West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 4th February 2018

One again, unfit pitches caused the postponement of about half the scheduled games.

Division One

Shock result of the day was Paddock Wood's 4-3 win over Armada. An encouraging display a fortnight ago against the powerful Simla outfit was followed by this, their first win of the season in the League and only their second win in any competition. The goals from Scott McGuire, George Bourne, Motema Bitata and James Hall caused celebrations I am sure. Armada's top scorer Harry Tampsett scored once, Ben Renshaw twice but it was not enough.

We now have a three way tie at the top of the Division 1 goalscorers chart, with Tampsett level on 20 goals with Tom Welch of Green Lane and Tom Cobb of Tonbridge Origin.

Welch was once again on the scoresheet for Green Lane, but they went down 6-3 at home to Simla, who stretched their lead to five points over Armada with two games in hand.

Green Lane were awarded a penalty after two minutes of play, fortunately this was saved by Simla 'keeper Joe Cullip.  Then followed six minutes of attacking football which led to three goals for Simla, one each for Steve Smith, Clayton Cooper and David Blundell. Green Lane pulled one back, Tom Welch being the scorer before Simla were awarded a penalty which was put away by David Blundell. Then Matt Crompton scored another goal for Simla making it 5-1 to the visitors. Green Lane scored again just before half time through Josh Harris, so at the interval it was 5-2 in Simla's favour.

Early in the second half Simla had a player sent off. The momentum then swung in Green Lane's favour for the first time in the match, but they failed to threaten Simla's goal. As the time went on Simla looked more likely to score,  which they did with Matt Crompton's second goal of the match.

Green Lane did manage to score again in the last minute of the match, Jack Humphrey finding the back of the net.

Tonbridge Origin entertained Pembury Sunday at Tonbridge Farm.  Origin's form has taken a bit of dip since the turn of the year, while Pembury are really struggling. The outcome was a narrow 2-1 win for Origin, with Tom Cobb and Myles Lowden scoring once each. Marc Chappell replied for Pembury.

The pitch at Dormansland was once again ruled unfit and the match with Artois United called of. Artois could probably have done with the run out before next week's Kent Sunday Premier Cup match.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 4th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 10 9 1 0 40 14 26 28
2 Armada 12 7 2 3 30 21 9 23
3 Green Lane 10 6 2 2 32 22 10 20
4 Artois United 8 5 1 2 30 14 16 16
5 Tonbridge Origin 11 4 3 4 36 27 9 15
6 Pembury Sunday 12 2 1 9 23 42 -19 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 6 2 0 4 17 21 -4 6
8 Insulators 9 1 2 6 19 38 -19 5
9 Paddock Wood 8 1 0 7 14 42 -28 3

Division Two

Crowborough Town's hopes of the title took a blow at Brenchley. Brenchley have been creeping along steadily, although their position is slightly false as they have collected nine points from unplayed games. Useless fact, every one of Brenchley's games this season has seen a different score! This time it was a 2-1 win. Mike Williams and Michel van Oorschot scored the home team's goals. Rob Guile was Town's scorer.

Cassidy's Phoenix beat Langton Green 6-0 at the Cadogan. Phoenix are another team for which every single game this season has ended in a different score. Their six goal win came via two goals each for Matt Ferris and Rob Harman, while Ben Boodle and Josh Ennis scored one apiece. Alex Kibbey in goal kept the clean sheet.

Royal Oak must be wondering how, or even if, their season will run. Their game against Tonbridge Invicta was called off, unusual for Tonbridge Farm pitches. They have played only two League games for one reason or another, while three teams have only six matches remaining. There will be quite a queue forming. Likewise the game between Goudhurst United and FC Grinstead fell foul of the conditions.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 4th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 9 7 1 1 38 17 21 22
2 Brenchley 10 6 1 3 18 18 0 19
3 Crowborough Town 8 6 0 2 44 17 27 18
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 10 4 2 4 30 24 6 14
5 FC Grinstead 6 3 0 3 29 13 16 9
6 Langton Green 10 2 1 7 17 45 -28 7
7 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
8 Goudhurst United 8 2 0 6 20 32 -12 6
9 Tonbridge Invicta 9 1 1 7 18 53 -35 4

Division Three

Only one of the four scheduled games took place. It was an important win for hosts Speldhurst Rangers, whose three points gained by beating Paddock Wood Reserves put them back at the top of the table. The ten unanswered goals greatly improved their goal difference.

There were five goals in each half for Rangers in a one-sided game. Paddock Wood Reserves put up a good resistance in the first half, Speldhurst had to create well worked chances for their goals. Understandably, the visitors were a little deflated in the second half, Rangers applied more pressure and and kept the score rolling along. The final tally included two hat-tricks, for James Hughes and Jolyon Wheller, two goals for Rob Runciman and one each for Dan Kelly and Josh Fermor. 'Keeper Liam Baldwin kept his fifth clean sheet of the season and is joint top overall in that little race.

The games between TW Ridgewaye and St John's Yard, also Insulators Reserves v Tonbridge Casuals were called off. East Grinstead Mavericks were unable to fulfil their fixture at Tonbridge United. A decision is awaited from the Management Committee concerning the award of points.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 4th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Speldhurst Rangers 12 9 1 2 51 27 24 28
2 St John's Yard 10 8 1 1 56 20 36 25
3 TW Ridgewaye 10 5 3 2 37 22 15 18
4 Tonbridge Casuals 11 5 2 4 24 24 0 17
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 9 3 1 5 24 23 1 10
6 Tonbridge United 9 3 0 6 22 33 -11 9
7 Insulators Reserves 9 3 0 6 16 30 -14 9
8 Paddock Wood Reserves 7 1 1 5 11 26 -15 4
9 East Grinstead Mavericks 9 1 1 7 8 44 -36 4


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