West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 22nd May 2022

Issues are now settled at the top of Divisions Two and Three, but sad to say clubs were struggling to get teams out even though medals are at stake. The final Sunday of the season is to come.

Membership of the League is still open for next season. The formation of an Under 21 Division is also under consideration. Any club interested in either or both should make contact with League Chairman Stuart Turner. Contact details are to be found at http://www.wksl.org.uk/handbook/Handbook_index.htm

WKSFL Intermediate Cup - played Wednesday 18th May at Rusthall FC

Dormansland Rockets completed a unique double of winning a Surrey County Cup and the West Kent Intermediate Cup by beating Division Three champions Sedlescombe Rangers 3-2 at Jockey Farm, Rusthall on Wednesday night. After a cagey opening where both sides had half chances Dormansland took the lead when Ed Sharman converted a pinpoint Rich Wetton cross. Sedlescombe were close to equalising on the stroke of half time and would have done so but for a superb save from Louis Stone in the Dormansland net. 1-0 to the Rockets at half time.

After the break Dormansland soon found themselves with a free kick in a dangerous area, top scorer Rich Wetton struck the ball sweetly and a wicked deflection off the wall left the Sedlescombe' keeper with absolutely no chance. Just as Dormansland were beginning to look comfortable Sedlescombe pulled a goal back, a long ball was flicked on and Bradley Pritchard  made no mistake with the finish. The goal galvanised Sedlescombe and they had a couple of good chances to draw level but failed to hit the target. As they pushed for an equaliser, Dormansland found more and more opportunities on the counter attack and eventually made one of these pay. Ben Terry played a superb ball down the right hand channel and Ashley Hollom's low cross was coolly converted by Wetton, 3-1.

Just as Dormansland looked home and hosed a freak error offered Sedlescombe a way back into the game. Louis Stone in the Rockets net doing his best audition for a Nick Hancock bloopers DVD, he let the ball bounce in front of him in the six yard box, it took an awkward spin and flew into the net. No doubt he would claim the laws of physics momentarily shifted!  Rangers credited the  goal to Jake Thomas, perhaps sparing Stone some embarrassment. Sedlescombe had ten  minutes to find an equaliser, they created the chances but again found themselves ruing some wasteful finishing. Dormansland just about held on to complete the double.

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Dormansland Rockets
Sedlescombe Rangers FC
Dormansland Rockets FC
Sedlescombe Rangers FC
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Division Two

Dormansland Rockets were due to meet Odukwe in a match to decide who would claim runners-up spot. However, Odukwe did not fulfil the fixture. Rockets therefore claim runners-up medals. Rockets top scorer Rich Wetton will also receive the Division Two top scorers award.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Season 2021 - 2022 FINAL
Phase Two - each team played the others once
points and goals carried were forward from phase 1
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 AFC Borough (C)
18 9 3 6 54 50 4 30
Dormansland Rockets 18
3 Odukwe FC 18 8 0 10 53 45 8 24
4 Insulators 18 4 3 11 41 75 -34 15
5 Goudhurst United 18 3 1 14 37 65 -28 10
6 TW Ridgewaye 18 2 1 15 23 58 -35 7

Division Three

Sedlescombe Rangers were almost certain of the winner's trophy before Sunday's game against Royal Oak. Royal Oak pulled out of the game, citing player unavailability, thus confirming it.

The important game for second place between Brenchley and Insulators Reserves did take place and it was Brenchley who came out on top 3-2 after a very good game.

One would think a game with the winner possibly gaining second place was going to be a cagey affair, but this was anything but as both teams started on the front foot.  Insulators broke the deadlock after just five minutes as Harry Mascall scored, ably assisted by Bailey Wright.After eleven minutes it was all level after a long ball was controlled excellently by Mike Williams who ran through and slotted home. The game continued at a good pace and it was Wrights' turn to score on 27 minutes following  a great run and cross by David Brooks. Ten minutes from half time saw Brenchley make the most of their height advantage for Aidan Gayler to score with a header from a corner, although it should have been defended better by 'Slators. The game remained level until half time.

The second half continued in much the same vein and after an hour a defensive error led to the Brenchley's Mike Williams finding himself with just the 'keeper to beat and it was 3 2 to the home side.  There was time for Jacob Pingault to hit the crossbar and several other chances but the score remained 3 2 and Brenchley earned the bragging rights

Overall a positive season for Insulators Reserves and hopefully they can push on next season.

Tunbridge Wells Ridgewaye's season of two halves continued in upbeat mode with a 9-1 win over AFC Tonbridge. Over the last ten league games they are the form team.

Sunday's haul featured a hat-trick by Callum Seal and goals from Carl Emberson, Harry Demmon, Billy Mcleod,  there were two from Josh Higgins and one from Sam Hayward and Eden Northcote.

Speldhurst Rangers rounded off their season with a 4-2 win against AFC Borough Reserves at Goldsmith's. Joe Howse got the first after a fine passing move. Andy Watts slipped in Howse who beat the 'keeper at the near post. An underhit backpass allowed Dan 'The badger' Kelly in one on one with the 'keeper. His shot cannoned off the inside of the post for 2-0 at half time. Speldhurst started the second half well. Joe Pursell hit a venomous strike which dipped and swerved on the floor and spun in both directions which was somehow stopped by the keeper. However as he tried to pick the ball up he punched the ball into the back of his own net. [Should that have been an own goal?]

AFC Borough scored a couple of goals through  Benj Simmonds and George Blunden when Speldhurst were down to ten  men due to an injury. Joe Howse finished off the game with his second strike, another converted whilst one on one against the keeper .

Artois United Reserves have fallen away over the past month and this continued when they lost 7-4 at Ticehurst Village Cub.  Matt Sanders led the way with a hat.trick, the other goals were scored by Jason Marsh, Leon Fisher, Dave Harvey and Ben Evans.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
including Sunday 22nd May
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sedlescombe Rangers (C)
23 20 1 2 98 26 72 61
2 Brenchley 25 17 3 5 91 37 54 54
3 Insulators Reserves 25 17 1 7 74 44 30 52
4 Royal Oak 23 15 4 4 79 37 42 49
5 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 24 14 4 6 85 40 45 46
6 AFC Borough Reserves 23 12 1 10 74 50 24 37
7 Artois United Reserves 23 10 6 7 76 41 35 36
8 Speldhurst Rangers 25 10 4 11 51 65 -14 34
9 Ticehurst Village Club 24 8 3 13 65 74 -9 27
10 Dunton Green 25 8 2 15 47 84 -37 26
11 Westerham 22 5 3 14 34 67 -33 18
12 Tonbridge United 25 3 3 19 42 110 -68 12
13 Riverside Colts 24 2 1 21 44 152 -108 7
14 AFC Tonbridge 11 1 2 8 20 53 -33 5

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