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Review of 2005/2006 Season

#*_Review of the 2005/2006 Season # #*Overview# Club PL 465 Won 240 Drew 75 Lost 150 For 1265 Aga 901 GD +364 Won 52% Mens PL 337 Won 176 Drew 56 Lost 105 For 990 Aga 692 GD +298 Won 52% Ladies PL 126 Won 63 Drew 19 Lost 44 For 272 Aga 206 GD +66 Won 50% Mixed PL 2 Won 1 Drew 0 Lost 1 For 3 Aga 3 GD 0 #*Comparision to 2004/2005 Season# Last Season there were 4 teams that won their leagues, compared with 3 this season, 2005/2006. But overall, adding up all the league positions, the club performed better by 2 places, averaging 4th place per team, fantastic! #*Mens 1st XI# A good solid season for the 1st XI. After gaining promotion, through the play-offs, to National League Division 1, Holcs struggled at first, especially through the loss of coach Greg Nicol. But you can't beat "Team Spirit", and skipper Ben Lawrence together with super support from manager Mike Haines, Gary (Stato) Owen and Giles Osbourne, the team achieved a fantastic 5th place, therefore securing the club as the 15th best in the country. Ryan Ravenscroft (who scored 14 goals) was a crucial influence on the side and brought the best out of top-goalscorer Chris Bassano-Harper who scored 21 goals. He also scored his 100th club goal in the Kent Cup Semi-Final. Player of the season was Johnathon Cooper who was ever-present and gave solid performances every week for the team. The 1st XI defend the Kent Cup against Sevenoaks on Saturday 6th May. #*Mens 2nd XI# After winning South Open Premier League Division 1 last season, the 2nd XI's policy was to 'blood' the up and coming youngsters. Skipper John Rye, one of the youngest 2nd XI captains for some years, was excellent in providing a stepping-stone for players looking to achieve 1st XI status, therefore National League experience. Youngsters Mat Porter and Paul Rudd are players of the future. Stephen Friend was the team's top goalscorer with 11, and although with a much changed side, finishing 7th was very creditable. Ian "Mungo" Bryne was player of the season, and the 2nd XI will be looking to challenge for the title next season. #*Mens 3rd XI# After gaining promotion to South Open League Division 2, with basically the last hit of the 2004/2005 season, the 3rd XI were looking to consolidate. In a much tougher league, they did struggle to adapt, and were at the wrong end of the table for some time. But a great run of form after Christmas, loosing only 2 out of 11 games, zoomed them up to 5th place. There were 21 different goalscorers, with Mat Porter the top goalscorer with 8. Player of the Season was goalkeeper Lee Cook who was outstanding all season. #*Mens 3A XI# Finishing 4th in South Open Kent/Sussex Division 1 last season, the 3A's were looking to challenge for a top 2 spot. The side also brought in some up and coming younger players. Notibly Simon Major, promoted from the 5th XI, played in nearly every position and was ever-present in the side, and was Player of the Season. But loosing their first 4 games after Christmas put pay to any chances of promotion, but finishing 6th was a good achievement. Top goalscorer was Richard Zerafa with 22 goals. #*Mens 3B XI# The 3B's, who have under-achieved for a number of seasons, will still be wondering how they didn't win Kent Open Premier Division 'B' this season. Skipper Adrian Hull has lost half his hair, as in the end it went to the last game of the season. At Christmas they'd played 10, won 10 and were clear of the chasing pack. Andy Simpson's amazing tally of 44 goals helped put the side in control, but a poor run of results after Christmas when they lost 3 out of their last 5, coupled with Kings College London 2nd XI putting a winning run together, it hinged on the last game. Kings won 4-1 to win the league, and the 3B's are hoping for promotion from 2nd spot. Michael Loveridge was Player of the Season, who consistently put in good performances, including goal of the season versus Sevenoaks. #*Mens Hasbeenz (Vets)# A topsy-turvey season for the Vets. New league rules meaning a 10-0 loss when cancelling a fixtures didn't help, and loosing in the first round of the Kent Cup (controversially) to Marden Russets, but their were some great performance from the "Older" guys. They'll finish either 3rd or 4th in the London League and reached the final of the League Cup, which is a major improvement from last year. Top goalscorer was Brian Long with 12 and the ever-present Robin Davies, was Player of the Season. #*Mens 4th XI# The 4th XI always compete well in Kent Open Premier Division 'C', but every year there are always 2 or 3 very strong sides which dominate the league, therefore the team can't quite challenge for promotion. But finishing 5th, in a very tough league is no disgrace at all, well done to skipper Marcus Davies. Top goalscorer was Lee Ronan with 13 goals and defender Paul Farr who was superb all season was Player of the Season. #*Mens 4A XI# Joint-Captains Jimmy Kan and Andy Parry could only sit and watch the Kent Web-site as Cliftonville won their last 6 games to nick 2nd spot from them on goal difference. After finishing 3rd last season, the 4A's were looking for promotion. UMDS were the runaway leaders all season, although the team ended their unbeaten start, and didn't loose to them. So near, so far, but next season could be their year. Andy Parry was top goalscorer with 13 and Player of the Season was Mike Rudd, ever present, ever getting an injury, but an instrumental part of the team. #*Mens 5th XI# Lucky to not get relegated from Kent Open Division 2 last season, the 5th XI, were "dreading" a little the season ahead, especially when they looked at the league fixtures. But under the leadership of skipper Alan Green a group of youngsters were pulled together that performed brilliantly throughout the season. They say you can't win anything with kids, well this side proved a lot of people wrong. After an indifferent start, they went on a great run, only loosing 2 of their last 15 league matches. Having a settled side helps though, and all the squad were available every week, therefore a great team spirit developed and the team finished a brilliant 5th. Mark Wilson, top goalscorer with 19, was Player of the Season for his all-round energetic displays, being the tallest player in Kent, and a doubling his goal tally from last season. #*Mens 5A# After gaining promotion last season, the 5A's were probably looking just to consolidate. But at the halfway stage they were in the running for promotion again. With Canterbury (who were unbeaten all season) clear at the top of the table, they were battling it out with Maidstone for second spot, but they just missed out. Top goalscorer was Richard Shackleton with 22 goals and Player of the Season was Shane Stewart. #*Mens 6th XI# A great season for the 6th XI, as they won Kent Open League Division 4. Any normal season they would of won the league with games to spare, but credit to Sutton Valence who kept up with all season. Therefore it came down to the last game, which they must not loose to take the title. They played a superb game, defending most of the match, while attacking on the break and won 3-2. Ray Zerafa scored a great tally of 35 goals and Player of the Season was Joe Thompson, whose all-action display's fully contributed to the team. #*Mens 6A XI# A superb season for the 6A's, winning Kent Open Division 5. Skipper Trevor Foster persuaded Gareth Porter to come out of retirement and his 24 goals made him Player of the Season. The 6A's only lost 2 league games all season, and they had the meanest defence in the Kent League only conceding 13 goals in 18 games. #*Mens 6B XI# Another solid season for the 6B's finishing 4th in Kent Open League Division 6, the same as last season. They ended New Beccs' unbeaten run, and will we looking to challenge for promotion next season. Top goalscorer was Martyn Ives with 16 goals and Chris New was Player of the Season. #*Ladies 1st XI # Another fantastic season for the 1st XI, as they achieved back-to-back promotions, winning East League Division 2 South. They scored 104 goals in their 32 matches this season, with Player of the Season Jennie Hoyte getting 62 of them and she scored in every league match except one (v BBHC). They've also reached the Kent Plate final. #*Ladies 2nd XI# The 2nd XI finished 4th in Kent League Division 1, an improvement on last season. They put in some great performances, and will be looking to challenge for promotion next season. Gill Griffiths was top goalscorer with 18 and Player of the Season was Sarah Weedon. #*Ladies 3rd XI# A good solid season for the 3rd XI finishing 8th in Kent League Division 3. Amy Shardlow was top goalscorer and goalkeeper Jayne Day was Player of the Season. #*Ladies 4th XI# A third successive promotion for the Ladies 4th XI. Another fantastic season finishing 2nd in Kent League Division 5 and only loosing 2 league games all season, both to Kings College Old Girls, who won the league. Sue Osbourne was top goalscorer with 17 and was also Player of the Season. #*Ladies 5th XI# A difficult season for the 5th XI, but they finished a creditable 7th in Kent League Division 7. Player of the Season was goalkeeper Helen Barlow. #*Club Goalscorers# Well done to the following players, who went past the 100 goals mark this season: Richard Zerafa Paul Garbett Richard Shackleton Gareth Porter Simon Drew Chris Bassano-Harper Jennie Hoyte They join: Ray Zerafa, Andy Simpson, Gill Griffiths, Kevin Johnson, and John Paul in the "100 goals" Club