West Kent Sunday League News Report – 25th October 2020

Report updated 27th October.

There were plenty of goals today but unfortunately some postponements.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

The delayed final of the 2019 - 2020 Intermediate Cup between AFC Valour and St John's Yard had to be called off on the morning. At the time of writing a new date has yet to be fixed. Next Sunday is not now possible.

Division One

Two games were called off. The only one to go ahead saw Dormansland Rockets demolish bottom side Armada by 7-2, with Rich Wetton scoring all seven! Jack Rusbridge scored both for Armada. There can't be too many matches where there are nine goals scored, yet the goals are shared between only two players from opposing sides!

The match got off to a surreal start when referee Frank Meilack took both sides off due to a torrential hailstorm.

When play did resume on a heavy pitch, it was Armada who broke the deadlock when Jack Rusbridge capitalised on a mistake by the Rockets goalkeeper. Rockets equalised through Rich Wetton, but it didn't take long for Rusbridge to get his second for Armada and this lead they held until half time.

On resumption it didn't take long for Wetton to restore parity. With a pitch that was getting heavier it was Rockets who took the lead for the first time in the game when Wetton completed his hat trick. Following some feisty challenges from both sides, Rockets slowly but surely began to take control which resulted in four more unanswered goals from Wetton.

West Kent Sunday League Division One
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 5 4 0 1 16 5 11 12
2 Green Lane 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 10
3 Insulators 6 3 0 3 11 12 -1 9
4 Artois United 4 2 1 1 7 6 1 7
5 Dormansland Rockets 5 2 0 3 12 12 0 6
6 Charcott 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
7 Armada 5 0 1 4 8 19 -11 1

Division Two

The big game in Division Two ended with Nomads beating Paddock Wood 2-1 at the Elm Tree. Paddock Wood are in a false position, having been heavily involved in the completion of last season's Cups, but their overall results since the resumption would have given them confidence. But it was not to be. A close game saw Simon Hammond score for the Wood, Keiron Bence and Cameron Walters for visitors Nomads.

Pembury Sunday made it two wins in a row, beating Royal Oak at Hawkenbury by four-nil. Lewis Puxty, Luke Packman, Josh Knight and Charlie Johns did the scoring, while ´keeper Jack Greener kept the clean sheet.

TW Ridgewaye are now unbeaten in five games after a 5-1 home win over Artois United Reserves. Adam Davies-Knight scored twice, Tom Cameron, Dave Hill and Tyler Markwell once each.

Goudhurst United hoisted themselves several places up the table, beating Cassidy's Phoenix 5-2 at the Chequer. Two from Toby Gray, one from Harvey Parks, also one from Jon Bilsby and an own goal made up the five. Ben Boodle and Ollie Muggeridge scored for Phoenix, who are rooted to the bottom of the table with only one point to show for their efforts so far.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Nomads 7 6 0 1 25 11 14 18
2 Pembury Sunday 7 4 2 1 21 11 10 14
3 TW Ridgewaye 6 3 2 1 19 13 6 11
4 Paddock Wood 3 2 0 1 9 4 5 6
5 Goudhurst United 4 2 0 2 9 10 -1 6
6 Artois United Reserves 6 2 0 4 10 22 -12 6
7 Saint John's Yard 4 1 2 1 10 11 -1 5
8 AFC Valour 4 1 0 3 8 10 -2 3
9 Royal Oak 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 1
10 Cassidy's Phoenix 6 0 1 5 5 19 -14 1

Division Three

AFC Borough maintained their 100% record, but only after a hard battle with Yalding & Laddingford at The Kinton´s. Borough demonstrated that they do really belong in a higher division. A big physical side, complemented by skill, they demonstrated their power by taking a three nil lead by half time. Scorers were Jacob Feasey with two and Sam Edmunds. The Yalding side, struggling for confidence, came out in the second half to “give it a go” and boosted by an early Grant Allen goal pushed Borough back. A second goal for Allen ensued, but the clock was against an equaliser with Borough holding out for all three points.

Sedlescombe Rangers are back on the winning trail after the previous Sunday's reverse against Ticehurst. The easily overcame bottom side Brenchley six nil, with six different scorers. One was an own goal, the five Rangers scorers were Alvin Scott, Ben Gardner, Ryan Spiers, Tom Swatton and Zack McEniry.

Ticehurst Village, delayed by last season's cups, played only their third league game. Ominously for those above them, they have a 100% record under their belts. But it seemed like silly season at Ticehurst Rec, with the final score against Speldhurst Rangers being 7-5. Speldhurst goalkeeper Liam Baldwin said he couldn't remember being in a side that had scored five and lost. After falling behind early on, James Hughes opened the scoring for Speldhurst with an effort that had everyone wondering whether it was a cross or a shot, but a defender made sure of it for him. Ticehurst went into half time 4-1 up. Rangers' Kieran Thomas made it 4-2 with a nice finish from a tight angle. A standard Ollie Crees throw in to Hughes ended with Rangers third. Hughes rose the highest to make 5-3. Andreas Theodorou hit a nicely timed volley into the bottom left hand corner to make it 5-4. Ticehurst  hit back and scored a couple of goals before Crees scored what can only be described as the manliest goal scored. He went in for a slide and it ricocheted off him and found the bottom left hand corner to make it 7-5  Ticehurst scorers : Jason Marsh and Rob Briley with two each, Darren Nicol, Ben Evans and Jason Baldock each scored one. A total of 54 goals have been scored in Speldhurst's eight games, the average being just short of seven every Sunday. There has not been a clean sheet for either side in any of them.

Insulators Reserves gained their first win of the League season thanks mainly to a five goal strike from Harry Mascall, his second hat-trick in two weeks. The opponents were Tonbridge United, with whom they had drawn 3-3 early in the season.

Last week Insulators Reserves conceded inside 30 seconds but on Sunday it was Sam Minter-Frier putting his team into an early lead on 35 seconds. When Harry Mascall made it 2-0 after ten minutes it was looking good for the home side. However, the match between the two sides last month ended 3-3 and was a great contest. Tonbridge United were not prepared to lay down and a fine through ball led to their striker Elliot Checkley lobbing the home keeper for 2-1.  They followed this with a good spell of pressure and gained a foothold in the match. Craig Smith made a good save in the Insulators goal on the half hour but on 35 minutes an attacker was brought down just inside the box  and the penalty was converted by Matt Donnelly for 2-2. It was then end-to-end with Insulators hitting the crossbar but at half time it remained 2-2.

The second half started with United in the ascendancy and Insulators struggling to find their earlier fluency. The away side missed a great chance and with twenty  minutes left it looked like Insulators could be aiming for another draw. The final nineteen minutes belonged to Harry Mascall (with the help of his teammates). On 71 minutes a long distance shot flew in and five minutes later it became 4-2 as he scored with an angled shot for his hat-trick. With seven minutes remaining he tapped in from close range and then with the last action of the match added his fifth with a 25 yard free kick .

It was a first match in the West Kent Sunday League for referee Peter Williams who handled the game well.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 AFC Borough 8 8 0 0 37 10 27 24
2 Dunton Green 7 5 0 2 22 14 8 15
3 Sedlescombe Rangers 8 5 0 3 24 18 6 15
4 Ticehurst Village Club 3 3 0 0 13 8 5 9
5 Insulators Reserves 5 1 2 2 16 16 0 5
6 Speldhurst Rangers 8 1 2 5 21 33 -12 5
7 Yalding & Laddingford 5 1 1 3 15 15 0 4
8 Tonbridge United 8 1 1 6 12 27 -15 4
9 TW Ridgewaye Reserves 3 1 0 2 6 13 -7 3
10 Brenchley 5 1 0 4 7 19 -12 3

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