Bridon Ropes axe manager Richard Gent and assistant Stuart Webb after losing all six of their games

Thursday 07th September 2023

BRIDON ROPES have parted company with manager Richard Gent and his assistant Stuart Webb after the pair lost all six of their games in charge.

The Charlton-based outfit are rooted to the foot of the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table after losing to Rochester United (0-1), Tooting Bec (0-5), Staplehurst Monarchs (0-1), K Sports (2-3) and they suffered a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Croydon last night.

The Ropes, who finished in ninth-place under Uche Ibemere last season, were dumped of The FA Vase in the First Qualifying Round by Premier Division side Tunbridge Wells, who claimed a 4-0 win.

“The club can confirm that we have today parted company with our management team,” said a 35-word statement.

“We would like to thank Richard and Stuart for all their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.”

It was Gent’s first managerial role in the tenth-tier of English football, while Webb took interim charge of then Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side Erith & Belvedere between January and February 2020.

The Deres suffered heavy tier-nine defeats to Lordswood (0-4), K Sports (0-7), Welling Town (2-7) and Chatham Town (1-8).
as Webb took brief charge for four games after replacing Owen Jones at Park View Road.

Webb, who relegated Dulwich Village to the Kent County League Division Three West last season, with a league record of one win, three draws and 14 defeats, hasn’t won a single game while part of a management team in tier’s nine or ten.

“It was shocking tonight from all departments.  Again, apologies to all who paid their money to watch that. It wasn’t good enough,” admitted Webb, reflecting on a humiliating home defeat to Croydon, who went into the game without a league win.

Bottom-of-the-table Bridon Ropes have not stated whom will be in charge of Saturday’s trip to seventh-placed Lewisham Borough.