Rain, and lots of it, was the defining feature of the month. It’s tough enough planning a schedule when games are being constantly moved to accommodate the various cup competitions at this time of year, without additionally having to negotiate your way around those dreaded words ‘match postponed – waterlogged pitch’. Consequently, November included my first blank footballing Saturday in three seasons, a couple of matches I hadn’t initially intended to take in, and much frantic checking of Twitter for updates of inspections as the deluge continued unabated. (more…)
Shildon manager Gary Forrest believes that the Railwaymen’s defence is the platform for success after they beat fellow Ebac Northern League First Division title challengers North Shields 2-0 at Dean Street on Saturday
The Railwaymen have improved their defence this season, and Forrest said; “We’ve kept nine clean sheets in the league this season, and at any level of football that takes some doing. We looked solid against Shields, and that’s thanks to the central defensive pairing of Carl Jones and Gary Brown.
“They’re playing well together, and throwing themselves in front of everything. All the other players have the same attitude, and that is a good foundation.” (more…)
Northallerton Town manager Danny Mellanby quit after Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Billingham Synthonia – even though they’re firmly in the Ebac Northern League Second Division promotion race.
Northallerton are seventh in the table and have recorded some high scoring wins this season, but Mellanby says that he’s had enough of the attitude of some of his players after they were beaten by Synners.
Mellanby, who had a brief spell as manager of Newton Aycliffe last season, said; “I resigned with immediate effect after an unacceptable home defeat. The fans and the fantastic committee deserve better. It’s been noted in the last few weeks that players have struggled to be motivated for games. Let’s hope someone can come in and change their mentality.”
September is always a busy month in the football calendar, with no shortage of games to attend and a climate which is still conducive to good pitches and, occasionally, shirt sleeves. It’s also when you get a decent feel for how the season is likely to progress, especially for the local teams you see most often. Accordingly, I haven’t felt the need to venture too far off a well-trodden path of late. So, with travel costs kept to a minimum, this is the story of my Northern League adventures over the past four weeks. (more…)
Shildon manager Gary Forrest told his players that nothing is definite yet as they closed in on the Ebac Northern League First Division title with a nervous 3-1 home win over Durham City on Saturday.
The Railwaymen must win their last league game at Bedlington Terriers on Wednesday night to clinch their first title since 1940 in their 125th year, and optimism was high on Saturday that they could achieve the second leg of their trophy quest following the news of Bedlington’s 6-2 home defeat by relegated Celtic Nation. (more…)
Shildon manager Gary Forrest has told his players to treat the Ebac Northern League First Division like a cup competition after they comfortably won 6-0 at relegated Celtic Nation on Saturday.
Shildon will win the league if they win their remaining three matches against Sunderland RCA and Bedlington (away) and Durham City (home), but any slip up will hand the league title to Marske United, who play their last game against relegated Celtic Nation on Tuesday night. (more…)
Shildon manager Gary Forrest says that the Railwaymen’s visit to Morpeth Town on Wednesday could have a big bearing on the destiny of the Ebac Northern League First Division title after they beat Whitley Bay 1-0 at Dean Street on Saturday
Patched-up Shildon have five games remaining and need to win them all to lift their first title for seventy years, otherwise Marske United will almost certainly become champions. (more…)