Pitchero Non League Newsletter
Login:   Help
Breaking News:
Gladiators Earn First Victory - Matlock Town won for the first time in the new 2014/15 Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division season on Friday... ... Wright Leaves Rovers - Vanarama Conference club Forest Green Rovers and Danny Wright have come to an agreement for the front man to leave The New Lawn. ... Blues Return for Young - Rod Stringer, manager of Vanarama Conference South club Bishop`s Stortford, has made another addition to his forward line........ Generals Borrow Tudors Midfielder - Southern League Premier Division club Chesham United have completed a loan deal with Vanarama Conference South new.... ... Boro Borrow Bevans - Vanarama Conference South club Farnborough have signed defender Matt Bevans on a month`s loan from Sky Bet League....... Busy Tigers Bring in New Quartet - Vanarama Conference North club Hyde FC have signed no less than four players prior to tomorrow's match against Tamworth.... Regent Bring in Conference Trio - James Webster, manager of Ryman League Division One North club Brightlingsea Regent, has moved quickly to bring in three new players. ... Martyrs Lose Stalwart - Experienced defender Andrew Thomas and Dan MacDonald have left Southern League Division One South & West club.... ... Good and Bad News for Grays - There has been good and bad news for Ryman League Premier Division club Grays Athletic.... Waterfall Extends Silkmen Stay - Vanarama Conference club Macclesfield Town and Scunthorpe United have reached an agreement to extend the loan spell of........ Dover Borrow U`s Defender - Chris Kinnear, manager of Vanarama Conference club Dover Athletic, has bolstered his defensive options with signing of....... Sam-Yorke Returns to Imps - Vanarama Conference club Lincoln City have taken striker Delano Sam-Yorke back on loan until January 17th from Sky Bet..... ... Two Ravens Depart - Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Coalville Town`s forward Anthony Carney has decided to move to.... ... Experienced Pair Join Nuneaton - Vanarama Conference club Nuneaton Town have strengthened their squad with the addition of two experienced players.... ... Busy Banbury Bring in Eight - It has been a busy day or so for managerless Southern League Premier Division club Banbury United. ... Seagulls Borrow Young Gas Defender - Vanarama Conference South club Weston-super-Mare have signed Pierce Mitchell on loan from Conference Premier neighbours Bristol Rovers.... Melvin Makes Pitmen Move - With the current long-term injury list still showing only a glimmer of improvement, Rob Smith, manager of Vanarama Conference North....... Bangura Leaves Forest Green - Vanarama Conference club Forest Green Rovers and Al Bangura have agreed to part ways with the midfielder’s contract.... ... Sinclair Adds Two to Bay Squad - Vanarama Conference North club Colwyn Bay will have couple of new faces in their squad for Saturday’s away trip to....... Two New Ravens - Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Coalville Town have announced the signings of Alex Dean and Jake Woolley. ...

Latest The North West Counties Football League News

			        
The North West Counties Football League

Norton Set for Biggest Ever Game

Scott Dundas, manager of North West Counties League Premier Division club Norton United, says tomorrow's FA Vase....

0 Comments

Published 7th December 2012

Norton Set for Biggest Ever Game
Scott Dundas

....showdown with holders Dunston UTS is the biggest game in his club's history.

The Community Drive outfit are hoping for their biggest crowd of the season, bettering the 204 who saw them knock Stoke City out of the Staffs Senior Cup. Norton have won four of their last five games, and now have their sights on a Third Round win against the favourites from the Ebac Northern League.

Dundas said: "I think this is the biggest game the club has ever played. We actually got to the fourth round last year, but to get the holders at home makes this a bigger occasion.

"There's no doubt we are the underdogs. You only have to look at the odds to win the Vase, Dunston are 16/1 to retain it, while we are 200/1.

"Mind you, I've told the lads to get their money on us because we'll be more like 10/1 if we win on Saturday."

Norton will be without former Alsager Town centre half Ben Clarkson, who is cup-tied, and winger Niall Green, who is suspended.

However, full-backs Tom Fogg and Sam Bradbury are available after suspension.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Richard Brandon and central defender Richard Smith have both been nominated in the North West Counties Premier League player-of-the-month awards for November.

Both will be crucial tomorrow, particularly captain Smith, who was part of the Nantwich Town team who won the Vase in 2006 under current Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis. Dundas added: "Richard still has a ribbon from the Vase trophy that year. He brought it along to our Vase games last year and has done the same this time.

"It's become a bit of a running joke as he keeps producing this ribbon in the dressing room and telling the lads all about winning it.

"Both he and Richard Brandon have been brilliant for us, as has Dan Brown up front.

"Dan has been working his socks off for us and scored the last-minute goal to get us through the last round."

That win, at Deeping Rangers, earned Norton £1,200 in FA prize money. A further £1,500 will be theirs if they can win tomorrow to book a place in the fourth round.

Smith and the rest of the team will have to be at the top of their game, but Dundas isn't writing off their chances. He's also predicting an open game.

He explained: "It's a tall order, but we always like a challenge and I'll set the team to go out and win.

"That's how I like my teams to play, maybe because I was never much good at defending as a player.

"I would always prefer us to win 5-4 than 1-0, so we will be giving it a good go."

Dunston will be hoping for a happy end to an awful week. On Monday, their 200-seat stand was destroyed by arsonists, causing £20,000 in damage.

[Source: The Sentinel]