As documented last night via the club’s Twitter and Facebook pages, Tunbridge Wells play Woodstock Sports in the First Round of the Kent Senior Trophy this year, a game to be played at Culverden on Saturday, October 18. However, a juicy incentive potentially awaits in the Second Round that could offer the extra spark to get Martin Larkin’s troops over the Woodstock hurdle…
“Firstly, we’re delighted with a home draw in the first round - and even more delighted to be back in the competition,” Larkin told www.tunbridgewellsfc.com as he looks forward to competing in the competition for the first time since his side won it in 2013. “The fact we didn’t get the chance to defend our trophy last year is still baffling to me,” he added.
The Second Round draw would see either Tunbridge Wells or Woodstock visit Rusthall or Gravesham Borough, opening up the prospect of a first ever competitive match against our near-neighbours from Jockey Farm.
“Woodstock will be a test, but we are aware that the chance to play Rusthall in a competitive fixture would be great for the town and the two clubs," Larkin continued. "I don’t know anything about their opponents, Gravesham, but I wish The Rustics luck against them.”
As outlined, this year’s competition sees the removal of Extra Time, and if the ties are level at 90 minutes games will go directly to a Penalty Shoot-Out.