BSP Basement Battle: The Holker Street View
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As Stockport County, Southport, Gateshead, Barrow, Nuneaton, Hyde, Alfreton, Tamworth and the Imps bid to avoid two relegation slots STMI takes a look at the Barrow perspective courtesy of Ralph Sheppard, chewing his nails to the quick in New Zealand.
A staggering 53 points could be needed for safety this season.
Thank you for reading Ralph Sheppard
HOLKER STREET NEWSLETTER 3087 – 9 APRIL 2013
Talking to BBC Radio Cumbria after the Mansfield game, Dave Bayliss
scratched his head about the penalty given to the visitors: “To be honest,
when the referee blew (for the penalty) I thought their lad was getting
booked for diving, I don’t know what I did in a former life as, both
penalties aside, we’ve now hit the woodwork seven times in seven games –
it’s ridiculous. We miss one to go ahead then he dives, scores the penalty
and it’s a huge task at 2-0 – it just sums up the season. People say that
when you’re at the bottom you don’t get the decisions and it’s true, that
one is really hard to take,” he continued. Our lads took it personally and
then lost their discipline for a short while after that too. It was a bad
decision but the other goals were avoidable as we’ve just given the ball
away cheaply. So in some ways, we’ve no one to blame but ourselves when you
do that and you miss a penalty. Still, I don’t know what I did in a former
life as both penalties aside, we’ve now hit the woodwork seven times in
seven games – it’s ridiculous.”
Dave Bayliss put down his book of Churchill speeches long enough to talk to
the Mail, and refusing to believe “Barrow AFC’s floundering bid for survival
is not a mission impossible following their latest spanking by Mansfield
Town:, he told the Mail: “I’ve never given up because we don’t need to give
up, we’ve got to keep going because there are points to be had and we
believe that if we keep playing the way we have done, but cut out the silly
mistakes which I’ve said 43 times this season, and do the basics well, then
we’ll win games. Nothing is mission impossible at this level because every
player in this League is a non-League footballer because for that reason
alone they’re not good enough to play in the Football League. That’s what
they’ve got to realise. The pitch is bobbly and bone hard and we’re still
trying to take extra touches when we don’t need to. You’ve got to make the
right decisions. Every player who was on the pitch on Saturday has got
ability, but it’s good decision-making that makes a footballer. We’ve just
got to do what we try and do every week, which is to go out and win a game.
That’s what we’ve got to do tomorrow. We’re under no illusions how hard it
will be (to stay up) but we’ll keep going and keep fighting. We’re all
disappointed but we’ve got to roll up our sleeves up and dig out a result
And I did like this on the excellent blog at http://www.twohundredpercent.net
“Finally, if you heard the sound of champagne corks popping at the weekend,
the chances are that these were either coming from the vicinity of
Gillingham or Chester. Gillingham’s 1-0 win against Torquay United – who
themselves remain in deep trouble at the other end of the table – was enough
to ensure their return to League One after an absence of three years, while
Chester made it three League titles in a row at the weekend in securing the
Blue Square Bet North championship. They will start next season in the Blue
Square Bet Premier, the same Division that the club’s forerunner, Chester
City, was in when it folded during the 2009/10 season. Proof, as if it were
needed, that getting the Vaughan family the hell away from The Deva Stadium
no matter what the short-term cost was definitely a price well worth
BSBP BASEMENT BATTLE – NINE CONTENDERS 53 POINTS NEEDED
By Neil Gentleman-Hobbs, from the Lincoln City blog at
Nine bid for BSBP salvation with Stockport County, Southport, Gateshead,
Barrow, Nuneaton, Hyde, Alfreton, Tamworth and the Imps scrambling for seven
lifeboats. Realistically two look set to join, all but down, Ebbsfleet
United and relegated AFC Telford United, with the next eight days seeing
some huge head-to-head confrontations. Incredibly, a herculean task of 53
points could be needed for safety this season.
The Road Ahead
This week is simply massive. Tuesday sees three head to heads involving the
nine plus the Imps game at Luton. A win for Barrow (at Alfreton) and
Nuneaton (at Gateshead) would put real pressure on the Imps (at Luton) and
Stockport would return to the drop zone. Poor Alfreton play Tamworth on
Thursday in another basement-battle that will see the loser sweating going
into the weekend. Stockport County will have to wait until Saturday to make
amends, with their Tuesday catch-up game next week at Gateshead.
Saturday sees Ebbsfleet play Telford in a game they could have done with two
weeks ago. The Imps play Tamworth, who could be tired from Thursday’s trip
to Alfreton, in a game that could yet be pivotal for both clubs futures.
Alfreton could have done without the trip to play-off bound Newport.
Nuneaton face Hyde in another key battle. Stockport will be well backed as
they seek to beat Dartford. Southport will not be relishing the trip to
big-spending Forest Green.
TUESDAY’S BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER PREVIEW
Mansfield Town could overtake Kidderminster Harriers at the top of the Blue
Square Bet Premier standings with a win on Tuesday night. With the Harriers,
who have played two games more than Paul Cox’s side, not in action until
Saturday, a victory over Macclesfield Town could propel Mansfield Town two
points clear with the season drawing to a close.
Only Harriers, Southport and the already relegated AFC Telford United have
played 44 matches with everyone else playing catch-up with midweek matches.
And while the Stags, on 86 points, have won all but one of their last 14
matches, the Silkmen, in eighth with 60 points, are without a win in their
last five outings.
Wrexham, meanwhile, in third and ten points adrift of second position, are
at home to 13th-placed Cambridge United. The Dragons will be looking cement
a play-off spot ahead of Newport County and Grimsby Town – who complete the
top-five teams in the Division. A run of poor form has seen Andy Morrell’s
side fall off the pace of late while the U’s have drawn their last three
ties with their last win coming seven games ago.
Elsewhere, Newport County host Braintree Town as Grimsby Town travel to
Dartford. One point behind Wrexham and without a defeat in their last five
matches, the Exiles will be mildly confident of their place in the
play-offs. The eleventh-placed Iron will provide stern if erratic test,
however, as a look at their results shows a team with three losses and three
victories from their last six games. The Mariners are a further two points
down the standings with the Darts in ninth on 59 points.
Forest Green Rovers, on 65 points in sixth place, have an outside chance of
making up the eight-point gap on Grimsby and will need a win over Hereford
United in seventh, who are on 63 points. Rovers lost 2-1 to Tamworth last
time out with their last win coming against Southport midway through March,
while the Bulls defeated Macclesfield 1-0 following a 5-2 defeat of
Moving down the table and Luton Town in twelfth, host 19th-placed Lincoln
City. The Hatters will have all but given up on promotion this season,
following four winless matches and a heavy 5-1 thrashing by Gateshead last
time out. The Imps, meanwhile, are very much fighting for survival, just two
points off the drop zone. They lost 3-0 to Harriers on Saturday after a 0-0
draw with Cambridge United.
And finally, 15th-placed Alfreton Town host 22nd-placed Barrow, Gateshead in
18th, face off against 21st-placed Nuneaton Town, while 14th-placed Hyde FC
host 23rd-placed Ebbsfleet United. The Reds lost 3-2 to Stockport in their
last match after a 2-0 defeat of Southport, while the Bluebirds, without a
win in four, were 4-0 losers to Mansfield this past weekend. The Tynesiders
followed up their 4-0 defeat by the Stags with a 5-1 victory over Luton as
Boro where held by Ebbsfleet last time out – while the Tigers lost 2-1 to
BARROW 0 MANSFIELD TOWN 4
Mansfield Town compounded Barrow AFC’s relegation woes with a 4-0 win to
ramp up the pressure on Kidderminster Harriers in the Blue Square Bet
Premier title race. The Stags remain a point behind league leaders Harriers,
who have 87, and with two games in hand should certainly fancy themselves
for automatic promotion. The Bluebirds, on the other end of the standings,
are 22nd on 46 points, three adrift of safety with three fixtures remaining
in the season.
Matt Green scored twice for the visitors, once from the penalty spot, in the
first half, before John Dempster and Lee Stevenson wrapped up the victory in
the second stanza. Even though it was all Mansfield with Green leading their
attack, the hosts had the first chance to score. Defender Luke Jones handled
the ball in the 18-yard area and Richie Baker stepped up to spot only for
Alan Marriott to deny him the opener. A minute later and Green found the
back of the net after receiving an excellent pass from Colin Daniel to
stroke the ball home from inside the area. Green troubled the Barrow defence
and was hastily brought down in the penalty box by Danny O’Donnell, giving
the referee no option but to point to the spot. The striker took the penalty
himself and made no mistake as Mansfield went into the half-time break two
goals to the good.
The Bluebirds’ defence watched Green closer in the second period and hardly
gave the striker room to move, while also catching him with the offside trap
when he was allowed space. Daniel too troubled the hosts and was fouled
outside the area, with the resultant free-kick from Adam Murray bringing
Town’s third goal as Dempster rose highest to meet the set-piece and make it
3-0. Baker tried to reduce the deficit but was again denied by Marriot, and
even though victory was assured, Stevenson scored in the 92nd minute to send
a stern warning to Kidderminster.
Barrow bookings: Hessey.
Mansfield bookings: Briscoe.
RELEGATION STILL REAL DANGER FOR ALFRETON AFTER RIVALS CLAIM A CRUCIAL
From The Derby Telegraph
Alfreton Town missed the chance to put more distance between themselves and
one of the clubs struggling below them in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Defeat by Stockport County at the Impact Arena was not enough for the
Hatters to jump above the Reds on the fringe of the drop zone but means that
Alfreton are still far from safe with four games left to play in the final
fortnight of the season.
MANSFIELD TOWN LOOKING TO TURN THE SCREW AFTER FINE WIN AT BARROW
From The Nottingham Post
Mansfield Town bounced back from seeing their winning streak brought to an
end with a comfortable 4-0 win away to Barrow. Having lost 2-1 at
third-placed Wrexham on Thursday night to see their 12-game winning run come
to an end, the Stags bounced back in fine style to see off the struggling
Cumbrian outfit. Two goals each from Matt Green, one a penalty, and Lee
Stevenson at Holker Street helped them to victory – while Alan Marriott also
saved a penalty from Richie Baker. The result meant they stay a point behind
leaders Kidderminster – with two games in hand – after Harriers also tasted
victory, 3-0 against Lincoln City.
Kidderminster only have two games left this season and can reach a maximum
points tally of 93. Paul Cox’s men, meanwhile, sit on 86 points and have
four games to play – meaning three wins will see them return to the Football
League thanks to automatic promotion as champions. The first of these four
games starts tomorrow night when they host Macclesfield Town – who have
nothing to play for in eighth – at the One Call Stadium (7.45pm). Trips to
mid-table Braintree and Hereford – who look to be out of contention in the
race for the play-offs – follow this before ending the season back on home
soil against the team that beat them last week, Wrexham. Two wins and a draw
from these four games could even be enough depending on goal difference –
which currently stands at plus 37 for both teams.
But with Kidderminster having to travel to Wrexham next Saturday, it is not
a foregone conclusion they will win away and also beat Stockport at home on
the last day of the season. Victory over Macclesfield will be Cox’s first
aim and that would send them top of the League – still with one game in
hand. Cox said: “Kiddy are still in the driving seat as they’re still top.
We’ve achieved nothing yet, but hopefully we can win our midweek game and
start to turn the screw.”
FURNESS FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE CENTRE (FFPC) FIXTURES
Thanks to Dan Myles
Tuesday 2 April Morecambe U11 3 FFPC U11 7
Thursday 4 April FFPC U15 2 Morecambe U15 4
Wednesday 10 April FFPC U13 v Morecambe U13, Holker Street, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 April FFPC U14 v Morecambe U14, Holker Street, 6.30pm
Wednesday 24 April FFPC U12 v Morecambe U12, Holker Street, 6.30pm
Wednesday 1 May Morecambe U16 v FFPC U16, Globe Arena, 6pm
BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Tuesday 9 April: Alfreton Town v Barrow, Dartford v Grimsby Town, Forest
Green Rovers v Hereford United, Gateshead v Nuneaton Town, Hyde FC v
Ebbsfleet United, Luton Town v Lincoln City, Mansfield Town v Macclesfield
Town, Newport County v Braintree Town, Wrexham v Cambridge United.
Thursday 11 April: Alfreton Town v Tamworth, Dartford v Braintree Town,
Newport County v Macclesfield Town.
Friday 12 April: Luton Town v Grimsby Town, 7.45pm (live on Premier Sports).
Saturday 13 April: Braintree Town v Mansfield Town, Cambridge United v
Barrow, Ebbsfleet United v AFC Telford United, Forest Green Rovers v
Southport, Hereford United v Gateshead, Lincoln City v Tamworth, Newport
County v Alfreton Town, Nuneaton Town v Hyde FC, Stockport County v
Dartford, Woking v Macclesfield Town, Wrexham v Kidderminster Harriers
(5.15pm – live on Premier Sports).
Tuesday 16 April: Ebbsfleet United v Tamworth, Forest Green Rovers v
Dartford, Gateshead v Stockport County, Hereford United v Mansfield Town,
Luton Town v Newport County (live on Premier Sports), Woking v Grimsby Town,
Wrexham v Braintree Town.
Thursday 18 April: Luton Town v Ebbsfleet United.
Saturday 20 April: AFC Telford United v Hereford United, Alfreton Town v
Forest Green Rovers, Barrow v Braintree Town, Dartford v Nuneaton Town,
Gateshead v Ebbsfleet United, Grimsby Town v Newport County, Hyde FC v
Lincoln City, Kidderminster Harriers v Stockport County, Macclesfield Town v
Cambridge United, Mansfield Town v Wrexham, Southport v Luton Town, Tamworth
v Woking (all games kick-off at 5.15pm).
BARROW’S RESULTS AND FIXTURES DURING APRIL
Monday 1 April Barrow 1 Hyde FC 1
Wednesday 3 April Barrow 1 Ebbsfleet United 1
Saturday 6 April Barrow 0 Mansfield Town 4
Tuesday 9 April Alfreton Town v Barrow
Saturday 13 April Cambridge United v Barrow
Saturday 20 April Barrow v Braintree Town
FAN POWER IS ALIVE AND KICKING – JUST ASK CHESTER FC
Saturday 6 April saw one of the most studied football turnarounds completed
in record time and I for one was delighted to see Chester FC “return” to the
Conference just three years after going out of business. Cast your mind back
to March 2010, Chester City, as was, were in the Conference, unable to
complete fixtures, fans were boycotting games which in my opinion is the
death knell for start.! At the same time, the club were financially wrecked
with players going on strike and the future looked non-existent. It was a
difficult time for a club that had realistically been struggling for 20
years since they left their Sealand Road ground, then had to play for two
seasons at Macclesfield Town’s Moss Rose ground, a 70-mile round-trip as the
crow flies. Yo-yoing between the Football League and Conference did not do
them too many favours, as perhaps people expected too much from a club and
read too much into their potential at a time when they should have
consolidated and built on what they had.
The club went out of business and had to start from scratch, a bunch of
die-hard supporters refused to let the game die in the town and hastily got
a collective of supporters, professionals, businessmen and ex-players alike
to get a team name registered and raise funds to get a club restarted again
but without the baggage of its previous regime. The club successfully
applied to the Evo-Stik League and was admitted to Step four, the Evo-Stik
League Division One North, featuring sides such as Lancaster City, Cammell
Laird, Clitheroe and others.
In a way they were lucky to get admitted to such a high level as most new
clubs would have to apply at Step six or lower, just as Wimbledon, Maidstone
and Aldershot did. They secured the lease of the former club’s ground, The
Deva Stadium and backed by a tremendous amount of goodwill and support the
club gained three successive titles.
The game this weekend which saw Chester win 1-0 at home against Boston at
the Deva Stadium was watched by 3685 people, higher than several League Two
home games that took place on the same day and shows what potential they
will bring to the Conference Premier. A total of 33 wins and an unbeaten run
of 30 games shows that Neil Young’s team will not be any pushovers either.
Whoever takes on the sponsorship of the Conference levels of football will
surely be rubbing their hands at the prospect of a Conference Premier that
looks just as strong, if not stronger than its League Two counterpart. The
progress through the Leagues was swift but effective, yes they swept all
before them, but they re-learned their trade and have made friends
throughout the non-League pyramid, not to mention boosting the coffers of
many clubs with much-needed away gate revenue. Last season when I was at
Marine FC, Chester fans came to the game at the Arriva Stadium, they were
respectful to the level of football that they were at, knew their football
and contributed to the club’s Floodlight fund collection and that effect was
probably similar at lots of clubs at that level.
For me though, the “return” of Chester to a high level of football shows a
lot more than a club being able to steamroller through Divisions on a
momentum of support and results, it shows eternal hope to fans of many clubs
who are struggling or out of touch, or just living on borrowed time. It
shows that however much a business or owner can get their hands into a club,
the power of a club’s support can ultimately decide whether a club lives or
dies. It provides credence to the belief that fan power still exists and
that whatever situation a club finds itself in, in this modern age of
football there is always hope. I’m not for one minute saying that fans of
clubs in severe trouble should start AFC clubs or abandon their own to
re-start for the sake of re-starting but it does show that fans of clubs
like Darlington 1883, Scarborough Athletic, AFC Halifax Town and so on are
not joking when they say that they will be back. Chester provide a prime
example of what a well run fan orientated and operated club can achieve.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
By Ash Hoskin, Barrow AFC assistant-manager, from the Barrow v Mansfield
Games don’t come any bigger than this afternoon’s match. Mansfield are
flying and have their sights on the Conference title and a place back in the
Football League. For us it is all about survival at this level.
We definitely owe them one for what happened at their place. Looking at
their match programme, they are strong from 1 to 30 and could select a
couple of very good sides. But the good thing is we tend to do better
against teams at the top of the table. Our great fans will be behind us and
we have got to put a shift in. The one thing me and Dave won’t put up with
is the lack of desire that we showed in the first half against Ebbsfleet on
Wednesday. We got bullied because they were a big team and we couldn’t cope
with the physical side of it. Without the great saves from Danny Hurst we
would have been thumped. But what hurt me and Dave most was that lack of
desire. The Ebbsfleet players had been on a bus for ten hours yet came out
of the traps flying. They wanted it more than us and when that happens in
football you have got to start asking questions.
Our supporters turned out again and I thought it was a great crowd
considering we had had a home game two days earlier. They were patient
waiting for the delayed kick-off – and then we put up that showing in the
first half. Totally unacceptable. I am not a shouter or a screamer, I like
to be more constructive over what we are not doing and what we can do to
make ourselves better. So at half-time I spoke about desire. If you get
beaten by a better footballing team, you have to hold your hand up. But it
is unacceptable when your failing is because of desire. We obviously felt
down in the dressing-room but we changed our shape and got amongst them. I
was pleased with the reaction. We came to grips with things and played a
Danny made a couple more good saves but Boyesy had two one-on-ones and the
keeper saved one and in the other his first touch let him down. On top of
that there were two or three scrambles in their box and at the end of the
day we could have finished with a win. Against Hyde I thought it was two
points dropped but the way the game with Ebbsfleet panned out, I thought it
was a point gained considering Danny made save after save. So we kick on
from here. Our fate is still in our hands and if we all pull together we
will finish clear of that bottom four. So some more of your great support
and encouragement please. Stick with us. and keep the faith.
AROUND THE PREMIER
By Phil Yelland, from the Barrow v Stockport County programme
There is plenty of news to catch up on from around the League since our last
AFC Telford: It’s all change in the hot-seat again at AFC Telford, manager
Mark Cooper resigned after just thirty days in charge to take up a post as
assistant to newly-appointed Swindon Town boss Kevin McDonald in League One.
Cooper’s tenure had not seen a win for the Shropshire side but performances
had improved. He will be replaced by former caretaker Graham Hyde, who is
likely to take charge for the rest of the season. Cooper’s last move when
with the club was to sign former Kilmarnock defender Simon Ford on loan from
title-chasing Grimsby Town for the rest of the season, Ford joined the
Mariners last summer from Chesterfield but has not appeared in the first
Alfreton Town: Boss Nicky Law faced a keeper crisis last month when
first-choice Phil Barnes picked up an injury. Law has therefore brought in
teenager Jordan Pickford on loan from Premiership Sunderland. Pickford has
performed at this level before as last season he spent a spell on loan with
Darlington and they fought for their very existence.
Braintree Town: The latest addition to Alan Devonshire’s squad is teenage
midfielder Steve Smith who has signed initially on a one-month loan from
Leicester City of the Championship. Smith can also play in central defence.
Cambridge United: It seems as if England “C” international goalkeeper
Jonathon Hedge’s time at Cambridge is coming to a close as manager Richard
Money has made it clear he is looking for either a new number one or cover
for Craig Ross. Hedge seems to have lost form and it seemed as if the
problem had been solved temporarily with a deal to bring in young Finnish
keeper Jesse Joronen from Premiership Fulham but that deal fell through when
the Finn indicated he was not prepared to start life with the U’s on the
bench. Striker Michael Gash has been loaned to title-chasing Kidderminster
Harriers until, the end of the season – that might yet become a permanent
move and as a result, Harriers striker Nathan Blissett, who signed a new
deal not long ago, has joined United on a one-month loan.
Forest Green Rovers: It’s a case of one in and one out for Rovers as they
continue their push for the play-offs. It’s a case of an old face returning
in experienced midfielder Lee Fowler after an absence of just over twelve
months. He left the club to join Fleetwood Town in their quest for the Blue
Square Bet Premier title last season and in the summer, he joined Doncaster
Rovers in League One. He has been loaned to Rovers for the rest of the
season. One player who will not feature again this season is striker Rhys
Styce. He has got seriously damaged knee ligaments and may be ruled out of
action for up to nine months.
Ebbsfleet United: The off-the-field challenges for the Kent side seem to be
continuing as membership of the club has dropped below 1000 for the first
time – when the ambitious fan-ownership scheme commenced several years ago,
they attracted 32,000 members. The challenge is how the club goes forward
with reports suggesting that there seem to be few potential investors and a
possible sale to the Supporters Trust at the stage of impasse.
Gateshead: It is going to be a very tough end to the season after the
decision was reached that their home ground the International Stadium would
not be fit to play again this season. They had arranged to play a number of
home games at the ground of Hartlepool United of League One, but last
Tuesday’s home game against Kidderminster Harriers was played at York, and
on Saturday, they entertained Hyde at Blyth Spartans Croft Park ground.
Whilst other games are scheduled for Hartlepool, there are three more games
which will need to be played elsewhere. Gateshead Thunder Rugby League club
are also affected by the pitch problems and they are to play their first
home game of the season at Hull KR’s ground!
Grimsby Town: The only change to the Mariners squad in recent weeks has seen
the departure of experienced defender Simon Ford. Ford had played virtually
no part since joining the club last summer and he has now joined AFC Telford
on loan for the rest of the season.
Hereford United: Boss Martin Foyle has added one player to his squad at this
stage by bringing in versatile Joe Connor on loan from League rivals
Stockport County. Connor returned to Stockport last season after a spell in
the USA and can play in central defence or attack.
Hyde FC: Tigers boss Scott McNiven is continuing to work with his young
squad to try to find consistency. His first new player is also a return of
an old face. Yong striker Danny Broadbent was allowed to join Mossley of the
Evo-Stik First Division North in late January but one-month on, he has left
Seel Park and returned to Ewen Fields. He scored on his return as a
substitute in the 5-1 defeat at Alfreton Town. The second signing is
experienced midfielder Jamie Milligan, who has spent most of his career with
Fleetwood Town, but has not been in the first-team picture recently. He
joins on loan from the League Two side for one month.
Kidderminster Harriers: Just one change to the Harriers squad in recent
weeks sees the arrival of the experienced striker Michael Gash who has also
played as this level for Ebbsfleet United and York City joining on loan for
the rest of the season. At the same time, young Harriers striker Nathan
Blissett has moved to Cambridge United on loan for a month to boost their
Lincoln City: The Red Imps battle for survival is to be spear-headed by
former Macclesfield Town boss Gary Simpson who has been appointed for the
rest of the season. Simpson has no experience at this level, but when he was
with Macclesfield, he was use to scrapping it out for Football League
survival. Simpson also had a spell as assistant manager of City in their
Football League days when the late Keith Alexander was their manager. One
player he will have available to help him is midfielder Jake Jones whose
loan from League One side Walsall has been extended for the rest of the
season. Simpson’s first signing for the club was experienced defender Nat
Brown who previously had a loan spell at Sincil Bank. He joins on loan again
from Macclesfield Town for the rest of the season. He has been joined at
Sincil Bank by Macclesfield colleague midfielder Tony Diagne who will also
be on loan for the rest of the season. One player leaving the Red Imps is
former skipper Gary Mills. He has been released having not appeared in the
first team this year due to injury.
Luton Town: If the departure of Paul Buckle as manager of the Hatters was a
surprise, the appointment of long-serving Dagenham & Redbridge manager John
Still to take over on a two-and-a-half year deal was even more of a
surprise. Still had been in charge at Victoria Road for over nine years and
having led the Daggers into the Football League, he managed to keep them
there on minimal resources and took them to League One for a season. Still’s
immediate aim looks to be to get Town into the play-offs and to do that they
will need to start scoring goals again. That may explain his first signing
as he has brought in the highly-rated twenty-two year-old striker Alex Wall
on loan from Maidenhead United of Blue Square Bet South on loan for the rest
of the season with a view to a permanent move. Teenage defender Jake Goodman
has also joined the club for the rest of the season on loan from Millwall of
Macclesfield Town: Boss Steve King has allowed one player to leave the club
on loan. Skipper Nat Brown who has been a regular all season has been
allowed to join one of his former clubs Lincoln City on loan for the rest of
the season. In addition, midfielder Tony Diagne has also joined Lincoln City
on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Newport County: The main news from the Welsh side comes from off the field.
The club have agreed a ten-year lease with landlords Newport Gwent Dragons
Rugby club which will allow them to play their home games at Rodney Parade
for the next ten years. I think that deal would allow then to enter the
Football League if they were to win promotion. The arrangement this season
has clearly worked well and better than their previous home ground Spytty
Park where waterlogging was a problem.
Nuneaton Town: Boss Kevin Wilkin has taken steps to stabilise his squad for
the rest of the season by extending the loan deals of two young players from
League One neighbours Coventry City for the rest of the season. They are
twenty year-old goalkeeper Lee Burge who was so impressive against us last
month and defender Aaron Phillips. Meanwhile striker Kyle Patterson has
returned from a loan spell with Blue Square Bet North side Worcester City
and has now been loaned to Hednesford Town who are chasing promotion from
the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Southport: There is a single new face in Liam Watson’s Southport squad but
the player has plenty of experience. Signing on non-contract terms is
midfielder Sean Clancy who was a member of the title-winning Fleetwood Town
squad last season. Over the summer Clancy joined Chester in Blue Square Bet
North, but having fallen out of favour, he was released before Christmas and
joined Kidderminster Harriers where his short spell included being sent-off
after coming on as a substitute.
Stockport County: There are two new young faces in the Stockport County
squad for the run in to the end of the season. The first is twenty year-old
midfielder Greg McDermott, son of former Liverpool, Newcastle United and
England midfielder Terry. He joins having previously been on the books of
Newcastle United. Another midfielder, Paul Marshall also joins following his
release by FC Halifax Town of Blue Square Bet North. At the same time,
former club skipper Joe Connor has been allowed to join League rivals
Hereford United on loan for a month.
Woking: Manager Gary Hill has added one new face to his squad with striker
Adam Francis joining on loan from Queen’s Park Rangers of the Premiership
for the rest of the season. Young Francis is the son of former England and
QPR star Gerry who recently completed a one-month loan with Staines in Blue
Square Bet South.
Wrexham: The Red Dragons player/boss Andy Morrell has signed two
battle-hardened veterans to help his squad for the League run-in and FA
Trophy Final. The first is thirty-seven year-old striker Dele Adebola who
has featured down the years for something like twenty senior clubs. Adebola
joined Rochdale of League Two last summer but his game time has been
restricted by the departure of manager John Coleman and the return to the
club as boss of Keith Hill. He will stay on loan for the rest of the season.
Defender Dave Artell was injured earlier in the season playing for
Northampton Town in League Two. He still lives near Wrexham and it has been
agreed he will join the Welsh side for a month, initially to gain fitness
and game time.
Barrow AFC, Wilkie Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5UW. Telephone and
fax +44 (0)1229 823061, Mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Barrow AFC home page: http://www.barrowafc.com
Barrow AFC unofficial home page: http://www.barrowafc.net
Barrow AFC statistics page: http://www.barrowfc.com
Another Barrow AFC site: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/furnessnet/index.htm
Barrow AFC blog: http://ascarisbrick.blogspot.com/
Bluebird Development Fund fundraising site: http://www.buy.at/bdf
BDF section on the club’s website: http://www.barrowafc.com/newsite/club/bdf.php
BDF contact email address: Mailto:email@example.com
National Supporters’ Club contact email address:
Furness Cavaliers: http://www.furnesscavaliers.co.uk
Askam United: http://www.askam-united.co.uk
Dalton United: http://www.daltonunited.co.uk
Furness Premier Football League:
The Evening Mail’s web site: http://www.nwemail.co.uk
The National Football Archive: http://www.enfa.co.uk
Lancashire Football Association: http://www.lancashirefa.com
Official Conference site: http://www.footballconference.co.uk
Conference grounds: http://www.footballgroundguide.com/conference/index.htm
Walney Island: http://www.walney-island.com and http://www.walneyisle.co.uk
Barrow Council’s events website: http://tinyurl.com/cqqxr6o
Official Barrow Rugby League site: http://www.barrowrlfc.com
BBC Radio Cumbria: North, east and west 95.6FM, south 96.1FM, Whitehaven and
Keswick 104.1FM, Kendal 95.2FM and Windermere 104.2 FM. AM; north 756 AM,
south 837 AM and west 1458 AM:
Live broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_radio_cumbria/
Barrow Sports Council: http://www.barrowsportscouncil.org.uk
Links to the above and other Barrow and Furness related sites:
The weather in Barrow: http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2070
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