Ace goalscorer steps up after terrific season

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Shirebrook Town goal machine Kieran Watson has stepped up a level to play for Matlock Town in the Evostik League.

Watson last season netted a remarkable 52 goals for Shirebrook in Division One of the Northern Counties East League in his second spell at Station Road.

His exploits attracted a lot of interest from other clubs during the season, but the 32-year-old opted to finish the campaign with Shirebrook, earning praise from his manager Rob Camm.

“Kieran has been fantastic,” said Camm at the time.

“He had at least ten offers from other clubs, offering better financial rewards, but he has stuck around because he is enjoying his football here.”

Watson’s exploits in front of goal earned him the supporters player of the season award.

Matlock manager Dave Hoole and his assistant, Shaun Harrad, said they were very happy to get their man after fighting off stiff competition from other clubs.

Watson previously played for Staveley MW, Hucknall Town, AFC Mansfield, Sheffield FC and Hallam FC, helping the latter to the play-offs.

A Matlock spokesman said: “His signing should add some firepower to the Gladiators frontline.”