Youngsters have the pedigree – Fotherby

HARROGATE Town chairman Bill Fotherby believes his current squad of players are the best he's seen at Wetherby Road.

Buoyed by a string of summer signings, Fotherby claims the combination of new faces and established veterans will lead manager Neil Aspin’s team to the Blue Square North championship this term.

Among the well-touted new names are 18-year-old attacking midfielder Liam Ormsby, a product of Barnsley's Football Academy, and ex-Darlington and York prospect Joey Hutchinson, who played the full 90 minutes in Town’s training match against Ossett on Tuesday.

Town eventually ran out 4-0 winners, thanks to goals from Matty Young, Justin Whittle and a brace from Jamie Smith.

Ormsby's father, Brendan, led Leeds United to the 1987 FA Cup semi-final when Fotherby was a director at Elland Road, and he said the pedigree of son Liam is evident.

“The last time I saw a player ping the ball like him was the old Newcastle player Jimmy Scoular,” said Fotherby.

“This lad Liam hits the ball beautifully and his father Brendan was one of the all-time greats.

“He is not afraid to head the ball.The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree - he knows how to jump, he’s got a great engine and he reads the game well for such a young player.

“When you have that kind of pedigree you are half way there.”

The chairman said the club was also close to signing 19-year-old Huddersfield Town centre-forward Luke Melcher - another young player who could make a real impact in Blue Square North.

Fotherby added: “One of the beauties that we have uncovered this year is Luke, a boy who can play behind the front two and who is a real pleasure to watch. Luke is definitely something special.”