Dormansland Rockets deservedly overcame Blacksmiths Arms in gale
force winds to reach the Surrey County Cup final. They had an early
scare when a mishit Rockets pass played the Blacksmiths striker clean
through inside the first five minutes, but he blazed harmlessly over the
bar. After that Rockets took control of the game and despite playing
with the wind Blacksmiths were unable to get out of their half.
Eventually the pressure told. Twenty minutes in Blacksmiths played a
short goal kick, however Rich Wetton caught the centre half unaware,
dispossessing him before coolly rounding the keeper . Wetton had further
chances to extend the lead before half time, the best was a free header
from a brilliant Shane Clarabut delivery which went harmlessly wide off
of his shoulder. In a game where quality was at a premium due to the
conditions, the highlight of the first half was Rich Wetton managing to
cross the ball to himself after it was blown back to him by a strong
breeze, something I have no doubt he has always wanted to be able to do.
The second half was a more even affair, with Blacksmiths Arms flying out of the traps following their half time team talk. They created little, but were pressing Dormansland higher up the pitch to good effect and were rewarded for their efforts with a slice of luck in the form of a rare goalkeeping error from Louis Stone. The Blacksmiths player shot tamely from 30 yards out and Stone; channelling his inner Massimo Taibi, allowed the ball to squirm under him and into the goal. I’m not sure it even hit the back of the net. Rockets rallied following this and should have taken the lead again, first through Rich Wetton and then through TJ Stead but on both occasions the Blacksmith's keeper made a fantastic save. With two minutes to go and extra time looking inevitable Dave Heaton slipped the ball to Ali Jones 25 yards out, he flicked it up with his first touch before hitting a volley into the top corner to send the Rockets through to the final, it was a goal worthy of winning any game.
Dormansland Rockets will meet Atlético Bublé, a team based in Raynes
Park south west London in the Final. They play in Division Four of the Souhern Sunday League. (NB it is scheduled for a Friday
night, May 10th, in Dorking's new Meadowbank Stadium. Popular choice I bet!)
A closer group could hardly be imagined, but Pembury Sunday gained an important three points at Hawkenbury on Sunday, beating Royal Oak
8-0. Pembury's top scorer Luke Packman hit a hat-trick, while
Bradley Large weighed in with two and there was one each from Matt
Rice-Tucker, Tom Price and Fred Johns.Toby Forward, in goal, kept his
side's third clean sheet of the season.
Shoud Pembury get at least a point from their game next week against
Green Street Blues, it would confirm their qualification for the
quarter-finals. A win would confirm top spot, while the draw or win for
Green Street Blues would see them through on goal difference at the
expense of St John's Yard.
|West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 2 including Sunday 10th March|
|3||St John's Yard||7||3||1||3||26||30||-4||10|
|5||Green Street Blues||6||3||0||3||24||16||8||9|
|West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 10th March|
|6||Green Street Blues||10||1||1||8||24||54||-30||4|
|West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 10th March|
|6||Yalding & Laddingford||13||6||1||6||37||41||-4||19|
|7||Biggin Hill JFC||13||5||3||5||37||36||1||18|
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