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Breaking sports news from Gillingham, Charlton Athletic and Kent Cricket on Tuesday, April 29

By Steve Tervet

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16.00 - CLOSE

That's all we've got time for today. I'm off to Folkestone later for their play-off against Hastings, so there'll be a report and reaction on here tomorrow morning, plus Wednesday's edition of Sportsday and plenty more.

15.45 - FOOTBALL

Charlton Athletic have put two points between themselves and the Championship relegation zone and tonight they host Watford at The Valley. It's bound to be a nervy affair and we'll have news tomorrow morning of how Jose Riga's side got on.

15.00 - HOCKEY

News of West Malling's Ashley Jackson in action at the Four Nations tournament in Glasgow...

14.15 - FOOTBALL

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor won’t be taking any action following an altercation between team-mates Joe Martin and Chris Whelpdale at Preston on Saturday.

Luke Cawdell reports on the bust-up.

13.30 - SNOOKER

Barry Hawkins has won the last frame of the session at the Crucible and he now leads Dominic Dale 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship.

The match resumes at 7pm.

13.15 - FOOTBALL

Daryl McMahon scores against Dorchester Town Picture: Andy Payton
Daryl McMahon scores against Dorchester Town Picture: Andy Payton

Ebbsfleet United are in Skrill South play-off action tomorrow night and captain Daryl McMahon says he'd happily sacrifice style for a win over two legs against Bromley.


Barry Hawkins has just gone 4-1 up against Dominic Dale in their World Snooker Championship quarter-final, so this seems like a good point to take a breather. We'll be back with more news on the Ditton potter this afternoon as well as plenty more from the world of Kent sport.

11.45 - FOOTBALL

Folkestone Invicta are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for tonight's play-off semi-final against Hastings United. There were 485 fans at the Fullicks Stadium for the local derby against Hythe in August but with Invicta just two wins away from the Ryman League Premier Division, the club's expecting to easily surpass that figure tonight.

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley said: "I'd be disappointed if we don't get 600-700. Our support has been excellent, but it's never been better than it was in our last two games. Now we really need the fans to get right behind the players to push us over the line."


The Kent Young Athletes League for under-13 and under-15 boys and girls commenced on Saturday at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford. Alan Newman reports.

10.50 - SNOOKER

Barry Hawkins wins the first two frames against Dominic Dale at the Crucible. It's a best-of-25 scenario, so first to 13 makes the World Snooker Championship semi-finals.

10.30 - VIDEO

See anyone you recognise here? No, I'm not talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney or Neymar - instead, two footballers rather closer to home.

Dartford academy players Charlie Bex (0.58) and Kaka Dembele (1.02) played their own part in the new Nike football advert - and Kaka even enjoys a bit of banter with Ronaldo!

Good work, chaps.


Congratulations to Gravesend RFC, who lifted the Kent Cup on Sunday when they beat Blackheath 27-24 at Footscray. That meant the Gs completed a superb double, having already won the London 1 South title, booking their ticket back to the National League.

09.30 - FOOTBALL

Danny Kedwell could play a part in Gillingham's final fixture at home to Shrewsbury Picture: Barry Goodwin
Danny Kedwell could play a part in Gillingham's final fixture at home to Shrewsbury Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor aims to bring striker Danny Kedwell back for the season finale against Shrewsbury. Taylor decided against taking Kedwell to Preston on Saturday in a bid to preserve him for the Gills' last home game.

Luke Cawdell has the story here.

09.00 - SNOOKER

Barry Hawkins is back in action at the World Snooker Championship this morning. The Ditton breakbuilder is up against Dominic Dale in the quarter-finals, with the first cue being chalked at 10am. We'll have updates during the day.

08.30 - FOOTBALL

Johan ter Horst and Dane Luchford Picture: Gary Browne
Johan ter Horst and Dane Luchford Picture: Gary Browne

What a night lies ahead for Folkestone Invicta. Having finished second in Ryman League Division 1 South, they're at home to Hastings United in the play-off semi-final tonight.

And there's good news for Stripes fans ahead of the game. Johan ter Horst, Paul Booth and Dane Luchford, having scored 71 goals between them this season, are all expected back from injury for the huge game at the Fullicks Stadium.

08.00 - WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to a big day of sport in Kent. Plenty of important stories to keep on top of over the next few hours and I'll bring you the best of them. Stick around.

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