Hereford Lads Club 1-5 Hanley Town: Match Report

Chris Dagnall scored a brace to help Hanley Town through to the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup. 

Despite having early chance Hanley fell a goal behind inside 10 minutes when the Hereford striker found space on the edge of the box to unleash a strike past Ben Chapman to put the home side ahead. 

This didn’t disrupt Hanley’s flow and many chances came the way of Hanley, notably new signing Daniel Glover forced the Hereford keeper into a fine stop to keep the home side ahead. 

Despite this Hanley did get a deserved equaliser through Dagnall. Some neat play saw Dagnall get the ball and after dribbling through 4 players unleashed a strike into the back of the net. 

The second half saw Hanley dominate again and it wasn’t long until they were ahead. Glover did some fine work on the left side to square the ball for last seasons top scorer Reece Jones the slide home the finish to put Hanley ahead. 

Chances kept coming for Hanley and soon it was 3. A cross from the right side was only half cleared which allowed Jake Twyford to scissor kick home Hanley’s third from just inside the area. 

Substitute Jake Avery came on in the 71st minute and by minute 74 he had his first of the season. Great link up play between Glover and Skipper Louis Dodds saw the ball threaded through to Avery who was ruthless with his finish through the keepers legs for Hanley’s fourth of the game. 

Dagnall wrapped the game up in the 87th minute when Jayden Cotterill found space on the right side to cross deep for the ball to then be played back to Dagnall who fired home his second and Hanley’s fifth of the game. 

Hanley will face Hinckley LRFC in the next round on the 20th of August. 

Hanley Town agree record breaking partnership

Hanley town are delighted to announce an 18 month strategic partnership deal with Afford rent a car.

Chairman Ron McIlreavy offers his thoughts:
‘This is great day for the club as we enter into a key partnership with Afford, Afford are A highly regarded company within Staffordshire and people of a certain age will always remember them being on the back of the Yellow Pages.’

Afford will be the first in a long list of companies we will be looking to unveil in the coming months who have bought into our vision to not only drive success on the pitch but also off it with the community based projects we are involved with.

As with any partnership it is critical that there is high levels of engagement as we look to be successful together and put back into our local community, as a collective we strive for corporate social responsibility accreditation

Hanley Town 6-0 Bewdley Town: Match Report

By Will Bailey

Hanley Town impressed in a convincing 6-0 victory on Saturday against Bewdley Town to extend their lead at the top of the Midland Premier League.

In a slow start where chances were few and far between it took until the 44th minute for Hanley to break the deadlock.

Kyle Stubbs long throw was flicked across goal by Ryan Shotton and Jayden Cotterill was on hand to head home the first of the afternoon.

In the second half Hanley turned on the style and in the 66th minute it was two. Charlie Walford clipped a ball over the top and Winger Jake Avery was on hand to supply the finish.

Just 11 minutes later and Hanley had their third. Jake Twyford did well on the edge of the box to fashion a chance that rebounded off the post, but substitute Theo Stair was there to fire in his first since re-joining the club.

In the 79th minute it was four. Louis Dodds threaded a defence splitting pass through to Josh Green who unselfishly squared for Walford to blast into the empty net.

Not long after Walford had his second and Hanley’s fifth of the game and it was the pick of the bunch. Patient play on the edge eventually found Walford 25 yards out who curled an effort into the top left corner.

Right before the full-time whistle Hanley had their sixth of the game. Green again found himself on the right to clip a lovely ball across for substitute Aaron Cole to glance a header into the back of the net.

Hanley next face Romulus this Saturday (15th January 2021) at the Payaro Stadium.`

Hanley Town 6-1 Wolverhampton Casuals: Match Report

By Jack Danby

Hanley Town hit Wolverhampton Casuals for six on Tuesday night as they went 14 games unbeaten at the top of the Midland Premier Division.

Reece Jones opened the scoring for Hanley in the 22nd minute after he was found in space by Aaron Cole’s cross to tuck his effort into the bottom corner.

The visitors drew level on the half-hour mark, as Kienan Palmer reacted first and prodded in from close range.

Hanley retook the lead three minutes before the break, as dangerous crosses by Jake Avery and Jones resulted in a defender putting the ball in his own net.

Chris Dagnall extended the deficit in the 64th minute, he calmly rolled a penalty down the middle after Avery was brought down in the area.

The league leaders added a fourth with four minutes to play when Kyle Stubbs was able to get his head onto Josh Green’s corner to score.

Carl Dickinson made it five in the final minute of normal time, he was laid off by Avery to fire his strike into the bottom corner.

Just a minute later the rout was completed, Dickinson repaid the favour to Avery, who cut in and slotted his effort in at the near post.

Player-manager Dickinson told the Club’s media that he was pleased with his side’s firepower in front of goal.

He said: “I think the way we pressed them at times was very good and that is why we got the goals.

“It is another good win at home, a good amount of goals, and it keeps us top of the league.”

Hanley turn their attention to the FA Vase on Saturday, as they make the short trip to Sandbach United for a second-round tie.

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.