Rags to Riches - Faversham Strike Force
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September - Rise of a Star
Welcome to the September update.
After a strong start in August, Faversham looks to build on that with another solid month. 4 Games crammed into this one, will they have the legs to see them through?
Will Emmanuel Afolabi continue his run of form? 3 goals from 3 games so far. Do we have a star in the making?
Let's find out...
Just the one home game this month against Metrogas. This will be our feature game.
A game that was highly anticipated by both sets of fans. Each side came into this game with their sights set on a win. It looked set to be an entertaining one. A shoot on sight policy seemed to be in effect, as shots were pinging in from all areas of the pitch. But Alex Hartshorne was the key man. Picking up the ball just inside the Metrogas half, he took on 4 players before a deft nutmeg left the keeper flailing as Faversham took a well-deserved lead. Only for Eddie Davidson to once again play the villain, this time he tucked away a superb header...into his own net. 1-1 at half time.
I dread to think what Lee's half time talk was all about. But it seemed to light a fire, as on 60 minutes, that man Ryan Cooke once again showed his class. After a corner is cleared straight to his feet, he takes a touch and rifles the ball home. Top corner yet again.
I can see this man being snapped up pretty soon.
Metrogas then put their foot on the gas and bombarded Faversham for the remaining 40 minutes, it paid off, as James Rees scored a looping header after 86 minutes. Michael Hilton in the Faversham goal had no chance.
Metrogas 2-2 Faversham Strike Force
Attendance - 28 (1 away)
Man of the Match - Ryan Cooke
Full September Results Follow:-
Emmanuel Afolabi bagging 3 more goals in 4 games. He looks set to become a star at Faversham. Let's hope they can keep him for the foreseeable.
An unbeaten September for Faversham Strike Force. How long can they keep this up for? Join us next time to find out.
Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:55 PM
October - The Force Awakens
October is upon us, and as you will see, a packed schedule this month. With 6, that's right 6 games to play in 4 weeks. The footballing gods conspire against us. But, can we keep our fitness and remain unbeaten?
Only time will tell.
We begin the month with a home game against Farnborough. A tough game against a top half team. Then, we travel to Guru Nanak, one of the teams expected to be battling for top 3. The two most notable games this month are against Rusthall in the Kent League Cup and Punjab United who are favorites to win the league.
Rusthall will be our focus game this month. Does a cup run await us? Or will we stumble?
The dream of a solid cup run is the talk of the town, with Faversham hoping to cause an upset against Southern Counties East Division One club Rusthall.
The game started brightly for The Force, as Ryan Cooke struck home from 6 yards after just 19 minutes. The shock seemed to hit the Rusthall players as they battled to keep Faversham at bay.
The intense pressure paid off as Louis Block brought down Ryan Cooke on 35 minutes and the ref awarded Faversham a penalty. Calm as ever, Danny Bunce tucked it away with ease.
Faversham looked comfortable, approaching halftime with a 2 goal lead. Maybe too comfortable, as Rusthall whipped in a corner on 45 minutes which Doug Horsted headed home. Unmarked on the penalty spot. Shocking defending from The Force.
Barely into the second half, Jack Connor leveled the game for Rusthall after rounding the keeper and poking the ball into an empty net.
A boring second half left the game at 2-2, extra time was just as bland, as both teams seemed unwilling to commit to a winner. So...Penalties it is...Nothing special here either. Faversham missed 2 through Cooke and Afolabi. Rusthall scored all of theirs. Disappointment from both sets of fans in my opinion...
Faversham Strike Force 2-2 Rusthall FC
Rusthall win 4-2 on penalties
Attendance - 19 (1 away)
Man of the Match - Jack Connor (Rusthall)
Full October Results:-
Well, both Ryan Cooke and Emmanuel Afolabi on form so far. Remaining unbeaten in the league. Although that cup result will leave a bitter taste for some time.
However, we managed a win against Punjab United, albeit with the help of an own goal. But still, a fantastic result there.
Coming soon, In Focus - a chance to see up close details of our key players and stats so far.
Until next time. Stay Focused and let The Force guide you.
Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:22 PM
Player Focus - Ryan Cooke
Good morning and welcome to this edition on In Focus. We will be looking at Inside Forward Ryan Cooke. The 20-year-old was released by Northampton back in 2015 and had been out of football for a while before signing with Faversham Strike Force.
Starting 14 games and netting an impressive 8 goals with 6 assists. He is already proving to be a handful for the Kent County League. The problem now is holding on to him. Surely these performances will attract the pro scouts, and with Faversham being an amateur outfit, they will struggle to keep this young talisman.
Standing at 6 foot 2, this powerhouse intimidates his opponents. Striking fear into defenders across the League. Accurate passing, a delicate first touch and an eye for goal make Cooke a perfect candidate for this seasons Player of the Year Award.
And don't forget, you, as fans will have the opportunity to vote for your Fans Player of the Year too.
So keep checking back to see more In Focus player profiles. And comment to request a player you wish to see.
Check our first team page for a list of players, and stats page coming soon.
Until next time, The Force, The Family, The Future.
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