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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Leverock & Harrisburg and Simons & Chesterfield Win

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DANTE LEVEROCK

Dante Leverock’s Harrisburg City Islanders' teammate Jose Barril scored midway through the second half to lead his side to a 1-0 road victory against Toronto FC II (TFCII) at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

With the win, Harrisburg takes the season series, having also earned a 2-1 victory on May 24th.

Toronto posted a 4-2 win on July 10th during the three-game season series.

Harrisburg moves ahead of Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings, improving to 7-14-4 (25 points) overall and 4-7-2 on the road. TFCII falls to 6-14-5 (23 points) overall and 3-5-3 at home.

RAI SIMONS

Rai Simons and his Chesterfield United Reserve teammates went down to a 2-1 defeat in a friendly fixture at Notts County, which was played in soaring temperatures.

Notts County took a 35th minute lead from the penalty spot, Graham Burke converting following a foul inside the area.

Wes Atkinson found the net to increase the home side's lead four minutes after the re-start.

Chesterfield pulled a goal back when Kristian Dennis scored a penalty, but they were unable to force an equalizer.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Trott & West Ham Win Second Straight

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Nathan Trott and his West Ham Untied Premier League 2 Development team defeated Newcastle United 3-1 in their second league game of the season

West Ham United Development team Manager Terry Westley said his Premier League 2 side played as well as he’s seen in their 3-1 victory over Newcastle United.

The youngsters dominated a first half at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Chigwell Construction Stadium in which they scored twice through Toni Martinez and Marcus Browne, before drawing the second period 1-1 to take the points.

And Westley, watching his squad win their second league match in as many games, couldn’t have been more complimentary about the first half performance.

“That first 45 was as good as I’ve seen us play in my two and a bit years here,” he said. “All the hours you work with the players, talking about moving, making angles and playing two-touch, we ticked all of those boxes.

“We played high pressure stuff and then tidied up and played ourselves. The first half was a masterclass. Marcus Browne was fantastic. He caused Newcastle no end of problems, and we’re talking about a very good team here.

“They’re experienced and have a lot of players who have played League football, throughout the team. That should be noted.


“Samuelsen was beating people, Grady Diangana the same, Toni Martinez was a constant threat and those four really gave us a platform where we could hurt the opposition. Then Moses and Noha, Vash first half, the strength of Declan and Tunji and then young Trott in goal, they were all superb.”

After the great first period, the Hammers eased off slightly during the second half and Newcastle got one back late on, though Martinez had already put the result beyond doubt by then.

The firm hold on the game the hosts maintained pleased Westley, though, and it showed a different side to their play.

“Second half was a different type. I said at half time, don’t think Peter Beardsley is going to allow that to happen second half. They pushed on and when they were on top of us, we played a little bit differently, but we showed different qualities.

“We were resolute and tough and didn’t want to let a goal in, which was disappointing when we did, but we showed so much.

“In the first half, we totally dominated, then we were tough and strong and saw the game through. All round, we are really pleased with that.

“To play the way we played is so pleasing. Yes, I’m pleased to win two games and part of their learning is about winning, but it’s the style and philosophy that is so pleasing. That’s a consequence of all the staff that demand that.

"There were a number of scouts here tonight - let's see if I get some calls this week!"

 
 
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Bermuda English Footballers Round Up

Chris Lowe celebrates with Wells
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NAHKI WELLS – Huddersfield Town

A first league goal in approaching seven years for unlikely match winner Jonathan Hogg sealed a third win of the embryonic Sky Bet Championship season for Town at home to Barnsley on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The 27-year-old, who has been outstanding in his Terrier-like performances in central midfield to begin the campaign, was rested by David Wagner today – but emerged from the bench to become the fourth substitute in as many league games to net a significant strike at the death.

Earlier in the game, left back Chris Löwe scored a great debut goal in English football to give his side the lead at the interval, only for center back Alfie Mawson to showcase Barnsley’s strength at set-plays.

With Town fans rocking the John Smith’s Stadium at kick-off, Town started well. Nahki Wells – back in the line-up as his steps back from a pre-season knee issue continue – almost played Rajiv van La Parra through on goal and then visiting ‘keeper Davies almost spilled Tommy Smith’s cross straight to Sean Scannell, only for Josh Scowen to clear at the last moment.

RAI SIMONS – Chesterfield United

Rai Simons was an unused substitute as Chesterfield fell to their first Sky Bet League 1 loss of the season, undeservedly, as Adam El-Abd's late header stole a 2-1 win for Shrewsbury Town.

Jay O'Shea gave the away side a great start with a composed finish, cancelled out before the break by Junior Brown. A strong second half showing saw Chesterfield go close on numerous occasions, but El-Abd scored with a late header to claim the points for Shrewsbury

KACY MILAN BUTTERFIELD – Walsall

Kieron Morris’ first goal of the season couldn’t prevent Kacy Milan Butterfield’s Walsall teammates from falling to back-to-back defeats as Nicky Ajose scored twice to give Charlton the victory.

Butterfield was not in the team as the former Swindon striker bundled Charlton ahead just before half-time, only for Morris to equalize on 72 minutes with a low strike.

But Charlton secured the points two minutes later, when Josh Magennis squared for Ajose to tap in from close range.

REGGIE LAMBE – Carlisle United

Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United teammates maintained their unbeaten start to the season but they twice had to come from behind on a blustery day in Cambridgeshire with a 2 – 2 draw with Cambridge United.

Cambridge United got a goal apiece from Leon Legge and Luke Berry, while Carlisle United got a goal each from Jason Kennedy and Charlie Wyke. Lambe, who had just gone down injured was replaced in the 77th minute.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Aston Villa Identify Wells as Their Target

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With the English Transfer Window date of September 1st fast approaching Aston Villa Head Coach Roberto Di Matteo has reportedly identified Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells as an alternative signing to Chelsea's Patrick Bamford.

The Birmingham Mail reported yesterday that the Villa manager is trying to persuade Bamford to join on loan for the rest of the season.

But the 22-year-old, who has had spells in the Championship with Derby and Middlesbrough, is waiting to see if any top-flight clubs are interested before giving Villa an answer.

And now the Telegraph claim Villa have also set their sights on Bermuda international Wells as a back-up option should they fail to sign Bamford.

Wells, scored 18 goals for Huddersfield last season and has found the back of the net once in his side's opening two games this term.

Di Matteo, who watched on Tuesday night when his target Wells came on for Huddersfield in their 1 – 1 draw has welcomed six new signings since taking charge at Villa Park, insists he's still in the market for new recruits.

He said, "We are looking to add to our team to be as competitive as we can this season. "Every time you play, you can see how strong the opposition are. We are a work in progress. We can do better in many aspects of our game."

Meanwhile Norwich City are also among the string of clubs said to be tracking Wells.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Bermuda Players Wait on Ilkeston News

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Bermuda players like their teammates are in the world of unknown as news breaks that Ilkeston FC will be reinstated to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League if they can settle their debts with football creditors.

The club was suspended by league chiefs just days before their season was due to begin for what they claim was a breach of rules.

A statement released by the club today reads:

Since Ilkeston FC’s suspension from the Evo-Stik NPL last week, work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure that the matter is rectified as soon as possible.

The position that Ilkeston FC now finds its self in is a very frustrating one, firstly for the club, because the problem is not of our making and secondly for our fans, as they see a lack of information coming from inside the New Manor Ground as leading to bigger problems, which is certainly not the case.

The situation is a very tricky one for IFC, and the club and its officials are bound by legal issues from going into any detail on the current situation.

C.E.O. Nigel Harrop said: “I understand the fans frustrations on the lack of any clear information from Ilkeston FC on the matter. Our lawyers have made it clear to me that if I were to give the details of the unfortunate situation that we find ourselves in, I could be the subject of legal proceedings. On this advice, I feel that for now, it is best left to the lawyers to deal with the situation and hope that this can be sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction as soon as possible, so we can get back to playing football, which is what the club and fans want more than anything.”

“Officials of the Evo-Stik NPL informed us this morning that this Saturday’s game has been called off, it’s disappointing that this decision has been taken so early, as there are still two full days of trading between now and Saturday and our legal team are working as hard as they can to bring this to an end.”
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