WILLIAM MILLER – GREENWAYS FC
It is with the deepest sadness that we advise that William Miller, Secretary of Greenways FC, passed away on 7th March. Willie was a stalwart of both his club and the League. He was twice winner of the Secretary of the Year Award in 2007-08 and 2009-10, he was the League’s Personality of the Year in 2015 and in the same year he received a Long and Meritorious Service award from the Kent FA.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to Willie’s family and friends at the very sad time.
The funeral service will take place on Friday, 31st March 2017 at Gravesend Crematorium, Gravesend Road, Shorne, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3JH at 3.00pm, all are welcome to attend.
It has been requested that only close family send flowers. However, if anyone wishes to make a donation to the RNLI this can be done through Morris & Partners Funeral Director at 39 Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1BA.
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.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FEBRUARY GOAL
Recently added games include the Sevenoaks Charity Cup Semi-Final between Chipstead and Otford United, the NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup Semi-Final featuring Punjab United and Otford United and the Kent Reliance Junior Cup Group A Semi-Final between Metrogas Reserves and Cuxton 91, which took 17 penalties to decide!
To visit the page and view the video click here
ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY UPDATE
SATURDAY, 18th March 2017
Punjab United’s chances of the treble, Premier Division title, Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield and NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup, are still on following their 3-1 win over Otford United in the semi-finals of the league’s premier cup competition.
George Goodwin, Arun Suman and Luke Adams’ late third saw them home to a 15th successive win in all competitions, and now await the winners of this weekend’s meeting between Lewisham Athletic and Greenways. Punjab tweeted: ” Another final, credit to Otford United who battled well and gave us a hard game.”
Peckham Town’s Sharpshooter of the Year favourite Abraham Opoku netted his 36th goal of the season in the 2-0 win at Erith 147 Sports. Rohan Howitt added the other. The win leaves them five points behind United, and two clear of Borden Village who beat Hildenborough Athletic 5-0. “Still alive and kicking! Fighting to stay up” was the midweek message from the Tonbridge villagers, but they finished second best at Borden. Ashley Baverstock, Sam Brown’s penalty, Jay Law, Joe Sands and an own goal, were Borden’s scorers as they bounced back from successive defeats.
Greenways, fourth, with games in hand on their rivals, beat neighbours Guru Nanak 4-1. Josh and Aaron Kleman, his 13th if the season, Jonathan Rogers and player-manager Rob Jeffery were on target.
Richard Quigley scored twice as Kennington claimed their biggest win of the season, 7-1 at home to Lydd Town Reserves. Quigley started and finished the scoring, as his side hit four in 25 minutes in the first half. Dale Davis, Joe Fisher, Alastair Griggs, Dan Shearing, and Tom Scorer added the others.
Fleetdown United led twice in their 2-2 home draw with Faversham Strike Force, Richard Akers got both with Chris Axford and Conor Young on target for Strike Force. Tyler Norbert moved into double figures as Bexley beat Farnborough Old Boys Guild 3-1. Rob Briley’s hat-trick earned Staplehurst Monarchs United their third away win, 5-1 at Metrogas who have lost their last five.
Paul McDonagh was in charge for the first time as Ide Hill won 3-2 at Holland & Blair Reserves in Division 1 Central & East. He has taken over for the rest of the season after Keith McGinn and Wally Paxton announced they were stepping down after four years in charge last week. Meanwhile Ide Hill player Jack Edmeads is swopping boots for gloves and stepping into the ring at a charity boxing event at the Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel on Sunday week to raise funds for Cancer Research. “I have been going through eight weeks of training with coaches,” he said. Anyone who wants to donate to Jack’s fund can find all the details on the club website.
In Division 1 West Chris Diamond, Lewis James and Reece Morgan netted for Lewisham Athletic in their 3-2 win at Old Roan. They close the gap on Chipstead to five points – Nicholas Adamou scored twice for Roan.
Two-goal Adam Hill steered Rochester City into their first NRG Gym ‘Les Leckie’ Cup Final with 3-0 semi-final win at AEI Sports. Jordan Wylie got the other to put them thorough and now meet Cuxton 91 at Faversham Town on Wednesday, 5th April.
The Gallery returns now has a completely new look. On the Gallery page matches can be viewed by month played, division or via the match index. The layout has been updated to improve the viewing of the match photographs. To view the Gallery page click here.
Four games added this week thanks to Julie Hoare, Andy Clay and David Terry.
Julie covered two games. Firstly, the NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup Semi-Final between Punjab United from the Premier Division and Otford United from Division One. Punjab remain on course for a League and Cup double with a 3-1 win, their scorers were George Goodwin, Arun Suman and Luke Adams whilst James Shield netted for Otford.
The second match was the Premier Division clash between local Gravesend rivals Greenways and Guru Nanak. Greenways won 4-1 with goals from Robert Jeffrey, Aaron Kleman, Joshua Kleman and Jonathan Rogers. Rikki Fanelli scored for Guru Nanak.
Andy Clay saw Stansfield (O&B) Reserves win 2-1 against Halls AFC in Division 1 West, with goals from Tom Smith and Lennie Wise.
Finally, David Terry took in the Division 3 West match which saw leaders Sydenham Sports maintain their unbeaten run with a 3-0 win over Parkwood Rangers.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS
Abraham Opoku (Peckham Town) has extended his lead at the top with 34 goals, some 5 ahead of last year’s winner Daniel Hanshaw (Cuxton 91) who is on 29 goals. They are followed on 28 goals by Riley Alford (Willesborough Athletic) with George Goodwin and Luke Adams of Punjab United both on 25 goals this season. Finally, in the leading group are Luwayne Greenwood (Sydenham Sports) and Luke Blackaby (Otford United) both on 22 goals.
Leading the way in other Divisions are in Division 1 Central & East – Timothy Sims (Rolvenden), Division 2 West – Steven Brady (Old Bromleians) and Division 3 Central & East – Adam Hill (Rochester City).
Further details on all goal scorers can be found by clicking here
FIRST AID COURSE
The League has arranged for a further course to be held and the details are:
Date: Monday, 3rd April 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Fleetdown United FC, Heath Lane (Lower), Dartford, Kent DA1 2QH
The FA Emergency First Aid Course trains club representatives in resuscitation and life-saving skills. This course covers Incident Management, Assessing the casualty, Recovery position, CPR, Heart attacks, Choking, Asthma and Head injuries.
Spaces are limited and if your club need to train new personnel or have others that need to renew their qualification please book immediately. Contact James Hatton-Brown for further details by clicking here.
The fixtures for the remainder of the season have been released for all divisions, League Cups, County and outside cup competitions. These fixtures cover the period from 1st April through to 13th May. The forthcoming fixtures page will be further updated to show these as soon as possible.
For the final fixture list click here
For the March fixtures list click here
Please note all fixtures are subject to change, latest fixtures can always be found by viewing the Forthcoming Fixtures page. Also, as per League Rule 10(C) a club may be given a revised fixture with 5 days clear notice, therefore only after this deadline has passed can you consider that you have not been allocated a fixture.
AFORD AWARDS MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The final award was presented on Saturday, 11th March to the Eastern & Central winner Matthew Lightfoot the player manager of Burgess Hodgson FC. This is a first award for Matthew as his team secured two league wins against University of Kent at home and Tonbridge Invicta away. In addition they recorded a home win against Ashford in the Invitation Cup. Apart from managing the side Matthew contributed on the pitch as well, scoring four goals in the month.
League Chairman Cyril Windiate made two of of the February awards on Saturday and he met familiar faces!
Jugit Sian of Punjab United received his fourth Premier Division Manager of the Month Award. Punjab United played three qualifying matches in January and won all three, league wins against Kennington and Farnborough OB Guild at home and an Inter-Regional Challenge Cup tie at Erith 147 Sports. In addition they defeated Long Lane in the Semi-Final of the Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield.
The Western Section award was presented to Clyde Pullen of Sydenham Sports, his second award of the season. His team won all four of their Division 3 West matches, away at Meridian VP Reserves, Bridon Ropes Reserves and Welling Town and a home game against Metrogas Reserves.
As always teams are required to have an excellent disciplinary record during the month to secure the award.
For full details of this seasons Manager of the Month awards click here.
The Kent FA has recently announced the match officials for their 2016/17 County Cup Finals and we are delighted to report that many of those officials have officiated in the Kent County League. Congratulations to Harry Phillips, Andrew Wheaton, Alan Escudier, Josh Smith, Mike Sullivan, Ian Cowell, Billy Woods, Derek Peck, Steve Todd, Peter King, Ryan Chantrill-Smith, John Baigan, Dan Friar, Mike Donnelly, George Lowe, Tom Burman, Keiran Stoneman, Dan Blades, Ryan Andrew, Josh Weller, Will Sanderson and Mark Bellamy.
It is immensely pleasing that so many of our officials have been rewarded with these prestigious appointments.
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
COUNTY CEO TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DEMELZA
Paul Dolan, Kent FA CEO, is running the 2017 London Marathon. His chosen charity is Demelza Hospice Care for Children, the County FA’s charity partner. The partnership aims to bring the football family in Kent together with the goal of raising enough money to update the soft play room at Demelza’s HQ in Sittingbourne. This valuable facility gives children a safe and fun space for family time, using sensory play.
Demelza is a children’s hospice charity providing vital care to families. They are all about life – to help those who may not live a long life to live a full life. They provide compassionate and expert care for babies, children, young people and their families when they need it the most. They are here to enable families to stay and play together. To enjoy quality time in a quality place, supported by quality care.
We know that many of our clubs support Demelza and may wish to support Paul’s aim of raising £2,000 with his run. If so, you can do so at Paul’s Just Giving page by clicking here
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
KENT COUNTY LEAGUE – The League are looking to appoint a Results Coordinator, availability on Saturday afternoon essential.
METROGAS FC RESERVES – Metrogas Reserves are looking for a new manager for the 2017/18 season.
METROGAS DEVELOPMENT TEAM – Are looking for a manager to assist with a new development team for the 2017/2018 season.
GOALKEEPER SEEKING CLUB – I am an experienced young goalkeeper. I am looking for a club to join local to the Bexley area.
OLD ROAN FC – Are looking for an experienced manager to take over our first team next season.
JOHNSON & PHILLIPS FC – Are looking to appoint a new management team for next season.
AYLESFORD FC – We as a club are looking to bring in experienced players for next season and we want to put out a 2nd team as well.
PITCH FOR HIRE – At STC Sports Club, Ivor Grove, London SE9
MANAGER/COACH LOOKING FOR CLUB – I am looking for a team to Manage/Coach, I am a UEFA B licenced coach and Level 2 Goalkeeper coach.
AYLESFORD FC – Aylesford Football Club are looking to appoint a Club Secretary.
COACH LOOKING FOR CLUB – Coach looking for a coaching role in a KCFL 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.
LEAGUE CUP DRAWS
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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.
Cup Final Dates sponsored by NRG Gym
Wednesday 26th April 2017 – ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield – Sevenoaks Town FC – KO 7.30pm
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 – ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter Regional Challenge Cup – Chatham Town FC – KO 7.30pm
Wednesday 5th April 2017 – ‘Les Leckie’ Cup – Faversham Town FC – KO 7.30pm
Saturday, 3rd June 2017 – Annual Presentation Dinner – Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RE
Wednesday, 14th June 2017 – Annual General Meeting – UKP Leisure, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE
Monday, 7th August 2017 – League Clubs Meeting – UKP Leisure, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE