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Histon make batch of signings ahead of competitive kick off in the FA Cup

Sam Reed, in action for Ely against Histon captain Max York, has now joined the Stutes. Picture: Mark Westley
Sam Reed, in action for Ely against Histon captain Max York, has now joined the Stutes. Picture: Mark Westley

Histon have announced five new signings ahead of their trip to Biggleswade United in the FA Cup, first qualifying round this Saturday (September 12).

Josh Dawkin, Sam Reed, Tobi Lawal, Jonathan Peters and Finley Wilkinson have all put pen to paper on deals this week.

Attacking midfielder Dawkin has arrived from St Ives.

The 28-year-old spent almost two years on the sidelines after a horrific double leg break, but returned on loan at Soham Town Rangers in February 2019, and had a temporary spell with Godmanchester Rovers last season to build his fitness levels.

“I tried hard to get Josh here last season when he went out on loan from St Ives but he went to Goddy instead so I’m really pleased that he has decided to join us permanently now,” said Histon manager Lance Key.

“He’s got great ability and can play anywhere across the midfield. His quality will really add to our attacking threat and as his fitness levels improve he will just get better and better.”

Reed, 32, has most recently been at Ely City, but numbers Bury Town, Newmarket Town, Biggleswade Town and Cambridge City among his former clubs.

“Sam’s a predator in the box,” said Key, “with a natural goalscoring instinct and finishing ability to back it up.

“He’s an experienced striker with quality who will be a real asset for us this season and his signing along with that of Josh Dawkin is really giving us some depth and increased attacking options. I’m really pleased he’s joined us and the squad is taking good shape now.”

Lawal, 23, was with Mildenhall Town last year, but has been on trial with Histon during pre-season, and caught the eye out wide with his pace and strength.

“Tobi’s an exciting prospect,” said Key.

“He will benefit greatly from working alongside our other attacking players here.

“I like that his first thoughts are always positive and attacking when he gets on the ball and he has pace and strength enough to cause defenders problems.

“Another good addition to the squad.”

Midfielder Wilkinson and defender Peters have both signed first-team forms to make the step up from the under-18s, having impressed in pre-season.

“We have some really good young players at the club and Mark Pleasants has put an impressive under 18’s squad together,” said Key.

“Both these lads have done really well in pre-season and I think it shows that the development pathway we have here now is working well.”

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