SPECIAL OFFER ON FOOTBALLS
Our main sponsor, Andres Carter Sports has a special offer for our clubs on both the Joma ICEBERG match ball which is the official ball of the Premier Division plus a special offer on the Joma DALI training ball. For full details of these great offers click here
ANDREW GIDLEY’S FINAL WEEKLY ROUNDUP 2017/18
Midweek & SATURDAY, 19th May
NRG GYM ‘BARRY BUNDOCK’ WEST KENT CHALLENGE SHIELD FINAL
Welling Town overcame the worst possible start to complete an impressive treble, beating Red Velvet 4-2 to retain the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield at Sevenoaks Town.
Conceding an own goal inside the first minute, they came from behind to lead 2-1 at half-time, and Brima Daramy added a third soon after the restart. Prolific Velvet striker Harry Taylor pulled one back, before Ryan Golding’s late penalty sealed things. Town’s victory saw them retain the trophy adding it to their Division 2 West title and Kent Reliance Junior Cup success.
The game completed a trio of entertaining League Cup Finals but manager Richard Dimmock admitted conceding so early wasn’t part of his pre-match team talk. As his team celebrated with the impressive trophy, Dimmock said: “It was a fantastic way to end the season, but conceding so early certainly wasn’t in the script.
“I said to the boys we had got to be switched on from the start, because anything can happen, and it did.
“Grant Brown got us back into it with a great strike, he had a good game on the night.
“Another own-goal put us in front but we deserved that because of the pressure we put on since going behind and I could see us getting a third.
He added: “Red Velvet came out second half and had a really good go at it, Brima then gave us a bit of breathing space Taylor finished well for Velvet’s second having scored more than 60 goals for the club in a fine season.
Dimmock said: “l have watched them a few times this season, and I really rate him.
“He is really good player, very strong, every time they got the ball into our box, he was there and always caused us problems.
“The last 10 minutes was a hard battle, but the penalty coming so late killed the game.”
Ambition is a key word at Welling, and Dimmock says it’s great to be given a chance to be in at the start of Chairman Kevin Oakes’ five-year plan aimed at seeing the club progress to Bostik League football.
He said: “I didn’t know if it was the job for me at the start, but I met up with Kevin and he answered all my questions about the club and has backed me all the way.
“I can’t see why we can’t push on and get there, but it’s not just what we do on the pitch.
“It’s going to be a lot of hard work ahead for everyone at the club, we have brought in Ryan Palmer as our Head of our Academy, who had his own coaching set-up, to bring the younger players through.”
He added:”For me it’s been a fantastic start in managing the club, and I am not going to complain.
“It’s all down to these players, I bought them to the club to do a job, win me leagues and cups.
It’s been a brilliant season – everybody has worked so hard .
“We turned up in both cup finals and I couldn’t ask for more.”
Red Velvet won many plaudits for their performance against Welling Town, but the night also saw them confirmed as Division 3 West runners up behind champions SC Thamesmead Reserves.
First team striker Josh Patrick’s hat-trick and two more by Stephen Weatherley, making it 48 for the season for him, saw SCT to a 6-1 win at AFC Bexley in their final game of the season, to clinch the title by three points.
Finlay Martin hit the second half winner as Rochester City beat Ashford on Friday night and confirmed as Division 2 Central & East runners-up behind champions Wateringbury.
And so to Saturday and the final two games of the season.
Fleetdown United made light of an early start for the morning Premier Division trip to Lydd Town Reserves winning 5-0. Joby Smith scored twice, with Matt Dudley, Dan Assender and Dan Pinder getting one each.
Deal Sports Reserves made sure of finishing Division 3 Central & East runners-up beating Bromley Green 9-1.
The game was ordered to be replayed by the League, following an earlier postponement, ensuring the season’s last outstanding issue was settled on the pitch and not by committee. Two each by Mark Davison, James Lecarpentier and Ryan Prior underpinned the victory.
In other news, Borden Village have confirmed Glen Conlon as their new manager. He takes over from joint managers Nick Brown and Aaron Hodges who stepped down at the end of the season.
Chairman Doug Burt said: “Glenn is a young manager who has gained experience managing a very successful Sheppey League team and is keen to see in a new era in the long history of Borden Village.”
Peckham Town are seeking support for the club’s plans to install floodlights. A statement on the club website said: “We have recently submitted an application to install a modest lights at the Menace Arena, and need our friends to write to Southwark Council.
“The plans and associated documentation are our site and Southwark Council portal.
“The floodlights are an important enhancement to our existing facility, which will allow our club to continue to use existing activities in an improved way.”
The deadline for comments and submissions is Friday, 1st June.
Thursday 17th May
Welling Town FC have just won the Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield by beating Red Velvet FC . The match was a well fought affair with both teams playing some great football.
Red Velvet took the lead early on, but Welling soon equalised and then shortly after took the lead. The game ended up 4-2 to Welling Town.
Pictures from the game can be found on the gallery page.
A full match report will follow shortly.
Tuesday 15th May
On Tuesday night there was an amazing match between Ashford FC and Tonbridge Invicta FC. Both teams and all their supporters took the countryside drive down to Sevenoaks to play the final of the Les Leckie Cup. After 90 minutes, the score was 4 all. Extra time didn’t break the stalemate so the game went on to penalties. With the Tonbridge Invicta goal keeper making a double save, they managed to edge the score winning 2-4 on penalties. This was also the Tonbridge managers last game in charge.
A more detailed report from Andrew Gidley will follow shortly.
Pictures from both Julie Hoare and Lee Woodcock can be found by clicking here.
REFEREES ONLINE APPLICATION 2018-2019
The online application form for Match Officials for the 201-19 season is now open, please click here to complete and submit.
BECOME A KENT REFEREE!
The Kent FA are holding a number of ‘Get into Refereeing’ Workshops from May to August 2017 at venues across the County. In addition the Kent FA are looking to encourage those players approaching the end of their careers to take up the whistle and are offering a special discount on the referee course fees, which could be as low as £50.00!
For further information email the Kent FA, Referee Development Officer, Nick Dunn by clicking here
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The April Premier Division Manager of the Month presentation was made on Saturday,12th April by League Secretary, Gavin Hoare.
Dan Scorer, Manager of Kennington FC, collected his award along with the Premiership trophy after his team had beaten Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) 3-0.
Two April Aford Awards Manager-of-the-Month presentations took place on Saturday, 5th May. League Chairman Cyril Windiate presented the Eastern Section award to Marc Vicary of Deal Town Rangers, his second of the season. Mark Clark of AFC Bexley was the Western Section winner, his first this season.
Congratulations to both recipients.
As always teams must have a disciplinary record within the League’s code of conduct to ensure their managers received their recognition.
SITUATIONS VACANT & FRIENDLIES WANTED
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
BROMLEY GREEN FC – In Division 3 Central & East are looking to strengthen their squad with players in all positions.
PITCHES AVAILABLE – STC Sports Club have pitch vacancies for the 2018/19 season.
PARKWOOD RANGERS FC – Playing out of Bexley Park, the 1st team are looking for 3-4 experienced outfield players plus keeper possibly for the new season.
AEI SPORTS FC – We are looking for 3-4 new players for the upcoming 2018-19 season, with another successful year last season winning the league & cup double.
BEARSTED FC – Are pleased to announce we are starting a new senior Reserve team for the 2018/19 season and we are looking for players who can eventually progress into our excellent first team.
CUXTON 91 FC – Are holding a 6-a-side Men’s tournament on Saturday 28th July at Cuxton Social Club.
WATERINGBURY FC – We have just won promotion into Division 1 Central & East and we are looking to strengthen our squad.
HALLS AFC – Are looking to add new players to a strong core, after a fantastic season with record high points tally.
HALLS AFC RESERVES – Are looking to add new players to a young side who have had an excellent season developing players from our youth teams.
ASHFORD FC – Are looking for pre-season friendlies in July and August.
FARNBOROUGH OBG FC – Our Saturday Reserve team are looking for players in all positions for the 2018/2019 season.
BEXLEY FC – Are seeking pre-season friendly matches for both First Team and Reserves, trial dates for new players are being arrange and the Reserves are looking for an assistant referee.
WOODNESBOROUGH FC – Are seeking friendly matches on 5th and 12th May, we have a pitch available or we can travel.
WELLING PARK FC – We are looking for a 1st team coach for the 2018/19 season willing to work alongside the current manager. Also, we are looking to strengthen the club in general.
AEI SPORTS FC – are holding open trials for the 2018-19 season.
TONBRIDGE INVICTA FC – We are now looking for a NEW management team to take on our 1st team for next season.
METROGAS FC – Based in New Eltham, we are holding trials throughout May and June for their new U23 side which will compete in the Kent County League for the 2018/ 2019 season.
GOALKEEPER SEEKING CLUB FOR 2018/19 SEASON – I live in Eltham I’m 20 years old and been playing in goal for 8 years.
MANAGER/COACH SEEKING CLUB – UEFA B licensed manager/coach looking for a position in the Kent County Football League.
Saturday,2nd June 2019 – Annual Presentation Dinner and Cabaret
Venue: The Mercure Hotel, Hollingbourne, Kent, Maidstone
Wednesday, 13th June – Annual General Meeting
Venue: UK Leisure, Sittingbourne