West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 3rd March 2019

The semi final line-up for the Junior Cup is now confirmed but in the Senior Cup there is still plenty to play for!

WKSFL Senior Cup

Simla and Artois United have already qualified for the quarter-finals, but a last gasp winner for Petts Wood Old Boys at Dormansland puts them in the frame with Green Lane for a place, providing Dormansland do not win at Green Lane on March 17th and the Old Boys win or draw at Crowborough at the same time.

Dormansland Rockets 3 Petts Wood Old Boys 4

Dormansland Rockets and Petts Wood Old Boys played out a tightly contested match, which would have been enjoyable for the neutral had any of them been brave enough to face the unpleasant Sunday morning conditions. A turbulent wind and very muddy pitch affected the whole game from the kick-off.

Petts Wood started the brighter of the two sides and deservedly took the lead through Bill Parkinson after Dormansland failed to deal with a routine cross into the box by Jake Lewis which found Parkinson, who made no mistake. This woke up (fired up?) the Rockets, who began to bombard the Petts Wood box with Rich Wetton’s long throws, hitting the bar and then having an equaliser controversially chalked out for a foul on the 'keeper.

The score remained 1-0 at half time but Petts Wood quickly found themselves 2-0 up after the break, Bill Parkinson extending their lead with his second of the game. Dormansland pulled one back through Rich Wetton for 2-1. Minutes later a moment of class from Old Boy's Jake Oke, who lashed home from 25 yards to make it 3-1, the unfortunate Dormansland keeper slipping over in the muddy goal mouth as he went to make the save.

After this it was all Dormansland. Alfie Dean hit the bar with an effort off another long throw, before a swift counter attack from Petts Wood led to debutant Alfie Brown sweeping home to make it 3-2. When Rich Wetton equalised for Rockets, who were by then on top with 15 minutes left it seemed like there would only be one winner. Petts Wood defenders had plenty to do, but held firm. Then in the dying moments Dormansland failed to clear their lines and the ball broke to Parkinson who cooly converted for his hat-trick, giving Petts Wood the win.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 1
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 6 6 0 0 32 6 26 18
2 Artois United 6 5 0 1 40 12 28 15
3 Green Lane 5 3 0 2 17 14 3 9
4 Petts Wood OB 5 2 0 3 9 20 -11 6
5 Brenchley 6 1 0 5 14 27 -13 3
6 Dormansland Rockets 4 1 0 3 12 26 -14 3
7 Crowborough Town 4 0 0 4 3 22 -19 0

With just one point separating 2nd from 6th place, it's all to play for in Group 2. St John's Yard and Cassidy's Phoenix have finished ther programmes and can only watch and hope as first Royal Oak take on Pembury next Sunday but more importanly, barring a massive win for Royal Oak, the following Sunday when Green Street Blues meet Pembury. A draw for Blues could give them fourth place and a quarter-final berth while a win could even see them finish top! Finges and toes crossed chaps.

St John's Yard finished with a 4-2 win over Insulators at the Hilbert. Insulators took the lead early in the first half through Jake Pingault then the Yard's Reece Horseman pulled one back to make it 1-1 at half time.

Early in the second half Insulators went in front again, the scorer being Kane Ramsell. When Yard pulled level again through Jack Veness it looked like 2-2 draw was on the cards but the team had other ideas and kept pressing. They were rewarded with one more goal this time from Josh Williams to make it 3-2. Insulators came back at the hosts, making the last ten minutes hard, but forgot to defend. Rory Wilson was able to round off the scoring late in the game.

Royal Oak gave good account of themselves at home to Green Street Blues but eventually went down 5-3 thanks in the main to a hat-trick by Blues' Rob Goode. The other scorers for the visitors were Romain Duchon and Sam Mack. The Oak's scorers were Luke Graham, Michael Collins and Dan Lazell.

The match between Pembury Sunday and Armada was postponed.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 2
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Armada 6 4 0 2 21 14 7 12
2 Pembury Sunday 4 3 1 0 13 7 6 10
3 St John's Yard 7 3 1 3 26 30 -4 10
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 7 3 0 4 30 22 8 9
5 Green Street Blues 6 3 0 3 24 16 8 9
6 Royal Oak 6 3 0 3 17 19 -2 9
7 Insulators 7 3 0 4 8 14 -6 9
8 Speldhurst Rangers 7 2 0 5 14 31 -17 6

WKSFL Junior Cup

The final games in the Junior Cup Group stages took place. The semi final line up is therefore confirmed.

Group 1

The game between FC Grinstead and Yalding nearly didn't take place owing to the state of the pitch but both teams were happy. Yalding were rewarded with the win they needed to go through despite the usual trouble of rounding up a team!

Coming off the back of a drubbing last week and numerous players being unavailable due to injury , work or suspension. Yalding managed to name a squad of 14 at 9pm on Saturday. By Sunday morning this was back to twelve! Hectic phone calls brought this up to 14. An even end to end game seemed to be petering out to a 3-3 draw following goals by John Dunn, Marc Faulkner and Alex Young-Rogers for Yalding but a great strike by Lee Gower saw them home. The host's scores were Luke Hollidge (2) and an own goal

In the other game a hat-trick by TW Ridgewaye's Adam Davies-Knight was in vain. They won 5-3 at Tonbridge Origin, for whom the Division Three leading scorer Ben Holder also scored a hat trick. Ted Thomson and Harry Garside also scored for Ridgewaye but with Yalding winning it was all for nothing.

In Group 2, Biggin Hill were already almost certainly qualified before they met Goudhurst United and a big win would have seen them finish top, but in the end it wa a narrow 4-3 win that put them second on goal difference. Steve Visser and Matt Bishop, the Hillç's top scorers, both scored also Ben Fillingham and Sam Lambert. Almost inevitably Harvey Parks opened the scoring for United with Michael Peevor and David Denton also finding the net.

Division One

There were no games scheduled.

Division Two

Tough conditions ruled the morning at the only scheduled match, at the Rec between Speldhurst Rangers and Crowborough Town. The  basement battle in a storm was certainly one for the purists.  With both teams desperate for the points to stave off relegation it meant for a scrappy affair on a mudpile. Crowborough started liveliest but couldn't find the composure in the final third. Speldhurst took the lead when a lovely dink from Josh Fermor set Ollie Crees free, who shinned it past the onrushing keeper. It was soon 2-0 when an Ollie Crees long throw was taken down well by Barney Mellors who cut inside and buried a curling shot from eight yards past the keeper. Crowborough fought back in the last fifteen minutes of the first half and dominated well, a curling corner wasn't cleared by Rangers and ended up pinging in to the bottom corner after a goal mouth scramble. The goal was credited to Ben Richardson.

It was a mud bath of a pitch for the second half kick off and the game reflected it, with poor touches and players struggling to get on the ball and play. Speldhurst made the most of it when a long ball wasn't cleared by the Crowborough defence and James Hughes ran onto it with a lovely half volley to make it 3-1. It was a scrappy final twenty minutes during which Crowborough were on top. They should have got one back when a shot came off the post and the onrushing striker thought he had a tap in only for Greg Gamm to come out of nowhere and scoop it off for a corner. In true Speldhurst style they did make it difficult for themselves. With two minutes left a simple ball bouncing through was dropped by keeper Liam Baldwin who then clattered Town striker Ollie Hyland, who got to ball before him. The striker  dusted himself off (Editor - I thougth it was played in thick mud!) and scored the penalty to make it 3-2. It was frantic last few minutes but Rangers held on for an important win in their season.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 3rd March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 9 7 0 2 38 19 19 21
2 Petts Wood OB 8 5 2 1 32 17 15 17
3 St John's Yard 9 5 2 2 29 17 12 17
4 Speldhurst Rangers 10 4 1 5 32 38 -6 13
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 8 3 1 4 18 26 -8 10
6 Dormansland Rockets 6 3 0 3 23 20 3 9
7 Brenchley 11 2 2 7 18 48 -30 8
8 Crowborough Town 9 2 0 7 18 23 -5 6

Division Three

Ticehurst Village consolidated their second place with a 3-0 home win over Insulators Reserves, the goals coming from Darren Nicol, Rob Guile and Josh Macnab with Sam Beaney in goal keeping the clean sheet, somewhat remarkably his team's first in their 19th game of the season!

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 3rd March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 14 12 0 2 53 27 26 36
2 Ticehurst Village 14 7 3 4 44 36 8 24
3 Goudhurst United 13 6 2 5 42 38 4 20
4 TW Ridgewaye 9 6 1 2 46 20 26 19
5 Tonbridge Origin 14 6 1 7 49 47 2 19
6 Yalding & Laddingford 13 6 1 6 37 41 -4 19
7 Biggin Hill JFC 13 5 3 5 37 36 1 18
8 Insulators Reserves 11 1 1 9 15 44 -29 4
9 Tonbridge United 11 0 2 9 15 49 -34 2

Top Goalscorers

Ben Boodle of Cassidy's Phoenix leads the way with 30 goals in all WKSFL competitions, Stefan Draper of Artois United is hot on his heels with 28 then come four players with 26 goals - Jake Pingault of Insulators, Tommy Welch oc Green Lane and Ben Holder of Tonbridge Origin.

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