Ponte Colls look to boost firepower with double signing

New signing Steve Palfrey.
New signing Steve Palfrey.

Pontefract Collieries have made a double swoop for two new strikers as they look to get back on track in their promotion bid in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.

Lack of quality finishing has been seen as a weakness for the Colls this season as plenty of chances have been created, but not dispatched and joint managers Duncan Bray and Nicky Handley have taken steps to try to alleviate the problem.

Aaron Moxam has joined from Shirebrook Town while Steve Palfrey signed from Yorkshire Amateur with both going straight into the first team squad for some big games coming up.

Moxam has previously played for Hallam, Winterton and Staveley while Palfrey is well-known on the West Yorkshire circuit on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and played alongside current Pontefract captain Nigel Danby in a successful spell at Harrogate Railway.

Ponte had their scheduled match at Rossington Main called off last Saturday because of a frozen pitch, but now find themselves down in seventh place in the table after suffering their third defeat in four games in midweek.

A 3-1 loss at AFC Mansfield followed hot on the heels of a 4-2 reverse at Louth Town and left Colls with ground to make up if they are to get back up close to the top two.

They are now 11 points behind leaders AFC Emley, with a game in hand, and eight behind Clipstone, who have also played 19 matches, same as Ponte.

In the game at Mansfield, Moxam made his debut up front, but could not have the desired impact in front of goal.

The hosts took the lead through their own debutant, Craig Mitchell, on 20 minutes and remained 1-0 up to half-time.

Colls stayed in the game after the break, but Mansfield doubled their advantage when Tristram Whitman netted eight minutes from time.

Mitchell then made it 3-0 on 88 minutes before Ponte finally found the net as Matthew Marsden scored a consolation goal.

Collieries now look to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they entertain Eccleshill United, who are four places and three points behind them in the league.

They are looking to do the double over them, having won 3-2 at Eccleshill in October when Liam Radford put away two penalties and Dean Wharam was also on target. Kick-off is 3pm.

Colls’ game away to Rossington has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 17 with a 7.45pm kick-off.