Published: 00:01, 09 May 2013 |
The 43-year-old thumped victim Darren Chissell after an eight year feud between the two over the transfer of junior players at Kennington.
But a judge gave Pounds a dressing down, telling his that his dispute with his fellow coach was “utterly trivial”.
Pounds, of The Pasture, Kennington escaped an immediate jail sentence after admitting an assault causing actual bodily harm.
But he will have to pay his victim £800 compensation for the injury which left Mr Chissell needing eight stitches in a mouth wound.
Prosecutor Jim Harvey told Canterbury Crown Court how the bust-up took place last June at Ashford Hockey Club where the Under 15 boys were practising.
Mr Chissell told the lads to take a rest and bent down to pick up some cones used for football practice.
“He felt something brushing past him. And he assumed it was just one of the players going past. But then he felt something hitting the left side of his mouth and jaw.
“At first he didn’t realise what had happened but then he realised that someone had approached him from behind and punched him in the face. He looked up and saw the defendant, looking very angry and spitting words of very unpleasant abuse at him.”
He said the prosecution claimed Pounds then made another attempt to hit his victim while trying to taunt him into having a fight.
Mr Harvey added: “Mr Chissell made no attempt to retaliate whatsoever and made efforts to back away. He later needed medical treatment for his very unpleasant injuries, and was left with a permanent scar.”
The prosecutor explained that the two had fallen out after players from Pounds’ team had gone to Kennington Juniors, which was coached by Mr Chissell.
Natalie Foster, for the food distribution centre team leader, said Pounds had become involved in coaching in 2003 when his five-year-old child showed an interest in football.
“From 2003 to 2010 there was a numerous disagreements between the two men and the primary reason for them was the transfers and he was upset at how Mr Chissell dealt with them.”
But Judge Adele Williams retorted: “This demonstrates how utterly trivial the perceived wrongs or problems were – and should not have resulted in violence.”
Pounds was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to pay his victim £800 compensation.
He was also told he had to do 120 hours of unpaid work for the community and pay another £800 in costs.
From academic achievements to engineering accolades and new facilities, Kent College offers students an outstanding school life.
Enter this month’s competition and you could win a luxurious return crossing!Sponsored editorial
There's no uniform or bells and students and staff are on first name terms. School life at Rochester Independent College is unique.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.