Here’s everything you need to know that happened from around the Vanarama National League this past bank holiday weekend.
Vanarama National League newcomers, Havant & Waterlooville, announced that their captain Brian Stock had signed a brand new one-year deal. Stock, who has led the Hawks to back to back promotions, is arguably their most important signing of the summer. Although he has only scored twice in his four seasons so far at West Leigh Park, it is his experience and leadership that makes him an important player for the Hampshire side.
Wrexham have also made their first signing this summer. 25-year-old Luke Young was recently named as Torquay United’s Player of the Season, but he has decided to move from the South East coast to North Wales. The midfielder has spent the last four years playing for The Gulls, but he rejected the contract extension they offered him in favour of a two-year deal at Wrexham.
In other transfer news, Maidenhead United have lost their star winger, Harry Pritchard, after he signed a two-year contract with League One Blackpool FC. Pritchard scored thirteen times from out wide last season as well as adding twelve assists. The Maidenhead United Players’ and Supporters’ Player of the Season told Blackpool FC’s website:
“I’ve been playing non-league football for the last six years and as soon as I knew about Blackpool I was buzzing. To come up here and sign is a dream move.”
Dagenham & Redbridge are close to announcing a new manager to replace John Still. Interviews will be held this week and The Daggers claim they have had over seventy applications to lead the team next season. The London club are also looking to replace a whole set of coaching staff after assistant manager Darren Currie, coach Junior Lewis, goalkeeping coach Jim Stannard and academy manager Micah Hyde have all had their contracts cancelled by mutual consent.
Finally, England C were defeated by Republic of Ireland Amateurs 4-2 this past weekend. Manager Paul Fairclough named his youngest ever squad as he handed debuts to six uncapped players. The Non-League Three Lions had to come from behind twice to level the match at 2-2. However, a very late brace from Eoin Hayes sealed the victory for the boys in green.
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