Hanley Town 1-1 Lye Town: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Reece Jones scored a header as unbeaten Hanley Town were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Lye Town on Saturday.

Jones’ goal came as an equaliser for Hanley just before half time, when Carl Dickinson’s cross found him unmarked at the back post to head across goal.

This came after the visitors took an early lead on 11 minutes as Jack Pearlman bundled the ball in following a set piece, despite shouts for offside.

Hanley should have gone in front even sooner in the game; Louis Dodds played a dangerous ball across goal, but Jayden Cotterill could not sort his feet out to tap in.

Dodds then had a chance of his own in the 41st minute, his prodded effort forced a smart save out of the Lye goalkeeper.

Hanley continued to create chances in the second half, Jake Avery dragged his shot wide from outside the area in the 67th minute.

Jones was unlucky not to grab the winner in the last minute of normal time; he was laid the ball by Dickinson, but his strike crashed off the bar.

Substitute Aaron Cole was also close to a winner in stoppage time; after doing well to lose his marker from Dodds’ free kick, he skimmed a header agonisingly wide.

Player-manager Dickinson told the Club’s media that despite not getting the result he wanted, he was pleased with the chances his side created.

He said: “After their goal I think we played really well. We got into their box a lot of times and had two massive chances at the end.

“I suppose probably as a neutral, a draw might have been a fair result, but I am disappointed as I thought we deserved to win it.”

Hanley are next in action on Saturday as they host Stourport Swifts at the Payaro Stadium in the Midland Premier Division.

Hanley Town 1-0 Uttoxeter Town: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Louis Dodds scored the only goal as Hanley Town beat Staffordshire rivals Uttoxeter Town to go back top of the Midland Premier Division.

Dodds’ goal came on the hour mark when he reacted quickest to a dropped cross by the Uttoxeter ‘keeper to bend his effort into the far corner.

Chances came few and far between in the first half, with the best one falling to Reece Jones when he planted a header straight at the ‘keeper from Charlie Walford’s cross.

Hanley started the second half much better, Jayden Cotterill sent in a teasing cross and Dodds glanced his header just wide of the post.

Moments after Hanley’s goal it could have been two, this time it was Jones with the cross and Chris Dagnall in the box, but he could not direct his header on target.

On top of the result, a nice moment for Hanley was the return of Aaron Cole as a late substitute after he had been out injured since the opening league game.

Cole made an immediate impact as he had a couple of strikes at goal, including one into the side netting during stoppage time.

Player-manager Carl Dickinson was full of praise for Cole after the game, as he told the Club’s media how pleased he is to have him back in action.

He said: “I am so happy for him. Whilst he has been out, he has come to every training session, and he has travelled to away games.

“Those are the type of people you need at the football club. I am delighted for him, and he is going to be a big player for us from now until the end of the season.”

Hanley are next in action on Tuesday as they make the long trip to Stourport Swifts for another Midland Premier Division clash.

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.