West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 25th November 2018

WKSFL Senior Cup-  First Round Group Stage Group 2

Speldhurst Rangers hadn't won since the first week of the season, while Green Street Blues have been finding their feet of late after a similarly tough start. And Rangers starting the game against Division One opponents with only nine men was hardly ideal. The arrival of captain Mike Fenton made it 10. His first touch was to clear the ball against Blues striker Chris Harragin and the ricochet gave them the lead. It looked like being a long morning for Rangers, but they were back in it when James Hughes went down in the box (cue trademark squeal) and Josh Fermor converted the penalty. 1-1 at half time.

Rangers took the lead early in the second half when Sam Richardson ran clear down the left and hit a strong shot that the Blues 'keeper could not quite keep out. Blues were getting frustrated, while Rangers became more and more confident. They made it 3-1 five minutes later when a stinging shot from Josh Fermor was well saved by the' keeper but Barney Mellors was on hand to convert from five  yards.

Blues piled on the pressure for the last fifteen minutes as the 10 men of Speldhurst got more and more tired. They earned a penalty when the ref spotted a handball and Roman Duchon converted it. With five minutes added on, it was a nervy end for Rangers but they held on for the win.

Rangers have another hard game next Sunday when they host Armada in this Senior Cup group. There is a full set of Group 2 fixtures scheduled for next Sunday which will go some way towards deciding the final reckoning.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 2
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Armada 3 3 0 0 14 7 7 9
2 Pembury Sunday 3 2 1 0 9 4 5 7
3 Cassidy's Phoenix 4 2 0 2 19 10 9 6
4 St John's Yard 3 1 1 1 14 11 3 4
5 Green Street Blues 2 1 0 1 5 3 2 3
6 Royal Oak 3 1 0 2 8 12 -4 3
7 Speldhurst Rangers 4 1 0 3 7 24 -17 3
8 Insulators 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0

Division One

Wins for the top two gave them a slight cushion, but Artois United do have two games in hand. On Sunday, Simla met Artois and the outcome was a big win for Simla. After a 10 - 3 defeat for Artois United against Simla in the Senior Cup earlier in the season,  this match was expected to be a closer run contest. Artois did start the first ten minutes of the match penetrating the Simla half, but without success.

Simla scored their first goal from Alex Carey, probably against the run of play, after about thirteen minutes and they soon got another from Ian Parsons. Simla were then awarded a penalty which was converted by Alex Carey, his second of the match. Just before half time Simla scored again, this time from Matt Coleman. Four-nil at half time.

In the second half Artois pressed hard to try to catch up but failed to penetrate Simlas' defence. Simla scored once more when Ian Parsons got his second of the match.
Artois did have one excellent shot on goal which was superbly saved by Simla keeper Joe Cullip in obtaining his third clean sheet of the season. Final score 5-0 to Simla.

In the other game played, Green Lane did the double over Armada, having beaten them 2-1 on the opening weekend. This was also a one-goal victory, the score this time 4-3 to the Lane. Tommy Welch scored twice, bringing his season total to 24. He now leads the League's overall goalscoring chart. Johnny Phillps and Jason Hill scored the other two. Jack Rusbridge, Harry Tampsett and Mark Vivian, scored for Armada, who have dropped off the pace a little.

Paddock Wood were unable to raise a team for their match with Pembury Sunday. At Monday night's Management Committee meeting, Pembury Sunday were awarded the points in respect of the fixture. Paddock Wood have been freed of fixtures for two weeks in order to regroup and not fold the club. The league table below has been amended.

West Kent Sunday League Division One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 7 6 0 1 35 6 29 18
2 Green Lane 7 6 0 1 32 12 20 18
3 Artois United 5 4 0 1 21 14 7 12
4 Pembury Sunday 7 4 0 3 22 19 3 12
5 Armada 6 3 0 3 26 17 9 9
6 Green Street Blues 8 2 1 5 19 36 -17 7
7 Royal Oak 6 0 1 5 12 28 -16 1
8 Paddock Wood 6 0 0 6 4 39 -35 0

Division Two

There were also only two games played. Insulators maintain their lead after a 4-1 home win over Dormansland Rockets. Dormansland started this game with only eight players,but kept the score to 0-0 by the time their other players arrived. The extra players didn't help the cause, as Jake Pingault put Insulators in front. Reece Beecroft added a second before half time. Dormansland came into the game more in the second half, but it was Pingault with his second that provided a good breathing space. The away side pulled one back through an own goal (they have credited this to Paul Withers) before Beecroft made the game safe with his second and his side's fourth.

St John's Yard are hot on their heels and do have a game in hand. They had a close game with Cassidy's Phoenix but emerged 4-3 winners with goals from Mush Miah, Dan Hunter and two from Josh Williams. Josh Ennis, Lynos Rwodzi and Ben Boodle scored for Cassidy's. Boodle is one goal behind Tommy Welch in the top goalscorers list.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 6 5 0 1 26 9 17 15
2 St John's Yard 5 3 1 1 20 14 6 10
3 Dormansland Rockets 5 2 0 3 15 17 -2 6
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 5 2 0 3 13 19 -6 6
5 Speldhurst Rangers 3 1 1 1 10 9 1 4
6 Brenchley 4 1 1 2 10 17 -7 4
7 Crowborough Town 4 1 0 3 9 14 -5 3
8 Petts Wood OB 2 0 1 1 4 8 -4 1

Division Three

FC Grinstead put their stamp on another Sunday morning, keeping their undefeated title in a seven goal thriller at home to Goudhurst United.

With their No.1 keeper out with a broken arm, FCG's squad have shared the position between them and started today with their sixth keeper in nine games!

Goudhurst started the game strongly and punished a defensive error just inside the first ten minutes making it 1-0.  Yes, it was Harvey Parks who scored! They continued to apply pressure, but FCG soon managed to get out of first gear and grabbed an equaliser through new signing Kane Walker who headed home to finish a counter attacking move. After some good midfield battles, Joe Moulding found the back of the net from a free kick rounding off the half and making it 2-1 at Half Time.

FCG took hold of the game early into the second half with a well struck free kick, again from Joe Moulding. Goudhurst fought well in the middle, but Grinstead dominated physically and tactically throughout, with Ben Whiteman scoring the fourth off the back of some great build up play. A few minutes later Moulding slotted a penalty past the substitute keeper securing his first hat trick of the season. Micky Neatherway grabbed a final goal as the game was winding down to finish it at 6-1.

Challengers Ticehurst Village will perhaps be rueing two points dropped after a 1-1 draw at home with Tonbridge United. United haven't won yet this season and I should imagine that they were feeling well pleased with themselves after a goal by Olly Howard secured them a point. Joe Drury scored for the Village, who earlier in the season had beatn United 8-5.

Crazy day at Hawkenbury where I am assured that hosts TW Ridgewaye and visitors Yalding & Laddingford were actually playing football and not rugby. The score was 10-6 to Ridgewaye as our no doubt breathless reporter describes.

Ridgewaye played at home after three consecutive away wins.   The match was dominated by poor defending by both teams.  Yalding went ahead in their first attack when, from a cross from the left, Jacob Lambert guided a lob beyond the ‘keeper into the net.  A brilliant one-touch finish.  Within a minute Adam Davies-Knight finished off a four man move to equalise.  90 seconds on the clock and it was 1-1!  Ridgewaye got stronger and added two more goals to make it 3-1 after 13 minutes.  Yalding then found how to exploit Ridgewaye’s high defensive line and scored two more goals through balls over the top.  One more each made it 4-4 at half time.  Ridgewaye changed their formation a second time and scored six in the second half.  Jonny Hughes and Dan Thomas both got hat-tricks, and Ted Thomson was only denied his by the goal-post.  Yalding’s Number 8 looked the best player on the field.  The complete scoring list for Yalding was a hat-trick for Lambert, author of their first, with single strikes from Dave Jordan, Sam Shoebridge nad Carl Donovan. The referee, Ben Cooper, had a fine game, demonstrating how to control a game without use of cards.

The game between Biggin Hill and Insulators Reserves was called off by referee Brian Shelton, who deemed the pitch unfit.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 7 7 0 0 31 9 22 21
2 Ticehurst Village 9 5 2 2 32 24 8 17
3 TW Ridgewaye 5 4 1 0 32 14 18 13
4 Goudhurst United 8 4 1 3 27 25 2 13
5 Yalding & Laddingford 8 4 0 4 24 29 -5 12
6 Tonbridge Origin 8 3 1 4 26 20 6 10
7 Biggin Hill JFC 7 1 2 4 16 25 -9 5
8 Tonbridge United 8 0 2 6 11 34 -23 2
9 Insulators Reserves 6 0 1 5 9 28 -19 1

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