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Boss Rawlinson proud of Skegness Town players despite play-off final pain

30 Apr 2024  |  LincolnshireWorld
Skegness Town's manager, Chris Rawlinson, expressed pride in his team's effort despite a heavy 7-0 defeat to Loughborough in the UCL Premier North final. He commended Loughborough's quality and likened them to a Football League academy side. Rawlinson remains optimistic about the upcoming United Counties League Cup Final against Wellingborough Town, champions of the Premier South. He reflects on Skegness Town's successful season and the support from the town, hoping to bring joy to the supporters and everyone involved with the club.

Fans to gain free entry to Hucknall Town's final game

05 Apr 2024  |  Hucknall Dispatch
Hucknall Town Football Club has confirmed their place in the UCL Premier North for the next season and is offering free entry to their final game against Boston Town. The club is asking supporters to consider donating to a charity, which will be announced later. The club acknowledges the fans' support, especially during away matches, and Manager Reece Limbert expresses pride in being able to thank the fans for their loyalty.

Matlock Town Signs Experienced Midfielder Kemy Augustien

04 Apr 2024  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Matlock Town has signed 36-year-old midfielder Kemy Augustien, who is a Curacao international with Dutch origins. The article, written by Ian Richardson, details Augustien's extensive football career, which includes playing for clubs such as Willem II, AZ Alkmaar, Birmingham City, Swansea City, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion, Mickleover, Hednesford Town, and Kettering Town. Augustien has also represented the Netherlands in youth international matches and has 15 caps for Curacao since 2015. Matlock Town's manager Martin Carruthers believes Augustien's experience is a valuable addition to the team.

Matlock Town appoints Craig Elliott as new manager

04 Apr 2024  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Craig Elliott has been appointed as the new manager of Matlock Town, succeeding Paul Phillips. The announcement was made by the club's chairman, Jay Beaumont. Elliott, who has a respected reputation in non-league football, was previously managing Boston United until his dismissal in January 2022. He has a track record of success, including nearly leading Boston to the National League and reaching the second round of the FA Cup. Elliott's ambitions align with Matlock Town's, aiming for promotion to the National League North. He is familiar with the team and is eager to build on the existing foundations to achieve a sixth career promotion.

Matlock Town sign Doncaster Rovers attacking duo on loan

28 Feb 2024  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Matlock Town has signed attacking duo Jack Goodman and Tavonga Kulaya on loan from Doncaster Rovers. Manager Martin Carruthers expressed his delight with the signings, highlighting Goodman's goal-scoring abilities at the academy level and involvement with the first team, and Kulaya's pace and versatility. The new recruits are expected to provide a boost for the Gladiators in the latter part of the season, especially after the team's recent struggle for goals.

Skegness relish trip to league leaders

09 Jan 2024  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson is optimistic about his team's chances against UCL Premier North leaders Sherwood Colliery, citing their recent form of four wins in five games. Skegness is currently in a strong position for the play-offs, and Rawlinson believes that despite Sherwood's strengths, his team can play without pressure and potentially secure a positive result. He reflects on a recent 1-0 victory over Hucknall Town, acknowledging the effort of the ground staff and the deceptive strength of their opponent. Rawlinson praises his team's play and the decisive goal by Gary King, while noting the missed opportunities that could have widened the scoreline.

Matlock Town Squad Updates and New Signings as 2024 Schedule Begins

09 Jan 2024  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, the manager of Matlock Town, has been updating his team roster as they begin their 2024 fixtures. A recent game against Atherton Collieries was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and is rescheduled for the upcoming weekend. Matlock Town was set to play against Macclesfield FC on Tuesday, with the results unavailable at the time of the article's publication. The team has signed experienced striker Scott Boden, who has a history with Chesterfield and has played for various clubs throughout his career. Boden is expected to bring a wealth of experience to Matlock Town. Additionally, striker Karl Demidh has moved to Belper Town after a stint with Matlock Town that was hampered by injuries and illness.

Carruthers honest after Matlock Town defeat

03 Jan 2024  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, the manager of Matlock Town, expressed his disappointment after his team's 3-1 defeat at home to Stafford Rangers. Despite coming off a 1-0 win against Ilkeston Town, Matlock Town showed a lack of consistency and attitude, according to Carruthers. He criticized the team's performance as the worst home display since his tenure began, highlighting a lack of fight and desire. The article also mentions Matlock Town's upcoming matches against Atherton Collieries and Macclesfield FC, with Carruthers emphasizing the need for reflection and improvement if the team aims to reach the play-offs.

Skegness set to welcome Hucknall on back of good win

02 Jan 2024  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town is preparing to face Hucknall Town in an upcoming match, aiming to continue their successful streak from the previous year. Skegness Town's manager, Chris Rawlinson, emphasizes the importance of not underestimating Hucknall Town despite their current position at the bottom of the UCL Premier North standings. Skegness Town recently secured a win against Newark & Sherwood with goals from Dec Johnson and Gary King. Rawlinson highlights the team's depth and recent performance, with seven wins in their last nine games. The team looks forward to continued support in their next game and is taking the season one game at a time, with a future match against league leaders Sherwood Colliery on the horizon.

Skegness manager happy at progress

27 Dec 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Chris Rawlinson, the manager of Skegness Town, has expressed satisfaction with his team's performance this season, particularly after a rocky start. Despite early setbacks, including losses in the FA Cup and Vase, as well as in the league, the team has found form and is currently in a position to compete for the playoffs. Rawlinson praised the squad's commitment and the positive team spirit, acknowledging the hard work of everyone involved, from players to supporters. With the season at its halfway point, he emphasized the importance of maintaining humility and hard work to achieve the goals set at the season's outset.

Matlock Town boss frustrated by team's mentality in draw

23 Dec 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, manager of Matlock Town, expressed disappointment after his team's 1-1 draw with Morpeth Town. Despite Jonny Margetts scoring his 30th goal of the season, a deflected equalizer from Andrew Johnson and a mistake by goalkeeper Saul Deeney prevented Matlock from securing a win. Carruthers highlighted the team's recurring issue with maintaining a lead and their mental approach to the game. He mentioned a team meeting about mentality and the importance of attention to detail. Carruthers set a challenge for the team to earn ten points from four games, with the next match against Ilkeston Town followed by hosting Stafford Rangers.

Crawley Town boss believes they'll have to be at their best to beat Mansfield Town

14 Dec 2023  |  chad.co.uk
Crawley Town manager Scott Lindsey is looking forward to the challenge of playing against Mansfield Town. He praised Mansfield, calling them a tough and experienced team with a skilled manager. Lindsey highlighted the importance of Crawley being at their best for the upcoming game, especially since they are close to the play-off places and have been performing well recently, winning five of their last seven games. He also mentioned that Mansfield hasn't played for about 17 days, which could either make them fresh or rusty for the match.

Crawley Town boss Scott Lindsey relishes challenge against Mansfield Town

14 Dec 2023  |  hucknalldispatch.co.uk
Crawley Town manager Scott Lindsey is looking forward to the upcoming match against Mansfield Town, acknowledging the challenge his team faces. He praised Mansfield's strength and experience, as well as their manager, and noted that Crawley must perform at their best to succeed. Despite Mansfield's 17-day break from play, Lindsey is hopeful that they might be rusty rather than refreshed. Crawley Town is currently close to the play-off positions, having won five of their last seven games, and Lindsey is confident in his team's form.

Horncastle Town's future hinges on local youth talent, says boss Liam Stephenson

11 Dec 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Liam Stephenson, the new first team manager of Horncastle Town, emphasizes the importance of nurturing young local talent for the future of the football club. Horncastle Town, known as the Wongers, relies on players from the immediate area, and Stephenson, having been a product of the club's youth system himself, understands the value of integrating young players into senior football. He highlights the need for early relationship building to ensure a smooth transition for juniors moving up. The club takes pride in developing young players and maintaining strong ties with the local community, which supports the club financially and culturally. Despite a recent 1-0 defeat at Appleby Frodingham Reserves, the focus remains on the club's connection to the town and its people.

​Rawlinson says points are crucial as Skegness face leaders

05 Dec 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Chris Rawlinson, the manager of Skegness Town, emphasizes the importance of earning points against top teams in the UCL Premier North as they prepare to face the league leaders, Sherwood Collieries. Skegness Town's recent match against Melton Town was postponed, giving the team a rest before their next game. Rawlinson scouted Sherwood Collieries during their first league defeat and noted their strengths. He acknowledges the need to secure points against top teams to maintain a competitive position in the league. Skegness Town is looking forward to the upcoming local derbies in December, aiming to solidify their spot in the play-off standings.

New Horncastle Town boss Liam Stephenson aims for consistency and identity

04 Dec 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Liam Stephenson is the new manager of Horncastle Town's first team, taking over after Andrew Cotton stepped down. Stephenson has a long history with the club, having started playing for them at the U12 level and managing various teams within the club. He emphasizes the importance of both a sense of identity and consistency for the team as they aim to improve their standing in the Lincolnshire Football League. Despite recent inconsistent performances, including a 5-1 loss to Ruston Sports and a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Stephenson is focused on creating a happy and successful team environment, noting that football is a hobby and the players are not paid.

Alfreton Town vs Walsall FA Cup Game Postponed Due to Frozen Pitch

02 Dec 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The FA Cup second-round tie between Alfreton Town and Walsall was postponed just minutes before kickoff due to the frozen pitch at the Impact Arena. Despite efforts to protect the pitch with covers throughout the week, the goalmouth areas were too hard to play on. Match officials delayed the decision in hopes of an improvement, but persistent sub-zero temperatures led to the postponement at around 12:20. A sell-out crowd was already present, and BBC TV coverage had started. A new date for the match has not been set, but Alfreton will still be part of the third-round draw, potentially facing a Premier League or Championship team if they win against Walsall. Walsall's manager, Mat Sadler, agreed with the decision, citing player safety concerns due to the hard surfaces.

Matlock Town Back to Winning Ways After Overcoming FC United of Manchester

27 Nov 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, the manager of Matlock Town, expressed his satisfaction after his team defeated FC United of Manchester. The victory at Broadhurst Park was significant as it followed two consecutive away losses. Karl Demidh was praised for scoring twice, especially since he was not fully fit, and Nathan Whitehead was also acknowledged for his goal. Despite the absence of top scorer Jonathan Margetts due to injury, the team managed to perform well. Carruthers highlighted the team's resilience, especially when under pressure in the second half of the game. The article also mentions upcoming matches for Matlock Town against Lancaster City and Whitby Town.

Derbyshire to face Yorkshire at Chesterfield again as Festival of Cricket returns

23 Nov 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The BRM Solicitors Chesterfield Festival of Cricket is set to return next year at Queen's Park in Chesterfield, featuring a series of matches between Derbyshire and Yorkshire. The festival will include both traditional first-class cricket and Vitality Blast matches. The highlight of the festival is expected to be the Vitality Blast game on July 7, which has historically seen high demand for tickets. Last year's County Championship match between the two counties ended in a thrilling victory for Yorkshire, with notable performances from Mark Watt, Haider Ali, and Leus du Plooy.

Skegness hit the top four with win

21 Nov 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Chris Rawlinson, the manager of Skegness Town, expressed satisfaction with his team's 2-1 victory over Newark & Sherwood United, despite not playing their best. The win, secured by Scott Floyd's two goals, placed Skegness fourth in the UCL Premier North standings. Rawlinson praised the ground staff for ensuring the match went ahead despite heavy rain and acknowledged the strength of the squad with returning players. He also looked ahead to upcoming matches, including a Lincolnshire Senior Trophy quarter-final against Bottesford Town and a league game against Deeping Rangers, emphasizing the importance of winning home games to maintain a strong position for promotion.

​Another win puts Skegness in top five

14 Nov 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness manager Chris Rawlinson expressed satisfaction with his team's performance after a 2-0 victory against Kimberley Miners Welfare. Goals from Scott Floyd and Gary King helped Skegness secure a position in the play-off places. Rawlinson praised the team's control of the game despite Kimberley's unexpected change in formation. He remains cautious ahead of the upcoming home game against Newark & Sherwood United, emphasizing the importance of winning home games to maintain their play-off spot. Skegness is also looking to strengthen their squad and is preparing for a cup match against Bottesford Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy quarter-final.

EFL announces winners of October’s Player and Manager of the Month awards

10 Nov 2023  |  chad.co.uk
The EFL has announced the winners of the October Player and Manager of the Month awards. Stockport County's manager, Dave Challinor, won the Manager of the Month award after leading his team to win all six fixtures in October with a 13-3 goal differential, despite the injury of striker Louie Barry. Salford City's striker, Matt Smith, was named Player of the Month, scoring eight goals and providing two assists in six games. Both Challinor and Smith acknowledged the collective effort of their teams in achieving these results. Sky Sports' EFL pundit Don Goodman praised both for their outstanding performances.

​Rawlinson praises patched up Skegness Town ahead of tough test

07 Nov 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town's manager Chris Rawlinson is preparing his team for an upcoming match against Kimberley Miners Welfare, following a recent 3-0 defeat to Lincoln United and a 2-1 League Cup victory over Aylestone Park. Despite the challenges faced, including injuries and a minor car accident involving some players, Rawlinson remains optimistic. He praised the team's performance, especially Scott Floyd, who scored two goals and was named man-of-the-match in the last game. Rawlinson acknowledges the difficulty of the league but is focused on winning the upcoming games to maintain their top five position and playoff aspirations.

Matlock Town's Manager Martin Carruthers Celebrates Victory Over Radcliffe

06 Nov 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, manager of Matlock Town, expressed his pride after his team's impressive 4-0 victory over league leaders Radcliffe. Striker Jonny Margetts was the standout performer, scoring all four goals and bringing his season total to 24. The win, which is Matlock Town's third in a row, brings them closer to the play-off spots, now just two points away. Carruthers highlighted the team's excellent performance, unity, work ethic, and intensity. Despite facing criticism from some fans in the past, Carruthers remains determined and believes in the potential of his team. Matlock Town is preparing for upcoming matches against Bradford (Park Avenue) and Hyde United, with Carruthers emphasizing the importance of work rate and the recent improvements in midfield and experience to enhance their away form.

Biggleswade Town player Jake Bunyan to have career-saving surgery funded by crowdfunding

02 Nov 2023  |  biggleswadetoday.co.uk
Jake Bunyan, a player for Biggleswade Town, is set to have a crucial ACL reconstruction surgery funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign. After suffering a torn ACL in a match, Bunyan faced a long wait on the NHS list. To expedite his surgery and potentially save his career, club sponsors Craig and Jenny Deans initiated a crowdfunding effort to raise £5,000, complementing an initial donation from the Football Association. The campaign reached its goal, allowing Bunyan to schedule his surgery for November 3rd. The support from the community has been overwhelming, and Bunyan expressed his gratitude, promising to update on his recovery. This case reflects a growing trend of using crowdfunding to support non-league players with medical needs.

​Boss Rawlinson thrilled after big Skegness Town victory

31 Oct 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Chris Rawlinson expressed satisfaction with Skegness Town's performance, especially in the first half, during their 5-2 victory over AFC Mansfield. The win extends Skegness Town's unbeaten streak to nine games, keeping their play-off hopes alive in the UCL Premier North. Rawlinson praised the team's strong morale and the ability to score goals, with nine in the last two games. Despite making four changes in the second half that disrupted the game's flow, he remains pleased with the squad's strength and unity. Skegness Town faced Lincoln United after this match and looks forward to playing Aylestone Park in the League Cup.

Martin Carruthers lauds Matlock Town's 'professional' performance in FA Trophy

30 Oct 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, the manager of Matlock Town, commended his team for a professional display after their victory against North Ferriby in the FA Trophy. The match, which ended goalless in the first half, saw Matlock Town secure three goals in the second half, with Anthony Dwyer scoring twice and Jonathan Margetts adding his 20th of the season. Carruthers highlighted the importance of the health of an individual who fell ill during the game over the result of the football match. He also mentioned the debut of Nathan Whitehead, who recently joined from Long Eaton. Matlock Town is set to face Curzon Ashton in the next round and will play against league leaders Radcliffe at the Proctor Cars Stadium.

Matlock Town FC Announces Partnership with Derby County Community Trust

27 Oct 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Matlock Town FC has formed a partnership with Derby County Community Trust to offer educational programmes combined with professional football coaching for post-16 students. This initiative comes as a response to the lack of post-16 educational options in Matlock since the closure of Matlock College over 35 years ago. The programmes will include BTEC qualifications and are set to begin in September 2024, catering to both male and female students. The Gladiators' chairman, Jay Beaumont, emphasized the opportunity to develop talent for various roles within the club. The courses will be hosted at Cavendish Fields Sports Association, which has invested in a new 3G playing surface. An open day for the Football and Education programme is scheduled for November 2 at the Proctor Cars Stadium.

Skegness Town Braces for Challenging Away Games Against AFC Mansfield and Lincoln United

24 Oct 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town, currently on an eight-game unbeaten streak in their league, are gearing up for two challenging away matches. They will first face 13th-placed AFC Mansfield on Saturday, followed by a match against promotion rivals Lincoln United the following Tuesday. Manager Chris Rawlinson expressed his hope that the team's recent break will have them rejuvenated for these crucial encounters. He acknowledged the difficulty of the upcoming games but remains optimistic, aiming for maximum points to maintain their strong position this season. Skegness Town's last match resulted in a 4-0 victory at Brigg Town, with notable performances from their strikers.

Skegness boss hails squad's togetherness

17 Oct 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson praised his team's unity after a 2-2 draw against Eastwood Community. The match saw Skegness come from behind twice, with Dec Johnson scoring both goals for his team. Rawlinson was satisfied with the performance, especially as Eastwood is considered a title contender. He highlighted the team's resilience, contrasting it with their past tendency to lose morale. Skegness is now eight games unbeaten in the league. They will next face Brigg Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy before a short break and subsequent matches against AFC Mansfield and Lincoln United.

New Mills announce management departure

11 Oct 2023  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
New Mills FC has announced the departure of their management team, Reece Brown and Melford Knight, after a series of disappointing league results. The duo had taken over from Dave Birch and Mike Norton at the beginning of September but failed to secure a league win, leaving New Mills at the bottom of the NWCFL Division One South. Despite a recent win in the Edward Case Cup, the club decided to make a change due to the poor league performance.

Leighton are going down to South Park after FA Trophy success

09 Oct 2023  |  leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk
Leighton Town FC advanced in the FA Trophy after a 3-0 victory over Boldmere St Michaels. The win in the third qualifying round set them up for a first-round match against South Park, a team from a higher league. The match is scheduled for October 28. Leighton's goals were scored by Seb Simpson, Finlay Brennan, and Charlie Pattison. The match also saw an injury to the referee, which caused a delay. Leighton Town is now focusing on their upcoming league game against Kings Langley, where they currently stand ninth in the SPL Division One Central standings.

Defensive woes lead to Matlock Town's downfall in 5-3 loss to Gainsborough Trinity

04 Oct 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Matlock Town suffered a 5-3 defeat against Gainsborough Trinity, with the loss largely attributed to poor defense, particularly from corners and individual errors. Despite being down by three goals within the first 20 minutes, Matlock showed some resilience in the second half, managing to score three goals. Jonny Margetts, Josh Barnes, and an own goal by Trinity's Dylan Cogill contributed to Matlock's tally. However, defensive lapses, including a mishandled back pass by goalkeeper Saul Deeney leading to a fifth goal for Trinity, sealed Matlock's fate. The team's inconsistency continues to be a concern for the remainder of the campaign.

Skegness boss Rawlinson happy with season so far

03 Oct 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Chris Rawlinson, the manager of Skegness Town, expressed satisfaction with his team's performance in the UCL Premier North, where they are currently in the play-off places. After ten league games, Skegness Town has achieved five wins and two draws, including a recent 2-1 victory against Ashby Ivanhoe. Rawlinson highlighted the competitiveness of the league and the importance of consistency. Despite early season disappointments, particularly in defense, the team has improved and is now on a seven-game unbeaten streak in the league. Rawlinson also mentioned the upcoming League Cup match against Radford and the need to avoid past mistakes like those made in the FA Vase.

Hemel Hempstead Town part company with manager Brad Quinton

03 Oct 2023  |  www.hemeltoday.co.uk
Brad Quinton has left his role as manager of Hemel Hempstead Town after a series of poor results. The club, which had been performing well before Christmas, has struggled recently, leading to Quinton's departure. The club expressed gratitude for Quinton's contributions, particularly in integrating youth players, and is now seeking a new management team. Hemel Hempstead Town FC aims to finish the season strong and will provide further updates on the new management in due course.

Derbyshire’s County Championship opener with Gloucestershire is washed out

02 Oct 2023  |  Derbyshire Times
The Vitality County Championship match between Derbyshire and Gloucestershire was abandoned without a ball bowled due to persistent rain, marking the first such occurrence at Derby since 1981. Both teams received eight points from the abandonment. Derbyshire's head of cricket, Mickey Arthur, and Gloucestershire's head coach, Mark Alleyne, expressed their frustration and disappointment. The teams are now preparing for their next fixtures, with Derbyshire facing Glamorgan in Cardiff and Gloucestershire hosting Yorkshire in Bristol.

Matlock boss Martin Carruthers targets midfield improvements after string of defeats

27 Sep 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Matlock manager Martin Carruthers is focused on strengthening his team's midfield after suffering three consecutive defeats. Despite the team's efforts, Carruthers pointed out the lack of experienced players in the midfield, particularly after a 2-0 loss to Worksop Town and a 4-2 defeat by Warrington Rylands. He acknowledged the need for improvement in the final third and from set pieces. Matlock previously defeated Marske 5-0, but Carruthers warns against complacency in the upcoming rematch. Additionally, Matlock is set to play a home game against Bedford Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy on October 7.

Matlock Town Suffers Defeat to Worksop

27 Sep 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Matlock Town faced another away defeat as they lost 2-0 to Worksop. The match saw Worksop dominate, but they only secured their win in the second-half stoppage time. Matlock struggled to create significant opportunities to challenge Worksop's defense. The game highlighted Matlock's midfield quality issues and lack of support for their strikers. Liam Hughes, a former Matlock player now with Worksop, scored his 50th goal for the club during the match. Despite several saves from Matlock's Saul Deeney, the team couldn't capitalize on the few chances they had, leaving them without points from the encounter.

Gainsborough Trinity appoints Russ Wilcox as new manager

19 Sep 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Gainsborough Trinity has announced Russ Wilcox as their new manager, succeeding Neal Bishop who departed after a defeat in the FA Cup. Wilcox, with a rich history as a player and manager, including stints at Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe United, York City, and Farsley Celtic, is set to take on the challenge at Trinity. CEO Matt Boles expressed the board's unanimous decision and enthusiasm for Wilcox's appointment, citing his experience and reputation. Wilcox himself is eager to start, emphasizing a results-driven approach and the importance of adaptability and getting the basics right for the team.

Boss ​Carruthers delighted by Matlock Town cup victory

06 Sep 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, the manager of Matlock Town, expressed his satisfaction after his team advanced in the FA Cup by defeating Gainsborough Trinity in a replay. The initial match ended in a 1-1 draw, but Matlock Town delivered a much-improved performance in the replay, overcoming a 2-1 deficit to score five goals. Carruthers highlighted the team's need to replicate their home form on the road and praised his players for their response and the quality of the goals scored. Matlock Town is preparing for their next game against Marske United, with Carruthers hoping to have injured players Nat Crofts, Sam Hooper, and the Chesterfield loanees back in training, although Robbie McNicholas will remain unavailable until the next FA Cup round.

Ilkeston Town appoints Ian Deakin as new manager

04 Sep 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Ilkeston Town has announced Ian Deakin as their new manager following the departure of Gary Hayward after a series of defeats, the latest being in the FA Cup against Mickleover. Deakin, who has had success with Long Eaton United by achieving two promotions, will be joined by Craig Swinscoe, Adam Campbell, and Ben Hutchinson as part of the coaching staff. The new team will lead their first match against Worksop Town in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. Deakin and Swinscoe are familiar faces at Ilkeston, having previously played and coached there, contributing to the club's past promotions. Hutchinson, a former striker for Middlesbrough and Celtic, and Campbell, a product of Mansfield Town Academy, have also worked with Deakin at Long Eaton.

From Killamarsh to World Cup champion? The career of England star Millie Bright

15 Aug 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The article discusses the journey of a female football player from Derbyshire who has risen through the ranks of local teams such as Killamarsh Dynamos and Sheffield United, to playing for Doncaster Belles, and ultimately becoming a star at Chelsea in the Women's Super League. Her success extends to playing for her country as well.

Skegness ‘have to stick together’ after tricky start

15 Aug 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Chris Rawlinson, the manager of Skegness Town, expressed his frustration with the team's start to the season, having lost all three of their UCL Premier North games. Despite the losses, he remains optimistic, citing a recent FA Cup victory against AFC Mansfield and an upcoming match against Sheffield FC. Rawlinson highlighted the team's challenges, including missed penalties and poor decisions, but emphasized the importance of unity and the potential to win the next three league games. Skegness Town is set to play Pinchbeck United and looks forward to the FA Cup tie at Sheffield, the world's oldest football club.

Boss in positive mood as Hucknall Town return to action

29 Jun 2023  |  hucknalldispatch.co.uk
Andy Ingle, the manager of Hucknall, is preparing to see his team play in a charity football match against a Notts Senior League representative team at the RM Stadium. The event is organized to support 'Butterfly', a Mansfield-based charity aiding victims of domestic violence. The match is scheduled for 3pm, following a noon game featuring the Yellows' reserve side. Ingle is using this opportunity to assess his squad, including new players, ahead of their return to step five football in the UCL Premier North. He mentioned potential new signings and highlighted the addition of players like Jon Jebbison, Niall Towle, and Louis Czerwak to the team.

​Derbyshire clubs to take their place in new Central Midlands Alliance

27 Jun 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The Central Midlands Alliance, a new football league, has been formed following the merger of the Central Midlands League and the Midlands Regional Alliance. The league's constitution and division allocations were confirmed at the AGM on Tuesday. The article lists the teams in the Premier Division North and South, Division One East and West, and Division Two, highlighting North and Mid-Derbyshire teams in bold. New clubs have been formed, including Chesterfield Youth, and the league is set to kick off next season. The article also mentions an ad-lite subscription offer for the Derbyshire Times.

Alfreton Town bolsters squad with two new signings ahead of National League North season

27 Jun 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Alfreton Town has signed two new players, Ryan Taylor and Declan Howe, in preparation for the upcoming National League North season. Ryan Taylor, an experienced striker, previously played for Grimsby Town and has a history with clubs such as Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle, Rotherham United, Bristol City, and Portsmouth. Declan Howe, a midfielder, has local Derbyshire football experience and has scored for Staveley Miners Welfare and Cleethorpes Town, ending the last season at Darlington. Both players expressed excitement about joining Alfreton Town, with Taylor looking to add experience and Howe eager to contribute to the club's success under the guidance of manager Billy Heath.

Skegness Town Gears Up for Pre-Season Friendly Against March Town

27 Jun 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town is set to play their first pre-season friendly match against March Town at the Vertigo Stadium, as part of their preparations for the upcoming United Counties League Premier North campaign. Manager Chris Rawlinson expressed satisfaction with the team's training and the retention and enhancement of their squad. The team has a series of challenging pre-season games lined up against higher-level teams, which Rawlinson believes will prepare them well for the league. The new season will see a change in promotion and relegation rules, with two teams from each division being promoted and only one team being relegated.

Harry Maguire set to leave Manchester United with Tottenham Hotspur interested

07 Jun 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Harry Maguire is anticipated to leave Manchester United due to difficulties maintaining a regular position on the team under manager Erik ten Hag. With a valuation of about £35 million, Maguire is on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur, where new boss Ange Posticoglou is reportedly interested in him. While Maguire is not actively seeking an exit from Manchester United, he is open to considering his options during the summer transfer window. Tottenham has been monitoring Maguire's situation and could make a move if a collective decision is made to pursue him. Harry Kane, a Tottenham striker and Maguire's England teammate, would likely welcome Maguire's transfer. Kane's own future is uncertain, with interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.

​Ilkeston Town sign ex-Kidderminster Harriers midfielder but two depart

06 Jun 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Jack Tolley, a 19-year-old footballer, has signed with Ilkeston after leaving Kidderminster Harriers, where he had a professional contract last season. Tolley had an impressive loan spell at Bromsgrove Sporting and previously came through the youth ranks at Shrewsbury Town. Ilkeston's player-boss Jamie Ward praised Tolley's qualities and mentioned that while they are not looking for further signings at the moment, they will consider new recruits during pre-season. The article also notes that Remaye Campbell and Olly Brown-Hill are leaving Ilkeston after failing to agree on new terms.

Ilkeston Town recruit experienced defender, ex-Sheffield Wednesday winger and former Watford, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers midfielder

30 May 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Ilkeston Town has recently made new additions to their team and coaching staff. They have signed defender James Hurst, winger Basile Zottos, and first team coach Lee Williamson. Hurst brings extensive experience from playing in the Premier League and lower leagues, while Williamson has both played and coached at high levels, including international experience with Jamaica. Zottos is a young player who has been part of Sheffield Wednesday's youth system. The team's player-boss Jamie Ward has expressed confidence in the new recruits, highlighting their versatility and footballing experience as valuable assets to the team.

Three more in the door at Alfreton including ex-Peterborough United, Port Vale and Notts County defender

30 May 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Alfreton Town has announced the signing of three new players: defender Kennedy Digie from Gloucester City, experienced defender Shaun Brisley, and forward Lewis Salmon, who returns after a loan spell and release from Nottingham Forest. The club also noted the departure of three players from their squad. Digie expressed his eagerness to work towards the club's aspirations, while Brisley mentioned his easy decision to join after a conversation with manager Billy Heath. Heath praised the new signings, highlighting Digie's experience and Brisley's veteran presence as valuable additions to the team's defense. The article also mentions Jamie Walker from Long Eaton United as a new signing, with more expected soon.

Mansfield Town sign former Derby County, Tranmere Rovers and Bristol Rovers full-back

26 May 2023  |  hucknalldispatch.co.uk
Calum Macdonald, a 25-year-old defender, has signed a two-year contract with the option of an additional year with the Stags. Macdonald began his career at Derby County, where he was named the under-23s Player of the Season in 2016/17 and earned two caps for Scotland under-21s. He had a loan spell at Barrow and then moved to Blackpool, making 19 appearances. After a loan to Tranmere, where he played a significant role, he made a permanent move and later joined Stockport County and Bristol Rovers. Manager Nigel Clough highlighted Macdonald's experience and readiness to fill in at left-back as a key reason for the signing.

Calum Macdonald has signed a two-year deal.

26 May 2023  |  chad.co.uk
Calum Macdonald, a 25-year-old defender, has signed a two-year contract with the option of an additional year with the Stags. Macdonald began his career at Derby County, where he was named the Rams’ under-23s Player of the Season in 2016/17 and earned two caps for Scotland under-21s. He had a loan spell at Barrow and then moved to Blackpool, making 19 appearances. After a loan to Tranmere and a permanent move there, he played for Stockport County and had a short-term contract with Bristol Rovers. Manager Nigel Clough highlighted Macdonald's experience and readiness to fill in at left-back due to Stephen McLaughlin's injury.

Ilkeston Town boss Jamie Ward has made his first two signings of the summer.

23 May 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Ilkeston Town's manager Jamie Ward has signed goalkeeper Matt Yates and midfielder Jordan Hallam as his first two acquisitions for the summer. Yates, previously with Gainsborough Trinity, is known for his performance in the Northern Premier League and his ability to play with his feet. Hallam, returning after a loan spell and release from Scunthorpe United, impressed Ilkeston fans last season despite an injury-shortened stint. Both have signed one-year deals. The club, preparing for the Northern Premier League Premier Division, has seen several departures and is expected to announce more signings. Kieran Fenton and Leroy Lita have renewed their contracts, while Jack Thomas has moved to Basford United.

Leighton Town appoint FA Vase winner Gary Flinn as their new manager

22 May 2023  |  leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk
Gary Flinn has been appointed as the new manager of Leighton Town. He comes from Newport Pagnell Town, where he achieved significant success, including winning the FA Vase in 2022 and reaching the final in the current year. Flinn is taking over from Lee Bircham, who has moved to Bedford Town. Bircham had previously led Leighton to a title and promotion. The Leighton Town FC Executive Committee expressed their delight at securing Flinn, citing his extensive experience and impressive track record, including a high win rate and strong performances in the FA Cup and FA Trophy with his former teams.

​Ups, downs and sideways moves as leagues confirmed

16 May 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The article discusses the team allocations for the 2023/24 season in the National League System (NLS) across the UK. Chesterfield will stay in the National League's top division despite losing the play-off final to Notts County. New opponents in their league include Hartlepool United and Rochdale, along with promoted teams AFC Fylde, Ebbsfleet United, Oxford City, and Kidderminster Harriers. Shirebrook Town avoided relegation in NCEL Division One, while Alfreton Town remains in National League North. Matlock Town continues in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, gaining Ilkeston Town as a new rival. Belper Town's relegation places them in the NPL Division One East. The article also mentions various other teams and their respective leagues, highlighting promotions, relegations, and lateral movements within the NLS.

Lee Bircham appointed as new manager of Bedford Town

04 May 2023  |  bedfordtoday.co.uk
Lee Bircham has been appointed as the new manager of Bedford Town, leaving his previous position at Leighton Town where he had considerable success, including winning the League Cup. Bircham, along with assistant manager Tony Joyce, is set to prepare for the upcoming season after Bedford Town was relegated to the SPL Division One Central. Bedford's owner and director, Jon Taylor, expressed optimism about the future under Bircham's leadership. Leighton Town acknowledged Bircham's departure with gratitude for his contributions and is looking to appoint a new manager with experience at a similar level.

Lauren Cox gets Team GB call for World Aquatics Championships in Japan

03 May 2023  |  warwickshireworld.com
Lauren Cox, a 21-year-old swimmer from Leamington, has been selected to compete for Team GB at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, after winning a gold medal in the 50m backstroke at the British Championships in Sheffield. Cox, who also won two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, considers herself an underdog for the upcoming Worlds, a mindset that she believes works in her favor by reducing external pressure. She aims to reach the finals at the Worlds and views the competition as an opportunity to gain experience, regardless of the outcome. Cox is preparing for upcoming competitions in London and Rome as part of her training for the World Championships, which begin on July 14, following a holding camp starting on July 11. She also has aspirations for an Olympic place in the future.

Skegness secure a top ten finish

25 Apr 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Chris Rawlinson, the boss of Skegness Town, expressed satisfaction with the team's performance this season, culminating in a ninth-place finish in the UCL Premier North. The season concluded with a 1-1 draw against AFC Mansfield. Rawlinson, who replaced Nathan Collins as manager in August, noted the team's improvement and top-half finish. Despite the draw, he acknowledged the need for a stronger squad and highlighted the team's good defensive record. Looking forward, Rawlinson aims to enhance the team's creativity without compromising their defense, with an eye on competing for the playoffs next season.

Buxton's Late Goals Seal Dramatic Derbyshire Senior Cup Victory

20 Apr 2023  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
Buxton FC staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Derby County's U21 team and win the Derbyshire Senior Cup at Pride Park. Arsenal loanee Kido Taylor-Hart scored first for Derby, but Buxton's Diego De Girolamo equalized in the 89th minute. The victory was sealed by Connor Kirby with a goal in stoppage time. Despite Buxton's manager Craig Elliott acknowledging a poor performance, he praised the team's spirit and determination. The win is expected to boost the team's confidence ahead of their weekend match.

Skegness Town seek strong finish to secure top-half place

18 Apr 2023  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson is looking forward to ending the UCL Premier North season on a positive note by securing a top half finish. Despite a recent 2-0 defeat to Boston Town, which placed Boston slightly ahead due to goal difference, Rawlinson remains optimistic. He acknowledges the challenges of a small squad and injuries but takes responsibility for the team's strength and size. A victory in their upcoming match against AFC Mansfield would guarantee a top eight finish. Rawlinson reflects on the importance of concluding the season with a win to carry a positive sentiment into the off-season.

​Carruthers keen for break to galvanise stuttering Matlock Town squad

21 Mar 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Martin Carruthers, the manager of Matlock Town, sees the two-week break as an opportunity for the team to address their issues, particularly in scoring goals and player mentality. Matlock Town has been struggling with inconsistency and is currently six points away from the play-off spots in the NPL Premier Division. Carruthers has brought in several attacking players to improve goal-scoring and plans to use the break for injury recovery, training, and team bonding. Despite performing well against top-table teams, they have faltered against lower-ranked teams, which Carruthers attributes to a possible mentality issue. With the non-league transfer deadline approaching, he is considering adding more players for reinforcement due to injuries. Matlock Town will resume their campaign on April 1 against Liversedge and have a series of important matches ahead, including against teams at the bottom of the table.

Leroy Lita feels 'great at 38' as he continues scoring for Ilkeston Town

15 Mar 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Leroy Lita, at the age of 38, is continuing his goal-scoring streak with Ilkeston Town in the SPL Premier Central, having scored ten goals in ten games since his transfer from Hednesford in January. Lita, who has previously played in the Premier League and Championship with teams like Reading, Swansea, Middlesbrough, and Norwich City, feels he still has a lot to offer. He enjoys the training environment at Ilkeston and is focused on making an impact while he can still play at a good level. Lita also appreciates the opportunity to share his experience with younger players at the club.

Alfreton Town game postponed twice in three days

14 Mar 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Alfreton Town's National League North match at Bradford (Park Avenue) was postponed twice, first due to heavy snow at Horsfall Stadium, and then because Alfreton players were delayed in traffic from an accident on the M1. The rescheduled match was set for Monday night but was postponed again as the match could not start by 8:30 pm. No new date for the match has been announced. Alfreton is set to play next against league leaders AFC Fylde. Other North Derbyshire teams also had games postponed due to weather, including Belper Town, Ilkeston Town, and Heanor Town. Matlock Town's game against Marine was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Football under threat as snow sees matches postponed and inspections scheduled

10 Mar 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The article discusses the impact of heavy snowfall on the football schedule in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with the possibility of matches being canceled due to snow-covered pitches and freezing temperatures. It mentions that even artificial pitches, like Ilkeston Town's 3G surface, are affected. Specific matches at risk include Bradford (Park Avenue) hosting Alfreton Town, Buxton's travel to Banbury, and Matlock Town's game at Whitby Town. Belper Town's match against Marske United is also in question, depending on whether their pitch thaws sufficiently.

Horncastle boss hopes for an upturn in fortunes

28 Feb 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Andrew Cotton, the manager of Horncastle Town, remains optimistic despite the team's recent struggles, which include six consecutive losses in league and cup competitions. The last victory for Horncastle Town was on January 7. Cotton acknowledges the team's form issues but cites injuries and player availability as contributing factors. He notes an improved performance in their recent 2-1 defeat at Immingham and believes that upcoming matches against Sleaford Town Rangers and Skegness Town Reserves are winnable. Horncastle Town is currently 14th in the Lincolnshire League Premier Division, and Cotton is looking to finish the season strongly while also preparing younger players for the next season.

Thriving North Wingfield Boxing Academy aims to produce stars of the future

28 Feb 2023  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
North Wingfield Boxing Academy, established by coach Stuart James, has seen rapid growth since its inception in May of the previous year, expanding from two to over 70 fighters. The club, which serves the North Wingfield area, has moved to Clay Cross to accommodate its members and is looking for new premises to continue its expansion. The academy is inclusive, offering training to children of all abilities and those with disabilities or conditions like ADHD and autism. It has received police grants and works with social services. The club's fighters, including Darcie O’Donovan and Stuart's son Caden, have gained national recognition. Caden, at seven years old, trains with notable figures like Ricky Hatton and has been recognized as the country's best boxer in his age group. The club recently hosted a successful show with over 50 bouts and plans another event in June.

Jamie Vermiglio resigns as manager of Buxton FC

03 Dec 2022  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
Jamie Vermiglio has stepped down as the manager of Buxton FC, a role he took on after the departure of Steve Cunningham. During his tenure, he led the team to the second round of the FA Cup, where they were defeated by Ipswich Town. Despite achieving five league wins in the National League North, Vermiglio decided to resign due to the negative impact the commitment had on his primary job as a headteacher and his family life. He expressed gratitude to the club's board, supporters, and volunteers. Buxton FC's board has acknowledged his contributions, especially the memorable FA Cup run, and wished him success for the future.

Former Peterborough United, Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest star signs for Ilkeston Town

02 Dec 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Lee Tomlin, a 33-year-old footballer with extensive experience in the Championship, has joined the squad for the upcoming match against Redditch United. Tomlin has made over 500 professional appearances and scored 122 goals throughout his career. He has played for several clubs including Peterborough United, Cardiff City, Bristol City, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, and had a stint in the Premier League with Bournemouth. His transfer history includes a notable swap loan deal with Jamie Ward between Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest.

Ilkeston Town striker Montel Gibson moves to AFC Telford United...again

29 Nov 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Montel Gibson, a football player unsettled at Ilkeston, has returned to Telford on loan until the end of the season, with an option for Telford to make the move permanent. His return was facilitated by eased work commitments and a desire to leave Ilkeston, where he was unhappy. Ilkeston's chairman, David Hilton, expressed that while Gibson's departure is a loss, the club's priority is the happiness of the squad, and they are looking to strengthen the team further, especially with an experienced centre-half and a centre midfielder due to injuries and suspensions.

Buxton’s FA Cup adventure ended by Ipswich Town

28 Nov 2022  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
Buxton's journey in the FA Cup ended with a 4-0 defeat against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Despite Buxton's solid defense for much of the game, Ipswich's quality was evident, with Wes Burns and Conor Chaplin posing significant threats. Chaplin scored twice, with Gassan Ahadme and Kayden Jackson also contributing to the scoreline. Buxton had a chance with Sean Newton's header early on, but Ipswich's goalkeeper Christian Walton saved it. Buxton's manager Jamie Vermiglio can still take positives from the experience as the team now focuses on improving their league performance.

LIVE BLOG: Ipswich Town v Buxton - FA Cup Second Round

27 Nov 2022  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
Jamie Vermiglio, the manager, expressed pride in his team's performance against Ipswich, despite the challenges faced. He acknowledged the team's solid start and resilience in the first 30 minutes, as well as their reliance on set pieces for creating opportunities. Vermiglio noted the strength of Ipswich's players as a significant difference in the game. He praised Sam Osborne for his attacking contributions but admitted the team couldn't maintain their forward momentum. Looking ahead, Vermiglio emphasized the importance of moving on and focusing on the next game, rather than dwelling on the potential impact of the match on their league form.

Diego De Girolamo Believes Buxton Can Be FA Cup Giantkillers

25 Nov 2022  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
Diego De Girolamo of Buxton FC discusses the upcoming FA Cup match against Ipswich Town, expressing confidence despite Buxton being the underdog. He reflects on past successes in the FA Cup, including a victory over York City and his own experience scoring for Sheffield United. De Girolamo emphasizes the importance of the FA Cup for non-league clubs due to the financial benefits and the prestige it brings. He also comments on Buxton's current season, noting the team's adjustment to the National League North after winning the NPL Premier Division title last season. He believes that Buxton can still contend for the title as the league is tightly contested.

Veteran Meikle hopes for more FA Cup magic as Buxton prepare to face Ipswich Town

24 Nov 2022  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
Lindon Meikle, a seasoned footballer with Buxton, reflects on his memorable experiences in the FA Cup, particularly his famous goal against Wycombe Wanderers in 2008 while playing for Eastwood Town. Meikle has also played for Mansfield Town, where he faced Liverpool in a notable match in 2013. As Buxton prepares for their upcoming FA Cup match against Ipswich Town, Meikle discusses the differences in this season's cup run compared to the previous year and the team's form under new manager Jamie Vermiglio. Despite some inconsistencies in their league performance, Meikle remains optimistic. He also mentions the unusual 5pm kick-off time for the Ipswich game and its impact on fans and players.

Tyree Wilson in action for Derby County U23s against Tottenham in Premier League 2

11 Nov 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Tyree Wilson, previously a striker for Derby County U23s, was released by the club after being hindered by injury. He was once highly-rated by former managers, including Frank Lampard. Wilson is now set to join the Robins in the Southern Premier League Central to help them in their promotion bid. Ilkeston has also signed Henri Wilder on loan from Alfreton Town, with potential for a permanent move. This follows Reece Hutchinson's recall to Cheltenham Town. Additionally, Ben Turner, former assistant manager for Ilkeston, has left to become a first team coach at Forest Green Rovers after retiring from playing due to injury.

Nigel Clough laments poor first-half after Mansfield Town lose to Bradford City

08 Nov 2022  |  chad.co.uk
Mansfield Town's manager, Nigel Clough, expressed his disappointment with his team's performance in their 2-1 defeat to Bradford City. Clough criticized the team's first-half performance and the concession of a poor second goal. Despite Bradford having a player, Matty Platt, sent off, Mansfield only managed to score once through Will Swan. Clough mentioned the need for more urgency and better decision-making, especially when playing against ten men. Bradford City's manager, Mark Hughes, was pleased with his team's ability to secure the win despite the sending off and praised his team's shape and desire.

Nigel Clough laments poor first-half after Mansfield Town lose to Bradford City

08 Nov 2022  |  hucknalldispatch.co.uk
Mansfield Town's manager, Nigel Clough, expressed his disappointment with the team's performance, particularly in the first half and after conceding a second goal, in their 2-1 defeat to Bradford City. Despite Bradford having a player, Matty Platt, sent off, Mansfield only managed to score once through Will Swan. Clough criticized his team's lack of decisiveness and urgency, especially when playing against ten men. Bradford's manager, Mark Hughes, was pleased with his team's resilience and ability to secure the win despite the setback of Platt's sending off and praised his team's defensive efforts and shape.

Mansfield Town vs. Bradford City: Stags Suffer Home Defeat

08 Nov 2022  |  chad.co.uk
Mansfield Town suffered a home defeat against Bradford City in a recent match, with the game ending in a loss for Mansfield despite a late surge. Bradford City led at halftime and scored a second goal early in the second half. Mansfield's performance improved after Bradford was reduced to ten men, but they were unable to recover from the early deficit. Bradford's Richie Smallwood and an ex-Mansfield player, Cook, scored the goals, while Will Swan scored for Mansfield. The match featured several substitutions and a red card for Bradford's Matty Platt. Despite late pressure from Mansfield, Bradford's defense held firm, securing the victory.

'Dream come true' as new hair studio opens in Belper

31 Oct 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Claire Fenner has opened her own hair salon, Oliver's Hair Studio, in Belper, fulfilling her long-held dream of running her own business. The salon is located within the Alla Moda Collaborative space at 28 The Butts. Claire, who has 19 years of experience in hairdressing, named the salon after her son and is excited about the venture in the thriving town of Belper. The salon features stylish décor and uses Davines products and GHD equipment. The opening was attended by Belper’s mayor, Cllr Katie Harris, and Claire thanked her husband Ashley, family, and friends for their support.

Skegness Town boss Chris Rawlinson hails winning streak and eyes top ten

25 Oct 2022  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson praised his team's three consecutive victories in the UCL Premier Division North, with the latest win being a 2-1 home victory against AFC Mansfield. This winning streak also included matches against Deeping Rangers and Sleaford Town, with a cup defeat to Oadby Town being the only recent setback. Rawlinson highlighted the team's defensive and attacking strengths and acknowledged the importance of fan support during tough economic times. He looks forward to the upcoming match against Pinchbeck United, seeing it as an opportunity to break into the top ten, a goal that seemed distant after losing the first three games of the season.

Ilkeston Town player-boss Jamie Ward says his side are down to the bare bones

12 Oct 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Ilkeston Town player-manager Jamie Ward is facing challenges with his team after three consecutive losses, including a recent 4-1 defeat at Coalville Town in the FA Trophy and a 2-0 loss at Rushall Olympic in the league. The team is dealing with injuries and suspensions, with Kieran Fenton injured and both Marshall Willock and Dempsey Arlott-John receiving red cards, leading to suspensions. Despite the setbacks, Ward praised loanee Finn Delap's debut performance and is looking to recruit additional centre-halves to bolster the squad. Ilkeston Town is set to play against Royston Town in Hertfordshire on Saturday, and Ward, along with assistant manager Ben Turner, is focused on improving the team's performance and results.

Derbyshire sign batter Matt Lamb from Warwickshire

07 Oct 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The article discusses cricketer Matt Lamb's performance in the previous season of the LV= County Championship Division One, where he scored 487 runs with an average of 48.70, including centuries against Northamptonshire and Surrey. Lamb has a first-class best of 173 and a total of 1,843 red ball runs, with three centuries and eight half-centuries. He also has a strong List A record. Mickey Arthur, Head of Cricket, praised Lamb's top-level experience and expressed that Lamb's signing aligns with the club's ambition. Lamb himself is excited about joining Derbyshire, citing the team's talent and ambition as key factors in his decision.

Chesterfield’s home game against Solihull Moors selected for live TV coverage

30 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The article announces that Chesterfield's home game against Solihull Moors has been selected for live television coverage by BT Sport. The match is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, with a 3pm kick-off. Both Chesterfield and Solihull Moors are performing well in the season, with Chesterfield leading the table and Solihull in the play-off places. The article also lists other National League games that will be broadcast live on BT Sport, including matches featuring Boreham Wood, Maidstone United, Dagenham, Southend United, Torquay United, Altrincham, FC Halifax, Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Wrexham, York City, and others on various dates.

Boss delighted as Hucknall Town move up to fifth spot with win at Southwell

29 Sep 2022  |  hucknalldispatch.co.uk
Hucknall Town achieved their second consecutive win in the UCL Division One by defeating Southwell City with a score of 4-0 on Wednesday. Morgan Bell scored twice, with additional goals from Craig Westcarr and Joe Ashurst. The victory moved Hucknall to fifth in the league standings. Manager Andy Ingle expressed satisfaction with the team's performance, highlighting the importance of consistency in the lineup, effective planning, and confidence gained from training. The team's next match is against West Bridgford, currently 17th in the league.

Ilkeston Town's top scorer Montel Gibson signs for AFC Telford United on loan

27 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
The article discusses the football player Gibson, who has been a significant asset for Ilkeston, also known as the Robins. Gibson has a commendable track record, having scored 24 goals in 48 appearances over his two periods with the club. His performance has been particularly noteworthy in the current season, contributing to the team's promotion as champions of the NPL Division One Central last season. Telford, currently struggling in the National League North, has secured Gibson's services until the end of the season in hopes of improving their league standings.

Manchester United star Harry Maguire remains key to England chances, says boss Gareth Southgate

23 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
England manager Gareth Southgate has expressed his support for defender Harry Maguire ahead of the Nations League game against Italy, despite Maguire's lack of game time at Manchester United under manager Erik ten Hag. Southgate emphasized Maguire's importance to the England team and his plans for the upcoming World Cup, acknowledging the challenges of Maguire not playing regularly for his club but reaffirming his belief in the player's abilities. The article also mentions Maguire's education at St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School in Chesterfield and the increased scrutiny he faces due to his role and transfer fee at Manchester United.

Hucknall Town boss feels changes were vindicated during dramatic cup win

22 Sep 2022  |  hucknalldispatch.co.uk
Hucknall Town made a remarkable comeback in the Notts Senior Cup against Eastwood, overturning a 3-0 deficit with just 16 minutes left in the match. Jack Thatcher scored a hat-trick for Eastwood, but Hucknall's Connor Whiles, Aaron Lamb, and Aaron Short scored in the final minutes to level the game. The match went to penalties, with Hucknall winning 7-6 after nine rounds of spot-kicks. The victory followed a recent draw for Hucknall against Barrow, where they also came back from behind. Additionally, the article mentions the near completion of Hucknall's new RM Stadium, with the last match at their current ground scheduled for October 15, followed by a celebration and free entry for attendees.

Jamie Ward confirmed as new Ilkeston Town boss

21 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Jamie Ward has been appointed as the new permanent manager of Ilkeston Town, following his interim role after Martin Carruthers' departure. Along with assistant Ben Turner, Ward secured Ilkeston's first league win of the season. Despite a recent FA Cup exit, chairman and owner David Hilton praised the positive impact of Ward and Turner. Ward, who joined Ilkeston's playing squad in the summer, has a substantial Football League career, including a title win with Buxton last season. Turner was also part of that squad.

Ilkeston Town knocked out of FA Cup by Anstey Nomads

21 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Ilkeston Town was eliminated from the FA Cup after losing on penalties to Anstey Nomads in a replay match. The initial game ended in a 1-1 draw, but despite Ilkeston scoring three goals in the replay, Anstey matched them and ultimately won in the penalty shootout. The match featured several lead changes, with Anstey initially taking the lead, Ilkeston leveling before half-time, and both teams exchanging goals in the second half and extra time. The article details key moments and goal scorers, including Omotolani Omotola, Joe Wilson, Remaye Campbell, Freddie Robinson, and Michael Reeve.

Skegness Town in confident mood for FA Vase clash with Quorn

20 Sep 2022  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town FC manager Chris Rawlinson is optimistic about his team's chances in the upcoming FA Vase second qualifying round against Quorn. Skegness Town, also known as the Lilywhites, are entering the match with momentum, having secured a 1-0 league victory over Belper United and a 4-0 win against Deeping Rangers. Rawlinson acknowledges Quorn as a strong opponent but believes his team can prevail, especially with home advantage at the Vertigo. He emphasizes the importance of fan support and is satisfied with the team's recent performance, despite acknowledging areas for improvement, such as playing with more tempo and positivity. Rawlinson also highlights the team's defensive strength, as evidenced by another clean sheet in their last game.

Belper Town appoints Steve Kittrick as new manager

16 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Steve Kittrick has been appointed as the new manager of Belper Town. With over 25 years of experience in non-league football, Kittrick is recognized for his man-management skills and his track record of improving teams. He will be assisted by Luke Potter, a former Football League player with a UEFA A Coaching Licence. Kittrick's previous managerial roles include a successful tenure at Scarborough Athletic, where he achieved promotion, and significant achievements with Guiseley, such as promotion to the Conference North and FA Trophy quarter-finals. Belper Town's chairman, Ian Woodward, expressed confidence in Kittrick's ability to improve the club's performance. Kittrick's first match in charge was against Ashton United.

Mansfield Town captain Ollie Clarke signs new contract extension

16 Sep 2022  |  chad.co.uk
Captain Ollie Clarke has signed a contract extension with Mansfield Town, keeping him at the club until June 2024. Clarke, who is 30 years old, has made 76 appearances and scored nine goals since joining from Bristol Rovers in July 2020. Mansfield Town's manager, Nigel Clough, expressed his delight at Clarke's decision to stay, highlighting his importance to the team, especially citing his recent goals against Stockport and Doncaster. Clarke himself is thrilled to continue with the club, praising its professionalism and the direction it is heading. He also commended the training facilities at RH Academy.

Mansfield Town captain Ollie Clarke signs new contract extension

16 Sep 2022  |  hucknalldispatch.co.uk
Captain Ollie Clarke has signed a contract extension with Mansfield Town, keeping him at the club until June 2024. Clarke, who has made 76 appearances and scored nine goals since joining from Bristol Rovers in July 2020, has been praised by manager Nigel Clough for his recent performances and important goals against Stockport and Doncaster. Clarke expressed his happiness about the extension, citing the club's professionalism and direction as key factors in his decision to stay. He also mentioned the club's training facilities at RH Academy as part of the professional environment.

Buxton Signs Experienced Striker Scott Boden

15 Sep 2022  |  buxtonadvertiser.co.uk
Buxton has signed experienced striker Scott Boden on a contract that extends until the end of the next season. Boden, who is 32 years old, has a record of over 100 professional goals. He was previously with York City and has played for Boreham Wood in the National League, where he scored 11 goals last season. His career started at Sheffield United, followed by a significant period at Chesterfield with over 100 appearances and 23 goals in his second spell. Boden has also played for various other clubs, including loan spells at Macclesfield Town and Alfreton Town, and stints at Wrexham, Gateshead, Halifax Town, and in the Scottish Premiership with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Throughout his career, he has made over 500 professional appearances and scored more than 130 goals.

Sleaford Town player-boss Tom Ward keen to get back into action

12 Sep 2022  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Sleaford Town player-manager Tom Ward expresses his eagerness to resume matches as the team faces a potential three-week hiatus from games. The break was caused by the postponement of a League Cup tie due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the rescheduling of a league game because of Anstey Nomads' FA Cup commitments. Sleaford Town has had a strong start to the season, winning five of their first six games in the United Counties League Premier North. Ward is looking to maintain the team's momentum and is considering arranging a friendly match to fill the gap. He is also pleased with the squad's depth and the strategy of loaning players to lower division clubs to keep them match-fit.

Grant Black departs as manager of Belper Town

12 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Grant Black has stepped down as the manager of Belper Town after four years in the role. The club announced the departure by mutual consent, highlighting Black's achievement in leading the team to promotion last season. Despite the success, Belper Town has struggled this season, with only one win in seven league games and an early exit from the FA Cup. Black believes it's time for the club to move in a different direction and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to manage the team. Along with Black, assistant Mick Norbury and head coach David Brown have also left. Belper Town's chairman, Ian Woodward, expressed his sadness over Black's departure and praised his significant impact on the club.

Matlock Town appoints Craig Elliott as new manager

10 Sep 2022  |  derbyshiretimes.co.uk
Craig Elliott has been appointed as the new manager of Matlock Town, succeeding Paul Phillips. The announcement was made by the club's chairman, Jay Beaumont. Elliott, who has a respected reputation in non-league football, was previously at Boston United until his dismissal in January 2022. He has a history of success in non-league football, including nearly leading Boston to the National League and reaching the second round of the FA Cup. Elliott aims to achieve promotion to the National League North with Matlock Town and is familiar with the team and its players. His first match in charge will be against FC United of Manchester.

Mansfield’s Ross Lamb to Compete in Tour of Britain Stage Ending in Mansfield

08 Sep 2022  |  chad.co.uk
Ross Lamb, a cyclist from Mansfield and member of the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team, is participating in the Tour of Britain, which will see its stage five end in Mansfield today. Lamb, who races with number 34, is also an honorary member of the Mansfield Road Club. The stage started in West Bridgford and is expected to finish in Mansfield around 3pm. Lamb has expressed his excitement about the race, especially since he missed previous races in Nottinghamshire in 2017 and 2018. He has placed in various positions in the earlier stages of the race and looks forward to the remaining stages. The Tour of Britain is considered the biggest race of the season for the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team and is a significant event for the local area.

Mansfield Town goalkeeper Christy Pym reflects on wonder save at Doncaster Rovers ahead of Bradford City clash

08 Sep 2022  |  chad.co.uk
Mansfield Town goalkeeper Christy Pym has emphasized the importance of the club's home form for their promotion aspirations, following a significant away win against Doncaster where Pym made a crucial save. The Stags are currently seventh in League Two and are preparing to host Bradford City. Pym reflected on the team's performance and his own contributions, including a standout save that prevented Doncaster's George Miller from scoring. Manager Nigel Clough praised Pym's save, comparing it favorably to Premier League goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's recent performance. Pym also discussed the team's strategy and the strong support from fans, expressing confidence in the team's form and his own consistency as a goalkeeper.

Skegness Town boss Chris Rawlinson aims to fortify home advantage

06 Sep 2022  |  lincolnshireworld.com
Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson is focusing on strengthening the team's home game performance at the Vertigo Stadium following an unbeaten home record in the league since he took over. The team is preparing for four consecutive home games, including a League Cup match against Oadby and an FA Vase tie with Quorn. Despite a recent 2-1 loss to Melton Town, Rawlinson remains positive about the progress both on and off the pitch, acknowledging the challenges of a limited player pool due to geographical location and injuries. He emphasizes the need to be realistic with the team's budget and the competitive nature of the league.
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