West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 17th November 2019

Once again rain put several pitches out of commission, but three clubs took the initiative to switch games to opponents grounds and two more shifted their games to synthentic grass pitches at local schools. Would that there were more of them!

On a sad note, FC Grinstead have resigned from the league, citing a lack of committed players. Their record in Division Two and the Senior Cup has been deleted, which includes all goals scored for or against them.

Kent Sunday Junior Cup

Charcott had a good reward for their long trip to Sellindge. Horsebox Bars fell at the final hurdle in their attempt to qualify for the countywide stage of the Kent Sunday Junior Cup as they were knocked out of the competition losing 5-3 at home to West Kent Sunday League visitors Charcott FC. Goals from Ashley Boyd, Will Bussey and Matt King were not enough in the end to see off their Tonbridge-based guests as two goals from Jake Aldridge and singles from Luke Ailles, Ben Ailles and Jay Pring saw Charcott through to the county-wide last 16. (Report courtesy of the Ashford Sunday League website.)

Kenty Sunday Junior Trophy

Unfortunately Tonbridge Origin's fortunes were not so good. Their game with Maidstone International was switched to Tonbridge Farm with the original venue at Chart Sutton ruled out during the week.  As hosts Origin were level 1-1 at half time, but went down 4-2 in the end. Harry Milson and Duncan Ibbotson were their scorers.

So, when the draw for the County wide stage (fifth round, last sixteen) is made for the Kent County Cups, our representatives will be :

Sunday Premier Cup : Artois United and Green Lane; Sunday Junior Cup : Charcott. These games will be in January. There aren't enough teams in the Sunday Premier Cup to have a fourth round in December. In the Sunday Junior Cup, Charcott have drawn a bye and won't play in the fourth round.

WKSFL Junior Cup

Only one of the three scheduled games went ahead and only because Goudhurst United were able to move their game with Paddock Wood to Hayesbrook School in Tonbridge.  George Bourne scored for Paddock Wood on his debut, Dan Vousden for United and a draw was probably a fair result in a very well contested game.

As the table shows, Paddock Wood have a narrow lead at the top of the table, but with so many games being called off and so many left to play, it's anyone's guess who will take the top four spots and progress to the semi-finals.

Division One

Three matches were played, with the top four all involved. Wins for Simla and Artois United, coupled with defeats for Armada and Green Lane pout Simla to the top of the table. Then only one point separates the four teams below.
Green Lane were able to play their game with Simla at Mascall's School, their own pitch being unfit. They might be wishing they hadn't. Two own goals contributed to a 5-0 win for Simla. Both teams started brightly, but it was Simla who scored their first goal after eleven minutes from a corner which was put into the net by a Green Lane head. Simla continued to put pressure on the Green Lane goal and were rewarded with another goal later on in the half, this time scored by Ian Parsons.

Simla had a perfect start to the second half when in the first minute they were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. From the kick the ball was headed across the goal line and safely put in the net by Matt Coleman.

Simla continued to dominate the play, not allowing Green Lane any serious chances of scoring. Two more goals were scored by Simla with the last one coming from a pass across the goal area which was cheekily flicked into the net by Ian Parsons for his second of the match. Joe Cullip kept his fifth clean sheet in WKSFL games and leads the league in that respect. For the Simla supporters this was a terrific match to watch.

Armada went down 4-2 at  Artois United in another game that was changed to drier quarters. For Artois there were two goals from Saul Musengyi and one each from Peter Shaw and Regan Corke. Harry Tampsett and Jack Davies scored for Armada.

The day's other game involved teams at the bottom of the table. Pembury Sunday picked up their first league win of the season at Petts Wood Old Boys, a 3-0 victory in which Luke Packman scored twice and Toby Forward the other. Daniel Meijles in goal kept his team's first clean sheet of the season.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 17th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 5 4 1 0 24 3 21 13
2 Armada + 5 2 1 2 14 9 5 10
3 Artois United $ 4 4 0 0 29 5 24 9
4 Green Lane 5 3 0 2 21 17 4 9
5 Insulators + 4 2 0 2 12 23 -11 9
6 Pembury Sunday 6 1 2 3 9 21 -12 5
7 Saint John's Yard 5 1 1 3 10 20 -10 4
8 Cassidy's Phoenix 5 0 2 3 13 22 -9 2
9 Petts Wood Old Boys $ 5 1 1 3 10 22 -12 1
+ three points awarded $ three points deducted

Division Two

The table has been adjusted following the resignation of FC Grinstead. Only one match was played and in it AFC Valour recorded their their first win of the season, at the ninth time of asking. Goals from Tom Hanafin, James Allen and Mark Bedford gave them a  3-2 win at home to Biggin Hill. I do not have Biggin Hill's goalscorers.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 17th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Dormansland Rockets 4 4 0 0 21 5 16 12
2 Royal Oak 3 3 0 0 13 5 8 9
3 Artois United Reserves 5 3 0 2 14 9 5 9
4 Charcott 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6
5 TW Ridgewaye 3 1 0 2 6 8 -2 3
6 AFC Valour 5 1 0 4 8 15 -7 3
7 Biggin Hill JFC 3 0 0 3 4 9 -5 0
8 Speldhurst Rangers 2 0 0 2 2 18 -16 0

Division Three

Insulators Reserves and Ticehurst Village Club were originally due to meet in Paddock Wood to play a Junior Cup match. But with Paddock Wood assuming its customary winter sogginess, the two clubs agreed to play at Ticehurst and make it their Division Three league match. (Please can someone invoke a suitable deity to stop it raining on Paddock Wood, just for a few days!)

The pitch was fine, the game was competitive but played in a good spirit. Insulators edged the early exchanges. Martin Ives opened the scoring and put Insulators ahead with a great shot from twenty yards into the top right corner. The match was end to end for the remainder of the half, with Insulators Reserves creating the better chances but it stayed 1-0.

The second half also started well for Insulators with Ben Obbard scoring direct from a corner in 49th minute. Ticehurst came into the game more as it went on and pulled one back with a header by Jason Marsh on the hour. From that point it was Ticehurst having most of the play and Insulators trying to counter attack.

Craig Smith in the Insulators goal pulled off a number of superb saves to keep his team in front and eventually earn his team the points in a 2-1 win.
West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 17th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Goudhurst United 4 3 1 0 14 4 10 10
2 Ticehurst Village 5 3 0 2 14 13 1 9
3 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 3 2 0 1 13 6 7 6
4 Paddock Wood 2 2 0 0 12 6 6 6
5 Insulators Reserves 4 2 0 2 8 10 -2 6
6 Tonbridge Origin 2 1 0 1 6 3 3 3
7 Brenchley 2 1 0 1 0 6 -6 3
8 Hawkhurst United 4 0 1 3 5 15 -10 1
9 Yalding & Laddingford 4 0 0 4 6 15 -9 0

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