KENT INVICTA LEAGUE
Tuesday March 24
Sheppey United 1-3 Sutton Athletic
Sutton moved back up to third spot in the KIL table after this victory over a much-changed Sheppey United, who ended the game with 10 men. Just one player remained from the 15-man squad that won 1-0 at Orpington on Saturday under Kevin Hake as caretaker duo Barry Morgan and Geoff Record took charge for the first time. Chris Page gave the visitors a 32nd minute lead but Ricky Whiting scrambled home the equaliser shortly after the break. Athletic sealed the points though thanks to two goals in five minutes from substitute Jack Longhurst.
Wednesday March 25
Bridon Ropes 0-1 Seven Acre & Sidcup
Gravesham Borough 8-1 Crockenhill
Hollands & Blair 9-0 Orpington
Lewisham Borough 0-3 Rusthall
Wednesday night saw goals galore where were no fewer than 22 goals in the four KIL games. Leaders Hollands & Blair moved nine points clear at the top of the table following their 9-0 rout of Orpington who capitulated after the break at Star Meadow. Leading scorer James McDonald grabbed four, his eighth treble of the campaign, Rob Denness scored his third hat-trick in four games while Tom Michelson added the other two.
At Rede Court Road Chris McDermott was another to score three as Gravesham Borough hammered Crockenhill 8-1. The other Boro scorers were Dan Nash, Sam O'Keefe, Marcus Heddon, Bradley Killick and Davy-Jo Anderson while Curtis George got the Crocks consolation.
A first-half effort from Anthony Collins was enough to see Seven Acre & Sidcup take the three points from their trip to Bridon Ropes while Rusthall won the battle of the bottom two when they travelled to Lewisham Borough. Matt Parsons, Sam O'Dell and Jonny Elwood were all on target for the Rustics at the Ladywell Arena.
Sheppey United, who lie fifth in the Kent Invicta League, parted company with boss Kevin Hake and his management team at the weekend. They have named both Barry Morgan and Geoff Record in a caretaker capacity for the remainder of the season and the pair will take charge for the fist time on Tuesday night when fourth place Sutton Athletic visit Holm Park.
A reminder from the KIL Registration Secretary Doug Francis that the closing date for player registration for the 2014-15 season is imminent at March 31 2015.
KENT INVICTA LEAGUE
Crockenhill 0-3 Bearsted
Hollands & Blair 4-2 Seven Acre & Sidcup
Kent Football United 0-4 Eltham Palace
Meridian VP 3-0 Lewisham Borough
Orpington 0-1 Sheppey United
Rusthall 1-5 Lydd Town
Sutton Athletic 0-0 Gravesham Borough
Leaders Hollands & Blair remain six points clear at the top of the KIL table, with a game in hand, after beating Seven Acre & Sidcup 4-2 at Star Meadow. Rob Denness grabbed a second hat-trick in successive weekends while Bryan Greenfield, who returned following suspension, netted a 41st minute penalty to complete a double over the visitors. The visitors who saw their recent six game unbeaten run ended netted through Tony Hill and Josh Patrick.
Goals from Gary Lockyer (2), Ryan Smith, Carlum Macleod and Tom Morgans helped second place Lydd Town ease to a 5-1 win at Jockey Farm. The Rustics goalscorer was either Alex Carey or Harry Yates (own goal) depending on who you took the information from.
At the London Hire Stadium Sutton Athletic lost third place after a goalless draw with Gravesham Borough, Bearsted taking advantage following their 3-0 victory against Crockenhill at Wested Meadow. The Bears scorers were Callum Naessons, Peter Williams and Andy Hart (penalty).
Sheppey United and Eltham Palace also completed doubles over Orpington and Kent Football United respectively. The Ites recorded a 1-0 away triumph at Green Court Road thanks to Sam Girt's 65th minute winner while Palace were 4-0 victors at Glentworth Sports where Gerry Gonella, Dermus Acun (2) and Victor Pham were on target.
Finally Richard Dimmock's Meridian VP won the South East London derby 3-0 against basement side Lewisham Borough at Charlton Park Lane thanks to goals from Dominic Elmes, Richard Whyte and Elliot Crabb.
Three people with connections to the Kent Invicta League are running Marathons in aid of Demelza Hospice in the coming months. If anyone would like to sponsor either then please go to
their respective Just Giving pages using the links below.
As we advertised for a whlie Steve Devereux, the former first-team manager of Crockenhill, is doing the Brighton Marathon in April - https://www.justgiving.com/Milestonemarathon
Then there is Tony Hill, a player at Seven Acre & Sidcup, he is running the 2015 London Marathon - https://www.justgiving.com/TonyHillLondonMarathon2015/
The third is Bearsted player Stephen Sage but I am waiting for him to get back to me with a link to his Just Giving page.
Lydd Town will host Ryman League South Folkestone Invicta to officially mark the first game under the newly installed floodlights at the Lindsey Field. Admission is free on Tuesday March 24 - kick-off 7.45pm.
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).
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
Justin Nwugu (KFU) v Rusthall
Bradley Killick (G'sham B) v Eltham P
Rob Denness (Blair) @ Bearsted
Rob Denness (Blair) v SA&S
James McDonald (Blair) v Orpington
Rob Denness (Blair) v Orpington
Chris McDermott (G'sham B) v Crocks