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Date:- 12 February 2007

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Peter Brown Craven Minor League

Match Reports Week Ending February 4

Under 8 - Town Green 3 Burscough 2

TOWN Green got back to winning ways despite a determined effort from an energetic Burscough team. Thomas Bradley made the most of his opportunities to score twice and secure the 3 points.

Town Green dominated the 1st half but just before half-time were made to pay for a Jack McComb foul on the edge of the box. He did well for much of the match in a defensive role and eventually struck up a good understanding with the ever-reliable Aiden Darcy. The resulting free kick was terrific and went in off the post, giving keeper Michael Power no chance.

In the 2nd half, playing slightly uphill, the home team made their pressure pay. The equaliser came through a scrambled effort from Giacomo Poli, whose overall performance showed he was coming back to his best form. He had replaced a tireless Amir. Town Green went ahead when an excellent cross from Josh Dean, who was starting to combine well with skipper Dan Brady on the right flank, found Thomas Bradley at the far post; he made no mistake.  Going one down brought out the best from Burscough, and their pressure nearly resulted in an equaliser. Their best effort was well saved by Power’s head, the ferocity of the shot not allowing time for his hands to get to the ball. In the meantime Tom Hartley, recovered from illness, made some timely interceptions, many with his head. Soon after Bradley scored his second, converting the rebound after the Burscough keeper had done well to save his 1st effort.  Burscough pulled one back with another well-struck free kick to set up a tense finish, but Town Green held out and were just about worth the 3 points.

Under 10 - Southport Juniors 5 Ainsdale 0

SOUTHPORT returned to League soccer after last weeks shock defeat in the cup.  The team had a point to prove to manager Richard Bainbridge who has developed an all round strong and footballing side who play a passing game, all of which was missing last week.  Ainsdale gave Southport a tough game earlier in the season and from the start SFCJ got into their rhythm and passed the ball around the middle of the park trying to force the break through, it came after Sam Johnson sent the ball into the box only to be diverted into the net of an Ainsdale player. This was well deserved and SFCJ pushed Ainsdale back to the edge of their box when Johnson again sent a cross to the near post that was pushed out by the keeper to Anthony Brown who rammed home the rebound from three yards out. 

The 2nd half started with Ainsdale pushing forward to get back in the game but this left gaps at the back which some fine passing from Oliver Cunningham sent Owen Drummond clear to hit a shot that flew past the keeper at his near post and into the net. Southport at this time were unstoppable and the team put on a display of passing that pulled Ainsdale out of position and led to James Smith nipping in and netting with great right foot shot.  Robson Baldwin who has played in every position for SFCJ this season capped a super second half performance by netting late on.  Ryan Pytel replaced Smith and linked up well with Drummond who rattled the bar with a thunderous shot in the dying moments.  Just before the final whistle a scramble in the Ainsdale box lead to Jack Bainbridge netting for Southport, the final whistle ended a very entertaining and well contested game that both teams played their part in.

Disparity between personal and organisational definitions of success

MANAGERS across the North West believe there is a discrepancy between how individuals and their organisations judge success. According to the results of surveys conducted by the Chartered Management Institute, managers achieve personal success by making an impact at work and developing their colleagues, but think their organisations are more focussed on market leadership and profit margins.

The findings, taken from research projects conducted over the past 15 months, also show that the majority of individuals (71%) in the North West believe that ‘enjoying work’ is crucial to success, yet only 14% believe that their employers share this view.  50% of individuals in the North West claimed to judge success by the extent to which they develop their teams but felt that only 45% of organisations mark this as a priority. This raises concerns not only in view of the growing recognition of skills shortages in the UK, but also for the lack of communication within organisations.

31% in the region also believe thatachieving a flexible lifestyle is the mark of professional success but think only 8% of their employers concur with this. The perception of differing opinions comes against a backdrop of individuals resolving to spend more time with friends and family this year (29%) and planning to change jobs (18%).  Of 1,864 managers asked to identify the key factor that drives them to succeed, 64% spoke of having a ‘sense of purpose’ in their work and 19% referred tomaking a difference to society. Only 11% sought status amongst colleagues and 8% claimed that success should be judged bypublic recognition.

The research highlights a worryingly large gap between how individuals define success and how they believe their employees measure achievement with market share and long-term growth thought to be of higher priority than employee welfare. Only 14% of managers in the North West are concerned with ensuring the organisation is market leaderbut 66% thought that their employers made this a priority. Similarly, just 8% of managers believe securing sustainability is important, but thought that 45% of their organisations perceive this as a priority.  The findings also show that 51% believe they have actually achieved their true potential. However, it is clear that the region’s managers are unhappy with this situation, with many taking action to ensure success. 29% have planned to undertake development courses or further education during the next 12 months and 13% intend to improve their language skills to cope with increasing global business needs.

Jo Causon, director, marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, says:- “Success clearly means different things to different people, but the disparity between the aims and objectives of the individual and how they view their company’s priorities reveals a need for better internal communication.  Managers should voice professional needs so their definition of success is known while the organisation needs to create a clear understanding of its corporate objectives to ensure employees and future employees feel an alignment to the corporate culture”.

Reacting to the findings, the Chartered Management Institute has created a series of freely downloadable resources to help individuals and organisations achieve success.

Available via www.managers.org.uk/active  the resources offer guidance and diagnostic tools covering 6 key areas. These are:-

- Delivering results
- Making it happen by managing change
- Meeting customer needs
- Making an impact
- Inspirational leadership
- Getting the (work-life) balance right

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