Andrew Gidley’s weekly round up
Goals – and plenty of them – dominated the weekend programme across all divisions.
Thirty six came in seven Premier Division matches.
Faversham Strike Force lived up to their name with a record 8-4 win over Tudor Sports.
Perfect symmetry – six in each half – summed up by FSF club manager Gary Axford.
He said: “We went 2-1 down – then it was 2-2 – and 3-2 and 4-2 to us at half time.
“We scored four more in the second -before Tudor got two back late on.”
“It was a really good game to be fair – and the most goals we have ever scored in a match.”
Radislav Davidov hit four including a penalty, with Ali Adam and Jordan Simpson adding two apiece.
Ross Morley hit two for Tudor off the bench.
Borden Village scored three in the final 15 minutes to earn a point at Stansfeld.
They led through Joe Sands’ early opener before conceding three quickly either side of half-time and trail 4-1.
Rob Welling, an own goal and Jordan Pearce completed the rapid late comeback. George White hit two for Stansfeld.
Bailey Pearce netted his 10th of the season as Kings Hill beat Crockenhill 5-0.
Mason West opened his account for the season with two as Farnborough Old Boys Guild won 3-2 at Fleetdown United.
Otford United claimed back-back home wins defeating Bromleians 3-0, Dominic Elliott among the scorers In only his second start.
Anton Gursoy hit K Sports Reserves’ second half winner at New Romney.
Ide Hill drew 1-1 at leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United – Callum Heath the scorer – Monarchs Sammy Winch reaching the 20-goal mark for the season.
Meanwhile Ide Hill are the latest club to issue matchday programmes, beginning with the visit of Stansfeld this weekend.
Luke Collet scored twice as nine-man Guru Nanak drew 3-3 against Ashford FC. Jordan Griffin hit two for the visitors.
Zachary Jakubowski netted his 13th of the season as second placed Lordswood Reserves won 4-0 at Cuxton 91.
Goalkeeper Charlie Martin grabbed the plaudits of both teams after Bexley beat Halls 2-0.
Bexley tweeted: “Another great result – hats off to Charlie who was outstanding. No doubt about it – he has such a bright future in the game.”
Halls agreed: “Very unlucky not to come away with some points.
“We had four of five big chances, and if it wasn’t for the outstanding keeper, the result would have been very different.”
Kris Browning’s first appearance in the dug-out had the desired effect as bottom side Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers toppled second placed Tenterden Town 3-2.
Browning is back in the game after stepping down days before the start of the season following 10 successful years at neighbours K Sports.
He will be joined by his most of his former coaching staff and work alongside the current manager Michael Betts.
Browning said: “This role is stepping down a few divisions, but I feel after speaking to the directors, the potential to push this club forward in the right way, and put my own stamp on the way we do things has been encouraging.”
Canterbury City University have unveiled a new management team.
Jon Wright’s appointment as manager was swiftly followed by him naming Sam Smart as his assistant.
Their new charges came from 3-1 down to beat Paddock Wood 5-4.
Debutant Sean Halls, Emmanuel Osei, Max Brunetti-Leach, and captain Waiel Hassan with two late spectacular volleys were the scorers.
Unlucky Alex Chaplin’s hat-trick for the visitors proved in a losing cause.
Big wins in the West for leaders Meridian Sports, Long Lane Reserves, Bridon Ropes Reserves and Farnborough Old Boys Guild Reserves.
KENT JUNIOR CUP:
Stuart King has scored goals wherever he has played down the seasons.
The prolific marksman who has served several clubs in the county – has linked up with Sturry and netted four times on his debut in the 9-2 win over Cinque Ports.
The tie was completed at the fourth time of asking, having been switched to Deal, after original hosts Sturry conceded ground advantage following the first two postponements as competition rules dictate.
WEST KENT CHALLENGE SHIELD
Halstead United are the latest team into the quarter-finals, following their 5-0 win over Fleetdown United Reserves.
They now travel to Long Lane – Marcus Ekeh’s hat-trick heading the scoring – making it 11 for the season.
The Kent County League has a new vacancy for an Assistant Secretary.
This position would work alongside the existing secretary to deliver the high standards set by the league.
It would be a shared responsibility to maintain the daily running of the league. The ability to be impartial in all matters and having full IT skills would be a great advantage.
The league looks forward to receiving applications from those that care about the game and can work as a team. For further information or to make an application, please contact the Chairman, Gavin Hoare.
Information & Guides
A guide to marking a referee has been added to our information page courtesy of the Referee’s Team
To view this please click here
Respect our Young Officials
Over the last few seasons, the Kent County Football League has increased the number of young Officials refereeing within the competition. This has assisted with the Leagues coverage but more importantly as a League we want to continue to promote all new officials as they qualify. This however can only be possible if respect is given to all, especially the younger officials.
Last season, the Kent FA introduced a Yellow Armband system where all Match Officials under the age of 18 wear the coloured armband. This is to assist clubs to identify these young officials and to help towards preventing them from leaving the game due to unnecessary abuse. Remember they are learning!
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
PLAYER LOOKING FOR TEAM – 20 Year old Striker
GOALKEEPER – Looking for a veterans team
BEXLEY FC – Looking for Assistant Referee
CANTERBURY CITY UNIVERSITY – Looking to strengthen their team
PLAYER LOOKING FOR A TEAM – 23 year old defender
CUXTON 91 – Looking to strengthen their squad
ROCHESTER CITY FC – Looking for a goalkeeper
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – Experienced Centre Forward looking to start playing again
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – 22 year old centre back – looking for club
PLAYER SEEKING CLUB – 19 year old attacking Midfielder – seeking club
CANTERBURY CITY UNIVERSITY – Seeking a Football Manager
PARKWOOD RANGERS – Looking for senior players to help with younger team recently promoted
BEXLEY FC – Looking for players
BEXLEY FC– Looking for a young Level One Coach
15th April 2020 – Les Leckie Cup Final @ Lordswood KO 19:30pm
6th May 2020 – West Kent Challenge Shield Final @ Rochester United FC KO 19:30pm
16th May (Saturday) 2020 – Inter Regional Challenge Cup Final @ Chatham Town FC KO 3pm
6th June 2020 – League Presentation Night – Mercure Hotel (Great Danes) , Maidstone, Kent.
16th June 2020 – Kent County Football League AGM, Appleyard, Avenue of Rememberence, Sittingbourne, Kent