Football


MARK Cooper is hoping new signing Mark Roberts can help plug the gaps in a Forest Green Rovers defence that has so far proved porous to say the least. Unbounded optimism generated by the Gloucestershire club’s rise to Football League status has, to a degree, been dulled by exposure to the harsh environs of League …

YEOVIL Town have also been busy in the closed-season, signing Paige Sawyer (from Bristol City) and the returning Kayleigh Green from Italian club ASD Calico Femminile Chieti. Angharad James has joined Everton, and also going through the exit door were Hannah Short (to Oxford United), Steph Williams (Oxford United), Sarah Wiltshire (Tottenham Hotspur), Natalie Haigh …

WHEN another eventful summer transfer window at Ashton Gate closed, it was good to learn that Joe Bryan and Aden Flint were still Bristol City players. From the moment Birmingham City made public their derisory of- fer of £4-million for the pair, I was concerned that two of the players I have come to admire …

AFC Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels has signed a new three-year contract. The 31-year-old, who initially joined AFC Bournemouth on loan before joining on a permanent basis has been a regular for the Cherries over the past six years. The new contract should at least keep Daniels at AFC Bournemouth until the summer of 2020. “It’s …

SHEPTON Beauchamp deservedly lifted the first silverware of the season – the Chard Hospital Cup – with a five-goal power show that proved way too much for ten-man Perry Street Reserves at Chard Town’s Zembard Lane in the week. Shepton, ‘The Old Monsters’, attacked from the start and took the lead inside the first five …

CARETAKER man- ager Trevor Senior has admitted that he would love the Dorchester Town job on a permanent basis after Craig Laird’s decision to quit earlier in the week. Senior, and first-team coach Stuart Heath, took charge of yesterday’s Emirates FA Cup match against AFC Portchester following Laird’s deci- sion to stand down, citing increased …

EXETER City fans were left gripped on transfer deadline day as the Grecians announced a flurry of new signings designed to take the club to new heights. The succession of signings were triggered by the sale of David Wheeler to Championship club QPR. The winger, 21, spent four-and-a-half seasons at St James’ Park following his …

ERIC Dier acknowledges footballers are not always well equipped to cope with the fame and fortune that comes their way, but believes the majority set a good example. After a summer which has seen transfer fees and wages soar to stratospheric new levels, more players are feeling the trickle-down effects of the ever-growing broadcast deals, …