West Kent Sunday League News Report –
Sunday 1st September 2019
The new season of the West Kent Sunday Football League is underway.
Twenty-seven teams split into three divisions will contest the various
competitions. Many will also enter their respective County cups.
The league welcomes new members AFC Valour, who are based at East
Peckham. Returning to the League after various absences are Charcott,
Paddock Wood and Hawkhurst United. Artois United and TW Ridgewaye have
entered reserve teams.
Charity Shield and a big donation to Hospice in the Weald
After three years without one, the traditional curtain-raiser took place
on Friday night at Rusthall FC. Senior Cup winners Simla overcame
League winners Artois United 2-0 with goals from Joe Fuller and Robie
Bissett. Simla«s 'keeper Joe Cullip kept the clean sheet, which he will
no doubt be hoping will be the first of many this term.
WKSFL Chairman Stuart Turner said after the game :
"I would like to thank all concerned with the recent Charity Shield
Match between Artois and Simla which Simla won 2-0. First of all
Rusthall FC who made their ground available to us at no charge.
Second, The four match officials. Referee Mick Syrett, Assistants
Stephen Ryan, Dave Hogan and Jerry Annandale. The generosity of both
Artois and Simla and of course all that attended the match or
contributed to the two bucket collections I made at the pre-season
meeting and on the night.
As a result we have been able to make a healthy donation in excess of
£1000 to Hospice in the Weald. They are of course most grateful so once
again many thanks."
With Simla and Artois playing on Friday, only three games were
scheduled. Green Lane, who put in a serious challenge to the established
order last season, started well with a 3-0 win at Pembury Sunday.
Leading scorer Tom Welch kicked off his season with two of the goals,
with the other coming from Bayley Colbran. Jamie Cutts was the clean
Insulators were the winners in a high scoring game against St John's
Yard, the score being 6-4 in their favour. It was an end-to-end
game in the sunshine that started the season for two newly promoted
teams. It's fair to say that attack had the better of the day!
Insulators took a 13th minute lead when last season's top scorer, Jake
Pingault, slotted past the keeper. St Johns were level within
seven minutes before Pingault ran through to score again. Billy
Smith (on his debut) added a third for Insulators after some good
passing, but within a minute the away side pulled it back to 3-2 with a
run through the centre and free shot at goal. Two minutes later and St
Johns were level with a tremendous shot from outside the area. In the
39th minute a headed own goal put 'Slators back in front.
Amazingly, six minutes without goals saw the game 4-3 at half time.
The second half threatened more of the same as Jake Pingault completed
his hat trick, but then the game slowed in the warm weather and 25
minutes passed before Tom Bridger made it 6-3 after being played in by
Pingault. St John's Yard completed the scoring with a free header to
make it 6-4. What a thriller!
And Petts Wood Old Boys beat Armada 1-0 with a goal from Ollie Nicholas and a goalkeeper's clean sheet by Matthew Rose.
Three games were scheduled, but at Biggin Hill a problem with the pitch caused a postponement.
Big winners of the day were FC Grinstead. Having dominated Division
Three last season thus gaining promotion, they set out their stall for
the new campaign with a comprehensive 7-2 at home to Speldhurst Rangers.
Seven goals and seven different scorers - Tom Hawkins, Lee
Warbey, Joe Moulding, Ben Wright, Kieron Bence, Bud Brazenell and
Fred Webb. Rangers replies came from James Hughes and an own goal.
In the other game, AFC Valour's debut saw them lose 2-3 to Charcott, for
whom Jay Pring scored a hat-trick. Valour’s hopes of a win in
their first game back at East Peckham were dashed by two goals in the
last five minutes from an impressive Charcott FC. Both sides had early
chances and great goalkeeping from Mark Taylor prevented Valour going
behind. The home side were the first to score and break the deadlock
after Paul Shuffle-Botham was fouled by the Charcott centre back. Callum
Hoare stepped up to score the penalty. A little bit of trivia for you,
Hoare scored Valour’s last ever goal as a Saturday team and their first
as Sunday league team. Charcott, clearly frustrated, had a rare spell of
losing possession and Valour capitalised after Shuffle-Botham latched
onto a great through ball and dinked the ball past the onrushing
Charcott keeper. 2-0 Valour. The home side’s chances of entering the
break with a two goal lead were denied after the impressive Charcott
frontman Jayson Pring neatly finished after Valour failed to clear their
Second half and all to play for, Charcott maintained good possession and
looked dangerous going forward. Valour defended resolutely, but
struggled to keep hold of the ball. Further good goalkeeping from Mark
Taylor and some wasteful finishing looked like it would be enough to
earn Valour the win. However Charcott kept pressing forward and got an
equaliser from close range courtesy of Pring. With their tails up
Charcott were now pressing for a winner. They got their reward with two
minutes to go as a long ball over the top was poorly dealt with by
Valour and Pring charged through to finish emphatically and complete his
hat-trick. Valour did have a chance at the death through Shuffle-Botham
but some good goalkeeping prevented them recouping a point.
Overall a great game for the neutrals and Charcott! The Tonbridge based
side will be a strong contender for a title challenge this season. For
Valour, they go again vs TW Ridgewaye in what is expected to be another
Valour MOM - Mark Taylor Charcott MOM - I’d imagine Jayson Pring!
Big winners of the day were the newly formed TW Ridgewaye Reserves, who
smashed Hawkhurst United 7-0. Hawkhurst's management bemoaned the fact
that four players didn't turn up and were grateful that Ridgewaye subbed
their best player or, they said, it could have been 20-nil! Ridgewaye
did not send in their goalscorers.
A closer game was played at Ticehurst, where the Village Club beat
Tonbridge Origin 3-2. Oli Marsh and Darren Nicol scored, as did an
un-named Origin player into his own goal. At the correct end, Louis
Quinton and Alex Webster hit Origin's replies.
Goudhurst United, last season's Junior Cup winners, replayed the final
against Yalding and Laddingford to start the new season. The outcome was
not as comprehensive as the Final victory, but still a good 4-2 win
with which to begin the season. Familiar names on their scoresheet as
well, one each from Harvey Parks, Will Mantle, Ben Young and Michael
Peever. Yalding responded with goals from Jacob Lambert and Grant
No league tables this week as not everyone has played.
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