A thrilling match ended with a share of the spoils following a 60 minute end-to-end battle between two teams enjoying the opportunity to get a match under their belts following the loss of the first two rounds of games due to the adverse weather since the beginning of the year.
The weather was gloomy but the moods were positive when the teams took to the field at Seal Rec on Sunday lunchtime, the opposition coach commenting on the standard of the pitch despite the overnight rain.
Sevenoaks started positively, Mikey Lamstaes seeing a lot of the ball in an unfamiliar midfield role and it seemed only a matter of time before the first goal was scored. However slightly against the run of play it was the Visitors who took the lead. The Sevenoaks defence fell asleep for a moment and Jarvis Brook slipped through to put the ball in the back of the net.
As ever when Tornado go behind, this set back served as an impetus to level the score. Joe Ryder had some had chances as did Marcus Overd on the left but Mylo Winter was causing all kinds of bother down the right. The home side won a corner and Kai Okulaja went up to take it. He put in a superb cross which cleared the goalkeeper and Ryder timed his run superbly to meet the ball first and net the equaliser.
Sevenoaks then had a dominant period of play and nearly took the lead following a great run by Winter. His superb cross reached Overd who shot smartly but the goalkeeper somehow reached the ball and turned it around the post to keep his team in the game. He performed brilliantly throughout the match and made a number of notable saves including two dipping free kicks bang on target, despite being the team’s regular left back!
Approaching half time, Jarvis Brook broke down the left. They had a few chances during the half but the Sevenoaks defence held firm. However, on this occasion a loss of concentration allowed their opponents to break into the box. Kai came across and appeared to have dealt with the danger but right on the line the attacker came away with the ball, the other defenders were guilty of ball watching and Jarvis Brook took the lead with disappointing ease.
The second half was all Sevenoaks as they fought to get back into the game but Jarvis Brook held firm. They created a number of chances but often attacks broke down in the box before a shot was taken. Joe Benfield had a good chance and also hit the post from close range. Jarvis Brook broke away as Sevenoaks pushed forward but Ramage, in goal, saved the day on a couple of occasions. With about five minutes to go. Overd played the ball out to the right and it came to Winter who simply smashed the ball into the net giving the goal keeper no chance at all. Mylo started the season with a bang but his form dipped in recent weeks. Today’s performance was a return to that instinctive form he showed to begin with.
Those last few minutes were very tense as Sevenoaks pushed for the winner. Jarvis Brook’s coaches pleaded with their tem to shut the game down but they wanted to win too. Kai, who was terrorising the defence, nearly won the game with an amazing run from box to box. His run ended with a shot that just crept by the post, A goal would have been a fitting end to this tremendous game.
As it was 2-2 was a fair result for the commitment of both teams.