Pre-Season Progress

With Darren Byfield quite rightly emphasising  that performances are more important than results Town moved up a gear in their preparations for the new season with two friendlies in three days at the end of last week.

First up was a run-out at Highgate United on Thursday evening with the Gate  having the better of a 3-2 scoreline followed by a 12 noon kick off at Boldmere St Michaels on Saturday which ended 2-2.

With multiple half time changes in each game Town used some 23 players including striker Nabil Shariff who was on target in both matches and who scored a late equaliser against Town for St Neots  back in January, and keeper Dan Jezeph  who was at Tamworth last season having previously spent time as a trainee at both West Bromwich Albion and Walsall

Town’s next scheduled friendly is on Saturday (July 14th) away at Walsall Wood followed by a trip to Coleshill Town two days later before the action moves to the MoodChimp on Wednesday (July 18th) when Town take on EFL League One side Walsall with the game kicking off at 7.45 pm.

F A Youth Cup Draw

The draws for the Preliminary and First Qualifying Rounds of the FA Youth Cup have been announced.

in the Preliminary Round Town have been drawn away to Alvechurch with the tie scheduled to be played in the week beginning Monday September 3rd followed by the winners having a home tie in the First Qualifying Round against Bromsgrove Sporting or Haughmond.

Louis Moves On

For the third successive summer Town are looking for a new keeper after the departure of Louis Connor.

Arriving from Rugby Town this time last year Louis missed only one of Town’s 55 games last term when he was suspended for the final home fixture against Basingstoke Town following his sending-off at Banbury.

He had taken over as Town’s keeper from Niall Cooper who was also only to be at Town for a single season having had the unenviable task of succeeding the legendary Andy Kemp.

Banbury And Hednesford Lose Their Appeals

Both Banbury United and Hednesford Town are reporting that their appeals to the FA against being moved to different Divisions following the resignation of Shaw Lane AFC have been rejected.

Consequently Hednesford will be switched from the Southern League Central Division to replace Shaw Lane in the Northern Premier League and Banbury will move from the Southern League South Division to take Hednesford’s spot in the Central.