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BUXTON have persuaded former Ilkeston Town goalkeeper Ross Turner to come out of retirement as manager Nicky Law continues to add experience to his promotion seeking squad at the Silverlands.

Turner retired from the game because of work commitments at the end of last season after helping Ilkeston to promotion to the Unibond Premier Division but has been a familiar figure in non-league football for a number of years.

Turner also lists a Football League appearance for Scunthorpe United on his lengthy CV which also includes previous spells in the Northern Counties East League.

After beginning his career at Stocksbridge Park Steels, Turner moved to Worsbrough Bridge and it was whilst at Park Road that he attracted the attention of Scunthorpe. After a short spell at Glanford Park during the 1999/2000 season Turner returned to Stocksbridge before joining Alfreton Town and helping them to an amazing NCEL treble.

Alfreton swept the board during the 2001/2002 season winning the NCEL Premier Division title, the League Cup and the Presidents Cup with Turner drawing rave reviews for his form between the sticks for the Reds.

In May 2002 Turner joined Worksop Town and subsequently moved on to Bradford Park Avenue and Ilkeston before his brief retirement.

Turner joins Buxton with the club riding high at the top of the NCEL Premier Division and with fans still reflecting on the amazing performance of another of Law’s recent recruits, striker David Reeves.

Reeves showed exactly why he has been such a prolific scorer throughout his career by bagging an astonishing double hat-trick on his home debut for the Bucks.

Reeves’ golden half-dozen came in the nine goal rout of Glapwell which included a ten minute spell in which the striker hit the back of the net four times.

Buxton have now scored over a century of goals this season.


ARNOLD TOWN are on the verge of an exciting new era as the club gears up for their summer move to a new ground outside of town at Eagle Valley.

And, with the ink still wet on the hundred thousand pounds transfer of striker Ben Hutchinson to Premiership side Middlesbrough, Arnold received another financial boost with a ‘substantial’ cash donation from a local business.

Builders Merchants and Plant Hire Company Frank Key have pledged an undisclosed amount to help the club as they organise the move of 23 teams from Gedling Road to their brand new home ground.


THE NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE will see a break with tradition this season after the management board announced that the League Cup final will be played over two-legs this year.

The league’s flagship knock-out competition has always been settled with a one-off tie but will now join the Presidents Cup and Wilkinson Sword Trophy in being decided by an aggregate score.

Dates for the finals of all the leagues competitions will be announced in due course.


WINTERTON RANGERS have strengthened their midfield by signing Shaun Black.

Black will be reunited at West Street with Matty Edeson with whom he played at both Bridlington Town and Hall Road Rangers.


GEDLING TOWN are pushing hard for promotion to the top-flight of NCEL football and they have recruited Matt Turner from Unibond side Ilkeston Town.

Turner had joined the Derbyshire club in the close-season after leaving Eastwood Town but didn’t nail down a regular starting place at the New Manor Ground.


LINCOLN MOORLANDS have reported that leading scorer Rick Ranshaw is set to join neighbours Lincoln United of the Unibond League.

Ranshaw had found the back of the net 14 times for the Moors but is keen for another chance of higher-level football in what will be his third spell at Lincoln United. Ranshaw began his career with Lincoln City before enjoying stays at Bridlington Town, Harrowby United, Grantham Town and Gainsborough Trinity.

Meanwhile, Kevin Oxby has joined Moorlands as a temporary replacement physio for Neil Fleming who is recovering from a shoulder operation.


SHEFFIELD are enjoying their preparations for their 150 year anniversary but they have recently taken time to help out one of their ‘younger’ neighbours.

Football League side Rotherham United are enduring a severe financial crisis with the Millers chairman, Peter Ruchniewicz, warning that unless the club can quickly find one million pounds then they will fold.

Rotherham are haemorrhaging 140,000 every month yet despite the gloom the clubs supporters, and fans of many other teams, have held fundraisers and collections to net some cash to try and head-off the crisis.

Sheffield held a raffle in aid of the Millers after their recent match with Eccleshill United which enabled them to donate 84 to the Rotherham United Supporters Trust with Club chairman Dave McCarthy saying, ‘We were only too pleased to help in this small way.’


LIVERSEDGE put back their NCEL League Cup quarter-final tie with Parkgate by 24 hours to allow their players to celebrate Valentines Day!

www.thisisbradford.co.uk reported that, ‘Liversedge FC manager Eugene Lacy was stood up by his players who pulled out of the Northern Counties East League Cup quarter-final because they had other match-making in mind.’

The club were due to play Parkgate in the quarter-finals of the competition but had to postpone the game because the love-struck players were busy romancing their other halves.

Mr Lacy said: “I have never heard anything like it. It wouldn’t have happened in my day but they are all young lads, I started asking around who would be available last week and I got one or two who wouldn’t commit themselves. Obviously it’s an important match and we wanted our strongest side.”

Mr Lacy then had no choice but to try to sweet-talk their opponents into agreeing another date.

“They said ‘Yes’ straight off so I don’t know if they were having the same problems, it makes you wonder,” he said.

Commercial manager Mark Brier said: “We’ve had a few chuckles about it. It’s the first time I’ve ever known anything like this to happen in the club’s history.

“We can be a rowdy bunch but obviously we’re also a set of smooth-talkers!”


PICKERING TOWN are enjoying their best ever run in the FA Vase and the Pikes are now in the last eight. Town have never made it past the fourth round before but now, depending on the result of the Buxton v Nantwich replay, could face an all NCEL tie in the quarter-finals.

Pickering reached the last eight following their 2-1 win at Wessex League side Wimborne Town. The Pickering supporters who travelled down to Dorset were now only treated to some exciting football but also to a demonstration of musketry from the Wimborne Militia - an historical group dressed in 17th century garb - who provided the pre-match entertainment.

But, fortunately for the Pikes it was they who had the greater fire-power on the day.


SHIREBROOK TOWN striker Simon Johnson looks as though he will see out the season with the Langwith Road club after speculation that he would be leaving the club.

Earlier this season Johnson, 23, whose current deal with Shirebrook finishes at the end of this campaign, had spent a period on loan at Nationwide Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity and was also the subject of interest from other clubs.

 "The Blues"