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NCEL Newsletter Issue 4 - Season 2005/06

1st October, 2005 (Back to Newsletter menu)
SYMPATHIES go out from everyone connected with Northern Counties East League football to the family and friends of Winterton Rangers striker Jonny Leigh who so tragically died recently.

Leigh, who was found dead on the morning of Saturday, September 17, played for Pontefract Collieries before joining Winterton midway through last season and finished 2004/05 as top scorer for Rangers.

Winterton players dedicated their 3-1 win against Arngrove Northern League side Guisborough Town in the FA Vase to Jonny’s memory.

The management board of the NCEL have sent its deepest sympathies to Leigh’s family and friends and the club’s website has received a number of messages from supporters and former team-mates.


ARNOLD TOWN supporters were treated to an incredible 29 goals in three recent matches at Gedling Road.

Following the first teams 7-2 demolition of Eccleshill United it has been the turn of the reserves to hit the back of the net in style. The reserves are now amongst the league leaders as are the first team and the Academy side opened their season with a fine 5-1 victory at Buxton.

The second string hit seven as they overcame Bilborough Pelican 7-4. Three days later they went two better with a 9-0 victory over Graham St Prims. Chief destroyer has been 17-year-old Ben Hutchinson. The youngster netted a hat trick against Bilborough followed up with four more against Graham St Prims to take his goals tally to an impressive 12 in 5 games.

Joint manager of the reserves Calvin Plummer paid tribute to his side. He said: “The players are playing with a smile on their faces and are enjoying their football.

“The youngsters in the team are enjoying playing with the first team squad and there is tremendous team spirit. The side are playing with professionalism and are sticking 10 the instructions that Andy Muldoon and I are giving.

“A number of the team are playing for both the Academy and reserve sides which is a bonus. We have a number of very promising youngsters including J Parker (16), George Bradley (17) and Chris Muldoon (17). The young lads have benefited from playing with experienced professionals.

“The goal scorers (against Graham St Prims) also included two players with Premiership experience, with Chris Freestone netting twice and Wayne Thornhill also on the score sheet.”


MALTBY MAIN goalkeeper Peter Adnitt made history in his sides recent defeat at Buxton by, apparently, becoming the first keeper to score a goal from open play at the Silvenlands since the Second World War.

Adnitt scored directly from a punt out of his hands which bounced once before sailing over the head of opposite number Ayden Duffy and into the net to stun the Bucks and their supporters.

Adnitt’s historic strike brought Main level after they had earlier fallen behind to a goal from Shaun Doxey.

Unfortunately for Maltby, and their goal-Scoring keeper, Buxton striker Mark Reed hit a late winner to slightly spoil Peter Adnitt's day.


MICKLEOVER SPORTS manager Martin Rowe has dismissed rumours that he and assistant Dick Pratley have been lined up to take over at managerless Rocester of the Unibond League.

“That’s complete nonsense - we’re not going anywhere,” he said.

The speculation comes after Sports chairman Keith Jenkinson stood down from his position because of family commitments.


SHEFFIELD central midflelder or defender Daniel Anson has joined UniBond League First Division club Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Anson has also had spells at NCEL dubs Hallam and Buxton as well as Alfreton Town.


BUXTON’S new-signing Jimmy Pemberton scored on his full debut for the club in their 5-2 drubbing of Bolehall Swifts in the FA Vase.

Pemberton was signed by manager Nucky Law who had also been the players boss at Coca-Cola League side Chesterfield.


GARFORTH TOWN have announced that Indigo Press Ltd will be the club’s main sponsor for the current season. The club will receive a substantial five-figure sum, in return for Indigo receiving corporate branding on the first-team shirt, along with extensive other forms of publicity.

Meanwhile, Town’s starlet Jason St Juste made his debut for Southampton reserves against Fuiham after following the clubs chief executive Simon Clifford to the south coast.


LINCOLN MOORLANDS have pulled off a major signing by enticing striker Rick Ranshaw to the Sports Ground.

The experienced Ranshaw has scored goals throughout his career and has seen service at a number of clubs after beginning his career at Southern League Grantham Town.

Ranshaw was prolific during his two spells with the Gingerbreads but has also been on the books of Gainsborough Trinity, Lincoln United, Bridlington Town and Lincoln City.

Moors manager John Priestley was obviously delighted with his new signing and said: “Rick is a proven goalscorer who is able to do it any level. He is strong and bustles away and I am sure he will be able to make a significant contribution to the team.”

Ranshaw will be joined in the ranks at Moorlands by keeper Leigh Herrick who has joined the club from NCEL Division One rivals Winterton Rangers.

Priestley said: “I am delighted to have signed him, as a keeper is an important role in any team and I know he will do a great job for us.

“Simon Daniels has been struggling with a few injuries but I hope he is determined to work his way back. Having two good keepers of their quality is truly a bonus.”


ARMTHORPE WELFARE is the latest port-of-call for much-travelled striker Clint Marcelle. The Trinidad & Tobago international has joined Welfare following his release by Nationwide Conference National club Tamworth.

Marcelle had briefly joined Arnold Town at the start of the season but didn’t make an appearance for the Eagles.

The 36 year-old striker has captained his country and also played for Grimsby Town, Hucknall Town, Harrogate Town, Darlington, Hull City, Scunthorpe United, Bamsley and Scarborough.


MALTBY MAIN have welcomed striker Scott Somerville back to Muglet Lane as manager Wilf Race looks to boost his goal-shy attack.

Somerville has returned to Maitby where he has an excellent record in front of goal. Race said of his new acquisition. “Scott has waived the money he has been getting at Hallam where he has not been enjoying it to come here.

“He was effective for us last time he was here with a good record. Now we hope he can recapture that form.

“I don’t think we have been playing too badly at all and it is not as if we aren’t making any openings, but we have to start taking them.”


THACKLEY have signed goalkeeper Jon Scargill from fellow NCEL Premier Division side Buxton.

Dewsbury-bom Scargil made over 100 appearances at the Silverlands but has also gained experience at a number of other clubs including Hallam, Ossett Town and Hyde United. He has also seen service at professional outfits Chesterfield, Notts County and Sheffield Wednesday.


CARLTON TOWN’S website reports that fundraising efforts for new changing rooms have received a boost with new sponsorship and a planned sporting evening featuring Nottingham Forest legends John McGovern and John Robertson.

The two European Cup winners will be appearing at Town’s clubhouse at the end of October whilst Scorpio Signs, Secretary Paul Shelton and PF Collections Limited have all agreed sponsorship deals with the dub.

Carlton chairman said: “It’s been an outstanding week for the club both on and off the pitch. Good results, new sponsorship and having both John Robertson and John McGovern here in October is absolutely superb and the whole club is buzzing at the prospect.”

Carlton of course face the prospect of extensive redevelopment at their Stoke Lane ground after it was confirmed that the new A610 Relief Road will be built across their existing first-team pitch.


TADCASTER manager Jim Collis is refusing to get carried away with his sides good start to the season. Albion enjoyed a tremendous campaign last season after extensive rebuilding both on and off the pitch and those foundations are been built upon this time around.

Collis said: “We have made a great start and no doubt we are delighted to have three wins rather than three losses.

“But it is still early days in the league and because there are a lot of snags in the NCE league, we won’t even talk about promotion till April or until we are about ten points clear.

“In my opinion, we could have won the league last year but we just didn’t have that killer instinct or bit of quality when it mattered, but we have made some good signings and a couple of young players have come out of the blue this year, so who knows what we can achieve this time around.”


SELBY TOWN hoped to attract more support from local football fans by offering half-price admission to their match with Harrogate Railway if they produced a voucher from the earlier game against Long Eaton United.

Club spokesman Gary Taylor said: “We want to try creating an atmosphere by getting more people down at the ground.

“So, with two home games in four days, we saw this as an opportunity to attract more fans.”

 "The Blues"