West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 21st January 2018

Wet and snowy weather took its toll of about half the schedule matches, but some important games were played.

WKSFL Senior Cup

In the final game of Group 1, Simla got the win they needed to finish top of the group and guarantee a home draw in the quarter-finals. Paddock Wood turned up with a stronger team for this match than the previous match between them in the league. They started well and soon went ahead through George Bourne. Ian Parsons equalised for Simla later in the first half.

The second half was a different affair with Simla soon taking control with two goals from Bayley Colbran and one for Matt Coleman, making the eventual score Simla 4 Paddock Wood 1.

Senior Cup Group 1 final table


In Group 3, Cassidy's Phoenix won the final game against Royal Oak to leap over Division One sides Tonbridge Origin and Pembury Sunday to finish second on goal difference behind fellow Division Two men FC Grinstead. There were two hat-tricks for Phoenix in their 6-3, both were first timers. Although Rob Harman and Ben Boodle are often mentioned among the scorers, it was the first hat-trick of the season for both of them. Ashley Bell scored all three for the Oak. 'If only we had more like him', lamented management.

Senior Cup Group 3 Final table


Unfortunately the pitch problems that have so bedevilled Dormansland Rockets over the years again won the day, causing the crucial Group 2 game with Crowborough Town to be called off. The qualification situation for the Senior Cup quarter-finals is : the three group winners Armada, FC Grinstead and Simla are through, as are Artois United and Cassidy's Phoenix as runners-up.  Should Crowborough Town lose either of their two remaining matches, Green Lane will finish second in Group 2 and go through. That would mean the two best third placed teams being Insulators from Group 1 and Tonbridge Origin from Group 3.  Should Town win both those games, they would finish second in Group 2 and go through, while Green Lane would finish third and would qualify instead of Insulators on goal difference. Unless they lose by a 12 goal margin.

Division One

Only one of the three scheduled games went ahead. This saw Armada beat Tonbridge Origin 4-1 at Tonbridge Farm. A tight first half saw chances for both teams, but ended 0-0. The second half was a different story, with Armada scoring four goals in 15 minutes mid-way through half to kill the game. Harry Tampsett scored the first three,  completing his hat trick with a penalty.  Mark Vivian added the fourtth.

Origin had a couple of chances late on and got a consolation with a few minutes to go from the boot of Tom Cobb.

Tampsett's hat-trick and Cobb's goal means we now have a three way tie between those two and Tom Welch of Green Lane at the top of the League's goalscoring chart. All three have nineteen goals to their name..

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 21st January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 8 7 1 0 34 11 23 22
2 Armada 10 7 1 2 25 15 10 22
3 Green Lane 8 6 1 1 27 14 13 19
4 Artois United 7 4 1 2 26 13 13 13
5 Tonbridge Origin 10 3 3 4 34 26 8 12
6 Pembury Sunday 10 2 1 7 21 36 -15 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 5 2 0 3 17 21 -4 6
8 Insulators 9 1 2 6 19 38 -19 5
9 Paddock Wood 7 0 0 7 10 39 -29 0

Division Two

It's not often you score a hat-trick and end up on the losing side, but that's what happened to FC Grinstead's Charly Harris at Green Street Blues. His work was in vain, his side falling to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Blues, who consolidated their top of the table position. Blue's scorers were Shaun Boyle (2), Jack Edmeads, Ash Birch-Ruffell and Chris Harragin. Harris can perhaps take some solace from the facts that he is now the League's leading hat-trick man with four and also now joint top scorer in Division Two with seventeen chalked up so far.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 21st January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 9 7 1 1 38 17 21 22
2 Crowborough Town 7 6 0 1 43 15 28 18
3 Brenchley 9 5 1 3 16 17 -1 16
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 9 3 2 4 24 24 0 11
5 Langton Green 8 2 1 5 16 36 -20 7
6 FC Grinstead 5 2 0 3 26 12 14 6
7 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
8 Goudhurst United 8 2 0 6 20 32 -12 6
9 Tonbridge Invicta 9 1 1 7 18 53 -35 4

Division Three

The top two were both in action, both won, thus putting distance between them and the chasers.  St John's Yard travelled to Longmead to meet Tonbridge United, going home with a 6-2 victory under their belts.  After a very end to end start to the game, Dan Hunter gave the Yard a 1-0 lead with a lovely side-foot shot past the keeper. This awoke Tonbridge United, who the hit the post and the bar before equalising five minutes before the interval through Reece Dangerfield. After the break, despite Yard starting the better, Tonbridge United took the lead with a goal from Arnel Maga. This resulted in a genius tactical switch by the visitors (their words not mine!) which turned the game. Mush Miah then scored two goals, one an exquisite glancing header, and Jay Scott chimed in with two of his own. Matt Humphrey then rounded it off with a tap in from a yard after a sluggish run up the wing. Miah is now the top scorer in Division Three.

Meanwhile, Speldhurst Rangers were overcoming Tonbridge Origin Reserves at the Rec. It was a hard fought win for Speldhurst ,who took a commanding 2-0 lead early whilst the pitch held up. A tidy finish from James Hughes was followed by a score from Sam Stevens, welcomed back after some time out, who rounded the keeper to finish from an acute angle.

From there on, the pitch became a quagmire and it was tough to play football on. Origin got back into the game when their winger broke and crossed for Jonny Barber to finish nicely. 2-1 to Rangers at half time.

After half time Speldhurst put their foot on the pedal controlling the game. James Hughes slid the ball under the onrushing keeping when put through to make it 3-1 and a well worked  passing move was rounded off by Jolyon Wheller to make it 4-1.

A late flurry from Origin gave them hope, with Barber scoring a second time, but Speldhurst ran out deserved winners.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 21st January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 9 7 1 1 56 20 36 22
2 Speldhurst Rangers 10 7 1 2 34 24 10 22
3 Tonbridge Casuals 9 5 2 2 21 17 4 17
4 TW Ridgewaye 9 4 3 2 33 20 13 15
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 8 3 1 4 23 20 3 10
6 Tonbridge United 8 3 0 5 20 29 -9 9
7 Paddock Wood Reserves 5 1 1 3 11 16 -5 4
8 East Grinstead Mavericks 9 1 1 7 8 44 -36 4
9 Insulators Reserves 7 1 0 6 13 29 -16 3


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