Guiseley AFC v Torquay United

Guiseley AFC 3 v 2 Torquay United (Vanarama National League)

After a difficult week on the south coast Torquay United arrived in Yorkshire in search of their first point of the season and a new manager following the midweek sacking of boss Kevin Nicholson.  Guiseley however bounced back with a midweek goalless draw against former Football League club Tranmere Rovers.

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Adam Lockwood kept faith with the same starting eleven that played against Tranmere Rovers in midweek, including young goalkeeper Joe Green who kept a clean sheet and made a number of excellent saves and was rewarded by keeping the number one jersey.

Guiseley started the stronger of the two sides and should really have taken the lead in the opening ten minutes as they repeatedly carved through the Gulls defence only to be denied by last gasp tackles or heroics from Ryan Clarke in the visitors goal.

On twelve minutes, the home side took the lead as Yan Klukowski played a heavy back pass which gave away a needless corner, Alex Purver rose to head the ball onto the bar but the rebound fell to an unmarked Jake Lawler who headed home from three yards.

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The visitors then came to life as the game became end to end with both teams having a number of chances.  Then the home then had a two or three-minute spell were they let the visitors back into the match, on thirty-nine minutes a corner from Luke Young was headed in at the front post to make the score 1-1.

Instead of closing ranks at the back, Guiseley continue to let the visitors play some good football and a minute later Jamie Reid played in Ruairi Keating down the channel who then took the ball into the area, before firing a low shot past Joe Green at his near post to make the half-time score 2-1 to the visitors.

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The second half was all about the visitors as waves of yellow attacks continued through the half as Guiseley rarely getting out of their own half.  Jamie Reid and Ruairi Keating linking up well down the left side time and time again. The visitors wasted a number of clear-cut chances to extend their lead and once Joe Green made some excellent saves to keep the score 2-1.

On seventy minutes, Adam Lockwood introduced two substitute’s Kevan Hurst and frank Mulhern who both changed the game.  Both players went into the attack running at the Torquay defence who started to feel the pressure.  Then on eighty-six minutes, Hurst found himself six yards out as he hit the ball past Clarke into the goal to make it 2-2.

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The match swung back in Guiseley favour as the home side went in search of a winning goal, as the game entered the first of five injury time minutes it was Kevan Hurst who found himself clear in the area but his effort was well saved by Clarke.  The ball ran free inside the six yard box before the biggest goal mouth scramble ended with Keating scoring an own goal to make the full-time score 3-2 to Guiseley.

Emotions boiled over after the whistle when Sean McGinty and James Reid exchanged words as they left the pitch with McGinty having to be held back by Myles Anderson.

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Speaking after the match manager Adam Lockwood said, “Firstly we are delighted to get off the mark in terms of wins, we got a good foot hold in the game and then we let them back in it with two goals which was disappointing.

Being honest I was disappointed with the whole match, however pleased with the lads that they showed character to get back into the game and score a winner. We now have something to build on and we need to work on cutting out the individual mistakes.

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Adam Lockwood will now take his squad to the Shay to face local rivals FC Halifax Town in a game that has a lunchtime kick-off as the live feature match on BT Sport.

Match Detail 

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

Torquay United – Clarke, Lathrope, McGinty, Chaney, Young, Pitman, Keating, Gosling, Reid, Klukowski, Higgins (Subs) Anderson, Fallon, Gray, Osborn, Howarth

Goals(Guiseley) Lawlor, Hurst, Keating (o.g.) (Torquay) McGinty, Keating

Attendance – 791

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Clarets Linked to Jozo Simunovic

Dyche Chasing Celtic’s Simunovic

The Scottish Sun is reporting that Burnley Football Club are interested in signing Celtic central defender Jozo Simunovic for £10 million.  Sean Dyche sent chief scout Martin Hodge to watch the powerful Bosnian in action last week.

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Celtic manager Brendon Rodgers will not want to sell Simunovic in the summer transfer window, but Burnley reportedly want the youngster to replace Michael Keane, who has joined Everton.  Simunovic is a talented young defender, the Bosnian would be a good signing for Burnley.

Celtic set to progress to the group stage of the Champions League, the Bhoys will need Simunovic as the season progresses. Although the Clarets are a Premier League club, the young centre-back could decide to stay at Celtic for one more season and get more Champions League experience.

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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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