12.08.2017- Lydd Town 3 Holmesdale 0

Yesterday we took on Holmesdale who were playing their first league game of the season. We turned up full of confidence regardless of the loss last week after a top training session mid-week. We started the game against a slight wind which developed and grew stronger as the half went on. However, using the immaculate surface provided by great volunteers of the club, we started brightly.

We went 1-0 up after 22 mins after good work by front man Gary Lockyer, who laid the ball off too new summer signing Timmy Simms who shuffled the ball on too his weaker left foot and stuck it in the top corner from 20 yards. I felt we were in complete control of the game until Alex Coyne lost possession after what both teams thought was a clear foul, allowing their forward a clear run at goal, only to be denied by in truth what should of been a penalty. On the 27th minute, our lead doubled when neat build up play from the impressive back 4 freed up Owen Kessack who put the ball on a plate for Gary Penfold, making up 50 yards to ghost in around the back. A goal that I feel will do wonders for Penno's confidence both on and off the pitch. For the remainder of the half we continued to play good football and the long ball from Holmesdale never troubled the back 5 of Munden, Tomsett, Coyne, Miller and Kessack. A two nil lead at half time and excellent performance from my point of view. 

Second half messages were clear to the players about game management. Two nil is a dangerous score line and we felt it was important to remind the players that only half the job was done. Without being too bias, I never truly felt like Holmesdale overly troubled us. I said to the players at the end that perhaps we were not tidy enough on the ball in the second half and could have done more to see the game out, however i was pleased at the whole team in the defensive shape, fitness and unity.

Two goals became 3 in the 90th minute when a pinpoint goal kick from Munden found the head of sub Tommy Collins and released man of the match Gary Lockyer through on goal who simply does not miss opportunities like that. So a 3-0 win for us and our first 3 points on the board and a real buzz back around the club after a disappointing opening weekend. I'm really hoping we can now kick on as we make a difficult trip to an unpredictable Phoenix side on Saturday. Well done to everyone involved from Kit Man Davide Fasoli to the subs that did not get on. 3 points in the bag which is all that matters. 

Man of the match:

This week it goes to forward Gary Lockyer. Not only does he lead the line, he brought teammates into play and got on the score sheet himself. His work in the defensive box equally important. It is a lot too ask for a big centre forward to run 60-70 yards each way for every set piece. All in all, a good day in the office.

Lastly a few thanks. Firstly to the people who attended the game for there support. Both myself and the players appreciate it and love having a good crowd. Secondly, the people that look after the ground and pitch which are both in excellent condition. One of the best grounds,if not the best in the league.

Gaffer

05.08.2017- Lydd Town 2 Lewisham Borough 3

Saturday just gone we took on Lewisham Borough at home in our first league game of the season. After a good pre season, I felt we were well prepared and everyone appeared excited for the game. The mood in the changing room was good and kick of couldn't come soon enough.

Unfortunately the first half didnt go to plan. We were never at the races and I genuinely believe first game nerves got the better of us as a side. We were one nil down after 22 minutes when a hopeful ball forward from Lewisham should have been dealt with via a simple clearance , it wasn't and the end result was the lively Lewisham winger collecting the ball and finishing well. We restored parity fairly quickly. Good work by Harry Carr found Gary Lockyer inside their box who was eventually fouled after some good hold up play. Gary was forced by the match offiials to leave the pitch following treatment so up stepped CB Paul Mabb to take the penalty. He placed the penalty brilliantly into the top left corner giving the keeper no chance and so it became 1-1. I felt from this position we could of really kicked on but we didn't. We were soon facing a corner which was cleared but from the resulting tackle which occured in the following pattern of play the ball managed to find its way back to our area where their winger once again capitalised and finished well to make it 2-1 to Lewisham. Poor once again and saw us go in at half time 2-1 down.

I hobbled into the changing room and used the time getting there to really have a good think about the 45 minutes I had just witnessed. As i entered the changing room there was complete silence which said a lot for myself. Some harsh words were said but I made it very clear that there were positives to take from the opening 45 and we definitely had it in us to go on and win the game in front of the large opening day crowd.

Second half was like watching attack v defence and we made it 2-2 after 60 minutes. Ben Charlesworth rolled Gary Lockyer in and as youd expect from a player of his calibre he dispatched the ball with no problems. We were really on top now but sometimes you need that little bit of luck in and around the box and we were just not getting to those second balls in and around the box enough. The winner for Lewisham unfortunately came in the 83rd minute. We lost a header in the defensive third, no one reacted to the second ball from my side but Lewisham did and made it 3-2 to them.

The loss was a massive dissapointment but its the first game of the season and its now about how we react. Credit must go to Lewisham for taking their chances and doing a job on us and taking home the three points.

Man of the Match for Lydd was Harry Carr. He never stopped battling and carried the ball in midfield superbly at times.

Thankyou to all the fans who came down and watched. I hope to see you all Saturday when we play Homesdale at home and where we will look to make amends.

All the best

Gaffer !

24.09.16 - Crockenhill 0 Lydd Town 2

We made the trip to Swanley to take on a re vamped Crockenhill with new playing staff and a new manager. It's never an easy place to go as the playing surface is quite bobbly and it's an old style ground so very on top of one another. We were in good spirits in the week and on the way to the game thanks to a good win last week and some good early season form being shown,but we started the game very badly. For the first 20 mins we were under some immense pressure from the home side not really causing us problems themselves but us causing the problems. Our back 4 in particular looked like they been dragged off the street to play not the quality experienced players I know they are. Debutant 17 year old keeper, Ben Ribbens kept us in the game with several fine saves. I made a sub after around 25 mins and changed the shape slightly. It was a hard call to make but I felt it was one that benefited us instantly. Our passing game then came in play and 30 mins in we had 2 very good shouts for penalties, one for a foul on the hardworking Carlum Macleod who seemed to be tripped but not given. The 2nd one was by the Crocks unauthordox left winger who we felt hand balled it inside the area but a free kick was given just outside. Moments later we won a free kick on the edge of the box, up stepped Ryan Smith who dispatched away to the keepers right who apart from that slight miss judgement was in exceptional form all afternoon. We were then on top from then on and we had a goal disallowed on the stroke of half time so 1-0 up half time. 

The instructions were clear at half time, play the percentages keep compact and we did this for most of the second half half and it was really pleasing from my point of view that we took this on board. Chances were few and far between, the Crocks substitute, Chris Nyoke, in the 75th minute ratted the cross bar with a sublimely hit volley. One became two when Paul Mabb won a great tackle on the half way line and played a lovely pass to James Everitt who calmly dinked the advancing keeper for his 6th goal in 6 games. Cool as always from "Ratty". Crocks had another chance at the end only for Sam to save from close range. So overall not the prettiest of games but it was a good away performance and a deserved 3 points in the end. 
Man of the match was a tough one a lot of good performers notably Kieran Sanger, Paul Mabb and  Reece Mortimer but it will go to Joe Bullard who played out of position for 70 mins and didn't foot a put wrong

17.09.16 - Lydd Town 3 FC Elmstead 2

We took on FC Elmstead who are a very good outfit and who had clearly done their homework on us. We started the game against the conditions against the wind and the rain coming into our faces and Elmstead from the first minute were pressing us all over the pitch making sure our ball players couldn't get any sort of foot hold in the game. Due to our poor start we went 2-0 down, the first goal was a long ball forward and due to a lack of communication in defence allowed their big man, Steve Strotten,  to win the ball and with us being out of position conceded a penalty which was converted by Strotten so 1-0 to the visitors and cue celebrations from the Elmstead players. One became 2 twenty minutes later when we had too many touches on the ball playing a loose pass allowing their very good forward to race through and dink it over Roddy Hayward in goal for a great finish. So half time 2-0 down, my team at 6's and 7's and that's putting it mildly. 

At half time harsh words were said but the players knew they had let themselves down in front of a sizeable crowd. What was to come second half was the real Lydd team. We were moving the ball quicker running off the ball hard, winning challenges we should never win showing the desire to drive others on. We got back in the game when new signing Shqipron Armetaj got the ball on the right and put a pin point cross to Ryan Smith to score with a diving header from around 14 yards,  an unreal goal making the score 2-1. We were now the dominant team, both Roy Guiver and Ross Ketley said to me we will win this now. It was 2 all when Ryan had the ball again and laid James Everitt who seemed to take an eternity to put it in the net from close range. Cue Lydd mad celebrations but I screaming to get the ball back to go win it. And win it we did in the 88th minute Ryan Smith once again played a good one two with Mark Howells to put substitute Reece Mortimer in on goal with a great chip to see us go in front. The referee then made things interesting by playing nearly 10mins added on by my watch but we hung on for 3 valuable points. What a great second half; we would be dangerous if we played like that for the full 90 minutess 

Man of the match was Ryan Smith who scored, set one up anddrove people on in the second half, showed why he is captain of this team 

10.09.16 - Rusthall 2 Lydd Town 2

 We took on league leaders Rusthall who were also unbeaten in their eight games played. They have started very well under their new management and have an entirely new squad this season. As for ourselves we had a poor week leading up to the game missing a few regulars through injury and pre booked events, this happens in football even though it is frustrating. 

We started the game doing down the Rusthall hill looking nervy and shaky for the first 10 mins. After that we got a real foot hold in the game getting the ball down and pushing the Rusthall back 3 deeper and deeper. We had a few chances through defenders Ryan smith and Paul Mabb but we weren't able to convert them after some great crossing from Owen Kessack and debutant Shqipron Ahmetaj. I thought this was Rusthall's weakest point, struggling with our power and presence in the air. That's how the first goal come about another debutant, goalkeeper Roddy Hayward, knocked it up to Ryan smith who nodded down for James Everitt to get on the end of sitting the keeper down to make it 1-0 at half time in the pouring rain away from home. 

Second half was one of frustration really as going up the hill we couldn't really get the ball down so we played effective football even tho it wasn't pretty. The second goal came on the 74th min when substitute Joe Sullivan played a lovely reverse pass to Steve Harris who ran through and drilled the home ball home via the post giving the keeper no chance. 
In the last 15 minutes we came under some real pressure but seemed to deal with it well. We only had defensive subs to make due to availability that led to us becoming deeper. Rusthall's first goal came on the 82nd min when a lack of communication down our right side saw  a man left unmarked  leaving him free to receive the ball and slot it home to make it 2-1. From then we really were at 6's and 7's and the equaliser came in the 89th min when a succession of corners fell to Joe Fuller who chested it and volleyed home from 25/30 yards giving Roddy no chance. In truth we could of lost it at the end but we escaped and 2-2 it finished.

To be honest I would of snatched your hand off for a point if offeredonSaturday morning but in a game I felt we controlled for long periods we should of won but plenty of positives to go on, three unbeaten now which is pleasing 

Man of the match was James Everitt who led the line superbly again with Steve Harris and did a hell of lot of work defensively and really showed what the Lydd colours mean to him already.

03.09.16 - Lydd Town 2 Sutton Athletic 1

Saturday just gone we took on a Sutton side that were strong in all areas from their goalkeeper all the way through to their strong bench. On a usual breezy day down at Lydd we started playing against the wind and both sides were very keen to try and get the ball down and play. I felt from our point of view we were on the back foot and slow out of the blocks. We came under immense pressure from Sutton who won a number of corners in a row but we defended very well limiting Sutton to long range efforts. Weirdly enough we went down in the 27th min when we had the ball and created a half chance but gave the ball away, Sutton then broae on us with their winger cutting inside far too easily and shooting with the ball ending up in the bottom corner. From our point of view a soft goal but in truth this made us hungrier than before. Straight from the kick off we went at Sutton playing some very good stuff especially through the front three of Steve Harris, Matt Collins and James Everitt who didn't seem to put a foot wrong all afternoon. We equalised in the 38th min when Mark Howells played a lovely ball into Steve Harris who spun nicely and played a perfectly weighted ball for James and Everitt to volley home. I felt we could of gone in further ahead as we  were creating more half chances but it stayed 1-1 as Sutton got important blocks in and were defending well so 1-1 half time. 

The instructions were clear at half time about how we could go on to win the game and the players carried these out to perfection. We took control from the first minute of the second half. We scored again when a cross from the lively Matt Collins was headed home by James Everitt who got to the ball just in front of Steve Harris. We had two glorious chances after that to kill the game off but these were squandered. I felt this may come back to haunt us but it never in the end as we defended excellently not allowing Sutton to create any real chances. So a 2-1 win, it finished very pleasing with some outstanding performances but man of the match will have to go to James Everitt who scored two, lead the line well and did his bit back in our box  defending set pieces 

29.08.16 - SECFL Division 1 - Lydd Town 3 Lewisham Borough 1

On Monday just gone it was a glorious sunny bank holiday for the visit of Ray Simpson's Lewisham Borough. They were searching for their first win of the season while we were coming off the back of 2 straight defeats. We started the game brightly pressing them very well gaining the ball back but our play in the final third lacked that bit of quality. We were in control of the game,a goal was beckoning with Reece Mortimer going close a couple of times, "Ratty" Everitt holding the ball up well winning numerous free kicks and Matt Collins looking very lively with excellent movement and skill. One Lewisham long ball over the top saw a defensive mix up which left Dan Cook in no mans land with the Lewisham forward nipping in but some how Ryan Smith got back in to clear it off the line despite Lewisham appeals for a goal which meant we went in at 0-0 at half time. 

Second half was one almost way traffic with the first goal coming in the 60th minute. Owen Kessack's pin point delivery from a corner, us finally blocking their keeper off through Craig Calvert and Ryan Smith powering home a terrific header. One became two very quickly following another set piece after good work by Mark Howells, Matt Collins' free kick delivery this time found Ryan Smith who ran the angle well to score on the half volley.  Somehow we allowed Lewisham back in the game and gave the fairly decent size crowd their money's worth when a defensive mix yet up again left us not clearing the ball which led to us giving a penalty away which was duly scored by the impressive number 10 for the visitors. So  2-1 and a shaky 15 minutes to go. Then the best moment of the game we won a free kick some 35-40 yards, up stepped recent new signing James "Ratty" Everitt step up and curl it into the top corner, a real moment of class. 

So a 3-1 win and 3 points on the board. We played well again in good stages but silly errors that you see on a Sunday morning need to be eradicated if we are to push on and compete for the the title. 

Man of the Match was a toss up with the votes split Ryan Smith strong as an ox at the back like normal and 2 good goals but Mark Howells edged it, a great reaction after being dropped Saturday just gone, every good bit of play we had went through him, his passing was a lot quicker and accurate. 

20.08.16 - SCEFL Division 1 - Lydd Town 1 Eltham Place 3

Difficult lesson to learn 

Saturday  saw us take on Eltham Palace (who are basically Stansfield) and we went down 3-1 and we learned some very difficult harsh lessons. Ones that are still hard to take now but will serve us well in the long run. It was a very windy day Saturday across the country but especially at Lydd and we went with it first half. Our passing game seemed off, we seemed slow to the ball and the service to our forwards was poor with the well drilled Eltham Palace defenders getting on the end of a lot of tacklesand headers. To say we were off the boil was an understatement. We went 1-0 down when Eltham broke after we lost the ball which we we were slow to move, and after a cool finish we were 1-0 down. From the kick off we played 2 passes won a corner it broke to Ryan Smith who planted it on Jake Holden's head but he put it inches wide half time with what was our best chance of the half. 1-0 now left me scratching my head. I wear my heart on my sleeve and don't hide or shy away from things and I let my players know that on no uncertain terms. Second half we came flying out of the blocks playing against the wind, playing some good football creating chance after chance but having no luck. Eltham's 2nd goal come from us yet again losing the ball not making a decision what to do with it then breaking on us and we conceded a penalty which was converted and we were 2 down. We created more chances, missing a penalty ourselves and then Carlum scored a great goal.  2-1 down with 12 mins to go saw us pepper the Eltham goal and box but the visiting keeper was in excellent form. The final nail in the coffin was seeing Kieran Sanger sent off for a shirt pull when their forward was some 30 yards from goal and us having the ball giving it straight to their forward who rolled it in which was Eltham's cue for elaborate celebrations. 


3 goals that I felt were avoidable, decision making poor and not being ruthless enough in front of goal cost us and we need to carry out a game plan set out for more than 45 mins of a game 

Man of the match was jointly Matt Collins and Carlum Macleod, they never stopped trying from min 1 to the 90th min.

13.08.16 - SCEFL Division 1 - Orpington 2 Lydd Town 2

Jekyll and Hyde performance!

Saturday we made the trip to play Orpington who had had a good start to their season getting 4 points from their first 2 games but we travelled up with a talented squad looking for a victory. I can't really shake the feeling off of us not winning Saturday as we dominated the game and never look like conceding, 2 silly very basic errors were made in a mad 5 min spell. The game started fast we tried to get the ball down on a difficult surface against a tall strong organised Orpington side. We took the lead through Mark Howells in the 4th min with a great strike into the bottom corner. We then came under a lot of pressure from Oprington's long ball game but we defended very well they couldn't break us down and they had few chances come half time so we went in 1-0 up and looking comfortable. We spoke at half time what we needed to do to go on to win this game but this wasn't carried out. We let Orpington come onto us far too much making us sit deeper and playing no football what so ever. We then made 2 errors to concede poor goals in the 60th and 64th mins. We look dejected to say the very least. We put Orpington under a lot of pressure but only by playing long ball. Dan Cook in goal made a good save as Orpington went in search of another goal. However, we won a free kick on the edge of the box with seven minutes remaining and Ryan smith stepped up left footed around the wall and the game was saved. 

One point is obviously better than none but it's a game I thought we should of won, hopefully we will learn from this as we move forward. 

Man of the match was debutant Joe Bullard who look comfy and assured at the heart of our defence

The line up was 
Cook, Sanger, Bullard, Holden, Kessack, Wyles, Smith, M.Howells, Mortimer, Griggs, Burt 

Subs were 
C.Howells, Wanstall, White, all used 

06.08.16 - SCEFL Division 1 - Lydd Town 2 Phoenix Sports Reserves 1

This Saturday just gone was our first league game of the season and for me personally my first game as Lydd Town first team manager. I must admit I was nervous and apprehensive and maybe that rubbed off onto my players without realising it, especially in first half. There were a few debuts anyway and we had a few players missing which isn't ideal but that happens in football and you have to deal with these situations through out the season. The first half saw us play against a slight breeze and Phoenix flying out the traps, getting the ball down well and moving it left to right with pace and plenty of movement. Our pressing game was in full effect and we won the ball back on numerous occasions but our decision making was poor and ouR bravery in play was also poor. Phoenix took a deserved lead on 36mins when a ball over the top saw our keeper Dan cook caught in two minds whether to come out or stay back and he was a lobbed with a neat finish from the Phoenix number 10, Richard Sesay. The next 10 mins were strange as we had 2 great chances first through Paul Burt who I personally would normally expect to score and the same with a Ryan Smith header. We should of gone in 2-1 up but it wouldn't have been fair on Phoenix who were, on the balance of play the better side, so half time 1-0 down. 

There were some strong words from myself to the players during the interval about our play and what we had to do to go on and win the game. The reaction was perfect as we equalised in the 49th min when a Chris Howells free kick found Ryan Smith who chested it down to Reece Mortimer who tucked it away with ease. Our play was improving, decision making getting much better and I felt there was only one winner. It came In the 64th minute via the same combination of Chris Howells to Ryan Smith who put it on a plate for Paul Burt to score. We had 2 or 3 more chances to finish the game but they were squandered. Luckily we were strong in defence as Phoenix went in search of an equaliser, Kieran Sanger in particular winning a number of tackles and headers he shouldn't really get to which saw us over the line.

Relief and 3 points on the board is the only thing that matters on opening day, there will be plenty more to come from this team I can promise you that.

Man of the match was a debutant in Reece Mortimer. Every time he got the ball I felt like something was going to happen. 

Team was 
D Cook, C Howells, O Kessack, K Sanger, J Holden, C Wyles, C Calvert, M Howells, R Smith, R Mortimer, P Burt

Subs J Ades for Wyles,  D Morrison for Calvert, D Wanstall for M.Howells 

Finally, a massive thank you has to go my wife Adel for her quality food spread after the game, thoroughly enjoyed by both teams and officials. 

Gaffer

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02.04.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 0 Glebe 1

Another defeat but a much improved performance against a Glebe side pushing hard for promotion. I personally think a draw would have been fair result but some dubious calls from the officials left everyone frustrated at the end of the game and possibly at least a share of the points.

The game started evenly, Glebe's direct approach did not cause us too many issues and our neat play on the floor saw us start to grow into the match. But as in recent weeks one lapse at the back cost us dear and we fell behind in the 37th when former striker Gary Lockyer netted. We nearly hit straight back from a corner but the visiting keeper pulled of a good save from Chris Wyles to see us reach the break behind.

The second half saw Glebe sit back and pack their defence and midfield. We gave everything we had to try to rescue the game, keeper Craig Smith was virtually redundant but our visitors did defend well and kept us at bay. A blatant shove from behind in the area went unrewarded and a clear hand ball from a free kick in the area again saw the official miss the obvious. Frustration set in and some heated confrontations took place but I had no issue with this as I was pleased to see the side showing the desire to try to get back in the game, but it was not to be as the scoreline remained in Glebe's favour.

Team: Smith C, Sanger, Mathews, Smith R, Walker, White, Wyles, Howells, Calvert, Lancaster, Macleod 

Subs: Clements, Webb and Kessack all used

Mom: John Walker, cool and commanding, never put a foot wrong

26.03.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Sutton Athletic 3  Lydd Town 0

No complaints from this game as we probably gave our worst performance of the season and in truth were lucky to only come away with a 3 goal defeat.

We got off to the worst possible start conceding after 10 seconds when we tried to be to clever with the ball in a dangerous area are were rightly punished by the League's leading scorer, Arlie Desanges. This to me set the tone for the half we conceded a second in the 40th minute when a whipped free kick by Fraser Walker wind  assisted eluded keeper Craig Smith to see us reach the break 2 down.

I asked for a more committed performance in the second half and although we did improve we were never in the game. We conceded a poor third by Jonny Murray from our own corner and poor finishing and good keeping from Craig kept the score respectful and the final whistle was welcomed by us all.

So a bad game but that's football. I was disappointed as I know the squad we have are much better than the way we played.

Team: Smith C, Sanger, Kessack, Smith R, Mabb, Hayles, Clements, Howells, Matthews, Macleod, Norman.

Subs: Ellwood, Wyles, White all used

Mom: C. Macleod, worked hard with virtually no service.


19.03.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 0  FC Elmstead 0 

An even game on Saturday saw us draw 0-0 against a useful FC Elmstead side. I personally thought we created the better clear cut chances but our visitors were very determined, well organised and certainly showed they are more than capable of holding their own in their first season in the Kent Invicta League.

We started the game defending a stiff breeze and in truth played well against the elements, Gary Mickleborough and Carlum Macleod were lively but despite numerous half chances we were kept at bay by our visitors. Defensively we were good and Elmstead ‘s longer ball game often saw the ball carrying too far with the wind.

The second half saw our visitors be the better side but again our defensive play was very good and keeper  Craig Smith was largely redundant with very little to do. We played more on the counter attack and our set plays were a constant threat with good delivery from Richard Quigley and Carlum Macleod and in the 60th Paul Mabb headed against the bar which was the closest that either side got  to a goal all day and the game ended with honours being even.

So disappointing not to win but again we had 4 late withdrawals from the squad and with no reserves being available even without having a game I felt the effort we put into the game was very good and I had few complaints regarding the final score.

Team: Smith C, Sanger, Kessack, Mabb, Smith R, Howells, Clements, Webb, Philips, Mickleborough, Macleod 

Subs : Ades, Ellwood and (Smith L not used )

Mom: Paul Mabb excellent game in the heart of defence

16.03.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Forest Hill Park 1 Lydd Town 0

On Wednesday we lost a very scrappy game 1-0 away at Forest Hill Park Lewisham. A long way to travel again in midweek and again a struggle to get a full squad. Adding to the evening the pitch was terrible where no maintenance had been carried out on a drying pitch, the flood lights at the Ladywell arena are poor, a lot of bulbs have blown leaving one goal nearly in darkness.

The first half saw us in control but in truth we only created a couple of half chances, the best of which was a Sam Lancaster header, the home side had very little apart from their constant fouling and a forgettable half ended 0-0.

The second half was very similar with us in control again but playing against a packed defence we created very little. Two injuries reduced the strength of our team even more and we were caught with a sucker punch goal in the 75th minute to fall behind and in truth we never looked like levelling as the home side used every tactic in the book to eat up the time and a forgetful night was over with us loosing 1-0. 

Some unsavoury scenes afterwards saw some poor behaviour from the home side which we hope the officials will deal with.


Team: Smith,
Kessack, Sanger, Howells, Hadlum, Hayles, Philips, Quigley, Webb, Lancaster, Sharman.

Subs: Beal, Ellwood,
Ades all used

Mom:
R.Hayles, strong in mid field and then good at the back to cover injuries

 

12.03.16; Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Rusthall 3 

A disappointing result and points dropped against a hard working Rusthall team. With several regular players missing and not enough support from our reserve team we fielded a makeshift side. That said we started the game well and took an early lead through a Gary Mickleborough free kick but our formation and organisation were all at sea and our visitors hit us twice on the break, the first coming just minutes after we opened the scoring, to see them lead 2-1 at the break.

The second half saw us improve slightly. The effort was much better and we showed more commitment. We levelled the game through Kieran Sanger, his first goal of the season, and regained the lead when Paul
Mabb finished well. But credit to our visitors who never gave up and shocked us in the 90th minute when they levelled to see the game end 3-3.

Team.
Hickmott, Ellwood, Hadlum, Clements, Webb, Howells, Maynard, Quigley, Sanger, Mickleborough, Mabb

Subs. Beal,
Ades, Morrison, all used

05.03.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Lewisham Borough 1 

Saturday saw us record our 6th straight league victory with a hard fought 3 v 1 victory over Lewisham in a game where we was always in control but credit must go to our visitors for never giving up. We were unlucky in front of goal hitting the woodwork on 3 occasions and found the visiting keeper in good form and were guilty of being wasteful with other good chances, but the win was what we needed and we did enough to secure that.

We started playing against the wind which was a lot lighter than previous weeks and after going close on a couple of occasions took the lead in the 20th minute when Carlum Macleod's excellent burst down the left wing saw his cross converted by Sam Lancaster and 10 minutes later Kieron Sanger repeated the attack and this time found Gary Mickleborough to double our lead as we reached the break.

The start of the second half saw Lewisham score in the 50th minute after we were sloppy in defence but 2 minutes later Sam added his second with a crisp drive from 20 yards to restore our cushion. The rest of the half was very open with Lewisham working hard but without any real cutting edge and ourselves creating openings but being wasteful in front of goal but we saw the game out comfortably enough to take the points.

Team: C.Smith, K.Sanger, R.Smith, C.Clements, J.Ellwood, R.Hayles, C.Howells, R.Quigley, G.Mickelborough, C.Macleod, S.Lancaster.

Subs: O.Kessack ( C.Howells) R.Morrison ( R.Quigley) L.Smith not used

Mom: C.Clements, back playing after 2 bad injuries and looked back to his best. 

27.02.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Eltham Palace 0 

A comfortable 3-0 victory on Saturday against bottom side Eltham Palace in again testing windy conditions saw us record our 5th straight victory. It was a good win as we had to make late changes to the squad and in truth could have run out more comfortable winners.

We started the game 45 minutes late due to the visitors having car issues. We attacked with the wind and were quickly in control, we took the lead in the 15th minute when returning striker Gary Mickleborough netted. After this we created and missed several good chances and did start to become frustrated with ourselves. Gary netted a second in the 44th minute and a minute later Sam Lancaster added a third to give us a good lead at the break.

The second half was in truth not a great game to watch. We controlled the game and even against the strong wind looked the more dangerous side Our visitors were unable to create any worthwhile attacks and keeper Craig Smith had a relatively easy half and we saw the game out comfortably and were pleased with the clean sheet.

Team: C.Smith, K.Sanger, O.Kesssack, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Hayles, C.Howells, R.Quigley, L.Webb, G.Mickleborough, S.Lancaster.

Subs: J.Ades ( R.Hayles) J.Ellwood ( L.Webb) S.Beal ( G.Mickleborough)

MOM : S.Lancaster, good goal and worked tirelessly all game 

24.02.16: Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Liam Smith

Lydd Town 0 Hawkinge Town 3

Last night we took on Hawkinge Town in the semi final of the Weald of Kent Charity Cup, in a game to be fair we was never really in and all credit must go to the County League Division 1 side who had a game plan and executed to perfection. From our point of view we simply were not good enough.  I won't go into individual errors or digging people out as I'm not that sort of person, some harsh words were said behind closed doors and that's where they will stay as we win lose and draw together. 

Well done and good luck to Hawkinge in the final on Easter Friday. From our point of view it's all about character now bouncing back against Eltham Palace at home Saturday. We have 15 massive league games left in a short space of time so it's time to dust ourselves off puff our chests out and get back to it on Saturday. It's never nice to lose any game especially a semi final but you can't win them all and no player means to make a mistake and that needs to be remembered sometimes a little bit more.  Two first half goals from Wes Ford and Mark Childs  were added to by a second from Wes Ford and were more than enough to see the visitors through to the final.

Man of the match was a pretty easy one this week and it will go to Matt Collins who never stopped trying, never went hiding and can count himself unlucky not to have got a penalty late on in the game.


Team: C Smith, K Sanger, M Hadlum, C Howells, O Kessack, R Quigley, R Smith, L Hayles, R Norman, C Macleod, M Collins

Subs: C Calvert (C Howells), L Webb (O Kessack), J Elwood (L Hayles)

Thank you to all fans that braved the cold and came down, stick by us we will try to repay your faith and support 

20.02.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 8 Kent Football United 1

A good all round performance on Saturday against Kent Football United saw us record an 8-1 victory which was by far our biggest win of the season. The conditions were very demanding and the pitch was far from its best but all the guys showed good commitment and this ensured our 4th straight league victory.

We stared the game defending against the strong wind and fell behind in the 20th minute when the visiting forward, Dominic Weston, looking offside scored. Keeper Craig Smith then pulled of a quality save to keep us right in the game and from this we began to dominate proceedings. Matt Collins,Ryan Norman,Richard Quigley and Carlum Macleod were starting to link together well and from a quick counter attack Norman levelled. This was quickly followed by a Quigley goal to give us the lead and Norman added a third to see us reach the break with a commanding 3-1 lead.

The second half was virtually one way traffic as KFU found it hard against the wind and as they tired we added further goals from Collins 2, Quigley, Philips and the returning Chris Clements to see us seal the points with an emphatic victory.

Team: C.Smith, K.Sanger, L.Webb, R.Smith, C.Howells, R.Norman, R.Hayles, J.Philips, R.Quigley, C.Macleod, M.Collins.

Subs: O.Kessack( C.Macleod) C.Clemence ( R.Smith) J.Ellwood ( R.Norman) 

Mom: Although the forward players take the glory C.Howells gets the vote for playing out of position at centre half and being excellent defensively to give us the platform to attack.

16.02.16: Kent Invicta League - Liam Smith

FC Elmstead 1 Lydd Town 3 

3 on the spin sets Lydd in good stead! 

Last night (Tuesday) we took on the newly promoted FC Elmstead in the first ever encounter between the 2 sides. It was a cold frosty night in Bromley and to come away with 3 points against a lively side who look to play the right way was very pleasing and our changing room is buzzing with the little run we have been on. 

As for the first half action and as in most midweek games the game was fast and frantic with both sides keen to get a grip of one another's danger men. It was in fact FC Elmstead who took the lead after 22 mins when winger Ben Lockett cut inside and had a shot which flew past Craig Smith, he did have have an earlier sighting so this was disappointing from us I feel. We showed a fantastic reaction straight from the restart with the impressive Richard Quigley and Ryan Norman always posing a threat and that's how the equaliser came about. Richard  cut inside, put it on big Sam Lancasters head after some impressive movement (this kid will be one to watch also by the way) headed down for Carlum Macleod to volley home on the half turn so 1-1 at half time and a very enjoyable first half (for a neutral at least).

Second half started much the same not too much given by either side and once again we were the stronger side going into the last 30 like we were against Bearsted. We took the lead on the 64 min when sub Luke Webb slipped in Ryan Norman who twisted and turned the full back then he released it into Carlum Macleod, one touch to control the ball the other was a shot which ended up in the back of the net, a fabulous strike from the popular Carlum. Two  became three quite quickly when another substitute john Phillips slipped in Carlum for his hat trick and he put it away with ease. We had a very good shout for a pen a few mins later but I felt this would of been harsh on the Elmstead keeper who in fairness had a good night with a few excellent saves and good distribution. 

From our point of view some very very good performances. We have changed the way we play a little and the boys are really thriving off it- man of the match shall be Carlum Macleod who scored 3 ran all night and is showing once again that he is one of the best forwards in this league 

Team: C Smith, C Howells, M Hadlum, J Walker, O Kessack, R Quigley, L Hayles, R Smith, R Norman, C Macleod, S Lancaster

Subs L Webb (O Kessack), J Phillips (L Hayles), J Elwood (R Quigley)

10.02.16: Kent Invicta League - Liam Smith

Lydd Town 4 Bearsted 0

We took on a strong Bearsted side who were sitting second in the league and looking to beat us to regain top spot. Even though our form hasn't been great of late with a few comings and goings of players I still feel we are one of the best sides in league and we really showed that last night by putting this Bearsted side to the sword.

As always when two big sides meet the early exchanges were fairly even in a fast and frantic match, few and far chances between and no side giving an inch. We managed to get the break through when Richard Quigley put in a magnificent cross to Ryan Smith who lost Rob Lyall for the first time and headed down for Matt Hadlum to run onto and score and take us into half time 1 up. We spoke at half time about concentration and the need to be brave in our play but playing in the right areas. Real credit must go to the players for taking the instructions on board and carrying out the game plan. Second goal came on the 60th minute when great work by John Walker, who we have on loan from Hythe, released the impressive Ryan Norman. He cut inside and drilled the ball past Scott Andrews off the post and in, with most of the 100 plus crowd applauding this great goal. Two became three very quickly when Steve Harris stepped out of defence releasing Carlum Macleod who won a foot race against Rob Lyall and won a penalty. For me personally it wasn't but we will take it, Carlum brushed himself off stepped up sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 3-0. Seventy five minutes gone and a happy Lydd faithful. Bearsted threw everything  at us but except for a couple of goal mouth scrambles never really cut us open and I felt their approach play unusually lacked imagination. Our 4th goal came in the 90th min when Craig Calvert raced through the tired Bears defence  and unselfishly squared the ball to Luke Webb who tucked it away. One pleasing point from my point of view was our fitness levels as we were relentless for 90mins.

A little mention for Chris Howells who never got on but cheered the team the whole way and has been involved in every other game this season.

Team: C Smith, K Sanger, M Hadlum, J Walker, O Kessack, R Quigley, C Calvert, R Smith, R Norman, C Macleod, S Lancaster

Subs: S Harris (S Lancaster), M Burdon (R Quigley), L Webb (R Norman). Sub not used C Howells

Man of the match was Ryan Norman - quite simply he had his full back on toast and the 2nd goal was a real game changer and a class goal as well

06.02.16: Kent Invicta League - Liam Smith

Lydd Town 4 Crockenhill 0 

We took on a  Crockenhilll side that are much better and harder to break down than they have been in previous years but our slick passing game, our pressing and good finishing in a strong wind was the difference to get three valuable points in the bag and put smiles back on everyone's faces. 

For me personally it was my first win in the league as interim manager and it was very pleasing .I was doubting myself a little over the last couple of weeks as every manager does when they lose football matches, I take it to heart, eager to put things right  and hopefully this will be a turning point and we can kick on now but we know about the hard work ahead.

First half we played into the wind and put the away side under real early pressure. Our first goal came after 4mins when tricky winger Ryan Norman beat the full back crossing to debutant Sam Lancaster who's tidy finish on the volley flew past the Crocks keeper. We continued to get the ball down and try to go forward as much as possible through the impressive midfield pairing of Chris Howells and another new boy Danny
Keyte. Crocks first  real attack saw Chris  bringing down their lively number 10 (Aaron Guard) who got up after the foul and appeared to punch Chris in the back of the head and was rightfully sent off. Our next attack saw Owen Kessack release the very hard working Carlum  Macleod who set up big Sam to make it 2-0 and we went in at half time very pleased with what we had done. 

Second half we carried out a game plan to perfection against the strong wind. Our third goal came  in the 80th minute and just rewards for
Carlum, this time Luke Webb the provider after some neat footwork. Crocks continue to press forward as much as possible but never really troubled the returning Craig Smith. In injury time we wrapped up the game with a 4th goal and a second from Carlum. Skipper Ryan  Smith getting the ball down and wide early to Owen Kessack who found Sam who in return found Carlum , he then sprinted past 2  Crocks defenders rounded the keeper and made it 4 and  three welcome points .

A real pleasing performance and hard to pick a man of the match but my vote goes to Carlum Macleod who never stopped running and was involved in pretty much every good move we created. The  Crockenhill defence definitely would have slept well Saturday evening !


Team: C Smith, M
Hadlum, O Kessack, H Yates, R Smith, C Howells, D Keyte, L Webb,  C Macleod,  S Lancaster, R Norman. 

Subs: K Sanger (R Norman), A Tamang (C Howells) J Elwood (H Yates)

30.01.16: Kent Invicta League - Liam Smith

Seven Acre & Sidcup 3 Lydd Town 1 

Saturday just gone we travelled up to Thamesmeads ground to play Seven Acre and Sidcup FC who have been in good form of late and a prime example of how well this league has progressed.

We lost the game 3-1 as everyone is aware by now. From the off we were dominant in possession, winning second balls and were starting to make camp in the Seven Acre half, unfortunately all it took was one long ball up to the impressive Josh Patrick who with a smart finish put Seven Acre 1-0 up. We replied 10 mins later after good link up play between Ryan Norman and Charlie Sharman saw Charlie move forward with the ball and score with a tremendous strike into the top right hand corner. Not long after kick off it was the same story again for the boys with poor defending costing us as we went 2-1 down and then 3-1. We had not learnt from the first goal and again we were punished by the ever dangerous Josh Patrick. Myself and Ross were more than disappointed going in at half time 3-1 down.

We spoke at half time about the mistakes that were made and how we had to learn. A massive credit must go to the boys as they really took on board what was said and we had Seven Acre under real pressure from the 45th min until the 90th but could not find the back of the net despite good attempts from Mathew Hadlum, Richard Quigley and Ryan Norman. Even the referee who got injured and had to come off with 10 minutes to go commented to us after the game as to how bemused he was to see us lose the fixture 3-1.

The sizeable crowd were very happy with the win for the home team. I really do feel the boys are close to a big scoring win if we continue to play the way we have been. We will work hard in training on Thursday night to put the defensive errors to bed and look to put it right at home when we face Crockenhill on Saturday. 

Man of the match for myself involved 2 candidates. The first of them being Richard Quigley who was playing out of position on his return. Always looked a threat, put in some decent crosses from the right wing and showed good fitness levels having just come back from travelling. The other is Matt Hadlum who made his own way to game after finishing work and managed to get on early as the unfortunate John Elwood got injured. Matt never stopped running, made some fantastic interceptions and on one occasion played a one two with Quigley running the length of the pitch which nearly resulted in him scoring a headed goal.

Team; D Placid, J Elwood, O Kessack, M Burdon, M Wallis, C Howells, R Quigley, C Calvert, C Macleod, C Sharman, R Norman

Subs M Hadlum (J Elwood) L Webb (C Macleod) J Ades (C Howells)


23.01.16: Kent Invicta League - Liam Smith

Phoenix Sports Reserves 2 Lydd Town 1 

A real tale of Jekyll and Hyde performance !  Saturday just gone we went to Barnehurst to face Phoniex Sports Reserves, we managed to beat them 3-0 earlier in the season but we were under no illusions of the tough task in front of us.

For the first half hour we felt we were well in control of the game, our slick passing game was in full swing on an impressive surface and our pressing game was high and fast. We created many chances in this period but didn't take any. We had 3 very very good calls for penalties, none of which were given, and from the 3rd shout for a penalty they went up the other end and had a long range shot which hit the post and went in so we ended up 1-0 down at half time. 

In the second half  we were slow out of the blocks, pretty much none existent of getting into the game only a certain 3/4 really putting the required effort in. We went 2-0 down after 65 mins after a deflected shot hit the unfortunate James Leighton and went in.  After this we came to life and again and put our hosts under some real pressure. Our goal coming from the impressive debutant Matt Burdon stepping out of defence beating 2 and putting a cross over to his younger brother Luke Burdon who bought it down well and poked it home. We huffed and puffed but no equaliser came and we lost 2-1.

Some harsh words were said in our dressing room after the final whistle but we win lose and draw as a team and its vital we stick together and bounce back 

Team was J Leighton, C Howells, R Smith, M Burdon, L Webb, J Elwood, M Wallis, R Norman, M Collins, L Burdon, C Macleod

Subs: C Sharman (M Collins), O Kessack (R Norman) 

Man of the match was Matt Burdon on his debut and I think he really will be one to watch now and for the future 

19.01.16: Weald of Kent Charity Cup  - Liam Smith 

Lydd Town 2 Kennington 1

We took on a very talented young Kennington side who are sitting 8th in the Kent County Premier League but if they play the way they did last night they will soon climb that table.


From our own perspective it was a really pleasing win in difficult conditions. Our visitors started better than us and put us under a lot of pressure however we went 1 up after 28 mins with a slick move involving the lively Matt Collins, who slipped the returning Steve Harris in on goal but he had his shot saved but only parried into Carlum McLeod path who lashed the ball into the goal on the half volley on his left foot into the goal via the bar (the bar still shaking when Kennington kicked off). Chances we're few and far between after that but we felt we had more possession as the half wore on and led 1-0 at half time. 

Credit must go to the visitors who started the second half very brightly and got their equaliser on 67 mins with a smart finish by their hard working forward. From then I felt we really took control of the game and if it wasn't for some very good defending we would of scored earlier than when the winner came which was in the 89th min again by Carlum after good work by the impressive Luke Webb who got the ball to Luke Burdon who crossed for a smart finish by Carlum. There wasn't enough time on the clock for Kennington to attack really after that. We advance to the semis where we will face Hawkinge town at home date TBC.

Some very notable performances but man of the match must go to Luke Webb who, was an unused sub Saturday, but showed a great reaction shown to come back in and play that well.

One sour note was in the 5th min when Jordan Tomsett was getting the ball and seem to stand on something and it turns out he has fractured his foot. He's a very likable character in our squad and we wish the him a speedy recovery and that win was defiantly for him.

Team was J leighton, J Tomsett, L Webb, M Hadlum, R Smith, M Wallis, J Elwood, R Norman, M Collins, C Macleod, S Harris

Subs used L Burdon, H Yates, C Howells. Unused sub O Kessack


16.01.16: Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy - Liam Smith

Lydd Town 2 AC London 4 

Saturday just gone we took on AC London in the Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy in a game which in truth it was very obvious we hadn't played for 4/5 weeks and credit to our opponents who picked us off with some short sharp passing and good movement.

I'm not one for going into why or how the goals were conceded and digging individual players out but from our point of view all 4 goals were poor to concede and I can see the players were as gutted as I was after the game. 

We had 2 players sent off in the latter stages both for 2 bookable offences, all 4 yellow cards were in my opinion harsh to say the least, the referee didn't make us lose the game but like us it wasn't one of his better games. We will move on as quickly as possible and look to improve on Tuesday against Kennington here in  the Weald of Kent Charity Cup.

Two massive positives from the game were the return of striker Luke Burdon who came on and scored a second half penalty (our other goal came from Carlum Macleod), and Matt Collins who got Man of the Match for us, never stopped running and trying to change the game for the better

Team was J Leighton, H.Yates, M.Wallis, R.Smith, O.Kessack, M.Collins, R.Norman, L.Hayles, C.Howells, C.Macleod, C.Sharman 

Subs; L.Burdon, J.Elwood, C Calvert, L.Webb unused

19.12.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Eltham Palace 1 Lydd Town 1 

A hugely disappointing result on Saturday in a game where we created and missed enough chances to win 2 games and in the end had to dig in deep just to take a point. Our match day squad was again weakened by players being unavailable and on a very heavy pitch only having2 substitutes proved costly.

The first half saw us playing down the slope and it was evident very early on that the pitch was going to cut up badly. Players were too often falling over and many passes went astray, but as we settled we created some good chances. Debutant Eddie Sharman went close a couple of times and fellow strike partner Carlum Macleod saw the home keeper pull of decent saves. The home side played on the break and keeper James Leighton pulled of a couple of good saves and the break was reached level at 0-0.

The second half saw us start well even with the pitch getting worse and players were finding it harder and harder to keep control. Carlum went close a couple of times and just when it looked like we would never score an Eddie Sharman cross saw the home defender score an own goal to give us the lead. I felt now we would see the game out but Eltham hit back and we started to tire and in the 75th they were awarded a penalty after we were careless in possession and from the resulting kick we were back level. We responded well to this and had an effort cleared of the line and again saw other chances go begging but it was now end to end and Eltham also had their own chances and in the end a draw was probably about right. 

It is clear we need to add to our squad as we have too many players that are unable to commit to every game. There are also not enough players coming up from our reserves that want to push themselves and become regular first team players and again I find this very disappointing and fail to understand some players attitudes. Surely if you play for a club you want to push yourself to play in the highest league possible and for the first team.

Team: J.Leighton, O.Kessack, J.Tomsett, H.Yates, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, R.Hayles, C.Howells, C.Wyles, E.Sharmam, C.Macleod.

Subs : C.Sharman ( C.Wyles) K.Sanger( J.Tomsett) 

Mom: M.Hadlum another good game at centre half 

12.12.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Meridian VP 1 

An excellent victory in again very testing conditions, a couple of late withdrawals left the match day squad depleted but all the players put in a superb shift to win the game.

We started the game attacking with the ever increasing wind. We had learnt a lot from playing in very similar conditions the previous week, skipper Ryan Smith gave us the lead in the 5th minute heading home Tom Morgans excellent corner and in the 10th minute Ryan scored again this time from an excellent Carlum Macleod corner. A great start but despite going close on a few occasions and having a goal disallowed for a offside that was questionable to say the least we reached the break with just the two goal lead.

We new we would have to defend really well to see this game through. This we did at the start of the second half. Meridian in my view played to much football and allowed us to get plenty behind the ball. We were playing on the break and from a superb break involving Carlum and Matt Collins saw Carlum bought down in the area for a clear penalty. Up stepped Ryan to complete his hat trick but his wind effected kick crashed against the bar. Meridian then pulled a goal back in the 65th minute when we switched off for the first time from a corner.So game on and things got worse when keeper Craig Smith was dismissed for retaliating to the visiting forwards needless intimidating actions following the goal. So 20 minutes left and now Ryan in goal and the visitors sensing a complete turn around, but to a man we defended superbly and in the 88th minute Carlum and Matt broke again with Matt setting Carlum through who finished with real class to seal the game.

I was extremely pleased with all the players today the way they all stuck together and gave everything was really excellent, I feared the worse when we went down to 10 but the lads excelled and took the points. 

Team: C.Smith, J.Tomsett, O.Kessack, H.Yates,M.Hadlum, R.Smith,C.Howells, C.Wyles,L.Webb,C.Macleod,T.Morgans.

Subs: M.Collins ( L.Webb) K.Sanger not used 

Mom: Tough call but joint this week, Matt Hadlum and Harry Yates heart of the defence, and worked as a pair superbly 

05.12.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 4 Forest Hill Park 1

A comfortable win in the end on Saturday in very tricky conditions. Full credit to all the players for sticking to the task and adapting very well to the very strong wind and using the conditions to there advantage.

After losing the toss which I felt would be vital we ended up attacking with the strong wind behind us we forced our visitors back early on and in the 10th minute we took the lead when Tom Morgans swinging corner ended up in the top corner. Five minutes later another corner from Morgans saw Harry Yates add a second. We were now in full control and realised we could kill the game off in the first half with more goals, these duly arrived after going close on several other occasions when in the 30th minute Carlum Macleod created space 20 yards out and fired home and 2 minutes from the break Carlum picked up the keepers wayward kick and superbly scored again this time form 40 yards to see us reach the break in command.

We knew we had to defend well in the second half and to the teams credit we did this very well. We kept the visitors at arms length, we got the ball down and counter attacked well and Carlum went close to getting his hat trick on a few occasions. Keeper Craig Smith was rarely troubled and it was not until the last minute when a defected effort looped high caught the wind and left Craig with no chance of keeping the ball out to spoil our clean sheet to see the final score 4-1 

A good win without ever being a good game. The wind spoilt the game but we certainly used the conditions  the better and took all 3 much needed points.

Team: C.Smith, J.Tomsett, R.Smith, H.Yates, M.Hadlum, K.Sanger, C.Howells, J.Philips, C.Macleod, T.Morgan, C.Wyles

Subs: O.Kessack ( K.Sanger) L.Webb ( J.Philips) R.Easter not used

Mom: C.Macleod, 2 good goals and worked hard all game


02.12.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Sheppey United 2 

Wednesday's  defeat to Sheppey was disappointing but I could not fault the players for their efforts. We played against the wind in the first half and generally defended really well our play on the counter attack was good without really creating too many chances. We did concede, which from our point of view, was a fairly sloppy goal in the 25th minute but were pleased to reach the break just a goal down.

Playing with the elements encouraged us to commit more players forward.  Sheppey now played counter attack against us and overall the game developed really well and the spectators must have enjoyed the match. We levelled in the 70th minute when Tom Morgans making his first start of the season for the first team superbly curled the ball into the top corner. Game on and we pushed hard for the winner. We again applied good pressure but still were unable to create any real clear cut chances. Sheppey looked dangerous on the break and in the 80th minute Ryan Easter another making his first team debut was harshly adjudged to half bought  down the visiting forward in the box and from the resulting penalty Sheppey regained the lead. With little time remaining we pushed hard and gave everything but were unable to level the game.

Team: C.Smith, K Sanger, O Kessack, R Easter, M Hadlum, C Howells, T Morgans, C.Wyles, L Webb, C.Sharman, C.Macleod.

Subs: F Steer (C Sharman), J Tomsett (L Webb), H Yates (O Kessack)

The game at home to Forest Hill Park this Saturday takes on added importance after our narrow 2-1 defeat to Sheppey on Wednesday night. Forest Hill are having a decent first season in the division and currently sit 11th in the league so a game where we again will need to be at our best to take the points. We know we can compete with any teams in this division and with so many games to go for everyone  I feel are still in the hunt for the top places. We certainly need to get a more settled squad as we have to many changes for each game and this is certainly something we will be working hard to resolve and hopefully the squad for this game will start to have a more settled look.

28.11.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Rusthall 1 Lydd Town 2 

A hard fought win on a difficult pitch on Saturday was very pleasing as I felt the whole team contributed and showed tremendous commitment to get the win we needed. Never a classic game and one we were not at our best, but any win especially away from home is a good result in this league.

We started the game playing up the considerable slope and seemed to have settled well and looked the more threatening team but we fell behind in the 15th minute when the Rusthall left winger burst clear and crossed superbly for the centre forward, who to his credit, took his chance well. To the lads credit we responded well and we created several half chances the best falling to the hard working Charlie Sharman who fired over from close range but we were not to be denied and in the 30th minute we levelled from a corner with Chris Wyles firing home. We kept pushing on and in the 40th minute took the lead when Sharman read a poor back pass and rounded the keeper and unselfishly squared for Carlum Macleod to put us in front. But moments later we switched off at the back and keeper Craig Smith pulled of a quality point blank save to see us lead at the break.

As the second half started we had the elements in our favour and I thought we would dominate the game but Rusthall to their credit pushed us hard. Substitute Matt Hadlum went close from a corner but most of our attacking play was missing the final quality ball  and we never killed the game off and we had to defend well as a unit to keep the home side out which we did to take all the points.

Team: C.Smith, L.Webb, C.Howells, R.Smith, J.Tomsett, J.Philips, A.Tamang, C.Wyles, M.Collins, C.Sharman, C.Macleod.

Subs: M.Hadlum ( C.Howells) O.Kessack ( M.Collins) K.Sanger( J.Tomsett)

Mom: C.Wyles a goal and worked tirelessly all game.

31.10.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 5 

A comfortable victory at Lewisham on Saturday saw us climb up to 4th in the league with the added bonus of another clean sheet. Lewisham are struggling after losing their management team but credit must go to Ray Simpson for his hospitality and dedication to the club that I am sure will see them turn the corner eventually. 

We started the game on the front foot and could have scored 2 goals in the first few minutes and are good start was rewarded when from a short corner Luke Webbs cross found Gary Mickleborough who headed home for his first Lydd goal. In truth our hosts responded well and we came under some pressure as they created some half chances but in the 20th minute we broke away and an excellent move involving Mickleborough and Rocky Hayles saw Charlie Sharman burst in to the box and score with a good finish. This certainly knocked the stuffing out of the home side and we easily added a third in the 35th minute when John Philips set up James Simmons who again finished well and we reached the break with a comfortable lead. 

The second half was a relative stroll we added further goals from defender Matt Hadlum and Carlum Macleod on his return from injury, we enjoyed comfortable possession and easily dealt with anything Lewisham had and the game ended with us recording our biggest win of the season and the points in the bag. 

Team: J.Leighton, K.Sanger, O.Kessack,R.Smith,M.Hadlum,J.Philips, R.Hayles, J.Simmonds, L.Webb, G.Mickleborough,C.Sharman. 

Subs: C.Wyles ( J.Simmonds) C.Howells ( C.Sharman) C.Macleod ( M.Hadlum) 

Mom: R.Smith, excellent again and his strength at the back enabled us to create many attacks. 

24.10.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Orpington 0 

A good solid performance on Saturday saw us record a 1-0 victory against a decent Orpington side, in a game where we defended well in the first half against a strong breeze and then used the elements in our favour in the second to win the game.

The game started with the visitors having much more of the ball as we adapted to changes in our side from mid week. We were playing mainly on the break as Orpington's long ball game pinned us back. We rode our luck a little as two efforts found our woodwork but apart from that keeper Craig Smith was largely untroubled and at the other end efforts from James Simmons and Charlie Sharman nearly gave us the lead but we reached the break level at 0-0.

The second half saw us have the wind behind us and we gradually took control of the game, and we took the lead in the 60th minute when John Philips created his own space on the edge of the box and fired home an unstoppable drive. We were now playing with good confidence and created several chances with Simmons, Sharman, Philips again and Luke Webb all going close. Defensively we were very good and comfortably dealt with Orpington's rare  attacks. Ryan Smith and Harry Yates were both excellent in the centre half slots and gave us a solid platform to see the game out for a 1-0 victory.

So a good win and in truth it could have been 3 or 4 but again progress as our new look squad builds up confidence. 

Wednesday we face a tough trip to Bearsted who currently sit third in the league and can boast a league double over us last season. This will be a stern test for the team but we will certainly go there in good spirits and in good form and with a bit of luck have a couple of injuries recovered to add some more strength to the squad as we look to keep pace with the sides at the top of the division.

Team : C.Smith, K.Sanger, O.Kessack, R.Smith, H.Yates, C.Wyles, J.Tomsett, J.Philips, R.Hayles, C.Sharman, J.Simmonds.

Subs: L.Webb ( J.Tomsett) J.Ades ( K.Sanger) M.Hadlum ( C.Wyles)

Mom: R.Hayles, great strength and always involved

20.10.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Sheppey United 1 Lydd Town 2

 We came away from Sheppey on Tuesday night with 3 valuable hard earned points in a game where we played some excellent football in the first half and defended with real determination in the second to ensure we took the points.


We started the game well on the excellent surface and got the ball down and started to test the Sheppy defence with good passing and movement. In the 10th minute Charlie Sharman went close from a wide angle and in the 20th minute Chris Wyles found Charlie and his excellent angled drive nestled in the corner to give us the lead. We continued to press forward and in the 35th minute we doubled our lead when John Philips free kick was chested down by Ryan Smith and Charlie buried the ball into the top corner from 20 yards, no more than we deserved but in the very next minute we had our one and only defensive blip of the night that allowed Sheppey to pull a goal back and we reached the break with a 2-1 lead.

The second half saw us play much more defensively as  Sheppey bought the game to us but on the break we were dangerous and Gary Mickleborough and Charlie both went close. As the half went on the more pressure we came under but as a team our defensive work was excellent. We had used all our subs and as players tired  unfortunately for us substitute Roy Guiver picked up a knock that meant we had to play out the last 15 minutes with 10 but again we dug deep and in truth kept our hosts at arms length and never really gave them a sniff of getting level and we saw the game out to take the win.

So a good win and in truth one we really needed after a recent run of poor results. The win has seen us move up to 5th in the league with games in hand over most and hopefully given us good momentum as we tackle our next fixtures.

Team: C.Smith, L.Webb, K.Sanger, R.Smith, H.Yates, J.Philips, M.Wallis, C.Wyles, C.Calvert, C.Sharman, G.Mickelborough.

Subs: J.Tomsett ( M.Wallis ) O.Kessack ( L.Webb) R.Guiver ( J.Tomsett) 

Mom: Jointly Craig Calvert and John Philips both superb in centre mid.

17.10.15: Kent Reliance Senior Trophy - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 0 Holmesdale 2 

We exited from the Kent Reliance Senior trophy against SCEFL opposition Holmesdale on Saturday in a game where we had plenty of possession but again we lacked the clinical touch in front of goal and were punished by our visitors who took 2 out of the 3 chances they created. We were not helped by 2 late withdrawals from our squad that did leave us short of attacking options but that is something that can happen and we have to try to deal with.

The game started evenly as our new look team found their feet but we fell behind in the 15th minute when we allowed the visiting midfielder too much time and space and he fired home from 20 yards leaving keeper Craig Smith with no chance. In truth we responded well, an excellent Luke Webb cross found debutant John Philips whose header cannoned of the cross bar. We followed this with various efforts mainly from distance as the half progressed that saw us well on top but we reached the break behind.

The second half followed the same pattern with us having the majority of the play but in the 60th minute we went 2 down when again the visiting forward took a well created chance with ease to give us a mountain to climb. But to all the players credit we worked hard, substitute Craig Calvert saw his header again hit the bar and second debutant Charlie Sharman saw his effort just tipped over. Scrambles, long range efforts, corners and good football saw many opportunities come and go but it was not to be our day and the game ended with Holmesdale keeping a clean sheet.

So a disappointing result but no time to feel sorry for ourselves as we travel to Sheppey for a crucial league game on Tuesday night. We will be hoping to have some additions to the squad with injuries clearing up. Sheppey will be a tough challenge but if we play with the commitment and effort that we showed in this game we will give ourselves every chance of getting a result.

Team : C.Smith, J.Tomsett, O.Kessack, R.Smith, H.Yates, R.Hayles, J.Philips, M.Wallis, C.Wyles, L.Webb, C.Sharman.

Subs: C.Calvert ( O.Kessack ) R.Guiver ( C.Wyles) K.Sanger( H.Yates) 

Mom: C.Sharman,excellent debut with great work rate. 

03.10.15: - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Glebe 2 Lydd Town 1

A second successive league defeat away to Glebe was overall a disappointing result, but in my opinion I felt we were worth a point and our overall performance was much improved from recent weeks so even in defeat we still got plenty out of the game.

The first half started with Glebe on top. Their direct style saw them pick up a lot of secondary balls and force us back, but we slowly got into our stride and created the first real chance of the game when debutant Gary Mickleborough broke down the right and squared for Gary Lockyer who drove the ball wide. We grew in confidence with this and the same combination in the 30th minute again saw Gary fire just wide again.  Glebe were threatening but our back 4 of Tomsett, Webb, Smith and the returning Mark Wallis were playing well as a unit and we reached the break level.

The second half saw us start on top and in the 55th minute Gary Locker became the provider for Mickleborough who burst through went past the keeper but hit the post as the angle narrowed. This seemed to fire Glebe into action and after we made two enforced changes due to injury we fell behind in the 74th minute when we failed to track mid field runners and were punished.
No option but to gamble now, 3 up and 3 at the back saw us force the play but in the 85th minute we went further behind as we were caught short of numbers at the back. But again tremendous credit to all the squad as their heads never dropped and in the 90th minute skipper Ryan Smith fired home after good work from James Simmons. This led to a tense, fraught 5 minutes of additional time but we could not level the game.

So a defeat but a good performance.  Glebe's ground is excellent and tremendous credit must go to theIr club and in particular to Rocky their chairman for the way they are building for the future. Their hospitality was spot on but what I do find slightly disturbing is the criticism we collected on social media and other sites for our approach to games. We are and always will be a side that will give everything to try to win every game and I guarantee this won't change. I was very proud of all my players after today's game,if we lose we are upset but once the kit is off and we have talked about it between ourselves we will 100% support the opposition club bar facility wherever we are, spending money and show our support for theIr club. 

Football at this level needs this but there are in my view too many teams that lack the respect required and we look forward to welcoming Glebe to our club to show the same respect they showed us.

Team: J.Leighton, L.Webb, J.Tomsett, R.Smith, M.Wallis, R.Hayles, C.Howells, J.Simmonds, A.Tamang, G.Lockyer, G.Mickleborough.

Subs: G.Hayes ( A.Tamang) R.Woodberry ( J.Tomsett) O.Kessack ( R.Hayles)

Mom: M.Wallis excellent return after injury

 

26.09.15: - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Sutton Athletic 3 

A second defeat of the season on Saturday in a game where we were our own worst enemy, but credit to Sutton who deserved their win and were the better more organised side on the day. Missing 8 probable starters through injuries and other commitments left our squad stretched to the limit but not an excuse for me as I felt we still had plenty of ability in the squad to be able to get a result.

 We started the game well and forced the visitors back with Carlum Macleod and Gary Lockyer going close, but in the 15th minute we fell behind when a long punt up field saw us disorganised at the back and despite the best efforts of debutant keeper Darren Placid the visitors took the lead through Jack Longhurst. To our credit we equalised 10 minutes later when Ryan Smith's excellent through ball found Gary Lockyer who finished with real quality. But again we switched off 5 minutes later as from our own  corner our defensive cover was to easily broken and we fell 2-1 behind, Arlie Desagnes the scorer. And 2 minutes later our visitors were awarded a penalty which I felt looked a clear dive from my angle but again debutant Darren Placid produced a brilliant save to see the us reach the break only 2-1 down.

 The second half was fairly even but gradually we started to get on top and we equalised in the 60thminute when Carlum Macleod burst clear only to see his effort well saved but the ball fell to mid fielder George Hayes who showed composure to slot home. I felt now we could go on and take the win but again we were caught out and another long ball found Sutton's wide player, Daniel Gunner who finished with great skill as the ball was smashed home in to the top corner. Behind again and more injuries to disrupt our play the guys gave everything but despite several half chances we could not level again and lost the game 3-2.

 Obviously a disappointing result, injuries from previous weeks never helped and injuries during the game played a part. Effort wise I was pleased with everyone and its now a game we put behind us and move on.

 Team: D.Placid, P.Mabb,R.Smith, H.Yates, S.Ward, G.Hayes, J.Simmons, O.Kessack,L.Webb, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

 Subs: F.Stear(  O.Kessack) A.Tamang ( C.Macleod) R.Woodbury ( P.Mabb)

 Mom: D.Placid ...Good debut, quality penalty save.

19.09.15: - Kent Reliance Senior Trophy - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Lewisham Borough 1

 A comfortable 3 v 1 victory over Lewisham on Saturday saw us progress into the 2nd round of the Kent Senior Trophy and another home tie against SCEFL Holmesdale  and although we did concede the first goal I felt we were never in any real trouble and the visiting keeper made some good saves to keep the score down. 

We started the game well. Carlum Macleod went close early and Ryan Smith dominated all set pieces going  into the box and had one header hit the bar. It looked only a matter of time before we scored but in the 15th minute we conceded when it appeared the opposition forward handled the ball and as we appealed their player slotted the ball home. We reacted well to this with Gary Lockyer forcing 2 good saves form the visiting keeper and we levelled in the 25th minute when Carlum Macleod's corner was headed home by Ryan Smith and then we took the lead in the 35th minute when a superb run and cross from right back Jordan Tomsett saw Carlum finish well at the far post and we reached the break with a 2-1 lead.

The second half saw much of the same from us. Rocky Hayles on his return to the club pulled the strings in mid field and Carlum, Gary, Ryan and James Simmons all went close and forced more good saves from the keeper. We were generally comfortable and played good  football, we added a third in the 55th minute when again Carlum's corner was met by Ryan to head home. The 2 goal lead allowed us to relax and we easily saw the game out with the minimum of threat from our visitors. 

So a good win and we seem to have put the previous weeks bad performance behind us as we now move into a very tough run of fixtures. 

Team : C.Smith, J.Tomsett, L.Webb, R.Smith, H.Yates, R.Hayles, S.Ward, J.Simmons , C.Howells, C.Macleod, G.Lockyer. 

Subs: M.Wallis ( C.Howells) O.Kessack ( L.Webb) J.Morrison ( C.Macleod) 

Mom: J.Tomsett ...Improving each week and fully committed to the team

12.09.15: - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Kent Football United 3 Lydd Town 2 

A poor performance saw us lose our first game of the season when we allowed our hosts back into the game after looking in control when we had scored 2 early goals. It was a disappointing day all round, the pitch was poor and the officials in my opinion were far too inconsistent and left us very frustrated with many decisions.

We started the game very well and scored 2 goals in the first 6 minutes, Ryan Smith's long ball saw Gary Locker slot home and then Ryan headed home Carlum Macleod's corner. We were dominating the game and Gary,Carlum and Matt Collins all had efforts well saved by the home keeper. Our hosts were gradually coming into the game and were massively assisted when the referee awarded a penalty for handball by Kieron Sanger in the 30th minute, the assistant 10 yards away didn't flag for it, no home players appealed for it but up stepped the home mid fielder (who in my opinion could have already have been sent off for his constant abuse of the referee) to reduce the deficit. We now came under pressure and in the 45th minute a long drive assisted by the wind found the top corner to level the game at the break.

We knew we had to to respond to these set backs in the second half but again we started badly and in the 50th minute with Kieron Sanger injured due to stumbling on one of the divots on the pitch a cross to the back post saw the home winger head home from his vacant left back position. The rest of the half was very frustrating. The referee allowed the home side to continually waste time and his inability to use the advantage rule saw the game stop and start. Carlum, Gary and Harry Yates all went close and just to sum our day up in the 89th minute the keeper spilled the ball on his line and Ryan Smith forced the ball into the net, a goal without doubt but the referee chose to disallow it for an infringement and the game ended with us losing 3-2.

Yes disappointing and frustrating but looking at the bigger picture this defeat against a average KFU side is not the end of the world as the season is very long and no doubt we will suffer further defeats. If we learn from today's errors then in the end this may actually work in our favour.

Team : C.Smith,J.Tomsett,K.Sanger, R.Smith, H.Yates, J.Simmons, G.Hayes, M.Collins, C.Howells, C.Macleod,G.Lockyer.

Subs: C.Wyles ( J.Simmons) S.Ward ( K.Sanger) S.Beal ( C.Wyles)

Mom: C.Smith not at fault for any of the goals and pulled of some good saves.

05.09.15: - Kent Invicta League Challenge Shield - Dave Smith

Rusthall 2 Lydd Town 5

 We progressed into the second round of the league cup on Saturday with a convincing 5 -2 victory at Rusthall that saw us fall behind early but eventually we upped our game and our hosts can have few complaints regarding the final score line. This victory will now see us travel to AC London in the second round which should be an interesting occasion.

 We started the game playing down the considerable slope and fell behind in the 5th minute when a free kick from long range was not really dealt with and the home forward scored with ease. We nearly responded straight away after good work from James Simmons saw Carlum Macleods effort go close. The game was very open and end to end. We eventually levelled in the 30th minute when skipper Ryan Smith was fouled in the area and he stepped up and fired home with ease. The rest of the half was still very open and despite creating several half chances we reached the break at 1-1

 We all new at half time that we had not played anywhere near our best and the need to up our game was obvious and from the first few minutes of the second half we took control. In the 50th Minute James Simmons good run and pass saw Gary Lockyer go close and 2 minutes later a quality move involving Carlum, Matt Collins and Gary saw George Hayes put us in front and in the 60th minute Gary Lockyer took the ball down superbly and fired home an unstoppable shot into the top corner to see us in full control at 3-.1. A fourth was added by Gary again in the 67th minute with another expert finish and James Simmons added our 5thwith a fierce drive after good work from substitute Chris Wyles.

 The games was now over as a contest and in truth and without too many complaints from myself we took our foot off the gas and allowed Rusthall to have a lot of the ball in the final 10 minutes and they eventually pulled one goal back in the 85th minute to see the final score a healthy 5-2 in our favour.

 So a good performance especially in the second half. Rusthall is never an easy place to go to and to come away with a solid victory was very pleasing and again showed we are improving week by week as our match fitness improves.

 Team : C.Smith, L.Webb, J.Tomsett, R.Smith, H.Yates, G.Hayes, C.Howells, J.Simmons, M.Collins, C.Macleod, G.Lockyer.

 Subs ; C.Wyles ( G.Lockyer) C.Clavert ( C.Howells) K.Sanger ( L.Webb)

 Mom: H.Yates...first full game after injury and was excellent

29.08.15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Phoenix Sports Reserves 0 

A game that was won in the first 15 minutes with 3 goals  saw us maintain our 100% start to the season against a young but talented Phoenix side who I think will have a decent first season in the league.

We started very slowly and keeper Craig Smith had to pull off two sharp saves to stop us falling behind in the first 3 minutes. Our first real attack in the 5th minute saw Steve Ward and Carlum Macleod link well to set up Gary Lockyer who's effort was well saved. With the visiting defence looking shaky,we took the lead in the 7th minute when Matt Collins was pushed in the back and the referee handed us a penalty that skipper Ryan Smith smashed home. Next in the 10th minute Gary set Carlum through who was bought down in the area leaving the referee little option but to award a second penalty which again Smith fired home. The visitors looked shocked and we added a third in the 15th minute when again Gary send Carlum through who this time avoided the defence and scored with ease.

The rest of the half saw us in total control and we eased into the break with a solid lead. The point was made at half time that the need for our first clean sheet of the season was vital, this did leave us changing our shape a little and playing on the break. Gary, Carlum and Matt Collins all went close to increasing our lead and defensively we were very good and although our visitors had a lot of the ball keeper Smith was rarely called into action and we saw the game out comfortably for a good win.

So the opening month of the season is over our squad has been tested early on with injuries, holidays and peoples work commitments, but 5 out of 5 is excellent. At times we have been superb but at other times poor but this is what happens at the start of the season and I can certainly see a gradual improvement towards the level we need to be at to be one of the leagues front runners. 

We have signed some good new players to go along with the members of last years squad that have stayed loyal to the club, but disappointingly we have lost 2 of our squad as youngsters Luke and Matt Burdon, who both showed real potential to become quality assets for the club, have walked away to play else where. These two youngsters were treated superbly at the club, given free football, tracksuits club shirts and travel to away games but the inability to realise the opportunity they had been given to improve their football career not only with us but I think even higher amazes and disappoints me as they are both wasting their talent. Every player that signs for Lydd is asked to show respect for the work that everyone puts in to make the club as successful as possible but players like this show no respect and just waste people's time and effort.

Team: C.Smith, L.Webb, J.Tomsett, R.Smith, P.Mabb, G.Hayes, S.Ward, C.Howells, M.Collins, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

Subs: J.Simmons ( C.Macleod) H.Yates ( P.Mabb) M.Wallis not used

Mom: M.Collins,created problems up front and worked hard defensively 

22.08.15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Meridian VP 1 Lydd Town 2

On a very hot day we returned from Charlton with a 2-.1 victory from our game against  Meridian. Again a patchy performance but as I always state any win particularly away in this league is a good one and if our finishing had been better and we had a bit of luck we could have run out winning more comfortably. We started the game on the front foot and went close in the 5th minute when Gary Lockyer robbed the last defender and just failed to find Carlum Macleod with his pass. Carlum then forced a good save from the home keeper and Paul Mabb headed against the bar. We continued to press and Gary went close in the 30th minute but we reached half time somehow level at 0-0. 

The second half saw us start looking  tired and we fell behind in the 48th minute when we allowed the home forwards far too much time and Dominic Elmes forward curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner. We needed a reaction and we certainly got it. Fresh legs were added and we again took control but our finishing was slightly off key. Matt Collins who had came on hit a post and had other chances go close. George Hayes also hit a post and Carlum and Gary had further efforts thwarted. But we eventually got the equaliser in the 60th minute when Chris Wyles shot was blocked and Gary fired home. This drove us on and we took the lead against the tiring home side in the 80th minute when good work form Kieron Sanger saw Chris Wyles nip in to score a vital goal. We then shut up shop and comfortably saw the game out for a deserved win. 

So our 4th win out of 4 games and a solid start to the season. We have won games but we are not anywhere near our best yet but we are heading in the right direction and our squad is taking shape nicely. 

Team ; C.Smith, K.Sanger, R.Smith, P.Mabb, G.Hayes, S.Ward, C.Wyles, J.Simmons,G.Lockyer, C.Macleod, L.Webb. 

Subs : M.Collins ( J.Simmons ) C.Howells ( S.Ward) M.Hadlum( P.Mabb) 

Mom: C.Wyles, vital goal and worked tirelessly in the blazing sun.  

 

15.08.15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Bridon Ropes 1 Lydd Town 2 

A good 3 points on our first away trip of the season, but again another stop start performance where I felt we made hard work of securing the victory but as I always say any away win in the league is a good one so we can all be pleased with the result.

We started very well and once we had settled to the very long grass on the pitch we moved the ball around well and took the lead in the 15th minute when Gary Lockyer's pass found Luke Burdon whose powerful shot went through the keepers grasp. We added our second with an excellent move involving Matt Collins, Chris Howells and Kieron Sanger, with Kieron's cross being slotted home by Luke for his second. We were fully in control and created 4 or 5 half chances and we reached the break happy with our efforts.

My words at half time were about securing the game, being organised and seeing out the win, but we started the second half very slowly and allowed our hosts back in the game and after a couple of warnings we conceded a sloppy goal in the 55th minute to bring Bridon back in the game. We were put under pressure for the next 15 minutes or so but held strong and eventually came back into the match. Good efforts from Luke, Gary and Matt Collins nearly restored our 2 goal lead and  we looked more solid at the back allowing us to comfortably deal with the home sides attacks. Matt Collins rattled the post late on and we saw the game out to take the points.

So 3 out 3 and early league leaders, plenty of good stuff from the 3 games but still plenty to work on. The squad, even with a few injuries, is looking strong and all the players are working hard to get their fitness levels up and showing good commitment towards what we are trying to achieve.

Team: C.Smith, K.Sanger, M.Hadlum, P.Mabb, R.Smith, C.Howells, S.Ward, G.Hayes, M.Collins, G.Lockyer, L.Burdon

Subs: L.Webb ( M.Hadlum) J.Tomsett ( S.Ward) M.Burdon not used.

Mom: C.Howells.. Given a specific role and carried it out to the letter, excellent 

12.08.15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 APM Contrast 2

Another 3 points picked up in a game that again saw us play in fits and starts. The first 30 minutes we were quality and comfortably lead 2 – 0,  we then lost our way and our lead but hit back hard in the last 10 minutes to take the game 3 -  2. Credit again to the whole squad as we had to dig deep and suffered 2 injuries to left back Owen Kessack and mid fielder Mark Wallis along the way that left us constantly reorganising the team but all the lads gave 100% and just about deserved the win against a useful APM side who will cause plenty of sides in the league problems. 

We started at a good tempo and our pace in the side was causing the visitors problems. We took the lead in the 15th minute when Carlum Macleod's drive was handled in the area and  up stepped skipper Ryan Smith to fire us into the lead.  1 quickly became 2 when Chris Wyles capitalised on a defensive error and slotted home. It was one way traffic and in truth we could have scored more goals but were happy to come in at the break with a good lead. 

The loss of Mark Wallis at half time with a shoulder injury disrupted us and APM started the second half on top and in the 60th minute pulled a goal back when Owen Kessack looked to have been fouled and the wingers cross come shot nestled in the top corner.  Kessack also then had to be replaced so more changes and with this we had lost all rhythm.  APM levelled in the 75th minute from a good quick move. We now were hanging on as the visitors sensed they could take all the points but we dug deep and from a great solo run from forward Luke Burden his cross was turned into his own goal by the visiting defender to put us back in the lead with only 5 minutes to go and we then saw the game out to record a good win against a strong APM side. 

So a very good win and 2 wins out of 2 so far this season as the squad settles and works towards full match fitness, disappointing to have picked up injuries but we have strength in depth so we move on and look forward to the next game. 

Team: C.Smith, K.Sanger, O.Kessack, R.Smith, M.Hadlum, M.Wallis, L.Webb, C.Wyles, M.Collins, C.Macleod, L.Burdon. 

Subs : C.Howells ( M.Wallis ) P.Mabb ( O.Kessack) J.Tomsett ( C.Wyles) 

Mom: R.Smith a skippers performance, a goal and solid all game.


08.08.15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 AC London 2

A tricky opening game where in truth we made too many mistakes but did show fantastic commitment to eventually take the game after being 2 down and looking out of it. Starting the game against a side no body new anything about was hard, the visitors looked good individually and took the game to us and had a goal disallowed in the 10th minute for a close offside call. We gradually got into the game and Mark Wallis went close with a header and skipper Ryan Smith saw his header cleared off the line but a defensive mistake in the 20th minute saw us fall a goal behind and that lesson was not learnt from as we again failed to move the ball quick enough at the back and got caught again to see us fall 2 behind after 28th minutes. We looked shocked and confused and I was looking for the half time whistle to come so we could re organise but in the 40th minute debutant Luke Burdon spun the visiting defender and quite superbly fired home on the volley form 25 yards to give us a massive lift as we reached the break. We all knew that we had let ourselves down in the first half but we all knew we could turn the game around and the vibe from the changing room felt good as we went back out. 

We started the 2nd half on top and put the visitors under pressure, our set piece plays were creating problems. The bar was hit and a goal disallowed but as we reached the 60th  minute we were still behind. We did then lose a bit of shape as we began to tire and AC had some chances to finish us off but this time they were guilty of wasting good chances and this again spurred us  back into action, fresh legs came on and a change in formation put us back on top and in the 85th minute Ryan Smith superbly  headed home Owen Kessack's free kick to bring us level. I would have quite happily taken the point there and then but as we got to the 94th minute correctly played by the officials Carlum Macleod won the ball and threaded a superb ball for Luke Burdon to show his pace an out run the last defender and slot home to see us take the 3 points. 

A great effort from everybody in the second half and the commitment shown was very pleasing as this is always my main topic prior to games, because if you give your all you all have the ability so the two combined will always give you a chance of winning any game. 

Team: C.Smith, K.Sanger, O.Kessack, R.Smith, P.Mabb, G.Hayes, M.Wallis, L.Webb, J.Tomsett, C.Macleod, L.Burdon.

Subs: C.Howells ( J.Tomsett ) J.Sullivan ( K.Sanger ) S.Waldman ( L.Webb) 

MOM: Luke Burdon, 2 goals on his debut and worked hard all game superb start 

25/04/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Sheppey United 2 Lydd Town 0 

Another below standard performance saw us lose to Sheppey and in the process lose the runners up spot in the league. Bitterly disappointing from my perspective as we have worked so hard this season and I felt getting the runners up spot was what we deserved for all the hard work we have put in over the long season. 

We started the game really poorly and in truth we could have been 4 down in the first 20 minutes as it was we were only 2 down as our defending was poor and generally all over the pitch we were second best, We found the hard uneven surface difficult to play on and the inconsistency of the young referee added to our frustrations.

The break was reached with us 2 down but I still thought we would have enough about us to get back into the game and in truth during the second half we dominated the play but no matter what we tried we were unable to score. Deflections, good keeping and just bad luck haunted us and the home side used their experience to eat up the clock which again the referee seemed oblivious to and the game ended disappointingly with us unable to score.

So not the end of the season we had hoped but the season has been a long one and I will openly praise and thank all the players that have played this season as I think we have had a good campaign. Hollands and Blair deservedly won the league as they are the best team, it is now up to us to re group, strengthen and be ready to go again next season.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, L.Pleau, H.Yates, R.Smith, D.Cook, S.Ward, C.Wyles, C.Macleod, M.Collins.

Subs: S.Waldman ( H.Yates) J.Tomsett ( O.Kessack) R.Norman ( S.Ward) 

18/04/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Sutton Athletic 5 

We ended our last home game of the season with a massively disappointing result against Sutton where we were guilty of over committing to attack when we had worked hard to get back into the game. It is too late in the season to be over critical but I was very disappointed to have ended our home league fixtures in this manner.

We started the game defending a strong breeze which we had done successfully several times this season, but after 2 minutes we conceded the first goal when we cleared an initial free kick but reacted slowly to the second ball and fell behind. Sutton were on top and it took us a good 25 minutes to find any rhythm but when we did we created a couple of good chances which the visiting keeper did well to save. But again we were punished in the 35 minute when we were again careless with ball and the Sutton forward fired home from 20 yards to see the visitors lead by 2 at the break.

The second half saw us come out playing much better and we gradually imposed ourselves on the game and in the 65th minute Carlum Macleod pulled a goal back with a 25 yard effort. To me now was the time to keep our shape and with the wind wait for the chances I knew we would create, but our playing system went to pot as we over committed and were punished on the break in the 75th minute as Sutton added a third. Our heads dropped and we gifted the visitors two further goals to see us lose the game comfortably.

Like I have stated it's too late to lose too much sleep over the result but certainly a lot learnt by myself on players attitudes, as I expect every time a green Lydd shirt is worn by any player they give everything they have but today to many fell below that requirement. More bad news was received after the game as Chris Clements who went off injured has a broken leg, his second such injury in two seasons and a massive blow for himself and the squad as he has been a regular all season and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, H.Yates, L.Pleau, R.Smith, C.Clements, C.Wykes, S.Ward, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

Subs: C.Calvert ( S.Ward) S.Waldman ( M.Hadlum) J.Tomsett ( C.Clements)

Mom: C.Macleod again worked tirelessly and scored a good goal.


11/04/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Orpington 0 Lydd Town 1 

A very solid performance on Saturday saw us complete the league double over Orpington in a game that never really hit any great heights, but overall I was very pleased with the squad effort and thought we did enough to take the points as we certainly carried the greater threat going forward.

The first half saw us defending up the slight slope against the breeze and we comfortably dealt with the home sides attacks and our goal was rarely threatened. Our own attacks carried a touch more creativity but we also never really tested the home keeper and half time was reached at 0-0.

It was talked about during the break for the need to up our own game to get the win and although during the second half we never got close to playing with our usual flowing attacking style we did up our levels and were in control. But again real clear cut chances were hard to come by and in a rare slack moment by our defence the home forward was thwarted by an excellent save by stand in keeper Steve Hickmott. Then in the 85th minute we won a free kick 25 yards out near the corner of the penalty area that Gary Lockyer stepped up and superbly curled the ball into the keepers bottom right corner to give us the lead and seal the win and points as we comfortably saw the final minutes out.

So another good win on the road.  Orpington are better than their league position shows and it was good to see a really solid if not spectacular performance to keep a clean sheet and grab the victory.

Team: S.Hickmott, C.Clements, O.Kessack, H.Yates, L.Pleau, R.Smith, G.Connelly, M.Collins, C.Wyles, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

Subs: R.Norman ( C.Wyles) J.Morrison ( G.Connelly) S.Waldman ( M.Collins ) 

Mom: C.Macleod, worked tirelessly all game, great attitude.

04/04/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Lewisham Borough 0 

A comfortable if not spectacular win on Saturday saw us complete the league double over our visitors from South East London. A scrappy game in cold windy weather never really hit the heights but all wins in this league have to be worked for and we did what we needed to do and secured the points.

We started the game playing with the wind behind us to try to force the game, This worked reasonably well as we took control. In the 10th minute Chris Wyles burst into the area with great pace and was bought down by the visiting defender for a clear penalty. Skipper Ryan Smith on his return from suspension stepped up and gave us the lead. Carlum Macleod added a second with a sharp finish in the 25th minute after the keeper parried a shot to double our lead and in the 40th minute Matt Collins beat 3 defenders and smashed the ball into the top corner for the goal of the game and we ended the half in total control.

The second half in truth was a non event. Lewisham to their credit put a lot of effort in but never created any real chances to bother keeper Craig Smith. We played on the counter attack and with a better final ball would have scored more but it was not to be and the game ended with the same 3-0 score line. 

So 3 more points in our quest to finish second,3 games to go and all tough ones so with this game never really extending us it allowed us to save some energy for the next few weeks.

Team: C.Smith,S.Waldman,O.Kessack,H.Yates,L.Pleau,R.Smith,C.Clements,M.Collins,C.Wyles,C.Macleod,G.Lockyer

Subs:P.Mabb ( R.Smith) J.Tomsett( M.Collins) B.Beaney not used

Mom: C.Wyles, another good solid all round performance 

28/03/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Gravesham Borough 1 

A very satisfying win on Saturday saw us complete the league double over Gravesham as well as maintaining our second spot in the league. Hard conditions with driving wind and rain but the whole squad, which was probably one of the youngest we have put out, deserve great credit for their efforts and commitment in testing weather.

We started the game defending against the wind. Our new look back 4 of Waldman, Pleau, Yates and Kessack have only had a few minutes playing as a unit but apart from a couple of slight lapses they defended well. Keeper Craig Smith pulled of a couple of smart saves and on the break Carlum Macleod went close and Gary Lockyer hit a post. Our new centre pairing in midfield of Clements and Calvert aided by wide men Wyles and Collins worked hard all through the half and we reached the break level at 0-0.

We knew at half time that we looked to have done the hard part in defending the wind and now we had to switch modes and attack more to get the win. We started well and in the 55th Gary Lockyer broke through the visiting defence and finished with real quality to give us the lead. We now looked in control and should have added a second with the pressure we put on but Gravesham to their credit fought back and the game became fairly even. We needed a second goal and this arrived in the 75th minute when Carlum Macleod's well flighted corner was finished well by substitute Matt Hadlum who has a good knack of getting vital goals. Paul Mabb and Jack Morison were introduced to give us extra legs and both did well and we looked to have seen the game out with a good clean sheet until our visitors were awarded a last minute penalty which was dubious to say the least to see the final score end 2-1.

So a good win against a good and improving Gravesham side who, if they keep everyone together, will be a force next season. We had several players not available for this game but it showed we have good depth and I found it very pleasing to see players who often miss out come in and show theIr real worth to the team and squad.

Team: C.Smith, S.Waldman, H.Yates, L.Pleau, O.Kessack, C.Calvert, C.Clements, C.Wyles, M.Collins, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

Subs : P.Mabb ( S.Waldman) M.Hadlum ( H.Yates) J.Morrison ( C.Wyles)

Mom: C.Calvert, very good in central mid field and showed he has a lot to offer the team.

21/03/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Rusthall 1 Lydd Town 5 

We got back to winning ways on Saturday with a well deserved victory at Rusthall which was even more pleasing as due to late withdrawals we had 3 players who made their first team debuts, Lee Pleau formally of Ashford, Tom Morgans and Jack Morison both from our second team and all 3 players contributed to the win with Tom Morgans netting our 5th goal with a stunning free kick.

We started the game playing up the slope and after looking fairly comfortable we fell behind in the 10th minute from a corner that looked like it had gone out, when we switched off and the ball was bundled into the net unfortunately by Harry Yates for an own goal. But the hosts lead was short lived as skipper Ryan Smith headed home Owen Kessack's free kick in the 15th minute to see us level. The rest of the half was a scrappy affair and we reached the break at 1-1.

We knew we needed to improve our game in the second half and this we certainly did. We took the lead in the 55th minute when Gary Lockyer burst clear from Owen Kessack's pass and fired home and 10 minutes later Gary scored his second to see us in control. Carlum Macloud added a deserved 4th from Jack Morisons blocked drive and the best was saved to last when Tom Morgans scored a quality free kick that left the home keeper just a passenger as the ball hit the top corner.

So a much needed win and a solid performance especially in the second half. The league looks like it has gone now but we are certainly going to give it all to finish as high as we can. We played some good football on a tricky pitch and all the players can be pleased with their efforts.

Team: C.Smith, J.Tomsett, O.Kessack, L.Pleau, H.Yates, R.Smith, G.Connelly, C.Wyles, C.Clements, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

Subs : J.Sullivan ( J.Tomsett) T.Morgans ( G.Connelly) J.Morison ( C.Wyles)

Mom: L.Pleau excellent debut 

14/03/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Glebe 0 Lydd Town 0 

Our second successive draw, this time 0-0 saw our title hopes fade considerably as we shared the points with Glebe. Probably a fair result where Glebe had the better of the first half but we looked much sharper in the second period but losing skipper Ryan Smith for two bookings hampered our chances of taking all the points.

We started slowly and our hosts with their direct game put us under pressure but keeper Craig Smith was in excellent form and in truth we restricted Glebe to long range efforts. We were finding it difficult to get our passing game going on a tricky pitch and the half time was reached with all spectators probably disappointed with what they had seen.

The second half saw us improve and we at last started to play. Carlum Macleod, Gary Lockyer and Matt Collins all went close and we now forced the home side to play on the break. Then in the 65th minute just after we had switched to a more attacking formation we lost Ryan Smith and this then allowed Glebe to get more control and it was our turn to play on the break. Chances came and went at both ends again with keeper Smith doing well and Glebe's keeper saved well from Carlum and in the final minute substitute Marcus Hodges nearly grabbed all the points for us but his drive went just wide to see the end of the action.

So points dropped but again good effort from all the players particularly when we went down to 10 men. The title looks lost now but we will keep putting it in each week to ensure we finish as high as we possibly can.

Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, J.Tomsett, R.Smith, S.Waldman, J.Sullivan, G.Connelly, M.Collins, S.Ward, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

Subs: C.Wyles ( S.Ward) C.Clements ( J.Sullivan ) M.Hodges ( J.Tomsett) H.Yates not used.

Mom: C.Smith excellent performance on a difficult surface 

07/03/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Meridian VP 2 

A disappointing performance and result saw us drop 2 vital league points in the chase for the title but in truth we looked lacklustre all game and in my view we were fortunate to come away with a point.

We started the game playing with a fairly strong wind behind us but it was the visitors who settled quickest and controlled the game but in the 20th minute we broke out from a Meridian corner and Carlum Macloud played a good ball to Matt Collins who fired us into the lead from 20 yards. Our visitors were rattled and were reduced to 10 men when their mid field players raised his hands against Matt but even with this advantage we still didn't take control of the game and reached the break with a narrow advantage.

The second half against the wind was always going to be hard.  I did expect us to improve but although we were better we still never hit any real rhythms. Meridian deservedly equalised in the 70th minute when we failed to deal with a corner and their forward scrambled the ball home. Worse was to follow 10 minutes later when again we failed to deal with a long direct free kick and the same result followed as we fell behind. This did actually spur us into life and we produced our best football of the game. We hit the post and put Meridian under the first real pressure they had had during the game and in the 90th minute Sam Waldman with his first goal for the club levelled the game with a superb header from Carlum's corner and in the last seconds we again went close during a goal mouth scramble with Jordan Tomsett firing our last attempt narrowly over to see the game end in a draw.

So in the bigger a picture a massive blow to our hopes of winning the league but when we fail to play for large parts of the game we can have few complaints. The guys tried all they could but it was just a bad day and something that can happen to all sides but I still give credit to the team for the way we did react when we went behind to come back and level. The dressing room was not a good place afterwards but again the players disappointment with the result was clear and it shows they care and shows to me we will fight to the end.

Team: C.Smith, H.Yates, O.Kessack, R.Smith, S.Waldman, S.Ward, B.Beaney, M.Collins, C.Wyles, M.Hodges, C.Macleod.

Subs: C.Clements ( R.Smith)  J.Tomsett ( H.Yates) J.Sullivan not used.

Mom: Matt Collins, great goal and worked tirelessly all game  

28/02/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 6 Crockenhill 1

On Saturday we completed the league double over Crockenhill with a 6-1 victory played in probably the worse conditions of the season. Driving rain and strong gusts of wind made it hard for both teams but our superior finishing ensured we won the game and stay top of the league.

We started the game playing against the strong wind but took the lead in the 5th minute when Carlum Macleod burst clear and crossed for Matt Collins to finish superbly. We added a second 10 minutes later when Steve Ward set Collins up again with the same result and then in the 25th minute Carlum Macleod grabbed a goal from another Ward pass to see us take a commanding lead. Disappointingly we then conceded a goal in the 35th minute when we were far too open at the back but we reached the break with a 3..1 lead against the elements and were pleased to do so.

The second half was very scrappy as the weather worsened, we missed a couple of early chances but in the 60th minute Matt Collins completed his hat trick with a good run and finish and set up debutant Marcus Hodges for a goal in the 70th minute. Crockenhill to their credit kept trying to play but we were solid at the back and it was left to Collins to finish the scoring with his fourth of the day when he collected a poor clearance from the visiting keeper and curled the ball home wind assisted from 45 yards to see us end the game with a good 6-1 win.

So a good win and still top and as I have stated before all we can do is to try to win every game we play until the end of the season and see where it leaves us. Hard work and good attacking play saw us through this game and we are building as nice bit of momentum as we near the crucial stage of the season.

Team : C.Smith, B.Beaney, S.Waldman, R.Smith, O.Kessack, S.Ward, C.Clemence, C.Wyles, M.Collins, C.Macleod, M Hodges

Subs: G.Connelly ( S.Ward) J.Sullivan ( C.Clements) H.Yates ( C.Wyles) J.Tomsett not used.

Mom : M.Collins 4 well taken goals ensured the win 

14/02/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Kent Football United 0 Lydd Town 7 

We completed the league double over KFU on Saturday with a comfortable victory at their new ground in Dartford. We did struggle early on to get our passing game going on a difficult surface but in particular our second half display was very good and our hosts had no answers and rarely threatened our goal.

We started the game fairly slowly and found the pitch tricky and were too keen to try to play the killer ball but we did take the lead in the 20th minute when Chris Clements, who had a very good game in centre midfield, won the ball back and passed to Carlum Macloud who set Gary Lockyer through and he scored with ease. For the rest of the half we pushed forward and went close several times but reached the break with the one goal lead.

The second half saw us come out firing on all cylinders. Gary Lockyer added a second with a superb 30 yard free kick in the 55th minute, and 5 minutes later Carlum Macloud was bought down in the area and Buster Beaney slotted home the resulting penalty. The game was now as good as over from a competitive point of view.  Gary ran riot and collected a 5 goal tally with some superb finishing and Carlum Macleod also notched a very well deserved goal to see us end up with the 7 goal victory.

So a good response to last weeks disappointment at Hollands and Blair and a difficult week as we lost the services of a couple of players which was hugely disappointing and quite hard to understand as they move on to pastures new. But as they say one door closes and another one opens and our squad at this game with others still to come in is still strong and fully committed to seeing the season out and getting as many points possible to see where it leaves us.

Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, O.Sullivan, S.Ward, C.Clements, C.Wyles, M.Collins, H.Yates, R.Smith, C.Macleod, G.Lockyer.

Subs : S.Waldman ( R.Smith) M.Hadlum ( H.Yates) J.Sullivan ( S.Ward)

Mom : G.Lockyer - 5 goals says it all 

07/02/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Hollands & Blair 3 Lydd Town 2 

We returned from our top of the table clash at Gillingham pointless after losing a competitive encounter 3-2 to Hollands and Blair in a game played on a terrible surface that hampered our attempts to play football in our normal manner. Our first half display was not good enough as too many players looked nervous and in my opinion did not commit themselves properly to the game, but in the second half we played with tremendous courage and total commitment from everyone and with a bit of luck could have taken a point from the game.

We stared fairly well. In the opening minutes,Carlum Macloud went close in the 3rd minute but keeper Craig Smith saved superbly 2 minutes later in a one on one situation and 5 minutes later pulled off a quality double save to keep us level. In the 13th minute we took the lead when Matt Collins curled a 20 yard free kick into the top corner. Now was the time to hold firm and dig in but this never happened and two quick defensive errors saw us trail 2-1 after 30 minutes. We were now under constant pressure with keeper Smith keeping us in the game and we were glad to hear the half time whistle.

I voiced my views at half time but all the players knew what we had not done right and from their reaction I knew we would improve in the second half. This was proved right as we took control of the early stages and levelled the game when Matt Collins again fooled the home keeper with another superb free kick in the 55th minute. Again time to be solid but once again a collection of errors 2 minutes later saw us fall behind again. Our response to this set back was still strong and we piled the pressure on the home side. Matt had some more chances from free kicks and the hosts were fortunate not to be down to 10 men when a previously booked player handled and should have walked. The intensity of the game heightened as tackles flew in, we worked hard to level and even harder to keep Blair out on the break. Two minutes from the end Richard Quigley's free kick evaded everyone but hit the post and Mark Wallis headed the re bound over and the game ended in disappointment for us all.

Certainly a blow in our pursuit of the league title, but with 10 games to go still there is time for more twists and turns as the season progresses. We simply just have to re group and focus on the next game now and put all we can into getting as many points as possible from the games we have left. 

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, H.Yates, R.Smith, O.Kessack, G.Connelly, M.Wallis, S.Ward, M.Collins, G.Lockyer, C.Macleod.

Subs: B.Beaney ( M.Hadlum ) C.Wyles ( S.Ward ) R.Quigley ( O.Kessack ) J.Sullivan and C.Clements not used.

Mom : Matt Collins for his attacking display and keeper Craig Smith for excellence in goal.

17/01/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Seven Acre & Sidcup 2 Lydd Town 8

Our biggest win of the season saw us move back to the top of the league in a game where our first half attacking performance was absolutely excellent and a joy to watch. The debuts of Guy Connolly and 17 year old Joe Sullivan spiced up the team and as a squad the effort put in was tremendous.

We actually started poorly and our hosts clipped a post in the 1st minute and we fell behind in the 5th minute when the home attacker bundled the ball home from a cross that looked a clear foul on deputising keeper Steve Hickmott, who was starting his first game for the 1st team for a number of years. This stung us into action,Matt Collins levelled with a quality free kick in the 10th minute then Mark Wallis, Guy Connolly and Gary Lockyer all went close before Gary set Carlum Macloud up in the 20th to give us the lead. We now went into overdrive and our attacking play was just too much for the home side and we added another 4 goals before the break with Carlum grabbing his second and Gary burying 3 chances to grab a hat trick as we reached the break 6-1 ahead.

The second have allowed us to take things easy,use substitutes and play some controlled possession football. We largely sat back but Chris Wyles added a deserved 7th and Gary added his 4th for our 8th. Credit to Seven Acre who never gave up and scored theIr second when a long free kick deceived keeper Hickmott. Disappointing for Steve but he bounced back to show his quality in the last minute when our hosts were awarded a soft penalty and Steve pulled off a classy stop to see the final score 8-2.

So a good day with the bonus of going top. I openly stated that the squad was starting to look thin before Christmas and we needed some additions. This we have done and the impact straight away has,I feel, given everyone a boost. Yes players may be looking around and thinking when am I getting a game but as I have stated all season we won't win this league without a large squad and this game proved that, 6 changes from the defeat to Bearsted and a real buzz about everyone.

Team: S.Hickmott, C.Clements, O.Kessack, H.Yates, M.Wallis, G.Connolly, S.Ward, M.Collins, C.Wyles, C.Macloud, G.Lockyer.

Subs: J.Sullivan (C.Macleod) J.Tomsett ( S.Ward) R.Quigley ( M.Collins ) B.Beaney, C.Smith not used.

Mom: Tough call. Guy on his debut was excellent but Gary Lockyer gets it with 4 goals and quality striking play.

03/01/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 0 Bearsted 2 

Bearsted completed the league double over us on Saturday in a game where we were very good in the first half but lost our way in the second and against a good well organised side lost 3 vital points in our pursuit of the title.

We started the game well and in the 2nd minute Richard Quigley's free kick was headed home by Gary Lockyer but the referee for some reason disallowed the goal for a push that he must have been the only person to have seen it as there was no appeal from the Bearsted players. We continued to be the better side and Matt Collins and Matt Hadlum both went close and from another Quigley free kick debutant Dave Cook headed just wide. It looked only a matter of time before we would score but credit to the visitors as they defended well and we went into the break level at 0-0.

I fully expected us to now move up the gears and get the win but we were rocked in the 55th minute when we failed to clear the ball and the Bearsted forward fired home for a well taken goal. This knocked our confidence and 5 minutes later were 2 down when again we gave the ball away and were punished to easily to see Bearsted take control of the game. The rest of the half saw us battle well but again Bearsted defended well and although we went close on a few occasions we ended the game goalless and pointless.

So a defeat and a set back. We did have key players missing but in my view still had plenty of quality in the squad to have won the game. We were excellent in the first half but lost all rhythm in the second. The early disallowed goal was crucial as I feel if we had taken the lead we would have won so now we must get over this disappointment quickly and be ready to bounce back next week.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, H.Yates, D.Cook, R.Quigley, B.Beaney, C.Wyles, L.Winfield, S.Ward, M.Collins, G.Lockyer

Subs : C.Clemence ( H.Yates) O.Kessack ( B.Beaney ) J.Tomsett ( G.Lockyer)

Mom : D.Cook, excellent first game 

20/12/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Eltham Palace 1 Lydd Town 2 

On Saturday we returned from Sidcup with 3 points from another tough game on what must be said was a terrible pitch against a good Eltham Palace side that maintains our position at the top of the league as we reach Christmas. 

We started the game playing up the considerable slope and in the first minute Matt Collins was fouled the edge of the area and his own free kick was well saved by the home keeper. From the resulting corner Ryan Smith just headed over. We were playing some very good controlled football on a very difficult surface and Matt Collins again went close in the 20th minute. But we were undone ourselves in the 35th minute when the Eltham left winger cut into the area and appeared to go over far too easily from a challenge from Ryan Smith to see us concede a penalty that was dispatched passed keeper Craig Smith. We responded to this set back very well and in the 44th minute we levelled after a quality 5 man move that saw Matt Collins square for Steve Ward to bring us level from close range and record Steve’s first goal of the season and take us to the break at 1-1. 

The second half saw us playing down the slope. We created 3 or 4 good chances early but as the game progressed we became wasteful. Eltham went down to 10 men in the 60th minute but we still could not get the break through but as it looked like we would drop valuable points we upped our game for a final time and from a corner with 4 minutes left Ryan Smith fired the ball home to see us collect the all important win. 

A great result and one all the squad should be very pleased with as the effort they all put in to achieve the victory was first class. 

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, R.Smith, H.Yates, B.Beaney, R.Quigley, S.Ward, M.Wallis, C.Macloud , M.Collins. 

Subs : C.Clemence ( B.Beaney ) C.Wyles ( M.Hadlum ) J.Tomsett ( O.Kessack) 

Mom: S.Ward...Outstanding in mid field and a vital goal.

13/12/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Meridian VP 0 Lydd Town 1

We came away from Charlton on Saturday with a very hard fought 1-0 victory after we grabbed a 97th minute winner to collect a vital 3 points.


We started the game with a more defensive set up than normal and during the first 15 minutes comfortably dealt with the home side's early attacks. We then gradually came into the game more and got our passing game going but too often our final ball option was wrong or rushed and we wasted good opportunities. One flowing move did see Carlum Macloud score but a dubious offside call saw the game goalless at half time.

The second half was certainly a more open affair as our hosts came out and took the game to us with more intent and we used this to our own advantage and played good counter attacking football. There were chances at both ends and keeper Craig Smith was in good form and handled all attempts with quality. In the 65th minute after a needless off the ball incident there were 2 bookings for each side and 2 minutes later Meridian were down to 10 men after their defender fouled skipper Ryan Smith in the area and was dismissed. Up stepped Smith but the home keeper saved well to keep the game level. This I felt should have been our time to take control but surprisingly the home side upped there game and keeper Smith with some excellent saves and poor finishing from the home side kept the score at 0-0. In truth I would have been happy to come away with a point. I felt we were too open and allowing to much space as we chased the win but I was proved wrong as we forced a late corner and Carlum's excellent delivery was met by Matt Hadlum who powered his header home to give us the win and the points.

So a vital win and credit to all the payers who showed a tremendous desire to push themselves to the end. We were never near our best for long enough periods but it certainly showed me what a great spirit we have amongst the squad and this was very pleasing to see.

Team: C.Smith, C.Clemence, R.Quigley, R.Smith, H.Yates, C.Wyles, M.Collins, M.Wallis, S.Ward, L.Winfield, C.Macloud.

Subs : B.Beaney ( L.Winfield) J.Jones ( C.Wyles) M.Hadlum ( C.Clemence)

Mom : Craig Smith, excellent throughout with vital saves.

06/12/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Sheppey United 3

We bowed out of the Invicta league cup at home to Sheppey on Saturday in what must have been a good game for the fans to watch with some good football played by both sides, but again from our perspective I felt it was a game we should have won after leading twice and then conceding a dubious penalty followed by a late winner for our visitors that was far too easy. 

We started the game well and got the ball down and played some good football and in the 10th minute we took the lead when Richard Quigley, Steve Ward, Gary Lockyer combined well and set Carlum Macloud through who rounded the keeper and scored for an excellent goal. But 5minutes later it was 1-1 when we all too easily allowed Dan Bradshaw too much room to score. It was now end to end, Steve Ward forced a good save from the Sheppey keeper and then sent Gary through out wide and his cross was somehow missed by our player sliding in and the half ended when Gary sent Carlum through one on one but the visiting keeper, who had a good game, saved well and the break was reached all square. 

The second half saw us defending a lot more and  we never really got any rhythm into our play but we regained the lead in the 65th minute when Gary Lockyer superbly created space in the penalty box and fired his shot home. We now came under more pressure but again worked a good break and Carlum saw his effort fly over. We were comfortable until the 80th minute when a 35 yard free kick came into the box and as the visiting forward attacked the ball fell to the ground and despite no appeals from any player the referee awarded a spot kick. We felt this was harsh and an incorrect decision and not even an explanation of why it was awarded but the game was again leveled when Baff Addae scored from the spot. This spurred the visitors on and we lost our concentration and with 3 minutes to go we were again guilty of being weak in the tackle and not clearing the ball that allowed Baff Addae enough room to fire his shot goal ward and keeper Craig Smith was the first to say he should have done better and we fell behind for the first time and lost the game 2-3. 

So out of both cups in the last 2 weeks and 2 defeats in a row. This has not happened since I have been back and a major disappointment as I think we should really be progressing in these major cup competitions. So only the league to go for so now the focus switches to that 100% and as we enter the second half of the season we need to put these defeats behind us and come back even stronger, which we will.

Team : C.Smith, C.Clemence, O.Kessack. R.Smith, H.Yates, S.Ward, M.Wallis, C.Wyles, R.Quigley, C.Mcloud, G.Lockyer, 

Subs : J.Jones ( C.Wyles ) M.Hadlum ( C.Clemence ) P.Mabb ( O.Kessack) 

Mom: Gary Lockyer...Superb performance

29/11/14 - KENT SENIOR TROPHY - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Corinthian 3 

A disappointing cup exit from the Kent Senior trophy against a useful Corinthian side but In my opinion the fact we had to play the game for 75 minutes with 10 men following Gary Lockyer’s early dismissal was the deciding factor between the sides.

We started the game well and were certainly equal to our opposition. In the 10th minute keeper Craig Smith pulled off a sharp save but we responded and 2 minutes later Gary Lockyer went close from Owen Kessacks free kick. Then in the 15th minute Carlum Macloud superbly spun the last defender and got to 5 yards from goal and squared for Gary to slot home, no appeals from the visitors for offside but somehow the linesman, who was behind the play, flagged to disallow the goal. Gary’s reaction cannot be condoned and ultimately cost us but a straight red with no warning was harsh and showed no understanding of the game.

We were now up against it as our visitors worked us hard with their football but to all our players credit we managed to go in at the break level at 0-0.

The second half started as the first half had ended with us under pressure and we conceded a goal in the 55th minute, when we switched off for the first time in the game and after a scramble the visiting mid fielder fired home form the edge of the box. We looked to be finished but we gathered ourselves and introduced some fresh legs and got back into the game, A free kick on the edge of the Corinthian box in the 65th minute saw Matt Collins fire home to bring us level. We now had the momentum, Carlum again broke free and squared for Chris Wyles who saw his goal bound effort blocked by the last defender and from the following corner Steve Ward was shocked when the defender missed the ball and his effort went over. But as we pushed hard to get the lead we were caught out on the break. In the 80th minute our visitors took the lead again, we did respond well again and Matt Collins set Carlum through but his effort was superbly saved by the visiting keeper and 2 minutes later the game was all over when we conceded a third as we had run out of legs and paid the price for all the effort we had put in playing with 10 men.

So a defeat but I think on the day we showed what we are all about. The effort the squad put in to try to get the result was superb and when I looked at them all in the changing room afterwards I was pleased to see they were all dead on their feet and it was obvious to see they gave all they could but playing against a good side without your full quota of players for most of the game was always going to be very hard and probably just beyond us.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, R.Smith, H.Yates, M.Wallis, S.Ward, M.Collins, C.Wyles, C.Macloud, G.Lockyer.

Subs : C.Clements ( M.Hadlum) J.Jones ( H.Yates) R.Quigley not used

Mom: Matt Collins gets my vote for a superb goal and like many worked tirelessly 

22/11/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Glebe 1 

A very good win on Saturday against a good Glebe side sees us hold the top spot in the division, but our visitors pushed us all the way and will certainly be one of the top sides in the division if they can consistently field that strength of side week in week out.

The game started with Glebe keeping the ball very well and we were forced to play more on the break. Our visitors had good pace in the wide positions and our back line had to be strong and quick to cope. But we gradually came more into the game and in the 25th minute Josh Jones, on his full debut, won the ball back in midfield and fed Buster Beaney who found Richard Quigley who's pass split the visiting defence and striker Gary Lockyer rounded the keeper to score from a tight angle for a really well worked goal. Glebe now upped their game and keeper Craig Smith pulled off 3 smart saves to see us reach the break with the one goal lead.

The second half started again with Glebe having more of the ball but we know we can defend under pressure and have quality on the break and the game ebbed and flowed but in the 65th minute after what looked a clear foul on full back Owen Kessack, our visitors levelled through Ismail Ismail, when we stopped waiting for the award of a free kick. Controversial to say the least and I felt the referee was let down by his assistant who must have seen the incident. Glebe were now well on top but the introduction of midfielder Mark Wallis and wide man Chris Wyles gave us more pace and we gradually took more control and in the 80th minute Gary fired home his second from 20 yards to put us back in front. We now came under pressure but in truth we held firm and as a team fairly comfortably to record an excellent win.

So a good game and a good win. There were many pleasing aspects and again tremendous credit to all the squad for their effort and commitment. We are on a good run with 7 straight wins and we now seem to have tightened up defensively after being a bit sloppy earlier in the season which was a must and will certainly help us as the season progresses.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, R.Smith, H.Yates, B.Beaney, S.Ward, R.Quigley, J.Jones, C.Macloud, G.Lockyer.

Subs: M.Wallis ( B.Beaney) C.Wyles ( J.Jones) C.Clements ( C.Macloud)

Mom: Gary Lockyer, two quality goals and a quality all round performance

15/11/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 2 

A good solid away performance on Saturday saw us stay top of the league and we have now opened up a 3 point gap at the summit. The 2-0 victory was hard fought against a Lewisham side that is currently re building and certainly their management team can be pleased with the effort their  players put into the game.

The game started with the hosts trying to dictate the tempo as we expected as their new look side were fired up but we kept a solid shape and gradually took control of the mid field and started to create chances. In the 25th minute the ball fell to Buster Beaney 25 yards out from a corner and his excellent drilled shot left the home keeper watching as the ball nestled into the net. For the rest of the half we worked hard to add to our lead, Matt Collins hit the bar and post with a strike and Carlum Macloud forced an excellent save from the home keeper but we reached the break one goal up.

The second half saw us again start on top and we forced the home side back and deservedly got our second goal when a four man move involving Buster Beaney, Steve Ward, Matt Collins saw Carlum finish with true quality for an excellent team goal. We now took our foot of the pace to a degree and we played the home side on the break and comfortably soaked up some pressure. We could and probably should have added more goals but a clean sheet was just as vital as we had been conceding to many soft goals lately and keeper Craig Smith made sure we got that with a last minute quality save from the home side's best moment of the half and the game ended with a good victory.

So another away win from our longest trip of the season, a great attitude from all the squad and a real committed performance where we showed both quality in defence and attack.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, R.Smith, H.Yates, B.Beaney, S.Ward, C.Wyles, R.Quigley, M.Collins, C.Macloud.

Subs: G.Lockyer ( M.Collins) S.Waldman ( M.Hadlum) J.Jones ( C.Wyles)

Mom: A few candidates but Steve Ward gets it for an excellent mid field performance 

08/11/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Rusthall 1

A hard fought 2-1 victory on Saturday against Rusthall saw us move to the top of the league after leaders Hollands and Blair suffered defeat at Gravesham Borough. The game in general was a disappointing affair, spoilt by the very strong wind and a referee that was far too inconsistent with decisions that left players and management very frustrated.

We again started the game poorly for the second week running and conceded a soft goal in the 3rd minute when we were careless in possession and the visiting forward scored with ease. We were playing against the wind and it did not suit our style of play and we struggled through the half but we did create two good chances with Matt Collins firing wide and Carlum Macloud hitting the post, defensively we looked shaky but reached the break one goal down.

The second half saw us up our game and with the wind behind us we were on top. But In the 60th minute Matt Collins saw red after picking up a second yellow, complaining about a poor challenge. This looked to be a set back but credit to all the lads as we upped our game and in the 70th minute Carlum burst clear and finished superbly to bring us level and 5 minutes later Ryan Smith somehow squeezed the ball home from a scramble to give us the lead. We then changed our set up and allowed Rusthall more of the ball and played on the counter attack and in truth we comfortably saw the game out to record a vital win.

So not at our best but a good win and even if the game was one to forget it keeps our momentum going. 5 straight wins and 9 wins out off the last 10 games.

Team: C.Smith, H.Yates, S.Wardman, R.Smith, R.Quigley, B.Beaney, C.Clemence, M.Collins, C.Wyles, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs: O.Kessack ( C. Clements) J.Jones ( S.Waldman) J.Tomsett ( C.Wyles)

Mom: C.Smith, a couple of vital saves and superb handling in difficult conditions.

01/11/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 5 Seven Acre & Sidcup 2 

Another 'collected 3 points in what was a stuttering performance where at times we played some superb football but anche Had spells where we were careless with the ball Which created us problems.

We started poorly and conceded a goal in the 2nd minute a when several errors to let the visiting forward firing home. We did fairly well reserved respond and Gary Lockyer had a couple of close but to go Efforts Often the wrong pass was used and we did become a little frustrated. However in the 30th minute skipper Ryan Smith met Kessack Owen's free kick and headed home to bring us level. We now upped our game and Carlum Macloud forced two excellent saves from the visiting keeper and we had 2 goal mouth scrambles where remarkably the ball stayed out of the net, but we were not to be denied and in the 40th Smith added a when His second h fired home off the cross bar from a corner where our visitors failed to clear and we Reached the break with the lead. The start of the second half again saw us in charge Carlum fired one wide, then hit the post and was bought down anche Clearly in the area only for the referee to ignore our inconsistent penalty claims. We gradually lost our time and in the 75th we conceded an equalizer a when the referee adjudged to have fouled the Harry Yeates Seven Acre forward and AWARDED spot kick That was put away to bring the game level.


We now Had to up our game and we did this superbly and in the 80th minute Smith 'collected the ball 25 yards out and fired home to complete His hat trick and put us back in front. Three minutes later Gary Lockyer fired another long range into the bottom corner to put us 4-2 up and in the 85th minute Richard Quigleys cross after some good link up play was turned into the net by a defender His Own to see the final score at 5 -2.

I know a good win and we all know we can play better than we did but the sign of a good side is still being Able to get the result when you finish are having an off day and this is exactly what we did.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack. R. Smith, H.Yates, C.Wyles, M.Collins, B.Beaney, C.Clemence, C.Macloud, G.Lockyer.

Subs: S.Ward (C.Wyles) R.Quigley (O.Kessack) S.Waldman (B.Beaney)

Mom: R. Smith - quality hat trick 


25/10/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith 

Bridon Ropes 2 Lydd Town 3

We returned from Charlton completing the league double over Bridon with an excellent 3 points by coming from 2 goals down at half time to grab the win in the last minute. An indifferent display but one all of the squad can be pleased with as the effort and commitment to turn things around in the second half was superb.

We started okay and gradually took control of the game. Strikers Gary Lockyer, Carlum Macloud and Matt Collins all went close as we looked in control but the home side contained some lively players and we fell behind in the 30th minute when we were slow to react to some good passing and the home forward scored with ease and with far to much room. Things got worse 5 minutes later when a free kick by the home side hit the post and again we reacted slowly as the home forward pounced to score and were 2 goals behind. The next 10 minutes we were on the ropes as we looked shocked and we were glad to hear  the whistle for the break.

The discussion at half time was about how we were letting ourselves down and knew we could do so much better and I asked for a response and I certainly got it.In the 48th minute Chris Clements  won a good ball in midfield and forced an attack that saw Gary Lockyer pull the first goal back. We were now right in the game and forced the home side back as we created several chances but an inspired performance from the young home keeper kept us at bay. Our hosts did hit us with some decent breaks but keeper Craig Smith was in good form also and kept us in the game. As the clock ticked down we grabbed an equaliser in the 87th minute when some excellent work by Chris Wyles saw him bought down in the area for a clear penalty that Buster Beaney stroked home. We were not finished there as we won the ball back from the kick off and Gary Lockyer burst onto a through ball and fired us into the lead. Mass celebration and why not, passion, desire and commitment all rewarded and we saw the game out to take the win.

Sometimes you get days when things don't go to plan and people forget we have a lot of changes from the team that did so well last term but we are constantly learning and as the season heads into winter I am certainly well pleased in the direction we are going.

Team: C.Smith, C.Clements, O.Kessack, H.Yates, S.Waldman, R.Smith, M.Wallis, M.Collins, C.Wyles, C.Macloud, G.Lockyer.

Subs : B.Beaney ( C.Clements) S.Ward ( S.Waldman) M.Hadlum ( C.Macloud)

Mom: O.Kessack, another good  performance a bit unsung but doing a good job for the team

18/10/14 - KENT SENIOR TROPHY - Dave Smith

Seven Acre & Sidcup 2 Lydd Town 4

We returned from the long trip to the Thamesmead stadium with a good 4-2 victory and in the process booked ourselves a home tie against Corinthian in the second round of the Kent Senior Trophy. 
We started the game well and in the first minute could have scored when Buster Beaney and Gary Lockyer combined and somehow Carlum Macloud's effort from 5 yards stayed out. But in the 15th minute we did take the lead when the same combination of players saw Carlum finish superbly and 5 minutes later it was 2-0 when Matt Collins danced his way past 2 defenders and buried the ball into the far corner. The home side looked stunned but did continue to play some decent football and pulled a goal back in the 30th minute when we allowed several players to much room and the home forward finished well. Next there were 2 red cards when Mark Wallis retaliated after being kicked on the floor after he had been fouled and he was dismissed along with a home player and half time was reached with us 2-1 ahead.

The second half in my view was very good we decided to play on the counter attack and sit back and have numbers behind the ball and we did this very well. In the 60th minute Carlum was set free by Gary, playing in a deeper role, and again Carlum fired home to put us 3-1 up but never wanting to make things easy we conceded a needless penalty when skipper Ryan Smith clearly blocked an attacker and the game went to 3-2 after the spot kick was converted. Next Carlum from another break hit the bar and from the next attack Carlum made space and curled the ball into the top corner to complete his hat trick and give us our two goal cushion back.
The home side did press to try to get back in the game but with keeper Craig Smith in excellent form we comfortably held on and recorded a good win against difficult opponents.

I do think we can take a lot out of this game. Our attacking play was excellent but we do sometimes get carried away and attack to much but I felt the effort from all the squad was top class today and if we learn from our errors we made today then we can improve even more after what has been a good start to the season.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, R.Smith, H.Yates, M.Collins, C.Wyles, B.Beaney, M.Wallis, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud,

Subs: R.Norman ( C.Macloud) C.Clemence ( M.Hadlum) S.Waldman ( B.Beaney )

Mom: 2 or 3 candidates but Carlum Macloud gets it,scored 3 could have had 6. Excellent throughout .

11/10/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 5 Orpington 1

The objective of Saturdays game was to bounce back from our disappointing defeat the previous week at Sutton and we achieved this with some style and comfortably recorded a 5-1 victory that could have been a lot more.


We started the game well and in the 5th minute skipper Ryan Smith on his return was wrestled to the ground as our first corner came over, a clear penalty and it was good to see a referee awarding this as this seems to be a trend in football these days that constantly goes unpunished. Up stepped Buster Beaney to fire us into the lead but Orpington hit back from their first corner and  equalised after we never attacked the ball and it ended up in our net after a couple of deflections. This spurred us back on the attack and in the 10th minute we took the lead again when Carlum Macloud created his own space 20 yards out and buried the ball into the top corner for a quality goal. We were now we in charge of the game and played some good attacking football Carlum, Gary Lockyer, Chris Wyles and Matt Collins all went close but we reached the break at 2-1.

We knew if we kept things tight at the back we would be able to create enough chances to win the game and this we did in the second half with relative ease, and after again missing a few opportunities we finally grabbed our third in the 60th minute as Ryan Smith free kick found Gary Lockyer who volleyed the ball home from a tight angle again a quality goal and a good finish.  5 minutes later Gary scored his second when he blocked a clearance and the ball cannoned offhis head and ended up in the net. A bit of luck but we all need that during the season and Gary completed his hat trick in the 70th minute when Carlum burst clear and unselfishly,as he drew the keeper, squared for Gary to add his third and our 5th and we finished the game comfortable winners.

So a good win and one we needed as it's cup week next week, second in the league and again showed today that we are a good footballing side and it was very pleasing to hear many in a good crowd congratulating us on the way we play.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Norman, R.Smith, C.Clemence, B.Beaney, M.Wallis, M.Collins, C.Wyles, C.Macloud, G.Lockyer.

Subs: O.Kessack ( M.Collins ) P.Mabb ( B.Beaney) H.Yates not used.

Mom: C.Wyles, great energy mixed with plenty of skill and helped us set the tone for the game.

04/10/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Sutton Athletic 4 Lydd Town 3

On Saturday we came away from Hextable losing 4 - 3 to Sutton in a game that in my opinion we threw away after working hard to regain the lead and then letting in poor goals to gift our hosts the victory.

We started well and took the lead in the 5th minute when Harry Yates headed home Owen Kessack's quality corner. We continued to play the better attacking football but never got the second goal I thought we deserved and in the 40th minute the home side levelled far too easily when one straight ball caught us out and their forward finished well to see us all square at the break.

The second half saw us in control again but in the 60th minute we again failed to clear an easy ball and the home side pounced and took the lead. This did stir us into action and within 10 minutes Carlum Macloud and Gary Lockyer had combined twice with Carlum finishing them both to see us take the lead 3-2. We were now on top totally, we hit the bar twice and were kept at bay by the home keeper who pulled off some quality saves, but then in the 70th minute we again shot ourselves in the foot when we left the home wide player unmarked and he volleyed his team level. And worse was to follow as another error saw the home striker through on goal to put his side back in front. We now had 15 minutes to salvage something but despite some good efforts that again produced good work from the home keeper we some how ended the game suffering defeat.

A massively disappointing result. Our attacking play was excellent and to score 3 goals away at one of the top sides in the league should mean a victory but conceding 4 anywhere will virtually always mean defeat and is certainly not good enough, but although I can be critical of mistakes we made I was still pleased with the effort that every player put in and I think in the long run this result may do us good.

Team : C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, P.Mabb, H.Yates, R.Norman, M.Collins, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, C.Macloud, G.Lockyer.

Subs : C.Wyles ( R.Norman) L.Taylor ( P.Mabb) C.Clemence ( O.Kessack)

Mom: G.Lockyer, set up goals and was superb throughout 


27/09/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Eltham Palace 0 

A one nil victory sounds close but this was far from the case as I feel we should have won this game by a lot more and without doubt the man of the match was the visiting keeper who had an excellent game and kept his side in the contest. Eltham certainly had a different side from the one that played us earlier in the season which was interesting as it looked like they rested players and gave run outs to others. 

We started the game very well and with Carlum  Macloud and Matt Collins as our front pair and aided by good wide play from Chris Wyles and Ryan Norman we created several good chances. Carlum, Matt and Mark Wallis all went close in the early minutes, 25 minutes in Paul Mabb had a good header well saved from a corner and our tempo was very good and our visitors created virtually nothing. Our best chance of the half fell to mid fielder Buster Beaney in the 44th minute when he found himself one on one with the keeper but after beating him and with the goal open somehow allowed his strike to be saved by the already floored keeper and we reached the break goalless.

The second half was much the same although Eltham did try to attack more we eventually took the lead in the 60th minute when Owen Kessack's excellent corner was headed home superbly by Mark Wallis. This did force our visitors to come out of their shell and keeper Craig Smith did pull off a couple of smart saves. We also were still creating chances but again were denied by more good keeping from the visiting keeper. Josh Jones on his debut added some real pace and impressed in his first run out for the club. Things did get a bit edgy towards the end but we saw the game out and progressed through to the next round.

So a solid win and more momentum gained as a side, we are playing well at the moment and 4 straight wins prove this and see's us in good shape for next weeks tough trip to Sutton Athletic.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, H.Yates, P.Mabb, C.Wyles, R.Norman, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, M.Collins, C.Macloud.

Subs: C.Clemence ( B.Beaney) J.Jones ( C.Wyles) R.Quigley ( R.Norman)

Mom: M.Wallis, winning goal and excellent throughout 

20/09/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Crockenhill 0 Lydd Town 4

 On Saturday we won comfortably at Crockenhill with this and moved to the top of the league leaders after Holland and Blair slipped at home to Sutton Athletic. This was a good win and one we needed to Ensure we capitalised on last weeks win over excellent Hollands and Blair.


We started the game and Took a while to get a grip of the home side who Played some neat passing football but with this they lacked any cutting edge as they neared our goal. We gradually got our game going and unlike our hosts created plenty of chances. Gary Lockyer, Carlum Macloud, Mark Wallis, Matt Collins and Matt Hadlum all Had chances to give us the lead but we took none of these chances and Reached the break a little frustrated and level at 0-0.

The second half was a different story though as we came out with real intent and in the 50th minute Took the lead When Gary Lockyer fired home from 25 yards. Matt Collins quickly added a second and Carlum Macloud wrapped the game up with His deserved goal to put us ahead 3 and we completed the scoring When Ryan Norman, Who has a good game on His return, added the 4th. All of These goals came in a 20 minute period and enabled us to control the rest of the half and in truth we were unlucky not to add blackberries goals but 4 was enough and the game ended with us happy with the days work.

So a good solid performance and now with 8 games played in the league we are top, early days but without doubt we are starting to gel as a side and are improving on week to week as our fitness levels reach the required levels to be Able to compete for the full 90 minutes.
I have been very pleased with all of the squad. There Have Been a few changes as the season Has developed and it is never easy to keep a big squad happy but the spirit around the squad is good and we are growing into the season nicely.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, O.Kessack, R. Smith, H.Yates, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, M.Collins, R.Norman, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs: P.Mabb (H.Yates) S.Ward (R.Norman) C.Wyles (G.Lockyer)

Mom: Buster Beaney, solid mid field display controlled.

13/09/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Hollands & Blair 1

On Saturday we recorded an outstanding victory over current champions Hollands and Blair and in the process spoilt the visitors 100% start to the season. A good game that was very competitive and In truth it was a game that could have gone either way but we took our chances when they came along and also had our fair share of luck in holding on in the later stages to see out a memorable win.

We started the game playing with a stiff breeze behind us but our visitors started the better of the 2 sides and looked dangerous especially from set plays. The visiting forwards were proving as expected to be a handful but we rode out this first period and came more into the game during the last period of the half as we got the ball down and started to create some good attacks of our own with Lockyer, Macloud and Collins all had decent efforts but we reached the break level at 0 v 0.

The second half saw Blair again take more control of the game. We had talked about the importance of maintaining a solid formation and not over committing too many players forward as we looked to play on the counter attack and this was working well and the game had a good exiting flow to it. Blair finally broke the deadlock in the 65th minute from a good delivery from a free kick saw Rob Deness head home but we never let our heads drop and 5 minutes later we levelled when we burst out from the back and Gary Lockyer showed good composure and rounded the keeper and fired home. Both sides now looked for the win and in the 80th minute again we counter attacked and Lockyer's long cross field pass was collected by Matt Hadlum who had made a 60 yard sprint and he squared for debutant Miles Cornwall to set the ball  to Carlum Macloud who smashed an unstoppable drive of off the underside of the bar and over the line.
Blair now hit us with everything and we rode our luck as the post was hit and other efforts went close but again we were dangerous on the break and with some better passing could have added to our lead. As the game entered the last minute we thought we were denied our win when from a deep cross the visiting forward leapt high at the far post and headed into the net but the referee adjudged he had fouled one of our defenders and disallowed the goal, harsh I thought and certainly a call I would have questioned but we were grateful it happened and saw out the additional minutes to take all the points.

So a very pleasing win and a good squad performance. 7 games in now and we are settling down well and the new players we have are certainly showing their worth. To beat Hollands and Blair is a tremendous result as I can guarantee they won't lose many during the season but we are good at home and if my memory serves me right we are now unbeaten in the league since May 5th  2013 which in its self is a superb feat and one we can all be proud off.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, H.Yates, O.Kessack, B.Beaney, M.Wallis, M.Collins, C.Wyles, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs: H.Slade ( M.Wallis ) C.Clemence ( B.Beaney) M.Cornwall ( C.Wyles)

Mom: Several outstanding performances but Carlum Macloud gets it for his hard work and superb wining goal.

06/09/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Gravesham Borough 0 Lydd Town 1 

On Saturday we got back to winning ways with a hard fought 1 goal victory at Gravesham that sees us move up to second in the league. At times we played some quality football but again this was patchy and allowed the home side to create pressure when we were careless in possession and gave the ball away to easily.

The game started with the home side playing a lot of long balls, our defence were comfortable and we gradually got our passing game going and in the 15th minute a Ryan Smith header from Owen Kessacks corner was cleared of the line. Next Gary Lockyer fired a 25 yard drive that the home keeper did well to save. Carlum Macloud and Matt Collins worked tirelessly and were giving the home side plenty of problems, we needed a goal from our play and we  finally took the lead in the 25th minute from a free kick into the box that fell to the returning Mark Wallis who planted the ball into the bottom corner. I felt now we should have made more of the good play we were producing but this was not to be and we reached the break just one goal ahead.

The second half saw our hosts play more football and we were forced back and played on the counter attack. We were guilty of picking the wrong ball quite often and the home side pushed hard to equalise but in truth our defence coped with everything fairly comfortably and we saw the game out to record a good win.

So a win we needed and certainly a more solid performance than we have had recently, some pleasing aspects and a few not so good to work on, but as I often state any away win in this league is a good win so overall a good effort from all involved.

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, H.Yates, O.Kessack, H.Slade, M.Wallis, M.Collins, C.Wyles, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs : R.Norman ( M.Collins ) B.Beaney ( H.Slade ) C.Clemence ( C.Macloud ) P.Mabb and D.Dolan not used.

Mom: Mark Wallis and solid performance and a goal on his return to the club

30/08/14- KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Eltham Palace 2

 Overall a disappointing performance on Saturday saw us, in my opinion, drop 2 points to a reasonable Eltham side, certainly we never got any near our best form but we did show a good determination to come from behind twice to take a share of the points.


We again started slowly and it was debutant keeper Ben Stevens who was forced into early action and pulled off some classy saves. We were against a strong breeze and struggled to get our game going and it was no shock in the 20th minute when we fell behind after we lost the ball to easily and the visiting forward fired home. This did see us respond quite well and efforts from Macloud and Lockyer lifted us and in the 35th minute Ryan Smith's free kick was superbly met by defender Matt Hadlum who headed us level. We should have then seen the half out but again we were guilty of poor defending and Eltham again took the lead in the 43rd minute to see us reach the break trailing 1-2.

The second half was a strange affair, Eltham with their lead certainly took their time with everything they did and this never allowed us really to get going and force pressure on them. I did feel at times the referee could have speeded things up more and our frustration showed as we picked up needless bookings but we eventually created the chance we were looking for in the 70th minute when Gary Lockyer found Carlum Macloud who finished superbly to bring us level with his 4th goal in 5 games. This now looked set for us to up the tempo and go for the win but again we were frustrated by our visitors killing the game at every opportunity and we lost the momentum we had built up and the game petered out into a draw.

So 2 points lost but still early, our fitness level is not where it needs to be yet and our new look squad is still bedding in but still positives from the game and still pleasing that we stuck to the task well and grabbed a point form a difficult game.

Team: B.Stevens, M.Hadlum, P.Mabb, H.Yates, B.Beaney, L.Taylor, R.Smith, M.Collins, H.Slade,
G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs : C.Clemence ( L.Taylor) D.Dolan ( M.Hadlum) R.Norman( H.Slade) O.Kessack not used.

Mom : Ben Stevens outstanding debut, some outstanding saves.

25/08/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Bearsted 2 Lydd Town 0

In our first away game in terrible weather we suffered our first defeat of the season against an organised Bearsted side, a disappointing result and a game where we never took our chances and in the end we were made to pay for this.

The first half was fairly even with Bearsted content to play slowly and look for the long ball we gradually came into the game as we adapted to the wet surface and pouring rain and our best chance of the half came in the 30 th minute when Matt Collins cross found Gary Lockyer at the far post but his header 6 yards was somehow saved by the home keeper and we reached half time level at 0-0.

 The second half started badly as we conceded in the 50 th  minute when we were slack in defense and keeper Craig Smith despite stopping the first effort Bearsted the attacker was on hand to put His team in the lead from 5 yards. We reacted well to going behind, in the 60 th  minute Gary and Carlum linked well and the ball fell to Matt Collins but somehow his drive was cleared off the line, we kept pushing even though we were visibly tiring but it looked like it was to be one of those days and this was confirmed in the 88 th  minute when we made ​​a hash of our own throw and allowed the home forward to get the ball back too easily and his drive form the edge of the area left Craig with no chance and saw us lose the game by 2 goals.  

Like I have said  disappointing but not something  to go  over the top about, Bearsted are a decent side  are well organized and if we continue to create the chances we are then we will certainly win a lot more games than we lose. The 2 games in 3 days had a major effort on us as we did tire in the second half but again this is something that will Improve over the next few weeks. 

Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, P.Mabb, H.Yates, B.Beaney, R. Smith, L.Taylor, M.Collins, C.Wyles, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs: H.Slade (L.Taylor) M.Punt (B.Beaney) A.Coyne (C.Wyles) 

Mom: R. Smith, the gave everything for the team unlucky to be on the losing team

23/08/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Sheppey United 0

We continued our good home form with a 3 goal victory over Sheppey on Saturday on Their First visit to Lindsey Field. In truth Sheppey are the best side we have Played this season and we were very pleased with the win. We started the game slowly and the visitors Had the lion share of the ball but we Scored the first goal in a quick counter attack in the 20 th  minute saw Carlum That Macloud fire home from 20 yards. This spurred us on and we hit our visitors with two further Top goals in a 12 minute period When Gary Lockyer hassled the central defender and won the ball and finished well and then a flowing move down the left saw the ball smashed home by wide man Chris Wyles to see us go into a 3 goal lead and shock our visitors and this was how it stood going into the break. 

The second half saw a very different game as we took the decision to sit back and look after what we had. Sheppey came a lot more into the game but never really created any clear cut chances and at the other end we came close through Gary and Carlum but the game was not as exciting as it was in the first half but the taking of all 3 points was the major aim and we did recorded a very good victory against a side that I feel will be amongst the front runners this season.. 

Team> C.Smith, D.Dolan, P.Mabb, H.Yates, O.Kessack, R. Smith, L.Taylor, M.Collins, G.Lockyer, C.Wyles, C.Macloud.

 Subs: B.Beaney (D.Dolan) M.Punt (M.Collins) A.Coyne (G.Lockyer)  

Mom: C.Smith - Safe with handling composure that enabled us control the game.

16/08/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 4 Kent Football United 1

Another good all round performance saw us record a comfortable 4-1 victory on Saturday against KFU in a game where we fell behind early but recovered quickly and generally controlled the game.

Again playing against a strong wind in the first half we were caught out in the 5th minute when a long wind assisted ball caught our defence square and the visiting striker finished with ease. But we responded well and in the 7th minute Lloyd Taylor pressed hard and won the ball and his excellent pass found Matt Collins who superbly cut in and placed the ball in the far corner to bring us level. We then upped our game all over the pitch and in the 20th minute Gary Lockyer slid in Carlum Macloud who out paced the KFU defence and finished well. We were then unlucky 2 minutes later when a superb flowing move involving Owen Kessack, Ryan Smith and Matt Collins saw Matts cross arriving at Gary Lockyer's feet but unluckily his effort went over but we were not to be denied for long as Gary again found Carlum who was bought down in the box for a clear penalty that skipper Ryan Smith dispatched with ease to see us go into the break 3-1 ahead.

The second half in truth was a little disappointing. To KFU's credit they tried hard to get back in the game and we seemed quite content on protecting what we had. There was a lot of mid field play but both defences held on quite comfortably but we did hit a 4th goal when Matt Collins and Gary Lockyer worked a short corner in the 85th minute with Gary firing the ball into the top corner for a deserved goal and a classy finish to see the game end with a comfortable 4-1 win.

So a good start to the season with players fitness levels rising and generally I have been pleased with what we have done so far at this early stage of the league campaign.

Team: D.Regan, D.Dolan, P.Mabb, H.Yates, O.Kessack, L.Taylor, R.Smith, M.Collins, C.Wyles, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs: B.Beaney ( O.Kessack) A.Coyne ( C.Macloud) M.Punt ( C.Wyles) C.Clement not used.

Mom: Ryan Smith, took control of the midfield early on that enabled us to play.

09/08/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Bridon Ropes 0

We started the new season with a good win against a much changed Bridon side in a game where we were comfortable throughout and I was very pleased with the way we played as a team and especially pleased with how well the new players performed.

We started the game playing against a strong wind but we kept the ball on the floor and were denied an early lead when Carlum Macleod's volley from the edge of the box was cleared of the line.Next Gary Lockyer saw his drive just fly over and then in the 30th minute Carlum and Gary linked well and Gary,s effort was well saved by the visiting keeper. At the other end our defence was in good form and Bridon created very little. In the 35th minute we thought we had broken the deadlock but Gary's headed goal was ruled out by an offside flag and we reached the break level but pleased with how we had played.

The second half saw us play with the wind that was now easing but again we were in control and showed good patience.  Bridon did start to get more of the ball but seemed content to look to take a point, but in the 60th minute Carlum's drive was spilt by the keeper and substitute Chris Wyles on his debut was quickest to react and this led to the keeper bringing him down for a clear penalty. Up stepped skipper Ryan Smith who fired us into the lead. We grew in confidence from this and after missing good chances to wrap the game up earlier both Carlum Macloud and Gary Lockyer netted deserved goals for all their hard work during the match to see the final score a healthy 3-0 and record a good victory and a pleasing start to the league campaign.

Team:
C.Smith,M.Hadlum,P.Mabb, H.Yeates, O.Kessack, L.Taylor, R.Smith, G.Lockyer, M.Collins, J.Wright, C.Macleod.

Subs: H.Slade ( O.Kessack ) C.Wyles ( J.Wright ) M.Punt ( M.Collins ) D.Dolan and J.Tomsett not used.

Mom: Harry Yeates superb league debut carrying on from a superb pre season


Pre-season friendlies, 12/07/14 Deal Town 3 Lydd Town 5 and 15/07/14 Thamesmead Town 3 Lydd Town 1 - Dave Smith

Our first 2 pre season games have been very pleasing and all the lads have shown a good attitude and all worked very hard on getting the fitness levels up as we approach the start of the season.

Our first game at SECL side Deal Town saw us record a good 5-3 victory with goals from Hadlum, Smith, Taylor, Beaney (pen) and Mabb, We took an early 2 goal lead but were pegged back to 2-2 by the break due to some indifferent defending but after the break we took more control of the game and ran out deserved winners. During the game we played some excellent football and counter attacked very well and it was very pleasing to come away with the win. 

On Tuesday we travelled to Thamesmead who were relegated from the Ryman Premier league last season this was always going to be a tough ask as we were really taking on a side that play 3 divisions higher than us. We had the worst possible start when we conceded in the 1st minute from a corner and I did fear the worse but we dug in and Alec Coyne levelled in the 20th minute when his 35 yard shot evaded the keeper and flew into the top corner but again this was short lived as we again conceded a soft goal from another corner to reach the break 2-1 down. 

The first 20 minutes of the second half saw us have our best spell of the game and striker Carlum Macloud was unlucky not to bring us level. We kept control of the ball very well and certainly gave our hosts plenty to think about. We did tire after this and cAme under more pressure as various substitutions were made and again let in a poor goal to see the final score 3-1 to the home side but it was widely agreed at the ground that we had certainly given a good account of ourselves and given our hosts a worthwhile work out. 

Players that have taken part in the two games. 

S.Macloud, C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Smith, H.Yeates, R.Norman, O.Kessack, P.Mabb, B.Beaney, H.Slade, C.Little, L.Taylor, A.Coyne, J.Tomsett, M.Collins, C.Macloud, S.Harris, G.Lockyer, R.Quigley.

05/05/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Fleet Leisure 1

On Monday we completed our league campaign with a hard fought win over Fleet in a game where we looked like we would blow away our visitors early on but fatigue kicked in and in the end were pleased to collect all 3 points and finish the season with a win and confirm an unbeaten home season in the league, which again is a great achievement from all the players and add this to our comfortable second place finish in the league shows as a club and a team we are moving and building in the right direction and the future looks very promising. 

We started the game very well and Carlum Macloud scored in the 10th minute to give us the perfect start. One soon became two when Owen Kessack was bought down in the box and Ryan Smith fired home the penalty. I did feel with this start we looked likely to go on to win by 5 or 6 but we eased off and gave away a poor penalty ourselves in the 30th minute to bring Fleet back into the game and saw us go into the break with a 2-1 lead. 

The second half was much more open and even. The visiting keeper pulled off some tremendous  saves especially from Gary Lockyer and Carlum and our own keeper Craig Smith was equally as good keeping the visitors out with assured handling and decent saves, but we were able despite some tired legs to see the game through to give us the win and some revenge for our defeat last week against our visitors. 

Team : C.Smith, J.Wright, O.Kessack, T.Ripley, P.Mabb, R.Smith, M.Wallis, M.Collins, R.Norman, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs : R.Quigley ( O.Kessack ) L.Taylor ( P.Mabb) B.Beaney ( R.Norman ) 

Mom: C.Smith another solid performance as they all have been this season 

03/05/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Sutton Athletic 1

Saturday we drew what was, in my opinion, a very good game between two good sides in a game where we started slowly but were unlucky not to win the game as we finished the stronger side.

We started the game on the back foot as the visitors started well and scored what was a sloppy goal from our point of view in the 15th minute when our marking from a set piece was questionable to say the least. But we responded well and in the 20th minute Carlum Macluod found space in the box and finished well to bring us level. The rest of the half was nip and tuck with both sides strong in the tackle and committed to trying to gain control. Our wide men Norman and Simmons were both creating problems and Carlum upfront looked sharp but we reached the break level. 

The second half saw us more in control as visitors looked content not to lose the game.  Ryan Smith and Buster Beaney got more control in mid field and our back 4 were more assertive. We forced several half chances and had 2 attempts from headers cleared off the line from corners, substitute Gary Lockyer's lob late on was also cleared off the line but for all our efforts we were unable to get the goal to seal all the points. 

Teeam : C.Smith, J.Wright, R.Quigley, P.Mabb, T.Ripley, R.Smith, B.Beaney, M.Collins, R.Norman, J.Simmonds, C.Macloud. 

Subs:  G.Lockyer ( M.Collins ) O.Kessack ( B.Beaney ) S.Ward ( J.Simmonds ) 

Mom : R.Smith, back into mid field and showed commitment and good passing


29/04/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Fleet Leisure 3 Lydd Town 0

A disappointing result  in a game where we actually played some really good football but the main difference between the sides was that the home side took their limited chances and we were wasteful with ours. Also I will add my disappointment of going to the game with many players not available for various reasons I do understand it is difficult for some to make mid week games but my main criteria for a player is commitment, attitude and desire and I did feel this was lacking from some for this game. 

We started the game attacking well with our wide players creating plenty of problems but we lacked the finishing touch or pass and were punished in the 25th minute when we defended poorly and the home side took the lead. We continued to look the better side but conceded a second goal when we were weak in the tackle and lost the ball and the home forward headed home well to see us go into the break 2 goals behind. 

I did feel if we could defend better in the second half we would still take something from the game but this was not to be and we conceded a third in the 55th minute again from our own defensive mistake. To all the lads credit we pushed on and worked hard, we did create several chances but again we were wasteful, combined with some good goalkeeping and lacked the killer touch and in the end lost the game 3-0 in a score line that I felt maybe flattered our hosts. 

So only our second league defeat of the season, yes disappointing but I was pleased with the way we played and all the players put in a good shift. We have the runners up slot sealed and maybe this result will just make us more determined to finish the season with 2 wins from our last games. 

Team ; C.Smith, J.Wright, R.Quigley, T.Ripley, R.Smith, M.Wallis, L.Taylor, R.Norman, J.Simmonds, M.Collins, S.Harris. 

Subs: A.Coyne ( S.Harris ) P.Mabb ( L.Taylor) 

Mom: J.Simmons first half, J.Wright second half.

 

26/04/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 4 Kent Football United 0

A comprehensive 4-0 victory on Saturday that ensures that we will finish at least league runners up. This a superb achievement by all the players and shows how we are still building and improving in our quest for SECL football.

We started the game playing some nice crisp passing moves and after a couple of slow starts in recent games we looked well in the mood for this one. Wingers James Simmons and Ryan Norman were good to watch and we eventually took the lead in the 20th minute when Ryan Smith's excellent pass from a quick free kick found full back Richard Quigley who slotted home. We doubled the lead in the 40th minute when the hard working Carlum Macloud found James SImmons who netted his first goal for the club to give us a comfortable lead at the break.

The second half was a little flat but we remained in control and our visitors despite having a good share of the ball never threatened our goal. We added two more goals fairly late on both scored by Carlum the first being a neat tap in and the second a result of his own desire to win the ball and score to see us finish the game with a very good result.

Team: C.Smith, J.Wright, R.Quigley, R.Smith, M.Wallis, R.Hayles, C.Calvert, M.Collins, J.Simmons, R.Norman, C.Macloud.

Subs: J.Tomsett ( M.Collins) O.Kessack ( C.Calvert) S.Ward ( R.Norman)

Mom: C.Macloud, hard working, skill full and goals excellent game

21/04/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Bridon Ropes 2

A great win that just about  keeps us in touch with league leaders Hollands and Blair and sees us just one point away from securing the runners up spot. The lads all  showed great character in the second half after being very poor in the 1st period and trailing 2-0 at half time and in the end deservedly took all the points.

We started very badly and conceded from a free kick in the 4th minute when our marking was slack and the opposing defender headed home easily. Worse was to follow 2 minutes later when were caught out by a long punt up field that saw the Bridon attacker again score all to easily. Gary Locker rattled the bar from a 25 yard free kick but apart from that we ended the half disappointed and 2 down.

A few harsh words were needed at half time as it was clear the players were letting themselves down and to every bodies credit we came out and dominated the second half. From early on our passing and movement were better and after going close on a couple of occasions we pulled a goal back in the 55th minute when Richard Quigley and Jordan Wright worked a short corner routine and Craig Calvert slotted home for his first goal for the club. Game on now and we drove forward with real determination and got our reward in the 70th minute when Carlum Macloud showed good determination as the ball bounced in the box and he netted for his first goal for the club and bought us level. No thought for the draw as we looked fitter and stronger. The introduction of Ryan Norman gave us extra pace and he and James Simmons on the opposite wing were creating plenty of problems for the visitors and there tackling become ragged and numerous free kicks came our way. In the 83rd minute from a free kick Rocky Hayles superb delivery was met by Mark Wallis who headed home for his first goal of the season to see us take the lead which we comfortably held onto and saw the game out to clinch the points.

So a great win. The second half reaction was superb from all 14 players and from a managers perspective it was great to see we have worked very hard this season since August and this has been the reason why we sit second and are still chasing hard for the title and the desire the players showed today to turn things around made me feel very proud to be their manager.

Team: C.Smith, R.Quigley, R.Smith, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, R.Hayles, C.Calvert, J.Wright, J.Simmons, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs: R.Norman ( J.Wright) P.Mabb ( B.Beaney) O.Kessack ( R.Quigley )

Mom: No one in the first half, but all 14 in the second.

 15/04/14 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Borden Village 2

On Tuesday night we crashed out of the Weald of Kent cup with a well below par performance against a committed Borden side, we can have no complaints as our visitors deserved their victory. 

We started the game badly and were 1 down in the 2nd minute when we dithered on the ball , lost possession and their forward fired home giving keeper Craig Smith no chance. Borden were now full of confidence and should have added more goals but in the 30th minute we levelled when Gary Lockyer was fouled in the area and Buster Beaney slotted home from the spot to see us reach half time level. 

The second half saw us playing a lot better and began controlling the play but in the 65th minute Borden were themselves awarded and converted a penalty for handball which in truth was harsh and only allegedly seen by the referee. This again unsettled us and again Borden should have finished the game off with the chances they created but we hung on and pushed hard to level as the game drew to a close. Gary Lockyer had the ball in the net in the 85th minute but the offside flag was raised and again Ielt this was very close as I felt Gary come from behind the last defender and despite our best efforts we could not level and lost the tie 2-1. 

So disappointment all round, going out of the cup and without doubt our worst display of the season but as I stated afterwards we now need to re focus and keep pushing for the league title and if that eludes us then go all out to secure the runners up berth which would still be a superb achievement for the team this season. 

Team; C.Smith, B.Beaney, T.Ripley, R.Smith, R.Quigley, R.Hayles, L.Taylor, M.Wallis, J.Simmons, R.Norman, G.Lockyer.

Subs : M.Collins ( R.Norman ) P.Burt ( L.Taylor) J.Wright ( B.Beaney)

12/04/12 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Rusthall 0 Lydd Town 0

Another 2 points dropped on Saturday that sees us fall 5 points behind league leaders Hollands and Blair was disappointing but all the guys gave everything they had but luck was not on our side as we created plenty of chances but were unable to score the all important goal to claim victory. 

We started the game playing up the slope on a pitch that I feel is not up to the standard that should be in this league. Our hosts were content to play a long ball game and as the half developed we gradually took control and in the 15th minute Jordan Wright had a good chance but the bounce on the rough surface saw his shot delayed and the keeper saved comfortably. And then in the 25th minute Mark Wallis burst into the box and his drive cannoned of the bar to again deny us the lead and we reached the break level. 

The second half saw us in virtual total control and the home side played on the break as we upped our game and pushed hard to break the deadlock. Gary Lockyer went close on 3 or 4 occasions and Tom Ripley and Ryan Smith both had headers that went close but for all our effort we were unable to score the all important goal and the game ended with us frustrated and disappointed.

So a blow to league title hopes but again I was pleased with the effort everyone put in. Rusthall are a decent side who work hard and their pitch is not suited to playing the ball around on the floor and this certainly hindered our attacking play. 5 games to go now and all we can do is to try to get as many points as possible and hope the leaders falter but also we must keep the hard work going to ensure we hold onto second spot if the title does elude us.

Team : J.Leighton, B.Beaney, R.Quigley, T.Ripley, R.Smith, J.Wright, J.Simmons, R.Hayles, M.Collins, G.Lockyer, M.Wallis.

Subs: O.Kessack ( R.Quigley ) C.Macloud ( M.Collins) R.Norman ( J.Wright ) L.Taylor not used.

Mom: B.Beaney excellent at right back.

09/04/14 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup - Dave Smith

Rolvenden 0 Lydd Town 1 

We came away from Rolvenden with a solid 1-0 victory thanks to a Gary Lockyer goal in the 30th minute after good work from Matt Collins. This game I felt was littered with decisions by the referee that left both sets of players bemused and created a bad feeling between the sides as many poor tackles went unpunished.

We started the game playing up the slope on a good surface and our hosts were certainly not shy in letting us know they meant business with some crunching challenges that as I mentioned were not punished and this did disrupt the flow of the game. We took the lead in the 30th minute when Jordan Wright found Matt Collins who beat 2 defenders before slipping Gary Lockyer in to finish well and we reached the break with the lead.

The second half saw us have more control of the game as our hosts tired but in truth we were wasteful with our final pass and squandered several good positions.  Lloyd Taylor did hit the bar and Gary Lockyer and Matt Collins both went close.  Rolvenden's attacks were comfortably dealt with and in the end we saw out the game and were pleased not to have picked up any serious injuries.

So a semi final place booked for next week against Borden Village. We did have several players missing from this game due to work injuries etC but it was good to get some of the other squad players involved and all of them did what was asked of them and showed we have good depth at the club.

Team: J.Leighton, J.Wright, M.Wallis, P.Mabb, R.Quigley, R.Norman, Matt Collins, L.Taylor, M.Read, G.Lockyer, A.Coyne.

Subs: R.Smith ( P.Mabb ) B.Beaney ( A.Coyne) O.Kessack ( R.Norman) 

Mom: J.Wright, good defending and quality going forward.


05/04/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Bearsted 1

On Saturday we recorded an excellent win over a good Bearsted side that keeps us second in the league and still with a shout of winning the title. This was a very good game played between 2 good footballing sides and I must add it was really good to be playing at home on a superb surface after recently playing on some well below standard pitches. There is a lot of work done at the club behind the scenes prior to games and without doubt the people who get our pitch ready deserve tremendous credit for constantly providing us with a great surface to play on. 

We started the game well and played some sharp quick football with added movement. James Simmons on his full debut looked a threat up top and his link up play with Matt Collins, Rocky Hayles, Jordan Wright and Ryan Norman was very pleasing and after going close on a few occasions we took the lead in the 20th minute when James found Matt who finished well. In truth we should have added more goals in this half, our visitors were happier getting the ball forward quickly but our defence was solid and defended well and we reached the break with only a one goal lead. 

The second half was a different story as Bearsted came into the game a lot more we lost our accuracy of passing and our moves too easily broke down and it was no surprise when our visitors levelled in the 60th minute when their forward found space and fired home. The game now became nip and tuck as both sides to their credit went for the win but as the game reached its last minute it looked like we would drop 2 more points in our quest for the title but we won a corner and from this Ryan Smith saw his shot blocked on the line by what looked like a hand but nothing was given and as the ball came out James Simmons rounded the defender and was clearly fouled and this time our appeals were heard and the penalty was awarded.  Buster Beaney stepped up for the kick and vitally fired home to see us secure all 3 points.

So a good game and a good 3 points and a game I thought all the spectators there would have enjoyed but our result was marred later in the evening when we heard an injury to ever present defender Chris Clements that happened in the first half saw him diagnosed with a broken foot and he will now miss the rest of the season.  Chris has been excellent for us in his debut season for the club and he will without doubt be a big miss for the side as the season draws to a close.

Team: J.Leighton, C.Clements, O.Kessack, T.Ripley, R.Smith, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, Matt Collins, J.Simmons, R.Norman, J.Wright.

Subs : B.Beaney ( C.Clements ) A.Coyne ( R.Norman ) L.Taylor ( R.Hayles )

Mom: J.Simmons, excellent game, pace and power and linked play.

01/04/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Glebe 1 Lydd Town 3

A very good second half performance enabled us to come away from our long mid week trip to Glebe with the win we needed to keep up our title challenge after going into the break trailing 1-0.

The game started with us struggling to cope with the quick movement of the home side who played the ball quickly from front to back and looked well up for the game. But after this opening burst we started to get our game together and in the 15th debutant Carlum Macloud was expertly found by full back Richard Quigley but his shot was well saved by the home keeper,the first of many fine saves he was to make during the game. Next Quigley found Gary Locker but again the home keeper did well to save. Glebe were a real threat going forward and keeper James Leighton on his debut saved well from a deflected shot but from the following corner Glebe took the lead in the 25th minute when we were slow to react and their forward fired home. This did seem to knock our confidence and in truth we were pleased to reach the break only one goal behind.

The lads at half time did not really need telling what we had to improve on in the second half as we all new this was a game we needed to win.

 The reaction we did see was first class from the opening whistle of the second period. Wide man Ryan Norman began to terrorise his full back and strikers Lockyer and Macloud gave us good movement. After going close on a couple of occasions we levelled the game in the 50th minute from a corner after Ryan Smith attempted overhead found Tom Ripley who did the same overhead kick and found the top corner. We were now in control Lockyer, Macloud and Wallis all went close and the second goal looked sure to come and did so in the 75 minute when again Tom Ripley found the net from close range following a scramble from another corner to give us the lead.
The home side did try hard to react to going behind but we were in no mood to give up our lead, the introduction of new signing James Simmons and the returning Rocky Hayles gave us the extra momentum to continue to control the game and striker Gary Lockyer finished well in the 82nd minute to secure our victory and move us joint top.

So a good performance particularly in the second half, debutants James Leighton, James Simmons and Carlum Macloud were all excellent and without doubt we deserved to take the 3 points. Glebe are a decent side and pushed us very hard so it was very pleasing to come away with the victory.

Team: J.Leighton, C.Clements, T.Ripley, R.Smith, R.Quigley, J.Wright, R.Norman, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, G.Lockyer, C.Macloud.

Subs : J.Simmoms ( R.Norman) R.Hayles ( B.Beaney) O.Kessack ( R.Smith) L.Taylor not used.

Mom: G.Lockyer, back to his best 

29/03/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Eltham Palace 0 Lydd Town 0

On Saturday we left Sidcup with a very disappointing 0-0 draw in a game where we never reached anywhere near the level required to win the game. A big blow in our chase for the title but we now need to respond quickly and have the ideal opportunity as we take on Glebe at their Holmsdale Ground on Tuesday. 

The game stated with us playing down the slope but against a strong wind on a very difficult bumpy surface. The home side played with a loan striker and were content to sit back and in truth the half was very stop start with a  referee who unlike many others let a lot of fouls go unpunished and we only created a couple of half chances but never worked the home keeper.

The second half did see us improve and again dominated the game. Strikers Paul Burt and  Gary Lockyer both had chances well saved by the home keeper. With 20 minutes to play we did click into a better mode and forced numerous corners and free kicks but again our final pass was never quite good enough. Ryan Smith saw his drive in the 85th minute again well saved and as hard as we tried we could not get the goal we felt we deserved and ended up frustrated and without all the points. 

So a blow and our second draw of the season against Eltham. I cant put my finger on why we never clicked and it was strange that so many players were below their best but this is what happens in football and we must now move on and look to bounce back.

Team : D.Regan, C.Clement, O.Kessack, T.Ripley, R.Smith, C.Calvert, L.Taylor, M.Wallis, P.Burt, Matt Collins, R.Norman. 

Subs : G.Lockyer ( C.Calvert )  R.Quigley ( O.Kessack ) J.Wright ( L.Taylor )

15/03/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Hollands & Blair 1

On Saturday we scored a very late equaliser against Hollands and Blair that sees us remain at the top of the Invicta league. The game itself was not a classic for the spectators and from our own perspective we never really hit top our top form but again all the players deserve tremendous credit for sticking at it and eventually in my opinion getting the draw that was deserved.

The game started with the visitors taking an early grip of the game we were guilty of giving the ball away easily and looked nervous in our approach. Keeper Craig Smith saved well in the 8th minute but our visitors took the lead in the 12th minute when again Smith saved well but his block hit defender Ryan Smith who directed the ball straight to the James McDonald who scored easily for the visitors. This did spur us into more fluent play but we were restricted to long range attempts and never worked the visiting keeper and we reached the break a goal down.

The players at half time knew they had not played at their best but I could see a real determination in them to put this right in the second half. Blair were comfortable and confident of sitting back and hitting us on the break, we tried hard to get our passing game going but again we were restricted to longer range efforts and were finding it hard to create any real chances. On the break our visitors were dangerous and it took several last ditch challenges to keep the deficit down to just the one goal. The introduction of substitutes Ryan Norman who gave us a real threat from the wing, Craig Calvert who linked play up well from mid field and Lloyd Taylor whose energy and tackling kept getting the ball back for us, saw us enjoy our best period of the game. In the 80th minute Tom Ripley I felt was clearly fouled in the area but not according to the referee and it did look that we were destined to suffer defeat despite delivering some quality free kicks and corners that created scrambles and near misses. But in the very last minute and with our last corner of the game Richard Quigley's excellent delivery was bundled home by defender Ryan Smith to level the game and salvage a vital point.

So a good point that keeps us top for the moment, yes a win was what we really needed and Blair will without doubt be happier with the result but there is still a lot of football left in this season and this result keeps us in the mix with plenty still to play for.

Team: C.Smith,R.Quigley,C.Clement, T.Ripley, R.Smith, B.Beaney, M.Wallis, Matt Collins, J.Wright, P.Burt, G.Lockyer.

Subs: L.Taylor ( B.Beaney ) R.Norman ( Matt Collins ) C.Calvert ( G.Lockyer ) O.Kessack and Al Coyne not used.

Mom: J.Wright..Another good performance and gave us real quality on the flank.

08/03/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Orpington 0 Lydd Town 1

An excellent team performance at 4th placed Orpington on Saturday saw us record a 1-0 victory that sees us take over the top spot in the league. All the players deserve massive credit for this as their commitment and desire over the season so far has been superb and all are a real credit to Lydd Town.

The game started evenly with the home side having more of the ball but we were comfortable and gradually started to take control. In the 25th minute Paul Burt's drive was well saved by the home keeper and straight after this Jordan Wrights good decisive run saw full back Owen Kessack fire over. Next in the 30th minute Ryan Norman went close from Paul Burt's excellent pass. We were now in full control and eventually got our rewards in the 38th minute when Matt Collins picked the ball up in the box and with great skill tricked the home defender who bought him down to see us rewarded a penalty which Paul Burt fired home to give us the lead as we reached half time.

The second half started with us again in control and in the first 15 minutes Tom Ripley, Paul Burt and Ryan Smith all went close to doubling our lead but we were unable to get the second goal and the home side did come more into the game. Keeper Craig Smith pulled off a great save in the 65th minute and we were now being tested defensively for the first real time in the game. But despite this pressure we defended well as a team and fairly comfortably saw off the home sides efforts to record a very good win and a third clean sheet in a row.

I cannot praise the efforts of the squad enough from the minute we arrived at the ground there was a real determination to get the win and this was certainly evident all throughout the day.

Team: C.Smith, C.Clement, T.Ripley, R.Smith, O.Kesack, B.Beaney, M.Wallis, Matt Collins, J.Wright, P.Burt, R.Norman.

Subs: R.Quigley ( O.Kessack ) L.Taylor ( R.Norman ) G.Lockyer ( B.Beaney ) C.Calvert not used.

Mom: C.Clement...Another solid all round game.

01/03/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Kent Football United 0 Lydd Town 2

On Saturday we recorded an excellent 2-0 away victory at Kent Football United that sees us close the gap at the top of the league to just one point. This was a very good all round performance and after the long layoff through the bad weather we have picked up our fitness levels quickly and look back in the grove as we approach the business end of the season.We started the game well and in the 5th minute after a good move involving Matt Collins, Jordan Wright and Ryan Norman that saw Paul Burt slot home we thought we had taken the lead only to see an offside flag raised by the assistant referee. Next we were denied what I thought was a stonewall penalty when Tom Ripley was clearly fouled following a scramble from a corner but we were not to be denied for long and in the 35th minute Matt Collins found wide man Ryan Norman who cleverly lobbed the advancing keeper to put us in front and reach the break with a well deserved lead.

The second half did see us come under more pressure as the home side tried to up their game but our defence were in commanding form and in the 55th minute we broke from the back with Jordan Wright finding Buster Beaney who in turn found Paul Burt who drove into the box and slotted home a well constructed goal. In truth after this the game was as good as over KFU continued to work hard but keeper Craig Smith was rarely tested and as the wet pitch started to cut up more it became difficult to be accurate with our passing and the game ended with us happy with the clean sheet and the two goals. 

So a good win against a decent side and a very pleasing performance from the whole team. Some of our football was excellent and good to watch from the sidelines. Our fitness levels and sharpness are quickly coming back and the lads are all showing the commitment and desire that I ask for. 

Team : C.Smith, C.Clement, O.Kessack, R.Smith, T.Ripley, B.Beaney, C.Calvert, Matt Collins, R.Norman, J.Wright, P.Burt. 

Subs: L.Taylor ( O.Kessack ) G.Lockyer ( R.Norman) M.Wallis ( C.Calvert ) Marc Collins and Steve Ward not used. 

MOM: B.Beaney, controlled the mid field through the whole game

 

22/02/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Crockenhill 0 Lydd Town 9 

On Saturday we returned to league action after our long lay off due to the recent wet weather and won very comfortably 9-0 against rock bottom side Crockenhill. I will give credit to our hosts for the spirit they showed and applaud the way they have continued all season despite taking plenty of heavily defeats.
We started the game attacking the better half of the pitch that was still wet but playable and after early pressure took the lead in the 10th minute when Gary Lockyer found space and slotted home. We added a second 5 minutes later when Jordan Wright and Craig Calvert on his debut set up Matt Collins who again finished with ease and a minute later Jordan Wright's cross found Gary Lockyer who headed our third. It was all one way traffic and disappointingly our hosts were guilty of some poor tackling that the lenient referee let go un punished. Defender Tom Ripley then added a brace of goals from corners and Matt Collins fired in a 25 yard free kick to give us an impressive 6-0 lead at half time.
The second half was a strange event. We were now attacking in the poor half of the pitch and our hosts sat back and just tried to keep the score down. A horrendous high challenge in the 60th minute on Matt Collins saw Crockenhill reduced to 10 men and also ended Matts game and it is hoped he recovers soon from this needless challenge.
We continued to push as much as could be expected after a long lay off but we tired and failed to add to our goals total until the 85th minute when Paul Burt burst clear and slotted home. Amazingly Paul then added 2 more goals in the next 4 minutes to record a 5 minute hat trick that saw us end the game with a 9 goal victory.
So a good return to league action and a good game to build fitness and blow off the cob webs. Craig Calvert had a good debut in midfield as did Owen Kessack at left back in his first start for the team and I feel all the players will certainly have taken a lot from the game as we now head to much sterner tests.

Team: D.Noden, C.Clement, T.Ripley, R.Smith, O.Kessack, C.Calvert, M.Wallis, J.Wright, Matt Collins, G.Lockyer, P.Burt.

Subs: Marc Collins ( Matt Collins) S.Harris ( G.Lockyer ) S.Ward ( R.Smith) B.Beaney not used.

Mom: Paul Burt superb link up play all game and a hat trick to complete his performance.

11/01/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 2 Seven Acre & Sidcup 2

A disappointing overall performance on Saturday saw us loose two vital points as we drew with our visitors Seven Acres but there can be few complaints as the away side deserved at least a point and probably all 3.

We started the game well and scored in the 5th minute when Gary Lockyer found wide man Steve Ward who crossed for Paul Burt to finish well but for the next 20 minutes our visitors had more of the game. However we took a 2 goal lead in the 25th minute when keeper Craig Smith found Marc Collins who in turn found Paul Burt and his cross we superbly turned in by Gary Lockyer for probably one of our best goals of the season. This should have now given us full control of the game but we became complacent and Seven Acres pulled a goal back in the 30th minute when we defended poorly allowing the visiting forward to score easily and we reached the break with a 2-1 lead.

The second half saw our visitors take full control, they were quicker around the pitch and played some good football and deservedly equalised in the 65th minute when again I felt we were slack in our defending and the ball found its way into our goal. So 2 -2 with 20 minutes to go we needed a big reaction and although changes were made we never really go into any good rhythm and still Seven Acres looked the better side. But with only 5 minutes left the ball fell to Gary Lockyer but his effort from a difficult angle hit the post and then from the next attack Seven Acres nearly took all 3 points when there last effort hit the bar and we somehow scrambled the ball away to end the action and leave the game level at 2-2. 

So overall not a good start to the new year and the second half of the season. We had not played since the 14th December and it showed but this game is now gone and we must move on quickly and look to find the form that saw us have such a great start to the season. From myself to Liam, Darren and all the players we need to up the work rate, commitment and attitude as there are a lot of good sides in this league and we are one of them so the focus now is on getting over this and getting back on track because good sides have the ability to bounce back so this will be our aim next week. 

Team: C.Smith, J.Wright, C.Clement, T.Ripley, Marc Collins, Steve Ward, Matt Collins, M.Wallis, A.Purse, G.Lockyer, P.Burt. 

Subs : B.Beaney ( J.Wright) A.Coyne ( S.Ward ) R.Norman ( A.Purse ) O.Kessack not used.

Mom ; T.Ripley excellent again

14/12/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 3 Glebe 0

On Saturday we bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat at Bridon with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over a Glebe side that possessed good individuals but lacked real cohesion in their play and this enabled us to control the game and win with ease. We started the game well and took the lead in the 7th minute when Matt Collins and Paul Burt linking well with Pauls final ball finding the returning Gary Lockyer who finished well to give us the perfect start. Next Buster Beaney found Gary but this time he was wayward with his finish and let Glebe of the hook but our second goal did come in the 20th minute when Marc Collins free kick was powerfully headed home by defender Tom Ripley. Glebe were neat with the ball and in the 40th minute hit a post from a dangerous cross  as they enjoyed their best spell of the game but we rode that piece of luck and went into the break with a 2 goal cushion. 

Again we started the half well and in the 55th minute Marc Collins corner was again met by Tom Ripley who found the net to give us a comfortable 3 goal lead. The rest of the half saw us in total control and we did create several chances, Steve Harris headed against a post, Matt Collins forced a quality save from the visiting keeper and several half chances went begging. Defensively we were solid and never looked like conceding a goal and we saw the game out to register a good win.

Team : C.Smith, C.Clement, T.Ripley, R.Smith, R.Quigley, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, Matt Colllins, Marc Collins, G.Lockyear, P.Burt. 

Subs; S.Harris ( P.Burt ) S.Ward ( Matt Collins ) A.Purse ( R.Smith ) J.Wright not used. 

Mom: T.Ripley, 2 goals and another outstanding performance.

 

07/12/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Bridon Ropes 1 Lydd Town 0

On Saturday we suffered our first league defeat of the season in a game which I felt a draw would have been a fair result, but again I felt we were slightly off the pace of the game and in consistent with our final pass and decision making and our big test now is getting the correct response from everyone for the next game.

The game started evenly with both defences looking sharp and controlling all attacks comfortably. Both sides were trying to play football and it was a good contest to watch from the touch line. In the 30th minute Paul Burt spun and shot from 25 yards and was unlucky as the ball smashed into the cross bar but apart from that neither keeper was to troubled and half time was reached with the sides level.

The second half again was even but the tempo of the game was rising and the inconsistent referee did seem to be favouring the home side with many decisions and in the 55th minute we fell behind from such a decision when from a free kick 20 yards out our wall melted and the ball flew home with keeper Craig Smith having no chance.

This did spur us into action but again the home defence was very organised and were doing well in keeping us out. Tom Ripley headed against the bar in the 70th minute and Paul Burt hit the post the 75th but our best chance came when Matt Collins squeezed the ball across goal and debutant Owen Kessack was inches away from stretching to level the game. The game became heated as both sides battled hard we lost Steve Harris for a harsh second yellow card and the game ended with us unable to force an equaliser.

So disappointment but not a disaster and maybe a wake up call for us all. Our start to the season has been superb and everyone deserves tremendous credit for this but now we start again and look to get on another run as we near the end of this year and move into the new one. 

Team: C.Smith, C.Clement, R.Smith, T.Ripley, R.Quigley, M.Wallis, A.Purse, J.Wright, Matt Collins, S.Harris, P.Burt.
Subs: Marc Collins ( J.Wright ) B.Beaney ( A.Purse ) O.Kessack ( C.Clement ) A.Coyne not used.
Mom: Craig Smith, excellent controlled game even with an injury. 

30/11/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 3

On Saturday we completed the league double over Lewisham in a game where we only really played well in patches but overall possessed far more quality than our hosts and there can be little complaint over the scoreline. We started very quickly and Paul Burt in his full debut saw his close range effort well saved by the home keeper but in the 10th minute Steve Harris and Matt Collins linked well and Matt's pass found Paul who this time finished well in the bottom corner. From then on the game became a lot closer as we were wasteful with ball and encouraged the home side to attack. Keeper Craig Smith saved well from the home forward in the 30th minute and 5 minutes later a easy header was put over as we came under some pressure, but we held on and reached the break with the lead.

We talked at half time about the need to up our performance and this we did with great effect and in the 50th minute Paul Burt slotted Matt Collins through on the left and he curled the ball home to give us a 2 goal lead and 10 minutes later we effectively killed the game off when Jordan Wright burst through the home defence and comfortably lobbed the home keeper to put us 3 goals clear.
The rest if the game saw Lewisham have plenty of the ball but our goal was rarely threatened and our defence were certainly in the mood to keep another clean sheet and we cruised home to record another excellent away win.

I did feel we looked a little rusty having not played last week and this game and performance will  have helped us for some tough fixtures over the coming weeks.

Team: C.Smith, C.Clement, R.Smith, T.Ripley, R.Quigley, M.Wallis, A.Purse, J.Wright, Matt Collins, S.Harris, P.Burt.

Subs: B.Beaney (R.Smith ) Marc Collins ( J.Wright ) S.Ward ( P.Burt)

Mom: Matt Collins, scored one and set one up and was a constant threat.

16/11/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 2 Orpington 1

On Saturday we maintained our unbeaten start to the league season with a hard fought but deserved victory over visiting Orpington.We started the game very well and dominated the early exchanges and played some of the best football of the season and deservedly took the lead in the 10th minute when Richard Quigley's cross found Steve Harris who finished well. Five minutes later Matt Collins beat 3 players and his fierce drive hit the bar and shortly after that Matt looked to have been bought down in the box but the referee denied our penalty appeals. Orpington were gradually finding there feet after a torrid start and they levelled when we switched off from a free kick in the 30th minute and their captain, Glenn Brewer,  was unmarked in the box and headed home to see us go in level at the break.

We felt at half time we had let ourselves down but our response at the start of the second half was excellent and in the 55th minute Gary Lockyer collected the ball on the edge of the box and superbly curled the ball home to put us back in front. Next our visitors were reduced to 10 men when Alex Campbell-Chambers picked up 2 unnecessary yellow cards in the space of 5 minutes. This gave us the extra man and enabled us to play a more patient game but we never killed the game of despite several good efforts and Orpington to their credit fought hard to the end but in truth never created any real chances that would deny us the 3 deserved points.So a very good team performance and a good victory that keeps us in second place in the league.

Craig Smith in goal had a solid game. The back four of Clement, Smith, Ripley and Quigley performed well as a unit and dominated a good forward line.Wallis and Taylor in centre mid battled hard and won plenty of ball for us and our wingers Collins and Wright always gave us a cutting edge with good attacking runs by beating their full backs and Harris and Lockyer up top battled hard and deservedly scored a goal each. In addition to this there were debuts for central midfielder Adam Purse who showed he has plenty to offer with a controlled 30 minutes and striker Paul Burt who showed good touches and linked play well in his first run out. A mention to Steve Ward and Marc Collins who were both unused subs as I felt with the game close additional changes were not required and I praise them both for their good attitude and again as I always state we have a big squad and at times players won't play depending on what I feel we require but I know that as the season progresses every member of the squad will have a role to play.

Team: C.Smith, R.Quigley, C.Clement, R.Smith, T.Ripley, M.Wallis, L.Taylor, Matt Collins, J.Wright,S.Harris, G.Lockyer.Subs: A.Purse ( L.Taylor) P.Burt ( S.Harris ) Marc Collins and Steve Ward not used

Mom: Many good performances but Jordan Wright just nicks it with a superb game in his preferred position out wide.

 

 

09/11/13 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy 1st Round 2nd Leg - Dave Smith 

Hollands & Blair 4 Lydd Town 1

On Saturday we exited the Kent Invicta League cup after losing the second leg of the tie 4-1 but in truth this in my opinion this is not a true reflection of the game as for long periods we looked more than capable of winning the tie but over the 2 legs we cannot have to many complaints regarding the final outcome.We started the game with us playing up the slope in Gillingham and with plenty of surface water around it was tricky for both sides but we got the perfect start after 5 minutes when defender Tom Ripley headed home from Richard Quigley's corner. This set the tone for the half as we looked the better side as Blair struggled to get into their rhythm, both Gary Lockyer and Matt Collins had the chance to increase our lead and we looked very dangerous on all our attacks. The loss of midfielder Mark Wallis through injury just before the break was a real blow as he was having a very good game  and we reached the break one goal to the good. 

The second half again saw us in control Matt Collins had a great chance well saved by the home keeper and it looked only a matter of time before we added a second. But in the 60th minute from our own corner we lost the ball and got punished on the counter attack and Blair levelled. This visibly deflated us and Blair took full control and quickly scored again to virtually kill the tie and although we did try to fight back we conceded two further goals and as frustration kicked in we saw Gary Lockyer and Lloyd Taylor both dismissed by the referee who in my view could have shown more common sense but was adamant in applying the letter of the law. 

So a 4-1 defeat in this game and 7-3 on aggregate over the two legs, no doubt Blair over the tie deserved to go through and in this format it will take a good side to stop them winning this cup again but it's a long season and we will certainly be looking forward to the return league game at Lydd. 

Team: C.Smith, B,Beaney, C.Clement, T.Ripley, R.Quigley, M.Wallis, L.Taylor, R.Norman, J.Wright, Matt Collins, G.Lockyer.

Subs : S.Harris ( M.Wallis ) Marc Collins ( B.Beaney ) A.Coyne ( R.Norman) A.Purse not used. 

Mom: Tom Ripley - Superb performance and did not deserve to be on the loosing side.

02/11/2013 - Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy 1st Round 1st Leg - Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 2 Hollands & Blair 3

On Saturday we lost the first leg of the Kent Invicta league cup tie against Hollands and Blair in a game that was spoilt by a strong wind and driving rain but with the second leg this week and only a one goal deficit we are still in this tie and will travel to Gillingham confident of turning the tie around.We started the game playing with the wind behind us and we got the perfect start in the 3rd minute when Matt Collins headed onto Tom Ripley who finished superbly to give us the lead. The wind was gusting and then dying and this allowed Blair to counter attack and forced new keeper Brad McNamara into two good saves to keep our lead in tact and in the 25th minute we doubled our lead when Matt Collins fired in a free kick from 25 yards. Again the wind eased and Blair to their credit got a grip of the game and pulled a goal back in the 35th minute and then leveled the game with an excellent finish in the 40th minute to see us go in 2-2 at half time. 

The second half started with the wind now a lot stronger and added to the mix driving rain and hail stones fell as well. We were finding it nearly impossible to attack at all and Blair were well on top and forced numerous corners but to the credit of the whole team we dug in and held firm. Then with the referee debating as to whether to abandon the game the weather eased and we managed to get a foot hold again and from Alex Coyne's excellent cross the visiting defender did well to not score and own goal and only concede a corner.But from this corner we quickly lost the ball and conceded a corner of our own from which Blair took the lead as a scramble in our box led to what looked like the ball being punched into the net. So 3-2 down and 10 minutes to go, I felt we would not be able to level the game as the rain and wind and our stubborn defending had taken its toll on our fitness levels and in truth we did well to see the game out with only a one goal defeat. Although it will be a tough ask to go away and win with enough to cancel out this result, with away goals counting double, I feel we showed enough today to warrant our optimism. In such poor conditions all the lads deserve tremendous credit for the effort and commitment that they all showed during the game and I was pleased with these aspects even with the defeat. 

Team: B.McNamara, J.Wright, Marc Collins, R.Smith, C.Clement, M.Wallis, T.Ripley, Matt Collins, R.Norman, S.Harris, G.Lockyer. 

Subs : S.Ward ( R.Norman ) A.Coyne ( J.Wright ) J.Tomsett ( Matt Collins ) 

Mom: B.McNamara, excellent debut for the club  

19/10/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 2 Lewisham Borough 0

On Saturday we recorded our 9th victory of the season with a hard fought but in the end comfortable victory over visiting Lewisham. Overall I felt we won the game with relative ease and if we had taken our chances would have won more comfortably.The game kicked off late due to Lewisham's inability to be able to all get to the ground at the same time but we dealt with this frustration well and were quickly into our stride. Gary Lockyer was denied in the 5th minute by a good save by the visiting keeper and from the following corner Tom Ripley headed the resulting corner just wide. In the 12th minute Marc Collins 20 yard free kick struck the post and 10 minutes later a superb flowing move involving Richard Quigley, Marc and Matt Collins saw Gary go close again. A goal looked on the cards and it arrived in the 27th minute when Matt Collins robbed a defender and found Gary who slotted home to give us a deserved lead that we held onto until the break.
At the start of the second half Lewisham paid the price for a stream of poor challenges when one of their midfielders was dismissed for a silly reaction to giving away a needless foul. This made the game comfortable for us and keeper Craig Smith had a relatively  easy afternoon as our defence totally controlled our visitors attacks. Attacking wise we created plenty of chances but we were denied by both the erratic visiting keeper and being a bit wasteful with our finishing. Gary, Steve Harris, Matt Collins and Ryan Smith all could have doubled our lead but we had to wait until the 80th minute to do this when Gary robbed the last defender who took to long to decide what he wanted to do and ended up walking the ball into the net to kill the game and see us collect all 3 points.
So still top of the table and 9 wins out of 10 league games, a magnificent start and all the players are entitled to be very pleased with what we have done so far this season. As a manager I expect commitment, desire and passion and all the lads have shown this and being top of the league is no more than they deserve. We now have no game next week and this is followed by the 2 legged cup game against 2nd placed Hollands and Blair so a break from league action for 3 weeks which is disappointing but it will give a couple of injuries time to clear up so when the league action returns we will be ready.
Team: C.Smith, J.Wright, R.Smith, C.Clement, R.Quigley. B.Beaney, T.Ripley, Marc Collins, Ryan Norman, Matt Collins, Gary Lockyer.
Subs: A.Coyne ( R.Norman) H.Hrehorow ( J.Wright) S.Harris ( Marc Collins ) J.Tomsett not used.
Mom: R.Smith, getting back to his best, dominant in the air and on the floor.

12/10/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Meridian VP 1 Lydd Town 4

On Saturday we collected 3 hard fought points against Meridian in a game of 2 halves where we were poor in the first and good in the second. Merdian to their credit battled hard and had good individuals but overall we deserved the win and maintained our position at the top of the league.We started slowly and were guilty of giving the ball away to easy through sloppy passing the home side gained confidence from this and looked the hungrier of the two sides. We did come close in the 20th minute when Gary Lockyer combined well with Matt Collins and Matt fired just wide but apart from set pieces we were not creating too much as the game became edgy and a few bad tackles went and this trend led to Meridian being reduced to 10 men with 5 minutes of the half remaining when skipper Buster Beaney was on the end of a poor challenge. We should have then seen the half out knowing we had the advantage of playing against 10 men but we conceded a needless free kick that saw us fall behind when the home forward scored with an easy header to see us trail at the break. 

The second half started with us looking more like a side that is top of the league, we upped the tempo and changed formation to give us more attacking options and we were eventually rewarded in the 60th when Gary Lockyer played Matt Collins through on goal and he finished superbly. Five minutes later we took the lead when Gary broke through and again finished well. Meridian we now looking tired and being a man down was taking its toll. We added a third goal in the 80th minute when the home defender deflected Gary's shot into his own goal and with only 2 minutes remaining a superb run by Ryan Norman saw him hacked down in the box and upped stepped Beaney to score our fourth from the resultant penalty and seal the win. 

So a good win, never at our best but we showed a good determination to get back in the game and the players do deserve credit for this. We know we can play better than this but to win when we were below par is good and everyone can be pleased with the result. 

Team : C.Smith, J.Wright, R.Smith, C.Clement, R.Quigley, T.Ripley, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, Marc Collins, Matt Collins, G.Lockyer. 

Subs : S.Harris ( J.Wright ) R.Norman ( R.Smith) L.Taylor ( Marc Collins ) S.Ward ( injured in warm up ) 

Mom: Matt Collins, changed the game with his goal and was a constant threat.   

05/10/13 - Kent Senior Trophy - Dave Smith 

Hollands & Blair 4 Lydd Town 1 (aet)

On Saturday we lost our first game of the season to Hollands and Blair in the KCT trophy in a game which I felt we played really well but lost the momentum after taking the lead when we picked up early second half injuries and with the game going into extra time we run out of steam and can have no complaints over the final outcome and wish our hosts all the best in the next round of this competition.

The game saw us start playing down the slope in Gillingham and with a different more defensive based formation we settled well and in the 5th minute Ryan Norman linked well with Steve Harris and went close. In the 20th minute Tom Ripley struck the post from Richard Quigley cross and then probably our best chance of the half came in the 30th minute when Tom Ripley played Matt Collins through his effort was well saved and Steve Harris saw his follow up just go wide and the half ended scoreless but we had played well and looked in control. 

The second half saw us again start in control and we got the breakthrough in the 50th minute when Matt Collins curled in a superb free kick from the edge of the box. We then lost Matt and skipper Buster Beaney to injury this handed the momentum to our hosts and they leveled in the 65th minute when I felt we were a little slack in our marking and allowed the home forward to much space to score. We were now hanging on and our attacking threat was dwindling as the game headed towards the end of the 90 minutes our best threat was set pieces but we could not manage to nick a goal and the game ended and extra time was needed. 

I knew this was going to be a big ask for us as we had used all our substitutes and had 2 or 3 players carrying injuries and as I feared we conceded early in the first period but again we showed great character and got through the half only 1 behind. We changed to a more attacking formation for the second period but within 5 minutes of the start of this half we conceded 2 more goals both through errors that killed the game and saw us end up losing 4-1 in a game that I felt was a really good advert for the Invicta league. 

So disappointment at losing but plenty of pluses and some really outstanding performances, we now return back to league action and I will now be looking for a response from all the players over the next few weeks. 

Team : C.Smith, B.Beaney, R.Smith, C.Clements, R.Quigley, L.Taylor, M.Wallis, T.Ripley, Matt Collins, R.Norman, S.Harris.

 Subs : Marc Collins ( Matt Collins ) J.Wright ( B.Beaney ) J.Tomsett ( R.Norman )

 Mom: T.Ripley, pushed hard by others and did not deserve to be on the losing side.  

28/09/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 4 Crockenhill 0

A comfortable 4-0 victory over a struggling Corckenhill outfit saw us maintain our position as league leaders. In a game that never really hit any great heights we showed good patience and played enough good football to deservedly take the points.
Playing against a strong breeze in the first half we did struggle for the first 20 minutes or so to get going but even in that period Tom Ripley saw his header cleared off the line and Ryan Norman was denied one on one by a good save from the visiting keeper. After this opening we started to play better and in the 35th minute Steve Ward sent Gary  Lockyer through but again his effort was well saved. Next Ryan Smith found Steve Ward with a good pass and he was bought down in the area for a clear penalty. Up stepped Gary but his fierce strike sailed over but 2 minutes later in the 43rd minute Richard Quigley linked well with Marc Collins who found Gary who atoned for his miss by finishing well to give us the lead as we reached half time.
Now with the wind behind us we were comfortably in control and in the 55th minute Ryan Norman added our second when he intercepted a poor pass and rounded the keeper to score. Next another penalty kick when substitute Matt Collins was again clearly bought down in the area and this time Buster Beaney stepped up and slotted home and the scoring was completed by Gary Lockyer in the 85th minute when he burst through the defence and scored with ease as he outpaced the keeper to the ball.
Team: C.Smith, J.Wright, T..Ripley, C.Clement, R.Quigley, L.Taylor, R.Smith, Marc Collins, S.Ward, R.Norman, G.Lockyer.
Subs : S.Harris ( R.Norman) B.Beaney ( J.Wright ) Matt Collins ( R.Smith )
Mom: Ryan Norman, constant threat and thrived in a more advanced role.

 

21/09/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Seven Acre & Sidcup 1 Lydd Town 3

Saturday saw us win 3 v 1 away at Seven  Acres and with this result we now top the league, a superb achievement and one all the lads can be very proud off as they have all put in the required commitment in the early weeks of the season.This was a good game of football and Seven Acres are certainly a decent side and I feel we did very well to come away with all 3 points as we did have to deal with a lot of pressure from the home side but we stuck to the task well and in my opinion just about deserved the win.

We started the game playing up the slope and in the 2nd minute keeper Craig Smith saved well in a  one on one situation as the home forward's pace caught us out. We took the lead against the run of play in the 7th minute when Richard Quigley's cross cum shot deceived the home keeper and nestled in the top corner .Next Seven Acres hit the post from the edge of the box and we responded to that with a flowing move involving Richard Quigley, Steve Ward and Gary Lockyer with Gary's drive just missing the target. The game was too open for my liking as both sides attacked, Seven Acres hit the bar in the 25th minute and 2 minutes later Tom Ripley headed against the home side's bar. Then in the 35thminute Gary Lockyer was again denied by the home keeper with another good save and as the half ended we were very pleased to go in with the narrow 1-0 lead. 

It was stressed at half time the need to be more patient and defend well as a team, this we did very well in the early exchanges of the half and although our hosts had a fair amount of the ball in truth our goal was rarely threatened. We then doubled our lead in the 70th minute when Gary Lockyer's corner was met on the volley by Steve Ward and his shot flew home. We should now have seen the game out comfortably but we got sloppy in the 78th minute and allowed Seven Acres back in the game when there midfielder fired home from 20 yards after being allowed to much room. The game was well and truly in the balance now as the home side sensed the chance to level but the introduction of Ryan Norman for the hard working Steve Harris saw Ryan win us a penalty in the 82nd minute after a jinking run and up stepped Gary Lockyer to fire home and secure the points. 

So a tough game and credit to the home side as they battled hard and if they continue to play like that there won’t be many sides that win there but again tremendous credit to all my players. We have not quite hit the free flowing football of the first few weeks of the season but we are now a side that knows how to win. We keep a good shape and everyone contributes with commitment and desire and I cant ask for any more than that. 

Team: C.Smith, R.Quigley, J.Wright, T.Ripley, C.Clemence, L.Taylor, M.Wallis, S.Ward, Marc Collins, S.Harris, G.Lockyer. 

Subs : H.Hrebrow ( M.Wallis ) R.Norman ( S.Harris ) R.Smith ( L.Taylor ) 

Mom: S.Ward, a hard working display with quality and a vital goal. 

14/09/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 1 Eltham Palace 1

On Saturday we dropped our first points of the season with a hard fought draw against previously pointless Eltham, but on the evidence of this game I am sure if they field this side each week they will certainly give sides plenty of problems. We did in fact create enough chances to win the game but for long periods Eltham played the better football and deserved the draw.We played against a fairly strong breeze in the first half and our visitors settled the better and there strong midfield took charge of the game but as per all our matches this season our defending was very good and we managed to keep them from creating any real chances. We gradually came into the game and created some real clear cut chances but our finishing let us down and we ended the half 0-0. 

The second half saw us start well and in the 50th minute a Marc Collins free kick was headed home by defender Tom Ripley for his 5th goal this season to put us in the lead. This I felt should have been the signal to take control but again Eltham to their credit came back into the game as their midfield drove them forward. This saw us now playing on the break and again we created plenty of chances but we were not at our best in this area and as happens in so many games we were caught out in the 70th minute when we lost the ball from our own throw in near our area and the Eltham attacker fired home from 25 yards.

A shock to us all and the game was now in the balance. We pushed hard for the winner but did revert to a long ball game that did see us create chances but also saw us give the ball back to our visitors who still continued to play. Frustration came into the game for us as a couple of very tight offside calls hampered us and we ended the game with only 1 point and all left the pitch disappointed.So  our 100% record gone, maybe a good thing so we can now take stock of what we have done so far this season and quite truthfully if someone had said to me before the start of the season that we would get 16 points from the first 6 games I think I would have taken this all day so we take the positives away from our good start and prepare for the next games.

Team; C.Smith, J.Wright, T.Ripley, C.Clemence, R.Quigley, B.Beaney, L.Taylor, Marc Collins, S.Ward, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.

Subs : H.Herbrow ( Marc Collins ) M.Wallis ( C.Clemence ) R.Norman ( S.Ward)

 Mom : T.Ripley another assured performance and another goal, excellent.

 

07/09/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Sutton Athletic 1 Lydd Town 2

Saturday we maintained our 100% start to the season with a hard fought 2 v 1 victory away to Sutton. In truth we were never at our best but the lads still deserve tremendous credit for digging deep and pulling off another win.
The game started with Sutton on top and using the big pitch to put us under pressure. Our hosts certainly gained an early advantage as we struggled to deal with their use of the ball and midfield movement. The early loss of striker Steve Harris after getting kicked to the ground off the ball was another blow and we looked to be off the pace in most areas, but we did manage to keep the home side at bay and restricted them to only a few half chances and reached half time level at 0-0.
The second half started badly for us as we conceded an early goal after losing the ball with a couple of poor tackles that allowed the Sutton forward to score with ease. This did seem to wake us up and we came into the game, substitute Matt Collins was linking well with Gary Lockyer and his run onto the area saw him bought down to earn us a penalty in the 55th minute. Skipper Buster Beaney stepped up and coolly levelled the game for us. We now seemed to be the more dangerous side as many of Sutton's attacks were broken up by our impressive defence and our own attacking play saw us looking the more likely to score. This was certainly to be the case in the 75th minute when another substitute Marc Collins free kick found defender Tom Ripley at the far post and his header squeezed across the line to give us the lead. Sutton again upped theIr play but again everyone dug deep and we defended as a team and fairly comfortably saw the game out to record a good victory.
Sutton will probably feel aggrieved not to have taken something from the game but that's football, we took our chances when they came and showed a good determination to battle for the win.
Team: C.Smith, J.Wright, T.Ripley, C.Clemence, R.Quigley, L.Taylor, B.Beaney, R.Norman, S.Ward, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs : Marc Collins ( R.Norman ) Matt Collins ( S.Harris ) H.Hrebrow ( B.Beaney ) A.Coyne not used.
Mom : J.Wright, excellent game at full back

 

 31/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 5 Rusthall 1

On Saturday we again produced a quality all round performance to beat visiting Rusthall and maintain our 100% start to the season. 
We started the game looking sharp and were soon creating problems for the visiting defence. In the 5th minute Jordan Wright linked well with Steve Harris who found Ryan Norman but his effort went just wide. Next Buster Beaney's 25 yard drive was well saved by the Rusthall keeper but we were not to be denied for long as following a scramble from a corner Gary Lockyer fired us into the lead with only 12 minutes gone.We doubled our lead in the 20th minute when RIchard Quigley's corner was volleyed home by defender Tom Ripley. We did then drop off the pace a little and Rusthall did come into the game a bit more but rarely troubled keeper Craig Smith and we reached half time with a comfortable lead.
The second half saw us come out flying. In the 47th minute Richard Quigley's drive smashed into the cross bar and then in the 52nd minute Matt Collins broke down the right hand side and his cross was turned into his own net by a visiting defender. Gary Lockyer then hit the bar himself and Steve Harris saw his header superbly saved by the keeper who was having a very good game but again our next goal was not far away and in the 65th minute Gary Lockyer broke in from the left and he squared for substitute Steve Ward to score with his first touch. Then in the 80th minute Steve Harris deservedly added our 5th with a tremendous finish from 25 yards that even the inspired Rusthall keeper could only watch. With the game well and truly won we did switch off and Rusthall nicked a goal that slightly dampened our day but overall we had produced a high quality performance and without doubt we are heading in the right direction as a team and a squad.
Team: C.Smith, J.Wright, T.Ripley, C.Clement, R.Quigley, R.Norman, Matt Collins, B.Beaney, L.Taylor, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs : S.Ward ( R.Norman) Marc Collins ( Matt Collins ) A.Coyne ( B.Beaney )
Mom: C.Clements, another quality solid performance.

26/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Bearsted 0 Lydd Town 1

A hard fought game on Monday saw us come away with all 3 points from our trip to Maidstone after winning this game 1-0 with probably our best performance so far this season.
Bearsted started the game been the better side as their direct style to a quick forward line forced us to mainly defend. Certainly our hosts seemed well motivated for the game after a some what disappointing start to the season. We struggled to get the ball down and looked edgy and tense but we did maintain a very good shape and our defending was very good with Richard  Quigley,  Buster Beaney,Tom Ripley and Chris Clements all in good form. Bearsted did create a few half chances, their best coming in the 35th minute when from our own corner we were caught out on the counter attack and it took a last gasp tackle from Chris Clements to keep us level. After this we did come more into the game with Mark Wallis and Lloyd Taylor in midfield starting to win the battle and we used our passing game to create our own half chances and we finished the half level but with a ever growing confidence.
The second half saw us begin on top, we used the full width of the pitch well with Matt Collins and Ryan Norman giving us good attacking options. We ourselves now were looking the more likely to score and went close with efforts from Collins, Harris and Lockyer. We were eventually rewarded in the 70th minute when Gary Lockyer latched on to a through ball and finished superbly to give us the vital lead. This did spark the home side into more attacking action and they were unlucky when they hit the post with a header from a free kick but this their best chance gone and keeper Craig Smith who commanded his area very well all day dominated all other balls into the box and saw us home to collect all 3 points.
A good performance and one all the lads can be pleased with. Bearsted are a good side but we showed we are starting to click as a side, the new players are gelling well and results like this are very pleasing and shows that if we can continue like this we will hopefully have a good season.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, T.Ripley, C.Clements, R.Quigley, L.Taylor, M.Wallis, R.Norman, M.Collins, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: A.Coyne ( M.Wallis ) P.Futcher ( S.Harris ) S.Ward ( R.Norman )
Mom: G.Lockyer,quality goal and good all round performance

17/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith 

Hollands & Blair 1 Lydd Town 2

On Saturday we clinched a victory with 2 late goals in a game where we were second best for long periods but at the end of the day we can still take a lot out of the game as we showed a real determination to withstand pressure and quality at vital times to take the 3 points.
We started the game defending a strong wind and playing up the slope on a surface that was very bobbly and not easy to play on. Our hosts forced the early pressure and we found it very difficult to create any worth while chances. We were being closed down very quickly all over the pitch and we generally looked off the pace. This said we still defended very well and got to the break level at 0-0.
Now with the elements in our favour for the second half I expected us to now take more control of the game, but the tone seemed set after the first half and Blair continued to be the better side and were rewarded when a 20 yard drive curled away from keeper Craig Smith to give them a deserved lead in the 55th minute. We now needed to respond, changes were made as we pushed more players forward but again we struggled to create any real chances and if our hosts had been more clinical with their finishing they could have rapped the game up. As we moved into the last 10 minutes Blair started to sit back and this encouraged us forward. Richard Quigley started finding space and pushed the home side back with good runs. From a corner in the 82nd minute Tom Ripley saw his header superbly saved by the home keeper and then from another corner we levelled in the 87th minute when after a scramble the ball fell to Steve Harris 10 yards out and he drilled the ball home. A point was looking a real bonus but we won another corner and Richard Quigley's delivery was headed back into the area by Mark Wallis and substitute Steve Ward headed home from 6 yards to send us into the lead. We did then survive the added minutes and saw the game out and without doubt were delighted to take all the points. 
So a real bonus to gain a victory in a game where we were never at our best, Hollands and Blair are a good side and showed us that we need improve. They will be one of the title contenders again this year and we must learn from this game and work on the negatives but still be pleased with the outcome as any win is a good win. 
Team: C.Smith, C.Clements, T.Ripley, S.Marsh, R.Quigley, L.Taylor, M.Wallis, M.Collins, J.Wright, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: S.Ward ( M.Collins ) A.Coyne ( L.Taylor) D.Barham ( J.Wright) J.Tomsett and P.Futcher not used
Mom: T.Ripley, simply outstanding 

10/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith

Lydd Town 6 Meridian VP 0

Saturday saw us win the first league game of the season with a quality all round performance against a Meridian side that in truth never were allowed into the game as we dominated from start to finish.
We started with an ever increasing wind behind us and scored our first goal in the 5th minute when Richard Quigley's  free kick was glanced home to debutant Tom Ripley this set the tone for the game as we took control. We added a second in the 25th minute when another debutant Matt Collins beat 2 defenders in the box and squeezed the ball into the net. Next striker Gary Lockyer got in on the act and was allowed to much space and fired home from 25 yards to put us 3 clear. Meridian had no answer to our play and we scored a superb 4th in the 38th minute when our 3rd debutant Chris Clements linked up with Matt Collins and Gary Lockyer who in turn found Richard Quigley who smashed the ball home. With half time just moments away Lloyd Taylor found Gary Lockyer with a superb pass and again Gary fired home to give us a 5-0 half time lead.
The second half saw us defending the ever increasing wind and Meridian with this advantage did come more into game but our defence, well marshalled by our 4th debutant Sam Marsh, comfortably dealt with any threats. We slowed the game down and played with good patience and added a 6th when Tom Ripley added his second from a scramble after a corner that saw us win the game very comfortably.
So an excellent start to the season a very good team performance with some outstanding individual performances, a game where we played with a great deal of skill and real determination and I felt it showed that we have had a good pre-season with good preparation that has got us ready to start the season well.
Team: C.Smith, R.Quigley, C.Clements, T.Ripley, S.Marsh, M.Wallis, L.Taylor, J.Wright, M.Collins, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: J.Tomsett ( M.Collins) P.Futcher ( S.Harris ) D.Barham ( L.Taylor) A.Coyne and J.Whyte not used.
Mom: L.Taylor, all round quality performance that matched his dedication to pre-season 

 20/07/2013 - Pre season friendly by Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Hythe Town 1

 

Saturday saw us draw our first pre season friendly 1-1 against local Ryman league side Hythe Town. In a game that saw us fall behind in the first minute and in truth looked to be struggling for the first period of the game against good opposition but we rallied well and gradually came into the game as it progressed. The second half was extremely pleasing as we showed good levels of fitness in our first run out and deservedly leveled the game when Alex Coyne finished well. We did miss a late penalty that would have given us the win but in my opinion a draw was a fair result . Some really good individual performances and as the game went on the team with several new players did start to blend well and everyone will have certainly benefited from a good run out.
My thanks go to the players and officials of Hythe Town for giving us the chance to play them at our ground and wish them well for the coming season with their quest for promotion.

04/05/2013 & 06/05/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 0 Bearsted 5 & Seven Acre & Sidcup 1 Lydd Town 2

The final weekend of the season saw us play 2 games and in 3 days. The first game saw us lose 5-0 at home to Bearsted in without doubt our worst display since Christmas but the second saw us travel to Sidcup to take on Seven Acre and come away with a superb 2-1 victory. With these results our season has now ended and we currently sit 5th in the league awaiting one more game to see if we hold onto that position or drop to 6th.

Our Saturday game against Bearsted started badly when keeper Paul Egan was injured in the 5th minute whilst conceding the first goal, unfortunate Paul was quite badly hurt and had to be replaced by goal keeping coach Darren Heales. We looked sluggish all over and Bearsted doubled their lead in the 15th minute and went into the break with this lead.
I hoped for a better second half but my hopes were quashed in the 55th minute as Bearsted scored again, this left us only pride to play for as the game was beyond us but even this was lacking and Bearsted added 2 more goals. And to complete a bad day all round central defender Ryan Smith saw red from the over zealous referee and I think we were all glad to hear the final whistle.
Not to much to add to this, the players were told my views and what I expected from the Monday game.
Team: P.Egan, B.Beaney, J.Miller, R.Smith, R.Quigley, A.Coyne, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, J.Wright, S.Harris, G.Lockyer
Subs: D.Heales ( P. Egan ) L.Taylor ( J.Wright) M.Collins ( B.Beaney)
Mom: No one even close.
Monday we traveled to Sidcup with a few players missing and in truth I feared the worst, a dust bowl of a concrete hard pitch but I asked for a response from our poor display on Saturday and I certainly got it.
Our hosts started the brighter but we looked dangerous on the break and took the lead in the 15th minute when Buster Beaney split the home defence and Gary Lockyer finished with real quality. We were now in charge and doubled our lead in the 30th minute when Beaney's free kick was headed home by defender Ryan Smith to give us a solid 2-0 half time lead.
The second half did see us come under more pressure but that was eased when the home side had a man dismissed for abuse to the referee. We played mainly on the counter attack and with a little bit more poise could have added to our lead but this never happened and our hosts eventually pulled one back 5 minutes from the end to leave us to hanging on to the end to secure an excellent 3 points.
After the poor performance against Bearsted this was a truly excellent committed display from all the guys and we all went home knowing that we had finished our season off in the correct manor.
Team: C.Smith, S.Ewins, R.Smith, J.Miller, R.Quigly, J.Wright, A.Coyne, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: M.Hadlum and Liam Smith both unused
Mom: A superb team effort so all take a share.

30/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Sutton Athletic 0 Lydd Town 1

On a cold blowy evening we returned from our long mid week trip to Sutton with another 3 points to extend our unbeaten run to 13 games with the last 8 being all victories. A great effort from all the lads not only in their performance but in the commitment to making such a long journey mid week.
The game started with the home side in control and we were forced back and had to defend well. We looked a little lack lustre from the effort of making the long trip for an early kick off. Sutton dominated the possession on a very big pitch but only really created a couple of half chances that keeper Craig Smith dealt with comfortably. We gradually came into the game as the half went on and created a couple of good moves but we never  really threatened the home goal but we did end the half on top and went in level at 0-0.
The second half saw us continue as the better side, we took control of the mid field and used the size of the pitch well. We went close through efforts from Steve Harris, Ryan Norman and Jordan Wright, the home side were creating very little and we eventually got our reward when in the 80th minute Steve Harris used his strength in the area and rolled the last man and fired us into the lead. The last 10 minutes did see the home side come more into the game but we defended well as a team and fairly comfortably saw out the game to record a good win.
Back up to 6th in the league now and revenge on Sutton who beat us 5-2 earlier in the season, a good all round squad effort that was very pleasing to the management team.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, K.Sanger, R.Smith, J.Miller, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, J.Wright, L.Taylor,S.Harris, R.Norman.
Subs: A.Coyne ( L.Taylor ) M.Hadlum ( K.Sanger) R.Quigley ( R.Norman )
Mom: Steve Harris, 100 % effort rewarded with the winner.

 27/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith

Lydd Town 1 Phoenix Sports 0

Saturday the team put in an outstanding performance to beat newly crowned champions Pheonix Sports by 1-0 and in truth it was a result fully deserved as we were the better side through out and again showed the improvement we have made over recent months.
We started the game on the front foot and took the game to our visitors, we created several half chances and were controlling the mid field with neat quick passing using the whole pitch well. Our visitors attacks were frequent but they nearly stole the lead when their quick forward burst through but was denied by a fine save from keeper Craig Smith. We again pushed hard but the visiting keeper somehow kept us at bay and we went in at half time a little disappointed to not be leading.
The second half saw us start well again and we finally got the lead we deserved in the 55th minute when Jordan Wright burst into the area his shot was beaten out but Mark Wallis arrived in the area and fired home. This did really fire our visitors up and the game took on a new edge, the tackles flew in and there were several bookings but we remained solid and kept Pheonix to mainly long range efforts and we saw the game out to record a superb win.
People will say our visitors had nothing to play for as the title was in the hands already, but the same could be said about us as we have only been playing for pride for months and I am sure any footballer at any level has enough pride in themselves to want to win every game. Our defence were superb our mid field strong and out attackers created plenty of problems all day and this was truly a quality all round team performance.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, J.Miller, R.Smith, R.Quigley, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, J.Wright, B.Beaney,
S.Harris, R.Norman.
Subs: K.Sanger (M.Hadlum) L.Taylor ( M.Wallis ) A.Coyne ( R.Norman ) M.Collins not used.
Mom: Jordan Wright, youngest player on the pitch and was outstanding

23/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Bearsted 1 Lydd Town 2

A superb victory on Tuesday night played at the excellent Gallagher Stadium in Maidstone against Bearsted saw us move up to 6th in the league. A hard fought match that featured 10 bookings and 2 Red cards which I felt was a bit over the top but this does seem to be the norm now as I feel the referees are too quick with their cards.
We started quite well and had 3 or 4 good efforts all from long range but we then conceded in the 20th when we got caught short of numbers at the back and Bearsted worked the ball well and scored easily. In truth for the next 15 minutes we were put under constant pressure and we looked likely to concede more goals but we just about hung on and on a counter attack levelled the game in the 35th  when we were awarded a direct free kick on the edge of the box for a deliberate handball and Richard Quigley fizzed the ball in and it eluded everybody and finished up in the net. This rocked Bearsted and we then took the lead with a superb flowing move down our left that eventually fell to Jordan Wright on the right and he duly smashed the ball home to give us a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half of the match was played with both sides giving full commitment, we were happy to sit back and play on the break. Keeper Craig Smith pulled off a top draw save in the 60th minute but in general we coped with the home sides attack well and looked dangerous ourselves on the break. 2 late red cards for Bearsted made life easier for us at the end and we comfortably saw out the game and collected the 3 points.
A really good win in a good competitive game, we got the win but overall Bearsted will probably feel they should have got a draw but again I feel this just shows how much improvement we have made during the second half of the season.
Team: C.Smith, K.Sanger, J.Miller, R.Smith, R.Quigley, J.Wright, A.Coyne, M.Wallis, B.Beaney, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: L.Taylor ( B.Beaney ) M.Collins ( J.Wright) R.Norman ( A.Coyne ) M.Hadlum not used.
Mom: Jordan Miller immense performance  

20/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Kent Football United 1 Lydd Town 2

On Saturday we extended our unbeaten league run to 10 games with a hard fought victory at Crayford against Kent Football United, 5 wins on the spin as well now and again the lads deserve great credit for their attitude and commitment in coming from a goal behind to win the game.
We started playing up the slope against the breeze and the game was fairly even but we conceded a goal on the 20th minute when we failed to clear the ball and left ourselves open down the centre and the home forward finished well from a good cross. The rest of the half was fairly even and KFU were certainly proving to be a decent side and gave as good as they got and we reached the break trailing 1-0.
It was stated at half time that we needed to step the game up as I felt we had become over confident and expected the home side to roll over for us, we had not played as we had in recent weeks and I knew if we upped it we would get back into the game.
The second half started as I had hoped as all the players took on the half time talk and upped the tempo and commitment all over the pitch. We forced our hosts back and in the 60 minute form Gary Lockyer's corner Steve Harris added the final touch to bring us level. We were now in full control and scored our second goal again from a corner in the 70th minute when Marc Collins cross was slotted home by Ryan Smith. We should have then gone on and added more goals but the home keeper kept us at bay and defensively we were very strong and comfortably kept the home side out and ran out winning 2-1.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, R.Smith, J.Miller, R.Quigley, M.Collins, J.Wright, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: L.Taylor ( J.Wright ) K.Sanger ( M.Collins ) M.Hadlum ( L.Taylor ) A.Coyne, P.Egan not used.
Mom : Buster Beaney, right back and right mid and excellent in both.

17/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 4

Last night we continued our excellent form with a comprehensive 4-0 victory away to Lewisham, in a game we controlled from start to finish we showed real quality and ran out deserved winners, playing with great composure and plenty of skill that left our hosts well beaten.
We started the game playing against an ever growing wind but we soon took full control and created several half chances. Our defence was solid our midfield took over and our attack was creating plenty of problems and it was no surprise when we took the lead in the 30th when Steve Harris muscled his way into the area and slotted home. We then continued to push hard for a more deserved lead but the home keeper, who was excellent all night, thwarted us on several occasions and kept the score to 1-0 at half time.
The second half saw us come out and resume control. The home side had no answers to our strength and movement, again their keeper kept us at bay but again it was only a matter of time before we added to our lead and this came in the 70th minute when Steve Harris fired home from 20 yards. 2 soon became 3 when a Marc Collins corner was headed home by Jordan Miller and a 4th was added in the 88th minute when Jordan Wright notched his first goal for the club to cap an excellent display.
9 games unbeaten and up to 7th in the league and all well deserved, this was a long mid week trip but the squad went with the right attitude and came back with 3 well earned points.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, K.Sanger, J.Miller, B.Beaney, J.Wright, A.Coyne, R.Hayles, L.Taylor, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: R.Smith ( M.Hadlum) M.Collins ( A.Coyne ) R.Quigley, P.Egan not used.
Mom: Great squad performance so all take the accolade 

13/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 6 Rusthall 1

Another comprehensive victory on Saturday saw us continue our recent excellent league form that sees us unbeaten in 8 games. We are now playing with real quality and all the lads are really putting in a tremendous effort to ensure we finish the season well.
We started the game defending a strong wind and driving rain and as expected,came under pressure early on but we were sharp on the break and from our first attempt Gary Lockyer saw his fierce drive well saved by the visiting keeper, but we were not to be denied for to long as in the 15th minute Mark Wallis controlled the ball well on the edge of the box and volleyed home. Rusthall responded well to this set back and levelled 5 minutes later from a sharp move down our right hand side. The game was now very open and in truth both sides had chances to take the lead but from a corner fizzed in by Gary Lockyer it was Mark Wallis again who regained our advantage. The rest of the half saw us sit back and defend well against the elements as we all knew the importance of reaching the break in the lead.
The second half proved a different story as playing with the wind and rain at our backs we took the game to our visitors and took control. We created and missed several chances and in truth were a little wasteful but our lead was eventually extended when Gary Lockyer fired home in the 60th minute. Rusthall now let theIr heads drop and the flood gates opened, Gary stole in with 2 more to complete a 20 minute hat trick and finally Mark Wallis slotted home to complete his hat trick as well to see the final score end up as a comprehensive 6-1 victory.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, R.Quigley, B.Beaney, J.Miller, J.Wright, L.Taylor, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, S.Harris, G.Lockyer,
Subs: A.Coyne ( S.Harris ) M.Collins ( L.Taylor) K.Sanger ( M.Hadlum) S.Ewins, J.Tomsett not used.
Mom: Mark Wallis,  2 vital first half goals and a deserved hat trick.

06/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith

Lydd Town 8 Meridian 1

Our biggest league victory of the season saw us complete the double over our visitors and climb to 8th in the table, a good all round squad effort, but in all honesty our visitors were not up to their usual standard of an Invicta league team.
Meridian actually started quite well but from virtually our first attack in the 5th minute we scored when Steve Harris rolled the last defender and gave us the lead. This fired us up and we we took over the game and killed it as a contest with a goal from Mark Wallis and a further goal from Harris and two from fellow striker Gary Lockyer to see us lead at half time 5-0.
The second half was all about enjoying the game and making sure we never got sloppy, Matt Hadlum scored his first goal for the club to make it 6 and Lockyer scored his third and hat trick goal to make it 7. The referee who was very fussy and appeared to the neutral to prefer the visiting side did award them a totally contentious penalty but keeper Craig Smith on his home debut since his return to the club after an absence of 6 years pulled of a good save to keep our dominance intact. Gary Lockyer then added his 4th with a stunning 25 yard strike to put us 8-0 up but our day was spoilt a shade when Meridian scored with the last kick of the game to at least cheer then up on their journey home and to see the final score ending 8-1.
Many pluses and a good run out for everyone and a chance to put our cup final defeat to the back of our minds and we all know we have far harder tests ahead as the season comes to an end.
Team: C.Smith, M.Hadlum, J.Miller, B.Beaney, K.Sanger, J.Wright, R.Quigley, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, G.Lockyer, S.Harris.
Subs: A.Coyne ( J.Miller ) L.Taylor ( B.Beaney ) J.Tomsett ( J.Wright)
Mom: Gary Lockyer 4 goals and a couple os assists, strikers performance 

 01/04/2013 - Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy Final - by Dave Smith

Hollands & Blair 4 Lydd Town 3

To lose any cup final is disappointing but the disappointment of this defeat has to be tempered with the fact that all the team gave everything and every single one of them can be proud of the performance they put in. It was a superb effort but unfortunately we fell just short but did again prove how much we are improving as a squad.

The game started with us on the front foot and in the 5th minute Gary Lockyer played Steve Harris through and he was bought down in the area for a clear penalty. The referee then had to choose between Red and Yellow and he choose Yellow which did not surprise me as it was so early in the game.  Buster Beaney then stepped up and slotted the ball home to give us the lead, 2 minutes later our lead was nearly doubled when Gary Lockyer's cross was deflected onto the post and was then scrambled away. We were on top but then in the 20th we switched off defensively and were cut open to easily and Hollands and Blair equalised. With this we lost our composure and conceded two more cheap goals to see us fall 3-1 down. We did however pull a goal back in the 40th minute when another cross was deflected but this time it landed in the net. The need to get to half time at 3-2 was vital but again we were too easily beaten at the back and conceded a 4th goal to see us trail at half time 4-2.
At the start of the second half we knew that the next goal was key to the game and we pushed hard form the start and were rewarded in the 56th minute when Rocky Hayles through ball was finished superbly by Steve Harris. Injuries to Dan Barham and Shaun Russell meant we used the only 2 substitutes we had due to the stringent league rules and the non availability of other players and as the half wore on the tiredness in all the players became clear. We were giving it everything but we also were leaving ourselves exposed at the back and in truth were probably fortunate not to fall further behind and as the minutes ticked by and despite numerous attacks of our own we were unable to get back on level terms and lost the game 4-3.
A real team effort with every player showing tremendous determination, desire and passion, a game that had everything and as previously stated one that we can all look back on and be proud of.
Team: C.Smith, B.Beaney, S.Russell, J.Miller, S.Ewins, A.Coyne, R.Hayles, D.Barham, L.Taylor, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: K.Sanger ( D.Barham) S.Ward ( S.Russell)
Mom: Rocky Hayles outstanding battling mid field display.

 29/03/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Crockenhill 0 Lydd Town 4

A comfortable 4-0 away victory at Crockenhill on Friday sets us up nicely for our cup final against  high flying Hollands and Blair on Easter Monday. The scoreline in truth should have been in my opinion 6 or 7 but any win in this competitive league is good so I have no complaints and was very pleased with all the squad and their attitude at the game.
We started well, Alex Coyne hit the post in the 5th minute and Mark Wallis was unlucky with 2 headers after making great runs into the box. Jordan Wright on the wing was having his best game for the club and we produced some quality football. Defensively we looked solid and keeper Craig Smith on his debut was rarely troubled. We pushed hard to take the lead but we did show some frustration with the referee allowing a lot of poor tackles and pushing to go unpunished and we reached half time at 0-0.
It was stressed at half time the need to remain patient as I was sure we would create plenty of chances and the goals would come.
The 2nd half started in the best possible way when from a scramble in the area Mark Wallis deservedly scored his first for the club to give us the lead. This gave us total control and we doubled our lead in the 64th minute when Steve Harris latched onto a long ball and rounded the keeper to slot home. The home side had let their heads drop and the game was as good as over but to our credit we kept pushing forward and Steve Harris added 2 more goals to complete his hat trick,his last one a superb header from a quality cross from Simon Ewins.
So a good 3 points and up to 9th in the league. We showed patience and quality today and as we head into the last third of the season the squad is looking very strong and starting to play with a real determination that will hopefully see us finish in a good league position.
Team. C.Smith, M.Hadlum, B.Beaney, J.Miller, R.Quigley, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, J.Miller, A.Coyne,S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: S.Ewins ( J.Wright ) S.Russell ( M.Hadlum) L.Taylor ( A.Coyne )
Mom: J.Wright, excellent display 

16/03/2013 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup Semi Final - by Dave Smith 

Kennington 3 Lydd Town 1

A very disappointing result and generally a disappointing performance saw us loose to a young, fit and determined Kennington side that on the day deserved the victory. Our failure to play to our strengths and stupid mistakes made the whole afternoon very frustrating and it is certainly one of the poorest performances that we have produced for a long while.
We started the game quite well but were caught out in the 5th minute to a basic corner routine that we failed to react to and found ourselves 1 down. We did then push hard to equalise and Paul Burt, RIchard Quigley, Gary Lockyer and Jordan MIller all want close and in truth on another day and with a bit of luck we could have scored 3 or 4. But all our good work was undone in the 38th minute we when set up a direct free kick badly and as the ball ran away from our goal from a defection keeper Paul Egan rushed off his line and fouled the home forward and conceded a needless penalty that was duly dispatched to see us 2 down at half time.
The second half saw us pull a goal back after only 2 minutes when Gary Lockyer's drive took a slight deflection and flew into the net. A perfect start,next Jordan Tomsett curled a good effort that hit the bar and seemed to cross the line and in truth I now expected us to go on and win the game. But as the minutes ticked by our passing became wasteful and we chose to play to many long balls and this led to the game becoming very start stop. We had no option as the game drifted away from us to push more players forward and this led to Kennington catching us on the break and in the 89th minute theIr forward with the help of a blatant handball took his chance to add a third and finish the game.
So a real low point for us all but it is now all about the reaction from the players. We still have plenty of league games to go and a major cup final to look forward to. We have made plenty of progress over recent months and every team can have an off day and I felt today we were a little bit over confident and did not play to the basics that have served us well recently.
Team: P.Egan, R.Quigley, S.Ewins, J.Miller, M.Wallis, L.Taylor, R.Hayles, R.Norman, J.Tomsett, G.Lockyer, P.Burt.
Subs: S.Russell ( L.Taylor) M.Hadlum ( S.Ewins ) K.Sanger ( J.Tomsett ). A.Coyne and L.Hughes not used.
Mom: Richard Quigley, again excellent.

09/03/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 3 Kent Football United 3

A disappointing draw or probably a fair result? That is my view on Saturdays game against a useful KFU side. I felt we were too wasteful when in possession and did not stick to the basics that have served us so well over recent weeks, but a point is still a point and we still stretch our unbeaten run to 7.
Our visitors started very well and they were sharper in all areas of the pitch and it was no surprise when they took in the 20th minute when a mix up in defence allowed the KFU forward to head home.  5 minutes later we should have been 2 down when we were carved open but somehow the visiting winger missed from 5 yards. This did spur us into action and both Gary Lockyer and Ryan Smith went close with headers however we drew level the 30th minute when a superb ball from Lockyer set Steve Harris through and he finished well. Next a 35 yard free kick from home debutant RIchard Quigley was missed by everyone and ended up in the back of the net to give us the lead and we added a third when Lockyer's quality corner was met on the volley by Ryan Smith to smash home and give us a 3-1 half time lead.
The second half saw us start in control. Gary Lockyer had a certain goal well blocked by the visiting defender and we also went close form several corners but our failure to add the killer 4th goal encouraged our opponents and they gradually came into the game and pulled a goal back from another defensive error in the 75th minute. This now saw us panic and simple instructions were not taken note off as rather than sitting back and defending what we had we continued to push on and with this left ourselves open to counter attacks and eventually in the 4th minute of injury time we found ourselves caught out a man short at the back and the visiting winger had space to level the game.
So like I have stated a point gained but two lost, but overall I still take plenty form the overall performance. We are certainly going the right way and are showing an improvement with being able to perform with quality and consistently each week, this is what is required in this league as I have stated many times any team on any day will make you work and play hard to even take a point.
Team: P.Egan, B.Beaney, R.Quigley, R.Smith, J.Miller, L.Taylor, M.Wallis, J.Wright, A.Coyne, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
Subs: R.Norman ( J.Wright) J.Tomsett ( S.Harris ) L.Hughes ( A.Coyne ) S.Ewins and S.Russell not used.
Mom: R.Quigley, superb home debut.

02/03/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Eltham Palace 0 Lydd Town 1

A hard earned 3 points on Saturday saw us move up the table 1 more place and we now sit in 10th position. All away games in the Invicta league are hard and any points gained are always down to hard work and commitment and we certainly gave plenty of both on Saturday.
 
We started the game really well and dominated the early proceedings, the home side found it hard to get going as we were dominant at the back and this gave us the platform to attack. In truth we should have made our control count and we were wasteful with the chances we did create, our control made us over confident and we started to push to many players forward and over commit. This enabled the home side to come in to the game more and they enjoyed the last 15 minutes of the half being the better side but again without really looking like scoring.
 
The second half started well for us as a Mark Wallis through ball saw a mix up between the home defence and keeper and this led to the centre half putting the ball into his own net. This was just what we needed and it led to us again being back in control of the game. Our defence was excellent our midfield dominated and our forwards worked hard as we pushed hard for a second. The home side made changes and pushed more players on but again I felt they lacked a real cutting edge. Our own 3 substitutes all came on and did well and Jordan Tomsett was unlucky when his 20 yard effort clipped the bar that would have put the seal on a good performance. We did however see the game out without any real scares and recorded a really good solid victory that emphasised the improvement that we have shown lately.
 
Team..P.Egan, B.Beaney, R.Quigley, R.Smith, J.Miller, L.Wright, R.Hayles, M.Wallis, A.Coyne, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.
 
Subs.. L.Taylor ( A.Coyne ) J.Tomsett ( G.Lockyer ) S.Ewins ( J.Wright ) L.Hughes not used
 
Mom... R.Hayles, dominated the game with power and strength 
 

23/02/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Hollands & Blair 2 Lydd Town 2

The phrase "it's a funny old game" was certainly true on Saturday as we came back from a 2-0 deficit with 10 men to snatch a point against high flying Hollands & Blair.

The game started with both sides using the ball well and we were certainly matching our hosts in all departments. In the 10th minute we were unlucky not to take the lead when Steve Harris played Gary Lockyer  who finished well but was adjudged to be offside. In the 15th minute we lost central midfielder Dan Barham with an ankle injury. The game was now hotting up and was a good contest but we fell behind in the 40th minute from a good cross that found Ricky Freeman with room to head home. We were then reduced to 10 men when defender Ryan Smith was adjudged to have hit Freeman, this being a huge blow as we reached half time.

At half time I spoke about the need for everyone to work even harder than they had and the need to keep in the game for a long as possible so that as the half developed we could try and push more men on.

Things did not start well for us in the second half when a speculative drive from 35 yards deceived keeper Paul Egan to give the home side a two goal advantage after just 2 minutes. The next 30 minutes saw us defend really well and all the players were working hard. We spring a surprise in the 74th minute when a great move involving Rocky Hales, Buster Beaney and Steve Harris saw Alex Coyne fire home to reduce the lead. This seemed to rock them and they became unsure and we took control. Gary Lockyer went close when his fierce drive was deflected onto a post. But we were not to be denied and in the 90th minute from a Rocky Hayles free kick, Jordan Miller headed us level. We then survived the last minutes of time added on and ended the game coming away with a very good point.

A superb effort from everyone, with injuries and suspension we gave debuts to 17 year olds Jordan Wright and Luke Hughes who both did well and all the players can be pleased with their attitude and commitment. We are certainly moving in the right direction as a squad and again all the players deserve praise for making this happen. To come to a side who sit second in a very good league and play for 50 minutes with 10 men and get a point is outstanding.

Team: P Egan, B Beaney, S Ewins, R Smith, J Miller, D Barham, R Hayles, J Wright, M Wallis, G Lockyer, S Harris.

Subs: A Coyne (D Barham), L Hughes (J Wright), J Tomsett (S Ewins). K Sanger and D Heales not used.

MOM: J Miller, defended superbly and scored the vital equaliser.

 

16/02/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 2 Orpington 1

A very welcome 3 points on Saturday gave everyone a massive boost at the club, a hard working performance against a useful Orpington side and the players again deserve tremendous credit for their efforts.

Orpington started very well and were quicker to the ball and took a deserved lead in the 14th minute when a free kick from the right hand side was poorly defended and the ball poked home. This did spur us into action and we were unlucky on several occasions with Gary Lockyer, Jordan Miller and Steve Harris all going close. Our visitors were very lively on the break and our defence did well to keep their threat to a minimum. The referee who did appear to like to be the centre of attention kept stopping play to both sides annoyance and frustration and it saw the half end with us one down.

The need for us to be patient and keep a better shape were the main team talk issues at half time as I felt we still had plenty to give and were well capable of winning the game. The second half saw us start very well and in the 48th minute Ryan Smith found himself unmarked in the area and after a good first touch finished well into the bottom corner. This gave us the edge and our overall play improved as the half went on. Orpington were being pushed back but were still dangerous on the break but in truth didn't really threaten our goal. We created several half chances and just when we looked like drawing another home game a superb pass from Rocky Hayles in the 87th minute found Gary Lockyer whose cross shot was well saved by the visiting keeper but to our great joy Steve Ward was on hand to squeeze the ball home for his first goal for the club and as it turned out, the winning goal in the game.

So a vital 3 points and in truth a deserved win. We have done very well in the last 3 games and I feel we are now moving rapidly in the right direction. This win has moved us 3 laces up the league and if we continue with this attitude and commitment we will continue to move in the right way.

Team: P Egan, M Hadlum, B Beaney, R Smith, J Miller, D Barham, R Hayles, S Ward, M Wallis, S Harris, G Lockyer.

Subs: A Coyne (M Hadlum), J Tomsett (S Harris), K Sanger not used.

MOM: Mark Wallis, superb full debut.

09/02/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith 

Lydd Town 0 Bridon Ropes 0

A goalless draw on Saturday was in reflection a decent point against a well organised and useful Bridon side. We never really hit the heights of last weeks victory over Bearsted but I am still pleased with the effort all the lads put in and overall I think the steady improvement of the team is there for everyone to see. The game started with us having more of the play as Bridon were quite happy to hit us on with quick counter attacks on the break, we pushed hard for the first 20 minutes but in truth were a little wasteful with our final ball and this encouraged our visitors to come into the game more and they forced a host of corners that as a team we defended very well and the half time was reached with both sides content with what they had done.

The second half again saw us taking the game to our visitors.Our passing was better than in the first half and again Bridon were happy to play us on the break. We created several half chances with Steve Ward, Linton Hayles and Steve Harris all going close but again I felt the rustiness from our recent lack of games showed as we never really tested the Bridon keeper. At the other end our defence that was superb last week coped very well with the visitors attack and they rarely threatened our goal. Both sides battled to the end but neither of us could find the cutting edge to take all 3 points.

So overall I was pleased. Paul Egan in goal is rapidly getting back into shape after a long lay off. Our defence now has an edge about it and are performing well as a unit. Our midfield with the addition of wide players is now giving us a good shape going forward and our forwards are linking up well and providing us with good movement. Two clean sheets in a row with a win and a draw so again we look forward to next week when again I will be looking for another improvement as we start the run in towards the end of the season.

Team; P Egan, M Hadlum, J Miller, R Smith, K Sanger, D Barham, R Hayles, S Ward, S Ewins, A Coyne, S Harris. 

Subs: R Norman (A Coyne), M Wallis (S Ewins), B Beaney (K Sanger), J Lester not used.

MOM: P Egan, another solid performance, with good kicking and handling

 02/02/2013 - Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy - by Dave Smith

Bearsted 0 Lydd Town 3 (Lockyer 2, Harris)

On Saturday we, without doubt, produced our best display of the season to book our place in the Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy Final by beating hosts Bearsted 3-0. I cannot praise the players enough and every single one of them should be proud of the effort that they put into the game. I truth a 3-0 win was the least we deserved as it could have been 5 or 6.

The game did start with our hosts controlling the game for the opening minutes but once we settled we started creating plenty of problems ourselves, Gary Lockyer burst clear in the 10th minute and should really have done better, but this set the tone and we eventually took the lead in the 30th minute when front pair Steve Harris and Gary Lockyer combined well with Gary this time finishing superbly and this took us into the half time break in the lead.

We knew that in the second half Bearsted would have to come at us hard, this they did to a degree but all over the pitch we were winning the important challenges and always looked dangerous when we went forward. This lead to us doubling our lead in the 65th minute when Steve Ward broke down the right hand side after receiving a great ball from Rocky Hayles and his low cross was turned home by Steve Harris. Two quickly became three when Jordan Miller put the home keeper under pressure and Gary Lockyer was on hand to fire home to give us a comfortable lead. To Bearsted's credit they kept coming forward but our defence was in a determined mood and we held firm to complete a memorable victory.

So a cup final to look forward to later in the season and as I stated a very good performance. Our defence was solid, our midfield was commanding and our attack always carried a threat. We have been very good in this cup with three tremendous wins, scoring 10 goals and conceding none in the process, and we will all look forward to a great day out and give it our all to bring the cup home to Lydd.

Team: P,Egan, S. Ewins, R.Smith, J.Miller, K,Sanger, D.Barham, L.Hayles, S.Ward, A.Coyne, S.Harris, G.Lockyer.

Subs: J.Lester (S.Ward), S.Russell, L.Smith, D.Noden (not used)

Mom: Can't pick one person from a great team performance so it goes to the whole squad.

Special thanks to the Lydd faithful for coming to watch and this is greatly appreciated by all the lads.

 

 

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03/12/12 - Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy - by Dave Smith

Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 4 (Miller,2,Harris,Lockyer) 

A superb all round performance saw us book our place in the Kent Invicta League Cup Semi-Final, at a cold Ladywell Arena on Saturday. I felt we virtually controlled the game from start to finish and, in truth, should have won by more than four.

The game started well with the home side attempting to get a good tempo going, but our defence was well organised and we quickly got a hold of the ball and started to get our passing game going. We were awarded after nearly twenty minutes, when Kieron Sanger burst free from the half way line and crossed superbly for debutant Steve HARRIS to sllide home and give us the lead. In the 25th minute keeper Jordan Pettman, who was excellent all game for us, did well to save and hold a decent free-kick from 25 yards. Jordan's keeping throughout gave us the perfect platform to concentrate on attack. In the 30th minute Ryan Smith went close from a Rocky Hayles corner and just two minutes later Jordan Miller went close, getting on the end of a Dan Shearing free-kick. We were now in full control and the home side's frustration boiled over in the 40th minute where their forward Tristan Toney needlessly lashed out at Sanger and was promptly dismissed. This brought the half to an unsavoury end but certainly left us with the advantage.

It was stressed at half-time the need for us to be patient and to keep our shape and to keep playing our football. This we did perfectly and from the opening corner of the second half, Jordan MILLER headed home at the far post. Two soon became three as a quick throw from Shearing was knocked on by Harris to Dan Fisk, who in turn found Gary LOCKYER, who turned and fired home. We were now carving the home side apart and should really have added more goals, but a mixture of wayward finishing and good goalkeeping kept the score down. The fourth and final goal came with twelve minutes remaining, when, from Gary Lockyer's corner, Jordan MILLER struck again - this time with a fine left foot volley.

So, an excellent win, with many excellent performances. Our defence was well organised, our midfield ran the game with slick football and our forwards ran the home side defence ragged. This is all, I think, benefits of our training and all the hard work put in by the players over recent weeks. It now becomes even more important for us to kick this type of play into our league games and make some progress up the league. One defeat in six shows we are going in the right direction, but we must remain focused for this to continue.

Team: Pettman, Shearing, Sanger (Russell), R Smith, Miller, Beaney, Hayles (Read), Taylor, Fisk, Harris (A Coyne), Lockyer. Subs not used: Hostler, Ewins

 

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