3 February 2018
Hornets land Premier Division trio
Dom di Paola has brought in Dorking Wanderers pair Tom Tolfrey and Anthony Oaks to help boost the club’s aims of achieving a creditable top ten finish this season. Tolfrey, who began his career at Pease Pottage, scored twenty-four goals to help Dorking to promotion to the Premier Division last season but has suffered an injury hit 2017/18 and it is hoped that the club can provide him with the opportunity to continue his return to full fitness. The striker will be with us until the end of February while Oaks, an experienced midfielder with over one hundred appearances for the Surrey club under his belt, has joined for the remainder of the season. Wanderers manager Marc White told his club’s website “(the players) are both Dorking Wanderers legends…(but) the reality is that, playing at the high standards of the Bostik Premier, it’s always going to be hard to get the minutes they need on the pitch to recover from injury problems and get back to fitness and Horsham is a club we trust to treat players well.”
We are also delighted to welcome Henry Watson, a defensive midfielder who joins us from Worthing for the remainder of the campaign. The trio’s arrival takes the number of new signings to five after last week’s return of George Landais and Alfie Rogers, with manager Dom di Paola revealing his concerns over the size of his squad ahead of the Sussex Senior Cup quarter-final tie at Pagham next week. “While these are the sort of quality players I’d have at the club at any time, it’s particularly important to us right now because as well as looking to finish as high up the league as possible, we are looking to progress in the Sussex Senior and our squad is pretty thin for that. On Tuesday, Joe Shelley was away so that would have effectively left us down to just thirteen eligible players as three or four are cup-tied. You only need a couple of injuries and you’re going there with half a team, which isn’t what you want when you’re potentially only two wins away from a final.”
The new arrivals will be included in the squad to host promotion-chasing Greenwich Borough on Saturday, subject to league and FA clearance.