Sunday, 4th November 2018


We made the long journey to Reading to compete against Berkshire in the first round of the National Cup. We all knew that we would be up against a good side but were confident if we continued to play well we could progress to the next round.

We started the game off brightly creating chances and looking the better side and ten minutes in Noah Joyce converted a great cross from Finley Cotton. We were all over Berkshire and on the front foot for the whole game and it was no surprise when our second goal followed. It was a curling corner which Ryan Gill headed onto the hand of the Berkshire centre back and the referee pointed to the spot. Finley Cotton scored the penalty giving the goalkeeper no chance. We could have scored a few more before half time and we were much the better team as everyone was playing very well.

We started the second half like we had finished the first, on top. We kept possession nicely and our next goal came shortly after when Rashid Tijani wrong footed the goalkeeper putting it in the bottom left corner. We were told not to get complacent and we never did. We applied constant pressure and broke up balls through to their strikers. Joseph Terry then put a lovely ball over the top through to Jack Marsh, who used his pace and got away from his man to calmly slot the ball away. Whilst Berkshire did put the ball in our net with a few minutes remaining it was ruled out for offside to keep our clean sheet and a great 4-0 win for Kent. It was a fantastic team performance and everyone worked hard and together as a team. We now look forward to playing either Oxfordshire or Cambridgeshire in the next round.  

Thanks as always to James, Chris, Richard and Niall for their coaching and support and to our families and friends who made the journey with us.

By Jack Beerling