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SATURDAY, 13th October
Peckham Town never seem short of a match-winner.
Abraham Opoku set the bar high, with 66 goals in 47 games spanning two seasons, while Ali Amisu, Gareth Jones and Howard Miller have been consistent scorers so far this season. Now Klajdi Cani can be added to that list after coming off the bench to score a hat-trick in his first senior start of the season as Town won 5-2 at Crockenhill on Saturday.
Faversham Strike Force continue to blood their own youngsters to good effect, with a trio of under-18’s on the pitch at the end of their 5-2 win over Otford United. One of them, debutant Luke Taylor featured among the scorers, with two by Ali Adam and Dinu Catalin completing the scoring.
Strike Force said: “We are very proud of the three players who stepped up… the importance of having a decent youth system is starting to pay off.”
A late Dan Ashton goal earned leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United a 2-2 draw at New Romney. Ashton netted for the second away game running to earn his side their first draw in 10 league starts this season and stay three points clear of Bromleians who drew 3-3 in the second v third meeting at Borden Village.
The game proved very eventful. Apart from the goals, it also included one red card, six yellows and two penalties. Bromleians led 2-0 after 15 minutes – Borden turned things around to lead 3-2 at half-time, before Broms got a third from the spot eight minutes into the second half. Village had a chance to win it from 12 yards late on, but missed. Borden’s Lewis McCrory scored for the second game running, while Adam O’Neill netted his 10th of the season for Broms.
Fleetdown United are fifth following their 1-1 draw at Kings Hill. Rick Akers netted for United with Hill skipper Danny Melvin on target for the hosts. John Smith and Darren Winfield scored for Hawkinge Town in their 2-0 win at Metrogas.
Tudor Sports are under under new management. Ben Kirk, Ross Morley and James Bradley took over last week, after Ross Baker and Danny Joy stepped aside, and earned their first point in a 0-0 draw against Farnborough OBG.
Bexley claimed an early season double, beating Stansfeld (O&B) 3-0, their first home win, with goals by Steve Leach, Callum O’Sullivan and substitute Tyrell Henry.
K Sports Reserves maintained their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw at Guru Nanak, despite finishing with nine men. James Funnell made it six in six, before being sent off. Pat Bishenden scored twice as Hollands & Blair Reserves made it six wins in a row in all competitions, 3-1 winners at Ramsgate Reserves.
First team player Jack Mahon scored twice on his return from holiday as Lordswood Reserves beat Lydd Town Reserves 5-3. All Lords goals came in the first half, before Lydd added two more in the second. Dan Hanshaw netted twice as Cuxton 91 beat Margate Sports 4-3.
Leaders Ide Hill continue to be the Division 1 West form team, 4-1 winners at Welling Park. Top scorer Craig Jackson hit his seventh of the season.
George Harris scored twice as second placed Sydenham Sports beat Halls 4-0. Todd Bamber hit two for Chipstead in their 5-0 win over Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves. AFC Mottingham skipper Billy Porter capped a second half comeback to draw 3-3 at Sutton Athletic Reserves, having trailed 3-0 down at half-time.
Club Langley’s Liam Johnson and Gabriel Bramah both scored twice in the 6-0 win over AFC Lewisham in the London Junior Cup.
Ashford FC new boss Lee James says he is pleased to be back in the game. He guided Willesborough Athletic to multiple league and cup success only for the club to fold. James has enjoyed his break and admitted:
“I had been missing football, since I stopped around 18 months ago but was pretty adamant that I would never manage or run a club again.
“However, this opportunity came up and after seeing the set-up and having lengthy discussions with the committee, I was very impressed with everything, including the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes at the club, to keep taking it forward. “The facilities are top notch, up there with some of the best in local football at this level.
He added: “We have a good bunch of lads, with lots of potential and we will be recruiting well, which has already started.
“With the right focus, attitudes and performing to the level we are capable of, we can have a great season.”
Ashford are third following their 2-1 win over Bearsted Reserves, with first half goals by Stuart Taylor and Matt Forster’s penalty.
Top-two Rusthall Reserves and West Farleigh also won.
Alfred Maisey made it five in two games as West leaders Red Velvet won 3-1 over Belvedere.
Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers confessed the 5-0 defeat at Rochester City Reserves was “a bad day at the office.”
However the bigger picture is looking much brighter, new management, a flurry of commercial activity due to a raft of new advertising boards and the club now seeking to find a “senior partner football club” in the Southern Counties East League to develop links and offer mutual benefits.”
The club say: “Primary to this would be our ability to offer up and coming players (the chance) to play competitive men’s football to aid their progression from under-18’s/21/23 into the partner’s first team squad.”
LONDON JUNIOR CUP
Elsewhere in the competition, Equinoccial, Bridon Reserves and HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee won away to progress to the third round.
SATURDAY, 6th October
Josh Brown moved into double figures for the season with two more goals as Staplehurst Monarchs United notched up win number nine with a 3-1 win over Metrogas. Player-Manager Luke Wallond added the other. The defeat capped a frustrating day for the South London team summed up by manager Mark Warner.
He said: “ It was a very difficult day with a late coach, stuck in traffic and kit clash.
“Big thanks to referee Martin Staveley for being so patient.
“Well done to Staplehurst for finishing strongly to take all three points “Trailing 2-1 at half-time, we didn’t compete enough – second half was a different game as we dominated more but didn’t take our chances “
Bromleians stay three points adrift following a 4-1 home win over New Romney, two in each half, securing the result. Top scorers Lewis Longhurst and Adam O’Neill again featured among the goals.
Lewis McCrory hit the winner as Borden Village maintained their unbeaten away record with a 1-0 victory at Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Howard Miller scored for the second week running as Peckham Town beat Tudor Sports 4-1, in what proved to be Ross Baker and Danny Joy’s final game in charge after 18 months. The pair resigned the following day.
Hawkinge Town won 8-1 over Bexley, four scored in each half. John Smith’s personal tally was also four in his team’s biggest win of the season, having conceded 10 in the previous two games.
Crockenhill are off the mark following their 6-2 home drubbing of Faversham Strike Force. Manager Chris Hackett was delighted:
“It was a great win for us and has been a long time coming.
We have had some very close matches so far this season, but as a team have not been getting things quite right to pick up the three points.
“Now the lads know that to get the win at any time this season we will need to be switched on for the full 90 minutes He added: “We had our full squad available and started with a strong 11.
“We knew Faversham would be very organised and good on the ball so had to be ready for a tough game.
“We started strong and very good on the counter attack – we scored two early goals which allowed us to try and play and keep the ball but then we got complacent and started to over play and caught our court by a good counter attack goal from Faversham. “I thought it was going to be a repeat of past weeks games where we take an early lead and then lose our heads, but the lads regrouped and started to play good attacking football and we managed to go in at half time with a 4-1 lead.
“Second half we went out and put in a great all-round performance for the first time this season.
“We looked in control of the game with another good goal putting us on track for a well deserved win.”
Jack Gibbons and Joe Stowell were the scorers as Stansfield (O&B) also earned their first league win of the season win in 10 games, 2-0 against Fleetdown United.
Not too many County League footballers can boast almost 68,000 Twitter followers but Dan Wisker is the exception.
The Reality TV star has featured on Big Brother and Girlfriends in the past, but away from the fame and tabloid headlines has always enjoyed his football, featuring for several Kent semi-pro clubs. Wisker scored his second of the season in Margate Sports’ 4-1 win over Lordswood Reserves, with Ian Pullman, another experienced county campaigner, hitting a hat-trick.
Hollands & Blair Reserves claimed a notable scalp beating Tonbridge Angels Reserves 5-2 in the Kent Intermediate Cup.
South East Athletic enjoyed back-to back cup success, winning 2-1 at West leaders Ide Hill in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup. Barry Ryan and Darren Wynne were the scorers, with the hosts also missing a penalty.
Brandon Barnes was the pick of the scorers with a hat-trick as Sydenham Sports proved too strong for Long Lane, winning 10-2. Chipstead ended a run of three successive defeats, all different scorers netting in the 5-2 win over AFC Mottingham.
“Great shift – great win was the club’s verdict – scoring twice, despite being reduced to 10 men.
Club Langley and Halls Athletic both won 3-1. Under-21 youngster Tommy Carter scoring his first senior goal for the Dartford based club with a 30-yard screamer against Sutton Athletic Reserves.
Plenty of comings and goings at local rivals Ashford FC and AFC Ashford Athletic.
Lee James is the new boss at Ashford, while the men he replaced, Ryan Norman has linked up with AFC, on dual registration from Lydd Town, one of several new signings. James is back in the game after a hugely successful spell in charge at Willesborough Athletic. Both teams had mixed fortunes in the Kent Junior Cup.
Jordan Griffin’s hat-trick and two by James Haylock helped Ashford through 7-3 against Paddock Wood, while AFC bowed out 3-0 at home to Tenterden Town, with Brad Burton, Justin Howard and Alfie Draper netting for the visitors.
Reece Bedford’s treble helped Faversham Town Reserves through 5-0 against Margate Sports Reserves. Mike Powell scored twice as Southborough won 4-1 after extra-time at Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers.
Alfred Maisey claimed the scoring honours with a hat-trick as Red Velvet beat Punjab United Reserves 6-3 in the Kent Junior Cup, it was 2-2 at half-time. Fleetdown United Reserves and Crayford Arrows both went through after-extra-time wins. Harry Bell and sub Lee Berwick both scored twice in United’s 5-3 win over Bexley Reserves. George Lyon was on target twice in Arrows’ 4-3 victory at Long Lane Reserves.
Joe Childs’ hat-trick and two from Peter Tarrant saw Belvedere through 6-1 Metrogas Reserves, while Noah Lasoye opened his account for the season with a hat-trick as Drummond Athletic won 5-0 at home to Johnson & Phillips.
News confirmed this week that two more C&E teams, Aylesford and Woodnesborough have both withdrawn from the League. It follows Bromley Green’s decision to pull out last month.
On the pitch, Deal Town Rangers and Rochester City Reserves both won their Kent Junior Cup (Group A) ties, while leaders Sturry went through in Group B. Parkwood Rangers also won their A tie.
Danny Wakeling says not being involved in football on Saturdays is “gut wrenching.” The former Bromleians manager left last month in a surprise exit. He transformed the club’s fortunes since taking over in 2016-17, but says he became had become disillusioned with several off the pitch issues, eventually deciding to walk away. Reflecting on his time in charge he admitted:
“To not be involved is gut wrenching. Football wise it’s been brilliant. The lads are great. I’ve been ultimately responsible with the running the entire playing section at Broms for the last two seasons.
“It’s been totally transformed on the playing side over two seasons with aligned progress at all levels.
“Credit to the fantastic volunteers who have made up the management team and players. “It’s not a fluke to turn a club that at all levels were either bottom or second from bottom in their respective leagues to top winning leagues , promotions and cup finals.
“There are great lads down there and they’ve progressed the playing side magnificently.
“We implemented a set of values and totally changed the mindset and culture.
“The club didn’t train for years before we went in there for a start.
“I’m fiercely proud of what they’ve achieved. It’ll never be taken away.”
He added: “I’ve been inundated with calls/messages from players inside the club taking the time to say “thank you” and a host of people outside the club wanting to know how this had happened.
“At the end of the day this is all voluntary. You’ve got to be happy doing it whether you’re at the bottom or at the top end.
“I leave the club knowing full well I’ve absolutely given my all and played my part in the complete and utter transformation across the playing side.”
“My fondest and the contribution I’m most proud of though, in terms of the club’s history, was being the person responsible for suggesting that the ground be named after Mr John Cooper.“
SATURDAY, 29th September
Dan Ashton’s second goal of the season and a late penalty save by goalkeeper Jack Clark combined to help Staplehurst Monarchs United win 1-0 at Tudor Sports and move three points clear at the top of the table.
United also maintained their 100% away record with a sixth successive win, against a home side yet to win a point in three home starts this season. Tudor announced the return of Danny Joy as assistant manager last week after a break from the game.
Joy tweeted: “Time to get back involved in management I think, had a nice break, played some vets football, but maybe time to get back to doing what i am used to… missed being involved in picking a team on a Saturday.”
Bromleians began life after Danny Wakeling with a second successive defeat, beaten 1-0 at Peckham Town. Wakeling’s decision to leave surprised many after a hugely successful spell in charge, maintaining no new job was in the pipeline. The club immediately began the search for successor, inviting e-mail applications.
Howard Miller’s first half strike settled the contest, and it was also great to see Peckham skipper Lukman Mojeed back in action after suffering a serous head injury against Monarchs last month.
George Latham’s return to Borden Village colours proved a success, netting a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Hawkinge Town. Fleetdown United are fourth after substitute Connor Chapman’s winner against Otford United. A goal in each half by Dale Harding and Warren Smith helped New Romney beat Bexley 2-1. Ali Adam hit both for Faversham Strike Force as they beat Farnborough Old Boys Guild by the same score.
Kings Hill came from behind twice to beat Stansfield (O&B) 3-2. Oliver Freeman made it 1-1, an own goal levelled things up at 2-2, before Rhys Lawson netted the eventual winner.
Lewis Nicholls early strike was enough to see Hollands & Blair clinch their 1-0 win at Burgess Hodgson to each the second round of the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC Cup. They now host Lydd Town Reserves.
James Funnell was on target again as C&E leaders K Sports Reserves defeated Rochester City 3-0. Tom Carter scored twice for Lordswood Rsserves in their 4-4 draw at Wateringbury. They led 4-2 just past the hour mark, but the but the villagers earned a point, with George Rogers and Danny Rowe hitting two apiece..
Dan Hanshaw scored twice in Cuxton 91’s 3-3 home draw against Guru Nanak.
Barry Ryan scored twice as South East Athletic won 5-1 at Premier Division Metrogas in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield. They are now at home to Sydenham Sports later this month.
Welling Park were among the goals again, 6-1 winners at Long Lane in the West, one better than the previous week. Joe Qunnear scored twice. Leaders Ide Hill beat AFC Mottingham 3-0 but praised their beaten opponents for a “battling tenacious display -and a tough game.” Craig Jackson’s penalty, Callum Heath and Jack Edmeads header were the scorers – Hill lead by four points.
Jamie Charman and Ryan Donahue both netted their second goals of the season as West Farleigh beat Southborough 2-0 to go top of C&E, a fourth win in five games. Ryan Hinkson scored twice as Rusthall Reserves won 3-1 at Margate Sports Reserves in the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup. Punjab United Reserves also went through, 2-0 winners at Snodland Town Reserves.
No stopping Harry Taylor as his hat-trick helped West table-toppers Red Velvet complete a 6-2 win at Metrogas Reserves. Taylor now has 13 for the three season.
Sturry are another new club finding their feet quickly, hitting seven for the second time week running. They were in a hurry, racing to a 5-1 half time lead on the way to a 7-1 success over New Romney Reserves. Jacob Hedges’ hat-trick and two by Conor Weatherall did the damage.
Justin Howard’s treble and two by Tony Oladipupo helped Tenterden Town win 5-0 at Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves.
Jack Thompson hit four as Rochester City Reserves also won 7-1 at the expense of University of Kent in the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup, the students’ first game of the season. Aiden Ainsley got the decider as Canterbury City University won 1-0 at Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers in the same competition.
Tudor Sports Reserves went through 6-5 on penalties at Farnborough Old Boys Guild in the NRG Gym West Kent Challenge Shield, the teams level at 3-3 after-extra-time. Equinoccial made a winning start in the competition 3-1 winners at home to Welling Town Reserves.
Wins also for Fleetdown United Reserves, two goals in each half, 4-1 winners at AFC Lewisham, Drummond Athletic and Orpington, Bradley getting two in a 4-0 success at home to Halstead United.
SATURDAY, 22nd September
KENT INTERMEDIATE CHALLENGE SHIELD
No shortage of goals in the opening round of the County cup competition, including two hat-tricks.
Levi Gold hit his second of the season as Otford United overcame Hawkinge Town 6-2, two games between the two clubs producing 14 goals, following the 3-3 draw in the League last month. Josh Carpenter scored early and late to complete his treble as Cuxton 91 defeated Faversham Strike Force 4-0. Two in the first seven minutes made the initial impact, before getting his third in stoppage-time. Strike Force fielded several youngsters in the tie, with Harry Benfield the latest to be awarded his senior debut with a place on the bench.
Harry Bradford netted his first senior goals with two in five second half minutes for Kings Hill’s in their 5-0 win at Bexley. Hill also gave youth a chance with 17-year-old Adam Borden making his first senior appearance.
Roy Godden hit two as New Romney beat Rochester City 4-2. Two players, Romney’s Liam Gear and City’s Fabio de Jesus, needed treatment following a nasty clash of heads,
Fabio tweeted: “Big thanks to New Romney for getting me to hospital…..after a few stitches I was back on my way.
“Thanks again guys and good luck in the next round.”
Rick Akers scored twice as Fleetdown United put out Borden Village 4-1. Farnborough OBG manager Luke Johnson hailed the 3-2 win over Wateringbury a “proper cup tie.” Mason Horne, Steve McQueen and Harry Tanner were Guild’s scorers.
August player-of-the month Ali Amisu netted his eighth in as many games as Peckham Town beat Margate Sports 3-1. Two extra-time goals made the difference for Crockenhill, 5-4 winners at Tudor Sports. The two teams were level at 2-2 at half-time and 3-3 after 90 minutes.
Ivan Toney’s hat-trick helped Welling Park claim their first win of the season, 5-2 at Chipstead. AFC Mottingham won 2-1 at Guru Nanak with goals by manager Chris Sundborg’s younger brother, 17-year old Jake and Ted Johnson the scorers. Sydenham Sports went through after opponents Burgess Hodgson forfeited the tie, due to being unable to field a team.
Player-Manager Luke Wallond scored twice as Staplehurst Monarchs United halted leaders Bromleians’ 100% record in the top-two meeting. United’s win puts both level on points, five clear of the rest, hitting 59 goals between them already. Wallond moves onto double figures for the season, one ahead of Josh Brown who was again on target, with Dan Mitchell getting the other.
James Funnell scored twice for the second week running as Central & East leaders K Sports Reserves maintained their winning start with a 3-2 win at Ramsgate Reserves. Matt McHugh, a familiar face around the Medway football scene for several years and still among the goals, scoring twice for second placed Holland & Blair Reserves as they edged another five-goal contest at local rivals Lordswood Reserves.
Lydd Town Reserves beat Snodland Town Reserves 6-2 to progress in the Kent Intermediate Cup, Ryan Easter hitting a hat-trick.
George Kensall grabbed the winner as leaders Ide Hill moved four points clear at the top of West winning 1-0 at Club Langley. Steve Gillett’s double set-up Long Lane’s first win, 3-1 against Halls.
Jack Parrot scored twice as Southborough made a winning NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup debut 3-2 at Tenterden Town. Faversham Town Reserves also went through by the same score against Deal Town Rangers.
In the League, all the goals were shared in Rusthall Reserves’ 5-1 win over AFC Ashford Athletic.
In the West, six different scorers featured as Sporting Club Thamesmead won 6-2 at Bexley Reserves.
Belvedere and Johnson & Phillips both progressed in the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield, the latter on penalties at Bridon Ropes Reserves.
New boys Sturry head the Central & East standings after their 7-2 win at Rochester City Reserves. Nathan McNally with a hat-trick and Karl Williams led the scoring.
Meanwhile Bromley Green have apologised after being forced to pull their team from the League.
Honorary Patron Dave Homewood said: “The decision to withdraw from the County League was a difficult one; but the fact that so many of our youngsters have to work weekends now, several on the railway or in retail outlets with a few hours notice, made organising a side to do the club and league justice virtually impossible.
“Many of our long-serving players had been lured away during pre-season by better offers (the grass is always greener) but we will be back once our new facilities are up and running.
“Ironically, all other sections of the club – e.g. youth and disability are thriving with membership over capacity.
“ We can only apologise for letting the league down but as I said, we will be back!”
West leaders Tudor Sports Reserves won 2-0 at Halstead United to open up a five point gap.
Greenways Aces beat Peckham Town Reserves 2-0 on their NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield debut.
SATURDAY, 15th September
NRG GYM ‘BILL MANKLOW’ INTER-REGIONAL CHALLENGE CUP
Otford United needed extra-time before getting past Halls 3-0 at Princes Park.
Rory Catt’s double and Harry Hudson saw off the plucky Division 1 West hosts in a closely fought tie. Lee Friend’s hat-trick helped Farnborough Old Boys Guild beat Welling Park 3-1. Friend completed a dual registration move to Southern Counties East League Division 1 Erith & Belvedere late last week. Frederick Agyemang’s first goal for the club, and Cameron Brodie clinched Tudor Sports 2-0 win at Fleetdown United.
Four second half goals saw leaders Bromleians run-out 5-2 winners at Crockenhill, top scorer Adam O’Neill scoring twice as they made it seven out of seven. Kalem Summers and Kayode Adenusi had netted to give Crocks a 2-1 advantage at the interval.
Second placed Staplehurst Monarchs United were also 2-1 in front at Peckham Town, when the game was abandoned after 80 minutes. Lukman Mojeed suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital before being detained overnight. We wish him a speedy recovery.
A late equaliser earned Borden Village a point in their 3-3 home draw, denying Stansfeld (O&B) the chance of registering their first win. Three successive wins have moved Faversham Strike Force up to eighth spot. Jordan Simpson’s fourth of the season, and a first for Dinu Catalin clinched the 2-1 success at New Romney. Dan Melvin and Ryan Blake’s penalty secured Kings Hill’s win by the same score at Hawkinge Town.
Daudi Irakose scored twice on his first senior start this season as Metrogas claimed their first win, 5-1 at home to Bexley.
Manager Mark Warner said: “….a well deserved win….with a quality performance for 90 minutes – the hard work paid off.”
The top-two meet in the only game this weekend, as all other clubs start their Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield campaign.
James Funnell’s first half double paved the way for unbeaten Central & East leaders K Sports Reserves’ 3-1 win over Wateringbury, a first defeat for the newly promoted villagers.
Emmanuel Abe hit two for Hollands & Blair Reserves in their 5-0 win at Burgess Hodgson. George Williams scored twice as Lordswood Reserves came from two goals down with half an hour left to win 4-2 at Guru Nanak. Ryan Easter netted two for Lydd Town Reserves as they won 3-1 at Margate Sports to secure their first win.
Substitute George Harris grabbed a hat-trick as Sydenham Sports ran out 6-0 winners over Chipstead. They trail leaders Ide Hill by a point, Ben Pearson converting two headers in their 3-1 win over Stansfield Reserves, despite trailing early on.
Southborough have settled into their new surroundings quickly, following their switch from the Sevenoaks League.
They stepped up after winning the league and success in several cup competitions, and find themselves second in Central and East, following a 4-2 win at Bearsted Reserves, Jack Parrot’s hat-trick did the damage.
They are a point behind leaders Ashford who had Liam Sheldon-Smith to thank for the late winner as they came from behind to beat Rusthall Reserves 3-2.
Player-Manager Ryan Norman said: “I didn’t expect it (the winner), came from my centre back.
“Ten minutes were left on the clock…. he picked the ball up 40 yards out, wriggled past two players and from about 30 yards, hit the ball on the half volley into the back of the net.
Cue the celebrational scenes.”
Jake Fitzpatrick scored his first goals of the season with two in West Farleigh’s 6-1 win over AFC Ashford.
Harry Taylor hit 65 goals for Red Velvet last season, and has got 10 already this campaign, including four in two games, the latest coming in the 4-0 win at Drummond Athletic, two in each half-time and put his top of the West table.
He and Tom Bradshaw could be set for their own personal contest to win Sharpshooter of the Year this season, the latter on nine after two more in the 4-2 win at Orpington, their first defeat.
New-boys Paddock Wood led early on against Tenterden Town only to concede eight in the second half in a 10-1 home defeat by Tenterden Town. Three of them came in stoppage-time as Ryan Vaughan and Jordan King completed hat-tricks.
Rochester City Reserves, Deal Town Rangers and Sturry boast 100% records after three games in Central & East.
Darwin Orizco also hit four in Equinoccial’s 5-0 home win over South East Athletic Reserves.
LONDON JUNIOR CUP
Sam Townson scored all the goals for Long Lane as they went through 4-3 at home against Essex Alliance League Puma Kings.
Liam Johnson scored both in Club Langley’s 2-0 win over Eltham Town. HFSP & Ten Em Bee and Danson Sports both won away to progress.
SATURDAY, 8th September
Danny Wakeling hailed Bromleians’ finishing as “impressive, ruthless and lethal” in the 15-1 win over Stansfeld (O&B). but still had time to praise their beaten opponents.
Leading 9-1 at half-time, Broms completed what’s believed to be a new club record win. Lewis Longhurst headed the scoring with five supported by Ashley Bertrand’s hat-trick, and two more by Sahid Bendu. The win and Staplehurst Monarchs United’s first defeat leaves Broms top-of-the-table with six wins out of six.
Broms boss Wakeling said: “The score was 2-1 inside the first 10 minutes.
“We had gone two up early but were pegged back with a great strike (by Stansfeld’s George White), soon after.
“Our lads after that though were superb.
“It was a day where the confidence just continued to grow throughout the game.
“We moved the ball quickly and confidently. “Decision making all around the park was of a very high level.
“Not one player lost focus or concentration as the game wore on.
“We were very impressive and absolutely lethal and ruthless with our finishing.
“The work rate was non-stop. I thought that half time being 9-1 up would be difficult to find the right words to make sure that the players kept going but to be fair, we have a great group of lads throughout the club who buy Into our values.
“They took full responsibility in making sure they came out for the second half in the right manner.
“It was a day where each player also contributed from the bench too.
“The level didn’t drop at all with the changes made. That’s a testament to these players. They’re good people as well as good players.
“There wasn’t any condescending behaviour either from them. Our lads just kept on moving the ball well and when we lost it just worked incredibly hard to make sure we got the ball back.
“Full credit must go to Stansfeld though. “That’s not easy by any means to be on the end of that and my first instinct at the final whistle was to get over and shake hands with each and every one of their players and members of management.
“ I didn’t actually enjoy seeing the disappointment at all. They’re a good strong football club as everyone knows only full well.
“They had players throwing bodies around, challenging non-stop in the air and on the ground.
“I’m not sure many sides would have made sure they saw the game out without giving up completely or losing their heads.
“ For me that takes courage. That’s a really positive sign and as horrible a day it must have been for the Stansfeld players I’m sure from what I saw that they’ve the character to leave that in the past and attack the game coming this weekend.”
He added: “As for leaving it in the past, that’s exactly what we will do at our end.
“ I’d take a 2-1 win and 13 1-0 wins all day long over that result on Saturday.
It’s just three points earned at the end of the day.
“That’s the bottom line. We are only six games in and we will continue to earn the right to play at this level on a weekly basis and I can assure you we won’t waver one iota from that approach.”
“The club record 13-0 (against Orpington) was discussed at our AGM last week.
“That will be re-visited this week but it’s one for the history book.”
Third placed Fleetdown United continued their encouraging start to the season, Michael Beattie hitting the winner at Staplehurst Monarchs United. Chris Axford and Miguel Rothe earned Faversham Strike Force their third win in five games – 2-0 at home to Peckham Town.
Jamie Knight’s 91st minute winner clinched Otford United’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Crockenhill. Crocks went in front after half-time before Levi Gold put O’s level with his sixth of the season.
Joe Abbott netted his first goal for new club Tudor Sports with the 87th minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Borden Village. Joe Sands put Borden ahead 16 minutes earlier with a spectacular strike that Borden officials reckon is an early contender for any goal of the season competition.
Oliver Freeman scored twice as Kings Hill overturned a 2-1 half-time deficit to beat New Romney 3-2. Farnborough OBG drew 2-2 against Hawkinge Town. Scott Wason’s double put Guild 2-0 up before Ryan Miles and Jacob Holden squared things up by half-time.
Late drama saw Hawkinge Town keeper Joe Munden sent off.
Hawkinge tweeted: “he appeared to bring down a home forward inside the box.. the red card followed but no penalty, only a free kick – we survive and take a point.”
An injury time winner earned Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves their 6-5 win over Long Lane. Connor 0’Boyle hit four of them with Leigh Watkins getting the other two. James Hawkins hit two for the visitors with the teams level at 2-2 at half time.
Player Manager Richard Pleydell tells us “It was an absolute roller coaster of emotions.
“We are a very young side, with an average age of 21, and although we are a reserve team we are the third team within our club, playing against most side’s first teams.”
He added: “ We looked comfortable at 2-0, but when we went 4-2 down we showed a ridiculous amount of character and desire to get it back to 4-4.
“Most young side’s would have folded, only to then concede again with five mins to go, but the boys went again and nicked a winner in injury time which on the balance of play was deserved.”
Gabriel Braimah’s second half double maintained Club Langley’s 100% record in Division 1 West with a 2-1 win over Sydenham Sports. They trailed to Kane Jones’ opener at half-time.
Ide Hill and AFC Mottingham both won to fill top-four spots,and Dave Milton scored twice as Chipstead got off the mark with a 4-2 win at South East Athletic.
Wateringbury are setting the pace in Central & East with three successive wins. Danny Rowe who hit 29 goals last season as they won Division 2, scored twice in the 4-1 win at Lydd Town Reserves.
Ashford’s Ryan Norman was another happy player-manager, seeing his side recover from trailing 2-0 in the opening 15 minutes to beat local rivals AFC Ashford Athletic 5-2 and top the Central & East table.
He said: “We are exactly where I wanted us to be when I set my plans out back in June.
“I wanted a good start and I’ve got it.
“Momentum is with us and it’s vital we continue to kick on.”
Orpington experienced some tough times last season, but sit top of the West table, Joshua Luffman scoring twice in the 5-1 win over Bexley Reserves.
Tom Bradshaw made it seven for the season with two as Belvedere beat Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves 4-0 – their first win. Joe Childs added another on his debut.
Rochester City Reserves and Deal Town Rangers boast maximum points from their opening three Central & East games, scoring a total of 33 goals in the process.
Perry Cray’s late winner clinched Canterbury City University’s 2-1 win over new boys Sturry.
Referee Andrew Wheaton tweeted praise for both teams after taking charge of West leaders’ Tudor Sports Reserves’ 3-2 win over another of the league’s new teams Equinoccial. Anthony Tye scored twice for Sports
Wheaton said: “Thanks for a great game – played in the right way.”
SATURDAY, 1st September
No doubt about the match of the weekend as winless hosts Crockenhill pushed early season pacesetters Staplehurst Monarchs United all the way in an early season goal-fest at Wested.
Monarchs player-manager Luke Wallond started and finished the scoring completing a hat-trick, with two penalties in a game of three penalties, as the leaders came from 5-3 down to win 6-5, and maintain their 100% record.
Wallond made it 1-0 from a free-kick, Crockenhill hit back to lead with goals from Omar El Mantawy and Reece Cullen, before Josh Brown levelled for Monarchs, taking his tally to eight, and sending the teams in 2-2 at half-time. Cullen put Crocks in front again from the spot, before El Mantawy according to joint-boss Peter Stanton scored a “wonder goal, running the length of the pitch taking on four or five players, before finishing neatly in the corner” to make it 4-2.
Back came Monarchs, Nathan Bertrand reduced the deficit, only for Cullen to get his second, and raise hopes of Crocks landing their first win. Brad Ring then hit Monarchs fourth, before Wallond’s double from the spot made it seven for him and win No. 6 for his side.
Reaction from both camps.
Stanton said: “We have had a difficult start to the season, not only with getting 11 players but also putting a team out every week.
“After the (7-1) defeat at Hawkinge we had an honest conversation with the squad. We wanted a reaction and got one with a full squad being available on Saturday.
“The game looked won from our point of view at 5-3, but then two sin-bin decisions and the two penalty awards in the last few minutes gave Staplehurst all three points.
“We still take a lot of positives, and feel we should have won.”
Monarchs view: “Well what can we say. “Turned up with a very depleted squad not helped when another player pulled out at the last minute to make it just 12!
“After 15 minutes we had to make another substitution due to yet another injury, leaving us with just 11 fit players and then the goals started pouring in – by the end we only had just eight fit players!!
“Errors all over the pitch but the lads stuck together and ground out a valuable three points and it’s on to next week.
“We are still looking for players to bolster our squad, please get in touch if you are interested in playing.”
Ashley Bertrand, Nathan’s brother, was among the scorers as Bromleians secured their fifth win on the spin, 2-1 at Kings Hill. Adam O’Neill hit the other, his fifth of the season.
Peckham Town are third, Gareth Jones again among the scorers in the 3-0 win over Farnborough OBG. Wayne Rogers and Reece Palmer scored twice in two minutes just after half-time as New Romney beat Otford United 2-0. Goals by Wesley Jno-Baptiste and Joby Smith saw fifth place Fleetdown United draw 2-2 at Hawkinge Town (Dean Jones and Harry Nunn).
Second half goals by Jack Sayer, and subs Lewis King and Jordan Pearce clinched Borden Village’s 3-0 win at Metrogas.
Gas manager Mark Warner said: “We lost after dominating the first half, but didn’t take our chances and lost to an experienced Borden team who took theirs, we move on and the hard work continues.”
Ashley Umney hit Bexley’s winner at Tudor Sports as they earned back-to back victories. Ali Adam’s hat-trick set up Faversham Strike Force’s 4-3 win over Stansfeld (O&B), Joe Stowell hitting two for the visitors.
K Sports Reserves and Wateringbury made it two wins out of two in Central & East.
Kent youngster Billy Lewins scored twice as Ramsgate Reserves beat Lydd Town Reserves 4-3. Fjord Rogers’ double helped Lordswood Reserves to win 3-2 at Rochester City, their first under new management team, Imran Englefield and Chris Gardner.
Liam Johnson’s netted twice for Club Langley as they won 7-0 at Long Lane. Paul Hackshall did the same as Sydenham Sports won 4-0 at Welling Park joining Langley on maximum points in the West.
“Rocket” Russell Allen hit three as Halls Athletic beat Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves 4-3.
AFC Mottingham claimed their first win under new boss Christopher Sundborg, Christian Akinlade’s treble easing them home 4-1 against Sutton Athletic Reserves.
Another new manager is Danny Hill at Belvedere.
He tweeted last month “pre-season was poor but I learn’t a lot about new players and systems, and what works and what doesn’t.”
Hill has recruited striker Tom Bradshaw, who scored all the goals in the 4-4 draw at Crayford Arrows, having led twice and been 3-1 up half time. George Lyon’s hat-trick helped complete Arrows’ comeback.
Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves and Red Velvet netted 204 goals in finishing top-two in Division 3 West last season. Velvet won the early meeting between the 8-0 with Harry Taylor, who hit 66 last term -getting four of them.
Lee Chambers saw his new charges Rusthall Reserves beat his old – Tonbridge Invicta 6-0, to lead Central & East after two games.
Goals aplenty here too.
Danny Maslak hit his second successive hat-trick as Deal Town Rangers beat Tenterden Town 6-1. It was 1-1 at half-time.
Ellis Hutton and Daryl Herbert-Smith’s goals carried AEI Sports to the Division 3 C&E title last season, and they look set to try and do the same at Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers, having followed old assistant boss Michael Betts, now in charge at the club. Hutton hit five and Herbert-Smith four in the 9-0 win at Bromley Green.
Rochester City Reserves have won their opening two games, 4-1 winners at Woodnesborough, Lewis Chapman getting two of them. Anthony Whittaker scored twice as new-boys Sturry also made it two-out-of-two, beating Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves 3-1.
Danny Tong hit two for Halstead United in their 4-3 home win over Bromleians Reserves in Division 3 West. They and Tudor Sports Reserves, 4-0 winners at AFC Lewisham, including one or two familiar names who helped the first team claim fifth spot in the Premier Division last season, have maximum points from the first two outings.
Meanwhile the new Vets campaign, extended to two divisions this season, gets underway this weekend. This area of the game is enjoying a huge increase in popularity, indicated by the number of new teams taking part. Nine compete in Division 1 and 10 in Division 2.
Fixtures and Results will feature weekly on @KCFL_News throughout the season.
Good Luck to all involved – enjoy your football.
SATURDAY, 25th August
Staplehurst Monarchs United, normally slow starters, have hit the ground running.
Josh Brown earned them a Bank Holiday win double with the winner at Otford United on Monday and both in the 2-0 win over Stansfeld, 48 hours earlier, taking him to seven for the season as Monarchs made it five out of five to top the table.
Boss Luke Wallond tells us: “We had a good end to last year and the lads worked hard through pre-season to make sure we started where we left off.
“We wanted to keep the majority of last year’s squad which we have managed to do and we have been lucky to add players in key areas which I felt we needed to improve.”
He added: “It has been a good start but we have a long season ahead and cannot get complacent.”
Wallond combines football with running his own Maidstone based fencing business.
He said: “I am now in my third year as player-manager and keen to push the club forward.
“With the help and effort of Gordon Reader (chairman), Jack Peach (club secretary), Adrian Lacy (assistant manager) and the introduction of Mark Pickup as coach mid-way through last year, I feel we now have a good base to build upon both on and off the pitch.”
“We also have to thank all our sponsors – old and new – who support and help the club.”
Elsewhere Hawkinge Town and New Romney also claimed back-to-back wins.
Hawkinge hit seven against Crockenhill on Monday with substitute Kieran Byrne and Ryan Prior both scoring twice, following on from the 3-2 victory at Peckham Town on Saturday. Toby Heydon and John Smith also scored in both games.
Romney won both matches on their travels, Roy Godden featuring on the score-sheet twice in the 2-0 win at Borden, and the 2-1 victory at Farnborough Old Boys Guild.
Peckham bounced back on Monday winning 5-1 against Kings Hill in a match played at Chatham Town FC – hat-trick man Gareth Jones called it a “good day at the office.” Ali Amisu hit the other two.
Guild and Bexley both registered their first wins on Monday.
Lee Friend’s goals helped keep FOBG in the Premier Division last season, and he got off the mark with a hat-trick in Monday’s 6-2 victory over Metrogas. Boss Luke Johnson was relieved to see his side break their four-game duck.
“Phew! Hopefully corner turned – superb performance,” he said.
Meanwhile Guild have announced the appointment of a new chairman.
Former player, and reserve team manager Danny Saines has taken over from Steve Viner who has stepped down after 14 years. The club said: “Danny is taking on the chairmanship a year or two earlier than he would have expected, but says he is honoured to be representing the Guild in this capacity and looking forward to the challenges it will bring.
“We wish him all the best in the role.”
Steve Leach and Lucas Rodrigues were two of the scorers in Bexley’s 3-1 win at Stansfeld (O&B).
Bromleians maintained their 100% start, 2-0 winners at home to Fleetdown United on Monday, goals from Lewis Longhurst and Louie Clark. A Broms Xl lost 4-2 against West Wickham in the annual Robin Gonzalez Cup fixture, remembering the life of a player who represented both clubs.
Rory Catt scored twice as Otford United won 3-2 at Tudor Sports on Saturday. Crockenhill and Bexley claimed their first point in a 2-2 draw at Wested.
Substitute Jack Henry came off the bench to score twice and set-up the third for Ian Kemp, as Welling Park claimed the best comeback of the weekend, to draw 3-3 at home to Chipstead. The visitors led 3-0 after an hour with goals by Mitchell Hill, Alfie Kitt and James Porter.
Matt Bunn hit two in Ide Hill’s 4-2 win over Long Lane.
Halls Athletic rued a 80th minute penalty miss in the final 10 minutes, beaten by South East Athletic sub Andrew Ewers’ even later winner.
Margate Sports who announced a quartet of new experienced signings last week – Sam Hallett Aaron Quain, Ian Pullman and Ryan Philpott, slipped up 3-2 at Guru Nanak on the opening day.
Piers Futcher, on loan from Lydd Town started with a hat-trick in AFC Ashford Athletic’s 7-1 win over Tonbridge Invicta. Former Invicta boss Lee Chambers saw his new Rusthall Reserves charged begin well – 6-2 winners at Punjab United Reserves, Adam James bagging three of them.
New-boys Southborough led 3-0 at half-time, on their way to a 4-2 KCL debut win at home to Margate Sports Reserves. Ashley Russell was another in-form sub, hitting three as West Farleigh won 4-0 against another new team Bearsted Reserves.
Abraham Fakos got both as Dulwich Village beat Belvedere 2-1 in Division 2 West.
Marlon Ortiz scored a first half double as Equinoccial began with a 3-1 win 1 at fellow new-boys Greenways Aces. Danson Sports also made a winning start, 3-1 victors over Peckham Town Reserves.
Halstead United, running just one team this season, won 5-1 at South East Athletic Reserves, Frankie Connor and Jake Pickett both scored twice.
TUESDAY, 14th August
Levi Gold made it five in two games as Otford United beat Stansfield (O&B) 4-2.
Dan Ashton hit the winner in Staplehurst Monarchs United’s 1-0 win over Kings Hill.
Two goals in six minutes in the final quarter of an hour by Roy Godden and substitute Tristan Belsey earned New Romney their first points, 2-0 at Hawkinge Town.
Another substitute, Rory Skinner hit the winner for Tudor Sports at Crockenhill.
WEDNESDAY, 15th August
New signings Lewis Longhurst, Sahid Bendu and Ashton Bertrand all netted as in Bromleians 4-0 victory over Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Longhurst hit his second in two games, following his switch from Halstead United “a couple of absolute worldies“ according to boss Danny Wakeling. Adam O’Neill hit the other.
County League Rep squad man Ali Amisu claimed the second Premier Division hat-trick of the season as Peckham Town won 4-0 at Metrogas. Timothy Okorosobo got the other.
Lewis McCrory, Jack Sayer and substitute Luke Collins netted for Borden Village in the 3-0 win over Farnborough OBG.
Ollie Spicer was Fleetdown United’s match-winner against Bexley.
SATURDAY, 18th August
A trio of clubs boast maximums three games into the new season.
Bromleians have hit the ground running, Staplehurst Monarchs United start mirrors they way they finished last, with Fleetdown United perhaps the surprise packet so far, at least to those outside the Dartford based club.
Former boss Martin McCarthy left to take over as assistant boss at Bostik League Premier Division Leatherhead in June, but spoke proudly then about what he was leaving behind.
He said: “Can’t thank enough those at the club, and my management team along the way.
“Proud to be leaving the club in a fantastic position… they will continue the foundations laid.”
And so they have, under McCarthy’s replacement, Jimmy Martin.
All the goals were shared in the latest win, 5-1 at Crockenhill, Lee Anderson, Michael Beattie, Connor Chapman, Kyal Hunter and Wesley Jno Baptiste on target.
Joshua Brown scored twice for the second time this season as Staplehurst Monarchs United won 5-3 at Faversham Strike Force. Player-manager Luke Wallond’s brace and Stephen Elliott added the others, with youngster Jordan Simpson getting two for the hosts.
Force’s management team have vowed to build a senior squad featuring home produced talent, Under-18 captain Chris Appleby the latest to be given his senior debut.
No stopping Bromleians though, hitting four for the third successive game. Adam O’Neill hit two more while Sahid Bendu and Ashley Bertrand again featured among the scorers.
Ali Amisu’s second in successive games and Gareth Jones netted for Peckham Town as they won 2-0 at Stansfeld (O&B).
Daniel Bryant hit both as Borden Village beat Farnborough OBG.
Levi Gold hit his sixth of the season and then saw red half an hour from the end in Otford United’s 3-3 home draw against Hawkinge Town. Daniel Finnigan’s double helped O’s lead 3-1 at the break, but Kieran Byrne (two) and Damien Abel completed the comeback to clinch a point.
And so to the first complete league programme this weekend – good luck to everyone involved in our League, especially the new clubs.
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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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