Pashley arrived at Oaklands Park in 2016 from Moneyfields, initially deployed at left full-back he later moved to the centre of the defence alongside club captain Connor Cody forming a solid partnership that laid the foundations for last season’s title win.

Cody and Pashley were part of a defence that kept a 17 cleans sheets and conceded the least amount of goals in the SCFL Premier Division during 2018/19.

The 22-year-old’s contribution last term saw him honoured by his teammates at the end of season awards back in May as he picked up the Players’ Player of the Year award.

Ben Pashley and Scott Jones with the SCFL trophy

Tuesday’s substitute appearance in the dramatic FA Cup win over Hartley Wintney turned out to be Pashley’s last, bringing an end to his three year spell at the club.

Assistant manager Graeme Gee is disappointed to lose the defender but says the club fully supports any player that wants to play higher: “It’s always disappointing to lose a player, especially one we rate highly and like as a person too!”. “I think there’s a part of him deep down that’s gutted to be leaving because of what’s going on here but it’s a fantastic opportunity for him to test himself higher up the pyramid and we’d never stand in any player’s way of doing that”.

The club would like to thank Ben for his contribution to it’s recent success and wish him all the best for the future.