Dartford send Andy Pugh out to East Thurrock United to improve his fitness

Friday 23rd August 2019

DARTFORD have sent striker Andy Pugh to East Thurrock United on dual-registration so the 30-year-old can improve his fitness.


“Andy Pugh has worked so hard to recover from his broken leg and he now needs to get his final sharpness by playing games,” joint-manager Adam Flanagan told www.dartfordfc.com.

“East Thurrock will provide the competitiveness and opportunity to do this.

“We hope that he does well and that his move will get himback firing in goals ready for a return to full fitness and Dartford very soon.”

Pugh has put pen to paper on Isthmian League forms and will make his East Thurrock United debut on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August, when the Rocks host Bowers & Pitsea in an Essex derby.

East Thurrock United, who travel to Merstham tomorrow, are in fifth-place in the Isthmian League Premier Division table, having banked six points from their opening three games.

The Darts have signed defender Rob Howard, 19, on a month’s loan from Southend United and is available for Dartford’s home game against Braintree Town tomorrow.

Dartford sit second-from-bottom in the Vanarama National League South, having collected two draws from their opening five games.

Ebbsfleet United, meanwhile, has signed former Bromley midfielder Frankie Sutherland, 25, following his release from their National League rivals during the closed season and will wear the number 19 shirt.

The Fleet have lost the services of striker Brandon Thomas-Asante, 20, who has been approached by a League Two club.

Fleet boss Garry Hill, who had the player on non-contract terms at Stonebridge Road, told www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk: “Good luck to the lad. We weren’t going to stand in his way when he gets a shot at League Two.

“We signed him on terms where we knew this was a possibility and he goes with all the good wishes of the football club.

“It’s no secret I am still one forward short with Cody McDonald some time away from a return and we’re looking to address that as soon as it suits us.”

Tonbridge Angels – who host Havant & Waterlooville tomorrow – have snapped up former Folkestone Invicta striker Ade Yusuff on a one-month loan deal from Dulwich Hamlet.

The move from their Vanarama National League South rivals has been funded by the club’s 12th Man scheme.

Manager Steve McKimm told www.tonbridgeangels.co.uk: “Ade is a player that has caused us problems before with his pace and power and will add something different to the forwards we have already.”

Yusuff scored 51 goals in 102 appearances for Neil Cugley’s side during his time at Cheriton Road.

Meanwhile, Welling United boss Mark Goldberg has shipped out French midfielder Julien Anau, 25, out on loan to Isthmian Premier Division side Margate.