Free Trial Session For KYL Players At Soccer Elite FA

Free Trial Session for KYL Players at Soccer Elite FA

Soccer Elite FA are delighted to announce we will be running a brand new academy at the fantastic new facilities at Chatham Town FC!

SEFA are an independent football academy based in Kent, offering professional training and expert coaching with individual player development at the forefront of our vision. Our sessions run alongside a player’s club commitments, where our aim is to compliment and develop players to improve their performance on the weekend for their club teams.

We will be running a FREE trial session for players aged between U12 – U16 in the 2019/20 season as we look to build elite training groups for the season ahead. We would like to invite all players from the KYL to come and taste what it’s like to participate in a SEFA academy session, and work with some of the leading coaches in the South East.

Coaches on the day will be:

Kieran Culleton (SEFA Head of Academies & current Charlton Athletic coach)

Rich Radbourne (SEFA Managing Director & Crystal Palace)

Jay Saunders (ex Maidstone United manager & current Margate manager)

Carl Laraman (ex Arsenal coach for over 25 years)

Details for the trial session are:

DATE: Friday 30th August 2019

VENUE: Bauvill Stadium, Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME4 6ES

TIME: 10.00am – 12.00pm

SURFACE: 4G

In order to book your place for the trial, please complete the form here.

Going forward, the elite academy sessions will run on a Friday evening at Chatham Town FC during school term time, commencing on the 6th September.

A video of the superb new facilities at Chatham Town FC can be found below:

 

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The SEFA Team

Tel: 0345 873 2617

Email: hello@soccerelitefa.com

Website: www.soccerelitefa.com

Social Media: @soccerelitefa

Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for our Charity Partner

Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for our Charity Partner

Our Kent Youth League Chartiy Partner, Redthread, have places in this years #RoyalParksHalfMarathon.
 
The stunning course weaves around some of London’s most famous landmarks and four of its Royal Parks.
 
It takes place on Sunday 13th October and we are looking for people to join #TeamRedthread!
 
Email fundraising@redthread.org.uk if you want to take part. 

Kids for a quid on new coach service

Kids for a quid on new coach service

This summer, Stagecoach South East is offering children’s tickets for just £1 on its new coach service. Throughout the school holidays, up to two children aged 15 and under can travel at very low cost when accompanied by one full-paying adult – with children under four able to travel for free.

The new Stagecoach Express coach service, with a route from Canterbury to North Greenwich via Medway, is the ideal way to start the day hassle-free.

The drop-off point for the coach is adjacent to The O2, one of London’s leading entertainment centres, and home to immersive VR experiences, restaurants, bars and a trampoline park.

Historic Greenwich is nearby, where you can visit the Emirates Line Cable Cars, or hop on a MBNA Thames Clipper to get to Central Greenwich and see the Cutty Sark or The Royal Observatory. There’s something for everyone and the rest of the city just a short tube ride away.

Joel Mitchell, Managing Director at Stagecoach South East, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer the Kid for a Quid option this summer – we know that travel fares add up and can turn a reasonably priced day out with the family into a financial nightmare.”

Onboard charging and free Wi-Fi make it possible to keep your gadgets fully charged, which is handy for entertaining on the journey, route planning and tourist information.

Barrie Kelly, CEO at Visit Greenwich, said: “The new Canterbury to North Greenwich route is fantastic news and a great boost for domestic tourism. Greenwich is an exciting visitor destination, home to The O2, the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark. Canterbury and Greenwich have strong cultural and heritage links and Visit Greenwich is delighted to be working with Stagecoach Express to promote the new route and inspire people to enjoy the attractions and experiences in Greenwich and at Greenwich Peninsula. 

“The area is particularly popular with families and the Kid for a Quid offer makes for a very affordable day out.”

Up to two £1 tickets can be added per adult coach ticket. With pre-booked single tickets starting at £6 from Medway and £7.50 from Canterbury, the whole family can enjoy a purse-friendlier day in the capital.

Joel continued: “Pre-booking on the new coach service will mean guaranteed seats for all passengers. All our coaches have air conditioning, an on-board toilet, reclining leather seats and individual reading lights to offer more comfort while travelling.

“Booking in advance via the Megabus website is the cheapest option for most passengers, but you can also buy a ticket on board for those last-minute trips. Let the coach take the strain and give the whole family a rest – avoid the stress of driving and parking in central London and take an environmentally friendly approach to sightseeing this summer.”

The children’s add-on ticket is available anytime, any day and can be purchased on the coach with cash or contactless payment. Children must be accompanied by the adult ticket/pass holder at all times when travelling. The Kid for a Quid offer is valid from day one of the new service until 31 August 2019. 

The Stagecoach Express service runs daily from Sunday 21 July and the M2 route has pick-up points at Hempstead Valley, Chatham Bus Station and Chatham Maritime. 

Fare information and a full timetable is available at www.stagecoachbus.com/StagecoachExpressM2, where passengers will find a link to book tickets on the Megabus website. A £1 booking fee applies.

Tonbridge Angels Academy

Interested in Becoming a fully qualified Personal trainer for FREE?

Tonbridge Angels football academy will be delivering a new course for 18 year olds (18 from the 1st September 2019) to have an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised level 2 Fitness Instructor Award & YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. 

There will only be 12 places available for the course & it will be based on prior educational achievements (An C or above in A level in PE or a minimum of a merit in BTEC Level 3 in Sport). Alongside the course you have the option to still be a scholar and train daily on our scholarship programme at Hugh Christie school and play for out academy teams on a Wednesday Afternoon.

The Course will be 1 day a week and be run at Tonbridge Angels Football Club. 

For more information sign up via the link below & email tafcacademy@outlook.com

https://form.jotformeu.com/80232498549364

Fixtures Secretaries Required for 2019/20

Fixtures Secretaries Required for 2019/20

The Kent Youth League is looking to appoint three new fixture secretaries for season 2019 -2020.

The role will be to be part of a team that looks after all fixtures including League and Cup games for all age groups across the League.

You will work under the guidance of Steve Rowedder our Senior Fixture Secretary who will provide the necessary training for the role.

You will also be given a place on the League Management Committee which means you will have a voice on what we believe to be one of the best Youth Leagues in the South East.

The League has three Committee meetings per season plus the AGM in June.

The role will be carried out remotely from home using your PC or laptop.

The League will provide a contribution to your internet and phone costs.

The League uses the FA Full Time programme to manage fixtures.

  • Please can you provide a brief written statement if you are interested in the role by Tuesday 11th June 2019 and send to STEVE ROWEDDER

steve.ref@outlook.com

With a copy to the Chief Executive Ken Brooke

kb.mortgages@btconnect.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Stagecoach Open Tour Bus

Thanks to our friends at Stagecoach who are celebrating 25 years of operating in the South East, our U18s title winners Folkestone Invicta, were taken on a special ride to mark their success.

On Saturday 1 June, an open bus tour began at 12pm from The Fullicks Stadium before embarking around the local area offering players, coaches, parents and volunteers a truly unique and memorable experience.

Click here to check out all of the photos.

Kings Hill FC Trials

Kings Hill FC in association with our training partners, Soccer Elite FA are looking to strengthen the current under 12’s squad to play under 13’s Kent Youth League in the 2019/20 season.

We have played in the top divisions of the Local  Maidstone Leagues for the past 6 seasons – playing up a year at 11-a-side in the u13’s Maidstone Express Cabs League A Division in 2018/19. Winners of 4 out of 5 summer tournaments in 2018 and winners of the Sussex Cup in the Easter 2019 tournament. We are looking to compete strongly in the prestigious Kent Youth League.
 
Kings Hill FC is a Kent FA Charter Standard Club with first class facilities, including a full size 3G pitch and fully FA qualified coaches.
 
Trials will be held at the Kings Hill Sports Ground on Sunday 12th May at 12.30. To register for the trial please visit New Player Enquiry at Kingshillfc.org.
 
If you would like an informal chat to find out more about the team or the club please text Mark on 07962 404698 and I will text back to arrange a convenient time to phone.

Match Report: Glebe Youth v Crockenhill Youth​

Match Report: Glebe Youth v Crockenhill Youth

Adrian Swan

1-0 Henry (6), 1-1 Gievson (12), 2-1 Powell (45+1), 2-2 Gievson (50),

3-2 Powel (70) (pen).

On a bitterly cold day at Foxbury Avenue a depleted Glebe side shaded a close fought encounter with lowly Crockenhill, who looked a far better side than their league position would suggest.

This match was played on the rather compact outside pitch which was somewhat uneven but despite that both team’s tried to get the ball down and play attractive football.

The visitors had the first chance of the game on 4 minutes when Lawrence Pennington made a good forward run into the box before his shot was defected out for a corner.

Minutes later Glebe took the lead when Jonas Whitmore’s right wing cross was superbly volleyed home on the turn by Louis Henry giving Crockenhill keeper Nathan Snelgrove no chance as the ball flew low to his right into the bottom corner of the net.

On 10 minutes Glebe’s Oscar Powell made space well on the edge of the box before hitting a low shot that Snelgrove held moving to his left.

Crockenhill then drew level shortly afterwards when Harvey Westgarth’s corner from the left was met at the near post by a powerful towering header from Will Gievson that flashed home high to the right of home keeper Ted McDonald.

Glebe’s Toby Cogswell then drilled in a long range shot that Snelgrove saved diving low to his right before Crockenhill’s Phil Domaradzki did well to win the ball on the half way line and slide a deft pass through onto the run of Charlie Brett on the right side of the area but his shot from an acute angle flew narrowly wide across the face of goal.

Ben James then tried his luck from a direct free kick from the half way line that drifted just wide of the target before Glebe thought they had regained the lead on 27 minutes.

Opeyemi Abiru made a superb mazy run into the visitors box evading several challenges before his close range shot was blocked by Snelgrove with the loose ball falling to Powell whose follow up shot beat the Crockenhill keeper to his right but was cleared off the line by Louis Day.

A minute later Powell went close again when his right wing cross/shot clipped the bar before flying over.

On 33 minutes Glebe would have taken the lead but for a fine double save from Snelgrove.

Abiru made another strong run down the left before cutting across the face of the area where he hit a low shot that the Crockenhill keeper saved down to his right with the rebound falling out to Whitmore on the left edge of the area but his fierce follow up shot was blocked by the legs of Snelgrove for a corner.

Glebe finally regained the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half when McDonald’s free kick from inside his own half picked out the run into the box of Powell on the left side of the area and his header back across goal beat a stretching Snelgrove high to his left.

The keeper getting a hand to the ball but could not prevent it going into the top corner of the net.

Crockenhill started the second half brightly and equalised on 50 minutes when Westgarth’s right wing corner was cleared out to Gievson on the edge of the box and he showed good control to bring the ball down before smashing a fierce drive home through the crowded box to the left of McDonald.

On 58 minutes another McDonald free kick from within his own half almost led to another Glebe goal as he launched the ball forward where Abiru’s back header found Powell on the right of the box and he hit a hooked volley that beat Snelgrove high to his right bit was cleared off the line by Domaradzki.

Minutes later Max Leeves was knocked down in an off the ball incident falling to ground holding his head before passing out. Play was immediately stopped and an ambulance called shortly thereafter. Whilst waiting the prone player was swaddled in blankets and coats to keep him warm and Referee Dave Evans did a terrific job laying down next to Max talking to him whilst he was down trying to ensure that he did not lose consciousness again and inviting members of the player’s family onto the field to do so as well.

The ambulance then arrived and checked over Max before moving him into the ambulance which drove off the pitch but parked up alongside so they could monitor his progress.

After a delay of some 30 minutes play resumed. Glebe then went close to restoring their lead on 65 minutes when Abiru’s free kick from the edge of the box was well saved by Snelgrove diving low to his left with Whitmore firing the rebound into the side netting from an acute angle.

Minutes later Crockenhill went close to scoring when Westgarth’s deep cross from the right found Pennington on the left of the area and his cushioned volley beat McDonald high to his left but crashed against the bar before rebounding out to Brett whose follow up shot from a tight angle flew into the side netting.

Glebe were then awarded a penalty when Nathan Agyapong was pushed over in the box by Tom Clerkin. Powell took the spot kick firing it home high to the right of Snelgrove.

Crockenhill then went close to levelling again on 76 minutes when a long ball forward saw McDonald race out of his box to head clear under pressure from Pennington, his header sending the ball to Brett whose first time volley from some 30 yards flew just wide of the goal.

Then into the final 10 minutes the visitors thought they had pulled level when Westgarth’s through ball found the forward run of Brett who raced into the box before neatly slotting home to the right of McDonald but he had started his run a fraction too early and was flagged offside.

There were no further chances in this eventful contest with the victory keeping Glebe’s hopes of finishing second alive.

Ebbsfleet United Youth Trials

Ebbsfleet United’s youth sides have trials in all age groups from U10s to U16s in May with a view to recruiting for the 2019/20 season.

EUFC Youth, which is an FA Charter Standard club, has won numerous trophies in all age brackets in recent seasons and is seeking talented youngsters to maintain our standards and success.

All trials will take place at Elite Venue, Dunkirk Close, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5ND across three days in May 2019.

A second trial will be held on 1st June for all age groups which will be an invitation-only event featuring players successful from the first trials.

To attend trials, parents/guardians must complete our application form online which can be found here.

TRIAL DATES
4th May 2019
U13s – 10am-12pm

18th May 2019
U12s and U14s – 10am-12pm
U16s – 12.30-2.30pm

25th May 2019
U10s, U11s and U15s – 10am-12pm

Match Report: Cray Valley (PM) v Bearsted Youth

Match Report: Cray Valley (PM) v Bearsted Youth

Adrian Swan

Cray Valley (PM) Youth 3 v 1 Bearsted Youth

0-1 Heasman (8), 1-1 Nwafor (23), 2-1 Okechukwu (35),

3-1 Okechukwu (91).

This was an entertaining close fought contest with Cray Valley (PM) taking the points against opponents Bearsted.

After an even start on a cold misty day at Middle Park Avenue, it was the visitors who took the lead on 8 minutes when Bradley Allen’s pass down the right wing resulted in a foot race between Bearsted’s Sonny Adshead and Cray Valley’s Max King.

King got to the ball first on the edge of his box just before Adshead and tried to play the ball back to his keeper Tommy Kemp but he left his pass short enabling Adshead to nip in front of him and whip over a low cross that a stretching Connor Heasman touched home at the back post from close range.

The hosts then went close to equalising on 13 minutes when Harry Kemp’s dipping free kick from wide left was caught by Bearsted keeper William Warner diving across to his left but as he landed the ball squirmed out of his hands resulting in a melee in the crowded box with the loose ball finally bouncing up to Eddie Nwafor whose header clipped the bar and flew over.

Cray Valley though did draw level on 23 minutes when the impressive Ethan Okechukwu’s deft pass put Nwafor through on goal on the left side of the area and he raced into the box outpacing his marker before slotting home low to the left of Warner.

Minutes later Cray Valley almost went ahead when Jack Green’s lofted pass was well won by Okechukwu on the edge of the box but his first time lobbed shot under pressure flew just over.

On 28 minutes Cray Valley thought that they had taken the lead when Harry Kemp’s corner from the right saw Warner try to gather at the near post but collide with several players before landing awkwardly.

In the meantime the ball rebounded out to Mohamed Dean who swept the ball home into the empty net but the goal was ruled out as the Referee had already blown for the injury to the keeper.

After a few minutes treatment he was able to continue. On 35 minutes though Cray Valley did take the lead when Oladipo Ogumeakan’s raking crossfield pass found the run down the left of Luca Phillips who got to the bye line before sending over a cross that was met at the near post by a towering header from Okechukwu who got to the ball before Warner to guide it into the net.

It was then nearly three on 42 minutes when Fraser Daniels played the ball back to Warner who took a heavy touch in trying to control it and lost it to Harry Kemp.

His close range shot was then blocked by Warner who also then managed to save his second follow up shot but he was then beaten by his third effort but John Turner saved his keeper’s blushes by getting back and clearing the ball off the line to safety.

The last action of the first half saw Phillips make space well on the left edge of the box before hitting a fierce shot that flew just wide.

It was the visitors who had the first chance of the second half on 50 minutes when Adshead made a  good run down the right before sending over a low cross that Lewis Foreman fired over on the turn.

Minutes later it was the hosts who nearly increased their lead when Ogumeakan’s pass put Okechukwu in on goal and he again showed good strength to hold off his marker before hitting a low shot that was well saved by Warner diving low to his right.

Okechukwu then turned provider when picking the ball up on the half way line he raced forward to the edge of the box before laying the ball off to Nwafor who hit a powerful shot that was superbly saved by Warner diving high to his left turning the ball out for a corner.

The hosts were having a particularly good spell and went close again on 59 minutes when Nwafor’s deep right wing cross found Josiah Jones racing in at the far post but stretching he could only direct his header wide.

On 70 minutes Bearsted’s Jordan Ababio glanced a near post header wide from a Turner left wing cross before Cray’s Okechukwu made another strong run into the box only to be thwarted by another good save from Warner who diving to his left turned his drilled shot out for a corner.

On 78 minutes the personal battle was on again as Okechukwu made space well some 30 yards from goal before hitting a fierce dipping shot that Warner did well to catch moving high to his right.

Into the last ten minutes of the game it was almost constant Bearsted pressure as they went in search of an equaliser.

Ababio fire just wide from a tight angle on the right before the visitors won a series of corners.

These were whipped in from the right by Turner swinging into the goal, the first of which on 85 minutes was met at the near post by a towering header from Joshua Ladlow that flashed narrowly wide across the face of goal.

On 88 minutes following another good corner delivery from Turner that was headed clear by Liam Faribido, the ball fell to Daniels whose close range header brought out a fine reaction save from Tommy Kemp quickly getting his hands up to push the ball over for another corner.

Into stoppage time and with Bearsted pressing for an equaliser they got caught on the break as Ogumeakan fed the ball up to Okechukwu on the half way line and he raced through into the box before calmly slotting home low to the right of Warner.

Welling United Next Scholarship Trials

Due to the outstanding success of our February half term trials, Welling United FC Academy are delighted to announce our second phase of trials.

We would like to invite you if you are a current year 11 or year 12 student, and wish to apply to join our Football Scholarship Program from September 2019/20.

Players are able to link their academic successes between both an A-level Program or the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and will have the opportunity to gain FA Level 1 & 2 coaching qualifications, as well as opportunities for American Scholarship Trials & Professional Club Trials.

Successful players will have an opportunity to work with UEFA A License Coaches, as well as playing in the Conference Youth Alliance.

Trials will be held at Welling United’s first team ground, Park View Road DA16 1SY, as well as Harris Academy School in Falcon Wood DA16 2PE.

We look forward to receiving your application and supporting you in the next stage of your football journey.

Garry Fiore & Brett Smith
Academy Directors
Welling United Football Club

 

Upcoming Trial Dates:

A-Level
Tuesday 9th April 2019
Harris Academy School
Falcon Wood
Welling
DA16 2PE

B-TECH
Thursday 11th April 2019
Welling United Academy
Goals Eltham
SE9 5LU

Invitation to the 21st Crowborough Athletic Football Fiesta

Invitation to the 21st Crowborough Athletic Football Fiesta

U7 & U8 play 5 a-side with no results recorded.  All these players will receive a medal.  ​

U9 to U14 play 6 a-side leading to semi-finals and Cup Finals with Shield Finals for the losing semi-finalists. Cup/shield awarded to the winning teams and individual awards for the Cup Winners and Runners Up. ​

Academy sides from U9 upwards will be required to play up a year. ​

Schedule:​

  • Saturday 11th May   
    AM: U7 and U9​
  • PM: U10 and U13​
  • Sunday 12th May  
  • AM: U8 and U11​
  • PM U12 and U14​

We are again using GoTournamental so during the Fiesta you will be able to view your team’s progress with live scores and tables accessible via phones and tablets.

The cost of entry per team is £40 and the closing date for entries is 20th April 2019.

Full details and rules at www.crowboroughathletic.com/information

BBQ, Refreshments and Licensed Bar

Please email cafcfiesta@outlook.com if you would like to enter and I will send you a private link to GoTournamental where you can then enter your teams online without the need to fill out and return forms in the post.

We have successfully run a Fiesta for the last 20 years and are fortunate to often be oversubscribed in many if not all age groups, therefore please do apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applications 2019-2020

Please click to download an APPLICATION FORM 2019 – 2020 and make note of the following:

  • We can accept applications for consideration from Community Clubs at Under 13 age group only. 
  • For Under 14 – Under 18 teams the senior club at adult level must be playing at Step 7 or above of the National Pyramid – for Kent that is Premier League of the County League.
  • Details are on the application form of fees that need to be paid – but will be refunded in full if the application is not accepted.
  • All applications to be completed in full and returned please to office@kentyouthleague.co.uk

Fleet Academy Flying!

It is always a real please to see talent from the Kent Youth League progress and flourish with opportunities at First Team Level.

Down at Stonebridge Road, five Fleet academy youngsters have been secured First Team contracts.

Zach Dainkeh, Zine-Eddine Gaoua, Daniel Rowe, James Magri and Mathew Achuba have all signed on the dotted line at the Kuflink Stadium.

The news builds upon recent success across the club’s Youth structure, most recently with the U13s lifting the Kent Youth League Cup.

You can check out photos and highlights from that game by clicking here. 

Please click here to learn more about joining the Ebbsfleet Academy.

Match Report: Kick To Fit Semi Final – Glebe U18s v Tunbridge Wells U18s

Adrian Swan

0-1 Edorh (51), 0-2 Forster (65), 0-3 Edorh (77).

This was a close fought encounter with Premier North leaders Tunbridge Wells finally overcoming hosts Glebe after a strong second half display in the Semi Final of the KitToFit Challenge Cup.

Tunbridge Wells had an early chance on 3 minutes when their centre half Rory Benham launched a free kick from the half way line into the Glebe box where Zak Bystrup’s close range volley flew straight at home keeper Ted McDonald.

Glebe then went close on 12 minutes when Oscar Powell’s right wing cross found Louis Henry rising highest at the far post but his header flashed wide of the target before they had another opening when a deep Jonas Whitmore corner from the right picked out the run of Tom Anstee to the far post but his stooping header flew wide.

Glebe were certainly having the better of things early on but could not make the vital breakthrough.

On 24 minutes Henry pulled the ball back from the right to Opeyemi Abiru who made space well on the edge of the box before firing narrowly wide.

Zak Emmings then made a strong forward run from the half way line before unleashing a powerful 25 yard shot that forced Wells keeper Timothy Walters into a good full length diving save low to his right to turn the ball out for a corner.

Minutes later it looked as if Glebe would break the deadlock when Abiru’s left wing cross found Jack Porter at the far post and although his looping header back across goal flew over Walters who was covering his near post it was headed clear off the line by Benham covering their right hand post.

After this scare the visitors seemed to raise their game and went close to taking the lead on the half hour when Anstee’s pass found Caleb Edorh some 25 yards from goal and he took a touch before hitting a rasping drive that the well positioned home keeper McDonald caught moving to his right.

Then shortly afterwards Harry Forster hit a long range effort just over before Wells had another good opportunity when Josh Pepper’s ball over the Glebe back line saw the powerful Edorh win the ball off Sam Coston before racing through on goal but McDonald was quickly off his line to make a good close range block.

Edorh then made space well on the edge of the box before firing a low shot just wide and then just before half time Forster hit a long range shot that forced McDonald into a good diving save low to his right. With Wells having the better of the latter part of the first half it was the home side that had a great chance to go ahead in stoppage time.

Whitmore’s right wing corner was headed clear but only as far as Powell whose first time volley deflected off  a Wells defender in the crowded box sending the ball flying across to the far post where a stretching Porter could only turn it wide from close range.

The visitors started the second half strongly and early on Jamie Smith’s through ball put the dangerous Edorh in on goal down the right but his fierce shot was saved by McDonald at his near post.

However Edorh was not to be denied and on 51 minutes he put them ahead. Smith did well to win the ball on the half way line and quickly find the forward run of Edorh racing into the left side of the area and he made space well before firing home low to the right of McDonald, the power of the shot beating him at his near post.

The goal from Edorh was even more impressive as all his other shots had been right footed but this one he smashed home with his left.

Glebe almost hit back immediately as Toby Cogswell made a good run into the Wells box before hitting a rising drive that Walters held moving to his left.

Then a quick throw from Wells full back Smith released Edorh down the right and his whipped in cross was turned narrowly wide by Forster at the far post.

However on 65 minutes the visitors doubled their lead with a fine solo goal from Forster who made a mazy run across the Glebe box from left to right before hitting a low drive from the edge of the box that flew home low to the right of McDonald.

Minutes later Forster made another good forward run before hitting a low shot that flew just wide but in doing so he was injured and had to be helped off the field.

Wells made it three on 77 minutes when Ewen Jeffrey’s pass put Tei Johnson in on goal and although McDonald made a good close range block, the loose ball fell back to Johnson who crossed for Edorh to slot home low to the right of McDonald from close range.

Match Report: Bridon Ropes Youth v Whyteleafe Youth

Adrian Swan

Bridon Ropes Youth 1 v 1 Whyteleafe Youth

0-1 Adewole (7) (og), 1-1 Giovagnoli (18).

On a very blustery day Bridon Ropes gave one of the title favourites Whyteleafe a scare as they went close to taking all the points in this tight encounter.

They might  have done so but for a fine performance from visiting keeper Sam Long who made several good saves in the second half to keep his side in the contest.

Despite the difficult conditions both sides tried to keep the ball down and play good passing football.

Whyteleafe kicked off with the strong wing behind them and started the game brightly probing for openings against the well organised Bridon defence.

They took the lead after 7 minutes with goal that was certainly influenced by the elements as Ryan Penton’s inswinging right wing corner caught on the strong wind and deceived home keeper Jack Wilson, who missed his punch as the ball flew over him flicking off the top of the head of home defender Caleb Adewole and into the net for an own goal.

However after this early setback the home side found some rhythm and started to create chances.

On 16 minutes Patrick Giovagnoli’s throughball put Nathan Reid in on goal but his shot from the edge of the box flew straight at Long.

Minutes later though the home side pulled level when tireless William Powell had his shot deflect off a Leafe defender sending the ball flying through to Giovagnoli whose volleyed shot on the turn beat Long low to his left.

The visitors then went close to restoring their lead when Kajubi Kalanzi made a powerful run down the left before cutting into box but his close range shot was well blocked by the legs of Wilson for a corner.

The strong wind then nearly gifted the visitors a goal as Reid’s attempted clearance caught on the wind and blew back to Jack Marney whose 25 yard curling shot flew narrowly over.

On the half hour mark Bridon missed a glorious chance to take the lead when the impressive Giovagnoli got free down the right and raced to the bye line before pulling the ball back to the on rushing Powell who first time shot flew over when well placed.

The visitors dominated possession for the remainder of the half playing the ball around neatly but could not make any inroads as the Bridon defence stood firm.

With the wind behind them it was Bridon who started the second half on the offensive with their strong running midfielder John Adebiyi firing a long range free kick just over before minutes later he did well to win the ball on the edge of the Leafe area and hit a fierce shot that Long saved diving high to his left for a corner.

It was then the turn of Jack Kirby to try his luck from a free kick just outside the box hitting a dipping effort that flew over the visitors defensive wall but was held by Long moving to his right.

Adebyi then had a shot from the edge of the box flash just wide before on 69 minutes the hosts had a great chance to take the lead. Nathan Medley’s crossfield pass sent Joshua Laggah-Adaakwa away down the left and he cut into the box before pulling the ball across to an unmarked Giovagnoli who had his close range shot blocked by Long who had moved quickly off his line to narrow the angle.

Shortly afterwards the lightening pace of Giovagnoli caught out the Leafe central defenders as he outpaced them as he surged through the middle of the defence and into the box but again Long was quickly off his line to make a fine close range save.

On 80 minutes the visitors had their best chance of the second half when Penton fire a long range effort narrowly wide.

On 85 minutes Bridon had another good opportunity to take the points when Medley’s left wing cross found an unmarked Giovagnoli at the far post but Long made another good close range block to thwart the Bridon forward.

The last chance of the game also fell to Bridon as Adebiyi’s ball over the Leafe back line was seized upon by Laggah-Adaakwa but again Long was quickly off his line to snuff out the danger making another good close range block to preserve a point for the visitors.

Match Report: VCD Athletic Youth v Bridon Ropes Youth

Adrian Swan

VCD Athletic Youth 0 v 5 Bridon Sports Youth

0-1 Adebiyi (17), 0-2 Giovagnoli (41), 0-3 Laggah-Adaakwa (57),

0-4 Laggah-Adaakwa (71), 0-5 Medley (73).

Third placed VCD Athletic entertained fourth placed Bridon Ropes on a very windy day at Oakwood.

The hosts, with the strong behind them, started the game brightly and had their first effort on goal when their dead ball specialist Liam Spellward hit a long range free kick from the half way line that bounced through to Bridon keeper Jack Wilson.

A neat passing move from the visitors on 7 minutes saw them go close to opening the scoring when the lively Patrick Giovagnoli sent over a left wing cross that the impressive Jack Kirby flicked goalwards, the ball falling to Che Quartey at the far post but his close range shot was well saved by home keeper Harrison Carnell-Davis diving low to his left.

Spellward then tried his luck from another free kick from some 25 yards that curled narrowly over before he had another long range shot that forced Wilson into a good diving save to his right to palm the ball away to safety.

Bridon then took the lead on 17 minutes when a cross into the box was only cleared out to the edge of the area where John Adebiyi hit a low first time shot that flew through the crowded goalmouth and beat Carnell-Davis to his right as the ball found the bottom corner of the net.

VCD then had a chance to equalise almost immediately as Ross Craig’s through ball put George Joyce in on goal but he hit his shot straight at Wilson.

Another excellent Spellward free kick then almost produced a goal for the hosts when he curled a 25 yard effort over the Bridon defensive wall only for Wilson to dive full length to his right and push the ball out to the left side of the box where it fell for Alfie Rhodes whose follow up shot from an acute angle flew into the side netting.

The visitors were then unlucky not to double their lead on 23 minutes when a great defensive splitting pass from William Powell put Giovagnoli through on goal and he raced into the box before hitting a low shot that saw the ball beat a diving Carnell-Davis to his left but rattle the post and fly out to safety.

Spellward then had another powerful long range shot deflect off a Bridon defender and almost wrong foot Wilson who managed to save diving low to his left for a corner.

Another swift counter attack saw Bridon go close to increasing their lead when Kirby played the ball up to Adam Cooke who in turn flicked the ball onto the run of Kirby into the box but he then shot straight at Carnell-Davis.

On the half hour mark VCD almost drew level when Craig made a good run down the right before cutting across the box and hitting a low shot that Wilson initially fumbled but managed to gather diving backwards before the ball crossed the goal line.

Joyce then tried his luck with a dipping long range shot that the busy Wilson saved diving to his left before the visitors made it two on 41 minutes when Giovagnoli showed great pace to burst through the centre of the VCD defence before slotting home low to the left of Carnell-Davis.

The final action of the first half saw VCD go close to reducing the arrears when a Stacey Petrou pass put Kameron Mendez in on goal on the left side of the area but his shot from a tight angle flew over.

It was Mendez who went close again early in the second half when his shot from wide left flashed narrowly wide across the face of goal with Petrou stretching at the far post unable to get a touch.

Bridon then went close to making it three when a neat interchange between half time substitute Joshua Laggah-Adaakwa and Giovagnoli saw the latter’s pass put Laggah-Adaakwa in on goal but his fierce drive was well saved by the home keeper diving low to his right.

However on 57 minutes it was three when Giovagnoli’s right wing cross found Laggah-Adaakwa in the box and he rifled the ball home high to the right of Carnell-Davis.

It was nearly four just after the hour mark when Adebiyi’s long range shot was acrobatically saved by Carnell-Davis diving high to his left tipping the ball onto the bar and out to safety before Nathan Medley curled a shot just over.

Joyce’s through pass then put Mendez in on goal but his close range shot was well blocked by Wilson.

Then VCD almost played themselves into trouble when Rhodes lost the ball to Giovagnoli on the edge of their area and his pass found Laggah-Adaakwa in the box but as he was about to shoot Umar Adeyoola made a great last ditch tackle but his sliced clearance caught on the wind and flew back towards goal where Carnell-Davis made a flying save high to his left to tip the ball over for a corner.

Bridon then nearly gifted VCD a goal on 69 minutes when Wilson’s throw out was intercepted by Petrou but his shot from the edge of the box flew wide. Minutes later it was four when a Rhodes clearance was blocked by Kirby sending the ball flying back through to Laggah-Adaakwa who fired home low to the right of Carnell-Davis.

Worse was to follow for the home side on 73 minutes when Kirby made a strong forward run through on goal before unselfishly laying the ball off to an unmarked Medley who smashed the ball home low to the right of Carnell-Davis.

After this with the wind getting even stronger neither side could fashion any further chances.  

Match Report: VCD Athletic Youth v K Sports Youth

Adrian Swan

VCD Athletic Youth 3 v 4 K Sports Youth *aet

0-1 Robinson (12), 1-1 Carey (13), 2-1 Vincent-Edwards (14),

2-2 Entwhistle (36), 2-3 Robinson (54), 3-3 Vincent-Edwards (79),

3-4 Morgan (104).

It took extra time to separate the sides in this enthralling semi final of the Kent Youth Cup with holders K Sports finally prevailing against a battling VCD Athletic team that gave their all but where undone by a goal of the highest quality from Harry Morgan.

Although there had been heavy overnight rain the pitch was in excellent condition for this important match.

However it was an overcast blustery day with occasional drizzle that greeted the teams and despite the windy conditions both sides kept the ball down and played some attractive football.

After an even start it was the hosts who had the first chance of the game on 8 minutes when their dead ball specialist Liam Spellward whipped in a cross from the left that flew across the face of goal to the far post where a diving Umar Odeyoola saw his header beat K Sports keeper Callum Foreman high to his left but rattle the bar before rebounding out to Ross Craig whose follow up header flew straight into the grateful arms of the visiting custodian.

Minutes later a neat passing move from VCD saw Spellward find the forward run of the tireless Thomas Cecil who in turn the laid the ball off for the impressive Dominic Vincent-Edwards who made space well on the edge of the box before hitting a low shot that flashed narrowly wide of Foreman’s right hand post.

The visitors then took the lead in the 12th minutes when Beau Landau’s through ball put the equally impressive George Robinson in on goal and raced into the box before coolly slotting home high to the left of home keeper Harrison Carnell-Davis.

However the lead did not last long as shortly afterwards VCD drew level when James Ashley’s pass put Joe Carey in on goal and he fired home from the edge of the box low to the left of Foreman.

Amazingly a minute later VCD took the lead when Spellward’s deft pass found Vincent-Edwards racing into the box and he scored with a neat finish low to the left of Foreman.

K Sports then went close to levelling on 19 minutes when James Geear’s throughball inside the VCD left full back put Robinson away down the right and he raced to the bye line before pulling the ball back across goal where Landau cleverly dummied it leaving the ball for Geear who had continued his run into the box but his rasping drive was blocked by a defender for a corner.

The visitors then went close again when Robinson made a mazy run into the box from wide right slaloming around a couple of defenders before hitting a fierce shot from an acute angle that forced Carnell-Davis into a good diving save high to his right.

The visitors then drew level on 36 minutes with a finely worked goal as Landau’s free kick from wide right found the run to the near post of centre half Freddie Entwhistle whose well directed glancing header beat Carnell-Davis high to his right. That was to be the last real chance of a breathless first half.

Early in the second half VCD went close to restoring their lead when a Vincent-Edwards pass put Ashley away clear down the right and he raced to the bye line before sending over a low cross that hit Craig charging in at the near post and flew narrowly wide.

On 51 minutes VCD went close again when Spellward’s 25 yard dipping free kick flew over the visitors defensive wall beating Foreman high to his left but crashed against the bar before flying out to safety.

Minutes later the visitors took the lead thanks to an excellent advantage played by referee Daniel Blades. Geear’s lofted ball forward saw Bevan Donohoe and Alfie Scully challenge for the loose ball with Donohoe showing great strength to win the ball and get away from Scully who was pulling him back.

Rather than blow immediately for a foul the referee allowed play to continue and despite being pulled back Donohoe managed to thread the ball out to Robinson on the right edge of the box and he hit a superb first time shot home high to the right of Carnell-Davis.

On 70 minutes the hosts went close to equalising when Cecil made a strong forward run to the edge of the box before hitting a low drive that Foreman saved down to his left for a corner.

K Sports’ Joe Wilson then tried a long range shot that flew just over before VCD went close again to levelling when Cecil made another good forward run before spreading the ball out to Spellward down the right who then whipped over a right wing cross that Foreman managed to divert away from goal to the far post where Carey had no time to react as the ball hit him and flew wide.

The play then quickly switched to the other end as Robinson’s pass put Geear in on goal but Carnell-Davis was quickly off his line to make a good close range block.

This save was even more important for VCD as a minute later Spellward’s excellent crossfield pass found the run of Vincent-Edwards down the right and he raced into the box before hitting a fierce drive that beat Foreman low to his right to draw the sides level. Into the final 10 minutes of the match K Sports had two good chances to win the tie.

On 82 minutes Morgan’s right wing cross found Robinson some 15 yards from goal and his powerful header across goal found Landau whose flicked header flew just over from close range.

Then on 88 minutes quick thinking by Robinson saw him take a quick free kick on the half way line finding Landau out on the right and he sent over a low cross that found the run into the box of Geear whose close range first time shot was well blocked by Carnell-Davis.

So to 30 minutes extra time. VCD had the first chance in extra time when Vincent-Edwards sent over a deep right wing cross to the far post where Alfie Rhodes sent a looping header back across goal forcing a back pedalling Foreman into a good save high to his left to tip the ball over for a corner. Minutes later it was the visitors who nearly took the lead when Entwhistle launched the ball forward from his own half up to Robinson who showed good control before turning and hitting a powerful shot that Carnell-Davis saved diving high to his left for a corner.

Then came the moment of magic from K Sports as Robinson’s right wing cross picked out Morgan on the left side of the area and he hit a stunning first time left foot cushioned volley that saw the ball fly home high to the right of Carnell-Davis into the top corner of the net.

Despite falling behind VCD kept going but it was the visitors who had the best chances in the remaining minutes to extend their lead.

Early in the second period of extra time Tom Goodayle’s pass put Robinson away down the right and he got to the bye line before crossing into Geear whose shot on the turn was well saved by Carnell-Davis diving high to his left for a corner.

The final chance of the game saw Goodayle’s long ball forward find Geear in the box but his close range shot was well blocked by Carnell-Davis.

Both team’s should be commended for the high quality of their football and for keeping going for over two hours in difficult conditions especially as both sides were depleted with VCD having no substitutes and K Sports only one.    

Chief Executive Blog (1)

I feel that it is important to remind all who contribute to our twitter that any reference to Referee performances which are in any way derogatory are being monitored by the County Football Associations and those individuals posting these comments may find themselves facing a charge from County which is easily avoidable. 

If you have any issues about the performance of a Referee then these should be directed to the League’s Referee Secretary – Chris Myatt or to myself as Chief Executive. 

We will follow up on any reports we receive but I cannot continue to accept criticism of match officials as with everything that goes on in the League there are always two sides to every story. 

Our twitter account is still in the main almost 100% good positive stories about all the good things that happen on a Sunday and across the week. Please can that continue as we have some superb contributions week in week out and I really enjoy the interaction. 

I could fill twitter most weeks with those teams / clubs who perhaps don’t do things how we as a League would want – but it is far better to address privately with those who may need advice rather than in the public domain. 

Thank you all for your continued support. 

Ken     

Match Report: VCD Athletic Youth v Cray Valley (PM) Youth

Match Report: VCD Athletic Youth v Cray Valley (PM) Youth

Adrian Swan

VCD Athletic Youth 3 v 1 Cray Valley (PM) Youth

1-0 Rhodes (39), 1-1 Adeyoola (39) (og), 2-1 Vincent-Edwards (48),

3-1 (og) (51).

VCD maintained their recent good league form with this victory against visitors Cray Valley.

This was VCD’s third league win on the bounce and moves them up to third in the table.

After an even start to the game it was Cray Valley who had the first chance on 5 minutes when Ethan Okechukwu’s crossfield pass from the right found the run into the left side of the box by Samuel Blunden but stretching he sliced his shot wide of the target.

Minutes later VCD’s impressive wing back Dominic Vincent-Edwards made the first of many good forward runs down the right to the edge of the box before hitting a swerving shot that Cray Valley keeper Tommy Kemp held moving to his left.

Cray Valley then nearly took a fortunate lead on 11 minutes when Blunden’s cross to the near post was hacked clear by Liam Spellward but the ball hit Luca Phillip-Safari and rebounded back goalwards forcing home keeper Harrison Carnell-Davis into a smart save high to his left.

On 17 minutes VCD’s set piece specialist Spellward hit a dipping long range free kick that saw Tommy Kemp make a fingertip save high above his head to turn the ball over for a corner.

The visitors then had a good spell of pressure in which they had three decent chances to go ahead.

On 25 minutes Harry Kemp made a good run down the right before sending over a low cross to the near post where George Palmer’s shot on the turn flew over from close range.

Palmer then turned provider when his neat right wing cross found Blunden racing in on the left side of the area but his first time volley flew just over.

Palmer then made another good forward run into the box down the right but then chose to shoot from an acute angle rather that cross and fired over.

After this it was the home side who had the majority of the play for the rest of the half.

Just after the half hour mark Spellward’s raking crossfield pass found the run down the left of Alfie Rhodes who raced into the box before hitting a fierce shot that flew narrowly over.

VCD’s Thomas Cecil then hit a fizzing shot just wide before Cecil’s through ball found the run into the box of Vincent-Edwards whose low shot flew just wide across the face of goal.

However the deadlock was broken on 39 minutes when Spellward’s pass found Rhodes racing down the left and he then slotted home low to the left of Tommy Kemp.

However the lead was not to last long as two minutes later the visitors drew level when Jack Green whipped in a low right wing cross that Carnell-Davis diving to his right could not cut off, the ball then hit Umar Adeyoola and rebounded into the net.

The last action of the first half saw Spellward hit a 25 yard free kick that flew straight at Tommy Kemp. The hosts regained the lead early in the second half through a superb solo goal from Vincent-Edwards who made a surging run down the right to the edge of the box before rifling home high to the right of Tommy Kemp.

Shortly afterwards it was three as Vincent-Edwards again raced away down the right to the bye line where he sent over a low cross that was inadvertently turned home at the near post off a defender.

A neat passing move from VCD on the hour mark almost saw them increase their lead when a Vincent-Edwards through ball found Cecil who in turn played in Stacey Petrou whose low shot was well saved by Tommy Kemp to his left. On 65 minutes Cray Valley’s Harry Kemp made space well before hitting a rasping 25 yard shot that Carnell-Davis saved diving high to his right for a corner.

It was nearly four on 72 minutes when Vincent- Edwards hit a long range free kick from the half way line to the far post where an unmarked Petrou cushioned his header back across goal for Cecil whose shot beat Tommy Kemp to his left but was cleared off the line to safety by Cole Glazebrook.

Cecil then hit a long range effort narrowly over before the last chance of the game fell to VCD when the tireless Vincent-Edwards sent over a deep right wing cross that nearly caught out Tommy Kemp but back pedalling he just managed to get a hand to the ball and direct onto the bar and out to safety.        

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Bearsted Football Tournament

Bearsted Football Club has pleasure in inviting teams from your Club to attend our Festival of Football on the

weekend of 8th & 9th June 2019 at The Sports Ground, Honey Lane, Otham, ME15 8RG.

The tournament will be 11-a-side (max 16 players per team) for the following age groups:

U12s, U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s

The tournament will be 9-a-side (max 14 players per team) for the following age groups:

U10s & U11s.

The tournament will be 7-a-side (max 12 players per team) for the following age groups:

U8s & U9s.

The tournament will be 5-a-side (max 10 players per team) for the following age groups:

U7s.

Saturday 8th June 2019 AM 11-a-side tournament

U14s

9-a-side tournament

U10s

Saturday 8th June 2019 PM 11-a-side tournament

U15s 9-a-side tournament

U11s

11-a-side tournament

U16s

Sunday 9th June 2019 AM 11-a-side tournament

U12s

7-a-side tournament

U9s

5-a-side tournament

U7s

Sunday 9th June 2019 PM 7-a-side tournament

U8s

11-a-side tournament – U13s

An opportunity for you to play full side games at a Tournament in preparation for your forthcoming season

The age groups will be as at 2018/19 season. Please note under FA Rule 4(a)(i) that a player who had not attained the age of 6 as of midnight on 31 August 2017 is not eligible to play in this tournament.

If you wish to enter a team / teams please complete the attached form and return it as soon as possible, as

team spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Closing date for entries is 30th April 2019.

The entry fees for the Festival are £20 per team for the 5-a-side tournament, £30 per team for the 7-a-side

tournament, £40 per team for the 9-a-side tournament and £60 per team for the 11-a-side tournament.

Cheques should be made payable to Bearsted FC and sent to the Tournament Organiser; further information regarding the Football Festival will be sent to you by email during May 2019.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing teams from your club at the tournament. Bearsted FC Festival Entry Form 2019 (1)

Match Report: Phoenix Sports Youth U18s vs Dulwich Hamlet ‘B’ Youth

Phoenix Sports Youth 0 v 3 Dulwich Hamlet 'B' Youth

UNDER 18 NORTH
  
 
PHOENIX SPORTS YOUTH
V
DULWICH HAMLET ‘B’ YOUTH
 –
 
Sunday 3rd February 2019
Kick off 10.30am
at
Phoenix Sports Club,
Mayplace Road East, Barnehurst,
Kent, DA7 6JT

Tel: 01322-526159
PHOENIX SPORTS YOUTH
(Green/Black/Black)
01. Bobby Mortlock
02. Thomas Varrow
03. George Jardine
04. Archie Langley
05. Joe Naylor
06. Joseph Mortlock
07. David Jones
08. Kieran McMillan
09. Billy Mills 
10. Harry Alymer
11. Oliver Smith
 
SUBSTITUTES
12. George Oldfield
14. Liam Murray
15. Connor McCormack
16. Joseph Stowell
DULWICH HAMLET ‘ B’ YOUTH
(Pink/Blue/Blue/Blue)
01. Luke Godwin
02. Tiresse Heslop 
03. Anis Tales 
04. George Bunyan
05. Gabriel Ntumba 
  06. Darragh Osei-Tutu
07. Sonny Hayter
08. Alpha Diallo
09. Will Ajaero
10. Tyrell Tayo 
11. Gabriel Vallejo
 
SUBSTITUTES
12. Ryo Maryjo
17. Zachariah Adu

 

Phoenix Sports Youth 0 v 3 Dulwich Hamlet ‘B’ Youth
0-1 Tayo (68), 0-2 Tayo (76), 0-3 Maryjo (91).

Despite the recent snowfalls the pitch was in excellent condition as league leaders Phoenix Sports entertained the junior of the Dulwich Hamlet teams. Unfortunately for the hosts, missing several players, their recent run of poor form continued as they fell to their third defeat in their last four league matches against a youthful Dulwich side. Both teams had early chances with Joseph Mortlock flashing a long range shot just wide for the home side on 3 minutes before the visitors went close minutes later when Gabriel Vallejo’s left wing cross flew across the face of goal to the far post where Sonny Hayter fired wide. On 10 minutes Phoenix’s Billy Mills sent in a left wing cross that Oliver Smith on the turn cleverly volleyed goalwards but the ball flew straight at Dulwich keeper Luke Godwin. After these early openings the game settled down with Dulwich having the lion’s share of possession as they strung numerous passes together but not being able to make any inroads into the well marshalled home defence.

Indeed the next chance of the game fell to Phoenix on 28 minutes when substitute Connor McCormack, with virtually his first touch of the game, hit a fierce shot from the edge of the box that forced Godwin into a good save low to his left to push the ball out for a corner. On 36 minutes Godwin was in action again holding George Jardine’s dipping 30 yard volley high to his left. Minutes later Dulwich’s midfield lynchpin Alpha Diallo threaded the ball through to Tyrell Tayo whose hooked volley flew narrowly wide before the last action of the first half saw Phoenix substitute Liam Murray rifle in a 25 yard shot that Godwin held moving to his left. Early in the second half Phoenix’s McCormack shot from the edge of the box flew just wide and then Dulwich’s Will Ajaero made a surging run at the heart of the home defence before hitting a low shot that flew wide across the face of goal. 

This was to be his last contribution as on 56 minutes he was replaced by the diminutive Ryo Maryjo which proved to be the turning point of the game. Maryjo settled into the top of Dulwich’s midfield and immediately sent two pinpoint passes through for Vallejo to run onto. The first saw Phoenix keeper Bobby Mortlock get out to make a good close range block but the second saw Vallejo round the advancing home keeper but be forced wide in doing so and run the ball out of play. Minutes later another deft pass from Maryjo put Tayo in on goal but again Bobby Mortlock was quickly off his line to make a close range save for a corner. Phoenix then had a couple of chances with Murray from wide right of the area drilling in a powerful shot that Godwin held at his near post before Smith tried a similar shot but from wide left that Godwin held moving to his left. Dulwich then made the breakthrough on 68 minutes when Bobby Mortlock slipped as he made a clearance, the ball flying to the excellent Diallo near the half way line and his quick thinking saw him play the ball immediately back through the middle for Tayo to run onto and he rounded the home keeper before slipping the ball home into the empty net. 

Worse was to follow for the league leaders on 76 minutes when Maryjo’s through ball put Tayo in on goal and he, spotting Bobby Mortlock racing off his line, coolly lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper into the net. On 82 minutes Phoenix were given a lifeline back into the game when George Oldfield’s right wing cross was turned goalwards by McCormack forcing Godwin into a diving save low to his left pushing the ball away to where Mills near the bye line was bundled over by Dulwich centre half Gabriel Ntumba for a penalty. The spot kick was taken by Mills but saved by Godwin diving to his left. On 86 minutes Dulwich’s Vallejo forced Bobby Mortlock into a good save low to his left before minutes later Maryjo’s right wing cross found Vallejo whose low shot was again saved by the home keeper. Diallo’s right wing cross then found Ntumba at the far post and although his powerful downward header beat Bobby Mortlock low to his right, the ball crashed against the post before flying out to safety. However in stoppage time Dulwich did make it three thanks to a superb forward run from Diallo, who picking the ball up on the edge of his area, raced upfield evading several challenges before laying the ball off for Maryjo on the edge of the box and he fired home high to the right of Bobby Mortlock.

Tonbridge Angels Academy Open Sessions

Tonbridge Angels Academy Trial

Open trials for this year’s Tonbridge Angels FC Academy intake are to happen at Hugh Christie School, White Cottage Rd., Tonbridge, TN10 4PU on Thursday and Friday February 21st and 22nd February from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

There will be training sessions together with small/larger sided matches so that students can showcase their abilities. We will then commence the process of selection for places in the new Academy year starting this September.

Our January Open Evening held at Longmead was very successful with over 25 students attending and finding out the benefits of being part of the Angels Academy.

However don’t worry if you missed out on this as there is still time to be involved through the Open Trials. Just go to http://form.jotformeu.com/90132443551347 or email tafcacademy@outlook.com as soon as possible.

The new Angels Academy has proven to be a massive success so far and will provide you with a chance to develop your footballing potential while at the same time providing you with nationally recognised qualifications (A Levels and/or a BTEC Level 3 in sport)and gaining your FA level 1&2 coaching badges.

Led by Tom Parkinson (UEFA A Licenced coach), club captain of Tonbridge Angels and Jamie Coyle (UEFA A Licenced coach & FA Tutor) manager of Dartford FC 1st team who currently compete in non-league’s second tier, National South, both Tom and Jamie have substantial experience in youth development and teaching. They will of course be supported by a top class educational establishment Hugh Christie School to provide that classroom backup that is so vital within a successful Academy.

As well as daily football training, Academy members will have the opportunity of being part of a squad competing in the National u19 youth  League or the Kent academies league as well as the prestigious FA Youth cup.

So far in this year in our 1st year of running the scheme our achievements to date are as follow;

* 100% pass rate at BTEC level 3 sport 
* 4 players making first team debuts vs Dartford FC and Ebbsfleet Utd
* 8 players progressing into our 23 side
* 1 player on trial at Premier League side Leicester City 
* 1 player on loan at Hythe Town

Don’t forget to apply via the link or email address and it could be your first step in obtaining a fulfilling and rewarding career in semi-professional football as well as further developing you academic profile.

Match Report: West Wickham Youth v Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ Youth

Match Report: West Wickham Youth v Dulwich Hamlet 'A' Youth

Adrian Swan

West Wickham Youth 2 v 5 Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ Youth

1-4 Carmago (69), 2-4 Airey (70), 2-5 Adeniran (79).                                                       

It was another very cold chilly day up at West Wickham and with a strong wind blowing freezing the spectators present.

However despite the difficult conditions it was a most entertaining game with visitors Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ taking the points with a very competent display against a battling West Wickham side.

Dulwich, kicking up the hill in the first half with the gusty wind mostly at their backs, took an early lead on 2 minutes in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

Dulwich midfielder Breno Carmago’s defence splitting pass put Rowland Adedoyin in on goal and he raced through into the box before hitting a low shot that took a deflection off a home defender, totally wrong footing West Wickham keeper Loius Youles who was moving to his right as the ball flew home low to his left.

It was then two on 7 minutes when another superb Carmago pass found the run into the box of Hans Mpongo who brought the ball down well before smashing the ball home low to the left of Youles.

A minute later West Wickham almost pulled a goal back when Alfie Airey’s incisive pass put Freddie Yeats in on goal but Dulwich keeper Maxwell Williams was quickly off his line to make a good close range block on the edge of his area.

Dulwich then missed a good chance to make it three on 18 minutes when another good passing move saw Carmago spread the ball out to the right for Adedoyin whose low cross flew across the box to the far post where Henry Adeniran shot over from close range.

West Wickham’s Airey then tested Williams with a low shot from wide left of the box that the Dulwich custodian caught diving to his left.

The home side then reduced the arrears on 22 minutes when a misplaced pass was seized on by Charlie Smyth who ran in on goal and although his initial effort was blocked, the rebound fell back to him and this time he fired home low to the left of Williams.

Dulwich centre half Jamie Splatt then hit a long range free kick that flashed narrowly over the bar before a great bit of opportunism from Airey almost drew West Wickham level when he spotted that Williams was off his line and tried a 35 yard shot that had the Dulwich keeper scrambling back to save low to his right for a corner.

Dulwich’s Arthur Dornells then tried a shot from some 40 yards that flew just over before a dipping right wing cross from Dulwich full back Omarr Belhaj-Fahsi was clawed over by Youles high to his left for a corner.

Carmago then hit another long range shot that flew straight at Youles before Dulwich made it three on 31 minutes when Maliq Morris hit a powerful 30 yard shot that Youles moving to his right could only parry out to where Adeniran following up was able to slot home from close range.

On 38 minutes it was nearly four when Adedoyin made space well on the edge of the box before hitting a rasping shot that beat Youles high to his left but crashed against the bar before rebounding out to where a stretching Adeniran could only turn the loose ball over. West Wickham’s Airey then flashed a 25 yard free kick narrowly wide before in stoppage time at the end of the half he went even closer with another long range free kick, this time firing his effort high to the left of the diving Williams but against the bar and out to safety.

The second half took some to get going in the freezing conditions and it was not until the 66 minutes that there was a real chance when the impressive Carmago found the run of Adeniran down the left and he took a touch before hitting a dipping shot that beat Youles high to his left but clipped the bar and flew over.

However it was four on 69 minutes when Carmago danced his way through the West Wickham defence into the box before shooting home high to the left of Youles.

However the home side hit back immediately as straight from kick off the ball was played to Airey, who again spotting Williams off his line, tried another of his audacious long range shots that had the Dulwich keeper scrambling back but being unable to stop Airey’s superb effort from beating him as it flew into the net to his left.

West Wickham’s Matthew Doyle then flashed a low shot across the face of goal before the visitors made it five on 79 minutes.

Adeniran’s clever pass put Mpongo in on goal and although Youles made a good close range block the rebound fell out to Mpongo on the left of the area and he quickly crossed the ball over for Adeniran to touch home from close range.

Dulwich continued to create chances in the final minutes with Carmago putting Mpongo through on goal but his shot flew straight at Youles before two Dulwich substitutes combined to nearly make it six when Jude Wasdell-Harris sent over a deep right wing cross that found Malachi Morris whose hooked volley on the turn was acrobatically tipped over by Youles moving high to his left.

From the corner taken by Thomas Chambers a stretching Splatt volleyed over. Adeniran then sent over a left wing cross that found Malachi Morris in space but his low shot flew wide across the face of goal.

The last chance of the game saw another good pass from Carmago find Mpongo whose shot on the turn was well saved by the busy Youles low to his left.

This was a very good performance from Dulwich which keeps them hot on the heels of leaders Phoenix Sports, four points behind but with two games in hand.                              

Match Report: West Wickham Youth v Metrogas Youth

Match Report: West Wickham Youth v Metrogas Youth

Adrian Swan

0-1 Williams (20), 1-1 Godwin (97).

On a very cold chilly day, West Wickham scored with virtually the last kick of the game to snatch a point against their visitors Metrogas.

West Wickham were not their fluent selves today perhaps suffering the after effects of their splendid 6-0 win against Dorking Wanderers in the Presidents Cup on Friday night.

Metrogas had defensive problems being short of a keeper but outfield player Kenneth Kerr did an admirable job as a stand-in.

It was the home side who had the first chance of the game on 2 minutes when Ben Mortimer’s lofted pass found Freddie Yeats but he sent his volleyed effort over the bar from close range.

Minutes later Metrogas had a great chance to open the scoring when Chaikib Bellamine’s excellent through ball put Finley Williams in on goal but as he got to the edge of the area and tried to dribble around the advancing West Wickham keeper Louis Youles, he was upended by him and a free kick on the edge of the box awarded.

Surprisingly no action was taken against the home keeper for the foul and the free kick came to naught.

The home side then nearly took the lead when a Joseph Boss right wing cross flew across the face of goal to the far post where a stretching Michael Godwin could only touch the ball wide.

They had another chance on 11 minutes when Charlie Smyth’s left wing cross found the run of Alfie Airey into the box but his header flew over. On 19 minutes Metrogas’s Williams hit a long range shot that Youles held high to his right before the visitors took the lead shortly afterwards when Khalifa Dieng’s right wing cross was met by a powerful header from Williams that beat Youles to his left but the ball rattled the post before rebounding back out to Williams who was able to slot home from close range.

The visitors then had a good spell of possession with Bellamine having a shot on the turn fly straight at Youles before Williams had a long range effort fly over.

On 40 minutes West Wickham might have pulled level when Matthew Doyle’s left wing cross found Airey but he sent his header straight at Kerr.

Metrogas then had a chance when Amin Hamouchene turned well on the edge of the box but his shot flew straight at the home custodian.

Just before half time the home side went close again when Robert Hinkley’s shot on the turn flew just over before in stoppage time Yeats had a shot blocked by a Metrogas defender that sent the ball into the path of Doyle who fired over when well placed.

The home side dominated the early part of the second half and almost drew level on 52 minutes when Mortimer made a good run down the left before whipping over a low cross that Yeats turned narrowly wide.

Smyth then hit a dipping free kick from wide left that Kerr did well to save at his near post.

On 55 minutes the home side changed their keeper with the injured Youles being replaced by Joseph Barnes.

On 66 minutes West Wickham went close again to levelling when Matthew Odolan’s right wing cross was volleyed over by Yeats.

Minutes later Metrogas were unlucky not to double their lead when Bellamine’s lofted pass saw Jay Reed reach the ball on the edge of the area just before the on-rushing Barnes and send his header over the keeper but the bounce of the ball saw it bounce up and fly over the bar.

On 89 minutes it looked as West Wickham would finally draw level when Airey’s pass put Yeats through on goal but his fierce close range shot was well saved by Kerr who managed to push the ball over for a corner.

Then on 94 minutes another fierce Smyth free kick from wide right forced Kerr into another good save tipping the ball over for another corner.

Then on 97 minutes just as it looked as if Metrogas would hold on for all three points their resolve was finally  broken when a lofted ball into the box found Godwin who scored with a powerful close range volley smashing the ball home high to the right of Kerr.                   

Further your education at Tonbridge Angels FC Academy

Further your education at Tonbridge Angels FC Academy

Our Academy can heighten your game and give you those important educational qualifications (A Levels and/or BTEC level 3 sport

What has a football club got to do with gaining important and vital educational qualifications? Well in the case of Tonbridge Angels it provides the answer to providing formal football training to enhance your game combined with a curriculum for students to excel in academic qualifications.

Now planning in its second year the Academy working with its partner Hugh Christie College, has already established itself within the West Kent educational environment.

You can be part of our successful academy from this September 2019 and to find out more please come along to an open evening at Longmead Stadium, Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge, TN10 3JF on Wednesday 30th September. To book your place please go to  http://form.jotformeu.com/72962217180355 or email tafcacademy@outlook as soon as possible.

The new Angels Academy has proven to be a massive success so far and will provide you with a chance to develop your footballing potential while at the same time providing you with nationally recognised qualifications (A Levels and/or a BTEC Level 3 in sport)and gaining your FA level 1&2 coaching badges.

Led by Tom Parkinson (UEFA A Licenced coach), club captain of Tonbridge Angels and Jamie Coyle (UEFA A Licenced coach & FA Tutor) manager of Dartford FC 1st team who currently compete in non-league’s second tier, National South, both Tom and Jamie have substantial experience in youth development and teaching. They will of course be supported by a top class educational establishment Hugh Christie College to provide that classroom backup that is so vital within a successful Academy.

As well as daily football training, Academy members will have the opportunity of being part of a squad competing in the National u19 youth  League or the Kent academies league as well as the prestigious FA Youth cup.

So far in this year in our 1st year of running the scheme our achievements to date are as follow:

  • 100% pass rate at BTEC level 3 sport 
  • 3 players making a first team debut vs Dartford FC
  • 8 players progressing into our 23 side
  • 1 player on trial at Premier League side Leicester City 
  • 1 player on loan at Hythe Town

Don’t forget to apply via the link or email address and it could be your first step in obtaining a fulfilling and rewarding career in semi-professional football aswell as further developing you academic profile

Maidstone United Academy

Maidstone United Football Academy

If you’re in Year 11 and love football but haven’t made your mind up about what do after your GCSEs, why not trial for a place at the Maidstone United Football Academy?

Based at the Gallagher Stadium, the club and Cornwallis Academy offer a two-year programme that combines academic sports studies, alongside football matches, training and qualifications.

If you would like to swap school for the stadium, apply online and attend the trial onTuesday 19 February between 3 and 5pm..

Two academy squads compete in the National League Under 19 Alliance – one of the largest leagues in the country – featuring academy teams backed by professional or semi-pro clubs. Academy students also represent the club in the prestigious FA Youth Cup.

A number of players have been called up to the first team squad, with several others dual-registered with clubs in the Isthmian and Southern Counties East leagues.

As well as being successful at the trial, applicants will need to gain at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, ideally including English and maths. An interview will also take place in the summer.

To apply, visit www.maidstoneunited.co.uk/academy2019

Match Report: Holmesdale Youth v Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ Youth

Match Report: Holmesdale Youth v Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ Youth

Adrian Swan

Holmesdale Youth 3 v 3 Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ Youth

0-1 Adedoyin (13), 1-1 Lewer-Smith (51), 2-1 John (54), 2-2 Mpongo (84), 

2-3 Mpongo (86), 3-3 Belazregue (90).

This topsy-turvy encounter saw Dulwich Hamlet ‘A’ team drop their first points of the season.

Both sides had led during this entertaining match but hosts Holmesdale snatched a dramatic equaliser in the 90th minute to dent Dulwich’s perfect league record.

After an even start it was Dulwich who had the first chance of the game on 7 minutes when Maliq Morris was unlucky not to open the scoring.

Having made a strong run from the half way line he unleashed a fierce 25 yard shot that deflected off a Holmesdale defender sending the ball spinning over home keeper Daniel Mamas high to his left but onto the bar and out to safety.

On 12 minutes it was the turn of Holmesdale to go close when Ryan Brown’s excellent through ball found the run into the box of lively forward Nathan Lewer-Smith but Dulwich keeper Tom Wray was quickly off his line to make a good close range block.

A minute later the visitors took the lead when Hans Mpongo’s pass found Rowland Adedoyin on the left side of the box and he coolly slotted home low to the right of Mamas.

Holmesdale almost drew level a few minutes later when Isaac John made space well before firing in a dipping shot that Wray held moving to his left.

Dulwich then nearly made it two when Jargal Enkh made a powerful run down the left to the bye line before whipping over a low cross that was met at the near post by a clever flick from Henry Adeniran but Mamas made a good block with his legs low down at his near post to deflect the ball away for a corner.

After this Dulwich continued to control proceedings for most of the remainder of the half with Morris hitting a 25 yard free kick narrowly over on 26 minutes before another strong forward run by Enkh down the left saw him burst through into the box but his low shot was well saved by Mamas diving to his left. On 35 minutes Mamas was in action again saving high to his left to keep out Adeniran’s shot from the edge of the box.

Just before half time Holmesdale also hit the woodwork when Omar Belazregue’s free kick from the edge of the box curled over the Dulwich wall beating Wray high to his left but struck the angle of post and bar before flying over.

Lewer-Smith then had an effort fly just over before the last action of the half saw Dulwich’s Thomas Chambers hit a dipping long range shot that Mamas saved well diving low to his left for a corner.

Dulwich then went close to increasing their lead early in the second half when Breno Carmago hit a powerful shot that had Mamas diving full length to his right as the ball flew narrowly wide.

Holmesdale then drew level on 51 minutes when William Keene’s right wing cross was flicked on by George Squires-Clark into the path of Lewer-Smith who fired home low to the right of Wray.

Dulwich centre half Jamie Splatt then tried his luck with a long range free kick that Mamas saved high to his left before Holmesdale stunned their visitors taking the lead on 54 minutes.

This time it was a great crossfield pass from the back by Belazregue that found the run inside the full back of Keene down the right and he took a touch before sending over a low cross that was touched home from close range by John.

It was then nearly three for the hosts as Lewer-Smith made a great turn in the box before hitting a low shot that Wray managed to block with the rebound falling back to Lewer-Smith who then tried to lift his follow up shot over the prone keeper but sent his effort crashing against the bar and over.

Just after the hour mark Holmesdale went close again when John turned well down by the bye line before hitting a low shot that Wray saved well down at his left hand post for a corner.

Dulwich finally started to get back in the game and on 69 minutes went close to drawing level when Adeniran’s right wing cross found Mpongo whose shot on the turn was saved by Mamas low to his left.

Adeniran then had a rasping drive fly just wide across the face of goal before on 75 minutes it looked as if the visitors had equalised when a Chambers inswinging free kick from wide right beat Mamas but Belazregue was covering to hook the ball off the line to safety.

Arthur Dornells then fired an effort at Mamas before Dulwich finally drew level on 84 minutes when Adedoyin’s right wing cross was headed on by Adeniran to Mpongo who scored low to the left of Mamas from close range.

Worse was to follow two minutes later for the home side when Carmargo’s lofted pass over the Holmesdale back line saw Mpongo race through on goal before shooting home low to the left of the exposed Mamas.

However the drama was not over yet as on 90 minutes Holmesdale were awarded a free kick some 30 yards from goal.

This was taken by Belazregue who drilled in a low shot that was dummied by Brown as the ball whistled through his legs leaving Wray unsighted as it flew home low to the right of the keeper.

The Dulwich defenders appealed to their linesman for an offside decision but he stated the Brown was onside when he jumped out of the way of the ball and the goal stood.

However deep in stoppage time the visitors missed a glorious chance to win the game when a neat passing move saw Mpongo’s pass find Dornells who swiftly found the run into the box of Adedoyin who fired over with only Mamas to beat.

A minute later he almost redeemed himself when his clever pass put Dornells in on goal but Mamas made a good close range block to preserve the home sides point.            

Margate FC Academy Trial Date Announced

Margate FC and Herne Bay High are delighted to invite players to our first trial for The Gate’s Boys Academy on Thursday 21st February 2019 from 10am to 12pm at Hartsdown Park. 

If you’re looking at your post-16 education options, why not come down and find out more?

The academy is unique in that it offers footballers the chance to train and play full-time without making any compromise on their academic ambitions.

Players have a wide selection of A levels and BTEC qualifications to choose from with 42 different courses on offer for Academy players, which surpasses the offer from many other local Sixth Forms. 

Alongside this, the squad of players will compete at the highest level outside of the professional game in compete in the National League U19 Alliance League.

Any player interested should register for the trial via footballacademy@hernebayhigh.org

Full applications can be made now via www.kentchoices.com. Our online application window opens from 22nd November 2018 – 1st February 2019.

Click here for further information. You can also call 07395 791761 or email footballacademy@hernebayhigh.org.

Want to join Dover Athletic’s Academy?

Want to join Dover Athletic's Academy?

Dover Athletic Football Club in partnership with The Abbey School 6th Form.

GET REWARDED

–  Fifty per cent of our Sixth Form gained university places in 2010

–  Highest number of top grade GCSE’s with 36% of students achieving GCSE grades A*-B

–  Vast choice of academic and vocational studies appealing to a wider range of student skills and abilities.

BEYOND THE SCHOOL DAY

–  Extra curricular activities including sports clubs, music, performing arts, computer clubs and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

–  Extensive visits and journeys programme within the UK, Europe and America

–  Community Sports Centre for student and community use open 7am to 10pm.

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS LINKS

–  ‘Football Academy’ status in partnership with Dover A.F.C raising standards of football coaching in the medium and long term.

–  Industry Standard restaurant open 2 days per week, overseen by highly qualified chefs supporting students through their BTEC.

–  Four business incubator units used by local businesses supporting the GCSE and A level lum with their expertise.

WHAT NEXT

–  On site Connexions Kent & Medway careers advisors

–  Aim Higher programme to help young people get into higher education

–  High quality care and guidance provision.

–  6th Form College offering . ……  in conjunction with….

Football Academy trials

Wednesday 20 February 10.30am

  • The Football Academy represents Dover Athletic FC in the National Youth league, the highest league outside professional status.
  • Coaching from UEFA ‘A’ licensed coaches
  • Train everyday
  • Academy players study a range of courses alongside their football commitments
  • Excellent progression routes
  • Wide range of A Level, BTEC or International Bacclaureate courses
  • Opportunity to take additional Coaching and Fitness Instructor courses
  • Study 3 A levels/ BTEC’s or GCSE subjects depending on your GCSE results
  • Excellent academic results
  • Travel grants available to all students living outside Faversham.

If you are interested in attending the trials please email:

msandmann@abbeyschoolfaversham.co.uk or call the school on 01795 532633 

Match Report: Phoenix Sports Youth vs VCD Athletic Youth

Match Report: Phoenix Sports Youth vs VCD Athletic Youth

Adrian Swan

Phoenix Sports Youth 2 v 3 VCD Athletic Youth

1-0 Debenham(28), 2-0 Holland (35), 2-1 Akram (51), 2-2 Akram (72)

2-3 Baldwin (86).

Despite the recent wet weather the pitch was in excellent condition for this local derby between Phoenix Sports and VCD Athletic.

This game was the proverbial game of two halves with the home side leading 2-0 at half time but three second half goals from their near neighbours saw them take the points and the local bragging rights.

With the slick condition of the playing surface both sides resorted to taking pot shots from distance and both keepers had to be alert to this danger.

On four minutes the hosts went close to opening the scoring when Frankie Holland squared the ball across to the edge of the box where Jake Thornton’s fierce drive had visiting keeper Harrison Carnell-Davis diving full length to his left as the shot flashed narrowly wide.

Minutes later VCD’s Liam Spellward hit a long range effort over before shortly afterwards his 25 yard free kick hit the Phoenix defensive wall and nearly wrong footed Phoenix keeper Harry Hepworth who had moved right but quickly adjusted his feet and saved well diving low to his left.

On 19 minutes Phoenix’s Holland tried a long range shot that Carnell-Davis held moving to his right before another long range free kick for the visitors from Spellward forced Hepworth into a save catching the ball high to his right.

Phoenix then made the breakthrough on 28 minutes when Holland’s low free kick from wide right was turned home by Ryan Debenham low to the left of Carnell-Davis.

Phoenix then made it two on 35 minutes when a long ball forward from Thornton eluded Alfie Scully and fell to Holland who raced through on goal and slotted home low to the left of Carnell-Davis.

The visitors almost hit back immediately as Stacey Petrou made space well on the edge of the box but his low shot was saved by Hepworth diving to his right.

Minutes later Phoenix went close to increasing their lead when a long ball forward from Jimmy Grant released Holland in on goal but this time his rising drive was saved by Carnell-Davis diving high to his right and pushing the ball out to safety.

On the stroke of half time VCD had a half chance when James Ashley’s right wing cross was well brought down by Petrou on the edge of the box but his shot on the turn flew just wide of the target. 

The visitors then reduced the arrears early in the second half with a rather scrappy goal when Ashley’s left wing corner was missed by Hepworth as the ball flew to the far post where it was knocked back into the crowded box where Jeshurvn Akram forced the ball home from close range.

VCD were then unlucky not to draw level on 55 minutes when Petrou’s 25 yard free kick flew over the Phoenix defensive wall beating a stretching Hepworth high to his right but clipped the bar before flying over.

Suddenly it was all VCD as they searched for an equaliser and they went close to scoring again when the skilful Ross Craig’s through ball found Petrou’s run into the box but his low drive was well saved by the finger tips of Hepworth diving to his left for a corner.

Petrou then forced Hepworth into another save when his back header from Ashley’s free kick saw him stretching high above his head to catch the ball. Harrison Baldwin then tested Hepworth with a long range shot that the home keeper held moving to his left before he made an even better save high to his right to palm over Craig’s powerful long range dipping shot.

However from the resulting corner again taken by Ashley from the left, the visitors drew level when the ball flew over to the far post where it was nodded back into the crowded box where again Akram was first to react to force the loose ball home from close range.

VCD having drawn level had their tails up and went in search of a winner but were unlucky to hit the bar again when almost straight from the re-start they won the ball back which was quickly played up to Baldwin on the edge of the box. He took a touch and then hit a rasping drive that beat a diving Hepworth high to his right but rattled the woodwork before flying out to safety.

Phoenix then had their first shot on target in the second half when Grant hit a long range shot that Carnell-Davis held moving to his left. Into the final minutes of the game both sides had chances to take the points.

On 81 minutes the lively Petrou made space well before hitting a 30 yard shot that Hepworth held moving to his left. The home sides Holland then tested Carnell-Davis with a long range effort that the VCD keeper pushed away diving to his left.  VCD then went closing to taking the lead when another fine pass from Craig put Petrou in on goal but Hepworth was quickly off his line to make a good close range block.

VCD’s holding midfielder Thomas Cecil then forced Hepworth into another save when he dived to his right to parry his shot from the edge of the box.

However VCD’s pressure finally told on 86 minutes when another deft pass from Craig put Joe Carey away down the left and he pulled the ball back across goal where Baldwin slotted home from close range.

The last chance of the game fell to VCD’s Petrou when he had another low shot saved by the busy Hepworth.

Match Report: Kent FA v Jersey FA

Match Report: Kent FA v Jersey FA

Adrian Swan

Kent FA Youth 4 v 0 Jersey FA Youth

1-0 Kingsford (50) (pen)), 2-0 Ishola (70), 3-0 Kingsford (88), 4-0 Isola (89).

Kent maintained their perfect start in this year’s South East Counties ‘under 18’ Youth Championship with an excellent win against previously unbeaten visitors Jersey to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the knock out round of the competition.

Despite the recent wet weather the 3g pitch at Sevenoaks Town was in fine condition and played well throughout.

The first half was a tight cagey affair with not much to choose between the teams but a few tweaks from the Kent management at half time meant that Kent dominated the second half for long periods and ran out worthy winners.

It was the visitors who had the first shot on target on 4 minutes when Thomas Harris fired in a 30 yard shot that Kent keeper Ben Folkard took comfortably. Minutes later Kent’s Freddie Entwistle tried his luck from a similar distance but his shot whistled over the bar.

Kent might have taken the lead on 14 minutes when another fierce drive from Entwistle deflected off a Jersey defender into the path of Ryan Kingsford who with only Jersey keeper Josh Jehan to beat dragged his shot wide of the target.

After this the game settled down to a bit of a midfield stalemate. Jersey then had a couple of chances on the half hour mark when firstly Sol Solomon curled a 25 yard free kick over the home defensive wall that Folkard moving to his right was able to claim before Harris made a strong forward run at the heart of the Kent defence evading a couple of tackles before hitting a low shot that flew narrowly wide of the target.

Just before half time Kent also had a couple of chances from left wing corners taken by Jacob Gilbert, the first of which was pulled back to the edge of the box where Harrison Pont volleyed wide and the second sent deep to the far post where a stretching George Porter could only turn the ball over.

Kent started the second half brightly and were awarded a penalty on 49 minutes when Pont’s run into the box was halted when he was up-ended by James Sunley.

Kingsford took the spot kick firing home low to the right of Jehan, who dived the correct way but was beaten by the power of the shot.

The hosts almost made it two shortly afterwards when Gilbert’s free kick from wide right found Pont rising highest in the box but his towering header was held by Jehan high above his head.

Another  fine Gilbert delivery from a right wing corner then picked out Cameron Williams whose header flew straight at Jehan.

Just after the hour mark the Jersey defence were giving their first indication of the searing pace of debutant Hamid Ishola when he raced through onto Pont’s lofted pass over the visitors back line, easily outpacing the covering central defenders, as he made his way into the box and although his low shot beat the advancing Jehan to his left it ran just the wrong side of the post.

Minutes later Entwistle’s pass found Ishola down the left and he again engaged the after burners as raced away from the covering defenders into the box but this time Jehan was quickly off his line and managed to make a good close range block for a corner.

Jersey’s Solomon then made space well on the edge of the box before drilling a low shot narrowly wide before Kent got their second on 70 minutes with a fine solo goal from Ishola. Picking the ball up on the half way line he pushed it beyond his marker and raced through on goal, leaving several desperate Jersey defenders in his wake, before calmly slotting home low to the right of the advancing Jehan.

It was now all Kent as they pushed their dispirited visitors back. Entwistle’s left wing cross found Kingsford in the box but his header flew over before Kingsford tried his luck with a curling free kick from wide left of the area that Jehan saved moving to his right.

The icing was then put on the cake for Kent as they scored twice in the dying minutes.

On 88 minutes Scott Jarvis’s free kick from the half way line found Kingsford in the box and rising highest he scored with a trade mark centre forwards header guiding the ball back across goal and home low to the left of Jehan.

Then a minute later it was four as Beau Landau’s through ball put Ishola  in on goal and although Jehan managed to block his initial shot on the edge of his area, the ball spun up and Ishola off balance then showed great skill and awareness to hook the bouncing ball over the stranded keeper into the net.

Match Report: Holmesdale Youth v Metrogas Youth

Adrian Swan

Holmesdale Youth 2 v 3 Metrogas Youth

1-0 Lewer-Smith (5), 2-0 Stevens-King (53), 2-1 Williams (74),

2-2 Williams (86), 2-3 Hamouchene (87).

This match was really a tale of the goalkeepers.

In the case of the visitors Metrogas, their keeper Pedro de Silva had a superb game making numerous saves to keep his side in the game whilst the home side Holmesdale, were lacking  a keeper and utilised two of their outfield players during the match.

The first of which was totally competent but his replacement was not so and was culpable in all three of the visitors goals.

Holmesdale started the game with their Captain and midfield maestro, Omar Belazregue donning the gloves and he was largely untroubled during the first half as the home side dominated proceedings.

They took the lead after only 5 minutes when William Keene’s through ball found the speedy Nathan Lewer-Smith who raced through on goal before calmly slotting home low to the right of the exposed de Silva.

Minutes later the same combination almost created a second goal when Keene’s left wing cross found Lewer-Smith at the far post but his hooked shot on the turn flew narrowly over.

On 11 minutes another fine crossfield pass from Keene released Lewer-Smith down the right and he cut into the box before having his close range shot blocked by de Silva diving low at his right hand post for a corner.

Shortly afterwards Holmesdale missed a glorious chance to make it two when a lofted pass from Reece Stevens-King over the Metrogas back line put Lewer-Smith in on goal but with only de Silva to beat he fired wide of the target.

It was then the turn of the lively Keene to go close when he made space well on the edge of the box before hitting a low shot that de Silva blocked to his right with his legs for a corner.

Keene then tested de Silva again minutes later with a rising shot that the Metrogas custodian saved high to his right for another corner.

Keene’s pass then put George Squires-Clark in on goal but de Silva made yet another good save this time low to his right to deny the Holmesdale player.

Keene was then put through on goal himself by a Squires-Clark pass but also shot wide when well placed. This profligacy in front of goal from Holmesdale was to come back and haunt them later in the game when the visitors took full advantage of the few chances they created.

However on 19 minutes it looked as if the hosts would finally get their second when Sulaiman Bangura’s close range shot was blocked by de Silva with the rebound falling to Lewer-Smith who swept the loose ball goalwards beating the visiting keeper to his right only for Donovan Gabriel to clear it off the line to safety.

Lewer-Smith then got through on goal minutes later but again de Silva made another good close range block to thwart the Holmesdale striker.

Holmesdale then decided to make some substitutions to give everyone a game but the changes seemed to upset their rhythm.

For the visitors their chances in the first half came from long range shots from Amin Hamouchene and Jay Reed both of which were comfortably saved by Belazregue.

The final chance of the half on 43 minutes fell to the home side when Ryan Brown’s pass sent Lewer-Smith away down the left and he raced through before cutting back into the box and hitting a fierce drive that de Silva saved superbly diving high to his left palming the ball onto the bar and over.

Holmesdale continued on the offensive in the second half and doubled their lead on 53 minutes when Keene’s left wing cross fell to Stevens-King at the far post and he tucked the ball home low to the left of de Silva.

At this stage the home side were comfortably in control of the game but then came the turning point.

Again to give everyone a game Belazregue swapped goal keeping duties with one of his colleagues and from then things unfortunately went wrong for Holmesdale albeit not immediately.

On 61 minutes Belazregue’s deft pass put Squires-Clark in on goal but de Silva produced another good save low to his right to turn the ball out for a corner.

However on 67 minutes it should have been three when Keene got through on goal only for his close range shot to be blocked by de Silva but the rebound fell kindly for Kane Black who with an open goal at his mercy fired over.

More substitutions were made by both sides but suddenly it was the visitors who took control of the game.

On 73 minutes Khalifa Dieng hit a swerving 25 yard shot that the stand-in home keeper missed high to his left but fortunately for him it crashed against the angle of post and bar before flying out to safety.

Clearly the Metrogas players noticed his nervousness and adopted an almost shoot on sight policy.

Hamouchene drilled in a low shot that the Holmesdale keeper unorthodoxly kicked away to safety before they scored on 74 minutes.

Hamouchene’s free kick from wide right to the far post was headed back across for Finley Williams to tuck home from close range.

Metrogas kept pounding the home goal but the hosts stood firm until the 86 minute when a long ball forward from Ken Kerr was headed on by Reed for Williams to again score from close range.

However worse was to follow for Holmesdale a minute later when there was pinball in the home box before the loose ball finally fell to Hamouchene who drilled in a low shot that the stand-in keeper dived over as it flew into the bottom corner of the net.

The crest fallen keeper was immediately replaced by Belazregue and despite Holmesdale pumping several balls into the visitors box they stood firm to record their first victory of the season.                

Match Report: Kent FA vs London FA – Under 18s

Match Report: Kent FA vs London FA Under 18s

Adrian Swan

On a bright sunny if chilly day at Corinthian FC, Kent won their opening game in the South East Counties ‘under 18’ Youth Championship against a battling London side.

Kent dominated the match for long periods and might have won by a far greater margin if it hadn’t been for some profligate finishing and good goal keeping from London keeper Tommy Kemp.

Kent playing down the slope in the first half had their first chance on 8 minutes when Jake Sunborg’s in-swinging corner from the right found the head of Baily Sinnock in the crowded area but his downward header  was cleared away off the line by a London defender guarding their right hand post.

A minute later another Sunborg right wing corner flew through to the far post where Cameron Williams rising highest nodded narrowly wide.

A good interchange on 12 minutes from Scott Jarvis and George Robinson saw Jarvis’s through ball put Robinson in on goal on the right side of the area but his low shot flew wide across the face of goal.

Minutes later another incisive pass from Jarvis inside the full back found the run to the bye line of Robinson whose cross flew through the box to the far post where Sunborg laid the ball back to Ryan Kingsford who in turn found Beau Landau who fired over when well placed.

Another chance went begging for the home side on 20 minutes when Freddie Entwistle’s ball over the London back line was seized upon by the speedy Robinson who then raced into the box but in trying to chip the advancing Tommy Kemp, he sent his effort over the bar.

Just before the half hour mark Landau’s free kick from wide right found the run of Robinson to the near post but his header flew just wide of the target.

Kent finally made the breakthrough on 36 minutes when again good work by Jarvis and Robinson down the right saw Jarvis play the ball up to Robinson who initially turned to his right deceiving two London defenders before playing a delightful back heel flick onto the run of Jarvis who ran through on goal before neatly chipping the ball over the advancing Tommy Kemp into the net.

Just before half time it was nearly two when good passing and movement from Kingsford and Robinson saw the latter find Landau whose fierce drive on the turn was well saved by Tommy Kemp high to his left for a corner. This was taken again by Sunborg and found the run of George Porter to the near post but his powerful header was kept out by a combination of Tommy Kemp and a defender low at their left hand post.

London kicking down the slope in the second half had their first shot on target on 46 minutes when Omar Belazregue hit a long range shot straight at Kent keeper Wayne Everest.

On 52 minutes Kent’s Harrison Pont tried a 35 yard shot that flew just over before London might have equalised on 59 minutes when Belazregue’s pass found the lively Nathan Gale who in turn found the run down the left of Tafari Jallim.

He powered into the box but with only Everest to beat he sent his shot into the side netting when well placed. This miss proved doubly costly as Kent scored their second just minutes later when Jacob Gilbert’s cross field pass found the run into the box on the left side of the area of Craig Appleby and he scored with a tidy lob over the London keeper into the net.

London tried to hit back immediately with Gale having a shot on the turn held by Everest moving to his left.

It was then the turn of Kent to go close to increasing their lead when Kingsford’s through ball put Entwistle in on goal on the left side of the area but his rising shot was well pushed over by Tommy Kemp diving high to his left. London then had a good spell of pressure going close to scoring on a number of occasions.

Reuben Matheson’s right wing cross found Belazregue in the box but his powerful low shot on the turn was well saved by Everest down at his left hand post.

Then Matheson’s pass found Jallim racing in on the right edge of the box but his rasping drive from an acute angle flashed wide before Gale’s through ball found Lekan Orimousi, who had only just come on and with his first touch fired a shot just wide.

On 73 minutes Orimousi took a 25 yard free kick that Everest saved well diving low to his right.

However having survived this spell of pressure Kent then managed the remainder of the game well with a series of substitutions taking the sting out of the London attack.

Indeed the last chance of the game on 89 minutes fell to the home side when Gilbert’s free kick from wide right to the near post was met by a stooping header from Robinson that brought out a good diving save from Tommy Kemp low at his left hand post.                    

Match Report: Cray Valley PM vs VCD Athletic Youth

Match Report: Cray Valley PM vs VCD Athletic Youth

Adrian Swan

This was a tightly contested match in the first round of the Kent Youth League Invitational President’s Cup which saw the visitors VCD Athletic prevail by a single goal against hosts Cray Valley on a misty night at Badgers Sports Club.

Both sides worked hard throughout to create openings but for the most part both defences reigned supreme.

VCD ‘s Thomas Cecil had the first real chance of the game on 14 minutes when spotting home keeper Tommy Kemp off his line, he tried an audacious shot from all of 40 yards that had the Cray custodian back pedalling towards his line as the ball drifted narrowly wide of the target.

Cray had a chance themselves on 19 minutes when a Lewis Cotter free kick from wide left of the area was cleared out to the edge of the box where Ethan Okechukwu’s shot on the turn flashed just wide of the goal.

The first meaningful save of the evening came on 28 minutes when Cray’s Bruno Ribeiro hit a dipping shot from wide left of the box that forced VCD keeper Harrison Carnell-Davis into a good diving save low at his right hand post. On 38 minutes VCD’s Harrison Baldwin tested Tommy Kemp with a shot on the turn that he held comfortably before minutes later Stacey Petrou’s long range effort was more challenging for him, bouncing just in front of him forcing him to parry the ball away before pouncing on the loose ball. The home side started the second half brightly and had two early chances to take the lead.

Oladipo Ogunmeakan did well to win the ball in midfield and then quickly play the ball up to Okechukwu who raced through on goal but with only Carnell-Davis to beat he sent his shot skimming over the bar.

Minutes later Eddie Nwafor’s pass put Okechukwu through on goal again and this time he tried a low shot but it flew narrowly wide across the face of goal.

These missed opportunities were to come back to haunt the home side as on 54 minutes the visitors scored what was to prove to be the winning goal when a Dominic Vincent-Edwards right wing cross found Cecil on the edge of the box and he took a touch before calmly slotting home low to the right of the diving Tommy Kemp.

On the hour mark it was nearly two for the visitors when their dead ball specialist Liam Spellward curled a 25 yard free kick over the home defensive wall and beat a diving Tommy Kemp high to his right but the ball smashed against the bar before rebounding off to safety.

The home side then had a good spell of possession but could not make any in-roads against the visitors defence in which centre half Umar Adeyoola was immense. Into the final minutes of the game the hosts went close to taking the game into extra time when Samuel Blunden’s right wing corner was met by a close range downward header from Mineh Orogun that forced Carnel-Davis into a low save to his left parrying the ball away to safety.

Then into stoppage time a breakaway from the visitors saw Cecil put Joe Carey through on goal but he dragged his shot wide when well placed before Cecil tried along range shot that flew just over.

With six minutes of stoppage time played the home side’s last chance of the game saw Morgan Clarke try a speculative long range shot that Carnell-Davis saved high above his head.  

Support the Rainbow Laces campaign

Show your support for the Rainbow Laces campaign

The Kent Youth League is proud to join the Kent FA, Premier League and The Football Association to once again take part in the Stonewall Charity campaign running from 17th November until 2nd December.

The campaign’s purpose is to amplify the conversation around making football inclusive for everyone; whether you are a fan, player, manager, coach or referee.

Please see below ways you can you get involved:

  • Most colourful football session: Take a picture of your rainbow sessions and get it on social media remembering to tag @KentFA  and #RainbowLaces.
  • Most colourful football match day: Challenge your clubs to can get as many rainbows shown during one of the 3 activation weekends (17th/18th November, 24th/25th November or 1st/2nd December).
  • Pledge your support: Get your staff, coaches, managers, players and parents/spectators signing the ‘Let’s make sport everyone’s game’ pledge which can be found in the attached documents.
  • Educate everyone: See below link to Stonewall’s Rainbow laces tool kit which is a brilliant resource you can share with officials, club & league staff, players and parents/spectators to educate on LGBT issues and how to make your club more inclusive:

https://www.stonewall.org.uk/resources/rainbow-laces-sports-tool-kit

Resources available to you:

  • Opportunity to have your badge ‘rainbowed’ for social media purposes via the twibbon using this link (please only do this once the campaign has started on 17th November):
  • You can request an activation pack from The FA by emailing charlotte.richardson@kentyouthleague.co.uk for you to use and share to help with amplifying support for activities.
  • Click here for access to more digital resources to download.

Glebe Youth vs K Sports Youth

Adrian Swan

This was an excellent victory for Glebe against K Sports in the second round of the KitToFit Challenge Cup and although the final result looked comfortable for the home side they were pushed hard throughout by their opponents.

After an even start it was the home side that took the lead on six minutes through a stunning strike from midfielder Zak Emmings, who picking the ball up on the wide left some 30 yards from goal, he cut inside and then unleashed a powerful dipping shot that flew over the outstretched arm of the back pedalling K Sports keeper Nicky Tolhurst into the net.

K Sports tried to hit back immediately with midfielder Charlie Roberts firing in a low drive that flew straight at Glebe keeper Ted McDonald before minutes later Roberts hit a long range free kick that McDonald gathered moving to his left.

A neat pass from Emmings then put Jack Porter in on goal but Tolhurst was quickly off his line to make a good block on the edge of his area.

A mistake in the home box then nearly gifted the visitors an equaliser when an attempted clearance was deflected straight to Jack Ward some 25 yards from goal. He controlled the ball well on his chest before hitting a first time volley that flew narrowly wide of the target. Glebe almost increased their lead on 19 minutes when Oscar Powell did well to win the ball on the edge of the visitors box and run through on goal, but spotting Tolhurst advancing off his line, he tried to chip on the on-rushing keeper but had insufficient height on his shot and Tolhurst was able to make a catch.

After this early excitement the game settled down into a bit of a midfield stalemate.

It was not until the 33rd minutes when there was another real chance of note and that was when K Sports’ Ward hit a swerving shot from wide left of the area that McDonald held moving to his left.

The visitors then pulled level on 39 minutes when Morgan Tasker turned well on the edge of the box and drilled home a low shot that beat McDonald to his left with the ball entering the net off the post.

K Sports then took the lead early in the second half when a Jake Bates corner from the right found the head of Sonny Cook rising highest in the box and although his powerful header beat McDonald high to his left, it rattled the bar sending the ball flying out to where Alex Selntigia was able to tap home from close range.

Glebe then went close to equalising on 56 minutes when McDonald’s long goal kick was headed into the path of Porter who raced through on goal but he hit his low shot too close to Tolhurst who was able to make a close range save.

However minutes later the hosts were level when Powell’s teasing cross from the right was bravely headed home at the far post from close range by a diving Jonas Whitmore low to the right of Tolhurst.

Just after the hour mark Glebe went ahead when Emmings played a free kick onto the run of Porter on the left side of the box and he took a touch before hitting a deft shot from an acute angle that flew across the face of goal, beating Tolhust to his left as the ball found the bottom far corner of the net.

Glebe’s Emmings then scored another spectacular goal as he picked the ball just outside the area and then drifted passed two defenders before calmly slotting the ball home low to the left of Tolhurst.

On 69 minutes the visitors went close to pulling a goal back when Bates whipped in a dipping free kick from wide left of the area that McDonald bravely diving forward managed to parry in the crowded box but the loose ball fell to Sam Newland whose hooked volley flew narrowly over the bar.

Glebe then promptly made it five on 72 minutes when Whitmore’s fierce free kick was parried by Tolhurst into the path of Porter who slotted home from close range.

Minutes later it was nearly six when Whitmore’s right wing cross was turned goalwards by Nathan Agyapong but Tolhurst managed to block his effort with his legs before the ball was cleared to safety.

Emmings then went close to completing his hat trick when he spotted Tolhurst off his line and tried an audacious shot from a 40 yard free kick that saw the ball sail narrowly wide as Tolhurst scrambled back to his goal.

The visitors then went close to reducing the arrears in the final minutes of the game. Selntigia had a low shot flash narrowly wide across the face of goal before on 86 minutes a Roberts free kick from wide left found Cook whose powerful header was well saved by McDonald diving high to his right, turning the ball over for a corner.

It was then the turn of Glebe’s Porter to go close to completing his hat trick when he had two chances late on in the game.

On 90 minutes he got onto the end of Whitmore’s right wing cross to hit a fierce volley that Tolhurst did well to save diving to his left before deep in stoppage time he did well to win the ball in midfield and then race through on goal but his rasping drive was well saved by Tolhurst diving high to his right for a corner.                          

President’s Cup Draw

First Round Draw

Dorking U18 v West Wickham Junior – 19:45 – 22/11/2018     

Three Bridges  v Whyteleafe FC – 19:45 – 30/11/2018   

Chatham Town Youth  v Sittingbourne – 19:45 –  27/11/2018                 

Faversham Town FC v K Sports Colts – 19:45 – 21/11/2018     

Margate FC  v Dover Athletic FC – 19:45 – 02/11/2018                     

Sittingbourne Youth FC  v Bromley – 19:45 – 6/11/2018                   

Cray Valley (PM)  v VCD Athletic FC – 19:45 – 15/11/2018     

Second Round Draw

Glebe U18 V Dorking U18  or West Wickham Juniors U18                                

Three Bridges U18 or Whyteleafe U18  v Cray Wanderers                     

Ramsgate FC U18  v Sittingbourne Red       SITTINGBOURNE WITHDREW – RAMSGATE BYE         

Chatham Town Youth U18 or Sittingbourne U16 v Faversham Town U18 or K Sports Colts U18      

Folkestone  v Margate FC U16 or Dover Athletic FC U18                                  

K Sports Youth v Hollands & Blair – 22/11/2018                    

Sittingbourne Youth U18 or Bromley U18 v Cray Valley (PM) U18 or VCD Athletic FC U18 

Margate FC U18 v Ramsgate FC U16

Match Report: West Wickham vs Thamesmead Town

Match Report: West Wickham vs Thamesmead Town

Adrian Swan

West Wickham eventually ran out comfortable winners against visitors Thamesmead Town on a wet and windy day at their Corkscrew Hill ground.

Despite rain falling almost continuously throughout the game, the pitch played very well and an exciting match of attractive football ensued which was well officiated by Referee Paul Agboola.

West Wickham playing down the slope and with the wind at their backs had the first chance of the game on 2 minutes when Ben Mortimer hit a long range shot just wide.

The visitors then took the lead on 6 minutes with their first attack when

Lewis Armstrong raced away down the right before whipping over a low cross that was flicked on by Jerrell Watkins into the path of Ryan Solan who slotted home low to the right of home keeper Louis Youles.

Minutes later it was nearly two when Ben Fridd’s free kick from wide right found the run to the near post of Axel Ahouzan whose glancing header deflected off a defender for a corner.

On 10 minutes West Wickham’s Charlie Smyth played a clever lofted pass onto the run of Tyler Dobson into the box. He showed good control to bring the ball down with his first touch and then with his second send the ball fly low to the left of Mead keeper Jordan Ireson but narrowly wide of the target. Mortimer then tried his luck with another long range shot that flew straight at Ireson.

Mead’s Jack Kelly then had a shot on the turn flash wide before the hosts drew level on 19 minutes through a spectacular goal from Smyth. Picking the ball up on the left edge of the Mead box he hit a rasping drive that flew like an arrow high to the right of the diving Ireson into the top corner of the net.

West Wickham then had a series of corners that the visitors managed to defend until the 25th minutes when Mortimer’s inswinging corner from the left was headed home from close range by Oliver Denham low to the left of Ireson.

Shortly afterwards with the rain having stopped briefly and the sun shining brightly, West Wickham scored their third with another spectacular goal from Smyth.

Receiving the ball just over the half way line he raced forward and then, perhaps spotting Ireson slightly off his line and with the sun in his eyes, he hit a dipping 35 yard shot that flew over the outstretched arm of the back pedalling Mead keeper into the net.

The visitors then reduced the arrears almost immediately scoring just after the half hour mark when Armstrong’s excellent defence splitting pass found the run into the box of the speedy Solan, who outpaced his marker as he raced into the box before neatly tucking the ball home under Youles from close range.

A minute later though West Wickham restored their two goal cushion when another excellent pass from Smyth put Dobson in on goal and he again showed good control before smashing the ball home high to the left of Ireson.

It was nearly five on 35 minutes when Robert Hinkley’s deep cross from wide right found the run of Mortimer to the far post who stretching could only divert the ball into the side netting. The last chance of the first half saw Dobson’s shot on the turn fly just wide.

After the all action first half the second took time to get going as the rain came back with a vengeance.

Unfortunately the first thing to note was on 55 minutes when Mead’s Luke Bollington stretching to make a tackle appeared to twist his knee requiring lengthy treatment.

After a 5 minute delay he had to be carried off the field on a stretcher with an ambulance arriving subsequently to treat him.

Back to the match it was the visitors who then had a good spell with Ahouzan’s through ball on 65 minutes putting Watkins in on goal but Youles, spotting the danger, was quickly off his line to make a good close range block on the edge of his area.

On a day for spectacular goals it was the Mead who got the next one on 71 minutes when Cole Gordon’s fierce 35 yard shot beat Youles high to his right to put the visitors right back into the game.

However any thoughts of a comeback were firmly squashed in the 78th minute when the hosts made it five when Smyth’s free kick was turned home by Mortimer high to the left of Ireson.

Into the final minutes of the game West Wickham scored twice more to put the icing on the cake.

On 87 minutes a neat passing move involving Smyth, Denham and Jonathan Kwakwa saw the latter set up Freddie Yeats to score from close range and then a minute later another deft pass from the impressive Smyth put Mortimer in on goal and he showed good composure to beat two defenders before firing home low to the left of Ireson.

 

Match Report: Homlesdale Youth vs Maidstone United

Adrian Swan

Maidstone United Under 16’s continued their impressive start to the season with their fourth consecutive win defeating hosts Holmesdale 6-1 in the second round of the League Cup.

After an even start to the match it was the home side who had the first chances of the game.

On eight minutes Suhuyini Osman’s through ball had put Dennis Osei in on goal but his fierce shot was well saved by Stones keeper Liam Northwood for a corner.

From this taken by Lucas Torre the ball was cleared out to the edge of the area where Bethel Gboda struck a low effort narrowly wide. The visitors then started to get their passing game going and went close to taking the lead on 16 minutes when the lively Danny Partis made space well on the edge of the box before hitting a low shot that was well saved by Holmesdale keeper Jake Hennis.

Minutes later Hennis made an even better save to thwart Partis, after he had been slipped through on goal by a deft pass from Joshua Strouts, when he dived low to his right to turn the ball out for a corner. From this taken by Strouts the ball fell to Alfie Eyles whose shot on the turn flew just over.

On 22 minutes a great run by Sam Green almost gave Holmesdale the lead when he made a powerful mazy run at the heart of the Stones defence evading at least three tackles and getting through on goal but Northwood, spotting the danger, was quickly off his line to make a good close range block diving low to his left.

A minute later Holmesdale’s Osei hit a long range effort narrowly over before the hosts took the lead on 29 minutes from the penalty spot after Osman having got through on goal was upended by Ike Orji.

Osman took the spot kick himself and was fortunate to score as he scuffed his effort and although Northwood dived the right way low to his left he allowed the ball to bobble over him into the net.

Incidentally this was the first goal the Stones had conceded this season. However the lead did not last long as almost straight from the re-start Charlie Meade’s excellent low cross from the right flashed across the face of goal to the far post where it was tucked home by Bashri Ryan high to the left of Hennis.

Worse was to follow for the home side seconds later as from the kick off the ball was lost to Jack Palmby whose astute through ball put Partis in on goal and he made no mistake firing home low to the left of Hennis.

It was nearly three for the visitors on 39 minutes when Joe Abraham made a good run down the left before whipping over a low cross that Partis fired over.

In added on time at the end of the first half Holmesdale went close to drawing level when Osei made a strong forward run into the box, leaving Orji in his wake, but with only Northwood to beat his low shot flew  just wide of the target.

Early in the second half the speedy Abraham made another good run down the left before sending over a low cross that Meade fired into the side netting. Another good pass from Palmby then sent Abraham free down the left and he raced in on goal but his low shot was saved by Hennis diving to his right for a corner.

However Hennis was powerless to prevent the Stones going further ahead on 51 minutes when Scott Sanders hit a stunning shot from all of 35 yards that flashed home high to the right of the home keeper.

On 53 minutes the Referee Roger Wells, who officiated the match well, played a fine advantage allowing Ryan to continue his run through on goal after he had been fouled but Ryan’s shot flew narrowly wide of the target.

The Referee then booked the offender before restarting play. A minute later another slide-rule pass from Palmby put Partis in on goal but his low shot flew wide of the target. Partis then went even closer on 56 minutes when another fine Palmby pass put him in on goal but this time although his shot beat Hennis to his left the ball hit the post and bounced out to safety.

On 72 minutes Partis did get his second from the penalty spot after he had been brought down in the box by Mason Rutherford, converting the spot kick low to the left of Hennis who dived right.

Minutes later Strouts found the run into the box of Meade whose close range shot was blocked by Hennis.

Holmesdale’s George Olayanji then had a close range effort blocked by Northwood before the visitors added two further goals in the final minutes.

On 76 minutes Palmby’s pass put Meade through on goal but as he tried to dribble around Hennis he was fouled resulting in the award of another spot kick.

This was again taken by Partis, who slotted home low to the left of Hennis as the home keeper dived right, to complete his hat trick.

A minute later it was six as another Palmby through ball found the run of Meade who fired home high to the left of the exposed Hennis.

Apply For Rainbow Laces

The Kent Youth League is delighted to announce it will be joining the Kent FA, The Premier League and The Football Association to once again take part in the Stonewall Charity campaign Rainbow Laces.

Taking place Mid-November to early December, the League is inviting Kent Youth League sides to join us by donning their Rainbow Laces to amplify the conversation around making football inclusive for everyone; whether you are a fan, player, manager, coach or referee. 

Any Kent Youth Leagues wishing to take place should register an interest by emailing charlotte.richardson@kentyouthleague.co.uk with the following information.

Club contact name:

  • Club name:
  • Number of laces required:
  • Fixture laces will be worn for:
  • Age group:

Clubs are requested to submit their interest by Friday Thursday 18th October. We apologise for the short turnaround time but this is the deadline requested by The FA.

Under 18s: Holmesdale Youth v Sporting Club Thamesmead

Under 18s: Holmesdale vs Sporting Club Thamesmead

By Adrian Swan

Holmesdale picked up their first league win of the season with an impressive victory against visitors Sporting Club Thamesmead.

They started the game brightly and took the lead after 4 minutes through a superb solo goal from Nathan Lewer-Smith.

Picking the ball up just in the SCT half he raced forward into the box, evading a number of tackles before slotting home low to the right of SCT keeper Nathaniel Ratcliffe.

Holmesdale’s Isacc John was next to make a powerful forward run but his long range shot flew straight at Ratcliffe.

After these early chances the game settled down until the 22 minute when the hosts scored their second goal of the game. William Keene’s corner from the right was met by a towering header from Lewer-Smith that saw the ball rocket home high to the left of the unmoving Ratcliffe into the top corner of the net.

Lewer-Smith might have completed his hat trick minutes later when running onto Omar Belazregue’s clever ball over the visitors back line but with only Ratcliffe to beat he shot straight at the SCT keeper.

Just after the hour Mark Ratcliffe was called into action again making a good save low at his near post to turn out John’s fierce drive after he had made another powerful surging run into the box.

From the corner taken by Keene, Lewer-Smith again got free of his marker but this time his downward header bounced narrowly wide of the left hand post.

The visitors had found it difficult to make inroads against the Holmesdale defence well marshalled by Reece Stevens-King.

However on 40 minutes they went close to reducing the arrears when Jayden Amoako’s curling in-swinging cross from the left saw the ball bounce dangerously across the face of goal, narrowly being missed by the on-rushing Pernel Wood, before hitting Daniel Mamas’s left hand post and flying out to safety.

On 43 minutes Ratcliffe made another good diving save low to his left to keep out Keno Myrie’s shot on the turn but in stoppage time at the end of the first half Holmesdale made it three from the penalty spot.  

John, running onto Belazregue’s through ball, was brought down in the area by Elisha Lawson and he took the spot kick firing home low to the right of Ratcliffe who dived left.

Holmesdale continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and on 53 minutes went close to increasing their lead when Lewer-Smith’s cross field pass found Keene on the edge of the box but his deflected shot was well saved by Ratcliffe diving to his left.

Minutes later Stevens-King made a good interception on the half way line before playing the ball up to Lewer-Smith and continued his run, Lewer-Smith then deftly slipped the ball through into the box for Stevens-King but his shot was defected out for a corner.

Just after the hour mark it might have been four when Keene made a good run down the right before whipping over a low cross that Lewer-Smith turned narrowly wide.

The visitors then pulled a goal back on 67 minutes from the penalty spot after Marley Markham was adjudged to have handled Stephen Oswu’s right wing cross after the ball had hit his arm from close range. The penalty awarded after the referee had consulted the linesman.

Euan Vosper converted the spot kick firing home low to the right of Mamas who dived left.

Shortly afterwards SCT nearly scored again after Vosper’s right wing cross found Wood whose close range header was blocked by a defender, the loose ball falling to Amoako who had his close range shot well blocked by Mamas before Samuel Coulibaly had his follow up shot deflected out for a corner.

However having survived this melee in their box the hosts made sure of the points scoring twice in the final minutes of the game.

On 81 minutes Belazregue’s through ball found the run into the box of Keene whose powerful shot on the turn flashed to the left of Ratcliffe striking his left hand post before flying into the net. Minutes later it was five when Keene’s through ball found the run of Franco Obi and he neatly slotted the ball home low to the right of Ratcliffe.

Under 18s: Phoenix Sports versus Holmesdale

Under 18s: Phoenix Sports v Holmesdale

By Adrian Swan

Phoenix Sports Youth 3 v 1 Holmesdale Youth 1-0 Mills (66) (pen), 1-1 Obi (68), 2-1 Alymer (70), 3-1 Birch (72).

On a bright Sunday morning Phoenix Sports maintained their perfect start to the season by winning their third league game against a battling Holmesdale side. This match was a good advert for the Kent Youth League with both sides trying to play attractive passing football on the lush grass surface.

After an even start it was the home side who had the first chance of the game on 9 minutes when a flowing passing move saw Harry Cottey do well to win the ball in midfield before racing forward and laying the ball out to Harry Alymer on the right of the area.

His low cross was well controlled by Joseph Stowell with his back to goal but he then turned and hit a low shot that flew narrowly wide of Holmesdale keeper Daniel Mamas’s right hand post Holmesdale’s powerful midfielder and captain Omar Belazregue then made space well before hitting a long range effort that flew straight at home custodian Bobby Mortlock.

Phoenix then thought they had taken the lead on 27 minutes when another swift passing move saw Stowell play the ball up to Alymer who then found the forward run of Stowell on the right of the box. His low cross flew across the face of goal to the far post where George Jardine slotted home high to the right of Mamas but it was disallowed for offside.

Just after the half hour mark Holmesdale’s Belazregue again tested Bobby Mortlock with another long range shot that he gathered well diving full length to his right.

After this both sides probed for openings but the respective defences held firm and the first half ended goalless. Phoenix started the second half brightly and went close to opening the scoring when David Jones dinked the ball forward onto the run of Billy Mills whose shot from an acute angle flashed just wide across the face of goal.

Minutes later Mills had another powerful shot deflected over for a corner as Phoenix pressed for the lead.

The hosts finally made the breakthrough on 65 minutes when Jones played the ball into Alymer in the box and his clever sharp turn caught out Reece Stevens-King who brought him crashing to the ground for a penalty. This was coolly dispatched by Mills low to the left of Mamas who dived right.

Amazingly having waited almost 3/4 of the game for the first goal the second came immediately as Holmesdale equalised straight from the re-start.

William Keene threaded the ball through a static home defence onto the run of Obi who neatly tucked the ball home low to the left of the advancing Bobby Mortlock.

Holmesdale’s talismanic captain and holding midfielder Belazregue then limped off causing a re-arrangement in the visitor’s line up.

Shortly afterwards Phoenix restored their lead with a superbly taken goal from Alymer, who receiving the ball on the edge of the box took a touch before hitting an exquisite curling shot that flew home high to the left of the diving Mamas into the top corner of the net.

Mills then had a shot well saved by Mamas for a corner from which Phoenix made it three when Daniel Birch powerfully forced the ball home at the near post to make it four goals in a mad 6 minute spell.

It was nearly four for the hosts minutes later when Billy Hallly won the ball on the edge of his own box and went on a surging run upfield before playing in Mills on the right of the area and his fierce low shot brought out a good diving save from Mamas at his near post.

Holmesdale’s Keene then showed good skill to fire in a half volley from the edge of the box that Bobby Mortlock held well.

Into the final 10 minutes of the match another good passing move from Phoenix might have produced another goal when Stowell played the ball into Oliver Smith who in turn found the run into the box of Kieran McMillan but he dragged his shot wide of the target when well placed.

The last chance of the game on 88 minutes was for the visitors when Nathan Lewer-Smith’s right wing cross fell to an unmarked Husnu Can at the far post but he also pulled his shot wide of goal when well placed. The game was played in a very good spirit and well officiated by Matt Charles, ably assisted by his linesmen Jonathan Gage and Andy Brown.

Mention should also be made of the excellent behaviour from both benches who shouted positive encouragement to their sides throughout.

Under 18 Premier North: Greenwich Borough versus Phoenix Sports

Under 18 Premier North: Greenwich Borough versus Phoenix Sports

By Adrian Swann

Greenwich Borough Youth 2 v 5 Phoenix Sports Youth
0-1 Main (8), 0-2 Maynard (9), 1-2 Ayodele (13), 2-2 Assi (22),
2-3 Main (25), 2-4 Main (27) (Pen), 2-5 Middleton (52).

Phoenix Sports opened the season with an excellent victory away at Greenwich Borough.

After an even start Phoenix stunned their hosts with two quick goals within a minute.

On 8 minutes Harry Main opened the scoring with a superb goal after making space well wide on the right, he hit a curling 30 yard shot that flew over the outstretched arm of Greenwich keeper Frankie Barbieri into the top right hand corner of the net.

Then a minute later Main’s floated corner from the left found the run of Teddy Maynard ghosting into the box unmarked at the far post and he scored with a powerful close range header high to the left of Barbieri.

Although suddenly finding themselves two down early on Greenwich were not undaunted and halved the deficit on 13 minutes with a slick passing move. Kairhen Quintos’s defence splitting pass found the run into the box of Alaine Assi who had his close range shot well blocked by Phoenix keeper Harry Hepworth, who was quickly off his line to narrow the angle, but the loose ball fell to Ayomide Ayodele who fired home low to the left of Hepworth.

On 18 minutes Greenwich went close to drawing level when Bernny Brito hit a 25 yard free kick that drifted narrowly wide of the target and shortly afterwards they went close again when Ayodele made a surging run into the box before laying the ball off to Brito whose shot on the turn was well saved by Hepworth diving low to his left.

However on 22 minutes the hosts pressure finally paid off as another superb pinpoint pass from Quintos found the run into the box of Assi who neatly slotted home low to the right of Hepworth.

Having got back into the game Greenwich then gifted the visitors the lead on 25 minutes when a high ball into the box saw Connor Walsh try and head the ball back to his keeper but his effort fell short allowing Main to nip in and poke the ball home low to the left of Barbieri.

Unfortunately for Greenwich another defensive error allowed Phoenix to restore their two goal cushion on 27 minutes when a dipping cross into the box was fumbled by Barbieri, the ball falling to Solar Weerdmeester who was then brought down by Barbieri in attempting to gather the loose ball and a penalty was awarded. Main stepped up and confidently dispatched the spot kick home low to the left of Barbieri who dived right, to complete a 19 minute hat trick.

Phoenix almost made it five on 34 minutes when Harry Wright hit a fierce 40 yard drive that brought a fine save out of Barbieri diving full length to his right to turn the ball out for a corner.

On 40 minutes Greenwich midfielder Bruno Mical Silva Souza made a good run into the box evading several tackles before having his low shot saved by Hepworth diving to his left.

The action the quickly switched to the other end with Ben Middleton making a good run down the left before cutting into the box and hitting a fierce drive that Barbieri saved well diving high to his left for a corner.

Just before half time Greenwich twice went close to scoring. Firstly Ayodele made a strong run down the right before cutting into the box and hitting a powerful shot that flew straight at Hepworth. Then Brito’s clever pass put Assi in on goal but Hepworth was quick to react and made a good close range block to deny the Greenwich winger.

Phoenix made it five early in the second half with a route one goal as Ryan Debenham’s lofted pass was headed on by Dean Neary into the path of Middleton who scored with an assured finish neatly tucking the ball home high to the left of the exposed Barbieri.

On 58 minutes Phoenix went close to increasing their lead when Middleton’s right wing cross was only cleared to the edge of the box where Weerdmeester hit a controlled volley straight at Barbieri. Both sides then made a number of substitutes which meant that play became a bit scrappy.

However on 68 minutes the hosts were unlucky not to reduce the arrears when Souza made a good run down the left before cutting into the box and hitting a rasping dipping shot that beat Hepworth high to his left but rattled the bar and flew over. After this few clear cut chances were created as both defences stood firm.

On 82 minutes Godfred Adjei had a long range effort fly just over for Greenwich before in stoppage time Main got onto the end of a Victor Sonnah through ball but his shot flew narrowly over.

All aboard for the new season!

Stagecoach Announced As A League Sponsor

Thousands of young footballers across Kent kick-started their seasons playing in the Kent Youth League on Sunday afternoon.

To mark the occasion, the county’s leading youth league teamed up with sponsors Stagecoach South East to gift each of the 199 League teams with a free Nike football.

Stagecoach South East is part of the Stagecoach Group and is one of the main bus operators in Kent.

They operate local bus services across the county and their services play an important role in helping people in rural and urban areas access work, education, health, shopping and leisure.

Thanks to Stagecoach’s generous support, each League team received their football ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. Including Margate FC and Folkestone Invicta Under 14s who came together before their game at Hartsdown Park.

Kent Youth League Chief Executive, Ken Brooke expressed both his delight and gratitude to Stagecoach.

“I am delighted to confirm an initial one-year sponsorship deal with Stagecoach for season 2018-19. Stagecoach have kindly agreed to purchase a Nike match ball for each team in the League which is a great idea to support all clubs and teams across the County.”

“Stagecoach are celebrating 25 years as a business in the county and I would like to thank Matthew and his excellent marketing team for making this possible. It is fantastic recognition for the League.”

Stagecoach Commercial Director, Matthew Arnold added;

“In the wake of an historic world cup effort from England, nothing unites and inspires people like the game of football.”

“The Kent Youth League is a fantastic endeavour which brings young people together, empowering them in their communities to achieve.”

“At Stagecoach we’ve been serving Kent’s communities for 25 years and we’re excited to have the opportunity to sponsor the League for the 2018-19 season, providing a match ball for each of the 199 teams across the county.” 

Stagecoach Announced As League Sponsor!

Ahead of another exciting, new season which will see hundreds upon hundreds of talented young players across the county compete, the Kent Youth League is delighted to announce the first of our major 2018/19 sponsors.

Stagecoach South East is part of the Stagecoach Group and is one of the main bus operators in Kent.

They operate local bus services across the county and their services play an important role in helping people in rural and urban areas access work, education, health, shopping and leisure.

Thanks to Stagecoach’s generous support, each of our 199 League teams will be gifted a Nike match ball.

Kent Youth League Chief Executive, Ken Brooke expressed both his delight and gratitude to Stagecoach.

“I am delighted to confirm an initial one-year sponsorship deal with Stagecoach for season 2018-19. Stagecoach have kindly agreed to purchase a Nike match ball for each team in the League which is a great idea to support all clubs and teams across the County.”

“Stagecoach are celebrating 25 years as a business in the county and I would like to thank Matthew and his excellent marketing team for making this possible. It is fantastic recognition for the League.”

“I wish also to thank Colin and Terry from the League’s team for their part in making this happen. We look forward to an excellent year with Stagecoach as a major sponsor.”

Stagecoach Commercial Director, Matthew Arnold added;

“In the wake of an historic world cup effort from England, nothing unites and inspires people like the game of football.”

“The Kent Youth League is a fantastic endeavour which brings young people together, empowering them in their communities to achieve.”

“At Stagecoach we’ve been serving Kent’s communities for 25 years and we’re excited to have the opportunity to sponsor the League for the 2018-19 season, providing a match ball for each of the 199 teams across the county.” 

If you’d like to find out more about Stagecoach please click here.

Would you like to team up with the Kent Youth League this season? Get in touch!

Living the dream with Louis Collins

Former Kent Youth League striker, Louis Collins, achieved something most young players across our League dream of: signing a 2 year scholarship at Scunthorpe United.

Having learned his bread and butter playing in the Kent Youth League, where Louis picked up the prestigious golden boot award – not once, but twice – we caught up with him to find out what life as a promising young pro is like.

Going right back to the beginning, Louis said:

“I started playing football when I was five years old. I went into my school football team and then played for Sevenoaks from u11s to u12s. I then got picked up by Millwall FC and signed for them after a six-week trial. I was at Millwall from u13s to u14s.”

“When I was there we won the national cup. I left there and went to Ebbsfleet U15s playing in the South Division. I was there for a year and scored 47 goals in 23 games. The next season I went to Bromley in the North Division which proved to be slightly harder, I finished top goal scorer and we won the league.”

“After that I was on trial at Charlton for six weeks and had the choice to go to Scunthorpe for a trial and signed for them as a scholar.”

The Kent Youth League proved to be a valuable platform for Louis, who looks back fondly on the seasons he enjoyed playing across the county.

“My first team in the KYL was Ebbsfleet. I had just come out of academy football and was looking to get my confidence back up and start enjoying my football more, this helped me to improve and score more goals as the season went on.”

“The next season I pushed to challenge myself a little more and played in the north league. This involved a little more travelling but was well worth it, as it added that physically aspect to my game that also allowed me to improve and score more goals.”

Louis’ goal-scoring in the League saw him pick up the KYL’s Golden Boot award for two consecutive years. It was an achievement that set the tone for Louis’ future ambitions.

“The first year I won the golden boot, it elevated me to make me want to win it a second year running. This definitely made me a lot more ambitious and confident that I can score more goals than the year before.”

“I think it put me in a better position going forward and gave me something else to look and work for to succeed in. It is good to be competitive as it can give you an extra push towards the final result and allows you to enjoy it a lot more”

All Louis’ hard-work and travelling led to a two-year scholarship deal in the Football League and he credits the experience within the League to assisting him settle back into life at a professional club.

“I had been at a professional club before but the years I spent in the Kent Youth League were vital for me to get my confidence up and start enjoying my football properly. Going from this back into a professional set up was ideal for me and was what those years I worked hard led to.”

“The leap can be quite big if you are not familiar but not if you work as hard as other players and make yourself to be better than them.”

Living his dream of learning day in day out, Louis’ hard work within the game shows no signs of stopping.

“At the moment I am building my own skills that I would like to take into professional football, a dream is to play as high as possible but an aim for me is to be in professional football full time soon.”

“When I first went into the Kent Youth League, I felt like being a professional footballer was so far away because I had started the journey that every big football player has ever started. The main way I felt that made me the player I am today was in my mind I wanted it more than anyone else and had no doubt that I would do it.”

“Now I am one big step closer to getting that end goal because I didn’t give up in those years and enjoyed my football to an extent where it made me better.”

“I would say to other players make sure you enjoy your football and learn new things to adapt your game to become the best you can be.”

With sound advice like that, we’re sure young Louis’ promising football career offers lots of inspiration to other young players across the League.

We look forward to watching Louis’ career progress with great pride.

South East Counties Youth Championship Sponsorship

The Kent Youth League is delighted to announce it will be sponsor of the South East Counties Youth Championship at U16 and U18 Representative football for another season.

The League is dedicated to supporting any opportunities for young players to develop and enjoy their football which made the decision to renew sponsorship a relatively easy one for Chief Executive Ken Brooke, who said:

“I’m delighted to announce the Kent Youth League will be sponsoring the South East Counties Youth Championship for another season. The League passionately believes in supporting opportunities for young players to progress and this competition is a prime example of one of the most successful methods.”

“My committee and I look forward to attending matches and keeping a keen eye on the progress made by teams across the age groups. I wish everyone involved a successful and enjoyable season with the Kent Youth League’s full-hearted support behind them.”

Strength and Conditioning Session with Rob Horswell Training

Pre-season is a key time for players of all ages and abilities, in and out of the professional game, to prepare physically and mentally for the campaign ahead.

Former Kent Youth League player and now professional goalkeeper at Gillingham FC, Tom Hadler works for Rob Horswell Training and is offering KYL teams the chance to have the best preparation possible.

Tom and a team of highly qualified Strength and Conditioning coaches are supplying and delivering sessions to teams across Kent.

Whilst helping players, they provide support to coaches who utilise their expertise to get the best out of their pre-season work.

They have devised a pre-season package to support KYL clubs across the grassroots and professional game, adult to youth, who want to hit the ground running.

The package includes a structured programme to cover the whole of pre-season; pay £250 for 5 sessions to be delivered to your team of up to 20 players.

Sessions will be devised to match the age of groups and teams, planned around the five basic principles:

1) speed
2) power
3) strength
4) endurance
5) agility

Besides planning sessions, the team deliver and ensure participants are given correct nutritional information focused on:

Key age groups
Performance
Recovery
Health and wellbeing

Tom and other trainers at Rob Horswell Training have worked with professional and semi-professional teams including Gillingham FC and Maidstone United.

To make an initial enquiry, please contact Tom Hadler via email at tom@robhorswelltraining.co.uk or phone on 07807093473

*Sessions to be used by 11 August