ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 18th November
Goals galore across the day’s League and Cup programme on a damp and dismal Saturday.
Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) led the way in the Premier Division with Michael Zanelli and Omar El Mantawy both scoring twice in an 8-3 win over Staplehurst Monarchs United. Aaron Kleman hit two as leaders Greenways continued their prolific ways, with three in each half on their way to a second successive 6-2 win over Metrogas.
Luke Blackaby’s hat-trick led Otford United to a 4-2 victory at Lydd Town Reserves. Two-goal Tommy Speer helped Tudor Sports record a third successive league win, 4-1 over Borden Village. Tom Barton netted for Faversham Strike Force in their 1-1 home draw against Peckham Town, before joining up with other Kent youngsters taking part in England Schools trials the following day.
Jack Mayhew scored twice as Kings Hill won 4-1 at Hildenborough Athletic to go top of Division 1 Central & East.
Steven Brady and Nick Craft hit five each as Old Bromleians registered the day’s biggest score, 13-0 at Orpington in Division 1 West. However home side boss Danny Wakeling was still full of praise for the beaten opponents.
He said: “I feel it’s right to pay respects to the O’s lads.
“They were dignified in defeat and showed highly admirable qualities to keep ploughing on in real adversity.
“It’s clear the club are having difficulties at present but I wish them well and they have enough history and pride to pull through.”
Welling Park upset Premier Division Fleetdown United 3-2 to progress in the NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter Regional Challenge Cup, along with New Romney, Farnborough Old Boys Guild and Club Langley.
Elsewhere in the competition, Matt Gething’s hat-trick and Dan Hanshaw’s double sent Cuxton 91 through 6-0 against Hawkinge Town, while substitute Riley Alford hit four as Deal Sports won 8-2 after-extra-time at Rolvenden. Jason Perry clinched K Sports Reserves’ 1-0 win at Hollands & Blair.
Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves, FC Elmstead Reserves, Johnson & Phillips, Welling Town and Red Velvet, 7-2 winners at Sydenham Sports, are through to the quarter finals of the NRG Gym ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield.
Meanwhile Halls Athletic members have voted unanimously to change the club’s status to a charity. The decision was taken at an EGM last Wednesday.
Kent FA & KCL Representative and club Life President Harry Martin ratified the vote and outlined the new future direction of the Princes Park club.
He was one of five “interim custodians” appointed, also including chairman Steve Vanstone and secretary Chris Michaelas, with the existing elected committee structure and function remaining unchanged until the 2018 AGM.
Following the vote, and close of the EGM, a further discussion followed, leading to the launch of an independent Focus Group from the membership.
The club statement said: “This is to ensure communication between the members and the ‘new charity’ is clear and able to continually relay the needs and wishes of the members as it unfolds.”
“We will reach out further for assistance with this as we look to survey the membership, gather lots of information and push forward with a credible and feasible community sports project.”
League Photographer Julie Hoare travelled to Kings hill today to watch the Division Two Central and East match between Wateringbury v Tonbridge Invicta. Despite the miserable weather, it was an entertaining well fought local derby with the home team edging a 3-1 victory. The visitors scored first and then Wateringbury equalised in the 20th minute with a goal from Jack Martin. They stayed equal until the 50th minute when Ross Norman scored a 2nd goal. Paul Manktelow put the 3rd away in the 79th minute. Well done to both teams.
Another of our photographers, Paul Roth was at rain-soaked Old Southfields for Greenways’ Premier Division fixture versus Metrogas. Luckily he was rewarded with an absorbing, entertaining affair contested by two sides hell-bent on playing attacking football. The game ended 6-2 to Greenways.
“A real cup tie that didn’t disappoint!! “Says our third photographer, David Terry, “ I kid you not, the game would have not disappointed the viewers had the BBC Match Of The Day cameras been there!!!!” And in case you are all wondering, this was Club Langley V Sutton Athletic Reserves in the Bill Manklow Inter Regional Challenge cup. There were two goals from Alvin Turyatemba and another from Lewis Bowler for Sutton but the goals were evenly spread amongst the team for club Langley – one each for Lawal, Travers, Willcox and Woods. Thus leaving the final score at 4-3 to the home team.
To view the gallery click here
The Rep team travelled to Aveley FC last night for the annual challenge match against the Essex Olympian Football League. As always this was a competitive match and the EOFL took an early lead with a fierce low shot into the left hand corner of the net. Following this the County League started to gain more control of the game and were rewarded with a first-half equaliser from Ali Amisu of Peckham Town. The second half saw a number of changes made to the team and a resolute EOFL defence limited our chances and midway through the half they took the lead and then added a third goal to seal their win.
Striker Adam Hill from Rochester City suffered a knee injury in the first half following a collision with the opposing goal keeper when both went in for a 50/50 challenge. Adam was unable to continue and we hope he will soon recover from his injury.
The match provided a good work out on a 3G pitch in advance of our FA Inter-League match against Jersey next month, it it anticipated the squad for this game will be announced next week.
Julie Hoare was in attendance of her photo gallery can be viewed by clicking here
ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
League wins have been hard to come by for Farnborough Old Boys Guild so far this season.
However they succeeded in turning the Premier Division form book on it’s head at third placed Peckham Town on Saturday as Jamie Spiteri’s impressive first half strike grabbed the points. A goal, stylish in both creation and execution, according to delighted manager Byron Beard.
He said: “It came after a great six player passing move, finished off from 25 yards, a real team goal.”
He added: “It was a good win and fully deserved.
“We brought in a couple of new players and they have started to settle in now, we defended well and had two or three good chances in the second half to extend our lead.
“The game in general was a great advert for the KCL with both teams playing good football and played in the right spirit.
“Unfortunately we picked up another two injuries which means more changes.”
Reflecting on the team’s season so far, Beard said: “Having won three on the bounce, we were disappointed to lose to New Romney, St. Peter and Tudor Sports, a game in which we had a couple of good chances, only for them to score with their only real one in the second half which was a credit to them.”
“Our start has not gone to plan and that’s due to two main issues which I think most teams face.
“We lost 14 players to the Southern Counties East League, and have had no few than 12 different centre back partnerships due to injuries (ligaments, triple leg break, ankle).
“We don’t pay and therefore work takes priority, so it’s hard to get the same 11 turning up every week to training and matches but we are working on that and the last two games has seen 10-11 individuals turn out each week which has seen the improvements.
“We had two players aged 36 and 38 year old playing at the weekend, while seven of the starting eleven came through the club from our 2nd/3rd and 4th teams showing the progression of the club on both Saturdays and Sundays.
“Hopefully Saturday’s result will put us back on the upward curve and we now have the IRCC tie (at home to Long Lane on Saturday) to look forward to.”
Lee Friend capped a good day for the Guild, scoring the winner for the Reserves in the 1-0 at Metrogas Reserves to progress in the NRG Gym ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield.
Elsewhere, 13-goal Carlum McCleod scored twice and Harry Goddard hit his fifth in as many games as leaders Kennington beat Faversham Strike Force 3-1. Two-goal Harry Gann, Brad Cross and three substitutes, Alex Clare, Aaron Kleman and Ty Omer netted as second placed Greenways won 6-2 at Staplehurst Monarchs United. Bexley are fourth, an own goal earning them their 1-0 home win over Metrogas.
Borden Village made it seven points out of the last nine, winning 4-1 against Lydd Town Reserves, goals by Liam Baxendale, Jack Sayer, Lee Sayer and sub George Latham.
Home wins too for Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) (3-1 against New Romney) and Tudor Sports (3-0 over Fleetdown United), Ross Morley on target again, his 16th of the season, and sixth in five games.
Wes Foord and Liam Dickson netted as Hawkinge Town won 2-1 at Kings Hill to join them and leaders Cuxton 91 on 21 points in Division 1 Central & East.
New boys Red Velvet top Division 3 West after a 4-0 win at Peckham Town Reserves.
Welling Town were 3-0 winners at HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee in their Kent Reliance Junior Cup Group A First Round tie.
Congratulations to Marc Vicary of Deal Town Rangers on being named October’s Aford Awards Eastern Section Manager-of-the-Month.
He received the award from chairman Cyril Windiate on Saturday, then saw his team beat Tenterden Town 3-2 in Division 3 Central & East.
He said: “I have been with DTR for 10 years as Assistant Coach and now Manager, my colleague Mike Drane has also been with the club for the same time.
“He started as a parent watching, then got roped into help and is now part of the coaching set-up.
“In the last two seasons we also recruited our friend Simon Farrow who has brought great experience to the club.”
He added: “We ensured we had a competitive squad by bringing in some old heads with experience to help the younger players.
“We now have a balanced group with ages ranging from 17 to 35 – including my son George and Mike’s boy Charlie who was captain against Tenterden at the weekend.
“We still have seven of our original under- eights squad playing an active part every week.
“I would like to thank the league for the opportunity to win the award, the club, my two very good assistants Mike and Simon, but most of all the whole squad for working so hard.”
League and Cup fixtures for December have now been released, the full list can be downloaded by clicking here
November fixtures can be downloaded by clicking here
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
League Chairman Cyril Windiate presented the Aford Awards Central & Eastern Section Manager of the Month trophy to Marc Vicary of Deal Town Rangers on Saturday, 11th November. During the month Deal Town Rangers had two League wins against Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves (A) and Faversham Town Reserves (H), in addition they had two wins in the Kent Reliance Junior Cup, Group A, against University of Kent and AFC Ashford Athletic.
On Saturday, 4th November, Chairman, Cyril Windiate was joined by Vice President Philip Smith in making the Western Section award to Clyde Pullen of Sydenham Sports who is the Aford Awards Western Section Manager of the Month for October. Following their promotion to Division two West Sports have continued their winning ways, In October they had league wins against Fleetdown United Reserves and FC Elmstead Reserves and a draw against division leaders Welling Town. They also had a win in the Kent Reliance Junior Cup Group A against AEI Sports.
They then moved on to Peckham Town’s Menace Stadium to make the Premier Division award to Dave Johncock of New Romney. Following their promotion they have now found their feet in the higher division and currently are unbeaten in 10 games. In October they enjoyed League wins against Metrogas, Lewisham Athletic and Farnborough Old Boys Guild and a draw against Kings Hill in the Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield, but lost the tie in a penalty shoot out.
All teams had disciplinary records within the League’s code of conduct to ensure their managers received their recognition.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS
Rochester City striker, Adam Hill, is the League’s leading scorer at the end of October with a total of 15 goals in Div 2 C&E. Hot on his heels are Matt Gething – Cuxton 91 (Div 1 C&E), Ross Morley – Tudor Sports (Premier) and Harry Taylor – Red Velvet (Div 3 West) each with 14.
Leading the way in other Divisions are in Division 1 West – Tom Bradshaw (Old Roan) 12, Division 2 West – Steven Smith (Nomads) 13 and Division 3 Central & East – Jamie Eilertsen (Deal Town Rangers) 10.
For full details of this seasons goal scorers click here
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”.
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
ROCHESTER CITY FC – Are looking to add a striker to our squad having recently lost our top scorer to a serious injury.
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Young player currently at Bromley FC Academy and looking to start playing first team football in North West Kent to help my development.
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Comfortable on the ball passer and good aerially as I’m 6ft5 and I’m looking for a good footballing side.
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – 18 year old right wing back. Previously at Tonbridge Angels U18s/U21s. I am now looking for First Team experience.
CC SPORT FC – Canterbury City Football Club and Canterbury Christ Church University have an exciting opportunity available for a person to join the management team for our reserve side CC Sport.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 15th November 2017 vs Essex Olympian League – Friendly
Venue: Aveley FC, Parkside, Park Lane, Aveley, Essex RM15 4PX – Kick-Off 7:45pm