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WINTERTON Rangers have picked up some welcome silverware by winning the Lincolnshire Senior A Cup. The NCEL First Division club overcame Eagle Bitter United Counties leaders Harrowby Utd in a nerve-racking penalty shoot-out in the final held at Gainsborough Trinity’s Northolme Stadium.

Manager Peter Daniel, in his first season in charge at West Street, saw his side trail 1-0 at the break but a second-half strike from John Leigh took the match to extra-time and eventually penalties.

Fortunately Winterton kept their nerve and defender Chris Keel hammered home the final penalty as Rangers won the shoot-out 5-4.


PONTEFRACT Colls have hit upon a novel way to raise funds for the club. They have held a series of sales of donated items on the Ebay Internet auction site raising £150 for the club in the process.

Now Ponte are appealing for donations of programmes, ticket stubs or any other items that they can turn into much needed cash.


LINCOLN Moorlands are holding their first ever Celebrity Sportsmans Dinner on 29th April 2005 at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln.

Club Secretary Graham Peck was delighted to have secured the services of ex-Leeds United and Scotland legend Peter Lorimer as the speaker.

He said: "This is going to be a special night for the Club with the Wilkinson Sword Trophy on display.

"We also intend to hold a Auction to raise money for the Bobby Moore Cancer fund - part of Cancer Research UK as we believe this is a worthy cause.

"Anyone connected with the NCEL will be welcome and tickets are available from me on 01522 792170 or e-mail g.peck@ntlworld.com at a cost of £35 per head - we promise a great night and hope it will be a great success."


GARFORTH Town are hoping to field a world champion in their starting eleven before the end of what has been an eventful season at the Marston's Stadium.

Right winger John Farnworth is the ‘World Freestyle Champion’ for ball juggling and has been training with Town’s YT programme and is also a graduate of Futebol de Sal„o.


RETFORD United manager Paul Hyde has quit but will be in charge for the Cannon Park clubs last two matches of the season. Hyde took over as Retford boss from former Everton defender Neil Pointon in 2002 and led the club into the NCEL for the first time.

A statement from the club's board said: "Retford United have announced the resignation of first team manager Paul Hyde, but he will be continuing to take charge of the team for the final two games of the season."

"Club president Dean Vivean would like to thank Paul and his staff – Brett Marshall, Dave Wilkie, Wayne Mullen and Dave Lester – for their hard work over the last few seasons, which culminated in the treble last year."

"The club have received several applications for the post and a final decision will be made over the course of the next week."

Meanwhile former Badgers striker Vill Powell has been making the national headlines after moving on loan from Nationwide Conference South champions Grays Athletic to Weymouth.

Powell, who hit a staggering 72 goals for Retford as they earned promotion to the NCEL in 2004, notched a double on his debut for Weymouth and said: "I've got a year to run on my contract at Grays so my future is entirely down to Grays and Weymouth to sort it out between them."


SUTTON Town and Buxton shared six goals in the first leg of the Presidents Cup Final in front of a bumper crowd at the Hosiery Mills.

The Bucks huge travelling support boosted the attendance to 386, a record for Sutton during their time at the ground.

Meanwhile the second leg of the final will now be played on Tuesday, April 26 at the Silverlands. This is to avoid clashing with the Chelsea v Liverpool Champions League match on TV.


MICKLEOVER Sports veteran striker Bev Hudson will celebrate his twelve seasons with the Station Road club with a testimonial game against Coca-Cola league side Chesterfield.

Hudson, 37, has hit a double figure goals tally this season including a hat-trick against Sheffield and Sports manager Martin Rowe said: "Loyalty like Bev's is rare in football these days and he has been brilliant for this club. Roy McFarland (Chesterfield manager) says he will bring a strong side and we expect to have a great night."


BORROWASH Victoria aren’t having the best of seasons but there are definite signs of progress under new managers Gary Redfern and Kenny Thompson, and that elusive first win of the campaign almost came in the recent match against high-flying Sheffield.

Vics, who were two down inside ten minutes, led 3-2 as the game headed into added on time only for Club’s Darren Holmes to hit a 95th minute equaliser.

Vics joint manager Kenny Thompson bemoaned his teams luck saying, "We couldn't believe it. They had flown at us for the first 10 minutes but we got our act together and had really outplayed them.”

But there could well be happier times ahead at the Robinson Construction Bowl. "There is a really positive attitude about us now,” said Thompson.


ARNOLD Town, boosted by news of their successful planning application for a new ground, have booked themselves a place in the final of the Notts Senior Cup.

A Scott Huckerby goal earned the eagles a hard-fought victory over Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League side Dunkirk and set up the prospect of an all NCEL final.

Gedling Town meet Unibond First Division team, and last seasons NCEL Premier Division runners-up, Eastwood Town in the other semi-final.


BUXTON have signed 21 year-old goalkeeper Craig parry after the shot-stopper was released by Nationwide Conference club Halifax Town.

Defender James Mitchell and midfielder Danny Payne have also joined the Silverlands outfit from crisis-torn Nationwide North side Worksop Town.


GLAPWELL have persuaded former Nottingham Forest midfielder Gary Mills to pull on his boots again.

The 43 year-old was sacked as a manger of Notts County late last year but Hall Corner boss Lee Wilson has now persuaded Mills to resume a playing career which reached a pinnacle when he won a European Cup winners medal with Forest in 1980.

During a lengthy career Mills totalled nearly 600 appearances scoring 44 goals and enjoyed spells with Forest, Derby County, Notts County, Leicester City and Seattle Saunders.


MALTBY Main’s former Rotherham United apprentice goalkeeper Scott Hartley has joined Unibond First Division promotion hopefuls Ilkeston Town.

Remarkably Hartley joined Main as a striker and scored three times before taking over in goal when Danny Fells was injured.

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