Date: Sun 21 Jul 2019

By David Simpson

Sinnott Returns to Didcot Along with New Signings

Re-joins the Railwaymen as the first-team coach.


Andy Sinnott has left his role of director of football at BetVictor Southern League Premier Division club Banbury United after four months in the role. Sinnott has taken up at coaching position at Southern Division One Central side Didcot Town alongside manager Jamie Heapy. He has a wealth of experience and was at Didcot before for a number of years where he was part of Heapy and Ian Concannon's managerial team.

Meanwhile, Heapy has boosted his squad as five players signed forms for the Railwaymen. First to sign on were last season's young player of the year Brett Gardner as well as midfielder Kieran Collins. Gardner made a big impact with the first team last season scoring a number of crucial goals, while Collins has spent the last couple of years with the development team. A capable right back as well as in his favoured central midfield role his versatility will no doubt be important for Didcot this season.

Next to sign on the dotted line were defender Joe Green and winger Connor Mattimore. Centre back Green made 36 appearances in the league for Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East side Abingdon United last season where he has also been captain, despite his young age. He and Mattimore both impressed on Tuesday at Milton United and both will add depth to Heapy's squad. Mattimore was part of the Wantage Town team that won the Hellenic League `double` last season, making over 50 appearances and scoring 11 goals from a wide position.

Last to sign on was another returning player in striker Mark Francis. Previously been at Didcot when Heapy was joint manager along with Ian Concannon. Joined the club as a young striker from Swindon Town but found his opportunities limited due to Didcot's wealth of striking riches at the time. He then moved onto Wantage where he not only became a prolific goalscorer at Southern League level, but he often led the line on his own and captained the Freds during a difficult period. His outstanding form caught the eye of the big boys in the division where moves to Salisbury and Evesham United followed. Francis is now back in the area and still only 24 returns to Didcot and already has made an impression scoring a hat-trick at Milton