Respect our Young Officials
Over the last few seasons, the Kent County Football League has increased the number of young Officials refereeing within the competition. This has assisted with the Leagues coverage but more importantly as a League we want to continue to promote all new officials as they qualify. This however can only be possible if respect is given to all, especially the younger officials.
Last season, the Kent FA introduced a Yellow Armband system where all Match Officials under the age of 18 wear the coloured armband. This is to assist clubs to identify these young officials and to help towards preventing them from leaving the game due to unnecessary abuse. Remember they are learning!
Andrew Gidley’s Weekly Roundup
KENT INTERMEDIATE CHALLENGE SHIELD
Three more Premier Division teams slipped out of the competition – beaten by lower league opponents.
Teenage goalkeeper Harry Ebdon (17) was Belvedere’s penalty shoot-out hero, saving three times as the Division 1 West side went through 3-2 against Tudor Sports after the tie finished 2-2 after-extra-time.
Riley Alford scored twice as Ashford won 4-1 at New Romney, while two-goal George Acland helped Metrogas to a 3-1 victory at Fleetdown United
Elsewhere Lee Friend, Lewis Longhurst, Mason Horne, and Kalum Diani netted as Farnborough Old Boys Guild finished 4-0 winners at Crockenhill.
Crocks lost Mike Fenn with a suspected broken jaw after a first half collision with his own goalkeeper’s knee, but a trip to hospital confirmed no break, only bruising.
Youngster Sam Harris made one and scored the other – “a 25-yard screamer” to earn the Man of the Match award as Cuxton 91 beat Welling Park 2-1.
Chipstead are also through – courtesy of an extra-tIme winner against Red Velvet.
LES LECKIE CUP
No shortage of goals as holders Sturry beat Canterbury City Reserves 7-5.
Trailing 1-0 early on, Mike Tritton scored twice – as they turned around 6-1 up. City hit back with three of their own, before Karl Williams got his second to make it 7-4, the students completing the 12-goal aggregate.
Stansfeld’s new Head Coach Del Oldfield oversaw his first win 2-1 at Hawkinge. Former player Oldfield returned to the club after leaving Phoenix Sports. He said: “I spent four years at Phoenix Sports where I managed at U16 and U18s. Last season I was in charge of the reserves and started this season as First Team Coach under Paul Bryon.
“Personal reasons mean’t that I could no longer commit to my role at the club, and felt it was both in mine and their best interests that I step down and away from the club completely, not a decision taken lightly, and done with an extremely heavy heart.”
He added: “I watched a few Stansfeld first team and reserve games, and have always been considered a Club Boy, so there’s always been an affinity there.
“They were always very complimentary of the work I did at Phoenix with a team virtually made up of second year U18s so when they decided to make a change within their own structure, they asked me if I’d be interested, and I jumped at the chance.
“It’s a role that suits me right now, and fits in with what I can commit to on a personal level.
“The first couple of weeks have gone extremely well, with the players buying into my ideas and implementing them extremely well in my first couple of games.
“Although we didn’t win against Crockenhill, we created enough chances to win the game twice over, and that continued against Hawkinge on Saturday, but this time we managed to get the goals, and deserved first win for the team and myself.”
Scorers Freddie Cray and sub David Duodu- Amoah set things up with Wardi Soulaimana replying for the home side.
Hawkinge Town confirmed Gary Brazier and James Everitt as interim managers late last week.
The club said: “We have taken the decision to move forward without manager Did Williams.
“We would like to thank him for all his efforts in what is a hugely challenging time for the club, and hope that he will remain with us.”
Barry Ryan hit his ninth goal in 10 games as Ide Hill beat Bromleians 4-2.
Beau Landau’s strike was the pick of the goals in K Sports Reserves won by the same score over Peckham Town.
Scott Higgins made it six in six as leaders Staplehurst Monarchs beat Faversham Strike Force 2-1.
More managerial news sees Otford United name Terry Donovan as assistant to Ricky Tompkins.
Striker Zach Jakubowski continued his prolific form with his second hat-trick of the season – both against Lydd Town Reserves – in the 3-1 win.
He hit four in the 5-1 Kent Intermediate Cup meeting between the clubs last month – and now has 10 in six games.
LONDON JUNIOR CUP
Holders HFSP and Ten-Em-Bee are enjoying themselves again in the competition – 14-0 winners against Danson Sports Reserves.
Long Lane, Club Langley, Equinoccial and Peckham Town Reserves also went through.
Saturday 19th October
Four matches have gone onto the Gallery page this week. League Photographer Julie Hoare was at Belvedere sports club first to watch Belvedere play Tudor Sports in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield. That was a fairly even affair, 1-1 at half time and 2-2 after 90 minutes. The game was finally won by Belvedere after penalties.
The next game visited by Julie was at Thamesmead – where she saw Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves play Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves in the Division Two West Match. This game ended 2-0 to the visitors with goals from Billy Hook and Rob Hughes.
Jane Hobart was at the Hospital Charity Cup , Junior Division match between Drummond Athletic and Welling Town Reserves. Drummond won this game, 2-1. Their goals came from Daniel Hickey and Gregory May. Welling’s goal was scored by Jefferson Aibangbee.
The final match was watched by David Terry. This was a London Junior Cup match between Puma Kings and Club langley. The KCFL side squeezed through to the next round by winning 4-3. Goals for CLFC came from Michael Costa, Tom Cowell, Michael Lambert and Nicos Spencer.
Pictures from all these matches can be found by clicking here
Equality & Discrimination
Both the Kent FA and the KCFL want to ensure everyone who is involved in football has a great experience – regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age.
In light of recent events well publicised in the world of football, the league would like all clubs to be aware that reporting procedures for equality and diversity issues can be found on the following link.
The guide, within the Kent FA link, is there to provide help to all those involved in Football around reporting incidences of discrimination. The information contained within the guide outlines what details are required to report any discriminatory incident that anyone in Kent may have experienced in football.
Get Into Refereeing – Become a Kent FA Referee
In order to qualify to attend a Referee Course, the ‘Get into Refereeing’ Workshop is a pre-requisite and forms Unit 1 of the Course. All Candidates who are 17 and under MUST attend with a Parent/Guardian, and the Parent/Guardian must remain for the duration of the Workshop. Please find below a list of venues/dates of the forthcoming workshops (the ‘BOOK HERE’ type is hyperlinked to the relevant booking forms).
LAST DATE – Monday 4th November – Colfe School (London ) Book Here
To enrol, you must enter your own FAN number, or create one if you do not have one. If you are booking on behalf of somebody else, please ensure you enter the details of the Candidate who wishes to enrol onto the course, and not your own!
Each workshop will begin at 18:45, with each space costing £12.50; payment being made through the online booking link only. All workshops subject to run, providing a minimum number of Candidates enrol. Referee Course dates WILL NOT appear on our website, but dates and venues will be provided only to those who attend. Only those who have attended a workshop will be permitted to enrol onto a Referee Course.
Please do help us to share this information with anyone else who may wish to become a Kent FA Referee. Whilst we do encourage players to ‘take up the whistle’, we expect all trainee referees to sign up to a League to gain independent appointments and not to officiate solely for one Club; if an individual is still playing, they may need to make a decision as to whether they continue to focus on this route in football, or indeed sacrifice this to focus on being a referee…it is difficult to balance both commitments.
For more information on refereeing and the courses – please click on the following link:
SITUATIONS VACANT & FRIENDLIES WANTED
Do you need new players or volunteers? After some pre-season matches? The latest vacancies and requests are listed below. For full details click here
CANTERBURY CITY UNIVERSITY – Seeking a Football Manager
PARKWOOD RANGERS – Looking for senior players to help with younger team recently promoted
BEXLEY FC – Looking for players
BEXLEY FC– Looking for a young Level One Coach
HAWKINGE TOWN FC – Are looking to increase their squad
JOHNSON & PHILLIPS FC – Are looking for a goalkeeper
LOKOMOTIV CANTERBURY – Re looking for new players
SNODLAND TOWN FC – Looking to Strengthen their squad
GOALKEEPER – Looking to play again
MANAGER LOOKING FOR NEW CHALLENGE – Have worked at Kent County Level
BROMLEIANS FC – Are looking for some one to join their management team
15th April 2020 – Les Leckie Cup Final @ Lordswood KO 19:30pm
6th May 2020 – West Kent Challenge Shield Final @ Rochester United FC KO 19:30pm
16th May (Saturday) 2020 – Inter Regional Challenge Cup Final @ Chatham Town FC KO 3pm
6th June 2020 – League Presentation Night – Mercure Hotel (Great Danes) , Maidstone, Kent.