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Williams set to star for Leafe

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JOHN FOWLER is hoping to have opposition defences shaking like a leaf after signing former Crystal Palace and Colchester United striker Gareth Williams.

Williams will join his former Eagles team-mate Roscoe Dsane up front for Whyteleafe, a partnership that will strike fear in defences across Kent.

"Steve Kember said that Gareth is one of the best finishers he's ever seen. I think he will be a real asset to us this season," Leafe boss Fowler said. "He was one of our main targets, and with keeping Roscoe as well, that looks to be a great strike force.

"Funnily enough, Gareth and Roscoe have played up front together before for Palace reserves for a few games."

Williams made eight first-team appearances for Palace, and has also had spells at AFC Bournemouth, Cambridge United, Blackpool, Bromley, Ebbsfleet and Croydon Athletic.

And Fowler admits having players with such experience as Williams and Dsane in the side makes his job easier.

"It's like having managers all over the pitch," Fowler said. "On the touchline you can't always get messages across but players like Gareth and Roscoe can spot what needs to be done."

And the new Leafe boss is confident the pair will cause Southern Counties East League defences problems.

"I've been to watch a few teams in our league play to get an idea," explained Fowler, who previously managed Croydon in the Combined Counties League.

"I've been mainly watching the teams who finished towards the top of the league, and I think with our two boys up front, their movement will make life difficult for those defences."

Williams set to star for  Leafe


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