Soccer Shorts: I hope supporters will turn out in numbers for our game against Gillingham for what will be a wonderful Friday night occasion, says Faversham Town boss Ray Turner

Sunday 02nd July 2017

Here are today’s Soccer Shorts articles

AFC CROYDON ATHLETIC boss Kevin Rayner has signed former Guildford City defender Jordan Philips, 21, and has persuaded goalkeeper Francis Ameyaw, 27, to leave their Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division neighbours Croydon.

ASHFORD UNITED have confirmed the departure of right-back George Savage as Danny Lye’s side reported back for pre-season training at Homelands Stadium yesterday ahead of their Bostik South campaign.

BROMLEY have announced that midfielder Jordan Wynter has left Hayes Lane and has signed for their Vanarama National League rivals Woking.

CANTERBURY CITY boss Ben Smith says he is searching for a new coach to work alongside head coach Darren Beale.

Applicants must have FA Level 2 Qualification or higher but a commitment to achieve this and/or playing experience at this standard equally value.

“With all of the strides we have been making behind the scenes we feel it is important to improve the professionalism within the playing/training side and increasing the management team will give us the platform to achieve this,” Smith told the club website.

“We have been very active over the last year in identifying and bringing in the right players to move us forward and we are very pleased with how this has gone. It’s now about getting those 5% gains in all areas of the club now.”

Canterbury City will be playing their home games at Deal Town’s Charles Sports Ground this season.

DOVER ATHLETIC have unveiled the signing of former Newport County striker Ryan Bird.  The six foot four targetman has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal at Crabble with an option for a further year.  Bird scored six goals in 19 appearances for the League Two side last season, including one on his debut against Hartlepool United in January.

EBBSFLEET UNITED have unveiled the signing of former Dover Athletic defender Sam Magri, 23.  Magri, who played for England from U16 to U19 level and is a current Maltese international, is a versatile defender who can play at right-back or in the centre.

ERITH TOWN boss Adam Woodward has returned to his former club Glebe to sign goalkeeper Adam Molloy.

FAVERSHAM TOWN boss Ray Turner says it will be a wonderful occasion when his Bostik South side play Adrian Pennock’s League One Gillingham at Salters Lane next Friday, 7 July (19:30).

“We’re delighted that Ady is bringing his first team squad to play against us and I would like to thank him for the gesture,” Turner told his club website.

“I hope supporters will turn out in numbers for what will be a wonderful Friday night occasion.

“It will be Gillingham’s first pre-season match, so the first chance to see their squad ahead of the new season.”

FOLKESTONE INVICTA boss Neil Cugley was delighted with the turnout when his squad reported back for pre-season training following the summer break.

“They were all looking sharp and with the two new lads, Ade Yusuff and Kieron McCann, it looks like we’ll have a lot more pace about us this coming season,” Cugley told

“We’re nearly where we want to be with the squad.  We need at least one more newcomer and it would be nice to have more.

“Those two both look good and now we’re getting going I’m much happier with the situation than I was a few weeks ago.”

HOLLANDS & BLAIR manager Bryan Greenfield is searching for a goalkeeping coach for the Gillingham based Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division club.

MAIDSTONE UNITED have signed former Gillingham and Eastbourne Borough defender/midfielder Josh Hare, 22.

MARGATE manager Steve Watt has appointed Sonny Gladdish as head scout, where he will be responsible for all scouting at the Bostik Premier club, including player scouting and opposition scouting.

“Sonny is someone I have known for a few years and I was keen to get him on board and I am glad he has decided to join us,” Watt told

“Sonny will be responsible for scouting player opposition and also preparing match reports in order to help us with preparing our lads to go out and win that game of football.

“He has good knowledge and will be very beneficial to Margate Football Club moving forward.”

TONBRIDGE ANGELS captain Tom Parkinson vows to return to full fitness soon after missing yesterday’s opening training session after breaking his ankle in March.

The versatile midfielder or central defender, who has been runners-up in the Supporters Player of the Year vote for the past three seasons, Tweeted: “Gutted to miss the first pre-season session with the boys! Still a lot of rehab to do but will be back fitter and stronger.”