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Hollands & Blair
Crowborough Athletic
J West (53' Sent Off)
Full time
J Scarborough (94' Sent Off)
Sat 29 Apr 15:00 - Southern Counties East Football League - Premier Division Attendance 161

IT ENDS ALL-SQUARE AT STAR MEADOW IN LAST GAME.

A 0-0 draw away at Hollands & Blair leaves the Crows as runners-up to Ashford United.

Still a great season for the club.
Before the season started and a ball had even been kicked in SCEFL anger, I had carried out some research as to what type of season a team would require to achieve promotion, using historical information based over the previous ten seasons of the now called Southern Counties East Football League and its previous incarnations.
My deliberations came to the following conclusion that a team that plays 38 games would need to win 28 of those games, could afford to draw 6 of the remaining 10 games and therefore, could only lose 4 league games all season. I have to say that whilst it is some comfort that I wasn't far out, for the Crows to end up with exactly that record and not get promoted is bitterly disappointing based on previous league history.
However, you also have to say that if a team can beat that performance then they will probably feel they deserve to win the title too and therefore, you have to give credit to Ashford United for the season they have had. In some ways I'm better for the fact that this game ended 0-0 because had we won and missed out on goal-difference, then my disappointment would have been even greater.
I also have to say that whilst I'm disappointed for myself, the club, management team and the players, it has to be remembered what a great season it has been for all concerned and that if you've done it once, then there's no reason why you can't do it again the following season and hopefully, this time, you achieve your goal.
For Ashford United it's been a case of fourth time lucky for them, having finished runners-up in 2013/14 to Whyteleafe, runners-up again in 2014/15 to Phoenix Sports and finishing third in 2015/16 behind winners Greenwich Borough and runners-up, Hollands & Blair.
Therefore, we should take the positives out of our runners-up spot and take that into the 2017/18 season, especially as history also indicates that runners-up one season have gone on to win it the following season. In 2010/11 Hythe Town won the league with 68 points from their 30 games and the runners-up that season, Herne Bay, won the league in 2011/12 and the runners-up that season, Erith & Belvedere, won the league in 2012/13, getting 76 points from their 32 games.
Therefore, all the Crows have to do is make sure previous history repeats itself, easier said than done I know but if other clubs can do it, then why not us? Let's take the positives out of this great season and not let the last game and the eventual outcome become an anchor to drag us down as we now start to prepare for the 2017/18 campaign.
I was not able to attend the match personally due to family commitments but a report has been written by Kent Sports News and can be read using the following link, http://www.kentsportsnews.com/hollands-blair-0-0-crowborough-athletic-29-04-2017/.
Everyone at Crowborough Athletic hope you all have a great summer and look forward to seeing you again when the 2017/18 season starts in August.

Key moments

53:00
Red Card Jack West is sent off for Hollands & Blair
90:00 +4:00
Red Card John Scarborough is sent off for Crowborough Athletic

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Yellow Card
John Scarborough is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +4:00 Red Card 0 - 0
John Scarborough is sent off for Crowborough Athletic
88:00 Yellow Card
John Scarborough is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
79:00 Missed Shot
Dan Perry misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
75:00 Missed Shot
Dan Perry misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
73:00 Yellow Card
Billy Johnson is yellow carded for Hollands & Blair
70:00 Missed Shot
Henry Muggeridge misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
63:00 Sub Off
Dan Tear is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
63:00 Sub On
Dan Perry is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
61:00 Yellow Card
Dan Tear is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
53:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Jack West is sent off for Hollands & Blair
52:00 Yellow Card
Jason Barton is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
End of period 1
26:00 Sub Off
Lee Carey is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
26:00 Sub On
Lewis Unwin is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
23:00 Sub On
Henry Muggeridge is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
23:00 Sub Off
Sam Carrington is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
19:00 Missed Shot
Michael Jenner misses a shot for Hollands & Blair
9:00 Missed Shot
Jason Barton misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hollands & Blair
  • Crowborough Athletic
  • 0
  • Sam Carrington Sub Off 23:00'
  • Henry Muggeridge Sub On 23:00'
  • Lee Carey Sub Off 26:00'
  • Lewis Unwin Sub On 26:00'
  • Jason Barton Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Jack West Red Card 53:00'
  • Dan Tear Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Dan Tear Sub Off 63:00'
  • Dan Perry Sub On 63:00'
  • Billy Johnson Yellow Card 73:00'
  • John Scarborough Yellow Card 88:00'
  • John Scarborough Yellow Card 90:00 +4:00'
  • John Scarborough Red Card 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Daniel
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Carrington, Sam Carrington, Sam
Scarborough, John Scarborough, John
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Barton, Jason Barton, Jason
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Carey, Lee Carey, Lee
Odunaike, Gabriel Odunaike, Gabriel
Hollands & Blair
  • 1. Ronan Forde
  • 2. Jack West
  • 3. Louis Valencia
  • 4. Lewis Taylor
  • 5. Billy Johnson
  • 6. Tom Staff
  • 7. Jack Simon
  • 8. Michael Jenner
  • 9. Joe Sharp
  • 10. Gary Lockyer
  • 11. Brad Webb
  • 12. Archie Miller
  • 13. Anthony Jeffers
  • 14. Damien Hodge
  • 15. Bryan Greenfield
  • 16. Ross Brookes

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Ashford United
7
0
Beckenham Town
Bearsted
2
2
Whitstable Town
Deal Town
Tunbridge Wells
Fisher
Erith Town
Lordswood
AFC Croydon Athletic
Sevenoaks Town
Croydon
Sheppey United
Cray Valley PM

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Ashford United 38 92
2. Crowborough Athletic 38 90
3. Sevenoaks Town 37 81
4. Cray Valley PM 37 72
5. Whitstable Town 38 69
6. Sheppey United 37 68
7. AFC Croydon Athletic 37 64

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