Sutton Athletic U15s Striker Signs For Gillingham

Sutton Athletic U15s striker, Chukwuka Uzor-greey  has signed  a year contract with Gillingham FC.


Chuks was signed without a trial after playing two games for Gillingham’s Academy against Peterborough and Charlton. He was offered a year contract immediately.


The League would like to congratulate Chuks and Sutton on this fantastic piece of news.

KYL To Support Social Media Boycott

The Kent Youth League will be supporting a social media boycott led by The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA.

From 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, the League will be joining many other leagues and clubs in this boycott, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.

This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. We will be doing the same with our Twitter and Instagram accounts.

As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

In our letter of February 2021, English football outlined its requests of social media companies, urging filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content. While some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms.

Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week.

Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real-world consequences for perpetrators. This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this. We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with government in ensuring that the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient regulatory and supervisory powers to Ofcom. Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.

“We have recently seen how powerful it can be when everybody is united for the good of the English game. We are calling on organisations and individuals across the game to join us in a temporary boycott of these social media platforms, to show solidarity and unite in the message that English football will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and the appalling abuse we are seeing players receive on social media platforms cannot be allowed to continue.

“The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred. We will not stop challenging social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle online discriminatory abuse on their platforms.

“Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds and this diversity makes the competition stronger. No Room For Racism represents all the work we do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and tackling discrimination.”

Trevor Birch, Chief Executive of the EFL said: “EFL clubs have expressed a clear desire to take a united stand against abhorrent racist, discriminatory, and threatening abuse on social media platforms which we fully support alongside the rest of the football family.

“While we recognise the value and role social media plays in our game, online abuse will not be tolerated and we will continue to strongly pursue all avenues open to us to affect change.

“The boycott is only part of the work being undertaken in this area but further highlights the need for social media companies to take additional responsibility for the inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour that appears on their platforms.

Simone Pound, Director of EDI at the PFA said: “Social media channels represent an extension of the working environment for professional footballers, and as the players’ union, we are committed to finding solutions that better protect our membership and the wider community from online abuse.

“As part of our work to address this issue, which started with the 24-hour #Enough boycott of social media channels, the PFA has been pushing for collaboration between the platforms, the game, the Government, police and CPS to find solutions and protect players from the abuse they face daily.

“In 2021, with a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behaviour is unacceptable.”

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, said: “Social media is now sadly a regular vessel for toxic abuse. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.

“We need social media companies to make their platforms a hostile environment for trolls rather than for the football family. We need the Government to hold its nerve and keep its promises to regulate. The Online Safety Bill could be a game changer and we aim to help make that happen. There should be no space for hate and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work in or love the game, join in.”

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive at the LMA said: “The LMA fully supports the social media boycott across the professional game. A unified silence will send a loud and powerful message to those that perpetrate online abuse that their actions will no longer be tolerated, and to the social media companies that they have a responsibility to do everything in their power to eradicate online hate.

“We also urge Government to understand the significance of this collective action and to ensure that its Online Safety Bill delivers appropriately strong legislation.”

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Association said: “The Football Supporters’ Association is fully behind the game’s efforts to stamp out online hate and discrimination and will join next weekend’s social media boycott. Much media attention has rightly focused on the vile abuse aimed at players, managers and journalists in the men’s and women’s game and we see that aimed at fans groups too. It has to stop.

“Many of our most active fan groups tell us that they have received disgusting abuse when they are doing nothing more than trying to represent their supporter base. It’s a threat to the very existence of supporter organisations who are run by volunteers in their spare time. As fans we stand with players, managers, referees and all in the game in calling for the social media companies to step up.”

EMC Academy U19s

EMC Academy U19’s are now recruiting for their 2021/22 squad. The post 16 sixth form alternative based in Rusthall offers players of all abilities the opportunity live the life of a professional footballer, whilst completing their studies.

Benefits include:

-Daily training

-UEFA A standard coaching

-Former professional footballers coaching

-Technical and Tactical sessions

-121 sessions

-Compete in a national league

-Compete in a national cup competition

-Video footage on all fixtures

-Weights programme for all players

-Nutritional advice for all players

-GPS vests for all players

-Pathways into semi professional and professional football

For more information, or to request a place in one of the upcoming trial fixtures, or to request a virtual interview please contact Jonny Elwood on 07894823459.

Erith Town Scholarship

Full time football + A level and BTEC education

Register your interest now

Erith Town Football Club are looking for new scholars currently in year 11 who wish to become part of a successful club

3 Scholars from this seasons programme have featured in our 1st team in league games and the London Cup semi-final at Brentford FC and a scholar also won player of the week on Kent online this season.

We also have a further 8 scholars this season who have represented our under 23s side with a solid platform into senior football.

Our applications are open for this Years new intake of Erith Town scholars to start this September.

If you’re a current year 11 and interested please email us today erithtownpost16@hotmail.com

Maidstone United are hosting a trial for their football academy next month

Covid-19 put paid to planned dates in October, December and February but with restrictions on grassroots football being eased at the end of the month, the club have confirmed Wednesday 7 April for their first trial ahead of a September start.

With Covid guidelines still in place, all trialists must register by Friday 2 April – there will be no on-the-day applications.

Invited applicants will be asked to arrive at the Gallagher Stadium from 4pm that day, with the trial finishing between 6.30 and 6.45pm.

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

You get to play and train like a full time footballer at this state-of-the-art venue. The BTEC Sport course is an ideal route for employment in the sports industry or a pathway to university.

New academy head coach Billy Jones said: “Numbers for this September are really encouraging and we’re looking forward to putting the lads through their paces next month.

“I know this is a really difficult time for so many students, with the uncertainty about grades and teacher assessments. We’ll look to do all we can to support those who want to come here and continue their journey towards semi-pro or professional football.”

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 and under-23 squads, with several others dual-registered with local clubs.

·         Apply for a place at the academy in September 2021

Welling United FC Scholarship Programme

Our programme places players at the heart of the programme with the aim to develop and grow future players in an environment which is challenging, developmental and inspirational.

Our holistic approach to learning develops academic, coaching, football and social education.

Our unique training programme with our UEFA qualified coaches (including ex professional players), is supported by matches in the National Youth Alliance League and FA Youth Cup.

During the course students will receive an extensive Adidas kit package, VEO & Playermaker analysis.

Welling United are only 1 of 22 clubs who have achieved National League Football Academy Status, meaning we play in thehighest National Academy South league.
Following the completion of the programme, we support our students in the next stage of their career, with various pathway opportunities:

University in the UKUSA ScholarshipsGYM & Fitness InstructorFootball Contract (Pro & Semi-Pro)Football CoachingVarious other roles within the sports & leisure industry

Please see below links to register for our next available Scholarship Trials:
Scholarship Trials – Welling United FC (boys)
Girls Scholarship Trials – Welling United FC (girls)

If you require further information regarding the Scholarship Programme, please contact Academy Director Barry Jeffreys at barry.jeffreys@wellingunited.com

KYL Q & A – GET YOUR QUESTIONS IN

In light of the Government’s recent Covid19 Roadmap announcement, the KYL is currently planning a return to football.

As part of these plans, CEO Ken Brooke will be taking questions from clubs, players, coaches and anyone else who wishes to submit any queries. In the session, Ken will address many things and the video will be live on our YouTube channel. Subscribe by clicking here.

If you’d like to submit a question please tweet the KYL Twitter account using the hashtag #KYLQuestions. Alternatively, you can email charlotte.richardson@kentyouthleague.co.uk We will attempt to get through as many questions as possible. If this format proves popular, we will look to host such Q & As throughout the season, at key times.

FA Launches The Grassroots Football Hub and In The Box Podcast

The FA has launched the The Grassroots Football Hub, the place to be for grassroots clubs and leagues who want to be built to last.

The Hub includes the latest insight, case studies, podcasts and more directly from The FA. The Hub also includes a YouTube channel with a new podcast called In The Box.

In The Box is co-hosted by our Website and Social Media Officer, Charlotte Richardson who as well as volunteering for the Kent Youth League, is a FA Club Consultant. Charlotte and Tom Lee, The FA’s National Club Services Manager will bring guidance and expertise to help teams, clubs and leagues alike.

In the first episode of the podcast, you’ll find expert advice on how to manage and boost your club’s cash-flow, along with some brilliant and 100% practical marketing tips from Charlotte herself to keep you and supporters better engaged during lockdown and beyond.

Watch Episode One of In The Box by clicking here.

Subscribe to The Grassroots Football hub here.

Maidstone United Football Academy 2021

Applications are open for places at the Maidstone United Football Academy from September 2021 and a trial will take place later this month.

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

You get to play and train like a full time footballer at this state-of-the-art venue. The BTEC Sport course is an ideal route for employment in the sports industry or a pathway to university.

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 and under-23 squads, with several others dual-registered with clubs in the Isthmian and Southern Counties East leagues.

The academy trial will be held on Wednesday 30 December at 11:00. Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, applicants must register in advance, no on-the-day triallists will be permitted.

KYL Advent calendar launches

From Tuesday 1 December, the Kent Youth League will run an Advent Calendar across our Twitter and Instagram pages.

Each day, a festive window will open to reveal a randomly selected player from our League. This player will receive a £10 Newitts Online Voucher to spend on their website. 

This is just a little token from us to engage with players and do something nice to do throughout December, especially when we’re all missing our football so much.

So, make sure you’re following the KYL on Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye on the #KYLChristmas hashtag!

Tonbridge Angels Academy 2021-22

Tonbridge Angels Football Academy Open Trial!

Be Part of our successful Football Scholarship Programme from September 2021 and join last years National u19 Youth League Champions

Our 1st trial will be on TUESDAY 27th OCTOBER, at Hugh Christie School from 10am till 12pm

Make sure you apply by https://form.jotformeu.com/72962217180355 or by emailing tafcacademy@outlook.com as soon as possible to book your place.

The new Angels Academy has proven to be a massive success in the past 2 seasons 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 National Level 3 sport) & gaining your FA level 1 coaching badge.

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 aswell as the prestigious FA Youth cup.

So far in this year in our 2 years of running the scheme our achievements to date are as follow;

  • 100% pass rate at BTEC level 3 sport 
  • 8 players making a first team debuts
  • Over 20 different players have trained with the 1st team 
  • 1 player on trial at Premier League side Leicester City and 1 player on Trial at league 1 side Gillingham 
  • Several players being loaned out to senior men’s teams
  • National u19 League Champions 19/20 season 

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

For more information check out

FFX Sponsor Kent Youth League

The Kent Youth League is delighted to announce our partnership with FFX, Folkestone Fixings.

With branches in Ashford and Folkestone and its head office and distribution centre in Lympne, Kent.  Their online business is operated from Lympne and today one of the largest independent suppliers of power tools and power tool accessories, hand tools, fixings and fasteners, and general construction consumables.

One great team supporting another FFX are now the sponsors of the Kent Youth League U16s and U18s League Cups and a brand you will be seeing more of over the coming Season.

FFX sells everything from power tools and related accessories, hand tools, fixings and fasteners, general construction consumables, and a massive range of building materials from timber to bricks, from decking to insulation, from drainage products to roofing materials. There are too many to list here; FFX is a real ‘one-stop-shop’!

The knowledgeable and friendly staff at their Folkestone and Ashford branches look forward to welcoming you and making sure you have a truly first-class shopping experience. Visit www.ffx.co.uk/branch for contact details, opening times and locations.

EUFC Academy

THE EUFC ACADEMY
EUFC Elite oversees the management and day to day running of all junior teams (U8 – U16s) associated with Ebbsfleet United FC and the academy programme offers an extension to this traditional youth football, by offering players age 16+ with the opportunity to continue on their footballing journey in supporting their dreams and aspirations of building a career within the game.

Our academy is designed to aid and support those players wishing to continuing pursuing a career within the game, with programme designed to offer support and guidance in helping to achieve those aspirations through structure training and developmental sessions to help understand the demands and requirements as they progress into adult football.

All players offered opportunity to join our Academy do so, knowing that the programme they will sign up to has been specifically designed to incorporate a football and educational element that is paramount to aid their development.

WHAT TO EXPECT…
Players receive everything you would expect as a modern-day professional footballer:

  • Training and games on state-of-the-art playing surfaces.
  • Compete in U19 Youth Alliance League.
  • FA Youth Cup
  • Opportunities to be invited to train, play with First Team and/or go out on loan to gain first team experience.
  • Coaching by fully qualified and experienced UEFA qualified coaches with a vast experience having worked across all levels of the game.
  • A fully comprehensive timetable that incorporates both Football and Education which has been designed around their training and games programme.

VENUES
The Academy is delivered daily from Elite Venue, Dunkirk Close, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5ND

Elite Venue has good public transport from London and Kent:

  • Gravesend Train Station
  • Ebbsfleet International Station
  • Gravesend Ferry
  • Arriva Bus Service – 483 Stops Directly Outside Venue

COST
Joining the Academy is FREE, the only costs associated to students include:

  • Daily travel to & from Academy
  • Academy Training & Matchday Kit
  • Educational Resources – General Stationary and a Memory Stick
  • All students will be given opportunity to apply for a bursary towards these costs and will be advised to apply once they have successfully enrolled.

COURSE OPTIONS

Students sign up to a two-year full-time academic programme with course options linked to their GCSE results or alternative academic studies with them being able to enrol onto one of the following courses:

  • BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport
  • GCSE & Functional Skills in Maths and English


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs Grade A-C or 4 and above in Maths and English
  • A minimum of two ID documents to prove eligibility to be educated in England
  • EU Students – an in-date passport, birth certificate or national insurance number.
  • Non-EU students – must provide visa documents that state your residency details along with a national insurance number.


POTENTIAL PATHWAYS/EXIT ROUTES 
There are many potential pathways open to graduates on completion of their academic journey, which may include but not limited to:

FOOTBALL

• Scholarship at a Professional Football Club

• Contract offer at a Professional Football Club, Non- League or Club with the Football Pyramid

FURTHER EDUCATION

• Opportunities to attend University and/or Football Scholarship within America.

EMPLOYMENT

• Football Coaching or Career within Leisure Industry.

NEXT STEPS/EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
If you feel that EUFC Academy is the place that you would like to continue developing both as a player and academically, then to secure your place at one of our trial dates please complete the online registration form.

Once you have registered, all you will need to do is attend the trial date selected, where you will be met by members of EUFC Academy who will arrange for you to complete an initial academic assessment, then take part in a training and/or games session that will allow us opportunity to gain a greater understanding of you both on the pitch and within the classroom.

All players who wish to attend the trials will be required to attend with correct kit to take part in a training session including boots and shin pads with plenty of fluids – changing facilities and showers will be accessible to use after training.

You can APPLY NOW for the trials listed below by clicking here.

EUFC Elite & Fleet Leisure Planning Approval

EUFC Elite & Fleet Leisure Planning Approval 

Wednesday 22nd July 2020 will go down in history for EUFC Elite as Gravesham Council awarded full planning permission (subject to conditions) to redevelop of Fleet Leisure in Nelson Road Gravesend DA12 5ND.

In 2016 former EUFC United player Danny Kedwell and business partner Nathan Bullas where asked to take over the management and day to day running of the Youth (U7-U16) and Academy section (U16-18) as they would be able to dedicate the much needed time, effort and knowledge in order to sustain and establish potential growth for players within Gravesham and the wider Kent Community.

Upon taking on this challenge it became clearly evident that in order for this to happen, that not only did we need to identify and secure a suitable site to call home but we also needed to improve access to suitable sport and leisure facilities within the Borough that were somewhat limited.

In 2017 phase one was awarded having successfully securing the lease to Nelson Road, which would form the base for building the foundations and offer us the opportunity for growth as the site had been derelict for a number of years, having had a rich history of football since and was a hub for sport and leisure within Gravesham. 

Upon being awarded the lease, this allowed us opportunity to progress into phase two of submitting plans for a full redevelopment of the site to bring it back to its glory days with regular sporting activity taking place throughout the week and weekends that the borough could be proud off.

Now after 3 years of planning, meetings, discussions and consultations with the council, local community, Kent FA and Sport England we are excited to see the fruits of our labour as we move into phase 3 and look to put “Fleet Leisure” back on the map as the leading sports and leisure hub in the South East of England.

Over the coming months we now look ahead to begin the redevelopment of the site, that will offer the local community, schools and grass root clubs’ access:

  • 2 Full Size Pitches (Natural and 4G)
  • 3 7 a-side Pitches with one Incorporating 2 5 a-side (4G)
  • 1 9 a-side Pitch (Natural)
  • Children’s Play Area
  • Fully Equipment Gym
  • Fitness Suite
  • Spin Room
  • Physio / Sports Rehab 
  • Classroom Facilities
  • Function Rooms
  • Bar Area with Balcony Access to Pitches

Tonbridge Angels Football Academy 2020/21

Just finished year 11 and not sure what to do? Or in year 12 and want a change?

Tonbridge Angels football Academy have 2 SPACES left to join our scholarship programme at Hugh Christie School for Septembers 2020/21. 

Tonbridge Angels football academy offer a ride range of A level & BTEC qualifications, alongside a full time football Scholarship at Hugh Christie School. Students are also offered the chance to do their FA level 1 qualification with an option in their 3rd year to do a Level 3 Personal Training Qualification. All scholars train 3 times a week & compete for Tonbridge Angels on a Wednesday Afternoon in the National u19 youth league or Kent Academies league. Tom

The scheme is headed up by UEFA A Licence coach & 1st team coach/Captain Tom Parkinson, alongside coaches, Hugo Langton (UEFA A licence & Welling United assistant manager), Jamie Coyle (UEFA A Licence coach & FA Licensed Tutor), Dom Welsh & Rhys Bartlett. 

In our 2 years of running we have had the following success so far:

  • National u19 League Winners
  • 8 1st team debuts
  • 18 different players train with the 1st team
  • 1 player on trial with Leicester City 
  • 100% BTEC level 3 pass rate 
  • 18 FA Level 1 coaches 
  • 6 players go to University 
  • 1 Academy student Head Boy of the Hugh Christie Sixth Form
  • 1 Academy student Deputy Head boys of the Hugh Christie Sixth Form 

To sign up please use the link: https://eu.jotform.com/form/92911723517357 or email: tafcacademy@outlook.com

For more information please use the link:

A message of thanks from Shelia Boswell

Sheila Boswell has asked the Kent Youth League to extend her very grateful thanks for all the very many lovely cards, letters and phone calls she has received after the loss of Colin.

Many thanks to all the clubs, leagues, referees and friends for their memories and tributes paid to him. Colin would never have expected the tremendous reaction to his death and would have been very humbled by it, at the same time glad that he had been able to help so many along the way

If you’d like to make a donation to our Kent Youth League fundraising tribute to Colin Boswell, please click here.

Cancer Research UK Fundraising, in memory of Colin Boswell

On the 23rd of May, our CEO Ken Brooke had the very sad task of informing you of the passing of a true legend of Kent Football, Colin Boswell.

Colin, our founder and Life President, passed away after a short battle against cancer. 

Colin set up the youth league in 1981 and was formidable in his passion for creating opportunity for players across the county.  Colin was also President of the Kent FA and had served Kent football for over 50 years.

As a tribute to Colin and in line with a request from his family, we are kindly asking the Kent Youth League family – if they are able and would like – to donate to Cancer Research UK.

There is a massive hole in our football world which will be impossible to fill. We thank everyone for their tributes to Colin. As a league, as a committee and as friends of Colin, we will miss him dearly and always be grateful for his dedicated service, friendly smile and warm demeanour.

If you’d like to make a donation to our Kent Youth League fundraising tribute to Colin Boswell, please click here.

A tribute to our Life President, Colin Boswell

A true legend of Kent Football and my very great friend Colin Boswell sadly passed away overnight after a short battle against cancer. I was privileged to take over the role of Chief Executive of the Kent Youth League in 2013 from Colin who set up the youth league in 1981. A former football league linesman in the 60s and 70s Colin shared many stories of his games at places like Highbury and of course Crystal Palace where as a youngster I would have seen him without knowing.

I have so many stories to tell as Colin had a great sense of humour and told the daftest jokes which were funny because they were so corny. Colin was also President of the Kent FA and had served the County for over 50 years.

Many of you know my passion for football and this man exceeded even my commitments to the greatest game – and he gave me a route into football admin that I swore I would never go down! That’s how good he was in persuading me and he has taught me everything I know about running a league.

Even though I have been in charge of the league for a while he was always at the end of the phone and I will so badly miss our chats.

He gave me the opportunity to manage the Kent FA Representative teams and helped me achieve my greatest moment in capturing the FA County Youth Cup for Kent in 2010 the one and only time in 76 years – he was a massive part of this success.

Sheila Boswell his wife has been my surrogate Mum since we first met – some of my best moments were when Sheila told Colin off – but behind every great man is a great woman and Sheila my thoughts and prayers are for you and your boys and your grandchildren.

I have a massive hole in my football world which will be impossible to feel – take a look at our league twitter #kentyouthleague to see the tributes to Colin. It says it all really and to my friend – thank you – I will miss you greatly – and I will continue to remember all the bits of advice that you gave me.

May you Rest In Peace and so pleased you are out of pain – so long my friend and so sorry the dreaded virus stopped me from seeing you at the end – always remembered and never forgotten.

Ken Brooke

GLEBE RECEIVE SPORT ENGLAND GRANT

Glebe FC has been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards ground costs, maintenance, utility bills and other essential running costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23rd has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

Rocky Mc Millan, Chairman, Glebe FC, said:

“We are extremely grateful for the help Sport England have given us with this grant. Without these funds, the club would have found itself in a very testing financial position. With this support, we now look forward to providing best in class facilities for our members in the new season”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:

As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.

“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Glebe FC to help it through these extremely challenging times.”

2020 – 2021 APPLICATION FORM

During these most difficult of times, we know lots of our clubs, coaches and volunteers are looking ahead to plan in a positive manner for when football eventually resumes. The League remains active in supporting the return to football whenever that should be.

As part of this, our new online application form is now live. We accept that trials and even meeting up with players is a long way away. However, we urge you to complete the application forms and return to us at this stage with NO MONEY as we want to get an idea of clubs intentions for next season.

We also understand the huge economic impact of this virus and the heartache for many at this time who have seen their businesses fold, or who have been furloughed by their employers including many staff at the Kent FA. That is why we will insist on no monies being paid at this stage.

I will end by ensuring you all that the League will be here to support the return to football whenever that may be and to hope that you can understand the decision we have taken – we can never please everyone in anything that we do, but surviving the next few months both financially, mentally, and healthily is just too important for us all.

Please click here to fill in your 2020/21 online application form.

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO: CORVID 19 – UPDATE 2

In these unprecedented times it must be said that this season for our League and all other leagues has been a real battle almost from the last weekend in September when the rain began and if I am not mistaken we had at least one or more games called off every weekend until the season was correctly bought to an end by the FA following the Coronavirus outbreak.

It is fair to say that we were always going to struggle to get the number of games outstanding played and we have certainly learnt a lot about division sizes with hopefully next season in mind.

As you are all aware the FA took the decision to end all youth football for season 2019 – 2020 following the outbreak of Coronavirus as we all make huge adjustments to everyday life which far outweigh at present the need to be playing football or indeed any sport. It is often hard to describe the situation we all find ourselves in, and every one of us will be dealing with our own situations of “social distancing” “self-isolation” and the like in our own ways and of course if any of you have loved ones that have the virus and are currently being treated in hospital, we wish them a full recovery.

It is impossible at this stage to know when the enforced lockdown will be lifted and everyone’s health and safety is of course paramount in these “historical times”.

I am personally very aware that my Committee are also facing their own challenges and we have had to take a decision that none of us when we put our hands up to help run this fantastic league thought we would have to make. As I hope all of you know, I ran a youth team for lots of years so I know how much time and effort goes into just getting a team playing on a Sunday and nobody misses football more than I do. I say this as the decision we have made as a League Committee has not been taken lightly and will undoubtedly disappoint a few, but I am sure that having had time to reflect it is the right decision, and my message at the end will I hope leave you all in no doubt that we want to make season 2020 – 2021 the best ever for the players of this League.

I am therefore on behalf of the Committee advising you that the Kent Youth League Management Committee has made the following decision :

The Kent Youth League has unanimously agreed to follow the FA’s recommendation applied to the National League system and Woman’s pyramid. All league results and divisional league tables  will be expunged and no winners and runners up will be determined. To avoid any doubt this will apply to every division in the League.

With regards to Cup Finals. The season would otherwise officially end on 30th June 2020 after which all clubs can then start signing new players for next season. Given that our Cups are age banded and we recognise that players will move on to new teams, it has again been unanimously agreed to cancel all Cup Finals and award a special Cup Final medal to those teams and their players who have made the Finals but unfortunately will not have the chance to play the game.

We will contact those clubs in due course who have made the Finals this season, but of course at present this is “non-essential” as our Suppliers Faversham Trophies are currently not working.

You will have received from Cat in the last few days our new online application form. Whilst again we accept that trials and even meeting up with your players are a long way away, we urge you to complete the application forms and return to us at this stage with NO MONEY as we want to get an idea of clubs intentions for next season. We also understand the huge economic impact of this virus and the heartache for many at this time who have seen their businesses fold, or who have been furloughed by their employers including many staff at the Kent FA. That is why we will insist on no monies being paid at this stage.

We will work with you as we always do but with the proviso that we realistically have no idea when things will change at present and so things will need to remain flexible for the time being.

The FA through Sport England has made some monies available to help clubs in these difficult times. Please click here to find out more.

I will end by ensuring you all that the League will be here to support the return to football whenever that may be and to hope that you can understand the decision we have taken – we can never please everyone in anything that we do, but surviving the next few months both financially, mentally, and healthily is just too important for us all.

For those of you who are working in the NHS and other front line services or who have family in these roles – may I on behalf of the League THANK YOU and please note that your daily efforts in doing what you do receives total admiration from me personally.

Here’s hoping to see you all soon fit and healthy and thank you as always for your continued support.

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO: CORVID 19 – UPDATE 1

Thank you for patience in these most difficult times.

Last Thursday the guidance sent out by the FA via the County office was that all Leagues should where possible follow the FA guidelines to bring our competition to an immediate end with all results expunged. This was also supported by the Management Committee.

However, today, the FA sent out a further email via the Kent FA to suggest that some League’s had opted for the other option to decide League positions by a points per game calculation.

It is now being suggested by County that we may wish to hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) to get the clubs feedback and put the options to a vote.

In order for me to discuss this with the Management Committee and to get some feedback from the Kent FA, no final decision will now be made by the League. We will consider all options and will advise you in the next few days and no later than 5pm Friday of what we will be offering to the conclusion of the season.

This will also include Cup Finals as well.

Today was meant to be the day that we put applications on the website for next season (2020-21) but I will hold this back until the weekend so that we can finalise this season first.

Any applications that are submitted after next weekend will not need any payment at this stage as would normally be the case.

The League will work with clubs to ensure that no fees are payable until players are back training, and we will focus on this when the time is right.

These are unchartered waters for us all, so please bear with us.

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO: CORVID 19

This is the statement from the FA – “Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.”

“Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.”

“We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.”

I have taken the decision this evening to postpone all matches up to and including Sunday 5th April and will speak with the Kent FA tomorrow to see what options we have – sadly the U13, U14 and U16 Cup Finals are postponed. I will update further tomorrow. I am equally gutted as most of you are but we are part of something that is going to change our everyday life for a good while and we must protect those who are at risk from this horrible virus.

FREE GOALKEEPER COACH DEVELOPMENT EVENT

All coaches and managers from the Kent Youth League are invited to attend a free coach development evening centred around supporting your goalkeeper. This exciting CPD will be tutored by Dover Athletic’s current first team goalkeeper, Lee Worgan.

The details of the free event are below:

  • Date: Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Time: 18:30 – 20:30
  • Open to: all Kent Youth League Coaches
  • Venue: Abbey School,  London Road,  Faversham, ME13 8RZ
  • Cost: FREE
  • Set up: 1 hour theory, 1 hour practical with goalkeepers from Faversham Strike Force

This event is exclusively for Kent Youth League coaches but we anticipate the 24 spaces will go very quickly. If you wish to attend then please book yourself on as soon as possible by scrolling down on this link, finding the ‘Developing Your Goalkeepers in the Youth Development Phase’ and clicking to book: http://www.kentfa.com/coaches/development-and-courses/cpd-and-in-service.

If you have any questions then please get in touch with Luke.Baker@kentfa.com

Advertise at the KYL Cup Finals

The Kent Youth League finals are the pinnacle of our season. Each and every year, clubs across the county battle it out for a spot at a #KYLFinals. Our competitions travel across the county, engaging clubs, players, coaches, parents and officials county-wide.

Without the support of partners and sponsors, the KYL Cup Finals simply wouldn’t be the outstanding occasions that they are. In supporting youth football, in turn as a League we like to welcome and host our sponsors at Cup Finals.

This season, finals take place on the following dates and at the following locations:

  • Under 13s sponsored by Colour ‘n Cover – 12th March at Maidstone United
  • Under 14s sponsored by Reader & Phillips – 19th March at Glebe FC
  • Under 15s sponsored by Faversham Trophies – 5th May TBC at Gillingham FC
  • Under 16s – 26th March at Sheppey United
  • Under 18s – 23rd April at Corinthian FC
  • President’s Cup – 30th April at Corinthian

Gold Package Package – £400 – Cup sponsor

  • Sponsor of age group competition for example; The Soccer Elite U16s KYL Final
  • Full page advert in your relevant Kent Youth League Cup final programme
  • Advertising spot on our Kent Youth League homepage until 31 May (hyperlinked to your site)
  • Website article on KYL website
  • Shout out on social media
  • Tagged in relevant content corresponding to your age group competition

Silver Package – £200

  • Full page advert in each of our Kent Youth League Cup final programmes
  • Advertising spot on our Kent Youth League homepage until 31 May (hyperlinked to your site)
  • Shout out on social media 

Bronze Package – £50

  • 1/4 page advert in each of our Kent Youth League Cup final programmes
  • Advertising spot on our Kent Youth League homepage until 31 May (hyperlinked to your site)

If you’d be interested in supporting the League’s Cup Finals whilst promoting your business, please email charlotte.richardson@kentyouthleague.co.uk

I’M A COMMITTEE MEMBER, GET ME OUT OF HERE!

The Kent Youth League is proud to support our charity partner for the 2019/20 season, Redthread. Redthread’s mission is to empower young people to thrive as they navigate the challenging transition to adulthood by integrating trauma-informed youth work into the health sector.

Since its formation in 1981, the Kent Youth League runs with the aim of giving our players an opportunity to showcase their talents in the best possible environments. With 195 teams across 16 Divisions and 6 Cup Competitions, we take great pride in running a League that provides a safe haven for young people to develop, both as footballers and as citizens in society.

We are now giving clubs the chance to bid to select a committee member to perform a range of challenges at their club. Each month, we will announce what the challenge is and by donating you’ll be putting in your bid to have your selected committee member complete an arduous task.

This month, have one of the KYL Committee come to your club to clean your team’s boots. You can pick between:

  • Charlotte
  • Richard
  • Ken
  • Cat

Simply make a donation, and the largest donation will have a committee member come to their club to complete the task! Please give generously by clicking here. The ‘winner’ will be announced at the end of the month.

MARGATE FC ACADEMY OPEN TRIAL

Margate Academy players have recently been selected by Jay Saunders, as the set-up continues to grow from strength to strength in partnership with Herne Bay High.

Margate’s full-time Academy offers those aged 16 and above the chance to study A Levels and BTEC qualifications -with a total of 42 different courses on offer – whilst training and playing at HDP.

The players are developed ready for the first team, as Academy Manager Ricky Owen explained.

“Our Academy is growing from strength to strength and it is pleasing to see the boys’ hard work rewarded with first-team call ups. Opportunities have to be earned but the player pathway structure is now fully embedded and offers something to unique for those thinking about what they’d like to do after GCSEs are complete.”

“There is no better chance to develop than those match day experiences and under the guidance of Jay, Mike, Craig and senior first team players, the boys learn so much and will continue their progression.”

Owen added, “Pathway opportunities play a huge part in our recruitment because we can offer genuine progression for talented and hard-working players. Jay fully supports our Academy and has a great record in developing talented players so as we begin to look ahead to the next academic year, there is no better time to join our full-time set-up.”

Margate FC Academy hosts its first trial at Hartsdown Park on 21st February from 10am-12pm. To come along or find out more, please email footballacademy@hernebayhigh.org

TONBRIDGE ANGELS FOOTBALL ACADEMY OPEN TRIAL

TONBRIDGE ANGELS FOOTBALL ACADEMY are having their 1st open Trial on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February 2020, for September 2020 intake. The trials will be held at Hugh Christie School, TN10 4PU from 10am-12pm on both days
If you are in year 11/12, love football and want to gain qualifications then Tonbride Angels Football Academy could be for you. Tonbridge Angels Football academy is in partnership with Hugh Christie school and gives you the opportunity to study A Levels &/or BTEC courses alongside training daily and competing in fixtures every Wednesday.
In our 1st 16 months of opening we have already had the following success:

  • 8 players making 1st team debuts
  • 20 different players training with the 1st team
  • 100% BTEC level 3 sport pass rate
  • Academy is head boy of the sixth form
  • Academy scholar is deputy head boy of the sixth
  • 3 scholars going to university
  • 1 Player on trial at Premier League side Leicester city

If you are interested in joining our scholarship scheme please sign up via: https://form.jotformeu.com/92911723517357

Bearsted FC Tournament 6/7 June 2020

Bearsted Football Club has pleasure in inviting teams from your Club to attend our Festival of Football on the weekend of 6th & 7th June 2020 at The Sports Ground, Honey Lane, Otham, ME15 8RG.

Academy, KYL & SYL Teams are welcome but may have to play up an age group.

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.

Expected Timetable (Subject to change depending on entry level per age group)

Saturday 6th June 2020 AM   11-a-side tournament – U14s   ————–   9-a-side tournament – U10s

Saturday 6th June 2020 PM   11-a-side tournament – U15s & U16s   —-   9-a-side tournament – U11s

Sunday 7th    June 2020 AM   11-a-side tournament – U12s   —————   7-a-side tournament – U9s

5-a-side tournament – U7s

Sunday 7th June 2020 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 2019/20 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 2018 is not eligible to play in this tournament.

Bearsted FC Festival Entry Form 2020, as team spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Closing date for entries is 30th April 2020.

The entry fees for the Festival are £30 per team for the 5-a-side & 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.

BACs to S.P.Nixon Sort code –  20-54-11  Acc – 00028207. Using your Team and age group as reference.

Further information regarding the Football Festival will be sent to you by email during May 2020.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing teams from your club at the tournament.

Simon Nixon

Bearsted FC Tournament Organiser   

The Orchard House, Chart Rd, Sutton Valence, Maidstone. ME17 3AW

Match Report: Phoenix Sports U18s v VCD Athletic Youth

Match Report: Phoenix Sports U18s v VCD Athletic Youth

Adrian Swan

Phoenix Sports Youth 2 v 1 VCD Athetic Youth
1-0 Debenham (57), 1-1 Marsh (62) (pen), 2-1 Holland (90).

Phoenix Sports won their first game of the season against near neighbours VCD Athletic.

The result was in doubt until the very last minute when a deflected strike from the hard working Frankie Holland gave the home side the points.

VCD started the game brightly and had the first chance of the game on 2 minutes when Eren Musa made a good run into the box but his close range shot was well saved by home keeper Jack King.

Minutes later Musa’s through ball put Billy Marsh in on goal but his shot was blocked by a defender for a corner.

On 10 minutes Marsh’s deft pass saw Noah Agbinone race through on goal but King was quickly off his line to make a close range block on the edge of his box.

VCD’s positive start continued with Reece Mclellan’s cross finding Agbinone on the edge of the box and he made space well before hitting a shot on the turn that flew just over.

It was not until the 18th minute that Phoenix created a real opening when Holland did well to win the ball on the edge of the VCD area before flashing a low shot narrowly wide.

After this the home side had a good spell of possession with Liam Giles hitting a fierce shot on the turn at VCD keeper Harry Ebdon on 29 minutes and then shortly afterwards Daniel Westray hitting a 20 yard shot just wide.

Phoenix then nearly took the lead on 37 minutes when Jaydan Davy’s right wing corner fell to Dean Neary in the box and although his toe poked effort beat Ebdon low to his right, Ollie Aldrich was covering their right hand post and was able to hack the ball off the line to safety.

Neary then had another shot fly straight at Ebdon before the last chance of the half fell to the visitors when Marsh’s free kick found Agbinone in the box but his shot was deflected over for a corner.

Phoenix went close to opening the scoring early in the second half when Westray made a strong run down the left before cutting into the box and hitting a powerful shot that forced Ebdon into a good diving save low to his right.

VCD’s Mustafa Ouattara then turned well on the edge of the box before hitting a fierce shot that King did well to catch high above his head.

The home side then took the lead on 57 minutes when Charles Bissett launched a free kick into the VCD box where Ebdon came off his line to make a good punched clearance sending the ball out of the area but it was immediately headed back and fell to Ryan Debenham who swept the loose ball home from close range.

On the hour mark VCD had an opportunity to equalise when Mclellan’s neat through pass put Agbinone in on goal but King made a good close range block to deny the visiting striker.

However minutes later they were awarded a spot kick when Mclellan, making another good forward run, cleverly drew a foul in the box when he was brought down by Neary’s challenge.

Marsh took the penalty powerfully firing home low to the right of King, who dived the right way but could not the prevent the ball finding the bottom corner of the net.

Phoenix then had a great chance to regain the lead on 70 minutes when a high ball forward saw Ebdon race off his line to clear but perhaps being fooled by the strong wind, the ball held up and he missed his attempted clearance leaving Davy a clear run through on goal but he took an extra touch before shooting goalwards, enabling Patrick Jackson to get back and make a great clearance on the line.

Into the final minutes of this absorbing contest it was Phoenix again who went close to scoring when Giles pumped a free kick from the half way line into the VCD box where the loose ball fell to Neary whose close range shot was blocked by Ebdon.

Minutes later it was VCD who nearly scored when Harry Taylor’s pass found McLellan racing into the box but his rasping shot was well beaten away by King moving high to his right with the loose ball falling out to Harry Paul whose follow up shot flew narrowly wide.

The visitors then went close again to a winner on 89 minutes when Musa’s pass found Ouattara in the box but his shot on the turn was well saved by King diving low to his right.

Phoenix then took the points in the 90th minute when a loose ball in the box fell to Holland whose shot took a deflection off a VCD defender sending the ball looping up high and to the right of Ebdon into the net. This local derby was played in a very good spirit by both teams and well officiated by Referee Liam Vitoria.

Kings Hill FC Tournament 30/31 May 2020

After the success of previous year’s events Kings Hill Football Club has
pleasure in inviting teams to attend our 7th Annual Summer Football Tournament
on the weekend of 30th & 31st May at the
fantastic Kings Hill Sports Park, Beacon
Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4QP
. Matches will be played on
either grass or 3G pitches.

We will be running sections from U7’s to
U15’s as well as U10, U11, U13 & U15 Girls age groups and a Frame Football
section

U7
& U8

The tournament will be 5-a-side (max 10 players per team)

U10
Girls & U9

The tournament will be 7-a-side (max 10 players per team)

U11
Girls (playing U12 Girls format), U13 Girls, U10 (playing U11 format), U11
& U12

The tournament will be 9-a-side (max 12 players per team)

U13,
U14, U15 & U15 Girls

The tournament will be 6-a-side (max 9 players per team)

Projected Timetable
(subject to change, depending on number of entries)

Saturday 30th
May AM – U9s & U12s

Saturday 30th
May PM – U10 Girls, U11s & U14s

Sunday 31st
May AM – U8s, U13s, U11 Girls and U13 Girls

Sunday 31st
May PM – U7s, U10s, U15s & U15 Girls

*Under 7’s will play in a non-competitive
fun day
with all players receiving a medal at the end of their session. There
will be no knockout stages in this age group.

**Under 7’s – 12’s (excl. Under 10s & U11 Girls) standard rules will
apply for the format of football being played (i.e. 5, 7, 9 a side)

*** U11 Girls and U10s will
give an opportunity to play the format of football you will be playing next
season. U10 Girls will remain at 7 a side.

NB;
Based upon FA requirements, for the U10 section (playing U11 format), players
must have attained the age of 9 years old by 31/8/19 (i.e. must not have been
playing up from U9 to U10 in the 2019/20 season).

Please
note: As with previous years there will be cup and shield competitions in most
sections meaning more games and more teams having a chance to reach a final and
win a trophy.
For all age groups except U7, winners and runners up of both the Cup
and Shield only receive medals.

The tournament
is not open to academy teams. Kent Youth League teams are allowed to play in
their 2019/20 season age groups.

The age groups will be as at 2019/20 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 2019 is not eligible to play in this tournament.

If you wish to enter a team(s)
please complete the entry form and return, with entry fee, as soon as possible.
Entry forms with the option to pay by bank transfer can also be completed at
this link; Kings
Hill FC Tournament 2020

Team spaces will be
allocated on a first come, first served basis and are strictly limited.

No spaces will be reserved until both entry form and payment is received.
Excluding Kings Hill Football Club, there is a limit of 2 teams per club per
age group. It is extremely disruptive for entered teams to subsequently drop
out near the tournament date so please confirm availability with your players
before entering.

The closing date for entries is 30th April 2020.  The entry fee for the tournament is £40 per
team.  Please
do not delay in returning your entry. 
Last year some age groups were oversubscribed by between 50% and 100%

Cheques should be made payable to Kings Hill FC and sent to the name and address details at the end of the entry form.  Cheques will not be banked until we have
confirmed that you have a place at the tournament.  Further information regarding the football
tournament including format and rules, the facilities and parking will be sent
out to you by email in early May 2020.

We thank you for your
support and look forward to seeing teams from your club at the tournament.

For all tournament related
correspondence please use the email address tournamentkhfc@gmail.com and
follow us on Twitter @kingshillfc1
& like our Facebook page.

Tournament Team,

Kings Hill Football Club

Match Report: Sevenoaks Town Youth V VCD Athletic Youth

Match Report: Sevenoaks Town Youth V VCD Athletic Youth

Adrian Swan

Sevenoaks Town Youth 6 v 0 VCD Athletic Youth
1-0 Deal (11), 2-0 Muzunye (12), 3-0 Edorh (29) (pen),
4-0 Edorh (54), 5-0 Edorh (59), 6-0 Duncan (68).

This was a commanding performance from league leaders Sevenoaks Town against a good battling VCD Athletic side that never gave up.

After an even start Sevenoaks had the first chance of the game on 6 minutes when Charles Greenwood’s through ball put the powerful Caleb Edorh through on goal but his fierce shot flashed into the side netting.

The visitors then had an opening with a move straight from the training ground when Joe Bolton played a short corner to the edge of the box that was dummied by Reece Mclellan, allowing the ball to run onto Eren Musa whose curling shot from the edge of the box flew just over landing on the roof of the net.

Sevenoaks then stunned VCD scoring twice in as many minutes. Firstly a Sam Harris free kick from near the half way line was pumped high into the box where it was missed by VCD keeper Harry Ebdon, perhaps blinded by the bright sunlight, the ball falling kindly for Archie Deal who bundled home from close range.

A minute later it was two as another great through pass from Greenwood saw Lovejoy Muzunye race through on goal and although Ebdon was quickly off his line to make a block on the edge of his area, the ball rebounded back off Muzunye who slotted home from an acute angle.

The Sevenoaks midfield of Greenwood, Harry Edwards, and Charlie Packard were controlling proceedings with their good distribution making it difficult for the visitors to get into the game.

On 26 minutes it was nearly three when Edorh’s pass put the tireless Edwards in on goal but his curling shot was well saved by Ebdon diving high to his left for a corner.

Minutes later another strong run into the box by Edorh was stopped when he was brought down and a penalty awarded.

This he took himself hitting the ball home slightly left of centre as Ebdon dived right. VCD nearly pulled a goal back on 37 minutes when a Sevenoaks corner was cleared up to Mustafa Ouattara on the half way line and he showed good control before racing forward but his shot from the edge of the box flew narrowly over.

Just before half time Sevenoaks dead ball specialist Harris created two further openings.

On 43 minutes his left wing cross found Edwards racing into the box but his stooping header flew just wide of the target and then on the stroke of half time a Harris free kick from wide right found Deal in the box but his header was held by Ebdon moving to his right. Sevenoaks made it four on 54 minutes when Greenwood played the ball up to Edorh who then showed great strength to bulldoze his way through the middle of the VCD defence before dribbling round the on-rushing Ebdon and tapping home.

VCD then went close to reducing the arrears when Noah Agbinone’s pass found Mclellan on the edge of the box and he made space well before hitting a rising shot that forced home keeper Nicky Tolhurst into a good save high to his left to turn the ball out for a corner.

On 59 minutes it was five as another superb Harris left wing cross found Edorh racing in at the near post and he scored with a deft shot sweeping the ball home low to the right of Ebdon and completing his hat-trick in the process.

Both were then rewarded for their excellent performances by being ‘rested’ and replaced by Elliott Duncan and Oluwatosin Afolabi, the depth of the home squad being demonstrated as both made good contributions.

On 68 minutes Sevenoaks made it six when the versatile Deal, who started at centre half and was now playing at full back, played a great through ball onto the forward run of Muzunye who raced into the area where his close range shot was blocked by Ebdon, the loose ball falling back to Muzunye who showed good composure to then square the ball across to Duncan for a simple close range tap in.

Despite falling further behind VCD never gave up and were unlucky not to get a consolation goal on 74 minutes when Mclellan’s floated cross from the left found Bolton racing in at the far post but his powerful header clipped the bar before flying over.

After this no further clear cut chances were created. The match was well officiated by Liam Vitoria who played a number of good advantages throughout to keep the game flowing. Furthermore, despite the heavy overnight frost the 3G pitch was in excellent condition.

U18 Manager Vacancy for 2020/21 Season

Dover Athletic FC are looking for a Manager for their U18 team who will be competing in the Kent Youth League next season.

The Main Club competes in the National League and therefore the Youth Section is run in a very professional manner and through our continued focus on Coach development we have a great reputation for developing players of all ages.

We are looking for a Manager who is organised, professional, dedicated and has a proven track record for offering quality coaching. A person who can motivate and encourage youth players to achieve and exceed their playing potential and guide them along their football career path.

You will need to have a current FA DBS as well as in date FA Safeguarding and First Aid certifications and have a minimum of FA Level 2 in coaching.

If you want to challenge yourself and want to work within a Youth Section that is passionate about coach & player development then this is the job for you.

If you are interested please apply by email with a copy of your footballing cv to Jon Barrett our Youth Section Secretary jon@sportyshop.co.uk

Closing date Friday 21st February 2020

Match Report: VCD Athletic vs Faversham Town Youth

Match Report: VCD Athletic vs Faversham Town Youth

Adrian Swan

VCD Athletic Youth 3 v 1 Faversham Town Youth
1-0 Ouattara (11) (pen), 2-0 Piper (31) (og), 2-1 Hardy (36) (pen),
3-1 Taaffe (67).

On a very windy day at Oakwood, VCD Athletic shaded this closely fought contest against visitors Faversham Town.

The hosts, with the strong wind behind them, started the game brightly and had their first effort on goal on 5 minutes when a long ball over the Faversham back line was seized upon by Noah Agbinone who raced into the area but his low shot was well saved by Town keeper Harrison Firth diving down to his right.

VCD then took the lead on 11 minutes from the penalty spot. The lively Reece Mclellan made a surging run into the box getting to the left bye line where he was brought down by Town full back Jack Piper. Mustafa Ouattara took the spot kick firing home to the left of Firth who dived right.

After these early chances the game settled down with neither side able to force any real openings in the difficult conditions.

The next opportunity came on 25 minutes with the strong wind playing a factor as a Joseph Bolton inswinging corner from the right was dropped by Firth as he tried to gather, the loose ball falling to Ouattara whose first time shot beat Firth to his right but was blocked on the line by Piper with the rebound falling back to Ouattara who stretching could only fire over from close range.

The visitors then had their first real effort on goal on the half hour mark when Ed Muddiman made a good run down the left before cutting inside and hitting a dipping 25 yard shot that home keeper Harry Ebdon held moving to his left.

A minute later VCD increased their lead when Mclellan’s inswing corner from the left was diverted into his own net by Piper when trying to head clear. After going two goals down Town brought on substitutes Sonny Bassett and James Geddes who made an immediate impact in midfield and helped the visitors get a foothold in the match.

Indeed they reduced the arrears on 36 minutes with a spot kick of their own when the hard working Jack Hardy made a strong run into the left side of the area where his attempted cross hit the outstretched arm of VCD defender Marley Markham.

Hardy took the resulting penalty slotting home low to the right of Ebdon who dived left.

Town then almost drew level minutes later when an Alfie Eyles ball over the VCD defence held up in the wind, leaving the on-rushing Ebdon in no man’s land as Hardy lobbed the ball over him but the ball bounced narrowly wide.

Then Geddes did well to win the ball in midfield before sending the ball through to Ed Muddiman whose powerful half volley crashed into the midriff of Ebdon.

VCD had the first opening of the second half when Joshua Taaffe’s free kick found Mclellan in the box and he dribbled along the bye line before hitting a low shot from an acute angle that Firth saved well down at his left hand post for a corner.

On 66 minutes VCD were awarded their second penalty of the game when Mclellan made another mazy run into the Town box where he was upended by Eyles.

Agbinone took the spot kick which Firth did well to save diving low to his left but Taaffe was quickest to react to the rebound and smashed the loose ball home from close range.

On 70 minutes it was nearly four when Agbinone made a good run into the box before hitting a low cross that flew across the box to the far post where a sliding/stretching Billy Marsh could only divert the ball onto the post from close range.

Into the final minutes of the game VCD went close again when Mclellan’s free kick found Taaffe on the right of the area and he turned well before sending over a low cross that found Eren Musa sliding in at the far post but his effort went wide.

On 83 minutes VCD should have scored again when Mclellan made a strong run from the half way line into the box but with an unmarked Ouattara to his right he chose to shoot himself and fired his effort at Firth.

VCD had managed the game well in the second half but the visitors had one last chance on 89 minutes to get a second when the versatile Owen Hewitt got through on goal but his shot flew narrowly wide of goal.

This was an enjoyable game despite the windy conditions with both sides trying to get the ball down and play passing football.

The match was well officiated by Referee Liam Vitoria who helped the game flow by playing a number of good advantages throughout proceedings.

Applications are now open for trials at Ebbsfleet United’s Academy side for the 2020/21 season.

Applications are now open for trials at Ebbsfleet United’s Academy side for the 2020/21 season.

Applications are welcome from players aged 16–18 years of age and currently studying in Years 11/12.

If you feel that EUFC Academy is the place that you would like to continue developing both as a player and academically from September 2020, then to secure your place at one of our trial dates please complete the online registration form confirming which date you would like to attend.

The club actively seeks to offer players a pathway to first-team senior football together with a full-time education, all under the watchful eye of UEFA-qualified coaches.

Managed by former Fleet, Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon striker Danny Kedwell, our Academy side has opportunities to play in the FA Youth Cup, the U19 National League Alliance and the U19 Tactic League. Numerous members of our current Academy side have played in first-team games in the Kent Senior Cup this season and trained alongside our experienced first-team professionals. The most recent success stories are Zach Dainkeh and Mathew Achuba who have both been part of our first-team squad this season, being handed shirt numbers 17 and 18 respectively.

The trials for the Fleet’s 2020/21 intake will be held in Gravesend, Kent on the dates below.

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 Monday 17th February 2020, 10am – 1pm (9.30am Registration)

 Monday 6th April 2020, 10m – 11pm (9.30am Registration)

 Tuesday 14th April 2020, 10am – 1pm (9.30am Registration)

 Saturday 9th May 2020, 10am – 1pm (9.30am Registration)

• Candidates MUST register online beforehand at www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk/academy/apply-now and await a confirmation email from the organisers. These follow-up confirmation emails will be sent by our admin team in due course, nearer the trial date. Please await these emails before contacting the Academy team.

• The Gravesend trial takes place at Elite Venue, Dunkirk Close, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5ND.

• An overview of the Academy programme can be found at www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk/academy.

Margate Under 18s Seek Goalkeeper Coach

Margate u18 south are looking for a goalkeeper coach to join the coaching set up for the rest of this season and onwards into 2020/21 season.
 
The team is also on the look out for an Assistant Coach, Level 2 upwards to come onboard  for the 2020/21 season.
 
Contact Mick the manager via text if interested 07823335549

Match Report: Phoenix Sports vs Glebe Youth

Adrian Swan

Phoenix Sports Youth 2 v 2 Glebe Youth
0-1 Jallim (7), 1-1 Giles (18), 2-1 Debenham (26), 2-2 Jallim (33).

Phoenix Sports picked up their first point of the season with a resolute display against visitors Glebe, who dominated for long periods of the match but could not force a winner.

After an even start it was Glebe who had the first chance of the game on 6 minutes when a Jonas Whitmore free kick from wide left found the run of Ben James to the near post but stooping to reach the ball he could only direct his header wide of the goal.

A minute later the visitors did take the lead through a great solo goal from Tafari Jallim, who dribbled into the box leaving a couple of Phoenix defenders in his wake before calmly slotting home low to the right of home keeper Kieran Bennett.

It might have been two on 16 minutes when a James left wing cross found an unmarked Louis Henry racing into the box but his header flew narrowly wide. Minutes later the home side drew level with a fine bit of skill from Liam Giles.

Jimmy Grant sent over a corner from the right that was cleared out to the edge of the box where Giles hit a low right foot shot that was blocked by a Glebe defender sending the ball rebounding back to him and this time he fired in a left shot that flew through the crowded box and beat the unsighted Glebe keeper Ted McDonald low to his left as the ball found the bottom corner of the net.

This goal gave the home side confidence and they nearly took the lead on 22 minutes when Taylan Ali-Osman’s through ball put Daniel Westray in on goal but McDonald quickly narrowed the angle and made a good close range block. Good defending from Phoenix centre half Dean Neary then prevented Glebe taking the lead with a fine last ditch challenge on Jallim as he was about to shoot with only Bennett to beat.

Phoenix then went ahead from another Grant corner from the right when the ball was again cleared out to the edge of the box where Ryan Debenham hit a stunning volley that beat a diving McDonald high to his right, the Glebe keeper getting a hand to the powerful shot but could not prevent the ball crashing into the top corner of the net.

Just after the half hour mark Glebe equalised when the tireless Max Leeves sent over a deep cross from the right wing that flew over the outstretched arm of Bennett finding an unmarked Jallim for a simple tap in from close range.

This turned out to be the last chance of an eventful first half.

The second half was dominated by Glebe with Whitmore and Leeves pulling the strings in midfield for the visitors. On 50 minutes Jallim made another mazy run into the box on the left side of the area before squaring the ball across to Opeyemi Abiru whose fierce shot was well saved by Bennett diving high to his left pushing the ball onto the bar before it was cleared away to safety.

On 57 minutes Glebe had another good opportunity to take the lead when Sam Braddick’s free kick from wide right found Joshua Crispin rising highest in the box but he got under the ball and his header flew over from close range.

On the hour mark the visitors went close gain when Whitmore’s right wing corner fell to Leeves whose shot on the turn flashed just over the bar. Jallim then fired a long range effort over before on 70 minutes Rashaar Smikle’s right wing cross was met by a fine diving header from Jallim that brought out another good save from Bennett diving low to his right.

On 78 minutes Glebe hit the bar again when another Smikle right wing cross found Leeves rising highest at the far post, his header beat Bennett high to his left but rebounded off the bar to James, whose close range shot was blocked on the line by a Phoenix defender which sent the ball back out to James whose follow up header was plucked out of the air by Bennett diving to his left.

A sweeping passing move from Glebe almost set up a winner when Leeves found Abiru who in turn put Jallim through on goal but Bennett made a good close range block for a corner. From this taken by Abiru the ball fell to Leeves at the far post who stretching could only direct his close range header over the bar.

This turned out to be the last chance of a most enjoyable game played in a very good spirit and well officiated by Daniel Blades.

Match Report: Sevenoaks Town v Glebe Youth

Match Report: Sevenoaks Town vs Glebe

Adrian Swan

Sevenoaks Town Youth 4 v 4 Glebe Youth
1-0 Duncan (21), 2-0 Duncan (25), 2-1 Braddick (35),
3-1 McDonald (50) (og), 3-2 McDonald (58), 3-3 Powell (63),
4-3 Muzunye (83), 4-4 Jallim (85).

On a cold chilly day this match was an excellent advert for the Kent Youth League with two good footballing sides playing attractive passing football .

It was a fairly uneventful start with the first opening not coming until the 16th minute when Rashaar Smirkle’s throughball put Louis Henry in on goal but Sevenoaks keeper Nicky Tolhurst was quickly off his line to make a good block on the edge of his box.

Minutes later Smirkle made space well on the edge before hitting a fierce dipping shot that Tolhurst gathered moving to his left. The home side then took the lead on 21 minutes with a goal that had a touch of fortune to it.

The impressive Sam Harris sent over a deep corner from the left to the far post which fell to Lovejoy Muzunye who flicked the ball back into the crowded goalmouth where a Glebe defender in trying to clear smashed the ball against Elliot Duncan sending the ball flying back into the net. It was two shortly afterwards when Duncan’s floated free kick from wide left deceived the stretching Glebe keeper Ted McDonald as the ball sailed over his outstretched arm and into the top far corner of the net. Muzunye then had a shot from the edge of the box fly just over before on 28 minutes Sevenoaks were awarded another free kick some 25 yards from goal.

Their free kick specialist Duncan bent the ball around the Glebe defensive wall but this time McDonald moving smartly to his left made the save.

Glebe centre forward Smirkle was looking dangerous every time he got the ball and just after the half hour mark he turned well before hitting a powerful shot that flashed narrowly wide.

Then good closing down by Sevenoaks almost earned them a third goal when Sam Braddick’s attempted clearance was charged down by Caleb Edorh, the ball flying to Duncan who stretching managed to toe poke it goalwards but McDonald was able to get down low to his left and turn it out for a corner. Glebe then pulled a goal back on 35 minutes when a Jonas Whitmore corner from the right found the run of the unmarked Braddick to the near post, who stooping was able to head the ball home low to the left of Tolhurst.

A sweeping passing move then nearly saw Sevenoaks restore their two goal margin as Charlie Pickard’s crossfield pass found the run of Harris down the left and he raced forward before whipping over a deep cross that flew over McDonald but landed on the roof of the net.

Just before half time the home side went close again when a Harry Edwards pass put Edorh in on goal on the left of the area and he cut back inside and hit a rasping drive that McDonald saved well low at his right hand post.

It was the visitors who had the first chance of the second half when Ben James, with the wind behind him, hit a 35 yard speculative shot that thudded into the chest of Tolhurst.

Mis-communication in the Glebe defence then gifted Sevenoaks a third from Braddick’s back pass to McDonald, who had advanced off his line to receive the ball but slipped as it was reaching him and could only slice it back into his own net.

The visitors were not discouraged by this mishap and had a good spell of possession as they tried to get back into the match.

Firstly Whitmore’s deft pass put Oscar Powell in on goal but Tolhurst was quickly off his line to make a good close range save before Kai George had a 25 yard shot fly narrowly over.

Glebe did reduce the arrears on 58 minutes with another bizarre goal when McDonald’s wind assisted free kick from the half way line was allowed to bounce in the crowded box by the Sevenoaks defence and with Tolhurst, perhaps put off by the multitude of players in front of him, unmoving as the ball flew into the top corner of his net.

Glebe then drew level through a superb strike from Powell, who picking the ball up some 25 yards from goal rifled home an unstoppable shot that flew home high to the left of Tolhurst.

Having been pegged back it was then the turn of the home side to have the majority of the play as they looked to regain the lead.

Muzunye had a shot on the turn saved by McDonald before Dio Sartori’s excellent lofted pass put Edorh in on goal but his low shot was well saved by McDonald diving to his left.

On 77 minutes another good passing Sevenoaks move saw Sartori’s pass find Duncan down the left who in turn played in the over-lapping Harris who dribbled into the area where his close range shot was blocked by McDonald.

Another mix-up in the Glebe defence on 83 minutes looked as if it would gift the home side all the points when a long ball forward was headed back by Braddick to his keeper, who had unfortunately ventured off his line to cut out the original pass, leaving the ball bouncing towards the un-guarded goal with Muzunye just getting to it and firing it home from close range before McDonald could get back.

However amazingly a minute later Glebe were again level when James’s long ball into the box was neatly touched home from close range by Tafari Jallim low to the left of Tolhurst. Duncan then had a free kick from wide left fly narrowly wide across the face of goal before in stoppage time Paul Driver had a long range shot fly just over.

Match Report: Crockenhill Youth vs Dartford Whites

Adrian Swan

Crockenhill Youth 0 v 5 Dartford Whites Youth
0-1 Herschel (22), 0-2 Whittington (25), 0-3 Ellis (63), 0-4 Watson (74),
0-5 Powel (70) (pen).

Dartford Whites continued their perfect start to the season when winning their sixth successive league game against a battling Crockenhill side.

On a heavy uneven surface Dartford dominated the game for long periods.

They had an early chance on 5 minutes when the lively Max Carey sent over a right wing cross that fell to Daniel Watson at the far post but his low shot was saved by Nathan Snelgrove diving forward to gather.

Minutes later another Carey cross found the run to the near post of Rio Dharmi whose powerful first time volley was well saved by Snelgrove as the ball crashed into his chest. After these chances the visitors forced a succession of corners that the Crockenhill defence did well to repel.

On 18 minutes brave keeping by Snelgrove prevented a certain goal when Watson’s flighted free kick was nodded down by Tommy Whittington for Frankie Hughes, who had his close range shot on the turn well blocked by the Crockenhill custodian.

Shortly afterwards the visitors hit the woodwork when Whittington’s curling free kick from the edge of the box deflected off the top of the home defensive wall sending the ball looping high to the right of the stretching Snelgrove onto the bar and out to safety.

However on 22 minutes Dartford made the breakthrough when Watson’s free kick from wide right was not cleared with Marvin Herschel reacting quickest to toe poke the loose ball home from close range.

A few minutes later Dartford doubled their lead after Carey’s low driven shot from wide right had beaten Snelgrove to his right but was blocked on the line by Phil Domaradzki , Whittington seized on the rebound firing it home high to the left of Snelgrove.

The home side then went close to pulling a goal back when Daniel O’Neill launched a 40 yard free kick into the Dartford box which Mason Tarrant back headed narrowly over.

Dartford’s Carey then made space well in the box before hitting a low shot that flashed across the face of goal and clipped Snelgrove’s right hand post before flying out. Just after the half hour mark another Whittington free kick caused problems for the home defence with the ball falling to Brandon Davey whose fierce shot was well saved by Snelgrove low to his right.

On 37 minutes Whittington’s right wing corner found the run of Hughes to the near post but his towering header flew over.

The last chance of the first half saw Davey make space well some 25 yards from goal and hit a low shot that Snelgrove saved moving to his left.

The second half continued with the visitors on the offensive. On 48 minutes they went close to making it three when Billy Sheppard’s left wing cross was punched out by Snelgrove to Watson’s whose low shot beat the home keeper to his right but was hacked away off the line to safety by O’Neill.

On 54 minutes the home side went close to reducing the deficit when O’Neill’s excellent deep left wing cross found Rhys Draper racing in at the far post but he could only direct his first time volley into the side netting.

Dartford then went close to extending their lead when Sheppard’s through ball put Herschel in on goal but with only Snelgrove to beat he steered his shot narrowly wide.

However the visitors did make it three on 63 minutes when Carey’s deep left wing cross flew over the stretching Snelgrove and found Kieran Ellis at the far post for a close range tap in.

Watson’s right wing cross then found Dharmi but his hooked volley flew over before the impressive Whittington hit a 25 yard shot that Snelgrove saved well low to right for a corner. A sweeping Dartford move on 74 minutes saw them then make it four when Ellis’s cross field pass found the run of Watson into the box and he took a touch before slotting home low to the right of the exposed Snelgrove.

The busy Snelgrove then made his only mistake of the game when his attempted clearance fell straight to Whittington some 40 yards from goal and although his lobbed shot flew over the out of position keeper it drifted just wide of the goal.

On 80 minutes it was five when a cross to the edge of the box was nodded into the area by Sheppard finding Hughes, whose header was blocked by the body of Snelgrove but the loose ball fell to Dharmi who scored from close range.

The last chance of the game also fell to the visitors when Ellis’s right wing cross found Dharmi whose low shot on the turn brought another good save out of Snelgrove.

There were a number of good performances from the visitors but centre back Joshua Wigmore caught the eye with his composure on the ball as did midfielder Whitington with his tireless running and tackling and good ball distribution.

Match Report: Glebe Youth 3 v 2 Ramsgate Youth

Adrian Swan

Glebe Youth 3 v 2 Ramsgate Youth
1-0 Whitmore (19), 2-0 Abiru (22), 2-1 Farmer (31), 2-2 Anderson (54),
3-2 George (69).

This was an entertaining game played between two good footballing sides that saw the home team take the points in a closely fought encounter.

Despite the very wet weather on Saturday the pitch was in excellent condition and both sides kept the ball down and played some good passing football on the good surface.

Glebe had the first chance of the game on 4 minutes when a Jonas Whitmore free kick from wide left found Ben James rising highest at the far post but his header flew wide of the goal.

They had another opportunity minutes later when from a Ramsgate corner the ball was quickly cleared upfield by Opeyemi Abiru to Oscar Powell who in turn sent a defence splitting pass inside the Ramsgate full back for Hakeem Jallim. He got to the bye line before pulling the ball back for Powell, who had continued his run into the box, but his rasping drive was pushed away to safety by Ramsgate keeper Oliver Haines high above his head.

The visitors went close shortly afterwards when Tom Wells hit a long range free kick from the half way line into the home box that was cleared out to the edge of the area where Jack Miller hit a low shot narrowly wide.

Glebe then took the lead on 19 minutes when Whitmore’s right wing corner was cleared out to the left of the area and collected by Powell who then chipped the ball back across to the far post where Whitmore scored with a close range drive beating Haines low at his left hand post.

The home side then doubled their lead on 22 minutes when another swift break saw Powell feed Jallim down the right and he surged into the box before hitting a low shot that Haines diving full length to his right managed to claw away but the loose ball fell to Abiru who touched home from close range.

Glebe then nearly gifted the visitors a way back minutes later when Nathan

Agyapong’s back pass was seized upon by Charlie Shonk but with only Glebe keeper Baldwin Kaluya to beat he shot over. On 27 minutes another Whitmore corner was cleared out to Joshua Peiris some 30 yards from goal and he hit a powerful first time half volley that flashed into the side netting.

James then tried his luck with a 35 yard free kick that flew straight at Haines, who with the sun in his eyes, knocked the ball up and only managed to gather at the second attempt.

Just after the half hour mark the visitors halved the deficit when a Sam Belsey corner from the left was not cleared by the Glebe defence with several shots being blocked before the ball fell to Elliott Farmer whose fierce shot flew home through the crowded box beating Kaluya low to his left.

Just before half time Glebe almost restored their two goal lead when a Haines clearance fell to Jallim who hit a low shot that flashed narrowly wide across the face of goal.

Early in the second half Ramsgate went close to equalising when Shonk did well to win the ball near the half way line and race through on goal but his fierce drive deflected off a covering defender into the side netting.

Glebe then went close to increasing their lead when Powell’s deep right wing cross found Jallim beyond the far post and although his volleyed shot beat Haines low to his right, the ball crashed against the post before falling out to the tireless Abiru whose follow up shot flew over from close range.

Ramsgate were then denied an equaliser thanks to resolute Glebe defending. Farmer got through on goal but Kaluya was quickly off his line and made a good close range block with the loose ball falling out to Shonk whose effort was blocked by a Glebe body with the ball then flying up to Jordan Anderson whose close range header beat Kaluya high to his right but was nodded off the line to safety by Agyapong.

However Anderson was not to be denied as he drew the visitors level on 54 minutes with an absolutely superb strike from all of 30 yards that saw the ball arrow home low to the left of the diving Kaluya, who got a hand to the ball but could not prevent it flying into the bottom corner of the net.

Glebe’s Zak Long then tested Haines with a 25 yard shot that the Ramsgate keeper saved diving high to his left. Just after the hour mark the visitors went close to taking the lead when James Turner put Anderson in on goal but Kaluya was again quickly off his line to make a good close range block.

Ramsgate problems of defending set pieces almost caused them trouble again when Abiru’s deep left wing corner found Long free at the far post but his header flew wide.

Glebe then re-took the lead on 69 minutes when Kai George, who had only been on the pitch a few minutes, let fly with a ferocious dipping shot from the edge of the box that Haines diving forward could only shovel into his net.

Minutes later Glebe had the chance to make it four after Abiru’s though ball had put Louis Henry in on goal but Haines in trying to save brought down the Glebe forward and a penalty awarded.

This was taken by Powell who hit the ball firmly but Haines diving full length low to his right made a superb save pushing the ball out for a corner. However the visiting keeper was fortunate minutes later when Abiru’s left wing cross deceived him as the ball flew over his outstretched hand but bounced off the bar and away to safety.

On 80 minutes good pressing by George on Miller saw him rob the Ramsgate player as he received a pass from Haines, and spotting Haines off his line George tried to chip the back pedalling keeper but the ball flew over.

Into the last 10 minutes of the match Ramsgate’s Shonk turned well before flashing a shot narrowly wide across the face of goal before Belsey’s right wing corner deceived Kaluya but James rescued his keeper with a clearing header from under the bar.

Shortly afterwards the final whistle went with Glebe victorious and with this win moved level with Ramsgate and Sevenoaks at the top of the table, albeit both themselves and Ramsgate having played two games more than Sevenoaks.

Fundraise this Christmas with the KYL

Get into the festive spirit and help the Kent Youth League raise funds for those who need it most this Christmas period.

On Sunday 15th December, we are asking all our clubs to support our #KYLChristmas efforts to fundraise for our Charity Partner, Redthread.

It’s a simple, festive ask. We’d like to encourage all teams to come together on our final official game before the Christmas break, to enjoy post-match hospitality alongside each other – and most importantly – wearing their best Christmas jumpers!

Not only is this a chance to bring players, coaches, volunteers and clubs together at Christmas, we will be offering a prize* to the two teams who share the best and most creative photo with us either on our Twitter or Instagram page using the hashtag #KYLChristmas.

All teams and their respective coaches, players and parents will be asked to consider donating a £1 to the initiative with every penny going to Redthread, a charity supporting young people to be healthy, safe and happy through work in A&Es and primary care.

It’s an important cause – and one the League will be supporting throughout the season – but with Christmas approaching, we have further cause to demonstrate that support to Redthread during a challenging time of year. 

Those taking part in #KYLChristmas will be able to donate to our Christmas campaign by clicking here.

Tonbridge Angels FC Academy 2019/20

Tonbridge Angels football Academy are having an Opening evening for current year 11/12 students on Wednesday 27th November at The Longmead Stadium for next September’s intake.

Tonbridge Angels football academy offer a ride range of A level & BTEC qualifications, alongside a full time football Scholarship at Hugh Christie School. Students are also offered the chance to do their FA level 1 qualification with an option in their 3rd year to do a Level 3 Personal Training Qualification

The scheme is headed up by UEFA A Licence coach & 1st team coach/Captain Tom Parkinson, alongside coaches, Hugo Langton (UEFA A licence & Welling United assistant manager), Jamie Coyle (UEFA A Licence coach), Dom Welsh & Rhys Bartlett. 

In our 15 months of running we have had the following success so far:

  • 7 1st team debuts
  • 18 different players train with the 1st team
  • 1 player on trial with Leicester City 
  • 100% BTEC level 3 pass rate 
  • 18 FA Level 1 coaches 
  • 6 players go to University 

To sign up please use the link: https://eu.jotform.com/form/92911723517357 or email: tafcacademy@outlook.com

Match Report: Sevenoaks Town Youth v Chatham Town Youth

Match Report: Chatham Town v Cray Wanderers Youth

Adrian Swan

Chatham Town Youth 3 v 0 Cray Wanderers Youth
1-0 Dos Santos (16), 2-0 Dos Santos (30), 3-0 Pinto (78).

Chatham Town moved into the next round of the KitToFit Challenge Cup with an excellent victory against a battling Cray Wanderers side.

Although there were many good performances in Chatham’s victory they was a virtuoso performance from forward Luis Dos Santos who scored twice and kept the visiting defence on edge throughout the game.

Indeed it was Dos Santos who tested Cray keeper Adam Bennett with an early shot from the edge of the box that he gathered well at his feet. Shortly afterwards Dos Santos got free down the right and raced to the bye line before fizzing over a low cross that fell to De Niro Pinto whose shot on the turn flew over.

Cray had their first chance of the game on 5 minutes when Christopher Alhassan surged forward to the edge of the box before playing the ball into Akolawole Salami whose close range shot went narrowly wide as he was quickly closed down by home defenders.

Minutes later Jack Palmby’s throughball found the run down the right of Dos Santos who then cut into the box and hit a fierce drive that flashed across the face of goal and just wide of Bennett’s left hand post. Dos Santos then made space well on the edge of the box before hitting a powerful shot at Bennett.

Chatham took the lead on 16 minutes when Dos Santos curled a 25 yard right footed free kick around the Cray defensive wall and low to the right of the diving Bennett into the bottom corner of the net. A neat passing move from the home side then saw them go close to increasing their lead when a Tyler Juggins pass found the run down the right of Alfie Bates who then pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for the on-rushing Pamlby whose first time shot ran narrowly wide.

Palmby then had another effort fly just over before Chatham made it two on 30 minutes when Pinto played the ball up to Dos Santos on the edge of the box and he jinked one way and then the other creating space before rifling home an unstoppable left shot that beat a diving Bennett low to his left.

It might have been three on 34 minutes when Dos Santos sent over a deep corner from the right that fell to Pinto at the far post and he clipped the ball back for Palmby, who racing into the box saw his stooping header fly wide.

On 40 minutes a neat interchange between Oscar Pantry and Dos Santos saw Pantry play the ball down the right for Dos Santos who, spotting Pantry continuing his run into the box, whipped over a low cross that a sliding Pantry narrowly failed to get to.

In the final couple of minutes of the half Dos Santos twice tested Bennett with shots from the edge of the box that the busy Cray keeper saved well.

The second half continued with Chatham on the attack. Dos Santos had a 25 yard free kick fly just over before a deep left wing corner from Juggins found Nicky Hunt at the far post but his diving header flew wide.

Cray then hit the woodwork on 52 minutes when Max Gayle’s left wing cross struck the outside of Harvey Mills’s left hand post although the Chatham keeper had his post covered.

Cray’s Tion Cudjoe then turned well on the edge of the box before hitting a low shot that flashed narrowly wide. Chatham nearly made it three on 56 minutes when another good passing move saw Palmby find Bates whose throughball put Dos Santos in on goal but Bennett was quickly off his line to make a good close range block.

Just after the hour mark Cray’s Jake Parrott made a good run down the left to the bye line before hitting a fierce shot from an acute angle that flew into the side netting with Mills again getting his angles right covering his near post. An incisive pass from Dos Santos then put Pinto through on goal but Bennett was again quickly off his line to block his close range shot.

On 74 minutes an excellent pass from Bates put the tireless Palmby in on goal but his shot flew over with only Bennett to beat. However minutes later the home side made it three after Bates made a strong run into the box where his close range shot was well blocked by Bennett, the rebound flying out to Pinto who deservedly scored after his fine performance, firing the ball home low to the left of Bennett.

Into the dying moments of the game Dos Santos went close to completing his hat-trick but was thwarted three times by fine saves from Bennett.

The visitors almost got a consolation goal in stoppage time when Parrott again did well down the left before having his powerful shot deflected just over. From Parrott’s left wing corner the ball was headed backwards by defender Oliver Kent-Smith forcing Mills into a low save diving back to gather the ball on the line.

Match Report: Sevenoaks Town Youth v Chatham Town Youth

Match Report: Sevenoaks Town Youth v Chatham Town Youth

Adrian Swan

Sevenoaks Town Youth 3 v 0 Chatham Town Youth
1-0 Harris (17), 2-0 Edwards (21), 3-0 Duncan (43).
This second Kent Youth cup tie was an excellent advert for the Kent Youth League with two currently unbeaten sides playing attractive passing football. It was the home side that started the game brightly going close to taking the lead after only 3 minutes when Chatham Town keeper Harvey Mills saw his clearance from wide left of his goal only find a Sevenoaks player who quickly crossed in to Elliot Duncan who controlled the ball well before turning and flashing a low shot narrowly wide as Mills scrambled back across his goal. Minutes later it was the visitors who had a chance when their impressive midfielder general Luis Dos Santos sent over a free kick from wide right that found Oscar Pantry on the edge of the box but his shot on the turn flew over. Dos Santos then fired in a long range effort that home keeper Tom Cleary gathered low down before the action quickly switched to the other end with a Sam Harris in-swinging corner from the right finding Harry Edwards at the far post but stretching he could only head wide of the target. On 13 minutes Sevenoaks midfielder Charlie Greenwood played the ball up to Duncan who made space well on the edge of the box before flashing a low shot just wide. Minutes later it was Charlie Pickard’s pass that found Duncan who again turned well but his curling shot from the edge of the box was superbly tipped away by the diminutive Mills diving high to his left to claw the ball over for a corner. However from this taken by Harris they did take the lead when his excellent in-swinging corner from the right flew over the outstretched hand of a leaping Mills and into the far corner of the net. Sevenoaks then quickly doubled their lead with a goal that had a touch of good fortune to it as Edwards hit a 25 yard shot that took a massive deflection off a Chatham defender, totalling wrong footing Mills as he moved to his left, with the ball spinning into the net off his right hand post. Chatham’s Pantry then made a strong run forward before hitting a fierce shot that flew just wide. Just after the half hour mark a high cross from Caleb Edorh found Edwards but his volley flew straight at Mills before Edorh then had a low shot well saved by Mills diving low to his left. Chatham’s Jack Kelly then forced Cleary into a good save high to his left to keep out his long range shot. Sevenoaks were then awarded a penalty just before half time when Luke Salmons made a strong run into the box where Mills dived at his feet to gather the ball bringing down Salmons in the process. The Referee deemed that Mills had brought the player down before touching the ball and awarded a spot kick. This was taken by Duncan who fired home low to the left of the diving Mills. In the second half Chatham had the lion’s share of possession but could not break down the home defence. Indeed it was not until the 63rd minute that the visitors had their first chance of the half when Dos Santos burst into the box but from an acute angle sent his low shot into the side netting. A minute later it looked as if Chatham would pull a goal back when a Tyler Juggins right wing corner was powerfully headed goalwards by George Green, the ball beating the diving Cleary high to his left but was headed off the line by Sid Smith guarding their left hand post. On 69 minutes Dos Santos flashed a long range effort narrowly wide before on 76 minutes his clever free kick found Joshua McIlherson but close range header was well saved by Cleary moving to his left. Cleary then made another good save a minute later diving low to his left to keep out another Dos Santos long range shot. Into the final 10 minutes of the match Dos Santos again tested Cleary with another long range shot that home keeper saved diving low to his left. Then in stoppage time a Juggins right wing corner found Green whose towering header flew just wide. Dos Santos then fired a shot from an acute angle over before Juggins had a long range shot fly straight at Cleary.

Sponsor Charlotte’s Half Marathon

Kent Youth League Committee Member, Charlotte Richardson, ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

The 13.1 miles were run to raise funds and awareness of our charity partner, Redthread.

Charlotte’s endeavours are one example of the kind of fundraising activities we will be undertaking this season to reach our target of £10,000.

If we were to get a pound for every time Charlotte uploads a Players Wanted advert, the soggy Sunday run will have made a huge difference.

Click here to sponsor.

Referee Secretary Vacancy

Following on from the recent resignation of Chris Myatt the League is looking to appoint a new Referee Secretary to lead a team responsible for :

  1. Taking overall charge of appointments of all League matches.
  1. Working with a team of a minimum of 3 so leadership is essential.
  1. Working closely with the Referee Development Officer at Kent FA.
  1. Helping support new younger referees on the League.
  1. Being part of the League Management Committee
  1. Dealing with club correspondence and low referee marks
  1. Recruiting new Referees for the League

The closing date for this vacancy is Monday 21st October at 5pm.

Please email : office@kentyouthleague.co.uk if you are interested in joining our League.

U16s Fixture Secretary Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen for an U16 Fixture Secretary to work with our fixture team to help provide fixtures for our Under 16s until the end of the season.

The League now uses Full Time and whilst some knowledge of the system would be advantageous it is not essential as full training will be given.

The role will also give the successful applicant a place on the League Management Committee and the chance to influence decisions made to ensure the League remains one of the best youth league’s around.

The closing date for this is Monday 21st October 2019 at 5pm.

Please send an email to express your interest to :

Steve Rowedder – Senior Fixture Secretary – steve.ref@outlook.com

Copy to office@kentyouthleague.co.uk  

Tonbridge Angels FC Academy

Didn’t get the GCSE’s you wanted or want to change pathway?

Tonbridge Angels Football Academy still have places avaliable for this September start. Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to study A Levels &/or BTEC Level 3 sport whilst training daily by UEFA A Licenced coaches. 

If interested please email tafcacademy@outlook.com

Free Coaching Session With Andy Hessenthaler

He’s back!

Dover Athletic Manager and K Sports Soccer Director Andy Hessenthaler, is celebrating his return to Friday night coaching at the K Sports Soccer Academy, with some free sessions alongside Head Coach Darren Hare.

If you are looking for a high tempo extra training session during the week with the most experienced A Licence coaches in the county, then why not come along for our taster sessions on Friday 30th August?

For players starting next season at Under 12 and Under 13, the free taster starts at 5.30pm finishing at 6.30pm at the FIFA Pro License pitch at K Sports Cobdown.

For Under 14 – Under 16 players, the time of the session is 6.30-7.30pm.

Whether you have been before and would like to revisit or you are keen try us out please ensure you register by Thursday 29th August. You can register by clicking here.

After each session Andy and Darren will outline the objectives for KSports Soccer and how we will try and develop the players’ decision making and skills using our philosophy of game related practice with a high intensity – afterwards the choice is yours!

Come along and see what it’s like!

Location: K Sports Cobdown, Station Road, ME20 6AU

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

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

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

Fixtures Secretaries Required for 2019/20

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.

Sin Bins

Following a recent seminar hosted by the Kent FA, we’d like to share and circulate further information regarding Sin Bins which will be coming into enforcement next season.

We hope the information will be useful to clubs, coaches, volunteers, players and parents.

Temporary Dismissals 2019 Powerpoint.Temporary Dismissals 2019 (1)

Kent FA Sin Bin Tables.Kent FA Sin Bin Table

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​

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

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

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

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

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