Sunday 15 May 2011
Mersham 0 Bromley Green Reserves 2
By Ian Mace
To go to the last game of the season needing 3 points to stay up against a Mersham side that had won the league and playing well was not an ideal situation to find ourselves in. But again the Green rose to the occasion and from the off they dominated the match with some excellent football attacking and defending well. From the back four of Milton, Lockett, Ship and old boy Perky; Moon solid in goal, the midfield of Norman, Webster, Neil, Fitzgerald and Poyner to the alone up front Hallett scoring 2 goals; the subs Dalby, Mani and Bloxham, we were solid all over the pitch and came away with a deserved 2-0 win. It could have been more if it had not been for the Mersham keeper Ian Brasington having an excellent game. So well done lads – myself and Trent are really proud of the way you played – great game.
Squad: T,Moon, R,Milton, T,Lockett, T,Perk, S,Ahmetaj, R,Norman, R,Fitzgerald, T,Poyner, A,Webster, A,Neil, K,Hallett. Subs: E,Awuni, M,Dalby, L,Bloxham (all subs played).
Goalscorer: Kenny Hallett 2. MoM: Ryan Norman.
Sunday 15 May 2011
Bromley Green 1 Market Hotel 2
By Steve Mailey
Our last run out of the season came at Homelands against Market in the Ashford Charity Trophy final. With the greatest of respect to all local sides, these two are the genuine big two, and this encounter was as anticipated as all the others. Our incentive was to complete our season by claiming a fourth trophy. Market’s incentive was to stop us. That simple.
The most recent clash saw us come out comfortable winners, so it is normal to assume we’d go into this one with the same shape and team as we did for that one. Yet with two key figures missing this time round, I opted for a slightly cautious shape. It proved sensible because Market played 2, sometimes3, up top and we had the shape to cope with that. The early exchanges were quite even and both goal keepers kept their nerve under pressure. Both sides found the easy route of missing out the mid field a little more than usual, which made for a pretty poor spectacle to be fair. The in form Hadlum was enjoying his positional switch alongside Allan, both claiming everything in their direction. It was Hadlum who stabbed at a loose ball in the area to give us the lead mid way through the half. In all honesty, it should have been extended, as a couple of good chances went begging. We ended the half on top and I was generally quite pleased.
During the interval I asked us to keep the momentum going, start using our full backs more and start playing more. The importance of keeping our shape was agreed by all. I also suggested we avoid clashing with the ref, as we needed him on our side.
The second half saw quite a change. Market were certainly not about to give in and began to apply more pressure. Although we looked in control, we were clearly making minor errors and our decision making had become sloppy. Market then produced a quite superb goal from the edge of the area to level things up. They were now buzzing and we needed to stay calm. We created a further chance and continued causing problems as Lockyer popped up everywhere along their back line. Yet Market then produced another superb goal, this time from a set piece, two strikes of total quality sent Market in to the lead.
We then found ourselves in a mighty battle to save the game. We lost Hadlum to injury, altered our shape, added an extra striker, all without success. The officials were struggling to cope with some of the things going on, things that are part of football, but you want officials who can deal with it. I felt from the touchline, for the first time, that we never quite had enough left in the tank to pull off another result during the final 10 minutes. That proved to be the case as Market came out 2-1 winners.
So two wonder strikes pretty much separated these two on the day, but I am happy to concede that the second half display probably saw Market edge it and I congratulate Scott and his lads. From our point of view, I could go on about one or two who simply appeared to be running on empty, or those who never quite produced today, or we could say the selection or shape was wrong. Yet I will resist all such talk and accept that maybe it was one giant hurdle too many following a draining period. Falling off the pace against a side with so much experience and quality will ultimately get punished. I felt this would happen at some stage, I’m just amazed it was so long in coming. The squad have produced a fantastic season and can rightly feel proud. I have enjoyed working with this group and loved watching the spirit grow among them. The most pleasing thing is the very fact that they all feel we could have done more this season. That is true hunger and I’m proud of every one of them. One year at a time lads…
C Smith / P Law / P Allan / M Hadlum (R Greenfield) / T Head / Marc Collins / Matt Collins / L Milton (K Hallett) / L Hayles / G Mackett / G Lockyer
Not Used: A Neil / S Ahmetaj / T Moon
Saturday 14 May 2011
Bromley Green 0 Bredhurst Juniors 0
By Dave Smith
We finished our league season with a 0-0 draw against Bredhurst that means we have stayed undefeated at our own ground this season and remarkably these were the first points we had dropped. This record now sees us unbeaten in the league at home since October 2009 a great record and one all the players can be proud of.
The game saw us with several regulars missing but the lads the came in all done well, Shqipron Ahmetaj at only 17 looked very assured at full back and has a great future ahead of him, Aaron Neill in midfield along side skipper Glenn Mackett showed why he is so highly rated and substitute Martyn Dalby, making his first team debut, also showed he has all the assets to move up into a higher level of football.
The game saw Bredhurst take control early on but their constant moaning and bitching at the referee saw them reduced to 10 men in the 15th minute after 2 needless fouls from their defender. This saw us look a lot more comfortable as we pushed the ball around and created several good chances but half time was reached at 0-0.
The second half was very similar but in truth we were wasteful in front of goal and when we did hit the target the visiting keeper pulled of some good saves. More pointless bookings for the Bredhurst team as the half went on stopped the flow of football and we were all probably glad to hear the final whistle.
So a slightly disappointing end to the season on the day but this does not detract from the superb season we have had, since our opening day defeat at Milton we have remained unbeaten in the next 23 league games a great effort and all the players can be truly proud of what they have achieved.
Team: C.Smith, S.Ahmetaj, M.Hadlum, B.Beaney, T.Head, G.Mackett, A.Neil, R.Norman, M.Collins, D.Cornell, K.Hallett. Subs: M.Doyle (M.Hadlum), M.Dalby (K.Hallett). T.Moon not used.
Mom: Ryan Norman, great attacking display.
Thursday 12 May 201
Bliby 2 Bromley Green 3
By Steve Mailey
Our final league game of the season took us to Sandyacres to face Bliby – three points needed to clinch the title. I couldn’t help thinking during the warm up almost 12 months ago we played an evening game on this pitch and recorded a crucial victory against Market, only to hear the score from across town meant our title hopes were over as Bethersden hammered Highfield. A few days later, we surrendered a two gaol lead to lose the Bodkin final. What a difference a year makes? Twelve months on and this group of lads have grown as a squad, the additions have added strength in the right places, and we have learnt how to deal with awkward situations when the pressure is on.
This game was the latest in a hectic schedule. Several players had played and won the Saturday league just 24 hours earlier. The importance of the game meant I simply had to play the strongest eleven, no time to rest aching limbs! I set up with a 442 plan with the intention of catching Bliby down the flanks with pace and strength. I feel this was possibly the wrong call now, as we never really looked comfortable, and Bliby were seeing plenty of the ball. Our lads were showing signs of nerves in the early stages and this resulted in some stray passes and odd decisions. The Bliby defence looked very unsure when under pressure and we should possibly have capitalised on some of their errors. The crucial breakthrough came mid way through the half when the attempted off side trap failed miserably and Lockyer surged forward to dispatch the opening goal.
We then showed signs of settling and were starting to control things. It got better when Paul Allan met a delivery at the back post to see the ball over the line… with his nose… but they all count! The two goal lead could easily have become more leading up to the break. At the interval, the lads were confident and appearing relaxed. I stated a few obvious things and simply sent them back out, eager not to disrupt our momentum.
It wasn’t long after the restart when the pressure was back upon us as Bliby found the net following a nasty deflection. Suddenly we were a little twitchy, squeaky bum time springs to mind! Although we were anxious and a little rushed, we never buckled, and the large crowd, most of which were there to see us fail, were getting quite excited. Matt Hadlum, who spent much of the evening running the full length of the pitch as a self appointed winger, did so again and found Lockyer in space who in turn found the net with a fine finish.
This should have seen the end to the Bliby resistance, yet a moment of confusion on the edge of our area just minutes later resulted in a well taken effort hitting the net to make it 3-2. Squeaky bum time again! A change was made to bolster our midfield and this seemed to work. Although I knew Bliby would now see more of the ball and time to use it, it would be deep in their own half. We held our own and with the exception of one chance, remained untroubled. At the other end we failed to take two or three more chances, but saw it through. The final whistle was greeted with jubilation as the new Premier League Champions celebrated on the pitch.
There were some top displays today. None of pure football, it wasn’t that type of occasion. It needed ability, work rate, patience and experience. The young Gary Lockyer provided plenty of ability all game, holding things up and generally pestering the hosts. The work rate of Harris alongside him must also be acknowledged. The experience from Milton and Mackett proved vital in central mid field, and Marc Collins likewise as a stand in full back. The threat from wide came from Rocky for 75 minutes until Ryan Norman came on, allowing Rocky to move to a more central role. The other flank was occupied by Matt Collins, who put in another quality shift. Our back line provided the majority of the patience we needed. Craig and Ryan Smith, Paul Allan, Marc Collins and Matt Hadlum looked assured and had terrific games. Man of the match could come any of those I’ve mentioned, all for different reasons. I will give it, just, to Matt Hadlum. He was a constant threat coming forward and defended without concern. He is also proof that second chances can be given once earned!
So these boys wrap up the title and secure a third trophy in a quite incredible season. It feels wonderful to see these lads getting the reward for so much hard work and carrying so much expectation. They have stuck together and formed an impressive spirit and I’ve been so very lucky to have worked with a group so hungry and talented. I will sum up the season when it is actually over, for we have one last date to tackle, the Ashford Charity Trophy final this coming Sunday against Market Hotel. It’s not quite over yet, one game at a time lads…
C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / R Smith / Marc Collins / L Milton / L Hayles / G Mackett / Matt Collins / S Harris (Norman) / G Lockyer. Not used: T Head / D Valler.
Wednesday 11 May 2011
Otford United 0 Bromley Green 4
By Dave Smith
We clinched the title at Otford last night with a 4-0 victory that probably flattered us a little as Otford worked very hard, but the team were in determined mood to make sure we rapped up winning the league. A tremendous effort again from all the players and we have deserved to win this league as we are the best side in it and I doubt there are many who would argue that.
The game started fairly evenly but it was clear very early that the home defence were having problems with our movement in attack and we created and missed 4 good chances, the Otford keeper was having a good night and kept his side in the game. But we have learnt to be patient over recent weeks and that was rewarded in the 30th minute when Dan Cornell made space in the box and fired home this took us to the break with a vital lead.
The second half was again fairly even, the home side made some adjustments to there defence and we now were finding it hard to create any chances, but this also applied to Otford as keeper Craig Smith was rarely troubled. The vital second goal came in the 75th minute when Marc Collins corner was volleyed home by defender Ryan Smith. This deflated the home side and upped our performance and we added further goals from Dan Cornell again and the hard working Steve Harris finished things off.
So 4-0 and another solid all round performance to clinch the title. The run in to the end of the season has been very hard for us all, we have always been looking up at long time leaders A.P.M. who had a one stage a 15 point lead, as the season neared the end we were left having to win 9 out our last 10 games last night was the 9th and we topped the league at last. With this we have completed what the aim was at the start of the season to win the title and put this club back into the premier league.
It has been a pleasure to manage these players, as they have all committed themselves to the club and are always available and have given 100% to the cause and I thank them all for making this season such an enjoyable one.
Team; C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, M.Collins, R.Norman, D.Cornell, S.Harris. Subs: B.Beaney (R.Norman) S.Ahmetaj (L.Hayles) K.Hallett (D.Cornell)
Mom: Everyone as this was about us all
Sunday 8 May 2011
Bromley Green 4 Market Hotel 0
By Steve Mailey
We welcomed long term league leaders and old rivals Market to Waterside for a crunch showdown. The fixture list threw up a delightful scenario – Market needing one point to win the title in their last game – in our back yard! Well that very outcome is what we used to drive us on. From our perspective, we needed to win all our remaining games, so this was the ultimate ‘must win’. A lot of consideration went in to the formation and selection for this game, knowing full well that I would disappoint some in an attempt to get it right. All season I have left a quality forward out to accommodate our shape, whereas today I opted for 442 and it was Lee Milton having to sit out. This was a very hard decision because Lee has played so well recently, but I made a decision I thought to be right, just as I have done with forwards all season. I thank Lee for the way he dealt with it.
Plenty of the usual banter and a healthy crowd were evident as the much anticipated head to head got under way. When we met recently, Market started much the brighter and quicker and we ended up in an epic fight back. We were focused on ensuring that wasn’t repeated. This time around, we started the better. In fact we have rarely looked so sharp and switched on for the early exchanges, for being slow starters is something we are often guilty of. Lots of early pressure presented us with the upper hand, and we could have been in front twice from successive corners. Our good start was rewarded after 10 minutes when skipper Mackett arrived in a busy area to nod home beyond the keeper. It was fair reward and the lads continued to control the game. The visitors have quality players and are a constant threat, yet we dealt with their advances with calmness and intelligent use of the ball.
Our constant attacking threat really should have brought us a bigger lead approaching the interval and I was growing a little concerned. With just two minutes remaining of the half, Matt Collins sent a teasing ball up the line which Gary Lockyer met with a timely run, and he dispatched a quality lob over the advancing keeper. Extending the lead right on half time was a huge boost and may well have been the defining moment of the game. It also saw the lads greet half time with a greater sense of belief and achievement. During the interval, we simply agreed to keep focused and carry on what we had been doing.
The second half saw us do all the important things right and we simply took a stranglehold of the game. Our strength was evident all over the field and our shape had restricted Market. Our options coming forward have been instrumental recently and were proving so again. Both Harris and Lockyer have been bang in form and Matt Collins is simply terrorising defences, so few people were too shocked when in form Lockyer struck again with a decisive strike to effectively seal the game. The points were well and truly ours when Matt Collins found himself all alone in the area with just a keeper to beat, although taking an age to do it, he slid the ball home!
This was a hugely impressive display and result. Market did not win the title in our back yard, and our lads get the chance to become champions themselves with just one remaining game, Thursday of this week. I was delighted with the efforts of everyone today, from the solid and calm (yes Ryan, calm!) defence, through the powerful midfield and up to our quality strike force. The shape held firm and the work rate and spirit shown by all was admirable.
Nominating a man of the match in a game of this importance simply takes away the efforts of everyone else – so I won’t. The squad should all take the praise for a great effort. The majority of this squad has endured a punishing schedule and the finishing line is now in sight, just days away. We have tasted success and we can sense more, one game at a time…
C Smith / M Hadlum / R Smith / P Allan / T Head (P Law) / Matt Collins / Marc Collins / G Mackett / L Hayles / S Harris / G Lockyer. Subs not used: L Milton / R Greenfield
Saturday 7 May 2011
Bromley Green 13 AFC Sheppey 0
By Dave Smith
Our biggest win of the season on Saturday was as the scoreline suggests far too easy, Sheppey tried hard for the first 15 minutes but once we took the lead the game was as good as over. The 3 points edged us closer to leaders APM and we now need 3 points from our last 2 games to take the title.
As earlier stated Sheppey put a lot into the opening exchanges but in the 15th minute Dan Cornell found space in the box and fired home. This was the start of the rout and we added a further 5 goals before the break with Dan Cornell completing a hat trick and other goals from Paul Burt and Rocky Hayles.
The second half saw us play the game at our own pace and without really ever getting out of 2nd gear we added a further 7 goals. Paul Burt completed his own hat trick and finished with 5, Dan Cornell added his fourth and the scoring was completed by substitutes Steve Harris and 17 year old Shqipron Ahmetaj who netted a brace that were his first goals for the senior side.
So job done and now we move on to Otford on Wednesday where I know we will be given a much sterner test.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, S.Ward, R.Norman, D.Cornell, P.Burt. Subs: Marc Collins (T.Head), S.Harris (S.Ward), S.Ahmetaj (G.Mackett). B.Beaney not used.
Mom: D.Cornell and Paul Burt 9 goals between with some great finishes.
Saturday 7 May 2011
Bearsted Reserves 1 Bromley Grewen Reserves 3
By Andrew Williams
Bromley Green clinched the Reserve Division East championship with a thrilling victory at fellow title aspirants Bearsted.This was a game that ebbed and flowed throughout and Green finally ran out deserved victors by a 3-1 margin. The visitors were quick out of the traps and created the first opening after 5 minutes when a superb ball from the outstanding Michael Hodges ended with Kenny Hallett forcing a fine save from the Bearsted keeper. Bearsted posed a real threat from set pieces with their height and it was from a corner they took the lead when the giant centre half headed home after 10 minutes. This did not deter the visitors and they continued to press the hosts with the pace of wide men Robbie Greenfield and Ryan Fitzgerald causing problems and the midfield trio of Barron, Milton and Welham working hard. A quick free kick from Barron saw skipper Milton produce a great run and undefendable cross which saw the Bearsted centre half equalise his own effort at the other end. The game was now end to end with keeper Howard keeping us level with a couple of tremendous saves and Hallett and Ashley Webster threatening the home defence. It was the lively Webster who created a great chance for the Green to take the lead, chasing a seemingly lost cause he was hauled down in the box resulting in a penalty. Up stepped Tom Lockett but his powerful spot kick smashed against the crossbar. Half time arrived with scores level but Bromley Green in the ascendancy.
The second half started with Bearsted applying plenty of pressure but the back line of Quinn, Lockett and Hodges were defending as if their lives depended on it, with bodies being put on the line to block shots and tackles being made, none better than the one keeper James Howard produced on the edge of the box after a rare error from Lockett. The game was evenly poised but took a turn for the better for the Green with the introduction of substitutes Ryan Strand and the ageless Terry Perk. Not long after their entrance the two of them combined to put the visitors in front. Perk running at the retreating Bearsted defence before slipping a perfect ball through to Strand who finished superbly. With the visitors now on top it was Strand again who fashioned the third, storming into the box before setting up Greenfield with a simple tap in at the far post. It was a fitting reward for Tad who had enjoyed a tremendous afternoon. There was no way back for Bearsted now and the Green saw out the remainder of the game to clinch the title.
What a great performance from all 14 players who gave everything for the club, not just today but throughout the season. We have had a few hiccups on the way but overall this is a well deserved reward for all the hard work the players have put in throughout the campaign.
TEAM: HOWARD; QUINN, LOCKETT, HODGES, FITZGERALD, MILTON, BARRON (PERK 62), WELHAM, GREENFIELD (CROSS 80), HALLETT (STRAND 65), WEBSTER
Thursday 5 May 2011
Bromley Green 4 Hamstreet 1
By Steve Mailey
The latest fixture demand saw us welcome Hamstreet to Waterside. The Street beat us earlier in the season and recorded some impressive results in their first year back in the Premier. I pointed out prior to kick off that, at this stage of a hectic campaign, it is simply about winning! Get the points and move on, no matter how it happens.
The early stages saw us look a little apprehensive, maybe even disjointed, as the visitors applied pressure on and off the ball. This slow start has become quite a regular thing of late – on both days – and we simply have to accept it comes about following the number of games we are playing. But these lads have a little bit extra in the engine and they tend to get up to speed before too long!
Hamstreet went in front following a pretty indecisive piece of defending from our point of view. This often spells bad news as Street can be dangerous when they get their noses in front, especially when we had already squandered some good chances ourselves. Yet as I explained, we have the impressive quality of working our way in to games, whatever the situation, and we were level once Steve Harris struck from distance beyond the keeper.
At the break, I asked for a little more composure as patience would again be our strongest asset, as well as emphasising the need to keep our shape and not let Street in behind us. The lads responded well and dug in as a unit. Our second half display was more assured and we took control of the key areas. Harris struck again in a congested area and powered home from 8 yds to put us in front. We were now clearly in control and the visitors were running out of steam. Gary Lockyer continued his impressive form notching our third with a quality headed goal and we soon made the changes that allowed some rest for tired muscles!
Although comfortable, we needed to keep our focus as Hamstreet continued to work hard and contribute to the game. The result was put beyond doubt when Harris completed his hat trick with a fine effort. Steve has been patient with my team selection and his attitude has been excellent, so this was a fine reward for him.
Top displays today – well it was a strong, at times workman like display and it needed a battling and intelligent effort, which we delivered. Man of the match will go to Harris, strong throughout and among the goals.
So a 4-1 win and we take it on to Sunday. Must win games have been won, now we face Market Hotel in a game that will probably determine the destiny of the title – more about that below – the very fact that these lads have reached this stage and are still in with a shout is quite brilliant and my full appreciation goes to each and every one of them.
C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / R Smith / T Head (A Neil) / L Milton / Matt Collins / Marc Collins (L Hayles) / G Mackett (R Greenfield) / S Harris / G Lockyer.
Wednesday 4 May 2011
University of Kent 2 Bromley Green 3
By Dave Smith
Another hard earned win saw us close the gap at the top of the league to just 2 points with 3 games to play, 6 points from these games will see us as champions.
Again all the credit goes to the players as this was our 3rd game in 5 days, to come through this tough spell with 3 wins is a superb effort from all concerned.
Last night’s victory over the Uni boys was again very close the home side had a useful side and pushed us all the way, but we have developed a great team spirit and we throw into that the desire never to be beaten even when the going gets tough.
The game started disastrously for us as stand in keeper Steve Hickmott saw his first clearance cannon of their attacker and land in the net, so 1-0 down within a minute. This fired the students on and in truth they should have added to their lead. But we gradually got into the game and started to play our passing game on a good surface. In the 30th minute Dan Cornell and Steve Harris combined with Steve smashing the ball home form 22 yards to bring us level. We now were the dominant side and we went close to taking the lead but it was not to be and we reached half time level.
It was stressed at half time the need to work harder to match the home side because if we did this I was sure we would win the game. We did come out well Ryan Norman on the right wing was creating plenty of defensive problems for our hosts and it looked only a matter of time before we would score. But as we all know football is never straight forward and a very rare error from defender Micky Doyle saw the Uni forward run into the box and finish well. So 2-1 down with 30 minutes to play time again for the boys to knuckle down and dig deep, this we did, again Norman burst into the box and squared for skipper Glenn Mackett to fire home to level in the 70th minute. Next a long clearance from keeper Hickmott who grew into game saw Steve Harris bravely win a challenge with the home keeper and substitute Paul Burt fired home. This did lead to a delay in the game as the home keeper needed to be treated by an ambulance crew. After a long delay the game was re started and we knew it was all about seeing the game out and securing the win, this we did and we had another goal by Paul Burt disallowed for offside near to the end.
So a great win, we pride ourselves on our fitness and most sides in the league struggle to cope with us as the later stages of the game come around, but the Uni boys are fit and this meant we had to work even harder to achieve our goal of taking all 3 points.Team: S.Hickmott, A.Mercer, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, R.Norman, M.Collins, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: P.Burt ( D.Cornell ) M.Hadlum ( A.Mercer ), S.Ahmetaj and K.Hallett not used.
Mom: R.Norman, helped create chances with some great attacking play.
Special thanks to Stan, Trent, Max, Sara, Gary Lockyear, Steve, Jonah, Buster,
And regular supported Byrdie for making the effort to support the lads, much appreciated by us all.
Next game is at home Saturday against Sheppey United 2.45 kick off.
Monday 2 May 2011
Sheerness East 0 Bromley Green 2
By Dave Smith
On a sunny but very windy day on the Island we battled hard and come away with 3 vital points, never a classic but at this time of the season winning is the only objective.
We started the game playing into the strong wind, this did see us under some pressure early on but gradually we came into the game more and by keeping the ball on the deck it enabled us to create a few half chances. Sheerness failed to create any real chances and their most dangerous moments came from corners and free kicks but we reached half time level and this was a good effort from all the players.
Now with the wind in our favour we knew we had every chance of getting the goals to claim the victory we needed. We started to push the home side back but to their credit they defended well and counter attacked fairly well. We were starting to tire and get frustrated but in the 65th minute an error from the keeper saw forward Steve Harris nick the ball off him and slot it into the net, A piece of good fortune that lifted us all. We were now in control and in the 80th minute Dan Cornell created and finished his own work to double our lead. Sheerness came back at us hard but our defence was in no mood to be beaten and we saw the game out to record a good solid victory.
Some very tired legs at the end of the game and players carrying knocks that will need to fix quickly, but again I give tremendous credit to all the players today, Sheerness is never an easy place to go and but again after all our recent efforts the whole team and subs contributed to a very good win.
Thanks to the few supporters that made the effort to come as your support was much appreciated by us all.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, G.Mackett, R.Hayles, R.Norman, A.Mercer, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: Marc Collins (M.Hadlum), S.Ahmetaj (R.Norman), K.Hallett (S.Harris).
Mom: G.Mackett a true captain’s display
Sunday 1 May 2011
Bromley Green 3 Bethersden 0
Bodkin Cup Final (Reachfields, Hythe)
By Steve Mailey
The latest must win game took us to Hythe with the Bodkin Cup as the prize as we joined Bethersden in the final. A lively breeze and a surface like concrete greeted us, along with plenty of sunshine. The lads appeared relaxed and my plan to keep the build up to this final fairly low key had aimed for exactly that. Tony Gawler took the boys away for their pre match warm up, this being the time for the focus to kick in. At this point I’d like to thank Tony for his input, I really appreciate it and I know the boys feel the same.
In the dressing room moments before the start, I continued the low key approach, simply challenging the lads to rise to another big occasion. I drew on the terrific fight back 24 hours earlier by our Saturday side, reminding us that the fire is still as strong as ever, no matter what the situation. If we do our jobs, keep our shape and remain patient, I felt we would win.
The 451 shape was adopted again, mindful that Dens had several new faces and we wanted to suss them out. Gary Lockyer occupied the lone striker role as reward for his fine efforts of late. His work was top class all day and he was joined later in the game by Steve Harris to ease his work load.Following the predictable cautious opening, Green began to take control. Our midfield started taking over and were closing down Bethersden with good affect. We created some good chances and should possibly have been in front because of it. Lee Milton rolled back the years with an inspired opening 45. His experience is never in doubt, but today we got vision, quality distribution and intelligent work rate. I’m very pleased for Lee because this has been a tough season for him in a very competitive squad. Skipper Mackett and Rocky were also ensuring we had the upper hand in the key areas. Our back line were only really compromised once, were very solid and organised. Paul Allan was assured and comfortable, Ryan Smith was solid and dominant, Matt Hadlum was impressive and Tom Head… well he was his usual reliable self, near faultless. Between the sticks, Craig was impressive, claiming everything with confidence.
We took the lead when Milton supplied a fine through ball to Matt Collins, who set himself and dispatched a fine shot to the keepers left. Although we really should have extended our lead, we had to settle for 1-0 at the interval. In the dressing room, I said we were now doing everything that would win us the game. I asked for a little more use of our wide lads and underlined the need to keep the defensive shape.
The second half began a little flat and I was concerned we may get caught out. Yet, as with the first half, we soon stepped up a gear again. Following a mad melee in the area, we were awarded a penalty following a shot from Hadlum. Some say it hit his hand, some say his head. I couldn’t see, but the decision was given in our favour and it makes a nice change to benefit from one to be honest! Ryan Smith stepped up and calmly extended our lead.
We then began to dominate the final, that second goal appearing to dampen the spirit of Bethersden. I replaced Marc Collins with Harris to aid Lockyer up top. Lee Milton’s top display was ended following a nasty fall and was replaced by Pat Law. A fine ball knocked up to Harris then resulted in our third goal as Steve found himself the angle and unselfishly played in Lockyer to strike under the keeper. Robbie Greenfield then entered as Rocky was withdrawn.The game finished 3-0, it really should have been more, but we win another trophy and the score becomes irrelevant to be fair. I was very pleased with the way we did our jobs, kept our shape and showed great team spirit today. Apart from those I’ve already mentioned, Macca put in a top captains display today and received the man of the match award from the sponsor. It was a good shout to be honest, but I’m going to give my award to Matt Collins. This lad never stops and will appear in all four corners of the pitch and still do his own job! Today his work rate was immense.
So we bring the Bodkin Cup back to Waterside, a fine reward for a set of lads who continue to show great hunger and desire. Well done to you all. Now we focus on our next must win game, at home on Thursday against Hamstreet. One game at a time lads!
C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / R Smith / T Head / L Milton (P Law) / G Mackett / L Hayles (R Greenfield) / Marc Collins (S Harris) / G Lockyer / Matt Collins. Not used: T Moon
Saturday 30 April 2011
Bromley Green 3 Otford United 2
By Dave Smith
A stunning comeback in the last 25 mins with only 10 men, showed the total commitment of the side as we kept our title hopes alive.
With several changes to the team we started slowly, Otford were well organised and look fresher than us which was no surprise after with the amount of games we have played. The visitors took the lead in the 30th minute when we defended weekly and allowed the Otford forward to tap home. This did fire us up and for the remaining 15 minutes, we pushed hard for the equaliser but half time was reached with the score at 1-0.
The second half saw us come out and take control our front 3 were all working hard and we were starting to create chances, but we were rocked when a cross come shot from the Otford full back ended up in the back of our net, worse was to follow as Micky Doyle picked up 2 quick yellow cards and was dismissed by a referee who I think would admit must have had better games. I thought we were finished but I give total credit to all the players as we dragged ourselves back into the game. First Dan Cornell fired in a screamer from 25 yards, next Rocky Hayles superd pass saw Cornell through on goal and he finished expertly, we were now flying and in the 85th minute the come back was complete when Steve Harris was bought down in the area a clear penalty and even this ref had to give us something and up stepped Paul Burt to slot home and win us the game.
A great win and real signs of a title winning side, we refused to be beaten, but not much time for reflection as tomorrow we face Sheerness away which for some bizarre reason always ends up being a bank holiday game, another tough fixture but another chance to again close in on leaders A.P.M.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, A.Mercer, R.Hayles, P.Burt, R.Norman, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: G.Mackett ( A.Mercer ) M.Collins, S.Ward and Shipron not used.
Mom: Steve Harris, total commitment
Saturday 30 April 2011
Bromley Green Reserves 3 Staplehurst Reservers 0
By Andy Williams
A late double from Ashley Webster sealed a hard-earned but ultimately well-deserved 3 points at Waterside on Saturday. A win that keeps us at the top of the table with 3 points required from our last 2 fixtures, both against Bearsted who themselves still have an outside chance of the title.
Reverting to our usual 3-5-2 formation we started well and scored after 10 minutes when after good interplay between Paul Barron and Tom Welham, skipper Lee Milton sent a crossfield pass into the path of Ryan Fitzgerald who struck the ball unerringly into the bottom corner. The visitors had their moments but the back line superbly marshalled by Michael Hodges dealt with everything. Chances to increase our lead came and went and a certain amount of anxiety crept into our play and passes became hurried. At half time the word was to try and relax a bit more on the ball,as we were clearly in the driving seat. An enforced change at half time with James Cross injured and this saw the welcome return of Tom Lockett to the side.
The second half started in much the same vein but still the second goal would not come,the visiting keeper saving from Craig Mannering’s superb near post header. We then had our customary 10minute wobble when Staplehurst threatened to grab an equaliser, especially when Robbie Clark cleared off the line with James Howard beaten and the visitor’s No 9 shooting over when well placed. Going into the last quarter of the game, Robbie Greenfield and Ken Hallett were introduced for Fitz and Manners who had both put in excellent shifts. Nerves were finally settled when Ash headed home from close range and doubled his tally minutes later when Kenny Hallett superbly won the ball in the area to leave ash with a simple tap in to wrap up the scoring.
From Trev’s and my point of view it was a workmanlike performance with moments of quality and a real desire and commitment to reach the ultimate prize with all 14 players showing the required attitude superbly led by skipper Lee Milton.
Squad: HOWARD;QUINN,HODGES,CROSS(LOCKETT 46)
Tuesday 26 April 2011
Bromley Green 0 Saga Sports 1 [Les Leckie Cup Final]
By Dave Smith
A hugely disappointing result last night saw us lose our second cup final in 5 days. I cannot fault the team for there effort and I give credit to Saga for there victory as they scored early and fought tooth and nail to hang on. We did look a bit tired after a busy schedule and a few of the lads are carrying knocks but once again we failed to deliver the silver ware I think we deserve after working hard all season to reach these finals.
The game started with Saga full of running and winning the early exchanges, it took us 20 minutes to create our first chance which Paul Burt caught to well and fired over. We then conceded what was to prove the winning goal, when we lost the ball needlessly and the Saga forward fired home from 20 yards. We now pushed on but half time was reached with us a goal behind.
We all knew we had more to offer in this game and the spirit in the dressing room was good and we carried that into the second half and started to take control of the game. But then Ryan Smith got involved with the Saga forward after a needless elbow that saw both players dismissed, this in my view was not dealt with by the referee very well as there were several other people that should have had some action taken against then, not least the Saga substitute that came on and also through punches.
This meant both sides had to reorganise, we went 3..4..2 and Saga went 4..4..1 this allowed us to dominate the ball as our opponents were happy to sit back and try to hit us with counter attacks. Substitute Ryan Norman was a constant threat on the left and Dan Barham another substitute was spraying the ball around well, in truth we played some really good football moving the ball around the park and trying our hardest to get the equaliser, we created several half chances and put some quality crosses in the box but our luck was not in and Saga held on for there win.
So disappointment, but again some good displays, every player gave there all and I can ask no more, I was proud of everyone, but gutted by the result but Saturday we go again with still the big prize in our grasp.
Special thanks to all that made the effort to come and support the team but I will add I am disappointed by some that never made the effort, myself and the majority of my players always support any team that plays for the Green but it appears to me that some are thinking only of themselves at the moment, we are a club not individual teams, win together, lose together.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, Marc Collins, L.Hayles, G.Mackett, S.Ward, D.Cornell, P.Burt. Subs: R.Norman (Marc Collins), D.Barham (S.Ward), S.Harris (D.Cornell). Not used A.Mercer and Matt Hadlum.
Mom: Mick Doyle great game
Next game home to Otford 4pm kick off on Saturday
Sunday 24 April 2011
Brewmaster 1 Bromley Green 2
By Steve Mailey
Our relentless schedule continued as we travelled to High Halden to face Brewmaster yet again, this time in the semi final of the Ashford Charity Trophy. Having fought back well against them recently in another cup clash, we knew what to expect this time round. With the greatest respect to Brews, Hopes Grove is not the most inviting venue on a very warm day with no showers or running water.
As for the game, well the toll of games on rock hard surfaces is clearly having an impact as we needed to alter the starting line up three times prior to kick off. The honesty of three allowed us to do this properly and start with our most able eleven.
The first half was quite even in terms of possession, although it was the Green who enjoyed the cutting edge where it mattered. We had several good chances, Pat Law possibly the unluckiest, hitting the bar & post following his headed attempt at goal. Other chances were more like half chances as we were a little guilty of overhitting the final pass. Throughout the half, both Rocky and L Milton worked tirelessly through the middle while Harris & Lockyer occupied their rearguard. Brews managed to get through shortly before the break following a lapse, yet put the effort wide of goal.
At the interval I asked us to calm down as we were a little hot headed with each other. The word we’ve used all season is patience, and I felt it would reward us all again. Following a slightly downbeat start to the half, we fell behind to a strike from 18 yds out. We all knew we had just been punished, yet this squad has learned how to react positively and there was no moaning or self pity. This actually gave us a kick start. The aching Tom Head was replaced with the experience of Valler and Lee Milton, who looked drained after putting in a hard shift, was replaced by Matt Collins, nursing a painful toe! A minor change to our shape and we soon took control of proceedings again.
The work up top from Gary Lockyer was causing many problems and the battering ram that is Rocky was proving dominant in midfield. The lads were now working real hard and we could feel that another final slot was within our grasp if we kept patient. Lockyer cut in from the far left side to unleash a quite superb strike into the far top corner, leaving the keeper stranded and bringing us level. It was the least we deserved.
We kept our cool, tried not to rise to the bait every time a free kick was awarded against us around our area, and kept our shape well. Inside the final ten minutes we were awarded a corner. Met by and flicked on by Lockyer, Paul Allan guided it home with a crouching header. The boys stayed focused and saw the game out, winning 2-1 and booking a place in the final.
These lads deserve credit and the club will be proud of their efforts. The number of must-win games they have been involved in, and many more to come, serves as proof that their commitment to training and to their team mates gives us that little extra when the chips are down. They fight to the end and I am very proud of them.
Top displays today, well we were strong in key areas and it really was a squad effort today. Ryan & Paul stood firm when it mattered at the back and Rocky was immense in midfield. Man of the match will go to Gary Lockyer, a superb goal and a big impact every time we ventured forward. Next up we have the Bodkin Cup final at Hythe against Bethersden, more about that later.
The majority of the squad have the Les Leckie Cup final on Tuesday and I wish Dave and the lads well. Following that, we actually get a short break before the madness starts again. One game at a time boys!
C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / R Smith / T Head (D Valler) / L Hayles /
L Milton (Matt Collins) / Marc Collins / P Law / S Harris / G Lockyer
Not Used: G Mackett
Bromley Green Reserves 8 Egerton 2
By Ian Mace
The Green came out all guns blazing against Egerton in the first half of this game giving the Green a 6-0 lead at half time with a hat trick from Ryan Fitzgerald, one from Lee Bloxham and a couple from Ashley Webster with us the Green totally dominating play all over the park with Egerton not knowing what had hit them.
Second half was a different story though the Green I think thought the game was already won, but all credit to Egerton in the second half they started to push the ball around better than us and caught us out with two quick goals to give us something to think about, but in the end the Green were too strong for Egerton and we scored a further 2 goals one from top goal scorer of the club Kenny Hallett and one from the player for the future of the club Emmanuel Awuni making it an overall comfortable win for the Green and a move up one place in the league.
Man of the match I am going to give to Ryan Fitzgerald for getting his hat trick. Martyn Dalby [pictured above yesterday evening with Mani] played well at the back when he came on as did Mani and Ship while Lee Bloxham put in a very good performance down the wing after being out for a while with a twisted ankle and Thomas Moon was solid which should give him some confidence back.
Squad: T Moon, R Milton, T Lockett, L Smith, R Hagger, L Bloxham, T. Poyner, A Neil, R Fitzgerald, A Webster, K Hallett. Subs: S Ahmetaj, M Dalby, E Awuni (all subs used)
Saturday 23 April 2011
Bromley Green 7 Milton 0
By Dave Smith
Less than 24 hours after losing the Weald of Kent final we had to pick ourselves up and get back to league action and focus on getting the 3 points we so desperately needed. A few injuries from the day before so changes were made and the strength of our squad was shown as again we took the game in our stride and thumped in 7 against a young Milton side.
The pattern of the game was set very early as Milton struggled to control our pace and movement and it only took us 15 minutes to break through, when Steve Ward finished well, Matt Hadlum added a second, Ryan Smith the third and a own goal gave us a 4-0 half time lead.
The second half was ideal for us as we played the game at our own pace and never had to use too much energy as it was only a matter of how many we would get. Further goals were added by Dan Cornell, Steve Harris and Ryan Norman who made a good return to the side. So another game out the way and a solid all round performance again from all the players as the disappointment of Friday was put behind us.
Team: C. Smith, M. Hadlum, R. Smith, T. Head, Marc Collins, G. Mackett, R. Hayles, S. Ward, R. Norman, D. Cornell, M. Doyle. Subs: L. Smith (R. Smith) A. Mercer (S. Ward) S. Harris (G. Mackett). MoM: Marc Collins, excellent work rate with quality passing.
Saturday 23 April 2011
Canterbury City Res 1 Bromley Green Res 1
By Trevor Strand
The squad of 16 travelled to Hersden in a top of the table clash expecting another close encounter with a very good City team. We decided to change our shape to a more solid 4-4-2 with the fitness levels and a 28 degree heat deciding the starting 11. We knew City would move the ball quickly on a superb surface and we had to have players that work hard when we were not in possession.
The game started at a frantic pace with not much quality on the ball but after 10 minutes both sides started to settle and get the passing going.
Skipper Lee Milton went close with a long range effort and City also went close from a corner kick. On 25 minutes Ryan Fitzgerald burst down the right wing and delivered a quality cross which was met by Ashley Webster to volley us in front – a great piece of football which was applauded by the City contingent. We also went close again through Ash and Ryan Strand and James Cross but could not get that second goal. 10 minutes before half time City equalised with a well taken goal from their speedy striker. Apart from the goal the back four of Kev Quinn, Terry Perk, Mike Hodges and James Cross dealt with everything City produced. James Howard in goal had little to worry about and Fitz’s pace was a constant threat and Rob Greenfield and Titch again linked up well. Milts and Tommy Welham were full of running in the centre of midfield. Just before half time Tad picked up an injury and was replaced with Rob Clark.
1-1 at half time and playing well we stressed the need to keep possession in the sweltering heat, keep the work rate up our chances would come. After 10 minutes Titch whose work rate was excellent picked up an injury and was replaced with Aaron Neil. With Rob Clarks pace down the left now a threat and Tommy winning numerous headers from James dead ball kicks I felt we would get a few chances if we gambled on the flick ons from Tom. Both Ashley and Rob went through with just the keeper to beat but too heavy a final touch meant the keeper had a chance to smother the ball. City came at us breaking quickly and only quality defending from our back four and safe handling from James prevented them from taking the lead. Fitz who was now tightly marked could not get into the game on the attacking side but worked hard defensively. With 20 minutes to go Ashley who had given everything was replaced with Kenny Hallet and Ken nearly scored with great header from Robbie’s cross that went just over the bar. We had a couple of good chances when in good positions but there was a reluctance to shoot early and City got the tackle in to block the eventual shot. In the final 10 minutes Terry Perks knee gave out but battled on up front with Tom Welham moving to centre back, Aaron move to centre mid with Milts. In the final minute Ken was clean through with just the keeper to beat but unfortunately missed the target. 1-1 at full time and very good game from both teams excellently refereed with common sense by James Hatton. On setting out me and Andy decided it was important not to lose this game and that decided the formation. A much improved performance from the New Romney game with Welham my MOM, Milton, and Hodgie outstanding. Crossy and Perky solid and James assured in goal. With 3 games to go and our fate still in our hands we must keep this standard up and not go back to the Romney performance. I feel I must comment on the squad as a whole – the attitude of one or two leaves a lot to be desired and think they are better than they are, but the majority are superb. With 16 players it is not possible to play everyone (some have not even made the bench) especially when we change the formation against certain teams. I will not elaborate further as it will be confined to the privacy of our dressing room but I will not tolerate poor attitudes in my squad especially as we are so close to the title. Thanks to again to our travelling supporters and the ice provided at half time on a sweltering day.
Team: James Howard, Mike Hodges, Tom Welham, Kevin Quinn, Terry Perk, James Cross, Ryan Strand, Lee Milton, Rob Greenfield, Ryan Fitzgerald, Ashley Webster. Subs: Rob Clark, Ken Hallett, Aaron Neil – all used/Craig Mannering, Paul Barron unused.
Good Friday 22 April 2011
Bromley Green 0 Woodstock 0
Woodstock won on penalties
By Dave Smith
A disappointing result as we left a very sunny and warm Tenterden without the trophy that we so much wanted to win, but all the players can be proud of their efforts as we were the better side but just never got that vital piece of luck you sometimes need to lift a trophy.
Woodstock started the game better than us as we looked a bit nervous, their direct style of play was pinning us back in our own half, but our defence was in control and we gradually got our own passing game going and we were unlucky not to take the lead in the 25th minute when Paul Burt’s header just missed the target. The game then started to get disrupted with some strong tackles flying in and half time was reached with the sides level.
The second half saw us start well, we looked more confident and we were playing some good football until the 60th minute when Ryan Smith was shown a second yellow that saw him dismissed from the game. I expected us to now be overrun, but I could never have been so wrong as all the players just dug in deeper and took the game to Woodstock, in the blistering heat this was so good to see and showed just how fit we are. In the 70th minute both posts were hit from a corner and we created several good chances with Paul Burt, Steve Ward, Steve Harris and substitute Dan Cornell all unlucky as the Woodstock keeper kept his side in the game. Rocky Hayles and Glenn Mackett in the centre of midfield were both excellent and gave us the platform to attack, but for all our efforts we could not get the goal we deserved and the 90 minutes was reached level at 0-0.
Extra time saw little change to the game as again we pushed on trying to win the match, but we started to become the walking wounded due to the superb effort we had put in and in the end it was a relief to hear the final whistle as we had just about run ourselves into the ground.
So penalties to decide the trophy and it was not to be our day as Woodstock took the better kicks to win the shootout 4-3. But no disgrace in defeat as we showed how far we have came as a team this season and as I have stated every single player should be very proud of the effort they put in.
A special thank you to all the people who came and gave us such great support, it was so good to see and gave all the players a lift.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, G.Mackett, M.Collins, S.Ward, R.Hayles, S.Harris, P.Burt. Subs: A.Mercer (S.Harris) D.Cornell (M.Collins) K.Hallett (S.Ward), L.Smith not used.
Mom: R.Hayles, 110% effort and bossed the midfield
Wednesday 20 April 2011
Bromley Green Res 2 New Romney Res 3
By Trevor Strand
A much improved New Romney team gained revenge for last week’s defeat but in reality this is a game we should have won comfortably. Unlike our last game v Otford we played some excellent football in the first 25 minutes passing the ball well on a difficult surface and creating some decent chances.
Although we had players missing to the Sunday 1st team Adam Mercer and Aaron Neil both came in and had excellent games. We went close on several occasions with Aaron and Merce linking well but we could not get the breakthrough. Ryan Strand was once again man to man marked by Luke Parker but still caused problems with his runs into the channels. The back three of Mike Hodges, Terry Perk and James Cross were seldom troubled and James Howard in goal had little to do with not a worthwhile shot to deal with. On 25 minutes Crossy went on a run and his shot from outside the box was fumbled by the Romney keeper and Rob Clark was on hand to score from close in. Soon after Titch had a great chance to increase the lead but dragged his shot inches wide.
1-0 at half time and again we should have been comfortable but as per usual we went to sleep early in the second half and the Romney winger scored with a good strike into the far corner. Strangely we were very quiet and looked a tired side and could not string 3 passes together and were caught on the break and Adam Purse scored after a good save from James. Soon after Purse notched his second after some woeful defending and at 1–3 down we looked a deflated bunch. Terry Perk did not stop encouraging and urging his team on and in the final 10 minutes we created enough chances to have won 2 games. Kenny hit the bar and post, Titch had 2 good strikes well saved by the keeper and Craig Mannering had a header well saved. Perky went on a run from deep and his shot was spilled by the keeper and Kenny scored. But time had run out for us and we could not get the equaliser.
Summing up it was a bad defeat and no disrespect to Romney but we should beat teams like this if you are going to be challenging for the title. Some players looked tired and it appeared they had no passion or desire. I cannot accept that. Fitness levels are being tested now and it is clear some are struggling with the work load of games. With 4 games remaining we know what we have to do. The squad rotation will now be gone and it will be the best man for the job, it may upset a few but I need players who will pull the Green jersey on with pride and passion, go in where you may get hurt and run until the final whistle.
Team: James Howard, Mike Hodges, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Adam Mercer, Terry Perk, Aaron Neil, James Cross, Ryan Strand, Rob Clark, Ken Hallett. Subs: Craig Mannering, Kev Quinn, Ryan Fitzgerald – all used.
Wednesday 20 April 2011
Bromley Green 5 Bliby 0
By Steve Mailey
A very warm evening greeted us as we welcomed title contenders Bliby to Waterside. As the hectic fixture schedule kicks in, injuries and other issues are bound to affect selection, so telling the lads all year how much I believe in them means little if I don’t use them. Some changes were made and we put out a strong outfit against a side with a lot of experience.
I warned the lads that Bliby will want revenge following our cup success recently and that we needed to be on the ball from the start against them. It’s fair to say a couple of our boys were a little shaky in the opening minutes as we tried to settle. Elsewhere we were a bit too rushed in some of what we were doing. I was trying to relay the message of patience on to the field as we appeared very keen and losing our shape because of it.
In what became a pattern in the game, we were awarded a free kick a few yards outside the area, and Gary Lockyer stepped up to release a superb effort beyond the keeper. Gary certainly knows how to dispatch from that area! It was a fair reward as we were taking control. What then appeared to be a nailed on penalty award was actually waved away, to the bemusement of everyone. This triggered off an unsavoury atmosphere, which remained for the entire game.
We remained in control in key areas, and our midfield lads were being given plenty of attention from the visitors. At the break I told the lads to calm down as some were aggrieved at some of the decisions, feeling we were not getting a fair crack. Patience would win this game, as we knew our fitness and intelligence would come through.
The second half was largely ours to be fair. Our width was causing the energy to drain from Bliby and our strength in central positions was now dominant. The work up top from Lockyer was admirable in pretty testing conditions and our lads at the back remained focused and organised.
Unfortunately, the remainder of the game became a poor advert for the Premier Division. I make no apology for sticking up for our lads who displayed terrific team spirit and kept composure when some hot heads began trying to take the headlines. Tackles were now coming in, and verbal assaults were two a penny. Matt Collins had continued his impressive scoring rate to stretch our lead before coming off injured. He was replaced by his brother Marc, whose first job was to take a free kick, dispatched with precision, 3-0. Soon after, Marc was flying through the area to meet a delivery, 4-0. Steve Harris replaced the hard working Lockyer and added number five.
Amid the goal scoring, the approach from Bliby (not all, it has to be said!) had damaged the game and almost turned it in to a farce. Bookings came and went for some nasty challenges and verbal input, and some were quickly followed by dismissals. The rest isn’t worth talking about. We won the football match 5-0.
There were some good displays today, hard work and team effort was needed and we all stuck together and delivered it. Man of the match will go to Rocky, he drew the sting from Bliby and stood strong throughout before being replaced by young Shqipron. My thanks go to our lads for remaining focused and not getting involved. One game at a time – now we move on.
C Smith / D Valler / R Smith / P Allan / T Head / Matt Collins (Marc Collins) / G Mackett / L Milton / L Hayles (S Ahmetaj) / R Greenfield / G Lockyer (S Harris)
Tuesday 19 April 2011
New Romney 1 Bromley Green 8
By Dave Smith
A comprehensive 8-1 victory at the Avenue last night was a very impressive assured performance from the team and I felt the football we played must have been enjoyed by the decent crowd that included good away support which I thank everyone for making the effort.
We started the game by pressing forward and enjoying the good surface, we went close on a couple of occasions but were then rocked when our hosts broke away and took the lead. But the response from the team was superb, first Rocky Hayles who was impressive all night levelled from 25 yards, then Paul Burt showed all his strength by holding of the last defender to put us 2-1 in the lead and then Steve Harris fired home from 20 yards to give us a 3-1 half time lead.
We knew that if we continued to spread the ball around we would get more goals, this was certainly the case as we pinned New Romney back in their own half and picked them off at will. The next 2 goals were penalties as Romney’s tackling became desperate against the movement of our attacks, Buster Beaney converted both and again had a fine evening controlling the midfield. Next Ryan Smith headed home, followed by Glenn Mackett with a sharp finish and Ryan again to finish the scoring. We could have had more but the objective of the evening was the 3 points and this sets us up well for the upcoming 2 cup finals with a vital league game sandwiched in between.
Plenty of good performances but most pleasing for me was the team performance, good football, good effort and we showed that we still have plenty left in the locker to achieve our season goals.
Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, S.Ward, M.Collins, B.Beaney, R.Hayles, S.Harris, P.Burt. Subs: M.Hadlum (M.Doyle) G.Mackett (S.Ward) K.Hallett (P.Burt)
Mom: R.Hayles, dominated form start to finish.
Saturday 16 April 2011
Staplehurst 1 Bromley Green 2
By Dave Smith
A hard earned victory on Saturday saw us complete the league double over Staplehurst. Make no mistake this was a good win, I think our hosts are certainly one of the best sides in the league and to win at their own ground is a great result.
We started the game well and Dan Cornell should have scored in the 5th minute after being put through by Dan Barham, but we were not to be denied for too long as Cornell worked himself some space on the edge of the area and unleashed a terrific drive into the top corner. The loss of Barham with a worrying ankle injury after 30 mins saw us lose a bit of momentum and our hosts come into the game more, but we reached half time with our lead intact.
We talked about being more making sure are passing rate from a to b needing to improve to gain more control of the match, this we did very well at the start of the second half. Steve Ward on the right was causing the home defence plenty of problems with his pace and Steve Harris and Dan Cornell were also always stretching the home defence. We scored a deserved second in the 70th minute when Ward set up Harris to fire home.
Staplehurst to their credit came into the game more now as they knew they needed to get something from the game. We disappointingly conceded a goal in the 75th minute after losing possession too easily on the half way line. We now had a real fight on our hands, Staplehurst pushed extra players forward and pinned us back, but we defended well until the 90Th minute when Ryan Smith was adjudged to have pulled their attacker back in the area and a penalty was awarded. A draw would have been a blow but from the kick keeper Craig Smith pulled of a great save and ensured all 3 points came home with us.
A quality effort from everyone again today, attitude, commitment and desire all spot on and again a big thanks from me for that.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, B.Beaney, G.Mackett, D.Barham, R.Hayles, S.Ward, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: A.Mercer (S.Harris) Marc Collins (D.Barham) M.Hadlum (D.Cornell)
Mom: C.Smith, Assured all day and topped off with a great points winning save.
Saturday 16 April 2011
Bromley Green Res 2 Otford Utd Res 1
By Trevor Strand
As predicted this was another close encounter with Otford Reserves who were lying in 3rd place in the league. Not a game for the spectator as this was one of our poorest displays in recent games. We got off to great start scoring after 3 minutes when a free kick was flicked on by Tom Welham and the alert Ryan Strand nipped in to lob the ball over the keeper. This should have given us the desire to push on and get a grip of the game but we failed to do this and allowed Otford too much time and space in the centre of the park and were nearly punished when a good shot struck our post after the forward was allowed time to turn and shoot. In recent games we have looked comfortable at the back with whatever combination has been played but today we looked uncomfortable. James Howard in goal had little to do but only last ditch tackles from man of the match James Cross and Mike Hodges sweeping kept Otford at bay. Otford also went close from a corner when Clay Shields had a free header that just cleared the bar. The marking was simply not good enough.
A good move down the left and a superb low cross from Titch saw Craig Mannering put the ball over the bar from inside the 6 yard box. Manners, Tom Welham and Lee Milton all got in good shooting positions but all failed to work the keeper. This is our biggest downfall of not working the keeper and taking our chances putting pressure on ourselves.
1-0 at half time was never going to be enough and sharp words were said at half time as we needed to take hold the midfield and get an early goal that I thought would see us go on to win the game. Craig Mannering was replaced with Ashley Webster after a clash of heads in the first half. We continued to play with no real quality and kept giving possession away cheaply but our work rate was excellent but as I have been saying all season if you keep giving the ball away it makes it hard work to get it back.
Fitz was working hard down the right, and Rob Greenfield did likewise down the left. Paul Barron who could not get into the game was replaced with Ken Hallett and Tad for Rob Clark to give us more pace down the left. Ashley went close with header and Kenny put a shot over the bar form about 8 yards. Otford had a good 15 minute spell having a lot of possession as we tired and they scored with 5 minutes to go with a good shot from outside the box giving James no chance. Pre match instructions have always been to keep our discipline but we lost it near the end with one player arguing with the referee and rightly receiving a yellow card and one player having a personal issue with the Otford striker and needlessly gave away a free kick putting us under more pressure. But we survived and in the final minute we broke quickly and Titch out on the left delivered another good cross that was bundled over the line by Rob Clark. Summing up a 2–1 win and 3 points when you don’t play well is all that matters some people were saying but we cannot afford another poor day in our next 5 games or we will not achieve our goal. I think today lady luck was with us unlike last week when we played well and lost.
Next game is home to New Romney on Wednesday evening.
Saturday 16 April 2011
Ruckinge United 3 Bromley Green Thirds 3
By Dave Homewood
This see-saw affair summed up our season really – quite abysmal for half an hour, incredibly exciting to watch when coming back from 2-0 down and scoring some great goals, and ultimately paying for basic errors.
What on earth we were thinking of during most of the first half when chances went begging and players were arguing like schoolkids in a playground, I simply cannot comprehend. I found some of our behaviour, plus an inability to take a throw-in despite practising them on Tuesday night, deeply embarrassing.
But, we have to keep working on these areas and some sharp words at half time and a change of line-up worked and after Ship (2) and Aaron had put us 3-2 in front, I fully expected us to move on and record a comfortable victory. As it was, we should have had at least one penalty when the referee did not spot handball on the line [Ship claims to ball was over the line anyway and it should have been a goal] plus we squandered good openings. Invariably, missed chances come back to haunt and, sure enough, right at the death, United scrambled their equaliser.
Green: T Moon; M Dalby, J Hurst, M Dryland, T Calveley, E Stanley, S Ahmetaj, E Awuni, C Pearson, K Hawkins, A Neil. Subs not used A Jeffery, M Jarvis, A Possee
This week we are at Lydd Town on Thursday night for our last league match so let’s try and have everybody available so we finish the season as we started – a squad. We need to leave our ground at 5.15pm please.
I offer my personal congratulations to the Sunday Reserves players and management for their cup triumph over Market on Sunday afternoon. Our lads [Aaron, Tom, Ship, Mani, Martyn] all played their part and earned what I am sure will prove to be the first of many winners medals in a Green shirt.
Sunday 17 April 2011
Bromley Green 3 Brewmaster 2
By Steve Mailey
We welcomed Brewmaster to Waterside on Sunday for the Bodkin Cup semi final, a repeat of the final from last year. Following on from the success of last week when we won the Premier League cup, I urged the lads to put that to the back of our minds and focus on the challenge in front of us.
Brews are not having a great league campaign of late, yet we were well aware of their strengths and the threat they posed. As for us, losing two influential midfield players and a defender was a concern, but not a disaster, as the strength of our own squad became apparent. Within minutes of the match starting I could sense we were not quite on it, some of us were still up in the clouds from last week. Although it was disappointing to see, I have to say it is sometimes expected. We found ourselves making lazy decisions, being second to too many balls and the level of chat was virtually non existent.
The outcome of this poor start was finding us on the back foot, something we tend to fall victim of from time to time. The dip in quality brought with it the need to berate every single decision and question everything a team mate did! Poor communication at the back allowed Brews a free run at goal, which was dispatched well to put us behind. We continued being second best in too many areas and we were sitting off of our opponents – an invite they gladly accepted as well further behind with another well taken goal. The half did have its moments though, and we were close to scoring ourselves on a couple of occasions, yet went in 0-2 at the break.
At the interval I questioned our motivation. I failed to understand why we were going through the motions rather than busting a gut to reach another final. A couple of positional changes were made and I stated we need to use our shape better and talk more, a lot more.
The second half began much better. We were stronger and hungrier and quickly began to dominate the ball. Our chat improved ten fold and suddenly we were pinning Brews back. The efforts were rewarded when Steve Harris unleashed a fine effort from 20 yds to bring us back in to the tie. We were now looking sharp and hunting down the opposition, forcing mistakes. Matt Collins pounced on indecision inside the area to force home the equaliser. With Brews now feeling the pace of the game and struggling to catch a breather, we looked the more likely side to progress. Gary Lockyer [pictured above left] then popped up with another superb finish to continue his fine form of recent weeks.
A couple more chances came and went, the game ended 3-2 and we booked a place in the Bodkin Cup final. Apart from the very disappointing start, I will praise our lads for listening, reacting and ultimately producing a fine comeback. That spirit and belief will always give us a chance in any game.
Top displays today include Matt Collins, who seems happy to cover every blade of grass, and Matt Hadlum continued his steady return! L Milton worked very hard and Lockyer continues to do his talking on the pitch and Ryan Smith put in a top quality second half show – which makes up for the iffy first half! Man of the match was skipper Mackett, stepped up to the challenge, captained us well and drove us on. Next up we have a league game on Wednesday against Bliby followed by another semi clash with Brewmaster, this time in the Ashford Charity Trophy.
C Smith / P Law (R Greenfield) / M Hadlum / P Allan / R Smith / Marc Collins / L Milton / G Mackett / G Lockyer / S Harris / Matt Collins. Not Used: D Valler.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Ian and his lads on winning the Sheber Cup in the afternoon. It was a solid display, worthy winners and some impressive individual showings. A fine reward for all involved following a testing campaign.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
New Romney Res 0 Bromley Green Res 2
By Trevor Strand
We started looking a bit tense with passes either going astray or overhit and our hosts were the better side for the first 15 minutes but once we settled with the midfield 3 of Tom Welham, Paul Barron and skipper Lee Milton got to grips with the game and Ashley Webster and Ryan Strand looked sharp up front with good movement. Matt Hadlum, James Cross and Liam Smith looked solid and Ryan Fitzgerald and Jason Thomas working hard down the wings we improved but still no real quality in the final third. But having said that Romney never really troubled and James Howard in goal had little to do.
Goalless at half time the words were simple string some passes together, keep possession and play the simple ball and up the tempo. Jason Thomas was replaced with Tad Greenfield and this improved us immensely with Tad outstanding down the left. We looked a different team passing the ball well and we went close on several occasions through Ashley, Titch and Barron. The defence was sound with Liam looking very calm on the ball with his distribution finding the target we were well on top but Romney always looked dangerous on the break.
With 25 minutes to go we took a gamble and went 3 up front with Kenny Hallett replacing Fitz and it paid off when we took the lead from Titch’s corner that was met with a good header from Paul Barron. 10 minutes to go we increased our lead through Ashley with a well taken goal.
Romney had a few corners at the end and one with Tad heading the ball off the line to keep another clean sheet for James.
So a good 2 nil win that keeps us at the top of the league but there is still 6 more games to go but it is in our hands to complete the job. Next up is Otford Reserves at home on Saturday. Thanks to the supporters who travelled it is appreciated. Thanks to Terry Perk and Kevan Strand for their help before and after the game.
Green: James Howard, Matt Hadlum, James Cross, Liam Smith, Jason Thomas, Ryan Fitzgerald, Paul Barron, Lee Milton, Tom Welham, Ryan Strand, Ashley Webster. Subs: Craig Mannering, Ken Hallett, Rob Greenfield all used. Terry Perk (unused).
Sunday 10 April 2011
Bromley Green Res 3 Queens Head Rangers 2
By Ian Mace
I do not want to go through this again! We knew that this would be a tough game but we made hard work of this one. The Green came out very nervously and found it hard to string passes together but to be fair to Queens Head Rangers they kept this game alive all through the ninety minutes, and within 30 minutes in the Green had missed a penalty and the opposition were down to 10 men.
The Green were starting to get on top when Tom Poyner opened the scoring to make it 1-0 to the Green then Ryan Fitzgerald stroked the ball into the back of their net to make it 2-0 and we thought we would then start to get further on top. But again we sat back thinking the game was settled; how wrong we was as Queens Head Rangers took advantage of this and soon put themselves back into the game by scoring 2 good goals making it 2-2. But all credit to the Green as they pushed on again for their defender to pull down Kenny Hallett in the box giving away a penalty. Up steps Tommy Lockett to take the penalty and blast it into the corner giving their keeper no chance and making it 3-2 to the Green and into the final. Man of the match was given to Tommy Lockett. Well done lads for getting into the final, sometimes it’s about the result and we got it and you deserve it. So hopefully we can put on a better display in the final and bring the Sheber Cup back to Waterside. An early reminder that shirt and club ties are to be worn on Sunday boys please.
Squad: T. Moon, T. Lockett, T. Perk, S. Ahmetaj, J. Thomas, T. Poyner, A. Neil, R. Fitzgerald, A. Webster, K. Hallett. Subs: E. Awuni, L. Bloxham, M. Dalby no subs played.
Man of the match goes to Tommy Lockett. Goalscorers Tom Poyner, Ryan Fitzgerald, Tommy Lockett (pen).
Sunday 10 April 2011
Bromley Green 1 Bliby 0
By Steve Mailey
At a sun bathed Homelands on Sunday afternoon our Bromley Green lads got their hands on the Premier Division league cup for the first time in 5 years. It is a fantastic feeling to be able to witness this squad deliver a trophy following a fairly barren spell for the club and especially after coming so close last season on so many fronts.
I said to the boys before the game that a victory could be the springboard from which the whole club can push on over the manic weeks ahead. With the first major silverware secured, the desire and drive for our selves and other sides within the club may well replace the nerves and anxiety and may even reduce the pressure on young shoulders.
Played in front of a fair sized crowd, we were well supported and I thank all those who came along. It was especially good to see our own Ryan Holloway there and we all look forward to seeing him back at the ground soon.
We set up with a 451 system as we looked to avoid an early set back. In truth, our set up actually meant Bliby had more of the ball and more time to use it, yet with the exception of one effort, we dealt with everything that came our way. It’s fair to say some of our play was wasteful in the opening half, and some of our boys seemed to be rushing passes and making panic decisions, so we failed to hang on to the ball for very long. That made for a pretty uneventful game for the supporter but our plan was always to drain the energy levels from our opponents. A couple of minor alterations after half an hour and again at HT saw us offer a different threat.
Having reached the break at 0-0 without playing too well we could sense we were taking control of the key areas. Although very demanding in the heat, our lads maintained an impressive work rate as Bliby were becoming very tired. We made a change up front as Gary Lockyer entered the game to replace a very tired Steve Harris. It was very hard on Gary to have to start from the bench having contributed well in recent games – a topic that was covered considerably during the remainder of the day – but Steve got the nod in one of many tough decisions. Lee Milton and Pat Law were also clearly disappointed at missing out – Pat, along with Liam Smith and Danny Valler, never even got to come on. No words of comfort will ease their frustrations, but their attitude and response was truly appreciated. As for Gary, I simply said to him ‘do you want to go on and prove me wrong again?’ Well wrong or right is a matter of opinion, the fact is Gary popped up to slot home a fine effort following a decent passage of play as he continues a knack of scoring crucial goals in big games. We have a lot of football still to play and everyone will see plenty of action.
Now in total control, we used the ball well and were forcing many errors as well as inviting to odd rash challenge. The experience of Milton, on for the closing 15 to replace a shattered Matt Collins, shored up our midfield as we sought to snuff out any late threat from Bliby. The final few minutes were tense as the time added on amounted to 8 minutes – no one really knew why that was – but we remained calm and patient and greeted the final whistle with jubilant celebrations. Amid vocal support from the Green army, skipper Mackett raised the cup to mark an anticipated return to winning ways for the Green.
Top displays – well they all did their bit. The efforts from our front lads was impressive, the ground covered in midfield can not go unmentioned, so much work to halt the opposition in soaring heat, it was immense! Our rear guard look strong and solid throughout. The official man of the match was awarded to our own Rocky. It was a fine display, showing his usual array of strength and energy. I accept Rocky had a great game, but I’m going to annoy him and present my man of the match to someone else (sorry Rockster!) Defensively, I felt Ryan Smith was assured all game and Tom Head never put a foot wrong, again. Yet I will pick out Matt Hadlum for MOM – he worked very hard, continually halted their threat, and possibly put in his best game in a green shirt that I have seen.
So well done lads, you deserve it! Enjoy the moment and look forward, we hope, to many more outings such as this. The large turn out back at our Waterside base suggests there is a hunger for more of this – and you never know, our latest anthem, ‘Absolutely’, which was sung many times, just might catch on! Unfortunately, we need to get our focus back pretty quick as the huge games just keep coming.
My thanks go to the squad for their efforts in both reaching and winning the cup. A special thank you also to Dave, Maxine and Tony for your help throughout the day, it helped prepare the lads well and I appreciate it.
C Smith / M Hadlum / R Smith / P Allan / T Head / Marc Collins / Linton Hayles / G Mackett / Matt Collins (L Milton) / D Barham / S Harris (G Lockyer)
Not used – P Law / D Valler / L Smith
Saturday 9 April 2011
Bromley Green Res 1 Canterbury City Res 2
By Trevor Strand
As expected this was a close run game with both teams trying to play good football on a hard bumpy pitch and with sides at the top of the league it was a massive game.
The Green started brightly playing our 3 – 5 – 2 formation had a couple of early attacks that came to nothing. City were also quick in their passing and looked dangerous on the break but again not really threatening our back 3 of Mick Doyle , Mike Hodges and Kev Quinn.
A good move down the left sent Ryan Fitzgerald down the wing to pull a good ball back for the incoming Tom Welham whose shot went wide of the target when he should have at least worked the keeper. City also caught us on the break and squandered a good chance. 0-0 at half time and against the breeze we needed to up our game and keep it tight at the back keep possession and match the work rate.
7 minutes into the half Fitz burst clear of the defenders and cut in the area to score with a low shot into the far corner an excellent finish. City came back into the game and a long shot bought a good save from James Howard. We had long spells of possession and created a few half chances but could not get that vital second goal to kill the game off. We worked hard to close down but City kept passing the ball with good effect and at times looked dangerous but the defence and midfield were holding out well. Craig Mannering who again put in good shift but did not get a real chance was replaced with Ken Hallet, Andy Davies for Ash Webster who played well and Kev Quinn with Adam Mercer. This made us look a bit more solid and with more energy I thought we would hold out. How wrong I was.
Looking at my watch it was 92 minutes and 1 nil up – on 93 minutes we were 1 – 2 down and City took the points. The equaliser came from a long throw which we should have dealt with but a goalmouth scramble was unusually spilled by James and City scored from close in. From the kick off we passed the ball straight to City who went on to score with shot into the top corner.
We defend well and work hard but do not score enough goals from the chances we create.
We now need to pick ourselves up for the trip to New Romney on Wednesday night and with additions to the squad I am confident we can bounce back.
Green: James Howard, Mike Hodges, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Lee Milton, Craig Mannering, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jason Thomas, Ashley Webster, Mick Doyle. Subs: Ken Hallett, Adam Mercer, Andy Davies
Saturday 9 April 2011
Bromley Green Thirds 2 Lydd Town Reserves 1
By Dave Homewood
Isn’t it just typical of the lads to inflict a first defeat of the season upon our visitors who are running away with the league title! We came into this fixture needing two points to secure the runners-up spot and in all honesty were looking at next week’s game with Ruckinge to settle the issue. However, not for the first time in their initial season, the boys pulled something out of the bag with Jamie Hurst snatching the winner with just a few minutes remaining. Glaring misses at both ends meant no early goals but Tom Morgans made the Green pay for non-marking as he put the Lydders in front. Shortly afterwards the hard working Kieran Hawkins showed why he is so highly rated with a deft lob to equalize at 1-1 before the break. It is worth mentioning the performances in this opening period of Matt Jarvis, returning to action after three months out, Peter Missing who had to change position in the interests of the team, and our play-anywhere man James Sloan.
We have a number of injured lads at present but those who came in took their chance and once again the value of a large and united squad was evident. Terrific displays by Aaron, Martyn and Mani kept us active throughout and a back header by Ship set up Munch to tap home and start the celebrations. Man of the match for the Lydders was Wayne Beaney while for the Green Aaron gets the nod but the sheer determination of Peter and Dalby, who both wore their shirt with pride and refused to be beaten, was admirable.
Full marks to our old rivals from Lydd who stayed for a beer and thanks to Alison for the food. Two games remaining and second spot secured. It does not sound much but in context those people that matter know what a fantastic achievement this is … well done boys!
We will have training on Tuesday as normal at 6pm and look forward to next Saturday when we make the short trip to Sandyacres to play Ruckinge.
Green: T Moon; P Missing, M Dalby, J Hurst, J Sloan; E Stanley, S Ahmetaj, E Awuni, M Jarvis; A Neil, K Hawkins. Subs: M Dryland, T Calveley. Not used C Pearson and A Possee [both injured].
Stour Valley 1 Bromley Green Reserves 4
By Ian Mace
Well done men for getting through to the semis on Sunday but the job is not done yet, this Sunday we face Queens Head Rangers in the semi final of the Sheber Cup at home and even though they play in Division 4 we must be at the top of our game. We can’t expect to just turn up and win we have to work hard and do what we do best play football, as we found out last Sunday against Stour Valley they raised their game and never gave up and went in front in the first 10 mins with an og from Ricky Milton. But the Green were too strong for the opposition and Kenny Hallett equalised then Ashley Webster scored to make it 2-1 to the Green then just before half time a left footed volley on the edge of the penalty area from Terry Perk flew into the back of the net giving their keeper no chance to make it 3-1. Second half was more comfortable creating more chances but could only score 1 more with Ashley Webster’s second to make it 4-1 at full time. All credit to Stour Valley they kept going all thru the game. Man of the match was given to Jason Thomas but again the message to our men is that we must not take our game against Queens Head Rangers for granted we must be patient and show that Bromley Green attitude keep encouraging each other and show that never give up approach. Come on lads I know you can do it.
Squad for the semi final: T,Moon, E,Awuni, T,Lockett, R,Hagger, T,Perk, S,Ahmetaj, L,Bloxham, K,Hallett, A,Webster, T,Poyner, J,Thomas, A,Neil, R,Fitzgerald, M,Dalby, R,Milton
Bromley Green 4 Staplehurst 0
By Dave Smith
A very impressive display in front of a good crowd last night saw us regain second spot in the league and move ahead of our visitors Staplehurst. This was one of our best displays of the season and showed how we are growing as a side, our passing and movement was excellent and our football was very pleasing to watch. This now extends our unbeaten run to 16 games but our job is far from done with 11 league games to go and a simple objective win them all and gain the main prize.
We started the game against a fairly strong wind and Staplehurst to their credit were trying to play football in the right way, but after the early minutes our game was clicking into place and we took control of the match. Some flowing attacks saw us go close on several occasions, our front 3 of Dan Cornell, Paul Burt and Steve Ward were posing the visiting defence with many problems as their movement and link up play was excellent. But we were unable to break through and reached half time level at 0-0.
I stressed at half time the need to keep the tempo high as I was sure we would get our rewards. This we did to perfection, the second half saw us in control again but this time with the goals to match our play. First Burt and Ward combined to see Cornell wrong foot the defender and fire home. Next came the contender for goal of the season as Rocky Hayles fired home a 45 yard volley that left the keeper wishing he was at home. Instead of thinking job done we continued to force the game, substitute Steve Harris first set up Steve Ward for his first goal for the club and then repeated the hard work by setting up Cornell for his second of the night to finish the scoring.
So a good night and a good performance again all players showed their worth as again all contributed. The back 5 of keeper Craig Smith, Ryan Smith, Buster Beaney, Mick Doyle and Tom Head never put a foot wrong and started many attacks with good distribution of the ball, the midfield of Dan Barham, Glenn Mackett and Rocky Hayles bossed the game and drove us on and the forwards, Dan Cornell, Steve Ward and Paul Burt were just too good for the visiting defence. Subs Steve Harris, Ryan Norman and Adam Mercer all came on and added to our whole performance, by slotting into their roles and showing the continuity that we have. A word for Marc Collins who was our 15th man, he was upset as I would expect but showed the right attitude and cheered the team all the way as he knows there is still a awful lot of football to play this season and without being able to use a squad will end up with nothing.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, R.Hayles. G.Mackett, D.Barham, S.Ward, D.Cornell, P.Burt. Subs: S.Harris (P.Burt), A.Mercer (B.Beaney), R.Norman (S.Ward), Marc Collins not used.
Mom: Dan Barham, excellent game dominated the midfield.
Next game is Tuesday 12th April against Premier at home.
By Dave Smith
A hard earned victory on Saturday saw us book our place in the prestigious Weald of Kent cup final, to be played at Tenterden on Good Friday 22 April. New Romney to their credit played well during the game and we had to dig deep to secure our victory. With two finals now secured all our efforts must now go back to the league, with lots of games to go we will have to give everything to push on to secure our main goal of promotion.
New Romney started the game well and made it difficult to play as they packed the midfield and closed us down well, we were struggling to get any real hold on the game but our defence held firm and restricted our visitors to only half chances. As the half wore on we came more into the game, we gradually got our passing game going and started to threaten the New Romney goal but we were unable to gain the break through and reached half time level at 0-0.
We talked at half time about raising the tempo and moving the ball around quicker. This we did very well in the early stages of the second half, Buster Beaney hit a post with a 30 yard screamer and Paul Burt did likewise from the edge of the box. We were now in control and finally got the breakthrough in the 60th minute when the ball found defender Micky Doyle in the box and his back heel left the visiting keeper unable to keep the ball out. We added fresh legs and more pace into the side when Steve Ward and Dan Cornell came off the bench and the pair combined superbly within minutes and Dan slotted home our second from Steve’s pin point cross. We created several more chances but two was enough and in the end ran out deserved winners.
So a good win not at our best but at this stage of the season it is all about winning games and it is the mark of a good side, that we can grind out wins and get the results without being as fluid as would like to be. Again today it showed the importance of having a quality squad as once more all 14 players played a role in the victory.
Team: C. Smith, B. Beaney, M. Doyle, R. Smith, T. Head, L. Hayles, G. Mackett, D. Barham, Marc Collins, S. Harris, P. Burt. Subs: S. Ward (D. Barham), D. Cornell (S. Harris), A. Mercer (B. Beaney). MoM: T. Head another classy all round performance.
Saturday 2 April 2011
Staplehurst & Monarchs Res 0 Bromley Green Res 2
By Trevor Strand
Not a great start with two late drop outs and one player late for the meet but we could still name two subs and field a strong side.
Kicking against the breeze we started well playing some good passing football with Skipper Lee Milton and Paul Barron finding their range of passes bringing the wide men into play. Paul’s superb passing between centre back and full back found Jason Thomas on several occasions but we could not get on the end Jason’s crosses. Rob Greenfield on the left made some good runs forward and looked dangerous but was mostly doing a superb defensive job which was the opposite to Jason who gave his marker a torrid time all afternoon.
All Staplehurst had to offer was the long ball which was dealt with well by Matt Hadlum, Mike Hodges and James Cross leaving James Howard in goal very little to do. Tom Welham working hard in midfield and Ryan Fitzgerald and Craig Mannering up front we created a few half chances but could not penetrate the tall back four defenders. Half time 0-0 and in control but not in front the instructions were when out wide deliver the ball low across the face of the goal instead of high crosses which bought no reward. Up our work rate 10% and we will win the game.
But as in our usual trend the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period we are vulnerable and this was the case as we started sloppy and a long range shot bought the best out of James tipping the ball over the bar. Thankfully this was the only shot James had to deal with and the back 3 were superb all game. Tom Welham covering every blade of grass and some more, Tad working superbly down the left, and Fitz’s pace was a constant threat we were well on top but with no end product.
15 minutes into the 2nd half a good move down the left and a low cross form Welham fell to Manners who buried the ball in the back of the net. Just reward for our football but still not enough with our hosts looking dangerous from corners with their height in the box. But the high balls were defended well with Hadlum and Crossy winning headers and James handling assured.
Ash Webster replaced Manners and looked dangerous with his movement causing problems. Tad was replaced with Rob Clark and his pace down the left gave us options. A couple of chances came from low crosses that really should have been put away but we don’t do things easy and left it late to secure the points. With 2 minutes to go again a good low cross left Ash to score from close in to make it safe.
Summing up it was a good solid performance with players now listening to instructions and not doing “their own thing”. The midfield 3 were excellent, as were the back 3. Jason had his best game so far and his fitness levels allow him to defend and attack (he still does the spinning classes – take note guys if you want to get fitter). So with results going our way we are now top of the league but there are still 8 games to go – every one a massive game and we must not do a “Larkfield” or we will end up with nothing.
This week could prove how good a squad we are with Rob Clark, James Cross, Terry Perk, Tad Greenfield, Ryan Strand, Kevan Strand, and Matt Hadlum all missing for various reasons. Squad to be named in preview later in week.
Thanks to all the supporters who travelled and Kevan Strand for their help on the day. It is appreciated by myself, Andy and the team.
Team: James Howard, Matt Hadlum, Mike Hodges, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Lee Milton, Craig Mannering, Ryan Fitzgerald, James Cross, Rob Greenfield. Subs: Rob Clark, Ashley Webster both used.
We will not train this week as a few are carrying minor injuries and some have work commitments.
Saturday 2 April 2011
Bromley Green Thirds 1 Deportivo 1
By Dave Homewood
Another frustrating display ended with us sharing the points with Deportivo when we really wanted to secure second spot with a victory at home. We are making basic errors at present but everyone is trying their best and we will have to work on other things during training over the coming months.
In fairness, a draw was about right. What I don’t understand is why players can’t follow simple instructions. If I say I don’t want the ball constantly booted down the middle in the air for a centre back to gobble up, that is exactly what I mean. We do have several lads with back problems at the moment and the injury to Ship, who was our scorer today, midway through the second half did not help. However, we are trying out different things all the time as we near the end of what was always planned as a season for experiment and the development of players. Kieran came on to play a midfield role and did very well but admits he needs to get fitter. That goes for a number of the lads and I will be asking the coaches when they have more time at the end of the season to work on sharpness [of thought and action].
A mention is worthy for the referee today, Andy Worthington, who applied commonsense throughout and kept the game flowing. For us, Dalby impressed with his determination and Emmanuel showed his skills although still occasionally hanging onto the ball too long.
Training on Tuesday: Dave Andrews and myself will be there at 5.30pm and there are individual things we intend to work on. Those who need to pay money, please bring it and those who have ‘attitude’, leave it at home! Training for the group will start at 6pm sharp for one hour. It would then be good to watch the end of the first team league game and give them some support.
Thanks to Maxine and Alvin for providing food.
Sunday 3 April 2011
Bromley Green 4 Kennington 2
By Steve Mailey
We returned to league action against the youngsters from Kennington. Mindful of their strengths, I asked for concentration from the off in an attempt to avoid another frustrating morning against them. The opening few minutes saw the visitors enjoy plenty of pressure and they showed confidence on the ball. Clearly, their tactic was to apply pressure at every opportunity, especially on our central pairings. Once we had settled a little, we began passing the ball around well and were able to dictate things more.
The opening goal came from a passing move finished off by Matt Collins following a fine lay off from Lockyer. Kennington responded well and soon after were in our area just long enough to be awarded a penalty – in fairness, the Kennington boys never appealed – the referee was the only person who seemed to think it was. So we were level and feeling a little aggrieved.
Our response was very pleasing. We switched on and got straight back to our pass and move game. From this moment, I feel we took control. Some wonderful football, intelligent passing and good support play meant the visitors were now having to chase a lot and were finding it tough. Our efforts were rewarded courtesy of two fine strikes by Lockyer – a precise free kick and a deft finish following a good move – which gave us a commanding position in the game. A fourth was added as Matt Collins got his second, sending us in at the interval with our tails up.
I asked at the break to keep up the tempo and to ensure Kennington were made to chase the ball. With the temperature rising slowly, and evidence of tough games the previous day for many, the pace of the game dropped. The majority of the half saw us remain comfortable without being over dominant. If I’m really honest, it was fairly dull!
The only negative was the number of silly free kicks we gave away around our area. One led to Kennington scoring their second. If we do that too often against certain sides we are due to face shortly, we may get punished with greater consequences. Kennington continued working hard, although we never looked like rolling over. Up the other end, we managed to scrape the post and waste several good chances.
So in all, I was pleased with the efforts. The impressive spell in the first half gave us the breathing space to cope with the drop in intensity of the second. Top displays included a solid rear guard, a midfield of power and brain and impressive contributions from wide and attack. L Hayles and D Barham in particular stood out following clear attempts to apply pressure (fairly!) to their game. Matt Collins and Lockyer also had pleasing games. Man of the match will again go to Dan Barham, his usual strength was matched by a fine range of pin point passes all over the park. My congratulations again to Lee Milton for marking his 600th senior appearance for Bromley Green, captaining the side in the process, as Mackett gave up the armband for the day, a terrific achievement to round off a great weekend for the Green.
Next up we have a date with Bliby at Homelands in the Premier Cup Final – details on this will follow! That will be followed by two more semi finals and a mid week league game squeezed in between them – and that’s just for Sundays! It’s about to get busy.
C Smith / M Hadlum / R Smith / P Allan (Mackett) / T Head / Marc Collins (Law) / L Milton / D Barham / L Hayles / Matt Collins / G Lockyer (Harris)
Not used: L Smith / R Greenfield
Saturday 26 March 2011
Kennington Reserves 0 Bromley Green Reserves 2
By Trevor Strand
As I expected, this local derby was a close game and played in the right spirit by two teams trying to play football on a bumpy Sandyacres pitch. The plan was to go 3 – 5 – 2 with Mike Hodges marking Steve Rice man to man and the midfield 3 of Tom Welham, Lee Milton, and Paul Barron pressuring the ball to cut off the supply to Ricey. As I thought if we keep Ricey out of the game we would have a great chance of winning this game. This worked very well as Hodgie had a superb game and the midfield 3 out battled the Kennington youngsters. Playing down the slope in the first half a good move between Rob Greenfield and Ryan Strand ended with a good cross being turned in by Ryan Fitzgerald. All credit to Fitz who had the bottle to shoot with his weaker left foot which went through Will Colthup’s legs to give us the lead. Some strange decisions by the over fussy referee where minimal contact was a free kick spoilt the game for both teams trying to play football.
A few half chances were created with Craig Mannering and Titch going close and Tad having a good game down the left looking dangerous. The Kennington youngsters were quick on the break and played some neat football and hit the post early on but apart from that attack never really troubled James Cross who won every header and with Matt Hadlum solid James Howard in goal had little to do.
One-nil at half time the instructions were to mark tight but not too close or any contact would get a free kick and put us under pressure, keep possession and release the ball early for Titch’s runs between the centre backs. One criticism was we wanted too many touches and were getting caught in possession when the ball should have been released.
Second half us with more possession and good move down the right saw Titch cross for Craig Mannering to shoot from 6 yards with the keeper making a superb save. And Matt Hadlum went close with two headers from corners. I thought here we go again another Larkfield was on the cards.
Tad who had a niggling injury was replaced with Rob Clark who added extra pace down the left and Fitz was replaced with Jason Thomas who again with fresh legs down the right was a threat. Paul Barron who was having a good game was booked for a high tackle when both players went for the ball with Paul winning the ball and getting fouled himself. Again another strange decision.
With 20 minutes remaining a Ryan Strand corner was headed home at the far post by the unmarked Tom Welham. Now 2 nil up I decided to tighten up the defence replacing Manners who again put in good shift with Kev Quinn. The home side came at us and had their best spell going close a couple of times forcing James to make two excellent saves and Quinney made a superb clearance when it looked like the ball was going in. 2 nil at the final whistle and full credit to Alan Durrants team who will only get better if they stick together.
Summing up a clean sheet with the defence looking good and Hodgie outstanding in his battle with Ricey. Barron, Milts and Tom working non stop and the wide men a constant threat. Manners again playing well with no luck in front of goal and Titch gave us a little bit extra that we have been missing.
Thanks to Terry Perk and Kevan Strand for their help on the day.
Team – James Howard, Matt Hadlum, Mike Hodges, Ryan Strand, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Lee Milton, Craig Mannering, Ryan Fitzgerald, James Cross, Rob Greenfield
Subs – Rob Clark, Jason Thomas, Kev Quinn all used. Terry Perk (unused)
We will not train this Tuesday as a few are carrying minor injuries and some have work commitments and with the glut of games coming up rest is as important as training.
Saturday 26 March 2011
Deportivo 2 Bromley Green Thirds 1
By Dave Homewood
This was a game that in all honesty we were not particularly up for. Sometimes in football one just has to be realistic and the boys knew that we had blown the cup dream with previous inept performances. That said, every game in a Green shirt matters of course and I thought that each player did their best against a side that out-muscled us throughout. In the space of a few weeks, we have gone from mudbaths to bouncy surfaces and our over-hitting of passes today was quite annoying after a while.
What we cannot do is to continue giving away goals through sloppiness and non-marking – it cost us dearly again today and the far post header for the home side’s second goal was to me just like watching a horror replay over and over again. There is little analysis needed and at half time I explained to the lads that managers are not fooled when ‘token’ challenges are made. Deportivo have some useful players and the harsh reality is that if you offer free headers in your own box then there is only going to be one outcome. So, along with making better use of set pieces, particularly free kicks that have no real plan other than a high lofted ball into the box which quite frankly is pointless, we will be concentrating on this during the next few weeks. Unfortunately, for valid reasons I accept, each training session has two or three players unable to attend and the same applies to this coming Tuesday. My point here is that if Aaron, Mani and Munch cannot make training due to other commitments, then it is almost impossible to plan coherently for various match situations.
There were bright moments in this game and for a twenty minute spell we looked the better side with pressure causing a home defender to head against his own crossbar and efforts by Peter Missing and Kieran Hawkins going close. Our goal was out of the top drawer and scorer Aaron Neil proved once again that he can be equally effective up top or midfield. However, we are brittle and that is largely down to age and inexperience – but not entirely as there are basics we can address that I keep banging on about [such as not continually taking our eye off the ball to look at opponents or indeed getting our bodies between opponent and ball].
My major worry is a number of chaps carrying injuries, while I was not too concerned about the result today – but I will be next week! We have yet another tussle with Deportivo but on this occasion, for the first time ever, they come to our ground. For their efforts over the campaign as a whole, the young Green boys deserve to get runners-up spot; so we are back to the must-win scenario. I mentioned the injuries and on this subject the lads must understand that the club has a responsibility for their welfare and I will not take undue risks however much players want to play. Today Andrew Possee had to come off and may need an operation his back, Chris Pearson was sub and again he has suffered from long-term back problems…and there are others that I have to monitor closely week by week.
In conclusion, I would like to say thanks to Fred for running the line and well done to those that have been substitutes or taken off in recent weeks … the much more mature attitude that is evident suggests that we are all starting to realise that it is not all about ‘me’ but about our squad. We will have our usual 14 for Saturday and our approach will again be as a unit – and this time I want us all up for it boys please!
Green: T Moon; M Dalby, J Hurst, M Dryland, A Possee; E Stanley, P Missing, S Ahmetaj, J Sloan; K Hawkins, A Neil. Subs: C Pearson, E Awuni, A Jeffery. Man of the match: this is a difficult one as Chris did well when he came on and James as usual played in a number of roles with no complaints. And Aaron’s goal was special. But Ship just edges it for battling and showing passion even though he admits he was not at his best. A mention also for referee Gary Griffin who showed commonsense throughout.
Sunday 27 March 2011
Red Heathens 0 Bromley Green 7
By Steve Mailey
Our second visit this term to Charing Heath for a cup commitment saw us book a place in the last four of the Bodkin Cup. The game was played in the right spirit, for which both clubs deserve credit, and in wonderful sunshine.
As the score line suggests, and the form book possibly expected, we had little to worry us throughout the match. That said, I was very pleased with our lads and the way they tackled the game. Their attitude was good and the effort I’d previously asked for was on show. We dictated the game and ensured only one outcome without ever disrespecting our hosts – something I hate.
That attitude and approach, when added to the quality available, meant all we had to do was simple straight forward football! Keep the ball, pass and move and express ourselves when coming forward. We did all this well as a team and got the desired result because of it.
Although having plenty of energy and prepared to chase us down, Heathens never really got a grip on the ball long enough to hurt us. Our defence were comfortable from the outset and our middle set controlled proceedings. The ground covered in attack meant Heathens were under near constant pressure. Skipper Mackett seemed hungry in particular, giving us the lead following a corner at the near post, then adding a second with a clever lob. Ryan Smith added number three with a well taken penalty and Lee Milton dispatched number four from similar range. It could easily have been more at the break, as Milton struck the bar and Mackett and Hadlum came very close.
At the interval I simply asked for more of the same. Our attitude remained pleasing, with the game clearly won, we continued to apply pressure. Heathens were now becoming very stretched and the rising temperature was simply adding to their woes.
Mackett claimed his hat trick following a determined tussle in the area before leaving the action. The introduction of Rocky and Harris is not something a side welcomes at 0-5, and their freshness told as gaps appeared everywhere for us to exploit. Although a little wasteful, which I accept is quite normal in games like this, we continued to put the effort in and, despite the Hosts clipping our post mid way through the half, we were able to complete a 7-0 victory as Harris notched a brace. The reward is a semi final against Brewmaster.
Top displays today – well no one put in a bad display really. Hadlum looked dangerous coming up from defence, Milton & Mackett impressed, Matt Collins got through his usual level of work. Man of the match will go to Dan Barham, providing the link well and very solid.
Next up we have a huge league clash with Kennington, which will be previewed later this week.
C Smith / M Hadlum / P Allan / R Smith / T Head / R Greenfield / L Milton (P Law) / D Barham / Marc Collins / G Mackett (L Hayles) / Matt Collins (S Harris)
Saturday 19 March 2011
Swale United 1 Bromley Green 3
By Dave Smith
Another solid all round team performance on Saturday saw us progress to the final of the Les Leckie Cup where we will play Saga Sports who done very well to beat Bredhurst Juniors in the other semi-final. A final we will all look forward to and a just reward for all the hard work the players have put in this season both on match days and training.
Without really being at our best we still showed enough quality to be deserved winners. Swale battled hard but we dealt with their physical approach well and maintained our discipline. We started the game on the back foot playing up the slope on the UK Paper site pitch, Swale opted to play a long ball game and used 3 attackers to try to break us down. The first 15 minutes were the most testing of the game for us but we remained solid and gradually got our passing game going.
We took the lead in the 25th minute when a quality Rocky Hayles corner was met by the charging Ryan Smith who buried the header into the net. We were now on top and built on our lead when Dan Cornell was bought down in the area and Paul Burt slotted home the penalty. We now were pressing the home side back and we looking for more goals, but we left ourselves short at the back and in the 40th minute Swale pulled a goal back when their forward burst through and finished well. So we reached half time 2-1 in the lead knowing we had to remain organised and disciplined in the second half.
Swale to their credit continued to try to force the game but our defence was coping fairly easily with all they had, we were a little bit wasteful with our passing and this kept the game open. But we eventually got our third goal when substitute Steve Ward who was excellent in the half hour he had set up Dan Cornell who finished superbly in the 75th minute. In truth we should have gone on and won by more goals but the object of the day was to get ourselves into the final and this was what we achieved. Some good individual performances and again as a team we are looking very strong and committed, we have plenty of games to play and having a strong squad is vital as we know we will pick up knocks and possibly suspensions.
It was also very pleasing to see good support at the game and thanks to all that made the effort.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, R.Hayles, G.Mackett, D.Barham, M.Collins, P.Burt, D.Cornell, B.Beaney. Subs: S.Ward (P.Burt) R.Norman (M.Collins) A.Mercer (B.Beaney)
Mom: R.Smith, a commanding display topped with a goal.
Saturday 19 March 2011
Bromley Green Res 1 v Larkfield & New Hythe Res 2
By Trevor Strand
Firstly I would like to thank all the players and supporters who observed the 1 minutes silence before the game – I know it was appreciated by Larkfield.
In all my years in football I don’t think I have been involved in a game quite like this one. Playing 3-5-2 formation which was so successful against APM last week the first half was dominated by the Green playing some decent passing football on a bumpy pitch with the very young Larkfield team never really troubling the defence of Matt Hadlum , Mike Hodges and James Cross and James Howard in goal virtually redundant.
The midfield 3 of Paul Barron, Lee Milton and Tom Welham used the ball well and gave good service to wide men Jason Thomas and Rob Clark. Up front Craig Mannering and Ryan Fitzgerald looked sharp. But with all the possession we created chance after chance which were either well saved by the young Larkfield keeper, or blasted high and wide of the target. We had a goal disallowed for offside and also struck the post. This was getting frustrating as easy chances were continually missed; corners and crosses were not clearing the first man or going behind the goal for a goal kick.
Eventually we took the lead on 35 minutes through a Paul Barron header but at only 1 nil at half time when it should have been at least seven Larkfield were still in the game. I know their manager very well and I knew he would get them fired up for the second half. The message from Andy and myself was to simply keep passing and moving the ball quickly, keep the work rate up and creating the chances and eventually we would increase our lead to go on to take the three points. How wrong we were. Our quality of decision making and passing deteriorated, we were panicking on the ball and the “bitching” started to creep in. This in turn inspired Larkfield who equalised after some sloppy defending. They took the lead after catching us on the break but the opportunity was there to clear the ball but this was not done and we were punished.
We did create a few half chances but again the target was not hit and the keeper not worked. Shooting technique needs working on – get head over the ball and strike through the ball this keeps the ball low and will not fly over the bar.
Full credit to Larkfield who ran their socks off in the second half to take the 3 points. Summing up we did play very well in the first half and created numerous chances but with no end product. Crossy and Hodgie again had fine games but as the game wore on elsewhere the quality was not there to win this game. Frustratingly we are still 4th but should now be 2nd and looking good for a title challenge. Texts to me have been saying we are still in it as other teams dropped points also, but that does not ring with me. If you can’t beat teams at the bottom of the table you don’t deserve to win the league we cannot rely on other teams doing us a favour.
This week we travel to Bearsted and changes will be made. Thanks to Trent for running the line and the supporters who watch us week in week out.
Team: James Howard, Matt Hadlum, Mike Hodges, Jason Thomas, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Lee Milton, Craig Mannering, Ryan Fitzgerald, James Cross, Rob Clark. Subs used: Terry Perk, Ashley Webster.
Saturday 19 March 2011
Bromley Green Thirds 7 Riverside Inn Reserves 3
By Dave Homewood
We returned to winning ways after a mini slump [no not you Mini] and apart from some dreadful defending towards the end that took the gloss off the scoreline, there were encouraging signs that we are running into some decent form. The Inn, who signed two players on before the game, were in with a shout until a purple patch that began with Aaron Neil bursting through and finishing well and saw us 3-0 ahead at the break.
A pleasing feature of the second half was the visibly more intelligent finishing in front of goal – at last it appears that the boys are responding to my continuous preaching that if you don’t smack the ball high into the clouds there is a much better chance of actually hitting the net. Indeed the goals were beautifully executed with good examples being Aaron turning and driving in for his second and Kieran completing a hat trick by picking his spot.
We were able to give good run-outs to the substitutes on the day [Peter, Andrew and Adam who was back from his broken hand] and the value of a strong squad was again evident as Chris Pearson and Mani were clearly not fully mobile as the game wore on and needed to rest.
For this coming week, I plan to keep Aaron in a more attacking role for the away cup game as in recent matches I think he and Ship have been crowding each other. Everyone played their part today and James Sloan once more showed his versatility by doing well at the back and pushing on when we altered things around. The squad will remain the same although I may alter the starting line-up in an attempt to counter Deportivo’s strengths.
So, our scorers on the day were Aaron Neil (2), Kieran Hawkins (3), Shqipron Ahmetaj and Ewan Stanley. Well done to all 14 as we needed to put some points on the board today and, aside from the bad goals we conceded towards the end, I think we can end the season on a high.
Green: T Moon; M Dalby (A Jeffery), M Dryland, J Hurst, J Sloan, E Stanley, E Awuni (P Missing), S Ahmetaj, C Pearson (A Possee), A Neil, K Hawkins
Sunday 20 March 2011
Churchill Royals 0 Bromley Green 7
By Steve Mailey
We arrived at The Ridge to face newcomers Churchill Royals with a slightly strained squad. Injury, previous arrangements and child care issues resulted in our large squad being used to full potential. Even so, we were able to put a strong outfit together. We spoke before the game about building on the efforts shown last week. Having our heads turned by thoughts of finals could easily derail our league campaign. Remaining on the tails of the leaders was our target, so three points were a must.
I sensed during the warm up that we were not properly focused, which was disappointing, and the opening few minutes saw us start slow and lacked any real sharpness. This is starting to become a little too regular. With ten minutes gone, the hosts had spurned two fairly good chances and were clearly upbeat. We then put together some quick pass and move play, which in turn invited a couple of heavy tackles. What followed, in my opinion, ended the game as a contest. A decision by the referee was contested by Churchill players vigorously, and resulted in two red cards being shown. There was only 15 minutes on the clock and it was now 9 versus 11!
Choosing my words carefully, I believe everyone involved knew what the outcome would now be. There was a strange atmosphere for the remainder of the match, one minute an injection of pace and power, the next a lethargic Sunday stroll. I accept it is difficult to play against 9 men – the numeric advantage is obviously good – yet those left on the pitch tend to mass behind the ball in a damage limitation exercise. This in turn meant we had huge possession, yet often wasted it or made poor choices.
We took the lead through Matt Collins at the near post and Ryan Smith added a second from the penalty spot to give us the lead at the break. I asked during the interval to be more decisive and to raise our concentration levels. In fairness, the second half became much easier yet we never really changed gear. Further strikes came from Rocky with an acrobatic effort from 16 yds, Lockyer, a fine turn and shot from the edge of the area, Matt Collins added his second on the line following good work from Lockyer, Greenfield drove home well from 20 yds and Liam Smith nodded home from close range. Three of the goals came in the closing minutes as Royals were clearly tiring, but I feel it’s fair to point out that some of the Churchill lads worked very hard chasing a near lost cause and showed an impressive desire.
So quite what we take from this I’m not sure. In terms of judging progress, there’s little to go on as the game pattern was decided so early. In terms of our aims – turn up, get the points, clean sheet and then home – we achieved it, so I can have little complaint. Stand out players today, well we had several who simply did enough without needing to over exert. The awkward choice of man of the match will go to Matt Collins – two goals rounding off an energetic display.
Next up is another crack at silverware as we travel to Charing Heath to face Red Heathens in the Bodkin Cup, a game that will be previewed later this week.
Green: C Smith / Marc Collins (D Barham) / R Smith / M Hadlum / T Head (L Smith) Matt Collins / R Greenfield / L Hayles / L Milton /G Mackett (S Harris) / G Lockyer
Saturday 12 March 2011
Sheerness East 0 Bromley Green 2
By Dave Smith
A solid performance on Saturday saw us progress to the semi-final of the Les Leckie Cup, where due to a fixture change we now travel to Sittingbourne next week to take on Swale.
Without really ever being at our best we still had enough about us to win the game 2-0, but credit goes to our hosts as they pushed us and made us work really hard for the victory. But it is a measure of the team that we stayed solid and took our chances when they came along.
In the first half we played up the slope which is always difficult, we found it difficult to get our passing game going on a firm bumpy surface. Sheerness should have taken the lead when in the 25th minute they were awarded a penalty when Ryan Smith was adjudged to have fouled the opposition forward in the box a generous call to say the least, but keeper Craig Smith guessed right and comfortably saved a poor penalty. Sheerness then enjoyed their best spell of the game without really creating too many chances.
We reached half time at 0-0 and with the slope in our favour we all knew we just needed to up our game a few percent and we would get the win we needed. We did start the second half with more control, we now had the measure of the pitch and we were playing some good football, but we had to wait until the 68th minute to take the lead when Marc Collins fired home a direct free kick form 25 yards.
This did fire Sheerness into a more attacking approach and they pinned us back in our half as they chased the equaliser but this also allowed us to hit them on the break and after creating and missing a couple of good chances to rap the game up, it was Dan Cornell who scored our second and sealed the win with a quality finish after good work from Marc Collins and Paul Burt.
So a hard earned win and very pleasing that we kept a clean sheet, I feel we have conceded some soft goals of late but our defending today was top quality and the whole team again deserve praise for the amount of hard work they put in.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, Marc Collins, A.Mercer, P.Burt, S.Harris, B.Beaney. Subs: D.Cornell (S.Harris), S.Ward (A.Mercer), D.Barham not used
Mom: Micky Doyle, solid all game, quality display
Saturday 12 March 2011
Bromley Green Reserves 4 APM Reserves 1
By Trevor Strand
Our first home game at the newly named Waterside ground against top of the table APM Reserves was our best performance of the campaign so far. In my preview I said we would need to put in the same performance as in the away game at APM where we drew 0–0. We did this and much more. As APM had only conceded 9 goals so far I decided to change our formation to a more attacking 3-5-2 to put the visitors under pressure from the off. The tactics were to get the ball forward quickly to our two strikers Craig Mannering and Ryan Fitzgerald the midfield three of Tom Welham, skipper Lee Milton and Paul Barron to get pressure on the ball early and let them know we are there. The two wide men Jason Thomas and Rob Greenfield to get to the area and deliver into the box.
We started as instructed and unsettled the APM midfield resulting in Fitz bursting through to put us 1 nil up after 10 minutes. Soon after Fitz went through again with just the keeper to beat but he made a good save to deny Fitz his second. We had 2 corners but instructions were not followed as I wanted someone to go in front of the keeper just as the ball is delivered. After a gentle reminder the next corner Fitz stepped in front and this put the keeper off and Tads corner went straight in. 2 nil up and playing some good passing football on a bumpy pitch and the back three of Kev Quinn, Matt Hadlum and Mike Hodges rarely troubled we were in control of the game. Jason had the beating of the full back every time and Tad working hard but more defensively was also having his best game for a while.
Just before half time Milts set up Manners and his finish into the far corner was quality.
3 nil up at half time and James Howard in goal not having a shot to deal with the message was simple – keep possession and the work rate up and the points are ours. I stressed that the first 10 minutes are vital as APM needed an early goal and would come at us and concentration is paramount. I must have been talking to myself as APM scored within 2 minutes of the start after we failed to close down and pressure the ball. It was a great strike giving James no chance. Another reminder – not so gentle this time – and we started to compete again but an over the top tackle on Matt Hadlum who was outstanding resulted in Matt having to be replaced with Rob Clark. A reshuffle to 4-4-2 saw Clarky go to left back and Tom Welham centre back alongside Hodgie. APM then applied the pressure but we defended superbly with Hodgie outstanding and James having to deal with a couple of long range shots but again having a quiet afternoon. With 15 minutes to go a good move down the right wing saw Jason beat his man for pace and deliver a low cross the near post to see Fitz get across the front of his maker and score his second and our fourth. This goal was very pleasing as we had worked on this in training on Tuesday. Fitz could have had his hat trick when again clean through lobbed the keeper but wide of the target. 10 minutes from time a tiring Craig Mannering whose hold up play was excellent was replaced with Kevan Strand going to a 4-5-1 with Kevan sitting in with Milts and Barron to see the time out to good victory. The game was well refereed by Mark Cole.
I would like to thank Trent Thomas for his help in the absence of Andy Williams who had to go to Wiltshire on a family emergency.
We played well and this was a sound victory but there is still a long way to go and we must not get complacent its only one win. Training will play a big part in the next few weeks and it’s already paying off with the quality of crosses that is being practised. Defensively I am happy as 1 goal in three games is good at any level. 4 goals against the top defence in the league is also an achievement and Fitz has found his position but must work in training on hold up play and timing his runs.
A fixture change this week sees us at home to Larkfield. See you at training Tuesday.
Team: James Howard, Kev Quinn, Matt Hadlum, Mike Hodges, Jason Thomas, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Rob Greenfield, Lee Milton, Craig Mannering, Ryan Fitzgerald. Subs: Rob Clark, Kevan Strand, Ryan Strand (unused)
Saturday 12 March 2011
Lydd United 2 Bromley Green Thirds 0
By Dave Homewood
An entertaining affair at The Rype where I thought we deserved a draw. United gained their revenge for an earlier defeat in Ashford with two second half goals. Shall we just say we are not getting the rub of the green at the moment – I will leave it at that. Next week we entertain Riverside Inn Reserves for a League game and let’s hope we can return to playing the kind of football we were earlier in the season. Green: T Moon; M Dalby, M Dryland, J Hurst, J Sloan, P Missing, E Stanley, S Ahmetaj, A Neil, C Pearson, K Hawkins. Subs: E Awuni, T Calveley, M Jarvis, A Possee
Sunday 13 March 2011
Bromley Green 4 Market Hotel 3 [Premier Division Cup semi final]
By Steve Mailey
I stated in my preview that anyone with any knowledge of Sunday football could expect a mouth-watering cup tie – what we got was a roller coaster cup clash that attracted an impressive 100+ crowd. Before kick off, I simply challenged our lads to question the underdog tag we had going in to this game and to send out a message that we are good enough to challenge our visitors on all fronts and all over the park! The passion was evident, the belief was there and the pre match approach was near perfect.
Unfortunately Market Hotel were equally keen to put their stamp on the game and they began the game much quicker, much sharper and closed us down at every opportunity. The opening moments saw us clearly second best and struggling to cope with the movement of the visitors. It was no surprise to anyone when we fell a goal behind following some pretty poor defending as Dan Cornell dispatched a fine effort beyond Craig. Cornell was causing too many problems and again made room for another effort, this time misjudged by Craig, and we were two down with less than a quarter of the game gone! I’ll say at this point that Craig’s reaction to his own error was top class – he doesn’t make many and he got straight on with it.
At this stage we were looking shell-shocked. The opening from Market had surprised us and we had been unable to cope. Those opening minutes were fairly dreadful from our point of view. It’s often said in football that the next goal is the important one – so when front man Steve Harris headed home in a quick response, the Green were back in it. The frantic pace continued and we were soon undone again, this time Jack Albin managed to get a shot away to extend Market’s lead again. Although it was a setback, we were now getting into the game more and it was our turn to start dictating things. Our rearguard had calmed things and we dealt with their advances much better. We added more pressure in central areas and were now looking more dangerous. It was Harris again who provided the lifeline, this time unleashing a terrific effort that left the keeper with no hope to make it 2-3. Just before the break, Harris overstretched and damaged his back, resulting in an early substitution, Gary Lockyer replacing him.
At the break, I said I felt we were now the better looking side and that we should feel confident about driving on and forcing Market onto the back foot. The players agreed and were confident we could do it. The second half was played at a similar pace to the first, although this time, we were the ones providing most of the pressure. Market’s early efforts had seen them begin to struggle when we had the ball and our fitness levels began to play a key role in the game. We had chances to level but couldn’t quite make them count. Mackett hit the bar, R Smith clipped a post, and keeper Noden gathered well when under pressure.
With the clock ticking away, a free kick from 20+ yards out was awarded, Gary Lockyer stepped up and dispatched a fine shot, wrong footing the keeper, and we were level. Inside the last few minutes and we were firmly on top. A pressing move forward saw the ball at the feet of Lockyer, who used his strength to find an angle and produce a thumping strike into the net to give us the lead with just 4 minutes remaining. The closing moments were frantic, but our lads held out and got the rewards they deserved. That reward is a place in the Premier Cup final against Bliby on 10 April at Homelands.
What pleased me most today, more than anything, was the way the lads coped at both 0-2 and again at 1-3. We never panicked; we stuck together and fought for each other. It was a real team effort that got us over the line following that poor start. Top displays today – well nobody for the first 20 minutes! Beyond that, I felt we had many good performances for differing reasons. Mackett put in a fine shift as skipper, Rocky and L Milton showed experience and drive and Harris had a big impact before his injury. The impact from the bench of Lockyer was obvious – we haven’t always seen eye to eye, so I was quick to congratulate him at the final whistle, making his point on the pitch is always the best way! Likewise, Matt Collins added pace and energy when he came on. Defensively, I felt P Allan, R Smith and T Head [pictured above] all put in very solid displays and used the ball well when under pressure, especially in the second half. Man of the match, and this is mighty close, will go to Ryan Smith – strong and got stronger.
Thanks today to the large support who cheered the lads on, to Tony for his help and Tommy Taylor likewise. Next up we return to league action – another must win game, away against Churchills.
Green: C Smith / A Mercer (P Law) / P Allan / R Smith / T Head / L Milton / L Hayles / D Barham / Marc Collins (Matt Collins) / G Mackett / S Harris (G Lockyer). Not used: R Greenfield / P Taylor.
Saturday 5 March 2011
Bromley Green 3 APM 2
By Dave Smith
A really hard fought game on Saturday saw us end APM’s unbeaten league record and in the process push us to within one point of topping the league.
I cannot praise the players enough, especially after a frustrating period of having so many games called off, all 14 players played their part and everyone’s attitude and commitment was excellent.
The game started with both sides struggling to deal with a drying rutted surface but it was the visitors who struck first when we were a little slow to react from a quick throw and their forward headed home easily. The tempo of the game quickened and we came back strongly, APM’s defence had a lot of experience and they were doing well to keep us at bay, but we were not to be denied and in the 25th minute Tom Head’s 30 yard free kick eluded everyone and ended up in the top corner. Level at 1-1 but not for long as the referee awarded a highly dubious penalty against us where he alone could only see what it was for, so back behind but again we reacted superbly but we could not level the scores before the half time break.
It was made clear at half time that we needed to keep the tempo high as I knew we would end up the fitter side, this was to be proven right and again the players take the credit for all the hard work they put in at training.
We levelled the game in the 55th minute when Steve Harris muscled his way into the area and fired a low shot into the corner. This again saw us up our game and we now enjoyed our best period of the game and in the 75th minute skipper Glenn Mackett reacted first and slotted home after a mistake from the keeper. APM to their credit came back at us hard but we were in no mood to give our lead away and in truth we could have added a fourth especially when Marc Collins 25 yard drive was superbly saved by the visiting keeper, but there was no more goals and we ended up with the win and 3 vital points.
Like I stated in my preview this game was always going to be about the squad of players all playing a part, keeper Craig Smith was assured all game, the back 4 of Adam Mercer, Ryan Smith, Mick Doyle and Tom Head, defended with great determination and gave us a platform to attack, the midfield diamond of Glenn Mackett, Rocky Hayles, Dan Barham and Buster Beaney gave everything and took control of the game and drove us forward, the front pair of Paul Burt and Steve Harris ran themselves into the ground and were a constant threat, the 3 substitutes Dan Cornell, Marc Collins and Ryan Norman all influenced the game and helped us to maintain our lead, it is so important to have this type of quality on the bench and today again this point was proved.
Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, R.Hayles, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, D.Barham, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: R.Norman (A.Mercer), Marc Collins (D. Barham), D.Cornell ( P.Burt)
Mom: A lot of candidates but Tom Head gets the vote, for an excellent all round display capped with a goal.
Saturday 5 March 2011
Otford Utd Reserves 0 Bromley Green Reserves 0
By Trevor Strand
As per my match preview this game was as expected competitive and tight, and for the neutral an entertaining nil-nil draw.
We started with our usual 4-5-1 formation with Matt Hadlum alongside skipper Terry Perk in centre of defence with Kev Quinn and Mike Hodges at full backs. Both sides not having played for over a month looked a bit sluggish to start but it soon turned into a decent game with both teams looking to attack.
Otford were catching us on the break with runners from deep not being tracked and we could have been punished only for some good defending by Hadlum and Hodges and a superb clearance from Lee Milton, and the excellent James Howard in goal.
We did create a few chances with Rob Clark getting good service from Hodgie and Hadlum but we could not get on the end of the crosses. Ken Hallett went close with the ball just going over the bar when it looked like it would drop in and Tom Welham forced a good save from the impressive Otford keeper.
At half time the message was to get the ball out wide get to the by line and deliver into the box, retain possession by playing the easy ball and pressure when not in possession. We did start the second period well but the lack of games began to take its toll with Terry Perks knee problem flaring up and Rob Clark and Paul Barron looked fatigued. A manager has to make decisions and I replaced all 3 with Rob Greenfield, Ryan Fitzgerald and James Cross going to 4-4-2 with Crossy at left back moving Hodgie to sweeper and Fitz up front with Kenny. And it almost worked with Fitz’s first touch being a shot from about 8 yards out with the keeper making a fantastic save. Then my decision went wrong with Jason Thomas picking up an injury that forced him to come off and Kenny getting cramp restricting his running and with 10 minutes left James Howard under a heavy challenge collided with the post bruising his hip.
But all credit to my players to show the character to battle on with Otford getting more of the ball Quinney, Milts, Welham, Hadlum Hodgie and Fitz were superb and battled for every ball and James in goal made two outstanding saves to keep us in the game. James Cross did well when he came on but was very unlucky to pick up a booking for a high kick when clearing the ball. The only mistake in my opinion from referee Scott Waters who otherwise had an excellent game.
I said to Andy Williams we will get a chance and sure enough we got three near the end with a Ken Hallett header being cleared off the line. Matt Hadlum headed just over from a corner but the best chance came in the last minute when Tad beat his man and crossed low for a tap in but somehow between Kenny, the defender and the keeper Otford scrambled the ball clear.
Summing up it was a good point away from home against a tough side and 2 clean sheets back to back is good. But it could have been 3 points. Pleasing for me and Andy is the way the defence have been playing and I always think if it aint broke don’t fix it. Thanks to Manners who ran the line for the whole game without a moan (others please note) and a thank you to all the supporters that made the journey it is appreciated. We must quickly get our fitness levels up for the busy run in when it will be hectic to say the least – Training Tuesday which was discussed after the game will comprise of fitness and ball work to get us back to where we were.
Team: James Howard, Kev Quinn, Terry Perk, Matt Hadlum, Mike Hodges, Jason Thomas, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Rob Clark, Lee Milton, Ken Hallett
Saturday 6 March 2011
Woodchurch 8 Bromley Green Thirds 1
By Dave Homewood
We were honest enough after this walloping to accept that we had endured a bad day and had never really looked sharp as we continually either gave the ball away cheaply or were caught in possession wanting that extra touch. Quality sides like the Church will not sit back and allow us to play pretty football and we were duly outmuscled for the whole ninety minutes.
I am not convinced that today’s match contributed much to our learning curve! However, some of the lessons that may come out of this League Cup tie will be talked about in due course with the players; but it was as I have said elsewhere men against boys. This is worth remembering and a couple of my lads said afterwards “…well we are boys!” Some are at that age where when it suits them they want me to treat them like men and at other times it is more comfortable to revert to the school playground and do their own thing. Maybe I am being harsh as all of the players have certainly grown up in many ways over the past few months … but a failure to follow basic instructions was evident in this game. A shout from the manager to get up to the half way line when we are attacking downhill, does not mean I want a load of vacant stares and “…yeah buts”. One or two of my players have perhaps started to believe their own press reports and need to remember that football is like life, get too big for your boots and it can bring you down with a bump. We crashed because there were too many chiefs and not enough Indians today I am afraid.
So, it is not the score that over bothers me but more the sluggish level of performance and sloppiness after a run that had seen us play with confidence. Our consolation goal was provided by Kieran and somehow we were just about in with a shout at the interval. But our ability to give ridiculous goals away and be pushed off the ball in all departments meant there was only going to be one winner. Next week we have another major test and will need to get our heads up when visiting Lydd United for a League fixture and [like other managers] I have to make it clear that anyone owing excessive money will be on the bench. The odd little piss takes that are creeping in are noted by me and, for those it concerns, I don’t advise too much of it gents.
I will expect to see everyone [except Adam who has his broken hand] at training on Tuesday on time and with their training fees or outstanding match fees. If you prefer to stay at home and watch Arsenal and Barcelona on the telly, then that’s what you’d better do every Saturday and Tuesday. During the summer, we all agreed we would give 100% commitment and fight for each other as a squad – and when things are rosy it is easy to be committed. Now we’ve had a crap match that none of us really enjoyed because of individual and collective malaise … good players and good teams work hard to put things right straight away. I cannot nominate a man of the match and that is not to upset you but to ask you to show some character now and turn things round.
Every team has games like Saturday’s but it must not become a trend. We have had some fantastic wins so far in both the League and the Kent Cup against all the odds which shows what we can do. Time to focus, build on what we have achieved to date, start believing [and listening!] and get our heads up boys. See you all at training on Tuesday.
Green: T Moon: M Dalby, J Hurst, M Dryland, T Calveley; J Sloan, S Ahmetaj, P Missing, A Neil, C Pearson; K Hawkins. Subs: E Stanley, A Possee, M Jarvis
Sunday 7 March 2011
Bromley Green 3 Bethersden 0
By Steve Mailey
We welcomed the current champions to the Swan Ground for our first competitive home game since mid November. The recent wind had dried the pitch enough to provide a surface that was firm yet a little too uneven to allow a good passing game. This affected both sides in a game that was otherwise played in a good spirit.
I had asked our lads to focus on our game with a better attitude than our last outing. The need to help each other when things aren’t quite going to plan would be crucial in all our remaining games. The plan for today was to pressure Bethersden and getting them facing their own goal as much as possible. The 451 approach was designed to do just that.
From the opening moments I feel we began to dictate the pattern of the game. The lads had responded well to what I’d asked and were pressing the visitors at every opportunity. Much of the first half was played in their half. The work rate shown was impressive and allowed us to grow in confidence as we continually pinned Bethersden back and forced errors. Our midfield broke up possession to great affect and used the ball very well. Our lone front man, supported well from wide and midfield, gave their defensive line a busy morning. Our defence were not over stretched but were positive when called upon.
A trademark delivery from Marc Collins was met by skipper Mackett inside the area, glancing the ball beyond the keeper to give us a deserved lead. Several chances came our way to extend it, but we were a little guilty of rushing the final pass rather than using the time available. We did double our lead before the break as Steve Harris rose to divert a delivery into the net, a reward for his hard work.
I said at the interval that we simply need to keep our shape and discipline and we will win the game. There was no need for a gun ho approach and much of the same will result in the three points.
The second half saw us maintain control of the game for fairly long spells. Our lead became three when Pat Law converted a penalty kick. To be fair, we became a little stretched and some of the momentum had left us as our shape became a little disjointed. This was down to many of the lads having two big games in two days and the legs had become very heavy. In the end, it was a very pleasing result with a clean sheet. Our display in the first half was especially good and gave us the foundation for this win.
Top displays today go to Steve Harris who put in a solid shift up top, the Collins boys who threatened well from wide and Dan Barham, whose first half display was near perfect. Man of the match will go to skipper Glenn Mackett – instrumental for 90 minutes and captained proceedings throughout.
My thanks to the players for their efforts today and to the band of supporters trying to stay warm on the touchline. Now, we pray for mild weather, as we prepare for the divisional cup semi final next Sunday.
C Smith / P Law / R Smith (L Milton) / T Head (R Greenfield) P Allan / L Hayles / D Barham / Marc Collins / Matt Collins / G Mackett / S Harris. Not used: M Hadlum / G Lockyer.
Sunday 13 February 2011
Kennington 3 v 3 Bromley Green
By Steve Mailey
With the race for the Premier title so very tight, this became a frustrating and disappointing morning as we dropped valuable points. All the more annoying was the news that two of our rivals gained maximum points today as well as adding well to their goal difference. Our display today was anything but championship form!
Twelve months ago we dominated a game, Kennington in fact, yet failed to convert the chances and threw away two points. That result ultimately cost us the league title. Fast forward to today, and the impact of failing to secure the win may well haunt us again come May.
Make no mistake we certainly did not dominate this encounter. In fact the opening 35 minutes produced an inept performance not worthy of men’s football. The individual slack errors were more akin to under 12s! Lazy movement, poor decision making and all round sloppy attitude was more than enough for Kennington’s youngsters to seize upon. They came at us at pace and looked threatening every time they ventured forward. Our response was to moan at each other. I stated in my preview that experience is needed in these games to get the job done rather than bravado – yet it took virtually an entire half before we showed any sign applying that!
That opening 35 saw us concede three times, and it could easily have been more. A penalty was awarded following some poor defending which resulted in a poor challenge to put us one down. That soon became two as a run was allowed to arrive in our area unchecked and he slotted home well. We responded quickly as Ryan Smith reacted to a corner to nod home to make it 2-1. Another lack of conviction saw us fall 3-1 behind as we failed to cope with an aerial ball. For all their threatening possession, we managed to get back to 3-2 just before the break when Matt Collins pounced on indecision in the area to poke home.
At the break I asked for us to work more as a team, not slaughtering each other every time a mistake was made, but learn from it and deal with it. We were still in a game we could easily have been out of, so let’s impose ourselves properly.
An early substitution brought immediate results as Paul Allan headed home from a corner with his first touch to level the score. The remainder of the half was a much better display from our lads and Kennington were limited in their efforts coming forward. We ended up having several very good chances yet could not find the composure or the luck needed to make any count. Our forwards will feel they could have won us the game, yet we had many others who should also have done much better with the goal in front of them.
So to sum up – well it simply wasn’t good enough. The poor opening was punished and we failed to recover. It’s disappointing because our attitude and spirit has been really good prior to today and I feel we took some steps backwards with our approach.
There were no outstanding displays today. In stages, Tom Head, Matt Collins and Glenn Mackett performed well. Man of the match will go to Dan Barham.
Next up we have a semi final against Market Hotel, followed by league clashes with Bliby and Bethersden, all at home. A repeat of today and our involvement in certain competitions will be all but over. Challenges for a squad don’t come any bigger than our next few weeks. It will be interesting to see how some react!
C Smith / P Law / R Smith / T Head / Marc Collins / L Milton (P Allan) / G Mackett / D Barham / Matt Collins / S Harris / L Hayles (G Lockyer). Sub not used: R Greenfield.
Saturday 5 February 2011
Sheerness East Reserves 0 Bromley Green Reserves 1
By Andy Williams
A superb rearguard action brilliantly marshalled by outstanding skipper Terry Perk was the springboard for a hard fought but well-deserved 3 points on the Island today. With conditions not conducive to pretty football, we ground out another vital victory which keeps us up amongst the leaders. We started with our usual 4-4-1-1 formation with Tom Welham the front man and Ashley Webster tucking in behind and these two proved a handful for the home defence from the off, well prompted from the midfield 4 of Fitz, Paul Barron, Robbie Greenfield and a rejuvenated Lee Milton. The young home side caused us problems with their running and balls over the top kept us on our toes; however it was the visitors that came closest to opening the scoring when, after smart work by Welham and Milton, Barron unleashed a real fizzer from 20 yards which shook the crossbar after 10 minutes. We were beginning to get on top despite being on the end of a series of rash challenges and from a free kick Tom Welham went close from inside the six yard box. Then after 25 minutes a long clearance from keeper James Howard completely wrong-footed the home defence leaving Webster a clear run on goal but unfortunately the ball took a wicked bobble on the uneven surface on the point of shooting and the ball rebounded off the post. We continued to create the best openings and Welham again went close before Webster, turning cleverly in the box, curled an effort just wide. The home side were still catching us on the break but after initial uncertainty, the back four of Kev Quinn, Tom Lockett, Perk and Mike Hodges were coping admirably.
Half-time then and the word was patience, get the ball down on the floor against the strong wind and turn defenders towards their own goal. Second half started with us continuing to press with Tad and Fitz getting some joy down the flanks and ten minutes in we took the lead with a quality goal, well made and superbly finished – a goal worthy of winning any game. Tad playing the ball inside to Welham whose sumptuous flick was expertly dispatched by Webster over the head of the onrushing keeper. This was the signal for the home team to throw everything forward in search of an equaliser. This was when our defence really stepped up to the plate and defended as if their lives depended on it. We were subject to plenty of aerial bombardment with a series of balls dropping into our six yard box but due to our “block at all costs” attitude, keeper Howard was rarely troubled but when called into action with several crosses showed his customary impeccable handling and confident punching. With Jason Thomas entering the fray, we had an excellent outlet and his pace and running helped to take the pressure off. In fact, it was now our turn to catch Sheerness on the break and we could have increased our lead on a few occasions, notably when Thomas forced the home keeper into a superb save and Milton, cleverly creating a chance for himself, shot straight at the keeper. Going into a seemingly interminable last 10 minutes, we still had to defend stoutly and Craig Mannering and Liam Smith were introduced to stem the flow. However a series of free kicks conceded, some a little harsh, kept us on the back foot and from one of these, just as it looked as if the Islanders were going to grab a last gasp equaliser, skipper Perk produced a last-ditch match saving tackle which cemented his MOTM award.
Team: Howard; Quinn, Lockett, Perk, Hodges, Fitzgerald (Smith), Barron (Thomas), Milton, Greenfield (Mannering); Webster; Welham
Saturday 5 February 2011
Deportivo 1 Bromley Green 2
By Dave Homewood
In a contest largely ruined by the wind and sticky pitch, we go top of the pile after grabbing a late winner. On reflection this was not particularly pretty to watch but the old adage of digging out a result applies and I feel a great deal can learned by all as the squad continues to come to terms with adult football.
Why the home team protested against a penalty for a blatant handball on the goal line, one can only guess. As it was, Jamie Hurst’s spot kick was pushed out but, in the scurry for possession afterwards, Shqipron Ahmetaj pounced to slot in his first goal of the season.
Not always judging the strength of the wind, we went in at half time with a slender one goal advantage but were not too concerned as the feeling was that playing against the elements would actually help us to play more creatively. What developed was a scrappy affair and Deportivo equalised at a time when Kieran Hawkins was having treatment for a rib injury. There were chances at both ends and for us Aaron Neil and Hawkins, replaced by Mani who is still not 100%, both would have notched on another day. Ewan Stanley replaced Chris Pearson whose back is still undergoing physiotherapy and as the clock ticked it seemed as though two points were about to be dropped.
However, as I have stated on previous occasions, even on frustrating days the lads possess that x-factor that enables them to pull something out of the bag when it matters. The late winner from Ship was superbly struck and a goal worthy of putting us top. But the drama was still not over with Deportivo claiming a penalty as the ball came off Hurst’s shoulder but referee Gary Griffin was not convinced.
Man of the match is a difficult one but Martyn Dalby is becoming effective at right back as his confidence returns and, along with goal hero Ship, he carried out his instructions which is so important for the good of the team when facing these ‘must-win’ fixtures.
Thanks go to those that turned out to support in the miserable weather and let’s hope for conditions more conducive to attractive football when we next meet.
Green: T Moon; M Dalby, J Hurst, M Dryland, T Calveley, J Sloan, P Missing, S Ahmetaj, A Neil, C Pearson, K Hawkins. Subs: E Stanley, E Awuni. Not used: A Possee
Saturday 29 January 2011
Larkfield 3 Bromley Green 3
By Dave Smith
As per my match preview this was a game that turned out as I expected, not for the result but for the bad tempered and disgraceful way that Larkfield played. It was comical at the start with their players asking each other their names and it was no surprise that I never received a team sheet and to me it is still far too easy for teams in this league to play illegal players.
After storming into a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes by playing some superb football, we were eventually pegged back and threw away 2 points. The players know they made errors as we forgot the basics after such a great start, more upsetting was the way the inadequate referee failed to deal with the constant abuse and frequent confrontations that Larkfield used to bring themselves into the match. I applaud the KCFL for bringing in the respect programme but respect has to be earnt and this referee was biased and more than helped the home side gain a point. I shall be reporting this referee and after speaking to our reserve manager Trevor Strand, he informed me that he had the same referee at his game at Larkfield and suffered the same problem. He also sent in a report, so no respect from me for this particular Ref only a feeling that we were cheated. I am really finding it difficult to express my anger at this so will leave it at that.
As for the game itself, we started really well. The home side were disorganised and we took full advantage. In the 5th minute Dan Barham found Steve Harris with a great pass and Steve finished well. A second followed 2 minutes later when skipper Glenn Mackett pounced on a loose ball from a corner. We then added a third in the 15th minute when Ryan Norman fired in a pin point cross for Harris to add his second. It looked like a big win was on the cards, but we started thinking the game was to easy. We pushed to many players forward and started backing out of challenges, this gave the home side hope and from a debatable free kick on the edge of the area, Ryan Smith handled in the box and the penalty was fired home.
Worse was to follow as we failed to deal with a corner and the home forward was left unmarked and made it 3-2. We should have had a penalty shortly afterwards when Norman was bought down a yard into the area, but the referee moved the ball back so it was outside. I was glad of the half time break as it gave us time to calm down and get organised again.
The second half saw us much more in control. We got the ball down and played some good football again, we created several chances and Dan Cornell on another day could have had 4. Rocky Hayles thumped a great effort against the bar, but we were undone in the 75th minute when a long punt from 35 yards dipped very late and gave keeper Craig Smith no chance. We again upped our game but we just could not get the break through we deserved. More rubbish after the game where we were goaded about not winning with Larkfield players clearly looking for trouble but again the referee would not act. Overall a very disappointing day.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, B.Beaney, M.Doyle, R.Smith, R.Norman, D.Barham, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: A.Mercer (R.Norman) Marc Collins (D.Barham) M.Hadlum (not used)
MoM: Glenn Mackett – quality all round performance
Saturday 29 January 2011
Bromley Green Reserves 4 Sheerness East Reserves 3
By Trevor Strand
Another exciting game for the Saturday Reserves and once again leaving it late to secure an important 3 points. The preparation and warm up was good and a few changes from last week were made and we stuck to the 4 – 5 -1-1 system and we again started very well taking the lead after 10 minutes through the alert Tom Welham after Ryan Fitzgerald hit the post.
Tom Lockett up front and Fitz supporting caused Sheerness problems with Tom holding the ball up well and Fitz’s pace a threat and Paul Barron’s range of passing we looked good. We increased our lead after 25 minutes with Paul Barron’s through ball for Fitz to finish well after an excellent advantage played by Referee Ian Regan.
For the second week running we conceded a goal from a corner allowing the tall centre back a free header at the far post giving James Howard in goal no chance. This sloppy defending has got to stop and players must take the responsibility of marking their man and not blaming others so from being in control the visitors were back in it.
We did get ourselves further in front when Fitz again ran through and lobbed the keeper for another good finish. 3 – 1 up and in control again and good value for our lead. James in goal had little to do, Quinney again solid at right back, Mike Hodges having a superb game at left back, Liam Smith winning his headers and skipper Terry Perk sweeping things up the defence looked comfortable in open play.
A needless free kick conceded in our half was launched into our box and again we failed to defend and Sheerness scored again.
3- 2 at half time and Andy and myself despair at times with the way we defend with players who know better. The young Sheerness team were now up for a battle and they came at us early on but we survived a few close calls. All credit to the visitors for the way they played cutting out our wide men and Jason Thomas and Tad Greenfield got little joy down the flanks.
An injury to Terry Perk meant Tom Lockett moved to centre back and Ryan Strand went up front and this livened us up with his pace and aggression. Tad was replaced with Lee Milton with Tom Welham moving up front with Titch and Fitz wide left. This made the difference in our play and we started to look a threat again. Barron again finding his range of passes and Milton solid and keeping possession we had more of the ball. Titch was put through on the left and starting to out pace the defender was cynically brought down resulting in a yellow card for the defender.
With 10 minutes to go Sheerness put a good passing move together and equalised with good finish. And could have gone in front when a good chance was blazed over the bar. So for the second week running we are chasing the game when we should be comfortable so Liam Smith was replaced with Ash Webster and we went to 3-4-3 with Titch, Tom and Ash up front. We dominated these last few minutes and with Lee Milton hitting the bar with superb shot and Ash having a shot tipped over the bar.
Form the resulting corner Titch and Jason did their best to cock it up but we got lucky when Titch won the ball back and drilled a low ball across the face of the goal which the keeper got a hand to and Tom Welham was there to smash the ball home.
So a 4-3 home win and good entertainment for the spectators and well refereed by Ian Regan. Again I stress how important a squad is and the substitutes played a massive part in gaining this result. The attitude from those on the bench was again first class.
Things to work on in training – marking a set plays – working a short corner and generally our first touch needs improving for some.
Next week we travel across to the island for a return with Sheerness where another tough game is expected as they will have appoint to prove.
Team – James Howard, Kev Quinn, Terry Perk, Liam Smith, Mike Hodges, Jason Thomas, Paul Barron, Tom Welham, Ryan Fitzgerald, Rob Greenfield, Tom Lockett.
Subs Ash Webster, Ryan Strand, Lee Milton all used – James Cross unused.
Saturday 22 January 2011
Riverside Inn 1 Bromley Green Thirds 3
By Dave Homewood
The boys recovered from a diabolical penalty decision that saw us 1-0 behind at the break and showed great composure on the sticky Sandyacres surface as we gathered much needed League Cup points.
Again, our new approach paid dividends and in the end, as the fitter side, the last twenty minutes was almost all Green. It was the general feeling of the lads that Riverside Inn Reserves were much stiffer opposition than their first team which competes in the Premier Division. So, we are hanging in there as far as the cup is concerned and emerged victorious from what was a ‘must-win’ game. My man of the match goes to keeper Thomas Moon who is now really looking the part and giving the rest of the lads confidence. Our goals were provided by James Sloan, Chris Pearson and Aaron Neil.
Well done to the whole squad and again next week we will need to be at our best when we are away to Deportivo in the League. See you all at training on Tuesday at the 3G 7.45pm.
Green: T Moon; M Dalby, M Dryland, J Hurst, T Calveley; J Sloan, S Ahmetaj, P Missing, A Neil, C Pearson, K Hawkins. Subs: E Stanley, M Jarvis, A Jeffery. Not used A Possee
Saturday 22 January 2011
Kennington 1 Bromley Green 3
By Dave Smith
A hard earned 3 points from our derby game against Kennington keeps us top of the league. A game where we never really hit top form but still a good victory against a Kennington side that has improved since we hammered then 8-1 earlier in the season.
We started slowly and found the wet uneven surface difficult to get our passing game going. We gradually took control and were rewarded in the 25th minute when Dan Cornell found space in the area and fired home superbly into the bottom corner. This lifted our game and our midfield of Mackett, Rocky, Collins and Norman were all playing well and were dominating the home side. Steve Harris and Dan Cornell went close and Norman was unlucky when his direct run into the area was well saved. So half time was reached with us well in control.
Kennington did come out with more purpose at the start of the second half and pushed us back. Our defence was solid and held firm and from a quick break Glenn Mackett found Steve Harris who headed home a deserved goal against his former club. Two minutes later it was 3 when we were awarded a soft penalty and Buster Beaney stepped up and fired home. So 3-0 with an hour gone the game was as good as over. We did take our foot off the pedal a bit as the heavy pitch took its toll on the players and Kennington pulled a goal back when we switched off defensively and there forward finished well. This did not spoil our day as we saw the rest of the game out with ease to secure the points.
Not a classic but we did enough to deserve the points and the players after a long lay off are gradually getting back into the groove. A lot of solid performances from the game and the team as a whole I feel are growing into a solid all round unit, proving that they are really up for the fight to finish top of this league.
Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, M.Collins, R.Norman, G.Mackett, R.Hayles, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: B.Beaney (A.Mercer) D.Barham (R.Norman) K.Hallett (D.Cornell)
Mom: Shared between Steve Harris and Dan Cornell, both had good games and worked hard to give us the edge
Saturday 22 January 2011
Bromley Green Res 3 Kennington Res 2
By Trevor Strand
The local derby was as I expected a close affair with a mostly young Kennington team giving us a real run for our money. On a heavy pitch we started brightly and scored early on through Liam Smith and we were worth our lead and should have been well ahead but Liam and Ashley Webster had goals disallowed for close off side calls. This seemed to turn the game and we became a little dis jointed with passes being hurried and possession given away cheaply and with Kennington getting more possession their confidence grew.
Kennington equalised from a Mark Kerry free kick given away needlessly by going to ground that was met with a free header that gave James Howard no chance. A good goal from Kenningtons point of view – from mine it was rank poor defending with players not going with the runners. This inspired the opposition and Steve Rice who was constant threat all afternoon had a couple of half chances and only the superb Kev Quinn and James in goal prevented them from going ahead.
10 minutes before half time one of our better moves down the left with Tad Greenfield and James Cross found Tom Welham inside who struck a superb long range shot that gave the young keeper no chance. 2 – 1 at half time and words were spoken that certain players had to “up” their game and retain possession better. We also wanted to get the ball wide early to Jason Thomas and Tad to have a run at the full backs but this did not happen often enough.
The second half was scrappy to start with and the pitch getting worse did not help for passing football. Craig Mannering up front worked hard and held the ball well but in fairness had little service and Lee Milton who also worked hard but in his own admission has had better games were replaced with Tom Lockett and Paul Barron. This had immediate effect with Barron keeping possession and spraying passes out to the wide men. Lockett was a threat in the air and also held the ball up well. Just as we were getting a grip of things the speedy Kennington winger ran from his own half into our box and crossed for Steve Rice to score from close in.
Kennington had several corners which they looked very dangerous with Paul Carter and Riceys movement but we defended well and Quinney cleared a shot off the line to keep it all square. 20 minutes left Ryan Fitzgerald replaced the tiring Ash Webster this again caused the Kennington defence problems with his speed and work rate. Fitz got his reward and with 5 minutes to go scored with an excellent finish to make it 3 – 2 final score. A good close game played in the right spirit and well refereed by Mark Foley. Man of the match goes to Kev Quinn who was superb throughout and closely followed by Tom Welham who covered a lot of ground on a very heavy pitch and scored a great goal.
I must make comment on the substitute’s attitude which was first class and they did change the game. Mike Hodges who did not get was also excellent with his attitude and support of the team and Mike is an important member of the squad.
TEAM – James Howard, Kev Quinn, Terry Perk, Liam Smith, James Cross, Jason Thomas, Lee Milton, Tom Welham, Ash Webster, Rob Greenfield, Craig Mannering.
Subs – Paul Barron, Tom Lockett, Ryan Fitzgerald, all used – Mike Hodges (unused)
Saturday 22 January 2011
Bromley Green 3rd 4 Lydd United 2
By Dave Homewood
Following last week’s feeble exit from the Kent Cup, I had no choice but to alter things around in an attempt to drag ourselves out of a bit of a trough. Sometimes as managers we get it wrong but occasionally we do get it right! Today was one of those occasions where everybody did their job and there was clearly a determination to lift ourselves back to the excellent early-season form that had seen us make such a great start.
Experimenting with tactics of course usually means different faces on the bench and looking at the five players available gives an idea as to our strength in depth. I apologise that only one of the five subs was brought on but sometimes it is in the interests of the team to just make certain of the points and not bring lads on cold at delicate stages of a match.
We opened tentatively against an uncompromising United side that is at the top of the table but were rewarded for our neat interplay and attacking initiative when Martyn Dalby reacted brilliantly to turn the ball into the net with his back to goal from a Kieran Hawkins header. But our lead did not last long and a deflected Jim Aspri shot from the edge of the box gave Thomas Moon no chance.
It was at this stage where I think the courage of Peter Missing and Shqipron Ahmetaj in the thick of the stodgy, physical, midfield action was a turning point as they refused to be shoved aside. With Tyrone Calveley and Chris Pearson working the left well, Aaron probing and James always likely to break away on the right, we were holding our own in a match that was looking in the balance. But we were also impressive at the back and it was from a direct attack, in preference to our occasional propensity to fidget around, that led to a blatant foul in the box which resulted in a penalty. Jamie Hurst slammed home the spot kick to put us 2-1 ahead.
The next goal was almost certainly going to be the decider and what a satisfying one it was from our point of view. Exactly what we had planned and talked about happened: the quick through ball to Kieran to run onto, a burst through the visitors defence and a top class finish along the deck with his ‘wrong’ foot. By the end of this season I have no doubt that Kieran will be scoring as many with his right as he is with his left and with his confidence now returning he will undoubtedly be winning us big games. In my book, the perfect striker’s goal and why we don’t zip these balls through earlier and more often to Kieran is something we need to discuss as a squad.
The back line of Dalby, Hurst, Michael Dryland and Tyrone looks as though it could become an established choice with Jamie and Mini starting to form the understanding that is so vital at the back in the middle. Dalby is now leading by example with his heading and no-nonsense clearances which is what is needed on boggy surfaces … this is one area where I actually think the 3G can be counter-productive as we are practising on a surface completely different to real pitches at this time of year.
A wonderful stop by Thomas, then a last-ditch Ship clearance, reminded us that the Lydders were not going to go down quietly. As it was, a bout of pressure at the other end culminated in James beautifully hooking the ball into the top corner for number four. James immediately gave way to enable Matt Jarvis to have a run which seemed only fair after his disappointment of being left in the car park last week. From one of his trademark jinking runs Matt almost, and perhaps should have, scored – but his left-footer crept agonisingly wide.
There is no doubt with the clock ticking we were feeling pleased with ourselves and hopefully a lesson was learned that we must concentrate right to the end when Lydd substitute Joe Briffitt strolled through to reduce the arrears. Before the game I would have settled for 4-2 but at the end, whilst delighted with the boys work rate and attitude, I was annoyed at us letting in two goals.
What was pleasing today does not just concern the result – it is more how we achieved it that I see things to build on. The belief [that word again, sorry but it is key] is back and we look forward to progressing as a group and also as individuals within that squad.
I thank the whole 16 today and I know the substitutes are cheesed off but over the course of the season I am sure everyone will have plenty of football.
Man of the match: it sounds corny but it could be any one of the starting eleven who gave everything for the Green shirt. Thomas and the back four were superb; Kieran looks like our leader again and of course slammed in a wonderful goal. James and Chris were always a threat and Aaron put his heart and soul into it as usual. Today was different in that we had Peter doing a specific job and the plan was to work on things during the close-season as [in my humble opinion] he is not a right back. But after his fine performance today I may fast forward that … Peter knows he has to be patient and keep learning but the standard has now been set. But if I have to choose one player for man of the match it will be for a marvellous show of guts, skill and determination by Ship who has also now set himself new levels to live up to next week. In contrast to recent outings, this was a day in which you can all be proud of your performance boys. I will be expecting this and more next Saturday. Well done!
Green: T Moon; M Dalby, J Hurst, M Dryland, T Calveley, J Sloan, P Missing, A Neil, S Ahmetaj, C Pearson, K Hawkins. Subs: M Jarvis. [Not used: E Awuni, E Stanley, A Jeffery, A Possee]
Sunday 23 January 2011
Highfield Utd 0 Bromley Green 5
By Steve Mailey
As we returned to league action, I stressed to the lads prior to the game the importance of keeping our challenge on track as well as keeping our heads against a side who tend to be resilient and defend in number. Our recent narrow victory against Highfield should be used as a pointer in terms of what to expect, yet realising that there was a job to do.
With a strong squad available I set up with a preferred 352, confident we would be too strong through the middle. We began quite well, and once we had got to grips with the awkward surface, we soon settled down and enjoyed plenty of possession. It wasn’t long before we were comfortably playing along the back, using the width and dominating the midfield areas. Our willingness to pass and move was causing problems for the hosts, a pattern that would continue for the duration of this game. We were supplying plenty of service toward our front runners, yet we were making poor decisions at key moments and were too wasteful.
On form Matt Collins broke the deadlock midway through the half, cutting inside from the right and finishing with a fine effort from 16 yds. We continued to press yet continued to lack a clinical edge and it needed a fine block from Craig Smith to avoid going in at the break all square.
At the interval I simply asked for better decision making in attack and reminded us that patience will be rewarded, as we have often had to do! Early in to the second half and we got the second goal as Glenn Mackett reacted first to slot home from close range. This early strike allowed us to relax more on the ball and paved the way for 40 minutes of near dominance. Lee Milton struck the third soon after to end the game as a contest.
We sprayed the ball around well and Highfield were working very hard simply to get near us. Their game plan to close us down and apply pressure, which they had applied quite well earlier in the game, now had little impact. Gary Lockyer had a very frustrating day in front of goal, yet he slid the ball home to make it four before fresh legs were introduced as all three subs came on. Milton then added the fifth with a clever effort from the edge of the area.
Displays today, well Craig pulled off a fine save in the closing minutes to ensure we collected the clean sheet I wanted. Our back line was rarely troubled but certainly linked with midfield well. Our trio of Mackett, Milton and Danny Barham were very strong and ran the game. Matty Collins put in another strong showing and Steve Harris up top got through a huge amount of work. Man of the match will go to Barham – sat himself exactly where I asked him to and orchestrated most of what we did.
A good all round effort, three points and a clean sheet is pretty much all you can ask for. Next up we face another tricky clash as we welcome Brewmaster to our ground – our ground has taken a hammering, so watch this space! – another vital game where the points are crucial.
Finally, I bang on about the value of the squad all the time, and I realise everyone wants to play. But I make changes and decisions that involve the whole of the squad and they are not always popular. Therefore, I thank Liam Smith for his attitude this week. Pole helped me out 2 weeks ago and as a result, cup tied himself from our Reserve squad, thus ending up with no football at all this Sunday. He doesn’t want nice words, he wants to play, but nevertheless I appreciate his attitude – others take note!
Green: C Smith / P Law / R Smith / T Head ( D Valler) / L Milton / D Barham / G Mackett (L Hayles) / R Greenfield / Matt Collins / S Harris / G Lockyer (Marc Collins)
Sunday 23 January 2011
Bromley Green Reserves 2 Levin Athletic 2 [aet] (Green win on penalties)
By Ian Mace
After a long layoff due to the weather we finally had a game in the Sheber Cup against Levin Athletic from Division 3 which turned out to be a good game to watch with end to end football. The Green started off well with Jason Thomas screaming down the right to put in a great cross onto Ashley Webster’s head to make it 1-0 after the first ten minutes. Then we attacked down the left with Ryan Fitzgerald who cut inside and sent a deflected off their defender into their net but the ref disallowed the effort for offside. The Levin side started to get back into the game with some fierce tackling and credit to them it rattled us. Their goal came from down their right with a cross into the box which we had several chances to clear but somehow ended up in our net to make it 1-1 at full time. After not playing for a while extra time was not what we wanted! In the first period of extra time Levin went 2-1 up with a good shot from outside the box giving Thomas no chance but the Green was not finished and showed great character and that never-give-up attitude; again I call it that Bromley Green attitude with the club’s top goalscorer Kenny Hallett lifting the ball over their keeper in the last minute of the game to make it 2-2 after extra time so penalties were next. Thankfully, we won 4-2 on penalties and we were indebted to some excellent stops from our young keeper Thomas Moon.
Without a game for nine weeks, it was hard going but the Green showed that they really wanted to win this one; sometimes you have to battle hard to grind out a result and this was one of those days.
I could name a lot of man of the matches today – the back four stood strong together with the midfield and the forwards caused problems. But the two players that stood out for me was Ship Ahmetaj who had a great game in midfield and is starting to believe in himself like we believe in him and Thomas Moon who pulled off some brilliant saves during the game and on the penalty shoot out. Well done lads!
Again I have to mention it is about the squad not just the eleven on the pitch as we have a big squad so some of you have to be patient. I am finding out the patient ones in contrast to those players that are really just interested in themselves and not fully committed to Bromley Green. For the ones that are disappointed at not being selected, that is understandable. But perhaps remember all of our five sides have many quality players sitting on the bench at the moment which we have to have to win things. So the message is keep with us and you will get your chance.
This coming Sunday we have another tough match, away to Troggs.
Saturday 15 January 2011
Bromley Green 3 Sheerness East 1
By Dave Smith
A solid all round team performance saw us record another home victory and move us to the top of the league. Sheerness proved a useful side and they will take points of many sides but is a measure of our team, that we can win a game without really hitting top gear.
It is nice to be top of the league, a first for myself since I became the team manager, but the hard work really starts now, as when you are top everyone wants to be the one knocking you down. It is also a reward for all the hard work that Tony Gawler has put in at our vital training sessions and I would also add a thank you to all the players for there commitment and attitude that has seen us go nine games unbeaten. Lets all keep up the hard work and turn this season into one to remember.
The game started with Sheerness playing with a strong wind behind then and they dictated the early play. Keeper Craig Smith who was excellent all day was kept busy and our defenders needed to be sharp to keep the visitors out as it showed we had not played for a while. But we gradually got our passing game going and from a slick counter attack in the 25th minute, Steve Harris raced into the box and was brought down by the visiting keeper to gain us a penalty, Paul Burt stepped up and coolly put us in the lead. We now took the game to our visitors and from a superb Marc Collins free kick defender Micky Doyle doubled our lead with a back post header.
So 2-0 at half time and we all new another goal would seal the points. The start of the second half saw our best spell of the game, we were passing and moving really well and creating chances and were rewarded when Ryan Norman latched onto a great ball from Busty Beaney and finished well. In truth we should have gone on and got more goals, a couple easy misses and a couple of quality saves from the Sheerness keeper stopped that, at it was Sheerness who scored the last goal of the game when the ball fell kindly for there attacker who fired home, in truth a goal they deserved for there continued hard work.
So a final score of 3-1 and the points secured. All 14 players again played there part, again proving the need for a quality squad.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, A.Mercer, R.Smith, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, B.Beaney, M.Collins, S.Harris, P.Burt. Subs: D.Cornell (S.Harris ) R.Norman (R.Hayles ) D.Barham (B.Beaney )
Mom: Tom Head, yet another quality all round display.
Saturday 15 January 2011
Snodland Town 4 Bromley Green Thirds 1
By Dave Homewood
Firstly, my thanks are extended to Alvin and Steve for their continued support. Some lads need to quickly realise that if it wasn’t for senior members of the club such as these two gents, they would not be playing away games at all! The lack of transport meant I had to leave Matty and Mini in the Swan Centre car park – I don’t know who felt worse, me or them – these moments when keen young players are let down make me reluctant to manage any more. As fellow managers know only too well, it is hard enough spoiling a lads weekend by sitting him on the bench – sometimes without a kick – but to have to leave boys in the car park is just about the pits.
Having apologised for the shambles in the changing room to the 12 that we could get there, we tried to focus on the match but I feel psychologically the damage had been done. Things didn’t feel right – not helped by our senior player failing to turn up – in fact I went from 17 on Friday night down to just 12 at the game! Although when all the details are unpicked this scenario may not have been my fault, as the manager I will take full responsibility as I always laud the saying that ‘The buck stops here’. It must not happen again though.
Secondly, good luck to Snodland in the next round – they fairly and squarely beat us.
Onto the game itself, we had hardly got going when Mani, who was seen as a key creative player for us in this much-awaited cup tie, had to go off injured. If we had been ill-prepared before, we now faced a long battle with no substitutes against a very experienced side on a heavy, sloping pitch that meant our preferred close interplay was ineffective. Add the nauseating wind, which did its best to ruin the match, and all in all it was really enjoyable!
Peter has been lacking in confidence recently but did well when he came on at full back and we were forced to reorganise our line-up; but in central midfield we were quite frankly outmuscled and Aaron reverted to a deeper role during a second half when we created chances that could have made things much tighter. Some great stops by the top-class home keeper from James, Kieran and Aaron knocked the stuffing out of us but when Jamie Hurst slammed home a penalty to make it 3-1 there was amazingly still hope.
Chris Pearson threatened down the left and somewhat unluckily had a goal disallowed for a late flag for offside. It simply wasn’t to be our day and the home team, who incidentally haven’t kicked a ball for two months and don’t train, embarrassingly outpaced us again on a breakaway and the fourth goal ended it as a contest.
We must try and take positives out of this reversal and indeed, despite the scoreline, the defence worked manfully throughout with Thomas not at fault for the goals and Martyn, Jamie and Tyrone always giving their best while under pressure against Snodland’s frontrunners who had clearly played at a higher level. But once again our main failing [apart from the obvious physical difference between the sides which the lads cannot do much about at this stage of their development] was the ‘thinking time’ needed on the ball. We have to sharpen up as good sides don’t allow that extra split second with the ball at your feet. Time and time again we pose and deliberate on the ball thereby allowing opponents to get a foot in.
With us out of the Kent Cup and out of touch, perhaps a return to ‘normal’ league games will do us good. What do you need when having a bad spell? A game with the league leaders! We look forward to welcoming Lydd United next Saturday and hopefully a return to form and confidence.
In conclusion, whilst Saturday is not a day we will remember with fondness boys, let’s take some consolation from the great Kent Cup victories we pulled off to get that far. See you all at training Tuesday please.
Green: T Moon; J Sloan, M Dalby, J Hurst, T Calveley, E Awuni, S Ahmetaj, E Stanley, C Pearson, A Neil, K Hawkins. Sub: P Missing
Sunday 16 January 2011
Hamstreet 2 Bromley Green 5
By Steve Mailey
When the draw was made for the Ashford Charity Trophy and paired us with Hamstreet for this quarter final tie, we knew we would need a good display to progress, as Hamstreet have done rather well against us in recent encounters. We were able to benefit from the friendly against Star as well as a return to action last week, giving us an advantage as Hamstreet had not had such luck in getting football of late.
I stated in the build up that I would alter things for this game – so that it suited us more – rather than endure the usual game plan that has not served us too well against Street recently. Any manager will tell you that changing things to accommodate the opposition can be dangerous and leaves you open to criticism if it fails. Yet when it works a treat you feel naturally pleased, but more importantly, happy that your belief in your players ability has been justified.
We altered our approach, added pace in a couple of key areas and opted for a lone striker in an attempt to draw the hosts out. The idea being we would have too much quality in midfield to be overrun and ability at the back to avoid the counter attack. I asked to use the width as much as possible and get Street facing their goal, allowing us to dictate the pattern of the game. Anyone who saw this game will know we put in a powerful display, achieving our aims, and every man in a Green shirt deserves full credit for this result.
From very early on, we dominated. We looked strong and very hungry. We were winning the 50 50s everywhere and were picking up all the loose balls too. Unlike in previous games, our efforts were rewarded with an early goal as Steve Harris proved too strong in the packed area to ram home. Street tried to get out but kept coming up against a wall in midfield. Our lead was doubled when Marc Collins finished off a fine move with a stylish angled effort.
Some niggling tactics, ignored at first, spilt over after 25 minutes and we were reduced to ten men. This threatened to derail us and the word ‘consistency’ sprang to mind when similar incidents remained unchecked! What we saw next was a fantastic display of genuine team spirit, passion and desire. Rather than get over involved and sidetracked, our boys dug in and turned up the tempo, forcing Street back yet again. Ryan Smith popped up to add a third and it was the same lad responsible for sending us in 4 up at the break.
Not much was needed to be said during the break and I simply reminded us to keep calm and to see it through. Early in to the half the tireless Matt Collins added another to his tally to make it 5. You could be forgiven for forgetting we were a man down!
Changes were made to remove the tired and injured and we maintained our control of this match. As is often the case in such a strong position, we eased off in the closing 15 and Hamstreet got two goals back – both very good finishes.
Top displays today, well nobody let us down and the credit belongs to the squad. It was not a day for pretty football but they certainly gave the club a proud display. Man of the match will go to Ryan Smith, although there were several who were right up there with him. Our reward is a semi final against Mersham/Brewmaster. My thanks to the large band of support who cheered the lads along, it really is appreciated.
Next we return to league action with a trip to Highfield as we go in search of three crucial points.
Green: C Smith / P Law / P Allan / R Smith / T Head (D Valler) / Marc Collins / Matt Collins (R Greenfield) / G Mackett / D Barham / S Harris (G Lockyer) / L Milton
Sunday 9 January 2011
Highfield Utd 0 Bromley Green 2
By Steve Mailey
Our return to serious football saw us travel to The Ridge to face Highfield in the Bodkin Cup. The pitches had dried out enough and, if anything, it was the frost that left the surface a little unpredictable underfoot.
Previous encounters with Highfield have been uneasy on the eye and this proved to be no different. A strong and at times effective unit, you always have to work hard against these. We began with a 442 shape to avoid any early pressure from the hosts. To be fair, the opening exchanges were quite dull and largely played out in midfield. We began to control the ball in key areas and were finding our way towards the Highfield area more and more. Our reward came after 20 minutes when a passage of good pass and move play was finished off by the persistence of Matty Collins. Matt is performing well of late and his work rate and style give any opposition plenty to think about.
The remainder of the half saw us look comfortable without being over convincing at times. I stated at the break that we needed to calm things a little as our desire to rush things was simply giving away possession. A little more patience was needed, which in turn meant better distribution in order to keep the ball more.
Highfield had plenty of men behind the ball for long spells of the game. This is something we simply need to deal with, as we have done in previous similar games. I was pleased that we kept our game going and the level of patience needed was evident. Despite some jaw dropping moments in front of goal, we doubled our lead and effectively won the game when Gary Lockyer dispatched a set piece in style from 20 yards beyond a helpless keeper.
Overall, I can’t remember Craig having too much to do in goal. Our defence were not exactly over worked, yet dealt with the Highfield advances comfortably when called upon. The change in defence from 4 to 3, back to 4, then back to 3 was almost seamless, so credit to our lads for that! Midfield saw Rocky and Mackett work very hard to ensure we always had the upper hand in that department. The width came from the Collins boys – Marc looking surprisingly fresh following the break and Matt putting in a fine shift. Our two front runners covered a lot of ground, and I’m sure they will agree with me, have had better days in front of goal. But the effort can’t be faulted and chances were a plenty, we’d be more concerned if we were not creating the chances.
So as cup games go, a 2-0 win is more than enough and was well deserved. Our reward is a quarter final away day against the winners of the Charing / Red Heathens tie. There is no date for this as yet. Man of the match will go to Matty Collins, worked very hard and caused problems all game. Next week we travel to Hamstreet in the Ashford Charity Trophy. This will be a tough encounter as Street have come out on top against us a little too often in recent games!
C Smith / D Valler (L Milton) / P Allan / R Smith (L Smith) / T Head / Marc Collins (R Greenfield) / Matt Collins / G Mackett / L Hayles / S Harris / G Lockyer
Sunday 2 January 2011
Bromley Green 3 Star United 3
By Steve Mailey
The advantage of having this friendly was in question right up to kick off if I’m honest, especially as several regulars were unavailable. Now that we have, I have to say it was most definitely worth it. The plan was to blow away some cobwebs following a spell without football, as well as giving a chance to a few others. We achieved both.
I said before that the scoreline would be of little importance, and I stand by that. Yet both sets of players deserve credit for putting on a competitive game and I feel the result was the correct one. With the snow and ice behind us, it was a sharp icy wind that greeted a pleasingly large crowd, and my thanks go to all those who offered their support.
As for the game, well we started very slowly, as expected. In fact we looked like a side that had not played for months rather than weeks! We were rusty, slow at times, lazy at times and generally out of sorts. Our visitors started much brighter and it was soon clear that their pace and quality in attack would be their main threat. We fell behind fairly early from a set piece – not surprising when half our side were looking the other way when it was taken – enough said! Without too much time to recover it wasn’t long before we were two goals down, this time courtesy of some pretty lazy defending and tracking back.
With 25 minutes gone, we introduced the first set of changes and I feel we suddenly looked a little more stable. We also seemed to inject a bit more passion and desire, both with and without the ball, and found ourselves applying more pressure. A shove in the area gave us the chance to get a foothold on the game, and Pat Law converted the spot kick, taking us into the break 1-2 down.
I asked at the break to keep trying for each other as we were most definitely growing in to the game following the poor start. The lads were enthusiastic and keen to get on with it. As the half went on, we were more and more comfortable. The reward came when Steve Harris unleashed a superb effort from 18 yds to bring us level. We found ourselves behind again to a fine effort as we failed to regroup following an attack. Yet again we kicked on and continued to impose pressure on the visitors. Tommy Lockett stepped up for a free kick and found the net via a deflection to level the game 3-3. We almost won it in the final minute but for a fine stop on the line from the Star keeper.
There were lots of positives today, the main one being a good run out for all 14 lads. Individually, young Thomas Moon had a fine game in goal. Although nervous, never backed out of anything and was powerless with all three goals. Tom Head put in a fine show in defence, Liam Smith produced a solid showing and Pat Law impressed in several roles! The midfield display from Aaron Neil caught the eye of many, including his team mates. Rocky grew into the game and ended up bossing it. The introduction of Jason Thomas added pace and strength as he produced his best game to date that I have seen. The alternate forward combination of Harris, Hallett and Lockett offered differing challenges for the Star defence, all putting in good shifts. With several changes throughout the game, man of the match loses importance, so I will award a joint honour to Rocky and Aaron – big performances, instrumental in virtually all we did.
So we removed some cobwebs and I now have some ideas and options to look at over the coming weeks. Next week we return to the serious stuff with a string of games that will shape our season, starting with a Bodkin cup tie against Highfield. The Charity Trophy quarter final against Hamstreet follows on the 16th, then league clashes against Highfield and Brewmaster on the 23rd and 30th. The next four weeks are huge – so I’m pleased we had the game today after all!
Squad [all played]: Thomas Moon / Tom Head / Dan Valler / Paul Allan / Ryan Smith / Liam Smith / Pat Law / Rob Greenfield / Linton Hayles / Aaron Neil / Jason Thomas / Steve Harris / Kenny Hallett / Tom Lockett
Sunday 2 January 2011
Mersham 4 Bromley Green Saturday Thirds 1
By Dave Homewood
A sporting friendly game at Stone Green where the youngsters seemed to run out of legs in the latter stages; but even so this proved a good run-out for all concerned. For various reasons the Thirds were without four regulars, including their captain, but I decided not to bring others in just for the sake of it. Mersham, who are heading back to the Sunday Premier Division, fielded a very strong side and quickly took a two- goal lead. However, in a twenty minute spell we played some attractive football and deservedly pulled one back through Emmanuel Awuni before half time.
If there is one thing we are learning rapidly it is that, when playing good sides, mistakes are punished and in the blink of an eye it was 4-1 with the final 20 minutes a case of hanging on as we were constantly torn apart by pace down the wing. In fairness, with a little more composure in front of goal, which might have been present but for the long lay-off, we perhaps should have converted a couple of excellent chances. Tiredness, coupled with a tendency to cede possession cheaply, saw us glad to hear the final whistle and the whole squad knows there is a need to get our act together before next Saturday’s Kent Cup tie at Snodland.
Thanks to Martin Stevens and all at Mersham for making us welcome and how pleasing to report that referee Kevin Lee did not have to speak to a single player. Well done to all.
Thirds: A Possee; P Missing, M Dalby, J Hurst, T Calveley, J Sloan, E Stanley, S Ahmetaj, L McRobert, C Pearson, K Hawkins, A Jeffery, E Ewuni
Saturday 11 December 2010
Bromley Green Res 5 Bly Spartan Res 3
By Trevor Strand
We started very slow out of the blocks and were sloppy in our passing and lack lustre in our movement against a good Bly team who looked sharp all over the pitch. Injury to Rob Clark who has been our most consistent player for weeks after 8 minutes from a late tackle did not help and he was replaced with Tad Greenfield.
Bly played on the counter attack with their quick striker causing us problems all afternoon and with players running from deep and not being tracked back they took the lead with our sloppy defending and a clinical finish giving James Howard in goal no chance. Again we did not learn our lesson and found ourselves 2 nil down again with a good finish from the Bly striker who was having a field day. Only some superb goalkeeping from James kept the score respectable.
We got a lifeline when the Bly defender under hit a back pass and Ash Webster gambling nipped in to score. This good fortune inspired us and we equalised through Tom Welham to go in at half time a fortunate 2-2.
Instructions were to now keep possession better, pressure their midfield get the ball out wide and deliver quality in the box for Kenny Hallett to attack. We did start better and created a couple of good chances that Ken could not get on the end of. But again we did not clear the ball when we should have and the impressive Bly midfielder hit a superb shot past James.
3 – 2 down and we gambled changing to 3 – 5 – 2 with Kev Quinn replaced by Ryan Fitzgerald moving Ash up with Kenny. The gamble paid off with Kenny scoring with his trade mark header from Lee Milton’s cross from the left. Milts movement was now causing problems for Bly and Paul Barron starting to complete A to B passes, Tom Welham covering acres of ground we took control of the game. A good move down the left and a great cross from Ash was headed home by Tad and shortly afterwards Milts delivered a fine cross from the right which was met by Ash to make the final score 5 – 3.
On reflection it was not pretty football but we did battle and show some fighting spirit. It’s not the way I want us to play and with the players we have we can play and pass the ball better than we are at the moment. James Cross was solid at left back, Terry Perk and Mike Hodges had a better 2nd half. Tad and Fitz did well down the wings and Kenny will get goals with good service.
My MoM was Lee Milton with his never say die attitude closely followed by James who kept us in the game with some superb saves. This week I left several players out of the squad for certain reasons and 2 players unable to commit to Saturday football and Craig Mannering recovering from a collapsed lung places are up for grabs. I must comment on the attitude of youngster Jake Tweedie who has been superb when being a substitute on several occasions.
Green: James Howard, Kev Quinn, Terry Perk, Mike Hodges, James Cross, Tom Welham, Paul Barron, Lee Milton, Ashley Webster, Rob Clark, Ken Hallett. Subs all used: Rob Greenfield, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jake Tweedie
Saturday 11 December 2010
Bromley Green 3 University of Kent 2
By Dave Smith
A vital 3 points gained on Saturday saw us move to second place in the league, a superb team effort full of grit and determination saw us battle back from 2 down to grab the win against a decent University side.
The game started with us under immediate pressure as the Uni boys looked sharper and more determined, the 2 week lay of had done us no favours as we struggled to get into the game. We went 1 down in the 15th minute when we failed to deal with a corner, this goal was coming and we were soon dealt another blow when a slick move saw the visiting striker finish well to give our visitors a 2 goal advantage.
With 15 minutes to go until the break we looked rattled and I was worried that we would concede more goals, a slight change in shape saw us start to come into the game and the rustiness in our play was gradually disappearing and we got a break, when we were awarded a controversial penalty, one of those that sometimes you get and sometimes you don’t, but it was our life line and Paul Burt slotted home. So half time was reached with us only a goal behind.
It was stressed during the break that we now had to kick on, more effort and more commitment was required and I challenged everyone to show me how much winning this league meant to them. The response i got was superb as we came out and took the game to our visitors, we were sharper all over the pitch and our tackles were crunching home. We levelled the game in the 60th minute when Tom Head’s excellent cross was superbly headed home by Paul Burt who was proving a constant menace to the Uni defence. We were now on top and took the lead in the 70th minute when substitute Dan Cornell ran onto Rocky Hayles through ball and smashed the ball home, come back complete. The game then become very open and both sides created half chances to score but our defence held firm for a great victory.
I was delighted with the way we came through this game, we showed the spirit and desire needed to win when things are not going well and everyone of the 14 players involved today played a part and as I always say, you will never win anything with just a team you need a squad of players all capable of playing their part.
Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, Marc Collins, R.Norman, R.Hayles, B.Beaney, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (S.Harris) G.Mackett (B.Beaney) J.Thomas (A.Mercer)
Mom: A very hard call as I thought this was a real team effort, but Paul Burt gets the nod for his 2 goals and overall performance
Saturday 20 November 2010
Bearsted Reserves 5 Bromley Green Reserves 0
By Trevor Strand
On Saturday the reserves travelled to Bearsted in the Reserves Division Cup. After last week’s poor performance against Chilham changes were made and a different formation of 4 -4-2 from the 4-5-1 was implemented. After only scoring one goal in the last 3 games, I felt we needed a bit more up front to give the Bearsted defence something to think about so Ashley Webster and Tom Lockett were the main strikers with Tom Welham and Lee Milton centre midfield.
The first 20 minutes was a tight affair with both sides not having any real efforts on goal but Bearsted had a mad 5 minutes with 2 players booked one being a substitute and then one sent off , this seemed to disrupt us and some appeared to switch off. This had the opposite effect on our opponents who raised their game and took the lead from a penalty given against Terry Perk for handball. Shortly after they increased their lead when a run from deep was not tracked and the resulting shot was well saved by James Howard only for the loose ball to be tapped home by the Bearsted striker.
2 – 0 down at half time with a mountain to climb all be it against 10 men. We changed from 4-4-2 to 3-4-3 to chase the game and I felt if we could get an early goal we would be in with a shout but it was not to be. The Bearsted keeper made some excellent saves and Tommy Lockett hit the bar from a free kick, but full credit to Bearsted who kept the ball very well with short simple passes something that we are unable to do and they caught us on the break 3 times with some clinical finishing. The game was well refereed by Ian Regan.
So another 5 nil drubbing and just one goal in 4 games leaves me and Andy with some major problems to sort out. Ok we could say we were missing a few players to injury / 1st team call ups but the squad is big enough and the players in my opinion are good enough to compete at this level but for some reason its not working and when we go a goal down its just a matter of how many the other team will score. We must improve our all round game to have any chance of staying near the top of the league and that includes fitness levels which were sadly lacking on Saturday. Some players are not living up to expectations – theirs and mine.
On a positive note Rob Clark again had an excellent game down the left if some players could achieve his fitness level their game would improve immensely – but as me and Andy keep saying you have got to want it. Mike Hodges played well and kept it simple and kept possession well. Tom Lockett worked hard up front and his attitude and encouragement was superb. We now have only the league left to challenge for and if we improve and start scoring goals I feel we can still have a good season to look back on.
Squad: James Howard, James Cross, Terry Perk, Mike Hodges, Rob Clark, Ryan Fitzgerald, Lee Milton, Tom Welham, Rob Greenfield, Ash Webster, Tom Lockett. Subs: Paul Barron, Craig Mannering, Jake Tweedie. Not used Kevin Quinn, Kevan Strand
Sunday 21 November 2010
Bromley Green 4 Kennington 1
By Steve Mailey
We welcomed Kennington to the Swan Ground for the divisional cup quarter final clash. Following the disappointment of dropping out of one cup last week, I was pleased to see the attitude of the lads prior to this one. Whilst clearly determined and eager to get cracking, we were also quite relaxed and cracking jokes – not all at my expense for a change! This type of team spirit is what we’ve been working towards and will serve us well further down the line. The attitude of those not in the starting line up was also excellent.
I stated in the days building up to this fixture that Kennington pose a genuine threat, having opted for a youth approach, they presented an element of the unknown about them. With this in mind, I set up with a view of controlling midfield early and adding pace to our attacking options. I believe this worked well, as midfield was certainly dominated by our lads and we had the visitors facing their own goal on countless occasions in the opening half hour. Although we managed to spurn some pretty good chances we did take a lead when Ryan Smith got enough contact to deceive the keeper from close range. Football can be strange – I’d have given anything for a similar scuffed effort last week! Anyway, we continued to press home our quality, and possibly experience, as we began to enjoy plenty of the ball. Our lead was doubled when a wonderful piece of football, involving four or five players exchanging one touch passes, was lashed home from 20+ yards by Matt Collins. It was well deserved at this point.
Looking comfortable in a cup game, we were suddenly caught out. An eagerness to get forward followed by a not so eagerness to get back, along with poor communication at the vital moment, and Kennington were back in it. A quick sweeping move saw the ball at the feet of young Chris Wyles who, uninterested in our shortfalls, ran at our retreating players and dispatched a well taken goal with impressive maturity.
But, as I have seen several times this year, a setback didn’t knock us and we rallied again. It’s a great strength to have and is an example of team spirit. Further pressure was applied as we pinned the visitors back again. Rocky spun round in the area to release a precise effort beyond the keeper and Matt Collins, out near the touch line, thumped in his second from distance leaving the keeper helpless.
So 4-1 at the interval, we could be forgiven for expecting more of the same. Well we didn’t get it! Although we remained more than comfortable in terms of possession, we certainly took our feet off the gas. Much of our quality seemed to leave us and the second half was a tighter contest. This is largely down to the effort and spirit shown by the youngsters from Kennington, who never gave up and gave us plenty to think about. Craig Smith made a terrific stop at the start of the half and a further effort may have crossed the line soon after. Add to that a couple more missed opportunities for us and suddenly the scoreline may have read higher for both sides.
With no further goals following the first half, we set up a mouthwatering semi final date with Market Hotel. That will, of course, be a very different type of game. As for displays today, well Tom Head was the pick of our defence today with a fine display. Rocky put in a massive shift before being withdrawn in midfield and Matt Collins created lots and worked hard, firstly up front, and then out wide. The contribution from Gary Locker also deserves credit, his touch and control proving instrumental. Man of the match will go to Pat Law. He is playing well wherever I put him and works so hard, and today he delivered again.
C Smith / P Allan (Valler) / R Smith / T Head / P Law / G Mackett / L Hayles (L Milton) / Marc Collins / R Greenfield (S Harris) / G Lockyer / Matt Collins
Saturday 20 November 2010
Bromley Green 8 Kennington 1
By Dave Smith
A comprehensive victory against Kennington saw us move up to third in the league. In truth the game was all over after 15 minutes. We had already established a two-goal lead and our visitors had been reduced to 10 men.
I give credit to Kennington for the way they battled, they are in a period of re building and I am sure in the seasons to come they will once again become a force to be reckoned with. Our trend of starting well continued and in the first minute, Steve Harris, against his old club burst through the defence and fired home. Next Paul Burt, who was excellent throughout, was fouled on the edge of the area and Marc Collins again against his old club curled the free kick into the bottom corner. Worse was to follow for Kennington, as they were reduced to 10 men for a reckless challenge that earned their defender a 2nd yellow.
A tremendous burst down the right from Ryan Norman in the 30th minute led to our third goal as he squared the ball for Burt to fire home. 3 soon become 4 as Ryan Smith headed home a Marc Collins free kick. So half time was reached with us in total control and the game as a contest over.
In truth Kennington battled for everything in the early stages of the second half but without much luck. Paul Burt slotted his second after superb interplay between Adam Mercer, Ryan Norman and Steve Harris and then completed his deserved hat trick with a quality finish from the edge of the area.
Kennington managed to pull a goal back in the 70th minute when we switched of defensively. The introduction of substitutes Kenny Hallett, Jason Thomas and Matt Hadlum gave us fresh legs and drove us forward with added pace. Thomas burst 70 yards down the right and his inch perfect ball enabled Kenny Hallett to score his first senior goal. The final goal came from the spot after a handball which allowed Paul Burt to add his fourth.
After our biggest win of the season which in truth has been coming, we are now moving into top gear and moving rapidly up the league. 15 goals in our last 3 games, 7 unbeaten, with 5 wins, the team are playing very well and the understanding between the players is growing every week.
I will repeat what I always say; it will take a very good side to beat us. The players are showing a good attitude both on match days and at training and I thank them all for the effort they are putting in.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, A.Mercer, M.Doyle, R.Smith, R.Norman, Marc Collins, R.Hayles, B.Beaney, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: J.Thomas (A.Mercer) K.Hallett (S.Harris) M.Hadlum (B.Beaney)
MoM: Paul Burt was excellent with 4 goals but this week it goes to Marc Collins for his goal and all round performance, quality passing and great work rate.
Saturday 20 November 2010
Bromley Green 3rd 2 Ruckinge United 3
By Dave Homewood
I was impressed with the spirit of Ruckinge and acknowledge that they were worthy winners of this League Cup match. After taking an early lead with a superb strike by Ewan Stanley, we seemed to stop doing all the things we are good at and took from the game exactly what we deserved – zilch! A goal just before half time by Aaron Neil which saw us trail by a single goal at the break [3-2] proved to be our last serious attempt at finding the net. We were poor in all departments today and the goals being conceded are a concern. Next week we will need to get our act together as we welcome new side Deportivo to the Swan Ground for a league fixture. At this stage, I don’t want to say any more about today’s insipid performance.
Green: T Moon; J Sloan, M Dryland, M Dalby, P Missing, C Pearson, S Ahmetaj, L McRobert, E Stanley, A Neil, K Hawkins. Subs: E Awuni, J Hurst, M Jarvis, A Possee
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Kent County League 3 Sussex County League 2
By Dave Smith
On a wet evening in Sevenoaks the Kent rep side featuring 4 of our players won the Tom Stabler Trophy with a hard fought 3-2 win against Sussex. Kent after dominating the early exchanges fell behind to 30th penalty harshly awarded from a hard but fair challenge in the box, but Kent were soon level after keeper Craig Smith’s long kick saw another soft penalty awarded, so the teams went in level at half time. This half had featured quite a lot of bad tempered tackling and abuse from the visitors dug out, the referee was struggling to keep control and generally this surprised me as it is supposed to be a show case friendly.
Kent soon took the lead in the second half, when a long free kick eluded everyone bar the Kent forward who headed home unmarked. In the 80th minute Kent extended their lead when substitute Liam Smith deflected the ball home from a corner. Sussex then threw everything at Kent and were rewarded with another penalty, so 3-2 and a hectic finish that saw Green man Liam Smith dismissed for arguing about a handball on the half way line, but the Kent boys managed to hang on and retain the trophy.
Keeper Craig Smith who played the first half by agreement was steady but rarely tested, Ryan Smith played the whole 90 and was very assured as part of a back 3. Rocky Hayles battled well in midfield but Kent’s style of getting the ball forward quickly never really gave him chance to show all his qualities. Liam Smith who took the place of Matt Hadlum when he pulled out at the last minute came on for the last 25mins, scored but was then shown red so a mixed night, so all the Green lads played their part and can now look forward to future games.
Sunday 14 November 2010
Paddock Wood Predators 2 Bromley Green 1
By Steve Mailey
Our Kent Premier Cup run ended at a very wet Paddock Wood as we went out by the narrowest of margins. Played in miserable conditions on a pitch that deteriorated as the game went on, credit has to be given to both sets of players for trying to play the game and putting on an enjoyable match. The game was played with a good temperament and refereed with impressive common sense. I think a mention for the healthy support who stood and watched in the awful conditions is also due!
As for the game, well it was always going to be a lottery with the weather factor, and we were denied a quality game because of it – as we were last year at Gravesend, where a frozen pitch dictated the type of game we had. As for our part, well I was very pleased with our approach and could tell the squad were up for this one. Yes some had enjoyed late nights, and some enjoyed the boxing coverage (which lasted much longer than the actual fight!) but I knew we were as prepared as we could be with the players available.
Starting with a 451, it allowed us time to see just what the hosts had to offer. It wasn’t long before we could see it would need to change as young Gary Lockyer was getting plenty of service up front alone, but had little time to use it. Yet we also needed to keep things tight because the game soon became quite a tussle in the middle third. As the half went on, we were able to compete well all over the pitch and were generally looking good. A minor lapse almost saw us go a goal down as an unmarked forward raced through, unleashing a fine effort on to the post. Moments later I ushered Mackett forward to offer a greater outlet up front. The pressure eased as we found ourselves providing the sterner threat as the half ended goal less.
At the break I told the lads I felt we were just edging it and that I felt we were in a good position. A little more support off the ball could see us take more control. The second half began in similar style to what we had seen already. No team was going to win this game with pretty football and we were starting to overplay a little, which invited extra pressure. Another minor lapse, and this time we were punished, conceding when we should really have dealt with it.
The one thing we have shown this year is that we rally round quickly following setbacks, and we did it again. We applied lots of pressure, resulting in a string of corners, and from one of them Paul Allan poked home to level things up. A change was made and we continued to battle for everything. As the conditions worsened, I felt we were becoming more wasteful than the home side. With the clock ticking towards extra time we were dealt a savage blow on 83 minutes as a superb effort flew in at the far post to put us behind.
We did the obvious in terms of pushing men up but it wasn’t to be. With several chances coming our way during the game and not converted, it leaves us feeling very down. Gary Lockyer, Ryan Smith and Matt Collins all failed to convert chances that you would normally expect to see buried. Others played balls into the area that either got stuck or spun through to the keeper. This is not a criticism, but highlights the fact it just wasn’t our day today. Even Craig came up for the final corner and headed goal bound, just for his opposite number to pluck it from the air.
So we go out, and it hurts. How good Predators really are remains to be seen, for they will say the same about us. Defensively I feel they could struggle, but in better conditions their options coming forward will serve them well. As for our lads, well Craig Smith was superb in goal, near faultless in testing conditions. Our rear guard were solid for the majority and battled well for each other. The central display of Mackett, L Milton and Law was very, very good, all putting in huge amounts of work and all adapting for the team as I changed things around. Marc Collins provided threat from wide and never stopped working. And Lockyer up front ran himself into the ground.
Man of the match – well there were some fine displays today – and the Club can be proud of the squad and of the effort shown today. Pat Law came very close, but I will give it to Paul Allan. His strength and determination was faultless and he just edges it ahead of those already mentioned within a good team display.
So the top prize is out of reach for this year. Next week we have a divisional cup match against Kennington, where this defeat needs to be out of our system, or the new look outfit from across town will inflict more misery!
C Smith / D Valler / P Allan / R Smith / T Head / R Greenfield (Matt Collins) / P Law / L Milton / Marc Collins / G Mackett / G Lockyer. Not used: L Smith / L Hayles
Saturday 13 November 2010
Sheppey United 2 Bromley Green 4
Report by Dave Smith
A fairly comfortable victory without us really ever getting out of second gear very often, but a win is a win and I will never complain when we take the 3 points on offer. We again started the game very well and scored in the 5th minute, a superb cross from skipper Glenn Mackett on his 500 appearance was met by Ryan Norman with a diving header, but our joy was short lived as Sheppey levelled when we failed to deal with a long free kick and the home forward finished with the help of a deflection. We upped the tempo without really hitting top form and came close on several occasions the best being where Dan Cornell set up fellow striker Paul Burt who just curled his shot wide. But we were not to be denied and in the 40th minute Rocky Hayles free kick eluded everyone and found its way into the home sides net a 2-1 half time lead and no more than we deserved.
I stressed at half time the need for everyone to give another 10% as I felt we were playing well within ourselves. The lads responded well and we dominated the open minutes of the half, we scored our third in the 60th minute when Ryan Norman stepped inside 2 challenges and drilled an unstoppable drive from 25 yards into the bottom corner, I felt that now we would go on and get 5 or 6 as Sheppey were rarely getting into our half, but we were rocked from a rare corner when again we defended poorly and Sheppey pulled a goal back. This led to a bad 10 minute spell as Sheppey upped their game, but we rode this out and from a superb long kick from keeper Craig Smith, Dan Cornell was bought down in the box and Paul Burt stepped up and scored comfortably, so 4-2 with 10 minutes to go, we still had time to miss a couple more chances that would have made the victory margin better but it was not to be and we ran out winners by our 2 goal margin.
A good steady all round performance with everybody contributing, Ryan Norman gave the home side plenty of problems from the wing as did Dan Cornell and Paul Burt playing well together up front, Rocky and Glenn generally bossed the midfield, Marc Collins added quality balls from the left and the defence of Micky Doyle, Ryan Smith, Tom Head and Adam Mercer although not at their best still gave us a solid platform to be able to play, keeper Craig Smith who had little to do was excellent with all his handling and when required kicked well to set up attacks a good 3 points and now 6 gamed unbeaten the start of a run we aim to grow and grow.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, A.Mercer, R.Norman, Marc Collins, G.Mackett, R.Hayles, D.Cornell, P.Burt. Subs: J.Thomas (R.Norman), K.Hallett (D.Cornell), J.Barham not used.
Mom: G.Mackett, 500 game and was excellent throughout.
A special thanks again to, Max, Sara, Steve, Lana, Stepth, Becky, Dan, Harry, Sarah, Adel and the soon to be returning Pole for travelling to the Island and giving us their support.
Saturday 13 November 2010
Bromley Green 3rds 5 Wittersham Reserves 2
By Dave Homewood
Plenty of positives can be drawn from this opening League Cup tie as the lads continue to develop along their sharp learning journey. Once again we came from behind and once more will be annoyed at conceding soft goals. Whilst we had the better of the early exchanges, we were punished for an error at the back that let George Randall in for a shock opener, and it seemed as though it could be one of those days as Kieran Hawkins rattled a post with a terrific drive and Ewan Stanley lifted the ball over when well placed. However, we are used to going behind and, aside from a few scares, we always looked more likely to score and by half time we had gone into a 3-1 lead via Aaron Neil (2) and Hawkins. Three things pleased me from the opening forty-five minutes: (1) the determination shown to get on level terms and take a hold of the match; (2) the fact that the lads encouraged Peter to put his bad moment behind him instead of getting on his back … Pedro then carried on to have a good game and he will have learned from this; and (3) the fact that players are using both feet now and this was epitomised by a wonderful right wing cross from Kieran that was met by Aaron with an equally impressive header. Until recently Kieran would have stopped, dragged the ball onto his favoured left, and by so doing allowed our opponents the chance to mark us closely. It is these cameo moments that we need to build upon and not revert back to the habit of hanging onto the ball and fidgeting around changing feet. When we knock the ball about and listen to Lee McRobert, who covered an enormous amount of ground today, we can compete with anyone around.
With Thomas Moon pulling off a brilliant save to thwart the visitors and Martyn Dalby starting to regain his confidence, we always looked likely winners but as we know the villagers never give up and we had to work for the win. A wonderful strike from Ewan [even though you know you should have passed it earlier Spud!] put the issue beyond doubt and substitute Matty Jarvis took his opportunity well for number five. To the credit of Troy Sharp and his men, they applied pressure on our goal in the final ten minutes and Carl Davey nicked a second consolation goal.
So, another win for the boys and again it was a squad effort. There is no doubt that having three fresh quality subs [this week James, Adam and Matty] who can come on and slot in seamlessly is enabling us to go the final whistle. Today I took off Chris, Ship and Mini who had all played well … the lads are now beginning to see the whole picture and understand what we are trying to achieve. And all this without Tyrone and Emmanuel who were sidelined today!
Man of the match: it could go to a number in all honesty. Aaron and Macca ran themselves into the ground, Munch carried on from last week [but I want a bit more gob on the pitch] and Kieran is almost back to his best. But it will go this week to Dalby [right] who has been lacking in confidence for some time and devoid of self belief. Martyn demonstrated today why he is a double winner of the prestigious Tommy Stafford Youth Clubman award through his determination to make his mark in senior football. He is getting back into training seriously and, after a dodgy start today, looked the part and I still believe Dalbs and Mini can develop a strong central defence partnership.
Well done to Dalbs and all the squad … nine games with one defeat can’t be bad considering this is a season for experimentation and development. There are some extremely difficult fixtures to come later in the season but I am proud of the commitment of all the lads and here’s to next week when we welcome Ruckinge for another vital League Cup tie. Then it’s new side Deportivo in the League followed by our trip to Snodland Town in the Kent Cup on 4 December. Exciting times!
My thanks to Mick, Nigel and all the supporters who come along – we have a growing band of followers and I hope they enjoy what they see. Also to Andrew who kindly runs the line as he patiently waits for his chance in goal in one of the club’s sides.
Green: T Moon; P Missing, M Dryland, M Dalby, J Hurst, C Pearson, S Ahmetaj, L McRobert, E Stanley, A Neil, K Hawkins. Subs: J Sloan, A Jeffery, M Jarvis, A Possee
Saturday 13 November 2010
Bromley Green Res 0 Chilham 5
Report by Andy Williams
Bromley Green reserves bowed out of the Weald of Kent Cup after a hugely disappointing performance at the Swan Centre against Canterbury League leaders Chilham.With Tom Welham replacing Kenny Hallet up front we stuck with the 4-5-1 formation that had served us well in the previous 3 games.We started well,forcing Chilham into errors with our closing down play and a competitive game looked in prospect.However an early injury to Kev Quinn disrupted our play and with skipper Terry Perk following suit,the visitors began to get the upper hand.Quinn had to be replaced after 20 minutes by Jake Tweedie and the unfortunate youngster was still getting his bearings when hesistancy caused the Chilham striker to nip in between him and keeper James Howard to poke home the opener. Unforgiveably this seemed to be the signal for the Green to abandon our principles of hard work and simple accurate passing.We totally failed to get the ball up to the feet of Welham and the most advanced of our midfield three, Lee Milton.We also failed to get wide players Ryan Fitzgerald and Robbie Greenfield into the game although they have to take a certain amount of the blame for that with their lack of availability at times.The midfield pairing of Andy Davies and Paul Barron were struggling to have any influence on the game and towards the end of the half Chilham were taking control and unsurprisingly increased their lead when a strong run down the left took their winger past Tweedie and his cross was unfortunately turned in to his own goal by Tommy Lockett.
Half time and with skipper Perk unable to continue,we settled for a 3-5-2 formation to try and get back into the game with Craig Mannering and Ashley Webster introduced up front and Welham dropping back into midfield.This seemed to galvanise us to a certain extent and we got far more ball into the Chilham area without creating any clear cut chances although Fitz delivered a couple of good crosses which Davies just failed to connect with.Welham was working hard and Webster was giving the Chilham back four something to think about.Robbie Clark was performing admirably as a sweeper and we seemed to stem the flow until the last few minutes when Chilham added a couple of late goals to complete the scoring.After all the hard work of our recent performances it was very very disappointing to receive another comprehensive cup defeat,worse was the fact that we showed little of the commitment we are used to especially in the way that we allowed players to run past us in all areas of the park with seemingly little interest in going with them.Apologies if this report sounds harsh but we have got to realise that we have to play to our individual and team strengths at all times.We now have a winnable cup to go for and are well placed in the league at the moment but we have to improve a great deal on this performance to be in with a chance of success.The positive thing is that Trev and myself know what the players are capable of and hopefully you do to.COME ON LADS,lets get our minds on next weeks trip to Bearstead right now.See you Tuesday.
APM 3 Bromley Green 3
By Dave Smith
As I write this I am still not sure if this was 2 points lost or a good point hard earned. I was pleased with a lot of aspects of the day especially our performance in the first half, but the poor standard of refereeing has left me feeling very bitter about the whole day. The K.C.F.A. and the K.C.F.L. always promote the respect campaign but in my view respect is a 2 way street and has to be earned. How a referee can perform fairly for both sides in the first half but then have his head changed for the second by complaints from the home side is beyond me, 6 bookings and a sending of for us compared to the home sides total of none proves a point. No doubt another possible charge coming my way for asking the referee to many questions after the game but a polite honest answer is better than “ go away “. I will be reporting the referee to the league and that is all I can do apart from hope he does not referee us again, but at least he enjoyed his pint afterwards with the opposition.
As for the game itself we started well and looked sharp, but a slip up defending a easy ball saw the hosts take the lead in the 5th minute. We responded well and in the 10th minute Paul Burt who had a good solid all round game bought us level with a superb volley into the top corner his first since his return to the club, this spurred us on and Paul beat the defensive line from a long kick from keeper Craig Smith and finished well to give us the lead. We continued to dominate and should had added further goals, Micky Doyle headed against the bar and Matt Hadlum just failed to squeeze the ball home from a yard out, but we got our third when Adam Mercer was clearly bought down in the box and Buster Beaney stepped up to increase our lead from the spot, so half time was reached with us in control and confident of going on to collect the 3 points.
The second half never panned out as was thought, first a moment of madness from Matt Hadlum saw him receive a deserved red card, this disrupted our shape and inspired our opponents, there long ball game to big forwards was pushing us back, the referee was handing out bookings like Christmas cards and this was restricting our tackling as the fear of going down to 9 men grew larger. Our lead was cut in the 60th minute when from a free kick we lapsed and there defender headed home, we were now under constant pressure as we started to tire, A.P.M. levelled in the 75th minute from a shot from the just outside the area that just eluded keeper Smith. We now looked in real danger of coming away with nothing but the introduction of our 3 subs, Dan Cornell, Ryan Norman and Jason Thomas gave us a lift and we started to take the game back to our hosts and after good work from Norman, Dan Cornell was unlucky to see his shot blocked. We still rode our luck a bit to the end but was relieved to hear the final whistle and end at 3-3, this again proved the importance of having a solid squad who are all capable of coming into a game and contributing.
I will praise all 14 players today as everyone gave there all and showed both there ability to be able to play good football and at the same time be able to dig in when the going got tough, I have every belief in this squad and everyone is working hard and giving there all to push us towards our target of promotion, we still have games in hand and there a lot of sides taking points of each other, the league is tight but I am pleased with the way we are progressing. Also a big thank you to all our supporters today it is great to see and much appreciated by all the lads and myself.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, A.Mercer, M.Collins, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, R.Hayles, P.Burt. Subs; D.Cornell (P.Burt) R.Norman (M.Collins) J.Thomas (B.Beaney)
Mom: P.Burt, one great goal, one good finish and a good all round game.
Saturday 6 November 2010
Bromley Green Reserves 1 Borden Village Reserves 0
By Trevor Strand
The Saturday Reserves welcomed Borden Reserves to the Swan Ground for only our 2nd home league fixture in what was to prove a close game. With skipper Terry Perk and Kevan Strand not 100% fit and Ryan Fitzgerald not available and Craig Mannering pulling out Saturday morning due to family reasons and Tad Greenfield stuck on the M25 it shows how important it is to have a large squad to compete in this division.
We started well passing the ball around and putting pressure on the Borden defence carrying on where we left off at APM last week. Andrew Davies went close with a cross shot and the keeper made a couple of good saves. On 10 minutes a Rob Clark corner found the head of Ken Hallett forcing the keeper to save but the ball was spilled and Andrew Davies scored from close in. This was the start we needed and I thought we would settle down and keep possession and go on to increase our score and dominate the game. But just the opposite happened we could not put any decent passes together with no composure on the ball and possession was given away needlessly on too many occasions with long passes being played when a simple short pass would suffice. This put pressure on our back four of youngster Jake Tweedie, the outstanding James Cross, Tommy Lockett who had superb game and Kev Quinn who was solid at out of position left back. James Howard in goal had to make a couple of saves but was well protected by the defence.
The young Borden team continued to pass the ball better than us and their speedy left winger was given too much space to turn and run at the defence which was causing us problems. Just before half time a good cross from Tom Welham was met again with a good header from Ken Hallett forcing the keeper to make another fine save. Half time 1 nil up but it was decided a change was needed and the more experienced Kev Quinn moved to right back to nullify the Borden left winger, Rob Clark moved to left back and Tad left midfield. The move worked in our favour and we had a little more possession in the 2nd half and we went close on several occasions but too many shots were wide of the goal and what was on target the keeper dealt with. We still continued to give the ball away cheaply when not under pressure so with 25 minutes remaining Michael Hodges came on for the tiring Andrew Davies with Tom Welham moving to wide right. Hodgie coming back from injury had a good game and steadied the ship keeping the passing simple and retaining possession. At 1 nil you never know what can happen and Borden kept pushing forward at every opportunity but the defence held firm with Tommy and Crossy winning the headers and Quinney and Rob solid at full back and James had only a couple of long shots to deal with.
Full time a 1 nil win – 3 points and a clean sheet. Sometimes you have to grind out a result when you don’t play well and this is what we did. After a few heavy defeats myself and Andy decided we must become hard to beat and the system we play is working as this was our 3rd consecutive clean sheet, we now have to work on retaining possession better with quality passing to feet and our finishing in front of goal must improve if we are to kill games off. This will be the main item on the agenda at training on Tuesday.
We did not play nowhere near as good as last week with several players below par and it showed. Next week we are at home to Chilham in the Weald of Kent Charity Cup [Junior section] Cup who are a very good side and we must up our game to stand any chance of going through to the next round.
Team – James Howard, Jake Tweedie, Tom Lockett, James Cross, Kev Quinn, Andrew Davies, Paul Barron, Lee Milton (captain), Tom Welham, Rob Clark, Ken Hallett. Subs: Rob Greenfield, Mike Hodges (both used). Terry Perk, Kevan Strand (unused)
RPM/SPIN Thursday 8pm Fitness First – The last 2 weeks attendance has been poor with last weeks cancelled with only 3 players turning up. If we don’t get at least 10 players I will cancel the sessions as it’s not worth the instructors time and effort. You will have to let me know by Wednesday evening if you are going to attend and if there are not enough I will cancel the sessions.
Saturday 6 November 2010
Thurnham United 1 Bromley Green 3rds 6
By Dave Homewood
The Kent Cup adventure continues following a brittle but brilliant win over the Maidstone Leaguers at Honey Lane, Otham. The first half was edgy and we held a tenuous 1-0 interval advantage thanks to Jamie Hurst’s free kick. At the break it was clear we were not functioning perfectly with another experimental line-up but I saw no need to panic. Lee McRobert was scythed down in the box and Hurst stepped up to hammer in number two from the penalty spot. But then we did what we usually do and gave a goal away at the other end. Why we still see conceding as the end of the world is beyond me. We need to move on and assert better body language when mistakes are made. I never moan at players for making errors, they don’t do them on purpose, but there is not time in a match for expression of personal angst and woe. Tough, get on with it and win the game! Which we did in admirable fashion.
As usual, we responded as a squad and everyone deserves credit for some terrific football in the last half hour with Mani in unstoppable form. Gradually the goals came and at the end the home team were well and truly stuffed – plus having a player sent off by referee Steve Taylor, who it must be said actually applied commonsense throughout [note Mr Clangerburg].
So Munch grabbed a brace and our tally was completed by Chris Pearson, Aaron Neil, James Sloan and Ewan Stanley. Chris Pearson had his best game for a while but we dug in as a squad today and ended worthy winners. My fellow managers repeatedly emphasise the importance of having a large group of players if we are to be successful, and how right they are. Today was such a good example with 20 minutes to go to have Adam slot in for injured Pedro, Ewan buzzing in midfield and James provide fresh legs up front for the hard working Kieran. All three were excellent and in fact you wouldn’t know we had altered everything around.
Man of the match, it could go to a number [Macca for battling on despite obvious discomfort, Pearson for his fine display, Aaron for always leading by example with his work rate, Mani for touches of sheer brilliance] but I think considering he has had to wait for a proper chance that the accolade goes to Jamie Hurst. Whatever the situation, Munch will die for the Green shirt. That means a lot to me. But as the boys know my ethos is quite simple: we started the season as a squad and we will finish it as a squad … so well done to everyone.
My thanks again to Alvin and Steve for their support and advice and Andrew for running the line. Next week we welcome Wittersham again for the opening tie in the League Cup (kick off 2.15pm) and I will expect everybody at training on Tuesday as competition for places is high.
Green: T Moon; P Missing, M Dryland, M Dalby, J Hurst, C Pearson, S Ahmetaj, A Neil, L McRobert, E Awuni, K Hawkins. Subs: J Sloan, E Stanley, A Jeffery, A Possee
Sunday 31 October 2010
Market Reserves 1 Bromley Green Reserves 3
By Ian Mace
Finally a win in the league and who better for it to be against than top of the table Market Reserves. From the start, with sound goalkeeping from Thomas Moon, the Green didn’t let the Market settle with good talking and marking from the back four of Michael Thomas, Matt Hadlum, Tommy Lockett and Ship Ahmetaj to the domination of centre midfield from Tom Poyner and Ashley Webster, with the wingers Jason Thomas and Ryan Fitzgerald causing their opposition full backs big problems to the two forwards Kenny Hallett and Lee Bloxham being busy shutting down their defence and good inter play together we was never going to lose this one. First half saw us go in 1-0 up from a Matt Hadlum header from a Jason Thomas corner, second half with the Green still dominating the game a Jason Thomas strike made it 2-0 and with the Green making chance after chance finally made it 3-0 with an Ashley Webster header from open play. Where the Green had worked so hard they were getting tired and let the pub side in with a consolation goal. Great win lads let’s keep this going we always knew we were good enough but our spirit is great and that Bromley Green attitude is back proving again also that we won’t win with just 11 players it’s about the squad and when the subs Ricky Milton, Reece Hagger and Daryl Hagger came on we still carried on with no disruptions. Don’t forget competition between players is good for the club so when you get your chance take it.
Green: T Moon, M Thomas, M Hadlum, T Lockett, S Ahmetaj, J Thomas, T Poyner, A Webster, R Fitzgerald, K Hallett, L Bloxham. Subs: R Hagger, D Hagger, R Milton (all subs played)
Man of the match: Jason Thomas
Sunday 31 October 2010
Charing 0 Bromley Green 10
By Steve Mailey
Our trip to Charing for this Ashford Charity Trophy clash never threatened to offer up any banana skins as we found ourselves up against lower league opposition yet again. A spirited home side found the gulf between the sides simply too great.
The pre match talk was predictable, mostly because we have faced similar challenges in recent weeks. With a trusted shape, yet slightly different personnel, I was pleased to see the right approach adopted from a squad clearly hungry for success. Our large squad was tested though, as injuries and prior arrangements meant changes were needed. The opening exchanges saw our lads take an early grip on the game as their sharpness and all round play set the tone for the match. Our concerns were dented further when we lost Steve Harris after just 15 minutes, although not before he had given us the lead to calm us down. Aaron Neil benefited as he came on, putting in a very pleasing 75 minutes. Matt Collins added a second in a half that was dominated by Green, even though we were making life very hard for ourselves.
At the break, I accused our lads of being too lazy in terms of decision making. Although recognising how hard it is to raise games at times, I simply asked for more quality and some simpler passing as I felt we would open them up without the need to over-complicate.
The work rate and belief seemed to wither from Charing early in the second half as we found an extra gear and became much more positive. Although the hosts failed to register a serious shot at goal, their earlier enthusiasm had certainly gone. A further eight goals hit the Charing net (sorry for skimming over the detail!) as Glenn Mackett, pushed up front following Harris’ departure, helped himself to a hat trick. The energy offered by Matt Collins was rewarded with a goal to go with his earlier strike and his brother Marc also netted twice. A fine display from Robbie Greenfield was topped off with a goal next to his name and an unfortunate own goal rounded the tally off – no Macca, you’re not getting it!
The hosts remained sporting throughout, as did we. The hot tea brought over to the touch line was an especially nice touch – they clearly don’t have coffee in the villages! Joking, it was much appreciated.
Displays today – well an under worked back line still allowed Pat Law to have his contribution noted and Ryan Smith looked very comfortable. Rocky put in yet another top showing, his ability along with Lee Milton’s know how, allowed young Aaron to settle quickly. Our width caused problems all game and the ground covered up top by Macca and Matty C was impressive. MoM will go to Marc Collins – a fine display, had plenty of possession and used it with great effect.
My thanks to all the squad for their efforts in recent games, but I must ask us all to forget these high scoring games for now, as we look ahead to some very serious and much tougher encounters. A league clash with Brewmaster is next, although that is yet to be confirmed! We follow that with a trip to Paddock Wood in the Kent Premier Cup to face Predators, who I’m told are one of the best sides in it. Next will be the unpredictable Kennington in our divisional cup and that is followed by the equally unpredictable Highfield Utd in the Bodkin cup.
So, very exciting times ahead, for a squad that is big enough and will be utilised fully. Losing two of our major signings, possibly for all of the games mentioned, is a huge blow, but therein lies our next challenge.
C Smith / P Law / R Smith / D Valler (L Smith) / R Greenfield / L Hayles / L Milton / G Mackett / Marc Collins / S Harris (A Neil) / Matt Collins. Sub not used: A Mercer
Saturday 30 October 2010
Bromley Green 3 New Romney 0
By Dave Smith
A comprehensive victory on Saturday saw us complete a very good October for the team, in truth we could have scored more goals but credit to New Romney who battled throughout and made us work hard for our victory.
We started the game well and our diamond formation in midfield was creating our visitors plenty of problems, we were moving the ball well and our front pairing of Dan Cornell and Paul Burt were working well in partnership, we created several half chances and were unlucky not to gain an early lead. Ryan Smith headed against the bar and Glenn Mackett headed just over, but we stuck to our task well and in the 30th minute were rewarded after winning a corner after a great move involving Dan Barham, Rocky Hayles and Burt and Cornell whose goal bound shot was defected wide, Rocky’s delivery was spot on and Mickey Doyle rose well to head home.
Half time was reached with a one goal lead, I told the team I was pleased with all aspects of our play but felt if we upped it another 10% we could really put Romney under the cosh. In truth we never really reached that level but again we were comfortable our defence was in a determined mode to complete a third consecutive clean sheet, our midfield again were pulling the strings and our forwards were creating plenty of problems but despite going close on several occasions we could not kill the game off. Our substitutes were used to liven things up and this worked well when Steve Harris burst into the Romney half and finished with a 25 yard drive to give us the vital second goal in the 75th minute. Game over as a contest but still time for Rocky to break through three tackles and fire home to complete the scoring and a deserved victory. Praise to all the side, Craig was solid in goal, Ryan, Mickey, Tom and Matt have now found a good understanding and look good as a unit, the midfield four of Rocky, Buster, Glenn and Dan were too strong and bossed the game, Paul and Dan up front were always a threat and on another day could have had a hat trick each, subs Harris, Mercer, and Norman added the final extra burst to kill the game off. One disappointing note was the injury to Dan Barham who has cracked his collar bone and now faces a few weeks on the sidelines a real blow to the team as Dan has been outstanding in recent weeks.
We now need to go into November with the same attitude and come through the month moving up the league and getting right in the chase to challenge for the title.
Green: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, T.Head, G.Mackett, R.Hayles, D.Barham, D.Cornell, P.Burt, B.Beaney. Subs: R.Norman (Dan Barham), Steve Harris (Dan Cornell), Adam Mercer (Matt Hadlum)
Mom : Buster Beaney, who organised the shape of the team and showed his quality
Saturday 30 October 2010
APM Reserves 0 Bromley Green Reserves 0
By Trevor Strand
The Saturday Reserves made the short trip up the M20 to play top of the table APM Res. In my preview notes I said the facilities and pitch were good – on arrival the pitch had surface water in several areas which were forked and swept so the game could take place and our dressing room was like a sauna made our back rooms look spacious. The team talk took place out on the pitch as it was too hot inside.
A point away from home against the top team usually is a good result but after the match the feelings was like we had been beaten as we dominated for 90% of the game. We started with the same formation but a couple of changes were made from the Platt game with Tad Greenfield starting on the left, Andy Davies in centre midfield and Kevan Strand and Rob Clark as full backs. The instuctions were to get the ball down and pass with no more than 3 touches, get in their faces and pressure the ball move the ball out wide to Jason Thomas and Tad early and we did this to full effect and our football was a joy to watch (I dont often say that). An early change had to be made as the injury curse struck Kevan again with a torn quad muscle and he was replaced with Kev Quinn, the change did not make any diffrence to us and we continued to play some good football out passing and out working the APM midfield. Several good chances were made and with the “dodgy looking” APM keeper we did not make the most of it and we could and should have been at least 3 goals up at half time. The defence of Quinney, Tom Lockett, skipper Terry Perk and Rob Clark were hardly stretched and with the midfield 3 of Lee Milton, Paul Barron and Andy Davies working hard and giving good protection gave us that solid look. Tommy won numerous headers from the continual APM long ball and Terry swept up what got through. Needless to say James Howard in goal was virtually redundant. Tad and Jason caused problems with their trickery and pace and Rob Clark also linked well with Tad and good crosses were produced but with no end product. An out of sorts Kenny Hallett could not get on the end of any of the good work created.
Half time nil nil and the words were more of the same, keep the tempo up, keep possession and lets test the keeper. We continued to press forward and with Rob overlapping and crossing well and Tad also delivering good crosses Andy Davies went close on 2 occasions. With 30 minutes remaining Kenny Hallett who had one of those days when nothing will go for you was replaced with Craig Mannering, Andy Davies made way for Tom Welham. Again we dominated possession and a move down the left had Tad cutting inside to fire a right foot shot across the goal and somehow the keeper got a hand to it and pushed the ball onto the post. Manners showing good quality in his hold up play and first touch hit a cracking shot that was going in the top corner and again the keeper made a superb save to tip the ball over the bar. Some “dodgy” keeper!.
Milton, Manners and Paul Barron all had shots well saved and a 80 yard run from Terry Perk ended again with no threat on goal. At 0 – 0 there is always a threat the other team will get a chance and with us pressing forward for the one and only time we lost our shape we were caught on the break but Rob Clark got back to break up the move. APM had their best period in the last 10 minutes but we held firm and James dealt with a couple of crosses in his usual assured way.
Final score 0 – 0 in with a good performance and played in the right way by both teams and well refereed by Shane Adams. A point gained or 2 lost – I feel we deserved all three and if we can keep up that standard of football we will be hard to beat. Fitness as I keep saying is so important and we looked the much fitter team from start to finish – we must keep this up – the fitter you are the easier the game. The squad of 16 know the situation that some will get more football than others but the spirit is good and we are going in the right direction. Jake Tweedie and Ryan Fitzgerald the 2 subs who did not get on were superb in their attitude and it has been noted. Thanks to Andy for all his help and Terry for his usual captains speech. Also thanks to all the supporters who travelled to watch – it is much appreciated by me and the players.
Team: James Howard, Kevan Strand, Terry Perk, Tom Lockett, Rob Clark, Tad Greenfield, Lee Milton, Paul Barron, Andy Davies, Jason Thomas, Ken Hallett. Subs: Craig Mannering, Tom Welham, Kev Quinn all. Jake Tweedie, Ryan Fitzgerald unused.
Training Tuesday 7.45 – RPM/Spin Class Thursday 8pm
Saturday 30 October 2010
Bromley Green 3rd 3 Tenterden Reserves 3
By Dave Homewood
We are enduring a little dip in form, not helped with a back injury to Lee McRobert and illness to our leading scorer Kieran Hawkins. While such circumstances do at least help to keep most of the lads involved, I can only sympathise with Adam Jeffery and Andrew Possee who did not get called into the action today. Adam surprised me by even being present after a nasty ankle injury suffered at Thursday’s training session while Andrew willingly runs the line. These are real club men and I will never underestimate the important roles they play in our squad.
After last week’s debacle, changes were promised but I do not believe in the blame culture as it achieves nothing. Some of the boys are going through what I will term the ‘party-going phase’ which normally is really none of my business. But, it is my business when it affects performance on the field and there is no doubt that in a number of cases drinking through the early hours of a Saturday morning is having a detrimental effect. You can only hide so much lads, and you can glare at me all you like; but be honest with yourselves: are the last two poor displays simply coincidence?
Often today’s game resembled last week. Two-nil down in pretty pitiful fashion, a brave fightback, another unmarked header a foot from our own goal for the Den’s third and it was like reliving the nightmare. However, a positive from this draw was our willingness to knuckle down and dig out a result.
Without Macca, the midfield was always going to be less secure but I thought Ship [in contrast perhaps to last weekend] grew even more in stature today, having to marshall large areas against competitive and determined opponents. His frustration at the end when we had failed to grab maximum points showed just how much he cares. Two other lads that have been totally professional and mature in their approach and effort at training, James Sloan and Peter Missing, returned to the starting line-up and gave excellent performances.
Our blistering start to the season is gone now and we have to come to terms with having key men out on occasions and meeting sides that are not going to sit back and watch us play our delightful football. Tenterden, buoyed by their home win last Saturday, went in front via a penalty and then it was the end of the world at 2-0! The interval arrived with us playing the better football but the Den netting the goals. Boys you have to stop moping and feeling sorry for yourselves when things are not going right. Body language is so important and we talked about psychology on Thursday … here it was in a real situation.
Immediately at the start of the second period we were back in it at 2-1 but once again no challenge and a free header made it 3-1. These moments of hesitancy have to be worked on again plus our heading generally. But we will get there and to the lads credit we came back to force a well deserved draw aided by a last ditch clearance by Mini and a fine palm away from Thomas.
Our goals came from Ewan Stanley, Emmanuel Awuni and Chris Pearson with Tenterden’s scorers being Mark Skinner and Daniel Stickels (2). Our opponents voted Aaron Neil as man of the match and I would put Ship alongside him today for a gutsy, non-stop display in the middle where it matters. Next week we have what will probably be our toughest match to date when travelling to meet Thurnham in the Kent Cup. In the last round, the Maidstone-Leaguers won 8-1 at Riverside Res! But we will go confident in the knowledge that if we play to our potential we can cause an upset. Despite our large squad, the injuries are hanging around and I will have a look at things after training on Tuesday before pinning up the squad.
Green: T Moon; P Missing, M Dryland, M Dalby, T Calveley, C Pearson, S Ahmetaj, E Stanley, A Neil, J Sloan, E Awuni. Subs: J Hurst, M Possee. Not used: A Jeffrey, A Possee
Bookings: Martyn Dalby
Referee: Mr G Griffin
Sunday 24 October 2010
Aldington 5 Bromley Green Reserves 5
By Ian Mace
Squad: Thomas Moon, Ricky Milton, Tommy Lockett, Liam Smith, Ship Ahmetaj, Jason Thomas, Tom Poyner, Ashley Webster, Ryan Fitzgerald, Kenny Hallett, Aaron Neil. Subs Emmanuel Awuni, Daryl Hagger, Jamie Hurst. Mani did not come on because he was carrying a groin strain, but the other subs came on.
Well I said this game against Aldington would be a battle and our biggest test so far and it certainly was. I think that Andy would agree this was a great game to be involved in with end to end football from the off. It started with the Green going ahead through Tommy Lockett with a good header from an equally good corner from Jason Thomas, the Green had started to take control early in the game but with credit to Aldington they bounced back with an equaliser but again the Green came back and scored through Kenny Hallett just before half time to put the Green 2-1 up going into the break. The Green then carried on from where they left off from the end of the first half and went 3-1 up with a run down the right from Jason Thomas crossing into the path of Kenny Hallett who struck first time superbly into the corner of the Aldington goal giving the keeper no chance. But again all credit to Aldington they came back into the game with a quick throw in straight into their forwards path and he ran on to score and make it 3-2 very dissapointing from my point of view our marking was very poor and we let them back in it, giving the opposition a lift they scored again to make it 3-3. the green not happy with this dug in again and battled back into the game with Jason Thomas out stripping there full back running directley onto goal and blasting the ball passed there keeper to make it 4-3 to the Green and then things got better when Daryl Hagger from just inside there half firing and cross come shot into the aldington goal to make it 5-3 and thinking to myself at last we have broke them down, but sure to form they came back at us and hit 2 goals in the last few minutes to make it 5-5. Jason Thomas was awarded mom but I have to say that Ashley Webster was a close second but generally a good display by all. Well done men this is more like it – our next test is Market Res away.
Sunday 24 October 2010
Brewmaster 1 Bromley Green 2
By Steve Mailey
I said in the build up to our trip to High Halden that we must aim for three points if we are to mount a serious challenge. I also pointed out that recent results and rumours surrounding our hosts can be ignored as I expected to face a strong Brews side. Well the side put out was just as strong as anticipated and we were made to work very hard in order to gain the points we sought. But gain them we did against a team who, if they were to play every week, would have no trouble gathering an impressive point tally.
Prior to the game I simply asked the lads to carry on as we have been. Our defeat to Brews last season at Homelands should be enough to drive us on, yet underlining patience is needed at times and we have been dealing with it well of late. The team spirit is good and the belief among the whole squad is now evident.
I have said before that I feel we tend to struggle at times on the smaller pitches and this was evident again today. Enjoying lots of possession, we seemed to get in our own way at times which became frustrating. Giving the ball away cheaply is dangerous against good players and we found ourselves having to work very hard to regain control. Our strength across the middle meant we were never over run and posed the greater threat, yet it is right to point out Brews were able to attack our flanks and cause many problems throughout the first half. I resisted any changes until the break, which arrived goalless.
At the break we went back to 442 to nullify the threat from the hosts. This worked from the outset and a minor change early after the restart presented a much more balanced look, one that dealt with the pitch size as well as the opponents.
After enjoying more sustained pressure we were rewarded when Steve Harris broke the dead lock, reacting well in a congested area. In recent weeks we have pushed on and restricted teams to counter attacks. Yet today we seemed to lose concentration a little and misplaced passes were making for a messy game. Brews were clearly applying their own pressure as they could sense a way back in. They got exactly that when we over played in defence, were slow to react, and simply watched as the equaliser was slotted home with ease. A simple lesson here, rather than blame offside claims, poor calls or your team mate, always clear your lines when coming under mounting pressure – same at every level of the game!
From that bad moment came a positive though. Rather than moan and bitch about the error we regrouped and got straight back into it. This is good and something I’ve touched on many times. Our reaction to the setback was very pleasing and was instrumental in winning the game as Rocky fired home from 20yds following a wave of pressure.
As a team today, well Craig made some key saves in both halves of the game, although their number 1 made at least three top saves and deserves a mention. Paul Allan had another sound game and is looking quite formidable alongside Ryan Smith. Glenn Mackett gave another impressive shift, and Lee Milton put in a strong display before changes were made. Gary Lockyer created problems all day for the hosts up top. MoM will go to Rocky – another top display of power and ability, and able to adapt wherever you put him!
The most pleasing thing today was the input from the substitutes. Firstly, the attitude of those affected most by the size of the squad has been quite brilliant. Secondly, the quality on the bench allows me to alter things much easier. Today saw Tom Head enter the game to bring his blend of calmness to our defence for a fine 2nd half display. Robbie Greenfield waited patiently before coming on and looked hungry, forming good link up play with Lockyer around the area. Matt Collins came on to offer energy and pace – the last thing the hosts wanted to face – and made it quite clear he has something to offer us.
So not great today, but it will go down as a very good three points. Next up we travel to Charing in the Ashford Charity Trophy.
C Smith / D Valler / R Smith / P Allan / A Mercer (T Head) / Marc Collins / G Mackett / L Hayles / L Milton (R Greenfield) / S Harris (Matt Collins) / G Lockyer
Saturday 23 October 2010
Tenterden Reserves 3 Bromley Green Thirds 2
By Dave Homewood
Our 100% record had to go some time I suppose but it wasn’t in the script to be against a side still seeking its first win. Tenterden were tactically superb against us and with the three new on-the-spot signings will clearly upset other sides as the season unfolds. Whilst I hate losing, that is not my main concern from this match. There are many issues I want to discuss with the players in private and that will be done at midday on Thursday at the ground, not on this public forum.
Two-nil down in no time in farcical, schoolboy-like circumstances, we did well to scramble back to 2-2 with goals by Ewan Stanley and Jamie Hurst but then committed suicide near the end by not marking a chap a foot from our goal from a corner.
In truth Mani rattled a post early on which would have made all the difference and later on also crashed one against the bar. Missing a series of golden opportunities towards the end just compounded our frustration; but no player ever misses on purpose so we will talk about such instances [and how they are best dealt with] on Thursday.
I can’t think of anyone that played to their full potential so we will put it down to a bad day at the office. But I shall be looking for a bit more next week boys as you all know, that was not acceptable for lads wearing the Bromley Green shirt.
So, after our great start has been halted, hopefully we have learned a few lessons from this defeat. One of them I trust is not to keep blaming everybody else and to take responsibility for our own actions. As a manager who has always adopted the motto that ‘the buck stops here’, I will share responsibility for a miserable afternoon. I trust each of you will as well. See you Tuesday.
Green: T Moon; S Ahmetaj, M Possee, M Dryland, T Calveley, E Stanley, C Pearson, L McRobert, E Awuni, K Hawkins, A Neil. Subs used: J Hurst, J Sloan, P Missing. Not used: M Dalby, M Jarvis, A Possee
Saturday 23 October 2010
Platt United Reserves 0 Bromley Green Reserves 6
By Trevor Strand
On Saturday we travelled to Platt in our first league game for a few weeks looking to get our season back on track after some woeful results. The squad was looking strong with most players now available after their weddings, injuries, holidays and suspensions so competition for places is keen. Myself and Andy decided the need for change from the Kent cup game was necessary and in came Kev Quinn, Tom Welham, James Cross and Jason Thomas.
The preparation was good arriving early and a good warm up and chat before the game proved vital as we were out of blocks early and created several good chances that alas were not taken. Lee Milton and Kevan Strand providing the energy in midfield and Tom Welhams runs from deep gave Platt many problems and Rob Clark saw plenty of the ball down the left. Still 0-0 after 25 minutes we got a corner and I said to Andy we need to score soon or it will be a repeat of the 1st game. Rob and Jason Thomas worked a short corner with Jason drilling the ball low across the face of goal and Kenny Hallet scored from close in.
A good move down the left from Rob and Milts crossing for Kevan to head against the bar. Milts then shot from 20 yards to score with his left foot and just before half time Kevan played a lovely weighted pass for Tom Welham to run onto and make it 3-0 at half time. Tom Lockett took a dangerous late high tackle that resulted in a nasty injury that went unpunished but was earlier booked for a harsh handball. Consistency / respect of Referees leaves me baffled. The back four of Quinney, captain Terry Perk, Tommy and Crossy looked solid and James Howard only one shot of any real threat to deal with.
Half time was more of the same please but improve on the passing and move the ball earlier with 2 touch football, this we did in spells but we must improve on keeping possession of the football. Quinney and Crossy who were feeling their ongoing niggling injuries were replaced with Ryan Fitzgerald and Paul Barron with Rob and Kevan moving to full backs. We then continued to press forward and Lee Milton got his second and our 4th with another left foot shot that seemed like an age before he picked his spot. Trent nearly fell asleep waiting. Fitz with his pace was causing problems and Paul spraying the ball around we increased the pressure and Tom Welham scored with a good strike from the edge of the box. Andy Davies came on for Jason down the right and was soon in the action and when through one on one should have done better. Andy also had a header and close in shot well saved by the Platt keeper. Kenny and Fitz were getting frustrated by the linesmans flag but they must learn and quickly to hold and time the run. Another excellent pass from Kevan sent Milts through this time beating the offside trap to finish well for his hat trick.
Platt did have a short spell of presure but Terry, Kevan and Rob who impressed at left back defended superbly and all credit to Tommy for his discipline and all round game. James I know was delighted with a clean sheet and a quietish afternoon.
Green: J. Howard, K. Quinn, T. Perk, T. Lockett, J. Cross, J. Thomas, K. Strand, L. Milton, T. Welham, R. Clark, K. Hallett. Subs all used: P. Barron, A. Davies, R. Fitzgerald
I spoke with Andy at some length after the game and we were very disappointed in the attitude of some of my squad on the team selection who should know better. On Friday I had to tell 2 players that they would not get any football at all this week after they had trained on Tuesday. They were naturally upset but they wished the team well and even text on Saturday evening to see how we got on. Their attitude and support was excellent. I will not tolerate moody moaning players as I have not the time or patience any more. The squad / team, as I have said on this website and at training, will change as I see fit. You are either with me and Andy or not. At the beginning of the season we rarely had an ideal starting eleven let alone a substitute or two to use which resulted in some disjointed performances and a few heavy defeats. Its no coincidence that with a strong starting eleven and an equally strong bench we put in what was an overall impressive display against Platt (with even better to come I feel). We will only be in contention with the better teams in this league and in the hunt for cup honours with a squad not a team where the same 11 start week in week out. I believe if we stick together we can have a good season but I say again NOBODY is guaranteed a start. Either way its your choice as I have now plenty of players ready and willing to take the shirt. If you dont like it then Bromley Green is not the club for you.
Saturday 23 October 2010
Report by Dave Smith
Bromley Green 3 Broadstairs 0
A comfortable 3-0 victory saw us progress to the next round of the Les Leckie Cup, Broadstairs to their credit never gave up but in truth never really posed a threat to us winning the game.
The early moments of the game saw us dominate with our visitors playing on the break and keeping a solid defensive line. We were unlucky not to take the lead when Dan Cornell’s shot was cleared of the line in the 15th minute, this was followed by missed chances by Rocky Hayles and Adam Mercer. Broadstairs best effort of the game followed in the 35th minute when a 35 yard free kick attempt was superbly tipped over by keeper Craig Smith. Half time was reached with the scores level, I stressed to the players that we needed to remain patient and the objective of the day was winning the game by whatever score happened.
The second half again started with us in control and our superior fitness was starting to tell as a few of the visitors started to flag and in the 60th minute Cornell burst into the box and was bought down to win us a penalty. Buster Beaney who had a steady controlled influence all day stepped up to slot home with confidence. This was no more than we deserved and rather than seeing Broadstairs coming back at us we took an even greater control, Ryan Smith made it 2 in the 70th minute form a clever near post corner from Rocky and Hadlum added a third from substitute Marc Collins free kick in the 80th minute. Game over but still time for another substitute Paul Burt having his goal bound effort again cleared of the line and Cornell was again thwarted by the visiting keeper.
So a good win and plenty of plus points as the squad grow in confidence and we are now starting to become a solid unit that is getting the balance of getting our attacking football well mixed with the ability of staying solid and being hard to score against. After a few cup games it is now time to concentrate on the league games coming up and over the next month these games will show where we are at and how far we are to go in this league, I am confident we have all we need to mount a real attack for the league and I challenge all the players in the squad to show me over the next month that they have the same desire that I have and get this club back into the premier league.
There were plenty of good performances today, but all these are what I expect from the quality players I have, we had a job to do today and we did it with plenty to spare, so well done to all and lets now build and progress.
Team: C.Smith, R.Smith, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum, T.Head, A.Mercer, G.Mackett, D.Barham, B.Beaney, R.Hayles, D.Cornell. Subs: M.Collins ( A.Mercer ) P.Burt ( T.Head ) R.Greenfield ( B.Beaney )
Mom: Dan Barham, now over his injury and starting to show his qualities
Sunday 17 October 2010
Bromley Green Reserves 11 Larkfield Green 1
By Ian Mace
On Sunday we were host to Larkfield in the Kent Sunday Junior Cup and from the off the Green started how they had finished the week before continual pressing of the opposition, not giving them room to settle at all, and the goals were I have to say of a high standard. From Kenny’s brilliant header in the opening minutes to the special goals by Jason and Mani towards the end, we have shown a new belief in the last two weeks. Again it started from our goalkeeper Thomas Moon who has earned the trust of his defence with another good performance.
Then the back four of Michael Thomas, Liam Smith, Tommy Lockett and Shqipron Ahmetaj looking solid, talking to each other and covering each other. The midfield duo of Tom Poyner and Ashley Webster was outstanding, working hard together and also with some quality passing setting up our wingers Jason Thomas and Ryan Fitzgerald who caused the opposition full backs a nightmare. Again we also had the luxury of quality on the bench with Ricky Milton, Aaron Neil, Emmanuel Awuni, and Daryl Hagger.
At half time we were 5-0 up and substitutions were made and they got into the game straight away not disjointing the Green at all and we pushed on to score 6 more to make the result 11-1, well done lads keep it going. Our big test will be this week when we are back in the League Division 1 against Aldington away who have had a good start to the season. It will be a good battle I am sure, so come on the Green we need the points – I know you can do it.
Green: Thomas Moon, Michael Thomas, Liam Smith, Tommy Lockett, Ship Ahmetaj, Jason Thomas, Tom Poyner, Ashley Webster, Ryan Fitzgerald, Kenny Hallett, Lee Bloxham.
Subs: Ricky Milton, Aaron Neil, Emmanuel Awuni
Goalscorers: Kenny Hallett 3, Emmanuel Awuni 3, Jason Thomas 2, Lee Bloxham, Ryan Fitzgerald, Aaron Neil
Sunday 17 October 2010
Bromley Green 5 Boxley 1
By Steve Mailey
We welcomed Maidstone side Boxley to the Swan Ground for the opening fixture in our assault on the Kent Premier Cup. Following on from last season, which saw us compete well against some good sides, the attitude and confidence was just about right as we aimed for the next round. Boxley arrived on the back of a poor start to their campaign, so I was keen to remind the lads that we have done well recently by focusing on our game and not what the opponents offer. As a result, I am more than pleased with the way we dealt with the game over the 90 minutes.
With a near full squad to pick from, I opted for 3-5-2 in a bid to control the midfield early. It wasn’t long before we settled down and began to enjoy plenty of possession. Although we were at times a little wasteful, we certainly managed to knock the ball around well and had our visitors having to chase everything. At times, the quality and sharpness were missing, possibly as we were struggling with the greasy surface. Yet as the game went on we tightened our grip.
We took the lead following some quick thinking by Marc Collins, who took a quick set piece and planted it under the bar, the keeper caught completely cold. The passing improved as we continued to show good movement throughout the side. Our lead was doubled following a fine passage of football as Dan Barham created the space, found a quality pass to Steve Harris, who dispatched with ease. The verbal contribution in that move from Glenn Mackett was vital.
Although we appeared comfortable at this stage, we lost concentration moments before the break and a mix up allowed Boxley to halve the deficit. I asked at the interval to put the error behind us, carry on as we are, and to add a little crispness to our passing.
The opening moments after the break were quite dull and we looked a little ragged. A further little lapse in defence seemed to wake us up though and from that point we never looked in any real trouble. Paul Allan met a corner with a rather unconvincing head to nod home for the third, Mackett thumped home from 8 yards following a good move and Rocky had his dancing shoes on again for number five.
Displays today – well a special mention for Craig Smith in goal, who was clearly struggling with a foot injury, yet was quite determined not to let anyone down. Also, young Thomas Moon, who was prepared to give up his spot in the Reserve goal to help the First team squad out – excellent attitude mate!
Defensively, not a huge amount to do, but Paul Allan met and dealt with everything. Our middle was controlled by the desire and power on show from Mackett, L Milton and Barham, with Greenfield and Marc Collins providing the width. Rocky put in yet another display of energy and passion alongside Steve Harris, who was replaced after 43 minutes by Matt Collins, who in turn also put in a lot of work. Adam Mercer came off the bench to continue his impressive form of late. MoM will go to Danny Barham, who only played for 70 minutes, but it was enough to demonstrate what a huge signing he will be for the club. My thanks to Pat Law, who only had a few minutes, and Tom Head, who didn’t get any – their attitude is noted and appreciated.
So we move in to the next round to face Paddock Wood Predators, more about that nearer the time. Next up we face a thorn in our side from last season as we travel to High Halden for a league clash with Brewmaster.
Green: C Smith / D Valler / R Smith / P Allan / Marc Collins (Mercer)/G Mackett / D Barham (Law) / L Milton / R Greenfield / S Harris (Matt Collins)/ L Hayles.
Saturday 16 October 2010
Bromley Green 1 Staplehurst 0
By Dave Smith
A good all round team effort on Saturday saw us progress to the semi final of the Weald of Kent Charity Cup, this cup is not the major competition that it used to be but it is still nice to have a final slot just one game away.
The game started fairly evenly with both sides getting the ball down and playing football, we gradually took control and in the 15th minute should have taken the lead when Marc Collins blazed over after latching on to a good cross from Rocky Hayles, we then lost Buster Beaney through injury but his replacement Dan Cornell gave us a different option up front and he was unlucky straight away when the visiting keeper did well to block a one on one chance, next defender Mickey Doyle was denied when his flick from a corner was cleared of the line, a really good spell for us but disappointing we never took our chances that could have finished the game off but we reached the interval level at 0-0.
The second half was more even with Staplehurst coming more into the game, it was end to end stuff but both defences were holding firm and chances were few and far between, our back 4 were doing well against a decent Staplehurst attack, it was good to see as Smith, Hadlum, Doyle and Head being solid and gave us the foundation to build attacks, Glenn Mackett and Dan Barham were strong in midfield and Cornell and Hayles always gave us good options up front, but it was left to wide man Adam Mercer who again was excellent throughout to set up the winning goal when he burst down the line beating 3 defenders and then squaring for Rocky to fire home in the 75th minute. Staplehurst threw all they had at us in the last 15 mins but keeper Craig Smith coped well with corners and crosses and we saw the game out to record a good win and our first clean sheet of the season. A good win and even more pleasing was the fact we kept solid and as a team all battled for each other, with everyone playing their part, we now need to kick on from this and keep this level of performance and team spirit going.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, T.Head, A.Mercer, Marc Collins, G.Mackett, D.Barham, R.Hayles, B.Beaney. Subs: D.Cornell (B.Beaney), R.Norman (M.Collins), R.Greenfield not used.
MoM: Very close call, but Dan Barham on his return from injury was excellent and just gets the nod over Adam Mercer
Saturday 16 October 2010
Bromley Green 3rd 2 Wittersham 3 (Friendly)
Report by Dave Homewood
The old cliche of a game of two halves certainly applied here. The first half was good viewing with both sides trying to play football despite a persistent wind and a double by Kieran Hawkins saw us 2-1 up at the interval. Such was the general application and level of performance that we agreed as a group there was not much to talk about at the break … some of our play was delightful … so just carry on as we are.
But we seemed to lose our momentum, our body language was not right, we were getting caught in possession and making daft errors. I could blame it on the fact that we made several changes at half time and had committed ourselves to roll-on, roll-off – but that would be wrong. The visitors leveller was unacceptable from our point of view … a ball crossed in amid a total lack of awareness in our defence saw us concede a terrible goal with one or two not even looking. And on reflection this was one noticeable difference between the sides: Wittersham were quicker on the ball, sharper. While we wanted to dance around with it they played more direct football without holding onto the ball. Every now and then we become dozy and against the better sides we will be punished. The decider came from the penalty spot but that was one of those things with the ball hitting the hand. I am not worried about the score but have some concern about the lack of desire today. During the second half in particular I sensed our opponents wanted to win more than us. That is not the Bromley Green way! In fairness, some of the lads are already saying they find it hard to get motivated for friendlies at this stage of the season and want the pressure of real league and cup action now they have had a taste of it. I understand that feeling to a certain extent but with such a large squad, everyone is fighting for a place and we must always use these exercises to learn both as individuals and a squad.
We were not at our best today but with two important league games coming up followed by a Kent Cup game away to Thurnham, I am confident the boys will turn it on when it really matters.
Thanks to Tommy Lockett for refereeing at short notice today [despite spending considerable time on his bloody mobile phone during the game].
All players are expected at training on Tuesday 7.45 for 8-9 session. We will be returning to all training together for half hour or so and then teams will spend time with their individual managers. Those that didn’t bring the extra £1 to the game today, please bring it on Tuesday. Thanks DH
Sunday 10 October 2010
Troggs 0 Bromley Green 7
Report by Steve Mailey
We went to Smarden to face former Premier outfit Troggs in the Bodkin Cup. This being the second consecutive week of cup fixture against lower league opposition and I challenged the lads to carry on where we left off the previous week. As expected, the challenge was tougher, but our squad did exactly what I asked of them. We concentrated on setting a quick pace, pass and move, as this was seen as the way to take control of the game. As I say, they delivered, and we were able to enjoy near total control as a result. The hosts never stopped working and although the score line suggests otherwise, our forwards were made to work very hard at times.
Our midfield moved the ball around quickly with good effect during a first half that saw Rocky and debutant Harris involved in every move in the attacking third. The pace of Mercer and the accuracy of Collins wide of Mackett and Law often had Troggs chasing the ball. From set pieces we are looking very dangerous lately and this was evident again today. Ryan Smith proved a handful at every set piece and helped himself to a brace following equally impressive deliveries during the first half. Steve Harris, making his long awaited debut, dispatched a quality effort from 20yds to give us a comfortable lead at the break.
I asked at the interval to simply carry on as we are, but to maybe sharpen up some of our passes. Again, the lads delivered. We were able to tighten our grip on things further as we began to play some neat football, with lots of effort being put in. Keeper Craig was enjoying his Sunday in the Sun!
We were awarded a penalty which saw Pat Law, after weeks of waiting, step up and convert with ease. It was then Rocky who took centre stage, as he decided to dance his way passed each Troggs defender (twice, naturally!) to slot home beyond the keeper for a wonderful solo effort. As is often the case, L Milton popped up with a lovely strike from distance – precision rather than power – to make it 6, and Ryan appeared again at a set piece to complete his hat trick to make it 7-0.
I have been very pleased with the last couple of games. Players have responded to what I’ve asked for and we have worked hard as a team. We have shown a much better attitude, not taking things for granted, which has hurt us in the past. Lower league opposition they may have been, but I will praise the squad because we have played some very good football and kept our shape.
Top displays today – well most played well to be fair. Hadlum looked solid in defence along side Valler, who was near faultless. Rocky put in a huge amount of work yet again and is clearly enjoying his football at the moment. MoM will go to hat trick boy R Smith – he did more than just score 3 – although Rocky & Valler were right behind him for the vote. Our reward for today is an away tie at Highfield United.
Next week is the Kent Premier Cup with a home tie against Boxley. A harder task of course, but the right attitude is a good place to start, whoever you are playing, so lets keep it right? With three players coming back over the next 10 days, competition will now become even more intense. Although most understand what I am trying to do and that I have tried to be fair, I know full well I’m about to become very unpopular with one or two as I reduce the squad down!
C Smith / T Head (Greenfield) / R Smith / D Valler / M Hadlum / P Law / G Mackett (L Milton) / M Collins / A Mercer (P Allan) / S Harris / L Hayles
Saturday 9 October 2010
Bredhurst 2 Bromley Green 2
Report by Dave Smith
Only at the end of the season will the true value of this result be counted I can not make my own mind up whether this was a good point gained or 2 points lost.
We started the game as we have in recent weeks very well and dominated the ball and played some really good football, we were rewarded in the 15th minute when Steve Harris who was impressive all game run through one on one but was hauled down for a penalty by the last defender, a clear red card but as we were to learn, nothing this referee done was simple and no red card or booking; but a penalty at least that Buster Beaney stepped forward and buried easily, a 1-0 lead and in truth we should have gone on and scored more goals in the first half to put the game out of reach of the home side, but this was not to be and we went into the interval at 1-0.
It was stressed at half time that we needed to make sure we continued with all the right, attitude, commitment and style of play we had done in he first half as in recent weeks we have given games away when we had been in control, but this warning was not heeded as we conceded a soft goal after an hour when a lack of communication saw the home forward score to bring them level. This produced Bredhurst best spell of the game as they grew in confidence and pushed forward, this was aided by their linesman who took great pleasure in putting his flag up at every attempt when we went forward. Bredhurst took the lead from an unlucky slip by Adam Mercer who had an excellent game and their forward finished after a scramble, where keeper Craig Smith was unlucky to be beaten after beating away 2 chances. An unjust score and a real feeling of déjà vu as again we were on the verge of throwing away a game we were in control off. A change to 3-4-3 brought us back into the game and we regained control and were rewarded when Glenn Mackett found space in the area and squared for Steve Harris to slide home to bring us level, this was to be the last action of the game as the referee called full time dead on 90 minutes and never added a minute for all the time wasting and antics of the home side.
Things got worse at the end of play as several Bredhurst supporters encouraged by their manager thought it would be clever to start a fight and disrespect the good name of the K.CF.L that we play in. The referee again failed to deal with the issue and in my view the whole day was spoilt. I am as competitive as anyone but I know where to draw the line, Bredhusrt over stepped the mark, but they were assisted by a referee who did not have the ability to control the sorry events. I will mark him lower than 50 and send a report, but nothing will happen, so again pointless.
Going back to the game we had some good performances and everyone contributed. Craig Smith was assured in goal and centre backs Hadlum and Doyle were excellent, fullbacks Mercer and Head gave us quality going forwards and defending the midfield of Beaney and Mackett dominated all day and our forwards Steve Harris and Paul Burt always gave us a threat with Rocky and Marc Collins always giving us an outlet to build attacks from wide.
As I have stated this is the best football we have played in my time at the Green, the results will come, this is also the best squad I have ever had, I still have the youth I started with but I also now have the experience and quality I think we need to make the one step further than we have done previously, there are murmurs that I am getting it wrong and there will be players who will be dropped or left out as I strive to get this team and club back into the Premier League. But make no mistake I will do this my way and if players and whoever do not like it so be it, I am in charge and will be until I am told otherwise.
Squad: C.Smith, A.Mercer, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Hayles, M.Collins, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (B.Beaney), R.Greenfield (A.Mercer), D.Barham (M.Collins)
Mom: A.Mercer, excellent throughout
Training Tuesday is on from 8 to 9 at the 3G, the club has paid the money for the whole area so let’s make sure we take advantage of that
Saturday 9 October 2010
Bromley Green Reserves 1 Hildenborough Athletic 9
Report by Trevor Strand
On Saturday we welcomed Hildenborough Athletic to the Swan Ground in the 1st round of the Kent Junior Cup Group A. Hildenborough are in their first season in Div 2 West of the County League and are currently top with 3 wins scoring 14 goals and conceding none and last week they beat higher level opposition Chipstead A 1 – 0 in a cup competition so we knew this was going to be a tough one. Reading the Patron’s notes in the match day programme stating our “…Saturday seconds go from the sublime to the awful…” I wondered which team would turn up today. Sadly it was the latter. If this was a boxing contest it would be classed as a mis-match and stopped in the early rounds as we were totally out of our depth and outplayed by quality opposition.
The warning signs were early as we could have been 3 down after 10 minutes and were 4 down at half time and rarely getting near the opponents area. At half time myself, Andy and skipper Terry Perk tried to rally the troops with positive words and encouragement but unlike most teams that are 4 up Hildenborough did not sit back and came at us to score another 5. We did string a few passes together and created 2 decent chances one by Lee Milton who dragged his shot inches wide and the other was a good finish from Kenny Hallett, making it the first goal Hildenborough have conceded this season. So a 9-1 defeat to quality opposition with only Kevan Strand who covered every blade of grass and who tried to keep possession and keep it simple, Lee Milton who again gave it his all and skipper Terry Perk led by example were the only players who can hold their head high.
The team were told before the game that with many players now available they had to perform and they are playing for their shirt in the next game and after last week’s excellent result at Bly we should be buzzing. Some of the players on the park today were unrecognisable from last week and several changes will be made for the next game.
The players have been told and coached to keep possession, keep it simple and play what you see. That did not happen and we paid the price today by giving it away cheaply and got punished for it. If you give good sides time and space they will expose you and your weaknesses and you will suffer.
If you are outplayed by better opposition that is football but not to put the effort in and show some desire to help your team mates who are running their legs off is not acceptable. Some players did not make that run into space to give the option of a pass, some pulled out of tackles and generally bottled it. I cannot understand when people pay to play and don’t give it their all – why bother. Some I could tell had over indulged socially on Friday night – if you are going on the lash you cannot play to the standard required on a Saturday afternoon.
This cannot go on if we are to get something positive from this season and with the likes of Tom Welham, James Cross , Kev Quinn, Andy Davies, Mike Hodges, Jason Thomas all now available and the addition of Lee Milton this should make a big difference in selection and some will not get in but this has been said since the season began.
Training at the 3G at Stanhope this Tuesday 8pm to 9pm – arrive 7.45pm to warm up on grass and Andy and myself will be working hard to put things right with first touch and passing drills which we need to improve on. No need to bring a pound as all match fees have gone up to cover the cost whether you train or not. Also fitness work RPM / Spin cycle class Thursday 8pm at fitness first – contact Trevor to book your bike.
Saturday 9 October 2010
Bromley Green 3rd 5 Ightham Res 0
Report from the Swan Ground by Dave Homewood
Our visitors from the Sevenoaks League arrived with a 100% record in their league and cups but despite battling valiantly were always second to the ball against a Green squad that continues to show remarkable resilience and patience.
The late withdrawal of sickness victim Lee McRobert meant we had to make subtle changes to our line-up but the boys are capable of adapting at short notice to new roles. After going close on a number of occasions, including Aaron Neil and Emmanuel Awuni hitting the goal frame with superb efforts, we eventually grabbed the goal needed to settle down and relax. Kieran Hawkins as ever was in the right place at the right time and when he notched his second the contest was really all over.
The second half was dominated by the Green and a wonderful solo goal from skipper Neil made it 3-0. Thomas Moon had a little bit of luck when Ightham themselves rallied and twice rattled the crossbar but the Green were so confident that all three subs could be introduced and given a good run.
Holding what we have is not my style, I believe in maintaining momentum and burying sides when they are second best, and by continuing to throw men forward the point was proven when Chris Pearson nipped in for two well-taken goals to give a 5-0 scoreline. Credit to Ightham for never giving up.
Very difficult to pick one player out as man of the match when there were so many positives right throughout the squad. But I think Aaron just pipped Mini for the accolade on this occasion.
Green: T Moon; P Missing, M Dryland, M Possee, T Calveley, C Pearson, E Awuni, S Ahmetaj, E Stanley, A Neil, K Hawkins. Subs: M Dalby, A Possee, J Hurst
Sunday 3 October 2010
Red Heathens 1 Bromley Green 11
Report by Steve Mailey
We travelled to Charing Heath to face Red Heathens in the Ashford Charity Trophy expecting a battle in a mud bath following the recent downpours. A pleasant surprise greeted us as the pitch was heavy but certainly in much better condition than was feared. This game was a potential banana skin and I underlined the fact before we began. To be totally fair, there was very little Charity on offer from the Green lads today as we responded well to the challenge.
Welcoming new forward Gary Lockyer, I was able to name two forwards for a change and opted for a 442 shape. Our performance from the outset was so dominant I was able to keep things as they were as well as giving a decent run out for the substitutes, for a change! In recent games we have failed to reach a comfort zone against sides even though we have had huge shares of possession, so I was especially pleased with our commitment and attitude in a first half of near total dominance. After taking the lead inside two minutes we continued in the right frame of mind, forcing Heathens back and creating problems all over the pitch. It was good to see our lads maintain the pressure without going gun ho with everyone working very hard yet respecting our opponents.
The chances and the goals came thick and fast as we battered our hosts in to an 8-0 lead at half time. I needed to say nothing at the break, for I have had a few moans lately, so now was the day to let them get on with it. My only request was to keep a clean sheet!
Two minutes in and the clean sheet had gone. Still, it is often the case that a side will tend to drop off a little following such an emphatic opening, and we soon restored control again. We scored a further three times to complete a convincing cup success. The goal haul, in no particular order, came from Hayles 2, Mackett 2, Greenfield 2, new signing Lockyer 2, Mercer, Hadlum and an own goal. As for Heathens, well the gulf between the sides was clear from the opening few minutes, yet you could not fault the effort put in by several of them, especially coming forward as they were prepared to chase everything.
On paper this looks a bit of a non event, but I am very pleased. Pleased because we did as we were asked, worked hard for each other and dealt with the challenge before us. Rather than just taking shots from everywhere, we played a lot of good football. Some of our link up play between midfield and attack was very impressive.
In terms of displays, well games are rarely this comfortable and the players know this, yet it doesn’t mean credit is not due. Rocky put in a huge 60 before being removed, Mackett and Law worked hard and linked very well with attack, Robbie impressed wide before going off and Mercer came in to the game more and more to cause problems for the Heathens defence. Up top, new signing Lockyer shows genuine quality. At just 17, his awareness and movement in an unfamiliar team earns him MoM today.
Next up we travel to Smarden to face Troggs in the Bodkin Cup. Obviously I don’t expect a similar scoreline, but we will certainly need the same attitude. My thanks to Tom Lockett today, who came along to watch and ended up playing 30 mins as we were one short.
P Taylor / D Valler (L Smith) / M Hadlum / T Head / R Smith / P Law / A Mercer / G Mackett / R Greenfield (M Collins) / G Lockyer / L Hayles (T Lockett)
Saturday 2 October 2010
Riverside Inn Res 2 Bromley Green 3rd 3
Report by Dave Homewood
Another smash and grab raid by the boys with Kieran Hawkins driving home the winner in the last minute on a bumpy Sandyacres playing surface. We have learned to be patient and this has been a telling factor in all of our games so far. Four wins out of four is the perfect start to the season but we nearly slipped up here against a side that tested our physical resolve and ability to cope with conditions not conducive to our passing game. Good sides occasionally have to dig out a result and we did that today.
The real bonus for me however was the flexibility of the lads as, with Michael Possee withdrawing due to a neck injury, we had to reorganise with Pedro at full back, Macca into central defence and Ship taking responsibility in midfield. All were superb and this suggests we are ready as a squad now to cope with whatever the rest of the campaign throws at us. Remember we have Munch, Dalby and James ready to come in as well as three substitutes in Adam, Andrew and Matty who again I thank for their patience. Sometimes, whatever the desire to give the subs a good run, the result has to take priority and any alterations in the latter stages today I think would have put unfair pressure on those entering the fray in such a delicately balanced situation. In the end we came through and now focus on next week’s Kent Cup game which is at home (2.15). We also have a home friendly with Ashford United on Sunday with a 1.30pm kick off and all those not getting enough football at present will have 90 minutes to keep themselves match fit and ready for when needed.
On reflection, we were not always at our best but credit to the opposition who made things difficult for us. Aaron Neil took his first half goal splendidly just when we needed it (1-0 down), Tyrone Calveley hit a corner kick straight in to pull us level when things were looking dodgy, and then Kieran did it again to send the Green camp home happy. Riverside felt they deserved a share of the spoils. Maybe – but we hit the crossbar twice when well on top and showed the spirit that now makes us a developing force. Lots of good points, not least a wonderful save at a crucial time by Thomas Moon who already looks destined for a great career at the club.
Man of the match today? Well Macca naturally caught the eye but the performance of 16-year-old Shqipron Ahmetaj in the centre of midfield was exceptional in its skill, bravery and commitment. Ship has become a real player in the last couple of months, demonstrating what can be achieved if youngsters are believed in and given responsibility. But today was another example of how we win, lose or draw as a squad … well done to all 14 lads. Thanks as always to Alvin, Stan, Steve and parents for their valued support. Never boring with this lot, is it!
Green: T Moon; P Missing, M Dryland, L McRobert, T Calveley; C Pearson, S Ahmetaj, E Awuni, E Stanley; A Neil, K Hawkins. Subs: A Possee, A Jeffery, M Jarvis
Saturday 2 October 2010
Bly Spartans Reserves 0 Bromley Green Reserves 2
Report by Andy Williams on the Reserves Division Cup tie
To say this was a good performance would be a massive understatement, it was a fantastic performance. I have only been involved at the club for a short while but I have to say that seldom can a group of 11 players have shown so much courage, hard work and commitment as this team did today. They should be proud of themselves. Travelling to Bly Spartans with a bare 11, considering our recent result there, was a daunting prospect but the players were having none of that and thoroughly deserved the result.
The addition to the squad of Tom Lockett [left] proved to be vital and alongside the ageless skipper Terry Perk they provided a formidable barrier. Praise too to youngster Jake Tweedie and to John Duffy in an unfamiliar left back role. Together with Craig Mannering in goal handling well and dominating his area, this back four put in easily our best defensive performance so far. That’s not to say we relied on them because to a man the whole side defended from the front, with Kenny Hallett putting in an excellent shift and the 5 man midfield of Fitz, Kevan Strand, Paul Barron, Andy Davies and Rob Clark working their socks off.
We started with what I thought was a necessary 4-5-1 formation, after the shipping of 12 goals in our last 2 games and the team responded.It would be fair to say that Bly had more possession than us in the first half but rarely caused us problems. However we used our possession to greater effect with Robbie bringing a good save from the home keeper, Fitz getting in behind the full back and Kenny [pictured] causing problems. We almost took the lead when Kenny and Fitz just failed to connect with Paul Barron’s excellent free kick, but we didnt have to wait long when Robbie burst clear and squared the ball for Kenny to finish with ease. The half time talk centred on us having to keep up the work rate and a minor reshuffle in midfield to hopefully make us even more solid. The required effect materialised and we continued to make inroads into the danger areas with Fitz lively down the right and could have increased our lead when first a mazy run into the box by Andy Davies ended with the ball at Robbie’s feet but his hurried shot hit the side netting. The same player went even closer minutes later, cutting inside and curling an effort against the crossbar. Another superb Barron free kick saw us increase our lead with Kenny rising to head home. This was a signal for the home team to throw everything forward but we held firm until Paul Barron was harshly adjudged to have brought down the Bly striker just inside the box. A chance for the home team to get back in it with 10 minutes to go but the resultant penalty was well saved by Manners and there was no way back for Bly. I feel now the bar has been set with this performance and if we keep to this standard we can move forward with confidence. Very hard, almost impossible to single out a MoM performance, but if pushed I would say Tom Lockett has made a massive difference in his first game of the season. Trev would have been so chuffed with this!
Saturday 2 October 2010
Farnborough 5 Bromley Green 1
Report by Dave Smith
A result that really looks like we took a real hammering but in truth even the home side know they were lucky to beat us, but this seems the story to our season at the moment, but results don’t lie and Farnborough are in the next round of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield and we will now look to other avenues for success this season.
On a superb surface we started the game really well and shocked the home side with our passing and movement we controlled the game with Buster Beaney, Glenn Mackett and Rocky Hayles dominant in midfield, Marc Collins and Adam Mercer gave us the width and Ryan Norman had good movement up front. Our first chance came from a poor back pass and Norman one on one with the keeper should in truth have done better, our second good chance came from a corner where Micky Doyle again should have done better from a free header, chances that were to prove costly later. Half time came and 0-0 was disappointing but lots for me to be pleased about and my half time team talk was easy as the same again was all that was needed.
How wrong was I as the second half saw us trade goals in the first 6 mins, first going behind from a long ball straight through the centre of our team that saw the home forward score easily, but we hit back straight away, good combination play from Hadlum and Mercer saw Norman finish with style.
A time now to be solid and control the game but we chose to ignore what had been spoken about and be reckless and this allowed the home side aided by a referee who warmed to the home side more and more as the game went on, to first take the lead and then punish us further with 3 more goals to see us end up on the end of a poor score line.
Bitching at the end between our players was disappointing as in all my football career you only ever succeed as a team and not as individuals. This will not be tolerated and will be stamped out, in my opinion I now have the best squad I have had in my 3 years at the club, the football we are playing is a joy to watch but the results are not coming, but I will stick to my beliefs and move on the season has a long way to go, I have tough choices to make on players but make no mistake I will make them and do what I as manager think is best for the team, no one at this club craves success as much as me and I am even more determined now to take this club back to the premier league and beyond. I told all the players today that it is a privilege to play for Bromley Green as we are the biggest club in Ashford and getting a place in the side is something that they should treasure and then give 110% to keep that shirt, this is what I want and this is what I will get, enough said now we move on.
Squad: S. Hickmott, T. Head, M. Hadlum, R. Smith, M. Doyle, B. Beaney, G. Mackett, L. Hayles, Marc Collins, A. Mercer, R.Norman. Subs: D. Cornell (A. Mercer), R. Greenfield (T. Head), L. Milton not used.
Mom: L. Hayles, did not deserve to be on the losing side.
Bromley Green 2 Churchill Royals 0
Report by Steve Mailey
We welcomed newly promoted Churchills to the Swan Ground knowing recent results suggested a tough encounter was in store. Our own form showed improvement last week and we all knew we needed to continue this today. With our next league game at least 4 weeks away it was important to stay with the early pacesetters. The mood among the lads prior to the game was good as they seemed to appreciate the importance of this fixture.
With minor injuries and a suspension still hampering selection, we opted for the same shape as in recent games. We began the game with a strong wind in our favour, although every lofted ball hung up there a while, we competed well and won the majority of the 50/50s. The early possession came from Green and we took an early lead as Marc Collins delivered a trade mark set piece inside 15 minutes which flew beyond keeper Wratten. This did seem to settle us down and we battled hard and closed down the visitors at every opportunity.
At the break I asked us to improve our choice of pass in the final third, as I felt the Churchill defence would tire and are there for the taking. I also stated that it’s ok to be more direct – let the opponents have to chase up and down more.
The second half saw us remain dominant, but at just 1-0, it was not comfortable enough. Our play was generally good, although I felt we made life very difficult for ourselves. A little too much over play was allowing the visitors more access to the play than was necessary. That said, with the exception of one worrying effort that sailed over the bar, our rearguard dealt with everything, with Paul Allan & Ryan Smith in particular picking up everything that came their way. The wide play was a little better this week, Tom Head overlapping well to cause many problems. Yet the majority of our approach work tended to come from the central areas with Pat Law & Lee Milton putting in good shifts in order to halt the advances of our visitors. Glenn Mackett returned to the side – putting in a good skippers display – and linked up well with the hard working Rocky.
We left it to the final 10 minutes to seal the win following several half decent chances. Rocky caused enough panic in their ranks to allow the ball to fall at Lee Milton’s feet, and as he often does in key stages of games, unleashed a fine effort from 20 yards to earn us the points.
The display was ok – clean sheet and three points. The good thing today was seeing the lads show no sign of panic and working well as a group and with an unusually large crowd gathering following other postponed games, we remained switched on and focused. On another day we may well have won this one much easier. Two penalty claims were ignored which seemed fairly clear cut from our position, a couple of wasted chances and the width of the wood work resulted in the final score of 2-0.
MoM is a close one – as I feel we are still some way off being where we need to be – but it will go to Glenn Mackett, just ahead of Allan, Head & R Smith. We now tackle three cup competitions before returning to league action. Next week we travel to Charing Heath to face Red Heathens in the Ashford Charity Trophy where only the right attitude will do if we are to progress.
Finally, I am pleased to announce the signing of forward Gary Lockyer and keeper Paul Taylor following the game today. Both will go straight into the squad for next week.
C Smith / D Valler / R Smith / P Allan / T Head /
P Law / M Collins / G Mackett / A Mercer (R Greenfield)
L Milton / L Hayles. Subs not used: M Hadlum / K Hallett
Saturday 25 September 2010
Bromley Green 3rds 5 Wittersham Reserves 0
Report by Dave Homewood
So many lessons have been learned over the past couple of weeks and that, even more than the final scoreline, is what is so pleasing as the lads continue to gain confidence at the same time as getting results. It has taken a bit of preaching at some, but the realisation that, even as teenagers, one sometimes has to ‘listen’ to managers and coaches, appears to have finally sunk home.
This match proved the point as at half time and no goals on the scoreboard, I emphasised that we were on top, playing some superb football and would emerge the fitter side due to our training and should run out winners by four or five goals. The key word here was ‘patience’ and this is part of the maturing of the squad who are now beginning to see a more holistic picture of their individual responsibilities and contributions within the wider context of a developing group. The interval arrived and, although we had gone close on a number of occasions, the highlights were two great saves, one at each end by Gareth Ibbotson and Thomas Moon respectively.
Once captain Aaron Neil had nipped in to finish coolly shortly after the restart there was little doubt where the points were going. Chris Pearson made the most of two opportunities, Neil netted again with a sumptuous chip and Ewan Stanley was rewarded for his industry and enthusiasm with his second goal of the campaign.
Three wins out of three is exactly what we wanted but there is a danger of getting carried away and this must not happen. We are nowhere near the finished article yet! The odd foul throw still gives me gut ache, some lads are still watching the man far too much and one or two repeatedly lean back and slam the ball into the heavens … why? It is not ‘unlucky’ it is simply unintelligent.
But overall we are looking good and have strength in depth in all departments – with most of the lads able to play in a number of positions offering flexibility and plenty of options which is, in my opinion, so important. Ship and Ty were in top form today while Possee and Mini are forming a partnership that is designed to serve the club for many years to come. Lee McRobert of course oozes class while Mani, Chris, Ewan and Aaron have the skills to complement frontman Kieran. A mention also for Thomas who has come into the squad for the last two matches following Andrew’s injury, ensured our first blank sheet, and has made it impossible for me to drop him.
By the end of the ninety minutes, all the subs had been involved except Andrew [who was our reserve keeper] and I can only do my best to keep everybody active. To reinforce the fact of our depth, Pedro, Adam and Matty demonstrated their value as they were able to join the game in seamless fashion and I thank them for their mature attitude.
We are off to Sandyacres next Saturday and, with James, Martyn and Munch still absent, I will almost certainly stick with the same squad. My thanks again to Alvin, Dale, Steve and a growing band of supporters and parents for encouraging the boys.
Green: T Moon; S Ahmetaj, M Possee, M Dryland, T Calveley, E Stanley, E Awuni, L McRobert, C Pearson, A Neil, K Hawkins. Subs: P Missing, A Jeffery, M Jarvis, A Possee
Saturday 25 September 2010
Bromley Green Res 1 Leeds United 6
Report by Trevor Strand
The Saturday reserves played Leeds Utd from the Maidstone league in the Ashford Charity cup in what has been a lucky competion for me and Andy as we took Kennington to the final in 2 consecutive years. Alas it was not be our year this time. The team we started with was in my opinion good enough to win this game with youngster Jake Tweedie making his debut at right back in what was a tough first game for him. But the changing room was strangely quiet and this reflected to the performance as our opponents were up for it from the first whistle giving no time on the ball and put in some strong challenges throughout the game that went unpunished by lenient referee Roger Corkhill.
With the wind at our backs too many overhit passes went out of play when the shorter pass was the best option. Leeds hit the bar early in the first half but we were holding our own with skipper Brett Fewell who took alot of late knocks and Paul Barron working well and Reece Hagger making some crucial tackles. We went in front on 30 minutes with an excellent Dan Cornell strike from outside the box but within 5 minutes Leeds were level with an equally good finish.
Half time at 1 – 1 we told the team that they would come at us so be solid and retain possession get the ball to the wide men and get at the full backs. This did not happen as Leeds went in front early in the second half when Craig Mannering in goal unusully lost his bearings and the ball ended up in the net. Then we lost the plot totally – heads went down – poor decision making ended with the ball continually being given away and were punished by some clinical finishing from Leeds who went on to win 6 – 1 in the end. We talked as a group after the game and some harsh words were said – some players did put it in today and did their best – some didnt – and some just had a bad day at the office. Also as we spoke we are a team and myself and Andy will look at ourselves as manager and coaches to try to turn things around. It has not helped with the team having 4 or 5 changes every week. It is also unfortunate with the group of players in my squad some cannot train regularly due to work commitments and working away from home during the week. I am happy with the fitness levels as those who cant train do their fitness work themselves and the numbers at the RPM cycle class is increasing so that will all help. The next game me and Andy will be looking for a reaction and a performance and we want to see some passion when you put on the Green shirt.
Sunday 19 September 2010
Market Hotel 2 Bromley Green 2
Ashford Sunday League Premier Division report by Steve Mailey
Following a pretty poor start to the season we faced up to rivals Market Hotel knowing anything other than a large improvement would see us lose. Although not being able to make all the changes I’d intended, I was able to make a couple as well as altering the shape. Certain things needed to change and be said and now we can move on.
There was a definite feeling of expectation all around the pitch at the Ridge, as if people knew this continues to be the ‘big’ clash of the Premier season and between them, both squads able to display a real array of talent. As the match got under way it was Market who began the more threatening as we appeared a little low on self belief. Yet it wasn’t long before we began competing well and putting our own print on the game. We enjoyed a good spell during the first half where our work rate and some of our movement saw Market make mistakes. A little more composure here and there may well have seen us take control of the game. Paul Allan popped up to meet a fine delivery to glance the ball home to give us a lead, which was deserved at the time. But we failed to press the advantage further. As you would expect, Market came back at us in numbers and their pace coming forward will cause many teams concern. We became a little frustrated and began making our own silly mistakes. We conceded the ball cheaply in midfield, which resulted in a panic challenge. The resulting free kick was dispatched well to level the score. We were now on the back foot again and were soon trailing as a fine delivery in to our box was not dealt with. Half time came, trailing 1-2.
I asked at the break to up our quality just a bit more, make our passes count and get back to what were doing before we lost our shape and composure. Soon after the restart, I pushed a player further forward, now giving us two up front. We competed well and clear cut chances for either side were few and far between. We then opted to put five in the middle as we attempted to force the issue. It seemed to work as we were able to come forward in numbers. We found ourselves level as Glenn Mackett latched on to a loose ball during one of several area scrambles, hitting the ball on the underside of the bar, crossing the line.
With tiredness clearly affecting some and the impact of carrying knocks affecting others, the remainder of the game was quite end to end. Both sides were enjoying possession, getting in good positions, yet failing to provide the killer touch. With seconds remaining, we almost stole the points as Mackett gambled on the edge of the area, collected the ball following a defensive mix up, yet found the angle too tight as his effort went painfully wide of the upright.
Personally I feel the scoreline was probably a fair one. Our display was certainly better than the two previous ones and yet we are still not quite clicking as we should. I expect to make further changes next week as we look to fine tune things. This division is already throwing up some odd scores, so a dip in concentration will be costly – starting with Churchill Royals next week.
As for today, Paul Allan did the important things well, Mercer had a top second half display, Barham was dominant centrally and Rocky gave the home side no peace with his efforts up top. MoM will go to Ryan Smith – strong and positive.
Finally, I’m told a preview of Sunday games on the website is noticeable by its absence – I will ensure that changes this week.
C Smith / A Mercer / P Allan / T Head / R Smith/ M Collins / L Milton / D Barham / R Greenfield / P Law / L Hayles. Subs used: G Mackett / D Valler. Not used: L Smith
Saturday 18 September 2010
Bromley Green 1 Sheppey United 3
Kent Inter Regional Challenge Cup
Report by Dave Smith
A 3-1 defeat on Saturday was again very hard to take as again we played well for large parts of the game and gifted all 3 goals to our visitors, our errors are mounting up and giving away goals is a habit we need to stop, as we leave ourselves chasing games we are controlling. A couple of late changes to the squad did hamper the team selection but the squad there should have been good enough to win the game. With the errors raking up a slight tendency to bitch at each other is stirring, but this will not be tolerated and will be stamped out.
We started well and pushed Sheppey back we were moving the ball well and all looked good until our first defensive error saw the Sheppey player gifted an easy chance that he finished well.
We responded well and were unlucky on several occasions, with Ryan Norman, Glenn Mackett and Mick Doyle all going close, Marc Collins hit the bar from a free kick and Ryan Smith forced a good safe from another one, but Sheppey held on to lead at the break.
The second half again started with us in control and we levelled from a corner when Ryan Smith forced the ball home in the 60th minute. We should have now continued to take the game to Sheppey but we sat back and became sloppy and allowed Sheppey more of the ball and we again fell behind when another error at the back saw the visiting forward walk the ball into the net in the 75th Minute. This did spring us back into action Mackett and Dan Barham drove us forward and Mark Howells and Ryan Norman both went close before Ryan Smith had a goal ruled out for handball and collected a booking in the process as the inconsistent referee started to feel the pressure, but a hammer blow in the 85 minute killed us off, when a poorly struck free kick somehow ended up in our net, game over but still time for Smith to collect his second yellow as he had not retreated 10 yards from a quickly taken free kick, laughable really and I don’t think I have ever seen a referee so keen to get a red card out. Some good performances in the game and some good football to watch; it’s just frustrating that we threw the game away, but it’s gone now and we have to be ready for the tough trip to Premier next week.
Team: J. Howard, M. Doyle, T.Head, Marc Collins, D. Barham, L. Hayles, M. Howells, R. Greenfield, G. Mackett, R. Norman, R. Smith. Subs: L. Milton (D. Barham), L. Smith (M. Howells), P. Law (R. Greenfield)
Mom: Micky Doyle, excellent in our defence
Saturday 18 September 2010
Bly Spartans Reserves 6 Bromley Green Reserves 0
Kent County League Reserves Division East
by Trevor Strand
A depleted team traveled to high flying Bly Spartans in what we knew was going to be a difficult game. With many players missing this weekend I still had 12 players all confirmed their availabilty with the meet time of 1pm at Burger King. One player did not show with no text or phone call recieved and one player on phoning was still at home and wanted picking up! again no text or call. Several players were eating burgers and chips before we traveled which is not the greatest thing to do when you have to run for 90 minutes. It felt like me and Andy were running a sunday morning pub team. We eventually left at 1.25. To say I was not happy was an understatement.
The preparation was a farce and with only 7 players warming up for 10 minutes and 3 players arriving just before kick off.
To keep it brief Tom Welham had to go in goal and did very well, Kev Quinn was injured after 10 minutes but battled on but eventually had to come off and we were down to 10 with no subs. Paul Barron had a free kick well saved and he worked hard in centre midfield ( he was my 3rd captain in 3 games). James Cross and Reece Hagger were superb in centre defence. Mike Hodges had a good game doing the easy ball but needs games to sharpen up.
The lads who played gave everything in effort and I thank them for that but we were up against one of the best Reserve sides i have seen and they ran out worthy 6 nil winners and it could have been 12 but for Tom , Crossy and Reece.
Hopefully I wil have at least 5 players back this week with the luxury of substitutes.
Training Tuesday 6.15 if possible. RPM / Spin cycle session Thursday 8pm Fitness First – £3 – This is popualr with the few that attend ,, it is a stamina , strength and speed workout in 45 minutes – job done. It is now open to the Saturday third team as the class is poorly attended by 1st and Res teams. To improve your fitness levels text Trev 07541722966 to book your place.
Saturday 18 September 2010
Bromley Green 3rd 4 Ruckinge United 3
Report by Dave Homewood from the Swan Ground
Crikey are we frustrating at times! Darting from the brilliant to the brittle, it is never boring watching the youngsters but we are our own worst enemy by continuing to take too many touches when training has for months focused on quicky interplay. When we do knock it about with early passing, we are capable of cutting any defence open but the insatiable appetite for delaying the pass and having that one touch too many is frankly becoming irritating and will have to stop. That said, for the second successive week the boys have shown great spirit in coming from behind to snatch maximum points. The attitude is also first class with everyone accepting that whenever possible we must give all the squad a decent run and that we win, lose or draw as a group.
After going behind to a well taken goal by the dangerous Richard Long, we gradually woke up and Kieran Hawkins slammed home an equaliser past visiting keeper Darren Ralph. A long high punt from Julian Ralph somewhow went in over Thomas Moon and under the crossbar … the debutant keeper losing sight of the ball in the sun … 2-1 to United. But full back Tyrone Calveley was in the right place at the right time to level at 2-2 and at half time I was looking at our superior fitness leading to something like a 5-2 win. However, Wayne Phillips put paid to that as the villagers netted in a see-saw second half and it was left to two fine strikes by Hawkins to make sure we kept our 100% league record. Our subs James, Peter and Matty all came on to replace Ship, Mani and Michael P respectively and, as with last week, the depth we now have was clear to see. With injuries and lads away on courses, we are going to need everybody remaining sharp between now and Christmas to sustain a league challenge and have a crack at a cup or two.
Lee McRobert was again voted our man of the match but every player is trying hard and once some listen just a little bit more we will really begin to look the part. Treble hero Kieran of course is growing in confidence and, when he starts to larrop it with his right as well as his left, I feel he will become a much more rounded striker.
Next week we welcome Wittersham and we know how difficult that is going to be after the nailbiting opening day encounter. There are injury concerns over impressive central defender Michael Possee (ankle) while Martyn Dalby and Jamie Hurst are on holiday and miss the next two weekends.
In conclusion, I think we all have to remember the young age of the squad and the tremendous strides many of them have made in a very short time. We are not always convincing at the moment and have dips in our play at certain stages – but as the cliche goes, the sign of a good team is one that wins when not playing well. Well done to all the squad today but we are an honest bunch and know that we can improve on our performance with a tad more thought about the [quick] final pass.
Green: Thomas Moon; Shqipron Ahmetaj, Michael Dryland, Michael Possee, Tyrone Calveley; Aaron Neil, Chris Pearson, Lee McRobert, Ewan Stanley; Emmanuel Awuni, Kieran Hawkins. Subs: James Sloan, Peter Missing, Matty Jarvis
Sunday 12 September 2010
Hamstreet 1 Bromley Green 0
Report by Steve Mailey
Following the unimpressive display last week, we travelled to newly promoted Hamstreet in search of a better display and all round approach. Instead I got a poor response from the players on the pitch and watched as we suffered our first league defeat in almost a year!
With a slight mix up in communication we ended up with a full subs bench, so the quality available was not in question. Our dealings with Hamstreet last season taught us how tough this encounter was likely to be. I stated pre match how I expected them to play, and they did nothing to surprise us. Yet warnings relating to previous encounters were either not understood or simply ignored. We spent much of the first half on the attack, yet there was not enough quality when it mattered. When we didn’t have the ball, we found ourselves second to virtually everything. We went in at the break a goal down after a sliced clearance landed at the feet of the forward who, after the odd ricochet, found the back of the net.
At the break, I asked for more quality. I asked for a raise in tempo because they were struggling to get near us when we played at pace, and I pointed out that we didn’t need to panic. To be fair, the increase in quality never came. Instead of raised tempo I got rushed, and as for panic, well I feel we did.
Hamstreet worked hard today, they are solid and will earn points this season. But I’m afraid our attempts to break them down were bitterly disappointing. It was a similar story to last week in terms of poor decision making, over hit passes and a failure to respond to instructions. Yet this week we also failed to compete in the key areas – losing virtually every aerial battle, yet still opting to launch it up in the air! We found ourselves taking the 30 yard pass again instead of the obvious choice and we simply never had enough desire throughout to address the problems. We were able to count the number of times the Hamstreet keeper managed to drop or miss control the ball, yet no one thought to gamble that he just might do it again, and again, and again!
To top things off, we were awarded a spot kick, not once but twice in the second half and we managed to miss, twice. We had chances, some we could’ve done more with and some that possibly fell to the wrong people. Craig was called upon in the final minutes, getting a hand to a dipping effort and touching it onto the post to avoid an even worse scoreline.
Today was poor lads. From the attitude of some to the conduct of others, it made for a bad day for the club. Problems were evident to anyone, yet some of us were looking to pass the blame on rather than look a little closer to home. The pressure is already upon us as we contemplate a trip to face Market Hotel next week. The opening two games have produced a below par display followed by a poor one. Next week will see changes.
C Smith / D Valler / P Allan / T Head / P Law / Marc Collins / L Milton / D Barham / R Greenfield / Matt Collins / L Hayles
Subs used: G Mackett / A Mercer / M Hadlum; not used: J Hurst / L Smith
Saturday 12 September 2010
Bromley Green 2 Larkfield 1
Report by Dave Smith
After playing so well last week and getting nothing we picked up 3 points on Saturday with a lack lustre performance, but these points were vital to get us of the mark and moving in the right direction.
Larkfield were not the best side we have ever played but they stuck to there task and made it difficult for us all day. I cant really put my finger on the reason why we never played well, but if your winning there can never be many complaints.
We started brightly taking the game to Larkfield and with better finishing could have scored early, but as happened last week we got caught pushing to many players on and Larkfield scored on the breakaway. This really set us back and we struggled to get our game together and Larkfield could have easily added a second, but on the stroke of half time Ryan Norman spun and drilled our equaliser out of nothing, so 1-1 at half time was bonus.
We all new we needed to up our performance in the second half and the attitude during the break was spot on. We came out did improve and in the 55th Minute Glen Mackett and Ryan Norman combined really well with Norman going through to slot home and give us the lead. I thought we would now go on and add further goals, but again we took our foot of the pedal and allowed Larkfield back into the game, our defence was tested and at times we rode our luck, we became very tense and we were all glad to hear the final whistle but as I have stated 3 points is 3 points and I know we can play a lot better than that and I the following weeks we will.
We have to be able to cope with the demands we play under this club belongs in the premier, we are one of the favourites to go up, so we need to be spot on before every game and ready to cope with the pressure and be ready to give our all to the cause. I have a good squad, so when a player gets a start its down to him to do well and show me how much it means to him to keep that shirt, no player will walk into the side and stay there whatever, its an honour to play for Bromley Green we are the biggest club in Ashford and we need to be 100% at every game.
Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Greenfield, D.Barham, R.Hayles, G.Mackett, R.Norman, T.Head, M.Collins. Subs: L.Smith (A.Mercer), M.Howells (R.Norman), L.Milton (R.Greenfield). Mom: R.Norman, his goals won us the points
Saturday 11 September 2010
Larkfield & New Hythe Reserves 1 Bromley Green Reserves 4
Report by Trevor Strand
The Saturday Reserves travelled to Larkfield and came away winning by four goals to one but this was not a true reflection of the game. A much changed squad with too many not available players for one reason or another saw Ricky Milton, Jamie Hurst and Pat Law join the squad.
The Larkfield team were managed by Kev Kennett an old team mate of mine back in the 70s when we both played in Canterbury – I told our players this would be tough and physical the way Kev used to play (not knowing how much this would prove to be the case!) to be strong and don’t get involved in silly battles. To move the ball quickly and the wide men to take on the fulbacks and deliver crosses with quality.
We started superbly and Ken Hallett was clean through in the first minute only to be clattered to the ground and referee Pat Murphy waving play on – penalty and red card should have been given. Soon after Fitz was fouled on the right and Paul Barron’s high looping free kick hit the bar and Kevan Strand scored from close in. Shortly after Barron hit a screamer of a shot that hit the bar and was cleared. Then it got nasty with Kevan winning a 50-50 tackle only to be stamped on which resulted in a deep puncture wound which required stitches on Sunday morning. Fitz also came in for some rough treatment all of which went unpunished from the referee. Rob Clark down the left had to his standards a quiet game but worked the flanks well and did not stop working.
James Howard made 2 excellent saves to keep us in front when the move of the game came with a great weighted pass from Kevan inside the full back to Fitz to run onto and a superb first time cross was met by Kenny to head home.
We still don’t listen to instructions as a needless free kick given away on the edge of our box was dealt with by Howard and eventually cleared – we put ourselves under pressure when we don’t need to.
2-0 at half time and the 2nd half was very different – for long spells Larkfield were the better team and came at us. We had to make several changes with Kevan coming off due to the leg injury replaced with Pat Law, Fitz coming off injured after yet another late tackle – again unpunished – Jamie Hurst on for Fitz and Ash Webster replaced with Ricky Milton. The shape I changed from 3 – 5 – 2 to 4 -5 -1 negative I know but we had to hang on to what we had. The defence was under tremendous pressure and held out well with Reece Hagger dominating in the air and Kev Quinn and James Cross were solid. But James Howard made 2 superb saves to keep us in the game. An off the ball incident left Crossy with a cut above the eye.
Pat Law made an immediate impact switching to centre midfield helping out the tiring Barron and Fewell with Hurst going to wide right. Pat linked well with Munch and crossed to the far post where Kenny headed home again. Changing to a back four was more solid and Ricky looked assured made some good interceptions and tackles. Pat set Kenny up for his hat trick and he finished well (the back flip celebration a bit OTT Ken!!)
So a 1 – 4 win away from home is good but we still have a long way to go. In spells we did play some good passing football on what was, the politest way I can word it, an uneven surface. I must congratulate all my players on their discipline in a very difficult game when we could have lost our heads. There were several good battling performances today but man of the match goes to Reece Hagger who put in a terrific game at the centre of the defence.
Team: J.Howard, K.Quinn, J.Cross, R.Hagger, P.Barron, K.Strand, B.Fewell (cpt), R.Clark, R.Fitzgerald, K.Hallett, A.Webster. Subs used: J.Hurst, P.Law, R.Milton. Sub not used T.Welham
Saturday 11 September 2010
Wittersham Res 2 Bromley Green 3rds 3
Report by Dave Homewood
We managed to nick the points by virtue of Aaron Neil’s fine shot towards the end but the boys will be honest enough to admit we were not firing on all cylinders for long periods of a closely-fought contest that could have gone either way.
The match panned out exactly as I had thought it would. We were a bit nervy to begin with and, although producing a flurry of attacking moves as the first half wore on, spent a while assessing what our opponents had to offer. Going up the slope [an important consideration from my own experience of playing and winning Weald of Kent finals at Poplar Lane] I was quite frankly relaxed about the single goal deficit at half time. It was, after all, one of those butter-finger moments that all keepers suffer from time to time [ask Robert Green] and Andrew will have learnt that total concentration is required at all times. It is at such moments where we must stop thinking the world is wonderful when we are ahead yet terrible if we concede a goal! With experience we will start to take setbacks in our stride within the context of the game.
At half time the three allowed substitutions were introduced as I don’t believe in hanging around until it is too late for players to make a tangible impact. Three lads (Pedro, Ship and Ewan) were sacrificed for the good of the team with Kieran, James and Martyn coming on; and again an understanding of the purpose of having a squad of adaptable players must be understood by all. Those taken off were all disappointed and felt they had played poorly but that is not the case as they had each done their jobs and set things up for a more attacking second half. The plan worked with the big man Kieran superbly hammering home the leveller.
At this point we really should have buzzed but a combination of getting caught in possession and passes going astray, led to another bad goal from our point of view. With a cross not even partly dealt with, we were suddenly back in the mire at 2-1 down and in danger of dropping our heads. It has to be said a number of players do start to feel sorry for themselves when we go behind and again it was so evident at this point with the body language not always to my liking. The defensive mishaps will need to be dealt with but I am not criticising our defenders who are progressing superbly. Andrew made up for his lapse with a fine stop and I always felt there was enough talent in our ranks to pull the game out of the bag.
And so it proved as Chris Pearson, switched to the right, made his most telling contribution with a superbly struck shot, low and hard, to pull us level. We missed chances, gave the ball away too cheaply, had the odd wobbly and the home team had a goal ruled out for offside. But, despite an unconvincing performance, there is something about these boys that will see them emerge as a force in the not-too-distant future. With the clock ticking, at last one of the many chances we created was converted by Aaron to the relief of us all.
Hopefully many lessons were learned by us all today [some that we can talk privately about] as we look forward to next week’s fixture with Ruckinge. Thanks to Stan, Alvin and Steve for their support and helping with transport; to Dale who finds time to be with us despite his work and family commitments, and also Matty Jarvis who because of our huge squad is not getting enough football at the moment. Good to see some of the boys’ family members coming along also.
Wittersham Reserves, a new team who will be there or thereabouts this season I feel once like us they find their feet, chose Mani as their man of the match. For me, Lee McRobert was a class above anything else on view while the partnership of Mini and Possee at the back has the potential to develop into something special. That takes time and if we can grab results along the way in the fashion we did today then the season will not be boring!
Green: A Possee; S Ahmetaj, M Dryland, M Possee, T Calveley, P Missing, L McRobert, E Awuni, C Pearson, E Stanley, A Neil. Subs used: K Hawkins, J Sloan, Martyn Dalby. Not used: M Jarvis
Sunday 5 September 2010
Bromley Green 2 Highfield United 0
Ashford Sunday League Premier Div report by Steve Mailey
The eagerly awaited big kick off arrived as we welcomed Highfield to the Swan Ground for the season opener. Unfortunately the game never matched the level of interest that had built up over recent weeks. It’s fair to say we huffed and puffed for 90 minutes without ever looking too convincing. That said it’s three points and a clean sheet. It’s also important to point out our visitors never looked like gaining the points today. They worked very hard as a team, but were reluctant to attack us in numbers. In fact they registered three efforts on target I believe in the whole game. Clearly we will, from time to time, face sides that will not push men forward, and we must be patient and break them down – as was the case today.
With a couple missing through suspension and others through injury and work, I needed to alter things around and opted for a change of formation. The ability to be able to adjust to slightly different shapes and positions is something I feel will prove vital in later months.
Our rear line was rarely troubled, apart from our own odd passes at times. Our middle four had huge amounts of possession and covered lots of ground. Our front pairing showed good movement and spent plenty of energy. Collectively it sounds pretty good, but we were guilty of adding to the obstacles ourselves today.
Taking nothing away from Highfield, they worked very hard and frustrated us for long periods. I’m also prepared to accept we needed to be patient and were. Yet the general display was simply below par. Our unforced errors came thick and fast, as did our over play through midfield. Our pace coming from defence was laboured at times, our wide play never matched our pre- season form and our choice of pass was lazy and careless. Much of this came from a lack of calmness as panic buttons were being reached for! In front of goal we squandered plenty of decent chances to end the half in total control, but we had to settle for 0-0.
I asked at the break to step up the quality, calm things down, and make the passes count. A further 15 minutes passed before we did any of that! I then reverted to 3-5-2 in a bid to turn the screw. There was an instant impact as we suddenly found a touch more quality and our visitors were becoming tired. The huge amount of work put in by Matt Collins was rewarded as he fought his way, along with the ball, over the goal line to give us the lead. The sense of relief was clear.
An injury at the back meant a role change for Rocky as he stepped in as centre half for the closing 20. Our advantage was doubled when a strike from L Milton smacked against the foot of the post before settling inside the net at the other post.
The scoreline should have made better reading. The misses alone are part of football, yet the Hallett headed effort which rippled the net was not given and Aaron’s effort was foiled by the defender’s arm on the line.
Top shows today – well we all did enough to remain in control, and we showed a good spirit. Matt Collins put in a big shift today and Dan Barham showed real quality at times but MoM will go to Rocky – he annoys the hell out of me sometimes, but he did a top job for his team today. So it was the three points we wanted along with a clean sheet. Each squad member knows we need to raise it a couple of gears, so we’ll leave it at that and look forward to Hamstreet next time out.
C Smith / D Valler / P Allan / T Head / M Hadlum / Marc Collins / L Milton / D Barham / R Greenfield / Matt Collins / L Hayles. Subs used: A Neil / K Hallett. Not used: J Hurst
Sunday 5 September 2010
Galacticos 5 Bromley Green Reserves 1
Ashford Sunday League Division 1 report by Ian Mace
After winning Division 2 last season and the friendlies going fairly well in pre-season the Green were looking to put our stamp on Division 1 and get off to a flyiing start in our first game of the season against Galacticos. But we just didn’t turn up today and all credit to Galacticos who battled for every ball, encouraged each other when their team mate made a mistake, and did everything and anything to win the ball back. The home team played to their strengths over the top and got in our face, chasing everything down, and wound us up and we fell for it; called us names and we retaliated. We received bookings that could have been sending offs because we just can’t play our own game and forget about what the other team throws at us. We should just play the football that we know, keep the ball, play down the wings, play to our strengths listen to each others call and talk to each other like we have done so well – but not today. It is time for our team to stand up and be accountable and for each part of the team to do their own job on the pitch with pride and a never give up attitude, I call it the Bromley Green attitude.
The first half saw us go down 4-0 but even in that half we had some good opportunities hitting the post and coming near on a few occasions and still not playing very well. Second half was better but the damage had been done in the first half, they scored again midway through the second half to make it 5-0. For the first piece of good passing to each other Mani was put in on goal and scored to make it 5-1. Hopefully with the return leg against Galacticos this Sunday the Green will put things right with a good display. The one good positive I can take out of today is that when Ricky Milton went on as sub he played well and showed me that he wanted to play for our team. I would also like to thank Nigel for playing in goal for me this morning (what must he have thought about us after me praising everyone up to him telling him what a good team we are. I am sure that we will put it right next week – we have to.
Saturday 4 September 2010
Milton Athletic 2 Bromley Green 1 (Kent County League Div 1)
Report by Dave Smith
To say that I am disappointed would be an under statement. A game I could never see us losing saw us come away with nothing. The home side were shocked they had won, but at the end of the day they have 3 points and we have none.
We started well with Ryan Norman going close twice in the first ten minutes. Our passing and movement were good to watch and I thought it would be only a matter of time before we scored. Milton reverted to a long ball game and they had two willing runners up front backed up by a useful winger, but all in all no real threat.
We reached half time at 0-0 and I stressed to the players in the dressing room that our dominance needed to be turned into goals. Milton were there to be taken.
The second half started in a similar vein with us in control and pressing for the lead. Then we were hit with two sucker punches and after 55 minutes we were 2-0 down from a combination of poor and weak defending. Credit to all the players, we then dominated the game. Chances came and went before Ryan Norman rounded the keeper and pulled a goal back in the 65th minute. Enough time I thought, not only to draw but win the game. We still dominated but wasted several chances and on another day we could have scored 7. It was not to be and Milton hung on to win the game.
We had played well and I think we are a delight to watch. We play football as all the quality Bromley Green sides have in the past. We had players suspended today who will make a difference but I still value every member of the squad. Being the better side on the day and getting nothing is frustrating so now next weeks game and training become even more important as we need 3 points. There is no need to panic as we have the basics right, we just need to gain the mentality of not only being a good side but a side that can win games.
Team: C.Smith, A.Mercer, M.Doyle, M.Hadlum, T.Head, D.Barham, L.Milton, R.Hayles, M.Howells, M.Collins, R.Norman. Subs: K.Hallett (L.Milton), R.Greenfield (M.Howells), P.Allan (A.Mercer)
Man of the Match: Matt Hadlum
Saturday 4 September 2010
Bromley Green Reserves 1 Platt United Reserves 0
KCL Reserve Division report by Trevor Strand
The 1st league game saw us at home to Platt Res. We started very well forcing the Platt keeper to make 3 excellent saves in the first 10 minutes from Kev Quinn, Ashley Webster and Tom Welham and one clearance off the line. Platt survived the early scares and got more into the game and got in behind the defence a couple of times to liven us up. From then on we were never really troubled with skipper Terry Perk , Reece Hagger and James Cross dealing with the long ball and James Howard in goal had little to do. Rob Clark and Kev Quinn worked hard down the flanks but with little end product and midfield 3 of Kevan Strand, Paul Barron and Tom Welham were trying play the passing game against a workmanlike Platt team playing a 4 – 5 – 1 formation to frustrate our passing players.
Up front Ash Webster and Ryan Fitzgerald were working hard but again with no joy against a solid back four. Long range efforts from Barron and Welham went wide and we started to hurry our play and passes started to go astray on a regular basis.
Half time 0 – 0 and instructions were to get our passing game back complete A to B passes and get the ball out wide to Rob and Quinney and get behind the back four.
We started the 2nd half much better and saw us create a couple good chances and a couple of decent penalty appeals were turned down by Referee Barry Sheather but the real cutting edge was missing.
In the 65th minute we were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which Paul Barron placed perfectly in the corner of the net.
Paul was replaced with Tom Poyner to give us more energy in the middle of the park to assist Kevan and Tom Welham who also were tiring. Fitz was replaced with youngster Aarron Neil who made an immediate impact with some excellent crosses which should reaped reward.
In fairness to Platt they kept going but never really troubled our defence and Howard again had little to do but did make one awkward long dipping shot look easy. But at one nil anything can happen. Kevan was replaced with Jamie Hurst who again stepped in to go on the bench and help us out and we held on to take the 3 points.
Team – J.Howard,T.Welham,T.Perk,R.Hagger,J.Cross,K.Quinn,K.Strand,P.Barron,R.Clark,A.Webster,R.Fitzgerald. Subs all used: T.Poyner,J.Hurst,A.Neil
We must learn to keep the ball better and play the simple ball early and make the other team work to gain possession. Platt made life difficult for us but with no disrespect we will play much better teams than Platt and we must ” up our game”. We must also keep our discipline and i though that was excellent yesterday apart from one minor blip was blown out of all proportion.
Fitness levels must be maintained and improve if we are to compete with the best – Training Tuesday where the bll work and practise comes into play – Thursday RPM / SPIN sessions will improve fitness levels. 8pm Fitness First call or text Trev to book your bike.
On a positive note – James was delighted to keep a clean sheet – I know how much it means to him. Reece is improving ( apart from his timekeeping) and is benefitting from Terrys experience. Crossy is a quality defender and Quinney not playing for 2 years is doing well and will only get better. The squad is new and it will take time to gel – its not going to happen in 5 minutes. With Terry , Craig Mannering, Andy Davies , Jason Thomas and Ben Davies missing this week proves that we need a large squad. Brett Fewell should be available and hopefully Liam Smith will be fit to join the squad. Thanks again to Andy Williams for the warm up and input into the team.
Saturday 4 September 2010
Bromley Green Saturday Thirds 7 SBE 2
Pre-season friendly report by Dave Homewood
Our long pre-season is over now and after Tuesday night’s training session I will somehow have to pick a team for the league opener from this terrific bunch of lads who quite frankly have amazed me with their progress during the summer.
Saturday was not ideal preparation as SBE with respect don’t have the same standards as us and it was difficult at times for the boys to understand why players are changing at the side of the pitch, wear odd kit and turn up short of players! But credit to the visitors, they gave it their all and as always things were learnt by both the players and myself. My thanks to Matty Jarvis and Marcus Dalby who agreed to bolster the opposition to even up numbers.
It would be remiss not to mention the two goals we conceded because the marking was not satisfactory and better sides will punish us heavily for any nodding off at the back. It is easy to gloss over mistakes when you win but it is crucial to iron things out now before the real stuff starts. That aside, there was as ever a real attempt to play attractive, attacking football and after taking a 2nd minute lead the goals arrived at regular intervals. And there were some great goals too with the midfielders notching their fair share as they have been encouraged to do.
Aaron Neil and Mani found the net early on, James Sloan continued his good midweek form for the Sunday Reserves with a brace, Peter Missing deservedly grabbed his first-ever senior goal and Ewan Stanley netted with two excellent finishes.
A pleasing performance from the squad with Michael Dryland and Michael Possee looking a great pairing in central defence and Chris Pearson again excelling in midfield. Man of the match: if I have to pick one it will be Lee McRobert who demonstrated [by slotting seamlessly into different positions] why I want players to be able to adapt their roles to any given situation.
But we operate essentially as a squad and I only wish I could pick every one of them for Saturday as nobody deserves to be left out after their efforts at training and in matches. Well done to all!
Green: Andrew Possee; Martyn Dalby, Adam Jeffery, Michael Possee, Michael Dryland, Tyrone Calveley, Jamie Hurst, Peter Missing, Aaron Neil, Chris Pearson, Ewan Stanley, Lee McRobert, Shqipron Ahmetaj, Kieran Hawkins, James Sloan, Emmanuel Awuni, Matty Jarvis, Marcus Dalby
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Saturday Reserves 1 Aldington 3
Pre-season friendly report by Trevor Strand
In our final friendly before the league starts on Saturday we welcomed my good friend Andy Williams Aldington team to the Swan ground. He had them well prepared and found ourselves 3-0 down after 30 minutes. And it could have been more with James Howard making some vital saves.
Credit to Aldington who gave us no time on the ball and used the ball well but our inability to do the simple things made life difficult.
Too many underhit and overhit passes going nowhere near a green shirt. 30-yard passes to the opposition when a 10 yard pass to a green player would have been the better option. On a positive note the Aldington keeper made 2 excellent saves from Craig Mannering and a defender cleared off the line and Tom Welham just missed a good chance after good work from Rob Clark. It could have been 3–3 but we would not have deserved to have been level.
Half time instructions were – its nil nil and for the next 45 minutes we must improve our passing, control and decision making. We changed back to a 3-5-2 formation with Ken Hallett , Jason Thomas and Reece Hagger introduced for Manners, Ryan Smith and Ryan Fitzgerald.
The players responded and played much better and we scored from a Craig Mannering penalty to win the second half 1-0. James Howard had little to do , Kevin Quinn had a fair game after being our for a couple of seasons, Liam Smith had another steady game, and Reece impressed with a solid display as did James Cross who gave 100% . Rob , Jason and Fitz worked hard down the flanks and Manners did better with Kenny along side him. Tom, Kevan Strand and Paul Barron again worked hard but the quality was missing from previous games.
Good luck to Aldington and Andy this season. From my point of view–work still in progress.
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Bromley Green Saturday Thirds 4 Levin Athletic Club 0
Pre-season friendly report by Dave Homewood
Aside from a few shaky moments early on the Green just held the upper edge for most of this well-contested evening friendly at the Swan Ground. Continuing to experiment both with formation and personnel, we fielded almost a completely different side in each half and the level of performance by all the lads is a credit to their industrious approach. Using twenty players is not ideal, but it proved once again what a terrific blend of versatile players we have with almost everyone able to slot into any position with a minimum of fuss.
The goals came from Eddie Fitzgerald, Kieran Hawkins, Matty Jarvis and Tyrone Calveley. Picking a man of the match is not appropriate … this was a true example of how the lads are united in building something special. Well done to everyone and welcome back to Lee McRobert who thoroughly enjoyed his homecoming. For the Levin boys, they should do well in the Ashford Sunday League in their first season. Thanks to Roger Corkhill who refereed well throughout. Next up for the Green are SBE who visit the Swan Ground on Saturday for a 12.30 kick off. Players to meet 11.15am please.
Green: Andrew Possee; Martyn Dalby, Michael Dryland, Michael Possee, Jamie Hurst, Adam Jeffery, Nicky Bacon, Peter Missing, Shqipron Ahmatej, Aaron Neil, Ewan Stanley, Emmanuel Awuni, Chris Pearson, Kieran Hawkins, James Sloan, Lee McRobert, Eddie Fitzgerald, Matty Jarvis, Tyrone Calveley, Marcus Dalby
Saturday 28 August 2010
Bromley Green 0 Saga 0
Pre-season friendly report by Dave Smith
Our last pre season game ended in a 0-0 draw, but again I took a lot of positives against a useful Saga side containing several former Hythe and Folkestone players.
I am delighted in the way our the team play a neat passing game and this coupled with the high level of fitness always allows us to play at a high tempo. As this game went on we took control but in truth we lacked a real cutting edge, this may become a concern but I feel we have enough players capable of getting goals when the real action starts.
The game in general was lacking in any real goalmouth action, Saga caused our solid defence very few problems and their strikes were mostly from long range, but keeper Craig Smith was rarely troubled. At the other end we were a little guilty of wasting good chances when our final ball let us down, but again our build up play was good to watch. The closest we came was in the 80th minute when Rocky Hayles crossed and Kenny Hallett’s classic header was superbly saved by the visiting keeper. Good performances from all that played today and we now look forward to next week when the real action starts.
Squad: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, G.Mackett, L.Milton, R.Hayles, D.Barham, M.Howells, R.Greenfield, A.Mercer, L.Smith, K.Hallett, J.Thomas, P.Law
Wednesday 25 August 2010
Bromley Green Saturday Reserves 5 Mersham 2 [PSF]
This was another good workout in our preparations for the start of the season against Mersham who are renowned for their passing football. On a wet surface both teams passed the ball well and played some neat attractive football.
Unlike Saturdays game we took our chances and went ahead through a Ken Hallett header after good work from Ryan Fitzgerald and Jason Thomas who were a constant threat with their pace all game.
We increased our lead from a Hallett header from Brett Fewells cross again after a good passing move. With the back 3 of Ryan Norman, Liam Smith and James Cross looked comfortable with only the threat of Ryan Strands pace to deal with. Craig Mannering again deputising for James Howard dealt with the greasy ball well.
The 3rd goal was a delight to see as another move involving Thomas, Fitz and Kevan Strand ended with Brett Fewell chesting a cross into the net.
Mersham pulled a goal back through Andy Davies before half time.
Both sides in the 2nd half continued to pass the ball well and we went 4–1 up after great work from Fewell who set up Fitz for a simple tap in.
The midfield trio of Fewell, who was captain in the absence of Terry Perk, Kevan Strand and Paul Barron denied the Mersham playmakers Luke Stanley and Ritchie Clements the room to play as I know they can. This hard work prevented forward passes and when the ball went wide Jason Thomas and Robbie Clark put pressure on the ball to protect the defence.
Finally one ball eventually got through to Ryan Strand to finish well past Manners to make it 4 – 2.
We carried on pressing forward and Fitz hit superb shot that bought a fine save from Ian Brassington. And Rob Clark went close from a tight angle. We added number five after a defensive mix up through Fitz who is playing well in the forward role.
A good game played in the right spirit by 2 good teams and well controlled by referee Ian Regan.
Plus points for me were the fitness levels from the recent hard work in training, some of the passing and keeping possession was pleasing but we must learn to release the ball earlier when players are in space. Hallett with his goals will do his confidence good, Brett, Crossy and Rob are settling in to the new side well. Paul Barron is playing well and Kevan fit again is a big plus. We must continue to train and work hard and we will get our rewards. With James Howard, Tom Welham, Ashley Webster, Andy Davies to return can only strengthen the squad.
Thanks to my assistant Andy Williams who is also settling in nicely and will be a great asset with his knowledge and enthusiasm.
Tuesday 24 August 2010
Bromley Green Sat 3rds 5 Mersham Reserves 2
Pre-season friendly report by Dave Homewood
A useful run-out for both sides and for the Green [despite the occasional defensive wobble that left Dale exposed in goal] there were many positives as we continue to experiment with our formation and players try out different roles. Constantly rotating the line-up to keep everybody involved can be very destabilising but it is pleasing how the vast majority of the lads can slot in with the minimum of fuss almost anywhere on the pitch and look comfortable. Examples are Shqipron Ahmetaj, ten times the player he was two months ago, and Peter Missing who despite being the youngest regular responds better to being thrown into the rough and tumble of the midfield mix [as he was for last 20 minutes] rather than looking lost out wide. Jamie Hurst has also shown in the last few games that he can operate at the back or in a more attacking role and he put in a great deal of effort tonight to help out Adam Jeffery, Nicky Bacon and Michael Dryland at the back.
Kieran Hawkins, whose all-round contribution to our flowing moves is improving with every game, netted twice as did Ewan Stanley who responded to my suggestion last week that he needed to ‘get more goals’! Emmanuel Iwuni completed the tally on a night when new signing Michael Possee impressed on his second half debut in defence.
Arguably it was in the keenly-contested midfield where we just held the upper hand with Aaron Neil always buzzing, Ewan wanting the ball and the impressive Chris Pearson giving me real selection headaches now as to how we line up when the real business gets under way. Mersham of course have a reputation like ourselves for trying to play good football and with veteran Matt Stanley always in the thick of the action the contest was well worth watching.
We became a shade sloppy after establishing a healthy 5-2 lead but as our visitors began to tire midway into the second period, some excellent interplay led to Neil being clean through on the keeper and he should have been awarded a spot kick after being unceremoniously upended. But we have to accept sometimes it doesn’t go our way and just get on with the game. Good job it wasn’t 0-0 at the time though! Towards the end Matty Jarvis and Tyrone Calveley provided a different approach going forward and despite several boys being out of position I thought we held a reasonable shape to the end.
Mersham, who threw Micky Doyle up front in desperation for the latter stages, provided an aerial threat throughout and this is clearly a feature of our game that needs working on as at set pieces we need to get our head to the ball and not simply make token jumps. Goals by Jack Waring and Craig Mannering provided consolation for the villagers who sportingly gave a full second half run-out to Marcus Dalby who gained much-needed match experience.
Full credit to both sides for making this a really worthwhile exercise and the Green camp now look forward to next Tuesday’s home match with The Levin Club [6.15pm] when there could be returns for Sloan, Fitzgerald and Dalby.
At Thursday’s training I anticipate making two more new signings to complete a strong working squad of 20 for the season. One a keeper to complement Dale [who has a worrying groin injury] and the other a top notch wide man to make up the three experienced players contingent as promised.
Green: Dale Stringer; Adam Jeffery, Shqipron Ahmetaj, Michael Dryland, Nicky Bacon, Michael Possee, Jamie Hurst, Tyrone Calveley, Peter Missing, Aaron Neil, Chris Pearson, Ewan Stanley, Emmanuel Iwuni, Kieran Hawkins, Matty Jarvis
Man of the Match: could have gone to several but Chris Pearson gets the nod for a battling and polished performance
Sunday 22 August 2010
Bromley Green 3 Artois United 1
Pre-season friendly report by Steve Mailey
With another well respected side providing the opposition at the Swan Ground, our pre season work out continued against Artois United. With a music festival ruling out three key members, it allowed more shuffling around and further chances for us to experiment with certain things.
As for the game, we started quite brightly with our preferred formation and produced the early chances, although none were particularly clinical. As the half progressed, we produced patches of good possession with our visitors having to work hard to close us down. The switching of play from side to side and our pace at times was starting to ask questions of Artois. It’s also fair to say that neither side coped too well with the greasy surface, and we in particular were guilty of poor control at times. We took the lead from a set piece as Liam Smith latched on to a delivery to nod home and give us the HT lead, although it could’ve been level had the Artois forward lobbed the advancing Tommy Taylor rather than panic.
At the break I asked for us not to over complicate things and to keep the pace up. With the pitch drying a little, the football got a little better and with the various changes taking place, the game became stretched at times. Although keeping a grip on things, were found ourselves pegged back midway through the half. A move that was allowed to advance too far was finished off with a very good strike. It seemed to wake us up though, as a sharp move found D Barham wide right, who danced his way in to the area and dispatch a quality effort to restore the lead within 2 minutes. We nearly extended the lead when Tom Scorer dropped down to meet a cross with his head, only for the keeper to pull off a fine save. Soon after, Scorer provided the perfect ‘help on’ for Lee Milton to run on to, and he unleashed a shot that flew in to the net from distance. Other chances came and went without either keeper being called upon too much.
With resident keeper Craig Smith enjoying the V festival, I called upon my former keeper, and good friend, Tommy Taylor to exit retirement and bail us out and my thanks to him for doing so. The rearguard saw the Smith brothers Liam and Ryan alongside the dependable Danny Valler. Matt Hadlum later formed part of the defence that dealt with most things quite well. The ground covered up top by Steve Harris and Matt Collins soon began to cause problems as they continue to form a dangerous partnership. The link up play between Mackett, Barham and Rocky centrally saw us dominate the middle third for much of the game. Pat Law and Lee Milton formed part of that middle three at various stages of the game and the change at times was seamless, which is pleasing to me as I explore our strengths and weaknesses.
Wide of midfield saw Marc Collins put in another good shift and I’m quite sure his distribution will be a valuable asset to us. The other flank saw young Robbie Greenfield have another impressive showing.
New to the squad today was young Tom Scorer, who came along after I’d pestered his father for two years! Tom had a stint out wide before I pushed him further forward. Although young, he is strong and shows great talent. Fingers crossed, we’ll see him again.
With all the changes, and some good displays among them, I’ll resist naming one MoM for this one. Next week sees our last friendly before the serious stuff starts.
P Taylor / D Valler / R Smith / L Smith / G Mackett / Marc Collins /
M Hadlum / L Milton / Mat Collins / R Greenfield / T Scorer / S Harris /
D Barham / P Law / L Hayles
Saturday 21 August 2010
Lydd Town 2 Bromley Green 5
Pre-season friendly report by Dave Smith
A quality display on Saturday saw us come away from Lydd with a comfortable victory and in all honesty the score line flattered our hosts as we should have won be a much bigger margin.
The 15 man squad we took was very strong and with a least 3 more to come in all is looking good for the season, I often stated last year it was never just about the team on the day as you will never win anything if you do not have a good solid squad all capable of coming in and playing a part.
We started really well and were 2-0 up within 6 minutes, first Matt Hadlum crossed for Ryan Norman to head back for Glenn Mackett to score, then Hadlum and Adam Mercer combined to again set Mackett free who finished well. Our defence of Hadlum, Smith, Doyle and Collins were taking the ball of stand in keeper Tommy Lockett, who had an excellent game and starting our attacks by moving the ball well into our midfield and giving us options, Lydd found this hard to play against as we looked fitter and had more quality. Our Midfield 5 of Barham, Mackett, Hayles, Norman and Mercer were all enjoying time on the ball and their support play to forward Steve Harris, another who had an excellent game, was giving us a great platform to play. We created more chances but did not take them and Lydd came back into the game from a dubious free kick awarded by the referee on the edge of our area that they scored from. This created an immediate response from us and another flowing move saw Steve Harris finish well to put us 3-1 up, then for the only time in the game we became sloppy and left ourselves open and from a breakaway Lydd were awarded a penalty from which they scored to make the half time score a flattering 3-2.
I stated the need at half time for us to keep our shape and play our positions, we had become a little greedy and were after individual glory, the team is always more important than any one player as winning games will always be achieved by the team.
This was taken on board and we got back to playing well, the ball was moved around on the good surface and we forced Lydd back into virtual constant defending. The introduction of our subs Milton, Cornell, Greenfield and L.Smith added freshness to our play and from a superb Tad Greenfield corner Dan Barham smashed the ball home. Goal number 5 soon followed when from a Lydd corner Lee Milton won the ball and after a quick break it was Milton on the end of the passing to finish well. More chances came and went but this was not an issue as the team play had been the most important factor of the day with all 15 players contributing something to the match.
Over our 3 friendly games we have shown an improvement each week, we are coming on nicely and our training and commitment will leave us ready for the start of the season that is just around the corner.
Squad: T.Lockett, M.Hadlum, L.Smith, R.Hayles, G.Mackett, D.Barham, M.Collins, D.Cornell, A.Mercer, L.Milton, R.Greenfield, M.Doyle, S.Harris, R.Norman, R.Smith
Tuesday 5 April 2011