A crowd of 103 saw Hollands & Blair retain the KIL Championship Shield with a narrow 2-1 victory over a battling Bearsted at Star Meadow. Referee Oliver Smith did well to
keep an often feisty encounter under control which wasn't decided until the 118th minute.
It then that Justin Ascheri, who had hit a post from the spot in a friendly at Sutton Athletic four days earlier, tucked away a penalty, given for a pull-back on the winger which resulted in a red card for the otherwise excellent Rob Lyall, to seal the trophy for a second season.
Blair substitute Emmanuel Abe had opened the scoring with a terrific curling shot in the 69th minute but Michael Holliday levelled matters for the visitors from the another spot-kick with nine minutes remaining.
Photos: Alan Coomes
Due to a number of factors only theopening month's fixtures for the Kent Invicta League 2015-16 campaign have been released so far. The season begins on Friday 7 August when one of the
five newcomers, FC Elmstead, host Orpington at Oakley Road.
Then the following all the other teams, with the exception of last season's runners-up Bearsted and Sutton Athletic, get a run out. Of the other new clubs only APM Contrast are at home, they face Bridon Ropes at Cobdown. The others, AC London, Forest Hill Park Phoenix Sports Reserves travel to Lydd Town, Crockenhill and Lewisham Borough respectively. Sheppey United, one of the fancied clubs, have a difficult openingduo of games at least on paper, they travel to Seven Acre & Sidcup on the first day before entertaining Bearsted three days later.
Friday August 7
FC Elmstead v Orpington
Saturday August 8
APM Contrast v Bridon Ropes
Crockenhill v Forest Hill Park
Kent FootballUnited v Eltham Palace
Lewisham Borough v Phoenix Sports Res
Lydd Town v AC London
Meridian v Gravesham Borough
Rusthall v Glebe
Seven Acre & Sidcup v Sheppey United
Tuesday August 11
Phoenix Sports Res v Glebe
Sheppey United v Bearsted
Bridon Ropes v AC London
Forest Hill Park v Seven Acre & Sidcup
Gravesham Borough v Kent FootballUnited
Lydd Town v APM Contrast
All the August games are now on the Fixures page...
Kent Invicta League Runners Up and Trophy Finalists Bearsted FC are looking to add one or two players to their existing squad for the 2015-16 season. With all of our ground
improvements in place this August for promotion to The Southern Counties East Football League, this is an exciting time to be part of an ambitious Club and first Team.
If you are interested please contact Kevin Stevens on 07809875522 or.email email@example.com
New Crockenhill boss Liam Kelly, who watched his side slip to a 5-2 home defeat to a Sittingbourne XI in their opening pre-season game, is looking to strengthen his squad. He is particularly
looking at bringing in two centre-backs while a midfielder and forward are also on the list.
He is hoping that any young player, currently on trial at higher ranked clubs, SCEFL or above, or looking to go out on loan, maybe for the entire season, but mainly interested in first-team football, will get in touch on either of the following - firstname.lastname@example.org or 07825997598.
The next training session at Wested Meadow is on Wednesday at 7.15pm.
COACHING STAFF WANTED
Eltham Palace FC is looking for the following club coaching staff -
Ideally this position will attract a mature, qualified coach with experience. The successful candidate will preferably hold a Level 3 qualification. However, experienced and mature Level 2 coaches will also be considered. The Assistant manager will be an integral part in delivering the clubs coaching development plan and philosophy. The successful candidate will need to be available every Wednesday evening for training sessions throughout the season.
The Assistant Manager will also work closely with the Club Manager in planning and organising our match day squads. The successful candidate will need to be available every Saturday and some midweek fixtures throughout the season.
This position may suit an established coach looking to gain ‘dug-out’ experience and bridge the gap between team coaching and club management.
This position will suit a qualified Level 2 goalkeeping coach, preferably with experience. The Goalkeeping Coach will be responsible for delivering coaching sessions specifically designed for the club goalkeepers (both senior and U21). The successful candidate will need to be available every Wednesday evening throughout the season.
The Goalkeeping Coach will work closely with the Club Manager and Assistant Manager in planning and organising our match day squads, specifically mentoring the selected goalkeeper(s). The successful candidate will need to be available every Saturday and some midweek fixtures throughout the season.
If you are interested in either of the above coaching positions, please phone or text Neil on 07796 698666.
Eltham Palace FC is seeking talented players in all position. Especially goalkeepers and defenders! Our preseason schedule starts on Wednesday 1st July.
CAFC Training Ground
7.30pm Start – 9pm Finish
If you are interested in having a trial, please phone or text Neil on 07796 698666, so we can direct you to our allocated pitch!
CLUB VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Eltham Palace FC is looking for the following volunteer roles -
Match Day Assistant
This position involves many duties. Initially managing the turnstile and distributing the match programmes before our matches. Other match day duties will revolve around general site security, health and safety.
This role would suit a mature person who can ‘think on their feet’ and work independently. You will be required to attend all EPFC home matches. Home matches are approximately once a fortnight (subject to fixtures), away matches are optional. Some evenings matches throughout the season.
This role will involve planning and preparing our home match day programme. The ability to manage and meet deadlines is a key competence. Editorial experience would be desirable, but not essential.
Community Development Manager
Eltham Palace FC is looking for a person to elevate our presence within the wider community and foster links with local businesses. This would suit someone with a marketing and/or project management background.
All the above positions are vital for the development and progression of Eltham Palace FC.
We see these positions as just as important as our ‘top striker’!
If you would like to be part of our winning team, please contact Neil on 07796 698666.
Gravesham Borough, who play their home matches at Rede Court Road in Strood (ME2 3TU) are looking to appoint a new club secretary.
Anyone interested in fulfilling the role, or for further information, should contact the Gravesend based club's Chairman, Peter Snelling, on the following e-mail address - email@example.com
Phoenix Sports FC are looking for players to compete in the Kent Invicta League for the 2015-16 season.
They are holding a trial day at Princes Park 3G (Dartford FC) on Saturday 27th June at 10am.
If you have played Kent Youth League, Kent County League or a higher level then please contact:-
Gary Andrews: 07469 727998 or Paul Bryon: 07766 821354
Woodchurch based Freddie Rogers is a qualified coach, originally from East London, where he coached FC Hamlets in East London winning all five trophies that they were entered for, including the
London Cup, in his first season.
He has now been living in Kent for about a year now and have been first team coach and first team manager with Tenterden Town FC of the Kent County League where I also took plenty of training sessions with the youth set up.
His day profession is a Graphic Designer which means he has been able to design and print all the clubs posters, programmes and any other printing requirements.
I am interested in coaching youth teams as I like to work on player development having been coaching/managing adult sides for many years now and feel it is time for a change so would be looking for a side within reasonable distance to there.
Please contact Freddie via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send over his C.V. He is looking forward to hearing from you.
Ahead of the 2015-16 season Lydd Town are seeking a matchday physio.
Anyone interested should contact manager David Smith via e-mail - David.email@example.com
Bridon Ropes are keen to start recruiting players for their U21's squad for the coming season.
Players are required for all
positions, but need to be 16 on or before the 31st August of this year.
The U21's league is a very competitive and technical league, therefore we are looking for players of the highest calibre with drive and ambition to push on to our First Team who currently will have five players from last seasons U21's squad.
Pre Season and Trials will begin on Wednesday 24th June in Charlton.
For more information regarding these positions in the first instance please contact Club Secretary Clive Smith on his mobile 07795966110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Seven Acre & Sidcup have sponsorship packages available for the 2015-16 season. Any companies or individuals interested should email email@example.com
Meanwhile the clubs under 21’s are looking for players in all positions to join the club. Home games in the NRG Gyms Kent County Under 21’s League will be played on the 4G pitch at the
state of the art set up at Sporting Club Thamesmead.
Interested players should contact manager Evran on 07950284197.
Crockenhill FC have announced that they are looking for sponsors for next season. Please get in touch should you be interested. Kit, balls, programme and pitch side available.
Interested parties should contact Chairman Steve Cullen on either of the following -
Mobile: 07702 886966
Orpington FC are looking for first team players for their Kent Invicta League side for season 2015-16 - anyone interested should contact first-team boss Byron Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org