TUNBRIDGE WELLS FC

The Wells continued their faultless start to the season and climbed to the top of the SCEFL premier league with a solid display at league newcomers Welling Town.

A goalless first half saw Josh Biddlecombe go closest for The Wells but his shot went wide.

Euan Sahadow gave The Wells the lead on 55mins when his cross evaded everyone including the Welling Town keeper and nestled into the side netting.

Freeman Rogers went close to doubling The Wells lead but his header drifted just wide of the post.

Wednesday evening The Wells travel to Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead. To face league newcomers Welling Town.

Formed in 2014, The Boots finished last season as SCEFL Division One Champions to gain promotion to the SCEFL Premier.

They sit 9th on 4pts having been held to a goalless draw on the opening day at home to Canterbury City. The Boots then suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Fisher before getting their first 3pts on Saturday with a 1-3 win away at Bearsted.

TWFC - How pleased are you to get your first league win at The Culverden?

RS - To get our first league win at The Culverden was massive and I’m extremely pleased we got it at our earliest opportunity. When I took the job I highlighted our home form must be improved during this journey and that aim remains a target. But to get our first home win on Saturday was massive for us all and the players and I’m certainly hoping there’s many more to come in the future.

The first home game for a rejuvenated Wells side ended in a 2-1 victory that left the Culverden bouncing!

The visitors edged a tight first half and Tommy Taylor was in inspired form in The Wells goal and made a fabulous save to keep the teams level until 19mins.

A soft free kick was awarded to the Fish and Chris Lockwood resulting free kick squirmed under The Wells stopper.

The Wells came to life in the second half and drew level through a Jason Thompson free kick 2mins into the restart.

The Wells return to league action on Saturday when they welcome Fisher to The Culverden.

Having finished last season in an impressive 3rd place, The Fish are again flying high in the league currently sat 2nd albeit after just 2 games.

They drew their opening day fixture 0-0 away at Deal Town before bagging their first points by beating league newcomers Welling Town 3-1 at St Paul’s.

The Wells will be looking to add to their opening day win away at Sheppey Utd. That win means they occupy 6th after one game.

The Wells progress to the next round of the FA Cup thanks to two Jason Thompson goals.

Despite The Wells having the better of the first half the tie remained goalless at half time.

The Wells eventually took the lead on 46mins when Jason Thompson volleyed in from a corner.

Thompson added a second on 64mins from the penalty spot.

The Wells now travel to Isthmian South East side Haywards Heath in the next preliminary round on Saturday 24th August.

Kick Off 3pm.

Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw, The Wells will now travel to West Sussex on Tuesday evening for the replay.

Playing in the Southern Combination League, The Lions finished 11th last season after 38 games. Winning 11, drawing 12 and losing 15. They suffered defeat in their first league game of the new season, losing 2-0 away to AFC Uckfield Town last weekend.

Pagham made the second preliminary round of last seasons competition by beating K Sports in a replay 2-0 before bowing out 0-2 at home to Whitehawk.

The Wells must travel to West Sussex on Tuesday evening after a 1-1 draw with Pagham.

Jake Beecroft missed a the opportunity to give The Wells the lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Josh Biddlecombe was upended in the area. Beecroft however blazed his spot kick well over the bar.

Pagham took the lead on 47mins when George Cody’s shot squirmed passed Tommy Taylor in The Wells goal.

George Blake made it 2 in 2 as he equalised on 76mins.

The Wells return to The Culverden for their first competitive game of the new season on Saturday.
They welcome Pagham in the extra preliminary round of this seasons FA Cup.

Playing in the Southern Combination League, The Lions finished 11th last season after 38 games. Winning 11, drawing 12 and losing 15. They suffered defeat in their first league game of the new season, losing 2-0 away to AFC Uckfield Town last weekend.

Pagham made the second preliminary round of last seasons competition by beating K Sports in a replay 2-0 before bowing out 0-2 at home to Whitehawk.

TWFC - A Last minute winner away against one of the title favourites in your first game in charge. Have you written many other Hollywood scripts?

The Wells got off to a winning start for Richard Styles’s first competitive game in charge with a wonderful away win at Sheppey Utd.

Josh Biddlecombe missed the opportunity to open the scoring for The Wells from the penalty spot on 30mins when his spot kick was well saved by Sheppey keeper Aaron Lee Wharton.

Biddlecombe made amends for his miss 5mins into the second half when he headed home Euan Sahadow cross.

TWFC - With pre season now completed, how happy are you with how the preparations have gone going into the new season?

The Wells begin their 19/20 campaign with a trip to Sheppey Utd.

The Ites finished last season in 7th and have been busy in the close season signing a number of high profile players including 4 ex Wells players from last seasons squad.

New Wells manager Richard Styles goes into his first competitive game with a new look Wells squad hoping to turn the fortunes of the royal town and improve on last seasons 16th position.

Due to having a number of injuries, Broadbridge Heath have cancelled the friendly we had scheduled with them Tuesday evening.

The Wells have been drawn away to Aylesford based K Sports in the first round of the Kent Senior Trophy. To be played on Saturday 19th October, Kick Off 3pm.

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