Astley signs new contract; boost for Bartle

Tim ChannonFirst Team

SEAGULLS boss Phill Hadland is delighted to report that top scorer Astley Mulholland has committed himself to the club for the rest of the season and has been signed on contract.

This follows interest from a number of a clubs and the manager commented: “There has been quite a bit of interest, but Astley says he is happy here and wants to stay so we are delighted he has agreed to go on contract for the rest of the season.”

The 29-year-old has scored ten goals in his 16 games so far this season and is currently among the top five goal scorers in the Evo-sik North.

Meanwhile, after two weeks without a game, the Seagulls are preparing for an important home fixture against in-form Droylsden next Saturday (Nov 4) with the boost of a likely full strength squad.

Danny Bartle is set to be involved on Saturday after being sidelined by a persistent ankle injury.

Dan Collins and Lassana Mendes are both back in training this week, after having to fly home to Australia and Spain respectively to deal with family issues, and Danny Bartle is also fit enough to be involved again, so the manager could have everybody (apart from long term absentee Gaz Burnett) available for the first time in  nearly two months.

“Danny has trained well and will be involved on Saturday for the first time since he had a brief run out against South Shields so that is positive news,” added the manager.

The only slight concern is Jamie Menagh who has picked up an ankle knock in training, but the manager is hopeful he will be okay.

The Seagulls are currently just five points off the play-off places, with two games in hand on sixth-placed Prescot Cables, and with six of the teams above them, including Prescot,  playing each other on Saturday, it is an opportunity to make up some ground in the table.

“We’ve had a difficult period with players unavailable for various reasons, but there is not a lot in the league and a run of two or three wins can put us right back up there,” he said.

“We’ve got Droylsden on Saturday followed by games against Kendal and Mossley and we really need to be looking at winning all three.”

Other fixtures on Saturday include: Glossop North End v Prescot Cables, Bamber Bridge v Tadcaster and Scarborough Athletic v Ramsbottom.

Droylsden are unbeaten in their last seven league and cup games and have had back to back league and FA Trophy victories in which former Seagulls wing back Shaun Holden scored in both games.

They have also just signed former Stockport County forward Sefton Gonzales from Corley.

 

BAY STAY TOP OF TECHNICAL AREA TABLE

THE Seagulls stay top of the Evo-stik North table for Technical area behaviour following games played in October, just ahead of nearest rivals Bamber Bridge and Droylsden.

In the 13 league games played so far this season, Phill Hadland and his backroom staff have been awarded a maximum three points for ‘Excellent’  on 11 occasions and two points for ‘good’ in the other two games.

In the Fair Play table, sponsored by FWP Architecture, Colwyn Bay are second behind monthly winners Ossett Albion with just two cautions in their three games played, and have moved up to 16th in the overall table after dropping into the bottom three following a dismal September disciplinary record.