BUXTON FC’s bid to secure their Evo-Stik Premier Division status has been given a boost after the club secured the services of popular striker Bradley Barraclough until the end of the season.
Barraclough has had his short-term loan at the Silverlands from Blue Square Bet Premier club Lincoln City extended until the end of the season, with the Bucks currently four points adrift of safety.
The striker has scored a goal in each of his four appearances for Buxton, including a last-gasp header which secured the strugglers a vital point in a 1-1 draw away at high-flying Northwich Victoria on Saturday.
Buxton player-manager Scott Maxfield said: “It was imperative that we kept hold of him. His goals could be the difference between staying up or not, and the board have been good by supporting me in that decision.”
And reacting to the news on Twitter, Buxton’s captain and all-time leading scorer Mark Reed said: “Barra signed till end of season. Top player. Well done Maxi.”
The announcement comes as winger James Baxendale, 19, whose original loan period from Doncaster Rovers expired on January 2, has had his stay extended by 60 days, the maximum allowed under FA rules, while new signing, centre-half Tom Burgin, went straight into the starting line-up at Northwich in place of the injured Curtley Williams.
Burgin, 21, who was released from First Division South side Sheffield FC, has previous experience with Rotherham United and has also played in Sweden. He is due to leave to play in Finland in mid-March.
Maxfield added: “I think the side I took over was a stagnating one and we needed fresh impetus, and I think the lads I have brought in have helped give us that.
“I think they come with a youthful exuberance that has been missing, and can only enhance the team’s performance. But also I am conscious of the budget I have to work with.”
Also this week, the club announced midfielder Martin Pembleton’s contract had been terminated by mutual consent, and he was expected to re-join former club Winterton Rangers.
Originally signed from Bottesford Town last season, the 21-year-old had scored twice in 26 appearances, after his first season with the Bucks had been hampered by injury.
Another departure is that of 19-year-old midfielder Ollie Banks, who has returned to Rotherham United following the completion of his loan move. He made six appearances for Buxton.
This Saturday, the Bucks travel to Bradford Park Avenue (kick-off 3pm) for a re-arranged Evo-Stik Premier Division fixture, before visiting First Division South play-off contenders Ilkeston FC in the fourth round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup the following Tuesday, January 17 (kick-off 7.45pm).