12 Feb 2020 by Dan Connor

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With Alfreton Town's game against Gateshead and Boston United’s tie with Darlington both postponed, there were only two games that went ahead last night (Tues) in the Vanarama National League North.

Farsley Celtic lost 1-0 to Kidderminster Harriers and, of course, Altrincham narrowly lost 3-2 to Spennymoor Town.

It was a fairly even first half at The Citadel, which ended 0-0, and it took until the 76th minute for Kidderminster to break the deadlock. The goal came after the ball dropped kindly for Ollie Shenton in the area, who’s clean strike in the bottom corner gave Farsley goalkeeper, Bobby Jones, little chance of making a save.

Farsley came close to clinching a late equaliser and a valuable point, but some terrific goalkeeping from Will Mannion defended the Kiddy lead. Nathan Cartman was through on goal but his powerful effort was thwarted by Mannion before his follow up shot was blocked and cleared by Sam Austin.

Altrincham’s unbeaten run of five games came to an end as they lost 3-2 to Spennymoor Town.

James Roberts opened up the scoring after just seven minutes in before Josh Hancock levelled the score later on in the half.

An unstoppable strike from Rob Ramshaw saw Spennymoor go 2-1 and a missed penalty from Hancock three minutes later saw the score remain the same.

At 66 minutes, Nathan Buddle netted Spennymoor’s third and despite Alty debutant Elliot Durrell converting a second Altrincham penalty, it was the home side who ran out eventual winners.

In regards to transfer activity, it has been a relatively busy few days since Saturday’s fixtures, with a number of deals being made, as well as a couple of staff changes.

Boston United have extended the deals of goalkeeper Peter Crook and midfielder Tom Platt. The pair officially put pen-to-paper on new contracts at The Jakemans Stadium and have been standout players in the United side so far this season, following their summer arrivals from Hyde United and Alfreton Town.

Keeping with the Alfreton theme, striker Shaun Tuton has left Boston to sign for league rivals Alfreton Town. The 28-year-old joined the Pilgrims from Spennymoor Town last summer and made 18 appearances, although 15 were coming from the bench.

Darlington have announced that midfielder Osagi Bascome has left the club by mutual agreement, heading overseas to continue playing in the USA.

Another player who has travelled from their native country to join a foreign club is Spennymoor Town’s latest arrival, Dale Eve. The 24-year-old former Stoke City goalkeeper was born in Pembroke Parish in Bermuda, before moving to England to play for Derby County’s youth side in 2011.

Another non-English player, but not quite as exotic as Bermuda, is Wigan Athletic goalkeeper, Bobby Jones. The young Irishman has joined Farsley Celtic following the injury sustained to Josh Barnes on Saturday. Jones has regularly featured for Wigan’s academy sides, as well Republic of Ireland at the U18 and U19 levels.

There has been two changes to staff this week, the most notable being Kidderminster Harriers departure of Interim First Team Manager Jimmy Shan. A statement from Interim CEO Neil Male on the clubs website read: “Jimmy has moved onto pursue a football career opportunity at a higher level, I would like to personally thank him on behalf of the club for his time with his input and assistance over the last three months.”

And finally, Alfreton Town have confirmed the appointment of Nick Hawkins as their new Sporting Director. Hawkins, the previous chairman of Nuneaton Borough and Chief Operating Officer at Ilkeston Town, joins the club with immediate effect. 

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