Posted on 5th October 2020 at 21:59
With no relegations from the National League North and no promotions from the feeder leagues below, the 20/21 season has a familiar feel to it. Chorley and AFC Fylde were the two clubs relegated from the National League whilst King’s Lynn (via PPG) and Altrincham (via the play-offs) were promoted. We’ll take a quick look at each club in the divison for the forthcoming campaign;
AFC Fylde: Fylde had ambitions of a future in the Football League, even going so far as to put “2022” onto their shirts to indicate the proposed year they’d do it by. So relegation was certainly not on the cards. Following the drop several key players have moved on – James Hardy left for Telford, Jordan Williams to Stockport County, Tom Walker to Harrogate and Lewis Montrose to Kidderminster to name but four. However it’s not all doom and gloom, signings such as prolific forward Jordan Hulme, winger Junior Mondal from Forest Green, experienced midfielders Nathan Pond from Salford, David Perkins from Tranmere and defender Luke Conlan from Morecambe indicate that they are looking to bounce straight back.
In: Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers), Luke Burgess (Salford City), Ben Tollitt (Macclesfield Town), David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers), Chris Neal (Salford City), Nathan Pond (Salford City), Luke Conlan (Morecambe), Max Johnstone (St Johnstone), Jordan Hulme (Altrincham), Nathan Shaw (Blackpool)
Out: Lewis Montrose (Kidderminster Harriers), Dan Bradley (Alfreton Town), James Hardy (AFC Telford United), James Montgomery, Matty Kosylo, Kyle Jameson, Jordan Williams (Stockport County), Tom Walker (Harrogate Town), Leo Roberts (Chorley), Tyler Forbes (Spennymoor Town), Scott Duxbury (Boston United), Neil Byrne, James McQuilkin (Hereford)
AFC Telford United: Telford finished in 14th place last season without ever really troubling the play-offs. Manager Gavin Cowan will be looking to head further up the table and certainly the signings over the summer indicate that the Bucks could be capable of doing just that. James Hardy’s signature from Fylde raised a lot of eyebrows and he will undoubtedly be a key figure for Telford with the surprise release of top scorer Marcus Dinanga. Also heading to New Bucks Head were Jack Byrne from Solihull, Jason Oswell from Wrexham and shoring up the defence is former Cheltenham defender Lee Vaughan from Kidderminster, Courtney Meppen-Walters and Russ Griffiths from Chorley and Chester respectively.
In: James Hardy (AFC Fylde), Jason Oswell (Wrexham), Courtney Meppen-Walters (Chorley), Russ Griffiths (Chester), Ash Rawlings (Market Drayton Town), Jack Byrne (Solihull Moors), Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers), Jordan Davies (Prestatyn Town), Dominic McHale (Ashton United)
Out: Ellis Deeney (Stourbridge), Marcus Dinanga, Arlen Birch (Chorley)
Alfreton Town: A regular keeper was an issue for the Reds who finished in mid-table last season, which now appears to be solved with George Willis transferring from Boston. Losing top scorer Amari Morgan-Smith to League rivals Kidderminster will be a big blow however as is Josh Wilde’s return to Halifax. Adding Nathan Fox from last season’s Champion’s King’s Lynn is a positive addition however. Alfreton will be looking towards forwards unproven at this level to score the goals that Morgan-Smith previously did. Elliott Reeves made a surprise switch North from Margate whilst Jake Day will hope to convert his previous goalscoring form in the lower leagues at the Impact Arena. If they can manage that, then a repeat of safety is likely.
In: Toby Lees (Gateshead), George Willis (Boston United), Nathan Fox (King’s Lynn Town), Dan Bradley (AFC Fylde), Elliott Reeves (Margate), Jake Day (Tadcaster Albion), Rio Molyneaux (Mansfield Town), James Jones (Salford City), Lee Shaw (Chesterfield), Nicky Walker (Boston United)
Out: Andy Kellett (Guiseley), Dale Witham (Curzon Ashton), Josh Wilde (FC Halifax Town), Jude Oyibo (Curzon Ashton), Amari Morgan-Smith (Kidderminster Harriers)
Blyth Spartans: Blyth started the campaign with a lot of young, local talent from the Northern League with high profile (and now former) manager Lee Clark in charge. Sadly that approach didn’t work and Blyth spent most of the campaign in the relegation zone, with the season’s cancellation saving what seemed to be an inevitable relegation into the Evo-Stik,Callum Roberts 11 goals was the only real highlight after a previous season where they reached the play-offs, with club legend and prolific frontman Robbie Dale seemingly out of favour under Clark. Dale has since taken the decision to retire from football. Manager Michael Nelson has added players mainly from the same divison in a bid to improve the club’s fortunes. Following nearby South Shields promotion being denied due to the Evo-Stik’s postponement, Callum Guy and Kieran Charlton both switched to the Spartans. Midfielder Connor Thomson arrived from rivals Gateshead, young Greek forward Panos Katsamagkas from Harrogate and former York captain Simon Heslop signed from Boston. Meanwhile Liam Agnew’s arrival, who is formerly Sunderland Under-21’s Captain, will toughen up the midfield.
In: Panos Katsamagkas (Harrogate Town), Matthew Elsdon (Barrow), Callum Guy (South Shields), Kieran Charlton (South Shields), Brendan Pearson (free), Simon Heslop (Boston United), Paul Blackett (Gateshead), Connor Thomson (Gateshead), Alex Sakellaropoulos (Gateshead), Priestley Griffiths (Marske United), Kurt Russell (Newcastle Benfield), Liam Agnew (Harrogate Town)
Out: Adam Wrightson, Damen Mullen, Anthony Callaghan, Tom Devitt, Lewis Hawkins, Jack Hunter, Ben Harmison, Robbie Dale (retired)
Boston United: Last season’s beaten play-offs finalists will have a new stadium after leaving their home of 87 years at York Street and Pilgrim fans will be hoping the club can go one step further this time round and win promotion to the National League. Whilst the loss of Alex Whittle to Gloucester isn’t ideal, the acquisition of York’s Jordan Burrow, who hit 15 League goals last season, along with the scoring abilities of Jordan Thewlis and Dominic Knowles, could be the difference this time round. Added into the mix are the signings of Scott Duxbury from Fylde, defender Matt Tootle and goalie Ross Fitzsimmons, both from Notts County, winger Terry Hawkridge from Solihull Moors and forward Jordan Archer from Port Vale and it’s difficult to not envisage a similar season of success.
In: Matt Tootle (Notts County), Ross Fitzsimmons (Notts County), Connor Dimaio (Stockport County), Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra), Lewis Gibbens (Mansfield Town), Jordan Burrow (York City), Josh Askew (Salford City), Tyrell Warren (Salford City), Jordan Archer (Port Vale), Terry Hawkridge (Solihull Moors), Scott Duxbury (AFC Fylde), Fraser Preston
Out: Alex Whittle (Gloucester City), George Willis (Alfreton Town), Simon Heslop (Blyth Spartans), Jonathan Wafula (Guiseley), Nicky Walker (Alfreton Town)
Brackley Town: Always there or there abouts, Zimbabwean Lee Ndlovu will remain Brackley’s main goal threat with the added bonus of Ashley Chamber’s arrival from Kidderminster and Tre Mitford’s from Kettering. Wes York has moved coincidentally from York, whilst the only two major departures have been Simeon Maye (Leamington) and Dan Holman (back to Kettering), neither of which were regularly in the Brackley starting 11. With the ever reliable Shane Byrne in the middle, keeping a fairly small but talented squad injury free could be the difference between finally achieving promotion.
In: Ashley Chambers (Kidderminster Harriers), Harry Flowers (Larne), Aaron Phillips (St Ives), Wes York (York City), Bradley Rolt (Peterborough United), Tre Mitford (Kettering Town), Ethan Coleman (Reading)
Out: Simeon Maye (Leamington), Dan Holman (Kettering Town)
Bradford Park Avenue: BPA had a tortuous start to the season, with two managers (Garry Thompson and Marcus Law) leaving the club to be replaced by the return of Mark Bower. Before the season was curtailed, Bradford looked destined for the drop having the worst goals conceded and fewest goals scored. In fact leading scorer was Tom Clare, who only had five League goals after joining from Boston back in November. They picked up surprise wins over Chester and King’s Lynn before the season ended and BPA have kept most of that squad along with adding Mark Ross (Chorley), Luca Havern (Ashton United), Matty Downing (Leeds United), Jake Hibbs (Spennymoor Town), Isaac Marriott (Huddersfield Town), Dan Atkinson (Guiseley Town) and Tabish Hussain (Guiseley). A better campaign this time round?
In: Mark Ross (Chorley), Luca Havern (Ashton United), Matty Downing (Leeds United), Jake Hibbs (Spennymoor Town), Isaac Marriott (Huddersfield Town), Dan Atkinson (Guiseley Town), Tabish Hussain (Guiseley), Lewis Bradley (Rochdale)
Chester: The Blues made the National North play-offs last season but with several players leaving and apparent budget constraints, that may be more difficult to attain this time round.The departure of Asante to Gloucester is a major set-back on the goalscoring front and Chester will be hoping someone can step into those shoes. Goalkeeper Louis Gray has signed from Carlisle who will replace the No 1 jersey vacated by Russell Griffiths transfer to Telford along with several others arriving on short term deals. Amongst the players leaving were Gary Stopforth who went to Clitheroe, Matty Waters to Curzon and Scott Burton to Bamber Bridge. Formerly of Salford City, joint Managers Anthony Johnson and Barnard Morley may have their toughest test to date.
In: Louis Gray (Carlisle United), Paddy Lacey (Stalybridge Celtic), Luke Clark (Curzon Ashton), Ethan Cartwright, Iyrwah Gooden (Warrington Town), Bradley Bauress (Southport), Declan Weeks (Kidderminster Harriers)
Out: Awaksi Asante (Gloucester City), Russ Griffiths (AFC Telford United), Matty Waters (Curzon Ashton), Scott Burton (Bamber Bridge), Gary Stopforth (Clitheroe), Louis Hayes (Runcorn Linnets), Calum McIntyre (Runcorn Linnets)
Chorley: Following Chorley’s relegation to the North, there has been a lot of changes on the playing field at Victory Park. A whole host of players have left for other NLN clubs – Mark Ross to BPA, Matt Challoner & Marcus Carver to Southport, Adam Blackman to Spennymoor and Courtney Meppen-Walters to Telford. Former Bristol City and Tigers loanee Harvey Smith has joined along with nine other players, three of which are from Curzon Ashton (Midfielder Mike Calveley , forward Sean Miller and former England C defender Andy Halls). They will need to keep striker Harry Caldwell fit and Lewis Reilly will be needing to find the net more often in this divison to give them a chance of repeated success.
In: Arlen Birch (AFC Telford United), Harvey Smith (Bristol City), Leo Roberts (AFC Fylde United), Mike Calveley (Curzon Ashton), Sean Miller (Curzon Ashton), Lewis Reilly (Crewe Alexandra), Lewis Dutton (TNS), Andy Halls (Curzon Ashton), Ollie Shenton (Stoke City), Harry Cardwell (Grimsby Town), Jack Baxter (Preston North End), Joe Rodwell-Grant (Preston North End)
Out: Courtney Meppen-Walters (AFC Telford United), Mark Ross (Bradford Park Avenue), Matt Challoner (Southport), Marcus Carver (Southport), Alex Newby, Danny Eccles, Mark Ross, Nortei Nortey, Antony Kay, Adam Blackman (Spennymoor Town)
Curzon Ashton: Perennially a relegation favourite, with the lowest average gates and arguably the lowest wage budget – Curzon continued to defy the odds. They’ve gone about their transfer business in quiet but orderly fashion, adding in some genuinely good signings from neighbouring clubs that may have gone slightly under the radar. The acquisitions of midfielder Max Harrop and winger Craig Mahon from Altrincham’s promotion winning side, forward Matty Waters from Chester, midfielder Paul Turnbull, winger Darren Stephenson and attacker Alex Curran all from Stockport County to name a few. Whilst the squad has been slightly depleted with the loss of three to Chorley and Mo Ali to Southport, they could well surprise a few.
In: Max Harrop (Altrincham), Craig Mahon (Altrincham), Matty Waters (Chester), Nic Evangelinos (Ramsbottom United), Darius Palma (FC Trafford), Connor Hughes (Colne), Noah Stokes (Mansfield Town), Marcus Poscha (Colne), Dale Witham (Alfreton Town), Doug Tharme (Wrexham), Jude Oyibo (Alfreton Town), Paul Turnbull (Stockport County), Alex Curran (Stockport County), Darren Stephenson (Stockport County)
Out: Mo Ali (Southport), Mike Calveley (Chorley), Sean Miller (Chorley), Andy Halls, Luke Clark (Chester)
Darlington: With reduced capacity concerns, Darlington had made the switch back to the Arena. The 25 thousand capacity stadium able to cope with normal crowd levels far easier than their previous shared home only for fans to be barred from attending. Darlo have added some familiar names to many with former Middlesbrough defender Tony McMahon and Bolton defender Nicky Hunt dropping into the National North. Manager Alun Armstrong will have to contend with the loss of Stephen Thompson to rivals Spennymoor. Adam Campbell’s goals and subsequent partnership with new signing Dan Maguire from York will be a major factor in perhaps another season of missing out or making the play-offs. However they were dealt a cruel blow with striker Jamie Holmes being ruled out for the season already with a second cruciate injury.
In: Tony McMahon (Oxford United), Dan Maguire (York City), Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra), Luke Charman (Newcastle United)
Out: Luke Trotman, Stephen Thompson (Spennymoor Town)
Farsley Celtic: Farsley will need more firepower to improve on last season’s decent 11th placed finish and the likes of David Syers will be hoping new signing Joel Byrom from Stevenage can provide those goalscoring opportunities. The former Preston midfielder has well over 200 Football League appearances to his name and will bring a wealth of experience into the team. However losing key man Nathan Cartman to Scarborough Athletic is a major blow. Welsh midfielder Jake Charles, who has been capped at Under-21 level, also arrives from Stafford Rangers. Goalkeeper Steven Drench makes the switch from Altrincham.
In: Steven Drench (Altrincham), Tom Allan (York City), Jake Charles (Stafford Rangers), Joel Byrom (Stevenage)
Out: Jack Higgins, Elliott Wynne (Athertone Collieries), Isaac Baldwin (Witton Albion), Nathan Cartman (Scarborough Athletic)
Gateshead: After demotion last season, Gateshead surprised many with a promotion push. A strong end to the season was helped by the International Stadium becoming a bit of a fortress, with only champions King’s Lynn defeating them there in 2020.Left back Scott Barrow has left for Spennymoor and has been replaced with Kieren Aplin from North Shields whilst young Middlesbrough defender Nathan Dale joins as a replacement for Toby Lees who left for Alfreton.A consistent goalscoring threat is something the Heed will require this season to push them further up the table,so hopes will be pinned on the performances of Jonathan O’Donnell and Jordan Preston to do just that. However on the whole, the squad has remained pretty stable over the course of the summer.
In: Nathan Dale (Middlesbrough), Kieren Aplin (North Shields), Dan Ward (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Romario Vieira, Harrison Male (Leeds United)
Out: Scott Barrow (York City), Connor Oliver (Morpeth Town), Toby Lees (Alfreton Town), Danny Greenfield (Matlock Town), Paul Blackett (Blyth Spartans), Connor Thomson (Blyth Spartans), Alex Sakellaropoulos (Blyth Spartans), Sam Guthrie (West Auckland Town)
Guiseley: Lions joint managersMarcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill had a promising campaign last season, only just missing out on the NLN play-offs. Young midfielder Mark Howarth has signed from Salford, whilst Dan Cowan is a great addition to a defence marshalled by club captain Hamza Bencherif and the versatile George Cantrill.Kaine Felix is a forward who on his day is capable of giving the best defences at this level a difficult 90 minutes, but the departure of Jamie Spencer to Spennymoor along with the earlier loss of prolific striker Aaron Martin to Harrogate may well be the difference. They’ll be hoping new strike partner Jonathan Wafula, who switched from Boston United, will be the answer.
In: Andy Kellett (Alfreton Town), Dan Cowan (Stockport County), Mark Howarth (Salford City), Matty Gillam (Rochdale), Jonathan Wafula (Boston United), Isaac Currie, Jack Ryan (Olympia FC Warriors), Lebrun Mbeka (Tadcaster Albion), Hagie Damba, Brad Wade (Rochdale), Kennedy Digie (Hereford)
Out: Reiss McNally (Solihull Moors), Jamie Spencer (Spennymoor Town), Dan Atkinson (Bradford Park Avenue), Tabish Hussain (Bradford Park Avenue), Declan Lambton (Albion Sports), Will Thornton (Scarborough)
Gloucester City: After 13 years away from Gloucester, the Tigers finally move back to (new) Meadow Park with renewed optimism for a good season.Several high profile signings have been made, most notably that of Akwasi Asante. The prolific forward joins from Chester and scored in almost every game he played in last season. Joining him are midfielder Tommy O’Sullivan from Hereford, highly rated left back Alex Whittle from Boston, the versatile George Carline from Solihull, Kevin Dawson from FGR and two new goalkeepers – player/coach Jake Cole from Maidstone and England Under-18 International Louie Moulden from Manchester City. A trio of first team players moved to former manager Mike Cook’s Chippenham however, last season’s top scorer Joe Hanks, former Club Captain Spencer Hamilton and forward Marlon Jackson all making the switch to Hardenhuish Park. Defender Jack Senior moved up a divison with a switch nearer to home at FC Halifax Town. A front three of Asante, Bernard Mensah and Matt McClure is undoubtedly a formidable one at this level.
In: Awkasi Asante (Chester), Jake Cole (Maidstone United), George Carline (Solihull Moors), Alex Whittle (Boston United), Tommy O’Sullivan (Hereford), Gavin Gunning (free), Charlie Holliday (free), Kevin Dawson (Forest Green Rovers), Ben Morgan (free), Louie Moulden (Manchester City), Khaellem Bailey-Nichols (Buxton)
Out: Joe Hanks (Chippenham Town), Spencer Hamilton (Chippenham Town), Zack Kotwica (Swindon Supermarine), Marlon Jackson (Chippenham Town), Jake Jackson (Frome Town), Jack Senior (FC Halifax Town), Luke Pennell
Hereford: After several years of continual progress and success, last season was undoubtedly a disappointing one for Hereford supporters and perhaps this coming season is also one of change, with some regular first team names moving onto pastures new and relatively new manager Josh Gowling now officially at the helm. Former City defender’s Kieran Thomas and Danny Greenslade both opted to drop a league to join Weston-Super-Mare, Reece Styche and Jordan Culliane-Liburd both did the same with Buxton and Tamworth respectively. Meanwhile midfielder Tommy OSullivan joined Gloucester City and defender Jason Pope moved South to Bath. Incoming are Kettering goalkeeper (and former Tiger) Paul White. Yan Klukowski from Hungerford, Football League experienced left back Dan Jones signed from Cambridge Utd and central defender Jamie Grimes who switched to the North from Ebbsfleet. The Bulls did manage to secure the re-signing of another former City player with Tom Owen-Evans staying at Edgar Street. Hopes of a good season may pin on the form of forward Lennell John-Lewis and veteran centre back Jake Wright who brings a wealth of Football League experience with him.
In: Paul White (Kettering Town), Yan Klukowski (Hungerford Town), Dan Jones (Cambridge United), Jamie Grimes (Ebbsfleet), Luke Haines (Swindon Town), Andrai Jones (Stafford Rangers) , James McQuilkin (AFC Telford United), Ryan Lloyd (Port Vale), Kennedy Digie (Guiseley), Jake Wright (Bolton Wanderers), Giles Coke (Oldham Athletic), Chris Camwell (Coventry United)
Out: Keiran Thomas (Weston-Super-Mare), Reece Styche (Buxton), Danny Greenslade (Weston-Super-Mare), Jason Pope (Bath City), Tommy O’Sullivan (Gloucester City), Jordan Culliane-Liburd (Tamworth), Lance Smith (Leamington)
Kettering Town: Kettering were transformed after the arrival of former playerPaul Cox in the hotseat, grinding out surprise results at Spennymoor, Alfreton, Brackley and Altrincham and becoming a bit of a draw specialist. The loss of Paul White in goal along with Tre Mitford and Dan Nti’s goals may make this season a tougher proposition however. Solihull’s Shaun Rowley was brought in to replace White, whist the Poppies will be hoping returning former Cheltenham forward Dan Holman and new signing Lorne Bickley can strike a partnership that can give them the firepower to avoid another relegation battle. At the back the defence has been bolstered with the additions of Ryan Holland from Grantham and Ryan Fryatt from Champions King’s Lynn, who did however spend the majority of the season out with an injury.
In: Shaun Rowley (Solihull Moors), Lorne Bickley (Hartlepool United), Ryan Fryatt (King’s Lynn Town), Adam Collin (Carlisle United), Ryan Holland (Grantham Town), Dan Holman (Brackley Town), Josh Oyinsan (Royston Town), Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town), Lewis Wilson (Macclesfield Town), Joshua Scott (Mansfield Town)
Out: Paul White (Hereford), Dan Nti, Tre Mitford (Brackley Town), Ryan Holland (Grantham Town)
Kidderminster Harriers: For a club of Kiddy’s stature, last season was a poor one. Several high profile players moved on in the summer – most notably that of former City attacking midfielder Ed Williams who moved back into the Football League with a transfer to Doncaster Rovers, as did Milan Butterfield who joined Chesterfield. The goals of Ashley Chambers could also be sorely missed but should be adequately replaced with the addition of Amari Morgan-Smith from Alfreton. The vastly experienced Lee Vaughan meanwhile joined rivals Telford. Incoming is Omari Sterling-James, who spent time on loan at City in 2016, signing after his release from Mansfield. Another former City loanee in Luke Maxwell also arrived at Aggborough along with Lewis Montrose from Fylde. They also recently announced the loan signing of highly coveted Manchester United youngster Max Taylor. The form of Morgan-Smith could well be key as to whether Kiddy will improve for this campaign.
In: Luke Maxwell (Solihull Moors), Amari Morgan-Smith (Alfreton Town), Lewis Montrose (AFC Fylde), Caleb Richards (Norwich City), Omari Sterling-James (Mansfield Town), Max Taylor (Manchester United), Luke Simpson (Barrow), Keziah Martin (Barnsley)
Out: Ed Williams (Doncaster Rovers), Ashley Chambers (Brackley Town), Lee Vaughan (AFC Telford United), Milan Butterfield (Chesterfield), Declan Weeks (Chester)
Leamington: Paul Holleran continues to make the Brakes competitive at this level and with the influential Jack Edwards and Callum Gittings in midfield they are always a tough team to break down. The departure of star striker Josh March to Forest Green last season is one they still need to address and will hope former Tigers forward Joe Parker and new signing Danny Waldron from Rushall Olympic can help on that front. Lance Smith and Simeon Maye, both previously with Hereford, have also switched to the Windmill ground. They have however lost Connor Gudger and Kieran Dunbar and will need to adequately replace them to ensure they stay away from the drop zone.
In: Danny Waldron (Rushall Olympic), Jake Weaver (Birmingham City), Simeon Maye (Brackley Town), Lance Smith (Hereford), Kyle Morrison (Alvechurch), Dan Meredith (West Bromich Albion), Sam Osborne (Notts County)
Out: Connor Gudger, Kieran Dunbar
Southport: Liam Watson’sSouthport have largely kept the same side that finished comfortably in mid table last season. Club captainDavid Morgan’s 11 goals will need to be improved should they hope to go one better, Marcus Carver’s signing from Chorley could potentially enable that. Defender Matt Challoner also arrived from Chorley, along with fellow new recruits midfielder Dylan Vassallo from Warrington, Somalian International Mo Ali from Curzon and defender Jack Bainbridge on loan from Sunderland. Defensive midfielder Andy Parry was the major release from the club.
In: Mo Ali (Curzon Ashton), Matt Challoner (Chorley), Marcus Carver (Chorley), Dylan Vassallo (Warrington Town), Jack Bainbridge (Sunderland), Nial Watson (Airbus UK)
Out: Andy Parry, Morgan Homson-Smith (FC United of Manchester), Charlie Albinson, Ryan Astles (TNS), Brad Bauress (Chester)
Spennymoor Town: Whilst Spenny may have lost James Roberts, Jason Ainsley’s squad is largely intact from last season and has been bolstered with quality additions. A team that had high hopes of promotion, last season was one of disappointment as points per game ended their chances of a play-off place, with Gateshead having played 3 games less taking that final spot. Any club that can boast the goalscoring prowess of the likes of Glen Taylor, Rob Ramshaw and new signings Jamie Spencer from Guiseley and Stephen Thompson from north east rivals Darlington is always likely to be competing at the right end of the table.
In: Jamie Spencer (Guiseley), Joe Tait (York City), Jack Norton (Marske United), Frank Mulhern (Stockport County), Adriano Moke (York City), Jason Kennedy (Hartlepool United), Tyler Forbes (AFC Fylde), Adam Blackman (Chorley), Dale Eve (Robin Hood), Stephen Thompson (Darlington), Scott McLean (Darvel), Jordan Boon (Ostersund IFK)
Out: Jake Hibbs (Bradford Park Avenue), Shane Henry, Andrew Johnson, Matthew Gould, Stephen Brogan, James Roberts, Adam Boyes
York City: Last season’s nearly men, losing out on promotion due to points per game, York have made wholesale changes to their squad in the hope of securing the title.The departure of Jordan Burrow to Boston could leave a big goalscoring hole that manager Steve Watson will hope to fill with Jack Redshaw from Halifax and Jake Wright’s return from Boston. Meanwhile Alex Kempster went down a divison to join South Shields. The additions of Robbie Tinkler from Aldershot, who has bags of experienced at a higher level, along with Michael Woods from Dover and Jake Cassidy from Stevenage will account for the losses of Joe Tait and Adriano Moke, who both signed for Spennymoor, and Dan Maguire who switched to rivals Darlington. With additional signings made in the form of Kieran Kennedy from Port Vale, Akil Wright from Wrexham, young forward Rob Guilfoyle from Hull, Olly Dyson from Huddersfield, Scott Barrow from Gateshead and Michael Duckworth from Halifax it’s not difficult to see why the bookies think they should be competing for promotion.
In: Robbie Tinkler (Aldershot Town), Scott Barrow (Gateshead), Rob Guilfoyle (Hull City), Olly Dyson (Huddersfield Town), Jake Cassidy (Stevenage), Harry Bunn (Klimarnock), Kieran Kennedy (Port Vale), Michael Duckworth (FC Halifax Town), Jack Redshaw (FC Halifax Town), Reon Potts (Scunthorpe United), Michael Woods (Dover Athletic), Matty Brown (FC Halifax Town), Alex Wollerton (Barnsley), Akil Wright (Wrexham), Owen Gamble (Sunderland), Reon Potts (Scunthorpe United)
Out: Jordan Burrow (Boston United), Dan Maguire (Darlington), Wes York (Brackley Town), Joe Tait (Spennymoor Town), Adriano Moke (Spennymoor Town), Kieran Green, Tom Allan (Farsley Celtic), Alex Kempster (South Shields), Ryan Whitley (Scarborough)
Preview by Chris Warrior
Tagged as: National League North Season Preview
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