ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 23rd APRIL 2016 and Midweek
Faversham Strike Force’s march to the Premier Division title suffered a slight blip with a 1-0 defeat at Kennington on Tuesday night. David Bass’ second half winner was only their third loss of the season, and their first since December, ending an unbeaten run of 14 games. Three more wins from their remaining five games left should be enough with either Stansfeld O&B and Erith 147 Sports set to be runners-up.
Top scorer Billy Shinners with his 26th goal of the season and Charlie Burgess netted in Stansfeld’s 2-0 win at Tudor Sports, while Erith drew 2-2 at home to Metrogas. Tom Bullock and Rob Reardon earned Borden Village their 2-1 win over Staplehurst Monarchs United, while Joshua Armfield and Owen Griffiths were Bexley’s scorers in the 2-0 win over Halstead United.
In Saturday’s action Sam Reed and Chris Collins-Reed were Strike Force scorers in their 2-1 win at Guru Nanak. Billy Shinners got both for Stansfeld in the 2-0 win at Snodland, while Ashley Cameron and Ryan Townrow earned Erith a come from behind 2-1 win at Kennington after Adam Phillips put the home side ahead. Teddy Datson and Owen Griffiths were Bexley’s scorers in the 2-0 win at Metrogas. Harry Gann got Greenway’s winner against Hildenborough.
Halstead United beat Staplehurst Monarchs United 1-0 in the other game.
Lee Friend scored his 28th of the season as Farnborough OBG went top of Division 1 West with a 4-1 win at Chipstead. Their last two games are against long-time front runners Stansfeld O&B Reserves and third placed Peckham Town- 2-1 winners over Otford United, with goals by Micheal Jeff and Mike Shelley.
Tom Morgans, son of Lydd Town Reserves manager Bryan scored four of the side’s goals as they made it won 5-1 at Hawkinge Town. They need to win their last two games, both at home, to pip New Romney to the title.
We have added two new matches to the Gallery page.
The midweek Division Three West match between Old Roan Reserves and Farnborough OBG Reserves was watched by Alan Coomes. Roan maintained their second position with a 2-1 win. Charlie White scored the Farnborough goal.
From last Saturday we have the Premier Division clash between Guru Nanak and Faversham Strike Force which was covered by Julie Hoare. FSF maintain their push for the League Champions title with a 2-1 win. Sam Reed and Chris Collins-Reed were Strike Force scorers and William Johnson-Cole replied for Guru Nanak.
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AFORD AWARDS MANAGER OF THE MONTH
On Saturday 16th March League Secretary, Gavin Hoare made the final March award to Dan Scorer of Kennington FC. Dan is the first double award winner this season, winning his previous award in September. Two home wins against Snodland Town and Bexley and away draws at Snodland Town and Tudor Sports secured the March award.
The first two March Aford Awards Manager of the Month presentations have been made on Saturday, 9th April.
Life Vice President John Weller presented the Eastern Section Award to Bryan Morgans of Lydd Town Reserves. Bryan previously won a monthly award in April 2013. Lydd Town Reserves won all four of their matches in March. The month started with away wins at Bearsted Reserves and APM Contrast Reserves and two home wins followed against Hollands & Blair Reserves and Bredhurst Juniors.
The Western Section Award for March was presented by League Chairman, Cyril Windiate, to Lee Roots of Chipstead. All Chipstead’s four matches were away from home during March. They won at Belvedere, AFC Mottingham and Bexlians and secured a draw at Long Lane.
To view details of all this seasons Manager of the Month Awards click here.
We are most grateful to the awards sponsor, Aford Awards, for their continued support.
APRIL/MAY 2016 FIXTURES
The final Fixture Bulletin of the 2016-17 season covering the period 24th April to 17th May is now available to download, please click here to download.
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
Our partner Westenhanger Castle is hosting a concert featuring the Queen of UK Soul, Beverley Knight on Saturday, 18th June. Also appearing are Lemar, Kenny Thomas, Sonia Stein and Bashiyra plus guest appearances from local acts.
Tickets including VIP packages are available now.
For further details click here
GOAL SCORERS 2015-16
As we move in to the last six weeks of the season the race for the leading goal scorer awards is hotting up. The listings have been updated today (31-03-16) and Daniel Hanshaw of Cuxton 91 in Division Three East remains the league top scorer with 28 goals, all in league matches. Following him in the overall listings is Grant Lye of Long Lane in One West with 23 goals and Timothy Sims of Rolvenden, Two East, on 22 goals for the season.
In the Premier Division, David Sherwood of Snodland Town retains the top spot 21 goals followed by Billy Shinners of Stansfeld O&B with 19 goals.
In One East, Warren Smith of New Romney has moved to the top with 17 goals all in league matches, in second place is Elliot Payne of East Kent College also with 17 goals, but only 10 of those are league goals. In One West, Lee Friend of Farnborough OBG is in second place with 19 goals.
In Two East Richard Sinden of Kings Hill is in second place with 15 goals this season. In Two West Steven Brady of Old Bromleians has scored 12.
The Three West list is headed by Barry Ryan of South East Athletic with 17 goals, he is closely followed by Ignacio Garcia of Bridon Ropes Reserves who is one behind on 16.
For more goal scorer details please click here or via the League Mobile App view the complete Goal Scorer listing for the season to date.
Referee Panel application forms for the 2016-2017 are now available for download, please click here
FA CONCUSSION GUIDELINES
Footballers who sustain a suspected concussion, either during training or in a game, should immediately be removed from the pitch and not allowed to return, until the appropriate treatment has been administered. That is the message at the heart of new guidelines launched today by The FA for managing head injuries at all levels of the game.
The advisory guidelines have been designed for those who manage head injuries in professional and grassroots football – from clubs and schools, to parents and doctors.
Dr Ian Beasley, The FA’s head of medical services, believes the guidelines will play a crucial role in ensuring the better management and care of head injuries across football in England, thereby making the game safer for more players at every level.
He said: “The paramount priority for The FA is player safety, and so the publication of these concussion guidelines is integral to achieving an unprecedented high level of care and safety for players at all levels. Playing football has been shown to promote good health, and so by making the game safer, we will hopefully increase participation and thereby boost the health of the nation.”
The guidelines can be found in the Handbook section by clicking here and have been added to the League App to provide instant access when training or playing.
LEAGUE CUP DRAWS 2015-16
The draws have been made for the three League Cups and can be downloaded from the links below:
As the season draws to a close Clubs are now making plans for the 2016/17 season, do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
METROGAS FC – are looking for 1st and Reserve management teams for the forth coming 2016/2017 season.
AYLESFORD FC – are seeking some experienced players to help move the Club forward next season.
BEXLIANS FC – Are seeking a Manager/Management Team, as well as players of all positions, to add to our talented under 21 team for 2016/17 season.
OLD BROMLEIANS FC - Are looking for a new manager for the 2016/17 season for the first XI.
KENT DISABILITY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – Are looking to appoint a new Secretary, Welfare Officer, Press Officer and Fundraising Officer.
EXPERIENCED MANAGER AVAILABLE – I have managed at good level, Ryman, County & in Ireland, badges held.
ANDREASCARTERSPORTS OPEN IN KENT!
Andreas Carter Sports the official Teamwear supplier of the Kent County Football League have now opened a branch in Welling. ACS supply Errea, Stanno and Joma Kits, footballs and all match accessories, plus Leisurewear and other Sporting Apparel.
Contact Paul White at ACS Welling:
1 Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY (adjacent to Welling United FC)
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
‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup
Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at Chatham Town FC, kick-off 7:30 pm
Eastern Section ‘Les Leckie’ Cup
Thursday 5th May 2016 at Faversham Town FC, Kick-off 7:30 pm
Annual Presentation Dinner
Saturday, 4th June 2016 – Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, ME17 1RE
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 29th June 2016 – UK Leisure Club, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE to commence at 7.30 pm.