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.

Whitchurch Alport 0-5 Hanley Town: Match Report

Hanley Town finished August unbeaten as they breezed past Whitchurch Alport 5-0 on Monday afternoon.

It didn’t take long for Hanley to score their first on the bank holiday as Kyle Stubbs stepped up for free kick and curled it around the wall into the bottom corner.

After dominating possession Hanley made it two when another one of Louis Dodds corners found the head of player/manager Carl Dickinson to double the advantage.

A mix up at the back almost found Alport a chance to pull one back but some good goalkeeping from Ben Chapman ensured that wouldn’t happen.

Right on the stroke of halftime it was three when some good work down the right-hand side saw Chris Dagnall have space to pull the ball back for Reece Jones who fired in Hanley’s third.

The second half continued with more pressure from Hanley, and this paid off when Josh Green ran up the right-hand side and crossed to the back post where Ryan Campbell-Gordon was there to fire Hanley’s fourth of the game emphatically in.

The fifth came shortly after when some good pressing from Dagnall found Jones who laid off Lucas Green-Birch to cut inside and find the bottom corner for his first for the club.

The win sees Hanley move top of the league and have the first month of the season unbeaten.

Hanley look to continue this form as they travel to Leicester Road on Saturday in the first qualifying road of the FA Cup.

Hanley Town 4-2 Haughmond: Match Report

Hanley Town again came from behind to make it two wins out of two in the league against a very tough Haughmond side.

The visitors took the lead early on as a mix up at the back allowed for their striker to prob the ball home underneath Lewis King.

Whilst Hanley dominated possession, they were finding it difficult to make that killer pass until the 35 minute when Eric Grave’s shot inside the box was bundled in.

With both team’s level at the break it took until the 59th minute for man of the match Ben Rowley to enter the game coming on as a sub.

Two minutes after his introduction Rowley volleyed the ball home after the ‘keeper was unable to hold Ryan Campbell-Gordon’s shot dropping it right into his path.

Only five minutes later in the 65th minute Hanley had a third Charlie Walford’s cross was originally met by Rowley but the ‘keeper parried it into the path of Chris Dagnall to fire home his first in the league.

The game was wrapped up in the 85th minute when Rowley turned provider getting to the by line and pulling the ball back for Louis Dodds to fire in Hanley’s fourth.

The visitors pulled one back deep into injury time with a free kick that found the top corner from 25 yards out.

Hanley travel to Haughmond on Saturday in the FA cup hoping to make it four from four in all competitions.

Hanley Town 3-1 Shifnal Town: Match Report

Reece Jones scored a brace as Hanley Town came from behind to beat Shifnal Town 3-1 in their Midlands Premier Division opener on Saturday.

Jones’ first goal came just before the hour mark to give Hanley a 2-1 lead, when substitute Brian Barton played the ball across goal for him to tap home.

He then raced through on goal in the 84th minute and calmy slotted his effort past the ‘keeper at his near post to wrap up the game.

Hanley fell a goal down on 27 minutes through a smart finish from Tom Hill, but Louis Dodds fired the hosts level on the brink of half time.

Pacy winger Jones caused the Shifnal defence problems all game and could have opened the scoring in the 16th minute after being played through by Dodds, but he was denied by the ‘keeper.

Chris Dagnall also had a close effort in the 49th minute with the score at 1-1, his header was well kept out down to the ‘keeper’s left.

Moments later Hanley nearly went behind for a second time, only for Jayden Cotterill to perform a brilliant goal-saving diving header and guide it over the bar.

Hanley did well to hold onto their win as they finished the game with nine men; first Aaron Cole received a sin bin for the remainder of the match after he reacted to a poor foul from Shifnal.

Charlie Walford was then given a second yellow card in the final moments, he also reacted to being fouled as he was cynically dragged down during a counterattack.

Jones received the Man of the Match award at full-time, and he told the Club’s media team that he was delighted to kick the season off in this manner.

He said: “I’m buzzing to get off the mark in the first game. This will give me confidence when going further into the season. It’s not just about my goals, though, it’s about getting three points for the team which is what we did today.”

Hanley are next in action on Tuesday night, as they welcome Haughmond FC to the Payaro Stadium.

By Jack Danby

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