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Pilks lose out in six-pointer
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Poynton 3-1 Pilkington Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 13th October 2018 Pilks nine game unbeaten run came to an end with an under-par performance at Poynton. With both teams locked on 21 points this was a good opportunity to cement a place in the top four ? but it was Poynton who came out winners … Continue reading Pilks lose out in six-pointer   more...

Poynton 3-1 Pilkington
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 13th October 2018

Pilks nine game unbeaten run came to an end with an under-par performance at Poynton. With both teams locked on 21 points this was a good opportunity to cement a place in the top four ? but it was Poynton who came out winners with a 3-1 victory.

Pilks started well when they went ahead in the third minute. Luke Sephton?s cross found Jack McConville with a little space in the six yard box and his shot richoted to Mateusz Prokopczuk to slot home on his first team debut.

Poynton found it too easy to equalise two minutes later with a back-post header from a corner.

As the game went on Pilks struggled to deal with the powerful opposition. They couldn?t find any rhythm to their passing and seemed half a yard off every ball. Eventually the Poynton pressure paid off when a defensive mistake let the opposition in with 15 minutes of the half left.

Apart from a few snapshots Pilks had very little attacking threat as they put in one of the worst displays of the season. Matty Taylor should have done better with a one-on-one and Sephton?s snapshot flew over the bar.

With the managers’ words ringing in their ears, they came out in the second half with much more purpose and pinned the opposition back. However, just when it looked like they could get a foothold in the game, the referee decided he would have an impact.

In a game of very little incident, he decided to book Matty Taylor for an innocuous shoulder charge. Persistent fouling was the reason given and, of course, when a ?mistimed? tackle went in a few minutes later, it was another yellow and off Taylor went.

The ten men of Pilks were still controlling the possession in the second half however Poynton should have put the game to bed on 70 minutes when a free header went over the bar.

They did eventually extend their lead with ten minutes left after a good cross was met at the back post. Despite this Pilks carried on pressing but were unable to break down the tough Poynton defence.

With five minutes left further controversy as Miguel Gillam?s header seemed to cross the line but the referee waved play on. The referee?s inconsistency shone through again with minutes left when Dixon was hacked down on the edge of the box only for the referee ?to have a word?.

Dixon?s frustration boiled over in injury time as his rash challenge led to a straight red.

Manager?s Views:
It wasn?t the best from our lads and we have to look at it as a missed opportunity. It?s always easy to look at the inconsistency of the referee?s decisions as an excuse but ultimately our performance wasn?t good enough against a powerful opposition who will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. The only positives were the performances of the three young lads who were outstanding.

MOM:
Mateusz Prokopczuk

 

Sluggish Pilks move into the next round
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Daten 0-2 Pilkington Cheshire League Premier Division Cup 1st Round, Saturday 29th September 2018 In a game that could easily have finished 5-5, Pilks got their name into the hat of the next round of the Cheshire League Premier Division Cup with two ruthless counter attacking goals and another clean sheet. It was Pilks who … Continue reading Sluggish Pilks move into the next round   more...

Daten 0-2 Pilkington
Cheshire League Premier Division Cup 1st Round, Saturday 29th September 2018

In a game that could easily have finished 5-5, Pilks got their name into the hat of the next round of the Cheshire League Premier Division Cup with two ruthless counter attacking goals and another clean sheet.

It was Pilks who had the early chances in this game. In the opening five minutes they could have been two up when Matty Taylor?s shot narrowly missed the target from a tight angle and Luke Sephton should have scored with his header from a few yards out.

Daten grew into the game and they had a few goalmouth scrambles and hit the upright before Taylor put Sephton through who should have done better.

Sephton was involved again when his high press won the ball back quickly but his cross just evaded the outstretched Graham Boylan.
With 15 minutes left, another chance fell to Sephton on the six-yard box but his placed shot spun up for Boylan to try an overhead kick that went just over.

With five minutes left of the half, Sephton finally got his reward for the hard work he?d put in. He won the ball on the half-way line and broke quickly before the advancing Danny Hughes played in Taylor down the wing. Sephton advanced to the far post to tap in the cross to make it 1-0.

Half-time: Daten 0-1 Pilkington

Pilks doubled their lead straight after the break. Young Sam Tickle?s kick out from goal went directly to Taylor. Taylor?s sublime pass split the Daten defence and played in Sephton who seemed to overrun it and clashed with the keeper. The ball popped up to Boylan who tapped home comfortably.

Pilks were in no way comfortable and it took a MOM performance from the centre-halves and goalkeeper to keep them at bay. Both Callum Barry and Miguel Gillam were constant in snuffing out the Daten attacks and young Tickle pulled off two outstanding saves to keep the clean sheet.

Pilks did have more chances themselves and should off extended their lead. Taylor had little options for the pull back when he danced through on the byline, substitute Rory Campbell went through but the keeper did well and in injury time Jordan Slater?s overlap left him with a shot that rattled the post.

Full-time: Daten 0-2 Pilkington

Managers’ Comments
“The lads know it wasn’t a vintage performance but it’s pleasing to see the resilience shown to ensure we kept a clean sheet. Football is not always about scoring the goals – when you’re not playing well you have to dig deep for the result and we certainly did that today.”

Managers’ MOM:
Miguel Gillam, Callum Barry and Sammy Tickle!

Pilks hit seven
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Denton Town 0-7 Pilkington Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 22nd September 2018 Pilks blew away a very good Denton Town with a blistering performance ? scoring seven goals without reply. Pilks could have been ahead from the kick off when young Jack Smith chased down the ball and narrowly put his effort wide. Denton looked … Continue reading Pilks hit seven   more...

Denton Town 0-7 Pilkington
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 22nd September 2018

Pilks blew away a very good Denton Town with a blistering performance ? scoring seven goals without reply.

Pilks could have been ahead from the kick off when young Jack Smith chased down the ball and narrowly put his effort wide. Denton looked a neat and tidy side that moved the ball around well and their forward line shown some great touches.

They were a threat going forward and it took an outstanding one handed save from Pilks Keeper Sam Tickle to keep the scores level early on.

Pilks opened the scoring on 12 minutes when a quick free kick by Mason Ryan released Matty Taylor who cut inside to power home.
The opposition did struggle with the pace and pressof the Pilks forwardlineand as they started to get into the game the chances came.

Firstly, Graham Boylan skied a chance and this was quickly followed with a header onto the bar. Luke Sephton had a few snapshots and Taylor missed another golden opportunity.

They should really have been a 4 or 5 goals ahead at half-time but as it was they were only two. With minutes left of the half, Sephton megged the centre-half before finishing well.

Half-time: Denton Town 0-2 Pilkington

In the second half, Pilks simply blew away the stubborn Denton Town team. Three minutes into the half Deklan Hill got his first after Sephton?s run down the wing presented him with a tap-in.

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The goal of the game came on 60 minutes. Taylor passedto Sephton who played in Boylan in the six-yard area and where many would shoot he elected to pass it back to Hill as he arrived to neatly finish in the corner.

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Again though Pilks were wasteful in goal throughout the middle part of the game and only completed the rout in the last ten minutes. Rory Campbell fought hard to win the ball back to allow Sephton to get his second of the game. Two minutes later and Campbell?s hard work paid dividends again as he was wrestled to the ground in the box after fighting hard to win the ball. Deklan Hill converted the penalty well to complete his hat-trick.

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In the last minute, Campbell got his reward for his hard work as he followed his flick on to tap in the seventh goal after Hill had rounded the keeper.

Full-time: Denton Town0-7 Pilkington

Manager’s Comments
A very good team performance. The defending was strong enough to allow us the luxury of six missed chances in the first half. Composure in the second half meant that the win was comfortable in the end. A real squad effort with all three substitutes making positive contributions to the game. A good start but you don’t win anything just by starting well. We need to be focused and consistent all season starting with training this week.

Manager’s MOM: Jack Smith

Pilks over power a resilient Whaley Bridge
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Whaley Bridge Athletic 1-4 Pilkington Cheshire Premier League, Saturday 15th September 2018 Pilks made the long trip to Whaley Bridge on Saturday and came away with all 3 points and a resounding 4-1 victory. In joint managers, Dave Murphy, Peter Edwards and Ste Palfrey?s first game, they simply over powered and out played a very … Continue reading Pilks over power a resilient Whaley Bridge   more...

Whaley Bridge Athletic 1-4 Pilkington
Cheshire Premier League, Saturday 15th September 2018

Pilks made the long trip to Whaley Bridge on Saturday and came away with all 3 points and a resounding 4-1 victory. In joint managers, Dave Murphy, Peter Edwards and Ste Palfrey?s first game, they simply over powered and out played a very physical opposition.

The game got off to a frantic start with 3 goals within the first 15 minutes. On 9 minutes Graham Boylan flicked onto Luke Sephton whose effort was close and a minute later Boylan was involved again as his pass played Matty Taylor in who lobbed the keeper to open the scoring.

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5 minutes later, Taylor doubled the lead when his pressure led to the opposition keeper miskicking a long ball and giving him an open goal to finish in.

Despite the lead Pilks were being put until pressure with Whaley Bridge?s direct play. They struggled to cope with the physical strength of their forward line and on 15 mins they won a free kick on the edge of the box. The resultant kick flew into the top corner giving young keeper Sam tickle no chance.

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As the game went on Pilks got to grips with the opposition attack and started to control the game. On 20 minutes Boylan rounded the keeper but took it too wide to finish and on the half hour Deklan Hill?s shot went just over the bar.

Pilks extended their lead with 10 mins left in the half. Some great link up play between Sephton and Hill slid in Taylor who completed his hat-tricksuperbly from a tight angle.

Half-time: Whaley Bridge Athletic 1-3 Pilkington

Whaley Bridge came out with some purpose in the second half and Tickle saved superbly to prevent a comeback. It took Pilks 15 minutes to register a shot on goal when Taylor flick to Boylan then released Sephton whose shot went just wide.

On 65 minutes came the goal of the game. Taylor?s reverse pass found Hill approaching the edge of the box and he created his own space with a great shimmy before curling it into the top corner.

Whaley Bridge never gave up but Pilks managed the pressure well and as the game closed Sephton had a chance to get on the score sheet. Mason Ryan?s divine pass with the outside of his foot found Sephton who rounded the keeper but somehow he recovered to touch Sephton?s shot onto the post.

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Full-Time: Whaley Bridge Athletic 1-4 Pilkington

Managers’ MOM:It’s always difficult to ignore a player who scores an hat-trick but in all honestly Matty had one of his quieter games which just goes to illustrate the quality he has. For us, our MOM was Ben Maddocks. Hewas all over the pitch filling in where needed andbreaking down their play – that gave us the confidence and basis to take the game to them and get the win.

Managers’Comments:
Not only are weabsolutely made up to get a win in our first gamebut also in the manner that we got it. The lads showed great character and real determination against physicalopposition.Theycarried out the game plan to perfectionand we will only get better as we have time to work with them.

 

Management Trio appointed
Category Club News
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Description: The club has appointed Dave Murphy, Peter Edwards and Ste Palfrey as caretaker managers of Pilkington FC until the end of the season following Nick Matthew?s departure. They take charge with the team 5th in the Cheshire League Premier Division, ahead of their trip to Whaley Bridge on Saturday. Matthews left the club with immediate … Continue reading Management Trio appointed   more...

The club has appointed Dave Murphy, Peter Edwards and Ste Palfrey as caretaker managers of Pilkington FC until the end of the season following Nick Matthew?s departure. They take charge with the team 5th in the Cheshire League Premier Division, ahead of their trip to Whaley Bridge on Saturday.

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Matthews left the club with immediate effect by mutual consent after Saturday?s draw with Eagle Sports.

Chairman Jimmy Woodyer has said that he will take his time over the appointmentand does not expect to have a new management team in before the end of the season.

“I?ll take all the time I need tofind the right team and I won’t confirm anything until the end of the season.?

?I?d like to thank Nick Matthews for everything he has done to progress the club and especially for his effortsin helping us to gain promotion last season.?

The trio will work with Danny Hughes and ‘Reggie’ Healy who will continue as Reserve Team managers.

Pilks left disappointed
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Knutsford FC 2-2 Pilkington FC Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 25th August 2018 Pilks travelled to the impressive Knutsford FC on Saturday, one of the best set-ups in the Cheshire League. They started the game brightly with half chances falling to Luke Sephton and Deklan Hill. Both sides played football the right way and the … Continue reading Pilks left disappointed   more...

Knutsford FC 2-2 Pilkington FC
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 25th August 2018

Pilks travelled to the impressive Knutsford FC on Saturday, one of the best set-ups in the Cheshire League. They started the game brightly with half chances falling to Luke Sephton and Deklan Hill. Both sides played football the right way and the game was flowing end to end but neither side produced any clear chances.

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On 30 mins a defensive mix up between Jack Gibney and goalkeeper Sam Tickle allowed Knutsford to take the lead. A back pass to Tickle was controlled well, but his clearance somehow hit the incoming Gibney and it fell to the Knutsford centre forward who rolled it into an unguarded net.

Pilkington nearly equalised right away as Matty Taylor and Steve Williams combined well. Williams smashed his shot near post from 10 yards out but the Knutsford goalkeeper made a fantastic save! Moments later at the back post somehow Paul Bowes never made contact with the ball and Knutsford scrambled the it away.

Half-time: Knutsford FC 1-0 Pilkington FC

Pilks started the second half brightly, moving the ball forward quicker and along the deck. The equaliser came on 50 mins when a great run by Sephton was turned home at the back post by Hill. Pilks were definitely the better side and duly went ahead on 60 mins. A great through ball was met by Taylor who controlled the ball well and beat 2 players before the third upended him in the box… Penalty!

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After some discussions on the pitch, last seasons top goal scorer, Sephton stepped up and sent the kepper the wrong way – scoring a deserved 1st goal of the season.

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There looked like only one winner in the game as Pilks pressed towards getting a third.. but as we know in football, games can change. With 15 mins left a long ball forward was dealt with by the Pilks defence but the corner was met by the unmarked Knutsford man, he headed back across goal and the ball took an age to go in. Young Tickle tried his best but it went into the far corner, with Knutsford men sliding in on the back post.

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Pilks pressed again for a winner but couldn?t open up a resilient Knutsford defence. A disappointing end to a very entertaining game.

Full-Time: Knutsford 2-2 Pilkington

Manager’s M.O.M.
Jack Gibney had a good game as did Sepho, but my M.O.M today goes to Ben Maddocks who slotted into the centre-back role, he looked composed and assured throughout, his pace was an extra bonus.

Manager’s Comment:
A very disappointing 2 goals to concede today, both were avoidable. Although we played some good football at times, I have no doubt that a team is going to be on the receiving end of a thumping from us. The team is beginning to gel nicely, Rome wasn?t built in a day, I would have hoped to have more points on the board but we move on to the next one.

Match photos can be viewed on our Facebook page:http://goo.gl/DWenm2

Injury-time defeat
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Eagle Sports FC 1-0 Pilkington FC Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 18th August 2018 Late withdrawals from Skipper Neil Hulme who was ill and a hamstring problem with Ben Maddocks caused a reshape to the whole starting XI, adding to this the late arrival of the kit meant that this dayended as bad as it … Continue reading Injury-time defeat   more...

Eagle Sports FC 1-0 Pilkington FC
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 18th August 2018

Late withdrawals from Skipper Neil Hulme who was ill and a hamstring problem with Ben Maddocks caused a reshape to the whole starting XI, adding to this the late arrival of the kit meant that this dayended as bad as it started.

With Jordan Slater, making his first start for the club, looking composed at full-back and young keeper Sam Tickle also making his debut in between the sticks, Pilks started well and created a couple of half chances within the first few minutes.

5 mins in and Deklan Hill clashed with the Eagle Captain, the Eagle player retaliated with a kick out, that both the ref and linesman failed to see. After a decent first 25 mins Pilks got pulled into a dog-fight and despite Steven Williams causing a few problems down the left flank, the first half just fizzled out

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Half-time: Eagle Sports FC 0-0 Pilkington FC

A forced substitution at half-time for Pilks with Joel Richardson off and Matty Taylor on, meant that the 3 usual centre midfield players were all now missing. It was always going to be an uphill struggle against a very physical team but the best chances in the half fell to Taylor and Miguel Gillam.

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Fristly, Gillam didn?t react quick enough at the back post with the goal gaping and then blazed over the bar at close range. Pilks suffered a further two injuries as both Paul Bowes and Adam Dixon both left the field of play early, which resulted in resulting in them ending the game with 10 men.

Mason Ryan caused panic with a free-kick that the Eagle Keeper managed to scramble clear and then Taylor smashed a volley over the bar from 10 yards out with time running out.

As the game entered the 95th minute, Pilks had a corner that was cleared and somehow the Eagle no.10 broke clear, Luke Sephton chased back and made what the officials deemed an untimely challenge, the linesman flagged for the foul and even more disappointingly a Penalty! The Eagle captain stepped up and smashed the penalty home. A very disappointing end to a game that Pilksdeserved at least a point in.

Managers M.O.M:
I thought Jordan Slater deserved to get it, he worked hard in an unfamiliar position , he has been patient sitting on the side lines for a few weeks, but definitely took his opportunity well.

Managers Comments
If I?m honest then this was a disappointing and hard result to take. It was always going to be difficult when you lose two players like Hulme and Maddocks. I?m not going to use that as an excuse as I still felt we had enough to beat Eagle Sports and we created the best chances in the game. The hardest part of the defeat was in my opinion the scorer of the 95th min penalty. The player could have been sent off earlier in the game for aiming a kick at Deklan Hill, the ref and liner were 10 yards away and both were looking at the incident. The same liner then flagged for the 95th min penalty. We dust ourselves down and go again in the derby vs FC St.Helens on Tuesday.

Pilks rocked at home
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington FC 0-4 Poynton FC Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 11th August 2nd league game of the season saw the visit of Poynton, the game was very scrappy early on and within 25 mins Pilkington?s had to substitute talisman forward L.Sephton, who had been suffering from a virus. The game went down hill from this … Continue reading Pilks rocked at home   more...

Pilkington FC 0-4 Poynton FC
Cheshire League Premier Division, Saturday 11th August

2nd league game of the season saw the visit of Poynton, the game was very scrappy early on and within 25 mins Pilkington?s had to substitute talisman forward L.Sephton, who had been suffering from a virus. The game went down hill from this point on. Poynton scored after some poor Pilkington defending, but on play deserved their lead.

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Half-time: Pilkington FC 0:1 Poynton FC

Within 3 mins of the restart, the half time team talk was undone as the Poynton midfielder pumped a long straight ball in between Campbell and Ryan and the lively winger nipped in and finished well into the far corner. 0:2 and an uphill battle! 0:2 was soon 0:3 when the Poynton midfielder used Campbell as a wall and bent the ball round him from just outside the box, Pilkington keeper Norton didn?t even move as the ball flew past him. Poynton then scored a fourth…. Pilkington changed the shape but the game was over as a contest. Pilkington finished the game strong but in truth the best team won on the day.

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Full-time: Pilkington FC 0:4 Poynton FC

Managers Comments.
?A very disappointing result , but it was the performance that was more disappointing , we started badly , we were poor defensively as a team, our ball retention was awful. We played well below my expectations today and improvement has to be made. Its early doors and we are still finding our feet so I hope for some kind of response in our next game. Credit to Poynton; who looked like a well organised team.

Managers MOM:?
Its a very hard decision to make this week as we were that bad; but I will name Skipper N.Hulme as M.O.M as he never stopped running and certainly did not down tools.

Pilks get off to a winning start
Category 2018-19 Match Report, Match Report
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Description: Pilkington FC 2-0 Crewe FC Cheshire Premier Division, Saturday 4th August 2018 4th August saw us set out for our first Cheshire FL Premier Division game of the season against Crewe FC. Only 4 starters from last season?s promotion winning team started with debuts given to Hulme, Bowes, Norton, Ryan, Lightfoot, Richardson and Hill; Hulme … Continue reading Pilks get off to a winning start   more...

Pilkington FC 2-0 Crewe FC
Cheshire Premier Division, Saturday 4th August 2018

4th August saw us set out for our first Cheshire FL Premier Division game of the season against Crewe FC.

Only 4 starters from last season?s promotion winning team started with debuts given to Hulme, Bowes, Norton, Ryan, Lightfoot, Richardson and Hill; Hulme was given the Pilkington?s armband.
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The game started off very slow, with little action in the first 15 minutes as both teams failed to get control of the game. The 33rd min was Pilks first real chance and it came from a marauding run down the left wing by Ryan. His cross was handled by the Crewe FC player leaving the referee with no alternative to reward a penalty.

Up stepped former Maghull skipper Richardson who cooly slotted home the Penalty for his first Goal in a Pilkington shirt.
5 mins later, Sephton had a great chance cleared off the line; He ran onto a through ball from McGrath, rounded the keeper and his shot from a tight angle was goal bound until the big Crewe no5 cleared his lines.

Half-time: Pilkington FC 1-0 Crewe FC (Richardson 33 mins)

Pilks started the second half much better, with the midfield quartet of Hulme, Richardson, McGrath and Maddocks starting to get the battle in the centre of the park won. This allowed full-backs Ryan and Dixon to get forward more often.

On 65mins, Pilks brought on Taylor in place of Hill and he got on the ball rightaway and played a good through ball for Sephton. The Crewe FC keeper came out well to clear, resulting in a collision with Sephton; he was able to get up and jog off gingerly.

A mistake in the Pilks Midfield gave Crewe FC their only real chance of the game, Norton made a great save, but it fell for the forward to tap home the rebound; luckily for Pilks though he was in an offside position.

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The chance spurred on the Pilks lads and they went up the other end and scored the 2nd goal of the afternoon. Good interchanged passing down the Pilks left resulted in panic by the Crewe FC defence and a pass back to the keeper was picked up resulting in an indirect freekick being given just to the right of the Crewe FC 6 yard box. Sephton and Ryan stood over the ball and Sephton squared it to Ryan who smashed the ball into the top corner of the net!

Full-time: Pilkington FC 2-0 Crewe FC (Richardson 33, Ryan 72)

Managers Comments;
Personally I did not think we played that well today, thought we were wasteful in possession of the ball, our decision making at times was poor; but overall I was pleased with how we defended as a team, its always nice to keep a clean sheet; if asked at 15:00 what I wanted from the game; I would have taken a clean sheet and 3pts. I thought all the new lads fitted in well to the system we played.

Managers M.O.M
MasonRyan was superb throughout, great energy, his cross won us the pen and his free-kick sealed the points; Hewill only get better the fitter he gets.

Managerial Appointments
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Description: The Club would like to welcome Nick Matthews as the new First Team Manager. Nick Matthews has been appointed First Team Manager after Ste Palfrey stepped down at the Club?s AGM on Saturday. Stalwart Manager Ste Palfrey commented ?Now that the dust has settled after such a great season that saw us gain promotion it … Continue reading Managerial Appointments   more...

The Club would like to welcome Nick Matthews as the new First Team Manager.

Nick Matthews has been appointed First Team Manager after Ste Palfrey stepped down at the Club?s AGM on Saturday.

Stalwart Manager Ste Palfrey commented ?Now that the dust has settled after such a great season that saw us gain promotion it is the right time to announce something that most people in the Club knew anyway. So much time recently has been taken up with steering the first team to promotion and unfortunately due to work commitments I feel that at the moment I can?t give the hours needed to further give the Club the success it deserves.?

?I would like to thank the Reserve and Youth Team management teams, the Chairman and the Committee for backing me ? we have a small group but a very hardworking one that is relentless in moving the club forward. This has been a difficult decision but one I feel is right for the Club. Having played for the club since I was 17 and been a Manager for 12 years it highlights how much the club means to me.?

?When I took over the first team for the second time at the start of the 2015/16 season the Club was in turmoil. We had no real structure to the Committee and went down to one team where I could barely get together 11 lads to play on a Saturday. The progress over the last three seasons has been phemonenal. Jimmy (Woodyer) came in as the Chairman, we have moved to a brand new 3G stadium and created a long-term plan to progress to the North-West Counties and beyond. We now have 2 very strong senior sides competing in the Cheshire League, Youth, Vet?s team and Women?s teams plus a thriving Junior Section that will grow year on year. Jimmy presented our ambitious plans for the Club at the AGM on Saturday and I am by no means moving away totally. I will be working closely with Jimmy to ensure everything progresses both on and off the field.?

Ste Palfrey, who has played over 450 games as well as managed 326 games had a strong managerial record having steered his teams to a top 3 finish or above 7 out of the 12 seasons he managed – winning 2 cups, 1 league title and finishing runner-up twice along the way.

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?Finally I?d like to thank the players over the past few seasons and to win a cup and gain promotion with this group of lads has been fantastic. I?ve worked with some of the best players that are around this area, who could have gone and played higher but they are sticking with this club and I can?t thank them enough for their support and belief in what we can achieve.?

?I personally brought Nick to the Club in the middle of last season and it was always my intention to hand over the reigns to him. We all feel it is a very strong appointment as well as a statement of our intention to progress into the North West Counties.?

Nickhas vast experience of the counties level having been an Assistant Manager at Atherton LR FC, St Helens Town FC, Widnes FC and Burscough FC. In 2015/16, he was appointed joint manager of St Helens Town FC and took them to the verge of the play-offs and was also part of the very successful Widnes management team that won the North West Counties Division One title in 2016/17.

?I was approached by Ste Palfrey just after my disappointing exit from Burscough – where I?d claimed 19pts from 10 games ? to see if I?d look at helping out. I then met with the Club Chairman, Jimmy Woodyer and the conversation was great ? the ideas and vision he has for the Club gave me an easy decision to join this ambitious club.?

?The Club?s facilities and infrastructure is fantastic and in many ways better than some clubs at an higher level. Our objective is to get the Club in the North West Counties as soon as possible, there?s a lot of people who work hard behind the scenes and it?s mine and my coaching staff?s job to get the rewards on the pitch.?

?This Club has a history of developing local players and my aim is to recruit the best lads within a radius from 15 miles from Ruskin. So I would say to anyone who wants to be part of this great journey come down to our pre-season training sessions and see what we are all about.?

Nick will appoint further people to his backroom staff very soon. ?Reg? Healy will remain part of Nick?s backroom staff with his role seeing him being the buffer between the first and reserve team squads. Reserve Team Assistant Manager, Jamie Dickson also stepped down to concentrate on his role as Junior Chairman and will be replaced by Reggie and Youth Team Managers Peter Edwards and Neil Leyland. Current Reserve Team Manager, Andy Vaughton remains in this role as well as taking over the Youth Team duties on a Sunday.

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