Willesborough’s rapid rise ends as they pull out of the league’
Kent County League chairman Cyril Windiate says they are devastated about the loss of Willesborough Athletic to the competition.
The twice Kent Junior Cup winners won a third successive promotion, to Division 1 East this season but informed the league 10 days ago they would be unable to field a team.
Formed four years ago, the club’s story has been nothing but success in Saturday football since being elected to the Ashford League.
They won five trophies before switching to the County League in 2015, winning successive promotions and finished last season by lifting a county cup for a second time and the Invitation Cup.
Speaking after the Kent Junior Cup win over Metrogas Reserves at the Gallagher Stadium, chairman and manager Lee James highlighted the club’s aims.
He said “The objective of the club
Ashford v Carshalton, Chipstead v Sittingbourne, Cray Wanderers v Thamesmead, Greenwich v Whyteleafe, Guernsey v East Grinstead, Hastings v Corinthian Casuals, Herne Bay v Lewes, Hythe v Walton Casuals, Molesey v Horsham, Ramsgate v Phoenix Sports, Shoreham v South Park, VCD v Faversham. Carshalton v Hastings. Corinthian Casuals v Greenwich, East Grinstead v Molesey, Faversham v Ramsgate, Horsham v Shoreham, Phoenix Sports v Cray Wanderers, Sittingbourne v Herne Bay, South Park v Ashford, Walton Casuals v Chipstead, Whyteleafe v VCD. Willesborough skipper Mark Wallis with Kent Junior Cup, Group A, which Willesborough won in May is to keep moving forward to the highest level we can and hopefully push on to semi-professional football in the next three or four seasons, we are that ambitious – 100%.”
Mr Windiate said: “We are devastated to learn of Willesborough’s withdrawal due to lack of players’ commitment to the club after such a successful period within the competition.
“We hope to see them back in the not to distant future.”
The league’s new Premier Division season starts on Saturday.
Kennington begin at home to Peckham Town, Division 1 East champions New Romney host Faversham Strike Force, while Lydd Town Reserves travel to
‘We are devastated to learn of Willesborough’s withdrawal due to lack of players’ commitment’
Staplehurst & Monarchs. All games kick off at 2.45pm. Lydd Town made a disappointing start to their new Southern Counties East League, Division 1 season, losing 3-2 at home to Lewisham Borough.
Paul Mabb’s penalty and a goal from Gary Lockyer put them level twice before Jamie Richards snatched Borough’s late winner.
Lydd are at home again on Saturday when Holmesdale are the visitors (3pm).
Pat Kingwell – back in action for 60 minutes on Tuesday night
Willesborough’s Lee James receives the manager-of-themonth award for April from Kent County League vice-president Philip Smith