Match reports 2012-2013

Match date: 12 May 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier
Bromley Green 2-11 Hamstreet
By Richie Moore
Sunday saw our final game of which to be frank has been a disappointing season for varying reasons.
The fixture congestion over the last few weeks hasn’t been kind and pretty much took its toll on people playing 3 games in 3 or 4 days for the past couple of weeks. However this does not excuse the attitude of those that basically couldn’t be bothered with any level of commitment towards the final game. I did lose a few players to the reserve side which were in the best interests of the club and within the league rules. Football is about opinions, those who think this was a ploy just to stop Market competing for the league are very much mistaken. I would not entertain or condone such behaviour and those that wish to discuss it can do so face to face. I find it embarrassing that I had to play myself to make the 11th player.
Hamstreet took early advantage within the first minute when Paul Burt scored his first of 7 from 30 yards finding the top corner. We did recover well and I must say that those who played put in a great effort and didn’t let heads drop and at the break we were 2-4 down. The second half saw our visitors able to tactically change more than we did. We did move a couple of things around but with 2 players carrying injury this was always going to be tough to come anywhere close.
I’m grateful to those that did turn up and play, a couple at late notice but nevertheless actually bothered. Personally I’m glad this season has come to an end. Any other club that loses in excess of 15 players for various reasons during a season and still manages to have 2 teams competing must be doing something right to attract more players. I’m certainly hopeful that the next campaign will be a more positive one.

Tommy Lockett on Sunday’s win at Egerton

On Sunday we played Egerton in the league where it was a must win! We took a couple of first team players that to be honest made no difference to my team whatsoever but thanks anyway. Haha – only joking. As usual the youngsters showed me why I love doing what I’m doing at the Green. Martyn Dalby was superb between the sticks, Lee Hagger and old school Lee Gilham was outstanding at the back. Our opponents were very good in the air and strong at the back. But we broke them down in style. We have a game tonight [Tuesday 14th] against Marsh what will be a very tough encounter but with the players we’ve got I’m sure we will do a number on them. Anyway well done Sunday boys and let’s hope we can go back to the clubhouse with another 3 points under our belts.

Match date: 9 May 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Market Hotel 2-1 Bromley Green
By Richie Moore
Thursday night saw us travel to The Ridge, where to be fair we have a good record. Some will say I look too deeply into things, but when you arrive at a ground which doesn’t open the changing rooms until 10 minutes (due to the caretaker not knowing about a game) before kick off and then the referee decides to make the game 40 minutes each half. You can only say the game was a farce from the beginning as it started to feel, not a Premier Division game but a kickabout.
The wind had a big say and it favoured both sides each 40 but did spoil potentially a good spectacle. We took the advantage when after 7 minutes Jason Thomas crossed the ball dangerously for it to be turned into his own net by the defender. 15 minutes later a Marc Collins free kick was headed goalwards by Glenn Mackett and well saved by the keeper who was later deemed man of the match. From the resulting corner Kieran Shrimpton saw his 20 yard effort headed away just before the line.
We conceded a contentious goal after 23, when it looked like a handball should have been given was not and our hosts took the advantage from halfway to move on and score. We were lucky to go into the break level when Emmanuel Awuni was caught in possession outside the box and play resulted with an effort off the post.
The second half was about effort and resolve and to counter attack, the conditions would suit free flowing passing football if kept on the deck which we knew we could do. After 60 minutes we were denied a goal when a shot saved from Jason was tapped in by Kieran, who not only had to pass a defender to follow up but was given offside at the initial shot. I must say those ‘fans’ that gave the same lad abuse and foul language after making a genuine mistake later on the line and also subjected me to the same abuse should look at getting their own house in order! This is Sunday football and those who get involved do for the good of the game, they should not be abused by those who think they know better but do nothing about it and find it acceptable to pass judgement in an abusive and vulgar manner.
3 minutes later we went behind from a corner, of course the wind holding the ball up made it difficult and I’m sure after some jostling the defending team normally wins the majority of decisions, however in the context of the game there would only be one consistent decision, not in our favour.
10 minutes after saw Ryan Smith dismissed for a challenge leading with the elbow on Shqipron Ahmetaj, I feel this was an easier decision for the referee and he was correct. I would ask those who dispute it to consider if their player was on the receiving end of such …
This was always as usual a tough game played in difficult conditions. I cannot fault the effort of my players tonight who for sure put a shift in. We had nothing riding on this but it was pleasing to see endeavour and effort for the entire 80 minutes.
Green: Puxted, Thomas, Hagger, Allan, Greenfield (Griffin 65), Shrimpton (Prior 65), Collins, Lawrie, Ahmetaj, Mackett, Awuni

Match date: 5 May 2013
Bodkin Cup Final
Bethersden 4-3 Bromley Green
By Richie Moore

On Sunday we went to Reachfields looking to retain the Bodkin Cup against very tough opposition.

We didn’t get off to the best start when after 90 seconds a short corner was taken and with the aid of a deflection we went behind. This then turned into the cliché of game of 2 halves. We controlled the rest of this one, breaking through on a few occasions but no cutting edge in the final 3rd. We did equalise after 30 when a switch saw Jason Thomas drive forward and set up James Whyte for a turn and shot into the corner.

The second half turned, slow out again and Simon Puxted parried a shot after a minute and with a static defence we were lucky to see the follow up smash off the bar. A great chance saw Glenn Mackett drive forward on 53 riding tackles who then supplied the ball to Jason who saw his shot go wide. 2 minutes later we were punished after talking about retaining possession we gave it away! From 25 yards Simon was helpless as the ball rifled past him after the attacker not being closed down. We fell further behind after 73 when well what can only be described as handball on the line even admitted to by them was awarded. How 2 officials with different angles don’t see it when most of the crowd did baffled my bench and players.

We started to chase the game and had to go 3 at the back for the last 10 minutes, however after a minute of doing so we were 4-1 down after some hesitation saw the attacker ghost in between defender and keeper to see Simon lobbed. The game then saw its best spell of the game. James just a minute later worked well down the right and supplied Emmanuel Awuni for a tap in. 2 minutes later James himself then saw an effort rebound off the bar, then a minute later Marc Collins scored a free kick from outside the box into the top corner. Our last attack of note saw Jamie Hurst thunder a volley which was well saved. I’m sure we could have had a penalty in the dying seconds as Jordan Griffin was clearly being held down when attempting to jump for a header.

This was a deserved victory for Bethersden and I’m sure I speak on all my players behalf when we wish them all the best in their hunt for the treble. My thanks to those involved hosting this event, especially Hythe FC.

On a guidance note, I would hope that in future events that the current holders of the cup are awarded the home changing room, and any referee that has a family member involved is not put in the position of being in the middle. This is not sour grapes, just my personal opinion for the ethics of football, especially when I get asked why several times.

Puxted, Thomas, Hagger (Hurst 65), Hodges, Greenfield (Griffin 80), Whyte, Collins, Milton, Ahmetaj, Mannell (Awuni 65), Mackett

Match date: 28 April 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League
Bodkin Cup semi-final
Kennington 1-3 Bromley Green
By Richie Moore
Sunday saw us travel to Kennington to contest the semi-final of the Bodkin Cup for the right to face Bethersden next week.
On arrival I was informed of the pitch to be played on being the original one with a nasty slope, a tactic I’m sure our hosts would have felt benefiting them rather than us. We lost the toss and although wanted to defend uphill first half we ended up playing downhill and we took good advantage of this to go into the break 2-0 up and it could have been more.
After 7 minutes Emmanuel Awuni dribbled past 3 players and hit a shot which the keeper managed to save and it went only an inch over the bar. 6 minutes later we had a corner punched clear and James Whyte saw his effort cleared off the line.
After 26 minutes we were caught on the break but with the attacker trying to round Simon Puxted he was held up enough for his shot to end up high and wide. 7 minutes later we took the lead, a great crossfield ball to James from Marc Collins saw him free in space, he advanced and hit his shot across the keeper into the net. We extended this lead 6 minutes later when more good work down our left side saw Mitchel Mannell turn and shoot inside the box into the bottom corner. We could have been more comfortable at the break after a good cross from Robbie Greenfield found James at the far post, with calls of time he decided to hit first time only for the ball to go over the bar.
We said at the break the next goal was the crucial one especially knowing what we were to expect from our hosts while defending downhill. We got off to a great start when on 50 minutes a header cleared without conviction landed at Mani’s feet, his left foot shot went in the far corner past the scrambling keeper.
After this we were under the cosh. On 57 Kennington had a corner which was headed onto our bar, but after 65 minutes they were given hope when just after a substitution we were caught down our left and Sam Conlan netted what in the end was only a consolation goal.
The rest of the half saw us with the ball mainly in our half, we dealt with it and bar a couple of free kicks we gave away on the edge of the box we managed to hold out. Kennington felt they had a good shout for a penalty, but Reece Hagger was being pulled first which ended up with him hanging onto the attacker to keep his balance.
This was a great effort from all involved, we did at times make the simple things look difficult but the result was the important thing and we deserved our victory.
Puxted, Thomas, Hagger, Hodges, Greenfield (Hurst 64), Whyte (Ahmetaj 76), Collins, Milton, Awuni , Mannell, Mackett. Unused: Griffin

Match date: 14 April 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Bromley Green 3-3 Beaver Inn
By Richie Moore
Today saw a late pitch inspection ahead of the visit of Beaver who started the first half much brighter than us in the conditions. A half where we seemed to have more of the possession but lacked any real quality in the final third, seeming to try to make things harder for ourselves than we needed too.
The only test the keeper faced was in the 15th minute, a good advantage was played by the referee which saw Jason Thomas advance down the right flank and crossed for Glenn Mackett to head towards goal 5 yards out, somehow the keeper tipped over from under the bar.
We went into the interval 1 down after poor control in midfield which led to a counter attack, Paul Allan seemed to be tripped in the build up and we were unable to defend a 2 v 1 situation.
We started the second half much better and only 3 minutes in Shqipron Ahmetaj won a free kick which Marc Collins delivered for Glenn to this time be successful with his header finding the net. 7 minutes later we took the lead when more good work from Ship saw him nick the ball and advance into the box and calmly slot home.

James Whyte in action this morning against Beaver

James Whyte in action this morning against Beaver

We extended our lead in the 78th minute, when a good cross from Jamie Hurst was placed over the defender to the feet of Mitchel Mannell who controlled and placed the ball home. Mitch in the meantime was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when he was cut down in the box, everyone saw it except the referee who later said “To be honest I didn’t see it, but you did get a goal straight after it”. I’m not convinced of the justification there!
The last 10 minutes saw us concede twice from set plays. The first being a free kick which we defended poorly and couldn’t clear after 80 minutes then 3 minutes later a needless corner to give evidence away was punished although Simon Puxted in goal did feel he was impeded while trying to jump for the ball.
A result that left me frustrated, however after a woeful first half I would have taken a point! MoM was awarded to Glenn Mackett
Puxted, Thomas, Allan, Wedge (Dalby 79), Greenfield, Whyte, Collins (Hurst 63), Milton, Ahmetaj (Griffin 74), Mannell, MackettMatch date: 7 April 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Bromley Green 2-1 Aldington
By Richie Moore
Today we welcomed Aldington to Waterside for yet another closely contested encounter.  These games are always tight but with only 2 points separating the teams it was vital for us to win.
We did start brightly, and after 5 minutes some good work from Mitchell Mannel saw the ball fall to Lee Milton celebrating his 30th birthday hit a first time cross from the left wing to the far post for Jordan Griffin to head into an empty net. On 11 minutes some more good work from Mitch saw a great cross unfortunately headed wide from Jordan. Mitch did himself have the ball in the net, however I was retrieving balls from the river so missed the offside decision given against him!
The rest of the half was scrappy and interrupted somewhat by the referees whistle which affected the game but we retained our lead.
The second half was much the same as the first, scrappy and not exactly free flowing. We gained a lifeline in the 60th minute when what seemed an ordinary challenge in the box resulted in a penalty. Shipqron Ahjemati stepped up to convert and give us a cushion. 9 minutes later our visitors had their own appeal for a penalty turned down, which in fairness I thought was more of one than our own.
After this Aldington pushed everything forward in searching to rescue at least a point, they were helped in the 75th minute when a little bit of naive play in their last 3rd saw us squander possession and conceded through a well taken Danny Rose goal on the counter attack. This gave them extra belief and a couple of late good saves from Martyn Dalby saw us through to the end.
A hard working performance and a great 3 points which were asked for prior to kick off were delivered. Mike Hodges being nominated for MoM by our visitors.
Dalby, Thomas (Rose 70), Hurst, Greenfield, Hodges, Harris, Milton (Lawrie 45), Ahjemati, Griffin, Mannell, Mackett

Match date: 31 March 2013
ACT Semi-Final
Bromley Green 1-2 Mersham
Report by Richie Moore
Easter Sunday saw 2 teams hunting for the prize of a final at the end of next month. Sadly it looked at times only 1 team were searching. Looking to avenge a freak result only a few weeks earlier to the same opposition I didn’t think there would be much motivation required.
Granted the availability of players at my disposal along with 4 not turning up or withdrawing very late on led to a bit of a reshuffle at the back. This cost us within the first minute when we failed to deal with a throw in and Mersham saw former Green man Ewan Stanley at the far post in space with an easy finish.
There were no real incidents of note until the 35th minute when good feet from Mani drew a free kick on the byline. Marc Collins hit the post but we came very close to conceding from the resulting counter attack. We drew level 5 minutes later when Marc’s corner was met well by Glenn Mackett at the near post.
The second half started brightly with energy and Mani was set free after some good work from Glenn, Shqipron and Mani himself; however in front of goal he lacked that confidence to set the ball properly to power a shot and instead ended up with a toe poke into the side netting.
10 minutes later came the winning goal, and if any goal is worthy of winning a semi final then this was it. Successive corners saw the first cleared off the line but the lessons of marking were not learnt, Luke Stanley hit the ball sweetly from outside the box into the top corner.
We tried to get back in the game but surprisingly we lacked that quality and dominance we know we have. We must now just press on for the rest of the season and do as well as we can and avoid these bad days at the office.
Mannering; Thomas, Hurst, Greenfield (T Lockett 62), Hodges, Marc Collins (Griffin 75), Milton, Ahmetaj (Wedge 75), Awuni, Whyte, Mackett

Match date: 23 March 2013
KCL Reserves Division East
Bromley Green Reserves 0-0 Staplehurst Reserves
Report by Danny Illsley
Squad: Moony GK, Lawrie RB, Walsh CB, Davidson CB, Hurst LB, Illsley RM, Beal CM, Shipqron CM, Shrimpton LM, Mabb RS, Emmanuel LS. Sub Murby

We were host to Staplehurst Reserves this week after playing them just two weeks ago which ended in a 3-3 draw with a lot of controversy. There were a few changes made to our squad as Moony returned to goal, Ross Lawrie, Liam Walsh and Sam Murby coming into the squad.
In the early stages we had the better of the possession but the first real chance came to the away side from a corner. A weak headed clearance fell to a opposing player who struck the ball on the half volley, from just outside the box with some serious pace but Moony was able to pull off a fine reaction save. We began to press more and gained control of the game but wasted many of our chances. Neat play down the left between Hurst and Shrimpton soon set Mabb through on goal but he put the ball over the bar.
Second half came and we started as we left off. Hurst curled a free kick just narrowly missing the target with the goalkeeper left completely stranded. Chance after chance came and went; Lawrie and Shrimpton put some pin point crosses into the box with us failing to convert. The away team had a lucky break from a under hit pass but Moony and Davidson did well to pressure him into giving away a goal kick. In the last ten minutes we had three golden opportunities. The first came from a through ball that Emmanuel latched onto but the keeper came on top in the one on one situation. Then Shirmpton ran to the touchline and powered the ball across the 6 yard box with the goal at anybody’s mercy but Illsley and Mabb couldn’t make any solid connection. The last chance was a goalmouth scramble that Staplehurst miraculously managed to clear off the line.
I feel we should have taken all three points as I’m sure many of the lads do but we played some very good football and our defence looked solid through the entire match.
It could have gone to any one of the defenders as they all had a faultless game but my MoM goes to Kieran Shrimpton. He put in a very strong performance, making some great tackles, playing some decisive passes, while also communicating with his teammates all around him and covering when Hurst pushed on.

Match date: 24 March 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Kennington 3-4 Bromley Green
Report by Richie Moore
Today we traveled to Sandyacres to face Kennington in an unusual six-pointer battle for survival. I didn’t want to see this game as such but as I mentioned in my preview, the league table does not lie.
We entered the game with a good few results behind us, which now sees us in possibly our best form of the season. However as we know there has to be effort to be put in to grind out results.
Our aim was to start the game fast and push hard to take advantage. This proved to work after 4 minutes when Mike Hodges wanted to be first to a loose ball, he laid it off to Marc Collins who then sent him free down the left flank. With a bit of good work Mike went past the defender to the by line and curled the ball into the far corner with his left foot.
Considering the scoreline this game was very scrappy and a couple of mistakes saw us fall behind. On 16 minutes a long ball over the top carried by the wind saw Thomas Moon need to advance from his area, he was just beaten to the header and we conceded the equaliser. We could have regained the lead 10 minutes later when Shqipron played a good through ball to James Whyte who saw his shot well saved. This gave our hosts a bit of belief and they took the lead shortly after when they took a quick corner and scored when we were still trying to organize what we were doing. A stark lesson that if you switch off you run the risk of conceding.
A tactical switch saw us draw level after 38 minutes, James did some good work where we looked for the foul but the ball fell to Ship out wide who blasted the ball from 25 yards straight into the top corner. James again turned provider 3 minutes later when he worked the ball well and drilled a cross for Mani to slide in from close range. A perfect example of quality forward play.
All the action seemed to happen in the first half and after the break our aim was to hold the lead. We extended this on 58 minutes when some great work by Mani saw him cross for the advancing Marc to header home (well maybe it was his nose).
There were a couple of chances from either team afterwards and both keepers made telling saves to preserve the scoreline. The final goal came after 87 minutes, a well taken freekick was struck with good placement to ensure an exciting last few minutes. We saw it out and dug in to secure victory for which I am proud of the effort and desire to do so, things have not been easy recently and it is common for players to shirk their efforts and responsibility but this is not evident right now and I hope this carries on. This was evident by our hosts awarding a joint Man of the Match to Lee Milton and Ship.
Moon, Thomas, Allan, Lockett, Hodges, Collins, Milton, Ahmetaj, Awuni (Griffin 65), Whyte, Mackett (Barron 75). Unused: Greenfield.

Match date: 24 March 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League Division One
Bromley Green Reserves 5-0 Egerton
Report by Tommy Lockett
On Sunday we played Egerton with a squad that showed me why I am doing what I’m doing. I’m so proud of the lads that played and the attitude of the 3 young subs. The squad I put out was without doubt the youngest I’ve seen in our Sunday Reserve team since I started playing for the Green many years ago. And we have got to be the youngest in our league. We had 6 new signings that played a massive part in our new squad that we are building. Joe, Ross, Bekim, Sam, Lee, and Bradley. All played extremely well and I was made up with their professionalism at such a young age.
The older lads were all helping them through, constantly talking and pushing them on! Matt Wedge is showing me why he is my captain every game he plays for me. Chris keeps putting the ball in the back of the net. Munch, Daryl and stand-in keeper Martyn Dalby and Reece all played really well. Ryan prior worked really hard, always hungry for goals and that’s why he is a key player in our squad.
Our goals came from Ryan Prior, Matt Wedge, an own goal, Chris Commerford and Bekim Ahmetaj.
Mom was Joe Kalungiadi. Brilliant from the off, and the best of it is he is only 16. Well done to all of you, I’m a very proud manager.
Could you all be at training on Tuesday please by 7.15pm at the latest … as a bonus, there will be two hours of coaching laid on for all players aged over 16 from now on.
Green: M Dalby; R Lawrie, D Harris, R Hagger, J Hurst, M Wedge, R Prior, J Kalungiadi, S Murby, D Hagger, C Commerford. Subs:  Kensit, L Hagger, B Ahmetaj

Match date: 17 March 2013
Bodkin Cup
Beaver Inn 0-2 Bromley Green
By Richie Moore
Today saw us travel to Stanhope to contest the quarter final of the Bodkin Cup. Knowing this would be a tough and energetic game I was secretly pleased my players were not involved in a game yesterday and gave us that little extra zest.
The game started well for us and we pushed forward to try and seek an early goal, it didn’t happen really and it took 20 minutes for the first real save to be made. Mani had a shot well saved by the outstretched leg of the keeper. However after 34 minutes we took the lead with some good work which allowed Mani to touch the ball to the returning Steve Harris to drill the ball home.
Play ebbed and flowed both ways without any real clear cut chances until the 56th minute when a free kick delivered by Marc Collins was controlled and laid off by Steve for Mani to fire home from close range.
The game opened up much more and we did well with our workrate and determination to keep the lead. We should have extended this on 75 minutes when Steve anticipated a mistake from the last defender, he was through on goal and opted for hard and low, their keeper stayed big and saved well. Marc also had a great chance on 85 mins but the ball scuffed off the top of his boot and wide.
Beaver had a penalty shout in between where Craig Mannering and their attacker collided, the explanation from the referee was that it was a straight collision where both players ran in a straight line and therefore no foul by either.
Robbie Greenfield was unlucky with an effort in time added, another mistake at the back allowed him to notice the keeper off his line and as the ball bounced 25 yards out he guided the ball goalwards but it went just over.
A terrific result today and I certainly see a buzz back in the squad. Let’s keep it up.
Mannering, Hodges, Walsh, Thomas, Ahmetaj (Greenfield 65), Milton, Mackett, Awuni, Collins, Harris, Mannell (Hurst 76) Unused sub Whyte

Match date: 9 March 2013
Kent County League Premier Division
Sheerness East 2-2 Bromley Green
Report by Mickey Doyle
Going to sheerness is never easy and when Saturday came it was going to be harder with the weather and the pitch that looked just about playable. We turned up and the island boys were ready, really up for this as these conditions is right up there ally.
Game started like we expected with then having a real big old school centre forward flicking the ball on or holding it up well. The forward who played of him was quick and had something about him. Stop the supply was the call and we was doing really well with this. The pleasing thing was when we won the ball back we tried to play. This gave us some half chances for Mani, Dan Cornell and Ship. The conditions did get the better from us with their right winger picking the ball up and knocking what looked like a hopeful ball was misjudged and let their forward in to slot home. We started looking a little nervous and our shape went a little missing, a bit flat. Going through the motions. We started to miss place simple passes, no talking and started to do a little long and hopeful. We won a corner and from this resulting corner a GOAL!! For them that is. A mix up between Glenn and Milton on the edge of their box resulting in them, launching a counter attack, with them scoring with a simple tap in. The disappointing thing for me was not the mix up as these things happen but the lack of desire to get back and help as 4 of the Sheerness team could have tapped it in. In reflexion of the first half was we were the better footballing team but we were sucker punched twice in my eyes.
Second half started and after some words we were back at it again pressing them, hunting them down and playing the ball with purpose. Our Wingers Mani and Charlie started to get in the game more and Ship started driving this team forward with every opportunity he had. Dan Cornell started to look alive. A ball came in from the right and Dan Cornell rose well and the back stick and the ball struck the post. It was a matter of time now. And that time came when Dan Played a perfect weighted ball to Mani who was brought down by the keeper. Result Ship step up and Converted with ease. 2-1 game on. Changes were made with Ant Finch & Mitch Mannell coming on for Marc Collins and Charlie Partridge. We changed our shape as well to 4-4-2. Mitch was asked 1 thing find me a goal and he delivered from a corner the ball bounced around and he struck it from around 8yds out. Game on. This woke the home side up and they started to pressure us with high balls into the box and having a few to many corners. We brought on Liam Welsh for Lee Milton and pushed Stuart Taylor into the middle to sit and just sure it up. The games fizzed out and ended.
I fill a little robbed and I’m sure there manager feels the same. In the weather and ground conditions I was very pleased that we tried to play football. The Squad should be proud for coming back with such charter. Also the new lads were very pleasing to see come in and get involved.
Also it was nice that we had a little following, supporting the team away from home.
Squad – Craig Smith, Jason Thomas, Paul Allan, Stuart Taylor, Marc Collins, Charlie Partridge, Lee Milton, Glenn Mackett, Ship, Mani, Dan Cornell Subs – Ant Finch, Mitch Mannell, Liam Welsh all used
MoM –  It was Hard to pick a MOM but I’ll share it between Glenn and Ship. Glenn for his desire and driving the team on through, what were real hard conditions. Ship for playing some neat football, work rate.  A good display that was capped off by a calm, well taken pen.

Match date: 10 March 2013
Ashford Sunday League Premier Division
Aldington 1-1 Bromley Green
Report by Richie Moore
Today we visited Aldington in a league fixture on the back of a well earned victory last week. I will not lie or cover up the fact that I was very disappointed by this morning’s build up to the game, but these are not issues to discuss here.
I expected another tight affair and the result may suggest it was, however with more clinical finishing this would have been a different result. I’m sure Andy Williams will agree I was the happier manager at full time!
We were caught in possession after 15 minutes, and the impressive Danny Rose capitalised after stealing the ball and advanced to hit a shot across the goal, Craig Smith done well to get a hand to it but sadly the ball went into the far corner of the net. We did equalise on half hour, Shqipron did well to stand Ryan Norman up on the line and got a foot in to release James Whyte just over the halfway line, he kept going and tucked his shot away nicely across the keeper into the net.
The next clear cut chances Ryan Norman (37) undecided on a one on one to chip or place his shot and Mani (55) slide in on a great cross, both saw their shots go wide.
Not having the luxury of using substitutes it was Aldington that created the most chances and I’m sure on another day their centre forward (who I shan’t name) would have banked on converting one if not at least 2 of his efforts in front of goal.
As I have stated at the start I was certainly the happier manager come the end, it is clear we will not win this league and my objective is purely to retain our Premier Division status coupled with a decent cup run or 2. To match my ambitions I will need more of the same effort from those have done over the last 2 games.
If there are any players that have changed their phone number, it is requested that the club is informed.
Craig Smith, Jamie Hurst, Lee Milton, Mike Hodges, Shipron Ahmetaj, Marc Collins, Glenn Mackett, Matt Wedge, Emmanuel Awuni, James Whyte, Rob Greenfield.
Unused subs Lee Gilham, Richie Moore

Match date: 2 March 2013
Kent County League Premier Division
Bromley Green 3-2 Snodland
Report by Mickey Doyle
Not the greatest start to the preparation for this game with another manager leaving on Wednesday. Well it does not surprise me this season. But as they say life goes on …
We had a couple of players away and some falling ill so in came reserve keeper Craig Mannering, Michael Hodges and Terry Perk. The team were told to press them and win the ball back quickly and keep the ball moving. Simple A to B passes and don’t let them have time to settle and turn this game in a battle.
Game started and Bromley Green was quick out of the blocks for a change hunting that ball down and using it well. It was nice to see Charlie Partridge nice and lively on the left and Mani was dancing his way down the right. The first goal came from the right when Mani was trying to work some space, lays the ball back to Jason backing him up and swings in a lovely ball from the left for Charlie Partridge to half volley into the roof of the net. We had a couple of half chances and limited them to trying to counter which we dealt with ok. Then Dan latches on to a through ball, rounds the keeper and you think it’s a banker, misses wide to the right. To be fair that goalmouth was not in a very good state. But from the resulting goal kick Ship wins the header and Dan is alive and gets to the ball first and lifts the ball into the back of the net. First half was all Green really but lack of composure, over confidence or something made us just lack that cutting edge in the final third.
Half time words were more of the same; but relax and lets not play at 100 mph; they will come out and turn this into a battle, play with shape and keep that ball moving.
Second half started with them pushing and pushing, and hunting us down but we kept our shape and kept the ball moving well. We did not have the movement of the first half but managed to keep the ball moving. We was rewarded when some nice play down the left set up Glenn Mackett to side foot a volley home from 20yds.(Macca loves a side foot). Then they started to turn up the heat a little fouls after fouls and for some reason some didn’t want it others wanted to go toe to toe and our game plan which left them in a dazzle was out the window just what they wanted. Mannering started to get a bit busier, players having too many touches. I like to see teams play football but sometimes it does need to go long as we found out over playing at the back let their forward in and he manage to scramble it home. Then again a lack of purpose in a pass gifted them a counter attack which their forward headed home I think it took about 5 lucky bounces and it was 3-2 and game on in their eyes. Changes were made with Stuart Taylor coming on for Ship and Munch coming on for Marc Collins. Stuart Taylor got right in the mix unsettling them and then bursting into the box. ST was clipped and down he went the ref was in 2 minds but the lineman done his job and signalled pen. Dan Cornell step up and missed. The game just turns more and nastier with 2 of their lads being sent off 1 for foul language and their skipper for a really nasty one on Charlie Partridge, which I thought was a breaker but all credit to him he jumped straight back up. Game finished and a game of 2 halves really.
Squad – Craig Mannering, Jason Thomas, Mickey Doyle, Michael Hodges, Marc Collins, Charlie Partridge, Lee Milton, Glenn Mackett, Ship, Mani, Dan Cornell.  Subs – Jamie Hurst, Terry Perk, Stuart Taylor all used
MoM – Charlie Partridge good goal and done everything which was asked of him. Just playing on after that tackle deserves credit.

Match date: 3 March 2013
Ashford Charity Trophy Quarter Final
Bromley Green 3-2 Aldington
Report by Richie Moore
Today we welcomed Aldington for the quarter final of the Ashford Charity Trophy, and what a game of 2 halves it was!
Both teams came into this fixture off the back of remarkable defeats and were looking to make amends.  We managed to do this for the first half and pretty much dominated the play apart from a scrappy 10 minutes.
We took the lead after 8 minutes when Glenn Mackett rode a tackle and released the ball to Mani who then twisted the defender and crossed for James Whyte to tap in from close range. This seemed to wake the visitors a little and as I said it got scrappy and we really needed a second goal before the break to give us a better advantage. This goal came after half hour when a long ball was missed by the defender, Mani was alert and turned him to run at goal, riding a tackle that came in and then placed the ball in the net. More chances were created, after 38 mins Glenn made a burst through the middle avoiding a couple of tackles and struck a shot which hit the bar, we were convinced it was over the line but the goal was not given. Another great burst through the middle from Mani saw his shot just tipped over.
Aldington welcomed half time to regroup and changed tactics to use the wings more, they were rewarded in the 61st minute after Jamie Hurst tripped Dan Rose in the box. The penalty was scored and 5 minutes later came an equaliser, a corner was swung in and it seemed only 1 person was interested in attacking the ball, the header went through a couple of players into the net.
The game then swung both ways as the teams searched for the winner. This came after 83 minutes when Terry Perk who replaced James up front broke on the left and found himself with a shot on goal, he calmly slotted across the keeper with his left foot. The last action came in the 87th minute when Craig Mannering parried a shot which swerved at the last second, he got up quickly to produce a great double save which for Aldington saw the ball go just past the wrong side of the post.
This was a great game of football which was well refereed and had lots of good play and action. A great advertisement for Sunday morning football and a result that pleased me and was deserved after the work rate and effort that was put in.
Craig Mannering, Jamie Hurst (Rob Greenfield 70), Matt Hadlum, Mike Hodges, Jason Thomas, Marc Collins, Lee Milton, Glenn Mackett, Shqipron Ahmetaj, Emmanuel Awuni, James White (Terry Perk (75).

Match date: 2 March 2013
Ashford & District League
Bromley Green Thirds 1-4 Ruckinge United
Report by Steve Mailey
Ruckinge were our visitors for a league clash which saw two struggling sides battle for points and pride. On this day the visitors took both. When assessing things after the event, it has to go down as a day for the club to forget.
From our perspective, the team was all change again as one pulled out, one went up to the first team and one went up to the reserves. Add to that the loss of a player 3 weeks ago (still no official word!) and suddenly 4 from the preferred starting line up were missing. Fortunately Magar and Cahalane returned and the average age shot through the roof as Kevin Friend joined Moore and Garrett as the older options!
As for the game, I suggested we ignore current league positions and not assume the visitors offer little threat. Clearly that was ignored as we were second to pretty much everything in the opening exchanges. After a while our youngsters settled more and began using each other better and creating chances. That didn’t stop us going one down though as a goal mouth scramble saw the ball just cross the line – our young Conner Gower with the flag receiving due praise for his honesty.
Shortly after we were level following a fine move down the flank and Ryan Prior finishing in style. As is the norm, we dropped off the pace a little and became lazy in dangerous areas. Our decision to skip two challenges as a harmless run towards our box gathered pace meant he was soon in our box and a slight contact was rewarded with a penalty against us.

Half time chat

Half time chat

Trailing 1-2 at the break I challenged our lads to react, suggesting we were a better side than Ruckinge, yet we needed to prove it. Although various changes helped us in some areas, it possibly restricted us in others. We worked hard and showed some promise yet never quite got to grips with our visitors during the second half. Two further goals came, one quite late on, as we failed to do the simple stuff inside our own area.
So a disappointing defeat, for a multitude of reasons, was reflected in the near silence in the dressing room after the game. In terms of plus points, both Cahalane and Griffin put in good shifts along with Kalungiadi showing real promise as he settles in. This squad is all about the youth, but I have to mention the three wise men of Garrett, Friend and Moore who all offered valuable input today.
Guest; Garrett, Friend, Holewell, Cahalane, Ahmad, Perkins, Magar, Kalungiadi, Griffin, Prior. Subs: Pestana, Moore, Hagger (all used)

Match date: 23 February 2013
Kent County League Premier Division
Bredhurst Juniors 1-2 Bromley Green
Report by Tony Gawler
Bromley Green travelled to Upchurch for a tricky league clash against Bredhurst Juniors, whom after a convincing 7-1 victory the week before must have been full of confidence.
The visitors started the better of the two sides with Marc Collins twice testing Bredhurst keeper Dan Mason in the opening 10 minutes from free kicks around the edge of the box.
As the half progressed the home side came more into the game, on 27 minutes Green keeper Craig Smith denied Bredhurst diving at full stretch to his right.
Bredhurst took the lead just before half time, when some uncharacteristic slack defending allowed Bredhurst’s Joe Harvey to fire home from close range despite a great effort from Smith who almost managed to keep it out.
Bromley Green came out firing in the second half with Glenn Mackett and Lee Milton, playing his 700th senior game for the club, pushing the team on from midfield. Shqipron Ahmetaj had a fine chance after neat work from Emmanuel Awuni and Dan Cornell set him through but he fired narrowly wide. Bredhurst were a threat on the break and Smith was called into action to tip a close range header over the bar.
Just before the hour Mackett slipped a pin point pass through to Cornell who was denied by a fine save from Mason. Two minutes later the home keeper was a mere spectator when Awuni collected the ball and fired an unstoppable drive from 22 yards into the top right hand corner of the net to equalise for the visitors.
Bromley Green were now in control and were pushing for a winner, which duly came in the 82nd minute when a Green corner was only partially cleared, Collins whipped in a curling cross which avoided everyone and dropped in at the far post.
Despite having to defend a late onslaught from the home side, no clear cut chances were made.
So Bromley Green continue their slow climb up the Premier division table and on Saturday entertain Snodland Town at Waterside for a 14:45 kick off.
BROMLEY GREEN: C Smith; J Hurst (C Rose), P Allan, M Doyle, M Collins; L Milton, G Mackett, S Ahmetaj (S Taylor), A Finch, E Awuni (C Partridge); D Cornell

Match date: 23 February 2013
Ashford & District League
Bethersden 6-1 Bromley Green Thirds
Report by Richie Moore
Saturday saw the 3rd team travel down the A28 to face a Bethersden team that hadn’t used their pitch since October and also not conceded in 5 games. Missing Terry Perk and a couple of others due to work made travelling with 12 players and myself a tough afternoon ahead. The league has implemented roll on/off subs which we really couldn’t use to our advantage.
I asked for the team to push on from last week’s win over Kennington pushing the belief that games can be won despite previous attempts this season. The negativity I received back from this is not acceptable from players that want to progress to a higher level in this club and also a little respect to managers would not go amiss!
To be fair we did start brightly after this, Ryan seeing a shot rebound off the bar and Kieran having a shot well saved from a volley. We then switched off a little bit and started to get a bit over run in midfield, allowing balls over the top and being second best on pace. I changed formation and this allowed us to regroup a little and started to get back in the game. A penalty miss knocked out a little bit of momentum and we conceded 1 more to go into the break 5-0 down.
The emphasis for the second half was merely to win that period. Again I made a couple of tactical changes along the way as I did not believe for one minute we were a team that the scoreline reflected. I got exactly the response I wanted. We started to dominate possession on a very difficult pitch, created chances and Ollie had a great dipping shot from 25 yards tipped onto the bar before he scored our consolation. Sadly we conceded again within that few minutes period where you need to remain tight.
There were positives to take from this game if players want to take them, and it would be unfair to single out players but I thought Jordan’s work rate after being moved to the wing was a good example to set. Swarneem worked with energy on the other side with new signing Joe having a good 70 minutes, more match practice will allow him to develop and raise fitness.

Match date: 16 February 2013
Ashford & District League
Bromley Green Thirds 2-1 Kennington Thirds
Report by Steve Mailey
On Saturday we welcomed neighbours Kennington to Waterside for a league clash. Although the weather was fine enough, the surface was very heavy and the pitch was simply dire in certain areas. That said, both sets of lads deserve credit for getting on with it and putting on an entertaining, albeit scrappy, football match.
Both sides have struggled thus far and our boys were still searching for a first league point! Therefore it was pleasing to see an impressive determination among our squad prior to kick off, each believing our efforts last week suggested we are heading in the right direction. The game itself started off at quite a pace and, to be fair, that pace remained throughout. The Green lads enjoyed plenty of possession but struggled to gain any real rhythm as both the mud and dogged opponents meant progress was slow and quite painful! In terms of goal mouth action, the visitors were a constant threat through Guy Farmer, yet it was our lads who had the clear cut chances – about 4 in the opening 25 minutes! We get chances in every game, so it was a worryingly familiar feeling when we fell behind following a quick counter attack that was finished in style.
At the break I made some changes and challenged the boys to win the 50/50s, be brave and to communicate better. Although the early stages of the second half were quite uneventful I feel we slowly took the initiative and were looking the stronger. The threat from the visitors attack remained but we were using the ball better and the introduction of Magar and Gurung allowed us to threaten further forward. The belief appeared to be there as we continued getting bodies forward. Reward came when skipper Perkins challenged for a delivery, got his head to it and saw it loop over the keeper to level things up.
Now came the test. These lads are used to things going pear shaped, so a test of character was in store for the closing minutes. On the touch line, we faced a stick or twist scenario – take our first point or go for it! We adopted 3 at the back in search of the win. With just three minutes remaining, Gurung found himself closing in at an angle and calmly slotted home from 8 yards. I say calmly, it seemed to take an eternity to cross the line, but it was certainly precise. We held on to claim our first league win and I feel we deserved it.
Happy faces at full time have been quite rare this season, so I’m really pleased for these lads. A big squad every week, they have stuck with it and deserve credit. Next week we face a very tough challenge at Bethersden, but anything is possible with belief and work rate.
W Guest / E Holewell / T Perk / L Hagger / O Perkins / I Pestana / K Shrimpton / R Prior / D Garrett / M Dalby / S Ahmetaj. Subs: R Cahalane, S Gurung, J Griffin, J Ahmad, P Magar

Match date: 9 February 2013
Kent County League Premier Division
Bromley Green 2-1 Tudor Sports
Report by Tony Gawler
A strong first half performance and two fine strikes from striker Dan Cornell was enough to see the Green take maximum points against their visitors from New Eltham.
The home side started brightly and were a constant threat down both flanks and it was a ball from wide after 14 minutes that led to the opening goal, a fine driven cross from Anthony Finch, making his home debut, was guided into the net by the head of Cornell.
On 20 minutes it was 2-0, a powerful run through the middle from Shqipron Ahmetaj and lay off to Finch, his low cross was met by Cornell getting in front of his marker to tuck the ball into the corner of the net.
Soon after Tudor Sports had their best spell of the half and Green keeper Craig Smith was forced to make a smart save and the home crossbar was rattled from the follow up.
The second half saw the visitors pushing forward in order to get into the game but the Bromley Green back line marshalled by Paul Allan and Mickey Doyle held strong. However in the 68th minute Tudor Sports were awarded a penalty, Glenn McTaggart stepped up and dispatched the spot kick giving Smith no chance.
From this period both sides had opportunities to score as the home side were put under pressure but were always a threat on the break.
Jamie Hurst cleared off the line for the home side and Cornell was denied his hat trick by a superb save from the Tudor keeper.
A good win for Bromley Green who this Saturday travel to league leaders Metrogas.
Squad: C Smith; Marc Collins, M Doyle, P Allan, J Hurst; E Awuni (R Floyd), L Milton (T Moon), S Ahmetaj, G Mackett, A Finch; D Cornell

Smarden 3 v 1 Bromley Green Thirds

Ashford & District League

Saturday saw us return to action at Smarden. For some, several weeks have passed without seeing any football action at all. That said, I did not expect rustiness to be an issue at their age, and it’s fair to say they all got on with the job before them.

The hosts fielded a much changed side compared to the one we faced earlier in the season. Quality in goal, quality up front and a wealth of experience elsewhere meant this would be a tough challenge. As for our lads, one had work, one never showed and one went up to the reserve squad (according to rumour.) That was countered when Dalby came to help out and new face Sam Sowdan also added numbers to field a respectable squad.

Although the first half was fairly even, our boys were guilty all too often of inviting trouble on to our defensive third and we were duly put under pressure more than was necessary. Following some fine stops by Wilson, a fine cross was met with perfection to send us one down. The goal mouth action remained in the hosts’ favour, with our youngsters battling well elsewhere.

At the break I altered things a little, putting our experience more central, adding more energy in midfield and introducing Pestana up front. I’d like to think the changes helped us as we were certainly more of a threat between midfield and attack and were not caught out so much defending. We began asking a lot more questions and forced Smarden in to some panic defending. We come back to composure and confidence – three good chances may well have bought a goal had we had a little more belief.

The deficit was doubled following a fine effort from a fine player, wrong footing two defenders before dispatching his effort in to the far corner of the net. We remained positive and the spirit was mostly good. The impressive input from Pestana was rewarded when he found the net from 8 yards to get us back in it. At this point, we realised we could possibly get something from the game and there was an extra sense of belief throughout the side. Amazing what belief can do! I feel we actually deserved an equaliser to be fair because our movement was generally good and we played some good stuff.

It wasn’t to be though as the lead became 3-1 in the closing minutes. Another defeat, but I was pleased with the squad spirit. As for displays, a couple of the youngsters were not on their game to be fair. While Elliot improved as the game went on and skipper Ollie worked tirelessly against a very experienced midfield. I will give a special mention to Iwry Pestana though. Iwry has not had much luck nor has he had many opportunities, so I’m delighted for the boy that he took his chance at half time and caused many problems in attack, grabbing a goal in the process. Still raw, still frustrating at times, yet proof that confidence and self belief sometimes pay off!

W Guest / E Holewell / T Perk / L Hagger / O Perkins © / M Dalby / I Pestana / S Gurung / K Shrimpton / J Griffin / J Ahmad / R Prior / D Garrett / S Sowdan

Match date: 10 February 2013
Ashford Sunday League Premier Division
Bromley Green 2-4 Bethersden
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we welcomed league leaders Bethersden to waterside on a very cold and wet morning. Going into his game I had high expectations that we could take 3 points, and with teams around the top dropping points we still could have a say in winning the league.
The game started with us taking total control and dominating with some great attacking football that Bethersden could not handle or cope with, but you need to take your chances and I’m afraid we fell way short in that department. The few spectators that bothered to turn up and watch where amazed that we went into the half 3-1 down, and the same poor standard of finishing continued into the second half with us continuing to attack but falling well short of the required mark. The game ended 4-2 to Bethersden and showing why they are top, they hit the target when it’s required. The goals we gave away as per the norm this season all came from stupid school boy errors. Our scorers where Marc Collins and Richard Floyd.
Squad:- Puxted Hadlum Hodges Collins Floyd Awuni Ajhmati  (Neal) Barham Mackett Milton Whyte Barron (unused) Hurst (didn’t show up)

Match date: 3 February 2013
Ashford & District Sunday League Division One
Troggs 2-4 Bromley Green Reserves
Report by Tommy Lockett
What a game we all played on Sunday to beat a well organised and experienced side – even Peter Millen got involved! I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am with the squad that turned out today! We had flair, belief and a great attitude and to be honest it’s the best I’ve seen us play this season. We have 4 or 5 young players coming through my team and believe me they are going to be top players in this club and I’m proud to be bringing them through! We also have the likes of BJ, Matt Wedge, Jon Douglas, Paul Barron and Richard Floyd that will bring loads of experience to the squad. Jack Draper continues to show me how much he wants it every week! His work rate is second to none while Matt Burdon has found his feet at this club showing great control and basically makes the game look easy and it’s a pleasure to watch. Ryan Prior was up and down all game being in the right place all the time tracking back excellent ball work and I can promise u he is going to be one for the future. Wilson in goal made some fine saves! I’m so happy for him cause the last couple of games he hasn’t been up to much and he will be the first to tell you that! And your kicking Wilson cripes when did you learn how to do that! CAUSE IT WASN’T AT TRAINING!!!!! See u Tuesday flea! First half we come out looking sloppy for the first ten minutes but soon got out of that creating chances and looking dangerous! But it was Troggs that took the lead with a long ball over the top that caught us out with a great finish. After they scored I was a little worried as we looked like the team that was going to score first and I didn’t want their heads to go down! But that wasn’t to be we got right back in their faces! 10 mins from the first half Mani got took out on the right hand side. We sent the big boys up and it paid off as Mani delivered a great knock only for their own player to head in his own net. 1-1 half time. Second half we was once again the more dominant side but we let them in again an they punished us to make it 2-1. I made some changes bringing Lee Milton off and putting Paul Barron on who made an impact straight away getting stuck in and causing problems with his vision and killer passing! Aaron Neil was causing them so much bother with pace and skill on the ball he was a joy to watch taking on players like they wasn’t even there.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHalf hour left still trailing 2-1 so I made two more changes bringing on Richard Floyd and Jordan Griffin – they got straight into the game and Jordan [left] caused their back 4 nothing but bother! But it was our new signing Jeff who made it 2-2 with a great run from our own half to shin it in the bottom right hand corner game on! We pushed and pushed and yet again Mani got a foul far out on the left side! He swung it in and Johnny Lockett hammered it home with a great header. 3-2 to Bromley Green. I didn’t know what to do sit back or make them have it! But I’m not the sort of person to sit back and invite pressure so we made them have it. And it worked cause young lad Jordan Griffin scored! 4-2 game over. I was made up 3 points and our first win! Well done lads training Tuesday all to meet at Waterside for 7pm sharp please! Mom was hard but it had to go to Ryan Prior. Well done mate. Team: Wilson Guest, Jon Douglas, Jeff Evans, John Lockett, Matt Burdon, Mani, Lee Milton, Matt Wedge, Ryan Prior, Jack Draper, Aaron Neil.Subs used: Paul Barron, Richard Floyd, Jordan Griffin. Subs not used: Ship, Jamie Hurst

Match date: 12 January 2013
Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield
Bromley Green 1 Greenways 3
Report by Tony Gawler
Bromley Green exited the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield at the Quarter final stage after defeat to a good Greenways side.
The first half was fairly even with Green keeper Craig Smith twice needing to save from low drives and the Greenways defence clearing off the line after a spell of Bromley Green pressure. The first half ended goalless and all seemed to be played for in the second period.
It was the visitors who started brighter and were in front within seven minutes of the restart.  Aaron Klemen appeared to be in an offside position when he received the ball but with assistants flag not raised he advanced on the Green goal and fired past the advancing Smith.
The home side then began to push for an equaliser and were rewarded on 62 minutes, a Marc Collins corner found Emanuel Awuni whose shot was diverted into the net by the head of Dan Cornell.
Conceding the goal seemed to fire up the visitors who were back in front within 10 minutes, after some neat play Greenways striker Cameron Gray blasted an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the Bromley Green goal.
The home side were now forced to chase the game but Greenways always looked more of a threat on the counter attack and this was proven when Brad Cross added a late third for the visitors.
On the final whistle it was the better side on the day that progressed to the Semi-Final.
This Saturday Bromley Green are back in Premier League action when they visit Chipstead.
Bromley Green: C Smith; Marc Collins, P Allan, M Doyle, J Thomas; L Milton (T Poyner 60), G Mackett, S Ahmetaj, E Awuni; C Partidge (J Hurst 76), D Cornell.

Match date: 12 January 2013

Kent County League Reserves Division East
Bearsted Reserves 6-0 Bromley Green Reserves
Report by Matt Coniam
Firstly, the score of this game in no way reflects the performance of the team!
The New Year began with a vastly different (and younger) line up to that which we started the season and with the recent enforced breaks and new faces we tried to treat this as a pre-season game with numerous changes both of personnel and positions.
Bearsted, being the reserve team of an Invicta League outfit were as strong as expected, their front line were clearly well above our level. That said we matched them for long periods of the game and if our finishing had been a little more clinical we could have made the score a lot more respectable and may even have got something out of this game.
Our new signings performed well on the day with 18 year old left back Matt Burdon and 19 year old defender Matthew Davidson the standout performances aided by Josh Ahmad who capably made the step up from our 3rds squad. Overall we were rusty and we will look to improve with regular football over the next few weeks. The squad is growing again and it was good to see some atmosphere and banter in the changing rooms again.
Man of the match this week goes to Tom Moon. Tom has flourished in the reserves and his work rate gave the experienced Bearsted defenders no rest for the whole 90 minutes. On any other day he would have had a least a couple of goals but was denied by the post and a last ditch goal line clearance.
Thanks also to Tommy Lockett and Dave Homewood for their help with player contacts during last week, it is appreciated lads!
Squad: Craig Mannering; Martyn Dalby, Syd Beal, Danny Illsley, Matthew Davidson, Tom Moon, Aaron Neil, Richard Floyd, Matt Illsley, Bradley Horne.
Subs: Matt Burdon, Josh Ahmad, James Whyte

Match date: 13 January 2013
Ashford Sunday League Division One
Levin Athletic 5-0 Bromley Green Reserves
Report by Tommy Lockett
We travelled to St Mary’s Bay with a hard game at hand and with the bare 11 with myself having to play. I’m not one to hold back with how I feel about people letting their team down. It’s not going to happen all the time I’m in charge of this team. I haven’t got time for people that don’t care enough about this club.We have to stick together in the hard times and make a bad season into a good season! Staying up in this league is something that means everything to me. Everybody hates losing. For the the 11 that turned up I couldn’t have asked for any more. The pitch was heavy and to be honest we played with 10 because I couldn’t even walk let alone run! This Sunday we play Egerton at Waterside and 3 points is a must. My mom was Dan Harris closely followed by Jordan Griffin who showed me he is one to watch for the future! Well done lads.

Match date: 13 January 2013
Kent Sunday Premier Cup
Bromley Green 1-3 Spartac
Report by Matt Barham
This week we welcomed Spartac to Waterside for the 5th round of the Premier Kent Cup. After our last 4 outings i was expecting us to progress further as we had played some superb football.
The game started with Spartac attacking us from the start with some good attacking play that showed why they had bagged over 60 goals so far this term, these constant attacks paid off as they scored on 20 mins after we needlessly gave the ball away. This goal seem to spur us into action and somehow we seemed to get on top and pulled it back on 25 mins when Marc Collins drilled a shot in from within the 18 yard box. Once again we upped the tempo with Steve Harris missing a 1 on 1 chance and Jason Thomas having a shot saved and Micky Doyle heading over, however it was not all one way as there number 9 hit a dipping volley that Simon superbly tipped onto the bar. This game was not a pretty game that we had been used to of late as the surface stopped us from playing our normal passing game from the middle of the park. We went into the half level pegging at 1-1 but we felt with the upper hand.
The second half started as it finished with both sides showing glimpses of how they can play and both creating chances early on but not really threatening the goal, but this all changed on 75 mins when somehow a cross seemed to evade the ever steady Simon and sneak in at the front post. From then on we pushed for the equaliser and at times we seemed to try to hard which seemed to distract us from how we can play and this was our down fall after some sloppy play at the back gifted them with the winner.
The performance we put in in the last 20 mins was by far below the level we have achieved this year, and was very disappointing as our path after this game look very encouraging to the final.
Squad:- SIMON PUXTED, MIKE HODGES, MICKY DOYLE, JASON THOMAS,(RICHARD FLOYD) PAUL ALLEN, GLEN MACKETT, LEE MILTON, DAN BARHAM, (TOM POYNER) STEVE HARRIS, JAMES WHYTE, MARC COLLINS (SHQPRON AHMETAJI)

Match date: 5 January 2013
Kent County League Premier Division
Bromley Green 2-0 Staplehurst
Report by Tony Gawler
Bromley Green got the New Year off to a winning start with a Premier Division victory over near rivals Staplehurst and Monarchs.
The game as a whole was a stop-start affair with both teams a little rusty after a three week break and some fussy refereeing preventing much free flowing football.
The early exchanges were quite even and neither keeper was forced into action until the 20th minute when Green striker Dan Cornell turned on the edge of the penalty area but his effort was comfortable saved by Staplehurst keeper Ryan Chandler.
Two minutes later the home side took the lead when Chandler misjudged a deep cross from Bromley Green full back Jason Thomas and Cornell was left unmarked at the back post to put the ball into the empty net. The striker has now scored in all of his last 4 games.
Green should have doubled their lead on 40 minutes, when Glenn Mackett released Lee Milton down the right and his cut back found the advancing Charlie Partridge whose scuffed effort found Emmanuel Awuni who also failed to strike the ball cleanly and the ball was cleared off the line. The Staplehurst keeper was bought into action just before half time producing a fine save from a Mackett header.
Staplehurst were forced into making changes early in the second half due to injuries and this did nothing to help the flow of the game as both defences were coming out on top and much of the game was fought in a congested midfield. The home side made a couple of changes bringing on Tom Poyner for Awuni and Jamie Hurst for Partridge.
The Green stepped up a gear in the 80th minute when Thomas made a fine nun but his low drive found the side netting. However, three minutes later Thomas again beat his man down the right, this time he crossed and skipper Mackett met the ball at the near post and headed home to double the lead.
The final minutes plus 7 minutes of added time went by without any notable goal mouth incidents as Bromley Green completed their league double over their visitors.
Green: C Smith; Marc Collins, P Allan, M Doyle, J Thomas; S Ahmetaj, L Milton (M Dalby 84), G Mackett, E Awuni (T Poyner 64); C Partridge (J Hurst 73), D Cornell

Match date: 6 January 2013
Kent Sunday Premier Cup
Green Lane 1-2 Bromley Green
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we made the long awaited trip to play Green Lane from Paddock Wood in the Premier section of the Kent Cup, this game had been called off 5 weeks on the trot due to a waterlogged pitch at the Lane, and again the game was nearly a victim to this so was switched to Haysbrook Schools 3G pitch in Tonbridge.
The game from the onset was a classic passing game with both teams taking advantage of the great playing surface with at times some great inter changes of play, however with us bareing the fruit first going 1 up after a slide rule pass from Dan Barham putting Steve Harris in who calmly chipped the on coming keeper. We continued to pass our way forward with constant attacks on their goal and coming close twice again from a trademark  Marc Collins free kick just going wide and a cross hitting the bar. The continued pressure failed to bear anymore goals but it seemed going into the half time break we should have been 3 up with our constant attacks and great runs down the flanks from Jason Thomas and Marc Collins, and with Simon in goal and the back line not being really tested.
The half time brief was to continue as per the first half and stay switched on. Our first half performance made the Lane make changes to players and formation at the re start, however this did not have the desired effect they wanted at first as we continued on the front foot for the first 10 minutes of the second half with Steve Harris hitting the post after some great play between him and Glenn Mackett and then Matt Hadlum hitting the bar from 40 yards. Then the Lane managed to pull one back after a scramble from a corner on 60 minutes which seem to spur them on, but for some outstanding saves from Simon who for a period of constant pressure kept us in the game. After wavering the storm we steadied and got back on track with our game that eventually led to us going in front again after Glenn Mackett hooked the ball in from 6 yards on 75 minutes, this seemed to kill the Lane off as we continued to dominate and again hitting the bar on 90 minutes.
Overall a fantastic result but also a fantastic performance by the whole team.
MOM Simon Puxted
Squad : S Puxted, J Thomas, P Allan, M Hadlum, M Hodges, Marc Collins, D Barham, L Milton, (T Poyner) G Mackett, J Whyte, (R Floyd) S Harris

Match date: 6 January 2013
Sheber Cup
Bromley Green Reserves 2-3 Burton Grove
Report by Tommy Lockett
This is my Sunday Reserves write up, Bromley Green Reserves v Burton Grove, and firstly on behalf of all the lads we want to say thanks for the brilliant support we had from all sections of the club.
A very enjoyable game to watch all the boys done their all. I was proud of all of them. New signings John Lockett, Chris Commerford and Mike Wright all played really well. BJ with his outstanding height winning headers and just good all round defending. Mike played well but sadly had to come off through a hamstring injury but should be fine for Sunday. Chris worked hard and to score a goal on his debut was nice to see. Jack Draper worked his socks off showing great strength and passion as always. Aaron Neil was outstanding, working hard and playing some great football. All the boys worked hard and let’s not forget we are a new team with a lot of youth coming through which is nice to see.
My mom was Jamie Hurst as he had it all for me – great work up and down all game, some great crosses he dug in all game. I’m happy with all of you – just need to stay together and we will get through the hard times! PROMISE! See u all next week – on Sunday we are away to Levin Athletic. Be at clubhouse for 9am please.
Green: W Guest; R Hagger, J Lockett, J Douglas, J Hurst, M Wright, A Neil, D Hagger, C Commerford, J Draper, R Fitzgerald. Subs: M Dalby, T Moon, J Griffin

Match date: 15 December 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Tudor Sports 3-3 Bromley Green
Report by Tony Gawler
With a majority of Kent’s games washed out on Saturday, those that witnessed this encounter saw everything. A goalkeeper scoring, a dubious penalty, a howling miss, and late comeback and some neat football.
The game started evenly and it was soon clear that there were two contrasting styles of play, Tudor use their height advantage and move the ball forward quickly with Bromley Green using a more measured approach.
It was with the most clear case of route one football that Tudor Sports took the lead on 17 minutes when home keeper James Bradley claimed the ball from a Bromley Green corner and launched a wind assisted clearance down the field, this didn’t appear to carry any threat but the bounce deceived the normally reliable Craig Smith in the Green goal and he watched flat footed as the ball sailed over his head and into the net.
Green raised their game and went close to equalising when a Jason Thomas long range effort hit a post, Shqipron Ahmetaj was first to the loose ball and his accurate cross was headed narrowly wide by skipper Glenn Mackett.
Then on 23 minutes the home side were awarded a very soft penalty when Mackett was adjudged to have pushed a Tudor player while defending a corner. Green keeper Smith saved the spot kick but Glenn McTaggert hit in the rebound.
Just after Green were let of the hook when a Tudor striker went clear and with the goal gaping he somehow managed to lift the ball high over the bar from 5 yards out.
On the half hour mark Green got back into the game with the best move of the half, after another dangerous run Thomas found Mackett in the Tudor penalty area and his lay off found Charlie Partridge who hit the ball low into the bottom corner. With minutes of the half remaining the home side restored their two goal advantage with a strong header from a corner.
The second half saw the home side start strongly and they were always a threat from set pieces and twice headed narrowly wide. Smith also had to be alert saving smartly from a curling free kick.
Bromley Green then started to get more into the game and a drive from Ryan Norman was well saved by the home keeper. Striker Dan Cornell was then introduced to the game replacing Ahmetaj. With 17 minutes remaining a Green corner taken by the reliable Marc Collins was met by Mickey Doyle whose strong header found the back of the net.
This prompted a resurgent Green to push on for the equaliser and both Norman and Mani Awuni had efforts saved by the home keeper. Jamie Hurst replaced a tired Lee Milton on 84 minutes.
Then on 88 minutes Bromley Green’s pressure paid off, another Collins corner was headed clear but only found Dan Cornell on the edge of the box and his fierce low drive flew into the corner of the net.
There was still time for more drama and the visitors could have stole it with the last kick of the game, Collins raced clear and had support in the middle of the goal but hit his effort wide.
An entertaining game for all neutral supporters.
Bromley Green played some good football and showed a lot of heart and determination to salvage a point from a good Tudor side who at present sit second in the league table.
TEAM: C Smith, Marc Collins, P Allan, M Doyle, J Thomas; R Norman, L Milton (J Hurst 83), G Mackett, S Ahmetaj ( D Cornell 63); E Awuni, C Partridge.
Goals: Partridge 30mins, Doyle 73, Cornell 88
Man of the Match: Really a difficult one to call this week as this was a good team effort. It will go to Jason Thomas whose runs in the first half caused the opposition many problems.

Match date: 15 December 2012
Ashford & District League
Golden Arrow 9-0 Bromley Green Thirds
Report by Steve Mailey
After an enforced break from action for a few weeks we returned with a trip to Hythe to face Golden Arrow. With the weather knocking out the majority of football in the region, it was a pleasant surprise to find the pitch quite playable, if not predictably heavy.
Previous results suggest Arrow are potentially the top side in this league, so it was never going to be an easy return to action. Conversations before kick off highlighted how we should set up and detailed the individual tasks needed in our attempts to tackle the hosts. On paper, the score line confirms what many expected, and such results should never be followed by a string of excuses, but I am prepared to offer praise where it is due.
The opening exchanges were quite even. Our lads did all that was asked of them and restricted Arrow to harmless possession and just one or two chances. Although not offering too much ourselves in attack, we were clearly frustrating the hosts who were starting to argue among themselves. A middle trio of Perk, Perkins and Neil were proving to be an effective shield for defensive duo Garrett and Harris. The youthful inexperience of our width was becoming the best route forward for Arrow as the pressure grew.
After 26 minutes we cracked to go one down, failing to meet a cross first time. This was a blow following such a good start. It was quickly followed by a nasty reminder of how feeble we can be sometimes, going 2 down when some dire efforts to clear the area were punished. Half time arrived with a 0-3 score when a horrid deflection fell into the path of a Golden jersey.
At the break I praised the boys for their efforts in the opening stages. The mood was upbeat and changes were made to utilise the squad. Much of the same in terms of effort and pride was the call.
The restart could not have been much worse as we conceded very early, one guy going past nearly half of our side before slotting home! Unfortunately to watch, that set the tone for the remainder of the game as we never reached the pleasing level seen in the first half. Further goals came, most avoidable, and some as a direct result of silly mistakes. But to be fair, it was more to do with a drop in energy levels in front of an overloaded rearguard that cost us. On another day, a little more luck or belief in front of goal and we may have been rewarded as Perk, Prior and Harris all had efforts which deserved better.
So another defeat yet the attitude after the game was pleasing. The boys are showing an impressive unity and they all seem to understand what we are trying to achieve and that it is a very tough league to learn in. As 2013 approaches, I will be looking to alter things for the second half of the season. Our little errors and our drop in energy level can be addressed – by training. I’ll be approaching the boys on the matter over the coming weeks, as 3 or 4 regulars in poor!
My thanks to all the players for their efforts, and to those who came along and supported.
Guest / Holewell / Harris / Garrett / Magar / Perk / Perkins / Neil / Gurung / Shrimpton / Griffin. Subs: Ahmad / Prior / Cahalane / Hagger – all used.

Match date: 9 December 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Division One
Bromley Green Reserves 5-3 Red Heathens
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we welcomed Red Heathens to Waterside for a league fixture, having already played the away fixture and dominating for eighty minutes but coming away empty handed we all knew that we could pick up our first league win of the season if we all wanted it enough. We started brightly but as more often than not found ourselves one down after five minutes after lack of communication and poor marking. Everyone kept their heads up and started again passing the ball well,maintaining possession and working hard on and off the ball. Within five minutes of the re-start we would find the equaliser through great work from Jack Draper to get a great cross in for Thomas Moon to get in front of his man at the near post and poke home. We continued to dominate the game with some great football and deservedly took the lead through the ever hard working Casper Floyd. Then five minutes before half time we were awarded a penalty which Paul Barron stepped forward to take, up he stepped little fake sending the keeper early but sent the kick wide, last one he takes lol.
So a nice change to go in at half time leading, but not criticising players but as most weeks we could of gone in out of sight if chances had been taken and Jason Ovenden in the Heathens goal had not made some great stops. We started the second half the same as most weeks as though we were still having our half time chat but fortunately the couple of chances Heathens mustard were missed which seemed to kick us into gear. After great team work Casper would find Ollie Perkins in space just outside the box, after one touch he would hit a peach of a shot which left the keeper scrambling to his right but all he could do was watch it nestle in the net, three one up and cruising. With about twenty minutes to go I replaced Paul Barron with Jordan Griffin as he had worked hard and just wanted to freshen it up a bit, it was nothing to do with the fact he missed the penalty. Heathens hit one back with a great strike from Twenty five yards, but undeservedly with the amount of possession we were maintaining. Then we would hit a fourth through Jack Draper which was no less than he deserved today after all the hard work he put in. Then Casper would get his second and our fifth after more great team play. Heathens would finish the scoring with a great lob from outside the box to make the final score five- three and at last our first league win, let’s just hope we can kick in from here. All I ask every week is players to be honest with me and themselves and give 100%, and today every single player did that. Thanks and well done. Red Heathens awarded Ollie Perkins man of the match, but mine will go to Robbie Greenfield. Asked to play centre half due to injures and work commitments and he never put a foot wrong, well done. That was proberbly the hardest week to pick one as all superb.
W.Guest R.Greenfield M.Dalby J.Hurst J.Thomas O.Perkins P.Barron(70) S.Ahmetaj R.Floyd T.Moon J.Draper sub J.Griffin(20)

Match date: 8 December 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Bromley Green 1-2 Fleet Leisure
Report by Tony Gawler
On Saturday we welcomed Fleet to the Waterside for a premier division clash. The reverse fixture ended in a 4-0 victory for Fleet so we knew that a good performance was required to get something from this game.
Fleet started the better and only a Craig Smith, flying to his left prevented the visitors taking the lead after a fierce drive.
As the half progressed Green got more into the game and had the best chance of the game to date when Mani Awuni and Ship Ahmetaj combined to set up Dan Cornell whose close range effort went narrowly wide.
The game continued to be fairly even, then on 36 minutes Lee Milton intercepted a through ball, ran to the half way line and played a well weighted pass through for Cornell who beat one defender and fired his shot across the keeper and in off the post. 1-0 Green.
Bromley Green then grew with confidence and had their best spell of the game but then lost Ship Ahmetaj through an eye injury just before the half. Thankfully after hospital treatment Ship appears to have fully recovered.
After the half time break the opposition went all out to get back in to the game and only strong defending, some soft finishing from the Fleet forwards and an alert Smith in goal kept the home side in front.
Then on 71 minutes the visitors pressure was rewarded when a ball hit hard and low across the Bromley Green 6 yard box was turned in by the unfortunate Richard Floyd.
After being under a lot of second half pressure the home side changed formation pushing Mani further up the field and were almost rewarded when the youngster put in a strong run only to be denied by an excellent tackle by a Fleet defender.
The game looked to be heading for a draw until the 85th minute , when a miss hit cross went high into the Green 6 yard area, while the home side were deciding who was going to deal with it Fleet winger Joe Loft stole in to head home.
The game petered out without any more real goal action.
We are working hard on the field and defending very well but with four or five players still finding their feet at this level, things are going to be tough. We were a little niave at times but this will be learnt through experience and again we competed against a very decent side for 90 minutes and their celebrations at the end of the game were testament to the tough game we gave them.
TEAM: C Smith; T Poyner, P Allan, M Doyle, R Floyd; L Milton, G Mackett, Marc Collins, S Ahmetaj ( A Neil 42), E Awuni; D Cornell.
Man of the Match: Lee Milton gave everything for 90 minutes and with Dan Cornell created the move of the match.

Match date: 1 December 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Staplehurst & Monarchs 0-3 Bromley Green
Report by Tony Gawler
We travelled to Staplehurst knowing we were in for a tough game.
Both sides started with a back three and it was the Bromley Green defence that was forced to work the harder in the opening period.
Few clear opportunities were created by either side in the first half, largely due to the visitors’ stout defending with Mickey Doyle, Paul Allan and Stuart Taylor strong in defence and Craig Smith ever alert to pounce on the loose ball.  Staplehurst went close from a corner which was headed wide, and Smith reacted well to fall on to deflection off Doyle. But it was not all one way as Emmanuel Awuni was a constant threat with his strong runs and Glenn Mackett looked to have a good opportunity but was off balance and his effort was cleared.
The final notable goalmouth incident of the half was when Mani burst into the box and appeared to be pushed as he lined up to shoot, but referee Martin Staveley waved play on. It was one of those that you have seen given.
The second half started with the home side on top but again with keeper Smith not being stretched. Bromley Green then made a couple of changes with Shqipron Ahmetaj on for Marc Collins and Matt Hadlum for Tom Poyner. The game settled and started to become more even.
The best chance of the game to date came on 70 minutes when Ship went past two and closed in on goal but his placed effort was well saved by the home keeper. This signalled the visitors best spell and 5 minutes later they were in front, a superb ball from the outside of Mani’s boot was met by Matt Hadlum, who with the keeper gone to ground slid the ball into the far corner of the net.
Soon after Richard “Casper” Floyd replaced Aaron Neil.
With 4 minutes of the ninety remaining Green keeper Craig Smith hit a long ball up for Dan Cornell, Dan spun off the defender saw the keeper advancing and hit a delightful lob from 28 yards and into the net.
The home side now looked tired and deflated and in the second minute of time added on Casper ran on to a weak back pass and although his first effort was parried by the home keeper, it was the Bromley Green man who was quickest to react and rolled the ball into the empty net.
We then saw the final few minutes out and could feel content with a fine victory.
TEAM: C Smith; M Doyle, P Allan, S Taylor, T Poyner (M Hadlum 65), M Collins (S Ahmetah 54); L Milton, G Mackett, A Neil (R Floyd 80), E Awuni, D Cornell.
Man of Match: Stuart Taylor, part of a solid defensive wall, strong, reliable and a good left foot.

Match date: 25 November 2012
Kent County League Reserves Division East
APM Reserves 0-2 Bromley Green Reserves
Report by Matt Coniam
With just about every other game in Kent postponed we headed off to Cobdown with a squad full of late changes, some avoidable, others not so. Once again our youngsters, combined with the experience of Doyle, Mannering and Barron, were given little respect by an older if not wiser APM squad. On a surprisingly playable surface, given the horrendous conditions, we gave as good as we got throughout the first half and constantly probed forwards from the solid foundations at the back provided by Dan Illsley, Syd Beal, Mickey Doyle and Martyn Dalby.
The half time team talk centred around getting more support around Dan Cornell, our lone front man. The advice was well heeded as 10 minutes in to the second period Aaron Neil collected the ball in front of the defence,  turned and played a ball inside of the left back for Ship. The run was timed perfectly and the full back’s vain attempt at a challenge gave us a stonewall penalty. Ship coolly slotted the spot kick away himself to give us the lead.
We urged the lads to settle down and be solid immediately after the goal, which they duly did and 10 minutes later Neil and Ship combined in an almost identical fashion with the hard and low finish doubling our lead.
We then threw our subs into the mix with the eager Kieran Shrimpton replacing Ship, who had picked up an injury and Tom Moon coming on with the specific role of giving the oppositions back four as little time as possible on the ball. What I thought would be a long 20 minutes seemed to pass quite quickly as our defence saw out the game with relative ease.
Man of the match is a tough one this week; Mickey Doyle was faultless but his admission that “I never changed out of first gear” shows that he could have made a greater effort to the cause. Ship’s two goals are obviously worth a mention as is Craig Mannering’s brilliant handling display in treacherous conditions. However this week’s accolade goes to Aaron Neil whose endless energy, despite being unwell before the game, was invaluable. He also put two goals on a plate for Ship with clever, pin-point passes.
Squad:  Craig Mannering,  Martyn Dalby,  Aaron Neil,  Danny Illsley,  Mickey Doyle, Liam Holman,  Paul Barron,  Matt Illsley,   Syd Beal,  Dan Cornell, Shqipron Ahmetaj. Subs used: Tom Moon, Kieran Shrimpton

Match date: 18 November 2012
Ashford Sunday League Premier Division Cup
Market Hotel 0 Bromley Green 6
Report by Matt Barham
This week we made the short trip to The Ridge to play Market Hotel to defend the Premier Division Cup that we won last season. We had a very strong squad with Craig Smith stepping into cover for the absent Simon who had other commitments this weekend, and on the back of the great win by the Saturday first team there was a good buzz within the squad. With the squad we had I decided on a 3-5-2 formation based on previous encounters with the Market where the middle of the park was where its always won in these encounters. However the original starting line up changed in the warm up when Glenn Mackett pulled up with an ankle injury so the ever-reliable Liam Holman was called into the starting 11.
The first 15 minutes it was a bit back to the walls as we struggled to adapt and settle to this formation and Market coming close with a shot that hit the bar, we stood firm and on 20 minutes we took the lead after a great cross from Marc Collins was put away by James Whyte, and again on 29 minutes another pin point cross from Marc Collins was smashed home by Steve Harris to make it 2 – 0. We continued to dominate up to half time with Market unable to get the better of us in any areas of the park and only coming close one more time hitting the wood work from a scramble in the box.
The second half started as the first ended with us in total control and Market’s heads down, we continued to attack down both flanks with Marc Collins and Jason Thomas playing some great wing back play and James Whyte causing problems playing off Steve Harris up top. This continued pressure paid off on 58 minutes when another trademark cross from Marc Collins found James Whyte who slotted home again past the hapless Market makeshift keeper Paul Hover. With Market heads truly down we continued to turn the screw with Dan Barham spraying the ball for fun in the middle of the park which resulted in James Whyte notching his hat trick on 65 minutes from a fine cross from Jason Thomas having been put through by Dan Barham. We went 5-0 up on 73 minutes after sub Shqipron Ahmetaj pin point cross was put away by Steve Harris and then 6-0 up when the same two linked up again.
Overall a great performance all over the park, everyone stood up to the mark and a professional demolition was delivered.
MoM awarded by Market Dan Barham
Squad: C Smith J Thomas M Hadlum P Allan (S Ahmetaj) M Hodges M Collins D Barham (T Poyner) L Milton L Holman S Harris J Whyte G Mackett (unused sub )

Match date: 18 November 2012
Ashford Sunday League Division One Cup
Bromley Green Reserves 1-3 Marsh Athletic
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we welcomed Marsh Athletic to Waterside for our Val Helen Cup fixture and after meeting them earlier in the season in the league we knew it was going to be a tough game. As most weeks we had a squad of sixteen on Wednesday but with work, other commitments and Jordan Griffin taking a knock Saturday we were down to thirteen. It got worse when Paul Barron had to pull out at the last minute due to illness but in his defence he had pre warned me Saturday he may have to pull out. Thankfully I had managed to draught in Ollie Perkins for his first game with us after he had impressed me every time I had managed to watch him playing for Steve Mailey’s team on a Saturday. So we were down to twelve against a young fit side who play some good football and would work us hard across the whole pitch. After last weeks performance even though it was a loss, morale was high and the confidence was starting to show in certain players we just needed a little bit of luck to come our way for a change. Luckily for Wilson, Aaron won the toss and changed ends to prevent the sun in his eyes, Wilson seems to struggle to bring a hat and has to wait for Fred to arrive. We started very well not giving Marsh any time on the ball, pressing them hard while retaining a good shape, the work rate from most was superb. As usual we are our own worst enemy when it comes to decision making in the last third, not giving the easy ball, poor passing and not making the keeper work. We carried on working hard playing some good football in short spells and putting Marsh under pressure when they had the ball forcing them to panic and make several mistakes. With about five minutes of the first half remaining we played some nice football and managed to have the ball in the back of Marsh’s goal only for the linesman to raise his flag, frustrating as in my opinion there was no offside but as we all know when things are not going your way you never seem to get the decisions. So we went in at half time 0-0 but by far the better side. Only thing that needed saying was to carry on working hard and to keep giving 100% and make sure we went from the whistle not three minutes later like previous weeks. All the hard work from the first half was thrown away with three school boy errors in the space of ten seconds which allowed Marsh to take an undeserved lead. We all picked ourselves up and started again but now Marsh had the bit between their teeth and the goal had given them a kick start. With twenty five to go with us pushing for the equaliser and Marsh working us a lot harder we would get caught on the break and unluckily be two down. We were starting to struggle with fitness but I’m not going to go on about training again as it seems to go in one ear and out the other with most but it’s showing lads. We managed to pull one back when Jack Draper turned well in the box and stroked home it gave us a bit of a lift but by now Marsh had control of the game. With ten to go Wilson made a string of fine saves but was well beaten with a smart lob for Marsh’s third and would finish losing 1-3. Worked Marsh hard for sixty minutes but it’s not enough against a side of that quality. My man of the match will go to Ollie Perkins but to be honest most of the team were just behind him, great team effort.
W Guest; R Hagger, M Dalby, R Greenfield, J Hurst, D Harris, O Perkins, A Neil, R Fitzgerald, T Moon, J Draper. Sub: L Stafford

Match date: 17 November 2012
Inter-Regional Challenge Cup
Tudor Sports 1–3 Bromley Green
Report by Mickey Doyle
Not the greatest start to the preparation for this game with John Ovard leaving on Wednesday. , Macca, Milton and me had the task of picking the team, sorting everything out but certain players failed to get the message or maybe didn’t get the messages which in turn were late. Pushing for time is not ideal in any game, let alone this one and with all that’s gone on but we don’t like things easy I guess. Team was picked, with us going for a 3-5-2 Formation and the warm-up done. Time for the words, give 100% and make sure at the end of the game you can look your mates in the eye and believe you work your socks off. Keep it simple, stand up to the challenge and ENJOY!

Game started and like all year we were slow out of the blocks. We were struggling to even get a kick, but in all fairness Tudor started really well and was right up for this. We did not help matters with silly little errors like simple passes going astray and headers and even just effort. Tudor started pinging the ball about and started overloading our left side. They had a lot of joy with them playing their way down the left side and crossing good ball into the box. Minutes in and a good ball from Tudor flew into the box and we just got in a last ditched header to flick it away. Then more and more of the same but this time the Tudor Forward played a cracking fizzed ball in the area that defenders don’t like. There wingback ghosting in at the far stick to side foot volley home. In all fairness they deserved this lead but I would like to say well done to the Green boys as this just made everyone roll up their sleeves and we started. We started just making challenges, getting stuck in. And as the half went on we started winning more battles, second balls and on the 30 min mark we started passing the ball with purpose. We had the ball in the back of the net on the half hour mark. When a ball played high in to box was challenged by Dan Cornell with the keeper and there defender, the ball bobbled out for Macca to side foot home. This was disallowed for some reason offside, a foul I’m not sure, only the Ref can answer that one. People like Mani were told at the start of the game to be buzzing and come looking for the ball. Mani started to find the ball. Little turns and runs started happening and with one of these runs he got caught on the edge of the box. This resulted in Marc Collins curling the ball in the top corner. Happy Birthday, Get in. 1-1 Game on. Now with the wind in our sails we started to dominate the game and just before half time the move of the game came with 1 and 2 touch passing, getting us in the box and some good movement from all involved. A cute dummy from Dan Cornell let Tom Poyner in round it off with a nice little finish. Liam Holman was working them hard but pick up a booking for a late challenge just on the stroke of Half Time.

Half time words were more of the same; work your socks off for each other. They will come at us and we just have to Work Work Work.

Second half started with them pushing and pushing, which we knew they would. Stuart Taylor, Paul Allen & I kept talking and working hard to keep them out with some really defending, good tackles and a plenty of last ditch tackles were made to good effect thought this half. The Midfield 3 worked hard as Tudor‘s midfield were really buzzing. The Front 2 worked the hardest I’ve seen for a long time trying to hold the ball up and making life hard for them at the back. This half was Scrappy with them pushing and we found it hard to keep the ball but this half was roll your sleeves up time and work for the Badge on the front of the shirt. Bromley Green. Then a break mid-way through the half saw Mani turn his man with skill and strength and the only way to stop him was bringing him down in the box. Penalty!! Mani stood up wanted it and stroked it home in his laid back fashion. 3-1 and some breathing space. Fresh legs were needed so Ship and Aaron came on for Mark Collins and The Mower Lee Milton. A little re shuffle with Aaron going Right Wingback and Poyner coming into the middle. This was always going to Make Tudor throw men forward and for the rest of the half it was backs against the walls. Tudor playing the ball around nicely and them pushing made us half clear an attack and there midfielder hitting a volley that produced the save of match, maybe the season from Craig. A one hand save, diving full stretched to his right. The game just got more and more scrappy and ended. 3-1 to the Green.

To go through the Team Craig was so safe and calm today plus the save. Back 3 Worked really hard to make sure we stayed in front and stood strong and as a unit. Wing backs worked tirelessly up and down and done a really shift. Middle 3 produced a solid workman like performance. The front 2 worked so hard with little to feed from but they made things happen for themselves. Subs were great slotted in and the attitude was outstanding from all. So if you were going to give out Ratings out of ten it’s easily a 7/8 for all. Still room to improve on the Football side of things but with that Work rate things happen. Tudor might say we were lucky but a Man makes his own luck and that’s what work rate brings.

Squad – Craig Smith, Mickey Doyle, Stuart Taylor, Paul Allen, Marc Collins (65 Ship), Tom Poyner, Lee Milton (75 Aaron Neil), Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman, Mani, Dan Cornell Subs – Ship, Aaron Neil, Michael Hodges (Unused)

MoM – could have been anyone with Tom Poyner stepping up from the Res and proving his worth, Holman really showing the bite and battle needed but just edging it was Mani workrate, Strong, quick feet and showing why in years to come this boy/man will be a handful for any team. 3-1 to the Green.

To go through the Team Craig was so safe and calm today plus the save. Back 3 Worked really hard to make sure we stayed in front and stood strong and as a unit. Wing backs worked tirelessly up and down and done a really shift. Middle 3 produced a solid workman like performance. The front 2 worked so hard with little to feed from but they made things happen for themselves. Subs were great slotted in and the attitude was outstanding from all. So if you were going to give out Ratings out of ten it’s easily a 7/8 for all. Still room to improve on the Football side of things but with that Work rate things happen. Tudor might say we were lucky but a Man makes his own luck and that’s what work rate brings.

Squad – Craig Smith, Mickey Doyle, Stuart Taylor, Paul Allan, Marc Collins (65 Ship), Tom Poyner, Lee Milton (75 Aaron Neil), Glenn Mackett, Liam Holman, Mani, Dan Cornell Subs – Ship, Aaron Neil, Michael Hodges (Unused)

MoM – could have been anyone with Tom Poyner stepping up from the Res and proving his worth, Holman really showing the bite and battle needed but just edging it was Mani workrate, Strong, quick feet and showing why in years to come this boy/man will be a handful for any team.

Match date: 17 November 2012
Ashford & District League
Tenterden Reserves 2-1 Bromley Green Thirds
Report by Steve Mailey
I mentioned in the preview for this game that a morale boost would be the real reward for either of these sides following a difficult season for both. In that respect, it’s first strike to Tenterden! The atmosphere in the dressing room following the game displayed genuine disappointment, which proves they care.
If I’m totally honest, the football on display did little to question the present league positions held by both, yet the outcome remains a huge blow for our lads. Although overcoming a scrappy opening on a pitch that needed cutting several weeks ago, our lads settled the better and created some good openings. Our use of the width at times was pleasing and we were battling in midfield enough to hold our own. That said, neither side posed any major threat in the opening 30 minutes.
Some impressive movement up top by Prior and Griffin was starting to cause concern for the hosts and it was Prior who gambled to create himself a chance which he slotted home to give us the lead. A couple of tame efforts followed which may well have made all the difference had they been less so. Our indecision was evident again prior to the interval when we almost got punished as the hosts could only find the bar and post in a mad scramble.
At the break I pointed out that our silly little errors will cost us and that we need to focus more off the ball. Both wide players were changed at the break, a decision that never really paid off, which I have to accept.
One minute into the second half and Tenterden drew level following poor marking at a throw in which opened up a gap for the ball in to the area. It’s never a good time to concede of course, but I could actually see the confidence drain from several lads at that point, such is the fragile state of some. From that moment on I doubt if I’ve seen a 45 minutes where we continually surrendered possession, on virtually every occasion. Whether too many were giving up or our rock bottom confidence was to blame, I’m not sure. It was probably both. With the greatest respect to Tenterden, it doesn’t matter where they are in the league, if you keep giving the ball straight back to your opponent, ultimately they will do something with it. Following a poor clearance, they did just that and went on to win 2-1.
Our front two of Griffin and Prior worked hard and a little more confidence may well have brought them greater reward and man of the match will go to Ryan Prior. Elsewhere I’m afraid we wilted or underperformed for too long in a second half where we needed to show bottle and pride, qualities that we have produced up until now! Next week we face Tenterden again, which I feel is ideal. If any player feels I have been harsh, you only have to wait a week to prove me wrong.
W Guest / E Holewell / T Perk / D Garrett / S Gurung / P Magar (I Pestana) / J Griffin / K Shrimpton / R Prior / O Perkins / R Cahalane (J Ahmad)
L Hagger not used

Match date: 10 November 2012
Weald of Kent Charity Cup
Kennington 3-2 Bromley Green
Report by John Ovard
Sat we lost in the weald of Kent cup v kennington. There are no excuses from me as to why we lost this game because in my honest belief they wanted it a bit more then we did and worked harder to win it. We had honest words after the game and I feel one or two are letting me, themselves and the team down. When we win I don’t believe in gloating about it and when we lose I try to look at everyone and the game to find positives and things to learn from. I was very disappointed sat and I hope my players were too, we have new faces in and some younger ones also so to become a team it will take time and there is a rebuilding element to the squad. I hope the players want to progress and step up another level as much as me but a lot of hard work from everyone is required for us to do so. Our goals sat were scored from micky Doyle with a brave solid header from shipqron corner and Steve Harris following up his own initially blocked header.
Team: c.smith, r.floyd, m.doyle, s.taylor, s.ahmetaj, l.Milton, g.mackett, m.Collins (p.allan), e.awuni (j.whyte), s.harris, c.partridge (d.Cornell)

Match date: 10 November 2012
Kent Junior Cup
Bromley Green Thirds 1-3 Aylesford Reserves
Report by Steve Mailey
Aylesford Reserves were our visitors for this Kent Junior Cup clash, arriving with just one defeat so far this season. Although the conditions were testing, I feel its right to say the game was played in a good and sporting manner and both sets of players contributed to the contest.
With the pleasantries out of the way, it’s all about the result really. In terms of performance, this was much better than our woeful last outing at Faversham. Yet we were unable to dominate in key areas and paid the price for unforced errors. The side making fewer mistakes tend to win a game of football, simplistic maybe, but usually fact.
A patchy start was expected as new faces were brought in and positional changes made. Even so, we settled down fairly well and were trying to play the ball around. We were certainly in the game and the effort shown by the boys was pleasing. After surviving a couple of scares, we were awarded a penalty when Griffin was dumped to the ground. Unfortunately his spot kick was saved with relative ease. The defensive injury curse struck again as Perk had to leave the field and we needed to reshuffle.  A lack in communication along with poor decision making was punished soon after as we went one down. This was a fine example of where many of our problems have developed over the season. That same combination of failures was punished again prior to the interval, making it 0-2.
Changes were made at the break and I simply stated the same message I seem to give every game – take responsibility, deal with it, or get punished. Schoolboy football allows you far more freedom and margin for error and the sooner we learn that, the easier it will become.
To be fair, the second half saw a deluge of substitutions made by both sides which saw the balance of play swing to either side. We competed, stayed in touch and, at times, impressed. Yet a further dip in concentration resulted in us going 3 down. We changed the formation and gambled. Dan Howland reacted first in the area to get us back in it and we created a few more chances without success, or luck! We actually finished the game looking the stronger side, but we have to accept Aylesford made far fewer errors and were the better equipped over the 90 minutes.
There were some pleasing displays today, along with some frustrating ones, but man of the match will go to Swarneem Gurung. New to the side and many of his team mates, he didn’t hide and displayed an impressive attitude.
W Guest; E Holewell, T Perk, D Garrett, S Gurung, L Hagger, P Magar, J Griffin, J Ahmad, R Prior, O Perkins. Subs: A Neil, M Dalby, T Moon, I Pestana, D Howland

Match date: 11 November 2012
Kent Sunday Premier Cup
Bromley Green 7-2 Tonbridge Origin
Report by Matt Barham
This week we welcomed Tonbridge Origin to Waterside for our Kent Premier Cup tie. Being an unknown quantity to us we had to approach the game with caution. The game started brightly for us as we seemed to have the edge and quality to beat them and progress with us going close after 8 mins with Gary missing a great opportunity. However we managed to concede on 12 mins after sleeping at the back and not keeping that all important line. The Origins lead was short lived as we pulled it back on 14 mins after Barham followed up smashing the ball home, within 2 mins we scored again after some great interplay between Harris, Barham and Mani. We continued to push and totally dominate the game and going 3-1 up on 34 mins after Allan bundled the ball over from a Mani free kick and then going 4-1 up on 43 mins again after some superb play again involving Barham, Milton and Mani hitting a peach with the outside of his left foot. Then on 44 mins we again gave a goal away by not playing as a unit across the back line, so going into the break 4-2 up.
The second half became very flat and the Origin seeming to give up and trying to play damage limitation; however we continued to push with Harris notching up a second half hat trick scoring on 62, 78 and 90 mins. Overall a great all round team performance with some stand out performances from Lockyer, Harris, Mani, Milton and Barham.
MoM awarded by club skipper Mackett who sat out the game injured giving it  to Barham even edging out Harris who notched up 4!
Squad: S Puxted; J Thomas P Allan (T Poyner) M Hadlum S Ahmetaj (R Floyd) J Whyte D Barham L Milton (L Holman)  E Awuni G Lockyer S Harris

Match date: 11 November 2012
Kent Sunday Junior Cup
Bromley Green Reserves 1-2 Shadoxhurst
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we welcomed Shadoxhurst to Waterside for the 2nd round of the Kent junior cup. Myself and the team welcomed Phil Wedge back to assist this season as it has been hard work on my own since Kevins departure due to work commitments. As normal we had started of with an 18 man squad on Wednesday night but managed to get whittled down to the 13 lads that turned up, the most frustrating thing with that is it was roll on roll off subs where we could of kept 16 players involved but had to make do with 2 subs. After the last game and a victory morale was a lot better and some that hadn’t believed in their own ability had started to realise what they were actually capable of doing. We had already lost to Shadoxhurst in the league so we knew this was going to be a tough game. We started very well challenging for every ball and not dropping heads or getting frustrated with ourselves or others when mistakes were made. During the 1st half we made several good chances but our inability as normal to find that bit of composure in the final third was there to be seen by all. We limited the free scoring Carlam to scraps in the first 45 minutes through great defensive work across the whole of the back four. So we would go in half time 0-0 but by far the better and more likely team to score. The half time chat was easy, everyone carry on as they had the 1st half giving 100% and working as a team. We started the 2nd half a bit sloppy for the first 5 minutes which gave Shadoxhurst their first real couple of chances, one which was put wide and the other Wilson made a good save. That was the wake up call we needed and started to step it up again, we made a few good chances before we finally took the lead through Aaron Neil. Shadoxhurst were rattled as we continued to press forward for the killer second which was surely not far away. Then it took a turn for the worse when James Barham received his second yellow card for a repeat tackle that earned him his first. This gave Shadoxhurst a bit of a lift and we stood strong for fifteen minutes but they managed to scramble the ball over the line for the equaliser. With ten minutes to go and under pressure the sides were evened up after Jamie Hurst was deliberately stamped on while on the ground, with the heavy ground and the effort that had been put in for 85 minutes both sides began to tire and inevitable the way our luck has been this season after making a couple more clear chances Shadoxhurst would go up the other end and hit the winner. Phil and I have nothing but praise for the 13 lads today as they gave their all for us, theirselves, team mates and the Green shirt. If we carry on the rest of the season with that amount of effort and commitment then things will start to look up. Man of the match was such a tough decision, but just shading it from several others and awarded with a goal I will give it to Aaron Neil.
W.Guest D.Hagger R.Greenfield J.Hurst M.Dalby D.Hagger P.Barron A.Neil J.Barham T.Lockett T.Moon subs R.Fitgerald J.Griffin

Match date: 28 October 2012
Kent Sunday Junior Cup
Bromley Green Reserves 4-3 Wye Monarchs
Report by Jason Sterling
Sunday we welcomed Wye Monarchs to Waterside for our re- arranged 1st round Kent Cup game. Firstly to get the disappointing thing out the way of players saying they are playing and just don’t bother turning up or even have the decency to let me know and still no apology to date. Anyone doing this in future will be sub the following week or not selected at all. On to the positive regarding the game this was a long way from our best performance but the attitude and commitment of the players on the pitch was superb, everyone gave 100% and never gave up until the final whistle. If we can combine this effort with the football we all know we can play then this could be the turning point of the season which we badly need. We started slowly, finding it hard to string a few passes together but all respect to Wye they had come as underdogs and were up for causing an upset. They worked hard and scored two quick goals but as I said earlier no one gave up or dropped their heads and we made several chances. Five minutes before the break we played our first bit of football which put Jack Draper through who done well but was denied by the post. Deservedly we would pull one back on the stroke of half time through Thomas Moon to go in 2-1 down. Half time we replaced Luke Stafford for Jamie Hurst, dropped Jack Draper into right midfield for Darryl Hagger and stuck Tommy Lockett up front with Thomas Moon. The second half was much better and we would grab the equaliser early through Shawn Dadd. We still looked vulnerable at the back and Wye would catch us out and hit a third. We kept going and dug deep which at times this season we have lacked to do. With 35 to go we replaced Aaron Neil with young Jordan Griffin who moved to left midfield to allow James Barham to operate in the middle with Paul Barron, straight away Jordan was causing all sorts of problems for their right back. We earned a free kick on the edge of the box which Tommy Lockett crashed against the bar with their keeper stranded. He would get his just rewards by hitting the equaliser with a minute left on the clock. We knew we could win this game but was looking to do it in extra time, but with seconds left Tommy would grab his second when he bundled the ball over the line which ultimately was the winner. 4-3 to the Green. well done all involved. My man of the match goes to Thomas Moon, worked his socks off on and off the ball and was rewarded with a goal
W.Guest, D.Harris, S.Dadd, L.Stafford(45)R.Hagger, J.Barham, A.Neil(55) D.Hagger(45)P.Barron, J.Draper, T.Moon.
Subs used T.Lockett(45) J.Hurst(45) J.Griffin(55)

Match date: 28 October 2012
Ashford Charity Trophy
Brewmaster 1-3 Bromley Green
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we travelled to Hopes Grove High Halden to play Brewmaster in the Ashford Charity Trophy of which we reached the final last season.
This being our second visit there this season we new what to expect on a tight compact pitch and knowing that the Brews would be upbeat from our previous encounter there when we lost heavily. However we travelled with a slightly different squad and this time with subs!
We took control from the start earning a free kick within 2 minutes after Mani was fouled half way in their half, from this free kick Hadlum on his return glanced in a header. We continued to control but went down to 10 men after Mani received a straight red  after a 2-footed lunge after over running the ball in their area after another run into their box, and this being only 10 minutes into the game. We re-grouped and continued to dominate with some  good flowing attacking football with James Whyte having a great game after moving to the right wing after Mani’s departure. On 35 minutes we conceded after a goalmouth scramble from a corner and ending the half one apiece but still in total control. The second half started as the first with us continuing to control the game with Harris and Poyner both having chances to score but for the outstanding Houston in their goal pulling off a string of 1 on 1 chances, however our continued pressure paid off after Harris broke clear but was brought down in their area resulting in a penalty and red to their last man. Ship making his 100th senior appearance coolly slotted home from the spot making it 2-1. After this the Brews stepped up a bit putting pressure on our back 4 but they stood firm with Simon pulling off some great saves and Hadlum marshalling the back 4. On 80 minutes we wrapped it up when Harris finally found the net with a coolly placed dink over the oncoming Houston after a great pass from Dan Barham split their defence.
Overall a great improvement by all and a real positive result going forward.
MoM awarded by Brewmasters went to Matt Hadlum
Squad: S Puxted J Thomas M Hadlum M Hodges S Ahmetaj L Milton (T Poyner) D Barham G Mackett E Awuni S Harris J Whyte (L Holman) unused sub C Rose

Match date: 27 October 2012
KCL Premier
Hildenborough 4-2 Bromley Green
Report by John Ovard
Sat we made the trip to Tonbridge and unfortunately didnt start our game until 10 mins after kick off and found ourselves 2 0 down. We then woke up and started to press and play and play some good football. We got back into the game when mani was bundled over in the box Steve Harris tucked the resulting penalty away. Unfortunately we conceded just before half time to put us on the back foot again. I made my feelings very clear at half time as the players know I will protect and back them if we are trying to do the right things but for the first 10 mins we was non existent and making excuses. But to give the lads credit they rolled their sleeves up and battled and showed some bottle. We had what I felt was the game changing moment when after dominating the opening stages of the second half Charlie partridge went in on goal but blazed his shot over, Hildenborough then went up the other end and effectively finished the game with their 4th. We did keep going and the players didn’t hide kept trying to play and we got our second when Dan Cornell raced clear rounded the keeper to score.
We let ourselves down in the opening 10 mins of this game and left ourselves to much to do it’s as simple as that. After we got started we looked the better side and played some decent stuff and forced Hildenborough to go long and give us the ball back, we can’t concede soft goals and expect to win especially away from home. We had Craig, Paul, Stuart, Ashley and Gary all unavailable and being honest we missed them but we had enough to do better here which is disappointing.
S.Hickmott, S.Ahmetaj (L.Holman), M.Doyle, S.Hodges, R.Floyd, L.Milton, G.Mackett, S.Rainbow (Marc Collins), E.Awuni, C.Partridge, S.Harris (D.Cornell)

Match date: 20 October 2012
Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield
Bromley Green 5-0 Chipstead
Report by John Ovard
Saturday saw us entertain Chipstead again this time in the Kent intermediate shield competition which we won 5 – 0.
I had watched the league encounter with Chipstead when we beat them 2-1 before I took over so we knew what to expect. I was really pleased with the players’ performance as again our work rate with and without the ball was brilliant. The team spirit was very clear to see to those that came to watch when leading 5 0 we was still chasing down the ball and blocking shots. I thought Steve Harris and Gary Lockyer were superb up front in holding the ball and bringing others into play and working as a pair when we didn’t have the ball they set the tempo. The match started a little slow but once we started to hold onto the ball better and our midfield took control the chances came and we never looked back. First half goals from Macca from the edge of the box, a brave goal from Steve who nearly broke the post and a good header from Casper gave us a 3 – 0 lead at half time. Craig Smith saved the first of two penalties in the first half which kept Chipstead on the back foot. Second half Gary Lockyer coolly converted a penalty and sub Charlie Partridge volleyed home from close range to make it 5. Mani returned from injury and was a constant threat all game, he is learning all the time on how to play and what’s needed and that is good for him and the club. Craig then brilliantly saved another penalty to preserve his second clean sheet in a row. Not that I want us conceding penalties but everyone now feels Craig will save them anyway as I believe that’s his 4th penalty stop this season!
We will have tougher games and sometimes things won’t go our way but if the attitude and professionalism is kept at that level we will be a very difficult side to play against.
C.Smith; R.Floyd, S.Ahmetaj, P.Allan, M.Doyle, A.Porter, S.Taylor (L.Milton), G.Mackett, E.Awuni, S.Harris (D.Cornell), G.Lockyer (C.Partridge) unused sub S.Rainbow

Match date: 20 October 2012
Faversham Charity Cup 1st round
Faversham Harlequins Reserves 6-0 Bromley Green Thirds
Report by Steve Mailey
Our involvement in the Faversham Charity Cup was short lived and ended against Harlequins Reserves. If I’m totally honest we were never really anywhere near our hosts. A stronger, more experienced and older opposition is nothing new for us of course, yet we simply never seemed to even start today. Harlequins pretty much dominated the entire game yet we have faced better teams and coped better, so it was disappointing.
Although the squad boasted a full subs bench, injury knocked out Harris inside 20 minutes, Hagger after 45 and Perk after 60. Dalby took a knock during the first half and struggled to the end with all three subs used. Such losses clearly meant some chopping around and our shape became disjointed. It also left us seriously vulnerable in defence. More worrying was the fact that several heads simply weren’t in the right place today. For whatever reason, the fight and spirit I have been praising up seemed to elude too many of us today.
As for the action, well 0-2 at the break was a fair reflection. We altered shape and tried to push on, which was obviously risky, yet it was a cup match so we had little to lose. Annoyingly, the final score of 0-6 hides the fact that the boys did actually try to play some football in the second half, which is pleasing, but we were simply too weak off the ball and were overloaded at the back.
We’ve had heavier defeats but I feel this was our most disappointing outing so far this season. From my position, I missed kick off due to work, my input from the touchline was well short of what was required and I’m not sure my changes were particularly good ones. Add that admission to the points already mentioned and you are left with one thing – a bad day for ALL involved.
During the coming week I will be speaking to several players as I need to find a more settled approach, I also intend adding two new faces who impressed at training before our next game. We may have a friendly next week which will involve the entire squad and could result in some changes going forward.
W Guest; D Harris, E Holewell, K Shrimpton, L Hagger, T Perk, M Dalby, J Ahmad, J Griffin, R Prior, T Moon. Subs: A Neil, M Illsley, D Howland

Match date: 21 October 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Beaver Inn 2-2 Bromley Green
Report by Matt Barham
This week we traveled to Courtside to play Beaver Inn in the league, a fixture that on paper you would assume would be a stroll in the park for Bromley Green but what a surprise we had!
The game started off at a high tempo and plenty of the usual banter on the side line and some crunching tackles and needless to say off the ball incidents which for a time went unpunished by the ref until eventually a yellow was shown to one of the Beaver players for continued little digs, and by his own supporters admission was lucky not a red.
Eventually the game settled and we took control playing some good football with the Beaver unable to cope with the 3 in the middle running the game, this paid off on 28 mins after a great ball by Holman to Whyte on the right flank who drilled the ball to the back post for Harris to tuck home. After this we continued to control with Beaver having a few chances but nothing troubling Simon. We notched our second just before the half again this coming from another cross from Whyte picking out Ship at the back post who calmly slotted home.
The half time talk consisted off telling the team not to lose focus as they would come at us from the off, they are a team that does not give up. Again as far too often this season we started the 2nd half off the pace and on the back foot and eventually letting them in on 55 mins after some casual play at the back, this seemed to wake us a bit but we gave away a needless penalty after Harris shoved their player in the back whilst defending a corner, this resulted in them pulling it back to 2-2. The game from then on became messy and at times embarrassing to watch as we lost our way to play by trying to compete at their game, this eventually resulted in 2 red cards being shown 1 to each side and some spectators from both sides getting involved in a scuffle. The game ended 2-2 and by far a poor game by our standards and a lesson that some within the squad are maybe not up to coping and not ready for this type of battle.
MOM    awarded by Beaver Inn Glenn Mackett
Squad: S Puxted R Floyd M Dalby M Hodges  S Ahjemati J Whyte G Mackett L Milton L Holman E Awuni S Harris D Barham C Rose J Thomas

Match date: 13 October 2012
KICC
Bromley Green 4-0 NK Aces
Report by John Ovard
Sat we entertained NK Aces from gravesend and put in a decent performance especially in the first half in which we dominated and won the game. All the credit goes to the players who played some very good football in the opening 45 minutes and it was very pleasing to watch for everyone. We took the lead from Micky Doyle who glanced home a good inswinging set piece delivery from Mani. Our second goal came after some first time passing and movement pulled NK Aces all over the place resulting in their centre half diverting the ball past the goalkeeper. The third was a penalty dispatched coolly by Gary Lockyer and in all honesty the game was over. Second half the game lost its intensity and quality, NK aces worked hard to disrupt us and we never moved the ball quickly enough with quality to make the score line bigger. We did get a fourth when Stuart Taylor nodded in from a corner and the game then fizzled out. The players especially in the first half played the best football I have seen since being here and I genuinely think that the training we do is helping in fitness quality and understanding, the tempo is exactly what we aimed for and then our quality shone through. Good win for the club but unfortunately it was soon forgotten as some idiot got into our changing rooms and stole possessions from my players that disgusts me. The club and myself will certainly take this matter very very seriously and do everything possible to fix this, it’s never happened before and we need to take security measures to ensure it never happens again.
C Smith; A Porter, M Doyle, P Allan, S Ahmetaj, J Whyte, G Mackett, E Awuni, S Taylor, G Lockyer, S Harris. Subs: L Milton, C Partridge

Match date: 13 October 2012
Weald of Kent Charity Cup – Junior Section Round 1
Tenterden Reserves 1-4 Bromley Green Reserves
Firstly apologies for the lack of reports and previews this season, work commitments have reduced the time I can allocate to them.
Saturday’s game can be summed up in a single sentence: Scored 4 goals, should have been 14 but could have been 24!
Dominating offensively from start to finish, except for a mad 5 minute spell after half time, this game should have been out of sight long before Dan Cornell completed his hat-trick 7 minutes from time. However a heroic display from our opponents goalie and our own lack of composure made this game a lot closer than it should have been.
Solid performances from the back four including new signing Syd Beal, stand-in centre half Paul Barron and youngsters Dalby and Hurst who have cemented their places in this team this season. The central midfield pairing did well and Tom Poyner notched his first goal of the season, a calmly taken effort after robbing an opponent on the edge of the box. Jason and Ryan operated well on the flanks and provided numerous balls into the box. Aaron Neil was positive in support of Dan and is building himself a role in the “hole” just behind the striker. Dan’s three goals were well taken but he will know that there was a lot more on offer. Thanks go to Richie and Shane for coming in at short notice and I’m sorry we never had the chance to get you into the game.
Finally thanks to my assistant, Green stalwart Mark Day, for holding the fort while I was away and the support he is providing on training and match days. Please do your best to attend training on Wednesday Night 8pm at the 3G.
Next week we are at home versus Canterbury City Reserves in the Reserves Division  Cup. Kick off at 2.15pm.
Team: Craig Mannering; Syd Beal, Martyn Dalby, Paul Barron, Jamie Hurst; Jason Thomas, Liam Holman, Tom Poyner, Ryan Fitzgerald; Aaron Neil; Dan Cornell. Sub: Shane Robinson

Match date: 13 October 2012
Ashford Saturday League Premier Division
Bromley Green Thirds 0-2 Woolpack
Report by Steve Mailey
Woolpack were our welcome visitors as we returned to league action on a blustery and damp afternoon. I went from having five subs, down to three and back up to four in the space of 15 minutes – organising this bunch can certainly test the patience!
As for the game, well I asked the boys to carry on from our last display and emphasised again just how much I want them to express themselves. I firmly believe it is the very best way to learn. Terry returned to the squad following a family commitment and was joined by fellow old boy and former youth colleague Duncan Garrett, both providing the experience that is so vital alongside such a youthful squad.
Inside the opening 5 minutes we found ourselves a goal behind following a rasping 30 yard shot which crashed against the underside of the bar and was promptly nodded home by the alert Woolpack forward. Moments later we were forced to make a change through injury. After a fairly hectic opening our lads began to settle. We started to get in their faces more and were competing well. Many of our moves began at the back. We showed signs of patience and began playing some refreshing football. Watching the lads flit between bold angled cross field passes and intricate 5 yard triangles in midfield was pleasing, exactly the type of expression I refer to. We finished the half, in my opinion, playing the better football and looking confident.
At the break we kept it simple, more of the same would be fine. I urged against complacency, switching off would cost us dear. We carried on where we left off in the second half and I was pleased with our efforts. I feel we produced some of our best football of the season for much of the game today and the boys deserve credit for this. Although we were physically weaker we are certainly growing mentally.
Chances were coming at both ends and the game was opening up. An offside decision against Griffin was hugely frustrating mid way through the half when he ran from behind his man and expertly lobbed in Thomas Moon’s first-time through ball. I accept linesmen at this level aren’t exactly experts, which of course goes for all clubs, but I was in line and the decision was simply wrong. I began to utilise the subs bench, which isn’t easy when players are doing fine, and if I’m honest it probably disrupted our shape a little. Woolpack were starting to take control again as some of our earlier accuracy was missing. The visitors doubled their lead when 5 of our shirts all appeared to leave it for each other in a packed area – only one outcome there lads!
As the clock ran down, our threat became less and Woolpack closed the contest out well. It was a defeat but one with so many positives. I still need to address a few things, but there is obvious improvement. I believe both Elliot & Hagger are emerging steadily against some very good opponents. Ollie seems to impress every week and Shrimpton is showing signs of the maturity needed to fulfil his role. Young Reece impressed again and Griffin is settling week by week. It’s all very raw of course and although very disappointed with the outcome, I’m very pleased with the progress shown today and thank the lads for it. Man of the match will go to Lee Hagger, recognition for his steady improvement.
W Guest; D Harris, E Holewell, K Shrimpton, L Hagger, O Perkins, D Howland, I Pestana, J Griffin, R Cahalane, T Perk, T Moon, J Ahmad, D Garrett. Unused sub: R Prior

Match date: 14 October 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Bromley Green 3-0 Mersham
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we welcomed Mersham to waterside for our home league fixture, Mersham had not got off to a good start this season losing all there opening fixtures.
The day started off with a too familiar trend of players withdrawing at the last minute and also not even bothering to show, this as stated before will not be accepted and these players may not feature in my plans for some time, respect is key to success.
The game started with us on the back foot as Mersham attacked from the off, it took us some time to settle in due to the fact we had our 4th set of defenders in 6 games. Once we settled we started to boss the game with some attractive attacking football which paid off on 35 minutes after a fine run by Milts down the left driving in a cross that was converted by one of the Mersham back 4. The continued attacks paid off again 5 minutes later after some good exchange play down the right with a cross from Jason to the back post which Harris smashed home, we finished the half 2 up playing well and being solid at the back marshaled by Hodges, and Dalby having a fine debut.
The second half started a bit flat with some early pressure from Mersham, however we weathered the early attacks and again took control with Milts having a great volley tipped onto the bar, we continued to attack and at times over played  having to many options and  making the wrong choice of pass or shot, earlier passing im sure would have been rewarded.
We finally got a 3rd after some good work from Jason again down the right flank and the cross eventually falling to James Whyte just inside the 18 yard and firing home on 75 minutes. Mersham  stepped up there play again in the last 15 minutes trying to gain a goal back, but we stood firm at the back and Simon also pulling off some good saves keeping us firmly in control. The game ended with us winning 3-0 and a good solid all round performance which was also complemented by referee Stuart Wilmer as a pleasure to be involved with.
Players worth a mention after stepping in and not looking out of place and performing very well are Martyn Dalby and Jason Thomas, MOM awarded by Mersham was Harris again, thats the 5th time this season lads well done Steve.
Squad; S Puxted, J Thomas, M Hodges, M Dalby, S Ajhmetaj, R Fitzgerald, G Mackett, D Barham, L Holman, T Poyner, S Harris. Subs: J Whyte, L Milton, C Rose

Match date: 6 October 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Snodland Town 3-1 Bromley Green
Report by John Ovard
We had to make 5 changes for one reason or another from the Greenways victory which didn’t help things but no excuses sat we wasn’t at it to the level we have to be every weekend and got beaten. I always look to take positives from every match and learn from mistakes made and to try and work on things to help improve the team, but I also think that the players need to do the very same thing here and look at themselves. We are in a new development stage for the club let alone the team and I expect 100% commitment and effort as a very basic minimum and Saturday I don’t think everyone can say they gave that. We have some very good players at the club and more players will want to join us in what’s going to be happening so each player has to earn the shirt not expect it on name or old exploits. Snodland took their goals well sat but we gave them the chances and on the day we got punished when a mistake was made. I was pleased with the second half performance as the work rate was higher and our application was better but our creativity and final ball wasn’t there and I will look at that.
Liam Holman travelled with the first team from the reserves and did himself no harm in his substitute showing along with fellow sub Lee Milton who also did well. Things will settle down on the players front but I am looking to bring in 2 new faces and then we will be set up and ready to complete the season. The next couple of weeks we have cup games and everyone enjoys a good cup run as it offers a distraction from the league and teams we will face will offer different types of challenge.
C.Smith; R.Floyd, S.Ahmetaj, P.Allan, M.Doyle, S.Taylor, S.Rainbow (L.Holman), G.Mackett, J.Whyte (L.Milton), S.Harris, D.Cornell

Match date: 7 October 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Brewmaster 6-1 Bromley Green
Report by Matt Barham
This week we traveled to Hopes Grove, High Halden, for our away league fixture against Brewmasters, as per normal we were expecting a tough game. The day again for the 2nd week running started off with players withdrawing or turning up unable to play which I as a manger find unacceptable. I had already received the previous day  text messages from other players withdrawing which is not ideal but cover can sometimes be arranged. Once again I find myself banging the drum about commitment from the team which I feel at the moment is lacking from some players, this needs to be sorted now otherwise the league is lost already, we have been fortunate that other results have been as poor as ours from the other supposed title contenders.
The game started well as we had various continued attacks but found ourselves 1 down from a speculative shot from approximately 20 yards that sailed over Simon. We continued to pressure their goal with attack after attack but could not break down their solid defence who continually found that last ditch tackle to deny us. We eventually pulled it back to 1 – 1 on 40 minutes Steve nodding home from a corner. However on 44 minutes a fumble from Simon following a free kick allowed them to re-take the lead by following up the shot and reacting quicker. We needed a change of personnel at half time but had no options which is not what you need when you are title contenders!
The second half started off as the first with both teams at times playing some attractive football, on 55 minutes we conceded a needless penalty after Casper made a lunge that he knows was not needed, this resulted in them going 3 – 1 up. We continued to attack forcing corner after corner but again no end result, with us pushing the inevitable happened we conceded on 85, 88 and 90 resulting in a disastrous 6 – 1 loss, the final two goals were top quality and topped of a great win for our opponents.
Squad: S Puxted R Floyd R Smith M Hodges C Rose T Poyner G Mackett D Barham L Holman J Whyte S Harris. Unused sub: L Milton

Match date: 30 September 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Bethersden 4 Bromley Green 2
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we made the short trip along the A28 to league leaders Bethersden who had notched up 4 out of 4 so far this season. The day could not have got off to a worse start with a text waiting for  me early in the morning from Simon saying he was unable to play today,this turned out to be even worse than expected as frantic calling resulted in us having no back up keepers being available and the game possibly to much for young Wilson to step up to so Tommy Lockett stepped into help out. Also missing from the squad was Rocky, Leroy and James Whyte so a depleted and deflated squad made the short trip.

The game kicked off with the Dens showing no mercy picking up 2 yellow cards within the first 10 minutes after tackles on Ryan and Ship and 1 of them should have been red, this on the admission of there manager. Both teams showed there intent with continued attacks but only 1 clear cut chance was made in the first 25 minutes this falling to Harris after some good work from Mani down the right cutting in and laying it square to Harris who failed to connect, perhaps Mani should have gone on his own !! On 30 minutes we found ourselves 1 down after edging the play this came about due to some slack marking of players and communication.
On 35 minutes we lost Mani after another run he pulled up holding his hamstring, we ended the half 1 down. The half time talk was easy as we seemed to be dominating the play so we just needed to find that final touch in front of goal.
The second half started as we ended it continuing to attack but some fine keeping by Dan Reagan still kept us out, we then conceded another after Ryan bought down there player in the box resulting in the first penalty of the game, he was probably lucky to only receive a yellow as he was the last man. Within 5 minutes we conceded  again from the spot after Tommy bought there player down, again only a yellow shown. We continued to attack  with Reagan pulling off a top drawer save off Collos free kick. Eventually our pressure paid off when we was  awarded a penalty for a push on Macker which Ryan slotted home.
As we continued to push forward we left gaps at the back and some in decisive keeping resulted in them getting there 4th !! However the drama continued  we continued to attack and we gained the 4th penalty of the game which Ryan converted, that being the last kick of the day.
This game was not lost by those who played but by those who let there team mates down by failing to turn up, and not having the decency to inform us, so as arrangements can be made to cover.
MOM awarded by Bethersden awarded to Steve Harris
Squad T Lockett R Floyd R Smith M Doyle S Ahmetaj E Awuni L Milton G Mackett L Holman Marc Collins S Harris D Barham M Hodges

Match date: 29 September 2012
Ashford Saturday League Cup Group B
Smarden 2-5 Bromley Green Thirds
Report by Steve Mailey
A break from the league campaign saw us travel to Smarden for our first League Cup clash. Taking with us three subs was a pleasant bonus compared to previous games, and I thank the other managers for their input with this.
I stated in the preview that I was looking for both a reaction from the drubbing last time out and for self belief and confidence. Well, only one failed to show without any prior notice, the rest all turned up for another challenge. As for self belief and confidence, near faultless! On paper this was another tough encounter, and Smarden had many familiar faces to contend with. Yet I asked at the start to be brave, express ourselves and put recent results behind us, we can’t do anything about past results! The response was impressive indeed. From the outset, the lads worked hard for each other and responded well to the inclusion of Paul Allan in defence, in Terry’s absence, and Ship to bolster the midfield.
I’m not suggesting we’ve gone from whipping boys to world beaters in seven days, and off the field we still have some worrying issues to address, but when we talk in terms of football, their passion and grit deserves credit. The early exchanges were mostly going in our favour and we were rewarded with an early lead when Griffin chanced his luck from 25 yards, catching the keeper off guard. Our ever changing rear guard were a little slow to react just 2 minutes later as the hosts levelled, pouncing on our dip in concentration. As is the norm, conceding a goal didn’t stop our lot wanting the ball! It can be one or eighteen, they don’t go hiding, and we continued trying to play football and applying pressure. Another speculative effort, this time by Ship, restored the lead and we looked fairly comfortable for the remainder of the half.
At the break I tried to fine tune things a little and highlighted one or two minor issues, but basically asked for more of the same. Having Ship in midfield allowed us to compete with the 50/50s more as his ‘experience’ clearly helped us and his energy brought us our third goal and with it some breathing space. We began to play some pleasing football, the full backs being utilised well and some nice link up play via midfield. A fine move from area to area extended our lead further as Prior slotted home, fine reward for a lad up against a couple of giants all game! Smarden were applying pressure and questions were being asked of us, yet we remained well marshalled by Paul Allan and the spirit was good. We added a fifth when Perkins hit a free kick which fooled everyone and nestled in the roof of the net. Smarden were rewarded for their efforts with a fine strike in the closing minutes, and on another day they may feel a couple of our goals were avoidable, but the right side won this game and I’m happy to praise them for it.
So following some recent horror shows the call to stand up and be counted was answered by the majority. On the day, the inclusion of Paul and Ship clearly helped, our defence in particular benefiting. Young O’Leary continues to impress at full back, Reece is making progress out wide and Ollie put in another quality shift in a very difficult position. Jordan gave an impressive show, finding some mature positions off the ball and Ryan occupied the Smarden defence all game. Man of the match will go, just, to Keirran O’Leary – lots to learn but certainly lots to come from this lad. My thanks go to Richie for accepting my decision not to use him today and to the pleasing number who supported us.
W Guest; D Harris, E Holewell, K Shrimpton, L Hagger, K O’Leary, O Perkins,I Pestana, R Prior, J Griffin, R Cahalane, P Allan ©, S Ahmetaj

Match date: 30 September 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Division One
Bromley Green Reserves 3-6 Ashford Dynamo
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we welcomed Ashford Dynamo to Waterside who had started the season very well with nine points from three games and with the addition of players from the folded Highfield so we knew we were going to be in for a tough game. The morning didn’t start well as by 9.25 we still had no ref, luckily we found someone that both managers were happy to take charge of the game so we would get the game under way by 10.55. My match reports are beginning to sound the same every week, started very sharp and confident not letting Dynamo anywhere near the ball but as normal their first attack ended up in the back of the net. We picked ourselves up and started again and continued having the majority of possession and playing some nice football but not finding the quality that was needed in the final third. Then two more goals in the space of ten minutes thought would of finished us off but everyone realised that we were the better footballing side and should never have been so far behind. Deservedly so we would get one back on the stroke of half time through a superb thirty yard strike from Darryl Hagger so went in at half time 3-1 down. The half time chat was simple we had to carry on playing as we were but needed to stop making schoolboy errors at the back, at this level of football it doesn’t matter how many chances we create at the other end defending as we are at the moment we are going to let in more than we score. Second half started and within two minutes we were 4-1 down, we carried on working hard and playing football but it just wasn’t happening. In the end we would lose 6-3 with our other goals coming from Darryl and a brave header from Martyn Dalby. Maybe part problem is myself trying to keep everyone involved and happy when quite simply some players think they are better than what they are and others are not performing as I know they can. There is plenty of young talent at the club and on Wednesday at training I will be speaking to a couple and hopefully include them in the squad for this coming Sunday, maybe a bit more competition in certain areas will make the under performing players want to fight for their place or if they are not happy with that maybe look to play football elsewhere. On a final note some good performances today, Jamie Hurst superb for the last three weeks, Reece Hagger in defence and when moved in the middle and Jason Thomas. Man of the match goes to Jamie Hurst, great work rate and commitment for 90 mins.
W.Guest L.Stafford R.Hagger S.Dadd(55) J.Hurst A.Neil(60) T.Poyner J.Thomas R.Greenfield J.Draper(58) D.Hagger
Subs M.Dalby(60)Martin Collins(58)J.Douglas(55)

Match date: 23 September 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Division One
Red Heathens 2-1 Bromley Green Reserves
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we travelled to Charing Heath to play Red Heathens who like ourselves were struggling to pick points up in the early part of the season. We started the game reverting to 4-4-2 as playing the lone striker had not worked as well as Kevin and I had hoped for in the previous weeks. As normal we started the game with some good flowing football but as the same as every week wrong decisions and poor deliveries into the final third so never really tested the goalie. We started to get frustrated with ourselves and rushing everything which only made matters worse, Red Heathens then started to get into the game playing the long ball which we seemed to be unable to deal with and the inevitable happened and we would go in at half time 1-0. Second half started and after a chat at half time we knew we could easily go on and get the win which we really needed to get everyones confidence back. With 25 to go Reece Hagger would meet a good cross in and make it 1-1, and for the next 23 minutes we had a goal ruled out for off side, made their keeper make several good stops and kept the ball for a good 20 minutes. But we all know the ending when things dont seem to be going your way and yes it happened with 2 minutes left and the only attack Red Heathens had mustard in the last 23 minutes ended up in the net to give them in my opinion an undeserved win. To sum up today’s game is quite simple as the problems seem to be getting carried from the previous week, confidence in some, final decision and schoolboy errors. I know we are last seasons champions but without making excuses it’s a lot tougher this season than last and we all need to stop reminding ourselves that we won it last year and worry about this season. We are definitely not getting the rub of the green at the moment, but that seems to happen when you are low in confidence and struggling to pick up points, we all know how well the whole squad can perform on its day but we need to find that form from this Sunday coming. The next two games are in my opinion massively important as we face proberbly the two best teams in the league and we need to pick up some points or it’s going to get tougher the longer we go. Final note training was much better attended last week but let’s just try and get a couple more if you there.
T.Moon R.Hagger J.Douglas J.Hurst L.Stafford(70)K.Shrimpton(55) J.Barham(80)J.Thomas T.Poyner A.Neil J.Draper subs R.Greenfield(55) D.Hagger(70) R.Floyd(80)
My man of the match goes to James Barham, been out injured for a long time but still gave his all for 80 mins.

Match date: 22 September 2012
Ashford Saturday League
Rolvenden 18-1 Bromley Green Thirds
Report by Steve Mailey
Writing a report following a score line such as this is not something I have had to do before. So I’ll keep it simple and focus on the key points. Preparation for the game was no different to any other week, by that I mean scratching around all week for players and then seeing who actually appears on the day. This week it left us with just eleven. That became ten after just 12 minutes as Howland had to leave the field following injury, so we faced a very strong Rolvenden outfit with nine youngsters and Terry who could only just about stand up.
As the result suggests, we were simply outclassed from start to finish. Our lads’ age and lack of experience were woefully exposed. Conceding as early as the 2nd minute and as late as the 85th and various times in between, it was a brutal lesson for young heads to absorb, yet to their credit and despite the ribbing many have already taken, their desire to keep trying was impressive. I won’t say no one gave up, but it was almost everyman together!
In terms of what we did today, well we certainly helped the hosts at times. Our annoying habit of late shouts, if at all, and failure to act on instinct gifted plenty of possession to Rolvenden in very dangerous areas. I may have mentioned before that this will get punished, always! The flip side is our attempts to express ourselves – I always encourage these lads to have a go, do what they think is right, play to their own strengths and so on – and we did just that today. So I won’t complain, because there were many occasions when we had the ball and tried to play football. It may have added to the deficit a little, but we could easily have resorted to lumping it up the field to no one or into row Z somewhere.
We did actually find the net ourselves, at 0-4 we scored following a fine angled pass from Griffin which was met by Prior who calmly slotted home from 8 yards. That was a small plus point in a game that was, frankly, painful to watch. Naming a man of the match after a game like this just doesn’t seem right to me, so I won’t. Sorry if that angers anybody. But I will gladly praise and thank the boys for their effort and commitment today.
Going forward, well there is a plan in place for this group long term. Personally I hope to ensure the club considers the short term with equal importance. Wednesday we have training at the 3G, 7:50 to start at 8. I will be at an exciting league meeting, but Terry and John are looking forward to seeing you all.
W Guest, D Harris, T Perk, E Holewell, S Robinson, K Shrimpton ©, D Howland, L Hagger, R Prior, I Pestana, J Griffin

Match date: 22 September 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Bromley Green 2 Greenways 1
Report by John Ovard
I am not a manager that sulks when we lose and blames everything and anything and then sings when we win. Last week the players were very good in the first half but sloppy in a ten min spell in the second and we deservedly lost. This week the players were superb from first whistle to last, the attitude, commitment, work rate and player responsibility was top drawer, but that’s something I expect! We need that week in week out, the good sides can deliver consistency.
I was very pleased with the young players in Ship, Mani and Casper today and look forward to them progressing but extremely proud of some of the older heads that helped them and protected them in our overall play. We took the lead when Macca had the final touch in the box and scored from close range (a typical no 10 finish) 3 mins from half time.
Second half the message was clear that last week we let ourselves down in first 10 mins so this week we proved character and went on to force a win. We went 2-0 up when Gary Lockyer curled in a great finish from a direct free kick 25 yards out. We conceeded a goal within 5 mins of scoring to a diagonal long pass that was contested for offside but finished none the less. Ashley Porter and Michael Doyle were magnificent together at centre half and with Rocky and Macca in front off them we had a solid spine for the team.
The players deserve all the credit for the bottle they showed to hold on and press into a win. The substitutes that went on in Dan Cornell and James Whyte played a big part in what we held onto and today it was a good squad result.

Match date: 16 September 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Bromley Green 4-2 Kennington
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we entertained local neighbours Kennington who as i had stated in my match pre view had not got off to a good start this season losing both there opening 2 games. The game started at a lively pace with the young Kennington side being very busy in shutting us down. In the first 20 minutes we had some chances to take the lead with Steve missing at the back post and Ship with a one on one, however with us having the majority of the play we found ourselves one down after Simon missed judged the flight of a free kick with the ball hanging in the breeze. This gave us a bit of a lift and responded by Macker stooping at the back post to nod home from  a corner, we then scored again within 5 minutes after Collo tried a speculative right foot shot from 20 yards that squirmed under the keeper. We continued to press and Collo came close with his usual trade mark left foot free kick which   forced the keeper into making a good save and pushing the ball over the bar for a corner. From the resulting corner we went 3-1 up after Tom Head managed to smash the ball home (Toms words on describing his goal) from a scamble. After this our continued pressure paid off again with  Harris following up on another Collo free kick that there keeper fumbled.
We finished the half on a playing high being 4-1 up but with the loss off Milts to another ankle injury so Rocky was introduced to the game. The second half started with us seemingly still thinking about how we had played in the first as we just didnt get started which resulted in Kennington pulling one back after a mix up in the defence. We continued to play some sloppy lazy football which resulted in Kennington pushing hard as we continued to give the ball away.
On 65 minutes we lost Tom Head after he dislocated his shoulder after a tumble from a tackle so a shuffle of formation was required with Collo slotting in a left back Mani left mid and Leroy introduced on the right mid.
Both teams continued to push with Kennington being awarded a dubious penalty after Hodges supposedly pushed one of there players, however Simon saved the resulting spot kick much to our relieve. From there until the end the game seemed to die with  neither side creating much in the final 3rd which seemed to please many of the watching Hamstreet squad whose game was called off due to them not be able to summon a squad to play Market!
Mom awarded by Kennington Steve Harris

Match date: 15 September 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Fleet Leisure 4-0 Bromley Green
Report by John Ovard
A disappointing result but in all fairness 4 0 is a bit misleading on the performance of the team although Fleet deserved to win on the day. As I’ve already said in my pre match statement it will take time to introduce a different method, attitude and professionalism that is needed to progress the whole club forward and in everyones opinion there needs to be a different mindset needed to achieve a longer term goal. I certainly respect what the team won last year but we have to accept that the league and opposition in our league have strengthened and progressed and we need to raise ourselves to meet our opposition in all levels of our game. We played well and worked very hard in the first half and after settling down after an initial opening first ten mins we looked the better side and tried to play some decent football. If being honest we didn’t create any clear cut chances but was very comfortable and maybe a better final ball we might of nicked the opening goal. We was poor in the opening stages of the second half and had a bad 10 mins conceded 3 Poor goals and the game was over.
I gave my word to every member of the first team squad that I would give everyone a clean slate and a chance to keep their place for a few weeks and thats exactly what i will do. There is absolutely no pressure in regards to results at this stage of the season because of the bigger picture the club has, I demand a high level of good attitude fitness and player quality which will be down to the squad to deliver if they wish to be a part of what I will look to build.
We had 2 youth/reserve players in the squad sat and they will be given a chance and they certainly didn’t let themselves down and I will be introducing more of the youth/reserves and some new faces in the next few weeks as I build on an already good side.
Sat we have now a rearranged fixture against Greenways instead of Snodland so it’s another tough game but we will stand up and face it together and show character needed try to win the game.
Training Wednesday 8 till 9 at the 3G pitch

Match Date: 15 September 2012
Ashford Saturday League Premier Division
Bromley Green Thirds 2-4 Lydd United
Report by Steve Mailey
A fixture alteration bought Lydd United to Waterside for our latest league clash. The usual fun and games were played out during the week before finally gathering a squad together. Both sides on show today suffered heavy defeats on the opening day so today offered the opportunity for one to put their first points on the board.
The opening exchanges were quite pleasing as our lads dealt well with heavier and older opposition, even though we were verbally too quiet and maybe a little apprehensive. As both sides began to create chances it was our lads who struck first, Matt Illsley remaining calm following a good move to tuck home. Lydd were back on level terms just ten minutes later as we failed to close down in time, allowing an effort from distance to escape the reach of Wilson. As the interval neared, we fell behind, again as a result of failing to close off the options. As with last week, our heads never went down and we continued to work hard for each other. Such persistence was rewarded when the unpredictable Ryan Prior gambled just enough to get a shot away to bring us level at the break.
The second half was very similar to the first, two more errors of judgement resulted in goals. At the other end we were guilty of missed chances and around the park we opted for the wrong choice too often. The defeat was hugely frustrating because I feel all four goals were avoidable. That is our issue and not the visitors, so I take nothing away from them for their win.
Overall, we are working hard and I honestly can’t fault the effort shown by these lads. The reality is a little more brutal though. We are very inexperienced at adult level and we are going to face stronger, tougher, wiser and often better opponents every week. I could solve it tomorrow by bringing in a batch of older players, but that defeats the whole objective of having this side. So we soldier on and I will make a couple of minor changes. In time, we will cope better, that is certain.
Displays today, well defensively we were a little guilty of overplay at times which caused us problems but on the whole Dan, Elliot and O’Leary continue to make steady inroads. Wide of midfield showed an improvement from Reece and promising glimpses from new signing Iwry Pestana. Young Ryan up front caused a lot of trouble for a little man, consistency the only thing missing from his game. Man of the match will go to Ollie Perkins today, battled well in a busy midfield, never gave up and showed maturity with his decision making. My thanks today to Matt Illsley, following a last minute reshuffle and without complaint, put in a fine shift in three different positions.
W Guest; D Harris, T Perk ©, E Holewell, R Cahalane, K O’Leary, O Perkins, D Howland, M Illsley, R Prior, I Pestana. Sub: R Moore

Match date: 9 September 2012
Ashford & District Sunday League Premier Division
Bromley Green 5 Market Hotel 2
Report by Matt Barham

This Sunday we welcomed  Market Hotel to Waterside who on the back of a solid win against the Brews last week would be brimming with confidence and looking for a win after our poor showing last week. This week we made a few changes to the squad,  line up and formation which on my own admission i changed from at the last minute last week this i informed the team before kick off in my pre match talk.

The game started at a fast pace which was not surprising as this is usually the case, on 10 minutes our pressure paid off with Harris finding the net after some good work by the outstanding Mani on his full home debut for the 1st team, Market could not cope with his strength skill and pace as they made changes to there back 4 to try and stop him, so we switched Mani and Ship to confuse them more, this caused them more problems  and eventually after more pressure from Steve, Mani, Rocky and Ship we were awarded a penalty after Ship was hacked down from behind which resulted in there player receiving a straight red and Ship having to leave the field injured. The resulting spot kick was placed to the keepers right calmly by Ryan, the half ended with us well on top 2 nil up and Market shell shocked and down to 10.
We started the 2nd half slow and let Market have far to many attacks on our goal but Simon kept us in it with some fine saves and commanding  his back 4.
A counter attack from a Market corner resulting in us going 3 nil up after Leroy on as a sub for Ship slotted home at the back post after some out standing play between Rocky Mani and Leroy that left Market chasing shadows. After this we took our foot of the gas again and let Market attack us to much which resulted in them scoring from a corner after some poor marking. For the next 10 mins we seemed to lose our way a bit this was not helped by the fact we had to bring Macker off due to another injury and whilst re grouping we let Market in again.

Richard ‘Casper’ Floyd leaves Spillo trailing on the way to his memorable goal

This gave us a much needed boost we lifted our game again and took control and on 75 mins Casper (Richard Floyd) made a fantastic run from our 18 and smashed home to put us in total control, this was highlighted again on 81 mins when the hard working Mani scored a much deserved goal. Market awarded Steve Harris mom for his continued pressure on there back 4 as a lone striker.

Steve Harris who worried the visitors defence throughout the Old Firm clash

Overall a good performance which was highlighted by the amount of messages i received from people from The Green and Market as well !
Squad: S Puxted; R Floyd, M Hodges, R Smith, T Head, S Ahmetaj, G Mackett, L Milton, L Hayles, E Awuni, S Harris. Subs: Marc Collins,  C Rose, L Johns
Match date: 9 September 2012
Ashford Sunday League Division One
Shadoxhurst 2 Bromley Green Reserves 0
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we made the short trip to Hornash Lane to take on Shadoxhurst for our first away fixture of the season. The morning started of very disappointing with three no shows but luckily Matt Barham would let us take Liam Holman to give him some match fitness after his trip to America, so we arrived at Shadoxhurst with fourteen players but lacking additional attacking players. This made Kevin and myself have to change formation to a 4-5-1. From my previous experience travelling to Shadoxhurst would always be a tough game as they have a strong young side who work hard and have the firepower of the prolific Carlam Mccloud. With just Jack Draper in the lone striker roll we spoke to the players and explained how we wanted the game played but for some reason a few could not seem to understand that when your striker is being marked by two six foot plus defenders he needs the ball at his feet not long balls in the air. The first half started at a tremendous pace considering the weather and both teams went close on a couple of occasions, but Shadoxhurst were to score first through Carlam after a indecisive decision on the edge of our own box. We had a good chance to go in at half time but as last week our final decision and shooting were simply poor, when we are playing the better sides we are going to obviously get less chances so we need to be more clinical. So we go in at half time 1-0 down. Second half was a lot slower with the heat taking its toll but it was Shadoxhurst that seemed to start slowing and we gained more possession but still seemed to struggle to put more than four passes together. With twenty to go we would go 2-0 down through a great strike by who else than Carlam after he was let to dance through four players, Wilson made a great effort to get a hand to it but could not prevent it from going in. For the last twenty we still had chances to get something out of the game but it just didn’t happen. Overall not a great performance and unless we get a bit more commitment out of some on the pitch and even more of the players that let Kevin and me down but more importantly the rest of the team and didn’t turn up, as I said last week it’s going to be a long hard season. Finish of with my usual concern about the commitment shown towards training, if we don’t train we are not going to get any better simple as that, so from now on let’s all make an effort to attend. Man of the match was awarded Reece Hagger, played well at the back and still done a good job when moved to midfield. W.Guest; J.Douglas, R.Hagger, M.Dalby, R.Greenfield, L.Holman, T.Poyner(65), D.Hagger(50), J.Thomas,  J.Hurst(65), J.Draper. Subs: T. Moon(50), S.Dadd(65), L.Stafford(65)

Match date: 8 September 2012
Ashford Saturday League Premier Division
Ashford United Reserves 6 Bromley Green Thirds 0
Report by Steve Mailey
On Saturday we made the short trip to Sandyacres for our opening league game, a slightly daunting task against Ashford United Reserves. My attempts to provide a sensible sized squad were continually thwarted, so we ended up with just the one sub, which was not ideal in such warm conditions. Fortunately I was able to include two experienced defenders to help deal with the predictable attacking threat on show.
As the scoreline suggests, and in terms of match stats, this will be viewed as a bad day at the office as the home side ran home comfortable winners and I would be a fool to argue otherwise. But anyone with half a brain cell would know, even before a ball was kicked, that the gulf between these two squads was pretty big. A couple of the Ashford lads are clearly first team material and the rest are capable of playing much higher. So the two outfits are obviously seeking very different aims from the season ahead. That said, credit to Ashford, who were welcoming, sporting and at no point showed any disrespect.
As for the game, discussions prior to kick off were all about specific jobs and keeping our shape. The lads seemed to take it on board, along with the message that this would be a very tough afternoon, for all of us. The opening exchanges were quite pleasing, if anything, my request to keep shape almost restricted some from pushing on! Both sides began to settle and the pattern became clear quite early on, as expected. Although doing really well for the opening 15, we conceded three times in a six minute spell – a mixture of United’s quality and our indecisiveness.
Many sides three down, in that temperature, against strong opposition and with 70 still to play would put their heads down, start moaning and begin hiding from the action. But we didn’t. I was real pleased (and a little surprised if I’m honest) to see a genuine positive reaction. The lads kept to their task and worked real hard for each other. The remainder of the half saw us show an improvement in possession and expression.
The second half saw no let up in the work and effort as we battled to try and frustrate the hosts. Three further goals came during the second half – a penalty for handball, a fine shot from the edge of the area and an error of judgement on the goal line. So the final score is obviously disappointing but I take an awful lot from the game. There is much to improve on, plenty of little issues and lots of confidence and character building to do. But as for team spirit and passion, well we’ve made massive strides in that department.

Ollie in blue showed his potential for the future

As for displays today, well I’ve already made it clear how pleased I am with the huge effort from everyone. Young Elliot Holewell put in his best display for me yet in defence, showing much better confidence and calmness. Although all of the midfield was made to put a shift in, I have to say the contribution from Ollie Perkins was immense for long spells, covering lots of ground, showing hunger and impressive timing. A tough choice, but man of the match will go to Keirran O’Leary at full back. He grew in to the game, showed awareness and wanted the ball all the time. He also listens to the older heads as well as expressing himself where possible.
Thank you to those who came and supported the boys today, especially Jack Stafford for giving up his cap for Wilson! My thanks to all the lads today for their superb effort
W Guest; N Rowe, T Perk, E Holewell, K O’Leary, O Perkins, R Cahalane, K Shrimpton ©, D Carter, J Griffin, D Howland, R Prior

Match date: 2 September 2012
Ashford Sunday League Premier Division
Hamstreet 5 Bromley Green 1
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we got our season under way with a short trip away to Hamstreet, and as i stated in my match preview it would be a hard first game. The game started off with both teams having ago at getting that early goal. On 6 mins we suffered our first casualty of the game Richard Floyd going off with a dislocated  shoulder so a early change was called for with Mike Hodges slotting into the back 4.The game continued to be frantic and messy at times and some inconsistent refereeing did not help either side.
On 12 mins we went 1 down after some lack of communication between the back 4 and midfield we then conceded again 5 mins later when Simon was lobbed coming out to shut down a threw ball.
We had our chances thou but didnt take them, Steve going threw one on one and could of gone down to claim a penalty but carried on, however 5 mins later we where awarded a penalty for hand ball which Gary slotted home to the keepers right. On 35 mins another penalty was awarded to Hamstreet for a very dubious handball even the opposition could not believe it !! penalty scored we ended the half 3-1 down.
After a stern half time talk we expected to up our game but after 10 mins this did not happen so we made a double change bringing on Mani and Lee replacing Dan  and Marc, Mani made an immediate impact going on a run into there box and being brought down for the most blatant penalty of the game, but to every ones surprise  was not given !! Shortly after this we went down to 10 men as Gary was carried off with a ankle injury and we had used our 3 subs.
We continued to push forward with Mani making some excellent runs but we could not break down there well marshaled back 4. By pushing forward the inevitable happened we conceded a 4th and 5th however if it was not for Simon in goal this could have been more and this was highlighted by Hamstreet as they awarded him m o m.
Going forward into the season we need as a team to up our fitness and the tempo of our play, this game lacked our usual passion, willingness and team spirit that has always been at The Green.
Team: S Puxted T Head R Smith L Smith R Floyd Marc Collins D Barham G Mackett J Whyte S Harris G Lockyer. Subs: L Milton E Awuni M Hodges Not used: Martin Collins, C Rose

Match date: 2 September 2012
Ashford Sunday League Division One
Bromley Green Reserves 2 Levins 2
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we welcomed Levins to Waterside for the 1st game of the season, after a mixed bag of friendlies and a large squad to pick from I was quietly confident of a good start in the defence of the league title. We started the game as we had in all our friendlies playing some attractive football, maintaining our shape and everyone working hard for each other. After 5 minutes we took the lead through new signing Jack Draper after some great play, and we doubled the lead 10 minutes later with Jack superbly finishing just inside the box for his second. For anyone watching it must of been quite unbelievable that the score line stayed 2-0 as we had at least 80% of the play and as in all the friendlies our inability to put the ball in the back of the net was there for all to see going to be our downfall. The second half started as we finished the 1st total domination, but bad decision making and poor finishing continued. Then Levins first real attack resulted in them pulling a goal back and you could see that this gave them a lift in a game that we should of been with out a doubt four or five up. Levins started to realise with all the chances we missed that they could get something out of the game and they would score the equaliser with 15 minutes left on the clock. Both teams had chances to win it at the end but the game finished 2-2. If we continue to waste so many chances it’s going to be a long hard season and as said by all managers the training turn out is still very poor and this showed in the last 15 minutes. So not a lose but a game were we should be taking all three points from what I would call an average side. Just a mention for a few players, Reece Hagger man of the match, solid performance at the back calm and collective. Kieran Shrimpton superb run himself into the ground and Jack Draper two great finishes and worked hard, overall a good performance until the final decision making.
W.Guest D.Harris R.Hagger J.Douglas J.Hurst K.Shrimpton R.Fitzgerald J.Thomas S.Ahmetaj T.Lockett J.Draper subs M.Dalby A.NeilL.Stafford

Match date: 1 September 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Greenways 3 Bromley Green 1
Report by Dave Smith
A 3-1 defeat to the current league leaders does not get close to telling the real story of this game. The performance of the referee was embarrassing and probably one of the worst i have seen in my 35 years in the game, 6 yellows and 2 reds for us and not a single home player spoken to during the game. I could go on about him all day but it is pointless and my report to the league will cover my views.
We started the game well against the home side that did play good football but we got into the game and after good work from Tom Head and Marc Collins in the 20th minute Rocky Hayles burst through to give us the lead. The home side looked shocked and the way we were playing gave me confidence that we would now built on this and dominate, but the officials had other ideas, as in the 25th minute the assistant flagged for an apparent elbow by Buster Beaney that the referee from 5 yards away missed and we were down to 10. Greenways then levelled from a dubious free kick given on the edge of the box and now we were right up against it, but we reached the half level and this gave us hope.
The second half in my view was a farce, with the referee constantly giving the home side everything, first a penalty against Glen Mackett for nothing that even had the home side laughing, keeper Craig Smith pulled of a great save to keep us level but as we tired and picked up more bookings the inevitable happened and Greenways took the lead in the 75th minute with a good drive from the edge of the area, a third was added in the 85th minute and the ref summed our day up a minute later  by dismissing Ryan Smith as he stated because “he had gotten on his nerves “ . So a final score of 3-1 and yes Greenways are descent and better than last season but 11 v 11 with a proper referee and i really think we would have got something from the game.
Team: C.Smith, T.Head, B.Beaney, M.Doyle, R.Smith, R.Hayles, L.Milton, Marc Collins, G.Mackett, S.Harris, D.Cornell.
Subs: L.Smith (L.Milton) S.Ahmetaj (Marc Collins) D.Barham (D.Cornell)
Mom: M.Doyle, another superb display

Match date: 27 August 2012
KCL Premier Division
Bromley Green 3 Bredhurst Juniors 2
Report by Dave Smith
Our second game of the weekend saw us record a victory in a game that was never a classic but the 3 points were vital and after Saturday’s defeat keeps us up with the early pace setters in the league.
After a fairly even start we took the lead in the 15th minute when Buster Beaney’s excellent free kick was met by Micky Doyle who headed home. Our lead was short lived as Bredhurst levelled 2 minutes later from a direct free kick from just on the edge of the box. This did spur us on and we hit a purple patch and scored 2 good goals, the first was a superb move involving Ryan Smith, Matt Collins and Dan Cornell, with Dan finishing superbly. A third was soon added when Gary Lockyer won the ball of the visiting defender and played a great ball to Dan Cornell who again finished with real quality; but Bredhurst again hit back in the 30th minute when their attacker burst through although clearly looking offside and pulled another goal back. Ryan Smith then went close to adding a fourth just before the break but his header was well saved by the Bredhurst keeper.

Gary Lockyer in action today against Bredhurst

The second half in truth was a fairly sterile affair, as both sides tired from the busy weekend schedule, Gary Lockyer had a free kick well saved and also late on hit the bar, for their part Bredhurst fought hard and had their share of the ball but bar one sharp save from keeper Craig Smith never really looked like scoring and the referee in my opinion awarded to many free kicks that stopped the flow of the game and we were glad to hear the final whistle and take the points.
Some good individual performances and overall our team effort and play was good and is slowly getting back to the level we require to be challenging in this league.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, L.Milton, R.Hayles, Matt Collins, Marc Collins, D.Cornell, G.Lockyer. Subs: P.Burt (D.Cornell) G.Mackett (Matt Collins) S.Harris (Marc Collins) L.Smith not used.
Mom: B.Beaney, good performance with excellent passing

Match date: 25 August 2012
Kent County League Premier
Bromley Green 0-2 Metrogas
Report by Dave Smith
On a very windy day at the Waterside we lost to a good Metrogas side who will in my opinion will definite title contenders. There team was sharper, fitter and showed more determination than my side and i find that very disappointing, as i have stated on several occasions the numbers of players that actually bothered to train during the close season has been poor and this has led us to looking unfit and unable to compete properly. I as manager take some of the blame for this and it is now down to me to make changes to increase our performance, some might think a little drastic after one defeat but we are the Kent champions and it is time we acted like it.
We started the game by conceding in the first minute when a long straight ball was not dealt with and the visiting forward finished well. In the 15th minute we were 2 down to a very harsh penalty decision  against Micky Dolye, when the referee who was poor throughout said no but then took the lineman’s call to give it, surely this should be the other way round.
We did eventually wake up and went close through a Buster Beaney free kick and 2 good efforts from Gary Lockyer but we reached halt time 2 down. The second half we had the wind behind us and for the first 20 minutes pushed hard to get back in the game, but Metrogas were well organised and kept us at long range and in truth we never looked like scoring. We were  hit on the break several time and again we were fortunate not to concede more and the game ended with the score line remaining the same.
So disappointing but not the end of the season by a long way, loads of games and still the determination to retain the league, the frustration from some of the players show they care whilst others just walk away, maybe a wake up call and maybe a reminder that good leagues are won by sides that really want it, on this performance we never.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, T.Head, M.Doyle, L.Smith, J.Whyte, L.Hayles, R.Smith. Matt Collins, S,Harris, G.Lockyer. Subs: D.Cornell (J.Whyte) L.Milton (L.Smith) Marc Collins (M.Doyle)

Mom: R.Smith, one of the few that gave it everything

Match date: 22 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Bromley Green Thirds 1 Wye Monarchs XI 2
Report by Steve Mailey
Our latest instalment of end to end unpredictability took place last night against Sunday outfit Wye Monarchs. The post match comments on the website pretty much summed up what happened, so there is little else for me to add on those points.
It’s fair to say the squad changes almost felt like we were starting from scratch as new faces were included to counter the number missing. People have interests and commitments outside of the club and, especially in the summer months, I am quite happy with that. It would have been easy to fill the team sheet with lads keen for a game, but I wanted to stick with the youth as we have four other senior sides able to offer football, all comprising players I won’t be able to use when we get to the league games. Mani and Dalby were the only ones ‘loaned’ to me, and that was for specific reasons.
That said, the new faces produced a promising display and deserve the praise already received. Two had never played adult football before and one came in at the last minute. Along with the continuing progress being made by others, it was always going to be a bit awkward and nervy throughout the game. Although battling well and showing a pleasing team spirit, I accept we never really offered a threat going forward. Only the odd chance, yet easily dealt with by Ben Stevens in the Monarchs goal. The lack of impact was mostly to do with my set up, as well as a lack of confidence at times.
The goalless first half was followed by a strange second. A small change gave us more punch in the final third, which predictably stretched the game more. Wilson left the field to clear up blood following a 50/50 which was not the time for our rear guard to switch off – but we did anyway, leaving Howland little chance as we fell behind.

16-year-old Keirran signs on the dotted line for the Green

Pushing forward more, we were causing problems and the impressive debut by Keirran O’Leary was underlined as he thumped in an equaliser following some scrappy pressure. Another bout of ball watching soon after saw us fall behind again. These mistakes will always get punished, it really is that simple.
So the same problems exist, yet we are improving, which is the key. Yes we are largely inexperienced, and we are physically lightweight, and we are sometimes a bit dozy, yet it’s all part of the learning process which every single player goes through. A couple of additions and I feel we’ll start to look ok. Let the fun begin!
W Guest; D Harris, E Holewell, A Heathcote, M Dalby, L Hagger, R Cahalane, R Prior, K O’Leary, K Shrimpton, D Howland, E Awuni, E Stanley, C Hodgson

Match date: 19 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Bromley Green 0 Cross Keys 2
Report by Matt Barham
This Sunday we entertained Cross Keys from the Whitstable and Herne Bay Sunday League. Once again we had a team made up of first and reserve team players due to injuries and holidays. It was decided before the game due to the blistering heat that we would take water breaks at 20 minute intervals.
The game started slowly with both teams playing at a slow pace eyeing each other up looking to break down the back four, we had the better first 20 mins with Ryan Fitzgerald and Mani breaking clear one on one but failing to find the net. After a brief water break and chat we restarted a bit poor with the heat and tiredness from Saturdays games beginning  to show on 30 mins a lack of composure and communication at the back allowed there front man to lob Craig, then 5 minutes later Craig let a tame shot threw his legs resulting in us ending the half 2 down.
Some shuffling of the team was required at half time due to injuries to Steve Harris and Lee Milton and some stern talking was needed. We started the second half the stronger team creating chance after chance and pushing hard to find the net, with 25 minutes to go injuries and tiredness crept in hitting Liam Smith and Marc Collins, having used our subs Richie Moore and the watching Terry Perks stripped off to help out. We continued to press and edged the half on chances with Richie Ryan and Mani all breaking clear but still not finding the killer touch when needed.
A hard game was played in blistering heat and the program of recent fixtures was clearly showing. Result 0-2
Squad C Mannering, C Rose, G Mackett, E Awuni, L Smith, R Smith, S Harris, R Fitzgerald, T Poyner, R Floyd, J Thomas, L Milton, M Collins

Match date: 19 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Aldington Sports 4 Bromley Green Reserves 1
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we travelled to premier league side Aldington which was going to be our toughest pre season game to date. With a few injuries picked up Saturday, players on holiday and work commitments lead us to call on three more from the Saturday 3rds, Danny Illsley, Matty Illsley, and Ryan Prior. We started the game of very well looking calm and composed on the ball and Aldington were struggling to deal with how well we were using the width of the pitch. After about ten minutes Aldington had their first meaningful attack which resulted in some bad marking and an easy through ball was despatched in the back of the net 1-0 Aldington. Everyone kept there heads up and continued playing as before and deservedly five minutes later we equalised through a sweet strike by Tommy Lockett. The rest of the first half was quite even but Aldington scored a second with about ten minutes to go. We should of gone in 2-2 but for a great goal line challenge on Ashley Webster who had chipped the goalie and when it looked impossible to miss was tackled on the line. Aldington started to get the better of the second half due to having 17 players to change between and our young legs were starting to tire but every single player out there gave their all. We held out at 2-1 until the last fifteen when we conceded two sloppy goals, but no completes from anyone who wore the green shirt with pride and passion this morning well done to all. Would just like to mention a few players that stood out for us today, Wilson Guest superb distribution and some great stops. Kieran Shrimpton such a composed head on young shoulders who run himself into the ground, finally Danny Illsley who was a late call up and slotted in at left back as though he had been playing there all the time. Man of the match was a tough call today but Kevin and myself have given it to Danny Illsley. Finish on a sad note, Ashley Webster suffered a nasty injury resulting in a fractured leg and ligament damage. Going to be missed while he recovers but lets just hope he is back hitting the net sooner than later, from all at the club get well soon.
W.Guest S.Dadd D.Illsley D.Harris R.hagger D.Hagger M.Dalby K.Shrimpton J.Douglas T.lockett A.Webster. Subs R.Prior M.Illsley

Match date: 18 August 2012
Kent County League Premier Division
Bromley Green 2 Sheppey United 1
Report by Dave Smith
On Saturday we started our league season with in my opinion a comfortable victory over newly promoted Sheppy, the hot weather played a major factor in not making this a real spectacle but the 3 points were the main issue and they were collected with ease.
We dominated from the start with Sheppy only playing with one attacker it allowed us plenty of time to control the play and pass the ball around. We took the lead in the 20th minute when Ryan Smith picked out Steve Harris who finished well from just inside the area. We doubled the lead in the 35th minute when a good long range effort from Gary Lockyer was parried by the visiting keeper and Steve was on hand to collect the ball and walk it in the net. At this stage it was looking like we could go on and score 5 or 6 but we reached half time with a comfortable 2 goal lead.
The second half in truth was a bit of a non event, with the heat taking its toll on both sets of players, we continued to dominate and were rarely threatened, half chances came and went but we were guilty of switching off in the 80th minute when keeper Craig Smith make a good save but our defence were a little slow to react and Sheppy pulled a goal back. This did lead to an edgy last 10 minutes but in truth our visitors never looked liked getting another goal.
So 3 points in the bag and a good start. The heat did play its part but in truth there were players out there not as fit as they should have been because of missing training sessions, there was also an undercurrent of bitching at each other and moaning about positions, my view is simple if you are lucky enough to get a start in the Green shirt in what is without doubt one of the best sides in Kent then you should be willing to play anywhere because if your not then there are plenty of others that are waiting to grab that place. The bitching will also stop and these issues will be dealt with as it spoils the day and creates a bad atmosphere that prevents us from enjoying our football.
I would also add I was extremely disappointed with the number of people that actually bothered to watch us, a crowd of about 15 from a club that boasts 5 senior sides and many youth teams, maybe everyone was at the beach or maybe not !!!!
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, T.Head, M.Doyle, R.Smith, L.Milton, R.Hayles, J.Whyte, G.Lockyer, S.Harris, P.Burt. Subs: M.Collins (B.Beaney), L.Smith (J.Whyte), G.Mackett (L.Milton). D.Cornell (not used). MoM: Micky Doyle, another solid display.

Match date: Wednesday 15 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Bromley Green Thirds 3 v 5 Dayspring Canterbury Community
Report by Steve Mailey

15.8.2012 The Saturday Thirds who met Canterbury side Dayspring

As games go, this will not go down as a classic. Seven days on from our previous game and I can’t realistically say we showed any improvement. The only difference from last week is the chances were converted, well most of them anyway. I have praised these lads up and rightly so, and I will continue to do so. Yet we have to accept that certain things were simply not good enough tonight.

The early stages of the game saw us enjoy plenty of possession without really creating much. We were too hurried with the ball which allowed for some wasteful moments. Our visitors came more into the game and began to look a threat coming forward. That threat became constant as our back line started to show the nerves that have hindered us in every game. A lack of communication and effort got punished as we were outnumbered just long enough for a fine finish to put us behind. To our credit, we actually dug in again and upped the tempo. Some good passing & moving in midfield resulted in an impressive finish from Ollie Perkins on his debut.
At the break I asked us to use our width more and try to maintain shape, never easy when multiple changes are being made. Inside the opening minutes of the restart we conceded two goals, both were avoidable. At any level you deserve to be punished and we were. On a plus point, we never gave up and the effort and spirit was pleasing. We saw plenty of the ball again and managed to reduce the deficit when Josh Ahmad reacted first in the area.
In no time at all it was 2-4 as we switched off again. Then 2-5. Young Ryan Prior battled well and poked the ball over the line in the closing minutes to end the game 3-5.
It was a strange game that never really flowed from our perspective, too many of us played well in stages rather than standing out. Only two outfield lads played the full game, Shrimpton and Harris, and both put in fine displays. The area to be addressed is clear to all and I will have to find a way, but there is more than enough to be positive about. The constant chopping and changing actually helped me realise a couple of things which I can now use in our next game against Wye Monarchs reserves next week.
My thanks go to all the lads for their effort tonight and to Fred for doing the line. The attitude and sporting approach from our visitors will make them very welcome at Waterside again in the future.
W Guest, L Hagger, D Harris, D Illsley, M Illsley, D Howland, E Stanley, E Holewell, O Perkins, K Shrimpton, R Prior, T Moon, J Ahmad, M Dalby

Match date: Wednesday 15 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
The Woolpack 4 Bromley Green Sunday XI 8
Report by Matt Barham
As our season approaches we played our second pre season friendly, a short trip down the road to Smeeth to play Ashford Saturday League team The Woolpack. On paper we had a team capable of dominating and playing good free flowing football, whilst  using a good batch of players from the reserves due to injuries and holidays.
Again we dominated the first period of play with some good football on a very poor and bumpy pitch, but somehow found us going down 3 – 1 in 30 minutes due to some poor defending, however pulling back to 3 – 3 at half time by making use of the roll on roll off format to make tactical changes that were clearly needed.
The second half was by far a better performance and to the standard that we have come to expect from a team that every year we expect to win the Ashford Sunday League. Players that played tonight and performed very well from the squad and should be aiming to stake a claim from the reserves in this squad and deserve a mention are Richard Floyd and Emmanuel Awuni, plus  Steve Harris from the first team for his non stop effort and team work after returning from injury. Overall a good workout before we take on Cross Keys from Canterbury on Sunday.
Result 8 – 4 to Bromley Green
Scorers: G Lockyer 4, Emmanuel Awuni 1, Richard Floyd 1, Jason Thomas 1, own goal
Squad: C Mannering; T Head L Smith J Douglas C Rose J Thomas R Smith T Poyner R Fitzgerald G Lockyer S Harris R Greenfield E Awuni R Floyd

Match date: Sunday 12 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Staplehurst 1-1 Bromley Green
Report by Matt Barham
On Sunday we had our first pre season friendly away to The Kings Head at Staplehurst. The squad that we had at our disposal was a bit depleted by injuries and holidays, however a squad more than capable of playing open attractive football, it also gave us the opportunity to view a few players knocking on the door from the reserves and also the 2 new keepers that have joined the Green Army.
The game started as expected – a bit scrappy being our first outing and changes to the squad, after that we began to take control putting pressure on their goal resulting in a few corners that we should have done better and testing their keeper. Daniel Cook on his debut in goal commanded his area well and marshaled  the back four in front of him and also pulling of a good save to deny them a goal. On 30 minutes Martin Collins latched onto a through ball and wormed his way into a scoring position and cooly placed the ball into the bottom right corner. Immediately after this Dan Barham had to be subbed due to a rib injury sustained on Saturday playing the Kent rep side. A change of formation was needed to accommodate Ryan Fitzgerald from the resulting substitution.
During the whole half reckless tackles were flying in with the ref not taking any action and seemingly very friendly with the opposition. This trend continued all the way through the second half and became very heated at times, and then another injury resulting in Lee Milton being carried from the field of play and again no action or free kick awarded. On 60 minutes their center forward latched onto a defensive mix up which resulted in the forward lobbing our second debut keeper Simon Pucksted. Again all through this half we created chance after chance but failed to find the back of the net. Lady Luck and the ref were  not on our side, especially the blatant foul inside the area, the whistle went to his mouth but seemed to have no breath to blow it probably due to the constant chats he was having with our opposition. Game ended 1-1 and a bit of disappointment was felt by all.
Squad: D Cook, S Pucksted, M Hodges, L Smith, P Allen, R Smith, J Thomas, D Barham, L Milton, Marc Collins, T Poyner, Martin Collins, R Fitzgerald

Match date: Sunday 12 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Bromley Green Reserves 8 Grasshoppers 1
Report by Jason Sterling
This morning we welcomed Lydd Grasshoppers to Waterside for our first home friendly, and following last weeks performance there was a lot of players that had a point to prove to us as well as themselves. Jason Thomas, Martin Collins, Tom Poyner and Ryan Fitzgerald were all called up to the first team so this gave Kevin and myself the ideal opportunity to call on some of the youngsters that had impressed us both last Wednesday in their win against  Marsh Athletic. On a very warm sunny morning we started off as we did last week moving the ball around the pitch accurately and quickly and Grasshoppers were finding it very hard to get hold of the ball and when they did they struggled to maintain it for much more than three passes as our work rate without the ball was superb. A far cry from last week when players seemed to lose the ball and give up. I won’t go too much into the result but a win was what we needed after last week, we all know that this stage of the season it’s about work rate, attitude and performances. So after a great first half performance we lead 3-0. The start of the second half gave us the chance to introduce Kieran Shrimpton and Dan Howland for their first experience at this level and both were very impressive as well as Dan Harris and Wilson Guest. It’s nice to see some youngsters play with confidence at such an age and fit in well. Thanks must also go to the experienced players for the support and guidance shown to the youngsters. The second half was as much the same as the first, total domination but still keeping our shape and discipline to see us run out 8-1 winners. Overall every single person played well but the outstanding player on the day was Richard Floyd, work rate was outstanding attacking and defending and rewarded with two goals for his hard work, that’s why Kevin and myself awarded him man of the match.
W Guest; D Harris, R Hagger, J Douglas, R Greenfield, R Floyd, P Barron, E Awuni, D Hagger, A Webster, T Moon. Subs: T Lockett, K Shrimpton, S Dadd, M Dalby, D Howland
Goal scorers Webster (2), Floyd (2), Awuni, Greenfield, D Hagger, Howland

Match date: Saturday 11 August 2012
Bromley Green 3 Kent Rep Side 1
Report by Dave Smith
On a very warm afternoon we finished our pre season games with a good victory over the Kent Rep side. Playing on our newly moved pitch that is without doubt smaller than we are used to, it took us time to adapt but in the end our overall team play got the better of a rep side recently selected.
The game started fairly evenly as we struggled with the new pitch, but we were good with the ball and played some good football, Dan Cornell went close and Paul Burt hit a post and then saw another drive well saved, but we fell behind from a good break where we failed to track our runners, so 1-0 at half time and a bit against the run of play.
The second half saw us again in control but we still could not break through. 5 changes were made and we did lose our rhythm a bit and keeper Craig Smith pulled of 2 quality saves to keep the score at 1-0. Then in the 70th minute substitute Marc Collins who is making a good recovery from his bad injury last season fired us level with a 25 yard free kick with his first involvement. We now pressed on and Paul Burt was bought down in the area and he fired home the resulting penalty, we added a superb third when Buster Beaney hit the pass of the match that found Tom Poyner 60 yards away who took control superbly and squared for Dan Cornell to seal our victory.
So pre season has finished and although there has been many players used it has been a useful and I have learned a lot. We have introduced some youngsters, tried some new faces and generally got the main core of last seasons successful squad close to fitness for the big kick off.
C.Smith, T.Head, M.Doyle, P.Allan, B.Beaney, D.Barham, L.Hayles, O,Rains, J.Whyte, D.Cornell, P.Burt, L.Smith, L.Milton, T.Poyner, C.Rose, Marc Collins

Match date: 8 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Bromley Green Thirds 1 Marsh Athletic XI 0
Report by Steve Mailey
Marsh Athletic were welcomed to Waterside for our second friendly match last night and arrived with a blend of experience and youth. A new outfit, they join us in simply aiming to get the squad more familiar with each other as well as forming partnerships and securing places. Pleasant weather and a sizeable crowd added to an entertaining encounter.
For various reasons the Green squad altered several times right up to kick off yet the focus remained on youth. Each player had plenty of minutes and much was gained form this run out. There was an overall improvement in our display from our previous game, yet more importantly, the individual advance made by several was pleasing to note. The response from these lads has been very good and many are realising that following simple instructions and keeping shape allows them to express themselves. At times there is a flow and awareness to their game that offers an insight of things to come.
The Green lads took the lead during the early stages of a 25 minute spell that saw us play some very promising football, young Ryan Prior on hand to calmly dispatch a quality strike. In fairness, we probably should have finished the game off in those opening exchanges as the visitors were struggling with much of our movement and pace. That said, this is a learning curve and by half time the score could easily have been 4-2. The fact that this game finished with just one goal will surprise those watching because, over the 90 minutes, we certainly rode our luck at times as well as squandering countless chances ourselves.
The expected number of changes made throughout affected the game, as is the norm, yet it rarely weakened us. As the game went on, the experience of ‘old head’ Richard Floyd and the growing influence of Callum Rose helped steady a constantly changing rearguard. The biggest concern I have is what appears to be how slow we are in reacting to losing the ball in midfield, all too often we are running towards our goal under pressure when there shouldn’t be any!
As for displays, well Wilson had a good game in goal and his erratic moments were kept to a minimum! Lee Hagger & Elliot Holewell are coping well and learning quickly in a defence that is clearly raw yet not without promise. Young Ryan prior seems to cause problems no matter where I put him and his appetite is impressive. D Howland, K Shrimpton & J Griffin are responding brilliantly to what I am asking for in terms of role and shape and offer us genuine quality. Man of the match is tough for a game with so many changes, but Jordan Griffin earns it this time out – strong when needed, good vision and linking up midfield with attack as instructed. My thanks to all the lads for their efforts.
Green squad: W Guest, D Harris, D Howland, R Floyd, L Hagger, D Illsley, F Murrell, J Griffin, E Holewell, K Shrimpton, K Hawkins, J Ahmad, R Prior, C Rose

Match date: 7 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
HytheTown 2 Bromley Green 1
Report by Dave Smith
Last night our game at Hythe was a very good experience for all the players and one where we certainly gave it are all and even though we lost the game 2-1 i think we impressed our hosts and made them work hard for their victory.
Hythe started the sharper as we got used to the extra edge that a Ryman league side would have but we settled well and in the first 20 minutes copped well. We created a couple of half chances but in the 25th minute fell behind when the Hythe forward was quicker to the ball and headed home. We responded well to this and levelled in the 35th minute when Dan Barham, James Whyte, Steve Harris all combined superbly and Gary Lockyer was on hand to finish well and we reached half time level.
The second half started again with both sides pushing hard and again i was pleased we were matching our hosts but as the game wore on our fitness levels as expected dropped and Hythe gradually took control and forced us back, but again to our credit we as a team defended very well and managed to hang on until 10 minutes from time when Hythe scored from a scramble in our box to give then the win.
Overall this was an excellent display from all the players and one they can all take a lot of credit from, it will have helped out fitness levels tremendously and really helps us in the build up to the season.
Squad: C.Smith, R.Smith, L.Smith, P.Allan, M.Doyle, D.Barham, L.Milton, J.Whyte, Matt Collins, S.Harris, G.Lockyer, D.Cornell, C.Rose, T.Poyner, Marc Collins.

Match date: 5 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Brabourne 2 Bromley Green Reserves 0
By Jason Sterling
Our first game was always going to be our toughest test regardless of the opponents, Kev and myself knew very little of the ability of the squad we had. Taking eighteen players was never ideal but we needed to get a look at as many as possible in our first outing to try and get the balance of the team ready for the tough season ahead. We started the game very well moving the ball around the pitch and maintaining long spells of possession but the lack of ability in the final third was always going to come back to haunt us. So after dominating most of the first half we would go in 0-0. We made several changes for the second half and to be honest things started to go down hill, we struggled to keep any shape or possession. The first goal came from a wonderful twenty five yard strike, but the inability to shut down and leave a player that much room is always going to cause problems. As for the second goal that will just go down as lack of communication between a few players. We still made several good chances to get something out of the game but no one really seemed to trouble the Brabourne goalkeeper. Fitness was an issue today, I know it’s our first game and some will struggle but the simple fact is we have training on a Tuesday night for this reason and not enough players are making an effort to attend. On a plus note there was some good solid performances out there today and for that reason our man of the match will go to Tad Greenfield, calm and collective, always wanted the ball and dug his heels in when needed
T Moon, T Poyner, R Hagger, Marc Collins, A Webster, J Thomas, R Greenfield, S Dadd, R Fitzgerald, Martin Collins, E Awuni. Subs: W Guest, D Harris, M Dalby, J Douglas, J Hurst, P Barron, DHagger

5.8.2012 Green Res attack but the home rearguard kept a clean sheet

Match date: 4 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Orpington 1 Bromley Green 1
Report by Dave Smith
Our second pre season game ended in a draw against a disappointing Orpington side, who in my opinion will struggle in the Kent Invicta League this season unless they add to their squad.

The game started with us in full control and we forced the home side back and in truth we should have built up an early lead but we looked rusty in front of goal and were guilty of wasting some good chances. With the large number of players that I had at my disposal I made 6 changes after 30 mins and this did allow the home side to come into the game more as the changes disrupted us, but half time was reached with the score at 0-0.

The second half did see the home side come into the game more and to their credit created a couple of decent chances the keeper Craig Smith did well to save but they did take the lead in the 55 minute when we were sloppy at the back and their attacker finished well .We then made 6 more changes and did come back into the game and deservedly levelled when James Whyte finished well after good work from Rocky Hayles. We pushed on hard to try to secure the victory but again we were guilty of missing chances and settled for the draw.

There were some good individual performances with keeper CraIg Smith excellent as were Micky Doyle, Rocky Hayles and Dan Barham. Callum Rose on a trial run out for the club, impressed at right back and generally we can take a fair bit from the game.

Squad: C Smith; L Smith, M Doyle, C Rose, L Avis, L Hayles, O Rains, D Barham, J Whyte, S Harris, G Lockyer, A Ramdan, T Poyner, D Cornell, L Milton, T Perk, B Price

Match date: 4 August 2012
Pre-season friendly
Peasmarsh 5 Bromley Green Thirds 4
Report by Steve Mailey
Saturday we travelled to Peasmarsh for our first pre season outing. Knowing nothing about opponents is what appeals in normal circumstances, but following my appointment to the role just eight days ago, I actually knew nothing about the majority of our own squad. So a degree of chaos was expected, but it was fairly organised!
Firstly, not one single player let me down in terms of arrangements, so that is a good sign for the coming season. During our trip, I feel the club were well represented by this group of lads, which is also good news. Our hosts were welcoming and the venue very nice.
As the scoreline suggests, it was end to end. It may well have been a friendly, but it was certainly entertaining. Both clubs, I’m sure, will have gained much from this game as well as being very aware just how costly mistakes can be. In fact of the nine goals scored, I would suggest six were a result of schoolboy errors. Both sides were guilty of either giving the ball away when under no real pressure or simply not communicating. But that is why we have these games and from our perspective it offered huge value as we head towards the new season.
These games are about displays, but for the record, we never once edged in front in the game nor did we ever trail by more than one goal. We simply took turns in scoring! Unfortunately for our lads, we went 5-4 down with just one minute remaining. I actually feel the defeat was a bit harsh on our lads, but that is football sometimes. Our goals came firstly from an impressive strike by Ewan Stanley, Matt Illsley was rewarded for his persistence, an own goal forced by Tom Moon and goal of the game from Jordan Griffin [pictured] – a superb effort from 20+ yards leaving the keeper with no chance. At the other end, we paid the price for the level of mistake I have already mentioned. Four of the Peasmarsh strikes should have been prevented with ease long before they found the net.
As for displays, well no one let us down and there were plenty of plus points. Once we had juggled things around certain lads began to show serious potential. Already I can see plenty of reasons to suggest many of these boys can progress in time. It is also clear to me that the balance of the squad is not right as we are short in one area and overloaded in another, something that I will sort out. Overall I have to be pleased with the effort shown and I urge all the boys to attend training on Tuesday where details of our next match will be announced.
Man of the match for this game could have gone to any one of five, but I will give it to Danny Howland who grew into his role and showed maturity as well as promising ability.
W Guest; D Illsley, J O’Gorman, D Harris, D Howland, E Stanley, K Shrimpton, F Murrell, J Griffin, R Prior, M Illsley, T Moon, L Hagger, K Hawkins, P Chamling

2 responses to “Match reports 2012-2013

  1. I would like to say your young team were a credit to your club and gave us a very hard game…def some real talent there and willing workers…thank you…good luck for the season and lets fix up friendly again next year..regards..Troy – Manager – Peasmarsh Utd fc.

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    • davehomewood

      Thanks Troy … from all accounts it was a terrific game of football … have a good season and see you soon … Dave

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