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Hengrove Give Goalscoring Midfielder A Step Up

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Toolstation Western League Premier Division club Hengrove Athletic have announced the arrival of midfielder Josh Smith.

Smith, 19, comes to Norton Lane having played in the Bristol Suburban League with Bedminster Cricketers this season.

A prolific goalscorer with more than 20 goals already this season, Smith will strengthen the central midfield department of the Grove as well as bringing good technical skills and some youthful energy.

At Bristol City for seven years until he was fourteen, Josh left Ashton Gate to pursue an alternative path in cricket but is now returning to football to give it another shot, a move that suits Hengrove manager John Durbin down to the ground.

Durbin told his club`s official Pitchero website: “Clearly Josh has got talent – his stats show that, albeit in a lower league. I can give him an opportunity to step up to the higher level and where better than at Hengrove, where the club has a proven record of bringing through young players.”

“Given I don’t have the finances here, I have to bring in players from the lower leagues and turn them into Western League footballers. Josh has got that chance now and I’m very pleased that he has signed for us”.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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