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GARFORTH TOWN have been handed a two-week suspension by the West Riding County FA - a ruling which will impact on the club’s NCEL programme as the Miners have a number of matches scheduled for the fourteen day period following the commencement of the ban on March 13.

Home league matches with Pickering Town and Liversedge, the away fixture at Arnold and the Presidents Cup semi-final with Selby Town will all be affected by the ban which not only applies to the club’s senior team but also to the reserve and under-19 sides. Town manager Simon Clifford will also be banned from the touchline until the end of the season.

Garforth are expected to appeal to the Football Association over the ruling by the WRCFA which arose following a number of incidents involving the club.


RETFORD UNITED have strengthened their squad with the signing of right-sided midfield player Lee Holmes from First Division rivals Rossington Main.


BUXTON’S great run in the FA Vase is over with the Premier League leaders naturally disappointed at losing out at the quarter-final stage.

Hundreds of Bucks supporters made the trip to Nantwich only to see their side fail to score for the first time in over twenty games. Nevertheless it was a wonderful achievement to reach the last sixteen though chairman Tony Tomlinson was understandably disappointed at missing out on the cash that a win at Nantwich would have brought.

Tomlinson told the Buxton Advertiser, ‘There was 27,000 in prize money at stake in the later rounds of the Vase and if we had managed to win the trophy that cash would have set us up for next season.

‘Now we need to build up our resources through added sponsorship, wage sponsorship and our ‘Mega Bucks’ weekly lottery which still needs more agents and I do hope that all our regular supporters will volunteer to join it.

‘On the field I hope we can emulate the achievement of North Shields in 1991/92 and Alfreton Town four years ago in winning all three senior NCEL titles.”


SUTTON TOWN have reportedly turned down a bid from Conference North outfit Hucknall Town for striking duo Craig Mitchell and Ian Brown.

The pair, who have already notched 23 goals between them this season, attracted the attention of last year’s FA Trophy finalists after starring in a recent friendly between the two clubs in which the Snipes won 4-3.

Meanwhile, Ricky Dalby has left Sutton to join neighbours Teversal.


TEVERSAL have boosted their strike force with the signing of Craig Hall from North West Counties League Division Two side New Mills.

The 22-year-old striker, who was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, began his career at Stockport County and has previously played for Chapel Town and Shirebrook Town.

He arrives at Carnarvon Street after moving back into the area.


SHEFFIELD FC are holding a special 150th anniversary mini-tournament this summer and the oldest club in the world have put together an historic guest list from the four corners of the UK which is sure to attract the interest of football supporters all over the country.

Ireland will be represented by their oldest club - Cliftonville from north Belfast. Formed in 1879 the Reds, whose home ground is named Solitude, were founded by John M who was also instrumental in setting up the Irish Football Association.

Cliftonville have won the Irish Cup 8 times, the league on three occasions (the last in 1998) and a single League Cup trophy in 2004.

Welsh Premier League outfit NEWI Cefn Druids will represent the Principality. The present club are a descendant of Plasmadoc FC, formed in 1869, although the current club came about through the amalgamation of Cefn Albion and Druids United, in 1992.

Plasmadoc became Druids in 1872 and became the first Welsh club to play in the English FA Cup, Druids also played in the very first Welsh Cup game, when they opposed Newtown in 1877.

Unfortunately Scotland’s oldest club, Queens Park of Glasgow, are not able to participate but their place will be taken by a representative side from the Isle of Man. The Islanders are sure to be strong and are having an excellent run in this season’s FA National League Systems Cup in which they have reached the semi-final.

With such a line-up the tournament, due to be staged on the weekend of July 22 & 23 at Sheffield’s Coach and Horses ground, will hopefully attract plenty of support.


CARLTON TOWN have recruited Carl Westcarr from Gedling to assist their push for promotion from the First Division.

Westcarr, 21, returns to Stoke Lane for the second time having previously leaving Carlton in 2004.


YORKSHIRE AMATEUR have received an unexpected chance to reach their second Wilkinson Sword Trophy final in two seasons after Carlton Town were dismissed from the competition.

Town fielded an ineligible player n their 3-1 quarter-final win over the ‘Ammers which means that Amateurs have now been reinstated and will play Worsbrough Bridge later this month in the semi-final.

The ‘Ammers reached the final of the competition last season but lost out to Lincoln Moorlands though the Bracken Edge club did lift the trophy in 1999.


GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE have signed goalkeeper Lee Ashforth from Premier Division rivals Harrogate Railway.

Bradford born Ashforth, 28, had joined Rail in 2003 and became a regular in the side last season.


ECCLESHILL manager Ray Price was quite happy to label his side a Jekyll and Hyde team following their stunning seven goal display against Maltby Main.

United aren’t having the best of seasons but their seven-up romp was a huge fillip to everyone at Plumpton Park - even though it left Price scratching his head in disbelief, “I just don’t know what to think any more,” he told the Bradford T&A.

“I have said we are a Jekyll and Hyde team before today but this display beats the lot. It has made me question everything I’ve ever seen in football.

“It was a great all-round performance and the players should be proud.”


ARNOLD TOWN striker Carl Rose, formerly of Scarborough and Tamworth, has left Gedling Road to hook up with Nationwide Conference North side Worksop Town.

Rose made his debut for The Tigers in their controversial FA Trophy quarter-final defeat to Boreham Wood, a match which was delayed for ten minutes because of fighting between rival fans.


THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION the Professional Footballers Association and the Everyman Campaign will be holding the annual ‘Keep Your Eye on The Ball’ awareness fortnight from 6th - 19th March this year, to help raise awareness of male cancer to the football community.

During this two-week period dubs and supporters are being urged to help raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer and the symptoms men should be looking out for.

The campaign is also being supported by ambassadors David James of Manchester City and Bolton boss Sam Allardyce, who recently posed with the campaign’s signature ‘lumpy football’ to help raise awareness and to encourage clubs and supporters to get involved.

James commented about the campaign: ‘I support Keep Your Eye On The Ball because it is important to make the fans and players aware of male cancer.’

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