Atkins signs a second striker

Matlock Town announced their second summer signing on Wednesday night, and again it was a striker.

32-year old Lee Ellington signed on the dotted line as boss Mark Atkins added to the recruitment of 19-year-old Bradley Grayson from Frickley Athletic last week.

It’s unsurprising that Atkins is looking to boost his goalscoring options as the goal-shy Gladiators finished as the third lowest scorers in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division. They netted just 52 times in their 42 league games last term.

Ellington began his career with Hull City where he made 24 appearances between 1996 and 2000, scoring two goals. Then he moved into the non-league scene after a brief spell at Exeter City, joining Gainsborough Trinity.

In his five years at the Northolme, he averaged 20 goals per season. The goals continued to come when he moved to Stalybridge Celtic as he found the net 65 times in 148 appearances.

He then had a spell at Harrogate Town and remained in Blue Square North as he spent last season at Guiseley.

Ellington, cousin of former Wigan Athletic and Derby County striker Nathan Ellington, is seen as a major signing by the Gladiators.

“I know Lee well, having been with him at Stalybridge for three seasons. He’s an excellent goalscorer and has done it all of his career in the league above,” said Atkins who revealed that he wanted Ellington during the 2010-11 campaign.

“We wanted him to partner Ross Hannah towards the end of his time with us but he wasn’t available so we couldn’t do it.

“But we’ve got him now, he’s a great signing for us and it’s a credit to everyone involved at the club in getting him here.”