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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
02.04.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 0 Glebe 1
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
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
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
27.02.16: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 3 Eltham Palace 0
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.
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
12.12.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 3 Meridian VP 1
Team: C.Smith, J.Tomsett, O.Kessack, H.Yates,M.Hadlum, R.Smith,C.Howells, C.Wyles,L.Webb,C.Macleod,T.Morgans.
05.12.15: Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 4 Forest Hill Park 1
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
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
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.
17.10.15: Kent Reliance Senior Trophy - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 0 Holmesdale 2
03.10.15: - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Glebe 2 Lydd Town 1
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
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
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
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
18/04/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 1 Sutton Athletic 5
11/04/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Orpington 0 Lydd Town 1
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.
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
21/03/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Rusthall 1 Lydd Town 5
14/03/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Glebe 0 Lydd Town 0
07/03/15 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 2 Meridian VP 2
28/02/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 6 Crockenhill 1
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
07/02/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Hollands & Blair 3 Lydd Town 2
17/01/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Seven Acre & Sidcup 2 Lydd Town 8
03/01/15 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 0 Bearsted 2
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.
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
15/11/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 2
08/11/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 2 Rusthall 1
01/11/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 5 Seven Acre & Sidcup 2
25/10/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Bridon Ropes 2 Lydd Town 3
18/10/14 - KENT SENIOR TROPHY - Dave Smith
Seven Acre & Sidcup 2 Lydd Town 4
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.
04/10/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Sutton Athletic 4 Lydd Town 3
27/09/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 1 Eltham Palace 0
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.
13/09/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 2 Hollands & Blair 1
06/09/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Gravesham Borough 0 Lydd Town 1
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.
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
09/08/14 - KENT INVICTA LEAGUE - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 3 Bridon Ropes 0
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
21/04/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 3 Bridon Ropes 2
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
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
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
08/03/14 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Orpington 0 Lydd Town 1
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
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
30/11/13 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 3
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
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
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
31/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 5 Rusthall 1
26/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Bearsted 0 Lydd Town 1
17/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Hollands & Blair 1 Lydd Town 2
10/08/2013 - Kent Invicta League - Dave Smith
Lydd Town 6 Meridian VP 0
20/07/2013 - Pre season friendly by Dave Smith
Lydd Town 1 Hythe Town 1
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.
30/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Sutton Athletic 0 Lydd Town 1
27/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Lydd Town 1 Phoenix Sports 0
23/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Bearsted 1 Lydd Town 2
20/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Kent Football United 1 Lydd Town 2
17/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Lewisham Borough 0 Lydd Town 4
13/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Lydd Town 6 Rusthall 1
06/04/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Lydd Town 8 Meridian 1
01/04/2013 - Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy Final - by Dave Smith
Hollands & Blair 4 Lydd Town 3
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.
29/03/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Crockenhill 0 Lydd Town 4
16/03/2013 - Weald of Kent Charity Cup Semi Final - by Dave Smith
Kennington 3 Lydd Town 1
09/03/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Lydd Town 3 Kent Football United 3
02/03/2013 - Kent Invicta League - by Dave Smith
Eltham Palace 0 Lydd Town 1
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.
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