Non-League News & Archive

One In – One Out At Bromley

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vanarama National League club Bromley have confirmed that David Martin has joined National League South side Margate on loan until the end of the season. Thirty-one-year old Martin will add pace to the Margate left side as they look to battle relegation. Martin started his career at Dartford before earning a move to Crystal Palace where he featured fourteen times before moving to Millwall where he played nearly 100 times before earning a move to Derby County with Nigel Clough. Three more seasons in the Football League ensued with various clubs before Martin dropped back into non-League football in 2015 with Whitehawk before signing for Bromley at the beginning of this season. The midfielder will see out the remainder of his contract at the south coast club. Meanwhile, Shane McLoughlin has joined on loan from Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town for the remainder of the season. The 20-year-old striker will be eligible for selection on Saturday. The post One In – One Out At Bromley appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Logan Joins Shaymen – Baldwin Departs

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vanarama National League North club FC Halifax Town have signed midfielder Joel Logan on loan from National League side Guiseley AFC until the end of the season. Logan came through the youth ranks at Rochdale and has had loan spells at Stalybridge Celtic, Southport and Wrexham. The 22-year-old will be in the squad for the trip to FC United of Manchester on Saturday. Meanwhile, Town youngster Isaac Baldwin has joined Evo-Stik Norterh Premier League Premier Division play-off chasers Spennymoor Town on loan until the end of the season. The post Logan Joins Shaymen – Baldwin Departs appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Reds Borrow Forest`s Young Keeper

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vanarama National League North club Alfreton Town have signed goalkeeper Jordan Wright from Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest until the end of the season. The 18-year-old shot-stopper joins Alfreton after regularly featuring for Forest`s under-18 side this season. He also played in Forest`s under-23`s 2-0 win over Bristol City on Monday evening. Wright is available for immediate selection as the Reds head to Gloucester City on Saturday. The post Reds Borrow Forest`s Young Keeper appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Preece Bolsters Port Squad Ahead Of Run-In

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vanarama National League club Southport have added midfielder Spencer Myers on loan from Sky Bet League One neighbours Fleetwood Town for the remainder of the season. Myers, 19, joined Fleetwood from Everton’s youth set-up and heads to Southport to continue his development. He joins earlier recruit, goalkeeper Chris Cheetham, at the Merseyside Community Stadium. Manager Andy Preece has also signed youth team players Matt Lavelle and Sam Grimshaw on National League registration forms as well as under-21 player Ben Fouldes, who will train with the first-team and aim for game time on a non-contract basis. The post Preece Bolsters Port Squad Ahead Of Run-In appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Shots Borrow Scottish Under-21 Defender

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vanarama National League club Aldershot Town have signed Scottish under-21 international defender Dominic Hyam on loan from Sky Bet Championship side Reading until the end of the season. The 21-year-old has previously enjoyed loan spells at Hemel Hempstead Town and Basingstoke Town in National League South, and last season also made sixteen appearances in League Two with Dagenham & Redbridge. In August 2016, Hyam began a further three-month loan spell with Portsmouth, before playing for the Royals in their Checkatrade Trophy tie against Yeovil Town in January. Born in Leuchars in Fife, Hyam has won five caps for the Scotland under-21 side, and in 2013 was part of the Reading team which reached the Premier Academy League final. He signed an extension to his professional contract at the Madejski Stadium in May 2016. Hyam is available for selection as The Shots travel to Macclesfield Town on Saturday. The post Shots Borrow Scottish Under-21 Defender appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Shrews Keeper Extends Bucks Stay

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Young Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Callum Burton has extended his loan spell with Vanarama National League North club AFC Telford United until the end of the season. Burton has been on loan with the Bucks for the last month, featuring five times and will now stay with them for their remaining eight games of the season. Despite Telford struggling in the league, Burton has enjoyed his spell so far and was pleased to have extended the deal. “I’ve loved it since I’ve been there”, Burton said. “It’s probably the best dressing room I’ve been in for a loan spell so far. I’ve come in, the lads have been really welcoming and I think it’s shown with some of the performances on the pitch. “It’s the first loan that I’ve been extended on, so that means a hell of a lot to me and it means that the management and the club have a lot of faith in me. That’s a big plus for me and hopefully I can push on and help the team.” Burton has been impressed by the set up at Telford and believes that the relationship between the two clubs is a good one. “It’s a club that I’ve always had an eye on because whenever I’ve been told that I can go on loan it’s a club that I’ve looked at”, said Burton. “As soon as I heard that they wanted me I was very eager to get out there and go and play games because ultimately it’s close for our staff to come and watch and the two clubs have got a good link now, which is building. “It’s great still having the training here, but obviously I train with them on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s as well, so it gives me the best of both worlds, because training with the team you are playing with is important because ultimately you want to know how they play and what the team ethos is about”. The post Shrews Keeper Extends Bucks Stay appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Blades Striker Loaned to Tynesiders

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Striker Jake Wright has joined Vanarama National League club Gateshead on loan from Sky Bet League One side Sheffield United for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old marksman struck once in seven appearances for York City earlier this season, until being recalled by his parent club in September. Wright’s debut for York was ironically made during their 6-1 defeat to Gateshead at the International Stadium. He’s since had a short loan spell at relegation-threatened Southport – and netted once in a couple of games at the Merseyside Community Stadium. The post Blades Striker Loaned to Tynesiders appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Holker Street Gains It’s Grading , Now Barrow Just Need To Reach The Top Five

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Barrow supporters and staff are breathing a sigh of relief after being given the green light to compete in the Vanarama National League playoffs. There were worries that Holker Street would not gain the grading needed for eligibilty to enter the Football League. But in a statement tonight it seems the Bluebirds worries are now at an end. “Barrow AFC can confirm that following an assessment this week the certified capacity of the Furness Building Society Stadium has been increased beyond the 5000 that is necessary to qualify for promotion to the Football League,” it read. “National League recommended qualified ground safety assessor John Newsham assessed the ground on Tuesday prior to our game against Wrexham and his report added an extra 600 to the grounds capacity. “This means that we will be eligible for the Vanarama National League play offs and promotion to League 2 should we achieve this, without any additional work being needed. “The club would like to thank all parties involved, as well as supporters for their patience and support on this matter.” The post Holker Street Gains It’s Grading , Now Barrow Just Need To Reach The Top Five appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Rose Stays – Muskwe Joins City From Millers

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Defender Tom Rose has extended his loan with Vanarama National League North club Worcester City from Sky Bet Championship side Rotherham United for a further month. The young professional will now remain with City until the end of their campaign, after joining the side during last month. Rose (below) has previously enjoyed loan spells with Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South sides Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels this season. football City have also taken Kuda Muskwe on loan from the Millers until April 29th. The 19-year-old striker has worked his way through the academy structure after initially signing for the club as an under 16. He was handed his first pro deal in December 2015 and has had several loan spells in non-League football with Stocksbridge, Grantham Town, Frickley Athletic and, most recently, City`s league rivals Harrogate Town. The post Rose Stays – Muskwe Joins City From Millers appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Darts Sign Former Keeper

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vanarama National League South play-off contenders Dartford have bolstered their squad by bringing back experienced former goalkeeper Louis Wells on dual registration. Thirty-five-year-old Wells re-joined Ryman League Premier Division side Leatherhead in December after a second spell with Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division outfit Hayes & Yeading United, who he had signed for from the Tanners in the summer of 2016. Wells played for pre-merger Hayes FC during 2005/06 before moving on to play for Aldershot Town, Maidenhead United, Uxbridge, Staines Town, Dartford and Basingstoke Town. The post Darts Sign Former Keeper appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Former Port Boss And Wrexham Ace Bishop Joins Celtic

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vanarama National League North relegation battlers Stalybridge Celtic have signed former Southport player-manager Andy Bishop. The former England C international striker started his career in the youth team at Walsall, taking loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale and Yeovil Town. He was released by Walsall in 2004 and joined York City where he stayed for two seasons before signing for Bury where he went on to make 236 appearances scoring 69 goals in League One and League Two. Following this he enjoyed a successful spell at Wrexham and was player-manager of National League club Southport before losing his post and joining Hyde in September 2016. Stalybridge have also signed striker or midfielder in Liam Tongue on dual terms with Hallmark Security League side Cheadle Town. Tongue (below) is a talented player who is in his second spell with Cheadle. He began his playing days with Manchester League club Stockport Georgians before joining Cheadle for the first time. He was snapped up by Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North side Mossley AFC in March 2016 but re-joined Cheadle last summer and has scored 7 goals this season to date. The post Former Port Boss And Wrexham Ace Bishop Joins Celtic appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Bognor Regis’ Darin Is Fighting On Two Fronts

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Teacher, master, manager. Darin Killpatrick is loving his busy little football life. He’s Bognor Regis’ first team coach as well as taking charge of the English Colleges, who have just given “a good account of themselves” over in Italy. The Roma Caput Mundi tournament showcases top under-18 talent and he was a proud man despite two losses. Killpatrick, a former Rocks player, is head of coaching at Chichester College and although England only won one he is a happy man. “We lost 2-0 to Italy and eventual winners Albania, but we did beat Malta 3-1,” he said. “The standard was outstanding. I am extremely honoured and proud to manage and coach the England Colleges under-18s and this was a brilliant experience. “This is my second year at the helm now and I love seeing the progression from the players, especially from game one to game three in the tournament. “I am not just about building better technical and tactical players, for me it is about the whole picture, using the FA four-corner model and new DNA structure to progress and produce our players. “The ECFA College programmes are an outstanding stepping-stone into the Football League and Non-League careers.” The post Bognor Regis’ Darin Is Fighting On Two Fronts appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Shepherd Becomes A Loan Wasp

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Defender Jimmy Shepherd has joined Ryman League Division One South club East Grinstead Town on a month`s loan from Vanarama National League side Dagenham & Redbridge. Shepherd will remain with the Wasps until Saturday 22nd April. The defender has had loan spells at Egham Town, Billericay Town and Whitehawk so far this season, making a total of sixteen appearances. The post Shepherd Becomes A Loan Wasp appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Lost For Words. Well, Almost. Southport Boss Preece Takes A Swipe At Defence

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Andy Preece hit out at his side after throwing a way a 3-1 lead to lose at York City which effectively ends their chances of remaining in the Vanarama National League.  “The three points were in our hands and we let them slip away,” he said following the 5-3 loss, a result which keeps Southport bottom of the table. “We are just not strong enough at set plays, individually and collectively. We don’t take responsibly, we don’t say ‘over our dead body’ and that’s not good enough,” he fumed. Preece, who replaced Steve Burr earlier in the season, was upset his team didn’t go in 3-1 ahead at half-time. “We have to go in 3-1 up at half time but we didn’t, we gave them a goal. It gave them a chance and we have found a way of losing the game. We have got to be stronger. “We have got to overcome the problems we face. Scoring three goals and losing games is a recipe for disaster. “We continue to ship goals, it’s been the story of the season and we’ve not addressed it.” Preece added that he won’t give up the fight for survival until it is mathematically impossible to stave of Vanarama National League North football next season. “They had numerous free headers and they didn’t defend well enough. Every ball that has come into our box we haven’t dealt with – we have to be bigger, braver and stronger. The post Lost For Words. Well, Almost. Southport Boss Preece Takes A Swipe At Defence appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

‘We’re Just Focusing On One Team, And That’s Us’ Mapgies Have Eyes Only For Themselves

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Maidenhead can only focus on themselves as the Vanarama National League South title rivals continue to trade blows. They thrashed Oxford 6-1 yesterday evening but Ebbsfleet United went one better as they destroyed Bishops Stortford 8-0! Only a point separates the pair as everyone wonders which will be the first club to crack. Maidenhead though know if they win all their games they will be champions and David Tarpey, their top scorer, believes there is even more to come. “We’ve got to just focus on what we’re doing,” he said. “It’s a cliché but we can’t become distracted. “We’re full of confidence and we can keep playing like this and better. We’re right in it.” Not just praise for his team mates but also for his club’s supporters. “We were getting a couple of hundred a year or so ago,” he said. “We got over 1,000 on a Tuesday night against Oxford City and that’s brilliant. “They’re backing us the whole way, they’re outstanding and make all the difference.” The 38 goal marksmen is expecting a Bishops Stortford backlash on Saturday when they go to Hertfordshire. He says it was be “a totally different game” to what Ebbsfleet had last night. The post ‘We’re Just Focusing On One Team, And That’s Us’ Mapgies Have Eyes Only For Themselves appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Gladiators Told “Don`t Be Too Disheartened”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

“Don’t be too downhearted” is the message from joint boss Glenn Kirkwood after seeing his Matlock Town side lose at both Ashton United and Spennymoor Town this week, defeats which now makes them look long shots for a play-off spot in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division. The Gladiators were second best in a 1-0 defeat at Ashton on Saturday and for the first 45 minutes in County Durham on Tuesday when they found themselves virtually out of the game, 3-0 down at half-time. After a disastrous opening half when it looked as if Matlock would be on the end of a thrashing, encouragement came in the way they rallied to net twice and push hard for an equaliser in a vastly improved showing. Kirkwood said: “Recent form suggests the play-offs won’t happen but we want to win every game. While it’s still mathematically possible, we’ll keep fighting. If Craig Hopkins and me could resolve things just like that then we wouldn’t be managing in the NPL. “We’re very disappointed, in fact it’s been our toughest week since we took over. At the start of the season we never thought of the play-offs, but those hopes came about through our fans and the way we’d performed earlierin the season.” Kirkwood added that Matlock had faced two very good teams in Ashton and Spennymoor. It’s Ashton again on Saturday at the DCJ Group Arena, with the Robins being in confident mood following an astonishing 10-1 win at bottom markers Skelmersdale United on Tuesday night. “We’d been brilliant against Stafford, and at Ashton we did well for 20 minutes but stopped playing. Ashton then had their tails up and we made things very difficult for ourselves, it was an off-day for us. Ashton make good decisions in good areas and are a good side. Spennymoor, make no mistake, are a top, top side and WILL make the play-offs. But we didn’t defend and play well enough as a team, you have to compete else there’s no point in turning up. The preparation didn’t help but that’s not an excuse, the slope there’s a massive advantage and having it with us after half time saw us build up some steam. We looked dangerous but then the experience Spennymoor have got them over the line by killing the game. We live to fight another day, we want to put one over Ashton and show them the real Matlock.” Curtis Morrison, who has seen his loan from Chesterfield extended until the end of the season and Jamie Yates, came on as substitutes at Spennymoor and were praised by Kirkwood: “That was more like the Curtis we know and you could see just how much good getting games at AFC Mansfield had done Jamie. He put over more good balls in that short spell than we as a team had done in the previous two games.” Knee injuries continue to trouble Adam Yates and Ted Cribley and they could miss out again at the weekend, so it looks as if Jamie Yates could be back in Matlock colours against Ashton and at second-placed Nantwich Town on Tuesday. “On the whole, recent games have been disappointing but if you’d have asked me and said we’d be three points off a play-off spot with eight games to play, plus having a cup final to look forward to, I know we’d have accepted it at the start of the season as would people behind the scenes and a good number of our supporters. We want to win every game, but that isn’t always possible as everyone has a bad run at some point or other. We’ll keep on trying but don’t be disheartened. These lads have worked so hard for 38/39 weeks and we don’t want that work to be wasted,” said Kirkwood. “But if we finish in the top five all well and good and that would be brilliant. We need to remain positive, there’s no need for any negativity, there’s still 24 points to play for and a cup final”. (Ian Richardson) The post Gladiators Told “Don`t Be Too Disheartened” appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Hatters Youngster Loaned to Dunstable

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Young striker James Verney has joined Evo-Stik League Southern Premier League club Dunstable Town on loan from Sky Bet League Two neighbours Luton Town until the end of the season. The forward was on a `work experience` loan with Dunstable`s league rivals King’s Langley, but that has been cancelled in order for him to join the Blues, who also have fellow Town loanee, Harry Bean in their ranks. The post Hatters Youngster Loaned to Dunstable appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Ducks To Groundshare At Chesham

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Details have been agreed for Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Aylesbury United to groundshare with Southern Premier Division Chesham United at The Meadow for next season, with an optional extra year extension. In making the announcement, chairman Brian McCarthy said: “It was a difficult decision to make as we know that it will have implications on our ability to field a reserve side in the South Midlands League next season. However, we are keen to be able to help our neighbours to secure their future and, unfortunate as it is, there is a reality that financing a football club at this level is not getting any easier and the Board has had to look at the financial opportunity that the groundshare offers to not only help to secure our own immediate future, but help with our ambitions of pushing for promotion next season. “It is of paramount importance to us as a club that we continue to provide the facility to play football to as many players as possible in the area and we will be working with the management to ensure that relationships continue to develop between both the youth section and the academy. “I fully understand that these seem like turbulent times for the club, but it is a real positive that we are getting ourselves in shape, and dealing with issues, at the tail end of this season to ensure that we go into the close season with a clear vision of hopes and ambitions for the season ahead”. The post Ducks To Groundshare At Chesham appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Greens Forward Earns International Call-Up

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ryman League Premier Division club Hendon have announced that forward Marcel Barrington has earned an international call-up to play for Guyana. He is in the squad to play in a friendly against Martinique on 28th March. Barrington signed for the Greens in January 2017 from Tooting & Mitcham United. He began his career with Stoke City, and had a spell on loan at Harrow Borough. Then he moved to Leicester City with loan spells at Nuneaton Town and Bishop’s Stortford and also appeared for Walton Casuals and Margate. Should he take part in the game, it’ll be his fourth cap for his country, having scored twice in the three appearances he’s made so far. The post Greens Forward Earns International Call-Up appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

Portugese Winger Joins Rovers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vanarama National League promotion-chasers Tranmere Rovers have today signed Portuguese winger Érico Sousa on a contract which runs until the end of the season. The 22-year-old arrives at Prenton Park from Sky Bet League Two side Accrington Stanley where registration issues have meant he has been unable to feature for John Coleman’s side after joining in February. The wide man began his career in the youth ranks at Barnsley and last season featured thirty times in the top flight in Slovenia with NK Celje before returning to England. Manager Micky Mellon said of the signing: “Érico has trained with us for a few days and has shown plenty of promise. “He’s a player I’ve known from my time at Barnsley and has good pace so will add something to the squad we already have here. “With the injuries to Ben Tollitt and Jake Kirby we have been short of wide options, so Érico will boost us in that department as will the return of Jack Dunn following his lay-off. “I’m grateful to the fans for the financial backing they’ve given us which has allowed this deal to happen”. The post Portugese Winger Joins Rovers appeared first on Pitchero Non-League. read more

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