First Team 0 Whitstable Town 2

Sunday, February 19, 2017

 

Sevenoaks manager Micky Collins is still targeting the club's best-ever finish to a league season despite two home defeats in the space of four days seeming to have ended their Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division title hopes.

 

Injuries to skipper Corey Holder and Mikey Dalton added to Town's woes in the 2-0 reverse against in-form Whitstable at Greatness Park on Saturday.

 

Holder limped off in the second half with a hamstring injury and Dalton suffered a broken nose as The Oystermen claimed the points with two second half goals from striker Kane Rowland.

 

Town were already missing Harrison Carnegie, Jack Miles, Yacine Ghanore, goalkeeper Rob French and loan signing Jack Richards, with Collins forced to draft in three Bromley youngsters the previous day to boost his depleted squad.

 

Ike Robertson made his home debut up front while youngsters Aiden Enver and Ola Williams were on the bench.

 

The latest defeat followed the 1-0 loss at home to Corinthian last Wednesday night.

 

Collins said: "It's not just happened in four days - we won the League Cup quarter-final at Crowborough - but we haven't been playing well."

 

"We had eight injured before today, now Corey and Mikey - who will need to have his nose reset - have joined them, and that's a massive dent in your squad, and at this level hard to rectify. We have just to pick ourselves up - and take it on the chin."

 

He added: "The important bit for me is we don't look like scoring - two games without a goal is unheard of for us, but that shows you how depleted we are."

 

Town went close with a couple of early efforts, before play switched to the other end, home goalkeeper Scott Chalmers Stevens saving Bola Dawodo's header. Home defender Greg Benbow then saw his sixth minute free-kick punched clear by goalkeeper Dan Eason. Chalmers Stevens then kept out Charlie Smith's header.

 

Town's Jimmy Rogers curled his effort wide, before the home side survived three times in quick succession. Aaron Quain's effort bounced off the far post, Dawodu's follow-up effort was blocked, then Rowland saw his effort ruled out by an offside flag, after a swift Whitstable break as the first half ended goalless.

 

Dawodo headed wide two minutes after half-time, before Rowland broke the deadlock with the 49th minute opener. Robertson fired wide soon afterwards and Holder headed Dalton's free-kick over the bar.

 

Rowland made sure the points were heading back to the Kent coast, netting his second seven minutes from time, given time and space to score with another left foot finish.

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