Fleet attain Payne for new campaign

Josh Payne will make the Kuflink Stadium his permanent home beginning on 1st August as he becomes the sixth signing to be revealed ahead of the 2020/21 season. The 29-year-old midfielder, who departed parent club Crawley Town earlier this summer, has already endeared himself to Fleet fans across a six-month loan spell last season, during…

Fleet 0-2 Harrogate Town

Ebbsfleet had a mountain to climb as they were reduced to 10 men for the third match in succession against a side who extended their clean-sheet record to five matches and more than seven hours of football. Josh Payne’s second-half dismissal after picking up two yellow cards within almost as many minutes made it easy…

Payne plays on through

Fleet boss Kevin Watson has secured the services of Crawley Town midfielder Josh Payne until the end of the 2019/20 season. Payne, whose existing loan deal was due to expire on Monday, will now stay at the Kuflink Stadium throughout the club’s fight for survival in the Vanarama National League. The 29-year-old midfielder joined the…

“A hell of a hit!” Holmes gives a keeper’s verdict on Payne opener

Jordan Holmes saved Fleet once in time added on but couldn’t quite do it twice… though at least he wasn’t in the way of the thunderbolt strike by teammate Josh Payne. Holmes had a view from behind as Payne smashed his seventh-minute opener past the goalkeeper’s opposite number, who was left flat on his back….

Fleet 2-3 Notts County

Sixteen years apart, it took another last-minute Notts County goal at the Swanscombe End to steal a replay at Meadow Lane from Fleet’s grasp. This time, however, the home fans were convinced they were at least in the draw for Round 2 after Gozie Ugwu’s penalty a minute from time had levelled the scores. It…

Disappointed not to win, says pained Payne

Fleet midfielder Josh Payne admitted he and his teammates greeted the final whistle yesterday with frustration as they felt the opportunity was there to have taken more than a 2-2 draw. But the Crawley Town loanee will refocus his efforts on Notts County instead as he hopes a second home win will see Fleet into…

Fleet gain Payne in midfield

Ebbsfleet United have today completed a three-month loan deal for Crawley Town midfielder Josh Payne. The 28-year-old former England C international has almost 200 Football League appearances to his name and has also played in the National League with Woking and Eastleigh. Josh was captain of West Ham United’s U18 team and made two Premier…

Jack Payne exits for Eastleigh

Jack Payne has departed the Fleet having today signed for fellow National League club Eastleigh. The 27-year-old midfielder signed from Blackpool in the summer of 2017 and has featured 61 times for the club, 36 of those games coming last season. Payne spent a small part of that campaign on loan at Eastleigh, who pipped…

Payne: “We’re building and only looking up…”

Fleet midfielder Jack Payne was instrumental in downing the club he played for on loan earlier this season and says his side are gaining a head of steam going into 2019. “I think the fans can appreciate the work we’re doing and the momentum we’re building and we’re only looking up,” he told BBC Radio…

Eastleigh gain Payne on month’s loan

Fleet midfielder Jack Payne has signed for Eastleigh on a month’s loan from today. The 26-year-old, who has played 27 games for the Fleet since arriving from Blackpool, moves to the Hampshire club ahead of their games against Maidenhead United, AFC Fylde, Hartlepool United, Dagenham & Redbridge, Boreham Wood, Gateshead and Braintree Town in the next…