Soccer Shorts: Sevenoaks Town chairman Paul Lansdale to pound the streets of London to raise money for mental health charity
Here are tonight's Soccer Shorts articles.
ASHFORD UNITED manager Tommy Warrilow says his side are raring to go for tomorrow’s opening pre-season friendly at Rochester United.
“The result is always important to me regardless of whether it’s a friendly or a competitive match, but obviously the most important thing at the present time is to get minutes into the guys,” Warrilow told the club website.
“We haven’t played in a long while, match fitness will gradually come, but I think the squad is looking good.
“I’ll also be hoping to see us utilise the stuff we’ve been working on back at the training ground. That’s the kind of stuff we need to begin executing ahead of the season in August.
“Games are coming thick and fast now, which is good for us to get to the level we need to reach, but all in all, it feels good to be back.”
Warrilow, meanwhile, has retained Tommy Fagg, Ben Gorham, Tariq Ossai, Tashi Kwayie, Jack Steventon, Jono Richardson, Luke Leppard, Josh Wisson, Jay May, Levi Gold, Bradley Simms and Johan Ter Horst.
BECKENHAM TOWN manager Jason Huntley has unveiled the capture of former East Grinstead Town midfielder Danny Waldren, 32, and another midfielder, Tom O'Connor has also signed for the Combined Counties League Premier Division newcomers.
Tunde Aderonmu (striker); Jamie Brown (defender); Rob Carter (defender); Stefan Cox (winger); Harvey Hanifan (defender); Callum Henry (defender); Archie Johnson (defender); Junior Kaffo (holding midfielder); Tyrone Pink (striker); Ike Robertson (defender); Steve Townsend (striker) and Bertie Valler (midfielder) have all been retained by the Eden Park Avenue outfit.
BROMLEY manager Andy Woodman has signed former Millwall central midfielder Sam Skeffington, 20.
The Bromley resident featured for Millwall’s under 18s and under 23 squads during the past three years and was sent out on loan to Barnet last season, making 12 National League appearances.
Striker James Alabi, 26, has signed a new contract at Hayes Lane, having scored eight goals for Bromley last season.
Bromley have reduced season ticket and match-day prices after receiving criticism from their fans and they open their Vanarama National League campaign in front of the BT Sport cameras, when relegated side Grimsby Town visit Hayes Lane on Saturday 21 August 2021 (17:30).
CANTERBURY CITY have confirmed that summer signing Niall Salisbury picked up a nasty injury during their 4-2 pre-season friendly win over Meridian VP last weekend.
MRI scans indicate a suspected ruptured ACL which will require surgery. The Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division club said they “will do everything they can to support Niall on his road to recovery.”
CHATHAM TOWN manager Scott Lindsey has signed former Margate centre-half Liam Friend ahead of their Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division campaign.
CRAY VALLEY (Paper Mills) manager Kevin Watson says he will be working with 22 players for their pre-season campaign, ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Sutton Common Rovers.
“The matches will be invaluable to our preparation as players develop match fitness and tactical awareness,” Watson told the club website.
“Our opposition are all of an equivalent level or above in terms of league status, so it will be a competitive and a good gauge for where we are at.
“We plan to use the game time strategically to taper the number of minutes played by individuals in accordance with their need.
“As a management team, we have been generally pleased with the physical condition in which the players have returned. In modern-day football, a strong baseline of fitness is even more important as the intensity of the game continues to increase in many respects.
“We are currently working with 20-22 players. They consist of players that have already signed and have been announced, some trialists and a few players who have progressed from the youth section of the club or under 23s. Early exposure to the senior teams for the younger players is essential in their development.
“Our home ground has been greatly improved over the last few years and credit must go to all that have contributed to the words – not least the two pitches which have again had much investment and will be in great condition.”
CROYDON manager Liam Giles has signed midfielder Andrew Cummings and JJ Johnson has returned to the Southern Counties East Football League First Division side after a spell away from the club while playing for Horley Town.
DOVER ATHLETIC is in need of a qualified doctor to join its medical team on home matchdays.
The successful applicant will be required to attend all games at Crabble, including National League and cup fixtures and provide medical assistance to both the home and visiting teams.
To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to club secretary firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, BT Sport have selected Andy Hessenthaler’s side’s trip to Weymouth for live coverage on Saturday, 18 September (17:30).
DULWICH HAMLET manager Gavin Rose has recently signed former Bromley captain Jack Holland, 29. The Vanarama National League South club has also retained Jamie Splatt, Gio McGregor, Danny Mills, Sanchez Ming, Jordan Higgs, Andre Blackman, Michael Timlin, Quade Taylor and Andrew Harris-Sealy.
Current Grenada international defender Tyrone Sterling, 33, has arrived at Champion Hill after leaving their league rivals Concord Rangers, who started his career at the ASPIRE Academy run by Rose and Junior Kadi.
EBBSFLEET UNITED have announced the departure of centre-half Ben Frempah, 26, after making five appearances in the Vanarama National League South last season.
FAVERSHAM TOWN manager James Collins has retained the services of winger Benedict Bioletti, defender Alfie Spiers and midfielder Luis Dos Santos ahead of their forthcoming Isthmian League South East Division campaign.
HOLLANDS & BLAIR will be staging a memorial Day at Star Meadow for their late club secretary Laurence Plummer on Saturday 14 August 2021 between 17:00-23:00. The social event at the Gillingham-based club is to celebrate the man and to share stories and memories and to share in Plum’s legacy.
LARKFIELD & New Hythe manager Kris Browning continues to build his squad ahead of their maiden Southern Counties East Football League First Division campaign, by signing former Lordswood attacking midfielder Hicham Akhazzan.
MAIDSTONE UNITED manager Hakan Hayrettin has signed former Swindon Town defender Taylor Curran, 21. Curran spent two seasons in Wiltshire having came through the youth ranks at Southend United before Hayrettin managed him at Braintree Town, while he was on loan and has signed for the Vanarama National League South outfit.
ROCHESTER UNITED manager Phil Miles has signed former Maidstone United Academy winger Charlie Dale; midfielder Rex Ejinonyeabala, John Brown; Max Ciano; Henry Arnold, defender Tom Webb, goalkeeper Ben Nourse, defender Lewis Cook and club captain Tom Whitaker ahead of their Southern Counties East Football League First Division campaign.
RUSTHALL manager Jimmy Anderson has signed Callum Flynn from Sutton Athletic, where he scored 14 goals in 50 appearances for the Southern Counties East Football League First Division side.
Rory Salter and James White, both defenders, have both left neighbouring Crowborough Athletic to sign for the newly-promoted outfit.
Striker Luke Adams, who notched 20 goals in all competitions during the 2019-20 season for the Rustics, has been retained by the club.
SEVENOAKS TOWN chairman Paul Lansdale and his family will be running the London 10K for West Kent Mind, one of around 130 local Mind Associations which are affiliated to the national charity Mind, which is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales and the best-known charity for mental health.
Lansdale said: “Mind’s vision is for a society where everyone with a mental health problem can lead the life they want to lead, free from stigma and discrimination. Their mission is to work with and on behalf of people with mental health problems, ensuring their fair and equal treatment and to promote better mental health for us.
“Supporting people with mental health problems holds a special place in our hearts and we would be incredibly grateful for any donations be it large or small. Thank you in advance for your support.”
VCD ATHLETIC manager Nick Davis has retained the services of winger Alex Gaggin ahead of their Isthmian League South East Division campaign.