West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 17th September 2017

The League is now in full swing after the customary bitty start.

Division One

Green Lane are top of the league, possibly for the first time ever! But it's only because G comes before S. They and Simla have identical records after two games.

They followed up last week's two-win at home to Armada with a three-nil win at home to Paddock Wood. Marc Yeung kept his second clean sheet in the Lane's goal, while out on the field goals from Tom Welch, James Donaldson and James Knight did the damage.

Tonbridge Origin 0 - 2 Simla

Simla controlled the play, although Origin had their moments they never looked like scoring.

In the first half Simla had many chances to score, most of them headers over the bar, but it wasn't until the last few minutes of the half that Simla scored twice through Ian Parsons.

The second half was affected by the sending off of players from both sides. The flow of the match changed, with a lot of poor passes from both sides and again Simla had several chances to increase their lead but eventually held out for a 2  -  0 win. Ben Hoey had little to do in goal and was Simla's clean sheet keeper.

Artois United 3 - 1 Insulators

Insulators fell behind early in the match to agoal by Stafford Browne, but soon equalised through Alex Clarke. However, Artois re-took the lead just before half time, Nathan Moseley being the scorer.

Artois had the majority of chances in the second half but added just one, through Josh Marshall. Insulators played with good spirit and had chances of their own, but the home side deserved their win.

In the day's other top flight game, Pembury Sunday made the long trip across country to Dormansland. They had a pleasant trip home no doubt, having won by the odd goal in seven. Two goals from Yacouine Marouani, one from Matt Rice-Tucker and a fourth from Tom Price made up for last week's defeat by Simla. For the Rockets, Ali Jones scored twice and Liam Cooper the other.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 17th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6
2 Simla 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 6
3 Pembury Sunday 3 2 0 1 8 7 1 6
4 Artois United 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
5 Insulators 2 1 0 1 6 5 1 3
6 Armada 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
7 Dormansland Rockets 1 0 0 1 3 4 -1 0
8 Tonbridge Origin 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0
9 Paddock Wood 3 0 0 3 3 12 -9 0

Division Two

Green Street Blues find themselves top of the table with a 100% record. Scheduled opponents TW Foresters were unable to raise a team, the Management Committee has confirmed that Blues will take the three points.

Crowborough Town's Luke Leppard propelled himself to the top of the nascent goalscorers chart with a five goal haul in Town's second big win, a 9-4 victory over Goudhurst United. Then he was sent off!

Crowborough Town 9 - 4 Goudhurst United

Crowborough started well and Luke Leppard, opened the scoring for them after just five minutes. Then a lapse of concentration by home team defence let an attack minded Goudhurst back into the game and ten minutes later the visitors were 2 - 1 ahead. However their lead didn't last for long, as Leppard scored his second goal to bring the scores level.  After 30 minutes two goals in two minutes from Andy Pollard (a penalty) and George Holman put Town back into the lead and with Leppard proving a handful for the visitors, he brought his tally up to four with two goals in three minutes just before half time.
 
Half Time :   Crowborough Town  6  -  2  Goudhurst United
 
Luke Leppard started the second half as he'd finished the first and after two minutes he made his total five and the score 7 - 2.  However Goudhurst refused to throw in the towel
and with an hour gone they scored their third goal. Then came the 'incident' that perhaps changed the game, when Leppard collect a red card and Town were down to ten men.
In an attempt to reduce the impact of playing with ten men, the Crowborough management brought on their five substitutes to make best use of their fresh legs and one of them, Matt Pickett, scored with 20 minutes to go. Goudhurst continued to make a game of it and with just a minute left of the half they brought their total up to four, only to allow Ollie Hyland to break away from the restart to add the game's goal number 13.
 
Leppard had proved a thorn in the side of the Goudhurst defence right from the start and would the score have been any different had he not received his marching orders? We'll never know, but without his five goals the final score would have been 4 - 4. Goudhurst's scorers were Will Mantle and Steve Filmer, both found the net on two occasions.

Royal Oak made it two wins from two in a 2-1 at the expense of Brenchley. Ash Bell scored a penalty and Frankie Fuller their second, to which brenchley's reply came from Dan Connolly.

Cassidy's Phoenix got off the mark, also with a 2-1 win, at home to FC Grinstead. Josh Ennis scored both of Cassidy's goals, I do not have the FC Grinstead scorer.

Langton Green's Jon Donoghue has his shooting boots on again, Green will be hoping he can play all season! He scored a hat-trick in his side's 6-0 win over Tonbridge Invicta on the postage stamp at the Cadogan. Ed Thorn, Charlie Sharman and Adam Radford also scored, Tom Scott in goal kept the clean sheet in what was his side's first win of the seaon.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 17th September
adjusted 18th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 3 3 0 0 8 0 8 9
2 Crowborough Town 3 2 0 1 21 9 12 6
3 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 8 4 4 6
4 FC Grinstead 2 1 0 1 13 3 10 3
5 Brenchley 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 3
6 Cassidy's Phoenix 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
7 Langton Green 3 1 0 2 8 15 -7 3
8 Goudhurst United 3 1 0 2 6 13 -7 3
9 TW Foresters 2 0 0 2 3 6 -3 0
10 Tonbridge Invicta 2 0 0 2 1 18 -17 0

Division Three

Leaders St John's Yard had a wake up call in their game against Speldhurst Rangers, with the vistors taking the lead in the eighth minute with a goal from James Hughes. The Yard were soon back in stride and equalised with a goal from Josh Williams.

Second half came goals from Dan Hunter. James Scott, Nathan Taylor. and second from Josh Williams for Yard to end the game 5-1 winners. Rangers had a penalty, taken by Jolyon Wheller, but saved by 'keeper Adan Good.

The score didn't reflect on the game, said St John's Yard club Secretary Tony Vanns, it was a very hard win.

Insulators Reserves got their season under way with a 3-1 win at home to TW Ridgewaye.

The game was end to end throughout and it was the Tunbridge Wells side took the lead on 20 minutes with a fine shot by Ben Adams from just outside the box. Half chances at either end followed as Insulators came back into the match. Two minutes before the break Ben Manser scored the equaliser with a shot from the edge of the box.

The second half saw the home side gradually gain the upper hand. Manser scored his and the team's second with a fine header on 60 minutes.  Just over ten minutes later a good cross by Jacob Pingault was met with a great shot by home skipper Greg Dodson to make it 3-1.

This was a competitive but sporting encounter between the two sides.

The day's other game was another Tonbridge derby at Longmead, where Casuals followed up their win last week against United with a 3-2 win over Origin Reserves. Matt Donnelly was on the scoresheet again, twice this time, with the third coming through Joe O'Reilly. Matt Anderson and Ben Holder marked Origin's replies.

The game between Paddock Wood Reserves and East Grinstead Mavericks was postponed.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 17th September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 2 2 0 0 12 3 9 6
2 Tonbridge Casuals 2 2 0 0 7 3 4 6
3 Insulators Reserves 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
4 East Grinstead Mavericks 2 1 0 1 4 8 -4 3
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 2 0 1 1 4 5 -1 1
6 TW Ridgewaye 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 1
7 Paddock Wood Reserves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Tonbridge United 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0
9 Speldhurst Rangers 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0

Next week, attention turns towards the First Round of the Kent Sunday Cups. Armada and TW Ridgewaye will be at home to opposition from afar. The remaining clubs who entered from our league will join in at the Second Round stage on 15th October.


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