Gillingham sign former Margate defender Gary Borrowdale

Sunday 02nd February 2014
EBBSFLEET UNITED have signed commanding central defender Anthony Acheampong for an undisclosed fee from Skrill Premier side Barnet.

The 23-year-old former England C international was a key member of Welling United’s Conference South winning campaign last season and moved on a two-year deal to Barnet in the summer for a £8,000 transfer fee.

He has featured in 21 league games for the Bees for far this season and is expected to be drafted into the Fleet’s squad for Monday’s trip to thirteenth-placed Chelmsford City.

The Fleet remain in third-place in the Skrill South table with 41 points from 25 games – seven points behind Eastleigh and eighteen points behind leaders Bromley.

Acheampong is an aerial threat from set pieces, he played 44 times in season 2012/13 for the Wings, scoring seven goals and helped the side to an impressive 17 clean sheets on their way to the title. He was also named in the 2012/2013 Conference South team of the season.

He joined Welling United in 2010 from Ryman League Horsham and before that he was on the books of Cardiff City, where he was shortlisted for the Wickes Young Apprentice Trophy of the year, which aimed to shine the spotlight on future Football League stars.

Fleet boss Steve Brown told “I have been tracking Anthony for some time and I’m delighted to have finally secured his signature. He will be a valuable addition to the squad and provide competition in an area of the team where that has been lacking.”

The Fleet have added further quality to their back line with the signing of former loanee Yado Mambo to the squad.

Alongside current club captain Paul Lorraine, the 22-year-old central defender was a lynchpin of the Fleet side that finished in fourteenth in the Conference Premier in 2011-12, having arrived on loan from Charlton Athletic where he graduated from the Addicks’ youth academy.  He played 27 times that season for the Fleet, scoring twice.

A four-year stay at The Valley, which ended in 2013, saw him go out on loan to Welling United, Staines Town, Eastbourne Borough and then a step up to the Football League with AFC Wimbledon and Shrewsbury Town.

A club statement said: “After undergoing a knee operation in the summer, Fleet have been tracking the popular Mambo for some time and manager Steve Brown fought off stiff competition to bring the player back to Stonebridge Road.”

WELLING UNITED have added three new players to their squad on transfer deadline day.

The Wings have added Tobi Sho-Silva to the squad after signing the Charlton Athletic striker on loan for one month.  The Addicks’ striker was called up for England under 18s to face Belgium last season in the 1-0 defeat at Tivoli.

Boss Jamie Day has made another move on Friday, signing Brentford central defender Alfie Mason, 20, on loan until the end of the season.

Mason has been on loan at Conference South side Maidenhead United and also at Luton Town so far in his career.

Day has also snapped up Toby Ajala on a permanent basis after his release from Bristol City.

Ajala, who can play in midfield or upfront, has recently been on loan at Cheltenham Town and prior to that had a spell on loan at AFC Wimbledon.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE have also snapped up David Nicol-Wilson from Southern Counties East Football League side Cray Valley (Paper Mills).  The youngster has joined the League Two club on a two-year scholarship.

Millers’ chairman Frank May said: “Good luck David and congratulations.”

GILLINGHAM have bolstered their striking options with the capture of Joe Piggott, 22, from CHARLTON ATHLETIC.

Gills boss Peter Taylor beat the transfer deadline to secure the signing of the highly-rated striker.

Born in Maidstone, Piggott scored 22 goals for the Addicks’ development squad in 2012/13, as well as enjoying a successful loan spell with Conference South side Bromley.

He was spotted by Bromley manager Mark Goldberg, who was watching his son Bradley play for the Addicks at the time.

He made his Charlton debut in this season’s Capital One Cup first round tie with Oxford United, scoring a 90th minute penalty to help his side to a 4-0 win at The Valley.

Piggott has since gone on to make 10 league and cup appearances and was rewarded with a new three-year deal in September, but joins the Gills on an initial one month loan.

Taylor told “I enquired about Joe a few months ago but we couldn’t do a deal at the time. He is a scorer and he netted a hat-trick against us in a development game earlier this season. He lives in Maidstone and is desperate to come here and we are very pleased to have him.”

Taylor has also signed defender Gary Borrowdale, following his release from Ryman Premier League side MARGATE.

The 28-year-old left-back, who can also operate at centre-half, has been training with the Gills recently whilst improving his match fitness with spells at Tonbridge Angels (Skrill South) and Margate.

He began his career at Crystal Palace, making over 100 first team appearances for the Eagles by the age of 21 and also earned England honours from under 16s to under 21 level, before earning a £650,000 move to Coventry City in 2007.

Two seasons later he became Paulo Sousa’s first signing as Queens Park Rangers boss and also spent time on loan with Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic and Carlisle United prior to leaving Loftus Road in the summer.

Borrowdale has agreed a deal with the Gills that will keep him at the club for the remainder of this season.

Taylor told the Gillingham website: “When I was England under 21 manager Gary played for me, he was also with me at Crystal Palace so that shows how high I regard him.

“He’s only 28 and a very, very good player and it’s well worth getting him on our books. He won’t be ready for two or three weeks but we’ll get him fit and he can be a very good signing for us.”

A Margate statement said, which was posted on said: “The former Crystal Palace man left the club by mutual agreement and plans to spend the rest of the season training at Gillingham after the Preistfield boss Peter Taylor enquired of his availability.

“Borrowdale played under Taylor in his time at Palace and the 28-year-old is hopeful that full fitness could bring him a chance of former glories at the League One club.

“The club would like to thank Gary for his efforts in his short time at Margate Football Club and wish him all the best for the future.”

Margate manager Terry Brown continues his squad re-shaping, which has seen 20 players leave Hartsdown Park during the course of this season.

Former Aldershot Town and Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Nikki Bull, 32, is the latest arrival at Hartsdown Park.