Willes­bor­ough’s rapid rise ends as they pull out of the league’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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

Pic­ture: Julie Hoare

Willes­bor­ough’s Lee James re­ceives the man­ager-of-the­month award for April from Kent County League vice-pres­i­dent Philip Smith

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