We are pleased to announce that the winners of the SCEFL Manager of The Month awards for April/May are...
Premier Division; Micky Collins, Sevenoaks Town
First Division; Gary Abbott and Ricky Mitchell, Gravesham Borough
In the month his club secured the league title and promotion to the Isthmian League it was a fitting end to the season that Micky Collins picked up the April award of the season. Five wins in the month came at home to Beckenham Town with four on the road at AFC Croydon Athletic, Chatham Town, Corinthian and Erith Town with a 1-1 draw at Lordswood and a rare defeat at home to Sheppey United.
Joint Managers Gary Abbott and Ricky Mitchell saw their side finish the season in grand style winning five matches out of six and scoring twenty three in the process. Wins at home to Lewisham Borough, Sutton Athletic and Kent Football United and away at Snodland Town and Crockenhill with their only disappointment coming at home to Stansfeld in a 3-1 loss. Their achievement in April is put firmly into perspective when you consider their five wins matched their five other league wins gained in the previous eight months.
Another month of games and another triumph for Scott Porter marking his fourth award of the season and his second in successive months. March started with a win over rivals Deal Town in the quarter-final of the League Challenge Cup and ended with a another win, this time in the league against the same opponents. In between, narrow wins against Lordswood in both semi-final legs of the League Challenge Cup saw them reach their second final of the season. Their other win was probably the most notable as they beat league leaders Sevenoaks Town 2-1 in a top of the table clash at Belmont Road. A one-all draw at home to their league final opponents Tunbridge Wells completed another unbeaten month of games.
Having picked up the February award there was no manager of the month curse for Dan Kelly as his side followed up their 100% success rate in February with another unblemished record, winning all five of their games in March. Victories at Crockenhill and Holmesdale and wins at home to Bridon Ropes, Phoenix Sports Reserves and Forest Hill Park, all in the league moved the club to a top half position for the first time this season.
Three wins and a draw in the month sees Scott Porter make it a hat trick of awards this season. Resolute defending saw Whitstable only concede one goal in four matches. In the League, his side had wins against Corinthian and Hollands & Blair and a draw against Lordwood all coming at The Belmont. This was followed up with a narrow win over Cray Valley (PM), again at home in the Semi Final of the Kent Senior Trophy which sets up an intriguing Final against league rivals Sheppey United at Maidstone United FC on the 8th April.
A 100% record in February saw Dan Kelly pick up his first award since taking over the management role at the club. Two wins at home to Sporting Club Thamesmead and Stansfeld and two successes away at Lewisham Borough (Community) and Lydd Town scoring fourteen goals in the process saw his side have their best run of form this season and helped them move away from the sides at the bottom of the table.
Cray Valley (PM) had a 100% record in January winning all four of their matches. In the League Kevin Watson's side beat Glebe and had an impressive win away at Crowborough Athletic. Victories over Chatham Town (on penalties) and Sporting Club Thamesmead saw them progress to the Semi-Finals of the Kent Senior Trophy and the Quarter Final stage of the League Challenge Cup respectively.
Ennio Gonnella led his Kent Football United side to four straight wins in January scoring fourteen goals in the process, all in the league. Victories at home to Phoenix Sports Reserves, Snodland Town and Bridon Ropes together with a win at Lewisham Borough (Community) gave them a 100% record.
Beckenham Town have been on an excellent run of late which has put them into a challenging position near the top of the table. Jason Huntley led his side to four straight league wins in December in games at home to Deal Town and away at Tunbridge Wells, AFC Croydon Athletic and Cray Valley (PM). Their only disappointment was their exit from the FA Vase at the hands of Eastbourne Town at the start of the month.
James Doherty has only recently taken over the helm at Bridon Ropes but he led his side to a five match unbeaten run in December scoring eighteen goals in the process. Home wins against Snodland Town and Lewisham Borough and away victories at Lydd Town and Gravesham Borough came after a home draw against Phoenix Sports Reserves at the beginning of the month. This good run of form has put Bridon Ropes into a top four position.
Scott Porter led his Whitstable Town side to six straight wins in the month which saw them move into a strong position in the table with four league wins against Bearsted, Chatham Town, Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall and progress through to the 3rd round of the FA Vase and the Kent Senior Trophy.
This is Scott's second award this season having picked up the trophy in August.
Fisher enjoyed a good run in November winning all three of their matches. Dean Harrison's side had league wins over Sporting Club Thamesmead and Lydd Town and triumphed over Corinthian Casuals to progress to the next round of the London Senior Trophy.
Kevin Rayner's AFC Croydon Athletic sat top of the Premier Division at the end of September after month of league wins over Deal, Tunbridge Wells, Cray Valley, Erith Town and Beckenham.
Meanwhile Jugjit Sian and Punjab United quickly settled into life in Division 1, taking top spot after wins over Forest Hill, SC Thamesmead, Kent Football United, Crockenhill and Bridon Ropes in September.
Whitstable Town's Scott Porter oversaw 4 straight wins in the League during the month of August to win the monthly title.
Kris Browning of K Sports took the 1st Division monthly title after his side were unbeaten during the month with 4 wins and a draw.