St Albans City made a true statement of their play-off intent late on Wednesday evening by announcing the arrival of free-scoring striker James Ewington from Walton Casuals.
Ewington scored 47 goals in 45 appearances for Harpenden Town in the 2017/18 season which created unsurprising attention for his signature having clinched the Spartan South Midlands League Golden Boot.
The former Enfield Town and London Colney forward started this campaign for Northwood where he instantly got to work netting 14 goals in a blistering start to life for his new club.
His goal-scoring exploits were turning heads in the non-league game and in what proved to be a short-lived stay at Chestnut Avenue, he soon signed for Walton Casuals in the Evo-Stik Southern League last October. He hit the ground running with 19 goals in 22 games for Casuals which included seven times in his first four games, including two hat-tricks.
He now arrives at Clarence Park after a whirlwind 7 days which has culminated in ‘a dream move’ for the striker.
The player himself explained,
It was obvious that the amount of goals I’ve scored had been creating quite a bit of attention. Clubs were always monitoring the situation but when I heard that my hometown club were interested, it ticked all the boxes for me so it’s been fantastic to sign for St Albans City.
I’d already committed to playing for Walton Casuals on Tuesday but I finally managed to sit down with Ian (Allinson) and Lawrence (Levy) on Wednesday night where they spoke at length about their vision for the club and it totally mirrored my own ambitions so it was a no-brainer for me and I can’t wait to get started.
Ewington arrives at City with a good pedigree and believes that confidence will help him settle quickly into his new job of helping spearhead the Saints into play-off contention.
Naturally it’s going to be a challenge competing in a higher division but I’ve got faith in my ability and the confidence is high and that’s what you need to score goals at any level. There’s still plenty of points on offer and our goal is to get into those play-off places so hopefully I can contribute an important part in that.
Having finally had the paperwork cleared by the league, manager Ian Allinson is eager to let his new acquisition loose on the National League South.
This is a massive signing for us
proclaimed a beaming Saints boss.
It would be foolish to imply that James is the missing piece of the puzzle but he comes in with a real eye for goal and that talent to change games.
Despite the obvious step-up in level the City manager has no concerns about Ewington adapting to life in a St Albans City shirt.
He’s exactly what we need at this stage of proceedings. He’s 29 but he’s undoubtedly deserved his chance and in all fairness he’s going to provide us with something different, I’m really excited about the signing.
He’s a local lad and it’s been great to see the response on social media about the player and we believe we’ve got a real talent on our hands and he’ll play a very important part in the final 12 games of the season.
James goes straight into the squad for our crucial National League South encounter with Truro City at Clarence Park this Saturday. Kick-Off is at 3pm.