NCEL: Byron Littlefair among four new recruits at Knaresborough Town

Paul Stansfield and assistant Mark Smitheringale welcome the four new signings at Knaresborough Town
Paul Stansfield and assistant Mark Smitheringale welcome the four new signings at Knaresborough Town

Left winger Byron Littlefair has returned to Knaresborough Town among four new signings for boss Paul Stansfield.

Littlefair was an integral part of former Town boss Brian Davey’s squad but left for NCEL Premier Division side Thackley before Stansfield took over last summer.

Wetherby Athletic midfielder Tom Hesketh follows Littlefair through the entry gates at Manse Lane alongside ex-Tadcaster Albion striker Tom Wollard and midfielder Ben Cohen.

Stansfield said: “I am really pleased with the four signings we have made to this point.

“Not only are all the lads great footballers with excellent pedigrees, but they are also super lads with a great work ethic and will have a huge impact on the group.

“We said at the end of last season that we needed a little experience to blend with our talented youngsters and we feel we are somewhere near ready, with maybe one or two players still to come in.

“We now look forward to pre season having kept all players from last season a lot of whom have had offers from elsewhere and can’t wait for the season to start.”

The quartet all strengthen the Town squad which came so close to finishing in the NCEL Division One play-offs last season.

Wollard brings a pedigree of goals at a higher level but he has not played in semi-professional for a few years.

Farsley Celtic and Glasshoughton Welfare both feature on an impressive footballing CV but the striker has been focusing on his coaching career in recent times.

The new signings will join the rest of the Town squad for pre-season training which starts on Saturday.

Knaresborough have also announced that their long-serving physio Peter Monks has stepped down due to work commitments.

Stansfield said: “Peter has been an integral part of the team for many years.

“I know it is the right decision for him and his family. He is a top man and we wish him and his family well.”

Meanwhile, Town have been given a bye into the third round of the NCEL League Cup. Knaresborough reached the semi-finals of the competition last season before bowing out in a 3-1 defeat against Tadcaster Albion.