West Kent Sunday League News Report Ė Sunday 15th September 2019

WKSFL Charity Shield final total - £1,018.92! Many thanks from Hospice in the Weald to everyone involved on the day and who contributed to a  fantastic final sum.

There were plenty of goals in the WKSFL games on Sunday, including three games with a double figure total.

Division One

Insulators brief reign at the top of the league came to a horrible end. They conceded fourteen goals to Artois United, who take over the leadership. Insulators were outplayed, outfought and outclassed. There were three hat-tricks, scored by Peter Shaw (whose final tally was five goals), George Rogers and Jack Funnell. Lucas Murrain,Tim Thirlaway and Reagan Corke completed the rout. Dave Holdstock in the Artois goal kept the clean sheet.

The score at Westcombe Park between Petts Wood Old Boys and Green Lane was more suited to the adjacent rugby pitches. A game in which fifteen goals were scored went the way of Green Lane and they move into second place after a 10-5 win. There were hat-tricks for the Lane's Johnny Philips and Bayley Colbran. James Knight weighed in with two, Ollie Hogben and Tommy Welch also scored. The Old Boys had five different names on their scoresheet - Ollie York, Bill Parkinson,Joe Wyatt, Josh Southam and Ollie Nicholas.

St John's Yard held Simla until the 31st minute at the Hilbert, but the powerful Simla outfit then went ahead and from then on it was game over. Ian Parsons (2), Brad Austin,
Matt Coleman and Chris Stoate scored for Simla in what was eventually a 5-0 win.

Cassidy's Phoenix and Pembury Sunday shared six goals at Bayham. Ben Boodle, Rob Harman and  Josh Ennis (penalty) scored for the Phoenix, Pembury's replies came from Tom Philpott, Josh Knight and Yacine Marouani.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 15th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United 2 2 0 0 18 2 16 6
2 Green Lane 3 2 0 1 15 9 6 6
3 Insulators 3 2 0 1 11 18 -7 6
4 Simla 2 1 1 0 7 2 5 4
5 Saint John's Yard 3 1 0 2 7 13 -6 3
6 Petts Wood Old Boys 3 1 0 2 6 15 -9 3
7 Cassidy's Phoenix 2 0 1 1 5 6 -1 1
8 Armada 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
9 Pembury Sunday 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 1

Division Two

There were fewer goals in Division Two and in the important game for leaders Charcott only one was scored. That was by their leading scorer Jay Pring, whose strike gave them a 1-0 win over Biggin Hill. Joe Ainsley in the Charcott goal kept the clean sheet.

Royal Oak FC played out a hard fought 3-2 victory against a lively TW Ridgewaye side at the Hawkenbury Rec. It was a beautiful late summer morning.  The weather was so warm that there were water breaks during each half.

Royal Oak started out started out as the stronger team, Ash Bell scored the first when he picked up a loose Ridgewaye pass in the right wing position and he ran across the penalty area line to shoot from the inside right position.  His deflected shot gave Josh Higgins no chance.  The second goal came from a long goalkeeper clearance which was not dealt with firmly by the Ridgewaye defence and Bell got his second.  A third was only avoided by a clear off-side.  At that time it looked like it could be a disaster for Ridgewaye, but they reorganised and strengthened their resolution.  Jonny Hughes came on and had one cleared off the line. He later claimed that it had been a goal and stood in the anglerís pose to show how far it had been over the line, but others were not so sure.

At half time it was still 2-0 to the Oak.  After fifteen minutes of the second half,  Dave Hill pounced on a loose ball on the six yard line to get his first ever goal for Ridgewaye.  By now there were chances at both ends, as Ridgewaye had grown stronger through the match.  Royal Oak restored a two goal lead, Bell's third coming after a long throw from Nat Paine and good work from Luke Graham. Bell applied the finishing touch from one yard out.  There was still time for Hughes to have a second cleared off the line and Alex Moon to bang one in from 30 yards.  By the end Royal Oak players were shouting at each other to get the ball into the corners and play out time.  A tough match for Ridgewaye, against a good team, expertly refereed by Franck Meilack.

AFC Valour made the trip over to FC Grinstead on Sunday,  keen to put in a better display after a very lacklustre opening two games. Injuries to key players have taken their toll early on. Itís probably the same for most teams so its not an excuse. Valour welcomed back Shane Hadaway and James Allen to the squad, along with new signing Miguel Mendoza.

The first half saw Valour have the vast majority of possession, but cause little threat to the opponents goal. Grinstead looked a threat on the counter with their pacey left winger causing problems. James Bodle produced the only real save from both 'keepers midway through the half. It looked like the first period would be goalless, but the hosts took the lead with a large slice of good fortune. A decent strike from 18 yards was headed onto the post only to come back and hit the diving Bodle on the back and creep over the line for an own goal. 1-0 FC Grinstead were thus ahead 1-0 at the interval.

Valour introduced Hadaway, Mendoza and Allen at halftime and nearly found themselves level after some good play saw James Allenís strike expertly saved by the very handy Grinstead 'keeper. Valour were creating more chances and Hadaway was denied once by the 'keeper and then narrowly shot wide. Aaron Baker had a couple of chances also. Valour couldnít make the dominance count and were picked off on the break with a fine finish by Kieron Bence. Shane Hadaway then unleashed a magnificent strike from 20 yards into the top corner, to pull one back for Valour. Possibly the goal of the weekend! Valour pressed forward for the equaliser but couldnít capitalise. Final score Grinstead 2 Valour 1, but the hosts will consider themselves very lucky with that outcome.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 15th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Charcott 3 3 0 0 8 3 5 9
2 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 10 3 7 6
3 FC Grinstead 3 2 0 1 10 7 3 6
4 Dormansland Rockets 1 1 0 0 12 2 10 3
5 TW Ridgewaye 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 3
6 Biggin Hill JFC 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
7 AFC Valour 3 0 0 3 4 8 -4 0
8 Artois United Reserves 1 0 0 1 1 7 -6 0
9 Speldhurst Rangers 2 0 0 2 4 19 -15 0

Division Three

Goudhurst United made it three wins out of the three and stayed top with a comprehensive 6-0 win at Brenchley. There was a hat-trick for Michael Peever, further goals by Michael Peevor 3, Harvey Parks, Jack Martin and an un-named Brenchley player into his own net.

There were eleven goals scored at The Moor, where Hawkhurst United went down 4 - 7 at home to Paddock Wood. United's scorers were Philip Aim, Jamie Young,
Jamie Crouch, Paul Channer. Paddock Wood's tally included a hat-trick by Alex Emery, Ben Johnson hit two and to those were added single strikes by Matt O'Rourke and Jamie Hoy.

Ticehurst Village travelled to Insulators Reserves and went home having made it a bad day for the hosts. A 4-1 win lifts them to fourth in the table, goals credited to Jordan Vinnall (2), Leon Fisher and Darren Nicol.

Tonbridge Orgin recorded their first win of the season, a 4-0 victory over Yalding & Laddingford who have lost all three so far. Jamie Edwards (2), Louis Quinton and Reece Dangerfield scored.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 15th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Goudhurst United 3 3 0 0 13 3 10 9
2 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 2 2 0 0 10 2 8 6
3 Paddock Wood 2 2 0 0 12 6 6 6
4 Ticehurst Village 3 2 0 1 9 8 1 6
5 Tonbridge Origin 2 1 0 1 6 3 3 3
6 Insulators Reserves 2 0 0 2 2 7 -5 0
7 Brenchley 1 0 0 1 0 6 -6 0
8 Yalding & Laddingford 3 0 0 3 4 11 -7 0
9 Hawkhurst United 2 0 0 2 4 14 -10 0

League matches will give way to cup games over the next two Sundays. Next Sunday 22nd sees the first round of the Kent County Cups in which eight of our teams will be involved. There will also be a big programme of games in the WKSFL cup competitions.

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