West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 8th April 2018

Thankfully a week without any weather related issues, although the condition of some of the pitches left a lot to be desired!

Kent Sunday Premier Cup

Artois United fell at the final fence, losing 5-2 over at Bradstow Albion in their semi final. Peter Shaw scored both the goals.

WKSFL Junior Cup

The second legs of the two semi-finals both ended with wins for the visiting team. However in case of TW Ridgewaye's1-0  success at Tonbridge Origin Reserves, they won't be at the final as their opponents had won the first leg 2-1 and thus go through on away goals in the 2-2 aggregate score.

Tonbridge Origin Reserves reached the Junior Cup Semi Final despite a 1-0 defeat against TW Ridgewaye, progressing to the final on away goals. In a tense affair, TW Ridgewaye put Origin under a lot of pressure trying to score the goals they required. Origin defended well at times putting their bodies on the line. In the second half, TW Ridgewaye scored through Dan Kommu, making the last few minutes seem like an eternity. With TW Ridgewaye throwing numbers forward in attack, Origin created chances on the counter attack with Duncan Ibbotson and Will Ashenden going close. TW Ridgewaye nearly won the tie, but for a one handed save over the bar by Origin keeper Jamie Holder.

The other semi final was a very hard fought, end-to-end affair between St John's Yard and Speldhurst Rangers. Rangers were behind 5-2 after a first leg defeat on their own patch and knew that it would take a Herculean effort to overcome the deficit.

Arriving with four regular starters missing didn't help, but the team that was there showed their mettle. Both teams created chance after chance in the first half, with Yard hitting the post and their 'keeper Adam Good tipping everything over the bar. 0-0 at half time.

Yard were reduced to ten men early in the second half with a player sent off for a second yellow card. Rangers were charged by the prospect of playing ten men and went on the front foot for the rest of the game. The first goal came when 'The Badger' Dan Kelly scurried down the line and swung in a beauty for leading scorer Jolyon Wheller to tap in.

The second goal from Sam Richardson's tidy back post finish spurred on Rangers, whose pressure paid off when they won an obvious penalty after Sam Stevens was taken down. Up stepped, at that point Man of the Match Josh Fermor, who proceeded to aim his kick at the Frant Road. With five minutes to go, Speldhurst loaded the attack but it wasn't enough, Yard's well earned first leg win sealed it for them 5-4 on aggregate. Man of the Match from Yard's point of view was ´keeper Adam Good. Liam Baldwin in the Rangers goal kept his sixth clean sheet of the season and is second overall in that particular League table.

The final will be on April 22nd at Rusthall FC

Division One

End of season fun at Dormansland where Armada travelled over to play the Rockets and won by 8 - 5. Two hat-tricks featured, Rich Wetton for Rockets and Harry Tampsett for Armada. Armada went into a  2-0 lead, then missed a penalty  before finding themselves trailing 3-2, but levelled before half time.

Dormansland regained the lead to make it 4-3 early in the second half, before five unanswered Armada goals secured their win. The home side got  a consolation fifth late on!

Complete scorers list : Rockets - Rich Wetton (3), Jake Dodgson and Ben Terry; Armada - Harry Tampsett (3), Ben Renshaw, Mark Vivian, Dean Stockdale, Tom Critchley and Ethan McCreight.

In the other match, Tonbridge Origin overcame a Paddock Wood side composed mostly of players up from the reserves plus three debutants. The pitch at Tonbridge Farm was very wet and badly cut up. The score was 8-0 in Origin's favour, with the lethal boots of Tom Cobb scoring five times, taking him to the top of the League's goalscoring chart. A pair from Myles Lowden and a strike from Rory Catt made up the eight. Sam Jennner  kept the clean sheet in goal.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 8th April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 13 12 1 0 52 14 38 37
2 Green Lane 12 8 2 2 38 23 15 26
3 Armada 14 8 2 4 38 34 4 26
4 Tonbridge Origin 14 6 3 5 51 33 18 21
5 Artois United 9 5 1 3 30 15 15 16
6 Pembury Sunday 14 3 1 10 31 45 -14 10
7 Dormansland Rockets 8 2 0 6 22 37 -15 6
8 Insulators 10 1 2 7 20 40 -20 5
9 Paddock Wood 10 1 0 9 16 57 -41 3

Division Two

Green Street Blues are a step nearer the title after a good 3-2 win at Cassidy's Phoenix. But with just the two games remaining, it could be waiting game for them while Royal Oak and Crowborough Town catch up with their fixtures. For the Blues, Shaun Boyle scored twice and Romain Duchon once in this win, Ben Boodle scored both for Phoenix.

Royal Oak picked up a valuable six points in a double header with Tonbridge Invicta at Tonbridge Farm. The first game ended ina  comfortable 7-0 win, with hat-tricks by Ashley Bell and Joe Rutland contributing greatly, plus a goal from Dan Lazell. Sam Catt kept his goal intact.

The second game was much closer, a 3-1 win for Royal Oak with Bell again scoring, twice this time, as did Rutland with the other. Bell is now top of the Division Two scorers chart after that five goal morning.

Another important game took place between Langton Green and Crowborough Town. Langton Green's form has been grim to say the least, they haven't won since November 5th. But they rallied to give Crowborough Town a good game. Although they clinched all three points, Crowborough felt that they should have done better. The first half was played mainly in the Langton Green half and it was midway through the half, having missed numerous goal scoring opportunities, before Rob Guile managed to find the net for the visitors. A goalmouth scramble came to him on the edge of the penalty area and a chip into the far corner at last beat the home team's keeper, who was saving well any shot that managed to be on target. In contrast the Town 'keeper had just one shot to save in the first forty five minutes.

Half Time :    Langton Green FC   0  -  1   Crowborough Town FC

Langton started the second half in much better form until 'words of encouragement' from the Crowborough manager ensured that his players regained the upper hand. However Langton were not to be outdone and after fifteen minutes it was only a really excellent save by the visitors keeper, Ryan Hunt, that kept his side ahead. With time running out it began to look as if Crowborough would have to be satisfied with a single goal until Luke Leppard managed to make it two with a remarkably adept spin and shot that, for once, gave the inspired Langton 'keeper no chance. Then, with minutes to go, Langton broke forward, forced a corner and from the ensuing melee a shot on target found a Crowborough hand on the line. The resultant penalty was safely put away by Dom Hanley, but that was to be the end of any goalscoring for the morning.

There was another double-header at Turner's Hill where FC Grinstead, well behind with their League games as a result of good cup runs and the weather, entertained Goudhurst United. Both games were close. The first ended 2-2, with Connor Tobin and Chris Neatherway scoring for the hosts, while Dylan Thomas hit both for the visitors. FC Grinstead came off 3-2 winners after the second game, Tobin scoring again with Joe Moulding plus an own goal  and for Goudhurst it was Will Mantle yet again on the scoresheet, his 22nd of the season. Luke Young also scored.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 8th April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 14 12 1 1 68 23 45 37
2 Royal Oak 11 9 0 2 39 20 19 27
3 Crowborough Town 9 7 0 2 46 18 28 21
4 Brenchley 13 6 1 6 21 31 -10 19
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 12 5 2 5 35 28 7 17
6 FC Grinstead 10 4 1 5 36 22 14 13
7 Goudhurst United 13 3 2 8 35 50 -15 11
8 Langton Green 16 2 2 12 25 72 -47 8
9 Tonbridge Invicta 12 2 1 9 24 65 -41 7

Division Three

There was only one game scheduled but first team calls meant that Paddock Wood Reserves could not field a team for the game against Tonbridge Casuals.

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