West Kent Sunday League News Report 15th March 2020

Oh well! After weeks and weeks of appalling weather badly affecting local football, higher forces are now at work. I have a feeling this will be last report for very many weeks, if not months. A season never to be completed, frozen in time as it were. I write everything that follows in the normal style, as if there would be another week to look forward to.

WKSFL Senior Cup

With the group stages cut short because of the weather, two quarter finals were played on Sunday. Artois United and Cassidy's Phoenix had not met in the League. Although overall form would have favoured Artois, Cassidy's gave them a good run for their money in what ended as  4-3 win for Artois.  Artois scorers were Dan Ashton (2), Peter Shaw and Regan Corke. For Cassidy's they were Ben Boodle, Mike Culverhouse and Tom Platts.

In the other quarter-final, Second Division leaders Charcott overcame Green Lane 3 - 1. Green Lane has not played for five weeks so were no doubt out of practice.  The Second Division's leading scorer Jayson Pring scored twice to bring his season's total to 22. The third came from Ben Ailles. Johnny Phillips replied for the Lane.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

The much delayed first round tie between Goudhurst United and St John's Yard featured the rare event of a goal scored from his own penalty area by the Yard's goalkeeper Michael Dimiris. His wind assisted effort just after half time put his team in the lad after the scores had been level at the break. Goudhurst had taken an early lead through Jon Bilsby, Dan Hunter equalised. The came Dimiris effort, followed by a goal by sub Mush Miah, five minutes after coming on, to put Yard 3-1 up. Goudhurst were kept at bay until added time at the end when Michael Peevor pulled one back to make it 3-2.

The Quarter-Final match between Artois United Reserves and Royal Oak went to extra time, with Artois Reserves eventually prevailing 3-2. Unfortunately for the Oak, it was an own goal that tipped the balance. Artois' other two goals came from Joe Hares and Reece Francis, Royal Oak's scorers were Nat Paine and Luke Graham

Division One

At the Memorial Ground in Paddock Wood, the pitch was heavy and bobbly but at least a game was played. This was Insulator's First XI's first game at home since 24th November!

Simla dominated most of the first half with the home side limited to occasional but dangerous breakaways. It was in the 37th minute that Simla took the lead when a cross from the right resulted in an easy tap in for leading goalscorer Ian Parsons. Just six minutes later Simla added a second with a similar move, this time finished off by Brad Austin.

The second half started badly for the home side, when the pitch caused a missed clearance and deflection past the keeper for 0-3.  Matt Crompton was credited with the goal. However, facing the possibility of a heavy defeat, Insulators played with spirit and were rewarded with a penalty in the 57th minute which was calmly dispatched by top scorer Jake Pingault.. Although Simla had the better of the play the home side were much more competitive and created a number of chances.

But Simla retained the upper hand and the game ended 1-3.

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 6 5 0 1 35 7 28 15
3 TW Ridgewaye 10 5 0 5 19 23 -4 15
4 Dormansland Rockets 4 4 0 0 21 5 16 12
5 Royal Oak 6 4 0 2 17 12 5 12
6 AFC Valour 10 3 1 6 18 22 -4 10
7 Speldhurst Rangers 8 2 1 5 19 36 -17 7
8 Biggin Hill JFC 6 0 0 6 9 21 -12 0

Division Two

No matches were played.

Division Three

Paddock Wood, playing for the first time since 26th January, did the double over Yalding and Laddingford who were also their opponents all those weeks ago. The pitch at Yalding is obviously much improved having hosted games when all around was seemingly under water. The result was a 4-3 win for the Wood. The League's leading scorer Simon Hammond added one to his total, taking it to 34 for the season with Alex Emery scoring two and Jess Ettinger the fourth. For the hosts, who now have nineteen different goalscorers logged this season (plus an own goal), the scorers were Rhys Powell, James Faulkner and Stuart Wells.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Paddock Wood 9 8 0 1 46 14 32 24
2 Goudhurst United 7 5 1 1 29 7 22 16
3 Insulators Reserves 8 5 0 3 20 15 5 15
4 Yalding & Laddingford 10 3 0 7 27 30 -3 9
5 Ticehurst Village Club 7 3 0 4 17 26 -9 9
6 Tonbridge Origin 6 2 0 4 13 18 -5 6
7 Brenchley 5 2 0 3 8 13 -5 6
8 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 5 2 0 3 13 32 -19 6
9 Hawkhurst United 7 1 1 5 8 26 -18 4

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