West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 17th March 2019

A few games were called off with heavy rain making some pitches unplayable but a couple of important games did go ahead.

WKSFL Senior Cup

Green Street Blues assured qualification in Group 2 with a 4-4 draw at home to Pembury Sunday. That result means that Pembury need at least a draw againast Armada next week to claim the top spot. Tom Reeves struck twice for the Blues, Shaun Boyle and Ash Birch-Ruffell the others. For Pembury, Matt Rice-Tucker hit the back of the net twice, top scorer Luke Packman once and Fred Johns the fourth. Blues will travel to Artois United in their quarter-final. Also Qualfying are St John's Yard, who will meet Simla.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 2
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Pembury Sunday 6 4 2 0 25 11 14 14
2 Armada 6 4 0 2 21 14 7 12
3 Green Street Blues 7 3 1 3 28 20 8 10
4 St John's Yard 7 3 1 3 26 30 -4 10
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 7 3 0 4 30 22 8 9
6 Insulators 7 3 0 4 8 14 -6 9
7 Royal Oak 7 3 0 4 17 27 -10 9
8 Speldhurst Rangers 7 2 0 5 14 31 -17 6

Both Group 1 games were called off. Fixture congestion, for Dormansland Rockets in particular who have played only two home league matches, has resulted in the remaining games being awarded as no-score draws. The final table for Group 1 reads as below.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 1 Final
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 6 6 0 0 32 6 26 18
2 Artois United 6 5 0 1 40 12 28 15
3 Green Lane 6 3 1 2 17 14 3 10
4 Petts Wood OB 6 2 1 3 9 20 -11 7
5 Dormansland Rockets 6 1 2 3 12 26 -14 5
6 Brenchley 6 1 0 5 14 27 -13 3
7 Crowborough Town 6 0 2 4 3 22 -19 2

Division One

Artois United go top of the table on goal difference after beating Armada 6-1. Division One's top scorer Stefan Draper added two to his tally, he now has 29 for the season. James Donaldson also scored twice, Louis Simmons and Peter Shaw once. Jummy Denman scored Armada's consolation goal.

Simla's 9-1 demolition of Royal Oak assures them of third place but it would take a very strange set of results to push them higher. Simla were quick off the mark with an early goal from Ian Parsons. Simla continued to dominate the play in the first half,creating many chances, but most shots were off target and those that were on target were either saved or defended well by Royal Oak. It remained one nil to Simla at half time.

The second half was a different matter with a total onslaught from Simla who scored eight further goals. Scorers for Simla were three more for Ian Parsons including one penalty, one for David Blundell and I each for Clayton Cooper, Matt Coleman and Myles Lowden. Joe Cullip was denied his seventh clean sheet when Royal Oak scored with the last kick of the match. Royal Oak had pressed hard during the last 15 minutes and deserved their goal, which rather appropriately was scored by Matt Last!

Parsons hat-tirck was his first of the season.

West Kent Sunday League Division One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United 10 9 0 1 42 20 22 27
2 Green Lane 10 9 0 1 36 18 18 27
3 Simla 11 8 0 3 48 10 38 24
4 Armada 10 4 0 6 31 33 -2 12
5 Pembury Sunday 9 3 0 6 24 30 -6 9
6 Green Street Blues 10 1 1 8 24 54 -30 4
7 Royal Oak 10 0 1 9 14 54 -40 1

Division Two

Insulators have a few fingers at least on the Division Two trophy after a good 4.2 win at St John's Yard.

As may have been expected, it was a hard fought, tight match. The home side took the lead with a great shot hit by Josh Williams from the edge of the penalty area. Martin Page-Mitchell equalised before half time with a well worked goal. In the second half the home side regained the lead, again Williams was the scorer. The home goalkeeper then ahd to go off with a knee injury. Insulators put on the pressure. Tommy Bridger equalised  for Insulators with what the manager described as a "belter".  For the first time in the game Insulators took the lead with a bullet header from Alex Clarke. The home linesman confirmed the ball had crossed the line before being cleared, so all credit to a club official who conducts himself honestly.

The game was made safe for Insulators when Callum Lawlor was tripped in the area and Jake Pingault slotted home the penalty.

Elsewhere, the mid table clash between Casssidy's Phoenix and Speldhurst Rangers by the convincing scoreline of 6-1.

With Rangers struggling to get eleven players out this week, some players were playing out of position. However for the first five minutes Speldhurst were looking alright. However after that it was all Cassidy´´s for the first half and by the beak were 4-1 ahead. Speldhurst did manage to create a goal against the run of play with a Kourosh  Eslami header.

In the second half Speldhurst had the wind and created a few chances, with no luck. However Cassidys were playing very good football and manage to bag 2 more.  Ben Boodle hit his eighth hat-trick of the season and leads the overall table of hat-trick scorers. Aaron Holmes, Trevor Maygar and Josh Ennis each scored once.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 10 8 0 2 42 21 21 24
2 Petts Wood OB 8 5 2 1 32 17 15 17
3 St John's Yard 10 5 2 3 31 21 10 17
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 9 4 1 4 24 27 -3 13
5 Speldhurst Rangers 11 4 1 6 33 44 -11 13
6 Dormansland Rockets 6 3 0 3 23 20 3 9
7 Brenchley 11 2 2 7 18 48 -30 8
8 Crowborough Town 9 2 0 7 18 23 -5 6

Division Three

With four games in hand, TW Ridgewaye have a mathematical chance of the title following a narrow 1-0 win at Goudhurst United. The vital goal was scored by Charlie Dodd, while Ash Cook in goal kept the clean sheet.

Ticehurst Village are in with a good shout for second place after beating Insulators Reserves 4-1.

The game started well and was very competitive with Insulators missing several chances to take the lead.  Ten minutes before half time they were made to rue the missed chances when an error allowed a simple far post header for 0-1  and then a second goal quickly followed before half time.

The second half became a rather untidy affair with several unsavoury incidents. A Ticehurst player received his marching orders after making three bad challenges. A melée then ensued which also saw a 'Slators player sent off. Insulators management felt that the Ticehurst player should have been dismissed for first offence, which may have avoided the later unpleasant scenes.  When things settled down, Ticehurst added two more goals for a deserved victory. Scorers for the Village were Leon Fisher (2), Josh Macnab and Darren Nicol. The game finished with a consolation goal for Tommy Beattie of Insulators.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 17th March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 14 12 0 2 53 27 26 36
2 Ticehurst Village 15 8 3 4 48 37 11 27
3 TW Ridgewaye 10 7 1 2 47 20 27 22
4 Goudhurst United 15 6 3 6 46 43 3 21
5 Tonbridge Origin 14 6 1 7 49 47 2 19
6 Yalding & Laddingford 13 6 1 6 37 41 -4 19
7 Biggin Hill JFC 13 5 3 5 37 36 1 18
8 Insulators Reserves 13 1 2 10 20 52 -32 5
9 Tonbridge United 11 0 2 9 15 49 -34 2


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