West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 11th November 2018

A few games were called off because of rain making pitches unplayable, but the majority went ahead including a successful day for our two representatives in the Kent Sunday Premier Cup

Kent Sunday Premier Cup

A good day for both Artois United and Simla, who both defeated strong opposition from the Ashford area to advance to the fourth round, the round of sixteen.

For Simla, thankfully the pitch at Five Oak Green was in a good condition for the visit of Brewmaster High Halden, especially with the amount of rain that had fallen recently.

Simla managed to keep Brewmaster in their own half for most of the first period and their first goal was perhaps fortunate when Clayton Cooper played a ball through the middle which bounced over the Brewmaster keeper and was probably on its way into the net when up popped Ian Parsons with a touch to make sure it crossed the line. Ian Parsons scored a second goal before half time.

In the second half Brewmaster pressed harder and further up the field, but were unable to penetrate Simla's defence. Just before the final whistle was blown Ian Parsons scored again for his hat trick.

Artois United also won by a three goal margin, this time at home to Market Hotel. There was also a hat-trick in this game, scored by the hosts Peter Shaw. Regan Cork scored the fourth.

Kent Sunday Junior Cup

St John's Yard crashed out of the competition, losing 10-4 at Maidstone based Park Royal Reserves. They found themselves 8-0 down at half time but rallied enough to score four in the second half through Reece Horseman, Dan Hunter and a brace from Josh Williams.

Kent Sunday Junior Trophy

TW Ridgewaye's trip to Aldington was called off. They will try again next week.

Division One

With Artois United and Simla on cup duty, Green Lane knew that a win would greatly help their title chances. And win they did, in style, recording a thumping 13-0 win over local rivals Paddock Wood. Tommy Welch propelled himself to the top of the League's goalscoring chart with a  six goal haul. There was also a hat-trick for Josh Harris, with goals from James Knight )penalty), Ross Bromley, James Bryant and Jason Hill making up the total. Marc Yeung kept his second clean sheet of the season, joining three others in Division One with that number.

Royal Oak gained their first league point of the season with a 3-3 draw at Hawkenbury against Green Street Blues. Before the match, both sides observed the two minutes silence marking the commemoration of the end of the First World War exactly 100 years previously.

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The game itself featured six different scorers. For the Oak, Neil Reynolds, Dan Lazell (penalty) and Joe Rutland hit the back of the net while for Blues it was Roman Duchon, Shaun Boyle and Thomas Williams.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 11th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 6 5 0 1 30 6 24 15
2 Green Lane 6 5 0 1 28 9 19 15
3 Artois United 4 4 0 0 21 9 12 12
4 Armada 5 3 0 2 23 13 10 9
5 Pembury Sunday 6 3 0 3 22 19 3 9
6 Green Street Blues 8 2 1 5 19 36 -17 7
7 Royal Oak 6 0 1 5 12 28 -16 1
8 Paddock Wood 5 0 0 5 4 39 -35 0

Division Two

All three matches scheduled in Division Two were called off.

Division Three

FC Grinstead go top after a very good win at fellow title aspirants Ticehurst Village. A pair of goals each from Nick Foad and Charly Harris (back out on the field once more) gave them a 4-2 win. Oli Marsh and Rob Guile replied for the Village.

Insulators Reserves met Yalding & Laddingford in a very open, enjoyable game which either team could have won. Insulators took the lead on 21 minutes when Craig Smith headed in following a long ball forward from Lewis Mitchell. Unfortunately for 'Slators, Yalding equalised within 2 minutes following a long ball over the top of the home defence, hit home by Billy Dunn. Later, a fine save by Dan Marks in the Insulators goal kept the half time score of 1-1.

It only took Yalding three minutes of the second half to take the lead when the home side failed to clear a corner and the ball was knocked in from close range by Grant Allen. The away side got a grip on the game for the next ten minutes and Marc Faulkner added a third on the hour. Insulators will be disappointed that this was a free header from a corner around eight yards out. Further half chances came at both ends and an even game with Jamie Burchill giving Insulators hope when scoring from close range on 81 minutes after good work from Craig Smith. There were no further goals but it was a decent game for the supporters.

Biggin Hill Reserves collected their second point of the League season after a 3-3 draw at Goudhurst United, Matt Bishop scoring twice with the third by Steve Visser. Harvey Parks maintained his scoring prowess for United, Toby Gray and Ricky Norman also scoring.

Tonbridge Origin are finding their form after an indifferent start and this continued with a 5 - 0 win in the Longmead derby against Tonbridge United. Ben Holder scored another hat-trick, with Bobby Brown and Craig Waller also marking. in Goal, Jamie Holder kept his second clean sheet of the season.


West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 11th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 5 5 0 0 19 6 13 15
2 Ticehurst Village 7 4 1 2 28 21 7 13
3 Yalding & Laddingford 6 4 0 2 15 13 2 12
4 TW Ridgewaye 4 3 1 0 22 8 14 10
5 Tonbridge Origin 7 3 1 3 24 17 7 10
6 Goudhurst United 6 3 1 2 20 16 4 10
7 Biggin Hill JFC 6 0 2 4 10 25 -15 2
8 Insulators Reserves 5 0 1 4 7 22 -15 1
9 Tonbridge United 6 0 1 5 10 27 -17 1


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