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PICKERING TOWN have bowed out of the FA Vase after a magnificent run which saw them reach the last eight of the competition.

The Pikes had reached the quarter-final stage with impressive victories over Oldham Town, Dunston Federation, Tavistock and Wimborne Town but a 0-2 defeat at North West Counties League side Nantwich Town saw their best-ever cup run come to an end.

Pikes boss Alex Mathie said after the match, “I’m disappointed because we never played the way we can play.

“I think the occasion got to the players a bit. We worked very hard but we never got the ball down and passed. We never really did ourselves credit.

“I think it was a chance lost but on the day the better team and the one most up for it won.”


GARFORTH TOWN have, as expected, appealed to The Football Association against the suspension recently imposed upon them by the West Riding County FA.

Until the outcome of the appeal is known, the club are free to continue their fixture programme as scheduled.

Meanwhile, Town have announced that Phil Prosser, who has refereed in the Championship and has officiated at Champions League level, will become the club’s Sporting Liaison Officer for next season.

Prosser will work with all staff on improving general discipline and told the club’s website, “I will work alongside the dub to build a rapport with the players and management to encourage respect towards officials. This is vital for the future of our game at all levels.”

Garforth Manager Simon Clifford added, “Phil is a well respected figure within the game and we feel his expertise will be of invaluable use to us as we look to continually improve, both on and off the field.”


THACKLEY’S incredible run of victories has finally come to an end - but not before the Dennyfield club managed to rack up an astonishing ten successive wins.

With all the wins coming in league matches the thirty points have seen Thackley roar up the Premler Division table with the club on course to equal or better last season’s seventh place finish.


LONG EATON midfielder Dave Wilkinson is likely to be out for several weeks after straining an ankle during the Blues recent 2-7 defeat against Liversedge.

Wilkinson is a one club man who started his career at Grange Park in the under-12s side.


WINTERTON RANGERS are hoping to sign midfielder Steve Underwood from troubled UniBond First Division side Bridlington Town.

The Bridlington club, twice former NCEL Premier Division champions, are up for sale and in severe financial difficulties and Rangers boss Pete Daniel is hoping to lure Underwood to West Street.

Previously with Harrogate Town, North Ferriby and Hall Road Underwood, who began his career at Halifax Town, joined Bridlington in 2004.

Meanwhile striker Callum Dransfield has joined the promotion-chasing Rangers from Hall Road whilst Matty Edeson has signed for Rossington Main after spending just a few weeks at the Lincolnshire club.


SELBY TOWN and BUXTON will contest this season’s NCEL Presidents Cup final after winning their semi-final ties with Garforth and Sutton Town respectively.

The Robins needed an extra-time strike from Adam Wash to seal a 2-1 victory at The Marston’s Stadium whilst holders Buxton enjoyed a more comfortable 4-1 win at Sutton Town.


GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE manager Stephen Learoyd may be about to pull on his boots again to help his team in their Premier Division relegation battle - but first he had to transfer himself from Yorkshire Amateur!

Learoyd was still registered as a player with the ‘Ammers, whom he briefly managed earlier this season, so had to secure his release before he could consider picking himself for the Welfare.

Two other players have arrived at Leeds Road with Learoyd returning to Bracken Edge to recruit former Tadcaster Albion player Steve Mallory and midfielder Julian Wilkes signing for Welfare for the third time.


TEVERSAL have been left kicking their heels for over a month because of the problems caused by the weather with manager John Courtie eager to get his side back into action.

“The last game we played was our 40 defeat to Worsbrough Bridge,” said Courtie.

“It our worst performance of the season and the only way to bounce back is to start playing again as quickly as possible.

“The weather has meant that we haven’t been able to do that and we are itching to get back into action.”


SUTTON TOWN manager Les McJannet has seen his side concede nine goals in two matches at the Fieldings and believes there is a growing gap within the Premier Division.

“There is a big difference between the top sides and the rest of the division,” said McJannet following his side’s Presidents Cup semi-final defeat to Buxton.


SHEFFIELD have signed long-serving Maltby Main midfielder Darryl Winter as they look to continue their push for a top three finish in the Premier Division.

Winter had progressed through the ranks at Muglet Lane having played for the club at every level from under-10s upwards.


TADCASTER ALBION striker Joe Gaughan has joined UniBond League side Ossett Albion after a brief spell at The Park.

The Brewers are enjoying an excellent season but have the lowest goals tally of all the top ten clubs in the First Division - a statistic which obviously frustrates manager Jim Collis.

He said: “If we had put the ball in the net this season we would have won this league by now, but we haven’t, so we have got more hard work to do.

“I’ve got plenty of good players but it’s the same in any level of football: if you can’t put the ball in the net it’s just a waste of time.”


HALL ROAD RANGERS former goalkeeper Mike Burley suffered a broken leg in an FA Sunday Cup game but has received a signed shirt from England star Wayne Rooney to help his recovery.

Burley, who this season has been number one at NCEL aspirants Barton Town Old Boys was playing for his Sunday side, Orchard Park (Hull), against Liverpool based Lobster FC when his leg was shattered in a collision with Rooney’s cousin Thomas.

The match was halted for 35-minutes whilst Burley received attention before eventually being ferried to hospital.

The 26-year-old keeper said of the incident, “He (Thomas Rooney) came in pretty strongly. I managed to get hold of the ball, but as I hit the ground my leg just flopped. I knew it was broken.

“But I have nothing against Rooney - it was just one of those things that happen in football.”

Wayne Rooney’s parents were at the match and promised to send signed England and Man United shirts to the stricken keeper - a gesture appreciated by Burley, a lifelong Reds supporter.

He said: “It’s absolutely marvellous.

“I’m a great fan of Manchester United and Rooney. I’ll treasure the shirts.”

 "The Blues"