West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 27th January 2019

League action was Sunday's main feature and there were surprises in Divisions One and Three.

Division One

Wins for both Green Lane and Artois United have probably set up a two horse race for the finish line in what is unfortunately a truncated Division one season. They key game will be on 17th February when Artois travel to Green Lane.

Simla's challenge for the title has almost certainly ended following their 3-2 defeat at Green Lane. it was a day for penalties at the Lane. Referee Mick Syrett awarded three. Two went to Simla, scored by Ian Parsons and Alex Carey. James Knight scored from the spot for Green Lane and Bayley Colbran scored twice against his former team.

Artois United had a good 7-1 win over bottom side Royal Oak. Pete Shaw led the way with a hat-trick, while the Division's leading scorer spot returned to Stefan Draper with his two goals. James Donaldson and Louis Simmons added the others. The Oak's leading scorer Ashley Bell hit their consolation.

In mid table, Armada picked up three useful points with a 5 -1 win at  Pembury Sunday with Tom Cobb scoring twice. Scott Amos, Ben Renshaw and Harry Tampsett also found the back of the net. Pembury's lone scorer was their top marksman Luke Packman.

West Kent Sunday League Division One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 9 8 0 1 33 17 16 24
2 Artois United 7 6 0 1 29 15 14 18
3 Simla 8 5 0 3 29 9 20 15
4 Armada 7 4 0 3 29 20 9 12
5 Pembury Sunday 8 3 0 5 23 27 -4 9
6 Green Street Blues 9 1 1 7 21 50 -29 4
7 Royal Oak 8 0 1 7 13 39 -26 1

Division Two

Both the top sides played and both won handsomely to keep their top positions.

Insulators visited Speldhurst Rangers and left for home after a 9-3 win. Although Speldhurst were without a couple of their regular defenders, this was the best display of the season by Insulators. Rangers admitted to being completely outplayed by a team playing the best football they have faced this season. Using the strong wind to good advantage, Insulators raced into a 4-0 lead in the first 25 minutes. Defender Lewis Disbury scored the first with a shot following a corner after seven minutes. James Philpott quickly added a second and minutes later latched on to a through ball to beat the keeper to make it 3-1. Top scorer Jake Pingault added the fourth from close range. As half time approached, Speldhurst rallied and were able to reduce the deficit with a deflected shot credited to Josh Fermor.
HT 1-4

The second half started with the home side having their best spell of the match. They had several chances, but found the Insulators keeper in good form. Chances came and went at both ends, enough for a cricket score said Rangers, It was on a counter attack that James Philpott rounded the home keeper to complete his hat trick and restore the four goal lead. With fifteen minutes remaining goals began to fly in at an even faster rate. The home side made it 2-5 with a shot to the bottom right hand corner by Joe Hearndon, but within two minutes Kane Ramsell fed the ball through to Jake Pingault, who took his chance well. With three minutes remaining Alex Clarke played in Tommy Bridger to make the score 2-7. Ramsell then scored with a fine shot, before Speldhurst attacked quickly to pull another back in the 89th minute, a lovely volley from Barney Mellors, but  scant consolation for a beleaguered Speldhurst team. It was quite clear why their opponents were run away leaders in Division Two. There was just time after Mellor's goal for Kane Ramsell to make the score 3-9 when he lobbed the 'keeper in the last minute.

Despite the scoreline both keepers had excellent games and the match was played in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. Ref Ricky Riddall also had a good game.

St John's Yard were back in winning form after two disappointing results. They hosted Brenchley and were always in charge of the game, restricting Brenchley to very few chances in a 7-0 win. A long list of scorers - two for Dan Hunter and one each for Josh Lincoln, Mush Miah, John Pearson, Josh Williams and Rory Wilson. Michael Dimiris became the third St John's Yard goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet this season - and they have had only the three!

Over the years the pitches at Crowborough and Dormansland have been badly affected whenever it rains. Sunday was no exception as the games at both were called off.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 8 7 0 1 37 13 24 21
2 St John's Yard 7 4 1 2 27 15 12 13
3 Petts Wood OB 5 3 1 1 17 14 3 10
4 Speldhurst Rangers 7 2 1 4 19 26 -7 7
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 7 2 1 4 15 25 -10 7
6 Dormansland Rockets 5 2 0 3 15 17 -2 6
7 Crowborough Town 6 2 0 4 14 17 -3 6
8 Brenchley 7 1 2 4 12 29 -17 5

Division Three

Big shock result here was bottom side Insulators Reserves beating runaway leaders FC Grinstead. The first league win of the season for the Insulators second string and it was a close one, 3-2 at the Memorial Ground. Goalscoring heroes for the no doubt well earned pint or two were Ben Manser, Dan Green and Kieron Pattenden. Scorers for FC Grinstead were Joe Moulding and Josh Dove. Grinstead must next concentrate on qualifying for the Junior Cup semi-finals, which they will if they beat Yalding & Laddingford next week.

Ticehurst Village recovered from a run of five games without a win by beating Yalding & Laddingford 3-1 at Ticehurst. Leading scorers Rob Guile (2) and Jason Marsh scored for the Village. Grant Allen scored the visitor's goal, for them it was their first defeat in five games.

Biggin Hill are definitely on a roll, now having won four and drawn one of their five most recent League games. Their latest win came at TW Ridgewaye, who suffered their first defeat of 2019. It was a close game, with Biggin Hill coming off 2-1 winners, the goals coming from Liam Connor and Matt Bishop. Nathan Cook replied for Ridgewaye. Biggin Hill will look at Goudhurst United's result with interest. The two will meet next Sunday in a 'winner takes all' Junior Cup Group game.

Goudhurst travelled to meet Tonbridge Origin. Both teams have had an up and down season. This time it was up for the Origin, who ended the game 6-3 winners. The goals included Ben Holder's fifth hat-trick of the season (he scored four goals on Sunday) and there were two goals from Craig Waller. Inevitably, Harvey Parks scored for United, two this time making his total 23 for the season and two better than Holder. Will Mantle scored the other.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 11 9 0 2 44 24 20 27
2 Ticehurst Village 13 6 3 4 41 36 5 21
3 TW Ridgewaye 8 6 1 1 44 16 28 19
4 Yalding & Laddingford 12 6 1 5 37 34 3 19
5 Goudhurst United 11 5 2 4 36 34 2 17
6 Tonbridge Origin 13 5 1 7 45 45 0 16
7 Biggin Hill JFC 11 4 3 4 29 33 -4 15
8 Insulators Reserves 9 1 1 7 13 37 -24 4
9 Tonbridge United 10 0 2 8 13 43 -30 2

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