With a bumper week of Kent County Cup Finals, we host the DFDS Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield Final and DFDS Kent Junior B Cup Final at the Gallagher Stadium this Saturday.
DFDS Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield Final (11am kickoff)
The first Final for Saturday sees Stansfeld O&B take on Red Velvet in this exciting final. Let's find out how the managers feel ahead of this game.
Stansfeld's Manager Tony Hook said: "We have a strong group of players who have all shown a willingness to work hard and develop since we started in pre-season. We haven't focused on league positions or results and opted to focus on performances with the view of pushing into our first team. Our group of players are competing in their first season of senior football, and to reach this stage of the competition is a big achievement. We will be looking to go one better than last year in what should be a hard-fought game against Red Velvet."
Red Velvet Manager Ian Jenkins added: "When I was asked to take over at the beginning of this season, I knew the players I could bring in to add to those who wanted to stay from last season's title-winning side straight away with a view to retaining the league, maybe even a cup final. Things were going great, but after several setbacks after Christmas, including two serious injuries to key players, we ran out of games and players, so reaching this final gives us all a chance to win some silverware this season.
This promises to be a brilliant final, and we cannot wait to see who will take the Shield for 2022/23.
DFDS Kent Junior B Cup Final (3pm kickoff)
This season, 43 teams entered this competition, and we are now down to the final two - Kemsing United and Westerham FC. We met with the managers to determine how they feel about reaching the final.
Kemsing Manager Pat Langford said: "Even though the season has been a successful campaign, injuries to key players at important times of the season and a couple of suspensions at a vital time of the run-in meant, although we've been promoted, we just fell short in our second to last game in our pursuit of Nomads for the title. The Cup run has seen the team dig deep when needed but also put in a couple of excellent performances, and it's great that in the club's centenary season, we've reached the club's first Kent County Cup final."
So how does Westerham FC's Manager, Lewis Longhurst, feel about the final?
"This year's aim was always to ensure a big day out," he said.
"A day that we felt we deserved last year and wanted so desperately to dedicate to our friend Barry, but it's a day that never came. We went one step further this year than our semi-final loss the previous season, and I know the boys are confident that we can mark the occasion with a win. The boys have been a pleasure to work with this season."
It will be another fantastic final at the Gallagher Stadium. All the finalists have worked extremely hard to reach these finals, and on behalf of everyone at The Kent FA, we wish all the teams the best of luck for their big day.
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