West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 26th May 2019

A quick round up at the end of the season.

HONOURS 2018 - 2019
Division One
Division Two
Division Three
Artois United
FC Grinstead
Green Lane
Petts Wood Old Boys
TW Ridgewaye
Top Goalscorer
Stefan Draper (34)
Ben Boodle (41)
Harvey Parks (31)

Senior Cup
Intermediate Cup
Junior Cup
Goudhurst United
Petts Wood Old Boys
Dormansland Rockets
Yalding & Laddingford

County Cups

Very few clubs enter the County FA Cups, a pity really. Pride of place goes to Dormansland Rockets, winners of the Surrey FA Sunday Lower Junior Cup. They will surely have to play at a higher level next season.

In the Kent Sunday Premier Cup, Simla reached the quarter-final stage only to lose heavily to the powerful Quested team from the Medway area.  Artois United fell in the round of 16.  Our third representative, Armada, benefited from a first round bye but couldn't get beyond the second round.

The Kent Sunday Junior Cup saw St John's Yard lose a first round tie by an amazing 9-8 score after extra time. it was then discovered that their opponents has used an ineligible player, so the Yard were re-instated. They went on to win a difficult second round tie at Appledore, but in the third round were outclassed by Park Royal Reserves from Maidstone in another unlikely score, 10-4. In the same competition, Insulators fell at the first but made up for that in other ways!

There was better luck for TW Ridgewaye in the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy. They reached the quarter final stage before bowing out to the eventual losing finalists Sporting Club Thamesmead Sunday. The only other entrant from the WKSFL, Tonbridge United, had a first round bye but lost narrowly in the second round.

WKSFL Senior Cup

Simla won the WKSFL Senior Cup for the sixth time in the past eight seasons. This was after a 100% record in the six match first round group stage, a walk-over in the second round and massive aggregate win in the two leg semi final against Armada. In contrast their opponents, Petts Wood Old Boys, scraped through the same group in fourth place then proceeded to beat League Champions Artois United in a two leg semi final after penalties, one of which was ordered to be replayed. All credit to them as a Division Two side and in their first season in the League.

WKSFL Intermediate Cup

The first half of Insulators double for the season came on April 28th, when a 1-0 win over Dormansland Rockets gave them the Intermediate Cup for the first time in their history. In fact, it  was the first time since 1976 - 77 that Insulators First XI had won a cup.

WKSFL Junior Cup

Goudhurst United were another team without a cup to their name for many years. They ended a 35 year wait by beating Yalding & Laddingford in the Junior Cup Final. Both had come through difficult semi finals after winning their respective first round groups. Special credit to Yalding & Laddingford, back in the League after a brief absence.

Division One

The mid season prediction was that Simla would win the League, followed by Artois United and Green Lane. At the time, the three were tied on points but Simla had a vastly superior goal difference.  Then, defeats for Simla in successive games against the other two challengers knocked them back. Artois United went through the rest of the League season with a 100% record, including a vital three points against Green Lane.

The remaining teams found it very hard going despite some creditable results. The two promoted teams, Green Street Blues and Royal Oak, finished in the bottom two places.

West Kent Sunday League Division One 2018 - 2019 Final
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United (C)
12 11 0 1 46 21 25 33
2 Green Lane 12 10 0 2 37 22 15 30
3 Simla 12 9 0 3 52 10 42 27
4 Armada 12 6 0 6 38 34 4 18
5 Pembury Sunday 12 4 0 8 32 41 -9 12
6 Green Street Blues 12 1 1 10 24 61 -37 4
7 Royal Oak 12 0 1 11 14 54 -40 1

Division Two

Insulators capped their season with the Division Two title. The last time Insulators first team had their name inscribed on a League trophy was in 1976, when they also won Division Two. They were though not certain of it until their last game, when a win over runners-up Petts Wood Old Boys assured them of the title.

St John's Yard were the predicted winners but they managed only two wins in their final five matches.

At the other end of the table, Crowborough Town and Brenchley were always struggling.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two 2018 - 2019 Final
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Insulators (C)
14 12 0 2 52 25 27 36
2 Petts Wood OB 14 8 3 3 39 20 19 27
3 St John's Yard 14 7 3 4 44 30 14 24
4 Dormansland Rockets 14 6 3 5 36 35 1 21
5 Cassidy's Phoenix 14 5 2 7 43 49 -6 17
6 Speldhurst Rangers 14 4 1 9 38 53 -15 13
7 Crowborough Town 14 3 2 9 27 33 -6 11
8 Brenchley 14 3 2 9 22 56 -34 11

Division Three

At the halfway stage it was predicted that FC Grinstead would edge the title over TW Ridgewaye and so it proved to be. FC Grinstead had established a clear lead by the end of February. At that time, only three points covered the next six teams with Ridgewaye well behind with their league fixtures owing to a combination of their cup run and the sudden onset of bad weather. Then, with the others cancelling each other out, a great run in by Ridgewaye of six wins in seven games was to bring them so close. A surprising defeat at the hands of Tonbridge Origin brought them up short.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three Final table 2018 - 2019
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Grinstead (C)
16 13 1 2 64 29 35 40
2 TW Ridgewaye 16 12 1 3 71 29 42 37
3 Ticehurst Village 16 8 3 5 49 45 4 27
4 Biggin Hill JFC 16 7 4 5 48 39 9 25
5 Yalding & Laddingford 16 7 2 7 39 48 -9 23
6 Tonbridge Origin 16 7 1 8 55 54 1 22
7 Goudhurst United 16 6 3 7 47 47 0 21
8 Insulators Reserves 16 1 3 12 22 56 -34 6
9 Tonbridge United 16 1 2 13 19 67 -48 5

Top Goalscorers

The league's top goalscorer was Ben Boodle of Division Two side Cassidy's Phoenix. His 41 goals constituted just over half of his side's total for the season in all WKSFL matches. Boodle has the most hat-tricks for the season, which include one seven goal haul and two of five in a game.

Second on the list is Stefan Draper of Artois United (Division One), with 34 goals for the season. He was however one of 15 different players who scored for Artois.

And third comes Harvey Parks of Goudhurst United (Division Three) with 31. At one point he had scored in eleven consecutive matches.

Most successful goalkeeper across the League was Joe Cullip of Simla, with seven clean sheets to his name.

Those top men will each receive a medal at the League's Presentation night on June 7th.

Division One

Division Two         

Stefan Draper (Artois United) 19 15 34
Ben Boodle (Cassidy's Phoenix) 22 19

Division 1 - Joe Cullip (Simla) 7
Tommy Welch (Green Lane) 17

Rich Wetton (Dormansland Rockets) 16 18 34
Division 2 - Nick Rose (Petts Wood OB)
Ian Parsons (Simla)

Jake Pingault (Insulators) ++ 18

Division 3 - Jamie Holder (Tonbridge Origin) 3

++ includes three for reserves

Will Martin (Yalding & Ladd.) and

Division Three  League Cups Total

Ash Cook (TW Ridgewaye) also
Harvey Parks (Goudhurst Utd) 22

Ben Boodle (Cassidy's Phoenix) 9* * includes a double-hat-trick

Ben Holder (Tonbridge Origin) 25

Rich Wetton (Dormansland Rkts)

Adam Davies-Knight (TW Ridgewaye)
12 3 15
Ben Holder (Tonbridge Origin)

And so that's another season completed. We all look forward to the new season and all the rule changes brought in by FIFA to 'speed up the game'.

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