned out to be the winning goal. Ware knew they had to win at already relegated Wroxham and they did just that – even if they nearly threw it away. The strugglers raced out of the blocks and were 3-0 within 18 minutes of the game starting. Gareth Price scored twice for Ware before Ahmed Mohammed added a third. Wroxham’s spirited fightback belied their season but they fell just short. Heybridge Swifts’ sorry season has left many surprised but they took a good point at Norwich United, 2-2 it ended. Romaric Logon’s penalty on half-time was enough for Waltham Abbey, who won 1-0 at Thamesmead. Brentwood won 3-1 at Great Wakering Rovers, Lamar Reynolds’ double confirmed the points for the Essex club. Aveley won 2-1 at Cheshunt, while Tilbury drew 1-1 at Soham Town Rangers. The post Easter Goal Blitz Hits The Ryman North! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Shaw Lane AFC remain three points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Division One South table after defeating Chasetown 2-0. Kieran Lugsden and Alex Byrne both scored in the second half. That means Craig Elliott’s team hold the advantage in their quest for promotion to the Premier division. Witton Albion are the team keeping the pressure up and they got back to winning ways after losing to the Ducks during mid-week with a 4-1 victory against Stamford as they scored two goals in each half. Third place Spalding United were defeated 1-0 by Bedworth United, as a late Kamil Ciolek strike proved to be the difference. Stocksbridge Park Steels made it seven wins in a row after they defeated Market Drayton Town 4-1, Chris Hilton’s team moved up to fourth in the table. AFC Rushden and Diamonds occupy the last play-off place after they beat Newcastle Town 1-0. Liam Dolman got the winner with 64 minutes gone in the game. Four first-half goals shared evenly between Leek Town and Lincoln United hampered both sides bids to reach the play-off places, Town are all but out of the running dropping six points away, while Lincoln are two points off fifth. Elsewhere two early strikes set Gresley on their way to all three points away at Rugby Town, Reece Morris and Matt Melbourne had scored within seven minutes. Although Town gave themselves hope thanks to a Levi Rowley penalty it finished 2-1. While Belper Town leapfrogged Kidsgrove Athletic after beating them 3-1. Ruben Wiggins-Thomas got two of the goals. And on Friday night Romulus and Sheffield FC played out a 1-1 draw. James Gregory had given the world’s oldest football club the lead, but the hosts equalised in the second half thanks to a Liam Hailey effort. The post Witton React But Shaw Lane Keep On Winning appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Taunton Town piled on the misery for already relegated local rivals Bridgwater Town with a thumping 5-1 victory. The hosts went in front after ten minutes but Craig Duff equalised from the spot for Taunton and then three goals in six minutes before half-time put them out of reach, with a fifth added late on. Duff and Matt White both bragged braces as the second-placed Peacocks cruised to three points. Champions Hereford were held to a 2-2 draw at home to lowly Barnstaple Town while AFC Totten, in 20th and with the relegation places already decided, put four past Bishops Cleeve. Nathaniel Sherborne’s double, an own-goal and a spectacular solo effort from Curtis Young gave Totten something to savour with the end of a difficult season in sight. Salisbury stayed in third after beating Mangotsfield United 3-1, who finished with ten men. Second half goals from Conor McCormack and Justin Bennett gave Salisbury a deserved win. Below them, Tiverton Town won 1-0 at home to Winchester City but Evesham United, in fifth, only drew 1-1 with Bideford. However, their play-off place is effectively secure as they hold a six-point advantage and a superior goal difference over North Leigh, who beat Paulton Rovers 1-0. Yate Town enjoyed a fine second half at Wimborne Town, scoring three times to win 3-0 and there was something for relegated Wantage Town to celebrate as they saw off Slimbridge. Goals from Jack Powell and Mark Francis earned them a 2-0 win and only their third victory at home this season. Shortwood United, under new interim boss Paul Meredith, won 1-0 at home to seventh-placed Swindon Supermarine thanks to Will Morford’s strike 15 minutes from time. Didcot Town won by the same scoreline at Larkhall Athletic as Ben Whitehead’s 20-yard effort deflected past goalkeeper Shaun Semmens. The post Taunton Hit Five As Champions Are Held appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
North Ferriby United boss Steve Housham knows his side are bound for relegation from the Vanarama National League, but he wants them to enjoy the occasion. The Villagers will have their fate sealed if they don’t win on Monday even if they do if results go against them, they will be down. Housham spoke to Phil Withers and said. “We have to take Saturday’s form into the Barrow game. The players need to go and out enjoy the game. “We want a good finish to the season, to get as many points as possible and to avoid finishing bottom. Even at this stage we have to set some goals. “Barrow is never an easy place to go to and Saturday’s defeat will have hurt them, especially as they need points ig they are to reach the play-offs. Their manager will be expecting a big response from them.” Ryan Kendall, Ross Armstrong, Simon Russell, Steve Brogan and Curtis Bateson are all unavailable for selection and look set to not play for the club again this campaign due to injury. Ferriby won their last away game against Forest Green Rovers. They will be hoping to cause another upset facing a Barrow side who have lost only twice at home this season. The post Housham Wants Relegation Bound North Ferriby Side To Enjoy Barrow Match appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Hungerford have confirmed they will also not be able to compete in the end of season playoffs. After a great season in the National League South the news delivered yesterday is a devastating blow to manager Bobby Wilkinson. But Hungerford have said they will appeal. The problem is that the club have not got enough covered seats at their stadium to play in the National League. Hungerford are not the only club with that issue. Poole Town, who currently sit fifth, cannot play in the playoffs with the ground not ready for the next level, the FA have confirmed. The Dolphins will also appeal but they are running out of time. Hungerford beat Dartford on Saturday in a performance manager Wilkinson described as “near perfect”. But it was twinged with frustration after hearing the news that his club are unlikely to be allowed into the playoffs despite their great season. An appeal has been lodged as the club are confident of a positive outcome. This news will be of interest to Hampton and Richmond Borough who, even though they are 7th, are next in line to play in the playoffs. The post Woe For Wilkinson As Hungerford Announce They’ll Appeal Ground KO appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Torquay United’s boss Kevin Nicholson says a win against Braintree Town on Monday is vital as they face one of their relegation rivals in the Vanarama National League. The Gulls are four points away from safety, ahead of facing the team who are a place above them and also in the bottom four places. Nicholson knows just how important the game is for both sides, he told the club website. “Braintree is a huge game and I think it is the same for both clubs which makes it interesting. ““The picture in football changes incredibly quickly. A win on Monday will give us all a huge boost going forward. “It is all in our hands and we won’t stop until it is over.” United’s position in the relegation places has not been helped by the amount of late goals they have conceded recently. They lost 2-1 to Lincoln on Good Friday despite leading with just four minutes to go. Before that in their previous home defeat they looked to be set for a point against Chester but again left with nothing due to a late strike. Positive news for Nicholson is that he may be able to recall Dan Sparkes to the starting eleven. He has been recovering from a groin injury. The post Kevin Nicholson Calls For Calm From His Torquay Side Ahead Of Braintree Clash appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Jamie O’Hara has been fined two weeks wages following an after match incident between Billericay and Leatherhead. The Blues midfielder was seen on video reacting to home fans as the teams left the pitch. Billericay lost the game 3-2 at Fetcham Grove, all but ending their play off chances. Things boiled over at full time and an angry clash between O’Hara, the former Tottenham and Wolves star, and a young home fan has since hit social media. Owner Glenn Tamplin has released a statement addressing the incident. “Following the unsavoury aftermath of Saturday’s game against Leatherhead I deem it necessary to release a statement to establish the Club’s position on the matter,” the Town manager said. “As Jamie O’Hara, Paul Konchesky and I left the pitch after the game we began to receive a totally unprecedented level of abuse from gathering opposition fans. I was very disappointed to see that there was no protection provided by stewards or officials to grant us safe passage from the field and we were therefore directly confronted by the abusive ‘fans’. “The three of us were unsurprisingly concerned for our safety and this led to a regrettable incident where Jamie reacted by pushing away a fan because of the abuse of which included him being spat at and things thrown at him. “As a club and personally the reaction was wholly unacceptable and a most regrettable incident. As I intervened to pull Jamie away I was punched in the back of the head, which underlines the level of abuse and anger being directed towards us. “As I stated previously Billericay Football Club doesn’t condone any reaction to provocation, be it on or off the field, therefore we have deducted Jamie two weeks wages and made it very clear to him that any future incidents of a similar nature will lead to him being released from the club. “Having spoken to Jamie this morning and witnessed the sorrow and regret he has in relation to the incident we believe that it was an over exuberant action of self-defence and deem the decision we have made to be suitable punishment. “Jamie is an extremely dedicated and humble member of our squad and we sincerely hope that the whole unsavoury matter has been concluded as amicably as possible.” The post Billericay Fine O’Hara After Tanners Fan Clash appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
Lincoln City took one more step towards making their Football League return this afternoon, as late-goals from Harry Anderson and Sam Habergham moved the Imps five clear at the top, with just four games to play. Despite having the majority of the chances at Sincil Bank, the Imps flattered to deceive in front of goal, and it was strugglers Torquay United who took the lead through Ruairi Keating with just 12 minutes to play. Watched by a bumper crowd of 9,011, the league leaders turned the game round at the death, as Anderson equalised on the 86th minute, before Habergham fired in a free-kick two minutes later, in the process extending the Imps unbeaten run to seven games. The result in Lincolnshire was made more the sweeter, after second placed Tranmere Rovers were held to a draw at Prenton Park, with play-off chasing Aldershot Town coming from 2-1 down to draw 2-2. With the game labelled ‘must-win’ by Tranmere manager Micky Mellon, the hosts had the worst possible start, as the Shots broke the deadlock in through Matt McClure in just the third minute. Shocked into action, the Rovers vocal support stuck by their team and it wasn’t long before Tranmere were all level, through Cole Stockton’s sharp volley on the 12th minute. The game was then turned on its head ten minutes later, as Connor Jennings fired the home side into the lead, at the time moving the team close to the summit of the table. Bernard Mensah equalised for the Shots just before the break, and after a frustrating second-half for both teams, Aldershot Town dropped out of the top six, while Tranmere Rovers lost more ground on the automatic spot. It was a ‘Good Friday’ for the chasing pack aswell, as Forest Green Rovers, Dagenham and Redbridge and Dover Athletic all picked up hard fought victories against Chester, Boreham Wood and Southport respectively. Mark Cooper’s men secured a spot in the play-offs with three points, and despite a less than impressive display, the home side will have been delighted with their victory. All square in the first-half, with Chester having their fair share of the chances at The New Lawn, top scorer Christian Doidge broke the deadlock in the 50th minute, as the in-form man bagged his 25th of an already profitable season. Liam Noble then wrapped up the game twenty four minutes later, and with a third consecutive win and a third consecutive clean sheet, it is the Gloucestershire based club who are seemingly hitting form at the perfect time. Sat five points behind Forest Green Rovers, Dagenham and Redbridge did enough to beat Boreham Wood at Meadow Park, despite going a goal down after just 17 minutes. Ricky Shakes nodded in to dent the Daggers play-off hopes, however after getting back level on the 29th minute courtesy of veteran scorer Paul Benson, the former League Two outfit went from strength to strength in the second-half. Benson scored his second of the game just six minutes after the break to put the Daggers in the lead, and after a number of missed opportunities, Corey Whitely put the game beyond doubt with 12 minutes to play, as John Still’s men near enough secured their play-off spot. Beginning the day out of the top five, Dover Athletic were the biggest winners of the day, as they moved above Aldershot Town into the play-off places. Comfortable from start to finish, a Ricky Modeste double and Ricky Miller’s 35th strike of the campaign meant that the Sandgrounders continue to be stranded at the foot of the table. Barrow’s play-off hopes were dealt a huge blow this afternoon, as a dominant display from Bromley ended in a 4-1 victory for Neil Smith’s men. George Porter headed home in the 9th minute, before Richie Bennett equalised from the spot. It wasn’t level for long though, and the home side re-took the lead through a Blair Turgott penalty on the 22nd minute. Tobi-Sho Silva then put Bromley 3-1 up before the break, and despite a spirited fightback from Barrow, it was Sho Silva again who scored his second and Bromley’s fourth on the 85th minute to all but end Barrow’s top five aspirations. Gateshead and Macclesfield can also start to plan for another season outside of the Football League, after both lost on the road to sides fighting for their lives near the foot of the table. Without a win in five, Gateshead would have hoped to get back to winning ways away at Sutton United. However, a dominant second-half performance from the home side ended in a 3-0 victory or Sutton. Securing only their second win in 10 attempts, a Maxime Biamou brace and a Roarie Deacon penalty eased the U’s relegation worries as they moved up to 13th. Macclesfield on the other hand were looking to build on their victory against Maidstone United on Tuesday. The game against Woking looked to be heading for a draw, until Gozie Ugwu scored a crucial penalty on the hour mark to keep the Cardinal’s survival hopes alive. Two teams marooned in a mid-table position came head to head in Wales this afternoon, with the away side coming away from the Racecourse Ground with three points. Wrexham made the better start against Maidstone United, and Jordan White’s fine header broke the deadlock after nine minutes. Maidstone United equalised on the half hour mark through Joe Pigott, before second-half strikes from Jamar Loza and Alex Flisher gave the Stones the win, despite Wrexham missing a penalty with the game at 2-1. North Ferriby United kept their slim survival hopes alive, as a goal from Robbie Tinkler and a late winner from Reece Thompson gave the Yorkshiremen all three points, as Ross Stearn’s goal for Eastleigh wasn’t enough to share the spoils. Another two sides struggling at the top, Braintree Town and York City took huge steps to survival, with wins against fellow strugglers Guiseley and Solihull Moors. Braintree started nervously against Guiseley, and with the game even at half-time, it was a Jerome Okimo strike that broke the deadlock on the hour mark. Michael Cheek then put the game beyond doubt with a close rang shot, meaning only goal difference now separates Braintree from moving out of the bottom four. York City’s incredible run of form continued away at Solihull Moors, as an early Vadaine Oliver brace was enough to move the Minstermen up to 18th, despite Harry White’s strike making it nervy for the Gary Mill’s men in the second-half. 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AFC Fylde moved a step closer to promotion to the National League, after a hard-fought game away at FC Halifax Town ended in the Coasters moving six points clear at the top, thanks to a 1-0 victory. All square with 20 minutes to go, the Coasters would have been worried that their grip on top spot was continuing to loosen. However, cometh the hour cometh the man and it was the league’s top scorer Danny Rowe who popped up in the 71st minute with the all-important strike. With AFC Fylde looking to grind the game out after breaking the deadlock, things turned scrappy and after a number of yellow cards, midfielder Sam Finley was shown red with seven minutes to go. Despite this though, the Coasters saw out the game and with just three games to go, Rowe and co could find themselves promoted on Easter Monday if results go their way. If Dave Challinor’s men do seal promotion in two days time, Kidderminster Harriers can still be proud of their performances this season, and despite being second placed to the Coasters for most of the season, the Harriers again kept up the pressure with a 1-0 victory at home to Boston United. With the pressure clearly showing at Aggborough, John Eustace’s men struggled to break down a resolute Boston United side watched by a bumper crowd. As the game came to a close, Elton Ngwatala popped up with four minutes to go, and despite getting a booking for his celebrations, the passion and togetherness shown at the death by the Harriers will surely hold them in good stead for their inevitable play-off semi-final. A team who will now be worrying about their place in the top five is Salford City, after the Ammies lost by a single goal on the road to Gainsborough Trinity. Conceding as early on as the seventh minute through a Nathan Jarman strike, Gainsborough Trinity held strong in an ill-tempered affair, which saw Salford’s Billy Priestley sent-off in the 90th minute. The Ammies will now be keeping their fingers crossed that other results can go their way tomorrow, as the season comes to its conclusion. Play-off hopefuls Chorley were another side who were made to work for their victory, and in a day of minimal chances and goals throughout the division, it was again the one goal that gave the Magpies the win against Worcester City. Thwarted by a solid defensive performance by Worcester City, Scott Leather’s goal in the 62nd minute was enough to move Matt Jansen’s men up to fourth in the table. At the other end of the table, it was all little too late for Altrincham, as they turned on the style at Curzon Ashton, despite being already relegated. The game of the day in the National League North, Curzon’s Matthew Warburton broke the deadlock before half-time, before Jake Moult scored from the spot just a minute before the break to keep things level going into the second fourty five. Moult then scored from the spot again to put Altrincham into the driving seat, until Jonathan Hunt made it 2-2, with just 13 minutes to play at The Tameside Stadium. The biggest moment of the game was still to come though, and it was Altrincham who stole all three points at the death, as Simon Richman popped up on the 90th minute to send the travelling Robins fans into dreamland. The post Coasters Move Step Closer Promotion appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more
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