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Two New Keepers & Midfielder for Blues

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Rod Stringer, manager of Vanarama Conference South club Bishop`s Stortford, has added two goalkeepers and a midfielder….

….to his squad as his side look to end a run of three straight losses at Whitehawk today.

As reported earlier, 19-year-old Dillon Phillips has joined on a month’s loan from Charlton Athletic, while Matt Gill returns to the Blues having last played for the club in April 2012.

Joe Wright has been released by the Blues having made a dozen appearances this season.

Gill, who came through Blues’ academy programme, last played for Stortford in the 3-1 win at Hinckley United on Easter Monday, 2012.

He has since had spells with Ryman League Division One Norh sides Ware and Waltham Abbey.

Stringer acknowledged that changes needed to be made after the New Year’s Day defeat against Boreham Wood: “We needed to change things around, and I’m hoping that Dillon can help us do that. The loan is initially for a month, but we’ll be looking to extend it if things work out well.

“I’m pleased to have Matt back, it’s good to have cover and I’m sure he’ll do a good job for us if we need to call on him.

“I’m not putting the onus on Joe, but we’ve been shipping goals. He hasn’t cost us individually, I also brought in a new centre half in Rickie Hayles recently, but things needed to change after the Christmas games, and I had the chance to act now.

“We wish Joe all the best for the future, and thank him for what he’s done for us. It’s an isolated position, and if you’re not in the team, you’re left just getting rusty and waiting for an injury. It’s better for him to be playing again.”

Stringer also added to his attacking options with the signing of midfielder Jay Davies from Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division side St Neots Town.

The 23-year-old Londoner scored 15 goals from the centre of midfield for the Saints last season having joined the Saints in a £4,000 deal from Woking.

He came through the youth ranks at Peterborough United, making a single appearance in the first team as a substitute in 3-1 home defeat against Swansea City in the League Cup.

Davies, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Boxing Day, had a spell on loan at Woking while with the Posh before signing for Farnborough upon his release from the London Road club in 2011. He then moved on to Woking later in the 2011/12 season.

“He’s got a great scoring record, and I hope he’ll bring us something we need” said Blues’ assistant-manager Steve Pitt. “He’s been a pleasure to deal with from the moment I was tipped off he was available.”


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