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Author: Ryan Mills, 28/09/20

Genclik hit the ground running beating Market, while Charing Reserves see off Waterside for first league win of the season

BODKIN CHALLENGE CUP- ROUND ONE

Goalkeeper James Atkins emerged as the hero to help Mersham Sports Club knock out Premier Division rivals Aldington on penalties after the two local rivals could not be separated after 90 minutes of normal time. Atkins scored his penalty in the shootout as well as saving from Aldington’s Stuart Taylor to help Mersham set up a Bodkin Cup second round tie at home to 2019 winners Market Hotel next month.


After a goalless first half, Taylor gave Aldington a late lead in the 75th minute taking advantage of a defensive mistake by the visitors, but Mersham levelled things up as the game finished 1-1 when Tom Wilson’s deflected free-kick deceived stand-in Aldington goalkeeper Rob Price with ten minutes left to play. That took the fixture to penalties where Atkins saw his team through to set up player-manager Rob Clark to score the winning spot kick and seal the tie.

There was a 12-goal thriller at the Stadium as Cheriton run out 7-5 winners against fellow Division One side Sellindge. Striker Ben Ashton netted a hat-trick for Cheriton to see them through to the next round as the hosts new management team of Chris Jones and Trevor Allen recorded back-to-back victories since their double act was announced earlier this month. Jamie Westall added two more goals for the home side to accompany individual strikes from Adam Ghidaoui and Ryan Hall in a hugely entertaining clash, as Sellindge crash out in style despite three goals from forward Liam Middleton and one apiece from Tony Dunham and Ben Kesby.

The Albion are also through to the last-16 of the competition as they came away with a 4-1 win at Folkestone United. In tough playing conditions the league newcomers got off to a great start when Liam Whiting headed the visitors in front early on before Steve Johnson doubled the pub sides lead before half-time. United got themselves back in the game though at the start of the second period when Robbie Westbrook halved the deficit, and continued to press for an equaliser testing the excellent Ben Stevens in the Albion goal who made a fantastic save to keep his side in front. But Albion went on to seal the victory as Johnson scored his second and Albion’s third of the morning before Karl Gladwin headed in the fourth from substitute Dan Scorer’s later corner.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Luke Burdon marked his first appearance for AFC Locomotive scoring four times as Gary Gibbs’ side returned from their trip to Red Heathens 7-3 winners to go top of the Premier Division table. Burdon, who featured for Ashford United in their FA Cup defeat to Bracknell Town in midweek, was once again prolific in front of goal to steer the Loco to victory, with strike partner Jordan Griffin adding a brace and Kieran Shrimpton also getting on the score sheet. Red Heathens continue their search for a first victory of the season despite playing some decent football and replied with their goals coming from Gareth Williams, Craig Haynes and Ritchie Davies.

Ashford Genclik marked their first league fixture of the season with an impressive 5-3 away win at Market Hotel. Substitute Alfie Draper scored twice for the Premier Division newcomers with Dion Orris, Matthew Lightfoot and Max Sarigul also getting in on the act to help Bobby Joe Taylor’s side to all three points. Market saw Matt Collins score twice adding to Ryan Smith’s strike but fell to their first defeat of the season.

Former Folkestone Invicta and Aylesbury United midfielder Michael Yianni claimed the match ball scoring three times as Sandgate Saint-Germain earned their first league victory of the season beating Stanhope & Beaver Rangers 8-4 at Pitchside. Yianni’s treble proved the difference in this high scoring encounter between two attack-minded teams while Kieran Byrne’s double and further goals from Jake Burchell and former Sellindge pair Eamon Elalem and Billy Somerville completed the scoring for the visitors. Stanhope drop to second bottom in the standings despite being the joint-second top goal scorers in the division at present and replied with a Dan Cornell hat-trick and a second goal of the season from Lewis Bagshaw.

 

DIVISION ONE

Charing are emerging as the early pace setters in Division One as they claimed a third successive league victory beating Horsebox Bars 4-1 away from home. New manager Lee Woods has enjoyed an excellent start at the club and saw his side dominate gong 2-0 ahead in the first half thanks to goals from Morgan Regardsoe and Joe Sullivan. Ashley Spencer pulled a goal back for Horsebox before the break, but substitute Robbie Burn soon restored the visitors two-goal advantage ten minutes into the second period. Man of the match James Fraser sealed victory with a great finish to score Charing’s fourth and make it three wins from three games so far this season for the villagers.

South Willesborough move up to fourth place as they recorded their first league victory since promotion last season beating Lydd Grasshoppers 3-1 away from home. Goals from Tommy Wadman, Kirk Howard and Gary Blunden were enough to claim all three points and cancel out Shannon Hodson’s fourth goal of the season for Grasshoppers, who drop one place in the table down to seventh.

 

SHEBER CHALLENGE TROPHY- ROUND ONE

Recently appointed Lolzors manager Justin Day guided his new side into the second round of the Sheber Trophy as the Pumas beat his former club Burton Grove 5-3 at the Spearpoint. Lolzors raced into a 3-0 lead before Burton pulled a goal back before half time, but Lolzors hit back with two second half goals to ensure their safe passage to the last-16 of the competition. Alfie Prior netted a brace for Division Three side Lolzors adding to individual strikes from Jack Teehan, Saul Persad and Abib Koke, while Burton Grove had James Ross, Andy Crouch and Dean Spurrell on target, the later direct from a corner kick at the end of the first half.

Rhys Hodges and Gabriel Madalin Anghel both scored twice as Appledore’s forward line proved the difference to see off Division Two rivals Egerton winning 5-2. Tom Draper added a fifth for the Smugglers to cancel out goals from Joshua Jones and Justin Howard for the Eagles as Appledore set up a second-round clash at home to Folkestone United Reserves with this victory.

Ashford United Thirds completed a fantastic comeback to beat Division Three side Mersham Sports Club Reserves 3-2 at the Homelands Stadium. Mersham went 2-0 ahead thanks to two goals from forward Adam Bellman, but United hit back in style as summer signing Jordan Boorer scored all three goals for the Nuts ‘n Bolts to see them safely through to the next stage where they now travel to Singleton Barn.

Ieuan Jones scored twice as FC Folkestone comfortably beat Lydd Town in the battle of the two league newcomers running out 4-0 winners at the Stadium in Cheriton. Jones’ brace as well as goals from Kyle Allman and Jake Phodi mean that Brad Russell’s side travel to Lolzors in the second-round in three-weeks’ time.

Division Three side Ashford Dynamo pulled off a cup upset beating a decent Hythe Athletic side 4-3 at South Road. Goals from Matt Jarvis, Kieran Hawkins, Aaron Negus and Richard Boakes did the damage to see off the previously unbeaten Hythe, who replied with two goals from Charlie Partridge and one from Phil Aspri.

Finally, Troggs got the better of Fox Sunday winning 4-2 to see them safely through to the last-16 as striker Ben Allen netted a hat-trick for the second successive fixture. Goals from Allen and Ross Breen saw Troggs go 2-0 ahead at half time, but Denzel Ndoko pulled a goal back for the home side with a wind-assisted free kick. Allen scored his second as Troggs added a third goal on the counterattack to restore their two-goal advantage, but again Fox came back, this time teenage defender Kai Jones scoring a great set-piece goal to make it 3-2. Troggs made sure of the win when they broke clear after a late Fox corner as Allen completed his hat-trick for the visitors to set up a trip to local rivals Biddenden in the next round.

 

DIVISION TWO

With the Sheber Trophy getting underway there was just the one fixture in Division Two as both Biddenden and AFC Guildhall picked up their first points of the season in a 3-3 stalemate at the Homewood School in Tenterden. Two goals from the in-form Kieran Funnell and one from Morgan Waite had put Biddenden into a 3-1 lead, but Guildhall recovered to claim a share of the points thanks to goals from Jay Critcher, Steven Masters and player-manager James Walton.

 

DIVISION THREE

Pilgrims moved up to third place in the Division Three league standings are they returned from their trip to Singleton Barn 5-2 winners. Bradley Humphrey bagged a brace for Pilgrims as they picked up their first league victory of the season against many people’s tip for the title this season, while further goals from Brandon Foord-Divers, Phil Herz and a long-range free kick from Joe Munden sealed all three points for the visitors. The Barn replied with their goals coming from Mark Hopkinson and summer signing Matt Beasley.

Former Market Hotel and Ashford Cavaliers forward George Mabb had a debut to remember as he scored four times in Bromley Green’s 7-2 victory at home to Folkestone United Reserves. Mabb’s four goals helped the Green earn their first win of the campaign while two goals from club stalwart Matt Wedge and one from Bradley Taffurelli completed the scoring cancelling out goals from Ryan Jeffrey and Ben Pike for United.

Newly appointed Charing Reserves boss Neil Thomas enjoyed his first victory in charge with a 4-0 home win against Waterside at the Moat (pictured). Ollie Gray netted his first goals for the club with a brace while an own goal and one from Nathan Lakra sealed the victory for the hosts.

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