League: Pre-Season Friendly

Pre-Season Friendly

Koby Arthur

Former Birmingham City midfielder joined us in August 2021.

The 25-year-old Ghanaian featured in our pre-season games against Watford and Tonbridge Angels, where he scored our first goal after just 17 seconds in the 4-0 win.

Arthur made 16 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham, including 12 in the Championship after making his debut against Wolves in April 2013.

During his time with the Blues, Arthur, who will wear the number 22 shirt for Andy Hessenthaler’s side, also spent time on loan with League 2 Cheltenham Town and Lincoln City in the National League.

After being released by Birmingham, Arthur joined Macclesfield Town and was a member of their National League winning team in the 2017/2018 season.

He featured in 20 League 2 games for the Silkmen the following season, making 25 appearances in all competitions, before leaving the club at the end of the campaign.

He joined National League North side Kidderminster Harriers ahead of the 2020/21 season making 12 appearances in all competitions before the season was cancelled.

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Dover Athletic v Stevenage FC

Dover suffered their first loss in pre-season after the League 2 visitors scored in each half.

Jamie Reid put Stevenage ahead before Chris Lines doubled their lead in the second half.

Reid struck inside the first 10 minutes after he got on the end of a high through ball from Jake Reeves to fire past Josh Bexon, giving the keeper no chance.

Shortly after, Whites were almost level through Gillingham loanee Henry Woods, who forced the visitors’ trialist goalkeeper into a great save after great work from TJ Bramble to keep the ball under huge pressure from the Stevenage defence.

Ricky Miller then went close after Aaron Cosgrave won a free kick on the edge of the area, however, his shot deflected off the wall and out for a corner.

From the resulting corner, Ryan Hanson went close from Sam Wood’s cross, glancing his header over the bar.

Whites started the second half strongly and were almost level through Ben Williamson, who got on the end of a deep cross from Miller and it needed a good save to deny him.

From the resulting corner, Whites went close again, this time Jake Goodman heading wide from Wood’s corner.

Goalkeeper Adam Parkes, who replaced Bexon at half-time, produced a couple of stunning saves to deny Stevenage, but there was nothing he could do to keep out Lines’ stunning free-kick.

A trialist almost got one back for Whites in the closing minutes after getting on the end of a great cross but he was denied spectacularly by the visitors’ keeper.

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Adam Parkes

The 21-year-old goalkeeper arrives at the club on a season-long loan from Premier League side Watford in July 2021.

Parkes, who will wear the number 20 shirt for manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side this season, has played in the National League previously, playing the final eight games of last season for Barnet.

He kept clean sheets against Sutton United, Maidenhead, and Weymouth in those eight games.

A former England under-17 representative, Parkes joined Watford from Southampton in January 2019.

He had spent 10 years with the Saints before joining the Hornets, where he has been a regular in the under-23s team as well as travelling with the first-team squad and appearing on the bench during Watford’s successful promotion-winning campaign last season.