BUXTON Football Club player-manager Scott Maxfield is back in the market for a new defender following the departure of Curtley Williams.
The 21-year-old centre-back made 19 appearances for the Bucks since joining on loan from AFC Telford United at the start of September, and had been playing on non-contract terms prior to leaving the Silverlands last week for a contract in Spain.
Maxfield is now searching for a suitable replacement to strengthen a department shown to be vulnerable in recent matches.
Meanwhile, with loanee Ollie Banks having returned to Rotherham United – and is now out again on loan with Stalybridge Celtic – central midfielder Peter Davidson has been recruited from North Ferriby United.
Davidson, 23, and striker brother Alex, had been in a second spell with the Humberside club, having briefly tried his luck with Blue Square North outfit Guiseley in the summer.
Bucks chairman Tony Tomlinson commented: “We are being well-served by our loan players, but Scott is now looking to improve the quality of the squad with permanent signings of proven Premier Division men when they become available.
“His task is far from easy because even though Louis Horne and Martin Pembleton have left, we still have a full complement of contract players that he has inherited.
“However, he has created a bit of room for manoeuvre by his ‘wheeling and dealing’ as we look to escape the relegation places.”
Buxton’s inaction at Bradford Park Avenue last Saturday, due to a frozen pitch, saw them lose ground in the fight for Evo-Stik Premier Division survival, with Frickley Athletic, Whitby Town and Mickleover Sports all picking up valuable points.
Weather permitting, the Bucks will host high-flying Chorley FC at the Silverlands on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). The Lancashire club were the 2-1 losers at a frost-bound Frickley last weekend.
Kieran Lugsden will miss the Chorley game as he serves the last of his three-match ban for the red card received in the league derby at Matlock Town on Boxing Day.
Also absent will be Steve Ridley, who begins a two-match ban after amassing ten yellow cards.
The following Tuesday, January 24, (kick-off 7.45pm), Buxton visit the New Manor Ground for their rescheduled Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter-final tie against Evo-Stik First Division South side Ilkeston FC, which was postponed earlier this week due to a frozen pitch.