Williams Back With The Lions

Marcus Williams Returns From York City Loan Spell

Guiseley AFC have today confirmed they have recalled left-back Marcus Williams from his loan spell at York City with immediate effect.  Williams football league experience will be vital for the Lions as they look to avoid relegation to the National League North.


Marcus began his career as a trainee with Scunthorpe United turning professional on 1st July 2003. He joined Reading on a free transfer in May 2010, after he turned down a new contract at Scunthorpe. At the start of the 2010–11 season Williams re-joined Scunthorpe United on loan until the end of the season.

The following season he went out on loan to Sheffield United eventually making it a permanent move. He rarely featured for the Blades and following the arrival of new manager Nigel Clough Williams re-joined Scunthorpe United for a third time signing a permanent deal in January 2014.

After having his contract cancelled by Sheffield United he joined the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters in September 2015, backed by cricket super star Sachin Tendulkar. He signed for Guiseley in August 2016 and last season made 36 appearances for the club.

This season has been difficult, having started as first choice under Adam Lockwood he was then out of favour under new manager Paul Cox’s and he went out on loan to York City last month.  But Sean St Ledger has now asked for Williams to return to the club and squad ahead of a six pointer against Torquay United at the weekend.

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Guiseley AFC v FC Halfax Town

Guiseley AFC 1 v 1 FC Halifax Town (Vanarama National League)

Sean St Ledger welcomed local rivals FC Halifax Town to Nethermoor Park this weekend for a massive derby fixture against another struggling side at bottom of the Vanarama National League.  The weather conditions, strong winds and snow made it very difficult however both sides managed to play some excellent football.


Guiseley started the stronger of the two sides and had an excellent chance in the opening five minutes, when a John Rooney effort from just outside the area nearly caught out Sam Johnson in the Halifax goal, but he managed to tip the ball over his crossbar.

On thirteen minutes, the home side took the lead when John Rooney crossed a free-kick to the edge of the six yard box and Kayode Odejayi beat Sam Johnson to the ball, before heading it passed the visiting goalkeeper to give Guiseley a 1-0 lead.


Whilst Guiseley were having the better of the chances, FC Halifax Town nearly levelled when Connor Thomson saw his shot well saved by Luke Coddington, the ball then fell to Matty Kosylo who sent the rebound wide of the post.

Just before half-time, referee Andrew Miller cost the Lions a chance of all three points when he reduced the home side to ten men following a confrontation in the Lions six yard box.  Miller red carded midfielder John Rooney for hitting out in the scuffle despite the fact that Rooney was no where near the incident (Rooney on left of image below).


The Shaymen utilised the man advantage in the second-half, with Matty Brown forcing Luke Coddington into a fine reflex save tipping a header over the crossbar for a corner.

Just after the hour mark, FC Halifax Town scored the equaliser when a ball over the top of the Guiseley defence was missed by Harry Flowers and fell to Ben Tomlinson who chipped the ball over the on rushing Coddington into an empty goal to make it 1-1.


Scott McManus then came close to scoring a winner for the visitors, when his free-kick hit the crossbar with Coddington well beaten. The Shaymen continued to press & forced another excellent save from Luke Coddington, when he turned a shot from Niall Maher around his left-hand post.

Guiseley finished the match the stronger and were on top in the final five minutes, but despite pressing hard they were unable to find a winning and the match finished 1-1.


Speaking after the match manager Sean St Ledger said, “It was a difficult game due to the windy conditions, but I thought we handled well and created some great opportunities in the first-half. We got in front with a well taken goal and then just before half-time we lost John Rooney to a sending off and he was not even involved in the incident.

I am very proud of the players, they went in search of all three points despite playing against a strong wide with only ten men, to be honest I thought we played the better of the two teams.  However we now need to move on and focus on the next game against Torquay United at Plainmoor, with both sides in the relegation zone it’s a must win.

Match Details

Guiseley – Coddington, Purver, Palmer, Flowers, Holden, Hatfield, Ray-Harvey, Rooney, Southwell, Liburd, Odejayi (Subs) Green, McFadzean, Haworth, Crookes, Roberts

FC Halifax Town – Johnson, Brown, Kosylo, Hotte, McManus, Tomlinson, Collins, Maher, Thomson, Hanley, Duckworth (Subs) Nicholson, Hibbs, Oliver, Denton, Tuton

Goals(Guiseley) Odejayi (13)  (FC Halifax Town) Tomlinson (68)

Attendance – 1,106

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Clarets Duo Included In England Squad

Nick Pope & James Tarkowski Selected For England Squad

Gareth Southgate this afternoon announced his latest England International squad to face the Netherlands in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley before the end of March.  Southgate has selected four uncapped players within his squad including Alfie Mawson (Swansea), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) and Clarets duo Nick Pope and James Tarkowski.


Nick Pope has taken his chance this season since an injury to England international and Burnley club captain Tom Heaton last September, the Clarets’ goalkeeper has since kept eleven clean sheets in the Premier League to help Burnley reach seventh spot and earn himself a place in the 27-man squad named by Southgate, who is a regular at Turf Moor.

Pope, started his career at Ipswich Town’s youth team and after being released at the age of sixteen he joined non-league Bury Town.  He then signed for Sky Bet League One side Charlton Athletic in May 2011, before having loan spells with Harrow Borough, Welling United, Cambridge United, Aldershot Town, York City and Bury Football Club.  He then joined Burnley in July 2016 and this season he has gone on to become the club’s first choice goalkeeper in the Premier League following the injury to Tom Heaton.

Speaking about his international call up Nick Pope said, “Getting selected to play for your country is the pinnacle, so to be selected for your country is a massive honour.  Being in the non-league with Bury Town seems a long way away now and in those times you don’t think things like this are even possible.  They are so far from your mind, so to get to this point is a massive achievement and something I’m really proud of and to share this with my family and friends is something I can’t wait do.”


James Tarkowski started his career at Oldham Athletic on a two-year scholarship in May 2009, before making his reserve team debut in October. He made his first team debut for the club against Plymouth Argyle in January 2011, he went onto make 72 appearances for the Latics scoring 5 goals. Then on transfer deadline day in January 2014 he made the decision to leave Boundary Park for Brentford.

Having joined Brentford on a three and a half year deal, Tarkowski spent two seasons as the clubs first choice centre-half making 70 appearances, scoring 4 goals before a move to the Premier League was to bigger offer to turn down and he joined the clarets in July 2016.  In his first season at Turf Moor he struggled to hold down a first team place, but once Michael Keane left Burnley he become the club first choice centre-back alongside Ben Mee.

Speaking about his international call up James Tarkowski said, “You work hard all your life and all your career and probably for me and Nick, five or six years ago when you’re down in League One, you probably don’t expect to get to this level of the game. So to get that call-up is a very pleasing moment for me and my family and friends.

You always dream of it but it always seems quite far away. It’s probably only really this season for both of us, when we’ve got into the team in the Premier League and done well as a club. It’s a bit unexpected but you work all your life to get to these kind of moments and It’s a nice reward now, but I don’t think the work stops there. There’s a long way to go yet, so just enjoy the moment but don’t take it for granted because it can easily be taken away from you.”

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Nottingham Forest Chasing Marney

Dean Marney Interesting Nottingham Forest

The Daily Mirror have today reported identified Burnley midfielder Dean Marney as a summer target. The midfielders current contract with the Premier League Burnley runs out at the end of the season, with Forest looking to secure his signature as a free agent.


Marney has been out of action for more than a year after being sidelined with a ruptured cruciate ligament which he suffered during a 2-1 defeat away to Arsenal in 2017. However he is now back fit and returned to Burnley’s matchday squad last month, as an unused substitute in their last three games.

The former England Under-21 international started his career at Tottenham Hotspur having loan spells at Swindon Town, QPR, Gillingham and Norwich City, before joining Hull City in 2006.  He spent four years with the Tigers before moving to Turf Moor in 2010, racking up more than 200 appearances for the club.

Forest currently have a plentiful supply of midfielders in their ranks, following work done in the transfer market by Aitor Karanka since he took charge this year.

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No International Call Up For Barnes

Austria Unable to Call On Barnes

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes has not been called up by Austria because he does not hold an Austrian passport. Barnes has scored six Premier League goals for the Clarets so far this season, including a goal in each of his last three Premier League games.


The striker qualifies for Austria through his grandmother but his previous appearance in 2008 at U21 level came under a permit granted by FIFA.  Austria manager Franko Foda whose side play Slovenia and Luxembourg in friendlies later this month, hopes Barnes can join the squad in the future as he is looking to boost to his attacking options.

Speaking to Sky Sports Franko Foda said, “I went to see him against West Ham United at the weekend for the first time and he did a really good job by scoring a goal. Me and my staff were impressed with Ashley Barnes, he can use either foot, is physically very strong and makes a lot of good runs.  He was also involved in every single offensive play for his club, so what can I say, he is a very good striker.

It was very important for me to see him live in the flesh to judge his competitive quality, now there are many other details to be discussed. Firstly is he eligible to play for Austria and secondly how can I involve him in my plans. I talked to people about Ashley Barnes, several Austrian players in the Premier League and their feedback was very positive.”

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Keighley Cougars v Bradford Bulls

Keighley Cougars 6 v 54 Bradford Bulls (Betfred League One)

Bradford Bulls arrived at Cougar Park this weekend to take on local rivals Keighley Cougar for the first time in a competitive league fixture in forty-two years, the last fixture between the two clubs was on Good Friday 1976.


Cougars, got the game underway and despite holding the Bulls for the first five minutes it proved to be a very difficult day for Craig Lingard squad.  It got worst for the Cougars on five minutes when they were reduced to 12 men after Matty Beharrell was sin-binned for a tip tackle on Elliot Minchella.

Despite the home side holding strong, the visitors started to take advantage of the extra man and Minchella scored the first try of the after Joe Keyes broke through the Cougars line.  The pressure continued as former Cougar Ross Peltier managed to crawl his way over the line from close range to increase the Bulls advantage.


The visitors were over again minutes later as Brandon Pickersgill found his way through the Cougars line to set up debutant George Flanagan.  Joe Keyes then added another two points to the scoreboard shortly before the half-time interval after the home side were penalised for not standing square at the play the ball.

The second-half was all Bradford as John Kear’s side turned the screw to really rub salt into the wounds.  Joe Keyes dove over just 3 minutes into the second forty after cutting through the Keighley defence to get to the line.


The Cougars were now chasing the game and took a risk that didn’t pay off as a quick offload was intercepted by Dalton Grant, the winger then raced ninety metres to score another try which Joe Keyes converted to increase the visitors lead.


Craig Lingard side avoided being nilled on fifty-five minutes, when Nicholson side-stepped a tackle before stretching for the line and collecting the Cougars first try of the match. Hardcastle converted for an extra two points which were the only points the home side picked up in the whole game.


Bradford Bulls then ran in three quick-fire tries to extend their lead further, the first of which saw Minchella seal his double as he crossed the line from close range.  Flanagan then scored a second himself, showing great ball handling skills to avoid losing possession over the line and touching down cleanly.

Sam Hallas then completed the trio of quick tries as he burrowed his way in underneath four defenders beneath the uprights, which was again converted by Joe Keyes who made some excellent kicks during the game.


In the final minute, it was former Cougars reserve Ethan Ryan who won an aerial battle with Hamish Barnes before racing thirty metres unchallenged to score the final try of the afternoon on the sound of the full-time hooter.

Craig Lingard, will now take his side to face York City Knights at Bootham Crescent on the 25th March 2018, as they look to get back to winning ways and work their way up the Betfred League table.

Craig Lingard

Speaking after the match Craig Lingard said, “Sometimes in sport you have to hold your hands up and say a team has outperformed yours and that’s what Bradford did today, it’s a big derby game and you want the lads to go out onto the field and put in a performance and it simply didn’t happen.

I don’t need to ask the players any serious questions because they’re asking themselves the same questions and they are tough questions that need answering.  For me as the coach, if I don’t give the players the information about the opposition or prepare them properly then I have to put my hands up and say I didn’t prepare the team right.  But I gave the players all the information and they had a really good week in training and prepared themselves properly which is a real concern given the performance.

The lads might not have a week off now ahead of the York fixture they might be playing for the reserves on Wednesday evening against Halifax.  We need to get back out on the park as soon as possible and if that means we have to bash each other about in training then we will, however I’m considering putting everyone out in the reserves and that is something I need to discuss with the coaching staff.”

Match Details 

Keighley Cougars – Hawkyard, Aaronson, Barnes, Ryder, Gabriel, Hardcastle, Beharrell, Law, Lumb, Bailey, Nicholson, Tonks, Emmett (Subs) Conroy, Rawlins, Hallas, Tahraoui

Bradford Bulls – McNally, Grant, Gibson, Smith, Ryan, Keyes, Pickersgill, Bustin, Halles, Crossley, Garside, Minchella, Milton (Subs) Chisholm, Peltier, Wood, Flanagan

Tries(Keighley Cougars) Nicholson (Bradford Bulls) Minchella (2), Peltier, Keyes, Flanagan (2), Grant, Hallas, Ryan

Goals(Keighley Cougars) Hardcastle (Bradford Bulls) Keyes (9)

Attendance – 2,912


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Guiseley Release Defensive Pair

Guiseley AFC Release Koue Niate and M’Boungou

Guiseley AFC have today confirmed that Jean-Yves Koue Niate and Chris M’Boungou have left the club by mutual agreement. The two centre-backs joined the club back in October and while M’Boungou cemented himself a place in the heart of the defence Koue Niate was unable to do likewise.


M’Boungou figured in the history making Emirates FA Cup win over Accrington Stanley but was sent off for two yellow cards, a feat he repeated in the next Emirates FA Cup game against Mansfield. After the FA Cup run ended both players found themselves out in the cold as new players arrived.

Born in Noisy-le-Grand in France M’Boungou, played for Auxerre and Cannes in his home country before joining Staines Town. After spells with Bishop’s Stortford and St Albans City he spent last season with Whitehawk.

Koue Niate, who can also play at full-back was born in Paris and in his fledgling career played for Reims, Turnhout, Arlon and Cannes before coming to England. He had trials with Dundee United but more recently played for Oxford City, Solihull Moors & Ebbsfleet.

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