AS manager Mark Brier looks to build for next season alongside another crop of promising U19 players, he has brought in an experienced new signing.
Ahead of Saturday’s away trip to Sheffield to take on mid-table Parkgate Steels (3pm), who play host to Sheffield United Academy games, he has signed Chris Walton, 29, previously with Blue Square North Alfreton Town.
Walton was taken to promotion chasing Alfreton along with goalkeeper Kyle Sutcliffe by manager Nicky Law from Evo-Stik Premier Buxton where he was manager after his spells with Bradford City and Chesterfield.
He has had back problems of late, but Brier says he has sorted these and will be a major signing as a midfield general or used up front.
“Chris has his origins up here, having played with Farsley Celtic and Liversedge and is a good capture for us.
“He has been playing a step or two above us and been more than comfortable with that until his problem.
“Although not the result we wanted last Saturday at home to Scarborough Athletic, the performance and spirit was all there again and we looked a lot better.
“Let’s hope now it gives us the impetus in a season wrecked by an injury crisis mid-stream after we had been going ever so well and then losing some key players.
“Dave Watson looked a lot better as the game went on.
“He was ring rusty after his round the world trip but will be all the better for the 90 minutes this week and I am just pleased to have him back with us.
“There will be no Ash Townsend as he has had a reaction to training on his injured ankle, while Danny Hull is unlikely to figure although the swelling on his ankle has gone down. He could travel with us on Saturday and train with us in the warm up ahead of the game.”
The club’s reserve team are at home to Tyersal on Saturday in the West Riding CAL Premier Division (2.30pm).