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By Rich Mills

Men’s club captain, Edd Thorogood, reviews the opening month of the season

It goes without saying that every team in every sport wants to start the season with 4 straight wins and be top of the lot. It also goes without saying that this rarely happens. That said we have 3 unbeaten sides, every team has a good win under their belts and a disciplinary record that currently looks pretty watertight.

Hats off (not too proudly) to Jade, Rob and the 2nd XI who have made the perfect start. 4 impressive wins and 3 clean sheets. Tougher tests will be on their way, especially if half the squad continues to decamp to Thailand rather than SE9 in the coming weeks. Herne Bay, Cliftonville, Ashford, and Canterbury looks like a run of away fixtures that could make or break a season, and all before the halfway point. They better have their wits about them at either end of the A2. This weekend's home game vs Old Bords is vital.

The Perfect 5’s continue to drive on up through the Kent league as Sergeant Whitney’s cadets pile pressure on the rest of the league with 3 wins and a draw to also be sat at the top of the league and unbeaten. The 7-0 demolition of Brom Becks was a joy to behold and with a performance like that, the 5’s will be tough to turn over! Long may it continue!

The Dynamos have settled in nicely to new surroundings and as always Mr Brown is rallying his boys for a weekly onslaught of endeavour as our youngsters step to the beat of 3 points where ever possible. Tough as it may be, a win and a draw thus far is a great start.

The mighty Highwaymen of the Heath have been in pillaging mood as always as they start with an unbeaten 3 games. 2 wins and a draw for Gilberts boys and a big salute to the stand-in skipper, Tim ‘the Goat Major’ Walters who is doing a fine job as the official gaffa combs the Atlantic Ocean on his yacht. Gilbert will return, let’s hope he has the same form as the Goat.

The 3’s and Heathens have been ravaged by injury and unavailability. In other years, this would have been a disaster, however, Paddy and Scott have done an incredible job to not only get 11 men on deck, but to win 4 of the 8 games between them and ensure the only way is up. A 3-2 win at Holcombe and a 6-2 drubbing of Brom Becks sees the 3’s in a good position to push on as players return. Paddy’s peeps have ensured a solid start with 2 home wins meaning Sevenoaks 6’s will not sleep easy with the prospect of a visit to College Meadow this weekend.

Naturally, I leave news on the 1’s to last. After a superb preseason, league games have been that fraction tougher. Needless to say, when points are there to be won, different pressures arise. Leading 3-1 away at the much fancied Wycombe, the lads will have hoped for a 3 point start. Alas, some late errors saw the home side snatch a draw from defeat. The frustrations grew as a breakaway goal from West Hampstead saw a 0-1 defeat greet the lads in their first home game, and that after vast amounts of possession and oodles of chances. That frustration was compounded by a 4-1 loss away at Trojans as the team made hard work of one of the most daunting away trips. Things seemingly not quite falling into place.

That said, credit where credit is due, Chris and his lads have picked themselves up and dusted off a tough start. A much improved and dominant display saw them thrash Woking 3-0 at home and get the ball rolling. Impressive starts to the season from Eddie Forshaw and David Lawrence bode well for when others click into top gear and as the old adage says, you're only as good as your last game. The squad should be in buoyant mood for the away trip to London Academicals on Saturday. The results in the South Prem 2 prove that form and reputation count for very little if you're not at the races, things will not just happen. The important message for the lads is ‘Treat every game as your cup final’ fact, everyone could do with that intensity in their games.

It’s a big weekend and a busy few weeks ahead. Keep working hard and I honestly believe you will get everything you deserve.

Let’s go.

Be proud, Be worthy.

Updated 14:31 - 4 Dec 2018 by Niall Couper

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