Town boss is looking to chart in the top 10

Shaun Airey beats Chris Wademan to head clear
Shaun Airey beats Chris Wademan to head clear
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The summer transfer window has been a hive of activity for Barnoldswick Town boss Stewart Airdrie.

After seeing the club survive the drop by the skin of their teeth last term, Airdrie felt change was necessary.

With Joel Melia and Martin Broderick walking through the exit at the Silentnight Stadium, the Town boss has added 13 players to his ranks.

Former skipper Shaun Airey has returned, Clitheroe trio Alex Palffy (goalkeeper), Tom Jackson (defender) and Jack Hargreaves (forward) have been recruited from Shawbridge, defensive duo Matty Kershaw and Arley Barnes have joined from Steeton AFC and attacking midfielder Joe Gaughan has made the trip from New Zealand.

Elsewhere goalkeeper Jordan Gidley has joined along with striker John Beckwith while midfielders Billy Crawshaw, Nick Schofield, Ben Gorman and Liam Britton have signed.

“We had to get some new faces in after last season,” he said. “It’s been a busy window but it needed to be done.

“It was a disappointing campaign last year but it was an eye opener which should hopefully benefit us. We’re hoping to progress with the new faces in the group.

“They’ve all done well in pre-season. Some of the local lads have got to prove that they can compete at this standard of football but they’ll be helped by the experienced lads. We’ve got a good mix at the club now.”

Town were seconds away from dropping in to the North West Counties First Division last term when Silsden’s Kev Ryan cancelled out St Helens Town’s opener, courtesy of Aaron Morris, in stoppage time at Brocstedes Park.

“Last season was frustrating,” said Airdrie. “We lost a lot of players early on, our discipline, or lack of it, was costing us in games, and we’d used six or seven goalkeepers which obviously doesn’t help.

“Hopefully we’ve learned from that. We had to rely on other teams to do us favours last term which isn’t ideal.

“We definitely want to be aiming for the top 10 this season. We feel that we’re more than capable of achieving that with the players that we’ve got.

“There’s a lot of local teams in there which makes it interesting. It’s going to be tough.”

Town begin the 2015/16 campaign against Congleton Town at the Richborough Estates Stadium tomorrow, kick off 3 p.m. Town then entertain AFC Blackpool on Tuesday (kick off 7-45 p.m.).