Southern Counties East League Premier Division club Crowborough Athletic have been busy in recent days adding depth to their squad.
Attacking midfielder, Tom Phipp, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday, joined the Crows after leaving Bostik League Premier side Tonbridge Angels who he played for last season.
Phipp is a former Arsenal youth player who has played for such clubs as Ebbsfleet United and Margate where he was a key member of their promotion-winning side back in 2014/15.
His debut for the Crows didn’t end so well as he had to leave the field just before half-time in the Emirates FA Cup tie against Lingfield due to a stray elbow which opened up a deep cut above his right eye.
Another new signing is forward, Reece Connolly, who scored the first goal against Lingfield in his first game for the club.
Connolly started his career with Aldershot Town, and whilst with The Shots he had loan spells with Salisbury City, Didcot Town and Dorchester Town.
In December 2012, Farnborough paid a significant fee to make a loan move permanent and during his time with Boro he also had a loan spell with Forest Green Rovers.
He then moved on to Eastleigh in January 2014 before joining Basingstoke Town in January 2016.
For last season, he joined Whitehawk in the summer after leaving Basingstoke and ended the campaign playing for National League South side Eastbourne Borough from March 2017.
Still only 25, his best years are yet to come and fans hope they’ll be with the Crows.
James White has joined after being released from the Millwall academy set-up as he was not offered a professional contract.
At only 18, White looks a superb prospect and also made his debut in the cup game against Lingfield by playing as the left-sided defender of a three.
White played extremely well, looked accomplished throughout and was a contender for man of the match.
White is a local lad as he lives in Wadhurst and his father, Phil, also used to play for the Crows.
The last player to make his debut for the Crows against Lingfield in the cup was Marcus Goldsmith, who joins the club after playing for Southern Combination League side Hailsham Town in 2016/17.
Goldsmith, a defender, had a good season with the Stringers, despite the fact that the team struggled for most of the season and found it hard to put a regular side out from one week to the next, therefore, taking some heavy defeats along the way.
He is still a young player and has time on his hands to develop and hone his skills, but he’s a good acquisition to the squad.
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