Soccer Shorts: Dartford suffer Promotion Final penalty heartbreak at Weymouth

Saturday 01st August 2020

Here are this weekend's Soccer Shorts articles.

ASHFORD UNITED manager Tommy Warrilow has unveiled the signing of centre-half Jono Richardson, 31, who has decided to resume playing duties having spent 18 months as part of Ernie Batten’s management team at Sheppey United.

Striker George Purcell has left the club to sign for Isthmian Premier Division side Bowers & Pitsea, who have also signed former Tonbridge Angels striker Chinedu McKenzie.

BORDEN VILLAGE, Crockenhill and VCD Athletic are searching for physios for the 2020-21 campaign.

CRAY VALLEY (Paper Mills) manager Kevin Watson has unveiled the signings of former Welling United versatile midfielder Connor Dymond, 25, and former Folkestone Invicta, Dulwich Hamlet and Dover Athletic striker Ade Yusuff, 26.

DARTFORD remain in the Vanarama National League South next season after losing 3-0 on penalties to Weymouth in the Promotion Final.

The Darts were fourth-from-bottom in the table during the early stages of the season but the appointment of former Welling United boss Steve King turned around the clubs fortunes.

King’s side reached the Promotion Final after beating Slough Town (3-0) and Havant & Waterlooville (2-1) and were held by Weymouth to a goal-less draw after 90 minutes in the Behind Closed Doors Promotion Final in Dorset on Saturday afternoon.

Weymouth will join Altrincham in the National League top-flight next season after Alty won 1-0 at Boston United in the National League North Promotion Final at the last game to be played at York Street.

Harrogate Town will join champions Barrow in the English Football League Two next season after beating Notts County 3-1 in the Vanarama National League Promotion Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Harrogate Town will now begin work to dig-up their 3G pitch at Wetherby Road on Tuesday as artificial surfaces are not allowed in the Football League and re-laying a grass pitch is expected to cost around £1,000,000 according to experts in the field.

DULWICH HAMLET have confirmed the departure of long-serving midfielder Nyren Clunis, 28.

EBBSFLEET UNITED’S German-born manager Dennis Kutrieb has unveiled the signing of wide attacking player Alex Eirich, 26, from his former Berlin-based side Tennis Borussia Berlin.

Gravesend-based centre-half Jake Goodman and winger Adam Mekki have joined the relegated Vanarama National League South club from Bromley.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA manager Neil Cugley fielded defender Connor Essam and French midfielder Nassim L'Ghoul as trialists during their 2-1 defeat at Ramsgate on Saturday. The pair played for Hemel Hempstead Town and Dover Athletic respectively last season but remain on trial at the Isthmian Premier Division club.

HERNE BAY women’s side have re-signed their sixth-highest goalscorer in Lauren Harris, who has returned to Winch’s Field after a spell out of the game.

Ylishia Bubb has been signed from Kent Girls’ League outfit Tankerton while Darcey Hobbs has come in from Gillingham’s youth set-up.

KENT FOOTBALL United have strengthened the heart of their defence by signing Brad Potter and Sam Page.

LEWES manager Hugo Langton has appointed Sevenoaks based physio Katie Jones, who has left Ramsgate during the closed season.

SOUTH PARK have unveiled the signing of former Croydon midfielder Josh Owen, who has been reunited with his former manager at Lewisham Borough, Justin Fevrier, who is a part of Martin Dynan's management team at the Reigate based Isthmian League club.

The Sparks have also signed Hanif Berry-Charles from Southern Counties East Football League First Division side Croydon and have retained former Sutton Athletic goal-machine Arlie Desanges.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS manager Richard Styles has made his third summer signing with the arrival of Harry Hudson from the Academy set-up at neighbouring Tonbridge Angels.

Centre-halves Danny Rumbol and Robbie Bissett have arrived this summer from Sheppey United and Rusthall respectively.

The Culverden Stadium outfit have retained the services of Simon Overland, Aaron Lee-Wharton, Jack Hope, Frankie Griffin, James Nurden, Sam Babayale, Freeman Rogers, Ryan Cheek, James Huggins, George Blake, Jordan Wells, Clark Woodcock, Rhys Bartlett, Euan Sahadow, Josh Froggatt and Matt Day.

WELLING UNITED manager Bradley Quinton has lost the services of left-back Nathan Green, winger Anthony Cook, centre-half Rob Swaine (Brentwood Town) and midfielder Connor Dymond (Cray Valley).