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Liam Salt stays and David Bramley signs for Pickering Town
8:10am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in Sport
PICKERING Town’s return to Northern Counties East League action is being boosted by the confirmation top-scorer Liam Salt is staying at Mill Lane.
The Pikes have also strengthened at the other end of the pitch after resigning goalkeeper David Bramley from premier division rivals Barton Town Old Boys.
As reported in last week’s Gazette, Salt had been the subject of a seven-day approach from highflying Bridlington Town, who are managed by former Pickering boss Mitch Cook. But, as predicted, he rejected the chance to move.
Former Scarborough Athletic and Bridlington stopper Bramley is also back at Mill Lane, having impressed as the last of Pickering’s myriad of goalkeepers in the topsy-turvy 2011/12 season, having replaced Adam Mitchell last March before leaving for Barton in the summer.
Pikes number one Arran Reid was sent off against Brighouse Town on January 5 and is still waiting to serve his suspension following multiple recent postponements, including Saturday’s home match against Armthorpe Welfare, which, like all of the NCEL fixtures, fell to the wintry weather.
Bramley also challenged Reid for the number one shirt at Scarborough back in 2009/10.
The Pikes’ game with Armthorpe will now be played on Tuesday, February 12, kick off 7.45pm. The home game against Arnold Town, postponed the previous Saturday, has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 5, kick off 7.45pm.
They had been due to return to action at home to Winterton Rangers last night, and entertain Staveley Miners Welfare on Saturday.
The Pikes’ other February fixtures: 6, North Riding County FA Senior Cup quarter-finals at Grangetown Boys Club (to be played on Thornaby’s ground), 7.45pm; 9, Lincoln Moorlands Railway, away; 12 Armthorpe Welfare, home; 16, Maltby Main, home; 20, Winterton Rangers, away; 23, Hall Road Rangers, away.
The Pikes enjoyed a good social evening last Friday when club president Craig Short, the former Scarborough, Everton, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers professional, held a question and answer session. Younger brother Chris Short, who played for Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield, Sheffield United and Stoke, also attended.