After a long break due to bad weather, the U16's Tandridge team resumed their season with a convincing win against Purley Panthers Colts.
Perhaps not surprisingly given the long lay-off, the first ten minutes were scrappy, with both sides misplacing passes. As the half progressed, however, it was Sevenoaks that took control and Dan Stone gave them a lead after about fifteen minutes with a precise finish at the near post after an excellent through ball from midfield. A string of further chances followed, with Jamie Bingham, Sam Sherratt, and Jamie Downs all going close. The second eventually came thanks to an excellent corner from Sam Sherratt and a powerful header into the roof of the net from Jamie Downs. Sevenoaks then went three ahead when James Phillips fired in from twenty yards out.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first and Sevenoaks were soon four ahead after Toby Fitzmaurice sent a shot over the goalkeeper and into the far corner from a tight angle. After this Sevenoaks continued to dominate and create chances. However, a mixture of good goalkeeper and bad luck conspired to prevent Sevenoaks from adding to their lead. At the other end, Sevenoaks’ defence maintained their concentration to ensure Purley never got a clear site of goal. Man of the match Ben Packer was particularly impressive in both reading the game in defence and showing composure on the ball to launch further Sevenoaks attacks.
While Sevenoaks were unlucky not to add further goals, a four goal win after a long break was an excellent result and keeps them very much in the running for the league title.