West Kent Sunday League News Report – 18th October 2020

The first two of the delayed 2019 - 2020 WKSL Cup Finals were held at Rusthall FC on Sunday.

Artois United 50 year AwardAt the Senior Cup Final, Artois FC's Gary Bridges and Tim Thirlaway received the League's 50 year award in recognition of their club's long membership. During that time, Artois United have won nineteen WKSFL Senior Cups, including seven consecutive times between 1985 and 1991.

WKSFL Senior Cup 2019 - 2020

Artois United 5 Charcott 1

Artois United ended an eight season run of no Senior Cup final appearances and collected the trophy after a 5-1 win over Charcott. In front of a good Sunday afternoon crowd at Rusthall, two goals from Pete Shaw, two from Regan Corke  and one from Kane Crowhurst were more than enough to overcome Charcott, whose only goal was scored by Kyle Walker.

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WKSFL vice- Chairman Peter Elwood presents the trophy. Match Officials Frank Meilack, Brian Shelton,  Dan Tornbom (ref.) Mick Syrett 
senior cup winners senior cup officials

WKSFL Junior Cup 2019 - 2020

Paddock Wood 5 Goudhurst United 2

The final of the Junior Cup didn't disappoint the fans in this fiercely fought contest, with the net being found on seven occasions.

Goudhurst started strongly and took the lead with in the first three minutes with a strike from Harvey Parks. Paddock Wood however fought back to 1-1 and then found themselves going in at the break 2-1 up thanks to a Simon Hammond first half brace. The Wood extended their lead early in the 2nd half when the tricky Harry Gammer found himself fouled just inside the box. Alex Emery stepped up and slotted away the resulting penalty to give the Wood a two goal lead. Simon Hammond continued his hot scoring streak with a goal sandwiched either side of a second Goudhurst goal, scored by James Murphy to end the tie 5-2 and the Wood then lifting the trophy in their maiden season.

Division One

Simla took over at the top of Division One beating erstwhile leaders Green Lane by two - nil. Dan Lawrence and Harry Hudson cored the important goals, while Joe Cullipp in goal kept the clean sheet.

Bottom club Armada are still winless after going down 2-1 at home to Insulators.

Armada 1 Insulators 2

The game started at a high pace with Armada pressing from the start, this forced a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Max Bridges. A change of formation saw Insulators begin to get a grip in midfield and this proved fruitful. Great interplay between James Philpott and Reece Beecroft put Martin Page-Mitchell through on goal and he buried it into the bottom right hand corner for 0-1. Soon after a quick four pass move saw Tommy Bridger smash an excellent shot into the top left hand corner, Two-nil to the visitors and that’s how it stayed for half time.

The second half was an even affair with both sides having chances. A late goal for Armada from Dylan Smart set up a nervy last ten minutes, which included the home side hitting the post, but Insulators held on to continue their recent improved form.

West Kent Sunday League Division One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 5 4 0 1 16 5 11 12
2 Green Lane 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 10
3 Insulators 6 3 0 3 11 12 -1 9
4 Artois United 4 2 1 1 7 6 1 7
5 Charcott 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
6 Dormansland Rockets 4 1 0 3 5 10 -5 3
7 Armada 4 0 1 3 6 12 -6 1

Division Two

St John's Yard 3 TW Ridgewaye 3

St John's Yard scored in the first minute of the game through Alex Bristow. Ridgewaye then started to play and Dan Kommu pulled one back before half time to make it even at the break. Ridgewaye had a good spell after half time, increasing their lead to 3-1 with two goals from Callum Seal.The Yard recovered, Phil Abbott narrowing the gap and the recovery was complete when Dan Hunter grabbed the equaliser in added time. It was a good competitive game.

In the day's only other Division Two game, Nomads recovered from last week's setback at Pembury to take a good 4-1 result at home to Artois United Reserves. There were two goals by Pryesh Vyas and one each for Keiron Bence and the Division's leading scorer Rhys White.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Nomads 6 5 0 1 23 10 13 15
2 Pembury Sunday 6 3 2 1 17 11 6 11
3 TW Ridgewaye 5 2 2 1 14 12 2 8
4 Paddock Wood 2 2 0 0 8 2 6 6
5 Artois United Reserves 5 2 0 3 9 17 -8 6
6 Saint John's Yard 4 1 2 1 10 11 -1 5
7 AFC Valour 4 1 0 3 8 10 -2 3
8 Goudhurst United 3 1 0 2 4 8 -4 3
9 Royal Oak 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1
10 Cassidy's Phoenix 5 0 1 4 3 14 -11 1

Division Three

AFC Borough made it seven wins from seven games with a comprehensive 8-0 win at TW Ridgewaye Reserves. The League's leading goalscorer Luke Leppard made it fourteen for the season so far with a four goal haul. Sam Edmunds weighed in with two, a goal apiece from Tom Pelling and Max Harper completed the scoring. Goalkeeper Jordan Heir kept the clean sheet, his club's first of the season despite having had those seven wins.

Dunton Green stay in second place following  a 6-2 win at Brenchley. Marcus Lyne's four goals paved the way with Pat Smith and David Chapman also scoring.

Sedlescombe Rangers slipped at home by the odd goal in seven. Their visitors were Ticehurst Village, playing only their second league match of the new season, having been unsuccessfully involved in the final stages of the delayed 2019 - 2020 Junior Cup. Rangers scorers were Alvin Scott from the penalty spot, Alfie Shand and Harry Loates. Jason Marsh and Marcus Alexander each scored twice for the visitors to make the final score 4-3 to Ticehurst.

There were plenty of goals at the Memorial Ground in Paddock Wood when Insulators Reserves met Speldhurst Rangers.

Insulators Reserves 4 Speldhurst Rangers 4

Insulators took the field with old adage of keeping things tight for the first ten minutes and threw it out the window as within seconds they found themselves one- nil down.

The next forty minutes saw the hosts push for an equalise, with the Speldhurst 'keeper Baldwin saving smartly from Jake Freeman and easily fielding couple of tame efforts.

Then, defending a free kick too deeply and missing the initial header cost Insulators dearly as Speldhurst went two up after 44 minutes. They made it three nil less than a minute later with the home side made to pay the penalty for not tracking runners from midfield. Half time and three nil to Rangers.

With no option but to attack, Insulators swapped to a 3- 5- 2 formation and were enjoying the better of the play when a speculative effort from Speldhurst finished in the back of the net to make it four nil. That appeared to be game over. Rangers Jamie Bennett had notched a hat-trick and James Hughes had scored his obligatory goal.

With less than half an hour to play, Thomas Roberts set up Sam Minter-Frier for what looked like a consolation goal, but when Toby Gandell set up Harry Mascall for goal number two it set up a tense final ten minutes. Toby Gandell turned provider of sorts again as he was fouled in the box. Harry Mascall calmly scored the penalty.

With just a minute left on the clock, Mascall completed his hat trick and a memorable come back for Insulators. It was a great effort to keep going when four down and shows the spirit that has been a characteristic of Insulators in their 50 plus years of playing in the league.

A special mention for referee Dan Tornbom, who then dashed off to referee the Senior Cup Final.

There were plenty of goals also at Longmead,where Tonbridge United hosted Yalding & Laddingford. The visitors pulled off their first League win of the season, coming away with a 5-1 win.  There were two goals each from Billy Dunn and Jacob Lambert, the fifth from Joe Bass. Ollie Stell hit United's only goal.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 AFC Borough 7 7 0 0 34 8 26 21
2 Dunton Green 7 5 0 2 22 14 8 15
3 Sedlescombe Rangers 7 4 0 3 18 18 0 12
4 Ticehurst Village Club 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 6
5 Speldhurst Rangers 7 1 2 4 16 26 -10 5
6 Yalding & Laddingford 4 1 1 2 13 12 1 4
7 Tonbridge United 7 1 1 5 10 21 -11 4
8 Brenchley 4 1 0 3 7 13 -6 3
9 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 3 1 0 2 6 13 -7 3
10 Insulators Reserves 4 0 2 2 10 14 -4 2

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