West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 22nd September 2019

Cup ties in various competitions were the order of the day. Of the eight WKSFL teams taking part in the Kent County Cup, six will be in the Second Round Draw.

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Kent Sunday Premier Cup

The two that didn't go through were Insulators and Petts Wood Old Boys.

Park Royal   4 Insulators  1

After last week's drubbing against Artois,  it was the aim to at least be competitive this week and thankfully that was achieved. Conceding an early goal wasn't great, but Marc Scott equalised with a volley from 20 yards and the score remained level at half time. Although the home side went on for a fairly comfortable win, two of the goals were preventable. A big well done to several reserve players who came into the side today. Insulators will need week face Artois United for the second time in three weeks.

Petts Wood Old Boys faced an XI from Punjab United, whose Saturday first team play senior football. The outcome was a six-nil defeat for the Old Boys.

Brewmaster High Halden 0 - 2 Simla

Better news from Simla's trip to Ashford. This was Simla's fourth match against Brewmaster High Halden in the Kent Sunday Premier Cup, having won the previous three.
The first half was a tight contest with neither team scoring. Simla were playing down the slope which made it difficult to control the ball in the last third of the pitch. Brewmaster had chances to score, but Simla had the best opportunities with several shots saved or going wide. A fair score at half time of 0 - 0.

It all changed in the second half soon after the restart when Simla were awarded a penalty when a player was brought down in the box. Ian Parsons scored from the spot. Simla now playing up the slope had more control and possession and created a lot more attacking moves. The match was sealed when Brad Draper scored making it  2 - 0.
More opportunities came for Simla including hitting the post and some there were good saves from the Brewmaster keeper.

Brewmaster came close to scoring late on with the ball crossing in front of the Simla goal but eventually being cleared away.

Armada had a good 4-1 win at home to Red Heathens, Jack Rusbridge (2), Harry Tampsett and Ben Renshaw scored.

And Artois United went through without kicking a ball. Scheduled opponents Snodland Town failed to fulfill the fixture.

Kent Sunday Junior Cup

There was a big score in one game involving a WKSFL side and it was a 12-0 massacre by Artois United Reserves of Walnut Wanderers from Maidstone. Eight different names were on the scoresheet - Alex Bridges (2), Reece Francis, Stefan Draper with four, Tom Welham,  Dan Edmonson, Max Oakley, Sam Blakemore and Joe Hares.

Elsewhere, Charcott needed extra time to overcome another newly formed club, Ashford Genclik 4-3. Goals from Alex Cole, Jamie Frampton,Ollie Bellward and Jack Ailles did the job.

Kent Sunday Junior Trophy

The only game involving a WKSFL side was a narrow 3-2 win by Tonbridge Origin against Aylesford Men's Club Reserves, played at Tonbridge Farm.  Alex Webster, Duncan Ibbotson and Reece Dangerfield scored the goals.

WKSFL Senior Cup

The Senior Cup first round is being played in two groups of eight, as it was last season. Both got under way on Sunday.

In Group A, Dormansland Rockets got off to a fine start with a 5-3 home win against FC Grinstead.  Typically Rockets started slowly and Grinstead took the lead fifteen minutes in after Ben Terry under hit a back pass to the keeper and Grinstead striker Kieron Bence pounced. Their lead was doubled minutes later, when sloppy defending allowed Grinstead space down the left side. The winger precisely cut the ball back to Jack Unwin, who finished smartly, giving Louis Stone in the Rockets goal no chance. Finally Dormansland woke up and pulled one back through Andy Hancock, who is back with the club after a couple of seasons away. He found the top corner from the edge of the box giving the keeper no chance. Minutes later Dormansland were level, the Grinstead keeper spilt a shot and Miguel Figuera-Dunne headed into the empty net. On the stroke of half time Dormansland took a barely deserved lead, again the unfortunate Grinstead keeper parried a shot straight to an unmarked Rockets player, on this occasion it was Roscoe Waghorn who gleefully tapped into the empty net. 3-2 to Dormansland at half-time.

The initiative appeared to be handed to Grinstead at the start of the second half when Dormansland’s Dave Gellatly was dismissed for dissent just minutes into the half. When Joe Moulding equalised for the visitors with 25 minutes remaining it looked like there would only be one winner, given their numerical advantage. However Dormansland were continuing to create chances and although several easy ones went begging, David Heaton eventually found the net from range with a left footed strike, before Rich Wetton made the game safe after rounding the keeper and slotting home late on. A competitive game largely played in good spirits and best of all the rain held off until after the final whistle.

In Group B, there was an entertaining game at Hawkenbury Rec where Royal Oak FC and Biggin Hill shared a 4-4 draw. The hosts took the lead with a Luke Graham penalty after Dan Gray was fouled. The visitors, however rallied scoring three goals before the first half ended. The second half started brightly with both teams attacking well. Having conceding a fourth goal, Royal Oak’s keeper Dan Ryan heroically saved a penalty diving to his right. That seemed to spur the home team on and Jeff Harrison scored two quick goals to make it 4-3 and set up a tense finish. The last goal of the game was the equaliser for Royal Oak, a Jeff Harrison cross from the right wasn’t cleared the defence and fell to the evergreen Matt Ollive who volleyed in from 12 yards. (I do not have Biggin Hill's scorers.)

The other game, between St John's Yard and AFC Valour, ended 3-0 in favour of the Yard. Valour put up a good fight, but not enough to prevent James Humphrey scoring twice in the first half while Michael Dimiris in goal made several good stops from Valour's efforts on goal. The second half continued in the same vein but there was only one more goal, Humphreys completing his hat-trick with a penalty. (He is is the fourteenth player to score a hat-trick in the WKSFL so far this season!).

WKSFL Junior Cup

The WKSFL Junior Cup First Round is also being played as a round-robin group, with all nine Division Three teams playing each other once.

There were four games on Sunday in the first round of matches. Top of the nascent table go Ticehurst Village Club after a 6-1 win at Yalding and Laddingford, who are struggling at this early stage. There was hat-trick for Leon Fisher who is now the Division's top scorer in League and Cup combined, Jason Marsh hit a double and the scoring was rounded off by  Darren Nicol, Yalding's consolation was scored by Josh Hillman.

Second spot will be taken by Brenchley, who recovered from last week's bad result with a 5-2 win at TW Ridgewaye Reserves. There was also a ha-trick in this games, from Mike Williams. The other goals were scored by Connor Williams Rhys Powell. Lewis Inglis and Ruben Lopes replied for the home side.

Goudhurst United beat Hawkhurst United at the Moor 3-0 with the scoring from Harvey Parks, James Found and Dan Vousden.

And in the other game a very much improved performance from Insulators Reserves earned them a 2-2 draw away to the strong Paddock Wood side.  Lewis Ott and Ben Obbards were on target for Insulators, a pair from Simon Hammond saved a point for the Wood.

Division One

The only League game of the day saw Green Lane go to the top of the Division One table after a 6-3 win against Cassidy's Phoenix. A hat-trick by Phoenix'  prolific scorer Ben Boodle wasn't enough to prevent defeat. Two goals from Tommy Welch, one each for Ben Holder and Dom Welsh, plus two by Bayley Colbran ensured victory for the Lane.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 22nd September
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Lane 4 3 0 1 21 12 9 9
2 Artois United 2 2 0 0 18 2 16 6
3 Insulators 3 2 0 1 11 18 -7 6
4 Simla 2 1 1 0 7 2 5 4
5 Saint John's Yard 3 1 0 2 7 13 -6 3
6 Petts Wood Old Boys 3 1 0 2 6 15 -9 3
7 Armada 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
8 Pembury Sunday 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 1
9 Cassidy's Phoenix 3 0 1 2 8 12 -4 1

Divisions Two and Three

No games were scheduled.

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