AFC Telford United: Southport's Smith joins Bucks in triple signing

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AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson has made another signing from former club Southport, bringing in experienced defender James Smith on loan.

Watson has further bolstered his squad for the final run-in by bringing in two more ex-Southport players, striker Chris Simm and keeper Zac Hibbert.

Watson has dual-registered the current Skelmersdale players as cover.

The Bucks lead the Conference North by a point, having gone top with Saturday's 4-0 win over Oxford City.

Telford's main title rivals North Ferriby United wasted their chance to go back top on Tuesday night.

Despite twice leading, the Humberside outfit eventually had to come from behind with a late equaliser to snatch a point in a 3-3 draw at Workington.

The Bucks, relegated a year ago, going 28 games without a win, are now in pole position to return to the Conference Premier - on the 10th anniversary of the old Telford United going into receivership.

Starting with Saturday's trip to Leamington, Telford have eight matches left - only three of them at the Bucks Head, where their average home gate this season (1,548) is more than half the sides in the Conference Premier.

But, as well as their one-point lead, Watson's men have a game in hand on North Ferriby, which they will use up at Guiseley next Tuesday night.

Nine of Watson's 11 signings last summer - Sean Clancy, Simon Grand, Tony Gray, Matty McGinn, Andy Owens, Neill Byrne, Chris Lever, Russell Benjamin and player-coach Alan Moogan - had previously played under him at Southport.

He has since added another, winger Shaun Whalley, as well as having brought in two of his old backroom team with the Sandgrounders - physio Chris Roberts and goalkeeping coach Andy Pryce.

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