FOOTBALL: Winsford United manager Joe Gibiliru is strengthening his squad for the new season with one aim in mind – promotion.
The Blues boss has just added four faces to the squad which finished 10th in the Vodkat League Premier and won the Mid Cheshire Senior Cup last term.
He has snapped up left back John Riley from Cammell Laird and former Bury defender James Rogerson, who can play in the middle or on the left.
Former Liverpool academy prospect Jake Johnstone – a midfielder who played for Vics last season – has also signed, along with another ex-Northwich man, defender Mike Sewell, who arrives from League of Wales side Caersws.
Gibiliru has now brought in 10 new players, and all but three of last year’s squad have re-signed for the upcoming campaign.
“We’ve got a stronger squad than last year and we’ll be pushing for promotion,” he said. “We’re in a much stronger position. We did well last year to win a cup and finish 10th, but we’ll be looking for promotion this time.”
United kick off their campaign at Bacup Borough on August 9, before a home clash with Flixton the following Tuesday and a trip to Newcastle Town on August 19.
Tonight Gibiliru’s side face Welsh second division outfit Flint Town United, away, in the Hydes Brewery Challenge Cup. The club is offering free coach travel to the game for about 50 fans. For details, or to book your seat, call Linda Nancollas on 558447.
BTCC star at forum
MOTORSPORT: Northwich is in pole position to see one of the country’s hottest young motor racing prospects when HiQ’s latest fast and furious fans’ forum heads to the town.
HiQ Northwich, based in Manchester Road, will host an evening of thrills and spills from 6.30pm to 8.30pm tomorrow (Thursday), which will give people the chance to meet Tom Onslow-Cole, one of the brightest stars in the BTCC.
The motorsport forum is specially arranged by HiQ, official sponsor of the British Touring Car Championship, ahead of the next round of racing at Oulton Park on Sunday, July 27.
It is the first time HiQ has brought the BTCC to Northwich and it is hoped that hundreds of spectators will make the most of the free event.
Onslow-Cole is challenging at the top of the drivers’ standings after a string of impressive results in recent races, including two wins at Thruxton.
He has also helped to cement his VX Racing team at the top of the standings.
Admission to the exclusive event is free, and complimentary food and drink will also be provided throughout the evening.
A number of free tickets for Oulton Park will also be up for grabs.
HiQ Northwich, situated on Manchester Road, is a purpose built automotive specialist.
Majestics on tour
BASEBALL: Fledgling baseball team the Northwich Majestics, from Rudheath High School, are heading off to Northern Ireland next month to play their sister team, the Portstewart Eagles.
The trip will be the first foray out of England for many of the Cheshire team members, comprising mostly Year 7 and Year 9 students.
A number of businesses in Northwich and across Cheshire have shown their support for the team by providing funding and sponsorship, without which the trip would not have happened.
The team has also benefited from sponsorship from Majestic Athletic Corporation, which donated the equipment and kit to get the youngsters started.
Liam rules Dragons den
MOTORSPORT: Liam Kelly’s karting career is accelerating.
The 13-year-old St Nicholas RC High School pupil, who lives at Kingsmead, won the Dragons Masters title in North Wales.
Liam, who has been karting for five years and has won many smaller club events and races, hit speeds of up 65mph on his way to his greatest achievement yet.