Non-League News & Archive

Just One More Win Will Do For Magpies

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Maidenhead United need just one more win to secure promotion to the National League, after a solid victory over Concord Rangers this afternoon moved the Magpies eight points clear of Ebbsfleet United with just three games to play. Coming out of the traps at York Road, it didn’t take long for the league leaders to break the deadlock, with forward Sean Marks firing past Concord’s number one on the tenth minute. Things got even better for Alan Devonshire’s men seventeen minutes later, as lead marksmen Dave Tarpey hit his 36th of the season, to send the Magpies into dream land. In the play-offs, Dartford’s hopes of a top five finish took a dent, as fellow play-off chasers Hungerford Town gained a crucial 2-0 victory over the Darts. Coming into the game on the back of a six game unbeaten run, Hungerford Town were resolute in defence and going into the break at 0-0, it only took the home side one minute to score after the interval. Louie Soares fired past Darts keeper Deren Ibrahim on the 46th minute and although Dartford threatened to equalise, Stefan Brown scored with twenty minutes to go, as Hungerford Town moved to within two points of the top five. Hungerford were looking for clubs above them to drop points, and their dream was answered as Poole Town dropped two crucial points at home to mid-table Hemel Hempstead Town. The away side took the lead through Ben Greenhalgh and despite Luke Burbridge’s immediate reply, the game ended all square, after an un-eventful second-half. At the other end of the table, Gosport Borough enhanced their survival chances with a vital away win at rock bottom Bishop’s Stortford. Needing a win to stay in touch with Whitehawk, Truro City and Concord Rangers, the first-half was expectedly nervy and scrappy. Needing a moment of quality, Joseph Lea scored a fine strike on the hour to put Gosport in the lead, and after Luke Callander was sent for an early bath, the Boro’ had freedom to play and Tony Lee put the game beyond doubt in the 86th minute, to the delight of Alex Pike and co on the sidelines. Weston-Super-Mare and Welling both eased their relegation worries this afternoon, as Margate and Truro City respectively were put to the sword. Coming off the back of a 5-0 victory at Bishops Stortford last weekend, Weston-Super-Mare played with real confidence against already relegated Margate. Dayle Grubb opened the scoring on the third minute, before a Brad Ash double helped the home side to a 3-1 victory. Another entertaining game at Park View Road, goals from Ben Martin, Rhys Murrell Williamson and Tyrone Marsh gave Welling United the three points, despite Truro City scoring twice courtesy of a Martin own goal and Andrew Neal. Truro City now find themselves just two places and two points above the drop zone, whereas Welling United are now 14th, with safety now almost assured. The post Just One More Win Will Do For Magpies appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

NCEL Groundhop Gets Underway With Campion Victory

Friday, April 14, 2017

Campion gained a 4-1 win against Dronfield Town and their highest attendance in the NCEL at the start of the Groundhop Weekend. The match on Thursday night saw a bumper crowd of 268 filled into the Sports Bulk Stadium. Their victory saw them raise up to seventh in the Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League Division One. Goals from Eli Hey, Ben Kendall, Daniel Cunningham and Jason Davies proved to be the difference. Dronfield had taken the lead moments into the second half thanks to a fine Danny Wood strike. This was only the start of the weekend with more matches taking place. The games taking place today include Garforth Town facing Staveley Miners Welfare in the Premier Division at 11am. Then Harrogate Railway Athletic face a Pickering Town side who must win if they are to stop Cleethorpes Town winning the title and promotion at 2.30pm. And in Division One Pontefract Collieries can go top of the table with a win against Knaresborough Town that starts at 5.30pm. There are then nine more matches taking place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The games on the last two days being matches from the Hallmark Security North West Counties league. The post NCEL Groundhop Gets Underway With Campion Victory appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Trawlerboys Suffer Home Hammering By Moatsiders

Friday, April 14, 2017

Merstham made themselves all-but safe from relegation from the Ryman League Premier Division as they inflicted a 5-1 hammering of Lowestoft Town on their own Crown Meadow patch on Thursday night. Both teams were embarking on three games in five days, but the Trawlerboys, who were expected to feature amongst the top end of the table following relegation from the Vanarama National League North, already looked tired after a dreadful first half for them. The Moatsiders went in front after 16 minutes when Marc Okoye followed up to net after home keeper Jake Jessup had clawed away a corner away. Six minutes later it was 2-0 when some poor defending allowed Omar Folkes to score. The Trawlerboys were back in the contest 3 minutes later though when Jak Reed got on the end of a Shaun Bammant head-on to slam past Yannick Makeise from an angle. Ten minutes later it was 3-1 though as the home defence stood off and allowed Dan Bennett to beat Jessup. And a poor first half for the home fans in the 404 crowd saw the visitors make it 4-1 right on the whistle when Alex Addai burst away with electric pace past defender Harry Barker and into the box to score. The second half was a much quieter affair, although the Moatsiders did eventually make it a nap hand 2 minutes from time through Michael Abnett. After a season in which Merstham reached the First Round of the Emirates F A Cup and featured on BBC, it would have been extremely disappointing if it had ended in relegation, but this win virtually assures another season in the Premier Division for Hayden Bird`s side. The post Trawlerboys Suffer Home Hammering By Moatsiders appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

The Pitchero Non League Show – 14th April 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

The latest on play-off woes as Poole and Darlington look to make the ground grade. Steve Burr on his 117 to 1 shots at Stalybridge and Dean Brennan, the 6 games a week manager The Non-League Football Show Podcast sponsored by Pitchero, the UK’s no.1 provider of sport club websites. Join in the debate on twitter @nonleagueshow and @PHNonLeague The post The Pitchero Non League Show – 14th April 2017 appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Roma Says Late Chairman Giving Scarborough Added Motivation For Play-off Bid

Friday, April 14, 2017

Scarborough Athletic’s Dom Roma says the side are playing for the late chairman Dave Holland as they look to gain promotion from the Evo-Stik Northern Division One North. The Seadogs have been on a good run in recent weeks winning fives matches in a row, they are just two points off the play-off places. Roma says Holland’s sad passing and the new stadium which they will play in from next season and return to the town are big incentives. “The lads and everyone around the club are determined to get promoted for the chairman after the hard work he had done to take the club forward. “There is definitely a feel good factor at the club at the moment. The gaffer has took the club from battling relegation last season to fighting for promotion. This coupled with the new ground next season things are definitely on the up. “I think it’s the togetherness the group has got and there is a good blend of experience and younger lads. We seem to be hitting form and the right time.” Roma joined the side after playing then managing at Gainsborough Trinity and speaking of the differences from being the boss to playing he said. “It’s a lot less stressful I can tell you that! It’s enjoyable again just enjoying my football, training and being one of the lads again. It was a great experience at Gainsborough and I learnt loads. As a player you have to just turn up and play as a manager you have to think about everything!” The defender admitted that knowing people before joining helped him settle in quickly. “My good mate Craig Nelthorpe sold the club to me really. Once I’d spoke to the gaffer my mind was made up to come here. The gaffer tried to sign me a few times when he was at Guiseley. I was pleased to get on board.” The post Roma Says Late Chairman Giving Scarborough Added Motivation For Play-off Bid appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Champions Peterborough Sports Won’t Stop At UCL Title!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Peterborough Sports manager Jimmy Dean sees no reason why his team cannot contend for a third promotion on the spin. Sports won the United Counties League title last weekend after they beat Desborough 3-1 last weekend. It’s been a glorious few years for the club after a year ago celebrating the UCL Division One title. Dean is already thinking forward – and his plans do not include making up the numbers in whatever Step 4 League it is they go into next August. “We want to be successful again,” said the manager who had taken the club to their highest level. “Last season we became the first team from Division One to win the League Cup, but we’ve surpassed that achievement this season. “We’re not stopping now either. I want to have a good go at step four. It’s a big step up, but we’re a strong, well-run club and we’ll look forward to a new challenge with a real determination to be successful again.” Sports have raced to the title, and have 102 points on the board already. “My players have been brilliant,” he told Peterborough Today. “I am made up for the team and everyone involved in the club. “The input from my chairman and his board has been invaluable. It’s been a real team effort and another history-making season.” The post Champions Peterborough Sports Won’t Stop At UCL Title! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

It’s Shaw Lane’s Title To Lose Now, Accepts Witton Boss

Friday, April 14, 2017

It’s advantage Shaw Lane now according to Witton Albion boss Carl Macauley. Following the 1st v 2nd game on Tuesday, which went the way of the leaders, the Albion boss knows his team are rank outsiders for the Evo-Stik South Division title. “If we’d have won, then we’d fell confident of finishing the job from here, he said. “They’re in a good position now, no question. All we can do now is to try and win our remaining games and see where that takes us.” Witton face Stamford at home this Saturday before an Easter Monday big derby with Northwich Victoria. Macauley told the Northwich Guardian’s Andrew Simpson: “The pitch was poor, and that made it a battle for us to pass the ball the way we know we can. “We had to go direct much earlier than we’re used to, and that’s not our game. “It played into their hands a bit, and they stayed strong.” “We’ll keep going, and make sure we’re in a position to take advantage of any slip-up Shaw Lane make.” The post It’s Shaw Lane’s Title To Lose Now, Accepts Witton Boss appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Leamington’s Dream Stadium Approved

Friday, April 14, 2017

Leamington’s impressive plans for a new community stadium have been approved by councillors of the Warwick District Council. The council have received the backing to buy the land in Europa Way and Gallows Hill to build the new ground which is nearer the town centre and public transport links. The 5000 capacity stadium would have a 3G pitch, conference facilities, gym, bar, and café. The council have also been granted approval to acquire Leamington’s current Phillips 66 Community Stadium in Harbury Lane which might be turned into a travellers site. Leamington chairman Jim Scott said: “Leamington FC very much welcomes this key step forward. A new stadium with improved access and facilities will help us fulfil our aspirations to move into higher leagues. “It will also allow us to develop and expand our presence in the community through our programme of football related activities. This will give more people the opportunity to get involved, be it as a player, spectator or user of the facilities.” The leader of Warwick District Council, Cllr Andrew Mobbs added: “These exciting and ambitious plans, will not only help to secure the future of our local football club, but have the potential to bring a new focal point for the community with huge benefits for the health, fitness and well-being of our residents.” The post Leamington’s Dream Stadium Approved appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Poole Pass Grading – But Not In Time For Play-Offs

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poole Town have received a letter from the National League which covered two important issues. Firstly, the letter confirms that the club has achieved Ground Grading B and that all its efforts has ensured its position in the Vanarama National League South next season. Whilst the club had expected this after the FA’s feedback, this formality guarantees it will at least remain at Step 2 for next season. The other topic discussed within the letter was the eligibility to compete in this season’s play-offs. The National League re-iterated that due to the fact the Black Gold Stadium does not have 500 seats under cover, Poole remain unable to compete in this season’s play-offs. In view of this, the club has declared its intention to appeal the decision. The National League has given the club seven days to appeal, but due to the fact two of these days are Easter Bank Holidays, the club has asked for a two-day extension. The post Poole Pass Grading – But Not In Time For Play-Offs appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

North West Easter Ground-Hop…

Friday, April 14, 2017

With Easter approaching it signals not just the arrival of nice weather, chocolate eggs and the Easter Bunny, for us here at the Hallmark Security League it is the arrival of their long-awaited Ground-Hop. Over Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday twelve clubs will take part in six full league fixtures over the two days with kick-offs staggered between the games. The games will be attended by a mix of regulars and the Ground-Hop Community who are supporters of the game who visit different grounds around the country and beyond, ticking them off as they go around experiencing a game at each. The Easter Sunday Fixtures are: Ashton Athletic v Squires Gate – 11.30am Kick-Off (Brocstedes Park) Ashton Town v Stockport Town – 2.30pm Kick-Off (The Ashton Town Stadium) Runcorn Town v Barnton – 6pm Kick-Off (Pavilions) And Bank Holiday Monday: Atherton Collieries v AFC Darwen – 11am (The Kensite Stadium) West Didsbury & Chorlton v Congleton Town – 2.45pm Kick-Off (The Recreation Ground) Maine Road v Abbey Hey 5.45pm Kick-Off (Brantingham Road) As you will see, the times of the kick-off allow the Ground-Hoppers time to watch the game then make their way to the next ground in time to grab something to eat and drink ahead of the next game. There are also expected to be a number of casuals who turn up on the day and follow the games around too so we are hoping for good attendances as well as some great football – Some sunshine would be handy too! Ground-Hops have been around for a number of years, however for one reason or another the Hops have never visited the North West Counties League since its 1982 formation and it was something that the league were conscious of. In development plan discussions eighteen months ago the idea was put to a small discussion group and was added to the development plan at the time as part of the direction towards increasing fan engagement. League development officer Gary Langley then contacted Groundhop UK, a private supporters organisation who are the market leaders in this field and a few months later after a number of emails and calls he headed down to Tamworth to meet up with Chris Berezai, Director of GHUK and the hop was discussed and agreed. It has taken a while to get the hop sorted as both parties adapted to how these things work and the various expectations from clubs, Hoppers and league alike but the league think it is ready to have a great weekend of football. The post North West Easter Ground-Hop… appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Interest In Ugwu Grows

Friday, April 14, 2017

Several Football League and Scottish clubs have been linked with 23-year-old striker Gozie Ugwu, currently with Vanarama National League side Woking. Despite the Cards struggling in the league, Oxford-born Ugwu – a product of Reading`s youth system, has scored 18 goals in forty-five appearances in all competitions. Ugwu, who also interests Scottish sides Motherwell and Partick Thistle as well as clubs in the EFL, joined Woking in the summer. He had loan spells at Ebbsfleet United, Yeovil Town, Plymouth Argyle and Shrewsbury Town, leaving Reading in the summer of 2014 to join Dunfermline Athletic. He scored 7 goals in fourteen appearances for the Scottish League One side, before signing for Yeovil Town in January 2015 for the remainder of the season. He moved to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers for the 2015/16 season and made twenty-nine appearances for the Chairboys, scoring 2 goals, before moving to Kingfield. Ugwu, who is out of contract in the summer, has been in superb form throughout the season, earning the player of the month award for November. The post Interest In Ugwu Grows appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Football Community Rallies Round To Help Hebburn

Friday, April 14, 2017

Less than two months ago Ebac Northern League Second Division club Hebburn Town were in trouble. Falling attendances meant they were contemplating closure. But since launching a publicity campaign to raise their profile in the local community there has been a resurgence in crowds. And in the next two weeks both Sunderland and Newcastle will be sending under-23 teams to their ground in Victoria Road West. Club press officer Mick Laffey said: “Gates were dropping and our income was falling. It got to the stage where we thought we were not going to have enough money to survive to the end of the season. “We decided that we would have a campaign to see if there was anyone in the local community who cared. “We needed two things: people to come through the gates and support us. We also needed the help of the local business community.” The club committee decided to launch a local publicity campaign – effectively to save the club. It had an instant, positive impact. “Facebook and Twitter went beserk! It must have struck a chord. The Shields Gazette put the campaign on the front page and there were reports on BBC Look North and Radio Newcastle. Even the local hospital radio came along to interview us. “We’ve been quite humbled by how many people have shown their support. “We always try and push ourselves when asked of course, but we consistently encourage people to attend their local Northern League team if that’s not us. We’re all in this together and we have received messages from numerous other clubs wishing us well and empathising with our plight. It’s not just about us. It’s a rallying cry for the whole Northern League. “We have a strong and relatively large committee and everyone is doing everything they can. It’s very much a team effort.” Their last game before the campaign and appeal saw just 34 people through the gate. The highest all season before the campaign was 74. At their first game after it started they had 281 spectators. That went up again to 452 for their next game. Apart from people in Hebburn, they had non-League fans come from other clubs – including South Shields and Heaton Stannington – as well as ground hoppers. Their social media outlets doubled in traffic. The club are grateful to Sunderland and Newcastle United for agreeing to field their under-23 teams at the Hebburn Sports Ground. Laffey said: “Both clubs have been excellent. I couldn’t believe it when Peter Beardsley phoned me up. He offered to do a talk-in after the game and that’s already sold out.” Both under-23 games are `pay on the door` and everyone is welcome. The club is aiming for a record league attendance for their last game of the season when they take on Blyth Town. The current highest attendance for a league game is 479. They’ve been given a helping hand by the club’s impressive junior section who jumped on board to help save the senior team straight away. They encouraged their entire membership to attend the Tow Law game and are doing the same for the Blyth Town game on April 22nd. “They have been brilliant. It really helps to have the best junior section in the country behind you! We’ve been led out by junior teams in most games since and it’s something we’re really keen to work with them on.” The club still faces challenges. Laffey said: “It will be crucial to keep people interested and coming back next season. More spectators mean more revenue and that means we can build a good squad and hopefully aim for the first division. The story doesn’t end here – in fact I genuinely believe the hard work is only just beginning. “We have to be sure this isn’t a flash in the pan. We had a gate of (only!)115 for our last home game although there was a relatively important FA Vase fixture being played a few miles away at the same time. “The key thing that has come out of all of this is communication. If people know about you, what you do and what they are missing there is a chance they will come. Then it’s about putting on a show that they will want come back and see again. It’s about investing the local community in your club and what you are trying to do. “We had a crowdfunding page which raised over £1,500, mostly from ex-pat Hebburners, we’ve sold a load of shirts and badges, the local clubs in Hebburn have given donations, individuals have made anonymous donations, people have just given us £5s and £10s here and there. We had a sportsman’s evening with David `Supersub` Fairclough and local legendary comedian Terry `Buster` Joyce. That was a great night. The buzz around the town is very positive. People are asking how they can help and what they can do to make things easier for us. The lads and lasses from South Tyneside Toon Travel even had a whip round on the trip to Sheffield Wednesday. Again, it’s not just one or two revenue sources – it’s about everyone doing their best and every little bit of help we get is very much appreciated. “Most of all we have to thank the players. We had to stop expenses but each and every one of them said they would stay and play anyway. That shows the team spirit we have here. Without that we would already be gone. “We have to keep this going. I hope we haven’t just delayed the inevitable. The committee pray this is the start of our resurgence and the support we have received to date has made us all feel that this is possible”. The post Football Community Rallies Round To Help Hebburn appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Alfreton Bring In Local Youngster

Friday, April 14, 2017

Vanarama National League North club Alfreton Town have confirmed that they have signed Oli Cox on dual registration from Central Midlands League Black Dragon Division South outfit Swanwick Pentrich Road. Twenty-year-old Cox plays at centre-back and has signed for the Reds on non-contract terms. Cox`s deal runs until the end of the season with the Reds eligible to select the defender on match days. Cox signed a National League form which allows the defender to play for Alfreton when the Reds require the player – he can also continue to play for Swanwick. Cox is available for selection for Saturday’s home fixture with Darlington 1883. The post Alfreton Bring In Local Youngster appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Hampton Are Into The Middlesex Senior Cup Final…For A Second Time Inside Two Months!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hampton and Richmond are celebrating after reaching the Middlesex Cup final – for a second time this season! The Beavers beat Hanworth Villa in the semi final earlier in the season but issues were around the corner. Hampton were charged with fielding a player, Jerome Federico, after he had already played in the competition while on loan at Hendon. But after much debate they were told to replay the game with CCL club Villa and weren’t kicked out. Manager Alan Dowson was delighted to get through last night winning 3-1 in Hanworth and despite the controversy he can’t wait to play Wealdstone in the final. “It always feel good to get into a cup final and we’ve got through to two this season…. Even if it’s the same one!” he joked. “It was a second chance for us and we took it, we knew we had to go down to Hanworth and do a job and that’s what we managed to do in the end. “The final should be a great occasion. The club has a good tradition in the competition so we want to make it a great occasion for our supporters.” As luck would have it, the two sides face each other at the Beveree this Saturday in a Vanarama National League South fixture. “I think the sides know enough about each other as it is!” said Dowson. The post Hampton Are Into The Middlesex Senior Cup Final…For A Second Time Inside Two Months! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Halesowen Fined And Owner Banned By The FA

Friday, April 14, 2017

Halesowen Town have been fined and owner Steve Lynch has been banned from all football activity for two years. The Yeltz have been ordered to pay £5000, with half of the sum suspended for three years, while Lynch’s suspension begins at the start of May. The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side has been charged with 12 offences, three of which directly concern Lynch, who attended a personal hearing at Wembley Stadium with the Football Association where the charges were confirmed. Lynch was in hot water over not disclosing his interest in Halesowen when he was at the now obsolete Eastwood Town. The other charges surrounded breach of player loan rules in 2012 and issues regarding the reporting of the club’s accounts between 2011 and 2013. Lynch plans to appeal against his ban due to the “severity of this penalty”. The post Halesowen Fined And Owner Banned By The FA appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Purps Keeper Loving Life As Club Enjoy Debut Season In NWCFL

Friday, April 14, 2017

City of Liverpool FC are enjoying their debut season in Non-league football and their number one goalkeeper Stephen Longrigg is loving life too with the Purps. COLFC were founded in 2015 before being accepted into the North West Counties Football League for the 2016/17 season. The former AFC Liverpool goalkeeper believes that the club is really coming together. He said: “Our manager Simon Burton set out the expectations at the start of the season. We understood our goal and have worked together as a squad to get this far. “Everyone involved has played their part. No one more so  than the fan base, taking 200+ fans to midweek away games and getting 400+ to home games can really make the difference. “We have a great team bond and are all working for each other the management staff, volunteers and fans to help them enjoy every game.” Burton was appointed to the position of first team manager for the club following a successful spell with Runcorn Town where he guided the club into the NWCFL. Longrigg believes that appointing Burton was a great place for the club to begin. He said: “Simon’s experience and connections have given the club a great starting point, he has a great management team behind him in Phil (MacDiarmid) and Tom (Spearitt). “He likes us to play football and encourages us to trust each other with the ball and have confidence in our own ability. “His main targets are to keep clean sheets and win the next game.” The Merseyside outfit is sitting 3rd in the table, just two points behind current league leaders Charnock Richard FC. Being in the top three they have given themselves a real good chance of promotion to the Premier Division. But the shot-stopper isn’t looking that far ahead. He said: “We are using the age-old technique of all we are concerned about is the next game. “We understand mathematically we cannot win the league if teams around us win all their games. “But as long as we win all our games we are guaranteed automatic promotion. If other teams around us lose points then we will win the league as long as we do our job. “It’s going to be a really tough run in for all teams in the top 5/6. But we are just focusing on the next game.” On Friday they make the trip across the North West city to face St. Helens. The game is being played at Prescot Cables ground and the club are hoping that it can really be a Good Friday. Despite the hosts sitting in mid-table Longrigg isn’t taking the game lightly. He said: “You can never be too confident in this league. “St. Helens had a great result earlier in the week. Anything can happen at this point in the season. “The Saints will not let us come to Prescot and give us three points. They will want to beat us and  to stop us gaining promotion. “With the attention the club has had this year we know we are the team everybody wants to beat. “We will respect St. Helens, but go out and do what we can for 3 points.” The post Purps Keeper Loving Life As Club Enjoy Debut Season In NWCFL appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Football For Less Than A Fiver! Woking Make Pledge To Fans

Friday, April 14, 2017

Woking may not know what division they are going to be playing in next season. But they have made moves to soften their relegation fight by offering fans an incredible deal for the 2017/18 campaign. The Cards will sell season tickets to fans for just £99 – even if they remain in the Vanarama National League. That means full paying supporters will see home games for little over £4 per fixture. That is around a quarter of the price the club’s usual matchday admission prices. Their offer is only valid to the middle of May but the bargain price is sure to be well received. Should Woking beat Macclesfield Town on Good Friday, they may be inundated with applications. Tomorrow’s match is vital to their survival bid and Garry Hill knows how important three points at the Laithwaite’s will be to their hopes of avoiding relegation. The post Football For Less Than A Fiver! Woking Make Pledge To Fans appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Burr Has High Hopes For Celtic – And For Kiddy!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

He may have severely damaged his former club’s hopes of winning the Vanarama National League North last night, but Steve Burr still wants Kidderminster to go up. Harriers became the latest title challenger to fall at struggling Stalybridge Celtic last night. In the last game at Bower Fold, Burr’s boys put one over AFC Fylde, the league leaders, with the shock result of the season – a 2-1 win. Another challenger fell on Tuesday, and it was a bitter sweet moment for Burr. He said: “Of course it was another fantastic win for us, I came here to put some smiles back on some faces of some good people and I hope they are happier. It was our third win in a row. “But Kidderminster are a great club, I loved my time there. I had a good chat with (owner) Colin Gordon before the game and wished him well. “I hope they go up one way or another, I think they can get back into the Football League before too long and I’d personally love to see that.” Burr is proud of his players who he says have turned things around. “Their attitudes have been first class – they are playing with smiles on their faces now and that’s clear for everyone to see,” he added. “They showed what they are all about in the Fylde game and produced a result they should be very proud of. “Last night it was the same, although not as convincing, they continued to roll their sleeves up and that’s all I can ask. “It’s all about hard work and application. The dressing room is a great place to be in right now.” The post Burr Has High Hopes For Celtic – And For Kiddy! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Lincoln Boss Cowley Wants More Despite Win

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley believes his side can and will have to play better despite closing in on automatic promotion from the Vanarama National League. On what could be the decisive night in the title race, the Imps gained victory over Chester while Forest Green Rovers did them a big favour beating Tranmere Rovers 1-0. Cowley though felt his team could have done more. “Under pressure, we’ve got to execute our game plan in big games. We’ve got good players who have done that in big games all season but for perhaps the first time we didn’t do that. “The players’ character is never in question for me. I rest easy at night knowing that they are going to give me everything they’ve got. They did that again. “Physically we weren’t at it but our togetherness and spirit saw us through. We stuck together when we weren’t playing well.” Next up for the side is Torquay United at home on Good Friday followed by a trip to Gateshead on Easter Monday. Cowley told the Lincolnshire Echo he does not expect fatigue to play a part in their run towards the title. “They can cope, there are no excuses. It’s football. We’re a successful team that plays regularly, that’s the reality. “If you want to be a successful team you’re going to play 60 games. That’s what we’re going to do and that’s what we’re trained to do.” The post Lincoln Boss Cowley Wants More Despite Win appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Coalville Boss Disappointed As They Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Men

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Coalville Town manager Tommy Brookbanks was disappointed with his side’s 2-1 defeat to Grantham Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division last night. The Gingerbread men lead through Luther Wildin before Danny Jenno equalised for the hosts just after the interval. But it was all in vain as Jeremiah Dasaolu won it for the promotion-chasing side with 25 minutes left to play. The Ravens were reduced to 10 men after having Massiah McDonald sent off in the first half. After the game, the former Quorn manager was gutted with his side’s defeat. He said: “They (Grantham) are a very good side. I thought we lost the match in the first half never mind the red card. “I can’t comment on that as I thought it was a bad decision, but until I watch the video back I can’t comment as it will be unfair to criticise the referee. “I think for the first time in a few weeks we didn’t get out of the blocks quick enough and against a good side like Grantham Town, you have got to. “It took us until half time to get it through to them. It’s a shame really as they put in a good effort second half.” The equaliser for the Leicestershire side came from a free kick which was one that David Beckham would have been proud of scoring. http://nonleague.pitchero.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/105714_elastic_transcoded_1491940363.mp4 Despite losing the match, the Coalville manager was pleased with the lad’s work rate in the second half. He said: “It was a fantastic goal. “The one thing we have got in there is we have got a good dressing room, you always say you have a good dressing room when you are winning. “But we haven’t won every game this year, but its right up there you can see it with the effort they have put in, and  that they believe in the football club and us as managers.” Grantham Town sit just two points off the playoffs with just a few weeks to go until the end of the season. The former Stamford boss praised the visitors for their work rate shown at the Owen Street Sports Ground. He told the clubs’ Audioboom account: “Grantham are a lively side. “You can see why they are where they are in the league table and they deserve to be where they are in the league and its something we can improve on. But it’s our first season up in this division. “We have already earmarked where we need to be better on next season already and the areas we need to improve on.” The post Coalville Boss Disappointed As They Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Men appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

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