Another excellent week for Kent has seen our KSFA county teams win four games and draw one, scoring 23 goals in the process and not conceding one. Against Inner London Schools at HSBC on Wednesday, both Kent under 18 teams recorded victories, with the A’s winning 5-0 and the B’s 11-0. The following evening at Lordswood FC, the KSFA Under 16’s beat their counterparts from the KCFA 2-0 in a match that was a very useful exercise for both organisations.
Saturday morning saw the two Kent girls’ teams in action against Suffolk Schools, with Kent winning the Under 14 game 5-0 and sharing a 0-0 draw in the Under 16 match.
Also on Saturday, two Kent teams progressed in national cup competitions. The KCFA Under 18’s travelled to Dorset in the FA Youth Cup, with several KCFA players in the squad. Two-nil up at half-time, Kent ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Congratulations to Ken Brookes and his players, who now face another away tie (to either Sussex or Oxfordshire) as they bid to reach the quarter-finals. Congratulations are also due to Dover Schools Under 15’s, who defeated a strong Ipswich Schools team in Round 3 of the ESFA Under 15 Inter-Association Trophy. In a closely-fought encounter that went to extra time, Dover deservedly became the first team from Kent this season to reach the last 32 of this prestigious competition – Bromley, Gravesham, North Kent and Maidstone will be aiming to join them when they play their Round 3 games in the next few days.
This coming Saturday (22nd November), twenty-two primary schools from throughout Kent will be aiming to become County Champions in the three 7-a-side national competitions organised by the ESFA. There are separate events for boys, girls and small schools (those with fewer than 100 pupils in Key Stage 2), with the national finals due to be staged at Wembley prior to this season’s England Schools international fixture in June. This Saturday’s Kent Finals will be staged at River Sports Ground in Dover.