Season Review 2018/19

After the pre-season was over our first competitive match was a visit to Bearsted where we took all three points in a 3-2 win that kick started a nine game winning streak in the league which included a 4-3 win away to Chatham Town and a magnificent 7-1 thrashing of Crowborough Athletic at home. During this time, we also made it to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup before being eliminated by Walton Casuals in a replay at their ground after holding them to a 0-0 draw which could have gone either way in the first meeting.

Our league run ended when we were beaten 1-0 at Corinthian, this was followed by consecutive 3-0 defeats on the road to AFC Croydon in the league and then Bearsted in the FA Vase before returning home and losing to Fisher 3-2 in a determined second half effort that ended in chaos under the floodlights.

We then went eight games unbeaten in all competitions which saw us progress to the quarter finals of the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy and the third round of the SCEFL Challenge Cup. The run ended with a visiting Canterbury City winning the game 3-2 with a goal in the 89th minute. In our last game before Christmas we hosted Corinthian who beat us 1-0 just like the reverse fixture, we were left in second place, one point behind Fisher and one point above Corinthian.

We were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Sporting Club Thamesmead in the first week of the new year but bounced back with a good run of form in a disrupted January which saw us navigate our way into the Kent Senior Trophy semi-finals after beating Fisher at their own ground.

After just two games in the last month and a half we welcomed St Peter for an epic semi final encounter under the lights. A very good game was poised perilously at 2-2 and the stage was set for someone to take matters into their own hands and score a winner. Thankfully for us that man was Shameek Farrell who scored the goal of the season with his curling effort from outside the box to put us through to the final.

We then lost to eventual league winners Cray Valley PM which started a very inconsistent run of form as we built towards our trophy final in Maidstone. Less than a fortnight before the clash with Chatham Town in the final we hosted them in the league where the sides played out a high scoring and entertaining 3-3 draw.

The Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Final was a well contested match where, had some key decisions gone our way then the result would’ve been drastically different. Chatham missed a penalty and we had two goals disallowed. Chatham won the game 1-0 after extra time.

Our final home game of the season was a 3-1 win against AFC Croydon and goalkeeper Michael McEntegart was awarded player of the season. We finished the season off with a 4-4 draw away to K Sports.

We finished 5th in the SCEFL Premier Division which was lower than last season and considering the great start we had, we definitely should’ve been in the title fight. We had too many bad spells, dropping points to teams in bad form and critical decisions going against us which a few matches have to a degree hinged on. We had too many slow starts to games which led to us playing catch up in games which we deserved to win by the end.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us this season and hopefully we can learn from this campaign and push on up the table to contest for the title next season. Only time will tell.

Written by Scott Bulmer