West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 13th January 2019

Major news this week is that the League will be represented in three County Cup quarter-finals. Well done to those concerned.

Kent Sunday Premier Cup

Simla travelled to Gillingham to meet Rainham 84 FC of the Medway Sunday League. Simla started well with Myles Lowden scoring within the first five minutes. The rest of the first period was played mainly in the Rainham half, with Simla having many opportunities but without scoring.

Rainham started the second half well and had a ten minute spell where they had the best of the possession, until two goals from Ian Parsons put Simla well clear. Simla then dominated the play, with the occasional attack from Rainham trying to catch up but failing to score.

But it was Simla who scored another two goals from Alex Carey and Matt Coleman making it a very comfortable 5-0  win in the end.

In contrast, Artois United went down at home 3-0 to the powerful Quested outfit from the same league. Quested's goals were scored by Michael Jenner, Frazer Rodgers
and  Sam Welch.

Kent Sunday Junior Trophy

TW Ridgewaye had its third consecutive away draw in the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy, meeting Cross Keys FC of the Maidstone League.  This time the team played in Maidstone rather than Ashford.  The ground in Loose is small in dimensions and is completely overlooked by housing.    The pitch surface was uneven, but perfectly acceptable for Sunday football.  Cross Keys had a tactic of maximum energy for the first ten minutes, where they managed to keep the majority of the possession.  However Ridgewaye’s superior passing and fitness soon became decisive.

Ridgewaye hit the bar after a neat move down the right.  After 32 minutes Adam Davies-Knight scored the first goal with a well placed shot from the left.  The score was unchanged till half time.  The second goal was a penalty after the Chris Hearn, the Cross Keys keeper flattened Alex Moon. Dan Thomas scored comfortably.  Harry Demmon then unwisely went to ground to give a penalty to Cross Keys, which was scored then a third penalty was awarded to Ridgewaye which Ted Thomson converted.  There were then twenty minutes left and from then on the game was stretched, with Cross Keys throwing men forward and Ridgewaye spurning chances from counter-attacks.  Eventually Jonny Hughes went round the 'keeper to tap into an empty net and it was 1-4 at the start of injury time.  One final cavalry charge from the Maidstone side produce a lobbed goal to end the scoring. Final score : Cross Keys 2 TW Ridgwaye 4.

Surrey Sunday Lower Junior Cup

Dormansland Rockets continued their sojourns in the Surrey Cup with a trip to West Wickham to play AFC Shirley of the Croydon Municipal League.

Fortunately, they had more players available for this trip than the basic 11 of the week before. After a fairly even start, Rockets slowly but surely began to get on top, with numerous chances going begging through a combination of good goalkeeping, bad luck or just bad finishing. As frequently happens, the opposition then took the lead.

Rockets did not feel sorry for themselves though and kept playing in the manner they had started the game. This bought two goals before half time, one for Rich Wetton and the other for the returning Nick Hollyoak. They carried on in the same vein in the second half, with three more from Rich Wetton and one from T J Stead.

AFC Shirley did pull one back right at the death, but by then it was too little too late. Final score AFC Shirley 2 Dormansland Rockets 6.

Division One

With Simla and Artois United busy in the Kent Sunday Premier Cup, Green Lane took the opportunity to consolidate their lead with a comprehensive 7-2 win at Green Street Blues. Tommy Welch hit his fifth hat-trick of the season, Bayley Colbran (who has moved from Simla) scored twice with the others coming from James Knight and Ross Bromley. Blues are struggling in defence having now conceded fifty goals this season. They did score twice, Shaun Boyle and Matt Heathcote being the men on target.

In the Division's only other game, a hat-trick by Pembury Sunday's Matt Rice-Tucker in a four-nil win over Royal Oak put a bit a breathing space between them and the bottom two. Robbie Bissett was the other scorer and Jack Greener kept the only clean sheet of the day in WKSFL matches. It was his third of the season.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 13th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 8 7 0 1 30 15 15 21
2 Simla 7 5 0 2 27 6 21 15
3 Artois United 6 5 0 1 22 14 8 15
4 Armada 6 3 0 3 24 19 5 9
5 Pembury Sunday 7 3 0 4 22 22 0 9
6 Green Street Blues 9 1 1 7 21 50 -29 4
7 Royal Oak 7 0 1 6 12 32 -20 1

Division Two

Insulators moved into a clear lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win at home to Crowborough Town. After last week's very pleasing Crowborough Town performance, SIX of the squad declared themselves unavailable for this game. A reflection, perhaps, of the modern local footballers affinity to the 'beautiful game'. Fortunately three non-regular players stepped in to at least ensure that Town had twelve players for this game. The away side took the lead on 21 minutes with possibly their first serious attack. Although outnumbered in the penalty area, Jacob Feasey was the Town scorer to put them one up..

Insulators never really got going. The visitors 'stand-in' keeper, Connor Edmunds, managed to keep them at bay until the pressure told andTom Bridger scored a fine equaliser on 36 minutes to bring Insulators back into the game. As the game moved into added time at the end of the first period, Martin Page - Mitchell played a great through ball to Jake Pingault who rounded the keeper to put the side 2-1 up at half time.

With the wind literally in their sails Crowborough came out strongly and had the best of the second half. Over twenty plus years game's between these clubs had always been friendly and a good example of Sunday football at it's best. Now, for no apparent reason, the second half became a little feisty with both teams displaying a strong will to win. With the long serving management of both teams scratching their head over what was happening it was fortunate that the referee (Mark Perrin) managed to keep things under control with just a few yellow cards being deemed necessary

A resilient defensive performance and no further scoring saw Insulators hold on to extend their lead at the top of the table. A strange game that could have gone either way or had a different outcome, though fortunately concluded with handshakes all round!

Speldhurst Rangers' euphoria after last week's outstanding result against St John's Yard was taken away by a  4-2 defeat at Petts Wood Old Boys. The Old Boys have started 2019 with two good wins after a month without playing and are steadily moving towards the top of the table.  There were wo goals from Joe Birch, one from Jake Oke and an own goal conceded by Rangers' Richard Oddy. Barney Mellors and Ollie Crees scored for Rangers, who like the other teams are not out of it by any means as the table below shows.

Cassidy's Phoenix and Brenchley had both lost their previous three games in League and Cups, so it was perhaps a relief to finish the day with a 1-1 draw at Bayham. Ben Boodle scored for Phoenix (and is now the League's overall top scorer with 25 to his name) while Ollie Platt was the Brenchley scorer.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 13th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 7 6 0 1 28 10 18 18
2 St John's Yard 6 3 1 2 20 15 5 10
3 Petts Wood OB 5 3 1 1 17 14 3 10
4 Speldhurst Rangers 6 2 1 3 16 17 -1 7
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 7 2 1 4 15 25 -10 7
6 Dormansland Rockets 5 2 0 3 15 17 -2 6
7 Crowborough Town 6 2 0 4 14 17 -3 6
8 Brenchley 6 1 2 3 12 22 -10 5

Division Three

Yalding and Laddingford are poised to make a challenge for second place at least and did their cause no harm with a splendid 8-1 win at Tonbridge Origin.  Late drop outs saw Yalding give a debut to yet another teenager - the ninth this season.  With Lambert and Gower playing really wide this stretched the Origin defence freeing up Billy Dunn to open the scoring and then quickly double the lead. Half time saw two more goals, bioth from Lee Gower and 4-0 lead. Instructions to stay compact and tight in defence were soon ignored and saw four more quick goals scored by Tucker, Dunn to complete his hat-trick, Shoebridge and Bradley Needham on debut.   Origin did manage to score amid the carnage, a contentious penalty (said Yalding!) converted by Origin's top scorer Ben Holder. The game was superbly handled by Dan Tornbom.

Goudhurst United are well in contention for the second place despite two league games without a win previous to their 5-2 win at home to Ticehurst Village Club last Sunday. Harvey Parks was back among the scorers for United, there being five different names on the scoresheet. Ben Young, Michael Peever, Luke Young and Will Mantle scored also. For the Village Club, whose form has dipped of late, the scorers were Jason Marsh and Joe Drury.

FC Grinstead gained three points by default when their opponents Tonbridge United failed to raise a team for their scheduled fixture.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 13th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 10 9 0 1 40 21 19 27
2 Ticehurst Village 11 5 3 3 38 33 5 18
3 Goudhurst United 10 5 2 3 33 28 5 17
4 TW Ridgewaye 6 5 1 0 38 14 24 16
5 Yalding & Laddingford 10 5 1 4 33 31 2 16
6 Tonbridge Origin 11 4 1 6 37 39 -2 13
7 Biggin Hill JFC 9 2 3 4 24 30 -6 9
8 Tonbridge United 10 0 2 8 13 38 -25 2
9 Insulators Reserves 7 0 1 6 10 32 -22 1

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