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Posted by Christopher Dow
Posted on Sun 2 Sep 2018
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This week in the Vanarama National League, we have had departures, takeovers and signings after a busy Bank Holiday weekend.

Dover have announced two new signings ahead of their weekend fixture with Barnet, with George Smith and Ntumba Massanka arriving at Crabble.

Defender Smith, 22, joins from fellow national league side Chesterfield while Striker Massanka, 21, joins from Burnley, both on loan deals as Dover look to bolster both ends of the field after a 3-0 defeat to Leyton Orient on Bank Holiday Monday.

Thursday brought some good news to the fans of Dagenham & Redbridge after a not so pleasing start to their campaign, as the Daggers sit bottom of the table, albeit after a point at home to Salford on Saturday.

The news comes as a consortium made up of American investors will be taking a controlling share of the London based outfit, subject to the deal being ratified by the FA and National League. It seems it my help spark an upturn in their off-field fortunes which could correlate onto the pitch. The full terms of the agreement are still being finalised, but it would see them taking a controlling interest in the club whilst preserving the 26% holding of the Members Club.

Earlier in the week Maidstone United announced that manager Jay Saunders had departed from the club, former boss Jay Saunders, had been at the club since 2011, leading the stones to three promotions. It seemed a double defeat over the bank holiday weekend was the last straw for the manager as they lost to Boreham Wood 2-1 on the Monday and a 3-2 loss against winless Maidenhead the Saturday before. Steve Watts is currently taken his place as caretaker manager.

Braintree Town manager Bradley Quinton looks to end winless run after they suffered their fifth defeat against Maidenhead on Bank Holiday Monday 2-0 with the announcement of four new signings. Cameron James, Justin Amaluzor, Dave Nieskens and Mohammed Sagaf join the Iron.

Cameron James joins on loan from EFL side Rochdale whilst Striker Amaluzor signs on a free having played for Barnet and a few loan spells last season.

Dave Nieskens was released from Barrow last season after a serious injury side lined him, the Dutch defender only making eight appearances. Sagaf the 20-year-old midfielder joins having played for Leatherhead last season.

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