West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 19th November 2017

Most teams were involved in cup ties but there were two important games in Division Three. A couple of games were postponed.

WKSFL Senior Cup

With most matches played, all eight qualification places are still up for grabs. Across the three groups, the top two in each plus the two best third placed teams will make up the quarter-final eight.

Group 1

Artois United are almost there, a win their final group game against Paddock Wood will assure them of at least second place. On Sunday, they and long time rivals Simla played out a two-all draw at Tonbridge Farm. Simla now need to win at least two of their remaining matches to guarantee second place. Joe Fuller scored both for Simla, while for the hosts Artois there was a goal from Pete Shaw and an own goal by an un-named Simla culprit.

Despite recording a 7-3 victory at Paddock Wood, Insulators will need to win their final group game against Langton Green and hope other results go their way. Paddock Wood could hold the key here as they have to play both Artois and Simla in coming weeks. Stefan Draper scored all three for the Wood in the first half of that that game against Insulators, but his efforts were eclipsed by his team's local rivals. At half time Paddock Wood lead 3-1 and you wouldn't have put too much money on an away win said Andrew Stanley of Insulators. However the second half saw a great turn around with six unaswered goals. Scorers were Ben Manser (2), Ben Johnson (2), Martin Page-Mitchell, Cole Walsh and Martin Ives.

Brenchley and Langton Green are out of the running after a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Ground. Scorers were Neil Allen for Brenchley, Matt Lee for Langton Green.

Group 2

Armada are one point way from finishing top of Group 2 following a narrow win at home to Crowborough Town. Crowborough Town feel very disappointed that they didn't take anything from this game against their Division One opponents, reports Mike Noble. They deserved at least a point, and maybe all three points could have been theirs.

For long periods of the game Armada were penned in their own half and on a number of occasions they had their young new goalkeeper to thank for keeping them in the game.The heavy pitch certainly didn't help either team to play attractive football, but with Town effectively using the better ground down the touchlines they created more chances. The absence of both their leading goalscorers didn't help Crowborough's cause but as we all know it's goals that win games and they just couldn't find the net.

Eventually it was a penalty that gave Armada the chance that they needed and Harry Tampsett comfortably beat the visitor's keeper to put away the only goal of the game.

Armada's final group game will pitch them against Dormansland Rockets, who are still in with a mathematical chance of going through. It looks like a rugby score from their match at Green Lane, where the hosts won by the unusual score of 10-6! I am assured they played with a round ball and not the egg shaped version. A hat-trick from Tom Welch  (his third in successive games) lead the way for the Lane, whose other scorers were Josh Harris with two, one each from James and Richard Donaldson, Jack Humphrey and two own goals by the visitors. Rockets goals were scored by Rich Wetton, Matt Burroughs, Paul Withers with two and Shane Clarabutt also with two

Green Street Blues are still in the reckoning for second place after a 5-3 win at Tonbridge Invicta. Goals from five different players made up their tally, namely Tom Wilken, Rob Shearman, Yannick Tchoundjin, Jack Edmeads and Ash Birchruffel. Invicta have completed their Senior Cup group programme without a point, despite the efforts of Alex Wellbelove, Matt Martin andTommy Wleham in that final game. Blues will meet Green Lane on December 3rd with a top two finish very much at stake.

Group 3

Figure this one out! Mathemetically any of the six teams could qualify. Royal Oak hold the cards as it were, being behind with their fixtures. Their scheduled game against leaders FC Grinstead was called off and will be re-scheduled.

Meanwhile, Cassidy's Phoenix moved into second place after defeating Goudhurst United 5-2 at Bayham. Matt Ferris contributed two goals, Ollie Muggeridge, Ben Boodle and Alex Kibbey one  each. Division Two's top scorer Will Mantle scored both for United.

Tonbridge Origin won their first points in the group, comprehensively beating Pembury Sunday 6-0 at Tonbridge Farm. The lethal boots of Tom Cobb, who scored four last Sunday, hit three of them, Myles Lowden, Chris Crouch and Mike Jessop the others. The multi-talented Andrew Jarvis, normally a defender, had to play in goal and kept a clean sheet.

The top two in the group are due to meet next Sunday. At the same time, Pembury Sunday need to beat Royal Oak to stay in contention while Tonbridge Origin's match with Goudhurst United will be interesting. If the top three were to draw and Tonbridge Origin were to win, one point would separate the top four with one game left. Calculators out, lads!

WKSFL Junior Cup

This group is now almost decided. Tonbridge Origin Reserves needed to avoid defeat against Insulators Reserves to make a qualification place certain. That they did with a 2-0 win at the Memorial Ground.  With a scratch side including two injured players it looked bleak for the home side as a fine Tonbridge Origin took an early 2-0 lead, Cameron Dunbar and Duncan Ibbotson scoring the goals Things got worse for the hosts when they were reduced to ten men after 25 minutes, but a great spirit saw them keep the score to two until half time. Back to eleven for the second half and Insulators created a few chances of their own.

Origin played well and deserved the win but 'Slators took a lot from their performance. Goal keeping duties for the Origin were shared, wuith Matt Barden and Jamie Holder each being credited with half a clean sheet

A point for Origin Reserves in their final match against local rivals Tonbridge United will have them finishing top and gaining a possible advantage in the draw. That game is down for December 3rd.

Division Three

There were two very important games at the top of Division Three. St John's Yard were held to a four-all draw at Speldhurst Rangers, while Tonbridge Casuals consolidated their second position with a 2-1 home win against Paddock Wood Reserves.

This was the fifth encounter between Rangers and St John's Yard this year and this was definitely the most well fought by both teams. The game started very evenly, but it was St John's Yard who scored first. However, ten minutes later Rangers drew level, with Rob Runciman playing a well hit low driven cross which was taken equally well by Sam Richardson. Speldhurst then scored again with James Hughes going round the keeper to tap the ball into an empty net. Just before half time St John's Yard squared up the game to make it 2 2 at half time.

St John's Yard kicked off and immediately gave the ball away, which Speldhurst took advantage of mouting a quick counter attack for Rob Runciman to finish off, with a great assist from Jolyon Wheller. St John's Yard were playing very well though constantly putting pressure on the Speldhurst defence, which paid off by equalling the scoreline again. Speldhurst's last goal was very much direct football, Liam Baldwin sent a huge kick out of his hands over the defence which Runciman collected very well to slot his second into the bottom corner. ten  minutes from the end, the Yard tied the game for the final time with a  very well taken penalty. Really good game played in the right manner, with (said Speldhurst) the correct result on the balance of play. The Yard's scorers were Mush Miah (2), Jay Scott and Reece Horseman.

Tonbridge Casuals scorers in that 2-1 win were Harry Bamblett and Hayden Jarvis. Paddock Wood scorer is unknown.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 19th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 6 4 1 1 30 16 14 13
2 Tonbridge Casuals 6 4 1 1 15 12 3 13
3 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 5 2 1 2 16 12 4 7
4 Speldhurst Rangers 4 2 1 1 15 11 4 7
5 Paddock Wood Reserves 4 2 0 2 13 11 2 6
6 TW Ridgewaye 4 1 2 1 11 10 1 5
7 Insulators Reserves 4 1 0 3 8 12 -4 3
8 Tonbridge United 5 1 0 4 11 21 -10 3
9 East Grinstead Mavericks 4 1 0 3 5 19 -14 3

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