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Late Septmeber

Matt Derbyshire’s Omonia Nicosia began their Cyprus Division One campaign with a 2-1 home win against Achnas with the ex-Harwood hero taking just 24 minutes to get off the mark. After the visitors had equalised in the second half, Matt struck the winner 8 minutes from time.

They then lost 2-1 at Paphos who took the lead on the hour mark before Matt levelled 11 minutes later. A penalty 6 minutes later saw the home side victorious.

Omonia then had a convincing 5-2 home win against AEK Larnaca. Matt took just 11 minutes to get off the mark and by that stage his side were already one up. That was followed by a disappointing 2-2 home draw with Alki Orokini and it could have been worse but for a late equalising penalty.

A third home game in a row saw them drop two more points after a 94 th minute equaliser gave visiting local rivals Ol. Nicosia a 1-1 draw.

By the end of the month Matt was joint top scorer in the division with four.

Great Harwood Town after their promotion last term, began the Blackburn and District Football Combination 2 nd Division campaign with a 6-3 win against St. Marys C.O.B.

Another big win followed, 5-2, against another famous name from the past, Blackburn Olympic. Blackburn United Reserves were then despatched 8-0 but the team were brought back down to earth with a 7-0 defeat against Beehive.

Town then completed a quick double over Blackburn Olympic with a narrow 4-3 victory. A second defeat of the season came against Blackburn Elite who won 3-0.

Don Fitzgerald’s Wimbledon couldn’t follow up their great result at the Rovers and it couldn’t have been a bigger let-down as they lost 2-0 at home to bitter enemies MK Dons.

They were beaten again next time out, 1-0 at Southend United and then made it three games without a goal after being held to a goalless draw at home to Rochdale.

Ex-landlords Accrington Stanley followed up their fine win at Chesterfield by defeating Middlesbrough Under 23’s 3-2 at the Crown before being held to a 1-1 draw by Cheltenham Town at the same venue.

That was followed by two more away success’s, 2-1 at Port Vale and 1-0 at Forest Green Rovers, leaving them in third plave at the end of the month.

Fylde have found wins difficult after their promotion to the National League with just two wins in the opening 12 games but two Rowe goals gave them a tremendous 2-1 win at Leyton Orient.

Paul Clark’s Aldershot had the chance to lead the table but a draw with Leyton Orient and a defeat at Macclesfield saw them drop out of the play-off positions.

In the North Division, a late equaliser at home to Darlington earned Boston United a point but after drawing at home to Haughmond, they won 5-0 in the replay.

The Pilgrims then made it through to the next round after a 2-0 win at AFC Mansfield in front of a record attendance of 613.

Boston Town put up a great show in the 3 rd qualifying round, twice leading visiyors Hyde United before going down to a last minute penalty, the Tigers’ Beadle scoring, his second spot-kick of the game which completed his hat-trick

Southport’s poor form continued with an embarrassing 7-0 defeat at Bamber Bridge in the Lancs. FA Challenge Trophy, a competition which they’ve excelled in in recent years. That was followed by a 3-0 defeat at Nuneaton.

Phil O’Dell’s FC United shocked play-off chasing Tamworth, winning 3-1 at Broadhurst Park and then came back from the dead in the FA Cup at Stockport County. The Hatters led 3-0 after only 41 minutes but United roared back and equalised with an 83 rd minute penalty.

Chorley won 3-2 at home to Telford United despite having a man sent off before making it through to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Ashton Athletic.

In the Vanarama South, Mike Barry’s Eastbourne Borough won 2-0 at home to lowly Oxford City but were then dumped out of the FA Cup by equally lowly Bognor Regis Town.

In the Evo-stik Premier Division, Paul Salt’s Altrincham are getting to grips with the level, smashing Farsley Celtic 6-0 at Moss Lane before edging past Grantham Town 1-0, also at home. A third win followed, an excellent 3-0 result at Hednesford Town.

In the Evo-stik North, Clitheroe lost three games in a row, 3-1 at home to Colwyn Bay, 3-0 at home to Bamber Bridge and 4-1 at leaders South Shields.

The Blues got back on track with a 4-3 home victory against neighbours Ramsbottom United before being held to a 1-1 draw by Mossley, also at Shawbridge.

Ramsbottom United lost 2-1 at Kendal Town but defeated Prescot Cables 1-0 at the Riverside. They then lost by the only goal at home to Bamber Bridge

Colne lost 3-1 at Glossop North End before drawing 1-1 at home to Mossley.

In the NWCFL Premier Division, Padiham were held to a goalless draw by Ashton Athletic at Holt House but then won 3-2 at Barnton

Charnock Richard won 4-0 at BarnoldswickTown and then 3-0 at home to Bacup Borough in the FA Vase. Back in league action, two Grimshaw goals helped them to a 3-1 home win against Bootle, his 6 th goal in 7 league games.

Bacup exited their second competition of the week, losing 3-1 at Holker Old Boys in the Lancs. Challenge Trophy in front of only 17 spectators.

Darwen lost 1-0 at home to Squires Gate but made it through to the next round of the FA Vase with an excellent 4-2 win at one of our ex-opponents Glasshoughton Welfare, 4-2 the score. They then lost 1-0 at home to Runcorn Linnets in the league before a superb 5-4 victory at West Didsbury & Chorlton with Massamba notchign four.

Nelson lost 3-2 at Garforth Town in the Vase after having led 2-0 at the break, and were then held to a 2-2 draw by Eccleshall in Division One.

Barnoldswick Town followed up their home defeat against Charnock Richard with another one, 2-1 to Bootle, despite leading at the break. They then looked to about to receive a good hiding at City of Liverpool, trailing 2-0 after only 8 minutes but they hit back to claim a point in a 4-4 draw thanks to Threllfall’s 88 th minute leveller.

Ex-Harwood stalwart Steve Pickup has moved to Northwich Victoria along with Steve Wilkes and Andy Payton.

In the Western League, Nick Hancock’s Buckland Athletic surprisingly lost 2-1 at home to Bradford Town although the visitors are unbeaten this term, but then won by the same score at Cribbs with Nick amongst the dozen or so Bucks’ fans present.

The three points ensured that stayed top of the table.

Early September

Don Fitzgerald’s Wimbledon were well beaten by Blackpool at Bloomfield Road despite the 1-0 scoreline. A 2-0 home reverse against Portsmouth was then followed by a 1-1 home draw against Gillingham.

I was hoping to meet up with Fitz as his favourites made the trip to Ewood Park to take on the Rovers but he was too ill to make the journey.

A shoddy home display helped the Dons to a fairly comfortable 1-0 win.

Accrington Stanley produced a dominent display to win 2-1 at Morecambe and followed that with another, hammering Carlisle United 3-0 in atrocious conditions at the Crown Ground.

They were then surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home to Grimsby Town who appeared to be more ‘up for it’ than the Reds.

They got back on track in the next game at Chesterfield, winning 2-1.

In the National League, Paul Clark’s Aldershot defeated Solihull Moors 1-0 at the ‘Rec’ to stay in the play-off positions but then lost 2-0 at home to Dover who moved to the top of the table with the win.

The Shots then won 2-0 at Ebbsfleet United while Dover lost at home to Boreham Wood which saw the teams change positions and four days later Aldershot remained in top spot after ending Gateshead’s unbeaten home record with a 2-0 win with Dover keeping up the pressure with a 4-0 home success against Chester.

Paul was amongst the superb following of 127 in a crowd of 654.

Fylde lost 2-1 at Halifax Town with two Denton goals doing the damage. The 6 foot 7 inch striker who, in my opinion, is lucky to ever complete a game, continues to fool the officials with his highly debatable style of tactics.

The Coasters then drew 2-2 at home to Bromley, coming back from two down with less than half an hour to play.

The League attracted no less than four attendances of over 4,000 on the first Saturday of the month.

Fylde were then defeated 2-1 at Macclesfield Town thanks to a 91 st minute winner from the Silkmen and then drew their 6 th game in 11 after a 1-1 scoreline at Eastleigh.

In the National League North, Boston United gained their first away point of the season, along with their first away game finishing with eleven men, at Kidderminster Harriers, and it could have been even better had Chapman’s first half penalty not been saved.

It then took a last minute goal to secure the points against bottom of the table North Ferriby United at York Street, 2-1 the score, but United once again had a player sent off.

The longest trip of the season followed, to Blyth Spartans, and the game was over within 15 minutes of the kick off with the home side already 3-0 up and running out 5-2 winners.

A trip to Bradford Park Avenue followed, a ground where I haven’t seen the Pilgrims beaten in many trips, but despite taking the lead, they lost again, 2-1.

An FA Cup tie against minnows Haughmond gave them the perfect opportunity to get a big win and restore the confidence but incredibly they could only draw 1-1 and also had keeper Willis to thank for a late save to keep them in the competition.

Chorley defeated York City 2-0 at Victory Park and three days later Darlington 4-1 at the same venue. They then lost 2-0 at Blyth Spartans before winning 3-1 at Stalybridge Celtic in the FA Cup.

Phil O’Dell’s FC United failed to build on their first victory against Boston, losing 2-1 at home to bottom side Leamington, 3-1 at home to Blyth Spartans and 1-0 at Curzon Ashton in front of a turn out of only 726.

The home attendances continue to fall with only 1,491 watching the game against Blyth.

A 3-0 defeat at Darlington left them second bottom and they then survived in the FA Cup after a 1-1 draw at Handsworth Parramore with the home side equalising in the last minute.

Southport moved into 3 rd place after a 2-0 home win against Darlington but were then smashed 6-0 at Stockport County, 3-0 at home to Kidderminster Harriers and 4-1 at home to Harrogate Town.

The FA Cup brought more woe as they lost 3-0 at home to Bradford Park Avenue.

In the South Division, Mike Barry’s Eastbourne Borough twice came from behind to defeat Chippenham 4-2 and followed that with another home win, 3-1 against Concord Rangers. They then gained a fine point in a 2-2 draw at St Albans. Two goals a minute before the break looked to have given Saints the points but the Sports hit back to equalise in the 92 nd minute.

That was followed by a 4-2 defeat at leaders Dartford.

The Sports then made it through to the next round of the FA Cup with a 4-3 home win against Carshalton Athletic.

In the Evo-stik League North Division, Ramsbottom United came from behind to beat visitors Glossop North End 4-2 at the Riverside in front of over 300 fans. The Rams then attracted 369 for the Friday night game against Trafford which they won 3-1 to move into 2 nd place.

Clitheroe won 4-1 at Skelmersdale United but then lost 3-1 at home to Colwyn Bay.

In the FA Cup 1 st qualifying round, Paul Salt’s Altrincham were cruising into the next round, leading 3-0 at Abbey Hey with less than 25 minutes gone, but the hosts fought back with two goals before the break and an 85 th minute leveller to force a replay. Alty edged the replay 2-1 and back in League action, won 3-1 at Barwell.

They were then hammered 5-2 at Workington and exited the FA Cup , losing 1-0 at Shilden.

Barnoldswick Town lost 3-2 at Albion Sports. Danny Boyle’s 89 th minute leveller looke to have sent the game into extra time but Facey struck the winner for the home side in added time.

Barlick then lost 1-0 at home to Darwen in the league and by the same score in the FA Vase to Dunston UTS in front of over 200 fans at the Silentnight Stadium before being denied three points at Irlam after a last minute equaliser.

Colne lost 1-0 at home to Lancaster City but then defeated Clitheroe 2-0 at home in the Integro Cup. They then lost 2-1 at home to leaders South Shields and 3-2 at Tadcaster Albion, despite leading 2-0 after an hour.

One of the biggest results was Boston Town’s 2-0 home defeat of Hednesford Town and they made it through the next round with a 2-1 win at Dereham Town.

City of Liverpool attracted a fantastic four-figure attendance for their home tie agaiant Nantwich Town where a last minute Cooke goal saw the visitors progress.

In the NWCFL Premier Division, Padiham had lost the game at Runcorn Linnets within half an hour, already 4-0 down before eventually going down 6-1 but then won 5-1 at Burscough. Long-serving manager Steve Wilkes left the club along with ex-Harwood star Steve Pickup. They then made it through to the next round of the FA Vase after a 5-0 home win against Thackley with Hart and Turner both scoring twice.

Charnock Richard won 3-1 at Hanley Town and then 7-1 in the FA Vase at Selby Town with another brace coming from Grimshaw.

Darwen lost 3-1 at home to Maine Road and then 2-0 at Winsford United.

In the 1 st division, Nelson lost 1-0 at home to Abbey Hulton United and then 2-0 at Holker Old Boys and 4-0 at home to Stockport Town.

Bacup Borough lost 1-0 at home to Cammell Laird and then 7-1 at Sandbach United with all the home side’s goals coming in the first 70 minutes.

How times change-not too long ago Northwich Victoria had a new ground and were thrashing Football League clubs live on TV but they exited the FA Vase, losing 4-3 at home to Stockport Town.

Also in that competition, two almost identical thrillers took place at Vauxhall Motors and Whitchurch Alport.

In the first game, visitors 1874 Northwich quickly went into a two-goal lead before Motors hit back to lead 4-2. back came the visitors with two goals in the final 15 minutes to force extra-time before scoring the decider.

In the second game, Pershore Town led 2-0 after only 12 minutes but just six minutes after the break, Alport led 4-2. Back came Town to make it 4-4 and take the tie 4-3 on penalties.

Previous opponents Guisborough Town lost 7-1 at Sunderland Ryhope CW, Seaham Red Star defeated Albion Sports, Crook Town lost 3-2 at Tow Law Town, Glasshoughton Welfare lost 3-2 at Widnes, Hall Road Rangers won 2-0 at home to Gedling MW and Bilston Town won 3-2 at home to Bolehall Swifts.

No team managed double figures but AFC St Austell beat Bishops Lydeard 9-1.

In the South West, Nick Hancock’s Buckland Athletic drew 2-2 at home to ‘bogey’ team Melksham Town in front of 161 fans. A trip to bottom side Longwell Green Sports followed with a predictable outcome of 4-1 to the Bucks, despite the home side fielding six new players. Sports did though, score their first goal of the season after 7 games.

The three points left Buckland four clear at the top.

A tough home game was next against a Cleveden side who were unbeaten and ha conceded just four goals in six games but Nick’s boys triumphed 2-0.

Late August

In League One, Don Fitzgerald’s Wimbledon lost 2-0 at Fleetwood Town but then defeated Doncaster Rovers by the same score at home before a 4-3 Checkatrade Trophy victory at Barnet.

In League Two, Accrington Stanley won 2-1 at home to Mansfield Town thanks to Billy Kee stoppage time winner but exited the League Cup after a 3-1 home defeat against a strong West Bromwich Albion side watched by 2,700 fans.

They then drew 2-2 at Notts County thanks to a 95 th minute equaliser from Wilks.

In the National League, Paul Clark’s Aldershot Town lost their unbeaten start to the season, going down 2-1 at Boreham Wood. A shocking 1 st half left them with a mountain to climb but cheered on by the majority of the crowd, they pulled a goal back soon after the re-start but in truth, the narrow defeat was mainly down to Shots keeper Jake Cole.

In the North Division, I travelled down to York Street with the Chorley supporters to watch Boston United and I was the only ‘happy bunny’ on the return journey after fairly comfortable 2-0 home win. That defeat was the second of the week for the Magpies after a 4-1 defeat at Harrogate Town on the previous Tuesday.

The Pilgrims were then soundly beaten, 3-0 at home to Spennymoor Town.

Another local game, at FC United, gave me the opportunity see them again but a poor display saw them go down 2-1. In truth, the result was never in doubt after a very soft penalty gave the Reds the lead, which they doubled before the break. Smith’s second sending off of the season, a minute after half time and a second harsh dismissal ten minutes later, added to the hot, sunny weather, gave Boston little chance of a comeback.

The attendance of 1600, was by my reckoning, United’s lowest-ever league crowd despite another superb three-figure following from Lincolnshire.

Phil O’Dell’s FC United gained their first point of the season with a 3-3 draw at high-flying Southport, but leading 3-1 with four minutes to play, it must have felt like a defeat. They then lost 3-0 at Bradford Park Avenue, a result which saw them sink to the bottom of the table before their success against Boston.

In the South, Mike Barry’s Eastbourne Borough gained their first clean sheet of the season with a goalless draw at home to Welling United and quickly followed that up with another, helping them to their first win of the campaign, 1-0 at Truro City.

A 1-1 home draw against Wealdstone was followed by a 1-0 success at Bognor Regis Town.

In the Evo-stik Premier, Paul Salt’s Altricham gained a point at Nantwich Town but it took an 86 th minute Johnston penalty to save them but they then lost 1-0 at Matlock Town, leaving them 2 nd bottom after the opening three games.

They then ground out an important 1-0 home win against Whitby Town. The Bank Holiday weekend saw the Robins collect six points courtesy of wins against Coalville Town, 4-2 at home, and 2-0 at Witton Albion to move them into the top half of the table.

In the North Division, Ramsbottom United drew 2-2 at Colwyn Bay.

Clitheroe lost 2-0 at Glossop North End but progressed in the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Pickering Town before a comprehensive 4-0 home defeat against Scarborough Athletic in front of an excellent turn-out of 365. That was followed by a 1-1 draw at Kendal Town.

Colne drew 1-1 at Mossley and won 4-0 at home to Goole.

In the FA Cup Preliminary Round, Prescot Cables drew 2-2 at home to City of Liverpool in front of a fantastic attendance of 973.

The replay at Bootle attracted another 956 who saw an amazing game where the ‘Purps’ smashed their higher-league opponents 8-2.

Colne made it through thanks to a fine 1-0 win at Tadcaster Albion and followed that up with a goalless draw at Colwyn Bay.

Ramsbottom United went out, losing 3-2 at home to Liversedge despite leading twice, including 2-1 with about a minute to go before Roy Faggarty struck twice at the death.

The Rams then drew 1-1 at Hyde United but won 3-0 at home to Radcliffe Borough in the Bank Holiday derby game in front af a crowd of over 300.

Barnoldswick Town won 2-1 at home to Dunston UTS but then lost 1-0 in the League at home to Runcorn Town before winning 3-1 at Squires Gate.

Elsewhere, evergreen Ciaran Kilheeney shows no signs of slowing up and he scored twice in Droylsden’s 4-3 win at Ossett Albion.

In the NWCFL Premier Division, Charnock Richard continued their electric start to the season with a 5-2 home win against Squires Gate with Grimshaw scoring a brace for the the third game running. They had led 5-0 just after the hour mark before easing off.

They then travelled to City of Liverpool where two 1 st half goals saw them go down 2-0 in front of almost 600 fans.

Darwen won their first game, 2-0 at home to AFC Liverpool but were then held to a goalless draw by Burscough, also at the Anchor.

Padiham lost 2-0 at 1874 Northwich but then smashed Darwen 5-1 at the Arbories.

In the 1 st Division, Bacup Borough drew 1-1 at home to Daisy Hill before winning 2-1 at AFC Blackpool and drawing 1-1 at Carlisle City.

Nelson twice lost the lead a New Mills to draw 2-2 and were then beaten 1-0 at home by Bacup.

Nick Hancock’s Buckland Athletic kept up their 100% winning start to the season, edging out Wells City 2-1 at Homer’s Heath in front of a healthy 145 and then Brislington 4-1, also at home. They then dropped their first points of the season after a 3-3 draw at Street but remained top of the pile.

Early August 2017

The new football season kicked off with Accrington Stanley getting off to a great start with a 3-1 home win against Cheltenham Town.

In the League Cup, they hosted P.N.E. and looked to have won it after taking a 2-1 lead in the 86 th minute but with many Preston fans already making their way home, a 91 st minute equaliser appeared to dash the Reds’ hopes but Billy Kee was the hero as he secured the win with a 94 th minute decider.

Typical of Stanley, they then lost 3-2 at Yeovil Town who were smarting from their 8-2 thrashing at Luton Town.

In League One, Don Fitzgerald’s Wimbedon began the campaign with a good point in a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United.

The Dons then exited the League Cup at home to Brentford. Leading 1-0 at the break, the home side conceded an equaliser to take the game into extra-time where the Bees scored twice more.

Another home defeat followed, 1-0 against Shrewsbury Town.

Fleetwood Town also started well with a fine 2-0 home win against newly relegated Rotherham United. They then exited the League Cup after a 2-1 home defeat against Carlisle United but bounced back in the next League game, winning 1-0 at Northampton Town.

In the Vanarama National League, Fylde came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 home draw with Boreham Wood and earned another with a 1-1 draw at Chester before making it three with a 3-3 draw at Ebbsfleet United.

Paul Clark’s Aldershot led the table after one game thanks to an opening day 2-0 victory at Halifax Town and they maintained that position with a 3-2 home success against Torquay United. A 6-0 home thrashing of Guiseley left them as the only National League side with a 100% record.

I travelled to Haig Avenue along with 140 other Boston supporters to see the new-look Pilgrims take on newly-relegated Southport but the optimism of watching an almost entirely new team was blown away as the Pilgrims lost 4-0 and finished the game with nine men.

They then won 3-1 at home to Alfreton Town before going down 2-1 at Tamworth and having another player sent off.

Southport, meanwhile, won 2-1 at Bradford Park Avenue, thanks to a last minute winner and then 1-0 at Leamington.

Phil O’Dell’s FC United lost 2-1 at Brackley Town with the Red’s away following dwindling-just 654 watching the game. Another two defeats quickly followed, 3-2 at home to fancied Spennymoor Town, and 2-1 at the same venue against Kidderminster Harriers.

Chorley continued where they left off last term, defying the odds against ‘bigger’ clubs by winning 1-0 at Kidderminster Harriers but they were then beaten 1-0 at home by big-spending Salford City. They then came from behind to earn a point at home to Curzon Ashton.

In the South Division, Mike Barry’s Eastbourne Borough got off to a disappointing start, losing 3-2 at home to Braintree Town, despite leading 2-0 after only 20 minutes. A similar defeat followed at Havant & Waterlooville although the result was never in doubt-both the Sports goals coming in the last minute.

In the FA Cup extra preliminary round, Nick Hancock’s Buckland Athletic went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Bodmin Town, despite the Non-League Paper’s results column showing a 3-2 win!

The Bucks were three down before a fightback but their cause wasn’t helped by a sending off with the score at 3-1. They then won their opening League game, 3-2 at home to newly promoted Wellington in front of another three-figure crowd. A second league victory followed, 4-3 at Chipping Sodbury.

Elsewhere in the FA Cup, previous opponents, Seaham Red Star drew 1-1 at home to Whitley Bay but lost the replay 4-1 while Guisborough Town won 4-2 at home to Stockton Town and Hall Road Rangers lost 2-1 at AFC Mansfield thanks to a goal with the last kick of the game.

Local clubs had mixed results, Darwen losing 3-2 at Runcorn Town thanks to a last minute penalty, Barnoldswick Town coming from behind to defeat Jarrow Roofing 3-1 at the Silentnight Stadium, Nelson losing 2-0 at Albion Sports and Charnock Richard losing 4-3 at home to Pennistone despite leading 2-0 in front of a huge 254 crowd.

The Northwich derby drew 510 who saw Victoria draw 2-2 at home to 1874, the home side coming back from two down after an hour. 1874 then won the replay thanks to two first half goals in front of 429 spectators.

Padiham also drew a fine attendance of 357 with the majority going home happy after visitors City of Liverpool won 2-1 in their first ever FA Cup game.

The ‘Purps’ bandwagon shows no signs of slowing down with the cup success following on from the previous week’s Reusch Champions Cup win against Atherton Collieries.

Biggest win of the round was Berkhamstead’s 12-1 away massacre of Stotfold.

Ilkeston, after a Summer of uncertainty, where they folded, dispanded and re-appeared on the Midland League fixture list did actually begin the campaign, drawing 1-1 at Uttoxeter Town.

In the North West Counties League Premier Division, Charnock Richrad are carrying on from where they left last season, winning 5-3 at Barnton and 4-1 at home to Padiham with leading scorer Carl Grimshaw netting a brace in both matches.

That was the Storks second defeat after a 4-2 home loss against Northwich Victoria.

Barnoldswick Town lost 1-0 at Winsfrod United but then hammered Burscough 5-2 at the Silentnight Stadium.

In the 1 st Division, a Wayne Morrison hat-trick gave Bacup Borough a 3-0 opening day success against Eccleshall at West View.

Nelson opened up with a 2-1 defeat at Alsager Townbefore being soundly beaten 4-0 at home by Carlisle City.

Darwen could be in for another struggle this term, opening up with a 6-2 defeat at Congleton Town and a 4-0 home loss to Ashton Athletic.

July 2017

Don Fitzgerald’s Wimbledon defeated Watford 3-2 at Kingsmeadow and Ebbsfleet 2-1 away from home.

Paul Clark’s Aldershot lost 5-1 at home to Brentford then 2-1 at Hampton & Richmond. They then beat Chelsea under 23’s 2-1 at the ‘Rec’ but were hammered 5-1 at Staines next time out.

They then held Wycombe Wanderers to a 2-2 draw at home.

Down in Sussex, Mike Barry’s Eastbourne Borough began their pre-season games with two draws, 0-0 at Burgess Hill and 2-2 at Metropolitan Police.

New Boss Jamie Howell has signed experienced League and Non-League player, Sergio Torres from Whitehawk.

Bacup Borough lost 1-0 at home to Hyde United before a 2-0 win at Mersey Valley and a 2-1 home success against Academy 92.

Boston United won 3-0 at town rivals Boston Town before winning 1-0 at Lincoln United in the Lincs. Senior Cup, and then held Barrow to a 1-1 draw at York Street. Another 1-1 draw followed, at Stamford.

They then made it through to the final of the Lincs. Cup with a 3-0 home victory against Grimsby Town but lost 3-0 at Hednesford Town in their final warm-up game.

Nick Hancock’s Buckland Athletic attracted over 700 fans for the game against a strong Plymouth Argyle side who ran out 5-1 winners.

The Bucks then drew 1-1 at Teignmouth before beating Plymouth Parkway 2-1 before another three-figure crowd at Homer’s Heath.

Paul Salt’s Altrincham won 4-1 at Kidsgrove Athletic and then defeated Chester 3-2 at Moss Lane. They then won 4-2 at Bradford Park Avenue 4-0 at Winsford United..

Clitheroe lost 3-2 at Squires Gate but then defeated a Morecambe XI 2-0, and drew 2-2 with Chorley, both at Shawbridge. The Blues were then held to a 1-1 draw at Ashton Athletic before winning 1-0 at Silsden.

Colne held a Fleetwood Town XI to a 2-2 draw at Holt House and won 4-1 at Squires Gate.

An Accrington Stanley XI won 1-0 at Nelson then drew 3-3 at home to a young Everton side before losing 3-2 at home to P.N.E. The goals continued to flow in the next game at home to Oldham Athletic where a crowd of almost 1,000 witnessed a 2-2 draw. They then won 5-0 at Southport with all the goals coming before the break.

‘Port then defeated Burscough 1-0 at home in their final run-out.

Nelson, meanwhile, had lost their first game 3-2 at Burscough but won their final friendly 4-2 at Conwy Borough.

Barnoldswick Town won 3-1 at Rolls (Royce) and 1-0 at home to Skelmersdale United and then won 4-0 at Nelson. They won 8-2 at home to Burnley United beofre losing that unbeaten run with a 3-2 home defeat against Bamber Bridge.

Charnock Richard won 4-0 in North Wales against Buckley Town but were then held to a 2-2 draw at Daisy Hill. They then won 4-1 at Lostock St Gerards and 5-1 at home to Stockport Town.

Padiham smashed Mill Hill St. Peters 13-1 at Queen Victoria Street and then won 3-2 at Garstang but then lost 3-0 at Poulton. They then beat a P.N.E XI 2-1 at the Arbories before losing 2-1 at AFC Blackpool. Their final friendly saw them win 2-0 at home to Accrington Stanley.

Darwen lost 5-0 at home to a Rovers XI before holding an Accrington Stanley XI to a 2-2 draw, also at the Anchor.

Phil O’Dell’s FC United won 3-0 at Congleton Town but then lost 2-1 at Salford City in front of a fantastic turn-out of 900. In between those two games, a reserve side lost 3-2 at Daisy Hill and the first team won 3-1 at Abbey Hey.

Three second half goals then consigned them to a 3-0 defeat at South Shields.

Chorley went down 3-2 at home to Bolton Wanderers despite leading 2-0 but Andy Teague’s sending off changed the game in the visitor’s favour. The Magpies have been boosted by manager Matt Jansen signing a long-term deal at Victory Park.

They then won 4-0 at neighbours Bamber Bridge before defeating a Fleetwood Town XI 2-1 at home thanks to a brace of headers from substitute Jason Walker.

A second XI drew 0-0 at Daisy Hill on the same afternoon.

Nuneaton Town have reverted to their former title of Nuneaton Borough.

Good to see Scarborough back playing in their own town after 10 years playing ‘away’. A crowd of over 2,000 saw them take on Sheffield United in a pre-season friendly.

Tranmere Rovers went goal-crazy at Cammell Laird, leading 9-0 at the break with Alabi scoring five on his debut with the visitors eventually running out 11-0 winners.

Southport went down 3-1 at Bootle and by the same score at home to Blackpool. With behind the scenes shenanigans, it looks like it’s going to be another season of turmoil for the Sandgrounders.

Fylde lost 6-2 at Winsford United and 1-0 at home to Rochdale before drawing 1-1 at Curzon Ashton.

Bacup Borough defeated Academy 92 2-1 at West View.

Ramsbottom United went into the new season in fine fettle, winning 9-0 at Daisy Hill.

Ilkeston, who looked to have folded last month, have been named as one of the Midland League’s clubs for the coming season.

June 2017

Matt Derbyshire finished as top goalscorer in the Cyprus League with 20 goals, four ahead of his nearest rival.

Ilkeston have been wound up in the High Court, the second time in two years that the club has folded although, they’re hoping that they can survive this latest crisis.

A £200,000 sell-on fee for former player Che Adams appears to have gone ‘AWOL’, and that amount of money would have seen the club safe for several years.

The debt which closed the club was just under £14,500.

A new club, Ilkeston United Community FC has alreay been formed but won’t be playing at the New Manor Ground.

Boston United’s matchday programme has been voted best in the Conference North for the 6 th year in a row.

By the end of the month the Pigrims had made nofewer than nine new signings.

Nelson are looking for a first team coach and a kit man.

NWCFL Vice-Chairman Geoff Wilkinson has been presented with an F.A. Long Service Award after 50 years service to the game and well deserved it is too! Whenever I met him, he always had time for a chat and was always very diplomatic.

Phil O’Dell’s FC United have arranged attractive pre-season friendlies against Fleetwood Town and Bolton Wanderers. Amongst the new signings is Richie Baker from Fylde.

Salford City have made their intentions known by signing no fewer than 12 signings before the middle of June! Amongst them is Carl Piergianni which is a blow to us Boston United supporters who hoped that he’d return to York Street after his break in Australia.

The Reds have also gone full-time, hoping to emulate Fylde.

Don Fitzgerald’s Wimbledon have lost player of the year Tom Elliot who has signed for newly promoted Millwall.

Paul Salt’s Altrincham won their oppening pre-season friendly game, 3-2 against 1874 Northwich.


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