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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Frome Town have announced three new signings

Frome boss Josh Jeffries has beaten off stiff competition to agree terms with Chas Hemmings from Vanarama National League South side Bath City and has also snapped up Mangotsfield United defender Ben Withey and midfielder Joe Raynes from Larkhall Athletic.

Hemmings is a towering utility player who was initially a target for Bath midway through the 2013/14 season but elected to see the season out with Weston-super-Mare before switching to Twerton Park at the end of the campaign.

After spending time with Bristol Rovers as a youngster, the 22-year old began his career with Clevedon Town, where he netted 15 goals in forty-three games during the 2011/12 season to bring him to the attention of local rivals Weston.

He joined the National Leaguer South side in June 2012 and, although not a prolific scorer, was soon a fans` favourite at Woodspring Stadium.

After a slow start with Bath he soon found his role in the team and was named players’ player of the year at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

The 2015/16 season showed his versatility as he played largely as a defensive midfielder but also feature at centre-back.

And he totalled just under 100 games for City, scoring 5 goals.

Withey is a 20-year-old athletic full-back, who came through the Bristol City academy and joined Mangotsfield permanently following an earlier dual-registration with Weston-super-Mare.

He possesses great energy and positive intent in defensive and offensive roles.

Raynes departs Larkhall after two years at Plain Ham.

Joe Raynes

The attacking midfielder was previously on the books at Bath City and Toolstation Western League outfit Odd Down.

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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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