Bond joins as Chorley look for first win of season

It has not been the best of starts for Chris Almond and his Chorley team-mates
It has not been the best of starts for Chris Almond and his Chorley team-mates
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Chorley have signed experienced midfielder Andy Bond as they look to avert their poor start to the season.

The 29-year-old signed on the dotted line at Victory Park last night and will come into contention for a starting spot against Corby Town tomorrow.

Having lost their opening two games of the season – most recently on Tuesday night when they were thumped by North Ferriby United 4-0 – new Magpies boss Matt Jansen will be hoping Bond will be able add some much-needed steel in the middle of the park.

Having begun his career as a youth player at Crewe, Bond made his name at Colchester United where he made more than 100 appearances for the club in League One.

He has enjoyed loans spells at Bristol City, old club Crewe before spending last season with former Preston manager Graham Westley at Stevenage.

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor is ready to move on from a turbulent week at Kellamergh Park club – his focus firmly on tomorrow’s home clash with Gainsborough Trinity.

Striker Richie Allen was dramatically placed on the transfer list after his sending- off in last weekend’s defeat to Solihull Moors.

Challinor insists there was more to the decision than just Allen’s red card or his reaction to it – making it clear spirit in the dressing room was far more important than just one man.

“It’s not just Saturday,” he said, without going into just what happened following Allen’s dismissal.

“It’s something we’ve been thinking about. We’ve talked about it and decided this was the right thing to do. It’s for the good of the whole dressing room, the result of a culmination of things

“We haven’t got a lot of strong voices in there, and sometimes somebody has to stand up and say something for them. We didn’t want a hangover from last year but Richie hasn’t seen it that way.”

Challinor’s side go into tomorrow’s game on the back of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hednesford on Tuesday night, which washed away memories of Saturday.

Elsewhere, Southport go in search of their first victory of the season when they travel to Cheltenham tomorrow.

The Sandgrounders were beaten on Saturday, but battled to a 0-0 draw at Macclesfiled on Tuesday.