FA Cup: First Team Claim Historic Win

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

History was made at Greatness Park on Wednesday night when Sevenoaks Town reached the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for the first time. Fittingly, it was a home produced player Jack Miles who headed home the 85th minute winner to knock out Sussex opposition for the second successive round.


BT Sport cameras were there, so were officials from the FA and Ryman League, with Southern Counties East League chair Denise Richmond who was also at the first game, delighted to see their last representative in the competition continue to fly the flag.

 

A £3,000 winners cheque, and a home tie against Southern League Premier Division Chesham United, who reached the Second Round Proper themselves last season, is the prize for Town - with "ecstatic" boss Micky Collins hailing the win as up there with the best in his managerial achievements. He changed things tactically, playing five in midfield with Andy Constable the lone striker.


The opening half hour was pretty even, before Lewes began to threaten, Oshane Brown forced to dive low and stop Alex Laing's low cross. Four minutes later the visitors went ahead, Jamie Brotherston popping up at the far post to knock in a deep cross from the right.


Town's response was immediate, just two minutes later, Harrison Carnegie ran into a long ball from Miles, before cutting inside to fire past keeper Chris Winterton. The only blip on the night for Collins' and his side came four minutes before half-time when Corey Holder pulled his hamstring, and replaced by John Lord.


Carnegie fired just over the bar early in the second half, before Jimmy Rogers picked up the night's first yellow card - and then replaced by Kieron McCann. Town then had three of their best chances of the night in the space of six minutes. 

 

Constable fired straight at Winterton, who then pulled off a fine reaction save to deny the Town striker, before pushing away Chris Edwards' free-kick.


Yacine Ghanore then saw his effort saved, before Lewes had a goal disallowed for offside.


Then came the winner - Miles heading in Carnegie's cross as he climbed above three Lewes defenders to head over stranded Winterton to spark off wild celebrations. They were repeated at the final whistle on the pitch and in the home portacabin dressing room which was rocking.


Town have experienced little success in the competition in recent seasons - but this night - in front of a crowd of 280 - made up for those disappointments - and it's not over yet!

 

 

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