Burrell departs Bucks while weather plays havoc again

Warren Burrell has left Buxton to sign for Harrogate Town.
Warren Burrell has left Buxton to sign for Harrogate Town.

Midfielder Warren Burrell became the latest Buxton star to depart for a higher level this week after signing for National League North side Harrogate Town.

Burrell, 25, is returning to Harrogate for a second spell having previously been with the club five years ago.

Having been on non-contract terms at Silverlands, seven days’ notice was put in by Town boss Simon Weaver for Burrell and the move was completed on Tuesday.

Buxton manager Martin McIntosh was disappointed to lose Burrell but pleased he has been able to make the move to a higher level.

He said: “Warren is a massive loss for us as he’s played every minute of every game since he arrived.

“He’s improved no end, as emphasised by the fact that he’d spent three years at the level below with Sheffield before coming here and yet after four months he’s earned a move to a higher level.

“Harrogate offered him a financial package we simply couldn’t compete with. It’s hard when you don’t have players on contract as no matter how valuable they are to you they can end up going for nothing and it’s happened a lot here in recent months.

“It’s good for the club in terms of us having quality players in the first place but as we’re not in a position to dish out contracts freely we then sometimes suffer when the players leave, not least on the playing front.

“Warren leaving gives the chance for someone else to step up to the plate and replace him. I’m confident I have players here that can do that but if not I’ll have to see if we can recruit from elsewhere.”

Town chief Weaver said: “We are delighted to have Warren on board. He was with me as a very young player in my first season at Harrogate and showed great potential at the time.

“He has since matured as a player and fits the bill with his athletic ability and attitude.

“We are looking forward to his immediate involvement.”

Meanwhile, Buxton have been left out of action over the last week with several postponements decimating what was initially a very packed schedule.

Last Thursday’s Derbyshire Senior Cup tie at Pinxton fell victim, as did the second attempt to play it on Monday. It was eventually played after the Advertiser went to press on Wednesday night.

Saturday’s league visit to Frickley was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the same fate seeing the Doodson Sport Cup tie at Stamford called off on Tuesday night.

The weather has even played a part in seeing this weekend’s home game against Marine being switched to Merseyside instead, such is the threat of rain and snow in the Buxton area over the next few days. Marine will now visit Silverlands on Saturday, March 5.

McIntosh said: “It’s always frustrating as you want to get games played to avoid a potential backlog, but equally there’s nothing you can do about it.

“It was a wise decision to switch the fixture given the forecast and we’ll go up there full of confidence and hopefully off the back of a cup win on Wednesday.”

Tuesday night then sees a scheduled trip to Barwell. The Leicestershire side have struggled in recent weeks but beat Ilkeston 4-0 last weekend.

McIntosh added: “Away games in this league are always tough, especially at this time of year when pitches are cutting up, but we beat Barwell 5-1 not too long ago and although they’ll be fired up and wanting to get revenge, we’ll be ready for that.”