Late swoop nets four players


Alfreton Town have signed three strikers and a midfielder ahead of the big 2012/13 season kick-off at Stockport County on Saturday.

The strikers joining the Reds are Ben Tomlinson, signed on a two-year deal from Macclesfield, Tom Denton, who has been on trial and veteran Iyseden Christie .

The midfielder is former Barnsley man Alastair Taylor.

Macclesfield signed Tomlinson from Worksop Town where he had been a prolific goalscorer.

The fee was in the region of £30,000 which took him from the Tigers to Macclesfield last summer and he was the Silkmen’s leading scorer with five goals by the end of October including the fastest-ever Macclesfield Town goal in 6.4 seconds against Morecambe.

He unfortunately then fractured his ankle and was out for nearly four months before coming back for an injury crisis and suffered a relapse after just 45 minutes.

He came back in for the final few games of the season and scored at Northampton but wasn’t fully fit and struggled before a change of manager saw him slip back out of the running.

He ended last season with six goals but only played half of the campaign and played half of that at well under full fitness.

Manager Nicky Law signed Denton following a successful trial period with the club in pre-season.

Denton, 23, is a 6ft 7in centre forward who has previously played with Mossley, Wakefield and Huddersfield Town who signed him from Wakefield for a £60,000 fee in August 2008 after he had scored regularly.

Loan spells while with Huddersfield were spent at Woking, Cheltenham Town and Wakefield but he did not make the first team with the Terriers and was released in June 2010 and re-signed for Wakefield finishing as their top scorer in the 2010/11 season.

Tom spent the second half of the 2011/12 campaign with Mossley, scoring 15 times for them.

The Reds have also signed Christie ahead of the new campaign, again after a successful pre-season trial with the club.

Christie, 35, was released by the Reds` league rivals Tamworth at the end of last season, having made 36 appearances in all, scoring 11 times.

He started his career with Coventry City, but made just one League appearances for the Sky Blues before embarking on spells with Mansfield Town, Leyton Orient, Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale, Stevenage Borough, Torquay and more latterly Kettering Town, Farnborough, Coventry Sphinx, AFC Telford United and King’s Lynn before signing for the Lambs.

Also added to Alfreton`s squad is 20-year-old midfielder Taylor, who was released by Championship side Barnsley at the end of last season.

Taylor graduated to the Barnsley first-team after being named Academy player of the year in 2009/10.

He made his senior debut in April 2010 in a 1–0 defeat by Queens Park Rangers at Oakwell and went on to make three more appearances before his release.