West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 6th October 2019

There was plenty of action and plenty of goals again on Sunday. A couple of games were called off but most went ahead as planned.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

Two games were played in the preliminary round of the WKSFL Intermediate Cup. Insulators Reserves, of Division Three, took Royal Oak, then leaders of Division Two to extra time before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat at Hawkenbury. This looked like a foregone conclusion, but the Insulators Reserve team put in a great effort.

Insulators Reserves dominated the early exchanges, but weren’t able to convert their chances thanks to excellent goalkeeping and heroic goal line clearances. The deadlock was eventually broken against the run of play with a strike by Oak's Joe Rutland after good work on the right wing. Insulators equalised early in the second with a lovely hit from outside the box by Sam Minter-Frier, his second goal in two weeks. Oak took the lead again thanks to a goal from Ash Bell. That looked good enough to ‘game over’ but a late equaliser by Cole Walsh took the game into extra time. A frantic 30minutes was played out with both sides pushing hard for the win, but it was Ash Bell who scored what turned out to be the winner in the first half of extra time. 3-2 final result. It was the home side's win, but they were pushed all the way by Insulators Reserves who are yet to win a game this season.

Royal Oak will meet another Division Three side, Yalding & Laddingford, in the next round.

In the other game, Charcott easily beat Speldhurst Rangers 7-1. Rangers are having a difficult start to the season. Their only goal, by Richard Oddy, was scant consolation as seven different Charcott players scored - Luke Ailles, Ryan Silvester, Craig Waller, OIllie Bellward, Jake Aldridge, Luke French and Jayson Pring. Charcott will entertain TW Ridgewaye in the next round.

WKSFL Junior Cup

This First Round is being played in a group format and it's starting to take shape, although some postponements have messed things up a bit. Each team will play the others once.

Paddock Wood made up useful ground on top team Ticehurst Village with a 3-1 away win against them. Two from Simon Hammond and one from Lamin Fuller gave the 'Wood the points. The Ticehurst scorer was Jason Marsh.

Tonbridge Origin visited Brenchley and went home with a 2-0 win under their belts, Harry Millsom and Danny Clarke scoring. In between the sticks, it was Connor McIlravey who kept the clean sheet. (The table posted in last week's report was incorrect and has been replaced.)

Division One

Armada find themselves at the top of Division One after  big 5-1 win at Insulators. Insulators find themselves in a losing run at the moment and need to pull together to recover early season form.  They found themselves behind after seventeen minutes when the ball wasn't cleared leaving Josh Matthews a free shot from twelve yards. Insulators top scorer Jake Pingault equalised after 38 minutes from eight yards after a fine cross from Glen Gostlow. They were unable to hang on until half time as Armada sprung the high line defence to run through with time to spare to slot in for the lead. 2-1 at half time.

Armada had the better of the second half and it was no surprise when they made it 1-3 on 72 minutes, before adding two more in the last 10 minutes. Armada´s scorers were Josh Matthews and Tom Critchley both with two, also scoring was Harry Tampsett.

Artois United had a good home win, 7-1 over Pembury Sunday. A hat-trick from Stefan Draper, two from Dan Ashton and one each from Reagan Corke and Saul Musengyi made up the seven. Pembury's sole reply was a penalty convrted by Josh Knght.

Eight goals were equally shared at Westcombe Park where hosts Petts Wood Old Boys and Cassidy's Phoenix played out a 4-4 draw. On target for the Old Boys were Bill Parkinson, Ryan Dawkins and there wewre two for Ollie Nicholas. Ben Boodle scored twice for Phoenix and and has scoreed in each of their last four games.  Also scoring for Phoenix were Matt Oakley and Mike Culverhouse.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 6th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Armada + 4 2 1 1 12 5 7 10
2 Green Lane 4 3 0 1 21 12 9 9
3 Insulators + 4 2 0 2 12 23 -11 9
4 Artois United $ 3 3 0 0 25 3 22 6
5 Simla 2 1 1 0 7 2 5 4
6 Saint John's Yard 4 1 0 3 8 18 -10 3
7 Cassidy's Phoenix 4 0 2 2 12 16 -4 2
8 Petts Wood Old Boys $ 4 1 1 2 10 19 -9 1
9 Pembury Sunday 3 0 1 2 4 13 -9 1

Division Two

Dormansland Rockets travelled away to Biggin Hill looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. They however got off to a disastrous start when Ben Fillingham’s cross sailed straight into the top corner a few minutes in. Things went from bad to worse when, minutes later, a poor pass by the Dormansland 'keeper was intercepted by Fillingham who doubled his tally to put Biggin Hill 2-0. Despite Rockets pressuring throughout the rest of the half and hitting the woodwork repeatedly, they couldn’t find a goal and it looked like it would be one of those days. Two-nil to Biggin Hill at half time.

Fortunately top scorer Miguel Figuera-Dunne; who had controversially been left on the bench, was able to come on and help turn the game. Thanks to his influence Dormansland hit five unanswered second half goals, a header from Ben Terry halved the deficeit before a Rich Wetton brace, a Jamie Ashley strike and a Ross Waghorn penalty eventually ensured a comfortable victory that had seemed unlikely at half time.

Artois United's reserves collected their first league points of the season with a 3-1 win at Tonbridge Farm over struggling AFC Valour. Tommy Welshman, Tom Stevens and Joe Hearnden scored the Artois goals. I do not have the AFC Valour scorer.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 6th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Dormansland Rockets 3 3 0 0 17 4 13 9
2 Royal Oak 3 3 0 0 13 5 8 9
3 Charcott 4 3 0 1 10 6 4 9
4 FC Grinstead 3 2 0 1 10 7 3 6
5 TW Ridgewaye 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 3
6 Artois United Reserves 3 1 0 2 4 8 -4 3
7 Biggin Hill JFC 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0
8 AFC Valour 4 0 0 4 5 11 -6 0
9 Speldhurst Rangers 2 0 0 2 4 19 -15 0

Division Three

No games were scheduled.

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