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West Kent Sunday League Report Sunday 15th January 2017

This report begins with the depressing news that yet another club has folded. Those in charge of Blackham & Ashurst have given up the struggle. That brings the number of teams that have folded since the 2016 AGM to six, of the forty-two that signed up. That represents a 14% drop in numbers in seven months. At this rate, local councils will be justified in selling off sports grounds for housing on the perfectly obvious grounds that no-one is using them.

Winter weather finally arrived in the area, about half of the day's scheduled games were called off.

Kent Sunday Premier Cup

Tonbridge Origin's match at Quested was one that fell foul of the cold weather and has been re-arranged for next week.

Division One

Rusthall Rangers have returned to league action after being granted an interval without fixtures to resolve problems. They travelled to meet Armada, but came away beaten 5-0.  Among the scorers for Armada were Keith McCormack (2), Jack Rusbridge and Dean Stockdale. In goal, James Larkin had his and their second clean sheet of the season.

Simla moved to within one point of the amended table after beating Goudhurst United 6-0 at Five Oak Green. First half goals from Matt Coleman, top scorer David Blundell and there were two for James Macgregor. Second half goals from Bayley Cobran and Jonny Elwood sealed the win. Sixteen different players have now scored for Simla this season!

Insulators kept up the pressure on the top two, recording a 5-0 home win over Dormansland Rockets. It was quite an even contest in the first half, with both sides looking dangerous on the break. Mike Potter scored from close range to give Insulators a first half lead.

The second half started very competitively with Max Bridges making two magnificent saves to preserve the home sides lead. Andy Tarling added a second to give some breathing space, before Ben Manser made the game safe half way through the second half. An own goal and one from Kane Ramsell made for a comfortable win, although Dormansland lost two players late on ending, with just nine men. A good competitive game in which both sides played well.

The table below has been adjusted to take into account the demise of Blackham & Ashurst FC.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 15th January
amended following resignation of Blackham & Ashurst
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tonbridge Origin 12 9 1 2 50 20 30 28
2 Simla # 11 10 0 1 44 13 31 27
3 Artois United 11 7 1 3 43 20 23 22
4 Insulators 11 7 1 3 39 16 23 22
5 TW Foresters 11 4 1 6 32 39 -7 13
6 Armada 8 3 2 3 16 16 0 11
7 Dormansland Rockets 7 1 0 6 18 28 -10 3
8 Goudhurst United + 10 0 0 10 10 67 -57 3
9 Rusthall Rangers 7 0 0 7 2 35 -33 0

This was the table before that news as it would have been after Sunday's results. All of the top teams except Tonbridge Origin had played Blackham & Ashurst and thus 'lose' points. Unfortunately for Insulators, they had played and beaten them twice and now find themselves six points adrift rather than two.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 15th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla # 12 11 0 1 53 14 39 30
2 Tonbridge Origin 12 9 1 2 50 20 30 28
3 Insulators 13 9 1 3 41 17 24 28
4 Artois United 12 8 1 3 48 21 27 25
5 TW Foresters 12 5 1 6 37 40 -3 16
6 Armada 9 3 2 4 17 18 -1 11
7 Dormansland Rockets 9 2 1 6 31 33 -2 7
8 Blackham & Ashurst 10 2 1 7 17 41 -24 7
9 Goudhurst United + 12 1 0 11 16 73 -57 6
10 Rusthall Rangers 7 0 0 7 2 35 -33 0

+ three points awarded  #  three points deducted

Division Two

John Donoghue of Langton Green wrote in to say he had been injured since the end of October, hence his long absence from the scorer's lists.  He said he didn't want people to think he was slacking! They obviously missed him, as they won only once in the six WKSFL League and Cup games he missed. They will miss him even more, as he told me he has played his last game!

Pembury Sunday maintained their lead at the top of Division Two with a comprehensive 6-1 win at Hawkenbury Sunday. The Division's top scorer Steve Harper was bang on form, netting four times. Mark Wyles and Alun Evans with a penalty made it six. James Prentis scored for the Hawks.

It looks like a two horse race now. Paddock Wood lost what faint chance they had, crashing by the same 6-1 score at second-placed Gardener's Arms. Kane Joseph contributed a hat-trick, his second of the season. Jack Moore scored two and Karl Smith the sixth. I do not have the Paddock wood scorer.

There was another hat-trick at Green Lane, where Tom Welch scored three for the hosts in their 4-1 win against Cassidy's Phoenix.  James Donaldson also scored for the Lane, it was their third successive win in the League. Ollie Muggeridge's goal for Phoenix ensured they doidn't go home completely empty handed.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 15th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Pembury Sunday 11 9 2 0 37 7 30 29
2 Gardener's Arms 10 8 2 0 39 9 30 26
3 Paddock Wood 13 6 1 6 29 39 -10 19
4 Green Lane 10 5 2 3 27 20 7 17
5 Brenchley 11 3 2 6 23 37 -14 11
6 Cassidy's Phoenix 12 3 2 7 20 34 -14 11
7 Langton Green 10 2 2 6 27 32 -5 8
8 Hawkenbury Sunday 10 2 2 6 19 28 -9 8
9 SE Spitfires 9 2 1 6 14 29 -15 7

Division Three

Division Three was hardest hit by the weather, with three of the four scheduled matches postponed. Ticehurst Villlage were unable to raise a side to face Crowborough Town. As as a result Town's lead is extended to four points but, as the table below shows, Bricklayer's Arms have played three fewer games.

It seems quite ridiculous to be able to say, especially in view of recent seasons, that here we are in mid January and Crowborough Town have only two league games left! The second of those, on 29th January, is the critical one against the Bricks.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 15th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 14 10 1 3 46 24 22 31
2 Bricklayers Arms 11 9 0 2 44 15 29 27
3 Tonbridge Invicta 12 7 1 4 42 19 23 22
4 Green St Blues 10 5 1 4 26 19 7 16
5 Paddock Wood Reserves 12 5 1 6 20 31 -11 16
6 Rusthall Club Athletic 7 4 1 2 24 15 9 13
7 St John's Yard 13 4 1 8 24 55 -31 13
8 Ticehurst Village 13 3 2 8 25 40 -15 11
9 Speldhurst Rangers 12 0 2 10 19 52 -33 2

Division Four - corrected 20th January

Two of the four games took place, with the synthetic grass at Hayesbrook School again proving its worth. The scoring record involving AFC Six in One was maintained, eight being scored in their game against Tonbridge Casuals. After four successive defeats, at last Six in One scored more than the other team in a 5-3 win. A hat-trick from Ben Boodle was no doubt instrumental. The League's top scorer Ryan Smith added two more to his impressive tally. But with only three games left to play, will he be sitting watching while others catch up? I feel an executive decision approaching as to whether to include Spring Cup matches in the overall count.

Casuals, who also have only three games left, thanked Mark Whorlow for his two goals and Hayden Jarvis for the third.

Eight goals were also scored in the game between Tonbridge United and TW Foresters Reserves, but Foresters scored all eight of them. Billy Dunn scored four, his first goals and first hat-trick of the season, Simon Hammond also hit the back of the net three times and James Culmer added the eighth. Brad Collins kept the clean sheet in goal, his fourth of the season.
 
West Kent Sunday League Division Four including Sunday 15th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 TW Foresters Reserves 12 11 0 1 63 21 42 33
2 FC Hayward 11 7 2 2 41 18 23 23
3 Insulators Reserves 12 5 3 4 35 35 0 18
4 AFC Six in One 13 5 2 6 61 49 12 17
5 FC Grinstead 9 4 3 2 30 25 5 15
6 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 10 4 3 3 33 32 1 15
7 TW Youth (Ridgewaye) 12 3 1 8 35 63 -28 10
8 Tonbridge Casuals 13 1 5 7 24 46 -22 8
9 Tonbridge United 10 1 1 8 6 39 -33 4


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