The Under 16's Tandridge team got their league season off to a winning start with a solid 4-1 victory against Coulsdon Eagles.
The first half was at times scrappy and disjointed, with both sides looking rusty after the summer break. Still, Sevenoaks did look the better team and created a number of chances to take the lead. However, a mixture of bad luck and early season form in front of goal meant the game remained goalless until well into the half. In the end, it took a brilliant free kick from captain Joseph Russell to put Sevenoaks ahead. Jamie Downs looked to have double the lead soon after when he curled an equally good free kick into the top corner, but it was ruled out for some pushing in the penalty area as the kick was taken.
Sevenoaks continued their dominance of possession into the second half. However, Coulsdon did look dangerous on the break and it took alert defending, especially from James Phillips and Ben Packer in the centre, to ensure Coulsdon’s rare forays forward were contained.
With this solid platform and their passing improving, Sevenoaks played better football and created more chances. This superiority eventually told when Jamie Bingham scored with a composed finish inside the six yard area following an excellent cross from Toby Fitzmaurice. It was Fitzmaurice who also created the third, winning a penalty following a skilful run in the box, which Jamie Downs converted. Coulsdon did briefly get back into the game following a penalty of their own, but the game was finally put beyond doubt when man of the match James Phillips rose to head home an excellent corner from Sam Sherratt to give Sevenoaks a 4-1 lead.