The U13's Tandridge team put in a ruthless performance on Sunday to record by far their best result of the season. In other games they have created but not taken their chances. Today anything but and they could have had more.
Their hosts were bottom of the league but you wouldn’t have guessed by their start. Caterham were as fast as Sevenoaks were slow in those opening minutes and it was only good fortune that saved the visitors from going behind. A couple of shots just crept past the post. It gave new goalkeeper, Will Ramage, an early opportunity to get into the game.
Matters calmed down and Sevenoaks began to get organised and push forward. It wasn’t long before they took the lead. Riley Moore getting the first. A second was added soon after when their goalie could not keep Kai Okulaja’s firm shot out. On 15 minutes Riley added his second to make it 3-0. Caterham had some chances but Will made some good saves, the visitors were getting caught out by pushing forward too much and the midfielders finding themselves out of position when attacks broke down.
Joe Ryder then got in on the act and a brace from him rounded off the first half and Sevenoaks went in at the break 5-0 to the good.
The second half started as the first did with Caterham coming out strongly. Despite being so far behind they showed great endeavour and put their opponents under great pressure. Sevenoaks did not get out of the traps quick enough and it was no surprise that the home team got a goal back with a smart shot from outside the box being nothing they didn’t deserve.
That was the highspot for them though. After that Sevenoaks re-asserted their dominance and chance after chance came their way. Alec Munday, on his debut, opened his account using his strength and skill to force the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 6-1 and Captain for the day Ollie Brooks, on his return to the team, scored a classic centre back’s goal by following in a corner and being in the right place when the ball came through the crowded box. He couldn’t miss from five yards out.
Alec got his second to make it eight and Freddie Watkins, much to his delight, showed great tenacity to keep chasing the ball when all seemed lost to ensure when the goalie & the defender failed to deal with it properly he was on hand to put in the back of the net. Joe Ryder got his hat-trick with a good finish on the run to give the team double figures. There were still five minutes to go and Riley & Alec were also hunting their third goals but it was not to be. Marcus Overd had good chances to get on the score sheet, hitting the post at one stage and Alec saw a speculative shot loop over.
Caterham were willing opposition and never gave up, they still had chances and only staunch defending kept them out. The result was perhaps a bit flattering to Sevenoaks and in future games they will have to show a bit more control and composure in midfield otherwise better teams will take advantage of their cavalier attitude.