Aspin recruits defensive cover

Phil Bollard, pictured here challenging Lincoln's Mark Stallard while playing for Chester, has joined FC Halifax Town on a non-contract basis
Phil Bollard, pictured here challenging Lincoln's Mark Stallard while playing for Chester, has joined FC Halifax Town on a non-contract basis

Defender Phil Bolland could make his first appearance for FC Halifax Town at Bradford Park Avenue after joining the club on a non-contract basis.

The centre-back, 35, has been drafted in while the future of defender Ben Futcher, who has returned to parent club Bury, remains unresolved.

Bolland, who has played well over 100 games for both Chester and Barrow, as well as having spells at Southport, Peterborough, Wrexham and Cambridge United, was recently released by Droylsden.

And, after training with Town and being involved in the warm-up at the Shay on Saturday, he could be in contention for his first appearance in a Town shirt at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday.

Town boss Neil Aspin said: “We’ve gone into the season without Ben Futcher and we have no cover at the back.

“Conor Qualter is the only cover we’ve had but that’s not enough with the games coming up and I knew that if we were to get any injuries against Workington, I wouldn’t have enough defenders for Monday.

“Phil is someone who has become available and we can sign him on non-contract terms so we can have a look at him.

“It’s an opportunity for him. He’s experienced and I know that if I need to play him or throw him on he’ll be able to do the job.

“I can’t be waiting week to week for Ben to decide what he’s doing at Bury. I have to get players because I need to get results,” he said.