West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 11th March 2018

It was another Sunday badly affected by the combination of heavy rain and poor pitch conditions causing several games to be called off.

Kent Sunday Premier Cup

For the second Sunday, the semi-final tie between Bradstow Albion and Artois United fell victim to rain and an unusable pitch. Third time lucky perhaps but not until 25th March.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup Quarter-Finals

Result of the day was Tonbridge Origin Reserves 5- 0 win against Division Two side Brenchley. A hat-trick from Ben Holder was instrumental, further goals were added by Jonny Barber and Will Ashenden. Jamie Holder kept the clean sheet in goal. In the two legged semi-final they will meet another Division Two side Cassidy's Phoenix, subject to the latter's walkover against Tonbridge Casuals being confirmed.

There was a bit of surprise also at Turner's Hill, where FC Grinstead pulled off a very good 2-1 win at home to Division Two leaders Green Street Blues. Blues had won their previous seven games, form would have been in their favour, but a goal apiece from Connor Tobin and Freddie Webb saw Grinstead into the semi-finals. I do not have Blues scorer. The other quarter final between Tonbridge Invicta and Crowborough Town was called off.

Division One

Only one of the four scheduled games went ahead. Simla moved closer to the title with a comprehensive 8-0 win on their Five Oak Green pitch against Armada.  In the last couple of seasons Armada have come close to getting a result against Simla, but today was not one of those occasions with Simla dominating from the start.

Simla scored twice in the first half, both of them from Ian Parsons. The second half continued with Simla controlling the play and scoring a further six goals. Amongst the scorers were Ian Parsons with another two goals and one each for Matt Coleman, Archie Carey and David Blundell.

Armada had a player sent off in the second half which didn't help their cause. Joe Cullip was Simla's clean sheet keeper (he now has five this season) who didn't have an on target shot to save in the match.

Dormansland Rockets, whose game at Green Lane was called off, have played only twice this year and not for six weeks. It's this kind of thing that puts people off playing!

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 11th March
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 13 7 2 4 30 29 1 23
4 Artois United 9 5 1 3 30 15 15 16
5 Tonbridge Origin 12 4 3 5 36 31 5 15
6 Pembury Sunday 13 2 1 10 23 45 -22 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 6 2 0 4 17 21 -4 6
8 Insulators 10 1 2 7 20 40 -20 5
9 Paddock Wood 8 1 0 7 14 42 -28 3

Division Two

The only game on the fixture list was the double header between Langton Green and Royal Oak. Thankfully for Royal Oak's crowded schedule, this one went ahead. Oak were rewarded with two big wins, 6-0 in the first game and 5-0 in the second. They have still to play nine more league matches. Both games featured hat-tricks for Oak's strikers. In the first game it was Callum Barclay with four goals, Matt Last and Jeff Harrison with one each. In the second, Ash Bell also scored four with Last adding the fifth. Sam Catt kept his goal intact for the whole morning.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 11th March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 12 10 1 1 58 19 39 31
2 Brenchley 12 6 1 5 19 27 -8 19
3 Crowborough Town 8 6 0 2 44 17 27 18
4 Royal Oak 7 6 0 1 23 10 13 18
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 11 5 2 4 33 25 8 17
6 FC Grinstead 8 3 0 5 31 18 13 9
7 Langton Green 14 2 2 10 22 64 -42 8
8 Goudhurst United 10 2 1 7 25 43 -18 7
9 Tonbridge Invicta 10 2 1 7 23 55 -32 7

Division Three

Speldhurst Rangers took a big step towards the Division Three title with a  6-1 win at the Rec over Tonbridge United. They may have to play a waiting game as St John's Yard are five points behind, but with two games in hand. Excellent finishing was the order of the day. Rangers top man Jolyon Wheller was another hat-trick hitterr on the day, with James Hughes, Josh Fermor and Joe Hearndon rounding things off. Dean Larter replied for United, who also had a penalty saved by Rangers 'keeper Liam Baldwin.

Meanwhile, St John's Yard were struggling against Paddock Wood Reserves at the Hilbert in only their third game this year. The visitors took an early lead and were 3-0 up at half time. The Yard came out determined for the second half, pulled one back through Dan Hunter, added a second with Lewis Stack's strike then Mush Miah levelled it with a penalty. Paddock Wood then had a player sent off, but the hosts could not make the numerical advantage count to get the vital winner. Paddock Wood Reserves have now drawn their last three games.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 11th March
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Speldhurst Rangers 14 11 1 2 67 29 38 34
2 St John's Yard 12 9 2 1 61 24 37 29
3 TW Ridgewaye 12 5 4 3 40 26 14 19
4 Tonbridge Casuals 12 5 2 5 27 28 -1 17
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 11 5 1 5 31 27 4 16
6 Insulators Reserves 11 4 0 7 18 33 -15 12
7 Tonbridge United 12 3 1 8 24 42 -18 10
8 Paddock Wood Reserves 11 1 4 6 18 35 -17 7
9 East Grinstead Mavericks 11 2 1 8 12 54 -42 7


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