Saturday 23rd March
FA Vase Semi Final Second Leg
Canterbury City v Cray Valley PM
Salters Lane plays host to the second leg of the semi-final from where we find the name of the SCEFL club that will play at Wembley in the final of the FA Vase. It will either be Canterbury City or Cray Valley PM with the latter holding a single goal advantage from that dramtic first leg on Sunday. City are far from out of this yet though with the general consensus being that they deserved more from the game at Badgers and were unlucky to come away from there behind on the scoreboard. With so much at stake it is sure to be a tense encounter and certainly not one to be missed. An all-Kent all-SCEFL semi-final of a national competition is a rare event, so head on over to Faversham for a 3pm kick-off and see one of our sides take the penultimate steps of a journey that ends at Wembley.
Faversham FC, Salters Lane, Faversham, ME13 8ND
Admission prices are £7 Adult, £5 Concessions and £1 for Under 16s
Lets get 1000 through the gates!
Beckenham Town v Punjab United
Crowborough Athletic v Hollands & Blair
Croydon v K Sports
Deal Town v AFC Croydon Ath
Lordswood v Chatham Town
Rusthall v Bearsted
Sheppey United v Glebe
Tunbridge Wells v Fisher
With no game for Corinthian and Cray Valley busy elsewhere the opportunity falls to the two other title contenders to position themselves best in the search for the big prize. Both have tricky away ties though, with Fisher visiting Tunbridge Wells and Chatham Town playing in the 'El Chavvico' local derby against Lordswood.
At the bottom end of the table Croydon give K Sports the opportunity to hammer the next nail into their coffin while Rusthall will be hoping to keep their impressive unbeaten run going when welcoming a stuttering Bearsted to the Jockey Farm Stadium. Punjab United have found they are now in a relegation battle so will be looking to return from Eden Park Avenue with atleast a point against Beckenham Town while Hollands & Blair will hope to gain their 3rd win in a row and move further away from danger when visiting Crowborough Athletic.
AFC Croydon are losing ground in the race for 7th with 5 consecutive defeats seeing them slide down the table. Deal Town are now better placed to earn that position but that could all change with the two meeting at The Charles Sports Ground. Sheppey United look sure to finish 6th now and appear to be cruising towards the end of the season. Can Glebe take advantage of any relaxation and continue their drive towards the top half?
Bridon Ropes v Rochester United
Erith & Belvedere v Lewisham Borough
Forest Hill Park v Kent Football United
Greenways v SC Thamesmead
Kennington v Meridian VP
Phoenix Sports Res v FC Elmstead
Stansfeld v Holmesdale
Sutton Athletic v Lydd Town
Welling Town get to sit this week out giving the other 4 title contenders the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table. All of them have home games against sides in the bottom half so have every chance to cut the distance to the leaders to 6 or 7 points.
Bridon Ropes have won the last 3 games, can they make it 4 when hosting a Rochester United side that are deep in trouble? Erith & Belvedere also face a side in the relegation picture as 4 defeats in a row have seen Lewisham Borough drop to 15th place. The 'Deres' won the reverse fixture 6-1 and will be confident of completing the double. Sutton Athletic are still in the promotion mix thanks to a 6-game unbeaten run that included a 5-0 away win last weekend. Lydd Town are the visitors to the London Hire Ground looking to gain the three points that should confirm their survival in this League. Meridian VP are a long way from confirming their survival so need to quickly start collecting wins before it gets too late. Kennington stand in their way of a maximum return today and that prospect looks to be a tricky one as the hosts are seeking to move up from this Division at the first attempt.
Forest Hill Park and Kent Football United have both won their last 2 games so their clash at the Ladywell Arena is sure to be a good one. The hosts have broken all sorts of club records this season but a 7th placed finish would be the best of them. Holmesdale will need to pick up a couple of more wins to make sure Forest can't catch them and will hope to get the first of those at Foxbury against Stansfeld. The hosts are on a poor run right now but still have the quality within their side to beat any team if they want to.
SC Thamesmead are fresh off a midweek Cup Semi Final defeat to Chatham Town but received rave reviews from all of those in attendance at both legs. If they can bring that form back into the league they can pick up the points that will confirm a top half finish and that could start against another team with those same aims in Greenways. A revitalised FC Elmstead are also pushing towards finishing in the first 50%, which seemed like an unrealistic aim just a month or so ago. Three more points are up for grabs at the Mayplace Ground but Phoenix Sports Reserves will not hand them over easily as that amount would push them a big step closer to survival.
Introduction of Sin Bins to the SCEFL
It has been confirmed by the FA that Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) will be introduced at Step 5 & 6 of the National League System from the start of next season.
A meeting will be held following the conclusion of this season for all clubs and match officials where the FA will make a presentation on the implementation of this initiative which incorporates a training session on how it operates.
More details as and when we get them....
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