Soccer Shorts: Faversham are aiming for the play-offs at least, says Tom Loynes
Here are tonight’s Soccer Shorts articles.
ERITH & BELVEDERE manager Derek Oldfield continues building his squad ahead of his first season in charge at Park View Road.
Attacker Malik Nosike has decided to leave Beckenham Town, whom were leading the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division, for Erith & Belvedere, who were at the foot of the table at the time of the health pandemic.
Klaudio Krasniqi, Dane Moore, Dean Carpenter, James Hawkins, Steven Springett, Dan Teeley, Jamie Taylor, Kameiko Pope-Campbell, Marlon Patterson, Reece Barrett, Tyler Anderson-Parr, Matt Neary, Rob Curtis and Henry Dasofunjo have all put pen to paper to sign.
FAVERSHAM TOWN manager James Collins has retained the services of former Sittingbourne midfielder Tom Loynes, 27.
“I’m really looking forward to trying for a successful season, aiming for the play-offs at least,” Loynes told the club website.
“Personally I want to find the same form that I was in before my injury, which is now behind me, so I’m looking for double figures in assists and double figures in goals.
“I’ll be giving everything on the pitch for the team and the club.”
Collins added: “I’m delighted that Loynsey has agreed to stay on at the club.
“Tom came to us last year on the back of a potentially career-ending injury. We knew that it would take him time to regain his match fitness and sharpness and that was what last season allowed him to do.
“Although naturally a winger, I felt he had his better games for us when he played either full-back or in a central midfield role.
“He is another player who gives us great versatility and his experience at this level will be invaluable to our young squad.”
Collins, meanwhile, has snapped up former VCD Athletic and Hythe Town left-back Abdul Lyoubi.
He said: “I’m delighted that Azz wanted to join us. It’s just another sign that we are heading in the right direction.
“He has plenty of experience at this level. He’s athletic, fit and fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring into the club.”
The Lilywhites have also signed left-back Alfie Speirs, 19, and winger Michael Hagan.
FISHER manager Ajay Ashanike has confirmed the departure of Louie Clarke as he prepares for his second campaign in charge of the club, again without a budget.
“Not having a budget makes it super hard to keep your best players but we move on from it and get another next best thing out (of the situation),” said the manager.
FOREST HILL Park manager Darrell Queeley begins the search for a marksman after losing Jefferson Aibangbee to their Southern Counties East Football League First Division rivals Rusthall.
He said: “Imagine having to replace all your goalscorers. Love a challenge me, who wants to be developed into a SCEFL marksman?”
GREENWAYS have lost the services of their leading goalscorer Danny Lear, who has signed for Rusthall. He scored 19 goals last season.
HASTINGS UNITED have unveiled the signing of former VCD Athletic centre-half Jack Steventon, one of many players to leave the Crayford-based club following the departure of manager Keith McMahon.
KENNINGTON manager Dan Scorer has retained 17 of last season’s squad.
However, Sam Brown (work commitments), Sam Conlon (retired) and Robert Greenfield (retired) have left the Ashford-based club.
Joe Mant, Harry Stow, Luke Hughes, Adam Phillips, Regan Mendes, Calvin Sedenu, Reiss Crimmen, Charlie Owen, Joe Flisher, Harry Lavender, Gary Clarke, Craig Calvert, Tom Scorer, James Haylock-Ashdown, Ryan Philpott, George Latham and Gary Lockyer have all put pen to paper to stay at the Southern Counties East Football League First Division side.
“I’m delighted to have retained so many of last season’s squad,” Scorer told the club website.
“We have a very strong core that have progressed with me over the past few seasons and we added to that really well throughout last season.
“It makes preparations for next season a lot easier and I’m looking forward to starting with this group of players from the off.”
LORDSWOOD manager Neil Hunter has unveiled his squad ahead of his first season in charge of the club.
Midfielder Dave Botterill, who has won the league title with Ashford United and Faversham Town, has put pen to paper for the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side.
The Lords have also snapped up former K Sports captain, the combative central midfielder Jason Perry.
Defender Tom Lindsey has re-signed for the club following a spell playing University football in America and has also featured for Herne Bay.
Goalkeeper Rob French; defenders Kieran Sharp, Josh Gilbert; midfielders Hicham Akhazzan, Kamahl Robinson, Grant Mcllheron and Joe Loft and Steven Mills also sign.
PHOENIX SPORTS manager Paul Bryon has unveiled the signing of former VCD Athletic winger Alex Gaggin.
The Isthmian League South East Division outfit has confirmed that Steve Phillips, Ryan Andrews, Andrew Dythe, Connor McGrady, Ashley Probets, Danny Young, Lewis Clarke, Lee Bird, Jack Hopkins, Henry Douglas, Kweku Ansah, Ollie Andrews, James Dyer, Lauris Chin, George Whitelock, Zak Bryon, Ryan Solan, Jeff Duah-Kessie and Charlie Busby will be with the club at the start of next season.
STAPLEHURST & MONARCHS United’s newly-appointed manager Steve Sands has confirmed that Martin Sands, Matthew Hathway, Nathan Moseley, James West, Carl West, Peter West, Ted Rosetti and Sam Swift have all signed for the Kent County League Premier Division side.
SUTTON ATHLETIC have appointed Kerri Blake to manage their reserve side, while Jack Longhurst and Ben Williams will assist.
WELLING TOWN have confirmed that Tobi Ademiju, Gary Beckett, James Day, Jack Fenton, Steven Ita, Lee Kidman, Adam O’Neill, Peter Ojemen, Hassan Oshilaja, James Owolabi, Chris Round, Jordan Sandiford, Chris Sholu, Ben Slade and Joel Thompson have left the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division club.
The Boots, meanwhile, have announced the return of prolific striker Ryan Golding, who has scored 67 goals in 56 appearances for the club.