LEE CASSWELL has strengthened his squad for the run-in with the signing of striker Ben Mills from Conference North side Brackley Town.
Formerly a trainee at Port Vale, Mills was also a youth team player at Leek Town and was first lured back to Harrison Park in the 2008/09 season from Newcastle Town, going on to score three goals in 37 appearances.
At the end of the season, he left to join Stafford Rangers (then in the Conference North) and subsequently moved on to Alfreton and then Nantwich Town.
After scoring 11 goals in 25 games for The Dabbers,the 25-year-old was snapped up by League Two side Macclesfield Town in January 2012. He went on to make 13 appearances for the Silkmen without finding the back of the net.
A successful loan move to Chester FC became permanent in August 2012 – but he was loaned out to Altrincham last year before joining Brackley in October – featuring in the two FA Trophy clashes with Leek.
Meanwhile, Casswell is poised to add goalkeeping cover to his squad in the form of highly experienced Stave Hodgson, who is also no stranger to Harrison Park.
Now a qualified goalkeeping coach with his own academy in Macclesfield, 32-year-old Hodgson was an England under-15, under-16 and under-18 international.
He began his pro career at Manchester City before moving on to Macclesfield Town, Chester City and Nuneaton Town, from where Blues signed him in February 2003.
In three previous spells at Harrison Park, Hodgson has made a total of 143 appearances but has also been on the books at Stocksbridge Park Steels and Kidsgrove Athletic.
He is currently coaching at both Mansfield Town and Stoke City.
TRAVELLING Blues' fans are reminded that a coach will be running to Brigg this Saturday. Seats are available at £10 each – contact Jamie Cullerton on 07827 360181 or Margaret Barker on 01538 386356.
FOLLOWING a recent meeting of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Leek Town have been deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in the home game against Eastwood Town earlier in the season.
The player in question was Glyn Cotton, who – unknown to Leek – was two days short of completing a period of suspension picked up while playing Sunday League football in Derbyshire.
At the same meeting, league officials also resolved to expunge Eastwood Town's playing record after they resigned from the competition three weeks ago.
This means that all those clubs who picked up points in their games against Eastwood lost all those points.
However, since Leek had already lost the points they won against Eastwood, no further points were deducted from the Moorlanders' record.
FOOTBALLING charity Kit Aid is urging the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League's clubs to help celebrate its third season as the league's official charity with another huge collection of unwanted or discarded kit for disadvantaged young footballers around the world.
The charity is on a mission again to win the backing of as many clubs as possible in 2014 and repeat the success of each of the last two seasons, when more than 30,000 kits were donated by clubs and fans.
Leek Town is collecting on behalf of Kit Aid and donations can be left at the club shop at the games against Lincoln, Sutton Coldfield, Carlton Town and Coaville Town.
For more information on KitAid's Easter collection campaign, visit www.kitaid.net
Jordan Johnson 31 (incl 3 pens); Andy Kinsey 11; John Johnston 9; Dan Shelley 8; Mitch Husbands 6; Dan Smith 3; Tim Grice 3; Matt Bell 3; Niall MaGuire 3; Anthony Danylyk 2; Sam Hall 1; Ryan Dicker 1; Own goals 2 – total 83.
Tue 18: Chasetown - a.
Sat 22: Brigg Town - a.
Wed 26: Lincoln United - h.
Wed 2: Sutton Coldfield Town - h.
Sat 5: Carlton Town - h.
Sat 12: Scarborough Athletic - a.
Wed 16: Carlton Town - a.
Sat 19: Coalville Town - h.
Mon 21: Market Drayton Town - a.
Sat 26: Bedworth United - h.