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
ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 12th August
Seven players scored twice in the opening weekend of the new Premier Division season on Saturday.
Joe Abbott and Owen Griffiths hit two each for Bexley in the biggest win of the day, 5-1 at home to Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Former champions Faversham Strike Force, under new management this season started well with a 4-2 win at promoted New Romney. Chris Axford, son of Chairman and club founder Gary, got a couple, with Conor Young and an own goal completing the tally. Roy Godden and Reece Palmer netted for Romney.
Ryan Easter made sure Lydd Town Reserves started the season well, with two in the 4-1 win at Staplehurst Monarchs United. Tom Morgans and substitute Niall Gordon added the others.
Substitute Alex Clare came off the bench to net his double as last season’s runners-up Greenways began with 3-2 win at Borden Village. Aaron Kleman got the other, with Ashley Baverstock and George Latham on target for the hosts. Carlum McLeod hit two for Kennington in their 3-2 win over Peckham Town, in the meeting of two of last season’s top-four. Joe Fisher got the winner five minutes from time.
Mark McKenna, Michael Zanelli and substitute Omar El Mantawy netted for Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) as they claimed the third odd goal in five win over Tudor Sports. Ross Morley converted twice from the spot for the visitors. He put them in front just before the half hour before Stansfeld levelled two minutes later with a free-kick from just outside the box. Morley converted his second penalty 10 minutes after the break, Stansfeld making it 2-2 soon afterwards. Sports had another effort ruled out for offside, before Stansfeld settled the contest with an 80 minute winner.
Alfie Coates clinched an opening day win for Metrogas and new first team manager Mark Warner with the only goal of the game at Fleetdown United.
Five games and 30 plus goals has already set the bar high as a new season takes shape.
Hildenborough Athletic have unveiled their new management and coaching team.
The appointment of Jay Bray, Matt Toms and Alan Swift comes ahead of the club’s opening Division 1 Central & East game of the new season at Guru Nanak on Saturday week.
The club said: “Between them they have a wealth of experience, both playing, managing and coaching at a proficient level. “Matt has played for and managed both at Maidstone and Whitstable, while Alan has been a prolific County League player and recently coached Stones under-21s.
“They collectively aim to apply their knowledge and skill to achieve a responsible and progressive approach to the development of Hildenborough Athletic FC.”
Dennis Hughes has been appointed the club’s new secretary.
The Gallery pages return for the 2017-18 with the first match being Kennington v Peckham Town which was covered by our League Photographer Julie Hoare.
Kennington held a 2-0 lead at half-time with both goals scored by Carlum Mcleod. Within 10 minutes of the restart the scores were level following a brace from Ali Amisu. Kennington secured the 3 points with a goal in the 85th minute from Joe Fisher.
To view the gallery click here
NEW COMPETITIONS FOR 2017-18
The Kent County League is delighted to announce it will be adding a Veterans Division for the coming season. In addition the League will be undertaking the administration of the historic Hospitals Cup competition.
Building on our partnership with the Kent FA discussions were held with them and a number of teams keen to play Veterans football. A meeting was held with those interested and nine teams have signed up to take part in the inaugural division.
Lee Suter, Senior Football Development Officer at the Kent FA commented “We have seen a great interest and growth in veteran’s football with more and more people wanting to remain active within the game but in an appropriate and flexible environment. Veterans football offers this to over 35’s including those transitioning from the more conventional setting of 11v11 football or those wishing to return to the game.
I am delighted one of our flagship leagues in Kent has the foresight and desire to offer this provision within their already successful structure. This is a really exciting project and I am looking forward to seeing it grow and flourish”.
The Hospitals Charity Cup Competition has a history going back to 1922 and includes teams from both the Kent County Football League and the Southern Counties East Football League.
Cyril Windiate, League Chairman, commented on these two additions “The Kent County League are delighted to announce they are taking over the administration of two established competitions thus enabling them to continue into the future.
Both competitions compliment the ethos of the League with the Hospitals Charity Cup now about to enter it’s ninety sixth season. It has been instrumental in providing significant donations to many worthwhile causes and only recently presented a cheque for £1,700 to the Kent Air Ambulance, a record for the competitions.
The Veterans League will complement the extremely popular Kent Veterans Cup and allow competitive football to flourish for players that may otherwise be lost to the game”.
LEAGUE PARTNER FAMILY CINEMA FUNDAY
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.
Latest updates include the Welling park v Crayford Arrows from Division 2 West, the Premier Division game between Kennington and Punjab United and in Division Three West, Sydenham Sports v HFSP & Ten-En-Be, see Sydenham score their 100th league goal in the season.
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
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
HILDENBOROUGH ATHLETIC FC – Are looking for good standard players for the new season.
METROGAS FC – Are looking for a new reserve team manager for the 2017/18 season. Also, they are looking for new players to strengthen their Premier Division and Division 2 West sides.
AEI SPORTS FC – (Division 3 Central/East) are looking for a couple of players to complete their squad for the 2017-18 Season, must be committed to training and weekly fixtures.
K SPORTS FC (Sunday) – Are looking to build on last season’s Runners Up finish in the M&MKSFL Premier Division – we are always looking for quality players to improve the squad
OTFORD UNITED FC – A well established football club are urgently seeking experienced players and young talent for the 1st Team in which will playing in the Kent County Premier Division.
PARKWOOD RANGERS FC – Are seeking new players for the coming season. We play out of Bexley Park S&SC
LARKFIELD & NEW HYTHE WANDERERS FC – I am Dave Andrews the new manager of Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers. I am looking for experience players with the right attitude to help me to move the club on.
TONBRIDGE INVICTA FC – We are still looking for a decent centre forward. Must be able to train Tuesdays and be available most Saturdays .
TONBRIDGE INVICTA FC – We are recruiting for a new assistant manager to work alongside our manager, fitness coach, and goalkeeper coach .
BEXLEY FC – First team are holding open trials every Tuesday at St Marys Recreation Ground, Lesley Close, Bexley, DA5 1LX from 7:15pm.
BEXLEY FC RESERVES – Are holding open trials every Saturday at Avery Hill, Eltham from 10:00am and Wednesdays at Hall Place, Bexley (Meet in car park) from 7:00pm.
OLD ROAN FC – Are looking for an experienced Manager/Coach for the forthcoming 2017/18 season. Our team came 4th in Division 1 West last season and are looking to progress.
BEXLEY FC RESERVES – Are looking for players in all positions.
BEXLEY FC – First Team are looking for players in all positions.
WEST FARLEIGH FC – Are looking to add more players to their squad. The club (two teams) starts pre-season training in July
SOUTH EAST ATHLETIC FC – Are looking for new players to join us for the 2017/18 season for both First and Reserve teams.
IDE HILL FC – Have a new A Licence manager in place and this season will play in Division 1 West. The club is looking for good committed players to join a strong squad and help them to push on .
PECKHAM TOWN FC – Are seeking goal keepers for both their Premier Division First team and the Division 3 West Reserves.
HALLS AFC – The Reserves are currently looking for a new manager for the 2017/2018 season.
TONBRIDGE INVICTA FC – After gaining promotion to Division 2 Central & East in our first season back in the Kent County League we are still looking for 1 or 2 strikers and a centre back for the coming season .
ASHFORD FC – Are holding trials on Saturday, 24th June at Appledore Recreation Ground, 10:00am to 12:00 noon.
ROCHESTER CITY FC – Newly promoted to Division 2 Central & East, we are looking for proven county league players who want be part of a club with great ambition.
FAVERSHAM STRIKE FORCE FC – Are looking for a 1st team goal keeper to play in the Kent County League Premier Division 2017/18 season.
BEXLEY FC – Are looking for an assistant referee to assist their Reserve team every week Home & Away if available.
TONBRIDGE INVICTA FC – We are currently looking for 1 or 2 strikers of a good standard and who are looking at joining a club with great ambition. We are also looking for a centre back as well.
CHIPSTEAD FC – With a new first team management in place, Chipstead are keen to follow on from the great progress they made last year and are looking to recruit new players to help take them to the next level.
OTFORD UNITED FC – A well established football club are seeking new management for the 1st Team.
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.
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