West Kent Sunday League News Report Ė 11th October 2020

The lineups for the delayed 2019 - 2020 WKSFL Cup finals are now completed following the two Junior Cup Semi finals played this weekend. The Senior and Junior finals will be played next Sunday, 18th October. The Intermediate Cup final takes place on Sunday 25th. The League is grateful to Rusthall FC for hosting all three games.

WKSFL Junior Cup 2019 - 2020

Nine goals were shared at the Chequer Field in Goudhurst. It was the home side, Goudhurst United, that came out on top, beating Ticehurst Village by 5-4. David Denton showed the way with a hat-trick, Harvey Parks and Jon Bilsby also scored. For Ticehurst , Jason Marsh and Leon Fisher both scored twice.

There was also a hat-trick in the other game, where Paddock Wood's Simon Hammond scored the three goals that put his side through to the final at the expense of Yalding & Laddingford. Grant Allen was the Yalding scorer.

Division One

Simla moved into second place after a 5-1 win at Armada. There was a hat-trick for Joe Fuller in this one plus single strikes by Dan Lawrence and Matt Newman. Tom Vivian hit Armada's only goal. Artois United were held to a 2-2 draw at Tonbridge Farm by Charcott. Pete Shaw and Regan Corke scored for Artois, Jay Pring and Ryan Silvester for Charcott. The two will meet in the delayed 2019 - 2020 Senior Cup final next Sunday.

Insulators picked up their second win of the season on their trip to Dormansland. Dormansland Rockets went into this game determined to put in a better performance
 than the lacklustre one a week previous in the Intermediate Cup semi final. This they did, but ultimately to no avail.

This was an excellent game, with Rockets playing well. There were chances at both ends during the first twenty minutes. The home side then went 1-0 up with a well taken goal from a tight angle by Ashley Hollom, his first goal for the club. Insulators then had a lot of possession, further chances came and went and Rockets' hoped their profligacy wouldn't come back to haunt them. . Great inter-play between Reece Beecroft and Michal Gutkowski  saw the latter smash home the equaliser.  Three minutes later, that was followed by a great run from James Philpott, who calmly slotted home from just inside the box to put Insulators 2-1 up, which was the half time score.

The second half started, but unfortunately Insulators didnít and within two minutes of the re-start the score was 2-2 with a well taken goal by Rich Wetton after good approach play. The game was entertaining for the neutral, with good moves and chances going to both sides. This period almost seemed to be a mirror of the first one as Rockets edged the earlier exchanges, whilst Insulators seemed to up their already impressive work rate and came more and more into the game

Five minutes from the end Gutkowski cut inside from the right, laid the ball off to Beecroft and with a defensive error to his favour he shot into the top corner from 25 yards. It was a great goal to win any game. Final score 3-2 to Insulators.

West Kent Sunday League Division One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 5 3 1 1 7 5 2 10
2 Simla 4 3 0 1 14 5 9 9
3 Artois United 4 2 1 1 7 6 1 7
4 Insulators 5 2 0 3 9 11 -2 6
5 Charcott 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
6 Dormansland Rockets 4 1 0 3 5 10 -5 3
7 Armada 3 0 1 2 5 10 -5 1

Division Two

Nomads excellent start to their first season in the League came to a halt at Pembury.  The home side recovered from a run of three games without a win by defeating the hitherto unbeaten Nomads by 3-2. Josh Knight scored two of them, Luke Packham the other. The division's top scorer Rhys White scored one for Nomads, Alex Bradford the second.

TW Ridgewaye also had a good away win, overcoming AFC Valour at East Peckham by 3-1. There were three different scorers for Ridgewaye - Dylan Lyon, Dan Kommu and Callum Seal. Chris Harbour was on target for Valour.

Cassidy's Phoenix remain bottom after losing 2-1 at home to Artois United Reserves. Connor Morrow and Alfie Owen hit the goals which did the job for the Artois second string.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Nomads 5 4 0 1 19 9 10 12
2 Pembury Sunday 6 3 2 1 17 11 6 11
3 TW Ridgewaye 4 2 1 1 11 9 2 7
4 Paddock Wood 2 2 0 0 8 2 6 6
5 Artois United Reserves 4 2 0 2 8 13 -5 6
6 Saint John's Yard 3 1 1 1 7 8 -1 4
7 AFC Valour 4 1 0 3 8 10 -2 3
8 Goudhurst United 3 1 0 2 4 8 -4 3
9 Royal Oak 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1
10 Cassidy's Phoenix 5 0 1 4 3 14 -11 1

Division Three

AFC Borough made it six out of six with a  4-2 win at Brenchley. Borough started the game brightly, with Sam Edmunds latching on to a loose ball in the Brenchley penalty area which he poked in to give Borough the lead. Brenchley responded midway through the first half after collecting a loose ball in the the Borough penalty box. Borough upped their game again before half time,with George Holman finishing off a lovely move to give them a 2-1 lead going into half time. Brenchley replied midway through the first half with a wonder goal from their striker, whose name we are not given! Borough made some changes and super sub Ed Handford made his mark on the game straight away. He used his quick feet to find some space in the penalty box and stroke home nicely to give Borough a 3-2 lead. The goal was finished off with a classic celebration. George Holman wrapped up the three points for the Borough ten minutes before the end with a sublime finish on his left foot finding the top corner. One step closer to Benidorm.

Dunton Green remain in second place on goal difference, beating Insulators Reserves 3-1 at the Memorial Ground.

This was a very even game, where penalties decided the outcome. Dunton Green started slightly the stronger and brought two good saves from the home keeper. Insulators had several half chances, but it was difficult to see where a goal was coming from. This difficulty was rectified when a foul by the home keeper resulted in a penalty which was calmly converted by Dunton Green's Rory Ward. Half time 0-1.

Insulators were not switched on early in the second half when a quickly taken throw in resulted in a free shot on goal by Alec Gates, which was deflected in by a defender for 0-2. The home side came into the game more and James Tierney pulled one back in the 69th minute with a powerful header from a corner. End to end football and anyone's game but a second penalty for Dunton Green also taken by Ward proved too much for the home team, although they battled away and never gave up. Ward is the joint top goalscorer in the division and League with nine so far this season. AFC Borough's Luke Leppard is the other name at the top of the current list.

Sedlescombe Rangers are hot on the heels of the top two after beating Speldhurst Rangers 5-2. There were five different scorers for the home side. Alvin Scott, Josh Pool, Tom Swatton, Charlie Webbe and Alfie Shand all finding the net. The visting Rangers scorers were James Hughes and Rob Runciman.

Tonbridge United hiked themselves up to fourth place with their first win of the season, a narrow 2-1 home win over TW Ridgewaye Reserves. Reece Dangerfield scored both for the hosts, Johnathan Hughes replied for the visitors.

But it is a strange loooking table. The top five teams have not been involved in the conclusion of last season's delayed cup competitions and have all played six times. It's going to be catch up for the others.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 AFC Borough 6 6 0 0 26 8 18 18
2 Dunton Green 6 4 0 2 16 12 4 12
3 Sedlescombe Rangers 6 4 0 2 15 14 1 12
4 Tonbridge United 6 1 1 4 9 16 -7 4
5 Speldhurst Rangers 6 1 1 4 12 22 -10 4
6 Ticehurst Village Club 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
7 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 2 1 0 1 6 5 1 3
8 Brenchley 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 3
9 Yalding & Laddingford 3 0 1 2 8 11 -3 1
10 Insulators Reserves 3 0 1 2 6 10 -4 1

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