West Kent Sunday League News Report Ė 1st November 2020

November should have been a month by the end of which the three WKSFL cup competitions for 2020 - 2021 should have been well under way. But with government having outlawed grass roots football (among many other sports of course) we shall now have to wait at least four weeks until we know whether or the season shall continue.

Some games were called off, for various reasons.

WKSFL Senior Cup

The 2020 - 2021 Senior Cup will be played in three groups of five, comprising the teams in the First and Second Divisions. TW Ridgewaye asked not to be entered.

The first round of matches in Group A featured a lot of goals, fourteen in the two games to be exact. Eight goals were scored at Bayham, where Cassidy's Phoenix beat Royal Oak 6-2. Ben Boodle, whose name hasn't been seen on the score sheets recently, hit a hat-trick for Phoenix. Ollie Muggeridge, Jordan Masters and David Crouch rounded off the scoring for the hosts.

Matt Last and Luke Graham scored the Oak's goals. Oak have yet to win since the League resumed in September.

The other match in Group A saw Division Two Goudhurst United draw with First Division Armada. There was also a hat-trick in this game, from United's Michael Peevor. They were his first goals of the new campaign. Armada's Ethan McCreight scored twice, James Donaldson the other

In Group B there was that rarest of results, a 0-0 draw between AFC Valour and Green Lane. Games involving Green Lane thus far have all been low scoring affairs. Their tally now stands at seven scored and seven conceded in seven matches overall. Valour were no doubt pleased, having conceded ten in their four league matches, plus a couple more in their delayed 2019 - 2020 Intermediate Cup ties.

The  two happy goalkeepers were Mark Taylor for Valour and Joe Roberts of Green Lane. For Roberts, it was the third shut out of the season.

WKSFL Junior Cup

The Junior Cup will be played by Division Three teams in two groups of five, with each team playing the others once.  Group B got under way with an astonishing result. Speldhurst Rangers had won only one of their previous eight games, while Dunton Green had won five of their seven. Rangers defied the form book with a 4-0 win at Dunton Green.

Speldhurst head into the close down with that emphatic 4-0 victory. They started the game brightly with Ollie Crees' long throws causing a problem. Speldhurst took the lead halfway through the first half after a goal mouth scramble ended with Andreas Theodorou firing in from close range. 1-0 at half time. Speldhurst came out firing in the 2second half with Ollie Crees doubling the Speldhurst lead with a volley after a lovely cushioned assist from top goalscorer James Hughes. Speldhurst continued to press on. Kieran Thomas scored from a traditional Ollie Crees long throw. Leo Hall capped off a brilliant Speldhurst performance by hitting a free kick into the bottom left hand corner. Baldwin made a fantastic double save towards the end which kept his clean sheet intact.

Crees earns special mention. It's his eleventh season with the club during which he has played in every position, including goal. On Sunday, he was at left back.

Division One

No games scheduled.

Division Two

There was only one game scheduled, in which Paddock Wood won a close game with TW Ridgewaye.  A strike by Harry Garner and an own goal enabled a 2 - 1 victory. Callum Seal scored for Ridgewaye.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Nomads 7 6 0 1 25 11 14 18
2 Pembury Sunday 7 4 2 1 21 11 10 14
3 TW Ridgewaye 7 3 2 2 20 15 5 11
4 Paddock Wood 4 3 0 1 11 5 6 9
5 Goudhurst United 4 2 0 2 9 10 -1 6
6 Artois United Reserves 6 2 0 4 10 22 -12 6
7 Saint John's Yard 4 1 2 1 10 11 -1 5
8 AFC Valour 4 1 0 3 8 10 -2 3
9 Royal Oak 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 1
10 Cassidy's Phoenix 6 0 1 5 5 19 -14 1

Division Three

Insulators Reserves carried on from last week's win, recording a good 4-2 home victory over Ticehurst Village.

Insulators started the game well, with lots of possession. A number of half chances came and went, there was nothing to seriously test the visiting 'keeper.

As often happens, it was the side with less of the ball that took the lead. On nineteen minutes Insulators lost possession midway in their own half. A superb cross to Rob Briley was well met and finished with an equally fine shot to put the Village int the lead. Just after the half hour,  a combination of defensive errors let Ollie Marsh in to increase the visitors' lead to 2-0

Despite playing well it didnít look good for the home side  But, deep into first half stoppage time, Nik Weedon gave Insulators hope with a fine finish from twenty yards.

The second half saw a much sharper start by Insulators. Harry Bourne brought the scores level on 52 minutes with a deflected shot and a few minutes later Harry Mascall scored from the penalty spot after Jake Freeman had been fouled. 3-2 to Insulators. A nasty clash of heads between two Ticehurst players delayed the game midway through the half, but fortunately both recovered well.

Ticehurst gradually gained a foothold and had a good spell, before a Harry Mascall free kick made it 4-2 with five minutes remaining.

In the only other game, Sedlescombe Rangers crushed struggling TW Ridgewaye Reserves 9-0. Harry Loates led the way with four goals, Charlie Webbe scored twice, with Alvin Scott, Ben Gardner and Tom Swatton all scoring once. In goal, Nathan Pagden kept his second clean sheet of the season.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 AFC Borough 8 8 0 0 37 10 27 24
2 Sedlescombe Rangers 9 6 0 3 33 18 15 18
3 Dunton Green 7 5 0 2 22 14 8 15
4 Ticehurst Village Club 4 3 0 1 15 12 3 9
5 Insulators Reserves 6 2 2 2 20 18 2 8
6 Speldhurst Rangers 8 1 2 5 21 33 -12 5
7 Yalding & Laddingford 5 1 1 3 15 15 0 4
8 Tonbridge United 8 1 1 6 12 27 -15 4
9 Brenchley 5 1 0 4 7 19 -12 3
10 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 4 1 0 3 6 22 -16 3

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