Soccer Shorts: Southwark Council plans impact Dulwich Hamlet survival
Here are tonight’s Soccer Shorts articles
BROMLEY have lost the services of their leading goalscorer Blair Turgott, who has signed for League Two side Stevenage. The 23-year-old striker scored 15 goals for the Vanarama National League side last season and Tweeted that he enjoyed his season playing for his home-town club.
“Massive thank you to all associated with Bromley FC, staff, players and fans. Really enjoyed my time, a club always close to my heart,” said Turgott, who attended a successful trial at Jamie Vardy’s Academy.
CRAY VALLEY have unveiled the signings of three midfielders Russell Bedford (Phoenix Sports), Michael Hagan (Corinthian) and Alex Nelson.
CRAY WANDERERS manager Tony Russell has appointed Joe Vines, 36, as his new assistant manager, replacing Paul Lorraine who has signed for newly-promoted Southern Counties East Football League First Division side Punjab United.
Vines, who will have a playing role with the club, started his career with Cray Wanderers as a 20-year-old. The central defender played for Ashford United at the end of last season and the club won the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division title in April.
DARTFORD manager Tony Burman has confirmed the signing of winger Lyle Della Verde, 22.
He started his youth career at Tottenham Hotspur and Southend United, before signing a professional contract at Fulham in 2012. He then played League football for Fleetwood Town and Crawley Town before dropping into non-league to play for Welling United and Concord Rangers.
“Lyle is a wide player who can play on both wings, he is a good footballer and at an age that I feel we can continue to improve him. I feel he will be a good addition to the squad," Burman told www.dartfordfc.com.
DOVER ATHLETIC has made left-back Femi Ilesanmi, 26, his seventh summer signing after bringing him in from their Vanarama National League rivals Boreham Wood.
Chris Kinnear has signed Tobi Sho-Silva, Connor Essam, Manny Parry, Kane Richards, Mitch Brundle and Jamie Allen so far this summer.
DULWICH HAMLET Supporters’ Trust has become aware of plans by Southwark Council that may impact on the future survival of the Bostik Premier club.
“The plans are contained in the recent publication drafting new site allocations and area visions for the New Southwark Plan,” said a club statement.
“Included within this was an allocation for the existing Champion Hill Stadium site, including the land around the stadium (car wash, car park) and the land on which the stadium buildings sit (health club, bar, changing rooms etc) but specifically excluding the football pitch.”
EBBSFLEET UNITED have unveiled the signings of former Chelmsford City winger Bagasan Graham, 24, midfielder Jack Payne, 25 from Blackpool and striker Danny Mills from Whitehawk.
ERITH & BELVEDERE manager Luke Coleman has unveiled the signings of Owen Price, Daniel Willis, Nathan Palmer, Nico James, Daryl Dylan, Perry Rose and Jamie Taylor. Six players who suffered relegation from the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division at the end of last season have been retained; Nad Nwitua, Luke Roberts, Matthew Parsons, Jamal McCann, Aaron Fray and Danny Akers.
FAVERSHAM TOWN boss Ray Turner has lost the services of highly-rated goalkeeper Will Godmon, who has left the club by mutual consent.
Simon Overland has re-signed for the club from Sittingbourne while Godmon searches for a higher league club.
“I would like to like to pay tribute to Will,” Turner told the club website.
“From the moment he set foot in this football club he has been absolutely tremendous for us. I’ve loved working with him – the lad is a great talent.
“The reason for the change is that he made it quite clear he wanted to play a higher level of football and I’m more than happy to support that.
“I think any manager’s out there in higher league’s should be looking at this lad and giving him a chance. He is a tremendous talent and he is well worthy of a shot at a higher level.”
FOLKESTONE INVICTA boss Neil Cugley has appointed former captain and former Chatham Town manager Kevin Watson as an Essex based scout.
“He’ll help us find more players from up and around Essex where he now lives and teaches and do a bit of scouting for us up that way,” Cugley told www.folkestoneinvictafc.com.
“Richard Langley, who has done that sort of thing for me for a while can now concentrate down nearer home.
“Neither of them are on the payroll but they love their football and it should work out well.”
GILLINGHAM have sold midfielder Bradley Dack, 23, to relegated Sky Bet League One side Blackburn Rovers for an initial transfer fee of £750,000. Dack, who made 185 appearances, scoring 38 goals for the Gills, has signed a three-year deal at Ewood Park.
HYTHE TOWN newly-appointed coach Mike Ward says he was impressed with the application from seven of the clubs players during a training session tonight. Ward, who comes in from Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side Bearsted, Tweeted: “Bad weather but the tempo and intensity from the seven Hythe Town lads was different level tonight and it’s not even pre-season yet!”
MAIDSTONE UNITED have agreed a deal with Vanarama National League South side East Thurrock United to sign left-winger Tom Wraight, 22. He scored 21 goals last season and scored 22 goals for John Coventry’s promotion winning side the previous season as they stunned Tonbridge Angels and Dulwich Hamlet in the Ryman Premier League Play-Offs in 2016.
MARGATE have signed 29-year-old winger Orlando Smith, who played for Metropolitan Police last season. Chris Sessegnon, meanwhile, has extended his stay at Hartsdown Park by signing another one-year contract extension.
TAKELEY have unveiled the signing of journeyman striker Stuart Zanone, who has signed for a club in his native Essex.
VCD ATHLETIC have unveiled the signing of Owen Roberts.