Nick takes over at the Town helm

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MORPETH Town have appointed a new manager.

Former Northampton Town player Nick Gray was picked by the board following the departure of Trevor Benjamin. He was chosen ahead of Tom Wade, who was in charge of the club for a brief period at the start of last season.

Gray was manager of Seaton Delaval Amateurs for the last four years and he has extensive coaching experience at youth level.

He has now assembled a squad of 30 players and Morpeth have arranged the following pre-season friendlies to fully prepare them for the start of the new campaign on August 13.

Tuesday, July 12, South Shields (away)

Tuesday, July 19 Percy Main (away)

Thursday, July 21 Ashington AFC (away)

Monday, July 25 Whitley Bay A (away)

Saturday, July 30 Stirling University (away)

Wednesday, August 3 Shankhouse (away)

Saturday, August 6 Ponteland United (home)

l On Friday, July 22, the club is holding a talk at Craik Park.

It will be hosted by comedian Mike Cash and the guest speaker is former Newcastle United player John Beresford.

Tables of 10 cost £180 with individual tickets £20. These are available from Jim Dawson on 078511 87143.