West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 9th September 2018

Goals galore in the first full weekend of WKSFL fixtures and not a clean sheet in sight!

Division One

Green Lane are the early leaders with six points from their two games, They will be especially pleased with the points gained in their 3-2 win at Simla on Sunday having failed to take any points from them last season. For the  second week running, James Knight scored from the penalty spot. Tommy Welch scored the other two, he also scored last week.

Armada are second on goal difference after a big 6-2 win at home to Royal Oak, who were making their debut at the top level. Tom Cobb, who scored so prolifically for Tonbridge Origin last season, has new employment with Armada and began his time with a goal. Harry Tampsett, who scored 26 goals last season, added another to his tally, two from Dan Hicking and one from Ben Parking made it five and an own goal conceded by the Oak rounded off the scoring. Ash Bell, last season's top goalscorer in the League, started the campaign with Royal Oak's two scores.

Artois United are third after winning 4-2 at Pembury Sunday. Tom Price scored twice for the hosts but they were outgunned by Artois, whose goals came from Bruce Sands, Dave Ryder and a pair from Stefan Draper.

And into fourth spot go Green Street Blues, another side making their top level debut. They came back from Paddock Wood with a 3-1 win under their belts, thanks to goals from James Phillips, Paul Scott and an own goal. John Bilsby scored for the 'Wood.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 9th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 2 2 0 0 5 3 2 6
2 Armada 2 1 0 1 7 4 3 3
3 Artois United 1 1 0 0 4 2 2 3
4 Green Street Blues 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
5 Simla 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
6 Pembury Sunday 1 0 0 1 2 4 -2 0
7 Paddock Wood 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
8 Royal Oak 1 0 0 1 2 6 -4 0

Division Two

Crowborough Town 5 - 1 Petts Wood Old Boys

The long trip down to Sussex seemed to put the Petts Wood side on the back foot from the start and Town could easily have been two ahead in the first five minutes,
however they missed their chances and the visitors began to come into the game.

Then with little more than fifteen minutes to go to half time, Crowborough made their pressure tell and two goals in two minutes from Dale Ashman and Marcus
Alexander put them ahead.

Half Time : Crowborough Town  2  -  0  Petts Wood Old Boys

The second half was much of the same, with the home team looking likely to add to their tally and midway through the half, after some delightful one touch passing
football, DALE ASHMAN scored his second of the game. The visitors now responded to the vocal encouragement of the Petts Wood captain - and with help from the home team goalkeeper - they brought the score back to 3 - 1 goalscorer unknown. The new Crowborough manager now made a number of substitutions and this restored Town's control of the game. Then with fifteen minutes to go the Petts Wood cause wasn't helped when their keeper was sent off, a perhaps understandable error that the Match Official admitted after the game, when he 'reduced' the red card to a yellow. It's doubtful whether the enforced change of keeper made a difference to the result or to the two further goals that Crowborough scored. Both were exceptionally well taken with Marcus Alexander adding his second of the game and Dale Ashman completing his hat-trick

Crowborough Town sit on the top of Division Two only because C comes before I in the alphabet as Insulators also recorded a 5-1 win, at Cassidy's Phoenix. Insulators started the game well and had most of the possession for the first fifteen minutes. An own goal saw them take an early lead, but gradually Cassidy's came into the game. The equaliser came from the penalty spot following a handball by an Insulators defender - scorer unknown The game was end to end, with half chances to both sides. It was the away side that went into the break at 1-2 when Ben Manser scored with a fine shot.

That lead was extended in the first minute of the second half when Alex Clarke scored from close range. In the 61st minute further good work by Clarke set up a chance for Jake Pingault who made the game safe at 1-4. A 5th goal was added in the 86th minute by Martin Page-Mitchell.

Ten goals were scored at Brenchley from where St John's Yard (SJY) went home 6-4 winners. Brenchley took the lead in the first minute of the game through Milke Williiams, the Yard then woke up and started to play and pulled pulled one back on fifteen minutes. They then took the lead only for Brenchley to score two quick goals to go back into the lead. Scoring wasn't over as Yard levelled it 3-3 at half time.

SJY took the lead just after the restart then scored twice more to put SJY six three up. Then a penalty was given away. From this Brenchley scored make it 4 – 6
Brenchley scorers were Mike Williams (2), David Hartfield and Michel van Oorschot, while the Yard's marksment were James Scott with two, and one each from Sean Duncan, Matt Humphrey, Dan Hunter and Joshua Williams.

Ten goals were also scored at Dormansland where the home side Rockets fell 4- 6 to Speldhurst Rangers. Rangers went into their opener with a bare eleven and two injured players coaxed into helping out. Expectations were low, before they opened with a goal of the season contender. Well worked down the left, some one touch football and a lovely header by Sam Richardson was straight off the training ground.

Richard Oddy added a second with a beautiful thundered header off the underside of the bar from a corner. Oddy then added a third, his second goal was with a fortunate deflection off his face. Dormansland got one back before hall time to make it 1-3.

An Ollie Crees wonder strike soon made it 4-1 but with Dormansland making five subs, Speldhurst looked tired. the hosts  got two back, Rich Wetton's hat trick being a feature and was edgy at 4-3 before Crees headed home and Sam Richardson tapped home to make it 6-3.  Dormansland got one back before the end. Ross Waghorn was Rockedt's other scorer.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 9th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 1 1 0 0 5 1 4 3
2 Insulators 1 1 0 0 5 1 4 3
3 Speldhurst Rangers 1 1 0 0 6 4 2 3
4 St John's Yard 1 1 0 0 6 4 2 3
5 Brenchley 1 0 0 1 4 6 -2 0
6 Dormansland Rockets 1 0 0 1 4 6 -2 0
7 Cassidy's Phoenix 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0
8 Petts Wood OB 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0

Division Three

Goudhurst United made it two wins out of two with a close 3-2 home win against Tonbridge Origin. Harvey Parks scored three last eek, his two on Sunday takes him to the top of the goalscoring chart. Michael Peevor made it three for United, but it was a close call with Ben Holder and Bobby Brown scoring for Origin.

TW Ridgewaye's 13-1 demolition of FC Hayward featured four hat-tricks! Adam Davies-Knight, Ben Adams, Harry Garside and Dan Thomas take the honours, The 13th goals was scored by Ted Thomson. Hayward showed enough character amid the deluge to pull one back when Troy Chapman scored.

Yalding & Laddingford marked their return to the League with a 4-3 home win against Ticehurst Village. It wa a fantastic game played at full tilt but in excellent spirit.  Yalding took an early lead through Young-Rogers but by half time Ticehurst had scored twice through Rob Guile and Josh Macnab and were in control. A third Ticehurst goal after 70 minutes, scored by Adam Brotherwood, seemed to have sewn up the game. However a controlled header from Lee Gower and a stunning finish from Charlie Coe had the team's level with five minutesto go.  Then a rash challenge in the box left Billy Dunn to take the win with a well taken penalty. Both teams were a credit to the league and the official, Mark Perrin was faultless.

Finally, Insulators Reserves and Tonbridge United played out a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Ground. Despite the absence of several players due to Stag do’s, Insulators started the game with a new 3-5-2 formation and were denied an early goal which their play deserved, being denied by the crossbar after a strong headed effort from a corner.  Unfortunately a lapse in concentration saw United take the lead midway through the first half with a goal by Robert Cooke.  Insulators continued to press and were rewarded with a goal scored on his league debut by Mark Whorlow and the teams went into the interval level.
The second half saw a strong performance from United and Insulators had to dig deep to keep the scores level, helped in part from some excellent defending and some great saves by Dan Marks.  Against the run of play, Mark Whorlow thought he had secured the points for Insulators, but was denied by the linesman’s flag.
Overall a good hard fought game on both sides with several new faces to the Insulators team Mark Whorlow, Craig Smith and Lewis Mitchell settling in well with strong performances and with players returning from their mini breaks hopefully the signs are positive for Insulator’s Reserves this season

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 9th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Goudhurst United 2 2 0 0 11 2 9 6
2 TW Ridgewaye 1 1 0 0 13 1 12 3
3 Ticehurst Village 2 1 0 1 9 6 3 3
4 Yalding & Laddingford 1 1 0 0 4 3 1 3
5 Insulators Reserves 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
6 Tonbridge United 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
7 Biggin Hill JFC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 FC Grinstead 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Tonbridge Origin 2 0 0 2 4 9 -5 0
10 FC Hayward 2 0 0 2 1 21 -20 0

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