THE NEW regime at Hucknall Town has suffered its first blow with the departure of experienced goalkeeper James Lindley.
Lindley (31) proved his worth to The Yellows by being named as the top goalkeeper last term in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One South.
But he was one of a handful of players whose contracts expired at the end of the campaign — and made it clear he would be seeking pastures new.
Now he has decided to join Grantham Town, who were champions in 2011/12 and have been promoted to the Premier Division.
“Three Premier Division sides were after me,” said Lindley, who began his career at Notts County.
“But the future at Grantham looked the brightest. It’s a good, honest club who do things in a professional way.”
Lindley was signed by ex-manager Tommy Brookbanks at the start of last season for his fourth spell with Hucknall. He made 41 starts and was named both players’ player of the year and supporters’ player of the year.
He previously played for the club between 2004 and 2006 and starred in the Blue Square North relegation season of 2008/09
n TOWN’S new manager Brett Marshall and new chairman Derek Blow have sanctioned the club’s list of pre-season friendlies
The Yellows will play nine games before the new campaign kicks off on Saturday August 18, with the most attractive being a clash against Blue Square Bet Premier outfit, Lincoln City.
Former Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth takes his Imps side to Watnall Road on Saturday July 14.
The Yellows also entertain Matlock Town on Sunday July 29, Eastwood Town on Saturday August 4, Ilkeston on Tuesday August 7 and Worksop Town on Saturday August 11.
They travel to meet Marshall’s former club, Retford United, on Wednesday August 1 and also Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday July 24.
The schedule is completed by away games against local non-league outfits, Linby Colliery Welfare, on Wednesday July 18 and Greenwood Meadows on Saturday July 21.
n FORMER Town physio, Jason Truscott, has been handed the manager’s job permanently at Glapwell, who play in the Central Midlands League.
Truscott was at Watnall Road when The Yellows reached the FA Trophy final at Villa Park and was the man who treated player/manager Dean Barrick for his broken leg. He has been caretaker boss at Glapwell since the turn of the year.