Here’s your weekly round-up of some of the top news from the National League this week, featuring news from our former assistant manager.
Eastleigh to reimburse fans
Chester fans who travelled to Eastleigh to see their match called off – after an initial successful pitch inspection – are being offered reimbursement for their wasted journey.
Eastleigh have now begun work to relay the damaged section of the ground, which was also the cause of delay to their match with Dagenham and the postponement of two pre-season games.
Eastleigh have agreed to cover Chester’s travel costs, as well as subsidised costs for fans who attended the original fixture. They will also offer their own fans free entry to the rearranged game.
Ebbsfleet sign German
Ebbsfleet United have completed a deal for former Gillingham forward Antonio German on undisclosed terms.
The 25-year-old forward started his career with QPR, and has turned out for Aldershot, Southend, Yeovil, Stockport, Brentford, Northampton, Partick Thistle, and Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.
All paper work was completed in time for German to be eligible to play in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round.
Watson targets promotion
Steve Watson hopes his appointment as new Gateshead manager will be the "last piece of the jigsaw" in their bid to return to the English Football League.
The 43-year-old was named as successor to Neil Aspin following his switch to League Two side Port Vale, his first managerial appointment.
Gateshead, relegated to non-league in 1960, reached the promotion final in 2014 but lost 2-1 to Cambridge.
"Everything is geared towards trying to become a league club," Watson said.
"There's a lot of hard work that needs to be done but we're prepared to roll our sleeves up. I hope to be the last piece of the jigsaw to do that."
By Adam Washbrook