WESTERN COASTS OF KENT!
I’m beginning to feel I may have an identity crisis looming, I’m certain it won’t be long before I metamorphosise as a weather forecaster. Usually the Kent League’s fixtures for the weekend are my main focus, but again this week I’m starting my preview by looking at the Met Office web site. Its not looking good: “Showers spreading southwards giving a covering of snow in places, though falling mainly as rain or sleet near western coasts”. Whilst my paranoia doesn’t stretch to believing they are referring to the western coasts of Kent, nevertheless my newly developing identity persuades me to forecast “gloomy weather prospects for the Kent League clubs imminent”.
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There certainly wasn’t any gloom attached to last weekend with both the big games at Thamesmead Town and Deal Town living up to their pre-match hype. I’m not sure whether you can draw too much from either result; I think it’s more a case of each club being able to walk away from the matches without any dents to their aspirations or confidence. What does emerge is if the Kent League were in search of any ideas for an advertising campaign, both these games could figure prominently.
WOULD WARDY SWAP WINS?
This weekend centre stage is taken by the quarter finals of the Premier Division Cup. It’s impossible not to allow the Maidstone Utd v Cray Wanderers tie to overshadow the other games. This really is the “tie of the round” and I’m expecting it to be every bit as good as the “big games” last weekend. The sides have already met this season at Central Park on the opening Saturday with the Stones recording a 2-1 victory. I’m in no doubt that Maidstone Utd boss, Jim Ward, has the greatest respect for the visitors and his side will need to be at their very best. Would Maidstone swap a victory at Hayes Lane in the forthcoming league encounter in a couple of weeks for a victory on Saturday – I think they would – but I expect them to get both.
NEW DYNAMIC DUO
The Deal Town Chairman is reported to have issued the same “cut the wage bill” statement as Paul Bowen-Brown at Maidstone Utd. Whether that instigated the departure of Mark Seagers to Whitstable Town, one can only guess. I’m more interested in whether Deal have overcome their recent “horror shows” and are now back on track. Whether Messrs Pollard & Jones have replaced Batman & Robin as the new dynamic duo, only history will tell, but in the meantime time expect them to grab Saturdays Kent League Cup headlines.
THE OUTSIDERS TIE
In the other two ties – VCD Athletic seem to have forgotten how to lose and I would be surprised if Erith Town were able to jog their memory. The match at the Culverden Stadium between Tunbridge Wells and Herne Bay must be the “outsiders” tie of the round. Would I be wrong in thinking that if Maidstone/Cray, VCD and Deal get through they will all be looking forward at 5.30 on Saturday afternoon to getting the winners of this tie in the semi final.
WEATHER IN BECKENHAM – HELP NEEDED
With the big boys in Cup action, a lot of the glamour is missing from the remaining League fixtures. If I’m able to complete my anticipated change into a metrological genius I hope I’m able to influence the weather in Beckenham. The mounting problems with the pitch at Eden Park Avenue are no doubt at the centre of the disquieting rumours about this popular club. Lets all hope that prevailing winds will help dry both pitch and tears.