by Liam Smith
Saturday 12th August 2017: SCEFL Division 1- Holmesdale (Home)
This Saturday we welcome Ian Varley's Holmesdale to the Lindsey Field in their first league game of the season. Like ourselves, they suffered a defeat on opening day of the season, losing to Loxwood FC in the FA Cup. Ian has played a good level and has very good contacts so I have no doubt they will bring a strong squad to our place.
As for ourselves, of course we were disappointed to lose last Saturday against Lewisham Borough, but it does not mean we have become a bad side overnight. I don't think one loss defines us individually or as a team and I'm still really excited about the squad we have this season. I honestly believe once we get the first points on the board we will be hard to stop. I spoke to the squad at length before training Wednesday evening and we had a blinder of a training session put on by new Head First Team coach Mickey Doyle. A great reaction shown by each and every single player.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to everyone that came down last Saturday and will do again this Saturday. My phone was non stop Saturday night from people I didn't even know had my number speaking about the positives from the game and the players we have in our ranks. Really picked me up when I was down in the dumps for obvious reasons after the game.
If I had a message for everyone reading this and involved with the football club it would be this.
Stay behind the team, let's stick together as one and let's bring home the 3 points Saturday which will kick start the season.
Come On Then Lydd
Saturday 27th August 2016: SCEFL Division 1 - Meridian VP (away)
This Saturday sees us travel to Charlton to take on Richard Dimmock's Meridian VP side who like ourselves are coming off the back of a defeat. Meridian is always a tough nut to crack away from home, they have always been well drilled but I'm looking forward to the challenge and hoping to get back to winning ways. The players know what is required of them and they showed a good desire to put things right by having a very good training session on Wednesday, it seemed like we had that little extra bit of bite about us that I drum into my players which was pleasing.
From the squad point of view we have signed James 'Ratty' Everitt who's record speaks for itself especially at Folkestone Invicta and he trained really well and he will definitely be involved Saturday in some capacity. I'm yet to decide on the side as of yet but he's raring to go, I must say if he is given a starting shirt, he could turn out to be one hell of a signing for the Club. I'm always on the look out to strengthen the squad so I hope people see this as nothing but a positive move. One sour note is we will be without Joe Bullard whose injury in last weeks game will keep him out over the bank holiday period. It's a big blow as "Bully" has settled in nicely but that's why we have a squad to choose from.
Saturday 20th August 2016: SCEFL Division 1 - Eltham Palace (home)
This Saturday we host Eltham Palace who have recently joined forces worth Kent County Premier side Stansfeld. Being this early on in the season I don't know a great deal about them but I hope their journey to and from our ground is a safe one first and foremost. When I use to play Stansfeld were a strong formidable outfit so I expect a tough entertaining game today for sure and we will have to be at our very best to get the 3 points. From our dressing rooms point of view we are getting stronger and sharper every game we play, even tho the game was abandoned after 30 mins after a head injury to Owen Kessack we were very good for that 30 minutes.
On a side note I would like to say I hope Owen Kessack has a speedy recovery, he is really is one of our own and very own 'steady eddie' get well soon pal
Wednesday 17th August 2016: SCEFL Division 1 - Gravesham Borough (home)
This Wednesday we are playing Gravesham Borough at home. They have had a difficult start, picking up 1 point from their opening two games and being knocked out the FA Cup but I know this will be a very tough game without the amount of talent they have in theIr changing room. The early season form book goes out the window for games like this- midweek under lights, a fairly local derby and a couple of ex-Lydders now In the Gravesham ranks I expect a tasty affair which should make for a very good game for the neutral at least. From our point of view I'm looking for my team to be more consistent and carry out the game plan for the full 90 mins, if we do that we will have a very good chance of winning football matches because we have a very talented young squad.
A massive thank you in advance to the fans that are coming to watch giving up your time to watch us, I know the boys appreciate it and spurs them on that little extra
Saturday 13th August 2016: SCEFL Division 1 - Orpington (away)
This Saturday we travel to Orpington who, like ourselves, have a new set up in their management team and squad and have made a very good start in their first 2 games and we are under no illusions about the difficult task in front of us. I for one relish games like this.
As for ourselves we started with a win Saturday which on the balance of play we deserved but we are looking to kick on now and go in search of 3 points away from home on Saturday. We had a very good training session Wednesday night and once again I'll have a hard job picking the squad and the team. I will pick what team I feel is best to win a certain football match and the buck stops with me. I can't praise the squads attitude over this enough throughout pre-season and also last Saturday's game. If you're free why not come up and follow the team minibus if your not sure where to go and we will all strive together to get that important win we all want and are aiming for.
Saturday 1st April 2016: Kent Invicta League - Glebe (home)
Monday 28th March 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Bridon Ropes (home)
This game, the second of the weekend, will without doubt prove a difficult challenge, Bridon are having a good season and are pushing hard to finish in the high places in the division and possibly overtake us. Back in August we did record a good 2-1 victory at Bridon but a lot has changed for both sides since then so a good game is in prospect.
Our squad for this game will no doubt show changes again as this seems the norm now. Players are finding it hard to commit regularly but as I have often stated we have a large squad and we have certainly needed it and certainly used it to its maximum this season. After today we will have 8 games to go and our aim, as the title is out of our reach, is to finish as high as possible and although it can be easy at this time of the season to take your foot of the gas I will be ensuring that all the guys play to their maximum so we can finish the season as high as we can.
Saturday 19th March 2016 - Kent Invicta League - FC Elmstead (home)
This game sees us needing to pick up our form after 2 disappointing results,last Saturday at home to Rusthall and loosing away in mid week to Forest Hill Park, Elmstead will prove a tough test as we met a few games ago mid week where we won 3-1 in a very good game. Elmstead try to play the right way so a good game is predicted.
With 11 games to go in a short period the games come thick and fast, at present our squad changes weekly due to various reasons and in truth this is why our form is so up and down but this is how this season has developed and all we can do is to keep putting the effort in and giving our best to get as many points as possible to get as high as we can in the league.
Saturday 12th March 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (home)
This weeks game against Rusthall gives us the opportunity to extend our winning run to 7 games and record a league double over our visitors after winning away 2-1 in November. Rusthall are currently sitting 18th in the division and have had a season like many teams where they have changed management and players but again we will need to be on our game to get the victory we require.
Our own squad will again show changes due to players having certain commitments but a competitive squad will be assembled and hopefully one that can see us through to the points.
With this game we still have 13 games to go before the 30th April so loads of football left to be played and as we currently sit 5th in the league still some optimism that if we can continue out good run we can be in the mix for the top spots come the end of April.
Saturday 5th March 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Lewisham Borough (home)
This game gives us an opportunity to continue our recent good run in the league. Lewisham are having a difficult season and currently sit second to bottom of the division. We won comfortably 5-0 away from home earlier in the season. Lewisham have had many changes of management and personnel but they must be given credit for the way they carry on and commit to the league.
Last weeks 3-0 win over Eltham Palace was our 5th consecutive win in the league and we now sit 5th in the league just behind the main pack, but with plenty of games to go for all sides it is vital we pick up as many points as possible to keep the pressure on the sides above us.
The squad this week will without doubt have changed from last week but again all the players are putting in good shifts and showing good commitment as the season hits its crucial time.
Saturday 27th February 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Eltham Palace (home)
This Saturday we take on Eltham Palace who are rooted to the bottom of the Kent invicta league and who were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat against Glebe last week. In the reverse fixture we drew 1-1 where we squandered many many chances and in the last 10 minutes nearly threw the game and the point away.
As for ourselves we have won our last 4 in the league to put us into 5th place. We view this as a must win game from our point of view to continue our good form and look to put pressure on the 4th place team and above.
Our squad this week will be a little more settled with Sam Lancaster returning from a slight niggle and work commitments, midfielder John Phillips is hoping to shake off a knock to be in Saturday's squad but we will make a decision on that Saturday morning
One sour note is that Harry Yates was involved in a serious car accident on the way to work Thursday morning and got air lifted to Kings hospital where we wait to hear of more news, hopefully positive. Our thoughts and prayers are with and his family at this difficult time
Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Hawkinge Town (home)
This Wednesday (weather permitting) we take on Kent County League Division 1 East side Hawkinge Town in the semi final of the Weald of Kent Charity Cup. The winners will advance into Easter Friday's final. Even though the competition isn't regarded by some as big as it used to be it, is still a very coveted competition and has a great history about it, some fantastic sides have won the tournament in the past.
To get through to the final will be no easy feat as Hawkinge come to town with some experienced quality players among their squad including a few ex Lydd players. We will be doing all we can to get a positive result not only for the gaffer as he loves this competition but also for the fans to treat them to a cup final day out.
As from our point of view, we are quite frankly flying at the moment winning 4 on the bounce scoring 19 in these 4 games and really playing some excellent stuff, but this does not mean we are taking this game lightly. I will be playing our strongest possible side that I can and one that I think can win this game. The supporters have been brilliant lately especially with the horrible weather conditions, so I thank them all for that it really does give the players a lift and spur them on.
Saturday 20th February 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (home)
This game will give us a chance to get revenge for an early season defeat at KFU where we threw away a 2 goal lead and lost all the points. Since then KFU have changed their manager and many players and their season probably has not gone as well as they hoped but there are a progressive side and are busy getting their ground up to the league requirements and they have to be applauded for that.
Our own recent form has been good with 3 successive wins the last being on Tuesday night away at FC Elmstead where we played really well and came away as 3 -1 winners with a Carlum Macleod hat trick, so this form need to be taken into Saturday's game to help us maintain this good run.
The squad today will,as it has over recent weeks, show changes. It has been a difficult season with players, several have left for what they regard as better teams, several are not worth their names being mentioned as their level of commitment is not up to that expected but again tremendous credit needs to go to Liam for his ability to bring in additional resource.
Tuesday 16th January 2016 - Kent Invicta League - FC Elmstead (away)
Tomorrow night we travel to Bromley to take on FC Elmstead who share grounds with SCEFL side Holmesdale. FC Elmstead are unbeaten in 2016 thus far but we will be going there with a positive attitude looking to continue our recent turn of fortunes , we have really been showing if you graft and do the not so pretty side of football then you reap the just rewards.
Our squad tomorrow will be full of a lot of quality yes still a young squad but a squad with plenty of talent, hunger, desire and passion and all striving for the same goal. As I always mention, long term injury victims Chris Wyles and Jordan Tomsett will be missing but John Phillips will be making his return and he is chomping at the bit to play.
A thank you in advance for the travelling fans who are coming to watch tomorrow night the address for the game is BR2 8HQ with a 7.45pm kick off
Saturday 13th February 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Gravesham Borough (away)
Tomorrow we travel to Strood to take on Gravesham Borough who share grounds with SCEFL members Rochester United. Currently Gravesham are unbeaten at home and the highest scorers in the league, but still riding high from 2 big wins last Saturday and Wednesday we go there full of confidence and self belief we can be the first team to win there this season and keep our momentum going.
Kevin Hake, the manager there formerly of Sheppey United, has created a very good attacking side and even though they got beaten in the week will be strong in all areas and we will be having to hit the heights of 8/9 performances from everybody in the squad to get a positive result.
As for ourselves on the playing front we still are only missing the 3 previously mentioning in preview in Jordan, Chris and JP so we go with a near on full squad buzzing to play.
On a personal note it's my last game as interim manager as the gaffer serves his last game of his ban. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, learnt more than I ever thought I would. I want to thank the players for the efforts, as well as Ross and Bruce. I'm not the easiest person to talk too when we have been beaten so a big thanks to my wife Adel also, let's end my interim role as manager on Saturday with a win
The post code for the game is ME2 3TU
See you all there
Come on you Lydders
Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (home)
Hopefully this, on paper at least , tasty fixture will bring a sizeable crowd in as both sides look to continue their promotion push. Bearsted will be looking to win to keep pace with the teams at the top whilst we will be looking to pick up the points as we try and catch up the leading sides having faltered in recent weeks. However with so many games still to play there is still a long way to go and all the top teams still have each other to play so anything could happen.
Bearsted are a formidable side that's for sure and personally I feel they are our 'bogey' side as in the last 3 fixtures we have lost to them without a scoring a goal. They are a real credit to the league as they have shown what a club can achieve if they have a squad that sticks together. We are under no illusions about the task ahead to beat this well drilled, hard to break down fit physical side.
Our squad tonight will still see long term injury victims Chris Wyles and Jordan Tomsett missing whilst John Phillips is away on holiday and our loanee Ashis Tamang from Folkestone Invicta unavailable due to work commitments. Even with them missing we will still have a very strong squad and I’ve some hard decisions to make on the starting eleven.
Saturday 6th February 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Crockenhill (home)
This Saturday we are at home to Crockenhill, a bit of an unknown this season as we have not faced them yet and they have a new
manager in the experienced Liam Kelly. He has changed a lot of the playing staff and clearly are much tougher to beat than they have been in previous years.
As for ourselves we go looking for 3 valuable points and to really stop the rot if you will as we have suffered a few losses as of late for one reason or another. I really do feel very strongly that we are not far away from stopping the 'rot' and getting on a big run as the promotion race hots up.
Our squad for this Saturday will hopefully have one maybe two new signings to make their debuts. The vastly experienced Craig Smith will be back in-between the sticks and club captain Ryan Smith is also back and will continue to lead the side. John Phillips is also back after a niggling injury.
One sad note is that Charlie Sharman has left us as work commitments, travelling from Orpington and having a young family has proven too much. We thank him for his efforts and goals ( 9 games 4 goals)and wish him luck for the future
See you all Saturday
Saturday 30th January 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Seven Acre & Sidcup (away)
This Saturday we make the long trip to Thamesmead Town's ground where we go to play Seven Acre and Sidcup with whom they share the ground with.
I wont beat around the bush. I feel if we are going to keep pace in the league with the chasing pack then this is a must win game and even though we have been playing well in periods in games we need to take our chances when they come along or else you get punished at this level. That said, I still believe in our dressing room and we just need that little stroke of luck.
Squad wise we have 3 guys banned, Craig Smith seving the last of his 3 game ban, club Captain Ryan Smith who is banned for 1 game and combative midfielder Linton Hayles starts his first game of a 2 game ban. Apart from that I will still have a lot of talent to pick from to go up there and hopefully bring home the bacon.
The address for the game is Bayliss Avenue , SE28 8MJ. Hopefully see a few of you there
Saturday 23rd January 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Phoenix Sports Res (away)
Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Kennington (home)
Tomorrow evening (Tuesday) we take on Kennington side in a kind of localish derby in the quarter final of the Weald of Kent Charity Cup.
After Saturday's disappointment we don't have to wait long to try and put it right and look to advance in this competition to play Hawkinge Town again at home if we get through. An added spice to the game is most of our lads are friends with the Kennington players.
We're hoping for a bumper crowd to really give the boys a boost. We will need to be at our very best against a very good and capable Kennington side and we will need to defend a lot better if we are going to advance in this competition.
Saturday 16th January 2016 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - AC London (home)
Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (home)
Weather permitting we are due to play Bearsted at home on Wednesday evening 7.45 kick off. Come and watch and cheer our lads on in which a game that has the potential to be a real cracker.
Saturday 9th January 2016 - Kent Invicta League - FC Elmstead (away)
Weather permitting we travel to newly promoted FC Elmstead who share grounds with Southern Counties East side Holmesdale and are in the first year of the Kent Invicta League. They currently sit 16th but with the 5 wins that they have recorded they have picked up some notable scalps so it will prove a tough away test for us but a test we take on our shoulders and look forward to.
As for ourselves, our boys are itching for a game. January is always a massive month and we will really see where we are at come the end of the month if the weather allows us to complete our 6 fixtures. I will have a full squad to pick from except for goal keeper Craig Smith who starts his 3 match the ban. There are bound to be some disappointed players as always but with so many games coming up everyone will get their chance to show what they can do and stake a claim for a regular shirt.
The boys love it when we get fans coming to watch us away from home so I thank you in advance for this, the address for the game is
Venue : Holmesdale FC , Oakley Road, Bromley , Kent , BR2 8HQ
Saturday 2nd January 2016 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - AC London (home)
Firstly I would like to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone associated with Lydd Town, I hope everyone made it one to remember.
On the football front our form was good the back end of 2015. I know the boys are raring to go after two weeks break. We had planned an away friendly with Holmesdale on Tuesday but this was cancelled late on as their flood lights had issues which couldn't be helped but it would have been good to get a game in to blow the cobwebs away. No gaffer today and for the next couple at least after being sent off at Bearsted. We will be doing all we can to progress to the quarter finals of this cup for him as he works tirelessly on and off the pitch to help this fantastic progress.
Our squad for this game is very strong with most of the lads who have been here all season except for experienced goal keeper Craig Smith who starts his first of a three match ban and John Philips whom is cup tied. On the plus front we have added exciting left winger Ryan Norman to our squad and I'm sure the fans will enjoy watching him play.
Saturday 19th December - Kent Invicta League - Eltham Palace (away)
Saturday 12th December - Kent Invicta League - Meridian VP (home)
Wednesday 2nd December - Kent Invicta League - Sheppey United (home)
Saturday 28th November - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (away)
Saturday we make the long trip to Rusthall for the second time this season having won there 5-2 back in September in the league cup. Rusthall currently sit third from bottom in the division with only 1 win and have recently had a management change, but again as I always state this will be a tough game for us and apart from our league cup win this season in our previous visits we have always come away with out getting a victory. Add the fact that we are not playing regularly due to some poor weather this will be a very hard task for the team.
Squad wise we still have a couple missing with injury and in truth our overall numbers are not great but this, as we have found in the past, can add a good bond between the players as they all get good game time and really buy into the team spirit. So we travel looking for a good start in the build up towards Christmas and if we commit properly we will certainly give ourselves a chance of coming home with the win we need.
Saturday 21st November - Kent Invicta League - Gravesham Borough (home)
This game has now taken on extra importance after our narrow 1-0 defeat away to Bearsted on Wednesday night, in a game where we started slowly but after conceding an early goal we dominated the game and were very unlucky not to come away with at least a share of the points. Some good individual performances from a squad that is hopefully starting to settle down and one that I think is capable of really challenging for the top spots in the league. We did look a bit rusty early on but as they game moved on we got better and played some good football in difficult conditions and overall I was very pleased with what I saw. I will add in my opinion a conservative view of the officiating at this game was not up to the standard required, some very poor decisions for both teams spoilt the game and at times were totally ridiculous. In my view all we asked for is consistency and an understanding that the guys play the game with heart and passion and commitment and deserve the officiating to be at a better level.
Gravesham are in a similar position to ourselves sitting third in the league and trying to pick up all possible points to maintain in touch with the leading sides. Our visitors are having a good season with their new management team and will without doubt be a very stiff test for us in a game where we will need to be at our best to take anything. Gravesham like ourselves come under a lot of criticism from outside sources via social media regarding their approach to games but I have respect for the way they play as you know every game will be hard fought but unlike many they are willing to shake hands afterwards and move on.
Our squad for this game should hopefully mirror Wednesdays which will give us good options and a nice problem of having a full squad to select a side to do the job in hand. With Christmas fast approaching we now need to get a run going to get us into the New Year in a position capable of challenging as the season moves on.
Saturday 14th November - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - AC London (drawn away but playing at home)
Saturday 7th November - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (home)
Saturday 31st October - Kent Invicta League - Lewisham Borough (away)
Saturday 24th October - Kent Invicta League - Orpington (home)
Saturday 17th October - Kent Reliance Senior Trophy - Holmesdale (home)
Saturday 3rd October - Kent Invicta League - Glebe (away)
Saturday we travel to play table topping Glebe in our first visit to their new ground where vast amounts of work have happened in recent weeks which is of great credit to their club. Glebe have had a very good start to the season and are improving week to week and are already looking at being one of the leading contenders for the league, so a very tough game for us but one we will relish and certainly travel looking for a result. This season I feel the league is overall stronger than it has been, there are sides that are struggling but there are a group of sides that are looking strong and couple this with many teams getting their grounds upgraded all looks good for the Invicta League. And now having 20 sides so 38 league games makes this a very long season where the final shake up will not really develop until after Christmas, but the importance of staying in touch with the early pace setters is vital.
Our own form has seen us lose our last 2 league games, both 3-2 but both on reflection were deserved defeats as we are at present making too many mistakes at vital times that cost us dear. In truth we have for the first time for a couple of years suffered a string of injuries that have seen key players missing but this is not an excuse I will use as all sides can suffer from this and its where your squad is tested. In addition to this we are looking to sign new players to boost our squad and hopefully over the next few weeks this will see our squad strengthen and add more competition for places as we move forward.
Saturday 26th September - Kent Invicta League - Sutton Athletic (home)
This weeks game will be without doubt our hardest game of the season so far. Sutton last season completed the league double over us and in the corresponding fixture beat us 5-1. Sutton currently sit in 9th place in the table with 4 wins from their opening 6 games, but many of last years squad are still around and I think as the season progresses they will move higher in the league and be one of the challenging teams for the title.
Saturday 19th September - Kent Reliance Senior Trophy - Lewisham Borough (home)
The squad should have Mark Wallis returning after a month from injury but we lose midfielder George Hayes as he is on holiday, but hopefully apart from that we should be able to field a good squad that is fired up to get back on track.
Saturday 12th September - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (away)
On Saturday we travel to Dartford to take a new look Kent Football United who currently sit 5th in the league with 3 wins from their 6 games played so far. KFU have a new management structure this season and will certainly be a new looking side as they look to become a force in the division after a couple of poor seasons.
Saturday 5th September - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - Rusthall (away)
Monday 31st August - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (home)
Saturday 29th August - Kent Invicta League - Phoenix Sports Reserves (home)
Saturday 22nd August - Kent Invicta League - Meridian VP (away)
Saturday 15th August - Kent Invicta League - Bridon Ropes (away)
On Saturday we travel to Charlton to take on Bridon Ropes as we look to keep our good start to the season going. Bridon have lost their 2 opening games but only by the a single goal and as we have learnt in the past any away game in this league is tough and we will have to be at our best to take anything from the match. From our own perspective we have started the season quite well but we are no where near full match fitness yet but it is improving so I am pleased with the direction we are going.
This week’s squad will have changes as Owen Kessack (foot) is out for 4 to 6 weeks and Mark Wallis (shoulder ) is out for 1 to 2 weeks, but we will have Gary Lockyer returning from his honeymoon and hope to have Steve Ward and new signing Matt Burdon available for their first league action of the season, and along with the rest of the squad that has done well so far so we will travel in good shape and look forward to the challange.
2014/2015 Season Review
Below is a month by month review of last season a season again where we have just fell short of taking the league title. Our third place finish in the end was disappointing as we had held top spot for good periods and second spot for even longer but a disappointing end to the season saw us finish 3rd. Over the last 3 seasons we have now finished 6th, 2nd and 3rd all good finishes and in truth without us having the ground grading in place promotion has not really been available, but of course this season the floodlights have now gone up and all planning permission is now granted for our stands and fencing so the coming season 2015/ 2016 is the one where our ground will get the grading and then we will be in the position to take promotion if we are able to win the division.
This been said there will be plenty of other sides with similar ambitions and already the likes of twitter and social media are full of management changes and teams stating their goals, so next season looks already to be a testing one and a real challenge for us all but this is the way it should be in this league and I feel as the years go by it will become a very strong division to be in.
After a good pre-season where we played some good sides the squad looked in good shape with several new faces fitting in well. We started or campaign with 3 home games and 3 victories, Bridon 3 -0 with goals from Smith, Lockyer and Macleod, Kent Football United 4 – 1, Collins, Macleod, Smith and Lockyer and the best of the bunch 3 – 0 against Sheppey where Macleod, Lockyer and Wyles socred the goals who had started well themselves but and excellent display gave us a great start but being the bank holiday weekend we came unstuck at Bearsted 2 days later where missed chances cost us dearly and we lost 2 -0 and the last game for the month saw us draw at home to Eltham 2-2 with strikes from Hadlum and Macleod which again was a setback but overall a good start to the season.
This month saw us start with a trip to Gravesham and we came away with an excellent 1-0 win with the returning Wallis getting the only goal to set us up for the following weeks home clash with Hollands and Blair where again we hit top form and edged the game 2-1 for a massive result with excellent goals from Lockyer and Macleod and we followed that up the following week with a comfortable away 4-0 victory at Crockenhill where the scorers were Lockyer, Macleod,Collins and Norman and with this we topped the league. The last game of the month saw our first cup game and we scrapped a hard fought 1-0 win against Eltham to progress in the league cup with a strike form Wallis.
Our first game in October saw us loose away at Sutton who were amongst the early pace setters 4 – 3 in a feisty encounter were again I felt we threw the game away after leading twice. The goal scorers in this defeat were Yates and Macleod 2. Orpington at home the week after and back on track as we hit form again and won 5- 1 with strikes from Lockyer 3, Macleod and Beaney and this was followed by an away win in the KST at Seven Acre 4-2 in another lively encounter where a Macleod treble and 1 from Collins saw us make the next round then the last game of the month saw us return from Bridon completing an early league double with a 3-2 win with 2 from Lockyer and a last minute penalty from Beaney securing the points.
This month saw Seven Acre as our first visitors and they were dispatched with ease 5-2 with goals from Smith 3 , Lockyer 1 and an own goal and then Rusthall came to Lydd and we won a tight game 2-1 Smith and Macleod on target. The long trip to Lewisham was next and goals from Beaney and Macleod saw us home 2-0 and our fourth win in a row was completed against Glebe at home 2-1 where a Lockyer double secured a good win against another side that was going well. The last game of the month was the second round of the KST against SECL side Corinthians and in a game where we competed well we finally lost 3 -1 after Collins had bought us level.
Sheppey were our first visitors of the month in the league cup and after being in control a dubious penalty changed the game, we bowed out of the cup 3-2 with consolation goals from Macleod and Lockyer. Trips to Meridian and Eltham followed, where a last minute Hadlum header saw us win 1-0 at Meridian and goals from Ward and Smith again saw us take all the points at Eltham and as the weather turned these were to be the only game in this month.
Our lights were now up and a big day for all at the club saw Bearsted the visitors but like our previous game back in August we failed to take our chances and lost 2-0 and the only other game in this month saw us travel to Seven Acre where a superb attacking display saw us record an excellent 8-2 victory with goals from Lockyer 4, Macleod 2 , Collins and Wyles.
The race for the title was hotting up now as we topped the league but Blair had games in hand and our first game of the month saw us travel to face them and in a game where we gave everything we finally lost 3-2 with a brace form Collins and this result put a massive dent in our title aspirations. The following week we travelled to bottom side Kent Football Untied and bounced back with our biggest win of the season 7-0 where Lockyer netted 5 with 1 each for Beaney and Macleod and we ended the month with a comfortable 6-1 home win over struggling Crockenhill the goals that day came from Collins 4 , Macleod and Hodges.
The month started with a disappointing home draw against Meridian 2-2 where goals from Collins and Waldman were in truth not enough and this result virtually ended all hopes of the title. Glebe away next and another draw 0 – 0 saw us fall even further behind but we picked up the week later away at Rushall where 2 from Lockyer and 1 each from Smith, Macleod and Morgans saw us win easily 5-1 and the last game of this month saw win 2-1 at home to Gravesham with a really good defensive display and goals from Lockyer and Hadlum.
So we reached the last month of the season our first game saw a comfortable 3 - 0 win against a Lewisham side who had struggled all season with goals from Smith, Macleod and Collins. Next we travelled to Orpington and came away with a solid 1-0 victory thanks to a Lockyer goal, this left us in pole position to take the runners up spot in the league needing just a point but a heavy 5-1 defeat to Sutton next with just a single Macleod strike saw the pressure mount for the last game at Sheppey where again we were well below are best and lost 2-0 to lose the second spot and finish third as the season closed.
League record - Played 30 – Won 21 – Drew 3 – Lost 6 – For 81 – Against 37 – Points 66
Kent Invicta league cup - Played 2 – Won1 –– Lost 1 – For 3 – Against 3
Kent Senior trophy - Played 2 – Won 1 – Lost 1 – For 5 – Against 5
Season total - Played 34 – Won 23 – Drew 6 – L ost 8 – For 89 – Against 45
TOP SCORERS - Gary Lockyer 28, Carlum Macleod 22, Matt Collins 13, Ryan Smith 9
Most appearances - Carlum Macleod 33, Harry Yates 31, Matt Collins 30, Craig Smith 30, Ryan Smith 29, Owen Kessack 27, Gary Lockyer 27, Chris Wyles 24
So enjoy the read and thank you to all the players that committed so much all through the season. Third is still good but I still feel it could have been better. Thanks to Liam Smith and Ross Ketley for all their support as my assistants and to Bruce Marchant for all his tireless work with the paperwork side of the team.
Thanks also to all the supporters that have come to see us play. We do try to keep you entertained and I hope you like the fact we try to play in the right manner and thanks finally to Pat and all the committee that do so much behind the scenes and take a lot of weight of my shoulders with preparing the pitch on match days.
Presentation night for last season is Friday 29th May at the club at 7.30pm so do come down and enjoy the evening with us all.
Saturday 25th April 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Sheppey United (away)
Saturday 18th April 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Sutton Athletic (home)
This game is our last home game of the season and today we will be looking to avenge a 4-.3 defeat away at Sutton back in October in a game where we led twice but ended up pointless, Sutton currently sit 4th in the division and have without doubt had a good season and are one of the best sides in the league and like us are in the process of getting their planning / building applications approved to get their ground improvements done which is always good to see.
From our own perspective we only need a further 2 points to guarantee second place in the league for the second season running. In my opinion this is a fantastic achievement by the all the players, some would argue that after finishing second last term we should have been looking to win the league and yes this is true but Hollands and Blair are a formidable side and we have given everything we possibly could this season to try to get the top spot. I also think there are several good sides in this league now compared to the first few seasons in the is league which is good and as the league goes on I think the standard will constantly improve which again is good for everyone. The loss early season of a few key players did hinder us but we are now starting to bring in new younger players and they are starting to show there worth and our prospects for next season are already looking good.
The squad today will be as per the last few weeks with some new faces getting a chance but again plenty of quality and plenty of choices for the team. We have been stretched as a squad for the last few weeks but 6 wins out of last 8 games with no defeats has shown that the lads coming in have done really well and that has been very pleasing.
The ground as you can all see has the floodlights up and running and with planning permission now passed for the stands and fencing it looks like all systems are go to get our club to the grading required so again exciting times ahead.
I would also like to thank all the supporters that have come down to watch us all season. I think we try to play the right way and hopefully have kept you guys entertained along the way and I really hope that you will all be back next season as we try to get to the top spot. Also a thank you to all the people behind the scenes that do so much and without them the football would be a struggle and if anyone amongst you out there wants to help more please contact us as we like all clubs we need as much help as possible.
So enjoy today’s game and enjoy the summer break because the new season is not too far away.
Saturday 11th April 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Orpington (away)
Saturday 4th April 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Lewisham Borough (home)
This is our second to last home game of the season so it's vitally important that we take all 3 points as we look to at least finish in the league runners up position. Lewisham currently sit bottom of the league and have had a difficult season but like all sides in this division are capable on their day of taking points of anyone and will be boosted by a victory last week. We won the reverse fixture back in November by 2-0 in a tight game so I am expecting the same type of game today.
Last weeks excellent victory over Gravesham was I felt one of our best of the season due to the poor weather conditions and the way all the players showed a tremendous attitude to ensure we took the points. It would be easy for the guys to take their foot of the pedal as the season draws to an end but their commitment remains the same as it has all season and I thank all the players for that.
The squad this week will see skipper Ryan Smith return from a one match ban but apart from that the squad will remain the same so giving us plenty of options and variety in our style of play.
Saturday 28th March 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Gravesham Borough (home)
Saturday 21st March 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (away)
Saturday 14th March 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Glebe (away)
On Saturday we make the long trip to take on Glebe at Holmesdale's ground looking to put the disappointment of last week’s home draw against Merdian behind us. Glebe currently sit 8th in the league and are always bringing in new players and looking to improve and back in November we won a hard fought game at home 2-1 so today’s game will certainly not be easy but again it is a game where we need to try all we can to get the 3 points.
With mid week games now taking place we have now lost top spot to Hollands and Blair who have games in hand and the title now looks like eluding us again but the focus from the management team is to keep the lads motivated and achieve a higher finish as possible. There's not long in the season to go but a very important time where attitudes and commitment need to be first class. We have had a good season with many new players and the football we play is a credit to all them so plenty to be proud of but now is the time to finish the season in style and get as many points as possible.
The squad this week will see striker Gary Lockyer return from suspension and Guy Connelly returns from a short break so we will travel with a very good group and do all we can to complete the league double over our hosts.
Saturday 7th March 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Meridian VP (home)
Saturday 28th February 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Crockenhill (home)
Saturday 14th February 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (away)
Saturday 7th February 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Hollands & Blair (away)
Saturday 17th January 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Seven Acre & Sidcup (away)
Saturday 10th January 2015 - Kent Invicta League - Gravesham Borough (home)
This week we take on mid table Gravesham in a must win game for ourselves after last week’s home defeat to Bearsted. Gravesham currently sit in 8th position in the league and have 5 wins 5 draws and 5 defeats from their 15 games played. In our first encounter back in September we managed a hard fought 1-0 victory with a Mark Wallis goal and today we will be looking to complete the league double but we all know we will have to be better for longer periods of the game than we were last week.
Our squad this week again will be missing skipper Ryan Smith and we are hoping 2 or 3 injuries will clear up in time to allow us to have all other players available. I will also not hide the fact that i am looking to add to the current squad as I feel our numbers are down from where they need to be and although we still top the league the challenge to stay there for the next few months is going to be massive, and the addition of the right type of quality player I feel could have a real significant effect on the final outcome of the season.
Today’s game will again see the floodlights used and again I would like to thank all involved in this project for all their hard work and commitment to advance the club. A major first step towards the ground grading required but still plenty to do and if anyone who reads this who is not already involved in the club wishes to be, please feel free to make contact with us as any help however small will be greatly appreciated.
Saturday 27th December 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (home)
This week we take on Bearsted in a tough looking game as we look for revenge from a 2-0 defeat back in August . Bearsted currently sit in 5th place in the league and have only had 3 defeats all season and are without doubt one of the most consistent sides in the division.
From our own perspective it's another big game and vital as we look to maintain our position at the top of the league as we enter the new year. Our performances lately have been good without not necessarily being at our best but 8 straight league victories is a massive achievement and the effort all the lads put in is first class and they all get my thanks for that.
This week’s squad is boosted by the return of striker Gary Lockyer from suspension but we lose skipper Ryan Smith through suspension, his first of a two game ban, but apart from that we will have all other players available and again praise for the squad from myself for their continuing superb commitment.
An added massive factor in this game is that it will be the first played under our new recently installed flood lights, A superb achievement from all involved at the club and one that we should all be proud of and I would like to personally thank all involved for their efforts in moving the club forward.
Saturday 20th December 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Eltham Palace (away)
This Saturday we travel to Eltham Palace who currently sit in 10th place in the table but like all away games in this league it will be a tough test for us.
Earlier in the season we drew 2-2 at home with Eltham in the league and beat them 1-0,again at home, in the Challenge Trophy. Two very tight games so we know we can expect a close hard fought encounter. After a good,but wet,training session this week I am happy to report that the squad is in good shape and the message is simple we want to be and will work hard to be top of the league at Christmas. The squad this week will still see Gary Lockyer missing, through the second and last match of his suspension,but apart from that everyone else is fit and well.
All support is appreciated by both the management and players. The address for the game is Oxford Road, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LW and kick off time is 2.00pm.
Saturday 13th December 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Meridian VP (away)
Saturday 6th December 2014 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - Sheppey United (home)
This weeks Invicta League cup quarter final against SheppeyUnited is the second time we have played each other this season after winning the opening league game 3-0 back in August with goals from Lockyer, Macloud and Wyles in a game where the teams were evenly matched but we took the points by being clinical with our finishing. Sheppey are enjoying a good first season in the league and currently sit second behind us so even more spice is added to the game coupled with a semi final berth on offer to the winners so this should be a game all spectators can enjoy.
To get a win in this cup to progress to the semi
final is certainly high on our radar as it's nice to have a distraction from the league every
now and then and after losing
last week to Corinthian in the Kent Senior Trophy it takes on even greater value being the last cup on offer to us this season.
We will need to get
over last weeks disappointment quickly and switch our focus fully to this game. We played well last week
and on another day could have won but I am sure like me the team have learnt from last week
and sometimes a set back can act as an inspiration as we strive for success.
The squad this week should be very near to full strength so plenty of options and choices to be made on selection. We do have a very consistent similar looking squad week in week out now which is very helpful in building team spirit and formations of play and again this is great credit to the players for giving the commitment that is required at this level.
Saturday 29th November 2014 - Kent Senior Trophy - Corinthian (home)
This week’s game in the Kent Senior trophy against Corinthian is the first time we have played a side from the SECL for many years, the last occasion being when we played Greenwich Borough in 2002 in the same competition. Today's game without doubt will be a tough encounter and as many are saying it gives us a chance to test ourselves against a team from the league that we are all working hard on and off the pitch to be able to reach.
Corinthian are enjoying a good season and are currently sitting 6th in the league behind some big spending clubs with 9 wins and 5 defeats from their 14 games and on their last outing won a thrilling game at Sevenoaks 6-5. A good foot balling side that play the game the right way is the way they are described to me so in this case, with our excellent pitch and our own style of play, all the spectators should be in for a good afternoon's football.
From our own perspective we have been looking forward to this game since our first round win away at Seven Acre & Sidcup and we could not be in better form with 7 straight wins and 11 wins out off the last 12 games and we currently top the Invicta league by 3 points which is tremendous credit not only to the players but to the committed management and club structure that we have in place. We certainly have a good buzz about the squad and the club at the moment as excitement builds as our ground improvements are taking shape nicely as we look to the future.
Our squad for this game will be near to full strength with only Buster Beaney unavailable so the management team will have plenty to think about prior to the final selection of the team
Saturday 22nd November 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Glebe (home)
This week’s game will be another stern test for the team as we take on a Glebe side that are currently building and adding additional quality to their squad. They hold the position of mid table with 4 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats which is slightly misleading having played a lot of the higher placed teams. So this is certainly a game where we will need to play to our full potential and be fully committed. We are ourselves are in good form and last week’s solid win at Lewisham was very pleasing to the management team as we felt it was one of our best overall defensive and attacking performance for a while.
This game will see us hit the half way mark for games this season it seems a lot but with the normal bad weather around already starting to take effect on the fixtures it is vital we keep playing as many games as possible so we can keep the momentum we have built going, as last season we found ourselves in a very similar position but lost our way after many postponements and then dropped of the league pace.
The season so far has been a good one and being top is always nice and certainly a reward for all the hard work the squad are putting in week after week. But now the task is to up everything we have done by another 10 to 20% to raise our standard and push ourselves even harder to give ourselves the best chance we can of achieving the ultimate goal of promotion.
The squad this week will be missing the suspended Matt Collins, serving a one match ban, but Mark Wallis returns after serving his ban. We are also hoping that several injuries clear up to leave us with as many playing options as possible.
Saturday 15th November 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Lewisham Borough (away)
On Saturday we make the long journey to Lewisham for another vital league game. After last week’s win against Rusthall and results elsewhere going our way we now top the league which is a good feeling and reward for all the players for the hard work they have put in over the recent weeks. 9 wins out of our last 10 games and 5 wins on the spin is not to be sniffed but now we face the added pressure of trying to remain at the top,so another challenge for us all as we approach the end of the year.
Lewisham are having a poor season by their own standards so far but in their last outing recorded a superb victory at Eltham Palace. I know the club structure will be pushing hard to make progress and this certainly will be another stern test for us and one we need to approach properly otherwise our stay at the top of the league will be short lived.
Our squad this week will still be missing Mark Wallis through suspension,his last game. We also have a couple of players struggling with injury and are hoping these recover in time to make the trip but we will travel with plenty of quality and options and after a good training session the players are certainly looking forward to the trip.
Saturday 8th November 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (home)
Saturday 1st November 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Seven Acre & Sidcup (home)
This week we take on Seven Acre and Sidcup for the first time in the league after winning the Kent Senior cup game against them 2 weeks ago away from home 4-2 in an often feisty affair that both sides agreed was not controlled very well by the officials. Seven Acre currently sit 9th in the league with 5 wins from their 9 games and I was impressed with them after the cup game as they do play nice football and certainly play the right way and will no doubt enjoy our good playing surface.
The need for us to keep picking up wins especially at home is vital as we chase the league leaders but no games are a give me in this league and so we will have to be well prepared and play at a good level to get the points to try to maintain our position as the winter weather draws in.
The squad this week should be virtually at full strength but one absentee will be mid fielder Mark Wallis who was dismissed in the earlier cup encounter and collected a 3 match suspension but I've still plenty to pick from and plenty of options with team selection.
Saturday 25th October 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Bridon Ropes (away)
Saturday 18th October 2014 - Kent Senior Trophy - Seven Acre & Sidcup (away)
On Saturday we take the long journey to Thamesmead to take on Seven Acre and Sidcup in the Kent Senior trophy. Seven Acre have had a reasonable start to the season winning 5 out of their 8 games and sit 7th in the league so another tough test in prospect.
Saturday 11th October 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Orpington (home)
Saturday 4th October 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Sutton Athletic (away)
Saturday 27th September 2014 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - Eltham Palace (home)
Saturday 20th September 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Crockenhill (away)
On Saturday we travel to Crockenhill looking to build on last week’s excellent victory over Hollands and Blair. Our hosts are having a better season this term and have already recorded two league victories from their first 7 games which is 1 more than they got all of last season and in my opinion the club deserve tremendous credit for carrying on through tough times as there are many clubs that would have just pulled out of the league.
From our own perspective this game is vital we are second in the league and after last week’s win must be fully focused and show as much application and commitment as we showed last week, and as I always say any away victory in this league will have to be earned and if we are not fully on our game we can easily come away with nothing that would undo all the good work we did last week.
The squad this week will be virtually at full strength with again plenty to choose from and plenty of options with team selection but we are starting to get a more settled look about us but again the management team are always looking at players and options that can improve the squad as a whole so the importance of the selected players giving everything that is asked of them not only helps the side but helps their own position as the season develops.
Kick off for this game is 3.00pm so all support will be very welcome.
Saturday 13th September 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Hollands & Blair (home)
This week we entertain league leaders and title holders Hollands and Blair. Our visitors are the only side this season that have an 100% record and have carried on the excellent form from last season that saw them deservedly take the title by 10 points. Last season with the cup draws we played our visitors 5 times, with 3 defeats in the 2 different cup competitions but we did win 1 of the league games and draw the other one. There is no doubt this will be a hard game but as I often state I expect all games in the division to be hard as this is the standard we are playing at.
From our own perspective we got back to winning ways last week with a good win at Gravesham, always a difficult place to go and I was very pleased with the commitment and attitude we showed to get the win especially coming off the back of 2 poor results. As a squad we still have plenty to work on and we do have several new faces and have lost some quality players from last season’s squad but the players that have come in are settling well and over the next few weeks will prove an asset to the club.
The squad for this game should be similar to last weeks as we have no injury worries and will have a 17 to 18 to choose from to give us the best chance of getting a good result from this game.
On another note the club has just had its application for a grant for funding for ground improvements authorised and the first part of this will be the installation of the floodlights for the main pitch. This is a massive achievement for the club and will ensure that the club can maintain playing at its current level and hopefully progress further over the next few years. This part of the project will go ahead straight away so if there is anyone out there willing to help please contact the club as all help will be much appreciated.
Saturday 6th September 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Gravesham Borough (away)
Saturday 30th August 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Eltham Palace (home)
Eltham who like many sides in the league have a new management team and new players and have started the season well with 2 wins and 2 draws from there first 4 games that see's them sit 5th in the table. So another tough but entertaining game ahead for us as we look to continue our 100% record at home this season.
Saturday 23rd August - Kent Invicta League - Sheppey United (home) & Monday 25th August - Bearsted (away)
Saturday 16th August 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (home)
Our second game of the season sees us take on Kent Football United in a fixture swapped as theIr new ground is not yet ready to stage the game. Last week KFU lost 4-1 to last year’s champions Hollands and Blair but as we all are aware early season form is always hard to judge and we will certainly be expecting a tough game.
Last year's games against KFU saw us record 2 victories winning 2-0 away and 4-0 at home but again that was last season and every team will be looking to improve this time around.
Our own performance in last week’s 3-0 win over Bridon Ropes was very pleasing from a management level as we not only won the game but played good football and showed a willingness to play the ball around and be patient in our build up. These are the attributes I am looking for as I felt at times last season we were too direct and certainly look a better side when we have the confidence to play on the floor.
The squad for this week will again show some changes as the holiday and wedding season is still amongst us but again at this stage of the season we will be looking at different players and options that we have. I feel it will take at least 5 or 6 games for a more settled looking squad to appear regularly and this is certainly the time for players to be giving it everything if they are serious about claiming a regular place in the squad as the season progresses.
Saturday 9th August 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Bridon Ropes (home)
Saturday 12th July 2014 - Pre-season friendly - Deal Town (away)
With pre-season under way for the last couple of weeks we now start our friendly games with 2 games in 4 days. First we travel to Deal SECL side on Saturday in a repeat of last year's fixture then on Tuesday we travel to Ryman League side Thamesmead for what is sure to be a real tough fixture but one that will help tremendously with our fitness.
Pre-season so far Has Been slightly disappointing sessions with players missing through work, holidays, weddings etc but we are slowly getting it together. The squad from last season has mainly stayed together but as I write this we do have a few lads in training with higher division sides trying to make the step up the pyramid. Again this is not ideal but it would be wrong for me to stand in their way and with the prospect of them not returning we are looking at new options and having various players training and playing with us to see if they can fit into the squad.
The league start date is Saturday 9th August so there's still a bit of time to build the preparation and fitness levels and add players where required, so interesting and testing times ahead in the next few weeks but by the 9th I am sure we will be in a good position to start the league in the manner required.
2013/2014 Season Review
With the season now ended below is a month by month review of how the season unfolded. A great season for the club as we recorded our highest ever finish in a league and continued our improvement as we push for promotion.
This was our third season in the Kent Invicta League and after finishing in 12th spot the first season we improved to 6th last term and now comfortably secured the runners up this time out and to add to this seasons achievements we ended up with the best goals against record, only conceding 20 goals in our 28 games and went the season unbeaten at home in the league and only lost 2 matches in the league all season. Hollands and Blair were the deserved winners of the league as their ability to not only to win games but win them by large margins always seemed to keep them one step in front of us.
I have plenty of people to thank for the hard work during the season as no club is run by one man. My support team of Liam Smith ( assistant and coach ) and Darren Heales (goalkeeping coach) have both provided me with the necessary level of commitment and certainly taken a massive work load of my shoulders, Liam is without doubt developing into a very good coach and at his young age will only get better and prove a real asset to the club, Darren has worked hard with the keepers but is now moving on to run the reserve team and I wish him well with that.
Bruce Marchant our secretary has I think been to all our games and provides superb support with our match day paperwork and looking after other vital issues, producing the matchday programme and keeping the website up to date.
The ground staff at Lydd also are worthy of a special mention as week in week out we play on in my opinion one of if not the best pitch in the league and compared to some we are truly lucky.
Pat Lindsey our chairman as usual is always there with his support and his never ending work behind the schemes pushing hard for more development at the club and again without his thankless work our club would go nowhere.
The players themselves all deserve tremendous credit as their commitment and attitude has been first class and to be honest make my life as a manager fairly easy. We did have a large squad and added players along the way and lost others but this is how football is and it’s the way I manage as I will always look to improve on what I have and look towards the future.
An early start with the league starting on 8th August with Meridian being our first visitors. Our pre season had gone well and in truth we started as I expected and rattled in 6 without reply with goals from Tom Ripley 2 on his debut, Gary Lockyer 2, Richard Quigley and Matt Collins. Next we went to Blair which we knew would be tough and in truth we were second best for long periods of the game but hit back in the final 5 minutes and snatched a superb 2-1 with goals from Steve Harris and Steve Ward to complete a superb win, The month was completed with a very solid 1-0 at Bearsted with Gary Lockyer getting the only goal and then we smashed 5 past Rusthall with this time the goals coming Lockyer, Ripley,Ward, Harris and an OG who came to us unbeaten to end August top of the league with a 100% start.
Our first game in this month saw us travel to Sutton who we knew would be a good side and in a real tough game we came from behind to snatch another 2-1 win with a Buster Beaney penalty and another goal from Tom Ripley but the following week we were bought back down to earth by drawing 1-1 at home to Eltham Place where again Tom Ripley found the net but ended up losing 2 points against a side who had previously not taken a point. We needed to respond to this set back and did so with a good 3-1 away win at Seven Acres with goals from Quigley, Lockyer and Ward and then beating bottom club Crockenhill 4-0 where 2 from Lockyer a first of the season from Ryan Norman and the last by another Beaney penalty to finish the month still on top of the league.
This saw the start of the cup fixtures and as we had drawn Hollands and Blair in both of the main cups it was a visit to Gillingham in the Kent Senior Trophy that saw our first defeat of the season when we lost 4-1 after extra time in a game where we missed chances when we had the lead through Matt Collins and this cost us the victory. So back to the league after this set back and 2 wins, first in the return at Merdian 4-1 where Gary Locker again scored 2, Matt Collins 1 and another Beaney penalty finished the scoring and then home to Lewisham 2-0 with another double strike from the inform Gary Lockyer to see us finish the month well.
Back to the cup and the 2 legged league cup against Blair again in successive weeks the home game was a difficult game with a fierce wind and heavy rain and we eventually lost a 2 goal lead with goals from Matt Collins and Tom Ripley and ended up going down 3-2 and in the return leg at their place we again took the lead through Tom Ripley but missed chances and eventually lost 4-1 as we chased the game so out of both major cups and a real disappointment as we felt we had had control of the games but never finished Blair off when we had the chance.
So back to the league and a superb hard fought 2-1 victory at home to Orpington with goals from forwards Harris and Lockyer and this was followed by a more comfortable 3-0 victory at Lewisham to complete our second double of the season with this time the goals from new signing Paul Burt a first for the season from Jordan Wright and a third from Matt Collins.
With the bad weather now kicking in the postponements started to happen and after missing a couple of weeks we travelled to Bridon and in a bad tempered game we game we lost for the first time in the league 1-0 but again we bounced back with our only other game in December by beating Glebe 3-0 at home to maintain our title challenge with strikes from Lockyer and 2 from Ripley.
Again the weather was bad and again only 2 games, we looked off the pace at home to Seven Acres and threw away a 2 goal lead given to us Burt and Lockyer and were lucky to take a point and then after another break we travelled to bottom club Crockenhill and won all to easily 9-0 with the goals coming from Burt 3, Lockyer2, Ripley 2 and Matt Collins 2.
This month was total wash out as the rain continued and we played no games. Blair played a couple of times and opened a gap in the title race.
The weather at last eased and a full month of games started with a home win over Kent Football United 2-0 with Norman getting his second of the season and Burt adding to his tally and then we travelled to Orpington and completed the double over them with a hard fought 1-0 victory with Burt again the scorer this time from the spot. This was followed by the big return game against Blair which we knew we had to win but in truth a last minute goal by Ryan Smith salvaged a point that kept Blair’s lead at the top of the league intact and worse was to follow after another blank week when we travelled to Eltham and somehow failed to beat them for the second time as we drew disappointingly 0-0.
April / May 2014
This was to be a hectic month we had fallen off the pace in the league and now were hoping for Blair to mess up. Glebe away midweek was our first game and we came from behind to win 3-1 with goals from Tom Ripley 2 and Gary Locker in a match the featured debuts from new signings Carlum Macloud ( Kennington), James Simmonds( Lordswood), Craig Calvert ( Kennington) and a return to the club for Rocky Hayles as we tried to add an extra edge to push for the title. Next it was Bearsted at home and we completed the double over the Maidstone based side 2-1 with goals from Matt Collins and a last minute penalty from Buster Beaney then our first game of the season in the local Weald of Kent cup away at Ashford league side Rolvenden and with a much changed side we won a bruising encounter 1-0 with a goal from Gary Lockyer to make the semi final. Three days later we took the long trip to Rusthall and on a dreadful pitch we dropped 2 more points and virtually waved the title good bye as we drew 0 – 0 in a game where we were destined never to score. We then squeezed in the Weald semi final against Borden Village at home and gave our worst performance of the season and lost the game 2-1 and saw our last chance of silver ware slip away. Bridon at home was our next game and a chance for revenge on the only side to beat us in the league and after a poor start that saw us fall 2 behind but we hit back after the break with goals from Macloud, Calvert and Wallis all scoring their first goals of the season to see us get revenge and a good win. Next was the return game with Kent Football United and this saw us comfortably win 4-0 and rap up a minimum of the runners up spot with goals from Quigley, James Simmonds, his first for the club, and Carlum Macloud added a brace. We rapidly moved onto Fleet away during mid week and somehow lost a game we dominated for long periods by 3-0 and with this the title went to Holland’s and Blair. Now left with only 2 to play in May we met Sutton at home on the Saturday where we drew a good game 1-1 with Macloud again the scorer and we finished the season off at home to Fleet and got our revenge on them by winning 2-1 with another goal form Carlum Macloud and a penalty from Ryan Smith to bring the curtain down on a terrific season for us all.
Played 28 Won 20 Drew 6 Lost 2 Goals Scored 68 Goals conceded 20 Points 66
Once again thanks to all involved, players , supporters, spectators for all your support throughout the season and hope you can continue this when the new season gets underway in the not too distant future.
Dave Smith manager
Monday 5th May 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Fleet Leisure (home)
So the last game of the season and a interesting one at that as we only played each other last Tuesday where Fleet recorded a 3-0 win so a chance to put that result right and gain some revenge and make this a entertaining end to the season.
League runners up this season is something everybody involved with the first team should be very proud of, this is our third season in this division and we have progressed in the right way from 12th to 6th and now 2nd, we have magnificent facilities and a without doubt one of the best pitches not only in this league but one that many teams from a higher division would love to have. Are plans are all in place to progress further as the intention is for our flood lights to go up during the summer once our application to the F.A. is agreed and with this the opportunity to progress to a higher division will be there.
I stated on my return to the club back in December 2012 my ambition was to get this club into the SECL i feel the team we have now could already compete in that league and once our facility is to the standard required we will be ready, this has always been the clubs goal and a burning desire for our hard working chairman Pat Lindsey who without his support we would be going nowhere.
Lastly a special thank you to all the supporters that have attended our games and i hope we have given you some good football to watch and that you have enjoyed the season.
Saturday 3rd May 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Sutton Athletic (home)
Our second to last game of the season see's us take on Sutton who have been one of the best sides in the league this season and are currently chasing third spot in the league and have the league cup final to look forward to. Earlier in the season we won a tough encounter at their place 2-1 in a game which could have gone either way. So I think today will be a real test for us but also a very god game of football between 2 very good sides.
With our win last we sealed the runners up slot and with our defeat to Fleet on Tuesday the league title was won by Hollands and Blair so a mixed week but also a week what we should all be proud of as to finish as runners up in this league is a magnificent achievement and one all the players should enjoy this is a good league with many good sides and what has been achieved this season is excellent.
The squad for this game hopefully will be stronger than we put out mid week. We have picked up several injuries recently but let’s hope these clear up and we can have a line up that is capable of putting on a good performance.
Tuesday 29th April 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Fleet Leisure (away)
Saturday 26th April 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (home)
This week we entertain KFU in a game which if we can secure 1 point we will be confirmed as at least runners up in the league. KFU have had a mixed season with some very good results and are a side that try to play in the correct manor and they must be applauded for that. Earlier in the season we recorded a very good 2-0 away win at their Crayford ground but again today we will need to be at our best to secure the points we still need to continue chasing league leaders Hollands and Blair and although it is looking less and less likely they will slip up we must still cling to the belief that they will and commit ourselves fully to each game.
Last week’s win against Bridon was both excellent as it was poor but I must praise all the players for digging deep and turning a 2 goal half time deficit around. We have all worked hard since August and our task now is to get these last games played and take as many points as possible.
The squad this week will have broken ankle victim Chris Clements still missing and skipper Tom Ripley is unlikely to play after suffering a neck injury but still there are still plenty of options and a chance for players to impress as we start to look at next season and put plans in place where we need to strengthen.
Monday 21st April 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Bridon Ropes (home)
With the end to the season near we entertain Bridon who are the only side to beat us in the league this season after their 1-0 victory back in December in a game that could have gone either way. So today we will be out for revenge to maintain or faint hopes of taking the league title but more importantly ensuring we hang on to the runners up slot.
Bridon have had an up and down season and have had a managerial change along the way but are still on their day one off the top sides in the league even if there league position at present does not show this.
Our squad for this game should be virtually at full strength and with this being the first of 4 home games out of the 5 we have left I am pleased we are still putting out a good squad every week as it is so important we do not let all the hard work we have put in since August go to waste and end the season the same way as we have played the majority so far.
Tuesday 15th April 2014 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Borden Village (home)
Tomorrow evening we take on County league side Borden Village in the semi – final of the Weald of Kent Charity cup with a place in Fridays final up for grabs. Borden are the competition holders and are having a good season and will without doubt give us a hard fought game and one we will have to be at our best to reach the final.
Another early kick off will mean players having to hopefully get off work and arrange to get to the game as soon as they can and as we found last week this was not easy so our squad and team will be unsure to very near kick off time.
This is certainly as game and a cup that we will be looking to win. We have had a good season so far and with just a few weeks left it would be nice for all the players to have a final to look forward to but again we will not under estimate our visitors and our attitude and commitment will need to be at the standard that we have constantly performed at so far this season to give ourselves the best chance of getting into the final.
Saturday 12th April 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (away)
Wednesday 9th April 2014 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Rolvenden (away)
On Wednesday evening we take on Ashford and District league side Rolvenden in our first game in the Weald of Kent challenge cup. This is a tournament I really enjoy playing in as it's one of the oldest still running and one that has some great memories for myself and a tournament that we will be going all out to try and win.
Rolvenden are one of the top sides in their division but after a good start to the season where they were winning games with very impressive scores their form at present seems to have dipped but I am sure they will be up for this encounter at their home ground with a good amount of support. A win for either side will see a semi final place booked so even more to play for and its the type of game that the side who commits the most will take the victory and despite the difference in standard in the leagues we play in we will not be taking things for granted.
Squad wise we will certainly be making changes as we have players that are cup tied and players that have not qualified to play in this due to the tournament rules and the early 6.00pm start will also add to problems with players making the game but I am sure our hosts will have similar issues but we will go with what we have and see where that takes us.
Saturday 5th April 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (home)
Tuesday 1st April 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Glebe (away)
Saturday 29th March 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Eltham Palace (away)
On Saturday we travel to Sidcup to take on Eltham Palace that will herald the start of a very busy programme over the next few weeks that will incorporate league and cup games. Eltham currently sit next to bottom in the league with 2 wins and the draw they managed against us earlier in the season from their 19 games but as in all away games in the league we will have to turn up with the right attitude and commitment to give us the best possible chance of taking all 3 points. We have now lost top spot due to having no game last week but still sit comfortably second and our aim is simple now and that is to take as many points as possible and then see where this leaves us at the season end.
This game certainly heralds the start of a hectic end to the season not just for us but all teams and this is where we all need to commit ourselves fully as the 5th May end of season will soon be here and if we can maintain our current form mixed with the right commitment we can hopefully make this a season to remember.
The squad this week will again be at full strength and selection will be difficult but again with so many games to play all the squad members will have major roles to play.
Saturday 15th March 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Hollands & Blair (home)
This week’s game will not need any hyping up as this is without doubt the biggest game of the season for both sides in respect to the league campaign. Due to our visitors participation in various cup competitions over recent weeks it has enabled us to become the league leaders taking over from our visitors who had held the position for a lengthy period so an added ingredient today is that the winners will top the league and head into the remaining games with destiny in their own hands.
We have already meet each other 4 times this season due to unfavourable cup draws. We did manage a rather fortunate league victory back in August by 2-1 we then lost the KST Trophy tie 4-1 after extra time and then lost both games in the 2 legged league cup 3-2 and 4-1. In all of these games I. Tthought Hollands and Blair certainly showed why they have achieved so much over recent seasons. They are without doubt the best side in the league and have been one of the best since the league was introduced. They are the benchmark for all teams and I feel we are certainly heading in the right direction. We have improved massively over the last 15th months but this in my eyes this is just the start to really putting Lydd Town FC firmly on the football map.
So a game both sides will want to win but whatever the result today the race for the league title won’t be over as there is still plenty of football to be played by all the sides and I am sure there will be a few unforeseen results along the way.
Our squad for this game will be at full strength and will be selected from the 18 player’s available, not easy and disappointing for some but again any success at this level will be achieved with a squad and not just a team.
Saturday 8th March 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Orpington (away)
On Saturday we travel to take on Orpington in a a game which could see us take over the top of the league if we can secure a victory, but this will be no easy task as Orpington currently sit 4 th in the league with 10 wins and only four defeats from their 18 games. Earlier in the season we won the home fixture 2-1 in a very tense game where both sides played good football and the outcome was in doubt until the final whistle.
Last week's excellent win at Kent Football United was a very good team performance and I am more than pleased with the way we have performed since the recent run of postponements due too to the weather, and we will certainly travel to this fixture full of confidence and I know if we put in the commitment and desire that is required it will need to be a very good performance from the home side to stop us taking the points.
The squad this week is back to full strength and the options for selection gives the management team plenty of options and variations in formations that we can use for this tough looking fixture. We are now reaching the business end of the season and we are looking good at the moment and I thank all the players for their continued commitment in our endeavor to finish the season in the highest position possible. There are only 2 months of this campaign to go and the games will come thick and fast and it is satisfying to have such a willing group to work with.
Saturday 1st March 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (away)
On Saturday we will hopefully travel to VCD's ground in Dartford to take on Kent Football United. The weather forecast is not the best so we will all be hoping that the game goes ahead as the need to get back playing regularly is vital as we enter the final stages of the season. Kent Football United are one of the best sides in the league but this season after a very promising start they have failed to be consistent with their performances and they currently sit 10th in the league with 6 wins from their 13 games but on their day,like most sides in this league,they are more than capable of getting a result.
Last Saturday we recorded a good 9-0 victory at rock bottom side Crockenhill and in truth this was ideal preparation for us for tougher games and a good game to come back to after a long lay off. Last night instead of training we played an away friendly at SECL side Lordswood which again was excellent for building up some more match fitness and a good opportunity for players in and around the squad to get involved and stretch their legs. The game itself was a good game to watch with the hosts the better side in the first half and they took at 1-0 lead into the break but in the second half we responded well and goals from Marc Collins and Tom Ripley to record a good 2-1 victory and overall it was a good exercise and experience for all the players involved.
The squad this week should now be back to full strength. However we do have a couple of injuries that we are hoping clear up and if this is the case then the final selection will be difficult as we look to get the right balance to the squad that will give us the best chance of coming away with a victory.
Saturday 22nd February 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Crockenhill (away)
On Saturday we make the trip to Swanley to take on bottom side Crockenhill and with the weather improving all looks set for our first league action since the 11th January. Our hosts sit rock bottom of the league with no points from their 16 games so our challenge will be to fully focus on the game and to make sure we are not the first to drop points to them. Our earlier home league game saw us record a 4-0 victory in a game where Crockenhill played some good football and certainly gave a decent account of themselves.
Last week’s friendly against Hildenborough on a 3G surface was certainly a useful exercise for all the players and gave everyone some good game time against a decent County League side. The 4-2 victory was irrelevant but at times we did play some good football and I feel this should really help in our preparation for hopefully the recommencement of our league campaign this week.
The squad this week once again will have Lloyd Taylor still banned due to the host of cancellations and we will also be without keeper Craig Smith who is at his own stag weekend but the squad is still very strong and again another selection headache for the management team as we judge the different fitness levels between the players.
This we all hope will be the start of regular football again and our focus must now be to get back on track and replicate our form from 2013 and get a run of wins going that hopefully can maintain a real challenge for the top spots in the league. Hollands and Blair are top but there are some very good sides chasing our second spot so the need to hit the ground running is vital if we are to achieve our season objective of a top 3 finish.
Saturday 15th February 2014 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Rolvenden (away)
On Saturday we will hopefully make the short trip to take on the Ashford to Rolvenden league side in the Weald of Kent Charity Cup Rolvenden are without doubt one of the best sides in Ashford league this season and can boast a record of 8 wins out of 9 games scoring 80 goals and conceding only 10 I know a tough game is in prospect and where a game will have to be fully committed if wanting to progress in this cup.
To me the Weald of Kent Cup is a special tournament and I have been lucky enough to win it as player and manager and this is certainly a major target for this season for the team. The lack of games is dragging on due to the weather and I do understand everyone's frustration when the games get called off but the games will be played eventually and it's just a case of being patient and making sure that when the games come thick and fast towards the end of the season we are all committed and available as there is still plenty to play for and plenty to try to achieve.
With the weather being so bad and the strong possibility of the game being canceled we have arranged a possible friendly against County League side at Hildenborough on a 3G Pitch in Paddock Wood which as a back up to the proposed games will be very useful for all the guys to pick up some game time and I thank Hildenborough for their invite.
The squad this week will still have Lloyd Taylor suspended for the cup game and Mark Wallis missing through a prior commitment but again if the cup game is canceled Lloyd will get a run out in the friendly in preparation for his return. The rest of the squad will again be strong with plenty of options for the management to consider.
Saturday 8th February 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Sutton Athletic (home)
This week, weather permitting, we take on Sutton Athletic who currently sit 3rd in the league and are hot on our heels to try to take over second spot and with only 3 defeats from the 16 games they are without doubt one of the best sides in the league and have been gradually improving as the season progresses. Earlier in the season we did record an excellent 2-1 victory at Sutton where we came from behind to take all 3 points in a very competitive game and I can see this game being very similar as we will both be striving for the 3 points to keep the pressure on long term league leaders Holland’s and Blair.
The inactivity due to the weather is frustrating but that’s just how it is. The games will soon start coming thick and fast and this wet spell will soon be forgotten. The important thing is when we game back on the field we must be fully committed to continue and extend our excellent season so far. This weather has certainly put a spanner in the plans of all teams but it will certainly make the end of the season exiting and I am sure there are still plenty of ups and downs for us all to endure in the coming weeks.
The squad this week should be virtually at full strength but again Lloyd Taylors 1 week ban is still not served so he will miss out but apart from that there are plenty of options and permutations to consider and we will go into the game as prepared as we can be after missing so many weeks.
Saturday 1st February 2014 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Rolvenden (away)
On Saturday we will hopefully make the short trip to Rolvenden to take on the Ashford league side in the Weald of Kent Charity Cup. Rolvenden are without doubt one of the best sides in a Ashford league and this season can boast a record of 8 wins out of 9 games scoring 80 goals and only conceding 10 so a tough game is in prospect and a game where will have to be fully committed if wanting to progress in this cup.
To me the Weald of Kent Cup is a special tournament and I have been lucky enough to win it as player and manager and this is certainly a major target for the team this season. The lack of games is dragging on due to the poor weather and I do understand everyone’s frustration when the games get called off but the games will be played eventually and its just a case of being patient and making sure that when the games come thick and fast towards the end of the season we are all committed and available as there is still plenty to play for and plenty to try to achieve.
The squad this week will still have Lloyd Taylor suspended due to fact we have not played but apart from that we should be near to full strength and will travel in good heart after a tough gym training session that I feel benefits the players whilst we are not playing regularly.
Please note kick off for the game is 1.30 pm
Saturday 25th January 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (away)
On Saturday we travel to Dartford to take on Kent Football United for the first time this season. Our hosts currently sit 7th in the league but have games in hand over most sides and are certainly building in the right direction to being one of the best sides in the league. After the disappointment of dropping points in our last game 2 weeks ago this is a match where we really do need to come away with something and ideally all 3 points but this will be a tough task and having the rain effecting the fixtures over recent weeks it is very hard for the players to get into any real rhythm and the standard in match fitness will drop for all teams so this game will I feel need to see the players showing an extra desire and commitment to make up for the above short falls.
We currently still sit comfortably second in the league but the gap we have built from the teams below will soon be eaten up if we do not apply ourselves properly over the coming weeks and likewise we need to pick up as many points as possible to be able to keep in touch with leaders Hollands and Blair, so a vital time and certainly a vital game for us.
The squad this week apart from still suspended Lloyd Taylor will be at full strength and players will need to be left out. But again I need to have these options and choices as I know, as should all the players, that they will all still have massive role to play this season if we are to maintain a real challenge to finish in the top spot. Kick off for the game is 2.00pm
Saturday 18th January 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Fleet Leisure (home)
This week we entertain Fleet in a game that takes on great importance to us after last weeks disappointing 2-2 home draw against a useful Seven Acres side. Fleet currently sit 7 th in the league and are enjoying a good season after their promotion from the county league last season.
Last week we found it tough to pick up the pace of the game after the enforced lay off due to the poor weather so there is plenty of room for improvement this week from the whole squad, i did have some sympathy for the players due to missing so many games but we did seem to let our heads drop easily when the game was not going our way and this is something that will not be tolerated, we have had a superb first half of the season and now we must re focus and get back on track and get back to the consistent high level of performance that we achieved regularly before Christmas.
The squad this week will be boosted by the return of defender Ryan Smith and hopefully new signing Craig Calvert will feature at some stage, Lloyd Taylor will still be missing as he serves his last game of his suspension. But after a really good training session the squad will be strong with plenty of options and headaches for the management team to mull over.
Saturday 11th January 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Seven Acre & Sidcup (home)
This week we entertain Seven Acres and Sidcup looking to complete the league double over our opponents after winning the away game back in September 3-1 in a game where our opponents stretched us to the limit but we showed good resolve to hang on and record a good win. Seven Acres currently sit 10th in the league but are certainly a side that are building in the right direction and I feel they will definitely finish amongst the top teams in the league at the end of the season.
With no game since 14th December this will be tough for all the players to start again, without doubt fitness levels will have dropped and general match fitness will also be low but this is the same for all sides and application and commitment will need to be at its highest to help cover the other lows and hopefully this will be the start of playing regularly again so that we can all get back into the swing of things. It is always disappointing when games are cancelled but this is part of living where we do and its certainly something we should all be used to. With half the season completed this game hopefully will herald the start to the second half and let’s hope we can repeat the same form that we have shown in the first half and continue to hold a high position in the league as the season unfolds.
With recent postponements we will still have Taylor, Smith and Harris serving bans but again the squad has plenty of depth and will still be strong. Training has gone well and I thank the lads for their commitment to this and I am sure everybody is itching to get back playing so let’s hope the weather holds off and we can get to play.
Saturday 4th January 2014 - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (away)
On Saturday, weather permitting, we will make the journey to Tunbridge Wells to take on Rusthall looking to complete the league double after a comprehensive 5-1 home victory earlier in the season in probably one of our best performances. Rusthall are currently 6th in the league but are an improving side so again we will need to be at our best to achieve taking the 3 points. With the bad weather hitting the fixtures it is difficult for the players to maintain fitness and the stop start games does hinder performances but again this is the case for all sides and it really is just a case of preparing week in week out expecting to play and then if the game is cancelled ensuring we are prepared next time we take the field.
The squad this week should be the same as the last 2 previous weeks but another down side to postponements is that outstanding bans linger so again we will be without Smith, Harris and Taylor for this game but we will still travel with a squad more than capable of getting a result if we put a performance in to justify it.
Kick off for the game is 2.00pm
Saturday 28th December 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (home)
Saturday 21st December 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Crockenhill (away)
On Saturday we travel to bottom side Crokenhill looking to complete the league double. The Swanley based side are having a difficult time at the moment but they earn a lot of respect from myself for keeping going as there have been plenty of clubs in the past that hit bad times and taken the easy option of folding.
After last weeks good win against Glebe we travel in good form knowing we must take all 3 points to one keep the pressure on leaders Hollands and Blair and secondly maintain the gap that we have built up between ourselves and third place. This is a vital stage of the season and with big fixtures coming up soon it will be a massive test for us to continue the form we have shown in the first half of the season into the second but again the squad is strong and committed so we will certainly be giving it everything we have to try to achieve our goal of winning the league.
This weeks squad will still have Lloyd Taylor missing through suspension and he will be joined in the stands by Ryan Smith and Steve Harris who also have bans to serve but apart from them everybody else is about and we will travel with plenty of quality at my disposal.
Kick off for the game is 2.00pm
Saturday 14th December 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Glebe (home)
After last week’s disappointment of losing our first league game away at Bridon this week’s home game against Glebe gives us the opportunity to get back on track but again nothing can be taken for granted, as Glebe in their first season in the division have had a decent start with some excellent results and are looking to settle into the higher standard of football and will without doubt prove to be a very hard game for us.
It is important now for the whole squad to get back down to the hard work that enabled us to start so well in the league and maybe we have taken our foot of the pedal a little in recent weeks and that’s not only the players but management as well. It is very easy to become complacent so this week I will be looking for a big reaction and big performances from everyone. No results are guaranteed in football and the Invicta league has some very good sides in the division and that’s were the importance of being able to commit week in week out is vital if you ever have any real ambitions of being successful.
The squad this week will be strong with plenty of options to pick from and again this is vital as we move into the new year. It is tough on some players who feel they get roughly treated but I know what I want from my squad and the changes iI make rightly or wrongly are my call and at the end of the day I will be judged on the results that we obtain as the season unfolds.
Saturday 7th December 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Bridon Ropes (away)
On Saturday we travel to Charlton to take on 10th placed Bridon Ropes for the first time this season. Bridon have had an indifferent start to the season with 4 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats from their opening 11 games but as we are aware all away games in this league are tough and we will need to be at our best to take anything from the game. After last weeks stop start performance against Lewisham it will be good to play back to back games as we looked a little rusty last week and only by playing consistently will we get back to the high standard that is required to maintain a good position in the league. Training was very well attended this week and a hard session will benefit everyone and see us travel in good heart and with plenty of confidence.
The squad this week will still show Gary Lockyear and Lloyd Taylor missing through suspension and Steve Ward will also miss out due to work commitments. Added to the squad will be new comer Owen Kessack, who is a left sided defender / midfield player who is looking for a fresh start after being with several clubs and we hope that he can become a useful addition to our squad. The rest of the squad should be as normal and this is pleasing as it is always difficult at this time of the year to juggle football , work and family as Christmas approaches.
Kick off for this game is 2.00pm
Saturday 30th November 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Lewisham Borough (away)
Saturday 23rd November 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Seven Acre & Sidcup (home)
This week we take on Seven Acres for the second time this season after winning the away fixture back in October 3-1 during that game Seven Acres gave us plenty of problems and we were very pleased to come away with all 3 points. Currently our visitors sit in mid table and last week they had an excellent away victory at Bearsted so today’s game will be another test for us as we look to maintain our current unbeaten run in the league.
Last week’s hard fought victory over Orpington was very pleasing from my point of view as I felt we played some really good football and then when we got pegged bag we responded really well and showed good quality to record the win and this is the type of reaction we will need in the coming weeks if we are to maintain a serous challenge for the league.
This week’s squad will show Gary Lockyer and Lloyd Taylor starting bans but although these lads will be missed we still have plenty of options to cover and again shows the advantage of having a large talented unit.
Saturday 16th November 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Orpington (home)
This week Orpington are the visitors as we return to league action after a blank week and two cup games. Orpington have started the season very well and currently sit 7th in the league and can boast 5 wins 4 draws and only 1 defeat from their first 10 games and without doubt this is going to be a big test of our title credentials.
The last two weeks have been hard for the side as our two legged cup tie with Holland’s and Blair saw us loose both games (2-3 and 4-1) but during both these games we had the lead and allowed the games to slip from our grasp and although this was disappointing I still looked at the side and took many positives from both performances.
The squad this week will show some changes. Ryan Norman will definitely miss out due to injury but new signings Adam Purse, formerly with New Romney and Kennington, along with Paul Burt. formerly with Rolvenden and Bromley Green, could make their debuts at some point. The rest of the selection will depend on the recovery of a couple more injuries and then the tough call of leaving people out but again I stress the need for a big squad as recently I was down to 14 /15 on match day and as a side that can hopefully maintain a real challenge for the top spots in the league it is vital I have options that can influence a game.
Saturday 9th November 2013 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - Hollands & Blair (away)
On Saturday we travel to Gillingham to take on Hollands and Blair in the 2nd leg of the Kent Invicta league cup. Trailing 3-2 from the first leg last week this will see us facing a real tough challenge against without doubt one of the best sides in the league. Last week’s game was weather effected and Blair probably deserved to take this lead into this week’s game but we will travel with plenty still to offer and can boast a league win from their ground back in September and I am sure all the lads will be motivated in turning this deficit around and progressing into the next round. Squad wise we will see Buster Beaney, Richard Quigley and Lloyd Taylor return after serving one match bans from last week so this will certainly boost our levels of quality. Ryan Smith will miss out due to him serving a one match ban but overall we will travel with a squad that I feel is capable of getting the result we need.
Please note any supporters that are travelling to the game this is a 1.30pm kick off.
Saturday 2nd November 2013 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - Hollands & Blair (home)
A break from league action and an intriguing 2 legged cup tie against current league leaders Hollands and Blair. An interesting option taken by the league for their divisional cup and a new challenge for us all having never been involved in a home and away cup tie. This will be our third encounter with our visitors this season and we currently stand level with a win each with us winning 2-1 in the league and Blair winning the Kent Senior Trophy cup game 4-1 after extra time. Blair are without doubt the top side in the league and have consistently been in and around the honours over recent seasons. They are the current holders of the trophy after defeating ourselves 4-3 in last seasons final so I expect this two legged affair to be a very hard and testing encounter. Having two such tough games back to back will certainly give us a good test and show where we are as a team. Our league form has been excellent and I certainly feel we are improving as a team. Our level of consistency during the league games has been first class, the cup is a distraction from our main target of the league but I can guarantee we will be going all out over these games to try to make progress because any silver ware at the end of a season is always pleasing.
Disappointingly we had no game last week but this has allowed a couple of nagging injuries to clear up. Our training sessions have been good and the players have worked hard. The squad for the game will show some changes as the need to utilise the full squad is important so as to keep everybody involved and during these two games I expect all the players to play a part at some stage.
Saturday 19th October 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Lewisham Borough (home)
This week Lewisham are our visitors in another important league fixture and the securing of all 3 points is vital as we look to maintain our position as leagueleaders. Lewisham themselves have had a reasonable start to the season and currently sit 8th in the table with 4 wins from their first 9 games and look like they are progressing the correct way after changing their management structure pre season.
Last week we came away from Meridian with a good 4-1 victory but I felt generally our performance over the 90 minutes was below par and this week we will need to be better and more consistent as to often last week we were careless in possession and handed the ball and the momentum of the game to our opponents. This type of play causes frustration and can easily undo previous good work. We have done very well so far this season but everyone now needs to maintain focus and simply concentrate on each single game as it comes. It is and will be a long season with plenty of highs and lows and all our good work so far can easily be undone if the wrong attitude and commitment take a grip.
The squad this week will see some changes, missing are Mark Wallis and Lloyd Taylor with family commitments, Steve Harris and Stephen Ward also miss out due to injury so the final squad selection will see other players given their chance to come into the fold and make an impact. This is just football one week too many to pick the next not enough but this is where the reserve element in the club is so important with players willing and capable of coming in and doing a job when required for the first team.
Saturday 12th October 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Meridian (away)
Saturday 5th October 2013 - Alexandra Hospital Kent Senior Trophy - Hollands & Blair (away)
On Saturday we travel to Gillingham to take on Hollands and Blair in the first round of the Kent Senior Trophy. Our hosts sit second in the present league table and are without doubt the best side we have played so far this season, however we did record an excellent 2-1 victory earlier in the season at this ground so again we will go there with confidence and look forward to facing a quality side that has been among the honours for a few years now and a side that sets the bench marks for the other teams connected to the Invicta League.
We currently sit top of the league and this weeks first cup game of the season gives us a break away from the pressure of the league. The KST is a trophy we will certainly be looking to do well in and it will be used as a bench mark for me to see how we are progressing as a club and a team. I think we have had a good start so far but there is still plenty of work to be done before we can start crowing about what we have achieved. Feet on the ground and focus on each individual game as it comes, commitment, desire and passion my regular words to all my players and words that have been adhered to so far and for that I cant praise the players enough. This will be a good game and one we are all really looking forward to and if we can continue working in the correct manner one that I feel we have a good chance of progressing into the next round.
The squad this week will again be strong. Mark Wallis returns but Gary Lockyer misses out through suspension and we do have a couple struggling with coughs and colds but I am sure most clubs do, so again plenty of options and certainly plenty of quality to pick from. It has been tough over recent weeks fitting all the players in but I must have a big squad and again the players are learning to accept this and their attitude towards changes has again been first class.
Saturday 28th September 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Crockenhill (home)
This week we entertain bottom club Crockenhill. Our visitors are have a tough start to the season and have suffered some heavy defeats but credit must go to their players and management for sticking with it and like every club that has a poor run they must be hoping their fortunes will pick up.
From our own view we now sit top of the league after our hard fought victory away at Seven Acres last week. 6 wins out of 7 is a tremendous start to the campaign but our only blip came against second to bottom Eltham Palace in our last home game so today we will need to be fully committed and not get carried away with our start and ensure we try to collect all 3 points. I constantly preach the merits and strengths of the teams in this league and no one can be taken for granted as every side on the day is capable of getting a result. We have had a good start but there is a long way to go and level heads and composure are vital around the squad as a good start only needs a couple of dodgy results and that start is soon forgotten.
Our squad this week will be missing midfielders Mark Wallis and Harry Hrehorow but Matt Collins and Buster Beaney should return to again give us plenty of options and quality to choose from.
Saturday 21st September 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Seven Acre & Sidcup (away)
Saturday 14th September 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Eltham Palace (home)
Game 6 of our league season sees us take on Eltham Palace. Our visitors are having a tough start to the season suffering defeats in all their games so far this campaign and currently sit second to bottom in the league. A new management team are in place from last season and of course this will take time for them to be able to mold a side into something that they want.
From our own perspective we can still boast a 100% start to the season with 5 straight wins. Last week we won a hard fought game away to Sutton Athletic where we were never really at our best, but again we showed a real determination to get a result and this type of attitude and commitment is exactly what i am looking for in all my players. We have started well and showed we can play and expansive game but also showed we can dig in when required. These are all good signs for me and now as the weather starts to turn our aim is to continue in the same vain and see where we are in a few weeks time.
The squad this week will again be very strong and selection for myself and my management team is always hard but again this is exactly what it needs to be like as i know as the season progresses we will get injuries, suspensions etc so having the quality available will be vital if we are to produce a serous challenge for the league.
Saturday 7th September 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Sutton Athletic (away)
Saturday 31st August 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (home)
Our second home game of the season follows two excellent results on the road against Hollands and Blair and Bearsted. This has seen us maintain our excellent start to the season, 3 wins out of 3 is a dream start but now I feel our season really begins as we need to maintain our good form and deal with the added expectancy levels that rise in any club when you start to do well.
The most important thing for all the lads is to stick to the principles that have served them well since we returned to pre season and which we took into our friendly games. Commitment, passion and desire are my key words and I have seen plenty of this early doors but all of these need to be maintained. The team spirit within the squad is also building nicely and this is definitely another ingredient that I feel is essential if you are to have any chance of success.Our visitors have had a decent start themselves to the season with 3 wins out of 4 and I am sure this will certainly be a tough test for us and one where we will have to be at our best if we are to secure the points.
Our squad for the game is strong, there are couple of knocks that need to heal before the final line up is sorted but again the bonus of having a large talented squad is vital. It is tough picking the side from all the quality we have but this is my role in the Club and one I try to manage as fairly as I can.
Monday 26th August 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (away)
From our own perspective we will be looking to continue our good start to the season that has seen us win our first 2 games. Last weeks victory at Hollands and Blair was a good result but overall our performance was not up to the standard we need to reach if we are to be serious contenders in this league. We may top the division at the moment but its early doors and this league will, like most, take a few weeks to settle down and then everyone will then be able to see the best sides and the ones that are capable of being league winners. This is our aim to be one of these sides but again we will need to improve and all show the commitment required as this league will soon find out teams and players who do not fully show this. The players all trained well this week and we will certainly travel full of optimism and I know if we play to our potential then it will take a very good side to stop us taking the points.
Saturday 17th August 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Hollands & Blair (away)
Saturday 10th August 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Meridian VP (home)
Thursday 25th July - Bromley Green (home) and Saturday 27th July - Beckenham Town (away) - Pre season friendlies
Saturday 20th July 2013 - Pre-season friendly - Hythe Town (home)
2012/13 End of Season Review
Saturday 4th May and Monday 6th May 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Bearsted (home) and Seven Acre & Sidcup (away)
Saturday 27th April 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Phoenix Sports (home)
Saturday 20th April 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (away)
Wednesday 17th April 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Lewisham Borough (away)
Saturday 13th April 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Rusthall (home)
Saturday 6th April 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Meridian (home)
Monday 1st April 2013 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy Final - Hollands & Blair (Homelands, Ashford)
Friday 29th March 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Crockenhill (away)
Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Sutton Athletic (away)
Saturday 16th March 2013 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup Semi Final - Kennington (away)
The Weald of Kent Charity Shield has been going for many years and in my eyes is still one of the biggest local trophies to capture so we will certainly be going all out to book our place in the traditional Good Friday final.
Saturday 9th March 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Kent Football United (home)
Saturday 2nd March 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Eltham Palace (away)
Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Hollands & Blair (away)
This Saturday we travel to Gillingham to take on second placed Hollands & Blair in a dress rehearsal for our up and coming Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy cup final. No doubt this will be a tough test for the team as our hosts are pushing hard to maintain second place and trying to close the gap at the top on long term leaders Phoenix Sports.
Our own current form is good after our tremendous cup win at Bearsted and we have collected 4 points out of six in our last two games. Generally we have looked solid and with more regular games as the weather slowly improves, I feel this is helping the players both individually and as a group but that said this week will prove a massive test. We have shown this type of improvement at other times during the season but when we have faced one of the top sides in the league we have melted and been beaten easily. This week I am looking to again improve on that and am confident that if we apply ourselves properly then we can come away with at least a share of the points.
The squad this week will show some changes due to various reasons but we have strength in depth and have also added youngster Jordan Wright from Ashford to our pool and he will feature this week after completing his transfer and impressing in training. So even more competition for places which is healthy and where we need to be to be able to compete in this league. With a hectic fixture schedule just aroung the corner all the squad will have a role to play.
Kick off again 2.00pm and all support will be most welcome.
Saturday 16th February 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Orpington (home)
On Saturday we entertain Orpington in a game that I see that we must pick up all 3 points. Orpington sit mid table but have been struggling lately and have suffered some heavy defeats, not that that really means too much as many results come as shocks so again this will need to be a game where we all give 100% as anything less will see up leave empty handed. Earlier in the season we did win 2-0 away to our visitors but again this is no guide to what will happen as no doubt like us Orpington will have many different players.
Lat week I was content with a point as I thought we showed a good attitude and generally our play was good. We hopefully are now starting to gel together with the new players blending in with the existing players that have been here all season. Defensively we looked solid and I feel that once the games start coming regularly and are not being called off every other week we will show even more improvement.
The squad this week is again very healthy. Lloyd Taylor is still banned and we do have a couple of players carrying knocks but that said Gary Lockyer should return after the birth of his daughter and generally the selection of the team will give me plenty of options.
Kick off is at 2.00pm.
Saturday 9th February 2013 - Kent Invicta League - Bridon Ropes (home)
On Saturday we entertain Bridon Ropes in only our third league game since mid November. Hopefully the bad weather is now behind us and we can now get into a run of games that gets all the players back to full fitness and enable us to get some points to move up the league.
Our visitors sit a comfortable 7th in the league. A 2-2 draw in Charlton earlier in the season does not really give us much to go on as there have been many changes in our own squad and I expect the same could be true of Bridon, but the important thing from our perspective is the need to replicate our superb cup run from into the league. Last week we were superb in beating 4th place Bearsted to book a cup final place and this demonstrated what we are capable of so now this game and games to follow are of the utmost importance to us. We must move up the league and get ourselves into a position that I feel we should be at and then look forward to the cup final with confidence.
The squad this week is very strong, even with a couple of injuries I still have plenty to chose from and there could be possible debuts to recent signings Ryan Norman, Mark Wallis and Luke Hughes. Training again this week was well attended and the attitude amoungst the squad is building nicely as we head towards what will no doubt be a hectic end to the season.
Kick off this week is 2.00pm.
Saturday 2nd February 2013 - Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy Semi-Final - Bearsted (away)
On Saturday we take the short trip up the M20 to take on Bearsted in the Challenge Trophy semi-final. Bearsted are having a good season and currently sit 4th in the league table and will without doubt provide us with a hard route to the final. Our own cup campaign has been very good with 3-0 and 4-0 victories over Crockenhill and Lewisham Borough respectively and we have certainly played our best football in this cup. So on Saturday we will be looking to repeat this good form and hopefully progress into the final.
The teams level of fitness has been very difficult to maintain and build on with the amount of games that have been called off recently. With this fact we hurridley arranged a friendly against a Maidstone United X1 on Tuesday and this proved to be a very useful exercise and a 3-3 draw in an entertaining game was testament to that and hopefully this will raise our fitness levels ready for Saturday. I would also like to thank Maidstone United for the opportunity to use their excellent facilities.
The squad for Saturday will show some changes with Lloyd Taylor starting a ban, Buster Beaney unavailable and Matt Hadlum cup tied, but we have strength in depth and I know that whoever comes in will give it everything and show the importance of having a large squad to pick from.
The game is a 1.30pm kick off and any support will be most welcome.
Saturday 26th January 2013 - Kent Invicta League v Crockenhill (away)
The Christmas Period - 22nd v Lewisham(a); 26th v Ashford Utd (a); 29th v Rusthall (h)
Christmas brings up a busy schedule for the team with 3 games in 8 days. Having not played for 3 weeks, all the lads will be itching to play, but again the weather forecasts do not look promising and and there is every chance of more postponements.
Saturday, we travel to Lewisham for a re-arranged league fixture. This was the venue for our last game, which was an excellent 4-0 win in the League Cup quarter-final, so a repeat performance is required to get us going again. Lewisham will no doubt have other ideas and will be looking for revenge and so we can take nothing for granted.
On Boxing Day, we take the short trip to Homelands to take on local rivals Ashford United. This is a massive match for both teams, for different reasons. For us, it will be another measure to see how much we have improved over the last couple of months and for Ashford, it's a must win game to keep them in the title hunt. A big crowd will be expected and, being a local derby, it is certain to contain an extra edge - but we will remain concentrated on our football and not be distracted by the crowd and the occasion. We will attempt to produce the type of football that is becoming our style and if we do this, I can't see any reason why we can't come away with the points.
We then follow Boxing Day, with a game on the 29th at home against Rusthall. We have a chance to avenge the 4-2 defeat earlier in the season at their place. Rusthall, who had shown signs of improvement, have recently parted company with their manager, so possibly new players and a new manager will throw us up against a different team to the one we played before, but again, we should be confident of gaining the points, especially at home.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Saturday 15th December 2012 - Kent Invicta League v Bearsted (home)
On Saturday we entertain third placed Bearsted and we will be hoping for better weather that will allow this game to go ahead as we approach the busy Christmas period.
Bearsted are having an excellent season and will no doubt prove to be difficult opponents for us, but as I have mentioned on many occasions since I returned to the club, I think we should be at least top six and as the seasons go on, we should be looking to push into the top spots and then the next step - promotion. Our recent form reads only one defeat in our last six games and that was against league leaders Phoenix - and, in truth, that day we let ourselves down and caved in far too easily. This week, we need to give a good performance and prove to ourselves that we are heading in the right direction.
I believe that the squad has the potential to be competing with the best sides in this league and our cup performance at Lewisham two weeks ago showed this. We just now need to take the next step and put in consistent, positive performances and move ourselves up the league.
There are many sides near us in the league and with a decent run of results our position will improve very quickly - but this is true for many of the clubs in the league as we are all striving to improve. There are many club websites talking of improvement and ambitions and we need to match all of these.
The squad this week will be strong and there will be some tough decisions on the final 16, but this is how it should be with a team playing at this level. Nothing will ever be achieved without a squad and I know that it can be tough on some players. All the players in the squad will all be playing a part as the season enters its second half in the new year.
Saturday 1st December 2012 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy v Lewisham Borough (away)
On Saturday we travel to London to take on Lewisham in the League Cup Quarter Final. This will no doubt be a tough encounter as our hosts were boosted last week by an excellent 6-2 home league victory against Crown and are always a difficult opponent on their own ground. Lewisham have made it to the quarter final after beating Ashford United in the last round. This was an excellent victory and thus far they are the only Invicta League side to have beaten Ashford this season.
From our point of view, we have reached this game following a superb 3-0 home win against Crockenhill and also go into the match on a decent run that shows only one defeat in the last five games - and that was to the league leaders. This will no doubt be a tough game as Lewisham have some excellent players and are very dangerous up front. That said, I see this as a winnable game and another chance to show the improvement that we are making as a team. Our recent 3-2 home victory against Saturday's hosts backs this up and although the result was close - it was definitely a game we deserved to win.
The squad has seen several new additions in recent weeks and, in my opinion, is starting to have a real strong look about it. It is becoming very difficult to pick a 16 from what we have and even more difficult to pick a starting 11 due to the competition for places. But this is where we should be at as a Kent Invicta League side and like any club - as a side improves and develops there are always unfortunate casualties. I still firmly believe that this squad has what it takes to finish in the top 6 this season and with the management setup and the support of the club, I can see no reason for us not to achieve this. But, for this week, full concentration will be on the cup and booking a semi-final place. That will be a massive boost for the club.
The club will be running a coach to Saturday's game and for anyone interested in supporting the team - please make contact with the club asap.