ASH­FoRD & DISTRICT SaTUR­DaY LeagUe

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Three new clubs will fea­ture in the Ash­ford Satur­day League this sea­son in a slimmed down com­pe­ti­tion.

The con­sti­tu­tion con­firmed at last week’s an­nual meet­ing, sees 14 clubs in two di­vi­sions, with the league’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee still to de­cide what hap­pens in the se­cond half of the 2017/18 cam­paign to com­pen­sate for a re­duc­tion in fix­tures.

For­mer mem­bers Char­ing re­turn, placed in Di­vi­sion 1, fol­low­ing their switch from the Can­ter­bury & District League. They are joined by Marsh Youth, an un­der-21 side based at Marsh Academy, and Tow­ers View – who both start in Di­vi­sion 2.

Brom­ley Green and Ten­ter­den Town have both left the com­pe­ti­tion after be­ing re-elected into the Kent County League, although the lat­ter will con­tinue to field a re­serve team.

AFC Ash­ford Ath­letic Re­serves have also dropped out, fol­low­ing a move to the Maid­stone & District League, re­plac­ing the first team, fol­low­ing their move to the County League.

Ash­ford Dy­namo have re­turned to Sun­day League foot­ball after one sea­son, Wit­ter­sham have re­joined the East Sus­sex League, while Three Mariners have quit, hav­ing strug­gled to field teams last sea­son.

Ken­ning­ton Re­serves re­ceived the Sports­men Tro­phy, with Smar­den’s Dave Law win­ning the play­ers’ player- of-the-year award and golden boot, hav­ing been league top scorer with 17 goals.

The tro­phy was do­nated to the league by vice-chair­man John Ralph, with Laws re­ceiv­ing a replica as a per­sonal me­mento.

The new sea­son starts on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9.

Char­ing, Folke­stone In­victa Dis­abil­ity, Hythe Grov­ellers, Ken­ning­ton Re­serves, Smar­den, Ten­ter­den Town Re­serves, Wood­church.

Bid­den­den, Lydd Town 3rds, Marsh Youth, Rol­ven­den Re­serves, Smeeth & Brabourne, South Willes­bor­ough Warriors, Tow­ers View.

Dave Laws pre­sented with his tro­phies by league vicechair­man John Ralph

Pic­ture: Steve Crispe

Gary Lock­yer – has re­turned to Lydd from Hollands & Blair

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