Day: January 27, 2018

Old Bordenian Men’s 3rd XI vs K Sports Men’s 1st XI

K Sports travelled to Old Bordernians this week for a top of the table 6 pointer clash with the current league leaders. Even the horrible weather did not dampen the spirits of the travelling team. The home side fielded a very strong squad many of whom had first team experience.

K Sports started at ferocious pace, with Mike Nock, Ewan Hendry and Jon Stiff playing like men possessed in the middle of the park. The speed in which they linked up with Ben Newmarch and Richard Thorogood on the wings put the home sides defence to the test.

An onslaught on the Home goal ensued, with Matt Sharp, Paul Cook, Jon Stiff, Ben Newmarch and Alex Thorogood all coming close to opening the scoring. To be fair, the Old Bordenians goalkeeper had a fantastic 20 minutes and managed to keep out the barrage of attacks K Sports were creating.

The deadlock was broken when Jon Stiff rounded two defenders and slipped the ball past the Old Bordenians Keeper, into the path of Paul Cook who chased the ball into the goal.

The home side resorted to long balls, in the hope that the K Sports press would not pick out the pass and it would get through to their forward line. On the rare occasions that the ball did come through the midfield, K Sports defensive line were up to the task. James Clarkely was instrumental at centre back, with Nick Shread and Andy Mendl on either side of him playing a fantastic game.

It was one of the crashed balls that took a glance off of a stick in the middle of the park which caught the K Sports defence off guard and Old Bordenians managed to level the game just before half time.

The second half started much the same as the first, with K Sports on the front foot. Constantly probing and causing trouble for Old Bordenians defence. Neil Smith put the Kobs 2-1 up when he ran in from a pass played by Ben Newmarch and fired the ball into the backboard with aplomb.

It would be Smith again 5 minutes later. Nick Shread saved the ball from passing over his own goal line then played the ball to Neil Mitchell. The ball was moved on to Alex Thorogood, who passed the ball to Jon Stiff and on to Smith. He played a swift 1-2 with Matt Sharp, then fired the ball into the backboard which made the whole ground shake, and took the visiting team into a 3-1 lead.

Old Bordenians won a penalty corner which was well saved by James Marshall in goal, Marshall then saved the second shot, but the third hit Nick Shread on the Foot as he was defending on the goal line. The home team converted the resulting penalty flick, much to the delight of the home side.

However, the Old Bordenians side just couldn’t keep up with the boys in Black, White and Red, when Ben Newmarch put the game to bed with a fabulous solo run around 3 very tired defenders who had been chasing him all game. He then slipped the ball to Paul Cook, who returned the pass to Newmarch, which was then smashed into the bottom left hand corner.

The final whistle was blown and the lead at the top of the table was halved. James Clarkely was named Man of the Match following his defensive display, calm head and visionary passes.

Next week we host Blackheath & OE at 11:00am. Supporters are most welcome.

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Burnt Ash (Bexley) Men’s 7th XI vs K Sports Men’s 3rd XI

K Sports Men’s 3rd XI attacked Burnt Ash from the start with Dom Brown, Ethan and James B creating havoc in the Burnt Ash defence. It wasn’t long before Montgomery released Dom Brown to tuck away a very well taken goal.

The game ebbed and flowed but the Kobs defence didn’t really struggle in the first half, keeping Burnt Ash out with ease. An uncharacteristic poor 16 yard hit was pounced upon and Ash evened up the score.

This only served to galvanise Kobs and they bounced back with 2 more goals to seal a well deserved victory.

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New Beccehamian Ladies 2nd XI vs K Sports Ladies 1st XI

From the first whistle, the K Sports Ladies were under pressure from an attacking BBHC. They pressed the Kobs defence line of Nichols, Ayres, Wilson and Wyatt but were unable to penetrate the goal line in the opening quarter.

Midfield were drawn back to assist with the attacking opposition, and player of the match Austin was able to intercept some of the dangerous balls being fired into the D by the opposition. A momentary lapse of concentration allowed a through ball into the defensive D, allowing BBHC to strike a ball just inside the circle, which whistled past the K Sports defence and keeper and hit the backboard.

This did not dampen K Sports spirits, in fact it made them work harder. Eager to claw a goal back, sisters Kerry and Jo Fowler worked extremely hard and covered the majority of the pitch to be able to win the ball from within the K Sports defensive half, and with the support of Percival, McAllan and Wood, a string of seamless passes allowed K Sports to press the oppositions defensive line.

The initial chance came from a strike across the goal-line from Frampton, to only be minimally missed by forwards McAllan and K.Fowler. A second attempt was narrowly missed when Jo Fowler received the ball at the top of the D, then striking it flying at the left bottom post, narrowly going wide by millimetres and also narrowly missing a deflection off of Shona McAllans stick.

Third time lucky, Frampton was able to cross the ball to K.Fowler waiting eagerly on the penalty spot, who was able to control the ball and fire it across the line past BBHCs keeper bringing K Sports back into the game.

Both sides were determined to find the winning goal, however BBHC were the ones that were able to find the final goal of the game. Despite K Sports not giving up and working relentlessly as a team to avoid the loss, there’s just some games that seem to go against you. However, K Sports did not let this dampen their spirits and are ready and determined to find the well-deserved 3 points in next week’s home game.

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Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 3rd Xl vs K Sports Ladies 2nd XI

With players unavailable due to injury and illness, as well as players taking to the pitch less than 100% fit, K Sports 2nd XI knew that they were going to have to be at their very best to get any reward as they faced top of the table Gillingham Anchorians; and this proved to be the case. From the very first whistle they refused to concede easy possession and, as Anchorians played in much the same free flowing passing game as the team in black, this game turned into any intriguing contest.

Despite the home side having large chunks of possession keeper Lorraine Mullaly had very few touches of the ball as Tracy Smith and Emma Thorpe ran down any ball that crept into the circle and cleared the defensive lines with total composure. They had great support from Player of the Match Kat Lichfield, who was unstoppable as she made some important and decisive tackles and passed the ball with pace and accuracy to help alleviate any growing pressure.

Lex Maritz and Phil Ward were full of energy too, pressing the ball at every opportunity in midfield and they were the instigators in building passages of play to start K Sports attacking options. Anna Pirozzolo had another good game as she continues to prove to be a superb fit in this team winning some important possession and then had the confidence to turn and move into a space before passing the ball onto a more experienced team member.

These great endeavours from the midfield released both Kayleigh Smith and Caitlin Banstead out on the wings and their strong runs helped to put K Sports on the front foot. Banstead was particularly influential in the first half while Kayleigh Smith saw one of her opportunities slide past the far post when an interchange of passes between Ward and Sharon Turville created space for her in the circle after which Turville had a chance of her own.

In the closing moments both sides seemed discontent with only a share of the spoils as both went hunting for the winner but a share of the points was probably a just reward after a cracking encounter. K Sports were animated with both their performance and the result as they proved to themselves that they can compete with the best teams in the division. This should give them great confidence as they prepare to face another high flying side in Meopham next Saturday.

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K Sports Men’s 2nd XI vs Bromley & Beckenham Men’s Development XI

K Sports 2nd XI had a friendly this week organised with BBHC Development team. K Sports didn’t know what to expect and they were faced with a very promising young team accompanied with some experienced players.

Player illness, injuries and rest allowed some youngsters to join them, with Joel Crampton and Zac Mitchell coming along joined with Ben Chadwick making his debut.

K Sports quickly found space in behind with Kai Wilson, and he slotted one under the keeper after a good ball through from Howard Goacher, who had another great game.

Martin Dadd and Joe Dowling had little to do for the first part as K Sports found control in the game. Andy Stiff in the middle stopped many attacks building but BBHC did grab a goal before half time to go in 1-1.

The team talk was largely focussed around the new players continuing the good work they had put in. Joel Crampton showed experience beyond his years in behind the striker and quickly got the better of the defence. Ben Chadwick and Zac Mitchell found lots of space on the wing and many times Ben Chadwick was in behind, with Zac Mitchell often finding space in the middle and forced a save from the keeper.

K Sports had fallen behind just after half time with the first attack finding the back of the bet, but the fought hard to get back into the game. A strong attached down the right was cut inside and found Howard Goacher at the top of the D, and with a crisp shot found the backboard for his first of the season.

The half continued and there was plenty of even play between the both teams, but a flurry of short corners tipped the last part in K Sports favour. Andy Stiff nicked the ball to put Andy Smith in at the top of the D, went past 3 players and slotted into the corner off the keepers foot to win the game in the last minute.

Joel Crampton picked up MOTM this week as we was excellent and showed a lot of promise. We’re excited to see his development!

Next week is a home fixture vs K Sports 3s

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