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Boston Town 0-1 Hanley Town: Match Report

By Luke Gurney

Hanley Town kicked off their 2021/22 FA Vase campaign with a win as a second half goal by Reece Jones sealed a hard earned 1-0 win over Boston Town.

Jones was on target for the second game in a row following his goal against Racing Club Warwick in midweek taking his tally to eight for the season.

The first half was uneventful by Hanley’s standards going into the break at 0-0, with the best chance of the half falling for the home side when they hit the cross bar from a long-range effort early on.

Hanley started the second half a lot better though, creating a lot more chances and getting a foothold in the game.

Hanley finally got the opener after 76 minutes when a corner from Louis Dodds was headed straight back out by the Boston defender to the feet of Dodds who then put a second ball into the box where Jones, despite being one of the smallest players on the pitch outjumped several Boston defenders to head Hanley in front.

Following the goal, the floodgates opened, and the chances started to flow for Hanley where straight away in the 78th minute Dodds played through Jones once again but fired a shot at straight at the keeper.

Ryan Campbell-Gordon then forced the Boston keeper into a spectacular save, as his header was saved by the keeper at full stretch to his left-hand side.

Despite a late onslaught of attacks from Boston in the closing stages with several long throws into the box, they never really troubled keeper Kieran Harrison, who was making his debut following his move from Kidsgrove Athletic last week.

There was another full debut as Jake Twyford who also joined from Kidsgrove started his first match in a Hanley shirt after coming on late as a substitute against Racing Club Warwick in midweek.

Hanley will now travel to Sanbach United in the Second Round of the FA Vase on the 20th of November.

After the game Player Manager Carl Dickinson was full of praise for match winner Jones.

Speaking to the club media he said: “He’s got such a great leap and he’s got so many abilities; he just needs to keep bringing them out. He should be a defender’s worst nightmare and on his day he is.”

Hanley are next in action on Friday night as they travel to Uttoxeter town in a local derby.

Racing Club Warwick 1-2 Hanley Town: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Reece Jones and Louis Dodds were on target as Hanley Town beat Racing Club Warwick to go top of the Midland Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Jones gave Hanley a 42nd minute lead when his run through the middle was matched by a pin-point ball from Tim Sanders, and he slotted his effort into the bottom corner.

In the 67th minute Dodds doubled that lead as his high press nicked the ball from Warwick’s defence, before he proceeded to bend his shot beyond the ‘keeper.

Hanley lost out on their clean sheet five minutes from time, after the referee awarded the hosts a dubious penalty following a challenge from Carl Dickinson.

Goalkeeper Tommy Simkin prevented his side from falling behind early in the game, he got down well to deny his opponent in a one-on-one situation.

Hanley then grew into the game and created a flood of chances, first with Chris Dagnall when he forced the ‘keeper to save with his feet in the 37th minute.

Dagnall then had a trio of attempts at goal just before the break, where Warwick’s ‘keeper made two important saves and a defender headed a chance off the line.

Dodds also had a couple of efforts in a matter of minutes before his goal, with both strikes going the wrong side of the post.

Player-manager Dickinson told the Club’s media that despite being pleased at going top of the league, he knows not to lose focus there.

He said: “I am delighted that we are top of the league, that is where I want us to be. But it is still early days, and we have a lot of work to do if we want to pull away from certain teams.”

Hanley are next in action on Saturday, they make the long trip to Boston Town as their FA Vase campaign begins.

Walsall Wood 1-2 Hanley Town: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Kyle Stubbs scored a late header as Hanley Town came from behind to beat Walsall Wood 2-1 on Saturday.

Stubbs was introduced as an 83rd minute substitute and met Reece Jones’ cross at the back post to head in from close range with two minutes to go.

This came after Ryan Campbell-Gordon equalised for Hanley just after half time, he reacted quickest from Josh Green’s low cross to prod the ball home.

Hanley did not get off to the best of starts as the hosts took the lead just two minutes into the game through Ryan Nesbitt.

In the 13th minute it could have been two, but Tommy Simkin was alert to save Walsall’s effort from outside the area.

Carl Dickinson nearly put Hanley level on the brink of half time, but he headed Louis Dodds’ corner just over the bar.

With the score at 1-1, Lucas Green-Birch had a great chance to give Hanley the lead, but he could not direct his header on target.

Dickinson told the Club’s media how pleased he was for Stubbs to score the winning goal and that it shows the depth and character in his squad.

He said: “I’m delighted for Stubbsy. He had every right to moan today, but he has come on and done that, and showed great attitude which is what we want here.”

Hanley are next in action on Tuesday night, they head to Racing Club Warwick with a chance to go top of the Midland Premier Division.

Hanley Town 2-2 Lichfield City: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Carl Dickinson netted his fourth goal for Hanley Town as they came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Lichfield City on Saturday.

Player-manager Dickinson scored Hanley’s equaliser in the 57th minute when he met a Louis Dodds corner to head into the far corner.

Hanley found themselves 2-1 down at the break after Jack Edwards scored two quick-fire goals at the end of the first half for the visitors.

Kyle Stubbs had opened the scoring for Hanley on 31 minutes, he fired in a low free kick from inside the d that the ‘keeper could not keep out.

In what was an entertaining game, Hanley created plenty of chances in the second half to take all three points, including a trio of efforts in as many minutes.

Substitute Lucas Green-Birch tried his luck from the edge of the area in the 66th minute, but it was dragged the wrong side of the post.

Moments later, Tim Sanders clipped in a free kick which was again met by Dickinson, only this time his header was glanced just wide.

Reece Jones then found himself one on one with the ‘keeper, with the Lichfield man coming out on top against Jones’ weaker foot.

Hanley left themselves thanking ‘keeper Tommy Simkin in the final moments, after the Stoke City loanee pulled off an outstanding one-handed save to keep the scores level.

Dickinson expressed his frustration to the Club’s media as the points were shared, particularly in the manner they fell behind just before half time.

He said: “I thought we were sloppy. It is something that needs to get nipped in the bud because this has happened too many times already, particularly at home.

“We seem to wait for ourselves to get punched in the face to react, those two goals we conceded were our own doing.

“We are still undefeated so I will take that, but it needs to be a lot better.”

Despite his frustrations, Dickinson was also full of praise for Simkin, who has been a great addition to the side since his arrival last month.

“He has been fantastic; he is an absolute credit to his family and to Stoke City. A good lad who works his socks off, he has got a great chance of having a fantastic career” Dickinson said.

Hanley are next in action on Saturday, as they make the trip to Walsall Wood in the Midland Premier League.

Brackley Town 1-0 Hanley Town: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Hanley Town fell to a 1-0 defeat at Brackley Town in their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round replay on Tuesday night.

Carl Dickinson’s side put on a valiant display to take a side three divisions higher all the way in what was the furthest Hanley had ever gone in the competition.

The visitors’ goal came midway through the first half when Lee Ndlovu was at the back post to convert Ellis Myles’ cross.

It was Hanley who created the first opportunity of the game in just the third minute, a counterattack with purpose resulted in Louis Dodds firing his shot over the bar.

Josh Green then drove forwards in the 16th minute and sent a dangerous cross along the six-yard box, but it could not find a Hanley man at the back post.

Chris Dagnall also had a good chance for Hanley five minutes before the break, he bent his effort just wide of the post from outside the area.

Hanley came closest to scoring in the 84th minute when substitute Kyle Stubbs let fly from range and forced the Brackley ‘keeper into a smart save.

Player-manager Dickinson told the Club’s media that he was proud of his sides’ efforts over both games.

He said: “I cannot speak high enough about what the lads have given me over these two games, against a team who are second in the National League North. We took them all the way.

“If the lads cannot go away now and show what they are about and take this forward then it would be criminal for us.”

Hanley are next in action on Saturday as they welcome Lichfield City to the Payaro Stadium, with their attention back on Midland Premier Division.

Hanley Town 1-1 Brackley Town

In front of the BBC cameras Hanley fought with ten men to take the third qualifiying round game of the FA Cup to a replay at Brackley.

Hanley started the better side against the team three divisions higher and there efforts were almost rewarded when a Carl Dickinson header came agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock.

Hanley had to stay alert to the danger that Brackley had though, and on loan goalkeeper Tommy Simkin was there to make some important catches and saves to keep the score level.

Hanley’s efforts were finally rewarded when Ryan Campbell-Gordon worked a cross from the left that fell to Louis Dodds who provided an excellent finish into the bottom corner.

The second half commenced and with a change of tactics from the visitors they looked to unlock the hanley defence.

This was eventually done just before the hour mark as a corner was floated in for the captain to head home.

With Brackley fighting for a winner the big talking point of the game arose.

As in form striker Matt Lowe raced through on goal what appeared to be a fantastic challenge from Ryan Shotton stopped the attacker with him clearly winning the ball.

The referee for the game saw different and judged the tackle to be illegal, also showing Shotton a red card`, even with him winning the ball and not being the last man.

Despite being down to ten men Hanley held on and now face a replay down in Brackley on Tuesday night.

Hanley Town 2-1 Stone Old Alleyians

Reece Jones scored twice either side of half time to ensure Hanley maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Hanley started the better side on the night and this was rewarded when Charlie Walford found space on the left to cross for Jones who swept the ball into the net first time.
Whilst Hanley were the dominate side Stone still threatened when they came forward but nothing came to fruition.
Just on the stroke of half time Stone did grab an equalizer, when the ball was crossed in player/manager Luke Askey rose highest to head the ball home.
Hanley had work to do in the second half with Stone proving to be difficult to break down.
Tommy Simkin in the Hanley goal still had to be aware and was forced into a coupe of smart saves to deny a second for Stone.
It took until the 73rd minute for Hanley to find the breakthrough.
A quick goal kick found Walford who played a fantastic diagonal ball to Jones who volleyed the ball first time into the top corner.
Hanley moved to second in the league with a game in hand maintaining their unbeaten start.

Hanley 2-1 Chasetown: Match Report

Chris Dagnall scored a late winner to make history for Hanley Town as they knocked out Step four Chasetown in the Second Qualifying round.

Dagnall got his head to a Reece Jones cross in the 88th minute to put Hanley’s name in the hat for the next round of the cup.

In a goalless first half it took until the 56th minute for Hanley to open the scoring. Some intricate play around the box saw the ball find its way to Lucas Green-Birch who fired to ball past Curtis Pond.

Chasetown reacted well to going a goal down and in the 82nd minute it looked as though the tie would be going to a replay when the Chasetown midfielder cut inside and fired a shot past debutant Tommy Simkin.

In the first half Hanley were the better side with efforts from Carl Dickinson and Reece Jones failing to find the target.

Curtis Pond, the Chasetown shot stopper, was called into action a number of times, first to deny Jones from close range and then to deny Josh Green tipping his effort onto the crossbar.

When the score was at 1-1 Simkin made a great save down to his near post to deny Chasetown what surely would be a winner.

Hanley made history as for the first time they made it to the third qualifying round, they now face a tough test against step two side Brackley Town.

Worcester City 0-1 Hanley Town: Match Report

Hanley left it until the last minute to continue their winning ways beating Worcester City 1-0 at Claines Lane.

Hanley had chances all through the game but it took until the last one of the game for them to break the deadlock.

So neat interplay saw Tim Sanders thread the ball through to Eric Graves who did well to round the ‘keeper and then calmly loft the ball to the head of Lucas Green-Birch to find the net.

In a game that saw Hanley dominate possession they had many chances in the first half to take the lead.

First Green-Birch forced the Worcester number 1 into a great high save from his left footed curling effort then Reece Jones just fired over.

A mix up at the back saw Worcester race through one on one but Goalkeeper Ben Chapman stood tall to deny them the first of the afternoon.

Good work from Ryan Campbell-Gordon then saw his pull back well saved by the goalkeeper before midfielder Danny Pugh dragged his rebound wide.

In a second half which saw the bulk of the battle be in the midfield Hanley’s closest chance fell to Tim Sanders.

A freekick from 25 yards out looked to be nestling into the bottom corner but a firm hand from the ‘keeper saw it turn around the post.

Hanley remain unbeaten in all competitions moving up to second in the league, a point behind leaders Boldmere with a game in hand.

They now turn their attention to Chasetown in the FA Cup at the Payaro Stadium on Saturday.

Exciting Board Changes

Hanley Town Football Club has today announced changes to its board of directors as the club looks ahead to a bright future.

Chairman Ron Mcilreavy states ” This is a very exciting time for Hanley Town football to add two ambitious executive directors onto the board aids with both on field and off field investment, this brings us to a executive board of five with clear objectives set out, both as individuals and a collective”

The first new face on the board is Lee Dunne. Lee is currently founder and CEO of Payaro Europe as well as being a non executive director and board advisor to a number of other businesses within the banking and investment sector. Lee will join the club with immediate effect as CEO with a key focus on the commercial development of the club. Lee said “I am delighted to have reached an agreement with the club to join as CEO and continue the fantastic work the chairman and the other directors have been carrying out in the past 18 months in what have been really difficult times for everybody. We have a really clear vision for the club to bring success whilst remaining true to our values around sustainability and corporate and social responsibility, and I really cant wait to get started”

Also joining the board is Daniel Dunne. Dan is currently the co-founder and CMO of Payaro Europe as well as being a board advisor to some of the largest businesses within the financial technology sector around go to market strategy, brand awareness and digital transformation. Dan will join the club with immediate effect as Executive Vice Chairman with a key focus on corporate and social responsibility within the community, alternate revenue streams and brand awareness. Dan said “I am really excited to have been invited to join the board of Hanley Town Football Club and to continue in supporting and further developing the clubs outreach objectives and initiatives, I believe the club should be for the community and the fans and I intend to tell that story to a much wider audience of why we are “The Peoples Club”.

As part of the structural change Lesley Blowers will transition from her role as Executive Vice Chairman and will take up the role of treasurer with immediate effect. Stalwart of the club Paul Legge will take up the role as Operations Director.