New season preparations continue for district’s non-league teams

ON THE SCORESHEET: Henry Owen scored for Ossett Albion in their friendly against Matlock Town.
ON THE SCORESHEET: Henry Owen scored for Ossett Albion in their friendly against Matlock Town.

The district’s three Evo-Stik Premier League clubs continued their preparations for the new season by competing in valuable pre-season friendly matches over the weekend.

The new season kicks-off on Saturday, August 17 and Ossett Albion ramped up preparations with a 2-2 draw against Premier Division side Matlock Town at Dimple Wells.

Town dominated the opening 20 minutes but, thanks to the introduction of ex-Farsley man Craig Tonkinson and Jamie Moxon, the hosts soon steadied the ship and looked to be going into half-time on level terms with their higher-division opponents.

That was until Anton Foster stabbed home the opener for Matlock from a goalmouth scramble in first-half stoppage time.

Albion came flying out of the traps in the second half and Nick Black and Kurtis Noble came close before Henry Owen headed in the leveller from close range following a good Albion move down the right.

Parity lasted just a few minutes, however, as Daryll Thomas finished off a superb individual move to restore Matlock’s advantage.

Albion did not throw in the towel and Noble, Black and Moxon all came close to levelling for a second time.

Noble made his next chance count to haul Albion level and, despite chances coming for both sides, that was the way it finished.

Albion visit Liversedge tonight and will turn out two squads on Saturday, with one hosting Frickley Athletic (kick-off 3pm) and one travelling to Armthorpe Welfare (kick-off 2pm).

Wakefield FC bounced back from their 1-0 defeat at Beeston St Anthony’s on Thursday with a 2-1 win at Wigan Robin Park on Saturday.

Bears boss Paul Lines fielded a number of young trial players in both games and will continue to assess them on Saturday when Wakefield visit Atherton Town (kick-off 3pm).

Fernando Moke’s second-half strike was enough to give Ossett Town a slender 1-0 victory at Liversedge on Thursday night.

Town boss Craig Elliott involved 20 players throughout the match, including midfielder Andrew Fox, who made his debut, as they bagged a second win inside a week against Northern Counties East League opposition.

Town’s next match will see boss Elliott return to take on former club Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday night. Town will also face Leeds United U21s at Ingfield on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).