Pennyfather heading back to Canvey

GLENN Pennyfather goes back to his old club this weekend as Chelmsford City face Canvey Island in a pre-season friendly.Pennyfather, who alongside the Clarets' director of football Jeff King, enjoyed so much success with the Islanders, has seen three further players put pen to paper this week.

GLENN Pennyfather goes back to his old club this weekend as Chelmsford City face Canvey Island in a pre-season friendly.

Pennyfather, who alongside the Clarets' director of football Jeff King, enjoyed so much success with the Islanders, has seen three further players put pen to paper this week.

Defenders Steve Ward, Erkan Okay and Mark Haines all completed their Blue Square South registrations this week and Pennyfather claims to have a good idea of what his completed squad will consist of.

He said: “I'm close in my own mind to knowing the squad that will line-up in the league games but there are still a few things to sort out. In the matches between now and then show somebody can perform better in a certain position then they will earn their place - there will be no 'gimmes'. The players are all aware that the best eleven will start that first game against Bath City.”


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Ward needs no introduction as Chelmsford's existing, experienced centre-half who possesses a distinguished record in non-league football, while Okay was also with the club last season and is a highly-rated full-back who was part of Histon's recent rise to Blue Square Premier prominence.

Haines, however, is a newcomer and the young, tall central-back made a number of appearances for Northampton Town's Reserves during the 2007/08 campaign. This preceded a move to Grays Athletic the following season, where he appeared against City in the clubs' Setanta Shield clash in November.

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City had nine first team players unavailable for Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over Romford though some of those will be back for the Canvey game.

Canvey will be a tough test for Chelmsford's mix of confirmed signings and trialists at the Brockwell Stadium, with memories still fresh of the exodus of Island figures who joined the Clarets on block in the summer of 2006. The Gulls are also assembling a talented squad as they aim for their own promotion from the Ryman League Premier Division.

Twenty-four hours later, City figures Ashley Harrison, Steve Ward and Ben Chenery will line-up in yellow and blue shirts once more to represent a Canvey Island Legends XI against Chelsea Legends at Park Lane to raise funds for the club's official charity, St Luke's Hospice. Big names Clive Walker and Ray Wilkins are expected to be appearing for Chelsea and further details can be found at: www.canveyislandfc.com.

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