ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
Lydd Town Reserves have saved their best results for their NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup campaign this season.
The 5-1 win over Metrogas at The Lindsey Field on Saturday clinched them the first semi-final spot, a third win in the competition, taking their goal tally to 18. Frankie Steer also continued his liking for the competition, netting twice, taking his tally to six. Joey Tibble added two more, following his double in the 4-2 win over Old Roan in the previous round. Lydd now meet either Lewisham Athletic or local rivals New Romney. Lydd sit second from bottom in the Premier Division table, but eight of their remaining nine matches are all at home.
The game was one of only seven involving member clubs to beat the latest bout of wintry weather which returned to wipe out the rest.
Top scorer Steve Whitehead was among the scorers as West Farleigh won 3-1 at Rusthall Reserves in the only Division 2 Central & East fixture.
Matthew Faithorn scored twice in F.C. Elmstead Reserves’ 4-1 Division 2 West win at Fleetdown United Reserves.
Matt Goldsmith hit two as Tenterden Town beat AFC Ashford 3-1 in Division 3 Central & East.
Leading marksman Alan Ajani also netted twice as Welling Town Reserves beat AFC Lewisham 7-1, their fourth successive Division 3 West win, following their 6-2 home success against Farnborough OBG the previous week.
FA INTER-LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL
York Minster Engineering League 4 v 1 Kent County Football League
The Rep team’s first semi-final appearance in the competition for 12 years ended in defeat at snowy Harrogate.
Home striker Chris Dyson headed over the bar after only two minutes, but Kent had their chances in the first 45 minutes.
Riley Alford saw his cross fall across the face of the home goal, while James Trueman saw his effort squirm off the keeper’s gloves for a corner. They fell behind nine minutes after half time when a defensive mix-up left Andy Simpson with the simple chance to score into an empty net.
Substitute George Latham put Kent level six minutes later, his third goal in two ties this season, lobbing the home keeper from the edge of the box.
Ali Amisu’s header was saved 13 minutes from time and then Adam Phillips nodded Sam Conlon’s corner just wide four minutes from the end, as extra-time beckoned again, following the win over the Essex & Suffolk Border League last month. It was York substitute Liam Sanderson who proved the match-winner with a 17-minute hat-trick.
Sent on 10 minutes from the end of normal time, he had already seen one shot touched for a corner by Kent keeper Jack Moore three minutes earlier, before breaking the deadlock seven minutes into extra-time.
He made it 3-1 two minutes after the break, before completing his treble, curling home a direct free-kick from the edge of the box.
He won the York League’s Man of the Match award, with Ryan Perkin winning the Kent vote from the hosts.
Darren Phillips reflected on the Kent County League’s FA Inter-League Cup semi-final defeat against the York League believing the 4-1 extra-time defeat at Harrogate was the team’s best performance over 90 minutes in the competition this season.
Ali Amisu and Adam Phillips both had chances to win the tie – inside the final 15 minutes of normal time, only for home substitute Liam Sanderson’s rapid hat-trick to settle the tie.
Rep team manager Phillips said: “The lad came on and made a massive difference.
“He had complete pace and the free-kick in the top corner (for the fourth goal) was absolutely brilliant.
“The scoreline was irrelevant in the end – and didn’t really reflect the way the game went.
“I think we had the best squad in the three ties we have played – and had more than enough chances to come away with the win in 90 minutes, but York done the job in extra-time.”
The run to the last four included come from behind wins at Dorset and Jersey, before a penalty shoot-out win over the Essex & Suffolk Border League. Just naming a squad was the hardest part for Phillips ahead of the opening round trip to Dorset. Numerous withdrawals left him with a scratch squad – many meeting for the first time at the pick-up point at Dartford.
He said: “The result was a surprise because I was just grateful that the ones who were there wanted to play.
“We then won in Jersey, by far the best team we have played, and I think we could have beaten the Essex & Suffolk Border with 10 men in normal time, if we had taken our chances.
“We then went to Yorkshire with the strongest squad – at one stage we had 25 players available, and it was hard to pick from, before people started to withdraw due to work etc.
“ I felt it was the biggest opportunity to reach the final we could have had – semi-finals are the worst place to lose.”
The game looks set to be the last in KCL representative football for long serving Otford United midfielder Jamie Knight.
Phillips said: “Jamie reckons it’s probably him done, and wants to know how many games he has played.
“I think he has been nearly every squad I have picked in my time in charge, which must be in the mid-20s,if not more, but the next competition isn’t likely to start until October/November 2019.
Phillips admitted it was tough on Knight’s Otford team-mates Rory Catt and Sam Truman who missed out on playing a part in the game against Yorkshire.
“Not everybody can play, but it’s all part of being a member of the squad, “ Phillips added.
As for coach Jack Deans he will continue scouting games for the rest of the season looking for the next crop of players to earn representative honours.
Team: Jack Moore (Welling Town), Mark Howells (Kennington), James Trueman (Greenways), Adam Phillips (Kennington), Ryan Perkin (Greenways), Joe Fisher (Kennington), Tom Scorer (Kennington), Sam Conlon ( Kennington), Riley Alford( Deal Sports), Ali Amisu (Peckham Town), Lemarl Hubbard (Welling Town).
Subs: George Latham (Borden Village) – replaced Lemarl Hubbard, Matt Hadlum (Kennington) replaced Joe Fisher, Jamie Knight (Otford United) replaced Riley Alford.
Subs (not used): Rory Catt, Sam Truman (Otford United).
This weekend our journey ended at our most northerly trip. It was a great game in the toughest conditions, where over ninety minutes, few would have argued had we’d won it. The final 4-1 score was not a reflection of how close the game actually was. Despite the conditions both teams produced some exciting football and the game remained very close until the last period of extra time.
FINAL 2018 FIXTURES
The final set of League and Cup fixtures have been published covering matches up to 12th May. Cup competitions are reaching their final stages and we are approaching the run-in to the various league campaigns. The full list can be downloaded by clicking on the link below
Please ensure you read the included letter from Fixtures Secretaries Brian Smith & John Quirke with regard to these fixtures.
The the full list and letter can be downloaded by clicking here
The March fixture list can be downloaded by clicking here
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The first of the February Manager of the Month awards was made on Saturday, 10th March by League Chairman, Cyril Windiate.
James Corne, Manager of Bexley FC received his second award of the season by being named the Premier Division Manager of the Month. His side were undefeated in their three games with League wins against Lydd Town Reserves and Metrogas and their third win against Hawkinge Town saw them reach the final of the Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield.
As always teams must have a disciplinary record within the League’s code of conduct to ensure their managers received their recognition.
Last weekend Andy Clay went to the Marathon Playing Fields to watch the Premier Division teams Stansfeld O&B and Peckham Town. It was a well matched affair with three goals each by the final whistle.
Julie Hoare visited her local side, Cuxton 91 where they were playing Hawkinge FC. This was a very entertaining game, with plenty of good football being played. It was watched by some Deal Sports players who were very interested in the result which ended 3-2 to Cuxton. This makes it very interesting at the top of Division One Central & East.
David Terry stayed at home to watch Club Langley versus Halls AFC .”A game of two halves” he says “Where despite Langley being awarded an early penalty, which the Halls goalkeeper made a fantastic save from, saw Halls dominate prior to finding the net only for it to be disallowed for offside. The second half saw Langley take control although failed to capitalise on their chances and the game finished level and probably the fairest result”
Our final Photographer was Colin Brazier who watched Farnboro’ Old Boys Guild play Lydd Town reserves in the Premiership game. This one ended 3-1 to the home side. The goal scorers can be found on Andrew Gidley’s weekly roundup.
Pictures from all these games can be found on the gallery page or by clicking here
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.
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