NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Bayliss leaves Bluebirds and Seagull apes Premier League Begovic

A look at Skrill North life.
A look at Skrill North life.

This week, our regular look at the Skrill North discusses a freak goal, a manager on the move and the latest transfers...

Anything the Premier League can do, so can the Skrill North.

That was the feeling at Colwyn Bay on Saturday, at least.

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was claiming plenty of headlines following his 13-second goal at the weekend, his long punt forward taking a hefty bounce and - wind assisted - catching out Artur Boruc in the Southampton goal.

But those swirling winds weren’t just blowing a gale in the Potteries, they were evident in north Wales too (and Northamptonshire as Boston United stopper Ashley Timms will testify).

With just eight minutes on the clock, Seagulls keeper Chris Sanna also found his name on the scoresheet with a carbon-copy freak goal that left Moors stopper Jas Singh red faced.

Sanna’s strike (if that’s the correct word?) set the tone as Bay ended Solihull’s unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 victory, which - if this intro from the Moors website is to be believed - owed more to the weather than the ability of Frank Sinclair’s boys...

“After a horrendous journey to the North Wales coast on Saturday, the weather which greeted Moors on their arrival in Colwyn bay (sic) suggested the match should never have been started, but despite atrocious conditions of a sodden pitch with swirling wind and driving rain the referee decided to go ahead and some two hours later Solihull’s unbeaten record lay in tatters.”

* They say all good things must come to an end, and that was the case at Barrow this week as they parted company with manager Dave Bayliss.

Bayliss has spent the last seven years with the Bluebirds as a player, joint manager with Darren Sheridan and then sole boss.

During those years Barrow won promotion to the Conference Premier, reached the FA Cup’s third-round twice and won the FA Trophy at Wembley.

But with the Cumbrians having won just two of their 13 league matches, the club stalwart left by mutual consent on Tuesday.

Player-coach Alex Meechan has agreed to act as caretaker boss.

* It doesn’t seem that a week goes by without Guiseley signing yet another player.

This week, former Conference North title winner Danny Hall (he did that with Hyde) arrives at Nethermoor on loan from Ebac Northern League First Division side Celtic Nation.

Last week - as well as reporting on yet more signings at Guiseley - this column also mentioned that Sunderland keeper Joel Dixon had joined Workington on loan.

Well, this week we can report that he has now been recalled as cover after regular first-choice stopper Keiren Westwood sustained an injury in a collision with Hull City’s Paul McShane at the weekend.

Dixon’s one-match loan at the Reds ended with a 4-2 victory over Gainsborough Trinity, while on Wednesday night he watched from the bench as the Black Cats beat Southampton 2-1 in the League Cup.

Also on the move this week is Worcester City captain Tom Thorley, who has joined league leaders Hednesford Town.

Hednesford have also announced that a defender, the wonderfully named Francino Francis, has agreed to extend his stay at the club.

* SATURDAY’S FIXTURES: AFC Telford v Stalybridge, Boston Utd v Colwyn Bay, Gainsborough v Bradford PA, Harrogate Town v Worcester, Histon v Vauxhall Motors, Leamington v Guiseley, North Ferriby Utd v Barrow, Oxford City v Stockport County, Solihull Moors v Workington.