Aarran Racine feels Worthing are on the up and he hopes to reach the National League with the club. The 26-year-old was assistant manager and part of Adam Hinshelwood’s coaching team last season as he recovered from a knee injury. The former Forest Green Rovers captain had hoped for a move to a higher-league club this summer but re-signed for Worthing last week on a one-year deal after a move back up the football pyramid did not work out. Defender Racine, who also coaches with Worthing’s academy, is now fully focused on the season ahead as he looks to get back into the National League. He said: “The club have made it very clear they want to be in the National League and that’s where I want to be back playing. “In an ideal world, hopefully that will be with Worthing. “Everything is in place here. Things have progressed behind the scenes and on the field we looked better each game and each week last year. “The fans come out in their numbers too … [Read more...] about Racine eyes the National League with Worthing
The national league
The Nations League begins in September as England aim to build on the feelgood factor of their World Cup success. Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales also begin the new international cycle with Nations League matches in the autumn. For Gareth Southgate and England , it will be a chance to continue to develop the squad after their fourth place in Russia. Here we explain how the new competition will work. What is the Nations League? The tournament involves all 55 UEFA member countries and aims to replace meaningless friendlies with increased competition. When does the first Nations League tournament take place? It starts in September and continues across the October and November international breaks. The finals will be played in June 2019. What is the tournament format? The 55 competing nations have been placed into four tiers based on their current UEFA ranking and each tier is split into four leagues - A, B, C and D - made up of three or four teams. Between … [Read more...] about What is the Nations League, who do England play and how does it work?
0 Have your say It’s daunting but it’s exciting . . . the 2018-2019 season is a whole new ball game for Peterborough Lions. For the first time they’ll be battling it out every Saturday afternoon in National League Division Two North - the fourth tier of English club rugby.And most of the clubs they’ll be facing will be new opponents - many with formidable past histories.“We’ve come across the Leicester sides before but the rest are all new. There’s lots of long trips ahead, lots of new places to explore and lots of new faces to meet,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore.“Now the fixture list is out and we can see where we are going, we’re all getting excited about what lies ahead.“In some ways it’s scary, but we can’t wait to get started and find out just how good we really are.“It’s always been my dream to get a Peterborough side into the National League and I plan to enjoy every minute … [Read more...] about 2018-2019 FIXTURES: Lions at home for their first two matches in the National League
Centre-half Will Evans is hoping he’s finally found the National League escape tunnel at the Proact Stadium. The big defender, signed this summer, has come agonisingly close to promotion to the Football League in three of the last four seasons.Three unsuccessful National League play-off bids have left the 26-year-old desperate to finally break out of the division.“It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since I dropped out about seven years ago,” he said.“I was on loan at Newport when they went up, then I dropped down into the Conference South and won that and every year since, apart from one, I’ve been in the play-offs. “They’re the worst thing to be honest with you.“The easiest thing is to just go straight up.“I’m desperate to do it.”That desperation was the major driving force behind Evans’ decision to join Martin Allen’s Spireites.“Everyone has ambitions of playing in the Football League, … [Read more...] about Evans hopes he’s finally found the National League escape tunnel
Anthony Johnson says that he saw no better goalkeeper in the National League North than Grant Shenton last season. The 27-year-old stopper signed a one-year deal with Johnson and Bernard Morley's Chester FC on Saturday having recently opted to depart Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Trafford FC. Shenton is a well-known figure to Johnson and Morley having played for the duo at Ramsbottom United, a club where he holds the appearance record with 278 appearances, winning two promotions and keeping 67 clean sheets in the process. The keeper is a player who Johnson and Morley wanted to bring to Salford City last season but, with the desire of the player to remain part-time, it was a deal that never materialised. But with the Blues adopting a part-time model for next season, the duo wasted little time in snapping up their man. "When we went to Salford initially we wanted to take him with us but we already had another lad, Jay Lynch, on the books at the time," said Johnson. "Then we … [Read more...] about ‘We didn’t see a better goalkeeper in the National League North than Shenton’