Di Paola names captain and hopes for goals galore

Kieron Pamment and Joe Shelley celebrate at Littlehampton last season
Kieron Pamment and Joe Shelley celebrate at Littlehampton last season

Horsham boss Dominic Di Paola has named his captain fantastic and believes his new signings are full of fire power.

A number of former Hornets have returned to the club and Di Paola has recruited a host of his ex players to mastermind a title push in the Southern Combination League.

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark

The experienced Mark Knee makes a surprise return along with new recruit, former Peacehaven captain, Ashley Jones - who helped the Magpies from the County League to the Ryman Premier.

Two marquee signings are midfielders Kev Keehan and newly-named skipper Joe Shelley - the latter, having netted 89 goals for EP in around 150 appearances and - along with forward Darren Boswell - won the County League two years in a row after joining Littlehampton last season.

Former Hornets Charlie Farmer, Billy Franks, Niall O’Hagan and Evan Archibald (all ex-East Preston), have all returned to the club and popular central defender Tom Gilbert, has decided to stay on.

Also signed are highly-rated Jordan Clark, Rob Boddy, Alex Duncan, and Shaun Charles, as is Kieron Pamment, who was also at champions Littlehampton last season.

Joe Shelley celebrates scoring for East Preston at the start of last season

Joe Shelley celebrates scoring for East Preston at the start of last season

Di Paola said: “We are pretty happy, we have about three to go, but are really happy with how things have gone. There has been good interest and people seem to want to play for Horsham.”

The manager is backing his side to be big entertainers on the goals front and with a number of attacking-minded players signed, last year’s goals woes will be well behind them.

He said: “Kieron Pamment, Boswell and Biff (Joe Shelley) will get around 20 goals each and with Evan (Archibald) as well we have goals from all over the place.

“It’s something I am a big believer in as I have never really seemed to have one person go past 30 goals - apart from maybe one, so hopefully all of those will contribute. Shaun Charles always scores goals and got about 20 for EP last year in a struggling side, so should have goals from him as well.

“One I am really pleased about is having Jordan Clarke back. He can be anything as a footballer if he knuckles down, he is as good as anyone I have seen and not just this level, but the one above.”

More from Di Paola on his new signings in this week’s paper.