West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 21st April 2019

FC Grinstead are Division Three winners. Their only possible challengers, TW Ridgewaye, needed to win all their remaining games but lost on Sunday.

WKSFL Senior Cup

Is a major upset on the cards? Division Two Pett's Wood Old Boys are 1-0 ahead after a first leg semi-final victory over Artois United at Tonbridge Farm. The vital away goal was hit by their leading scorer Jake Oke, while in goal Nick Rose kept his fourth clean sheet of the season. The second leg, to be played next Sunday, should be an interesting affair.

The second leg tie between Simla and Armada finished as an 8-1 win for Simla and over the two legs it was 14-3. Armada played the whole game with ten men owing to injuries, illness and unavailable players.  The score was 3-1 at half time, still only 4-1 after 70 minutes but eventually tired legs gave out with Simla scoring four in the last twenty minutes.  The Armada players "should be proud of their efforts" said a club official. Eight different names scored the eight Simla goals, namely Dan Lawrence, Matt Coleman, Clayton Cooper, Greg Nicholson,  Myles Lowden, Matt Crompton, David Blundell and Jon Lord.

Division One

The only game in Division One had no bearing on top or bottom: Pembury hosted Green Street Blues with neither side having played for several weeks. The outcome was a 7-0 win for Pembury, with their leading scorer Luke Packman netting four of them. Charlie Johns scored twice with the other coming from Yacine Marouani. In goal, Josh Knight kept the clean sheet.

West Kent Sunday League Division One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United (C)
12 11 0 1 46 21 25 33
2 Green Lane 11 9 0 2 37 22 15 27
3 Simla 11 8 0 3 48 10 38 24
4 Pembury Sunday 10 4 0 6 31 30 1 12
5 Armada 10 4 0 6 31 33 -2 12
6 Green Street Blues 11 1 1 9 24 61 -37 4
7 Royal Oak 11 0 1 10 14 54 -40 1

Division Two

Fun and games in Division Two, with a total of 24 goals scored in the three games. Insulators 'only' won 2-0 at Crowborough Town to extend their lead. The two teams really know each other, having met three times in four weeks. Every game has been tight, although this one was played at a slower tempo due to the very hot conditions. Insulators probably edged the first half, but Crowborough remained dangerous on the counter attack. Late in the first half a Crowborough player was injured and they had to face the second period with ten men in the warm conditions.

This probably helped 'Slators go on to win the game. Substitute Michal Gutkowski scored his first goal for the club with a shot to the bottom corner. The same player then sent in a cross which James Philpott headed in for a 0-2 scoreline. Crowborough missed a few half chances as did Insulators.  Max Bridges was the clean sheet custodian. The win guarantees Insulators a top two finish and a good setup for the Intermediate Cup Final against Dormansland Rockets next week.

So, only two goals in that game but plenty elsewhere. Dormansland Rockets and Cassidy's Phoenix scored thirteen between them, but it was the Phoenix who won 8-5. A five goal haul for Ben Boodle brought his total for the season to 38. He is now the overall leader in the top goal scorers chart. Josh Ennis added two, Ollie Muggeridge the eighth. Not to be undone, Rockets prolific striker Rich Wetton scored four of his side's five, he has 32 for the season. Rob Jones became Dormansland's 18th different scorer of the season with the other. Rockets will be hoping for improvements on the defensive front when they meet Insulators in next week's Intermediate Cup Final.

Nine goals were scored at the Hilbert where St John's Yard hosted Speldhurst Rangers.

With both teams struggling to get a bare eleven out and the sun shining it was a relaxed atmosphere at kick off. That was broken when Rangers Joe Hearndon collected a clearance from the home ´keeper and lobbed him from 35 yards. That upset St John's Yard who responded with four quick goals before Rob Runciman slotted home a neat finish to make it 4-2. With half time looming, Mark Taylor leaped like a gazelle to nod in an Ollie Crees long throw at the back post. So it was 4-3 at half time with all to play for.

The second half started with a golden opportunity for Speldhurst to equalise, but Rob Runciman couldn't quite get the ball out of his feet and finish on the angle. From there on, it was like the midfield of both teams left the pitch. Attackers and defenders went blow for blow. Both teams missed  a huge amount of chances to score. The a long throw from St John's Yard was parried unnecessarily by the Speldhurst keeper and their striker finished form a few yards out. The game was sealed when a rather dubious penalty was awarded to the Yard  which was sent well into the bottom corner by Reece Horseman to complete his hat-trick. The Yard's complete list of goalscorers was James Humphrey, James Scott, Rory Wilson, Reece Horseman 3 - 1 a penalty.

Yard still have an outside chance of the runner's up spot in Division Two

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 12 10 0 2 44 21 23 30
2 Petts Wood OB 10 7 2 1 38 17 21 23
3 St John's Yard 12 7 2 3 43 28 15 23
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 12 5 1 6 36 40 -4 16
5 Speldhurst Rangers 14 4 1 9 38 53 -15 13
6 Dormansland Rockets 9 4 0 5 32 32 0 12
7 Brenchley 14 3 2 9 22 56 -34 11
8 Crowborough Town 11 3 0 8 21 27 -6 9

Division Three

FC Grinstead are champions. A good performance from Tonbridge Origin in their final game saw them overcome TW Ridgewaye 3-2. Ridgewaye had to win all their remaining games and now will finish second. Two goals from Origin's Ben Holder and one from Duncan Ibbotson sealed the deal. Ridgewaye's goals were scored by Marcus Harding and Johnny Hughes.

Biggin Hill rounded out their league season with a 2-2 draw at Insulators Reserves, who likewise are now over and done.

On a blisteringly hot day Insulators reserves put in one of their best performances of the season. They took the lead on ten minutes when Tommy Beattie played in Cole Walsh who scored from 20 yards. Perhaps surprisingly,  the home side continued to have just the better of the play and reached half time with the lead intact.

Biggin Hill came out with more purpose and gradually got a hold on the game. Despite limiting the home side to occasional breakaways they were unable to find the net. With ten minutes remaining pressure told and the equaliser by Steve Visser came from close range following a corner. On 82 minutes a second followed with a shot from just inside the box by Sam Lambert and it looked that Slators hard work would have no reward. Grant Leslie had other ideas. Coming on as a late sub the 60 year old scored from close range following a corner. His first goal of the season and with just one minute remaining.

A satisfying point in a game played in good spirit.

Yalding & Laddingford were denied a warm-up for next week's Junior Cup semi-final second leg when Tonbridge United failed to raise a team for their scheduled meeting. They hold a two goal advantage over Biggin Hill following the first leg.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead (C)
16 13 1 2 64 29 35 40
2 TW Ridgewaye 14 10 1 3 62 27 35 31
3 Ticehurst Village 16 8 3 5 49 45 4 27
4 Biggin Hill JFC 16 7 4 5 48 39 9 25
5 Yalding & Laddingford 15 7 2 6 39 43 -4 23
6 Tonbridge Origin 16 7 1 8 55 54 1 22
7 Goudhurst United 16 6 3 7 47 47 0 21
8 Insulators Reserves 16 1 3 12 22 56 -34 6
9 Tonbridge United 15 1 2 12 17 63 -46 5

Department of useless statistics

These numbers are derived from the information clubs send in. Any disputes to webmaster@wksl.org.uk !

Most penalties scored : Div 1 Green Lane 6 ; Div 2 Crowborough Town and Insulators 4 ; Div 3 Yalding & Laddingford 3.
Most own goals (scored by their opponents) : Div 1 Armada 4 ; Div 2 several with 2 ; Div 3 Ticehurst Village and FC Grinstead 3
Most different goalscorers : Div 1  Green Street Blues 18 ; Div 2 Dormansland Rockets 18 ; Div 3 FC Grinstead 18
Average goals per game so far (League and all cups) : Div 1 -  5.93 ; Div 2  - 6.48 ;  Div 3 - 5.84

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