WITTON Albion boss Jim Vince has made another surprise signing.
Manchester United youth product Neil Wood was introduced to the midfield against North Ferriby United on Saturday.
But it is not so much his grounding but his experience that could win him a place in the most heavily congested department at Albion.
He is 24 and played 44 league games with Peterborough, Burnley, Coventry, Blackpool and Oldham, from where he was released after a serious injury last season.
Vince said: ‘Some of the things he did were high quality. He is fit and wants to get back in the league, but he should be around for some time.
‘Against Ferriby Adam Warlow scored a hat-trick as good as you will see anywhere. But he is just one of several players who could be playing higher. But having a contingent of players good enough for a better standard is how you win things.’
Albion anticipate interest in 17-goal Warlow during the January transfer window.
Kyle Wilson is another newcomer, but Wood’s appearance with Alex Brown approaching full fitness, Dave MacPherson and Rob Lloyd forging a successful partnership and Dean Craven on the sidelines – central midfield will provide the stiffest competition.
Meanwhile, striker Dean Crowe has been released.
Witton head to Worksop on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Joe Gibiliru is ordering the same again as Winsford United prepare for the trip to St Helens Town on Saturday.
Last month, Blues thrashed Saints 6-1 at the Barton Stadium.
At the weekend, United only managed a 2-2 draw at home to Silsden but Gibiliru knows why.
He said: “Because we have strung a few wins together, some of the players thought they only needed to put a shirt on to win again.
“It’s a good sign to play badly and still pick up a point. But the players realise they let themselves down and Saints will get the backlash.”