Cannons Announce Eight New Signings!

Exciting New Arrival - Alfie May
Exciting New Arrival - Alfie May

It’s been another busy week for Clive Cook and Tony Beckingham as they continue to overhaul their squad with the aim of lifting the club up the Ryman South table.

So far so good as it has been six points from six and it was also six changes to the squad for our brilliant win on Tuesday night at Tooting & Mitcham United.

You will have probably already read about the capture of Alfie May’s signature, with one of the most exciting young talents in Kentish football choosing to move to Reachfields from Erith & Belvedere.

Alfie lit up Tuesday night, with a goal of the season contender for our winning strike, the highlight of a man of the match display. The twenty-two year old has previously spent time on trial at League One outfit, Crewe Alexandra and had a spell in the Conference South with Bromley.

The striker scored 41 goals last season and has scored 7 since the start of the new campaign before his arrival as a Cannon. The season before last he scored 23 goals in 36 Ryman North appearances for Chatham Town.

Joining Alfie from Erith & Belvedere is brother, Sam May, who also played a big part in the win on Tuesday, linking the play well between midfield and attack, along with Ryan Johnson who really impressed in the opening 45 minutes before a knock ruled him out of action after half-time.

Ryan is a player who can play in or just in front of the back four, where he played really well in his short-lived debut on Tuesday, he is described by his previous club as a natural leader and won the prestigious ‘Chairman’s Award’ last season.

Back At Reachfields - Nick Reeves
Back At Reachfields - Nick Reeves

Jason Thompson (who came on for Ryan at half-time at Tooting) also arrives at Hythe with some excellent credentials, having captained the Whyteleafe side that won the SCEFL league in the 2013/14 season, before leading the club to the Ryman South play-offs in their first year back in the Ryman South.

Young Frank Griffen was probably the biggest plus point to come out of the experimental friendly against Greenwich Borough. His second-half performance against the pacy Boro' frontline was enough to earn the full-back a deal with the Cannons.

Having arrived as a recommendation of Tony Beckingham, who was eager for Clive to see the youngster’s potential, his performance was certainly the talk of the Hythe supporters after the game.

We are also delighted to welcome back three old favourites to Reachfields, Michael Yianni and Craig Thompson have decided against life at Homelands and have both joined back up with the squad.

The club are also very happy to announce the return of our excellent former centre-back, Nick Reeves, from Cray Wanderers of the Ryman North. Nick made 59 appearances for us between 2011 and 2012, having arrived from Maidstone United; the defender has also had spells with Sittingbourne, Dartford and Leatherhead. 

Finally we would like to place on record a thank you and good luck to the following players who have now left the club: - Bradley Jordan, Ollie Lee, Sam Fisher, Rene Rivera, Johan Caney-Bryan, Joe Fisher and Jack Sellens.

Sam Conlon and Ben Jordan remain linked with the club via dual-registration with Kennington.


Originally Published – 02/10/15