Ossett Town start pre-season with Pontefract win

Former Doncaster and Morecambe striker Jason Price has joined Ossett Town.
Former Doncaster and Morecambe striker Jason Price has joined Ossett Town.

Ossett Town got their pre-season campaign off to the perfect start on Tuesday with a solid 2-0 win away at Pontefract Collieries.

Just two players from last season’s squad started in Town’s new-look team, as new signing Jason Price got on the scoresheet in his first appearance in a Town shirt.

Having tested the home keeper on a number of occasions, Town finally took the lead mid-way through the first half as Price flicked the ball home after his first effort had been saved.

The visitors used the second period to try out a number of new players, and it was substitute Gareth Grant who netted their second goal, forcing home at the second attempt.

Town boss Craig Elliott will have been pleased to see goalscoring debuts from his two recent signings this week.

As well as bringing in forward Gareth Grant from Farsley, Elliott pulled off the signing of Jason Price from Prestatyn Town in the Welsh Premier League, subject to international clearance.

Both men were on target against Pontefract, and Elliott said: “They are both probably a little behind in fitness at the minute but I was delighted to see both of them score on their debuts.

“They both showed glimpses of their class, particular Jason’s finish you could see the quality he has.”

Ossett Town played Liversedge last night in their second friendly, and will travel to Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday.

Ossett Albion got their pre-season programme underway last week with two friendly matches.

Albion started with a 1-0 away win at Maltby Main on Thursday, before slipping to a narrow home defeat by the same scoreline to Guiseley on Saturday.

Despite contending with sweltering heat and a sub-par pitch at Maltby, Albion dominated the match as their squad of 21 players got a good run-out.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 70th minute as Kurtis Noble won a penalty which was expertly converted by defender Tyrone Gay.

Albion carried that good for into the clash with Conference North side Guiseley as they dominated proceedings early on without finding the breakthrough.

New signings Ryan Harrison from Farsley and Nick Black from Bardley FC were impressive as the hosts looked for back-to-back wins.

A raft of signings at half-time affected Albion’s momentum, and Gusieley took the lead with a slice of luck 15 minutes from time when James Burgess latched onto a ricochet to confidently slot past Adam Rhodes.

Albion’s next match will at home to Evo-Stik Premier Division club Matlock Town at 3pm on Saturday.

Wakefield FC have had a slow start to their pre-season campaign after suffering back-to-back defeats.

Wakefield were beaten 2-0 by a classy Bradford Park Avenue side on Saturday, July 13, before going down 1-0 away to Athersley Recreation last Saturday, Jamie Sutton with the only goal of the match.

Wakefield faced an away game against Beeston St Anthony’s last night and on will tomorrow travel to Wigan Robin Park for their fourth friendly, kick-off at 3pm.

The club will finish their pre-season schedule with a home clash against League Two Chesterfield on Saturday, August 10, ahead of the start of the new Evo-Stik Northern Premier season.

Wakefield’s league campaign begins with a trip to Radcliffe Borough on Saturday, August 17 as they look for a first win in 20 league games.

Ossett Albion get their season underway with a home fixture against Bamber Bridge, while Ossett Town make the journey to Prescot Cables on opening day.