West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 29th October 2017

It was a mixture of Cup Tes and League matches last Sunday in the West Kent Sunday Football League. There were goals galore, a total of 71 being scored in the twelve games played, almost six per game.

West Kent Sunday League Intermediate Cup - Second Round

The four second round ties played produced no shocks. Brenchley had beaten Langton Green in the league earlier in the season and repeated the result, this time on their opponent's turf. Brenchley progress into the third round draw thanks to a pair by Michael van Oorschot and further goals by Mike Williams and Tom Lowe. The Green are having a bad time of it at the moment, but managed to score through Rich Bishop in the 4-1 defeat.

Likewise, Tonbridge Casuals had the better of the all Division Three clash at Insulators Reserves.  They too had beaten their cup opponents in the League earlier this term. They came away witha 6-1 win, Matt Donnelly and Tom Willers both scoring twice, Adam West and Joe Lewis scoring one apiece. It was Casuals first win in four games. Insualtors reserves, who now haven't won in five outings, pulled one back before half time via Fabian Fernandez to make it 3-1, but defensive errors cost them dearly during the second period.

The other two ties saw Division Two triumph over Division Three. A hat-trick by Chris Neatherway (his first goals of the season)  saw FC Grinstead on the way to a 6-3 win over TW Ridgewaye.  Joe Moulding and Callum Gardner also scored for Grinstead, the sixth was an an own goal. Ridgewaye obviously put up a good fight, Lewis Inglis scoring two and Dan Thomas the third.

Green Street Blues, second in Division Two, travelled to Paddock Wood Reserves and were made to work hard for their 3-1 win. Matt O'Sullivan (2) and Chris Harragin scored the all important goals. Simon Hammond scored the Wood's goal.

The tie between Crowborough Town and Tonbridge United was called off.

WKSFL Junior Cup - First Round groups

Speldhurst Rangers are well on the way to qualifying for the second round after a 5-0 win over East Grinstead Mavericks has them sitting on top of the Group One table with three wins from three games. A point in their final group game next week would guarantee a spot in the next round, a win would guarantee finishing top of the group. Defeat at the hands of Tonbridge Origin Reserves would throw things into the mixer.

The game started with Rangers on the front foot, but struggling to beat the resilient Mavericks goalkeeper. This was until Jolyon Wheller managed to squeeze one past him in a one on one situation in the 25th minute. James Hughes then scored a few minutes later to make it two-nil. The third goal came from Dan Kelly,  which was assisted by the wind causing the goalkeeper to completely misjudge it. It was a free kick from near the half way line on the side of the pitch, Kelly floated a ball in which looked like it was going high and wide, until a gust of wind drew the ball towards the goal and looped it over the stranded 'keeper.

In the second half the standard of football dropped for both teams. However the only two good plays lead to two more goals for Rangers, one from Wheller and the other from Joe Hearndon. In goal, Liam Baldwin's clean sheet was the only one of the day and his third of the season. He now is tied at the top of that particular little table.

Division One

Nets were under strain especially at Dormansland, where the Rockets 8-3 win over Insulators was the highest aggregate tally of the day. A five goal haul from Rich Wetton was instrumental. Insulators are going through a very hard time, having not won since their first game of the season. A harsh fixture list has included two games against Simla and Artois United in League and Cup. Insulators scorers were not sent in time for this report.

Due to two no shows (how annoying is that) Rockets kicked off with ten men. But despite the disadvantage, they gave as good as they got and took the lead after about 10 minutes through Rich Wetton. Insulators didn't allow this setback to affect them and Ben Manser levelled things half way through the half. 

Rockets regained the lead after another mazy Rich Wetton run, which culminated in his and Rockets second goal. Not to be outdone, Insulators equalised again,l this time it was Alexs Clarke to leave the score at half time at two apiece. After their second equaliser Rockets had the full complement of players as Paul Twinn entered the fray.

The league Chairman Stuart Turner, who was in attendance, had said words to the effect that he expected more goals and he wasn't wrong!

Second half goals from James Creek, Dave Heaton, a 25 yard scorcher from Ben Terry and three more from Rich Wetton ensured it was Rockets who went home with the spoils. The game though was a lot more even than the score suggests and Insulators did get another one back half way through the half, Ben Steers finding the back of the net.

The final word goes to Rockets veteran Paul Twinn, as he had to come off ten  minutes before the end as his injury flared up again. A testimonial beckons say the Rockets!

There were nearly as many goals at Woodside, where Pembury Sunday crashed to a 7-2 home loss to Artois United. Artois are on a good run, this win made if five in a row in various competitions, while for Pembury it's now four defeats on the trot with eighteen goals conceded in the process. Artois are certainly sharing the goals around. Twelve different names have appeared so far in the WKSF results. On Sunday it was the turn of Jake Miller and Peter Shaw, who each scored twice, plus Bruce Sands, Jake Fairweather, Robbie Arthur and Tim Thirlaway. Pembury Sunday have the Division's leading scorer in the shape of Matt Rice-Tucker, but Sundays's goals were from Marc Chappel and Luke Packman.

Simla were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Tonbridge Origin, thus keeping the top of the table fairly open.  David Blundell scored both for Simla.  Defender Andrew Jarvis opened the scoring for the origin, Myles Lowden the other.

And a hat-trick by Armada's Harry Tampsett gave them a narrow 3-2 win over Paddock Wood, who remain at the bottom of the table. Stefan Draper scored twice for them.

November will see the Senior Cup group stages take priority over League matches, so it will be a while before the table will change much.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 29th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla 5 4 1 0 15 5 10 13
2 Green Lane 5 4 0 1 15 9 6 12
3 Artois United 4 3 0 1 20 7 13 9
4 Tonbridge Origin 5 2 1 2 15 8 7 7
5 Pembury Sunday 7 2 1 4 18 27 -9 7
6 Armada 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
7 Dormansland Rockets 4 2 0 2 15 17 -2 6
8 Insulators 5 1 1 3 12 19 -7 4
9 Paddock Wood 6 0 0 6 9 27 -18 0

Division Two

With most teams involved in cup ties, there were only two games. Royal Oak, whose season has been stop-start to say the least, finally played a League match having not done so since 17th September!  It was worth the wait though, the reward being a 5-1 win at Goudhurst United. Key to that was a hat-trick by Ashley Bell. Luke Graham and Nat Paine were also on the scoresheet. Goudhurst United, despite being next to bottom, have the Division's leading scorer in the shape of Will Mantle. It was he who scored their consolation to bring his tally to eight. But the pack is closing in!

Tonbridge Invicta picked up a very creditable draw at home to Cassidy's Phoenix. Phoenix, after a bright start to the season, are back in ashes as it's now four games since their last win.  Cassidy's regular scorers Ollie Muggeridge (2) and Ben Boodle were on the mark but Invicta's Tommy Welham, Matt Cunnington and Matt Martin esnsured the home side's point.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 29th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Crowborough Town 5 4 0 1 34 10 24 12
2 Green Street Blues 4 3 1 0 17 3 14 10
3 Cassidy's Phoenix 6 2 2 2 14 17 -3 8
4 Royal Oak 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
5 Tonbridge Invicta 4 1 1 2 10 25 -15 4
6 FC Grinstead 2 1 0 1 13 3 10 3
7 Brenchley 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 3
8 Goudhurst United 5 1 0 4 11 24 -13 3
9 Langton Green 5 1 0 4 9 28 -19 3

Division Three

No games were scheduled.

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