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First Team Match Reports


Ide Hill 4-2 Fleetdown ‘B’

Sevenoaks Charity Cup First Round

Ide Hill bounced back from their humbling defeat to Chipstead with a comfortable victory against Fleetdown in the first round of the Seveonoaks Charity Cup.

Manager Paul Mcdonagh welcomed captain Phil Alteirac back from injury as well as Craig Jackson and Ben Pearson, and the home team knew they had to put in a much better performance and not let their previous defeat undo their good start to the season. And Ide Hill started with real intent and purpose, carving through the Fleetdown defence with regularity and forcing the Fleetdown goalkeeper into a number of saves.

Ide Hill got the deserved breakthrough after 15 minutes, a Columb Grant inswinging corner was met by the rising Ben Pearson who guided a lovely header into the top corner for his third of the season. Ide Hill continued to dominate, Matt Bunn hitting the post with a powerful header as the home team searched for the second.

After much frustration and a plethora of squandered chances, the lead was doubled after half an hour; Jack Edmeads firing a rasping free kick past the stranded keeper from 20 yards to give the hosts breathing space as they headed in to the break.

Fleetdown worked themselves back into the game just after half time though,  a long range drive was palmed out by Ide Hill goalkeeper George Dance-Harvey, but he could do nothing to stop the follow up being swept in by Freddy Hoare.

Ide Hill dusted themselves off and continued to press, with Grant bending a fine 20 yard shot against the bar after an hour. The hosts got their third via the penalty spot; Bunn pierced the back line and was brought down by the keeper, with Ben Holder slotting home the spot kick for his first of the season.

And Holder doubled his tally and put the game to bed with a second penalty with 10 minutes to go; Heath this time brought down, and Holder firing in to take Ide Hill to 4-1. Fleetdown did pull one more back in the final minutes, Sean Ryan following up a good penalty save from Dance Harvey to tap in to an empty net.

So Ide Hill move in to the next round of a cup that has been good to them in recent years; next week they return to league action against Halls knowing that a win will keep them at the top of the league ahead of the chasing pack.

Team: Dance-Harvey, Pearson, James, Alteirac, Heath, Driver, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Bunn, Grant. Subs: Heasmann, Kensell, Piper, Wright, Randall

Man of the Match: Ben Holder

Kent Intermediate Shield

Ide Hill 3 – 2 AFC Mottingham

20 October, 2018


Rob Piper scored a last minute winner to complete a dramatic comeback at Wrotham in the Kent Intermediate Shield.

Manager Paul Mcdonagh had a strong squad available and welcomed Ben Pearson back in to the defence, as well as giving Rob Piper a start up front in a 3-5-2 formation. The manager’s words were ones of warning in the changing room; Mottingham had given us a good game earlier in the season and would not be pushovers.

And so it proved. Ide Hill slow starts have become something of a worrying tradition this season, and Saturday was no different as the home team turned in a miserable first half performance; full of errors and lacking in concentration, to almost lose the game.

Ide Hill did put together some slick attacks with Callum Heath raiding down the right flank, but it was Mottingham who took the lead after 20 minutes from a poorly defended corner. The ball ricocheting around the penalty area, finally falling to Jamie Cox 16 yards out who rifled a lovely volley in to the top left corner.

The home team were not playing well but are still usually penetrative in their attacking and almost drew level soon after, Heath once more released down the right and squaring to Matt Bunn, whose first time effort bounced back off the post in to the grateful arms of the Mottingham goalkeeper.

Things would get worse before they got better, though, a mix up from a throw in allowing Mottingham to string a few clever passes together, resulting in Joshua Reid bundling in at the back post to double the lead. Ide Hill almost and probably should have pulled one back just before the break; Rob Piper played clean through down the right and opting to square to Matt Bunn, with the pass just evading the striker and the chance disappearing as the half time whistle blew.

Following a few home truths at half time, Ide Hill were a different side after the break, pinning Mottingham back from the off and applying relentless pressure for pretty much the entire half. Ide Hill have become increasingly threatening from set pieces this year, and this avenue would provide their route back in to the game. A Callum Heath corner was met by Jack Edmeads at the near post who headed in his second of the season to provide a life line.

Ide Hill’s gratefully deep match day squad was tested to the limits, with no less than 3 injuries meaning a constant reshuffling of the pack was needed throughout; both Ben Pearson and Craig Jackson going off with hamstring injuries and Phil Alteirac succumbing in the second half as well.

From there onwards it always seemed a matter of time before another breach would be made, as Mottingham retreated further and the home team pressed and probed. The equaliser came from another corner, Ben Holder curling in an inch perfect delivery for Luke Steggles to nod home his first of the season.

As the game seemingly edged towards a penalty shootout, Ide Hill snatched the win at the death; a 20 yard drive by Jack Edmeads was spilled by the home goalkeeper, allowing Rob Piper to fire in from close range for the win. The victory gives Ide Hill 7 wins from 9 this season, although they will need to perform much better to beat local rivals and 4th placed Chipstead next week in the league

Team: Mckay, Pearson, James, Steggles, Heath, Randall, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Bunn, Piper Subs: Heasmann, Alteirac, Driver, Kensell, Howard

Man of the Match: Jaymes Randall


Welling Park 1 – 4 Ide Hill

Kent County Division One West

13 October, 2018



Ide Hill returned to winning ways and stayed top of the league after coming back from one down to beat Welling Park 4-1, following a flurry of second half goals.


Manager Paul Mcdonagh reverted to 3-5-2 and welcomed Captain Phil Alteirac back from injury to add steel to the defence in the hope of putting right the defeat to South East in the Cup from last week.


And the visitors got off to the worst possible start, an Ide Hill corner resulting in a swift Welling counter attack with forward Isaac Toney stealing in behind the defence to slot home for 1-0 to the hosts.


Ide Hill, although applying their own pressure, were struggling to deal with the breaks and almost went two behind, relying on some strong goalkeeping from Mike Mckay and last ditch clearances from the defence following a goalmouth scramble.


The visitors did begin to turn the game their way after 30 minutes though, probing play down the right wing by George Kensell leading to Matt Bunn shooting from the edge of the box and drawing a smart save from the Welling goalkeeper.


Following a series of Ide Hill corners, the visitors deservedly and impressively pulled level before half time, with Craig Jackson releasing Callum Heath down the left wing; the forward, still with lots to do, drove in from the touchline, leaving two players in his wake and coolly slotted in to the far corner to bring the sides level going in to the break.



Despite sitting top of the league, Ide Hill still know they haven’t fully hit their stride this season, and this game was a case in point, and they knew they had to play better in the second half to secure the victory. After an unsteady collective start by the team, the central defence of Steggles, Alteirac and James had begun to exert their dominance and provide the base for the victory to come.


With the game firmly in the balance, Ide Hill pulled away with a slick goal after the hour mark. A break down the right led to the returning Columb Grant sliding a perfectly weighted square ball to the onrushing Jackson who swept goalward only for the keeper to get a hand to it. Luckily, substitute Sam Heasmann was on hand to turn the ball under the stranded goalkeeper to give Ide Hill the lead.


Ide Hill quickly added a third minutes later, with a Grant lofted through ball releasing Jackson out right; the midfielder driving in to the box and drawing a clumsy foul from the Welling defender for the penalty, which Jackson duly slotted home.


Joe Baker came on to add his vocal leadership to the defence, whilst Randall provided energy and thrust down the left flank once more. Holder and Edmeads helped to wrestle the centre away from Welling with strong tackling, driving runs and controlled passing.

The final goal was also impressively crafted, Ide Hill breaking down the right with Rob Piper, who arrowed  a lovely defence splitting through ball to Heasmann; his attempt to round the keeper was foiled only for Bunn to gratefully tap in his third of the season.


Welling did miss a last minute penalty, the ball bouncing back off the bar to safety; but Ide Hill march on, now having taken 19 points from a possible 21 in the league to give the club their best start to a campaign in years.


Team: Mckay, Steggles, James, Alteirac, Kensell, Randall, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Heath, Bunn, Subs: Piper, Grant, Heasmann, Baker


Man of the Match: Sam Heasmann


Club Langley 0 Ide Hill FC 1

Kent County League-Division One West

22 September, 2018

Playing as wing-back George Kensell fired in a first half winner to lead Ide Hill to victory in the early season top of the table clash, and take the club 4 points clear at the top of the Kent County Division One-West.

In a game the Hill knew would be a good barometer of where they were for the season, the visitors were aware that they had to lay down a marker in this type of game if they were to give any substance to their nascent hopes of challenging for the league.

Ide Hill started brightly, as they do when they are at their best, pressing hard and letting Langley know they were in a game, with Matt Bunn and George Kensell making early positive inroads and setting the tone for the aggressive forward play which would lead Ide Hill to victory.

Ide Hill should have had the lead after 30 minutes, a Ben Holder inswinging corner was met in the 6 yard box by midfielder Craig Jackson who glanced a header off the turf in to the roof of the net, which the official failed to spot, much to the ire of the whole Ide Hill squad.

Luckily, Ide Hill weren’t outdone by the referee though, taking matters in to their own hands and getting the winner early in the second half. Foraging play by Jackson then Heasmann on the edge of the box resulted in the ball being shuffled out to the onrushing Kensell 15 yards out on the right who lashed the ball in to the nearside top corner for his first of the season and what would turn out to be the winner.

Ide Hill controlled the remainder of the game with a mature, powerful performance, recording their first clean sheet of the season, which was a testament to the dominance of the back six, and paves the way for a possible title charge, as Ide Hill take their 4 point lead to Mottingham next week.

Team: Mckay, Pearson, James, Steggles, Kensell (1), Randall, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Grant, Bunn, Subs: Piper, Heasmann, Boyle, McGinn

Man of the Match: Craig Jackson

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Match Report


by Gary Wright

Halls Athletic 1 - Ide Hill 4
Kent County League Division One
25 November 2017
Ide Hill’s dominance resulted in a well deserved win but all credit to their opponents for a battling performance. Ide Hill declared their intent from the start by pressuring Halls’ defensive back line and stifling their desire to attack. It all paid off when Ide Hill scored with just seven minutes gone. Pushing forward from midfield visionary central defender and captain Ben Pearson neatly lobbed the ball over Halls’ defence for striker Rob Piper to run on to and confidently beat the keeper. 
Just three minutes later a combination of neat passing between striker Shaun Boyle and midfielder George Kensell led to a forward pass allowing Piper to again pick up the ball and neatly slot home. 
Halls’ natural style of play is based on long balls hit cross field from defence to attack for their forwards to collect but by playing a high defensive line and closing down their defence Ide Hill frustrated them. In midfield Jack Edmeads, Kensell and Steve McGinn marshalled and bossed the play. 
Things continued to go Ide Hill’s way as much to the chagrin of Halls’ players the referee awarded a penalty that midfielder Edmeads tucked away with ease. 
The only hiccup for Ide Hill came in the final ten minutes as they tended to defend deeper and then allowed Halls to score from an innocuous cross they should have easily dealt with.
If at the end of the first half Ide Hill loosened their grip on the game then Halls grasped it firmly at the start of the second. They changed their line-up and attacked threateningly down the flanks. central defender Nick Johnson made a rare appearance (his boots had to have cobwebs blown off them) and teamed up well with Pearson. Equally rare was Columb Grant’s debut at wing back. His first stint there for seventeen years. 
With ten minutes gone Halls won a penalty. Despite Ide Hill’s protestations the referee’s decision stood but perhaps justice was delivered when Ide Hill keeper Mike McKay swooped low to his left and and parried the shot on to the post and away. 
From here Ide Hill pushed on, limiting the chances offered to their opponent’s and creating plenty of their own with Callum Heath, Charlie James and other’s getting into the action. They scored their fourth when Kensell’s shot was blocked and winger Matt Bunn was on hand to tap home from the rebound. 
A confident, assured performance and well merited win.

Match Report


by Gary Wright

Orpington FC 1 - Ide Hill 9
Kent County League-Division One
Saturday 14 October, 2017

Ide Hill’s savy dismantling of their opposition in all areas started as soon as the referee blew his whistle and they were just as dominant when he ended the game, having seen them hit home nine goals. Striker Tom Wright and attacking midfielder Craig Jackson scored seven goals between them, assisting each other as both grabbed hat tricks.  All the forwards scored and Ide Hill’s midfield was rampant throughout.

Wright had an early chance and winger Columb Grant went close too. Jackson joined in and Rob Piper contributed to the attack for which Orpington offered little resistance. Their style of play was quite predictable-hoofing the ball upfield for their forwards to run on to but Ide Hill’s defensive back four worked it out quickly and dropped deep to smoother the threat.

Jackson stepped up to score first after twenty minutes. From a free kick outside the box he steered his shot wide of the wall and pass the keeper, nestling the ball just inside the far post. A series of neat passes and interchange led Callum Heath to cross low and hard from the right wing to Wright who came out on top in a one-on-one tussle with Oprington’s keeper.

He added a second soon after as Orpington failed to clear and midfielder Ben Holder lofted a cross from the left and Wright headed home powerfully from the six yard area. Ide Hill’s only blip in the first half was when they switched off as Orpington prepared to take a free kick from distance and they left two players unmarked and one scored without challenge as the ball ping ponged around their area.

Ide Hill maintained their pressure in the second half and from midfield Steve McGinn picked out Piper’s run with a searching right to left pass which he latched on to and scored from. Four goals and the question was how many more?

Jackson teed up Wright’s hat-trick with a neat pass he slipped past the keeper and then he returned the favour by neatly turning his marker insider the box and rolled the ball to Jackson to control well and ram it home. They linked up again for Jackson to score his third and by this time Ide Hill were masterful in their control of the game. All over the park.

Everyone looked to get on the scoresheet and with ten minutes left Grant added his name to the scoresheet, running down the left and beating the keeper, and in an almost exact repeat of his opening goal Jackson grabbed his fourth. Another free kick and the end result was the same as he wrapped the ball around Orpington’s wall, again between the keeper and the post.

Now the aim is for Ide Hill to remember the delight of this outcome, maintain this form and use it as their standard for the rest of the season.

Match Report


by Gary Wright

Ide Hill 1 - Farnborough Old Boys Guild 3
Bill Manklow Cup
7 October, 2017

Ide Hill never recovered from a below par first half performance and despite a stronger display after the break they exit this cup in the first round. Ide Hill striker Tom Wright had an early chance to score and went close after eight minutes. Winger Shaun Boyle drifted past his marker but his effort was blocked and as the half unfolded chances fell away. Farnborough had much of the possession, often gifted to them by their opponents.

This was a dispirited performance from Ide Hill and manager Paul McDonagh made several tactical changes to inject life into their performance but to little effect. Farnborough took the lead after twenty two minutes through careless defending and Ide Hill did well to keep the scoreline to one down at the break. At the back central defenders Phil Alteirac and Peter Dance-Harvey held firm and keeper Mike McKay had a busy afternoon in his sweeper-keeper role.

After retrospection of their first half showing Ide Hill bounded out of the blocks and made a brash start with winger Rob Piper taking up a good position on the right of the box to steer home after four minutes. More chances followed but Farnborough pushed on and were difficult to overcome,  particularly in midfield and although the game was more open Ide Hill never really got a grip of it. 

They went behind again after conceding a needless free-kick from which Farnborough scored from distance. More substitutions using the roll on-roll off rule followed but this was a day when Ide Hill struggled and Farnborough put in a good effort. As Ide Hill looked for goals then inevitably gaps appeared at the back and in the final minutes Farnborough popped in a third to secure their place in the next round.

Back to basics for the squad and a fresh is needed next time out.

Match Report


by Gary Wright

Faversham Strike Force 1 - Ide Hill 5
Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield
23 September 2017

Ide Hill strolled through to the next round of the cop with a comprehensive 5-1 win against Faversham. They struck early two minutes in when winger Columb Grant chased down a long cross and and passed to striker Tom Wright who timed his run well to beat the keeper with a shot to the top right of the goal.

Two minutes later neat interplay between Wright and midfielder Edmeads sent Ide Hill two nil up. Wright slipped the ball through to Edmeads who deftly took it round the keeper to slot home. Chances continued with Grant, Wright and Craig Jackson all going close and it took a while for Faversham to catch their breath and settle into the game but they created few chances.

In the twenty fifth minute Wright found himself in possession on the edge of the box and seeing the Faversham keeper was off his line chipped him to score his second.  Just before the break he added his third and Ide Hill’s forth when he ran on to meet Rob Piper’s pass and slam home to complete his hat-trick.

A really solid, all round first half performance by Ide Hill that Faversham struggled to cope with and they knew a better effort was needed after the break and they put in a stronger effort. Fortunately Ide Hill’s defence was in fine form and stifled Faversham’s attacks. Their only goal came when Ide Hill keeper Mike McKay struggled to clear a high cross and the ball bounced off central defender Peter Dance-Harvey who scored an own goal he could do nothing about. His only blemish in a solid performance alongside Phil Alteirac who played his best game of the season and between them they won their aerial battles.

With the Ide Hill midfield dominating, and wing-backs Callum Heath and Mark Driver both attacking Faversham were pegged back and in the final moments veteran Ide Hill player Sebastian Pennells’ (oops Charlie James) reminded everyone of his glory years as he calmly controlled the ball inside the six yard box and slipped the ball pass the keeper.

Here’s to an equally impressive performance in the next round.

Match Report


by Gary Wright

Ide Hill 3 - 2 Chipstead FC 2
Kent County League-Division One West
19 September, 2017

Three points and bragging rights go to Ide Hill who beat neighbours Chipstead 3-2. Both sides were looking for a win to build on an uncertain start to their season. Having scored ten times between them in their opening matches goals were expected and the small crowd were not disappointed.

Ide Hill’s back four were resolute throughout with debutant Mark Driver settling in well at left back. Chipstead’s rotating forward line caused problems with their pace and drive but they will be disappointed with their overall lack of chances. The battle for midfield was fiercely contested and for much of the first half Chipstead marginally edged it.

Unfortunately on the stroke of twenty minutes Ide Hill midfielder George Kensell’s shoulder was dislocated in a tackle and he had to retire hurt. The injury prone player will be sidelined for a few weeks but Ide Hill compensated for his departure and pushed on. Midway through the half captain Phil Alteirac rose well to head home from a delightful left field cross by midfielder Jack Edmeads.

Chipstead equalised minutes later and both teams cancelled each other out until Ide Hill started playing down the flanks with greater purpose and opened up the play. Winger Oliver Keith, also playing his first game, and the seasoned Columb Grant were drawn more into the game and striker Tom Wright made plenty of searching runs to stretch the defence, albeit all three were poorly served at times by a lack of early passes from midfield.

With ten minutes of the half remaining Shaun Boyle crossed for Edmeads who timed his run well to score Ide Hill’s second and they deserved their lead at the break.

In the second half it is fair to say that idea Hill had the edge over Chipstead, creating more penetrative chances. Wright went close to scoring, Boyle hit the right-hand post after a mazy run from midfield, defender Charlie James and Rob Piper got involved in the action and Ide Hill played fluent, attacking football. Certainly this was their best performance of the season.

Acknowledgement to Chipstead for their challenging, entertaining play as they looked to level the score but Ide Hill went further ahead as Wright slipped the ball through to Grant who stroked the ball home from a tight angle. A good goal but one eclipsed by Grant’s ecstatic celebratory response.

The incident of the half was the referee’s decision to show a red card to Chipstead keeper Adam Porter for preventing a goal scoring opportunity by handing the ball outside the box. Having flashed a red card he rescinded it and then awarded a yellow. A fortunate let-off for Chipstead.

A feature of Ide Hill’s play this season is their improvement at set-pieces and corners but they do need to close down teams more authoritatively. With three minutes left Chipstead scored their second as a speculative shot was deflected past the Ide Hill keeper.

A tense few minutes followed but Ide Hill played out time and deservedly took the three points and credit to Chipstead for their role in an enjoyable afternoon’s football.

Teams-Pearson, Driver, Alteirac, James, Steggle, Jackson, Edmeads, Kensell, Keith, Wright, Grant

Subs-McGinn, Piper, Boyle

Scorere-Edmeads, Kensell, Grant

Position-6th (P3 W1 D1 L1 GF 7 GA 7 GD 0 Pts)

Ide Hill First Team - Season 2016/2017

    P W D L F A GD PTS
1 New Romney 19 13 3 3 40 22 18 42
2 Hawkinge Town 20 12 3 5 47 24 23 39
3 Kings Hill 20 11 3 6 48 35 13 33*
4 Ide Hill 19 9 4 6 46 42 4 31
5 East Kent College 19 8 2 9 50 41 9 26
6 K Sports Reserves 20 8 2 10 44 54 -10 26
7 Rolvenden 20 7 4 9 36 40 -4 24*
8 Deal Community Sports 19 6 4 9 34 46 -12 22
9 Hollands & Blair Reserves 20 7 1 12 35 45 -10 21*
10 Sutton Athletic Reserves 20 6 3 11 40 46 -6 20*
11 South Darenth 20 5 3 12 28 53 -25 18
Table detail   * adjustment made


Ide Hill Reserves - Season 2016/2017


Sevenoaks & District


League 3

    P W D L     GD Pts
1 Kingsdown Racers 21 14 4 3     35 46
2 Wilderpark 20 13 2 5     17 41
3 The Bull, Horton Kirby 20 11 3 6     10 36
4 Ide Hill Reserves 20 9 2 9     20 29
5 St Lawerence Reserves 19 7 2 10     -9 23
6 Woodlands Reserves 21 6 2 13     -31 20
7 Otford United 3rd 20 6 1 13     -26 19
8 Seal Reserves 19 5 2 12     -16 17



About Ide Hill FC

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 more

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