Teams strengthen squads

LONG Buckby and Daventry United have both strengthened their squads during the big freeze but will still struggle to keep pace with UCL big spenders St Neots and King’s Lynn.

Glenn Botterill, manager of the second-placed Bucks, has snapped up former Nuneaton and Bedworth United striker Aiden Moore while defender Danny Duggan has returned to Station Road after two years on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

At Communications Park, United boss Darran Foster has signed Josh Bellamy from landlords Daventry Town, having already added to the numbers by taking on prolific UCL goalscorer Ben Foster.

In addition Lee Thomas has been recruited from Rugby Town alongside much-travelled midfield man Tom O’Brien, formerly of Northampton Spencer, Long Buckby, Daventry Town, Woodford United, Bugbrooke and Sileby Rangers.

Meanwhile Premier Division title favourites St Neots and well-supported newcomers King’s Lynn have looked to new recruits from step four clubs or higher.

Full backs Jack Bradshaw (Maidenhead) and Theo Davis (Bromley) have both moved to the Saints.

King’s Lynn have taken on Stamford’s Russ Watson as well as Chris Bacon who has returned to the north Norfolk club following a spell playing in Australia.

Back on the home front ex-Bucks’ winger Nick Worley moved recently to Birds Close and duly marked his Bugbrooke debut by scoring four goals in the 5-3 win over Potton United.

St Ives who like the Bucks, St Neots and King’s Lynn, are still in the FA Vase, noted that evergreen Westwood Road defender Dan Newman recently made his 400th appearance for the Huntingdonshire club.

Other points of UCL interest include the news that Newport Pagnell’s robust Number nine Darren Lynch will be out of action for up to two months because of a bout of glandular fever.

Desborough appear to have found a fresh injection of cash from somewhere and could soon be climbing the table after capturing leading marksmen Kevin Byrne (S and L) and Jon Mitchell who had short spells at both Daventry Town and Long Buckby earlier this season.