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.

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:

Tuesday 9th April 2019
Harris Academy School
Falcon Wood
DA16 2PE

Thursday 11th April 2019
Welling United Academy
Goals Eltham

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. ​


  • 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

BBQ, Refreshments and Licensed Bar

Please email 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