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West Kent Sunday League Report – Sunday 23rd October 2016

The Management Committee announced on Monday afternoon decisions concerning unfulfilled fixtures in Divisions One, Three and Four. The league tables have been adjusted accordingly from those published on Monday morning. The list of decisions can be see here.

Division One

If I am right, we have to go back to season 2009 - 2010 since Simla last lost a league match by a margin of four goals. On Sunday they suffered their heaviest defeat for a long time, losing 5-1 at Artois United. That win propels Artois to a clear lead at the top of the table. They have been awarded three points in respect of an unplayed fixture in September, this is reflected in the amended table below. Simla meanwhile are in the unaccustomed position of being sixth. Artois' Stafford Brown scored a hat-trick, Peter Shaw the other two. Simla's sole reply came from Steve Smith.

Tonbridge Origin are pushing hard in second place but has their work cut out at Dormansland, where the Rockets put up a hard fight before eventually going down 3-5. There was another hat-trick in this game, from Origin's Myles Lowden. Chris Gregory and Ant Kent each scored one to make up the five. For Rockets, Freddie Webb  scored twice and Ross Waghorn converted a penalty.

A win for Insulators would have kept them level pegging with the two leaders, but they went down 2-1 at TW Foresters. Insulators led at the break through Andy Tarling in a game that was evenly matched. Insulators were unable to get into the game as much in the second half and succumbed to lose for the first time this season. Taylor Galvin and Ryan Sands scored for Foresters, a win that keeps them on the fringe of the top group.

Blackham & Ashurst jumped four places up the table after a narrow 4-3 win at home to Goudhurst United. Will Wood, DJ Lacon and two from Anthony Clark were the all-important goals. Will Mantle scored twice for United, Michael Peevor hit the third.

There's a very important game coming up next Sunday when Tonbridge Origin host Artois United at Tonbridge Farm.

Some might be wondering why the top goalscorers in Division One don't have the high numbers of those in lower divisions. When you consider that Simla have recorded eleven different scorers and Tonbridge Origin ten including Mr OG, it's just that the goals for most teams are being shared around.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 23rd October
updated in respect of decisions concerning unfulfilled fixtures
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United 7 5 1 1 31 11 20 16
2 Tonbridge Origin 5 4 1 0 20 8 12 13
3 Insulators 6 4 1 1 15 11 4 13
4 TW Foresters 5 3 0 2 17 15 2 9
5 Blackham & Ashurst 6 2 1 3 13 24 -11 7
6 Simla # 4 3 0 1 29 6 23 6
7 Armada 4 1 1 2 5 8 -3 4
8 Dormansland Rockets 6 1 1 4 22 27 -5 4
9 Goudhurst United + 5 0 0 5 6 27 -21 3
10 Rusthall Rangers 4 0 0 4 1 22 -21 0

Division Two

Pembury Sunday stay in top spot on goal difference, having beating Green Lane 4-0. Steve Harper's hat-trick was the cornerstone of their win. Dave Chappell scored the other. Charlton Farrell kept his third clean sheet in as many weeks. Pembury's form is certainly on the up, having scored eleven and conceded none in their last three games!

Gardener's Arms went to Paddock Wood probably expecting a closer game than the 6-0 win it turned out to be. Yet another three goal haul in this one, from Gardner's Kane Joseph. Jon Loveday, Lee Cooper and Aaron Austin also scored, while Ben Carter kept his fourth clean sheet of the season to remain top of that little table. Gardener's have conceded only one goal in their past five WKSFL league and cup matches.

Langton Green grabbed a useful point in a 2-2 draw at home to Hawkenbury Sunday. The prolific Jon Donoghue scored them both. Hawks goals were marked by Russ Anderson and Ashley Bell.

Cassidy's Phoenix continue to creep up the table, notching their third win in three games by winning 2-0 at home to Brenchley. Tom Platts  and Matt Ferris scored while Tom Joyner in goal kept their first clean sheet of the season.

Hadlow Hornets were unable to field a team for their game with SE Spitfires. The Management Committee has awarded the three points to Spitfires, the table below reflects that decision.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 23rd October
updated in respect of decisions concerning unfulfilled fixtures
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Pembury Sunday 5 4 1 0 20 4 16 13
2 Gardener's Arms 5 4 1 0 19 6 13 13
3 Paddock Wood 6 4 0 2 12 15 -3 12
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 6 3 1 2 16 11 5 10
5 Hawkenbury Sunday 6 3 1 2 16 15 1 10
6 Green Lane 5 2 1 2 9 14 -5 7
7 Brenchley 7 2 1 4 17 28 -11 7
8 Langton Green 6 1 1 4 21 18 3 4
9 SE Spitfires 5 1 1 3 7 16 -9 4
10 Hadlow Hornets 5 0 0 5 4 14 -10 0

Division Three

Division Three is shaping up to be a close contest. Leaders Tonbridge Invicta were without a game, but second placed Crowborough Town were unable to take advantage. With the regular Crowborough Town manager away, the assistant manager stepped in and must have wondered what he'd done to deserve this weeks player situation. They travelled to Rusthall Club Athletic.
Town had four regulars out injured and another six regulars who were committed elsewhere for the day and there aren't many (if any) clubs that could cover TEN regular players being unavailable. The 'manager for the day' juggled his resources and for the first 45 minutes the game was fairly even with Rusthall grabbing a well taken goal and Crowborough failing to find the net thanks on a number occasions to their opponents keeper who was in sparkling form.
Half Time  :  Rusthall Club Athletic   1  -  0   Crowborough Town
With the home team´s first keeper having to leave the game with an injury, Crowborough's forwards must have thought that it was 'an ill wind', and their luck would change. It was not to be and a second Rusthall goal changed the game. The visitors no longer playing with any conviction and the home team playing with growing confidence. Thanks to an inspired performance by Ryan Hunt, Crowborough's keeper, the score was kept at a reasonable level but Rusthall wanted it more and fully deserved their victory, which was their first in the league this season. Rusthall Club scorers were Jamie law (2), Ryan Dilnot and Carl Wilson. In goal, the job share by Club has messed up my nice statistics, with Michael Dimirilis and Josh Fermor being credited with half a goal-less game each.

A nine goal thriller at Goldsmith's meanwhile saw Bricklayer's Arms beaten 5-4 by visitors Green Street Blues, who go up to third as a result. Blues have unearthed a goal-scoring talent it seems. A new name on the scoresheets this season, Callum Heath scored all five of Blues goals. For the Bricks, Craig Bishop and Liam Flint each scored twice.

No luck for bottom side Speldhurst Rangers in their game with St John's Yard. They can score goals, one each this week from Barney Mellors and and unstoppable shot from Dan Kelly had given them a 2-0 half time lead at the rec. But the second half went the visitors way. Jack Veness scored from the penalty spot, Dan Hunter equalised for the Yard and Veness was on on hand for his second to seal the points. St John's Yard are now up to 5th place.

Paddock Wood Reserves are also in the frame. They had a very useful 3-0 win at Ticehurst Village Club with goals from Callum Lawlor, Paul Smith and James Roxborough. Adam Good had his second shut-out of the season.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 23rd October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tonbridge Invicta 7 5 0 2 24 11 13 15
2 Crowborough Town 7 4 0 3 22 16 6 12
3 Green St Blues 5 3 1 1 18 8 10 10
4 Paddock Wood Reserves 6 3 1 2 12 13 -1 10
5 St John's Yard 8 3 1 4 19 29 -10 10
6 Bricklayers Arms 5 3 0 2 14 11 3 9
7 Ticehurst Village 7 2 1 4 12 23 -11 7
8 Rusthall Club Athletic 4 1 1 2 14 12 2 4
9 Speldhurst Rangers 5 0 1 4 9 21 -12 1

Division Four

Tunbridge Wells Foresters Reserves crushed Tonbridge Casuals 8-0 on the Hayesbrook synthetic pitch. They go to the top of the table on goal difference, but next Sunday must visit FC Hayward, lurking in second place with a game in hand having been awarded three points in respect of an unplayed game on the 16th.

Foresters deluge of goals consisted of a hat-trick by Dean Squires, two each from Mark Inglis and Bill Armstrong and one from Harry Hickmott. Bradley Collins was the successful 'keeper to have his name added to the clean sheets list.

The ridiculous number of goals scored in games involving AFC Six in One shows no sign of abating. There were nine this time in their local derby with Tonbridge Origin Reserves, with Six in One coming out on top having scored six of the them. There were two goals from Ryan Smith, who with 17 goals to his name this season is now the league's leading goalscorer in all Divisions. Also scoring twice was Dave Cherry. Ben Boodle and Ross Billyard chipped in with one each. For Origin's reserves Alex Williamson scored twice and Matt Anderson once.

TW Ridgewaye fell to their fourth successive defeat but it was a much better result than the previous two weeks. A much improved performance from Ridgewaye saw them go down 3-1 to Insulators in a spirited game that was a lot closer than the score line suggests. Insulators took a 1-0 lead when Ridgewaye’s keeper, Josh Snapshot, failed to deal with an innocuous through ball. Debutant Ben Johnson scored for the visitors. This was cancelled out when Marcus Harding made it 1-1 with a cool finish and the same player could have had two more to his name before Insulators made it 2-1 just before the break, Johnson again the scorer

Ridgewaye kept their composure and pressed for an equaliser before Insulators went further ahead with a good finish by Johnson to complete his hat-trick for a 3-1 lead. Somehow a blistering shot from Ridgewaye's Matt Wicks stayed out of the net after hitting the bar and post, which would have set up a thrilling finale and Insulators held on for the win.

Finally, down at the bottom, Hadlow United secured their first league win of the season over Tonbridge United by the narrow margin of 2-1. Both goals were scored by Jimmy Smith. Tonbridge United's reply was from Reece Dangerfield.

West Kent Sunday League Division Four including Sunday 23rd October
updated in respect of decisions concerning unfulfilled fixtures
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 TW Foresters Reserves 7 6 0 1 37 14 23 18
2 FC Hayward 6 6 0 0 26 6 20 18
3 Insulators Reserves 8 4 3 1 23 16 7 15
4 AFC Six in One 8 4 2 2 39 27 12 14
5 FC Grinstead 6 2 2 2 22 17 5 8
6 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 6 1 3 2 18 23 -5 6
7 TW Youth (Ridgewaye) 6 2 0 4 15 32 -17 6
8 Hadlow United 6 1 1 4 11 19 -8 4
9 Tonbridge Casuals 6 0 4 2 9 21 -12 4
10 Tonbridge United 6 1 0 5 9 24 -15 3
11 Goudhurst Utd Reserves 5 0 1 4 10 20 -10 1

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