Shane: if you can watch, we will have Birmingham v Wolves on the box at lunchtime!
Good luck to our Under 8s who are in cup action this morning
Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated!
Kipling wrote some exceedingly good stuff but statements on social media and other websites such as ‘sadly another club in demise folds’ really are hyperbolic in the extreme. In cold terms, the recent withdrawal of a side from the Sunday Premier represents a 5% reduction in our number of teams. There are 19 other sides registered and enjoying their football in various leagues both locally and across the county [senior, youth, disabled, girls] plus Little Ones and others that we cater for as and when demand is there from the community. Whilst that does not make it less painful or embarrassing for those of us that took the club into the League many years ago, it does call for a degree of contextual understanding. As I said in my statement earlier in the week [scroll down if you want to read it] the club has never been more stable and we are confident of being back as a force in senior football before too long. Indeed, if you are reading this and feel you would enjoy having a role in our club, please contact us or pop down one match day for a no-obligation chat. Our increased and inclusive provision across the age spectrum gives opportunities both for administrative and coaching positions at senior and junior level.
Onto this weekend where we stage no less than ten home games [please refer to the Fixtures tab]. The Saturday firsts meanwhile have a difficult away match with East Kent College as they endeavour to climb the table. For the Reserves, the visitors are Lydd Town A while on Sunday morning we seek our first league win of the campaign when Burton Grove visit Waterside. Kurtis Hooper returns from holiday but absentees already include Terry Perk, Connor Gower and Sokol Kristollari. Last Sunday we did not have a single home match but this Sunday everybody is at home … with the Manchester derby on the box at lunchtime, and gammon in the oven, it should be an enjoyable day!
On the youth front, the Under 13 inter-club derby heads the Saturday bill. The Colts have long-term injury problems plus their leading scorer Alex Pallade begins a 3-match suspension; very unjust but perhaps a chance for others to rise to the occasion. John Collen will have to fire his Under 14 boys up for the visit of a Park Farm Rangers side sitting second in the table.
Three massive challenges for the Green lads on Sunday afternoon
There are three massive games for our EKYL teams on Sunday at Waterside with all needing to win to keep in touch with the league pacesetters.
Any Bromley Green v Folkestone Invicta fixture always whets the appetite but Martyn Dalby is boosted by the return from holiday of James Haylock-Ashdown and Levii Loyza and confident of a positive result.
Following last week’s emphatic cup victory at Dover, where Reece Chapman [photo] hit a hat trick, there is healthy competition for places despite the disappointing departure of striker Brandon Bourne. Dalby has confirmed that the versatile Tyler Montgomery has been added to the squad for his third spell with the club.
Herne Bay Youth provide the opposition for our Under 15s while Jack Brown is suspended for the Under 13s tussle with unbeaten Park Farm Rangers. Phelan Stroud is close to returning from injury and Ollie Heard [left] could make his Sunday debut for the Green.
In the morning, the BG Girls tackle last season’s cup finalists Real Gima at Waterside.
Kick off times are all on the Fixtures tab.
Have an enjoyable weekend everybody!
Fixtures Sunday 2 November 2014
The FA Vase First Round
Fisher v Crawley Down Gatwick
Ashford & District Sunday League
Shadoxhurst v Brewmaster
Beaver v Troggs
Red Heathens v Batchelors SSC
Bromley Green v Burton Grove
Grasshoppers v Marsh Athletic Reserves
Sandgate AFC v Shepway Spartans
Appledore v Park Farm Rangers
Ashford Spartans v Mersham Sports Reserves
Fox Sunday v Aldington Reserves
Troggs Reserves v Stour Valley
Ashford Charity Trophy First Round
Kingsnorth Pilgrims v Kennington
Ashford Charity Trophy Second Round
Ashford Cavaliers v Prince Albert
Market Hotel v Aldington
Mersham Sports v Ashford Dynamo
Willesborough AFC v Stanhope Rangers
Bodkin Cup First Round
Iden Park v AFC Locomotive
Bodkin Cup Second Round
Albion v Hamstreet
Sheber Cup Second Round
Lolzors v Givaudan