Lordswood have moved quickly to replace the recently departed Neil Hunter, and it's a familiar face returning to the Grove.
Former Lords player Richard Dimmock is the new man in charge, and his sole target for the remainder of the season is to pull the team out of the relegation zone in what has been a wretched first half of the 2021/22 season.
Dimmock enjoyed a very successful playing career, having made his debut for Welling United in the GM Vauxhall Conference aged 16 and announcing himself to the stage by scoring a 25 yarder in just his 2nd appearance. His other clubs include Gravesend & Northfleet, Cray Wanderers, Thamesmead Town, Erith & Belvedere and Herne Bay. He won Kent League titles at Thamesmead Town and Cray Wanderers.
Dimmock joined Lordswood during the 2009/10 season when Jason Lillis brought him to the club. Here he made 35 appearances across five seasons, scoring 15 goals in the process.
As manager, Dimmock joins from Halls Athletic in the Kent County Division, although he is no stranger to the SCEFL having had managerial spells at Meridian VP and a successful stint with Welling Town which saw them swiftly elevated from Kent County Division 3 to SCEFL Division One.
Dimmock will be joined by his coaching team at Halls, in the form of Mike Jones and Jason Long. Long is another who is no stranger to the club, having also played under Lillis for a couple of seasons 10 years ago.
With the Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Hollands & Blair postponed due to Covid, Dimmock's first game in charge is set to be away to Tunbridge Wells on Monday 3rd January where he will go head to head with ex-Lordswood teammate and manager Richard Styles.