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 has 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.
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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.
Frozen pitches across the County led to numerous postponements but Andy Clay was able to find a match, the Hospital Charity Cup tiel which saw Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) Reserves book a semi-final place with a 2-1 win against Fleetdown United ‘B’. Tom Smith and Billy Major netted for Stansfeld.
ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 21st January 2017
Frozen pitches wrecked the programme for the second week running, but there was no shortage of goals in the three Premier Division games, 18, that did beat the weather.
Punjab United and Greenways continued their chase for the title, opening up an eight point lead over their rivals in the process. George Goodwin (two) and Luke Adams took their joint league tally to 40 for the season, as United saw off Lydd Town Reserves 6-0, while Greenways went one better, scoring seven without reply against Staplehurst Monarchs United, Harry Gann and Nick Donaldson both scoring twice.
Keanne Lee and Sam Reed scored two each for defending champions Faversham Strike Force in their 5-0 home win over Hildenborough Athletic. Chris Axford headed in the fifth.
New Romney missed the chance of going top of Division 1 Central & East losing 2-1 at Ide Hill. Tom Wright got both for the Sevenoaks villagers, with Warren Smith netting for the visitors as their four game unbeaten run came to an end.
Top scorer Nicholas Adamou, Ryan Martin, his first of the season and Jake Rose netted for Old Roan as they maintained their good run in Division 1 West, beating AFC Mottingham 3-0, while fourth placed Otford United were 2-0 winners at Long Lane. The two Luke’s, Parker and Blackaby, were the scorers..
Jack Funnell scored twice as Division 3 Central & East leaders Rusthall Reserves best Guru Nanak Reserves 5-0. Two-goal Matthew Coleman got both inside 15 minutes at the start of the second half as Tonbridge Invicta beat University of Kent 2-1.
New signing Mehmet Piro and Joel Weston both scored twice as Welling Town won 6-1 at Bridon Ropes Reserves in Division 3 West, their sixth win in a row. Josh Patrick also hit two as Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves drew 3-3 at home to AFC Bexley.
Two of the league’s new boys progressed in Charity Cup competitions.
Danny Rowe hit four and Nathan Faulkes two, as Wateringbury won 6-4 at K Sports Reserves to move into the last four of the Maidstone & District Senior Cup. The county town village outfit are third in the Division 3 Central & East table and enjoying a good first County League campaign.
A club spokesman said: “It has been a great season so far after an up and down start, beating Kings Hill in the same competition, before losses at Rusthall in the league and Woodlands in the Kent Junior Cup.
“We have found our form once more, and have put in some great team performances to win seven on the bounce, and conceding fewest goals in the league. The set-up has been good, with respect from all the teams we have played on and off the pitch.
“We are looking forward to continue in 2017, the way we left off in 2016, and hope to pick up some silverware in a few months time.”
Fellow new-boys Burgess Hodgson needed extra-time to get past Chilham 5-2 in the Canterbury and District Cup. Dion Orris, Alex Baker, Adam Horne, Matt Lightfoot and Tim Jordan were the scorers. Lightfoot is also club secretary and says the team benefit from 100% support and funding from the New Dover Road based chartered accountants. The footballers are one of several teams run by the company who their website says are “dedicated to supporting sport in the community.”
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
The fixtures for Febuary 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 February fixtures list click here
Please note all fixtures are subject to change, latest fixtures can always be found by viewing the Forthcoming Fixtures page
Three months ago Bexlians future in the County League looked bleak. Now though as Andrew Gidley reports things are looking much more positive.
Bexlians look to be in safe hands as they head into 2017. It was a different story back in mid -October when the Division 1 West club seemed on the verge of folding when manager Harry Newman decided to leave. Appeals went out for help to stop that happening, and Jack Bradshaw took up the challenge. Looking to stay involved in the game after injury ended the goalkeeper’s playing career at the age of only 26, having ruptured his cruciate knee ligament three times. He quit earlier in the month, having played six games for Southern Counties East League Cray Valley PM at the start of this season.
He said: “A few of my friends used to play for the club – as well as my brother Tom.
“I got my Level 1 coaching qualification a few seasons ago, the opportunity came up and I thought I would give it a go.”
“It will take time and things won’t happen overnight.”
Bexlians finished the old year with a 4-0 home win over Orpington Reserves, helped by Jeffrey Adekunle’s hat-trick, securing Bradshaw’s third win in his seventh game in charge, having started with a 2-2 draw at Chipstead. The first victory was a 6-0 home win over Long Lane, brother Tom scoring twice, hitting four in four games after re-signing, before substitute Jack replaced him, and getting one of the others.
He said: ” We were a bit short on numbers so I put myself on the bench.
“During the course of the game we picked up a few injuries, then with 15 minutes left my brother’s calf got tight so to save risking him pulling up I went on and somehow managed to score a goal.”
Bradshaw has added four new players to his squad.
He said: “I have signed a young goalkeeper named Harry Potter on dual-registration terms from Lordswood.
“I have also persuaded Lee Hales to come out of retirement, he has played for a number of non league clubs including Chatham, Sevenoaks and Erith & Belvedere.
“Ben Healy who was at Cray Valley with me at the start of the season has also signed, while Joe Minter who has just returned from travelling, has come in for the foreseeable future, having been with Corinthian last season.”
Another connection was that Bradshaw and secretary Kyran Davies went to the same school.
“We were very close to folding,” said Davies who originally joined the club as a player, but now looks after the club’s administration, allowing Bradshaw to concentrate solely on the football side.
“Harry decided he didn’t want to carry on and it looked like we were going to go – things were at rock bottom, not much was going for us, but we thought it was unfair to other teams in the division to pull out.
“We also felt we had a duty to Danny Hill who had run it before to keep it going.”
Bexlians started the New Year well winning 5-0 at AFC Mottingham.
AFORD AWARDS MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The final presentation for December was made on Tuesday, 10th January. Cyril Windiate attended a Cuxton 91 training session to present the Eastern Section award to joint managers Carl Jensen and Frans Thorley, this is their second award this season. Cuxton 91 lead Division 2 Central & East and are undefeated in the league, in their eleven games they have won ten and drawn the other. In December they add two league wins at home against West Farleigh and Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers. They also reached the semi-finals of the NRG Gym ‘Les Leckie’ Cup following a 3-2 win at Burgess Hodgson.
Two of the December Manager of the Month presentations were made today to the leaders of the Premier Division and Division Three West.
Rob Jeffrey of Greenways received his second award of the season from Chairman, Cyril Windiate. Greenways won their three matches in December, league wins over Metrogas and Bexley and a cup win away at Otford United together with an excellent disciplinary record secured the award.
Gavin Hoare made the Western Section award to first time winner Clyde Pullen of Sydenham Sports. Two league wins were recorded both were away games at Metrogas Reserves and HFSP & Ten-Em-Be. The month was completed with a home win against Farnborough Old Boys Guild Reserves.
For full details of this seasons Manager of the Month awards click here.
No. 1 – South East Athletic FC
South East Athletic from Division 2 West produce a 20-page full colour match programme for each of their home games. The quality and production is superior to many clubs playing at a higher level in the National League System.
The content starts with a Welcome page followed by the Managers Notes and a general League and Club News page. A report is provided for the last game and another page is devoted to the Reserve team. Two pages cover the Stats Zone for both SEA teams. Each issue includes a Player Profile and a Team Mates page. To finish the content there is a page devoted to the day’s opposition, whilst the back page lists team line-ups and match officials.
Eight pages of advertising feature with two of those being provided to KCL partners “Release the Pressure” and the Kent Disability Football League free of charge.
Priced at £1.50 the programme offers a good read, great value and is a credit to both the Club and the League.
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.
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.
AEI SPORTS FC – FA Charter Standard club, AEI Sports FC are looking for 2-3 good quality players to add to their squad.
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Striker looking for a club, ideally near to Greenhithe.
OLD ROAN FC RESERVES – In Division 2 West are looking for experienced players of all positions to help get the team back on track.
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