The ins and outs of pre-season

WITH just days to the start of the new Evo-Stik League season, Buxton FC’s squad continues to evolve with more players signing, while others have departed.

Midfielder Martin Pembleton and centre-back Sam Liversidge have penned deals to make it 11 contract players on the staff, while popular left-back Josh Wilde has returned after summer trials at Mansfield Town and Gainsborough Trinity and signed league forms for the Bucks.

Previously Scott Hartley was the only goalkeeper on the books, but two more have now been recruited.

Eighteen-year-old Belper-based Tom Turner spent two years with Bolton Wanderers before a spell either side of the summer break with Stafford Rangers, while Joe Simpson played last season with Askern Villa.

Also signing non-contract forms is under-19 central midfielder Zak Heywood.

Heywood, 17, is the son of former Buxton centre-half Mark Heywood and played in the High Peak Cup ties against Chapel Town and Glossop North End.

On the debit side, midfielder Reece Littlejohn, wanting regular first-team football, has left the club, while ex-Matlock Town and Heanor Town striker Nathan Benger has been missing of late.

Trialist left-back Kris King, 22, once of Wigan Athletic and FC Halifax Town, has now been released.

He had played against the Bucks three years ago, for Leigh Genesis, in the memorable 7-0 away victory for the Silverlands club.