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SOUTH NORMANTON have issued a press release at the end of a traumatic week which saw assistant- manager Brian Franks walk out on his close friend, first team boss Chris Nicholson.

Nicholson said: “It has not been easy over the past year and we have put in a lot of effort. Brian chose to walkout but I am not a quitter and have a lot of thought for my players.”

A number of the Shiners team have been subject of transfer talks but have remained loyal to the cause of fighting for survival in the Northern Counties East League Division One. Nicholson said: “Everybody wants to kick you when you are down, but I am pleased with some of the players’ attitudes and they are staying with me to fight for the cause.

“I do have some good players, captain John Peel, top-scorer Nick Thorpe and Joe Atkinson and they are staying at the club, but I just want the others to fight to ease the problem at the bottom of the league.

“As regards the future I am looking for other players but I am only interested in players who are willing to give 110%.

“We had some good results early on in the season, in the FA Cup and the Vase - we went through the back slapping and now the fight is on. We need to begin defending and stop losing silly matches.”

STAVELEY have signed 20-year-old midfielder Jimmy Pemberton from Premier Division side Buxton.

Pemberton had made only a couple of starts this season for the Bucks notching one goal.

ARNOLD TOWN’S great adventure in the FA Youth Cup is over but the young Eagles have done themselves proud by being one of only four non-league sides to make it through to the Third Round.

Arnold have been labelled the ‘surprise package’ of the tournament but were eventually beaten by a strong Sheffield United team in front of a bumper crowd of 565 at Gedling Road. Town’s progress in the competition has owed much to their goal-scoring ability with the team finding the back of their opponents net 19 times including a seven goal haul against Dunston in the Second Round.

Striker Ben Hutchinson notched four against Dunston and already has 30 goals to his credit this season but, unfortunately, Ben and his team-mates found Sheffield just too strong for them.

Meanwhile, the Eagles senior side have been fined and had three points deducted after they failed to fulfil a fixture earlier this season.

Their league match at Mickleover Sports in October was called off as Arnold were unable to field a team.

As well as the points deduction, they have been fined 500 with a further 500 suspended until the end of the 2006/07 season.

The suspended fine will be payable if the offence is repeated before then.

HALLAM continue to improve their squad with William Rowley the latest recruit to join the Sandygate Road club.

The 18 year-old midfielder has been snapped up from local rivals Sheffield after beginning his career across town at Sheffield United.

BORROWASH VICTORIA are regrouping well after last season’s relegation from the top-flight and are on course to begin the new year in the top half of the First Division table.

And the first team’s progress is being matched by the reserves who are performing well in the Midland Regional Alliance League. Joint manager Gary Redfern said: “Mick Wood and Mark Yeomans are doing a tremendous job with the reserves.

“The first team are also playing well, even though all of the results haven’t gone our way, so there’s a great buzz about the place at the minute.”

LONG EATON UNITED have a new manager. Long-serving player Craig Weston has taken over on a caretaker basis following the resignations of Cohn Tansley and Simon Van-de-Broucke.

Tansley and Van-de-Broucke had only been at Grange Park since the close-season but resigned after The Blues were hammered 8-0 at Sheffield - a result which left them struggling in the lower reaches of the Premier Division.

United chairman Jim Fairley said: “Something had to change because we had what looked a good side out at Sheffield, but it seemed some of the players just didn’t want to play for that management team.

“I am gutted things haven’t worked out for Cohn Tansley. He’s the sort of person we want at the club because he’s got so much to offer and he’s done everything he said he would, except get us into the top six.

“I can’t really comment on Simon because I didn’t speak to him much. The vital thing for us now is to make sure we avoid relegation.”

Weston has already made his first signing by strengthening his backroom staff by recruiting Mickleover
Sports reserve teams boss Steve Hamilton as his assistant. And the early signs are encouraging for The Blues as the team responded well to their new manager by recording a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Glasshoughton Welfare in the manager’s first match in charge.

And Weston was, understandably, delighted with how things went. “A new manager always looks to make an impact and that means getting as many points possible from the first three or four games,” he said.
“So it was a great result for my first game in charge.”

And the new man in the Grange Park hot-seat is confident his side won’t be returning to the First Division. “We won’t go down,” he said. “We need to achieve respectability and that would mean finishing in mid-table.”

TADCASTER ALBION welcomed their highest gate for many years when over 300 fans squeezed into The Park for the clubs West Riding County Cup clash with Nationwide Conference side Halifax Town.

The full-time Shaymen were too much for Taddy to handle with former Scarborough striker Chris Senior bagging four goals in the 5-1 Halifax win but promotion-chasing Albion can be proud of their efforts.

Tadcaster boss Jim Collis said: “Halifax are fitter, faster, and they train every day so we were always going to be up against it.

“But in patches, I thought we put in a good performance. We made mistakes we needn’t have done and made three bad errors out of the five goals but for the last 15 minutes we played well and showed a bit more of what we can do.

“And if the team can learn anything from the game it’s to work on cutting out mistakes, and on keeping concentration. I felt we finished up very strongly, and didn’t throw in the towel.”

SUTTON TOWN have a new man between the sticks after signing the experienced Mark Hales from near- neighbours Shirebrook Town. And Hales made an immediate impact at The Fieldings with a fine display on his debut in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield.

“Mark Hales had a very good game. He was doing his job,” said Sutton boss Les McJannet. ‘We played well in the first half, but Sheffield were better than us in the second. “They are the in-form team at the moment and the most skilful side we’ve played all season,” McJannet added.

HARROGATE RAILWAY striker Graham Marchant could be a record-breaker after netting what must be one of the fastest ever hat-tricks in NCEL history.

Quicksilver Marchant smashed his treble in just 11 goal-crazy minutes in the first-half of Rail’s 8-1 rout of Glasshoughton. And Marchant wasn’t content with just three as he scored twice more in a performance which manager Martin Haresign labelled the best he has seen from his team.

“We were delighted with it,” said Haresign.

“We’ve been near to that sort of result two or three times but to play like that, it was probably my best performance as manager at Railway.

“We’ve had a ten-niller in the cup but that was against a team in the division below and I’d say that was also my best result as a manager.”

SHIREBROOK TOWN have made two new signings with goal-keeper Darren Lomas joining the club from First Division Teversal whilst former Notts County, Heanor Town and Eastwood midfielder Kieron Heath has also arrived at Langwith Road.

Lomas, who has joined the club as a direct replacement for the departed Mark Hales, has also enjoyed spells at South Normanton Athletic, Staveley MW and Teversal.

TEN Northern Counties East League clubs have applied for promotion to step four of the non-league pyramid. Subject to re-structuring promotion to the Unibond League may be dependant on success in a play-off competition in addition to league position and ground facilities.

The list of promotion-seeking clubs from the NCEL is: Armthorpe Welfare, Arnold Town, Buxton, Garforth Town, Harrogate Railway, Liversedge, Selby Town, Sheffield, Shirebrook Town and Sutton Town.

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