Hawks fans were surprised too see a new face in the defence last week at Sevenoaks Town. Alex Malins registration from Horsham was rushed through at the last minute to fill a void with a number of players unavailable. Malins, immediately put a smile on fans’ faces when he arrived unmarked at the far post to give Hawks the lead in the 7th minute of his debut. In the second half a superb diagonal cross field ball to Ollie Munt started the move that resulted in Peter Gregory putting the Hawks 2-0 up.
Ross Standen explained: “We’re delighted to get Alex, a player we worked with for five years at Lewes. I’m very grateful to Dom Di Paola at Horsham for rushing through the registration last week to help us out with all the injuries we had. Alex is currently signed for a short period of time to get him some game time and assist us until we get some players available again. We look forward to having the benefit of Alex in our defence in the time he is with us.”
Malins, 27, is a left sided central defender, who can also play left back or in midfield. He began his career as a professional at Crawley Town before two spells at Lewes. He joined Horsham at the start of this season.
Meanwhile Lew Unwin has signed with Rustall FC, based in Tunbridge Wells, who play in the Southern Counties East Football League’s Premier Division at step 5. Lew runs his own coaching business which is growing quickly, meaning his commitments are increasing and he needs to be playing nearer to his Kent home. The club are holding his joint registration for the rest of this season and Lew has agreed to help us out if needed.
Lew, 23, made his debut for the Hawks in 2018 and went on to make 49 appearances, scoring once, at home against Hendon in the FA Trophy in 2019. Everyone at the club wishes Lew well with his future business and football career.