The Under 16's Tandridge team were unlucky not to get all three points in this enthralling top of the table clash against Seymour Villa.
Seymour Villa started the stronger and put Sevenoaks under early pressure. However, Sevenoaks’ excellent defence managed to restrict Seymour Villa to half chances and, as the half wore on, Sevenoaks gradually got a foothold in the game. Half chances of their own followed, the best falling to Toby Fitzmaurice, but his powerful shot from the corner of the area flew over the bar. With defences on top and neither side able to get a clear site of goal, the first half - that Seymour Villa probably just shaded - finished goalless.
Sevenoaks improved in the second half and took the game to Seymour Villa. Driven on from midfield by joint man of the match Henry Phillips, Sevenoaks put Seymour under periods of concerted pressure. A series of excellent corners from Sam Sherratt caused havoc in Seymour Villa’s area, but the ball just wouldn’t fall for Sevenoaks and no one was able to squeeze the ball past the massed ranks of Seymour Villa players. At the other end, Seymour always looked dangerous on the break, but the defence of Ed Clinton, James Dykes, James Phillips, and Lawrence Flarry remained alert to ensure Seymour could not test Alex Theobald in goal. Joint man of the match Lawrence Flarry, in particular, was outstanding. With around ten minutes left Sam Sherratt almost won it for Sevenoaks. A strong run and shot from Jamie Downs rebounded to Sherratt who sent a brilliant, looping shot back over Seymour Villa’s goalkeeper. But his shot rebounded agonisingly off the post.
Further corners in the closing stages continued to cause chaos in Seymour Villa’s area, but somehow the ball would not go in and what was an engrossing game finished goalless.