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By Steve Tervet

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16.00 - CLOSE

Tuesday night is non-league football night as far as I'm concerned and they don't come much bigger than Dartford v Luton Town. Follow me on Twitter for live updates from Princes Park and keep an eye on kentonline.co.uk for the match report and reaction.

And join me from 08.00 on Wednesday for another edition of Kent Sportsday.

15.40 - FOOTBALL

Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium Picture: Martin Apps
Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium Picture: Martin Apps

Paul Scally has been speaking about Maidstone United's bid to have their 3G pitch accepted by the Football Conference.

Click here to read what the Gills chairman had to say.

15.15 - FOOTBALL

It's a busy old night of football. Folkestone Invicta are on the road at Walton Casuals, looking to put Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Leatherhead behind them.

Casuals are ninth in Ryman League Division 1 South and on course for their highest-ever league finish.

Neil Cugley Picture: Gary Browne
Neil Cugley Picture: Gary Browne

Invicta boss Neil Cugley said: "Walton Casuals have had a good season for them. They’re always near the bottom, so their manager’s done a great job. I don’t think they’ll make the play-offs, but they can enjoy the last few games and they’ll be nice and relaxed."

Cugley has called 16-year-old defender Callum Wraight into the senior squad for the first time.

15.00 - FOOTBALL

Hythe Town, beaten 2-1 by leaders Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday, entertain another of the Ryman League Division 1 South top dogs tonight.

Scott Porter Picture: Gary Browne
Scott Porter Picture: Gary Browne

Third-placed Guernsey are the visitors to Reachfields and Hythe manager Scott Porter sees no reason why his players can't topple the Channel Islanders.

He said: "It’s going to be another tough game. It’s the same scenario as Peacehaven, so we can’t give them respect like we gave Peacehaven. We’ve got to try to kill teams off when we’re on top of games.

"They’ve not got a great away record and we want to get three points. We need a good start, so we need to be just as lively as we were on Saturday."

Lee Pleau serves the second of his two-match ban tonight.

14.35 - CRICKET

Kent are batting first in the second t20 against Durham.

14.25 - FOOTBALL

It's a big night for Charlton Athletic, who badly need to pick up a result against Leeds United at Elland Road. Only goal-difference is keeping Jose Riga's side out of the Championship relegation zone after this defeat at Derby on Saturday...

14.00 - CRICKET

Kent have lost their first t20 against Durham by 91 runs. Replying to the visitors' 197/4, Kent were bowled out for just 106 at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Only five Kent players reached double-figures in their run-chase, Darren Stevens top-scoring with 19 and Robbie Joseph finishing 17 not out.

13.50 - SPEEDWAY

New Kent Kings rider Brandon Freemantle is recovering from a spectacular crash.

The highly-rated teenager was sent over the safety fence during Kings' National League victory at Scunthope on Sunday.

In an interview to be published in tomorrow's Sittingbourne News Extra, Freemantle said: "My forearm is the size of Popeye's where it's so swollen and my leg's like a tree stump.

"It's a struggle even to walk but I want to be back for the press and practice day in a couple of weeks if I can (April 14)."

13.30 - FOOTBALL

Why not indeed?


Time for a breather on this sporting Tuesday.

Here are a few stories to catch up on while you're crunching your crisps.

Paul Scally believes Gillingham can still make the League 1 play-offs

Pace bowler Robbie Joseph makes a winning return to Kent

Huge crowd expected when Dartford entertain Luton tonight

12.20 - FOOTBALL

Ebbsfleet United await the winners...

11.55 - CRICKET

Kent will need 198 to win their t20 game against Durham at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, after the visitors closed their 20 overs on 197/4.

11.30 - FOOTBALL

Gills midfielder Chris Whelpdale, who's been out since February with an ankle injury, is on his way back.

Chris Whelpdale slides in on MK Dons' Danny Green
Chris Whelpdale slides in on MK Dons' Danny Green

Peter Taylor said: "Chris Whelpdale is going to do a running session today and then they are talking about an injection on Wednesday if it’s not right.

"Once Whelps gets to hear about that I am sure that might improve his leg quite quickly!"

11.15 - CRICKET

News from Canterbury...

10.55 - FOOTBALL

Luke Cawdell's just returned to KM Towers after his weekly sit-down with Gills boss Peter Taylor at Priestfield. He tells me that Whitstable midfielder Scott Heard impressed in training yesterday, although it was a one-off for now.

Scott Heard (in red) Picture: Tony Flashman
Scott Heard (in red) Picture: Tony Flashman

Heard should be in the Whitstable side for tonight's game against Eastbourne Town.

10.35 - FOOTBALL

Margate have signed 19-year-old defender Adam Cash from Harrow Borough. He's the son of Gate assistant manager Stuart Cash and could make his debut away to Wingate & Finchley in the Ryman League Premier Division tonight.

10.10 - CRICKET

Kent have named their team for the T20 game against Durham, which starts at 10.30am.

09.50 - CRICKET

Robbie Joseph in action for Kent against Durham Picture: Barry Godwin
Robbie Joseph in action for Kent against Durham Picture: Barry Godwin

Robbie Joseph was back in a Kent shirt yesterday as the cricket season began with a warm-up game against Durham at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Alex Hoad reviews the first day of Kent's 2014 campaign here.


The busy BTCC grid at Brands Hatch Picture: Joe Wright
The busy BTCC grid at Brands Hatch Picture: Joe Wright

This next story comes highly recommended. It's a behind-the-scenes piece from the British Touring Car Championship's opening round at Brands Hatch, written by Dan Wright.

Click here to read it.

09.00 - FOOTBALL

Time to take a check on how our clubs fared last night.

Chatham Town conceded a last-minute goal at Barkingside and the game finished 2-2, leaving the Chats 13th in Ryman League Division 1 North. It would have been a ninth win in 10 games for Kevin Watson's side.

In Division 1 South, the play-off dream has vanished for Faversham Town, who drew 0-0 at fifth-placed Hastings United. They remain 10 points adrift of the top-five with six games left.

Our very own grass-roots aficionado Andrew Gidley was at Homelands to watch Ashford United beat Canterbury City 2-0 in Southern Counties East. The win moved the Nuts & Bolts to within three points of Whyteleafe, although the leaders can stretch that gap when they host Erith Town tonight.

08.35 - FOOTBALL

Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton
Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton

What a night it's going to be at Princes Park. Relegation-threatened Dartford are up against Skrill Premier leaders Luton Town, who are going to be roared on by around 2,000 travelling fans.

Here's what Darts boss Tony Burman had to say ahead of the game.

08.10 - FOOTBALL

Gillingham Football Club chairman Paul Scally
Gillingham Football Club chairman Paul Scally

This story's got plenty of people talking already. Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has told Luke Cawdell there's still an outside chance of the Gills making the League 1 play-offs.

Read the interview here.

08.00 - WELCOME

Good morning.

We've reached April, the month when so many sporting stories reach their nail-biting final chapters. Promotions, relegations, cup finals, euphoria and despair are all just around the corner and here at KM Towers, we'll bring you all the highs and lows from across Kent.

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