News Round L2

January 29, 2014


WEBWATCH: Ken Masters

With the season into the second half, many clubs will be taking stock of their situations moving forward to May. I found the following leading L2 stories on the web last week.

Accrington Stanley have been fined £20,000 after manager James Beattie was found to be in breach of coaching qualification regulations. Reported on the site goes on to say that Beattie, appointed by the club in May, did not have a Uefa B licence when he took the job and has subsequently failed to gain the qualification. Football League rules require managers of clubs in League One and League Two to have a UEFA B licence and be working towards a UEFA A licence within three years of their appointment. A statement on the Football League website read: “A Football Disciplinary Commission (FDC) has fined Accrington Stanley £20,000 for breaching Football League Regulations regarding manager coaching qualifications.”

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has admitted that Andy Frampton could miss the next two months of the season with a shoulder injury. Sports Mole report the centre-back, who has been described as “immense” by Ardley, suffered the injury in Saturday’s draw with Scunthorpe United.

Bury boss David Flitcroft has not ruled out more departures as he bids to trim down his squad further. This from the Bury Times: “The Shakers manager released five players last week, including former captain Gareth Roberts and first-team striker Shaun Harrad.” West Country fans will recall Harrad enjoying a productive loan spell at Cheltenham Town last season. Cheltenham form has slipped of late. The Robins suffered their third defeat in succession after another poor home display against Accrington Stanley.

Portsmouth’s match at Chesterfield has been moved from Saturday, March 1st to Monday, March 3rd with a 7:45pm kick-off time so it can be televised by Sky Sports. Pompey’s massive following are not happy it seems. This from

No doubt the regular travelling Pompey fans will be absolutely delighted with the news as they’ll now have to book Monday (and probably Tuesday) off work (if they can) to watch their team play at the Proact Stadium for the first time.”

Dagenham and Redbridge are seeing changes to their front line. BBC Sport report that Conference Premier side Aldershot have signed striker Josh Scott on a deal to the end of the season. The 28-year-old parted company with the Daggers last week after scoring 23 goals in 112 games for the London club. Peterborough United have agreed a fee with the Daggers for 23 year-old striker Rhys Murphy, according to local web reports. Murphy is a former Arsenal youth team player who has been capped at England Under 16, under 17 and under levels. He has also played for Ireland Under 21s.

Western Morning News report Exeter City have been left counting the cost of a second postponement this month, as a torrential downpour put paid to their League Two encounter with Morecambe at St James’ Park on Saturday 18th. Despite heavy overnight rain, the game never looked in doubt right up until about 1pm. But when a heavy, unrelenting deluge broke out at around that time, it quickly drenched the pitch. As a result, match referee Andy D’Urso held an inspection and the game was officially called off just 75 minutes before kick-off, and with the Morecambe players already in the changing room.

Good news from Newport County. The Exiles report on their official site that Byron Anthony continues his rehabilitation after being given the go ahead to resume training by medical experts. After nearly 6 months out with a double fracture to both the tibia and fibula, Byron resumed full training last week. Many months of hard work, rehabilitation and being a consummate professional will see Byron returning nearly 3 months earlier than anticipated.

Wycombe’s second derby of the season against cross-county rivals Oxford United has come and gone, with this time yet another home loss to add to our ever-increasing troubles with serious thoughts as to whether Wanderers can avoid the drop into non-league football, so reports Weblog . Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was left feeling confused and dazed according to the report.

Plymouth Argyle have made progress this season, but there is still much for them to improve on, manager John Sheridan has admitted to The Herald web. The Pilgrims were unbeaten in five League Two games until they lost 3-0 away to promotion-chasing Rochdale; more Devon news from Teamtalk. Crewe’s Thierry Audel is set to go on trial at Torquay ahead of a proposed loan move, his parent-club have confirmed. Gulls manager Chris Hargreaves will cast his eye over the 27-year-old during a short stay on the south west coast before deciding whether to make a loan move for the former Auxerre youth player.

Finally, The Press says York boss Nigel Worthington believes his inform forwards Wes Flether and Ryan Bowman are striking fear into opposition teams despite the 0-0 home draw with Bristol Rovers. Well, I was there as usual and I really can’t imagine our keeper and back four frightened of anyone at this level.



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