COUNTY CUP FINAL WINNERS
Tonight at Chatham Town Football club two more of our KCFL teams competed in a County Cup final.
This time it was the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield and South East Athletic were the victors beating Staplehurst Monarchs 2-0.
A match report and pictures from the game will follow shortly
League Photographer, Julie Hoare spent the afternoon at the Jubilee Sports ground to see the Premier Division Match between Staplehurst Monarchs and Farnborough OBG.
This was a great game to watch for the neutral observer. The home team had a goal disallowed early in the first half and Farnborough then went down the other end and scored. Staplehurst managed to get themselves back into the game with a goal right on half time.
In the second half both teams continued to attack the goals however Staplehurst were awarded two penalties leaving them with a win of 3-1 and the premiership.
Once the celebrations had calmed down. Staplehurst Monarch Reserves then took to the pitch to play Canterbury City University in the Division Three Central and East Match. This game also finished 3-1 to the home side so there was much celebrating in the town that day.
Pictures from both games can be found on the gallery page or by clicking here
ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
Lloyd Davis praised the character of his side after HFSP & Ten Em-Bee overturned an early two-goal deficit to beat UCC Diaspora 4-3 and be crowned London Junior Cup champions for the first time.
League Chairman Cyril Windiate was among the crowd of almost 300 at chilly Colston Avenue, home of Carshalton Athletic last Friday night.
Both teams were well supported and deserve credit for playing a full part in a thoroughly entertaining contest, under the control of excellent referee Ben Rathe.
The Kent County League Division 2 West side made a poor start, UCC Diaspora scoring twice inside the opening 15 minutes through Joe Glynn and Gavin Falconer before Michael Amponsah pulled one back soon afterwards.
He added a second inside the first minute after half-time, completing his hat-trick 11 minutes from the end.
Substitute Peter Bierne added a third for UCC with a minute left, setting up a lively finish, before the celebrations began.
Davis said: “Our team spirit was the main thing. We fought hard – went in level at half-time – came out and scored early – it was all about them not me, they gave everything – 100 %.”
He added: “Some of us would have thought the worst after that poor start, but the spirit we have, and what we have shown this season, we have to fight, that’s all we know. “It shows the strength and character we have in our young team.
“My team-talk at half-time was all about we can’t lose, we don’t know how to.
“It was a great hat-trick by Michael – big games – big players.”
Red Velvet claimed a Kent Junior Cup double with victory in the Group A and B Finals at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium on Saturday.
Second half goals by Harry Piesky and Tom Malyon earned them 2–0 win – with Alfie Maisey seeing his penalty saved by Tenterden keeper Dean Bate.
The tie kicked off an hour late after Velvet’s A team beat Canterbury and District League side Littlebourne on penalties to win the B finale.
Manager Lee Hedges said: “It was a great performance from the team – they played some great football and showed everyone who was watching in the well supported final what a well organised and good footballing side we are.
“Mention too for Tenterden Town, making it a good competitive game played in a good sporting manor.
“The two wins made it a great day for the club which was celebrated long into the night.”
Velvet’s success comes two years after they win the C Final.
Staplehurst Monarchs will clinch the Premier Division title with victory over Farnborough Old Boys Guild at Jubilee Fields on Saturday.
A stop-start few weeks see the long-time leaders back in action against Guild who confirmed their top-flight status following a 1-1 home draw against Stansfeld on Saturday.
Tunde Adeloye earned them a point after Joe Stowell had put Stansfeld in front.
Monarchs tweeted this week: “It’s quite straight forward, get all three points and that’s the championship. “Anything less and it will go to the final game.”
Borden Village kept things alive for at least another week, winning 2-1 at Bromleians.
All the goals came in the first half – Lewis McCrory put Borden in front, before Liam Baxendale added a second – James Low pulling one back a minute later, his second of the season.
New Romney moved fifth on goal difference after a 2-0 win at Fleetdown United, with goals by Roy Godden, his 24th of the season, and Warren Smith – taking his tally to 11.
Kings Hill drew 0-0 at home to Hawkinge Town.
Crockenhill are the first team to complete their programme – rounding off with 5-3 win at bottom four rivals Metrogas. Trailing 2-1 at half-time they turned things around thanks to James Howard’s hat-trick, Craig Hewett’s penalty and Alex Kibbens. Crocks tweeted: “All finished now and a huge three points for us.
“That’s our season done – and there are three sides below us.”
Metrogas manager Mark Warner added: “Bad day at the office…we didn’t deserve much… not working hard enough. “We move onto the next four games to secure some points.”
Crocks are nine points ahead of third bottom Bexley who still have five to play – all at home – including Easter Monday’s meeting with Otford United – now switched to Coldharbour Leisure Centre (1pm kick off).
Ide Hill are looking forward to playing Premier Division football for the first time after clinching the West title with a game left.
The 2-1 win at South East Athletic sees them finished a point clear of Sydenham Sports.
Columb Grant set up the first for Charles James and scored the second himself.
Hill tweeted: “Delighted to win the league. It has been a hard fought and competitive season with four or five teams in with a chance at one point.”
Top scorer George Harris netted his 16th of the season as Sports finished with a 3-1 win over Long Lane.
Wins for the top-two mean Chipstead finish third despite a 3-0 win at Club Langley.
Two cup finals mean Chips still have plenty to play for – first in the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup, against Ide Hill, hosted by Sevenoaks Town FC on Good Friday (2pm).
The champions are eyeing a treble with their reserves facing Tatsfield Rovers in the Junior Final (10am).
Hollands & Blair Reserves claimed third spot in C&E with their 2-1 success at Rochester City in their final game.
Faversham Town Reserves – 4-2 winners over champions Ashford – need to win their final three games to pip Southborough to fourth place in C&E. The two sides meet on Saturday week.
Red Velvet and HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee return to league action – both already assured of promotion – but with the title still to be won.
Nothing has been decided in the race for the West title.
Charlie Scrivener and Antony Tye netted as leaders Tudor Sports Reserves won 2-1 at home to Welling Town.
Parkwood Rangers are in contention after beating Danson Sports 3-2 – now second on goal difference.
Nathan Cross scored twice after Rangers trailed 1-0 at half-time.
Danson have five games left – all away -including trips to Tudor Sports next Tuesday and Equinoccial who lost ground after a 0-0 draw at Long Lane Reserves.
Tenterden Town face runners-up Rochester City – with victory earning them a third place finish, reward for a strong second half of the season.
The Senior Division final will be;
Erith & Belvedere v Sutton Athletic
To be played on Monday 13th May at 7.30pm
The Junior Division Final will be;
Halls AFC v Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves
To be played on Friday 17th May at 7.30pm
Both matches will be played at
Erith & Belvedere FC, Parkview Road, Welling DA16 1SY
FIXTURES APRIL & MAY 2019
The fixture list can be downloaded by clicking here
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.
RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON
The Kent County League has for several years supported and raised awareness of mental health issues, particularly in young men. Working with Kent County Council and MIND we have provided Mental Health First Aid Courses for our clubs and we support the KCC “Release the Pressure” campaign.
To further show our backing in this area we are delighted to highlight the fundraising efforts of Belvedere FC player Leon McLeod who has first hand experience of the issues.
Leon, a British Transport Police Officer, was involved in the police response to the London Bridge and Borough terror attack. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for bravery following the June 2017 incident. He was commended for helping the many innocent people caught up in the attack, including his colleague PC Wayne Marques.
The experience had a profound effect on Leon and he acknowledges he was slow to seek help but he doesn’t want to see others in a similar position so he will be running the London Marathon in aid of PTSD999 who help all emergency services workers, staff and their families in dealing with some of the traumas that arise from dealing with some of the things they do on a daily basis.
He said “I personally have struggled at times since that night in 2017 and want to do what I can to support colleagues from all services and raise awareness of some of the symptoms of mental health. At the end of the day we’re all human.”
Leon has set himself a target of £10,000 and to donate to this worthy cause please click here
If you’re feeling under pressure call for Tackling Mental Health! helpline on 0800 107 0160 to get free advice from expert therapists and counsellors.
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
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
WATERINGBURY FC – are looking to strengthen their squad
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Goalkeeper looking for a new team
MANAGER AVAILABLE – with Kent County League Experience
GREENWAY ACES FIRST TEAM -Looking to strengthen their side
ROCHESTER CITY – Looking for new players
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – 27 Year Old attacker midfield or striker looking for a new club
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Centre Back/Centre Defensive Midfielder, looking to get back into the game.
JANUARY 2019 – MANAGER AVAILABLE – Previous 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