West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 14th April 2019

Artois United are champions of the West Kent Sunday Football League. Their scheduled opponents, Royal Oak, did not fulfil their fixture. The three points thus awarded puts them out of reach.

WKSFL Senior Cup

Simla took a big step towards the final of the Senior Cup with a 6-2 win at Armada. Top scorer Ian Parsons scored two, there was one each for Joe Fuller, Matt Coleman, Clayton Cooper and Dan Lawrence. Tom Cobb and an un-named Simla player into his own goal were the host's scorers.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

The Intermediate Cup final on April 28th will be contested by Dormansland Rockets and Insulators, whose second leg ties both ended in wins.

Insulators beat Crowborough Town 3-0 to record an aggregate win of 7-2.

This looks like a comprehensive win, but for a long time it was far from that. Crowborough started very strongly and had most of the play in the opening half hour. Only a goal line clearance by Martin Ives kept the scores level. On a (fairly) rare attack the home side's Martin Page-Mitchell was fouled in the area and Jake Pingault tucked the penalty away in the 37th minute for a 1-0 Insulators half time lead. That goal also put him level at the top of the Division Two goalscorers table with Ben Boodle of Cassidy's Ohoenix. Both have 33 goals this season, as has Division One's top scorer, Stefan Draper of Artois United.

Although the Insulators came into the game more in the second half it still required a goal line clearance by Lewis Disbury and great save by keeper Max Bridges to keep the lead. The tie was probably made safe in the 72nd minute when Callum Lawlor turned in the box to fire home. Ten minutes later the same player scored with a great shot from the edge of the box.

Apart from an altercation right at the end of the match, the two ties were played in good spirit by two competitive sides which was well refereed by Gordon Reader.

Dormansland Rockets claimed a 12-5 win on aggregate over St John's Yard. St John's Yard only started with ten men, which was up to the full complement after about 25 minutes. They held their own until Martyn Bishop broke the deadlock. Further goals were scored by (almost) fit again Rich Wetton, Miguel Dunne, an own goal and a header from supersub TJ Stead. Wetton's overall contribution was a  hat-trick, his sixth of the season in WKSFL games.

St Johns did get two late consolation goals, scored by James Humphrey and Josh Lincoln. St John's to their credit played their part right to the end and never gave up, like some are inclined.

WKSFL Junior Cup

The first leg tie between Goudhurst United and FC Grinstead ended in a 3-3 draw, setting up an interesting meeting in the second game on the 28th.  FC Grinstead had won both the league games between the two. This one was closer with United's scorers being Dave Denton, James Found and Will Mantle. Grinstead scorers were Joe Moulding, Keiron Bence and Jamie Brazenall.

Division One

No games played.

Division Two

No games were scheduled.

Division Three

TW Ridgewaye need to win all their remaining games to claim the Division Three title. The first of those should have been a game with Insulators Reserves, but the latter could not raise a team, thus gifting Ridgewaye the three points.

Biggin Hill are ending the season in style. With only one league defeat since the turn of the year, they will finish third if they gain three points from their final game. On Sunday they travelled to Tonbridge United and went home with a 5-0 victory. A hat-trick by Jack Allan was instrumental, Ben Lambert and Scott Gaistin also scored. Between the sticks, Craig Fisher kept a clean sheet.
West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 14th April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 16 13 1 2 64 29 35 40
2 TW Ridgewaye 13 10 1 2 60 24 36 31
3 Ticehurst Village 16 8 3 5 49 45 4 27
4 Biggin Hill JFC 15 7 3 5 46 37 9 24
5 Goudhurst United 16 6 3 7 47 47 0 21
6 Yalding & Laddingford 14 6 2 6 39 43 -4 20
7 Tonbridge Origin 15 6 1 8 52 52 0 19
8 Insulators Reserves 15 1 2 12 20 54 -34 5
9 Tonbridge United 14 1 2 11 17 63 -46 5

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