Category: Football

Super strikes provide Vase victory…


Three first half wonder goals proved to be enough to see us progress to the 2nd round of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Our opponents, Three Bridges, came with a formidable reputation and they certainly started the game on the front foot. The opening 10 minutes saw us penned into our own half but the lads didn’t panic and we slowly started to get a grip on the game.

In the 14th minute the ball was played forward to Tom Neale who, with no support, had no choice but to go on his own. As it turned out he didn’t need any help as he beat the full back and fired a powerful shot across the keeper into the bottom corner of the net. The celebrations proved how much our boys were up for it.

The goal knocked the wind out of our visitors and we applied tremendous pressure which resulted in a 20th minute free kick being given away 5 yards outside the area. Everyone watching was expecting Levi to step up for the kick but it was Jack Mills who took the responsibility, and what a result. Jack unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. 2 up and our tails were well and truly up. In the next couple of minutes both Steve Loveridge and Levi King hit the crossbar and the Bridges keeper made a number of very good saves. There was however nothing he could do about our 3rd goal in the 25th minute.

Levi brought the ball down 25 yards out and, with his Levi vision, he spotted the keeper of his line off his line and promptly lobbed the ball over his head. A fantastic goal, and a fantastic first 25 minutes from the boys.

With a 3 goal lead I think we relaxed a bit too much, because within a minute, hesitation in the defense allowed our visitors to pull one back. Michael Campbell with the goal. The remaining 15 minutes of the half was a bit nervy as Bridges tried to close the gap even more but the defense held out to take a 3-1 lead into the break.

The 2nd half saw Three Bridges applying more pressure than the first but our defense worked hard and looked fairly comfortable. A special mention should be made of Jermaine Queensborough who dealt with everything that was thrown at him, including a couple of cowardly charges into his back by the increasing frustrated Bridges players.

A goal in the 65th minute for our guests lead to an anxious last 25 for our supporters but our players remained concentrated and, in the end, put together one of the strongest 90 minutes of our season.

A well deserved win against a strong, if not a bit arrogant, opposition. Away to Walton & Hersham in the next round on the 11th November

Skipper going nowhere..

It wouldn’t be a new season without someone making an attempt to sign our Captain Fantastic, Adam Baigent.

One of the few remaining from the “Mad Dog” era, Baige is one of our longest serving players. Over the years, he has consistently turned down any and all approaches made to him. The latest approach must have been very tempting as it came from the current league leaders, Westfield. The offer no doubt included a nice little sweetener but we delighted to say that Adam has told them that he will always be “A Villain”.

Well done again Baige.

FA Cup success. Ramsgate next

Once again the new season opened with an Emirates FA Cup tie. This year we faced fellow Combined Counties side, Bedfont & Feltham in the Extra Preliminary Round.

Unusually for us we actually started on the front foot and only 3 minutes had passed when the ever lively Athan Smith-Joseph burst through “The Yellows” back line and fired past the keeper to put us in front. Happy Days, an early goal. We just had to hold on to the lead for the remaining 87 minutes.

The goal didn’t seem to upset our visitors very much and, to their credit, they stepped up their efforts to find an equaliser by throwing numbers forward. This however left them open to our counter attacks and, with the Jacks (Buckle & Mills) pulling the strings in midfield we created numerous chances to increase our lead. Unfortunately for us we squandered every chance that came our way and instead of being comfortable at half time we found ourselves taking a slim 1-nil lead into the break.

The second half started  with us looking much brighter and we immediately took the game to our hosts. The reward for our almost constant pressure came 15 minutes into the half when Tom Neal was brought down in the box. Jack Buckle stepped up to fire home the spot kick.

The second goal finally took the fight out of B&F. The game became almost one way traffic and the goals started to flow. New signing Jack Mills opened up his Villa account by finishing smartly form 10  yards out in the 70th minute and another new boy, Francis Darko, came off the bench to score a brace in the remaining time.

All in all a decent display. However, we will have to step it up a bit when we travel to Ramsgate FC, from the Isthmian Division One South, in the next round. Game scheduled for Saturday 19th August