Curzon Ashton sign two players ahead of Harrogate trip
Saturday 3rd September 2016 11:46 Football Sports Posted by Adam Higgins

CURZON Ashton have announced the signings of two former Football League players ahead of Saturday’s league trip to Harrogate Town.

Defender James Baillie, who links up with John Flanagan’s team after a prolonged spell at Crewe Alexandra, could make his debut at Wetherby Road after being included on the bench.

But midfielder Luke Clark, who joins from local rivals and fellow National League North side Salford City, will not be available until Tuesday’s match away to AFC Fylde.

The pair will provide a welcome boost to the Tameside outfit’s playing squad, which was depleted further by last week’s departure of Ryan Brooke to Nantwich Town.

Clark was an instrumental figure in the Ammies’ promotion to the sixth tier of English football last season, scoring three goals in 37 appearances as Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s side came up via the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division play-offs.

The St Helens-born player, 22,, who can also operate at full-back, began his career at boyhood club Everton before representing Preston North End and Accrington Stanely in the Football League.

He moved into non-league to play for Witton Albion before pitching up at Moor Lane last summer and making a huge impression, with his late equaliser in April’s 1-1 draw against Stamford seen as a crucial moment in Salford’s successful campaign.

But he has fallen out of favour at the start of this term and was an unused substitute as Salford won 2-0 at Curzon on Bank Holiday Monday.

Meanwhile, Baillie, who is also 22, has previous experience of League Two with the Alex, appearing 17 times in the first team after coming through the ranks at Gresty Road.

Curzon stated on their website that they welcome both players and wish them a successful stay at the Tameside Stadium.

The Nash began the day 14th in the sixth tier of English football with eight points from seven games, ahead of facing fourth-placed Harrogate.

 

Photo by Charlotte Tattersall (Salford City FC)