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Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Parfitt-Williams Reflects on Europa League Match
Talented Bermuda-born, Djair Parfitt-Williams who can play as a striker, a No10 or out on either wing, spotted by West Ham United legend Clyde Best as part of the Hammers' international scouting programme when he was playing for San Jose Earthquakes in the USA made his First Team debut.

In the 2014/15 Season, Parfitt-Williams was the Under 18 top goalscorer with nine goals and a Dylan Tombides Award nominee, justifying his billing as one of the best players at the Academy.

The skillful forward demonstrated his trickery and creativity time and again, making the step up from the Under 18s to the Development Squad look seamless.

On Thursday July 2nd Parfitt-Williams became to first Bermudian born Footballer to play in the Europa League when he came off the bench in the 74th minute to replace Mauro Zarate.

 
 
Monday, July 06, 2015
Trio Propose Changes Within CONCACAF

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A three-man Special Committee has proposed changes designed to eliminate fraud and promote transparency within CONCACAF.

CONCACAF will make extensive changes in the way it does business after several of the governing body's prominent officials were placed at the center of the FIFA corruption scandal.

The organization that oversees soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean announced on Monday that it has approved reform measures proposed by a three-man special committee.

The following changes are among those set to be instituted after approval over the weekend by the CONCACAF Executive Committee:

Term limits will be imposed on all members of the Executive Committee, including the President

Adjustments to the nomination and election process designed to prevent "entrenchment" on the Executive Committee

Financial statements and compensation for Executive Committee members will be made public on the body's website

Hiring a Chief Compliance Officer to oversee compliance and fraud-prevention programs

Create a whistleblower hotline administered by CONCACAF's Audit Committee

Conduct background checks on all vendors via a new "pre-approval" system

Those recommendations were made by the Federation Heads of the three largest countries in CONCACAF: Sunil Gulati of the U.S., Justino Compean of Mexico and Victor Montagliani of Canada.

They are charged with cleaning up the federation after many of its longtime power-brokers, most notably FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb and former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in late May.

"This reform framework reflects CONCACAF’s commitment to strengthening our governance, management, and operations," CONCACAF said in a statement on Monday.

"These reforms are intended to apply best practices for sound corporate governance to CONCACAF’s business operations. In implementing the reform framework, the confederation will demonstrate to its fans, sponsors, member associations and other stakeholders that CONCACAF is resilient and devoted to managing, developing, and promoting the game with accountability and transparency."
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Leverock & Harrisburg City Islanders Win

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Dante Leverock and his Harrisburg City Islanders teammates got a 1-0 win against the Wilmington Hammerheads on a late Cardel Benbow goal, which gave the Islanders their first victory in almost two months.

Benbow’s speed and skill had been frustrating the Wilmington defense but he had just enough left to blow passed the defender after he received a ball from Jason Plumhoff on a breakout. He was in on the goalkeeper alone and rifled a shot over the shoulder to put the Islanders up for good.

After controlling the pace of play for the majority of the game the Islanders were finally rewarded with a goal that keeps them undefeated at home and puts them right back into the playoff hunt.

The game started and it looked like the Islanders had the ball on a rope at times. They controlled the pace of play and very rarely surrendered possession. The defense held up against a Wilmington offense that has only scored 11 goals all season.

Benbow kept the pressure on early and often. His speed up the side kept giving the Hammerheads trouble. Benbow was swinging passes into the box and often finding Jankouskas or Plumhoff.

The best chance for the Islanders came off of great Jankouskas header that was volleyed away by Andre Rawls. City kept the pressure on with two corners kicks that just missed the net.

Wilmington kept fouling the Islanders hard, which almost cost them late in the first half. Jankouskas was again making playing in the offensive end when he was fouled hard just a foot outside of the box. Plumhoff took the set piece but pushed it just wide or it would have been the opening score of the game.

In the second half both teams had trouble stringing together quality play to result in any real threats on goal.

Harrisburg took their one chance on goal and converted. Plumhoff sprung out of his own end with two Hammerheads and Benbow streaking with him. He pulled up to play a perfect ball to Benbow that pushed him out wide and gave him options.

City has had made a habit out of letting in late goals and this game was almost no different. Wilmington’s best chance happened right after the Islanders goal. They made a play, which brought Nick Noble off his line. Luckily, Leverock was able to get behind Noble to blast the ball off the line and save the win.
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Lambe & Mansfield Win Pre-Season Opener

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Reggie Lambe and his Mansfield Town teammates regained the Green Energy Challenge Trophy following a comfortable 5-1 victory over Rainworth Miners Welfare in the first pre-season clash of the new campaign at Kirklington Road.

Anthony Dwyer opened the scoring in the first half, but Rainworth drew level through former Mansfield youth teamer Lewis Chambers five minutes later.

A new eleven that included Lambe after the re-start tore into the hosts with Craig Westcarr putting Adam Murray’s team ahead on 56 minutes, before he claimed a hat-trick of assists – feeding Adi Yussuf twice, and also Nicky Hunt.

Despite it being quite a hot afternoon with temperatures well in excess of 20 degrees, energy levels by both teams seemed high and Mansfield soon registered a shot on target when young Tom Marriott broke through and drew a diving save from Nathan Burrows in the hosts’ goal.

Mansfield then registered their first goal of the new campaign on the stroke of the half-hour mark. Dwyer had the simplest of finishes from 10 yards after some great skill by Thomas, who embarked on a run and played a defense-splitting ball during the buildup.

It could have been 2-0 just a few moments later as Marriott had an effort blocked by a Wrens defender, before the ball ricocheted towards Dwyer, whose resulting attempt got cleared at the back-post.

Against the run of play, Rainworth levelled things up on 34 minutes.

Lewis Chambers burst away down the right flank and was just about to unleash a shot when he was bundled over by Louis Danquah – the result of which saw the Wrens awarded a penalty.

The ex-Mansfield youth teamer retained his composure from the subsequent spot-kick and although Shearer guessed the right way, Chambers put the ball right in the right-hand corner – out of the ‘keeper’s reach.

Mansfield fielded a completely different team in the second half with youth team ‘keeper Sam Wilson and new signings Nicky Hunt, Mal Benning, Mitch Rose, Craig Westcarr and Adi Yussuf amongst those introduced.

Lambe and Westcarr combined in the early stages of the second half in a move which resulted in the Bermuda international getting through on goal, but his goal bound shot was kept out by the trailing leg of the Rainworth ‘keeper.

As expected, Mansfield remained on the front foot in terms of possession and pressure and re-took the lead in fortuitous circumstances as Benning played a teasing ball into the box, which diverted off Westcarr and into the back of the net.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t long before Westcarr made another contribution, this time in a move which saw Mansfield make it 3-1. Hunt was the scorer, slipping the ball past a stranded ‘keeper from 10 yards after he had reached the end of a lovely well-weighted through ball by the ex-Pompey man.

Westcarr claimed his second assist of the afternoon on 70 minutes, as Mansfield made it 4-1 thanks to Yussuf, who slid the ball home from a similar position to the one which Hunt had scored from in the previous venture forward.

Mansfield continued to look dangerous going forward – causing their hosts no end of problems. Westcarr and Yussuf were combing well and they soon linked up again to good effect – with the older of the pair providing a ball through for the ex-Oxford City man, who finished nonchalantly from eight yards to make it 5-1.
Friday, July 03, 2015
Parfitt-Williams First to Play Europa League

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Diafra Sakho struck twice in front of a watching Slaven Bilic as West Ham eased to a routine victory over Europa League first qualifying round opponents FC Lusitanos of Andorra.

It was a big night for West Ham as new recruit Darren Randolph started in goal however, Reece Oxford was arguably the main attraction for the sold-out Upton Park crowd, the 16-year-old becoming the youngest first-team player in the club's history. It was also a big night for Bermuda as Djair Parfitt-Williams became to first Bermudian born Footballer to play in the Europa League when he came off the bench in the 74th minute to replace Mauro Zarate.

Plenty has changed at Upton Park in the last 12 months but the constant that remains going forward is the goal-threat of striker Sakho -- who shone in this 3-0 win played just 39 days since the end of both the previous Premier League season and Sam Allardyce's reign in east London.

The 25-year-old joined the club last year and, despite ending the season on the treatment table, he finished the campaign with 10 league goals -- by far the best offering from anyone in claret and blue.

It was that late thigh injury that meant Sakho lined up for the Hammers in this contest, as a number of fresher players selected by academy manager Terry Westley, who was in charge as new boss Bilic opted to watch from the stands after receiving a heroes' welcome before kick-off.

And the Croatian saw Sakho score twice in the five minutes before half-time, with skipper for the evening James Tomkins heading a third against the Primera Division minnows.

Sakho was not the only first-team regular involved as Tomkins captained a side which also contained Joey O'Brien, Morgan Amalfitano, Matt Jarvis and Mauro Zarate -- back in the fold after ending last season on loan at QPR -- but did not boast big-name summer signings Pedro Obiang or Dimitri Payet.

In the final exchanges, the Hammers could, and really should, have extended their lead. Tomkins and Burke both went close from set pieces while Elliot Lee twisted and turned majestically, almost teeing up Parfitt-Williams for what would have been a dream debut. However the tally stuck at three.

 
 
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