Unbeaten New Ash Green Sunday league side wants to beat its dismal attendance record of seven fans

PUBLISHED: 12:53 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 10 October 2017

Mystery members of New Ash Green III have been putting up signs around the village ahead of Sunday's game

Mystery members of New Ash Green III have been putting up signs around the village ahead of Sunday's game


The team is mostly made up of teenagers

The New Ash Green III side take on Swanscombe Tigers Reserves on Sunday The New Ash Green III side take on Swanscombe Tigers Reserves on Sunday

A Sunday league team are making an appeal to swell their crowd numbers, pushing up their average spectators from seven to the heady heights of...10.

New Ash Green IIIs are flying high in the North Kent Sunday League and are currently sat third in the table.

Now the team - who have an average age of just 19 - say they’d love to see more people come out and cheer them on from the sidelines.

Explains skipper James Belsey who, at 33, is the veteran of the side.

He explains: “It’s a proper village team; we’ve got lads that work at the Co-op and our striker works in the cafe. Some of the players have their mums and dads dropping them off while a load of blokes are turning up to play us. Yet we still hold our own and fly the flag.

“I play in midfield, I have to because I’m the only one who’s not afraid to put the tackles in against these grown men.

“So far the most people we’ve had watching us is about seven, considering how well we’re playing, we’d love to try and get that up to double figures, even if its 10.”

The team, who boast a number of 17-year-olds - which has prompted the sports pavilion to have to change their normal diet of beer for post-match entertaining - face league leaders Swanscombe Tigers Reserves at 10.45am this Sunday and hope for a decent turn out from the locals.

Adds the skipper: “We’re such a young team, all of our defenders are aged 17 or 18. Right now we’re just having fun; there’s a lot of banter that goes on.

“The pavilion has been putting on beer for us when we play, I’ve had to explain a lot of our lads can’t drink, so they’ve had to put on sausage rolls instead.”

So far they’ve won their opening three games, and hope more people cheering them on could lead them to league glory.

The game is played at the New Ash Green Sports Pavilion.


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