Kennington boss Dan Scorer: I love Greenways, I think they're a fantastic side!
KENNINGTON manager Dan Scorer says he has mutual respect for his opposite number at Greenways ahead of tonight’s game between the two sides.
The Ton reached the Kent Senior Trophy Quarter-Finals for the first time after beating Sporting Club Thamesmead 4-3 on penalties after last Friday night’s game at Bayliss Avenue finished 2-2 after extra time.
Scorer takes his side to Aylesford tonight to play Greenways in the Second Round of the Sea Pioneer Southern Counties East Football League Challenge Cup.
Kennington are in fifth-place in the First Division table with 21 points from 12 games, while Rob Jeffery’s Greenways' are one place lower with the same number of points but having played one more game.
“I love them, I think they are a fantastic side,” said Scorer.
“I know Rob really, really well because we’ve come up through the system together and I’ve always admired the way he’s played down there and he’s added real quality to his squad this year.
“I’ve said to a few people they’re going to be the ones to watch because they’ve quietly going about their business at the moment.
“It gives us an opportunity to rotate the squad around a bit, get a few more players that weren’t playing on Friday some minutes to keep the competition going because we’ve got a difficult run leading up to Christmas.”
Kennington keeper Tom Barnes pulled off saves from Chris Hubbard and Harvey Browne in the nine penalty shoot-out on Friday and Sporting Club Thamesmead manager Jason Long takes his side to second-placed Holmesdale next Saturday.
The Acre are in tenth-place in the First Division table, while Lee Roots’ side lost top spot to Rochester United – 6-0 winners over Snodland Town – at the weekend.
“I’m really excited for it,” said Long, ahead of the trip to Oakley Road.
“If we can go the whole month of November unbeaten it will be a real good achievement, in playing time, excluding penalties, of course.
“If we can go and win it makes it 10 points out of the 12 and that will be a really good achievement playing against some really good teams. It will sum up a really good month.
“We’ve beaten Holmesdale 4-1 (in the Kent Senior Trophy on 14 October) which was excellent. We know they’ll be tough and we know what they’re up to. They’re sitting second and deservedly so but I believe in what we can do.
"We’ll train hard on Tuesday night, all the boys will be in and we’ll prepare well for Saturday.”