Join In as Kent FA Thanks You!
The Kent FA will be shining the spotlight on volunteers as part of two weeks of celebrations aimed to reward and recruit volunteers.
From the 1st to 14th May 2017, football clubs and leagues from Kent will be sending, tweeting and posting their photos and saying thanks to the amazing volunteers that make football in Kent happen.
We need you to be part of it – so save the date!
The #KentFAThanksU campaign is led by the Kent FA Youth Council, together with the Kent FA.
Reward a special volunteer with a special #KentFAThanksU presentation
Over the course of the two weeks Kent FA Youth Council ambassadors and staff will be surprising some of our very special volunteers. If you have a volunteer in your club or league who deserves recognition and a thank you, click here to complete a short nomination form.
If selected the volunteer will receive a special thank you gift from the Kent FA as well as being great opportunity for the club or league to celebrate the vital role that person plays within Kent football.
Deadline for nominations is the 1 March 2017 so don’t miss out.
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.
ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 18th February 2017
Borden Village are looking forward to their first appearance in the Kent Reliance sponsored Intermediate Challenge Shield Final after a 2-0 win at Greenways on Saturday.
A goal in each half by experienced striker Ashley Baverstock clinched victory for the Sittingbourne village club, and they now meet Punjab United on Saturday April 1. “Great game to be involved in, “Greenways battled to the end -finals here we come” was Borden’s reaction after the victory. “Very disappointing day, we move on” was the verdict from the losers.
Punjab have their eyes firmly set on winning three trophies – League, Challenge Shield and the NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup. Luke Adams early strike put them on the way to a 2-0 win at Erith 147 Sports, and a home semi-final against Otford United next month. Player-boss Ricky Tompkins netted the winner as the Sevenoaks club beat New Romney 3-2. James Mansfield and Luke Blackaby put O’s 2-0 up before the visitors got level thorough Warren Smith and Nathan Hardwick including a penalty, before Tompkins settled the tie.
Lewis James’ double put Lewisham Athletic into the last-four, winning 2-1 at East Kent College. They meet the winners of this weekend’s tie between Greenways and Deal Community Sports.
In the Premier Division, Abraham Opuku scored his second hat-trick in successive games as Peckham Town beat Hildenborough Athletic 4-1, repeating their victory in the reverse fixture seven days earlier, Opuku now has 27 for the season.
Faversham Strike Force inflicted a 20th defeat of the season on Guru Nanak, winning 3-1 with Tyla Clements and Kyle Simmers among the scorers “Fifth in the table but look unable to defend title” was the message from the defending champions after the game.
Harry Goddard, Josh Hayward and Brad Jordan netted as Kennington won 3-2 at Farnborough OB Guild, Manager Dan Scorer named himself on the bench admitting: “Couldn’t have made it any harder for ourselves if we tried – bare bones and having to play myself – 3 pts is all that matters.”
Tom Morgans late equaliser earned Lydd Town Reserves a point in the 1-1 draw at Bexley. Aaron Lorentson netted for Staplehurst Monarchs United as they earned their first away draw of the season in 1-1 draw at Fleetdown United (Robert Lecomber). Staplehurst tweeted: “Quality performance from a depleted squad, everyone did their job, unlucky to get all 3 points, overall a draw was fair result.”
Chipstead’s Colme Deane scored both as Chipstead stayed top of Division 1 West beating AFC Mottingham 2-1. Tommy Rose also hit two as Old Roan beat Orpington Reserves 6-1 to move second.
Meanwhile League officials have been impressed by good club/player behaviour which does not get reported. Referee match reports include many more favourable reports than bad ones with 11 teams having 10 or less cautions and no red cards in this season. The best record is only four yellow cards for the whole season!
These impressive figures follow on from Guru Nanak praising Canterbury referee Phil Rowley for his recent performance, while Derek Peck praised Halls Athletic and Club Langley for an excellent game of football earlier this month. “A pleasure to referee both teams,” he said.
The new season has started and the Gallery returns with 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.
Andy Clay watched the mid-table Premier Division match between Bexley and Lydd Town Reserves which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Lydd Town goal was scored from a free-kick which Andy has expertly captured and shown here.
The NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup Quarter Final between Otford United and New Romney was covered by League Photographer, Julie Hoare. With both teams challenging for the top place in their respective first divisions it promised to be a close encounter and that proved to be the case. Otford led 2-0 at half time only for New Romney to pull the tie back to 2-2 before Otford notched the winner.
David Terry has supplied photographs of our third match, the clash at the top of Division 3 West which saw leaders Sydenham Sports bet Metrogas Reserves 3-1. David commented “This was a most enjoyable game where Sydenham piled on the pressure from the off, having a goal disallowed for offside then a strong penalty shout dismissed by the referee. The breakthrough eventually came just before the half hour mark when Sydenham’s number 12 rose high to head home. Metrogas looked to have levelled just before half time but saw their effort ruled out for offside and it was 1-0 going into the break! Second half saw the league leaders start strongly with a number of efforts, but it was Metrogas who pulled it level on 60 minutes when their number 16 was judged to have been brought down in the area and it was him that stepped up and coolly converted the resulting penalty. The scores didn’t remain level for long as Sydenham’s number 10 was first to a rebound making it 2-1.
Metrogas tested the Sydenham number one several times but there was only going to be one winner of this game and Sydenham sealed it on 88 minutes when Sydenham’s number 41 broke through to slide it home to jubilant celebrations and a 3-1 win. Mike T was there to capture the match and this is one I am eagerly awaiting post processing so I can watch it all again!”
With the help of @ we are launching the KCL_TV channel page which will feature video of Kent County League teams in action. Watch on your PC, tablet or smartphone.
Mike saw another high scoring game last Saturday when he covered Metrogas Reserves v Meridian VP Reserves which saw the home team win 5-1 and have a penalty saved!
Lots of goals feature in the two latest matches added to the channel. The Premier Division game between Metrogas and Borden Village produced 7 goals with Borden winning 5-2. The second game added is from Division 3 West, HFSP & Ten-Em-Be entertained Welling Town and the visitors left with a 4-2 victory.
Mike started the New Year by covering the NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Cup 3rd Round tie when Division One West team Otford United traveled to Premier Division Farnborough OBG. The result was something of a surprise as Otford left with a 3-1 win. In the next round they will be at home to New Romney from Division One Central & East.
To visit the page and view the video click here
The fixtures for March have been released for all divisions, League Cups, County and outside cup competitions. The forthcoming fixtures page will be further updated to show these as soon as possible.
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 11th February by Cyril Windiate when he visited Cobdown to make the Central & East award to Paul Atkins the manager of K Sports Reserves. They played two away league games in the month, winning both, against Rolvenden and Sutton Athletic Reserves.
Despite two very reduced weekends of fixtures enough qualifying matches were played to announce winners in all sections for January. The first two Manager of the Month presentations were made last Saturday to the Premier Division and Western Section winners.
Jugit Sian of Punjab United has now scored a hat-trick of wins and received his award from League Secretary, Gavin Hoare. Punjab United played their three matches at home in January winning all three, scoring 16 goals and conceding none! Their two league wins were against Guru Nanak and Lydd Town Reserves and in the NRG Gym ‘ Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup they defeated Staplehurst Monarchs United.
Cyril Windiate made the Western Section award to first time winner Richard Dimmock of Welling Town. The month started with a home win against Old Bromleians, from Division 2, in the NRG Gym ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield. This was followed by two league wins, away at Bridon Ropes and home against Drummond Athletic.
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.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS
Abraham Opoku (Peckham Town) leads the way with 21 goals, last year’s winner Daniel Hanshaw (Cuxton 91) is second, also on 21 but with fewer league goals. They are followed on 20 goals by George Goodwin and Luke Adams of Punjab United and Riley Alford (Willesborough Athletic). Finally, in the leading group are Luwayne Greenwood (Sydenham Sports) and Steven Brady (Old Bromleians) both on 19 goals.
Leading the way in other Divisions are in Division 1 Central & East – Timothy Sims (Rolvenden), Division 1 West – Steve Gillett (Long Lane), Division 3 Central & East – Matthew Lightfoot (Burgess Hodgson) and Division 3 West – Luke Whitehead (Metrogas Reserves).
Further details on all goal scorers can be found by clicking here
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.
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