KENT SENIOR TROPHY SEMI-FINALS (Sponsored by Darenth Print & Design)
Greenwich Borough 6-1 Orpington
Hollands & Blair 0-0 Corinthian Blair won 4-1 on penalties
Hollands & Blair will be flying the Kent Invicta League flag when they face SCEFL Greenwich Borough in the Kent Senior Trophy Final at Bromley FC on Sunday April 12. They beat Corinthian 4-1 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes at Star Meadow while the other KIL side Orpington lost 6-1 against Greenwich at Princes Park, Dan Akpoveta on target for the O's.
N.B - More of Alan Coomes photos from the Blair v Corinthian game can be found on the Gallery page click here
KENT INVICTA LEAGUE
Bearsted 3-1 Sheppey United
Kent Football United 3-2 Glebe
Lydd Town 6-1 Crockenhill
Meridian VP 0-2 Sutton Athletic
Rusthall OFF Gravesham Borough
Seven Acre & Sidcup 3-3 Eltham Palace
Leaders Lydd Town moved three points clear at the top of the table with a 6-1 victory over Crockenhill at the Lindsey Field. The in-form Matt Collins scored four times with Carlum Macleod and Marcus Hodges also finding the target.
Sutton Athletic are up to second after Aiden Pursglove grabbed both goals in a 2-0 win against Meridian VP at Charlton Park Lane. Bearsted are now equal on points with third-place Hollands & Blair, who have games in hand on all those around them, after beating Sheppey United 3-1 at Otham Sports Ground. Andy Hart grabbed two and Peter Williams added the other for the Bears while Jon Tadape was the Ites goalscorer.
Debutant Ben Williams put Glebe ahead at Glentworth Sports but it was struggling Kent Football United who took the points from a 3-2 win. Justin Nwungu, Jonny Murray and Darrell Thompson were the KFU scorers who put them 3-1 up before Ryan Golding reduced the deficit late on.
A 90th minute goal from Theo Baffae earned Seven Acre & Sidcup a point from a 3-3 draw with Eltham Palace at SC Thamesmead. In a see-saw encounter Josh Patrick put Lee Hill's side ahead but the visitors led at the break through Dominic Weston and Gerry Gonella. Anthony Fenech levelled matters on 55 minutes only for Weston to add his second two minutes later and thats how it remained until Baffae's late effort.
Finally Rusthall's home game against Gravesham Borough at Jockey Farm was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Wednesday February 25
KENT INVICTA CHALLENGE TROPHY - Semi-Final
Hollands & Blair 3-1 Glebe
Hollands & Blair will face Bearsted in the Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy Final on Good Friday (April 3) at Meridian Sports & Social after beating Glebe 3-1 at Star Meadow in their semi-final.
On a surprisingly decent surface it took Blair, who dominated the first-half, until the 36th minute to break the deadlock, skipper Stuart West prodding the ball home from close range. Nine minutes after the break Rob Denness steered home the second and then leading scorer James McDonald seemed to wrap up the victory when he drilled home number three.
However a double substitution rejuvenated the visitors who quickly pulled one back through a close range Ryan Golding effort. To their credit Simon Copley's side kept going right to the final whistle and Blair had man of the match, keeper James Smith, to thank as he was forced into action more and more as the minutes ticked by.
Non-League Day partners with The Football Association to promote 2015 FA Trophy Final
The last five years have seen Non-League Day (NLD) grow from being an event on Facebook to an annual national campaign which has grabbed the attention of clubs, leagues, the media and most importantly the fans.
As NLD has grown we’ve received many requests to run a second event during the season to get even more people involved. Given the huge amount of time and effort and to preserve the uniqueness of NLD, we’ve never really been able to entertain this idea but have thought about other ways we could do things.
Our favourite alternative was to create an event where, rather than send football fans to a wide variety of grounds around the country, we would encourage them to head to just one ground, bringing as many members of the non-league community together in the same place at the same time. We just weren’t quite sure how to do this.
It then came to our attention that this year’s FA Trophy Final is taking place on Sunday 29th March during the spring international break. Being on the Sunday, it allows fans of virtually every team in the country - whether they follow a club in the Premier League, Football League or non-league - to take part.
We have therefore partnered with The Football Association in an initiative to try and mobilise fans in a different way and bring as many of us together at the country’s national stadium for one of the non-league game’s most prestigious finals.
The FA Trophy Final photo competition
To celebrate this occasion/partnership, we will be running a photo competition where snappers of all ages will be offered the chance to see their best non-league pictures published in the match day programme, displayed on the stadium’s big screens and win tickets for the match itself.
To enter, simply attend a non-league match between now and the 14th March and upload your photos on to Instagram or Twitter using #myfanphoto.
A panel of respected non-league photographers will spend the 15th March judging which 10 people will win in two categories (adults and under-18s) and we will then contact those who do.
In the weeks leading up to the game we will also be giving away further tickets via our social media channels in other competitions so there will be plenty of opportunities to take part.
Tickets for the game itself go on sale on Monday 16th February and are only £20 for adults, £10 concessions and £7.50 for U16s*. These prices decrease still further if booked for a group of 15 or more.
We hope you like this idea and will think about joining us in trying to turn Wembley into the centre of the non-league football world for one afternoon on Sunday 29th March.
Bring your scarves, bring your shirts. Bring the non-league community together!
Founder, Non-League Day
* (if purchased before the 4th March).
Steve Devereux, the first-team manager of Crockenhill is doing the Brighton Marathon in April to raise funds for Demelza Hospice. If anyone would like to sponsor Steve's admirable efforts please go to his just giving page using the link below. https://www.justgiving.com/Milestonemarathon
HAT-TRICK HEROES 2014-15
Baff Addae (Sheppey) v Rusthall
James McDonald (Blair) @ Orpington
Larnre Adebayo (L Boro) @ KFU
James McDonald (Blair) @ Crockenhill
Baff Addae (Sheppey) @ SA&S
Joe Adams (Rusthall) v Lewisham B
Lekan Bakare (Orpington) @ KFU
Peter Williams (Bearsted) v Glebe
27 Sept (KILCT)
Matt Garner (Bearsted) @ Orpington
James McDonald (Blair) v Rusthall
James McDonald (5 - Blair) @ L Boro
Gary Lockyer (Lydd) v Orpington
Ryan Golding (Glebe) @ SA&S
Peter Williams (Bearsted) v Rusthall
Ryan Smith (Lydd) v SA&S
Ryan Palmer (Glebe) @ Sheppey
James McDonald (Blair) @ Rusthall
James McDonald (Blair) v Crockenhill
Baff Addae (Sheppey) v Lewisham B
Dan Bradshaw (Sheppey) v Lewisham
James McDonald (Blair) @ SA&S
Arlie Desagnes (Sutton A) @ KFU
Graig Hewitt (Crockenhill) @ KFU
James Pinnock (Glebe) v Rusthall
Gary Lockyer (4 - Lydd) @ SA&S
Gary Lockyer (5 - Lydd) @ KFU
Matt Collins (4 - Lydd) v Crockenhill