There were only two matches taking place last night (Tuesday) in the Vanarama National League North, as Curzon Ashton’s visit to The Jakemans Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw against Boston United. Elsewhere, Altrincham, of course, extended their rich run of form as they welcomed Blyth Spartans, winning 3-1 to make it six consecutive games without a loss.
It was a relatively uneventful opening 45 minutes in Boston United’s goalless draw against Curzon Ashton yesterday evening, with the best chance of the game coming in the second half. Boston’s Jordan Thewlis’ strike cannoned off the underside of the bar, falling to Jay Rollins whose effort was denied by goalkeeper Cameron Mason.
There was a dramatic penalty shout late on in the game, after Nicky Walker was brought down by Danny Shaw in the area, but referee Scott Tallis waved away the protests with the game finishing 0-0.
Goals from Jake Moult, Josh Hancock and Tom Peers were enough for Altrincham to overcome Blyth Spartans, convincingly defeating the visiting side 3-1. Kris Thackray grabbed his sides only goal of the game thanks to a brilliant free-kick in the 92nd minute.
Elsewhere in the league, it has been a very busy few days since the weekends fixtures, with a whole host of signings and departures takin place.
York City have been one of the busiest of the leagues sides with Jake Wright (Boston United), Tom Allan (Farsley Celtic) and Wes York (Brackley Town) all returning to the club after their loan spells in the National League North.
Wright was loaned out at the start of the season, scoring 6 goals in 15 appearances for the Pilgrims despite struggling with injury earlier in the season but has since re-joined Boston on a loan deal running until the end of the season.
Elsewhere, Kyle McFarlane has left Bootham Crescent after the expiration of his short-term contract. The forward made 2 appearances, scoring one goal in York’s FA cup tie against Irlam.
Jason Ainsley has strengthened his defensive options for Spennymoor Town with the signing of former Fleetwood and Brighton and Hove Albion full-back Tyler Forbes.
Alfreton confirmed that defender Danny Preston’s loan spell from Nottingham Forest has been extended for a further month. Preston has featured heavily since his arrival in December, making his debut a 2-0 defeat to Kettering at the Impact Arena. The Reds have also seen one departure, with young defender Kieron Hinchley joining Derbyshire neighbours Buxton, on a month’s loan.
Hereford are another league side that have been involved in a multitude of transfers this week. Nottingham Forest youngster Victor Sodeinde has extended his loan spell at Edgar Street for a further month, until February 4th. The forward has made eight appearances for The Bulls so far, finding the back of the net on three separate occasions.
Meanwhile, Rhys Davies and Kyle Finn have both returned to Hereford following the end of their loan spells at Cinderford and Rushall Olympic respectively.
The club have also seen one players leave Edgar Street, with Forest Green Rovers recalling Taylor Allen from his current loan spell. Allen’s initial loan deal was extended by two further months and was due to end on January 25th, however, his parent club have now recalled him back to The New Lawn.
Brad Ash has seen his loan spell with Weston Super Mare extended for a further month, with his loan spell will now expiring on February 2nd and Tom Owen-Evans will spend the rest of the season on loan at Chippenham after also seeing his loan spell extended.
Perhaps the biggest transfer of the week comes from Leamington, but unfortunately for the Brakes, it involves their player going the other way. Top scorer Josh March has signed for Sky Bet League 2 club Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old striker only joined the club last summer from Alvechurch, where he scored 81 goals in 184 games
It’s no surprise their prolific goal scorer departs, scoring 24 goals in 27 appearances whilst at the club. A statement on Leamingtons website reads, “While the Leamington boss was sad to be losing his star striker so soon, he was thrilled to have been able to play a part in helping him to realise his dream of turning professional.”
But it’s not all sad news, with the Warwickshire based club extending the loans of both Dexter Walters and Callum Maycock until the end of the transfer window on January 31.
Bradford (Park Avenue) have seen two of their loan signings leave the Horsfall Stadium earlier than expected. Full-back Reece Staunton, whose short term loan should have ran until the 12th January, has been recalled early by his parent club, Bradford City and Isiah Bazeley has also returned to Aston Villa, following agreement from both clubs to terminate his loan deal early.
And finally, Blyth Spartans have announced Ursene Mouanda was recalled from his season-long loan spell on Monday.