Barton Raz’s “5 to watch”…

BartonRaz gives us the low-down on the “Top-5 Five Strikers Below the BSP”…

5.) Adam Warlow – Fleetwood Town

Adam Warlow began his career at Crewe under the watchfull eye of Dario Gradi, before being sent on loan to Witton Albion at the age of 19 for the 2006/2007 season. He immediately endeared himself to the Witton crowd with a goal on his debut and 6 in his first 9 games. By the end of the season, he managed to appear against Rushden in our 1-0 defeat of Witton, and amassed 27 goals in all competitions including 5 in one game in the 7-2 thrashing of Whitby Town. After being surprisingly released by Crewe the following summer, he signed a short term contract with Witton and proved that his 27 goals were no fluke, becoming the Unibond League’s leading goalscorer with 31 league goals, and scoring 5 hat-tricks in the process. Warlow joind Unibond League Winners, Fleetwood, for the 2008/2009 season, who fended off a host of clubs to capture his signature.

4.) Nic McDonnell – Bromley

“We will be building the team around the likes of Nic McDonnell, a target man who I believe is not only one of the best players in the Blue Square South but arguably one of the best players in non league football.” – Those were the words of Bromley manager Mark Goldberg after the recent re-signing of McDonnell from non-league bully-boys AFC WImbledon where the striker spent a short period of last season. The former Bromley favourite who scored 28 goals in the 06/07 season and scored the opening goal in Bromleys play-off final victory over Billericay, helped his team to 103 goals that season and was said to have assisted as many as he scored.

3.) Danny Hockton – Bromley

Danny Hockton is without question one of the most prolific strikers that Non-League football has ever seen. The Barking-born forward began his career with Millwall before moving into non-league with Stevenage, helping himself to a modest 6 goals in 22 games, which was no sign of what was to come. A move to Dover followed, where 10 goals in 17 games caught the attention of Chelmsford who secured his services for the 2001/2002 season. After scoring in excess of 30 goals in 2 seasons for Chelmsford and latterly Crawley it was a move to Billericay which saw his career reignite propperly as he scored 52 goals in 75 games. Margate were the next stop on Hocktons non-league tour, and in a single season (2006/2007) he scored 52 goals in 56 appearences in all competitions, a quite frankly astonishing record at any level. He won the Ryman League Golden Boot award, the Margate F.C. Golden Boot award and the Margate F.C. Supporters’ Player of the Year award, before an undisclosed fee allowed Bromley to secure his signature for the following season, a season hampered by injuries. Hockton will be looking to be back on form for next year.

2.) Andy Forbes – Eastleigh

Winchester City was where Andy Forbes shot into the non-league spotlight. Not a place normally known for its football, Sky’s cameras were sent to Winchester to witness non-league football history as Forbes scored his 62nd goal in an astonishing season in 2004/2005. Scouts were flocking from league and non-league clubs to watch the Electrical Wholesaler strut his stuff on the pitch, but after no league club made a firm bid, Eastleigh was the chosen destination of non-leagues latest find, linking up with former Rushden trialist and jamaican international Fitzroy Simpson. 23 goals in his first season at Blue Square South level, and 26 goals in his second season, have shown that the huge step up from the ‘Southern Division 1 South & West Division’ to the Blue Square South has not fazed Forbes, and that he may be ready to step upto the next level.

1.) Jon Main – AFC Wimbledon

Like Danny Hockton, the 2006/2007 season proved very fruitful for the then Tonbridge Angels striker. 42 goals included 7 hat-tricks and for a two month stretch from December to February, whenever he scored, he scored a hat-trick. After the hugely successful season, he turned down trials from league clubs such as Norwich and signed on for another season at Tonbridge to the absolute delight of the Angels fans and staff alike. After eventually admitting that he wanted to play in front of big crowds and eventually in the Football League, he signed for AFC Wimbledon for a fee reported to be a record for the division in 2008. His arrival co-incided with AFC’s upturn in fortunes, and he went on to score 10 goals in his opening 13 games for his new club. One to look out for I am sure.

Thanks to BartonRaz…



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