West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 30th September 2018

WKSFL Senior Cup First Round Group Stage

In Group 1, Green Lane made it two wins out of two in the Senior Cup First Round group stage with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Second Division Brenchley. Scorers were Tommy Welch (2), Jamie Cutts and Josh Harris.

Simla set out their credentials in their opening game with a very good 10-3 win at Artois United, despite being two goals down after five minutes! Artois had started well with those early two goals, but after fifteen  minutes it was level at 3 - 3. It was a frenetic start which continued for the rest of the half with Simla scoring another three goals, making it Artois 3 Simla 6 at half time. Simla scorers were Myles Lowden (2) and one each for Joe Fuller, Clayton Cooper, Harry Bamblett and Ian Parsons.

In the second half the pace didn't ease up, with Artois having a few chances without scoring but it was Simla who took control with a further four goals. Substitute Steve Smith came on to score a hat trick and Alex Carey scored a screamer from 35 metres to make it Artois 3  Simla 10 at the end of the match.

Petts Wood Old Boys recorded their first win in WKSFL competition with a 2-0 victory over Paddock Wood, the goals coming from  Ollie Nicholas and Sam Allen.

In Group 2, St John's Yard are the early leaders after a 7-0 win over Speldhurst Rangers at the Hilbert. Rangers had the bare eleven men, but it took St John's Yard until five minutes before half time to break down a resolute defence. A superb second half performance and six unanswered goals made for an enjoyable game (perhaps not for Rangers!) that was well refereed by Paul Terry. Highlight was a hat-trick by James Scott, he was aided with two from Rory Wilson and one each from Josh Williams and Mush Miah. Adam Good returned to goalkeeping duty and a clean sheet.

Armada had hard work to overcome Cassidy's Phoenix, but prevailed in a 3-2 win. Harry Tampsett was on the scoresheet again, scoring twice. The third was scored by Jimmy Denman. Matt Ferris and an un-named Armada player, putting through his own net, were Cassidy's names on the sheet.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 1
 including Sunday 30th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 2 2 0 0 13 1 12 6
2 Simla 1 1 0 0 10 3 7 3
3 Petts Wood OB 2 1 0 1 3 9 -6 3
4 Crowborough Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Dormansland Rockets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Paddock Wood 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
7 Brenchley 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0
8 Artois United 1 0 0 1 3 10 -7 0
West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group 2
including Sunday 30th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 1 1 0 0 7 0 7 3
2 Armada 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3
3 Green Street Blues 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Insulators 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Pembury Sunday 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Royal Oak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Cassidy's Phoenix 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
8 Speldhurst Rangers 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7 0

WKSFL Junior Cup

The first round of matches saw two close games in Group 1. FC Grinstead ground out a 1-1 draw with Ticehurst Village, scorers being Joe Moulding and Jason Marsh respectively. Yalding & Laddingford top the group after beating TW Ridgewaye 2-1 at Hawkenbury.

Just looking at Ridgewaye's results showed Yalding and Laddingford what a difficult game this would be and this wasn't helped by a number of regulars being unavailable. An early penalty for handball, put away by Billy Dunn, calmed the nerves. Chances were spurned by Coe and Dunn and there were a couple of close range headers from Faulkner. Slack marking allowed Ridgeway an equaliser, scored by Dan Thomas and Yalding were then hanging on. Enter to the fray Alex Young Rogers, returning from illness to restore the lead.  Play was then held up by a nasty injury to a Ridgewaye player following a heavy landing in a fair challenge. Fifteen minutes of added time saw play from end to end but a rearranged Yalding defence stood firm

In Group Two's opening games there were two identical results, 7-2 wins for Biggin Hill and Goudhurst United.  There were two hat-tricks in Biggin Hill's home win against Insulators Reserves, those being scored by Steve Visser and Adam Shulver. Matt Bishop rounded off the scoring. Carl Chivers and Craig Smith scored for the visitors.

The same score at Tonbridge Farm saw Tonbridge United fall 7-2 to Goudhurst United, who are 100% after four games so far this season. There were also two hat-tricks in this game, Goudhurst's Will Mantle and Harvey Parks being successful.  Parks has scored in every game so far this season. Michael Peevor scored the seventh. Tonbridge United's replies came through  Alex Underdown and Arnell Maga.

Division One

There were no Division One fixtures, with teams engaged in the Senior Cup.

Division Two

There was only the one game in Division Two, at Dormansland, where the Rockets fell to the very much in form Insulators, who maintained their 100% record and table topping position with a 4-0 win. Scoring the goals were Martin Page-Mitchell, Jacob Pingault, Alex Clarke and James Philpott.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 30th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 3 3 0 0 16 2 14 9
2 St John's Yard 2 2 0 0 10 4 6 6
3 Speldhurst Rangers 2 1 1 0 8 6 2 4
4 Crowborough Town 3 1 0 2 8 9 -1 3
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 2 1 0 1 5 8 -3 3
6 Brenchley 3 0 1 2 7 15 -8 1
7 Petts Wood OB 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0
8 Dormansland Rockets 2 0 0 2 4 10 -6 0

Division Three

And there was just the single game in Division Three and it was a crushing win for Tonbridge Origin. The FC Hayward team have endured a painful start, made much worse by a 21-0 hammering. Origin's complete list of scorers was Ben Holder 9, Dean Larter 3,Will Ashenden 3, Alex Pocock, Chris Gregory, Bobby Brown,Jamie Edwards, Adam Watson and to rub it all in an  own goal. Holder's huge haul sends him to the top of the WKSFL scoring charts with thirteen goals so far this season.

Origin were determined to start well and nearly scored after 30 seconds, but Ben Holder blazed over from close range. However, after this it was only ever one way traffic with Origin scoring 10 goals in the first half.

Half time 10-0

The message at half time was to maintain the pressure and most importantly not to concede a goal, especially after conceding straight after half time on two previous occasions this season. Origin did this with style and scored a further 11 goals in the second half.

With this being such a one sided game, our correspondent said it was hard to write a balanced match report. However, credit must go to the nine FC Hayward players who completed the 90 minutes, with one of the original 11 players going off injured and the goalkeeper walking off the pitch, having enough of picking the ball out of his net. FC Hayward nearly scored a consolation goal when a shot from outside of the box hit the crossbar. Jamie Holder in Origin's goal kept the clean sheet, despite that late scare.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 30th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Goudhurst United 3 3 0 0 17 4 13 9
2 Yalding & Laddingford 3 3 0 0 9 4 5 9
3 TW Ridgewaye 3 2 1 0 25 4 21 7
4 Ticehurst Village 4 2 1 1 22 9 13 7
5 Tonbridge Origin 4 2 0 2 35 10 25 6
6 FC Grinstead 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3
7 Tonbridge United 3 0 1 2 4 11 -7 1
8 Insulators Reserves 2 0 1 1 2 11 -9 1
9 Biggin Hill JFC 2 0 0 2 3 13 -10 0
10 FC Hayward 5 0 0 5 2 54 -52 0


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