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SATURDAY, 16th September
Abraham Opuku wasted little time in getting off the mark this season!
The Peckham Town striker, last season’s Sharpshooter of the Year winner with 45 goals, made his first appearance of the new campaign, and started with a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Lydd Town Reserves. Opuku scored four twice against Lydd last season, and hit seven hat-tricks spanning August to April, Brian Morgan’s team finishing on the wrong end of a third successive heavy defeat against the South London club. Ali Amisu hit two more, taking him to eight for the season.
Kennington are another free-scoring team, and moved second following their 5-3 win at Metrogas. Tom Scorer hit two, with top scorer Carlum McLeod, Joe Fisher and Dale Davis getting the others. Jake Williams scored twice as Stansfeld (O&B) won 2-1 at Farnborough OBG to go third.
Fourth placed Greenways drew 0-0 at home to Staplehurst Monarchs United who hailed it as “a great performance from the 11 who turned up.” Ross Morley scored twice for the second week running as Tudor Sports upset morning leaders Bexley 3-1. Ashley Cameron put them in front early on, before Morley completed his double in the space of 10 minutes around the hour mark.
He fired home from the edge of the box with a precise left footed finish, before converting a penalty after being brought down. Bexley substitute Sam Fullilove pulled one back with 10 minutes left – and also missed a great chance of a second before the end.
Lewis James netted for Lewisham Athletic in their 1-1 home draw against Fleetdown. Tony Audino netted for the Dartford side who are still coming to terms with a serious injury suffered by Tom Eyres against Bexley the week before. Manager Martin McCarthy said: “It was terrible – he has a dislocated knee and fractured ankle.”
New Romney drew 0-0 against Borden Village who finished with eight men. Assistant Manager Paul Egan said: “We are becoming a team that seem to be frustrating other teams and being hard to break down. “We just need to find some luck, having shots cleared off the line, hitting post and crossbars. “I’m sure it will come.”
Division 1 Central & East top-two Kings Hill and Cuxton 91 both won. Daniel Melvin scored twice as Kings Hill beat Deal Sports 3-0, while Matt Gething’s hat-trick paved the way for Cuxton’s 4-0 win over K Sports Reserves, making it 15 without reply in their last three games.
James Paull’s winner earned Old Bromleians their 1-0 win over Division 1 West top side Club Langley.
Six-goal Reece Gillies was the pick of the scorers as Rochester City claimed their second double figure win of the season in Division 2 Central & East, 16-0 over Larkfield and New Hythe Wanderers. Adam Hill hit five and Connor Linton four.
George Harris got two as Division 2 West leaders Sydenham Sports made it four wins out of four with a 4-0 win at Nomads.
Deal Sports Reserves, CC Sport, Ashford FC and AFC Ashford Athletic all progressed in the Kent Reliance Junior Cup.
Damian Abel was another six-goal man in Hawkinge Town’s 12-1 NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup win over Herne Bay Reserves. Rolvenden and Long Lane are also through while AFC Bexley went through on 4-3 in penalties in the NRG Gym ‘Barry Bundock’ West Challenge Shield finish in a tie which ended 3-3 after-extra-time against South East Athletic.
SATURDAY, 9th September
Bexley manager James Corne admits he has enjoyed watching his side’s early season form which has taken them top of the County League Premier Division. Joe Abbott is the man in form, scoring his fifth goal in as many games with the winner against Fleetdown United on Saturday.
Corne said: “We had a good pre-season, kept most of the squad, and added where we thought we needed to.
“When the fixtures came out we thought we had a tough draw and see ourselves a target and we have reached that.
“We have already had tough games against Greenways and Kennington, who will both be up there this season.”
He added: “I am glad we are up there, and if we keep going, I hope we will be rewarded at the end. We just take it each game each week.”
He continued: “The game against Fleetdown was a tough one – very tight “We limited their chances and our shape and defensive duties were good – we have the best defence record at the moment conceding the fewest goals which has all been down to hard work. The winning goal came from a free-kick met by Joe who can’t stop scoring at the minute.”
Bexley lead on goal difference from Greenways who dropped their first points after being held at home 1-1 by New Romney, their second of the season. Billy Weir-Somerville netted for the second successive game with Brad Cross on target for the home side, his second of the campaign.
Adam Phillips marked his farewell from boyhood club Kennington with a goal in the 4-1 win at Lewisham Athletic. Phillips has joined Bostik South side Ashford United and was on the bench in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Ramsgate. Carlum McLeod maintained his impressive goal record – with his seventh, Joe Fisher and Tom Scorer getting the other two.
Boss Dan Scorer wished Phillips well saying: “Would like to wish Adam all the best and congratulate him on the move, well deserved.”
Ali Amisu hit his sixth of the season as Peckham Town won 3-0 at home to Faversham Strike Force. The visitors were left to rue a first half double penalty miss.
Stansfeld (O&B) came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at home to Borden Village whose first five games of the new season have seen a total of 35 goals scored.
Ross Morley scored twice as Tudor Sports won for the first time – 3-2 at Lydd Town Reserves, their first defeat of the season, Ryan Easter again on target, taking his tally to 11.
Dan Jeffery and Steve Turner were the Metrogas scorers as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Otford United. Boss Mark Warner said: “Tough game – Otford dominated the first half, and led 1-0, but we turned it around.”
Peter West scored both as Staplehurst Monarchs United beat Farnborough OBG 2-1.
No shortage of goals in Division 1, Paul. Booth has never stopped scoring goals in a prolific career and isn’t stopping now, with four as the Central & East pacesetters Kings Hill overwhelmed Hildenborough Athletic 8-0.
Damian Abel is another who hasn’t lost the scoring touch with a hat-trick as Hawkinge Town won 5-1 at Guru Nanak.
Richard Aidoo’s hat-trick helped West leaders Club Langley to an 8-1 win over Orpington.
SATURDAY, 2nd September
Greenways made it four wins out of four with a 3-1 win at Tudor Sports to go top of the Premier Division. Junior Farrell hit his third in two games, with Nick Donaldson and Aaron Kleman adding the others.
Ryan Easter made it 10 in four games as Lydd Town Reserves dropped their first points of the season in a 2-2 home draw against Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Stansfeld (O&B) and Bexley are also into double figures, with away wins at Fleetdown United and New Romney. Joe Abbott netted his fourth of the season for Bexley in their 2-1 win on the Kent coast.
Carlum Mcleod is another in-form striker taking his tally to six, scoring a hat-trick as Kennington beat Otford United 7-3. Ali Amisu also hit three as Peckham Town won 4-2 at Borden Village.
Nathan Laker got off the mark for the season with both as Staplehurst Monarchs United won 2-0 at Faversham Strike Force. Jay Green (Metrogas) and James McInerry (Lewisham Athletic) were the scorers as the two teams drew 1-1 in the other game.
Kings Hill and Hawkinge made it two wins in two in Division 1 Central & East. James Everitt’s hat-trick helped the latter beat Herne Bay Reserves 4-3. Former KCL Sharpshooter of the Year Daniel Hanshaw and Matt Getjomg hit two each as Cuxton 91 beat Hildenborough 7-0.
Gabriel Braimah and Marcus Travers netted for Club Langley as they made it six points out of six in Division 1 West with a 2-1 win at Sutton Athletic Reserves.
Jordan Wylie hit five for Rochester City as they put 14 past New Romney Reserves in Division 2 Central & East. Adam Hill got four of the others.
Nomads and Sydenham Sports won their opening two games, Kane Walker’s treble helping Nomads win 5-2 at Dulwich Village.
SATURDAY, 26th August & MONDAY, 28th August
Ryan Easter continued his impressive scoring touch as the Premier Division’s early season front runners Lydd Town Reserves made it three-out-three with a 3-2 win at Otford United on Saturday. Skipper Easter scored twice to make it nine in three games.
Third placed Greenways are the other team with a 100% record, coming from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at Metrogas, Junior Farrell scored twice with Nick Donaldson and Brad Cross doing the others.
Borden Village are second after a six-point weekend with a 4-3 home win over Faversham Strike Force on Monday following a 5-0 victory at Farnborough OBG 48 hours earlier. George Latham and Lewis McCrory scored twice in both games.
Dominic Weston went one better with five, a hat-trick as new-boys Lewisham Athletic won 4-2 at Staplehurst Monarchs United on Monday and two in the win by the same score at Faversham Strike Force 48 hours earlier.
Carlum McLeod, Harry Goddard and an own goal helped Kennington beat New Romney 3-0 on Monday, after a 1-0 defeat at Bexley. Joe Abbott got the winner, with Tyler Norbert on target in the 1-1 draw at Stansfeld (O&B) (Archie Johnson). The latter finished second best on Saturday, beaten 4-0 at Staplehurst Monarchs United, Ed Hodges scoring twice.
In Division 1, Daniel Melvin was the pick of the scorers with a hat-trick as Kings Hill started the season with a 10-1 win over Rolvenden.
David Barrington hit four as Nomads beat Belvedere 11-0 in Division 2.
Danny Stokley and Ryan Leaver both netted hat-tricks as Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves won 10-0 at AFC Lewisham in Division 3.
SATURDAY, 19th August
Golden Boot awards are never won in August but Ryan Easter is proving a real sharpshooter and stealing a march on everybody else after scoring seven in two games for Lydd Town Reserves. Easter followed up his opening day double at Staplehurst Monarchs with five as Lydd thrashed Metrogas 6-1.
Stansfeld (O&B) head the table on goal difference having also been in free-scoring mood, beating Faversham Strike Force 8-1, and all by different scorers, Omar El Mantawy, Ben Mulrooney, George Martin, Mark McKenna, Archie Johnson, George Lyon, Sammy McDonald and sub James Hammond.
Greenways are the third team who have won both games, Alex Clare scoring his third of the season, in the 1-0 win at Bexley.
Issac Hancock scored twice as Borden Village beat Staplehurst Monarchs United 4-2, with Jay Law and Lewis McCrory adding the others. Femi Dada and Kenneth Ilo earned Peckham Town their 2-0 win at home to Fleetdown United. Promoted pair Lewisham Athletic and New Romney earned their first Premier Division point in a 2-2 draw in South London. Alex Greenfield and James McNamara netted for Athletic while Jack Moran and Greg Hitchman made sure Romney earned reward for their long round trip.
All the goals came in the first half as Farnborough Old Boys Guild also drew 2-2 against another promoted club Otford United. Jourdon Howard put Farnborough in front after five minutes, before an own-goal helped the visitors pull level three minutes later. Rory Catt got the O’s second in the 24th minute, before Leon Farwell converted a penalty eight minutes later.
O’s new manager Mike Langston said: “We are still building the squad, but happy with the way it’s progressing.
“I thought we deserved three points, but I suppose their manager did as well.
“First game in the league, so pleased to get at least a point.”
Bank Holiday weekend sees Premier Division games on both days Saturday and Monday.
Saturday also sees the full programme of matches in Divisions 0ne, Two and Three.
Good luck to all teams old and new and even returning ones like former Premier Division champions Bromley Green who start in Division Three Central & East at home to Deal Town Rangers.
Enjoy the season!
SATURDAY, 12th August
Seven players scored twice in the opening weekend of the new Premier Division season on Saturday.
Joe Abbott and Owen Griffiths hit two each for Bexley in the biggest win of the day, 5-1 at home to Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Former champions Faversham Strike Force, under new management this season started well with a 4-2 win at promoted New Romney. Chris Axford, son of Chairman and club founder Gary, got a couple, with Conor Young and an own goal completing the tally. Roy Godden and Reece Palmer netted for Romney.
Ryan Easter made sure Lydd Town Reserves started the season well, with two in the 4-1 win at Staplehurst Monarchs United. Tom Morgans and substitute Niall Gordon added the others.
Substitute Alex Clare came off the bench to net his double as last season’s runners-up Greenways began with 3-2 win at Borden Village. Aaron Kleman got the other, with Ashley Baverstock and George Latham on target for the hosts. Carlum McLeod hit two for Kennington in their 3-2 win over Peckham Town, in the meeting of two of last season’s top-four. Joe Fisher got the winner five minutes from time.
Mark McKenna, Michael Zanelli and substitute Omar El Mantawy netted for Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) as they claimed the third odd goal in five win over Tudor Sports. Ross Morley converted twice from the spot for the visitors. He put them in front just before the half hour before Stansfeld levelled two minutes later with a free-kick from just outside the box. Morley converted his second penalty 10 minutes after the break, Stansfeld making it 2-2 soon afterwards. Sports had another effort ruled out for offside, before Stansfeld settled the contest with an 80 minute winner.
Alfie Coates clinched an opening day win for Metrogas and new first team manager Mark Warner with the only goal of the game at Fleetdown United.
Five games and 30 plus goals has already set the bar high as a new season takes shape.
Hildenborough Athletic have unveiled their new management and coaching team.
The appointment of Jay Bray, Matt Toms and Alan Swift comes ahead of the club’s opening Division 1 Central & East game of the new season at Guru Nanak on Saturday week.
The club said: “Between them they have a wealth of experience, both playing, managing and coaching at a proficient level. “Matt has played for and managed both at Maidstone and Whitstable, while Alan has been a prolific County League player and recently coached Stones under-21s.
“They collectively aim to apply their knowledge and skill to achieve a responsible and progressive approach to the development of Hildenborough Athletic FC.”
Dennis Hughes has been appointed the club’s new secretary.