West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 18th November 2018

A full programme was played on Sunday. Highlights are two good wins for our teams in County Cups. It was also a good day for goalkeepers, with four clean sheets. That's the most of any Sunday so far this season in WKSFL matches.

Kent Sunday Junior Trophy Second Round

TW Ridgewaye played their delayed tie at Aldington and were rewarded for the long trip with a 3-2 win. Scorers were Adam Davies-Knight, Ben Adams and Dan Thomas. The draw for the next round is not known.

Surrey Lower Sunday Cup Second Round

And it was a successful day for Dormansland Rockets, who won by the same score at Croydon JFC Reserves.  Scorers were two from Nick Elwood and one from Rich Wetton. The games as close but shouldn't have been, with Rockets missing many scoring chances. Elwood was the hero, coming on as a substitute to score with his first touch then, with five minutes to go, scoring the winner.

WKSFL Senior Cup

Group 1

Simla moved into a second place with a 5-1 win at Green Lane. Simla started strongly, controlling most of the play in the first half. Joe Fuller scored their first goal on 28 minutes. Matt Coleman put them 2 - 0 up at half time.

Green Lane put in more effort in the second half, but didn't create any chances until a shot / cross hit a Simla player, went over the 'keeper and into the net. Green Lane have credited the goal to Callum Goodsell. Very soon after the restart, Joe Fuller got his second goal of the match. Two more goals from Steve Smith later in the game made it a convincing win for Simla.

Artois United hold on to the top spot following a 4-0 win at Petts Wood Old Boys. Nathan Moseley scored all four of the goals. These were his first of the season in WKSFL matches. In goal, Dave Holdstock kept his third clean sheet of the season.

Paddock Wood could muster only eight men for their match with Crowborough Town but Town failed to take advantage and had to struggle for their 4-0 win. They reported that 4 - 0 victory against a Division One side looks to be a good result for Crowborough Town, but it was one of their poorest displays for a long while.

The Paddock Wood side had just the eight men and yet it took Dale Ashman twenty minutes to score Crowborough's opening goal. Just two minutes later Marcus Alexander added a second. The lack of goals was partly due to a very good display by the home team's keeper and to a spirited performance by his team mates, but mainly because the visitors were playing like eleven individuals rather than a team. It was just five minutes before half time that Crowborough managed (at last) to score again with a goal by Andy Pollard.

Half Time  Paddock Wood  0  -  3  Crowborough Town

The half time talk from Crowborough's management did little to improve the team's on-field performance as they missed chance after chance to increase the score. In fact they only managed one more goal, by Conor Bowesman, midway through the half. Paddock Wood's tired legs should have gifted their visitors a hat-full of goals, but they were too busy showboating and arguing amongst themselves to take advantage. A sad tale from a winning team and credit to the home team who never gave up.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 1
including Sunday 18th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United 4 3 0 1 26 10 16 9
2 Simla 2 2 0 0 15 4 11 6
3 Green Lane 4 2 0 2 14 12 2 6
4 Paddock Wood 4 2 0 2 10 9 1 6
5 Petts Wood OB 4 2 0 2 6 15 -9 6
6 Brenchley 4 1 0 3 9 13 -4 3
7 Crowborough Town 3 1 0 2 5 19 -14 3
8 Dormansland Rockets 1 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0

Group 2

Armada stay on top with a 100% record after three matches. They had to work hard against Royal Oak, whom they have beaten twice in League matches by a margin of four goals. The result was a 4-2 win, with four different scorers namely Scott Amos, Dean Stockdale, Jimmy Denman and Tom Cobb. For the Oak, Ash Bell scored a penalty and Joe Rutland added a second.

Pembury Sunday will consider it two points dropped after a 4-4 draw at the Hilbert against St John's Yard. It was one- all at half time, Ronnie Pugh scoring for the Yard, after an own goal  for Pembury or was it a goal for Luke Packman? Opinions differ!

Pembury started the second half well, scoring twice to take a 3-1 lead. St John's Yard came back into the game, scoring three times, with Mush Miah hitting two and Rory Wilson the other. It was then 4-3 with ten minutes to go, there was  a lot of defending for the yard only to for Pembury to score the equaliser with four minutes to go. Pembury name their scorers as Luke Packman, two for Yacine Marouani and one for Robbie Bissett. Clarification appreciated!

Cassidy's Phoenix thrashed Speldhurst Rangers 11-2 at Bayham, with Ben Boodle scoring seven of them and in so doing putting himself on 22 goals and joint top of the chart along with Tommy Welch of Green Lane.  Also on the scoresheet, both scoring twice, were Tom Platts and Andy Todd. For Rangers, the scorers were Rob Runciman and Barney Mellors.

Finally, Green Street Blues made a belated start to their campaign with a good 3-0 win at home against Insulators. Played on the difficult all-weather pitch at Orpington, this game looked as though it would be close as both sides had half chances in the opening exchanges. It was a defensive error that led to GSB taking the lead on 26 minutes. Shaun Boyle was left a reasonably easy chance on goal  Another error on 42 minutes made the game difficult for Insulators, this time Mike Powell did the scoring. Two-nil at half time. Within three minutes of the restart the home side's Ash Birch-Ruffell added a fine third goal and it was game over at that point. Both sides had more chances, but that was the end of the scoring. The better side won, but maybe the scoreline was a little flattering. Blues 'keeper James Phillips kept the clean sheet,

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 2
including Sunday 18th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Armada 3 3 0 0 14 7 7 9
2 Pembury Sunday 3 2 1 0 9 4 5 7
3 Cassidy's Phoenix 4 2 0 2 19 10 9 6
4 St John's Yard 3 1 1 1 14 11 3 4
5 Green Street Blues 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
6 Royal Oak 3 1 0 2 8 12 -4 3
7 Insulators 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0
8 Speldhurst Rangers 3 0 0 3 4 22 -18 0

Division Three

FC Grinstead continue to set a good pace at the top of the table, six wins out of six thus far.  They hosted Insulators Reserves, who feared a  a very embarrassing scoreline when they found themselves three-nil down after less than ten minutes.  It was to their credit that they pulled two goals back by half time, both scored by Carl Chivers. In a very physical match, it was the home side who had by far the best of the second half to run out 6-2 winners. Grinstead's goalscoring tally was a hat-trick for Micky Neatherway and one each from Charly Harris, Nick Foad and Joe Moulding.

Ticehurst Village are two points behind but have played two games more. They travelled to Tonbridge Origin for a 3-2 win, Jason Marsh scoring twice and Dean Vidler the third. Dean Larter scored both for Origin.

Goudhurst United hosted Yalding & Laddingford in the 'third place match' which they won 6-3 thanks to a hat-trick by Michael Peevor. Yes, Harvey Parks did score and it was a penalty. Dave Denton and Will Mantle also scored for United. Yalding's scorers were Billy Dunn, Lee Gower and Billy Smith.

Biggin Hill achieved their first league win of the season and their first since beating Tonbridge United in the Junior Cup at the end of September. They had beaten United 7-2 that day and on Sunday the final score was 6-0, with Jack Allan scoring twice, Steve Visser, Adam Shulver, James Haywood and Scott Galstin one each. It was Charlie Stacey in goal who finished with no goals against, the first time his team have managed that this season.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 6 6 0 0 25 8 17 18
2 Ticehurst Village 8 5 1 2 31 23 8 16
3 Goudhurst United 7 4 1 2 26 19 7 13
4 Yalding & Laddingford 7 4 0 3 18 19 -1 12
5 TW Ridgewaye 4 3 1 0 22 8 14 10
6 Tonbridge Origin 8 3 1 4 26 20 6 10
7 Biggin Hill JFC 7 1 2 4 16 25 -9 5
8 Insulators Reserves 6 0 1 5 9 28 -19 1
9 Tonbridge United 7 0 1 6 10 33 -23 1


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