That’s more like it! Oaks showed great character by bouncing back from 2-0 down to get a win in an exciting league game.
Despite looking for a win, Sevenoaks gave a lack lustre performance during the first half, playing very flat and not being able to keep up with a rampant Canterbury team. Canterbury scored within five minutes and again on the 19th minute with a goal from Matt Martin. Canterbury was showing pace in midfield but an organised defence from Oaks prevented them from scoring anymore and being put out the game.
Canterbury dominated most of the first half but with 10 to go, Oaks stepped up their performance and won a corner which centre-half Tom Ripley got on the end of which seemed to trigger a burst of energy and not long after, Damien Ramsamy and Austin Gacheru created a wonderful move that put Gacheru through on goal that – despite finishing- was disallowed due to a ‘high-foot’ call from the linesman. The whistle blew for half time shortly afterwards.
Sevenoaks manager Collins made two changes at half time bringing on Gary Stock for Alim Sesay and new dual registered player Reece Butler for Damien Ramsamy.
Sevenoaks returned to the pitch fired up, and this was shown when Austin Gacheru attempted to retain the ball despite Canterbury keeper Harris being quick off his line resulting in a collision with the striker, a great challenge from Harris however and some passion from Gacheru.
Sevenoaks continued the game winning their personal battles and Butler looking impressive down the left hand side. Sevenoaks won a corner in the 60th minute that Gacheru got his head to and levelled the game. The next 10 minutes saw a lack of discipline from Canterbury as they gave away a penalty in the 75th minute that Adrian Stone put neatly into the bottom corner, Oaks took the lead for the first time in the game. Sevenoaks continued to play with confidence with Frank Griffin putting in great balls from deep, which Sevenoaks just couldn’t make anything of.
With five to go Canterburys Dan Laurence was booked for a dangerous tackle on new boy Reece Butler, but Sevenoaks showed great character and shape to retain their lead and see it out for the rest of the game. What a fantastic second half performance from Sevenoaks.