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Historic cup win seals an impressive season for Ide Hill!

Back row: K.McGinn, P.Alteirac, C.James, T.Wright, J.Sims, S.Pennells, S.McGinn, I.Nye, C.Heath, R.Piper and W.Paxton; Front row: M.McKay, S.Boyle, G.Kensell, C.Grant, C.Jackson, J.Miles-Lomas, S.Dani and C.Holder.

Fleetdown United FC B 0 Ide Hill 3

Final-Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup

(Played at Greatness Park, Mill Lane, Sevenoaks on Friday 18 April, 2013)


For the first time in their history Ide Hill FC won the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup in a competition that began in 1894. The 3-0 scoreline suggests a comfortable margin of victory but it was not until the final third of the match that Ide Hill imposed their authority over Fleetdown United FC B and played with their customary fluency and driving football.


In front of a two hundred strong crowd both teams got off to a nervous start. Ide Hills 4-5-1 formation was designed to strangle Fleetdowns attempt to dominate the midfield and player of the match Craig Jackson kicked into gear from the start ably supported by solid performances from George Kensell and Craig Holder but a feature of their first half was a collective failure to push forward in support of striker Tom Wright who was too isolated at times.


Although they had the greater possession midway through the half  Fleetdown United pushed forward without really threatening Ide Hills defence and when chances did fall their way the central midfield pairing of the confident Charlie James and towering Phil Alteriac held firm. In goal keeper Mike McKay was rarely troubled and full backs Callum Heath and Jason Miles-Lomas had the freedom to push forward using their pace.


On the flanks Columb Grant created space on the left and on the right side Shaun Boyle was troublesome and hard to shake off the ball and in a combative forty five minutes Ide Hill was the stronger team but lacked composure and conceded possession too loosely at times.


The half time pep talk addressed the issues and prompted by a stark reminder of how defeat in a final feels Ide Hil played with more flair from the start of the second half and pegged Fleetdown United back but still failed to exploit their pace and exert pressure. On the hour the tactical switch of bringing on substitute Jonathan Sims to right back, pushing Heath to the right of midfield and switching Boyle to the left paid off. Heath linked the play well upfront with Wright and Boyle exploited space down the left and played with greater purpose and flair. Jackson and the central midfield pushed forward aggressively and Fleetdown United had less chances and at times resorted to playing long balls up front where the defence mopped them up with ease.


In the sixty ninth minute Wright hit a shot Fleetdown United keeper Callum Thwaites did well to stop but the ball rebounded in front of goal and an alert Boyle was well positioned to tap home.  The much needed goal lifted the team and the crowd but one nil is never enough to secure victory and Wright eased the pressure with a goal worthy of the occasion eleven minutes later.


Jackson muscled forward from midfield and hit a well paced pass to Wright who with limited space and back to goal turned and curled the ball inside the post and past the outstretched keeper. Celebration all round as Ide Hill sensed victory was looming and pushed on. In the eighty first minute Kensell hit a shot from outside the area that ricocheted off a defender and Wright followed its trajectory and struck home his second from close quarters. There was a final scare as Fleetdown lobbed the ball over McKay and Alteriac did well to run back to clear a dipping ball from the underside of the bar.


The three nil margin was sufficient for long standing player Baz Pennells, youngster Shamil Dani, Ian Nye and Rob Piper to all come on and play a part in the final.

The Wright Up: Good preparation for the final despite loss

Holland Sports 3 Ide Hill 2

Kent County League Division One West

Holland Sports 3-2 win over Ide Hill takes them to the top of the league and in a hard fought, combative game the result could have gone either way until Sam Cockerill hit his hat trick goal to secure victory.


For Ide Hill the match was good preparation against strong opponents for their appearance in Good Friday’s final of the Sevenoaks Charity Cup against Fleetwood B at Greatness park, kicking off at 11am.


Both teams set out to control the midfield and in the opening exchange Ide Hill emerged the stronger with George Kensell and Craig Holder linking the play and Shaun Boyle making good, if sometimes, over elaborate advances down the right flank. Callum Heath’s return added pace to the front line and Holland Sports relied on long forward balls to open up chances for them.


In the fifteenth minute their tactic worked as Cockerill ran on to a good through ball and thumped the ball into the goal. Ide Hill hit back hard and at the front Tom Wright marshalled the attack well but on Holland Sports’ expansive pitch Ide Hill should have made more use of the width. Although pegged back Holland Sports were always threatening when going forward and Ide Hill’s failure to clear their defensive lines sharply offered their opponents another chance and another goal.


To overcome a two nil deficit against title chasing opponents is a tall order but Ide Hill started the second half with this as their sole intention. Shamil Dani’s appearance at left wing created space and added pace
to the attack and Ide Hill surged forward. In the fifteenth minute the referee awarded a penalty for a shove in the box and Wright deceived the keeper with a well placed shot.


Both teams raised the pace and made substitutions to try and dominate the game and in the thirty fifth minute Kensell took advantage of scrappy defensive play by Holland Sports to tap in the equaliser. The tempo of the game increased further as both sides created chances and the outcome was difficult to predict but a third goal ten minutes from time proved too much to overcome. Although under pressure Ide Hill’s defence held well but loss of possession around the penalty area gifted a chance willingly accepted by Cockerill.


Holland Sports reaction to their victory showed how much it meant to them and for Ide Hill their solid performance shows how well equipped they are for Friday’s final.

First team make cup final after win against Ightham

Ide Hill 5 Ightham 2

Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup Semi Final

Swagger and belief returned to their play as Ide Hill out scored and out fought opponents Ightham to claim a place in the final of the Sevenoaks Charity Cup with a 5-2 win.


After a recent run of disappointing performances they continued with their 4-5-1 formation and all the players contributed to a strong performance that pinned back Ightham from the start. Of course an early goal is a great boost and in a neat interchange of passing midfielder George Kensell slipped the ball to Rob Piper who found Tom Wright to score after three minutes.


Captain Craig Jackson bossed the midfield with great support from Craig Holder and Kensell. Their surging play and good runs from Wright maintained Ide Hill's opening momentum and after thirty minutes Jackson added a second.


It was against the run of play that Ightam pulled back a goal as Ide Hill keeper Mike McKay was adjudged to have brought down an opponent in the penalty area. A contentious decision resulting in a booking for McKay and a goal for Ightham.


But this did not shift the balance of play as Ide Hill regrouped and pushed forward. With Shaun Boyle replacing Jason Miles-Lomas on the left wing, chances flowed from his deft control and attacking style. Kensell rounded the Ightham keeper to take advantage of several chances that fell his way, but the lead was pinned back as they conceded a second to end the half 3-2 up.


The match was well balanced going in to the second half and in recent weeks Ide Hill have tended to fade under pressure but not this time. With the prospect of a lower than aimed for league position, the team put all their effort in to making it a successful end of season with a cup final place and avenge their defeat at the hands of the same opponents in last season's final.


The longer the game went on the stronger Ide Hill performed and with Charlie James marshalling the defence and Phil Alteirac dominating in the air, Ightham could not find a way through. With newcomer Ian Nye playing superbly at right back, complimented by Romain Duchon's solid and steady play on the left side, Ightham become increasing frustrated with themselves.


At the other end there were plenty of chances as Ightham played a high defensive line and Ide Hill pushed on unyieldingly. Piper and Wright caused problems continuously and further goals came with Boyle banging in the fourth and Kensell getting his second from a deflection.


A free flowing game and a welcome return to winning ways for a deserving Ide Hill team who now contest the final versus Fleetdown B on Easter Friday, 18 April at Greatness Park, the home of Sevenoaks Town FC.

The Wright Up: Halls beat Hill after half-hearted second half!

Ide Hill 0 Halls AFC 1

Kent County League Division One West

Despite their defeat, Ide Hill can take heart from the character they showed in a battling performance against Halls AFC. They opted to start with a 4-5-1 formation and it paid dividends as they pushed forward and upset Halls' fluency and drive. Striker Tom Wright had an early stab at goal well blocked by the Halls goalkeeper and the central midfield grouping of Craig Jackson, Callum Heath and Craig Holder, supported by the wing play of Columb Grant and Shaun Boyle made for a promising start as they pegged back their opponents and stifled their challenges. 


In recent games Ide Hill have struggled to convert possession into opportunities and conceded goals against the run of play and struggled to hit back. With thirty minutes gone and in their first threatening attack Halls AFC stretched Ide Hill's defence and scored from a well struck corner pass.


Thereafter Ide Hill lost momentum as the midfield defended deeper and the attacking advantage of their 4-5-1 line-up faded and they made less forward runs, failing to exploit attacking options down the wings.


One nil down at half time and a change was called for so Ide Hill reverted to their more natural 4-4-2 set-up and although competing aggressively throughout the second half a lack of composure and poor touches led to losing the ball too often in tight situations.


Halls benefited from the switch as their midfield pushed forward but Ide Hill's central defence led well by Phil Alteirac and Charlie James coped well and restricted their scoring opportunities. Up-front chances still flowed and a final flourish could have led to a goal but it was too desperate by this stage of the match.

The Wright Up: Boycie effort too tame for the Trotters

Peckham Town 4 Ide Hill 0

Kent County League Division One West

Although not able to field their strongest line-up, Ide Hill were more than capable of beating their opponents, but a three goal deficit at half-time proved too much to overcome despite a strong, battling second half performance.


Ide Hill keeper Mike McKay was called into action early on and produced a sharp one handed save low to his left as Peckham Town pressed forward from the start. His alertness was called on several more times in the first 45 minutes. At the other end, Ide Hill caused problems for the Peckham Town defence as Shaun Boyle, Craig Jackson and striker Tom Wright all created opportunities.


Neither side was dominant in the early stages and with 15 minutes gone, the pacey and lively Peckham Town scored their first goal and backed it up with another ten minutes later. With a series of recent disappointing results it is inevitable that confidence ebbs away and some of the Ide Hill players faded as the half wore on, and others lacked the composure that was such a strong feature of their early season play.


Their best chance fell to Boyle who opted to try and tap in a shot from close range when a blast from his boot would have beaten the keeper.


In the closing minutes of the first half, Ide Hill conceded a third goal as they failed to clear from a corner giving themselves a tough challenge to overcome in the second 45 minutes, but they got off to a great start as they surged forward with purpose and strength. Shamil Dani gave his best performance of the season causing problems with his pace and Wright was always troublesome, supported by strong midfield play from Jackson and George Kensell. At the back, stand-in central defender Matty Paxman-Hughes, linked up well with Charlie James.


Chances fell to several players as did free kicks, an area of their play that Ide Hill need to exploit to greater advantage as too many set piece opportunities were wasted. The best was taken by defender James who hit a long ball into the heart of the Peckham Town defence that Jackson just failed to convert.


As time ran out, Ide Hill continued to push forward and dominate the play, but the challenge was too great and Peckham Town put away a fourth as they counter attacked and took all three points on offer. Next week see’s Ide Hill in action at home to Halls AFC.

The Wright Up: Round two brings about just the one point!

Ide Hill 1 Forest Hill Park 1

Kent County League Division One West

Ide Hill emerged with a deserved point in their one all draw with Forest Hill Park but again will rue missed opportunities and a lack of composure in their play. From the start Ide Hill played with an energy they lacked in recent games and their directness unsettled the Forest Hill Park midfield and defence. Early chances but not goal scoring opportunities fell to Shaun Boyle, Ben Pearson and Tom Wright turned and struck well at the keeper.


As the game progressed Ide Hill's work rate and flare carried them forward and it was on a rare foray into their opponents half that Forest Hill Park took the lead after twenty minutes. Newman Poku latched on to a long sweeping ball from midfield and neatly nipped in between the Ide Hill central defence to score.


The lack of their squad size in recent weeks limits Ide Hill's options to change their style of play mid-game and deal with injuries so in the second half when Craig Holder limped off Wright was pushed back to central midfield and Pearson played on with a bruised foot. This disrupted the fluency of their play but they continued to push forward creating further chances for Craig Jackson, Pearson Boyle and then Charlie James who pushed up from defence to score a well deserved equaliser.


At the other end ide Hill limited Forest Hill Park to few opportunities and as the game wore on they surged forward with three up front, Wright returning to attack, but the combination of solid keeping by Salim Baba, several good defensive blocks and an eagerness to shot from distance when more composed play was called for kept the scores level.

The Wright Up: Struggling Ide Hill fall to Forest Hill Park!

Forest Hill Park 1 Ide Hill 0 

Kent County League Division One West

Ide Hill were beaten by a resolute performance from Forest Hill Park who secured a one nil victory through a goal by Sinclair Oyinkiro in the sixteenth minute, The match started well for ide Hill and the plan to use the wide space created a couple of early chances for Columb Grant and Callum Heath but the pitch proved a challenge as they relied too heavily on punted long balls and they struggled in the first half to handle the uneven bounce.


Although Ide Hill bossed the midfield through strong performances from captain Craig Jackson and Craig Holder as a team they tended to over hit their passes and did not turn possession into attacking chances. At the back defenders Phil Alteirac and Charlie James coped well and it was against the run of play that Oyinkiro came through unmarked to hit home a good cross. For the rest of the half Ide Hill were the stronger team and contained Forest Hill Park without really troubling them up front.


The interval was time for reflection and the emphasis in the second half was on Ide Hill playing their passing football and building attacks from the back and the plan started well. Shaun Boyle linked up well with striker Tom Wright who made good runs into space. Heath used his speed to good effect and Forest Hill Park had reason to be grateful to their keeper Salim Baba who bossed his penalty area and made some good stops.


Down the left side defender Jason Miles-Lomas caused problems when he pushed forward but as the game wore on too many Ide Hill attacks broke down and frustration crept in to their play as they struggled to score the equaliser. They had chances from several set pieces but failed to make the most of them and overall Ide Hill will be disappointed not to have taken all three points from bottom of the league Forest Hill Park.       

The Wright Up: Dropped points, but manager remains upbeat about a top three finish

Ide Hill 2 Bexlians 4

Kent County League Division One West

Ide Hill manager Keith McGinn is insistent his side can secure a top three league space despite their loss to Bexlians. In front of a healthy crowd, and despite the swirling rain and hailstones, both sides played combatively.


In the fifth minute Ide Hill scored first direct from a corner kick taken from the left by Shaun
Boyle. The ball curled in untouched despite the posse of players in the penalty box. However their lead was short lived as Bexlians took advantage of a free kick awarded to them outside the box and within a minute the scores were level.


Ide Hill attacked strongly but failed to conjure up a goal as Bexlians played a high line and kept them at bay. In return their forwards were always pacey and threatening, and they took advantage of loose defending to score a second before the break, the strong wind not helping Ide Hill's cause as the ball swirled around.


Ide Hill were under pressure early in the second half as Bexlians caught them on the hop and again benefitted from lapses in the defence to score their third. In recent games Ide Hill's tendency to loose concentration often to the advantage of their opponents had been eradicated but clearly it has not quite gone away.


Changes to the line up were called for. Ben Pearson was subbed on for Romain Duchon and took up the right back position and Craig Holder pushed forward to give width on the left side. Jason Miles-Lomas retreated to left back to combat the pace of the attacking forwards.


Ide Hill came more into the game. Pearson linking up well with midfielder George Kensell and strikerTom Wright and Boyle hustling the defence, who were physical and solid but beatable.


Shots flew in from near and far range and with Rob James joining the attack, Ide Hill had chances but then so did Bexlians at the other end and they should have taken advantage of them before they scored their fourth with 25 minutes to go.


Craig Holder's goal was a well taken, looping header in the final quarter and a spur for more Ide Hill pressure but the game ended with the 4-2 scoreline suggesting an easier win than was the case, and a reminder that Ide Hill still have much to do to secure the position their manager expects.

The Wright Up: Halls suffer at the feet of Ide Hill

Halls AFC 0 Ide Hill 1

Kent County League Division One West

Ide Hill’s most impressive display of the season rocked Halls AFC, and their one goal victory margin does not reflect the way they dominated the play. In the opening 20 minutes the away team was bright and inventive with Craig Jackson’s strength in midfield, supported by George Kensell’s forward runs swinging the game Ide Hill’s way. Shaun Boyle’s ability to keep the ball under control in tight situations caused problems throughout the match.     


Headed chances fell to Jackson and forward Dan Lucas which ran the Halls FC defence ragged. Upfront striker Tom Wright harried the defence chasing down every ball, linking well with Lucas and the midfield. Every Ide Hill player contributed to a high octane performance of crisp, inventive football and the fact they did not score in the first half was not because of missed opportunities but last ditch tackling and blocks from a defence relieved to reach the break on level terms.


If Halls AFC hoped Ide Hill’s energy levels would drop they were disappointed and the second half started at the same pace. Down the left wing Columb Grants physicality intimated his markers and Halls AFC response to Ide Hills continual pressure was to play long hopeful forward balls to their two attacking players. Ide Hill goalkeeper, Mike McKay, was alert to the challenge almost acting as sweeper at times as he read each attack well. The central defensive pairing of Craig Holder andCharlie James complimented each other mopping up Halls AFC long ball and aerial challenges, well supported by Jack Edmeads playing out of position at right back and Romain Duchon his opposite number.


With Halls AFC reduced to ‘parking the bus’, it took a special strike from Wright in the 63 minute to break the deadlock. Kensell’s cross ball found Boyle who neatly passed it across the penalty area, and although blocked by defenders and with his back to goal, Wright turned and hit a shot that swerved away from the goal before curling inside the post beyond the reach of the well positioned keeper.


Despite their final pressing rallies, Halls AFC did not look like scoring or unsettling Ide Hill who were calm and assured as they played out time. The final word was left with manager Wally Paxton, who thought the performance was the best he had seen in two seasons, a performance that was echoed by club media secretary Steve Rowley.


Report in Sevenoaks Chronicle


Everyone deserves a mention

Mike McKay: Authoritative display. Vocal and came off of his line well to thwart long ball attacks.

Jack Edmeads: Solid performance in an unaccustomed position at right back. Supported the midfield well.

Charlie James: Incident free performance, strong in the air and linked well with Holder.

Craig Holder: Defended reliably and strongly, swept up all before him.

Romain Duchon: Played it safe and solid and pushed forward well.

Shaun Boyle: Great ball control in tight situations and caused problems all through the game.

George Kensell: Usual forward darting runs to create chances and strong link-up play with Jackson.

Craig Jackson: Strong physical performance from the start, played higher up the pitch and always caused problems.

Columb Grant: Always physically strong and had the beating of his markers. Always looking to attack.

Dan Lucas: Getting more confident with each game, holds the ball well and good link play with Wright.

Tom Wright: Hard working performance, constantly troubled the defence and scored an intuitive goal.

Phil Alteirac: Knew that if he came on it would change the flow of the game, so sat very still.

Jason Miles-Lomas: Didn't complain that he only got two minutes.

Wally Paxton: Motivational display, kept the game plan clear and simple and avoided unnecessary changes to the team.

Steve Rowley: Keen supporter and could have run the line it he had not shown up in his Cuban heels.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill win the battle of Belvedere (and the weather)!

Ide Hill 4 Belvedere 2

Kent County League Division One West


Ide Hill returned to winning ways with a 4-2 win over Belvedere securing the three points and boosting the confidence of a team that has struggled in recent weeks, albeit against top opposition.


With the usual generous support from a group of twelve ground hoppers who follow local league football, Ide Hill made the stronger start and created a smattering of chances early on. Their opening goal in the 13th minute was created down the right when Ben Pearson released George Kensell who whipped it across where Tom Wright slotted home having made a good run from midfield. 


Ide Hill continued to apply pressure and with 20 minutes gone a great chance fell to Shaun Boyle who somehow managed to scoop the ball over the goal from close range. Ide Hill’s use of a 3G pitch ensures matches are played despite conditions but the heavy bursts of rain in the first half meant the ball had a tendency to spin and bounce unevenly making control tricky at times. Still it is the same for both sides and Ide Hill handled it better.


On the half hour a Belvedere defender misread the bounce of the ball from a long clearance and on the edge of the box brought down Wright preventing a scoring opportunity. As the last man he was fortunate to escape a red card but from the subsequent free kick captain Craig Jackson curled the ball around the Belvedere defensive wall and the outstretched goalkeeper. As the half time whistle blew the rain eased and a rainbow appeared. A good omen for the second half?


The team talk at the interval was to push on from the 2-0 scoreline and not be complacent but inevitably Ide Hill's opponents took the same view and made a positive start creating chances causing keeperMike McKay to pull off good stops and forcing corners. Their pressure was not excessive but at times Ide Hill made hard work of clearing their lines and Belvedere took advantage and pulled back a goal. To bring on their subs and accommodate injuries to Pearson and central defender Phil Alteirac, Ide Hill’s line-up had to be altered and this disrupted the flow of their game for a while until Dan Lucas increased their lead, but it was short lived as their opponents hit back almost straight away with their second.


From Belvedere’s viewpoint the game took a turn for the worst and their continual unnecessary challenging of the referee’s handling of the game resulted in warnings and yellow cards, ultimately disrupting their play. Ide Hill simply got on with playing football and Wright settled the game with his second seven minutes from time.


As the final whistle blew Belvedere players remonstrated with the referee, who was being independently assessed by the local league and had a solid game, resulting in one being given a red card as he left the pitch.

The Wright Up: Cup loss leaves first team with plenty to think about!

Ide Hill 0 Long Lane 6

Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield

When a scoreline is six nil it conjures up an image of a one sided match and a trouncing but this was not the case as Ide Hill and Long Lane met each other for the third time in recent weeks in cup and league games. Long Lane were the worthy winners but a weakened Ide Hill squad missing striker Tom Wright, midfielder Craig Jackson and defender Charlie James put up strong resistance and certainly had more possession overall although their failure to convert chances was a feature of the match.


In the early period of the game Ide Hill were the more forceful team and an early goal looked likely as they pushed forward but their hard work was undone by some careless passing and lost possession, not least of all from throw-ins. The first goal was gifted to Long Lane as they took advantage of a lax throw-in and scored after twenty minutes.


Shortly afterwards Phil Alteraic was adjudged to have tackled from behind in the area and Long Lane scored from the subsequent penalty.  From the re-start it was ide Hill who made the running with the up-from pairing of Callum Heath and Jack Edmeads both creating chances. Ide Hill's work rate and all round effort saw them pin back Long Lane but they failed to take advantage of their high defensive line and fell for the offside trap more times that they should have.


Defensively Ide Hill coped well against a pacey attack but they lost Alteraic to an achilles heel injury he has struggled with in recent weeks and against the run of play Long Lane hit a third goal before the break.


The half-time team talk focused on getting to back to winning ways and, importantly, on improving Ide Hill's overall all round play and they upped their game from the start. Heath had a great one on one opportunity, George Kensell had his shot cleared off the line and Long Lane goalkeeper Ben Ashton did well to push away a long range blast from Shaun Boyle.


Although under pressure Long Lane always looked dangerous when they attacked and conceding a free kick in a shooting position just outside the penalty area resulted in goal number four as the ball was hit wide of the defensive wall and pass the outstretched arms of Ide Hill goalkeeper Mike McKay.


Ide Hill pushed forward,  with both Kensell and captain Craig Holder forcing the pace, but inevitably Long Lane took advantage of the open space scoring two further goals. 

The Wright Up: Ide Hill's poor run continues!

Long Lane 2 Ide Hill 1

Kent County League Division One West

Ide Hill’s poor run continued with defeat to Long Lane and leaves the team’s management with the vexed question of how to overcome the side’s mid season slump. The margin of defeat in recent games is not truly reflective of Ide Hill’s performances but despite controlling games for long periods of play they have struggled recently to convert this to winning positions. Two reasons it seems; too many unforced individual errors and a general lack of confidence that has taken the edge off their play.


The two well matched sides both created chances in the opening spell, but it was Long Lane who broke the deadlock with a goal after 30 minutes. Ide Hill’s tendency to allow opponents too much time and space, not just in defence, allowed Long Lane’s Danny Childs to take control of the ball on the edge of the penalty area and hit a low shot past the keeper. There were solid performances at the back fromCraig Holder and Philippe Alteirac but too often casual defending and failure to clear their lines allowed Long Lane more opportunity than you can afford to let a team of their ability enjoy.  


Ide Hill created chances but often players dwelt on the ball when a first time touch and quick distribution was needed and too many attacking opportunities broke down. It was unfortunate that Callum Heathhad to revert to left back to replace the injured Jason Miles-Lomas as this split the team’s upfront pairing of skill and pace with Tom Wright.


The second half was a case of more of the same from both sides and Ide Hill’s clear cut attacks were frustrated by the Long Lane defence and an over zealous home linesman in equal measure. Every time the ball was played around the back of their defence offside was called and the referee turned a blind eye to the more obvious errors.


The game turned on Ide Hill's failure to clear a corner that fell to Long Lane's Joe Childs who struck home through a mass of players. Now Ide Hill were forced to play more expansive football and did so but Long Lane were commanding at the back. Dan Lucas and Wright attacked but all to no avail until two minutes into injury time when Heath slotted the ball past Long Lane goalkeeper Ben Ashton and unluckily missed a last gasp opportunity to level to score.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Back-to-back defeats is unwelcome start to New Year!

Ide Hill 1 Peckham Town 4

Kent County League Division One West

Peckham Town's 4-1 victory scuppered Ide Hill's hopes of a winning start to 2014 with Schaveiza Williams scoring all their goals.


In conditions that saw the cancellation of most games Ide Hill's hire of an artificial 3G pitch with floodlight facilities meant it was game on for the forty plus supporters, the so-called groundhoppers,  of local league football who braved the elements to watch.


They were not disappointed as both teams play attractive football and although the scoreline flattered Peckham Town overall they were the better side. Ide Hill started strongest and in the opening minutesJason Miles-Lomas released lone striker Tom Wright who cut the ball back to Shaun Boyle only to stab the ball just wide of the far post.  Further chances fell to Wright and Callum Heath, who struck the post, and Peckham were fortunate to keep a clean sheet.


But as the game continued Peckham Town made their presence felt and after twenty minutes of early pressure from Ide Hill only good stops from goalkeeper Mike McKay and a brave goal-line block from defender Phil Alteirac kept the score level.


That is until the thirty sixth minute when Peckham Town's captain Lukmon Mojeed split the defence with a  through ball to Wiliiams  who placed it past the advancing keeper and despite further pressure the first half ended 1-0.


The game only continued courtesy of the floodlights and in dismal conditions and driving rain Ide Hill again made the brighter start creating good chances, but their failure to take advantage of the opportunities proved costly. In the sixty fourth minute Williams again scored with a low hard shot that hit the bottom corner of the net.


Ide Hill pressed forward purposely. Columb Grant hit the bar, Wright linked up well with the players behind him and their reward came in the seventy seventh minute when Peckham Town's defence failed to clear and the ball bobbled to Heath who curled it home.


As Ide Hill pushed forward in search of the equaliser Peckham Town took advantage and scored in the 88th minute, adding a fourth two minutes later as Williams ended his well timed run with a fine lob past McKay to end a good day for him.


As the game ended Ide Hill manager Keith McGinn commented, 'Once we got our goal I hoped we 'd kick on and get ourselves back into a stronger position but to lose two quick goals was the end for us really'.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ide Hill 1 Long lane 4

Kent County League Division One West

Last week’s game ended with Ide Hill’s opponents punching the ball away from under their crossbar in an incident unseen by the referee. The spirit of Christmas Past loomed large as this week’s game against Long Lane FC started with the referee acknowledging an offside appeal then choosing to wave play on as Ide Hill scrambled the ball clear from their penalty area. However the ball went straight to their opponents who hit the ball through a mass of players to score. With no clear advantage gained the appeal should have stood but the outcome was an early goal for the visitors.


Ide Hill responded well and created several chances in blustery and wet conditions. The best coming from Tom Wright who hit the bar from distance. However in the true spirit of Christmas, Ide Hill’s defence gifted a second goal to Long Lane as they again failed to clear their lines. A third goal looked likely as Ide Hill conceded a penalty, but with goalkeeper Mike McKay playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, he dived low and right to smoother the shot.


Jingle bells chimed but the impetus gained from such a turning point was lost when defender Charlie James conceded possession and gifted an early present to Long Lane’s lone striker who took full advantage to score their third.     


In all panto performances there is a villain or two, and Ide Hill’s Craig Jackson and Long Lane’s Joe Crook played the part well, as they were jointly sent off for an unruly tussle the referee had no hesitation in branding it a red card offence.


The interval was a well timed opportunity for both sides to regroup, but in the second half the visitors adjusted to the lost of a player and the conditions far better than Ide Hill whose midfield struggled to influence the game, despite their efforts running around like Santa’s helpers on Christmas Eve.


James Phillips scored a consolation goal for Ide Hill and as the curtain fell on their last performance of 2013 and, with a shout of ‘Abracadabra’, the Ide Hill management opted for a formation of three at the back, and with Wright, Phillips and Callum Heath playing the roles of Dasher, Dancer and Prancer, they provided a sprightly end despite the defence forgetting their lines and allowing Long Lane a final encore to secure a 4-1 win.    


As the year ends we look back on a successful and highly encouraging start to the season with Ide Hill still well placed in league and cup competitions. We wish the first team squad, management, families, friends and supporters a happy and enjoyable Christmas.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: First team struggle to draw

AFC Sevenoaks 3 Ide Hill 3

Kent County League Division One West

Ide Hill were fortunate to emerge with a point after their 3-3 draw against AFC Sevenoaks. A combination of defensive lapses and opportunistic strikes summed up Ide Hill’s below par performance. In the opening fifteen minutes AFC Sevenoaks’ defence blocked good chances from Tom Wright and George Kensell. They then took advantage of a poor clearance by goalkeeper Mike McKay to go ahead against the run of play. While this spurred on their opponents, Ide Hill failed to hit a higher gear and in an unusually subdued performance did not dominate the midfield or exploit the pace they have along the flanks. However, despite their possession AFC Sevenoaks failed to create chances and Ide Hill struck back with two opportunistic goals from Wright.


At the start of the second half Charlie James scored an unfortunate own goal to level the score and AFC Sevenoaks continued to dominate winning most of the 50/50 chances. Within ten minutes they struck again with a curling strike the defence could do little to stop. As Ide Hill pushed forward chances fell to AFC Sevenoaks but their lack of composure in front of goal and McKay’s saves kept the scoreline static.    

As the game reached the final fifteen Kensell picked up the ball on the halfway line, ghosted past two defenders and with great pace and control surged forward to hit home a superb goal he will find hard to better this season. With Ide Hill’s confidence restored further chances fell to Columb Grant and debutant Richard Morgan and they were unfortunate not to be awarded a last minute penalty as AFC Sevenoaks punched the ball clear from a corner in an incident unseen by the referee.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill through to semi-final of the Sevenoaks Charity Cup

Ide Hill 3 Farnborough OBG 1

Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup

Ide Hill advanced to the semi-final of the Sevenoaks Charity Cup beating Farnborough Old Boys Guild 3-1. Both teams started with the intention to dominate but Ide Hill emerged strongest, splaying the ball around and opening up the Farnborough defence. It was no surprise that after seven minutes Ide Hill took the lead through Craig Jackson’s deft lob over the goalkeeper following his mazey run from midfield to the edge of the penalty area. Although well positioned, the keeper was helpless to prevent the goal.


Up front, Shamil Dani and Tom Wright created several chances and their neat combination play resulted in Wright tapping home the second in the 17th minute followed by Columb Grant’s low hard strike from the edge of the box to make it 3-0. Farnborough’s Lloyd Miller took advantage of a defensive misunderstanding by Ide Hill to pull one back before the break.


With both teams attacking throughout long odds would have been quoted on an unchanged score line in the second half. Farnborough’s tactic was the long ball approach, attempting to bypass the dominant Ide Hill midfield and create chances for their forwards as they switched to a 4-4-2 position but it was to no avail and the defence coped admirably.


At the other end chances were created but Farnborough’s high defensive line resulted in several offside calls. As the game wore on Farnborough became increasingly fractious, whereas Ide Hill remained disciplined and although under pressure secured the win they richly deserved.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill first team turn the tables on Coney Hall

Ide Hill 1 Coney Hall 0

As Keith McGinn was busy renewing his marriage vows on Vilamendhoo Island, Wally Paxton led the team for the second successive week. His inspired pre-match team talk was matched by his tactical decision to lock two of the opponent’s players in the dressing room to delay theirs. The outcome was a blistering start by Ide Hill who dominated the midfield with Craig Jackson dictating the play ably supported by George Kensell.


When the two teams met on 16 November Coney Hill beat Ide Hill convincingly but this time the tables were turned. Continued pressure from the midfield and forward line created chances and opportunities that should have been taken.


Up front Tom Wright teamed up well with Jason Miles-Lomas and Shaun Boyle to open up Coney Hill’s defence and throughout the game they met stubborn resistance from goalkeeper John Chisholm who pulled off several excellent saves.


In the second half Ide Hill maintained the pressure and if match statistics were available they would have recorded 60% plus possession such was the manner in which Coney Hill were pegged back. However, it needed a special goal to break the deadlock and fifteen minutes in Columb Grant supplied it from the left wing when his shot dipped and swerved in to the far corner. Chisholm got a hand to hit but was powerless to stop it crossing the line.


Coney Hill’s players inevitably hit back. Mike Mckay pulled of important stops and with Charlie JamesBen PearsonPhil Alteraic and the returning Craig Holder all in fine form the score remained one nil until the final minutes.


Coney Hill hit the net with a ball that ricocheted off the outstretched arms of their own player and despite protests the hand ball was spotted by the referee and lineman who correctly disallowed the goal.


An entertaining game to watch and a solid, all round performance from Ide Hil who produced one of their best performances of the season. 


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill slump out of the Challenge Cup

Inter-Regional Challenge Cup

Ide Hill 1 Coney Hall 4

Manager Keith McGinn bemoaned a ‘bad day at the office’ as Ide Hill lost 4-1 to Coney Hall and exited the Inter-Regional Challenge Cup. For the first 20 minutes Coney Hall’s high tempo football troubled Ide Hill who did well to keep a clean sheet as they defended six corners and several attacks. Thereafter Ide Hill regained their composure and cautiously got back into the game scoring against the run of play asCharlie James hit home from Shaun Boyle’s corner in the 32 minute.


Five minutes later Coney Hall equalised with a 30-yard shot that also boosted their confidence. Continual pressure resulted in a second goal just before the break.


Ide Hill tend to play stronger and more forceful football in the second half but Coney Hall’s continued hassling and distribution caused more problems and they relied heavily on stand-in goalkeeper Nigel Jeffrey to produce several fine stops. Phil Alteraic and James shored up the defence but the midfield was overrun and forward Tom Wright was isolated.


Ide Hill battled to the end but Coney hall were always dangerous on the break and scored two further goals. Ide Hill now look to reverse the result when they face their opponents in a league contest in two weeks time.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill maintain superb form with another win

Kent County league Division One West

Ide Hill 3 Bexley 0

Ide Hill’s formidable start to the season continued with a winning return to league duties and a 3-0 victory over Bexley. With several matches postponed due to the recent heavy rain both sides benefited from Ide Hill’s decision to play their home games on a 3G pitch. Bexley made a good start and will rue their lost opportunities to take the lead although Ide Hill’s defence was strong with goalie Mike McKayin good form and defender Ben Pearson having his best game for the club so far. 


At the other end Tom Wright found himself isolated up-front and the half time team talk focused on Ide Hill using its pace and exploiting the width of the pitch to create more chances. It had an immediate impact and has happened so often this season Ide Hill clicked into a higher gear in the second half.George Kensell was outstanding in midfield, bossing the pace and spraying the ball to his team mates forcing Bexley to defend deeper.


Kensell deservedly scored the first goal knocking the ball in after a goalmouth melee. Illustrating Ide Hill’s all round resolve Wright chased down a ball he had no right to win and from the right wing crossed perfectly for Callum Heath to head home at the far post.  Another determined run from Heath secured his second with eleven minutes to go.


Despite pushing forward Bexley had little to offer in the final moments and their frustration resulted in two bookings for dissent. Meantime Ide Hill focused solely on playing the skilful, entertaining football that has seem them lose only once this season.   


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Another cup derby day, another win for Ide Hill!

Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield

Chipstead 2 Ide Hill 3

In a thoroughly entertaining and competitive game, Ide Hill beat Chipstead 3-2 and advanced to the next round of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield. Both sides started well and in challenging windy conditions Ide Hill dealt well with Chipstead’s tactic of playing long balls for their forwards to chase down.


Chipstead were restricted to one shot at goal in the first half but at the other end Tom Wright created chances although the game remained scoreless at the break.


Heavy rain greeted the players at the restart and both teams did well to control the ball and play the passing game they are respected for. Chipstead struck first with a goal from Michael Sandman slightly against the run of play. It galvanised Ide Hill and George Kensell’s probing cross from the right was met by Jason Miles-Lomas who knocked the ball home. Minutes later Craig Jackson put Ide Hill in the lead with a well placed header.


Ide Hill then clinched the cup tie after a searching free-kick was followed in by ‎Charlie James, and although Chipstead hit back through Sandman for his second goal in the last 10 minutes, it wasn't enough to take the match into extra-time.


On balance the stronger team won, however full credit must be made to both teams for a well fought match played in great spirit under tricky conditions. Ide Hill now meet Long Lane in the quarter-finals on January 18, 2014.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill shine in cup win

Ide Hill 2 Halstead 1

It was back to winning ways as Ide Hill defeated local rivals Halstead 2-1 in the Sevenoaks Charity Cup. Although creating the better of the first half chances Halstead  never really threatened to score and Ide Hill took their opportunity when Nick Capon curled the ball into the top left corner to open the scoring on 20 minutes after some great passing by the home side. The lead wasn’t to last until halftime though, as the Halstead captain found himself completely unmarked in the area and finished with a great header.


A feature of Ide Hill’s play this season is their stronger second half showing and this match was no exception. From the start they played the more adventurous football, pinning back the opposition at every opportunity. With their defence holding firm and the midfield passing the ball intelligently more chances fell to Ide Hill and a low cross from Craig Jackson fell to Tom Wright who flicked the ball on for George Kensell to hit home with 12 minutes left.


Halstead hit back and with five minutes of added time awarded sought the goal to take the match to extra time but Ide Hill’s composure under pressure and refusal to lose possession frustrated their attempts. This is the second time Ide Hill have disposed local rivals in cup matches this season and they hope to make this a hatrick in their next fixture, when they play Chipstead on November 2 in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill defeated by consistency and drive

Bexlians 2 Ide Hill 0

Goals from Bexilians’ Tom Bradshaw and Tommy Minter ended Ide Hill’s unbeaten start to the season. Bexilians started stronger and at times controlled the midfield, pushing forward and creating chances without converting them until a defensive mix-up resulted in the first with 18 minutes to go before the break. Ide Hill were not overawed but lacked the consistency and drive of previous games and with only a goal separating the two sides, the match was well balanced.


In the second half, a stronger start from the midfield duo of George Kensell and captain Craig Jacksonhelped turn the game in Ide Hill’s favour and a low hard cross to the visitor’s far post eluded Nick Capon’s run. With Bexilians now contained, further chances fell to Tom Wright and Jackson but against the run of play Bexilians hit a second goal with fifteen minutes left. Despite pressuring the defence, Ide Hill disappointingly could not get back into the game and were handed their first defeat of the season.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Local cup derby ends in success

Ide Hill 4 Otford United 3

Ide Hill maintained their unbeaten record with a hard fought 4-3 win over Otford United in the Inter Regional Challenge Cup.  Otford started well however Craig Jackson scored for Ide Hill against the run of play with a well placed shot wide of the keeper.


Otford’s continual pressure produced a deserved equaliser just before half time. Knowing they had to up their tempo, Ide Hill started the second half strongly and closed down Otford’s fluent play and restricted their chances. Nick Capon added a second goal with a good strike from the edge of the box before Otford again hit back.


Both teams were difficult to break down but Tom Wright’s backward scissor kick restored Ide Hill’s lead and after some fantastic footwork from Jason Miles-Lomas, a net busting strike from late substitute Shaun Boyle eased the tension with ten minutes to go. But there was time for a late twist with when Ide Hill conceded a penalty in the final minutes. Goalkeeper Mike McKay almost blocked the shot and Ide Hill ended worthy winners.


Ide Hill meet Coney Hall in the next round on November 16.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill get it Wright on target!

Ide Hill 11 Milton & Fulston United 0

In what was a rather one sided cup affair, Ide Hill FC emerged 11-0 winners against Milton and Fulston United in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield. Both sides took their time to settle into the match and it was a fairly open game until Tom Wright stroked home a well placed cross from Andy Rudden in the 14th minute. He hit his first hat trick of the game with five minutes of the half left.


Despite pressure from the home side in the second half, Milton & Fulston continued to push on until Wright struck again with two further goals in quick succession, the second a 35-yard screamer, he then completed his second hat trick before adding a seventh goal.


Thereafter, Ide Hill continued to attack their deflated opponents and George KensellShaun Boyle,Columb Grant and Jason Miles-Lomas added further goals.


Ide Hill now look forward to a local derby against higher and local opposition at Chipstead in the next round! The date is yet to be confirmed, but we will of course keep you informed when it will be played.


Report by Gary Wright.

The Wright Up: Ide Hill continue unbeaten start to the season

Ide Hill 2 Holland Sports 2

Ide Hill, who are celebrating their 90th year with the Kent FA, continued their unbeaten start to the season after a hard fought draw at home to early table toppers Holland Sports. The visitors took an early lead in this Kent County league match after a defensive error by Ide Hill let in Richard Abbott to finish neatly, but Ide Hill battled back into the game and equalised with Callum Heath hitting the net for the second time this term.


Some good play from the opposition however saw them take the lead once more through substitute Ben McIlwraith. Once more though, Ide Hill pegged the visitors back when Tom Wright struck the ball home to gain another valuable point in what is going to be a long and tough season ahead.

This result see’s Ide Hill in fourth position in the Kent County League Division One West after three matches played. They meet Milton & Fulston United in the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield this Saturday at Wrotham School from 3.00pm.


Steve Rowley, Media Secretary

The Wright Up: Ide Hill preserve unbeaten start to the season

Andrew Rudden and Phil Alteraic defend Ide Hill’s backline

Coney Hall FC 2 Ide Hill FC 2
Ide Hill FC continued their unbeaten start to the season after a hard fought draw away at  Coney Hall FC. The hosts went into an early lead in this Division One West match after a defensive error by Ide Hill let in Morgan Jenden to finish neatly, but Ide Hill battled back into the game and had a penalty shout just before the break, after a Coney Hall defender appeared to handle in the area, Craig Jackson duly slotted home.


Ide Hill then took the lead in the second half after some great team play, with captain, George Kensell, stroking the ball home from short distance for the first time this season. The win was just out of reach however, as Coney Hall hit back, striker Morgan Jenden hitting it in to the bottom left corner for his brace.
The result see’s Ide Hill third in the Kent County League Division One West after two matches played. They meet top of the table opposition Holland Sports this Saturday at Wrotham School, in what should be a fantastic game between the two sides.


Report by Gary Wright.

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. 

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