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Two New Signings For Leek Ahead Of Daniels Victory

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Neil Baker, manager of Evo-Stik League South club Leek Town, brought in two new signings just prior to the home game with Stamford AFC on Saturday.

Mat Bailey, a 6`5” central defender, joined the club from Evo-Stik League Premier side Stafford Rangers where he had been captain.

The experienced player who turned 32 today, started his career at Nantwich Town and was initially a striker, but was soon picked up by Stockport County.

Mat Bailey

After various loan spells he moved to Crewe Alexandra where he was converted to a central defender.

Again, he was sent out on loan to a number of clubs, before ending his three-year spell at Gresty Road by joining Northwich Victoria.

Further spells with Nantwich Town and AFC Telford United followed before he joined Stafford Rangers.

Bailey made his debut against Stamford and immediately impressed as Blues kept a clean sheet for only a second time in 2018.

Also arriving at Harrison Park is 19-year-old defender Caleb Richards, who has joined on loan from SkyBet League One side Blackpool.

Richards has also enjoyed loan spells at Warrington Town, Southport and Marine AFC and was an unused substitute against the Daniels.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Ben Chapman has joined Hallmark Security League Premier Division side Winsford United on loan in order to get some game time.

Ben Chapman

Commenting on the 1-0 victory over Stamford, Baker told the club`s Pitchero website: “I thought that was a great win, one that was hard fought by both sides.

“We were not allowed to play at our best against a very good Stamford outfit.

“There were two evenly matched sides out there on Saturday but we were good enough and that was what we needed to give us an outside chance of a play-off place come the end of the season”.


About Author

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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