Guiseley AFC Name New Boss

Guiseley AFC Name Paul Cox As Manager

Guiseley AFC have this afternoon have announced the appointment of Paul Cox as the new manager of the club with immediate effect.  The board confirmed they received a large number applications for the vacant managerial  role, however once discussions had taken place with Paul he was our first choice to take over from Adam Lockwood.

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Paul is rightly regarded as one of the top managers at this level and we look forward to a long and successful period with him at the helm as we embark on our three to five-year plan where we intend to make sure that the club continues to thrive.

Paul will meet with the players and staff at training tomorrow, has a wide playing and football management experience having played for Notts County and Hull City in the Football League and then in the upper levels of the Non-League game.

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As a manager he has had considerable success winning Championships with both Eastwood Town and Mansfield Town, taking them into the Football League.  Most recently Paul has been in charge at Barrow where he enjoyed considerable success.

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FC Halifax Town v AFC Fylde

FC Halifax Town 2 v 1 AFC Fylde (Vanarama National League)

Vanarama National League North Champions AFC Flyde arrived at Shay Stadium having had a good start to the season winning two, drawing four and losing two of their opening  National League fixtures.  Billy Heath made two enforced changes with Dion Charles and Josh MacDonald replacing the injured Cliff Moyo and suspended Matty Kosylo.

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FC Halifax Town started the game brightly and had the first real effort of the half when on eight minutes, Dion Charles cut inside from the left-wing before drilling the ball just inches wide of Rhys Taylor’s goal. Just ten minutes later, Adam Morgan went close as he forced Taylor into a superb finger-tip save following an effort from the edge of the area.

Fylde’s best chance of breaking the deadlock came from a long throw by Josh Ezewele into the home sides area which was met by Tom Denton head, but as he attempted to clear the ball, his header hit Sam Johnson’s crossbar and bounced to safety.

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Danny Rowe was getting closer and was inches away from putting the visitors ahead as he hit a vicious shot from twenty yards which went just wide of Sam Johnson’s left-hand post. The Coasters ended the half with a glorious chance to go ahead when Finley picked out Rowe on the right.  The striker beat his man at the byline before leaving Scott Garner in his wake only to clip his eventual strike over Johnson’s crossbar from close range.

The visitors started the second-half the stronger of the two teams, James Hardy went close twice in the first few minutes.  The first effort was a well struck shot which went just over crossbar and his second effort from inside the area went straight at Johnson.

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On fifty-six minutes, the visitors took the lead following an excellent through ball from Montrose which found Danny Rowe running through the middle, the striker outpaced the FC Halifax defence, before collecting the ball in the area and chipping it over the onrushing Johnson for his third goal of the season.

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FC Halifax responded immediately however and equalised just a minute later. Morgan’s cross from the right-hand side hit the crossbar and landed kindly into the path of Denton who headed into the net from just a few yards out.  Both sides exchanged chances in the next ten minutes with Hardy threatening with a high bending shot before Oliver’s half-volley forced Taylor into a good save to his left.

On seventy-seven minutes, the home side took the lead when Tom Denton started and finished a move.  Denton held a ball up nicely from a long pass before exchanging passes with Josh MacDonald and Ben Tomlinson, MacDonald then teed up Town’s top-scorer in the area as he applied the finishing touch bending the ball into the far corner of the goal.

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Both sides exchanged chances in the final ten minutes with Hardy threatening the home goal with a high bending shot that curled just wide of Sam Johnson’s goal.  Minutes later Connor Oliver’s hit a half-volley for the home side which forced Rhys Taylor into a good stop to his left.

AFC Fylde continued to attack looking for a late equaliser as the home side defence stood strong, then as the game entered four minutes injury time, substitute Matt Blinkhorn lost his head and stamped on Scott Garner and was given a straight red card by referee Hart.

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Speaking after the match manager Billy Heath said, “I thought in the first-half we just gave them far too much respect which is unlike us because we’re usually on the front foot.  I made a tactical switch at the break and went direct to utilise Denton’s strengths.

We’ve still got a lot of work to do but fair play to the players because we’re patched up again, it doesn’t help when you’ve got a left back playing right back. The squad’s getting thinner all the time but we carry on.”

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After today’s victory the Shaymen are now undefeated in four league games with three wins and one draw, whilst collecting ten points from a possible twelve.  FC Halifax Town will look to continue their winning run when Maidenhead United visit the Shay Stadium.

Match Details

FC Halifax Town – Johnson, Wilde, Brown, Garner, Hotte, Oliver, McManus, MacDonald, Denton, Morgan, Charles (Subs) Nicolson, Lynch, Tomlinson, Dixon, Clarke

AFC Fylde – Taylor, Montrose, Tunncliffe, Ezewele, Bond, Hardy, Finley, Rowe, Muldoon, Grand, Burke (Subs) Lynch, Richards, Blinkhorn, Smith, Jones

Goals(FC Halifax) Denton (58, 77) (AFC Fylde) Rowe (56)

Attendance – 1,775

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Oakwell Move For Former Bantam Striker

Oli McBurnie Joins Barnsley On Loan

Barnsley Football Club have confirmed the transfer deadline day signing of Oli McBurnie from Premier League Swansea City on a year-long loan.  Oli has been involved at the beginning of Swansea’s Premier League campaign this season and will also join up with the Scotland U21s squad this week before returning to Oakwell.

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A tall commanding striker with a turn of pace, McBurnie will add vital firepower and attacking intent to the Reds’ forward line. Standing at 6ft 2′ tall, the Yorkshire-born attacker will embark on his first season in the Sky Bet Championship following his switch from South Wales.

Having originally started his Football League career with Bradford City, McBurnie made his debut for the first team at the age of 17. His impressive start and subsequent displays led to Premier League interest from Swansea and they moved to sign him in 2015.

McBurnie was loaned out to Newport County for first team football and after netting a hat-trick on his debut, it was only a short time before he was recalled by his Premier League parent club to be involved around the first team squad.

Being given the opportunity to make his debut for the Swans in August 2016, McBurnie burst onto the scene and took his chance with both hands by scoring twice in an EFL Cup second round tie against Peterborough United, extending his impressive debut record.

International recognition has also began for the 21-year-old with 11 caps for Scotland, at U19 and U21 levels, where he has found the net for both sides.

Speaking about the signing manager Paul Heckingbottom said, “Oli is a player that we targeted early this summer and have successfully brought to the Club.

He is a Yorkshire lad and has jumped at the chance to come here on loan for the season, he will add some height and goal threat to the side, along with that raw element of being an unknown quantity to Championship defences. I am looking forward to him coming into training and getting started.”

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Clarets Striker Joins Walsall On Loan

Daniel Agyei Joins Walsall On Loan

Burnley Football Club have this evening confirmed that striker Daniel Agyei is returning to the Midlands and joining Walsall Football Club on loan.  Agyei who spent the first half of last season on loan at Coventry City, scoring five times in sixteen league appearances for the Sky Blues.

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The striker is returning to Sky Bet League One for a chance of first-team football with the Saddlers in a loan deal running until 6 January.  Agyei, who joined Burnley from AFC Wimbledon in 2015, made three Premier League appearances from the bench for the Clarets last season.

However following the arrival of Chris Wood, Jon Walters and Nahki Wells during the transfer window, Agyei has been allowed to move on a temporary basis to further his first-team experience.  A number of League One sides were interested in the pacey striker, who opted for a move to Walsall, who play Plymouth Argyle at the Bescot Stadium this weekend.

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Burnley Sign Huddersfield Town Striker

Nahki Wells Joins The Clarets 

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Nahki Wells on a three-year contract. The Clarets completed the deadline-day signing of the striker, from Premier League rivals Huddersfield Town for a fee of around £5million.

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The Bermuda international scored 48 goals in 152 appearances for Huddersfield Town and ends a three and-a-half-year stay with the Terriers after helping the West Yorkshire club climb into the top-flight.  Previous to that Wells was a prolific stay with Bradford City, where he also won promotion and helped the then League Two side reach the 2013 Capital Cup Final at Wembley, during a season which saw him score 26 times.

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Speaking about the move Nahki Wells said, “I have no doubt this is an ideal move for me, I have played at every level besides the Premier League.  I achieved that in the summer by getting promoted with Huddersfield, it wasn’t something that was going to change.

I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and I’ve documented that way back, when I first broke into the game.  Now the opportunity is here and I’m very thankful to Burnley Football Club for giving me the chance, I feel I can go on and do great things.”

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Lockwood & Penny Sacked

Adam Lockwood & Dave Penny Leave Nethermoor Park

Guiseley AFC have today confirmed they have taken the decision to part company with both manager Adam Lockwood and his assistant Dave Penny with immediate effect.

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The defeat against Hartlepool United on Monday has left the Lions third from bottom in the Vanarama National League following two successive defeats, having picked up only five points out of a possible twenty-one.

The only victory so far this season came in the home game against Torquay United, who are currently bottom of the Vanarama National League with six defeats and one draw so far this season.

The search for a new management team will begin this week as the club travel to London for another difficult game against former Football League Two side Leyton Orient.

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Guiseley AFC v Hartlepool United

Guiseley AFC v Hartlepool United (Vanarama National League)

Having been relegated from the Football League last season Hartlepool United arrived at Nethermoor Park still looking for their first win of the season.  Adam Lockwood made a number of changes to the side that lost at FC Halifax Town, giving starts to Ashley Palmer Will Hatfield, Raul Correia, Danny East, Frank Mulhern and Callum McFadzean.

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Adam Lockwood had asked that his side be ruthless and it was the home side that started the game with more purpose going on the attack after only three minutes, when an Alex Purver cross was met by Frank Mulhern, however his header from six yards came of the underside of the bar and bounced away to safety.

Guiseley continued to press with some excellent work in midfield between John Rooney, Will Hatfield, Alex Purver and Callum McFadzean, whilst the two strikers Frank Mulhern and Raul Correia were causing problems for the visitors.  On fifteen minutes, a shoulder injury to McFadzean meant he had to be substituted and the game totally changed.

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The last thirty minutes turned into a bit more of a midfield battle which caused the home side to fall back into that familiar pattern we have seen all of the season, were both sides have some good possession but failing to create an effort at goal.

The home side are lacking that spark they need to start attacking their opponents, using the wings to get behind the visitors defence in order to put in more telling crosses that the forwards can benefit from and therefore score more goals.

Craig Harrison’s half time team talk must have inspired the visitors as they come out in the second-half and scored just four minutes into the half, after some good work by Jake Cassidy down the right the ball found Lewis Hawkins whose first time shot landed at the feet of Jonathan Franks who smashed it past Joe Green and into the back of the net.

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After the goal the next half an hour was very much like the first half, both sides having some good possession of the ball but they were not able to create anything in front of goal.  The home side picked up in the last fifteen minutes and did start to put the visitors under some pressure, however Scott Loach took control of his penalty area punching the ball away and taking the ball to assist his defence.

Guiseley threw on Kayode Odejayi and Lee Molyneux in an effort to rescue the game and both had chances.  First Molyneux fired a shot from a tight angle high and wide over the visitors crossbar, then Kayode Odejayi saw his header tipped over the bar by Scott Loach after the keeper had also denied Danny Lowe.

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The later stages of the second half so some poor gamesmanship from a Hartlepool United side that were desperate to hang onto the three points.  Every tackle was met with a loud scream and a Hartlepool player going down asking for treatment from the phyiso so that they could waste some more time.

The referee did become wise to the visitors tactic’s after about the fourth or fifth injury as he told players to get on with it, he did as well, add eight minutes of injury time but it was not enough and the final score was 1-0 to the visitors.

Speaking after the match manager Adam Lockwood said, “It’s disappointing again we had chances early on which we failed to take and we need to be ruthless. It is going to take someone to be ruthless and score and then it becomes a different ball game.”

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The defeat now leaves the Lions third from bottom in the Vanarama National League with two successive defeats, having picked up only five points out of a possible twenty one it suggests an immediate improvement is required.  This weekend will be another difficult fixture as the squad travel to former Football League club Leyton Orient.

Match Details

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

Hartlepool United – Loach, Magnay, Harrison, Watson, Deverdics, Featherstone, Woods, Hawkins, Rodney, Franks (Subs) Richardson, Munns, Donaldson, Newton, Simpson

Goals(Hartlepool United) Franks (49)

Attendance – 1,723

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