It’s a warm Woodside welcome to an old friend, in the shape of Lloyd Dawes, alongside new recruit, Joe Tennent.
After spending the past two seasons terrorising the defenders of National League South with Eastbourne Borough, Dawsey swaps one coastal town for another as he once again prepares to line up in a Worthing shirt.
Originally joining us from Whitehawk, where he’d been an under 18, the occasionally frustrating but always entertaining forward averaged almost exactly a goal every other game over 163 appearances from his 2013 debut at Horsham, up to his September 2017 departure to ‘Boro.
His first full campaign saw him bag fifteen goals before virtually doubling that tally in the next two terms; when he top scored with twenty-nine strikes in our promotion-winning 2015-16 and followed that up by finding the back of the net on a further twenty-seven occasions, as the club cemented their place back amongst the Bostik League elite a year later.
Most fondly remembered for his winner at Dagenham & Redbridge and stoppage time penalty at Sutton United – to take us into extra time – in the epic FA Trophy run of 2016-17, Lloyd even totted up a hat-trick in a Charity match at Woodside Road two weeks ago. Lining up with and against a whole host of familiar names from the annals of Worthing’s history.
While Joe Tennent may be a less familiar name to all those of a (local) red persuasion, it doesn’t mean that he comes to us with any less pedigree.
The twenty year old, right-footed centre-half started his playing career at League One outfit, Colchester United, where his time at The Weston Homes Community Stadium involved a first sample of life in The Bostik League with Cambridgeshire side, Soham Town Rangers.
He then swapped the bright lights of Essex for those of Crawley, when he made the move to Three Bridges, upon his release by The U’s.
His form last season culminated in him receiving two awards at Bridges’ presentation night; walking away with not only the Young Player of The Year trophy but also earning the respect and admiration of his teammates, as they declared the towering teenager their number one, too.
Standing at six foot two, Joe proved himself to be as equally adept at finding the target as he was at stopping opposing teams from doing the same. Notching five times, including twice at East Grinstead Town and bagging the only goal of the game at Sittingbourne.