Kennington held at home
BROMLEY Green picked up their third win of the Vandanel Kent County League season on Saturday at Milton and Fulston United.
Chris Howells, Ryan Norman, Chris Holmes and Glen Mackett were on target in Green’s 4-2 Premier Division success.
In Division 1 East, Kennington drew 3-3 at home with the University of Kent. Steve Rice, Steve Harris and Sam Gridland were the scorers.
Luke Kingsbury’s goal helped New Romney secure a superb 11 draw away at high-flyers APM Mears, but Lydd Town lost 1-0 at Guru Nanak.
Kennington Reserves won their first match of the season, 3-1 at APM Mears in Reserves East. Jez Field, Paul Barren and Russell Wood scored the goals.
There were mixed results in the first round of the Reserves Cup as New Romney, through Luke Parker and Paul Boorman, defeated Bromley Green 2-1. Ashley Webster grabbed the Green consolation.
Lydd Town exited the competition after losing 2-1 at Otford United. Michael Cuff scored for Town.
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THE strong winds and rain made it difficult for all the sides but Willesborough Cricketers revelled in the conditions hitting 10 against Lydd A in the Premier Division clash.
Star man was Sean Gibbs who struck four times, although Pete Gladwin opened the scoring.
WCC led 3-0 at the interval as the lively Gibbs got into range and further goals from Gibbs, Paul Friday and substitute Leighton Kennedy (2) made it 10-0. Lydd pulled one back with a penalty from Cain Perrin a minute from time.
The young Lydd lads battled throughout with their stand-in keeper making some excellent saves.
A great finish from young Billy Weir and a late strike by veteran Danny Gooding gave Hope Inn a 2-0 success over Bethersden and getting their season into gear.
A game of few chances saw Hamstreet and Rolvenden deadlocked at 0-0 with the best chances falling to Andy Trott and Tim Simms for the respective sides.
In Division 1 Tenterden Reserves dominated for long periods but were frustrated by several excellent saves and New Romney 3rds came through to take the points 2-1 with goals from Warren Smith and James Haylett.
Oscar Barnes netted for the Tenterden side.
The Ship were sunk 7-0 by Riverside who romped into a 3-0 halftime advantage with goals from Andy Neal and Adam Mansfield plus a penalty converted by Guy Farmer after a foul on Neal.
Riverside continued their onslaught with a second for Neal and helped by an own goal plus one for Steve Adams.
Ship squandered a late penalty, which was blazed over the bar, and Chris Clements responded with his first goal for the club to round off a fine win for Riverside.
Ruckinge had Josh Coles on target but, after being locked at 1-1 at the interval, they saw Woodchurch take over to take the points with a 4-1 success.
Dave Harding and Curly Graham’s unbeaten Lanterns side eased through the first round of the Canterbury Challenge cup with an 11-0 victory over Blean at the Polo ground Saturday.
Captain Tom Culshaw set up leading scorer John Smith for the opener and then Gav Unwin’s excellent pass was flicked on by Lee Marjoram and midfielder Nick Jones finished well.
They finished the half 3-0 up when Darren Winfield’s cross was finished by the experienced Marjoram and Smith added two early goals to complete his treble.
Man of the match James Gibson added two goals soon after, one being a fantastic lob from the halfway line.
Marjoram then missed a penalty before scoring twice to complete his hat-trick, before the prolific Smith made his tally five, the last goal coming from an excellent Daley Sinclair cross.
Lanterns face AFC Ocean this Saturday in the Kent Cup at the Polo Ground with a 2.30pm kick off.