03 Oct 2019 by Dan Connor

Bower back in the fold at Bradford


There was only one fixture in the Vanarama National League North on Tuesday night, as Hereford travelled to Leamington in a game that ended 2-0 to the away side.

An uneventful first half ended 0-0 before Hereford's Peter Vincenti headed the ball home in the 51st minute to open the scoring.

Shortly after, defender Josh Gowling doubled the Bulls’ lead after thumping home a shot, following a loose ball from Jordan Nicholson’s strike.

Leamington continued to push for a goal of their own, in hope of achieving an unlikely comeback, but some excellent defending from Kieran Thomas saw Josh March’s strike headed over the crossbar.

In terms of transfer business, it has been a fairly busy few days since Saturday's fixtures, with two departures and one signing.

Guiseley have confirmed that Sam Scrivens has linked up with Matlock Town for a month-long loan spell. The striker signed last month from Penistone Church and has joined fellow-Lions midfielder Scott Smith on loan at the Derbyshire side.

The second departure comes from AFC Telford United, with defender Steph Morley leaving the club on Monday.

Morley not only becomes the second departure but the first, and only, acquisition as well, with the 32-year-old returning to his former club Leamington. Morley left the Brakes for Corby Town in February 2015 and subsequently played for Brackley Town and Tamworth before signing for Telford in 2018.

There has also been a new managerial signing, with Bradford (Park Avenue) announcing on Monday that Mark Bower has returned to the Horsfall Stadium to re-take the reins. Following a period of interim stewardship under Marcus Law and Lee Fowler, Bradford turned to Bower, who agreed to return to the club alongside assistant manager, and former Robin, Danny Boshell.

Elsewhere in the league, Blyth Spartans manager Lee Clark has addressed the speculation surrounding winger Callum Roberts, after reports on social media suggested he is to go on trial with League One outfit Rotherham United this week.

While confirming Rotherham have been monitoring Roberts' free-scoring form, Clark disclosed the 22-year old has been unwell but will be involved in Saturday’s trip to Hednesford Town, should he be passed fit.

'I am aware of the interest from Rotherham United, but Callum will be involved for us at the weekend, if he recovers from illness,' said the Blyth boss.

And, finally, Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley has revealed the extent of the growing injury crisis the club are currently facing. Stephen Brogan, James Curtis and Andrew Johnson were all forced off the pitch due to injuries in the Moors’ clash with Kidderminster Harriers.

In his post-match interview, Ainsley also reported that 'Callum Williams is still out, Shane Henry has a long-term injury and Scott Harrison will be out for the season.'


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