11 Oct 2018 by Joe Jordan

Around the National League North

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We get you caught up on the last few days around the Vanarama National League North. The theme: promises made and promises kept.

York City’s Sam Collins, who has long been angling for the permanent managerial job since taking over as caretaker on August 20, was named the full time coach yesterday. AFC Telford’s boss Gavin Cowan declared no starting spot safe—“from one to eleven”—in an effort to shake things up following back-to-back defeats. Days later, he mentioned misfiring striker Andre Brown (whose scoreless streak reached five games last weekend) as a player who needs to “find a way.”

On Saturday, Hereford boss March Richards vowed to import new players for the weekend’s matchup at Stockport. Fast forward to Tuesday and the Bulls landed 18-year-old striker George Lloyd on loan from Cheltenham Town, whom Richards considers “a different option” to what he already has in his squad. The Hereford faithful will indeed hope Lloyd brings something new to the fold; the front line is in desperate need of galvanization, having only scored eight goals this season—the worst mark in the league.

Meanwhile, Boston United have seen something of an exodus occur recently with five players leaving, which lead to manager Craig Elliott voicing his desire to bring in "two or three.” As other coaches are following through on their word, look for the Pilgrims to add a few new faces to their ranks.

Altrincham’s upcoming opponent, Alfreton Town, have brought in one player so far this week as the signing of forward Craig Hobson was announced Monday. Fans might recognise the name, as Hobson made four league appearances for the Robins between 2016 and 2017, scoring once. He’ll try to get his first career goal against Alty on Saturday, having failed to do so on three previous occasions.

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