Eccleshill United up and running for caretaker Dai Jones

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Caretaker Eccleshill United boss Dai Jones did not get off to the best start in losing his first game but the Eagles were soaring again before the week was over.

Jones took charge of his first game last weekend and suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Pontefract Collieries, managed by former Leeds United midfielder Brendan Ormsby.

But four days later Eccleshill romped to a 5-2 win over Askern Villa, with Brandon Roane and Jae Lee each scoring twice and Adam McCabe also on target.

Eagles director of football Mark Ellis said: “We had a very young side out against Ponte – we finished with three 17-year-olds in the side – but Brendan said we were unlucky not to get something from the game.

“I thanked him for that because he didn’t need to say anything along those lines. It was a very good performance though.

“It wasn’t the best of starts for Dai but it is still early in the season and there is a lot of football to be played.”

Jones was elevated from his role with the under-19s on a temporary basis following the departure of Ian Banks, like Ellis another former Bantam.

The pair worked together at Eccleshill for 18 months and are still close but they had differing visions for United’s future.

Ellis said: “I want Eccleshill to run on the European model, for management structure and playing. I will bring the players in and the manager will pick the team and coach them alongside Dai. I believe in that philosophy.

“We want to bring in young players who play the right way, get them playing entertaining football and the results will come. It will take time but we will get there.”

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