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West Kent Sunday League Report Sunday 29th January 2017 - updated 31st January

Well, here we are at the end of January and some of the issues are almost decided! After last week's frosty hiatus, a full programme took place. Monday night's Management Committee meeting had a couple of items on the agenda, one which affected the Division One League table. Rusthall Ranges failed to fulfill their fixture with Dormansland Rockets on 18th December, three points have been awarded to Dormansland Rockets. Other decisions were confirmations of awards already reflected in tables.

Surrey Lower Junior Cup

Dormansland Rockets continued their march in the Surrey Lower Junior Cup. They reached the last eight (quarter finals) with a fine 6-1 win over at Epsom & Ewell Old Boys. Rich Wetton was the principal architect with four of their goals. Ali Jones and Nick Elwood hit numbers five and six. The quarter finals are scheduled for 19th February, the draw is yet to be made.

Division One

Simla move to the top of the table having been awarded three points for the failure of Rusthall Rangers to fulfill their fixture. Tonbridge Origin lost the pole position after a heavy 6-2 defeat at Artois United. Artois top scorer Stafford Browne hit a hat-trick, Tim Maynard two and Josh Marshall one. Origin's and the Divisions top scorer Myles Lowden added one to his tally, Chris Harbour hit the second. Insulators lingering hopes of honours took a blow when they went down 3-2 to Armada. Jack Rusbridge (2) and Keith McCormack scored for the hosts. Insulators were two early goals down before Kane Ramsell pulled one back but fell behind again to a great goal. At half time it was 3-1 to Armada. Alex Buxton scored after the break to reduce the deficit but, despite all efforts, the equaliser would not come.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 29th January
revised 31st January.
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla # 12 11 0 1 44 13 31 30
2 Tonbridge Origin 13 9 1 3 52 26 26 28
3 Artois United 12 8 1 3 49 22 27 25
4 Insulators 12 7 1 4 41 19 22 22
5 Armada 9 4 2 3 19 18 1 14
6 TW Foresters 11 4 1 6 32 39 -7 13
7 Dormansland Rockets 8 2 0 6 18 28 -10 6
8 Goudhurst United + 10 0 0 10 10 67 -57 3
9 Rusthall Rangers 9 0 0 9 2 35 -33 0

Division Two

Gardener's Arms take over as leaders thanks to a crushing 9-0 win at Langton Green, coupled with a surprise win for Brenchley at home to Pembury Sunday that dented the latter's hopes. Gardener's big win featured a hat-trick by Kane Joseph, two from their leading scorer Karl Smith, two more from Andrew Grundy with Aaron Austin and Lee Cooper contributing one apiece. Ben Carter in goal kept his ninth clean sheet of the season and is well ahead of his rivals in that department.

Brenchley inflicted upon Pembury Sunday their first league defeat of the season. After withstanding some early pressure, Brenchley took the lead when Tom Lowe latched on to a Rich Sutton pass to drill the ball into the far corner from a tight angle. Pembury equalised on the stroke of half time with a glancing header from Steve Harper. The second half was very even, with both defences seemingly on top until the 82nd minute when Tom Lowe headed home a superb cross from Mike Williams. Pembury pushed hard for the equaliser and won a succession of late corners, but Brenchley defended superbly to secure the three points. Final score Brenchley 2 Pembury Sunday 1.

Green Lane came out on top in the local derby at home to Paddock Wood, ending the latter's chances of a top two spot. The goals in the 3-0 win came from Robert Montandon, Josh Harris and James Donaldson. Matt Golding kept his team's first clean sheet of the season in fourteen WKSFL League and Cup outings.

South East Spitfires ended a run of three League and Cup defeats with a narrow 2-1 win over Hawkenbury Sunday. It was Hawks sixth consecutive defeat. Spitfires scorers were Daniel Lake and Daniel Clarke Findley. I do not have the Hawkebnbury Sunday scorer.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 29th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Gardener's Arms 11 9 2 0 48 9 39 29
2 Pembury Sunday 12 9 2 1 38 9 29 29
3 Paddock Wood + 14 6 1 7 29 42 -13 22
4 Green Lane 11 6 2 3 30 20 10 20
5 Brenchley 12 4 2 6 25 38 -13 14
6 SE Spitfires 10 3 1 6 16 30 -14 10
7 Hawkenbury Sunday 11 2 2 7 20 30 -10 8
8 Langton Green 11 2 2 7 27 41 -14 8
9 Cassidy's Phoenix # 12 3 2 7 20 34 -14 8

Division Three

The big game between Bricklayer's Arms and Crowborough Town went the way of the home team who won 5-0. Bricks are now odds-on for the winner's trophy, it would take a collapse of mythic proportions to deny them.

With both teams at full strength, and the pitch quite playable in spite of the weather, there were to be no excuses from either side. There must also be a thank-you from both teams to Rob Reed, who stepped in to referee the game with just an hour's notice when the appointed official dropped out.
 
As local derbies usually are this was competitive, but it was fair and deservedly won by Bricklayers Arms with Town unable to convert any of the chances that came their way.
 
Crowborough Town came out firing. Brick's James Goold was caught on the ball, which resulted in a long ball over the top to Matt Pickett who went through on goal. Fortunately for Bricks, Alex Gunn in goal had eaten his weetabix that morning, made himself big and stopped the shot.

That warning fired the Bricks into life. Some slick passing from the midfield three, some great hold up play and Bert Freeman was set free on goal and coolly slotted past the 'keeper. Two minutes later Tom Mulcahy was up to his tricks again down the wing, skinning the right back and cutting the ball back for Rob Gordon to finish for two-nil.

Town tried to push back, the Bricks back three held up superbly. Just before half time Bricks won a free kick just inside the Town half. An angled free kick taken by Bert Freeman found Craig Bishop towering above everyone else to score his first of the game and his team's third.

The second half started with both teams battling for possession. Bricks broke down the right, the ball came into the penalty area where Danny Lawrence was scythed down giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Craig Bishop  despatched the spot kick convincingly. As the game rolled out, there was time for one more moment of magic from Lawrence. After getting the ball on the left, he nut-megged his first oppponent then used his trade mark scoop around the second to the bye-line then, from the tight angle, thundered a shot into the top corner for the fifth bricks goal.

The result was particularly disappointing for one Crowborough Town player, Chris Martin known to everyone as Biffa, who was making his 400th appearance for the club. Not only is the total quite remarkable but he reached the that figure in just sixteen seasons, averaging 25 games per season.

Tonbridge Invicta brought Rusthall Club Athletic's nine match League and Cup winning streak to a halt, holding them to a high scoring 4-4 draw. Adam James scored twice for Invicta, Rob Runciman and Sam Wing numbers three and four. Club's scorers were Rob Johnson (2), Ben Johnson and Geoff Ashcroft.

Green Street Blues consigned Speldhurst Rangers to a fifth consecutive defeat, a narrow 1-0 win in which the only goal was scored by Matt O'Sullivan. In the Blues goal, Mattt Golding kept the clean sheet, his team's first since the opening day of the season.

Paddock Wood Reserves crashed to a 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Ticehurst Village Club. The Wood contributed the two own goals that were recorded, Rob Guile hit a hat-trick, Adam Brotherwood and Josh Macnab the others. Calvin Bull kept his and his club's second clean sheet of the season.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 29th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 15 10 1 4 46 29 17 31
2 Bricklayers Arms 12 10 0 2 49 15 34 30
3 Tonbridge Invicta 13 7 2 4 46 23 23 23
4 Green St Blues 11 6 1 4 27 19 8 19
5 Paddock Wood Reserves 13 5 1 7 20 38 -18 16
6 Rusthall Club Athletic 8 4 2 2 28 19 9 14
7 Ticehurst Village 14 4 2 8 32 40 -8 14
8 St John's Yard 13 4 1 8 24 55 -31 13
9 Speldhurst Rangers 13 0 2 11 19 53 -34 2

Division Four

TW Foresters Reserves need just one point from their three remaining matches to clinch the Division Four title. FC Grinstead, who are behind with their fixtures, are the only team that can even match their impressive poiints total. If Grinstead win their game at Tonbridge Casuals next week, it sets up a good match when they meet Foresters on 12th February.

Foresters cleared the final fence with a five-nil win at Tonbridge Origin Reserves. Harry Hickmott scored twice, Simon Hammond, Ashley Collins and Anton Powell once each. Now for the final furling!

The remarkable statistic of around eight goals per game in those involving AFC Six in One was maintained when they won 5-3 at home against TW Ridgewaye.  The League's top goalscorer now has one hand and probably most of the fingers of the other on the trophy, having scored four of Six in One's five goals. His not quite so prolific colleague Ben Boodle scored the other, which was his 26th of the season and putting him into joint second spot across the league with Steve Harper of Division Two's Pembury Sunday. Ridgewaye's youngsters fought them all the way, with two goals from Matt Harman and one from Harry Emler.

Insulators Reserves stole a march on FC Hayward in the race for the runner's up trophy. There was a 4-1 win for the 'slators at home to Tonbridge United in which Jon Miller scored three and James Philpott one. United's scorer was Steve Causon.

For their part, FC Hayward slipped up badly at FC Grinstead, going down four-nil. Grinstead are now on a run of seven games without a defeat in League and Cup, while for Hayward it was their first defeat in six. Grinstead's scorers were Luke Boakes (2), Micky Neatherway and Jake Kashdan. Harvey James kept his goal clean.
 
West Kent Sunday League Division Four including Sunday 29th January
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 TW Foresters Reserves 13 12 0 1 68 21 47 36
2 FC Hayward 12 7 2 3 41 22 19 23
3 Insulators Reserves 13 6 3 4 39 36 3 21
4 AFC Six in One 14 6 2 6 66 52 14 20
5 FC Grinstead 10 5 3 2 34 25 9 18
6 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 12 4 3 5 35 40 -5 15
7 Tonbridge Casuals 14 2 5 7 27 48 -21 11
8 TW Youth (Ridgewaye) 13 3 1 9 38 68 -30 10
9 Tonbridge United 11 1 1 9 7 43 -36 4


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