West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 15th October 2017

After two weeks of cup-ties, it was a return fo league action for many clubs, but there were cup ties in the Kent Sunday Premier Cup and WKSFL Intermediate Cup.

Kent Sunday Premier Cup

Three WKSFL teams took part, two were successful and will progress to the third round.

One of these was Simla, who defeated Park Royal FC of  the Maidstone League by 3-2 at Five Oak Green. Simla went ahead through an own goal then Park Royal equalised with a penalty towards the end of the first half. In the second half Simla were awarded a penalty which was converted by David Blundell, who then scored another to make it 3-1. Park Royal pulled one back, which led to a tense last ten minutes.

The other successful outfit was Artois United, whose long trip down to Ashford to play AFC Locomotive was rewarded with a 2-1 win, in which both goals were scored by Jake Miller. Billy Somerville was the home team's scorer.

Unsuccessful were Tonbridge Origin. They haven't had a good start to the season, having won only one of four games before this one. A goal by Myles Lowden wasn't enough to counter the three scored by visitors Fishermen's Arms, who top the Maidstone League's Premier Division. When you look at their results so far, they had scored 41 goals in five previous games and conceded just four. I don't think Origin can be too displeased.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

There were three ties in the WKSFL Intermediate Cup.

In a first round tie, Tonbridge Invicta made light of their poor League form with a 5-3 win at Goudhurst United, although it took them extra time to do it. Their only previous win this season was at home to Goudhurst in the League and Goudhurst had not won since the opening day of the season.  United scored through Will Mantle, Michael Peevor and Dylan Thomas, while for Invicta Tommy Welham and Adam Jones once again scored for Invicta against Goudhurst, Sam Wing and Matt Cunningham also scored  for Invicta as did an un-named Goudhurst defender to make it five. Invicta's second round tie will be a visit to Royal Oak.

Another first round tie was a close game between Division Three outfits Speldhurst Rangers and St John's Yard. Yard won the encounter 2-1.

De ja vu for Speldhurst who bossed the first half as they did in the league match earlier this season, which they had lost 5-1, coming up against minimal resistance from a sleepy St John's Yard.

Speldhurst took the lead after 20 minutes when a scramble in the box fell to Ollie Crees, whose left foot hit went into the bottom corner. From there Speldhurst really should have gone in at half time two or three nil up.

They didn't and like in the league game, St John's Yard called on their healthy bench, made four subs at half time and came out a different team. Speldhurst were resolute until the 75th minute when a quick attack was finished expertly by Jay Scott, who buried it into the top corner.  Speldhurst's fatigue started to show and utilising the gaps Yard played straight through them. A great finish by Josh Williams finish in stoppage time means Yard go through to meet Division Two Cassidy's Phoenix.

A second round tie also took place and it was a heavy home defeat for East Grinstead Mavericks at the hands of Tonbridge Origin Reserves. Having lost 5-1 to them in the League a fortnight ago, they could not have wanted worse but it was, 6-1 this time.  A hat-trick from Origin's Jonny Barber was instrumental. Their other goals came from Matt Butcher, Matt Anderson and Alex Pocock. None of the scorers had scored in the previous encounter. Carl Muncey was Mavericks' lone goal scorer.

Division One

Green Lane are back on top after beating Pembury Sunday 6-4 at Woodside. Although Pembury's Matt Rice-Tucker scored his second hat-trick in as many weeks, Green Lane were in good form. Tom Welch scored twice, with single strikes by James and Richard Donaldson, Jack Humphrey and Josh Harris making the total. Pembury's fourth was hit by Ben Obbard.

Dormansland Rockets picked up their first League points of the season with a 4-2 win at Paddock Wood. A pair apiece from Liam Cooper and Dan Wilson overcame goals by Wood's Stefan Draper and Paul Smith.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 15th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 5 4 0 1 15 9 6 12
2 Simla 3 3 0 0 9 2 7 9
3 Pembury Sunday 5 2 1 2 14 15 -1 7
4 Insulators 3 1 1 1 8 7 1 4
5 Tonbridge Origin 3 1 0 2 9 4 5 3
6 Artois United 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 3
7 Armada 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
8 Dormansland Rockets 3 1 0 2 7 14 -7 3
9 Paddock Wood 4 0 0 4 5 16 -11 0

Division Two

Crowborough Town's impressive start to the season continued with a 6-0 drubbing of Langton Green.  Green hadn't played for three weeks and perhaps it showed.

This was Sunday morning football as it should be, reports our man in Town. A game played in a good spirit with a very good young referee, Jack Greener, who let the game flow.
From the start Town were on top and kept the visitors penned in their own half until, with twenty-five minutes gone, Ollie Hyland opened the scoring and just five minutes later Leon Fisher put Crowborough two ahead. Langton then came more into the game but found the home team defence difficult to break down.
Half Time :   Crowborough Town   2  -  0   Langton Green
The second half opened with the game being played in the visitors half and after six minutes Leon Fisher provided a cross from the left that found Rob Guile between the Langton defenders to poke the ball into the net. Just a four minutes later Marcus Alexander broke from midfield and from twenty yards he curled the ball into the far corner of the Langton net for the best goal of the game. Leon Fisher then made it three goals in ten minutes for Crowborough. Their manager took the opportunity to give four of the Town substitutes a run out. This failed to unsettle the team and Town continued play good football that kept Langton on the back foot, until with fifteen minutes to go a beautifully flighted free kick found Rob Guile and he scored his second of the game with a glancing header.
Although Town had scored six the Langton keeper deserves a mention. Throughout the game he pulled off some amazing saves and without his performance it could easily have been a double figure result.

Either Green Street Blues and Cassidy's Phoenix could have ended the morning level on points with Crowborough but a 2-2 draw means they are a little off the pace now, although Blues do have a game in hand. Matt O'Sullivan scored twice for hosts Blues, Cassidy's goals were scored by Ollie Muggeridge and, from a penalty, Ben Boodle.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 15th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 4 3 0 1 27 9 18 9
2 Green Street Blues 3 2 1 0 10 2 8 7
3 Cassidy's Phoenix 4 2 1 1 10 7 3 7
4 FC Grinstead 2 1 0 1 13 3 10 3
5 Royal Oak 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
6 Brenchley 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3
7 Goudhurst United 4 1 0 3 10 19 -9 3
8 Langton Green 4 1 0 3 8 21 -13 3
9 Tonbridge Invicta 3 1 0 2 7 22 -15 3

Division Three

Paddock Wood Reserves finally got their League season under way and it was a flying start. They travelled to bottom side Tonbridge United and went back home with a 7-2 win under their belts. A hat-trick by Grant Allen paved the way, also scoring were Jamie Joy, Matt Ward, Dave Williams and Simon Hammond. United's two came from Alex Underdown and Craig Waller.

TW Ridgewaye couldn't emulate last week's Junior Cup win against Tonbridge Casuals when the two met again. The outcome this time was a 2-2 draw. Ridgewaye's Ben Adams scored one and thus keeps his place at the top of the League's goalscorers table. Dan Thomas scored the other.  This week's curiosity is that those two have between them scored all Ridgewaye's fifteen goals so far this season in WKSFL League and cup matches. Casuals two scores were by Craig Parton and Joe Lewis.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 15th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tonbridge Casuals 4 3 1 0 12 6 6 10
2 St John's Yard 3 2 0 1 15 9 6 6
3 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 3 1 1 1 10 8 2 4
4 Paddock Wood Reserves 1 1 0 0 7 2 5 3
5 Speldhurst Rangers 2 1 0 1 7 5 2 3
6 Insulators Reserves 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
7 East Grinstead Mavericks 3 1 0 2 4 14 -10 3
8 TW Ridgewaye 3 0 2 1 5 7 -2 2
9 Tonbridge United 3 0 0 3 4 13 -9 0

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