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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Masters joins, while Nicholas is praised

BARROW AFC have signed former Brentford and Aldershot goalkeeper Clark Masters.

The 23-year-old has agreed non-contract terms and was expected to make his debut today when the Bluebirds entertained Newport County at Holker Street (3pm kick-off).

AFC’s official website said: “Barrow have signed Clark Masters on non-contract terms as cover for the injured Alan Martin.

“With Martin due a scan today (Friday) on his troublesome ankle, which he injured in the warm-up at Cambridge United in mid-October, Barrow bosses Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan have moved to bring in an experienced keeper, with young Shaun Pearson having stood in thus far.

“Masters is currently trialling with Millwall after budget cuts ended his stay at his home town club, Hastings United, recently.”

Meanwhile, AFC summer signing Andy Nicholas was today hoping to be part of an FA Cup giant-killing.

The 27-year-old defender is currently on loan at Blue Square South side Vauxhall Motors, who were aiming to upset the odds at League One Hartlepool in the first round.

Long-throw specialist Nicholas has impressed since joining Vauxhall last month and scored twice, including an injury-time winner, in their 3-2 victory over Hyde United last weekend.

Bluebirds joint-manager Dave Bayliss, whose side went into today’s game on the back of a nine-game winless run, said: “We’ve watched Nicko play for Vauxhall and he’s doing really well. Maybe it was just the kick up the backside he needed.

“I always said that by no means was he finished at Barrow, no chance. He had a poor two games for us at the start of the season, he knows that, we know that. But he’s gone away and done well.

“Nicko has still been training with us every day, so he’s not missed anything, and he’s looked good be fair. We haven’t seen this hunger in him since his arrival.

“Hopefully he will come back and show us the player who played over 200 League One games.”

Former Swindon Town and Rotherham United man Nicholas – who can play centre-half and left-back – will be available for Barrow again once his loan at Vauxhall has ended on November 14. Another Barrow defender currently out on loan is 20-year-old Andy Milne, who is making a good impression at Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Altrincham. The Scotsman’s loan at Moss Lane is due to expire on November 13.

Alty manager Ken McKenna this week told the club’s official website: “Andy Milne is a fairly quiet lad but a real steady Eddie and a bit of an unsung hero.”

Meanwhile, Bayliss has thanked Morecambe winger Neil Wainwright for his contribution during his one-month loan spell at Holker Street.

“Neil came here last season and I’m sure the supporters will agree he was fantastic,” said the AFC co-chief. He’s come in this season to the side and he’s struggled, to be honest. He’s not lived up to our expectations of what he can do for us. He’s a great, honest lad, Neil, and he’s back in the squad at Morecambe where there are injuries and suspensions.

“Hopefully it works out for him and we thank him for all his efforts and hard work at Barrow.”

l Barrow midfielder Robin Hulbert’s latest blog can be viewed at www.nwemail.co.uk

In it the Bluebirds player talks about he and his team-mates growing moustaches for charity.

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