I’ve felt we’ve been ready for the step up for a couple of seasons now but nothing ever seemed to fall in place for us, says Kennington manager Dan Scorer
KENNINGTON manager Dan Scorer says the club have been ready to play Step Six football for a couple of seasons.
The club have secured a groundshare deal with Isthmian League club Ashford United with an initial two-year deal with an option of a longer term deal, to enable them to win promotion into the Southern Counties East Football League First Division for the first time.
PROUD: Dan Scorer has guided Kennington into the Southern Counties East Football League First Division for the first time in their history after claiming the Andreas Carter Joma Kent County League Premier Division title last season.
Scorer guided the club towards the Andreas Carter Joma Kent County League Premier Division title with 75 points from their 28 games.
Ashford based Kennington and runners-up Greenways (whose roots are in Gravesend), but will play their home games at K Sports’ ground in Aylesford, will be promoted to Step Six for the first time, while Division Two West champions Welling Town will join them next season following their successful application.
“It’s still a bit of a surreal feeling to be honest,” said Scorer, who scooped the clubman of the year award at the club.
“I really can’t explain how proud and pleased I am by how far the club, the players and me personally have come in the past four years.
“It’s been really tough at times over the past few years as I’ve felt we’ve been ready for the step up for a couple of seasons now but nothing ever seemed to fall in place for us, so when we were informed that Ashford United were seeking a club for a potential groundshare, it honestly felt like it was our time to grow and wouldn’t, couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“I personally have a great relationship with the club (Ashford United). I loved every minute of playing there, despite it being a rather injury plagued spell. I love the club and all the people involved.
“Don Crosbie and Denise Peace have been brilliant in offering us some great advice and backing our ambitions, which is exactly what you want from your home town team.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead and we are very grateful for the support of the Kent County League, who have been so supportive of our club over the years. They have always supported our ambition to progress as a club and I look forward to celebrating with them all at the League dinner next month.”
A club statement said: “Today we have been told the fantastic news that our application for promotion to the Southern Counties East Football League has been successful. Exciting times ahead for the club especially with our move to Homelands next season. Thanks to everyone, players’ included, for all the hard work behind the scenes which has allowed this to happen.”
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