Prolific scorer Walshaw signs for Town

NADV 1404211AM6 Harrogate Town V Barrow. Simon Weaver  Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404211AM6)

NADV 1404211AM6 Harrogate Town V Barrow. Simon Weaver Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404211AM6)

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Harrogate Town have signalled their intentions to challenge for the Skrill North play-offs next season, with the capture of prolific non-league goalscorer James Walshaw.

The 30-year-old is well known for his goalscoring exploits and last season hit the target 32 times as his club, Altrincham, won the Skrill North play-offs.

Manager Simon Weaver said: “James’s goalscoring record speaks for itself. He is a natural finisher and 32 goals last season is an amazing achievement.

“He has scored many times against us and I am hoping that he can be a heartbreaker for us, like he was for Guiseley and Altrincham.

“I had to move quickly to get James to join us but I am glad to have finally got him. He will certainly bring that fear factor with him and I am certain that defences will be sick of the sight of him again this coming season.”

Meantime, Saturday saw last season’s leading goalscorer Ashley Worsfold sign a new contract to remain at the CNG Stadium.

Weaver said: “I am absolutely delighted that Ashley has committed to Harrogate Town. His performances for us last season stirred up a lot of interest from other teams, but he has seen what we are all about and has decided to stay with us.

If he progresses as well as he did last season, then he will be an excellent player and I am very excited to see what he can do.”

The capture of Walshaw is a genuinely exciting prospect for Town.

Starting his career at Ossett Town and after a brief stay at Leek Town, he was on the move to Conference North side Farsley Celtic. Following their sad demise he left having scored 8 times in 16 matches.

A short move to Wakefield FC was ended when Gusieley AFC snapped him up.

Straight away the Nethermoor crowd sensed that they had a great player on their hands and three seasons and 66 goals later they were devastated when he was signed by Darlington.

Financial problems at the Quakers forced Walshaw into a loan move at FC Halifax Town and again he impressed with his play and deadly finishing.

Despite FC Halifax wanting to sign him permanently, his former club Guiseley got in their first and Walshaw returned to Nethermoor for the 2012-2013 season.

Following another successful campaign, he was snapped up by Altrincham at the end of the season.

Personal reasons stopped Walshaw from being able to continue with The Robins following their promotion leading to his choice of Harrogate Town as his next club.