On a bitterly cold and damp afternoon it was Sharon Turville who spread the warmth and good cheer as her brace secured another important win for the Ladies 2nd XI. Entertaining a good side from Faversham, K Sports started the match on the front foot and were one-nil to the good inside the first ten minutes, with Turville gleefully turning the ball home to open her account for the club. Unfortunately the home side could not maintain their fluid passing game allowing the opposition much needed time on the ball. They used it well equalising with a well taken goal before proceeding to dominate play.
However, the second half saw K Sports find their rhythm again and take hold of the game. The midfield won the ball and began switching the play although there was one scare when the away side created an opening but player of the match Tracy ‘Smudger’ Smith was alert to the danger and cleverly and bravely got herself and her stick in front of the forward to see the ball clear.
The winner ironically came through rather a scrappy piece of play in the circle which was did not fit with the free flowing passages that had proceeded it. Turville was again on hand to ensure the ball found the back of the net albeit with a wicked deflection from a defender.
Another three points for K Sports who now find themselves in mid table: a pleasing position as they now have a number of tricky fixtures where they face higher league teams.
K-Sports promotion charge is gaining momentum! Another convincing home victory at their new fortress at Station Road, and a clinical attacking performance against a strong Old Williamsonian side boasting several seasoned campaigners, sees the Aylesford based team sitting pretty, second in the league.
After a fraught opening with chances at both ends K-Sports broke the deadlock after some strong forward play. Veteran Ewan Hendry converting a well won penalty corner with a trademark thunderbolt.
The flood gates then opened. Excellent midfield play by the dynamic trio of Jon Stiff, Mike Nock and Ewan Hendry, resulted in an opening for Jon Stiff, which he dispatched with aplomb past a languishing goalkeeper.
K-Sports weren’t finished there, and a solid defence proved an excellent foundation to build towards a glorious victory. Jon Stiff added his second after an excellent passage of play with fluid, fast passing and K Sports showing their superior strength and fitness.
Half time brought a rousing half time team talk from captain fantastic Neil Mitchell, and the second half turned into a rout. Although missing talismanic centre forward and top goalscorer David Wood, K Sports started the second half as they mean to go on. Ben Newmarch converting a stunning pass from midfield libeiro, and Man of the Match, Ewan Hendry for a yet another goal of the season contender.
Not happy with four, K-Sports pushed for more. Their hunger and ambition evident. Paul Cook netted a beauty, Andy Mendl opened his account, and Mike Nock slotted a drag flick into the top corner with his normal precision and accuracy.
Spurred on by the usual enthusiastic home crowd, the icing on the cake was a typically skilful goal from Hendry, leaving several defenders in his wake and powering another tremendous shot into the bottom corner. 8-0 K-Sports.
With top of the league Old Bordenians next week the squad is bustling with excitement and keen to send a message to rest of the league of their intentions after another incredible attacking performance.
K Sports Ladies 1st XI had a early 10.30 game against top-of-the-league Gore Court, who were relegated from division 2 last season. It was a tough, end-to-end match in the first half, with Catlin Benstead making her debut and Philippa Ward stepping up from the Ladies 2nd XI.
Kerry Fowler scored the first goal, with an assist from sister Jo Fowler, to give K Sports the lead. Gore Court reacted by winning a short corner to make it 1-1. Shortly after, Gore court scored again to make it 2-1.
K Sports ladies worked hard to try and get the score back to a draw, but with time against them the game ended 2-1 to the division leaders.
This week was K Sports 2nd XI’s return fixture with Herne Bay, which was arguably the toughest fixture of the first half of the season.
They were off to a flier and went 2 goals up very quickly through Gavin Fisher and Andy Smith, leaving Herne Bay a little shell shocked as the K Sports midfield continued to dominate and set up wave after wave of attack.
Andy Smith added two more to complete a first half hatrick, after some fantastic work from Luke Boniface and Gavin Fisher found enough space on the wings to affect the defenders and give away space.
The message was clear at half time, concentration would be key, and to continue the trust they were showing each other. Tom Dadd returned to play in Central defence, and slotted in alongside Darren Body and Joe Dowling. They all had a fine game at the back and demonstrated exactly why they have, with Martin Dadd, only conceded 7 goals all season so far. Dave McLeod tested his leg after injury late on and survived the test.
Kai Wilson scored two goals playing on the shoulder of the defence and using his pace to get in behind, and Andy Stiff completing a solid game again setting him up. Andy Smith added two more, adding the final touch to some excellent team play.
K Sports have a friendly against BBHC development team next, and will be looking to field some new players who have worked very hard recently at training. 10:00 start at Home.