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Halls Athletic won the Hospital Junior Charity Cup beating Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves 3-0 in the final at Park View Road on Friday
It proved a lively finale to the season with three penalties, and two red cards, watched by a crowd of 160.
The raffle well supported and proceeds from this tie added to the senior contest staged on the previous Monday going to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Adam Whitnall and Matt Skopila converted the spot-kicks, with Russell Allen heading in the other.
Other news –
In the Premier Division, Peter Nolan has taken over at Bromleians, while Damien Abel and assistant Dominic Castle have left Hawkinge Town.
Jon Coppen and Dominic Welch are the new management team at Long Lane.
Wilson Frimpong replaces Daniel Mascoll at Dulwich Village.
The club said: “Thanks to Daniel for all his hard work. He will still play an important role, helping to take our club forward.”
This being the final round-up of the season I would like to thank all the managers and club officials who have helped this season.
To come we all have all the news from the Annual Dinner – and the AGM – two occasions to say “thank you “ to outgoing chairman Cyril Windiate who is not seeking re-election after 35 years in the post.
Keep in touch with other news from the league via our two twitter feeds.
Saturday 11th May and Midweek
BILL MANKLOW INTER-REGIONAL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
Kieran Woodley was the star of the show as Chipstead won the Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Cup, beating New Romney 5-2 at Rochester United on Tuesday night.
The former Crystal Palace youngster’s hat-trick proved the highlight of the tie watched by more than 200 spectators.
The D1W side led 3-0 at half-time – James Fitchett fired them in front after only six minutes, before Joffy Shea doubled the leader from the penalty spot nine minutes later after being brought down by keeper Paul Egan.
Woodley added the third on 32 minutes, before completing his treble with two in the space of 10 minutes after the break – the third, the best – from around 30 yards.
Roy Godden and Billy Somerville scored two quick consolation goals as New Romney finished runners-up for the second successive year.
Chipstead’s victory followed them winning the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup on Good Friday, and finishing third in the league.
Manager Fred Dillon said: “It’s been a great night – and to be fair – a great season, my first with these lads.
“We were disappointed about the league, but we have done the cup double, which is great for the club, the players, and we are going home happy.
“We arrived here said let’s take the game to them and got some early success, and carried on them from there.
Dillon coached Woodley when he was a youngster at Palace.
“He is talent in his own right – top player -great, natural ability who could play higher, but I don’t want lose him.
“We have got a lot of top players who we have picked up from a higher level, but who can’t commit to twice a week training.
Kieran’s the same, he liked it here and it suits him.
“All three goals were special, but the third was the best – 100%.
“He scored a similar one in the Cup in the Charity Cup Final and he did it again tonight.
“I am really pleased for him and the rest of the lads.”
Bexley beat Kings Hill 9-2 in the final game of the season on Tuesday night, but it won’t save them from relegation.
Harry Nash and Tom Harvey both hit hat-tricks, but a point deduction incurred earlier in the season proved crucial.
Willie O’Sullivan’s side went down 6-2 at home to Farnborough Old Boys Guild on Saturday.
Steve Townsend’s hat-trick, completed four minutes from time, Paul Lee, Kalum Daini and Mason Horne were Guild’s scorers –
Andrew Callaghan and Harry Nash getting two in four minutes after Bexley trailed 5-0.
Guild manager Luke Johnson reflected on his first full season in charge, admitting he is still making the transition from player to manager.
“I really enjoyed it, and I liked working with this group of players.
“From Christmas to now we have dug deep, got good commitment from the players, and had a settled squad.
“Looking ahead he said: “I will be looking for a top-five finish next season, which is where I think we should be as a
Earlier In the day Guild players were involved in a club photo-shoot.
The reason was four-fold – a new kit launch – with a variation on the club’s usual red and yellow stripes, use on banners and promotion material around the club for the 2019/20 season, to introduce a new Under-12 Colts team – and to help publicising the club in the local community.
Guild’s online profile is already good due to the excellent club website, one if the best across the County League.
Tudor Sports Reserves were confirmed as West champions following the 2-2 draw against Peckham Town Reserves at Oxford Road on Saturday.
Antony Tye scored twice to put Sports ahead before Klajdi Cani levelled things up in the second half.
Secretary Gavin Hoare was there to present the trophy.
Sports tweeted: “After a long season we finish on top. “Best defence in the league and undefeated at home.
“Massive respect to Parkwood Rangers who took us all the way. (They) showed some class at the end of the game as well.
“Congratulations on your promotion, and we will see you next year.”
Equinoccial clinched third spot, beating Danson Sports 4-1.
Danson led 1-0 at half-time before goals by
Alejandro Marin, Marlon Ortiz, Kevin Ramirez, and substitute Bryan Vinueza completed the win.
Manager Patricio Molina said: “It was a difficult game against one of the strongest teams in the division but we kept up the pace and turned the game around.
“Great season overall but definitely could have done better, we will go for it next season!”
In a message to their Instagram followers the club said: “We can’t complain about our stats; 84 goals scored and third position, but we could have definitely won the league. “Now we wait until the Kent County League makes the decision on how many teams will be promoted.
Thanks to all supporters, families, the pitch’s staff(great people) and especially all the players.
“Well done Equinonoccial! See you all soon for pre-season.”
One more Cup Final to come on Friday – with Halls Athletic facing Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves in the Junior Hospital Cup at Park View Road on Friday.
Erith & Belvedere beat Sutton Athletic 5-3 in the Senior Final on Monday night.
Saturday 4th May and Midweek
Kent Intermediate Cup Final (8th May)
Lynos Rwodzi had a foot in both goals as Rusthall Reserves celebrated winning the Kent Intermediate Cup, beating Lydd Town Reserves 2-0 in the final at K Sports on Wednesday night.
The pacy 18-year old Zimbabwean won the Man-of-the-Match award as the Tunbridge Wells villagers claimed their trophy in six days – having also finished runners-up in Division Two East.
A delighted manager Lee Chambers said: “I see this side as Rusthall’s first team in the Kent. County League.
“They are outstanding lads, who have only been together for eight months but have proved to be a fantastic squad.”
He added “Winning promotion was our priority at the start of the season, so the two cups are a bonus – yes a treble of sorts.”
Rwodzi’s corner bounced off Lydd keeper Ben Mackenzie’s chest into his own net to put Rusthall in front, before helping double the lead in the second half when his shot was deflected in.
The win also helped Kane Ramsell continue his birthday celebrations.
Having followed Chambers from Tonbridge Invicta, last season, the skipper turned 30 on the day.
Injuries hampered Lydd almost from the start losing striker Sam Lancaster inside the opening five minutes, with Bailey Pearson and Chris Button hobbling out of the game in the second half.
Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield (7th May)
Two goals in the opening 10 minutes set-up Parkwood Rangers 5–1 victory over Johnson and Phillips at Sevenoaks Town on Tuesday night.
The D3W side became the first side to claim a nap hand in the Final to win the impressive trophy.
Manager Doug Scott said: I think we deserved to win, but perhaps not by the score we did.
“It’s a brilliant way to end the season.”
Chris Grizzle and Harry Scott gave Rangers the early lead, before Andrew Stainer pulled one back as J & P grew into the game.
Ben Malyon then added a third before half-time.
Jordan Davids and Harry Obrien added the other two.
Losing manager Les Tull reflecting on the run to the final said: “This season has been a tough challenge, the league and opponents seem to get tougher as the years go on, and we as a team get older.”
He added: “We didn’t have the best form throughout and this is down to consistency of players being available and not a lot of luck going our way, but we kept going and our hard work and patience saw us manage to get to the final – a great achievement considering our league form.”
The season isn’t over for some teams, but the guard is already changing.
Danny Lye announced he is moving on from Kings Hill, Mark Warner has parted company with Metrogas – the new man installed already, while Tyrone Reid has left Bromleians.
Warner said: Due to various issues this season, I am no longer manager as of immediate effect.
“I want to thank Tim Morgan for the time I spent at the club, and wish the new manager best if luck.
“I will be looking to stay in football at this stage.”
“It wasn’t a bad record – promotion, Kent Junior Cup finalists, and two Manager of the Month awards.”
Former Welling Town assistant manager Mike Jones takes over.
He said: “Absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity, and see what I can build here.
Bromleians announced Reid’s departure on Thursday evening.
“The club would like to express it’s appreciation to Tyrone for all his hard work and effort over the last two seasons, and bringing the club to it’s highest ever finish.
Reid moves on after taking charge earlier this season when Danny Wakeling left.
Tweeting earlier this week he said: “What a season.
“The rollercoaster has finished. I survived – the club survived- and we competed from start to finish.
“Congratulations to all the players that contributed.”
On the pitch, Staplehurst Monarchs FC finished their championship winning season, beating Faversham Strike Force 5-1. Josh Brown scored twice to make it 23 for the season, with Peter West, Nathan Bertrand and Dan Ashton completing the tally. Jordan Simpson netted for Strike Force who filled eighth spot in the table
However the race to finish second and third suffered twists and turns.
Borden Village claimed runners-up spot, despite a 5-0 defeat at Tudor Sports, with Peckham Town third, following their 1-0 reverse at Fleetdown United.
Village finished with nine men having Jay Law and goalkeeper Robert Woodard sent off.
Ross Morley scored twice including a penalty – and missed out on a third, Aaron Seales, Ben Tutt and substitute Theo Baffore getting the others.
Morley and Billy Jolly netted as Tudor beat Stansfeld 2-1 on Tuesday night to top the 50 point mark for the season and secure seventh spot.
The club said: “A great end to the season after the change of management.”
Meanwhile Tudor’s Darren Nash hopes play again after suffering a serious knee injury against Peckham.
Nash suffered a break, three ruptured ligaments and damaged his medial meniscus.
He said: “It was a freak accident. The specialist at Kings College said he had never seen anything as bad, but I saw the physio today, and he says I could play again, but it could be a year.”
Joby Smith’s first half strike helped Fleetdown upset Peckham Town
The South London club’s Head Coach Mary Phillip told the club website: “Things don’t always go your way in football – there are always good and bad times.
“The game was ours for the taking, but unfortunately not all the players rose to the challenge.”
New Romney will finish fifth – with one game left – and the Bill Manklow IRCC Cup Final against Chipstead to come next Tuesday.
Warren Smith and sub Lee Butler scored twice in the 6-0 win over Metrogas.
Stansfeld, benefiting from the inclusion of several members of the club’s Southern Counties East League squad completed 4-0 wins over Farnborough Old Boys Guild on Saturday and Kings Hill on Thursday.
Division 1 East
Bailey Pearce hit five as champions K Sports Reserves completed their prolific end to the season with a 6-3 win at Lydd Town Reserves – 28 goals in the final three games.
Player-Manager Matt Lightfoot finished with a hat-trick as Burgess Hodgson won 4-1 at Margate Sports.
The Canterbury side improved after a slow start to finish fourth from bottom.
He said: “Hopefully we will make a better start next season and will be up in the top half. “
Champions Ashford FC rounded off their season by winning the Weald of Kent Charity Cup – 7-0 over Smarden at Lydd Town on Monday afternoon.
Riley Alford and James Haylock both scored twice.
Reiss Campbell and skipper Steve Diamond earned Johnson and Phillips their 2-1 in the West win at Metrogas Reserves.
The all Uni last C&E game of the season ended all square.
Jesse Forson and Owen Fitt netted for CC University, with Sam Hopkins and Adebola Oluwo hitting University of Kent’s reply.
The West race for top-spot has gone to the wire.
Tudor Sports Reserves need a point to pip Parkwood Rangers to the title on Saturday.
Equinoccial host Danson Sports in the battle for third and fourth spots.
Larkfield clinched the Division 1 title beating Marden Minors 2-1.
West Kent Challenge Shield Final preview:
(Tuesday 7th May at Sevenoaks Town FC)
Parkwood Rangers bid to end a very successful season with silverware when they meet Johnson & Phillips in the Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield Final at Sevenoaks Town on Tuesday night.
Already assured of promotion from Division 3 West, Rangers have to wait until Saturday to find out if they win the title or finish runners-up.
They finished their season top of the table with a +1 goal difference over Tudor Sports Reserves who finish at home to Peckham Town Reserves – the culmination of a very tight race for top-spot with five teams all in contention at one stage.
Rangers manager Doug Scott said: “To reach this cup final and guarantee automatic promotion, still with a very slim chance of being champions, is a fantastic achievement for this team and everyone associated with Parkwood Rangers.
“Like most teams, injuries and players working have really made it difficult at times, especially earlier in the season, but all the boys hard work has made it worthwhile, especially considering the high standard as always in D3W, and that we have missed out on promotion by one place four times.
“Having been involved at the club for 19 years, my first team still has nine players who have played for Parkwood since they were four years of age or played 90% of their football at Parkwood which is something the club is very proud of.”
He added: “As for the run to the final, we have played some very competitive teams – Crayford Arrows, Equinoccial, Dulwich Village and Greenway Aces, and know the game against Johnson & Phillips will be tough.
“Although we’re going there to win, we must also enjoy the night.”
J&P have gone the distance twice on their way to the final, winning on penalties at Bridon Ropes Reserves and grabbing an extra-time winner at Orpington – either side of a walk-over against Bromleians Reserves.
Steve Martin hit the only goal in the home semi-final against Danson Sports last month.
Manager Lee Jull said: “The game overall was a bit scrappy at times but there was some good football played by both teams.
“Danson were a good footballing team and like to play football the right way.
“There were chances for either side across the 90 minutes – I feel we deserved the win overall but if I am being honest if it wasn’t for my boys being fully committed on the day we would have lost.
“We are now looking forward to the final and hopefully picking up the trophy.”
Kent Intermediate Cup Final
(Wednesday 8th May at K Sports, Cobdown)
Rusthall Reserves manager Lee Chambers says victory over Lydd Town Reserves will cap his “fantastic” first season with the club.
Rusthall reached the final with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Sutton Athletic while Lydd came through 2-0 at Glebe Under-23s with manager’s son Tom scoring both on the night at Chislehurst.
Chambers signed off after 25 years with Tonbridge Invicta last year by lifting the Les Leckie Cup – and has already guided the D2 C&E side to promotion and the Tunbridge Wells Charity Cup – beating neighbours Southborough 3-0 at Culverden Stadium on Friday night.
Chambers said: “Promotion was our aim this year to help us bridge the gap with our first team and we have achieved that.
“To reach two cup finals on top of that is fantastic – we hope to make it a double come Wednesday night.”
Lydd manager Bryan Morgans, at the helm for nine years – is looking forward to his fourth final in charge.
They recovered from a low base to finish fifth in D1E with their 20 league games producing a total of 113 goals.
Morgans said: “We made a slow start with eight points from eight games, but have really picked up since then.
“We have scored a lot and conceded a lot – you always see some entertaining football from us.”
He added: “I am really proud of the boys getting to the final, we have played and beaten some excellent teams.
“I think playing Rusthall though will be a very tough game.”
SATURDAY 27th APRIL & MIDWEEK
Significant results at the top and bottom in midweek. Peckham Town’s 4-1 win at Tudor Sports on Wednesday takes the race for runners-up spot to the wire. Klajdi Cani scored twice, Nicky Meta added a third, before Kevin Dance got a late fourth – all this after Tudor had gone in front – courtesy of Ross Morley’s penalty. The victory moves Peckham into third spot above Bromleians on goal difference – a point behind Borden Village – both with one game left. Village finish at Tudor Sports, while Peckham visit Fleetdown.
Meanwhile at the bottom – Stansfeld (O&B) kept their hopes of staying up alive with a 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Metrogas, thanks to goals by Charlie Richmond and Lennie Wise. The victory, closes the gap between the teams to two points with three games left. Metrogas finish with a trip to New Romney on Saturday.
Isaac Toney and Jamie Swetman with a “rocket” for his first and last goal of the season, netted for Park with George White hitting the reply.
Zachary Beeden’s second half winner earned Metrogas a 1-0 win over Faversham Strike Force last weekend.
Manager Mark Warner tweeted: “Great win – doing the double over a strong Faversham side.
“A much better second half performance saw us take a very needed three points.”
Bexley earned a point in 2-2 home draw against New Romney. The visitors led at half-time through Roy Godden and Josh McCue. Kiran Dingri and Tom Harvey netted for Bexley.
Elsewhere Otford United’s finish fifth – after an excellent April – three wins and 13 goals. They led 2-0 at Broms at half-time with goals by Rory Catt and Jamie Knight, before being pegged back by Louie Clar his 33rd of the season, and an own goal. Luke Johnson savoured guiding Farnborough Old Boys Guild to their best ever season following the 4-1 home win over Tudor Sports He tweeted: “More Step 7 points (29) then any other side in our 90-year history.”
Dekklund Wallace, Ray Knight, Paul Lee and Kalum Daini were Guild’s scorers in a game watched by a crowd of 142, after the club had earlier hosted a junior football event.
Welling Park gained a second away win in three games 2-1 at Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves on Wednesday night. In between they finished on the wrong end of a 5-0 defeat at West champions Ide Hill (see Gallery picture story).
Chipstead finished third – Alfie Coates’ hat-trick the platform for the 6-1 win over Long Lane. The Kidbrooke club seemed close to pulling out of the league earlier this season, after several players left Reflecting on the present and future, the club said: “That’s a wrap. Not the end to the season we wanted, but with several first teamers missing we took a bare 11 to Chipstead.. and it was just too much.
“Thanks to all the players and managers this season.
“Big big plans ahead for us next season. “Watch this space.”
Halls Athletic also finished their season on a high – 4-1 winners at Club Langley – with two apiece by Dave Stevens and Lewis Tristram.
“Sign off the league campaign with a fantastic win. Perfect way to go into the Hospital Cup Final.”
Ian Pullman hit four as Margate Sports beat C & E runners-up Wateringbury 7-3.
Red Velvet clinched the West title hitting 12 goals past Dulwich Village – seven of them before half-time. Harry Taylor hit five with Tom Malyon grabbing three more.
Faversham Town Reserves hit four for the third game running – against Southborough – and will clinch fourth spot in the East section with victory at West Farleigh on Saturday.
Tudor Sports Reserves need a point to clinch the West title – but have to wait another week before hosting Peckham Town Reserves in their final game. Manager Nathan Gee took over in goal in the 2–1 win over Long Lane Reserves. Regular keeper Bradley McNamara was one of four team members running the London Marathon the following day. Gee also featured in games against Bromleians and Halstead early last month keeping two clean sheets. .Antony Tye got both.
NRG Gym West Kent Challenge Shield finalists Parkwood Rangers are top after finishing their league season with 4-0 win at Farnborough Old Boys Guild Reserves – two by debutant Harry Obrien.
End of season bragging rights are up for grabs when CCU Sport and University of Kent meet in the East section’s finale.
SATURDAY 20th and WEDNESDAY 24th APRIL
“What a great night – I am lost for words.”
That was the immediate reaction of South East Athletic manager Tony Alliband after watching his side lift the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield beating Premier Division champions Staplehurst Monarchs United 2-0 at Chatham Town FC on Wednesday night.
Second half goals by Padraig Biggane and 30-goal top scorer Darren Wynne capped an historic win in the club’s debut season in the competition It proved the perfect end to Alliband’s first season in charge, and to Steven Daley’s eight year tenure as chairman.
Alliband said: “All the lads have done me and the club proud to beat the champions – and quite convincingly.
“We upped our levels in the second half – and they looked a little bit leggy.”
“I wanted us to be history-makers at the club, winning the competition in our first season.”
He added: “Now we have got to do the hard part, and win the league next season, then play the likes of these on a regular basis.”
The first half lacked a real cutting edge with both teams creating little, but that changed six minutes into the second half, when left back Biggane crashed home Luke Alliband’s deep cross from right.
Billy Rutherford went on the run of the night, from almost halfway, but saw his effort kept He and Alliband then had shots blocked before Wynne doubled the lead after 67 minutes.
Monarchs struggled to respond in a below par performance – and player-manager Luke Wallond admitted it wasn’t their night.
“The better side won, no qualms about that.
“They wanted a bit more than us – and it. showed – no excuses- we wanted to win, but couldn’t put a pass together.
“We looked a little bit tired, but no disrespect to them, they deserved to win.
Monarchs second best on the night but nobody can deny they are worthy champions – and in their 125th anniversary season.
A 3-1 win over Farnborough Old Boys Guild clinched the title with a game to spare, but not before some nervy and anxious moments on the way – and on the day.
Guild led 1-0 through Dekklund Wallace before Monarchs levelled just before half-time.
Two second half penalties by Peter West and Max Ciano clinched victory with League Secretary Gavin Hoare there to present the trophy.
Speaking after Wednesday’s defeat, Luke Wallond said: “To stand here having won the league is amazing.
“I said to the boys in the dressing room just now, remember Saturday.
“Be disappointed we haven’t won, but also remember eight/ nine months ago, the goal pre-season was to win promotion.
“We have exceeded ourselves by winning the league, so a big pat on the back to the boys, people who have committed and helped out, doing the kit, it’s been a long hard push, maybe tonight was one step too far.”
He added: “Adrenalin gets to you, and it did in the first half against Farnborough, “They came, got about us on and did well.
“I told the boys at half-time – relax – it’s been a long hard season, you have all done your thing, and this is no different.
“We had gone a goal down and the nerves got worse, but we went out second half and settled down a bit.”
He added: “Winning the league. is the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.”
The club have been recommended for promotion to the Southern Counties East League and looking ahead Wallond said:
“Just achieving that and staying up would be massive for us, then see how we get on from there.”
Bromleians and Peckham Town both won in their chase to pip Borden Village to runners-up spot.
Away wins – both 4-1 – over Bexley and Stansfeld over Easter moved Otford United into fifth place.
Champions K Sports Reserves completed their own Easter goal hunt with 21 in two hefty wins – 9-1 over Lydd Town Reserves and 12-1 against Guru Nanak.
George Robinson hit nine of them while Bailey Pearce claimed six.
Darren Wynne scored twice as South East Athletic finished their league campaign coming from 2-0 down to beat AFC Mottingham 5-3.
Chipstead won the first of their two cup finals, coming from 2-0 down against West champions Ide Hill to lift the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup on Good Friday.
Belvedere enjoyed a rousing end to their season, Rob Henderson’s hat-trick inspiring a 6-2 win over Red Velvet.
It leaves Velvet needing a point from their final game at home to Dulwich Village on Saturday to clinch the West title.
Deres manager Danny Hill said: “Now the dust has settled on the season – more ups than downs – 3rd place and a cup semi final isn’t a bad achievement at all for a brand new team HFSP and Ten-Em-Bee went top after a 2-0 win over Johnson and Phillips in their final game.
Still all to play for in the race for the West title – and it could go to the last day of the season.
Tudor Sports regained top-spot after a 0-0 home draw against Danson Sports on Tuesday Justin Howard’s hat-trick and two by Jordan King in a 7-1 win over Rochester City Reserves ensured they finished third in C&E behind the Medway side.
FRIDAY 12th & SATURDAY 13th APRIL
Lloyd Davis praised the character of his side after HFSP & Ten Em-Bee overturned an early two-goal deficit to beat UCC Diaspora 4-3 and be crowned London Junior Cup champions for the first time.
League Chairman Cyril Windiate was among the crowd of almost 300 at chilly Colston Avenue, home of Carshalton Athletic last Friday night. Both teams were well supported and deserve credit for playing a full part in a thoroughly entertaining contest, under the control of excellent referee Ben Rathe.
The Kent County League Division 2 West side made a poor start, UCC Diaspora scoring twice inside the opening 15 minutes through Joe Glynn and Gavin Falconer before Michael Amponsah pulled one back soon afterwards. He added a second inside the first minute after half-time, completing his hat-trick 11 minutes from the end. Substitute Peter Bierne added a third for UCC with a minute left, setting up a lively finish, before the celebrations began.
Davis said: “Our team spirit was the main thing. We fought hard – went in level at half-time – came out and scored early – it was all about them not me, they gave everything – 100 %.”
He added: “Some of us would have thought the worst after that poor start, but the spirit we have, and what we have shown this season, we have to fight, that’s all we know. “It shows the strength and character we have in our young team.
“My team-talk at half-time was all about we can’t lose, we don’t know how to.
“It was a great hat-trick by Michael – big games – big players.”
Red Velvet claimed a Kent Junior Cup double with victory in the Group A and B Finals at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium on Saturday. Second half goals by Harry Piesky and Tom Malyon earned them 2–0 win – with Alfie Maisey seeing his penalty saved by Tenterden keeper Dean Bate.
The tie kicked off an hour late after Velvet’s A team beat Canterbury and District League side Littlebourne on penalties to win the B finale.
Manager Lee Hedges said: “It was a great performance from the team – they played some great football and showed everyone who was watching in the well supported final what a well organised and good footballing side we are.
“Mention too for Tenterden Town, making it a good competitive game played in a good sporting manor.
“The two wins made it a great day for the club which was celebrated long into the night.”
Velvet’s success comes two years after they won the C Final.
Staplehurst Monarchs United will clinch the Premier Division title with victory over Farnborough Old Boys Guild at Jubilee Fields on Saturday.
A stop-start few weeks see the long-time leaders back in action against Guild who confirmed their top-flight status following a 1-1 home draw against Stansfeld on Saturday. Tunde Adeloye earned them a point after Joe Stowell had put Stansfeld in front.
Monarchs tweeted this week: “It’s quite straight forward, get all three points and that’s the championship. “Anything less and it will go to the final game.”
Borden Village kept things alive for at least another week, winning 2-1 at Bromleians. All the goals came in the first half – Lewis McCrory put Borden in front, before Liam Baxendale added a second – James Low pulling one back a minute later, his second of the season.
New Romney moved fifth on goal difference after a 2-0 win at Fleetdown United, with goals by Roy Godden, his 24th of the season, and Warren Smith – taking his tally to 11.
Kings Hill drew 0-0 at home to Hawkinge Town.
Crockenhill are the first team to complete their programme – rounding off with 5-3 win at bottom four rivals Metrogas. Trailing 2-1 at half-time they turned things around thanks to James Howard’s hat-trick, Craig Hewett’s penalty and Alex Kibbens. Crocks tweeted: “All finished now and a huge three points for us.
“That’s our season done – and there are three sides below us.”
Metrogas manager Mark Warner added: “Bad day at the office…we didn’t deserve much… not working hard enough. “We move onto the next four games to secure some points.”
Crocks are nine points ahead of third bottom Bexley who still have five to play – all at home – including Easter Monday’s meeting with Otford United – now switched to Coldharbour Leisure Centre (1pm kick off).
Ide Hill are looking forward to playing Premier Division football for the first time after clinching the West title with a game left. The 2-1 win at South East Athletic sees them finished a point clear of Sydenham Sports. Columb Grant set up the first for Charles James and scored the second himself.
Hill tweeted: “Delighted to win the league. It has been a hard fought and competitive season with four or five teams in with a chance at one point.”
Top scorer George Harris netted his 16th of the season as Sports finished with a 3-1 win over Long Lane.
Wins for the top-two mean Chipstead finish third despite a 3-0 win at Club Langley. Two cup finals mean Chips still have plenty to play for – first in the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup, against Ide Hill, hosted by Sevenoaks Town FC on Good Friday (2pm). The champions are eyeing a treble with their reserves facing Tatsfield Rovers in the Junior Final (10am).
Hollands & Blair Reserves claimed third spot in C&E with their 2-1 success at Rochester City in their final game.
Faversham Town Reserves – 4-2 winners over champions Ashford – need to win their final three games to pip Southborough to fourth place in C&E. The two sides meet on Saturday week.
Red Velvet and HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee return to league action – both already assured of promotion – but with the title still to be won.
Nothing has been decided in the race for the West title. Charlie Scrivener and Antony Tye netted as leaders Tudor Sports Reserves won 2-1 at home to Welling Town. Parkwood Rangers are in contention after beating Danson Sports 3-2 – now second on goal difference. Nathan Cross scored twice after Rangers trailed 1-0 at half-time. Danson have five games left – all away -including trips to Tudor Sports next Tuesday and Equinoccial who lost ground after a 0-0 draw at Long Lane Reserves.
Tenterden Town face runners-up Rochester City – with victory earning them a third place finish, reward for a strong second half of the season.
SATURDAY 6TH APRIL
It’s a big week for three County League clubs preparing for two cup finals.
HFSP Paulista & Ten-Em-Bee meet Wimbledon & District League side UCC Diaspora at Carshalton Athletic on Friday night, while their D2W top-two rivals Red Velvet face Tenterden Town in the all County League Kent Junior Cup (Group A) showpiece at Maidstone United on Saturday.
HFSP hope to add silverware to an impressive season, already assured of a top-two finish in Division 2 West.
Player-Manager Robert Bartley-Lang said: “It’s been a long season resulting in a guaranteed second place league finish and a gruelling cup run, with the final being the cherry on the cake.
“In the quarter-finals we played against a great side in Hilltop FC where we came from behind in the last ten minutes to win 3-2.
Our young side has bags of confidence going into the final on the back of a five game winning spree.
The front three are hungry for more, spearheaded by our top scorer Aaron Moore. “Our man with the game plans and tactics, Lloyd Davis has our team playing some delightful football, and hope to impress any neutrals in the crowd.”
Velvet haven’t looked back since first arriving in the County League Beaten 4-2 by Welling Town in the Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield Final last season, the appearance in is a fitting way to celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary. Velvet won the C final in 2017 while the Reserves also feature in the B Final earlier in the day.
Manager Lee Hedges said: “It’s been a very competitive league and cup run, and I have watched the boys play some great football and mature into a good all-round team competing at a very high standard of football.
We are very much looking forward to competing in what should be a very good game against Tenterden.
The day is a great achievement for Red Velvet FC – to have two teams in two finals.
There’s not many clubs playing at this standard of football that could have achieved this honour.”
Tenterden manager Tevis Knight admitted: “Red Velvet will be tough opponents but it’s a big day for us.
A great achievement, something when you look back at the club this time last season, when they were a million miles off a day like this.
We love an underdog role and we will simply go out there, play with a smile on our faces and have no fear! “ Knight, former skipper of Tenterden Cricket Club is new to management, but why get involved?
He explained: “All my mates play in the side, we all used to be involved with the club back in the day before heading off to other clubs and other sports, but with me unable to play anymore we agreed they would all come back and play – and I would run it.
It’s my first season, I have really enjoyed it and there is a lot to take from it.
Looking back we made a pretty ropey start, which to be fair was expected considering we are a brand new side – we went back to basics and just tried to go out there, play to our strengths and enjoy our football.
We started this season doing that, but just lost our way slightly.
We have been on a great run and it’s a great platform for next season.
When I took over the intention was to build the club back up gradually, but the way we have finished, my main objective now for next season is to keep the players and maybe add a couple more in order to really start competing.”
Staplehurst Monarchs United have suffered a few “squeaky bum” moments in recent weeks.
A six-point advantage was reduced to only goal difference separating the long-time leaders from title rivals Borden Village. – their 4-1 defeat at Kings Hill eased the pressure following a 1-1 home draw against New Romney the same day.
They moved four clear with two to play on Saturday – Peter West, Josh Brown, his 22nd goal of the season and assistant manager Paul Atkins- his first of the season – the scorers.
It was the club’s last game before their Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield Final against South East Athletic at Chatham Town on Wednesday April 24.
Borden have a chance to close the gap again on Saturday when they travel to Bromleians who conceded a 2-0 half-time lead at Farnborough Old Boys Guild, Louie Clarke converting a penalty – his 29th league goal of the season.
Fourth placed Peckham Town’s game at Tudor Sports was abandoned following a serious injury sustained by home player Darren Nash. The incident happened around 20 minutes into the game, with Nash taken to Kings College Hospital. The latest update from the club on Monday said: Darren has a dislocated knee and possible fracture – torn ACL and medial ligament damage.”
Goalkeeper Ben Buckingham’s proved Faversham Strike Forces’ match-winner as they moved fifth after a 2-1 win at Stansfeld.
New Romney manager Dave Johncock received the March Manager of the Award before watching his team beaten 5-0 at Otford United. Rory Catt scored twice with assistant manager Mike Cunningham among the other scorers with a 20-yard strike captured on YouTube, courtesy of visiting blogger Chris White’s 15 minute feature.
Danny Lye spoke the other week about being unable to field a settled side.
He took over at Kings Hill when Kane Rice and Simon Austin left to join Snodland Town, and the turnover of players at the club has seen 59 players feature this season. Former Gillingham and Maidstone midfielder Michael Phillips has made a couple of appearances and was among the scorers in the 4-1 win over Crockenhill.
Substitute Rick Akers hit Fleetdown United’s winner at Bexley.
Congratulations to K Sports Reserves on winning the Central & East title, courtesy of their 2-2 home draw against Burgess Hodgson. Things didn’t start well, reduced to 10 men after 15 minutes and then trailing 1-0, before Bailey Pearce and Jay Wells scored twice in a minute just before half-time. Player-Manager Matt Lightfoot and Dion Orris netted for the visitors.
Victory for Ide Hill at South East Athletic on Saturday will clinch the West title. Chipstead who visit Club Langley, missed out on closing the gap, held 3-3 at home by Welling Park, Joe Quinnear getting two for the visitors.
Who finishes second behind Central & East champions Ashford won’t be decided into the end of the month.
Rusthall Reserves and Snodland Town Reserves have both finished their respective seasons, but victory for fourth placed Southborough at Faversham Town Reserves on April 27 will see them pip both to runners-up spot in their first season.
Lordswood have started a fund raising campaign to raise £1,000 for injured reserve team player Louie Bioletti who broke his leg last month, which led to him losing his job.
Congratulations to another first season club Sturry who clinched the C&E title with victory over runners-up Rochester City Reserves ( details in the Gallery).
Plenty still to play for in the West, all three games this weekend having a bearing on who wins the title. Darwin Orozco netted his 26th of the season as third placed Equinnocial beat leaders Tudor Sports Reserves 4-2. Sports still have a game in hand over Parkwood Rangers, second after a 3-0 win against Bromleians Reserves, including top scorer Nathan Parke’s 24th of the season.
Bill Manklow Inter Regional Challenge Cup
New Romney will compete in their second successive final when they meet Chipstead next month. Beaten 2-1 by Club Langley last season, Dave Johncock’s side will return to Rochester United’s Rede Court Road ground in Strood bidding to go one better against another Division 1 West side Chipstead. Johncock says he is “chuffed” to be in another final after seeing New Romney come through 4-3 on penalties at Hawkinge Town on Saturday, a close tie finishing 1-1 after extra-time.
Johncock said: “It was a tight game with two good teams giving it their all.
“We went out on pens (at Halls) in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield earlier in the season, so fair play to the players for holding their nerve in the shoot-out. Goalkeeper Paul Egan was superb all afternoon and made two great saves. I thought Hawkinge were class too. There’s mutual respect between the teams. I’m just chuffed again for the players, my assistants, the chairman and everyone associated with the club that we have another cup final to look forward to.”
Egan added: “I took a pretty nasty blow to the face in the face, so most of the game was pretty much a blur, but there was a fantastic turn out to support both teams.”
Chipstead manager Fred Dillon says a great start was key to their 3-1 win in the other tie against Premier Division Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Chris Steadman put them in front after only four minutes, before Jono Shea added two more before half-time. Guild rallied in the second half before Alex Graham pulled one back 10 minutes from time.
Dillon said: “It was one of the best starts to a game we have had and shows we can compete with the league above.”
Chipstead are already through to the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup Final on Good Friday, and still chasing promotion. Dillon added: “The players have been great on and off the pitch and to achieve a place in two cup finals is a credit to them.
“We now look forward to the last three league games and take each week as it comes – knowing maximum points are needed every week to keep pressure on the teams above.”
No game for the top-two but wins for Bromleians and Peckham Town kept the race for third spot alive.
The pair have scored 171 goals between them this season, both teams boasting a difference of plus 43, with Bromleians ahead on goals scored. Louie Clarke scored twice as they came from a goal down at half-time to win 2-1 at Otford United, while Kladji Cani was Peckham’s match-winner in the 7-1 victory over Bexley. Cani scored four in a 9-1 win over Crockenhill in November, and went one better, making it 27 for the season. A penalty put him on the way to a first half-hat-trick – two more made it five inside the hour. Kevin Dance got the sixth, before Billy Peck pulled one back, with substitute Herve Mbongue adding the seventh.
Tudor Sports tweeted: “We love clean sheets” after Ross Morley’s winner beat Faversham Strike Force. Tom Bell scored twice as Fleetdown United beat Kings Hill 5-0. Connor Chapman’s penalty, Kyle Gurney and Tek Hussein completed the nap hand and the biggest victory of the season. Manager Jimmy Martin said: “ A great win and a long time coming! The boys have been putting the effort in but just not getting the rewards – going one-up against Otford and Faversham and then losing both games late on in recent weeks.
“We dominated from start to finish this week though.”
Crockenhill tweeted “90 minutes of hard work” earned the 3-2 win at Stansfeld, the two contests between the clubs this season producing 13 goals. James Howard scored twice either side of Craig Hewlett’s second for the Crocks.
Ide Hill strengthened their West title claims, beating Sutton Athletic 5-3, Columb Grant scoring twice. James Parkinson and Sam Dangerfield netted for second placed Sydenham Sports in the 2-0 win over Club Langley. Ide Hill have two to play, Sydenham Sports one, and Chipstead, away at Welling Park on Saturday, three.
Darren Wynne continued his prolific season with four more as South East Athletic won 6-3 at Long Lane. Manager Tony Alliband pleased with the result, and being able to give two of the club’s reserve players, Harry Aldridge and Aaron Kenton, their senior debuts off the bench.
K Sports Reserves are one win away from the Central & East title with four games to play after a 4-0 win at Lordswood Reserves. They hit two in each half, James Funnell scoring hit 11th of the season.
Tommy Parsons scored twice as Cuxton 91 finished their season with a third successive win, 5-2 at Guru Nanak. They led 3-0 at half-time.
The League confirmed last week that Punjab United Reserves have withdrawn from the competition with two games left.
Rusthall Reserves rounded off their successful Central & East League campaign, 3-2 winners over Faversham Town Reserves, Kane Ramsell netting twice. They now wait to see if it’s good enough to win promotion.
West leaders Red Velvet drew for only the third time this season, 1-1 at home to Drummond Athletic, Tom Malyon and George Mitchell scoring for each side. Aaron Moore scored twice for the second game running in HFSP & Ten-Em Bee’s 6-1 win over Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves. They finish with two games against Johnson & Phillips.
Sturry meet top-two rivals Rochester City Reserves this weekend knowing a win will clinch the Central & East title. Connor Weatherall scored twice as the Les Leckie Cup winners beat Canterbury City University 4-0. Tenterden Town maintained their strong finish to the season, beating Paddock Wood 4-0 – Brad Burton’s early second half individual effort was the pick of them.
Tudor Sports Reserves took a big step towards winning the West title, Antony Tye getting the winner at Danson Sports
Saturday 23rd March & Midweek
Les Leckie Cup Final sponsored by NRG Gym
Nathan McNally’s second half winner helped Sturry lift the Les Leckie Cup beating Rochester City Reserves 1-0 in the final at Chatham Town on Tuesday night. McNally struck after 64 minutes with a low finish following a corner to clinch the tie watched by a crowd of almost 300.
Manager Ashley Bubb said: “It was a close game, but we expected it because both teams are at the top-of-the-table fighting for what we are this season.
“We were under the cosh for most of the first half, and lucky to go in at 0-0, and it needed a good stiff team-talk at half-time.
“The boys took it to them in the second half, and I think we deserved the win in the end.”
He added: “There was a bit of scrapping in the box, and Nathan smashed it home.
“It’s been a great first season for us in the Kent County League – we meet Rochester City again on Saturday week – in the title decider – when winner takes all.”
Sturry missed a great chance of a second three minutes later. Dan Smith’s crossfield pass picked out Steve Best, who raced forward, rounding on-rushing City goalkeeper Liam Riley, then sliding the ball wide of the far post. City’s Caleb Luckhurst headed over the bar, before Levi Brown saw his effort pushed away by Sturry keeper Ben Brickland.
The first half was a lively affair with City’s Lewis Chapman having the best chance, in on goal, only to see his effort deflected for a corner.
West Kent Challenge Shield sponsored by NRG Gym
Johnson & Phillips will face Parkwood Rangers in the final at Sevenoaks Town next month.
Steve Martin hit J&P’s winner to upset Division 3 West title-chasers Danson Sports, while two early goals set Rangers on the way to a 4-2 win at Crayford Arrows. Martin normally a defender but manager Lee Jull named him on the left wing with specific instructions.
He explained: “I said we needed one goal minimum from him, but I think we took that literally.
“The game was a bit scrappy at times but there was some good football played by both sides.
“Danson are a good team and like to play football the right way.
“There were chances for either side across the 90 minutes with a few goal line clearances needed from my defenders that kept us in the game and frustrated Danson Sports.
“I feel we deserved the win overall but if I am being honest if it wasn’t for my boys being fully committed on the day we would have lost.”
He added: “We needed some positivity this season and are now looking forward to the final and hoping to win it.”
All four Rangers goals came in the first half against Arrows. Tom Malyon put Rangers in front, before top scorer Nathan Parke doubled the lead. Arrows pulled one back before Ben Malyon added a third, then Tom added his second from the penalty spot after a home defender handled in the area. Arrows got a second in the closing minutes, again from the spot after the ball struck Tom Collins’ hand.
Rangers’ Secretary-Manager Doug Scott said: “A game which we fully deserved our victory, Crayford deserve much credit for being excellent hosts and very gracious in defeat not to mention excellent officiating from the referee and his two assistants.”
When Danny Lye took over at Kings Hill this season he called on some of his footballing buddies to help out. One of them was experienced midfielder Dan Stubbs who has played both with and under Lye down the years. Stubbs’ hat-trick helped his side beat Borden Village 4-1 ending their seven-match winning run. Jordan Pierce put Village ahead after 15 minutes, only for Kings Hill to level a minute later. Another, five minutes before half-time put them ahead at half time, they added a third soon after the restart, with the fourth coming 20 minutes from time.
Lye said: “The boys put in a good performance against a well organised Borden side.
“When we played them at their place a while back, we got bullied and showed no character but this time around we had a bit of grit.
“Dan’s hat-trick capped a tireless performance in midfield and him and the likes of Kevin Brown,Shaun Welford and Dan McLaughlin gave us plenty of old heads to steady the team and helped keep our shape.
“We had a near full squad available. Our problem is trying to get the same team every week with people having to work and other things, which prevents any consistency.”
Staplehurst Monarchs United moved a point clear at the top, with a game in hand following a 1-1 home draw against New Romney. Roy Godden netted for the visitors, both goals coming in the second half.
The race for third spot is still anybody’s to win.
Louie Clark and Nick Craft both scored twice as Bromleians beat Crockenhill 6-2. Benson Aderibigbe, his first of the season, and Nicky Meta netted as Peckham Town beat Stansfeld (O&B) 2-0. Strike Force made it five wins out of six, beating Fleetdown United 2-1 with goals by Joe Kay and sub Ali Adam.
Substitute Christian Prebble got both in Hawkinge Town’s 2-1 win over Otford United, a defeat which proved costly for the visitors, losing scorer Luke Blackaby and Josh Holland to season-ending injuries. Scorer Blackaby needed hospital treatment on a shoulder injury and faces a race against time to be fit to skipper Holmesdale when the new Kent League cricket campaign starts on early May. Holland suffered a torn thigh muscle.
Ross Morley hit his 11th of the season as Tudor Sports made it four wins in a row, 3-0 at Bexley.
Shaunon Hodson’s hat-trick helped Lydd Town Reserves win 4-1 at Rochester City, their fourth in six games. Lee Whalin has stepped down after six years as joint-manager at City. Aaron McCall is now in charge, with assistant Ashley Stone and coach Dalton Page.
Snodland Town Reserves and Rusthall Reserves continue to chase runners-up spot behind Central & East champions Ashford. Frank Ndouga’s treble led the way in Rusthall’s 6-2 win at Bearsted Reserves. Snodland beat Faversham Town Reserves 3-1.
Aaron Moore scored twice as second placed HFSP & Ten-Em Bee won 4-0 at Bexley Reserves in the West.
Four-goal Rob Alderman and Louis Pashley’s hat-trick helped Rochester City Reserves go top of the Central & East table, 8-1 winners at Paddock Wood.
Charlie Scrivener and Antony Tye netted as Tudor Sports Reserves beat South East Athletic Reserves 2-0 to head the West standings. Equinoccial lost ground, beaten 4-2 at Welling Town Reserves but described as “the best footballing team in the league” by winning manager Tristan Cropley.
Phillips Stands Down
Darren Phillips has announced he is standing down after eight years in charge of the County League’s Representative side. Phillips led the team to the semi-finals of the FA Inter-League Cup last season before losing to the York League at snowy Harrogate Town.
He said: “ It was a tough decision but I feel the time is right, a lot of the teams and coaches who were around when I took the role have now left the league.
“I know how much the competition has always meant to Chairman Cyril Windiate, and always spoke with such pride every time there was a fixture, reminding the players of the end goal of reaching Europe.
Thanks to all the teams, who have supplied players from across all the divisions.
Big thanks too go to Jack Deans for his tireless scouting to identify players, Mike Langston who as number two, would be perfect to continue the role and captain Jamie Knight who committed to playing in every game he was selected for, making 26 appearances – and contributing vital goals.”
Saturday 16th March
Les Leckie Cup
Division Three Central & East top-two Sturry and Rochester City Reserves will contest the first of the League’s three end-of-season finals at Chatham Town FC next Tuesday (26th)
Dan Smith scored twice as Sturry beat Southborough 3-2- all the goals coming in the second half. Smith and Nathan NcNally twice put Sturry in front, but they were pegged back both times with goals by Phil Hutchinson and Rob Lawrence before Smith’s second settled the tie.
City needed extra-time to win 4-2 at Rusthall Reserves. The teams ended 2-2 after 90 minutes before goals by Louis Pashley and Jack Burnham saw City through. Caleb Luckhurst and an own-goal were the other scorers. Adam James and Frank NDouga, were Rusthall’s marksmen, as they missed out on a place in a third final.
Another week – and it’s still neck and neck in the race to win the title.
Dan Ashton and Josh Brown (21 for the season), netted for Staplehurst Monarchs in the 2-1 win at Metrogas FC, while Brad Webb’s double – early in both halves – earned Borden their seventh successive win 2-0 at home to Peckham Town.
All four of Monarchs remaining games are at home, beginning with the visit of New Romney this weekend, while Borden’s three match run-in – all away – continues at Kings Hill.
Faversham Strike Force’s bid for a top-four finish continued – 2-1 winners at Farnborough Old Boys Guild – their first defeat in 2019. Radoslav Davidov scored both. Otford United claimed a third successive win 3-0 at Kings Hill with goals by Luke Backaby, Tom Cobb and Tim Isles.
Wind was the dominant factor in all games on Saturday highlighted by New Romney goalkeeper Paul Egan’s tweet following the 1-1 draw against Hawkinge. Billy Weir Somerville and Niall Jackson netted in the first half for the respective sides.
“Terrible conditions, never seen so much movement in the ball….still unbeaten runs continues.” said Egan
Talking of keepers, congratulations to Tommy Hobson of Peckham Town on his inclusion in the England Deaf Squad in their 3-1 win over the Army FA Reserves at Aldershot on Sunday. The game was in preparation for the European Championships which take place in Crete in June.
Hobson tweeted: “Privilege to play with England. “I thought I had a good 45 minutes to show they were right to recall me.”
The squad are self-funding and have topped the £20,000 mark in their quest to raise £30,000 for the trip.
Ide Hill moved back top of the West Division after their 2-0 win at Long Lane.
Top scorer Craig Jackson scored twice in the opening 10 minutes, the first from the penalty spot, making it 16 for the season, with Mike McKay named Man-of-the-Match after a fine display at the other end, on a difficult afternoon for goalkeepers across the county.
Darren Wynne is another County League striker enjoying a prolific season – scoring four in South East Athletic FC’s 9-0 win at AFC Mottingham – 22 for the season – with Bao Tri Tran’s hat-trick moving him into double figures for the season.
Richard Aidoo hit his 15th of the campaign in Club Langley’s 1-1 draw at Welling Park – Connor Cooper netted for the home side.
Charlie Dale’s early second half strike was his first of the season for Holland & Blair Reserves in their 1-1 draw against Burgess Hodgson. Player-Manager Matt Lightfoot took his tally to 16 for the Canterbury visitors in the only C&E game played.
Red Velvet FC are enjoying a great season throughout the club – the 4-1 win at Crayford Arrows securing their place in Division 1 next season. It was another Taylor-made victory thanks to 35-goal Harry’s latest hat-trick.
The club tweeted: “Another great day for the first team – promotion was confirmed (unless only one team is going up then we have got to win it.) “Five promotions, five cup finals in five years.”
Tony Fenech scored twice in Sporting Thamesmead Reserves’ 3-3 home draw against Belvedere.
Bearsted Reserves are already preparing for next season. They are seeking a new coach to join the management team, as well as more players in all positions to train and trial immediately.
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Travis Austin scored twice as Deal Town Rangers beat University of Kent 5-2 in the Central & East. The students played with only 10-men but were on terms at half time with the score 2-2.
Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers have also got one eye on the future. The club have made great strides in promoting and marketing the club but are now looking to rebuild on the pitch.
“We are looking to appoint new coaches to assist their present manager (level 2 or higher ideally) although level 1 would be considered depending on experience.”
West front-runners Danson Sports failed to score for the second successive week – drawing 0-0 at home to Long Lane Reserves.
Division 2 leaders Insulators Vets topped the 50-goal mark, beating AFC Unity 8-0 – Lewis Howard scoring twice.
SATURDAY, 9th March
“We take it each week, game by game and will see where we are at the end of the season.
That was Borden Village manager Glenn Conlon’s view of the Premier Division title race following the 2-1 win over long-time front runners Staplehurst Monarchs United last month. The gap then between the two sides was six points, now only goal difference, Monarchs having a game in hand, following two more significant results at the weekend.
Harry Rogers’ goal on the half hour proved the winner as Tudor Sports condemned Monarchs to back-to-back home defeats, either side of a weekend off, while Brad Webb, Daniel Bryant and Lewis McCrory helped Borden claim a sixth successive win – 3-1 at Faversham Strike Force in the Swale derby.
Monarchs tweeted: “Gap, what gap! “Momentum is now with Borden as they win again and we lose….still have a game in hand.”
Borden top the current six-match form table, ahead of Tudor Sports.
Ben Kirk, one of Tudor’s management trio who took over together with Ross Morley and James Bradley earlier this season said: “The win at Staplehurst was a great team performance by the boys although I was not surprised we beat the league leaders as I know the quality and togetherness we have in our dressing room.
“Since the change in management we have had some good results and performances which will hopefully stand us in good stead moving forward next year.
“It’s going well, obviously James and Ross are playing, but we all have our input and the boys seem to be responding well – it’s a real team effort.”
Monarchs visit Metrogas in their final away game of the season on Saturday, while Borden host fourth place Peckham Town.
Defeat for Faversham Strike Force ended an unbeaten six-match run, earning Gary Axford the Aford Awards February Premier Division Manager of the Month award. He praised coach Stuart Benfield for his role in winning the club’s second prize this season.
Axford said: “Our youngsters have benefited from the lessons learned last season, plus we have added some quality to the squad this year.
“There is a positive vibe at training and we are enjoying our football and that is really important, playing in this league is very challenging and it certainly does not want to be a drain playing week in, week out.
“We were unbeaten in six games and are creating more goal scoring opportunities than last season whilst keeping it tight at the back
“Saturday’s game was a local derby against Borden, they are flying, unfortunately we were missing several key players but still had a good side out.
“If we had taken the chances we created we would have picked up at least a point.
“Take nothing away from Borden though as they were clinical in front of goal.”
“After a very tough season last year we would take a mid-table finish, but it’s not impossible to finish in the top four.”
He added: “It is really pleasing that our Under-18s are being patient, and I am trying to give them more game time. When called upon, they have done well for us.
“We will continue to work hard with our discipline and play with a smile on our faces.”
Bromleians are third, top scorer Louie Clarke and David O’Donnell netting in the 2-1 win over Bexley, manager Tyrone Reid relieved to get over the line.
He said: “What a game!
“Glad to come away with all the points – we worked for it, and deserved it.
“We attacked and defended well and rode out the late storm – good work.”
Roy Godden’s 22nd goal of the season and Harry Carr, both in the first half, claimed New Romney’s 2-0 at Metrogas in their second successive long trip to New Eltham. Farnborough Old Boys Guild enjoyed their trip home following a first away win of the season – 3-0 at Hawkinge Town. Kalum Daini scored twice to make it four in four games, with Mason Horne getting the other.
Crockenhill drew 1-1 at home to Kings Hill. Craig Hewett put Crocks ahead, before Franco Minieri levelled things after half time.
Two second half goals in the space of three minutes by Lee Armstrong and George Robinson completed Central & East leaders K Sports Reserves 3-1 win at Cuxton 91. They are level on points with Wateringbury, 3-2 winners at Lordswood Reserves, but have four games in hand. Hot-shot Danny Rowe hit his 26th of the season.
Ide Hill came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in the top-two West meeting at leaders Sydenham Sports. Ollie Bell scored twice for Sports, with Craig Jackson’s 13th of the season, and Jack Edmeads earning Hill a point, with two in seven minutes late on.
Chipstead are still very much in the title-mix, 6-1 winners at bottom side Stansfeld (O&B), two each by Mitchell Hill, Bradley Setters and Chris Steadman.
Congratulations to Ashford, confirmed as Central & East champions, the first issue to be decided this season.
However they left it late, two-goal Jamie Hurst tucking away the stoppage-time penalty to beat West Farleigh 2-1 and earn the club’s first ever silverware. Assistant Manager Ryan Mills writing on the club’s Facebook page said: “An incredible finish to the game, and we have achieved what we came here to do and win the league at the first attempt.”
Metrogas Reserves waited until last month to break their season’s duck beating Belvedere. They didn’t need long to record the second, upsetting third placed Drummond Athletic 2-1. Manager Gary Hopper and assistant Stuart McIvor were full of praise after that first victory, insisting it was a deserved reward and it was the same story this time. Goals by Kierre Haywood and Josh Reid set-up the victory and McIvor said: “This was a great performance from our young squad, but they had to work hard for the win.”
Harry Taylor and Harry Piesky took their joint-tally for the season to 50, with one each as leaders Red Velvet won 2-1 at Dulwich Village. Five second half goals capped Orpington’s 6-1 success at Belvedere, completing their half century for the season. Nathan Laurence’s hat-trick and two by James Ludford moved the pair into double figures for the season.
Meanwhile the London Junior Cup Final between HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee and Wimbledon & District League side UCC Diaspora takes place at Colston Avenue, home of Carshalton Athletic on Friday April 12,(Kick-Off 7:45 pm.)
Levi Brown and Ellis Hutton both scored twice in Rochester City’s 6-1 win at Deal Town Rangers, the only Central & East game.
Equinoccial completed a good few days. Granted Charter Standard status last week, they went top of the West table on goal difference, following the 8-1 win at South East Athletic Reserves, top scorer Darwin Orozco (24 for the season) and Andres Pineda with hat tricks.
Morning leaders Danson Sports were held to a 0-0 draw at Bridon Ropes Reserves, only the second stalemate in the section this season, the other was Tudor Sports Reserves and Greenway Aces back in mid-September.
Danson’s Yousic Shimirty won the Aford Awards Western Section Manager of the Month award, the side now unbeaten in 16 games.
SATURDAY, 2nd March
Five Kent County League clubs will be involved in County Cup Finals this season.
Tenterden Town and Red Velvet meet in the Kent Junior Cup (Group A) showpiece at the Gallagher Stadium on Saturday, 13th April, while HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee face UCC Diaspora in the London Junior Cup final on the same day. Meanwhile Rusthall Reserves and Lydd Town Reserves will go head-to-head in the Kent Intermediate Cup at K Sports on Wednesday, 8th May.
Tenterden beat Rochester & District League Mackland Arms 3-0 on Saturday while Red Velvet were getting past Canterbury City University by the same score. Justin Howard put Tenterden ahead with a 30-yard strike, smashing the ball in off the underside of the bar. Ryan Vaughan doubled the lead two minutes later after skipper Jordan King set-up the chance. Den keeper Dean Bate kept them in the game with several fine saves before half-time, and was in terrific form after the break denying Rainham based Mackland several times in a Man-of-the-Match display. King added the third 10 minutes from time, capitalising on a defensive error, before slotting the ball into an empty net.
Harry Taylor scored twice and Harry Piesky the other for Red Velvet against the students at Stodmarsh. Velvet Reserves are also through to the B final and meet Canterbury and District League side Littlebourne.
Brad Webb’s goals continue to sustain Borden Village’s title challenge. Webb’s hat-trick set-up a fifth successive win- 4-2 over Kings Hill and move to within three points of leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United, without a game at the weekend.
Joe Plant’s late equaliser earned Metrogas a point in 1-1 draw at Peckham Town. Plant curled home an 85th minute direct free-kick after Klajdi Cani put the home side in front following a goalless first half.
Ross Morley scored twice in Tudor Sports’ 5-3 win over Hawkinge Town. Billy Weir-Somerville hit New Romney’s second-half winner at Stansfeld (O&B). Ali Adam’s double helped Faversham Strike Force won 4-0 at Bexley.
Otford United came from behind to win for the second week running, beating Fleetdown United 2-1. Levi Gold put United ahead against his old club, before O’s turned things around thanks to goals by Rory Catt and David Finnigan.
Farnborough Old Boys Guild manager Luke Johnson tweeted: “Happy Manager.
“Six players out, and we keep the run going” following a third successive win – 3-1 at home to Crockenhill. Kalim Daini scored twice.
Adam Horne’s hat-trick helped Burgess Hodgson record a third successive Central & East win beating second placed Wateringbury 4-1. Remi Awosanya’s double, his first goals for the team, saw Holland & Blair Reserves home 4-3 over Lydd Town Reserves.
West leaders Sydenham Sports produced the comeback of the day, coming from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 at home to South East Athletic. Long Lane won the bottom-two meeting with Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves 6-1 – two goals each by Callum Berg and Guylepsy Menga.
Sam Dullaway is the latest player to complete 100 games for Club Langley, Akin Lawal and Sam Ross were the scorers in the 2-1 win at AFC Mottingham. Chris Sundborg has confirmed he has stepped down as AFC boss due to family and fitness reasons saying: “sadly I can’t give the club the commitment and time it needs to push on.”
Two-goal Riley Alford made it nine in three games in Ashford’s 3-0 win at Bearsted Reserves, and they will win the Central & East title with victory over West Farleigh Sports this weekend.
Rusthall Reserves are through to the semi-finals of the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup – 4-0 winners at West Farleigh. They host Rochester City on Saturday week, with Sturry meeting Southborough in the other tie.
HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee continued their quest for the West title with a 4-0 win at Metrogas Reserves, Edward Asarmah scored twice.
Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves will meet Halls Athletic in the Hospital Junior Cup Final. Jason Elliott, George Horne and Josh Weller netted in the 3-0 win over Fleetdown United Reserves.
Top scorer Dan Smith hit his 24th goal of the season as Sturry moved closer to the Central & East title winning 2-1 at Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves. Ellis Hutton’s hat-trick clinched the scoring honours as Rochester City Reserves won 6-0 at New Romney Reserves. It’s been a tough first season for Paddock Wood in the competition, but claimed their first point in a 2-2 draw against University of Kent.
West leaders Danson Sports made it 15 games unbeaten following their 3-3 home draw against Welling Town Reserves. Adam Ball scored twice for Danson, while Luke Bewick did the same for Town.
Wins too for Equinnoccial (see separate story), Tudor Sports Reserves and Parkwood Rangers.
Lewis Howard scored all the goals as Insulators Vets beat K Sports 6-1 to go top of Division 2.
A blustery afternoon in South London is a long way from South America but Equinoccial are aiming to bring that same exuberant style of football to the Kent County League.
In the latest feature on first season clubs in the competition, Andrew Gidley watched their 3-1 Division 3 West home win over Greenways Aces and spoke afterwards to player-manager Patricio Molina.
Patricio admits he likes a challenge.
Now in his 10th year with the club the 31-year-old has seen them progress from playing in South American Leagues across London to three successful seasons in the Bromley & South London Leagues, and now sit second in Division 3 West in their first Kent County League campaign.
He said: “We also have a team in Ecudaor, the founder Juan Endara brought the team to London 20 years ago, and started in the Clapham South League and played in that for many years. Juan’s son Daniel is the Club Chairman”
“I joined them three or four months after coming to London, and saw that we had so many good players there was a chance to do something better.
“We were playing season after season against the same teams and people, but I thought we had the potential to progress.
“We played in another South American 11-a- side league based at Burgess Park in Camberwell, and from there moved to the Bromley & South London League.
“We never won the League, but always finished in the top-three and got to cup finals as well.
“We had a great relationship with them, but in life, I don’t like standing still, and always like a new challenge.
“We are tested every week in the Kent County League, and I also think the level of refereeing is very good.”
The present squad mostly comprises of Ecuadorians and Colombians, as well as one Venezuelan an Italian and three Africans, with Molina one of only two players living outside South London.
And the South American community follow the fortunes of the team through a wide range of social media platforms.
Patricio explained: “We have about 200 followers on Facebook, and two reporters come to our games and do a live recording which is seen back home in Ecuador.
“Every player who comes to us is another member of our family, and I just want to keep pushing the team as far as we can.”
Alejandro Marin put Equinnocial in front, before Stephen Palacious doubled the lead five minutes before half-time, before Aces pulled one back in stoppage-time through Henry Ikeije’s penalty. Top scorer Darwin Orozco who came off the bench at half-time scored the third just past the hour, his 21st of the season, to complete a seventh home win of the season.
Molina thinks winning the title in their first season might be beyond them.
Molina said: “It was a good performance, but we missed too many chances.
“It’s three more points, and we will keep trying to reach that first position, but that’s going to be difficult right now, with other teams having games in hand.
“Our game is all about keeping the ball on the floor – quick one-two touches.
“We play on an artificial pitch which helps, and try to adapt to do the same when we go away.
“I love the spirit of my players – I am telling them every game we have left is a final -and then see what other teams do.”
The team have also qualified for the next stage of the FA People’s Cup.
SATURDAY, 23rd February
Borden Village manager Glenn Conlon says he is focusing only on the next match rather than thinking about winning the Premier Division title this season.
Knocked out of the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC at Division 1 West Club Langley the previous week, they bounced back to record a fourth successive league win, 2-1 at leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United on Saturday.
The result reduced the leaders advantage to six points, still a “hefty gap” to make up according to Conlon who took over at the start of the season.
Jordan Connor’s near post header from a corner, put Borden in front, before Jay Law was sent off around the half hour mark following a second booking, Monarchs levelling from the resulting free-kick with a top corner finish. An own goal restored Borden’s lead after half-time before Monarchs were also reduced to 10-men, and Conlon felt his team might have added to their lead, testing Monarchs on the counter as they pressed for a second.
He said: “We defended brilliantly to claw three points back.
“It was a good battle down there, and was a big day for all of us at the club, proving to ourselves we can mix it with the best in the league.
“After coming in as manager this season, bringing in a lot of new players and completely changing how the club operates, it was always going to be a tough one for us. “To find ourselves where we are doesn’t surprise us because we have some real quality in our squad which I am lucky to have at my disposal.
On the other hand this season was about playing and learning and maybe challenging next year. So credit to the boys for taking it week by week and sticking some good performances to get up into the top-three.
“We haven’t thought about the title race this year and we will continue on in that same fashion.
“We take it each week, game by game and see where we are at the end of the season.
“There is still a hefty gap and our focus will only be the opposition each week, – at home to Kings Hill on Saturday.
Klajdi Cani maintained his impressive scoring season, with all four goals as Peckham Town came from behind to beat Kings Hill. The in-form striker also missed a penalty before completing his latest hat-trick in the 4-2 win.
New signing Charlie Sharman was among the scorers as Otford United came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Crockenhill. Former Os striker Levi Gold and Kevin Fitzpatrick netted in Fleetdown United’s 2-0 win over Metrogas.
Lydd Town Reserves will meet Rusthall Reserves in the Kent Intermediate Cup Final. Tom Morgans scored twice in the first half as Lydd beat Glebe Under-23s 2-0 at Foxbury on Wednesday night.
Second half goals by Nathan Gordon and Connor Linton saw Rochester City beat leaders K Sports Reserves 2-1, their first league defeat of the season. Danny Rowe scored his 24th goal of the season as Wateringbury also won 2-1 at Hollands & Blair Reserves.
Sydenham Sports went top of West – 2-0 winners over South East Athletic, goals by Paul Hackshall and Meikhi Hemens.
Lee James oversaw some good times in his time in charge at Willesborough Athletic before they folded. A break from the game ended earlier this season with a call to take charge at neighbours Ashford, reuniting him with several former charges including Riley Alford. Alford scored 65 goals in two seasons at Willesborough, and was Ashford’s match-winner, scoring all the goals in the 4-0 win over top-two rivals Rusthall Reserves.
Harry Taylor and Harry Piesky took their joint tally for the season to 47 with one each as West leaders Red Velvet won 3-0 over Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves.
Harry Bailey, Lewis Chapman and Ellis Hutton all scored twice as Rochester City Reserves won 10-1 at home to the University of Kent.
Welling Town Reserves slipped to a second successive defeat, 2-0 at home to Tudor Sports Reserves, goals by Norbert-Mensah Osei and Anthony Tye.
NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup
Hawkinge Town will face New Romney and Chipstead host Farnborough Old Boys Guild in the semi-finals later this month. James Everitt and Reece Mortimer netted for Hawkinge in the 2-1 win over Stansfeld.
Warren Smith scored twice for New Romney as they beat Tudor Sports 4-0.
Top scorer Mitchell Hill scored one of four second half goals in Chipstead’s 4-1 win over Division 1 West rivals Club Langley.
Paul Lee and Terry Asseter clinched Guild’s place in the last four, 2-1 winners at home to Margate Sports. Scott Punton’s 25-yard strike was the Thanet club’s impressive reply.
NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield
Danson Sports and Johnson & Phillips both won to set-up a semi-final meeting between the pair Adam Ball scored twice as Danson beat Drummond Athletic 3-2. J&P won by the same score at Orpington – but needed extra-time to do so – Steve Diamond scoring twice.
Crayford Arrows meet Parkwood Rangers in the other tie.
NRG Gym Eastern Section Les Leckie Cup
First season pair Sturry and Southborough face each other in the last four. Sturry won 2-1 at Faversham Town Reserves, Karl Williams and Dan Smith, the scorers
Hospitals Charity Cup Update
Halls Athletic are the first Junior Finalists following their 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves on Saturday. Goalkeeper Joe Hyde saved two spot-kicks to help Halls through.
Fleetdown United Reserves host Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves in the other semi-final on Saturday.
The two Senior semi-finals are Stansfeld FC and Sutton Athletic on 12th March, while SCEFL Division 1 rivals Erith & Belvedere and Forest Hill Park meet next Tuesday, 5th March.
SATURDAY, 16th February
Luke Wallond says the winning line is near but not close enough as Staplehurst Monarchs United continue to eye their first ever Premier Division title, and promotion.
Josh Brown’s first half double, including a penalty, secured the 2-0 home win over third placed Bromleians on Saturday, denied a bigger margin of victory by visiting keeper John Dillon.
Player-Manager Wallond left the post-match review to his coach Paul Atkins, but reflected on the bigger picture surrounding their success.
He said: “This began in the second half of the season, new players came in, we started doing things a bit more professionally, and reality hit home that we could do achieve something – with the people we have, and the depth of squad.
“We are capable of standing toe-to-toe with anyone – we have got a few more important games coming up (second placed Borden Village visit this weekend), if we do the right things we have to see how we get on.
“We are close, but not close enough.”
On the game Atkins said: “We knew we had to be on the front foot from the start, against Bromleians who are a good side.
“We could have scored six in the first 25 minutes, but for their keeper who was their best player.
“The lads were buoyant at half-time, we let them back into It a bit too much for my liking in the second half, but saw it out with a clean-sheet.
Bromleians manager Tyrone Reid said: “Fair play to them, they got their two goals, we weren’t as sharp as them.
“It was a penalty, but we should have defended it better before that, but we matched them in the second half and were equal to everything.”
He added: “That was after some strong words at half-time – saying to each other what we needed to do better.
“There is a good spirit among our boys, we have had a lot of changeover in players this season – but it’s settled down now.
“We are a young side, they are hungry, want to play and hopefully we get better results in our final seven games of the season.”
Wallond also took the opportunity to give a vote of thanks to the sponsors in what could be a landmark season for the club – M & P Fire Protection, Lion Insurance, Green Box Recycling and I Wallond Fencing.
Elsewhere, Herve Mbongue scored twice as Peckham Town came from behind at half-time to beat New Romney 5-1. James Everitt’s hat-trick on his first appearance for Hawkinge Town this season proved the difference in the 5-3 win over Metrogas.
Again though visiting manager Mark Warner was full of praise for his young side.
He said: “We had three new players this week, two scored on their debut, Ashley Cave and Moses Alausa, the second made by another 16 year-old Anton Gursoy.
Joe Kay scored twice as Faversham Strike Force beat Kings Hill 4-0. Joe Abbott hit Tudor Sports’ winner against Fleetdown United. Omar El Manrawy’s double earned Crockenhill their 3-2 win at Bexley, their first away from home this season.
Crocks tweeted: “Great win from the lads, good old fashioned bottom-half clash with us coming out winners.
“Everyone dug very deep to secure our first three points away from home.
Mason Horne’s strike clinched Farnborough Old Boys Guild’s win over Otford United, who had goalkeeper Justin Lee sent off.
Mixed fortunes for Premier Division clubs in the Bill Manklow IRCC, sponsored by NRG Gym, Stansfeld (O&B) went through thanks to Nathan Flaher’s winner against South East Athletic, Borden Village losing 2-1 at Club Langley, courtesy of Kyle Matheson’s impressive finish.
The bottom-two both won.
Two-goal Dominic Crawford helped Ramsgate Reserves to their 4-1 win at Lordswood Reserves. Matt Lightfoot’s 40-yard strike was the pick of Burgess Hodgson’s goals in their 5-3 win at Cuxton 91. Home striker Dan Hanshaw broke his arm in two places just minutes after the start.
The old Cilla Black song “What’s it all about Alfie” could have been Chipstead’s anthem as Coates and Kitt scored two each in the 6-0 win at Long Lane.
Rusthall Reserves are the first team through to the Kent Intermediate Cup Final, following their 5-3 penalty shoot-out win over Sutton Athletic Reserves. All the action in tie at Jockey Farm on Wednesday night.
Abdul Ibrahim put Sutton ahead either side of two yellow cards, before fellow-sub Theo Cunningham scored Rusthall’s stoppage-time equaliser. The outcome went straight to penalties with Rusthall, reprieved by Cray Wanderers elimination in the previous round, for fielding an ineligible player, winning 5-3. Goalkeeper Tom Scott saved Sutton’s second kick, before Franck NDouga converted the winner. Lydd Town Reserves visit Glebe Under-23s in the other semi-final next Wednesday.
Riley Alford made it six in seven games as Division 2 Central & East leaders Ashford hit seven without reply against Margate Sports Reserves. Ashford visit second placed Rusthall on Saturday.
Congratulations to five Drummond Athletic players who have all passed the 100-game career mark this season. The roll of honour is: George Ayles, Charlie Servis, Charlie Boyles, Harry Mace, and Alex Jenkins. Ayles and Boyles, with his 16th of the season were both on target in the 3-2 win over HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee.
Alfred Maisey’s hat-trick led leaders Red Velvet to 4-0 win at Bexley Reserves. George Lyons’ treble sealed Crayford Arrows’ place in the semi-finals of the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield. They host Parkwood Rangers next month.
Metrogas Reserves claimed their first win of the season, beating Belvedere 2-1, reward for a young squad according to the club.
They tweeted: “This win has been coming, the performances since the turn of the year have improved week-on-week, and comes from the hard work put in by Stuart McIvor and Gary Hopper and the players on the training pitch.
“Constantly 18-20 players every week. Now kick-on for the rest of the season.
Tenterden Town took their 2019 goal tally to 25 in six games, Brad Burton scoring twice in the 5-1 home win over Canterbury City University. Lewis Chapman hit his 15th of the season as Rochester City Reserves won 5-1 at Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers.
Second placed Deal Town Rangers won 2-0 at Paddock Wood, the hosts fielding four 16-year-olds in their line-up. Manager Marc Vicary missed the game , only the fourth time in a decade he has been absent from a DTR fixture, on the day he was the recipient of the Aford Awards Eastern Section Manager of the Month for January. Assistant Mike Drane received it from League Chairman Cyril Windiate in his absence.
Owen Jeavons scored twice as West leaders Danson Sports beat South East Athletic Reserves 4-0. Tom Malyon’s treble helped Parkwood Rangers to their 5-4 win at Welling Town Reserves.
Dave Pattenden’s hat-trick underpinned New Romney’s 8-1 win over Anchorians in Division 2.
Cobham won for only the second time in Division 1, 3-0 at home to K Sports.
SATURDAY, 9th February
South East Athletic and Premier Division leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United will both feature in their first ever County Cup Final when they meet in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield showpiece. Chatham Town’s Maidstone Road ground will host the tie on Wednesday, 24th April (7:45pm).
The Division 1 West side, making their debut in the competition, won 6-5 against front runners Ide Hill, while Monarchs won 2-1 at Welling Park. SEA trailed 2-0 after only five minutes, and 4-3 at half-time scoring three times in the final half hour to lead for the first time 6-4, before conceding a late own-goal. Jack Edmeads, Matt Bunn, George Kensell and Craig Jackson, his 12th of the season were Hill’s marksmen, with Barry Ryan’s hat trick, two for Darren Wynne, and Padraig Biggane on target for the visitors.
Dan Ashton and Josh Brown continued their prolific seasons in Monarchs win at New Eltham. Ashton headed them in front in the first half before Brown doubled the lead in the second. Dan Higgins pulled one back for Park who had two players sent off.
Brad Webb’s hat-trick steered Borden Village to their 4-2 win at Otford United and move second in the table.
Another of the league’s top scorers Louie Clarke helped Bromleians claim a 2-2 home draw against Hawkinge Town. Nick Craft put Broms ahead, Reece Mortimer’s double had Hawkinge in front before Clark pounced to earn a share of the spoils.
Tom Axford and Tom Holmes netted for Faversham Strike Force as they won 2-1 at Fleetdown United, eight points out of the last 12, moving them to seventh.
Kings Hill manager Danny Lye praised referee Martin Staveley after his side’s Premier Division home game against Crockenhill was abandoned due to a serious injury to defender Perry Pointing. The right back suffered a broken shinbone after only 22 minutes, attempting to clear the ball, forcing the game to be called off.
Lye said: “We had to wait two hours for the ambulance.
“All involved were a credit to themselves for all the help they gave. The lad was in a lot of pain.
“He was taken to hospital and due to have an operation on Monday to pin it.
“Special mention goes to the referee who was top drawer throughout.
“He kept talking to Perry the whole time from start to finish.”
On behalf of the league we wish him a speedy recovery.
James Whyte scored twice as Wateringbury won 5-2 at Cuxton 91 to move level on points with leaders K Sports Reserves.
Richard Aidoo’s hat-trick helped Club Langley stay on the coat-tails of the West’s top-three, beating AFC Mottingham 3-1.
Not much has gone right for Tonbridge Invicta this season.
Philip Jackson has taken charge of the first team as “Operation Rebuild” begins at Swanmead and saw his new charges lose 5-4 at Bearsted Reserves.
Invicta tweeted: “Narrowly lost in an incredible game of football. Bearsted put up a good fight and came out on top.
“Proud of the players, we keep fighting, and never give up”
Adam James netted twice as Rusthall Reserves saw off West Farleigh 5-0.
In the West, Belvedere’s Joe Childs hit five and brother Danny the other as Belvedere scored three times in each half to win 6-1 against Drummond Athletic, their biggest win of the season, and five in a row in all competitions.
Division 3 and Junior Cups
Three County League clubs feature in the Kent FA Group A semi-finals.
Ose Ebosele and debutant Harry Andrews saw Canterbury City University home 2-0 against Faversham Town Reserves. Tenterden Town beat Tudor Sports Reserves 4-3 in a match switched to nearby Homewood School as the club’s Recreation Ground pitch was unfit. An own goal, Justin Howard, Brad Burton and Matt Goldsmith netted for Town, with unlucky Antony Tye’s hat-trick all in a losing cause for the visitors.
Red Velvet are in the last four, following their 3-1 win over Rochester and District League side The Stag. Tom Malyon, Harry Piesky and Sam Smith were their scorers. Another R & D side, Rainham based Mackland Arms complete the line-up.
In the league the top-three sides in Division 3 West, Welling Town, Danson Sports and Equinoccial all won.
Congratulations to HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee on reaching the London Junior Cup Final. They beat Tooting Bec Reserves 3-0 and now meet UCC Diaspora, 2-0 winners over Battersea Old Boys.
Division 1 leaders Marden Minors Reserves made it seven wins out of seven, beating Ditton Minors 4-3.
Kings Hill top Division 2, 5-1 winners at K Sports United Reserves.
A reminder to Vets teams to include scorers on Full Time, and earn them the chance of a mention here.
SATURDAY, 2nd February
Bexley chairman Terry Peck enjoyed his after match pint on Saturday.
The celebration was deserved after overseeing the club’s best result of the season, coming from 2-0 down to beat Peckham Town 4-2. Steve Gillett scored all four goals in the game at Erith Stadium, one of only two Premier Division games to beat the wintry weather, producing a total 12 goals, with the table turned on it’s head for the second week running, following Stansfeld (O&B)’s win over New Romney.
Peck, in charge as manager Will O’Sullivan was unavailable, says the result was a “great victory” for the team, after what have been “very desperate times” for the club. Involved with Bexley for 30 years and still playing for the Vets, Peck reflected on losing manager James Corne and the whole side who took the club to third place and the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield Cup Final last season.
He explained: “They all moved on, wanting to do different things, but we still see them.
“We started the season with the reserve team who were promoted from Division 3 West, and it has been very difficult to field a settled side – (53 players used to date.)
“We are a young team – many of our boys are non-drivers and can’t get to away games, while others work on Saturdays.”
Bexley, bottom of the table going into the game, following the 6-0 reverse at Kings Hill, trailed 2-0 after only six minutes to goals by Klajdi Cani and Adrian Butler. Butler was close to getting a third, before two penalties in the space of 10 minutes put Bexley level. Recent signing Gillett converted the first, re-taken after Peckham goalkeeper Larry McArdle was adjudged to have moved before saving the first attempt. Gillett made no mistake with the second, sending the team in all square at the break.
Two more in five minutes during the second half completing his tally, Town’s fourth away defeat in five games, and still looking for their first win on the road in 2019.
Peck added: “Our games with Peckham have always been close.
“The retake decision was the little bit of luck we needed, and went from strength to strength after that.”
“It’s a shame we haven’t got a game this weekend, because we would go into it with some momentum.
“It’s all about survival for both first team and reserves – and then go again next season.”
Two key games at the bottom see Stansfeld (O&B) host Farnborough Old Boys Guild on Saturday, ahead of Bexley’s home meeting against Crockenhill the following weekend.
In the other game, Strike Force were involved in their second successive 3-3 draw. They let a 3-0 lead slip at home to Tudor Sports, Dino Catalin, Steven Sparks and Al Adam putting them in front, before David Duodu Amoah, Billy Jolly and Darren Nash levelled things up, Tudor going close to win the game before the end.
Margate Sports Reserves came from 2-0 down to beat Ashford 4-3. Steve Cowell and Riley Alford put the Division 2 Central & East leaders ahead, before Josh Byford pulled one back. Charlie Groombridge, James Rigby and Lewis Hopgood increased Sports’ advantage, before Ryan Prior got Ashford’s third two minutes from time.
Matthew Chambers hit his seventh of the season as Deal Town Rangers beat Staplehurst Monarchs Reserves 4-2 in Division 3 Central & East. Brad Burton scored twice in Tenterden Town’s 4-0 at New Romney Reserves.
Jacob Smales’ last minute winner earned Welling Town Reserves their 4-3 win over Greenways Aces. Meanwhile manager Tristan Cropley has this week been appointed Town’s new vice- chairman.
Tristan speaking to the club website.
“I want to thank (chairman Kevin Oakes) for giving me the opportunity to be part of this successful, growing club.
“My ethos as a coach is to develop players and people, and this is a great opportunity for my own development.
“I’ll be continuing as reserve team manager and doing all I can to assist (first team manager) Louis Dean and his staff, now and in the future.”
Another move sees Tuner Bayram leave AFC Lewisham, he has been appointed as assistant manager at Bermondsey Town.
Ben Malyon scored twice as Parkwood Rangers clinched the first semi-final spot in the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield, beating Equinoccial 3-1 after-extra-time. The teams finished 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.
SATURDAY, 26th January
Three games – three wins – results that Stansfeld (O&B) hope are the turning point of their season.
Victory at New Romney the previous week came off the back of NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC success at Long Lane, but signs that things are on the up came in the shape of this week’s 3-0 home win over Hawkinge Town. Richard Longuet, associated with the club for 35 years, and assistant to manager Mark Cray said: “We have had lots of injuries, missing as many as nine key players at times, which means we have continually struggled with fielding a settled side, and having that little bit of consistency.
“Now those players are coming back, we are getting better results, and hopefully we have turned the page.”
The visitors were reduced to 10-men after half an hour, but the game was still 0-0 around an hour later. Jay Oborne made the breakthrough, Nathan Flaher added the second, before Jack Gibbons’ penalty sealed things, condemning Hawkinge to a first league defeat since October.
Longuet added: “Two clubs will probably go down, there are five down there, (separated by only two points) but we are now above Bexley and off the bottom for the first time in a hell of a long while.
“We have now got 10 games left, six at home and four away.”
Stansfeld return to IRCC action this weekend hosting South East Athletic for a place in the quarter-finals, and a trip to Hawkinge.
Club Langley host Borden Village in the remaining third round tie, winners visit Chipstead, completing the last-eight line-up.
Three of the other bottom four lost – two heavily.
Bexley went down 6-0 at Kings Hill, Shaun Welford scoring twice in his first game, after signing to help out old pal Danny Lye. Crockenhill shipped seven at New Romney who led 4-0 at half-time, Roy Godden’s hat-trick taking home to 20 goals for the season. Metrogas led 2-1 at half time before losing 4-3 at Borden Village, Liam Baxendale and Lewis McCrory both scoring twice for the home side .
Leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United needed Nathan Bertrand’s late equaliser to earn a point in the 2-2 draw at Farnborough Old Boys Guild. Dan Ashton’s seventh goal of the season put them ahead, before substitute Steve McQueen and Steve Townsend put Guild in front. They were 10 minutes away from becoming only the third side to beat the long-time leaders, only for Bertrand to score 10 minutes from time. Monarchs top 50 points for the season, and eight clear of their rivals who both faltered.
Monarchs tweeted: “Thought it was points dropped until we saw the other results!”
Faversham Strike Force came from 3-1 down to earn a point at 10-man Peckham Town. Tom Axford’s penalty put them in front, before the hosts hit three in five minutes. Adrian Butler and Klajdi Cani got the first two, before Alfie Ball added the third with a spectacular 50-yard free-kick. Force were exactly that in the second half, despite the deficit, Dino Catalin’s double earning them a point. The game proved a popular early game for several groundhoppers planning to head for Millwall later.
Bromleians drew 1-1 at Fleetdown United. Louie Clarke put them in front early on before namesake Alfie equalised. Otford United and Tudor Sports fought out a goalless draw, the first in the Premier Division this season.
Bailey Pearce hit the winner against his former club as K Sports Reserves returned to the top of the Central & East table after their 1-0 at Hollands & Blair Reserves. Guru Nanak lost top spot following their 6-3 defeat at Ramsgate Reserves, Niall Salisbury scoring twice. Danny Rowe scored his 23rd goal of the season as Wateringbury won 2-1, against Cuxton 91, ending their five-match winning sequence.
Ben Holder’s late penalty earned West leaders Ide Hill their 3-2 win at Halls to open up a five-point lead at the top. The home team conceded three spot-kicks, keeper Joe Hyde saving the first two. Lewis Tristram scored from 30-yards to put Halls 2-1 ahead at half-time, Columb Grant levelled things, before Holder converted from 12 yards via the underside of the bar to win the game. Halls hit the woodwork three times and also the post.
Sydenham Sports moved second, 3-2 winners at Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves, the top-two meet this weekend.
Ryan Prior, Stephen Cowell, James Haylock and substitute Riley Alford earned Ashford their 4-2 victory over Punjab United Reserves to move four points clear in Central & East.
Harry Taylor hit four in West leaders’ Red Velvet’s 8-0 win over Metrogas Reserves. HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee and Drummond Athletic both won to maintain their promotion push.
Leaders Sturry’s game at Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves was abandoned due to an injury to one of the their players.
“Our centre back dislocated his knee.
“We waited a few hours for the ambulance which didn’t turn up, so we got him in the back of the car, and it popped back in, luckily correctly, and there was no serious ligament damage.”
Recent signing Ellis Hutton’s hat-trick eased Rochester City Reserves home 7-1 against New Romney Reserves.
Retiring referee Gavin Hoare thanked both teams, Parkwood Rangers and Welling Town Reserves for giving him the perfect finale to his 37-year career. A serous achilles injury has led to Gavin making the decision to call it a day on medical advice.
Welling won the Division 3 West game 2-1, and Gavin said: “I would like to thank both teams for making it a text book end to a great career with a game that epitomised everything that the Kent County Football league is about.”
Iona Florin’s hat-trick and two more by Diego Holguin helped Equinoccial win 8-2 at Peckham Town Reserves.
The three tweets we sent last week created plenty of interest, including more than 100 likes, the biggest reaction ever since we started in July 2015.
A reminder that the league reverts to 2.45 pm kick-offs, starting on Saturday – cup ties begin at 2.15 to allow for the prospect of extra-time. We will of courses all be keeping one eye on the wintry weather.
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SATURDAY, 19th January
Staplehurst Monarchs United could be homing in on the title.
A 3-1 win over rivals Peckham Town and a 4-1 defeat for second placed Bromleians leaves the West Kent side eight points clear at the top. This weekend’s trip to Farnborough Old Boys Guild is Monarchs’ penultimate away game, the other is at Metrogas, with seven remaining at home key to hopes of becoming champions for the first time.
Victory over Peckham came in the week that both featured in a list of 52 clubs from 27 leagues operating at Step 7 level who have applied for promotion. Josh Brown’s penalty earned Monarchs the half-time lead, before substitute Yaya Barry levelled things up. Nathan Bertrand and Steve Elliot added further goals to secure the points, leaving Peckham to reflect on another disappointing away result.
Bromleians manager Tyrone Reid admitted their third away defeat of the season was self inflicted. Ross Morley netted twice for Tudor leaving Reid to tweet: “after some recent solid performances, we shot ourselves in the foot and hit repeat.
“Lessons to be learned. New ideas required.
“Continue to build, brick by brick.”
Borden Village closed the gap on Bromleians to three points, Lee Sayer and Bradley Webb scoring in the 2-1 win at Bexley. Luke Blackaby scored twice For Otford United in the 3-1 win over Metrogas.
Faversham Strike Force held their annual meeting this week with plenty of good things to reflect on, including a comfortable mid-table spot for the club’s first team, following the 3-0 win at Kings Hill – goals by Ali Adam, Radi Davidov and Tom Axford. Levi Gold’s double helped Fleetdown United home 4-0 against Crockenhill.
Bottom club Stansfeld produced the result of the day – 2-1 at New Romney, the first away win of the season, thanks to goals by Jake Williams and Lennie Wise.
Hawkinge Town moved into the quarter-finals of the NRG Bill Manklow IRCC, 2-1 winners over Hollands & Blair Reserves. John Smith and James Walton put them 2-0 up in the opening 14 minutes, before Dan Knights pulled one back in the from the spot in the first half.
Guru Nanak have moved top of Central & East after starting the New Year with back-to-back wins. They pushed Borden Village all the way before exiting the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC last month, and have started 2019 well. A 3-1 win at former leaders Hollands & Blair Reserves was followed by a 3-2 victory over Wateringbury last weekend, Stephen Ratcliff scoring twice.
Lydd Town Reserves’ games always seem to produce goals. 69 in 13 matches, after their second 4-4 draw this season, against Ramsgate Reserves. Shaunon Hodson scored twice, Niall Salisbury featuring for the Thanet visitors with a hat-trick in a game of four red cards.
Leaders Ide Hill tweeted the Division 1 West table this week, with the comment, “still a number of contenders for the title” Top scorer Craig Jackson was on target again in the 3–1 win at AFC Mottingham. Home manager Chris Sundborg rued the loss of two injured players, one in the warm-up.
Things looked bleak for the future of Long Lane a month ago, following the 15-0 drubbing at South East Athletic. Players walked out leaving real fears the team may fold, but things are looking much more positive, according to secretary Mick Northwood
He tells us: “ We had a fabulous response to our appeal for new players and a new management team.
“John Coppen, Dominic Welch and Louie Walker have taken over, we have promoted eight players from our academy and with a mixture of some experienced players have been able to put a team out again.
Our first game was against Premier Division Stansfeld in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC.
“We started with four 16-year-olds and were really unlucky losing 1-0.
We went down 2-1, at Welling Park on Saturday (despite leading at half-time.)
“Our main aim is to try and retain our First Division status and build again for next season.”
He added: “I should mention that most of the clubs in the league responded to our request not to sign the players that walked out on us owing money.
“Only one refused to help us and I’m really grateful for all the emails we have received wishing us well.”
Second met third in Central & East as Rusthall Reserves drew 1-1 against Snodland Town Reserves.
The top-two contest in the West also ended all square as leaders Red Velvet drew 2-2 at HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee. Home manager Robert Bartley Lang received the Aford Awards Manager of the Month award for December before the game.
Sturry are through to the quarter-finals of the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup, 3-0 winners at Bearsted Reserves, Sam Baker, top scorer Dan Smith and James Thatcher on target. Big wins for Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers and Deal Town Rangers, both hitting seven, while Tenterden Town wracked up six.
West leaders Danson Sports made it 12 unbeaten in the league after the 2-2 draw against Parkwood Rangers.
They tweeted: “hard fought. great character in the second half from all involved “
League Secretary Gavin Hoare has announced his retirement from refereeing after 37 years due to a serious Achilles problem. The 56-year-old will officiate his final game this weekend, taking charge of the D3W game between Parkwood Rangers and Welling Town Reserves.
Gavin said: “It is a decision I have taken with a heavy heart.
“I have been very lucky in staying relatively injury free for most of my career but a recent development has shown that those years have now taken their toll and a serious Achilles issue is not responding to long term treatment.
“I have taken my own advice and that of medical professionals and I do not want to have months out with no guarantee of a return or to do games at almost trotting or walking pace.”
He added: “It was hard enough when I made the decision to stop at the top level and this time round it seems ten times harder, but I am safe in knowledge that no matter how much I really still want to do the job, the time is right and it’s the correct thing to do.
“I have many happy memories from most of the games I have done in my 37 years.
“I am sure there will be few that will rejoice the news and at least I have finally put a smile on their faces as well.
“I have made a huge number of friends in all corners of the game and in many different countries, far too many to thank individually.”
SATURDAY, 12th January
Damian Abel is celebrating his first Aford Awards Manager of the Month award.
The Hawkinge Town player-boss received his trophy from chairman Cyril Windiate ahead of the 2-1 win at Faversham Strike Force on Saturday. Reece Mortimer and John Smith netted to earn a sixth league win in a row, on a day when all the top four won.
Abel said: “Obviously I was delighted to win the award but in reality it is a sign of how hard the players have been working and how well they have been doing on the pitch.
“Dominic Castle (assistant manager) and I had quite a big job on our hands at the start of the season if I’m honest.
“We had to start everything from scratch really. The fundamentals at the club were a priority.
“Kit, training equipment, a regular place to train were first up, as the team didn’t train at all last season due lack of local facilities.
“The club agreed to change the pitch so it was flatter and also arrange for a regular groundsman.
“Players were putting goals up and away last season and this was also something we wanted to address to bring a more professional attitude to the club.”
He added: “Most of the players from last year were unsure on playing again, had other commitments or were looking to progress to a higher level.
“We had to show the ones that we wanted to keep that it would be different and that we serious in taking the club forward.
“This was combined with three of our players being invited to pre-season training at teams such as Whitstable Town and Hythe Town respectively, something we encouraged them to do.”
Reflecting on the season, Abel said: “After our first pre-season training session, we knew that we had a lot of work to do!
“We worked tirelessly on our strengths and weaknesses, fitness and the style we wanted them to play.
“A really poor start to the season (lost three and drew one), we managed to bring in some additional quality and some of the ideas that we were working on in training started to really sink in.
“Tactically the players were also starting to understand what we expected of them and things such as our set piece routines were starting to pay off.
“Our objective at the start of the season was to stay in the league! So we are delighted with where we are now. “ Looking ahead Abel added: “The club in the background are also working really hard to move it on and we think that if we can hang on to this set of players and maybe add one or two more, we can continue to push this season and mount a serious promotion challenge next season.
“Dom and I are ambitious, we do not to be coaching/managing at this level forever.
“I am really honoured to be trusted by Hawkinge to take the managers roll, but like them I would like to manage at a higher level and hopefully we can do that together.
“The club have some exciting things in the pipeline and I hope these all come to fruition.
“I am also really proud of the players. Most of the lads have full time jobs working long hours.
They are not paid and sometimes are paying out of their own pockets for travel, training and even water before the game.
“What I will say is I’ve been in some fantastic changing rooms over the years with some real characters (Lee Shearer, Jimmy Stroud, Mark Saunders for example).
But ours is one of the best!! No one is there because they have to, or for a few quid. They are there because they want to be! They are there for each other.
“I genuinely can’t wait to get to each game on a Saturday and hopefully the three points.”
Elsewhere in the Premier Division – “At last a clean sheet” was Staplehurst Monarchs view following their 4-0 win over Bexley, which keeps them five points clear of the rest. Josh Brown (two) and player-manager Luke Wallond were again among the scorers, taking their joint tally to 38, with Dan Mitchell getting the other. The game was Mark Pickup’s last at the club, bringing to an end an exciting 15 month stint on and off the field.
He said: “I joined them in October 2017 to help out Luke as first team coach when we were sitting third from bottom and finished a creditable sixth .
“This year with a few additions to many of last year’s squad, they have worked really hard, and are sitting in a great position.
“They have been a great bunch to work with and it has been an absolute pleasure seeing them develop as players.
“In addition to the coaching I have been working on getting the planning permission submitted for their ground improvements so they can hopefully gain promotion and this has now all been submitted for approval, making it a busy 15 months.
“Not sure what is next but I will be keeping an eye out to see whether the lads can finish the season as well as we started.
Monarchs host third place Peckham Town on Saturday, a swift reunion after a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at the beginning of last month. Six straight wins have kept the South London club in contention, the latest 3-0 over Fleetdown United. Herve Mbongue scored twice, missing out on hat-trick, seeing his second half penalty bounce down off the crossbar.
Local boy, Sussex based photo journalist David Bauckham was at the game, working on a feature for the March issue of “When Saturday Comes”, excellent publicity for the club and the league.
Louie Clarke second treble in successive weeks earned Bromleians victory by the same score against Kings Hill, making it 21 for the season. Borden Village lost ground losing 1-0 at home to Otford United, Andy Knight getting the winner.
New Romney are another of the league’s form teams, after five successive wins, Tristan Belsey netting the second half decider at Tudor Sports. Omar El Mantawy’s impressive overhead kick finish was the highlight of his hat-trick in Crockenhill’s 4-2 win over Metrogas. Nathan Horrigan hit the fourth – his first of the season.
Crocks tweeted: “Our first win of 2019…every player worked their socks off.”
Wins have been hard to come by for Stansfeld (O&B) but Ben Mulrooney’s winner earned them a place in the third round of the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC – 1-0 at Long Lane. A second cup success followed on Tuesday night when a late Billy Shinners strike earned a 3-2 win over Tudor Sports in the Hospital Senior Charity Quarter-Final. Archie Valler put Sports ahead after 25 minutes before Freddie Cray levelled soon afterwards. Shinners got his first just before half-time, the score staying that way until Gary Gorman made it 2-2 with two minutes left. The tie looked destined for penalties only for Shinners to settle the contest.
Cuxton 91 are the big movers in Central & East, second after five wins in a row, following a 3-0 win over Lordswood Reserves, Dan Hanshaw scoring twice.
Craig Jackson scored his 13th of the season as Ide Hill moved back top of the West Division, 4-0 winners at Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves. Chipstead have suffered a blow losing injured Tod Bamber for the rest of the season. Chris Steadman is also sidelined for three weeks.
Southborough moved into the semi-finals of the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup, 3-0 shoot-out winners after the tie at Ashford ended 1-1 after-extra-time. The game was all about penalties, Mike Jessop putting the visitors in front from the spot after 15 minutes. They led until the last minute before Riley Alford snatched a late equaliser. Another thirty failed to produce a winner, before the home side were left ruing three successive misses.
Red Velvet’s three sharpshooters Alfred Maisey, and the two Harry’s, Taylor and Piesky were all on target in the 4-0 Kent Junior Cup win over Woodlands at Tonbridge. Velvet face Rochester League The Stag in the quarter-finals on February 9.
HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee are the last County League representatives in the London Junior Cup, into the last four after their 3-2 win over Middlesex County League side Hilltop. They trailed 2-0 early in the second half before Aaron Moore netted either side of Edward Asarmah getting the second from a free kick. They host Tooting Bec in the semi-finals next month.
Club Langley lost 3-1 at home to UCC Diaspora.
Sturry are in a hurry to score 100 league goals this season. Dan Smith’s hat-trick and two by James Thatcher in the 7-0 win at New Romney Reserves leaves them six short of the century.
Owen Jeavons and Darwin Orozco – leading marksmen for West leaders Danson Sports and Equinoccial were both on target in the 1-1 draw. Jeavons made it 13 for the season, while Orozco netted his 20th in the meeting of the new-boys at Crayford.
SATURDAY, 5th January
Fleetdown United’s Jimmy Martin is happy to look at the bigger picture at the halfway stage of his first season in charge.
Martin stepped up following Martin McCarthy left to take over as assistant manager at Bostik Premier Division side Leatherhead and admits it’s still early days in a long-term plan for the future of the Dartford based club. A good start to the season was hijacked by key injuries and things tailed off.
Martin said: “It’s my first season as first team manager after doing the reserves for three seasons, and it’s also a rebuilding project for the years to come.”
He added: “We started the season very well, being in and around the top three for eight weeks.
“We then lost both our striker and captain to serious injuries within two weeks.
“Since then we have struggled to get the win we have deserved.
“ I can’t fault my players attitude or commitment but sometimes in football you need a bit of luck too!”
A point in a 2-2 home draw against leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United proved a good start to 2019 – especially after trailing 2-0. Monarchs player-manager Luke Wolland and fellow prolific striker Josh Brown put Monarchs in front, before Tom East pulled one back before half-time, then new signing Levi Gold marked his debut converting a spectacular set piece to level things up.
Martin added: “ It was a good result in the end but (it was) disappointing to concede two sloppy goals.
“Tom was an outstanding performer all game and got one back before with a header from a Connor Chapman free kick.
“The second half like the first was a real battle, but I think we edged it and with about 10 minutes to go Levi scored an absolutely fabulous free kick from 25 yards.
Gold, top scorer at Otford United with 13 goals, switched clubs last week and Martin hopes his arrival will be key to continued improvement.
Martin said: “Levi’s signing and injured players now on the mend, I am sure we will get back on track”
As for Monarchs they rued failing to make the most of a winning position.
“2-0 up and only got a point. Need to get back to winning ways as the chasing pack get closer” was the club’s view.”
Next up for Fleetdown is a trip to one of pursuers, Peckham Town, beaten 4-2 at Hawkinge Town on Saturday. Conceding three first half goals, and a red card put Peckham on the back foot. They got two back, but Reece Mortimer hit a late fourth.
Bromleians head the pursuers, Louie Clark hitting four in the 9-0 win at Bexley, Nick Craft getting a hat-trick. Borden Village are third, experienced striker Luke Harvey on his way back to fitness following a knee injury, played 80 minutes scoring in the 3-2 win at Stansfeld (O&B).
Top scorer Roy Godden made it 17 for the season as New Romney won 3-0 at Crockenhill. Like Harvey and Godden, Lee Shearer has served many Kent clubs with distinction down the years.
Shearer scored twice in Kings Hill’s 5-2 home win over Metrogas, one of several familiar names recruited by new manager Danny Lye.
He said: “I have a few old boys now signed with Micky Philips , Shaun Welford, Dan Stubbs, and Dan McLaughlin (ex-Whitehawk) mixing with a lot of promising youngsters.”
Farnborough Old Boys Guild moved into the quarter-finals of the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC Cup with a 3-1 win at Lordswood Reserves. Paul Lee, Steve McQuinn and Mason Horne were the scorers. Tudor Sports went through 5-4 on penalties at Faversham Strike Force, following a 2-2 draw after-extra-time.
Danny Higgs headed the extra-time winner as Division 1 Club Langley won 3-2 at Otford United. Leaders Chipstead won away for the second time in the competition, 4-3 at Wateringbury.
Jay Wells hit the winner as C&E leaders K Sports Reserves beat Margate Sports 1-0. Two early goals by Dan Hanshaw and Craig Harvey set-up Cuxton 91’s 4-1 win at Ramsgate Reserves. Jack Burnham marked his first senior game with a goal as Rochester City beat Burgess Hodgson 2-1.
Lydd Town Reserves are through to the last four of the Kent Intermediate Cup 3-1 winners at Corinthian Under-21s. Holland & Blair Reserves went out, beaten 1-0 at home by Glebe Under-23s.
Adam Whatman moved into double figures for the season as Sutton Athletic Reserves won 4-0 against Margate Under-21s.
Halls Athletic produced the comeback of the day in Division 1 West, 3-1 down, they beat South East Athletic 4-3, Vincenzo Mazzone hitting the winner with a 25-yard strike. Ide Hill drew 1-1 in the second versus third contest against Sydenham Sports. Matt Bunn put Hill in front early on with Sports substitute Darrell Hewitt levelling things up on the hour.
Jamie Whincup netted AFC Mottingham’s winner against Stansfeld.
Manager Christopher Sundborg praised captain William Alton saying: “he was superb in helping us keep a clean sheet.”
Central & East pair Faversham Town Reserves and Canterbury City University are through to the semi-finals of the Kent Junior Cup. Both needed extra-time, Town scoring an extra-time winner to beat Sporting Club Thamesmead, while City edged through 5-4 on penalties at Southborough.
Rusthall Reserves went out of the Kent Intermediate Cup, losing 3-1 at home to Cray Wanderers Blue.
In league action, substitutes Josh Jones and Ryan Prior netted as leaders Ashford won 3-0 at West Farleigh. Danny Chapman scored twice, his first goals of the season, as second placed Snodland Town Reserves beat Punjab United Reserves 4-0.
Josh Howie and Joshua Byford both hit-hat-tricks in Margate Sports 11-1 win at Tonbridge Invicta, Alex Evans got the home team’s consolation.
In the West, second and third placed HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee and Equinoccial both won away.
Tenterden Town manager Tevis Knight would have enjoyed watching the video clip of Harry Goddard’s goal in the 5-0 Kent Junior Cup win over Johnson & Phillips at Kidbrooke.
Around 16 touches sees the move from deep in their own half involves Richard Quigley twice, includes some nifty footwork from Jordan King and Ryan Vaughan before Brad Burton crosses for Goddard to slide home.
Deal Town Rangers and Sturry both slipped out, beaten at home by Rochester League pair The Stag and Mangravet. Greg Hitchman scored twice as New Romney Reserves beat Paddock Wood 8-1.
Lewis Chapman’s hat-trick and two by Rob Alderman topped and tailed Rochester City Reserves 5-1 win at Staplehurst Monarchs Reserves.
Wins for the top four in the West, leaders Danson Sports 5-1 at South East Athletic Reserves, Owen Jeavons hitting a hat-trick. AFC Lewisham followed up their first win with a 2-2 draw at Farnborough Old Boys Guild Reserves. They led 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.
AFC tweeted: “Another point on the board, shout out to FOBG for always giving us a good game.
Guild responded: “Your side are getting better and better.
“Next season you will be challenging to get out of the league.”
SATURDAY, 22nd December
Only four games but no shortage of goals on the final weekend before the Christmas and New Year break.
Peckham Town, Hawkinge Town and New Romney all scored five, while leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United end the year with a seven point advantage, despite being held to a 2-2 draw at bottom club Stansfeld (O&B).
Adam Toubal scored twice as Peckham Town won 5-0 at Otford United, playing their first game for a month, avenging the 3-2 home defeat when the two teams met in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Herve Mbongue hit the first, Klajdi Cani doubled the lead, before Toubal added the third. Otford had strong claims for a penalty turned down when Luke Blackaby went down under a challenge.
Peckham suffered a blow early in the second when they had goalkeeper Larry McArdle carried off after a collision with home sub Levi Gold. The game was held up for several minutes, but fears McArdle had suffered a broken leg proved unfounded. Defender Hady Traore replaced him between the posts and completed his team’s shut-out. Toubal hit the fourth under home keeper Justin Lee, before stand-in Troare denied Gold at the other end. Nicky Meta completed Peckham’s nap hand with a 25-yard lob, before Traore did well late on, parrying another effort and then falling on the loose ball inches from the line.
Reece Mortimer scored twice as Hawkinge Town continued their prolific scoring form, winning by the same score at Crockenhill. Harry Nunn, John Smith and Darren Winfield added the others.
New Romney came from behind three times to beat Farnborough Old Boys Guild 5-3.
Guild’s Lee Friend, Tunde Adeloye and Ross Warburton all netted in a lively first half, Billy Weir Somerville, later sent off, and Roy Godden replying as Guild led 3-2 at the break. Wayne Rogers, Tristan Belsey, and substitute Luca Corba eased the home side in front in the second half, but Guild played their part in what they described as a “belter” of a contest.
They said: “The First XI (and we mean XI!) made the long trip…. and contributed to a belter of a match, before tiring in the second half .
“A harsh ending but the team can hold their heads high for a great battling performance.”
Monarchs and Stansfeld both had a player sent off as the top versus bottom clash ended all square. Steve Warren, on his first senior outing, and Josh Brown, his 17th of the season, were Monarchs scorers, while Stansfeld battled to their first home draw of the season.
Monarchs said: “Top of the pile at the moment. Do that again in the second half of the season, and we’ll have a chance of the title.
Only two games here – one in either section.
Rochester City won 3-2 at Ramsgate Reserves in Central & East. Lee Whalin got two and Bitteng Guila the other.
Conor Ansell and George White netted for the respective sides, as Sutton Athletic Reserves drew 1-1 at home to Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves.
George Salter and Kane Ramsell netted for Rusthall Reserves as they beat Margate Sports Reserves 2-1 to return to the top of the Central & East table. Substitute Rhys Bailey hit four as Snodland Town Reserves won 12-0 on another difficult afternoon for Tonbridge Invicta.
Jason Elliott’s hat-trick spearheaded Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves’s 8-2 West midweek win on Tuesday night against Dulwich Village. HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee moved above them into second spot, after a 4-1 victory at Crayford Arrows.
Johnson & Phillips were the other winners – 3-1 at Fleetdown United Reserves.
Ryan House’s first goal of the season secured Danson Sports’ 1-0 win over Halstead United, their ninth in a row, and top spot in the West. Ben French led the scoring with a hat-trick as Farnborough Old Boys Guild beat Peckham Town Reserves 6-0. Bradley Forrester and John Woodcock netted for Bridon Ropes Reserves in 2-0 win over Bromleians Reserves.
Harry Main scored on his debut in Welling Town Reserves 1-1 draw at Long Lane Reserves
Meanwhile the best wishes of everybody connected with the league go to Deal Town Rangers skipper Owen Mullaney who suffered a double broken leg on Saturday. The incident led to the Central & East game against Rochester City Reserves being abandoned after 86 minutes with the score 2-2.
The club said: “He suffered a broken tibia and fibula – had one operation today (Sunday) and is waiting for another.”
The matter will be dealt with by the League’s Emergency and Appeals Committee in due course and the decision communicated to both clubs. Until then it will be deemed as abandoned.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the weekly round-up this year, the quotes, match details, and the quick responses to requests for information.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
SATURDAY, 15th December
NRG GYM ‘BILL MANKLOW’ INTER-REGIONAL CHALLENGE CUP
New Romney and Margate Sports are the first clubs through to the last eight.
Billy Weir Somerville hit four in the first half as New Romney won 7-5 at Sutton Athletic Reserves. Adam Whatman’s treble led the scoring for Sutton who went in front, before Weir Somerville put Romney 4-1 up, only for the hosts to get two more before half-time. Roy Godden made it 5-3 after the restart, before Sutton got their fourth. Josh McCue and Godden added two more, before Sutton got their fifth. Terry Knott and Conor Ansell were Sutton’s other scorers.
Margate Sports were 2-1 winners over Premier Division Peckham Town at wet and windy Hartsdown Park, Harrison Copley put Sports in front and substitute Connor Partridge added the second midway through the second half. Hady Traore pulled one back in stoppage-time, before Adrian Butler missed out taking the tie into extra-time, shooting narrowly wide.
Brad Webb and Andrew King scored twice in eight first half minutes as Borden Village moved into the third round beating Guru Nanak 2-1. The visitors went close several times in the opening half hour, hitting the woodwork, having two more efforts cleared off the line, with home goalkeeper Oliver Dewey pulling off two fine saves to ensure things stayed goalless.
Webb fired Borden in front finishing off a swift break, before King doubled the lead just before half-time. Guru Nanak’s battling display earned a late consolation, pulling one back with five minutes left.
Danny Lye says it’s good to be back in the game after a long break.
The former Ashford United boss teamed up again with ex-Homelands coach Shaun Holland at his local club Kings Hill after Kane Rice and Simon Austin left to take charge at Snodland Town. Lye oversaw his first win at the weekend, 4-1 at home to Farnborough Old Boys Guild.
He said: “It was good to win our first league game in terrible conditions.
“Our starting line-up had no players from the old regime, so it has been a total rebuild with players not yet knowing one another.
“We had two local 16-year-olds in the side Nick Tolhurst and Jack Ward who were excellent.
“It will take a while to get our squad set and also used to the league. I have no clue on what the teams are like so we have to learn quickly.”
He added: “It was nice to be back involved with football after my long break.
“We have another five players to come in to the squad in the New Year, who have all played at a higher level, so we should push on then.”
Substitute Josh Brown continued his prolific season with two more as leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United bounced back quickly, beating Crockenhill 5-1. Brown is trading goals with player-manager and fellow striker Luke Wallond, also on target , both have 15. Dan Ashton, the defender with an eye for goal, netted his seventh of the season, with Nathan Bertrand completing the nap hand.
Crockenhill tweeted: “It’s always hard going to play the leaders away, but even harder in awful weather conditions and having a player sent off late, but fair play to Staplehurst.
The victory in Monarchs’ only sixth home game of the season maintained a six- point lead over Bromleians, 3-1, winners at Stansfeld (O&B). Louie Clarke’s double took his tally to 12, with Nick Craft getting the other.
Harry Nunn’s double led the scoring as Hawkinge Town were again among the goals in a 7-4 home win over Faversham Strike Force. Ali Adam netted twice for the visitors.
Willie O’ Sullivan has taken over at Bexley and won his first game in charge, 3-2 over Metrogas. He stepped up after Steve McCrae left last month and saw William Field score his first goal of the season in only his second senior game.
Teekay Hussein also got his first of the campaign as Fleetdown United drew 1-1 against Tudor Sports.
Long Lane say they are “embarrassed and disappointed” by the events surrounding the 15–0 West defeat at South East Athletic on Saturday. Secretary Mick Northwood says the club are keen to draw a rapid line under the episode and move on. Some reports suggested three players walked off before the end.
He said: “I wasn’t at the game so I can’t confirm this but it’s true that almost all the players have gone and we are frantically trying to bring in new signings.
“Saturday was very disappointing and a real embarrassment for the club and we are desperately trying to put things right.
“Our player-manager has been working really hard, but we desperately need an experienced manager to come in as well as some new players as those that let us down will not be staying with us.
“We are a club with problems, we have wonderful facilities, all we need is the right people.”
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Luke Alliband hit six for SEA, who led 6-0 at half-time.
Chipstead replaced Ide Hill at the top after winning the Sevenoaks village derby 4-1. The game was still 0-0 after 55 minutes, before goals by Chris Steadman, Alfie Kitt’s penalty, Jack Highwood, and James Fitchett sealed the win. Craig Jackson pulled one back for Hill.
George Harris’ hat-trick helped Sydenham Sports beat AFC Mottingham 6-0, while Dave Stevens got both for Halls in their 2-1 win at Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves.
Club Langley moved into the quarter-finals of the London Junior Cup beating Old Plymouthians 2-0. Richard Aidoo and Tesfa Lowe settled the tie, and earn another home tie against UCC Diaspora early in the New Year.
Tom Morgans featured for Lydd Town Reserves with a hat-trick in the 4-4 Central & East home draw against Burgess Hodgson, Dion Orris got two for the Canterbury side. Burgess led 2-1 at half time, Lydd went 4-2 up, before Burgess Hodgson got two in the last 10 minutes.
Four second half goals helped Cuxton 91, recover from 2-1 down to win 5-3 at Lordswood Reserves.
Leaders Hollands & Blair drew 0-0 against Rochester City, while James Funnell hit his eighth in nine games as K Sports Reserves beat Ramsgate Reserves 2-0.
Matt Forster scored twice as Ashford won 3-2 at Southborough to regain top spot in Central & East. Josh Howie scored seven as Margate Sports Reserves beat Tonbridge Invicta 17-0.
Former Tudor Sports joint-boss Ross Baker has joined forces with Danny Hill at Belvedere who ended a poor run with a 3-0 win over Johnson & Phillips. Joe Childs hit his 16th of the season.
George Lyon hit two for Crayford Arrows, 5-3 winners at Drummond Athletic.
Sporting Club Thamesmead enjoyed their rare midweek outing, Jason Elliott’s hat-trick setting up an 7-2 win over Dulwich Village.
AFC Lewisham broke their West duck for the season beating Halstead United 2-1 delighting manager Tuner Bayram.
He said: “I came to the club to build a league winning team and make the club the best I can possibly make them.
“Saturday was the first sign that there are improvements, and we are heading in the right direction. Mark my words.
“When you put belief and trust into your players at the hardest times, the passion and real love for the club and their manager shows, when hard work pays off.
“I have had clubs, managers and loads of other players (tweeting) regarding me taking the club to their first win this season, thank you to all of you, highly appreciated.”
Owen Jeavons scored twice as Danson Sports moved second in West, winning 5-1 at Peckham Town Reserves.
Charlie Scrivener and Antony Tye scored twice as leaders Tudor Sports Reserves beat Metrogas Reserves 5-0 to progress in the Kent Junior Cup.
SATURDAY, 8th December
Three Division 1 West clubs will compete in the semi-finals of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield early in the New Year. Welling Park and Ide Hill completed the trio on Saturday, joining rivals South East Athletic and Premier Division leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United in the last four.
Jack Henry and Joe Quinnear netted in Park’s 2-0 win over Kings Hill, in a tie switched to the South London club’s ground at Lee Green. Luke Steggles headed the winner to clinch Ide Hill’s 3-2 win over Cuxton 91 in a spirited quarter-final.
Dan Hanshaw put Cuxton 91 in front, before Matt Bunn levelled things before half-time. Skipper Craig Jackson fired the leaders in front for the first time, only for Kyle Eastwood to make it 2-2 soon afterwards, before substitute Steggles settled the tie with 15 minutes left.
Division leaders Hill host Chipstead in a top-two meeting this weekend, Chips winning the reverse fixture 5-1 back in August, Ide Hill’s only league defeat.
Hill manager Paul McDonagh said: “We have had a good start with only the one slip up against Chipstead, when we were without four or five key players.
“We need to keep working hard and hopefully we can get a trophy or two come the end of the season.
“Saying that the squad is larger this year and the players coming in have made a great contribution to the team.”
Staplehurst Monarchs United maintain a six point lead despite suffering only their second league defeat of the season. Three second half goals earned Peckham Town victory, but Monarchs’ two closest rivals, Bromleians and Borden Village both missed out on taking full advantage of a rare slip-up.
Fleetdown United had been the only other team to beat Monarchs in September before the weekend, as Herve Mbongue, and two quick strikes by Klajdi Cani, his 13th in seven games, and Nicky Meta completed Peckham Town’s third successive win.
Referee Andrew Wheaton tweeted his praise: “Thank you to both teams for a fantastic high quality game – football was played.”
Faversham Strike Force complimented the men in charge after their 3-3 home draw against Bromleians.
“Brilliant game – two honest sides, both battling in good spirit – supported by a good match officials”
Jordan Simpson, Bradley Maguire and Luke Taylor netted for Strike Force, with James Jewers netting twice for Broms.
Roy Godden’s 15th of the season helped New Romney beat Borden 3-1. Tudor Sports needed a late winner to clinch the points in 3-2 win at neighbours Metrogas. They led 2-0 with 15 minutes before the end, before the hosts levelled things. Joe Abbott, Billy Jolley and sub Antony Tye netted for Tudor, with Sami Chimiti-Aachoui and Joe Plant hitting two in 10 minutes for Gas.
Two of the bottom two, Crockenhill and Stansfeld (O&B) shared eight goals at Wested, Omar El-Mantawy scored twice for Crocks with Jack Gibbons’ hat-trick for Stansfield, who scored the first and last goals. They led 1-0 before Crocks went in front three times, both teams having chances and hitting the woodwork.
Dekklund Wallace and Dan Smithers were on target as Farnborough Old Boys Guild drew 1-1 at home to Fleetdown United.
Matt Smith scored twice as Wateringbury won 2-1 at Ramsgate Reserves, one of only two Central & East matches played. John Williams scored and was sent off in Lydd Town Reserves 2-1 win over Lordswood Reserves.
In the West, Kieran Woodley hit his third in two games scoring the winner as in-form Chipstead beat Sutton Athletic 1-0. Christian Akinlade and Craig Rickard scored two for each side as AFC Mottingham drew 3-3 at home to Long Lane. Halls skipper Ollie Hyde’s header came early in the 1-1 draw with Sydenham Sports. Raheem Brown netted for the visitors.
It was the end of era this week as AFC Ashford Athletic’s chairman and first team manager Stuart Kingsnorth stepped down from both positions.
He issued a long passionate statement on Tuesday explaining his reasons, admitting: “Sad day indeed for me, it’s going to take a while to shake it off.
“I took over when we were still Riverside Inn back in 2007.
“We started in District Division 1 football and slowly built up to three men’s teams and two youth teams.
“Big 10 years put into the project. Running the club, managing, playing.”
The news was followed by another statement from new chairman Jon Wright, confirming he had started the process of withdrawing the first team from the league.
Franck N’Douga scored twice as Rusthall Reserves moved to within 50 for the season beating Punjab Reserves 5-0. Samual Porter hit two as Snodland Town scored twice in each half in 4-2 Ashford 4-2. Joe Lester’s hat-trick featured as Faversham Town Reserves won 9-0 at Tonbridge Invicta.
Harry Taylor and Alfie Maisey both scored twice as West leaders Red Velvet won 5-0 at Fleetdown United Reserves.
Elsewhere Robert Grogan hit his sixth of the season as Johnson & Phillips moved into the quarter-finals of the Kent Junior Cup beating Belvedere 4-1. They now host Tenterden Town on January 5th.
Mixed fortunes in the London Junior Cup. HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee are through to the last eight – 5-1 winners over Thames League outfit E.S.B. Shantytown. A goal 11 minutes from time saw Dulwich Village exit the competition after a 3-2 home defeat by Amateur Football Combination side IB Albion.
Only three Central & East games, but they produced 15 goals. Lewis Chapman’s hat-trick led Rochester City Reserves to. 6-4 win over TenterdenTown. Daryl Herbert-Smith’s netted his second successive hat-trick in Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderer’s 5-0 home victory over New Romney Reserves. Kai Beck netted twice as the University of Kent beat Paddock Wood 5-0.
In the West, Peckham Town Reserves edged home 5-4 at Equinoccial. Alexi Howell-Stevens’ hat-trick and two by Alfred Samuel set-up the win, while prolific Darwin Orozco hit two for the hosts, taking him to 18 for the season.
Peckham’s Nick Menebhi said: “We went 2-0 up then Equinoccial pulled it back to 2-2 near half-time.
“We went 4-2 up, but they made it 4-4, they missed a penalty, then we went down the other end and scored the winner.”
Aaron Kenton and Lyon Tetteh netted for South East Athletic Reserves, 2-1 winners over Farnborough Old Boys Guild Reserves. Danson Sports made it eight wins out of nine by the same score at Greenways Aces, thanks to second half goals by Owen Jeavons and substitute Abraham Richard-Tagoe.
Top scorer Nathan Parke’s 15th of the season in Parkwood Rangers 1-0 win over AFC Lewisham.
SATURDAY, 1st December
Not too many teams have made such an impact on the Kent County League as South East Athletic have.
Now only in their fourth season in the competition, the club won Division 3 West at the first attempt, spending two more in 2 West, before being promoted again last season. Chairman Steven Daley said: “Our long term goal for the club is for it to be one that offers football for all ages, at all standards, utilising the best possible facilities, coaching and equipment.
“In order to do that we believe you have to have a flagship first team that is doing well at a reasonable level in order to drive the coverage of the club and spread it’s good name.
“We are still working towards that but we believe we have established ourselves as a well run, well respected club already.
“We try to do everything as professionally as we can, to the best of our ability and we like to think a lot of clubs and people involved with football know who we are and have respect for the way we try to operate.
“It’s been a long journey to get to this point but we’re not done yet!”
The club have also won a clutch of awards for success on and off the pitch, as well as raising the club’s profile even further by issuing match programmes.
Daley added: “Dan Hollis won secretary of the year for the Division and the entire league that first year.
“He also won secretary of the Division in the second year.
“Last year both teams won their Andreas Carter Fair Play Award for their Division and the first team won the overall title, then both teams won the league award for combined discipline and administration in their respective Divisions with the Reserves taking the overall title.
“Dan Conneally won the Western Section Manager of the Month once during that first season, and I won it again during our second season.”
Now the club are looking forward to a first county semi-final following their 5-3 Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield victory at Halls Athletic on Saturday. Two down inside opening half hour they fought back to win, thanks to Darren Wynne’s hat-trick, as their impressive season continues.
Manager Tony Alliband said: “It has been a fantastic start with just one defeat in thirteen games, progress in three cups and a solid beginning to life in Division 1 West.
“ We’ve managed to integrate some new players into the club and along with myself, having only joined in the summer, things have settled really quickly which I think says a lot about the club, how welcoming it is of new blood and new ideas and how together everyone is on and off the pitch to make things a success.
“This is the first season we have ever entered a county competition and it’s been an exciting journey of tough games but that’s what we want.
“The lads want to be challenged and one of their biggest strengths is never giving up. “We were 2-0 down inside five minutes a few weeks back to Chipstead, came back and won, came from behind three times against Welling to salvage a point last week and then went 2-0 behind last weekend before pulling it back.
“When things aren’t going our way, this fight and determination goes a long, long way. “Now that we’re into the semis we will be looking forward to the draw, but our main priority remains finishing as high as we can and getting to the Premier Division sooner rather than later.”
SEA join top flight leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United in the last four, 2-0 winners at Fleetdown United, with the remaining two ties scheduled for this weekend. Defender Dan Ashton got both, making it six for the season, putting Monarchs ahead after 20 minutes, then doubling the lead five minutes from round to settle the tie.
Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves and Red Velvet both moved into the fourth round of the Kent Junior Cup (Group A). Jason Elliot scored twice as SCT beat Stansfeld Reserves 5-2, while Harry Taylor’s double helped Velvet clinch a 3-1 extra-time win at West Wickham 3rds.
Elsewhere rain was the main winner with many matches called off on Saturday morning due to waterlogged pitches.
In the games that did go ahead, Guru Nanak moved second in Division 1 Central & East after a third successive win – 3-0 at home against Ramsgate Reserves.
Jake Fitzpatrick hit his sixth of the season as Division 2 Central & East leaders West Farleigh won 3–0 at AFC Ashford Athletic. Rusthall Reserves slipped to a second successive defeat 2-0 at Margate Sports Reserves, Josh Howie and Joshua Byford the scorers. Ryan Prior hit four as Ashford won 9-0 at Tonbridge Invicta.
Noah Lasoye scored twice as second placed Drummond Athletic’s came from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2 against Fleetdown United Reserves, the only game in Division 2 West. Harry Bell and Jack Whitehead were United’s scorers.
Five goal Harry Goddard and hat-trick man Brad Burton led the scoring as Tenterden Town won 13-1 against nine-man Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves, the sole game to beat the weather in Division 3 Central & East.
In Division 3 West, top scorer Darwin Orozco netted his 16th goal of the season as second placed Equinoccial drew 1-1 at home to Parkwood Athletic, sub Ben Malyon on the scoresheet.
South East Athletic Reserves are third following the 3-2 victory over Bromleians Reserves Lyon Tetteh, Andrew Ewers and Conrad Davies in his first game after stepping up from the A team, were the scorers. Ian Allerton got both for Broms. Sub Usha Dru Myers scored two as Bridon Ropes Reserves were 3-1 winners at AFC Lewisham.
SATURDAY, 24th November
Danny Lye is back in football 15 months after leaving Ashford United.
He and former Homelands coach Shaun Holland have taken charge of Premier Division Kings Hill this week, replacing Kane Rice and Simon Austin who have moved to Southern Counties East League Division 1 side Snodland Town.
Chairman Ian Bull said: “We would like to place on record our thanks and gratitude for the hard work of Kane and Simon over the last couple of years.
“They both played a major part in helping the club reach the Kent County Premier League for the first time this season and wish them well for the future.
“The club are delighted to welcome Danny and Shaun. They bring a wealth of experience to the club and we are delighted that they have agreed to join Kings Hill.”
Lye who lives nearby said: “My local club needed some help so I had to.” He also issued a plea to his football contacts for players: “If you are interested in playing or sending some players out for match fitness get in touch.”
Rice and Austin’s last game ended in a 1-0 home defeat against leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United, defender Dan Ashton scoring the winner, his fourth of the season, Monarchs third successive away clean sheet and sixth on their travels this season. The victory leaves them six points clear and two games in hand over second placed Borden Village, who moved above Bromleians, following the 2-1 win over Bexley with goals by Rob Welling and substitute Daniel Bryant.
Broms shipped six for the second successive week at Hawkinge Town, John Smith’s hat-trick underpinning a 6-3 win and he also missed a penalty.
Peckham Town’s Klajdi Cani took his personal tally against Crockenhill to seven this season, hitting four in the 9-1 win.
Who would be a manager preparing for a tough fixture 40 miles away. Late call-offs, meaning reserve and youth team players needed to be drafted in at the last minute, one youngster making his first team debut. That was the predicament facing Metrogas first team boss Mark Warner – ahead of the trip to Faversham Strike Force. No better outcome then to travel home 4-1 winners and see your own son score his first hat-trick for the club.
Warner said: “What a day of ups and downs, losing five players at the last minute….turn up with 12 and we end up winning…a superb performance .
“My boy Tom gets his first hat-trick with Tee Babatunde getting the other.
“Seventeen year old Kenny Kerr makes his debut off the bench – massive win.”
Strike Force’s only consolation was Tom Axford’s well struck penalty.
Otford United’s skipper Jamie Knight netted in the 1-1 home draw against Farnborough Old Boys Guild, Tunde Adeloye scoring his first goal for the visitors. Roy Godden’s 14th of the season earned New Romney their 1-0 win over Fleetdown United. Billy Jolley had a fun time with a hat-trick as Tudor Sports won 4-2 on their short trip to Stansfeld (O&B).
Dan Hanshaw scored again to move into double figures for the season as Cuxton 91 beat Central & East leaders Hollands & Blair 3-0, ending their unbeaten league record. Burgess Hodgson enjoyed their best win of the season, winning 4-1 Wateringbury, Alex Horne scoring twice. Jack Morrison hit his fourth of the season as Lydd Town Reserves beat Rochester City 3-2.
Extra-time goals saw Lordswood Reserves progress in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC, courtesy of their 4-2 win over Ramsgate Reserves.
Kieran Woodley scored twice as Chipstead closed in on West leaders Ide Hill,beating top-four rivals Sydenham Sports 2-1. The victory avenged the 6-0 drubbing in the reverse fixture at Beckenham in September.
Chips tweeted: “Great show of character, showing how far we have come since first game – absolute shift from everyone and three points in the bag.”
Club Langley slipped up 1-0 at home to Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves, Tom Smith getting the second half winner to complete his team’s first away win of the season. South East Athletic came from behind three times to earn a point in a 3-3 draw at Welling Park, Jack Henry hit two for Park, with Luke James Alliband, Edan Cummins and sub Andrew Ewers keeping SEA in the contest.
Steve Whitehead notched for the first time this season as Central & East leaders West Farleigh won 3-0 at Snodland Town Reserves. Two-goal Aye Ombo made it four in five games in Bearsted Reserves’ 3-2 success at Southborough. Joshua Byford and Lee Ireland both scored late on as Margate Sports Reserves cane from behind to beat Ashford 2-1, their first defeat of the season.
Red Velvet’s prolific pair Alfred Maisey and Harry Piesky took their joint tally for the season to 25, with one apiece in the 4-3 win at top-two rivals Orpington. Velvet led 3-0 at half-time, surviving a strong second half home fight back.
George Mitchell and Noah Lasoye netted in extra-time as Drummond Athletic beat HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee 2-1 to move into the last eighth of the NRG Gym West Kent Challenge Shield.
Paddock Wood again deserve credit for another battling performance. Fielding only nine men against Central & East leaders Sturry was always going to be a tough ask, eventually losing 13-0.
Levi Brown and Sam Shobande hit two each as Rochester City Reserves won 6-3 at University of Kent. Giovanni Morgan did the same for the students. New Romney’s Greg Hitchman and Jake Horgan of hosts Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves both hit hat-tricks as the visitors edged home 6-5. Daryl Herbert-Smith’s treble eased Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers home 5-2, against Deal Town Seniors.
Harry Scott endured mixed fortunes with a hat-trick and a red card as Parkwood Rangers enjoyed a 10-0 success at Division 2 West Dulwich Village in the NRG Gym West Kent Challenge Shield. They now host league rivals Equinoccial in the quarter-finals. Two home players were also sent off.
Charlie Scrivener hit two for West leaders Tudor Sports Reserves won 3-1 at home to AFC Lewisham.
SATURDAY, 17th November
Draws have been a rarity for Staplehurst Monarchs United this season.
Luke Wallond’s side shared the points for only the second time this season, and first at home, following the 2-2 draw with Otford United on Saturday, but defeats for nearest rivals Bromleians and Borden Village mean’t they failed to close the gap on the leaders.
Luke Blackaby headed Otford in front early on, a lead they held until half-time. Wallond levelled on the hour, before Josh Brown added Monarchs second five minutes later, the pair, both included in the Rep XI squad last week, taking their joint tally for the season to 26. Andrew Knight earned the O’s a point with a close-range finish.
Broms slipped up 6-2 at home to Peckham Town, the weekend’s biggest winners, while Borden went down 4-2 at Crockenhill. Nicky Meita was Peckham’s match winner with a hat-trick, the visitors lead 4-0 at half-time, as Broms suffered their first home League defeat under new boss Tyrone Reid. Top scorer Craig Hewitt scored twice as Crocks claimed only their third home win of the season.
Borden made no excuses: “Bad day at the office, we never really got going, disappointing to lose especially as the sides around us didn’t do that well either.
“Well played Crockenhill, good luck for the rest of the season.”
Faversham Strike Force are fifth after 3-1 home win over New Romney. Warren Smith put the visitors ahead at half time, before Strike Force turned things around in the second half – Tom Gates among the scorers with his first goal of the season. Meanwhile Strike Force youngster Craig Appleby was on the scoresheet for Kent FA Under 18’s in their 2-0 win over London FA at Corinthian on Sunday.
Elsewhere, John Smith hit both as Hawkinge Town beat Stansfeld (O&B) 2-0. Ben Chapman netted the winner as Kings Hill beat Tudor Sports, their first defeat in six games in all competitions, since the club unveiled their new management trio of Ben Kirk, Ross Morley and James Bradley last month.
Three first goals in the space of half an hour set-up Metrogas’ 4-2 win over Fleetdown United. Sasha Machemedze, Dominic Ryann, and Tom Warner put them 3-2 up the interval, with Farai Maganga adding the fourth midway through the second half.
Alex Chapman netted his first goal for Farnborough Old Boys Guild in their 2-0 win, expertly captured by club snapper Colin Brazier. Lee Friend got the other.
Dan Hanshaw’s stoppage-time winner clinched Cuxton 91’s 3-2 Central & East win at Rochester City. Guru Nanak completed back-to-back wins, 2-1 at Burgess Hodgson. Hollands & Blair’s seven-match winning run ended with 2-2 draw against Margate Sports at Hartsdown Park.
Lydd Town Reserves edged home 7-6 on penalties to get past Tunbridge Wells U21’s in the Kent FA Intermediate Cup. K Sports Reserves went out, also on penalties at Cray Wanderers Blues, while Lordswood Reserves lost 4-0 at home to Margate.
Top scorer Craig Jackson was again on target as Ide Hill maintained their Division 1 West title hopes with a 3-0 win over Club Langley. Todd Bamber and Chris Steadman netted for Chipstead in their 2-1 win at AFC Mottingham Two weeks earlier Bamber had come off the bench to score as Chips clinched a 3-1 extra-time victory when the two teams met in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup.
Adam Whatman scored both as Sutton Athletic progressed in the Kent FA Intermediate Cup, 2-0 winners at Bearsted Reserves.
Southborough continue to enjoy the winning habit. Taylor Galvin’s second half hat-trick and top scorer Jack Parrot claimed the scoring honours in a 4-0 win over AFC Ashford Athletic. Ashley Russell hit West Farleigh’s second half winner against Rusthall Reserves.
Ashford moved top after a 15-0 win over Tonbridge Invicta, Matt Forster and Jordan Griffin hit four apiece with two other players completing hat-tricks.
Harry Piesky was among the goals again for West leaders Red Velvet, scoring twice in the 4-2 win over Bexley Reserves. He has 13, five behind leading marksman Harry Taylor.
Orpington are through to the quarter-finals of the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield after their 6-4 extra-time win over Sporting Club Thamesmead Reserves. The teams finished 4-4 after 90 minutes. James Ludford scored twice, Orpington led 3-0 at half-time, before two-goal Jason Christopher Elliott led Thamesmead’s second half fight-back – eventually in vain as Orpington added two more.
Dan Smith’s treble helped Central & East leaders Sturry beat Tenterden Town 4-3, and joins Jacob Hedges as the club’s joint leading scorer with 12 apiece.
West new-boys Danson Sports are enjoying a good season, second in the table, and last eight of the NRG Gym WKCS, following the 5-1 success at Tudor Sports Reserves. Substitute Tate Rayner scored twice,
Greenway Aces are off the mark, 7-4 winners over Bromleians Reserves in a match featuring three red cards. Two-goal Alvin Macauley and sub Cameron McGregor led the scoring.
A third new team, Equinoccial also feature in the NRG Gym West Kent Challenge Shield last eight following a 6-2 win over Division 2 West side Belvedere. And they seem to be enjoying not only winning games, but the taking part as well.
A post on the club’s Instagram account said: “A really good performance against a team from the division above us.
“Showing that we can play very good football and enjoy the game at the same time.”
Bryan Vinueza scored twice.
TUESDAY, 13th November
Debutant Louie Clarke scored twice as the Kent County League came from behind to beat Essex Olympian League 3-2 at Rochester United on Tuesday night. It was the representative team’s first win in four meetings with their Step 7 counter-parts.
Staplehurst Monarchs United player-manager Luke Wallond fired them into an early lead, before he gave way to club colleague Brown in the first of several roll-on-roll-off substitutions made by manager Darren Philips. Brown saw his first effort of the night, bounce off the crossbar, and then acrobatically hit the rebound just wide.
Essex levelled just before half-time from the penalty spot, Harry Watkins beating Borden Village goalkeeper Olly Dewey.
Two goals in a minute just after the restart sparked the game into life.
Watkins’ fellow Epping man Daniel Garfinkle finished well to make it 2-1, only for play to immediately switch ends, Clarke, on at the interval, tapping in the equaliser to punish some poor defending.
The Bromleians striker hit his second of the night midway through the second half. Brown’s deep cross from the right picked out Clarke whose first touch beat a defender, before scoring with his second, a left foot finish in the far corner.
He twice went close to a hat-trick while Brown also missed out on adding to his tally before the end with visiting keeper Jacob Adams standing between his team and a much heavier defeat.
SATURDAY, 10th November
Bromleians became the first club to hit the 50-goal mark following their 4-1 win at Metrogas.
The win closed the gap on leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United to three points, with top scorer Adam O’Neill hitting his 11th of the season, one ahead of Louis Clarke and Lewis Longhurst. Peckham Town lost ground on the top-three, losing 2-0 at New Romney, first half goals by Roy Godden and Warren Smith, one a penalty, settling the contest.
Levi Gold’s 13th of the season and Sam Truman’s first set-up Otford United’s fourth successive win – 2-0 over Bexley. Still no stopping Tudor Sports whose stock continues to rise under new management. Ross Morley, one of three joint bosses was on target in the 2-1 win over Crockenhill. Charlie Burgess added the other.
Fleetdown United grabbed a late equaliser to earn a point in a 2-2 home draw against Farnborough OBG. Lee Anderson and Wesley Jno-Baptiste netted for United with Decklund Wallace getting both for Guild.
Player-Manager Damian Abel scored twice helping steer Hawkinge Town through 6-2 at Rochester City in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC. Faversham Strike Force are also through -2-1 winners at Cuxton 91, with goals by Tom Axford and Jordan Simpson.
Front-runners Hollands & Blair Reserves and Ide Hill continue to dominate both sections.
Blair enjoyed an unbeaten October, earning Malcolm Grieve the Manager-of-the-Month award. November has started well, beginning with a 2-0 extra-time victory at Herne Bay in the Kent Intermediate Cup last week and continuing at the weekend, beating Lordswood Reserves 3-0. One common factor in the team’s form has been Pat Bishenden’s goals and he featured on the scoresheet in both wins.
K Sports Reserves were the other league winners, 3-2 at Burgess Hodgson, Bailey Pearce scoring once in each half. Home player-manager Matt Lightfoot scored twice for the second successive game.
Elsewhere Wateringbury and Margate Sports both claimed Premier Division scalps in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup.
Wateringbury edged through 6-5 on penalties in a sudden-death shoot-out at leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United on the day player-manager Luke Wallond received the top flight’s Manager-of-the-Month award. Riley Alford netted the winner as Sports ended Kings Hill’s interest in the competition.
Ide Hill eased home 5-0 over Halls, Matt Bunn and substitute Shaun Boyle both scoring twice. South East Athletic came from 2-0 down to win 4-3 at Chipstead, top scorer Darren Wynne among the scorers. Chips made no excuses for the defeat: “Tough not getting even a point after being 2-0 in first five minutes to lose 4-3, foot off gas and errors cost us.”
George Harris netted his 10th of the season as Sydenham Sports drew 1-1 at Sutton Athletic Reserves.
Nicos Spencer was grateful to score the winner as Club Langley beat Spaniards 4-3 to progress in the London Junior Cup.
He tweeted: “Very big win – gave away a penalty, so I was very happy to get the winner to try and make up for that. Onto the next round.”
Steve Gillett bagged a hat-trick as Long Lane went out 7-4 after-extra-time at UCC Diaspora, the tie ended level at 4-4 after 90 minutes.
Two goal Adam James helped Rusthall Reserves to a seventh win in seven games in all competitions, beating Bearsted Reserves 3-2. Lee Chambers is enjoying watching their success: “Well down to all my lads and everyone involved.
“Another massive three points.”
Chambers‘ old charges Tonbridge Invicta lost 12-1 at Faversham Town Reserves in the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup. Ryan Clark’s hat-trick led the scoring.
Local rivals Southborough moved into the next round of the Kent Junior Cup, with a 3-0 win at Ashford.
Share and share alike might be Orpington’s motto. Four different scorers featured in the 4-2 West win at Crayford Arrows, putting them level on points with leaders Red Velvet. Fourteen players have shared the scoring so far with Harry Sharp, on target at the weekend, leading with five.
HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee and Dulwich Village both progressed in the London Junior Cup with the latter awarded their tie.
James Thatcher hit two as Central & East leaders Sturry won 3-2 at Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers. Jordan King’s double set-up Tenterden Town’s 3-2 win at University of Kent, Kai Beck got both for the students.
New signing Rob Alderman lined up for Rochester City Reserves in their 6-4 NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup home win over Punjab United Reserves. Caleb Luckhurst finished with a hat-trick.
Luke Bewick scored twice as Fleetdown United Reserves won 4-3 at Greenways Aces, in the NRG Gym Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield. They trailed 2-0 at half-time.
Equinoccial and Briton Ropes Reserves both bowed out of the London Junior Cup.
Two former County League managers are looking for new roles, while another is getting his feet under the table at a new club. Peter Stanton who helped lead AEI Sports to cup and league success,is looking for another management or coaching opportunity after leaving Crockenhill.
Meanwhile Dave Ambrose is also looking to get back into management. He said: “I have been out for two seasons because of personal reasons, having been a manager for 16 seasons at KCL level before my break.
Headcorn FC player-manager 2000 to 2004, APM Reserves manager 2005 -2010, Platt United manager 2010 – 2012, Snodland Reserves manager 2012-2014, Aylesford FC manager 2014 to 2016
“I am looking for a new challenge in football, so if it means starting at the bottom again, I look forward to it.”
Peter and Dave’s contact details are on the Situations Vacant page on the website.
Meanwhile Danny Wakeling is back in the game after being appointed as the new manager of SCEFL Division 1 side Kent Football United. Wakeling left Bromleians on September and replaces Enno Gonella.
SATURDAY, 3rd November
Staplehurst Monarchs United’s title challenge gathers momentum by the week.
Ted Rosetti’s second half strike settled the contest at Hawkinge Town on Saturday as the West Kent villagers won on the road again to stay five points clear of nearest rivals Borden Village with two games in hand. The club’s league campaign has taken on a slightly uneven look with only four games at home and nine away, but that has done little to check their progress.
Monarchs’ Facebook page reflected on the win: “Second half it was a great strike by Ted that gave us the lead, but Hawkinge battled hard, and probably felt they deserved a point.
Our keeper Steve Lawrence wanted that clean-sheet, and made a couple of good saves towards the end.
“…..the celebration afterwards shows how important the result was to everyone.
Five Monarchs players have been included in the County League Rep Squad for the friendly against the Essex Olympian League at Rochester United next Tuesday.
Borden’s Jake Jackson celebrated his first call-up by scoring twice in the 3-0 win over Fleetdown United. He netted once in each half, with Stewart Cruikshank adding the third, his first of the season.
Tom Cobb also got off the mark in Otford United’s 3-0 home win over Faversham Strike Force. Jason Johns scored on his debut as Metrogas came from behind to win 2-1 at fellow strugglers Stansfield.
Manager Mark Warner said: “It was a massive three points, a tough fought game….going in 1-0 down at half-time…(then) coming out in the second half to get all three.
“We had some new players, and goals from Toyeeb Babatunde and Jason.
“The hard work continues onto next week.”
Klajdi Cani hit four as Peckham Town progressed in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Cup with a 5-2 win at Sydenham Sports. Joe Abbott was another Rep squad member among the goals with a hat-trick as in-form Tudor Sports won 4-2 at Bromleians. Mason Horne scored twice as Farnborough Old Boys Guild won 4-0 at Crockenhill, a week after losing 3-1 there in the league.
Top scorer Roy Godden hit his 12th of the season as New Romney came from 2-1 down at half-time to win 3-2 at K Sports Reserves.
Burgess Hodgson player-manager Matt Lightfoot scored twice as his side claimed their first Central & East win, beating Cuxton 91 3-1. The Medway visitors lost goalkeeper Josh Simpson with a shoulder injury only five minutes into the game, and then reduced to 10-men a quarter of an hour later when Ashden Clare was sent off.
Lightfoot said: “It was a very eventful game.
“It’s been a frustrating start to the season for us, we’ve lost count the number of times we’ve hit the woodwork in games, but hopefully this will be the start of a run of better results!”
Danny Rowe’s goals continue to make Wateringbury prosper. Thirty two last season helped them win Division 2 – and the prolific striker is already halfway to that mark after only 11 games. The latest came in the 5-1 home win over Margate Sports that puts them joint-top.
Fjord Rogers made it 10 goals in 11 games as Lordswood Reserves won 2-1 at Ramsgate Reserves and sit third.
Richard Aidoo is another striker with an eye for goal. He netted his third in two games as Club Langley won 3-1 at Halls to sustain their good start to the season. Belated congratulations to Marc Woods who recently clocked up his 100th appearance for the Beckenham club.
Five different scorers netted for Long Lane as they claimed only a second league win, 5-3 at Sutton Athletic Reserves.
Substitutes Todd Bamber and Kieran Woodley both scored as Chipstead earned a 3-1 extra-time win at AFC Mottingham in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow IRCC second round tie at Eltham.
Former Tudor Sports manager Ross Baker featured for Stansfeld Reserves in their 2-1 Kent Junior Cup win over Parkwood Rangers. Baker played at centre half, admitting: “I was only helping out till I find a new club to manage.
“I haven’t played for five or six years and I am still suffering now.
“It was good to put the boots on again and I really enjoyed it.”
Away teams dominated the Central & East programme.
Ellis Chidley scored twice as Bearsted Reserves won 6-0 at Tonbridge Invicta. Substitute Rhys Bailey netted two in Snodland Town Reserves’ 5-0 success at AFC Ashford Athletic. Kieran McGiffin’s double helped Punjab United Reserves win 4-3 at Margate Sports. Taylor Galvin netted his fifth of the season as Southborough beat Faversham Town Reserves 3-0.
Tenterden Town are into the next round of the Kent Junior Cup, following a 4-1 win on penalties at West Farleigh.
Five West teams also went through, Harry Piesky among the goals again with a hat-trick as Red Velvet hit seven against Wickham Park. Drummond Athletic love a goal fest, their last five games have produced a total of 35. Charlie Boyles led the way with a hat-trick in the 7-2 win at Bexley Reserves.
Dan Smith scored two as Central & East leaders Sturry beat Deal Town Rangers 3-0. Two goals in six minutes by Cody Allcock and Tom Barton helped Canterbury City University claim student bragging rights with a 3-2 win over University of Kent.
Nick Crowe was another goalscoring substitute with both goals as Tudor Sports Reserves won 2-1 at Farnborough OBG Reserves in the Kent Junior Cup.
Equinoccial celebrated a first Western Section Manager-of the-Month award for Patricio Espin with a 3-0 win over Halstead United. Darwin Orozco scored twice for the third successive game.
Coach Juan Endara received the award on Espin’s behalf from League Chairman Cyril Windiate.
Earlier Cyril presented the Eastern award to Malcolm Grieve of Holland & Blair Reserves.
Malcolm said: “Thanks to the league for this award.
“These things can’t be achieved without good people around you, so this award is also for my talented squad of players, and my assistant Pat Langford.”
SATURDAY, 27th October
Goalscoring goalkeepers are rare, and always create headlines.
Dartford’s Gibraltar international Deren Ibrahim did it last month, and now Hawkinge Town’s Ben Humphrey is the latest in the county to achieve the feat. The substitute stopper who has just returned to the club, took over from Joe Munden with his side already 5-0 up at Fleetdown at half-time, and went on to score the sixth.
A long punt downfield flew over the head of two defenders, before bouncing over the home keeper and into the net. Toby Heydon’s penalty completed his first hat-trick for the club and Damian Abel’s double added the others.
Leaders Staplehurst Monarchs United survived a missed penalty to record their seventh away win, 2-0 at Borden Village, with goals by Steve Elliott and Peter West.
Louie Clark claimed his maiden treble scoring all the goals as second place Bromleians beat Faversham Strike Force 4-1, the club’s first league win since Tyrone Reid was officially appointed the club’s new manager.
Otford United manager Mike Langston praised his side’s “passion and commitment” as they came from behind to win 3-2 at Peckham Town, ending a run of four successive defeats.
Langston bemoaned conceding two “soft” goals, both scored by Yaya Barry in the opening quarter of a hour. O’s top scorer Levi Gold pulled one back, with a good finish inside the box, before Luke Blackaby levelled things up on the stroke of half-time. Former Dartford Academy striker Gold got the third midway through the second half.
Peckham stand-in captain Hiram Laud-Anderson had been banished to the “sin-bin” for 10 minutes, leaving his side a man short, when Gold’s long-range effort beat home keeper Larry McArdle. The visitors survived a strong finish by the home side leaving Langston happy to halt the losing run.
He said: “A great team performance from everyone and we fully deserved the win. “Attitude was right and commitment, and as a manager you couldn’t ask for more”
“Really pleased for Luke and Levi getting on the score sheet and strong performances from Reion McFarlane at right back and by Andrew Knight.
“He was superb having stepped up from the reserves earning him our supporters vote as man-of-the-match.
“It was difficult to single out players as everyone played their part.”
Peckham’ opposite number Alan Jacobs told the club website: “We gave cheap goals away.
“We had a chat at half-time, and tried to rectify it, but I’m not happy with the result.
“This feeling isn’t very nice, but it happens.
“We need to take something out of the debris of the game.”
Gold’s double puts him top of the Premier Division scoring charts with 12 in 11 games.
Tudor Sports remain unbeaten under their new management, after Ryan Townrow hit the winner in the 1-0 victory at New Romney. Kayode Adenusi scored twice as Crockenhill claimed their second league win of the season – 3-1 at home to Farnborough Old Boys Guild.
Oliver Freeman’s first half hat-trick earned Kings Hill a 4-1 interval lead at Stansfield (O&B) on their way to a place in the last eight of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield. The home side pulled two back after the break, but it proved too little too late.
Hollands & Blair Reserves notched up their sixth successive win, 4-2 at Guru Nanak, to stay top of Central & East, Pat Bishenden again among the scorers. Paul Manktelow netted twice as Wateringbury beat Lydd Town Reserves 4-0.
Two goal Nathan Gordon helped Rochester City win 5-1 at Medway rivals Lordswood Reserves. Dan Hanshaw hit two in Cuxton 91’s 3-2 victory over Ramsgate Reserves.
South East Athletic topped the scoring in three high scoring games in the West. Darren Wynne’s hat-trick led the way in the 8-0 success at Stansfeld (O&B) Reserves. Mitchell Hill’s treble helped Chipstead inflict a first defeat of the season on leaders Ide Hill in comprehensive fashion, winning 5-1.
AFC Mottingham came from 2-0 down early on to win 4-3 at Long Lane. Ben Cotter and Jamie Cox, the latter nutmegging an opponent in the build-up, put them level. James Malcher made it 3-2 from a corner, before Jake Sundborg’s fine individual goal added the fourth. Long Lane missed a penalty before getting their third.
“Great game. We showed fight and it was a great comeback” said AFC manager Chris Sundborg.
Welling Park needed only one to beat Halls, skipper Conor Cooper getting the winner. Connor Ansell and Adam Whatman both scored twice as Sutton Athletic Reserves beat Metrogas 6-3 in the NRG Gym Bill Manklow Inter-Regional Challenge Cup.
Kris Melanchrino faces a long lay-off after suffering a triple broken leg, forcing AFC Ashford Athletic’s home game against Rusthall Reserves to be abandoned. He was due to undergo surgery on Sunday, after breaking his shin and two ankle bones early in the second half.
Manager Stuart Kingsnorth said: “He came down heavily on his right leg- a massive crack, sounded awful.”
We wish Kris a speedy recovery on behalf of everyone connected with the league.
Southborough and Ashford both won away in the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup.
Abraham Fakos proved the best of the scorers with a hat-trick as Dulwich Village won 6-4 at home to Drummond Athletic. Leaders Red Velvet’s prolific season continued, winning 5-1 over Fleetdown United Reserves.
Karl Williams netted twice as Central & East leaders Sturry won 5-1 at University of Kent.
Ben Ashdown used social media to help secure him a new role as reserve team coach at Rochester City. He has linked up with the Strood based outfit after tweeting looking for a position at a club close to home.
Tenterden Town need more signatures to support their to fight against the threat of losing their Recreation Ground home, the club’s base for 130 years.
The top three West clubs, Tudor Sports Reserves, Halstead United and Equinoccial all won, hitting 18 goals between them.
SATURDAY, 20th October
Plenty of managerial movement in the Premier Division.
Tyrone Reid has succeeded Danny Wakeling as first team manager at Bromleians. The new trio in charge at Tudor Sports, Ben Kirk, Ross Morley and James Bradley continue to settle in, claiming their first win at the weekend. Ricky Tompkins has been confirmed as the new No. 2 at Metrogas, while Bexley manager Steve McRaye says they are a “work in progress” after being forced to rebuild at the start of the season.
Broms Chairman Andy Stanford says it was always the club’s wish to promote from within.
In a statement confirming Reid’s promotion, after working as No. 2 to Wakeling, Stanford said: “What impressed the Board the most was the true Broms spirit Tyrone has shown in recent weeks by galvanising the team with his approach, motivation and much lauded training sessions.”
Meanwhile Tompkins is looking to settle at Metrogas. Spells in charge at Otford United, and Gravesham Borough was followed by a stint with Peckham Town, which ended recently.
He said: “After leaving Peckham, which I must say is a great club, I thought it was important to go at a club which wants to push on and most importantly let me put my stamp on things.” .
“Tim (Morgan) at Metrogas has tried to get me involved at the club for a while, so I thought I would go down and have a chat.
“We had an hour’s discussion , and I went to view a training session, met Mark and again spent another hour discussing things.
“Mark is a great bloke and I am really excited to work together.
He added “I had a few good offers from the league above and this league – I felt this club is the one, where most important I can make home and settle for a good few years.
“They told me straight about everything with the club moving forward, finances etc.
“It was honest and I know where I stand here.
“It won’t be a quick turn around for sure but it will happen eventually and the club will hopefully pick up points and hopefully a mid- table finish which will be great.
“The plan is to get a team together this year and go for it next year . Can’t wait to really get things going .”
Steve McRaye and assistant Willie O’Sullivan are now in charge at Bexley, two very experienced people, from grass roots to international football. McRaye said: “Losing the whole of last season’s first team squad (mean’t) we have been playing catch-up, promoting reserve players and triallists.
“We have had a mixed bag of results. but the players have given their all over the last couple of months and we have also managed to acquire a couple of very good players.
“We are a work in progress and the last couple of performances have been something like we are looking for.”
Peckham Town, New Romney and Crockenhill, all slipped out of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield, beaten by lower division opponents.
Dan Hanshaw scored twice as Cuxton 91 ran out 4-1 winners at home against Peckham. They led 3-0 at half-time, with the visitors finishing with nine men.
Halls goalkeeper Joe Hyde saved three penalties in the shoot-out against Romney, after his side had trailed 2-0 and 3-1 down to draw 3-3. Billy Weir Somerville netted twice for the visitors.
Daniel Higgins’ hat-trick led Welling Park home 8-0 at Crockenhill.
Otford United had goalkeeper Mark Lambourne sent off as they went down 3-0 at Fleetdown United. Rick Akers hit his fifth goal of the season, with United leading 2-0 when Lambourne was dismissed for deliberate handball.
Staplehurst Monarchs United admitted they “squeezed through” their tie against Farnborough Old Boys Guild, 5-4 on pens the teams level at 2-2 after 90 minutes and extra-time. It was the 13th time in the last 16 ties that Guild have been beaten in a shoot-out, thanks to them for the stat.
Lewis McCrory scored twice as Borden Village won 3-0 at Hawkinge Town, ahead off the top-two Premier Division home meeting with Monarchs this weekend.
Jordan Simpson hit two as Faversham Strike Force beat Bexley 2-1, but also ended with nine men after two dismissals.
Tudor Sports new management trio have moved quickly to strengthen their squad with the signing of five players last week, Freddie Sansom, Joe Jackson, George Stuart, Charlie Burgess and Billy Jolley. Four of them featured in the 4-1 win over Metrogas, with Burgess among the scorers, a first home success in five starts.
The club tweeted: “It’s been a while, delighted for the boys, hard work being rewarded on and off the pitch.
Bromleians bowed out of the AFA Senior Cup, beaten 5-3 after extra-time by Old Minchendenians at Southgate. The teams were level at 2-2 after-extra-time.
Pat Bishenden scored twice for the second successive game as Hollands & Blair Reserves won 3-1 at Wateringbury to go top of the Central & East table. Fjord Rogers made it eight in nine games with a hat-trick as Lordswood Reserves won 3-1 at Burgess Hodgson. Riley Alford scored twice as Margate Sports beat Rochester City 3-2.
Rob Piper’s late winner saw Ide Hill come from 2-0 down to beat plucky AFC Mottingham 3-2 in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield. South East Athletic also went through, via penalties, beating Sydenham Sports after 120 minutes failed to produce a goal.
Ashford moved top of Division 2 Central & East with a fifth successive win, 2-1 at home to Snodland Town Reserves with goals by Tom Wilkes and Richard Floyd. Home comforts have served the team well so far. Eight matches in all, six league games and two cup ties, ahead of a first away game this weekend, a trip to Staplehurst Monarchs United Reserves in the NRG Gym Les Leckie Cup.
Stefan Swift scored twice as Southborough beat Punjab United Reserves 4–1.
Harry scored twice for West leaders Red Velvet as they won 3-1 at Johnson & Phillips. Not top scorer Taylor, but Piesky, making it seven for the season.
Tough times for new boys Paddock Wood, who deserve credit for fulfilling the fixture at leaders Sturry, despite fielding only nine men, losing 21-0. Joe Mullen took charge of the Canterbury villagers earlier this month.
Antony Tye’s hat-trick set-up West leaders Tudor Sports Reserves’ 4-0 win at Peckham Town Reserves. The top five sides all won, including another new team, Equinoccial 5-4 at Bromleians Reserves, a sixth successive win. Darwin Orozco scored twice, nine for the season.
Their next four games are all at home, including NRG Gym West Kent Challenge Shield and London Junior Cup ties.
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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