Date: 7th July 2019 at 11:19am
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Former striker Alex Nicholls was named as a surprising trialist for the Saddlers during our 2-1 defeat to Alfreton yesterday.

Nicholls spent seven years with the Saddlers between 2005 and 2012 but left to join Northampton Town where a broken leg all but ended his career.

Nicholls has since played for Exeter, Barnet and Crewe scoring just twelve goals in over one hundred appearances.

No disrespect to Alex but if he is the answer I’m unsure what the question is. Very similar to our other trialist striker Liam McAlinden. The former Wolves man has had more clubs than Rory McIlroy and whose career in the football league looks to be over following a poor stint at Cheltenham Town.

If Alex Nicholls and Liam McAlinden are the type of strikers we are looking at to replace Andy Cook then the budget is far worse than we could have ever imagined.

Neither Nicholls or McAlinden impressed yesterday and neither should be considered for next season.

One trialist who did impress yesterday was goalkeeper Jon Flatt. He made some strong saves. commanded his box and stopped crosses – however question marks have to be raised about Alfreton winner as Flatt seemed to be flat footed.