Monday: clubhouse opens at 4.30pm with all training ON
Advance notice: there is no seniors training this Tuesday
Birthday greetings today to former player Kev Barrett!
It is the adult section of our club that takes the plaudits for a fabulous weekend of football with victories for the two senior sides and the Valiants tournament culminating in a defeat at the final hurdle by Folkestone A. But well done to the squad for coming so near and focus now turns to the Kent Disability League campaign where we are one of the favourites to gain back the title won in 2014. Thanks are extended to all the managers and admin for making the event another success.
Visitors Folkestone come out on top
Two fantastic results for the seniors with the Saturday side romping in 4-0 away to Lenham Wanderers and the Sunday team battling to gain a 2-1 success against a very useful and well organised Shepway Spartans outfit.
Levii Loyza (2), Ashley Webster and Amir Zureiqi netted at Ham Lane. Squad: Martyn Dalby, Lewis Mabb, Harry Mansfield, Richard Floyd, Ryan Prior, Levii Loyza, Reece Hagger, Tom Armstrong, Matt Wedge, Amir Zureiqi, Ashley Webster. Subs: Connor Gower, Amy, Jake Asquith, Cameron Lumsden. Next up is Willesborough Athletic on Saturday (2.45pm). There is no training on Tuesday 23 August due to the Sunday team’s match at Waterside. Please note the match pencilled in for Thursday against Kennington is off.
The Sunday morning pre-season friendly featuring the Green and Shepway Spartans was highly competitive and just what both sides needed as the serious business rapidly approaches. The Folkestone side took a deserved lead when hesitancy in the home defence allowed Alex Skipton to drive home and only a string of top class saves by Louis Burton kept us in the game. Growing in confidence, the young Green side levelled on the stroke of half time when Levii Loyza forced home. 1-1 at the interval which, considering the high quality of the opposition, was a credible state of affairs. In fairness, both sides had chances to put the issue beyond doubt but ultimately it was a wonder 30-yard strike from frontrunner Tom Moon twenty minutes from time that was to prove the decider. Great entertainment from both sides. Martin Wirt selected Louis Burton as the Player of the Match but there was much to be encouraged by all over the pitch … none more so that in senior debutants Layton Bryant and Liam Dadd who will keep their places in the starting line-up for tomorrow’s friendly. Cameron Lumsden had his best game for a long while and Jake Asquith was impressive until he ran out of gas; however, this was a real squad effort. Well done all!
On Tuesday we welcome more quality opposition in old friends Canterbury Kingsmead Knights (6.15pm or as soon as the Knights can arrive). Josh Twyman, Dan Lord and Kurtis Hooper return to the squad while Ryan Ford will have a fitness test pre kick off. Connor Gower will now rest his back injury until the league campaigns begin in earnest. Next match after the Knights is on Sunday with the visit of Hythe & Folkestone League side Swingfield (9am meet please, not 9.30am!)
Provisional squad for Tuesday: Louis Burton, Dan Lord, Harry Mansfield, Levii Loyza, Matt Wedge, Jake Asquith, Josh Twyman, Cameron Lumsden, Layton Bryant, Liam Dadd, Kurtis Hooper, Tom Moon, Tom Messenger, Ryan Ford, Amy. Please meet 5pm or as near as possible.