New signings as Rocks and Dockers strengthen squads ahead of matches

By Neil Speight

21st Jan 2023 | Football


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NEW Tilbury boss Scott Dash may finally get his chance for a first match in charge of the Dockers. Two games have been postponed since his appointment was announced and he will take his new charges to north London for today's clash against New Salamis, hoping to lift them out of the relegation play-off places and with two new faces in the squad.

Roman Michael-Percil will be returning to familiar territory after joining the Dockers. The winger is a former Tottenham Hotspur youth playe,  and turned out for Braintree Town and St Albans City prior to joining Potters Bar Town.

He made eight appearances for Bar, scoring twice, moved on to East Thurrock United, and then signed for Haringey Borough. After leaving Coles Park he spent time with Wingate & Finchley, went back to Coles Park to play for New Salamis, and at the end of last season spent time with Cheshunt. This season has seen him make ten appearances - and score three goals - for East Thurrock United., with who he recently parted company.

Midfielder Freddie Brown is a dual-registration signing from Royston Town. Brown has been with the Pitching In Southern Premier Central side since the start of last season. He has also spent time with Kempston Rovers, Dash's former club.

East Thurrock United are also set to feature to new additions to their squad for today's visit of Great Wakering Rovers.

With regular stopper Montel Joseph away, the club has brought in short term cover in the shape of  James Bransgrove.

Bransgrove was with Brentford and Colchester United as a youngster, and while at Colchester gained Scottish international caps at under 18 and under 21 levels. As a young pro at Colchester, James also enjoyed loan spells at National League sides Wealdstone and St Albans City.

However, he then took the decision to retire from full time football to concentrate on his accountancy career. He's subsequently spent time at Coggeshall Town, Walthamstow and most recently Enfield.

Hernandez, left, and Bransgrove.

And Rocks are likely to feature Alex Hernandez who has re-joined the club on a dual-registration agreement with near neighbours, National South club Concord Rangers.

Twenty year old forward Alex has made seven first team appearances for Rangers this season and this will be his second spell at the Rocks after he spent the first half of the 2021-22 season with the club on a similar dual-reg arrangement, and scored 11 times for us before being recalled by the Beachboys last January.

Alex has also had a couple of dual-reg spells with today's opponents, including one earlier this season.

There's a play-off zone clash in the Isthmian North where fourth-placed Heybridge Swifts host resurgent Grays Athletic who are fifth.

Grays have confirmed that their BBC Essex Senior cup match against Concord Rangers has been re-arranged for this coming Tuesday (24 January). This now means that our away League fixture against Basildon United will now take place on Tuesday, 31 January.

Aveley will be seeking a return to the play-off zone in the Isthmian Premier, possibly at the expense of today's visitors to Parkside. Cray Wanderers are currently in third spot , while Aveley sit sixth with just a point less. Second-placed Bishops Stortford play Canvey and seventh-placed Hastings host fourth-placed Enfield so it will be an interesting day at the top of the table.

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