FA Vase: First Team 3 Crawley Down Gatwick 1

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sevenoaks Town capped a good week by earning a place in the next round of the FA Vase with victory over Southern Combination Premier Division side Crawley Down Gatwick at Greatness Park on Saturday.


Town will now travel to Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division rivals Corinthian in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday week.


Town were gifted an early lead after a goalkeeping howler by the visitors' Martin Hopkins.


Attempting to catch a high ball he only succeeded in dropping it at the feet of Yacine Ghanore who gratefully tapped into an empty net.


However, the West Sussex side were level within three minutes. Town skipper Chris Edwards was harshly penalised for a foul close to the dead ball line in front of the dressing rooms, when he seemed the victim, rather than the perpetrator. Defender Dan Sullivan knocked in the free-kick and Keiran Greig pounced to head home, beating the diving home keeper Oshane Brown.


Greig injured his shoulder in a collision in the move that led to his goal, needing treatment before play could restart.


Another painful blow in the same area forced him out of the game ten minutes later.

Harrison Carnegie saw his shot saved  before Brown punched clear from former Kent County League striker Kerran Boylan.


Carnegie shot wide, before Ghanore was in the action again, rounding Hopkins before being brought down in a last-man challenge.


It looked a definite red card moment, and a penalty, but Essex referee Michael Scott chose to consult his assistant before choosing to only book  the defender - and then awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, Edwards seeing his effort pushed away by Hopkins.


Town regained the lead on the hour, Edwards knocking in the perfect cross to the far post for Kieran McCann to pop up on the blind side and fire home.


The two combined again four minutes from time, only for McCann to fire wide, before substitute Byron Walker added the third on 90 minutes in a one-on one finish against Hopkins.


New-boy Jerson Dos Santos who replaced Gnahore, might have added a fourth, but fired wide with the last kick of the game.

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