The U16's Tandridge team extended their unbeaten run to nine games and moved to second in the table with this solid win against an improved Coulsdon Tigers.
The game took time to settle and the early stages were scrappy, as both teams struggled to string passes together. Coulsdon did get some joy with balls over the top, which turned Sevenoaks’ defence and put them under occasional pressure. However, solid defending from central defenders Lawrence Flarry and James Phillips ensured Coulsdon did not get any clear chances. At full back, Robert Tebbitt and Tom Barnes were equally solid. As the half wore on, Sevenoaks began to get more of a foothold in the game and started to enjoy more possession. This finally told when man of the match Ed Clinton sent a brilliant shot from the edge of the area flying past a stranded Coulsdon keeper to give Sevenoaks a half time lead.
Sevenoaks were two in front within the first minute of the restart, after excellent play through midfield set Toby Fitzmaurice clear. He made no mistake with a brilliant chip past the on rushing keeper. From here on Sevenoaks dominated possession and created a string of chances. It was, however, late in the half before Sevenoaks finally put the game beyond doubt. This time Jamie Downs was on hand to finish from close range after good work down the right hand side from Dan Stone.
This was an important win that keeps Sevenoaks’ league title hopes alive.