Football: Quinn turns to Dicker for cover
NANTWICH Town manager Jimmy Quinn has moved to bring in centre-half Ryan Dicker as he deals with Mat Bailey's absence for the rest of the season.
Dicker, who left the Dabbers for Newcastle Town in 2008, joins from Stafford Rangers after an aborted move to Kidsgrove Athletic.
He was due to play for Kidsgrove at Brigg Town earlier this month, but missed the game because his registration had been completed one minute after a deadline.
Instead, he has moved to the Weaver Stadium, where Quinn has been looking for defensive cover since Bailey suffered knee ligament damage in November.
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Dicker could make his first start at home to Marine as Nantwich bid to extend their unbeaten run to six games following the postponement of a Boxing Day clash with Ashton United.
He would line up at the back alongside Andy White, who has impressed Quinn since arriving on loan from Crewe Alexandra.
"Andy came into the team against Grantham, scored, defended well and was probably man-of-the-match," said Quinn.
"We've got him until early January, but we will look to extend that if we can."
KEEPER Adam Alcock will be hoping his man-of-the-match display in Stafford Rangers' Boxing Day tussle with Hednesford Town will have helped secure his place in his side's starting line-up going into 2013.
He has shared duties with Danny Read this season, but a number of injuries to last season's first choice shot-stopper have handed the former Nantwich Town and Rocester keeper his chance.
And although Rangers were edged out by a solitary goal by neighbours Hednesford, it would have been a lot worse had Alcock not pulled off a string of excellent saves.
Not that things are likely to be any easier for the 25-year-old tomorrow when Stafford play host to another of this season's play-off contenders Worksop Town.
On loan defender James Bolton is likely to continue his partnership with Liam Walshe in the centre.
With no new injury worries, Rangers boss Greg Clowes may opt to make changes in midfield particularly with another match at high-flying Ashton United to follow on Tuesday afternoon.