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Breaking sports news from Gillingham, Charlton Athletic and Kent Cricket on Thursday, April 10

By Alex Hoad

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And that's a wrap folks. Another busy Sportsday. Tomorrow is sure to be even busier with reaction to tonight's big games, a look ahead to Saturday's action and lots more pictures, videos and fun.

Steve T is in the chair tomorrow from 8am, hope you can join him then. from me though, have a nice evening.


Want to feel like you're me, meeting and interviewing Doug Bollinger for the first time today?

Well you just have to click play. Much easier than I had it, getting in the car, lunchtime traffic in Canterbury, parking... it was, frankly, a nightmare.

15:40 - FOOTBALL

Bay's neighbours Whitstable are in a spot more trouble at the wrong end of Ryman League Division 1 South, though they do have a four point cushion with five games to play.

We're at the stage of the season when every game is important and the cliches are not afraid to show themselves.

Click here to see what assistant boss Steve Nolan thinks about Town's push for survival.

15:25 - FOOTBALL

Herne Bay went down 3-2 at Burgess Hill last night, as we heard earlier, and boss Sam Denly thinks they should be safe already, despite a tough looking run-in.

Click here for Andrew Gidley's story.

15:15 - FOOTBALL

Back to spherical balls again and if you cast your mind back to 10:40 we touched on Faversham Town and their promotion push in Ryman League Division 1 South.

Boss Ray Turner knows it's not likely that his side will claim a play-off place, but they have a chance. Five games to go, five wins required, and even that might not do it.

Here's what Turner had to say.


It's not just mainstream sports that we focus on here on KentOnline, we always have a place for minority sports too.

East Kent played host to a group of former NFL stars this week for a tough training camp to help improve the fundamentals and raise standards of the game in the UK.

Bonus points for anyone who spots your humble scribe in the picture gallery on the story, here.


The wait is over. Feast on all the Doug Bollinger news you could possibly want, right here.

Countdown is on to the season-opener on Sunday. Needless to stay we'll keep you updated on Kent's fortunes throughout the summer on KentOnline, KMFM and via the very super @AlexHoadKOL twitter account.

13:45 - RUGBY

Canterbury's promotion hopes in National 2 suffered a huge blow as they lost to Ampthill last weekend, and slipped to third in the process.

If they are to have any hope of second-place, the city club now need to beat fourth-placed Bishop's Stortford on Saturday - a result which would secure their highest ever finish in the league pyramid.

Click here to read head coach Andy Pratt's thoughts on another huge game at Merton Lane.


Any luck on the national on Saturday? No me neither. What about on Sunday? Eh?

Yes the Kent Grand National was held at Charing the day after the Aintree showpiece, and the winner crossed the line in a Blaze of glory.

Click here for more.


Doug Bollinger's going to be a lot of fun this summer, I can tell you that.

Bouncing around at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, despite the jet-lag, and 'raring to go' when Kent's season begins in earnest at Worcester on Sunday.

More to come from him soon.


I'm off to meet Australian bowler Doug Bollinger but I'll be back soon to bring you all the latest from the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, plus some more football and rugby previews this afternoon.

Any breaking news will be updated right here though, so don't forget to refresh once in a while.

10:55 - FOOTBALL

Dover have a big game tonight (see 09:50) and the son of the under-fire Dover boss Chris Kinnear is certainly up for it.

10:50 - YOUR VIEWS

Keep 'em coming vis twitter, Facebook and the comments section below.

10:40 - FOOTBALL

Wednesday night football round-up anyone?

Herne Bay were left feeling hard done by after conceding an 87th-minute winner to go down 3-2 at Burgess Hill Town in Ryman League Division 1 South.

Hill led 2-0 inside 17 minutes but Sam Hasler and Jamie Turner scored two in eight minutes late-on, looking to have earned a point, before the play-off chasers snatched a winner.

Bay remain eight points clear of trouble while Hill's win hurts eighth-placed Faversham's already slim hopes of snatching the final play-off spot.

Cray Valley moved up to sixth place in the Southern Counties East League with a 2-1 win over Canterbury City

Lauren Hamici got the late winner at Winch's Field, after both teams had scored within two minutes of each other earlier in the game.

Harrison Carnegie put Cray ahead after 68 minutes, before Lloyd Woolford put City back on level terms soon afterwards.

The defeat, City's third in a week, leaves them 13th in the table, one of three clubs on 24 points.

Kent Sportsday wishes league chair Denise Richmond good luck when she runs in her fifth London Marathon on Sunday.

She hopes to jointly raise £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation.


He might not be playing for a Premier League side next season like his teammate Johan Ter Horst, but Paul Booth is happy to stay with Folkestone Invicta, whether they are promoted or not.

The veteran striker only arrived at the club from Maidstone in November but has scored 23 goals in 26 games to help Invicta climb the Ryman League Division 1 South table.

He has missed the past two games with a groin injury but should return for the final five, as Invicta seek to cement their play-off place.

Manager Neil Cugley said: “Boothy has been superb for us ever since he arrived and we are delighted he’s going to stay next season.

“He may be 37, but he’s a superfit lad and a model professional and it has been a tremendous help to the likes of Johan Ter Horst to have someone with experience to learn from.

“We may decide to be a bit more choosy over how much we use him – he may not play in all of the cup games, for example - but he’s going to help me out by coaching the forwards, which I’m sure will prove a great benefit to the club.”

Cugley added: "Boothy’s obviously gives us some Premier Division quality if we get promotion, but he is happy to stay here whatever happens.

“He likes it here, likes the club and the supporters and it goes without saying that we all love having him here.”

10:00 - YOUR VIEWS

Earlier on I invited your views on Kent's prospects this season. I think we all share one mind about what we'd like Mark to do this summer.

09:50 - FOOTBALL

Enough of the small balls for now, more later. Time now to look ahead to more Thursday night footy.

Dover and Tonbridge might be battling at opposite ends of the Skrill South table but they have both endured their fair share of frustration already this season.

Assistant boss Jake Leberl says the daunting run of three games in six days, starting at Longmead tonight, is the perfect chance for the Whites players to show their play-off credentials.


Darren Stevens is very excited. That's understandable. He genuinely feared he might not be allowed to play the game that's been his life for more than 20 years this summer and now he knows he can.

However that's not the only reason for his excitement, it's also got something to do with the fact he believed Kent can actually compete for honours this season, and maybe, just maybe, get themselves back to the top-table of county cricket.

Click here to see what he told me about the prospects for 2014.


Wednesday was a good day for 20-year-old future England star Daniel Bell-Drummond.

He passed 1,000 First Class runs by scoring his second FC century and posting a new FC best, retiring on 103* against Loughborough MCCU.

The foundations for that knock were not laid in the Canterbury nets this winter, however, they were formed in the soupy heat of the other side of the planet.

Click here to read Richard Harvey's interview with the prospect.

Daniel Bell-Drummond Picture: Chris Davey
Daniel Bell-Drummond Picture: Chris Davey

09:00 - FOOTBALL

Not had enough Fleet yet? Hungry for more? Well gorge yourself on this... an early preview for their potential play-off dress rehearsal against Sutton on Saturday.

Click here to read Brown's thoughts on the trip to Gander Green Lane, which has to be the most idyllic sounding ground in world football. It conjures images of a wayward goal-kick sploshing into a duck pond and rosy-cheeked children running around with kites.

Any other suggestions for idyllic ground names, get in touch via twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

08:50 - FOOTBALL

You know when you're on a night out, you've been in the same place for a little while and are starting to think about whether to get another here or move on to somewhere different?

Well it's always helpful when someone you're close to and respect effectively makes that decision for you, or at least makes it easier. You either follow their lead or go it alone.

Steve Brown's new contract as manager is the equivalent of him putting his coat on the back of a chair and getting another round in at Ebbsfleet, and now the only question is whether the players are going to remain in the Fleet Arms for an extended stay, or fancy their chances flying solo elsewhere.

Click here to see how Steve explained it to Steve Tervet in a slightly less descriptive way.

08:40 - POLL

This one is fairly self explanatory.... I hope.


Kent's new season gets properly underway on Sunday morning at Worcester. How time flies.

The younger players are a year older, wiser and more experienced, the senior players are a year hungrier for success, the club is healthier off the field than it has been for years and there are some intriguing new signings to look forward to watching.

Everything's set up for a title challenge then, right? See what Jimmy Adams has to say about that very topic here.

08:10 - FOOTBALL

After the wet and wild winter we've experienced we're all getting pretty accustomed to Thursday night football, and there's some more on the menu tonight.

Dartford host Grimsby Town in what is possibly the biggest Thursday night game of this or any other season.... Europa League included.

Two games in three days is not a universally popular way to determine ones Skrill Premier destiny, but boss Tony Burman is philosophical about it, as he tells Steve Tervet here.

08:00 - KICK-OFF

Good morning and welcome to another glorious Kent Sportsday.

Plenty to get through, as usual, on a Thursday, with reaction from the midweek football matches, a look ahead to the weekend games, early team news and of course manager interviews.

We'll also be dropping in with Kent cricket today to catch up with the two latest additions to the squad.

So, stick with us throughout the day, keep a tab open and remember to refresh regularly to make sure you're among the first to get the live updates through the Kent Sportsday.

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