After a no-show from Polegate last week awarded us with three points, an away fixture for Sevenoaks this weekend saw a short trip to Tonbridge Invicta in what was a closely fought match.
The home side looked to push on the front foot early doors which showed early on what their danger men were about. Strong pacey players up front caused Sevenoaks a few nervy moments early on but with some strong challenges and good positioning Invicta couldn’t find a way through. The visitors warmed their way into the game with some good passing and some clever runs and the break-through came on 28 minutes with Hart holding the ball up with some clever footwork and laying the ball onto Starr who moved the ball well and smashed the ball in from outside the area with a goal of the season contender. 0-1
Sevenoaks would have hoped to keep the lead for a little longer than they did as the home team couldn’t have scored an easier goal with a long range shot from midfield looping over the Sevenoaks goalkeeper on 30 minutes. 1-1
This was unfortunate but Sevenoaks were determined not to drop their performance and continued to play nice football to create their chances. They were rewarded with a corner kick just before half time which Stone converted with a well-timed run and header past the goalkeeper. 1-2
Although Sevenoaks took the lead going into half time, the second half couldn’t have started any worse than it did with another easy goal for Invicta as the pace of their forward caught the Sevenoaks defence sleeping within 30 seconds of the restart and finished with a 1 v. 1 with the goalkeeper, levelling the score sooner than they had probably thought. 2-2
The home side sat a little bit deeper and soaked up the pressure Sevenoaks built on in front of the goal stopping many more clear cut chances in the remainder of the game. The more Sevenoaks pushed for another goal, the more they were vulnerable to the counter attack but they dealt with any breaks that Invicta had. However, with a bit of confusion and several players expecting the referee to blow the whistle for a foul, Tonbridge Invicta were able to slip a ball into their striker again for another 1 v. 1 and took the lead with 10 minutes remaining. 3-2
A frustrating result considering how well the boys played but it shows that concentration is key for the full 70 minutes. November was a month without a win, but hopefully it will spur us on to get a run of wins in the build up to Christmas.