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Two players that impressed in Rochdale’s win over Bradford City

Rochdale travelled to Bradford City last night in the Leasing.com trophy. Even though they won 2-1, other results in their group have stopped Dale from progressing. However, there was a lot of talent in the squad.

Bradford went 1-0 up last night after 15 minutes. Rochdale then woke up and an equaliser came after 29 minutes.

In an eventful first half, Fabio Tavares also managed to score meaning that Rochdale would win 2-1. The side then managed to keep on top of their win throughout the second half.

Rochdale have been treating this competition as an experiment for their squad. They have been mixing youth team members with experienced players.

It was definitely the youngsters who came through last night. However, it is just unfortunate that Rochdale couldn’t progress to the next round.

They had a tough group to compete in. Bolton Wanderers and Man City Under 21’s have gone through in their group. Putting that aside, here are two stand out players from last night…

Joe Dunne

The 17-year-old deserves all the praise after last night’s performance. He made his debut in the squad and is a future star.

Dunne is a centre half who was put into the squad to see how he played. He definitely impressed with strong blocks, getting stuck into every ball and performing to a great standard.

This is great for the teenager who will now be monitored by Brian Barry-Murphy. He surely has made an impact on fans and management after last night.

Rochdale’s 18 y/o Fabio Tavares

The 18-year-old striker is a name that Rochdale fans will be familiar with. This is because he has already been featured in the first-team squad.

However, last night saw him shine due to being in a younger squad. He is another rising star in the Dale squad.

His goal in the 35th minute was the final goal of the game. This goes to show that not only can the Rochdale squad produce goals, they can also defend well too.

2 stand out players in Man City’s u21’s win over Bradford City you have to look out for

Last night saw a lot of Cup action and some shock results, it also was a night for youngsters to shine. While the Man City first team were at Deepdale in the Carabao Cup, the academy side faced Bradford in the Leasing.com Trophy. Here’s two stand out players…

The likes of Eric Garcia, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden have all come through the Manchester City development ranks and ended up making their way into the first team at young ages. They all got a chance to shine for Pep Guardiola last night, and the youngsters who went out against Bradford hoped to do the same.

Here was the full team line up:

Bradford took the lead after 21 minutes when Hope Akram headed one home. Six minutes later, the City lads found their feet and winger, Morgan Rogers helped get the equaliser. They managed to keep it 1-1 until half time and after 62 minutes, the Blues went 2-1 up with a goal from Tommy Doyle. This made it two wins in two for the City youngsters.

Who stood out and will be looking to impress Pep Guardiola like others have gone on to do?

Tommy Doyle

I know he’s already been mentioned but he has to be included in this as last night he managed to bag his first professional goal and an assist. If you’re going to try and impress, that’s the way you do it.

He set up Morgan Rogers perfectly for his goal and Rogers offered great support in return. Which could mean that these two are a rising combination when it comes to City’s youth, and maybe two to look out for? Doyle also wore the Captain’s armband last night.

Nathaniel Ogbeta

Ogbeta did well on the left wing last night. He managed to set up the second goal of the evening for Manchester City, which needed up being the winner. The winger delivered a perfectly timed low cross which gave Tommy Doyle the perfect chance and he scored.

He also worked well with Morgan Rogers. These youngsters are looking promising and it seems as if they are aiming to get better, develop and become the next rising stars of the squad.

One to watch for Curzon Ashton as they look to remain unbeaten against Kidderminster

Curzon Ashton will play their 5th league match this weekend against Kidderminster. The Football Manc Cave are walking you through previous results, stand out players and how they could line up.

Great Start

The Nash is currently 3rd in the National League North after beating Darlington 3-1. They originally went straight to the top of the league, other results impacted in them shifting to 3rd. They have gone unbeaten so far which is brilliant for Ashton.


Curzon Ashton 5-0 Bradford

Southport 0-0 Curzon Ashton

Leamington 1-1 Curzon Ashton

Curzon Ashton 3-1 Darlington

Key Players:

Issac Sinclair, the son of Trevor Sinclair is proving to be one to watch. He’s already bagged a few goals. At 18 years old, some call him a ‘wonder-kid.’ The 18-year-old will surely have all eyes on him. Sean Miller is another key goalscorer for the Nash and one who will be one to be marked by Kidderminster this weekend.

Line up:

My prediction is that The Nash will go unchanged from their game against Darlington. The 4-3-3 formation also seems to work. Despite Sean Miller scoring twice in their last game, he got taken off just after 60 minutes however he’s not believed to be injured and should start again.

Let’s hope Curzon Ashton can keep in their unbeaten run, whether it’s 3 or 1 point this weekend, if they can keep that great form going, they could end up setting themselves up for a fantastic season.

Former Bradford City and Blackpool striker on a free to Bolton Wanderers?

Despite friendlies being called off and the financial situation at Bolton Wanderers, there are reports that Billy Clarke is on trial with the Trotters.

Alan Nixon is known for sharing football news on Twitter and he has stated that Billy Clarke is on trial with the Wanderers. He’s stated in the tweet that Bolton had a closed-door game yesterday that could see the striker in action.

The Irish 31 year old spent his youth career with Ipswich Town. Once he signed his first professional contract, he wasn’t shy to being loaned. The loan spells included Falkirk, Brentford and Darlington. In 2009 he signed for Blackpool only to be loaned again to Sheffield. He’s most recently been with Bradford City until the beginning of this month.


According to TransferMarkt, Clarke is out of contract and been without a club since the 1st of July. The striker has got a lot of experience behind him and has certainly been around. If he does make a move to Bolton, he would hopefully aim to impress.

Although it’s nice to hear of a player on trial giving fans some hope instead of the usual disappointing take over news, personally, I don’t understand this rumour. Why would a player want to get involved in a club that’s going through so much?

All of the Bolton players are refusing to play the friendlies that were in place resulting in them being called off. Players still haven’t been paid and the supposed take over of the club still hasn’t happened.

All I can say is, Billy Clarke must be desperate to want to get himself involved in this mess. Maybe he is just as desperate as us as a club.

Putting the takeover news aside, which is what people at Bolton have been doing for the past 3 weeks, Clarke is apparently a free agent. This could come beneficial to the Trotters as free agents may be the best option going forward.

Let’s say the take over gets sorted out before the start of the season, it will take a while to sort out all the financial issues going on, so getting players for free would be the most sensible option. I wish we were in a position to be picky about who played for us but we really can’t afford to, literally. Fans will have to hope that something comes of this game behind closed doors in terms of Clarke and the rest of the team.

The fact that we have a player actually involved with us, and considering joining us gives me an ounce of hope that our club can end up back on top, under control and stay out of the headlines for negative reasons.

Everton seek to use Man City 29y/o to level up next season

It is being said that Manchester City’s Fabian Delph has a number of clubs looking at signing him before the transfer window closes. The Football Manc Cave are exploring the possibility of Everton being his next move.

The midfielder, who is also comfortable as a left back, still has a year remaining on his current contract with Pep Guardiola’s side. Although it is believed that he has been told he can leave this summer. Man City are yet to receive any bids for the 29-year-old but they are expected to come flooding in soon.

With Everton apparently being one of the clubs interested. The Football Manc Cave take a look at what he’s achieved so far, and how he will help the Toffees if there is a possibility of them signing him.

Youth career

He started his youth career with Bradford City and Leeds Utd before signing a professional contract with Leeds in 2006. In 2009 he joined Aston Villa where he spent the next 6 years signed to the club. However, in 2012, he went back on loan to Leeds. It wasn’t until 2015 that he signed for Manchester City. Delph has also been called up to the England team on 20 occasions.

Everton had a successful run last year as they finished 8th in the Premier League. Now it looks like they are trying to strengthen their squad with experience, so they can keep up in the top half of the table next season. Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl have both already put pen to paper for the Toffees and now Marco Silva could be about to get one more signature.

With Delph evidently falling short of being favourited at the Etihad, it’s clear that he may be interested in moving somewhere that he can get game time. If he does receive bids from a number of teams, which I’m sure he will, he would have a hard choice to make.

Delph will be a welcomed addition to the ever-improving Everton side. His Premier League know-how can only aid Silva in his quest to better last season final position.

A 3-point plan for Oldham Athletic to make the playoffs

The Latics will have a new manager, new signings and new teams to play against next season but what can they do to secure themselves a playoff position or even just finish higher in the league?

After their 14th position league finish, Oldham decided to give Laurent Banide a chance at managing the team ahead of next season. He was only appointed this month and the 51-year old received a lot of backlash from Oldham fans. It seems that Latics fans don’t think he will do much to improve their league chances. However, they have just announced a few signings and there’s still a while before the summer is over so what can Oldham do to either secure a playoff spot or finish higher than 14th?

Treat Every Game As A “Key Date”

When League Two fixtures were released last week, Oldham picked out newly promoted Salford as one of their ‘key dates,’ along with Bradford and Macclesfield. Personally, I think all the players and management should be going out with the attitude as every game is a key date because the intentions are to win every game. Go out with those kinds of attitudes and you will have better results.

Trust New Signing’s

Zak Mills and Gary Woods have both recently been announced as new signings before the season starts for Oldham. I’m positive that there will be more signings and contract extensions before the start to the new season but I hope these new additions will put as much into training as they would into a game, get starts in matches and hopefully deliver for Oldham when given the chance.


Oldham fans were very quick to judge Laurent Banide, although I think he needs to be given the chance by the club, team and fans. If you don’t give him the opportunity to deliver before he’s even started, you’re setting yourselves up for failure. If he turns out to be everything that Oldham was NOT looking for then fine but until that happens, let’s see how he manages.

Oldham Athletic fans not feeling very optimistic ahead of the new season ‘Macclesfield and Salford as key fixtures, I feel sick’ ‘That’s a tough start’

Laurent Banide’s side have revealed their fixtures to fans this morning and how has it gone down?

The Latics finished 14th last season in League Two. They start their 2019/20 campaign facing Forest Green away on the 3rd of August, Crewe at home on the 10th and Bradford away on the 17th.

Oldham’s Twitter account posted their fixtures in a unique way, they put out their opening five fixtures in one post. Their ‘festive fixtures’ in another and then what they predict to be their, ‘Key Fixtures’ to be before posting a full rundown of the season to come.

According to them, Macclesfield, Salford and Bradford are dates for the fans diaries but some have disagreed…

Salford City favourites for the League 2 title?…Not for me

Salford are the bookmakers’ (SkyBet) favourites alongside Scunthorpe to win League Two next season. It will be The Ammies’ first season in the EFL, will they adapt and dominate as quickly as expected?

Salford has the ability and stature to attract players. With the ‘Class of 92’ part owning the Manchester club, players are keen to join and be a part of history. Coupled with the fact their manager, Graham Alexander, has experience of managing in the EFL already with Scunthorpe. You’d expect Salford to sign good quality players, and be challenging at the right end of the table come May. Favourites for the title? Not for me.

In my opinion, Bradford will win the league next season. They have a brilliant fan base who support their club through thick and thin, Gary Bowyer is a top manager and building a side with the aim of winning the division. Zeli Ismail and Clayton Donaldson have already signed for The Bantams, while striker James Vaughan is also expected to sign, which could result in goals, goals and more goals.

Ryan Lowe will be targeting promotion with Plymouth, having succeeded at the task with Bury last season. Also, Scunthorpe now has Paul Hurst, who won promotion and done a superb at Shrewsbury.

The 2019/20 League Two season promises to be very tightly contested, and with no clear favourite for the title, everyone will fancy their chances of making the top three.

2 Salford City players that need to leave for the sake of their own careers

The Ammies has an amazing season that saw them promoted from the National League to League Two. 

Salford were promoted when they won their playoff match against Flyde. The class of 92 now have a League 2 season to compete in, and the club have recently put out their list of players they are releasing alongside who they’re keeping on contract.

With that in mind, I’ve had a look at two players I would have also let go or just send out on loan. 

Max Crocombe

The 25-year-old goalkeeper signed for Salford in 2017 after he wasn’t offered a scholarship by Luton or MK Dons, and he’d tried his best to get into other teams so decided to get into non-league football.

In 2017, Crocombe played for Salford against Bradford but he ended up getting sent off after he was seen urinating at the side of a stand. It would be fairly easy for Salford to recruit a replacement whether it be temporary or permanent.

He isn’t their first choice and maybe the Ammies should let him go on loan somewhere while he gets some more appearances, and learns to wait till half or full time to go for a wee. 

Josh Askew

Askew may benefit from going elsewhere also. The 21-year-old defender has had 41 appearances and 2 goals since 2017, but he’s no stranger to loans or other clubs.

He spent nine years at Blackburn before joining the Ammies. At Rovers, he signed his first professional contract in 2016 however, that same season, he went on loan to Ramsbottom. Admittedly he did come away with player of the year but then he ended up at Warrington. Maybe the defender would be better suited somewhere else. 

‘Do well find a club with a worse preseason schedule than ours’ Wigan Athletic fans unhappy with pre-season plans

Wigan announced a pre-season friendly against Premiership outfit Everton, to be played on Wednesday 24th July. The Latics will also play host to Lancashire rivals Burnley on Saturday 27th July.

Both fixtures will give solid tests’ to Paul Cooks side ahead of their 2019/20 Championship campaign. Before the two home games, they will travel to Chester, AFC Fylde and Bradford as part of their preparations.

The fans were hoping for a sunny trip to Portugal or Spain. However, they will have to settle for a trip to Blackpool tower after visiting AFC Fylde… at least you can buy some Blackpool rock, silver linings and all that.

Let’s see how Wigan fans reacted to their full pre-season announcement…

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