After a run of defeats in recent weeks when things never quite went their way, the team returned to form with a convincing victory against the close rivals Langton Green Eagles.
It was good to see the Seal Rec pitch in such good condition, it has stood up well to the demands placed upon it so far this season and it compares very favourably to most of the pitches we have played on so far.
The first half was very evenly matched. Langton Green attacked with confidenc,e, their big strong striker caused the Sevenoaks defence a host of problems and the hosts rode their luck on a few occasions with the crossbar and then the post keeping the scores level. The Eagles had a few other chances but the balls were cleared in often desparate circumstances.
At the other end, Sevenoaks had their own chances but none as clear cut as those of the visitors. Kai Okalaju was getting through the defence and Joe Ryder was holding the ball up well and playing in the wide players. Teddy Pearson was putting in some good crosses but they couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch and so the half finished goalless
The second half was a completely different affair. It was end to end stuff for the whole half an hour and Sevenoaks began to turn on the style. Their attacking intent was clear and they moved the ball around extremely well Joe Ryder continued in the modern forward style playing in his teammates and the chances began to appear. Before long, they took the lead with a brilliant team goal. The ball was collected in the middle of the park and passed forward to Ryder, he had options available with Pearson in loads of space on the right but he went the other way and laid the ball off to Conor Gilmartin. He in turn found Joe Benfield in space in the box and he smashed the ball in to the net to put Sevenoaks in front to finish off a superb move.
A few minutes later it was Joe Ryder’s turn to score. The ball came to him from the left and again the opposition defence was nowhere near enough. He hasn’t had much luck in front of goal this season but had no problem on this occasion as he belted it past the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
At this stage it was all Sevenoaks, Langton Green could hardly get it out of their own half and even when they did Brooks and Owen were getting in key tackles giving Ramage in goal little to do. Every time they went forward they looked like scoring. Gilmartin was heavily involved and Marcus Overd was scaring the Defenders with his pace and skills. A third goal was surely inevitable and with about 45 minutes gone Tornado advanced in numbers down the left the ball came into the box and the ball bounce doff the goalkeeper. Mike Lamstaes was first to react and he coolly slotted home the rebound to score his first goal for the team.
It was now that The Eagles began to put some passes together, in the way they did in the first half. They created some half chances but Sevenoaks were equal to them. However with about 10 minutes to go they got through the back line. It looked like Will Ramage had the danger covered but the ball squirmed out of his grasp and the Langton Green Forward got to the ball first. The Sevenoaks defence didn’t get back quickly enough and Will was unable to get back into position before the forward shot from a narrow angle to make it 3-1.
This gave the visitors a little hope but Tornado got the game under their control once more. They found plenty of opportunities down the left, Gilmartin, Overd & Benfield running riot. A fourth goal was surely due and another incisive move into the box came to Benfield who finished coolly with a first time shot into the top righthand corner.
They played out the reminder of the game in similar style creating a few more chances but the result was a reflection of an excellent team performance.