Black Strengthens Town Squad

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With the registration deadline looming this week Grant Black, manager of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club Ossett Town, has been looking to add strength to the squad for the remaining games.

Reserve team goalkeeper Matt Brooke has signed NPL forms to add cover for Leigh Overton.

Brookes, also a coach within the junior set-up, has impressed Black with his performances for John Francis in the reserves and is confident that should the need arise he will be an excellent stand in for Overton.

Returning to the club is former Leeds United and Scuntorpe defender Isaac Assenso.

The elegant defender finished last season at the club before signing for Hartlepool United on a short-term contract.

Injury spoiled his time at Victoria Park and he has been allowed to leave to get some much-needed game time.

Assenso made his second debut at the weekend, and like his first debut against Darlington 1883 last year, he was in the thick of the action, but this time for all the wrong reasons. A goal on his first debut was followed with a red card thanks to two cautions this time round as the Reds beat Colwyn Bay.

Black is delighted that Assenso has decided to return to Ossett Town, saying: “He has come back like a Rolls Royce, he wants to get back into the professional game and we are delighted he feels we can help him do this. It`s a great move for the club, he has clearly learnt a lot since he was last here and there`s no reason why another full-time club won’t pick him up.”

With three days before the registration deadline passes, Black has other irons in the fire but has confirmed no-one is likely to be leaving the club, which is the first time in a number of years where no players have left the club through the season against the managers wishes!

(Neil Spofforth)

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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