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ALTY HEADLINES

  • 22 February 2017: STRATEGY MEETING ...More
  • 21 February 2017: NEXT LEAGUE OPPONENTS: WORCESTER CITY... More
  • 21 February 2017: LADIES BOW OUT OF CUP ... More

OTHER HEADLINES

  • 22 February 2017: STALYBRIDGE BUILD UP TO AN ANNOUNCEMENT ... More
  • 22 February 2017: FYLDE PLEASED WITH DEFENCE ... More
  • 22 February 2017: KIDDY'S YOUNG STRIKER ... More

22 February 2017

STRATEGY MEETING

"As previously stated, all supporters are cordially invited to the presentation, in the Community Sports Hall on Sunday February 26th, starting at 7pm.

It will be chaired by Ian Watmore, and the order will be as follows:

  • Presentation of the Strategic Review findings by the Review team
  • Q & A to cover the Review
  • The Football Club Board response to the Review
  • Q & A to cover the response.

The Club would like to apologise to any supporters who are unable to attend, though it is hoped a detailed account of the meeting will appear on the website".

The Summary Findings from the Strategic Review are available in...

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Tue 21 February
  • Gloucester City 1-3 Brackley Town (att 262)

Sat 25 February

  • AFC Fylde v Tamworth
  • Altrincham v Worcester City
  • Boston United v Nuneaton Town
  • Brackley Town P v P FC Halifax Town
  • Chorley v Alfreton Town
  • Darlington 1883 v Harrogate Town
  • Gainsborough Trinity v Curzon Ashton
  • Gloucester City v FC United Of Manchester
  • Kidderminster Harriers v Stockport County
  • Salford City v AFC Telford Utd
  • Stalybridge Celtic v Bradford Park Avenue

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS

NL Pitchero reports that "AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor believes new boy Laurence Maguire will only get better after making an impressive debut in the 3-1 victory at Brackley Town at the weekend. Maguire, who joined from Chesterfield last week, was part of a new-look Coasters back four on Saturday that included three young loan players and Challinor was delighted with how his new man performed...

Challinor told his club`s official website, 'He looked really assured in what was a very young back four. To be thrown together at the last minute and go to a place like Brackley is very tough and he will only improve with experiences like that. He is a ball playing centre-half and sometimes there will be situations where he just has to put his foot through it, but that’s something he will learn as he develops'...

The Coasters have been plagued by injuries over recent weeks... Midfielder Sam Finley, who has missed the last three months through illness, made a welcome return to the squad at the weekend... 'Sam is still a long way from full fitness, but he has given everyone a lift with his enthusiasm and character in the changing room. To have him back around the place is a huge boost and to give him the last five minutes was pleasing...

'James Hardy is a massive loss for us and he may still be a little way off, as is Josh Langley, but Dom Collins has been back in training this week so the situation is slowly improving. We have less than ten weeks to go in the season and the more players we have available the better'.

Meanwhile, Challinor was also full of praise for Lincoln City after their FA Cup exploits this season and joked that his enquiry for players from the National League leaders may now be out of the window... 'Danny Cowley has done a fantastic job this season. We speak from time to time and he has asked for my opinion on players on occasions... We had actually enquired about getting a couple of players on loan but with the number of games they have coming up, I don’t think that’s very likely now!'"

Kidderminster Harriers state that "Harriers' boss John Eustace has praised young striker Andre Brown after the hit man reached double figures for the season with his goal at Chorley on Saturday.... Having made just a dozen starts for the team, his manager was understandably pleased for him.

It marks a significant milestone for the player who signed as a teenager at Aggborough in the summer... 'Andre has only just turned twenty', said the boss. 'To be a lone striker against an experienced back three like he was against Chorley, and how he has been all season, is tremendous'".

And from NL Pitchero we learn that Stalybridge Celtic "Chairman Rob Gorski has told supporters to attend a meeting on Thursday night at Bower Fold as he has an announcement to make... He says the development is 'very positive' and urged followers of the Vanarama National League North strugglers to turn up in their numbers.

Gorski wrote to fans, 'This is not some sort of “How is the weather?” type of meeting. I would very much like every single supporter to attend if possible. It will be worth their while! Please forgive the lack of an agenda and please don’t bother asking the board... as they won’t be able to answer you either. I’d thought about waiting until Wednesday to announce the meeting in order to minimise the speculation, but it’s more important to give everyone advanced warning so that they can attend. This is a VERY positive meeting, so please, no ridiculous speculation that we are permanently closing the gates'".



21 February 2017

STRATEGIC REVIEW SUMMARY FINDINGS

Press release:

"The Summary Findings from the Strategic Review recently carried out are available below...

Though the official presentation is still nearly a week away, it was felt by the Club that supporters should be given every opportunity to absorb fully the Review Team's findings in advance.

As previously stated, all supporters are cordially invited to the presentation, in the Community Sports Hall on Sunday February 26th, starting at 7pm.

It will be chaired by Ian Watmore, and the order will be as follows:

  • Presentation of the Strategic Review findings by the Review team
  • Q & A to cover the Review
  • The Football Club Board response to the Review
  • Q & A to cover the response.

The Club would like to apologise to any supporters who are unable to attend, though it is hoped a detailed account of the meeting will appear on the website".

The Summary Findings from the Strategic Review are available in...

NEXT OPPONENTS: WORCESTER CITY

The Worcester News reports that "Steven Craig’s future at Worcester City is set to be made clearer after holding 'serious' talks with caretaker boss John Snape.

The 36-year-old frontman is expected to discuss his options with Snape today after his loan spell at Stafford Rangers came to an end. Worcester are light on attacking options following the departure of strikers Lee Hughes and Colby Bishop. But Craig has scored just once in 10 appearances since joining the club last summer and has struggled with injuries.

'I will be talking to Steven as his loan is up with Stafford Rangers,' Snape said. 'When he comes back, we will have a serious chat about his future and what he wants to do between now and the end of the season at the football club'.

The former Wycombe Wanderers player joined Rangers on loan last month as he looked to get games under his belt. But the Manchester-based forward failed to score in three outings and Stafford manager Neil Kitching was not impressed with his performances. 'I sent him back after Tuesday night's game,' Kitching said... 'He hadn't really had an input with goals or performances. It wasn't right keeping him around, we'll go with the lads who are fully committed to what we're trying to do'.

Forward Jordan Murphy and attacking midfielder Ebby Nelson-Addy impressed in an unfamiliar strike force in City’s 2-1 defeat to FC Halifax Town at the weekend. Snape has spoken of his desire to field home-grown talent as 16-year-old Tyreece Ruddock, Aaron Brett and Callum Devlin were named on the bench, with the latter coming on for his City debut in the final few minutes. But Worcester-born striker Joe Bates, who has been on the fringe of the first team squad, will remain on loan at Bishop’s Cleeve.

'Joe took a three-month loan as he wanted to get games and he wants to see that out', Snape added".

Also from the Worcester News, we laeran that a "Late injury 'blow' to Graham Hutchison handed Rotherham United youngster Tom Rose a starting berth against Halifax Town, according to Worcester City caretaker boss John Snape.

The 19-year-old defender, who has joined on a one-month youth loan, played the full 90 minutes... Snape said he was pleased with the debutant’s performance as he was part of a five-man midfield... after finding out centre-back Hutchison had picked up a knee problem.

'He wasn’t originally going to start the game, he was going to come on,' he said. 'He is a left-sided player and probably still needs to learn the game a little bit at this level as he is not used to it, But an injury to Graham before the start of the game led to him starting... He will be training with us in the week as well, so hopefully we can get a bit more out of him'.

Snape also confirmed experienced defender James Chambers (thigh) and winger Chekaine Steele (hamstring) were also ruled out through injury. But he is hopeful they will be back fit for Worcester’s trip to bottom club Altrincham on Saturday. 'Graham was feeling his right knee, but hopefully it is just a twinge,' he said. 'James has got a thigh strain and Chekaine was not fit to play as he has got a hamstring strain that we are monitoring. Hopefully we can address that this week so he is available for Altrincham'".

LAST OPPONENTS: HARROGATE TOWN

The Harrogate Advertiser reports that "Harrogate Town were left frustrated after being held to a goalless draw by National League North’s bottom side, Altrincham...

Boss Simon Weaver said, 'I thought we were 15-20 per cent short of energy of where we’ve been the last couple of games. It was a slippery game with everything to lose. Perhaps external factors got in some players’ mindsets - the pitch, the atmosphere was flat, there was no one here [the gate was 782, with 48 from Harrogate] and I thought that, in a negative way, affected us in the first half. I had a word at half-time and said ‘Come on, we’re here to win the game’. We showed more energy second half, but just lacked in the final third.

'You lift your own expectations when you’ve won the last two 3-0, but I’d have taken a 1-0, but unfortunately that didn’t happen'. Weaver named the same starting XI that had recorded back-to-back 3-0 wins at Boston United and at home to Worcester City...

The only shot in the opening half an hour came when Kyle Brownhill’s speculative volley flew wide of the post... Town’s best moment of the half arrived as Danny Ellis struck a sweet left-footed volley from 30 yards that forced Deasy into a fine save... Despite throwing men forward in the closing stages, Town could not find a way through and were made to settle for a point".

LADIES BOW OUT OF CUP

In the Cheshire FA Ladies' Cup quarter-finals, Altrincham FC Ladies lost 4-1 away to a Tranmere Rovers Ladies side from a higher level in the football pyramid.

The Ladies' next league fixture is at home to Warrington Wolverines.



          
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