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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Lambe & Carlisle United Go Down

Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United teammates went down 1 - 0 in their first pre-season friendly following their four day mini-break against Barrow at Holker Street.

The hosts took the lead in the 17th minute when Brian Harrison pounced on a loose controled ball in the box, he fell to the floor as the defender tried to recover and Ross Hannah stepped up to smash the spot kick into the bottom corner.

Lambe played 60 minutes, but in the 45th minute Lambe sparked an attack when he drove from deep. He shot low and hard and Barrow goalkeeper Joel Dixon was relieved to see it fly an inch wide of his bottom corner.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Four Bermudians Share the Field in England

Rai Simons
It was a Bermuda reunion as Ilkeston Football Club hosted Chesterfield Football Club, with the visitors winning 3 - 0.

Presently David Jones, Tevahn Tyrell and Jaylon Bather are on the Ilkeston books, while Rai Simons is in his second year at Chesterfield.

Tyrell started the match for Ilkeston, while Jones and Bather took their places on the bench as did Simons for Chesterfield.

Both sides moved the ball well early in the match, as the half wore on Ilkeston began to soak up a lot of pressure, largely playing on the counter but composed when in possession.

But at the half neither team had found the back of the net.

Two minutes into the second half and Chesterfield was able to break the deadlock, Evans done well in the box, forced a save from Hannis, Humphrey's pokes home the rebound.

Ched Evans doubled the Chesterfield lead in the 52nd minute and then three minutes later Jones replaced Tyrell, three minutes later Simons replaced Evans, Simons had a spell with Ilkeston prior to signing with Chesterfield.

Bather entered the game in the 66th minute making it three Bermudians on the field at the same time. In the 72nd minute it ame close to being 3 - 0 when Simons collected a good lofted ball, as th Ilkeston goalkeeper rushed out and Simons' lob went inches wide.

Chesterfield was 3 - 0 ahead in the 83rd minute when Jake Beesley found the back of the net.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Butterfield Issued Number 21 for Walsall

Milan Butterfield has been issued the number 21 for Walsall for the 2016/17 Season.

Butterfield has played in one Preseason match for Walsall, when he played the first 45 minutes of their match against Norwich.

Walsall's pre-season campaign began with a narrow defeat against Championship side Norwich in a behind-closed-doors friendly at St George's Park.

Ryan Bennett's close-range finish put Norwich ahead on 24 minutes, before Theo Vassell equalised with a 56th-minute header.

But Norwich regained the lead just four minutes later, Cameron Jerome with a deft near-post flick from Graham Dorrans' corner, for what proved to be the winner.

"It was a really good work out and a really good test," said Walsall manager Jon Whitney afterwards. "We’ve got such high standards and we’re always looking at ways we can improve.

"It’s great that from a coaching perspective, there are some really good things we can work on. From a physical side, we’ve come through it unscathed and that’s the most important thing.

"For a first pre-season game, it was very beneficial for us. The lads who’ve been here for a few years were really good, and some of the new lads really shone."
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Report - Wells Will Not Play Against Liverpool

He was best man at Jurgen Klopp’s wedding, he moved to England only a couple of weeks after his best friend. And he admits, after a friendship stretching back a quarter of a century, to feeling like “brothers in the mind”.

But, tonight, David Wagner insists his only priority will be Huddersfield Town passing “a very serious test” against Klopp’s Liverpool at a sold-out John Smith’s Stadium.

Mark Hudson will feature tonight for Town after recovering from injury, but Nahki Wells will not be risked despite returning to training. Kasey Palmer is also missing along with fellow newcomer Ivan Paurevic.

Huddersfield host the Premier League club in an eagerly-awaited friendly that will act as a good gauge as to how successful Wagner’s extensive summer recruitment has been. It will also pit against each other the very best of friends.

Since the two Germans moved to England, they have kept in close contact. Wagner has been to watch Liverpool at Anfield three times and stayed overnight after one of those games at Klopp’s house. The pair also keep in touch regularly by phone.

“We speak often in the week about his life, my life; his club, my club; his future, my future; his present, my present,” added Huddersfield’s head coach.

Those conversations will, no doubt, have played a part in tonight’s game – which is expected to beat the previous best Town attendance for a friendly of 20,042, set in 1954 against South American side Independiente at the old Leeds Road – being organised along with the recent season-long loan switch of goalkeeper Danny Ward to the Championship club.

As close as Wagner and Klopp are, however, the Terriers’ head coach insists that his only priority for 90 minutes tonight will be how his new-look side perform.

“I can totally split off our friendship and the football,” said the 44-year-old. “This is Liverpool, a big traditional English club, and that is exciting enough.

“The personal relationship is interesting before the game and after the game he (Klopp) will hopefully visit me in my manager’s office.

“But, during the game, this is Huddersfield Town against Liverpool in front of a sold-out John Smith’s Stadium.

“It is not the highest pressure situation because of the result. But it is a very serious test for us and we have to make sure it is not the nicest night for Liverpool. If we do that, we will show we are along the right path.”
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Jones Starts for Ilkeston in Notts County Defeat

A strong Notts County side professionally disposed of Ilkeston in an engaging pre-season clash at the New Manor Ground.

Ilkeston started with David Jones up top, Luis Rose and Nathan Arnold were on the flanks,
Anton Brown and Mark Shelton were holding, Ben Morris sat in behind Jones.

From the opening exchanges Ilkeston knew this would be a defensive workout. The fluid movement of McLeod, Snijders and Campbell made for a stern test. Notts dominated the ball and won early corners, Rory Coleman did well to head away the first before the Robins cleared the second.

County maintained pressure, Luke Foster had to be alert to clear a dangerous ball in before Smith fired way over the bar from 30 yards. Ross Durrant then saved well, low to his left to deny Snijders’s fizzing strike.

McLeod continued to look the Pies biggest threat and he climbed well to collect a cross but his header squirmed over.

Ilkeston were chasing the ball for large periods, covering space, closing gaps, staying compact and keeping the defensive line organised. More County pressure came but alert defending from Captain Matt Baker and Foster ensured Snjiders was offside following a through ball, Notts won several more corners but alert defending from Baker blocked Campbell’s strike.

However with the frustrations of the travelling support evident, Notts took the lead just before the break. A flowing move saw Atkinson drive forward before sliding in McLeod who showed composure to finish across Durrant with the ball hitting the post before nestling in the corner.

The second half saw Ilkeston start well, Baker had a golden chance to equalise but he mis-cued his strike inside the box after a delightful chipped pass from Foster. Brown then had two attempts well blocked from back to back corners but the Pies would soon wrestle control of the half.

They doubled the lead just before the hour mark when Forte released Stead in the box, the striker showed great quality to finish across Durrant into the far corner. Four minutes later, Notts made it 3-0, Stanley showed great instinct to collect a lofted cross and volley goal-wards, Durrant got a touch but the ball nestled in the corner.

Ilkeston continued to look for a consolation; Baker’s header from Coleman’s corner forced a save from Loach, Coleman then struck a free kick which curled wide of the far corner from just outside the box. Shelton came close with a stunning strike which Loach had to tip over the bar.

County soon added a fourth in what was a replica of the second goal, Burke this time found space in the box and fired low past Durrant.
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