There were some new faces among the players who gathered at Moore Lane last week for the start of Newton Aycliffe's preseason training. Three new signings have been confirmed so far with Shaun Ryder making the switch from local rivals Bishop Auckland. Ryder is a hard working centre midfielder who regularly contributes to the goal tally. Also joining the Newtonians for the new season is former Willington forward Dean Thexton & versatile defender Mattie Lowrie. The new squad's first preseason friendly will be the visit of Hartlepool Utd on Tuesday 9th July. Kick off at Moore Lane is at 7:30pm with admission costing just £5 for adults & £3 for concessions. Season ticket holders get free admission. The club is very much looking forward to the visit of Craig Hignett's team who finished 17th in the National League last season. Hopefully there will be a good turnout on the night to support the team against a club playing four divisions higher in the National League system.