Heaton Stannington 3-3 Billingham Town
Saturday 24th September 2016
The Stan were playing only their 2nd home league match of the season and hoped to build on their 7 consecutive away wins. There was 1 change from Saturday. The 1st clear effort came in the 5th minute when a Billingham effort was headed away. 2 minutes later and Blackett shot just wide. 3 minutes later a visitor’s free kick went just wide after getting through the wall. The Stan’s pace was putting Town under pressure as they sought the 1st goal. In 21 minutes the Stan shot wide but then a Billingham player broke free and looked like he would score when he shot towards the corner of the goal but Smith made a great save. There was a good passing spell by the Stan, and a couple of attacks, followed by a period when nothing much happened. Against the run of play, the visitors controversially took the lead in 41 minutes. An attack was blocked by Smith and as a Town player turned from goal to get the ball he caught Antony who fell in the box. A penalty was given for hand ball against Antony when he fell and Craig Hutchinson converted it. 2 minutes later, form a throw in, the ball got to Chris Dickinson in the middle of the Stan box and Stoddart was unable to prevent him from slotting it past Smith. With the Stan Army in shock, the players had the right attitude and attacked immediately with Blackett playing a great through ball on the right to Sam Walton who shot to make it 1-2 in the 44th minute. (more…)
Esh Winning 0-6 Heaton Stannington
Saturday 17 September 2016
It is always a pleasure to visit Esh Winning’s West Terrace ground in neighbouring Waterhouses, one of the most picturesque grounds in the Northern league, and it is an even greater pleasure to have such a fine day to boot. There were 3 changes from the Vase match and there was a return to the dugout for Geoff Walker. Kick off was delayed for 5 minutes as the match officials picked fault with one of the nets and then the match ball had to be changed. The Stan kicked off on the long grass and from the off the gulf in class between the 2 teams was evident, with the Stan dominating the opening 10 minutes. It was no surprise that on 20 minutes Paul Blackett fired the Stan into the lead when he simply out muscled the Esh defender to fire home. Blackett doubled his tally 2 minutes later to put the Stan firmly in command and 2-0 up. That seemed to wake Esh up and they forced their first meaningful attack but the Stan defence was more than up to the task. On 31 minutes, a misjudged attempt by Stan keeper Smith gave Esh a free header but the lad could not direct the ball on target. On 35 minutes, Smith denied a certain Esh goal with a fine stop. It proved to be costly for Esh as the Stan made it 3-0 on 40 minutes when Sam Walton got in on the act. The referee blew bang on 45 minutes for half time and the Stan were well on the way to 3 points. (more…)
Wade steps down as Spartans boss
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League promotion challengers Blyth Spartans have announced that manager Tom Wade has stepped down from his role at the club.
Former Middlesbrough, Ipswich Town and Stockport County striker Alun Armstrong has
immediately been appointed as his replacement.
Having spent time at the club in the early 2000’s, Wade returned to Spartans as assistant manager to Paddy Atkinson in October 2012, eventually succeeding Atkinson as Spartans manager in the following March.
Wade oversaw a dramatic turnover of players at Croft Park and led the club to successive play-off challenges, albeit unsuccessful ones.
However, his main contribution was to lead the club to the Third Round of the FA Cup in 2014/15, when Spartans bravely exited the competition at the hands of SkyBet Championship side Birmingham City. (more…)
Former Northern League chairman handed senior vice president title
Mike Amos – the former chairman of the Northern League – has been awarded the title of Senior Vice President.
Mike stood down at the end of last season after 20 years as chairman and 30 years’ involvement in the league.
Spartans boss Wade expecting tough FA Cup tie against Morpeth Town
Blyth Spartans have been handed a “tough draw” in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round, but manager Tom Wade hopes that their competitive clash with Morpeth Town draws the big crowd that it deserves.
Spartans’ were rewarded for their 3-1 win over fellow Evo-Stik Premier League side Frickley Athletic with another home tie, against current FA Vase holders Town.
The Northern League side have already claimed a cup scalp in the last round – with a comprehensive 4-2 victory over Colwyn Bay – and Wade is hoping that fans of both sides will turn out in their numbers to cheer on their team in what he expects to be a “mouth-watering” clash.
When asked what sort of crowd he was expecting for the game, Wade replied: “You’ve got to look at about 1000, I would have thought. Morpeth’s crowds have gone up recently and it’s only seven miles away, so I’m expecting to see more through the gates from an away side than normal.
Magpies keeper makes Quakers loan move
Darlington have signed goalkeeper Paul Woolston on loan from Championship neighbours Newcastle United.
The Quakers need to rest first-choice keeper Peter Jameson due to a thigh injury.
Woolston made national headlines in March 2014 when, as a 15-year-old schoolboy, he kept a clean sheet on his under-21 debut against Manchester United.
Avenue bring in striker Sinclair
Bradford Park Avenue head coach Alex Meechan has added experienced forward Emile Sinclair to his squad ahead of tonight’s match with Darlington.
The pacey, powerful frontman, 28, has a rich history in the Football League, playing for clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Peterborough United and Macclesfield Town.
Football world pays their respects as Shaw Lane AFC defender passes away
Shaw Lane AFC have revealed the tragic news that defender Daniel Wilkinson has passed away after suffering a suspected heart attack during their game against Brighouse Town.
Wilkinson, who joined the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South club from Rushall Olympic in the summer, was treated on the pitch at St Giles Road, with medics performing CPR for more than half an hour.
Dunston boss targets badge of honour against Jansen’s Chorley
Dunston UTS manager Billy Irwin is ready to take on a Chorley side that are on “a completely different level” to anything he has faced. (more…)
Heed sign defender Burns and loan him back to Buxton
Vanarama National League club Gateshead have completed the signing of Buxton defender Danny Burns for an undisclosed fee.
The centre back joined the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Bucks in the summer, following his release from Cambridge United and will return to the club on loan for the rest of the season.