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Two join the Nash ahead of Southport clash on Saturday
Friday 10th November 2017 @ 14:20 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton have confirmed the signings of striker Ryan Brooke and defender Jamie Stott.

Brooke returns to the club having previously helped John Flanagan’s side to the Evo-Stik Division One North title in 2014, before helping the club achieve promotion to the National League North in 2015.

During his time with the Nash, Brooke made himself a fans favourite after scoring 41 goals in 121 appearances. However, he moved to Nantwich Town in August 2016 and scored on his debut.

In a bid to regain match fitness, the 27-year-old has been playing for Sandbach United in the North West Counties First Division. He registered ten goals in nine appearances for the club.

Unfortunately, according to Curzon’s website, the striker is highly doubtful for the visit of Southport in the National League North on Saturday due to tonsillitis.

Meanwhile, Stott returns to the club for a second spell having previously impressed while on loan from Oldham Athletic towards the end of last season.

Having made 32 appearances for the Nash, Stott was recalled by former Latics boss John Sheridan in Oldham’s bid against the drop. Stott helped the club avoid relegation with a number of classy performances – none more so than the 1-0 victory against Bolton Wanderers at Boundary Parkin April.

Stott has most recently spent a brief period on loan with AFC Fylde in the National League.

Of the signings, Curzon manager John Flanagan said:”We are really pleased to have both Jamie and Ryan back at the club. Both were always very popular in their first periods and we know they are very capable. I’m sure the players and spectators that knew them will be delighted to see both back with us and wish them all the very best for their second spell.”

Curzon entertain Southport in the National League North on Saturday.

They enter the game on the back of successive defeats to Gainsborough Trinity and York City, leaving them 11th in the table on 23 points.

Meanwhile, after relegation from the National League in May, Southport have started the season poorly and find themselves in 16th spot on 20 points.

The club is managed by former Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies, who took the job last month following Allen Lewer’s dismissal.