21 Aug 2019 by Dan Connor

Three out at Blyth as Clark shakes up squad


With the new season only recently getting underway, very few teams in the Vanarama National League North have made any alterations to their squad, be that signing or releasing  players.

In fact, only two sides have made changes to their current squad so early on in the season, one of them being Altrincham.

Aside from Alty's recent acquisition of Ashley Hemmings, on loan, and the departure of Nathan Arnold, it is Blyth Spartans who have seen a trio of players leave and one join.

Dale Pearson, Craig Spooner and Jack Butler left the club by mutual consent on Monday, with manager Lee Clark saying: 'I’ve increasingly realised that I need to trim the squad and bring in some experienced players who know our level, and to do it within budget.'

Clark stuck to his word and was quick to bring in a new loan signing on Wednesday evening, with Lewis Ritson joining the Spartans from Hull City.

Elsewhere in the league, six clubs have been granted an Academy Licence to compete in the inaugural National League Football Academy season, beginning on September 11th.

York City, Guiseley, Alfreton Town, Boston United, Chester and Darlington will all compete in the 22-team competition this season.



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