West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 1st December 2019

The focus on Sunday was on various cups and helpfully the weather was kind, allowing most games to go ahead.

Surrey Junior Cup

Dormansland Rockets moved into the third round of the Surrey Junior Cup after a 5 -2 win over Chessington based Kingston Boys.

Rockets started the brighter and had more of the play, but try though they might,  a disciplined Kingston kept the score at nil nil at the half time interval.

More of the same continued in the second half, when the inevitable happened. It seems to be a true adage in football that if you don't take your chances when you're on top it will turn around and bite you.  Despite creating little of note, Kingston went ahead with a speculative 30 yard shot which deceived Carl Muncey in the Rockets goal. This seemed to spur the away team into action. Four goals were scored in a ten minute period by Rich Wetton (2), Jamie Ashley and a sublime free kick from George Pleon.

With five minutes remaining Kingston got their second. but there was still time for Rich Wetton to complete his hat trick.. Their reward is a shorter trip to play in Shirley against Woodside FC of the Croydon Municipal Sunday League. That game will be on 15th December.

WKSFL Senior Cup

Group A is still in its early stages. There can't be many Speldhurst Rangers players who have scored four goals in a game and yet be on the losing side, but that was Rob Runciman's Sunday morning when his team lost at home 6-4 to Green Lane. Considering the respective league positions, Speldhurst came out of the match with their heads held high. Runciman tormented the visitors back five, and Andy Watts was a stalwart in the middle. Liam Baldwin surprisingly wasn’t lobbed in goal.

Armada recorded their first Senior Cup win with a 4-1 win over Insulators, whom they had beaten 5-1 in the League early in October. Insulators started this game with ten men as three players failed to show. Not a good start! They were up to a full side by twenty minutes. With a couple of reserves in the team it was a good effort to keep the score level for the first half hour. Armada took the lead as a through ball beat the defence and Harry Tampsett r slotted in past the oncoming keeper. H 1-0

The home side quickly added to their lead within 10 minutes of the restart, Ben Parkin scoring but the hardworking Insulators side pulled one back when Fabian Fernandez scored from close range. There were chances at both ends, but Armada added two more in the final ten minutes through Parkin and Dan Hickling as Insulators tired. Well done to Armada but a real team effort by the 'Slator boys!

Pembury Sunday could not raise a team for their game with Artois United. A decision on the award of points etc is awaited.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group A
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Dormansland Rockets 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 6
2 Green Lane 2 2 0 0 11 8 3 6
3 Artois United 1 1 0 0 4 0 4 3
4 Armada 3 1 0 2 8 7 1 3
5 Pembury Sunday 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Speldhurst Rangers 2 0 0 2 5 10 -5 0
7 Insulators 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0

Group B has a bit more shape to it. Simla were given a really good game by Second Division Charcott in their 1-0 win at Tonbridge Farm. Top scorer Ian Parsons scored their only goal. Joe Cullip kept his seventh clean sheet this season and is well on the way to that particular award.

Biggin Hill's move to new premises at St Mary Cray seems to have done some good. They gained only their second win this season with a 4-1 result over St John's Yard. Top man for the Hill was Emmanuel Awokunle with a hat-trick. Scott Galstin scored the other. I do not have St John's Yard scorer.

The game between Cassidy's Phoenix and Royal Oak was one to fall foul of rain and pitch conditions.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group B
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 4 4 0 0 21 1 20 12
2 Cassidy's Phoenix 5 3 1 1 20 11 9 10
3 Charcott 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4 Biggin Hill 4 1 1 2 11 20 -9 4
5 St John's Yard 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 3
6 Royal Oak 3 0 1 2 5 12 -7 1
7 AFC Valour 2 0 0 2 1 11 -10 0

WKSFL Junior Cup

Result of the day was Insulators Reserves 8-2 home win against Ticehurst Village. The league games between the two had seen one win each.

After a season of promising performances it finally clicked for Insulators this weekend as some sublime football really did the trick against Ticehurst. A Jake Freeman effort was deflected in after thirteen minutes, but when the visitors Jason March equalised shortly afterwards from the spot, it looked like another tight affair ahead.

However, ´Slators really did turn up the dial and played some great flowing football all across the park and deservedly took the lead after thirty minutes through Ed Harwood.  The lead was extended further after Cole Walsh scored following an assist from Ben Obbard. More chances came Slators was and the 3-1 scoreline at half time could have been more but for some good goalkeeping from Ticehurst's Sam Beaney.

Young Harry Mascall was introduced for the second half and Cole Walsh turned provider on 50 minutes for Harry to open his account for the club. Cole Walsh then returned to scoring ways and with goals on 56 and 75 minutes made it 6-1 when he completed his hat trick.

There was a consolation goal from Ticehurst with ten minutes to go, scored by Darren Nicol, as they refused to go down without a fight. Despite this there was time for two more Insulators goals, both from Harry Mascall who also completed his hat trick as the game finished 8-2

Insulators management said '.. hope we can keep up this level of performance as it really does feel like something good is starting to form... we try to push on for a positive remainder of the season." Insulators Reserves have in fact won three of their last four games, with the only blot being a 2-1 loss at Brenchley.

Brenchley scraped home 4-3 against Yalding and Laddingford to keep their hopes of a semi final place alive. Two goals from Mike Williams and one each from Dan Connolly and Connor Williams were almost matched by James Lawton, James Faulkner and Davids Williams.

Brenchley and the others at the top must look below them. Goudhurst United have suffered several postponements in this competition and did not play at all for six weeks,  but finally managed to play their third match and it was a good one for them. A Jon Bilsby hat-trick saw them comfortable winners 4-0 at home to Tonbridge Origin. Michael Peevor scored the other goal while in goal Steve Smith kept his third clean sheet of the season.

The Junior Cup schedule will resume in January. Key games to come include Goudhurst United v Ticehurst Village, Goudhurst v Brenchley and Tonbridge Origin v Paddock Wood. Tunbridge Wells Ridgewaye Reserves will have a big say in matters to come. They still have to play both Goudhurst Utd and Paddock Wood. The top four will qualify for the semi-finals.

West Kent Sunday League Junior Cup
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Paddock Wood 5 3 2 0 20 6 14 11
2 Ticehurst Village 7 3 1 3 22 23 -1 10
3 Tonbridge Origin 5 3 0 2 17 14 3 9
4 Brenchley 6 3 0 3 12 18 -6 9
5 Goudhurst United 3 2 1 0 8 1 7 7
6 Yalding & Laddingford 6 2 1 3 18 24 -6 7
7 Insulators Reserves 5 1 2 2 15 11 4 5
8 Hawkhurst United 4 1 1 2 5 10 -5 4
9 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 3 0 0 3 7 17 -10 0

Division One

No games scheduled.

Division Two

In the one game scheduled, AFC Valour picked up their second win of the season in beating TW Ridgewaye 4-0 away from home.  They seem to have put aside their poor start of seven successive defeats in all competitions. Goals from Matt Jagelman (2), James Allen and Ben Mansford lifted them into fifth place in the table.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Dormansland Rockets 4 4 0 0 21 5 16 12
2 Royal Oak 3 3 0 0 13 5 8 9
3 Artois United Reserves 6 3 0 3 17 16 1 9
4 Charcott 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6
5 AFC Valour 6 2 0 4 12 15 -3 6
6 TW Ridgewaye 4 1 0 3 6 12 -6 3
7 Speldhurst Rangers 3 1 0 2 9 21 -12 3
8 Biggin Hill JFC 3 0 0 3 4 9 -5 0

Division Three


No games scheduled.


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