Kingham brought in at Kenilworth

Kenilworth Town have appointed Kev Kingham as first-team manager following on from the departures of Wayne Goss and Rich Kay.

Kingham started his managerial career at Gypsy Lane before spells at Romulus, Massey Ferguson and, most recently, Nuneaton Griff.

And secretary Matt Sewell believes Kingham’s impressive list of contacts will make him the perfect fit for the club.

“We’re delighted to be able to get Kev to come and join us,” said Sewell, who had been in temporary charge of the first team.

“We’d offered him the job in the past and things were never quite right.

“He was our first choice and as he was interested in a challenge then we were able to convince him that this was the right place to be.

“We’re attracted to Kev because his teams normally play attractive football.

“He’s also a great clubman and I’m sure he’ll bring a lot of new ideas to our committee.

“With Kev on board we’ve now got an excellent opportunity to push on again.”

Kingham admitted it was a challege he could not refuse and said his previous links with the club helped sway his decision.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of coming back here to Kenilworth and helping the club advance both on and off the pitch,” said Kingham who will be in the dugout for tomorrow’s home clash with Badsey Rangers (2.30pm).

“As a young lad I watched Kenilworth Rangers play here and I started my career as a Saturday manager here.

“Having been a joint manager at Massey Ferguson and then joint manager at Nuneaton Griff, I’m looking forward to a new challenge where I can drive this club forward.

“I’ve known Matt for a few years and I’m sure we’ll do well together and work with the committee to improve.

“I intend to take a good look at the players we’ve already got and look to add to them.

“We’re going to settle down and then look to build a strong squad who can challenge in the Stratford Alliance.”

In Sewell’s final game in charge, goals from Adam Edwards (3) and Matt Lendon (2) gave Kenilworth a 5-1 win at FISSC in Divison One of the Stratford Alliance.

The victory, Town’s first since the departure of their management duo, moved them up to sixth.

Meanwhile, two goals from Gio Bucci helped Town’s reserve side come from a goal down to beat Inkberrow.

Vlad Polak had earlier scored to bring Town level.

Town’s ladies exited the FA Cup at the second qualifying round stage with a 4-1 defeat against a strong Coventry Sphinx side.

Solid defending and a fine save from Alice Haddleton saw Town trail to a contentious penalty at the break.

Excellent pressing by the Town forwards after the interval forced Sphinx into conceding an outrageous 40-yard own goal.

However, despite being pegged back, Sphinx remained on the front foot and added three late goals as Town tired.