About Ide Hill
Ide Hill FC are a charter standard club who play in the Kent County League and the Sevenoaks & District League. They were formed in 1923 and became an affiliated member of the FA in 1924. The football club's home pitch is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill and is reported to be the highest football pitch in Kent. Read the full background to the club at the bottom of the page.
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Saturday 16th February 2019
Ide Hill 2 – 1 Southborough
Quarter Final Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup
BOYLE TO THE RESCUE
Shaun Boyle climbed off the bench to strike an 80th minute winner that saw Ide Hill move into the Semi Finals of the Sevenoaks Cup on Saturday afternoon at Wrotham.
Still missing a number of key defenders, manager Paul Mcdonagh opted to play two midfielders in central defence alongside Charlie James, with Ben Holder and Man of the Match George Kensell turning in excellent and committed performances out of position.
Southborough proved to be a physically strong side from the league below, and it became clear quite quickly that the game would be a tight one, with Ide Hill only flickering with the quality that has propelled them to the top of Division One.
The home team had an effort cleared off the line in the 10th minute, Matt Bunn lifting his effort over the onrushing goalkeeper only to see his shot well swept away by the defender. Ide Hill were producing some slick openings on the break and it was one such combination that brought the opening goal. Bunn was this time the provider, feeding Tom Wright in to the penalty area on the 20th minute and the returning striker took his chance, coolly sidefooting into the bottom right corner to give Ide Hill the lead.
The game continued evenly into the break, Southborough growing in confidence especially with the aerial threat they carried and the dangerous long throw routine which spread some panic. They deservedly drew level on the hour mark, Jack Parrot latching on to a long ball over the top and firing beneath Mike Mckay for the equaliser.
The game was in the balance with extra time looming, and there was the feel that it was going to head in that direction. Shaun Boyle missed a gilt edged one on one when breaking clean through, his rolled effort just going the wrong side of the post. Bunn also passed up a couple of decent chances, rolling just wide from the penalty spot and not quite getting enough power on a cut back to him to trouble the goalkeeper. Southborough will also feel they should have taken one from their dangerous set piece routines.
But it was substitute Shaun Boyle who had the last word, Jack Edmeads finding him in a congested box in the 80th minute; he steadied himself and volleyed home the winner, which flashed in with the keeper helpless. Manager Paul Mcdonagh was ultimately satisfied with the victory “It was hard fought, Southborough are a tough, physical side and we really had to grind it out, even when not playing particularly well”
And on a colossal performance at the back from Man of the Match George Kensell “He was brilliant, with a few defenders missing he really stood up for the side. Not just in his defensive work which was excellent, but also his distribution which was good throughout”
Ide Hill go into the Semi Finals to play Farnborough Reserves in a few weeks, with a chance of silverware looming on the horizon. Ide Hill’s league competitors, Sydenham and Chipstead, both won to narrow Ide Hill’s lead at the top of the league and tightening the race to the end as we enter the final five games.
Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Heath, Kensell, James, Holder, M Driver, Jackson, Heasman, Edmeads, Wright, Bunn. Subs: Boyle, Howard, O’ Reilly, P Driver
Man of the Match: George Kensell
Ide Hill - Club Background
Ide Hill FC officially became an affiliated member of the FA in the season 1923-24. However it is widely rumored that football was played in Ide Hill from 1901, when a member of the Boakes family, who had just successfully won the Sevenoaks Charity Cup with Holmesdale FC, decided to bring his friends along to what is now known as the recreation ground in Ide Hill.
The football club’s home pitch has remained the same since and is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill. As per the village church, the football pitch has the distinction of being the highest in Kent and certainly one with the best views.
In the year 2009 Ide Hill FC like many other local clubs was struggling for numbers and the changing facilities were poor to say the least. The clubhouse had been served with a dilapidation order to close and there was a risk of the club folding. There were very few local residents playing for the club and it had lost its relationship with the residents of the village.
The only way for the club to survive was to totally re-organise the club and its objectives. The committee was re- formed with more members and the workload shared. The decision was made that for the club to have a future we needed to introduce Youth Football into the club and this could only be achieved with better facilities.
In 20014 after five years of Fundraising and hard work the new clubhouse was built to a step 7 standard .in 2011 a youth section was started with an original U16 side followed by an U7 (now U14).The club badge was redesigned and a new motto added ‘Ludo est to Lucror ‘ meaning ‘to play is winning’.
Ide Hill FC is now a chartered standard club with an adult team currently competing in Division one west in the Kent County Football league. We also field an adult reserve side in Division three of the Sevenoaks and District football league.
The Club also has a thriving youth section with nearly 100 members playing various age groups from U6 (Kickers) to our U14’s who all compete in the Crowborough and District league.
Each year the club continues to introduce one new age group per season and recruits youngsters from within the village school and surrounding areas.
Ide Hill Football club continues to thrive and is now recognised as one of the largest and well organised clubs in the Sevenoaks area. The aims and objectives remain the same, to ensure that the club provides the opportunity for adults and children of all ages to play football in their local community.
New Players Welcome
If you are interested in playing for Ide Hill FC please contact Paul McDonagh.
Ide Hill FC are a charter standard club who play in the Kent County League and the Sevenoaks & District League. They were formed in 1923 and became an affiliated member of the FA in 1924. The football club's home pitch is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill and is reported to be the highest football pitch in Kent.