West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 25th February 2018

It was another weather affected Sunday, but a good number of games were played including the crucial final game in the WKSFL Senior Cup group stage. Digressing slightly, Mike Drabble of Artois United has pointed us to a very interesting article in the Independent about Sunday football in Liverpool. Have a read - it's a long article but I am sure you will agree with just about everything that is said about where Sunday football has been, is now and where it is going.


Artois of course will be involved next Sunday, weather permitting, in their Kent Sunday Premier Cup semi-final.

WKSFL Senior Cup - Group 2

CrowboroughTown's hopes of a quarter-final place were dashed at the last by Green Lane.  Town had to win to go through, but the team that is second in the First Division were too strong and came off six-nil winners.There was a hat-trick from James Donaldson, the League's top scorer Tom Welch added two to his tally and Ross Bromley hit the sixth. 'Keeper Marc Yeung kept his seventh clean sheet of the season and leads the league in that count.

The final Group 2 table shows that Green Lane go through as runners-up.

The complete line up for the quarter-finals is therefore : Group winners Armada, FC Grinstead and Simla, runners Up Artois United, Green Lane and Cassidy's Phoenix plus the two best third placed teams, namely Insulators and Tonbridge Origin. Six First Division Teams and two from the Second. The draw was made by the Management Committee on Monday evening and is :

Armada v Cassidy's Phoenix; Artois United v Green Lane; FC Grinstead v Insulators and Simla v Tonbridge Origin. All four games are pencilled in for the 18th March.

Division One

The only game played was Simla's game with Artois United at Five Oak Green. As you would expect this was another hard fought match, which didn't disappoint those watching. There was no score in the first half, but Simla came off feeling that they had the better performance of the half and were confident going into the second half.

Both teams had chances but the all important goal was scored by Simla half way through the second half. The scorer was Bayley Colbran.

Artois then pressed hard for the equaliser and came close a couple of times, one of them a close range effort that was superbly saved by Simla 'keeper Joe Cullip. Later on Simla had further chances to score a second goal but without success. Final score Simla 1 Artois 0.

That win gives Simla an eight point lead at the top of the table, with the top three all having played twelve games. Simla have only one game remaining against the two immediately below, that being against Armada. Artois have some catching up to do and their remaining fixtures include trips to both Armada and Green Lane.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday  25th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 12 11 1 0 44 14 30 34
2 Green Lane 12 8 2 2 38 23 15 26
3 Armada 12 7 2 3 30 21 9 23
4 Artois United 9 5 1 3 30 15 15 16
5 Tonbridge Origin 12 4 3 5 36 31 5 15
6 Pembury Sunday 13 2 1 10 23 45 -22 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 6 2 0 4 17 21 -4 6
8 Insulators 10 1 2 7 20 40 -20 5
9 Paddock Wood 8 1 0 7 14 42 -28 3

Division Two

Three of the four scheduled games went ahead, the only casualty being FC Grinstead hosting Tonbridge Invicta. Along with Royal Oak, Grinstead are way behind with their fixtures. Both clubs face double -headers in March in an attempt to catch up.

Green Street Blues are now well ahead at the top of the table after a 6-0 win at Royal Oak. Their leading scorers Ash Birch-Ruffell and Shaun Boyle both scored once, as did Yannick Tchoundjin and Rob Shearman. Jack Edmeads weighed in with two, while Nick Edwards in goal kept his fifth clean sheet of the season.

Brenchley suffered a second league defeat in successive games and are now being caught by the chasers. Cassidy's Phoenix made a successful trip the Memorial Ground for a 3-1 win, the goals coming from a penalty converted by Rob Harman, and strikes by Josh Ennis and leading scorer Ben Boodle.  Brenchley's goal was scored by their leading scorer Michel van Oorschot.

Langton Green and Goudhurst United fought out a 3-3 draw at the Cadogan. The result was a welcome relief for the Green after five straight defeats in League and Cup. Dom Hanley scored twice and an un-named Goudhurst player put through his own net. Goudhurst hadn't played for a month, they are now on a streak of two games without defeat after having lost every one of their previous twelve outings.  Stuart Andrews scored twice with Josh Cleaver adding the third.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 25th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 11 9 1 1 50 17 33 28
2 Brenchley 12 6 1 5 19 27 -8 19
3 Crowborough Town 8 6 0 2 44 17 27 18
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 11 5 2 4 33 25 8 17
5 Royal Oak 5 4 0 1 12 10 2 12
6 FC Grinstead 8 3 0 5 31 18 13 9
7 Langton Green 12 2 2 8 22 53 -31 8
8 Goudhurst United 9 2 1 6 23 35 -12 7
9 Tonbridge Invicta 10 2 1 7 23 55 -32 7

Division Three

Again, three of the four scheduled games took place. The casualty was St John's Yard's visit to play Tonbridge Origin Reserves. It seems that Tonbridge Farm is having rather less than their usual good fortunes in getting games on.

So, with the Yard idle, Speldhurst Rangers took the opportunity to return to the top of the table and massively improve their goal difference with their second ten goal haul in two games. The victims this time were East Grinstead Mavericks, whose rôle in their 10 - 1 defeat included conceding three own goals. Some kind of record perhaps?

It was a comfortable win, say the Rangers. The only goal of note came from the Maverick's skipper Chris Heighton, who top binned a 20 yarder late on. Other than the three own goals, there were two each for James Hughes and Jolyon Wheller with the latter now Division Three's top scorer with eighteen to his credit. Hughes is though only one behind. Sam Stevens, Rob Runciman and Dan Kelly each contributed a single goal.

Paddock Wood Reserves improvement continued with a second draw in as many weeks, this time it was 2-2 at home to TW Ridgewaye.  Alex Caplin and Billy Dunn scored for the Wood, Callum Genery and Dan Thomas for the visitors. Useless fact, that 2-2 score was the third time Ridgewaye have drawn 2-2 this season. Every one of their other WKSFL games has ended in a different result!

Finally Insulators Reserves took on Tonbridge United to record a 2-0 win and their first clean sheet of the season.

Playing on a sticky pitch, both sides played well with chances at both ends during a competitive first half. The away side had the better of the early exchanges, but Insulators gradually came into the game. Half time was reached without any score and it felt like one goal might be enough to win the match. The home side came out with much more intent and gained the upper hand.

It was from a well flighted corner by Mark Lindsey that 'Spud' Taylor scored with a powerful header that left the keeper with no chance and putting the home side one up. Soon after, top scorer Jake Pingault added a second with a fine shot from inside the area. Other chances came but were not taken and in the final ten minutes it was Tonbridge United asking the questions but unable to make the breakthrough. The celebrating Insulators goalkeeper was Tommy Sceal, making his debut for the Reserves.
United have now gone five games without a win since their victory over Speldhurst Rangers on 7th January.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 25th February
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Speldhurst Rangers 13 10 1 2 61 28 33 31
2 St John's Yard 11 9 1 1 58 21 37 28
3 TW Ridgewaye 12 5 4 3 40 26 14 19
4 Tonbridge Casuals 12 5 2 5 27 28 -1 17
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 11 5 1 5 31 27 4 16
6 Insulators Reserves 11 4 0 7 18 33 -15 12
7 Tonbridge United 11 3 1 7 23 36 -13 10
8 East Grinstead Mavericks 11 2 1 8 12 54 -42 7
9 Paddock Wood Reserves 10 1 3 6 15 32 -17 6

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