According to reports from the Football Insider, Burnley are among a number of Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs plotting moves to sign Oxford United defender Rob Dickie. A source inside Turf Moor has said the club are keeping tabs on Dickie ahead of the summer transfer window.
The strapping centre-back has been a standout performer for the Sky Bet League One promotion chasers this season and his performances have brought him onto the radar of several Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs.
The Clarets are in the market for defensive reinforcements ahead of next season with the possibility of Ben Gibson leaving the club and Dickie is thought to figure highly on Sean Dyche’s wanted list. Dickie, has less than eighteen months to run on his current deal at Oxford United, who may be tempted to cash in this summer. The third-tier club are now bracing themselves for offers for their prize asset when the transfer window opens in the summer.
The central defender caught the eye of Premier League scouts following his impressive displays against West Ham United and Manchester City in Oxford United’s run to the Quarter-Finals of the Carabao Cup. He further demonstrated his ability with impressive performances in their two games against Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup to show he can mix it with the best.
Dickie has been an ever-present for Oxford United this season, making a staggering forty one appearances in all competitions so far this campaign and he has made over two hundred first-team appearances in his career to date. A former England U19 International joined Oxford United from Reading in January 2018 and is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in the Football League.
North Ribblesdale 24 v 17 Old Rishworthians (Yorkshire League Two)
Yorkshire League Two high flyers Old Rishworthians arrived at Grove Park this weekend as they looked to avoid a third league defeat in a row, again the weather played a massive part in the game as it did on the previous home fixture. Storm Dennis arrived just before kick-off bringing strong winds and heavy rain that made playing conditions atrocious.
The visitors started the game well and opened the scoring in the first few minutes as they latched on to an early mistake by North Ribblesdale. Phil Kershaw collected the ball for the visitors and ran half of the pitch before going over for the try to put the visitors into a 0-5 lead, however they failed to add to the score as Joe Billing missed the conversion.
North Ribblesdale played with the conditions winning the scrums and running with the ball, which soon put the visitors under pressure, this lead to a scrum tem metres out and then a foul which stopped the home side from scoring. The referee awarded a penalty try before Michael Thwaite scored the conversion to give the home side a 7-5 lead.
The visitors seamed to be spurred on by the referees decision and moments later scored with the best move of the match. It came from a lineout with the ball going along the line to left wing Anthony Shoesmith, who rounded his man and broke through a tackle before making a forty metre run to score a try in the corner to make it 7-10.
Indiscipline again cost the visitors, as North Ribblesdale levelled the scores with a penalty in the front of the posts for yet again another foul which earned a yellow card for hooker Toby Muscat-Baron. Michael Thwaite again stepped up to score the penalty and bring the score level at 10-10.
North Ribblesdale took the lead as half-time approached with a second penalty try, which was awarded at a scrum to give the home side a 15-10 lead. Michael Thwaite’s trusted right foot added the conversion to give the home side a 17-10 half-time lead.
Old Rishworthians started the second-half stronger of the two sides and captain Callum Heseltine gathered an awkwardly bouncing ball to set up a ruck. The ball fell to Number eight Jacob Bower who set off on a solo effort from in his own half, in a sixty metre dash through the centre of the pitch to score under the posts and make the score 17-15. Billing then added the conversion to level the score at 17-17.
Midway through the half the pitch really started to cut up and North Ribblesdale started to take control of the match with some excellent rolling maul’s which were a real threat to the visitors. This again lead to another scrum and more indiscipline from the visitors which left the referee no choice but to award a third penalty try making the score 22-17. Another conversion from Michael Thwaite increased the score to 24-17.
The visitors had more of the ball in the final ten minutes as they battled to get back into the match. However, the home side produced some outstanding disciplined defending which kept the visitors out leaving the full-time score 24-17 to North Ribblesdale.
North Ribblesdale will travel to Mallorie Park Drive next saturday to take on another team at the top of the Yorkshire League Two table in Ripon RFU, as they look to extend their winning win.
Ben Gibson Given Permission to Train With Middlesbrough
Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed they have given permission for defender Ben Gibson to train with his former club Middlesbrough for one week, the Clarets signed him from Middlesbrough in August 2018 for £15million, however he has made just one Premier League appearance in two years.
Burnley said in an statement this afternoon that defender Gibson had “made it clear that he wanted to leave” in the January transfer window, but the club “did not receive an offer it felt was acceptable”. There has been a number of rumours coming out of the club saying that Gibson has had words with the management team and coaches about his recent attitude in training and that he has been told that he will be training with the Clarets U23 squad for the rest of the season, he has therefore made the decision to train with his former club.
Gibson, made 185 league appearances for Middlesbrough and was called up to the England squad in March 2017, despite having two years remaining on his Burnley contract it looks like the Clarets defender may be on the move come the end of the season.
Former Striker Disappointed About His Time At Turf Moor
Former Clarets striker Nahki Wells says his lack of a Premier League opportunity at Turf Moor ‘burns him deep inside’ and that he is determined to return to the top flight. Wells left the Clarets last month to sign for Bristol City believes the Robins, who sit seventh in the Sky Bet Championship have the ability to secure promotion.
The Bermuda international, who has spent the last eighteen months on loan at Queens Park Rangers wants to make up for lost time and sees the move to Ashton Gate has the platform for reaching the Premier League. Wells, who spent two and half years at Turf Moor didn’t make a single start for Burnley with his top flight experience totalling nine substitute appearances and just forty-six minutes.
Speaking about his time with Burnley Football Club Nahki Wells said, “I had a Premier League opportunity that I didn’t really get to take, so that’s something that burns me deep inside. However Bristol City have matched my ambition to continue to move forward, not settling with just being in the Sky Bet Championship.
This club wants to get to the Premier League and my ambition is the same. I want to give it everything and this club gives me a very good platform of doing that. To have had a taste of the Premier League, which I’ve always dream to play in. Most players will have that drive and for me it’s something that doesn’t sit too well, that I got a move to the Premier League and I wasn’t really able to stamp my authority and show everyone what I can do.
To not be able to score a Premier League goal still sits in the back of my head, we all have personal attributes but I’m always hungry to score goals. I tick that box in what the club needed and I’am not content with just settling and being a good Championship player. I want to keep striving to get back to the Premier League and the ambitions of the club are equally aligned with that.”
Six Nations Champions England travelled to Glasgow on Sunday afternoon set to face Scotland, however due to extreme weather conditions (Storm Ciara) the match had to be postponed and rescheduled for this afternoon. The match also had a change of venue with the game moving to the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, the match was also played behind closed doors for safety reasons, but the conditions were still difficult with strong winds and heavy snow.
England made five changes from the side that beat France last weekend, bringing in an entirely different front row and one of those players, prop forward Sarah Bern powered over the line for the opening try of the match on three minutes. Emily Scarratt made the conversion to make the score 0-7.
On nineteen minutes, the visitors were awarded a penalty with centre Emily Scarratt took and scored in swirling winds to extend England’s lead to ten points. Emily Scarratt set a new record during the match kicking thriteen points to overtake team-mate Katy Daley-McLean as England Women’s leading points scorer of all time with 539.
England extended their lead on thirty-one minutes, as Jess Breach became on of three first-half try scorers to sprint fifty metres with the ball before going over the line to make the score 0-15. Unfortunaley Emily Scarratt couldn’t add to the scoreline as she missed the conversion.
Just six minutes later, it was the turn of Abby Dow who collected the ball just outside the England twenty-two before going passed the whole Scotland squad holding off three of the home players before going over for a superb solo try to make it 0-20. However this time Scarratt made the conversion to make the half-time score 0-22.
As the players came out for the second-half the weather conditions took a turn for the worst, as heavy snow started to fall. England fly-half Zoe Harrison dropped the ball three times as the visitors struggled to find their rhythm. However, just three minutes into the second-half, England did well to hold on to the slippery ball and set up full-back Emily Scott for the bonus-point fourth try.
On forty-nine minutes, with the Scotland team tiring after their first-half efforts full-back Emily Scott added her second try of the match going over the line to make the score 0-32. Emily Scarratt again scored the conversion a minute later to increase the score to 0-34.
Scott, then turned provider six minutes later as she set up Abby Dow for her second try of the match in the corner to extend the visitors lead to 0-39, Scarratt missed the conversion as once again the srong winds and the heavy snow played a major part in the match.
Whilst the conversion attempt was taking place, players on both sides took the chance to collect bottles of hot water to keep their hands warm, whilst others tried to stay warm by coming together in a small groups. As both teams entered the last fifteen minutes, the snow and icey winds was really starting to effect the players as they shivered on the pitch.
On sixty-four minutes, a more traditional pack move produced the next try for the visitors as number eight Sarah Hunter collected a try to make the score 0-44. Scarratt then added the conversion to add a further two points to the total making it 0-46.
England added try number eight on seventy-seven minutes, when replacement scrum-half Claudia MacDonald scored the final try of the match to take the score to 0-51 and yet again Emily Scarratt scored the conversion to make the full-time score 0-53 to the visitors.
England have never lost a Women’s Six Nations match to Scotland, however the visitors didn’t quite match last years 80-0 scoreline and after beating the french in the opening weekend they remain on course to defend their Grand Slam title. England will now host Ireland in their next match on 23rd February whilst Scotland will seek a first win of the tournament when they travel to Italy.
Speaking after the match England Coach Simon Middleton said, “It was a pretty good team performance today bearing in mind the conditions. We were pleased with the score and in particularly keeping Scotland to nil because they’ve got dangerous players. We have played two games away against two very good sides in totally contrasting conditions. I’m thrilled and we’ve got plenty to build on the most important thing is we can see progression in the side and there’s a great buzz in the changing room.”
Coalville Town Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of striker Billy Kee who last week left Sky Bet League One side Accrington Stanley due to personal reasons.
Kee, has spent his whole career in professional football with Leicester City, Burton Albion, Torquay United and most recently Accrington Stanley helping them achieve Sky Bet league One status. He has recently had six months out of football for personal reasons before mutually agreeing to cancel his Accrington contract last week.
Speaking about the signing Chairman Glyn Rennocks said, ‘When someone of Billy’s calibre becomes available on our doorstep you have to do everything you can to get him on board. Since we met last week its been a pleasure to deal with him and we are delighted he’s chosen us over a host of big names in non-league.
Being a Leicester based lad our location suits him perfectly, he can now balance working full time whilst playing part time football. I would like to thank everyone behind the scenes who has helped get this deal over the line.’
Manager Adam Stevens added ‘I am delighted to get Billy back on the football pitch again, my type of player whose experience, ability and know how will be invaluable to us in the run in. To choose us is a massive coup for the vlub and local area. I’m sure Billy and family will fit in with our family club ethos and enjoy his football again.’
Billy Kee goes straight into Tuesdays squad to face Needham Market at home after already training with the squad on Thursday & Saturday this past week.
Burnley Football Club have confirmed midfielder Mace Goodridge has signed a new contract with the Clarets, extending his stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2021. Having joined the Clarets in the summer of 2018, he is a regular for the club’s U23 side and was named on substitutes bench for the first team against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League earlier this season.
Goodridge, originally started out at Manchester City, before spending two years at Newcastle United in the youth team, where he played alongside current Magpies midfielder Matty Longstaff. After an initial trial spell with the Clarets towards the end of the 2017/18 season, Goodridge then signed a first professional deal at Turf Moor before going onto feature for the first team in pre-season of 2018/19.
A serious knee-injury cut the season short in October last season, but after successful surgery, Goodridge signed a contract extension and was back in action for the U23s in September last year, where he has been a key figure since returning.
Speaking about signing a new contract Mace Goodridge said, “I’m really happy to get it over the line, I’ve worked hard to get back from my injury so I’m delighted to get it done. Obviously I’ve been around the first team a couple of times and that’s where I want to be.
You can see how well the first team lads have done, come through a tough patch against top teams recently and I want to be a part of that someday. I really enjoy being here, it’s my third season here now and I’m delighted to be here for a fourth come pre-season. I have been to a few clubs now and I really feel like I have found a home here at Burnley and I’m ready to kick on and push for a first team place.”