Belper Town sign goalkeeper Chapman

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Belper Town Football Club have signed goalkeeper Aaron Chapman from Goole to replace the departed Andy Richmond.

Richmond has joined Evo-Stik First Division South promotion hopefuls Carlton Town and Nailers boss Peter Duffield has moved quickly to bring in former Parkgate stopper Chapman, who will battle it out for the number one shirt with Gavin Saxby.

“Aaron is a good keeper and there were an awful lot of clubs watching him, so we’ve done well to get him,” said Duffield.

“He should be a good addition to the squad.

“Aaron is still quite young and Sax will help to coach him but he still wants to be number one himself.

“Andy goes with our best wishes. He’s a good lad and there is no animosity between us.”

Experienced central defender Karl Colley has also signed for Belper, having been training with the squad in recent weeks.

Colley was once on the books of Newcastle United and Sheffield United and has played in the Conference for Kettering and Halifax, also counting Alfreton Town among his former clubs.

“Karl has impressed us with his attitude and everything else, so we’ve signed him,” said Duffield.

“He can be a very, very good footballer but he’s not played much recently, so he won’t come into the squad yet.”

Belper have won four of their last six games to stave off any fears of being dragged into a relegation fight.

They needed a stoppage-time winner from Chris Adam to see off rock bottom Quorn last weekend.

Today (Saturday) the Nailers travel to Leek Town, who still harbour hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Duffield added: “It wasn’t a great performance against Quorn but that may have been down to the fact it was the first time in four weeks we had been on the grass (due to the weather).

“It was nice to win it with a late goal but we won’t get away with that kind of display against Leek.

“There will be no excuses this time.”

Defender Aaron Pride serves the final match of his suspension, while Colin Marrison is not yet ready to return following knee surgery.