31 Mar 2021 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League round-up


Dan Connor rounds up the Tuesday night match action and all the comings and goings from the Vanarama National League in his usual midweek round-up.

There were only two matches that took place yesterday (Tues) evening, as Solihull Moors welcomed Wealdstone to Damson Park and Aldershot travelled to Notts County. 

Solihull Moors made it two wins on the bounce following their comfortable 3-0 victory, with Ryan Barnett opening the scoring after half-an-hour and Reiss McNally and Joe Sbarra adding further goals in the second half, as Mark Yates’ men gained a valuable three points. 

Notts County’s four-game unbeaten run came to a surprise end with a 1-0 defeat to an Aldershot side who had gone four games without a win. A Harry Panayiotou penalty after just four minutes was the only goal scored, with Aldershot now sitting in 15th place. 

It has been another week full of news and transfer activity across the league, as clubs continue to make changes to staff all across the board. 

Torquay United announced that Sunderland forward Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka has joined them on loan until the end of the season. The 21-year-old made his senior debut for the Black Cats in September, 2018. 

Stockport County have signed former Notts County goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons on a short-term contract. The 26-year-old joins from Boston United following the suspension of the National League North. 

Notts County have completed the signing of Crewe Alexandra midfielder Regan Griffiths on loan until the end of the season. Griffiths, who broke into the Alex’s first team earlier this season after graduating from their Academy, arrives as cover for the injured Michael Doyle. 

Chesterfield’s Haydn Hollis has pledged his future to the club by signing a contract extension. The defender has been rewarded after impressing in Chesterfield’s revival under James Rowe. Commenting on his new deal, Hollis said: “I’m delighted. It’s a great place to be and when I was offered the chance to extend my contract, it was a no-brainer for me.” 

FC Halifax Town have extended the loan of striker Billy Chadwick from Hull City until the end of the season. Chadwick originally joined the Shaymen in December, rejoining in March, and has so far made 11 appearances this season, scoring four goals. 

The club have also signed 20-year-old striker Micah Obiero on loan until the end of the season from EFL Championship neighbours Huddersfield Town. 

Maidenhead United have announced the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Rhys Lovett, who most recently played with National League North outfit Gloucester City, and Wealdstone have signed 22-year old defender Nikola Tavares from Crystal Palace on a short-term deal until the end of the season.  

Elsewhere in the league, Bromley have confirmed that Neil Smith has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager. 

Chairman Robin Stanton-Gleaves commented: “This has been a difficult decision to make and one that has not been taken lightly. Having continued to review first-team performances and developments over an extended period of time, I now believe a change in leadership is required for us to progress further on our journey.” 

The club have since confirmed the appointment of Andy Woodman as Smith's successor. The 49-year-old holds 15 years of coaching experience, enjoying spells at Rushden & Diamonds, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Arsenal. 

Notts County are the second club to appoint a new manger this week after announcing the appointment of Ian Burchnall. 

The 38-year-old arrives with eight years’ experience working in the Scandinavian top tiers and is regarded as one of football’s most exciting young coaches. Burchnall’s first senior role came as Brian Deane’s assistant at Norwegian side Sarpsborg in 2012 before jobs at Viking FK and Ostersund FK where he replaced now-Brighton manager Graham Potter. 

And Stockport County have provided an update on Connor Jennings’ injury, which will prevent him from taking any further part this season.  

A statement on the club's website read: “Connor had been suffering from pain in his shoulder for several months after a fall in training and following physio treatment was referred for MRI scans to investigate. It was during these scans that a suspected tumour was located within his upper arm. Following subsequent biopsies, this has been confirmed as low-grade chondroid sarcoma which is a rare type of cancer.  

"Although the treatment plan and timings are still being discussed with medical experts, chondroid sarcoma can only be treated through surgery, with a good success rate. The club are working with Connor to ensure he gets all the support he needs during this difficult period through to his recovery.” 


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