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ANDREW GIDLEY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP
SATURDAY, 14th April & Midweek
James Corne says he left top scorer Tyler Norbert and defender Joe Abbott to decide between themselves who should be credited with Bexley’s goal in the 6-1 Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield final defeat at the hands of Jersey club St Peter at K Sports on Saturday.
Abbott seemed to celebrate scoring the first half opener, but Corne confirmed Norbert was claiming the far post tap-in to score his 16th goal of the season. It proved the highlight of Bexley’s big day before two goals in two minutes soon after the restart triggered a one-sided second half.
Bexley manager Corne said: “They were both trying to claim it in the dressing room at half-time.
“Tyler said he got the final touch and nicked it of Joe, who is a great centre half and has scored eight this season, most of them headers.
“I think it would have gone in anyway but they were going to have a drink and a chat about it.”
Reflecting on the game, Corne added: “We were in it at half-time at 1-1, but went back out and didn’t play to the best of our ability.
“We conceded two in 10 minutes, and then crumbled.
“St Peter took advantage and the best team won on the day.
“It’s a cup final, somebody has to lose but just being here was an achievement in itself for a club like us.
“We have performed every season, coming up from Division 2, but have now cemented ourselves in the Premier Division.
“We will look to keep doing that and carry on.”
He added: “It’s not a surprise to us, I think the boys know what they can do and perform to – sometimes we have not got over the final hurdle, but on our day we are a good outfit.”
“ We will concentrate on the league now, there is still a lot if football to be played, the games are coming thick and fast, which means we can stay motivated.”
Premier Division leaders Kennington were again left frustrated as Borden Village called off late, failing to field a side. They were left kicking their heels for the second successive week and third time this season.
Borden apologised to their opponents and the three officials saying: “ …….we have had it done to us as well, but the managers have worked hard behind the scenes, trying to get the fixture played, so (it was) not a decision that was taken lightly, we are an extremely proud club and today’s events hurt.”
Normal service returned on Tuesday night when George Latham scored twice as Borden came from behind to beat Farnborough Old Boys Guild 3-2, Lee Friend made it six in five games with both for Guild, beaten for the first time in five games, since manager Luke Johnson returned to the “hot seat”
He tweeted: “Gutted the unbeaten run is over, but played some great stuff tonight. “Unlucky to come away empty handed on Saturday…”
Earlier in the day he said: “Managing a club with an away game miles away on a Tuesday night Day off; Picking up kit bags from houses; struggling to nail down a team; spending all day on Whatsapp; worrying that your gonna have to start yourself. Love it!”
Abraham Opoku was back among the goals with four as Peckham Town beat Stansfeld (O&B) 5-1. Opoku, the reigning Sharpshooter of the Year, following his 45-goal haul last season made it 15 in 11 games this campaign as his club bid for their second successive top-three finish.
Elsewhere at the weekend Simon Walton scored twice as Greenways hit six for the second away game running at Lydd Town Reserves. Lydd are bottom, following Lewisham Athletic’s decision to resign from the league, their record being expunged.
Troy Abbey scored twice in Tudor Sports 3-1 win over Otford United. Substitute Owen Redfern hit the only goal of the game as New Romney won 1-0 at Metrogas.
Friend’s equaliser earned FOBG a point in a 1-1 draw at Fleetdown United. Lee Anderson put the home side in front.
Ambitious Kings Hill are celebrating after being confirmed Division 1 Central & East champions, following their 4-1 win at Rolvenden. Rochester City stayed on course for Division 2 Central & East honours, 10-1 winners at New Romney Reserves, the fourth time they gave hit double figures this season, Adam Hill hitting four of them.
Welling Town won the Division 2 West top-two meeting beating leaders South East Athletic 3-0 on Tuesday night. Ryan Golding, Peter Smith and an own-goal making the difference.
Congratulations to Red Velvet, another new name among those involved in the league’s three cup finals next month. Harry Taylor, vying to succeed Opoku as the league’s top scorer this season got both in the 2-1 win over F.C. Elmstead Reserves in the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield semi-final.
They now face holders Welling Town in the final at Sevenoaks Town FC on Thursday 19th May.
League Photographer Julie Hoare took a trip to Brockley Rise, SE23 to watch South East Athletic entertain Sydenham Sports. It was an interesting game for a Div. Two top of the table clash. South East Athletic only have one more game to go but Sydenham still have another five. The home side took the lead but Sydenham matched the score soon after. The away side then scored two more goals while South East Athletic only managed another one. Sydenham finally dominated the game by scoring their fourth goal leaving the score 4-2 at 90 minutes.
Pictures from the game are on the gallery page
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
The March Premier Division Manager of the Month presentation was made on Saturday, 7th April by League Chairman, Cyril Windiate.
Dave Johncock, Manager of New Romney FC, collected his second award of the season having previously picked up the October award. New Romney drew their League game against Tudor Sports but their two wins in the NRG Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup has seen them reach the final. A 3-0 win against Lewisham Athletic was followed by an away 1-0 over arch rivals Lydd Town Reserves.
As always teams must have a disciplinary record within the League’s code of conduct to ensure their managers received their recognition.
FIRST AID COURSE
The League have organised an FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football Course. The course provides the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to attend a conscious or unconscious player, ensuring that appropriate care is given until the emergency medical services arrive and takeover, or until an alternative healthcare professional(s) assumes responsibility. It is a practical guide to dealing with the essential components of saving a life, both in training and matches. This course goes beyond generic first aid and includes elements specific to football.
The course is being held at Otford United FC on Tuesday, 22nd May and commences at 7:00pm.
For further information email James Hatton-Brown by clicking here
FINAL 2018 FIXTURES
The final set of League and Cup fixtures have been published covering matches up to 12th May. Cup competitions are reaching their final stages and we are approaching the run-in to the various league campaigns. The full list can be downloaded by clicking on the link below
Please ensure you read the included letter from Fixtures Secretaries Brian Smith & John Quirke with regard to these fixtures.
The the full list and letter can be downloaded by clicking here
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
GOALKEEPER SEEKING CLUB FOR 2018/19 SEASON – I live in Eltham I’m 20 years old and been playing in goal for 8 years.
MANAGER/COACH SEEKING CLUB – UEFA B licensed manager/coach looking for a position in the Kent County Football League.
MANAGER SEEKING CLUB – Manager looking for a club. I have had 15 years experience at county level.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 1st May 2018 – NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup Final
Venue: Chatham Town FC – Kick-Off 7:30pm
Tuesday 15th May 2018 – NRG Gym Easter Section ‘Les Leckie’ Cup Final
Venue: Sevenoaks Town FC – Kick-Off 7:30pm
Thursday 17th May 2018 – NRG Gym ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield Final
Venue: Sevenoaks Town FC – Kick-Off 7:30pm
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