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FOOTBALL: Gary Setchell pulled a transfer rabbit out of the hat with the signing of 30-year-old David Bell from Football League side Notts County ahead of Saturday’s win over Ilkeston, writes Chris Milsom.

The Kettering-born former Norwich City midfielder began his career as a trainee with Rushden & Diamonds in 2000 and went on to make 140 appearances, scoring 10 goals.

He then joined Luton Town in 2006 scoring eight times in 89 games before a loan spell at Leicester City.

He signed for the Canaries for £750,000 in July 2008 but his stay in Norfolk was short lived and, after making 20 appearances, he moved to Coventry City for about £500,000. His stay with the Sky Blues was restricted by injury to 98 appearances in four-and-a-half years, scoring six goals.

He was released by Coventry last July and joined Notts County on a free transfer, making 13 appearances this season.

He will be in familiar company at The Walks. Bell played with Setchell, Gary Mills and Rob Duffy at Rushden, making his debut alongside the three of them in a 1-0 Conference Trophy defeat at Kingstonian in December 2000.

λ Lynn Reserves missed the chance of regaining top spot in the Premier Division of the Peterborough League when they were held to a 1-1 draw at third-placed Whittlesey.

Leaders Netherton United were left frustrated when their home match with Ramsey Town was abandoned due to bad weather with eight minutes to go and them leading 4-0.

But Lynn cold not capitalise and are a point adrift, from a game more.

Whittlesey led 1-0 at half-time after a superb finish resulting from Lynn’s new look back-four, including two fresh faces, failure to deal with a direct ball.

James Spittlehouse equalised four minutes into the second half in a scramble .

The referee took the teams off the field when heavy rain swept across the pitch, but the game resumed with Lynn failing to take the chance to grab all three points with a series of misses.

Assistant manager Jason Coe told “We were disappointed to leave with only a point having had chances to win the game late on.

“However, we were fortunate to only be 1-0 down at half-time. We have found the start of games hard, which is frustrating given the increase in intensity and performance levels as the game went on.

Against lesser teams you can get away with this but we have to be better against top opposition.”

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