Ponte Colls appoint Parry as new manager

Craig Parry.
Craig Parry.

Pontefract Collieries have named Craig Parry as their new manager to take over from Nick Handley.

Goalkeeper Parry has been the caretaker manager since Handley was surprisingly sacked last month and has impressed sufficiently to now be given the job on a permanent basis.

His record in charge has read two wins and two defeats in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division plus last week’s game at Maltby that was abandoned at half-time.

Parry, who has appointed Nigel Danby and Craig Rouse as his assistants, believes he can finish the job started by keeping Ponte in the top division following promotion last term and can then mount a promotion challenge next season.

He is giving up goalkeeping for now to concentrate on managing the team and is delighted to be given the chance to lead a team has been a key player for.

He said: “Trevor Waddington offered me the post and I am taking it on.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead and taking the club on from the great success that Duncan Bray and Nick Handley had.

“From now and until the end of the season I’m going to be looking to put the club in a good position so that we can take it into the Evo-Stik in the next 18 months.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new committee and Trevor.

“The new committee has exciting targets and ambition and I hope I can deliver.”

Parry has already added to his squad with his first two signings, bringing in experienced defender Paul Sykes and exciting young striker Brad Kerr.

Colls, however, have lost top scorer Aaron Moxam, who has proved so prolific since signing a year ago and has found the net 20 times this season.

The striker has gone up a level after signing for Goole AFC, of the Evo-Stik League’s First Division South, and has already scored for them against Belper Town.

Pontefract were without a game over Christmas, but return to action this Saturday when they host leaders Tadcaster Albion at the Harratts Nissan Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

Collieries will be looking for revenge after giving Tadcaster a good game, but going down 2-0 at their place back in September when only a 90th minute goal made the points safe for Albion.