Settle Cricket Club Win Season Opener

Settle Cricket Club v Padiham Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)

The Ribblesdale Cricket League returned this weekend as Settle Cricket Club welcomed Lancashire rivals Padiham Cricket Club to Marshfield for the opening fixture of the season.  There were a number of new faces at the club including the new professional Ashen Silva making his debut, whilst Eddy Read and Oliver Whyte returned to the club.

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The conditions were perfect for cricket and after winning the toss it was the home side that opened the batting with Danyl Husbands and Robbie Davidson, who got off to a good start making sixty-five runs before Robbie Davidson was caught by Callum Clarke off the bowling of Toby Burrows for twenty-three runs.

Ashen Silva was next to the crease to make his debut and the Sri Lankan batsman went on to make twenty runs from thirty-five balls, before being stumped by Robinson again off the bowling of Toby Burrows with the score at one hundred and four.

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Tom Davidson was next into bat and he changed the course of the match, hitting one hundred and seven runs off just fifty-two deliveries. A truly outstanding performance which included seven (4’s) and nine (6’s),

Then with just one over remaining and Danyl Husbands at the other end, Davidson showed the teams true spirit by refusing a run to allow Husbands to have the strike and a chance of making his maiden century, which he did by smashing the ball for four off the final ball of the innings, to leave the home side with a score of 267-2.

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The visitors came out to bat and started much the same as their opponents Settle scoring forty-five runs before the loss of their first wicket Owen Deakin-Pickard who was run-out for seven runs by Harry Snowden.  The second wicket fell with just one run being added to the score as Callum Clarke was caught by Ashen Silva off the bowling of Eddy Read.

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Jack Dewhurst top scored for the visitors making fifty-four runs from seventy-two balls which included six (4’s) and two (6’s) before being caught by Will Davidson off the bowling of Ashen Silva.  The visitors did create a number of good early partnerships with Nathan Whitehead (30), Callum Clarke (28) and Rhys Marshall (28), but the middle order crumbled and the visitors finished on 205-9.

Ashen Silva went on to have a great match with the ball take six wickets for seventy-four runs from sixteen overs.  Whilst Eddy Read and Will Davidson took the other two wickets on what proved to be a great afternoon of cricket for the home side.

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Settle Cricket Club will now travel to Whalley Cricket Club next weekend as they look to continue their excellent start to the season in the Ribblesdale League.

Speaking after the match Settle club captain Tom Strickland said, “I was thrilled with the professional application of all the boys. I can’t remember a start of the season which offered such batsman friendly conditions and it could have been easy to get carried away trying to blast the ball to all parts of the ground early on.

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The foundations were laid by Robbie Davidson and Danyl Husbands who both did an outstanding Job to see off the new ball.  The way Danyl kicked on to reach his debut century was an outstanding achievement and something he can be very proud of. I find it incredible that this was Tom’s maiden century for Settle 1st XI. He has a natural talent with the bat and hits the ball as clean and as hard as anyone I’ve seen.  His inning was brutal and fantastic to watch. Hopefully this will signal the start of a successful season for him and the team.

It was great to see Eddy Read back at his home club and I thought he bowled with little fortune but got a vital wicket. Ashen Silva and Will Davidson both bowled really well under pressure against the visitors professional. This side has all the ingredients to be very competitive. We’re all best mates and love playing for this club. It’s an honour to lead these lads out on the field and I’m looking forward to an exciting season.”

Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – Husbands, R.Davidson, Silva, T,Davidson, West, Snowden, W.Davidson, J.Davidson, Read, Strickland, Whyte

Padiham Cricket Club – Deakin-Pickard, Clarke, Dewhurst, Whitehead, Marshall, Robinson, Hitchon, Gray, English, Burrows, Meehan

Match Umpires – Frank Newby & Keith Clayton

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Clarets Youngster Signs Pro Contract

Jordan Cropper Signs Clarets Professional Contract

Clarets youngster Jordan Cropper has signed a first professional contract to extend his stay at Turf Moor. The right-back who has been a regular for the Under-23s this season has penned a two-year deal after reaching the end of his scholarship with the Clarets.

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Cropper, a long-throw specialist joined Burnley from Ilkeston Town in February 2017 and helped Steve Stone’s side finish fourth in the Professional Development League. Speaking about signing his contract Jordan Cropper said, “I’ve had a lot of help from Stoney (Steve Stone) and Faz (Andy Farrell). They have helped believed in me all season and given me a great opportunity to push on.

I have had a lot of support from my family and friends back home and to come from non-league to a big club like Burnley just shows that if you keep playing and working hard you can get your chance. I want to come back and make a quick start in pre-season and push on from here and show what I can do.”

The Nottingham-born defender joins the professional ranks along with central defender Bobby Thomas, who signed his contract last month, while there are still offers on the table for U23 squad men Dan Agyei, Christian N’Guessan, Tunde Bayode and Ali Koiki.

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Guiseley AFC v Ashton United

Guiseley AFC 1 v 1 Ashton United (Vanarama National League North)

Ashton United arrived at Nethermoor Park last weekend for a massive relegation battle against Guiseley in the Vanarama National League North, a victory for the Lions would see them move seven points clear of their opponents who currently sit in the relegation zone.

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Guiseley started well and had the first real efforts of the game on seven minutes following an excellent cross by George Cantrill, which was found Kayode Odejayi in the area but his header is just wide of the visitors goal.

Kaine Felix was the next to test the visitors goalkeeper McMahon as the home side looked to get an advantage in this relegation battle, however his cross come shot went just over the visitors crossbar after twelve minutes.

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On sixteen minutes, the home side won a free-kick in a dangerous position after Odejayi was pushed to the floor. Will Hatfield stepped up to take the kick, but he floated the ball of the wall and the crossbar. The visitors then had a half chance when Chalmers chested the ball down before hitting a volley just wide of Marcus Dewhurst right-hand post it wide.

The next real effort fell to the home side as George Cantrill sent a left foot shot across the area and wide of the far post without troubling McMahon in the visitors goal.  The rest of the first-half was very tense as both side didn’t want to lose the game, which lead to some missed placed passes and the first-half finished 0-0.

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The second-half started much the same as the first with end to end action but no end result, as the players became more and more tense mistakes and fouls started to come into the game.

On fifty-five minutes, the home side had a big appeal for handball but the referee waved away the appeal and awarded a corner which is taken by George Cantrill, but it comes to nothing.

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The Lions took the lead on seventy-seven minutes following an Alex Purver shot which struck the hand of a defender, the referee pointed straight to the spot and awarded the home side a penalty.  Kingsley James stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

On eighty minutes, following a foul on Oliver Crowley the visitors went close to drawing level with a very dangerous set piece. Sam Sheridan took the free kick from just outside the area, which went just over Marcus Dewhurst’s crossbar.

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Just four minutes after falling behind the visitors drew level with an excellent free-kick from Sam Sheridan which went straight into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal beating Marcus Dewhurst who was at full stretch.

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On eighty-eight minutes, referee Andy Sykes had a massive decision to make following what looked like a clear foul inside the area by defender Josh Langley on Liam Tomsett. However despite the claims for the robins players, management and supporters referee Sykes said no penalty as Jamie Reed fired the loose ball over Dewhurst’s crossbar for a goal kick, leaving the final score 1-1.

Speaking after the match joint manager Russ O’Neill said,  It’s so frustrating, we had a lot of possession but didn’t create enough chances. When we got in front like we did you have to manage the game and we failed to do that today. However we are four points clear of Ashton United with three games to go over the Easter period which is alway a key period in a season no matter where you are in the league table.

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The stuff we have had to manage off the pitch this season in terms of the finance has been unbelievable, it’s been a nightmare of the pitch, but we have come to the end period now and the club is on a good financial footing for next season. We made it through to 6 games from the end but then we had to sell our leading scorer Rowan Liburd to Hereford United.

Every decision we have made as a management team this season has been with the clubs best interest at heart.  Lets get to the end of the season and see where we are and if people feel they have a finger to point, then come the end of the season come and point it at me not bothered, but let’s get to the end of the season.

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Dewhurst, Moyo, Cantrill, Halls, Langley, Garner, Felix, Purver, Odejayi, James, Hatfield (Subs) Digie, Worsnop, Dyche, Fowler, Clayton

Ashton United – McMahon, Crowley, Regan, Chalmers, Lees, Goulding, Sheridan, Mantack, Hobson, Dimaio, Tomsett (Subs) Roberts, Ennis, Reed, Kay, Ashworth

Goals (Guiseley) James (78p) (Ashton United) Sheridan (82)

Attendance – 655

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Guiseley Midfielder In Premier League Trial

Youngster Dylan Barkers In Leicester City Trial

Leicester City have stepped up their hunt for fresh talent by taking three non-league teenagers on trial at the club.  Leicester City U23’s selected midfielder Dylan Barkers in their 6-0 demolition by Liverpool on Sunday, while Hastings United pair Jamie Fielding and Adam Lovatt are set to train with the club this week.

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Dylan Barkers arrived at the King Power Stadium from Vanarama National League North side Guiseley, having only joined the West Yorkshire side from Solihull Moors last month. The youngster has experience at centre-back and in the middle of the park, it was in the engine room that he featured for Steve Beaglehole’s development squad, playing ahead of Sidnei Tavares and alongside Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in a midfield three.

However, the rangy teenager who stands at 6ft 4ins was largely bypassed as Liverpool attacked down the flanks to create their opportunities. Barkers, was sacrificed after just thirty-seven minutes as Leicester City changed shape to try to stem the relentless Reds attacks.  Dylan will continue to train with the Premier League side this week before any decision is made on his future.

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Lions In Relegation Battle

Ashton United Preview

Guiseley face their biggest match of the season as Ashton United visit Nethermoor Park this weekend, the game has a massive three points available to the winners and it could decide which team will be playing in the Vanarama National League North next season.

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A win for the Lions against the Greater Manchester opponents on saturday will see them seven points clear of Ashton with only three league games remaining. Whilst the other side deep in trouble FC United of Manchester host Kidderminster knowing that defeat will see the relegated from the Vanarama National League North.

It’s been a difficult few years for the supporters and the club having been relegated from the Vanarama National League last season and struggling this season in the Vanarama National League North.  However if the club can get a victory this weekend it will give them a chance to rebuild and push on for promotion next season.

Joint managers Russ O’Neill and Marcus Bignot said, “the fans have suffered for a long long time now, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of where the club is going to be financially. We have just got to get over this hurdle, if we do the football club will be in its best place financially and off the pitch it has ever been in.”

Chadwick Media this week caught up with the Ashton United manager Jody Banim to discuss how the season has gone for the club, plus how he is going to prepare his players for the massive six pointer against Guiseley this weekend.

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This weekend is a massive six pointer for both clubs and a win could see either club move closer to safety, how do you prepare the players for such a massive game?

We’ll prepare how we always prepare, by watching the opposition and coming up with a game plan to win the match. There’s no pressure on us, we thought we were dead and buried last week, so we’ll be going there to enjoy it. There’s a huge gap in budgets as well, so to be even this close to a club with the resources of Guiseley is an achievement.

In terms of yourself, as well as managing the team are you still playing for the club as a striker?

No, I’ve hung up the boots now but I have played for a number of great clubs around the North West over the years including Manchester United, Trafford, Flixton, Altrincham, Rossendale United, Radcliffe Borough, Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley, Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic, Torquay United, Burton Albion, Real Maryland Monarchs (USA) and Salford City.  Now I am retired so the Guiseley defenders can sleep a little tighter haha.

I believe the club is putting on travel for the supporters to this weekends fixture at Nethermoor Park which is an excellent gesture. Do you have a message for the supporters ahead of the game?

We have two new board members at the club who have kindly paid for the supporters coach on Saturday. I hope we can get as many there as possible to cheer the lads on. It’s been a tough watch at times this season, so it would be great to give our hardcore supporters something to cheer come the end of the season.

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Guiseley Cancel Reece Thompson Contract

Reece Thompson Receives Forty Month Prison Sentence 

Guiseley AFC have this afternoon confirmed they have release striker Reece Thompson from his contract with immediate effort.  The striker who has been out on loan and has not featured for the club since September 2018, has appeared in Nottingham Crown Court on the 3rd April 2019, where he was sentenced to forty months in prison.

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The Lincolnshire Echo reported that a woman says she was beaten with an iron bar, forced to eat paint and smashed over the head with two mirrors in a horrific ordeal at the hands of a footballer. Reece Thompson pleaded guilty to damaging property, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and inflicting grievous bodily harm when he appeared in court.

Thompson, who started his career at Lincoln City has gone on to represent Retford United, Boston United, York City, North Ferriby United and Guiseley AFC, was jailed for forty months and also received a 10-year restraining order. His victim has revealed she was abused & humiliated in a devastating series of attacks which left her with a broken jaw.

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She said, Thompson rubbed glass into her back and threatened to make her run down the street naked. The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, suffered horrific bruising on her body and her face was blackened after the attack, which went on for three days.

She told Lincolnshire Echo, “Reece repeatedly hit me, he hit me with an iron bar, broke my jaw and smashed a mirror over my head. I was made to lick paint up off the floor and then he smashed another mirror over my head. It was when he picked up the second mirror that I thought I was going to die, I screamed for him to stop or he would kill me. He told me to get my arms down and take the beating like a real person.”

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Clarets Monitoring Belgium Striker

Clarets Interested In Belgium Striker Benito Raman

According to reports in this weeks Sportbild, the Clarets have had a number of scouting missions to watch Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Belgian striker Benito Raman.  The striker from Ghent has scored four goals and made three assists in his past five matches. He’d been in and out of the team at Fortuna Düsseldorf this season, but has still managed to find the back of the net ten times.

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The German magazine says the Clarets have sent an official to watch the player in the Bundesliga, it’s even claimed that Burnley are regulars, with it being made clear it’s Raman who is getting the attention.  As for Raman himself, he’s concentrating on his German club right now, but has made it clear he would like a move to England, he has been quoted as saying, “It’s my goal to play at Premier League someday. I think it’s the best league in the world.”

Fortuna director Lutz Pfannenstiel, a name you may recognise from his long career as a footballer, “We have no official request, but we know many clubs are asking about him.”

Raman is very experienced at Belgium national youth levels, should he get called up to the senior team then his profile will rise further.  Currently the Bundesliga side would be looking for around Fifteen Million Euro’s to sign the striker.

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