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Vanarama National League North News Roundup

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 3 Feb 2017
Posted in First Team

After transfer deadline day and a called off fixture, there has been plenty of news to talk about this week as The Shaymen prepare to face league strugglers Altrincham FC.

Where better to start off with the game that could have taken Town back into the play-off spots, if the rain had stayed away, that is.

The Shaymen were due to travel to the Impact Arena, the home of Alfreton Town, although the weather had other ideas. A burst of heavy rain meant that referee Martyn Rawcliffe deemed the game unplayable on the grounds of a waterlogged pitch.

The decision meant that there were only two games in our league played on Tuesday night starting with last week’s opponents, Stockport County.

The Hatters travelled to Brackley Town knowing that a win would propel them into the play-off spots. Goals from Kane Felix and a brace from Courtney Meppen-Walter secured a 3-0 win for the travelling side who now sit in fifth place.

Elsewhere, Gloucester City recorded their second win on the spin as early goals from Ross Finnie and Sam Avery awarded the home side a comfortable 2-0 win.

Moving on, it was transfer deadline day this week so we have a few new faces to report on. We start with the league leaders, and AFC Fylde have secured the services of young Swansea City defender Tom Holland.

A mainstay in The Swans’ under-21 side, Holland has previously spent time on loan with National League side Eastleigh last season. In the past, he featured as a youth player with both Leeds United and Manchester City before signing for The Swans in 2015.

Holland’s loan deal with Fylde is set to last until the end of the season.

Boston United were also busy on deadline day as they signed midfielder Adam Chapman from fellow National League North side Gainsborough Trinity. Chapman signed for Trinity in November last year having been released by Mansfield Town.

Chapman arrives at the Jakemans Stadium to link up with his former manager at Mansfield, Adam Murray. Murray became the youngest manager in the English football leagues when he took over as Mansfield boss in 2014, aged 33. He left his position in November and subsequently took over with The Pilgrims.

Finally, Stalybridge Celtic have also been busy in the transfer window this week, securing the services of striker Sefton Gonzales.

Joining after a brief spell at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North side Colne FC, Gonzales made his debut in Monday night’s Tameside Derby against Curzon Ashton as a substitute.

Interestingly, Gonzales will be no stranger to some of the fellow sides in our league. In the past, the striker has had spells at Stockport and Salford City. Not only that, before his move to Colne FC, Gonzales signed for his home town club Chorley FC in the summer of last year.

Remember, if you cannot make it to Altrincham then there will be live match commentary available on Shaymen Player HD along with text commentary on the Shaymen Wall and the club’s twitter page.



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