West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 26th November 2017

Last week, I nearly overlooked the fact that Tom Welch of Green Lane had scored a hat-trick on three successive Sundays, thus a hat-trick of hat-tricks. Well done him, but it's not as uncommon as you might think in The West Kent Sunday League. Last season, David Blundell of Simla managed the same feat and the season before that Steve Harper of Pembury Sunday and Daniel Lake of South East Spitfires did the same.

I didn't go further back and cannot list anyone who may have scored a hat-trick in three successive games played. I don't know who turns out in which game. If anyone cares to lay claim to a hat-trick of hat-tricks in recent times but as per games played, but not on successive Sundays, then let me know. I shall be pleased to write about it.

Surrey Sunday Junior Cup

Dormansland Rockets found their opponents Santos 92 FC from the Croydon Municipal Sunday League too strong. They bowed out of this season's competition 7-2 at Coney Hall. Nick Dembele and Rich Wetton scored for the Rockets.

WKSFL Senior Cup

All six teams were engaged in Group Three. The results did nothing to sort out who will qualify for the second stage, as the table below shows!

FC Grinstead and Cassidy's Phoenix did neither of themselves a favour with a 4-4 draw. A win for either would have had them level on points with Pembury Sunday.  Even so, both could yet qualify. Charly Harris scored twice for FC Grinstead, aided with a goal each from Ben Randall and Mike Parr. For Cassidy's, the goals came from Ben Boodle, Alex Kibbey, Matt Ferris and Alex Cooper. The final group games for both will be against Royal Oak. The Oak can yet be in the top two should they win at least two of their three remaining games.

However, form might suggest that's going to be a big ask! On Sunday Royal Oak were crushed 8-0 by Tonbridge Origin, who maintained their slim chance of going through. Myles Lowden scored a hat-trick, Tom Cobb's boots twice found the net, while Mike Jessop, Dave Saxby and Ollie Bettis scored once. Andrew Jarvis, obviously enjoying his new rôle as goalkeeper, kept his second clean sheet in as many games. Origin's last group game is against Goudhurst United next Sunday. This they must win and then hope that FC Grinstead or Cassidy's drop points.

Lots of goals also at Woodside, where Pembury Sunday ended a run of five successive defeats with a massive 10-2 win against Division Two side Goudhurst United . In the light of the draw between FC Grinstead and Cassidy's Phoenix, this propelled them to the top of the group table. A long list of goal scorers was recorded, namely Alun Evans, Mark Wyles (2), Matt Rice-Tucker (2), Marc Wood (2), Fred Johns (2) and Luke Packman. Will Mantle of Goudhurst scored again. He has scored in five matches in a row . He took his season total to 13 and now stands joint second in the League's overall scoring chart. United's other goal came from Ricky Norman.

Pembury's last group game is against Royal Oak next Sunday. A win would guarantee top spot, a draw could be good enough, but a defeat would throw things even wider open than they are now.

These are the remaining games in this group, which take place over the next three Sundays, weather permitting :  Goudhurst United v Tonbridge Origin, Royal Oak v Pembury Sunday (both next Sunday) then Cassidy's Phoenix v Royal Oak and Royal Oak v FC Grinstead.

Division One

There were big wins for both Simla and Green Lane who are clear of the chasers, although they have played more games.

Simla destroyed Paddock Wood with a huge 12-1 victory at Five Oak Green, although there were mitigating circumstances. Paddock Wood started with only nine players and  after twenty minutes an injured player said he would go on just to help make the number up to ten.  It was only 4 - 0 at half time which, said Paddock Wood's secretary, isn't bad with only nine fit players against arguably the best team in the League. Unfortunately and facing the the second half without fresh legs and as Simla had a full compliment of subs, there was not much else that Paddock Wood could do, other than for Stefan Draper to score againast the odds and upset the goal keeper's clean sheet.  It was pure determination from the 'Wood to not give up. Biggest hitter for Simla was Ian Parsons, who scored five. Matt Coleman weighed in with three, there was one each from Alex Carey, Bayley Colbran, Darren Woodcraft and Steve Burtinshaw.

Tom Welch scored only twice this week, but led Green Lane to a six - nil win in the Paddock Wood derby against Insulators. His two goals also now put him joint top of the Leagu'e goalscoring table. His total of fifteen for the season is matched by Ben Adams of Division Three's TW Ridgewaye. The Lane's other goals were scored by James Knight, Kieren Norman, Sam Bryant and Josh Harris. Green Lane's 'keeper Marc Yeung kept his fourth clean sheet of the season and now is joint top of that particular little table.

Neither Artois United nor Armada will have been satisfied with their 1-1 draw on Sunday. Although they have games in hand on the top two, they will consider it as two points lost in the chase. Armada's leading scorer Harry Tampsett picked up his eleventh goal of the season, I don't have the Artois scorer.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 26th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 6 5 1 0 27 6 21 16
2 Green Lane 7 5 1 1 26 14 12 16
3 Artois United 5 3 1 1 21 8 13 10
4 Armada 5 3 1 1 10 7 3 10
5 Tonbridge Origin 6 2 2 2 20 13 7 8
6 Pembury Sunday 8 2 1 5 19 31 -12 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 4 2 0 2 15 17 -2 6
8 Insulators 6 1 1 4 12 25 -13 4
9 Paddock Wood 7 0 0 7 10 39 -29 0

Division Two

Two in form teams met at Goldsmith's, where Crowborough Town beat Green Street Blues 5-2 to stay top of the Division.

This was expected to be a 'top of the table clash and with Saturday football injuries taking three first choice players out of the squad, Crowborough knew that they would have to be at their best to avenge their defeat in the first game of the season.
On a difficult pitch, both teams started the game playing some good football, with Town just gaining the upper hand which, after three minutes, they turned into a one goal lead when Luke Leppard scored from a smart move down the right wing. Then two minutes later, to everyone's surprise including the visitors, the Town goalkeeper made a rare mistake when he stood aside to allow a long range shot from the Blue's Chris Harrigan to go past his post, only to see it pass inside the post and bring the scores level. With both teams continuing to play attractive football, chances were made at both ends but with neither side finding the net until midway through the half. In a goalmouth scramble, Jordan Vinall found space to poke the ball into the net and put Town ahead again. Both teams were fielding very quick forwards that had the defences needing to be at their best until, with the half-time whistle looming, the visitors drew level again with a well taken goal by Ash Birchruffel.
Half Time :   Crowborough Town FC   2  -  2   Green Street Blues FC
The second half continued to see the teams fairly evenly matched, until Crowborough stepped up a gear and started to play some very watchable, 'pass and move' football.  However the next goal came from an individual effort, when Luke Leppard used his speed to break down the right and score his second of the game and put Town back in the lead. With judicious use of their substitutes, Crowborough began to take control and it was a beautifully worked four-man move that saw Leon Fisher able to increase Town's lead just five minutes later. Now, with ten minutes left the visitors were on the back foot, but defending well until another, even better, short passing move left Leon Fisher with a tap in for his second goal and the last of the game.

Brenchley will be cross with themselves after dropping points in a 2-2 draw at Langton Green.  The result was a mirror of the result between the two last week in the Senior Cup.  The Green's form is on the up after a poor start to the season. Phil Teague and Sib Amin scored for them,  for Brenchley it was Dan Connolly and Mike Williams.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 26th November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 6 5 0 1 39 12 27 15
2 Brenchley 7 4 1 2 14 13 1 13
3 Green Street Blues 5 3 1 1 19 8 11 10
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 7 2 2 3 16 20 -4 8
5 Langton Green 7 2 1 4 14 32 -18 7
6 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
7 Tonbridge Invicta 4 1 1 2 10 25 -15 4
8 FC Grinstead 3 1 0 2 13 3 10 3
9 Goudhurst United 7 1 0 6 13 30 -17 3

Division Three

The Division Three table was adjusted during the week. The results of two matches played in October were deleted. This were Tonbridge United v Paddock Wood Reserves and Tonbridge Origin Reserves v Paddock Wood Reserves. An irregularity in a player registration had come to light. Paddock Wood FC were held not to be responsible. Those two games will be replayed later in the season.

However the top of the table was not affected. St John's Yard greatly improved their goal difference and stayed top of the table with a big 10-2 win at home to Insulators Reserves.  It was a one sided game said the Yard, who scored their first goal in the fourth minute, were four up by the sixteenth minute and it was 7-0 at half time.

Yard then made four changes, but took their foot off the pedal, allowing Insulators to come back a bit and score two goals, both by Jake Pingault. 'Dead and buried' at half time, said the Insulators spokesman, being seven - nil down, but at least there was a bit of a recovery in the second half. The scorers for the home side were Rory Wilson (4), Mush Miah (3), Lewis Stack, Reece Horseman and an own goal.

Tonbridge Casuals are hot on their heels after a 3-1 win against East Grinstead Mavericks at Tonbridge Farm. Two strikes from Tom Willers were instrumental, Haydn Jarvis added the third. Connor Gunn found the net for Mavericks.

Speldhurst Rangers beat bottom side Paddock Wood Reserves 2-0 to stay in the trophy hunt. Speldhurst took all three points with a composed performance. Josh Fermor finished a lovely counter attack to put them ahead, following a missed chance by Paddock Wood from a corner.

Paddock Wood pressed well before half time and came out the second half rejuvenated. Speldhurst killed off their hopes with another great counter attack with Jolyon Wheller expertly curling a one on one shot past the 'keeper. Speldhurst's Rob Runciman is out of pocket having to get a 10 pint round for two pathetic misses from 8 yards.

Liam Baldwin's fourth clean sheet of the season was well deserved, with two brilliant one on one saves. Speldhurst were deserving winners. Josh Fermor picked up the man of the match award as he debarks for fatherhood and a well deserved break.

And finally, TW Ridgwaye, who have lost only once in the last six games, kept their first clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 win over Tonbridge Origin Reserves at Skinner's. Josh Higgins was the successful custodian, while out on the field goals were being scored by Dan Thomas and Karim Al Sibai.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 26th November
includes an adjustment made on 23rd November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 7 5 1 1 40 18 22 16
2 Tonbridge Casuals 7 5 1 1 18 13 5 16
3 Speldhurst Rangers 5 3 1 1 17 11 6 10
4 TW Ridgewaye 5 2 2 1 13 10 3 8
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 5 2 1 2 15 11 4 7
6 Tonbridge United 4 1 0 3 9 14 -5 3
7 Insulators Reserves 5 1 0 4 10 22 -12 3
8 East Grinstead Mavericks 5 1 0 4 6 22 -16 3
9 Paddock Wood Reserves 3 0 0 3 3 10 -7 0

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