West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 1st April

Once again, another weekend of football ruined by the weather. Only three of the scheduled WKSFL matches took place, four were postponed for weather related reasons, but another three were called off when clubs found players unavailable. No doubt  many are rapidly losing interest in this most difficult of seasons.

The League's Management Committee has announced an extension of the season, which will now conclude on May 20th. We may get to finish the fixtures.

WKSFL Senior Cup Semi-Final First Leg

Tonbridge Origin will go into the second leg of this semi-final with a 2-0 lead after winning at Tonbridge Farm. This game couldn't have started much worse for the visitors. A goal conceded in fifteen seconds  when Mike Jessop scored. This was followed by another via the penalty spot after thirteen minutes, the prolific Myles Lowdedn converting the spot kick. Could it get any worse? Yes. Insulators then had a player sent off after 28 minutes and things looked bleak indeed. However, a combination of fine keeping by Max Bridges and a spirited, fighting display by his remaining outfield colleagues meant that was the end of the scoring. Insulators even had a few chances of their, own but must remain satisfied at still just being in the contest.

Division One

No games were played.

Division Two

Green Street Blues synthetic grass pitch came to the rescue once more, allowing their game with Royal Oak to go ahead. The Oak had lost heavily to the Blues in the revese fixture 5 weeks ago, they suffered again on Sunday losing 7-2  and a setback to their hopes of winning the Divisional title.  Rob Shearman's hat-trick lead the way, with Ash Birchruffel scoring twice, Jack Edmeads and Frank Ndouka once each. Oak's leading scorer Ash Bell hit one, Natt Paine scored his first for a very long time and marked his team's second goal.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 1st April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 13 11 1 1 65 21 44 34
2 Royal Oak 9 7 0 2 29 19 10 21
3 Brenchley 13 6 1 6 21 31 -10 19
4 Crowborough Town 8 6 0 2 44 17 27 18
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 11 5 2 4 33 25 8 17
6 Goudhurst United 11 3 1 7 31 45 -14 10
7 FC Grinstead 8 3 0 5 31 18 13 9
8 Langton Green 15 2 2 11 24 70 -46 8
9 Tonbridge Invicta 10 2 1 7 23 55 -32 7

Division Three

Tonbridge Origin Reserves continued their recent good form with a hard  fought 1-0 victory over St John´s Yard. Origin took an early lead  through captain Bobby Brown, but had keeper Jamie Holder to thank for  a string of quality saves to prevent St John's Yard from equalising.

In the second half, Yard piled on the pressure and created a  number of chances, hitting the bar and having a shot saved on the goal  line by Origin defender Jamie Edwards. Origin created a couple of  chances on the counter attack with Ben Holder hitting the post.

Overall, a far better game to watch than the 1-0 scoreline suggests. Speldhurst Rangers must win their last game, at Tonbridge Origin Reerves on 15 April while on the same day St John's Yard meet TW Ridgewaye. Neither game will be easy for the top two, but the destination of the title could be decided when those games are over. St John's Yard have aldready beaten Ridgewaye in League and Cup this season. Rangers beat Origin Reserves 4-2 in the reverse fixture at the end of January, followed that with four big wins but then lost their way a bit with two defeats.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 1st April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Speldhurst Rangers 15 11 1 3 68 36 32 34
2 St John's Yard 14 10 2 2 66 26 40 32
3 Tonbridge Casuals 14 6 2 6 31 35 -4 20
4 TW Ridgewaye # 13 6 4 3 47 27 20 19
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 12 6 1 5 32 27 5 19
6 Tonbridge United + 15 5 1 9 29 47 -18 19
7 Insulators Reserves 12 4 0 8 21 37 -16 12
8 East Grinstead Mavericks 13 3 1 9 14 54 -40 10
9 Paddock Wood Reserves 12 1 4 7 18 37 -19 7


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