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Kent Sportsday - Monday, March 24

By Alex Hoad

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17:00 - The ref puts the whistle to his lips. That's the end. It's all over. Thanks for joining me for the first ever Sportsday. Hopefully you found the service a useful one.

We'll be back at 8am tomorrow for another edition and all the build-up to a big night of football action.

In the meantime check back with www.kentonline.co.uk/sport for any breaking sports stories throughout the evening and keep in touch via Facebook and twitter.


At this time of the working day thoughts inevitably turn to who's going to play upfront for Gillingham in their next game tomorrow night.

You're not the only one with an opinion, Peter Taylor has one too. Click here to find out what he thinks about his striking options ahead of the trip to Stadium MK on Tuesday.

There's also a poll where you can have your say on who should partner Cody McDonald in attack.

16:50 - CHARLTON

Remember the Tuesday football I mentioned? No bigger game than Charlton Athletic's trip to now managerless Nottingham Forest. Wish you could go? Nothing stopping you.

16:40 - FOOTBALL

More non-league chat? Bromley have withdrawn from the London Senior Cup so Southern Counties East League side Cray Valley will now host AFC Wimbledon in the semi-final on April 2.

16:35 - FOOTBALL

There's an absolute feast of football to come on Tuesday night, with Football League, Skrill Conference and Ryman League action, but if you can't wait that long to get to a game, there are a couple to look out for tonight.

In Southern Counties East League Premier Division Ashford United face a must-win game at Fisher as they look to close the gap on leaders Whyteleafe, while elsewhere Sevenoaks travel to mid-table rivals Beckenham Town.


Early team news for Gills' trip to MK Dons on Tuesday night comes from Luke Cawdell.


Margate defender Richard Avery has completed his loan spell at Skrill South side Chelmsford City and returned to the Hartsdown Park club.

Former Dartford man Avery is available for selection for Tuesday evening's match against Met Police in Ryman League Premier Division.


15:30 - WEMBLEY

I assume we've all dreamed of putting on our football boots and leading teams out ahead of a major cup Final at Wembley, haven't we?

Well that particular dream is set to come true for Kent's Ian Cooper on Sunday. You might not recognise him, you might not know his name, but the game couldn't start without him.

The Medway official has been chosen to run the line for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final between Peterborough and Chesterfield on Sunday, and my KOL colleague Luke Cawdell has just spoken to him. Cooper says he just hopes he doesn't pick-up an injury this week.

"I'm at Dagenham on Tuesday night but thankfully only as the fourth official so hopefully I should avoid any injuries between now and Sunday," he said.

Fingers crossed Alan Pardew isn't in the technical area then.

There will be a full interview with Ian on KOL later in the week.

15:15 - VIDEO

Sad that you weren't able to get to Boreham Wood on Saturday for the visit of promotion-chasing Ebbsfleet in Skrill South? Well if you have a spare 14 minutes and 35 seconds then you can watch all the action here and feel like you really were.

My word. Can anyone else see the ghost of a laid-back No9 on the picture below or is it just me?

14:50 - VIDEO

Takes a lot to get Kent Cricket chief executive Jamie Clifford rattled, but this clip from today's pre-season practice at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, perfectly captures the moment when he almost got six of the best while filming a video blog.


More news from Steve T. Hythe midfielder Jamie Collado missed their epic 5-4 win at Burgess Hill Town on Saturday after being involved in a car crash en route to the game.

The Town man was thankfully unhurt and takes his place in the squad for the trip to Horsham in Ryman League Division 1 South tomorrow night.


Stat of the day comes to us via KOL journalist @SteveTervet on twitter.

"Folkestone Invicta have taken 41 of a possible 45 points at home since September. No-one wants to go to Fortress Fullicks in the play-offs."

Seven straight home wins but only four regular season games to come for Invicta. They are 16 points off top-spot with nine games to go. If the season went on for another month they might be in with a shout of the title y'know.



Just logging on after a busy morning at work? The Kent sports stories have been coming thick and fast since 8am.

Among the news not to be missed this lunchtime is this story about Charlton Athletic recalling Gillingham loan striker Joe Pigott.

There's also this story previewing Gills' daunting run against League 1 promotion-chasers, starting at MK Dons tomorrow night, and the news from the world of hockey that Canterbury Ladies clinched top-spot in the national Premier Division this weekend.

Oh, and who could forget this video of a memorable goal from the Ryman League on Saturday which made Wayne Rooney's strike at West Ham look like a tap-in.


There were seven Kent sides playing at home in the Ryman League at the weekend. You couldn't possibly make it to all of the games... but we could.

Here's the pick of the pictures from Saturday's action.


After reports in previous weeks, the FA have confirmed that 3G pitches will be allowed in all rounds of the FA Cup from next season.

What do you make of that Maidstone United fans? Let us know via twitter, Facebook and the comments section.

12:15 - RUGBY

Think the Premier League title race is hotting up? Well check out the National 2 South table. First go up as champions, second go into promotion play-offs, third is nowhere.

With four games left, Canterbury RFC are second, just behind leaders Hartpury, whom they host on Saturday, and just ahead of third-placed Ampthill, whom they visit the week after.

Saturday's win at London Irish's amateur side means it really is all up for grabs now.


You've seen the goals (see 09:45) now check out the pictures from Gillingham's clash with Crewe.

KM Group photographer Barry Goodwin was in position to capture all the action, including this striking image of Bayo Akinfenwa.

Adebayo Akinfenwa in action for Gillingham Picture: Barry Goodwin
Adebayo Akinfenwa in action for Gillingham Picture: Barry Goodwin

11:25 - ICE HOCKEY

Oh you thought it was just outdoor hockey we were interested in? Think again. Medway-based Invicta Dynamos completed their regular season schedule in NIHL South Division with a weekend double-header.

They finished with a comprehensive home win, but defeat on Saturday saw them drop a spot in the seedings for the post-season play-offs.

11:10 - FOOTBALL

You know the nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach when you head to an interview for a potentially life-changing job that you really, really want? No me neither, but Scott Heard will do now.

The 20-year-old Whitstable Town attacking midfielder is hoping his week spent training at League 2 title-chasers Chesterfield will help him earn a professional deal, following in the footsteps of Johan Ter Horst, who swapped Ryman League for Premier League last week.

Any other non-league stars that you think should be playing at a higher level? Let us know in the comments section.

10:45 - HOCKEY

Not just football and cricket, Kent is also a hot-bed of elite hockey.

There will probably be a few sore heads in PE departments and university seminar rooms this morning after Canterbury Ladies claimed the first national Premier Division title in their history on Saturday.

Read all about their success and details about the Championship play-offs here.

10:30 - CRICKET

It's not just football that we're focusing on during Sportsday. We'll bring you all the latest scores and stories throughout the Kent cricket season this summer too.


Do you think Adam Birchall is the answer for Gills after the departure of Pigott? Let us know via the comments section, Facebook or @kentonlinesport

Read Luke's full story here.


09:45 - VIDEO

Want to relive the highs of Gillingham's 3-1 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday? Look no further. Shouldn't take long.


One of the few high-points for Peter Taylor in Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Crewe was a first Gills goal from Amine Linganzi.

Here's what the Gills boss had to say about the French midfielder's strike.


Roberts' goal for Folkestone wasn't the only highlight of a busy day in the Ryman League on Saturday. Click here to read about all the day's games, goals and talking points.


Think Wayne Rooney's volley for Man United against West Ham was a long way out? Well that had nothing on Folkestone Invicta goalkeeper Tim Roberts' strike against Horsham on Saturday.

08:35 - POLL


The trip to Stadium MK is the first of four straight games against sides pushing for promotion to the CHampionship.

Gills have a seven point cushion over the relegation places and Peter Taylor is hopeful that they can extend that and secure their safety, despite the daunting run.

See what he has to say here.


Gills' bid for a third straight home win was thwarted by Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

The 3-1 defeat saw Peter Taylor's side edge closer towards the League 1 drop-zone and the boss has threatened to ring the changes ahead of Tuesday night's trip to MK Dons.

Read all about it here.

08:10 - Good morning and welcome to the very first Kent Sportsday.

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