The first planning meeting for this year’s tournament is tonight beginning promptly at 7.15pm. These meetings are short and sharp but crucial to our planning. Can we make sure all teams are represented please? Chelsea v Man Utd will be on the box!
Training tonight is as usual for a Monday: Pitchside 6pm for the Under 9s and Waterside 6pm for the Under 14s. Update: apparently the U9s is cancelled and the U14s will now switch to Pitchside.
Two superb second half goals from Kieran Shrimpton, one a pile driver and the second the finishing touch to a flowing move, earned the Green a 2-0 victory over Mersham in the Bodkin Cup. Sporting tie wth both teams playing some neat football.
Meanwhile, the reserves can be considered more than unfortunate to come away from The Ridge with a 3-2 defeat to Ashford Spartans. On target for the Green, who had a strong claim for a penalty turned down, were Tom Messenger and Brad Osborne.
Nick Cook – “What a fantastic day of football”
What a fantastic day of football today, had my best ever turn out of the season – nice one . We were blessed with brilliant weather at Rainham today and lots of great matches for the under 11, under 13 and under 16 groups. Thanks guys for the great day!
Looking forward to Sunday … and happy birthday to Dan Guichard, former first team boss Dave Smith and Nathan Stevens!
Sunday morning: BGV Juniors meet in the clubhouse 8.30am to prepare for their tournament at Rainham. BGV Seniors training as normal. In the Ashford Sunday League, we entertain Mersham (Bodkin Cup) while the reserves make the short trip to The Ridge to face Ashford Spartans. Sid will be without the injured David Robinson and Conan Wyer but is expected to field a couple of new signings.
Under 16s become first side to take a point off champions-elect in no-holds barred clash at Waterside
Mark Fuller declared himself well pleased with a 1-1 home draw against East Peckham who had previously not dropped a point this season. The visitors, who have all but wrapped up the title, led for a long spell but striker Alfie Glendinning notched a deserved leveller and point-saver for the Green. The visitors, uncompromising but providing a useful learning experience for the lads, received a let-off when a blatant penalty claim was refused after Ilja had been scythed down. All credit to the Green boys who battled away and earned their point towards the end. Encouraging all-round performance with Gabriel continuing his improved form by gaining the Player of the Match accolade and Kieran pulling off some great saves between the sticks. Next week the squad has a vacant date while the following Saturday they face a difficult away match with Egerton our opponents.
Under 11s thrilling away game with Faversham Strike Force Colts … summary by Rob Finn
Today we travelled to Faversham for a friendly which was to be a good game both sides playing some good football but against the run of play we found ourselves-3-0 down in the first 20 minutes from some slack defending but could have been on equal terms before the break if Matteo and Sam took their chances. HT 3-0. Second half the boys came out fighting and pulled a goal back from Sam’s corner which was headed home by Alfie 3-1 they kept pressing for a second but squandered more chances in front of goal. Sam did pull another back with a fine strike 3-2 but the clock was ticking and we just ran out of time final score 3-2. A good performance by all and a big well done to Preston for getting McDonalds PoM today for some outstanding goalkeeping well done!
Under 10s carry on improving
First football match for 2 weeks and wow what a performance. This game had everything, great goalkeeping from Oliver, strong assured defending from Max and Harvey and some really good attacking football from Riley (2 goals), Ellis (2 goals) and new signing Bobby scoring on his debut and also an excellent performance from Lilly (POM) chosen by the Charing coach. Well done! Matt Church
Looking forward to playing, rather than being frustrated by the elements, we have an interesting set of fixtures this weekend – none more so than the U8s inter-club derby at Waterside between the BG Colts and BG U8s.
After weeks of interruptions by the weather, the U16s welcome East Peckham for what should be an entertaining affair that kicks off at 11.30am; the U14s have a tough test at Mersham while Sid’s group entertain powerful Otford.
On Sunday, the firsts welcome Mersham in the Bodkin Cup while the seconds go to The Ridge to face Ashford Spartans. Should be two great games – so give the teams your support if you can.
All the weekend fixtures, times and venues are on the Events & Fixtures page
The Under 11s squad for the trip to Faversham Rec on Saturday is: Preston, Alfie, Harrison, Charlie, Ben, Sam, Matteo, Kieran B, Timmy, Kavalli. Unavailable are William, Amin, Arilas, Thomas, Josh, Abdel, Daniel.
11am update Friday: Under 11s rearranged game Saturday at Faversham Recreation Ground, Park Road, Faversham ME13 8EU against Faversham Strike Force Colts. Please meet in the clubhouse by 9.30am.
Birthday greetings Friday to Vice President Ciaran McQuillan!
RIP: Our thoughts today (Friday) are with Matthew and the Stanley family as they say their last farewells to Helen
Clubhouse open 7am to midday Friday for garment collection
Thanks go to Dean Mansfield who stood in to train the U14s last night … well done the eight lads that turned up and enjoyed the session. Tomorrow, the squad makes the short trip to Mersham for a friendly.
Cover needed for Sid at next Wednesday’s training at the North School. If you can help please let Sid/DH know. Thank you.
Update Thursday 9am: Wye unable to raise a side for Saturday’s U11s match … but Rob is trying to sort out a friendly and will keep you posted
Tournament planning meeting next Monday
Can everyone please note that the initial Planning Meeting for this year’s annual BGFC Tournament will be on Monday at 7.15pm. All BG youth teams are entered, so please let’s have all team reps, managers and admins present as we need to be fully organised. Emails, messages, drones will be sent out before the weekend with an agenda but your ideas are welcome. As the longest-established small side tournament of its kind in the area, dating back to the early 70s, it is vital parents join in the family weekend to enable us to put on a good show for our guests. As always, everyone is welcome.
Thursday’s training is all as per the Events & Fixtures page
East Kent Youth League
It seems that the very young age groups play at 2pm on a Saturday not a Sunday as many of us thought. This is a blow to the U9DVS squad who were the first opt for football both days. Looks like they will need to wait one more season. If any of the teams up to and including U10s for next season fancy a different challenge with Saturday afternoon starts, please inform DH in the very near future. Can of course be a new team and the idea is not to interfere with our current ADYL commitments.
However, for our current U10s and upwards, the offer still remains for Sundays with 2pm kick offs in the EKYL . Need to start making decisions now please parents, managers, admin and of course players to get the applications in.
Further updates today but senior managers please note there is a massive amount owed in fines and they need settling this weekend please.
Wednesday training is all as per the schedule (refer to Events & Fixtures page if in doubt)
I will open the clubhouse for the BG Valiants adult training at 5pm Wednesday DH
Thanks to Danielle Burgess and young Jack M for helping with the kitchen last night
Confirmation of the younger age groups ADYL tournament days at Waterside, Homelands, New Romney and Charing
U7 Pacific- 16th March @ Bromley Green U8 Atlantic- 23rd March @ Homelands U8 Pacific- 30th March @ Bromley Green U9 Atlantic- 6th April @ New Romney U9 Pacific and U7 Atlantic- 13th April @ Charing
Please come and collect! (Open Wednesday 13 February 2019 from 3-7.30pm)
The following are waiting in the clubhouse for collection … please come and gather asap … thanks
UK 152 12YR
260 Lilly Wood
549 Spencer Saunders
526 Sam Ifeakor
UK 164 14YR
1272 Joshua Jeffreys
UK Small Adult x3
545 Jake Corrigan
540 Elliott Dalton
345 Toby Galton
548 Brian Jenkins
Polo shirts XLY
360 Adrian F
526 Sam Ifeakor
527 William Spiers
Polo shirts MY
238 Nicolas Lemiszek
522 Ronnie Judge
538 Max Randall
Polo shirts SA
142 Elliott Grace
540 Elliott Dalton
Polo shirts MA
239 James Yaxley
541 Aleks P
Polo shirts LA
099 Louis Burton
T-shirts Medium Youth
379 Olly Rump
542 Ben Agar
543 Callum Witt
546 Jacob Maciolek
522 Ronnie Judge
538 Max Randall
T-shirts Extra Large
526 Sam Ifeakor
T-shirts Small Adult
540 Elliott Dalton
545 J Corrigan
T-shirts Medium Adult
T-shirts Large Adult
099 Louis Burton
Spring Greens can’t wait to get going!
All you 5-year-olds coming up for 6 years by next September, get ready as the new U7s will soon begin training at Waterside. Manager Charlie Fletcher is waiting for the clocks to change and then it’s full steam ahead. Full details on this website nearer the time – but get all your mates ready! Initially email firstname.lastname@example.org for further updates.
Meanwhile, Alex and the current U7s are buzzing and hopefully a few injuries will clear up for a good turn-out at Repton on Thursday 6pm. Keen boys and girls are always welcome and the manager is particularly keen on a specialist keeper joining the ranks for the summer tournaments and of course next season’s entry into the league. The squad will be taking part in the U7s ADYFL tournament hosted by the Green … more details later.
Training tonight as per the schedule (refer to the Events & Fixtures page if in doubt)
Casserole especially for Danielle this evening after training at Waterside! Dave’s special Korker Kasserole, with beans, onions and gravy … smells lovely Danielle! (oh and chips of course)
Please come and collect: clubhouse open Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm to 7.30pm. Managers can you please encourage players not to leave garments lying around here. Thank you
T-shirts Medium Youth 379 Olly Rump 542 Ben Agar 543 Callum Witt 546 Jacob Maciolek 522 Ronnie Judge 538 Max Randall
T-shirts Extra Large Youth 396 Arilas 526 Sam Ifeakor
T-shirts Small Adult 540 Elliott Dalton 545 J Corrigan
T-shirts Medium Adult 541 Arilas
T-shirts Large Adult 099 Louis Burton
St Georges teams … the weather has meant I hardly see some of you but all the paperwork and deposits appreciated as soon as possible please. I will be at the club today (Tuesday) from 5pm and also Wednesday from 5pm so please either pop in personally or ensure your manager or admin has the necessary. Thank you DH
Training tonight as per the schedule for the U14s at Waterside and the U9s at Pitchside; both with 6pm starts.
Despite the weather causing havoc with the fixtures again, plenty of fun at the club over the weekend and thanks to those who supported the clubhouse. Terrific shows by the Under 12s and BGV Adults.
Goalkeeper needed now for the U7s ready for next season’s league campaign
Manager Alex Hebbes is searching for a keeper as the U7s squad prepares to enter the the league next season as Under 8s. The squad has impressed in friendlies and has a good balance plus an eye for goal (eight on Saturday!) but a specialist goalie is needed. Any parent whose child might wish to try their hand with us is welcome to contact Alex on 07740363519 for further details; or just turn up for outdoor training with a 6pm start at Repton Community School on Thursday.
Great tournament day for the Bromley Green Valiants at Faversham
Report from Debby Claber on the C team at Faversham
There are definite advantages that we have over BGV A and BGV B. Yesterday demonstrated this quite clearly, as we left the other two squads to the 3g and the very cold wind, to go into a warm, draft-free hall to play our games!
We had 2 teams to play against, and the format changed slightly as a result, to give everyone more playing time. So longer games but with a halftime to catch breath.
First game, against Milton, we knew was going to be the more challenging of the two and praise to all players who dealt with and contained their frustrations around it. We kept the pace up throughout. Jordon managed to get 3 past their goalie and Adam was unlucky, with several near misses. Owen (our wonder goalie!) stayed resolute in the face of some extremely powerful shots and did us proud. The final result did not go our way, but our players didn’t give up.
Second game was much more evenly matched, against Maidstone. Adam finally overcame his unlucky streak and got the ball into the net, with Jordon again providing the other goals.
One loss, one win. Good play from all and some excellent teamwork. Player of the tournament went to Gemma, who was absolutely solid, getting herself into spaces,shouting clearly for the ball and passing it precisely to her teammates, as well as never giving up in her determination to get the ball off the opposition.
Bromley Green Valiants B Squad report from David Spencer
A damp start to the day, certainly did not dampen our spirits. Match 1 was against Maidstone United Raiders Copper. From the go we commanded this match and several close attempts were eventually rewarded with one of the slowest goals by Kane, on the edge of the area there was a bit of a scrum of players but Kane tap the ball to roll slowly into the corner. Match ended 1-0 to us.
Match 2 was against Sheppey United, this was a great closely fought match as despite being a player down we held our own. In the dying moments a long ball played out from Sheppey’s keeper fell kindly to their striker and they slotted one in past us despite Aaron’s gritty determination to try and prevent this late goal. Match ended 1-0 to Sheppey.
Match 3 was against Maidstone United Nickel. The previous match had taken its toll on our legs and we had to defend deep. We did have a few chances but these were saved. Caught on the break twice saw Maidstone capitalise on both occasions and this match ended 2-0 to the Stones.
Match 4 was against Maidstone’s final team Maidstone Steel. For the first time all day we faced even player numbers, despite Maidstone having to borrow a player from another team. This game was perhaps the only time all day that the scoreline did not accurately reflect the game. Josh had at least 4 powerful and accurate shots but Maidstone’s keeper was certainly in his “A game” Maidstone also had a couple of chances which our keeper Ashley confidently kept out of the net. This game demonstrated how great goalkeeping makes a huge difference. Final score 0-0
Match 5 was against Anchorians. This was our penultimate match of the day. Fatigue had fully set in at this point and Anchorians made good use of their substitutes bringing on some fresh legs at the tail end of the game that was rewarded with a late goal. Final score 1-0 to Anchorians.
Despite the damp conditions and being a player short throughout the day, we demonstrated determination and never let our heads go down – so well done lads. A great debut from Josh on his return to the club and we look forward to our next tournament.
Man of the tournament went to Aaron for his gritty determination, and not giving up at the back, when often defending alone.
Aaron Maul reports from the Abbey School, Faversham
Our first game was against Charton Deaf who have looked quite strong of late and always give us a game. However, we managed to win quite comfortably. Grant scored one from a cut back from Cam finishing the game 1-0.
Next was against Canterbury and we had a stroke of luck as they had a player down with a second feeling a bit injured. With this we dominated the game and won comfortably, Cam scored 2 with Grant and Stuart got one each too. 4-0 final score.
The second Charlton team were next, which again was a perfectly winnable game and proved that way with Cam getting another and seeing out 1-0.
Lastly was Swanscombe which with a win would have taken us top leapfrogging the at the top of the table. It was tough from the start but we were on top for the start of the game, but conceded following a corner and lost 1-0.
Great tournament the best we have played all season, couldn’t be happier, we climbed into touching distance of the top of the table all being a player down. Our man of the tournament goes to Harrison for having a great week and, despite hurting a finger again, still played the last three games to see us through.