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CLUB NEWS

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The larks saw 3 new players making their debuts for the club with Jack West, Luke Baptiste and Josh Jackson all in the starting eleven.

The larks started on the front foot with Jackson and Baptist keeping the Staplehurst defence on their toes and it was Jackson who put the larks in front on 28 minutes when he got on the end of a Welch cross and guided his header between the keeper and the far post.

 

But this stung the home team into action and they levelled just before halftime when after a free kick Jones hit a fierce shot through the larks defence and past an unsighted Carter in the larks goal.

 

The second half started with the larks regaining the lead when from an Ince corner captain Stuart West powered home a bullet header.

 

The goal spurred the larks on and they could have increased their lead but the woodwork came to the home  side's rescue. The larks played out the last 20 minutes to record their first win on the road.

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The larks took on title chasing Stansfeld in what turned out to be a tough encounter for the larks.

The larks got off to a great start when after just 4 minutes a superb 5 man move saw Chris Webber fire the larks into the lead with a fine drive from 15 yards. Both sides created chances but the rest of the half saw both defences holding strong.

Stansfeld levelled the scores early in the second half when Stuart West was adjudged to have fouled a Stansfeld forward and Jack Carthy duly obliged from the spot.

The larks respond well and Charlie Smith who had been a thorn in the Stansfeld side unleashed a great shot on target which Charlie Cottrell in the visitor's goal beat away.


The larks then had the best chance of the half when they were awarded a penalty of their own for a foul on West but Brett Ince's penalty was saved by Cottrell.

 

The last 20 minutes played out and both sides went home with a share of the points.

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Manager Kris Browning made 2 changes to the team which started Mondays derby game at Snodland with Jake bates and Akhazzan Hicham coming into the starting line up.
The Larks started brightly with Charlie Smith and Tom Willoughby both bringing saves from Boakye in the Lewisham goal. It was no surprise when the Larks took the league on 7 minutes when from a Larks corner the keeper under pressure punched the ball into his own goal, he looked in vain to the referee but there was no whistle and the goal stood. 

 

Lewisham then had the opportunity to level things up in the 18th minute when a goal bound shot struck Larks Captain Stuart West on the arm and the referee pointed to the spot and after consulting his assistant showed West a red card. For the second time in a week Nathan Carter in the home goal went the right way and made a great save pushed the ball away.


Lewisham levelled things up on 30th minute when a long range effort from Kai Jordan flew into the net to make the scores level at the break. Browning made a change at half time with Jack Clark coming in at centre back along side Lewis mingle and the unfortunate Caine Smith making way. With 10 men the Larks were more then holding their own, and this was rewarded when the Larks regained the lead 15 minutes into the second half when a fine shot from Charlie Smith found the back of the net. 

 

The larks had further opportunities with chances falling to Beecroft and Akhazzan but it was Lewisham who levelled things up on 81 minutes when a left wing cross caught out the Larks goalkeeper and dipped under the crossbar to make the score 2-2.


For the final 10 minutes Lewisham was also reduced to 10 mins as a player was sin binned for dissent, both teams had chances to nick a win and a great last ditch save from the Larks keeper ensured the points were shared. Overall a good performance by the Larks who considering they played 72 minutes with 10 men they will be disappointed they didn't get all 3 points.

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A record attendance of 343 for the first mid Kent derby of the season saw it end honours even in a goalless draw at Potyns Field. Manager Kris Browning made two changes from Saturdays game against Tooting Bec with the experienced Jake Beecroft and Sam Welch coming into the team.


In a tight first half the Larks playing down the slope tried hard to unlock a resolute Snodland defence with the best two chances falling to Caine Smith whose efforts both cleared the home teams cross bar. At the end local boy Stuart West led the Larks defence with a captains performance and with the help of Lewis Mingle kept Snodland at bay.

The second half saw the Larks pushing forward in numbers with Charlie Smith hitting a fierce free kick which Shaun Wicks in the home goal did well to parry the ball away and the ball eventually was cleared. The Larks defence was holding strong as Lee Friend was Snodland's main threat but was finding it hard to shake off the Larks strong defending and despite the ball going from one end to the other chances were at a premium. The Larks has the best chance to go home with the points when Caine Smith was first denied by the Snodland keeper and two follow-ups were cleared off the line by the resolute Snodland defenders


It was a typical derby battle and in the end a draw was a fair result, and for the Larks it was the first point on the road this season at the third attempt.

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Manager Kris Browning made one change to the starting 11 from last weeks game against Meridian with Caine Smith replacing the injured Harry Taylor up top. The Larks made a bright start with a good share of possession but were unfortunate to fall behind in the 9th minute when a left wing cross found a diving Eddie Mbango who's header flew into the larks net.


This spurred the larks on and they equalised 9 minutes later when they were awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Up strode Charlie Smith to hit a bullet of a shot which flew into the bottom right of the Tooting Bec goal giving keeper Hernandez no chance. 

 

Four minutes later the Larks took the lead for the first time when after the ball was cleared out of the Tooting area and fell nicely to Brett Ince who hit a screamer left food volley from 25 yarder into the top of the net.


Chances were being created by both sides with Tootings number 8 Oritis getting more influential for the away team, so the next goal was always going to be important and that fell to the larks in controversial fashion. A stoppage for a head injury with the Larks in possession at the time, the ref restarted the game just outside the Tooting box  with the Larks being given the ball back instead of giving it tp Tooting to kick the ball back. The Larks whipped a cross to the back post where Jake bates came steaming in to volley into the roof of the net and open his account for the season.

 

 This spurred Tooting on and they pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time to give the Larks a one goal advantage at the interval.

Five minutes into the second half the referee pointed to the spot when Sam Welch was adjudged to have pushed a Tooting player, up stepped Eddie Mbango looking to get his second of the day but young Nathan Carter in the Larks goal dived to his right to pull off an excellent save.


The Larks then wrapped the game up in the 63rd minute when Jake Bates got his second of the afternoon when he headed home at the back post from an excellent cross from Caine Smith. Overall a good performance by the Larks for whom both Charlie Smith and captain Stuart West played prominent roles on the day, and pushed the Larks in the right direction up the table to third.