Non-League News & Archive

Wood Star Femi Revels A Reunion With Still’s Daggers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Boreham Wood defender Femi Ilesanmi says it is important to the club’s players to finish in tenth position as he looks forward to seeing the man who helped his pro career on Friday. Wood are not involved in the scrap for the playoffs but the Nigerian says the squad want to end the year as high as possible. That is likely to be 10th place with 11 National League points separating them and Macclesfield, who are a position above them in 9th. Ilesanmi joined the club from York City in the summer and has been impressed by how well Wood have done this year. He said: “Although we’re not involved in the playoffs at the moment which is a shame we should still remember this year we have done well. “There are a lot of big clubs in the league and we’re growing still and the way we are run means there will be good things ahead in the future.” Boreham Wood play Dagenham on Good Friday and that means Ilesanmi faces his former club. He owes Daggers manager John Still a lot. He’s the one who took him from Ashford Town and offered him his first pro deal six years ago. “It was a big moment for me, I owe him a lot for that he was a great manager for me and I am looking forward to seeing him again,” added Ilesanmi. “I played in League One with the club – we had some big sides in that league like Leeds and Forest and we were unlucky not to stay up. “It was great memories for me and it gives me the hunger to get back to that level one day.” The post Wood Star Femi Revels A Reunion With Still’s Daggers appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Fantastic Farsley Win West Riding County Cup

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Farsley Celtic claimed victory and the West Riding County Cup after defeating Tadcaster Albion on penalties. Celtic’s captain Aaron Hardy was delighted with gaining the trophy. “It’s a good win for us, it could have gone either way. Full credit to Tadcaster, it was a good night, plenty turned up. “We knew a lot about each other to win it on penalties was great. It keeps our momentum up and we are top of the league as well because Lancaster lost. It’s been a good evening for us all.” This was an even game between the two Evo-Stik Division One North sides. It always seemed destined to be decided by a penalty shootout. The hosts thought they had made a dream start when Rob Youhill scored with a tap-in but he was ruled offside. Moments later Farsley so nearly opened the scoring with Ross Daly hitting the crossbar with his lopping effort looking set to go in. Premier League referee Bobby Madley was in charge and he was soon pointing to the spot when Richard Marshall was brought down in the area, he stepped up to score and give Celtic the advantage. http://nonleague.pitchero.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/105626_elastic_transcoded_1491937924.mp4 Tadcaster were soon level when Conor Sellars passed the ball out to Carl Stewart who produced a fantastic finish when put through on goal, his powerful strike thundered into the back of the net. http://nonleague.pitchero.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/105646_elastic_transcoded_1491938322.mp4 The second half was again a close game with both sides trying to open up. Albion went close to taking the lead for the first time when Steward nearly scored again when he cut inside but fired wide. Jordan Deacey almost won it for Farsley in added time but his effort was well saved by Chandler Hallwood. Tom Corner and Josh Grant missed for Tadcaster and despite Richard Marshall firing over, they won 4-2 with Paul Walker getting the winning penalty. http://nonleague.pitchero.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/105843_elastic_transcoded_1491943785.mp4 After the loss Tadcaster boss Billy Miller told Jay Taylor. “I thought it was an outstanding cup final. Farsley at parts of the game showed why they are top. I wish Celtic all the best as they try and gain promotion. “We put in a good performance, it set a bit of a bench mark for us.” The post Fantastic Farsley Win West Riding County Cup appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Duke Extends Ashton Stay

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Midfielder Charlie Duke’s loan atEvo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ashton United has been extended by Vanarama National League club Torquay United until the end of the season. Duke, 19, joined Ashton in early March with the aim of developing his game with competitive football. Torquay manager Kevin Nicholson said: “Dukey has been impressing in his games up at Ashton, and the manager there, Jody Banim, who some fans might remember, wanted to keep him until the end of the season. “I think that it’s great for his development to be getting regular minutes, and it will improve him way more than being a squad player down here. “I know all I need to know about Dukey, and the potential he has going forward, so we will discuss his future when he gets back when we have a clearer picture of things here. For now, I wish him well and he needs to soak up every minute of experience he can. “He’s a good lad with a bright future if he keeps at it”. The post Duke Extends Ashton Stay appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Bradbury Bags New Deal Ahead Of Crucial Weekend

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Havant & Waterlooville have given manager Lee Bradbury a boost ahead of the title run in – a new contract! Bradbury has signed an extended two year deal with the Hampshire club, the Hawks have announced. Despite taking the club down from the National League South, Havant are very much in the Ryman League title race. They are on second place in the table, one point behind leaders Bognor Regis Town. The clubs meet at West Leigh Park on Monday after ahead of that gave Havant’s boss has had some good news. “I am very happy to have signed a new two year contract to remain at Havant & Waterlooville,” he said. “This is a great honour for me and I look forward to continuing to work with everyone here as we all strive to push the club forward. Havant and Waterlooville are a great football club and I am very proud to be part of them.” The post Bradbury Bags New Deal Ahead Of Crucial Weekend appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

What’s the Wembley Ticket Total So Far?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Around 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the second ever Non-League Finals day. The Wembley double header will take place on Sunday 21st of March following the success of last years’ event. Over 46,000 watched Hereford and Morpeth battle it out for the F.A. Vase and the F.A Trophy game with Halifax beating Grimsby Town. They will go a long way to beat that total this time around especially as Hereford, who lost out in 2016, brought with them almost 20,000 people. South Shields are selling the best at the moment with 9000 tickets snapped up as another north east invasion is planned. Shields of course face Cleethorpes, whose sales are nearly 2000 for the big day next month. So that means more tickets have gone for the Vase than the more senior Trophy competition but there is plenty of time for that to change. Macclesfield Town face National League opponents York City, who know a thing or two about winning at Wembley. Manager Gary Mills took them to the double in 2012. The post What’s the Wembley Ticket Total So Far? appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Cheadle Town In China

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hallmark Security League Division One club Cheadle Town will be jetting off to China in May to take part in four matches and, in turn, notch up their 100th overseas match since the club’s inception in 1961. The trip came about in collaboration with Steve Bellis – former commercial director of Stockport County – who is now director of a company called Kickworldwide, whose aim is to build, support and service grassroots football in countries without a sophisticated football development structure. Cheadle Town chairman Chris Davies has experienced every single trip abroad but is no less excited by the prospect of travelling to China: “Ever since 1963 – when the trips began – the club has continued to fulfil a tradition of playing football across the world because we understand that there is a lot to learn from playing teams of different nationalities who appreciate the beautiful game. “Over the years we have been honoured to meet some wonderful people including Brazilian star Jairzinho and the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Ghandi. We have also played in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and are the only UK-based club to play in Cuba.” The China trip will add another unique element in that Cheadle will be the first UK-based club to play in the Shaanxi province – considered to be one of the cradles of Chinese civilisation – as they will be playing in its capital Xian, one of the four great ancient capitals of China. In between matches they will be conducting activities in accordance to Kickworldwide’s ethos, such as providing training and coaching to local schools. The squad depart Manchester on Saturday 20th May for Beijing – making use of Hainan Airlines’ brand-new direct service – before moving on by high-speed train to Xian. The four matches will pit Cheadle against teams from China’s third and fourth tiers and the club expect to have the list of their opponents confirmed within the next couple of weeks. The squad have already met Peter Gao – the China Consultant for Kickworldwide – who will be acting as host and translator for the trip to sort out the necessary visa documents, as well as trying to pick up some key Mandarin phrases! The post Cheadle Town In China appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Regent Are Rising…But Their Chairman Is Frightened!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Terry Doherty chairman Brightlingsea Regent says the prospect of Ryman Premier football for his little club frightens him! Regent won the Ryman Division One North last weekend when they beat Romford last weekend. James Webster has guided his team to the title against the odds and few people expected the club to do as well as they did. They have secured yet another promotion – it was only 7 seasons ago they wee playing in the Essex & Suffolk Border League! Now they can look forward to some big games and their chairman is thrilled…if not a little scared! “I’m frightened,” Doherty said to the East Anglian Daily Times. “But I’m frightened at the start of every season! Some of the teams in the Ryman Premier are absolutely massive. It’s going to be brilliant playing against the likes of Dulwich Hamlet and Billericay Town home and away. “We will love it. The players will love it, the coaching staff will love it, and the fans will love it. “We’ll just do our best, like we do every season, and see what we can do. “Maybe we will surprise a few people too, who knows?” He added: “I never thought we’d make the Ryman Premier. “But then again, I never thought we’d make the Ryman North, the Thurlow Nunn Premier or the Thurlow Nunn First Division! “I’m massively proud. It’s been a huge journey so far, and it’s great to still have a core group of players who have been with us from the Border League days. “They’ve pushed us through under the brilliant guidance of James Webster, who has learned an awful lot growing through the leagues with us.” The post Regent Are Rising…But Their Chairman Is Frightened! appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Concord Chairman To Repay Fans After Home Thrashing

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Concord Rangers fans who witnessed their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Bath City on Saturday have been offered a refund by generous chairman Anthony Smith. The struggling Beach Boys have won just once in their last eight games and are six points above the relegation zone. The visitors blew Concord away in the first-half, racking up a 4-0 scoreline by half-time. Things did improve for the hosts in the second but Bath still added a fifth late on. Chairman Smith, who was abroad at the time of the game, was just as displeased as the Concord fans and has thoughtfully offered them free entry to their next home game on Easter Monday or their money back. I’ve watched football for over 35 years now, and the performance @ConcordRangers served up today was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. — Chris Clark (@Chrisclark1975) April 8, 2017   5-0 loss for @ConcordRangers, not good enough, not much else i can say really. Disappointed all round #YAMC — Alan Jessup-Peacock (@BullJet) April 8, 2017 The post Concord Chairman To Repay Fans After Home Thrashing appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Ground Fears Hit Quakers’ Promotion Bid

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

There are question marks today about Darlington’s participation in Vanarama National League North playoffs. The Quakers have released a statement after talk gathered pace that their stadium may not be fit for the step up. They moved back to Darlington in December, but there is debate about Blackwell Meadows’ certificate. Darlo are on track to finish in the playoffs, a point behind fourth placed Salford City and are level on points with Chorley and Stockport County. A club statement said didn’t deny there are problems but they confirmed they are waiting on the decision of the league. “The Board of Darlington are aware of rumours concerning whether Blackwell Meadows meets the grading requirements to allow the club to complete in the National League playoffs,” it read. “Discussions are continuing with the National League and fans will be informed as soon as a decision is taken by the League. “The club will make no further comment until then on any of its media outlets” The post Ground Fears Hit Quakers’ Promotion Bid appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Sub Anderson Makes It Advantage Lincoln

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday night`s games in the Vanarama National League at Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers were crucial with Easter just on the horizon. If the Imps won again, they would head into the busy weekend with a three-point lead and a game in hand, but a Tranmere win against the team immediately below them, Forest Green Rovers, would make it extremely interesting. In the end, Danny Cowley`s side march into the weekend with that three-point cushion after they had another 1-0 win – their third in four games – against out-of-form Chester FC at Sincil Bank, while Micky Mellon`s side suffered a hugely disappointing defeat by the same scoreline at Prenton Park against Forest Green. Lincoln, roared on by a vociferous crowd of close on 7,401, started well and in the opening half came close on several occasions, most notably through Nathan Arnold and then Elliott Whitehouse. However, the Imps were dealt a blow on the half-hour mark when their on-loan striker Lee Angol, who has made a big impact, limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, and he was replaced by Harry Anderson. And just 5 minutes after coming off the bench, Anderson gave Lincoln the lead when he turned a Sam Habergham pass past Alex Lynch. Despite coming into this game on the back of five defeats in seven matches, Chester made the home side work for the points, but lacked potency in attack. Both sides ended with ten-men, however. Lincoln were the first to be a man light when sub Alan Power was dismissed for a rash challenge on Luke George in the 75th minute. And then 2 minute into stoppage time, Kane Richards also earned a slightly earlier shower than the rest of his team-mates for a late tackle on Bradley Wood. Forest Green may mathematically still be in contention for the title, Mark Cooper`s side are realistically looking to finish third or even second to aid their play-off hopes. And their win at Prenton Park in front of 6,907 leaves them four points behind Tranmere and closer to being guaranteed a top five spot. The home side started confidently, as they should, having beaten Solihull Moors 9-0 on their last outing. But this time their finishing – so clinical last weekend – was lacking and two of their goalscoring heroes in that game, Connor Jennings and James Norwood, left their shooting boots at home. They did hit the bar in the opening half through Adam Buxton`s25-yard free-kick. But in the end they were punished when Kaiyne Woolery, on as a 58th minute substitute, popped up to smash the ball past Scott Davies with 4 minutes remaining. Macclesfield Town still reckon they can have a say in the top five race. Their 4-1 defeat by Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend looked to have blown their play-off chances, but a 3-0 win at the Moss Rose against Maidstone United gives them an outside chance going into the unpredictable Easter period. The Silkmen certainly got off to a great start when Rhys Browne put them ahead inside the opening minute with a drive past Lee Worgan from 18 yards. However, against a Stones side still not yet completely safe from the drop, Macc couldn`t put the game to bed. Indeed, they were indebted to keeper Craig Ross for a terrific double save from Joe Piggot and Yemi Odoubade to keep their noses in front. Two goals in the dying embers of the game secured the points for the hosts though. On 86 minutes Browne was brought down by Seth Nana Twumasi in the 18-yard-box with Danny Whitaker stepping up to double the lead from the penalty spot. Jack Mackreth made sure of the points 2 minutes later as he beat his defender to place his effort past Worgan. The post Sub Anderson Makes It Advantage Lincoln appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Joy For Battling Celtic – Disappointment For Harriers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Stalybridge Celtic looked dead and buried and looking certainties to join Altrincham in dropping out of the Vanarama National League North. However, a third successive win – and fourth game unbeaten – has given the Tamesiders a real chance. Stalybridge`s latest win on Tuesday night not only pulled them to within five points of the safety-mark, it also made visitors Kidderminster Harriers` chances of overhauling leaders AFC Fylde that much more unlikely with four games left and a six-point gap to make up. It was a tense affair on a difficult Bower Fold surface Dan Nti twice went close to breaking the deadlock for Harriers, while home keeper Grant Shenton saved well from a Ryan Croasdale effort. Adam Mather came closest for the home side, hammering a powerful shot just wide. But when the breakthrough did come, it was the hosts who grabbed it. And ironically, it was a former Harriers` player in Danny Pilkington who scored it in the 62nd minute. Harriers almost spoiled Celtic`s celebrations though in stoppage time when Joe Ironside`s header was superbly saved by Shenton. The post Joy For Battling Celtic – Disappointment For Harriers appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Dulwich Boster Play-Off Hopes – Leiston Held

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Two goals from Gavin Tomlin helped Dulwich Hamlet to a vital Tuesday night win at Merstham that lifted them to third place in the Ryman League Premier Division table with three games left to play. Dulwich made a bright start at Moatside and grabbed the lead in the 11th minute. Dumebi Dumaka was too strong for the defenders wide on the Dulwich right and he then cut in before squaring for Tomlin to fire home. Merstham came out for the second half with a positive approach and it took them less than 2 minutes to equalise. Good work from Dean McDonald saw him lay the ball off to Reece Hall who fired low past Phil Wilson’s right hand. Tomlin restored Dulwich’s lead on the hour-mark when a long ball forward was missed by two defenders and he cut in from the right before firing past Yannick Makiese on the angle. Just 4 minutes later Dulwich added a third. This time a corner was floated in and Marc Weatherstone arrived in front of Makiese to head in. Dulwich were now firmly in control and Merstham were unable to find a way back into the game. Therefore, it came as little surprise when Michael Chambers added a fourth with a header 10 minutes from time. Dulwich are now five points in front of sixth-placed Wingate & Finchley, while fourth-placed Leiston are only three ahead of the North London side after being held to a 2-2 draw by a still-not-quite safe Harrow Borough outfit at Victory Road. A goal from left back Andy Lomas 11 minutes from time denied Glenn Driver’s side three huge points. The home side had fought back from a half-time deficit to turn the game around with two neat finishes from Niko Muir-Merchant on 48 minutes and then Gareth Heath on 57 minutes but Harrow piled on the pressure and were rewarded with Lomas’ close range finish. Harrow led from the 7th minute, skipper Marc Charles-Smith capatilised on a slip in the home defence to confidently score. The post Dulwich Boster Play-Off Hopes – Leiston Held appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Moors Consolidate Second Spot

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday was a busy night in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division, with several vital games taking place ahead of the busy Easter period. Spennymoor Town consolidated second spot after winning 2-0 at Stormy Corner against already-relegated Skelmersdale United. The high-flying visitors couldn`t make the breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes, but took only 3 minutes of the second half to score, courtesy of Chris Mason. And a nervy victory was confirmed 2 minutes from time when Glen Taylor added the Moors` second. Spennymoor are now six points clear of a now sixth-placed Buxton side who lost 2-0 at Borough Park against fellow tip five chasers Workington AFC. The Reds moved to within a point of the Bucks in a top five race that looks like going right to the wire, thanks to goals from David Symington after 65 minutes and Josh Calvert 11 minutes from time. Whitby Town moved back into the top five at Buxton`s expense after winning 1-0 at a Mickleover Sports` side who had won their previous two games. The Seasiders left it very late – Dale Hopson`s goal coming in stoppage time at the end of the game. Grantham Town are level on points with Workington after a 2-1 win at Owen Street against Coalville Town. The Gingerbreads went in front on 25 minutes. Luke Shaw cut in on the left, squared the ball across the goal and Luther Wildin was there to slot home. Just before half-time, Massiah McDonald challenged Danny Meadows with his studs up leaving the referee little choice but to send the Ravens` striker off. The ten-man Coalville equalised on 51 minutes when Danny Jennofired home a free-kick. But on 65 minutes, the visitors were back in front, Lee Shaw setting up Jeremiah Dasalou to fire into the roof of the net. On 70 minutes, the Gingerbreads had the chance to go further in front when Lee Shaw was pulled down in the box, but Luke Shaw`s spot-kick ended up over the bar. At the other end of the table, Marine AFC picked up a point from a 1-1 draw at Dales Lane against mid-table Rushall Olympic. The Mariners are now eight points clear of the drop zone, with only nine points left to play for. They were in front after 18 minutes through Danny Mitchley. But the Pics earned a point with a Joe Hull leveller 11 minutes from time. Halesowen Town are safe after a goalless draw at already-doomed Ilkeston FC. Tuesday`s only game with little riding on it apart from pride and final placings saw Ashton United beat Stafford Rangers 2-1 at Hurst Cross with goals from Mark Lees after 38 minutes and Matty Chadwick on 55 minutes – Tyler Little replying 3 minutes from time. The post Moors Consolidate Second Spot appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Wabo Nets Crucial City Goal

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A third successive win has given Cambridge City a great chance of avoiding relegation from the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division. City made the journey to the Forest of Dean for the second time this season after their original game against already-relegated Cinderford Town had been abandoned in December. And they did what they had to do to move to within goal difference of fifth-bottom Kings Langley with three games remaining. What proved to be the only goal of the game came after just 4 minutes at Causeway when, following a corner, former Southend youngster Norman Wabo nipped in at the far post to score what could prove to be a crucial goal. The post Wabo Nets Crucial City Goal appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Walnut Boys Bolster Play-Off Hopes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kempston Rovers, looking for a second successive promotion, moved level on points with fifth-placed AFC Dunstable in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central on Tuesday night. The Walnut Boys won 3-0 at Chalfont St Peter to boost their play-off hopes ahead of the busy Easter period. It was goalless at the break, but the visitors broke the deadlock after 65 minutes with a Ben Shepherd effort. Well-travelled striker Jake Newman doubled their lead 7 minutes later and Ashley Fuller made the points safe with an 81st minute third. In Division One South & West on Tuesday night, champions Hereford FC topped the 100-point mark after a 2-1 win at the Loop Meadow Stadium against Didcot Town. A fine Ben Whitehead volley gave Didcot the lead in the 2nd minute. But Jamie Molynuex equalised just before half-time. John Mills scored from the penalty spot 2 minutes into the second half to earn the Bulls all three points. North Leigh won 2-1 at home against Yate Town, with George Seacole putting the Oxfordshire hosts ahead after 21 minutes. Eugene Keary eventually equalised 19 minutes from time, but Michael Hopkins won it for North Leigh from the penalty spot just 2 minutes later. It finished 3-3 at Testwood Park between AFC Totton and Bideford. However, the Devonians found themselves three-down by the 28th minute with goals from Harry Medway, Curtis Young and Sam Roberts. But Biddy made a great comeback to level through Chris McPhee after 61 minutes, Sean Downing 2 minutes from time and then Dan Western 3 minutes into stoppage time. The post Walnut Boys Bolster Play-Off Hopes appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Cables Blow For Dolly Blues

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lancaster City gave Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division leaders Farsley Celtic a massive boost on Tuesday night when the second-placed Dolly Blues were beaten 2-0 at Prescot Cables. It was goalless at the break at Valerie Park, but just 5 minutes after the restart, Dominic Marie gave Cables the lead. Bouyed by last weekend`s win, Prescot added a second after 63 minutes, courtesy of an unfortunate Jacob Gregory own goal. That leaves Farsley still in front by a point leading into the Easter programme. Clitheroe boosted their top five hopes with a 3-1 Lancashire derby win over Bamber Bridge at Shawbridge. A crowd of 419 saw Alex Newby give the Blues a 39th minute lead which he doubled 10 minutes into the second half. Newby then completed his hat-trick 3 minutes later, rendering Jamie Milligan`s 69th minute reply for Brig as just a consolation. Tueaday`s other game saw Radcliffe Borough end a run of four games without a win with a 3-0 Stainton Park success against Colwyn Bay. Dan Burns gave Boro a great start with a goal inside the opening minute. Lewis Reilly doubled the hosts` advantage 10 minutes later, and then Reilly eventually added a third with 10 minutes remaining. The post Cables Blow For Dolly Blues appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Advantage Shaw Lane As Witton Left Wondering

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A vital 1-0 win at home against second-placed Witton Albion gave Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South leaders Shaw Lane AFC a three-point lead going into Easter and their final three games of the season. It wasn`t a pretty game on a difficult surface, but this game was all about the result rather than the performance. However, what proved to be the only goal in front of a season`s best crowd of 608 came a minute into the second half when Jonathan Wafula took up Godwin Abadaki`s pass and lobbed the ball skilfully over Witton goalkeeper Calvin Hare. There were three other Tuesday matches involving the top end of the table. Third-placed Spalding United hosted fourth-placed Basford United at the Sir Halley Stewart Field and it ended goalles. Basford, who have played a game more than the teams above and below them, were left frustrated after playing against a Tulips` side who had only ten-men for the last 37 minutes. The Nottingham side will now have to rely on other sides doing them a favour. Stocksbridge Park Steels moved into the top five after damaging AFC Rushden & Diamonds` play-off chances at the Dog & Duck. In front of 449, the visitors, in a rich vein of form coming into the contest, took the lead in the 17th minute when a corner from the left found an unmarked Matthew Reay to head home from close range. And Steels doubled the lead in the 28th minute when Harrison Biggins won a free-kick before dispatching the set-piece into the bottom corner from 25 yards. Lincoln United moved level on points with Diamonds after winning 2-0 at the Lyme Valley Stadium against fellow contenders Newcastle Town, who are also on 64 points. Kallum Smith gave the visitors a crucial lead right on the stroke of half-time. And then Sean Wright added a second just shy of the hour-mark. The final three games of the season are going to be extremely interesting as six teams look like battling it out for two play-off spots. Tuesday`s other game, with little riding on it, saw an entertaining 4-4 draw at Stoke Lane between Carlton Town and Stamford AFC. In a six-goal first half Carlton took the lead three times, through Aaron Hooton, Kyle Stovell and a screamer from Josh Rae. Each time the visitors equalised through Jordan Smith twice and, sandwiched in between, another terrific effort from Jon Challinor. Stamford then took the lead through Challinor on 63 minutes but Alex Troke levelled for the Millers with a fantastic strike 14 minutes from time. Both sides had goals disallowed and Daniels` keeper Alex Brown made a stunning stop to deny Danny Elliott in the final minute of stoppage time at the end of the game. The post Advantage Shaw Lane As Witton Left Wondering appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Hednesford Latest To Launch Academy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Hednesford Town have announced the launch of a brand-new football academy. From September 2017 a new in-house academy, which will be located at Keys Park, will see the Pitmen working in partnership with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in order to produce and develop local footballing talent. Following the announcement, Hednesford`s general manager Carl Cooper said: “I am really excited about the academy coming to Keys Park and with the strong link we will gain with Wolverhampton Wanderers. “We already host Wolves Women matches here at the club and this will see more of a partnership developing between the two clubs. “Also, this will give us a chance to grow our own youth development locally with coaches and managers taking more of an involvement with the whole set-up.” This new academy will also give the club the chance for students from the Hednesford and Cannock area to attend an academy setup at Keys Park. First-team manager Gary Birch added: “I’m very excited at the prospect of having our very own academy based here at Keys Park. The academy will give students and budding young footballers the opportunity to gain valuable football experience and develop their football expertise over a period of two years. The course also offers the students to further their education with BTEC Sports Studies. “The students will have the opportunity to develop under FA qualified coaches and I’m really pleased to say that a partnership agreement between ourselves and Wolverhampton Wanderers has been agreed where they will provide support and qualified football coaches to lead this academy. “Here at Hednesford we pride ourselves on producing young talent through the ranks with the club having helped develop players like Ashley Williams, Elliot Durrell, Chris Clements, Jamey Osborne and most recently Cohen Bramall who moved to Arsenal in the January transfer window.” This new academy will build on the success of the under-19 academy, which has been run in conjunction with the BMET College, over the last twelve months – helping to provide the club with a number of players during the course of the current season. The post Hednesford Latest To Launch Academy appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Avenue Moving In The Right Direction

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bradford Park Avenue manager Mark Bower says his side are moving in the right direction following a goalless draw at home to FC United of Manchester on Saturday. The draw takes Avenue ten points clear of the Vanarama National League North drop zone with only four games left to play, although Aidan Chippendale squandered a great chance for the home side with 20 minutes of the game to go. “Obviously, Chippy has had a big chance at the end for us,” Bower said. “He’s done brilliantly to get on the end of it, tried to settle it down and then that touch at the end is just too big and allows their defender in. “But who’s to say they wouldn’t have gone down the other end and scored two themselves. “The big thing for us was the clean sheets, to get back-to-back clean sheets, we’ve not had too many this season. “We looked solid, we looked strong and we had the better chances, it was a performance that should have won us the game but it just wasn’t to be. “We take a lot of positives from it, we’re a bit further away from the bottom three than we were at three o’clock on Saturday afternoon, so we’re going in the right direction and we’ve just got to finish the job off now”. The post Avenue Moving In The Right Direction appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Basford Reveal Ambitious Ground Plans For 2017/18

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Basford United will go into 2017/18 with a vastly improved facility as improvements are well under way. High on the list of priorities will be a second stadia floodlight pitch and this will be achieved by Sept as the club will install a set of floodlights on the far pitch running alongside the main 3G. This will be a key project linked also too a complete rebuild of the current problematic training pitch that has been totally dug up and will be re-turfed as new high quality floodlit junior 11 v 11 pitch and training area for the new season. Chairman Chris Munroe outlines the thinking behind the projects: “The 3G has proved a fantastic investment and is completely full so it was extremely important to have additional high quality training and match facilities at the venue. The additional stadia floodlight pitch will enable our clubs to train on both grass and 3G and give our first-team and Community teams the opportunity to revert back to grass as and when needed, and provide opportunities for night friendlies and full scale grass training.” A key observation this season for United firsts and Community teams has been home form on the 3G has been absolutely brilliant, but may be away form has suffered by too much 3G based training and not enough provision for quality grass based training, the above will provide a balanced approach. A deal has been agreed with Notts County for sole use by their first-team of Basford`s current grass pitch three so it was important to create further quality pitches. The training pitch will also fill this need and will have a perimeter pitch barrier as well as the ability to host 11 v 11/ 9 v 9 and 7 v 7 grass games. Re-building of the pitches is not the only work currently taking place at the ground and running side by side is the new car park being constructed at the top end of the ground. Again, commenting, Munroe states: “The new car park has been designed to accommodate an additional 90 cars on a match day and in addition to the 80 we can get on our existing car park we feel a facility that can cover this amount of transport in the confines of the ground will take immense pressure off the local roads around the ground. The additional car park should be completed inside the next month and is well in progress.” The final project completed at the ground is a set of second storey buildings situated at the top end of the ground. These will create valuable office and college classroom space as well as three offices provided for management/press and secretarial purposes overlooking the fabulous 3G. Munroe stresses: “This should conclude all infrastructure projects for the next couple of years as the ground will be at a suitable standard up to National League standard, as the club seeks to continue its upwards progression”. The post Basford Reveal Ambitious Ground Plans For 2017/18 appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

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