West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 13th November 2016
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West Kent Sunday League Report Sunday 13th November 2016

The demise of Goudhurst United's Reserve team means we have lost four of the forty-two teams that were present at the time of the AGM in June.  We can all trot out the various reasons why local 'amateur' football is in terminal decline. Perhaps those of us of a certain age, who grew up when paying football in winter and cricket in summer was normal, will have to accept that playing outdoor team sports for fun is no longer an important aspect of many people's lives today.

This graph shows the decline in numbers over the past fifteen years. The green line is the downward trend year on year. The number on the left is WKSFL membership at the close of the season concerned.

Kent Sunday Cups

Three WKSFL teams took part in Third Round ties, one made it through but two fell. It was a successful morning for Tonbridge Origin, who travelled over to Maidstone to play Langley Athletic in the Premier Cup and came home with a 3-0 win. Top scorer Myles Lowden was on the scoresheet, as were Alex Page and Jack Kinnear. Sam Jenner had the shut-out in goal.

No such luck for Insulators in the same competition. Their long trip to Ashford to play Market Hotel was unrewarded as they lost 4-2. Yet again players were missing for Insulators. They were soon one goal down, but equalised through Martin Page-Mitchell. However, further goals for the home side saw Insulators 3-1 1 down at half time. Tom Bridge pulled another back, but the home side scored ten minutes from the end to settle the game.

In the Junior Cup, our last representatives Gardener's Arms went down 3-2 at Kennington Sunday. Andrew Grundy and Kane Joseph scored.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup Second Round

These games went pretty well according to form, except perhaps in the Paddock Wood derby. Paddock Wood hosted Green Lane and were hammered 8-1. By far Green Lane's best result of the season, they had a hat-trick by Josh Harris, two from Craig Smith and one each from Tom Welch, James Sandiford and Robert Montandon. Scott McGuire scored the consolation goal for the Wood.

Pembury Sunday, riding high at the top of Division Two, beat Third Division St John's Yard by 6-1. Pembury's Steve Harper scored his third hat-trick of the season, Matt Rice-Tucker weighed in with two and the sixth came from Andrew Meyrick. St John's Yard pulled one back through Jack Veness.

It was Div 3 against Div 2 also at Tintagel Road in Orpington, where Green Street Blues made visiting Langton Green work hard for their 3-2 win. Blues scored through Neal Brooks and Phil Brooks, but Green won with goals by Jai Cox, Tom Coleman and Richard Marsh.

And in another Div 3 v Div 2 tie, Brenchley travelled to Ticehurst to meet the Village Club. With only one win under their belt so far this season other than the game against the now defunct Hadlow Hornets, Brenchley will have been pleased no doubt with the 6-3 outcome. Dan Woods was the main man, scoring a hat-trick. Dave Hartfield scored twice and Martin Aso the sixth. For Ticehurst, Rob Briley, Ricky Angel and an un-named Brenchley player scored. That by the way was Ticehurst's third own goal for them this season.

And there were another nine goals at Hawkenbury, where extra time was needed to separate Hawkenbury Sunday and Tonbridge Invicta. Hawks were another team badly in need of a win, having gone six games without. Goals from Russ Anderson 2, Ashley Bell 2, Luke Graham and an own goal from Oli O'Gorman saw Hawkenbury overcome Invicta in a hotly contested second round tie .

Hawkenbury started strong opening the scoring through Luke Graham after some good work from Russ Anderson left the ball on a plate for Graham to tap in. Invicta rallied, managing to level the scores after a ball from the right was picked up and dispatched from 25 yards by Sam Wing into the top left corner to make it 1-1 at the break.

The break came at the wrong time for Hawkenbury, with Invicta scoring twice in the first ten minutes of the second half. The first, a classic Sunday league goal mouth scramble which ended in confusion between the Hawks keeper and defenders, resulting in an easy tap in for Wing to score his second and send Invicta 2-1 up. Invicta extended their lead after the Hawks failed to clear after a corner, again a there was a goalmouth scramble, eventually the ball was smashed in from six yards by Wing to complete his hat-trick. 2-3 to Invicta.

The injection of half time substitute Ashley Bell eventually paid dividends, as he latched onto a through ball and made the Invicta back line pay after a save from the keeper left him with an acute finish from the left into the empty net. A tight game ensued with chances coming for both sides, but it was the Hawks who drew level with five minutes to go through Russ Anderson after a clever ball from Ashley Bell. 3-3 after ninety minutes. The whistle and extra time was not a blessing for Invicta, who then lost two players to prior commitments.

It wasn't long before Hawkenbury took advantage through Russ Anderson again who slotted past the 'keeper to take the lead. Anderson again caused havoc after a great through ball was brought down by the keeper to conceded a penalty. Ashley Bell converting the penalty sending the keeper the wrong way. 5-3.

Hawkenbury were in the driving seat with a number of chances to seal the game. But it was an Invicta scorer which sealed the win for the Hawks, after a cross from the right was turned in by Oli O'Gorman to make it 6-3. Hawkenbury progress. A good game which is always tight between these two.

Regrettably, Speldhurst Rangers were unable to raise a team to play SE Spitfires and thus forfeit the tie.

So, the last eight in the Intermediate Cup will be : Brenchley, Gardener's Arms, Langton Green, Hawkenbury Sunday, Green Lane, Pembury Sunday, SE Spitfires and either Rusthall Club Athletic or Paddock Wood Reserves, who play next week. So, one Division Three team will face up to Division Two opposition while the other ties will be all Division Two. The draw is yet to be made.

WKSFL Junior Cup Second Round

Rusthall Club Athletic go through to the third round after winning their delayed Second Round tie 6-2 against Tonbridge Origin Reserves. In another game that went to form, the Club made it four League and Cup wins in a row. Gary McCafferty scored two of their six, Ash Woodroofe, Jamie Law, Jamie Webzell and  George Webzell the others. Alex Williamson and Wayne Page scored for the Origin.

The last eight in the Junior Cup will be : TW Ridgewaye, FC Grinstead, Insulators Reserves, Rusthall Club Athletic,  TW Foresters Reserves, AFC Six In One, Crowborough Town and Bricklayer's Arms. The draw is yet to be made.

Division One

With Tonbridge Origin and Insulators engaged in those County Cup ties, Artois United had the chance to stretch their lead at the top. They were however thwarted by Armada, who won 2-1. Artois had a run of four consecutive league wins abruptly halted, while for Armada it's two wins and a draw from their last three. No details about the game are available.

Simla continue to make up ground and have games in hand over most of those above them. TW Foresters started at a fast pace and got an early goal through Taylor Galvin.The pace subsided and Simla got an equaliser just before half time with Steve Smith the scorer.

Simla began to take control in the second half, with two goals from Ian Parsons and one for David Blundell. Foresters pulled one back, Garry Hughes finding the net, but Simla stood firm until the end of the match.

Goudhurst United's decision to concentrate their resources seems to have worked.  They achieved their first league win of the season, 3-2 at home to Blackham & Ashurst. Goals came from Will Mantle, Josh Cleaver and Ricky Norman. The visitors replies were by Stevan Rivore and Ross Campbell.

The game between Dormansland Rockets and Rusthall Rangers was called off.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 13th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United 9 6 1 2 34 13 21 19
2 Insulators 7 5 1 1 23 11 12 16
3 Tonbridge Origin 6 4 1 1 20 10 10 13
4 TW Foresters 8 4 1 3 26 22 4 13
5 Simla # 6 5 0 1 33 8 25 12
6 Armada 6 2 2 2 9 11 -2 8
7 Blackham & Ashurst 8 2 1 5 16 32 -16 7
8 Goudhurst United + 7 1 0 6 9 37 -28 6
9 Dormansland Rockets 7 1 1 5 22 27 -5 4
10 Rusthall Rangers 4 0 0 4 1 22 -21 0

Division Two

With most teams engaged in cup matches, no games were scheduled.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 13th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Pembury Sunday 6 5 1 0 23 6 17 16
2 Gardener's Arms 6 5 1 0 23 7 16 16
3 Paddock Wood 7 4 0 3 18 20 -2 12
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 6 2 2 2 14 12 2 8
5 Hawkenbury Sunday 6 2 2 2 15 17 -2 8
6 Green Lane 6 2 2 2 10 15 -5 8
7 Langton Green 7 1 2 4 22 19 3 5
8 Brenchley 7 1 1 5 13 31 -18 4
9 SE Spitfires 5 0 1 4 9 20 -11 1

Division Three

Again, most teams were involved in cup ties but one league game did take place. Brickayer's Arms made it a three way tie at the top of the table after a 3-1 home win over Paddock Wood Reserves.  The Bricks started strongly, creating a few chances early on but failing to capitalise on them. With the Bricks building confidence, it was Paddock Wood who strung some passes together in the middle of the park before a through ball breaking the bricks defence ended with Alex Bristow scoring and putting Paddock Wood one-nil up. It was to be ten minutes before the Bricks responded, with Tommy Mulcahy striking on target only for the keeper to get down to his left and palming the ball onto a waiting Rob Gordon to slot home. That was his first goal of the season!

Just before the break Dan Papper played a killing through ball for Gordon to score his second.

Despite the Bricks being the better team through the second half,it wasn't until the 82nd minute when Gordon scored  from a cross from James Bodkin for his third.

Alex Gunn still awaits his first clean sheet for the Bricks

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 13th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tonbridge Invicta 8 5 0 3 25 13 12 15
2 Crowborough Town 8 5 0 3 28 18 10 15
3 Bricklayers Arms 7 5 0 2 22 13 9 15
4 Green St Blues 6 4 1 1 20 9 11 13
5 Paddock Wood Reserves 8 3 1 4 14 21 -7 10
6 St John's Yard 8 3 1 4 19 29 -10 10
7 Rusthall Club Athletic 5 2 1 2 16 13 3 7
8 Ticehurst Village 8 2 1 5 13 25 -12 7
9 Speldhurst Rangers 6 0 1 5 11 27 -16 1

Division Four

The table had to be adjusted in midweek following the withdrawal of Goudhurst United Reserves.

TW Foresters Reserves
were gifted three points as scheduled opponents Tonbridge Casuals failed to fulfill the fixture. They have a six point lead over Insulators Reserves, who kept up their challenge with a useful 2-1 win at Goldsmith's against FC Hayward. Two goals from Ben Johnson did the job.

For once, a game involving AFC Six in One had fewer than eight goals. There were still five scored in their match against FC Grinstead but, bad news for them, they scored only two. Grinstead finished winners by 3-2 at Longmead. It was Six in One's first defeat in seven WKSFL league and Cup games.  Two goals by Ben Whiteman and one by Charly Harris meant Grinstead had a happy ride home. The league's leading scorer Ryan Smith added one more to his tally, Dave Cherry scored the other for the hosts.

Down at the bottom, Tonbridge United picked up three useful points in a 2-1 home win over TW Ridgewaye. Chervil Goacher and Alex Underdown were their scorers, Marcus Harding was the visitors marksman.

West Kent Sunday League Division Four including Sunday 13th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 TW Foresters Reserves 9 8 0 1 42 14 28 24
2 Insulators Reserves 9 5 3 1 28 19 9 18
3 FC Hayward 7 5 0 2 25 12 13 15
4 AFC Six in One 9 4 2 3 46 28 18 14
5 FC Grinstead 7 3 2 2 25 19 6 11
6 TW Youth (Ridgewaye) 8 2 0 6 16 44 -28 6
7 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 5 1 2 2 13 18 -5 5
8 Tonbridge Casuals 8 0 5 3 10 22 -12 5
9 Hadlow United 7 1 1 5 13 24 -11 4
10 Tonbridge United 7 1 1 5 6 24 -18 4

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