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1 year ago By Malcolm Boyes

Those who saw the FA Cup tie against Lingfield FC will have seen some new faces in the squad and we welcome them to the Crows.

So who are they?
Attacking midfielder, Tom Phipp, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday, joined us after leaving Tonbridge Angels who he played for last season.
He's a former Arsenal Youth player and 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 against Lingfield due to a stray elbow which opened up a deep cut above his right eye.
Unfortunately, the cut was so bad that Tom had to take himself off to hospital to have some stitches inserted to stem the flow of blood. Hopefully, there's no further damage and he'll be available for selection again soon.
Another new signing is centre-forward, Reece Connolly, pictured, who scored our first goal against Lingfield in the FA Cup on Friday night in his first game for the club.
Reece joins us after playing for Aldershot Town, whilst with Aldershot he had loan spells with Salisbury City, Didcot Town and Dorchester Town.
In December 2012 Farnborough paid a significant fee to Aldershot to make a loan move permanent and during his time with Farnborough 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 the 2016/17 season he joined Whitehawk in the summer after leaving Basingstoke Town and ended the season playing for Eastbourne Borough from March 2017.
Therefore, you can see he has a very good pedigree of playing at a higher level than us and at only 25, his best years are yet to come and we all hope they'll be with the Crows.
James White has joined us after being released from the Millwall Academy set up as he was not offered a professional contract. At only 18 James looks a superb prospect and also made his debut in the FA Cup game against Lingfield by playing as the left sided defender of a defensive three.
James played extremely well, looked accomplished throughout and was a contender for Man of the Match but just got pipped for the award by Sam Carrington.
James is a local lad as he lives in Wadhurst and his father, Phil, also used to play for the Crows as well, back in the days when Sean Carey was the manager but left when Tony Adkins became the manager of the Crows. So the family connection with the Crows carries on and we hope James has many successful campaigns with us.
The last player to make his debut for the Crows against Lingfield in the cup was Marcus Goldsmith who joined the club in the summer after playing for Hailsham Town in season 2016/17. Marcus, 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.
We wish all the new players the best of luck and hope they remain with the Crows for many years to come.

Updated 15:20 - 6 Aug 2017 by Malcolm Boyes

Where next?

THE CAFC FOOTBALL AND EDUCATIONAL ACADEMY - INTERESTED? The Academy team are still on the lookout for quality players for the 2017/18 season, see the details below for further information.
IT'S A SCEFL RIVAL IN THE NEXT ROUND OF THE FA CUP. The Crows will travel to the Star Meadow Sports Club Ground in Gillingham on Saturday, 19th August 2017.


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