On the back of a win in their last game, the first team returned to Greatness Park for their first game in the FA cup against Kent Invicta League side, Seven Acre & Sidcup.
Oaks got the game started and looked sharp, they moved the ball around well and played deep in the Seven Acre half for the first ten minutes. This led to a disallowed goal from Oaks striker Adrian Stone due to an offside call from the linesman. Sevenoaks then seemed to go into a slumber which they found difficult to get out of for the remainder of the half, conceding numerous fouls which resulted in a breakaway chance for Seven Acre that their number nine Anthony French put away calmly. 1-0 to Seven Acre with fifteen minutes played.
Sevenoaks allowed Seven Acre to gain confidence and attack them throughout the first half, although Seven Acre did not look in control of the game. The final five minutes of the first half saw two Seven Acre bookings, with Sevenoaks not taking advantage of the free kicks.
Sevenoaks came out for the second half, more fired up and showing a bit more energy yet still not seizing chances. On the hour mark Sevenoaks brought on Steve Camacho and Austin Gacheru. Immediately after, a dangerous ball was whipped into the Seven Acre box which Gacheru performed a diving header to reach but he missed and collided with the goalkeeper Charlie Martin, which forced Seven Acre into making a substitution. Seven Acre’s goal scorer Anthony French went into goal and Mike Samedi came on.
It was all Oaks for the last twenty minutes showing the creativity that had been lacking all game - perhaps trying too hard to get back into the game resulting in missed chances. Sevenoaks eventually got their reward when number nine, Adrian Stone, pulled off a fantastic finish bringing the game level in the 85th minute. The game finished 1-1 with Oaks providing a more exciting second half.
The replay is due to be played on Wednesday 19th August.