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Horsham manager Dom di Paola has brought in Tom Tolfrey and Tony Oaks from Bostik League Premier side Dorking Wanderers to help boost the Bostik South club’s aims of achieving a creditable top ten finish this season.

Tolfrey, who began his career at Pease Pottage, scored 24 goals to help Dorking to promotion to the Premier Division last season but has suffered an injury hit 2017/18 and it is hoped that the club can provide him with the opportunity to continue his return to full fitness.

The striker will be with the Hornets until the end of February, while Oaks, an experienced midfielder with over 100 appearances for the Surrey club under his belt, has joined for the remainder of the season.

Wanderers manager Marc White told his club’s website: “The players are both Dorking Wanderers legends…(but) the reality is that, playing at the high standards of the Bostik Premier, it’s always going to be hard to get the minutes they need on the pitch to recover from injury problems and get back to fitness and Horsham is a club we trust to treat players well.”

Horsham also welcome Henry Watson, a defensive midfielder who joins from Worthing for the remainder of the campaign.

The trio’s arrival takes the number of new signings to five after last week’s return of George Landais and Alfie Rogers, with manager di Paola revealing his concerns over the size of his squad ahead of the Sussex Senior Cup quarter-final tie at Pagham this week.

He told the Horsham website: “While these are the sort of quality players I’d have at the club at any time, it’s particularly important to us right now because as well as looking to finish as high up the league as possible, we are looking to progress in the Sussex Senior and our squad is pretty thin for that. On Tuesday, Joe Shelley was away so that would have effectively left us down to just thirteen eligible players as three or four are cup-tied. You only need a couple of injuries and you’re going there with half a team, which isn’t what you want when you’re potentially only two wins away from a final”.

Also re-joining Horsham is goalkeeper Josh Pelling, who was also previously with Dorking.

Pelling initially signed a two-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion as a teenager in 2009, during which he made eighteen appearances for Horsham on loan.

After his release by the Seagulls, he joined Rye United for two seasons then moved to Sidley United and then Eastbourne Town before making the switch to Hastings for whom he was a virtual ever-present for two and a half years until a serious injury in December 2015 ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

Once fit again he signed for Horsham for the 2016/17 campaign where he scooped a clean sweep of all the awards being named the supporters`, players` and managers` player of the season.

He then returned to Hastings at the start of this season before switching to Westhumble in September.


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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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