It was a long journey for the first team as they travelled towards the coast to Deal’s ground on a very cold Tuesday evening for their Macron Challenge Cup fixture.
A great show of commitment from the players who made the trek to the game - the journey was a tiresome one. Up against a physical Deal side, Collins gave a start to the new signings Zanone and Marsh, who were looking to make an impact on the game and help Town progress in their Macron Challenge Cup campaign.
Kick off and Sevenoaks were geared up, eager and organised. Instantly they attacked in Deal's half, Marsh finding the feet of Adrian Stone to allow us to play. However, Zanone was sent off within three minutes by reacting to a crunching tackle from Deal Town's number four. He got away with a yellow card as Zanone made his way to the dressing rooms - injured. Sevenoaks went behind five minutes later.
A wake up call for the Oaks, who despite being a man down with eighty left to play, did not look out of the game at all. In fact, Sevenoaks were dominating the game in all aspects, except finishing - Adrian Stone missed a good chance to bring the two sides level, and just before half time Deal scored another going 2-0 up due to an own goal from Oaks goalkeeper Stroud.
The second half began and Sevenoaks were still not far out of the game. Countless attacking chances but the resulting misplaced shots really let the side down. A story all too familiar of the season so far - not scoring and not taking advantage of our influence on the game. In the 56th minute Deal scored again, a little lack of concentration at the back gifted the Deal outfit another goal. 3-0 down and Oaks were just starting to seem out of the game. Despite this there were some real plus points in midfield with Adam Marsh dominating the game, putting balls into the right areas and skilfully driving at the defence.
But it was not to be. In the 73rd minute a calm finish from a cross-field pass saw Deal go 4-0 up out shining Adrian Stone's and Adam Marsh's goals scored in the 87th and 92nd minutes.
With the season now only a third of the way through, Sevenoaks' concentration is focused on climbing up the league table as they are now out of all cup competitions.