West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 22nd October 2017

There were plenty of goals and plenty of hat-tricks in the latest round of Sunday matches.

Kent Sunday Junior Cup

AFC Ashford Athletic proved a little too strong for hosts Royal Oak, winning the tie 5-3. Perhaps not having played for a month didn't do the Oak any favours. Scorers were Luke Graham, Ash Bell (pen) and Tom Fatom.

Surrey Sunday Junior Cup

Dormansland Rockets had a successful trip to Banter Athletic, returning home with a 2-0 win under their belts. They made the relatively short trip to Warlingham to play in the Surrey Cup against the side that they had met in last season's semi final.

In a well contested but sporting match, half time was reached with the game still goalless due to both teams profligacy when shooting.

The game carried on in this manner until half way through the second half the deadlock was broken. Rich Wetton took one of his trademark long throws and Callum Funnell got above everybody else to open the scoring with a well judged header. He doesn't get many goals, especially with his head, but it was a just reward for an all action midfield display on the day.

This seemed to settle the side down and from there on in, there only looked like one winner. But despite creating more chances, they didn't take any until the last minute when Rich Wetton scored an overhead kick to make the game safe.

Division One

Simla returned to the top of the table with a 4-1 home win against Insulators, thanks in the main to a hat-trick by Steve Smith. That's two hat-tricks and six goals for him so far this season in WKSFL games. From the Insulators point of view, it was a predictable score but Insulators played well and worked hard against the title favourites. It was on a counter-attack that Ben Johnson gave Insulators the lead on 30 minutes and it looked like staying that way until half time, before the home side equalised in the 43rd minute. In the second half the pattern remained the same with Simla moving the ball around quickly and the away side counter-attacking. However, a five minute spell saw Simla take control. In the 60th minute a contender for goal of the season with a powerful shot from 25 yards saw them take the lead. Within a minute they added a third and then another in the 65th minute. Insulators continued to play some decent football and had a few chances on the counter, but were never able to claw their way back into the game. Matt Coleman scored Simla's fourth.

There was another hat-trick scored at the Elm Tree, but unfortunately for Paddock Wood it was Artois United's George Rogers that scored it. His three were part of an eight goal haul, the complete list of marksmen being George Rogers (3), Connor Morrow (2), Jake Miller (2) and Jake Fairweather. Paddock Wood scored twice in reply through  Russell Breeden and James Humphrey.

Tonbridge Origin have had a relatively poor start to the season but made amends with a good 4-2 win at Pembury Sunday. The first fifteen minutes of the game was closely fought, with both sides cancelling each other out. As the half progressed, Origin started to gain control and play some nice football. During this period Pembury quickly broke down the right, delivering a low cross to the back post where the Origin defender unfortunately knocked it into the back of his own net. (Pembury Sunday credit the goal to Yacine Marouani.) As the half drew to a close Origin continued to apply pressure, but the Pembury defence kept tight. Pembury won a corner near the end of the half and Nick Forward scored with a bullet header at the front post.

The second half was much of the same, with Origin trying to get a breakthrough and Pembury keeping it tight at the back. Origin made a few changes which did the trick, with the first goal coming through a ball over the top where Louis Quinten was able to head over the keeper. Shortly after Origin made it 2-2 when Mike Jessop scored from a corner. With around 10 minutes to go Origin scored two quick goals to win the match. A one on one chance taken by Myles Lowden and a tidy finish from Mike Jessop wrapped up the points.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 22nd October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 4 4 0 0 13 3 10 12
2 Green Lane 5 4 0 1 15 9 6 12
3 Pembury Sunday 6 2 1 3 16 19 -3 7
4 Tonbridge Origin 4 2 0 2 13 6 7 6
5 Artois United 3 2 0 1 12 5 7 6
6 Insulators 4 1 1 2 9 11 -2 4
7 Armada 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
8 Dormansland Rockets 3 1 0 2 7 14 -7 3
9 Paddock Wood 5 0 0 5 7 24 -17 0

Division Two

Crowborough Town continued their good run of form with a 7-1 home win against Cassidy's Phoenix.  In spite of the rather wet weather the day before, this fixture went ahead as scheduled and on paper it looked to be an attractive one to watch. It certainly attracted a healthy crowd, including League Committee members, but after the first ten minutes it became rather one sided.
From the kick-off, for ten minutes, the teams looked fairly evenly matched with the visitors just having the better of the game without finding the net. Then, in a goalmouth scramble, Town's  Ollie Hyland managed to poke the ball home through a crowd of players to open the scoring. It also opened the flood gates and with Cassidy's struggling to contain the home team's speedy forwards, with just twenty minutes gone Leon Fisher had added two and Rob Guile one to put Crowborough four goals ahead. The game then calmed down although the home team looked likely to score each time they went forward while the visitors were forced to defend in depth. Then with fifteen minutes to go before half time there were two more goals, this time one for each side as Rob Guile added his second and a minute later Rob Harman managed to pull one back for Cassidy's
Half Time :    Crowborough Town   5  -  1   Cassidy's Phoenix
For the first few minutes of the second half it looked as if Crowborough were hungry for more goals. Rob Guile found the net again to complete his hat-trick. Now comfortably (and surprisingly) ahead, Town's manager made use of his five substitutes and the game went back into the calmer mode seen in the first half. Although Crowborough stayed in control only Ollie Hyland, with his second, managed to beat the visitor's keeper and the game drifted to its conclusion. Guile is the fourth different Crowborough Town player to have scored a hat-trick so far this season.

There was another 7-1 score at Langton Green, where Green Street Blues were the visitors.  It was Blues that scored the seven, thus keeping up the pressure on Crowborough Town.  Main man for Blues was Shaun Boyle, who found the net four times. Other scorers were Tom Wilken,Romain Duchon and Matt O'Sullivan. Ed Sharman scored Green's consolation effort, they remain at the  bottom of the table. But, as you can see, there are six teams on three points although having played a wildly disparate number of games.

The game between Brenchley and Goudhurst United was called off.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 22nd October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 5 4 0 1 34 10 24 12
2 Green Street Blues 4 3 1 0 17 3 14 10
3 Cassidy's Phoenix 5 2 1 2 11 14 -3 7
4 FC Grinstead 2 1 0 1 13 3 10 3
5 Royal Oak 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
6 Brenchley 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3
7 Goudhurst United 4 1 0 3 10 19 -9 3
8 Tonbridge Invicta 3 1 0 2 7 22 -15 3
9 Langton Green 5 1 0 4 9 28 -19 3

Division Three

The top of the table clash between St John's Yard and Tonbridge Casuals went decisively the weay of the hosts. An emphatic 5-1 win propels the Yard to within a point of Casuals and with a game in hand. St John's Yard went ahead in the sixteenth minute though Jay Scott.  Two more goals in the first half, one from Chris Newhouse and a second from Jay Scott made it 3-0 at half time. The second half started with Casuals putting on a lot more pressure and scoring after a poor back pass presented Matt Donnelly with a chance he could not miss. The hosts then got their act together and two more goals from  Mush Miah and Reece Horseman completed the scoring.

Ben Adams third hat-trick of the season paved the way for TW Ridgewaye's 6-3 home win against Tonbridge United.  It was though their first win in the League, Adams having been scoring well in the Junior Cup.  Nathan Calthorpe became the first player not called Adams or Thomas to score for Ridgeway, he scored twice and Dan Thomas rounded off the tally. Reece Dangerfield hit the net twice for United, Mitch Harrison the third.

Spelhurst Rangers put aside last week's disappointing defeat and came back happy from Insulators Reserves, where they recorded a 4-2 win.

The game was almost a replica of the cup match at Speldhurst three weeks ago. The lively Speldhurst forwards proved to much for the home side early on and raced into a deserved lead at half time. The first goal came from captain for the day and legend Barney Mellors, whose Messi like near post flick opened the scoring. Rob Runciman finished a lovely worked move down the right to make it two-nil at half time. Rangers continued on top early in the second half. Jolyon Wheller curled one from twenty yards for the third,  before Joe Hearndon's early taken shot curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. It seemed comfortable for Rangers until the introduction of Insulators' player-manager James Philpott once again sparked a revival First he and then Greg Dodson pulled goals back. It was an edgy final few minutes, but it was too little too late for the home side.

Despite having played only two league matches, Paddock Wood Reserves are lining up the challenge to the top two. A 3-1 win at Tonbridge Origin Reserves kept them on track, with two goals from Simon Hammond and one from Archie Pattulo. Duncan Ibbottson replied for Origin.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 22nd October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tonbridge Casuals 5 3 1 1 13 11 2 10
2 St John's Yard 4 3 0 1 20 10 10 9
3 Paddock Wood Reserves 2 2 0 0 10 3 7 6
4 Speldhurst Rangers 3 2 0 1 11 7 4 6
5 TW Ridgewaye 4 1 2 1 11 10 1 5
6 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 4 1 1 2 11 11 0 4
7 Insulators Reserves 3 1 0 2 6 8 -2 3
8 East Grinstead Mavericks 3 1 0 2 4 14 -10 3
9 Tonbridge United 4 0 0 4 7 19 -12 0

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