Godmanchester Rovers sign Dan Chillingworth, Scott Fielding and others
STRIKERS Dan Chillingworth, Scott Fielding and Aaron Mackay have all signed for Godmanchester Rovers in the past week, while the Eastern Counties Premier Division side have also added defender Tom Evans to their squad.
Chillingworth, 30, is an experienced forward who has played for Cambridge United, Rushden & Diamonds and St Neots – amongst others – and he will link up with 27-year-old Fielding, who has moved from St Ives Town, and 19-year-old hot shot Mackey, who scored 41 goals in 24 games in the Cambs League for Hemingfords United last season.
Central defender Evans, who was also wanted by Ricky Marheineke at Huntingdon Town, has moved to Bearscroft Lane from Somersham Town.
“Dan is a tremendous signing for Godmanchester Rovers,” said joint Goddy manager Nev Nania.
“He spent last season with his young family and also took time out to concentrate on his new business venture which is now established.
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“He is hungry to get back involved. The break has done him the world of good and has had the added bonus of a strict fitness program which has seen him lose a couple of stone in weight.
“He is looking forward to helping the younger players at the club develop their game – especially the forwards.
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“Aaron Mackay is looking forward to learning from the experienced players at Goddy. He has always been one of the leading strikers in the area and is good friends with Conor Washington.
“Conor’s success has given Aaron the determination to be a similar success.”
Meanwhile, St Ives joint manager Jez Hall said Fielding leaves with his blessing. The striker spent half of last season sitting on the bench for the United Counties Premier Division club and was lured to Godmanchester by the possibility of regular football.
With Washington remaining at the club – and with the acquision of Karl Gibbs from Peterborough Northern Star – his chances of being a regular starter would have been limited again.
“Scott has been a great servant for the club,” said Hall. “He made 20 appearances for us last year but wants to play more football. This is a really good move for him.”
Nania said: “Scott needs games and a fresh start. He has been very loyal to St Ives over the years but the opportunity to have a fresh start and team up with other quality players in the Godmanchester squad, including Dan Chillingworth, was very compelling.”
Meanwhile, Goddy’s Thurlow Nunn Easter Counties League Premier Division fixtures have been released and they will begin their campaign with four successive away games.
On Saturday, August 4, they will be at Woodbridge United in Suffolk – and their second game will be on the following Wednesday, away at Cambridge Regional College. Then there will be away games against Wivenhoe Town and Ely City before their first league home game of the season – against Stanway Rovers – on Saturday, August 8.
For the full fixtures and the thoughts joint manager Nev Nania, go to www. huntspost24.co.uk/sport
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