Holywell announce double signing

Holywell Town have announced the signing of left back Tom Hartley from Rhyl, as well as Matty Woodward from Runcorn Town.

Hartley joined Rhyl in 2016 from North West Counties League side Cammell Laird, he made 33 appearances for Rhyl in his debut campaign in the JD Welsh Premier League. The move proved to be shrewd addition for the Lillywhites, Hartley won the club management committee’s player of the season.

However, before the start of last season the defender was ruled out with a broken collarbone which left him sidelined for four months. As a result of his injury, game time came at a premium for Hartley as the defender made just 15 appearances for the club last term.

However, despite his time on the sidelines last term, the left-back had seemingly forced his way back into the first team picture this campaign, as he had already made three appearances this season so far, as he featured against Ruthin Town, Prestatyn Town and Penrhyncoch and came on as a substitute at Porthmadog.

However, the left-back has now left the Huws Gray Alliance outfit in order to link up with Holywell Town.

However, he won’t be the only new face at Holywell, as the club confirmed they had also signed former Rhyl and Runcorn right-back Matty Woodward.

Woodward will be a familiar name for many Welsh football fans, as the defender has previous experience in the domestic system in Wales.

Woodward joined Airbus back in 2007/08, before moving to Chester for one season. However, following his spell at the club, he returned to Wales and guided Rhyl to promotion to the JD Welsh Premier League, and subsequently joined Bangor.

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However, after re-joining Runcorn, he then joined Flint Town United at the start of last season, however returned to Runcorn once again just this summer, but has now left the club for Holywell Town.

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