Non-league football: Newcastle Town boss John Diskin looks to the future with double signing
NEWCASTLE Town have signed Stone Dominoes striker Dwayne Spence and Stone Old Alleynians midfielder Luke Askey.
The pair have been recruited as Newcastle boss John Diskin begins his preparations for next season in Division One South.
Midfielder Luke Askey is part of the Askey footballing dynasty. His grandfather, Colin, starred for Port Vale in the 1953/54 side which reached the FA Cup semi-finals, while Luke's dad, Bob, played for and managed Eccleshall.
Luke has already played for Newcastle's reserves, and Diskin is keen to take a closer look at the youngster.
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Spence, meanwhile, has signed up after impressing for Dominoes, even though they are struggling at the foot of the North West Counties League Premier Division.
He will remain registered with Stone, allowing him to help in their relegation battle while also playing selected games for Newcastle.
Diskin added: "We have had Dwayne watched and he has also trained with us once or twice. Although he's not yet the finished article, he has potential and a great attitude."
Newcastle travel to Mickleover Sports tomorrow hoping to make amends for a frustrating home draw with Brigg Town on Tuesday.
Newcastle took the lead through Christian Millar, but were denied by an injury-time equaliser.
Diskin said: "We played really well for 75 minutes, but we didn't put our chances away and that came back to bite us on the bum."
LEEK Town entertain Belper Town tomorrow hoping to build on Tuesday's 3-0 Division One South win at home to promotion-chasing Stamford.
Goals from Dan Shelley, Peter Wright and Matt Bell fired Leek to victory as Lee Casswell's side bounced back in style from last weekend's 2-0 defeat at another promotion candidate, King's Lynn.
Casswell said: "It was a great response from the players. We scored three excellent goals; a 25-yarder from Dan Shelley, a fantastic move for Peter Wright's goal and then Matt Bell scored his second in three games from left-back.
"We encourage our left-backs to get forward, and I was pleased for Matt because he has probably been our most consistent player since Christmas."
Meanwhile, Leek legend Steve Norris, below, has rejoined the club as a director.
Norris, who made 393 appearances for Leek, and also managed the club, is now a retired fire officer.
Also elected to the Leek board is local businessman Paul Seymour. He runs Magic Textiles in partnership with Leek manager Casswell.
KIDSGROVE Athletic are without a game this weekend, so must wait until Tuesday's trip to King's Lynn to try to build on their excellent form.
Shaun Hollinshead's side secured their third win in a week on Saturday as two goals from John Johnston and a Karl Espley strike gave them a 3-0 home win over Rainworth Miners Welfare.