Sutton Valence 1st Xl
The 'old' 1st Xl came bottom of Kent & Sussex Div 1 at the end of last season (2017/18), after promotion at the beginning of it. The Club took the view that the shortage of numbers in the squad, which had been the root of their problems, plus taking into account some further leakage, would mean that the team would still struggle in the lower Kent & Sussex 2. It was therefore decided just before the start of this season to notify the League of the withdrawal of the team, reducing the number of League teams in the Club to three.
By simple renumbering, the former 2nd Xl now plays as Sutton Valence 1st Xl, but in the same Kent Open Premier A in which they competed last year (2017/18). Last season they ended up in the middle of the pack in 6th, but with a team comprising some of the previous 1st and 2nd Xls, they are intending to challenge more strongly this season (2018/19).
The team, under Captain Stewart Young, combines a mix of experienced Club players with youngsters who have moved up through the Club. There is a good team spirit and a desire to rise to the challenge. And win, lose or draw, the hockey is always entertaining.