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Sutton Valence 1
Folkestone Optimist 3
K Kirkham (6' ), C Humphrey (13' ), J Stanford (15' ), A Stamp (56' )
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Sat 3 Nov 11:15 - Kent Men's Outdoor Hockey League - Kent Open Premier A

1st Xl maintain their winning streak


Plenty of fireworks

Sutton Valence started positively and held possession well in the opening 10 mins and forced the opposition keeper to action a couple of times from open play, and a short corner, but were initially unable to capitalise. A Folkestone break took play to the home D and it was the turn of the home team keeper to make a reaction save from a drag flicked short corner. Valence regrouped and maintained control for the remainder of the half.
Sutton Valence’s first goal came in the 6th minute, Kevin Kirkham finishing well from inside the D. It would be his only entry in the score book this week as a through ball shortly after had him pulling up like Derek Redmond and sitting out the remainder of the game.
Folkestone claimed a goal back 2 minutes later. The initial shot saved but the rebound gathered and put away.
The score remained level for 5 minutes until Charlie Humphrey composed himself well from close range to beat despairing efforts from a couple of Folkestone defenders. With Valence maintaining possession the pressure soon told, and James Stanford‘s drag flicked short corner was perfectly placed to double the home team advantage. The remainder of the half was predominantly Sutton Valence possession but the score remained unchanged at 3- 1.
The second half saw the home team continue to dominate possession and force saves from the visiting keeper and come close on a few occasions but Alex Stamp’s 56th minute strike was the only goal of the half.
Final score 4-1
Goal Scorers: Kirkham, Humphrey, Stanford, Stamp

Team: Stewart Young, Russell Blanchard, Ryan Robinson, Chris Johnson, Josh Davies, Tim Wilcher, Charlie Humphrey, Marcus Bawden, Fred McVarish, Jack Davies, James Stanford, Andy Turnill, Kevin Kirkham, Alex Stamp
Umpire: Lewis Mitchell

Next week SV travel to play 2nd placed New Beccehamian 1st Xl in a top of the table clash.

Match Report by Stewart Young

Key moments

Goal Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
Goal Goal for Folkestone Optimist 3
Goal Charlie Humphrey scores for Sutton Valence 1
Goal James Stanford scores for Sutton Valence 1
Goal Alex Stamp scores for Sutton Valence 1


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56:00 Goal 4 - 1
Alex Stamp scores for Sutton Valence 1
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 3 - 1
James Stanford scores for Sutton Valence 1
13:00 Goal 2 - 1
Charlie Humphrey scores for Sutton Valence 1
8:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Folkestone Optimist 3
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kevin Kirkham scores for Sutton Valence 1
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Sutton Valence 1
  • Folkestone Optimist 3
  • 0
  • Kevin Kirkham Goal 6:00'
  • Goal 8:00'
  • Charlie Humphrey Goal 13:00'
  • James Stanford Goal 15:00'
  • Alex Stamp Goal 56:00'

Team selection

Young, Stewart Young, Stewart
Johnson, Chris Johnson, Chris
Robinson, Ryan Robinson, Ryan
Hodges, Alex Hodges, Alex
Wilcher, Tim Wilcher, Tim
Humphrey, Charlie Humphrey, Charlie
McVarish, Fred McVarish, Fred
Bawden, Marcus Bawden, Marcus
Davies, Jack Davies, Jack
Kirkham, Kevin Kirkham, Kevin
Stanford, James Stanford, James

League round up

Other Kent Open Premier A results

Ashford 3
Folkestone Optimist 4
Old Bordenian 3
Gillingham Anchorians 2
K Sports (Cobdown) 1
Marden Russets 2
New Beccehamian 1
Sevenoaks 5


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Sutton Valence 1 20 50
2. New Beccehamian 1 21 49
3. K Sports (Cobdown) 1 20 45
4. Marden Russets 2 21 39
5. Old Bordenian 3 21 34
6. Burnt Ash 3 20 28
7. Ashford 3 21 27

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