New faces strengthen push for promotion

Striker Nathan Benger pictured in Matlock Town colours.
Striker Nathan Benger pictured in Matlock Town colours.

JOHN Reed has strengthened his Buxton FC squad with a number of new faces ahead of a gruelling fixture programme.

Chris Ovington, Greg Moseley, Sam Johnson and Shaun Doxey are among the names to sign Evo-Stik forms for the Bucks.

Reed also hopes ex-Matlock Town striker Nathan Benger, of East Midlands Counties Football League leaders Heanor Town, could feature for the Bucks at some point later in the season.

“I’ve always liked Nathan, and I was a little surprised that Matlock haven’t kept hold of him,” he said.

Ovington, who joins the Bucks from FC United of Manchester, featured for Buxton as a substitute during the 2-1 win at Burscough on Saturday, and was due to make his full debut for the Bucks in last night’s (Wednesday) Derbyshire Senior Cup tie against Borrowash Victoria. The winger/forward came through the ranks at Leeds United, and has also featured for Bradford Park Avenue and Burscough.

Reed said: “I went to watch Chris at some trials when he was released by Leeds United, and I have watched him play a couple of times for Leeds Reserves. He plays wide right and is full of energy, exactly the type of player we are looking for.”

Midfielder Callum Congreve, who made a brief substitute appearance in the league cup tie at Skelmersdale, has recently returned from the USA, after spending his formative years with Scunthorpe United.

Bradwell-based Greg Moseley has re-signed for the Bucks following his release from Atherstone Town, as has Harpur Hill FC manager Shaun Doxey, who scored 24 goals in over 100 Buxton appearances. Both will continue to play in local soccer while acting as cover. Harpur striker Sam Johnson, who was on the radar of FC United, has signed Evo-Stik forms for the Bucks and was also due to feature in last night’s cup game.

Injured midfielder Martin Pembleton, who signed from Bottesford Town, could return to light training as early as next week after damaging the ligaments in his ankle during his Bucks debut against Chasetown.