West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 28th January 2018

With pitches in Crowborough, Paddock Wood and most of those in Tunbridge Wells out of action because of rain, only six of the day's scheduled matches went ahead.

Division One

Armada go top of the League, temporarily at least, after a 2-2 draw at home with Green Lane. It was a game of two halves. Green Lane lead 2-0 at the break, with goals from James Knight and Jack Humphrey. Armada came out fighting for the second half and levelled through Mark Vivian and Jack Rusbridge.

Both sides pushed for the winner in a niggly game, but it ended in a deserved 2-2 draw.

Artois United met Pembury Sunday in one of the four games that went ahead at Tonbridge Farm. United seem to be back on form after a relatively poor run before Christmas and this winning 4-1 result will set them in good stead for their important Kent Sunday Premier Cup match in a couple of weeks. Josh Marshall scored twice, with Peter Shaw and Jake Miller adding the third and fourth. Charlie Johns scored for Pembury, who have lost nine of their last ten games in all competitions.

Simla's game with Dormansland Rockets did not go ahead as Rockets could not raise a team.  The Management Committee has yet to confirm the award of points to Simla, which would put them back on top.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 28th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Armada 11 7 2 2 27 17 10 23
2 Simla 8 7 1 0 34 11 23 22
3 Green Lane 9 6 2 1 29 16 13 20
4 Artois United 8 5 1 2 30 14 16 16
5 Tonbridge Origin 10 3 3 4 34 26 8 12
6 Pembury Sunday 11 2 1 8 22 40 -18 7
7 Dormansland Rockets 5 2 0 3 17 21 -4 6
8 Insulators 9 1 2 6 19 38 -19 5
9 Paddock Wood 7 0 0 7 10 39 -29 0

Division Two

Only one of the four games took place.

FC Grinstead played their first home League match of the season after numerous postponements and it was a successful 'debut' with a 3-1 win against Langton Green. Charly Harris elevated himself into a four way tie as the League's top goalscorer with a pair taking his total to nineteen. Luke Boakes added the third. Ed Sharman pulled one back for Langton Green, who have now gone five games without a win.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 28th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues 9 7 1 1 38 17 21 22
2 Crowborough Town 7 6 0 1 43 15 28 18
3 Brenchley 9 5 1 3 16 17 -1 16
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 9 3 2 4 24 24 0 11
5 FC Grinstead 6 3 0 3 29 13 16 9
6 Langton Green 9 2 1 6 17 39 -22 7
7 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
8 Goudhurst United 8 2 0 6 20 32 -12 6
9 Tonbridge Invicta 9 1 1 7 18 53 -35 4

Division Three

Speldhurst Rangers nudged ahead of St John's Yard at the top of the table with a 7-3 win at Tonbridge Casuals. Better finishing on a mud pool helped Speldhurst create some daylight from the pack, but others have played fewer games.
 
Josh Fermor's composed near post finish set the tone before Jolyon Wheller doubled the score with a scuffed effort. The third came from penalty genius Barney Mellors, who kept his 100% record from the spot with a Ronaldoesque penalty into the top corner.  Wheller completed his double with another scuff via a brilliantly worked passing move finished by James Hughes who scored his sixth goal in 3 games.

Then the wonder of pensioner Andy Watts opening his account and first goal since 1967 (their words again, not mine!) before Sam Stevens trademark of rounding the 'keeper and slotting home. That put Rangers 7-0 nil up.

Changes a plenty meant Speldhurst took their eye off the game and let Casuals back in with three strikes late in the game, Harry Bamblett scoring twice and top scorer Matt Donnelly once.

TW Ridgewaye recovered from last week's reverse against the top dogs with a 4-2 win over Tonbridge United at the busy Tonbridge Farm grounds. Lewis Inglis hit the net twice, Dan Thomas brought his season total to twelve with the third, Charlie Dodd scored the fourth. Dean Larter and Craig Waller scored for United, whose decent run of form has deserted them as this was their third defeat on the spin.

Insulators Reserves were due to be at home, but with their ground unfit their match with Tonbridge Origin Reserves was switched to Tonbridge Farm. The Farm hosted four of the six games to go ahead, lessons somewhere perhaps?

After six weeks without a match the away side didn't travel with any great confidence. That was reinforced early in the game when the home side were rightly awarded a penalty which was easily converted by Ben Holder. After that the game was fairly even with chances at both ends. It was still out of nothing that Reece Beecroft smashed in a great shot from about 25 yards leaving the 'keeper with no chance. The scored remained 1-1 at half time.

The game continued much the same in the second half and a save by Kieron Banks in the away goal when faciing a one-on-one may have kept Insulators in the match. As the game entered the last ten minutes, it was Beecroft again with a 20 yard strike who gave Insulators the lead. In the last few minutes top scorer Jake Pingault added a fine solo goal to make the game safe and to record an unexpected three points in only their second League win of the season.

Overall, this was a well contested match well refereed by Paul Terry.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 28th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Speldhurst Rangers 11 8 1 2 41 27 14 25
2 St John's Yard 9 7 1 1 56 20 36 22
3 TW Ridgewaye 10 5 3 2 37 22 15 18
4 Tonbridge Casuals 10 5 2 3 24 24 0 17
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 9 3 1 5 24 23 1 10
6 Tonbridge United 9 3 0 6 22 33 -11 9
7 Insulators Reserves 8 2 0 6 16 30 -14 6
8 Paddock Wood Reserves 5 1 1 3 11 16 -5 4
9 East Grinstead Mavericks 9 1 1 7 8 44 -36 4


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