Sevenoaks were back at home this week and welcomed Erith Town to Greatness Park.
Erith got the game started and Oaks looked fiery with all players playing in top form for the opening ten, playing good football in Erith’s half creating many a chance. Despite this Erith were not to be underestimated as they were equally as dangerous in attack and proved this when Pinnock scored after a good bit of play from the visitors in the 17th minute.
The game's intensity dropped after this and both team's defences cancelled any attacking threats, until the 32nd minute when the Erith goalkeeper mistimed a challenge on Gacheru and gave away a penalty - no booking followed. Adrian Stone stepped up, and the goalkeeper saved. The scored remained 1-0 to Erith.
Oaks dropped their heads after the chance to equalise and lost the focus that they had shown prior to this moment. Stroud conceded a penalty in the 40th minute again with no booking but Erith's Garrick took the chance and increased the lead to 2-0. Sevenoaks did not seem out of the game however. As the first half proved, the game was very even with Stroud not having to make many saves but Erith were more clinical in front of goal.
Due to injury Sevenoaks left-back Reece Butler was substituted at half time for Reece Gallagher who came on in midfield.
Sevenoaks obviously refuelled and refocused during the break and came out to the second half with a lot more urgency and determination but still just got caught out on the attack from Erith.
Oaks decided to make a substitution with 55 minutes played bringing off Adrian Stone and bringing on Andy Constable. In the 80th minute a great finish from substitute Andy Constable ignited Sevenoaks’ reserve energy as they knew one more goal and the game was there for the taking. But it was not meant to be as Erith wrapped the game up in the 83rd minute making it 3-1.
Sevenoaks play at home again this weekend in the FA Vase hoping to get a win and set a club record for progression in this competition!