West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 14th January 2018

Kent Reliance Sunday Premier Cup

Artois United and Simla carried the league flag into the county-wide round of 16. Artois will be in the last eight, Simla will not.

Simla had a very long and ultimately fruitless trip to Broadstairs to meet up with Bradstow Albion, currently second in the Mills and Barr Thanet Sunday League. The game went to extra time, after which Albion emerged 3-2 winners. I don't any match details other than ´that Steve Smith and Matt Coleman scored for Simla.

Artois United on the other hand enjoyed a successful morning at Tonbridge Farm, defeating Footscray Lions of the Woolwich and Eltham Sunday Football Alliance. Our man on the touchline said "This should have been much easier than 2-1 score suggests, as Artois spurned a number of chances including several one on one's with the Footscray Keeper.Talking with Timmy Daws who played for the top Artois sides of the 80's, he remarked 'just think what Sean Carey would have done with that'!!"

Now there's a name from the past many of you will recognise. Artois' two goals came from Pete Shaw and Robbie Arthur.

Artois will wish to avoid the powerful Quested side in the draw, the current holders and the bane of many a WKSFL side in this competition.

WKSFL Senior Cup

An important game took place at Brenchley. Before the game, Paddock Wood had a mathematical chance of second place, or a good third. But it wasn't to be. Neither team had played since early or mid December, so were a little rusty perhaps. Brenchley won 2-0, a game in which Tom Lowe and Dan Connolly scored while Rob Best in goal kept a clean sheet, his team's first of the season. Paddock Wood can still upset Simla in the final game. Simla must win to finish top of the group and guarantee a home quarter final tie.

Division One

With Simla engaged in the County Cup, both Green Lane and Armada took advantage to close the gap on the leaders. Green Lane had the narrowest possible win, a 1-0 home success against Pembury Sunday. Tom Welch, the League's leading goalscorer scored the all important goal. The Lane's 'keeper Marc Yeung kept his fifth clean sheet of the season and leads the league in that particular department.

Armada kept up the pace with win a 4-2 win at home against Dormansland Rockets. An even first half saw away side take an early lead through Rich Wetton, before two quick goals from Armada on the half hour turned the game round. But Dormansland deservedly levelled before the break, this time Dave Heaton was the scorer.

Armada dominated the second half and should have scored more than the two they got.  Amongst the goals were Harry Tampsett, Ben Renshaw and Josh Pepper.

A month ago, Tonbridge Origin and Insulators were locked in a 3-3 draw. No comparison with the thirteen goals the two teams shared on Sunday. The teams were on fire, scoring nine goals in the first half, but in end Origin winning 9-4.

Insulators started brightly creating three good chances early on but defensive mistakes and quick breaks saw them go 3-0 down, with Origin counter-attacking well and taking their chances. However , a good response and quick goals from Cole Walsh and Reece Beecroft  put the away side back into an evenly contested match.  A slightly dubious penalty extended Origin's lead to 4-2 and they added two more after that. A goal on the stroke of half time from Reece Beecroft left the half time score at a remarkable 6-3. Insulators scored early into the second half with Reece Beecroft completing his hattrick making the score 6-4 to Origin, game on!

Despite pressing hard, Insulators squandered many good chances but then defensive errors and sloppy mistakes saw Origin score three more goals to make the final score 9-4.

It was a very entertaining game and there was some really good football played by both sides.  Origin's goalscorers were Myles Lowden (4), Tom Cobb and Rory Catt (both 2) and the ninth from James Jeevers.

For Insulators, Reece Beecroft and Tommy Bridger came in for particular praise from manager Jim Wood. Mark Perrin, referee, had a good game.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 14th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 8 7 1 0 34 11 23 22
2 Green Lane 8 6 1 1 27 14 13 19
3 Armada 9 6 1 2 21 14 7 19
4 Artois United 7 4 1 2 26 13 13 13
5 Tonbridge Origin 9 3 3 3 33 22 11 12
6 Pembury Sunday 10 2 1 7 21 36 -15 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 5 2 0 3 17 21 -4 6
8 Insulators 9 1 2 6 19 38 -19 5
9 Paddock Wood 7 0 0 7 10 39 -29 0

Division Two

Crowborough Town gained an important three points with a good win at Cassidy's Phoenix.

Playing their first game for seven weeks, for the first twenty minutes the Crowborough defence appeared to have forgotten what defending was all about and errors led to the home team taking an early two goal lead. A 'gentle' vocal reminder by the manager had the desired effect in waking Town up and rewarding their efforts when Luke Leppard latched on to a through ball and put a shot through the keeper's legs to make it 2 - 1. This seemed to inspire Cassidy's to greater effort and it wasn't long before they restored their two goal advantage with a well taken goal. Tom Platts had scored two, Ben Boodle one for the Phoenix. Now, with the half-time whistle looming, a Town free-kick found Leppard in the six yard box and he made no mistake to grab his second of the game. With more vocal 'encouragement' from their manager, the visitors began to play better football and the Cassidy's defence were finding it hard to contain Leppard's attacking speed. With seconds to go he latched on to another through ball to beat the keeper, complete his hat-trick and bring the score s level.
Half Time :  Cassidy's Phoenix   3  -  3  Crowborough Town
Throughout the second half, both teams had chances but neither could find the net, until with ten minutes go, the Crowborough manager introduced four of his five substitutes. On an increasingly heavy pitch the fresh legs did the trick and a well worked move found Andy Pollard just outside the six yard box and with a well struck shot he beat the keeper and defenders to put Crowborough ahead for the first time.
The Crowborough side had responded well to the manager's exhortations when they were twice two goals behind and although Cassidy's may feel that they had done enough to earn a point,  the benefit of a larger squad eventually secured the three points for the Town.

Green Street Blues made it three league wins in a row with a 4-2 win over Langton Green. and remain top of the table. James Phillips scored twice for the Blues, Ash Birch-Ruffell and Jack Edmeads once each. Langton haven't won for a while, but will be reassured by a decent performance which featured goals from Sam Grain and Nick Hollyoak

Big smiles no doubt on the faces of Goudhurst United's players. After thirteen consecutive defeats, they at last had a winning performance with comprehensive 7-2 win at Chequer Field against Tonbridge Invicta. The Division's top goalscorer, Will Mantle, added a hat-trick to his total. The other scorers for United were Dylan Thomas, Stuart Andrews, Josh Cleaver and Luke Young. Matt Cunnington scored both for Invicta.

The game between FC Grinstead and Royal Oak was called off. With Royal Oak having played only two League matches and FC Grinstead not having played a single league match at home, Fixtures Secretary Ian Scott is going to have some work to do!

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 14th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 8 6 1 1 33 14 19 19
2 Crowborough Town 7 6 0 1 43 15 28 18
3 Brenchley 9 5 1 3 16 17 -1 16
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 9 3 2 4 24 24 0 11
5 Langton Green 8 2 1 5 16 36 -20 7
6 FC Grinstead 4 2 0 2 23 7 16 6
7 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
8 Goudhurst United 8 2 0 6 20 32 -12 6
9 Tonbridge Invicta 9 1 1 7 18 53 -35 4

Division Three

With leaders St John's Yard not having a game, Speldhurst Rangers needed a win to keep up and also recover from last week's dismal performance. And win they did, and it was a good one against the form team TW Ridgewaye. Speldhurst bounced back from last week with a fortunate win against a good Ridgewaye side. Better finishing decided it, as well as a fantastic performance from Ranger's keeper Liam Baldwin.   A hat-trick from James Hughes and a goal from Ollie Crees nudged Rangers ahead of Ridgewaye, whose scorers were Dan Thomas and a brace from Thomas Bridges.

East Grinstead Mavericks ended a run of seven consecutive defeats by holding Tonbridge Casuals to a 1-1 draw. I don't have the Mavericks scorer. Casuals goal came from Matt Donnelly, but they will perhaps be ruing those two points dropped as the season unfolds.

Tonbridge United had been enjoying a good run of form, but it came to a grinding halt in a Longmead derby against Tonbridge Origin Reserves. Origin won 4-2, with two goals from Jonny Barber and one each from Will Ashenden and Bobby Brown. Arnel Maga scored both United's goals.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 14th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 8 6 1 1 50 18 32 19*
2 Speldhurst Rangers 9 6 1 2 30 22 8 19
3 Tonbridge Casuals 9 5 2 2 21 17 4 17
4 TW Ridgewaye 9 4 3 2 33 20 13 15
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 7 3 1 3 21 16 5 10
6 Tonbridge United 7 3 0 4 18 23 -5 9
7 Paddock Wood Reserves 5 1 1 3 11 16 -5 4
8 East Grinstead Mavericks 9 1 1 7 8 44 -36 4
9 Insulators Reserves 7 1 0 6 13 29 -16 3

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