West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 21st October 2018

Defensive strategies may have to be re-thought among the clubs.  Only ten games were played by our teams on Sunday and 72 goals were scored

Kent Sunday Junior Cup 2nd Round

St John's Yard were rewarded for their long trip to Appledore with a 3-2 win. Josh Williams scored two and the third was an own goal. From the hosts, they report that top goal scorer Mark Hilden netted twice for the Smugglers, who did not have luck on their side. They hit the woodwork four times throughout the match and scored that own-goal. St Johns Yard go through to meet South Willesborough in the next round. It will be another long trip to an away game, so another early morning alarm for players and management.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

Division Two Insulators and  Division Three Tonbridge United 'enjoyed' a fifteen goal morning in their tie, with Insulators coming off winners by 10-5. In a match where defences were clearly on top, there were few chances. However, in between the great defending, strikers made the most of their few chances. (Do I detect a hint of toungue in cheek here?)

The Division Three visitors took an early lead with a header after ten minutes to ensure the home side realised they had a tough game on the hands. Jake Pingault scored an equaliser ten minutes later and then added another four minutes after that. A fine header by Lewis Disbury on 29 minutes completed the first half scoring, makign it 4-1. Who could have guessed what more was to come.

Early in the second half Pingault completed a fine hat trick following a cross from Rob Butler. Within a few minutes, Pingault added his fourth with a great left foot shot from outside the box. A defensive error saw the Tonbridge side pull a goal back and then they quickly added another as they fought their way back into the game. The away side had their best spell of the game at 5-3 and maybe it was fortunate for Insulators that Jake Pingault scored his fifth from a header following a corner to reinstate a three goal lead. Martin Ives soon made it 7-3 on 70 minutes before Pingault made it 8-3 on 74 minutes. A minute later United scored again with a magnificent long distance free kick - 8-4. I think Insulators then scored a try and conversion but it all became hazy!

A minute later Pingault scored his sixth and Insulators ninth was scored by Ree Beecroft from a Martin Page-Mitchell cross. Tonbridge United retaliated with a goal from 50 yards that lobbed the home keeper. The match concluded with an own goal by the away team in the 86th minute. Remarkably the remaing four minutes of added time remained goalless. United had five different names on the scoresheet, Steve Causon, Nathan Swan, Arnell Maga, Reece Dangerfield and Josh Cole.

An end-to end thriller with Tonbridge almost giving as much as they received!!

The other game was a more sedate affair, with TW Ridgewaye defeating Speldhurst Rangers 3-1 at Hawkenbury. Ridgewaye deservedly won a well contested game. They went into a two-nil lead with fine football and controlling the first half. First half scorers were Adam Davies-Knight and Dan Thomas.

Speldhurst came back into it second half and could have taken the game to extra time if they had taken their chances. Ridgewaye's Ted Thomson made it three-nil before a fine strike from outside the box by Sam  Stevens made it 3-1. Speldhurst fought hard but the quality of Ridgewaye prevailed.

Division One

More goal silliness as Artois United kept up the pressure on Simla with a 9-3 win at home to Green Street Blues. Stefan Draper's double hat-trick was the main feature, Louis Simmons, Bruce Sands and James Donaldson also scored. Blues are finding it tough going at the top level, but did breach the Artois defence three times through Paul Scott, Tom Wilken and Thomas Williams.

Not to be out-done, Armada scored ten at Paddock Wood. Among the goals were Tom Vivian with three, Dean Stockdale, Ethan McCreight, Paul Oliver and Jack Rusbridge. A feature of their season so far is that their 28 goals in WKSFL League and Cup matches have been scored by twelve different players plus an own goal. The Wood's consolation was scored by Alex Chaplin. Armada have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

But Simla remain at the top after a comfortable 5-0 win against Pembury Sunday. Pembury had been on a decent run of results but two first half goals  - one each for Stewart Gostlow and Matt Crompton set up the game for Simla. They completed the task with three second half goals  - a second for Stewart Gostlow and two for Steve Smith.

Joe Cullip was clean sheet keeper. Andy Rice-Tucker of Pembury Sunday FC stepped in as referee and did a very good job.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 21st October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 5 4 0 1 22 5 17 12
2 Artois United 3 3 0 0 18 8 10 9
3 Green Lane 4 3 0 1 15 9 6 9
4 Pembury Sunday 5 3 0 2 21 16 5 9
5 Armada 4 2 0 2 18 12 6 6
6 Green Street Blues 6 1 0 5 11 30 -19 3
7 Royal Oak 2 0 0 2 5 15 -10 0
8 Paddock Wood 3 0 0 3 3 18 -15 0

Division Two

There was just one game in Division Two, in which Dormansland Rockets picked up their first win of the season, which has been a bit stop-start so far with some games called off. They came away from Bayham having beaten Cassidy's Phoenix 5-2 with Rich Wetton scoring his second hat-trick of the season. Also scoring for the Rockets were Ross Waghorn and Shane Clarabutt. Ben Boodle scored twice for the Phoenix to hold onto the top scorer spot for Division Two teams, although he has been joined on twelve by Jake Pingault of Insulators after that six goal haul in the Intermediate Cup.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 21st October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 4 4 0 0 20 5 15 12
2 St John's Yard 3 2 0 1 13 8 5 6
3 Speldhurst Rangers 2 1 1 0 8 6 2 4
4 Crowborough Town 3 1 0 2 8 9 -1 3
5 Dormansland Rockets 3 1 0 2 9 12 -3 3
6 Cassidy's Phoenix 3 1 0 2 7 13 -6 3
7 Brenchley 3 0 1 2 7 15 -8 1
8 Petts Wood OB 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0

Division Three

The then top two, Ticehurst Village and Goudhurst United, met in an important game at Ticehurst and it was the home side who came out on top by the narrowest of margins, 3-2. Ticehurst are another club who liberally share the goals around. Thirteen different players have scored for them already this season, plus there has been an own goal in their favour. Latest on the list were Rob Guile, Aaron Cochrane and Dave Harvey. For United, Harvey Parks kept up his remarkable record of having scored in every game this season, David Denton added the second. Defeat for United, plus a good win for FC Grinstead, means them changing places near the top of the table.

FC Grinstead's belated start to the season means they have games in hand on those around them. They are 100% after three League matches, having beaten Tonbridge Origin 5-0 on Sunday.  Fred Webb scored twice, Nick Foad, Luke Symons and Ben Whiteman once and in goal Lee Clark kept his team's first clean sheet of the season.

Yalding & Laddingford travelled to Biggin Hill on the back of two defeats but went home happy after a 3-0 win. The scourge of Sunday morning football saw drop outs and no shows, so yet again Yalding blooded another youngster for his senior debut. A harsh lesson for Jacob Lambert who was targeted early on having twice shown the opposition right back a clean pair of heals. The sides were even until a well taken free kick from Grant Allen deceived the 'Hill keeper.  The thirteen man squad from Yalding was tiring as the game went into the final third, but relief was on hand when Lambert scored an individual goal. This set up twenty minutes of home side pressure, but a break away by Charlie Coe saw him scythed down in the area.  He then got up to convert the resulting penalty for a deserved win. A solid defensive performance, a clean sheet for Will Martin in goal (his second) and a difficult game for the referee Paul Terry.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 21st October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Ticehurst Village 6 4 1 1 26 17 9 13
2 FC Grinstead 3 3 0 0 12 3 9 9
3 Goudhurst United 5 3 0 2 17 13 4 9
4 Yalding & Laddingford 5 3 0 2 12 11 1 9
5 TW Ridgewaye 3 2 1 0 17 6 11 7
6 Tonbridge Origin 6 2 1 3 19 17 2 7
7 Tonbridge United 4 0 1 3 9 19 -10 1
8 Insulators Reserves 3 0 1 2 3 14 -11 1
9 Biggin Hill JFC 5 0 1 4 7 22 -15 1

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