Match Reports 2009-10

Bromley Green Sunday Firsts Season 2009-2010

End of season summary by Steve Mailey 

Although it has taken me a while to produce this round up, it has allowed me to take on board the views of some others. I’ve always said it’s all about opinions, and I can certainly state there have been some varied ones!

Following on from last season, where I had a small and restricted squad, I entered this one with a much stronger outfit. Quality and potential presented a group of lads that were a joy to work with. While I could complain about the odd negative, time to reflect allows me to conclude that our Sunday first team of 12 months ago compared to that of now has seen a vast improvement – and the credit for this is purely down to players. The passion and drive shown by the majority in virtually every game was there for all to see. The fact that we came so close in almost every competition yet failed to ‘cross the line’ in any highlights two issues to me. Firstly, the competition either had more or wanted it more than we did. Secondly, although some are deemed as young, it was lack of big game experience rather than youthfulness that cost us at key moments.

In the Divisional cup, we faced the eventual winners in the quarter final stage. Although having enough chances, we failed to make any count in 120 minutes. The resulting shoot out was a non event, with the exception of one quality stop by Craig, and we crashed out. The Kent Premier cup saw us face some top sides and impressive victories over sides such as Hatcham and The Star resulted in high expectation and a trip to face the holders, Sun, in the quarter final. Personally, I feel we were unlucky. Against a very good side, we again had chances, yet we crashed out losing 0-1. We had the ability to win this cup, and it will be in our sights again in a few months time!

The Charity Trophy was the most disappointing. I say this because, with the exception of one game, we failed to impress at all against sides we should have eased passed. So when the semi final pitched us against Hamstreet, the prize of a place in the final ought to have inspired a display of power and belief, instead I got the complete opposite. Another 0-1 and out we went. The Bodkin Cup was better, and a fairly good run also saw us get revenge against Hamstreet, this time booking a place in the final against Brewmaster. We were in total control of this game, yet managed to throw it away. The lack of experience I mentioned earlier – well it was demonstrated here. Big games need to be closed out, but you need to be in a few before you realise that. We lost out 2-4 and I’m sure this experience will ultimately serve each player well.

As for the Premier league campaign, well we lost just once, and that was not enough to halt Bethersden who wrapped the title up. We never lost to Bethersden, in fact we put 5 past them in a league match, yet we drew games that we needed to win. A share of the points against Market and Bliby was, at that time, acceptable, even though we again had plenty of chances. It was Kennington who proved to be the thorn. Firstly getting stuffed, deservedly, and then having to settle for a point after having a dozen chances! So we missed out, finishing 3 points adrift. Our defensive record was impressive and the best in the league, and that was down to real quality that was available to me. Any combination from 6 simply carried on the good form.

In midfield I had many good players and selection was tough. The options available in the wide positions as well as centrally meant that the bench often had real quality on it. But I feel the ability to adapt to a different role was their real strength, certainly with games coming thick and fast. As for the forward line, well the effort was never in question. One in particular worked his socks off for the team, often as a lone striker. Others were tried alongside him, each offering different strengths. But we can not disguise the harsh truth, and that is we simply failed to find the net anywhere near enough.

As for the squad, well I want to offer my thanks to them all for their efforts. They have been a great bunch to work with. Many are attached to our Saturday side and, although Dave and myself are like chalk and cheese, the link between the two has been very good. Different systems and differing styles have seen the players adapt to changes easier when it’s called for and I would like to thank Dave for his input and support over the season. The only down side is that a successful Saturday side containing so many of my squad results in a huge number of games for those lads and that is something I may address.

So we finish empty handed and that was disappointing. But the progress made must be recognised. As the summer gets under way, I will be adding to this squad as I look for a certain type of experience as well as solving the issue in front of goal. Once again, my thanks go to all the lads for their efforts.

Bromley Green Saturday Reserves Season 2009-2010

End of season summary by Ian Mace

With the departure of Ali Mehmet as manager from the Saturday Reserves so early in the season there was an opportunity for me to manage at the club which is what I wanted to do eventually after having a spell on Sundays with Phil as a helper on my first season at the club, the team clearly needed some stability and belief in them so I took on the managers roll on condition that Trent would help me that meant that Trent would have to move from helper to Steve (Sunday 1st team) thanks Trent. Started off 3rd from bottom in the league.

November/December

Took over at end of November. Appointed Ashley Webster as captain. Had a meeting with the team to let the team know that myself and Trent were with them for the rest of the season good or bad we thought it was important to let the team know that they had our full support and commitment. Due to really bad weather and Christmas we only could play 2 games difficult times when you are trying to get to know your players.

Won 1/Lost 1

January

With the bad weather still around could only play 2 games but the feel for myself and Trent was good we felt that we was getting the team to believe in us as we could see that this team had potential.

Drew 1/Won 1

February

Played 3 games, the team was clearly playing more as a team and we was getting a more settled side.

Won 2/Lost 1

March

Lost our keeper from March onwards due to work commitments saw Shawn Dadd and Tommy Lockett take turns between the sticks thanks lads

Drew 1/Won 2/Lost 1

April

Injuries and suspensions and 6 games in 1 month took their toll even had to name myself as a sub in 2 games

Drew 3/Lost 3

May

Injuries and suspensions carried on but we won our last 2 games

Lost 2/Won 2

Finished 6th in the league

In my first season with the club I have got to know the players well and myself and Trent would like to thank them for their effort and support to us through the season of 2009-2010 . Next season myself and Trent will be taking on Sunday reserves. Sundays was always my day but I took on Saturdays to help the club out and enjoyed every minute of it. Trevor is taking over the Saturday Reserves and I would like to wish him well in his role.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the club for making me feel welcome and I am looking forward to being a part of the club in the future this is a good club and very well run and I believe success will come.

Bromley Green Saturday First Team 2009-10

End of season summary by Dave Smith

Here our my thoughts on the season that has just ended, a season of so nearly.

August

An early start saw us take on Tenterden in the Weald of Kent Cup a competition that still has not finished a 1-0 reverse was a shock and Tenterden never won another game all season.

September

Our first league game went well beating Sheppey 4-2, but this was followed with defeats by Woodstock in a tetchy affair and I would never had thought at this time that Woodstock would be the eventual league winners. After this a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Staplehurst, who were the early season pace setters. The last game of the month saw us get a good draw away at Otford, where Tom Poyner equalised with the joint goal of the season.

October

This month saw us lose at home to the unpredictable University boys. Things were not going well, so changes were made. This saw us win at Premier, who had been unbeaten at home for 2 years, an upturn now followed. We won 3-1 in the Les Leckie at Staplehurst and then had one of our best results of the season beating high flying Canterbury City in the Int Shield 1-0. But just as we looked at getting a good run together we lost 2-1 at home to Sheerness in a game looking back would cost us dear.

November

A tough start against raining premier champions Holland and Blair in the Int reg cup, saw us go down 2-0 and this was followed by a 4-0 defeat to another premier side Tonbridge in the second round of the Int Shield, but we had played well and this was followed this with a excellent 3-0 win at local rivals Kennington, this was to prove the start of a god run, the side was settled and picking up nicely.

December

A good month, with away wins in the Les Leckie against Dartford based Lanes End and a 3-0 win down the marsh against New Romney, the rest of the month was taken up by rain, snow and Christmas. Trevor Strand now joined the managing and coaching ranks an appointment that would see us do well in the new year.

January

Away to APM saw us throw away a lead, get back in the game and then fold, to loose 6-3, harsh words were said, but words that all took on board as this was to be our last league defeat of the season. The next game was the Les Leckie quarter final against Chartham Sports which we won 4-2 to book a semi to look forward to. Oakwood away gave us little trouble the following week and we took all 3 points with a 3-0 win.

February

Woodstock were our first opponents of the month, they had moved right up the league, we were just starting to get in the chasing pack, with Staplehurst, Premier and APM leading the way a fine 3-1 victory saw our promotion hopes take a real boost, this was followed by a comfortable 4-0 away at Sheepy, but our month was spoilt by the Uni boys again as we wasted chances and only just got a 2-2 draw.

March

The Les Leckie semi was first and a all round quality performance saw us book a final slot with a solid 3-0 win. This was followed by league wins against Oakwood and league leaders Staplehurst who we despatched 4-1, a result that saw them fade out of the league race, we were now 4th and in great form, with all players showing great commitment not only at the games but in training as well.

April

A busy month with Easter, first revenge over APM 4-2, followed a 2-0 win against Kennington, up to third behind Woodstock and Premier, the later were our next visitors, it could have been 5-0 after 20 mins, but we wasted chances and paid as the game ended 0-0. Back to back games against Larkfield saw us take all 6 points, Premier drew with Oakwood so now we were now second.

May

Another busy month with games coming thick and fast. New Romney were beaten 2-1 on the Saturday and we then travelled to Sheerness on the Monday, Woodstock had the title all but secured now, but we had to keep winning to book the play off slot, our tanks were getting low and the first half saw us go in only 1-0 down and it could have been worse, half time saw some strong words were exchanged and the response in the second half was superb, we dominated the game and Ryan Smith smashed home the winner with 3 minutes to go, equalling Tom Poyner for goal of the season, the celebration that followed was memorable and just showed the level of commitment the side have. Wednesday quickly came and the Les Leckie cup final against Woodstock. A narrow 1-0 defeat, but another memorable day, as the support we got from the ever growing Green Army was fantastic and made loosing a bit easier to take.

No time to rest as Saturday came with us needing a point against Otford to secure a play off place, we were tired and edgy but scrapped another 2-1 to see us finish second. So the last game came a play off against Charlton Community, the lads were all tired and many were carrying knocks from the efforts over the past matches and it all took its toll as again we lost 1-0, we battled well but just did not have enough to reach the Premier league.

In my opinion this has been a good season, although we never won a trophy, we gave it everything and came very close to making this season a very special one. In the 2 seasons I have run the team we have been continually building towards having a squad of players that not only are good enough to be in the Premier but to be competing with the best sides in it, this season we have fell just short of getting back in the league, but I take this chance to thank all the players in the club that have played for me this season for all there efforts and commitment, we are growing and maturing both on and off the field. The club in general is on the way up will all the sides being built in the right way, I can only see the Green once again becoming the leading force in not only Ashford but Kent as well in the very near future. Next season there can be no seconds, from now the one goal is promotion.

Thursday 20 May 2010: reporter Steve Mailey 

Brewmaster 4 Bromley Green 2  (Bodkin Cup Final)

I was first asked to manage a local team at a very young age – this is my 23rd season – and I can say with honesty that I have never felt as bitter following a game as I did at Homelands. I’ve experienced many highs and lows in football, but what I witnessed Thursday night, literally left me shocked and speechless!

After a nervous start, we controlled the first half. Paul Allan gave us the lead to settle us down. Although as the interval neared, I couldn’t help thinking that we should probably have been in a much more comfortable position, for several good opportunities had been squandered during the half. At the break, I simply reminded the lads that our own errors will be the only way we lose control of the game. The rate we were conceding free kicks was also a concern. Apart from that, we saw no danger.

The second half saw us start brightly before suddenly dropping off the pace. Brews began finding more space and were now causing problems. Possibly against the run of play, Paul Allan grabbed his and our 2nd to give us a healthy lead. Killing the game now would secure us the cup win. Nothing stupid, just do what we do best. Yet it was Brews who stepped up a gear, and we were making silly mistakes. A clumsy challenge in our box resulted in a penalty kick, a lifeline Brews took, and the lead was halved. What happened after that is where I struggle to explain it! Rather than settle, we began to panic. Our passes were not finding their target, and we were suddenly being pushed back. In no time at all it was all square, as our communication came under scrutiny.

With Brewmaster now in the ascendancy, calmness and experience was needed. Instead, we opted for over play in midfield, gifting our opponents more free kicks, and allowing space to players we knew would exploit it. As a result, we were quickly trailing 2-3 and then 2-4.

Our failure to respond was disappointing. To lose from a strong position was sickening. As for reasons – I’ll explore those away from a website. Yet the bitter, gut wrenching feeling I felt at the whistle, I could also see in the eyes of some of my players, so I know it hurt them! I said in the build up to this final that we have been taught some hard lessons this season, and Homelands provided yet another. If I’m honest, there’s nothing more I want to say about the game.

Man of the Match will go to Paul Allan, with Tommy Poyner a close contender. Many thanks to the large following on the night, sorry we failed you. I also wish to thank both Dave Smith and Trevor Strand for their help. And of course, congratulations to Brewmaster FC – who now hold two major trophies while Bethersden hold the other two!

I’ll add my thoughts on the season in a few days time – hopefully I’ll feel a little less bitter by then.

C Smith / D Valler / P Allan / T Head (Hadlum) / T Poyner / L Milton / P Law (K Hallett) / R Smith / R Greenfield (Mercer) / J Mifsud / G Mickelborough. Subs not used – T Lockett / L Hayles.

Wednesday 19 May 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 0 Kent County League Representative Side 0

Kingers returned to his roots to help keep a clean sheet against the Rep side

On a glorious sunny evening at the Swan Ground we entertained the Kent Rep side as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations. The Kent side featured many players from the top sides in the premier league, our side contained Pat Kingwell a former star of the club now at Hythe, but glad to be part of the event, also some newcomers hoping to join us next season and a blend of our regulars and promising younger players.

The game itself was a very good game to watch, with both sides intent on playing fast open football. The first half flew by without either keeper being tested too much. The second half saw the game more strung out and both sides were pushing hard for a victory, Jason Thomas, Gary Mickelborough and Tom Poyner were all unlucky not to score and Craig Smith in our goal made some decent stops.

But the 0-0 scoreline was about right and I was very pleased with the way we performed against a good side. Our centre backs of Kingwell and Micky Doyle were excellent all night as was Rocky Hayles in midfield; Marc Collins did well on his return to the club, brothers Jason and Michael Thomas both impressed as second half subs and Mark Howells had an influential game that saw him win the man of the match award, presented by the K.C.F.L. A pleasing evening, not only for the football, but by the way the club staged a quality event and everyone involved can feel proud of their efforts.

Squad all of which played: C.Smith, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, P.Kingwell, M.Howells, R.Hayles, L.Milton, M.Collins, G.Micklborough, D.Cornell, K.Hallett, T.Poyner, J.Thomas, M.Thomas, B.Fewell, A.Mercer

Saturday 15 May 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 0 Charlton Athletic Community 1 

A disappointing 1-0 defeat on Saturday saw us lose the division 1 play off to a useful Charlton side, on reflection we never really deserved to win as we failed to create any real clear cut chances and it was our visitors who always looked more likely to score. The team has put so much effort in over recent months but this appeared one game to many even though we still gave a good account of ourselves and all should still feel proud. In the starting line up I probably had 5 players carrying knocks that on other weeks could have seen them rested, but again I praise these lads for getting out there.

The game started at a fast pace and it was clear Charlton carried a real threat going forward, they played neat football, but also allowed us time to play as well. Charlton created a few half chances, but nothing too threatening, but going forward we were too often stifled by their solid defenders. We reached half time at 0-0 where I told the players that we had to dig deep and go out and give it their all and not have any regrets at the end, there was 9 months of work resting on 45 mins.

The second half again saw Charlton have most of the ball, we lost Matt Hadlum and then Tom Head making us rearrange our back 4. Ryan Smith and Mickey Doyle at centre backs were both performing superbly as was keeper Craig Smith, who again showed there are few better than him at this level. Charlton hit the post and had a goal disallowed for offside. Time was running out, we now lost Adam Mercer again through injury, Rocky Hayles was fighting hard to drive us forward and Milton as always gave it everything. Mifsud and Dan Cornell up front worked hard all game with little reward and Mark Howells on the wing was always a good outlet when we attacked.

The killer blow came with only 5 mins left when we failed to clear the ball allowing their forward to fire home. We threw all we could at them after this blow and created and managed to create the chance we had craved, but some how the ball eluded Paul Allan, when it fell to him only 3 yards out, there were calls of a hand pushing it away but it was not to be and the chance went.

Deflated and exhausted at the end, but we gave it all we had and I could not ask for more from anyone.

It was still a proud day for me as manager as not only did the players go out and give it everything but the club and the many back room people had everything spot on, the Green Army again turned up in droves and it just shows that this club is heading onwards and upwards. I again thank all the supporters and all the people that helped to make us proud to be part of Bromley Green, the best club in Ashford.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A.Mercer. M.Howells, L.Milton, R.Hayles, D.Cornell, J.Mifsud. Subs: R.Greenfield( A.Mercer) T.Poyner( M.Hadlum) P.Allen (T.Head) K.Hallett not used.

Mom: Mickey Doyle, excellent, just edged Ryan Smith and Rocky Hayles

Congratulations to Steve and all the Sunday boys a well fought victory against Hamstreet and now a final to look forward to. Let’s end on a high.

Sunday 16 May 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 2 Hamstreet 1

Bodkin Cup semi final

The Bodkin semi threw up the chance to avenge our exit from the Charity Trophy at the hands of newly promoted Hamstreet three weeks ago. Although I was happy to have a couple available that had missed that defeat, I had several carrying knocks as the punishing schedule takes its toll.

The lads seemed upbeat following our play off loss yesterday and welcomed the chance to get playing again. I reminded the boys before the game how we all felt after missing out to our visitors recently, as well as the improvement made by us as a group over the past season, and that there was still chance for a fitting end to a draining campaign.

The game got under way with our boys looking the hungrier. We were moving the ball around at pace and were stretching Hamstreet. Chances were rare at either end and the visitors came more into the game as the half went on. Unlike the previous encounter the opening goal went in our favour, as a fine through ball by Gazza found Poyner entering the area, compose him self and finish well across the stretched keeper. Hamstreet now needed to commit numbers in an attempt to respond, and this exposed more space for us to move into – a luxury we never had during the last meeting. Annoyingly, we opted for some pretty aimless long balls into the vacant space, which were met mostly by the taller Street lads. As some of our passing became slack, we neared HT with injuries becoming my biggest concern – four showing signs of fatigue/pain.

At the interval I asked us to shorten things up, stop all the long balls as this was giving Hamstreet a way back into the game. T Lockett replaced the limping Tom Head to offer a strong target, and Hallett later replaced Greenfield, who was clearly struggling. We continued working hard and looking the more dangerous. Poyner had moved into the back line to aid a tired Paul Allan, and Pat Law covered loads of ground in midfield as L Milton struggled and R Smith began to show signs of fatigue.

Our lead was doubled when Mickelborough applied a composed finish in front of goal with just 15 minutes remaining. Further chances came and went, and we generally looked comfortable if not impressive. However, most Green games involve late goal action these days, and Hamstreet provided it today – this time a simple mix up allowed them to halve the deficit – fortunately it mattered not as the final whistle went just moments later.

Special mentions – well Poyner put in a fine display, firstly wide then in defence, and a goal as reward. Valler was his usual reliable self, Ryan deserves credit for not retaliating throughout the game to blatant provocation, Pat ran himself everywhere and broke up plenty of Street breaks, and Joe Boy never stopped working – again! MoM will go to Craig Smith in goal, verbally good, some good stops, and two crucial claims.

We booked our place in the final as a result of lots of hard work & team spirit – and this squad deserve a crack at something for they have been terrific and have made so much progress. We may not have looked world beaters today, but I’m convinced I have a very talented squad to pick from, and they will only get stronger. Thanks to all who supported today – thanks to Pole for coming along at short notice to help me out. All support at the final will be appreciated – this Thursday at Homelands, 7:30 kick off.

C Smith / T Head (T Lockett) / P Allan / D Valler / R Smith / L Milton / P Law / R Greenfield (K Hallett) / T Poyner

G Mickelborough / J Mifsud

Tuesday 11May 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Market Hotel 1 Bromley Green 2

Tuesday night we met at Sandyacres to play our part in what was a strange affair. Facing the current champions is clearly a challenge. Add to that their obvious desire to halt us in our tracks as the ongoing rivalry continues. Yet the odd feeling was simply because just 2 miles away our fate was being sealed anyway as the miracle needed (realistically never expected!) never came.

So it came down to pride and passion, and with the exception of the opening 15, we delivered bundles of both! The opening 15 saw a degree of nerves, which in turn saw us rushing most things, then getting caught out when losing the ball. Beyond that we put in a fine display. The work rate and effort from all involved was a joy to be part of. Knowing that things were probably going against us elsewhere, I have to praise the players for their determination and for remaining totally tuned in to what we needed to do.

As for the game, well we took a deserved lead through Mickelborough mid way through the half after both sides had squandered some chances. As the game went on, I feel we were the stronger and more dangerous side. Yet the ability Market have on hand, especially in an attacking sense, meant they will always provide a threat. We were pegged back with just 11 minutes remaining – rather than feel sorry for ourselves, we stepped up again and showed fantastic desire and spirit. So when a ball was fed through and collected by Mickelborough, the effort he dispatched under pressure into the back of the net was met with jubilant celebrations. A 2-1 win that I feel was deserved.

Top displays – well we worked hard everywhere to be honest. Valler & Milton showed great experience, Allan never missed a thing, Greenfield & Hadlum ran themselves into the ground, R Smith was powerful throughout, Gazza a constant threat and Mercer looked strong from the bench. MoM will go to Joe Mifsud – his continued work rate is impressive and never in question, but tonight he held things up better and even slotted in wide midfield to help the team in the closing stages. My thanks to the large following who were cheering us on – and joining in the goal celebrations!

C Smith / D Valler / P Allan / M Hadlum / P Law / T Head (Mercer) / R Smith / L Milton /

R Greenfield (Hallett) / J Mifsud / G Mickelborough

Subs unused: T Poyner / M Bennett   

Thursday 13 May 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 2 Bethersden 2

With the Premier title realistically decided 48 hours earlier, my concerns turned to the hugely important weekend schedule the Green now face. With a large number of lads expecting to be involved in the play off Saturday as well as a semi final Sunday, I opted to withdraw the services of several players rather than run us into the ground chasing a fantasy football result. Among those having the night were Craig, Mercer, Robbie, Hadlum, Joe Boy, Rocky, Tom Head, the absent Macca and injured Norman. This allowed me to maintain our strength and also get a proper look at Bennett in goal, Fitzgerald, J Thomas, T Lockett and another 90 for Kenny. The versatile and reliable Holman ensured we had an edge in midfield and Pole was able to have 25 minutes as well. If this all sounds like a ‘couldn’t care less’ approach – it wasn’t. I felt the squad had enough strength to offer a game as well as give certain people the chance to play in a tough match.

I asked the lads at the start to enjoy themselves and also to win! I pointed out that I wanted to avoid defeat because it’s the least we deserve after a tough campaign. To be fair, Bethersden were not quite themselves during several stages of the game, and our new line up did suffer at times, as we expected. But the drive shown by everyone was great to see. T Lockett up top certainly gave them something new to think about (as well as a headache!). Young Mark in goal overcame a nervous start and put in a good show. With Allan, Valler and Ryan Smith maintaining our sound rear guard and Pat, Liam and L Milton battling in the middle, we were never going to be weak. Add to that an impressive outing for wide boys Fitz & Thomas, who both worked hard in roles they are not used to, and caused many problems with their pace. It was Tommo who gave us the lead, climbing well to convert a delivery from the right. The visitors found themselves level mid way through the second half as Pat Law found his own net (stupid boy!). Off the bench came Mickelborough to add spice to our attack, just in time to watch the Dens take the lead as an unchecked run ended up in the back of our goal.

Some odd decisions followed by the official – who had a spell where he was clearly watching a different game to everyone else. A good move down our right saw the ball drop into the path of Mickelborough, who controlled and slotted the ball across for Hallett to notch the equaliser, and claim a deserved share of the points. MoM for today will go to Jason Thomas – in a new team with a new system, Jason worked his socks off and used his pace well. He delivers a terrific ball and is strong. He has lots to learn, but very pleased with his display tonight. My thanks go to all involved tonight as we proved just how strong our squads are. We now look to the weekend – and what it weekend it promises to be. A large and vocal crowd on both days may help the Green over the line!

M Bennett / D Valler / P Allan / R Smith / R Fitzgerald / P Law / L Milton (L Smith) / L Holman / J Thomas / K Hallett / T Lockett (Mickelborough)

Wednesday 12 May 2010: reporter Stan Donald

Bromley Green Reserves 7 University Reserves 2

The result was 7-2 to Bromley Green. Kenny Hallett scored 5, Rocky got one but I am not sure who scored the other. Unfortunately the game was marred by one of the Uni boys breaking his leg early in the second half. The ref should have just abandoned the game then as we were winning 4-1, but he insisted that we move the goals to the near pitch and carry on with the game. Complete asshole. [Where’s your ‘Respect’ Stan! – Ed]

Pole informs me the other scorer was Daryll Hagger … thanks Pole. Can someone email me the team, and substitutes if they played, so I can keep up to date club records. Thanks DH.


Sunday 9 May 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Troggs 0 Bromley Green 8

The display last week found me questioning the appetite of certain players. I felt, rightly or wrongly, that the body language was way below the level needed and expected, especially for a semi final. Although today was slow out of the blocks, I can happily say that no such criticism will follow this game.

I reminded the lads before the game that they had let themselves down seven days ago and this was their chance to put it right. It was all about gaining three points. With Rocky injured again, I was pleased to be able to call in Gary Mickelborough. Beyond that, the squad remained the same, as did our starting shape.

The game began in a scrappy manner and to be fair, lacked any real quality. We improved as the half went on, yet were clearly not settled as we tried to open up a defensive outfit. It was clear to see that we were rushing things a little and our ball into the attacking third was becoming predictable. But it’s also fair to say that we were all working hard this week, and the desire was evident again. The need to get the first goal against the side sitting bottom of the league was weighing heavy on the minds as we snatched at good chances and lacked composure too often. At the break following a goalless half I asked for us to simply calm down. We agreed the need to add composure in attack and to maybe mix things up a bit at set pieces. It was all about three points!

Our nerves were settled early in the second half as Paul Allan met an angled delivery to head home at the far post. Suddenly the pressure lifted just enough for us to find more quality in our passing. Mickelborough entered the game, and his extra quality was soon stamped on the game as the hosts brave attempt began to collapse. In no particular order, goals were added by Mifsud, a Mickelborough hat trick, Greenfield, R Smith and a luckless defender notched an OG to secure the three points.

Top showing today – well Craig was verbally good again today and our back line dealt with anything that came their way without too much concern. When Pat & Glenn dropped their hand bags they became dominant, and Ryan continues to put in strong displays. Mifsud did his usual, and by that I mean worked his socks off for the team, and the composure offered by Mickelborough was great to see. MoM is not easy, but I will give it to Ryan Smith today, although one or two are right behind him.

Troggs will be dropping down to division one next term after a short spell in the Premier. They are a sporting bunch on the field and off the field they deserve credit for honouring the fixture list –  for some other clubs either throw the towel in or lose their better players when defeats become regular – and their pub does a great spread! As for us, well we have two problems facing us as we enter the final week. Firstly, we face our old rivals and current champions Market Hotel on Tuesday in a game that is ‘must win’ for us and ‘would love to win’ for them – I can’t imagine why! Secondly, we pin our hopes on Highfield taking points from their clash with Bethersden the same night. They met each other Sunday and, going into the game, Highfield’s defensive record was second only to our own. But with a weakened side, they got hammered.

I will dissect the season in a week from now, but for now I have one last challenge for the boys – we have lost just once so far, let’s give it a big push and dig in this week so that we can still claim that on Thursday night!

C Smith / T Head (Mercer) / P Allan / D Valler / R Smith / G Mackett / P Law (L Milton) / R Greenfield / T Poyner / K Hallett (Mickelborough) / J Mifsud

Saturday 8 May 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 2 Otford 1

A hard fought victory on Saturday saw us book our place in the play off this coming Saturday against Charlton Athletic community. This win secures the runners up spot in the league, which is a good achievement considering the shaky start we had to the season. Our form since the New Year has been excellent and the lads deserve a lot of praise for finishing where we have.

We started the game well on Saturday and played some good football, our visitors playing with only one striker were giving us few problems and it was no surprise when Joe Mifsud latched onto Craig Smith’s long kick to finish well in the 25th minute. It soon became 2-0 when from a corner in the 40th minute Matt Hadlum headed home unmarked. So a commanding 2-0 lead taken into the second half, where we should really have taken control, but we started to tire, from all our efforts over recent weeks and Otford came onto the game. They pulled one back in the 65th minute, when keeper Smith could only parry a long range effort and their forward halved our lead. Otford to their credit came on strong and we were getting edgy, this led to a tense and nervy end to the game, but we held on for the vital points we needed to secure the play off place. This was not one of our best performances, but at this time of the season it is all about getting the job done.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Smith, M.Doyle, R.Greenfield, T.Poyner, L.Milton, G.Mackett, D.Cornell, J.Mifsud. Subs: M.Howells (R.Greenfield) A.Mercer ( T.Poyner) P.Allen (M.Hadlum)

Mom : G.Mackett, excellent all round performance

Wednesday 5 May 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Woodstock Park 1 Bromley Green 0 (Les Leckie Cup final at Salters Lane)

A 1-0 defeat to Woodstock, who on the night just about deserved their victory. Losing a cup final is always hard but the experience will help the players in the future and all of them should be proud of their commitment and passion put in during the game.

Dan Cornell meets Cyril Windiate. Cyril will be a guest at the 80th anniversary dinner.

Woodstock started quickly and had most of the ball, but our defence was strong and dealt with all the pressure, we gradually came into the game and from a corner in the 30th minute Micky Doyle hit the post from a scramble in the area. Half time came and 0-0 left it all to play for. At the start of the second half we tried to get the ball down more and play, we were matching Woodstock in all departments, but in truth we were not creating too many goal threats. We fell behind in the 70th minute, when we gave the ball away cheaply and were punished as their winger squared for their forward to head home.

Getting ready

A change of formation and the introduction of our substitutes drove us on, we pushed Woodstock back and fought for every ball, but for all our superb effort we could not get the equaliser. To a man everyone gave their all, Craig Smith was excellent in goal, Ryan Smith and Micky Doyle were dominant in the centre of defence, Matt Hadlum and Tom Head pushed forward at every moment they could from full back. The midfield of Adam Mercer, Mark Howells, Glenn Mackett and Lee Milton battled all night for every ball and our forwards, Dan Cornell and Joe Mifsud worked themselves into the ground, substitutes Rocky Hayles, Tom Poyner and Tad Greenfield all gave us extra momentum to push for the equaliser.

Shaking hands

So lots to be proud of, all the players in shirts, club ties and team jackets, were a credit to the club and the fantastic support we had at the game, it was humbling to see so many people make the journey and give their support for the side and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your efforts, it shows the glory days of the Green are not far away and with this kind of following it makes us all proud to be associated with this great club.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A.Mercer, M.Howells,  L.Milton, G.Mackett, D.Cornell, J.Mifsud, T.Head. Subs T.Poyner (J.Mifsud) R.Greenfield( A.Mercer) L.Hayles(M.Howells)

Mom: R.Smith – superb throughout the whole game

Monday 3 May 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Sheerness East 1 Bromley Green 2

A hard earned victory on the island on Monday leaves us needing a point from our final game off the season, at home against Otford on Saturday.

This was a real nerve jangling affair. We started slowly playing up the slope and against the wind and Sheerness were full of running and giving our defence a testing time. We conceded the opening goal in the 20th minute when a good through ball was collected well by their striker and he finished well. We were looking tired from our efforts over the weekend and our passing game was none existent as we struggled through the half and were glad only to be 1-0 down.

We decided to change our tactics in the second half as we had the wind and slope in our favour. We started to play a much longer game and put pressure on the home defence, this started to work and we created several half chances, but still no leveller. Another change saw Kenny Hallett introduced as part of a 3 pronged attack, with Joe Mifsud and Dan Cornell, this really gave us the edge and in the 70th minute a cross from Cornell saw a Sheerness defender turn the ball into his own net, for us to level. No thoughts of sitting back as we stormed forward, we needed the win and the determination by all the players was impressive. The win looked like it had been secured when Mark Howells excellent pulled back cross was headed home by Ryan Smith, but the home linesman very harshly flagged for offside, but we were not to be denied as in the 85th minute Cornell held the ball up and then laid it into Ryan Smith’s path who smashed the ball unstoppably into the top corner with the keeper only a spectator.

A 2-1 victory and a game that showed how much this side has come on, from looking out on our feet at half time to dominating the second half, the effort all 14 guys put in has to be admired. The players forgot their aches and pains and showed the passion and desire to finish the job we started back in September and I have total admiration for them all.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, T.Head, A.Mercer, M.Howells, L.Hayles, L.Milton, J.Mifsud, D.Cornell. Subs: T.Poyner (M.Hadlum) R.Greenfield (A.Mercer) K.Hallett (L.Hayles)

MoM : L.Milton, never stopped all the game and set the example

Sunday 2 May 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Hamstreet 1 Bromley Green 0 (ACT semi final)

We travelled to Hamstreet to face a side in form and with a good record against higher league sides. Following last weeks below par display, I asked for total focus if we were to avoid being their latest scalp. I never received it.

The build up was good, the warm up normal and the chat positive. Yet just minutes into the game I realised we were not competing and not winning the 50 50s. That is unusual for us and something I have not seen since September, yet the warning signs have been there in recent displays. Today we had a combination of players carrying knocks, players carrying a hangover and players simply not appreciating the challenge in front of them. Injuries are part of football and they affect all sides, but as for not being ready for a semi final – well it amazed me.

As for the game, well we changed shape 25 minutes in as the hosts were finding too much space from wide. Hamstreet are a big unit and they competed well, but I’m afraid we allowed them too much time in a first half that was dominated by a combination of poor passing and terrible decision making when in possession. From a rare set piece, Hamstreet headed home to take the lead. We then went in to panic mode for some reason and opted to knock it long and moan at each other.

At the break I asked the lads to calm it down, show composure, shorten the game up and start playing simple and quick passes, for I felt we could ease past them by doing just that. I also questioned how much we really wanted to win the game! Unfortunately, once in front, Hamstreet were not too interested in coming forward and we found ourselves trying to get through an organised rear guard for pretty much the entire half. Annoyingly, our passing remained poor, as did the attitude of some. We had a couple of balls fizzed across the goal, one or two efforts that were nowhere near the goal, and some crosses that went from one side of the pitch to the other!

All three substitutes came on to make way for the injured and the tired and to be fair, the final 10 or so minutes saw a slight improvement. But it wasn’t enough – Hamstreet booked their place in the final as we became the third Premier side to bite the dust at their hands. Some of the hosts readily accepted that they had been pinned back and were shattered at the end. We too must accept that, although having stacks of possession, we only created a couple of genuine chances. I wish Hamstreet well.

I was very disappointed with it all today. Quite why some of our minds were not on this game is something I don’t understand. In a competition that has seen us avoid all the big sides, we lower our guard at the semi final stage, and now the price has been paid. I feel each person involved needs to take stock and decide what they really want from Sunday football. Some also need to consider their team mates when bringing hangovers with them! I’m happy to accept that I made mistakes today and that I may have altered things quicker. I expect the same honesty from my players. We need to get this out of our heads and properly focus, as any more displays similar to this will see a promising season wrecked.

Players slightly standing out today include Hadlum, steady again, Pat Law in stages, Ryan for a spell and Craig dealt with the conditions well and contributed verbally. MoM today – sorry, didn’t see one.

C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / D Valler (A Mercer) / T Head / R Smith / L Milton (K Hallett) / P Law / R Greenfield (L Hayles) / G Mackett / T Poyner

Saturday 1 May 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 2 New Romney 1

A well earned 2-1 victory over a New Romney side who never gave up, saw us move into 2nd place in the league after the news that Premier had drawn 3- 3 with Oakwood. Woodstock won, so we are 3 points off top with 2 games to go and the play off place is now in our own hands. The first half of the game saw us playing some really good football; our movement and work rate were excellent. We took the lead though a corner where Glenn Mackett flicked on for debutant Paul Allan to tap home. We were well in control and a second goal was scored when Ryan Smith hit home a superb free kick from 30 yards to put us 2-0 up. Romney to their credit battled back and in the last minute of the first half reduced the deficit when their forward finished well.

The second half was a much more even affair, with both sides pressing forward. The game became spread, but few chances were created. We were getting edgy, which is understandable in the position we are in. We could have killed the game off, but never and it was Romney in the 85th minute who broke away and forced keeper Craig Smith into a double save, with the shouts of a penalty waved away by the inconsistent referee. We hung on for the win, which in my eyes was hard fought but deserved, we played well enough to win, but credit goes to Romney for never giving up.

We now have at least second and the play off in our own hands, so Sheerness on Monday becomes the next must win game. It is tough but this is what football is all about, being there at the death is where we all want to be.  A special thanks to all the players today, a great effort and as manager I am proud of all of you.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, P.Allen, T.Head,A. Mercer, M.Howells, L.Milton, L.Hayles, D.Cornell, G.Mackett. Subs: T.Poyner ( A.Mercer ) K.Hallett and R.Greenfield not used.

Mom: Matt Hadlum, good defending and attacking.

Sunday 25 April 2010: reporter Steve Mailey 

Bromley Green 3 Troggs 0

We welcomed Troggs to the Swan Ground for our first meeting of the season. Last season’s surprise package, Troggs have found it tough this term and are destined for a return to division one. I reminded our lads that pride will still play a part and not to assume the victory will simply be handed to us. The priority at this stage was gaining the three points, simple as that. Into the squad came Rocky, as he searches for full fitness, Paul Allan, who finally returned from the States and Liam Holman was again on hand to bolster the squad. The few raindrops that fell were enough to put a greasy film on the surface, which caused a few problems for both sets of players. I would gladly blame the surface for a poor display of football today, but there were too many watching who would suggest otherwise!

Every now and then a team, at all levels, puts in a pretty uneventful display. We did just that today. We are clearly carrying some knocks and we are showing signs of just how much football we have played. For most of the first half we were actually quite lethargic. We found simple ten yard passes quite a challenge, movement off the ball was lazy, and our choice of pass was poor. Yet when Hallett gave us a lead inside 15 minutes, a simple slot home to add to his steady count, instead of hitting our opponents with a barrage of attacks, we simply stayed in the same gear.

At the break, I simply asked for the lads to prove to me they wanted it, show the urgency needed to secure the win. To be honest the bulk of the second half was disappointingly similar to the first. We were under no real pressure and we had enough possession in the final third to win 3 games! But we stumbled our way through the game without ever really impressing. We doubled our lead when Mifsud harassed the back line for the umpteenth time, ignored pleas to pass it, and fired home well from the edge of the area. The resistance from our visitors seemed to fade at that point, and we began putting some passes together.

Although Troggs had several behind the ball for much of the game, we were now finding more space, and R Smith was left unattended as he picked up a stray clearance and returned the ball over the keepers head into the empty net. He did mean to do it this time, but it was from about 25 yards out, not the 40 he is quoting. There really isn’t much else to say about this one. Troggs battled and showed the pride we spoke about. We gained the three points I’d asked for, and we kept a clean sheet. So if you can achieve that when playing below par, we shouldn’t really complain.

Displays today, well I’m afraid that isn’t easy. Our back line were calm when called upon, Milton put in a good shift before tiring, Rocky got a good 80 under his belt, Joe worked relentlessly as usual and Mackett drove them on with the armband. As for MoM, well it can be any from Mackett, L Milton, R Smith or Pat Law – each offering something. I’ll go with Milton, but by the slimmest of margins.

Next up we travel to Hamstreet for the semi final of the Ashford Charity Trophy. We need to be on our game, for these have already beaten Bethersden & Bliby to get this far. This will not be a Sunday stroll. With the prize a game at Homelands, I won’t accept anything other than full focus.

C Smith / M Hadlum / R Smith / D Valler / G Mackett / L Milton / L Hayles (Allan) / P Law / T Head (Greenfield) / J Mifsud / K Hallett (Holman)

Saturday 24 April 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Larkfield 1 Bromley Green 2                 

On a hot day we returned from Larkfield with all 3 points to keep the pressure on the top 2. Not one of our better displays, but at this time of the season, winning is the sole objective. We started slowly and Larkfield with many new faces from the previous week had the upper hand, their long ball style was keeping our defence busy, but without really causing us to many problems. We gradually came into the game more, as our midfield took control with Milton and Mackett at the heart of our best moves. We wasted a couple of chances before on the stroke of half time a defensive mix up saw Dan Cornell round the keeper to give us the lead.

The second half started with us well on top and enjoying our best spell of the game, Joe Mifsud sprung the offside trap and finished well to put us 2 up. We continued to dominate, with Mark Howells and Robbie Greenfield having good games on the wings. We created more chances but we were guilty of being wasteful and paid for this when Larkfield scored in the 70th minute from a corner. This spurred them on and we started to get edgy and we lost our pattern. But our defence of Mercer, Hadlum, Smith and Head, backed up by keeper Craig Smith kept their cool and subs Hayles, Beal and Hallett all played their part as we held Larkfield out for us to complete the victory. A difficult game but still a really good victory and one all the lads should be proud of. A special thanks to all the supporters that came up, it was good to see such a large number.

Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Howells, R.Greenfield, G.Mackett, L.Milton, J.Mifsud,

D.Cornell. Subs; S.Beal (R.Greenfield) K.Hallett ( J.Mifsud) L.Hayles (D.Cornell)

MoM: Glen Mackett, solid display in midfield

Tuesday 20 April 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Brewmaster 1 Bromley Green 3

Our latest outing sent us to High Halden to face Brewmaster in a league clash. Brews have found form lately, so this was potentially a very dodgy fixture. The amount of games our boys play lately means the steady list of unfit or struggling players continues to cause concern. That said, the quality within the club allowed me to call upon capable back up.

We set up with our usual shape of late, which seems to serve us well. Hallett kept his place as I aim to give him the chance to settle in and gain the self belief I feel he lacks. Liam Holman came in to bolster midfield and Fitz answered the call at short notice as back up.

The early stages saw us struggle a little, this was largely due to one or two not quite used to the players around them just yet. This remained the case for much of the first half, with Hallett and Mifsud popping up in each others pockets too often, and our midfield doing likewise, which presented problems on the small pitch. As the half went on, we settled more, although goal chances at either end were few and far between.

We began to get the upper hand, especially in midfield, where Mackett, L Milton and Holman were looking dominant. Pat and Robbie were starting to cause problems out wide as we pressed our hosts back. We took the lead following a wonderful move involving a dozen passes, before being fed out wide to Law, who delivered a superb ball into a busy area. There to meet it was Hallett, with a quality, powerful header, leaving the keeper no chance.

At the break we addressed the minor problems, asked for more talk, and generally more of the same. We continued where we left off, and pressure down the left resulted in a delivery from Ryan Smith which looped over the keeper and in to the back of the net. Ryan says he meant it…

That should really have been game over, yet we got caught straight after the goal. Clearly we were not concentrating, so when one of our defenders slipped there was no one switched on to clear up, and the lead was halved. At that point to be fair, we began lose composure for a while. Without coming under too much pressure, we were making life tough for ourselves, and frustration was creeping in. With just a slim lead, our nerves were calmed at just the right time as the impressive Holman ventured in to the area only to be impeded to earn a penalty. Spot kicks are not our speciality this season, and the alert Mifsud needed three attempts to dispatch this one past the keeper – but he did, and that’s what matters. The celebration that followed highlighted what it meant to the boys, for this really did kill the game this time. There were more attacks from both sides, yet the result was now no longer in question.

Today saw the usual input from Craig and our back line, Hadlum in particular standing out. The middle boys I’ve already mentioned and the Mifsud & Hallett pairing up top looked better in the second half. MoM will go to Matt Hadlum again, his change of form since February has been impressive. A mention also for the display from Holman who not only played very well, but stepped into a settled side and looked very comfortable.

Next we host Troggs in a league clash from which three points are vital. Our attitude needs to be spot on for this one! Thanks to those who made the effort to come and support. Thanks also to Fitz for helping out and a mention also for the ‘supporter’, who agreed to referee the game, and did so very well.

C Smith / D Valler / R Smith / M Hadlum / P Law / L Holman / G Mackett / L Milton /

R Greenfield (R Fitzgerald) / J Mifsud / K Hallett. Subs unused: T Perk / T Head 

 Monday 19 April 2010: reporter Dave Homewood

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ryan Smith scores Green's second at the Avenue in the Charity tie

New Romney Reserves 3 Bromley Green Reserves 2

Despite taking the lead through a fluke goal when the home keeper slammed the ball against Kenny Hallett and could only watch in horror as the rebound rolled into the net, the Green were punished for mistakes and a lack of sharpness in this Ashford Charity Trophy quarter final tie on Monday night. An entertaining game developed and after Romney had built up a  3-1 the Green really came to life and Ryan Smith fired home a free kick just before half time. A number of near misses ended in frustration for the Green but it was earlier sloppiness and wasteful passing that really left a mountain to climb. Sid Beal, Shawn Dadd and Reece Hagger tightened the defence up as the game wore on, similar to last week, but it wasn’t to be. Now it is back to the league and a testing home game with Canterbury City Reserves on Wednesday.

Green Reserves: T Lockett; R Milton, S Dadd, R Hagger, S Beal; A Mercer, M Wedge, M Howells, R Strand; D Cornell, K Hallett. Subs used: R Smith, R Fitzgerald. Subs not used: M Dalby, J Hurst

Sunday 18 April 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Charing Sunday 0 Bromley Green 12

We set off to sunny Charing to face the division two outfit in the Bodkin Cup quarter final, having to deal with two late injury withdrawals. On paper, this should have been a comfortable hurdle to overcome, yet we were cautious not to under estimate our hosts. However, as the score line suggests, it did prove to be very comfortable.

Charing are a shadow of the side that battled well in the Premier league just four years ago, and today they played the game in the right spirit with honest players trying their best. The game itself was played fairly, and only the ‘letter of the law’ being implemented by the referee saw the hosts reduced to ten men with the score already 0-9! (it seems harsh, but rules are rules I guess).

The game allowed me to present a start to K Hallett, who has impressed me when representing our reserve sides. Kenny got on the score sheet with a calm and clever finish and was instrumental in much of our attacking work, although I would be quite happy to see him become a little more selfish if I’m honest.

Elsewhere, Craig in goal was verbally sound today and although he had little to do, Charing still managed to find the cross bar twice. Pat Law covered lots of ground in the middle and Robbie Greenfield was on form, a constant threat to Charing. Up alongside Kenny was Joe Mifsud, who got through his usual amount of work. Off the bench came Terry Perk, returning from veteran duty, Tommy Lockett, with a huge impact, and young Jamie Hurst.

As for the goals – well I wont run through all 12 pass by pass – but those on the  score sheet include new signing and super sub Tommy Lockett, who found the net four times! Hadlum got us going, Hallett, Poyner, Greenfield, two for Ryan Smith, a converted penalty from his brother Craig and probably the pick of the lot was L Milton.

With the score 0-4 at the break, it was clear how the second half would pan out, and as the goal count rose our shape became very messy. It’s fair to say that teams will often become gun ho when a large score line is building up – every team has done it – but MoM will go to Robbie Greenfield, for he put in a good display as well as ensuring he got back and did his job. My only moan – well I always have one! – the temptation to be disrespectful and to tease an opponent is not something I like to see, and feel we were a little guilty of that towards the final stages of the game.

We now head in to another semi final and games are coming thick and fast. The attitude of the squad is good, the spirit high and the quality is obvious. As I said last week, just keep doing our thing and see where it takes us. Thanks today for the large support, to Tommy for coming along at short notice, and to young Sara for picking up everyone’s rubbish from the field before we left!

C Smith / M Hadlum (T Perk) / R Smith / D Valler  

G Mackett (J Hurst) / L Milton / T Poyner / P Law / R Greenfield

J Mifsud (T Lockett) / K Hallett

Saturday 17 April 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 6 Larkfield 2 

A comprehensive 6v2 victory on Saturday saw us keep well in the hunt for promotion. Larkfield to there credit gave us a good game and played good football throughout. We started slowly and the visitors were on top, but from a break away in the 15th minute Joe Mifsud raced clear of the defence to finish well. Larkfield hit back within 5 mins when slack marking from a cross saw there forward react first and slot home. This fired us up and we took control of the game, first skipper Glen Mackett slotted home after a scramble in the box and Ryan Smith headed a third from Tom Heads corner, 3-1 at half time and a platform to build on for the second half.

We started the second half well in control and were hunting our forth goal to finish our visitors off, Dan Cornell and Joe Mifsud who both had excellent games both went close and were giving the visiting defence a torrid time, the post was hit twice and numerous chances went begging. But our luck changed in the 70th minute when Mifsud’s 20 yard effort eluded there keeper to put us 4-1 in the lead. Larkfield again hit back from a long free kick and again slack marking saw there forward finish well. But we were not to be denied our victory, we again upped the pace and Joe Mifsud completed his hat trick and Dan Cornell got the goal he deserved with a cracking finish to leave the final score 6-2.

A good all round team performance with Adam Mercer playing at right back for the first time outstanding and Cornell and Mifsud up front linked well all game to give us the edge.

Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Greenfield, M.Howells, G.Mackett, L.Milton, D.Cornell, J.Mifsud.

Subs: T.Poyner(M.Howells) S.Beal (M.Hadlum) R.Norman(R.Greenfield)

MoM: J.Mifsud, hat trick and great work rate

Wednesday 14 April 2010: reporter Dave Homewood

New Romney Reserves 2 Bromley Green Reserves 2

(Kent County League Reserves Division Eastern)

Five-star entertainment on Wednesday evening for the few travelling Green fans with the foundations firmly laid for next Monday’s Ashford Charity Trophy tie. Perhaps a draw represents a fair outcome for this mid-table contest as both sides enjoyed periods of dominance. The Blues began by cutting through the Green defence with alarming ease and went ahead midway through the first half. However, as the game wore on, Shawn Dadd and Reece Hagger gradually found their feet and form and the second period was a different tale.

Jason Thomas: injury jinx strikes again

Confidence was visibly lifted when Kenny Hallett neatly guided home a far-post header to equalise and it was the young striker on the score sheet again a few minutes later – this time firing in a beauty from the right hand edge of the box. Jason Thomas and Ryan Fitzgerald provided impressive outlets down the flanks but in the latter part of the match Thomas once again fell victim to injury. Romney’s leveller, and what proved to be point saver, arrived as a result of lack of concentration as the Green reorganised their line-up. Hopefully lessons will have been learned the hard way here for, whatever is happening on the sidelines, players on the field must remain totally focused. Substitutes Martyn Dalby, Jamie Hurst and James Barham all played their part as darkness loomed but on the down side late bookings for Matt Wedge and Barham took the gloss off an otherwise creditable performance by the Ashford side. No fixture on Saturday for the seconds so next up is the Charity cup tie on Monday evening, again down the Avenue, when it would be pleasing to see more support. There were several contenders for man of the match, notably Thomas and Fitzgerald, but Hallett with his two excellent goals just receives the nod.

Green: T Lockett; R Milton, S Dadd, R Hagger, S Beal; J Thomas, T Poyner, M Wedge, R Fitzgerald; R Strand, K Hallett. Subs: M Dalby, J Hurst, J Barham 

Tuesday 13 April: reporter Steve Mailey

Mersham 1 Bromley Green 4 

A quick turn around saw us travel to Mersham for an evening Sunday League Premier Division encounter. With Rocky & Perk injured and Paul Allan in New York, I warned against complacency, wary of the potential threat from a side we know well as individuals. As for Mersham, well they had lost a key player through injury in Mickey Doyle. Although it was an advantage for us, I do hope Mick recovers soon, for he is a key member of our Saturday first team and deserves to be part of their exciting run in – I’m sure many at BG will echo my view.

As for the game, well it set off at quite a pace and became end to end quickly. Both sides enjoyed a bright start and defences were tested. I felt this was the first time that our shape looked a little disjointed, largely because our three middle men seemed to be in each others way at times, which seemed to fuel some needless infighting. That said, it is also a sign of passion, and as is the case with good team spirit, the passion pulls you through. This was the only moan I will have, because the lads have played a lot of football lately and have done terrifically well.

We gained the advantage following good pressure from defence, through the middle, and followed up by Norman, who in turn allowed Mifsud the chance to slot home comfortably. A generous decision by the referee kept the hosts with 11 on the pitch as we began to settle down. Our passing was more accurate and our work was more productive. Further good work down the flank, started by the ever steady T Head, saw L Milton meet a delivery in the area to make it 0-2 shortly before the break.

At the interval we spoke briefly, I pointed out that when we started chasing the 50/50s we took control. Prior to that, we looked a bit tired and wasteful. To be honest, and in no way disrespectful, Mersham were looking like a side in dire trouble. I refer purely to their body language, for the ability they have is not in question. Because of this, we found ourselves in complete control realistically.

With the day light diminishing fast, we extended our lead again as Tom Head applied a neat finish following another ball in from a wide position. Off the bench came Poyner, who was busy and tried to link up well, Mercer, making a welcome return, and Hallett. Kenny shows promise – I’ve seen what he can do, he just needs to believe he can do it, and I look forward to seeing that emerge over the coming months! We added a fourth via an own goal. Some in Green tried to claim it, but it has to go to my mate Andy Davies (sorry!)

Our strengths today – well Norman & Mifsud covered every blade of grass and created problems throughout up top. Our middle three got there in the end without looking to be in too much trouble, and Robbie & Pat impressed out wide. Craig could do nothing about a superb strike which made it 1-4, but was comfortable outside of that incident. And our back line, yet again, used their blend of pace and experience to cope well. MoM will go to Matt Hadlum, comfortable from the start and dealt with ease all that came his way. Matt is enjoying a fine run of form, which serves the Club well for both days. An important 3 points gained. We must simply get on and do our thing, game by game, and see where it gets us! Well done to all.

C Smith / M Hadlum / T Head / D Valler / G Mackett (K Hallett) / L Milton / R Smith / P Law / R Greenfield (A Mercer) / J Mifsud / R Norman (T Poyner)

 Sunday 11 April 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 2 Bethersden 1

Our latest cup venture saw us face Bethersden yet again, this time in the Bodkin Cup. This was the third meeting between the sides so far, and this was probably the scrappiest to date. A game played in glorious sunshine, with both sides struggling to cope with a hard surface. We went into this one knowing what to expect, and where we needed to be strong. The Dens are organised and make you work hard, and I have to say we were well prepared as we were all on time and showed the right attitude.

The game was, predictably, close in certain areas. Our pass and move game in midfield showed signs of opening the opposition up, and our defence was busy without being too troubled. Craig added a good verbal input from between the posts and his distribution was good and quick for much of the game. The wide boys offered well, but found themselves being forced back a little, which affected our attacking options, but coming forward they were stretching the visitors defence. Up front, well there was a lot of ground covered and some good effort put in for the team, but I feel we struggled to make the right choices today, and squandered chances and possession a little too often.

No goals at the break and we spoke about closing up our pass range, getting the wide boys further forward, and generally upping the desire a notch. I got everything I asked for to be fair as we battled well, then had to endure some pressure which saw us lose our composure a little, then seem to settle again. During that pressure, we fell behind to a goal that was, frankly, avoidable but one of those things. The key factor was how we responded to what was simply a silly error. Well we stepped up again – with Skipper Mackett driving them on, aided in the middle by L Milton and R Smith, we began to grab hold of the game again. Young Robbie Greenfield put in his best showing for a while and was rewarded with a terrific strike from 20+ yards, leaving the keeper with no chance and reminding us of what he did several times last term for me from similar positions.

Ryan Norman was now up top alongside Mifsud, and his style caused problems for the Dens rear line as we began to look the more dominant side. It was Norman causing concern again as he raced into the area only to be upended by the advancing keeper. Penalty awarded, and Joe Mifsud stepped up to put us in front. More chances came and went, and there were signs of fatigue showing with some. But we remained in control to book a place in the quarter final against Charing.

As for displays today, well it was more work-man like than impressive, but the squad did its job. The impact from the bench of Norman and P Law was impressive. Our back line looked good again and the lads in the middle I’ve already mentioned were mainly in control courtesy of the work rate they had put in. No one really stood out and Valler, Allan, Mackett, Mifsud and R Smith all come close to the MOM award, but it will go to Rob Greenfield – a super strike and a glimpse at what he can offer us.

Our next game comes around quickly as we travel to Mersham on Tuesday for a league clash. They have talent we know well and to under estimate Mersham would be foolish. Complacency is my biggest fear for we must treat this game, as well as our visit to Charing next Sunday as crucial games. All our remaining games must be approached with the same level of passion & desire if we are to succeed – there lies our challenge!

C Smith / M Hadlum (P Law) / P Allan / D Valler / G Mackett / L Milton / R Smith / T Head / R Greenfield  / J Mifsud / T Poyner (R Norman). Sub not used: T Perk

Saturday 10 April 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 0 Premier 0

Overall a disappointing result for the team a win today would have left us with destiny in our own hands, but as it stands at the moment we just need to win our remaining games and see where this leaves us.

We started the game superbly and pushed Premier back, our quick pass and move football was too much for our visitors, we created several half chances and 3 or 4 good chances in the first 20 minutes and if we had led 5-0 Premier could have had few complaints, Ryan Smith smashed a header against the bar, Glenn Mackett saw his goal bound shot hit Dan Cornell on the line and Cornell himself was denied by the visitors inspired keeper. After this Premier came into the game and it become a more even contest, but we reached half time 0-0.

The second half proved a more even affair with Premier coming more into the game but our defence to a man were in commanding form and held firm and keeper Craig Smith was rarely tested. Going forward we still created chances but again it was not going to be our day in front of goal and the game ended all square.

Without doubt 2 points dropped but I was pleased with our performance, the lads were disappointed and that is good as it shows what it meant to them and it shows how much we have grown as a team and that we are one of the top sides in this division.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, L.Milton, A.Mercer, R.Norman, M.Howells, D.Cornell, G.Mackett. Subs: J.Mifsud (R.Norman) R.Greenfield (A.Mercer) L.Hayles not used

MoM : M. Hadlum another good game as an attacking full back

Saturday 3 and Monday 5 April 2010: reporter Dave Smith

A very good Easter weekend for not only the Saturday 1st team, but also 2 good wins for the Sunday sides that has left the feel good factor at the club very high.

A big thank you not just to the players for all there hard work in playing 3 games in 3 days, but to the people behind the scenes, Ian, Jill, Max, who give up there time, to cook food and serve behind the bar, also a mention to all that came and supported us, some really good crowds and a definite boost for the players.

Saturday saw us win a tight game 4-2 against APM, a result that helped us close in on the promotion places. We started well and great link up play in the 5th minute between Glen Mackett and Dan Cornell saw Dan finish superbly. In fairness APM were giving us a good game, but in the 30th minute Cornell again finished well form an excellent through ball from Lee Milton. A 2-0 half time lead but still work to be done.

APM came at us hard at the start of the second half and pulled a goal back in the 55th minute, when there attacker looking offside fired home. We needed to respond to this and we did as again Cornell who was having an excellent game rounded the keeper to give us our 2 goal cushion back, Dan’s first hat trick for the Green and well deserved and there will be hopefully many more to come. APM still pushed forward and were given a life line in the 75th minute, when Ryan Smith conceded a harsh spot kick, if there was a foul at all it should have been our way, but 3-2 it was. Again we responded well and form Mark Howells corner in the 80th minute Joe Mifsud headed home to kill the game off. An excellent victory against a useful side and again it showed how we are improving as a side and that all the hard work at training pays off as we are capable of playing hard for the full 90 mins, which a lot of sides find hard to live with.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, A.Mercer,

          R.Norman, L.Milton, M.Howells, G.Mackett, D.Cornell,

Subs: J.Mifsud (R.Norman) R.Greenfield( A.Mercer) T.Poyner(G.Mackett)

MoM: The whole defence were excellent, but Dan Cornell get it for his display and hat trick.

With many tired legs from the Saturday and Sunday games we welcomed local neighbours Kennington on Bank holiday Monday.

A big crowd assembled and the sun was out. We went with the same starting 11 as Saturday and we quick out of the blocks with Dan Cornell forcing an excellent save from James Hayden in the Kennington goal. But we were not denied long as Mark Howells free kick was headed home by skipper Glen Mackett in the 10th minute. In truth we were not at our best but we still were dominating the game, Kennington were playing quite direct and not causing our defence to many problems. Half time came and saw us leading 1-0.

The second half again saw us in control but it was proving one of those days where we did not take our chances, Cornell, Howells, Doyle and Mackett all should have scored. Kennington kept trying and we were getting edgy, but in the 75th minute a cross come shot from Matt Hadlum who had an excellent game, gave us the vital second goal and saw us run out comfortable 2-0 winners.

A good solid performance with keeper Smith rarely troubled, the back 4 were all excellent, the midfield dominant and our forwards were always a threat. Some excellent football to please the crowd and another result that leaves us well placed in the push for promotion.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A.Mercer,

          R.Norman, L.Milton, M.Howells, D.Cornell, G.Mackett,

Subs:J.Mifsud (A.Mercer) R.Greenfield ( R.Norman) T.Poyner( L.Milton)

MoM: G.Mackett, excellent all game.

Sunday 4 April 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Churchill Royals 2 Bromley Green 4  

Danny Valler: another top display

We travelled to the Ridge with several missing to face division one pace setters Churchill Royals in the Ashford Charity Trophy quarter final. There was some much talked about tension between certain individuals, as well as my own former links with the majority of the Churchill set up, which was always going to add spice to this cup fixture. I asked for cool heads, a sensible approach, a need to ignore all the nonsense and to simply let our football do the damage. The lads delivered!

With the formation unchanged, I still needed to move people about as I wanted to keep our midfield as strong as possible. This was achieved as we took control of the middle from start to finish. We set of at a good pace and some of our movement was impressive. The need to avoid hefty tackles became a regular thing as the hosts attempted to knock us out of our stride. Although dominant, in typical cup tie fashion, we found ourselves falling behind as we failed to deal with a Churchill attack. The response was quick though, as a fine save from keeper Wratten kept out Greenfield. Soon after, we levelled as Hadlum pounced on a set piece to knock in another important goal. The tackles and off the ball antics became the talking point and the referee was in need of an extra set of eyes to spot everything. That said, our pressure continued and each player simply got on with the job. Mifsud cut into the area, simply to be cut down, and the obvious penalty was awarded. Our record in this department is very consistent – we miss most! Today it was Tom Head’s turn to miss, but the ever lively Mifsud reacted first to put us in front. The hosts were reduced to ten men shortly after, handing us the advantage for the remaining 55 minutes.

Kenny Hallett who is gaining valuable experience with the first team

At the break, I simply asked for more of the same again. The second half saw us take control as we found plenty of space in key areas. Although we became guilty of overplay at times, our work rate today was exceptional and forced our opponents into more mistakes as we turned the screw. Reward for this came as Poyner hassled the rear guard to extend our lead further. Some Churchill heads dropped at this stage and they made a couple of changes. To be fair, the ten that finished the game never gave up and tried to play and deserve recognition for that. We continued to control things, and were clearly becoming wasteful of our chances. Another wave of attacks saw L Milton take a strike at goal, and from 25 yards, hit a quality shot under the bar as the keeper was well beaten. At 4-1, we still missed chances and added passes that weren’t needed. We then got caught out at the back as we gave the ball away, and Churchills added a second to make it 4-2.

Top displays from everyone today – kept focused, did the job, and no bookings! Hadlum put in another top display today, as did Valler and Head. The work from Mackett, L Milton and R Smith in the middle was near faultless. Pat impressed with confidence and Robbie had a good second half following a tough opening. The effort put in by Mifsud, Poyner and Hallett up top caused their experienced back line lots of problems. MoM is a tough one, with Hadlum, R Smith and L Milton standing out. But it will go to Glenn Mackett, a top showing where we needed it most, and his best display for a few weeks. My thanks to the support today – even Tommo! A semi final against Hamstreet awaits and the villagers will look to add our names to the list of Premier sides they have beaten already this season! Well done all.

C Smith / M Hadlum / T Head / D Valler / G Mackett / L Milton / R Smith / P Law / R Greenfield / J Mifsud (K Hallett) / T Poyner. Subs used: Hallett

Sunday 28 March 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 2 Bliby 0 

 With players returning from holiday, new injuries and even the odd over lay, we had yet another shuffle around with selection as we welcomed Bliby to the Swan Ground. Fortunately we were able to keep the shape and system that I felt we needed against our visitors, whereas the quality available was never a concern.

Some very good displays lately, along with a great win last week, sent us into this one in a confident mood. Bliby are physical as well as having some pretty good footballers amongst their rank, so this was always going to be a bit of a battle at times.

The opening exchanges were quite even and fairly scrappy. Our extra numbers in midfield slowly began to tell as Bliby began to run out of options. This did not stop us almost falling behind though, as a through ball was somehow put wide of the posts instead of between them. That was a scare, and to be fair, there weren’t too many more in a half in which we remained comfortable if not dominant. We had our chances also, but the level scoreline at the break was probably fair.

We spoke at the interval about our service to the forwards, concerned that Mifsud and Poyner were being dragged around too much and isolated as a result. More of the same though was the general message. The second half saw us with more and more of the ball. The visitors were showing signs of fatigue in places, caused mostly by our constant movement. A free kick awarded after Joe Mifsud had been wrestled to the floor was dispatched by Tom Head and converted by Paul Allan to give us the lead. Bliby have the players to pounce on the slightest error, so it was important not to ease up and allow them back into the game. We endured a spell following the goal that saw us lose our shape a little, using long balls and silly passes, but we settled again and as tempers began to fray, we simply applied more pressure. So when Matt Hadlum rose to meet a cross at the back post and coolly loop his effort over the keeper, we started to think we had fought off their challenge. This was evident in the closing stages as we found more time and the Bliby threat grew weaker.

As for performances, well our back three of Hadlum, Allan and Valler were near faultless. The return to midfield for skipper Mackett was important as he and L Milton displayed the experience needed for this type of game. R Smith alongside them put in another top display, with a very impressive work rate. Our wide boys did their bit, although I accept we are yet to really demonstrate the benefit of this formation. Yet in the advanced positions, Tom Head caused lots of problems with his vision and his ability to deliver. And of course the usual work rate from Mifsud up top resulted in their entire back line getting fed up with him! With him, Poyner put in a good shift, as did R Norman late on. MoM will go to Matt Hadlum though – a quality display of defending and a crucial goal at the other end.

Next up is the impressive Churchill Royals in the Ashford Charity competition and another selection shake up will be forced upon me! They’ll be Premier opposition next term, but until then, we will be deemed as favourites and must guard against complacency. My thanks to the large support today, it is appreciated.

C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / D Valler / G Mackett / L Milton / R Smith / T Head / R Greenfield (R Norman) / J Mifsud / T Poyner. Subs not used: T Perk / R Fitzgerald

Sunday 21 March 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Bethersden 1 Bromley Green 5 

Last week I asked if we were up for the challenge following two very tight games in which we came away with nothing. The response was pretty emphatic. Travelling to face unbeaten Bethersden is tough enough. Take into account G Mackett, L Milton and R Norman were all missing and suddenly the size of the challenge grows! Yet I have said all season just how strong I feel this squad is and today we were able to prove it.

I felt against good opposition we were becoming a little too negative with the shape we had adopted – the excessive work rate from one up front failing to offer enough reward. So I altered it around. The lads responded well to it, and even though the opening few minutes were disjointed, we settled well and looked a real threat on the small pitch.

A three-man rearguard were mostly comfortable against the leagues highest scorers to date. That will largely be because of the amount of work put in by our midfield. The wide lads threatened and complimented the shape well, yet the ground covered by both R Smith and P Law allowed us to dominate for the bulk of this game. It was indeed these two who put us into the driving seat. Firstly Ryan just inside the area shocked the home side, and then Pat from near the corner flag fooled the keeper to put us two up. We began to play with pace and the hosts were struggling to cope. An impressive 40 minutes from Rocky was ended through injury – the able L Holman stepping in to provide cover.

Danny Valler proved again the value of experience in the big games

J Mifsud benefited from the changes, simply because he wasn’t all alone up top! T Poyner was handed the chance to play alongside him after several weeks of frustration on the bench – this was Tom’s chance to prove a point to me – and he did. The pair worked hard and between them sent us in at the break four goals to the good. Their work rate was impressive, and Tom deserves credit for responding so well to recent disappointment.

At the break I simply asked for more of the same – neither sitting back nor gung-ho. To be honest, I feel we continued to cope well without repeating the earlier dominance. We had chances to add to the scoreline, yet the Dens were clearly seeing more of the ball as we began to overstretch ourselves. The mounting pressure resulted in a goal for the home side. As annoying as that was, other chances were limited, and we remained strong enough in key areas. With some looking very tired after some draining games of late, our fifth goal brought some relief and it came courtesy of Robbie Greenfield, reacting well in a busy area to slot home.

Some good displays all round today. Ryan Smith & Pat Law in midfield were dominant, Tom Poyner up top put in a fine display, keeper Craig Smith contributed well as stand in skipper and Danny Valler was impressive in defence. Valler will claim the MoM today for his all round input, both when it was going well and not so well. Ryan, Pat and Tom were not far behind him though! Thanks to all involved, including those who came along to support. We have some very tough games on the horizon where a strong squad will be needed, and used.

C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / D Valler / P Law / L Hayles / R Smith / T Head / R Greenfield / J Mifsud / T Poyner. Subs: L Holman, K Hallett. Sub not used: T Perk.

Saturday 20 March 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 4 Staplehurst 1 

A tremendous victory is the only way I can describe this victory over table topping Staplehurst. The attitude and commitment was spot on by all the players and we showed that we are going to be right in the fight for promotion all the way. Our passing and movement was excellent going forward and our defending was top class, so all should feel very proud of there efforts.

We got the perfect start, when in the 2nd minute Dan Cornell and Mark Howells played a quality one, two that freed Cornell to finish superbly. Our movement in attack was causing our visitors many problems, but we were rocked in the 15th minute when a snap shot from 25 yards saw keeper Smith beaten. This spurred us on, we regained the lead in the 25th minute when Tom Heads free kick sailed over the keeper under pressure form our attacking players, 2 soon became 3 when from a quick short corner involving Cornell and Howells, Ryan Smith was on hand to tap the ball home,  3- 1 at the interval and well deserved.

The second half started as expected with Staplehurst coming more into the game, but our defence led by the impressive Micky Doyle were in no mood to give anything away. A string of errors by the referee saw Staplehurst become frustrated and from a wild challenge on Rocky Hayles, they were reduced to 10 men. This allowed us to control the game totally and in truth we should have added more goals, but it was left to Rocky who in the 85th minute completed our day by smashing the ball home form 25 yards.

Keeper Smith was excellent all day, our full backs, Hadlum and Head contributed by joining in our attacks and Doyle and Smith were faultless at the heart of our defence. Adam Mercer on the left showed real quality and skill and Mark Howells on the left was always available to link up play with his accurate passing, Milton as ever gave his all and Rocky bossed the centre of the pitch. Our front 2 of Mackett and Cornell gave us great movement and never gave the visitors a minute rest and subs, Mifsud and Greenfield done well when they came on and added to an all round squad performance.

Everything was right this week, from the time the lads showed up into the excellent warm up by Trevor and through the game, very pleasing to see and just rewards for all the hard work put in by all that are involved with this team. A real shame looks like it could see us without a game this coming weekend as there are 13 teams in the league and it looks like being our turn to miss out, but this will be confirmed later in the week.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A. Mercer. M.Howells, L.Milton, L.Hayles, D.Cornell, G.Mackett.

Subs; J.Mifsud ( G.Mackett) R.Greenfield (A.Mercer) R.Norman not used.

Mom: Rocky Hayles, was everywhere, run the midfield and iced the cake with a great goal

Sunday 14 March 2010: reporter Steve Mailey 

Bromley Green 0 Bethersden 0 [Premier Cup ¼ Final]

Bethersden won 3-1 on penalties aet 

We welcomed Bethersden to the Swan Ground for the much awaited divisional cup tie. Our visitors arrived in great form, firmly in the hunt for the league title. They also boast a record second to none in this competition over the past 2 ½ years – so the size of the task was clear to all. With both defences in good form of late, a tight encounter was expected, and it doesn’t come much tighter than this. The sizeable crowd enjoyed some much needed spring sunshine, although the game never really lived up to its billing. Although, trying not to be too biased, I feel we enjoyed the bulk of the pressure for most of the game, neither side really put in a top display.

Sticking with the formation, and pretty much the starting line up, that had served us well of late, I was a little frustrated with our lack of composure today. Our back line performed well throughout – Craig pulling off a couple of good stops on the few occasions he was called upon. Tom Head and Dan Valler again showed composure at full back and Ryan Smith continues to impress.

The first half was evenly contested, with Green looking the stronger if not the more threatening. Tempers were starting to fray as our lack of composure became more evident, and half time arrived in time for us to regroup. I asked for more composure and less moaning – constructive rather than negative. Again, I asked for more use of our wide shape, and also to simply improve our decision making in the attacking third.

To the lads credit, we did improve during the second half. R Norman and R Greenfield became more involved from wide areas, and Rocky began to run things through the middle. The work rate from J Mifsud up top was, yet again, very impressive. Skipper Mackett became more of a threat as he linked up more frequently. Our increase in pressure saw us coming closer and closer. Twice we had close range headers put straight at the keeper. Other chances were missed or wasted as extra time was forced upon us. Another good chance, this time a diving header, drifted wide of the mark as we searched for the opening goal. The Dens had their chances too, our alert rearguard unable to push on because of the constant threat from the visitors.

So after 120 minutes – we had to endure the lottery of penalties. I know luck plays a part, but scoring just one pretty much sums up why we lost out on this particular lottery. MoM will go to Tom Head, steady at the back and a threat coming forward.

This was a disappointment to me. Not for the obvious reasons of going out of the league cup, but also because I felt some of our body language looked wrong. Losing games is never enjoyable, but losing very tight games back to back can sometimes play on the minds of players. We have the chance next week to rectify this as we face the Dens again, this time in a league clash. Changes will be made – some forced, some not. It’s rare that a team has the chance to avenge an outcome so quickly, let’s see if we rise to that challenge!

C Smith / T Head / R Smith / P Allan / D Valler / R Norman / L Hayles / L Milton / G Mackett / R Greenfield / J Mifsud ( Perk). Subs not used: Hadlum / Poyner

Saturday 13 March 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 2 Oakwood 1

A vital 3 points won in a scrappy game against determined visitors Oakwood, who had improved from our comfortable league win at their ground a month ago. But winning by not playing well is a good thing and the team should be pleased that they stuck at it even when frustration was kicking in. The pitch had firmed up quickly and a rutted surface was not easy for us to play our passing game, let’s hope we can get some work done on it this week to make the surface better to play on.

The game started slowly and we seemed to lack some drive to up the pace, Oakwood were quick to the ball and determined in the tackle. We were rocked in the 20th minute when we lost the ball easily on the edge of the box and were punished when the visiting forward slotted home. This did shake us into action and we pushed Oakwood back. We levelled in the 40th minute when Ryan Smith found himself unmarked in the box and shanked it home, not the best finish but they all count. Level at half time but we knew we needed to be better in the second half to win the game. We started well and in the 55th minute a quick throw from Ryan Smith was flicked on by Glenn Mackett and Dan Cornell finished well. This saw us in control and we should have added more goals, Dan Cornell saw 2 attempts saved well by the keeper and Mark Howells saw his drive thunder against the crossbar, but we did not kill the game off and to Oakwood’s credit they kept plugging away and left us to see out a nervous last few minutes before the win was sealed.

Next week we entertain league leaders Staplehurst, a vital game and with a mixed bag of results yesterday the race for promotion looks like it will go to the wire, but make no mistake we are well and truly in with a shout.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, T.Head, M.Howells, R.Greenfield, L.Hayles, L.Milton, D.Cornell, G.Mackett. Subs: J.Mifsud(L.Milton) T.Poyner(M.Hadlum) R.Norman(R.Greenfield) A.Mercer not used

MoM: R.Smith, scored one, made one and defended well

Sunday 7 March 2010: reporter Steve Mailey 

Sun 1 Bromley Green 0 [Kent Sunday Premier Cup]

Our interest in the Kent Premier competition came to an end at a chilly Gravesend. It marked the end of an impressive run which has seen us triumph in games we were possibly expected to fail in. This hurdle saw us drawn to face Sun, who have won this cup in each of the previous three seasons! More about this game in a moment, but at this point I’d like to thank all the lads involved in this cup run for representing the club with such passion and pride.

As for the game, well it was played on a pitch that was nothing short of shocking, bordering on dangerous. This is not an excuse, as it was the same for both sides, yet I feel a Kent ¼ final warranted a better playing surface. The Sun manager commented “that pitch meant we saw a tight battle instead of a tight football match”, well summed up I think!

Those who saw this game will agree there was absolutely nothing between these sides, with the hosts looking more dangerous in attack and the Green looking in control at the back. An effort smashed against our cross bar inside two minutes set the tone as we soon realised Sun were very good with set pieces, including a throw in that betters anything Stoke City have to offer! As the game settled, Sun were clearly happy to attack at pace, often long and direct. Yet we coped very well at the back and our midfield offered support at key times. With Mifsud working alone up front and being shadowed by a big strong defender, it was hard to make in roads, yet we did manage to put them under pressure at the back. Our threat grew as the half went on, and our own set piece almost saw Ryan Smith give us the lead, the ball somehow staying out.

At the break, the lads were confident and upbeat. I emphasised the need to get our wide boys more involved as the middle was congested – and like a ploughed field!

The restart saw Rocky continue to match Sun for strength, and even though Mackett had now pushed on, his impressive marker had followed him, which allowed some more freedom. We then suffered a set back, losing Perk with a head injury in defence. With P Allan already out, it meant Hadlum came straight into the action – another example of the strength of this squad – something we couldn’t have done last season!

The hosts continued to press, and both sides tried in vein to play football. We had a couple of good chances to get in front, but somehow unable to force it over the line. Yet it was the hosts who looked strong, and very fit, showing no signs of fatigue. We fell behind after a goal mouth scramble on 75 minutes, a Sun boot stabbing the ball goal bound and into the net. As a result, we altered the shape in search of the equaliser. We still never quite got our wide boys involved enough, and that is possibly my only complaint.

It got a little heated in the closing stages, to be expected, and the frustration of being awarded very little in terms of decisions simply added to this. But in the end we bow out, conceding our first goal in several weeks and suffering our first defeat in several months.

I was proud of our squad today, and the Club should be proud of the efforts shown as well as the potential this group of players have.

Individually, there were no bad displays today. Ryan Smith, Joe Mifsud and Rocky had quality games centrally. Tom Head was calm and decisive, and Dan Valler put in a good 70 minutes. The MoM will go to Craig Smith in goal – this display was terrific, possibly the best I’ve seen him play. On an awful surface and with constant service into his area, he claimed everything. His distribution was spot on and contributed verbally throughout.

No need to be down for too long though guys, we still have lots to play for this term. I look forward to the challenges ahead as we now tackle Bethersden on two fronts over the coming fortnight. They are a quality side, and at least we know the pitch will be much flatter! Well done to all today.

C Smith / T Head / R Smith / T Perk (Hadlum) / D Valler (Poyner) / R Norman (Law) / L Hayles / L Milton / G Mackett / R Greenfield / J Mifsud. Subs: P Law / M Hadlum / T Poyner – all used

Saturday 6 March 2010: reporter Dave Smith

On a cold afternoon on the island the Green progressed to the final of the Les Leckie Cup with a solid 3-0 win against our hosts Sheerness East. A final place in my opinion is well deserved, not just for today’s win and the other hard fought victories in this cup against Staplehurst away 3-1, Lanes End away 2-1 and Chartham Sports home 4-2,  but for the continued improvement and commitment that is being shown by the whole squad, not just on match days but at training as well, I congratulate all 15 players today and a special mention to Tom Poyner who never got on today but has more than played his part this season.

The game started with us playing us the slope against a fair breeze. The first 30 mins saw Sheerness having more of the ball, but not being able to create any clear cut chances, we gradually got in the game and Rocky was unlucky when his drive was well tipped over by the home keeper, 0-0 at half time left us really looking forward to having the elements in our favour.

We came out in the second half and took the game to the home side and from a corner in the 55th minute Ryan Smith stabbed the ball home form close range, to give us the lead. The game now opened up and with more accurate passing we could have added further goals, Sheerness kept working hard but rarely troubled keeper Smith. We scored our second in the 75th minute when substitute Mark Howells drifted into the box and chipped the keeper to put us 2-0 in front a truly class finish. A third was added to put the seal on a good display when keeper Smith’s long accurate kick went straight to substitute Rob Greenfield who crossed for another substitute Dan Cornell to volley home. We ended the game full of running which again shows the amount of hard work put in by all the lads at training. Many good performances, but overall it was the team performance that has got us through, with every single player having an impact on the game.

A final to look forward to and now the focus switches to the league and make no mistake we will be going all out in the next few weeks to push ourselves as far up the league as possible and give ourselves a real shout of promotion. Thanks to all who made the journey to support us and a special mention to Trevor Strand, who organised the side while I had a couple of family issues to deal with.

Good luck to the Sunday side tomorrow, a tough game in prospect, but with confidence high form some recent good performances I am sure we can pull it off.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T,Head, A.Mercer, R.Norman, L.Milton, L.Hayles, G.Mackett, J.Mifsud. Subs: M.Howells (A.Mercer), D.Cornell (J.Mifsud), R.Greenfield, (R.Norman), T.Poyner not used

Mom: R.Smith (pictured above), solid at back and scored a vital goal

Sunday 21 February 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Appledore 0 Bromley Green 5

It would appear that we play one week on then one week of lately, and this was our week on. We set off to Appledore in the latest of our cup adventures, this time it was the Ashford Charity Trophy. As we neared the village, the rain became very heavy, and it would pretty much stay that way for our entire visit! A sudden alteration to the squad was forced through injury which meant a change about in defence. Yet the squad was strong enough for this challenge, and I warned the lads prior to the game that our biggest threat would be over confidence. To be fair, both sides deserve credit for putting on a display in conditions that were quite miserable. Further credit to the players that no-one saw the conditions as an excuse for foul play – although the man with the whistle still found plenty of reasons to halt things!

Paul Allan: another man of the match performance

As for our display, well we weren’t good and we laboured through this game. Yet we must not take credit away from Appledore who continued to work very hard as a team and did cause us some problems. Craig twice endured nasty moments in the wet, yet recovered well on both occasions. It’s fair to say Craig performed very well after those first half scares. Joe Mifsud had given us the lead prior to this with an individual effort, fooling the keeper with a clever finish. Robbie Greenfield then doubled our lead courtesy of a free kick that everyone seemed to miss – it’s not the first time he’s done that, nor is it the first time Paul Allan has tried to claim it…

The 2-0 lead at the break was comfortable. I asked for us to simply be a bit more expansive, not so keen to sit back. I feel we did improve and our pass success rate went up as we began to control all areas. Mackett headed home a superb Greenfield delivery for our third, Rocky danced his way around before finding an opening and making it four, and Robbie again found the net, this time poking home in a goal mouth scramble.

Around the pitch, Tom Head enjoyed a good return from injury in defence, Valler put in a sound display and Paul Allan continues to stand out. Pat & Rocky performed well in midfield, Robbie looked impressive from wide and Joe up top put in a huge amount of effort – as usual. But none of us were great, yet into the hat we go, which is all that matters. MoM will go to Paul Allan, although I feel Valler, Greenfield and Mifsud were very close also. I’d like to mention Ryan Smith, with a very sore ankle, offered to play and promised me he’d do just the simple things and leave the work to the others – he did this well and put in a good 60 minutes for us. Next up is another cup, this time the Bodkin as we face the impressive Bethersden, although the weather for this week does not look too promising! 

C Smith / T Head / R Smith / P Allan / D Valler / R Norman / L Hayles / P Law / G Mackett / R Greenfield / J Mifsud. Sub used: L Milton

Saturday 20 February 2010: reporter Trevor Strand

University of Kent 2 Bromley Green 2

On Saturday the 1st team travelled to Canterbury to play the University of Kent and as predicted it was a totally different game to the Sheppey and Woodstock matches. The UoK are the best footballing side I have seen this season with fit and skilful players throughout the team and their number 7 caused us problems all game.
We knew what we were up against and what we had to do to win this game. The first half we were not playing that well but we did create 3 excellent chances that were missed and this proved costly. The Uni were passing the ball well and Craig Smith had to make a good save and this should have been the wake up call. On too many occasions passes went astray when not under pressure and if you keep giving the ball away you will get punished. Arguing amongst ourselves when things don’t go right does not help the situation and this must be stamped out. This was the case as the Uni took the lead just before half time. The half time talk was not to panic, cut out the stupid bickering, up the tempo and work rate and keep possession keep it simple and chances will come. Instructions were not carried out and we found ourselves 2-0 down caught out by a quick Uni break. Two down and chasing the game Ryan Smith, who picked up an injury, was replaced with Mark Howells and Ryan Norman and Joe Mifsud replacing Lee Milton and Rob Greenfield. Formation was changed to 3 – 5 -2 and this gave us more possession winning the ball in midfield.

I believed if we could get a goal back we could go on to get something from the game and Linton Hayles duly obliged with a cracking shot from the edge of the box. From then on it was all Bromley Green but time was running out. Good chances were created and missed that should have been put away but with 2 minutes to go Joe Mifsud did great work in the box pulling the ball back for Ryan Norman to score. The ball was in the net and then the linesman’s flag was raised for offside but full credit to referee Mike Filmer for over ruling and explaining why Ryan was not offside and allowing the goal to stand. The referee had a very good game and used common sense which was a refreshing change. On reflection it was 2 points dropped but at 2 nil down a point is better than nowt and not many teams will go to UoK and win. In the 2nd half, apart from the goal, Craig did not have a save to make and credit to the 3 defenders Mick Doyle, Tom Head and Matt Hadlum. To come back from 2 down showed character but we must improve our passing and first touch and stop giving the ball away cheaply. Joe Mifsud did well up front with Dan Cornell who on another day would have had a hat trick. The 3 central midfield of Mark Howells, Macca and Rocky worked hard and kept the team going with a never say die attitude. Merce and Ryan Norman got more into the game in the 2nd half and they will only get better with confidence in their own ability.
Team: Craig Smith, Matt Hadlum, Mick Doyle, Ryan Smith, Tom Head, Adam Mercer, Linton Hayles, Lee Milton, Rob Greenfield, Glenn Mackett (capt), Dan Cornell. Subs: Mark Howells, Joe Mifsud, Ryan Norman (all used). MoM: Linton Hayles.
Passing, and first touch drills will continue in training along with fitness work as some players admitted after the game they are not fit enough. One night at training will help but you must do your own fitness work in the week also.
 
Saturday 20 February 2010: reporter Ian Mace

Bromley Green Reserves 8 Larkfield & New Hythe Reserves 0

KCL Reserves Division Cup [round 2]

With the last game against Larkfield fresh in the minds of the Green players when we were 3-0 up and self-destructed and ended up in a 4-4 draw in the league, the boys wanted to put it right this time, and from the off the Larkfield’s back four were put under continuous pressure. This resulted in Larkfield’s centre half blatantly taking down Ashley Webster when running through on goal and he received a straight red card and giving away a penalty which Ricky Milton stepped up and put the Green 1-0 up. The Green, pushing on, missed chance after chance until finally Danny Allen scored a second to make it 2-0 at half time. But the Green could have easily been six up – at least we were making chances. The second half started again with the Green pushing onto the Larkfield back four and we struck two quick goals to make it 4-0. Now, with Larkfield dead and buried and out of the game, they started to leave their foot in on our players and a second yellow card given to a Larkfield midfield player reduced the opposition down to nine men. Green then completely took control and scored another four goals to make the final result 8-0 and secure a passage through to the third round of the cup.

Good performance by everyone all round, attitude was spot on everyone, worked hard for each other. Well done men.

Scorers: Danny Allen 3, Ashley Webster 1, Kevan Strand 1, Kenny Hallett 1, Jason Thomas 1, Ricky Milton 1

Team: C. Cloke, R. Milton, R. Hagger, R. Holloway, S. Beal, J. Thomas, K. Strand, B. Davies, R. Fitzgerald, D. Allen, A. Webster (captain) Subs: P. Barron, K. Hallett, S. Dadd (all subs used)

Men of the match: Danny Allen for his hat trick and Ryan Holloway powerful at the back

Saturday 13 February 2010: reporter Dave Smith

AFC Sheppey 0 Bromley Green 4

We came away from Sheppey with a comprehensive 4-0 victory, a comfortable scoreline in the end, but one we were made to work hard for especially in the first half. On a small, wet pitch, Sheppey started the game on top and we were finding it hard to get our passing game going. Sheppey created a couple of decent chances but could not find the breakthrough. As half time approached we slowly started to come into the game more and should have had a penalty, when Dan Cornell was pulled back in the area, only for the inconsistent referee to give it outside. At half time we talked about the need to remain patient and to move the ball quicker as I felt this was the key to winning the game. Sheppey again started the half well and were denied when keeper Craig Smith pulled off a great double save. This fired us into action and Adam Mercer who had a good game on the wing, found Cornell who put us 1- 0 in the lead. We now took control as our superior fitness obtained from many good training sessions showed. Cornell made it 2 when he finished superbly from the edge of the box in the 60th minute. We were now opening the home defence up at will, substitute Joe Mifsud wasted a one on one chance, but 5 minutes later with the same scenario scored comfortably. Glenn Mackett added our fourth in the 80th minute a goal he deserved for all his good link up play.

Overall a good effort from everyone, keeper Smith had a good all round game, the back 4 of Poyner, Smith, Doyle and Hadlum, although tested held firm, Milton continued his good run of form with another solid performance in midfield aided by Rocky Hayles who drove us forward and won us so much of the ball, wingers Mercer and Ryan Fitzgerald on his debut always posed a threat as did Mackett and Cornell up front, Substitutes Strand, Mifsud and Greenfield all played their part in a real squad performance. I always say to the lads it will be the squad not just the team that will hopefully bring us the success we crave and today again it proved the point.

Team: C.Smith, T.Poyner, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, A.Mercer, R.Fitzgerald, L.Milton, L.Hayles, D.Cornell, G,Mackett, Subs: J.Mifsud (D.Cornell), R.Strand (A.Mercer), R.Greenfield (R.Fitzgerald). MoM: Rocky Hayles, took control of the game, outstanding.

Saturday 6 February 2010: reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 3 Woodstock 1

A tremendous all round team performance saw us take all 3 points against a good Woodstock side. This win lifts us up to fourth in the table and ignites our aspiration of getting promoted back to the premier division.

The game started at a real pace, with Woodstock playing some neat football and pushing us into defending deep, we were struggling to really get into the game and were limited in our attacks. This changed in the 30th minute, when Ryan Smith’s pin point free kick found Joe Mifsud unmarked and he headed home to give us the lead, this gave us the momentum to push on and were denied more goals, when the visiting keeper pulled of 2 great saves, first from Smith and then Rocky Hayles. A half time lead of 1-0 was a bonus and we knew we needed to raise our game in the second half to get the win we needed. Woodstock again came on strong but now the game was more even, with both sides playing good football on a difficult surface, our defending was excellent, with Lee Milton playing a major role in defending from midfield and Rocky supplying the strength to push us forward, Adam Mercer was having a quality game on the right, but we needed the second goal to create a cushion. This was not to be, in the 70th minute Woodstock levelled, when a deflected ball saw their forward tap home. But our response was instant as Woodstock switched off, substitutes  Ryan Strand and Dan Cornell combined to allow Glenn Mackett to slot home. Woodstock now pushed more men forward and this allowed us to hit them on the break and Mackett saw a one on one chance again saved well by there keeper. Our defence held firm and we got our third goal in the 85th minute, when Mackett set up Cornell who slotted home to seal the win.

A good effort from everyone and the team are playing with a real confidence and desire, all the squad have played their part over the last few weeks and that is important to remember, as it will be the squad not just the team that can push us further up the table in the coming weeks.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, T.Head, A.Mercer, R.Greenfield, L.Milton, L.Hayles, G.Mackett, J.Mifsud. Subs: D.Cornell (J.Mifsud), R.Strand (R.Greenfield), T.Poyner (M.Doyle), R.Fitzgerald not used

Mom: L.Milton, gave 110% and was everywhere

Sunday 7 February 2010: reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 6 Hatcham 0

After another frustrating week off, we resumed our cup involvement against the high flying outfit Hatcham. Following on from an impressive win for our Saturday boys, it did come at a price, with injuries to L Milton & T Head. It meant changes were forced upon me. Add to that J Mifsud being unavailable, and suddenly the versatile squad I banged on about at the start of the season was called upon in this crucial tie!

Trent Thomas applauds the 'passion' referred to by Steve Mailey

This scoreline will leave people thinking that the visitors were an average outfit, yet that is simply not the case. They were strong and powerful in the attacking third, had decent pace, and caused a few problems. However, their threat was kept to a minimum purely as a result of a terrific team effort from the Green. The desire and passion on show from the off was hugely impressive, and that constant level of work rate was the reason for our success today.

Our rear guard dealt with everything today, and our link up play coming out of defence is getting better. Yet again, I offered out simple instructions, and they were followed to a man. The shape is working, and certain players are embracing the chance to express themselves. As for those changes, D Valler and P Law have waited patiently for a start, and today I was able to do just that. Valler wasted no time in seizing his chance, reacting first to give us an early lead. It was simply the start of a very solid display from Danny, who was part of the impressive rear guard. As for Pat, well he didn’t want to be outshone, so he got amongst the goals as well in a first half that saw us enjoy plenty of possession, played at a pace our visitors found hard to deal with. Pat joined Rocky in midfield, and again, he was strong and sprayed the ball around with ease. Alongside them was Ryan Smith, who had a quality game. He used his aggression in the right way, covered loads of ground, and broke up everything Hatcham tried!

From wide, R Greenfield and R Norman were in control of the flanks for the majority of the game. They are quick, seem to be enjoying their role, and contribute well to our shape. Norman got on the score sheet, a diving header that finished off a great move.

Following the amount of work they put in, they were replaced by R Fitzgerald and K Hallett, and they both popped up on the score sheet too! (Many thanks to you both for answering the call to help out at short notice!) The lone figure of skipper Mackett up top got his goal after missing some good chances – “not my best game!” he readily accepted.

The lads deserve credit today. The display was great to watch, and a large following were certainly entertained. But it’s the team spirit that I’m most pleased with – it was the spirit and the passion that got us this great result today – not just ability.

As for MoM – well, as usual, it’s a tough one. I thought Paul Allan was head of a terrific back line, all of which stood out. But I’m giving it to Ryan Smith, a midfield display of desire and energy that was as impressive as it was important to our cause. Well done to all.

C Smith / M Hadlum / T Perk / P Allan / D Valler / R Norman (K Hallett) / L Hayles / P Law / R Smith / R Greenfield (R Fitzgerald)

G Mackett (T Poyner

Saturday 6 February 2010: reporter Ian Mace

Kennington Res 2 Bromley Green Res 3

Green with a changed side from last week that beat Kennington our old rivals 4-1 in the cup had Jason Thomas and Paul Barron unavailable, started the game full of confidence with Ben Davies coming back from injury and Kevan Strand dominating the game in centre of midfield from the off. Also linking up in midfield and making his comeback for the Green was Mark Howells, giving the Kennington full back a rough time with his tricky skills. Green pushing on kept making chances and finally broke the deadlock through unselfish passing by Ashley Webster to put in Danny Allen to make it 1-0 after 20 minutes. The Green still pushing on again and still making good chances scored again with good finishing from Ashley Webster to make it 2-0 (and comfortable) when half time arrived. Good team talk at half time but we had to make a change, Kevan Strand (back problem) for Shawn Dadd, and we told the team to be prepared for Kennington to come at us and sure enough they did. They missed out our midfield, playing route one football onto our back four straight from the kick off in the second half. With the Green back four holding strong after 10 minutes of the second half we caught Kennington on the break and made it 3-0 with a strike from Danny Allen again. Kennington clearly were not happy with the scoreline as tackles started flying in, and credit to them they got to us and carried on playing route one football at our defence. With the two good forwards for Kennington from their 1st team giving us big problems they clawed a scrappy goal back to make it 3-1 with 20 minutes to go. Green started to settle and make chances again but couldn’t finish Kennington off, which gave the home team a lift again. Finally they broke us down again and made it 3-2 with 10 minutes to go and with the Green midfield tiring the back four stood strong and dealt with everything Kennington threw at us giving Green the victory they deserved showing the good determination and character we have in the club to succeed. My man of the match has to go to Ricky Milton who after a run of bad form showed us that he is Mr Reliable and marked their Kennington first team midfielder out of the game. Well done the back four for showing unity and strength to keep it going. Well done lads, still a bit of work to be done but we are starting to gel like a team rather than individuals. Team spirit is getting much better but remember that no one man is bigger than the team (it’s the team that matters). We would like to see more of you at training every Tuesday 7.00pm for warm up 7.30 pm training at Stanhope 3g don’t forget you need to bring a £1 that’s all.

Team: Chris Cloke, Ricky Milton, Reece Hagger, Ryan Holloway, Syd Beal, Kenny Hallett, Ben Davies, Kevan Strand, Mark Howells, Ashley Webster, Danny Allen. Subs: Tommy Lockett, Shawn Dadd (both subs played)

Saturday 30 January 2010: reporter Ian Mace

Bromley Green Res 4 Kennington Res 1

With last week’s game still fresh in our minds concerning the self destruction of the team, resulting in arguing and moaning after we had led 3-0 only to draw 4-4, we all knew that a solid team performance was required. That is exactly what we got in this Ashford Charity Trophy tie which proves that when we play together as a team the victories will come.

As far as Trent and myself are concerned the whole team were men of the match because they listened to us and stayed disciplined throughout and worked hard as a team.

Team: Chris Cloke, Syd Beal, Reece Hagger, Liam Smith, Ryan Holloway, Kenny Hallett, Paul Barron, Kevan Strand, Jason Thomas, Danny Allen, Ashley Webster. Subs: Shawn Dadd, Ricky Milton (both subs were used)

Saturday 30 January 2010: Reporter Dave Smith

Oakwood 0 Bromley Green 3

A very good solid team performance on Saturday saw us come away from Oakwood with all three points. With their main pitch frozen we played the game on a much smaller pitch, I thought this would suit Oakwood more, but I was wrong as the boys played some neat passing football from the off and totally controlled the game. This I feel is a direct benefit from all the hard work that is done at training and a real credit to the side.

Adam Mercer: finding some form

During the first half we had several half chances, Oakwood were creating nothing and resorted to some crude challenges, numerous poor tackles were left unpunished by the referee. Adam Mercer was back to his best on the wing and the whole team were moving the ball around well, but we were unable to break the deadlock.

I stressed at half time the need to be patient, I was confident it would only be a matter of time before we would score. We continued to control the game and in the 55th minute we got the goal all our good play deserved, Mackett and Milton combined well and Milton applied the finish from the edge of the box. This raised our game more, with Rocky Hayles and Milton controlling the midfield and Mackett playing further forward, being the hub of our play we looked impressive, goal number two came when Robbie Greenfield curled in a shot from the edge of the box in the 65th minute.

Glenn Mackett: man of the match

 Our day was spoilt in the 70th minute when from another poor challenge Ryan Strand reacted badly and received a red card for retaliating, yes he deserved to be sent off, but if the referee had clamped down on the Oakwood players earlier it would never have happened. Going down to ten never hurt us, substitute Joe Mifsud won us a penalty, but Rocky hit the post, but we never had to wait long for our third as Mackett sent a free kick into the top corner, to finish the scoring. A good team performance, with keeper Smith largely redundant, the back four solid and everyone playing their part with neat accurate passing it was good to watch, lets hope we can use this as a platform to really push on in February.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, A.Mercer, R.Greenfield, L.Milton, L.Hayles, G.Mackett, R.Strand. Subs; J.Mifsud(R.Greenfield), R.Fitzgerald( A.Mercer), D.Cornell and T.Poyner not used

MoM: Tough call, but Mackett just edged Rocky

Saturday 23 January 2010: Reporter Ian Mace

Bromley Green Res 4 Larkfield Res 4  

After a long break through weather conditions we finally returned to the action. The Green started well with a well taken goal from Ryan Strand with just 3 minutes gone to make it 1-0. Green, clearly in control and the bit between their teeth, carried on pressing the Larkfield boys and with more good running from Strand who was badly fouled outside their penalty area we were awarded a direct free kick which Dan Allen stepped up to convert and make it 2-0  – all going well. Then the best move of the match with a good ball out from the back to Jason Thomas on the right; he then looked up and put in an excellent cross for Kenny Hallett to head in and make it 3-0 to the Green who were cruising.

Where did it all go wrong? Well with the game out of Larkfield’s reach [or so we thought] Green started to take their foot off the pedal and stopped doing the basics like pass to each other. The rot started to set in and before we new it we were coming in at half time 3-3. Silly mistakes and arguing had set in, so with a good chat at half time we wanted to put it right in the second half.

Green, trying to get back into the game, found themselves still under pressure from the visitors and conceded a corner which was converted straight from the corner kick to put us 3-4 down.

The Green then started to make chances but could not finish and just when we thought it was not going to be our day good determination from Ashley Webster and Hallett saw Kenny eventually put the ball in the back of their net to make it 4-4.

Very disappointed to see us self destruct like that and there is clearly lots of sorting out to be done. We need to get it right for the next game which is against old rivals Kennington in the Ashford Charity Trophy.

My man of the match was Kevan Strand who kept a good head and always looked for the ball and battled well. Syd Beal and Kenny Hallett also played well.

Green: Chris Cloke; Syd Beal, Liam Smith, Kevan Strand, Ryan Holloway, Ryan Strand, Danny Allen, Paul Barron, Jason Thomas, Kenny Hallett, Ashley Webster. Subs: Ryan Fitzgerald, Ricky Milton, Aaron Neil   

 

Sunday 24 January 2010: Reporter Steve Mailey

 

Star United 0 Bromley Green 1

 

After a wait of several weeks, we finally got to play our Kent Premier cup match against highly rated Star Utd. Following the frustrations from last week, we were keen to put in a good display, and I could sense the lads were up for this one. We’d heard lots about our hosts, most of which proved to be true! Yet I have to be honest, I think we pretty much bossed this one from start to finish.

First things first – I asked certain players to do certain things and made a slight change to our set up – and the response from all was fantastic. I explained that we needed to get more from key areas, and it was great to see players sticking to their task and being rewarded for their efforts. One of my complaints from last week was our failure to convert chances. This was the case today also, and I did start to feel we would be made to pay again. Yet unlike last week I was very pleased with our decision making in the final third. We were quicker, precise and threatening with our build up. I’m sure on another day those efforts would have shown more reward.

At the other end, our rear guard was near faultless, again. The partnership of P Allan and R Smith is really starting to take shape, and collectively we look quite solid. A disciplined show from L Milton in front of them and a new role for Rocky added a stable dimension to our shape. Rocky was instrumental today, doing as I asked and linking defence with attack and causing Star serious problems all game. R Norman put in his best display in a Green shirt (that I’ve seen!) out wide, and Robbie continued his good form until injury forced him off.

Our goal came in the first half after some effective link up play down our left saw Mifsud released into their box, and with his usual desire and passion, he forced an opening and slotted home well. At the break I reminded our lads that we were the team playing football and not to get involved in any of the other stuff going on!

We continued to create and waste chances, yet we were not slacking off or sitting back and our hosts were finding it increasingly tough to make any inroads. Although not at his best, Mackett’s movement in front of the midfield showed potential and, along with the   relentless work input from Joe, makes it something I may try again.

Today I was very pleased with the team effort, our discipline and our belief. The scoreline suggests room for improvement – and there is. But we did what was asked and we are still heading in the right direction. Our squad offers strength in depth, and the response from the likes of Valler, Law and Poyner thus far has been impressive. Yet they want to be playing football, along with Perk, BJ and a few others looking to be involved, so it’s a test for all involved just now. Man of the match was another tough one, but I will give it to Rocky who put in a top display. There are others who were close though!

A mention also to those who came to support – there were more than I expected yet faces I’m seeing more and more –  it’s great to see you and appreciated by the players.   

 

C Smith / M Hadlum / R Smith / P Allan / T Head / L Hayles / L Milton / R Greenfield (Poyner) / R Norman

G Mackett / J Mifsud. Not used: D Valler / P Law / L Smith

 

 

Sunday 17 January 2010: Reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 1 – 1 Kennington

After several weeks off, both sides put on an entertaining display at the Swan ground. We were looking to avenge a 4 goal mauling following our previous meeting, and to be fair to the lads, that never looked like being repeated. In fact, without being too biased, this game should have been over by half time – in our favour. Although mostly scrappy, there was a fairly decent pace to our game and we caused problems for the visitors. Yet the important point to make is the fact that we had four very good chances before the break, and the keeper hardly had to move for any of them! This is a worrying trend that seems to affect us far too often. Too many draws in games where we have had umpteen chances, it is the difference between finishing top two and mid table.

If you think you're under pressure Rafa, come here!

Defensively, I felt we looked comfortable, with P Allan & R Smith dealing well with the obvious threat Kennington possess, and Hadlum & Head adding stability at full back. Rocky, Macca and L Milton mixed it well centrally, which the referee found more and more difficult to police, resulting in an inconsistent display. Mifsud put in a lot of work up top, yet failed to impact in his usual manner! Although dominating the first half, the second was a tighter affair, yet I feel we still looked the better side. It seems ironic that, after all the decent chances we had, we actually took the lead when a Greenfield free kick went through a packed area without anyone touching it – Paul Allan tried to claim it though…

For whatever reason, after taking the lead with just 12 or so minutes remaining, we found ourselves sitting back. The invite to come at us in numbers was gratefully received. Suddenly our passes forward became hoofs up the pitch, and we were clearly panicking for no real reason – which is something else we’ve done a bit too much of. With the panic came a touch of petulance from one or two, along with an exchange of views, followed by some unacceptable remarks.

Following all the nonsense, the visitors got their equaliser, heading home from a set piece. This is a bad result for us. The negative input involving our back line simply distracts from the fact that they had a good game over 90 minutes. Our problem seems to be in the opposite area, and I may now alter things a little in an attempt to rectify it. With Perk and Law due back next week and Valler, Norman and Poyner itching for a starting place, the quality is certainly there. For today, MoM was a tough one. Mackett and Allan putting in solid displays and Rocky causing many problems, but I will give it to skipper Mackett.

C Smith / M Hadlum / R Smith / P Allan / T Head (TPoyner) / G Mackett / L Milton / R Greenfield / A Mercer (R Norman) / L Hayles / J Mifsud. Not Used: D Valler.

Saturday 16 January 2010: Reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 4 Chartham Sports 2

On a pitch made playable after some hard work from the devoted few at the club, we progressed to a semi final Les Leckie Cup place with a hard fought win over a useful Chartham side. It was pleasing to see us continue to play our passing game even on a difficult surface and it shows to me our training not only builds our fitness levels but improves our ability to play good football as a team.

The game started well for us with Glenn Mackett scoring from a direct free kick in the 5th minute and this gave us the confidence to play our football. With the amount of ball we had we should really have scored again, but in the last minute of the first half Chartham  levelled from a poorly defended corner, this has become a problem for us recently, as we can control a game only for us to switch off as a team and concede vital goals.

Tom Head

The second half again started well for us, we raised the tempo of the game and were controlling things and it looked only a matter of time before we would score, Chartham relied on the long ball and were not giving us many problems and keeper Smith was largely redundant. But our ability to switch off hit us again and from a free kick in the 70th minute Chartham took the lead when their attacker was left unmarked and finished well. A mountain to climb for us as in previous week’s our heads would have dropped from such a blow, but to all the boys credit we upped our game. Ryan Strand who led our line well all game went close, Milton and Mackett were winning all the ball in midfield and with Hadlum and Head attacked well from their full back roles and then in the 80th minute Rocky Hayles cross was deflected home by a Chartham defender to level the game, Chartham now looked deflated and in the 85th minute Micky Doyle headed home superbly from a corner to give us the lead, a fourth was added from the spot when a Chartham defender was harshly adjudged to have pushed Joe Mifsud and Rocky despatched the kick to finish the scoring.

Overall a good victory and a semi final place to put at the back of our minds and concentrate on getting a good run in the league going. All 14 players played their part and that is vital as it takes more than 11 players to win games and the way the boys accept this without any moans is a credit to them all.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, L.Milton, G.Mackett, A.Mercer, T.Poyner, L.Hayles, R,Strand. Subs: J.Mifsud(R.Strand) R.Fitzgerald( A.Mercer)R.Greenfield( T.Poyner). MoM: Tom Head who is over his early season injury, rarely wastes the ball, and is proving a great signing.

Saturday 2 January 2010: Reporter Dave Smith

APM 6 Bromley Green 3

A very disappointing, lack lustre display from virtually everyone saw us crash to our heaviest defeat of the season. The first game after Christmas is always tough, but this can not be an excuse as we failed to compete and in my view lacked the desire to win. We are a good footballing side, but there are times, when you need to adapt to the game situation and play ugly to get the points, this is what A.P.M. did and I give then credit for that. I am now considering changes, my squad has been settled for a while now, but perhaps some have become comfortable and expect to play no matter what they do, the club expect the best from me and I in turn expect the best from my players.

The game started evenly and we took the lead in the 30th minute from a short corner when Lee Milton’s shot was deflected past the home keeper. I would have now expected us to control the game, but how wrong I was, 5 minutes later, Tom Poyner did well to win the ball but then gave it away in the area and A.P.M. levelled. Worst followed, form a free kick the defence left men unmarked and we were 2-1 down. We did respond well to this and on the stroke of half time levelled, when Poyner made up for his earlier error with a good cross that saw Robbie Greenfield head home.

I expressed at half time the need to keep the ball better and complete the simple A to B pass and to raise the level of commitment but this all fell on deaf ears as we gave our worst second half display of the season.

At 2-2 and 25 mins to go, I made 3 changes as I felt we needed something extra that may shake us into life, how wrong was I as Ryan Smith lost the ball too easily and the home forward scored easily, 2 mins later from a corner it was 4, as again weak defending allowed an unchallenged header to be planted in our net. With 15 to go Ryan Strand and Ryan Fitzgerald, who both done well as subs combined down the right with Strand netting his first goal since his recent signing, I still thought we could now get something out of the game, but again we left ourselves exposed at the back and the lively A.P.M. forward finished well ,we were now dead and buried and from a similar situation the same player scored again, leaving us well beaten.

Like I have stated a major set back and with Kennington next week, some hard work and thinking is required to again get us back on track.

Thanks to all who came and watched and sorry you had a wasted journey.

Team: C.Smith, T.Poyner, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum, T.Head, A.Mercer, R.Greenfield, L.Milton, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, D.Cornell. Subs: R.Strand ( D.Cornell) R.Fitzgerald ( R.Greenfield) R.Smith (L.Milton)

MoM: T. Head, had a good first half but was left exposed in the second; but the best of a bad day.

Saturday 12 December 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

New Romney 0 Bromley Green 3
On a good surface although a little heavy, we came away with a convincing 3-0 victory, we used the large pitch well and played good football throughout the game which was very pleasing. From the first whistle, we got hold of the ball and moved it around the pitch, showing good composure and patients, Romney were not causing us any problems, but the solid back four were playing well and keeping us from taking the lead. It took a superb pass from Glenn Mackett in the 30th minute, to free Adam Mercer on the right, who picked the right moment to square to Rob Greenfield who finished well, 1-0 at half time and no more than we deserved. The second half started with Romney pushing hard to get level, we did have a dodgy 15 mins and keeper Craig Smith pulled off a couple of vital saves, we then got back into our rhythm and from an excellent Tom Head corner in the 65th minute, Matt Hadlum headed a rare goal. We now upped the tempo even more and a third quickly followed, when Rob Greenfield beat the fullback and squared for Rocky Hayles, who’s trick and finish were equally superb. We could have added more goals, but it was also pleasing for our excellent defence to keep a clean sheet, so the game ended with us as worthy 3-0 winners. Full praise goes to all the squad,as everyone played there part and again an we continue to improve as a team.
 
Team: C.Smith, T.Poyner, T.Head, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, A.Mercer, R.Greenfield, G.Mackett, L.Milton, L.Hayles, D.Cornell. Subs; J.Thomas( A.Mercer) R.Strand ( R.Greenfield) L.Smith ( T.Head)
 
MoM: C.Smith, 2 good saves and dominant throughout on his 100th senior appearance

Saturday 5 December 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Lanes End 1 Bromley Green 2 (aet)

A hard fought victory on Saturday, saw us progress to the quarter final of the Lee Leckie cup. Lanes End gave us a real battle as we failed to play our normal passing game on a tight pitch, which suited the home side’s long ball tactic. It was a below par performance from many, but at the end of the day, any win is good and we did show a lot of determination to come out on top, I think this shows a marked improvement in the team, as I feel if this had been earlier in the season, we would have lost. We fell behind in the 5th minute, when we failed to deal with a free kick properly and there tall centre forward scored. For the next 20 mins we were under real pressure, but the defence held strong and were then gifted the chance to level, when the again very poor referee, awarded us a spot kick, for nothing in particular. Linton Hayles stepped up and dispatched the ball into the top corner, level at the break and a chance to change a few things. The second half did see us improve and the longer the game went on, it looked only a matter of time before would take the lead, Tad Greenfield, Joe Mifsud, Linton Hayles and Mark Howells should have all done better with good chances, so the game reached 90 mins level. The first period of extra time again saw us in control, but we could not find the goal to win the game. The second period was different as from virtually the first attack, Linton Hayles and Joe Mifsud combined well, with Joe showing great determination to fire past the keeper. The home side now through everything at us, but left themselves exposed at the back, we should have scored more, Jason Thomas returning from a long lay off, could or should have scored 2, other chances were missed and this led to a hectic finish, the 15 min period run into 26 minutes as the bizarre referee only counted time when the ball was in play and seemed determined to get the home side level, by awarding dubious free kicks, throw on’s and ignoring blatent off sides, but we held out and come away with the win. No friends won here, but the all important win. Special thanks go to Ben Davies, although injured drove up to the game and ended up doing the line and to Tad,s family for coming to support, no one else to mention as no one else came. Next week back to the league with a visit to inconsistent New Romney, with 3 vital points needed to boost our league position.

Team: C.Smith, T.Poyner, T.Head, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum,  A.Mercer, G.Mackett, L.Milton, M.Howells,  J.Mifsud, L.Hayles. Subs: J.Thomas( A.Mercer) R.Greenfield( L.Milton), L.Smith(M.Hadlum)

Mom: Glenn Mackett, drove the side through a difficult game.

Saturday 28 November 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 0 Tonbridge Invicta 4

The scoreline suggests a comprehensive victory for our visitors and yes they did deserve to win, but I feel the score line does not tell the whole story.

A dismal refereeing performance spoilt the game, from a referee who should never have been given such a game as he was clearly out of his depth. There were so many poor decisions that at times it became a farce; the 2 experienced assistants, both of who are capable referees were totally ignored as the referee took centre stage and made a complete hash of the game. I would like to use much stronger words, but as they say, no ref, no game, but there is always the no managers or players willing to put up with such rubbish, then no need for referees either.

Onto the game, we conceded early from a cross come shot that caught the wind and eluded keeper Smith. We then came into the game and I thought we were the better side and played some good football. This was very pleasing for me as we are now really developing a consistent style of play that is good to watch. We created half chances , but could not level. Then a penalty against us just before half time, a debatable handball given by the ref, who could not have had a good view. So 2-0 at half time was unjust.

The second half saw us concede a third from poor defending in the 50th minute and a fourth in the 60th, when the referee gave Tonbridge a free kick on the edge of our box, which no one at the ground understood and the referee refused to explain the reason. So the game was over from then, but we still forced the issue and went close a few times and I give credit to the side for battling away.

A disappointing day, only one cup left and the more important issue of the league to go for. So December now takes on massive importance with Lanes End away this week in the Les Leckie Cup then, New Romney and Oakwood in the league, 3 wins is a must, to take us into the new year in good shape for the second half of the season.

Team: C.Smith, B.Davies, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle,  M.Howells, G.Mackett, L.Milton, R.Greenfield, J.Mifsud, L.Hayles. Subs: D.Cornell(J.Mifsud), A.Mercer(R.Greenfield), T.Head(B.Davies). MoM: Mark Howells, gave his all and helps the side play good football.

Training will start at 7.00 on the grass at Stanhope, followed by an hour on the 3G, finish 8.30.

Saturday 28 November 2009: Reporter Ian Mace

Platt United Reserves 1 Bromley Green 3

Green started nervously trying to get to grips with a very bad bobbly pitch and after 10 minutes went 1-0 down to a disputed off-the-line clearance which the referee gave as a goal, but with good team spirit and determination after 25 minutes played the Green started to play some very good passing football with Ryan Holloway linking up with Dave Webster and with great movement up front Ashley Webster brought the green level with some clinical finishing. Still pushing on the Green were easily becoming the better side playing good football when good link up play from Syd Beal and Paul Barron put in Danny Allen and with a cheeky (lucky) lob over their keeper he put the Green 2-1 up before half time.  In the second half Green carried on from where they left off at the end of the first half playing good football and should have put the game to bed midway through the second half with good chances falling to Daryl Hagger, Dave Webster and Ashley Webster.  With Green still pushing on and again good link up from Beal and Allen down the left, Danny crossed the ball into the box for Ashley Webster to score with his head to make the score 3-1. My man of the match was Syd Beal, but there was a  good team spirit and determination from everyone, good performance well done lads.

Team: C.Cloke, Syd Beal, Reece Hagger, Liam Smith, Ryan Holloway, Danny Allen, Dave Webster, Paul Barron, Daryl Hagger, Kenny Hallett, Ashley Webster. Subs: Ryan Fizgerald, Ricky Milton, Shawn Dadd [all subs played]

Saturday 21 November 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Kennington 0 Bromley Green 2

A good all round team performance on Saturday saw us come away from our local derby with Kennington with the three points. In a game I felt we controlled from start to finish, I was very pleased with both the level of commitment shown and the way we always tried to play football. I told the lads before the game that we needed to match Kennington from the start, as they always come out with an aggressive approach, this we did and after a first frantic 10mins, with tackles flying in, we took control and used the whole pitch well, knocking the ball around well. We scored our first goal when a Mark Howells free kick was glanced home by skipper Glen Mackett in the 15th minute. We continued to knock the ball around and our defence was rarely troubled, with keeper Craig Smith having little to do. We scored our second from a corner, when the ball was not cleared properly and Mackett fired the ball home on the volley in the 30th minute. No more than we deserved as we reached the half time whistle. The second half saw little change to the pattern of the game, we continued to play good football and Kennington still created very little, in truth we should have gone on and scored more goals, Joe Mifsud, who again worked hard all game was unlucky when his fine run and shot smashed of the bar, further chances came and went, but the 2-0 victory was good enough for me. Good performances from Micky Doyle and Ryan Smith at the back, kept the Kennington forwards quite, full backs Poyner and Hadlum attacked well whilst in midfield Howells, Mackett, Milton and Greenfield kept our passing going all through the game and with Mifsud and Rocky working hard it was an excellent win and now we need to build on this in the league to get within challenging distance of the leaders.

Team: C.Smith; T.Poyner, R.Smith, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum, M.Howells, L.Milton, G.Mackett, R.Greenfield, J.Mifsud, L.Hayles. Subs: B.Davies (R.Greenfield) D.Cornell ( J.Mifsud) A.Mercer (Not used). MoM: G.Mackett, pushed hard by others, but all round display was superb

Sunday 15 November 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Boxley 1 Bromley Green 3

A good victory in the 2nd round of the Kent cup away in Maidstone, should have been easier than the scoreline suggests. But as I told the players the aim of any cup game is to win and progress in the competition.

On a good surface, but a very narrow pitch, we started well and got the ball down and played some good football, the opposition were strong in the challenge and seemed keen to spoil the game. A 15th minute penalty looked to be our chance to take the lead we deserved, but as seems the norm now Glenn Mackett hit the bar and our penalty curse continued. Further chances came and went and we went in frustrated at 0-0 at the break.

I expressed to the team how important it was for them to stay patient and keep playing football. This we did and were at last rewarded when skipper Mackett slipped in the hard working Lee Milton who finished well in the 60th minute. With our back four of, Hadlum, Smith, Poyner and debutant Tom Head being in control, I felt sure we would now go on to score more goals, but we could not finish our opponents off, despite good efforts from Joe Mifsud, who again gave his all for the team, and Rocky Hayles, who Boxley could not really handle.

In the last 10 mins and for the first time in the game we eased off and stopped playing our football, this allowed the home side into the game and against all the odds they equalised in the 90th min, when their central defender smashed home a shot that keeper Craig Smith could do nothing about.

Extra time, was now the outcome, I expressed my disappointment at how we had allowed the home side back in the game, but stressed we were still the fitter side and if we went out and played football again, we would still go on and win.

This to all the players credit we did and first Rocky Hayles shrugged off three opponents and buried the ball in the net and then the same player, crossed for Robbie Greenfield to steal in and head home, 3-1 at the break and the game was as good as over, the second period saw us create and miss more chances, but the victory was well earned and well deserved. I enjoyed standing in for the working Steve Mailey and thank all the players for their hard work and commitment on the day.

Team: C.Smith, T.Poyner, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, A.Mercer, G.Mackett, L.Milton, R.Norman, J.Mifsud, L.Hayles. Subs: P.Allan ( T.Poyner) D.Valler ( T.Head) R.Greenfield (A.Mercer) P.Law not used. MoM: Rocky Hayles, scored 1, made 1 and was a threat all game.

Reminder: Training Tuesday is at Stanhope pitchside 3G with a 7.30 start

Saturday 7 November 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 0 Hollands & Blair 2 (Inter Regional Challenge Cup)

Against the cup and league holders, we fell to a fairly comprehensive defeat, a goal in each half was enough for our visitors to progress into the next round of the cup they won last year. The game started with us on the back foot, with the lively forwards and wingers causing our defence problems, we struggled to get any kind of hold in the game and it was no surprise when our visitors took the lead in the 25th minute, Rocky 23 Aug 2009when we lost the ball in midfield and there forward burst through and finished well. We responded well and when Linton Hayles (right)  was put through the opposing keeper crudely brought him down outside the area, a red card was the only result. This gave us a good 15 minute spell up to the break and were denied when, Lee Milton’s header was superbly tipped over by the stand in keeper.

As the second half started, we needed to be patient, but also solid, but we were undone again from a long ball and again the visiting forward finished well. We now had a mountain to climb and Holland and Blair, a very experienced side used to winning games, sat back and let us have plenty of the ball, but in all honesty we never really looked like breaking them down and the clock run down and our visitors finished up 2-0 winners.

It was not all negatives from the day as debutant Mark Bennett down well in goal and the team played some good football that will hold us in good stead for future games. But I will add again that some of the negative comments from the line are really starting to annoy not only the players but myself as well. We all do what we do because we love the game, both managing and playing and there is not one person in my side or any other for that matter, who goes out and does not give his all for the club.

Team: M.Bennett, T.Poyner, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A.Mercer, G.Mackett, L.Milton, R.Greenfield, L.Hayles, J.Mifsud. Subs: M.Howells (A.Mercer) D.Allen (M.Hadlum) R.Holloway(T.Poyner)

MoM: L.Hayles, gave his all, if he could just release the ball quicker, would be unplayable.

Saturday 7 November 2009: Trent Thomas and Ian Mace talk to Dave Homewood

Borden Village Reserves 2 Bromley Green Reserves 5

This trip to face bottom side Borden was the perfect fixture for the Saturday seconds to begin to restore some semblance of order in their topsy-turvy league campaign. With Phil unavailable for family reasons, Ian and Trent took the side and they were delighted with not just the maximum points but also the way the lads applied themselves. Such was the improvement on recent weeks that it was difficult to pick a man of the match as so many were doing their bit. Alan Webster February 2009Ashley Webster notched two well taken goals while strike partner Kenny Hallett suggested it is only a matter of time before he appears regularly in the senior sides on Saturday and Sunday by netting a splendid hat trick. Alan Webster (pictured), Trent and Ian could not agree on the man of the match but left it between Liam ‘The Pole’ Smith, his central defensive ally Reece Hagger, and keeper Chris Cloke who was excellent and only beaten by two penalties. With Tom Head steadily coming back from injury as a substitute, and Matt Wedge also expected to be fit next week, there is a healthy competition for places. Green: C Cloke; R Milton, R Hagger, L Smith, S Beal, R Fitzgerald, P Barron, C Howells, D Hagger, A Webster, K Hallett. Subs: S Tong, T Head, D Webster

Sunday 1 November 2009: Reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 2 Highfield United 1

Three weeks ago I suggested to the lads that we must secure 9 points from our next three games if we are to be serious challengers. This result gave us that total, and while I admit it hasn’t always been pretty to watch, it will go some way towards providing us with valuable confidence, as well as points.

Anyone who played football on Sunday will know all about the conditions we faced, so credit to both sides for their efforts. The large squad I have at the moment was used fully, as Mackett, Hadlum, Cheesy, Ash and P Allan were unavailable for various reasons. Yet the returning Rocky and Valler eased our problems, as did the impressive response from L Milton after two weeks on the bench. In terms of football, I think it’s fair to say we were the dominant side for the majority of the game purely because we dealt with the conditions better. We did actually try and play a bit, even though it was near impossible. Our defence dealt well with the threat posed by our visitors and we battled and slid for everything in midfield.

I guess when the surface is fast becoming a bog, the best thing to do is lift it – and Rocky really did lift it – with power and direction, leaving the keeper no chance from 25 yards out to give us the lead. It was deserved. We continued to apply pressure as the conditions made life increasingly awkward. At the break (quickest turn around I’ve known!) we agreed much of the same was needed. Up the spirit a little and we’ll be fine! Our lead was doubled 15 mins into the second half as Mifsud rose to meet a delivery and head home in impressive style.

Our back line had an unfamiliar look for the closing 20, a lack of fitness and a lack of experience left us looking dysfunctional, which was to be expected. Highfield pulled a goal back with 8 mins remaining after we tried to clear a ball that had simply hit the deck and stopped! Fair play to Highfield for taking that chance well, and it made for a frantic end to the game. We didn’t need to panic, but we did anyway! In truth, we were glad to hear the final whistle in a game I feel we’d controlled for 80 mins.

During the chaos, top displays came from Rocky and Joe up top, L Milton in the middle, Perk and R Smith at the back, Norman offered well out wide and Pat Law impressed after coming on. Man of the match was tough – between R Smith who met every thing with desire and passion (even though he asks too many questions!), Craig in goal who held absolutely everything which came at him, and Joe Mifsud up top, who battled for everything and scored the important header. In the end, I opted for Joe, for the reasons given. Although Ryan and Craig were equally as impressive, my thanks go to all for their hard work in dire conditions. We now have a week off, then Kent Premier Cup, then Charity Cup, then another week off, returning to league action in December.

C Smith / T Poyner / R Smith / T Perk / D Valler (J Hurst) / A Mercer (L Smith)/ L Milton / R Greenfield (P Law) / R Norman / J Mifsud / L Hayles

Saturday 31 October 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 1 Sheerness East 2

After 3 really good wins and performances, we lost 3 vital league points, as we slipped to defeat in a game in my view we should have won comfortably. I was personally upset with several of the players, who to me never showed the commitment required and never reached the expected level of performance to win the game. I was also upset by some very negative comments from senior people at the club, who come and support the side, whichMicky Doyle BG v Sheerness 31 Oct 2009 is great, but the players need to be encouraged and not slatted. I respect all the senior members of the club and any constructive help they can give me would be welcomed. But it is pointless running the players down, these are the guys I have picked to play for  Bromley Green and the ones I think can bring the glory days back to the club and I get very annoyed, when the support they deserve is not forthcoming. We are not professionals, we are local people, giving our all for the Green, so in my view we deserve better.

As for the game. We started poorly and went 1 – 0 down from poor defending and the ball slipping through keeper Craig Smith hands. We responded well and forced Sheerness back and deservedly levelled in the 15th min, when Lee Milton finished well after cutting in from the right. This to me should have been the que to kick on and dominate the game, but the loss of skipper Glen Mackett after 30 mins disrupted our play.

The second half started with us again on top, but without really creating to much, until the eractic referee awarded us a penalty for a push in the 60th min, but Mark Howells spot kick was well saved by the visiting keeper. This was to prove a major turning point. As Sheerness now came into the game more and took the lead, when there forward broke through and with a raised foot beat keeper Craig Smith, many refs would have disallowed this, but as our luck was not in and it went against us. 10 mins to go, but for all our efforts it was not to be and Sheerness sneaked back to the Island with the points. This League is proving to be very unpredictable,with all the teams beating each other, but now we cannot afford any more slip ups, if we are to be genuine tital contenders.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Poyner, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A.Mercer, R.Greenfield, G.Mackett, L.Milton, D.Cornell, L,Hayles. Subs: M.Howells ( G.Mackett) B.Davis ( R.Greenfield) D.Allen ( A.Mercer )

Mom ; M.Doyle (pictured in reflective mood), another consitant performance, a vital cog in In the team.

Sunday 25 October 2009: Reporter Steve Mailey

Bromley Green 3 Mersham 1

Some say I’m too quick to mention the negatives and that I expect too much – probably true! To be fair, this game was played in a very sporting manner, made frustratingly difficult by the constant swirling wind. So the fairest comment I guess is that the three points will be remembered longer than the game itself. Our visitors arrived with several familiar faces, past and present, as we looked to continue our steady improvement. The weather played a huge part in a scrappy game as good footballers on both sides struggled to impress.

We worked hard for the duration, and our early ball retention saw us dominate the opening exchanges. This was rewarded as Mifsud, in typical Mifsud style, kept chasing a half chance, scrapping away in the area and ended up tapping home to give us a lead. If anything, the early goal damaged us (that’s me being negative I guess!) as we dropped off the pace, as if to say ‘job done’. Mersham seized on this, and ended the half the stronger side, with M Howells popping up and creating problems everywhere.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half, to be honest, were pretty shocking! Our inability to find a Green shirt ten yards away was causing concern. Mersham continued to push, and deservedly got their reward with a well struck equaliser. We began to step things up again, applying more pressure and earning a string of corners. From one of these we found ourselves back in front as R Smith lost his marker to react first. Without impressing a great deal, we did keep the tempo up this time, and Mersham began to threaten less. This was largely due to the input from Perk, P Allan and Craig, who had dealt with the conditions well for the majority of the game. The points were sealed as we were awarded a penalty fairly late on. Sorry Ryan, but it goes down as a miss! Although he did react to the save to tap home his 2nd and our 3rd. Although it was scrappy, it is three points. We made it very hard for ourselves at times, yet we’ve won the game. So, somewhere in all that, there are some positives. As well as those mentioned, Mackett put in a strong display and will receive the Man of the Match for his efforts.

I feel this squad has ability, plenty of it, yet we seem to be missing something lately. Next week we welcome Highfield to the Swan Ground as we look to continue our progress – a favourable result may help add self belief and consistency to our game – maybe that’s what we’re missing.

C Smith / T Poyner / P Allan / T Perk / M Hadlum (R Norman) / A Mercer (P Law) / G Mackett / R Smith / R Greenfield / J Mifsud / D Allen (L Milton)

Saturday 24 October 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

A superb 1-0 victory on Saturday against Premier Division Canterbury City, saw us progress to round 3 of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield, where we will take on Tonbridge Invicta at home on Saturday 28th November. A large crowd were entertained with both sides playing good football in far from ideal conditions and I was very pleased how we at first contained the Canterbury side and then gradually took control of the game and ended up being the deserved winners. The first half started with us defending against a strong wind, but with keeper Craig Smith secure in his handling of the wet ball and dominating any crosses, we looked composed in defence. Canterbury’s midfield was their best part of the team and were passing the ball well, but credit to Lee Milton and Glenn Mackett who worked tirelessly all day to break up Canterbury’s play. Chances were few and far between in the half so we went into the break scoreless. With the wind at our backs for the second half I fancied us to push on and win, but in truth Canterbury came out and for the first 15 minutes looked the better team and should have scored, when former Green man Charlie Southen, from a free header, planted it straight at keeper Craig Smith, a real let off. The introduction of substitute Dan Cornell for the again hard working Dan Allen was to prove a turning point, as Dan with his extra pace starting giving the Canterbury defence something new to deal with. In the 65th minute from a well worked short corner Cornell saw his drive canon back of the post. We were now enjoying our best spell of the game and again hit the woodwork when Linton Hayles drive was pushed onto it by the keeper. Canterbury’s attacks were few and far between, but we were nearly punished by over playing in the 75th minute, when their winger cut in from the right and forced keeper Craig Smith into a smart save. We responded well to this and grabbed the all important goal in the 80th minute when substitute Mark Howells, making a welcome return to the side, controlled a long ball, beat a defender and his shot deflected past the helpless Canterbury keeper. This left us with a tense last 10 minutes, but we were in no mood to let our lead slip and our defence held firm for a great win. As I have stated, a good all round team performance, with every player contributing to the win. We are gradually moulding as a team both on and off the pitch and the atmosphere in the club is starting to buzz and if the lads continue to improve and work as hard for each other as they are at the moment, then the hope of having a good season will become a reality.

Team; C.Smith, T.Poyner, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A.Mercer, R.Greenfield, G.Mackett, L.Milton, L.Hayles, D.Allen. Subs: D.Cornell (D.Allen ) M.Howells (R.Greenfield) T.Ireland not used.

MoM x 2 Craig Smith, made a couple of important stops and his handling was superb all day. Glenn Mackett, captain’s performance, best outfield player on the pitch, no question.

Reminder: Curry Night Thursday 7pm at the Curry Leaf, all welcome. Please make the effort to attend as this is what being a club is all about.

Sunday 18 October 2009: Reporter Steve Mailey

Highfield  1  Bromley Green  2

Last week I asked for an improvement in attitude as we travelled to the North School to face newly promoted Highfield. The improvement came to be fair, although it is hard to imagine we could’ve been as poor as last week again! Highfield have a fair bit of pace, height in the key areas, and they work very hard for each other. Their point tally will rise because of these facts. As for us, well there were two main hurdles for us to deal with. Firstly, the small pitch, which clearly aided the hosts more than us. Secondly, our terrible attempt at pre match warm up, which resulted in half our team starting the game in the right manner and the other half off the pace. Let’s just say it was annoying to witness!

With selection made hard because of the numbers and quality available, I opted for pace and energy. L Milton was dropped to the bench and his response was excellent, although I did pay for it for the rest of the day! As for the game, well we looked comfortable for large spells all the time it was played on the floor. We also enjoyed more possession once we upped the pace of the movement Yet being guilty of overplay and responding too slow was always going to be our downfall on a small pitch, and it was as we fell behind after a run from midfield was not checked and slotted home well.

We responded in terms of pressure, and Skipper Mackett brought us level before the break, stabbing home a loose ball in a packed area. After the break, three changes were made and all three had a positive impact on the game. We began to look stronger and fitter than the home side, yet we still lacked a bit of belief and conviction. Dan Allan gave us more strength up top, and Pat was linking well from wide. It was Dan who battled his way through to give us the points with time running out.

It was better than last week, but not great. Top displays include Hadlum from the 10th minute onwards, Rocky worked hard, Macca & R Smith have rarely looked a better pairing and Robbie’s ability to read things caused many problems for the hosts. Add to that D Allen’s input from the bench and a fine second half showing from keeper Craig. Man of the Match will go to Paul Allan, who read things well and displayed strength and energy again. Next week we face newcomers Mersham, and I expect an equally tough game for they have many fine players, many we know well! My job will get tougher, as two forwards become available again, as does a defender, and a new signing on the left will all add quality to the Sunday squads!

C Smith / N Cheesman (T Poyner) / P Allan / T Perk / M Hadlum / Mercer (P Law)/ G Mackett / R Smith / R Greenfield /L Hayles / A Webster (D Allen)

Not Used: L Milton

Saturday 17 October 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Staplehurst 1 Bromley Green 3

Another good all round performance saw us win convincingly in the Les Leckie cup away at Staplehurst on Saturday, the 3-1 victory was fully deserved and puts us in the mood to take on premier division Canterbury next week in the Intermediate shield. Starting with the same team as last week, we quickly took control of the game and both Dan Allen and Adam Mercer could have put us in front in the first 10 mins. With good passing and solid defending we dominated the game, but we could not break through and went in at the break level at 0-0.

The second half started more evenly, but from a good free kick from Ryan Smith, Robbie Greenfield came in unmarked at the far post to head us in the lead in the 55th minute. We now moved up a gear and the introduction of Dan Cornell for the hard working Dan Allen, saw our lead double when he beat a defender and finished well, 2 became 3 in the 65th minute, when Matt Hadlum headed back for Linton Hayles to head home.  All good stuff and very pleasing from a manager’s perspective, the game was won but we did switch off allowing Staplehurst to pull one back in the 80th minute and then Ryan Smith missed a penalty clearing the goal with ease. But these minor blips did not spoil the day and I was again pleased with all the players, who throughout the game showed a great attitude and played the game in the right way.

A big thank you to all our supporters, especially our patron Dave Homewood, who came into the changing room afterwards and gave the lads his congratulations, much appreciated by all.

Team: C.Smith, T.Poyner, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, A.Mercer, R.Greenfield, G.Mackett, L.Milton, L.Hayles, D.Allen. Subs: D.Cornell(D.Allen) B.Davis(A.Mercer) C.Howells(G.Mackett)

MoM: L.Milton, started the season poorly, but now getting back to his best

Saturday 17 October 2009: Phil Wedge talks with Dave Homewood

Bromley Green Reserves 2 New Romney Reserves 3

This proved to be a defeat with a silver lining as there were so many positives to take out of the performance. The Green took a 1-0 lead through the 19 June 2009 S Dadd aoutstanding Dave Webster, who Phil Wedge is already pushing to move up into the first team on a regular basis, but the Blues fought back to build a useful 3-1 advantage. With Reece Hagger and Shawn Dadd (left) superb at the back, the Green will play worse than this and win but an Ashley Webster goal wasn’t quite enough to gain a share of the spoils. Phil has admitted that the excellent half hour from substitute Martyn Dalby and indeed the quality of his bench with others still to come in is forcing him to think hard and long about team selection. An injury to Ryan Holloway is something we could have done without but man of the match Dave Webster, who is keen to join the Green on Sundays, stole the show with his midfield prowess. No grumbles about the effort from the squad. Green: P Miles; R Holloway, S Dadd, R Hagger, S Beal, L Smith, D Webster, P Barron, M Wedge, K Hallett, A Webster. Subs: M Dalby, Tommy Ireland, D Hagger

Sunday 11 October 2009: Reporter Steve Mailey

Kennington  4  Bromley Green  0

Firstly, I apologise for the delay in forwarding a report. I stated last week that we needed to improve as we travelled to face Kennington – we didn’t. In fact, we probably haven’t been this ineffective since last winter!  Before the match, I told the players that I felt the hosts had a squad good enough to win this league, and if they played every week, they possibly would. I also suggested they ignore some of Kennington’s recent results. As a game plan, I pointed out that their threat is midfield, which in turn feeds a powerful forward, so maybe we should use our width rather than try and walk through their midfield? It all fell on deaf and drunk ears, as we found ourselves a goal down after 25 seconds. Giving a team like these a lift is pretty stupid, and we suffered for it.

It became 2 as we switched off just long enough to make it easy for the forward to attack a corner! From that moment, the game was predictable. We’d get the ball – we’d give it back to them – we’d try to get back in numbers. This display was not good viewing.  There were various reasons for this showing. I accept my role in it – trying to keep the squad happy meant one or more on the bench possibly could have started – but it wasn’t the cause of today’s downfall. (I should state now that the main cause was the display from the hosts, who thoroughly deserved the points).

Among the after match discussions, I kept hearing the same excuse being dragged up – and it is the biggest cause for concern in my eyes – ‘we just weren’t up for it today’! I find this amazing. I’m happy to put it down as one of those bad days, because it was. But I suggest people take on board the fact that every single side wants to beat Bromley Green! It’s one of the main reasons I joined the club, a challenge. I want certain players to welcome that same challenge, and it starts now as we have three games against two sides that will have been looking forward to facing and beating us. If we don’t get our heads on it – they may well get their reward!

Today saw glimpses of Robbie returning to fitness, along with desire from Pat and the usual energy from Ryan. Man of the match will go to Paul Allan – energy, strength and very versatile as he covered a lot of ground for the cause.  There’s a need for improvement – with attitude, not ability – and it needs to happen now.

C Smith / P Law / R Smith / T Perk / M Hadlum (Valler) / T Poyner (Mercer)/ G Mackett / P Allan / R Greenfield / L Milton (Ovenden) / A Webster  (not used – N Cheesman)

Saturday 10 October 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Premier 0 Bromley Green 1

A superb all-round team performance, saw us come away from a tough fixture against previously unbeaten Canterbury-based side Premier on Saturday with a 1-0 victory. After a very inept performance the previous week against the University boys, it was pleasing to see all the players raise their game and run out deserved winners.

We started the game defending well against early pressure from the home side, but we gradually took control of the game, with neat passing and good use of the big pitch. In the 25th minute we took the lead, a quick free kick saw debutant Dan Allen, who had an excellent first game, force the keeper into a good save, but the rebound fell to Adam Mercer, who from 18 yards finished well. In truth we then had a rocky spell up to the break, but we held on to our lead.

The second half was very pleasing for me, as in previous weeks our performances after the break have been poor, but today we kept playing good football and in truth should have added more goals with, Dan Allen, Adam Mercer and returning Dan Cornell all going close and with the back four and keeper Craig Smith back to his best we closed the game 1-0 winners.

The most important thing now is to build on this result and get a run going, hopefully the shape of the squad can now stay mainly unchanged. Next week we go to Staplehurst in the Les Leckie Cup and will be looking to end their unbeaten start to the season and reverse our 3-0 defeat a few week ago.

Team; C.Smith, T.Poyner, R.Smith, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum, A.Mercer, L.Milton, G.Mackett, R.Greenfield, L.Hayles, D.Allen. Subs: D.Cornell(D.Allen) D.Webster(R.Greenfield) C.Norman, L.Smith

MoM: After last week having no one who deserved it I chose the whole team

C.Smith, T.Poyner, R.Smith, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum, A.Mercer, L.Milton, G.Mackett, R.Greenfield, L.Hayles, D.Allen. D.Cornell

Saturday 3 October 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Bromley Green 0 University of Kent 3

A very disappointing performance on Saturday saw us lose 3-0 to the students from Canterbury. Our performance today was very poor and one that has left me with much to think about, before our away trip to another Canterbury based side Premier next week. The team today never played at all and failed to defend or attack with any conviction and I can honestly say that not one player came out of the game with any credit. I have previously stated that I would stay loyal to those players that put a lot of hard work in for me last season but that time is now over and changes will be made.

Playing against a strong wind in the first half, we never kept the ball on the ground and to often gave the ball back to our visitors, but going in level at half time level was a bonus and I really thought if was upped the tempo in the second half with the wind we would win the game. How wrong I was, in the 50th min a soft penalty award  against Micky Doyle saw the University go 1-0 up and worse was to follow when Ryan Smith lost the ball in our opponents half and we were left short in defence and went 2-0 down.  I introduced our substitutes a choice that was not difficult as I could have taken any of the starting 11 off and although we rallied a bit, it was the University side who scored again in the 75min to see them run out comfortable winners.

We are finding to our cost that this is a tough league and we will now have to work even harder to get back on track, I expect us to be challenging up the top of this league and I will be looking at all players in the club to help achieve my aim. It is disappointing but it is still early in the season and with so much talent in the club I remain optimistic for the future.

Team: C.Smith, B.Davies, M.Doyle, T.Poyner, G.Mackett, L.Milton, M.Howells, C.Howells, L.Hayles, C.Norman, R.Smith. Subs: K.Hallett,(C.Norman) J,Ovenden (L.Milton). Not used A.Mercer.

MoM: If anyone thought they deserved it, ring me

Sunday 4  October 2009: Reporter Steve Mailey

Ashford Victoria  2 Bromley Green 3 (aet)

This Ashford Charity Trophy fixture threw up a potential banana skin, and we almost slipped on it!  The game was played in good spirit and credit should be given to both sets of players. From our point of view, I made a point of warning our lads about the threat of Victoria, and I was very disappointed with the reaction. I made my views known at the end, and I accept I may not have been fair in all that I said. Now that I have had time to consider things, I realise that my frustration was a result of feeling let down by certain good quality players who simply did not perform on the day or carry out the task they were asked to.

As for the game itself, it was, in all honesty, a good cup tie for any neutral watching. We started fairly well and at times we used the ball well, yet were often guilty of conceding possession far too easily. We rushed when we didn’t need to and failed to support team mates when we did need to. When we played the ball along the floor, I feel we looked more like the favourites we were meant to be, yet we didn’t do that enough.

We went in front after a well worked move was converted by Ash Webster, who worked very hard for his team against a determined Victoria rear guard. Our advantage only lasted a few moments, when a basic communication break down in defence was pounced upon and slotted home to level things up. In the second half we restored the lead when R Smith slotted home a penalty. Again, Victoria were back level within minutes, deservedly, as a well struck free kick found the net – keeper Craig man enough to accept he should’ve done better with it.

Extra time arrived and we earned our place in the next round thanks to a lovely strike from Robbie Greenfield, just 5 minutes from time, who had come off the bench earlier and produced an impressive showing. Likewise, Pat Law offered stability after coming on in the second half. Key players failed to produce today, others were quite happy moaning, some had valid points aimed at me. Yet for all my negative comments, we did actually win the game! Top displays came from those I’ve already mentioned, along with Poyner who put in a considerable amount of effort. My man of the match will go to Joe Misfud, who just narrowly gets the nod ahead of Ash, a constant threat and a hard working outlet.

The remaining comments are reserved for the hosts – Ashford Victoria. They were, of course, underdogs. Yet their work rate, enthusiasm and desire meant there were 115 minutes on the clock before I started to feel confident! Had this been a league game, they would have deserved a point. If manager Ryan continues to get this sort of display from his lads, they will climb the leagues sooner rather than later. So credit to them, and as we move on to premier opposition next week, we will look to improve!

C Smith / D Valler / R Smith / T Perk / L Milton (P Law) / T Poyner / G Mackett / L Hayles / J Ovenden (R Greenfield) / J Misfud / A Webster  (sub not used L Smith)

Saturday 3 October 2009: Reporter Ali Mehmet

Borden Village  Reserves 1  Bromley Green Reserves 3
We arrived at Borden determined to make amends for last weeks sub standard performance. The weather conditions as we arrived were very blustery and we knew the wind was ultimately going to affect the outcome of the match. Captain Mark Hazell won the toss and after consulting with keeper Paul Miles opted to have the wind at our backs.  As expected we dominated the 1st half but all to often the through passes to the pacy wide men and strikers ran through to the ‘keeper or out of play.
In the 21st minute Mark Hazell lofted the ball over the impressive Borden centre backs for Dan Allen to power through and plant a volley into the far corner. Joe Mifsud made it 2 – 0 in the 29th minute. Some fine inter play involving Dave Webster and Tom Ireland. In the 2nd half, as expected Borden had the lion’s share of possession aided by the strong wind but with Paul Barron in outstanding form playing as a centre back we held out firmly. As we attacked we looked the more like to score, the forward passes were being held up by the wind allowing Dan Allen and Joe Mifsud to latch onto the passes. Robbie Greenfield and Dan Reynolds join the team in the 2nd half and made positive contributions in going forward and their defensive duties. Dan Allen hit his second of the game in the 68th minute, again after some fine play involving Dan Reynolds. The Crossbar denied Dan his hat-trick. In the closing stages, with nothing to lose Borden went for all out attack and this resulted in a late consolation goal in the dying minutes. In conclusion this was a comfortable win, and just the “pick me up” we needed
MoM: Paul Barron
Team: P Miles/ S Beal/ P Wallace/ P Barron/ R Hagger/ D Hagger/ M Hazell/ D Webster/ T Ireland/ D Allen/ J Mifsud. Subs: R Greenfield (M Hazell) Dan Reynolds (D Hagger) G Moffat (T Ireland) not used R Fitzgerald

Saturday 26 September 2009: Reporter Dave Smith

Otford United 2 Bromley Green 2

A much improved performance on Saturday saw us come away with a deserved 2-2 draw from Otford. I think that they were probably the best side we have played this season and it shows that this division has some very useful sides in it.

The home started well and pushed us back, but our defence, well controlled by Micky Doyle, held firm. We were playing mostly on the counter attack and in the 25th minute we split open their defence and Kenny Hallett was bought down by the home keeper, Mark Howells stepped up and put us 1-0 up from the spot. Otford stepped up the tempo and Craig Smith pulled off several good saves to keep us in the lead at the break.

The second half started evenly, with both sides playing some good football, but in the 60th minute Otford levelled from the penalty spot after Ben Davies was adjudged to have bought the home forward down. Both sides now pushed for the lead, we went close through Linton Hayles and Mark Howells and the game looked destined to be a draw, until a dramatic last 5 mins saw us fall behind in the 85th minute from a disputed corner, a defeat would have been a real blow and we were saved when Tom Poyner cut in from the right and hit an unstoppable drive into the top corner, a better goal will not be scored this season. So honours even at the end and a good team display from everyone. We now need to carry this forward to our next game at home to the unpredictable University of Kent side.

Team: C. Smith, B. Davies, M. Doyle, T. Poyner, M. Hadlum, R. Smith, L. Milton, M. Howells, A. Mercer, K. Hallett, L.Hayles. Subs: C. Norman (K. Hallett), C. Howells (L. Milton), R. Greenfield (M. Hadlum)

Mom: M.Doyle, captained the side and led by example

Saturday 26 September 2009: Reporter Ali Mehmet

Bromley Green Res 0  Otford Utd Res 3

Confidence in football can be a wonderful thing, and there was no doubting the confidence amongst the Green boys today. Were we over confident today? I think so, Fell into the trap of thinking all we needed to do was turn up to claim the 3pts? I think some players did. Football sometimes has a nasty habit of pulling the rug from under you when you least expect it. And today was one of those days. The was no doubting Otford deserved the win today, We battled and chased everything but the experienced men of Otford remained composed and used the ball far better than we did. Our passing was way off the radar today, the simplest of footballing tasks became very difficult. Individual errors were to blame for each Otford’s goals and as I stated in the changing room after the game, you simply cannot gift opponents 3 goals, regardless of the level of football you play, and expect to win the match. We had our moments during the match and as amazing as it sounds we could have had 4 or 5 of our own, Ash Webster hitting the bar and Chris Gillam and Dan Allen all squandering chances which would have normally seen the net bulging.  All in all it was a bad day at the fortress.  The only positive we can take from the game is the lads knew they let themselves down, We have set our own standards and today we failed to reach them and are determined to reach the bar we have set next week.
MoM: Syd Beal / Chris Gillam

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One response to “Match Reports 2009-10

  1. davehomewood

    Managers please keep your reports coming in during this hectic time of the season. Players like to read your accounts of the games and their own performances.Thanks DH.

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