Match Reports 2011-12

Bromley Green 2 Essembee 2 (aet)
(Essembee won on penalties)
Sunday 6 May 2012
By Richie Moore

Sunday saw our last match of the season to compete the Ashford Charity Trophy at Homelands (Ashford FC). The opposition were from Folkestone so somewhat an unknown entity to Matt and I, but we were aware there were a few players that were a little bit above our level but knew if we set ourselves up right we would be in with a chance.
The game got off to an explosive start, after 43 seconds Paul Allan looped a header over the keeper into the goal from a Ryan Smith free kick. It took less than 2 minutes for the equaliser to come. A sloppy bit of defending allowed a free kick on the edge of the box which was calmly despatched into the corner of the net.
This gave Essembee a little momentum, and their next goal was slightly controversial. The linesman flagged to award us a free kick, the referee put his hand up to acknowledge the flag but ignored it and awarded them a throw in, from this they took the lead with a shot from outside the box into the far corner.  Only 2 minutes after that Micky Doyle had a great chance to equalise from a corner, but from the far post he drilled his shot over the bar with pace.
The game then became a good battle between 2 quality teams, without actually creating any clear cut chances but some good football was being produced and we seemed to have the upper hand. In the 35th minute Matt Collins took a good free kick which the keeper managed to get down low to and save. 4 minutes later Liam Holman was looking to keep up his record of scoring in cup finals when he took aim from outside the edge of the box but yet again the keeper would produce a good save (going to get sick of saying the keeper made a good save).
The last chance of the half again fell to us, Steve Harris went on a good run which produced yet another good save for a corner, from that corner another goal saving effort was produced. How he did not get Man of the Match did confuse me somewhat.
Half time 1-2
The team talk at half time focused on how much we were on top and we would certainly have the chance to score 1 or 2 more if we kept up the tempo. We got that chance in the 50th minute. Again a little more controversy as Steve was tripped in the box, it was seen by the linesman and flagged, the referee was not going to give it as he waved play on but due to strong protests had to consult his colleague and award a penalty, I would question if it should then be a booking or worse as a trip by the last defender when clear on goal. Gary Lockyer stepped up but blazed his kick with power rather than placement and it went high over the bar.

Gary made amends 5 minutes later when he whipped in a fantastic corner to the far post for Ryan to head the ball home. The next 20 minutes took the same pattern as the first half, some good football being played and legs getting tired was creating space all over the pitch.

In the 75th minute Matt created a good chance for Gary after some well crafted individual work but unlucky Gary saw his shot bounce back off the bar. In the 83rd minute Kenny Hallett had to make a good save from what seemed Essembee’s only shot to note of the second half. A minute later saw some more good work from Steve, who played the ball toGary but he was unable to pick the final pass which would have resulted in another chance at goal.

So into extra time we went, there were not really many chances created to mention, the game was getting tired and formation sort of went out of the window and it seemed that penalties were going to be the likely outcome.

We went second in the shoot out, Rocky took our first one which was saved. Their 4th was missed and we started to head to sudden death. More controversy followed when Aaron Neil stepped up for the 6th penalty which was to win the match, his effort was saved but the linesman flagged to suggest the keeper had advanced from his line. Aaron took it again and the keeper yet again guessed right and saved. They scored their next penalty and Paul Allan stepped up next only to do asGary did earlier and blaze it high with power.

This was a good game and a great effort by us but sadly the result eluded us, I’m sure most that watched (which disappointingly was not many) would agree that the better team were unlucky not to win. But if you take your chances you win games.

Kenny Hallett, Ryan Smith, Micky Doyle, Liam Smith, Paul Allan, Matt Collins (Aaron Neil 78), Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman (Linton Hayles 60), Lee Milton, Steve Harris, Gary Lockyer (Ryan Fitzgerald 105)

Saturday Reserves 6 Lydd Utd Reserves 2
Tuesday 1 May 2012
By Matt Coniam
Another good performance from the reserves was marred by another farcical refereeing display, our second in two weeks. Just as the referee thought yesterday’s game was all about him, so will this report be. Having recently moved up from the third team to the KCFL you expect the level of officiating to rise, which is clearly not the case.  The KCFA cannot expect teams, managers and players to keep turning out in this league when a self-centred referee as we had today is going to book over half the team in a game that truly only had one serious foul. The rest of the bookings were given for reactions to some mystifying decisions and a slip by Martyn Dalby which should have been a foul and no more. If the official had ever played, coached or been involved in football other than on Sky Sports, he should have realised and applied some common sense but this never was to going to happen. Adam Mercer’s first yellow was deserved for his physical reaction to a horrendous Lydd two footer that was only punished with a yellow card. His second was for a slide tackle that made contact with nothing but grass as the defender easily beat him but was deemed a dangerous tackle apparently. Capping  the display was a phantom penalty against Milton and five fouls given against Glenn Mackett for being overly physical with a 6 foot plus centre half which earned him a lecture!
I could go on but I have a KCFA report to write too!
You may think from the above that we were on the wrong end of this game, that was not the case as we controlled the action from the word go. Steve Harris opened the scoring after twenty minutes, ten minutes later our defence waited on the linesman flag and let a Lydd player run through to slot past the stranded Tom Moon. Almost immediately we levelled after a stunning left foot volley by Tom POOyner from just outside the area. The shock of scoring such a goal was obviously too much for Tom and his bowels decided to open immediately in celebration!!!
Having reached half time at a comfortable (not for Tom!) 2-1. We started the second half well and soon Harris added another to his tally followed by Dalby with a bullet-like header. Sadly from here the game decended into a bit of a farce with constant trivial stoppages followed by a penalty for a foul no-one else saw. Mercer’s dismissal saw us change to one up front but we continued to attack as and when possible and we added an own goal before Steve Harris completed his hat trick.
An all round good display from a changed line up and Martyn Dalby deservedly gets man of the match for his performance at both ends. Thanks also to Liam, Lee, Glenn and Steve for playing their parts so effectively tonight.
Team: Tom Moon; Adam Mercer, Martyn Dalby, Liam Smith, Ship Ahmetaj; Aaron Neil, Tom Poyner, Lee Milton, Ryan Fitzgerald; Glenn Mackett, Steve Harris. Subs Used: Jamie Hurst, Emmanuel Awuni

Bromley Green Reserves 1 Staplehurst Monarchs Reserves 0
Saturday 28 April 2012
By Matt Coniam
Rain from start to finish failed to dampen the spirits in a competitive game at Waterside. After an even first ten minutes we established control over our opponents and produced a string of attacks, prompted by our midfield. However, our decision making up front was not great and resulted, too often, in long range shots when a simple through pass would have sufficed. By the halftime break we could easily have been up by four goals but instead were held at 0-0.
Having turned around into the worst of the weather we produced our best football of the match and after 10 minutes Tom Poyner broke through on the right to fire an angled shot off of both posts and into the net. We continued to probe through Tom and Aaron Neil on the right flank and more chances followed without success, once again our decision making mainly being to blame.
With 25 minutes left, we withdrew the influential Paul Barron to allow Liam Holman to play his natural holding role in midfield Ship Ahmetaj taking his place on the left flank. The attacking flow was uninterrupted until the final ten minutes of regulation time when a string of inexplicable refereeing decisions and our own willingness to get drawn into ensuing mess created more pressure than we’d seen for the whole game. A brilliant Craig Mannering save stopped Staplehurst drawing level and the team doggedly saw out the 7 ½ minutes of added time played by the referee in a game with only one injury stoppage.
The back four again provided the platform for this performance with the full backs working with their midfield partners and Martyn Dalby shepherding the influential Richard Monks throughout. Great midfield performances this week, from Tom Poyner and Aaron Neil aided by Paul Barron prompting from the quarterback postion. Steve Harris deserves a mention for his work rate up front despite not getting much service in return Man of the match this week goes to Llama for his performance in front of his new fan club!I would like to thank Craig Mannering, Paul Barron and Ashley Webster, whose seasons have finished for various reasons, for their considerable contributions over the last few games.
Team:  Craig Mannering; Tad Greenfield, Adam Mercer, Terry Perk, Martyn Dalby; Aaron Neil, Tom Poyner, Paul Barron, Liam Holman; Ashley Webster, Steve Harris. Subs: Ship Ahmetaj, Tom Moon (both used)

Bromley Green Reserves 1 Otford Reserves 0
Saturday 21 April 2012
By Matt Coniam
A much changed side started this game and produced a much improved performance against an experienced Otford side. Despite giving up a few more chances than we have been used to in the last few weeks the team competed well throughout. Having gained the lead, 30 minutes in, through an Ashley Webster far post header from a textbook Tad Greenfield cross, we rarely looked in real trouble and continued to create, if not take, good chances.
Mentions this week go to Terry Perk for two goaline clearances, one in the dying minutes and Aaron Neil who, despite not seeing much of the ball, occupied two defenders most of the game. Thanks also to Lee Milton and Tom Moon for stepping in at the last minute when asked.
This week’s man of the match goes to Ashley Webster for the winning goal, a tireless performance upfront and midfield in the dying minutes of the match.
Team: Craig Mannering; Jason Thomas, Terry Perk, Martyn Dalby, Robbie Greenfield; Aaron Neil, Tom Poyner, Paul Barron, Ryan Fitzgerald; Lee Milton, Ashley Webster. Subs: Ship Ahmetaj, Tom Moon

Bromley Green 3 Bethersden 1
Sunday 22 April 2012
By Richie Moore
Sunday saw us compete to retain the Bodkin Cup final played at Ashford United FC. We had twice beaten our opponents 5-1 in league fixtures so were confident of emerging as winners, however we did not underestimate them and knew this would be a much tighter game on a wide pitch. The condition of the pitch was perfect which after a few days of rain was not what we possibly expected. The sun was shining but there was a harsh wind which would certainly have some part to play in this match.
Bethersden took the lead in the 8th minute, a free kick was not cleared and with the aid of a couple of deflections saw the ball fall loose for a simple finish.
This gave us more urgency to create more chances, and in the 12th minute Gary Lockyer headed across goal from a free kick only for Steve Harris to unluckily poke the ball high and wide. 4 minutes later saw the move of the match. The ball was knocked around midfield and from one side to the other, the advancing Micky Doyle from right back produced a great cross forGaryto see his header hit the bar.
The game seemed to ebb and flow a bit without really creating much, many fouls were being committed and the game started to lose it’s edge. But in the 43rd minute Liam Holman (aka Worzel Gummage) picked up the ball just inside Bethersden’s half, went on a run down the middle passing a few players and then calmly placing the ball to the corner of the keepers right and into the net for his 2nd cup final goal of the season.
Half time 1-1
The second half started the same as the first, but this time it was our turn to take the first scoring opportunity. Garyhit a great strike from the edge of the box which produced a great save for a corner.  5 minutes after that the wind influenced the next part of play. The ball fell loose on the half way line, and with Craig Mannering being just outside his box the Bethersden midfielder took a speculative shot which rattled the cross bar.
Liam thought he had scored again in the 61st minute, a volley from the edge of the box produced yet another great save to deny us taking the lead for the first time in this match.
Ryan Smith then tested the keeper who was standing up to the challenge. A free kick outside the box was awarded for a “2 footed lunge”, the ball was won, but I am sure the rules are that those tackles are now outlawed and maybe should have been a red card. I don’t want to see players sent off but even the player asked the linesman and 4th official why he was not shown one after receiving treatment.
A minute later inspirational skipper Glenn Mackett who felt he had cracked his ribs in the first half but wanted to carry on got his reward when Gary played the ball across the box, Glenn was played onside and ran on to tap in.
It then seemed there would only be one winner, we continued to play good football but lacked cutting edge, until the 86th minute when Glenn superbly broke up play in the middle of the park, and Gary then found himself one on one with the keeper, he rounded him and slotted home for a goal that he deserved for his efforts.
This was a fair result and a good effort by both teams. Many thanks to Ashford United FC for hosting this game and for the splendid playing conditions.
Craig Mannering: Tom Head, Ryan Smith, Micky Doyle, Liam Smith (Paul Allan 60), Ryan Fitzgerald (Matt Collins 70), Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman, Lee Milton (Ship 76), Steve Harris, Gary Lockyer

Bromley Green Reserves 1-4 Kennington Reserves
Tuesday 17 April 2012
By Matt Coniam
The less said about this game the better! A windy night, a clueless referee and our own lack of basic football conspired together to produce a very poor game. This was a complete contrast to Saturday’s performance although we had only made two changes to the starting line-up.  We must go out against Otford Reserves on Saturday and put this right and I’m sure we will.
Team: Craig Mannering; Adam Mercer, Mickey Doyle, Tommy Lockett, Robbie Greenfield; Aaron Neil, Ewan Stanley, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jason Thomas; Ryan Norman, Jordan Hill. Subs: Paul Barron, Terry Perk, Lee Milton

APM Contrast 0 Bromley Green 1
Saturday 14 April 2012
By Dave Smith
On Saturday we completed our league programme with a hard fought but fairly comfortable league victory over mid table A.P.M.  A tight score line but in truth our hosts never really looked like scoring and I felt the players found it hard to motivate themselves after sealing the title the week before.
The game itself was not one that will be long remembered, the only moment of real quality came in the 15th minute when Tom Head and Gary Lockyer combined superbly and Tom’s pin point cross was expertly headed in by Dan Cornell. The rest of the half was fairly even with neither side creating too much goal mouth action.
The second half did see A.P.M have more of the ball and for some obscure reason the referee took a dislike to us and seemed to favour the home side with many free kicks and strange decisions, a blatant foul on Paul Burt in the 60th minute that was a clear penalty was waved away, this all became very frustrating and we was all glad to hear the final whistle and record the victory.
Our display was not our best but in one way summed our season up, solid in defence with another clean sheet and always a threat and capable of scoring.
So the season ends with us as deserved champions, 22 wins out of 26 games with only 3 defeats, the highest goal scorers in the league and the best defensive record with the best goal difference, they are the facts and something for all the players to be very proud off and the simple reasons why we won the league.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Doyle, P.Allan, R.Smith, R.Hayles, L.Milton, G.Lockyer, D.Cornell, P.Burt. Subs: L.Smith (P.Burt) S.Harris (D.Cornell) B.Beaney not used
Mom: R.Smith, superb work rate for a holding midfielder

Bromley Green Reserves 2 Hollands & Blair Reserves 0
Saturday 14 April 2012
By Matt Coniam
Another convincing display from the Saturday reserves side that belies their former lowly league position. This time our opponents were our successors as League champions, Hollands and Blair.
The team produced a display of passing, movement and stout defending that was a real pleasure to watch. Led from the back by the skipper in goal we controlled the game nicely and got forward quickly at every opportunity causing real problems for our opponents back four.
Getting to half time scoreless was a touch disappointing as I felt we could have easily been in front, such was our domination. Just after the hour we scored our first goal, a cracking breakaway with Manners finding Norms with a quick clearance and Tad Greenfield busting forward from left back to support. Ryan turned the full back inside out and his through ball found Tad in stride who duly poked the ball past the helpless keeper. Forced into a couple of changes after hefty (to put it politely) challenges on Norman and Mercer we continued to harass and press the opposition defense. Our second goal came in the 80th minute with another flowing move down the left, this time Tad was the initiator starting the move that finished with Ashley Webster cutting in from the left and finishing coolly into the opposite corner.
Once again I have to mention the back four, who this week included Tommy Lockett, for a dominant display that kept our keepers involvement to a minimum.
The team is now up to 8th in the league and given the squads we should be able to field for the rest of the season I see no reason why a top four finish is unobtainable. Our next challenge is Kennington on Tuesday night 6.30pm ko.
Competition for Man of the Match was fierce this week with Lockett, Norman and Mercer all in the frame but Robbie Greenfield just edged it for the quality run to grab his goal.
Team: Craig Mannering; Adam Mercer, Michael Hodges, Tommy Lockett, Robbie Greenfield; Aaron Neil, Paul Barron, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jason Thomas; Ryan Norman, Ashley Webster. Subs: Jordan Hill, Ewan Stanley

Bromley Green Thirds 3 Rolvenden 3
Saturday 14 April 2012
By Dave Homewood
The thirds rounded off a season of highs and lows with a well-earned draw against the champions-elect Rolvenden on a rock hard pitch at Waterside. This point leaves us joint top but the Den are poised to clinch the title with three games left. Sometimes we tend to forget the fact that we are a third team and to be the only side to have beaten the champions this season [taking 4 out of 6 points] is no mean feat.
I must start by thanking Dave Smith and Matt Coniam for their cooperation and understanding prior to this fixture – both will have been aware that a depleted thirds side against the villagers would spell humiliation – as it was we were all able to field strong line-ups and three excellent results speak for themselves.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect from this particular game is the fact that we had five 16-year-olds in our starting eleven and not a single ‘oldie’ in the squad. All competed well and will I am sure play important roles in the future.
For the record, our goals came from a long-range Danny Illsley free kick, the impressive Jordan Hill and a visiting defender who headed into his own net whilst under extreme late pressure as we created havoc through Jordan and Ryan down the right hand side. The Den’s scorers were Wayne Beaney, Tim Sims and Karl Franz.
Thanks again to our supporters during the season, including of course John, Bob and Jack, and Fred for his help.
Green: Wilson Guest; Matt Illsley, Martyn Dalby, Jamie Hurst, Danny Illsley, Kieran Shrimpton, Shqipron Ahmetaj, Aaron Hobday, Connor Cowley, Thomas Moon, Jordan Hill. Subs: Matt Jarvis, Ryan Prior, Marcus Dalby

Bromley Green 1 Market 0
Sunday 15 April
By Richie Moore
The game today needed no introduction. Going into the game we were 1 point ahead and playing our last league game; whereas Market still have 2 more to play. Dropping points really was not an option and this tension could be seen by both teams for the duration of the game. The gusting wind also had a big part to play as moves as well as crossed balls seemed to elude everyone with the conditions.
The games between us are always tactical, we set up with an experienced and strong physical team, Matt and I sacrificed pace as we did not feel the game would allow so much space to be exploited and be a tense affair.
This was evident as it took until the 22nd minute to see the first shot in anger. A ball that seemed to hang in the air for eternity was met on the volley by Rocky, only to see his effort go narrowly high and wide, the technique deserved a lot better.
4 minutes later Gary Lockyer found himself behind the defence latching onto a loose ball, however his rushed lob of the keeper went wide when maybe a bit of composure may have had a different result.  No other clear cut chances were made by either team as the defences seemed to be on top.
A cross by Lee Milton in the 33rd minute which looked good just seemed to be taken over everybody by the wind after some good play which deserved better.
Steve Ward had the best opportunity for Market to take the lead in the 43rd minute; however his attempted placement over Craig Mannering just went over the bar.
Half time 0-0
The second half took the same tone as the first, not many chances created and not a lot of talking points.
Market came out the quicker team and had a great chance to take the lead in the 49th minute, but Craig did well to make himself big and save with his foot.
In the 58th minuteGaryagain found himself one on one with the keeper, however this time he did not get enough elevation on the ball and it went straight into Joe’s hands.
The best chance of taking the lead came in the 75th minute, Rocky delivered a fantastic ball to the far post for the advancing Steve Harris, sadly his sliding volley went past the far post and with that we thought maybe our chances of retaining the league had also disappeared.
But in the 82nd minute there was a penalty awarded for a handball which really can’t be debated. Up stepped Paul Burt to convert and give us the victory we craved.
This now leaves us 4 points clear at the top. Although Market have 2 games in hand to take the title, everybody knows in football that points in the bag are a bigger advantage. This was not our best performance of the season to be fair but we kept a clean sheet and ground out a result, we could do no more than that.
Craig Mannering; Tom Head (Jason Thomas 70), Ryan Smith, Micky Doyle (Aaron Neil 78), Paul Allan, Linton Hayles, Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman, Lee Milton (Steve Harris 55), Paul Burt, Gary Lockyer

Bromley Green 2 Charlton Athletic Community 0
Saturday 7 April 2012
By Dave Smith
A solid all round team performance saw us complete an excellent victory over a descent Charlton side and clinch the Premier league title. This is an excellent achievement by the squad and in my opinion a totally deserved title, as we have proved over the season that we are the best side and this is backed up by our record of winning 21 of 25 games and being the leading goal scorers and also having the best defence.
The game started with us looking tense and it took us 10 minutes to get going. Our first chance came in the 15th minute when Steve Harris fired just wide and 5 minutes later Steve was again denied by a good save from the visiting keeper. We gradually upped our game and in the 27th minute we took the lead when Ryan Smith curled in a superb free kick from 25 yards. We were now in control and just before the break Paul Burt saw his close range effort well saved again but the Charlton keeper.
The second half saw us come and push hard for the vital second goal this dully came in the 60th minute when we Gary Lockyer was found by Paul Burt and Gary finished in style. This we all knew was enough for us to take the points and the title and we eased through the rest of the game with comfort.
Our squad this season has been very strong but we like many clubs have suffered many injuries but all the back up players that have been called up from the reserves have all done well and played there part.
This is the first time that the club has won the Kent County Premier league and also the first time that the club have won back to back titles. I would like to thank all the players for their efforts, as the manager i have found it easy to be in charge as you all have shown the commitment and attitude required to make yourselves title winners, no stars just a dedicated group of players that have been a pleasure to manage.
Lastly a special manage to my assistant Tony Gawler as without his hard work and total commitment we would not be the side that we are.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, P.Allan, G.Mackett, L.Milton, R.Hayles, G.Lockyer,P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell ( S.Harris ) T.Perk ( P.Burt ) J.Hurst ( R.Smith )
Mom: L.Milton, great performance full of effort and commitment.

Sheerness East Reserves 0 Bromley Green Reserves 5
Saturday 7 April 2012
By Matt Coniam
A complete team performance from the Saturday Reserves earned a vital 3 points on a cold day on the Isle of Sheppey. Playing on a difficult crumbling surface an even first half saw the teams come in at half time goalless with no more than four scrappy chances being evenly shared between both sides.
After the half time break we were playing with the breeze and slope to our advantage and we started to press Sheerness slowly backwards. Ship Ahmetaj was introduced to the game, on the hour, allowing Ryan Fitzgerald to move into the front line, this proved to be vital as his speed immediately caused a mix up between keeper and centre half allowing Ryan to roll the ball into an empty net. We were now almost totally in control of the game and soon scored again this time with Aaron Neil finishing coolly.
Further goals from Jason Thomas, Michael Hodges and Ryan Fitzgerald finished a great team victory for which the whole squad deserve credit.
The back four of Thomas, Hodges, Dalby and Dan Illsley were solid to the point that Skipper Craig Mannering hardly made a save of note. Tom Poyner and Ashley Webster worked tirelessly in midfield and up front respectively. However man of the match was Aaron Neil who did everything that was asked of him and his workrate ensured that our opponents had no opportunity to find a way back into this game.
Team: Craig Mannering; Dan Illsley, Michael Hodges, Martyn Dalby; Aaron Neil, Tom Poyner, Paul Barron, Ryan Fitzgerald; Ashley Webster, Tommy Lockett. Subs: (both used) Shqipron Ahmetaj, Ewan Stanley

Aldington 1 Bromley Green 4
Sunday 8 April 2012
By Richie Moore
Today we travelled to the village of Aldington to play out our penultimate game of the season. Knowing that only a win would do and the players enjoying a well deserved Saturday night after winning the Kent County Saturday League, we knew this would be a tough game as it always is against a battling Aldington team. We were happy with the overnight rain as this allowed the pitch to soften slightly, but did also mean that passing had to be sharp.
To be honest we seemed to be on top for the first 10 minutes without actually creating any clear cut chances. This nearly went against us in the 12th minute when Craig Mannering was forced to make a save under his bar for a corner.
5 minutes later Jason Thomas made a run from inside his own half, beating a few players but was unlucky to see his strike again be well saved under the bar for a corner.
The first talking point of the game came in the 25th minute when Aldington had a goal disallowed from a headed corner after push, the referee did manage to get this decision right without any dispute. However the next pieces of action that produced goals can be deemed as somewhat debatable.
In the 28th minute a goal line scramble saw a shot blocked on the line, the referee decided to wait for what seemed an eternity before deciding after all the shouts that a ball had struck an arm. My view on this is that if he had seen the handball and decided it was deliberate, it should lead to a red card. I personally don’t think he had the best view and decided a penalty due to the shouts was a good decision. Gary Lockyer stepped up and converted anyway to give us the lead.
5 minutes later the next dubious decision came. There was a foul outside the box which could have been given, however without any clear advantage in progress it was deemed that advantage should be played, within a second or two a foul occurred just inside or very close to the edge of the box and a penalty was given, again this was converted.
Half time 1-1
A talk at half time seemed to have the desired effect and we came out fast for the second half. In the 48th minute we gained a corner and Glenn Mackett saw his header well pushed over for another corner. From this Jason played the perfect ball over for Gary who had more time than he thought and placed his header over the bar.
However it only took another 5 minutes for us to take the lead.  A Shqipron Ahmetaj corner was met by Rocky to header home in the top corner.  In the 60th minute we further extended our lead after a fine backheel from Gary set Aaron Neil on his way, he cut inside to open up the angle to beat the keeper, hit his shot and it deflected off the defenders toe into the top of the goal. To be fair it would have gone in without an interception.
After this there was only one side in it, and for better finishing the scoreline could have been different. In the 77th minute Gary had a shot saved only for Ship place the rebound wide, and 3 minutes later a fine shot from Ryan Fitzgerald was also well saved.
A couple more attacks were thwarted, but in the 90th minute we secured the victory. Rocky laid the ball back to Glenn who calmly slotted in. There was some debate to offside which to be fair to the referee was cleared up as 2nd phase. Glenn may have appeared offside when Rocky received the ball, but it was played backwards to him before he finished.
As I said earlier, given the celebrations yesterday and other occurrences that happened pre-match this was a great display and effort by those involved. The mist came over in the second half and made things even more difficult along with asking players to play out of position. Matt and I thank you all for your determination today.
Craig Mannering; Ryan Fitzgerald, Jason Thomas, Micky Doyle, Glenn Mackett, Mike Hodges (Martyn Dalby 63), Shqipron Ahmetaj  (Jamie Hurst 81), Aaron Neil, Liam Holman, Gary Lockyer, Linton Hayles

Market 2 Bromley Green 1
Sunday 1 April 2012
By Richie Moore
Sunday saw the Premier Division Cup Final played at Hythe FC. We knew that this would be a different game from last week. However we did not expect it to be so limited on chances given that both teams started with their strongest strike forces. Market had to make a few changes because to be honest they were outplayed last week and they didn’t want a repeat of that.
The first clear cut chance came in the 8th minute from a breakaway attack down the left, Gary Lockyer beat his defender and crossed the ball perfectly between the defence and keeper to the advancing Paul Burt who  somehow managed to scuff his shot and the ball ran under his foot. He scores these goals for fun normally so we knew it was a massive chance blown.
The next action came in the 16th minute, Steve Ward found himself advancing onto a bouncing ball, he only had Craig Mannering to beat and decided as he was advancing to attempt a lob,this went over the bar to our relief. The next attack saw Aaron Neil one on one with the keeper, for some reason and maybe panic he decided to cut back onto his left foot, this allowed the defence to recover and the opportunity was wasted.
It didn’t take long to be punished, and in the 25th minute a corner was played in for old Green boy Matt Hadlum to power which seemed a free header into the net. 2 minutes later there could have been a penalty awarded to us for a slight trip (unintentional) but this was not given.
The last action of the first half saw Ryan Smith header a corner straight in the keepers arms in the 42nd minute and a superb save from Liam Holman’s strike from outside the box right into the corner.
Half time 1-0
We decided to change a couple of things at half time, however we still came out slow and allowed Market to attack us and we were lucky not to go 2 down straight away.
The second half became a scrappy affair to be honest, I don’t recall many clear cut chances and both defences were on top of the attackers.  However we decided to play 3 up front to chase the game and this worked fairly soon after. Liam Holman unlucky to see his earlier effort saved, from outside the box cut across the ball with his right foot and into the top right hand corner.
The game looked to be heading to extra time which I am confident we would have won. Sadly for us a great little bit of skill and a lack of backing up the defence from midfield allowed Steve Ward to be played in on the edge of the box with no defender within 5 yards of him in the 87th minute. He remained composed and calmly placed the ball into the corner of the net despite Craig getting a foot to it to seal the victory. The game was further tarnished for us by Paul picking up an unnecessary 2nd yellow card in the final minute, maybe borne out of frustration but was needless.
Obviously this was not the result we wanted, we still mathematically can win the league and of course we do have 2 more finals to contest. We now have to pick up the players and make sure for our last 4 games we don’t lose and can put this result to the back of our minds.
It was also pleasing to see a good crowd coming to support both teams and the weather was good for it, so thank you to all and thanks to Hythe FC for their efforts and hospitality in hosting this event.
Green: Craig Mannering, Tom Head, Jason Thomas, Micky Doyle, Glenn Mackett, Ryan Smith, Matt Collins, Aaron Neil (Lee Milton 45), Liam Holman, Gary Lockyer, Paul Burt
Unused subs Liam Smith, Shqipron Ahmetaj, Tom Poyner

Farnborough 0 Bromley Green 2
Saturday 31 March 2012
By Dave Smith
A massive win away at Farnborough has now put us in touching distance of the league title, a point next week at home to Charlton will complete the job.
In truth we never really hit any great heights during the game as we seemed a little edgy and tense as the major prize is coming into our grasp, but as a team we have learnt to win even when we are not at our best and this again is a mark of how good this team are.
After the first 10 mins of the game we had been caught off side 9 times and this stifled our play and left us frustrated, this I felt was due to our movement being poor and a linesman that was very keen to be involved in the game. Slowly we did start to get better and a great overlap from full back Matt Hadlum saw us go close and from a corner Ryan Smith headed over, the home side were not offering very much going forward but we reached half time level at 0-0.
I stressed at half time that this was a game we could easily win if we upped our performance and this was an opportunity that we could not let slip us by.
The second half saw us play much better, in the 50th minute Dan Cornell had his effort saved by the home keeper and next Steve Harris saw his drive again with the same outcome. Then in the 55th minute we got the break through after the home side failed to clear a corner Matt Hadlum did very well to fire the ball home.
The introduction of Lee Milton and Paul Burt added more drive into our play and we now in control, half chances came and went, Lee hit the bar in the 80th minute and 2 minutes later Paul produced a great save from the home keeper. But we were nearly caught out in the 89th minute when a scramble in our box saw the home striker hit the post but from this we broke away with Gary Lockyer and Paul Burt, a slip from Gary saw him loose the ball and then win it back with a block busting challenge and the ball ran to Paul who fired in our second goal to secure the win.
So another 3 points secured and our 20th win out of 24 this season a superb record and one all that all the players should be proud of.
A massive thank you our loyal but very small group of fans that travel each week to watch us, Big Man, Max, Sara, Collo, Pole (suspended). But i would ask where is everyone else ? as i thought we are the Premier and senior side of this club.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, B.Beaney, G.Mackett, M.Collins, G.Lockyer, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: P.Burt (D.Cornell) L.Milton (S.Harris) J.Thomas (M.Collins). Mom: M.Hadlum, the best right back in the league, no question.

Swale United Reserves 9 Bromley Green Reserves 2
Saturday 24 March 2012
By Andy Williams
This is going to be a very difficult report to write after a disastrous trip to Swale.  With 6 regular players missing I had to draw on the 3rds which unfortunately led to the postponement of their fixture.  With that in mind the result and performance was even more unacceptable, although at least our run of bad luck came to an end because we were fortunate not to concede even more.  I will not heap blame on the youngsters who came in, indeed Mani was one of the few to come out with any credit. After a few encouraging performances it was hoped that we could continue and maybe get a result that our recent displays merited but after conceding 2 early goals, we may as well have packed up and gone home.
I know its difficult when so many changes have to be made but it appeared to me that many decided this was going to be a worthless exercise before we even kicked off. That, rather than the defeat, is the most difficult aspect for me to accept.  That, and the unavailability of players. For the record our goals were scored by Robbie Greenfield and 2 crackers they were, totally not in accordance with our performance.
I have to say this is probably the lowest I have felt since being involved in football management and I hope the players are equally as ashamed as I am.  However, in some cases, I doubt it.

Bromley Green 1 Tudor Sports 1
Saturday 24 March 2012
By Dave Smith
A 1-1 draw our first of the season leaves us with a simple equation of securing 5 more points from our last 3 games to clinch the title. This was always going to be a tense affair after our recent clashes with Tudor and in the end it was pleasing that the game took place with no incidents and in truth the score line was probably right.
We got off to the worst possible start as in the 3rd minute  Ryan Smith misjudged a header and allowed the Tudor forward to advance on goal and give the visitors the lead. This certainly was a shock but we responded well, in the 7th minute Steve Harris burst through on goal but delayed his shot and the chance went and in the 15th minute a quality cross from Matt Hadlum saw Dan Cornell just miss the target. We were in control and in the 25th minute Matt Collins was unlucky with a good drive and 2 minutes later Steve Harris in my view was clearly fouled in the area but the inconsistent referee turned down our appeals. We were playing some good football but half time was reached with us trailing 1-0.
The second half started well for us when Gary Lockyer was fouled in the area and this time the referee had no option but to give us the kick and up stepped Buster Beaney to coolly level the scores. We now pushed hard for the lead and in the 52nd minute Lee Milton found Matt Collins with a quality pass but Matt’s effort was well saved by the visiting keeper and from the resulting corner Matt Hadlum saw his header cleared off the line.
After this the game evened out with both sides defending well and in truth there was very little goalmouth action apart from in the 80th minute when we were slack in defence and the Tudor attacker should have done better with an open goal to hit. But this was the last real action and the game ended all square.
A good effort from everyone involved again and I was pleased with Jason Thomas and Aaron Neil contribution from the bench. We had a good solid look about us and at times played some good football and in the bigger picture I feel this was a good result.
Team;C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Smith, B.Beaney, Matt Collins, G.Lockyer, G.Mackett, L.Milton, S.Harris,D.Cornell. Subs: J.Thomas (Matt Collins) A.Neil (D.Cornell) L.Smith not used

Mom: C.Smith, hardest game for a while but was excellent throughout

Market 2 Bromley Green 4
Sunday 25 Marh 2012
By Richie Moore
This week we travelled to our local rivals to contest the semi final of the Bodkin Cup. Market were keen to take this trophy from us as current holders. We would have expected them to start fast but that didn’t happen, they were a little slow for the first 15 minutes to be fair.
In the 6th minute we went close by hitting the bar and post in the same attack. In the 23rd minute it looked like we had taken a deserved lead, Gary Lockyer ran past 2 defenders to collect a through ball, lobbed the keeper and was very unlucky to see his goal ruled out for offside.
In the 27th minute an excellent free kick was played into the box but sadly eluded everyone at the back post. A minute later we did take the lead, a poor judgement from the keeper saw him spill the ball on the edge of the box, Paul Burt was in the right place to slide the ball into an empty net.
It only took a minute for the equaliser to come. A free kick was awarded just outside the box and resulted in Matt Hadlum scoring against his former team, a moment he seemed to enjoy.
Half time 1-1
The second half started a bit better for Market than the first, catching us off guard and going close to taking the lead. The game however turned in the 52nd minute when Marcus Hodges was booked for simulation in the box. A minute later he collected his second yellow for a high footed lunge in the box again.
This opened up the game a bit more, and a clever ball from Paul saw Gary free to lob the keeper, sadly his effort went just over the bar. 10 minutes later Aaron Neal had a chance also and with a little more composure would have seen his effort go inside the far post rather than the other side.
A little bit of fortune came our way in the 72nd minute, the defender slid to cut out a pass to Gary but he missed the ball and Gary found himself with only the keeper to beat, as Gary always does he kept calm and placed the ball into the near side corner of the goal.
In the 80th minute Glenn Mackett was unlucky with a header from a free kick, but he only had to wait 3 minutes later to convert from a corner which was won after some good play by Aaron. We then looked to close the game out but another lapse in defending saw another former ‘Green’ man Mark Wallis slide in to make it a tense last 5 minutes. Gary had other ideas though, and when a free kick was awarded to us just outside the box he stepped up to place the ball right into the corner of the net.
This was a great display from all players. Market admitted the better team won on the day and members came to our changing room to wish us luck in the final which was nice to see. They awarded Glenn Man of the Match.
Craig Smith, Tom Head, Jason Thomas, Liam Smith, Glenn Mackett, Ryan Smith, Lee Milton (Shqipron Ahmetaj 65), Aaron Neil (Tom Poyner  78), Liam Holman, Gary Lockyer, Paul Burt

Bromley Green 1 Staplehurst 0
Saturday 17 March 2012
By Dave Smith
Three points won in a game where we never really got going and rarely hit top gear, but in the grander scale of winning the league this may well be the game we look back on that helped us take the title. Staplehurst gave all they had in the game but in truth rarely looked like scoring and I felt we showed great character to grind out the win.
We started slowly and Staplehurst were pushing us back as we found it hard to get the ball down and play the way we can. We gradually got going and skipper Glenn Mackett went close with a header. In the 20th minute, a good break down the right by Matt Hadlum saw Gary Lockyer go close and 5 mins later Gary again saw his fierce drive well saved by the visiting keeper. But our quality that we generally show in passing was letting us down and the game lacked any real flow. With the half ending Glenn Mackett saw his header this time hit the bar and then blaze the follow up over to see us frustrated as the half ended.
The second half was very similar for the first 20 mins but after this we did click into some sort of form and pinned our visitors back in the own half, several half chances came but we remained patient and were finally rewarded in the 80th minute when Buster Beaney’s quality free kick was met by Matt Hadlum who squeezed the ball home. With only 10 minutes to go this was a crucial goal and did see Staplehurst come out a bit more but in truth we held onto our lead comfortably to take all 3 points.
Like I said never at out best but all the players deserve tremendous credit for remaining focused and grinding out a vital win. Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, P.Allan, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, G.Lockyer, S.Harris, D.Cornell.
Subs: L.Milton (D.Cornell ) L.Smith not used
Mom: Matt Hadlum, gave all he had a got the vital goal.

Hollands & Blair Reserves 2 Bromley Green Reserves 0
Saturday 17 March 2012
By Andy Williams
I can’t keep coming on here bemoaning our lack of good fortune so I will just report the facts and people can come to their own conclusions.
Fact 1 -For 75 minutes we completely outplayed the runaway League leaders so much so that keeper Craig Mannering did not have a single shot to save.
Fact 2-In the first half we had 7 corners to the home teams 1
Fact 3-In the first half we had 12 goal attempts to the home teams 1
Fact 4-At 0-0 we had a ‘goal’ by Tommy Lockett mysteriously ruled out
Fact 5-On 75 minutes Hollands & Blair were awarded a penalty for a collision between Aaron Neil and the home forward at which they were as bemused as we were.
Chances were not taken it has to be said. Aaron Neil clean through in the first half foiled by the home keeper, similarly Ewan Stanley sent clear by Tommy Lockett’s flick on saw his disappointingly weak effort easily saved with the score at 1-0 and from another Lockett assist young Jordan Hill saw his volley fly wide of the post. The young striker came close on several occasions in the first half, showing a great first touch without really testing the keeper. Paul Barron hit a screamer narrowly over. Robbie Greenfield was again impressive and such was our dominance in the first half he featured as a source of much of our attacking play. Matt Gilbert and Michael Hodges were impenetrable for the first 85 minutes until Hodges one misjudgment led to H&B securing the points 5 minutes from time with a shot poked through the legs of Mannering.
Sometimes I feel it would be easier to take a defeat if we had played badly. At least it would be simpler to see where I am going wrong. Ultimately however it is the manager who is responsible and I have to come up with something pretty soon as we are now just one defeat from the bottom of the table and 2 weeks away from a massive, massive semi final.
Outstanding for the Green this week were Robbie Greenfield and MOTM Matt Gilbert.

Greenways 0 Bromley Green 4
Saturday 11 March 2012
By Dave Smith
On Saturday we recorded another superb win against a Greenways side that have had some good recent results. This was another good all round team performance and we dominated the game from start to finish.
In the first minute Steve Harris was bought down 25 yards from goal and Gary Lockyer superbly dispatched the kick into the top corner to give us the perfect start, 5 minutes later Buster Beaney fierce drive was well saved by the home keeper, next a flowing move involving Ryan Smith, Steve Harris saw Gary Lockyers shot again well saved. The game moved into the 20th minute before the home side mustered an attack but we were well in control and scored our second 2 minutes later when Gary Lockyer cross was headed home by Steve Harris. After this the home side had their best spell of the game and from a corner Glenn Mackett cleared off the line and Craig Smith was forced into a good save 2 minutes later when Greenways broke through one on one. After these 2 efforts we upped the game again and in the 30th minute Tom Head and Dan Cornell linked up well and set up Matt Collins who’s shot was again well saved and as the hard neared its end Buster Beaney was again denied by the home keeper.
The second half again saw us come outof the blocks quickly and in the 48th minute Gary Lockyer thundered a drive against the bar and in the 50th minute Dan Cornell was fouled in the box and the referee awarded the penalty that Buster Beaney stroked home. We were now in complete control and in the 60th minute Tom Heads corner was knocked down by Ryan Smith and Dan Cornell tucked the ball home.
The rest of the half saw us create several more chances but in truth the game was over as a contest and we came away totally satisfied with the result and performance. Another victory and another huge step towards the title, praise again for the whole squad and the effort and commitment by everyone is first class.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, Matt Collins, G.Lockyer, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: L.Milton (B.Beaney) R.Fitzgerald (M.Collins) P.Allan (M.Hadlum). Mom: Glenn Mackett, good captain’s performance.

Otford United Reserves 2 Bromley Green Reserves 1
Saturday 10 March 2012
By Andy Williams
We came away from Otford on Saturday pointless yet once again bemoaning our luck because,  as last week, we felt we deserved something from the game.
At the risk of sounding like an old record with the needle stuck we again put in an encouraging performance against one of the top sides but our lack of recent points is a cause for concern. However with more efforts like this surely our next win is just around the corner.
The squad lacked numbers but all 12 put in another decent showing taking the game to our opponents right from the kick off with the midfield trio of Tom Poyner, Paul Barron and Aaron Neil gaining early supremacy. Ryan Norman and Tom Lockett up front were a constant threat and after the former went close with a drive that the keeper did well to push round the post we took the lead with a goal of top quality. Norman and Robbie Greenfield combined well on the left before the latter’s pinpoint cross was superbly headed in by Lockett. The same player went agonisingly close when another excellent cross, this time from Jason Thomas on the right, was met by the burly striker but his downward header bounced up and narrowly over the bar.
It was totally against the run of play when Otford drew level, the forward charging down keeper Craig Mannering’s hesitant clearance and leaving himself with a simple tap in. Until that moment the back 3 of skipper Adam Mercer, Liam Smith (playing his 100th game) and Robbie Greenfield had been mostly untroubled; indeed Greenfield was a prominent figure with his distribution from the back and was able to move forward on several occasions to add to the attacking process.
After the setback, we lost our rhythm for a short while and seemed to lengthen the game up and this led to a series of long balls which brought little in the way of chances. Nevertheless it was fair to say we’d had the better of the first half.
The point was made at half time that we should try to get the ball to the feet of Norman and Lockett and support them from the midfield. This we did to a certain extent and but for the Otford keeper could well have gone in front, his most notable save being from Ryan Norman, who cutting inside from the right hit a left foot screamer which looked destined for the top corner until the keeper tipped over. Norman was now looking like causing some damage and was brought down on the edge of the area after a fine run. Lockett stepped up and hammered the free kick over the wall but frustratingly against the cross bar. With 25 minutes remaining Ewan Stanley’s corner was flicked goalwards by Lockett and Smith stabbed the ball over the line only to be flagged offside.
Otford were causing problems on the break and twice Manners kept us in the game saving when faced with one on one situations. The game was heading for a draw when in the last minute of the game a throw-in, awarded to us by the linesman, was given to the home team by the referee and with everyone static, the Otford forward burst through to score a cruel winner.
Unforgiveable to switch off but to be honest it was a strange decision by the referee to overrule the linesman and Smith was shown a red card for arguing the case.
Ironic that the winning goalscorer who was yellow carded in the first half for a studs up tackle on Mercer,  committed several offences after that which arguably merited cards.
So another game where the performance did not merit the result but I really feel we are moving in the right direction regarding the football we are playing. There were good performances today from everyone, especially Lockett and Norman but MoTM goes to Robbie Greenfield who not only defended well but rarely misplaced a pass.

Bromley Green 3rds 5 AISSC 3
Saturday 10 March 2012
By Matt Coniam
A top quality victory for the thirds on a day when we almost didn’t field a side…I’ll get to that later. First however, I am struggling to come to terms with how our squad can go from 18 players on Tuesday to us only barely having a side by Friday evening with others not showing up on Saturday for whatever reason. Our squad members must show more commitment to their club and team mates. Sickness and injuries will always occur but if you know you’re going to be unavailable for selection, or cannot get somewhere by the allotted time, then please let your manager know to allow alternative plans to be laid. We spend a vast amount of time organising teams and contacting players; a prompt response would be appreciated and is not too much to ask.
Saturday’s game was a massive team effort especially in light of last week’s result against the same opposition. Although it could have been very different as we were behind after only 3 minutes after the defence was caught flatfooted by a long ball allowing the opposition to score with not one of our team in sight. Despite a few harsh words being said we did not allow this to affect us and started playing some good football, ignoring the efforts of some of the opposition to bully us out of contention. On the half hour a free kick deep on the right wing was expertly delivered by Liam Holman on to Terry’s head at the far post for the equaliser. We made it through to half time with very little drama and I think the lads knew by then they had a good chance to go on and take the game to AISSC.
The second half started with Holman and Perk working well in central midfield and the two Matts on the wing combining with our new strike partnership of Mooney & Awuni. First to score was Tom, who, after being put clean through; toe poked the ball under the onrushing keeper, credit goes to Matt Jarvis for a great run which kept the full back occupied.  AISSC then leveled, the goal coming from another long ball which despite an offside flag the referee allowed. Having lost our skipper and centre back Martyn Dalby to injury, we then went behind to a totally avoidable goal from a set piece at which Syd Beale managed to get into our box and bundle the ball over the line.
This just spurred the lads on and the final fifteen minutes saw Matt Jarvis score to make up for his earlier poor marking, then a subtle free kick from Ship released Matt Illsley to cut back for Mani to score another tap in. Matt Illsley then broke free only to be brought down for a game killing penalty, which he calmly dispatched himself.
This was a true team performance five goals, five scorers and some great performances. Everybody deserves a mention but special praise again goes to Dan Harris who was thrown into centre half against tough opposition and Liam Holman who put in a tireless man of the match performance in midfield.
Thanks also to our ever growing band of vocal supporters who must have enjoyed this game.
Team: Wilson Guest; Dan Illsley, Martyn Dalby, Dan Harris, Jamie Hurst; Matt Jarvis, Terry Perk, Liam Holman; Tom Moon, Mani Awuni. Subs: Ship Ahmetaj. Subs not used: Marcus Dalby, Matt Coniam

Hamstreet 1 Bromley Green 1
11 March 2012
By Richie Moore
Today we travelled south to Hamstreet, the only team to record a victory over us this season. Matt and I were keen to set up an attacking formation with the idea of taking the game to them and hopefully getting ahead and taking total control, sadly this didn’t happen.
I really don’t have much goalmouth action to report as neither keeper was really tested. Both made one great save each but other than that had a comfortable game between the sticks. I would also like to say that this was a free flowing game but I need to be careful of what I say because I refuse to pay any fine that may come forward for criticising the referee if I said what I felt. I will just say that consistency and taking a grip of such an important game were severely lacking.  Needless to say the grading was equal from both camps and this will lead to reports being filed.
The first real opportunity fell to the hosts in the 16th minute, a free kick was conceded on the edge of the box, a scuffed shot found its way into space through a lack of defensive awareness in the box which ended up with Craig Mannering spreading himself to save for a corner.
As stated before this was not a game of enough created chances, it took until the 37th minute for a goal to come.  Paul Burt received the ball after a formation change, ran into the box and was bundled over by 2 players. This resulted in a penalty which Paul converted although the keeper was close to saving after guessing the right way.
Half time 0-1
The second half saw much a same as the first, not many chances being created and lots of wasted possession.  However, in the 53rd minute the ball went out for a throw which it would appear should have been awarded to us. The linesman was unsure and due to the fact it was level with their 18 yard line the referee played devils advocate and gave it to the defending team. Whilst we continued to challenge this decision, this allowed the hosts to break down the left wing and provide a great cross for their striker to ghost between 2 defenders and head home an equaliser.
The game became scrappy afterwards, and maybe this would have been different with someone in the middle that had the confidence to remain consistent or carry out his warnings of further punishment.  I am very annoyed by a 2 footed challenge studs up on Ryan Smith that only produced a booking.
This was a game we needed to win to have a chance of retaining our title. In the 85th minute it looked like we had achieved our aim. A free kick was played in which was flicked on by a defender, which fell to Ryan Fitzgerald who played the ball across for Glenn Mackett to score. The celebrations didn’t last long as an offside flag was raised to deny the win. As I said it was flicked on by a defender so I seek to clarify the rules of offside, considering the referee had to seek advice from said linesman.
This was not the result we set out to achieve but that’s football. We are disappointed but I don’t think our play today deserved better than a draw in total honesty. We now have to hope that our rivals slip up as we did today if we wish to retain our championship.
Craig Mannering, Tom Head, Micky Doyle, Liam Smith (Liam Holman 78), Glenn Mackett, Ryan Smith, Lee Milton, Matt Collins (Ryan Fitzgerald 62), Gary Lockyer, Steve Harris, Paul Burt

Bromley Green 3 Eltham Palace 2
Saturday 3 March 2012
By Dave Smith
A massive 3 points won against arguably our nearest league rivals Eltham Palace now leaves us with 6 games to go and the title firmly in our own hands. A superb all round team performance with total commitment and effort saw us win the game and in my view the 3-2 scoreline does not really show how dominant we were.
It was clear from early on that Eltham would play a long ball game with an extra man in midfield this we dealt with by playing 3 forwards and from early on our movement and pace in attack was causing our visitors problems. In the 5th minute Steve Harris headed against the bar from a Glenn Mackett cross as we looked to take control, but we were rocked in the 10th minute when Micky Doyle was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area a very harsh decision as Mick was only a yard from the ball and from the resulting kick Eltham took the lead.
Eltham with the lead decided to sit deeper and this allowed us to come on strong to them, in the 15th minute Steve Harris set Gary Lockyer through and he fired just wide, next Dan Cornell saw his great control and shot from a Gary Lockyer pass well saved by the keeper, then Matt Collins burst into the box but was denied a goal by a last ditch tackle but were not to be denied as in the 37th minute Matt again burst into the box and this time was clearly bought down and it was our turn for a spot kick that Buster Beaney duly dispatched into the bottom corner. We now were in complete control and 5 minutes later the ball broke to Matt Collins on the edge of the box and he fired home to give us a deserved lead at half time.
The second half again saw us taking the game to Eltham as we carried on our first half form and in the 55th minute we made it 3-1 when Dan Cornell played Steve Harris through on goal and he squared for Gary Lockyer to tap home, 5 minutes later Dan was unlucky again when his shot was well saved from a Matt Hadlum cross.
In truth after the hour mark we eased off and rightly were content with what we had and the game fizzled out as we easily dealt with Elthams attacks and knew we just had to remain solid to collect the points. But in the 80th minute an error from keeper Craig Smith who mis-judged a high swirling ball gave Eltham a sniff of something, this was rare and unfortunate for Craig as he had an excellent game. The last 10 minutes were edgy and tense but in truth we held out comfortably to secure the win.
So a great win and a real team effort, from defensive to midfield to attack and to the substitutes everyone played a part and contributed something to the game, as a manager I could not ask for more and I was really proud of our performance.
I would also like to add that before the game I received my second manager of the month award from the league, this is something that I am very proud of but would like to add that Tony Gawler deserves special praise and a big thank you from me for all his extremely hard work and commitment to the side as without him we would not be the team we are.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, G.Lockyer, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, Matt Collins, D.Cornell, S.Harris. Subs: L.Milton (B.Beaney) J.Hill (D.Cornell) L.Smith not used

Canterbury City Reserves 3 Bromley Green Reserves 2
Saturday 3 March 2012
By Andy Williams
Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of a match report for last week’s game but my mum always told me “if you cant say anything nice,  don’t say anything at all!”.
After last week’s dismal showing I asked all those that retained their place in this week’s squad for a 100% increase in application, enthusiasm and commitment and thankfully that is pretty much what I got and along with the new additions pulled from the 3rd team and the returning Tom Lockett and Kevin Quinn we competed with the excellent Canterbury City side from start to finish and with a little more fortune could have returned with a useful point or three.
I decided to revert to a 3-5-2 formation with debutant Danny Illsley slotting in on the right hand side alongside skipper for the day Adam Mercer and Robbie Greenfield. Paul Barron, Tom Poyner and Aaron Neil forming the midfield trio with Ewan Stanley and Jason Thomas taking the wide berths. Up front we had the powerful Tom Lockett as a focal point with Shqip Ahmetaj as his foil.
It was the effervescent Neil who caught the eye in the early exchanges and his presence gave us the buzz we had been lacking lately. Adam Mercer had his hands full with the City centre forward who was their outstanding player but he performed the task admirably. Illsley,  after an understandably nervy start,   grew in stature as the game progressed and can be satisfied with his display.  Greenfield linked well with Stanleyon the left and Barron was passing the ball well with Poyner his usual tenacious self. Once again Thomas was a major threat and went close on a couple of occasions after typical surging runs. Barron headed wide from a corner as we enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges.
After looking the more likely to open the scoring, we fell behind after 15 minutes when a free kick was brilliantly headed in, highlighting our lack of height. We fought back well after this setback and after a few efforts had been blocked the ball fell to Neil on the edge of the box and his powerful drive ended up in the net after a slight deflection for a deserved equaliser. We still were playing some excellent passing football with Neil involved in everything but once again we were caught out by another set piece. A direct effort seemed to be held by the diving Craig Mannering but on landing the ball somehow escaped his grasp and the City striker was on hand to force the ball home. A further goal just before the break when we were caught out of position with the ball pulled back from the byline for the City no9 to fire in,  gave City a somewhat flattering 3-1 half time lead
After encouraging the lads to continue the way we had been playing, we started the second half in a similar vein with Lockett now beginning to have a greater impact on proceedings with his hold up play and aerial ability and we continued to create some fine openings some of which were ended it has to be said by some over enthusiastic flagging. We unfortunately lost Mercer with a groin injury after 60 minutes but sub Kevin Quinn came on and defended well. Barron and Neil were finding their men regularly and Thomas was causing the left back problems with his strong running. We got ourselves back into the game when a superb long ball from Greenfield found Lockett surging into the area. After taking the ball past the defender he was brought down for a penalty which he dispatched confidently into the corner. At this stage it looked as if we would get something from the game and it looked odds on an equaliser when another run and superb cross from Thomas found Lockett arriving into the 6 yard box but incredibly the ball ended up in the keeper’s hands. After some great approach play from Stanley and Neil, Lockett turned inside and his right footed shot was well saved at the foot of the post.
City were having their share of the ball and Mannering on several occasions atoned for his earlier error by keeping us in the game. The hosts had a period of pressure with several corners but we defended determinedly. Time ran out for us but this was an encouraging performance after recent poor displays. The introduction of Illsley Neil and Ahmetaj was a breath of fresh air and all can expect a run in the side with displays like this. It also seemed to bring out the best of Barron, Poyner and Stanley, all of whom had their best games for a while. Thomas continued his impressive run of form and Mercer, in another unfamiliar role, performed well as did Greenfield. Quinn slotted in well after a lengthy lay off and MoTM for me was Tom Lockett who, especially second half, was a real handful for the City defence.

Bromley Green 3rds 0 AISSC 3
Saturday 3 March 2012
By Matt Coniam
On a day when we were missing a number of experienced players for various reasons we fielded the youngest line up for a Bromley Green senior team in a long time, possibly ever. Every single one of the youngsters who played on Saturday did themselves justice and will learn more from games like this than they will realise.
I am not going to go into much detail about the game this week but in summary the first goal was a 25 yarder which was unstoppable by Wilson at this stage in his development, the other two goals both came from avoidable lapses which is always disappointing. The concentration levels of a couple of players this week was not acceptable and we will do our best to change that for the coming games.
The positives from this game came mostly from the youngsters; Jack Guy who kept going for 90 minutes in his first senior game,  Aaron Hobday who gave another tidy performance after coming on as sub as did Ryan Prior who almost scored from range with his first touch. Dan Harris was again solid at right back, a position he has made his own in recent weeks.
From the older lads Mani Awuni, still recovering from his chest infection, discovered a new lease of life when moved into the front line and should have had a late penalty awarded in his favour. Our opponents gave man of the match to Martyn Dalby who gave everything he had in a thankless and lonely job in centre midfield.
The player of the match for me was 16 year old debutant Kieran Shrimpton who tried to play football throughout, was tenacious in the tackle, ran himself into the ground and played wherever we asked him without question.
A final mention for the bravery of Wilson Guest who, although we all forget, is still only 16 years old. For the second week running he took a fearful blow and had to be taken to hospital, only to be back in the clubhouse two hours later staking his claim to be in goal next week. That’s the kind of attitude we could do with a bit more of.
Team: Wilson Guest; Dan Harris, Jack Guy, Mini Dryland, Jamie Hurst; Matt Jarvis, Mani Awuni, Martyn Dalby, Kieran Shrimpton; Tom Moon, Matt Illsley. Subs: Ryan Prior, Aaron Hobday, Marcus Dalby. Sub not used: Matt Coniam

Bromley Green 7 Aldington 2
Sunday 4 March 2012
By Richie Moore
Today we entertained Aldington, surprisingly our first league game against them this season seeing as we are coming to the end of the campaign. We did not expect the same sort of game as last week in fairness given they picked up a coupe of injuries and probably have a few less players, which did prove to be the case. Discussions before the game centred on being tight and following movement of players and restrict space. This didn’t really go to plan in the first half and we found ourselves 2-1 behind at one point. However, with a bit more discipline and composure we produced the end result we were looking for.
Recently we played Aldington in a cup game at home and there really wasn’t much to report except the goals, today pretty much was the same, which is testament to the way they set themselves up against us. Soak up pressure and try to catch us on the break.
In contrast to last week we took the initiative and scored the first goal. In the 4th minute we were awarded a free kick outside the box. Gary Lockyer stepped up and fired a shot past the wall into the corner which keeper Dave Crust could only stand and admire.
As stated, catching us on the break brought Aldington fortune twice for them to take the lead. In the 20th minute a break through the middle saw a Ryan Strand shot which took a deflection and loop over Craig Mannering into the net. 10 minutes later another deflection saw the ball break for them and with a little lapse of concentration we allowed the same player to ghost between two defenders to receive the ball and see his shot go to Craig’s near post which he could only get a hand to and saw the ball cannon off the bar into the goal.
I think after our first goal we seemed to think we would stroll to victory and became a little complacent, but going behind spurred us on and in the 39th minute their keeper didn’t cleanly take a catch,  the ball fell and Steve Harris took it to the side only to be brought down for a penalty. Paul Burt stepped up to bring us level.  Three minutes later we took the lead, a clearance from Craig saw the ball skip off the turf and under pressure from Matt Collins the defender missed the ball, it fell to Gary who made good work on the edge of the box to create a yard to shift the ball and superbly drill it past the keeper again from the edge of the area.
Half time 3-2
The second half carried on much as the first. The only real clear cut chances resulted in goals and there was not much in between.  In the 61st minute some good play saw the ball crossed into the box forGary to head goalwards, the keeper was close to him and saved it, but it was only pushed back ontoGary’s chest and went into the goal.
In timing with the first half it only took another three minutes to score again, some good work from Paul saw him lay the ball off to Gary on the edge of the box who again drilled the ball into the goal.  This now seemed to be a damage limitation exercise from Aldington, getting players behind the ball and trying to expose us on the break, although they did not seem as confident as they did before going  forward.
In the 70th minute some great work from Matt produced a terrific save, but the resulting corner saw Liam Smith head the ball in from Tom Head’s corner. The final goal came in the 75th minute when the referee saw fit to give a penalty for a push; I think this may have been harsh against the player he booked only a minute earlier who also gave him some chat. This did not stop Paul from scoring his second of the game even if the keeper did get a hand to it.
Paul would have been expected to complete a penalty hat-trick 5 minutes later, Matt was what can only be described as wiped out as he went past the defender, maybe the referee realised the softness of the previous award and decided this did not warrant a third penalty of the day.
Aldington did hit the bar in the 77th minute, a great cross was met with a header but was two inches too high and hit the bar and went over. In the 87th minute Gary had the chance to convert his 5th of the game, Paul Barron fed a lovely ball through to Paul who was very unselfish and passed the ball sideways forGary who could only place the ball just wide in what was the best move of the match.
This was another great result, although we conceded at times too much space and lapses of concentration with movement we demonstrated the quality and desire to win the game, in which to be fair we would have expected to win anyway due to the fact we want to retain our status as league champions.
Craig Mannering; Tom Head, Micky Doyle (Paul Barron 76), Liam Smith, Pat Law, Tom Poyner (Shqipron Ahmetaj 65), Lee Milton, Matt Collins, Gary Lockyer, Steve Harris, Paul Burt

Market Reserves 4 Bromley Green Reserves 6
Sunday 4 March 2012
By Ian Mace
Team: M,Dalby, R,Hagger, K,Lang, J,Douglas, R,Greenfield, A,Neil, A,Webster, E,Awuni, D,Hagger, T,Lockett, J,Hill.
Subs: J Hurst, M Jarvis (both subs played)
Score: Won 6-4
Goalscorers: Jordan Hill 5, Robbie Greenfield 1
MoM: Jordan Hill

Bromley Green 5 Bredhurst 0
Saturday 25 February 2012
By Dave Smith
Another 3 points safely collected on our quest for the title and another 5 goals to boost our goal difference and with the news of a defeat to close challengers Eltham Palace it was certainly a good day for the team.
The game started with Bredhurst showing a lot of energy and conviction and it was our visitors who took the early control, we had to defend well and we did this well and in truth took an undeserved lead in the 25th minute when Tom Heads corner was headed back across the goal by Ryan Smith for his brother Liam to score his first goal for the senior side this season. Bredhurst continued to press and Matt Hadlum cleared superbly of the line to keep our lead in tact and in the 35thminute a long clearance from keeper Craig Smith saw Gary Lockyer through and he finished expertely to give us a 2 goal cushion going into the break.

Lockyer and Cornell celebrate another Green goal

The second half saw us take control of the game, we got the ball down and played some excellent football and dominated proceedings. In the 50th minute Glen Mackett added our third with a crisp finish from the edge of the area, we now were enjoying the game and the introduction of all 3 substitutes added extra momentum to our play. Our 4th goal came in the 80th minute when Dan Cornell spun the last defender and ran into the area and finished superbly and 2 minutes later Gary Lockyer added hid second after an excellent break from Matt Hadlum.
So a good 5-0 victory keeps us well placed at the top of the league with 7 games to go, gradually we are starting to get near to our best again as the pitches dry out and become easier to play on, we are in the box seat but we must remain focused on just taking one game at a time and not getting carried away.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, L.Smith, R.Smith, L.Hayles, G.Mackett, M.Collins, B.Beaney, S.Harris, G.Lockyer. Subs: D.Cornell ( L.Smith ) P.Burt ( S.Harris ) M.Doyle (G.Mackett)
Mom: M.Hadlum, another quality attacking and defending display.

Bromley Green Thirds 2 Riverside Inn 1
Saturday 25 February 2012
By Matt Coniam
A lovely spring day brought us exactly what we expected from Riverside, plenty of physical effort but not enough to overwhelm the ever-younger looking 3rds squad. The team that played showed great commitment and application, despite the fact that we went from an overfull squad to ever decreasing numbers of players due to various commitments and injuries. The team that played showed great commitment and application.
We started the game in a confident manner and within ten minutes Tom Moon combined with Jordan Hill who produced a stunning finish from the edge of the box. We were now in control of the game, with any sporadic attacks being dealt with by our back four, Jordan again broke through the Riverside ranks only to be denied by the frame of the goal. Shortly after this a Riverside through ball was safely gathered by Wilson Guest inside his six yard box only for him to be shoulder barged to the ground; to our dismay the referee did not react to this even failing to call on assistance to the stricken keeper. Just before half time a foul just inside our half saw the free kick launched into our six yard box, we failed to clear our lines and the ball was bundled into the net. Goals like this are avoidable and we must learn to take charge at similar situations, something I will be speaking to the squad about at training and before next week.
The second half continued much in the vein of the first although we were creating a few more chances, Martyn Dalby and the tireless Terry Perk both put headers over the bar from close range whilst the former also had a free kick well saved by the Riverside goalie. By this time Wilson was clearly struggling with the injury sustained in the first half and he had to be subbed. Tom Moon replaced him in goal with Mani, whose work rate had been reduced by a chest infection, moving forward to support Jordan. Matt Illsley came on from the bench to play on the left wing effectively although his final ball still needs a lot of work. Shortly afterwards we gave a rest to the hard working Matt Jarvis allowing Aaron Hobday to gain more senior minutes in central midfield alongside Terry. With 15 minutes to go a break down the left saw Jordan get to the byline and cut the ball back for Mani who just managed enough strength to poke the ball over the line. There was still time for Riverside to come back and one attack needed a great save from Tom to protect our advantage. We were still a threat going forward and Mani had a close range header clawed off the line by the goalkeeper who was clearly their man of the match.

Jordan Hill: man of the match watched by Matt Jackson

Credit this week goes to Terry Perk who tried to keep the momentum going despite the lack of fit players around him, Wilson for bravely playing on even though he should have come off earlier and Tom Moon who worked hard up front and didn’t hesitate when asked to go in goal. The back four deserve a mention as they were solid throughout but still need to be more vocal and commanding. Man of the match though goes to Jordan who produced some quality play whether in going for goal himself or providing chances for his team mates.
All in all a pleasing performance. Our next challenge is AISSC at home next week and training is at the 3G as usual on Tuesday.
Team: Wilson Guest; Dan Harris, Martyn Dalby, Jordan Hill, Michael Dryland, Emmanuel Awuni,  Terry Perk, Matt Jarvis,  Shqipron Ahmetaj, Dan Illsley, Tom Moon. Subs: Aaron Hobday, Matt Illsley. Sub not used: Matt Coniam

Aldington 4 Bromley Green 6 (aet)
Sunday 26 February 2012
By Richie Moore
Today we travelled down the A20 to Aldington for the Premier Division Cup Semi Final. I do not want to get drawn into the squad that was taken due to the fact that Matt worked hard until late last night to fill a complement of substitutes, after some of those in the squad that were selected had other engagements or injuries.  On arrival we saw the pitch was rough and knew the ball would bobble somewhat. Also in the knowledge that Aldington would be very much up for this game and want to take a scalp and progress to the final.
This proved evident during the early exchanges, without much goalmouth action, both teams didn’t really work the ball well enough to create clear cut chances until the 17th minute when Matt Collins took a high ball down from Craig Mannering’s kick but saw his effort saved.
This spurred  Aldington on and in the 24th minute a high ball was not defended well and the defence were flat footed and we ended up conceding the first goal. It only took another 3 minutes to concede the next goal as well. An overhead attempt was not connected, but whilst we complained to the referee and the ball was still in play, the ball fell to the feet of a player who just stroked the ball home.
In the 35th minute some good play from Paul Burt saw him brought down in the box, he dusted himself down and converted the resulting penalty. But with the nature of the way this game was going and getting back in the game, 3 minutes later a corner was not dealt with and rather than seeing the ball go dead we tried to clear unconvincingly and ended up  going into the break 3-1 down.
Half time 3-1
A stern team talk at half time and some tactical changes during the second half made a difference to the game. It was not an immediate change of fortune, but as the half progressed we started to create more chances and restrict our hosts to the odd breakaway attack.
In the 70th minute Ryan Fitzgerald collected the ball on the left, took on his men and produced a great cross for Steve Harris to header home. 5 minutes later Steve turned creator when he managed to turn the defender and see his shot parried, only for Paul Burt to be following up to score his second of the game. Not settling for extra time we kept our attacking formation, and this nearly paid off when in the 84th minute Steve found himself one on one with the keeper and saw his shot go narrowly wide.
So into extra time we went, not sure either team wanted it, but after 90 seconds into the first period we took the lead for the first time. Matt Collins received the ball and after some good work in the box, the ball fell to Steve to strike home his second of the game.  The rest of the first period seemed to not create many more chances and there was one incident that saw 2 red cards that I would rather not comment on right now. Football is a game where frustration exists but sometimes players need to take an extra second to think of what they say/do.
The second period saw the busiest time with 3 goals and a good save in a 5 minute period. Again 90 seconds into the half, Matt took control of the ball and ran at the defence and his shot went in the back of the net. In what seemed the next attack we conceded a free kick on the edge of the box, which was not cleared well and ended up in the bag of the net again. This became a moment of frustration as it seemed all our hard work may be undone by another lapse in controlling the game or concentration.
The next minute saw a great cross onto the head of Paul, however it was straight at the keeper and he saved well. Not sure which way the tie would go at this stage until with 10 minutes to go, Matt again picked up the ball and he ran at the defenders and took a shot which looped up off the defenders foot, over the keeper and into the empty net.
This was another tough game that Aldington gave us, in the end there were lots of tired legs but I think after half time we deserved our victory. There was a lot of disruption with the squad before the game and I won’t go into the politics, but Matt and I can’t thank the players who took part in this game and produced this result enough.  2 finals in 2 weeks against tough opposition is a great effort.
Green: Craig Mannering, Tom Head, Micky Doyle, Liam Smith (Tom Poyner  60), Mike Hodges,  Liam Holman, Lee Milton, Matt Collins, Ryan Fitzgerald, Steve Harris, Paul Burt

Tonbridge Invicta 0 Bromley Green 6
Saturday 18 February 2012
By Dave Smith
Our biggest victory of the season on Saturday saw us maintain our position at the top of the league, the score line does not really reflect the game as I felt we should have scored more and in truth Tonbridge who played some good football probably deserved some reward for there efforts.
But as this was the first game for 3 weeks and was played on a terrible surface I am more than happy to have picked up the 3 points and the 6 goals has certainly boosted our goal difference.
We started the game on the back foot as Tonbridge pushed hard but in the 5th minute Glen Mackett played Gary Lockyer through and he finished well to give us the lead. Next Gary was unlucky when his fierce drive was well saved by the home keeper but we doubled our lead in the 12th minute when good work from Steve Harris and Gary again saw Dan Cornell with a good finish.
We were now in control but the home keeper who had a really good match saved well from a Buster Beaney drive, a close range effort form Matt Collins and another stinging drive from Gary Lockyer to keep the score line to 2-0 at half time.
The second half was a very open affair as Tonbridge pushed hard to get back into the game and we set up to play on the counter attack.
In the 51st minute after already going close through a Steve Harris effort and another Gary Lockyer shot we finally got our third when Steve set Gary through who again finished well. Our fourth followed in the 53rd minute whenGary found Matt Hadlum on the over lap and his cross was headed home by Paul Burt on his return to the team.
4 became 5 when Paul played Matt Collins through who scored a well deserved goal for all his tremendous work rate during the game.
With the game all but over Tonbridge who had tried hard were awarded a couple of really soft penalties but fortunately for us both kicks never found the target and we punished our hosts by going up the other end and Ryan Smith set Gary Lockyer up to complete his hat trick and finish the scoring.
So a good 3 points and a good work out after a break in the action, never at out best but good fitness work for us all which will help us in the run in to the end of the season.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, P.Allan, T.Head, M.Collins, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, S.Harris, G.Lockyer, D.Cornell. Subs: P.Burt (D.Cornell) L.Smith (M.Collins) L.Milton (B.Beaney)
Mom: G.Lockyer, great all round display with a deserved hat trick

Bromley Green Thirds 11 Great Chart 2
Saturday 18th February 2012
By Matt Coniam
Weather conditions were not conducive to good football the youngsters of Bromley Green produced an impressive all round display. The Great Chart side we faced were clearly struggling to put a side together and I applaud them for turning up to play when certain other teams in this league would have cried off until they had a stronger squad.
This week we paired Jordan Hill with the experienced Terry Perk up front and it only took five minutes for the new strikeforce to combine for our first score. The goals then flowed at regular intervals for the rest of the half resulting in an 8-0 score at halftime. The second half, playing into a fierce wind, was a slightly different story with the Green managing three goals whilst two lapses at the back allowed Great Chart in for two goals, we also managed to give our subs, including 16 year old debutant Aaron Hobday a good amount of game time.
The scoreline belies the sheer quality of the performance and some of the finishing was stunning and if not for a brilliant display by the opposition goalie it would have been a lot more. Credit goes, obviously, to Jordan and Terry who both netted four times each. Ship, who despite being not fully match fit, managed two scores and Martyn Dalby for completing the tally. Today was a great all-round squad performance with standout roles also played by Matt Jarvis and Dan Harris. Special mention goes to Aaron Neil who dominated central midfield throughout and more importantly, did his upmost to support and get young Aaron Hobday involved in the game after his introduction, putting him through on goal twice.
We now have a large, quality squad that will have real competion for places, which is exactly how it should be. The majority of the established squad members have shown a great improvement in attitude whilst the youngsters that have been introduced are doing well and should learn from the older lads around them. Keep it up lads!
Our next challenge is Riverside again at home next week and training is at the 3G as usual on Tuesday.
Team: Wilson Guest; Dan Harris, Jamie Hurst, Martyn Dalby, Jordan Hill,
Michael Dryland, Aaron Neil, Emmanuel Awuni,  Terry Perk,
Matt Jarvis, Marcus Dalby, Matt Coniam, Shqipron Ahmetaj
Subs: Kieron Hawkins, Aaron Hobday, Tom Moon
Subs not used: Marcus Dalby, Matt Coniam

Brewmaster 0 Bromley Green 5
Sunday 19 February 2012
By Richie Moore
Today saw us travel along the A28 for one of the Ashford Charity Trophy Semi Final. We did to be fair expect a tougher game than the scoreline suggested, however this was a result that all players can be proud of.
We were without the injured Dan Barham and ineligible Paul Burt, the ill Liam Holman, suspended Ryan Smith and Gary Lockyer, along with Craig Mannring and Micky Doyle on the afore mentioned Stag do.
We started with a quick pace, from Brews’ kick off we gained possession and could have scored in the first 30 seconds. The keeper was forced into his first of many saves in the 4th minute when Matt Collins struck a free kick low to the left, only to see his effort pushed wide.
Only 2 minutes later Steve Harris found himself through on goal, his shot was saved but palmed into space that Aaron Neil found himself in so he could stroke the ball into the net.
A 2 minute spell on 13 saw Brews’ hit the crossbar twice, firstly from a corner and then a free kick thst saw 2 free headers unlucky not to drop in. But 5 minutes later we added to our advantage whdn Matt picked the ball up on the left, hit a cross field ball into the path of the advancing Ryan Fitzgerald who hit a shot first time from the right corner edge of box into far corner.
In the 32nd minute, another great save was made when Steve had a header destined for the top corner to be clawed out from the keeper after it looked like he was beaten. A couple of minutes later Brews had a free kick on the edge of the box which took a slight deflection on the way through but Craig Smith held well. Glenn Mackett and Matt had further opportunities to extend the lead but saw a header and shot go just wide.
Half time 0-2
The second half saw much of the same as the first, we were dominant and passed tbe ball nicely around which created chances. On 49 minutes Ryan made good work down the left and crossed the ball, this was not held by the keeper again and fell to Glenn just inside the box to drill home.
2 minutes later Steve saw another shot saved, much to his frustration. Also on 68 minutes Lee Milton saw his fierce shot that was again well saved at the near post.
Just after that another change was made, Ship came on to replace Aaron who had a strain and made an instant impression. Involved in the 77th minute with good work along with Steve which produced a cross to the far post which Jon Douglas nodded in with a fierce header. With 5 minutes to go, Ship whipped in another cross which caused confusion for the goalkeeper and defender, neither took charge and the ball bounced in front of Ryan only 3 yards out to head into an empty net.
This was a good performance and victory, Matt and I cannot praise the squad that travelled enough today. This was potentially a banana skin game yet our football and desire shone through. In the words of the opposition, “you tore us apart today”. There really was not a man of the match because everybody contributed to a great team effort and did all that was asked of them.
Craig Smith; Tom Head, Paul Allan, Liam Smith, Mike Hodges, Aaron Neil (Ship 65), Glenn Mackett, Lee Milton, Ryan Fitzgerald, Matt Collins (Jon Douglas 70), Steve Harris

Bromley Green Reserves 2 Egerton 2
Sunday 19 February 2012
By Ian Mace
With Jason Thomas and Robbie Greenfield banned, Kenny Hallett injured, Aaron Neil, Jon Douglas and Ship with the 1st team, this was always going to be a big test for us. But with veteran Terry Perk and Pat Law back we still had a good enough team to compete with our opponents Egerton. First half the Green settled down after a fast and furious 10 mins started to play some nice short passing and broke the deadlock after some good play down the left and a good cross from Ashley Webster onto the diving head of veteran Terry Perk to make it 1-0 to the Green. All credit to Egerton they kept going and started getting behind our midfield and pressing our defence for the last 20 mins of the first half and with a cross from their left into our box for their player to score and make it 1-1 at half time.  Second half we started playing some good football especially down the right where Mani with his silky skills was causing their left back to keep fouling him and eventually was taken off, half way into second half Ashley Webster had neat skills to slip away from their defender in their box causing the defender to take him down and the referee gave a penalty to the Green. Up stood the veteran Terry Perk to score from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 to the Green. We was just saying that if we got 1 more goal their heads would go down when Mani dribbled into their box only to be taken down by their defender and again the referee gave a penalty and up stood the old veteran Terry Perk again to take the penalty only to see their goalkeeper save it. This gave Egerton a lift and again all credit to them they come back at us and again they got behind our midfield to press our defence to score the equaliser to make it 2-2 at full time. I suppose we can say that we dropped 2 points but things don’t always go your way that’s football and to be in the position we are in at this stage of the season overall Shaun and myself have to be happy. We just need that big effort from our last 5 games I know you can do it, training is key I know it’s hard but at the end of the day you all need it lets see you all turn up and make an effort, and come back to the clubhouse for a drink after.
Team: W,Guest, M,Dalby, R,Hagger, K,Lang, J,Hurst, E,Awuni, T,Poyner, P,Law, D,Hagger, A,Webster, T,Perk. Sub: P. Barron (played)
MoM:  Kenny Lang

APM Reserves 2 Bromley Green Reserves 4
Saturday 4 February 2012
By Andy Williams
Like an oasis in a frozen tundra, the Cobdown Sports Ground provided an ideal environment for passing football and thankfully for the majority of the game, we provided it and in the process made a small but hopefully significant step towards a much better final run in.
Down to a pre-match day squad of 12 we were grateful for the postponement of the first’s game at Tonbridge and the squad was boosted by the inclusion of Buster Beaney and Gary Lockyer and both were to be very influential in our victory.
Starting with a 4-4-2 formation we began very much on the front foot with our wide players getting plenty of action and after 10 minutes could well have opened the scoring. Ewan Stanley provided the pass which saw Lockyer through one-on-one with the APM keeper but on taking the ball round him appeared to be felled but referee Geary was having none of it. This raised a rueful smile on the faces of both managers. We didn’t have to wait long for the opener when minutes later, Ryan Fitzgerald’s corner was half cleared to Jason Thomas whose thunderous drive found the net via the faintest of touches from Lockyer.
However, far from encouraging us to continue our fine passing and movement, we seemed to start panicking somewhat and had difficulty in keeping possession for any length of time. This period of sloppy play cost us as, after needlessly giving away the ball in the middle of the park, the resultant cross was headed in at the far post by the unmarked APM forward. This seemed to be the wake-up call we needed and Milton and Poyner began to regain some measure of control in midfield and with Thomas and Stanley using the ball well, the threat of Lockyer and Fitz up front was a big one and both strikers went close before Lockyer seizing on a superb long ball from Beaney finished neatly to regain the advantage at half time.
The start of the second half saw our hosts come back at us but the back four, superbly marshalled by Beaney, were equal to any threat posed. There was little goalmouth action at either end with the game becoming a midfield tussle but we increased our lead with a peach of a goal. Thomas was the architect with a quality long pass into the 18 yard box which Lockyer expertly controlled with one touch and volleyed spectacularly into the roof of the net. Lovely! Although this looked like being the deciding goal we were rocked with 15 minutes remaining when APM scored with a header from a corner to set up what could have been a nervy finish. However the arrival of substitute Syd Beal was a significant one when he timed his through ball to Tom Poyner to perfection and the combative midfielder surged through and finished with a striker’s aplomb to finally settle matters in our favour.
A welcome 3 points then after our dismal run and although we benefitted of course from the classy contributions of Beaney and Lockyer there was much to admire in the performances of the other 12 members of the squad including the substitutes, pretty much all of them showing their best form for several weeks. This simply has to be a springboard for the remainder of the season. MOTM goes to Michael Hodges for another fine display but not far behind was Jason Thomas.

Riverside Inn 1 Bromley Green Thirds 2
Saturday 4 February 2012
By Matt Coniam
With the Waterside pitches frozen solid Riverside Inn had sensibly
made contingency plans to switch home advantage and play at the 3G at
pitchside. Unfortunately for them this somewhat backfired as the
Bromley Green youngsters came from behind to win 2-1.
The chaos of a frozen morning ended with us giving debuts to sixteen
year olds Dan Harris and Jordan Hill. Both youngsters fitted well into
our team from the first whistle, Dan was solid at right back whilst
Jordan was sharp and intelligent leading our attack.
The first half performance was solid, if uneventful as the lads coped
with everything their opponents had to offer whilst creating a few
chances for themselves. Although we lost the hard working Kieran
Hawkins after 35 minutes to a nasty shin injury, his replacement
Marcus Dalby slotted in to our formation straight away despite his
limited opportunities this season.
The second half opened with the Bromley Green midfield of Liam Holman,
Manny Awuni, Matt Jarvis and Ship Ahmetaj in control of the game and
Riverside limited in their attacks. After 20 minutes of the half,
almost out of nowhere, we failed to clear a corner and former Green
man Matt Wedge scored. The response was almost immediate and within 2
minutes we were level as Martyn Dalby blasted home from close range at
the other end. Within another 5 minutes we were in front following a
Holman free kick finished with a picture perfect header from the
impressive Jordan Hill.
That was not the end of the story as with 10 minutes to go Marcus
Dalby burst through the Riverside defence on to a Hill through ball
only to be brought down for a penalty. Skipper Mini Dryalnd’s penalty
was saved and despite him dispatching the rebound expertly the referee
decided to blow for numerous defenders encroaching into the box!!! The
retake went wide and resulted in a nervy last few minutes which the
boys dealt with well.
Every single player on the pitch played their part in this win;
however, I would like to make special mention of Danny Illsley and
Matt Jarvis, who both had to play out of position. Also striker Jordan
Hill whose play at times showed real quality and pace. The man of the
match, however, was Dan Harris whose play at times belied his lack of
years and truly had a debut to remember.
Thanks to the large contingent of supporters that braved the harsh
weather to watch the team today, I hope you enjoyed the lads
Team: W Guest; D Harris, Martyn Dalby, M Dryland, D Illsley; S
Ahmetaj, E Awuni, L Holman, M Jarvis; J Hill, K Hawkins. Subs: Marcus
Dalby, M Illsley Not Used; A Possee, M Coniam

Stansfeld 3 Bromley Green 2
Saturday 28 January 2012
By Dave Smith
A 3-2 defeat away on Saturday was a very bitter pill to swallow, after a lack lustre first half performance the team responded superbly in the second half and battled back to level the game only to be robbed by a ludicrous penalty decision in the 5th minute of stoppage time, there was only one person who thought he saw an infringement in the box and that was the referee, no claims from the home side, no flag from the linesman just a massive ego trip for the man in black.
We started the game slowly with Stansfield dominating the early exchanges, for some reason we were slow to the ball and timid in our approach, it looked only a matter of time before we would fall behind, but in the 15th minute we broke away and Steve Harris showed good strength on the edge of the box and fired the ball home to give us the lead, 2 minutes latter Matt Collins broke into the box and was in my opinion was clearly bought down but no penalty and again a massive decision.
Stansfield came straight back at us and in the 20th minute levelled when again we were weak in the tackle and 2 minutes later we fell behind when keeper Craig Smith failed to deal with a free kick and the ball fell kindly for the opposing forward who finished well.
It looked like we may crumble as we lacked the commitment to match our hosts but as the half went on we slowly got our game going. Dan Barham had a drive well saved by the home keeper as did Matt Hadlum after breaking through on the overlap, Buster Beaney went close from a free kick and Ryan Smith should probably done better form an excellent through ball from Tom Head but we reached half time 2-1 down.
I asked the lads at half time to put more into the game and show more passion and commitment this we did superbly from the first whistle, as we at last got our passing game going and now become the dominate side. In the 52 minute we were dealt a real blow when Dan Barham injured his knee in a crunching challenge, Dan had to replaced straight away and looks to have a bad injury and if this is proved accurate it will be a massive loss to the team as Dan has been one of our best players this season.
Dan’s loss however did not stop our momentum and in the 62nd minute we levelled when Ryan Smith fired home a superb 25 yard free kick, we now pressed for the winner Buster Beaney set up Steve Harris who worked tirelessly for the team all game but his effort went just wide, next substitute Dan Cornell done well on the edge of the box but his drive again narrowly missed.
As the clock run down I would have been happy with a point, the game was becoming heated and tempers were fraying but to a man we dug in and held firm, but as previously described we were robbed late on that left us pointless and far from happy.
A defeat that see’s our lead at the top cut but from this I can see many positives, we showed that we are going to fight all the way for this title, 9 games to go and I am sure there will be more twists and turns to come, but I know the every member of the squad is committed to the cause and committed to each other and I know in these next 9 games we will be giving it everything we have to land the top title in Kent.
A special thank you to loyal but very small band of supporters, Max, Sara, Andy Lowe all of who drove to the game and Collo who came on the team bus, it is really disappointing that we are not supported better, as we play the right way and give it our all just wish more people would make the effort.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Smith, P.Allan, M.Doyle, D.Barham, B.Beaney, G.Mackett, M.Collins, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell ( S.Harris ) A.Purse ( D.Barham ) S.Ahmetaj ( M.Collins )
Mom: R.Smith, superb goal and great battling performance.

Bromley Green Reserves 0 Bearsted Reserves 6 
Saturday 28 January 2012
By Andy Williams
If I was worried after last week’s performance I am terrified at our latest capitulation. Although still unforgiveable in my book, It is one thing to relax when playing the bottom team in a league we have little chance of winning, entirely another to approach a quarter final home tie in a prestigious Cup competition in the same slipshod manner. Talk before was that, to all intents and purposes, this was the beginning of our season. There were big words in the dressing room but very few big performances on the pitch.
At the start our passing was woeful and wasteful, tackling uncommitted and as an attacking force we were toothless. We played right into our opponents hands, or rather heads as the twin giant centre halves won our pointless long hopeful high balls easily. Our only threat seemed to be Jason Thomas whose pace got him into some good areas but even the deliveries were erratic at times. Craig Mannering, the one player to emerge with full credit was kept busy and made a series of fine saves but was powerless to avert the three goals that gave Bearsted a commanding half time lead.
Frankly I was embarrassed for the three substitutes who had to watch such an abject first half display. Obviously I was hoping for a big improvement in the second half but it never materialised and we never really looked as if we would get a foothold in this game. We did manage to hit the woodwork on a couple of occasions and had a shot cleared off the line but truth be told the score could have been a lot worse but for Mannering’s heroics. As it was Bearsted added another 3 goals toward the end to seal a comprehensive victory.
And so our bad run continues and only hard work, determination and an increase by about 100% in commitment will get us out of it. I put it to players that I am not expecting you to perform for me I am asking you play with pride in your own performances to play for your teammates and to keep the shirt. I keep repeating myself but I know we have a squad of quality players and each of you know you can perform so much better than is being shown at the moment. It is not too late to resurrect something from this season but it is not far off unless our outlook improves. Lets move on together and rescue our season.

Woolpack Inn 2 Bromley Green Thirds 0
Saturday 28 January 2012
By Dave Homewood
During the first half, with just a smidgen of good fortune we would have scored on several occasions; notably with Terry Perk heading against the crossbar and Kieran Hawkins going close. But, with sulking and lack of discipline in certain quarters, some lads let themselves down and the home team, who had the best player on the park in midfielder Dan Rose, made the most of a couple of gift-wrapped chances and that was that.
With Thomas Moon and Matt Jarvis both asking to come off injured, at least all the subs had a good run. In a match in which referee Dave Olsen again caught the eye, the pick of the Green were arguably Michael Dryland and Terry Perk while Emmanuel did well to remain calm under strong provocation.
As a result of today’s defeat, the side is out of contention in all competitions and I feel the time is ripe to plan ahead. On Friday night I spoke to a group of young lads, some of whom would like to link up with us. A few have accepted an invitation to train with us on Tuesday and I am hopeful some of them will play from next Saturday.
But any rapid introduction of new blood will be largely down to Matt Coniam, who recently expressed an interest in running the Thirds next season, and he has today agreed to join with Dave Andrews and myself for the handful of matches remaining to ensure a seamless handover.
Although obviously Matt manages the Green U10 Colts, there are big gaps in their fixtures schedule which should make things fairly easy. Dave and myself will continue with the donkey work of kit, finance and admin etc but Matt will assume control of team affairs as from this coming Tuesday night.
Should this work out well, then a proposal will be put to the Executive for endorsement. With Terry retiring at the end of the season, and Dave and myself clearly not enjoying the respect of the players, we consider it in the best interests of the club to make changes now. There is no point in waiting.
In essence we will continue to the end of the season in a supportive role only. Matt is well aware that a rebuilding process is now needed plus a reaffirmation of why we run a thirds team in the first place. It is not just to give players a game … it is for those that want to progress their playing careers. There is much more I could say but it will be shared only within our four walls and not on a public forum.
Next week sees a home cup match with Riverside.
Green: W Guest; D Illsley, M Coniam, Martyn Dalby, J Hurst; M Illsley, T Perk, M Dryland,E Awuni; T Moon, M Jarvis. Subs: K Hawkins, A Possee, Marcus Dalby

Mersham 0 v Bromley Green 1 (aet)
Sunday 29 January 2012
By Richie Moore
Well where does one start with this one? Today we travelled to Mersham for the Bodkin Cup Quarter Final. This was always going to be a tough test against a good team, especially when you travel without 5 senior players (4 we knew about previously) and 2 carrying knocks.  On arrival and looking at the pitch it was in excellent condition and we knew this would allow us to play our passing football.
The early encounters of the game seemed very tactical with both teams cancelling each other out both having decent amounts of possession, but without actually troubling either keeper.
The first action of note came in the 24th minute, Steve Harris found himself one on one with the keeper, and whilst in 2 minds decided to attempt a chip from the edge of the box, sadly the keeper had an easy catch to make. Mersham went straight down the other end and Craig Mannering cleared the ball all the way up field from the edge of the area, Steve again found himself alone in front of the keeper, this time electing to round him although pushing the ball too far and out for a goal kick.
The game then ebbed and flowed really without much threat to the goals, although on 43 minutes Lee Milton crossed to the far post and the advancing Ryan Fitzgerald couldn’t generate enough power to trouble the keeper and he saved in his arms.
Half time 0-0
The second half belonged to us without a doubt, we played good passing and flowing football at times, although still we couldn’t find a breakthrough. Coupled with a couple of substitutions and tactical changes at the right times we deserved much better.
On 60 minutes Gary Lockyer saw his free kick go over the bar and on 69 minutes he saw his lay off from a Jason Thomas cross fall to Steve for him to shoot wide.
As the game seemed to be heading to extra time, in the 83rd minute a superb cross from Gary to the far post and Steve stooped to head the ball towards the lower corner only to unluckily see the keeper save with the tip of his foot.
So to extra time we went! Finally all our pressure paid off instantly. From the kick off Jason found himself taking on the left back, when others had thought he run the ball to far he never gave up and tried a cross and gained a corner. This was taken short but didn’t work and thankfully we gained another corner which was met by the head of Ryan Smith only 83 seconds into the first period.
The rest of the game saw tired legs and passes going astray but 4 minutes after conceding Mersham had a great opportunity to level things. A break through the defence saw the advancing striker only having to shoot across Craig into an empty net, but he took one more touch and this allowed the angle to favour Craig who saved with his feet.
This was not to be the final action of the game. After 20 minutes Gary blazed a penalty over the bar after good work from Steve only to be felled in the box by the keeper, and with almost the last kick off the game Steve blasted his penalty over after the keeper made another poor challenge and I think if earlier in the game he would have seen a red card instead of yellow.
This was a hard fought victory with some pleasing performances in all areas. Mersham gave Liam Holman MoM, and both Matt and I thought that the other Liam produced a very good display against a good team. Also the energy shown by the full backs was also of note.
Craig Mannering; Tom Head, Ryan Smith, Liam Smith, Mike Hodges, Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman, Lee Milton (Ship 65), Ryan Fitzgerald (Jason Thomas 45), Steve Harris, Gary Lockyer

Bromley Green 1 Sheerness East 0
Saturday 21 January 2012
By Dave Smith
A very hard fought victory on Saturday saw us maintain our 5 point lead at the top of the league.
Again we were not at our best but credit must go to Sheerness as they fought for every ball and made us work very hard for our win, but as the games run down it is all about the 3 points now and I was very pleased by the effort and commitment from everyone again.
We started quite well defending against a strong breeze and we got a good early flow to our game. Dan Cornell had 2 good efforts saved by the visiting keeper as we looked for an early goal. This did come in the 12th minute when Matt Hadlums excellent cross evaded everyone buy Matt Collins chased the ball down and superbly robbed the Sheerness defender and cut into the box and fired home great goal and typical of the effort that Matt puts in every week.
We looked well in control but in truth we became a little wasteful with the ball and missed out on gaining a better lead as the half time whistle went.
The second half was much more even as Sheerness came into the game more, there defending also improved and we found it difficult to create any good chances, we went close on several occasions and should definitely had a penalty for a clear push in the area. But with the clock running down our slender lead was tested by our visitors but again for all there effort they never really created a descent chance as our defensive play was excellent and there certainly was relief when the final whistle went and the points were secured.
So 10 games to go now and I can really see the desire in the players to finish the job, with have a very good buzz about us and everyone is showing the passion and drive that is needed to win a league, a fixture change next week see’s us travel for a real tough game at Stansfield, but we will go there full of confidence looking for the 3 points.
Team; C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, R.Smith, P.Allan, M.Collins, B.Beaney, G.Mackett, D.Barham, D.Cornell, S.Harris. Subs; S.Ahmetaj ( D.Cornell ) M.Doyle ( M.Hadlum ) P.Burt not used.
Mom: Matt Collins, great goal , capped and excellent performance.

Bly Spartans Reserves 5 Bromley Green Reserves 1
Saturday 21 January 2012
By Andy Williams
A deeply disappointing outcome from a game which we were only in for about 20 minutes. A third goal from an unnecessary free kick just when we looked like getting on level terms signalled the end of our involvement and for the last 20 minutes we literally gave up allowing our hosts to score 2 more unchallenged goals and but for some wasteful finishing this could have been even worse.
We started with a 4-4-2 formation with Adam Mercer and RobbieGreenfieldas full backs and Paul Barron alongside Tom Lockett in the centre of defence. We looked solid enough at first under some sustained attacking from the home team. However, a flowing move on 20 minutes gave Bly the lead, the vital second goal 5 minutes later was a sloppy one from our point of view, giving needless possession away on the edge of the box leaving Bly the simple task of scoring.
Although the front 2 of Ashley Webster and Ryan Strand were working hard, we showed little attacking threat with wide players Ryan Fitzgerald and Jason Thomas not seeing enough of the ball. One bright spot was the performance of Robbie Greenfield at left back who, after a long lay off looked sharp.
A tactical change at half time, pushing Mercer into midfield seemed to work as we tore into our opponents right from the off with Fitz and Thomas getting more involved and after a period of sustained pressure we got a foothold in the game when Strand, latching on to Craig Mannering’s long kick, swept home from the edge of the box. We really looked at this stage to be capable of getting a decent result but with 70 minutes to go a free kick on our left hand side was headed home by the unmarked Bly forward and, unforgivably in my opinion, we became defeated from that point onwards.
I now am worried about our lack of desire and if that is allowed to continue this season will fade quickly. We have players coming back and hopefully this will kick us back into shape. Maybe my lack of options over the last 3 games has led to some complacency but now players will have to perform to keep their shirts. We are still involved in 3 cups and there is plenty to play for but you wouldn’t think so going by our last 2 displays.

Bromley Green Thirds 3 Riverside Inn 0
Saturday 21 January 2012
By Dave Homewood
A clean sheet and our first win in the league cup competition puts us in good spirits for some difficult matches coming up during the next six weeks. In reality, we have probably blown both the league and the cup with previous mediocre displays but a good run in both now and one never knows … it is a funny old game.
Spurred on by Liam Holman in midfield the Green enjoyed the best of the early exchanges while at the other end the Inn were wasteful in front of goal and the interval arrived with a 0-0 scoreline. It took a terrific swerving shot from outside the box from Aaron Neil to break the deadlock early in the second half and from this point on the result was rarely in doubt.
The introduction of veteran substitute Terry Perk worked a treat with two well taken goals that once again demonstrated to the youngsters that speed of thought is imperative. So, we recorded a 3-0 victory from a sporting tussle expertly controlled by referee Gary Griffin and thankfully came through the game without further injuries.
Michael Dryland, Holman, Neil and old warhorse Matt Coniam all showed great desire today but it was a sound squad performance with everyone from Wilson Guest forward doing their bit. Next week we are away to Woolpack, again in the league cup.
Green: Wilson Guest; Michael Dryland, Martyn Dalby, Matt Coniam, Jamie Hurst; Matt Illsley, Emmanuel Awuni, Aaron Neil, Liam Holman; Matt Jarvis, Thomas Moon. Subs: T Perk, Marcus Dalby, Andrew Possee

Bromley Green 4 Aldington 1
Sunday 22 January 2012
By Richie Moore
Today we welcomed Andy Williams and his team to Waterside for this Bodkin Cup Quarter-Final that was postponed just before Christmas.  We knew this would be a tough game and their set up would be to try and pack certain areas of the field and try to frustrate us along with some man marking, and to be fair it worked. The scoreline didn’t reflect the game and the difference between the teams simply was the finishing.
The first 20 minutes were a scrappy affair, there wasn’t really any chances of note and the game seemed to be a midfield battle with some good passages of play and some not so good with passing errors.
However, on 25 minutes Steve Harris received the ball on the edge of the box from a kick from Craig in goal, and after feigning to the left and then taking the ball to the right unleashed a shot into the net that the keeper simply didn’t expect to come.
This kick started us into upping the tempo, and 6 minutes later Steve again gained possession on the edge of the box, it looked like he had very few options so decided to hit a shot at goal from outside the box with the amount of power that before the keeper knew was in the back of the net.
The remainder of the half saw much frustration with decisions that simply were not being given, tackles being made that were with good intention but lacking in quality were not being called as fouls, one player suffering the most was Gary Lockyer. But on 42 minutes Paul Allan crossed from the right, the Aldington defender did not get enough on the header to clear for a corner and Gary collected the ball, shifted it to his right 6 yards out and to the left edge of the box and placed the ball neatly into the top right corner.
Half time 3-0
The second half saw us have the wind behind but knew that Andy would make a tactical change, and it worked straight away, 90 seconds into the half, play broke down the left leaving our defence exposed and the ball was played across for the unmarked Ryan Strand to calmly finish from 8 yards out.
This did not deter us from our match plans and only a further 90 seconds had passed whenGaryreceived the ball out wide right, there seemed to be little danger but he produced an outstanding cross which went over the keeper and Steve had a simple tap in to complete his hat-trick.
The quick reply seemed to deflate Aldington but they kept pressing to try to score again, but in fairness neither keeper was really tested for the remainder of the game. The game remained a midfield battle that wasn’t really dominated by either team and lots of space started to emerge but there was a lack of clear cut chances being created.
On 70 minutes Aldington broke down the left again, there were 2 players unmarked to the advancing number 8’s right but as he was about to cross the ball Ryan Smith dived in and the referee deemed it to be a red card offence, it is yet unclear if this was for a high sliding challenge or a professional foul just outside the left hand side of the box.
This was not the final decision for the referee to make, and on 85 minutes Gary who had been frustrated by a lack of free kicks deservedly awarded to him, let his frustration known after being on the end of another tussle on the edge of the box and was awarded his 2nd yellow card of the game.
I will go on record to say that although I do not condone the behaviour ofGary, he was frustrated by the fact he had at least 8 chances of being awarded a free kick only to get none and at this late stage of the game his frustrations finally got the better of him. As for Ryan, we will await the report from the referee as to the reason for the red card.
We now go on to play Mersham next Sunday in the semi final and the winners will face either Highfield or Brewmasters.
Green: Craig Mannering, Tom Head, Ryan Smith, Micky Doyle, Paul Allan, Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman (Lee Milton 57), Dan Barham, Matt Collins (Ryan Fitzgerald 63), Steve Harris (Liam Smith 75), Gary Lockyer
Managers MoM for Green was Steve Harris

Troggs 1 Bromley Green Reserves 1
Sunday 22 January 2012
By Ian Mace
This Sunday we were at Troggs in Smarden who are having a good run themselves at the moment so we had to be at our best. 1st half we couldn’t get the ball moving and our short play left a lot to be desired as we just couldn’t pick out a Green shirt and frustration set in and we starting playing the long ball which suited Troggs with their big man at the back winning just about everything. Saying that we still had some 1 to 1 chances which Kenny Hallett put wide and in one of his chances badly twisted his knee and had to come off and be replaced by Tommy Lockett. Troggs movement on and off the ball was far better than ours and in the end opened up our defence to make it 1-0 to them at half time it could have been 2-0 if it wasn’t for some good saves from our stand in goalkeeper Martyn Dalby . At half time we changed our formation to 3-5-2 introducing Daryl Hagger for Robbie Greenfield out wide on the left and Aaron Neil for Jamie Hurst in the centre of midfield. This changed our play and our short range passing and supporting each other was far better and we started to press Troggs and make chances but couldn’t score. On one occasion Troggs caught us on the break and their centre forward was running through on goal when Jon Douglas pulled him back inside the penalty area and lucky for us the ref didn’t see it (who says all refs make the wrong decisions). The green starting putting their defence under pressure from our wide men and with 5 mins to go we equalised from a Mani pass across goal for Ashley Webster to smash in the back of their net. With Troggs being the better team in the 1st half and the Green being the better team in the 2nd half I think that a draw was probably a fair result. The good thing for us was that we did not give up we kept going right till the end which shows good character and that never give up attitude even when things are not going your way. This week I had 18 players to choose from so competition for places is good and when you get your chance you need to take it and make my job hard. Remember its all about the squad as a bare 11 players won’t win the league. I would like to see more of the Sunday Reserves players at training we have had a poor turn out from you up till now so please make the effort you pay for it anyway in your subs so surely you would like to get some benefit out of it. I know that some of you work shifts but so do I and I still get there when I can.
Team: M, Dalby; K, Lang, R, Hagger, J, Douglas, J,Hurst, J, Thomas, T, Poyner, E, Awuni, R,Greenfield, A, Webster, K, Hallett. Subs: T,Lockett (played), D,Hagger (played), A,Neil (played), A,Possee (did not play).

Bromley Green 2 Farnborough OBG 1
Saturday 14 January 2012
By Dave Smith
A hard fought 2-1 victory sees us extend our lead at the top of the division to 5 points as our main rivals were all in cup action. Farnborough who appear to be going through a transmission period made us work hard for our win but in truth we rarely had to or needed to get out of second gear.
We started the game well, in the 10th minute Steve Harris played Gary Lockyer in but the keeper pulled off a decent save and asGary retrieved the ball he was needlessly fouled by the touch line, from the resulting pin point free kick from Buster Beaney, Matt Hadlum stole in unmarked to give us the lead. A minute later a superb flowing move involving Gary Lockyer, Buster Beaney, Matt Hadlum saw Steve Harris through on goal and he would have been disappointed not to have scored.
We seemed to be in total control but in the 20th minute after some weak defending the Farnborough forward levelled the game with a quick snap shot.This gave our visitors a lot of confidence and they defiantly came into the game more but after comfortably dealing with this period we regained the lead in the 40th minute when Matt Collins inswinging corner was met on the volley by centre back Ryan Smith, so a 2-1 lead at half time without really hitting any great heights.
The second half again saw Farnborough have a fair amount of the ball, but in truth they never really opened us up; whilst at the other end the visiting keeper pulled off good saves from Matt Collins, Steve Harris and Gary Lockyer. The pitch that was in a good condition at the start now became more difficult as it cut up and this led to many misplaced passes and this made it difficult for us to get any real free flowing moves together. But as previously stated Farnborough created very little and we comfortably saw the game out to win 2-1.
So not our best by a long way but sometimes you have to dig in and grind a result out and that is what we did and added another vital 3 points to our total.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, P.Allan, R.Smith, Matt Collins, B.Beaney, D.Barham, G.Mackett, S.Harris, G.Lockyer. Subs: D.Cornell (S.Harris) S.Ahmetaj (D.Barham) L.Holman (B.Beaney)
Mom: Tom Head, Mr Consistency another quality performance.

New Romney Reserves 3 Bromley Green Reserves 1
Saturday 14 January 2012
By Andy Williams
Injuries and suspensions are decimating the club and things did not improve for the Saturday Reserves when skipper Lee Milton pulled up in the warm up to leave us a bare eleven to start what is always a difficult fixture at New Romney. Youngster Freddie Murrell stepped into the midfield and can be satisfied with his performance. When he adapts to the step up in level he has the ability to be a useful player.
We welcomed back Matt Gilbert and the commanding centre back had another good game. New Romney started the livelier as we struggled to make an initial impact on the game and spent the first 15 minutes defending and Craig Mannering had to be alert on several occasions. However he was helpless when Romney took the lead on 20 minutes when a superb delivery from a free kick was headed in by the home side’s centre half.
We recovered well from this and almost equalised when Barron’s astute pass freed Fitzgerald whose pace took him past a defender only to see his shot hit the post. Lockett then forced a smart stop from the keeper after a fierce free kick. We were territorially on top for the rest of the half with Thomas a threat but Romney were dangerous on the break and held on to lead at the break.
I felt that we just needed to up our game by 10% to get something from this game and started the second half well with Webster working hard up front and Mercer coming more into the game and we got a deserved equaliser when great work from Fitz on the right saw his superb cross headed in by Gilbert. The same player went close with another towering header which flashed across the goal and went narrowly wide. The game turned on a controversial goal. Not only did Gilbert appear to be blatantly fouled but the striker also handled the ball into the bargain. Play continued however and a smart finish gave the home team the lead. The game was sealed late on and we came home pointless. However this was not an awful performance and though we didn’t deserve to win, a draw would not have flattered us.
Obviously difficult when there is no opportunity to change things during the game but I do think when players return from suspension, injury and holiday we can start to compete for silverware.

Smarden 3 Bromley Green Thirds 3
14 January 2012
By Dave Homewood
Full marks go to the Green lads who would not succumb to a strong Smarden side that is accustomed to winning on the slope at Cornes Meadow. Doubts about the pitch, solid in one goal yet sticky mud in general, were put aside as both teams put on a match that, although hard fought, did not contain any serious fouls. Indeed top local referee Dave Olsen did not need to caution a single player.
Mistakes at both ends were almost inevitable in the strength-sapping conditions and it was the Den who took the lead early on when, quite frankly, we cocked-up. Jamie Hurst curled in a direct free kick for 1-1 and Emmanuel Awuni, who had a superb match, took advantage of a lapse by the home keeper to put us ahead. Matt Jarvis, having his first start for many a month, should have made it 3-1 when clean through and the miss was to prove critical as the villagers somehow found themselves 3-2 in front with 25 minutes remaining.
But, driven on by captain Martyn Dalby, supported by tireless work by frontrunner Thomas Moon, the Green showed great character and Awuni was incredibly brave to get his head to a parried Terry Perk free kick to make it all square at 3-3. Jarvis will be kicking himself for snatching at another chance that went begging but his link-up play with Moon was encouraging.
The final ten minutes was a case of holding on as legs began to tire. However, at 3-3, it didn’t feel right to alter things in the interest of the team and I can only apologise to Andrew, Adam and Marcus who did not get a kick. As it was, the experience of Liam Smith and some incredible last-ditch clearances by Michael Dryland and both Matt and Danny Illsley meant it ended with honours even. That said, I still believed that with one breakaway we could grab a decider. But in fairness, that would have been unjust on the home team.
We knew we needed to win this one to keep up with the leaders but Dave Andrews and myself have no complaints about the effort of everybody today. Man of the match is very difficult with each player giving 100 per cent but the hard tackling and determination of Martyn and the sheer class of Emmanuel were pleasing aspects from our point of view. Well done to all the lads and a thank you to Matt Coniam, who is clearly in pain with his back injury, the three legends Jack, Bob and John and our small band of followers for their support.
A mention is appropriate for long-serving Adam Jeffery, who will not be available to play or train on a regular basis due to starting a new job. Many a time he has put the club before himself and we all hope he enjoys his new career and comes to see us whenever he can.
Green: W Guest; D Illsley, L Smith, M Dryland, J Hurst; M Illsley, T Perk, Martyn Dalby, E Awuni; M Jarvis, T Moon. Subs not used: A Possee, A Jeffery, Marcus Dalby

Bromley Green 14 Ashford Victoria 0
Sunday 15 January 2012
By Richie Moore
Today saw us welcome Ashford Victoria for the Ashford Charity Cup Quarter Final. Sadly for the Vics they only managed to muster 9 players for today’s fixture due to various reasons. But to be fair to them, they played the game and didn’t just concede the tie like other teams may have done. Let’s hope that they manage to raise teams for the rest of the season and remain as another club operating in the district.
I will be humble and respectful and just report the result as a 14-0 win with the goalscorers as Steve Harris (4), Glenn Mackett (3), Matt Collins (2), Ryan Fitzgerald, Paul Allan, Gary Lockyer, Ryan Smith and an own goal.
Team was: Craig Mannering, Paul Allan, Micky Doyle, Liam Smith, Mike Hodges, Liam Holman, Ryan Smith, Glenn Mackett, Matt Collins (Ryan Fitzgerald 45), Steve Harris, Gary Lockyer
Unused subs Tom Head and Lee Milton

Fleet Leisure 3 Bromley Green 4
Saturday 7 January 2012
By Dave Smith
Our first game of 2012 proved to be a real thriller and one that all the players take tremendous credit for not only their individual performances but the way as a team we stuck to the task against a good Fleet side. A win that sees us replace our hosts at the top of the league was well deserved as we played some excellent attacking football and despite conceding 3 goals our defence gave a good performance.
Fleet started the game playing down the sloping pitch with the wind behind them and took early control as we appeared a little slow and were coming out second best in a lot of challenges. In the 15th minute the home side were awarded a soft penalty when keeper Craig Smith was adjudged to have bought down the Fleet forward and we fell behind from the resulting kick.
This in truth kick started us as the whole team upped the tempo, our tackling become sharper and our passing much more accurate and our improvement was rewarded in the 25th minute when Matt Collins, who was excellent throughout the game, cut in from the right and his pin point cross was headed home by debutant Gary Lockyer .
We were now on top and Matt Collins and Gary Lockyer both had good efforts just miss the target but then in the 44th minute it was our turn to be awarded a penalty, when Tom Head’s chipped ball to Gary saw the defender rush his challenge and bring Gary down. Gary who had a superb game on his debut stepped up and fired us into the lead as the half time whistle went.
The second half saw us continue on top in the early stages, in the 50th minute Dan Barham broke through from midfield and set up Steve Harris, but Steve was unlucky as he slipped as he went to shoot and next Steve was the provider as he found Gary but his shot was well saved.
But we was rocked in the 60th minute when Fleet levelled when keeper Craig Smith allowed a soft header to squirm into the goal. This could have dented our confidence but it actually spurred us on and in the 65th minute Matt Collins cut in from the left and his superb right foot shot left the home keeper with no chance, 3-2 soon became 4-2 when Glenn Mackett set Gary through with only the keeper to beat and he comfortably completed his hat trick.
With 20 minutes to go and in control with a 2 goal lead we eased off as we quite understandably tired this allowed Fleet a lot of the ball but as a team we defended really well and in truth could have scored more goals as we played on the counter attack and opened up the home defence on several occasions.
With the clock hitting the 90th minute keeper Craig Smith failed to deal with a routine clearance that saw Fleet grab a 3rd goal and saw us having to defend our lead as the referee added 5 extra minutes, it was tense stuff and it would have been a major disappointment if we did not hang on to the 3 points that we had worked so hard for and in truth we were glad to hear the final whistle.
Some outstanding individual performances and a lot of hard work put in by all the players, the will to win was clear to see and add to that we played some great attacking football, that even draw praise from the referee who himself had a really good game.
Keeper Craig Smith will be the first to admit he has had better games but one average game in 4 years will not draw any complaints from me. Paul Allan and Micky Doyle at the centre of the defence were excellent, Tom Head and Matt Hadlum at full backs not only defended well but added so much to our attacking play as well. Our midfield 3 as our formation worked out of Buster Beaney, Glenn Mackett and Dan Barham took control of the game and bossed the heart of the match and our front three of Matt Collins, Steve Harris and Gary Lockyer gave the home defence a torrid time and certainly gave us the edge and substitutes Dan Cornell and Shipron Ahmetaj added vital fresh legs and contributed to result.
So an excellent 3 points and the belief in the whole squad now that the league can be won and if we can continue to play like this it will take some good sides to stop us.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Doyle, P.Allan, Matt Collins, B.Beaney, G.Mackett, D.Barham, S.Harris, G.Lockyer. Subs: D.Cornell  (S.Harris), S.Ahmetaj (M.Collins). L.Smith not used.
Mom: Tough call between Gary Lockyer, Matt Collins and Matt Hadlum. So I take the easy option and give it to all 3.

Bromley Green Reserves 2 Bearsted Reserves 2

Saturday 7 January 2012 

By Andy Williams
An horrendous first minute and heartbreaking last minute with plenty of encouraging play in between was the story of saturday’s eventful encounter with last season’s title rivals Bearsted.In truth however it was ultimately a case of 2 points dropped rather than a point gained after the Green recovered from a goal down to be 2-1 up with less than 60 seconds to go. It was a depleted squad which took the field with suspensions and unavailability causing us to start with just 1 sub.However there were welcome returns for skipper Lee Miles,Paul Barron Tom Lockett and Adam Mercer.It was an uncharacteristic error from Mercer which led to Bearsted opening the scoring after 40 seconds,the defender unluckily standing on the ball which allowed the striker to fire the ball into the bottom corner.this seemed to galvanise the team and we took the game to Bearsted with the midfield, with Milton driving the team on,Tom Poyner showing his usual work rate and Barron keeping things simple, gaining some measure of control and the defence with Michael Hodges outstanding ably assisted by Lockett and Mercer, dealing with any threat leaving Craig Mannering little to do. We were putting pressure on the visitors defence with Jason Thomas going close with a typical rasping drive and Ryan Fitzgerald forcing a fine save.We were given a helping hand right on the stroke of half time when Bearsted were reduced to 10 men.Ewan Stanley,put through by Barron was hauled back on the dege of the area.Whether this was a clear goalscoring opportunity was debateable but the man that mattered deemed it so and issued a red card to the defender. Territorially we took full advantage of the numerical difference in the second half and after several near misses drew level when Ashley Webster’s through ball set Fitz clear and after cleverly rounding the keeper,he sidefooted the ball home.Minutes later Fitz returned the favour and his superb left wing cross was powerfully headed in by Webster at the far post.It looked odds-on that we would add to the lead especially after a superb move ended with Thomas pulling the ball back from the byline to Milton in the six yard box but the skipper fired over.Fitz then repeated his move of rounding the keeper but also blazed over with the goal gaping.Stanley,who had a good second half,chipped over the keeper who was caught off his line but the effort drifted wide.Moving into the closing stages Poyner,who had worked tirelessly throughout had to be replaced by Jamie Hurst.Just when it seemed we had done enough,Bearsted on a rare foray into our half won a free kick 20 yards out and the sriker curled a beauty into the top corner.There was just time to restart the game before full time and a draw that felt like a defeat. TEAM(3-5-2) MANNERING;MERCER,LOCKETT,HODGES;THOMAS,MILTON,BARRON,POYNER(HURST),STANLEY;WEBSTER,FITZGERALD

Bromley Green Thirds 1 Woolpack 3
Saturday 7 January 2012
By Dave Homewood
Last-minute reshuffling for a variety of reasons did not help but in the final analysis we did not create enough chances to have taken control of this cup tie when we were on top. After taking the lead through a Matt Illsley penalty we found ourselves 2-1 behind but still well in with a shout in an end-to-end game. Missed opportunities at critical stages throughout cost us dearly but considering at least half the squad had injuries or flu I have no complaints about the effort.
As a general comment, we are not fit enough and we need to sharpen up if we are to stay in the hunt for the title. Dave Andrews will have this as one of the priorities over the next few weeks at training. Difficult to pick a man of the match but Thomas Moon is developing exactly as hoped for and worked tirelessly across the front line.
This coming Saturday we have what is quite frankly a must-win league match away to Smarden, who beat us earlier in the season, and there will be a new face in the squad. Fitness tests on Aaron Neil, Terry Perk, Matt Coniam, Adam Jeffery, Thomas Moon and a hopeful shedding of the flu by Tom Lynn give an indication of the uncertainty of the line-up. 
Players are to meet 12.30 at Waterside as I want us to be prepared in a far more professional manner than recently and to turn up looking as though we mean business. Bromley Green tracksuit tops should be worn and anyone rolling up late can expect to be on the bench.

Ashford Victoria 1 Bromley Green Reserves 7
Sunday 8 January 2012
By Ian Mace
This was a good start to the new year for the Green and a good team performance all round from stand- in goalkeeper Martyn Dalby, who didn’t put a foot wrong all game, the back four solid in their defending and playing some good composed football out from the back, the midfield also playing neat short range passing and also setting up good chances and accurate crossing from the wings to the boys up front.
Our attitude today was spot on with everyone talking to each other and encouraging each other on and off the ball.
With everyone playing well it’s hard to pick a man of the match but the two players that stood out for me was Martyn Dalby and Jamie Hurst. Very happy lads let’s keep it going as with William Harvey going down to Appledore that leaves us 5 points clear at the top and all to play for. Team: M,Dalby, K,Lang, J,Douglas, R,Hagger, J,Hurst, J,Thomas, E,Awuni, T,Poyner, D,Hagger, K,Hallett, A,Webster. Subs: A,Possee, P,Barron, T,Lockett. (all subs played). Goalscorers: Ashley Webster 3, Daryl Hagger 2, Jason Thomas 1, Kenny Hallett 1

Snodland 1 Bromley Green 0
Saturday 17 December 2011
By Dave Smith
A very disappointing result on a day where I feel we let ourselves down. Our normal passing and movement was well below the high standards that we normally play at and overall we play was not as a team but as individuals.

To often the wrong pass or wrong choice were made and in the end Snodland probably hung on for a deserved victory that there commitment warranted.

I would add that again the referring left a lot to be desired, 7 or 8 bookings, 2 sending offs and only 1 really bad challenge in the game that went unpunished. When are we to get a referee who does not referee like he is on match of the day and just realise he is in charge of a local game.

Snodland started the game well and pushed us back for the first 10 minutes but we did eventually gain the upper hand and our first real effort on goal by Matt Collins was well saved by the home keeper. Next Shipron Ahmetaj who had a good game on his promotion from the reserves saw his shot again well saved.

Then in the 25th minute as Steve Harris broke through on goal he was hauled over on the edge of the area, the first sending off and in truth the right call, from the free kick Ryan Smith’s shot hit the bar, we then forced 6 or 7 corners in a row but could not break through.

Then another turning point with us well in control, a sloppy pass left us short of numbers at the back and Micky Doyle was forced to pull down the home attacker, another red card and a penalty to boot, but we were fortunate as the resulting kick was poor and missed our goal and half time was reached both level on the score and level on players on the pitch.

The second half saw us play the more attacking formation with the 10 we had and we were pushing hard for the opening goal, but again a wayward pass left us exposed at the back and Snodland to the lead in the 65th minute.

This was now starting to have the feel of one of them days and in the last 20 minutes of the game we created enough chance to win 10 games but, Matt Collins, Dan Cornell, Steve Harris, Ryan Smith, Jason Thomas and Paul Allan all failed to convert chances and the game ended with us totally frustrated and pointless.

A bad result on the day and one that drops us to second in the league, but to me that has no importance as the only time I want to be top is May. Although disappointed we should not be down as we have had a great start to the season and ended 2011 in a challenging position in the league. We can now all forget about football and enjoy Christmas with our family’s and then come back in 2012 and give everything pushing ourselves towards the coveted league title.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Doyle, P.Allan, R.Smith, G.Mackett, Matt Collins, S.Ahmetaj, S.Harris, D.Cornell. Subs: J.Thomas (S.Ahmetaj), L.Smith, B.Beaney not used.

Mom: Matt Collins, did not deserve to be on the losing side, great work rate.

Bromley Green Thirds 2 New Romney Thirds 2

Saturday 17 December 2011

By Dave Homewood

It is a shame we could not have conjured up a late winner to go into the Christmas break on top of the Premier pile but overall a draw was probably a fair result after we had let a two-goal lead slip. Our preparation was not ideal with some players ignoring my texts and phone calls, Matt Coniam bravely donning the shirt despite being in A&E the previous night, and a key player just not turning up. Efforts to get one of Matt Gilbert, Michael Hodges or Tom Poyner from the reserves to help out all failed for one reason or another. My thanks go to Paul Barron however for stepping in at the last moment. I rarely discuss referees on this kind of forum as they have an increasingly difficult task but maybe on another day we could have been awarded at least one penalty from a couple of worthy appeals with the score 2-0 in our favour. This point is important as, had we gone 3-0 ahead, there is no doubt we would have wrapped things up. As ever, we were a pleasure to watch in spells and painful at other times … I am not sure this group of lads will ever change and at least Stan agrees that it is never boring watching them!

Early doors [what a ghastly phrase!] we were again indebted to Wilson for a mixture of brave and spectacular saves and once again he showed why Dave Andrews and myself rate him so highly. His progress since joining us in the summer has been remarkable and when a few little things are sorted out [such as rushing when there is no need and getting the shout in early] we believe he will develop into a terrific goalkeeper.

By one of those odd twists, Thomas Moon, who started the campaign as our likely stopper for the foreseeable future, had his best game to date up front and again it is about belief. At last he is listening, realising he has two feet and can go round some of his opponents as well as do the predictable cut inside. Thomas’s darts past defenders to create room for himself on the outside really illustrated what I have been nagging him about for ages! Although I don’t expect him to admit it, I am sure when he came off he took much more satisfaction from his all-round contribution to our attacks than in recent weeks.

Another one of those tantalising inswinging corners from Matt Illsley flew straight in with the otherwise excellent Romney keeper helpless and when a special move involving Terry Perk was beautifully finished by Matt again there was that air about us that suggested some kind of our real form was returning. With Martyn Dalby superb in the tackle and Michael Dryland winning headers this season that he would have shied from last year, there didn’t seem any real danger; although a two-goal interval advantage is never quite enough to feel too assured.

Somehow, and I am not completely sure how, the Blues pulled one back with Joe Briffitt getting behind our rearguard to clip home and one could sense we were going to be up against it. We were, as some lads tired a little and the momentum swung slightly towards the visitors. That said, we were still looking dangerous at the other end and Thomas, Tom Lynn and substitute Dan Flint will all wonder how they didn’t quite get that final touch that would have settled the nerves and probably put the issue beyond doubt. Almost inevitably though we were caught out again, giving too much room and time for the onrushing forwards, and Matt Lamb levelled for Romney.

A flurry of corners at both ends made for a nailbiting finale but 2-2 it was to be.

On behalf of all the squad, thanks go to the supporters who brave the elements to cheer us on every time we play and of course we are honoured to have three of our legends Jack Stafford, Bob Mummery and John Kelly firmly on the touchline watching all of the Green sides when they can.

A Merry Christmas to everyone and all Thirds please remember you have training on Thursday 29 December at 11am sharp as we need to keep ticking over during the two-week lay off.

Green: Guest; Illsley D, Coniam, Dalby M, Dryland; Lynn, Perk, Barron, Illsley M; Neil, Moon. Subs: Flint (Coniam). Not used were Jeffery, Hurst, Possee, Murrell.

Canterbury City Reserves 3 Bromley Green Reserves 4
Saturday 10 December 2011
By Trevor Strand
This was a fantastic result in the Reserves Divison Cup against a good City team sitting 2nd in the league considering we were missing for several reasons Ashley Webster, Kevan Strand , Lee Milton , Adam Purse , Kevin Quinn , Rob Greenfield and Paul Barron.
Bought into the squad from the third team were youngsters Jamie Hurst and Joe West and with the first team game being postponed Ryan and Liam Smith made up a 14 man squad.
After 5 minutes skipper Mike Hodges was injured and had to be replaced with Liam Smith and Craig Mannering took the armband. We went close through Matt Gilbert always a threat at set pieces, Kenny Hallett and Ewan Stanley also went close when well placed. City hit the bar with a good shot and went ahead on 20 minutes after some sloppy defending. Ryan Strand up front was being tightly marked by his former Folkestone team mate John Ellender but great vision he saw the keeper off his line and shot from 40 yards only to see the defender clear off the line.
Jason Thomas and Ryan Fitzgerald down the flanks were a threat with their pace and the midfield 3 of Ewan Stanley, Shqipron Ahmetaj and Tom Poyner were competing well. Half time and 1 nil down I felt the chances would keep coming and there was no need to panic.
City went 2 nil up early on when Craig Mannering mis judged and the forward nipped in to score. Credit to the players who did not give up and we got back into the game when Matt Gilbert scored from close in from Ryan Strands corner.
A poor tackle on the edge of our box saw the free kick blocked by the wall but slow reactions allowed the city player to smash the ball past Craig Mannering. 3 -1 down with 20 minutes left was gamble time and Liam Smith and Ewan Stanley made way for Jamie Hurst and Joe West. Moving Ryan Smith into midfield and Tom Poyner into the back 3 and Ryan Fitzgerald moving up front to give us a 3-4-3 formation. Sometimes a manager gambles and it backfires but today it worked. With 10 minutes left Kenny Hallett unleashed a screamer from 25 yards that flew into the top corner and with 3 minutes to go a great run from deep by Ryan Smith saw him equalise with a fine finish.
I must make comment on the referee Paul Sellar who had made a few odd decisions but when Ryan scored the flag went up for offside but the referee was strong enough to overrule the linesman when weaker referees would have taken the easy option.
In the final minute the City bench was saying they didn’t want extra time and Ryan Strand duly gave them their wish. Ryan picked the ball up in the centre circle and went on a run going past 3 players and hitting a superb shot from 30 odd yards that flew over the keeper and dipped under the bar. The celebrations were elaborate to say the least. But the drama did not end there Kenny Hallett was elbowed which was not seen by the referee but the retaliation was and the red card was shown then the final whistle was blown. The youngsters Jamie Hurst and Joe West only got 15 minutes match time but played a major factor in getting this result allowing us to change formation.
A fantastic result was soured by Kenny’s sending off and some unsavoury incidents regarding the substitutions. This was dealt with in the dressing room and that’s where it stays but the players know it will not be repeated or tolerated by Andy and myself.
MoM has to be Matt Gilbert for his excellent defending and goal scoring ability at set play. Again another top performance from Shqipron Ahmetaj and Tom Poyner was given a job to do and followed it to the letter.
So we still have 2 cup competitions to look forward to in the New Year and we go to Smarden next Saturday in the Weald of Kent Cup Junior Section.
TEAM: Craig Mannering; Matt Gilbert, Mike Hodges, Ewan Stanley,  Shqipron Ahmetaj, Tom Poyner, Kenny Hallett, Ryan Smith, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jason Thomas, Ryan Strand. Subs: Liam Smith, Joe West, Jamie Hurst–all used.

Bromley Green 1 Market 4

Sunday 11 December 2011

By Richie Moore

This was always going to be a difficult game, with absentees and injuries disrupting the squad with a huge effect, secretly Matt and I were hoping that the frost that had called of yesterdays games would come to our rescue. You simply cannot play against Market with half a squad available.

The first half was a bit scrappy, there were a lot of challenges, some good and some bad that were misinterpreted by the referee to say the least. This seemed to disrupt the game and stop both teams from playing the flowing football that they are both known for.

The first action saw Steve Harris receive the ball wide, and after some good skill managed to pass the ball in only for Ryan Fitzgerald to see his shot go just wide. 2 minutes later Paul Burt found himself in the book, again frustrated by decisions he was booked for his protests. Seeing how the game panned out he should not have been the only one receiving a booking during the course of the game.

Play did not run fluently and it took until 35 minutes for much to happen. On 35 minutes Paul made a neat turn on the edge of the box only to see his shot saved. A minute later Market saw a goal disallowed after a ball in the box saw some pushing. With another minute passed Market felt they should have had a penalty, to be fair they had good reason. Adam Mercer found himself on the byline, and as he went to slide the loose ball off the attacker he was beaten to it and Green were awarded a goal kick.  Green did manage to get another goalscoring opportunity, after good work down the right Ryan Fitzgerald saw another shot go wide.

Half time 0-0

Matt and I decided to make a change at half time, sadly with only one fit sub this left us with no other options during the remainder of the game to change as required, but we can only work with the players at our disposal.

Only after 5 minutes of the second half we conceded, we hadn’t got into our flow after the start and were punished by not being aware of men over at the back nor attacking the ball and we were punished.

Then followed a busy 5 minute period for green, on 58 minutes a free kick was played in by Matt Collins which was met by the head of Ryan Smith, but lack of power allowed the keeper to save down low. A minute later another free kick was cleared off the line after some desperate Market defending. In the 64th minute a Green goal was disallowed for a ‘push’ on the keeper, in fact the keeper had dropped the ball and it was bundled over the line, he stayed down injured to confirm the referee whistle but he is a honest guy and if asked will admit the goal should of stood.

After that there was only going to be one winning team, we had no options on the bench or on the field to change tactics, however we did not expect to concede another 3 goals in the final 20 minutes. Firstly on 72 after a corner was cleared, the ball came back in the box and Dan Flint along with a defender were beaten at the near post. On 80 minutes a free kick from outside the box should have been saved, but the diving Dan saw it go through his hands.

The final Market goal came on 83 minutes, another corner was not defended well, and as a shot was fired in there was confusion between Liam Smith who maybe should have attacked the ball or maybe a call from Dan which meant he left it and the ball was in the net. There was a consolation for Green in the 87th minute, Matt Hadlum took a strike which went through the defence and Paul Allan stuck out a leg to back heel the ball over the line, despite a defender on the line trying to keep the ball out with his hand.

We can have no complaints about the result, sadly we are now out of the Kent Cup but our hands were tied with injuries and personal commitments. Personally I think a stronger referee was required for this encounter, with too many disruptions to the game and not enough advantages being played. However, good luck to Market in progression to the later rounds.

Dan Flint, Ryan Smith, Jason Thomas, Matt Collins, Adam Mercer, Paul Allan, Liam Holman, Ryan Fitzgerald, Liam Smith, Paul Burt, Steve Harris. Subs:  Matt Hadlum, Dan Barham

Managers MoM for Green was Liam Holman

Tudor Sports 1 Bromley Green 2

Saturday 3 December 2011

By Dave Smith

We came away from London on Saturday with a superb 2-1 victory that I think was probably the best 3 points we have collected all season. Tudor had already beaten us in the cup back in October and there league position is not a true refection on how good they are, but perhaps it is there lack of discipline that is the reason for this as in my opinion there management are a disgrace and incite trouble and do not set the correct example.

When we lost to Tudor we took in the right manor and shook there hands and walked away but this was not the case after our victory, as players and management started a mass brawl that involved there reserve side as well, we were forced into our changing room and left as soon as possible for our own safety. This marred a great result and sickened me that a premier club can have such a lack of discipline throughout there club.

The game itself started fairly evenly with us getting the ball down and trying to play and Tudor using there physical strength to play a more direct game. The first of many controversial decisions came in the 15th minute when Paul Burt played Steve Harris through and as he raced towards the goal he was blatantly bought down in the area for a clear penalty, amazingly the offending defender was only given a yellow card when it was clear it had to be red, but Paul Burt stepped up and calmly fired the ball home to give us the lead. Tudor then upped there game and in the 25th minute keeper Craig Smith pulled off a top draw save to keep us level but 3 minutes later from a corner where we were a little weak in defending the ball fell nicely to there forward who fired home. The rest of the half saw us on the back foot but we defended well and reached half time level.

The second half was much more even as we started to find more space and our passing became a lot better, Tudor still hit the long ball and we responded with quick counter attacks. There was plenty for a very weak referee to deal with as several nasty challenges went unpunished and this led to many confrontations between players as the game started to boil over. The introduction of Dan Cornell in the 65th minute proved to be vital, in the 75rd minute Ryan Norman cut in from the left flank and set Dan who’s shot was superbly saved by the home keeper but from the resulting corner Dan found some room in the box and fired us into the lead, a great reward for him as he has had to been patient lately and used mainly as a sub but his attitude is spot on, without doubt we have 3 of the best strikers not only in Ashford but in Kent so it is difficult to keep them all happy but it does show the value of having a strong squad with players that can come off the bench and influence a game.

With the lead regained we came under a lot of pressure but in truth Tudor never really created any good chances as we defended really well, the work rate of everyone was excellent and the desire to hold on for the win was to clear to see and we were all pleased when the final whistle went.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, R.Smith, T.Head, R.Norman, G.Mackett, R.Hayles, M.Collins, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (S.Harris) A.Mercer (M.Collins). L.Smith not used.

Mom: Craig Smith, superb throughout the whole game

Bromley Green Res 6 Bly Spartan Res 2

Saturday 3 December 2011

By Trevor Strand

A convincing win against a young Bly team in front of the Bromley Green veteran ex players wearing their club ties and with Jack Stafford camera at the ready. I am delighted to say we put on our best display of passing football and every goal was of quality in either build up or finish. We started well and were in front after 5 minutes when good work from Kenny Hallett simply rolled the ball across the 6 yard box for Ashley Webster to tap in. n 10 minutes and excellent kick from Craig Mannering sent Kenny Hallett clear to lob the Bly keeper. The passing was crisp and true and the back 3 of Kevan Strand, Matt Gilbert and Mike Hodges looked solid with good distribution from the defenders. 20 minutes in Ashley Webster with superb skill created the space to put us 3 nil up. We could have had more goals when Kenny Hallett set up Adam Purse whose shot was well saved and we also hit the post and bar. A rare Bly attack saw Mike Hodges clear the ball which struck a Bly player which in turn fell to the striker who scored from close in.

We came back strong and with good link up play between Ewan Stanley and Adam Purse saw Ewan cut inside and shoot into the far corner for his first goal for the Reserves. 4-1 up and well in control with the mid field of Shqipron Ahmetaj wide right , Ewan Stanley left and central players skipper Lee Milton , Adam Purse and Tom Poyner controlling the game. Poyner working hard and putting in some crunching tackles was having his best game to date but the Bly lads also put there selves about  with equally strong challenges which the referee could have easily have got a few cards out for us and them. Just before half time we failed for the first time to track runners which resulted in Bly getting a lifeline at 4-2 at the break.

Instructions were to keep possession and move it quickly and more goals will come. On 55 minutes Kevan Strand was replaced with Kevin Quinn but soon after Kevin stupidly raised his hands to a Bly player and was red carded. This threw all plans out of the window and a re shuffle with Shqipron Ahmetaj moving to defence and Kenny Hallett who was on a yellow card and with the Ref looking to book any one for coughing was replaced with Ryan Strand. Ashley Webster dropping back into midfield. Lee Milton with a slight strain was also replaced with Ryan Fitzgerald. Down to 10 men we upped the game and made it 5 with the goal of the game with Ewan Stanley and Ryan Strand one touch passing set up Ryan who drilled the ball into the far corner of the net which even had the Bly contingent applauding. Craig Mannering had little to do but his handling and kicking was superb. Matt Gilbert was again a class act along with the ever reliable Mike Hodges. Shqipron Ahmetaj showed his versatility and can play anywhere in defence or midfield. 5 minutes to go Ryan Fitzgerald broke down the right and delivered a great cross for Ewan Stanley to notch his second with a fine header.

An excellent performance and it will be hard to change the starting 11 on this showing and with 3 good wins over Swale and Headcorn returning players from injury / suspension will have to be patient.

Summing up me and Andy are delighted with performances recently but we wonder if more players attended training we could only improve.

On a very disappointing note personally for me is the total lack of discipline in recent weeks. Last season we won the fair play award which I and the club are proud of. This season the discipline is appalling with experienced players getting sent off and this reflects on the manager which I take personally. We must learn that if you raise your hands in any way you will walk and there is no point in arguing or abusing the referee no matter how hard done by you feel. You the players are told this every week by me as to not get involved and keep discipline. So do it.

Look forward to seeing more than 4 players at training this week.

TEAM – Craig Mannering, Kevan Strand  , Matt Gilbert , Mike Hodges , Ewan Stanley, Adam Purse  , Lee Milton, Shqipron Ahmetaj  , Tom Poyner , Kenny Hallett , Ashley Webster    – Subs Kevin Quinn  , Ryan Fitzgerald , Ryan Strand – all used.

Hunton Reserves 2 Bromley Green Thirds 2 (aet) [Hunton 8-7 on pens]

Saturday 3 December 2011

By Dave Homewood

I felt if we could somehow get through this tie Kent Cup Group B tie unscathed that in the New Year, with hopefully something resembling a settled side and Lee Gilham, Aaron Neil and Terry Perk fit and available again, we may just have a chance of springing a surprise in the last 16. But it wasn’t to be and elimination was suffered in the cruellest of ways.

In truth, both sides could have wrapped the game up in normal time and when Matt Illsley pulled us level at 2-2 with 20 minutes to go, there was a sense that we could nick it. However, on a clingy pitch where it was quite difficult to walk let alone run and play our passing football, it all came down to the penalty shoot-out drama.

Our two youngest players, keeper Wilson Guest and full back Tom Lynn, were magnificent, not just in their bravery but also with their attitude and, despite the heartache of the manner in which we went out will I believe have learned a great deal from this experience.

Just how an opponent can receive two yellows and remain on the pitch is beyond belief but of course one is accused of sour grapes. The fact is, if we had won the game, I would have still considered it bizarre. The ref was a decent chap but am I not justified in asking why we travel to such places and find the official is a former player for the home club and is on first name terms with everybody!  Apart from anything else, it puts the referee in a very awkward position and, as their stalwart Andy Lind [the best player on the park by a distance] said to me cheekily, “Well, he is not going to give any one of us a red card is he?”

We must move on as there is no mileage in wondering what might have been although the way we have been dumped out of the Faversham Charity and now the Kent Cup, both away of course, makes me hope that the boys get just a smidgen of good fortune before the season is out.

Everyone tried their best but we now return to domestic action against Riverside Inn and already we are without Aaron Neil and Lee Gilham (injured) and Tom Lynn (working) although Terry returns.

Man of the match: very difficult as no-one could stamp their authority on the match – but I will give it to Wilson who pulled off some brilliant saves and clearly wears his shirt with immense pride.

Squad: W Guest; T Lynn, M Coniam, M Dryland, J Hurst; D Illsley, E Awuni, Martyn Dalby, J West; M Illsley, T Moon. Subs: A Possee, A Jeffery, D Flint. Not used: Marcus Dalby.

Don’t forget if you are coming to the bowling [15th December] to bring your deposit for Marc Collins on Tuesday. Also a reminder the Thirds Christmas drink is on Sunday 18th and it will be pleasing if for once we could all be together. Details from Martyn.

Bromley Green 4 Greenways 2

Saturday 26 November 2011

By Dave Smith

On Saturday we recorded our 10th win out of 11 games in the premier league to see us go back to the top of the league, a hard earned win against a useful Greenways side where in truth we only really hit top form for short periods, but Greenways physical approach did constantly disrupt the game and we found it hard to get a constant tempo going, but a win they see’s us top the league is still something we should all be proud of.

We started the game quite well but after the first few minutes our visitors starting dishing out some harsh tackles and with a referee not to keen to clamp down on these we lost or rhythm and the game became very stop start. With this we became frustrated and our passing became wayward, Greenways gained confidence form this and took the lead in the 25th minute when we were weak in the tackle and in my opinion there forward scored far to easily. We tried to respond but again more rash challenges saw us never really create to many openings, but this changed in the last minute of the half when Matt Collins cross was handled in the box and the referee awarded us the spot kick, Paul Burt stepped up and slotted the penalty home with ease, so 1-1 at half time and we new we had to improve in the second half to get the win we needed.

In truth we again started the second half poorly with Greenways dictating the play but we finally clicked into gear and hit a 25 minute spell where we played the best football of the match, in the 60th minute Paul Burt found Steve Harris with a superb pass and Steve rounded the keeper to give us the lead, 5 minutes later it was Paul again slotting home from inside the box to put us 3-1 up and we added a fourth when Steve drilled home form 20 yards, in this period Matt Collins, Ryan Norman, Ryan Smith and Buster Beaney all went close and this as good as won the game for us. Greenways did fight back as we eased off and I was disappointed that we conceded a weak second goal 5 minutes from time that saw the game end 4-2.

So a good 3 points and with 3 games left until the new year the challenge for us all now is to be top of the league come 2012.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, P.Allan, R.Smith, T.Head, Matt Collins, R.Norman, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (P.Burt) A.Mercer (M.Collins). M.Doyle not used.

Mom: R.Norman, took some rough treatment but was a constant threat.

Headcorn 1 Bromley Green Reserves 2

Saturday 26 November 2011

By Andy Williams
A tie that promised to be tricky turned out to be just that as a late winner from combative midfielder Tom Poyner saw the team through to the semi finals of the Ashford Charity Trophy.
Travelling with a squad small in number but big in quality we found a pitch not exactly conducive to good passing football and knew we were in for a battle and that things were probably not going to be pretty. Taking this into consideration we adapted well to the conditions from the start and soon put the home team under pressure. Jason Thomas’s long throws were a threat on such a narrow pitch and Matt Gilbert went close with a header from one of these. The home defence looked vulnerable from corners and set pieces and it was from a free kick we took the lead. Liam Smith’s kick was only half cleared to Jason about 20 yards out. After taking the ball forward 5 yards he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net. We were still applying pressure but were caught by a quick break when losing possession in an advanced position, a long ball found us badly out of position at the back and Headcorn equalised from close range.
Undeterred by this we continued to dominate proceedings with the midfield 3 taking control,in which Adam Purse was outstanding, ably assisted by the industrious Poyner and commanding skipper Lee Miles [
editor: I think you mean Milton, Andy!]. We used the flanks well with Thomas’s pace, as ever, a big threat on the right and Shqipron Ahmetaj’s trickery causing problems on the left. More chances came and went, Thomas just clearing the bar with another powerful effort and Ashley Webster firing straight at the keeper when well-placed. Kenny Hallett was working hard up front and we ended the half on the ascendancy.
After a similar opening 10 minutes of the second half, the home side had their best spell of the game and had some pressure of their own with a series of corners and free kicks. Matt Gilbert was an important figure during this period winning plenty of headers but it was Michael Hodges who kept us level with a superb headed clearance off the line with Craig Mannering beaten.
With this escape we began to re-assert our authority and Ash and Kenny started getting the better of things in the opponents area both strikers going close to giving us the lead.However the best chance fell to Shqip when Lee worked the opportunity in the right hand side of the area, his cross needing just a touch a yard from goal but the ball flashed agonisingly under the youngster’s foot. Headcorn then lost their outstanding player with a head injury and the visitors took full advantage of the extra man in the last 10 minutes, Headcorn having already used all their subs. Tom had an excellent chance to win us the game 5 minutes from time but he guided his left foot effort narrowly wide. With extra time imminent however the same player settled the tie with a great finish after Ash had held the ball up well and laid it back to him just inside the area.
A good team performance with the ideal balance of commitment, patience and no little skill on a difficult surface. MOM will go to Adam Purse for his all round performance but another promising display from Shqip and a well deserved goal for Tom who is establishing himself in the middle of the park. Also a welcome return of Jason who gives us another dimension. I must mention the first class attitude of young Ewan Stanley who saw no action this week but will continue to play a major part in our set up.

Bromley Green Thirds 1 Lydd United 1

Saturday 26 November 2011

By Dave Homewood

The cold facts are that after four games in the League Cup we have now mustered just two points. But on the field today there was much to be pleased about and, considering the number of players missing, I have no complaints about our effort.

One thing that is driving Dave Andrews and myself silly is players persistently arriving late and it does not matter who you are this cannot go on. If we had been in the Kent Cup away from home today, we would not have had a side ready to travel – fact!  By kick off time today, I had almost lost interest as I cannot abide this kind of unprofessional shambles. For goodness sake lads, this week we ARE away in the Kent Cup so let’s all make an effort to be ready to leave Waterside at the appointed time.

Back to the game, we signed on former player/manager Matt Coniam and he was a major influence in the back line before having to come off late on with cramp [training reminder Matt, Tuesday 6.45pm at the 3G!]. Another new lad, frontrunner Charlie Abbate, was also signed on the day and we hope to give him more than the 20 minutes he had today. We tried Daniel Flint up front with Thomas Moon and they both worked hard while Joe West started to show glimpses of what we know he is capable.

Lydd as usual were ultra competitive and referee Vince Barnes did a good job in controlling an end-to-end game which perhaps we could have nicked but the main satisfaction today was that all the players showed desire. I do hope the boys learn from the likes of Terry and Matt [and Lee Gilham when he is injury free] not so much in the football sense but more in the willingness to give everything for the shirt.

There were a few wobbly moments at both ends; Joe did well to create a chance for himself but then blasted over, Martyn Dalby was twice a whisker away from heading us in front but in the second half Lydd had two chances in the space of a minute that could have sealed our fate.

As it was, we really looked odds-on to register a victory when Freddie Murrell drove home superbly [hard and low you see!]  and on another day we might have been awarded a penalty for handball. Things are never simple with us though, and sure enough we were caught with a sucker blow when Jim Brazil was allowed time to tee up a shot that found the far corner despite a gallant attempt by Wilson Guest.

Both teams wanted, indeed needed, a win to keep their hopes alive in the cup and only two great stops by visiting keeper Matt Clark, one in the first half and one right at the end from Terry Perk’s fine shot, prevented the Green from snatching victory. Some late marauding down the flanks by Hurst and Murrell almost created the chances to seal matters but it wasn’t to be.

Some heartening performances today in another reshuffled line-up. Mini did well and made some terrific interceptions with his head and Matt and Terry were superb; while Emmanuel Awuni was most impressive on his return from injury. But man of the match goes to Martyn Dalby who got stuck in when it mattered and is repaying the faith shown in him by the club.

Thanks go to Jack, John and Bob plus the parents who supported the lads … it does make a difference and once we get everybody fit again [realistically in the New Year] I am sure we will give you something special to watch.

For next week’s trip to Hunton, Terry is away and Aaron is definitely out but new signing Connor Cowley could come into the squad while Tom Lynn and the Illsley brothers return and there is an outside chance that Gilham could be fit. It is a massive game for the lads as if we can pull it off we will be into the last 16 and in the county-wide draw.

Can we please have everyone at training on Tuesday, meeting at the 3G at 6.45pm.

Green: W Guest; M Dryland, M Coniam, M Dalby, J Hurst; F Murrell, T Perk, E Awuni, J West; D Flint, T Moon. Subs: C Abbate, A Jeffery. Unused: J Blowers, A Possee, Marcus Dalby

Bromley Green 3 Mersham 1

Sunday 27 November 2011

By Richie Moore

A windy Sunday morning and a glaring sun saw this fixture struggle to battle the elements. A good crowd was in presence but sadly the football really didn’t really produce what we knew it could.

Not much action in the first 20 minutes, the visitors showed a lot of energy in closing down all balls and not letting us settle. On 20 minutes we were awarded a free kick which was perfectly flighted in by Tom Head only to see Ryan Smith head it onto the bar and over.

5 minutes later it was Ryan’s turn to provide to the far post only for Matt Hadlum to see his header go just wide. Again play was patchy but on 36 minutes Matt Collins made a burst into the box, he had his shirt pulled and tried to stay on his feet but he fell and Paul Burt calmly placed the penalty into the bottom corner.

On 41 minutes Paul done well to play the ball wide again for Matt who took an early shot which was on target but the defenders head helped it in wrong footing the goalkeeper for a 2 goal advantage.

This was not the final action of the half and on 43 minutes Lee Milton forced a good save when clear on goal. The resulting corner saw Ryan again win a header only for the keeper to be in the right place and save.

Half time 2-0

27.11.2011 Mersham try anything to halt Steve Harris
The second half started like the first, football wasn’t free flowing and there were lots of battles in all areas of the pitch but we did dominate to be honest.

On 65 minutes Matt again found himself in on goal after a good break through the middle, he waited for the keeper to slide and commit to calmly loft the ball over him and into the net for his second of the game.

We found ourselves under a bit more pressure in the last 10 minutes than we had hoped, maybe thinking the game was won, but on 81 minutes Mike Hodges defending a post from a corner cleared off the line.

5 minutes later Dan Flint was forced to produce a great double save and not for the first time today, looking to maintain a deserved clean sheet.

However, with 30 seconds to go their striker took a gamble from striking the ball outside the box, I would assume that Dan was in 2 minds to catch or push over and at that split second of indecision the ball went through his arms into the net.

Dan Flint; Ryan Smith, Matt Hadlum, Matt Collins, Tom Head, Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman, Lee Milton, Michael Hodges, Paul Burt, Steve Harris.

Subs:  Emmanuel Awuni, Ryan Fitzgerald

Sheerness East 0 Bromley Green 5

Saturday 19 November 2011

By Dave Smith

We enjoyed a return to winning ways with an empathic 5-0 victory away at Sheerness. A classy all round team performance saw us dominate the game and in truth if it was not for the home keeper having a tremendous game we could have doubled our score.

The recent defeats were put behind us as we got back to playing as a team, no bickering or moaning just full concentration on the job in hand, we were solid at the back, dominant in midfield and classy up front and it was very pleasing to watch and keeps us well in the running to push on for a serious title challenge.

Keeper Dan Flint: Transferred from Tonbridge Invicta
The game started superbly for us when in the second minute Matt Collins curled in a 25 yard free kick after a foul on Paul Burt to give us an early lead. We were dominating the play and in the 7th minute Paul Burt’s drive from 20 yards smacked the post and 5 minutes later Paul was upended in the box but as per previous weeks a certain penalty was not given. Sheerness were not offering a lot but our lead nearly disappeared when a long shot left keeper Dan Flint on his debut stranded and he could only watch as the ball crashed against our bar. This acted as a wake up call for us as we again upped the tempo. In the 25th minute Paul Burt, Steve Harris and Rocky Hayles combined superbly to set up Matt Collins whose drive was just wide, next Paul Burt was put clear in the box but his shot was well saved by the home keeper and again 2 minutes later Paul saw another good effort well saved, but we reached half time with only a 1 goal lead which was not a reflection on how the game had gone.

It was stated at half time that we needed to remain disciplined and play to our formation as we knew Sheerness had to change things and expected them to come at us hard. This we did to a tee as we remained solid at the start of the half and continued to take the game to the home side. In the 52nd minute Matt Hadlum who supported the attack superbly from full back all game saw his drive just miss the target and in the 55th minute Paul Burt was again denied by the home keeper, but we were not to be denied our second goal for long as Matt Collins, Matt Hadlum and Steve Harris all combined with Matt finishing the move to put us 2 up. This seemed to kill any fight from the home side and in the 68th minute Ryan Norman who was excellent on his return the team robbed the home full back and burst from the half way to the box and his driven cross was turned into his own goal by a Sheerness defender. Next in the 75th minute Paul Burt found himself unmarked at the far post from a corner and he at last beat the keeper for a deserved goal and Paul again added the 5th in the 80th minute after being set up by Matt Collins who like Ryan Norman was a constant threat all game. This was the end of the scoring and the 3 points had been secured with a very good display.

Team: D.Flint, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, P.Allan, T.Head, G.Mackett, Matt Collins, R.Norman, P.Burt, L.Hayles, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (S.Harris), L.Smith (R.Smith), A.Mercer (R.Norman)

Mom: Very tough call but Paul Burt just gets it for his 2 goals and his superb link up play.

Bromley Green Reserves 5 Swale Utd Reserves 2

Saturday 19 November 2011

By Trevor Strand

As predicted this was a tough game for the Saturday reserves made even tougher when going down to 10 men against a physical Swale team. We started well passing the ball around and looking confident on the ball but after 10 minutes a mistake from Reece Hagger allowed the winger to score with a good finish giving Craig Mannering in goal no chance. We bounced back straight away with Matt Gilbert scoring with a good header and increased the lead through Tom Poyner after good work from Kenny Hallett. We began to dominate in midfield with skipper Lee Milton pulling the strings along with Shqipron Ahmetaj whose passing found its man consistently and Tom Poyner working hard. Rob Greenfield was having his best game for a few weeks and Ewan Stanley having a duel with the full back who made tad look like Peter Crouch. The defence of Mike Hodges and Matt Gilbert were solid and Reece Hagger looking more confident as the game went on gave Craig Mannering good protection. Up front Kenny Hallett was a threat and Ryan Strand went close on 3 occasions just missing the target. Lee Milton made it 3 when he scored from close in but again we gave the opposition a life line when Rob Greenfield slipped when passing back and the forward scored.

3-2 at half time and worthy of our lead we knew we only had to deal with the long ball, keeping possession was a priority and the chances would come. Early on Ewan Stanley who did well on the ball was I felt was struggling with the physical side and was replaced with Ryan Fitzgerald. We continued to dominate the midfield with Ahmetaj and Milton taking control and Poyner’s work rate a major asset.

Then we had a mad 10 minutes when Matt Gilbert was fouled and nothing given and Rob Greenfield for some reason had to get involved and got a yellow card. Swale then had a succession of corners and we were under pressure and only a brilliant reflex save from Mannering kept us in front.

An incident on the far side saw Greenfield retaliate and was immediately red carded – the Swale player not even getting a yellow.

This put us on the back foot and we went to 3 – 5 – 1 with Ryan Strand moving back into midfield leaving Kenny Hallett up top on his own. We held firm for 10 minutes then fresh legs were needed so Ashley Webster replaced Ryan Strand and Kevan Strand replaced Tom Poyner.

Trev’s man of the match: Shqipron Ahmetaj with his awards from Una Knott

Then the goal of the game – Kenny Hallett chased a 50/50 ball with keeper outside his area who just got to the ball first. The ball then went free to Shqipron Ahmetaj who first time side footed the ball into an empty net from 40 yards.

We made it 5 when Ashley Webster scored with a great header 2 minutes from time.

A fantastic win for us down to 10 men but the pleasing thing is the way we played our football and when we pass the ball well we look good. The unsavoury side of our visitors boiled over at full time with several confrontations and threats to beat my assistant Andy Williams up after the game and then kicking our match ball into the river. Needless to say they did not accept our hospitality after the game. The referee apparently did not see or hear anything!

MoM is a difficult one with good games throughout the side Craig Mannering sound in goal, Matt Gilbert, Reece Hagger and Mike Hodges defended well. Lee Milton inspirational as skipper but I will go with Shqipron Ahmetaj for the way he is maturing on the field (off the field needs a little work Ship) he passed the ball well and moved it quickly and the goal was worth turning up for alone.

TEAM: Craig Mannering, Reece Hagger, Matt Gilbert, Mike Hodges, Ewan Stanley, Rob Greenfield, Lee Milton, Shqipron Ahmetaj, Tom Poyner, Kenny Hallett, Ryan Strand.  Subs: Ashley Webster, Ryan Fitzgerald, Kevan Strand

.Great Chart 2 Bromley Green 2

Saturday 19 November 2011

By Dave Homewood

We gained our first point in the League Cup but in all honesty were unconvincing at times and still showed a lack of confidence in the final third. Nevertheless, at least we didn’t lose in front of distinguished elders John Kelly and Jack Stafford! [pictured left]

With Daniel Flint called up for first team duty, Wilson Guest resumed in goal after his enforced little lay-off and he pulled off a couple of brilliant saves – although going a goal down in the opening exchanges was not the ideal start.

We levelled before half time when Jamie Hurst converted a spot kick following a tug in the area on Thomas Moon and at half time, although not playing fluently, the feeling was that we could go on and win. Missed chances led to frustration and sure enough at the other end a defensive mix-up allowed the home side to once again go in front. But the lads showed character and gained a share of the spoils when Moon took his chance well, lobbing keeper Mark Fellowes.

For some reason, we were not awarded another penalty kick when Terry Perk was scythed down in the box and that epitomised our luck in recent weeks. Hopefully the tide will soon turn although with Aaron Neil the latest to join the injured ranks it is going to be an uphill battle until we get everybody fit and firing. It was pleasing to see Adam Jeffery back playing again after his long absence through injury while Emmanuel Awuni could be fit to return next when we actually play at our own ground with Lydd United visiting us for another cup game.

So a sporting game ended 2-2. Impressive for the Green were Martyn Dalby and Michael Dryland in defence.

Green: W Guest; D Illsley, M Dalby, M Dryland, J Hurst, J West, T Perk, J Blowers, M Illsley, T Moon, A Neil. Subs: A Possee, A Jeffery

Bromley Green 6 Highfield 2

Sunday 20 November 2011

By Richie Moore

A beautiful Sunday morning saw us have a home game against bottom of the table Highfield, even the chairman came out to watch. On paper this should have not posed a great test for us but games are not played on paper. There were a few sore heads this morning but we overcame the challenge of remaining top of the league with a victory.

The initial team talk was to avoid trying to play long balls and keep it on the deck and simple, obviously this didn’t transfer onto the pitch and to be fair it took us at least half hour to find our feet a little.

20.11.2011 Action from this morning’s game with Highfield
We had a chance on 12 minutes to take the lead, a free kick was played in by Matt Collins only for Steve Harris to see his header saved by the stand in keeper.  We then conceded on 19 minutes, a lack of concentration led to a short corner not being cleared well enough for the opposing player to fire home the opening goal.

We were further tested on 29 minutes when the Highfield Number 10 broke through the defence only to fire wide. This kickstarted us and 5 minutes later Paul Burt cut inside only to see his shot hit the post and flash across the goal line.  But not deterred from this, a throw in was taken down the line by Adam Mercer for Steve to flick the ball on and Paul calmly tapped the ball into the net.

Half time 1-1

The second half saw us up the tempo and start to play the free flowing football that Green are renowned for, after some good passages of play on 52 minutes Ryan Smith saw space at the back of their defence and played a ball over the top for Paul to calmly finish for his second of the game.  Only a minute later another great ball from Ryan found Matt on the left who cut inside and from just inside the box placed the ball inside the near post to give us the advantage we started to deserve.

After that the game seemed to die down a little, there was lots of football played without many clear cut chances being made. A frantic 5 minutes did produce 5 goals though. On the 75th minute, Paul took possession of the ball, and realising the keeper’s weakness took an early shot from 20 yards out and slotted into the corner of the net for another hat-trick this season.  A quick reply came from Highfield a minute later when they broke through the middle. Their striker ran through and placed the ball across Dan Flint into the far corner. Only 2 minutes later saw the advantage restored when Tom Head crossed into the box for Ryan to have an unchallenged header into the bottom corner, a deserved goal after seeing a few previous headers missing the target.

The game was wrapped up on 81 minutes, when again some good football saw the ball played out to Lee Milton on the left, who looked up and placed a dangerous ball across the 6 yard box for the advancing Paul to tap in his 4th of the game.

A good performance by a few players, obviously Paul for his 4 goals should earn him the MoM accolade, Matt and I thought Mike Hodges had a great game (with the help from Matt’s boots), but the opposing team gave MoM to Ryan Smith for his all round contribution.

Dan Flint; Ryan Smith, Matt Collins, Tom Head, Adam Mercer, Liam Holman, Lee Milton, Michael Hodges, Liam Smith, Paul Burt, Steve Harris. Subs: Matt Hadlum, Glenn Mackett

Bromley Green 2 University of Kent 3

Saturday 12 November 2011

By Dave Smith

A narrow 3-2 defeat to adescentUniversityside saw us bow out of the Kent Inter Regional cup. We are now out of all cup competitions and quite simply only have the league to focus on. The cups this season have all slipped away from us as we struggle to reproduce our excellent league form, I fail to understand this and can give no real reason why.

My main concern coming out of this defeat was the petty snipping that occurred between certain players that not only disrupted us but also gave our opposition a lift, this is certainly one thing that I will not tolerate and if there is a repeat of this then I will act. My golden rule for any team that I manage is simple we win as a team and loose as a team and we stick together through the good and the bad times. Enough said about this and now we need to rebuild and be ready for next week’s trip to Sheerness to get our league campaign back on track.

We started the game under pressure from the Uni lads who we quick to the ball and had good pace in there side but in the 10th minute we created the first real chance when Paul Burt set up Matt Collins but his shot was well saved, next it was keeper Craig Smith turn to save well when the ball fell kindly in the box for the Uni forward. We took the lead in the 15th minute when Buster Beaney’s through ball was controlled by Dan Cornell who finished well. We now settled down and looked in control until the first of many decisions that the referee seemed to favour the opposition with happened when he awarded a penalty against Ryan Smith which at best was obstruction and in truth nothing, so 1-1 and we were rattled by this and totally switched off in the 40th minute to allow the Uni boys to take the lead with a soft goal. So half time was reached with us behind and needing to gain our composure.

The second half saw us play some good football as we were now concentrating as playing as a team, we lost striker Paul Burt to injury but his replacement Steve Harris did well in the 60th minute to set up Buster Beaney who’s goal bound shot was superbly saved  and from the resulting corner defender Micky Doyle just headed wide. We were now in control and levelled in the 63rd minute when Rocky Hayles found Dan Cornell who again finished well.

The game was now there for the taking we continued to press forward in search of the winner but the concern was getting caught by over committing and this was to be the case as the visiting forward who had good pace burst through our under manned defence and gave his side the lead with only 5 minutes remaining a killer blow and despite some good pressure we saw the game slip away from us.

Like I have stated a hugely disappointing result, Uni were a very young side but definitely had some good players, the referee in my opinion favoured the students for some reason and at to many times we were or own worst enemies with our needless bickering. So now is the time to learn from all this and move on. We only have the league now but we are in there with a real chance of being a title challenger, this league despite some peoples views of it being easy is tough, but I know we have what it takes to mount a serious challenge, there will still be plenty of ups and downs along the way but as long as we stick together we will be alright.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, G.Mackett, B.Beaney, Matt Collins, R.Hayles, P.Burt, D.Cornell

Subs: S.Harris (P.Burt) S.Ahmetaj, Mick Hodges not used.

Mom: G.Mackett captained the side well and led by example.

Lydd Town Reserves 4 Bromley Green Reserves 2

Saturday 12 November 2011

By Trevor Strand

Preparation for the Bromley Green teams was not the best this weekend with all sides having several absentees for various reasons and with late withdrawals on Saturday did not help the cause. With Liam Smith, Shqipron Ahmetaj and Mike Hodges with the 1st team , Terry Perk joined us from the 3rds with Ryan Strand only 70% fit on the bench who was not originally going to travel. Lydd came at us from the off and were well organised and with former Ashford and Hythe front man Scott Bouvier  in the line up they were going to be a tough test. Their movement we were also finding difficult to match.

Our inconsistency with our mis placed passes and conceding possession too easily was a major concern but the back 3 of Adam Mercer, Matt Gilbert and Terry Perk defended well and Craig Mannering in goal was in good form. After 25 minutes we had a corner and 10 seconds later we were one nil down. A quick breakaway and player’s not tracking back cost us. But we came back and had a good spell with Paul Barron’s superb free kicks finding Matt Gilbert who went close with a couple of headers. Kenny Hallett should have scored when clean through but failed to hit the target and Ryan Fitzgerald bought a good save from the keeper. 3 minutes before half time when Kenny Hallett made up for the earlier miss and scored from Craig Mannerings placed kick into the channel. But once again we switched off when the winger went round Lee Milton who had no cover and drove a low hard cross which went in via Craig Mannering and Terry Perk. 2-1 down at half time but still very much in the game although we needed to keep possession for longer and the 2 strikers needed to hold the ball up better as it was coming straight back at us.

We had further chances to equalise with Matt Gilbert again going close with headers and Kenny Halletts effort went just over the bar.

But Lydd were dangerous on the break and went 3 -1 up with 15 minutes to go so I decided to gamble and go 3 -4- 3 with Ryan Strand replacing Tom Poyner and this had an immediate effect with Lee Milton pulling the ball back on the edge of the area and Ryan Strand scoring with good strike from 18 yards.

Pushing forward for the equaliser saw us get caught again on the break and Bouvier made it safe for the hosts with a clinical finish.

So another defeat but Craig Mannering was excellent in goal and could nothing about the goals. Matt Gilbert was MoM who was outstanding at the back as was Adam Mercer and Terry Perk; Paul Barron played his best game for a long time. Young Ewan Stanley also did very well against strong opposition and again the experience will serve him well.

The difference between the teams in my opinion was Lydd were 30% fitter than the majority of our players and more clinical with their finishing. It did not help having no fit substitutes as I feel with fresh legs we may have got something out of the game. We need to improve immensely on our passing and keeping possession and our general fitness if we are to have any chance of climbing up the league.

Team: Craig Mannering, Adam Mercer, Paul Barron, Terry Perk, Matt Gilbert, Ewan Stanley, Rob Greenfield, Lee Milton, Ryan Fitzgerald, Tom Poyner, Kenny Hallett. Sub: Ryan Strand (Tom Poyner)

New Romney Thirds 3 Bromley Green Thirds 1

Saturday 12 November 2011

By Dave Homewood

As Trevor said, preparation across the club today was less than ideal. In fact, in the Thirds case, it was bloody farcical and I am beginning to lose patience with lads that demonstrate a complete lack of common sense. Stop telling me ‘they are young and there is a need to make allowances’ … they are 17, 18, 19 years of age for goodness sake! On Tuesday nights the squad, with meeting time etc, is posted on the noticeboard in the clubhouse. Details are on face book and our website well in advance of games. On Thursdays, I personally text every player with the departure time. So am I not entitled to be pissed off when the mobile does not stop ringing [or texting] with pitiful questions on a Saturday just before we are leaving?

I kid you not! These are but mild examples of the last minute nonsense:

 “What is the postcode at New Romney”. Quite frankly at 1pm I don’t give a shit what the postcode is at New Romney as you should be HERE, NOW, ready to leave with the rest of the squad. Anyone wanting to go straight to our opponents ground can always contact me on a Friday … or, heaven forbid, go on the Internet and find the postcode for themselves.

“What time are we meeting today Dave x”. Bollocks to the kiss, read your f****** messages.

“I might be a bit late”. Ok well I suppose you have let me know but some poor bastard has got to sit here and wait for you. Perhaps get up half hour earlier in future.

And so it goes on. As Dave Andrews and myself are always at the ground an hour before leave time, this really is unacceptable and puts a damper on the day before it begins. We want to enjoy the day as well but proper organisation is key to this happening. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. We will be meeting extra early this coming Saturday in an attempt to approach a game in a more professional manner.

So, to Saturday’s defeat. Falling back on the excuse that we had several absentees for various reasons is pointless as a manager can only play with what he has at his disposal. On paper we had a side capable of dealing with anybody but, after a promising opening spell, once again it just didn’t ‘happen’.

Two players arrived 20 minutes after kick off and with the changing rooms half a mile away from the far pitch in the Leisure Centre … well you can imagine the happy scene, can’t you!? Fortunately the Chairman had cleared Tom Lockett to play and he had to come straight into a starting place in defence. So, from 17 players on Thursday, I had to resort to bringing in a player who has been out for many weeks and naturally lacking match sharpness.

Although not convincing and still bereft of confidence in many areas, we were holding our own until a slightly controversial goal on the stroke of half time which seemed to knock the stuffing out of us. We had enjoyed a fair share of the play but were mostly reduced to long-range speculative efforts.

In the second half, I sadly have to confess that the home team ‘wanted it’ more than us. They showed the energy that we lacked and caught us flat-footed on numerous occasions. It is still of concern that lads don’t take a blind bit of notice of instructions and want to keep answering back. We did give ourselves a glimmer of hope when Lee Gilham knocked in following a corner but in all honesty we rarely looked like creating enough chances to get a result.

This all sounds negative and, while I will not accuse any players of not trying, they must admit that this was a pretty dismal showing. Some of the boys are learning quickly that managers will not always be ‘nice’ when served up this kind of display. This is not kiddies football, it is the harsh reality of the local Premier Division and we need to all be at training on Tuesday at the 3G at 6.45pm [some have already dropped out … funny how work, family, dead cats, flu always crop up on a TUESDAY!]

Yes, I am cheesed off but I am not a quitter and trust the whole squad will now show some bollocks and fight their way of this rut we have fallen into. Knowing you have ability is one thing, having the ‘desire’ to earn the right to exercise it on the field of play is another matter entirely.

Man of the match: whilst no-one was outstanding, Daniel was ok in goal; while Martyn, Aaron, Tom and Matt stuck to their tasks and cannot be faulted for their work rate. Several did their best but are glaringly unfit.

My thanks to Fred and Steve who regularly support us and help with transport and let’s hope sooner rather than later the boys can give you something to cheer about again.

Squad: D Flint; D Illsley, L Gilham, T Lockett, J Hurst, J West, A Neil, M Dalby, J Blowers, M Illsley, T Moon. Subs: M Dryland, F Murrell

Brewmaster 1 Bromley Green 4

Sunday 13 November 2011

By Richie Moore

Sunday saw us take yet another trip down the A28 to face Brewmaster, I am starting to wonder if we will get any home games soon!

The Kent cup is a big challenge for us this year and we expected a tough tight game on a narrow pitch and memories of our 5-4 victory a few weeks ago gave us confidence.

The game started with a bit of dominance from ‘The Brews’ and they saw an early effort go narrowly wide of the far post early into the match along with forcing a great save from Matt Dorsett. But as always we settled down a bit and started to take charge of the game a bit better. Micky Doyle was unlucky on 11 minutes as after challenging a header he fell and rolled his ankle. This gave Paul Burt an earlier than expected presence on the pitch as he was suffering from a tight hamstring.

The first goal of the game came on 27 minutes, Lee Milton split the defence with a ball for Paul to take in a wide position and his cross found Steve Harris who blasted home. 2 minutes later we were awarded a penalty after Steve was through on goal. Ryan Smith took the ball and unfortunately saw his kick saved low to the keepers left. 2 minutes later Ryan found himself on the end of a well taken free kick only to see his header go over the bar.

The game saw more chances come and go and we seemed to be more dominant. The final action of the half saw a well taken corner from Matt Collins to find the head of Glenn Mackett who headed in yet another goal this season.

Half time 0-2

The second half saw a few bits of controversy to say the least, we expected a different tempo from Brews to keep alive their hopes of progressing through the Kent Cup and this proved to be the case on 51 minutes. A loose ball on the edge of our box was calmly placed into the far corner across Matt and into the net.

This was a friendly game that was being played in the right spirit, but then confusion set in with just under half hour to go. Matt claimed well a corner, had complete control of the ball but was felled to the floor from a legitimate challenge from the opposing striker, Matt needed some treatment and everyone was then unsure as to whether a drop ball with instructions to knock it back to the keeper, or a free kick was awarded.  To be honest I still don’t know if anybody is aware but Matt placed the ball down for a free kick, the striker then under the impression there was no stoppage of play (for an injury) raced through to knock the ball round Matt under a challenge and the goal was disallowed. Matt was injured in this passage of play and this led to our new signing Dan Flint to take his bow between the sticks for us.  Another goal was disallowed by me after I was asked to run the line, not sure if it’s appropriate to ask a manager to run the line when somebody else was actually prepared to do so but refused by the referee for ‘personal reasons’. However, the striker was playing ahead of the defence always by 2 yards which is clever play, but as he ran back into an onside position he then made his move half a yard early and was marginally offside, not level and the flag was raised.

We were then unsure how this game would pan out, Steve found himself one on one with the keeper twice in 2 minutes after through balls from Paul, only to see his efforts go wide.  On 76 minutes a double save was forced from Paul and Matt. But as the minutes passed our fitness and energy showed on tired legs and on 83 minutes Paul got the ball past the defender and calmly round the keeper to slot home an advantage. The game was finished in the last minute after some great passing football, Paul passed the ball out wide to Lee Milton who had the vision to see Matt unmarked at the far post, he expertly crossed and the ball was slammed home to earn a comfortable victory in the end.

We now travel away again to Market in the next round. This is the Kent cup which should add variety to our season, yet we are being drawn against our own league opposition. We have knocked them out of one cup this season though and look forward to the challenge of doing so again.

Man of Match: Glenn Mackett

Squad: Matt Dorsett, Ryan Smith, Matt Hadlum, Matt Collins, Tom Head, Micky Doyle, Liam Holman, Lee Milton, Michael Hodges, Glenn Mackett, Steve Harris.

Subs:  Paul Burt, Dan Flint, Adam Mercer

Bromley Green 0 APM 1

Saturday 5 November 2011

By Dave Smith

On Saturday we dropped our first league points of the season with a single goal defeat to A.P.M.. This ends our long unbeaten rung of league games that stretches back to September 2010 and also see’s our tremendous unbeaten home league record end as this was our first home league defeat since October 2009.

Without doubt we did enough to win this game and were caught out by a sucker punch from our visitors with only 5 minutes to go, but although the result was disappointing I felt the overall team performance and commitment was again first class as we played some great football but just never got the little bit of luck everyone needs from time to time.

The first half in truth was a little sterile with A.P.M. content to pack there defence and midfield and play the ball long for their 2 hard working attackers to chase down. We did find it hard to create any real chances, our normal tempo was often disrupted by numerous fouls that went unpunished and allowed more offences to follow. We did end the half going close from Rocky Hayles free kick and we were gradually building the momentum that we needed.

The second half saw us play some excellent football, A.P.M. were pinned back into there own half and offered very little coming forward. We built the play from the back and created several half chances, Steve Harris had a tremendous drive tipped onto the bar, Paul Burt saw 3 chance all blocked by last ditch defending and Matt Collins also went close with a cross shot, but for all our efforts we could not get the breakthrough. We had 2 descent shouts for penalties turned down as the half wore on and in the 80th minute I and probably everyone else at the ground apart from the referee thought we had a stone wall penalty when Glen Mackett’s goal bound shot was clearly handled. This was followed by the inevitable as A.P.M. broke away and a scuffed shot somehow ended up in our net. We again pushed hard in the final minutes but it was not to be our day and the game ended with A.P.M. taking all 3 points but with the decency of saying they new they were lucky. We never conceded 1 corner and keeper Craig Smith was never tested in our goal, but that is football and to be honest if someone had said to me back in August that after 9 league games that we would have 24 points and be top of the league I would have been delighted.

Good performances today from everyone and I was very pleased with the football we played, the back 4 of Hadlum, Smith, Allan and Head were solid with what they had to do and started lots of our attacks, the midfield of Mackett, Hayles, Beaney and Collins bossed the game and drove us forward constantly and the 3 forwards used, Burt, Harris and Cornell all worked extremely hard against a good defence and on another day all could have scored. So now we just forget this and look forward to the next game and the weeks to come. I actually think we are getting better this may seem strange after a defeat but we are playing some really good football and as a unit we are building a confidence that I think will see us bounce back from this result and grow stronger.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, P.Allan, T.Head, G.Mackett, L.Hayles, Matt Collins, B.Beaney, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (S.Harris), A.Purse (T.Head) M.Doyle not used.

Mom: Matt Collins, none stop work rate with plenty of quality.

Hadlow Evolution 7 Bromley Green Reserves 2

Saturday 6 November 2011

By Trevor Strand

As once again like last year we were put in Group A of the Kent cup and played higher opposition and it proved again we are out of our depth in this group. But the scoreline is not a true reflection of the game – hard to believe I know but we did play well for long periods of the game.

After 2 minutes we were 1 down when as per usual we were still in the changing room at kick off and failed to pick up the Hadlow forward who scored easily past James Howard who was standing in for Craig Mannering.

The set back woke us up and we played some good passing football and went close on several occasions with Ashley Webster going close and Ryan Strand forcing a good save from the keeper and also dragging shot narrowly wide after good link up play with Rob Greenfield. Jason Thomas who again had an excellent game down the right equalised and were looking good. Hadlow came back at us and were struggling to cope with their movement and runners from deep but cope we did until a one off superb strike from 30 yards flew into net past James. Just before half time a ball on the edge of the box was there to be won but a half heated challenge resulted in the forward scoring with good finish.

Second half Paul Barron and Ewan Stanley were replaced with Tom Poyner and Shqipron Ahmetaj and we kept the ball much better but when Hadlow had the ball they always had a spare man and their running off the ball we could not match. Hadlow scored 4 goals which I felt we should have dealt with as we had chances to clear the ball but all credit to my players for the way they continued to pass the ball and we had a few good chances to score ourselves. We did pull one back through Ashley Webster who deserved his goal for his work rate and did not give up. And we passed it well and got the ball to Jason Thomas who was a constant threat down the right. Lee Milton did the skippers role with his energy and desire to keep us going in tough game.

Summing up I take responsibility for the team selection and formation which on reflection I should have started different personnel. Against a big strong but not a dirty Hadlow team Ewan Stanley did well and the experience will do him good. Likewise Shqipron Ahmetaj did well when he came on. The youngsters will only learn if they play in games like this. The defence of Liam Smith, Matt Gilbert and Mike Hodges have had better afternoons and the midfield failed to match the opposition for movement. Fitness levels and the final ball were in my opinion the main difference between the sides but we kept going and kept our discipline in a game well refereed by Mr Ian Southgate.

Green: James Howard, Mike Hodges, Paul Barron,   Jason Thomas, Matt Gilbert, Ewan Stanley, Ashley Webster, Ryan Strand, Liam Smith, Rob Greenfield, Lee Milton. Subs: Shqipron Ahmetaj, Kenny Hallett, Tom Poyner used. Ryan Fitzgerald  unused

Bethersden 1 Bromley Green 5

Sunday 6 November 2011

By Richie Moore

Today saw us take a short trip up the A28 to face Bethersden whom we beat 5-1 earlier in the season.

They have been going well in the last 4 games, but today seemed to be without a few players which was good for us given that we had a few knocks.

The game started very scrappy, no team seemed to get their foot on the ball and control the situation, but on 9 minutes Green won a corner after Steve Harris found himself through on the keeper who pulled off a good save, Mickey Doyle found himself with time in the box to slot the ball home.

Again the game got scrappy and to be fair I don’t think the pitch helped our flowing passing game, it was slippery and a little damp, so was hard to judge. On 21 minutes we conceded a free kick in the opposition half, not being alert we were one player short on our right wing, 2 players against one used the space for the ball to be crossed into the box for a headed equaliser.

This did wake us up a bit and 2 minutes later Paul Burt broke through the offside trap and slotted home to restore the advantage. A minute later Matt Collins picked the ball up 35 yards out from goal, went on one of his mazy runs, taking on the defender and goalkeeper to score what it seems his weekly goal from the wing.

This was not the last of the action for Matt, on 26 minutes Paul was bought down outside the box and the resulting free kick was well saved and on 39 minutes another free kick hit the bar. In the mean time a Bethersden free kick was well met only for Glenn Mackett to head a clearance over the bar.

Half time 1-3

The second half started pretty much the same as the first, it was scrappy but to be fair Bethersden had the majority of play. We seemed to be camped in our own half but defended well to avoid any clear cut chances being made.

I have stated time and again the importance of having a strong bench with the ability of players to help change the game and on the hour 2 changes were made. Although Ryan Smith was forced to make a great diving block on 65 minutes, along with a goal line clearance a couple of minutes later our freshness started to show. On 73 minutes Paul found himself on the end of a through ball from Matt Collins and from 25 yards blasted the ball past the helpless keeper. Only 3 minutes later Paul completed his hat-trick, a ball played through the middle breaking the defence was picked up and as the keeper advanced Paul drilled the ball in off the far post.

Chances came and went for both teams without any threat really. This was a difficult game for us considering our injuries but we were deserved winners.

Matt Dorsett, Ryan Smith, Matt Hadlum, Matt Collins, Tom Head, Micky Doyle, Liam Holman, Lee Milton, Paul Burt, Glenn Mackett, Steve Harris. Subs: Aaron Neil, Michael Hodges, Mark Wallis

Bredhurst 0 Bromley Green 3

Saturday 29 October 2011

By Dave Smith

After the disappointment of going out of the cup away at Tudor last week this game took on extra importance for us to bounce back and show we could react  to a defeat. This we did in style with a controlled performance against a very aggressive Bredhurst side, in truth we should have won by more but 8 wins from 8 games with only 2 goals conceded shows we are real contenders for this league and now have a 5 point cushion at the top with games in hand over most other sides, a great start but a long way to go.

The line on Saturday

We started the game reverting back to our favoured formation of 4-4-2, Bredhurst opted for 5 in midfield and as expected played a long ball game, but we got off to the perfect start when in the 5th minute Matt Collins picked up a loose ball and curled his shot into the top corner from 25 yards to give us the lead. This clearly upset our hosts as a series of pointless fouls followed with added abuse to the referee, there was always only going to be one outcome of this and as expected a Bredhurst defender was sent off for his second yellow in 5 mins and in my view he was lucky it was yellow as it clearly deserved a red.

Action from today’s great win at Upchurch

With the extra man we took control, in the 25th minute Dan Barham saw his fierce drive well saved, next a sweeping move involving Glenn Mackett, Paul Burt saw Matt Hadlum drive into the box only for the home keeper to save well again, but we were not to be denied our second, as Buster Beaney and Matt Collins linked up well with Matt setting Steve Harris through who finished well with the last kick off the first half to give us the cushion of a 2 goal lead.

It was stressed at half time the importance of using our extra man, I knew if we played controlled football we would create more chances and not allow Bredhurst back into the game.

This we did superbly as we built from the back and totally dominated the game, we created several good chances and Bredhurst had no real answers apart from trying to kick people. Our third goal came in the 60th minute when Matt Hadlum again found space over lapping from full back and his pass was collected by Paul Burt who again finished well. Like i stated earlier we could have had more goals as Paul Burt, Steve Harris, Dan Cornell, Matt Collins and Rocky Hayles all went close but it was of no real importance as we closed the game comfortable 3-0 winners for a well deserved 3 points.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, T.Head, B.Beaney, P.Allan. R.Hayles, G.Mackett, Matt Collins, P.Burt, S.Harris, D.Barham. Subs : D.Cornell ( S.Harris ) A.Purse ( D.Barham ) L.Smith ( M.Hadlum )

Mom : Matt Collins, great goal superb all game

Bromley Green Res 2 APM Res 4

Saturday 29 October 2011

By Trevor Strand

Not a good day for the Reserves with illness and personal commitments forcing late changes to the starting line-up and Kevan Strand making a last minute dash from Maidstone giving me a substitute until late arrivals made up the bench. Injuries also to key players meaning some were asked to play out of position for this game against a strong APM side that included former Ashford and Hythe defender Tom Adlington.

After the warm-up Andy said he did not feel we were up for it and seemed very lethargic. This proved to be the case as we went 1 nil down after 2 minutes when we failed to pick up our men and were punished with a good finish. Moments later we gifted APM their second with really poor defending and Craig Mannering left exposed. We then began to wake up and played some neat football with Jason Thomas again in fine form down the right causing problems, Ryan Strand up front making good intelligent runs and Ashley Webster driving on in mid field. Chances were created with Ashley Webster and Ryan Strand going close and the keeper making a couple of good saves.

We were still in the game and looking good but just on half time a suicidal back pass sent the APM striker through with just Craig Mannering to beat and he finished well. So 3 nil down and a mountain to climb with a few players hiding and not up to the challenge, harsh words were said. Ryan Fitzgerald was replaced with Rob Greenfield at half time. I wanted a second half performance to play for the pride of the shirt and do the players themselves justice. 10 minutes into the second half a free kick on the edge of the APM area where it was requested to the referee to get the wall back 10 yards, he refused to pace it out and Paul Barron hit the ball into the wall approximately 6 yards away. In his frustration he verbally abused the referee and was rightly sent off. I sympathise with Paul’s frustration but all the players were warned of the referee and discipline before the game. Now down to 10 men the game was beyond us but full credit to the lads they raised their game and played the best football of the game creating numerous chances. Ryan Strand pulled one back with a good finish and Kevin Quinn and Ashley Webster went close with headers and Kenny Hallett nearly got on end of a Jason Thomas cross. On a rare APM attack we had the chance to clear the ball but once again we gifted the ball to the forward and he made it 4 -1. Ashley Webster scored with 5 minutes to go with another good finish final score 2 – 4. We have had better days. We cannot give the ball away against good teams as we will get punished as happened today. We must start playing at the first whistle not when we are 2 down after 20 minutes. Fitness, concentration, alertness and discipline are down to the individual and also how you prepare for the game.

On the positive side the spirit to win the second half 2-1 was good. Ashley Webster my MoM was superb along with Kevin Quinn who gave 100% commitment throughout with good defending all game. Jason Thomas who is in good form again was excellent. Tom Poyner did well when asked to drop into the defence. Ewan Stanley had a good game but the physical side was maybe a little too much at times. Kenny Hallett and Ryan Strand look a formidable pair but need good service.

Training Tuesday 7pm at the 3G

Green: Craig Mannering, Mike Hodges, Paul Barron, Jason Thomas, Tom Poyner, Ewan Stanley, Ashley Webster, Ryan Fitzgerald, Kenny Hallett, Ryan Strand, Kevin Quinn. Subs: Shqipron Ahmetaj, Rob Greenfield. Not used: Kevan Strand.

AISC 7 Bromley Green Thirds 1

Saturday 29 October 2011

By Dave Homewood

Once again, after so much to applaud during an evenly fought first half, we showed just how brittle we can be when up against things. Both sides could point to some strange refereeing decisions but from our point of view I think our energies would be better spent analysing our own woeful second half performance.

I am not going to use injuries or the obvious lack of confidence for several lads as mitigating factors for this embarrassing result – that will only serve to hide the real areas for concern. These were clear early on when, despite lots of effort, we just could not hold the ball up and keep possession when going forward. As a result of mis-controlling or not competing physically to win and ‘own’ the ball, it continues to come back time after time before any real momentum is built and sooner or later the floodgates have to open … and they did. Also, I seem to be wasting my breath when suggesting to attacking players that they vary their approach and sometimes go round an opposing defender rather than always deploy the predictable habit of cutting back inside on their ‘good’ foot. It plays right into a defender’s hands and is easy to read and combat. Perhaps the only person who twigged on, and proved the point late in the game, was the captain Aaron Neil who sussed that, when going forward, turning into a pack of wolves is pointless when one can simply push and run around the outside and create both the time and space to pass or shoot with either foot.

In the end, we just wanted the whistle to blow and walk all the way back to the changing rooms [thank goodness it was not lousy weather!] But there are always some positives to reflect upon and the secret with heavy defeats is to move on and build on the brighter aspects. These included a superbly taken goal by Neil and another example of Martyn Dalby’s versatility as he got stuck in where it mattered. Also a mention for young Tom Lynn who came on early after an injury to Danny Illsley and, whilst not enjoying the scoreline, will hopefully have gained some useful experience from his debut in adult football.

So, as is all too common in cup games, we ended in abject misery and now need to regroup. It really would be to our advantage as a squad to all attend training on Tuesday. With the earlier start at the 3G of 7pm, that is surely not too late for those that have to be up early the next morning. Ideally, Dave Andrews and myself would like every player back at the ground for a meeting at 8.10pm to sort some of the little niggles out. But we can’t make you … it would however be pleasing if you wanted to. I have never run a side before with players simply going straight home after games … we should be talking football and reinforcing team spirit so that we are all ‘together’ in our heads for the next match.

After this debacle, Aaron Lorentson informed me that due to not enjoying his football he is packing it in. This is disappointing, and indeed none of us are happy with this mini-slump, but I respect the fact that he had the courage to tell me to my face. Aaron’s impressive showing in the summer tournaments and pre-season friendlies convinced me that he would score a hatful in the Ashford League but, for whatever reason, it has not worked out. We wish him well and of course the door is always open should he reconsider.

My man of the match: will share between Dalby and Neil as they both always wanted to be involved and never gave up when the game became a lost cause.

Green: T Moon; D Illsley, L Gilham, M Dryland, J Hurst, M Dalby, J West, T Perk, A Neil, M Illsley, A Lorentson. Subs: T Lynn, J Blowers, F Moon. Not used: W Guest

Market Hotel 3 Bromley Green 3

Sunday 30 October 2011

By Richie Moore

Today we travelled to The Ridge knowing we would expect a tough game from our title challengers.

There is a lot of mutual respect between players and officials of both clubs but bragging rights were there for the taking, and the action of the game did not disappoint as there were good tackles, bad tackles, good passages of play and some not so good.

Market started the game stronger and were very dominant, this was mainly due to the 3-4-1-2 formation that we started with. On 10 minutes Market broke down the right and the ball was played across the Green box for their striker to slot the ball home. This gave us a wake up call and only 5 minutes later Glenn Macket  hit the bar after some good work, a corner was taken short and after a couple of passes between Rocky and Dan Barham, Glenn fired his shot to see it hit the top of the bar.

Only 2 minutes later Dan sent a ball down the right for Matt Collins to run onto, it looked like he would get a clear run at goal, only to be cynically pulled down by the Market player who received a booking.  On 27 minutes Green equalised, Paul Burt playing against the team he signed from only 2 weeks previous took possession of the ball in the middle and promptly fed it out right for Matt Collins, who then slid the ball across the box for the advancing Dan to slot home.

After a formation change for Green, the game seemed to ebb and flow without much attack on goals, there was a one on one for Market in the 28th minute which brought a good save from Matt Dorsett, and 2 minutes later Ryan Smith was unlucky to see his header from a corner cleared off the line.

Half time 1-1

The second half saw plenty of action and drama without any team actually being dominant. On 54 minutes Market regained the lead after Green failed to clear the ball from the box after a corner, we had 3 attempts but in the end the ball ended up in the back of the net. This spurred market on, and on 62 minutes Matt Dorsett was again forced into an excellent save with his feet after seeing the Market striker bearing down on him one on one again.

Green equalised on 70 minutes when Rocky took an excellent corner that was met by a thunderous header from Ryan Smith at the far post. 5 minutes later Paul Burt put Green ahead for the first time in the game when he was through one on one and unlike Market who failed to take their chances Paul slid the ball into the net. 

The game started to get a bit heated and a couple of bad tackles were made by both teams and looked like it could get out of hand but more action was to come. On 77 minutes Paul Burt got the ball on the left, he spotted Lee Milton making a run to the back post and rather than taking a shot he crossed it over, only for Lee to fire wide. A few minutes later Rocky was in a similar position, down the left he took on the defender, rounded the keeper and was unlucky to see his finish flash across the goal and nobody else able to slide in on a gamble finish.

The final goal came on 86 minutes, through a little bit of naivety on our part, rather than seeing the game out and passing the ball down the channel towards the corner we squandered possession, Market broke away and the ball was slotted away calmly across Matt who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.

In all it probably was a fair result. A lesson was learnt in taking chances, keeping hold of the ball and releasing it at the right times but this will make us stronger.

Matt Dorsett, Ryan Smith, Matt Hadlum, Matt Collins, Tom Head, Dan Barham, Liam Holman, Linton Hayles, Paul Burt, Glenn Mackett, Steve Harris.

Subs:  Aaron Neil, Michael Hodges, Lee Milton. Not used: L Smith

Sussex County League 2-2 Kent County League

Kent County League win 4-2 on penalties

Tuesday 25 October 2011

By Craig Smith

On a wet night in Oakwood, Sussex the Kent County League retained the Tom Stabler Trophy making it 3 wins in succession.

Having bowed out of the national cup last season, Kent faced opposition still in the competition so a good test was on. All 3 Bromley Green players in the Squad, Craig, Ryan and Rocky started the game with Ryan captaining the side.

The game started with Kent asserting early pressure. Several chances were missed but kept coming. There was a feeling that failure to convert one of these would be costly and so it proved when on a breakaway Sussex took the lead. Sussex’s right winger appeared to be well help before he found space to find his forward who slotted between keeper and defenders. 1-0. this shook Kent and Sussex had a good chance for a second that was blocked by Craig. 1 did however become 2 when after a free kick was spilled a goalmouth scramble in which Ryan cleared of the line and Craig made a save eventually went in. 2-0. Half time.

A change of shape at half time saw the Kent side take the game to their opponents in the second half. Rocky, moved into a more central role, began to dominate proceedings with some great passing and link up play. The introduction of some fresh faces from Kent allowed them to continue the pressure.

On 60 minutes Mark Bishop of Farnborough finished well with a chip after play between Rocky and Kelvyn Williams of Charlton. 2-2 it became 10 minutes later when a long range header had enough dip and curve on it from Michael Bishop also of Farnborough to secure the equaliser.

Kent then pushed on for a winner and after some great link up play between Paul Colenutt and Rocky, Kelyvn WIlliams went agonisingly close.

On 70 minutes a massive 50:50 between Ryan and a Sussex player saw Ryan come out with the ball but both players hurt. Ryan continued to play the whole game, completing the game with a tremendous second half performance. He was due to take the fifth penalty but was not needed. It has since transpired that Ryan fractured his ankle in the clash and is now in a cast. Testament to his commitment but frustrating for him.

The game remained deadlocked and so penalties decided the winner.

Kent tucked all four of theirs away – Both the Bishops, Nathan Lindo and Rocky converting well. Sussex, after having 2 close shaves on the first two hit the bar on the third and then saw the fourth saved by keeper Craig Smith.

A good win from the Kent team and a squad that looks like staying together in the build up to next year’s national cup.

Tudor Sports 2 Bromley Green 1

Saturday 22 October 2011

By Dave Smith

A 2-1 after extra time saw us bow out of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield. A very disappointing result but in truth we rarely played well enough for long periods of the game. We started slowly with a change in formation that did not really work, I take the blame for that but all the players must realise that although we have started the season well there is a long way to go, teams are looking at our results and when they play us we have to expect them to come at us hard, Saturday we looked a little shocked by the physical side of Tudors play and in truth never really matched it for long periods.

The game started with Tudor pressing forward there long ball game on a small pitch suited there play, Craig Smith in goal was kept busy without really being tested. In the 30th minute Tudor went close when a scramble in our area saw Tom Head clear the ball off the line. This did spur us into action and good link up play from Dan Cornell and Steve Harris saw Paul Burt have his effort well saved by the home keeper. It looked like we would reach half time at 0-0 but we let in a sloppy goal when the home forward burst into the box and finished well.

The second half saw us improve greatly we looked more interested and got control of the ball and passed it around and created some half chances. We then got our reward for the improvement when we levelled the match in the 65th minute when substitute Ryan Norman crossed for Steve Harris to fire home.

The game now became very even with both sides going for the win, but as the clock run down it looked like extra time but in the last minute I thought we had the chance to win the game when Paul Burt was clearly fouled in the area the referee went to blow but then lost his nerve and in truth this just about summed his whole performance up as he was very inconsistent and was hugely influenced by the home sides constant abuse.

So extra time it was and after just 3 minutes a badly missed placed pass by Ryan Smith saw us fall 2-1 down. But our response was good we took control of the game as Tudor seemed happy to sit back, but we reached half time still a goal behind. The second period saw us push extra players on and we went close when Rocky Hayles 25 yard drive was superbly saved by the home keeper, but our best chance came with just 5 mins left when Ryan Smith and Matt Collins worked a move inside the home sides box with Matt just missing the target with others in support. After this Tudor were allowed to waste time and the game ended in defeat.

So a defeat but maybe a wake up call, in truth some games this season have been too easy and it is very easy to get carried away with your own success and not put in the levels of work and commitment. But as long as we learn from the defeat we will be ok, we never played that bad but again we never played as well as we know we can.

Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, P.Allan, R.Smith, T.Head, G.Mackett, D.Barham, R.Hayles, P.Burt, S.Harris, D.Cornell . Subs: R.Norman (D.Cornell), Matt Collins (G.Mackett), L.Smith not used.

Mom : Buster Beaney back from injury and was excellent all game.

Bromley Green Res 3 Sheerness East Res 0

Saturday 22 October 2011

By Trevor Strand

The Green started quickly out of the blocks and could have scored after 30 seconds when Ashley Webster was clean through only for the keeper to make a good save. We continued to play some very good passing football with the midfield 3 of skipper Lee Milton, Tom Poyner and young Ewan Stanley who is maturing with every game dominating and the pace of Jason Thomas causing the islander problems. Rob Greenfield was seeing plenty of the ball and delivered some dangerous crosses into he box. We took the lead when a pin point pass from Matt Gilbert to Rob Greenfield who delivered a good ball for Ashley Webster to open the scoring. We continued to press forward but could not increase our lead with the Islanders keeper making good saves from Rob Greenfield, Kenny Hallett and Jason Thomas. The back 3 of Matt Gilbert, Mike Hodges and Adam Mercer looked solid and they are now forming a good understanding with each other, Craig Mannering in goal had to alert making 2 excellent saves when we were caught napping but otherwise Craig had a quiet afternoon.

1 nil at half time again the message was simple keep possession play it simple and use the width to our wingers. We stared very well retaining the ball and looking dangerous but we had to be aware of the quick breakaway. Injury to Lee Milton meant Paul Barron went into centre midfield and he kept the ball moving well. The visitor’s keeper again made good saves one in particular from Matt Gilberts powerful header and Kenny Hallett was unlucky not to score with a powerful shot that hit the post.

Rob Greenfield was replaced with Ryan Fitzgerald to get more pace down the left and Shqipron Ahmetaj cam eon for Adam Mercer who sustained a serious knee injury. We thought we had our second when Ashley Webster turned his man superbly in the box and scored but only to be ruled out by the linesman’s flag for offside. But Ash was not to be denied and he scored his second with 5 minutes remaining and Paul Barron made it 3 with a looping shot over the keeper from 25 yards in the final minute.

The match was well refereed by Mark Cole who used common sense throughout.

A good all round team performance and most pleasing for me and Andy was way we passed the ball and retained possession. We could and should have had more goals but with 13 goals in 3 games and only conceding 1 goal is good at any level. Good performances throughout the team but again Matt Gilbert was quality at the back , Ewan Stanley is getting better with every game, Ashley Webster took his goals well but Andy and I both agreed Jason Thomas was our MoM not only with his attacking play he works hard in his defending side of our formation. Fitness is the key to Jason’s game who works hard mid week down the gym and with the spinning classes he does makes all the difference. Andy and I hope for a good turnout at training on Tuesday.

TEAM – Craig Mannering , Mike Hodges , Adam Mercer  , Matt Gilbert ,  Jason Thomas, Tom Poyner  , Ewan Stanley, Ashley Webster , Rob Greenfield  , Kenny Hallett,  Lee Milton – Subs – Shqipron Ahmetaj , Paul Barron , Ryan Fitzgerald  – all used.

Riverside Inn 0 Bromley Green Thirds o

Saturday 22 October 2011

By Dave Homewood

Despite the goal famine neither side was defensive in its approach and whilst overall a draw was perhaps a fair result, 3-3 might have been a more representative scoreline. The boys will admit that this was not a particularly impressive display to put on for our distinguished supporters Bob Mummery, John Kelly and Jack Stafford but we need to keep taking positives as we find our feet in the Premier Division.

We started with Aaron Lorentson looking lively up front and working hard while Lee Gilham and Martyn Dalby were generally in control at the back. We ended bemoaning our luck when a beauty from Aaron Neil rapped the crossbar but in all honesty former Green midfielder Matt Wedge should have scored with a close range header at the other end.

Both teams played their part in a sporting game devoid of any real fouls of note but when analyzing our own performance we have to be stronger in the tackle in certain departments, retain possession with more physical presence, and in several cases work on heading the ball.

Danny Illsley was again industrious while Joe West showed glimpses of what we know he can do when his confidence grows. And that is the key word at present as a number of the lads know they are out of touch; but there is little breathing space with all of our opponents providing a stiff challenge.

Next Saturday we are away [again!] as we go to Pitchside to meet AISC in the League Cup. There is no point in mincing words – this is a must win game following our recent miserable display at Bethersden. Anything other than a victory and the chances of progressing to the semi-finals will be decidedly slim. We expect to have Wilson Guest and Terry Perk returning to the squad to increase the competition for a place in the starting line-up.

Green: T Moon; D Illsley, M Dalby, L Gilham, J Hurst, J West, A Neil, E Awuni, J Blowers, M Illsley, A Lorentson. Subs: M Dryland, F Murrell, K Hawkins

Bromley Green 6 Kennington 2

Sunday 23 October 2011

By Richie Moore

Sunday saw the first team at home for a change against Kennington.  It was a glorious morning with a good temperature and sun in the sky.

We knew that the visitors would try to atone for their 6-0 defeat to us only 2 weeks previous, and it was they that had the better of the opening exchanges.  We kept our 4-3-3 formation that proved effective last week at Brewmaster and hoped that the space of the pitch would allow us to exploit gaps at the back of the defence.

The real first action of the half came on 16 minutes. Ryan Smith slid a long ball down the left channel for Matt Collins who then crossed fro Steve Harris to fire just wide. Some 7 minutes later Green took the lead, we were awarded a free kick which Matt Collins took, and along with Liam Smith provided a neat cross for Glenn Mackett to head home.

This seemed to spur Kennington and they started to pressure the ball a bit more and got their rewards. On 25 minutes a poor decision (by his own standards) to back pass to Matt Dorsett in goal instead of being played out for a throw saw some indecision and lack of confidence lead to an equaliser. Only 3 minutes later another ball across our box led to an interception and the visitors could not believe their luck as they took the lead.

However we continued to play our football and our ability and commitment started to show and after a tactical change to 4-4-2, Liam Holman won the ball in midfield on 35 minutes and saw Matt Collins make a run on the right, he passed it over the defence and Matt calmly lobbed the advancing keeper to make it 2-2. Green took the lead on 38 when a little bit of controversy (again) saw the Kennington keeper penalised for handling the ball outside the box. A neat lay off to Steve Harris saw him drill the ball into the bottom left corner for a half time lead.

Half time 3-2

The second half was all ours to be fair, we have the advantage of the wind behind us but we still played our football on the deck, and only 4 minutes into the half Ryan saw his header from  a corner hit the post and go to safety. But only a minute later some great pressure from Mike Hodges who was promoted from the reserves this week saw the ball fall to Matt Collins who played the ball across the box for unmarked Dan Barham relishing his left midfield position drill the ball home!

The influential Collins was involved again on 62 minutes, Liam Holman again engineered a move after winning the ball and Matt crossed for debutant Paul Burt to head wide when he had more time to pick his spot, but on 79 minutes he got his goal. Jamie Hurst came on for Tom Head, and after a neat bit of play around the box involving himself and Dan the ball fell for Paul to calmly fire into the goal.

The game was finally finished by Ryan on 85 minutes, who surely thought it would not be his day after earlier seeing an effort cleared off the line by a hand, which the referee obviously thought was the keepers, but a cross by Paul Burt gave Ryan a header which was placed neatly into the far corner with the keeper routed to the spot.

This was a great effort by the lads, after some early pressure and unforced errors they settled down and played the football that yet again showed why we are champions. We go into next weeks match at Market in great form.

Green: Matt Dorsett, Ryan Smith, Mark Wallis, Matt Collins, Tom Head, Dan Barham, Liam Holman, Liam Smith, Michael Hodges, Glenn Mackett, Steve Harris. Subs: Paul Burt, Jamie Hurst 

Ashford Dynamo 4 Bromley Green Reserves 2

Sunday 23 October 2011

Team: T Moon, J Douglas, R Hagger, M Dalby J Thomas, A Neil, T Poyner, P Barron, R Fitzgerald, A Webster, K Hawkins. Sub: K Lang
Sunday League Division One. Result: Lost 4-2
Goalscorers: A Webster 1, K Lang 1
MoM:   Aaron Neil

Bromley Green 3 Fleet Leisure 0

Saturday 15 October 2011

By Dave Smith

On a sunny day at Waterside we continued our superb start to the season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Gravesend based Fleet Leisure that’s 7 out of 7 and just 2 goals conceded. This win sees us go top of the County Premier League and confirms us as genuine title contenders. We are playing well and the squad has a real strength to it and I think if we can continue putting in the same levels of commitment and desire we will be there or very close to the title come the end of the season.

We started the game very well and in the 5th minute Dan Cornell hassled the Fleet defender and robbed him off the ball and slotted home to give us an early lead. We then right back lost Matt Hadlum to a poor challenge but this did not disrupt us as we doubled our in the 15th minute lead when Cornell and Steve Harris worked well as a striking pair with Harris firing the ball home. In truth after this we took our foot of the pedal a little and allowed Fleet to come into the game, they played some descent football but in truth never created anything of real danger. We virtually rapped the game up in the 40th minute when Rocky Hayles superb corner was met by Ryan Smith who powered his header home.

So half time was reached with us in full control with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

In truth the second half was a little disappointing as we had the game won. Fleet again tried hard but keeper Craig Smith was rarely tested as our defensive play as a unit was excellent. We created several chances to increase our lead but it was off no importance as the points were safe and the victory secured.

So again many plusses from the game and for me probably a few headaches with team selection to follow in the coming weeks. As I constantly repeat we have a large squad with every player capable of doing a good job for the team and as I always say you never win anything with just a team it is all about having a squad.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, P.Allan, T.Head, R.Smith, L.Hayles, D.Barham, G.Mackett, D.Cornell,  S.Harris. Subs: A.Purse (M.Hadlum), P.Burt (S.Harris), R.Norman (R.Smith). Matt Collins not used.

Mom: A.Purse who slotted in early for the injured Hadlum and gave a faultless display.

Staplehurst Reserves 1 Bromley Green Reserves 

Saturday 15 October 2011

By Andy Williams

A much improved league performance by the reserves on Saturday brought us our first win of the season. Reverting to a 3-5-2 formation, with Adam Mercer, Matt Gilbert and Michael Hodges at the back, skipper Lee Milton restored to the midfield, Ryan Fitzgerald returning from his first team outing and Ryan Strand partnering Kenny Hallett up front, we started solidly and Milton, Tom Poyner and Ewan Stanley gained early control of the midfield. Jason Thomas, continuing his good run of form, was prominent on the right and Strand and Hallett were looking a strong partnership. Any problems that Staplehurst caused were dealt with by the superb rearguard, marshalled by the outstanding Matt Gilbert. It was the centre back who gave us the lead early on, heading home Strand’s corner at the far post. When Milton’s clever through ball found Strand, the striker lifted the ball expertly over the onrushing keeper to double the lead. We held this till half time to go in 2-0 up.
We needed to be reminded that we relinquished a 2 goal lead in the recent cup tie, so concentration was vital at the start of the second half. When Kenny Hallett finished brilliantly from Craig Mannering’s long kick to make it 3, there was only going to be one winner and Hallett doubled his tally when Gilbert flicked on Thomas’s long throw and the leading scorer was on hand to finish. Strand scored his second with a cool first time effort from Thomas’s pass. Both strikers had good chances to claim hat tricks as the visitors piled on the pressure. A lapse in concentration caused us to concede a late goal but overall this was a comfortable confident win which is just what was needed to get our league campaign up and running and with some tough but winnable games coming up we can hopefully move up to the right end of the table.
Good performances from everyone today, but MoM will go to Matt Gilbert, solid in defence, great use of the ball, a goal and an assist. Another encouraging performance from young Ewan and Tom Poyner, for the first 75 minutes, continuing to settle well into the side. The partnership of Kenny and Ryan up front will, on this form, bring us plenty of goals.

Chilham Reserves 3 Bromley Green Thirds 2

Saturday 15 October 2011

By Dave Homewood

It would be wrong to suggest that we were particularly impressive in this Faversham Charity Cup tie. Indeed many of our problems were of our own making with too many balls lifted into the air, feeble tackling during an abysmal first half, and a propensity to play hospital passes. But, and it has to be said, we are out of this cup as a result of a diabolical refereeing decision with only a few minutes remaining. Referees do have a difficult job – but an innocuous foul outside the area does not in my book constitute a penalty. The sheepish way in which the referee pointed to the spot and his body language at the end said it all really … he knew he had ballsed-up! But that is no consolation to the boys who took a bollocking at half time [deservedly most of them agreed] and then gave everything to get themselves back into the game at 2-2 after trailing by two goals.

Superbly taken goals by Aaron Lorentson and Thomas Moon had the Canterbury Leaguers reeling and I honestly felt once we had levelled matters that there would only be one winner. Keeping two subs back in the hot conditions and anticipating extra time, our plans were shattered with Aaron Neil adjudged to have committed the offence that was to decide such an important cup match.

So, two weeks running where things have not gone our way and we must move on. We could make excuses that we had four defenders missing (Hurst, Wacek, Dryland, Gilham) but we have a talented squad and will have to learn to cope with such circumstances.

Positives to come out of this match include the boys’ response to being up against things, some have to grow up bloody quick and adapt to a mens environment, and the fact that we were able to look at some lads in unfamiliar positions. Aaron did well at the back and gets my man of the match vote, Jack showed he can do a job in defence, and I still believe Thomas and Aaron L will develop into a lethal partnership with little tweaks to their technique.

Squad: W Guest; D Illsley, M Dalby, A Neil, J Blowers, J West, E Awuni, T Perk, M Illsley, A Lorentson, T Moon. Sub: K Hawkins

Next week provides fresh challenges against in-form Riverside Inn at Sandyacres as we have Terry Perk and Wilson Guest unavailable. Those that can make training on Tuesday 8-9pm please do so.

Brewmaster 4 Bromley Green 5

Sunday 16 October 2011

By Richie Moore

Sunday saw the first team make the journey along the A28 to High Halden to face Brewmaster. There was a chill and mist in the air on waking up but this was soon to clear into a pleasant morning.

Yet again we travelled with a good squad, despite missing Rocky (who it seems won’t be available on Sundays in the future) and Mani who had family commitments.

The game started brightly for Green, with some good passing and movement and this was rewarded as early as the 7th minute, Paul Allan playing as right back got forward, cut in from the line and evaded a couple of challenges across the edge of the box before being brought down cynically. Matt Collins stepped up to take the free kick, just left of the ‘D’ and approx 23 yards out to loft the ball over the wall and into the top corner.  This seemed to kickstart Brewmaster into life and they started to look dangerous on the break, I think a few of the lads still had Katy Perry on their mind from last night to be honest (nothing to do with the beer).  On 19 minutes Ryan Smith made a needless challenge in the box which resulted in a converted penalty.

However, this then seemed to spur Green on again and after some neat play the ball was knocked back to Tom to whip a delightful cross in for Glenn to head home only 3 minutes later. Yet again we seemed to switch off a little, a kick free-kick was taken on our right and before we knew it, the ball was in the box for their headed equaliser on 28 minutes.  The rest of the half seemed to belong to Brewmaster, this was out of character for us as passes went astray and there seemed a little unrest between the players. We had one more chance of the half when Matt Collins burst down the left, cut in and laid the ball back for Dan Barham, only to see his shot go too high.

Half time 2-2

The second half became very controversial to say the least! On 49 minutes Brewmaster broke away through the middle from a misplaced pass, the ball was crossed from the right across goal at waist height, it seemed it would bypass everybody but somehow the ball ended up in the net, a clear handball which was later admitted but the referee gave the goal and it stood. The game them seemed to lack composure from either team, and became scrappy, but Brewmaster yet again took the initiative and after pressure in the midfield a weak back pass allowed the striker to round Matt Dorsett in goal and slot in for a 4-2 advantage on 62 minutes.

This kick-started Green back into action and after 69 minutes Ryan Smith headed in to atone for his earlier mistake. More controversy was to follow. On 78 minutes the Brewmaster ‘keeper was nowhere to be seen after coming to claim a cross but missed, Ryan could not believe his luck to have a free header 12 yards out in the middle of goal, he headed it goalbound only for it to be cleared off the line by yet another hand. The referee had no option but to send the defender off, but then after that he consulted his linesman who confirmed the ball had in fact already crossed the line. The player was re-instated to retake the field. Green had the impetus to move on and see out the match, Steve Harris put a header wide on 83 minutes but the pressure kept coming. On 87 minutes a ball was played in the box and Glenn managed to let the ball come across his body, get it under control, turn to have a one on one with keeper, he kept his composure and slotted the ball low into the corner of the net for the winner.

Today was a tough game, that at times we made it more difficult for ourselves, but Matt and I were delighted by the togetherness and effort that was shown to win the match in the end. We needed to win this game to keep pressure on Market at the top of the league and it was a good effort all round.

Matt Dorsett, Ryan Smith, Paul Allan, Matt Collins, Tom Head, Dan Barham, Liam Holman, Micky Doyle, Lee Milton, Glenn Mackett, Steve Harris. Subs: Robbie Greenfield (unused), Liam Smith (unused), Mark Wallis

Bromley Green Reserves 5 Appledore 0

Sunday 16 October 2011

By Ian Mace

Jon Douglas

Shaun and myself are very pleased with the way the Green Reserves side are playing so far this season with the attitude of all the players being spot on and showing great character. Young and older players are gelling really well and the football we are playing is nice to watch; but we must not take our foot off of the pedal. Already we have had 2 players go up to the 1st team (Mani and Liam) and we will keep getting players ready from our reserves to support the 1st team for whenever they need us. This shows the strength of our side so far this season and it should be the aim of all my players to try and achieve 1st team status. So well done lads let’s keep it going.

Team: T Moon, J Douglas, M Hodges, M Dalby, J Thomas, A Neil, T Poyner, R Hagger, R Fitzgerald, K Hallett, K Hawkins. Subs: A Webster, K Lang, W Guest (all subs played)

Jon Douglas, Hodgy and Dalby were magnificent at the back but my man of the match goes to Reece Hagger
Kent Junior Cup. Won: 5-0 [Goalscorers: K Hawkins 2, J Thomas 1, K Hallett 1, R Fitzgerald 1]

Bly Spartans 0 Kent County League Rep side 0

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Dave Smith reports from Rede Court Road

The Kent rep side played its first game off the season on Tuesday evening against table topping step 6 side Bly Spartans. The Kent side started the game with 3 players from our club: Craig Smith in goal, Ryan Smith at centre back and Rocky Hayles in midfield. During a tight first half which Kent just about edged Craig was very assured in goal, Ryan controlled the defence well and sprayed some good passes around and Rocky was very commanding in a diamond shaped midfield. Half time was reached with the scores level, during the break there were several changes to both sides that saw Ryan take over as captain of the Kent team for the second half.

Again the game was fairly even but just as Kent looked like getting the upper hand, a controversial refereeing decision where the home keeper was dismissed for deliberate handball outside his area stopped all this as the Bly manager was incensed and after berating the referee, the referee abandoned the game. In my opinion the referee was right in sending the player off, even though it was a friendly you still have to play by the rules, there was no need for the referee to be abused as he was and all it did was spoil a good run out for both sets of players.

The club can be proud of all 3 of its players as they all performed well and I would think they have all done enough to book a place for the next game in 2 weeks time.

Staplehurst 0 Bromley Green 2

Saturday 8 October 2011

By Dave Smith

On Saturday we continued our tremendous start to the league season with a hard fought 2-0 victory away to Staplehurst. Our hosts are bottom of the league but I feel they won’t be there for long as they made us work really hard for our victory and certainly did not play like a team at the bottom of the league.

The game started with the home side taking early control, their front 3 and midfield were all looking sharp and we had to concentrate fully to withstand the early pressure. But as the game moved on we gradually came into it more and Dan Cornell went close after being set up by Dan Barham. Next in the 25th minute we should have had a penalty when a home defender clearly handled in the box. Seconds later Steve Harris spun the last defender only to be blatantly pulled back again a strange call from the referee as no card or action taken. As the half came to a close we again went close from Cornell and Matt Collins but we reached half time level at 0-0.

It was stressed at half time the importance of keeping our shape as I was confident that we would create chances ourselves but we had to be aware of the home forwards who had all done well in the first half.

The second half saw us take more control as Staplehurst became more reliant on the long ball. But for all our control we were unable to get the breakthrough despite having several half chances.

But the breakthrough eventually came in the 80th minute when substitute Buster Beaney [left] picked up a loose ball and fired home from 30 yards leaving the keeper with no chance, a great goal and in my opinion no more than we deserved. This forced our hosts to gamble and push more men on this enabled us to play on the break and after squandering 2 chances to increase our lead, substitute Adam Purse on his first team debut played Dan Cornell through who squared for Steve Harris to fire home and wrap up the 3 points.

So a good solid all round performance especially defensively, our attitude and commitment was spot on and I was very pleased that we took the 3 points as I feel there will be many who come to Staplehurst and get nothing.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, P.Allan, R.Smith, T.Head, Matt Collins, G.Mackett, D.Barham, D.Cornell, S.Harris. Subs: B.Beaney (T.Head) A.Purse (Matt Collins) R.Fitzgerald (M.Hadlum)

Mom: Paul Allan, superb in the air and good on the ground, outstanding.

Bromley Green Reserves 5 Wittersham 0

Saturday 8 October 2011

By Trevor Strand

For the 3rd week running the reserves were in another cup competition, this time emerging as convincing winners against a young Wittersham team in the Weald of Kent Charity Cup Junior section. Changing to a 4-4-2 formation with Paul Barron playing as sweeper and Mike Hodges moving to left back we once again started very well passing the ball well with good movement. After 10 minutes Kenny Hallett got the faintest of touches to Paul Barron’s free kick to give us the lead soon followed by Rob Greenfield’s header from close in.

2 nil up after 25 minutes and looking good for our lead the back four of Adam Mercer , Liam Smith, Paul Barron and Mike Hodges rarely stretched and with Ewan Stanley and Tom Poyner contolling the midfield I expected us to go on and score more. Craig Mannering in goal had little to do but had to be alert when a couple of players got too casual and the young Wittersham striker went close on 2 occasions.

Rob Greenfield and Jason Thomas were getting a lot of the ball and both wingers were providing excellent service to the 2 strikers but again chances were not converted. Ashley Webster scored with a good finish just before half time to make it 3 nil. Half time instructions were a repeat of previous games simply to keep possession with accurate easy passes and more goals would come. The passing was good but the goals did not come with good chances being squandered. With 30 minutes to go all 3 substitutes were introduced with Lee Milton for Liam Smith, Kevin Quinn for Mike Hodges and Kevan Strand for Jason Thomas. Changing the shape to 3-5-2 gave us even more possession and more chances were created. Kevan Strand sent a shot just over the bar, Ashley Webster hit the bar with header and on another day Ash would have had 6. Kenny Hallett should have had couple more and the young Wittersham keeper made some very good saves. Ewan Stanley was moved to wide right and once again showed how he is progressing playing simple easy football with good movement creating space. We scored our 4th through a superb Tom Poyner long range effort and Lee Milton made it 5 near the end. All credit to Wittersham who never gave up and forced Craig Mannering to make a superb save near the end to keep our first clean sheet of the season. The game was well refereed by Darren Whipps

Summing up – a better performance than in previous weeks scoring 5 and could have been 10. Good games all round but MoM will go to Paul Barron who moving to sweeper played very well and has given me more options if we need to change the shape of the team. With more players now available selection will be difficult and some weeks players will not make the bench but that is the situation and a big squad will be needed to see us through the season.

Training at 8pm Tuesday the more players that train the better as we can work together as a squad that will only improve our gelling together as a team. The crossing drills done last week has certainly paid off with Rob Greenfield and Jason Thomas delivering quality crosses on Saturday – this only comes with practice.

TEAM – Craig Mannering , Mike Hodges , Adam Mercer  , Liam Smith, Paul Barron Jason Thomas, Tom Poyner  , Ewan Stanley, Ashley Webster , Rob Greenfield  , Kenny Hallett, – Subs – Lee Milton , Kevin Quinn , Kevan Strand – all used.

Bethersden 6 Bromley Green Thirds 1

Saturday 8 October 2011

By Dave Homewood

ABM sponsors of BGFC Thirds  Quite where this season is going, I confess to not knowing! One minute we are looking good and knocking the ball around well, then we cock-up and concede a goal. Then we miss chances and proceed to gift another goal … and so it goes on.

At half time, we were in trouble but a quick goal back could have altered the whole complexion of this League Cup tie. There was no moaning as everyone was doing their best and perhaps a little morsel of luck going forward and things would change. As it was, we were again patchy, with the ball coming back constantly and thereby putting the rearguard under immense pressure. Jack Blowers did get a consolation but we failed to force a close finish and the villagers took great delight in ending with six. We may be a third team, but everybody still loves beating any Green side … I take that as a compliment. But it still hurts.

For some reason, we seem unable to keep the ball in crucial areas at the moment and our body language generally is not sending the right message. I am not used to this with teams I manage and expect lads to go onto a pitch, leave all their personal frustrations behind them, and ‘believe’ that they are the best. Losing is never easy to swallow but it was how we lost this game that gives cause for concern.

No excuses then, we were well beaten; although it didn’t look as though it was going that way for the first quarter when exchanges were pretty even. I spoke to their manager before the game about how one week we are superb and the following we are shocking … and so it turned out. Our sequence of win/loss/win/loss against four of the top teams really speaks volumes.

This week we go to Chilham in the Faversham Charity Cup and normally I would be looking at the form book to seek some idea of what we are going to face. Not this time round as there is enough to ponder over in our own backyard! Get ourselves in the right frame of mind and we can compete with anybody. But there perhaps lies the key word ‘compete’. No individuals are going to be publicly criticised by me but we need to start showing conviction in our play … on Saturday a number were just going through the motions coupled with a clear lack of confidence. Emmanuel Awuni returns from suspension but Jamie Hurst is away on family business.

Changes will be made including Wilson Guest [left] going in goal and Thomas Moon pushed up front. This is not a slight on Thomas who has the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds but rather the Third team being utilised for its purpose; eg to experiment and offer youngsters a chance to make their mark. Wilson is highly rated at the club and maybe he can force himself into the reckoning perhaps a year earlier than expected. With Thomas, I am convinced that if he listens [this applies to almost all the lads by the way] he can develop into a forward able to hold the ball up and retain possession until support arrives as well as score goals. My job is to try as many options as possible in the interests of the players themselves and the club as a whole.

Apart from Mini who is working, Aaron L who realistically cannot be expected to travel down at that time of night, and Wacek who is still injured, it would be good to see everyone at training on Tuesday to start prompt at 8pm. Don’t leave it until Tuesday night before thinking about how you are going to get there! And don’t text me during Tuesday … you are not babies now and some of you need to start acting more maturely. Sort it out Monday [by the way, there will almost certainly be the chance of a lift from our ground if you speak to Matt or Ian as they have training earlier for the Under 10s]. I am not available for lifts to the 3G but will be able to take some of you back to the ground afterwards.

I intend to announce the squad for Saturday after training on Tuesday and will pin it on the board down the ground. It will be available on the website and facebook plus I will text those selected individually. We will be leaving Waterside at 1pm and the address is Branch Road, Chilham CT4 8DR.

Kennington 0 Bromley Green 6

Sunday 9 October 2011

By Richie Moore

Sunday saw the first game for new first team managers Matt Barham and Richie Moore.  Waking up to pouring rain was a slight relief after the last 2 weeks of hot weather, however secretly I was hoping it would pass before we arrived at Kennington, and so it did.

We travelled with a good squad, despite missing Rocky and Paul Allan from last week’s victory over Market, and there was also a late withdrawal from Matt Dorsett suffering the effects of flu. This allowed a call up for Tom Moon as goalkeeper.

Kennington lined up with a youthful team and were very lively in the opening exchanges, but as Green started to move the ball around and expose gaps their dominance started to tell. Glenn Mackett was started in the attacking midfield role which left Dan Barham and Liam Holman to work hard in breaking up play and distributing the ball to good effect.

Ryan Smith led the line well at the back, but also showed his goalscoring ability with a header from a free kick on 33 minutes, he then scored only 2 minutes later after an effective throw where Steve Harris (who had a great game) and Mani displayed good foot work in the box and set up Ryan. A couple of minutes later Steve was released down the right with a good through ball and after unleashing a shot with pace, it went just wide.  Not deterred by this, Steve scored his first of the day after 40 minutes, Mani (another player with a great game) threaded a lovely ball through the defence to leave Steve to shrug off the defender after a tug to be one on one with the keeper and he duly slotted home.

Half time 0-3

The players were instructed to not rest on their laurels at half time, keep playing football and enjoy it with some more goals as we were certainly the better team. 3 minutes into the 2nd half the influential Liam won (yet another) challenge in the middle and threaded a great through ball for Steve to score his second.  5 minutes later Mani saw a shot cleared off the line after some more nifty footwork. The game tempo then seemed to drop a little by Green which gave Kennington some hope of clawing something back, they had a couple of chances and be it for last ditch defending may have well got more shots on goal. Matt Hadlum did do terrific to clear one attack off the line after Tom Moon came out for a ball he didn’t win and as the attacker was about to celebrate a first goal for the home team Matt had a burst of paste and slid to clear off the line. During the 15 minutes of Kennington’s pressure, Tom Head was unlucky to see his calmly side footed shot bounce off the post and across the goal. Matt Collins also had a one on one after 68 minutes and I think by his own admission should have done a little better with the time he had created himself.

On 77 minutes, Steve completed his hat-trick, another one on one, this time set up by Mark Wallis who had been pushed into midfield after Liam Smith came on. Steve then completed his rout with his 4th goal on 83 minutes, after some good play down the right, Matt Collins found himself with the option to shot or slide the ball across the box past 1 defender to the unmarked Steve, he chose the later and Steve duly slotted home.

This was a well deserved victory with Matt and Richie delighted with how the players have reacted to the fresh ideas of one recognised (didn’t want to say old) and one new one. Next week will see a tough game away to Brewmaster, but with the players at our disposal we have a good chance of showing just why we are champions.

Tom Moon, Ryan Smith, Mark Wallis, Matt Hadlum, Tom Head, Dan Barham, Liam Holman, Emmanuel Awuni, Lee Milton, Glenn Mackett, Steve Harris. Subs: Robbie Greenfield, Liam Smith, Matt Collins

Bromley Green 7 Snodland 2

Saturday 1 October 2011

By Dave Smith

On a very warm afternoon at the Waterside ground we recorded a comfortable victory against Snodland that sees us move into second place in the league. After beating the same side last week it would have been easy for everyone not to apply themselves properly but this was not the case as we again played some good football and won the game convincingly.

Snodland as expected had several changes to last week’s side and started well and we were rocked in the 5th minute when there forward found space in the box and fired home. A wake up call for us all and one we certainly responded to. We levelled in the 10th minute when Buster Beaney’s free kick was headed back across goal by Matt Hadlum for Paul Burt to head home. We then took the lead in the 20th minute when Matt Collins shot hit the bar and Paul Allan followed up and again headed home.

Snodland were then reduced to 10 men when the midfielder needlessly when in over the top on Glenn Mackett and was given a straight red. We were now in complete control and in the 27th minute Rocky Hayles set up Steve Harris who’s shot was well saved by the keeper but again Paul Burt was there to find the net, 3 soon become 4 as Dan Barham linked with Matt Collins who set up Steve Harris and Steve finished well.

So we reached half time in full control with a comfortable lead and the added advantage of playing against 10 men. I stressed at half time the need to keep the ball as the heat was energy zapping and that we could cruise through as the game was as good as won.

The second half did start slowly but we still added our 5th goal in the 50th minute when Steve Harris set up substitute Dan Cornell who finished with ease. We then lost Dan Barham who again was excellent in the centre of the pitch to a bad cut above his eye. But this never really knocked us out of our stride as another substitute Ryan Norman was bought down in the box after a blistering 40 yard run and up stepped Buster Beaney to score from the spot.

We then added a 7th in the 80th minute when Matt Collins excellent cross field ball was controlled by Dan Cornell who again finished well. We did switch off in the 90th minute and allowed Snodland a soft second goal but it mattered not as the points had been secured a long time ago.

There were again plenty of good individual performances but again what impressed me most was the way all 14 players played there part and the whole team display was excellent.

A bonus and surprise was the award to myself of the September manager of the month award given to me before the game by league officials Cyril Windiate and Philip Smith, this is very much appreciated by myself but I thank first Tony Gawler for the major part he plays in our success and also all the players for all their hard work and superb commitment to what we are trying to achieve.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, P.Allan, B.Beaney, Matt Collins, R.Hayles, G.Mackett, D.Barham, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (P.Burt), R.Norman (G.Mackett), R.Smith (D.Barham), T.Head not used.

Mom: Matt Hadlum, another good attacking and defending display from full back.

Staplehurst & Monarchs Reserves 4 Bromley Green Reserves 4

KCL Reserves Division Cup

Green win 3-1 on penalties (aet)

By Trevor Strand

Before I start my report I would like to thank the players and officials of Staplehurst  and the referee Mr Brian Smith for honouring our request for a minutes silence in memory of  Reg Underdown.

Once again another cup game where we went from the sublime to the ridiculous and we created enough chances to win 3 games. On a very hot day on a rock hard pitch we started as usual very well passing the ball quickly with good movement and deservedly went in front with the goal of the game. Ryan Strand broke free down the left and his accurate cross was met by Kenny Hallett who scored with a superb trademark header. 10 minutes later we increased our lead again this time with Ryan Strand breaking free down the right he squared the ball across for Kenny to tap in from 4 yards. Simple football but effective.

The defence of Mike Hodges, Liam Smith and Matt Gilbert looked solid and Craig Mannering was rarely troubled. The midfield 3 of Ewan Stanley, Lee Milton and Adam Purse keeping possession and using the ball sensibly with Ryan Fitzgerald and Jason Thomas down the wings always a threat with their pace. We were well in control and should have added further goals but good chances went begging and the game should have been over. Just before half time we got a bit sloppy and conceded some silly free kicks which resulted in Staplehurst scoring when the ball should have been cleared. Half time message was keep possession which is very important on a hot day not to go chasing the ball. We again created some excellent chances with Ryan Strand, Adam Purse and Kenny all going close when really they should have all scored.

In the heat players began to tire and fresh minds and legs were needed and Ashley Webster and Paul Barron replaced Kenny Hallett who on another day would have had 5 and Ewan Stanley who I felt had done well but we needed a bit of experience at this time. Liam Smith on a yellow card was replaced with Tom Poyner who gave us more energy and good passing in the centre of midfield.

But once again we got punished for lack of concentration and Staplehurst scored with only their second real chance of the game to take it to extra time. In the 1st period we continued to push forward and went in front again through Ryan Fitzgerald who scored from close in. We should have had a penalty when Ryan Strand was brought down and from this point the referee Mr Smith seemed to totally lose the plot, yellow carding any player from both teams who tried to speak with him.

3-2 up and the 2nd period instructions were to concentrate and don’t do anything silly in our area. But as per usual in the 1st minute a mix-up between Craig Mannering and Matt Gilbert allowed the Staplehurst No7 to nip in and equalise. 5 minutes later Ashley Webster broke free and crossed for Ryan Strand to score from an acute angle.

With minutes to go Staplehurst got a free kick just inside our half and was launched to the far past where the big centre back scored with a header again unchallenged. So for the second week we went to penalties and again Craig Mannering was the hero of the day scoring our first penalty and saving 2 to see us through. Paul Barron scored our second and Ryan Strand our third.

MoM – Ryan Strand who was a constant threat with his pace and crosses. Mike Hodges was again solid and Jason Thomas is playing his best football since I’ve been at the club. Although we are struggling to kill games off we are creating chances, Andy and I believe we will turn it around and get some results.

The squad is strong and with everyone available selection will be difficult and some players will be disappointed when not selected but this is a squad which will be needed to get us through this long season. Training at 3G on Tuesday 8–9pm.

Squad: Craig Mannering, Mike Hodges, Matt Gilbert, Liam Smith, Jason Thomas, Lee Milton, Ewan Stanley, Adam Purse, Ryan Fitzgerald, Kenny Hallett, Ryan Strand. Subs: Paul Barron, Ashley Webster, Tom Poyner.

Ashford ISC 1 Bromley Green Thirds 2

Saturday 1 October 2011

By Dave Homewood

In trying to be objective about our start to the season in the small but competitive Premier Division, I feel it is fair to state that we have played three matches which could quite easily have ended in three wins, three defeats or three draws. As it is, we have beaten two of the more fancied sides in champions Rolvenden and now AISC yet lost at home to Smarden; arguably, this represents a reasonable return for our endeavours.

Saturday’s game at Pitchside was extremely close and in the final quarter the result hung in the balance as the home team hit a post while we had a penalty saved. As it was, two first half goals by Terry Perk proved just enough to gain us the maximum points but I have to admit to being relieved at hearing the final whistle.

There is still much to work on with some players clearly out of touch and needing that bit of luck to get them going again whilst there is naturally disappointment from those that are spending a great deal of time on the bench.

The step up from boys football is not easy for most lads and we will remain patient as a number find their feet and adapt to the physical side. It is a steep learning curve as they have to accept the need to move the ball quickly and hold things up with more conviction. Often the ball is ‘coming straight back’ with possession ceded too easily. But I believe in the long run playing in an ultra-competitive adult league will bring players through quicker and prepare them ‘streetwise’ for progression into our County League and Sunday senior sides.

There were a number of contenders for man of the match, including two-goal Terry and Lee Gilham, but on this occasion the accolade goes to Aaron Neil for his non-stop running. Once he learns that it is not an option to argue with managers mid-match and dispels his ‘cob-on’ moments, he will have even more influence on the outcome of closely-fought matches such as this.

Considering the sweltering heat and the acknowledged lack of form of some of our boys, we can be happy with the win and now face another stern test at in-form Bethersden in the League Cup. For those that live locally and are not working, please attend training on Tuesday at the 3G (8-9pm).

Green: T Moon; D Illsley, M Dalby, L Gilham, J Hurst, M Illsley, A Neil, E Awuni, T Perk, A Lorentson, J West. Subs: J Blowers, M Dryland. Subs not used: F Murrell, W Bowczowski, W Guest

Saturday 24 September 2011

Snodland 1 Bromley Green 4

By Dave Smith

A comprehensive victory achieved with the team getting back to doing the basics well and in truth totally controlling the game. This was a good response from everyone after last weeks disappointing defeat to Swale.

On a very big pitch with a good surface we started really well, we got control of the ball and passed it around well. This soon led to chances being created, first Paul Burt fired wide after a good pass from Dan Barham, and next Steve Harris saw his drive well saved by the home keeper. But we were not to be denied for long as Steve Harris burst through in the 15th minute to see his first effort saved by the keeper again but he picked up the loose ball and smashed it home. This was no more than we deserved and it was no surprise when Dan Barham in the 25th minute saw his fierce shot from 20 yards cannon of the bar and over the line, the ref looked doubtful so Dan followed in and headed home the loose ball for remarkably Dan’s first goal since his return to the club last season.

Further chances came and went but we reached half time with a comfortable deserved lead.

The second half as expected saw Snodland come out with more determination but after we weathered a bit of early pressure .Paul Burt was denied twice in  2 minutes before  we eventually scored our third goal in the 55th minute when Marc Collins superb corner was met by Paul Allan whose bullet header gave us a comfortable 3-0 cushion.

Next substitute Dan Cornell finished well in the 65th minute from an excellent pass from Buster Beaney to put us in full control. In truth we became a bit wasteful and took our foot of the pedal that saw our hosts score a late consolation goal.

If I was to be picky we could and probably should have won this game by more goals but I was very pleased with all 14 players as they all contributed and again showed the right levels of commitment and attitude. It is easy to say Snodland were not that good but I feel the way we played and controlled the game made the home side look ordinary.

I said before the game that we needed to do well in this cup and this is a good start on our pursuit on a trophy this club has never won.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, P.Allan, T.Head, Marc Collins, Matt Collins, R.Hayles, D.Barham, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (P.Burt ) G.Mackett (D.Barham) B.Beaney (Marc Collins)

Mom : R.Hayles, got better as the game went on and dominated the home side.

Saturday 24 September 2011

Bromley Green Reserves 2 New Romney Reserves 2                                 (aet: Bromley Green won 5-4 on pens)

(Ashford Charity Trophy)

By Trevor Strand

This was the perfect example of how to make hard work of a game of football. After last weeks poor performance at Kennington we started brightly passing the ball well and creating some good chances with Liam Smith, Matt Gilbert and Ryan Fitzgerald going close. We continued to dominate possession with Craig Mannering in goal having little to do and well protected by the back 3 of Matt Gilbert, Mike Hodges and Liam Smith. Skipper Lee Milton, Paul Barron and youngster Ewan Stanley were in control of the midfield and Jason Thomas and Rob Greenfield were causing problems out wide.

We deservedly took the lead through Matt Gilbert and went 2 up before half time after Jason Thomas delivered a superb cross that was headed home by Ryan Fitzgerald for his 5th goal of the season – only 3 behind his total for last season.

Half time instructions were simple – keep possession and don’t get sloppy the first 10 minutes are vital, if Romney score its game on if we score its game over.

Sure enough it’s happened again with a lack of concentration after 30 seconds we were kicking off again with Romney now back in it at 2-1.

This changed the game with Romney now believing they can win it and we got panicky and the good passing game went away with experienced players giving the ball away cheaply. Ewan Stanley was consistent in his passing showing good vision and movement all game along with Adam Purse holding the ball up well. We could have increased our lead but for a goal line clearance from Matt Gilbert’s header and the keeper making some good saves. Injuries to Paul Barron and Rob Greenfield who were replaced with Ken Hallett and Adam Mercer.

Craig Mannering made a good save low down to keep it at 2-1 but with 3 minutes to go we had a corner that we tried to keep in the corner but somehow Romney won the ball and broke quickly and a good finish that gave Craig Mannering no chance took it to extra time.

Romney hit the post early and had a few half chances and we also went close with Adam Mercer’s free kick well saved. With 3 minutes to go Ryan Fitzgerald went on one of his runs and his cross from a very acute angle somehow looped over the keeper and dropped in. Then the linesman’s flag was raised and the goal ruled out – I won’t make further comment but all I can say is the Romney players said it was a goal.

So to penalties and hero of the day was Craig Mannering who scored our first and saved one to send us through. Other scorers were Mike Hodges, Matt Gilbert, Ryan Fitzgerald and Jason Thomas.

MoM – Ewan Stanley who played with maturity keeping possession and looking to play the easy ball and for 2 hours did not stop running for his team.

Green: Craig Mannering, Mike Hodges, Matt Gilbert, Liam Smith, Ewan Stanley, Paul Barron, Rob Greenfield, Ryan Fitzgerald, Lee Milton, Jason Thoma, Adam Purse. Subs: Ken Hallett, Adam Mercer

Saturday 24 September 2011

Bromley Green Thirds 0 Smarden 2
By Dave Homewood
We really should have sewn this game up in the first half when a host of opportunities were missed. Despite the result, some of our football was pleasing on the eye – but our finishing was not!
At half time, we still felt that ‘it would come’ if we continued to play our passing game and showed patience. But it didn’t, and the inevitable happened late in the second half when the visitors took the lead in almost surreal circumstances. The ball appeared to cross the by-line before being pulled back into play, we dithered, and Andy Underdown couldn’t believe his luck as he stuck the ball over the goal line. Stunned, and paying the ultimate price for our earlier misses, Smarden duly finished us off through Josh Newman and will now need some catching as they top the table having played three and won three.
Thanks go to all those who supported the lads and hopefully next time round, with a little more luck and confidence in the final quarter, we can get amongst the goals again.
In a game well officiated by Gary Bourne, our man of the match was Terry Perk but it is hard to fault anybody for their effort; it was just one of those days!
Green: T Moon; D Illsley, M Dalby, L Gilham, J Hurst, T Perk, A Neil, E Awuni, J Martin, M Illsley, A Lorentson. Subs: J West, W Buczkowski, J Blowers. Not used: F Murrell, W Guest

Sunday 18 September 2011

Bromley Green 5 Bethersden 1
By Steve Mailey
Our gradual improvement following a poor start continued on Sunday as we faced Bethersden in a league clash. With a late withdrawal and a late arrival the shape was altered from the original plan. We spoke at the start accepting that Bethersden pose a genuine threat and a positive approach from the start would be needed.

Rocky: man of the match

The lads responded well to the challenge before them and produced, in my opinion, our best display for a while in the opening 45 minutes. Our movement, communication and pace were very good at times and the Dens had trouble getting near us. We looked solid and strong in all areas and dominated from early on. The impressive display was rewarded with strikes by Steve Harris (2) who met fine deliveries following good work from Marc Collins, his brother Matt and link up from midfield. Mark Wallis made it 3 as he drove home from inside the area and the half time lead became 4-0 when Rocky Hayles refused to give up and slotted home.

At the break I asked, as I did last week, to focus on our efforts to get back when things broke down. As with last week, we didn’t, and Bethersden scored to reduce the deficit. Once we had seen off our dodgy 10 minute spell and the game restarted following a series of stop start moments we found our momentum again. The substitutes were used sensibly and, although we never reached the same quality seen in the first half, we certainly maintained control throughout.

Steve Harris completed his hat trick to leave a final score of 5-1.

Displays today were a definite improvement and the lads deserve credit for their attitude today, especially in the opening half when the damage was done. Man of the match will go to Rocky Hayles, yet fine displays included skipper Mackett, Lee Milton and both the Collins boys. My thanks to Poss man for his help today.

T Moon / M Wallis / T Head / P Allan (M Hadlum) / Marc Collins / Matt Collins / G Mackett / D Barham (E Awuni) / L Milton (L Smith) / S Harris / L Hayles

Saturday 17 September 2011

Bromley Green 0 Swale United 1

By Dave Smith

A very disappointing result and performance on Saturday saw us go out of the Weald of Kent Charity cup. Swale to there credit were a reasonable side who defended well and took there chance when it came along. To many players were not up for it today and the performance we produced was simply not good enough. I have much to think about regarding the team and certain attitudes, I can accept defeat when we are beaten by the better side, but this was not the case in this game as we beat ourselves with a total lack of commitment to the game.

We did start the game quite well and Paul Burt went close in the 5th minute, things were looking ok as we pressed our visitors back. In the 10th minute we should have had a penalty when Paul Burt was clearly fouled in the area but the referee was the only person at the ground who thought different. The game then became very bitty with numerous fouls regularly disrupting the flow of the game. Half time was reached with a goaless score line. I stressed that I felt we were only playing in second gear and that we needed to up our whole game.

The second half was very similar to the first with again many free kicks disrupting the game. In truth we never created a clear cut chance although we were dominating the game. But the danger of the sucker punch was there and it happened in the 75th minute when we totally switched off from a corner and conceded a soft goal.

We now through all we had at Swale but there packed defence held firm and in fact our best chance fell to keeper Craig Smith who came up for a last minute corner and headed wide, this just about summed our day up and we ended the game loosing 1-0.

So a set back for us especially after our great start to our league campaign but this now has to be forgotten quickly. We all know we did not apply ourselves properly and we let ourselves down. The bonus we can take from this is that we learn from it and make sure we do not let ourselves down again.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, P.Allan, T.Head, R.Norman, Marc Collins, R.Hayles, D.Barham, P.Burt, D.Cornell. Subs ; Matt Collins ( R.Norman ) S.Harris ( M.Hadlum ) L.Smith not used.

Mom: Micky Doyle, there was not many good performances but Mick was one who can say he gave his all.

Next week we are away to Snodland in the Inter regional challenge cup, a much stiffer test and one we must all be ready for.

Saturday 17 September 2011

Kennington Reserves 3 Bromley Green Reserves 1
By Andy Williams
I deliberately begin this report by naming the line up for this crucial local derby;
Howard; Quinn, Gilbert, Hodges; Thomas, Milton, Barron, Mercer, Greenfield; Purse, Hallett.
That, in my opinion, is as good a reserve side on paper as any club could hope to have which makes our performance today impossible to fathom. Today we were well beaten by a hungrier, fitter side who clearly wanted this win so much more than we did.
We were not helped by the late arrival of a player who would have started, forcing me to make three positional changes to my preferred starting line up. Having said that we still had enough quality to put in a better performance than this.
We started reasonably well but even with a strong wind behind us we struggled to cope with the pace and movement of the Kennington front two of Rice and McCloud. When in possession our passing was below par and the ball was given away far too cheaply. Playing the formation we do this completely nullifies our attacking options, causing the wide players to play like full backs. However we took a fortuitous lead when Paul Barron’s speculative long range effort slipped through the keeper’s hands. On the few occasions we got our game together, Jason Thomas and Robbie Greenfield delivered quality balls into the box and a great ball from the former saw Adam Purse arriving at the far post to force a great point blank save from McCloud in the Kennington goal. However James Howard was by far the busier keeper and pulled of a string of superb saves to give us a half time lead.
The second half against an increasingly strong wind was always going to prove difficult but we didnt help ourselves by continuing to surrender possession. Indeed twice in the first couple of minutes James kept us in the game after sloppy passing put us in trouble. It was no surprise that Kennington equalised when due to a lack of communication, a needless corner was conceded from which McCloud scored. Ten minutes later Steve Rice, who had been reasonably well marshalled by Hodges, spun away from his marker and gave Howard no chance. After this set back,the introduction of Fitz and Ryan Strand initiated our best spell of the game. Mercer did well on the right and his cross was well met by Fitz but again the keeper saved brilliantly. Then Strand played a great ball across the six yard box which just evaded the onrushing Purse. While pushing we were susceptible to the quick break one of which was played to perfection by Kennington to make it 3. A great ball from Barron freed sub Ewan Stanley but his shot was easily saved. Fitz missed a reasonable opportunity but, truth be told, it was still Howard who was the hardest worked of the keepers and prevented an even more embarrassing scoreline.
I just hope that this performance is hurting the players as much as it is me. We surely realise that we are much better than this but until we approach games with a greater appetite and a realisation of the need to work hard for results then we are going to struggle. Oh, and greater fitness is a must.

Saturday 17 September 2011

Rolvenden 2 Bromley Green Thirds 3

By Dave Homewood

During the season, not many sides will win at Gatefield, the home of the champions; but in a see-saw affair we just about deserved to take the maximum three points. Rolvenden are renowned for not allowing opponents time on the ball and sure enough after about twenty minutes we were caught in possession upfield which led to us conceding the first goal.

Top class work by returning centre back Lee Gilham, who can hopefully put his injury nightmare behind him now, and some great stops by Thomas Moon proved crucial as we suddenly came alive and played some flowing football that was a joy to watch. Matt Illsley, gaining in confidence all the time, drove home an equaliser and within minutes midfielder Terry Perk had crashed home his 100th senior goal for the club. All goals are good goals, but it was a fitting strike to reach the landmark. It could have been more with Danny Illsley and Emmanuel Awuni causing all sorts of trouble out wide but half time arrived with us happy with both the level of performance and the scoreline of 2-1.

A beautifully executed free kick by Aaron Neil increased the advantage before the home team rallied and with ten minutes to go reduced the arrears with a penalty. With a player sent off, and the impressive Martyn Dalby limping off, we were hanging on at the end although promising breaks by Aaron Lorentson and new signing Joe Martin, who replaced Jack Blowers to offer fresh legs, could have produced a positive outcome.

Jamie Hurst kept his cool under pressure as the inevitable late barrage of attacks were faced while Perk slotted in seamlessly at the back as we reorganised and Freddie Murrell as always showed what a versatile player he is.

On reflection, our preparation as a squad was far from ideal with no less than four pulling out of our intended group. However, it is all about making it happen on the day and we certainly did that. As for man of the match, Rolvenden selected Aaron Neil who was always involved in the action and had the pace to trouble them. For me, it could have been any one of the lads. Thanks to Andrew for running the line and happy 16th birthday to Wilson Guest.

A great start then but one swallow does not make a summer and Smarden will provide another real test next Saturday when they come to Waterside for a 2.45pm kick off.

Green: T Moon; D Illsley, M Dalby, L Gilham, J Hurst; J Blowers, T Perk, A Neil, E Awuni; M Illsley, A Lorentson. Subs: F Murrell, J Martin

Stats from Sunday’s game with Shadoxhurst supplied by Ian Mace
Team: T,Moon, J,Douglas, M,Hodges, J,Thomas, T,Poyner, L,Holman, A,Neil, P,Baron, A,Webster, R,Fitzgerald.
Subs: K,Hawkins (played) T,Perk (played) R,Milton (did not play)Result:Won 3-2MoM: Ashley WebsterGoalscorers: A,Webster 2, T,Perk 1

Sunday 11 September 2011

Highfield Utd 1 Bromley Green 3

By Steve Mailey

Following on from our disappointing start last week, I urged the lads to be patient against our hosts today, a side known for digging in and not giving up. As the game panned out, patience was exactly the order of the day. Much of the game was played in the Highfield half and we simply needed to deal with it.

To be fair, I feel we played some neat football in a first half that was largely about keeping our concentration levels and movement off the ball. From back to front we moved the ball around well and gave the hosts plenty to think about. That said, we were a little wasteful in the final third of the pitch and some of our decision making was poor. A string of set pieces presented us with several opportunities as Highfield’s marking was a bit suspect. Eventually we took advantage as Paul Allan powered home unchallenged to give us the lead. Without looking particularly impressive we were in control. Yet, as is often the case in football, possession counted for little as we found ourselves level when a mix up in defence saw Hadlum knee the ball beyond our keeper. Rather than panic we got on with it. Another set piece was met with poor marking again as Hadlum reversed his error to head home impressively to give us the lead at the interval. During the break I asked the lads to add pace to our play and try to get the ball on the floor as much as possible, feeling this would be too much for Highfield to handle. We also agreed that we needed to avoid getting caught forward in numbers as the hosts were happy to send men forward.

The second half, I felt, was a little disappointing. We maintained a good level of control of the game, yet we continued to make poor choices at times and were making life hard for ourselves. One or two seemed to drift in and out of the game which I feel raises a question about either fitness or appetite, or maybe both. There were a couple of times when we were almost punished with a lack of numbers, the very thing we spoke about!

Matt Collins came off the bench in the closing stages and secured the points for sure, lashing home inside the area. It gets us underway in a campaign that promises to be tight. It wasn’t pretty but it was a vast improvement on last week. A steady improvement will be needed from many as we face some awkward challenges in the coming weeks, starting with Bethersden next week.

Today saw some fine work from our back line of Hadlum, Allan, Wallis and later Head. Our midfield was strong and dominant but became a bit laboured as the game went on. Likewise, our forwards worked hard but were guilty at times of making poor decisions. On the plus side I felt the spirit within the squad was good today. Man of the match will go to Paul Allan (Macca in full agreement, I’m sure!), closely followed by Mark Wallis. Thanks to Poss man yet again.

Squad: M Dorsett / M Hadlum / M Wallis / P Allan / G Mackett / D Barham / R Greenfield (Head) / Marc Collins / S Harris / E Awuni / L Milton (Collins). Not Used: L Smith

Saturday 10 September 2011

Charlton Athletic Community 0 Bromley Green 2

By Dave Smith

Another superb all round team performance on Saturday saw us continue our 100% start to the season with a hard fought 2-0 victory away to Charlton. This was the best we have played this season as Charlton possessed lots of pace and quality but all the players deserve tremendous credit, as we played to our formation and certainly came away deserved winners. We played some great football and displayed a real determination to maintain our fantastic start to the season. This now stretches our unbeaten league record to 29 games and we have not conceded a goal in our last 7 games. A record to be proud off and one we will take tremendous pride in maintaining.

We started the game well on a really difficult and in truth a disappointing pitch a simple cut of the grass would have improved things but we were soon into our rhythm and in the 5th minute Paul Burt fired over from 7 yards after a good cross from Ryan Norman. This did spur our hosts into action and from a free kick in the 10th minute Charlton struck a post with keeper Craig Smith beaten, 3 minutes later the other post was struck as we rode our luck against a very mobile forward line. Now its was our time to hit back as Dan Barham played Paul Burt through but his shot was well saved. We were finding space on both wings and in the last minute of the half we were awarded a harsh penalty when Ryan Norman was bundled over in the box, Paul Burt stepped up and fired into the lead with great confidence.

So a half time lead and our main discussion at the break was the need to keep a solid shape and not to over commit as we knew we would create chances. There pace had caused us problems so the need to be solid was vital.

This was followed to a tee as we looked composed and organised and played some good football. We were rewarded in the 60th minute when Rocky Hayles free kick was meet by Matt Hadlum at the far post to put us 2-0 up. We then sat back as we knew we had the game in the bag, Charlton pushed hard but in truth never created a really good chance. Substitute Dan Cornell was unlucky not to add a third when his goal bound shot struck a defender for the last real action of the game.

A very good win with the defensive side of our game being the main reason for the win, but this is not just about the defenders in the side it is about the whole team as a good defensive display starts from the forwards working hard and closing down.

Many good individual performances but again the whole squad showed the level of commitment it takes to do well in this league and this is very pleasing to me as the manager.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Doyle, P.Allan, Marc Collins, D.Barham, G.Mackett, R.Norman, R.Hayles, P.Burt, S.Harris. Subs: D.Cornell (P.Burt) B.Beaney (D.Barham) L.Avis (R.Norman)

Mom: Dan Barham pushed hard by Glenn Mackett but again bossed the game with tough tackling and superb passing.

A special thanks to our mini bus driver Alec from Road Rats and our own Executive committee who have  agreed a deal that will see us use the mini bus for all our away games, this is much appreciated by all the players and management.

Next week we are at home to Swale United in the Weald of Kent Charity Cup.

Sunday 4 September 2011

Appledore 1 Bromley Green Reserves 2

By Ian Mace

Our first league game of the season away to Appledore was always going to be a tough start and so it proved to be with the Green starting off very slowly for the first 20 minutes with Appledore keeping us on the back foot and testing our stand-in goalkeeper Martyn Dalby [left], who I have to say stood up to the test very well pulling off some good early saves.

Then after that 20 minutes the Green settled down and started putting some short passes together from defence to midfield and to attack causing Appledore problems. Our first goal came from Ryan Fitzgerald who picked up the ball on the left hand side in their half, dribbled around defenders and struck the ball from outside the area into the bottom left hand corner of Appledore’s goal giving their keeper no chance giving us a 1-0 lead at half time. The message at the break was to start the second half as we finished the first, by carrying on playing short range passing and that they would come at us so nothing silly keep focused first 10 mins.

Paul Barron: headed the Green winner

We was right they came at us again putting pressure on our back 3 and managed to get back into it with a shot that hit the bar  and  rebounded back to their forward who chested in our goal to make it 1-1. With Appledore’s tails up we started to panic a bit and started rushing and making mistakes and Appledore put us under a lot of pressure for which our back 3 of Reece Hagger, Jon Douglas and veteran Terry Perk stood strong. The Green came back into the game starting to counter attack but the final ball did not punish Appledore. With 10 mins to go we got a corner taken by Liam Holman great cross to back door where Paul Barron rose like a salmon to put us 2-1 up. All credit to Appledore as they came at us again but couldn’t get past our back 3. Very pleased with the start we have made pick of my players are Martyn Dalby who done an excellent job as stand-in goalkeeper, Aaron Neil who kept giving them problems with his short passing and support, Liam Holman who keeps going and going again with his short passing and support. My man of the match is Terry Perk the old veteran still has a lot to offer, thanks to Adam Mercer for coming in at such short notice. Generally very pleased with our start to the season but let’s not take anything for granted, keep working hard for each other and remember it’s a squad game. Let’s see you all at training Tuesday and don’t forget annual subs need to be in as soon as possible.
Team: M,Dalby, R,Hagger, J,Douglas, T,Perk, T,Poyner, A,Neil, L,Holman, P,Barron, A,Mercer, A,Webster,R,Fitzgerald (captain). Subs: K,Hawkins (played) J,Hurst (played) R,Milton (did not play)
Score: 2-1 win
Goalscorers: R,Fitzgerald,P,Barron
MoM: T,Perk

Saturday 3 September 2011

Bromley Green Res 4 Canterbury City Res 4

By Trevor Strand

Stand-in keeper Lockett

This Saturday we opened our league campaign with a tough home game against Canterbury City who we narrowly pipped for the title last season. Our squad has changed dramatically from the title winners of last season with James Howard, Tom Welham, James Cross, Terry Perk, Kevan Strand and Robbie Clark all moving on to pastures new or retiring. Not helping our cause we were missing skipper Lee Milton, Adam Purse, Jason Thomas and Matt Coglan with holiday, work and other commitments and Craig Mannering through injury with Tommy Lockett stepping in on Friday night to help us out in goal.

Liam Smith and Paul Barron keep their eye on the ball

We started very well keeping good possession for the first 25 minutes and deservedly went ahead through Ryan Fitzgerald. All City could offer was a long diagonal ball to their quick strikers but the defence of  skipper Mike Hodges, new signing Matt Gilbert and Liam Smith looked solid and did not panic and all 3 used the ball well. When called upon Tommy in goal held the ball the ball well and his kicking was 1st class. We increased our lead again through Ryan Fitzgerald and he could have had a 3rd after great work he missed an easier chance than the goals. Two nil up and looking comfortable we switched off and allowed the City full back a free header to score just before half time. Half time messages were simply to keep possession as we had been doing as the heat will take effect and we need to keep the ball not go chasing it.

Ewan Stanley has made the step up from the Thirds

Three minutes into the second half a superb cross from Rob Greenfield was met with a superb header from Ashley Webster and 10 minutes later Ryan Fitzgerald got his hat trick with again a great finish from Gilly’s through ball. 4 -1 up in total control with Adam Mercer, Paul Barron and Shqipron Ahmetaj controlling the centre of the park and Ewan Stanley having an excellent game down the right keeping possession well and showing a maturity to his game and Rob Greenfield having a good game down the left hit the post with a good shot we looked well worth the lead. City then started to get more of the ball as we tired and as a manager sometimes your decisions go for you or against you. I decided to go to a 4-5-1 with Kevin Quinn slotting in at right back in place of Ash to take some pressure off the defence. Major mistake on my part as City scored after some sloppy defending. I was then fishing the match ball out of the river and with Andy running the line there was no management in the dug out to offer instructions and I was told again poor defending gifted city a 3rd.  Ken Hallett and Reece Hagger came on for Adam Mercer and Shqipron Ahmetaj who were out on their feet. With 5 minutes to go city equalised and we were hanging on for the point. The game was excellently refereed by Mr Keith Stone.

So summing up disappointing to not get 3 points when in control but on Friday night with key players missing and no recognised keeper I would have taken a point. Fitness levels must come into question for some as in the last 20 minutes we looked very tired and concentration goes when you tire and you get punished. For those that don’t train on Tuesdays you put some work in yourselves during the week and 5 aside in my book does not count.

Zak welcomes fifties Green stars Jack Stafford and Reg Underdown who came to support the Reserves against City

Plus points was Ryan Fitzgerald who was a delight to watch today. Ash’s goal was a great piece of football and Matt Gilbert looked quality alongside Mike Hodges and Liam Smith. Youngsters Ewan Stanley and Shqipron Ahmetaj had good games and the quality of passing throughout the team was very good.

TEAM – Tom Lockett, Mike Hodges, Matt Gilbert , Liam Smith, Ewan Stanley, Paul Barron , Adam Mercer , Shqipron Ahmetaj , Rob Greenfield , Ash Webster, Ryan Fitzgerald – Subs Kevin Quinn , Ken Hallett, Reece Hagger,all used – Thomas Moon

Sunday 4 September 2011

Bromley Green 2 Hamstreet 3

By Steve Mailey

For those who read match previews, you will have noticed that I questioned the appetite of some going in to the season opener in the defence of our title. I felt that the general approach during the summer and the friendly games has been below par, some appearing to simply dismiss the importance of what we are trying to do. I also reminded those unaware that a slip last year against Hamstreet left us playing catch up.

Ideally, it would have been the perfect time for many of the lads to throw those concerns back at me by putting in a fine display full of passion and belief, the very qualities that bought such rewards last term. But no, instead we have over half the squad turning up in no state to play football, not at any level. To assume we are good enough in any condition is an insult to our opponents, to your club and to those who do actually care. Above all, it is arrogant.

As for the game, well our wonderful preparation resulted in a poor start. Talk prior to kick off about communication in defence was ignored as we defended poorly to go one down after just 5 minutes. We managed to level things up just a few minutes later when Marc Collins dispatched another set piece beyond the keeper. Rather than coping with the strength of the visitors, our all round body language was simply not right as too many were struggling. We fell behind again following a generous penalty decision and were showing few signs of getting to grips with the game. The narrow deficit at the break could easily have been far greater had Matt Dorsett not pulled off a string of fine saves and blocks during the opening half of his competitive debut, ironically against his former club.

The interval discussions were predictable if not productive. A minor change was made as young Mani was introduced to midfield. The game continued without us ever really looking a threat. We fell further behind with 30 mins remaining, a fine set and shot leaving Dorsett no chance, yet how Hamstreet were able to advance so far so easily pretty much summed us up today.

We closed the gap again following another penalty decision, this time in our favour, although equally generous, as Marc Collins calmly notched his second of the day. Efforts came and went to grab a point yet our growing frustration got the better of us more often than not as passes became rushed and decision making became poor. In my opinion, the final score of 2-3 suggests we were closer to our visitors than we actually were. Man of the match will go to Dorsett – kept us in with a shout!

As starts go, this was awful. Many will offer reasons and excuses, some of which will be more amusing than others, yet in terms of attitude and approach, it simply stank. My thanks to those who gave it their best shot today and to Poss man again for his help.

M Dorsett / M Hodges / T Head / L Smith / P Allan / G Mackett (Awuni) / D Barham / R Greenfield (Hadlum) / Matt Collins / Marc Collins / S Harris

Saturday 3 September 2011

Eltham Palace 0 Bromley Green 2

By Dave Smith

Our first away game of the season saw us produce a quality all round team performance to come away with all 3 points and continue our 100% start to the season. Eltham were a descent side and gave us our hardest game of the season so far and I feel they are a team to be watched.

We decided to start the game with a more defensive line up and this enabled us to settle in to the game and work out the strength and weaknesses of our opponents. After the opening exchanges we found that our movement and passing game was allowing us to gradually take control and in the 25th minute this led to Steve Harris having his low drive well saved by the home keeper and then in the 30th minute  Marc Collins hit the post from a free kick. Our drive to take the lead nearly saw us caught out when Eltham broke away and but keeper Craig Smith saved. We gained the breakthrough in the last minute of the first half when Dan Barham who has an excellent game in the centre of midfield found Steve Harris in the box who turned his defender and fired home, a real boost as we reached the break.

It was stressed at half time importance of being patient and not over committing ourselves, the weather was very hot and we knew it was important to try to save as much energy as possible.

We started the second half really well with Ryan Norman and Steve Harris going close to getting our second. We then lost Buster Beaney through injury who had given another solid performance, but as I always say having a large talented squad helps you win games and this was again proved when his replacement Matt Hadlum headed home Marc Collins pin point corner in the 60th minute to give us the comfort of a 2 goal lead.

Eltham for the last part of the game did push us back as we tired from the heat, but we had got the goals and in truth our hosts never really created a clear cut chance and we probably should have made more of a number of counter attacks that saw us be a bit wasteful in front of goal.

Overall this was a good performance with everyone playing there part, Craig Smith was again assured in goal, the 5 defenders, Micky Doyle, Tom Head, Paul Allan, Buster Beaney and Matt Hadlum all worked well as a unit and gave us a solid platform to build from. The midfield of Dan Barham, Glen Mackett, Rocky Hayles and Marc Collins battled hard and won the midfield area and created plenty for our forwards, where Steve Harris, Ryan Norman and Matt Collins all worked with plenty of energy and all were a constant threat to The Eltham Palce defenders. So all in all a good day and I thank all the lads for the attitude and commitment that has seen us start the season so well.

Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, M.Doyle, P.Allan, T.Head, Marc Collins, D.Barham, G.Mackett, R.Hayles, R.Norman, S.Harris. Subs : M.Hadlum ( B.Beaney ) Matt Collins ( Marc Collins ) P.Burt not used.

Mom : D.Barham, quality game, tackled, passed and rang himself into the ground.

A special thank you to, Max, Sara, Becks, Sarah and Kids for making the trip to watch and support the team. Next week we are away again against Charlton Community.

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Bromley Green Third 3 Cinque Ports FC3

By Dave Homewood

Silly mistakes again proved costly as we allowed a 3-0 lead to slip against a predominantly young side that will undoubtedly get better in time and could indeed have embarrassed us with a winner towards the end.

Early exchanges were even but we took the lead when some neat inter-passing set up Terry Perk to drive in. It was soon 2-0 when Jamie Hurst set up Matt Illsley and when Mani put Aaron Lorentson through for 3-0 it all looked over as a contest.

However, as is our way of late, we stopped playing and working hard in the second half and sure enough the daft lapses of concentration were all our visitors needed to alter the whole context of the match. Wilson Guest, who is learning rapidly what a cruel game adult football can be, pulled off a fine save but the young keeper was involved in a muddle-up with Dalbs for the Ports first and for the second game running made a hash of a kick out. Wilson, though, does not let the odd blemish daunt him and we are confident he will grow into a top class stopper in the years to come.

As darkness loomed, either team could have snatched a winner but over the 90 minutes perhaps a draw was a fair result. Man of the match: Terry Perk for his running and enthusiasm which was an example to some youngsters who still need to understand that they have to ‘make’ things happen.

Thanks go to Roger Corkhill for standing in at late notice, for the supporters who turned out, and to Jamie who provided food for the teams. A mention for Thomas Moon and Ewan Stanley who both went with Trevor and played full matches at Sunday Premier side Aldington. How pleasing that Trev has reported to me that he was delighted with their attitude and performances – well done boys! At present, we have a rest on Saturday before embarking on the league the following week; although it is possible a testing final friendly will be arranged.

Squad: W Guest; D Illsley, M Dryland, M Dalby, J Hurst, T Perk, J Blowers, A Neil, E Awuni, K Hawkins, S Wilson, A Lorentson, M Illsley, F Murrell

Monday 29 August 2011

Bromley Green 2 Tonbridge Invicta 0

By Dave Smith

A comfortable 2-0 victory saw us complete a good weekend and a good start to he season. In truth Tonbridge did not offer a lot and we wasted several good chances that could have seen us win by 5 or 6. But 2 wins from our first 2 games with no goals conceded is just the start we were looking for. The Waterside ground is a fortress for us we are still unbeaten in the league there since October 2009 and our overall unbeaten league run is now stretched to 27 games.

We started quite well and got our passing game going quickly, Tonbridge opted for a defensive line up and kept plenty of players behind the ball and tried to make it hard for us to get in behind. Our first real chance came in the 20th minute when Steve Harris broke through one on one but unluckily failed to get a good contact. Our visitors survived a couple of more scares but in the 30th minute we took the lead when Paul Burts free kick from 25 yards slipped under the keeper. This actually bought Tonbridge out a bit and Craig Smith pulled of a couple of sharp saves to help us reach the interval with our lead in tack.

It was stressed at half time that although we were playing good football we needed to up the pace all over the pitch and play the game at our pace rather than the slower one Tonbridge were trying to bring in the game.

In truth this never really happened as I think a combination of tiredness from 2 games in  3 days and a slight worry about letting our visitors back into the game seemed to hold us back.

We did create several half chances with Steve Harris, Paul Burt and Marc Collins all going close, but again it was Paul Burt who added our second in the 60th minute when he linked up well with Harris and fired home. In my view no more than we deserved and this did spur Tonbridge to come out more which suited us as we hit them several times on the break and Dan Cornell, Matt Collins, Glen Mackett and Steve Harris all could have added to the score but it was not to be and we run out winners 2-0.

A good all round performance from all 14 players, the subs are vital in these matches and having the quality that we have in the squad does make a huge difference. It is also important for all the players to get minutes on the pitch at this stage of the season and get but into the pace of the games this is why I will switch things around and make changes.

We now face to tough away games that should really bring us the answers of how we are going to get along this season.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, B.Beaney, M.Doyle, Marc Collins, Glen Mackett, D.Barham, R.Hayles, S.Harris, P.Burt, T.Head. Subs: D.Cornell ( P.Burt ) Matt Collins ( D.Barham ) P.Allan ( M.Hadlum ) L.Smith not used. Mom: Craig Smith made a couple of decent saves and his quality distribution helped set up many attacks.

Next game away to Eltham Palace on Saturday 3rd September kick off 2.45pm

Ground address: Green Court Sports Club, Green Court Road, Crockenhill, Kent BR8 8 HJ

Saturday 27 August 2011

Bromley Green 3 Stansfeld 0

By Dave Smith

A great start on our return to the premier league as we won 3-0 against a very physical and bad tempered Stansfield side. A solid performance but one where we never really hit the levels we are capable of, but this will come as the season progresses and we get back in the grove of playing regulary.

We started the game well as our visitors adapted a cautious approach with only 1 player up front. In the 15th Minute Paul Allan headed against the bar and in the 20th minute the visiting keeper pulled of a great save and denie Matt Hadlum. This then saw our visitors collect 3 quick yellow cards for some poor tackles as the game became a bit more scrappy with so many free kicks being awarded. We again went close in the 30th when Steve Harris flicked on for Paul Burt who’s lob just went over the bar. Then in the 40th minute Stansfield were reduced to 10 men for another pointless challenge from a player on a yellow card andthis was the last action of the first half.

It was stressed at half time that we needed to play more and use our extra man as we knew we would create chances and needed to make sure we took the 3 points.

This was to be made easier for us in the 55th minute when Paul Burt was set through by Rocky Hayles and was bought down on the edge of the box and this saw our visitors reduced to 9 men. We then got our first goal from the free kick as Rocky’s low drive nestled in the corner. A second followed 3 minutes later when Matt Collins who was excellent all game linked superbly with Paul Burt and finished with a curling shot. This finished the game as a contest As Stansfield were just content to run the clock down and we took the match time to play the ball around. We added a third in the 75th minute form a great cross from Ryan Norman that saw right back Matt Hadlum head home. After this there were more needless bookings and yet another Stansfield player saw red and to be honest I was glad to hear the final whistle without anyone getting hurt.

So a good start to our season a comfortable win and we must now take this forward and build and improve there are going to be a lot of tough games like this in this league but I know we have what it takes to do well.

As everyone will know I am not a great fan of referees but today Ian Reagan had a good game and in my view got all the big calls right. Lets hope this is a sign of things to come as being in the premier does bring the reward of having 3 officials’ and better referee’s.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, P.Allan, B.Beaney, T.Head, R.Norman, Matt Collins, G.Mackett, R.Hayles, P.Burt, S.Harris, Subs : D.Cornell ( S.Harris ) S.Ahmetaj ( R.Norman ) L.Smith ( Matt Collins )

Mom: Matt Collins on his debut worked tirelessly and scored a good goal.

Next game home to Tonbridge Invicta on Monday 29th August kick off 2.45 pm

Saturday 27 August 2011

Trisports 2 Bromley Green Thirds 5

Report by Dave Homewood

The home team could not cope with our neat inter-passing during a first half completely dominated by the Green but – in common with other recent matches – the second period saw us take our foot off the pedal and allow the home side to come back into the picture in this pre-season friendly. After being 4-0 ahead at the break, we had to settle for a 5-2 victory and hopefully the lads will have learned much from the second period during which mistakes and sloppiness crept in.

Matt Illsley led the way with a hat trick and further goals were supplied by Ewan Stanley and Terry Perk.

Not a performance to get excited about but I expect lessons to be taken on board as we go; not least the need to remain disciplined throughout, to learn how to take a throw-in properly, and for some to stop going off on one every time a decision goes against us.

We now look forward to Tuesday when Cinque Ports FC are our guests and we will aim to kick off as near to 6.15pm as possible.

Green: W Guest; D Illsley, M Dryland, M Dalby, J Hurst, J Blowers, F Murrell, T Perk, M Illsley, A Neil, E Awuni, E Stanley, T Moon

Thursday 25 August 201

Bromley Green Thirds 4 Wye Monarchs 2

By Dave Homewood

For some reason, we eased our foot off the pedal after a decent first half display and lost momentum for much of the second period in this pre-season friendly at Waterside. Once again, multiple changes were enforced with so many absentees and this has made it difficult to settle on our starting line-up, let alone which formation to favour. However, there were a number of positives to come out of this encounter and it also served to answer one or two questions for Dave Andrews and myself.

Action from the Wye match 25 August 2011

We continue to experiment and I wanted to have another long look at Thomas Moon up front as I believed he could offer alternative options, adding a different dimension to our attacking play. Thomas responded to the challenge magnificently, firstly beating Ben Stevens with a cracking turn and shot on the angle from the edge of the penalty box before executing a superb lob for 2-0. Shortly afterwards we increased our lead when Matt Illsley rolled in number three and by the break keeper Wilson Guest had largely been a bystander.

Credit must go to the visitors who came back strongly; although the nature of the gifting of goals on our part suggests at times we need to concentrate harder and be focused even when apparently in control. A couple of lapses and everything can change … and that is exactly what happened.  Wye, well served by Mike Halpin at the back and steadying influence of skipper Jack Pereira in midfield, deserved reward for their endeavours and they duly had us worried at 3-2 before Jamie Hurst sealed the win with the light beginning to fade.

We had other chances – Tom would have completed his hat trick had he used his left foot, Martyn Dalby was unfortunate not to cap a fine performance when the ball came to him too sharply to put away, and Emmanuel Awuni fired into the trees from distance. In fairness, at the other end, Wye also went close on a number of occasions. There is much work to be done but that is three wins on the trot which is encouraging with the season proper just around the corner.

Thanks are extended to referee Colin Southern who did a competent job in the middle, to all the supporters, Paula for the oranges, and to Jamie Allan for providing food for both teams.

Man of the match: as always it could go to several with Aaron and Mani well in the running but this time round it goes to Thomas Moon for two terrific first half goals that set up the win.

Green: W Guest; D Illsley, M Dalby, M Dryland, J Hurst; J Blowers, E Awuni, A Neil, K Hawkins; T Moon, M Illsley, E Stanley, F Murrell

We now make the trip to Chart Sutton on Saturday to meet Maidstone Leaguers Tri-Sport, leaving the ground at 1pm.

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Bromley Green Sat Res 0 Mersham 0

By Trevor Strand

As expected this was a very stern test against Mersham who were well organised by Martin and Alan Stevens. It was just the game we wanted after Saturdays one sided affair as I knew Mersham would come and play a quick passing game. Late withdrawals, work commitments and holidays does not help to gel a team but we have to deal with these problems.

Mersham had the greater possession and should have been ahead by the break but some missed chances, and good work by Merce, Hodgie and Quinney and 2 good saves from Manners one tipped onto the bar kept us in the game. Our inability to retain possession and give the ball away needlessly when not under pressure put our defence under unnecessary pressure. Long hopeful passes giving the ball away when a short pass to keep possession was ignored is simply not good enough and we will get punished by the top sides in our league. But when we did string a few passes together we looked good but the final ball was often not of the quality to penetrate a strong Mersham defence.

Half time message was simple pass to a green shirt – play what you see and cut out the Hoddle wonder pass. The second half was better and I was pleased with the improvement of passing with Barron, Hodgie, Milts and Pursey all looking to keep the ball and shorten the game. Mersham again had a few good chances to have won the game but they were not taken and Manners pulled off a fine save near the end to keep it to nil nil.

We did create a couple of decent chances with Will Coulthop saving well from Milts and Purseys header just off target. Excellent games from Merce, Hodgie and Quinney who were solid throughout. Young Ship is learning all the time and will only improve if he keeps listening. Paul and Milts did well and Pursey up front is quality but needs a couple of games to settle in. Tad did well before a tight hamstring ended his game, Fitz and Jason are playing for the wide positions and their pace is an asset but the final delivery and decision making needs working on in training along with the general passing drills.

No game this bank holiday weekend but on Tuesday we play our final friendly away to Andy’s Aldington who are scoring goals for fun in pre season. I would hope for a full squad to be available. Meet ASAP at Aldington for a 6.15 kick off. Annual Subs are now due and any debt needs paying.

Squad for Tuesday: Craig Mannering, Lee Milton, Paul Barron, Kev Quinn, Adam Mercer, Shqipron Ahmetaj , Adam Purse, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jason Thomas, Rob Greenfield, Mike Hodges, Reece Hagger, Matt Gilbert, Ashley Webster

Sunday 21 August 2011

Bromley Green 1 Simla 2

By Steve Mailey

Our final warm up game saw us welcome Paddock Wood outfit Simla to Waterside. We knew from our previous encounters that this would provide an ideal test as we prepare for the serious stuff. The majority of my squad will gain adequate minutes prior to the season opener via their Saturday involvements, mostly with our own sides. Yet for today, the strength and well organised qualities of our visitors offered plenty for us to deal with.

A welcome addition before kick off was the signing of Matt Dorsett [pictured left], who will occupy the number 1 jersey following an extensive search for a replacement for Craig Smith. Matt has plenty of experience in goal (although not exactly recently!) and showed today that he will be a good signing once he develops a rapport with his new team mates in front of him. Several top one on ones and a fine reflex save demonstrated his ability.

As for the game, well a penalty awarded against us in the 88th minute which ultimately handed the win to Simla pretty much summed up our pre season. Each game has had more than enough silly errors, concentration lapses, communication break downs and general dips on quality. Add to that vast possession in the opposition penalty area which has been poorly executed and you start to see a similar pattern to last week. Both opponents are quite capable of cashing in on errors and making us work very hard, and both did.

Although a new shape has been experimented with, and I thank the players for their efforts with it, the shape can not be blamed for too many of our mistakes over the recent games. But that is what friendly games are there for and a couple of new faces will have found these games valuable to our long term aims as we look to forming partnerships within the squad.

Action from the Simla friendly

A goalless first half was the result of two sides battling well against each other with neither side taking control. It is probably fair to say Simla looked the more settled in the opening stages and that our lads finished the stronger prior to the break. Both sides had chances without breaking through.

The restart saw us a little off the pace as we managed to lose our shape following several changes. We became quite scrappy and were now wasting energy in key areas. The lack of shape contributed to Simla breaking the deadlock as we found ourselves outnumbered and on the back foot 30 yards from our own goal! We continued to battle yet still seemed to be making such hard work of simple situations, finding ourselves rushing things which in turn leads to frustration. With 20 minutes remaining we got an equaliser as Marc Collins delivered yet another trade mark set piece in to the net from 25 yards. In terms of work rate, it was deserved.

The closing minutes were fairly end to end and a draw seemed on the cards until a rash decision handed the opportunity to the visitors, which they took.

Our next outing will be a Premier league game against Hamstreet in two weeks time. That is the one that really matters, where mistakes and errors are costly in a league where lost ground is rarely recovered. My thanks go to the lads for their squad attitude today and to Poss man for his help also.

Sunday 20 August 2011

Bromley Green Reserves 2 William Harvey Inn 1

By Ian Mace

This game was a good test for our progress in pre-season as William Harvey won their division last season and gained promotion into the First Division. The Green had to be focused from the off as Harvey started well and started putting us on the back foot for the first 5 mins but then the Green got to grips and started playing some good football and was working hard for each other playing the ball out to the wings where our wingers Jason and Ryan starting giving them problems pounding their penalty area and at half time we came off 2-0 up and pretty comfortable. In the second half we made a few changes and we still held our ground but with some bad communication between our players let in the visitors to make it 2-1. The Green didn’t let that bother them and still carried on with the job at hand creating more chances which we should have finished them off. Generally good test for us as the Harvey are a good strong side. Everyone played well and I am very pleased with the attitude of all our players. Don’t forget training on Tuesday as this will definitely influence my final squad decision.

SCORERS: R Fitzgerald, A Webster

Saturday 20 August 2011

Bromley Green Reserves 9 Woodchurch 2

By Trevor Strand

On Saturday the reserves had their first pre season friendly at home to Andy Lowes Woodchurch who were missing several of their squad. We came out of traps flying and were one nil up after 38 seconds when Ryan Fitzgeralds excellent cross was turned onto the bar by Tad Greenfield and was met by Ship who scored with good finish. We then added 2 further goals from Adam Purse and Ash Webster and were playing some good simple passing football with good movement all over the pitch.
Then we had a mad 10 minutes when we got sloppy in defence and the Church pulled 2 goals back. A few sharp words from the touchline got us going again and we added further goals from Ash and Fitz. 5 – 2 at half time the message was to keep the ball moving to feet and retain possession and further goals would come. This was the case when further goals from Ash , Fitz and skipper Lee Milton.
So a 9-2 scoreline against a depleted Wodchurch who i am sure will do well when all their players are available. Good performances all round but general fitness needs working on bythose who have not been training regularly.
TEAM – Craig Mannering, Adam Mercer, Reece Hagger,Mike Hodges, Ryan Fitzgerald, Paul Barron, Lee Milton, Ship, Rob Greenfield, Adam Purse, Ash Webster, Jason Thomas, Kevan Strand, Kev Quinn.
This Wednesday we play Mersham at home with 6.30 ( earlier if possible) kick off keeping the same squad with a couple of additions who i will be taking a look at.

Saturday 20 August 2011

Bromley Green Thirds 3 Woolpack 1

By Dave Homewood

Credit must go to the Smeeth lads who pushed us all the way before superior fitness told in the last twenty minutes. With six players unavailable, we again had to tamper with the line-up and indeed had two goalkeepers playing outfield. Thomas Moon and Wilson Guest both did well and I would like to see more of Tom in a frontrunner role as he has the build and pace to cause any defence problems. Young Wilson just has to be patient – he is coming along brilliantly but I keep reminding him that this season will be mainly enjoying the training and shadowing; then his time for regular keeping will come. Ben Stevens, signed to give us more depth on Saturdays, looked solid on his debut although he didn’t have too much to do.

Slow to start, and one or two looking languid, we found ourselves 1-0 behind to a goal by Baz Arnold before gradually assuming control in the second period. On a number of occasions we rammed the ball into the sky when a controlled drive along the deck would have produced better outcomes but the leveler came when Jamie Hurst rose well to head home Emmanuel Awuni’s corner. A penalty miss left matters at 1-1 for a while but another spot kick converted by Hurst put us in front. When Freddie Murrell shinned in for 3-1, the contest was effectively over.

Not a game that will live in the memory and for some another case of two games within a few hours – whilst tiring now, I feel we will see the benefits of this punishing schedule later when a more settled pattern of fixtures emerges. Referee Darren Whipps applied commonsense while Woolpack, who are hoping to make a late entry into the Ashford & District League, have the foundations of a very useful side.

Squad: Ben Stevens; Wilson Guest, Michael Dryland, Stephen Wilson, Jamie Hurst; Terry Perk, Martyn Dalby, Jack Blowers, Aaron Neil, Emmanuel Awuni, Thomas Moon, Ian Mace, Matt Coniam

Our next game will be a tough one as we welcome Wye Monarchs on Thursday night with a 6.30pm kick off. Players to meet at 5pm please.


By Dave Smith

Last night we completed our last pre season games with a comprehensive victory over Folkestone Indict Reserves. The 6-1 was well deserved and in truth we should have had more goals.

We started the game really well and our quick passing saw us create many chances and after 15mins we were 3-0 up. Folkestone had no answers and were pleased to reach half time with us only adding 1 more goal.

To there credit they did make more of a game of it in the second half but we still managed 2 more goals and finished comfortable winners.

So overall a good performance. We have played 5 pre season games and won 3 drawn 1 and lost 1 I feel we are still a little down on fitness but we still have time to increase this and I also expect the players to use there own methods to ensure we are right for the start of the season a week tomorrow.

Our general play in the friendly games has been very good, we have carried on from where we left off last season using a good passing game to open sides up. This has also been helped by the fact the players have remained loyal and nearly all re signed.

Squad: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, M.Doyle, T.Head, R.Norman, Matt Collins,

R.Hayles, G.Mackett, S.Harris, P.Burt, L.Smith, Mark Collins, D.Cornell,

P.Allan, B.Beaney.

Scorers: S.Harris 3, P.Burt 1, M.Hadlum 1, R.Norman 1.

All players are reminded training Tuesday 6.30 start

Thursday 18 August 2011

Goudhurst United 0 Bromley Green Thirds 2

Dave Homewood reports from Beamon Close

Firstly, well done to all those who altered their personal arrangements to ensure we had enough players and vehicles to fulfil this evening fixture. With so many absentees for various reasons, it is a credit to all the lads that we were still able to field 14 players for what is not an easy drive at that time of day. My thanks also go to Ryan Fitzgerald and Jason Thomas [pictured] who both joined up with the squad in the right spirit and contributed to a well-deserved victory.

Some of the lads have expressed the view that they are not comfortable with three at the back and we therefore reverted to a solid four of Danny Illsley, Stephen Wilson, Michael Dryland and Jamie Hurst. They dealt capably with all the home side could throw at them and Wilson Guest [pictured] again called well and showed good handling between the sticks and was quite rightly delighted with his clean sheet.

In the first half we played up the slope, against a gusty wind, accompanied by the now expected drenching summer shower, and we were reasonably satisfied with a 1-0 half time lead. After going close on a number of occasions, with Mani and Aaron prominent, a right wing cross from Jason flew into the far corner to open our account.

The ploy of having Jack Blowers just in front of the back line and Martyn Dalby deployed to break things up in midfield worked well and illustrated again just what a flexible group of players we have to work with. I felt throughout it was one of those games where we were not getting the little rebounds and bounce of the ball and on another night we would have grabbed a hatful. As it was the second goal, which effectively ended United’s hopes, was an example of what I have been carping on about for so long. At last, ‘quick thinking’!  Jamie Hurst, instantly taking a free kick deep in his own half, sent a slide rule pass into the path of Aaron Neil and a quality finish made it 2-0.

The boys are learning, but not always listening it has to be said. There is on occasions too much answering back, a reluctance to follow instructions, and a lack of self control with the gob by a minority. That will have to change as the demands set by Dave Andrews and myself will not. I repeat: whether the officials are right or wrong, we shut our mouths and get on with the game. And Dalbs [you had a superb game by the way] please make that the very last time you kick the ball away in petulance.

Everybody contributed to this win, including our substitutes Freddie, Tom and Marcus who all did well when they were introduced during the second half. Picking a man of the match from what was essentially an industrious squad effort is difficult; but for his positive input and influence I am going with Stephen Wilson who is determined to regain full fitness for what we know is going to be a hard campaign. Stephen led by example with his aerial challenges and vocal encouragement; thereby proving yet again the old adage that there is no substitute for experience.

My thanks to Andrew Possee for running the line and also we must mention The Bull at Bethersden for the brilliant free chilli and curry and popadums – a marvellous gesture and a great way to finish off the evening.

Green: W Guest; D Illsley, S Wilson, M Dryland, J Hurst, J Thomas, J Blowers, Martyn Dalby, Emmanuel Awuni, Ryan Fitzgerald, Aaron Neil. Subs: F Murrell, T Moon, Marcus Dalby

Green Scorers: Thomas, Neil

Just Friday off then – and we are at it again! This time we finally get to play at home when The Woolpack from Smeeth are our guests on Saturday for a 2.30pm kick off.  Paul Guest, the uncle of our own Wilson Guest, manages the newly-formed pub side and we look forward to another closely fought match. Preview to follow on Friday.

Bromley Green 4 v 5 Essembee (PSF)

As friendly clashes go, this was one of the strangest I’ve been involved in. In welcoming Essembee to Waterside I had anticipated a tough encounter and thankfully we got exactly that. Any neutral onlooker may well have enjoyed the end to end action, yet anyone with a vested interest will have been left scratching the head!

A slight improvement on last week saw me name two subs as only one failed to show this time out. It allowed me to try something new in an attempt to utilise our attacking options. The lads responded well to the idea and stuck with it, putting in a lot of work in the process. The intelligence and quality in midfield linking up with an impressive strike force is something I wanted to explore, hence a trial run of 4-3-3.

This is where it began to get strange! Accepting the expected teething problems, I feel we played quite well in the opening stages. In fact the plan appeared to be working as our visitors were struggling to cope with our advances. It’s also fair to say we created several chances to build a comfortable lead. Yet after 30 minutes, we were 0-2 down. A lack of concentration and a couple of basic errors were rightfully punished on both occasions. They are simple issues that can easily be addressed, yet still quite frustrating.

At the break, I simply highlighted the impact of basic errors. The lads generally seemed happy with the shape although some seemed to be struggling off the ball. It was agreed that, whatever else happens, we would get a good work out in the following 45 minutes.

We got ourselves back in the game briefly following good work from Harris, yet soon suffered more punishment. Still playing quite well, the frustration of many was clear to see as every little error appeared to be getting punished. The visitors continued to force errors and we were running out of resilience. The lead was extended as we began to get visions of a nasty score line developing.

At 1-5 down, and following the use of the subs effectively, Steve Harris put his name on another 2nd half show, twice thumping home with no nonsense to reduce the deficit. As the clock ticked away Matt Collins delivered a delightful free kick beyond the very impressive Essembee keeper Steve Hickmott. We got quite close but in the end time ran out.

So to sum it up, we made enough chances to win 3 games, were guilty of lapses too often which cost us and some players aren’t quite ready yet. By that I mean some need to sharpen up both physically and mentally.

Plus points today include a pleasing debut from Mark Wallis, showing good strength and versatile enough to be a useful addition. Thank you to Lurch for helping me out in goal today and many thanks to Poss man also. Next up we face Simla from Paddock Wood, against who lapses will be equally punished.

Saturday 13 August 2011

Lydd United 4 Bromley Green Thirds 1

Pre-season report from The Rype by Dave Homewood

Only time will tell whether our tough pre-season schedule has served its purpose. This type of match, away to difficult opposition, is seen as part of the youngsters learning curve as they have to get used to coping with all kinds of different challenges.

We never at any stage looked comfortable against uncompromising opponents on a bumpy pitch with the almost mandatory sea ‘breeze’ making good football difficult.

I thought at times the very young lads were brave and I have no qualms about the effort the boys put in but maybe too much was being asked with just a day between two hard fixtures. An example of this being Sammy who was superb on Thursday yet by his own admission couldn’t put a foot right today … too much too soon and from now on Dave Andrews and myself will be monitoring this closely. Gaining match fitness is crucial but Terry also will be used more sparingly to ensure he is not carrying injuries when it really matters.

Until we went behind, exchanges were fairly even; but creating chances was not easy and all we had to show was an excellently taken second half goal by Aaron Lorentson.

Mani and Danny Illsley had good outings but this was generally a bad day at the office and we all need to reflect upon the experience. Focus now turns to Thursday night when we go to Goudhurst and again there will be a number of squad changes due to work and injuries. News of Aaron Neil is that he has thankfully not fractured his ankle so we hope to have him back within the next ten days or so. Thursday’s squad will be announced at training on Tuesday.

Green: Thomas Moon; Martyn Dalby, Terry Perk, Michael Dryland, Wilson Guest, Emmanuel Awuni, Danny Illsley, Aaron Lorentson, Jack Blowers, Freddie Murrell, Ewan Stanley, Sam Lewis, Jamie Hurst, Matt Illsley

Thursday 11 August 2011

New Romney 2 Bromley Green 5

Pre-season match report by Dave Smith

A descent run out against a much changed New Romney side. Who to there credit battled hard all game, disappointedly the game had no official referee that did cause some unnecessary problems but it was all about the lads getting minutes on the pitch and I think all of them  can take something out of the game as we head towards the start of the season.

Green striker Paul Burt

We dominated the early exchanges and got our passing game going well but we were unable to finish off some good moves and fell 1-0 behind after a dubious penalty decision was awarded against us. This actually worked in our favour as we then upped the tempo all over the pitch. We levelled on the stroke of half time with Ryan Norman finishing of some good team play. We carried this momentum into the second half and added 3 more goals through Micky Doyle, Matt Collins and Paul Burt. With many changes being made we dropped of the pace little and Romney pulled a goal back before Rocky Hayles burst through and restored our 3 goal advantage to end the scoring.

Overall I was pleased with everyone as they all put a lot into the game and played some nice controlled football. Young Thomas Moon in goal showed that he has the potential to become a quality keeper and gave an assured display. It is now important that all the players attend all training sessions as we need to up our fitness to ensure we are ready for the start of the season in 15 days time.

Squad: T.Moon, M.Hadlum, L.Smith, M.Doyle, R.Smith, R.Norman, R.Hayles, D.Barham, G.Mackett, M.Collins, S.Harris, P.Burt, P.Allan, Matt Collins, B.Beaney. Goals: R.Norman 1, P.Burt 1, M.Doyle 1, Matt Collins 1, R.Hayles 1

Thursday 11 August 2011

West Farleigh 2 Bromley Green Thirds 5

Report from Charlton Lane by Dave Homewood

Matt Barham: nailbiting stuff supporting the Thirds!

The lads started off shakily and could have been a couple down as we continued to experiment with our system but then hit a purple patch to take a 4-0 lead into the interval.

As it was, shuffling the line-up, plus injuries, led for a somewhat disjointed second period during which Farleigh asked far more questions and netted twice.

In the early exchanges, goalkeeper Wilson Guest, deputising for Thomas Moon who had been called up to the first team, showed again just why we are placing our belief in him for the future. With good handling and calling, Wilson kept the home team at bay and this experience will stand him in good stead.

After not creating too many chances, we suddenly came alive and the old cliché of ‘a goal changes matches’ was illustrated yet again when Aaron Lorentson guided a header under the bar. Aaron admitted to being ‘surprised’ that the ball, which hung in the air in slow-motion fashion, eventually went in … we all were Aaron … but all goals are good goals … especially at 0-0!

As is our norm, we think the world is wonderful when we go in front and suddenly we were buzzing as Aaron Neil converted a penalty after Matt Illsley was hacked down and Illsley himself deservedly notched. Lorentson tapped in another from a beautiful Emmanuel Awuni cross and we really did not want the break to arrive. I can only repeat again that if Lorentson and Illsley operate in the manner in which they have been asked, always conscious of each other’s position just around the box and ready for a rapid interchange, they will both score a hatful of goals in any company.

So, an impressive last half hour of the first period left us just wanting more but for some reason we took our foot off the pedal and the home side could have forced a tight finish. As it was, Kieran Hawkins [left], who is looking much sharper and was superb in a completely new role for him, drove in a beauty along the deck for our fifth. I know we don’t have to tell Kieran that we want that kind of performance from him every game. It’s largely about belief in one’s own ability and this is also evident with Freddie Murrell who is improving with every run-out and making selection a real headache … which of course is as it should be. Ewan Stanley had his best game for a long while and Terry hopefully will not have any adverse repercussions from a busy ninety minutes during which he continued to learn the nuances of Mini and Dalbs who I appreciate both find it difficult to understand my demand for total flexibility when it comes to positions.

Our new capture Sam Lewis was terrific and has added qualities to the team that perhaps we were missing. Apart from good balance, awareness and fearlessness, Sam carries the additional potent weapon of a really long ‘Rory Dulap’ throw-in. As the season proper approaches, we will be working on how to capitalise on this new option.

Following two narrow defeats, we came out on top this time; but the important question is “Did we learn anything as a squad and individuals?” I believe we did and one lesson is to not be over impatient if it takes a while to adapt to a new system. Plus, whilst players might think it a little strange that we are travelling to such rural retreats for our preparation, this experience for the very young lads will in time prove invaluable. We had a great Kent Cup run last season and should things go our way again this time round, these are the kind of teams we will have to visit and tackle with confidence. We also need to become accustomed to referees that are on first name terms with all the home players! That said, the officials we have had for our friendlies, especially this one, have been excellent and sometimes brave enough to over-rule ultra-keen linesmen!

The edge was taken off the victory for me with the dreaded pre-season injuries starting to mount up and I will not be taking any chances with Terry and Jack should they have doubts in their own heads. A long and hard season awaits and it would be foolhardy to jeopardise our chances for the sake of the odd friendly.  Aaron’s injury is more serious and he is having an x-ray as I write.

Very difficult to choose a man of the match as [at times] this display was moving towards what Dave Andrews and myself are trying to build; eg a talented squad in which all players are flexible regarding their positions and comprehend their function within whatever system we deploy. Sam was most impressive, Wilson continued to show his potential, Terry took responsibility at the back, Aaron Neil was influential until his injury, the two frontrunners were always dangerous and Blowers, Mani and Mini epitomised what I mean by flexibility. But on this occasion the MoM goes to Kieran Hawkins who gave everything for the cause in a different role, fulfilling his function, and scored a great goal to kill off the home team’s challenge when we were looking decidedly vulnerable.

A good night’s work by you all lads and we go again in a few hours against Lydd United who will, as we know, be another tough nut to crack on their own pitch. My thanks to ‘resident lino’ Andrew Possee, Dave Andrews, Steve Mailey, Andy Lorentson, Matt Barham and Trent Thomas for their valued support.

Green: Wilson Guest; Martyn Dalby, Terry Perk, Michael Dryland, Sam Lewis, Emmanuel Awuni, Aaron Neil, Freddie Murrell, Ewan Stanley, Aaron Lorentson, Kieran Hawkins, Matt Illsley, Jack Blowers

Saturday 6 August 2011

Headcorn Reserves 3 Bromley Green Thirds 2

Pre-season match report from Grigg Lane by Dave Homewood

The nasty two-footed tackling by a couple of the Corn players left several of our lads asking me why we bother playing this type of opponent; and I do empathise as I would simply get rid of anyone that deliberately went into tackles with studs flying in such a manner. However, it is of course part of our young players development as, whether we like it or not, there are some sides out there in the league and no doubt on our Kent Cup travels that will not take kindly to being given the run-around by what they had perceived as ‘kids’!

Aside from these unsavoury incidents in the latter stages of the game, this was ideal preparation as we were up against a more physical side than ourselves that clearly played with a lot of pride. A poor goal from our point of view early on reminded me of last season and underlined why we didn’t win the division. Giving silly goals away through lack of communication from crosses makes life so hard. In fact all three home goals in my opinion were avoidable had a bit more attention been paid to closer marking and taking responsibility in our own area.

Memorable day for Wilson Guest

But, let’s focus on the positives which were many and again I must reiterate that the scoreline is of little concern to me at this stage of preparation. I never like losing but we must take these matches in context and the fact that we are experimenting and using a roll-on, roll-off process. With Mini proving he can play in other roles, Stephen Wilson getting through a decent amount of playing time before coming off for precautionary reasons, new boy Wilson Guest in goal and Danny Illsley showing that with the right coaching he could be a useful asset, I feel that despite certain misgivings towards the end this was a worthwhile exercise. More is learnt from a tight game like this with the added ingredient of a touch of aggro than thumping teams that are out of their depth.

Aaron Lorentson turns after levelling at 2-2

After going two goals behind, we deservedly pulled one back through a neatly converted Martyn Dalby header, once again reinforcing our policy of pushing him up for all set pieces. At half time we knew there was room for improvement and the constant nagging for Aaron Lorentson and Matt Illsley to hunt together as a pair in close proximity to each other reaped dividends as Aaron coolly stroked home the equaliser.

It was at this point where one or two home boys became tetchy and [literally] went over the top. It put the referee, Mr Pink, who I consider overall did an excellent job, in an awkward position as he had tried to allow the game to flow and not administer cautions. Some of my players annoy me when they harp on non-stop about a referee’s error when they have been giving the ball away themselves on far too many occasions. Whether the official is brilliant or bollocks, your job as players is to get on with the game and focus on your own role as this constant blaming the referee for our mistakes has to stop. Retaining possession, then, is something we need to work on as, whilst accepting the pitch was hard and bumpy, at times our propensity to cede ownership of the ball and, as a consequence control of a situation, was bordering on being feeble.

Ewan reflects upon what might have been

Perhaps we should have scored what might well have turned out to be the winner when Ewan Stanley lifted the ball over from close in – shades of last season here; why lean back Ewan? Get your body and head over the ball and you will score numerous goals. In all fairness, both sides were chopping and changing to give everyone a run, and the game could have gone either way but a cross-cum-shot from the left seemed to ricochet off Dalby leaving an unmarked Corn forward to hammer past young debutant keeper Wilson Guest. We had a goal disallowed and should have had a penalty but some of the lads have to be big enough to ride such setbacks and psychologically attune their mindset to moving on with the game and not allowing their concentration to wander.

Danny Illsley: staking a claim for a place this season

Taking into consideration the players actually with us [no Perk, Hurst, Jeffery, Hawkins] we had another look at three at the back and, providing the right personnel are available, it is definitely a system we will consider deploying again. Starting with Dalbs, Reece and Stephen Wilson at the back, apart from our own rustiness, we looked reasonably solid. Danny Illsley, clearly growing in confidence and benefitting from regular training, fitted in seamlessly for the second half. The downside I felt was overcrowding in central midfield where although we had quality in Aaron, Ship and Mani, we were giving the ball away too often, getting caught in possession, and taking far too much time to get the ball into wide and/or dangerous areas. Everyone did their best but on reflection maybe we should have pushed one more on earlier in the game to present clearer functional roles to our midfielders and tried to get the wings more active.

We are back to ‘sharpness of thought’ and until we rev-up a bit there will continue to be frustration. It does not matter how adept you are as a player, if you fanny around and take too long to make decisions, the most limited opponent in the world will nullify you by closing you down. Then the ball is nicked away, and then you are scrambling to get it back … frustration again. Maybe we need to watch a video recording of a match one week to fully understand what I keep harping on about. Am I being harsh? No, the same message has been hammered home for a year now!

Young players trying to make an impression this season such as Jack and Freddie again did well and Dave and myself will be watching their progress closely. Don’t worry about the result boys on this occasion.

Man of the match: as I said, everyone gave maximum effort which is all I ever ask; but Martyn did his job superbly throughout and did not rise to provocation when the studs went flying in.

Green: Wilson Guest; Martyn Dalby, Stephen Wilson, Reece Hagger; Michael Dryland, Shqipron Ahmetaj, Aaron Neil, Emmanuel Awuni, Jack Blowers; Matt Illsley, Aaron Lorentson; Danny Illsley, Freddie Murrell, Ewan Stanley

Our next game is on Thursday night away to West Farleigh and the squad will be announced after training on Tuesday. All cars and support welcome. We must leave Waterside 5pm sharp please.

Sunday 7 August 2011

Bromley Green 9 Ashford Victoria 0

Pre-season friendly report by Steve Mailey

Our first friendly saw Division 1 outfit Ashford Victoria visit Waterside. It doesn’t look good when both managers bump into each other in the car park 30 minutes prior to kick off looking for players! Holidays, work and family commitments are to be expected and can be annoying yet quite normal in August. Yet going in to a pre season warm up with 11 players meant, in my opinion, the game was pretty much a waste of time. Any ideas I had to try certain things and, more importantly, share the work load, went out of the window.

As for the game, Victoria started brightly and could easily have caught us in summer mode, Thomas Moon reacting well in the opening stages in goal to keep things level and putting in a generally solid display. Outfield saw us slowly wake up without looking too convincing. Some were rusty, some had tough games the day before, some had a lively Saturday night and some were showing signs of all three! Either way, we struggled to show any consistent passage of play.

It did get better, and we began to hurt the visitors with our wide play. Robbie Greenfield in particular put in a fine opening 45 and offered a constant threat. Rocky was getting livelier despite some impressive work rate against him and our movement off the ball became the feature of the game. Half time arrived with a 3-0 lead courtesy of Greenfield (2) and D Barham finding the net.

Five-goal Harris: from awful to awesome!

At the break, I simply suggested shortening the game up a little to help conserve energy, reduce the 50/50s and to wear the opponents out. To be fair, our passing and general play was better in the second half. In terms of possession we were comfortable and took a stranglehold of the game.

In no particular order, the goals came as Barham rammed home his second and Steve Harris, misfiring for the entire first half, found his target in the second half 5 times!

As the final score line suggests, this was a comfortable victory, yet it would be wrong of me to ignore the amount of work and effort put in by the Victoria lads. Not many sides would continue to chase virtually everything while being well beaten in a friendly match! The game was played in the right manner and well controlled by Gary Bourne in the middle. Next week we look forward to welcoming Folkestone outfit Essembee for our next friendly. The squad will be stronger as a couple return, a new signing will make his debut, and I won’t be walking around a car park chasing up those ‘who want the chance’! My thanks to our lads for their effort today, and to Poss Man for his help.

Sunday 7 August 2011

Bromley Green Reserves 3 Wye Monarchs 1

Pre-season friendly report by Ian Mace

Available again: man of the match Liam Holman

The Green started off well with some good passing, playing keep ball and working really hard as a team. The new formation of 3-5-2 seems to be suiting the players we have with Michael Hodges (done well in his first game as captain), Jon Douglas (on his return after three years out) and Reece Hagger as the back 3 being strong and versatile. Jason Thomas, Emmanuel Awuni, Liam Holman, Tom Poyner, Ryan Fitzgerald in midfield worked hard and passing the ball about crisply to Kenny Hallett and Ashley Webster up front. Also praise for Matt Illsley (new signing) who showed lots of potential coming on at half time. We kept making lots of chances with crosses coming in from both wings for the front 2 where we were a little rusty but by half time we were 2-0 up and controlling the game. Second half was pretty much the same as created chances but could only get 1 more but towards the end of the game we got a little sloppy and gifted Wye a goal. Pick of my players has to be another returning player, Liam Holman, who worked extremely hard for the team and made the connections between midfield. I am generally very happy with our overall performance as we look to have a good squad to start the season. Competition for places is very strong so let’s make sure you all turn up for training as this could be sway my squad decision for the start of the season. All credit to Wye Monarchs they kept going and at times gave us something to think about. Thanks to Tommy Lockett and Kenny Hallett for taking turns in the goalie shirt.
Team: T Lockett, R Hagger, M Hodges (captain), J Douglas, J Thomas, R Fitzgerald, L Holman, E Awuni, T Poyner, K Hallett, A Webs
ter. Sub: M Illsley
Scorers: R Fi
tzgerald, A Webster, E Awuni
MoM: Liam Holman

Sunday 31 July 2011

Aldington 1 Bromley Green Reserves 1

Pre-season match report by Steve Mailey

We set off to Aldington to face the Premier Division new boys amid glorious sunshine. Following 5 withdrawals, our squad was a little smaller than usual for a friendly, yet I had already arranged to include two new younger lads so in the end was ample.

Taking someone else’s team as a one off can often be a little awkward, so I’ll say at this point how pleased I was with every single squad member today for the way they responded to everything I asked of them. A change of formation, individual challenges and a squad attitude were all greeted in a very positive way and the lads deserve credit as a group.

A 352 shape was adopted from the start. This was mostly to accommodate the positional interests of our squad, as well as attempting to counter the hosts. Aldington has a degree of experience within their line up and we didn’t want to give too much away in certain areas.

Michael Hodges at Bearsted yesterday – the former Trogg had an excellent debut at Aldington

From the outset our lads battled well and competed for everything. Young Moony had a fine first half, coping well with a new shape in front of him.  A back three of Hagger, Lockett and Hodges looked very comfortable and solid. Jon Douglas also formed part of the rearguard and was equally convincing. Little got past any of them and they all clearly enjoyed the role. Our ability in midfield soon began to show as we made our impression on the game. With the central three of Neil, Mani and Holman offering vision, skill and sheer power and energy, we were soon able to make our shape work. The width mostly came from Fitz and J Thomas. Although they threatened often, the end product was a little short in coming yet, to be fair, both covered a lot of ground for their team.

Matt Illsley who set up Lorentson for our superbly crafted goal

The front line today was all about youth. New to the club recently are Aaron Lorentson and Matt Illsley – both were chucked straight in. The ‘old’ head for the day was Kenny Hallett! All three offer something different. We all know about Kenny, and this promises to be a huge season for him personally. Yet the two new young lads have obvious potential and certainly did not look out of place today. Already featuring in our Saturday plans, I hope to get both involved Sundays – although that may not happen over night!

Our goal came midway through the first half. Good service forward was met by skipper Aaron Neil, glanced on to Matt Illsley and nicely fed through to 16 yr old Aaron Lorentson who in turn dispatched a fine lob over the keeper. It was just reward for our efforts and we really should have got more from our exploits forward.

The second half was a little disjointed at times. Although we looked comfortable, we were clearly starting to leave a few gaps. Our concentration dipped a few times in our own area and we showed signs of panic. That happened because one or two were probably starting feel the strain a bit more as the temperature rose, but more importantly because we were making several changes. That is what happens in these types of game, the shape sometimes suffers. Aldington levelled following a pretty poor attempt to defend our goal and at that stage of the game, they deserved it.

That said, we rallied again and I feel we finished the game the stronger side. Two quality crosses, first by Hallett and then Lorentson, almost saw us secure the win, yet the impressive Aldington keeper Steve Crust dealt with both. So in the end, a fine result earned following a good strong squad effort. Yes we had more chances, but they only count when they become goals! Plenty for Ian to ponder when he returns as today offered many plus points to take forward. Man of the match will go to Mani, a display today that underlined why we feel he has such a future.

T Moon / JDouglas/ R Hagger / A Neil / R Fitzgerald / J Thomas / M Illsley /E Awuni/ A Lorentson / M Hodges / L Holman / K Hallett / T Lockett

Saturday 31 July 2011

Bearsted 0 Bromley Green 1

Tony Gawler reports from Honey Lane

The Saturday first team travelled to Bearsted on Saturday for their second pre season friendly and came away with a pleasing 1-0 victory.

Friendlies are all about improving fitness and match sharpness and also for trying players in positions, as well as formations. This game helped greatly in all these aspects. The warm weather helped our fitness and stamina and the large flat pitch encouraged football to be played on the floor.

The Green played the first half with a diamond midfield which allowed Ryan Norman, at the top of the diamond, to run and play havoc with the home defence. The shape also allowed Bromley Green to close down Bearsted all over the pitch resulting in the home side needing to play more direct and starving their lively forward line of good possession.

Bromley Green created the better chances of the first half with Steve Harris firing wide after some good work and the home keeper tipping a thunderous strike from Ryan Norman on to the bar.  But it was a typically sublime finish from Dan Cornell 8 minutes before half time that broke the deadlock, first checking his options and then crashing the ball home from 14 yards.

Half time and 1-0 up but Tony does not appreciate the lads sense of humour!

The second half started with Bromley Green reverting to a traditional 4-4-2 system. It also saw Bearsted dominate possession. The home side played some good football but their finishing was wayward with Craig Smith not being called to make a meaningful save, until 10 minutes from the end, when he dived to his left to parry away a fierce drive. Bromley Green did threaten on the break and in the dying seconds the home keeper produced a fine save to deny Cornell a second.

Second half action from Honey Lane

A good result, a decent performance and a great work out. Our opposition today were sharper and a little fitter but I’m sure over the coming weeks we will reach the level required. I would like to thank our hosts today for their welcoming and friendly nature and wish them well in their venture in the newly formed Kent Invicta League.

Tony Gawler [Assistant Manager]

Saturday 23 July 2011

Lydd Town 2 Bromley Green 2

Details from the pre-season friendly at Lindsay Field

The Green led 2-1 with the clock ticking but the home team levelled to leave a sometimes tempestuous affair all square at 2-2 and most people content with the result. Scott Bouvier nodded past Craig Smith to put the Lydders in front after 17 minutes but scores by Ryan Smith and Robbie Greenfield gave the Green a 2-1 interval lead. Five minutes from time, Pat Coyne headed home for 2-2.

All fourteen Green players had a good run and, with several regulars missing, there was a chance to stake a claim for first team consideration this coming season. Paul Barron was effective when he came on in midfield while the man of the match accolade according to Stan Donald went to Matt Hadlum. This Saturday the side is away to Bearsted and for players the leaving time from Waterside is 1.30pm sharp.

Town: Squad: Noden, Fisk, Pearce, P Coyne, Charlton, Bouvier, Brazier, Taylor, Neilson, C Coyne, Godden, A Coyne, Hostler, Ewins, Snell

Green: C Smith; Hadlum, Doyle, R Smith, Head, Norman, L Milton, Beaney, Greenfield, Hayles, Harris, Barron, Thomas, L Smith

Saturday 23 July 2011

Cranbrook Town 3 Bromley Green Third 2

Report by Dave Homewood

Lots to consider after this narrow defeat at Benenden where the wide expanses did not seem to suit us as there were glaring gaps all over the pitch. Thomas Moon was called upon to make several fine early saves but in no time at all we were 1-0 down as the Town forwards sliced through a hesitant defence. After they had gone close to increasing their lead on a number of occasions, Cranbrook were then gradually pegged back as Emmanuel Awuni in particular took the game to our hosts and I thought was unlucky to have a goal ruled out. Matt Illsley marked his debut with a headed goal and, after we had gone behind again, Awuni seemed to have earned a draw as he equalised for 2-2.

Earlier, Town had a headed goal ruled out for pushing, the referee ‘changed his mind’ after the linesman came onto the pitch during the second half to deny us a penalty, Aaron had rapped a post from long range and it really was anybody’s game. In addition to certain players being too easily pushed off the ball, we were getting caught for pace and paid for it near the end when a break down the left ended with a neat finish to leave the lads little time to reply.

Both camps agreed afterwards that this was just the no-holds-barred kind of pre-season fixture needed to attack the rustiness and any bits of aggro were soon forgotten. It was what we wanted – a tough competitive opener – although of course losing is not a habit we seek to foster. Not a classic but end-to-end stuff and a useful work-out. For us, I thank everyone for trying their best and that is all I ever ask. But with few exceptions the squad is simply not fit enough, leaving us second to many balls, and this, along with a reinforced midfield, will be among our priorities as we continue to experiment. By the time the first league game comes around, I am sure we will be up for it and those whose heads are elsewhere at the moment will be focused – but there is a lot of work to be done.

Plenty of positives to build on though. Everyone at training on Tuesday lads please!

Green: T Moon; D Illsley, M Dalby, M Dryland, T Perk, K Hawkins, J Hurst, E Stanley, S Ahmetaj, A Neil, E Awuni, J Blowers, M Illsley, F Murrell

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