United star striker Scott off to Celtic
SKELMERSDALE United confirmed this week that talented forward Scott Bakkor will leave the club to join Northern Premier League side Stalybridge Celtic this summer.
Bakkor, who turns 24 today, netted an impressive nine goals in 13 appearances last season which included a nine-minute hat-trick in the 3-2 comeback win over Kendal Town in March.
The striker - who has also represented Colwyn Bay and Marine - played a big part in helping Skem avoid the drop last season, and manager Dave Powell admitted there could be no hard feelings in the departure.
“Scott departs the club for pastures new with our best wishes and thanks,” Powell said.
“He excelled for us from start to finish last season as we extended our stay in the division.
“His exit gives the opportunity for other strikers to join us for the upcoming season and follow in the steps of Scott, his predecessor Andy Owens [who joined Connah’s Quay Nomads in January] and others before them.”
Powell did, however, provide a massive boost for Skelmersdale fans as he convinced 14 of the current United squad to stay on for the upcoming season.
Midfielder Mike Roddy, former Everton youth captain Tom Molyneux and Phil Mooney who lifted both the Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Season gongs several weeks ago - were among the highest-profile names to re-sign for the new campaign.
“It is great to have so many of the squad extend their commitment to the club so early and there are still discussions ongoing with other members of the squad,” Powell said.
“Following the departure of striker Scott Bakkor, Jordan Darr’s return to Chorley, and Liam Davies’ progression to Southport, there are clear opportunities for the returning lads to stake a claim.
“The door is always open for other new lads to come in and join us - especially in the attacking positions, whilst this can also be considered a work-inprogress from my point of view.”