West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 24th February 2019

After a few weeks where cup ties dominated the fixtures, it was back to regular League action for the WKSFL on Sunday.

Division One

Green Lane and Artois United will meet on 10th March in what could be the deciding match of the season after both won on Sunday.
Green Lane's new signing Luke Leppard scored in their 3-1 home win over Pembury Sunday, for whom Luke Packman scored his fourteenth of the season. The Lane's other scorers were Ross Bromley and Tom Welch, his twenty-sixth of the season, two behind Stefan Draper of Artois United.

Artois were made to work very hard by Green Street Blues, but eventually came out on top 4-3 thanks to two goals by Division One's top goalscorer Stefan Draper. Also scoring for Artois were Peter Shaw, his eighth of the season and Max Carbune, his first. Ash Birch-Ruffell, Shaun Boyle and Matt Heathcote scored for Blues.

Royal Oak could well hold the key the the title as they have to play both Artois and Green Lane in the coming weeks. On Sunday they faced Simla at Five Oak Green. Royal Oak put in a good performance against Simla but weren't able to penetrate Simla's defence. Simla scored twice in first half with one each for Joe Fuller and Brad Draper.
In the second half Simla controlled the possession again scoring another four goals, one each for David  Blundell,  Harry Bamblett, Matt Coleman and Ian Parsons.
Royal Oak worked hard during the match and never stopped trying to get on the scoresheet.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 24th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 10 9 0 1 36 18 18 27
2 Artois United 9 8 0 1 36 19 17 24
3 Simla 9 6 0 3 35 9 26 18
4 Armada 8 4 0 4 30 23 7 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 9 0 1 8 13 45 -32 1

Division Two

The big game at the top of the table went the way of hosts Petts Wood Old Boys, who recorded a thumping 6-1 win against Insulators to move into second spot, four points behind and with a game in hand.

For almost all of the first half this looked like being the competitive match we all expected.

Petts Wood started well but the game was end to end for 25 minutes before a soft penalty (but deserved)  saw the home side take the lead on 25 minutes. 10 minutes later James Philpott equalised direct from a free kick from outside the box. With five  minutes until half time a Petts Wood forward scored with a fine shot to the top left corner from about 30 yards. HT 2-1.

Whereas Insulators needed to come out firing ,it was Petts Wood that did just that and a defensive error saw them take a 3-1 advantage after 48 minutes. The away side seemed to crumble at that point and it was no surprise when a fourth goal was added from an unchallenged header from a corner after 60 minutes.

A few minutes later 'Slators had a goal disallowed from a corner due to an infringement in the area. That was the last chance Insulators had to make a match of it. On 73 minutes it became 5-1 with a shot following a corner that was not properly cleared. The last 15 minutes were comfortable for the home side, who had many chances to add to the score. It wasn't until the 94th minute that a defensive error allowed another shot to make it a fully deserved 6-1 home win.

Chief architect for the Old Boys was Ollie Nicholas with a hat-trick. Bill Parkinson scored twice, Ryan Dawkins the other.

St John's Yard were due to play Crowborough Town but their opponents could not raise a team. The Management Committee has awarded the points to St John's Yard. The League Table below has been adjusted accordingly.

Down at the bottom, Brenchley fell 3-1 at home to Cassidy's Phoenix, who rise above them in consequence. Two goals from Josh Ennis and one from Matt Ferris gave Cassidy's the points. Brenchley's scorer was Dan Hetherington.

Speldhurst Rangers crashed to a heavy home defeat at the hands of Dormansland Rockets. The score was 3-3 at one point, but Rockets soared away after that. The final score was 8-3. Partly because of their Surrey Cup run and partly because of postponements, this was Rockets first league game since 25th November.

Speldhurst went into the game knowing a win would help cement their place in Division 2 next season. However, after 15 minutes, it was clear they faced a superior opposition as they chased shadows and cut a frustrated group unable to get the ball down and play. Dormansland were unfortunate not to take the game away from Speldhurst in the first half as Rangers struggled but somehow went in at half time just 2-1 down, their goal coming from an Ollie Crees header. Ali Jones had scored both the Rockets goals.

It looked ominous early in second half when Rockets went 3-1 up through Rich Wetton, however it was game on when Barney Mellors scored two quick goals to make it 3-3. This however only seemed to wake the Rockets up who at times played some lovely football that well belied their league position. They went on to score five unanswered goals in what was one for the spectator. Late on, Jones completed his hat-trick a perfect mix of right foot, left foot and header. Before that, Wetton scored his second, Ben Terry and Nick Hollyoak both weighed in and Martyn Bishop scored from the penalty spot. A big defeat for Rangers,  but also a game played in the right way and a brilliant reminder of why we play Sunday league football, letting the ball do the talking in a good natured match.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 24th February
amended 26th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 9 7 0 2 38 19 19 21
2 Petts Wood OB 8 5 2 1 32 17 15 17
3 St John's Yard 9 5 2 2 29 17 12 17
4 Speldhurst Rangers 9 3 1 5 29 36 -7 10
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 8 3 1 4 18 26 -8 10
6 Dormansland Rockets 6 3 0 3 23 20 3 9
7 Brenchley 11 2 2 7 18 48 -30 8
8 Crowborough Town 8 2 0 6 16 20 -4 6

Division Three

FC Grinstead have one hand on the Division Three championship trophy after beating rivals TW Ridgewaye 4-2 at Hawkenbury. Ridgewaye do though have five games in hand because of their cup runs, but will need all available points. Grinstead's Kieron Bence followed last week's two goals with a hat-trick, Jamie Brazenall scored the fourth.  For Ridgewaye the goal scorers were Harry Garside and Johnny Hughes.

With only three games remaining, Goudhurst United cannot do better than finish second. They kept on course with a 6-2 win at home over Tonbridge United in which Harvey Parks increased his season tally to 25, Parks has scored in fourteen of his team's sixteen WKSFL League and Cup matches this season. David Denton, Michael Peevor, Will Mantle and Sasha Love scored the others, while Sam Hayward netted both for the visitors.

Biggin Hill recovered from last week's defeat by FC Griinstead to win 7-0 against Yalding & Laddingford at The Kintons.  After a poor start to the season, they have bounced back with that defeat their only loss in the past seven games.  Three players each scored twice, namely Steve Visser, Adam Shulver and Joe Adams. Craig Fisher kept his side's second claen sheet of the season.

Tonbridge Origin hadn't played for a month and returned to action with a 4-2 win at Insulators Reserves. Top scorer Ben Holder scored twice, Bobby Brown and Craig Waller the others. From the Insulators point of view, although this game went to form, it was a pleasing effort by the Reserves. Falling behind quite early, it took a fine run and shot by Ben Manser to equalise. Origin again took the lead, but an own goal induced by a long Carl Chivers throw saw the home side equalise before half time.

The second half was end to end, but it was Origin who scored twice in the last ten minutes to take the points. Grant Leslie was a late substitute for Insulators on the day he celebrated his 60th birthday. No-one ever retires once a Slator!!

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 24th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 14 12 0 2 53 27 26 36
2 Ticehurst Village 13 6 3 4 41 36 5 21
3 Goudhurst United 13 6 2 5 42 38 4 20
4 TW Ridgewaye 9 6 1 2 46 20 26 19
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 10 1 1 8 15 41 -26 4
9 Tonbridge United 11 0 2 9 15 49 -34 2

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