NWCFL Premier Division side Barnoldswick Town have appointed former Northwich Victoria boss, Steve Pickup as their new first team manager.

Pickup left The Vics in early March after a number of logistical issues brought on by the clubs lateral move to another Step Five division and he takes on his new role following the recent departure of Craig Bradshaw who left Barlick over the weekend due to work and family commitments.

Following his appointment, Barnoldswick commented through their social media: "Barnoldswick Town FC are pleased to announce that Steve Pickup has been appointed as first team manager.

"Steve is no stranger to the NWCFL having managed at Colne FC, Padiham and most recently at Northwich Victoria, and he's now keen to get going again at Barlick.

"He also brings back a familiar face to Town as Lewis Clemmett joins him as goalkeeper coach. Welcome on board."

On arrival, Pickup said: "First of all, I would like to say hello to all the fans at Barnoldswick Town Football Club. Most recently, after leaving Northwich Victoria as their manager, the club made contact about the position and it was certainly something that I was excited by.

"The club has a great infrastructure and the potential to progress through the leagues. I can see that the club means a lot to all the supporters and volunteers that work tirelessly behind the scenes for the club.

"The club deserves to be successful and I will certainly do everything possible to give that to the fans. This is a long-term project and if everyone sticks together both on and off the field an pulls together through good and bad results, then we all stand a chance of being successful.

"Let's make it happen together."

Barlick's fixture with Charnock Richard on Monday evening was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Silentnight Stadium, meaning Pickup's first fixture in charge will be on Wednesday evening as Town travel to Wythenshawe in the NWCFL.

The recently appointed manager will have the opportunity to call upon new signing Ethan Gough, who joined the club over the weekend to give Barlick another option in central midfield.