A REMINDER FOR ALL TEAMS
The start of the new season (2019/20) will be as follows:
Premier Division – 17th August, with a full midweek programme on 20th or 21st August and a Full Premier Division programme on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.
Divisions 1,2,3 West and Central East will start on Saturday 31st August.
The Veterans Divisions will begin on Saturday 21st September
With this in mind please also remember the following:
Each Club must have at least fifteen Players per team registered fourteen days before the start of each playing season (Rule 18 (B) (ii) applies)
Failure to do so shall incur a fine for each registration short of the required number.
Premiership teams must have 15 players registered by the 3rd August.
Division 1,2,3 West and Central East must have 15 players registered by the 17th August
Veterans must have 15 players registered by the 7th September.
Andrew Gidley’s Roundup
Halls Athletic won the Hospital Junior Charity Cup beating Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves 3-0 in the final at Park View Road on Friday
It proved a lively finale to the season with three penalties, and two red cards, watched by a crowd of 160.
The raffle well supported and proceeds from this tie added to the senior contest staged on the previous Monday going to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Adam Whitnall and Matt Skopila converted the spot-kicks, with Russell Allen heading in the other.
Other news –
In the Premier Division, Peter Nolan has taken over at Bromleians, while Damien Abel and assistant Dominic Castle have left Hawkinge Town.
Jon Coppen and Dominic Welch are the new management team at Long Lane.
Wilson Frimpong replaces Daniel Mascoll at Dulwich Village.
The club said: “Thanks to Daniel for all his hard work. He will still play an important role, helping to take our club forward.”
This being the final round-up of the season I would like to thank all the managers and club officials who have helped this season.
To come we all have all the news from the Annual Dinner – and the AGM – two occasions to say “thank you “ to outgoing chairman Cyril Windiate who is not seeking re-election after 35 years in the post.
Keep in touch with other news from the league via our two twitter feeds.
BILL MANKLOW INTER-REGIONAL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
Kieran Woodley was the star of the show as Chipstead won the Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Cup, beating New Romney 5-2 played at Rochester United last Tuesday night.
The former Crystal Palace youngster’s hat-trick proved the highlight of the tie watched by more than 200 spectators.
The D1W side led 3-0 at half-time – James Fitchett fired them in front after only six minutes, before Joffy Shea doubled the leader from the penalty spot nine minutes later after being brought down by keeper Paul Egan.
Woodley added the third on 32 minutes, before completing his treble with two in the space of 10 minutes after the break – the third, the best – from around 30 yards.
Roy Godden and Billy Somerville scored two quick consolation goals as New Romney finished runners-up for the second successive year.
Chipstead’s victory followed them winning the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup on Good Friday, and finishing third in the league.
Manager Fred Dillon said: “It’s been a great night – and to be fair – a great season, my first with these lads.
“We were disappointed about the league, but we have done the cup double, which is great for the club, the players, and we are going home happy.
“We arrived here said let’s take the game to them and got some early success, and carried on them from there.
Dillon coached Woodley when he was a youngster at Palace.
“He is talent in his own right – top player -great, natural ability who could play higher, but I don’t want lose him.
“We have got a lot of top players who we have picked up from a higher level, but who can’t commit to twice a week training.
Kieran’s the same, he liked it here and it suits him.
“All three goals were special, but the third was the best – 100%.
“He scored a similar one in the Cup in the Charity Cup Final and he did it again tonight.
“I am really pleased for him and the rest of the lads.”
Pictures from the game can be found by clicking here
Bexley beat Kings Hill 9-2 in the final game of their season, but it won’t save them from relegation.
Harry Nash and Tom Harvey both hit hat-tricks, but a point deduction incurred earlier in the season proved crucial.
Willie O’Sullivan’s side went down 6-2 at home to Farnborough Old Boys Guild on Saturday.
Steve Townsend’s hat-trick, completed four minutes from time, Paul Lee, Kalum Daini and Mason Horne were Guild’s scorers –
Andrew Callaghan and Harry Nash getting two in four minutes after Bexley trailed 5-0.
Guild manager Luke Johnson reflected on his first full season in charge, admitting he is still making the transition from player to manager.
“I really enjoyed it, and I liked working with this group of players.
“From Christmas to now we have dug deep, got good commitment from the players, and had a settled squad.
“Looking ahead he said: “I will be looking for a top-five finish next season, which is where I think we should be as a club.”
Earlier In the day Guild players were involved in a club photo-shoot.
The reason was four-fold – a new kit launch – with a variation on the club’s usual red and yellow stripes, use on banners and promotion material around the club for the 2019/20 season, to introduce a new Under-12 Colts team – and to help publicising the club in the local community.
Guild’s online profile is already good due to the excellent club website, one if the best across the County League.
Tudor Sports Reserves were confirmed as West champions following the 2-2 draw against Peckham Town Reserves at Oxford Road.
Antony Tye scored twice to put Sports ahead before Klajdi Cani levelled things up in the second half.
Secretary Gavin Hoare was there to present the trophy.
Sports tweeted: “After a long season we finish on top. “Best defence in the league and undefeated at home.
“Massive respect to Parkwood Rangers who took us all the way. (They) showed some class at the end of the game as well.
“Congratulations on your promotion, and we will see you next year.”
(Pictures from this game can be found by clicking here)
Equinoccial clinched third spot, beating Danson Sports 4-1.
Danson led 1-0 at half-time before goals by
Alejandro Marin, Marlon Ortiz, Kevin Ramirez, and substitute Bryan Vinueza completed the win.
Manager Patricio Molina said: “It was a difficult game against one of the strongest teams in the division but we kept up the pace and turned the game around.
“Great season overall but definitely could have done better, we will go for it next season!”
In a message to their Instagram followers the club said: “We can’t complain about our stats; 84 goals scored and third position, but we could have definitely won the league. “Now we wait until the Kent County League makes the decision on how many teams will be promoted.
Thanks to all supporters, families, the pitch’s staff(great people) and especially all the players.
“Well done Equinonoccial! See you all soon for pre-season.”
Erith & Belvedere beat Sutton Athletic 5-3 in the Hospital Charity Cup Senior Final.
Pictures from the game can be found on the gallery page
LEAGUE COMMITTEE VACANCIES
The Kent County Football League would like to invite applications for the position of League General Secretary.
The successful applicant it is hoped, could work alongside the current Secretary until the end of the season being ready to take over in full at the League AGM in June.
Use of Whole Game System and Full-Time would be of great benefit, as they are the primary tools in the League. Full record keeping and being the first port of call on most matters are the main requisites for this post.
The successful applicant would join a very successful team that works well together and has very high standards that have been built up over many successful years.
The League would also like to expand its committee and add a Charter Standard Co-ordinator to oversee the League’s Charter Standard business and also a Ground Grading Co-ordinator to collate and maintain the League’s ground grading policy.
For an informal chat or to make a full application for any of these positions, please contact Gavin Hoare , League General Secretary.
REFEREES ONLINE APPLICATION 2019-2020
The online application form for Match Officials for the 2019-20 season is now open.
Please click here to complete and submit.
KENT FA PITCH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME
Kent FA is committed to improving pitches and supporting ground staff across Kent.
With this in mind they are introducing a monthly blog aimed to provide an insight into the world of Groundsmanship, while providing tips and advice to help pitches across the County flourish.
The blog is written by multi award winner and K Sports Head Groundsman, Scott Byers.
The latest edition is now available, to view the blog click here.
If you would be interested in the Pitch Improvement Programme email Lee Suter at the Kent FA by clicking here.
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
GOAL KEEPER – Looking for new team
CUXTON 91 – Looking for pre-season friendlies
TUDOR SPORTS FC – Require players in all positions
FAVERSHAM STRIKE FORCE SENIOR SIDE – Looking for a Striker and centre back
RUSTHALL RESERVES FC – Are looking to strengthen their squad for next season
BROMLEIANS FC – Are looking for managers and coaches
BURGESS HODGSON FC – looking to add to their squad
PROGRAMME EDITOR – Looking for Club
ROCHESTER CITY FIRST TEAM – Looking for players
ORPINGTON FC – Looking to strengthen their squad
17 YEAR OLD GOALKEEPER – looking for new club
SOUTHBOROUGH FC– are looking to strengthen for 2019/2020
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Goalkeeper looking for a new team
MANAGER AVAILABLE – with Kent County League Experience
Tuesday, 7th May 2019 – NRG Gym West Kent Challenge Shield Final – Venue: Sevenoaks Town FC – Kick-Off 7:30pm
Tuesday, 14th May 2019 – Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup – Venue: Rochester United FC – Kick Off 7:30pm
Saturday, 1st June 2019 – Kent County Football League Annual Presentation night at the Mercure Hotel, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RE
Monday, 17th June 2019 – Kent County Football League Annual General Meeting at The Appleyard, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE at 7:30 pm
Monday 12th August 2019 – League Clubs Meeting – Venue: ‘The Appleyard’, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE at 7:30pm