Settle Swoops for New Keeper

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Hallmark Security League Premier Division club West Didsbury & Chorlton have signed goalkeeper Aaron Ashley from Bacup Borough.

Manager Steve Settle has moved quickly to sign the highly-rated young goalkeeper from the Lancashire based NWCL First Division side after a string of impressive displays.

Settle said: “We’re pleased to get Aaron on board. We’ve been looking to strengthen the team in several areas. We are now starting to think about next season. However, rather than wait until the end of the season myself, Stephen Brockley, Steve Eckersley and Rob Madden have sat down and thought about bringing in a couple of lads to get them embedded in early to hit the ground running.”

Settle was in the stands at Cheadle Town last weekend where he saw Ashley pulled off a string of good saves on his way to a clean sheet as Bacup ended a run ten games without a win to beat in form Cheadle 1-0.

“We’ve watched him play a couple of times. I went to watch him against Cheadle last Saturday and he was man of the match and pulled off three or four great saves. He’s a young lad and there’s lots and lots of potential there. He’s someone we obviously want and we’re dead pleased that Aaron has signed with West.”

Ashley had boasted a 100% record for Bacup this season appearing in every single game having made thirty-five appearances for the Borough.

He spent last season playing at both Daisy Hill and Stockport Town, making fifteen appearances for the two sides following nine appearances for Daisy Hill in 2014/15 – his first season in the NWCL.

West fans will be able to see Ashley in action for the first time on Saturday, 11th March when they face Barnton at The Hinchcliffe Holmes Stadium.

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