NORTHERN EXPOSURE: A look a life in the Skrill North

A look at Skrill North life.
A look at Skrill North life.

Today the Boston Standard launches Northern Exposure, a new online column looking at the good, bad and ugly surrounding life in the Skrill North...

Worcester City had an Exodus. Then there was an exodus. And now there is no Exodus.

Make sense? Well, that rather garbled and confusing introduction centres around the strange goings on at St George’s Lane (or should that be Aggborough?) this week, where the Blues have parted company with towering centre back Exodus Geohaghon after he refused to play in Saturday’s goalless FA Cup draw.

The 28-year-old defender - formerly of Redditch United, Kettering Town, Peterborough United and Barnet fame - has been with Worcester since being released by Mansfield Town at the end of last season.

But his stay was brought to an abrupt end when he declined to to pull on a City shirt for the tie against Rugby... for fear of being cup-tied in case another club came in for him later this campaign.

With boss Carl Heeley stating he demands ‘100 per cent’ from every player - and his man offering what amounted to about zero per cent on the day - Geohaghon was shown the door.

But surely the task of finding a new employer won’t be a daunting one for the defender, especially as City were his 14th club in a 14-season career, and that includes five years with Sutton Coldfield Town.

* Another man on the move - and good news for Boston United, this - is Alan White.

Last Friday, Harrogate Town announced that the experienced defender had left Wetherby Road following an approach from Darlington 1883.

After having two previous spells with his home-town team, White could not refuse the chance to return, albeit to the new Phoenix club (and we don’t mean the one with Brian Potter and Max and Paddy).

So, instead of the possibility of lining up against another of his former clubs at York Street on Saturday, the man Harrogate nicked in their revenge for Boston snapping up Ian Ross looks likely to feature at Buxton in the FA Trophy.

The gap left by White has now been filled by 19-year-old Grimsby Town striker Dayle Southwell, who has joined Town on a month-loan as Simon Weaver looks to address his team’s barren run - having gone 260 minutes without a league goal and four matches without a point.

* In other Skrill North transfer news, former Chester and Wrexham striker Marc Williams has joined Colwyn Bay, Michael Clunan has surprised possibly nobody by leaving Boston United and joining Histon and Barrow boss Dave Bayliss is looking to sign, well, half a squad by the sounds of it.

Confirming he believes wholsesale changes are needed, the Barrow boy wheeled out these quotes to the official Conference website: “I think we’ve given lads more than one opportunity, we’ve given them two, three, four consecutive games.

“And I don’t think they’ve repaid us, the club or the supporters back.”

Pretty definitive then.

* Barrow may be just two points from safety, but they are still in the FA Cup.

However, a tough tie away at Brackley Town, a side whose defence is better organised than the Roman Legions, may end that.

That, incidentally, is the only all-Skrill North fixture this time around, guaranteeing at least one club from this division will be in the hat for the first-round proper.

But somebody confident of also being in the hat is North Ferriby United chairman Les Hare, who told the Hull Daily Mail his side’s home draw against Skrill Premier Alfreton Town is ‘winnable’.

A stunning prediction, the beginning of hubris or a bit of optimistic confidence in a side doing very, very well? Only time will tell.

* Certainly not in the hat are Gainsborough Trinity, who were booted out of the FA Cup due to fielding an ineligible player, Lincoln City loanee Jordan Thomas, in their second qualifying round victory over Rushall.

On Monday, the club’s official website announced they were: “seeking to appoint a football club administrator to become part of our team. Duties to include: PA to Chairman and Directors, Football Secretary, General administration and office duties.”

A move to make sure such a costly mistake (what could have been as much as £12,000 in prize money) is not repeated?

* SATURDAY’S FIXTURES: AFC Telford v North Ferriby Utd, Altrincham v Brackley, Boston United v Harrogate Town, Colwyn Bay v Bradford PA, Guiseley v Histon, Leamington v Stalybridge, Oxford City v Worcester, Solihull Moors v Gainsborough, Stockport County v Gloucester, Vauxhall Motors v Barrow, Workington v Hednesford.