West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 16th September 2018

Plenty of goals again last Sunday, including a double hat trick for Green Lane's Tommy Welch and some big individual hauls elsewhere.

WKSFL Senior Cup

Petts Wood Old Boys are facing a tough start to their first season. None more so than in this re-arranged Senior Cup Group 1 match when they fell to a heavy 9-1 home defeat against in form Green Lane. Green Lane have started well, winning their first two Division One games including a victory over Simla last week. Tommy Welch and James Knight had scored in both previous games, they both did so on Sunday. Welch excelled himself with six goals and now leads the League's overall scoring chart, Knight managed just the one. Also scoring for Green Lane were Jack Humphrey and Jason Hill. Jake Lewis scored the consolation effort for the hosts. The next two Sundays will feature several matches in both Senior Cup groups, so first tables for the two groups will follow.

Division One

With leaders Green Lane engaged in the Senior Cup, both Pembury Sunday and Simla were able to gain ground with away wins. Pembury travelled to Royal Oak, who although putting up brave resistance, could not match Pembury's firepower. The 9-3 win was Pembury's best in the League since an 11-0 win in their promotion season a couple of years back. Luke Packman's five goals paved the way, with two from Matt Rice-Tucker and one each from Tom Price and Charlie Johns making the nine. For the Oak, Ash Bell hit the back of the net twice and the third was scored by Dan Lazell.

Simla made up for last Sunday's reverse by winning 2-0 at Green Street Blues. Both goals came from Ian Parsons, one being scored in each half..

Paddock Wood were unable to raise a team for their visit to Artois United. The Management Committee has yet to rule on the award of points etc.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 16th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 2 2 0 0 5 3 2 6
2 Pembury Sunday 2 1 0 1 11 7 4 3
3 Armada 2 1 0 1 7 4 3 3
4 Artois United 1 1 0 0 4 2 2 3
5 Simla 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 3
6 Green Street Blues 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
7 Paddock Wood 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
8 Royal Oak 2 0 0 2 5 15 -10 0

Division Two

Insulators made it two wins out of two with a big 7-1 home win against Brenchley.  Dan Hetherington scored for the visitors, for Insulators Jake Pingault 3, Ben Manser 2
Louis Ott and Luke Mannering.

Hot on their heels are St John's Yard, for whom a hat-trick from Rory Wilson and a single strike by Josh Williams gave then an important 4-0 home win against Crowborough Town. Goalkeeper Mushtaq Khan marked his debut for the Yard with the clean sheet. Crowborough Town did not have the best of days as their report below tells!

This really was an 'after the Lord Mayors Show' type performance by Crowborough. Following the previous Sunday's good display they were never in this game. Credit must go to the home team, who know just how to play on their own small pitch at Hilbert Rec. and use that knowledge to very good effect. Saturday football injuries and continuing holidays for regular players didn't help Town's cause, but their inability to cope with the pitch (and the opponents) really made the difference.

Although Saint John's Yard were on top from the start it actually took them fifteen minutes to score their first goal. It followed an attack down the left wing, a simple cross ball and a tap in by Wilson. The home team's second goal came thirty minutes later, just a minute before half time, and was a replica of the first. So it was two-nil to the yard at the break.

Even the Crowborough half-time talk failed to liven their game and it was no real surprise when the score went to 3 - 0 just a few minutes into the second half. Yet again it was a break down the wing, a square ball and a tap in. Crowborough never looked getting on the score sheet from open play and midway through the half they even managed to miss a penalty. With the home team continuing to dictate the game they scored their fourth goal with twenty minutes left and only then did Crowborough start to defend - or maybe Saint John's eased up !  This was a very disappointing display by Town, and it wasn't really from lack of effort, they just could not cope with a pitch much smaller than their own.

To make matters worse for Crowborough, with just minutes to go an injury to one of their players, following an innocuous 50/50 challenge for a loose ball, resulted in the player ending up in A & E and he's now out of football for an estimated eight weeks.

Those were the only two Division Two matches scheduled.

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

Division Three

Goudhurst United have started the season in fine style, three successive victories and seventeen goals scored. This third win was away to Tonbridge United by a 6-2 score. Harvey Parks has the top goalscorer trophy in mind perhaps, a hat-trick brought his total for the season to eight. Will Mantle, prolific last season despite the relegation, scored two and the sixth was hit by Ben Young. Reece Dangerfield scored both United's goals.

After a slow start to the season, Tonbridge Origin secured their first win of the season with a convincing 10-1 home win over Insulators Reserves.

Origin started the game missing regular goalkeeper Jamie Holder, with Richard Williamson stepping up to take on the gloves.

Origin took an early lead via a header from Cameron Dunbar. Origin doubled their advantage when Ben Holder was brought down in the box. He dusted himself off and stepped up to convert the penalty himself.  Two further goals from Holder enabled him to complete a first half hat-trick. One of these goals was set up by a good header from Craig Waller, with Holder getting a slight touch as the ball crossed the line.

Half time 4-0.

With a healthy first half lead, the plan for Origin was to retain momentum and keep a clean sheet. Origin were able to freshen things up, making five substitutions early in the second half. Insulators struggled with the Origin fresh legs, and further goals soon came. A second half hat-trick from Duncan Ibbotson, a further goal from Ben Holder, a header from Tom Marshall and one from Dean Larter, took the score to double figures.

The clean sheet was not to be, as a poor clearance from Ian Page allowed Insulators to score a late consolation, Glen Gostlow being on target.

Final Score 10-1. Origin are in Kent Cup action next Sunday, at home to Maidstone Tempests.

FC Grinstead and Biggin Hill began their League campaigns and it was FC Grinstead who came out narrowly on top in a 3-2 home win. Charly Harris, another whose name is  often seen in the scoring records, scored twice and Joe Moulding the other. Biggin Hill's Steve Visser scored both of theirs.

After two heavy defeats, FC Hayward must have faced visitors Yalding & Laddingford with some trepidation. But as the report from our man at Yalding says, it was a close run thing with just a single goal late in the game by the visitors´ Lee Gower sealing the points. Yalding & Laddingford travelled to Hayward having rotated their squad and unfortunately complacency had set in having seen the opposition's previous results.  Passes went astray, tackles were missed and chance after chance was missed. A number of strong penalty appeals were turned away and this, in conjunction with many stoppages for the ball to be returned from the lower pitch, put players on edge. As the game petered to a draw, up stepped Gower  to grab the winner. Compliments to Hayward, who had a game plan and who nearly stole a point.

Ticehurst Village entertained TW Ridgewaye with the outcome being a 2-2 draw. The home side's goals came from Rob Guile and Leon Fisher, the visitors' goals from Adam Davies-Knight and Nathan Cook.

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

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