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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.