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CARLTON TOWN winger Anthony Howell has left Stoke Lane to join Unibond First Division side Shepshed Dynamo but the youngster, who came up through the ranks, has the best wishes of all at the club.

Town chairman Mick Garton said: “I know manager Tommy Brookbanks is gutted to lose him but delighted for the lad that he’s got the chance to perform at a higher level, that’s what its all about and we will keep working hard through our academy system to ensure Tommy has more talent at his disposal.

“Anthony has come through our youth system and had flirts with the first-team last season. Indeed Bolton Wanderers were looking at him and this season he has made the left wing position his own.”


BUXTON manager Nicky law has further strengthened his squad with the acquisition of midfielder Alvin Riley from Unibond League side Stocksbridge Park Steels with the 21-year-old enjoying a winning start in the Bucks colours as his new team beat Eccleshill 3-0.

Riley began his career in local football with Penistone Church before joining Stocksbridge in March 2003, making his debut a month later against Guiseley.


GARFORTH TOWN trainee Lee Jones is certainly making an impression at The Marston’s Stadium with coach Vernol Blair comparing him to England star Wayne Rooney.

The 16-year-old Scotsman has joined Town as part of the clubs inovative youth training/host family scheme. And Blair, Garforth’s YT head coach, is pleased with how the youngster has settled into life in West Yorkshire. He said: “Lee is a great lad.

“He was quiet at first, but now he is a popular member of the group and we all feel that he has a fantastic attitude. Along with Duncan Williams, he is the fittest player and is always last off the field, emphasising his dedication.

“People say that Scotland are struggling to produce quality players, but thanks to the hard work of his coaches we have a player of immense potential. Quite simply, he is our answer to Wayne Rooney.”


SELBY TOWN have signed left-sided midfielder Gavin Dickinson from Unibond League side, and current NCEL champions, Goole.

Dickinson enjoyed spells in local football with Pocklington Town and Rowntree’s before joining Northern Counties East Premier Division club Pickering Town in December 2002. After a couple of years with the Pikes, Dickinson joined Goole prior to the start of this season.

But, after not settling in at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds, Dickinson has now made the short journey up the A63 to join the Robins and made his Selby debut against Long Eaton United.


HALL ROAD RANGERS have welcomed defender Mike Bettney back from injury but the 19-year-old, a virtual ever-present since joining the club towards the end of the 2002/03 season, faces a hard battle to regain his place at left-back.

New Rangers boss Matty Edeson has brought a number of defenders into Dene Park all of whom have impressed in Bettney's absence. But, ironically, injury and unavailability of others meant fit-again Bettney could return to the starting line-up in the recent defeat at Gedling, and now the former Hull City man is determined to retain his place.

Unfortunately Bettney was booked after just 21 minutes of his seasonal bow, a reminder of the disciplinary problems he has suffered previously. But the player is refreshingly honest about the reasons for his 13 yellow and two red cards last season.

He said: "My tackling is sometimes too reckless and I am trying hard to be more controlled."

Meanwhile, former Rangers striker Gary Bradshaw has returned to the Football League after signing for Cheltenham Town.

Bradshaw, who began his league career at Hull City before joining Scarborough, had a brief stay at Dene Park towards the end of the 2002/03 season before moving onto Harrogate Town and North Ferriby United.


LIVERSEDGE have enjoyed great success on the pitch in recent years, including that memorable FA Cup run, but they recently suffered a blow away from the park after being told that part of the boundary fence at the Clayborn Ground doesn’t meet required safety standards.

‘Sedge have undertaken a lot of work on their pitch which has meant the club playing all their opening matches away from home, but they now face addition work to bring the fence into line with current legislation.

A club spokesmen told the local press, "The Football Stadium Development Fund will provide funding to help the club but this is still based on a significant contribution from Liversedge FC up front.

“This funding is not available due to us having zero income since the end of last season, and since the new financial rules have been applied to football clubs, we have no overdraft facility, so we're in the lap of the gods to raise the necessary capital.”

But the problem with the fence will not prevent ‘Sedge playing on their home ground now that the pitch levelling work is completed.


GLAPWELL centre-forward David Middleton, 17, has joined Central Midlands League club Southwell City on a month’s loan.


SHIREBROOK TOWN manager Graham Charlesworth admitted that last week’s 3-0 FA Vase victory at Blackwell Miners Welfare helped to lay a ghost to rest!

That ghost was Shirebrook’s shock FA Cup defeat to Teversal, a game which Charlesworth’s team had expected been expected to win.

“Games against Blackwell and Teversal where you are favourites are banana skins where you are likely to slip up,” Charlesworth said. “At least our victory at Blackwell helped put the Teversal defeat behind us.

“Now it’s a case of progressing in the Vase and earning some prize money.”


ARNOLD TOWN defender Iain Screaton won’t forget the Eagles FA Vase win over Ibstock United - a tie that was played over 3 half’s! The original match was only six minutes old when Screaton put Arnold in front only for the goal-scorer to see red following an incident in the 22nd minute.

But, with ten-men Arnold still leading by the only goal, the match was abandoned at half-time when the referee, a serving police officer, discovered his dressing room had been ransacked and his warrant card stolen.

When the two teams met a second time it was again Iain Screaton who got the decisive goal which saw the Eagles progress to the next round. And the defenders goal-scoring exploits was also good news for Heanor Town - who Arnold will visit in the next round.

“The visit of Arnold will be an important occasion for us,” said Heanor assistant-manager Kevin Marsh. “It will be a big game and should boost our finances.”


LONG EATON UNITED’S midfielder Craig Weston has had the red card he received in the recent clash with Garforth Town rescinded.

Following the game the referee reviewed the incident and reversed his decision which automatically frees the player from suspension. United won the match, which also saw two Garforth players dismissed, 3-2.


MICKLEOVER SPORTS have signed midfielder Craig Ramage and the former Notts County and Derby player made his debut in the recent draw with Sutton Town.

Sports boss Martin Rowe commented, "He enjoyed it at Sutton. He got a few knocks but he should be okay."


BORROWASH VICTORIA have installed Wayne Sutton as player-coach whilst physio Dave Hardy has also joined the staff. Sports massage expert Michelle Green makes up a trio of new backroom staff at the Robinson Construction Bowl.


WINTERTON RANGERS club secretary Gerry Spencer is recovering after suffering a heart attack following a match.

He felt unwell on the journey home from the game at Gedling Town, went into hospital the following day and underwent tests. It comes at the end of a very difficult month for Rangers following the tragic death of young striker Jonathan Leigh.

We hope to see Gerry back supporting Winterton soon.


PONTEFRACT COLLIERIES have put some silverware into the trophy cabinet already this season by winning the Embleton Cup.

The final was played at Ponte’s Abstract Stadium against Castleford & District Sunday League team Thorpe Audlin with Colls Andy Catton bagging a hat-trick in his sides 6-3 victory.

 "The Blues"