West Kent Sunday League News Report 12th January 2020

COUNTY CUPS

It was a mixed day for our teams remaining in the Kent Sunday Cups. In the Premier Cup, Artois United's game was called off and is rescheduled for next week. Green Lane had a fruitless trip down to Ramsgate, where they lost one - nil to Dolphin Kings United. Better news for Charcott, who made the last eight with a 2-1 win at home to Dolphin (no relation!) from Sandwich. Their goals were scored by Kyle Walker and Jamie Frampton. The draw for the sixth round is awaited.

WKSFL Senior Cup - First Round Group Stage

In Group A, Dormansland Rockets are in pole position. Likely challengers Green Lane and Artois United behind with their games, but Rockets have yet to play them both.

A high scoring game at Dormansland ended with the home side 6-4 winners over Insulators. It was a game in which the attackers were always on top and it was a matter of who would score most.

It was the home side who got off to the best start with a 2-0 lead within fifteen minutes despite Insulators having plenty of the ball. Rich Wetton cut inside from the left and fired powerfully past the keeper to open the scoring, before George Pleon finished off an excellent team move from close range.In the 20th minute Jake Pingault reduced the arrears with a speculative shot from 25 yards that deceived Ross Waghorn in the Dormansland goal,. It was the same player who equalised just before half time when he turned in Rob Butler's cross to finish off a fine counter-attack. Insulators were then awarded a penalty when Waghorn brought down an attacker. The penalty struck the outside of the post and away to safety. Two-all at half time.

Rockets had to change goalkeepers at half time, with Waghorn going out on the field.

In the second half Pingault completed a fine hat trick on 54 minutes with a carbon copy of his first goal. Maybe Insulators could hold on to what they had. However, within two minutes Waghorn levelled for Dormansland with a header. Two more minutes and the home side led with another header, this time from Nick Elwood, who injured himself in the process. At 4-3 the next goal might prove crucial and it was a penalty for Dormansland in the 68th minute, converted by Waghorm to atone for his earlier misdeed. Insulators continued to battle and were rewarded when Marc Scott, on his birthday, scored with a header from ten yards out to make it 5-4. But three minutes from time the game was made safe for Rockets by Dave Gellatly lobbing the 'keeper. Rockets are unbeaten at home this season and it must be said they have in the unusual position of actually playing at home more often than not. For many seasons their pitch has lain fallow for many weeks at a time.

Armada are second, but with only one game remaining (against Artois United) they will also have to wait on others. They crushed Pembury Sunday 7-1 on Sunday, with hat-tricks from James Donaldson and Scott Amos. Ben Renshaw hit the other. Luke Packman managed Pembury's sole reply. They have yet to win this season.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group A
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Dormansland Rockets 4 4 0 0 17 9 8 12
2 Armada 5 3 0 2 24 8 16 9
3 Artois United 2 2 0 0 4 0 4 6
4 Green Lane 2 2 0 0 11 8 3 6
5 Pembury Sunday 3 0 0 3 5 13 -8 0
6 Insulators 3 0 0 3 5 14 -9 0
7 Speldhurst Rangers 3 0 0 3 5 19 -14 0

In Group B, Simla will finish top after a 3-1 win at Division Two AFC Valour.  The goals from Matt Crompton, Matt Coleman and Brad Draper assured them of home advantage in the next stage. Their final game will be next Sunday against St John's Yard. Royal Oak have a chance of a top four spot after a good 6-2 win at home against St John's Yard.

The Yard had only the bare eleven players who, playing uphill and against the wind, found themselves four-nil down at half time. The second half was even, a 2-2 draw , with Yard's Dan Hunter scoring a penalty and Reece Horseman their second. The Oak's scorers were Nat Paine, Joe Rutland, Callum Barclay, Mat Last and a double from Ashley Bell

Cassidy's Phoenix, who have also qualified, will meet Royal Oak next Sunday in their final game.  Charcott have three games remaining, all against teams below them in the table. Two wins would put them in the frame, even one might be enough should Cassidy's lose.They meet AFC Valour next Sunday.

West Kent Sunday League Senior Cup Group B
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 5 5 0 0 24 2 22 15
2 Cassidy's Phoenix 5 3 1 1 20 11 9 10
3 Royal Oak + 4 1 1 2 11 14 -3 6
4 Charcott 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
5 Biggin Hill # 5 1 2 2 13 22 -9 4
6 St John's Yard 4 1 0 3 6 13 -7 3
7 AFC Valour 4 0 1 3 4 16 -12 1

WKSFL Junior Cup

The top four will go through to the semi-finals but who that will be is anyone's guess! In the only game played, Insulators Reserves eventually overwhelmed TW Ridgewaye Reserves 9 - 0.

The score was two nil at half time thanks to goals from Harry Mascall and Sam Minter-Friers.  It could have been more but for the valiant efforts of the Ridgeway defence who threw themselves at everything and didnít allow heads to drop.

As the game wore on Insulators continued to rotate the substitutions against a now tiring Ridgeway side to end up as 9 Ė 0 winners thanks to two further goals for Mascall to complete his hat trick, another for Minter-Friers and goals for Ben Obbard, Jake Freeman, Lewis Ott and Cole Walsh completing the scoring with the last action of the game

Special mention to the Insulators defence and goalkeeper Craig Smith for out first clean sheet of the season and also to Ridgewaye who played a tough game in good spirits.

An unfit pitch at the Kinton's saw Yalding & Laddingford v Goudhurst United called off. United must be starting to wonder how they will fit in all their remaining games. They have played only nine times in all this season so far.

West Kent Sunday League Junior Cup
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Paddock Wood 5 3 2 0 20 6 14 11
2 Ticehurst Village 7 3 1 3 22 23 -1 10
3 Tonbridge Origin 5 3 0 2 17 14 3 9
4 Brenchley 6 3 0 3 12 18 -6 9
5 Insulators Reserves 6 2 2 2 24 11 13 8
6 Goudhurst United 3 2 1 0 8 1 7 7
7 Yalding & Laddingford 6 2 1 3 18 24 -6 7
8 Hawkhurst United 4 1 1 2 5 10 -5 4
9 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 4 0 0 4 7 26 -19 0

Division One

There were no games scheduled.

Division Two

With no cup commitments pending their second round Intermediate Cup match, Artois United Reserves are well ahead of the rest in terms of games played. On Sunday they picked up useful points at Biggin Hill with Reece Francis scoring all three in their 3-1 win. Alex Dyer replied for Biggin Hill.

TW Ridgwaye beat Speldhurst Rangers by a single goal. Windy conditions and a boggy pitch led to a tight and cagey affair. It was 0-0 at half time, a score which was a fair reflection of the half. After several goal line clearances by Ridgewaye, they scored with a counter attack with James Portloke hitting the scoring shot. Despite valiant efforts Rangers were unable to equalise. Baldwin in goal did his best to get lobbed, but was saved by the crossbar. The other goalie, Josh Higgins ,kept Ridgewaye's first clean sheet  of the season. They have now won three of their last four games.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United Reserves 10 6 0 4 27 39 -12 18
2 Charcott 5 4 0 1 31 7 24 12
3 Dormansland Rockets 4 4 0 0 21 5 16 12
4 Royal Oak 5 4 0 1 17 10 7 12
5 TW Ridgewaye 8 4 0 4 16 18 -2 12
6 AFC Valour 8 2 0 6 15 21 -6 6
7 Speldhurst Rangers 6 1 0 5 12 32 -20 3
8 Biggin Hill JFC 4 0 0 4 5 12 -7 0

Division Three

Paddock Wood kept up their 100% record with a comprehensive win at Ticehurst Village. More goals and another hat-trick for Simon Hammond. His tally for the season is now 32, which includes one double hat-trick and five 'singles'. Alex Emery scored the other goals for the 'Wood with Ollie Marsh replying for the Club.

The game between the two sides at Paddock Wood in September has been the subject of a long investigation by the League and the County FA. The conclusion was that the game is declared null and and void and it is to be replayed. The result has therefore been deleted from the table below.

In the day's other game, Brenchley clocked up their biggest win of the season (and probably several other seasons) with a 7-0 home win over Hawkhurst United. Mike Williams scored four of them, Joe Harvey, Rich Sutton and Rhys Powell the others. In goal, Jordan Pettman kept his team's first  clean sheet of the season.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Paddock Wood 6 6 0 0 36 6 30 18
2 Goudhurst United 6 4 1 1 17 7 10 13
3 Ticehurst Village Club 6 3 0 3 15 23 -8 9
4 Yalding & Laddingford 6 2 0 4 18 17 1 6
5 Brenchley 3 2 0 1 7 6 1 6
6 Insulators Reserves 5 2 0 3 8 13 -5 6
7 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 4 2 0 2 13 20 -7 6
8 Tonbridge Origin 4 1 0 3 9 12 -3 3
9 Hawkhurst United 6 0 1 5 5 24 -19 1


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