West Kent Sunday League News Report – Sunday 29th April 2018

Two more issues decided - Tonbridge Origin win the Senior Cup and Green Street Blues are crowned winners of Division Two.

WKSFL Senior Cup Final.

There is a new name on the Senior Cup. Tonbridge Origin made up for last season's defeat in the final with a 4-1 win over Green Lane in the final played at Tonbridge AFC's Longmead Stadium. The result also compensated for their defeat by Green in the Intermediate Cup Final in the 2009 - 2010 season.

No details were sent in, other than that Origin's scorers were the familiar names of Myles Lowden (penalty), Tom Cobb, Rory Catt and Mike Jessop. Karl Smith scored from the spot for Green Lane.

Division One

Artois United stay in the hunt for runners up medals by beating Armada 3-1 at Yew Tree Road. Scorers were Josh Marshall, Ayrton Phillips and Reagan Cork. Ben Renshaw scored the Armada goal.

Simla are already confirmed as champions. On Sunday they travelled to Paddock Wood to meet Insulators. Insulators and Simla have played each other three  times this season and this was by far the best contest. Insulators played several reserves today who could arguably been regular first team players.

Insulators started well and put up a good fight to test the champions throughout the match. but Simla soon created many chances with several shots on target and should have been a couple of goals up, but for Insulators young 'keeper who made some excellent saves. It was 0 - 0 at half time.

The second half continued in the same way, with Insulators frustrating Simla's attempts to score as well as creating chances for themselves. Simla eventually took the lead through a header by Alex Carey on 73 minutes. The home side had a couple of chances after that, but Simla wrapped things up when Matt O'Rourke scored in the 85th minute.  when his cross changed direction to go over the keeper.

With Simla pressing for a third with most of their players in the oppositions half, Insulators broke away in the final minute and scored a simple goal courtesy of Greg Dodson. Dodson normally plays in the reserves, this was his first goal for the first team. Well played Insulators today, said our reporter. from Simla, while Insulators said it was  a good game overall which was a credit to both sides.

The morning's other game saw Paddock Wood lift themselves off the bottom with their second league win and first clean sheet of the season. It was a 3-0 win at Pembury Sunday, for whom it was only their second game since the middle of February. The Wood's scorers were Russell Breden, James Hall and George Bourne, Will Martin in goal kept that clean sheet.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 29th April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla (C) 14 13 1 0 57 16 41 40
2 Green Lane 12 8 2 2 38 23 15 26
3 Artois United 11 7 1 3 41 18 23 22
4 Armada 13 6 2 5 27 30 -3 20
5 Tonbridge Origin 13 5 3 5 43 33 10 18
6 Pembury Sunday 14 2 1 11 22 46 -24 7
7 Paddock Wood 12 2 0 10 20 64 -44 6
8 Insulators 11 1 2 8 19 37 -18 5

Division Two

Green Street Blues are Division Two winners after Crowborough Town failed to gain the six points they needed in the double header against Royal Oak.

Crowborough Town FC  -v-  Royal Oak FC

If anybody thinks that the slope on a pitch doesn't make any difference they should watch a game at Bayham Rec in Tunbridge Wells. In the two games played between Crowborough Town and Royal Oak there were 14 goals scored and 13 of them were down the slope.

First Game 

Crowborough Town  -v-  Royal Oak

Town started well, in fact very well, when within 30 seconds Rob Guile robbed a defender and found Ben Richardson who scored with ease. The game then settled down and just five minutes later an undisputed penalty for Royal Oak was on target, but saved by the Crowborough keeper Ryan Hunt. Playing down the slope, Town kept the ball in their opponents half and eventually a neat back-heel from Adam Durdle found Rob Guile who made it 2 - 0. Still pushing downhill Town forced a corner which was met by Crowborough's George Holman and his header beat the Royal Oak keeper to make it three. The game now became a little 'feisty' (the Referee's words) and a few yellow cards were shown to calm things down. Then with not long of the first half to go Ben Richardson robbed the Royal Oak keeper to roll to ball into an empty net.

Half Time :   Crowborough Town  4  -  0  Royal Oak

The second half was to be a very different 'game' as Royal Oak missed some early chances and more than once Town defender Owen Ridley cleared off the line. Pressing down the slope Royal Oak missed at least one open goal but it was only a matter of time, in fact just ten minutes, when they reduced the arrears. With Crowborough's defence in disarray another error let their opponents in to make it 4 - 2  and with ten minutes to go Royal Oak made it 4 - 3, the goals coming from Ashley Bell (2) and Matt Last. and it was all to play for. Now with backs against the wall Town managed to hold on a keep the three points that their first half display had earned them.

Full Time :   Crowborough Town   4   -   3   Royal Oak


Second game

Royal Oak  -v-  Crowborough Town

Very little is known about this game as our intrepid reporter went absent to enjoy a well deserved lunch. What is known is that by half time goals by Darren Nicol and Ollie Hyland had put Crowborough 2 - 0 ahead only to find Royal Oak scoring the only goal of the day uphill.

Half Time  :   Royal Oak   1   -   2   Crowborough Town

For the second half even with five substitutes adding fresh legs Crowborough could not hold the 'downhill' pressure and Royal Oak added four to their total. Once again it was Bell and Last scoring, the final tally being a hat-trick for Bell and two for Last. Bell's five goal haul on the day makes him both Division Two's and the League's leading scorer overall with a tally now of 33 for the season.

Full Time  :  Royal Oak   5   -   2   Crowborough Town

Cassidy's Phoenix warmed up nicely for next Sunday's Intermediate Cup Final against Crowborough Town with a 6-1 win at Goudhurst United. Will Mantle  scored his twenty-fourth of the season for United (he is far and away their top scorer having scored nearly half his team's total) but it seems the hosts were no match for Cassidy's, for whom Ben Boodle scored his third hat-trick of the season, aided by Anthony Meakins, Lynos Rwodzi and an un-named United player who scored an own goal.

Brenchley are another team out of practice, having last played a month ago. They travelled all the way to play FC Grinstead and were beaten 3-0. Callum Gardner and two from Aaron Baston accounted for FC Grinstead's goals, Harvey James kept his goal intact.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 29th April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues (C) 15 13 1 1 68 23 45 40
2 Royal Oak 16 12 0 4 56 31 25 36
3 Crowborough Town 11 8 0 3 52 26 26 24
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 15 7 2 6 45 32 13 23
5 Brenchley 15 7 1 7 21 34 -13 22
6 FC Grinstead 11 5 1 5 39 22 17 16
7 Goudhurst United 15 3 2 10 37 62 -25 11
8 Langton Green 16 2 2 12 25 72 -47 8
9 Tonbridge Invicta 14 2 1 11 24 65 -41 7

Division Three

The only game of the day ended in a 5-1 win for TW Ridgewaye at East Grinstead Mavericks. In their final game of the season, Tom Bridges scored a hat-trick, Adam Davies-Knight and Ben Adams added the others. It seemed like it was a bit of a struggle for both sides to field a full strength side for Sundays fixture with Mavericks starting with 10 men, before getting up to a full 11 before half time, and Ridgewaye only having travelled with 11 fit and available players. Although Ridgewaye were missing a number of regular starters, it was a welcome return to the team for Ben Adams and Tom Bridges who both had long layoffs with injury and illness respectively.

With Mavericks being under strength at kick off, it was Ridgewaye who were quickly on the front foot with Mavericks content to try and hit the visitors on the break. After two good chances for Ben Adams (both with headers), it was Tom Bridges who fired a right foot bullet from the right and side of the box into the far corner which gave the home keeper no chance. The second goal was something not seen very often! After great work by Ben Adams, his rasping shot from the edge of the box beat the keeper only for it to hit the inside of the right hand upright to then fly across the goal and hit the other upright and then rebound out for a smart finish by Tom Bridges for his second of the game. A third was added by Adam Davies-Knight after good work involving him on the right flank, saw him then race clear of the defence, cut inside and drill a firm finish past a stranded keeper.

After half time the game became tighter as the home side were back up to a full complement of players and it was a neat near post header that saw them get back into the contest and make the score 1-3 with over half an hour to go. Ridgewaye took back control soon after, however, when Ben Adams was finally rewarded for his industry and going close a number of times to this point, when he managed to finally get the ball over the line after some good build up play from Callum Genery and Tom Bridges. It was Bridges that rounded off the scoring with his third and Ridgewaye’s fifth to make it an excellent finish to the season for the Tunbridge Wells outfit in what is only their second season since being formed.

With the first team calling, Insulators Reserves were unable to field a side for their local derby at Paddock Wood Reserves.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 29th April
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 15 11 2 2 70 27 43 35
2 Speldhurst Rangers 15 11 1 3 68 36 32 34
3 TW Ridgewaye # 16 8 4 4 53 32 21 25
4 Tonbridge Casuals 16 7 2 7 31 35 -4 23
5 Tonbridge United + 16 6 1 9 29 47 -18 22
6 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 12 6 1 5 32 27 5 19
7 East Grinstead Mavericks 15 4 1 10 15 59 -44 13
8 Insulators Reserves 13 4 0 9 21 37 -16 12
9 Paddock Wood Reserves 14 1 4 9 18 37 -19 7

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