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Villa Boss 'Going Nowhere'

26th June, 2011

Askern Villa manager Brian Johnston says he is flattered to have been offered the opportunity to manage in the Baris Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division but he insists he is going nowhere.

He said: "Two clubs have approached me this summer and it would be wrong of me to mention which clubs they are because someone else will be managing them next season.

"One chairman did his very best to persuade me but my heart kept me here at Askern and I would like to wish him all the best for the forthcoming season.

"I'm Askern born and bred, and also a former player, so my heart is with Askern Villa at this present time.

"I feel my job is not finished yet, my ambition is to gain promotion with Askern and I feel if the players perform to the best of their abilities we won't be far away.

"Since taking over as the manager at the start of 2005-06, when we were in the Central Midlands League Premier Division, I gained promotion in my first season and we have continued to improve as a team.

"The squad is more or less the same that finished the season strongly with impressive wins over Pontefract Collieries and Yorkshire Amateur who, at the time, were both pushing for promotion.

"A couple of players who missed most of the last season through injury are hoping to be back for pre-season training.

"I've also been talking to a few players during the summer and I'm looking to bring in two or three new faces in to try and make the squad even stronger.

"I'm proud of my achievements with Askern Villa as we are playing at the highest level ever played by a team in Askern.

"The facilities at the ground have continue to improve and last season we entered the FA Vase for the first time and now we are hoping to be playing in the FA Cup this season. So, we are continuing in the right direction."

(Story Source: Askern Villa)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Retford United 38 85 55
2 Bridlington Town 38 84 60
3 Scarborough Athletic 38 74 46
4 Brighouse Town 38 73 34
5 Staveley Miners Welfare 38 71 14
6 Winterton Rangers 38 68 22
7 Parkgate 38 67 27
8 Tadcaster Albion 38 67 18
9 Arnold Town 38 63 10
10 Thackley 38 62 12
11 Barton Town Old Boys 38 53 -3
12 Pickering Town 38 51 -1
13 Armthorpe Welfare 38 50 -1
14 Liversedge 38 41 -18
15 Long Eaton United 38 34 -25
16 Hall Road Rangers (-3) 38 34 -29
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 38 32 -38
18 Maltby Main 38 29 -43
19 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 38 25 -56
R Selby Town 38 12 -84
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
R Handsworth 38 82 49
P Glasshoughton Welfare 38 79 45
P Worksop Parramore 38 77 43
4 Albion Sports 38 76 36
5 Pontefract Collieries 38 72 37
6 Eccleshill United (2) 38 66 26
7 Rossington Main 38 64 28
8 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 38 60 7
9 Dinnington Town 38 60 1
10 AFC Emley (-1) 38 57 14
11 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 38 57 9
12 Louth Town 38 55 -3
13 Shirebrook Town 38 51 0
14 Hallam 38 51 -8
15 Teversal 38 51 -12
16 Bottesford Town 38 33 -31
17 Askern Villa 38 33 -33
18 Yorkshire Amateur 38 28 -59
19 Grimsby Borough 38 26 -56
20 Appleby Frodingham 38 8 -93

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