ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 17th February
Dale Davis proved the unlikely hero as the Kent County League reached the semi-finals of the FA Inter League Cup for the first time with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over the Essex & Suffolk Border League at Brantham on Saturday.
The Kennington midfielder took over between the posts with 25 minutes to play after Otford United’s No.1 Justin Lee was sent off for handling outside the area, and saved two spot-kicks as Kent clinched a last-four spot and a trip to face the York League next month. Not a bad way to celebrate your Rep XI debut as they came from behind to win for the third time this season, following victories in Dorset and Jersey.
Davis said: “I kept goal when I was a kid but have never played there in a match.
“I was always quite good at saving penalties, but it wasn’t what I expected to be doing.
“The first one went to my right and I pushed it away, and the second one went right in the corner on the same side.
“Justin was a little bit unlucky to be fair and there wasn’t much more he could have done, but it was a game that had everything.
“I went in goal after about an hour which I was glad about really as I was on a booking.”
Davis’ club manager Dan Scorer there to see him and three of his team-mates, brother Tom, Adam Phillips and Joe Fisher, scorer of Kent’s stoppage-time equaliser in action, said: “Dale’s a big lad and has a lot of confidence so I had a lot of faith in him when he offered to take on the responsibility.”
Scorer also reckons he has discovered a perfect replacement keeper, if Kennington need one in the future.
He added: “To be honest I wouldn’t have considered it before but after seeing him in action on Saturday he certainly will be now.”
The York League beat Staffordshire County League 4-0. The Amateur Football Combination host the North Riding League in the other semi-final, both due to be played by 24th March.
Rep call-ups mean’t several Premier Division games were postponed.
Michael Zanelli scored twice as Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) won 3-2 at Lydd Town Reserves. Tyler Norbert hit two for the second successive weekend as Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield finalists Bexley won 3-1 at Metrogas. Josh McCue’s winner earned New Romney the points at home to Fleetdown.
Three clubs fly the County League flag in the last four of the Kent Reliance Junior Cup (Group A) competition on Saturday week. Ashford celebrated a much delayed first game at their new home, Pound Leas Sports Field in Hamstreet, with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Rochester League side Gillingham Town.
Richard Floyd scored both Ashford goals, as Ryan Norman’s men conceded a second in extra-time to set-up penalties, goalkeeper James Atkins scoring one and saving two to clinch a home semi-final against Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves.
Welling Town are at home to Sevenoaks League Ightham in the other.
Farnborough Old Boys Guild completed the quarter-final line-up in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup, with a 4-2 extra-time win at Division 1 West side Welling Park. Park, playing their first game for more than a month, led 2-0 through Adam Fahy’s double, before Guild pulled level at the end of 90 minutes, going onto score twice into extra-time. Lamar Myers, Taylor Bowley, Ray Knight and Steve McQueen were the scorers.
Holders Welling Town reached the semi-finals of the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield, beating Sporting Club Thamesmead 4-2 on Friday night in a tie featuring three penalties. Lemarl Hubbard converted one for Town, with Ryan Leaver and League top scorer Stephen Weatherly on target for SCT in a tie watched by more than 200.
Aylesford chairman James Fuller is vowing to keep the club in the league despite disappointing results.
Speaking in the wake of the club’s 17-0 hammering at AEI Sports, after three players left the ground at half-time, he said: “As a club and committee we are desperate to get things right.
“I know after taking the team from the Maidstone & District League into the KCL, it was the right decision and where I still believe the club should be with the excellent facilities and people we are lucky to have.
“I feel first team manager Kevin Bevis is the right guy to move the team forwards, he is great with lots of passion & dedication.
“We will continue to review the team’s situation over the next few weeks, the current goal is to finish the season stronger than we have started and then build on that into next season.
Sean McHugh of Faversham Town Reserves is this week’s Video Goal of the Week scorer captured by Chris King.
An impressive right foot top corner finish is still rising as it hits the net during the 5-2 Div 3 Central & East win over Deal Sports Reserves at Sharsted Sports Club, It had attracted over 1200 views by earlier this week, although one of his team-mates does seem to suffer a blow in the face during the build-up, missing the moment as McHugh runs away to celebrate.
To view the goal click here
KENT COUNTY LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE XI
FA Inter League Cup 3rd Round – Saturday, 17th February 2018
Essex & Suffolk Border League 1 v 1 Kent County Football League -AET – KCL win 4-3 on penalties
The Rep teams’s journey in the FA Inter-League Cup continues, our third away trip, third time we go a goal behind and our third win sees the team secure a semi-final place!
The first half was evenly contested with neither side taking control and with few clear cut chances being created the score was 0-0 at the break. Just 5 minutes into the second half the home team took the lead, a through ball put Lawrence Hale through and he slotted confidently into the bottom corner. Just 5 minutes later things appeared to get a lot worse for the KCL team when keeper Justin Lee came out of his area and handled the ball seeing him receive a straight red card.
This caused a major re-organisation, as with no substitute keeper Dale Davis took over the gloves, at the same time the team decided to take the tie to their opponents and dominated the remainder of the half. The ESBL relied mainly to long balls for their speedy forwards with most dealt with comfortably by Davis. The KCL did have some good fortune when a rare time the ESBL did get into the box the ball firmly struck the post with the rebound being blazed over the bar.
The 10 men from Kent continued to dominate the game and their efforts were rewarded in time added on when following some neat passing, substitute Joe Fisher fired across the keeper into the right hand corner. Following the goal team numbers were evened up when an ESBL player received a red card for an off the ball incident.
The KCL team remained on the front foot throughout extra time but neither side could add to the score so the game finished 1-1 and penalties would decide the game.
Replacement keeper Dale Davis stepped up to the plate saving two of the ESBL kicks before Ali Amisu confidently scored his penalty to secure the 4-3 win a very hard fought match.
In the Semi-Final the KCL team will travel again having been drawn away to the York Football League on a date to be arranged.
Team: 1. Justin Lee (Otford United); 2. Ross Penrose (Greenways); 3. Jamie Knight (C) (Otford United); 4. Dale Davis (Kennington); 5. Sam Trueman (Otford United); 6. Adam Phillips (Kennington); 7. Rory Catt (Otford United); 8. Ryan Perkin (Greenways); 9. George Latham (Borden Village); 10. Ali Amisu (Peckham Town); 11. Tom Scorer (Kennington).
Subs: 12. Jake Jess (Deal Sports); 14. Riley Alford (Deal Sports); 15. Joe Fisher (Kennington); 17. James Trueman (Greenways).
MARCH 2018 FIXTURES
The March League and Cup fixtures have been published, cup competitions are reaching their final stages and we are approaching the run-in to the various league campaigns.
The the full list can be downloaded by clicking here
The February fixture list can be downloaded by clicking here
On another wet and windy day, seeing a good number of games being called off throughout the league, photographer Julie Hoare managed to find a game on at Khalsa Road, Gravesend where she saw Guru Nanak play Kings Hill. The game ended 2-0 to the visitors.
Pictures from the game can be found on the gallery page and by clicking here
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The monthly presentations were completed on Saturday, 10th February by League Chairman Cyril Windiate. He made the Premier Division award to Dave Joy of Tudor Sports FC. Four league matches resulted to two home wins against Metrogas and Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey), a win away at New Romney together with an away draw at Faversham Strike Force earned the award for Dave.
The presentations were completed when for the second month running Peter Stanton & Michael Betts of AEI Sports FC received the Eastern Section award. In the League there were two wins, Faversham Town Reserves and Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves and a draw against fellow title challengers Deal Sports Reserves. They also had a win in the Maidstone Charity Cup against AFC Ashford Athletic Reserves.
The first of the January Manager of the Month awards was made on Saturday, by League Secretary, Gavin Hoare.
Four games, three away from home, four wins, nineteen goals scored and three against was a record that secured the Aford Awards sponsored Western Section trophy for Danny Wakeling of Old Bromleians FC. The three away wins were against Old Roan, Long Lane and Halls AFC and the month ended with a home win against Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) Reserves. Saturday saw them collect another win which sees them sitting top of Division 1 West by 12 points.
As always teams must have a disciplinary record within the League’s code of conduct to ensure their managers received their recognition.
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
MANAGER SEEKING CLUB – Manager looking for a club. I have had 15 years experience at county level.
AYLESFORD FC – Are looking for players in all positions to come in and rebuild the squad in preparation for the 2018/19 season.
AFC BEXLEY – Are looking for a Goalkeeper plus players in any positions.
ROCHESTER CITY FC – Of Kent County Division 2 Central & East are looking to add 1 or 2 new additions to the squad.
SECRETARY AVAILABLE – After many years as a manager/coach I have decided to step down, so I am offering my services as a club secretary, as I still wish to remain involved in Kent football
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Flexible forward looking for a club. I can play all across the front line but best out on the right wing.
GROUND AVAILABLE – At STC Sports Club we have 2 full size pitches good enough for standard of Kent County League.
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – I am 25 years old and can play in defence or CDM, willing to play at any or lowest division,
ORPINGTON FC – Are looking for players of all positions to join a close knit team who want to develop a strong team.
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – 20 year old full back/winger, previously played for Hythe Town, Ashford United Youth, looking for new team in East Kent.
COACH SEEKING CLUB – Retired UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach seeks progressive club looking to progress through to the next level of football.
The leading goal scorers list has been published, this includes all League and League Cup goals scored up to Saturday, 27th January.
Stephen Wetherley (Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves) with 33, has raced ahead of his nearest challenger who remains Harry Taylor (Red Velvet) he has now scored 28 goals. Both play in Division Three West.
Heading the Premier Division list is still Carlum Mcleod (Kennington) with 20 goals followed by Ross Morley (Tudor Sports) with 18.
In Division One Central & East, Riley Alford (Deal Sports) now tops the list he has 21 goals of which 17 are League goals, this places him ahead of Daniel Hanshaw (Cuxton 91) who also has 21. Matt Gething (Cuxton 91) is on 19 goals.
Lewis Longhurst (Halstead United) has increased his total to 22 in Division One West, he is followed by Tuguy Ali (AFC Mottingham) who has 14 goals.
In Division Two Central & East the race is very close. Adam Hill (Rochester City) and Danny Rowe (Wateringbury) both have scored 17 goals; Adam leads the list having scored one more League goal. One behind is Matt Lightfoot (Burgess Hodgson) on 16.
Samuel Dangerfield (Sydenham Sports) and Stephen Smith (Nomads) both have 13 goals in Division Two West. At this stage Samuel has scored 5 more League goals.
In Division Three Central & East, Dale Horton (AFC Ashford Athletic) has moved up to 23 goals giving him a clear lead over Ellis Hutton (AEI Sports) who has 19.
For further details, 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
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
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,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