BARNOLDSWICK Town goalkeeper Ryan Livesey has signed an 18-month contract to remain with the North West Counties League side until the end of next season.

Livesey, who has been put in some fantastic displays since signing from Manchester-based side Maine Road at the start of the season, has been through a lot over the couple of months after it was announced in early November that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Despite receiving treatment, the resilient Livesey has showed his determination and continued to feature as starting keeper for Town.

In making an announcement about the Livesey signing on Twitter, a Barnoldswick Town FC spokesman said: "He wants to commit to the club for the rest of the season and all of next season.

"Ryan has gone through a tough few months with his health problems and feels this way he can give something back to the club.

"Over the last couple of months Ryan has realised what a fantastic group of people are involved at Barnoldswick Town FC and that the club, the players and supporters have gone above and beyond to help him through his difficult time so he see this as his way of saying thanks."

In some other recent good news for the club, Barnoldswick Town were named the Macron Club of the Month awards for December.

Great wins at home to Eccleshall (9-4) in the Macron Cup and away to Knaresborough Town (8-1) in the West Riding County Cup were followed by two 1-0 league away wins, one to Silsden on Boxing Day and the other at Northwich Victoria on December 30.

Since the beginning of January, results have been mixed but Town are still sitting in fourth place in the Premier Division after last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Winsford United.

Clayton McDonald put the home side 1-0 up in the 20th minute, but Town created plenty of chances throughout the game and scored the equaliser in the 43rd minute with a strike by Sean Cookson.

In addition to regular league fixtures coming up, Town will play a big game at Guiseley FC in February.

Town will face against the Vanarama National League North side at Nethermoor in the semi-finals of the West Riding County Cup on Tuesday, February 19. Kick-off will be at 7.45pm.

The two sides will fight it out for a chance to play the winners of Ossett United v FC Halifax Town/Selby Town in the final.