Clarets Win Race For Woods

Burnley Sign Chris Woods for £15million

According to reports in a national newspaper, Burnley Football Club have finally agreed a deal with Leeds United to sign striker Chris Wood in a deal worth an initial £15m. The Clarets were determined to land Wood after boss Sean Dyche told their board that the New Zealand striker was his No 1 choice to replace Andre Gray.

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Burnley returned to Wood after having an £11.8million offer for Deportivo La Coruna’s striker Florin Andone rejected and Dyche feels the Kiwi can score in the top flight.

Leeds United were keen to hang on to Chris Wood and offered him a three-year contract extension on his current £15,000-a-week deal in an attempt to persuade him to stay.  But Wood was desperate to move to the Premier League once he knew of Burnley’s interest.

It is understood that Chris Wood will travel down to Burnley for his medical tomorrow from the North East hotel where Leeds stayed ahead of the clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

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Steeton AFC v Route One Rovers

Steeton AFC 2 v 1 Route One Rovers (West Riding County Amateur League)

Route One Rovers arrived at the Doris Wells Memorial Field for the second league match of the season in the West Riding Amateur League.  Steeton were looking to continue their excellent form, following Saturday’s 6-0 victory over Dram Community.

Both teams started the game well in what was a fast flowing game with some excellent one touch football.  Steeton made great use of the ball in the midfield and in wide area’s with Joe Park and Alex Yates making telling runs down the channels before providing some good crosses for Ben Clarkson in the visitors area.

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Route One Rovers were one of the better sides to have visited Summerhill Lane this season and they played their part in an entertaining match. The visitors gave the home defence something to think about with a number of good runs and some excellent long range efforts that tested Wayne Mahomet and the Steeton defence.

However, it was the home side that took the lead on ten minutes after a Ben Clarkson header could only be pushed into the air by the visiting goalkeeper, leaving Alistair Morgan with a simple header from six yards to give Steeton the lead.

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The visitors should have drawn level midway through the first-half following a corner into the Steeton area, the visiting captain had a free header from four yards which he put over Mahomet’s crossbar.

The rest of the half continued in much the same way with both sides playing some attractive football whilst creating a number of chances, but the half-finished with the score 1-0 to Steeton.

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Steeton started the second half the stronger of the two teams in a half that went much the same way as the first.  However Steeton extended their lead, as Alex Yates collected the ball inside the visitors area on the left side, before sending a curling shot passed the visitors keeper into the right-hand side of the goal to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

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The visitors did manage to pull a goal back on seventy-five minutes, to make the final fifteen minutes very interesting.  However Steeton were always in control of what was an excellent game of football at Summerhill Lane.  The victory leaves Steeton joint-top in the West Riding County Amateur League with two more home game in the next week.

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Roy Mason side have made an excellent start to the season winning their opening two league fixtures with solid performances against both Dram Community Football Club and Route One Rovers.  Steeton AFC will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season as they welcome Lepton Highlanders to Summerhill Lane on Saturday.

Match Details

Steeton AFC – Mahomet, Mason, Scott, Morgan, Pearson, Flaherty, Holden, Judd, Clarkson, Yates, Park (Subs) J.Smith, Rhodes, Sowerbutts, Hird

Route One Rovers – Yas, Jono, Umar, Amir, Zak, Aqad, Zain, Lala, Hassan, Danny, Weedy (Subs) Shezad, Usy, Harry

Goals(Steeton) Morgan, Yates (Route One Rovers) Shezad

Attendance – 58
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Guiseley AFC v Tranmere Rovers

Guiseley AFC 0 v 0 Tranmere Rovers (Vanarama National League)

After conceding six goal away at Aldershot Town last weekend, Adam Lockwood and his squad were looking to bounce straight back as they faced Tranmere Rovers this evening at Nethermoor Park.  Lockwood made a number of chances for the game including a first team league debut for goalkeeper Joe Green.

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Tranmere had the better of the first half and could have gone in front with their first attack, when Adam Buxton’s cross from the right found Andy Cook, but his header went inches over the Green’s crossbar. A few minutes later a long ball forward caught out the Tranmere defence, which left Reece Thompson charging down on goal only to see Scott Davies came off his line and make a save pushing the ball away to safety.

The visitors worked the ball into some good positions without creating too many clear-cut chances, but on the half hour mark Liam Ridehalgh did well down the left and send over a low cross which Andy Cook got on the end of but steered his effort wide. The rest of the half was a bit of a battle in midfield, but the home side were outstanding at the back with a solid defensive performance which saw the game goalless at the interval.

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The second half was much the same as the first with both side having some half chances to score and Guiseley standing solid in defence. Reece Thompson had another shot saved by Scott Davies, before Liam Ridehalgh should have done better for the visitors sending a shot way over Green’s crossbar from an excellent position.

As the game entered into the last fifteen minutes there were a number of chances at either ends as both teams looked for the winner. Jack Dunn for the visitors set up Connor Jennings but he slid in and put is shot wide from six yards out.  Green was down quickly to deny the lively Andy Cook, before Guiseley’s Reece Thompson headed straight at Scott Davies at the other end.

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As the visitors piled on the pressure, Dunn headed another good opportunity wide of the far post.  However the best chance of the half came as Andy Cook did well to get hold of the ball on halfway, before threading a through ball to Jack Dunn who raced in on goal but dragged his shot across the face of goal and wide of the target.

Guiseley responded as Atkinson put a header just over Davies crossbar from a corner, before Alex Purver had an opportunity to set Reece Thompson free on goal but he delayed his final pass to long and was tackled and the game finished in a 0-0 draw.

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Adam Lockwood will be looking to get the clubs first victory and three points of the season this weekend, as the Lions welcome one of the National League strugglers in Torquay United to Nethermoor Park.

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Green, Brown, Lowe, Lawlor, Hatfield, Thompson, Rooney, Purver, Odejayi, Williams, Atkinson (Subs) Maxted, Palmer, Hurst, Mulhern, East

Tranmere Rovers – Davies, McNulty, McEverly, Dunn, Harris, Buxton, Cook, Hughes, Ridehalgh, Jennings, Norburn (Subs) Pilling, Sutton, Alabi, Mangan, Waring

Goals – N/A

Attendance – 1,231

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Clarets Bid For Strikers

Burnley Bid For Waris & Andone

Burnley have made bids for a number of strikers in the last few days including an offer for L’Orient forward Majeed Waris after being rebuffed over moves for Chris Wood.

Waris scored nine Ligue 1 goals last season but was not able to keep his club side L’Orient from relegation and will move on from the French side this summer. L’Orient Football Club are currently holding out for £10million but Burnley would want to pay closer to £8m for the 25-year-old striker, who can operate on the wing or up front.

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Burnley have also made an £11.8million offer for Deportivo La Coruna’s Romanian International striker Florin Andone, who scored 12 goals in 32 appearances for the La Liga club last season.  Andone, however is not keen on a move at the moment and would like to stay in Spain with Deportivo La Coruna.

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Sean Dyche has also had a £10million offer for Hull City midfielder Sam Clucas turned down as he continues to strengthen his squad for the current Premier League campaign.

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Steeton v Tong Park Esholt

Steeton Cricket Club v Tong Park Esholt Cricket Club

Steeton won the toss and chose to field first after overnight rain, Steeton’s opening bowlers both took 3 wickets: Joe Stead took 3 wickets for 26 runs from 7 overs; and skipper Paul Hardwick took 3 wickets for 34 runs from 13 overs.

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Promoted 2nd XI skipper Gary Boulton (1-10) collected a single wicket & Stephen Pearson (2-49) took couple of wickets, including a catch from his own bowling.  David Robinson was awarded a fielding point. On a difficult track Tong Park had registered 159 runs all out in 47.4 overs.

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In reply Chris Luxton (12) of the top 3 batsmen managed double figures. David Robinson top-scored with 44 runs scored from 84 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours. David had good support from Craig Walton, who scored 39 runs from 54 deliveries with 1 six & 3 fours.

Steeton’s tail-end did not ‘wag’ and only Stephen Pearson (10) could manage double figures. Steeton were all out for 134 runs in 45.4 overs, and the season-long aversion to winning away from home continues. Steeton (6 points) lost to Tong Park Esholt (17 points) by 25 runs.

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David Robinson is my Man-of-the-Match for Steeton.

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Steeton AFC v Dram Community

Steeton AFC 6 v 0 Dram Community FC (West Riding County Premier League)

This weekend so the start of the West Riding County Amateur League as Roy Mason side Steeton AFC welcomed Dram Community FC to Summerhill Lane, for the first of three home league games in the next seven days.

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Steeton were the stronger of the two sides in what was a fast and furious start to the game, it was the home side that were creating the better chances as they kept possession of the ball. Whittaker’s first real test in the away goal came from a high back pass, which he just managed to get a hand to and stop going over his head, the ball came down just before the goal line for the keeper to collect.

The home side were playing some excellent balls into the channels for both Clarkson and Yates to chase.  On a number of occasions the strikers outpaced the Dram back four only to see their shots saved our off target. After about twenty minutes a ball over the top was chased down by Clarkson who chipped the ball over the advancing Whittaker into an empty goal to give Steeton a 1-0 lead.

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Steeton AFC continued to press the visitors defence and should have added a second goal on the half hour mark, when they worked an excellent move to the middle of the Dram area only to see the shot well blocked by Lee Maturine.

In the later stages of the first half, Steeton added a second goal following an excellent move down the left by Andy Holden, his cross found Ben Clarkson unmarked five yards from goal and the striker put his header past Whittaker to make the half-time score 2-0.

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The second half was much the same as the first with a few good runs by visitors which came to nothing, the Steeton defence stood solid and on the occasions were Dram did get behind the home defence their final shot was always off target.

Early in the second half the home side added a third goal, when a cross from the left hand side was headed past his own goalkeeper by Lee Maturine to make the score 3-0.

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Fifteen minutes into the second half, Clarkson should have completed his hat-trick, when Joe Park beat two defenders on the right before cutting into the area and pulling the ball back to Clarkson in the six yard box, but the striker missed the ball and it was cleared.

Steeton, made the game safe when they added a fourth goal midway through the half as Ben Clarkson got onto the end of another cross which he side footed passed Whittaker to complete his hat-trick and give Steeton a 4-0 lead.

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The visitors scored their second own goal of the game with around ten minutes to go as Patrick Maylett took the ball down inside the area, before playing the ball across the area to his keeper, however the ball was struck so hard it passed Whittaker and finished in the bottom corner of the goal to make the score 5-0.

Ben Clarkson finished the game with a fourth goal as he got on the end of another cross from the right hand side, Clarkson controlled the ball before placing it passed Whittaker and Maylett to make the full time score 6-0 to Steeton AFC.

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Roy Mason will have been pleased with the performance of his squad as they now sit top of the Premier League after scoring six goals and keeping a clean sheet.  Steeton AFC will now entertain Route One Rovers to Summerhill Lane on Wednesday evening.

Match Details

Steeton AFC – Mahomet, Mason, Scott, Morgan, Rooke, Flagherty, Holden, Judd, Clarkson, Yates, Park (Subs) J.Smith, A.Smith, Faqiri

Dram Community FC – Whittaker, Paul, Cuminsky, Whytes, Maylett, Maturine, Franklin, Bellafonte, Ohara, Smith, Matheson (Subs) Mckenzie, Smith, Jepson, Whyte

Goals(Steeton) Clarkson (4), Maturine (o.g.) Maylett (o.g.)

Attendance – 34

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Leeds United Reject Chris Wood Bid

Burnley Bid for Chris Wood Rejected

Leeds United Football Club have this evening confirmed they have rejected a £12 million bid from Burnley Football Club for New Zealand International striker Chris Wood.

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Wood, started his career in his homeland with Waikato FC and Hamilton Wanderers before moving to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. The striker then had six loan spells with Barnsley, Brighton Hove Albion, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Millwall and Leicester City.

A permanent move to Leicester City followed were the striker made 52 appearances, scoring 12 goals.  Wood then joined Leeds United for £3 million and has scored 41 goals in 81 appearances for the Elland Road club, including a goal against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of this season in a 3-2 win.

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