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Author: Ryan Mills, 06/01/20

Ovenden helps Heathens into Cup Quarter Finals, while Market start to play catch up in Premier

PREMIER DIVISION


Luke Burdon bagged a second-half hat trick as Bromley Green moved to within three points of Premier Division leaders Brewmaster with a 6-0 home win over Nailbox. Burdon’s treble took his goal tally to 30 in all competitions this season as the Green maintained their 100% winning record at home with young defender Riece Annand impressing at the back for the hosts. Jordan Griffin’s deflected effort put the Green 1-0 ahead at half-time before the prolific Burdon put the game to bed in the second period scoring three times in quick succession, with both Ryan Carter and Stuart Taylor netting late on to seal the victory.

Market Hotel continue their climb up the table after a difficult start to the campaign as they returned from their trip to Mersham Sports 6-1 winners. Forward Bradley Baker netted a third consecutive hat-trick for Ryan Smith’s side as the Lydd Town player made it 13 goals in his last four appearances for the club, while further goals from Gary Lockyer, Connor Coyne and Ryan Philpott secured only their second league victory of the season. Former Market defender Owen Kessack’s deflected effort saw Mersham pull a goal back for their efforts but couldn’t help them suffer a third consecutive home league defeat this season.

 

BODKIN CHALLENGE CUP- ROUND TWO

Goalkeeper Jason Ovenden emerged as the penalty shootout hero as Red Heathens progressed to the quarter finals of the Bodkin Cup knocking out Premier Division rivals Stanhope & Beaver Rangers. With the game ending at 2-2 after 90 minutes, both teams added another goal in extra-time setting up for a tense penalty shootout where Ovenden saved the penultimate spot kick before Paul Vidler tucked away the winning penalty for the visitors to set-up a last-eight clash against Division One side Cheriton AFC. Stanhope secretary Brett Ades commented after the match that Ovenden produced a very special performance for the visitors and was awesome throughout the clash. Barry Chambers scored all three of the Red Heathens goals over the course of the 120 minutes while Stanhope crash out despite their goals coming from Anthony Finch, Lewis Sheldon-Smith and Luke Walder.

Joining them in the last-eight are Premier Division leaders Brewmaster who saw off close rivals Kennington winning 5-2 at Sandyacres. Former Bethersden and Mersham Sports striker Piers Fuchter scored four times for the Brews to send them through in a game heavily delayed due to an injury to Kennington midfielder Steve Tutt. Fuchter’s four goals proved the difference as along with Brad Burton’s eighth goal of the season, John Ripley’s side registered an eighth consecutive victory to cancel out goals from Antonio Comparetto and Lewis Horne for the hosts.

 

VAL HELEN DIVISION ONE LEAGUE CUP- PRELIMINARY ROUND

Frankie Steer returned to the Lydd Grasshoppers starting eleven with a bang netting a hat-trick as they went through to the quarter finals of the Val Helen League Cup beating Appledore 6-0. Forward Steer hadn’t featured for the Marsh side for over 18-months back to when he scored 55 goals in the 2017/18 season on the way to Grasshoppers’ Division Two promotion campaign, and his return was a welcome boost for Andy Bennett’s young side to end a run of five successive defeats. Additional goals from Jermaine Williams, Curtis Banks and Jordan Boorer sealed the win to set up a last-eight clash with Horsebox Bars in the next round.

 

VAL HELEN DIVISION ONE LEAGUE CUP- QUARTER FINALS

Aldington moved into the hat for the semi-finals of the Val Helen League Cup thanks to a 3-0 away win in an entertaining game at Cheriton AFC. Cheriton started the brighter of the two teams with Ben Ashton and Jack Taylor a constant threat to James Sutton’s goal, but it was the visitors who took the lead after 20 minutes when Alex Williams rose the highest at the far post to head home from Stephen Cowell’s corner. Aldington doubled their lead ten minutes later when Matt Moon fired home from the penalty spot before Ben Hunt added a third midway through the second half with a great finish to score his third goal of the season. 

Division One leaders Sellindge SSC also booked their place in the last-four of the competition beating Hythe Royal British Legion 6-1 away from home. Billy Somerville’s treble takes the former AFC Locomotive and Lydd Grasshoppers frontman onto 15 goals for the season as the Swans registered their seventh successive away victory in all competitions to set up a semi final clash against either Lydd Grasshoppers or Horsebox Bars. Tony Dunham added another two goals for the visitors while Darren Winfield added a sixth to cancel out Dan Arnold’s 20th goal of the season for Hythe RBL, who turn their attention to next week’s Kent Sunday Junior Cup clash at home to Sutton Common Rovers.

Meanwhile Folkestone United set up a semi-final fixture against Aldington as they saw off Charing winning 6-3 in their quarter final fixture. Two goals from Callum Russell, and own goal, and one each from Danny Clark, Josh Baker and a stunning effort from Jed Burns saw United prove too strong for Charing who replied with their goals coming courtesy of Patrick Hughes, Lewis Bagshaw and Robbie Burn.



DIVISION TWO

Park Farm Rangers moved up to second place in the Division Two league standings with an impressive 3-0 home victory against Biddenden at the Ridge. Two goals from the excellent Dan Marshall helped Rangers to a third win in their previous four games while Tyler Loosemore added a third for the hosts with his seventh goal of the campaign. Stand in goalkeeper Liam Skelton kept a clean sheet for Lee Marshall’s in-form side as the top of the table opened right up with just four points separating the top-eight teams. The game was marred by a bad injury to Biddenden defender Sam Metland who required surgery later that evening after suffering a suspected double leg break, everyone at the Ashford Sunday League wishes Sam a speedy recovery.

Lewis O’Leary scored twice as South Willesborough warmed up for their much-anticipated county cup tie next week with a 5-1 home league victory over Ashford Cavaliers. O’Leary’s brace helped move the Frog Islanders up to fourth in the league standings and just two points behind leaders Hamstreet with two games in-hand, whilst also extending their excellent unbeaten sequence to eleven games. Further goals from Mike Norris, Jordan Horne and Gary Blunden, the later against his former club, sealed the three points as Brad Horne’s side amazingly continue to compete in five different competitions this season. Cavaliers replied through former Market Hotel midfielder Chris Wyles and suffered a fourth successive defeat on the road.

 

SHEBER CHALLENGE TROPHY- ROUND TWO

Ed Miller scored a dramatic injury time winner for Fox Sunday as they progressed to the quarter finals of the Sheber Trophy with a 3-2 success at home to Troggs at Sandyacres. The Fox went ahead just before the half hour mark when Stuart Margetson followed up on Miller’s original blocked shot before top scorer Tom Wilmshurst doubled their advantage 15 minutes later on his 100th appearance for the club. Wilmshurst’s sixth goal of the season also marked another historic milestone as he scored an Ashford Sunday league goal in four different decades, rolling back the years to his former days up top for Knatchbull in the late 1990s. Back to the game and Troggs pulled a goal back just before half time when Alex Philpott scored in-off the upright, and the Smarden side were back on level terms with 15 minutes left to play when Paul Newman grabbed his first goal of the season to make it 2-2. But up popped Ed Miller to score with virtually the final kick of the game when he turned in from Craig Mannering’s cross to send Fox through to an away quarter final trip to last season’s runners-up Biddenden.

Division Two leaders Hamstreet are also through to the last-eight as they beat Division Three side Bromley Green Reserves 4-1 at home. Two goals from top goal scorer Joe Spicer and one each from Darren Warburton and Paul Pettitt cancelled out Jordan Osborne’s strike for the visitors as Hamstreet kicked off the New Year with a victory in their bid for the treble in their first season back in the league.

Bradley Freund started the New Year as he left the last grabbing four goals as Singleton Barn upset Division Two side Lolzors Reserves winning 6-2 at the Ridge. Freund has now scored 30 goals for the pub side this season as he proved too much to handle against his former club and helped set-up a quarter final clash against local rivals and competition favourites South Willesborough in two-weeks’ time. Ricky Harden added two more goals for the Barn while Lolzors crash out of the cup despite their goals coming from Aiden Bourne and Owen Clark.

 

DIVISION THREE

Smeeth & Brabourne moved up to second place in Division Three beating Kingsnorth Pilgrims 6-4 in a ten-goal thriller. The villagers were held to a 1-1 draw against the same opposition just before Christmas but bounced back with an important victory this time around thanks to a hat-trick from teenage forward James Evans. Strike partner Max Brady added two more for Smeeth while Charlie Brasington added a sixth for the hosts to cancel out a brace from Dylan Thomson and individual strikes by Brad Sharpe and new signing Matt Wright for Kingsnorth.

 

AFORD AWARDS DIVISION THREE LEAGUE CUP- QUARTER FINALS

Nathan Cook returned to haunt his former club scoring the opening goal as Ashford United Thirds moved into the semi-finals of the Division Three League Cup with a 4-1 away win at Pilgrims Sunday. Cook had scored eight goals for Pilgrims before his recent switch to United and his goal got United off to the perfect start before Rhys Hodges’ spot kick and two from John Giles earned Roger Hadlum’s side a deserved victory. David Yates replied for Pilgrims who were unable to overturn their disappointing run of form before the Christmas break and have now only won once in their previous eight games.

Also through to the last-four of the competition are Division Three leaders Folkestone United Reserves who kept their league and cup double hopes alive with a 2-1 away win at Aldington Reserves. Top goal scorer Ashley Sales bagged both of the United goals to cancel out Kevin Ruane’s strike for Aldington and set up a semi-final clash away at either Singleton Barn or Bromley Green Reserves.

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