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St Martins U18 Registration

Reminder to this years Oswestry Boys FC U16’s and Ellesmere Rangers U16’s who’s players are invited along to the Venue, Parkhall this Wednesday to meet and greet our new Under 18’s and First Team managers. This will be the first opportunity for U18’s players to sign-up for next seasons squad and look at the plans for the coming pre-season friendlies, tournaments and training schedule.

Contact Ande Joseph, Paddy Harrington or Aaron Allen for more info.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

*Regestration event starts at 7:30*

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Paul Moore Appointed First Team Manager

St. Martins Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Moore as first team manager.

 

Paul is an ex professional footballer at Hull City and Portsmouth who had his professional career cut short by injury. He went on to play semi-professionally afterwards. Paul holds a UEFA A License and he started his coaching career at Macclesfield Town, with roles at Manchester City and The FA also. His management career has seen him at Congleton, Leek Town, Warrington, Clitheroe, Colwyn Bay and Northwich Vics.

 

General Manager Craig Rogers said on the Appointment “Paul impressed the interviewing panel from the moment he walked in. You could see he had a real passion for football but was very grounded and believed in the right values and cultures around a club. To have a manager of Paul’s calibre wanting to work with us isn’t an opportunity we wanted to let us pass by. Holding a UEFA A license, attention to detail, understanding the clubs position in our development and wanting to help the club where huge attractions to us and his experience of managing at a higher level will hopefully see Paul have a real positive impact on our club moving forward. We are excited to get working together and hope to continue our progress as a club moving forward.”

Paul said:

“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to manage at St Martins FC.

The club impressed me with the professional approach and after meeting with the club officials it is evident that they want to move the club in the right direction at the right kind of pace.

St Martins is a new chapter and I believe with my experience and commitment we can make positives strides in the up and coming season.

I am really looking forward to meeting the players and getting started.”

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CLUB STATEMENT – FIRST TEAM MANAGER

The committee of St. Martins Football Club can confirm that we have accepted the resignation of first team manager Dan Stevens.

We achieved a very credible eleventh placed finish and county cup semi-final for our first season in the North West Counties Football League under Dan’s guidance.

As a committee, we would like to place on record our thanks to Dan after we have witnessed a fantastic style of football since Dan’s appointment in December 2016, as well as picking up the league cup trophy in our last season with the West Midlands League. Dan was also instrumental in our application for Step 6 football and entering the FA Vase for the first time in our History.

We are thankful for Dan in joining us at a very difficult time in the clubs grand history and Dan will always be welcome back at the club.

Further announcements on the first team manager position will be made in due course.

The Committee

St. Martins Football Club

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Vice-Chairman: End of Season Reflection

As a Fan, Ex-player, Manager and current Vice Chairman of St. Martin’s FC I take pride whilst reflecting on the conclusion of the club’s first season in the North West Counties League Division One South, playing at level six in the Football Leagues pyramid system, the highest level in the club’s long and illustrious history’. All those associated with the club were cautiously predicting at the beginning of the season, that we would have deemed to have succeeded by maintaining a place in the League. It was with great surprise and delight therefore, that we were able to view the club’s name sitting proudly at the top of the League on the 9thOctober 2018 having accrued 25 points after playing 13 games and already having beaten some of the anticipated high flyers of the league.      

Up until Christmas of 2018, St. Martins FC maintained a place in the top six of a league that included big clubs such as Rylans, Vauxhall Motors, Sandbach United, Abbey HaltonUnited, Stockport, Wythenshawe Town and FC OswestryTown. The club was more than holding its own, and were playing their most attractive football often away from home, the players appearing to relish the challenge that they hadclearly risen to. 

Player number 9, Karl Bailey celebrates the goal he scoredthat took his team into a two goal lead v Bridgnorth Town in the Simi-final of the TJ Vickers Shropshire Premier Cup. Credit: Ben Cuerden

This high-flying start to the season was even more remarkable as the club had suffered some serious injuries to several players in the pre-season friendly games however this plague of injuries returned pre-Christmas, alongside several player suspensions but the club wasn’t able to respond to this dilemma as well as they had at the beginning of the seasonresulting in a difficult period where they lost more games than they won, however they rallied against all the odds and were proud of their progression to the semi-final of the TJ Vickers Shropshire Premier Cup with impressive performances defeating Wem Town, Wellington and Shawbury in their pathway to the semi-final. They came desperately close to clinching a place in the TJ Vickers Shropshire County Premier Cup final but lost in a sudden death penalty shoot-out to AFC Bridgnorth following an extra time that they had to play with ten men after keeper George Austin left the pitch injured leaving centre forward Tom Ash as the emergency keeper, the club having used the allocated number of substitutes. 

This season has been exciting and the challenge of playing at a higher level has been more than achieved as the players have excelled at times. The dip in form that we experienced was influenced massively by the loss of certain influential players though injury. In retrospect we can reflect with considerable pride upon the progress that St. Martins FC has achieved this season as we anticipate a mid-table finish in the North West Counties League in our first season playing at this level, whilst applying for the opportunity to play in the FA Cup next season and looking forward to the creation of a Under 18 Youth Team. 

Personally I have been motivated by the challenges that playing in the North West Counties League has presented and delighted by the fascination of visiting new stadiums and meeting new people whilst sharing our pre-occupation with this wonderful thing that is called football.  

As we approach the conclusion of season 2018-19, I would like to say a big thank you to all our fans and sponsors without who’s support the club would not be able function. The committee members and support staff have proven their worth yet again through good times and bad but I would like to thank all the players who have performed so well again this season, playing some very attractive football, against some very good teams so finally I would like to thank our Manager, Dan Stevens, who is to be commended for taking the club to this level of football. 

Best wishes 

Les Williams 

Vice Chairman of St. Martins FC

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GUEST DAY 2019 – Stans Superstore

As we prepare for our final game of the season, we’d like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, Stans Superstore in St Martins, for promoting our guest day as we aim to finish the season on a high!

We’d love to see everyone at our fun and football filled day to help support the Saints one last time this season!

🆚 Alsager Town

📆 27/04/19

⏰ 15:00

🏟 The Venue, SY11 4AS

🏆 League

🎫 £5 Adults/ £2 Concessions

📰 £12.00

GUEST DAY

⏰12:00

📍The Venue Guest Hall

🎫 £5

🤹🏻‍♂️ Entertainment

🛍 Stalls

🍟 Buffet

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 3-2 Oswestry Town

The venue hosted a special night under the lights as St Martins faced Oswestry in a local derby which lived up to its name as the game finished 3-2 with late drama.

First half:

The first half started quickly as it was a fairly quiet start but then suddenly in the 13th minute Oswestry opened the scoring after some good work was done down the right hand side, a dangerous ball was whipped into David Howarth who got himself some space and placed a decent header into the top right hand corner. The game was then quite tight as both teams were evenly matched in the middle of the field but both team were resistant; although the saints did grab chances where they could and our first chance fell to Tawanda Melusi who found himself with some space on the edge of the box, hit it first time but it was always rising and went over the bar. It wasn’t long after this that the saints capitalised on the chances they were creating as in the 37th minute the saints played some very nice one touch football to build up a low cross into the box which Karl Bailey got himself onto unmarked, hit it first time into the bottom right hand corner to level the playing field and make it 1-1 going into half time.

Second half:

The second half carried on from the first as the saints carried on their momentum from the end of the first half and looked very positive as they pressed well and looked to create some chances but nothing too prominent. Then the saints really started applying the pressure as they won a corner after some good play and it was a short corner, taken quickly by Tawanda Melusi who lay it off for Calum Bennet on his favoured left foot to whip it in first time and find the head of a looming Stuart dickin who grabbed our second with a very well placed header and give the saints the lead in the 72nd minute. The lead was shortly lived though as Oswestry equalised only two minutes later in the 74th minute as Liam Parry did some nice work from a counter to square it across to Louis moss to rolled it into an open net to equalise. The game then began to get a lot more competitive than it already was as both teams seemed desperate to get all three points as both teams were working hard late on; then in the 93rd minute in true derby drama style a high ball was lofted into the box which found it’s way to Karl Bailey who grabbed his second and St Martins’ third and what turned out to be the winner in injury time and The Saints walked away with a well fought three points.

Written By Liam Vaughan.

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 3-3 AFC Bridgnorth

St Martins came desperately close to clinching a place in the T J Vickers Shropshire County Cup Semi Final, but lost out in a sudden death penalty shoot out to AFC Bridgnorth.

In a cracking cup tie at the Shrewsbury Sports Village, the Saints raced into a two goal lead through goals from Jordan Davies and Karl Bailey, but Bridgnorth came from behind to lead 3-2

Jay Stoker’s penalty then levelled for Saints to bring the score back to 3-3 and took the game into extra time, but they had to play the added 30 minutes without goalkeeper George Ashton, who was injured in a clash at the end of 90 minutes.

Centre forward Tom Ash took over in goal, but with no further scoring the game had to be decided on penalties, and it was the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division side who progressed, winning the shoot out 8-7.

St Martins General Manager Craig Rogers said:

“We started the game well, were on the front foot and the better side. But as soon as they scored shortly before half time, it drained the confidence out of us a bit.

“They got a couple of penalties and it went to 3-2, and then when we did well to get back to 3-3 we lost our goalkeeper.

“To be fair our centre forward Tom Ash did really well in goal during extra time. We probably should be in the final, but we’re not.

“Their goalkeeper was quite impressive tonight, we just didn’t get the breaks we needed and that’s football.

*Article from the Hallmark Security League website*

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 2-6 New Mills

ST MARTINS 2-6 NEW MILLS
HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 SOUTH
PLAYED AT PARK HALL STADIUM, OSWESTRY
SATURDAY 30TH MARCH 2019
MATCH REPORT BY ‘STATTO’
After suffering their 3rd straight league defeat with a 2-3 loss away to Cheadle Heath Nomads the previous Saturday, St Martins took their losing run to 4 games as they crashed to a very disappointing 2-6 home defeat by New Mills in their Hallmark Security League Division 1 South clash at Park Hall Stadium on Saturday.
Saints had gone into the game in 10th place in the table 4 points behind 9th placed Cheadle Heath Nomads with both 8th placed Abbey Hulton United and 7th placed Sandbach United a further 7 points ahead with Abbey Hulton ahead on goal difference.
Meanwhile, New Mills went into the game on the back of 2 straight league defeats which had left them in 18th place out of 20 in the table, level on points with 17th placed Cammell Laird 1907 but behind on goal difference and having played 2 games more than Lairds.
Saints got off to a flying start by taking the lead after just 97 seconds when a stray forward pass by New Mills defender Tom Russell in the centre circle on the visitors’ right was intercepted by Calum Williams, who took a touch before sending a low forward diagonal ball to George Durrell on the right.  He took a touch before sending a low through ball to Jordan Davies outside the right hand corner of the box, whose flighted cross into the middle found Shawn Melusi who sent his header from 6 yards into New Mills keeper Stuart Morrison’s top left hand corner.
New Mills equalised in the 17th minute when Luke Hincks’ free kick from the left to the far post saw Ben Bevan pulled down in the box by Saints defender Jack Bates, Stoke on Trent referee Dan Parkes said penalty and after the fuss died down, Joe Rothwell stepped up to fire the resulting spot kick into Saints keeper George Austin’s left hand corner.
Saints were forced into their first substitution in the 18th minute when the injured Davies was replaced by Andrew Flann.
New Mills went 2-1 up in the 33rd minute when Dan Vinten’s long ball over the top on the left was missed by Saints defender Stuart Dickin and found the lively Remeece Brown, who ran infield and took an over-committed touch with the ball coming off his left foot to the suspiciously offside-looking Georgi Whyment on the penalty spot who fired his right foot shot from 12 yards into Austin’s left hand corner.
It was 3-1 in the 39th minute when Hincks’ floated corner from the right to the far post found Liam Delaney who rose highest to send his header from 3 yards with the aid of a deflection off Saints defender Jay Stoker on the goal-line into Austin’s top right hand corner.
Saints pulled a goal back in the 57th minute when Harvey Plimmer’s short corner from the right found Durrell whose first time cross into the middle found Melusi, who sent his header from the edge of the 6 yard box into Morrison’s left hand corner to make it 3-2.
Just 73 seconds later (now in the 58th minute), it was 4-2 when Rothwell’s short corner from the left found Brown who took a touch and made a diagonal run from the left towards the middle of the D before firing his right foot shot from 22 yards into the centre of the net.
Saints made their second change in the 59th minute when Brendon Price came on to replace Flann.
It was 5-2 in the 60th minute when Rothwell’s ball over the top from the right fell to Brown who took a touch before sending his curling left foot shot from 30 yards into Austin’s top right hand corner.
It was 6-2 in the 65th minute when Vinten’s long ball over the top on the left found Rothwell who ran into the left of the box before being shoulder-barged by Bates, referee Parkes said penalty and Brown stepped up to fire the resulting spot kick into Austin’s left hand corner to complete his hat-trick on his debut for the club.
New Mills made their first change in the 66th minute when Jake Dunford came on to replace Hincks before making their second change in the 72nd minute when James Power came on to replace Delaney.
Saints made their final change in the 76th minute when Dan Stevens came on to replace the injured Dickin.
Then deep into the 88th minute, Durrell won a tackle with Adam Cooper on the left of midfield and seemed to clearly get the ball.  However, referee Parkes saw it differently and with Durrell having already been shown a yellow card in the 45th minute, he was shown a second yellow and sent off to leave Saints with 10 men for the final 2 minutes plus added time.
The final blast of referee Parkes’ whistle after 1 minute and 12 seconds of added time at the end brought the game to a close and confirmed Saints’ worst defeat of the season.
Saints: George Austin, Jack Bates, Calum Bennett, Calum Williams, Jay Stoker, Stuart Dickin, Jordan Davies, George Durrell, Karl Bailey, Shawn Melusi, Harvey Plimmer.  Subs: Brendon Price (for Andrew Flann 59), Andrew Flann (for Davies 18), Dan Stevens (for Dickin 76).
New Mills: Stuart Morrison, Adam Cooper, Dan Vinten, Tom Russell, Ben Bevan, Liam Delaney, Robbie Swallow, Luke Hincks, Georgi Whyment, Joe Rothwell, Remeece Brown.  Subs: Jordan Pendlebury (for Brown 74), Jake Dunford (for Hincks 66), James Power (for Delaney 72), Dan Tweedie (not used), Ben Parkinson (not used).