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West Kent Sunday League Report Sunday 30th October 2016

Division One

Artois United stay on top after their 2-0 victory against contenders Tonbridge Origin. Both goals were scored by Stafford Browne. Artois United 'kepper Dave Holdstock earned plaudits for his performance between the sticks, which included one particularly outstanding stop.

Insulators travelled to Goudhurst who didn't have a full team. However, they put up a spirited performance despite ending the game with only eight players. It was 0-3 at half time and finished 0-8. Scorers were Martin Page-Mitchell with three; Ash Steers three and two for Rob Butler. Max Bridges kept the clean sheet.

TW Foresters recorded their third successive league win and continue their rise up the table.  They won 5-1 at Blackham & Ashurst with two goals each by Luke Turner and Harry Hodgson. The fifth was scored by Taylor Galvin. For the home side, the solitary goal was by Ben Freeman.

Dormansland Rockets were unable to raise a team for their match against Simla, who have been awarded the three points.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 30th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Artois United 8 6 1 1 33 11 22 19
2 Insulators 7 5 1 1 23 11 12 16
3 Tonbridge Origin 6 4 1 1 20 10 10 13
4 TW Foresters 6 4 0 2 22 16 6 12
5 Simla # 5 4 0 1 29 6 23 9
6 Blackham & Ashurst 7 2 1 4 14 29 -15 7
7 Armada 4 1 1 2 5 8 -3 4
8 Dormansland Rockets 7 1 1 5 22 27 -5 4
9 Goudhurst United + 6 0 0 6 6 35 -29 3
10 Rusthall Rangers 4 0 0 4 1 22 -21 0

# three points deducted  + three points awarded

Division Two

Gardener's Arms take over at the top after a 4-1 win at Brenchley. There was a hat-trick by Ant Goodwin and one goal from Karl Smith. Rich Sutton scored from the penalty spot for Brenchley.

Pembury Sunday did not have a game, so they do have one in hand. They will return to the top if they beat Paddock Wood next Sunday, while Gardener's are doing battle with Cassidy's Phoenix in the Intermediate Cup.

Paddock Wood recovered from a run of three defeats in League and Cup to claim the points at SE Spitfires with a 4-2 win. Spitfires are finding Division Two a bit of a struggle but put up a good fight, scoring twice through Dan White and Dean Rhule. Paddock Wood's experienced names of Troy Cooper (2) and George Bourne scored, as did Kane Phillips.

The other two games were drawn, leaving three teams locked in mid table on eight points. Hawkenbury Sunday and Cassidy's Phoenix shared six goals. For Hawks, Ashley Bell scored twice, Russ Anderson the third.  Phoenix marksmen were Vincente Terenti, Matt ferris and Josh Ennis.

Green Lane and Langton Green drew one each. James Knight scored for the Lane, Pete Fairhurst for the Green.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 30th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Gardener's Arms 6 5 1 0 23 7 16 16
2 Pembury Sunday 5 4 1 0 20 4 16 13
3 Paddock Wood 6 4 0 2 16 17 -1 12
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 6 2 2 2 14 12 2 8
5 Hawkenbury Sunday 6 2 2 2 15 17 -2 8
6 Green Lane 6 2 2 2 10 15 -5 8
7 Langton Green 7 1 2 4 22 19 3 5
8 Brenchley 7 1 1 5 13 31 -18 4
9 SE Spitfires 5 0 1 4 9 20 -11 1

Division Three

It's going to be quite a season in Division Three if things continue as they are! Leaders Tonbridge Invicta fell 2-1 at home to Green Street Blues, who move up to third with two games in hand and just two points behind. Rob Runciman scored for Invicta, but the damage was done by an own goal conceded to the Blues to which Ash Birchruffell added the decisive strike.

Crowborough Town returned to winning ways with a 6-2 win at Goldsmith's against bottom club Speldhurst Rangers.  Whilst Crowborough's player injury problem persisted Speldhurst had problems of their own with a shortage of players. The home team eased their problems with two new signings, whilst the visitors player difficulty led them to start this game with just ten men on the pitch. They were however up to full strength fairly soon after the start.
 
On a beautiful morning, perfect for Sunday football, the game was as good as the weather. (Website comment : This is Crowborough weather we are talking about! Cannot last!) Indeed, referee Mark Miller cannot have had an easier, more friendly game, to handle for a long time. From the kick-off Town pressed hard, but they found their opponents defending stoutly until after fifteen minutes Jordan Vinall at last found the net. With the new signings, Ashley Burrows and Stuart Lawson, fitting in nicely Crowborough began to play some attractive football and it wasn't long before Vinall grabbed his second. The home team continued to press forward and with fifteen minutes of the half left this proved their undoing when Speldhurst broke away to make the score  closer at 2 - 1. Normally goalie, but playing outfield due to injury, Ollie Crees found the back of the net. This appeared to shake Town out of their complacency and more excellent approach work involving most of the team saw the ball reach Leon Fisher and from 30 yards he beat the Ranger's keeper to restore the two goal advantage
 
 Half Time :  CROWBOROUGH TOWN   3  -  1   SPELDHURST RANGERS
 
A well taken corner early into the second half saw central defender Steve Palmer score his third of the season, all from set pieces and all with his head. Now, with four substitutes on the 'bench', the Crowborough manager began to ring the changes and bring on fresh legs. This was a luxury denied Speldhurst, with just their bare eleven, but they refused to make it easy for the home side and it was another twenty-five minutes before Jordan Vinall could complete his hat-trick and make it 5 - 1. Rangers still refused to lie-down and just accept defeat and it needed a brilliant save from Crowborough keeper Ryan Hunt to stop them adding to their score. Not to be denied, the visitors did eventually break away again to score their second (Barney Mellors getting in a good header) only to see Town retaliate from the re-start when Leon Fisher grabbed his second with just seconds of the ninety minutes to spare.

Meanwhile, the other Crowborough based outfit of Bricklayer's Arms kept up the pressure with a resounding 5-1 win at Paddock Wood Reserves. Having lost the previous week a win was essential to stay in the frame. Thirteen minutes in, Craig Bishop opened the scoring for the Bricks. With Bricks having a few more opportunities in front of goal it still wasn't until the 31st minute when a high cross from Dan Lawrence was headed in by Harry Sansbury. Just a minute after the re-start Bricks regained possession with Ollie Hyland playing a through ball, which took a deflection of a defender before finding Sansbury for his second . That made it 3-0 at half time.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Tommy Mulcahy finished in the top corner from just inside the box to put Bricks four up. Eight minutes later Paddock Wood pulled one back  through Phil Abbott. Bricks continued to dominate and Danny Lawrence found the net four minutes from time, finally converting after hitting the post and the crossbar earlier in the game.

At the bottom end, Rusthall Club Athletic seem to have turned the corner, picking up their second win in as many weeks. This latest success came at Ticehurst Village Club by the narrow margin of 2-1. Both Rusthall goals came from Adam Saunders, the Ticehurst goal was also scored by the visitors as it was recorded as an own goal.

No games in Division Three next Sunday as attention turns to the Junior Cup.
 

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 30th October
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tonbridge Invicta 8 5 0 3 25 13 12 15
2 Crowborough Town 8 5 0 3 28 18 10 15
3 Green St Blues 6 4 1 1 20 9 11 13
4 Bricklayers Arms 6 4 0 2 19 12 7 12
5 Paddock Wood Reserves 7 3 1 3 13 18 -5 10
6 St John's Yard 8 3 1 4 19 29 -10 10
7 Rusthall Club Athletic 5 2 1 2 16 13 3 7
8 Ticehurst Village 8 2 1 5 13 25 -12 7
9 Speldhurst Rangers 6 0 1 5 11 27 -16 1

Division Four

The match between TW Ridgewaye and AFC Six in One at Skinner's was abandoned after a spectator was taken seriously ill at the side of the pitch. Without going into too much detail, there was a ONE HOUR wait for the necessary ambulance, during which time a member of the visiting side gave prolonged, invaluable and very welcome first aid assistance. The game could not continue. It has been announced by the Management Committee that the score at the time of the abandonment will stand. That was ten-nil to AFC Six in One. For the record, their scorers were Ryan Smith (4), Ben Boodle (3), Ross Billyard, Dave Cherry and Aaron Jepson while Mark Welsby kept the clean sheet.
 
First met second at Goldsmiths, but it was a 'no-contest' as TW Foresters Reserves ran out 5-0 winners against hosts FC Hayward. Familiar names on the scoresheet were Dean Squires (2), Mark Inglis, Tom Galvin plus Jon Sebbar. Brad Collins kept the clean sheet, his and their third in a row. Collins has only recently signed for Foresters and has yet to concede a goal.

Insulators Reserves are level on points in third place but have played more games than their rivals.  They overcame Hadlow United 5-2 at the Memorial Ground having gone behind early to a very well taken goal from United's Jimmy Smith. The home side bounced back quickly and two goals each from Reece Beecroft and Ben Johnson and one from Lewis Disbury saw a half time score of 5-1. In the second half Hadlow fought back, but were only able to reduce the deficit by a single goal, again scored by Smith.

Tonbridge Casuals have drawn more League games than anyone else across all four Divisions. Their latest came at Tonbridge United, where the outcome was a 1-1 draw. Benie Dadzie scored for United, Hayden Jarvis for Casuals.

Finally, Goudhurst United Reserves, no doubt as depleted as the first XI, crashed to a mighty 16-0 defeat at FC Grinstead.  Grinstead's Harvey James has somehow managed to be credited with both a hat-trick and a clean sheet in goal. The other scorers were Mike Parr, also a hat-trick, two each from Mick Neatherway, Joe Moulding, Callum Gardner, Rhys Whymark and one from Charly Harris. There was also an own goal.

 
West Kent Sunday League Division Four including Sunday 30th October
updated 2nd November
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 TW Foresters Reserves 8 7 0 1 42 14 28 21
2 FC Hayward 7 6 0 1 26 11 15 18
3 Insulators Reserves 9 5 3 1 28 18 10 18
4 AFC Six in One 9 5 2 2 49 27 22 17
5 FC Grinstead 7 3 2 2 38 17 21 11
6 TW Youth (Ridgewaye) 8 3 0 5 15 42 -27 9
7 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 6 1 3 2 18 23 -5 6
8 Tonbridge Casuals 7 0 5 2 10 22 -12 5
9 Hadlow United 7 1 1 5 13 24 -11 4
10 Tonbridge United 7 1 1 5 10 25 -15 4
11 Goudhurst Utd Reserves 7 0 1 6 10 36 -26 1


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