It has been a long wait but finally our Clubs were allowed to take back to the field on Saturday as the pre-season games kicked off, albeit behind closed doors.
With no spectators allowed most of us were glued to Social Media for updates, looking for starting line-ups and looking for scores.
Fortunately most sides communicated what was happening really well, and from that we can provide a round-up of events from the day.
Pre-Season Results – Saturday 1st August
Bridon Ropes 4-1 SE Athletic
Erith Town 1-4 Croydon
Fisher 1-0 Basildon United
Greenways 2-4 Farnborough OBG
Halls AFC 1-3 Sutton Athletic
Ide Hill 0-4 Snodland Town
Maidstone u23s 2-2 Kent Football Utd
Punjab United 1-2 Holmesdale
Tower Hamlets 3-2 Phoenix Sports
Redhill 2-0 Crowborough Ath
Rochester Utd 0-9 Chatham Town
Rusthall 1-4 Faversham Town
Virginia Waters 0-1 Balham
Welling Town 1-2 Concord Rangers
All eyes were on the Chatham Town starting line-up for their game at Rochester United and we were not let down when Manager Scott Lindsey named all of his newly-signed attacking threats together for the first time – leaving little doubt what was about to happen. The Spartans were quickly caught in the headlights with Dan Bradshaw, Andy Pugh and Ryan Hayes all delivering in a high-scoring first half while Jack Evans reminded those who needed it that he is still the alpha-male around the Bauvill with a couple of goals for himself. It ended up in a 9-0 win for The Chats and they now go on to a tougher test against Cray Valley, while Rochester sack their matchmaker then quickly prepare themselves for the visit of Guru Nanak on Wednesday.
Welling Town hosted a Concord Rangers side that would have probably expected an easier afternoon than what they got. The National League South side nicked a narrow win but the Boots got the plaudits, with Ryan Golding scoring on his return to the Club.
Croydon really fancy themselves for a promotion push this season and have put in place a tough pre-season campaign to get them ready for it. First-up was Erith Town but thanks to doubles from Andy Somo and Kieran Dias the Trams passed the test with flying colours picking up a 4-1 victory and a bit more attention in the process.
The SCEFL welcomed two new sides to its fold this week and both were in action today, with each getting positive results. Tower Hamlets had a strong second half to beat landlords Phoenix Sports 3-2 while Balham returned from Virginia Waters as narrow victors.
Rusthall hosted a very strong and very familiar looking Faversham Town squad. Harry Harding and Michael Hagan netted for the visitors while our favourite pre-season player A Triallist scored the single goal for the Rustics in a 4-1 loss.
In other results, Nathan Palmer and Max Ash gave Holmesdale a 2-1 win in an all-SCEFL clash at Punjab United, Javlon Campbell scored a brace for Kent Football Utd in a draw against a young Maidstone United side, George Maddocks got among the goals in a 4-1 victory for Bridon Ropes at home to SE Athletic and Rob Jeffrey’s returned after a year out injured in a 4-2 loss for Greenways against Farnborough Old Boys Guild.
Elsewhere, Snodland Town looked good in a 4-0 win at Ide Hill, Sutton Athletic picked up a 3-1 win at Halls AFC and Fisher shook off the cobwebs in a 1-0 victory over Basildon United, with Jacob Katonia getting the goal.
The next set of friendlies gets under way on Tuesday evening.
Final score | Rochester United 0 -9 Chatham Town. A tough day at the office for the Spartans against a very well drilled Chatham side. All the the best for the upcoming season @ChathamTownFC 🔴⚫️— Rochester United FC (@Rochesterutdfc) August 1, 2020
⚽️ Preseason Result ⚽️— Bridon Ropes FC (@Bridon1935) August 1, 2020
Good start to the preseason campaign with a 4-1 win today. A brace from @GeorgeMadds and a good performance all round from the boys.
Thanks @southeastath for the game today. All the best for the rest of the season #Bridon#Ropes#COYR
Excellent start to pre season today for us with a very good team performance & result vs Punjab United.— Holmesdale FC (@HolmesdaleFC) August 1, 2020
Massive thank you to @ChipieSian@jindibanwait@PUFC_Gravesend for there fantastic hospitality today & hosting us! Best of luck for the new season.
#TheDalers#COYD 🔰👏🏻🔰 pic.twitter.com/sjnAPMql43
HT – @WellingTownFC 0-1 @ConcordRangers— WellingTownFC (@WellingTownFC) August 1, 2020
FT – @WellingTownFC 1-2 @ConcordRangers the Welling Town goal from Ryan Golding. A very pleasing performance and a good work out. Thanks again to @Adamdrew1979 for your support. Next up, @wellingunited on Tuesday evening #UpTheBoots