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Chris Herbert, manager of Hallmark Security League Premier Division club Runcorn Town, has moved to shore up his defensive line for the second half of the season with the signing of goalkeeper Adam Reid from Evo-Stik League North side Atherton Collieries.

The goalkeeper won the NWCL Premier Division title last season as well as several goalkeeper of the month awards en-route and has moved to Pavilions on a dual registration in search of regular first-team football once more after falling down the pecking order at Colls.

The signing comes with Andy Metcalf leaving the club to return to former club Chester Nomads for the rest of the season.

Metcalf’s work situation has changed which meant that he would be unable to commit to midweek games over the coming months, with the Saturday schedule of West Cheshire League side Nomads fitting in a lot better.

Sam Henry is also leaving the club to re-join Blacon Youth Club in the Cheshire League for similar reasons.

Henry started his career there before moving on to Bangor City and Widnes before moving to Pavilions, and he is looking for regular football with the weather ultimately affecting his time with us.

Runcorn will retain both Metcalf and Henry’s registrations for the Hallmark Security League should the need arise for them to return over the final months of the season.

Herbert told the club`s official website: “Reidy has signed from Atherton Collieries and I would like to thank Michael Clegg for letting us have him here. He played in our friendly at Vauxhall’s and took to it like a duck to water, despite not playing for a few weeks. He has won this league before last season, and his experience in that will be really useful over the next month. He will come into the squad to battle it out with Terry McCormick for the number one shirt.

“Andy has been honest with me about his work commitments and he did not wish to let anybody down. We wish him all the best and he has been great for us in his time here. He was the mainstay in our 100% start to the season before injury, and one of the main reasons we are towards the top of the league right now. Sam just wants to get back playing football again after a frustrating six months for him. He has hardly kicked a ball for us due to all the games we have had called off. I completely understand his reasons and I know that he will soon be back to his best scoring goals for Blacon”.

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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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