Sunday October 19
KENT SENIOR TROPHY
Glebe 0-1 Hollands & Blair
Greenwich Borough 4-1 West Wickham
A 64th minute goal by skipper Tom Michelson proved enough for Blair to edge past a useful Glebe side at Oakley Road. Simon Copley's side were unlucky in the closing stages when Tom Fitzgerald twice beat visiting keeper Lee Challis with excellent free-kicks but on both occasions he was denied by the bar.
Blair join fellow KIL sides Bearsted, Eltham Palace, Gravesham Borough, Lydd Town, Meridian VP and Orpington in Round Two.
Round Two looks like this...
Sevenoaks Town v Greenwich Borough
Lydd Town v Corinthian
Eltham Palace v Hollands & Blair
Meridian VP v Cray Valley PM
Erith & Belvedere v Phoenix Sports
Erith Town v Deal Town
Orpington v Bearsted
Gravesham Borough v Woodstock Sports
Saturday October 18
KENT SENIOR TROPHY
Holmesdale 1-3 Erith Town
Fisher 2-3 Eltham Palace
Deal Town 2-2 Sutton Athletic (Deal won 7-6 on penalties)
Tunbridge Wells 0-0 Woodstock Sports (Woodstock won 5-4 on penalties)
Lordswood 0-3 Erith & Belvedere
Meridian VP 1-0 Lewisham Borough
Crockenhill 1-8 Phoenix Sports
Seven Acre & Sidcup 2-4 Lydd Town
Rochester United 2-3 Corinthian
Canterbury City 1-3 Bearsted
Kent Football United 0-5 Cray Valley PM
Sheppey United 0-3 Sevenoaks Town
Rusthall 1-2 Gravesham Borough
Five KIL sides are through to the Kent Senior Trophy Second Round, with another to follow tomorrow, after today's opening round saw a number of goals and red cards. Those through are Eltham Palace who beat Fisher 3-2 at Champion Hill where Ola Kokuyi scored twice, a Dominic Elmes goal for Meridian VP was enough to see off Lewisham Borough, Andy Pierce and Alex McKay were on target as Gravesham Borough beat Rusthall 2-1 at Jockey Farm while Bearsted won 3-1 at Canterbury City.
Also into the next round are Lydd Town, there were four red cards in the first-half of their game with Seven Acre & Sidcup at SC Thamesmead where Jamie Williams and Anthony Fenech (penalty) scored for the home side in a 4-2 defeat.
A fracas in the closing moments of Cray Valley PM's 5-0 victory over Kent Football United at Glentworth Sports resulted in another four red cards being flourished, two to each team.
Sutton Athletic were beaten 7-6 on penalties by Deal Town after a 2-2 draw at the Charles Ground, Aiden Pursglove and Ryan Eldridge netting for the visitors. Sam Monks converted a 60th minute penalty for Crockenhill but it was scant consolation in a 8-1 home thumping by Phoenix Sports who do lie third in the SCEFL.
Finally at Holm Park Sheppey United came up against a fired-up Miles Cornwell who made the first for Andy Constable before scoring twice himself as Sevenoaks Town battled their way to a 3-0 win.
I’ve known Ben Mills for over 30 years, my mother-in-law was his partner of 20 years but she sadly died four years ago.
I first met him when I played against Sutton Athletic for Cray Wanderers Reserves 30 years ago, I remember thinking before the match we would give them country yokels a good hiding, we lost the match 5-1. Ben was their manager, and sometime later, after Ben and my mother- in law got together, I ended up playing for Sutton.
Sutton Athletic remains the only ever junior club in Kent to win the Senior Cup and at the time Ben was manager, he was known to reward his players with vegetables (potatoes and cabbages), and I
have heard past players talk about this when they have visited the club in recent years. This may sound strange but at the time money was tight and, from what I have heard in the late 60's
/ 70's, Sutton had some great players so it proves how wily Ben was, and it didn't cost him anything because he was a farmer. Ben has always been known as a lovely man but as a manager
could be strong when needed.
He joined Sutton Athletic at 15 years of age, and went on to play (a good centre forward), manage and still support's the club. Not bad because he was 90 on Monday October 6, which means he has been at the club for 75 years - that's loyalty for you!.
Ben now lives in a residential home at Greenhithe, but I still pick him up for most home games, he was at the London Hire Stadium for their 2-0 victory over Seven Acre & Sidcup on Saturday, with the club allowing us to park behind the goal next to the pitch because he loves a good view of the match. He tends to stay in my car now though because he has trouble getting in and out, I can’t see him getting a run out again.
From its formation, many of the players and committee members of Sutton Athletic have come from the village Sutton-on-Hone and their ownership and commitment to the club is as prevalent today as
it was all those years ago. As far as I know Ben is the only one left at the club from the old guard.
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