Settle Cricket Club v Sri Lanka Professional XI

Settle Cricket Club v Sri Lanka Professional XI (T20 International Friendly)

Settle Cricket Club professional Ashen Silva has worked with the club officals to arrange an outstanding international friendly match to raise revenue for the club and in aid of the Cancer Awareness charity. The match which took place at Marshfiled this weekend saw Settle Cricket Club face a Sri Lanka Professional XI lead by Ashen Silva.

Tom Davidson captained the home side and won the toss but elected to bowl first on a sunny evening at Marshfield. Ashen Silva came to the crease early after Simpson took an wicket for the home side, Silva went on to top score for the visitors with a half century as the visitors finished on one hundred and sixty-four all out.

Settle got off to an excellent start with the bat making fifty-two runs off the first five overs of the innings. however the Sri Lanka XI came back strong in the second five overs taking three wickets leaving Settle on seventy-three for three at the halfway point in the innings.

Settle continued to chase down the Sri Lanka XI total, however they could only add a further eighty-four runs in the final ten overs to leave the home side one hundred and fifty-seven for seven. The Sri Lanka Professional XI won the match by seven wickets before both sides went on to enjoy the evening in the club house with Sri Lankan food and live music.

Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, T.Davidson, R.Davidson, J.Davidson, Worthington, Read, Husbands, T.Strickland, Khalid, Simpson, H.Fazal, A.Fazal, Hassan, Amjad, Lockett

Sri Lanka XI – Silva, Pussegolla, Liyanage, Serasinghe, C. De Silva, Rajakaruna, Rajapakse, Sumanasiri, Jayasingha, T. De Silva, Ramanayake, De Soysa

Umpires – Mike Bridges, John Pearson

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Peter Crouch Announces His Retirement

Clarets Striker Peter Crouch Calls Time On His Career

Clarets striker Peter Crouch has this morning has announced his retirement from football at the age of thirty-eight, calling time on a career which seen him capped forty-two times for England, scoring twenty-two international goals and find the back of the net one hundred and eight times in the Premier League over four hundred and sixty eight senior appearances for seven different clubs.

Speaking about his retirement Peter Crouch said, “I have had twenty-three years to prepare for this moment but now it’s here you realise nothing can prepare you at all for this moment. The time has come to refer to myself as a ‘former footballer; this incredible journey I have been on since I was sixteen is over. I collected memories and have stories that I will be able to tell my children’s children. This former footballer had the time of his life and it’s time to write the next chapters.”

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Clarets Strengthen Squad For FA Women’s National League

Burnley FC Women Sign Nine Players Ready For Northern Premier League

Burnley FC Women are delighted to announce a number of new signings to the first team squad as they embark on a season in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division. Following on from consecutive title wins, the claret women have expanded their squad with new signings.

The Clarets have sign a number of experienced players during the summer break including Olivia Wilson (Everton Ladies), Sarah Agger (Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC), Kenedy Owen (Manchester United), Kerry Hope (Huddersfield Town Ladies) and Nic Worthington (Bolton Wanderers Ladies).

These players are added to the other signing that have been made over the summer that have already strengthend the squad, players such as Kelly Halligan, Olivia Greenhalgh, Levi Rathburn and Cara Bickett.

Burnley FC Women First Team Manager, Matt Bee said, “There is obviously another crucial season coming up for the team and we have had to freshen up the squad over the course of the summer. We have added a number of fresh young players who come with potential to grow and develop in the women’s game. This is alongside new players with experience of tier 3 football, who will bring with them a wealth of knowledge to benefit the team overall.

“We must prepare ourselves in the best possible way to compete at this level, it will be a tough league, but I’m not fazed by it and neither should the players be. We have added in several new faces and my job over pre-season is to get them to gel together and fit in the systems of play. Our values and DNA are very clear, and I am confident all players will buy into this.”

Burnley FC Women first team and the new signings will undertake their pre-season schedule from this Sunday, see fixtures below

14th July – FC United Women (Nelson & Colne College) – Kick-off 2pm

28th July – Doncaster Rovers Belles (Padiham FC) – Kick-off 3pm

31st July – Stockport County LFC (Seashell Trust) – Kick-off 7:30pm

4th August – Brighouse Town Women (Yorkshire Payments Stadium) – Kick-off 2pm

11th August – Barnsley Women’s FC (Barnsley Training Ground) – Kick-off 2pm

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Former Clarets Striker Joins Bury Town Board

Alan Lee Joins Bury Town Board of Directors

Bury Town are pleased to welcome Alan Lee as a Director of the Football Club following his appointment at the clubs A.G.M on Monday evening. Having joined the club last season as the clubs Head of Player Development, a role he will continue as he joins the board in the overall day to day running of the club.

Lee, a former Republic of Ireland International has a vast knowledge of the game having played professionally with Aston Villa, Torquay United, Port Vale, Burnley, Rotherham United, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town where he finished his career.

Chairman Russell Ward said “I am delighted to welcome Alan to the board as a Director of the club. Alan has been a real asset to us since he joined, and I was very pleased when he accepted my invitation to become a Director. He has made massive improvements to the club in his short time with us, he has given us access to improved training facilities.

He also continues to improve and enlarge our youth section, and next season we will have a total of 36 teams representing Bury Town FC across all age groups, both male and female. He has also drawn up a five year plan for the board to take the club onto the next level and we are starting to put that plan into place. Having someone with his experience from the professional game on our board further strengthens the club going forward.”

Speaking about the appointment Alan Lee said, “I am very pleased to be joining the Board of Directors at Bury Town and I am looking forward to working with everyone involved from the first team right down through our youth section to grow the club and improve every aspect of the club”

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Darlington Complete Will Hatfield Signing

Will Hatfield Leaves Nethermoor Park to Join Darlington 

Guiseley AFC have today confirmed that midfielder Will Hatfield has left the club to join Vanarama National League North side Darlington. After spending four years with the Lions, Hatfield appeared for Darlington in a friendly with Motherwell on Saturday before sealing a move in the North East after having failed to agree further terms with Guiseley.

Having been signed by Mark Bower, Will became a regular and won the Craig Shearstone Guiseley AFC Supporters’ Club Player of the 2015-16 Season and continued to be selected by Adam Lockwood, Paul Cox, Sean St Ledger and finally Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill.

Will departs having made 163 appearances, scoring 20 goals with one Player of the Season award plus a first & second place in the 2018/19 Goal of the Season vote. Arguably his two greatest goals for the club came in his final season with his strike against Cambridge in the Emirates FA Cup beamed on the BBC’s Final Score program and his free kick away at Spennymoor was pinpoint into the top corner.

Speaking about leaving the club Will Hatfield said, “I would like to thank all the supporters at Guiseley they have been amazing towards me and I cannot them enough. There’s been lots of ups and downs and some amazing memories these last four years. I hope I showed you what the club meant to me, good luck with everything in the future, Guiseley will always be a club very close to me.”

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Clarets Sign Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez Coming Home to Turf Moor

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed that striker Jay Rodriguez has returned to Turf Moor to rejoin his hometown club. The former academy and first team player has swooped West Bromwich Albion for Burnley after signing a two year contract with an option for a further year.

The move completes the circle for Rodriguez, who left for Southampton in 2012 in a then record deal, having scored 41 goals in 129 appearances during his first spell with Burnley and earned an England U21 International call recognition. Rodriguez also earned a full England cap in 2013, when he appeared for the Three Lions against Chile at Wembley.

After putting pen to paper on his new deal, bringing to an end a two-year spell with the Baggies, Sean Dyche’s second summer signing flew to Portugal on Monday to join fellow new boy Erik Pieters and the rest of the Clarets squad. Rodriguez is back where it all began, reigniting a love affair with his hometown club as Burnley gear up for a fourth successive season in the Premier League.

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Guiseley AFC v Bradford City

Guiseley AFC 0 v 2 Bradford City (Pre-Season Friendly)

Local rivals Bradford City returned to Nethermoor Park for the annual pre-season friendly against the Lions to start the 2019-20 football season. The visitors brought a full strength squad which included all eleven summer signings as the club look to bounce straight back to Sky Bet League One after relegation last season.

Guiseley started well against the Sky Bet League Two opponents and enjoyed the majority of the early exchanges, but the Bantams grew into the contest and began asserting their authority after the first fifteen minutes. The first real effort of the half came on eighteen minutes as Clayton Donaldson headed a Joe Riley cross into the path of Jermaine Anderson, but Simon Garner made an excellent tackle.

On twenty-two minutes, the home side contnued to press with Kaine Felix but his shot went high over the visitors crossbar without troubling Richard O’Donnell. The visitors started to increase the pressure on twenty-eight minutes and went close with a shot from Joe Riley, but his effort went just wide of the right hand post.

Bradford City broke the deadlock on thirty one minutes with some neat wing play down the left, Sean Scannell sent a teasing ball into the area which an unmarked Clayton Donaldson headed past the Guiseley goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

The goal seamed to bring the home side back to life and fighting for every ball, which lead to a chance on thirty-five minutes when a ball was played into the feet of new signing Hamza Bencherif on the corner of the six yard box, but his shot on the turn was well saved by Richard O’Donnell.

Just three minutes later, visiting goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell had to be alert as a fierce Kaine Felix strike from range was tipped onto the crossbar before coming down inside the area only to be cleared by the Bradford City defence, to leave the half-time 1-0.

Both side changed all eleven players at half-time and it was the visitors that started the half the stronger, with Jordan Gibson hitting a long range shot that went just wide of the Lions goal. Just two minutes later the Bantams were back on the attack when Mason Fawns had a strike at goal but it was well saved by the Lions keeper.

City, extended their lead on fifty-five minutes, when Omari Patrick’s cross into the box broke allowing two trialists to combine with Chay Tilt teeing up Mason Fawns who rolled into the back of the net to make 2-0 to the visitors.

On fifty-eight minutes, the Bantams should have added a third when James Gordon forced the Guiseley keeper into a desperate save from thirty yards out. James Vaughan then went close with an excellent shot from the edge of the area.

The visitors should have been awarded a penalty on sixty-eight minutes when the former Everton striker James Vaughan went through into the Guiseley area only to be brought down by centre-back Digie but the referee waved away the appeal.

Reece Staunton is booked with ten minutes to go for a heavy challenge on Scott Smith which forced him to leave the pitch with a nasty cut across his knee and down his leg, to be honest the tackle deserved a straight red and would have got one had this been a Sky Bet League Two fixture.

In the end, the visitors won this pre-season friendly with a goal in each half but the Lions played some excellent spells of football with some great partnerships that will trouble sides in the Vanarama National League North this season.

Speaking after the match joint manager Russ O’Neill said, “First of all we conceeded two very poor goals and in the first half we created a number of chances but never tested the goalkeeper. However these pre-season games are about fitness and we managed to give all the squad forty-five minutes.

We have got some tough friendlies this season with Leeds United in midweek and then Scunthorpe United on Saturday. After that match we should know more about the trialists and we will know this time next which players we are looking to offer a contract. I thought in the first half new signings Aaron Martin and Gabriel Johnson linked up well and they will cause teams in our division alot of trouble.”

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Trialist 1, Cantrill, Garner, Bencherif, Trialist 2, Johnson, Trialist 3, Spencer, Trialist 4, Felix, Martin (Subs) Trialist 5, Trialist 6, Trialist 7, Thornton, Trialist 8, Digie, Starcenko, Trialist 9, Hussain, Clayton, Smith

Bradford City – O’Donnell, Henley, O’Connor, French, Riley, Colville, Booty, Anderson, Donaldson, Doyle, Scannell (Subs) Hornby, Devine, Mellor, Staunton, Richards-Everton, Fawns, Akpan, Gibson, Tilt, Vaughan, Patrick, Hippolyte

Goals (Bradford City) Donaldson (31), Fawns (55)

Attendance – 1,799

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