Soccer Shorts: Ramsgate striker Rowan Liburd called up for St Kitts and Nevis; Chipstead net Arlie Desanges; Lydd Town sign James Rogers from Folkestone Invicta while Welling United's manager search continues

Saturday 10th June 2023

Here are this weekend’s Soccer Shorts articles

ASHFORD UNITED manager Kevin Watson has added former Cray Valley manager Tommy Osborne to his management team at Homelands.

BEARSTED manager Kevin Stevens has retained Omotunmise Akanni, Ryan Blake, Oliver Freeman, Callum McCarthy, Daniel Melvin and Adam Turton.  The Honey Lane outfit have signed two attacking players from their Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division rivals Punjab United in Marvin Okundalaiye and William Johnson-Cole, while Dennis Agbudume has also signed for the club.

BROMLEY manager Andy Woodman has signed former Barnet midfielder Sam Woods, 24, not to be confused with current Cray Wanderers player-coach, Sam Wood, 36.

CRAY VALLEY (Paper Mills) newly-appointed manager Steve McKimm has announced that Barney Williams, Denzel Gayle, Cem Tumkaya and Adam Coombes will be staying at the Isthmian League South East Division club next season.

CROYDON manager Liam Giles has retained Jordan Anderson, the Albanian born Eldi Baze, captain Ollie Beauchamp, Aaron Bogle, David Green, Kieran Rufus, Jahquan Springer and Andy Walker ahead of next season’s Southern Counties East Football League First Division campaign.

DARTFORD boss Alan Dowson has retained winger Luke Coulson, 29.

DOVER ATHLETIC manager Mitch Brundle has unveiled the signings of former Margate versatile defender Peter Ojeman, 22 and former South Shields midfielder Ade Shokunbi, 24.

EBBSFLEET UNITED manager Dennis Kurtrieb has retained Rakish Bingham, Ben Chapman, Mark Cousins, Greg Cundle, Toby Edser, Franklin Domi, Joe Martin, Darren McQueen, Luke O’Neill, Jack Paxman, Chis Solly, Omari Sterling-James, Craig Tanner and Josh Wright ahead of their National League return.

ERITH & BELVEDERE manager Matt Longhurst has signed former Dover Athletic striker Josh Ajayi on a one-year contract.   Former Erith Town striker Khemani Aiyanyo, 17, has also signed for the newly-promoted Isthmian League South East Division outfit.

ERITH TOWN boss Adam Woodward has unveiled the signing of 33-goal striker Louie Clarke and central midfielder Jamie Miller from their Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division rivals Rusthall. Striker Henry Arnold, 23, has signed from relegated Canterbury City too.

GLEBE chairman Rocky McMillan has announced that Craig Pitts will join current manager Danny Oakins as joint managers next season, while Joe Ford has been appointed head of recruitment at the Chislehurst-based Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division club.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA joint-managers Roland Edge and Micheal Everitt have appointed Andy Drury, 39, as player-coach.  The striker finished last season at Isthmian League South East Division champions Chatham Town.

HERNE BAY’s newly-appointed manager Steve Lovell has unveiled the returns of centre-half Dan Carrington (Phoenix Sports) and Mobolaji Dawodu, while striker Kane Rowland arrives from their Isthmian League South East Division rivals Ramsgate.  Centre-half Liam Friend, has left Ashford United to become player-coach at Winch’s Field.  Danny Walder and Josh Bexon and goalkeeper George Bentley have also signed.

HOLMESDALE newly-appointed joint-managers Tony Beckingham and Andy Constable have appointed Dane Luchford as coach at Oakley Road, while former Erith & Belvedere coach Grant Duffy has come in as head coach.  Centre-half Kay Conteh has been snapped up by the Isthmian League South East Division newcomers too.

LYDD TOWN boss Mikey Doyle has made former Folkestone Invicta holding midfielder James Rogers, 38, his first summer signing as the club prepares for its maiden Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division campaign.

MARGATE manager Reece Prestedge has announced that midfielder Sam Blackman has been appointed captain of the Isthmian League Premier Division side.  The club have unveiled the arrivals of versatile attacker Roberto Ratti, 24, former Hitchin Town striker Steve Cawley, 31, and Montel Agyemang has returned, having played for Billericay Town last term.

PHOENIX SPORTS boss Steve O’Boyle has signed attacker Isaac Thompson from Fisher ahead of the newly-promoted club’s Isthmian League South East Division campaign.

PUNJAB UNITED boss Chipie Sian has signed former Welling Town striker Sam Bailey.

RAMSGATE newly-appointed boss Ben Smith has lost the services of Gil Carvalho, while 30-year-old striker Rowan Liburd has been called up for St Kitts and Nevis’ upcoming CONCACAF qualifying games next week, starting with a clash against Curacao on Saturday 17 June.  Liburd scored nine goals for the Isthmian League South East Division runners-up last season (the eighth-tier of English football).

RUSTHALL manager Jimmy Anderson has retained Louis Anderson, Daniel Blunn and Jack Smith.

SEVENOAKS TOWN boss Harry Hudson has retained Rian Bray, Daniel Carr, Kieron Cadogan, Ben Cheklit, Corey Holder, Karn Miller-Neave, Fumnaya Shomotun, while former goalkeeper Reginald Rose has signed a new one-year contract with Premier League club Brentford.

SHEPPEY UNITED boss Jack Midson has retained attacking midfielder Eddie Allsopp.

SITTINGBOURNE manager Ryan Maxwell has unveiled the signing of former Beckenham Town attacker Jamarie Brissett.  Goalkeeper Bobby Mason arrives from Canvey Island, where he made 102 appearances, while former Concord Rangers striker Bruno Tavares has signed for the Isthmian League South East Division side, as has former Coggeshall Town man Josh Osude.

SUTTON ATHLETIC have lost the services of prolific striker Arlie Desanges, who scored 229 goals in 288 games for the Hextable club, to Isthmian League South Central side Chipstead (Surrey).

TONBRIDGE ANGELS manager Jay Saunders has retained Nathan Wood and Tariq Hinds.

VCD ATHLEITC newly-appointed joint-managers Ross Baker and Danny Joy have snapped up former Sutton Athletic full-back Harry Lawrence, while Reece Gillies, Muriano Banjoko and Harry Barnes are staying at the relegated Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side.

WELLING UNITED continue the process to appoint a new manager after Warren Feeney’s departure to Belfast based top-flight side Glentoran last Monday with the interview process already well under way, says the National League South club.

“With the return to pre-season fast approaching, the club recognises the importance of bringing a swift conclusion to the appointment process, while also taking a considered approach to ensure the correct appointment is made to move Welling United forward,” said a club statement.

“With this in mind, the club will endeavour to have a new manager in place by the end of next week.”

The Park View Road club will be announcing a change to the organisational structure of the club, including the board of directors, in order to ensure the club is well prepared both on and off the pitch next season.

The club can confirm that the members of the proposed board are involved with the process to recruit a new manager.

The Wings, meanwhile, have retained Sadik Balarabe and Antony Papadopoulos, while former Dulwich Hamlet centre-half Will Wood, 26, and former Worthing winger Lewis White, 24, have been signed.

Last Updated:  23:00 – Saturday 10 June 2023