Hot-shot Dale will be double trouble

North West Counties Premier Division Player of the Year Zack Dale is looking forward to making his mark in both the EVO-STIK League and the National League after signing for newcomers Runcorn Linnets.

Ace marksmen Dale is starting the 2018-19 campaign in EVO-STIK West with the Linnets after signing on dual registration from last season's Northern Premier League top flight play-off winners Ashton United ahead of the club's Emirates FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round tie at Sandygate on Saturday.

Pictured with Linnets club secretary Tracy Measor, the 23-year-old arrived at The Millbank Linnets Stadium after netting 34 times for Barnoldswick Town last season, earning more man-of-the-match awards than any other player in the Step 5 competition before collecting the NWCFL's best player accolade.

The versatile former Barlick, Clitheroe, Colne, Guiseley, Nelson and Silsden attacking midfielder and striker isn't the only National League North player on dual registration at the last season's NWCFL champions following the arrival of FC United of Manchester's Adam Gilchrist earlier in pre-season.

Playing in all but two of Barnoldswick's 50 games last season, Dale finished fifth in the NWCFL's top flight goal charts while picking up 18 man of the match nominations on opposition votes - a single yellow card the only blemish on his record over 48 appearances.

Images courtesy of @RuncornLinnets/Twitter

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