Robbins adds more Nuts & Bolts to his squad - EXCLUSIVE

Thursday 20th July 2006

Busy Rye United manager Mike Robbins has just completed his final two transfers from his former club - Ryman League Division One South club Ashford Town, writes Stephen McCartney.

Aiden Pursglove, 21, who has been in negotiations with Ryman League sides, has committed his future to his former reserve team manager at the Homelands, as has Danny Jones.

In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with, Ashford based Robbins said: “Both players have Ryman League experience, and if the truth be known both would have been flirting with the Ashford first team again for the coming season.”

Robbins, the newly appointed manager of the Sussex County League side, was particularly pleased to capture the signatures of the two south-east London boys.

He said: “Aiden has scored around 30 goals for me over the past two seasons, and I can’t wait to see him scoring at senior level.

“I thought that Aiden should have been involved with the Ashford Town senior side more often than he was, but then again that’s why he scored so many goals for me.

“Danny has matured into a very good young footballer, and obviously has his best years ahead of him.

“Danny never gives up and is eager to learn at every training session.”

Pursglove came through the Gravesend & Northfleet PASE academy before signing for the Nuts & Bolts.

Robbins added: “The side is starting to knit together nicely - we had our eleventh training session tonight, and the boys look really hungry.”

Robbins’ first game of their pre-season programme ended with a 2-0 win at Lewisham Borough on Tuesday night.

Debuts were given to James Colman, Richard Vidler, David Arthur, David Bourne and Danny Jones - all signed from Ashford Town.

Goals in either half from Shaun Loft and Dave Arthur sealed the quarterboys’ first victory.

Reflecting on their first outing, Robbins, who takes his side to Lydd Town for their second pre-season match on Saturday, said: "Lewisham Borough are a good side, and gave us a stiff test".

"I will never complain about a clean sheet, as that is a great platform for us to start from".

After the game, Robbins completed the signing of Left footer Jason Long, who signed from Chatham Town.

"I have worked with Jason before and he will be a valuable asset to the
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