FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND
Friday September 28
SEVEN ACRE & SIDCUP 1-2 SITTINGBOURNE
Kent Invica League's FA Cup heroes Seven Acre & Sidcup bowed out of thecompetition at the Preliminary Round stage but not before giving Ryman South Sittingbourne a major scare at SC Thamesmead on Friday night.
Conrad Lee put the Swale side ahead in the 12th minute but Anthony Fenech, who else, levelled matters for Lee Hill's men, who were two leagues lower in the non-leage football echelon and had already disposed of SCEFL Sevenoaks Town, seven minutes before the break.
Thats how the score remained until Brickies substitute Hicham Akhazzan struck the 83rd minutewinner and they will face a trip to the Metropolitan Police in the First Qualifying Round.
Kent Invicta League
Saturday August 29
APM Contrast v Bearsted
Bridon Ropes v Crockenhill
Gravesham Borough v Forest Hill Park
Lewisham Borough v MeridianVP
Lydd Town v Phoenix Sports Res
Orpington v AC London
Rusthall v Kent FootballUnited
Sheppey v FC Elmstead
Sutton Athletic v Eltham Palace
League leaders Lydd Town will be looking to make it 15 points from their opening five games when Phoenix Sports Reserves visit the Lindsey Field. Phoenix are one of four clubs yet to pick up a point this season.
The other three, Rusthall host third place KentFootballUnited, Lewisham Borough host MeridianVP in a derby while Eltham Palace travel to Sutton Athletic. The Sutts have a 100% record but have only played twice.
Second place Gravesham Borough, who have scored 11 goals more than anyone else which was of course boosted by last week's 13-0 victory against Eltham, and they will be looking to keep up the pressure on Lydd as they entertain Forest Hill Park at Rede Court Road.
Elsewhere Bridon Ropes are at home to Crockenhill, Orpington welcome AC London to Green Court Road and at Holm Park Sheppey United play FC Elmstead.
The game of the day however may be fourth place APM Contrast taking on fifth place Bearsted, another side with a perfect start after three games. Don't forget the Paperboys used to groundshare with the Bears at Otham Sports Ground before returning to Cobdown Sports.
Monday August 31
APM Contrast v Sheppey United
Crockenhill v Orpington
Glebe v Eltham Palace
Lydd Town v Bearsted
MeridianVP v Bridon Ropes
Phoenix Sports Res v Seven Acre & Sidcup
Rusthall v Gravesham Borough
Sutton Athletic v FC Elmstead
Bearsted will be involved in another huge game on Bank Holiday Monday when they journey down to play leaders Lydd Town. Don't forget it was Keith Stevens outfit that pipped Dave Smith's side to the runners-up spot on the last day of last season.
APM Contrast and Sutton Athletic are the two other sides, like the Lydders, who have the bonus of playing both weekend fixtures at home. APM entertain Sheppey United while Sutton host FC Elmstead.
There are four 'derbies' as such, Liam Kelly's Crockenhill meet Orpington at Wested Meadow and Phoenix Sports Reserves will meet Seve Acre & Sidcup although this game will presumably be called off if Frday's FA Cup tie goes to a replay. The groundsharers Glebe and Eltham Palace plus MeridianVP and Bridon Ropes also meet at Foxbury Avenue and Charlton Park Lane respectively.
Finally in form Gravesham Borough travel to play Rusthall at Jockey Farm.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
HAT-TRICK HEROES 2015-16
RobNorman APM Contrast
A v Rusthall - 15 Aug
Craig Hewett Crockenhill
H v Eltham P - 15 Aug
Dan Bradshaw Gravesham B
H v Lewisham B - 15 Aug
Dan Bradshaw Gravesham B
H (4) v Eltham Palace - 22 Aug
Ed Morant APM Contrast
H v Lewisham Borough