West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 10th September 2017

The second week of the new season saw most teams back in action. Some of those who played last week had markedly different results this time out.

Division One

Insulators are at the of the table after a good 5-2 win in their local derby against Paddock Wood.

Paddock Wood 2 Insulators 5

Playing in blustery conditions at the Elm Tree, it was Insulators who had slightly the better of the play in the early stages but Paddock Wood were dangerous on the break. Marc Scott and James Philpott scored twice for the visitors in the fifteen minutes leading to the interval to take advantage of the strong wind. The second half began with an early goal from the home side, scored by Callum Lawlor and after that the game was open for a long period. Marc Scott added a penalty after James Philpott was brought down but Paddock Wood scored again soon afterwards, Jack Castle finding the net to make it 2-3 and set up an exciting final 20 minutes. However, Insulators eased away from their opponents, with Tom Bridger and Reece Beecroft adding two more for Insulators to take the points

Simla also began their season with an away win, putting three unanswered goals past Pembury Sunday at Woodside. Joe Fuller scored twice, Alex Carey added the third from the penalty spot.

Also winners were Armada, this time at 2-1 home where their opponents were Tonbridge Origin.  An own goal and a strike by Harry Tampsett were enough for the narrow win. Mike Jessop scored for the Origin.


West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 10th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators 1 1 0 0 5 2 3 3
2 Simla 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
3 Green Lane 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
4 Pembury Sunday 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
5 Armada 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
6 Artois United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Dormansland Rockets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Tonbridge Origin 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
9 Paddock Wood 2 0 0 2 3 9 -6 0

Division Two

Crowborough Town had a much better day out than they did last week, crushing ten-man Tonbridge Invicta by 12 - 1 at Longmead.

Tonbridge Invicta 1 -v- 12 Crowborough Town

After the previous weeks' disappointing performance on artificial turf at Green Street Blues and with a host of new signings, Crowborough Town came back to their best, albeit against ten man opponents. The home team defended well for the first twenty-five minutes until Town's pressure told and George Holman managed to find the net. Ten minutes before half time two more goals inside a minute from Marcus Alexander and George Holman again, brought a half time score that really reflected the game.

 Half Time : Tonbridge Invicta 0 - 3 Crowborough Town

To their credit, Invicta never gave up, but four goals in the first fifteen minutes of the second half, from Ollie Hyland with two, Marcus Alexander with his second, and Andy Pollard, showed the visitors dominance. With game effectively over, Town's manager took the opportunity to bring on all five substitutes and after a settling down for ten minutes these fresh legs, against the home team's tiring ten men, started to add to the score. Goals from George Holman, completing his hat-trick on his debut for Town, Leon Fisher with two, and an amazing twenty-five yard strike by Luke Taylor took the tally into double figures. Then with minutes to go, some just reward for Invicta as they broke away and Cuan Walsh grabbed a consolation goal. From the restart, and with seconds left, Ollie Hyland added his third goal of the day to complete the scoring.

Full Time : Tonbridge Invicta 1 - 12 Crowborough Town

Their opponents last week, Green Street Blues, clocked up their second 4-0 win of the season to head the table. This was at the expense of Goudhurst United.

Yet another own goal, plus scores from Shaun Boyle and a double from Ash Birch-Ruffell maintained Blues 100% record and they sit at the top of the table. Nick Edwards kept his second clean sheet in as many matches.

Brenchley 3 - 1 Langton Green

With the help of a strong wind Langton Green dominated large periods of the first half and only the woodwork saved Brenchley from going behind on three separate occasions, that coupled with some resolute defending. As the half wore on, Brenchley began to get a foothold on the game and they took the lead on 40 minutes when Jordan Pettman rose above the Langton 'keeper to head home a Dan Hetherington cross.

With the wind now in Brenchley's favour, they were very much on the front foot from the start of the second half and soon added to their lead when Langton put through their own net from a long throw. Second half substitute Michel Van Oorschot then produced a great finish to put Brenchley three up, and despite having opportunities to increase the lead further, it was Langton's Matt Parsons who scored the final goal of the game in the 88th minute

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 10th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 2 2 0 0 8 0 8 6
2 FC Grinstead 1 1 0 0 12 1 11 3
3 Crowborough Town 2 1 0 1 12 5 7 3
4 Royal Oak 1 1 0 0 6 3 3 3
5 Brenchley 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
6 Goudhurst United 2 1 0 1 2 4 -2 3
7 Cassidy's Phoenix 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
8 TW Foresters 1 0 0 1 3 6 -3 0
9 Tonbridge Invicta 1 0 0 1 1 12 -11 0
10 Langton Green 2 0 0 2 2 15 -13 0

Division Three

Another of those with fortunes contrasting with last week were East Grinstead Mavericks. Winners last week against Tonbridge United, they were on the wrong end of a big scoreline, going down 7-2 at home to St John's Yard. The Yard were two up shortly before half time, goals coming from Josh Williams and Matt Humphrey, before Ben Howat pulled one back for Mavericks.

Mavericks started the second half the better team, but a long kick by the Yard's goalkeeper caught out the defenders, the ball was headed on for Williams to score his second. He added the fourth, thus completing a hat-trick on his debut. Yard were in full flow, adding three more with Steve Histed scoring from the spot, Dan Hunter and Rory Wilson also making their marks. Ryan Brumpton managed to add a second for Mavericks during the second period.

A derby match at Longmead between Tonbridge sides United and Casuals went the way of Casuals with a 4-1 win. Tom Williers, Alex Hill, Matt Donnelly and Adam West scored for the Casuals, Dean Larter for United.

Also at Longmead Tonbridge Origin Reserves and TW Ridgewaye opened their seasons with a 2-2 draw. Jonny Barber and Alex Pocock scored for the hosts, Ben Adams hit both for Ridgewaye.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 10th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 1 1 0 0 7 2 5 3
2 Tonbridge Casuals 1 1 0 0 4 1 3 3
3 East Grinstead Mavericks 2 1 0 1 4 8 -4 3
4 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
5 TW Ridgewaye 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
6 Insulators Reserves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Paddock Wood Reserves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Speldhurst Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Tonbridge United 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0


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