The U12's Tornado team produced a well organised performance to ease past Tonbridge Samurai at the Racecourse Ground on Sunday morning.
They started confidently and put their hosts under pressure from the start. Ty Chambers and Marcus Overd were using their pace to make challenging runs down the wings and it was Sevenoaks who looked like they would be the ones to open the scoring. They had some chances but were not converting them, which has been a common fault this season. One at least three occasions openings were spurned by taking too long and too many touches instead of pulling the trigger. However, eventually it all came together with a good team move. Marcus collected the ball in the middle of the pitch and laid it off to Joe Ryder, he quickly played a defence splitting pass for Ty to run on to. The new winger still had a lot to do and showed good strength to hold off the Tonbridge defender before slipping the ball into the net to record his second goal in his second game. The remainder of the half was quite scrappy, the game often squeezed into a small part of the pitch. Sevenoaks had players out wide to capitalise on the pattern of play but the match was more pin ball than anything else.
Tonbridge did not create many chances and Will in goal did not have a save to make, the defence coping with whatever came their way, Kai Okalaju giving a reliable performance in the middle of defence owing to the absence Tornados regular centre backs. He also hit the bar from distance with a super looping drive which had the keeper beaten.
So it was 1-0 at half time, the team returned to the pitch with instructions to keep up the good work but just to take a shot rather than a touch. Sevenoaks started on the up earnestly pressing their opponents to nick the ball or force them into mistakes, Teddy Pearson showing great endeavour in this department. The pressure brought about a series of corners. The second one was lifted in from Pearson and Marcus timed his run perfectly to meet the ball and clip the ball into the net on the half volley.
The visitors were completely on top now and threatened to run riot. Before long, a third goal was added. Marcus was again involved, he showed great vision by laying on a pass for Joe Ryder to ran into the box and finished well.
Sevenoaks could and should have added to the total but perhaps eased back to much and let their hosts back into the game. They had a few chances themselves but last gasp defending saved the day particularly by Joe Benfield and Luca Cornell who both showed great composure in making superb goal line clearances to maintain the team’s cleansheet. A final score of 3-0 did not flatter Sevenoaks and they maintained their recent winning form.