Under-12s up against Kent’s best

Our youngsters were in action at the Kent Clubs Championships today with the under-12 girls travelling to Tonbridge and the under-12 boys heading to Canterbury to play against the county’s top teams.


Coached by Trevor Shave, the girls started tentatively against tough opposition from Canterbury and then Sevenoaks who went on to win the entire tournament. However, they bounced back from the two early defeats to chalk up a one-nil win over Folkestone thanks to a great strike from Amy Shave. Keeper Izzy Goddard unfortunately fell ill and Grace Wren stepped between the posts, pulling off some great saves to ensure a clean sheet. This was followed by nil-nil draw against Marden which Anchs unfortunately lost 2-3 in the subsequent penalty shuffle to decide which team should progress. In each game, Lily Antrim and Emily Skinner marshalled the defence well with determined support from younger players Ellie Lister and Lara Cox while Grace Smith and Annaleise Kerswill again provided strength driving forward.

Thanks to Truffs who umpired for Anchs and a very supportive band of parents and grandparents who kept cheering until the final whistle.

Meanwhile, the boys were also in action at Canterbury and had mixed fortunes with two wins and five defeats from their seven games. (MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW).

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The girls and boys have much to celebrate at next Friday’s Anchs Juniors’ Awards night.


Sunday 5th Junior matches and training. 

Sunday is junior match day again:

U8s are training as normal,

U10s are at Holcombe,

Selected U12 boys are at Sevenoaks in the afternoon, for the other u12 boys it is a rest day,

U12 girls are at home, 10.30 for 11.

14s are training 9:30 to 11.

If anyone (including the U14s) is available to help with the home fixtures please let me know. It will finish at 12.30.


Half term training news

​Half term training updates:-

Sunday 12th February – no u8 training, all other groups are training as normal.     Girls U12 the friendly match I asked about at Gore Court is not happening, we will be looking at a girls and boys friendly fixture soon.

Wednesday 15th February – no indoor training

Thursday 16th February – no junior training at 4:30.


Upcoming Junior dates

Some upcoming dates and events for your diaries, there may be more as we are trying  to fix up some friendlies too.

  • 5th February – matches for all. U8s who are not playing at Canterbury, training is on as normal. U14s your training is at 9.30.
  • 26th February – u14s away to Holcombe.
  • 5th March – matches for all except U8s and u14s although watch out for changes to that.
  • 19th March boys and girls U12 Kent Championships, there will be selection for these as we can only send one team to each. Boys at Canterbury, girls at Tonbrige.
  • 24th March – Juniors Annual Dinner, tickets are £10 per head, available at the ground on a Sunday or through Truffs on facebook or hels_goddard@yahoo.co.uk. If it is as good as last year this will be a fantastic celebration of our season. Come and join us. Parents will be able to have a quiet drink in the lounge bar and watch the awards and celebrations. Also please ask your children to think about who their vote for the players player of their age group and gender would be. I will be asking for their votes soon.
  • 2nd April – final round of matches for u8s,10sand 12s for the season.
  • 8th April – senior section annual dinner. Tickets £40 each through the usual channels. All adult players and junior parents are invited.