ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 14th October
Roy Godden has scored goals wherever he has played in his career.
The striker may be eight months past his 40th birthday but still hasn’t lost his prolific touch, and that’s good news for New Romney. Godden hit two more in the 4-2 win at Farnborough Old Boys Guild, the only Premier Division game of the day, making it seven in four games. Josh McCue added the other two setting up a third league victory in a row, putting them ninth in the table.
Matt Gething and former League Sharpshooter-of-the-Year Dan Hanshaw are trading goals as Cuxton 91 continue their rapid rise through the divisions. The pair have hit 27 between them so far this season, Gething hitting four in the 5-0 Division 1 Central & East win at Guru Nanak.
Godden’s in good company with two more of the county’s top marksmen down the years, Paul Booth and Simon Austin, both on target for ambitious Kings Hill in a 4-0 win over Herne Bay Reserves.
Top scorer Adam Whatman hit Sutton Athletic Reserve’s winner at Halls AFC to top Division 1 West. Craig Jackson claimed four as Ide Hill ran out 9-1 winners at Orpington.
Danny Rowe scored twice as Wateringbury won 4-2 at Burgess Hodgson to take over top spot in Division 2 Central & East from Rochester City, whose game was called off due to Rep Team calls.
Joe Tucker’s hat-trick helped Fleetdown United Reserves beat Nomads 4-3 to sit third behind Division 2 West top-two Sydenham Sports and Welling Town.
Substitute Callum Leader was another of the day’s treble scorers as Faversham Town Reserves scored six without reply at Aylesford.
Four-goal Chris Plummer and Charlie Boyles’ hat-trick eased Drummond Athletic to an 11-1 at AFC Lewisham to take over at the top of Division 3 West.
Meanwhile Deal Town Rangers came from 5-2 down with half an hour left to beat AFC Ashford Athletic 6-5 in the Kent Junior Cup Group A First Round tie. Four-goal Jamie Ellertsen engineered the comeback with a 15 minute treble, an achievement matched by 12-goal AFC top scorer Dale Horton.
Referee Trevor Roberts has thanked Snodland Town and Deal Sports after being taken ill forcing the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup tie to be abandoned.
The official collapsed on the pitch with chest pains and was taken to Maidstone Hospital by ambulance. He was kept in for tests, before being discharged, and is awaiting further investigations.
In a twitter message, he thanked them for their help.
League and Cup fixtures for November have now been released, the full list can be downloaded by clicking here
The October League and Cup fixture list is still available and can be downloaded by clicking here
ANDREW GIDLEY’S MATCH REPORT
DORSET PREMIER LEAGUE 2 v 3 KENT COUNTY LEAGUE
Two goal Kenneth Llo and Ali Amisu grabbed the scoring honours but the Kent County League’s 3-2 FA Inter League Cup First Round win over the Dorset Premier League at Swanage on Saturday was a great team effort.
Trailing 2-1 at half time, the Peckham Town pair, Llo and Amisu, completed the impressive second half comeback and earn the representative side a trip to Jersey.
A week spent assembling a squad following a succession of call-offs, resulted in travelling West with only 13 players, five from Otford United and three more from Rochester City, meeting up with the rest at Dartford FC on Saturday morning.
Manager Darren Phillips said it was the best result in his four year tenure in the job.
“I was very proud of everyone involved. we didn’t have time to work on tactics, it was all about doing the basics right, hard work and who wanted it more.
“Ali was the best player on the pitch. In the second half I was thinking by just how many we were going to win by.”
He added: “We named the squad of 16, but were down to five at one stage, and it’s disappointing because (Chairman) Cyril Windiate and everybody work so hard to get these games on.”
One of the League’s proudest moments in recent times was finishing group runners-up behind eventual winners Czech Republic in the third staging of the UEFA Regions Cup in Estonia in 2002.
In a message to the squad following this latest win, Mr Windiate said: “Congratulations to the whole management team Darren, Mike Langston and Jack Deans and the squad who gave all we ask for, 100% and a little bit more.”
Kent had the best of the chances early on through skipper Jamie Knight (twice) and Otford United team-mate Rory Catt, denied by a fine save from home keeper Sam Watts, only to then fall behind. Josh Payne fired Dorset in front after 21 minutes following a swift break down the right.
Kent were level within 10 minutes, following Llo’s run into the box, and great footwork before tucking the ball inside near post. Parity didn’t last long – Payne firing home Dorset’s second with almost a carbon copy finish three minutes before half-time. Catt was foiled again by Watts past the hour mark, then Dorset’s Nathan Saxby slid one effort wide, and Lee Gale missed a sitter.
Amisu headed Kent level following a corner, before Llo tucked away the winner to cap an impressive comeback in the warm October sunshine.
Knight was the only survivor from the team that lost when the two sides met in the same competition four years ago.
The League Rep side are in action again next month when they meet the Essex Olympian League at Aveley.
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MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The first awards of the 2017-18 season have been presented,
Cyril Windiate presented the September Western Section Award to Darrell Queeley of HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee. His side were undefeated in their five games with league winds against Bridon Ropes Reserves (A), Peckham Town Reserves (A) and Old Bromleians Reserves (A). They progressed in two cup competitions, in the London Junior Cup they won away at Selhurst SA 4-2 on penalties after their game ended 2-2. In the NRG Gym ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield they progressed with a 6-3 home win against Old Bromleians Reserves. Darrell is a previous Manager of the Month Winner, some 6 year ago when he was with Lewisham Borough (Community).
The September Premier Division award has been won by James Corne of Bexley FC with the presentation again by Cyril Windiate. League wins against New Romney (A), Fleetdown United (H) and Borden Village (A) and a 4-0 win away against Deal Sports in the Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield together with a disciplinary record within the League criteria was enough to secure the award for James.
The Gallery pages return for the 2017-18.
Andy Clay was at the Premier League match which saw Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) entertain Otford United. The visitors recorded their biggest win of the season with an 8-0 win. Rory Catt scored a hat-trick, Jamie Knight (2), David Finnigan, Andy Knight and Luke Parker were their scorers.
League new boys Red Velvet welcomed South Darenth in the Kent Reliance Junior Cup Group A and secured their place in the next round with a 2-1 win against a side a division higher. Red Velvet are the current holders of the Group C Junior Cup and are now looking to emulate this success in Group A.
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With the help of @ we have launched The KCL_TV channel page has returned for the 2017-18 season courtesy of @, the page features video highlights of Kent County League teams in action which you can watch on your PC, tablet or smartphone.
On Saturday Mike covered the Premier Division match between Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) and Tudor Sports, Stansfeld edged the contest 3-2.
To visit the page and view the video click here
NEW COMPETITIONS FOR 2017-18
The Kent County League is delighted to announce it will be adding a Veterans Division for the coming season. In addition the League will be undertaking the administration of the historic Hospitals Cup competition.
Building on our partnership with the Kent FA discussions were held with them and a number of teams keen to play Veterans football. A meeting was held with those interested and nine teams have signed up to take part in the inaugural division.
Lee Suter, Senior Football Development Officer at the Kent FA commented “We have seen a great interest and growth in veteran’s football with more and more people wanting to remain active within the game but in an appropriate and flexible environment. Veterans football offers this to over 35’s including those transitioning from the more conventional setting of 11v11 football or those wishing to return to the game.
I am delighted one of our flagship leagues in Kent has the foresight and desire to offer this provision within their already successful structure. This is a really exciting project and I am looking forward to seeing it grow and flourish”.
The Hospitals Charity Cup Competition has a history going back to 1922 and includes teams from both the Kent County Football League and the Southern Counties East Football League.
Cyril Windiate, League Chairman, commented on these two additions “The Kent County League are delighted to announce they are taking over the administration of two established competitions thus enabling them to continue into the future.
Both competitions compliment the ethos of the League with the Hospitals Charity Cup now about to enter it’s ninety sixth season. It has been instrumental in providing significant donations to many worthwhile causes and only recently presented a cheque for £1,700 to the Kent Air Ambulance, a record for the competitions.
The Veterans League will complement the extremely popular Kent Veterans Cup and allow competitive football to flourish for players that may otherwise be lost to the game”.
With the help of @ we have launched the KCL_TV channel page which features video highlights of Kent County League teams in action. Watch on your PC, tablet or smartphone.
Latest updates include the Welling park v Crayford Arrows from Division 2 West, the Premier Division game between Kennington and Punjab United and in Division Three West, Sydenham Sports v HFSP & Ten-En-Be, see Sydenham score their 100th league goal in the season.
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REFEREES ONLINE APPLICATION 2017-2018
The online application form for Match Officials for the 2017-18 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
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
WOODNESBOROUGH FC – Level 2, or above, coach needed. We have 3 senior teams at different levels and we have our own ground and good facilities.
MANAGER SEEKING CLUB – Manager looking for a team. 15 years experience at County League level with 5 different clubs covering most divisions (east).
ORPINGTON FC – Are looking for a coach who is interested in a challenge. Following a period of major restructuring we are consolidating our First team and looking for a Coach/ Manager to take the team forward.
MANAGER SEEKING CLUB – Experienced manager seeks new challenge. I have managed at good level including Ryman/Ireland and Spain, Maidstone based but will travel for the right club.
STAPLEHURST MONARCHS UNITED – Urgently require an ambitious Coach (FA Level 2 minimum).
STEP UP SPORTS CONSULTANCY
If you are looking for funding to improve facilities or for equipment, activities or coaching then Step Up Sports Consultancy may be able to assist. Annette Buswell and George Davis have extensive experience of Project Management and Fundraising and George has experience of running a club in Kent County League. To contact them to see if they can help click here for further details.
RELEASE THE PRESSURE
“Release the Pressure” is a new Kent campaign which aims to reduce the number of suicides by encouraging men feeling under pressure to seek help.
In Kent, suicide is the leading killer of men under 45; in 2014, there were 163 registered suicides of which 128 (79%) were men. The rate of suicide in the county is also higher than the national average. For more information click here
Tommy Sampson the League’s “Tackling Mental Health” campaign Ambassador has been speaking to KMFM of his own mental health issues and he urges all those with problems to seek help using the helpline number 0800 107 0160. Listen to the full interview with Tommy
The Kent County League Supports
SWEARING – Let’s Tackle It!
The Kent County League is proud to support the Kent FA Youth Council’s ‘SWEARING – Let’s Tackle It’ campaign. Supported by members of Kent FA staff, the Youth Council collaborated with Fixers UK, a charity which supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better, to orchestrate a campaign tackling foul and abusive language in the game. From initial concept development to the execution of filming a promotional video, the Kent FA Youth Council has directed the campaign to help eliminate and raise awareness of the negative impact of bad language in football. The Kent County League looks forward to offering our support for this initiative to combat foul and abusive language in the game, as we believe for football in the county to continue to grow in a positive way, such behaviour needs to be tackled. The Kent County League are committed to creating safe and inclusive football environments for everyone and as a result fully support the Kent FA Youth Council for bringing this issue to the forefront of grass roots football in Kent. You can watch the Youth Council’s video below.
Saturday, 14th October 2017 vs Dorset Premier League – FA Inter-League Cup 1st Round
Venue: Swanage Town & Herston FC – Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Wednesday, 15th November 2017 vs Essex Olympian League – Friendly
Venue: Aveley FC, Parkside, Park Lane, Aveley, Essex RM15 4PX – Kick-Off 7:45pm