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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 13 Jul 2017
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Alex Lawless signs for Orient:

Leyton Orient have completed their fifth signing of the summer with the arrival of midfielder Alex Lawless from Yeovil Town.

The 32-year-old brings experience to Brisbane Road having had successful spells at Torquay United, Forest Green Rovers (where he made 120 appearances), York City and Luton Town. Spending five years at the Hatters, Lawless helped the club achieve promotion back to the Football League at the end of the 13/14 season, and made a total of 203 appearances for the club.

The Welsh international was also on, then Premier League side, Fulham’s books but was unable to breakthrough at Craven Cottage. Lawless also brings international experience to Orient, representing Wales’s national team at U19 and U21 level.

Eastleigh lose friendlies against Pompey and The Exiles:

Eastleigh’s home pre-season fixtures go from bad to worse as scheduled games against both Portsmouth and Newport County are cancelled.

Eastleigh were scheduled to play League Two champions Portsmouth on Saturday (15th July) but the eagerly awaited fixture is no more, and much to the disappointment of the Spitfires fan’s, the following week’s game against Newport County have also pulled the plug.

These cancellations came after AFC Wimbledon backed out last Saturday after concerns of Eastleigh’s newly laid pitch. Chief executive Mark Jewell stated: “It is extremely disappointing for all concerned, deep down I feel the pitch will be in excellent condition for Saturday’s game.”

He did however show understanding saying: “It is crucial that both clubs leave nothing to chance in the run-up to the new season and although it is out of our control, we are sorry for the inconvenience to both sets of fans.”

Following the cancellation of the fixture against Newport county (22nd July), Eastleigh will now travel to Sydenhams Wessex One Side Alton on Friday 21st July.

Eastleigh are offering refund options to all fans that purchased a ticket for either of the games following the disappointment of the recent events.

Fulham’s Foday Nabay training with Aldershot Town:

Former Birmingham City midfielder Foday Nabay is currently training with Aldershot Town, with a loan move moving closer.

The Sierra Leone-born England Youth international joined Fulham in 2013 from Birmingham City and has been monitored by The Shots for several months before beginning to train with them at the back end of last week as a proposed loan move looks likely. The 18-year-old has been described as a ‘powerful central midfielder’ and current club Fulham are expecting “big things” from the youngster.

The Shots manager Gary Waddock has said: “He is still at Fulham. We have asked permission for him to train and play for us and they granted that so he will remain with us next week. We are looking at him at the moment.”

Creese starring for Team GB at Maccabiah Games:

Boreham Wood striker Daniel Creese is currently playing for Team GB U18’s football team at the famous Maccabiah Games in Israel.

The Maccabiah Games, otherwise known as the “Jewish Olympics”, takes place every four years and is known as the world’s third-largest sporting event. This year it has returned for the 20th time.

The 17-year-old, who qualifies to play through his mother, has been one of the outstanding performers of the tournament for Team GB, scoring three and assisting two, with these performances against Spain, Germany and favourites Israel.

In total there are eighty countries and over ten thousand athletes across forty-three sports in the Maccabiah Games and along with the rest of his Team GB squad, Creese competes in extreme conditions with temperatures reaching thirty degrees.

Team GB are still to play South Africa and Venezuela in their two final group matches, before knowing whether they have qualified for the knockout rounds of the games.

Durrell trains with former team’s rivals:

Elliot Durrell, formerly of Chester FC, has been training with rivals Macclesfield Town as he continues the search for new club for the 2017/18 season.

The 26-year-old midfielder was released by blues boss Jon McCarthy at the end of last season and has since been on the hunt for a club and has also been part of Non-league success story Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy in the last month to further try and impress teams and scouts across the country and Europe.

Durrell has featured in former club AFC Telford United’s team as a trialist during pre-season, scoring in their 4-0 against Haughmond FC and has also had several training sessions with Macclesfield Town.

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