New Keeper for Quakers

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Ebac Northern League First Division club Darlington 1883 have signed Mark Bell from league rivals West Auckland Town.

The goalkeeper will make his Quakers debut in Saturday’s game at Durham City and replaces Jack Norton, who has been released.

Bell was West’s first-choice keeper and played against Quakers when Martin Gray’s side lost 2-1 at Darlington Road last month.

The keeper also played in the FA Vase Final at Wembley last season, as did Terry Galbraith, for Dunston UTS, who Quakers signed a fortnight ago.

“He’s very well thought of in the Northern League and I’m absolutely delighted to sign him,” said Gray. “With Craig Turns in the squad as well, we’ve got two very good keepers.”

Norton began the season as Darlington’s first-choice keeper before briefly losing his place to Turns.

However, Turns suffering a shoulder injury two weeks ago meant Norton was handed a reprieve, playing in last Saturday’s match at Newton Aycliffe.

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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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