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.

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.