Non-League News & Archive

‘We Have Not Asked Hereford for £2,500’. Salisbury Hit Back At Police Bill Rumours

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Salisbury chairman David Phillips has denied his club have told Hereford to pay £2,500 towards their policing bill ahead of this weekend’s Southern League South & West meeting. A row has erupted about security ahead of the game at the Ray Mac with a four figure crowd guaranteed. A Whites statement outlined Salisbury’s take on events – and they have denied asking for cash to fund the policing of the game. The statement read: “There have been a number of conversations with Hereford FC and the club is aware of all the circumstances surrounding our decision to restrict away ticket sales to Season Ticket Holders only. “The two clubs had full discussions regarding the reasoning for the restriction a week ago and there have been several telephone conversations and exchanges of emails subsequently. “The prime concern of Salisbury FC is to ensure the safety of all spectators coming to see this match and we have had consultations with the Wiltshire Safety Advisory Group who are ultimately responsible for deciding the conditions which apply to the staging of this fixture. “There have been incidents in recent matches involving Hereford FC and this had a major effect on the requirements of the SAG. “Ultimately, it was agreed that by having an “all ticket” match, thus limiting the maximum number of spectators and by allowing sales of away Supporters’ tickets solely to Season Ticket Holders there would be no requirement for Police to be present in the Stadium. “At no stage did we ask Hereford FC to pay £2500 for policing.” Phillips went on. “We have pointed out to Hereford FC that they too have a responsibility for ensuring a trouble-free afternoon and have suggested that they might like to bring along a few of their own stewards at their own expense. “Due to recent events at away matches, this would we believe, be a prudent measure on their part. “We have no desire to exclude any spectators from watching this game and we also realise that with the arrangements which are in force, Salisbury FC is losing out on a fair amount of potential income. “However, we are duty bound to follow the requirements of the SAG and would re-iterate that the safety of the fans of both clubs and everyone else involved in this fixture, is of paramount importance to Salisbury FC.” The post ‘We Have Not Asked Hereford for £2,500’. Salisbury Hit Back At Police Bill Rumours appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Wealdstone Won’t Rule It Out Yet. Stones Still Have Playoff Aim

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Optimistic Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett is still refusing to totally rule out his side sneaking into the Vanarama National League South playoffs. Two home draws in the past three days look to have curtailed their hopes. The Stones ended honours even with Chelmsford on Saturday and on Monday night they had to come from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw with Concord Rangers. Experienced Bartlett respects the odds aren’t on his team’s side now going into the final five weeks of the season. They sit 8th and six points behind Hungerford United who beat Weston 2-1 last night. “It wasn’t to be but that’s now 10 games unbeaten,” said Bartlett, who praised his team’s character after being reduced to ten men. “Two months ago we were struggling but we showed resilience after going down to 10 and showed desire. “Although we’re disappointed, it keeps the unbeaten run going and we’ve still got a chance [of making the play-offs]. We go to Bath on Saturday and if we can nick one, who knows? “It’s unlikely but it’s been one of those years and we’re still in with a chance. We’ve managed the difficult situations well.” He told the Brent and Kilburn Times: “This time of the year is when the points really matter and we’ve still got seven games to go. It’s highly unlikely but we’re not giving it up.” The post Wealdstone Won’t Rule It Out Yet. Stones Still Have Playoff Aim appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Harriers Pair Extend Stratford Stay

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Vanarama National League North club Kidderminster Harriers have announced that George Forsyth and James Hancocks are to remain on loan with Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division side Stratford Town. Midfielder Forsyth (below) and defender Hancocks` initial one-month spells came to an end after the weekend draw with Chesham United. Now, though, they’re signed up for another month and will be with Town until early April – their next action set to be tonight as they travel to Dunstable Town. The post Harriers Pair Extend Stratford Stay appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Rowe Getting Closer And Closer… When Will He Join Record Breaker Tarpey?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

AFC Fylde hotshot Danny Rowe is closing in on the record for top scorer in the Vanarama National League North, writes Richard Scott. His opener at Gainsborough Trinity in the 2-1 victory moved him onto 40 goals for the league season and he is after another one as his second half strike took a deflection and has gone down as an own goal. The record he has to beat is 44 which Damian Reeves of Altrincham currently holds. The goal machine is looking to better Reeves’ tally as well as taking the league title. He said: “Yes it’s on my mind. I’ve scored goals throughout the season, although I had a little blip around Christmas time, it was nothing massive though,  it was only a few games and I’ve kicked on again. “But you look at records for the club, points wise and want to win the league. “Personally I want to do well, break records if it can be done, so you just carry on working hard and get there.” The Coasters visited Northomle at the weekend with their victory keeping them 10 points clear of the chasing pack. Rowe was pleased with the victory even if it wasn’t a vintage performance by the Lancashire club. He said: “It’s a place you come and grind out a result as it’s has been over the years when we have come here. “The pitch isn’t the best to play on but we took three points, we came and got the three points we wanted so we will take that. “I did alright, I wouldn’t say it was one of my best games or anything but I scored two goals.  We won the game with the two goals so overall it was a decent performance.” Next Saturday is a massive six-pointer for the league leaders as they welcome Kidderminster Harriers to Mill Farm, where a victory will put Dave Challinor’s men 13 points ahead of the Worcestershire club who sit third in the league table. Then after that, it’s Stockport County to visit the new stadium on the following Tuesday night. Ahead of those games, Rowe told the club’s YouTube account: “There are two big games which could go either way, we obviously have the home advantage. “But the pitch will also suit Kidderminster Harriers as they like to get it down on the ground and play football. “When we went to their place it was a good game between two excellent sides, but we will have to work hard this week and look forward to the weekend to win the game and then we will move on to Tuesday night and win that game as well.” “It’s a place you come and grind out a result as it’s has been over the years when we have come here. “The pitch isn’t the best to play on but we took three points, we came and got the three points we wanted so we will take that. “I did alright, I wouldn’t say it was one of my best games or anything but I scored two goals.  We won the game with the two goals so overall it was a decent performance.” Next Saturday is a massive six-pointer for the league leaders as they welcome Kidderminster Harriers to Mill Farm, where a victory will put Dave Challinor’s men 13 points ahead of the Worcestershire club who sit third in the league table. Then after that, it’s Stockport County to visit the new stadium on the following Tuesday night. Ahead of those games, Rowe said: “There are two big games which could go either way, we obviously have the home advantage. “But the pitch will also suit Kidderminster Harriers as they like to get it down on the ground and play football. “When we went to their place it was a good game between two excellent sides, but we will have to work hard this week and look forward to the weekend to win the game and then we will move on to Tuesday night and win that game as well.” The post Rowe Getting Closer And Closer… When Will He Join Record Breaker Tarpey? appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Double Blow For Sleaford

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

With the season drawing to a close, ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division club Sleaford Town have been dealt a double blow with first-team manager Paul Ward and Sue Jones, the current chairperson, both announcing that they will be stepping down at the end of the season. This is a blow to the club as Ward led Town to their highest-ever finishing position in the UCL in his first season with the club last season, finishing seventh. This season hasn`t hit the heights of last season and numerous factors has led to Ward deciding to step down at the end of the season. Sue Jones will leave the club with a positive bank balance after taking over with the figures in the minus and has worked tirelessly on and off the pitch to improve Sleaford Town to the best of her ability. Town have now started applications for the first-team and chairperson`s position for the 2017/18 season. Anyone interested want to know more about the roles and responsibilities of both positions, please email Sue Jones at; bukisuki58@gmail.com The post Double Blow For Sleaford appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Southern South & West Set Their Promotion Match Dates

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West play-offs date have been announced as the race for promotion hots up, writes David Richardson. It is perhaps only a matter of time until Hereford secure the title, sitting 13 points clear at the top, but those below them are still scrapping for the home advantage ahead of the play-offs. Second and third place will both host one-off semi-finals against fifth and fourth respectively on Wednesday April 26, once the league season comes to an end on April 22. The highest placing winners will have the home advantage for the play-off final that will take place on Bank Holiday Monday May 1. Taunton are currently second on 74 points, with Tiverton two points behind them albeit having played a game more. Salisbury are then four points behind in fourth and have two games in hand on Tiverton. Fifth place is occupied by Evesham United, who are two behind Steve Claridge’s side and six ahead of Mangotsfield United in sixth.  The post Southern South & West Set Their Promotion Match Dates appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Stags Borrow Young Shots Midfielder

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club AFC Totton have signed youngster Matt Bozier on loan from Vanarama National League side Aldershot Town. The young midfielder has come up through the ranks at the EBB Stadium. He made his first-team debut earlier this season in a county cup tie. The post Stags Borrow Young Shots Midfielder appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Webster Had Modest Ambitions For Brightlingsea, Who Are 13 Points From Title Glory

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Brightlingsea Regent may be looking strong in their quest to capture the Ryman North championship. But manager James Webster has revealed winning the league was not their pre-season remit. Regent have had a wonderful year and they have surpassed all expectations place on them by highly-rated boss Webster. The countdown is on and 13 more points will see them crowned champions and promoted, of course, to the Ryman Premier. “Our target at the start of season was to finish 5th and nothing has changed from that respect,” the manager said. “We are in a fantastic position going into our last 7 games and we’re full of confidence. “But we have some very tough fixtures coming up and we won’t get ahead of ourselves, we’re keeping our feet firmly on the ground. “We only look to our next opponents and we will prepare properly for each game something that’s been hard to do with the relentless fixture schedule to date.” Fixture backlog is always a problem at this time on the year but one thing on Brightlingsea’s side is the fact that they are now playing Saturday to Saturday. “We have no midweek matches now which will really help us,” Webster added. “It’s an exciting time for us and we just need to keep winning.” The post Webster Had Modest Ambitions For Brightlingsea, Who Are 13 Points From Title Glory appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Brightlingsea Regent may

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Brightlingsea Regent may be looking strong in their quest to capture the Ryman North championship. But manager James Webster has revealed winning the league was not their pre-season remit. Regent have had a wonderful year and they have surpassed all expectations place on them by highly-rated boss Webster. The countdown is on and 13 more points will see them crowned champions and promoted, of course, to the Ryman Premier. “Our target at the start of season was to finish 5th and nothing has changed from that respect,” the manager said. “We are in a fantastic position going into our last 7 games and we’re full of confidence. “But we have some very tough fixtures coming up and we won’t get ahead of ourselves, we’re keeping our feet firmly on the ground. “We only look to our next opponents and we will prepare properly for each game something that’s been hard to do with the relentless fixture schedule to date.” Fixture backlog is always a problem at this time on the year but one thing on Brightlingsea’s side is the fact that they are now playing Saturday to Saturday. “We have no midweek matches now which will really help us,” Webster added. “It’s an exciting time for us and we just need to keep winning.” The post appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Double Signing Boost For Hillians

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Full-back Ibrahim Diallo and forward Brandon Diau have joined Ryman League Premier Division club Burgess Hill Town. Diallo joined the Hillians from league rivals Billericay Town. He moved to Billericay last season from Wealdstone, having spent the majority of his previous career in French football with the likes of FC Bourgoin, VS Villefontaine, Lyon Duche AS and Edusport Academy. Diau was also previosly on the books at Billericay. Twenty-three-year-old Diau is a 6`6” German `man mountain` who numbers FC Hamburg and SVN Zweibruchen amongst his previous clubs. He is equally at home at centre-back, in a defensive midfield position and also as a striker where he has proved to be a real handful. Both will be included in the squad for tonight`s Sussex derby against high-flying Bognor Regis Town. The post Double Signing Boost For Hillians appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Longhurst Is Buzzing Back To The Wasps… Weeks After Quitting!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

East Grinstead Town’s search for a new manager is at an end –  Matt Longhurst is returning to the club a few weeks after leaving! Longhurst left earlier this month to join Hastings United as assistant manager but resigned his position on Sunday afternoon. Town chairman Richard Tramontin confirmed: “We met with Matt on Monday and after a long discussion it was the unanimous decision of the club’s committee to offer him his old job back. “We didn’t want him to leave in the first place and we’re pleased that he is back to continue to lead the progress we have made on the pitch since he was appointed in October 2015. “Matt has put in place a strong football ethos with the accent on developing young players and we are looking forward to that continuing long into the future.” Longhurst said “I have returned to East Grinstead Town thankful for the opportunity the club have given me to continue my work over the last 17 months. “I made a quick decision that being a No.2 wasn’t for me and that’s no disrespect to Darren Hare and Hastings United. It’s purely my own feelings on what I have to offer and how I like things done. Hastings is a fantastic club with great supporters, Board, players and management team and I thank them for the opportunity. However, at this stage in my career, after lots of thought. I decided I need to be a manager and cannot wait to get back to work. “I want to take this opportunity to thank the committee at East Grinstead for the chance to come back so we can build on the foundations already in place and work hard to improve and build for next season. “I would also like to say to the supporters, players, staff and committee at East Grinstead that I made a big mistake leaving and will work harder than ever to produce the team and club you deserve.” The post Longhurst Is Buzzing Back To The Wasps… Weeks After Quitting! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Daggers Title Hopes Boosted After Buying Elliott Romain

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dagenham and Redbridge have enhanced their Vanarama National League title chances after buying Eastbourne Borough striker Elliott Romain. An undisclosed fee has been agreed for the Sports star who has found the net 19 times in the National League South so far. Borough manager Tommy Widdrington confirmed: “I’m not at all surprised at the interest Elliott has received and I’m delighted with his contribution to Eastbourne Borough over the last 20 months or so. “I’m also mindful of the doubters who told me he couldn’t be managed, and the previous people Elliott worked under, who told me – quote – “He doesn’t score enough goals!” Elliott had passed the twenty mark for the season by the end of February! “I and everyone at Priory Lane wish Elliott the very best of luck in his new adventure, and he is living proof that you should never give up on your pursuit to improve. He’s been a pleasure to work with both on the training ground and on a Saturday, I’d even go as far as to say it’s improved me as a manager as I’ve never quite had a lad like Elliott in my charge! “I realise that supporters will miss Elliott Romain and instinctively ask “Can we replace him?”. But every football team is constantly evolving, and supporters have already witnessed the clear progress that we have made this season. “Without that whole-team progress Elliott would not have scored his twenty goals! I am sure we can achieve the dual aim of furthering players’ individual careers and developing and strengthening the squad and the club at the same time. There will always be another Elliott Romain out there, and I am certain that our structure and our coaching will produce more gems. The post Daggers Title Hopes Boosted After Buying Elliott Romain appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Late Spot-Kick Drama Seals Hitchin Win

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hitchin Town moved back into third place in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division table on Monday night following a 2-1 win against second-bottom Cirencester Town. read more

Ammies Bosses Sign New Full-Time Deals

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley have agreed full-time deals with Vanarama National League North club Salford City and the playing staff will turn professional in the summer. read more

Ball Rewarded With New Contract

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Midfielder Jimmy Ball has signed a new two-year extension to his contract, keeping him with Vanarama National League North club Stockport County until May 2019. read more

Shrimper Remains a Trawlerboy

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ryman League Premier Division club Lowestoft Town have agreed a deal with Sky Bet League One side Southend United for Nico Cotton to remain at Crown Meadow for the rest of the season. read more

Quigley Returns to Diamonds

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

AFC Rushden & Diamonds have announced that midfielder Dan Quigley has agreed to re-join the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club. read more

Hannant Agrees New Gateshead Deal

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gateshead midfielder Luke Hannant has signed a new contract at the Vanarama National League club, keeping him at the International Stadium until the end of next season. read more

Hempenstall Steps Up With Brackley

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Vanarama National League North club Brackley Town have signed forward Jordan Hempenstall from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South side Stamford AFC. read more

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