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Bury AFC 1-2 Hanley Town Match Report

Carl Dickinson scored his first goal since he joined Hanley Town as they came from behind to defeat Bury AFC on Tuesday night.

Dickinson emphatically converted a penalty to give Town the lead on 51 minutes, after Lucas Green-Birch raced through on goal but was brought down in the area.

Hanley did not get off to the best of starts as the hosts opened the scoring after just six minutes through tricky forward Abs Obasotto.

Late first half pressure soon told, though, as Chris Dagnall headed Hanley on level terms on the brink of half-time from Josh Green’s clever delivery.

Despite going a goal down early Hanley still created good chances, a nice move cut open their defence, but Eric Graves had his effort cleared off the line.

Player-manager Dickinson also had a 30-yard free kick tipped over the bar by home ‘keeper Jack Atkinson in the 20th minute.

Just moments before his equaliser, Dagnall smacked a left-footed strike off the far post following a swift counterattack starting from Ben Chapman in goal.

Dagnall had another close effort well saved in the 80th minute, after good work on the left-hand side by Ryan Campbell-Gordon.

Dickinson told the Club’s media after the game that he was delighted with the team’s performance, as they showed character to come from behind.

He said: “It was another good performance from the lads. It took us a while to get into the game but after the first 20 minutes I thought we were brilliant.

“Our tempo, the way we closed down, some of the football we played was very good and second half was exactly the same. I thought we were worthy winners.”

Hanley are next in action on Saturday as they make the short trip to face Market Drayton Town in their penultimate pre-season game.

Ryan Campbell-Gordon Signs

Today the club have made another signing as preparations start to shift towards the start of Pre-Season ready for the 2021/22 season as we announce the signing of Ryan Campbell-Gordon.

Ryan, who was recently at Port Vale before being released has signed a contract at the club which shall commence on the 1st of July.

Speaking with the club’s media Ryan said: “It’s a good environment here, I can’t wait to get started really. I’ve been through everything with Ron and Carl, been through the team, been through my position being moved up onto the wing.”

Mentioning Carl and the impact he had on him signing he said: “Carl for me was a big influence, I knew him from my time and Port Vale and when I was there, he spoke to me quite a bit, I just can’t wait to get started.”

With Pre-Season starting in just a few weeks’ time, Carl’s squad is starting to take shape with the new additions that have arrived at the club.

Speaking about his new signing Carl said: “Yeah I’m over the moon, to get somebody in of Ryan’s quality is obviously a massive coup for us here.”

“I just want Ryan to come and enjoy his football, be in an environment where he can express himself and just get the best out of him where he is going to be happy.”

Carl also spoke to the Clubs’ media team about the start of preparations for Pre-Season and how much he is looking forward to it.

He said: “You look at the signings we have bought in there is some fantastic signings in there that have added to the group massively.”

“I have stated before that Pre-Season will be tough for the lads so they are going to have to make sure they come back with a certain level of fitness because if they don’t it will be very tough for them.”

“There is one thing that my team will be at that’s that they will be fit, they will be strong, they will be organised, no one really looks forward to Pre-Season but once the games start to roll around the lads will be ready.”

Everyone at the club would like to wish Ryan a warm welcome.

Chris Dagnall Signs

The club have today continued preparations for the 2021/22 season by securing the signing of experienced striker Chris Dagnall.

Dagnall, who played along side new manager Carl Dickinson at Yeovil Town last season will join the club when his current deal with Yeovil expires.

Speaking with the club’s media Chris said: “I’m excited, after speaking to Carl and the Chairman it’s a really exciting project that they have got going on and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Mentioning his time at Yeovil he said: “He’s been a massive influence, me and Carl spoke quite a bit towards the end of last season about once he agreed to become the manager here and what he planned to do going forward, asked if I would be interested.”

“With me not being too far locally to the area it was definitely something that interested me after a few discussions I’m here.”

Dagnall brings a wealth of experience to the club locally being best known for his stint at Crewe Alexandra between 2016-18.

He hopes this will help him as well as the club: “I’ve played a lot of games, got 17/18 years’ experience to help the lads out, especially the younger lads, there’s that and a few goals here and there to help.”

Everyone at the club would like to wish Dagnall a warm welcome.

Carl Dickinson becomes the New Manager

Former Stoke City and Port Vale defender Carl Dickinson has agreed in principle to become the new manger of the club. 

Dickinson will take on the role of player manager at the club when his current deal with Yeovil Town ends at the end of the season. 

A three year deal has been agreed with the club in what shows the ambition we have here. 

Speaking on social media earlier on our new manager said he was “excited for the future” as he looks ahead to his first management role. 

Now that he has signed the deal he goes back to Yeovil Town where he will stay 100% focused on the rest of the season at Huish Park.  

New Manager Search

As we commence our search for a new manager we caught up with Chairman Ron Mcilreavy for his views and expectations.

“Firstly I would like to place on record my thanks to Michael and his team for all the efforts this season, we had some great days in particular in the FA Cup and I will always be thankful for that”

“It is now my intention to restructure the football side of the football club as we look to appoint a full-time manager to oversee all football operations”

“We are open to receive CVs from applicants who have managed at level four and above over the past three seasons or anyone who has played at level three and above over the past two seasons”

“All applications can be sent to chairman@hanley-townfc.co.uk”

Deadline for applicants 21st March 2021

Club Statement: Mick Morton

CLUB STATEMENT

Hanley Town Football club last night reluctantly accepted manager Micky Mortons resignation.

We would like to place on record our thanks to Micky for years of dedication to the club as player and manager.

He will always be welcome at Hanley Town Football Club

Runcorn Town (H & A) fixtures confirmed

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Following the recent covid disruption, we can confirm that our original scheduled games against Runcorn Town are set to go ahead.

Sat 2nd Jan: Hanley Town v Runcorn Town (15:00)
Potteries Park

Wed 6th Jan: Runcorn Town v Hanley Town (19:45)
Viridor Community Stadium

Due to Covid Tier 3 restrictions, no Hanley supporters should this game.