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Author: Ryan Mills, 20/01/20

Genclik battle back to defeat Swans, while Fox and South Willesborough set up cup semi final

PREMIER DIVISION


Market Hotel brushed aside hosts Nailbox winning 8-2 to move another step closer to the top-two in the Premier Division league table. Forward Bradley Baker added another four goals to his ever growing and impressive tally and has now netted an incredible 22 goals in his previous six appearances for the Market as they extended their winning sequence to four successive league victories. Further goals from Ryan Taylor, Craig Calvert, Reece Mortimer and player-manager Ryan Smith increased Market’s winning margin to move them to within eight points of leaders Brewmaster with two games in hand. The defeat for Nailbox means Trevor Allen’s side have now lost their previous three fixtures, all to the divisions top-three teams, conceding a total of 21 goals, but did reply with their scores coming from Carl Jarrett and Ben Kesby.

Also on the march up the league ladder are Red Heathens who picked up three valuable points in their 3-1 away victory at Stanhope & Beaver Rangers. Goals from Craig Haynes, Radislav Davidov and Barry Chambers helped the Red’s to a fourth league victory of the season as they moved up three places to fourth in the league standings and three points clear of eighth place Nailbox. Luke Walder pulled a goal back for Rangers with his ninth strike of the season, but the home side were unable to follow up on last weekend’s shock victory over league leaders Brewmaster tasting defeat to Red Heathens for the third time this season in all competitions.

 

DIVISION ONE

A fantastic second-half comeback from Ashford Genclik saw Ali Mehmet’s side recover from going a goal down at the break to knock Division One leaders Sellindge SSC off the top of the table with a 3-1 win at the Towers (picture above). Sellindge went ahead early in the first half through Josh McCue’s well struck free-kick and should have added to their tally with their front four looking dangerous throughout. But those missed chances came back to haunt the visitors as Genclik hit back at the start of the second period when Luke Hughes’ long range free kick deceived the Sellindge defence and looped over the Swans goalkeeper to level up the scores again. Emin Yalcin raced clear of the visiting defence to score Genclik’s second goal of the morning with 15 minutes remaining before Agid Yalcin added a third late on to seal all three points and help the hosts move back up to third in the table.

Aldington went back to the top of the standings for the first time since September as they returned from their trip to Cheriton AFC 3-2 winners. Long-serving forward Kevin Ruane opened the scoring for Aldington against the run of play in the 20th minute when he chased onto Alex Williams’ superb through ball to fire the ball into the roof of the net. Cheriton drew level from the penalty spot ten minutes later with Ben Ashton converting from 12-yards to score his 20th goal of the season for the hosts to see the two promotion chasing teams go in all square at the half time interval. But Aldington stepped it up a gear in the second half with Ben Hunt playing a pivotal role in the two goals that saw them go clear, first sending in a corner that Ruane finished off well from before sending in a free-kick that was eventually poked over the goal line by Stephen Cowell. Jack Taylor’s late reply from Teddy Easthope’s excellent cross set up a tense finale, but Aldington held out to claim the victory and move to the top of the table.

James Fraser scored twice to help Charing to their fourth league victory of the season as they beat Hythe Royal British Legion 5-3 at South Road. Fraser has now scored 12 league goals for the villagers this term as John Pearce’s side move up one position to sixth in the table with their third consecutive league victory. Lewis Bagshaw also scored twice for the visitors either side of a Ben Harte strike to cancel out Josh Hatcher’s own-goal and replies from Jason Brazier and top scorer Dan Arnold.

 

SHEBER CHALLENGE TROPHY- QUARTER FINALS

Goalkeeper Dan Noden emerged as the hero once again as Fox Sunday reached the semi-finals of the Sheber Trophy beating Biddenden on penalties after a hugely entertaining 3-3 draw at Homewood. Noden scored direct from a goal kick in extra-time, saved a spot kick in the shootout and converted the winning penalty as Fox incredibly won on penalties for the third time this season. Fox had to come back from going behind twice as Harry Stow’s first-half penalty gave Biddenden a 1-0 lead at the break before Peter Povey latched onto Dave Gray’s pass to round the home goalkeeper early in the second period to make it 1-1. George Large then restored Biddenden’s lead only for Tom Wilmshurst to level again and send the tie to extra-time, where Noden’s huge upfield punt amazingly flew into the back of the net to put Fox ahead for the first time in the game. But The ‘Den responded immediately when Ben Dengate made it 3-3 to set up a thrilling penalty shootout, which Fox emerged victorious thanks to successful spot kicks from Tom Wilmshurst, Mike Aglony, Adam Ready and goalkeeper Noden.

They now face in-form South Willesborough in the last-four as Brad Horne’s side avoided a cup upset beating Division Three side Singleton Barn 6-3 after extra-time at the Ridge. South Willesborough proved too strong in the end with Mike Norris firing in a hat-trick for the Kent Cup quarter finalists as the home side extended their unbeaten stretch to 13 games in all competitions, their last defeat coming way back at the end of September to then Division Two leaders AFC Guildhall. Norris’ treble was accompanied by individual goals from Jake Horne, Tom Wadman and Rhys Pryor to send them through to the semi finals as the Frog Islanders continue their amazing march for five pieces of silverware this season. Singleton Barn responded with two goals from skipper Paul Halliday and one from Ben Bromley and will take plenty of positives from this defeat as they are left to concentrate on their promotion bid in Division Three.

 

DIVISION TWO

Troggs moved to the top of the Division Two standings following their 3-2 victory away at ten-man AFC Guildhall. Goals from Ben Allen, Rob Giles and Sam Lopez were enough to claim maximum points against their title rivals and move one point clear of previous leaders Hamstreet with a game in-hand for the Smarden based side. Guildhall played the entire 90 minutes a man short due to a horrendous injury list but gave a good account of themselves with top scorer Nathan Sims claiming both of their goals, and tasted defeat in the league for the first time since October.

Adam Draper-Lewis scored his eleventh goal of the season as Park Farm Rangers stay in the hunt for a second successive promotion beating Ashford Cavaliers 3-1 at Homelands Stadium. Rangers are now up to third in the standings as goals from Draper-Lewis, Daniel Marshall and Mark Potten saw them record a home and away double over their hosts with a third league victory in their previous four games. Cavaliers replied with a Reece Blyth effort but have fallen six points off the leaders having lost each of their last four league fixtures.

New Burton Grove player-manager Matt Johnson picked up his first victory since taking over the reigns from previous manager Justin Day as he led his side to a narrow 3-2 victory away at Ashford Spartans. Burton had to recover from going a goal behind twice in the first half with Tom Wilkes giving Spartans an early lead only for James Ross to level soon after. Spartans went 2-1 ahead thanks to Daryl Whiffen’s strike as the visitors failed to deal with a free-kick floated into the penalty area, but once again Burton levelled before the break when James Sloan scored direct from a corner to make it 2-2 to end a brilliant first 45 minutes. The winning goal came on the hour mark when Burton midfielder Jurgen Ahmetaj found the run of Ross to set up the long serving forward for his second goal of the morning, and the visitors had goalkeeper James Rand to thank for a string of decent saves in the second half to preserve his sides one goal lead and hold on for three important points to move six clear of bottom of the table Fox Sunday.

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