West Kent Sunday League News Report Ė Sunday 31st March 2019

WKSFL Senior Cup

The semi-final line up will contain Simla, Artois United and Armada from Division One plus Petts Wood Old Boys from Division Two. Petts Wood beat Division One Pembury Sunday on their own turf. A hat-trick by Jake Oke gave the Old Boys a two-legged semi-final against champions-elect Artois United. Matt  Rice-Tucker scored Pembury's goal.

There was a very close game at Yew Tree Lane where hosts Armada needed extra time to beat Green Lane. Both league games between the two ended in narrow wins for Green Lane, so Tom Cobb's two goals gained ample payback for Armada. Josh Harris scored for the Lane.

The game between Artois United and Green Street Blues was, in contrast, very much one sided. The two league games ended in 8-3 and 9-3 wins for Artois. This time they went one better, blasting 10 past luckless Blues. The ten goals featured two hat-tricks, by Reagan Corke and Stefan Draper, two from Peter Shaw and one each from James Donaldson and Josh Marshall. Draper's goals for the season now total 33, putting him level with Ben Boodle of Cassidy's Phoenix at the top of the league goalscoring table. Ash Birch-Ruffell scored Blues consolation.

Simla went through by default when opponents St John's Yard failed to raise a team.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

Intermediate Cup Semi Final 1st leg  Crowborough Town 2 Insulators 4 - Insulators are in the driving seat with the second leg being their home tie.

As might be expected this was a tight, competitive match where league positions were meaningless.

The match was end-to-end in the early stages before Insulators top scorer Jake Pingault scored from close range after 10 minutes. Crowborough then had a good spell but it wasnít until 30 minutes had gone when a fine shot from 18 yards by Ollie Hyland brought the scores level.

Insulators then had a spell on top and a good run down the right by Kane Ramsell was followed by an accurate cross, which provided Pingault with a straightforward goal from close range in the 38th minute - 1-2.  That lead was only maintained at half time when Max Bridges made a super save to tip a certain goal onto the crossbar.

Insulators extended their lead in the 48th minute when Ramsell played a perceptive pass to Pingault who scored from 12 yards to complete his hat trick.

Crowborough were still very much in the game and seven minutes later Andy Pollard scored with a great shot to the top left corner from 20 yards.

Twenty-five minutes of end to end play followed, with Insulators edging matters but the outcome was in doubt until substitute Reece Beecroft scored with his first touch after 82 minutes following a cross from Callum Lawlor.

Division Two

Dormansland Rockets and Brenchley took home 3 points each following two tightly contested double-header games at the Colin Anderson on Sunday morning, unfortunately for Brenchley this wasnít enough to save them from relegation. Brenchley gave themselves hope of survival after winning the first game 2-1 but went down 3-2 in the second. Dormansland are themselves way behind in the league fixtures. A combination of a welcome run to the final of the Surrey Lower Junior Cup, good progress in the WKSFL Intermediate Cup and an unwelcome succession of postponements because of unfit pitches  means they have played only eight of their scheduled league matches!

The Rockets started slowly and found themselves 1-0 down within ten minutes, the Brenchley striker Mike Williams found himself in acres of space in the Rockets box after Michel van Oorschot flicked on a throw in. He made no mistake lashing a volley past the helpless Rockets keeper. The lead didnít last long however, the Rockets equalising after a well worked team goal. TJ Stead and Dave Heaton combined well down the left hand side with the latter crossing for Stephen Hodge to volley past the keeper for his first goal for the club. The second half was full of controversy.  first Brenchley were awarded an indirect free kick in the Dormansland box after their centre half was adjudged; perhaps harshly, to have intentionally passed the ball back to the keeper. Brenchley took full advantage of the situation, teeing up Rich Sutton who found the corner of the net.

Dormansland then felt they should have had a penalty after a foul on TJ Stead, the referee however deemed the foul occurred outside the box. Callum Funnellís header from the resulting free kick appeared to have crossed the line before being tipped away by the keeper, but with no goal line technology available in the West Kent Sunday Football League Division 2 the referee couldnít be certain the ball had crossed the line and didnít award the goal. Dormansland continued to push for an equaliser but Brenchley managed to hold firm and get the 2-1 win.,

Dormansland were able to carry their momentum into the second game and quickly found themselves two goals to the good. The first a left footed strike from James Tester and the second an emphatic Ross Waghorn penalty after Dave Heatonís cross was handled. A few further chances came and went for Dormansland, who looked in complete control for the first half hour, they would regret not taking them after Brenchley counter attacked superbly from a poor Dormansland corner, the ball worked forward to Michel van Oorschot who made no mistake from close range. On the stroke of half time Paul Buckfield restored the hosts two goal advantage with a well-placed shot from the edge of the box. Both sides missed absolute sitters in the second half, the only moment of quality coming from Brenchleyís Mike Williams who beat his man one on one and fired past the Dormansland keeper to set up a nervy finish. This time it was Dormansland who held on and collected the three points.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 31st 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 8 4 0 4 27 24 3 12
7 Brenchley 14 3 2 9 22 56 -34 11
8 Crowborough Town 9 2 0 7 18 23 -5 6

Division Three

After several weeks without a game for various reasons, FC Grinstead faced Yalding & Laddingford in their penultimate league match. Neither team had played since they met in the Junior Cup four weeks previously and were both perhaps a little rusty. The outcome was a 2-2 draw, with Mick Neatherway and Joe Moulding scoring for Grinstead, Sam Shoebridge and Grant Allen for Yalding. That means that if Grinstead win their final league match next week with Tonbridge United, they would be certain of the Division Three title unless TW Ridgewaye win their remaining five games.

Ridgewaye kept on course with a 5-3 home win against Tonbridge Origin, exactly the same as when the pair met in a Junior Cup match earlier in the season. Eight different names are on the scoresheet. For Ridgewaye the names are Adam Davies-Knight, Nathan Cook, Dan Kommu, James Corner and Johnny Hughes. Origin's scorers were Ben Holder, who stands second in the Division Three scorer's chart behind Goudhurst's Harvey Parks, Duncan Ibottson and Bobby Brown.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 31st March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead 15 12 1 2 55 29 26 37
2 Ticehurst Village 15 8 3 4 48 37 11 27
3 TW Ridgewaye 11 8 1 2 52 23 29 25
4 Biggin Hill JFC 14 6 3 5 41 37 4 21
5 Goudhurst United 16 6 3 7 47 47 0 21
6 Yalding & Laddingford 14 6 2 6 39 43 -4 20
7 Tonbridge Origin 15 6 1 8 52 52 0 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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