Hailsham unveil further signings as new-look Stringers hold Ryman side Chipstead

Hailsham Town have been involved in further transfer activity in the past week.

Stringers joint boss Andy Goodchild said: “The squad is taking shape nicely with some good technical players that like to get the ball down and pass.”

The latest signings announced were:

Craig Pooley (Seaford Town)

Tom Porter (Seaford Town)

Drew Greenall (Eastbourne United)

Alex Burton (Seaford Town)

Barney Cornford (Eastbourne Borough)

Craig Norman (Eastbourne Town) and

Matt Plummer (Saltdean).

But the club’s ‘most important transfer of the week’ according to Goodchild was Norman Smith as first team physio, Smith having worked with Goodchild at AFC Uckfield.

But the Beaconsfield outfit admitted: “Naturally the Stringers management were disappointed not to secure the services of Shane Saunders, who chose to go to Langney Wanderers due to the family connection, and veteran centre half Steve Early who followed previous boss Kenny McCreadie to Bexhill.”

Meanwhile, Hailsham opened their pre-season campaign on Saturday with a very good 1-1 home draw against Ryman South outfit Chipstead.

The Stringers played well throughout and opened the scoring just before the break through Drew Greenall, but were pegged back on 49 minutes.

Both sides had chances to win it, but a draw was a fair result. Hailsham supporters applauded their new-look side from the field with plenty of praise for the football on show.

Goodchild said he was encouraged by the hard work and endeavour of his and Howard Stevens’ young Hailsham side. He said: “Things are shaping up very well and Saturday’s performance was very pleasing.

“Whilst we may need some further match fitness, which will come from the next five friendlies in two weeks, we were organised and moved the ball very well.

“What is particularly noticeable at this early stage is the vibe in the squad and the team spirit. We are pleased with further signings in the last week and expect more before the start of the season.

“It was nice to sign a recognised experienced striker in Drew Greenall to replace Danny Leach and even better that he opened his account against Ryman opposition.”

The Stringers next host Mile Oak tomorrow (Tuesday) evening, in a 7.30pm kick off.

The Stringers pre-season program continues with the following matches, all at the Beaconsfield:

Tuesday July 23 Mile Oak (7.30)

Thursday July 25 Eastbourne Town (7.30)

Saturday July 27 Halstead FC (Double header)

Wednesday July 31 Seaford Town (7.30)

Saturday August 3 Eastbourne Utd (Double header).