West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 12th November 2017

For most teams it was a return to League action after another round of cup-ties.  Two of our Division One sides were scheduled to play in the Kent Sunday Premier Cup and there was one tie in the WKSFL Intermediate Cup

Kent Sunday Premier Cup

Artois United are through to the next round without kicking a ball. Their scheduled opponents, Ham Street from the Ashford Sunday League, pulled out of the game and have folded after 50 years of existence. They stood second in that League. More at the Ashford Sunday league website http://ashfordsundayleague.leaguerepublic.com/l/newsArticle/hamstreet_fc_announce_shock_withdrawal_from_league.html

Simla also faced Ashford League opposition, travelling down to meet Kennington, currently third in that League's Premier Division. Their trip was a successful one. A sticky pitch and a strong cross wind led to a difficult match to play for both teams. Simla went ahead when they were awarded a penalty, which was converted by David Blundell. Then some scrappy play lead to Kennington scoring twice before half time through Jason Simms and Mike Hodges..

The second half produced some poor performances by both teams, before Bayley Colbran scored the equaliser for Simla then with a few minutes to go Joe Fuller scored the winner making the journey to Ashford worthwhile.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

Tonbridge Invicta put aside last week's heavy defeat in the Senior Cup to record a 2-1 win at Royal Oak Hawkenbury and progress to the third round.  Oli O'Gorman and Matt Cunnington scored the goals. Royal Oak's Neil Reynolds replied. The draw for the last eight of the Intermediate Cup will contain : Crowborough Town, Tonbridge Origin Reserves, FC Grinstead, Tonbridge Casuals, Brenchley, Green Street Blues, Tonbridge Invicta and either St John's Yard or Cassidy's Phoenix whose tie has yet to be played.

Division One

Green Lane lost the chance to go back to the top of the table following an improbable 5-5 draw at home to Tonbridge Origin. There was a nhat-trick for each side, Tom Welch scoring three for Green Lane thus bringing his seson total to 10 and Tom Cobb hit four for the Origin. Green Lane's other two came from the boot of Richard Donaldson, Tonbridge Origin's other scorer was Louis Quinton.

Armada made it four wins on the trot in all competitions with a 4-1 home win against Pembury Sunday, who have now gone four games since their last win. Armada's leading scorer Harry Tampsett was on the scoresheet as were Dylan Smart with two and Dav de Masi. Veteran Alun Evans scored for Pembury.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 12th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 5 4 1 0 15 5 10 13
2 Green Lane 6 4 1 1 20 14 6 13
3 Artois United 4 3 0 1 20 7 13 9
4 Armada 4 3 0 1 9 6 3 9
5 Tonbridge Origin 6 2 2 2 20 13 7 8
6 Pembury Sunday 8 2 1 5 19 31 -12 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 4 2 0 2 15 17 -2 6
8 Insulators 5 1 1 3 12 19 -7 4
9 Paddock Wood 6 0 0 6 9 27 -18 0

Division Two

The award last week of six points to Brenchley in respect of unplayed games gave them a boost up the table. They capitalised on this with a good 6-2 win at Goudhurst United. There was another hat-trick here, this one from Michel van Oorschot. Goudhurst United are the rather baffling situation of having the Division's top scorer in Will Mantle but being bottom of it.

The first half was very even. Brenchley took the lead with a low drive from Michel Van Oorschot but Goudhurst equalised almost immediately from a corner converted by Luke Young before taking the lead when they were awarded a penalty soon after. Will Mantle scored that one to take his season total to ten. Brenchley then regained some control and equalised before the break through Tom Lowe after the keeper had fumbled a cross.

In the second half Brenchley controlled the match from the first whistle and scored four further goals through Mike Williams (2) and Michel Van Oorschot with  two more to complete the perfect hat-trick of left foot, right foot and header. His final goal being the pick of the bunch, after he finished off a flowing move with a neat lob over the advancing 'keeper.

Langton Green recovered from a run of five successive defeats with a win at Cassidy's Phoenix, whose form has dipped and who have now not won in five. The Green won by 3-2, Charlie Sharman and Richard Bishop (2) being the scorers. For Cassidy's, Alex Kibbey and Alberto Fernadez were the scorers.

The game between FC Grinstead and Crowborough Town was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 12th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 5 4 0 1 34 10 24 12
2 Brenchley 6 4 0 2 12 11 1 12
3 Green Street Blues 4 3 1 0 17 3 14 10
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 7 2 2 3 16 20 -4 8
5 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
6 Langton Green 6 2 0 4 12 30 -18 6
7 Tonbridge Invicta 4 1 1 2 10 25 -15 4
8 FC Grinstead 3 1 0 2 13 3 10 3
9 Goudhurst United 7 1 0 6 13 30 -17 3

Division Three

There was plenty of action and plenty of goals in the three games played. St John's Yard go top after a 6-2 win at Paddock Wood Reserves.  The Yard went ahead after seventeen minutes and quickly increased that lead to two. Paddock Wood Reserves pulled one back through Stefan Draper before Yard restored their lead to go in 3-1 up at half time. They went further ahead straight after the interval, then Mark Inglis scored for Paddock Wood after a bit of poor defending gave him a free shot at goal. The visitors came back however and scored twice more, the final goal tally being two each for Mush Miah and Rory Wilson, one each for Dan Hunter and Lewis Stack.

Tonbridge United recorded their first win of the season and climb off the bottom, although as the table shows there are only three points between the fourth and ninth places. Insulators Reserves were the visitors to Tonbridge Farm and sad to say they had a very bad day because of injuries. Insulators took the lead in the first minute through Jake Pingault. Other chances were missed before the home side equalised. In the next 15 minutes Insulators lost three players through injury leaving them with ten men. Having survived until half time, the away side persuaded last year's manager to help out. Unfortunately he was injured within fifteen minutes of coming on.

United took full advantage of the opposition's disarray and scored three goals between 65 and 80 minutes to make the game safe. Both teams continued to create chances and it was Jamie Burchill who gained a consolation for the losers. United's scorers the 4-2 win were Dean Larter with a hat-trick and Alex Underdown. That's the first time United have scored more than three this season and it was a much better performance defensively, having shipped 26 goals in their previous five games.

On a neighbouring pitch at Tonbridge Farm, Tonbridge Origin Reserves moved into third place after beating bottom side East Grinstead Mavericks 5-1. Scorers were Bobby Brown with two, one each from Richard Williamson, Ben Holder and Olly Howard. I don't have Mavericks scorer.

The game between Speldhurst Rangers and TW Ridgewaye was postponed.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 12th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 5 4 0 1 26 12 14 12
2 Tonbridge Casuals 5 3 1 1 13 11 2 10
3 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 5 2 1 2 16 12 4 7
4 Speldhurst Rangers 3 2 0 1 11 7 4 6
5 Paddock Wood Reserves 3 2 0 1 12 9 3 6
6 TW Ridgewaye 4 1 2 1 11 10 1 5
7 Insulators Reserves 4 1 0 3 8 12 -4 3
8 Tonbridge United 5 1 0 4 11 21 -10 3
9 East Grinstead Mavericks 4 1 0 3 5 19 -14 3

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