Author: Media Team

Charlie Walford Signs For Hanley

Charlie Walford has today signed for Hanley Town. Charlie, who is 22, joins the club after a three seasons at leek town, in the Northern Premier. 

Walford is a left sided midfielder who likes to attack the defence. Before joining Leek Town Charlie was with local side Port Vale. 

He had progressed at Port Vale through the Academy and also the reserve sides to earn a professional contract with them, before signing for leek town. 

Speaking to the media team he said: ‘Delighted to join the club, a great club with aspirations of pushing higher’

He went on to add: ‘Hopefully we can push Hanley even further up the league and hopefully secure promotion.’

Eccleshall 0-7 Hanley Town

Hanley Town cruised to a 7-0 victory in the FA Vase with Kie Brown netting his third hat-trick in a Hanley shirt, with the other goals coming from Dan Needham, Tom Ashton, Nathan Okome and Joe Thompson. 

In a scrappy first half it didn’t take long for Hanley to break the deadlock when Okome played a perfectly weighted through ball to put Brown in one on one where he fired into the net. 

With both keepers making saves throughout the half it took until the 40th minute for Hanley to double their lead. 

Callum Feeney played a lovely ball forward to find Dan Needham who cut inside and produced a lovely finish into the roof of the net. 

After Half Time Hanley started brightly producing a number of good saves from the Eccleshall ‘keeper. 

Hanley added a third when Kyle Stubbs found himself in the Eccleshall area, firing a shot towards goal with the final touch coming of Kie Brown for his second of the game. 

Straight from Kickoff Hanley won the ball back and a lovely pass forward found it’s way the Kie Browns’ feet who swept the ball into the back of the net for his hat trick. 

Hanley weren’t finished there when again we caused trouble down the left hand side to find Tom Ashton in the area who riffled the ball past the ‘keeper for our fifth. 

Two minutes later Hanley added the sixth of the game when a lovely free kick routine found its way to Tom Ashton who squared the ball to Nathan Okome to provide the finish for his second of the season. 

Right on the full time whistle Hanley added their final goal of the game when the ball found its way to Joe Thompson in the area who cut inside of his man and curled the ball into the far right corner. 

Hanley face Deeping Rangers in the next round of the FA Vase. 

Hanley Town 2-0 Northwich Victoria

Kie Brown, scored his first league goal for the club as Hanley Town get their first league victory at Potteries Park.

Lovely goals from Kie Brown and Kyle Stubbs secures Hanley Town with all 3 points against a good and composed Northwich Victoria side.

The first half was very even with the away side creating a lot of chances and causing havoc on the counter attack.

Both teams were trying to break the deadlock keeping both teams goalkeepers busy

However, Kie Brown comes up with the goods when Tim Sanders clipped the ball into Brown’s chest who riffled into the net to put Hanley 1-0 up going into the break

The second half was more of the same with both teams trying to get something out of the game

Lovely build up play from Hanley puts Tom Ashton through and with good foot work and a class back heel sets Kyle Stubbs up on the edge of the box who slots it into the bottom corner putting Hanley two goals a drift going into the last 20 mins.

The last ten were scrappy with Hanley trying their best to secure the 3 points, both teams flying in with big tackles.

However Hanley gets all 3 points and they get their first win of the season and keeps the unbeaten streak alive

Overall Kie Browns composure and Kyle Stubbs’s driven shot was the difference on the night as both teams put up a good fight.

Good defending from Hanley is the difference in the sides with Josh Beaumont and Jake Langdridge putting some solid interceptions and tackles showing their class ahead of the long season.

HANLEY TOWN 3-2 REDDITCH UNITED MATCH REPORT

Hanley Town’s remarkable cup run continues as they beat Redditch United 3-2 thanks to a late Ricardo Fuller penalty.

In a game that saw a half- time sending off, two comebacks and an 86th minute penalty, it was Hanley that progressed into the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

After a very scrappy start the the game, it took until the 42nd minute for the deadlock to be broken when Hanley took the lead.

A long pass forward was matched with a lovely flick up by Tim Sanders to find Kie Brown, who turned and hit the ball on the half volley, with it whistling past the out stretched ‘keeper to find the top corner.

Just after the half-time whistle had blown, Redditch United’s Jack Storer saw red after an altercation in the changing room area, leaving the visitors down to 10 men.

In the second-half, despite being a man down, the visitors started brightly as they were awarded a penalty after a clash in the area – up stepped Thomas Rankin who levelled the game.

The visitors were then knocking on the door for the comeback to be completed, and it was when a free kick on the edge of the box saw Brandon Horton curl the ball into the back of the net.

After this, manager Mick Morton decided to bring on Brian Barton and Ricardo Fuller for some added fire-power up-front.

In the 82nd minute, this substitution paid off as the two combined neatly in the box for the ball to fall to Barton, who supplied a lovely finish into the bottom left corner to level the game.

With the game looking like it was going to penalties, the ball yet again wound up at Barton’s feet inside the visitor’s 18-yard box and a push in the back saw Hanley awarded a late penalty to win the game.

Ricardo Fuller picked up the ball, with the fans behind the goal waiting in anticipation as he ran up and calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner sending the goal keeper the wrong way and winning the tie for Hanley Town.

The draw for the second qualifying round will take place on Friday 25th September.

BROWN HAT-TRICK SINKS THE MOATMEN

Hanley Town 5-1 Gresley Rovers

Kie Brown scored a hat-trick to help sink the Moatmen and send Hanley into the first qualifying round of the FA cup. 

In a very scrappy first half, both sides struggled to get a hold of the ball, it took a 30-Yard effort from defender Kyle Stubbs to really test the Gresley defence. 

The deadlock, however, was finally broken when in the 42nd minute Joe Thompson slotted Kie Brown through time neatly prod past the keeper.

The jubilation was short lived as straight from kick-off Gresley did some neat passing to find Sullivan who applied a delicate chip over Ben Chapman to level the game. 

Right on the stroke of Halftime a Tim Sanders free kick tested the keeper which gave Hanley a chance from the resulting corner. 

Dan Needham whipped the ball in to find the head of Josh Beaumont who nodded down to Brown for his second of the afternoon. 

After the break Hanley really started to take control of the game, and the home side had the opportunity to further their advantage from the spot after Tom Ashton was brought down in the box. 

Despite a very good save from the ‘keeper, Brown was there to emphatically volley home his third of the match to the delight of all in attendance. 

It was then time for the introduction of ex-Premier League Striker Ricardo Fuller as he replaced the Hat-trick hero Kie Brown. 

Immediately fuller got involved and created some space for himself in the box with some nice footwork before squaring the ball to Ashton who finished high into the right side of the net to pretty much secure our spot in the next round. 

The game looked to be done at this point but an extraordinary solo run by substitute Brian Barton where he took on six Gresley players before neatly finishing into the net finished the rout for Hanley, with the FA cup tweeting the Goal is one of the round. 

Ricardo Fuller Hanley’s Number 10

Ricardo Fuller Hanley’s Number 10

Hanley Town are delighted to announce the signing of former Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller. 

Fuller joins the club after playing for Nantwich Town the previous year. Before joining Stoke Fuller played for Preston North End, Portsmouth and Southampton.

After leaving The Potters for Charlton he played for Blackpool, Millwall and Oldham. 

The striker has also represented his national side playing 72 games scoring 9 times. 

Speaking when he signed Fuller said: 

‘I’m here at the club and I’m delighted, everything Ron has said to me about the new vision of the club and how he wants to take them forward sold me. If I can help to do that then great. Also I’m here to guide the team and the strikers to further there game.’

FA Cup/Vase Draws

We have been drawn at home against Lye Town in the extra prelim round of the FA cup.

Tie to take place Tuesday 1st September

Also after receiving a bye in the first round qualifying, we will face Eccleshall away in second round qualifying in the FA vase.

Tie to be played Saturday 10th October.

Hanley Town 2-1 Leek CSOB: Professional Performance From Hanley In Victory Over Leek CSOB

Professional Performance From Hanley In 2-1 Victory Over Leek CSOB

Goals from Danny Needham and Kie Brown gave Hanley Town the win this afternoon against an energetic Leek CSOB side in our first pre-season friendly.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors after a slick pass set their striker through on goal – Ben Chapman in goal for Hanley equal to the strike.

Hanley quickly assumed control afterwards, with Harry Good asking questions of the defence and Tim Sanders pulling the strings from midfield.

Good then in the 12th minute almost opened the scoring, taking on his man before his goal-bound shot was blocked.

Seven minutes later Hanley did take the lead after Kie Brown’s shot was flicked on from the corner by Danny Needham past the visitor’s keeper.

It was just four minutes later when Brown got his reward for his efforts, after Good took on two defenders before getting to the by-line and putting the ball on a plate for the new Hanley striker.

It could have been three not long after, when Jake Langridge rose highest to connect with a delicious corner and Brown was there to flick on his header, but he could only head the ball against the post.

Leek did grab a goal back before half-time, as Warren Holmes pulled up with a hamstring injury leaving the Leek forward to run at goal unchallenged and loft the ball perfectly over Chapman.

The second half saw Hanley field a completely new eleven, but it was a half of very little chances for both teams.

The visitors had several opportunities to get in behind, but the Hanley defence kept their concentration up and held the line well, catching the opposition offside on numerous occasions.

Substitute goalkeeper Adam Lawrence also impressed, catching every shot that was on-target as well as catching crosses very comfortably.

Experienced striker Nev Thompson had a couple of chances to kill the game off in the final ten minutes, the first saw his shot blocked and the second after he weaved in and out to make space for his shot which did not trouble the keeper.

Niall Cope came back on late in the second half, as well as Nathan Okome who also impressed playing first of all in the heart of midfield and then in the second half as a ball playing defender.

Our next friendly will be against Uttoxeter Town on Tuesday 11th August, with kick-off at 7:45pm.

First half XI

Chapman, Faulkner, Langridge, Holmes, Sheldon, Sanders, Okome, Cope, Good, Brown, Needham

Second half XI:

Lawrence, Darlington, Feeney, Langridge, Bristow, Stevens, Ashton, J.Thompson, Lewis, Barton, N.Thompson

Upcoming Friendlies Reminder

With the upcoming friendlies fast approaching we as a club want to reiterate the message that all games will be played behind closed doors. This is up to date with the latest government guidelines, if these were to change we would inform you through our social media accounts.

Ben Chapman Signs

Manager Mick Morton and his latest signing

Hanley Town are delighted to announce the signing of British Virgin Islands international Ben Chapman.

The 29-year-old goalkeeper joins from Leek Town in the tier above Hanley. 

Chapman, also a former player of Nantwich Town, Newcastle Town and Kidsgrove Athletic, will add experience in between the sticks to help the clubs ambitions for the season.

Mick Morton seemed pleased with the latest addition: ‘Happy get chaps at the club he’s an experienced goal keeper. Who adds to the spine of the team where we’re trying to build the team around.’

Speaking the the media team earlier Chapman said: ‘Really pleased to be here. Hanley Town is a local club where I started playing when is was 15-16 when codger was here. Know a few of the lads, Micky, new chairman has come in wants to do the right thing build a good club and I want to be a part of it.’