Unlike the majority of team football a reserve team should not be wholly results-orientated as, by definition, it also acts as the support for another team a player maintenance and development tool, whether it is for 1st team squad players maintaining match fitness or returning from injury, or for younger players gaining senior experience and improving their game.
This means that the team can change slightly from game-to-game, however it is important to keep a good balance between senior players and those still playing in the final years of youth football, to ensure that developing players meet their full potential and are capable of stepping up to the higher level of 1st team football if the opportunity presents itself.
With the advance of the Club up the football pyramid, the gap between local and youth players and the level of skill that the 1st team needs has increased, and so the role of the Reserves has shifted even further towards bridging that gap. To do this the Reserve team training complements that of the 1st team, as well as having joint sessions with the 1st team and the U18s/U16s.
For 2012/13 the team will again compete in the Kent Football League and Kent League Floodlight Trophy, and the Kent FA Intermediate Cup, however these matches will be supplemented by a programme of midweek ‘friendly’ matches against academy sides and reserve teams from Football Conference and League clubs to ensure the team has sufficient games at an appropriate standard.
The Reserves have developed well over the past season or so under Phil Fennell, a well know local professional sports coach and experienced manager at this level. Day-to-day running of the team has now been placed with player/manager Tom Hickman, a well-known and experienced player in the Ryman League and a qualified coach and professional sports tutor.
Adults (16s-60s): £3
Concessions (Over 60s) and Juniors (12-16s): £2
Children (Under 12s): £FREE
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