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NCEL Newsletter Issue 8 - Season 2005/06

26th November, 2005
MALTBY MAIN manager Wilf Race has been hit with a suspension from the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA of almost six months.

A disciplinary hearing levied a 180 day ban and a 150 fine after the Maltby boss was found guilty of improper and insulting behaviour. Ironically, and very unfortunately for Maltby, the offences happened whilst Race was manager of local Sunday league side Conyers, a role he has since quit to concentrate on his job at Muglet Lane.

Understandably, Race is unhappy with length of the ban and is aggrieved that his apologies following the incident seem to have been ignored. Speaking to the Dinnington Guardian Race said: “I am mystified as to why I have been given a 180-day ban when the maximum was supposed to be 112 days, especially as I have expressed remorse.

“Because I hadn’t signed one of the forms sent off by the secretary of my former Sunday side the evidence I have given has not been considered.

“But how could I sign the form when I was on holiday?”

James Hope-Gill of the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA said: “Each case is dealt with on its merits and a commission make a decision based on the evidence presented at a hearing. The appropriate penalty is given to the offender if the case is found to be proved.”

Newly appointed assistant manager Darren Bland will oversee affairs at Maltby whilst Race serves his suspension as Main look to consolidate their mid-table position in the Premier Division.

BUXTON officials are celebrating after the club attracted their largest ever gate for a Northern Counties East League fixture when 552 fans clicked through the Silverlands turnstiles for the Bucks top-of-the-table clash with Pickering Town.

Not such good news for the club was that for the second time in six months a delivery lorry has caused damage at the ground. In July the clubs flagpole was written off whilst the most recent incident saw electric cables above the main gate brought down causing the postponement of the home fixture with Liversedge.

GARFORTH TOWN owner Simon Clifford is reported to have resigned from his role as head of sports science at Premiership outfit Southampton.

Clifford joined the Saints three months ago as right-hand man to Sir Clive Woodward as Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe looked to revolutionise the clubs approach to training.

Meanwhile, Town have strengthened their squad with the addition of Pontefract Collieries midfielder Paul Hewitt.

Hewitt was a product of the successful youth system at Skinner Lane but also had a spell at neighbours Glasshoughton before returning to the Coils last year.

ARNOLD TOWN’S former striker Kelvin Mushambi has left UniBond League First Division side Eastwood Town and is looking for a new club.

Musambi, who has failed to nail down a regular place in the starting line-up at Coronation Park this season, said: “I have made some good friends at Eastwood, but I need to be playing and do not seem to be in the current plans, so I have no choice other than to leave.”

The 30-year-old Zimbabwean joined Arnold from Hucknall Town but left Gedling Road in November 2003 to join Eastwood.

SHEFFIELD have signed defender John Drennan from Maltby Main. Drennan, who can play anywhere in the back four, has moved across South Yorkshire after a 12 month stay at Muglet Lane.

PICKERING TOWN are in the vanguard of the Premier Division and are looking to improve on last season’s fifth place as they look for promotion.

Pikes boss Alex Mathie has certainly found the winning formula at the Recreation Ground and puts his team’s run of success down to sheer hard work. He said: “The lads have got consistency because they work extremely hard for each other and that is why they are doing as well as they are.

“There have never been any doubts on their ability but they maybe didn’t put in as much effort for the complete duration of the games before which is something they do now.

“We also have a good amount of competition for places with young lads like Liam Salt looking to impress every time they get a chance and we’ve still got Alex Willgrass to return in midfield.

Steve Roberts has come in from Scarborough Saturday side Cayton and done well so there is plenty of hunger from the boys and they are all desperate to play.”

RETFORD UNITED manager Mark Shaw has been singing the praises of forwards Mark Ashton and Neil Harvey.

The twin-strikers have both knocked in a dozen goals for the Badgers this term and Shaw commented, “The two lads have been exceptional for us this season. They have done the business in front of goal and have been superb.”

Meanwhile, Shaw is hoping his side, challenging at the top of the First Division, can also make progress in the FA Vase. He said: “Everyone dreams of playing at Wembley and we are no different. This competition is the most important cup competition to us and second only to the league.

“There is no doubt that we are taking it seriously and we want to try to get as far as we can in it or even win it. If you want to be successful, then that is the way you have to be thinking.”

GEDLING TOWN have recruited experienced defender Simon Dakin from Southern League Premier Division side Grantham Town.

Dakin was a professional with Hull City after starting his career at Derby County as a trainee. After leaving Hull in 1996 having made 36 appearances, Dakin had a brief spell in the NCEL with Arnold Town before joining Grantham.

The Nottingham born defender then spent 3 years at Kings Lynn and a season at Hinckley United before rejoining the Gingerbreads in August, 2003.

Dakin arrives at Gedling with the Stoke Lane club topping the First Division table and having just claimed the scalp of Premier Division side Arnold Town in the League Cup.

HALLAM have dipped into the First Division talent pool by snapping up former Wakefield-Emley defender Nicholas Gill from Rossington Main and midfielder John Barton from Parkgate.

LINCOLN MOORLANDS have signed Retford United’s player-of-the-year Darren Reah and the highly ragarded Chris McDonald from Central Midlands side Appleby Frodingham.

Manager John Priestley told the clubs website, “We are building a good squad of players and creating competition for places that I hope will bring out the best in everyone”.

TEVERSAL are still finding their feet in their first season of NCEL football and assistant-manager Dave Rhodes was more than pleased with his side’s performance in their league Cup tie with Premier Division Liversedge despite Tevie losing the match.

“It was difficult to tell who the Premier side was,” said Rhodes. “A performance like that against one of the top teams in the League will have boosted our young side’s confidence. ”

The match also saw Teversal’s Adam Priestley grab his first goal for the club following his move from neighbours Sutton Town.

HARROGATE RAILWAY have pulled off a high-profile signing by snapping up former Harrogate Town striker Scott Jackson on loan from UniBond League Premier Division club Farsley Celtic.

27-year-old Jackson has been a prolific scorer throughout a career which began with Bradford City and has also included spells at Bradford Park Avenue, Ossett Town, Emley, Harrogate Town and two spells at Farsley Celtic.

And Jackson certainly announced his arrival at Station View with a bang by hitting a hat-trick against Brodsworth.

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION officials have announced that there could be a change in the disciplinary procedures at steps 5 and 6 of the non-league pyramid.

The changes will mean that from the start of the 2006/07 season, suspended players will serve suspensions calculated in matches rather than days as at present.

This will bring the steps 5 & 6 leagues, including the NCEL, into line with higher divisions and is a move long campaigned for by players and clubs.

 "The Blues"