Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – 18/11/2017

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – To set the scene. Its a cold, damp Saturday in November and its my first time working at the very nice Matchroom Stadium.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – My first visit to the Matchroom Stadium. The sides, rather surprisingly have never met before in competitive competition. So its a massive jumble of unknown. Dover Athletic, who currently sit at the top of the National League and Leyton Orient who after relegation from the football league last season are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone. The final score line was a draw with each side bagging a goal a piece. Here are a few of my favorites from the game. There is a larger gallery here, all images are available for licenced use, self billing applies where appropriate.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic - First Visit To The Matchroom Stadium

Dover players celebrate after Nortei Nortey scores Dovers first goal in the first half during the Vanorama National League match between Leyton Orient and Dover Athletic at the Matchroom Stadium, London, England on 18 November 2017.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic - First Visit To The Matchroom Stadium

Leyton Orient’s keeper Sam Sargeant comes to collect the ball as Dover’s defender Manny Parry lines up for a shot during the Vanorama National League match between Leyton Orient and Dover Athletic at the Matchroom Stadium, London, England on 18 November 2017.

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC – 11/11/2017

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC – 11th November, 2017

As a full time sports photographer I love my job, its particularly enjoyable when its your local football team that is literally meeting the Conference battle head-on. Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC. Its nearly half way through the season and the Whites are top of the league! and might I add look like they could stay there for sometime. This new Dover team has come together better than most would have dreamt of. Whats probably more inspiring is their goal difference. They are in good company as only a handful of League and Premiership sides have a similar boast.

Top of the table Dover Athletic hosted visitors Eastleigh in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. The home side ran out emphatic winners 2-0 to remain at the top of the National League. Here are just a few of my favorites. A full gallery can be found here.

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

Moments before Dover’s forward James Alabi heads the whites first goal.

I do feel that the current run of success to largely due to Chris Kinnear and his ability to build an effective team

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

NOVEMBER 11: Dover’s manager Chris Kinnear looks on as his side retain the top spot.

 

 

East Kent Cyclocross Round 3 – 4th November 2017

East Kent Cyclocross Round 3 – 4th November 2017.

EKCX is promoted by VC Deal and Rob Kingsland. Its now in its third year and going from strength to strength and rightfully so. Round three this year was held at Northbourne School. Look out for a full report/article in due course. For now here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Most noteworthy was Mike Butler who dominated the Mens Elite Race

The course layout was very good consequently offering some great racing. Furthermore the support from VC Deal members is great to see

Finally from me, there is always one everywhere I go and there was no exception today!

There is a much larger gallery here should you be interested

Dover Athletic V Boreham Wood 12th September 2017

Dover Athletic V Boreham Wood. So who would have thought it the Whites are top of the table! I know its early days but surely the last time this must have happened someone thought that hover craft were the new way to get to France! It was a text book Autumn Tuesday evening, very windy and rain! Unfortunately not the result the home side were looking for.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game. A full gallery can be found here. As usual all usage has to be paid for and self billing applies.

Dover Athletic v Boreham Wood. Conference Premier

Dover’s forward Ryan Bird is swamped by Boreham Wood players.

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Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC – 12th August 2017

Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC and whites get back to winning ways and climb up the table and sit in joint forth place. Early days yet but an encouraging team performance. Here are a few of my favorites from the game. A full gallery can be found here. As usual all usage has to be paid for and self billing applies. Sometimes you sit in just the right spot, sometimes you sit in too much of the right spot! I just about managed to move the camera in time!

Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC

AUGUST 12: Dover Athletic against Wrexham in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. (Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net)

Dover Athletic V Bromely FC – 8th August 2017

So I have been slightly remiss in updating this area, a little over a year since my last post! so I have decided to post a bit more often! Here are just a few of my favorites from the Whites opening home game in the 2017 – 2018 season. Dover Athletic V Bromely FC – sadly it was a 2-1 loss! A full gallery is available here.

Dover Athletic V Bromely FC

AUGUST 08: Dover Athletic v Bromley FC in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. Dover’s forward Kadell Daniel came on as a sub and made an instant impact on the game.

A few more from Dover Athletic v Bromley FC from tonight. The new flood lights are kind of strange with great big dark spots on the pitch! however a huge improvement on the old ones.

After an emphatic first game win this loss sees the Whites slip to 12th position. its a long way to go! I’ll be back at Crabble on Saturday to cover the game against Wrexham for the None League Paper so more action to come then.

Just a quick note on usage of these images. All are available to download and use, however no matter who you are it incurs a cost, so self billing applies to all pictures.

Kent Grand National – First Time at the Races

Kent Grand National – With the Grand National 2016 upon us I thought I would share my first experience covering horse racing.

Kent Grand National – A few weeks ago I went and covered my first point to point meeting at Charing Race Course. Its fair to say that I’m not a huge horse fan and that I had never before even been t a race meeting so I didn’t really have much idea what to expect. I was there to cover the Kent Grand National as well so no pressure there then. As the cherry on the cake it was very muddy and I only had trainers! One of which got stuck in the mud and fell off my foot to the amusement of some of the race goers that saw it happen.

Kent Grand National

Here are a few of my favorites

I’m guessing this jockey has had betters days at the office

Faller at the second fence

Faller at the second fence

It was Winner Hunters Lodge ridden by Gareth Henderson that won the coveted Kent Grand National 2016

Winner Hunters Lodge ridden by Gareth Henderson

Winner Hunters Lodge heading for the finish line

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience covering point to point racing, as a Sport Photographer it had long been on my list of sports to turn my hand to, safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was a baptism of fire I will hopefully look to spend more time covering horse racing in the future. I even managed to experiment a little as well.

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As ever always interested in what people think so please feel free to let me know what you think.

London X League Round 6

London X League Round 6 – Betteshanger Country Park. I recently spent an enjoyable day covering round 6 of the London Cyclocross League.

After putting a few frames on Facebook I have been persuaded to add a few more here (basically so that the quality is better). Cyclocross is great to cover I haven’t done any since I covered the UCI Cyclocross Worldcup round in Milton Keynes last year, for some reason I never added any here!

London Cyclocross League

Action from the veterens race. Betteshanger Country Park, Kent. (c) Matt Bristow

The day was split with 4 or 5 races across the day.

London X league Round 6 2015. Betteshanger Country Park, Kent. (c) Matt Bristow

London X league Round 6 2015. Betteshanger Country Park, Kent. (c) Matt Bristow

Next up were the Veterens, all Ladies and the aptly named super veterans! (I was expecting loads of capes!)

London X league Round 6

London X league Round 6 2015. Betteshanger Country Park, Kent. (c) Matt Bristow

And finally the juniors and Senior men.

London X league Round 6 2015. Betteshanger Country Park, Kent. (c) Matt Bristow

Blood, Mud and sweat. Betteshanger Country Park, Kent. (c) Matt Bristow

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2015

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2015 – Rounds 7 and 8. Fast, tight and very quick racing by the cream of British Cycling what’s not to like?

Out of any of the cycling events and races I cover over the course of a year I think The Tour Series is my favorite. The races only last for just over an hour but they are very intense and a challenge to cover, I think that’s why I like it so much. This year the Woking round had been moved to Croydon which was round 7 it was also supported by round 3 of the Womans Matrix Fitness Grand Prix which was won by Scot Charline Joiner from Team WNT.

Charline Joiner, Team WNT celebrates winning the Croydon round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series.

Charline Joiner, Team WNT celebrates winning the Croydon round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series.

An exciting race insued around the tight and twisty Croydon circuit

The main Tour Series event was not going to disappoint either. with more than a few crashes and it was unfortunately the current leaders Maddison Genesis who came off worse. With two of their riders crashing out of contention a problem when The whole series is a team points affair!

Pedal Heavens Alex Payton is being heralded as the surpise package over the last couple of seasons

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2015 - Pedal Heavens Alex Payton

Pedal Heavens Alex Payton

But after a thrilling end it was One PRO Cycling‘s Marcin Bialoblocki that took the individual win

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2015. One Pro Cycling's Marcin Bialoblocki celebrates crossing the line first. Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Round 7 Croydon.

One Pro Cycling’s Marcin Bialoblocki celebrates crossing the line first. Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Round 7 Croydon.

Two days later and the action moved to Canary Wharf. Four corners and Four straights. An all together a different kind of race.

Ready on the start line. Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Round 8 Canary Wharf.

Ready on the start line. Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Round 8 Canary Wharf.

One PRO Cycling laid down the gauntlet with a fantastic team effort.

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2015. Round 8 Canary Wharf.

Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Round 8 Canary Wharf.

But in one of the closest photo-finishes I can recall it was NFTO‘s  Steele Von Hoff that took the individual honors from JLT Condors Ed Clancy.

Pearl Izumi Tour Series 2015 - NFTO's Australian Criterium Champion Steele Von Hoff and JLT Condor's Ed Clancy giving a photo finish! Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Round 8 Canary Wharf.

NFTO’s Australian Criterium Champion Steele Von Hoff and JLT Condor’s Ed Clancy giving a photo finish! Pearl Izumi Tour Series. Round 8 Canary Wharf.

Kents 2015 General Election

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem or as I would sooner refer to to it ‘The Freak Show!’

As we all adjust to the surprise result and life returns to what is commonly accepted as normal (I’m no political commentator and I’m not about to start either!) It occurred to me just how much time I have spent covering the election in and around Kent over the last couple of months. In fact it started way back in February!

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Sandwich Market, Guildhall Forecourt, Cattle Market, Sandwich. Nigel Farage doing a walkabout in the town and speaking to residents.

Unusually snapped him sipping at something other than a pint as well. I was quite surprised that the good people of Sandwich seemed to like Nigel Farage and UKIP.

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Sandwich Market, Guildhall Forecourt, Cattle Market, Sandwich. Nigel Farage doing a walkabout in the town and speaking to residents.

There seemed to be a trend of MP’s and general political types donning hard hats and getting down with the working man. Sittingbourne’s MP Gordon Henderson visiting Carillion’s training centre to talk with the apprentices. Have you ever tried using a camera with full hard hat, protective glasses and gloves on? its not easy!

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Succesfull Apprentice Paulo Pinhal, Gordon Hendrson MP, Centre Manager Ian Young speak to Bricklaying instructor Steve Moyle. National Apprentice Week : Sittingbourne. Local MP Gordon Henderon visits Carillion’s traing centre to talk with the apprentices.

For some unknown reason I decided to go and cover a UKIP policy release, still not sure what the policy was other than something to do with health and I’m not entirely sure he did either. Divine inspiration?

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Nigel Farage speech on UKIP health policy. Farage, Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours MEP and Ukip deputy chairman Suzanne Evans will unveil UKIP’s health policy.

Enter stage right Mr Al Murray standing in Thanet South as his character ‘The Pub Landlord’ things were going to get weird. He arrived in a fire engine converted to be a beer pump!

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Al Murray handing in his nomination paperwork.

Comedian Al Murray, AKA The Pub Landlord, handing in his nomination paperwork at the Thanet council offices in Margate, Kent. (c) Charles Saddler

Comedian Al Murray, AKA The Pub Landlord, handing in his nomination paperwork at the Thanet council offices in Margate, Kent.

If I’m honest its a good job he didn’t win as thats one rubbish poured pint! It was then the turn of Labour to wheel in the big guns! So Ross Kemp accompanied Will Scoobie for a walk around Broadstairs which would have been fine but it was more of a selfie fest for Kemp.

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Ross Kemp celebrity Labour supporter accompanies Labour Candidate Will Scobie on a walk about in Broadstairs.

Although the chip shop stop was a welcome opportunity that was fast becoming a waste of time.

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Will Scoobie and Ross Kemp stop and buy a lunch of a cone of chips. High St, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1NQ. Ross Kemp celebrity Labour supporter accompanies Labour Candidate Will Scobie on a walk about in Broadstairs. Picture: Matt Bristow

Theres always a Farage opportunity but since I last had the pleasure it had all got a lot more serious and it was invite only.

Kents 2015 General Election Mayhem

Nigel Farage visits The Northwood Club in Ransgate, Kent for a drink, along with some veterans to mark St. George’s Day.

So lets cut to the actual election count, by now like many other Press Photographers I was wishing it to come to an end! I think the Liberal Candidate Sarah Smith was thinking the same!

Liberal Democrate candidate Sarah Smith. 2015 General Election. Constituency Results, Dover. (c) MATT BRISTOW | StockPix.eu

Liberal Democrate candidate Sarah Smith. 2015 General Election. Constituency Results, Dover.

So that’s enough I think! here’s a last few