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Breaking sports news from Gillingham, Charlton Athletic, Kent Cricket and more in Kent Sportsday on Monday, April 7

By Alex Hoad

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Time has once again made fools of us and another Sportsday has flown by.

Don't worry though, we'll be back for more tomorrow from 8am with all the build-up to a big night of football on Tuesday, including Gills' trip to Peterborough, and hopefully some updates from a bright, sunny day of Canterbury cricket.

15:50 - FOOTBALL

When the night is at its darkest, and all there is left to do is fight for your very survival, you need some inspiration.

Dartford skipper Elliot Bradbrook has provided that inspiration time and again down the years, but a thigh injury which forced him off after 22 minutes of the 0-0 draw at Lincoln on Saturday means he is doubtful ahead of the two games in three days later this week which could decide Darts' fate.

They are a point from safety with five to play, first against Grimsby at Princes Park on Thursday with Forest Green visiting on Saturday.

More team news to follow through the week.

15:30 - FOOTBALL

They say a picture tells a thousands words... so if you want to enjoy the equivalent of 8,000 words of flowing prose about the Ryman League games taking place in Kent last Saturday, then just click here now.


Sometimes Sportsday entries just don't need explaining...

14:45 - ICE HOCKEY

On a day which reminds us that, really, it's barely even spring, let alone summer, let's turn our attention to winter.

Invicta Dynamos are through to the semi-finals of the NIHL Southern Play-offs after humbling the Cardiff Devils.

Click here to read all about Mos' march towards glory.


I appreciate it's a disappointment not to have any actual cricket going on this afternoon, but to keep your appetite for the sport satisfied, here's a clip of returning skipper Rob Key.

Personally, I like the way it looks like the answers are written down to the left of the camera, plus his expressive eyebrows.

14:10 - FOOTBALL

Paul Booth saw his impressive run of consecutive appearances since arriving at Folkestone Invicta come to an end on Saturday.

The forward missed the shock 3-1 home defeat to Chipstead with a groin problem and also looks set to miss out on the Tuesday trip to Walton & Hersham. He's previously appeared in every game since his arrival six months ago.

Booth should be back for Saturday's visit of Corinthian Casuals though, according to boss Neil Cugley.

For match details on the Invicta game and all of those in the Ryman League on Saturday, click here.


Planning on seeing some cricket today? Plan again. Play suspended for the day at Canterbury.

Early decision, I grant you, but the forecast isn't great and apparently everyone wants to rush home and watch the Game of Thrones they recorded last night.


Nope. More rain. Sodden covers. Going to be a good while yet, if at all.


Not much of a morning's play at the cricket, and indeed the sun has disappeared once again, but still plenty to talk about in here.

We brought you Peter Taylor's view on what it will take for Gills to survive in League 1 this year, plus some early team news ahead of the Tuesday night trip to Posh.

Bad news too for Kent rugby, as Canterbury's bid for promotion to National 1 was derailed by defeat at Ampthill.

Stick around this afternoon for more news, plus hopefully some (non weather-related) updates from Canterbury.

12:30 - FOOTBALL

For a must-win game in a promotion race, any goal which denies you points is pretty tough to take, but I can't think of many worse ways to be thwarted than by a penalty three minutes into stoppage time, on the verge of a priceless win.

That happened to Dover on Saturday, click here for more painful detail.


Strange dark shapes moving across the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence outfield. What on earth could they be. Shadows, that's what. And you know what causes shadows? The sun.

So yep, just in time to coincide with the lunch break, the sun make it's first appearance of the day at Canterbury. Everything crossed.


Covers all back on, groundstaff all off. As you were.

12:05 - BOXING

Good afternoon. Bored of ball sports? How about some youngsters being brilliant at Boxing.

St Mary's ABC proudly boast two national champions, after Levi Lewis and Cameron Beech won in the National Schoolboy finals at the weekend, in Huddersfield.

The Chatham club duo are the only Kent boys to be crowed as champions and both will now face another bout for the chance to represent their country in Europe.


What's the best way to get over a painful defeat? Why go out and play another game as soon as possible, of course.

Gills head to JPT winners Peterborough on Tuesday night but are not likely to have defender Leon Legge back after his hamstring problem in training last week.

Click here for the full story, and a wonderful picture of former England and current Preston striker Kevin Davies doing his legendary Superman impression.


Tantalising glimpse of the wicket at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, as the groundstaff roll away the pitch cover to take a look at the conditions.

The skies are silver rather than grey and though the majority of the covers remain on, hopefully that won't be the case for much longer.


You may have seen the video of Gillingham being stung by Rotherham's fierce comeback in League 1 on Saturday (see 10:05), but for fans of still images, here's a collection of pics from the game, taken by our dedicated Gills lensman Barry Goodwin.


The first First Class game of the summer at Canterbury and, wouldn't you know it, it's still raining. Covers remain on. Kent and Loughborough MCCU players remain in the dry.


Like an escapologist in a glass tank, slowly filling with water, the Addicks have managed to haul their heads above the water line in recent weeks and are treading water, face tilted up, gulping down the sweet air of potential survival.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat against play-off chasing Reading, coupled with the three sides below them winning or drawing, had the same effect as pouring another bucket into the tank.

Can they hold on?


In this modern world, the bing of an incoming email has all but eliminated the rat-a-tat-tat on the door of the postman delivering some important missive by hand.

I do sincerely hope that Maidstone United co-owner Oliver Ash was awoken by his local postie with a whistle and a grin as he handed him this important piece of backing from the FA chairman Greg Dyke, lending more support to their 3G pitch campaign.

10:25 - FOOTBALL

From the top of an oval table to the foot of a round one, and Tonbridge did their hopes of remaining in Skrill South the world of good with a 2-1 home win over Basingstoke on Saturday.

Three points adrift, with games in hand and a winning start to a run of four games in eight season-defining days.

Click here for more.

10:15 - RUGBY

It's not just round balls that we're interested in this morning.

We've been following Canterbury RFC's quest for promotion to National 1 all season long, but just after last week's win over leaders Hartpury left them second, boosting their hopes of the sole play-off spot, a crushing defeat to third-placed Ampthill leaves their promotion hopes in tatters this morning.

Click here for the details.


Not many places you can see seven goals in a hair over two minutes, but KentOnline on a Monday morning is generally one one of them.

Gills were involved in an epic rollercoaster of emotion against Rotherham United on Saturday and you can relive every agonising moment here.


Weather update from Canterbury.... it's raining. Not too hard, but it's definitely wet.

Twenty years ago, not only would you not have been reading this, but you wouldn't be able to access this wondrous live web cam of the SGSL for yourself, before deciding whether to pop down to New Dover Road for a couple of dozen overs. It's a brave new world.

09:40 - SPEEDWAY

Kent Kings suffered their first defeat of the season yesterday.

Click here to see what happened when they took on Leicester Lion Cubs.

09:15 - FOOTBALL

Dartford's Tyrone Sterling (blue) gets stuck in at Lincoln
Dartford's Tyrone Sterling (blue) gets stuck in at Lincoln

Dartford are still alive and kicking in Skrill Premier with five games to go.

This 0-0 draw at Lincoln on Saturday moved them to within one point of safety.

08:45 - FOOTBALL

Ben May celebrates his goal at Staines with the Fleet fans Picture: Paul Jarvis
Ben May celebrates his goal at Staines with the Fleet fans Picture: Paul Jarvis

Ebbsfleet United drew 1-1 at Staines on Saturday and Steve Tervet was at Wheatsheaf Park for us.

Here's his match report and post-match interview with Fleet manager Steve Brown.

08:20 - POLL

Pretty simple really....


Five points might seem like a mile at this stage of the season but Gills boss Peter Taylor knows the rollercoaster 4-3 defeat to Rotherham on Saturday could have harmed his side's survival chances.

He thinks three more points might not be enough to stay in League 1, despite most predicting that one win should do it.

08:00 - KICK-OFF

Good morning and welcome to a new sports week on KentOnline.

Lots to get through today, we'll have reaction and analysis from the weekend's games, previews to the mid-week action and live updates from events going on during the Kent Sportsday.

Weather permitting we'll bring you updates from the opening day of Kent's first First Class game of the year, hosting Loughborough MCCU at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, from 11am.

We've also got news from Gillingham, Charlton and our top non-league sides to come so keep us open throughout the day, or carry us with you on your mobile device, just don't forget to hit refresh every so often to ensure you keep up to date with the breaking news throughout Monday's Sportsday.

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