Soccer Shorts: Folkestone Invicta retain centre-halves Callum Davies and Finn O'Mara, while Faversham Town net former Gills striker Roman Campbell

Tuesday 25th May 2021

FOLKESTONE INVICTA manager Neil Cugley continues with his squad building for the Isthmian League Premier Division 2021-22 campaign.

Last season’s central defensive partners, Callum Davies and Finn O’Mara have both committed to stay at Cheriton Road.

Club captain Davies will be entering his sixth season at the club, having joined from Maidstone United, initially on a loan deal, in August 2016.

The 28-year-old has made 205 appearances for the club and has established himself as a rock in the heart of Cugley’s defence.

The versatile O’Mara has turned out for the club in a number of different positions since joining the club from Gillingham, first on loan in 2017 before eventually returning permanently.

Cray Wanderers’ manager Danny Kedwell has continued his preparation for the new season with a whole host of new faces looking to hit the ground running for the Isthmian Premier Division outfit.

Sadik Balarabe, 28, is a striker, who was with Reading as a youth-team player before moving to America to study and play.

He then travelled around Europe playing in Greek, Portuguese, Turkish and Spanish lower-league football.

Balarabe returned to England in 2020 and played briefly at Hemel Hempstead Town where he scored on his debut before moving on to fellow National League South side Dulwich Hamlet last season.

Kedwell has also snapped up midfielder Jack Hanson.

Hanson came through the youth set-up at National League side Dover Athletic and was loaned out to Isthmian League South East Division side Sittingbourne, where he made a couple of appearances during February 2020 before he moved to National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town for a short stay before returning to Crabble.

Midfielder, Charlie Allen, 29, has been retained, while former Welling United winger Anthony Cook, 31, has signed for the Wands.

Kedwell has snapped up two players whom impressed in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division last season, with striker Fjord Rogers and winger Jamie Yila, leaving Hollands & Blair and Fisher respectively.

Earlier signings include centre-half Dean Beckwith, 37 and former Romford man Ejiro Okosieme, 28, and former Beckenham Town wing-back Harvey Brand.

Cray Valley (Paper Mills)' manager Kevin Watson has unveiled the signing of striker Marcel Barrington, 25.

The Guyana international featured in Leicester City's under 21 during the 2014-15 season before being released and signing for Walton Casuals in November 2015.

He has since gone on to win promotion with Braintree Town where he was a member of their National League South play-off winning team, before playing for Dartford and Welling United.

Barrington, who has made five appearances and has scored two goals for his country, has put pen to paper to sign for the Isthmian League South East Division side.

"I can see the direction the club is aiming to go and I'm keen to get started with the team to compete for promotion at the end of the season," Barrington told the club website.

Watson added: "Marcel has played two games for us in the London Senior Cup.  This was by no means a trial but more an opportunity for Marcel to experience the way we operate while allowing us to understand how best we can develop him further.

"He is a strong player with the ability to do all the aspects needed to be effective in our team and style of play. He strikes us as humble in his approach, which is always a desirable trait for us.

"We look forward to working with Marcel this coming season”.

Faversham Town manager James Collins has signed former Gillingham striker Roman Campbell, 20 for the Isthmian League South East Division outfit.

"I am delighted that Roman has decided to commit to Faversham for the new 2021-22 season," Collins told the club website.

"He is a player I have admired for a long time.

"I am more than happy with our current squad but when a player of Roman's quality becomes available, it was a no-brainer to see if we could make it happen.

"It's something we have worked on over a few weeks and I think, after we met, we both felt it was right for both parties.

"I don't think Roman will mind me saying that he possibly has lost a little love for the game and we're hoping that we can help rekindle that spark. We spoke and I think he needs to play, get a run of games and I absolutely have no doubt he will start scoring goals on a regular basis.

"We started well last season and I think the signing of Roman makes our squad from last year a lot stronger."

Campbell added: "I can't wait to get back to enjoying my football and I believe that Faversham is the perfect place for that. I can bring goals and create a lot for the team by giving them a different option up the top."

Ramsgate manager Matt Longhurst has retained the services of a number of players, including striker Ashley Miller.

"It's no secret when I came to Ramsgate, the first player I spoke to was Ash making sure he stayed," said Longhurst.

"He's the type of player I would pay to watch. His ability is second to none and has the attitude to match it."

Longhust has also revealed that club captain Tom Chapman is staying at Southwood Stadium.

"Tom is one of the hardest-working players I have worked with and is a role model on and off the pitch to all of our youth players at the club," added Longhurst, who has retained the services of striker Rory Smith, 22.

"Rory is a great talent and works so hard for the team. He is only 22 but has played lots of games at this level. It wasn't long ago when a Scottish Premier League club offered the club money for his services."

Reflecting on Mitch Chapman staying put, Longhurst added: "Mitch is another player I am delighted to keep this season. He's only 22 but again has lots of games at this level.  He's a real competitive midfielder who scores goals and is another big piece of the puzzle this year."

Longhurst has appointed left-back Jake McIntyre his captain next season.

"Jake is only 26 but has vast experience in this level of football. He's a winner and a real leader on the pitch and I can't wait to work with him again this season in his new role."

Right-back Jerald Aboagye, 28, will once again be playing for Ramsgate next season.

Longhurst added: "“Jerald epitomises the group we are putting together.  He’s an infectious character on and off the pitch a fit powerful player who is quickly becoming a fans' favourite it’s great to continue to work with him."

Midfielder Lee Prescott has agreed to stay with the club, after suffering from an injury last season.

"Injury meant we didn't really see anywhere near the player Lee is last season," said Longhurst.

"He is now back to the fitness levels he was at prior to his injury and will be like a new signing for us. His experience will aid the young group."

Longhurst has also re-signed striker Josh Ajayi, who has signed a two-year contract.

New arrivals include Jashaun Chamberlin-Gayle (on a two-year contract), Maliq Morris, 20, and Denzelle Alopade.

Sevenoaks Town manager Micky Collins has retained the services of striker Frankie Sawyer and midfield duo Dean Gunner and Bradley Schafer.
 








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