Borden Village v Minster FC – Saturday 13th May 2023 – The Borden Playstool

This Kent County Premier League tie had all the appearances of a cup final with the league title at stake for the winning side. Borden Village, had home advantage and came into the final league game of the season, a point clear of Minster, meaning a draw or victory would guarantee the title. Minster FC sat in second place, just a point behind Borden Village and with a better goal difference.

Kent County Premier League table at kick off – Courtesy of

Borden Village’s ground, the Borden Playstool, is set in the village of Borden, near Sittingbourne. The importance of the tie had drawn a big crowd which looked to be around 250, with everyone stood adjacent to the pitch in the open or on the slope overlooking the pitch. The team have use of a small clubhouse and changing facilities with the pitch being up against a cricket square on one side.

Borden Playstool Ground

The match teams showed top scorers John Brown (16 goals for Borden Village) and Todd Jordan (17 goals for Minster FC) were in the starting line ups.

Matchday Teams

The game started with both sides locked equally in the battle to break the deadlock. John Brown and Ben Percy put serious pressure on the Minster FC defence. At the other end Todd Jordan and Dan Adams, being fed by the industrious ball winning efforts of Sam Bangura, created a number of chances for the away side.

At the break, however, the score remained tied at 0-0. Both sides went in knowing the title race would come down to the final 45 minutes of the season.

The second half saw both sides create clear cut opportunities as Minster realised time was slipping away, knowing that they had to score at least once to win the title. For the home side Ben Wyness went through on goal unchallenged, only to blaze over the bar, under the pressure of the moment.

The away side had a series of opportunities from corners and with time ticking away, Todd Jordan struck the ball with his left foot seeing it strike the post and bounce away, to the relief of the Borden Village FC players.

Late Minster FC chance strikes the post.

Minutes later the referee blew for full time, with the scores still tied 0-0 and Borden Village FC players were immediately able to celebrate wildly, before assembling to lift a richly deserved Kent County Football League Premier Division title.

Celebrations at full time.
The agony of defeat.
The trophy is lifted

4 Comments Add yours

  1. No chance of promotion is there Matt?

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    1. mattbritt69 says:

      I don’t believe so. The ground would require a lot of work. The quality of both sides was impressive despite the game being goalless. I’ll check and see…. But it was a decent crowd and a nice setting.

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  2. I think one thing Kent has done well compared to Sussex is promotion of teams from Step 7 onwards, although judging by a few in the Kent County League there isn’t a hope of onward progression without a lot of cash thrown at upgrading grounds.

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    1. mattbritt69 says:

      Agreed Larkfield & New Hythe, and Staplehurst Monarchs are good recent examples!!

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