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Vanarama National League North News Roundup

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 10 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

AFC Telford United have revealed that first-team coach Steve Wynn has stepped down from his New Bucks Head role due to work commitments. Wynn, who has worked with boss Rob Smith and assistant Larry Chambers in spells at Telford, Hednesford Town, Willenhall Town and Redditch United, re-joined the Bucks for a second spell last year alongside the management duo.

Young full-back/winger Kallum Mantack has extended his loan with Alfreton Town from League One side Oldham Athletic until January 15th.The youngster has been an ever-present for the Reds since joining them on loan in September and helped them to an Emirates FA Cup First Round replay on Saturday. Mantack played the full 90 minutes as his side drew 1-1 with League Two side Newport County.

Chairman of Alfreton Town, Wayne Bradley, presented Captain Lloyde Watts and Captain Gaz Dixon or C Company of Mercian with a cheque for £1,010 to give their support to the Poppy appeal on Sunday at the Impact Arena FA Cup First Round tie against Newport County. Pictured left to right Captain Lloyd Watts, Wayne Bradley and Captain Gaz Dixon and are holding a specially designed team Poppy shirt, manufactured by the club`s American kit suppliers, Unitus. The club received a sponsorship donation of £3,000 from the Alfreton Town Council.

Chorley have added a couple of new defenders to their squad ahead of the weekend. Joining on a month`s loan from National League side Macclesfield Town is Dan Cowan. Local lad Cowan came through the Silkmen’s youth team to earn a place in the first team for the 2014/15 season. A 20-year-old defender who is comfortable either on the right or in the centre of defence, Cowan made his professional debut in the final game of the 2013/14 season and began to feature regularly for the Silkmen in the back end of 2015. He has since been a regular in and around the Macclesfield side and has now made over forty appearances in a Silkman shirt. Also, joining the Magpies is Louis Coyne from Hallmark Security League Premier Division side Runcorn Town. The defender came through the ranks at League One side Rochdale where he rose up to the youth team where he was a regular last season. He joined Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North outfit Burscough at the start of this season to gain experience, but having failed to break into the team at the Linnets, has opted to join Runcorn in September.

The rise of Darlington from the ashes of years back now seems to be almost over with a new ground likely to become their permanent home in the next few months. That has been achieved by hard work off the field but the impetus has been mirrored on the field with Martin Gray taking his charges into second place in the Vanarama North at the end of October. The player award for the month also clearly recognises the hard work, ethos and commitment on the field and Josh Gillies has been clearly instrumental in some excellent personal performances and a lynch pin pocket dynamo in midfield supplying passes to his strikers.

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