We set out with the target of a top five finish and I think we’re currently in a great position to do that, says Kennington manager Dan Scorer

Thursday 20th December 2018

KENNINGTON manager Dan Scorer says his side have the capability to compete against the sides that are fighting for the title.


The Ashford-based club are in third-place in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table with 35 points from 17 games.

They have closed the gap on league leaders Welling Town to seven points after beating their rivals 3-0 at Homelands Stadium last weekend.

The Boots have now lost three of their last five games and Scorer was delighted with the way his side performed against the club with the largest budget in the division.

“I thought we were brilliant on Saturday!  The application and attitude towards the game was absolutely superb and it has been for the past five or six weeks now,” said Scorer.

“Considering the conditions in which both sides played in, I thought the standard of football was very good.

“To be fair to Welling Town, they certainly had the better of the ball in the first half but we stuck to our game plan, soaking up all of the early pressure and played well on the counter-attack.

“I think we were in control of the second half for long periods and were fairly dominant with the ball. I couldn’t fault the efforts of any one of my players as they worked tirelessly until the end and fully deserved the reward of three points.”

Scorer takes his side to bottom-five side Rochester United on Saturday, a side that are under the management of chairman Matt Hume and are on a run of five games without any win.

“Rochester United seem to have a few issues on and off the pitch but that won’t affect our preparations at all,” insists Scorer.

“We are well aware that every side at this level are more than capable of getting a result against anyone in the division.”

Scorer is relishing attracting a large crowd to Homelands Stadium for the visit of local rivals Lydd Town on Saturday 29 December.

“Following this weekend we welcome our local rivals Lydd Town to Homelands in what is certainly our biggest game of the season from a spectators’ point of view.

“I think around 160 travelled down to Lydd on the Bank Holiday Monday in August to watch the reverse fixture so we’re looking to welcoming a decent crowd.”

Scorer is delighted with the progress from his side, who are playing at this level for the first time this season.

“We’re currently in a good position in the table and the table never lies, it’s fully deserved.

“We set out with the target of a top five finish and I think we’re currently in a great position to do that.

“I think we certainly have the capability to compete against those fighting for the title, so we’ll continue to work hard and see where we are in a couple of months.”

And Scorer had this message for the Kennington faithful going into the festive period.

“I have to say the support from everyone around us and the words of confidence from teams in our league and messages of congratulation from teams in the Kent County League all add to the drive and want to do well, more importantly than most though is the support of those that continue to show up and support us both home and away. It really gives the players and my management team an extra incentive to win and play for pride.”

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Rochester United  v  Lydd Town
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Saturday 22 December 2018
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Rede Court Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 3TU