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The £4 pie at Kidderminster Harriers

The catering outlet at Kidderminster (photo by Sam Elliot)

The catering outlet at Kidderminster (photo by Sam Elliot)

When I go to football games I always like to get a bit of grub at the game, to sample the cuisine offered up at game.

Some clubs have produced some amazing food to match their talents on the pitch (or in some clubs the lack of talent)

Barwell offered me curry, many clubs just offer the normal burger, chips and pies etc. But there is one club that offer the best food ever.

That club is…. Kidderminster Harriers of the Skrill Premier.

The Harriers match day is simply the best on offer in the world of non-league football- the normal burgers and pies are on offer but some amazing stand out offers include the Aggborough soup which is simply amazing on a cold afternoon but heavens knows what is in.

I rather not know, but it taste amazing.

However the one that I love is the Aggborough cottage pie. Priced at £4 the Harriers take some stick over but this is not your normal pie, this is a work of art.

The £4 cottage pie  (photo by Richard Scott)

The £4 cottage pie
(photo by Richard Scott)

Homemade the cottage pie just taste amazing. My first run in with the Aggborough pie was in March of this year when I covered Kidderminster Harriers in the Conference Premier. It was just amazing and every bite wanted me to go and buy another one.

My return to Aggborough and to the press area in November 2013 saw me eager to get another and once I had signed in at the club reception my first thoughts was how I could get my hands on one.

The catering units had just opened when I had arrived and was ready to hand over this amazing pie.

£4 it was worth every penny and soon as I had it I had scuttled over to the press box with my pie.

Sitting there it was just divine. The pie had a kick to it which made it even more better, normally I don’t get worked up about football food but this was different.

If I was a food critic I would rate this pie 10 out of 10 without a shadow of a doubt and would urge anyone who ever plans a trip to DY10 then to arrive early as not too miss out on this amazing piece of craftsmanship.


Why Steve Burr shouldn’t leave Kidderminster for FGR

Friday afternoon and as the Kidderminster Harriers faithful and team were putting last minutes plans together to make the trip down to London to face Barnet news filtered through that manager Steve Burr could well be off to join local rivals Forest Green Rovers as their manager.

Kidderminster manager Steve Burr.

Kidderminster manager Steve Burr.

A statement on the Kidderminster Harriers website read as follows: “Kidderminster Harriers can confirm that they have received a formal approach from Forest Green Rovers, through the correct channels, for permission to speak to Manager Steve Burr about their managerial vacancy.

Steve Burr has been kept fully aware of the situation at all times and has expressed an interest in meeting with Rovers officials to discuss the post and, as such, the club have reluctantly granted him permission to do so.

Until we discover the outcome of those discussions we will make no further comment on the matter – the team has a fixture at Barnet coming up this weekend and it is vital that Gary Whild and the rest of the management team and playing staff are left to focus as nothing is more important than that.”

A bitter blow for the Harriers who have backed, the former Macclesfield striker, last season even tough the Worcestershire lost their first five games of last season. Chairman Martin Sarrell could have quite easily got rid of Burr who joined the club in November 2010 for Stalybridge Celtic.

But he was quite happy to stand by and what results it was for the Harriers who transformed there season around and were close to securing the title.

It has always been believed that Burr would only leave Aggborough for a chance at managing in the Football League if he didn’t manage to take the Harriers back into the Football League, so it makes Friday’s announcement a little more surprising.

Despite Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Barnet at the Hive the Harriers sit 2nd in the Skrill Premier and look set to challenge once again in May for title glory. It would be a huge blow if they were to lose their manager, if he was to join Forest Green Rovers despite them being made one of the team for promotion this season they have thus far been disappointing and left David Hockaday with a job.

So it would make no sense for Burr to make the move now really if you were to base it on league positions.

The only reason why Burr may possibly leave DY10 is for Money. FGR are reportedly set to be banked rolled by a wealthy businessmen and have one of the top budgets in the Skrill Premier.

Sadly money attracted people these days and Burr will feel that he has earned the right to be getting a large wage for his work. But, if the Harriers were to be promoted which I think they have a real chance in doing so then he could be earning more money managing last season Conference runners up.

At Aggborough Burr has built and impressive squad bringing in young players in the main from lower leagues and turning them into top class players- Chey Dunkley, Anthony Malbon and Marvin Johnson are just three of the current ream players who have worked their way into Burr’s first team places thanks to hard work.

The only real place where this didn’t happen was when they sign Michael Gash from Cambridge United and what a signing he proved to be last season for the Harriers as he pushed them to promotion.

If Burr was to leave then he would be leaving a cracking job behind which has seen him take them from missing out on play-offs to the verge of the Football League. Where if he were to join FGR then he would be possibly taking a step back in the progression of his management career.

Barnet bees looking to sting the Kidderminster Harrier in the Skrill Premier

Kidderminster manager Steve Burr hoping for another three points at Barnet.

Kidderminster manager Steve Burr hoping for another three points at Barnet.

In a new way of the previewing the fixtures we are going to take one big game and look at that hopefully then we can focus a little bit on each team more through out the season and then also after the game we will have a write up about the game and analysis what has happened.

We are now 16 games into the Skrill Premier season and after a break for the FA Cup last weekend we now concentrate on the league once again as the table is starting to take shape.

Our feature game this week comes from The Hive as Barnet welcome Kidderminster Harriers to capital in what is a promotion six-point despite the hosts sitting in 8th position.

Both sides enjoyed cup wins and look forward to the first round of the FA Cup. Kidderminster needed an extra replay to beat Bradford PA at Aggborough on Tuesday night and now welcome Sutton United to Aggborough. While Barnet ran out 3-0 winners at Concord Rangers and now have a trip to Lancashire to face Preston North End in the next round.

The Bees had such a great start in their return to the Skrill Premier but have dropped off in recent weeks including draws against Wrexham (live on BT sport) and loses at Halifax and Alfreton mean that Edger Davids men has slipped down the league table.

While for Steve Burr’s Kidderminster Harriers they have flown up the table and have the momentum behind them as they look to go 7 games unbeaten in the Skrill Premier they slipped up against Aldershot and Chester with two 0-0 draws.

But the Harriers will find themselves in a familiar position as they ended last season 2nd after going so close to winning the league now. However we cannot talk about that much really as we are now well into the new season and have a new set of fixtures and set of results to look at it.

Personally for me I think this game will be a tough game for both sides I think both teams have enough quality to cancel each other out and we might well see a draw here at The Hive.

Also it is quite hard to chose a winner because Barnet are the home side and are doing well despite losing to Macclesfield at home in the league. This was the Bees first home lose of the season going down by 2 goals to 1.

While for the Harriers they are one of the inform teams at the minute having not lost since 21st September away 3-0 at Dartford since then the Harriers have found some consistency winning games and have scored some thunderbolts so far.

Like this one from Joe Lolley vs Halifax Town as the harriers ran out 2-0 winners.

It is important for the Harriers that they keep winning games as league leaders Cambridge United remain unbeaten but all the Worcestershire club can do is keep winning their games and hope that Cambridge slip up at some point and that they can be ready to take full advantage of it happening.

If I was to predict the outcome of this game I will go for a 1-1 draw between Barnet and Kidderminster Harriers.

Other fixtures taking place this weekend in the Skrill Premier are as follows: Alfreton Town v FC Halifax, Chester FC v Aldershot, Forest Green Rovers v Dartford, Gateshead v Luton Town, Hyde FC v Nuneaton Town, Macclesfield v Wrexham, Southport v Cambridge United, Tamworth v Braintree Town, Welling United v Lincoln City and Woking v Grimsby Town

Skrill Premier review 19th October

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We are now over two months into the Skrill Premier season and the table is starting to take shape as team who are going to be battling it out for the title and who is going to be in for a long season battling relegation Saturday’s round of fixtures saw a total of 45 goals being scored with seven fixtures having four or more goals being scored.

Hyde fc are still yet to win a game this season as they went down 4-3 to Dartford at the Princes Park stadium. Matt Gooden put the Arrowmen 2-0 up before Scott Spencer scored two goals of his own on 34 minutes (from the spot) and 43 minutes. Before Chris Almond put the Tigers 3-2 as they looked to be taking their first win of the season. But, with seven minutes left George Monger made it 3-3 before Gooden completed his hat-trick with just three minutes to go leaving the Tigers win out a win this season.

Another 4-3 game was at the Lamb and it went the way of the visitors as Luton over turned Tamworth in Staffordshire. Tamworth went 1-0 up thanks to Daune Courtney opening the scoring on 13 minutes but Jonathan Smith made it 1-1 on 31 minutes before Andy Parry made it 2-1 just before the interval. In the second half the Hatters were quick out of the box as just a minute in Paul Benson made it 3-1 on 46 minutes then just moments later 4-1 on 54 minutes. Tamworth did pull back two goals thanks to Lateef Elford-Alliyu from the spot and a second for Courtney but they couldn’t do enough to win the game.

Kidderminster are still looking towards promotion this season as they beat Lincoln City 4-1 at Aggborough Michael Gash gave the Harriers the lead just 3 minutes before half time. Before Andrew Boyce doubled the hosts lead 10 minutes into the second half when he put through his own net. Harriers skipper Kyle Storer made it 3-0 before Nick Wright made it 3-1. But right on full time Anthony Malbon made it 4-1 to the Harriers.

Gateshead also ran out 4-1 winners as they won by that score line away at Nuneaton. James Marwood put Heed 1-0 up on 15 minutes before the lead was doubled that to Jordan Hugill on 20 minutes. In the second half ColinLarkin made it 3-0 from the penalty spot before Robert Ramshaw made it 4-0 just before the hour mark. Louis Moult pulled on back for Nuneaton on 73 minutes but the damage was already done.

Alfreton claimed another great win as they beat Aldershot 3-2 at The Rec. In a fast 10 minute spell the visitors went 2-1 up thanks to Shaw opening the scoring on 23 before Jaydon Gibbs made it 1-1 on 28 minutes but Tom Law restored the visitors lead on 31 minutes to go into the break 2-1 up. The shots drew level just two minutes into the second half thanks to Brett Willams but Jake Speight won the game for Alfreton just before the hour mark.

Newly promoted Halifax Town are enjoying life back in the Conference Premier as they beat Welling United 3-0 at the Shay. This was thanks to a first half hat-trick from Lee Gregory who netted on the 7th 24th and 36th minutes to keep the Shaymen riding high in the Conference.

Halifax were promoted from the Blue Square North a long side Chester and the Deva were beaten 3-0 at Braintree. A early double from Charlie Strutton (6 and 7 minutes) put Braintree 2-0 up before Dean Wells added a 3rd on 28 minutes. The results leaves the Deva in third from bottom in the Skrill Premier, while Braintree sit in 4th place.

Cambridge United remain the only unbeaten side in the Skrill Premier as they beat Salisbury 2-0 to remain top of the league. The U’s won the game thanks a 5 minute double from sub Kwesi Appiah in the second on 49 and 56 minutes.

Grimsby are 5th in the league after they came from behind to beat fellow promotion hopefuls Forest Green at Blundell Park 3-1. FGR went 1-0 thanks to Klukowski on 24 minutes. Before a double from Ross Hannah 34 and a 64 minute penatly. Before Alex Rodman sealed the win for the Mariners with 6 minutes to go.

Wrexham are slowly climbing up the Skrill Premier table after they beat Woking 2-0 at Racecourse ground. Dean Keates put the Reds Dragons 1-0 up on 21 minutes before Joe Clarke secured the win for the North Wales side when he netted on 90 minutes.

Barnet were in the winners in the battle of the Bulls and Bees at they won 1-0 at Edger Street the home of Hereford United. The only game came 9 minutes before half time when Ahmed Abdulla netted for the visitors. Who now have Carl Fletcher, who has previously played for West Ham and the Wales National team.

On Thursday night Macclesfield and Southport played out a 2-2 draw. Conor Jennings put Macc 1-0 up on 10 minutes before Danny Hattersley leveled up on 61. Conor Jennings got his second as he made it 2-1 on 77 minutes. But Southport leveled in the final minute when Jamie Milligan made it 2-2 from the penalty spot on penalty.

You can view the Skrill Premier league table here.

Skrill Premier Review 14th September

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We are now eight games into the season and every team is now on plus points and the weekend saw a major change at the bottom of the Skrill Premier.

Aldershot moved off the bottom of the Skrill Premier on Friday night with a 2-0 win away to Hereford United in what their first away win in over nine months. A brace from Brett Williams on 14 and 66 minutes gave the Shots all three points and mean that they went into Saturday’s fixtures knowing they would be off the bottom of the league.

It was also a 2-0 at the Racecourse ground as Wrexham got their second win of the season at home to Luton, who have had their worst start to a season in the Conference. Former Bury striker Andy Bishop opened the scoring on 21 minutes for the Dragons before Johnny Hunt made it 2-0 to the hosts on 58 minutes. Luton’s defeat got even worse when substitute Alex Wall got himself sent off in the second half.

The final Friday fixture came at Woking where they were held to a 2-2 draw by Tamworth. Richie Baker opened the scoring for the visitors on 24 minutes. Before a second half double from debut loanee Scott Rendell (70 minutes) and a Gavin Williams penatly on 78 minutes put the hosts 2-1 ahead. But youngster Richard Peniket drew the Lambs level with an equalizer on 84 minutes.

With Aldershot winning it meant Hyde slipped to 24th in the table and they stayed their with a 2-1 lose at Kidderminster Harriers who took an early lead from Anthony Malbon on 3 minutes. But the 23 Hyde fans who travelled didn’t have to wait long for an equalizer as Tom Collins made it 1-1 on 15 minutes. But not long after that the Harriers went back in front with a goal from Michael Gash just after the half hour mark. The result sees the Tigers rooted to the bottom of the Skrill Premier still without a win this season.

Cambridge United remain top of the table with a 1-0 win over Gateshead United at the Abbey Stadium. Adam Cunnington’s goal on 16 minutes was the difference to keep United unbeaten.

The only other unbeaten side in the Skrill Premier is Nuneaton as they won 2-1 away at Dartford. An eight minute brace from Louis Moult on 4 and 8 minutes gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Dartford pulled one back through Elliot Bradbrook on 28 minutes but it wasn’t enough as the Boro made the trip back to Warwickshire still unbeaten.

Barnet slipped to 4th and Lincoln 8th despite drawing 1-1 at the Hive. The Bees went ahead on 56 minutes through Keanu Marsh-Brown but the midfielder’s goal wasn’t enough as Jon Nolan equalized on 90 minutes.

Forest Green Rovers moved into third with as they left it late to win 2-1 win against Halifax at the New Lawn. The Shaymen had gone ahead on 34 minutes when Dan Gardener put the visitors ahead from the spot. But, injury time goals from Anthony Barry and Mango Vieira gave FGR the win.

Grimsby are now 7th with a 1-0 win over Braintree at Blundell Park. The Mariners went ahead through Lenell John-Lewis on 13 minutes as he scored the only goal of the game to give the hosts all three points.

Chester’s mini unbeaten run came to an end away at Salisbury as the Whites won 3-1. Despite the Blues going ahead on 14 minutes thanks to Joe Heath. But goals from Dan Fitchett (29), Elliot Frear (67) and Clovis Kandjo (85) gave the hosts all three points, which was briefly stopped when a Parachutist was blown of course and landed on the pitch and both teams were reduced to 10 men- Angus MacDonald on his Salisbury debut and Shaqullie McDonald, who was also making his debut (for Chester) got dismissed.

Southport and Welling United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Haig Avenue. Lee Clarke put the visitors ahead on just after half time before Chris Almond leveled it up on 51 minutes before Danny Hattersley put the Sandgrounders ahead with 28 minutes to play. But with just 14 minutes to go Ross Lafayette drew Welling level.

Macclesfield slipped to 23rd in the table as they lost 1-0 at home to Alfreton Town at Moss Road. The reds goal came on 27 minutes thanks to Daniel Meadows. The result leaves Macc still searching for their first win of the season and first under new boss John Askey.

The next round of fixtures is this Tuesday (17th September): Aldershot v Barnet, Alfreton v Cambridge United, Chester v Macclesfield, Halifax v Grimsby, Gateshead v Wrexham, Hyde v Woking, Lincoln v Southport, Luton v Dartford, Nuneaton v Hereford, Salisbury v Braintree, Tamworth v Kidderminster and Welling United v Forest Green.

Match Day 8 Skrill Premier Preview

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We are now on match day eight in the Skrill Premier and the table is starting to take shape and we even have three games being played Friday night.

We have an early six pointer at the top of the table on Friday as Wrexham welcome Luton Town to the Racecourse ground a game, which will be broadcasted, live on BT Sport. Wrexham have struggled this season so far and still haven’t picked up a win since the win over Welling at home and they sit 16th in the table. I am sure that Andy Morrell’s men will be turn their fortune around soon as they look to make a charge up the Skrill Premier table and many people are forgetting that we are only mid-September. While for Luton they are in a bit of inconsistency at the moment they followed up a fine 2-0 win at Kidderminster a fortnight ago with a 0-0 draw against Grimsby.

The second team playing on Friday is Hereford v Aldershot. Martin Foyle’s team are hoping to put the misery of last season off the field problems behind them and currently sit 10th in TSP. Last week the Bulls suffered a 2-1 loss away to Gateshead, Michael West scoring the goal for Hereford. But Aldershot can move off the bottom of the Skrill Premier if they pick up a win at Edger Street. The Shot’s future was in doubt in July and were slapped with a 10 point deduction before the first game of the season which they have clawed back and a 1-0 win at home to Macclesfield put them on 0 points.

Woking v Tamworth is the other game to be played on Friday night as the Lambs make the long trip down to south London. The Cards sit 20th in the league with just one win so far which came away to Chester. So a win for Gary Hill men will be vital as the welcome Dale Belford’s men from Staffordshire. The Lambs are in confident mood after they hammered Southport 4-1 at home on Saturday to see the Lambs sit 16th in the table. Tamworth will be happy with their start to the season as they hope to get enough points early on so they don’t have a relegation battle like they did last season.

Cambridge United returned to the top of the Skrill Premier after last Saturday’s results as they beat Hyde 1-0 and Barnet slipped up away at Halifax. Richard Money’s men have made a great start to the season as they sit top of the table with 17 points with five wins and two draws so far. The defense at the Abbey Stadium has been tight as well as they have only let in 3 goals so far this season- Halifax and Welling (2) have beaten Chris Maxwell in the united goal. Meanwhile Gateshead faces their first away trip under new manager Garry Mills. The former Tamworth and York City manager guided the Minstermen to the Football League through the Play Offs in 2012 and Gateshead fans will be hoping for him to do the same for them. Mills first game was at home to Hereford United last week, which ended in a 2-1 win for the Northeast side.

Nuneaton are so far defying the odds as they sit 2nd in the league as they visit Dartford. The Darts haven’t lived up their performances of their debut season. The Tunnelers sit 18th in the table with two wins, a draw and four losses so far. In contrast the Boro are unbeaten with 5 wins and 2 draw and are only sitting 2nd in the league due to their goal difference of 7, just three behind Cambridge and with United facing the tough test at home to Gateshead and Nuneaton having to a place where they should be picking up all three points we may well have a new leader come 5pm.

It’s the battle of 3rd vs 4th on Saturday as Barnet welcome Lincoln City to the Hive. Edger David’s Bees lost their first game since dropping out of the Football League last May last week as they got stung by Halifax 2-1 at the Shay so the Bees will be hoping to get back to winning ways this Saturday. Lincoln, like Nuneaton, is another team who was last season facing the battle of relegation and thus far has made a great start to the season with only losing two games. A win for them on Saturday can put them third as they trail the Londoners by just one point.

Following a run of five games with a win Chester can climb out of the bottom four with a win away at Salisbury. It looked doom and gloom at the Deva Stadium as they went the first four games without finding the back of the net. But a trip to bitter rivals Wrexham saw them win 2-0 and they followed it up a 0-0 draw at home to Dartford on Saturday. Meanwhile hosts Salisbury were also promoted last season like Chester but unlike the Blues, the Whites had to battle it out in the Play-offs having finished runners up to Welling United. Mikey Harris and his team have so far had a good start to life in the Conference Premier with Three wins and One draws and sit 14th in the table on 10 points. One of these wins came last Saturday as they beat top 4 sides Lincoln 1-0 away from home.

Also at the wrong end of the table is Macclesfield who host Derbyshire based Alfreton Town, looking to win their first game of the season. The Silkmen have had to cut their budge massively from last season and have only picked up three draws and four losses so far. Their last game came away to Aldershot who beat the Cheshire side 1-0. While Alfreton are sitting comfortably in 7th place just outside the play off spot. The Reds have picked up four wins this season including a 3-1 win at home to Woking last Saturday. Nicky Law’s men finished 13th last season so if they can make a push for promotion this season then surely at the Impact Arena will be rather happy.

Halifax Town faces another tough test as the make the trip to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. Rovers reportedly have access to a one million pound budget, which included them sign Matthew Barnes- Homer in pre-season has already netted twice in three games for his new club. But with other players like Mango Vieira and Andy Mangan, whom both won promotion with Fleetwood to the football league, FGR has the belief they can make the step up. While Halifax Town have had a great start to the season. A 2-1 win over Barnet last Saturday has surely got to be the best performance thus far. However Neil Aspin’s side need to work on their discipline as they have already had 4 men sent off- 2 against Cambridge on Day one and 2 away at Salisbury.

Another team from the Midlands area gunning for promotion is Kidderminster Harriers. The Harriers suffered two loses on the bounce away to Nuneaton and at home to Luton before a 2-1 away at Welling United last Saturday to leave the Harriers in 8th place ahead of this Weekend. While they haven’t set the league alight so far the Harriers can boost a better record then last season as they were still waiting to pick up their first of the season this time last year. Hyde are the visitors to Aggborough this Saturday still looking for their first win of the season. In fact for Scott McNiven’s side a loss could see them slip to the bottom of the Conference Premier. Having finished the season comfortably away from the bottom of the relegation spots the Tigers were expected to do the same again this season tough I am sure everyone at Ewen Field’s will say its early days yet.

Grimsby Town will be looking to go one better then last season and get promoted back into the Football League and this Saturday they welcome Braintree up from Essex, who are now under the sole control of Paul Hurst after his joint manager Rob Scott will be looking to get a win after the 0-0 draw with Luton Town last Saturday in the late kick-off. The Mariner themselves have also appeared on BT Sport as their Bank holiday win over Hyde was the live game. Meanwhile Braintree Town make the long trip up north sitting 12th in the table with three wins and two draws, one of them draws came last Saturday at home to Forest Green Rovers as they held Rovers to a 1-1 draw with Kenny Davis scoring from the spot on 45 minutes.

The last game sees Southport entertain Welling United at Haig Avenue. The Sandgrounders have made a great start to the season under former Aston Villa defender Alan Wright as they sit 9th in the table despite losing 4-1 away at Tamworth last Saturday. In fact after two games Southport sat top after beating Luton 1-0 and Hyde 2-1. With a lot tipping the Port to go down a mid table will defiantly please the club. While last season Blue Square South champions make the trip having lost to Kidderminster 2-1 but will also be pleased with their start sitting 15th in table.

We will have a full round up of the weekends fixtures after the they have been played.

Five top signings to the Conference

Yesterday saw the transfer window shutting in the Football League and the Premier League. But the window was also slammed shut in the Skrill Premier League. At Non-league scene we have picked out our five top signings in the summer transfer window for Skrill Premier teams.

1 Michael Gash

Michael Gash was an early singing for Kidderminster Harriers (C) KHFC

Michael Gash was an early singing for Kidderminster Harriers (C) KHFC

One of the early one done was Michael Gash joining Kidderminster Harriers from Cambridge United. Gash, who has an eye for goal and has played for a number of Conference Premier teams, made the move to Aggborough following a successful loan spell at the Worcestershire club, which began in March. Gashes formed an instant partnership with strike partner Anthony Malbon and the pair led the charge toward the title last season but was unable to dislodge Mansfield off top spot.

The Harriers were so impressed by Gash that they had completed a move for him
Just days after the season ended for them with a loss to Wrexham in the play off semi-final. Steve Burr and everyone else at Kidderminster will be hoping that Gash can continue his fine form he showed while on loan to take Kiddy up to the next level.

2 Adam Cunnington

Adam Cunnington scored against his former club Tamworth at the weekend. (C) Cambridge United fc

Adam Cunnington scored against his former club Tamworth at the weekend. (C) Cambridge United fc

Despite Tamworth fighting relegation forward Adam Cunnington was among the leading marksmen in the Blue Square premier last season as the Lambs beat the drop and it was no surprise to see him pack his bags and move on to a side in the Skrill Premier that will be up at the top competing for honors come April time.

Cunnington has bedded into the Cambridge side well and in fact he was on target at the weekend as he opened the scoring against his former club Tamworth from the spot as they ran out 3-0 winners over the Staffordshire side.

3 Danny Higginbotham

From the Premier League to the Skrill Premier for Higginbotham (c) Eurorivals.net

From the Premier League to the Skrill Premier for Higginbotham (c) Eurorivals.net

With a football CV that includes Manchester United and Stoke City it may come a bit of a shock to many to see Danny Higginbotham pull on a Chester shirt. But that is what the former Old Trafford youngster be doing after he moved to the Deva Stadium last week.

Higginbotham had asked for a free transfer from League one Sheffield United and was to end up at newly promoted Chester FC under manager Neil Young who had been reportedly been chasing the signature of Danny for three weeks. Chester fans will be hoping that the former Blades player can inspire them to climb the table after losing their first five games.

4 Matthew Barnes-Homer

Now of FGR Matthew Barnes-Homer celebrates scoring against Cardiff in the FA Cup for Macclesfield Town (C) Football 365

Now of FGR Matthew Barnes-Homer celebrates scoring against Cardiff in the FA Cup for Macclesfield Town (C) Football 365

Matthew Barnes-Homer will always be known for the two goals he scored on the 5th January when his brace helped Macclesfield Town overcome Championship title winners Cardiff City to advance to the 4th round of the FA Cup at Moss Road.

The former England C team international will be key for Forest Green Rovers as they look to use their spending power to attract on field talent to the New Lawn in a bid to get them promoted out of Non-league football.

5 Louis Almond

Blackpool youngester Louis Almond returns to Hyde FC. (C) Empics/BBC

Blackpool youngester Louis Almond returns to Hyde FC. (C) Empics/BBC

Louis Almond joined Hyde on another season long loan from Blackpool after a really impressive loan spell. Almond had joined the Tigers toward the back end of the 2012-2013 season and was in fact made player of the month for March.

His tricky pace can see him run at defenders which can frighten the life out of them in a bid for Scott McNiven’s side to get back to winning ways for them to push themselves back up the Skrill Premier table.

There are many more signings that I could have chosen and a different person writing this could have chosen a different five signings that has really caught the eye but for me- Gash, Cunnington, Higginbotham, Barnes-Homer and Almond could be the five to impress fans and pundits this season.