The Under 16's Tandridge team put in an outstanding performance to beat league leaders (and previously unbeaten) Glebe Pumas in this Tandridge League game.
The performance was all the more remarkable considering Sevenoaks went behind within thirty seconds of the start. This early set back, however, only seemed to spur Sevenoaks on and within ten minutes they were back level when Joseph Russell converted a Sam Sherratt corner. With Henry Phillips, Jamie Bingham, and Joseph Russell winning key battles in midfield, Sevenoaks looked the stronger, and excellent link up play from Dan Stone and Sam Sherratt down the wings and Jamie Downs up front led to a number of chances. It was no surprise, then, when this forward line combined to set up Sevenoaks’ second, which Dan Stone converted with a brave header at the far post. Having taken the lead, Sevenoaks didn’t sit back and went 3-1 ahead just before the break thanks to a calm finish from Jamie Downs after he found himself one-on-one with Glebe’s goalkeeper.
At 3-1 the next goal was key and it looked like Glebe would get back into the game when they were awarded a penalty early in the second half. However, Alex Theobald pulled off a stunning save to preserve Sevenoaks’ two-goal advantage. It was inevitable that Glebe would exert more pressure in the second half, but some brilliantly committed and composed defending by joint man of the match Lawrence Flarry, James Phillips, Tom Barnes, James Dykes, and - late in the game - Ben Packer restricted Glebe to half chances. At the other end, Sevenoaks continued to threaten and they went 4-1 ahead after the ball fell to Alex Morgan in the penalty area. Morgan - not known for his goal scoring (!) - calmly slotted the ball into the corner of the goal from eight yards out to give Sevenoaks an unassailable lead.
Glebe did score a second late on, but sustained running to the end from all Sevenoaks’ players - epitomised by joint man of the match Sam Sherratt’s continued willingness to track back - ensured Glebe could not build up any consistent pressure. In the end, Sevenoaks were deserved winners.