Blair celebrate Tom Michelson's (no.8) winner at Oakley Road Photo: Alan Coomes

Sunday October 19

First Round
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


Bearsted on the attack in their 2-1 win against Canterbury City at Homelands Photo: Alan Coomes

Saturday October 18

First Round
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.

                                                                                                     Warren White

Ben Mills - a photo recently taken at home with Warren's wife Lesley and dog after the Sutton v Lydd match.

Latest results

Upcoming fixtures

16 Aug
Baff Addae (Sheppey) v Rusthall
James McDonald (Blair) @ Orpington

6 Sept
Larnre Adebayo (L Boro) @ KFU 
James McDonald (Blair) @ Crockenhill
13 Sept
Baff Addae (Sheppey) @ SA&S
20 Sept
Joe Adams (Rusthall) v Lewisham B
Lekan Bakare (Orpington) @ KFU
Peter Williams (Bearsted) v Glebe
27 Sept (KILCT)
Matt Garner (Bearsted) @ Orpington
4 Oct
James McDonald (Blair) v Rusthall
11 Oct
James McDonald (5 - Blair) @ L Boro
Gary Lockyer (Lydd) v Orpington 

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