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Posted by Ashley Brewer
Posted on Sun 22 Oct 2017
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FC Halifax Town host Maidstone United this Tuesday night, hoping to shake off the disappointment of only coming away with a point in their previous encounter against a struggling Torquay United.

As Billy Heath and the side prepare for the upcoming home game, here is some news from around the Vanarama National League.

We first look at the Shaymen’s opponents from Saturday afternoon, as Torquay announced the signing of Jamie Reid from Exeter City on a permanent basis.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed three separate loan spells at Plainmoor, and will now be hoping to settle at his home town club, where he has scored 5 goals in 63 appearances.

The striker celebrated the deal in the best possible way for this new club, tapping home the equaliser at the MBi Shay Stadium and earned a vital point for The Gulls after George Waring’s opener on the loanee’ s debut for the home side.

Elsewhere in the league, James Alabi made his debut for Dover Athletic against Maidenhead United after he signed on loan from Tranmere Rovers.

The deal will see the former Stoke City trainee stay at the Kent club until the New Year, in which time he hopes to have regained the form that saw him make his way from Chester to Prenton Park in the first place.

The 22-year-old scored 23 goals in 53 appearances while plying his trade at the Deva Stadium, but has failed to force his way into Micky Mellon’s starting line-up, only playing nine games for Rovers.

Also making his debut at The Crabble was Moses Emmanuel, who has joined Maidenhead United on loan.

The striker has signed from a play-off spot occupying Sutton United on an initial 2-month deal.

With the Magpies, the 28-year-old returned to his former stomping ground, where he scored 11 goals last season.

Emmanuel has also previously played for Bromley, where he scored 19 goals in 43 appearances in the 2015/16 league campaign, and he will be hoping to replicate his goal scoring exploits for Alan Devonshire’s side.

Marcus Bignot is hoping to add one or two new faces in time for their game against Barrow.

The Chester boss saw his men drop down to 22nd place following their 2-1 defeat to Boreham Wood.

‘It’s clear to see that one or two [players] are lacking confidence and belief,’ Bignot told the official National League website.

‘As a football club and management we’re going to do all that we can to help those guys, in terms of hopefully bringing one or two players in to help this already talented group.’

Guiseley have announced they will begin operating on a professional basis.

In a statement released during the week, The Lions outlined the details of this transition, such as training days, as well as disclosing that some players have already accepted full time roles, with others being allowed some time to decide whether they want to stay at the club as full-time professionals.

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