Gornal Colts net Sixes ‘Academy’ Deal

Gornal SixesA local junior team has joined forces with a Kingswinford indoor football centre to develop the next generation of footballing talent.

Gornal Colts and Gornal Girls has taken the ambitious decision to create a new academy in partnership with ‘Sixes’ in Ham Lane as part of its 10th birthday celebrations.

The club, which currently operates ten teams made up of over 100 players, will provide a number of special courses and training sessions to get children as young as 3-years old involved in the game.

These will be staffed by experienced FA coaches and utilises Sixes’ two indoor pitches and changing facilities.

Gornal Sixes action pic“This is a really exciting development for our club and provides us with a constant stream of young players, who are well coached and understand the game,” explained Alan Moore, Chairman of Gornal Colts and Gornal Girls.

“Sixes is often the first experience some children get of football so we thought we’d build on our existing relationship with them and formalise a clear progression route into our teams and hopefully into semi-professional or professional clubs.”

He went on to add: “We’ve seen a gradual decline in the number of players wanting to get involved in organised teams, especially on the girls side. Hopefully, this move will be rectify this and enable us to build our club up so we can compete at every age group from under 7s upwards.”

Natural Progression for Gornal Colts

Sukh Johal, Director of Sixes Football Centre, added his support: “We have been involved with Gornal Colts and Gornal Girls for many years so we see this move as a natural progression.

“It also raises our profile in grassroots football, which can only be good for our business. If we can also give a little back by helping develop the next England internationals then all the better!”

Gornal Colts and Gornal Girls were formed in 2005 after breaking away from Gornal Athletic’s youth structure.

It plans to mark its 10th anniversary by exploring new commercial partnerships with local businesses and building relationships with schools and colleges.

Longer term, the club is looking at the possibility of developing its own dedicated sporting facility in Gornal, including full size pitches and ‘3G’ training surfaces.

For further information, please contact either info@sixesfootball.co.uk or Alan.moore@gornalladiesfc.co.uk or visit www.gornalladiesfc.co.uk/development-centre



Kick off a year of sporting memories with Sedgley Local History Society

Dudley-born football legend Duncan Edwards

Local residents will get the opportunity to share their sporting memories this Thursday, January 12, when Sedgley Local History Society kicks off this Olympic year with a series of informative meetings.

Members and visitors are invited to come along to the event at St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley and share their memories of sporting events and personalities connected with the Black Country and further afield. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and everyone is invited to bring along artefacts, photographs, posters and memorabilia or just tell stories about the world of sport.


George Blackham, PR officer for the society, says: “These open evenings usually turn up rarely seen items from family collections as well as providing a chance to hear colourful tales with a Black Country flavour. Start the New Year by sharing your memories and ‘treasures’ at this friendly gathering. Take the chance to relive local rivalries and recall names and venues – the field is wide open.”

The Dudley borough has produced many sporting heroes, including Dudley’s football legend Duncan Edwards, Netherton’s champion jumper Joe Darby and Kidderminster-born tennis star Dorothy Round. There are also many other sporting legends associated with the rest of the Black Country.

In addition to tales of sporting prowess on the night, there will be notes on London’s three Olympic Games and an opportunity to test your knowledge of obscure local sporting links.

Visitors are invited to come along – the cost of admission is just £1.

George adds: “On behalf of Sedgley Local History Society, we’d live to extend our best wishes to everyone in the borough for 2012 – an exceptional year for sport.

“Pop along to the meeting on Thursday. You can be a ‘spectator’ and watch or take part as a ‘player’.”

Visit the society’s website for more information.

Dynamic duo required to help Sedgley White Lions roar

Sedgley White Lions' girls team pictured at an open day in 2009

Sedgley White Lions U13’s boys team is looking to recruit an enthusiastic assistant manager and experienced out-field players to complement existing squad playing in Division One.

All candidates must be committed and dedicated to training twice weekly. Call Steve on 01384 620598 or email Steve on stephen.riese@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

Visit the club’s website for further details.

Goal by Young fixes stubborn Leek

Man of the match - Gornal AFC right-back Richard Young

Leek CSOB 0 Gornal Athletic 1
FA Vase First Round Qualifying

A goal by right-back Richard Young halfway through the second half earned
Gornal a win in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Vase.
Coming fast on the back of two tense cup ties against Rugby Town, Gornal were perhaps inevitably flat and struggled to create many meaningful chances against a stubborn and resolute Leek CSOB side.
Without forwards Cameron Morgan and Calum Martin, Gornal boss Ian Rowe opted to install pacy striker Marvin Nisbett in a lone forward role with support from Dave Meese.
Although Gornal dominated possession in the early stages it was the home
side who created the best of the early first half opportunities, although rarely
was the goal put under intense scrutiny as Nisbett struggled to escape the
attentions of his burley defensive minders.
On 16 minutes William Brown fluffed an excellent opportunity to put Leek
ahead when he shot tamely at James Pemberton while unchallenged and 10 minutes later his effort from a free kick flew wide.
The half hour saw Robin Keates clear on the line from James Brough’s
header at a corner and then a shot by Karl Miller dipped and swerved
agonisingly wide.
As the half reached a close Gornal stepped up the play with Matt Weyman
rampaging down the right and finding Matt Martin who shot just wide before
Young tested keeper Robert Hackney on the cusp of the whistle with a 30
yard free kick.
The second half saw Gornal convert more of the possession into chances with Dave Meese wasting a chance on 55 minutes after excellent work by lone ranger Nisbett and Weyman forcing Hackney into action after a superb pass by centre-half Connor Gater.
Gornal’s pressure finally told on 70 minutes when Young found himself on the edge of the penalty area after a Lee Wherton corner was half cleared by the Leek defense and the full-back unleashed a curling shot which gave Hackney no chance.
Seconds later Brett Barlow narrowly avoided turning into his own net after an excellent probing cross by substitute Kristian Green.
Leek never ceased pressing and with four minutes to go Brough had the best chance to equalise when he superbly controlled a deep Daniel Hyde cross and chipped just over the bar from a tight angle.
Gornal now face Studley in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase away
on Saturday, September 24 (ko 3pm).

Visit the team’s website for more information.


Leek: Robert Hackney; Jack Morgan (Mark Thornley, 85); Adam Grocott;
Samuel Pettitt; Brett Barlow; James Brough; Oliver Mellor (Jake Bowyer, 74); Daniel Hyde (Captain); William Brown (Mark Fox, 68); Karl Miller; Timothy Barrass.
Gornal: James Pemberton; Richard Young; Robin Keates; Connor Gater;
Chris Waterhouse (Captain); Mike Perks; Lee Wherton; Dave Meese; Marvin Nisbett (Jake Morgan, 79); Matt Weyman (Kristian Green, 70); Matt Martin (Danny Ashton, 70).

Woody stands strong for a great Gornal result

Shifnal 3 Gornal Athletic 4 (AET, FT score 3-3)

Full back Pete Wood, who turned goalie to help Gornal take the match

Full back Pete Wood was the hero amongst heroes as he donned the goalkeeper’s jersey, saved a penalty and helped 10-man Gornal into the next round of the FA Cup in a classic Extra Preliminary Round replay.
Wood went between the sticks on 76 minutes when James Pemberton
was perhaps harshly dismissed following a collision with Shifnal forward Chris Henry with the score 2-1 to the visitors.
Wood’s first action was to acrobatically save Stuart Corn’s penalty and deny the home side an equaliser.
It was Gornal who had struck first on 11 minutes when Lee Wherton
lifted the ball over his marker’s head 25 yards out, set himself up and spectacularly volleyed past keeper Dominic Smith from the edge of the area.
Gornal dominated the first half and Calum Martin was unfortunate on
two occasions on 19 and 34 minutes and Dave Meese stung the keeper’s
hands with a freekick just before half-time.
The second half saw the visitors continue where they left off with a
Richard Young shot on 52 minutes parried by Smith just two minutes
before Matt Martin’s free kick whistled just wide.
A rare opening for Shifnal saw Ashley Burd rampage down the right-hand
side and put a shot just wide of the post.
Gornal doubled their lead on the hour when a free kick by Young was
cleverly curled around the Shifnal wall and into the bottom right hand
corner of the net.
Substitute Gareth Horler pulled one back on 63 minutes with an excellent
looping header over Pemberton to make it 2-1.
But nothing could prepare for what was to follow.
First, Pemberton was dismissed, setting up Wood’s heroic save on 72
Then a sustained spell of pressure from Shifnal in a bid to capitalise on
their numerical advantage saw efforts by Adamczyk and Ryan go close.
Eventually the bombardment paid off when, on 87 minutes, Patrick Ellis
snatched an equaliser.
But, on 89 minutes, a handball in the Shifnal area was penalised and Dave
Meese stepped up to thump home to give Gornal a 3-2 lead.
Deep into injury time, a Lee Wherton foul led to a THIRD penalty of
the game and this time Stuart Corns took over penalty taking duties to
squeeze home, despite stand-in custodian Wood bravely getting a hand to
the ball.
Extra time saw Gornal make a mockery of the man disadvantage and
continue to take the game to Shifnal.
On 100 minutes a cross by Young was cleared to the edge of the area
where it met the right foot of Meese who drilled the ball through a
crowded penalty area to give Gornal the lead yet again.
From there on in, it was all hands to deck, as Shifnal sought to find their
way back into the tie.

But despite their best efforts, the organised ranks of the 10-men visitors, marshaled by the stand-in keeper, stood resolute and clung on to give Gornal safe passage to a Preliminary Round tie at Southern League Division One Central side Rugby Town a week on


Shifnal: Dominic Smith; Adam Smith (Andy Thompson, 73); Ashley Burd;
Mike Sheriden (Mark Adamkzyk, 104); Patrick Ellis; George Williams
(Captain); Rhys Adams (Gareth Horler, 45); Stuart Corns; Chris Henry;
Craig Ryan; Tom Griffin.
Gornal: James Pemberton; Richard Young; Pete Wood; John Hill; Chris
Waterhouse; Lee Wherton; Dave Meese; Matt Martin (Kristian Green, 82);
Cameron Morgan (Jake Morgan, 74); Calum Martin; Marvin Nisbett (Robin
Keates, 89).