West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 24th March 2019

WKSFL Senior Cup

Pembury Sunday gained the point they needed to finish top of the table in the final match of Group 1 at home to Armada. The 0-0 result was the first no score draw in any WKSFL match this season. Jack Greener of Pembury and Tom Scott of Armada were the successful goalkeepers. The complete line-up for the WKSFL Senior Cup Quarter Finals, to be played next Sunday 31st March, is :

Simla

v

St John's Yard
Pembury Sunday

v

Petts Wood Old Boys
Artois United

v

Green Street Blues
Armada

v

Green Lane

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

Dormansland Rockets are in the semi-finals of the Intermediate Cup following a 12-0 win at TW Ridgewaye.

 With the sunshine blaring, it was a lovely morning for Sunday football - let alone an important cup game.

Ridgewaye kicked off and gave the ball away quickly which started the flowing football from Dormansland. Possession was clearly their intent, and Ridgewaye couldn't get near the ball. Dormansland gained a throw-in early on and Rich Wetton launched the ball into the box towards the keeper; Ali Jones beat him to it and nodded the ball over his head. Shortly after the Ridgewaye kick-off, Rich Wetton pounced onto a loose ball and nudged it past the keeper to make it two. Within five minutes, Dave Heaton had the ball out wide and crossed in to Ali Jones who calmly chested it down and half volleyed it into the corner for the third. Five minutes later and Dormansland's dominance was really starting to show; Ali Jones again on the edge of the box had time to look up and curled one into the bottom left corner for his hat-trick. Dormansland did not let up - centre back Martin Bishop managed to get a hold of the ball in the box and slotted past the keeper for the fifth. Ridgewaye didn't know what to do. Miguel Figueria-Dunne and Rich Wetton fired in quick succession before half time to make it seven nil at the break.

Tactical changes for both teams after half time changed the game -  but not the scoreline. The first twenty minutes was cagey, with both teams seemingly trying to give the ball away. The game eventually settled and both teams were trying to play passing football again. The flow of play went with Dormansland  though and this time it was Rich Wetton who was on hand to bag another - rounding the keeper and then a defender to easily take the tally to eight. Shortly after, Wetton then scored again to take his own tally to four - the game was becoming far too comfortable for the Rockets. Ali Jones then got a fourth of his own, "controlling" the ball with his face, taking it round the defender and beating the keeper. The game was not over there - Rich Wetton scored another goal from the edge of the box and Louis Stone (centre back) scored late on to finish the rout.

Despite the scoreline, the game was played with an excellent attitude from both teams and was a thoroughly enjoyable morning of football.

The other remaining quarter.final, between Crowborough Town and Tonbridge Origin, ended in a 4-1 win for Town.

For once Crowborough Town went into a game as favourites, bearing in mind the difference in League positions of the two teams, but for the first few minutes it was Origin that looked stronger. Then Town, after seven minutes, at last went into their opponents half and from a corner Ollie Hyland's header put them one up. With the Managerīs 'encouragement' from the touchline Crowborough now began to play some good football and a host of chances were missed or well saved by the visitor's keeper Eventually, midway through the half, George Holman was on hand to put the ball in the net following a goalmouth scramble (this being his first goal since the opening game of the season) and Town were two ahead. Although the visitors were making a game of it and tested the home team's keeper on occasions it was Crowborough that eventually made it 3 - 0 with a converted penalty by Ollie Hyland.

Half Time :  Crowborough Town FC   3  -  0   Tonbridge Origin FC

The second half followed the pattern of the first, with Town looking the more likely to add goals but for some really atrocious finishing and excellent goalkeeping by Origin's young keeper. Substitutions midway through the half unsettled the home team and Tonbridge took full advantage with a well taken goal by Bobby Brown. This gave the visitors some encouragement and for a while they pressed the home team's defence, whilst the home team's attack continued miss a host of chances. With both teams unable to find the net again, the game was drawing to a close when another corner from the Crowborough right was flicked into the six-yard box and Connor Edmunds scored with a diving header (his first goal since the second game of the season).

Origin made every effort to make a game of it, but it says it all that two of the Crowborough goals came from players who hadn't scored for six months. Their forwards will need to sharpen their game if they are to go further in this competition.   

The Intermediate Cup Semi Finals will be :

Crowborough Town v Insulators and Dormansland Rockets v St John's Yard and will played over two legs.

Division One

Artois United need one point from their final match against Royal Oak to seal the WKSFL Championship. Their vital game against Green Lane was a 4-1 win, with two two goals from Peter Shaw plus one each by Reagan Corke and Josh Marshall. Marshall became the fifteenth different player to score for Artois this season in WKSFL matches. Green Lane's scorer was Ross Bromley.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 24th March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United 11 10 0 1 46 21 25 30
2 Green Lane 11 9 0 2 37 22 15 27
3 Simla 11 8 0 3 48 10 38 24
4 Armada 10 4 0 6 31 33 -2 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 10 0 1 9 14 54 -40 1

Division Two

Petts Wood Old Boys moved in to second place with a 4-0 win at Brenchley. Two from Ollie Nicholas, one each from Josh Southam and Sam Allen made up the goal tally. Nick Rose, in goal, kept his second clean sheet of the season.

St John's Yard are not out the the title race. They kept up the pressure on the top two with a good 6-4 win at the Hilbert over Cassidy's Phoenix.  Yard took the lead in the seventh minute, the visitors equalised a minute later, Yard regained the lead and again Cassidy's equalised to bring the half time score to 2-2

Cassidy's then took the lead early in the second half. Yard then woke up and scored four more before Cassidy's pulled one back with ten minutes remaining.

Goalscorers for the Yard - Dan Hunter (3), Reece Horseman, Mush Miah and Josh Williams. For Cassidy's, Ollie Muggeridge bagged a hat-trick, Alex Cooper the fourth.

Speldhurst Rangers were unable to raise a team for their trip to leaders Insulators. Insualtors have been awarded the three points.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 24th March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 11 9 0 2 42 21 21 27
2 Petts Wood OB 9 6 2 1 36 17 19 20
3 St John's Yard 11 6 2 3 37 25 12 20
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 10 4 1 5 28 33 -5 13
5 Speldhurst Rangers 12 4 1 7 33 44 -11 13
6 Dormansland Rockets 6 3 0 3 23 20 3 9
7 Brenchley 12 2 2 8 18 52 -34 8
8 Crowborough Town 9 2 0 7 18 23 -5 6

Division Three

Biggin Hill's resurgence continued with a 4-1 home win over Goudhurst United. Biggin Hill have lost just one of their last ten games in WKSFL competitions. Credit this week to Jack Loizou, whose four goals were his first of the season. Almost inevitably, Harvey Parks scored for Goudhurst. It was his 30th of the season. That was his last League game of the season, Goudhurst having completed their fixtures. Their next engagements will be the two legged Junior Cup semi-final against FC Grinstead.

The other match, between Tonbridge United and Insulators Reserves, was abandoned shortly before half time following a serious injury to a United player. At its meeting on Monday, the Management Committee ruled that the score at the time, 2-0 to Tonbridge United, would stand as the final score.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 24th March
amended 26th March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 14 12 0 2 53 27 26 36
2 Ticehurst Village 15 8 3 4 48 37 11 27
3 TW Ridgewaye 10 7 1 2 47 20 27 22
4 Biggin Hill JFC 14 6 3 5 41 37 4 21
5 Goudhurst United 16 6 3 7 47 47 0 21
6 Tonbridge Origin 14 6 1 7 49 47 2 19
7 Yalding & Laddingford 13 6 1 6 37 41 -4 19
8 Tonbridge United 12 1 2 9 17 49 -32 5
9 Insulators Reserves 14 1 2 11 20 54 -34 5


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