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SCEFL Challenge Cup 2023/24


Fixtures and Results from the 2023/24 SCEFL Challenge Cup


Challenge Cup Final

Corinthian 1-1 Erith Town

(Erith Town win 5-3 on penalties)

Good Friday, March 29th 

Star Meadow – Hollands & Blair  – 1pm K.O


Erith Town won the 2023/24 Challenge Cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Corinthian.

The 90 minutes of game action lacked quality and cutting edge, neither keeper made a save of note and chances were rare and easily squandered.

With the only clear cut opportunity of the first half Corinthian took the lead.

Michael Hagan seized on a defensive error, and sprinted through for a one-on-one with Mackenzie Foley. He calmly slid it past the Erith Town stopper and the Hoops had the lead.

The second half was similar to the first. The ball spent too much time in the air and the Dockers were struggling to find their way back in to this final.

However, with 5 minutes to go, Jake Lovell raced into the box was brought down and it was a simple decision for Will Donnelly to point to the spot.

James Dyer stepped up and stroked the spot kick home for the leveller.

With no extra-time in the competition this year we went straight to penalties and at the third kick Foley saved from Ahmed Futa.

James Miles had the honours of the decisive kick, which he didn’t waste, and Erith Town are this year’s League Cup Champions.



Semi Final First Leg

Corinthian 3-0 AFC Whyteleafe

Deal Town 2-1 Erith Town

Semi Final Second Leg

AFC Whyteleafe 2-2 Corinthian

Erith Town 4-2 Deal Town


Erith Town and Corinthian will compete in the SCEFL Challenge Cup Final after coming through their tough two-legged semi-final ties.

In the second leg ties, Deal Town grabbed the lead against-the-run-of-play through wide striker Wes Hennessey, before, Erith Town levelled on the night through an emphatic finish from centre-half Jerome Jayaguru.

Erith Town right-back Tom Ash then drilled in following a set-piece, before Jamie Kennedy equalised for Deal.

In-form attacker James Dyer swept in to level the aggregate score before substitute midfielder James Miles slotted home following a great team move to send Erith Town through to another Cup Final.

There the Dockers will meet Corinthian who drew on the night with AFC Whyteleafe, but progress thanks to their first leg win.

Corinthian scored first and last in this game, through Charlie Clover and Jamie Billings, with Aaron Watson and Mike Hill netting for Whyteleafe inbetween.

The Final will take place on Good Friday.


Quarter Finals

AFC Whyteleafe 2-1 Tunbridge Wells

Corinthian 2-1 Faversham Town

Holmesdale 1-3 Erith Town

Kennington 0-5 Deal Town


AFC Whyteleafe are the first team into the semi-finals following their 2-1 win at home to Tunbridge Wells. Goals from Aaron Watson and Mike Hill won the game for Leafe with Regan Corke netting a last minute Wells consolation.

Corinthian came from behind to beat Faversham Town 2-1. Sam Hasler had given the visitors a first half lead but responses from Jamie Billings and Charlie Clover swung the tie in the favour of the Hoops.

Deal Town were convincing winners at Kennington. Wes Hennessey was the start of the show for Deal, netting a hat-trick while Alfie Foster and Connor Coyne added the others.

Erith Town sealed the final spot in the semi’s with a 3-1 win at Holmesdale.


Third Round

Kennington 1-0 Whitstable Town

Deal Town 5-1 Staplehurst Monarchs

Larkfield & New Hythe 0-1 Faversham Town

Snodland Town 0-1 Tunbridge Wells

Meridian VP 1-3 Corinthian

Punjab United 1-1(p) Holmesdale

AFC Whyteleafe 2-0 Lewisham Borough

Erith Town 3-0 Rusthall


The first of the Third Round matches was between Snodland Town and Tunbridge Wells. The only goal of the game came from Festos Kamara, and with it Wells go through.

A trio of fixtures took place on a Tuesday in early December. Erith Town beat Rusthall 3-0 with Ladic Melconian, James Dyer and Harry Taylor on target. Stefan Payne got the only goal as Faversham Town won at Larkfield and Holmesdale made it through after a penalty shoot-out against Punjab United.

Kennington are through to the Quarter Finals after a 1-0 win at home to Whitstable Town. Charlie Owen got the only goal early in the first half.

With goals from Taurean Roberts and Omari Delgado, AFC Whyteleafe are through to the Quarter Finals after a 2-0 win against Lewisham Borough.

The last of the games from this round to be completed was between Deal Town and Staplehurst Monarchs. Stanley Oldfield gave the Division One side a surprise lead but replies from Jack Penny, Wes Hennessey, Jamie Kennedy plus a Rory Smith double, set Deal up for a Quarter Final match with Kennington.


Second Round
Whitstable Town 5-2 Lordswood
Kennington (p)3-3 Hollands & Blair
Larkfield & New Hythe (p)2-2 Rochester United
Bearsted 0-2 Deal Town
Meridian VP 2-0 Croydon
Rusthall 4-0 Forest Hill Park
Holmesdale (p)3-3 Fisher
Stansfeld 2-6 Corinthian
Erith Town 3-1 Tooting Bec
Lewisham Borough 3-0 Welling Town
Faversham Town 3-1 Lydd Town
Greenways 1-3  Snodland Town
K Sports 0-4 Staplehurst Monarchs
VCD Athletic 2-2(p) AFC Whyteleafe
Tunbridge Wells 2-0 Glebe
Punjab United 1-0 FC Elmstead


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On a busy Tuesday Halloween night, Deal Town emerged victorious with a 2-0 win against Bearsted. Ben Chapman opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, and Billy Munday sealed the deal with a goal in the 84th minute. A total of 73 fans were in attendance to witness the hard-fought contest.

Erith Town triumphed over Tooting Bec with a final score of 3-1. Ollie Milton and James Dyer netted early goals for Erith Town, while Henry Arnold sealed the game in the 90th minute. The match attracted 53 spectators.

Holmesdale and Fisher played to a thrilling 3-3 draw, but Holmesdale emerged victorious in the penalty shootout, winning 4-2. Deandre Williams, Wale Odedoyin, Brandy Makuendi, and Fred Obasa were among the goal-scorers in the 90 minutes played.. The match saw a crowd of 38 supporters.

Kennington and Hollands & Blair ended their match in a 3-3 draw, with Kennington eventually winning 4-3 in the penalty shootout. The game was full of excitement and saw an attendance of 125 spectators.

Larkfield & New Hythe and Rochester United couldn’t be separated in regular time, with the match ending 2-2. However, Larkfield & New Hythe secured a 4-3 win in the penalty shootout.

Meridian VP emerged victorious with a 2-0 win over Croydon, with goals from Christian Ibioye and Zack Jacuboski. The attendance was 20.

Rusthall dominated Forest Hill Park with a 4-0 victory, thanks to a hat-trick from Hayden Velvick in the 84th, 86th, and 90th minutes.

Corinthian put on a goal-scoring display in their 6-2 victory over Stansfeld, with Sam Bewick scoring a hat-trick.

Finally, Whitstable Town outscored Lordswood with a 5-2 win, drawing a crowd of 172 enthusiastic supporters.

November kicked off with a tie between Lewisham Borough and Welling Town. Borough were comfortable 3-0 victors, with Khayrie Harris, Zacchius Ajose and Myles Crossley getting the goals.

Next-up was some Monday night football with Greenways hosting Snodland Town. The visitors won the game 3-1 with Jeff Duah-Kessie and Nathaniel Alawole getting amongst the goals.

Three further ties were played on Tuesday night and each went the way of the home side. Sam Hasler scored twice as Faversham Town beat Lydd Town 3-1, Chris Edwards netted a last minute penalty for Punjab United against Larkfield & New Hythe and Tunbridge Wells beat Glebe 2-0, with Billy Lewins and Regan Corke both on target.

Staplehurst Monarchs set up a Third Round tie with a 4-0 win at K Sports. Harley Gorse, Sam Sene-Richardson, David Latunde and Omar El-Mantawy got the goals for the Monarchs.

In the final game of the round AFC Whyteleafe beat VCD Athletic on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Oakwood.



First Round
Deal Town 8-2 Faversham Strike Force
Canterbury City 1-2 Snodland Town
Sutton Athletic 2-3 Welling Town
SC Thamesmead 0-3 Lewisham Borough
Bridon Ropes 0-2 Croydon


Lewisham Borough were Monday night winners with Freddie Horlock’s brace helping them to a 3-0 win at SC Thamesmead.

On Tuesday, Snodland Town edged past Canterbury City, with Karl Dent getting the winner, and Deal Town comfortably beat Faversham Strike Force 8-2. Kane Smith, Billy Munday, Connor Coyne and Kaeden Jeffreys each scored twice for Deal.

Wednesday evening saw Welling Town come out best in a 5-goal thriller at Sutton Athletic and Croydon beat Bridon Ropes 2-0.


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