Edinburgh City Football Club have today confirmed that the clubs sporting director and former Bradford City manager Jim Jefferies is recovering in hospital after serious heart attack, Jefferies became unwell and collapsed whilst playing golf at Gullane Golf Club.
Jefferies, reportedly stopped breathing on his way to hospital before being resuscitated by paramedics during the ambulance journey. However he is understood to be responding to treatment and is in a stable condition in hospital where he is starting his recovery.
Jefferies played over 300 games for Hearts during a 14-year playing career at Tynecastle before spending two years at Berwick Rangers ending his playing days in 1983. After spells as manager at clubs including Berwick Rangers and Falkirk he returned to Hearts as boss in 1995, leading them the Scottish Cup success in 1998.
He moved south of the border to Bradford City replacing Chris Hutchings as manager of the then Premier League club, but was unable to keep them from relegation. Jefferies has served as sporting director at Scottish League Two side Edinburgh City since February 17.
A statement from the club on Monday night said, “Chairman Jim Brown has spoken to Jim Jefferies on the phone this evening and are pleased to say that he is in good spirits and looking forward to making a full recovery.”
Settle Cricket Club v Salesbury Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)
Having won the Ribblesdale Cricket League Championship a fortnight ago Settle Cricket Club welcomed Salesbury Cricket Club to Marshfield for the final league fixture of the season. In excellent conditions it was the visitors that won the toss and elected to field.
Danyl Husbands and John Davidson opened the batting for Settle Cricket Club and after a quick single in the first over, John Davidson was dismissed caught & bowled by Hashen Ramanayake after just two balls leaving the home side one for one.
Club professional Ashen Silva was next into bat and he stayed at the crease for nearly all of the innings, top scoring with seventy-three runs which included five (4’s) and three (6’s) from one hundred and twenty-five balls. He was eventual dismissed as Callum Boardman bowled him with a couple of overs remaining.
Danyl Husbands’ was the second wicket to fall as Ramanayaket claimed his second victim when he clean bowled Husbands for sixteen runs, which included one (4) to make the score twenty-one for two. Will Davidson (Captain) was next into bat and he had just got himself in scoring two excellent boundaries before being bowled by Bristol for twelve runs.
The visitors took two quick wickets, the first was that of Eddy Read who faced nine balls and scored one run before being stumpted by Tom Stones off the bowling of Josh Bristol. The next week to fall was that of Simon Tarbox who made five runs from twenty-three balls before being caught by Joe Rawlinson as Josh Bristol took his third wicket of the day.
Benjamin Hulse was next to crease and working alongside Ashen Silva he created a great partnership in the middle, adding fifty-six runs to the score before Hulse was bowled by Hashen Ramanayake for twelve leaving Settle one hundred and twenty-six for six.
Hashen Ramanayake then took his fourth wicket of the afternoon when Daniel Strickland was caught by Callum Boardman for a duck, which brough Adam Strickland to the crease, but he was bowled by Callum Boardman for a golden duck as the home side reached one hundred and forty-six from their forty-five orders.
Salesbury had some impressive figure with Hashen Ramanayake taking four wickets for twenty-four runs from fourteen overs which included five maidens. Josh Bristol added a further three wickets for thirty-one runs from nine overs, whilst Callum Boardman took two wickets for thirty-fours runs again from nine overs.
Settle Cricket Club took to the field and produced one of the best bowling performances of the season. Eddy Read and Ashen Silva were simply outstanding with the ball, dismissing the visitors between them in just twenty-five overs for ninety-two runs.
Eddy Read started the vistors collapse, when clean bowled Jarryd Clements for a duck after just seven bowls at the crease, he quickly followed that with a second wicket when he trapped Liam Parkinson lbw for just one run making the visitors five for two.
Hashen Ramanayake was next to the crease for Salesbury Cricket Club and much like Ashen Silva he stay in the middle for most of the visitors innings scoring sixty-one from just sixty-five balls before being caught by Will Davidson off the bowling of Eddy Read.
Joe Rawlinson hung around for just over two over before being bowled by Eddy Read, which brought Salesbury Captain Peter Richardson to the cease but he was quickly dismissed lbw by Ashen Silva for a duck.
Andrew Mercer then become the visitor second highest scorer making just eight runs from seventeen bowls before being bowled by Ashen Silva. Next to the cease was Jim Atherton who made six runs before making the wrong decision going for a run that was never on and he was run out by Eddy Read, leaving the visitors seventy-one for six.
Tom Stones, Callum Boardman, Josh Bristol and Lewis Gregson added a further four runs between them as Salesbury were all out for ninety-two runs. The home sides bowling figures made excellent reading with Eddy Read taking five wickets for thirty-three runs from thirteen overs, which included four maidens. Ashen Silva took four wickets for thirty two runs from seven overs.
The final words of the afternoon fell to Settle Cricket Club Chairman Andrew Davidson (Pictured above with Will Davidson (Captain) and Ashen Silva (Professional) who paid tribute to the squad for winning the 2019 Ribblesdale Cricket League for only the eighth time in the clubs history.
Sheffield United Keeper Marcus Dewhurst Makes Nethermoor Park Return
Guiseley AFC have today confirmed that goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst on a season long loan from Sheffield United. A big favourite with the Lions fans last season in a loan spell which run from Christmas to the end of the campaign.
Lloyd Allinson made his Lions debut on his twenty sixth birthday at Chester Football Club last saturday, but is likely to return to the bench this weekend against Hereford United with Marcus Dewhurst set to make his second first team debut for Guiseley AFC after returning from the England U19’s training camp.
Speaking about his return to Nethermoor Park Marcus Dewhurst said, “I can’t wait to get playing at Guiseley again. I am excited to be coming back to Nethermoor Park to play and I am looking forward to training with the lads there and to playing in front of the Guiseley supporters. Guiseley have had a good start to the season and it will be good to be battling at the top of the table for a play-off place rather than at the bottom end of the table where we were last season.”
Joint Manager Russ O’Neill was happy to welcome the young ‘keeper back to Nethermoor Park saying, ”We are delighted to welcome Marcus back, we all saw the potential he has when he was with us last season. His loan was a positive all round not only for us at Guiseley but for Marcus personally. His impressive performances helped him to earn a new long term contract at Sheffield United and we are proud to have played our part in his development.”
Dewhurst sees another loan spell at Guiseley AFC helping to further his career saying, ”The England coaches are quite happy for me to play at National League North level with Guiseley. It progresses my game more to play men’s football than to play youth and Under-23 football.”
Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed that goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy has returned to Bradford City after his loan contract expired. George made nine Vanarama National League North appearances for the Lions as well as featuring in a number of the clubs pre-season games including the match against his parent club Bradford City.
Guiseley joint manager Russ O’Neil had the following to say regarding the loan, “George had a real positive loan with us, however his loan agreement was that he could be called back at any point by Bradford City if an injury occurred to their first choice goal keeper. Bradford City manager Gary Bowyer was outstanding with us in his honesty about the situation and we thank Gary and George immensely”
Danny Drinkwater Ruled Out Of Action After Assault
The comeback hopes of Danny Drinkwater have taken another hit after he sustained an unspecified injury while away from his club. Sources say the Chelsea midfielder, on loan at Burnley was assaulted but neither club would confirm this.
Drinkwater has not played a Premier League game for eighteen months and this latest setback could put him out for another fortnight. Burnley & Chelsea declined to comment on how Drinkwater sustained the injury but it is understood that it occurred away from the training ground.
The former Leicester title winner, who has three England caps was due to play for the Clarets U23’s against QPR on Monday at Turf Moor, but he took no part in the match. Drinkwater last featured in a top-flight match in March 2018, when he started in a defeat at Manchester City.
Wales 2 v 2 Northern Ireland (Euro 2021 Qualifying – Group C)
Wales continued their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign against Northern Ireland at Rodney Parade and Jayne Ludlow’s team arrived in Newport full of confidence on the back of a 6-0 victory against the Faroe Islands last week in the first group game.
Northern Ireland started the stronger of the two sides and had the first real effort on goal after just two minutes, when two welsh defenders both went for the same ball which left Lauren Wade running clear on goal. The left-winger broke into the Wales area before her angled shot from six yards was saved by Laura O’ Sullivan.
On seven minutes, Northern Ireland should have taken the lead when a free-kick on the edge of the Wales box was crossed to the edge of the six yard box, were left-back Gemma Evans managed to clear the ball just before Ireland’s Julie Nelson had the chance to give the visitors the lead.
Northern Ireland took the lead on eleven minutes, when a short corner was then played into the area before being headed clear by Hughes. The ball was headed back into the area were Simone Magill sent a backward header past O’Sullivan into the goal to make it 1-0.
Wales started to get a foot hold in the game after fifteen minutes with an excellent run down the left-wing by Kayleigh Green, her pass found Natasha Harding on the left hand corner of the area, but her shot curled over Emma Higgins crossbar.
On twenty minutes, an excellent move by Northern Ireland found striker Megan Bell about thirty yards from goal and the Irish international hit a right footed shot that tested Laura O’Sullivan who at full stretch took two attempts to save the ball that was arrowing for the top left corner of the goal.
Wales drew level on twenty-two minutes, following an excellent cross from the left wing by Hayley Ladd, her pass found Kayleigh Green at the back post, she then controlled the ball before pulling it back for Angharad James who’s shot took a deflection off Emma Jones to beat the Higgins in the Ireland goal to make it 1-1.
The home side then took control of the game and for the next fifteen minutes had most of the ball, creating some half chances and winning a number of corners and free-kicks in good positions. Angharad James who later won the Man of the Match award was dictating all of the play with some excellent tackling and passing in midfield.
Northern Ireland came back into the game in the final five minutes of the half and could have taken the lead again in the last minute, when Simone Magill turned the welsh defence and hit a shot from outside the area which O’Sullivan in the Wales gaol did well to tip around the post for a corner. Making the half-time score 1-1.
Wales had a much better start to the second-half and continued to create some chances, however it was Northern Ireland that went close to taking the lead on fifty-three minutes. A cross from the left-wing found Vance free at the edge of the six yard box, but her shot on the half-volley went well over O’Sullivan’s crossbar.
Just five minutes later, following a poor goal kick from Emma Higgins the Wales midfield collected the ball in the centre circle, before passing the ball to Kayleigh Green who ran at the Northern Ireland defence before shooting from twenty-five yards. Her effort went just wide of Emma Higgins goal when Harding was better placed to score for Wales.
The home side again started to increase the pressure on the visitors goal and on sixty-four minutes a quickly taken throw-in found Natasha Harding free inside the Northern Ireland penalty area, but her shot from a tight angle was well blocked by defender Julie Nelson.
As Northern Ireland starting to look tired Wales took the lead on sixty-nine minutes, when a quick throw-in found Rhiannon Roberts on the right-wing, she crossed to the back post where Kayleigh Green nipped in between two defenders to head the ball home from three yards and give Wales a 2-1 lead.
On seventy-six minutes, an excellent break by Rachel Furness down the right wing lead to a cross into the Wales penalty area which found Marissa Callaghan, the striker turned Sophie Ingles, but Callaghan’s first touch was poor and the ball was collected by Laura O’Sullivan in the Wales goal.
Northern Ireland should have drawn level on eight-one minutes, when Marissa Callaghan collected the ball in the middle of the field thirty five yards from goal, she took one look at the Wales goal before hitting an outstanding shot that beat Laura O’Sullivan before hitting the crossbar and bouncing down into the six yard box, where the ball hit Simone Magill before being collected safely by O’Sullivan in the Wales goal.
In the final minute of injury time, Wales gave away a silly free-kick on the right-hand which allowed Northern Ireland to send a long ball into the area. The cross was sent right under the Wales crossbar and Laura O’Sullivan tried to push it over, but the ball came back down off the crossbar for Ireland captain Ashley Hutton to head into an empty goal on her 100th appearance to make the full-time score 2-2.
Speaking after the match Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels said, “We didn’t salvage a point, we lost two points. Wales haven’t got one player from the Welsh domestic league and we had seven players from the Irish domestic league. I’m really proud of the girls as the Wales are a better team, but we were the better team on the night and we deserved a point at least. Our girls were outstanding and have drawn against a fantastic football team. Let’s build some momentum from that.”
Jimmy Dunne Joins Fleetwood Town On Season Long Loan
Burnley Football Club have today confirmed that defender Jimmy Dunne is returning to Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan. The Clarets’ defender who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sunderland Football Club helping the Black Cats reachthe League One play-off final at Wembley.
And after returning to Turf Moor for the opening weeks of the current campaign, Dunne has now completed a temporary switch to the Highbury Stadium for the chance to gain further first-team experience.
Speaking about his loan move Jimmy Dunne said, “It’s been good to be back at Turf Moor and to learn from all of the top-class defenders. But it’s a good time to go out again and gain some further first team experience. I’m looking forward to the new challenge at Fleetwood Town and hopefully I can help them keep progressing in Sky Bet League One.”
The transfer window for Sky Bet League One and Two clubs closes at five o’clock on 2nd September and Dunne will stay with Fleetwood managed by former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton.