FA Inter League Cup 3rd Round
Essex & Suffolk Border League v Kent County Football League
Saturday, 17th February 2018 – Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Venue: Brantham Athletic FC, Brantham Leisure Centre, New Village, Brantham, Essex CO11 1RZ
ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 10th February
League Chairman Cyril Windiate has praised Division 3 Central & East strugglers Aylesford for refusing to the throw in the towel, despite finishing on the wrong end of a 17-0 mauling by leaders AEI Sports at on Saturday.
The Maidstone villagers, 4-0 down at half-time, were forced to play the second half at Crockenhill with nine men, on the way to conceding double figures for the second time this season, having lost the reverse fixture 13-1 in October.
Mr Windiate was there to present the Aford Awards Eastern Section Manager of the Month award to AEI joint-bosses Peter Stanton and Michael Betts, their second award in successive months.
He said: “I arrived at the ground around 15 minutes before the final whistle and was told the score was 12-0.
“Following the presentation I went into the Aylesford dressing room and was told three players had left the ground at half time.
“My sole reason on doing so was to congratulate them on doing their best in really difficult circumstances against the leaders, but were still trying right up until the final whistle.”
He added: “I urged them to stick together and one of the senior players vowed they would – ‘and with a few additions will improve.’
“While I was there, Peter and Michael also came in and told the Aylesford lads they really appreciated the nine players sticking to their task, and respected their efforts, adding that a jug of beer was waiting for them in the clubhouse.
“I have witnessed some unusual events in my time involved in the County League, but never anything quite like what I saw on Saturday”
Seven-goal Daryl Herbert-Street and Ellis Hutton who hit five were the chief benefactors of Aylesford’s plight, taking their joint goal tally for the season to 45. Meanwhile Aylesford have already started their search for new blood with an appeal for players as they look to rebuild the squad in preparation for the 2018-19 season.
Bexley will be looking forward to their big day when they go head-to-head against Jersey club St. Peter in the Kent Reliance sponsored Intermediate Challenge Shield Final In April. Tyler Norbert scored twice in the 3-1 home win over Division 1 Central & East title contenders Hawkinge Town although events conspired against the visitors.
They lost goalkeeper Ben Humphrey in the first half with a serious foot injury, and then midfielder James Gibson was sent off with 20 minutes left. Norbert got his second almost immediately afterwards, before club record goalscorer Damian Abel pulled one back from the penalty spot. Experienced midfielder Jimmy Rogers added the third late on – taking Bexley’s total in the in the competition to 14 goals. The venue for the the final on Saturday, 14th April still has to be confirmed.
Kennington’s 5-1 win at Greenways looks to be a real statement of their intent to win the Premier Division title.
Tom Scorer scored twice either side of half-time, with Carlum McLeod’s 22nd goal of the season, substitute Adam Phillips and an own goal completing the tally – opening up a nine-point lead over their Gravesend rivals who do have two games in hand.
Tudor Sports joint-bosses Ross Baker and Danny Joy are the Aford Awards Premier Division Managers of-the-Month. Joy received the award before the 2-1 defeat at Staplehurst Monarchs United, with Baker away at the weekend as Sports lost ground on the top-two. Ross Morley’s 20th goal of the season was cancelled out by Monarchs pair Luke Wallond and Nathan Bertrand.
Aston Quinn and Kyal Hunter both scored twice as Fleetdown United beat 10-man Lewisham Athletic 4-3.
Alex Barnes has taken temporary charge of Farnborough Old Boys Guild, following the departure of Byron Beard. He played in the 0-0 draw at home to Faversham Strike Force.
Simon Austin and Jack Mayhew netted for Kings Hill as they claimed top spot in Division 1 Central & East with a 2-0 win at Guru Nanak. They lead on goal difference over Deal Sports after Riley Alford’s double took him to 24 for the season as Sports ran out 6-0 winners at home to K Sports Reserves.
Chipstead’s Division 1 West home game against local rivals Ide Hill was called off following the theft of the club’s tractor last week, meaning no pitch preparation was possible.
Friday night football this week sees Welling Town face Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves in the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Shield quarter-finals.
The following day the KCL Rep XI face the Essex & Suffolk Border League in the quarter-finals of the FA Inter-League Cup.
The tie takes place at Brantham Athletic FC 3:00pm).
The winners will be away to either York Football League or Staffordshire County League next month.
MARCH 2018 FIXTURES
The March League and Cup fixtures have been published, cup competitions are reaching their final stages and we are approaching the run-in to the various league campaigns.
The the full list can be downloaded by clicking here
The February fixture list can be downloaded by clicking here
On another wet and windy day, seeing a good number of games being called off throughout the league, photographer Julie Hoare managed to find a game on at Khalsa Road, Gravesend where she saw Guru Nanak play Kings Hill. The game ended 2-0 to the visitors.
Pictures from the game can be found on the gallery page and by clicking here
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The first of the January Manager of the Month awards was made on Saturday, by League Secretary, Gavin Hoare.
Four games, three away from home, four wins, nineteen goals scored and three against was a record that secured the Aford Awards sponsored Western Section trophy for Danny Wakeling of Old Bromleians FC. The three away wins were against Old Roan, Long Lane and Halls AFC and the month ended with a home win against Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) Reserves. Saturday saw them collect another win which sees them sitting top of Division 1 West by 12 points.
As always teams must have a disciplinary record within the League’s code of conduct to ensure their managers received their recognition.
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
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.
SECRETARY AVAILABLE – After many years as a manager/coach I have decided to step down, so I am offering my services as a club secretary, as I still wish to remain involved in Kent football
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