Non-League News & Archive

Mellon: Tranmere Will Give It The ‘Full Treatment’ To Get To Wembley

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Micky Mellon has told his Tranmere players not to regret the next seven days, and make the most of the chance they have got of getting to Wembley Stadium. Rovers put their Vanarama National League title challenge to one side at they travel to Macclesfield for the first leg on their F.A. Trophy semi final. The return game is a week later. If they win over the two games they face either York City or Lincoln City at the home of football. Mellon doesn’t want this to be a missed opportunity and he told supporters the squad want to take them to London for a big day out. The last time Tranmere played at Wembley was back in the year 2000 and the manager is in confident mood. “There has to be some excitement about being at this stage of the competition, so close to getting to Wembley,” he said. “You have to give the full treatment to trying to take the Tranmere fans to the national stadium, so we’ll have to give everything to try and make that happen.” On the game, the manager added: “It’s different because it is over two legs, so at some point during the two matches, you will need to take a look at where you’re at. “But we’ll certainly start the game as we start any other, trying to go and win it, get the first goal or the next goal, so we’ll attack it like that. “Things will become clearer at some stage through the two ties and you’ve got to be prepared for that and have a plan for what we may want to do.” read more

Tempest Loaned to Trinity

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nuneaton Town have allowed midfielder Greg Tempest to join Vanarama National League North rivals Gainsborough Trinity on loan for the remainder of the season. “Greg has been terrific since my appointment,” said Boro manager, Tommy Wright. “He’s a great lad who has showed his versatility by filling in at various positions for the good of the team. “But he wants to go part-time in the summer and focus on a career outside of the game, so I feel that with him not being selected for the starting XI over the past two weeks, it’s best for all concerned if he goes out on loan to get some regular game time between now and the end of the season.” Tempest was Nuneaton`s first signing of last summer following his release by National League outfit Lincoln City. He started his career at Notts County from the age of 16 and made sixteen appearances for the Magpies during his stay there, and also enjoyed time out on loan to Ilkeston FC and Boston United. After being released by Notts County, Tempest joined up with Lincoln City for the 2015/16 season and made twenty-two appearances for the Imps. Tempest is also a Northern Ireland international and made six appearances whilst on the books at Notts County. read more

McNamara Returns to Canaries – Again

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jonny McNamara is returning to former club, Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division Hitchin Town, on loan from Vanarama National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town for the remainder of this season. A summer 2016 signing from Hitchin, McNamara was a popular player at Top Field after joining from their neighbours Arlesey Town. A competitive midfielder with an eye for goal, after being with Hitchin as a youth, he also played for Stotfold. McNamara is returning to the Canaries in order to get game time and assist their play-off push at the same time. read more

Rebels Bring in Summers

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ryman League Premier Division club Worthing have completed the signing of striker Dan Summers on an eighteen-month contract. The 28-year-old much-travelled striker, who last played for Ryman Division One South side Corinthian-Casuals, has agreed a deal at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium until the end of next season. Summers has been a regular goalscorer in Division One South, scoring twice in a match against the Mackerels for Carshalton Athletic last season – a match in which the physical front-man caught Rebels` joint-manager Gary Elphick’s eye. Summers scored twice for Carshalton against Worthing last season, and Elphick commented: “He bullied us somewhat that day to be honest. Luckily we improved in the second half and came back to win the game but I’ve kept tabs on him ever since then and I’m delighted to have him with us now. “He’s a physical presence up there which everyone can see we’ve been lacking since Omar Bugiel left. “We’ve struggled for goals recently too; Dan has regularly hit 20-plus in the league below and played enough games at this level for the likes of Kingstonian and Metropolitan Police, so I’m confident he’ll be a success here.” Much like Worthing`s other recent signing Loius Clark, Summers has had spells in both the United States and Australia in his past while more recently, he hit 37 goals in all competitions for Tooting & Mitcham United during 2014/15. He joined Carshalton the following season and, despite that double against Worthing, struggled somewhat to repeat the form of the previous campaign and ended the season with Chipstead. Five goals at the start of this season for Walton Casuals earned him a move to Metropolitan Police in the Ryman Premier Division before a short spell with Corinthian-Casuals last month. Summers registration has gone through making him available for the trip to Harrow Borough today where Elphick’s side will be looking to end a run of six straight defeats. (Worthing FC) read more

McElhone Switches To League Rivals

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bishops Sutton have revealed that young midfielder Tony McElhone has left the club and has signed for fellow Toolstation Western League First Division strugglers Corsham Town. McElhone will be joined back at The Southbank by re-employed manager Nigel Tripp, who was re-instated at their EGM held last week following their recent turmoil. McElhone had found opportunities limited at Bishop Sutton this season and featured nine times this season, starting three matches. Manager Scott Armstrong said: ”Tony is a great lad with a good attitude but he just needs to play. Unfortunately, he found himself down the pecking order at Sutton. Also with no reserve side I couldn’t offer Tony regular football which is what he needs at his age. Also, a key factor for Tony leaving was that he lives in Wiltshire and travelling to Sutton was becoming an increasing problem with limited opportunities”. read more

Moors Borrow Young Newcastle Keeper

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Spennymoor Town have released a goalkeeper and signed a goalkeeper all in the space of a few days. Summer signing Andrew Rafferty has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent and has now left the club permanently. Meanwhile, Moors have been quick to replace the stopper with young prospect Ben Smith from Newcastle United’s under-23 squad. The 19-year-old Gateshead native has joined Spennymoor on `work experience` until the end of the season to bag some game time. Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley said: “We’d like to thank Andrew Rafferty for the effort he’s put in since joining Spennymoor last summer. Unfortunately, sometimes moves just don’t work in football. We wish him luck with his career and hope he finds somewhere he can settle. “We had to replace Andrew in the squad quickly, so we’re pleased to have secured Ben’s services for the rest of the season. He’s a talented young goalkeeper and he’ll certainly get his chance to impress at The Brewery Field.” Smith is the second exciting youngster from Tyneside to have joined the Moors’ squad this season, along with Gateshead’s Thomas White. The midfielder has impressed on the pitch and enjoyed his football to an extent that he has extended the length of his loan at The Brewery Field. Smith is not expected to be in contention for today’s trip to Halesowen Town. However, he should be an option from next week onwards. The 6`2” stopper is also the second player to join Spennymoor on a `work experience` placement this week. Huddersfield Town’s young centre-back Callum Elliott is now a week into his placement and has impressed in training, giving Ainsley something to think about for his matchday squad selection. (Spennymoor Town FC) read more

Latest Moves……

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Recent movers around the Pyramid….. Ahmed Abdullah Whitehawk to Metropolitan Police (Loan) Cedric Abraham Croydon to Gravesham Femi Akinwande Colchester to East thurrock Utd (Loan) Arel Amu Arlesey T to Welling Utd Luke Anderson Brigg T to Bottesford T Lee Angol Peterborough Utd to Lincoln C (Rest of Season Loan) Edi Appleton Quorn to Coventry Sphinx Aaron Ashley Bacup B to West Didsbury & Chorlton Ben Ashton Meridian to FC Elmstead Wes Atkinson Notts Co to Alfreton T (Loan) Jamie Bailey Clipstone to Maltby Main Jack Barham Tilbury to Thurrock Harry Bean Luton to Dunstable T (Work Exp) Nick Bignall Hungerford T to Gosport B (Loan) Clarke Bogard Aveley to Tilbury Jack Bowen Brackley T to AFC Rushden & Diamonds Michael Brewster Shaw Lane AFC to Marine AFC Callum Bunting Beaconsfield SYCOB to Slough T Phil Buxton Rainworth MW to AFC Mansfield Bailo Camara Eastbourne Utd to AFC Uckfield Dylan Cascoe Harrow B to Chipstead Mitchell Chapman VCD Ath to Hythe T Guy Clark Stratford T to Rugby T Conor Clarke Northwood to Hitchin T Nico Cotton Southend Utd to Lowestoft T (Rest of Season Loan) Danny Crawford Northallerton T to Thornaby Joe Crowther Brigg T to Grimsby B Khale da Costa Harlow T to Hendon Charles Day St Neots T to St Ives T Arlie Desanges Sutton Ath to Sheppey United Keir Dickson Enfield T to Kingstonian Connor Dodson Cray Valley to SC Thamesmead Joe Donaldson Alsager T to Hanley T Rob Doran Colwyn Bay to Burscough Joel Driscoll Farnborough to Marlow Kieran Dunbar Fleetwood to Stalybridge Celtic Martin Dynan Three Bridges to Whyteleafe Ashley Edenborough Highworth T to Evesham Utd Chris Elliott East Cowes Vics to Cowes Sports George Essuman VCD Ath to Dover Ath Chris Fawcus Clipstone to Parkgate Nathan Ferguson Port Vale to Bromley Reece Fielding Doncaster to Frickley Ath (Rest of Season Loan) Roy Fogarty Nostell MW to Harrogate RA Omar Folkes Carshalton Ath to Merstham Alfons Fosu-Mensah Hednesford T to Marine AFC Paul Foy Skelmersdale Utd to Marine AFC Ruben French Pagham to Chichester C Lee Gaskell Stalybridge Celtic to Ramsbottom Utd Harry Gibbons Notts Co to Grantham T (Loan) Ryan Golding Gravesham to Bearsted Liam Gooch Luton to Kettering T (Loan) Daniel Greene St Helens T to Irlam Anthony Griffith Glossop NE to Trafford Paul Griffith Newton Aycliffe to Darlington RA Pape Gueye Sutton Utd to Margate (Loan) Ryan Hall Luton to Bromley Derek Harding Horndean to Baffins Milton R# Liam Hardy Darlington 1883 to Buxton Calvin Hare Marine AFC to Witton Alb Charles Harris East Grinstead T to Hastings Utd Greg Hartley Chattanooga FC (USA) to Salford C Greg Hartley Salford C to Colne (Loan) Luke Heard Horndean to Fareham T Jake Heath Stourbridge to Stafford R Scott Hellewell Brigg T to Winterton R Jordan Hempenstall Stamford AFC to Brackley T Jonathan Henly Hemel Hempstead T to Tonbridge Angels (Loan) Jordan Holmes Alton T to Tadley Calleva Jahmal Howlett-Mundle Canvey Island to Whyteleafe Lewis Hudson Coventry Copsewood to Coventry Sphinx David Hutton Chesham Utd to Hayes & Yeading Utd Harry Jackson US Portsmouth to Blackfield & Langley Aaron Jewell Marlow to Beaconsfield SYCOB Nathaniel Kelly Solihull Moors to Sutton Coldfield T Ryan Kelly Blackfield & Langley to Verwood T Jake Kempton Godalming T to Kingstonian Pierce Kiembi Chasetown to Coventry Sphinx (below) Craig King Luton to Southport (Loan) Cedric Krou BFC Daugavpils (Latvia) to FC United of Manchester Mekhi Leacock-McLeod VCD Ath to Billericay T Simon Lenighan Warrington T to Shaw Lane AFC Kyron Lightfoot Chatham T to Faversham T Craig Lindfield Marine AFC to Trafford Charlie Lofts Grimsby T to Ossett Alb (Work Exp) Jordan Lymn Cheltenham T to North Leigh (Rest of Season Loan) Callum Mahoney Burscough to Marine AFC Jamie Mansell Hamble Club to Whitchurch Utd Charlie Marshall Stockton T to Guisborough T Lucas McCartney Romsey T to Gosport B Frankie Musonda Luton to Braintree T (Loan) Ethan Nelson Grimsby B to Armthorpe Welfare Josh Nodder Clipstone to Maltby Main Jonathan Nzengo Great Wakering R to Ware Callum O’Hare Hamworthy Utd to Verwood T Sam O`Malley Barton Town OB to Brigg T Ayokunle Odedoyin Tilbury to Aveley Jack Oldham Loughborough Dynamo to Stamford AFC Shabazz Omofe Bristol C to Bromley Michael Onouwigun Southport to Merstham Elliot Parker Whitchurch Utd to Amesbury T Peter Parvin West Auckland T to Northallerton T Greg Peel Mangotsfield Utd to Larkhall Ath Tyrone Pink Chalfont St Peter to St Ives T Jason Plomer AFC Portchester to Fareham T Luke Porritt Guiseley AFC to Ossett Alb (Loan) Joe Pugh Doncaster to Frickley Ath (Rest of Season Loan) Dan Quigley King`s Lynn T to AFC Rushden & Diamonds Mark Reed Glossop NE to Runcorn T Neil Richmond Tilbury to Great Wakering R Drew Ricketts Sutton Coldfield T to Mickleover Sports Joe Robinson Ipswich T to St Albans C (Loan) Luke Rodgers Sutton Coldfield T to Stourbridge Gavin Rothery Gainsborough Trinity to Bradford PA (Rest of Season Loan) Richard Seixas Leatherhead to Thamesmead T Gurjit Singh Hednesford T to Rushall Olympic Ronald Sobowale Carshalton Ath to Molesey Matthew Spring Hemel Hempstead T to Hitchin T (Dual Reg) Ryan Steele Maine Road to Winsford Utd Ethan Stephenson Ryton & Crawcrook Alb to Esh Winning Lee Stevenson King`s Lynn T to Shaw Lane AFC Jordan Storey Exeter to Tiverton T (Loan) Ben Swift Aston Villa to Margate Solomon Taiwu Cray Wanderers to Bishop`s Stortford Nick Tayler Horndean to Blackfield & Langley James Taylor Hayes & Yeading Utd to Beaconsfield SYCOB Michael Thalassitis Welling Utd to Margate Josh Thomas Cheltenham T to North Leigh (Rest of Season Work Exp) Zeph Thomas Shaw Lane AFC to Stafford R Adam Thompson Whyteleafe to Three Bridges Craige Tomkins Chalfont St. Peter to Uxbridge Ed Toner Warrington T to Marine AFC Aaron Waters Bowers & Pitsea to Tilbury Chris-Pat Weber Meridian to Erith & Belvedere Spencer Weir-Daley Hednesford T to Corby T Jack White Cray Valley to SC Thamesmead Shammie Williams Nuneaton T to Coventry Sphinx Bradley Wilson Staines T to Metropolitan Police (Loan) Henry Winter FC United of Manchester to Stockport Co Bradley Woods-Garness Cray Wanderers to Ware Lawrence Yiga Harlow T to Chesham Utd read more

‘Last Year We Weren’t Good Enough, That Has All Changed Now’ Says Dartford Boss Burman

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dartford manager Tony Burman believes his side have come on leaps and bounds from last season. Now the Princes Park manager wants his players to be rewarded for their improvement with promotion. He says his group are more focused this time, ahead of this afternoon’s vital Vanarama National League match at Concord Rangers. “Last year we were there or thereabouts,” he said. “But every time we got in the top five we’d lose the next game. It wasn’t just losing that one, we’d lose the next one as well. So we’d drop out of the top five. There was no consistency in the team or results. “I know we could have got into the playoffs on the last day by relying on other results, but really it didn’t deserve to happen because we weren’t good enough. “But this year people know we’re a decent side, with a good blend of young and old. Every time we’ve gone on a run we’ve had a majority of wins and that’s kept us up in the top part since January.” On this afternoon’s trip to Concord, the manager said: “It’s another important one in our season. It’s a tough place to go but we need to be ready. “It’s the type of place last year perhaps we would have struggled at so let’s see what happens this time around.” read more

Fan-fare Can Power Cleethorpes to Wembley Says Proud Manager Newell

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Marcus Newell wants the Cleethorpes supporters to really play their part in the club’s F.A Vase Semi Finals. They may be outnumbered at Bromsgrove Sporting this afternoon at the Victoria Ground but they can make their voices heard, says their manager. Then it’s their turn next week when they host the Midland Division One side in the second leg. According to Sporting manager Paul Smith, Cleethorpes are big favourites to progress to Wembley. Newell said of Bromsgrove that he “understands it will be tough” but added that their hosts today “won’t fancy playing us over two legs”. He says their fans can really help as they look to return to Owen Street with an advantage. “The supporters will be vital over the two games,” the manager said as the excitement really build about the Vase double header. “The town is right behind us and hopefully we can get the job done, but it’s not going to be easy – whoever you play in a Semi deserves to be there and we know we are going to be in for two very demanding games. “I am proud of the players for getting this far. It’s a great competition and we are desperate to make the final.” Brody Robertson misses out through suspension but The Owls’ squad is strong and the manager knows they can cope with setbacks. Sporting manager Smith said: “We know they are the favourites but we’ve got to give it our best shot.” read more

Stourbridge Look To Reel Blyth In But No There’s Little Room For Error

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stourbridge still have ambitions of pegging back runaway leaders Blyth but Gary Hackett’s side know they can ill afford any kind of a slip up at home this afternoon if they are to draw the table toppers closer to them, writes Richard Scott.  The Glassboys sit 2nd in the EvoStik Premier league table having six of their eight home games since the turn of the year and they can cement their place in the play-off positions with a victory over Mickleover Sports this weekend. But midfielder Tom Tonks knows that it will be a tricky game with the Sports having the likes of Pablo Mills formerly of Derby County in their ranks. Tonks said: “In any league or level your home form is always important you’ve got to win your home games. “We are doing quite well at home so long may it continue. Touch wood it can bring us three more points closer to the playoffs and finish high as possible. “Hopefully it can bring us three points against Mickleover Sports, it will be a tough game as they have some experienced players and some good players, it’s going to be a tough one but we all know what we need to do on Saturday to get the three points. We are confident that we can.” The West Midlands side is chasing down league leaders Blyth Spartans who sit top of the league on 77 points. The former Halesowen Town man believes that while it’s not impossible for the War Memorial ground side to overtake the Spartans he knows that it would be an easy feat. Tonks said: “We have just got to go into every game and hope we can take three points, it’s Blyth’s to lose now, I think they are 10 points in front so it’s going to be tough ask for us to overtake them. “But we will take each game as it comes, I know it’s an old cliché but we want three points from every game as do Blyth. “If they do slip up then hopefully we will be there to take advantage. But it will be a tough ask and if we had beaten them the other week when we played them at home then we would have a chance. “But it’s going to be tough, we will keep doing out own thing.” read more

Two Join The Met Police

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Jim Cooper, manager of Ryman League Premier Division club Metropolitan Police, has has moved quickly to sign two players ahead of tomorrow`s trip to Grays Athletic read more

Well-Travelled Taiwo Joins The Blues

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Vanarama National League South club Bishop`s Stortford have signed the much-travelled Solomon Taiwo, who recently left Ryman League Division One South side Cray Wanderers. read more

Krou Returns to FC United

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Vanarama National League North club FC United of Manchester have re-signed c centre-back Cedric Krou upon his return to England after a year with Latvian side BFC Daugavpils. read more

Holmes under the hammer?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Avenue Take Rivals Winger on Loan

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bradford Park Avenue have signed winger Gavin Rothery on loan from Vanarama National League rivals Gainsborough Trinity until the end of the season. read more

Tragic Postscript to Thrilling Match

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A thrilling Vanarama National League game at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium between Chester FC and promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers screened live on BT Sport, was marred by the tragic death of a supporter, who was taken ill during the game. read more

Friday Experiment Works for Witham

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Friday night football experiment for Witham Town worked on all fronts as they attracted their biggest crowd of the season and they witnessed an eight-goal thriller against Ryman League Division One North strugglers Heybridge Swifts. read more

Heath Moves to League Rivals

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stourbridge have confirmed the departure of Jake Heath from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club. read more

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