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SATURDAY, 11th August
Levi Gold hit the Premier Division’s first hat-trick as Otford United recorded a 3-1 opening day win at Metrogas on Saturday.
Boss Mike Langston said: “We took a while to settle, the pitch didn’t help either side, but we started to control the game in the second half. Levi is 18 years old, is one of our new signings and earned his man of the match award.
“We know we can play better but first game and three points who can complain!”
Youth played a key role in the contest with Metrogas blooding several youngsters. Manager Mark Warner said: “We competed against a strong Otford side, it was 1-1 with seven minutes left but we lost to two late goals.
“We take the positives from the game with this young team and move on.
“Disappointing not to claim a point, but it was an excellent first half performance which can be built on.
“It is a side with a future – (including) seven teenagers and four of our Kent Youth League under-18s.”
Newly promoted Kings Hill and Bromleians both started with away wins.
Hill were 5-0 winners at Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Justin Ascheri’s penalty and Dan Melvin’s header made it 2-0 at half-time, Jack Mayhew got the third with Brad Marshall and Ascheri’s late second completing the scoring.
Lewis Longhurst has targeted scoring 20 goals for Bromleians and got off the mark in the 4-1 win at New Romney. Danny Wakeling’s side wasted little time in laying down a marker on the new season, leading 4-0 at half-time. Sahid Bendu, Ashley Bertrand and Adam O’Neill added the others, with Roy Godden pulling one back in the second half.
Two goal Josh Brown and club stalwart Peter West netted in Staplehurst Monarchs United’s 3-0 win at Bexley.
Rik Akers, Wesley Baptiste, Michael Beattie and sub Luke Bewick netted for Fleetdown United in their 4-1 home success against Stansfeld (O&B).
Radoslav Davidov and Jordan Simpson were on the scoresheet as Faversham Strike Force beat Crockenhill 2-1.
Peckham Town drew 1-1 against Borden Village, both goals coming in the second half with Adam Tarrant and Daniel Bryant scoring.
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