The Under 16's Tandridge team were comfortable winners in this one sided game against Croydon Youth.
Sevenoaks almost scored within minutes of the kick-off, when Jamie Downs forced a good save from Croydon’s goalkeeper. This, however, set the tone for what turned out to be a frustrating first half. Sevenoaks dominated possession, spent long periods camped in Croydon’s half, and created a string of chances. However, the ball would just not go in. Jamie Downs, Sam Sherratt, Joseph Russell, Henry Phillips, and Jamie Bingham all went close, but a mixture of good goalkeeping, last ditch defending, and some wayward finishing conspired to keep Sevenoaks out. It wasn’t until near the end of the first half that Sevenoaks finally went ahead when Jamie Downs pounced on a loose ball near the penalty spot to send a powerful shot into the top corner.
Sevenoaks continued their dominance into the second half, but also played more quickly and with greater intensity. The result was six more goals. Toby Fitzmaurice set things going with a goal within minutes of the restart, which he quickly followed with another a few minutes later. From here on, Sevenoaks played with greater composure and chance after chance followed. Jamie Downs got his second and Sevenoaks’ fourth, before joint man of the match Toby Fitzmaurice first got his third and then his fourth in quick succession, the fourth coming after he got on the end of a brilliant cross from Jamie Downs. The scoring was completed when joint man of the match Jamie Downs got his third about ten minutes from time.
There were more chances - James Phillips, for example, saw an excellent free kick cannon off the foot of the post - but, despite pushing more players, no further goals, and the game ended with Sevenoaks convincing winners, 7-0.