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Author: Ryan Mills, 15/03/20

Troggs book place in League Cup final while Cheriton shock Red Heathens in Bodkin Cup

BODKIN CHALLENGE CUP- QUARTER FINAL


Ten-man Market Hotel survived a late scare as they held on to beat Premier Division rivals Brewmaster 4-3 to progress to the semi finals of the Bodkin Challenge Cup. Two goals from Bradley Baker and one apiece from Connor Coyne and Gary Lockyer had given Market what looked like a comfortable 4-0 lead before the Brews staged a late comeback scoring three times in the final 25 minutes to set up a tense finish. Brewmaster lost goalkeeper Ben Light to injury early in the first-half which didn’t help their cause, but a second-half brace from recent re-signing Jordan King as well as one from striker Piers Fuchter almost forced extra-time but Market, who lost midfielder Craig Calvert to injury with no substitutes available, held firm to set up a last four clash away at Sellindge SSC.

Joining them in the next round are Division One side Cheriton AFC as they doubled the amount of second tier teams in the last-four of the competition with an excellent 3-1 victory over Premier Division side Red Heathens. Cheriton join Sellindge in the semi-finals and now face Premier Division leaders Bromley Green for a place in the final thanks to strikes from Jack Taylor, Teddy Easthope and Jamie Westall. Chris Jones’ side will fancy their chances of another cup upset having already knocked out Mersham Sports in the previous round, as Red Heathens exit a second cup competition to lower division opposition in the space of a week despite Craig Haynes netting his 12th goal of the season in reply.

 

ASHFORD SUNDAY CHARITY TROPHY- SECOND ROUND

Player-manager Rob Clark struck twice as Mersham Sports returned from their trip to Kennington 3-2 winners to set up a Charity Trophy quarter final clash against promotion-chasing Division One side Sellindge SSC. Clark’s brace and a third from Lewis Butler ensured the villagers saw off last season’s runners-up to cancel out replies from Carlum Macleod and Antonio Comparetto for Kennington, but Mersham will now be cautious having been knocked out in the last-eight last season to lower division opposition as they keep their dreams of winning silverware well and truly alive.

 

VAL HELEN DIVISION ONE LEAGUE CUP- QUARTER FINAL

Horsebox Bars top goal scorer Ashley Boyd proved the difference as his four goals helped his side into the semi finals of the Val Helen League Cup in a 7-3 win over Lydd Grasshoppers. The game was switched to the all-weather facility at the Homewood School in Tenterden following several recent attempts to play the fixture failed, and it was Horsebox who adapted to the 3G pitch better beating a Grasshoppers side playing their first match for nearly two-months due to the recent wet weather. Boyd’s four goals were accompanied by individual strikes from Jack Bryan, Jamie White and Ashley Spencer to set up a last-four clash against neighbours Sellindge SSC next weekend despite Jordan Boorer’s impressive treble for Grasshoppers in reply.

 

DIVISION ONE

Division One leaders Sellindge SSC remain top of the pile on goal difference as they just got the better of in-form Folkestone United winning 4-3 at Swan Lane. Liam Middleton scored twice for the Swans to ensure they continue to lead the way adding to further goals from John Smith and Lewis Brown to claim all three points. Recent signing Dan Arnold netted a hat-trick in reply for United who ended their run of four consecutive league victories, with Arnold scoring his seventh goal since joining the club from fellow Division One side Hythe Royal British Legion in February.

Still breathing down the Swans necks are second place Aldington who continue to keep with the pace returning from their trip to Hythe Royal British Legion 5-2 winners. Paul Guest’s side had to comeback from going a goal behind as former Aldington forward Charlie Partridge gave Hythe RBL the lead early on, but midfielder Stephen Cowell soon levelled for the visitors when he seized on a loose pass before running towards goal and finishing well. Sam Petto’s close range finish then gave Aldington the lead before Matt Moon made it 3-1 turning in the ball from Ben Hunt’s cross, but Hythe pulled a goal back before the break thanks to Phil Aspri’s excellent effort. Alex Williams headed in Aldington’s fourth midway through the second half before Cowell rifled home his second and Aldington’s fifth late on to make the game safe and secure their fifth straight league victory.

 

PETER PAIN MEMORIAL DIVISION TWO LEAGUE CUP- SEMI FINAL

Troggs booked their place in the final of the Peter Pain League Cup competition thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Division Two promotion rivals AFC Guildhall in their semi-final clash at the Stadium in Cheriton. The Smarden side emerged victorious 4-2 on penalties after the two teams were tied level at 3-3 after both 90 minutes and thirty minutes of extra-time and now face one of Lolzors, Fox Sunday or Hamstreet in the final in May. Ben Allen’s brace and one from young midfielder Sam Lopez ensured Tim Archer’s side progressed despite the best efforts of Guildhall who matched Troggs all the way scoring courtesy of an own-goal and two Nathan Simms strikes.

 

DIVISION TWO

Goals from Daniel Marshall and Mark Potten helped Park Farm Rangers to a 2-0 victory over Lolzors to return to the top of the Division Two league table. Rangers leapfrogged previous leaders Hamstreet thanks to their third league victory in their previous four fixtures, but in what is turning out to be a very competitive and tight division they are only seven points ahead of eighth place Ashford Cavaliers having played more games than all seven teams directly below them in the standings.

South Willesborough continue their climb up the league ladder and moved up to a season high of second place beating Biddenden 6-3 at the Ridge. The Frogs recorded their fifth straight league victory thanks to a brace from in-form forward Lewis O’Leary and are just one point behind new leaders Park Farm Rangers with a massive five games in-hand on their title rivals. Further goals from Tom Brown, Liam Dadd, Dan Short and top goal scorer Michael Norris sealed another important three points for Brad Horne’s side cancelling out goals from Morgan Waite, James Solly and Kieran Funnell for a young Biddenden side tasting defeat for the first time in four games.

Liam Edmonds enjoyed a fruitful morning as he scored two goals in both games of their double-header against Fox Sunday as Ashford Spartans picked up a maximum six points to move within touching distance of the top-three in the league standings. Edmonds netted a brace along with Adam Crowhurst’s single strike as Spartans earned a 3-0 victory in the first fixture, before Edmonds scored two more in the second match as Spartans run out 6-2 winners. Tom Wilkes added two more for Shaun Hardwick and Zac Harden’s side while back to back wins were secured with additional goals from Scott Smith and former Troggs midfielder Stoian Aurel. Fox replied with their goals coming from Dave Gray and top goal scorer tom Wilmshurst and remain rooted to the foot of the table with just three points to show from their first nine league games this season.

 

DIVISION THREE

Bromley Green Reserves maintained their title hopes moving up to third place in Division Three thanks to a 4-1 away victory at bottom of the table Aldington Reserves. The Green extended their unbeaten league sequence to eight games as two goals from Jordan Osborne helped them to move to within nine points of leaders Ashford United Thirds with three games in-hand on the Nuts ‘n Bolts. Further goals from Bradley Osborne and Sam Ades secured another important three points for the visitors as Tom Weeks grabbed a consolation goal for Aldington who suffered a tenth consecutive league defeat.

An outstanding Max Brady scored twice as Smeeth & Brabourne returned to winning ways beating Pilgrims Sunday 3-2 at home to move back up to fourth in the standings. Brady’s brace ended a five-game winless run in all competitions for the villagers as James Evans’ 13th goal of the season for Smeeth’s third goal sealed a much-needed and morale boosting victory. Pilgrims replied through Steve Warren and Brandon Foord-Divers and suffer their first league defeat in five games.

Ollie Butcher’s wonder strike helped Charing Reserves to a first victory since October as they beat fellow strugglers Kingsnorth Pilgrims 2-0. Butcher hammered the ball into the top corner of the goal from 25-yards to set Charing on their way before a second goal from Clae Marshall sealed all three points to move up to eighth place and another step closer to avoiding the dreaded wooden spoon.

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