West Kent Sunday League News Report 20th September 2020

There was almost a full programme of League matches last Sunday. It seems that some of our defences have remembered the art rather better than their more illustrious counterparts in the Premier League!

Division One

Charcott set their League season in motion after having been involved in cup ties brought over from last season. They were 2-1 home winners over Insulators. Insulators started the game slowly and were second best throughout the first half. Charcott took full advantage and were 2-0 at half time with goals from Sam Richardson and Luke Ailles. The Insulators 'keeper, Michael Sparks, kept the score just recoverable.

A very disappointed manager advised the Insulators players that we were meant to be competing and in the second half they did. Martin Page-Mitchell scored a fine header to make it 2-1 and a number of chances were just missed with good efforts from Tom Bridger and Lewis Ott. The equaliser wouldn't come, but at least there was a decent second half performance. Charcott (albeit after one game) are the only team in Division One with a 100% record.

Artois United go top after a narrow 1-0 win at Dormansland Rockets. I do not have the goalscorer.

Green Lane move into second spot on goal difference after an equally narrow 1-0 win at home to Simla. Bayley Colbran was the scorer, in goal Joe Roberts kept the clean sheet.

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

Division Two

Nomads are 100% after their first three games. Sunday saw a 3-0 home win against Cassidy's Phoenix with the division's leading goalscorer Rhys White adding one to his tally. Alex Bradford and Kane Walker made it three and it was Steve Sayell in goal recording the shut-out.

St John's Yard put the brakes on Pembury's good start, achieving a 2-2 draw at Woodside. All the goals came in the first half. Pembury took the lead after just eight minutes through Scott Moran, then the Yard had a player sin-binned. Matt Rice-Tucker increased Pembury's lead while the visitors were down to ten men. For a while it looked like the Yard would be over-run, but they pulled one back, Josh Williams scoring. Restored to eleven men, Yard drew level with a goal from Harry Hickmott. Two-all at half time but there was no further scoring.

Paddock Wood have also been involved in delayed cup ties and played their first league game. The result, a 6-2 win at Artois United Reserves, shows they will be challenging for top spot. Simon Hammond scored four of the goals, also scoring was Rob Montandon plus there was an own goal.

Goudhurst United's James Found started his and his team's League season with both goals in United's 2-0 home win against AFC Valour. Goalkeeper Steve Smith kept the clean sheet.

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

Division Three

AFC Borough continued their excellent start with a 6-2 home victory over Speldhurst Rangers. Chief architect was Luke Leppard with four of the goals, assisted by Sam Edmund's brace. Kieron Thomas and Dan Kelly replied for Rangers, who find themselves somewhat adrift at the bottom of the table.

Dunton Green's first season in the league is also starting nicely. They moved into second place on goal difference with a 3-1 home win over Tonbridge United. Alex Baseby, Rory Ward and Patrick Smith were the Green's scorers. Reece Dangerfield replied for United.

Sedlescombe Rangers take third place after a fairly long journey to Paddock Wood, where the young Insulators Reserves side met their also youthful side. It was the home team which took an early fifth minute lead through Harry Mascall. Ten minutes later a through ball from Rangers beat the defence and the score was 1-1. A similar goal made it 1-2 before Insulators had a headed goal disallowed, presumably for offside. Just a minute before halftime Tom Roberts took his chance well to equalise.

Instead of the home side being revitalised by that goal, it was Sedlescombe that came out fired up. An attack down the left wing saw a cross met with a free header to restore the visitor's lead. The game was in the balance in the second half, with the away side having the better of things. In the last five minutes a run down the left wing was followed by a tight-angled shot which flew in for the final score of  four- two to Rangers.  Alvin Scott (2), Charlie Webbe and Owen Palmer were the visitors marksmen

TW Ridgewaye Reserves and their visitors Yalding and Laddingford have been playing delayed cup ties. They met at Yew Tree Road in what was the  first League game for both. Ridgewaye came off 5-3 winners, with two from Callum Seal and one each from Jonathan Hughes, Adam Davies-Knight and Toby Francis. Grant Allen, Joe Bass and Steev Gilbert were the Yalding scorers.

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


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