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West Kent Sunday League Report Sunday 5th February 2017

A wet weekend resulted in all the games scheduled for pitches in Crowborough and Paddock Wood being called off, but enough games were played to bring some of the issues into focus. The league is still in a position where the majority of League matches will be completed by the end of February, barring something biblical in the weather. A Spring Cup is on the horizon, as are the semi-finals of the various WKSFL cup competitions.

Division One

It's close at the top! Simla, with four games remaining, are probably in the best position but one of those games is against Tonbridge Origin. Artois' three games are all against teams they would expect to beat, but there's no room for any slipups.

Tonbridge Origin moved back to the top of the table after a resounding 9-1 home win against Dormansland Rockets, who could muster only nine men for the occasion. Leading the way for Origin was Division One's top scorer Myles Lowden who found the net four times and notched his fifth hat-trick of the season. Jimmy Shepherd and Mike Jessop each scored twice, while Andrew Jarvis added the ninth. Rich Wetton scored Rockets consolation.

Artois United also enjoyed a goal fest, this time against Rusthall Rangers, who we know have have been struggling on all fronts. A first half hat-trick from Tim Thirlaway set the tone in what was to become a 12-0 rout. The long list of the other goalscorers reads : Connor Morrow (2), Tim Maynard, Jak Cook, Ian Trim, Nathan Moseley, Robbie Arthur, Max Carbone and Jack Funnell. Dave Holdstock kept the clean sheet, only his second of the season. Big squad? Eighteen different players, including Mr OG, have now scored for Artois this season.

It was a close battle at Chequer Field, but Armada just managed to overcome hosts Goudhurst United by a 2-1 margin. Stuart Andrews scored for United, for Armada it was Paul Oliver and Justin Staddon-Smith on the scoresheet.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 5th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tonbridge Origin 14 10 1 3 61 27 34 31
2 Simla # 12 11 0 1 44 13 31 30
3 Artois United 13 9 1 3 61 22 39 28
4 Insulators 12 7 1 4 41 19 22 22
5 Armada 10 5 2 3 21 19 2 17
6 TW Foresters 11 4 1 6 32 39 -7 13
7 Dormansland Rockets 9 2 0 7 19 37 -18 6
8 Goudhurst United + 11 0 0 11 11 69 -58 3
9 Rusthall Rangers 10 0 0 10 2 47 -45 0

Division Two

Pembury Sunday's game at Green Lane was one of those called off and they were no doubt disappointed by the news that Gardener's Arms gained three points wiithout playing. Their scheduled opponents, Hawkenbury Sunday, did not raise a team. The top two do have to play each other, on a date to be arranged, in what could be a title decider.

The game between Paddock Wood and SE Spitfires was also called off, leaving the only game of the day that between Langton Green and Cassidy's Phoenix. Green recovered from last week's thrashing by Gardener's Arms to record a 4-2 win. There were four different goalscorers, namely Carl Wilkinson, Ed Thorn, Inigo Martin-Quirke and an own goal. I do not have Cassidy's goalscorers.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 5th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Gardener's Arms 12 10 2 0 48 9 39 32
2 Pembury Sunday 12 9 2 1 38 9 29 29
3 Paddock Wood + 14 6 1 7 29 42 -13 22
4 Green Lane 11 6 2 3 30 20 10 20
5 Brenchley 12 4 2 6 25 38 -13 14
6 Langton Green 12 3 2 7 31 43 -12 11
7 SE Spitfires 10 3 1 6 16 30 -14 10
8 Hawkenbury Sunday 12 2 2 8 20 30 -10 8
9 Cassidy's Phoenix # 13 3 2 8 22 38 -16 8

Division Three

The table has been adjusted since last week in respect of a Management Committee decision concerning the match between Rusthall Club Athletic and Green Street Blues, which was played in 18th September and abandoned. The matter was in the hands of the County FA for a long time. Having been notified of their findings, the Management Committee decided that the match would not be replayed as Rusthall Club Athletic were at fault. Three points have been awarded to Green Street Blues and the match recorded in the table as 0-0.

Back on the field, Bricklayer's Arms moved to within three points of securing the Division Three title with a 4-0 win against Ticehurst Village Club. With the Goldsmith's pitches unplayable, this game was switched the drier climes of Ticehurst and thanks to them for agreeing to do so.  Bricks scorers were Tommy Mulcahy, Craig Murphy, Ben Freeman and Ollie Hyland. In goal, Alex Gunn kept his third clean sheet of the season.

Tonbridge Invicta kept up the pressure on Crowborough Town, for the runners-up spot at least, with a 3-2 win at Speldhurst Rangers. Sam Wing, Sam Wyles and Josh King scored for Invicta, Rangers goals were both scored by Ollie Crees. Rangers are getting close to that elusive first league win. They have lost three of their last four games by a single goal, the other by two. Only two more games to go though!

Green Street Blues made it three wins in four matches with a narrow 2-1 win at home against St John's Yard. Goals from Matt O'Sullivan did the job.

The game between Crowborough Town and Rusthall Club Athletic was rained off.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 5th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bricklayers Arms 13 11 0 2 53 15 38 33
2 Crowborough Town 15 10 1 4 46 29 17 31
3 Tonbridge Invicta 14 8 2 4 49 25 24 26
4 Green St Blues 13 8 1 4 29 20 9 25
5 Paddock Wood Reserves 13 5 1 7 20 38 -18 16
6 Rusthall Club Athletic 9 4 2 3 28 19 9 14
7 Ticehurst Village 15 4 2 9 32 44 -12 14
8 St John's Yard 14 4 1 9 25 57 -32 13
9 Speldhurst Rangers 14 0 2 12 21 56 -35 2

Division Four

With the top spot and trophy all but guaranteed to be in the hands of TW Foresters Reserves, the fight is on for second place. FC Grinstead and FC Hayward are the main contenders. The latter could only look on as their game was called off, while FC Grinstead made the most of their visit to the synthetic pitch at Hayesbrook School, going back home with a 5-1 win over Tonbridge Casuals. Charly Harris picked up his fourth hat-trick of the season, further goals came from Joe Moulding and Connor Tobin. That's eight consecutive WKSFL League and Cup games undefeated now for FC Grinstead. Casuals leading scorer Paul Edwards was their only marksman.

Shock of the day was that only six goals were scored in a game involving AFC Six In One! Only once before this season have fewer than seven goals been scored in any of their WKSFL League or Cup games. That was when they lost 3-2 to FC Grinstead back in mid November. But they made it three wins in a row, much improved after a dreadful run of six consecutive defeats.

In that game, home side Tonbridge United scored twice, only the third time this season they have scored more than once, the goals coming from Alex Underdown and Adam Saunders. For Six in One, three familiar names were on the scoresheet, those of Ryan Smith, Dave Cherry and Ross Billyard. Joe Brown scored the other. Smith now has 42 goals to his credit this season and is a hot favourite to make the trip to the end of season Presentations and collect a much deserved trophy.


West Kent Sunday League Division Four including Sunday 5th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 TW Foresters Reserves 13 12 0 1 68 21 47 36
2 FC Hayward 12 7 2 3 41 22 19 23
3 AFC Six in One 15 7 2 6 70 54 16 23
4 FC Grinstead 11 6 3 2 39 26 13 21
5 Insulators Reserves 13 6 3 4 39 36 3 21
6 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 12 4 3 5 35 40 -5 15
7 Tonbridge Casuals 15 2 5 8 28 53 -25 11
8 TW Youth (Ridgewaye) 13 3 1 9 38 68 -30 10
9 Tonbridge United 12 1 1 10 9 47 -38 4


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