09 Oct 2020 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League round-up


Dan Connor presents his weekly round-up of all the signings and match action from the Vanarama National League.

There has been a small flurry of transfer activity over the past week, in the wake of last Saturday's opening round of Vanarama National League fixtures.

Hartlepool United defender Aaron Cunningham left the club to join National League North side Blyth Spartans on loan. The 22-year-old, who had recently signed a new deal at Pools, will spend the remainder of the 2020-21 season at Blyth.

Woking kept themselves busy as they made five new additions to their squad. Young striker Jayden Wareham signed a senior deal with the club, at just 17 years of age, whilst winger Malachi Napa and striker Slavi Spasov arrived on short-term loans.

Full-back Tyler Reid put pen to paper on a permanent deal. The 23-year-old defender joined from League One side Swindon Town, for whom he made eight appearances in all competitions last season, and central defender Saul Shotton also completed a short-term loan move from West Bromwich Albion.

Nathan Wood became a sixth player to sign for the club but then joined Southern Premier League side Farnborough on dual registration.

Bromley have made two new additions to their squad. Young midfielder Ollie Tanner has signed first-team forms for the 2020-21 season, while former Charlton Athletic midfielder Taylor Maloney has also agreed a deal with the club. The 21-year-old, named as ‘Trialist A’ during pre-season, netted his first Bromley goal in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace under-23s. 

Casper Sloth has left Notts County by mutual consent before even making one appearance for the Magpies. The midfielder had been building up his fitness after sustaining an injury in pre-season.

Solihull Moors announced that Northern Ireland international Jamie Ward has signed for the 2020-21 season. The vastly-experienced forward has been capped 35 times by his country and racked up almost 400 league appearances. 

Cameron Archer has also joined Moors on a long-term loan deal. The 18-year-old Aston Villa striker will remain at Damson Park until January 3rd.

It has been all systems are go at Dover, with manager Andy Hessenthaler reinforcing his squad with four new signings. Former Newport County striker Ade Azeez and Macclesfield Town central defender Marvel Ekpiteta both arrived on permanent deals, while central defender Harry Ransom arrived on loan from Championship side Millwall. Dover Academy starlet, Will Moses, a centre half, completed the new arrivals.

Barnet completed the acquisition of Canadian international winger Michael Petrasso. The 25-year-old, who already has Football League experience playing for the likes of QPR, Oldham Athletic and Leyton Orient, joined the Bees on a season-long loan deal from Canadian Premier League side York9 FC. 

Dwight Pascal has also rejoined for a second stint with the club after enjoying a spell at Potters Bar Town since departing in 2019. The 19-year-old rose through the ranks at The Hive as a scholar and went on to make his first team debut, aged just 15 against Peterborough United.

Wealdstone have announced the signing of Zimbabwe international Kundai Benyu. The 22-year-old midfielder has earned two caps for the Zimbabwe national team and arrived following the expiration of his contract at Scottish champions Celtic.

And, finally, Aldershot Town have announce that Shadrach Ogie has joined on an initial one-month loan. The Irish defender, who moved to England to join League Two side Leyton Orient, came through the Academy system there before signing full professional forms in February 2019. 

On Tuesday evening, Vanarama National League sides clashed again as they played their second fixtures of the season. Here is a brief run through of how each team got on.

Newly-promoted Weymouth suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Woking, who in turn achieved their second victory thus far. A goal from 18-year-old Bulgarian Slavi Spasov was enough to give Woking all three points.

Bromley’s 4-1 victory over Dover was the evening's joint-highest-scoring game. Two goals from Michael Cheek, as well as a goal each for Jack Holland and Ben Williamson, saw Bromley run riot over The Whites. Sam Wood managed to get on the scoresheet for the away side, netting in the 60th minute.

King’s Lynn’s narrow 3-2 win away at Maidenhead was the second game that saw five goals. It was Sam Barratt who opened the scoring for the home side however, scoring inside the seventh minute, before Simon Power grabbed an equaliser in the 40th minute. Barratt got his second to bring The Magpies back in front but late goals from Dayle Southwell and Aaron Jones saw King’s Lynn snatch a last-minute victory.

Chesterfield suffered defeat to the hands of Hartlepool, despite going 1-0 up. Tom Denton found the back of the net after 53 minutes of play but two goals in quick succession saw the away side run away with the lead. An own goal from Will Evans and goal for Ryan Johnson were hard enough to overcome but Scott Boden's straight red card in the 78th minute made it an almost impossible task for Chesterfield to get back on level terms.

Yeovil shared the points with visitors Wealdstone as the two sides drew 2-2. Moses Emmanuel and Michael Phillips scored for Wealdstone whilst Rhys Murphy and Charlie Lee put the ball in the back of the net for Yeovil.

Aldershot lost 2-1 against Sutton United after a late own goal from Alex Finney in the 85th minute. Craig Eastmond managed to score Sutton's first goal, whilst Mohamed Bettamer grabbed Aldershot’s. 

It was a fairly uneventful game at Damson Park on Tuesday evening, with Jimmy Ball scoring the only goal of the game after 56 minutes to give Solihull Moors all three points against Wrexham.

Stockport County rectified their mistakes following their 1-0 loss to Torquay on the opening day with a 2-1 victory over Halifax. Jack Earing’s goal inside the 12th minute saw Halifax go 1-0 up, but goals from Mark Kitching and Adam Thomas were enough to overcome the early setback.

Silverlake Stadium witnessed yet another 2-1 scoreline, as Eastleigh put two past Torquay. Sam Sherring scored for the away side but two goals from Ben House gave The Spitfires all three points.

And Dagenham & Redbridge’s loss to Barnet finished, yes, you guessed it, 2-1 yet again. The home side started positively, with Angelo Balanta scoring in the 30th minute but two yellow cards for Luke Croll saw them go down to 10 men. They managed to hang on, until the 85th minute that is, as Jonathan Hooper found an equaliser before Eliot Richards plunged a dagger into The Daggers' hearts with a late winner three minutes later. 


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