Whitehawk FC are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Nathaniel Pinney after his release from St. Albans City.
Born in London, Pinney joined Crystal Palace and made his league debut on 11 April 2009, coming on in the 89th minute, as a substitute for Rui Fonte, in a 2–0 home defeat to Cardiff City.
He made only one other appearance for Crystal Palace, in a League Cup game against Yeovil Town in August 2010, before signing for Dagenham and Redbridge in October 2010 on a one-month loan, and then Conference South leaders Braintree Town on a short-term loan in March 2011.
Pinney joined Ebbsfleet United of the Conference National on 5 November 2011 on an initial one-month loan. This was extended by a further month on 5 December 2011. After impressing at Ebbsfleet his loan was extended to the end of the season where he was used in several roles, playing on both wings and as a striker. He was officially released by Crystal Palace on 30 April 2012.
Pinney joined Carshalton Athletic in October 2012 and scored 21 league goals for the Isthmian League Premier Division club in the 2012–13 season. He then went on to sign for Kingstonian before joining Conference South club Eastbourne Borough on the 11 December 2014.
Pinney made his debut for Borough in a 3–2 defeat to Chelmsford City on 13 December 2014. He came on in the 75th minute as a substitute and scored in the 81st which almost got Borough the draw but Chelmsford scored in stoppage time to take the win. He then made his home debut a week later against league leaders Boreham Wood as a 86th-minute substitute, scoring Borough’s fourth goal in a 4–1 win.
Pinney was voted Eastbourne Borough’s Player of the Year and finished as top scorer for the club for the 2015–16 season. He also scored the only goal in the final of the 2015-16 Sussex Senior Cup, winning the cup for Eastbourne Borough.
Nathaniel signed for St. Albans in mid-October 2017 and after failing to nail down a regular spot in the starting line-up, was released and joins the Hawks with immediate effect.
We welcome Nathaniel to The TerraPura Ground and wish him well in his time with the Hawks.